Month: December 2007

National Treasure – Book of Secrets

Being a history major at a fine university in Iowa, I find the National Treasure films to be unusually entertaining considering the type of made-up history that is portrayed in the films. You think this type of drivel that Disney calls ‘history’ would bother me, but I am in fact intrigued by the conspiracy theories that are proposed in National Treasure – Book of Secrets. Nicholas Cage returns as the treasure hunter, Benjamin Gates in the sequel to the 2004 hit, who finds himself trying to clear the name of his great-great grandfather who is being linked as a traitor along with John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination. Treasure pirate Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) calls out Ben and the entire Gates family claiming that their ancestor was a fraud and the leader of the whole plan to assassinate the 16th president after Wilkinson recovered missing pages from John Wilkes Booth’s personal diary. Along the way of proving his great-great grandfather’s innocence, Gates discovers clues that lead him to the White House and his discovery of the President’s Book of Secrets. The book contains the inner most secrets of the United States, including Area 51, the Roswell landing, the Kennedy Assassination, and the secret to the location of the lost city of gold, which contains a treasure so great that it could have changed the outcome of the Civil...

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I Am Legend

Director – Francis Lawrence Writer – Mark Protosevich, Akiva Goldsman Starring – Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan Review: It is unusual I will come out of watching a film not entirely sure what I thought of it. Normally I immediately have either a more negative or more positive opinion of a film as soon as the credits roll. With I Am Legend, however, I am torn between two extremes; enjoyment and annoyance. Based on the novel of the same name, I Am Legend tells the story of a virus which spreads throughout the world either killing everyone or turning them into flesh-eating, vampire-like creatures. Will Smith plays Robert Neville, a military scientist who is immune to the virus and who seems to be the last surviving virus-free human. The film follows him as he tries to survive in the city as, apparently, the last man on earth. Much of I Am Legend’s strong points are contained within the first half of the film. The film opens with a sequence that lets us know that humankind has found a cure for cancer but unfortunately most of those who are cured start to either die or mutate into vampire-like creatures. Then we jump to three years later to New York City which has been deserted by most humans, and only Neville and wild animals seem to remain. We watch Smith’s character, along with his...

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Timber Falls

“Timber Falls” stars Josh Randall, Brianna Brown, Nick Searcy, Beth Broderick, and Sascha Rosemann, who are basically nobodies. But, take note on how well acted this is. It takes place deep in the woods of West Virgina. The film first introduces us to a couple (Josh Randall and Brianna Brown) who are planning on taking a peaceful hiking trip through the wood of West Virgina. They arrive where they must decide which trail to take. After a mysterious woman mentions the trail Timber Falls, among many others, the couple unfortunately decide to take Timber Falls. This leads them to a trio of crazed rednecks and a deformed man named Deacon (Sascha Rosemann) and his psycho family. What follows is torture and mayhem that lead to a sacrificial birth. What really attracts attention here is the surprisingly well acting done by the lead characters. Gore-hounds will be asking the question on whether or not there is enough gore to satisfy their needs. Lets put it this way, If you enjoy the type of films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Hostel” then you won’t be disappointed. You know how the saying goes, “If you can’t afford stage blood, then don’t make a horror movie”. Well, the film-makers of Timber Falls purchased their fair amount of stage blood for this film. Just like most horror films, you just might find yourself thinking “how stupid can...

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Ocean’s Thirteen

     Ocean’s Thirteen is the third installment of Steven Soderbergh’s goldmine franchise.  The usual suspects are back, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle……..I could go on and on naming the big stars in this movie.  Notably absent are Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Taking over as bad guy number one is Al Pacino.  Pacino is teamed in business with his Sea of Love co-star Ellen Barkin, who has never been sexier.       The film goes back to Vegas for the bulk of this installment.  The crew gets back together with news that Reuben (Elliot Gould) is close to death.  Reuben’s failing health is a direct result of a business deal with big time player Willie Bank (Pacino) going awry.  Bank double crosses Reuben, and his friends get together to even the stakes.  Bank is opening a new high-tech casino on the strip, and making sure it doesn’t go as planned is the goal of Danny Ocean’s gang.  Using all of their monetary resources they go to work to hatch a plan to not only lose the casino millions, but to also ruin the reputation of the man in charge.  During the planning stages, the crew runs out of money and decide to call it quits.  In a last ditch effort to keep the plan going, they go to...

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Balls of Fury

If you have high expectations going into a movie, chances are the movie won’t live up to those expectations.  My expectations were extremely low for Balls of Fury, so this may be the reason I didn’t hate this movie as much as I expected.  Granted, this movie will never win any awards for great film making.  If the idea of a sequel is even presented, my paranoia of there being a truly evil being controlling Hollywood will be justified.  If you want to see a stupid comedy that’s good for a few laughs, this might work for you.  The movie was written and made by the folks who give us Reno 911!, and you can definitely see the similarities.  Not as funny as their TV show, or the Reno 911!: Miami movie, but Balls of Fury can kill 90 minutes of your day.  Some times you want a movie you don’t have to focus too much on, and this fits that mold.  Remember, keep expectations low and you will rarely be...

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