Saturday, June 30, 2012

American Reunion (2012) - Comedy

American Reunion (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

  Throughout the years the American Pie franchise has dished out several sequels and spin offs. Most of these films were entertaining, but failed to compare with the original. After a while it became evident that the franchise was concerned with prolonging the inevitable fading of the original title. This is where American Reunion differed from all the rest. 
   American Reunion serves as a stand alone film, worthy of its accolades. This film was able to bridge the gap back to the first film, while borrowing and indirectly implying to the events that occurred in the previous sequels; all while remaining its own film. It was pleasing to see the original characters, as well as, other minor roles that made the films memorable. American Reunion is, as its title implies, a reunion with a lost art. The teen comedy at its finest. Overall, it was like reuniting with old friends and picking up where you last left off. It is worth watching, even if you haven't seen the original. 


Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) - Action | Adventure | Drama

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  For whatever reason Snow White is hot right now. Ugh, this movie was disappointing to me! I was waiting the whole time for something to really hit me, and nothing did. The Huntsman only "taught" Snow White one thing. The end was the worst. They never clarify anything. Who does she end up choosing in the end? It could be either dude. The Huntsman wasn't wearing fancy clothes at the end and it looked like he was going to leave, so does that mean she doesn't choose him? I was so confused at the end and mad that they didn't finish the plot. Also, the writers held the awkward scenes out too long and didn't hold important scenes out long enough. The end scene was way too long. I felt awkward sitting there staring at Snow White being queen for 20 minutes. Overall, I felt like it had so much potential, but it failed miserably. 

Wanderlust (2012) - Comedy

Wanderlust (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  This movie has about 10 minutes of actual laughter, the rest is just mediocre adult dialog and situations. The real problem with this film is that it is essentially a satire directed at the hippie movement. There might have been a point to this thirty years ago, but now? Come on!
  Definitely not worth seeing, though it remains far from the worst stuff the genre has to offer.

Big Miracle (2012) - Drama | Romance

Big Miracle (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

  In the late 80's, in the Alaska wilderness, three whales are trapped in foaming ice, they must be get free or they'll die. This becomes big news, every news person from country to country is covering it. Politicians star getting involved, so does the coast guard. But time is running out for the whales, will they get free, or will it be too late?
  Much like "Dolphin Tale" this is a great family movie that everyone, not just the kids will love. 

Dawn Rider (2012) - Western

Dawn Rider (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  Stupid plot, flat acting, ridiculous inconsistencies, modern dialogue far removed from period correct, empty characters, the list of bad qualities goes on. The entire production is really lousy. I tried really hard to care about any of the characters, but they were so thin that there wasn't anything to care about. 
  Don't even bother seeing this.

Grimm's Snow White (2012) - Adventure | Fantasy

Grimm's Snow White (2012) - WORST MOVIE

   Mirror Mirror on the wall, what is the worst Snow White movie ever?
  Snow White retold with the inclusion of dragons and elves? An unusual pretence for a movie, but one that could have been interesting. Right? Wrong! Everything about this film was just terrible. Terrible acting, terrible CGI, poor costumes and most of all poor plot.
   Verdict: Bleah, don't bother seeing this!

The Intouchables (2011) - Comedy | Drama

The Intouchables (2011) - GOOD MOVIE

  I can't remember when I've been so moved by a movie or story. The power of love and interconnection, and learning how to care for someone else besides yourself are strong themes in this movie. It was funny, touching, tragic and wonderful all at the same time. Why are we here on this planet if not to take care of each other and impact each others' lives? These actors I've never seen took me on an amazing ride that I'll not soon forget. 
  Spread the word and enjoy this beautiful French movie!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) - Comedy | Drama

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) - GOOD MOVIE

  From the start till the end, the film is one amazing journey of cultures, harmony and understanding our ever changing world. A movie about old people, but it has a classy cast, a sparkling script, some genuinely affecting character arcs, and the sights and sounds of India.
  This is a challenge we can all take away and think about. What is it we want from our lives and how will we feel when we retire from the world of work, what will we be left with? The movie will certainly make you examine your own life and perhaps convince you to try a very different, if initially frightening, path to fulfillment. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Thousand Words (2012) - Comedy | Drama

A Thousand Words (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

  An amazing blend of comedy, spiritual lesson to life and array of expressive acting style in the movie. Have you ever thought which words were the most important and quintessential in our life - "I love you", "Thank you", "Forgive me"? Did you count them? In fact, the words you transmit are so relevant that they are the key "to open the doors" in our life.
  Watch this & put it in the "feel-good comedy" category. 

Wrath of the Titans (2012) - Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Wrath of the Titans (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  Epic movies have been around for several years now. Simply throwing action and graphics at a movie can no longer make it great. Epics have been pulled down to the level of an average movie. We must care about the characters. The dialogue must be worthwhile. The storyline cannot be linear and bland. 'Wrath of the Titans', although enjoyable, did not get the memo.
  As the movie tagline states or warns us: "Feel the Wrath!" Oh, on that you can be sure! How true, oh Great Zeus, how true! 

Salvation Boulevard (2011) - Action | Comedy | Drama

Salvation Boulevard (2011) - GOOD MOVIE

  Basically, this movie is about a pastor who tries to cover up an accident and things get out of control in the process. A problem I had with this movie was the "comedy music" that plays when there was a "funny" situation going on. I thought they were pushing it too hard on some scenes.
  The story is well written with enough twists to keep you guessing, and the metaphors are well done, the actors did their jobs brilliantly, and the casting itself was on top as well. Greg Kinnear is very "recognizable", Pierce Brosnan is very "typical", Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly both are very "comprehensible". Not to mention the dad (Joe Hunt) and the other small characters there... Simply a great job!
  Not the best done movie, but well worth the consideration and dialogue that may result. 

For the Love of Money (2012) - Action | Crime | Drama

For the Love of Money (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  The true-life crime drama "For the Love of Money" opens with pep, swagger and the promise of a crackling journey. But, as this mini-saga unfolds, it decelerates into an unremarkable good guys vs. bad guys tale that ends in a glaringly tension-free showdown. 

Detachment (2012) - Drama

Detachment (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  Death, suicide, dementia, violence, abuse, neglect, indifference, decay, despair. These are just a few of the themes 'Detachment' is about. No, this is not a happy movie. Every time you think you've reached the bottom, things get even worse. Neither is it an easy movie. Watching it requires a real effort. There is no relief, it's one depressing scene after another.
  My problem with this film is that both stories fail to soar - you have on one hand the chubby girl whose character screams "suicide" from her first scene, and the young hooker, who gets killed off (i.e. sent away to social services, "exit stage left") as soon as the relationship with the main character becomes ambiguous. In a similar way, all minor characters get turned over as soon as they try to make an impact in the story. I agree it's a dramatic film, but it tries to be too far-reaching and just self-destroys in the end. There is no moral, no story, no hope of salvation.

Blood Runs Cold (2011) - Horror

Blood Runs Cold (2011) - WORST MOVIE

  'Blood runs cold' is the epitome of meaninglessness. A young girl rents a house in the middle of nowhere so she can work in peace. But because of a freak snow storm she ends up in the wrong house and someone else is already there. Half of the movie has close to no dialog and just dumb people stumbling through empty rooms and doing things that are totally irrelevant for the 'plot'. The movie just ends suddenly after a bunch of unbelievably dumb scenes of which most is shamelessly stolen from other horror movies and reproduced in a cheap low budget way. Horrible, just horrible!

Beyond (2012) - Thriller

Beyond (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  The premise of this movie is pretty standard, the typical case of missing children and the psychic that see things and want to help the current cop in the case.
  This movie is only marginally watchable because of John Voight. Everything else about the film is decidedly sub-par, the awful acting or the easily predictable plot 'twists'. I found myself glancing at my watch multiple times (never a good sign). Pass...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Project X (2012) - Comedy

Project X (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

   Yeah, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
  Project X is simply about partying and doing it until you're all partied out. It's about being young, being stupid, and most of all, realizing that you don't have a whole lot of time left to be like this. We all grow up, and unfortunately we spend too much of our time focusing on the future and we miss the present. Project X aims to remind our youth of our responsibility to live before we need to actually be responsible. There comes a point where we loose our youth, it is inevitable, but why must it be lost so soon? Every generation deserves its right to let loose, Project X reminds us of this. Definitely worth watching.

The Lucky One (2012) - Drama

The Lucky One (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  As it turned out, I was due for a chick flick, so the timing of this weekend's 'The Lucky One' was pretty perfect. The movie itself, on the other hand—well, not so much. The story lacks gravitas that the actor is trying to portray. The story is at times preposterous. The end even more... How the villain conveniently is eliminated. Wish all the negative people in my life got eliminated that way. 
  Move along. Nothing to see here.


Poe (2012) - Crime | Drama | Horror

Poe (2012) - WORST MOVIE

  Poe? Woe would be more accurate. This is one of those movies where you find yourself wondering whether the financiers committed suicide upon seeing how much of a disaster the project turned out to be. 
  So to sum up - this is the worst film I have ever seen on every measure you want to consider. Please don't even waste your time watching the trailer. The only possible use this film could have is as a replacement for water-boarding. You have been warned! 

Piggy (2012) - Horror

Piggy (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  'Piggy' is nothing more than your typical run of the mill revenge film. It's predictable as hell, to the point it becomes plain boring. If you make it half way through this film you'll be clock watching to see how long is left. Decapitated bodies tend not to be ignored you know. The highly brutal murder scenes are comical in the sense they had next to no blood in them regarding the injuries inflicted, or any kind of blood transfer to the murderers! It's the small details which really matter, and this film overlooked every single one.
  Seriously, don't waste your time with this one.

American Warships (2012) - Action

American Warships (2012) - WORST MOVIE

  Low budget, low quality and low acting skill! I hope this was shot on digital because it would have been a complete waste of celluloid! Special effects worse than most junior school plays. Pure rubbish. Ships and aliens. Doh! Don't waste you time or money of this one! 

The Pact (2012) - Horror | Mystery | Thriller

The Pact (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  This movie is just awful! The beginning is slow and the rest of the movie is boring and badly acted. The title doesn't make sense as there is nothing to do with a pact, and the last scene leaves the audience very confused. The dialogue is ridiculous and makes the whole film so generic and unoriginal. Bleah, don't bother seeing this!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Men in Black III (2012) - Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Men in Black III (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

  Although MIB3 wasn't necessarily a 'bad' movie, it certainly wasn't as good as it could have been. It seemed, while watching the marketing plugs, like they were going to bring the big guns and bring back all the funny stuff and cool special effects, but they just fell short. I wanted to love it, but I honestly only barely liked it. It was lacking the things that made the franchise 'cool.' There was no talking pug, no funny pawn shop guy, no real interesting or funny aliens at all. The lead bad-guy alien was a somewhat interesting character, but no real personality. Nothing that made you want more of him. And other than him, there was hardly any other aliens in it. One little stint in a Chinese restaurant, but nothing rememorable. No funny ones. I just don't understand not making more characters like the ones that made the first such a hit. 
  Overall, 'Men In Black III' isn't a great film or even a memorable one. But, it's fun and works as a popcorn flick and it's worth seeing if you are a fan of the first two films.