Dominic Purcell leads the cast in Uwe Boll's timely political drama… MoreDominic Purcell leads the cast in Uwe Boll's timely political drama Assault on Wall Street. A blue collar security guard is pushed over the edge when an economic collapse destroys his life. The film does a fairly good job at character development; however it does get a little overdramatic at times. The pacing is also a bit of a problem, as it takes too long to get to the climatic shootout. Despite its production issues, Assault on Wall Street is an intriguing and provocative film.
"How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Right?! Die… More"How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Right?! Die Hard 2 suffers (as so many films do) from the sequel syndrome: more of the same, and bigger. Die Hard was such a phenomenal success, that it was just too hard to live up to. The film tries too hard: McClane tosses out jokes and quips left and right like a one-man comedy show, and there are three main villains involved in an overly complex terrorist plot. But script problems aside, Die Hard 2 brings the action in some spectacular sequences. Whatever problems there are with this film, it's an exciting, action-packed adventure that's extremely entertaining.
Ode to Joy has never been the same since Die Hard. Director John… MoreOde to Joy has never been the same since Die Hard. Director John McTiernan has crafted a smart, adrenaline-packed film that has become the measuring stick by which all other action films are measured. Die Hard is the epitome of the '80s Action Movie, and it has never been topped. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman's characters (John McClane and Hans Gruber) continue to top the lists of best movie heroes and villains; which is a testament to their excellent performances. Die Hard is a landmark film that is a definite must see.
"One for all, all for one." The legend of the Three Musketeers… More"One for all, all for one." The legend of the Three Musketeers continues in Randall Wallace's The Man in the Iron Mask. With France on the brink of revolution Aramis, Athos, and Porthos reunite to replace the king by restoring the birth right of his twin brother, who's been secretly exiled. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Gabriel Byrne, the casting is especially strong. However, the performances are fairly mediocre, and the dialog is pretty cheesy. Still, the fight sequences are shot quite well and bring a lot of energy and excitement to the film. Additionally, the score and set designs help create an epic feel. The Man in the Iron Mask has some flaws, but delivers a thrilling adventure.
It's one of the most amazing war stories ever told, and demonstrates… MoreIt's one of the most amazing war stories ever told, and demonstrates the awe-inspiring power of Christmas. Joyeux Noel is an exceptional film that tells the true story of the spontaneous 1914 Christmas truce of World War I. The film does an exquisite job at bringing the characters to life, and at drawing the audience into story. Rarely has a film depicted the life of the World War I soldier and the complexity of war so well. Joyeux Noel is a loving tribute to the soldiers who found the Christmas spirit during the madness of war.
Zach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State, is a compelling coming… MoreZach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State, is a compelling coming of age tale about self-discovery and the malaise of young adulthood. When Andrew Largeman returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral he's forced to confront his inner demons, and he meets an eccentric young woman who gives him a new outlook. Zach Braff and Natalie Portman give excellent performances; especial Portman, who's wonderfully charming and charismatic. And the writing has a sharp wit to it that makes it quite powerful. Additionally, the soundtrack is incredibly well-crafted, and gives an emotional residence to the film. Garden State is a quirky and heartfelt comedy with a unique look at life.
Crash is a smart and provocative drama that challenges the audience… MoreCrash is a smart and provocative drama that challenges the audience with complex racial and social issues. The film's discussion of race relations during the season of "Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men" is quite apt. And while the racial messages may be heavy handed at times, there are some truly powerful moments that stay with you long after the film ends. Equally as impressive is the ensemble cast, as each actor delivers a strong, compelling performance. Shades of gray and ambiguity surround each character, giving them an authenticity that keeps them from becoming two-dimensional stereotypes. Additionally, the filmmakers refrain from giving clear-cut answers, or making judgments; letting the audience come to their own conclusions instead. Crash is a raw, hard-hitting drama that takes a challenging look at society, and forces the audience to confront their preconceptions.
Lacking the magic of the season, Surviving Christmas is a shallow and… MoreLacking the magic of the season, Surviving Christmas is a shallow and uninspired film. Ben Affleck plays an eccentric millionaire ad executive who makes a deal with the family living at his childhood home to let him stay there and to help him live out his fantasy of an old fashion family Christmas. Affleck gives a phoned in performance, but co-star Christina Applegate really shines. The humor is also hit and miss, as a lot of it is in bad taste and inappropriate for a family comedy. There are a few moments of fun in Surviving Christmas, but there's no heart.
Bat shit crazy doesn't even begin to describe John Dies at the End.… MoreBat shit crazy doesn't even begin to describe John Dies at the End. The plot is incoherent, but has something to do with paranormal investigators and creatures from another dimension. Part of the problem is the script (which is extremely poor), however the acting is also pathetic. And while some of the comedy works, there's just too much insanity going on. John Dies at the End is DOA.
Wild and crazy, The Hangover is an outrageous comedy with non-stop… MoreWild and crazy, The Hangover is an outrageous comedy with non-stop laughs. The morning after an out-of-control Vegas bachelor party three friends have to retrace their steps in order to find the groom and get him to his wedding. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis make for a hilarious comedy team and have great chemistry together. And, the storytelling is really good, weaving a fun mystery full of shocking surprises. The humor gets a little overly crass and vulgar, but most of it works. Full of hysterical shenanigans, The Hangover is incredibly entertaining.