Author: Cole053


Another year has come and gone and this year has been an extra special year for film. I said in one of my previous posts that 2012 was the best year for film in the last five years. I hope what I have to say is not too long but I really have a lot to mention about these excellent films. I have five movies that I discuss that re honourable mentions and directly below that I have my list of the top eleven movies of the year, in my humble opinion of course. Read on if you dare.   Honourable Mentions: Wreck it Ralph In a year that almost every animated film I saw was a disappointment, Wreck it Ralph came out and almost saved the day. Wreck it Ralph is a clever film that brings back the nostalgic of video games for 90’s kids. However, the film loses its momentum in the second act and never recovers once the character of Ralph starts to game jump. Zero Dark Thirty The much anticipated Zero Dark Thirty tackles the most important manhunt in human history, that of Osama Bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow fresh off her Oscar win for The Hurt Locker three years ago does a good job with the material. However, despite her best efforts the films three hour length has the film outstay its welcome leaving...

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Movie Review: Dark Shadows

INTRODUCTION Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp have teamed up once again and this time they are tackling one of the most popular movie genres of recent years, this of course being vampires.  This marks the eighth time that this duo has teamed up. Dark Shadows is based on the 1966 soap opera of the same name. Other directorial credits to Burton’s name include Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. Can Burton bring a breath of fresh air to a watered down movie genre? PLOT The year is 1760 and Barnabas Collins comes from a rich family with everything he could want. However, Barnabas crosses paths one day with a woman named Angelique Bouchard, despite frequent attempts Bouchard cannot get Barnabas to fall in love with her. Bouchard becomes so obsessed that she places a spell on Barnabas’s true love and curses him which causes him to transform into a vampire. Following his transformation Bouchard convinces the town to capture Barnabas and bury him underground. Two hundred years later Barnabas is dug up by accident. Barnabas sets out to re-kindle his relationship with his now distant family that is living at his old house. The conflict begins when he realizes that the one who cursed him is still alive and she has her own dark secrets.     STRENGTHS Despite how silly a film premise might be...

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Well another year has come and gone and has been a great year in film for the more independent films. I will admit that several of the movies that I loved are not wide released films. I also want to thank everyone for the constant support and encouragement. I have rewritten this list several times for I had to evaluate them all in terms of what I truly thought about them. Feel free to leave comments below and if you think that I missed a movie that you loved then let’s hear it. If you did not like any of the movies on the list than once again feel free to post, respectful disagreements are encouraged. The magic of films is that we all can have different opinions and different tastes. Honourable Mentions: Carnage: Any time you put three Oscar winners and one nominee in a room together for eighty minutes you will see some interesting aspects. Carnage does just that but the story itself dragged and I found myself enjoying what I was watching but I did not love what I was watching. Rango: In a year where good animated movies were a rare occurrence. Rango managed to break that train of thought. Moneyball: A smart and well made film that explored the struggling professional baseball organization known as the Oakland Athletics. Although Moneyball is intelligent the plot...

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

INTRODUCTION As the summer season for movies comes to a close it is worth noting how good of a summer it has been for films. Now that, that statement is out of the way let me turn to the film at hand. This movie does present an interesting discussion over its classification, depending on your interpretation this movie could be either a prequel or a reboot. This film is directed by Rupert Wyatt, whose only other directorial credit is The Escapist. Can the historic Planet of the Apes franchise be successfully restored? PLOT The basic story here is you have Dr. Will Rodman (James Franco) who is currently seeking a way to treat and/or cure Alzheimer’s disease. After one of the chimpanzees (Bright Eyes) shows increased intelligence Rodman wants to get the go ahead to test the new drug on humans. Rodman’s superior Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) reluctantly agrees. On the day where Rodman is ready to show Bright Eyes increased intelligence, Bright Eyes snaps and trashes the building, this leads Jacobs to order all the chimps to be put down. However, the chimp handler Robert Franklin (Tyler Labine) cannot put down the last chimp which is a baby and the son of Bright Eyes. Rodman agrees to take the chimp home in order to get him out of harm’s way. Rodman’s father Charles (John Lithgow) who is suffering...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

INTRODUCTION We have now reached the end of the Harry Potter saga with the eighth and final film. As most of the fans are well aware of only seven Harry Potter books have been written but the studio decided to break the last book up into two parts. Returning to direct is David Yates who has done the previous three Harry Potter installments. Can the final film in a franchise that has been said by some critics to be this generations Star Wars meet those expectations? PLOT The film begins with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermoine (Emma Watson) planning what they should do next because they now know that Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) now is in possession of the Elder Wand. The Elder Wand is said to be the most powerful wand in existence. The three continue their quest to hunt down and destroy the remaining Horcrux’s (pieces of Voldemort’s soul that he has hidden in various locations) in order to weaken Voldemort so they will be able to defeat him.   STRENGTHS Like the previous film this movie relies strongly on the emotional attachment that the audience has developed for the characters over the course of this film franchise. This becomes even more apparent since the same actors and actresses have all returned. That is something that these movies deserve a lot of credit for...

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