Month: January 2010

My Review of The Road

The Road Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy                                                                                                                                          MPAA Rating:R for some violence, disturbing images and language                                                                                                   Staring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Micheal Kenneth Williams, Guy Pearce and Molly Parker Here is a story of a man ( Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) traveling a road from their home south east and to the coast in search of something better. Literary you find a man and his son walking looking for warmer weather and food in a post-apocalyptic landscape. There is no mention of what has caused this world to be in the condition it is in you only know that life for just about everything is coming to an end nothing grows and food is extremely scarce. This road is filled with cannibals traveling in bands, desolation, starvation, endless forests of barren trees, snow littered with ash and blood a landscape from which no good you could conjure would erupt. The man is plagued with dreams of his late wife (Charlize Theron) intimate moments and discussions on suicide and the murder of their son in order to spare them from rape and cannibalism. The man is also of the understanding that he is dying and needs to impart knowledge of survival while somewhat fighting his son who is noticing his dads actions are starting to look like those of the “bad...

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W. – presidential portrait

Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Josh Borlin, James Cronwell, and Elizabeth Banks Rating: PG-13 Year: 2008 Running Time: 129 George W. Bush is obviously referred to as a very controversial figure. Director Oliver Stone takes a more human look at depicting the life of Bush. In the film W., we get Stone’s interpretation of a life and presidency that has greatly affected America’s course of history. W. switches back and forth between events leading up to the 2003 Iraq war and the youth of George W. Bush. Specifically the youth of Bush starts from his college days and initiating into a fraternity. (It would have been nice to see Bush’s upbringing as child, but the start of his youth is appropriate.) Afterwards we see the many struggles Bush has with maintaining a career and his clashes with his father. After failing at many things and overcoming alcoholism, Bush successfully finds himself as governor of Texas. The film eventually transitions toward the end of focusing solely on the events of the 2003 Iraq war. The film W. takes a more human view of George W. Bush and gives events through his point of view. Stone himself has said that this isn’t political commentary but a biographical film about how Bush became who he is. (Which I would say that he succeeded in doing.) We see the gamut of emotions; both positive...

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Saw 6

Let me ask you a question. Would you continue to watch a movie franchise once it became clear that the series was going downhill? My guess is that most people would probably have given up on the series after the initial signs of distress became obvious. Apparently I must be a glutton for punishment, because even though the “Saw” franchise has been on a steady decline since “Saw 4”, with initial signs appearing as early as the second film, I still decided to rent the latest installment. “Saw 6” finds Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) implementing a new game, as a part of the late Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) final wishes. Choosing the victims from files given to him by Jigsaw’s widow (Betsy Russell), Hoffman begins setting up his elaborate traps; however, his work at continuing Jigsaw’s grisly legacy may soon be coming to an end. As their investigation benefits from new breaks in the case, the FBI is getting closer and closer to uncovering the identity of Jigsaw’s mysterious accomplice, prompting Hoffman to become even more unhinged and paranoid at every turn. After so much death and carnage, could Jigsaw’s deadly game be nearly over? So, after five previous entries into the increasingly monotonous “Saw” franchise, does the sixth one offer anything interesting or noteworthy to the series? The answer, a resounding… not really (anti-climactic, I know). The story, written...

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Gamer

I have read some other people’s reviews on this movie and for the most part I agree with it’s lack of well, almost everything. I am also an avid gamer, not as much as I used to be but I still enjoy getting wrapped up in a fantasy world where I can forget about the day to day stresses. To someone like me who escapes using video games this movie was supposed to appeal to my tastes but left me very empty handed.  Some of the ideas were neat but overall the whole movie was executed poorly. I do have to say I really wanted the bad guy to get his because he played a good bad guy.   I saw the preview was really excited and the action was choppy and sporadic. There was blood and violence but not to the extent I expected. This is a definite renter if you like action movies but just keep in mind when it’s over you will return it and probably never think of it again.  Good idea, poor execution which  is the downfall of so many movies that “could” have been great movies.  So I don’t necessarily consider my review a bad one it’s a case of I expected and wanted more out of this but I don;t regret seeing it, so at least rent...

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Twilight: New Moon

Okay so my girlfriend wanted to go see New Moon when it came out and we never really got the chance so last night there was still one theatre playing it in our area and it was my day off so we gave it a try.  I am very open minded so I did see the first one and while it doesn’t hold a special place in my heart I thought it was an enjoyable film and it had a new variation on the traditional vampire scene.  I had a friend who was reading the book for the sequel and when he described certain scenes from the book I was imagining them on the big screen and they turned out to not be what I expected. I had higher expectations. This review is from a 25 year old male  so I could have done without the half naked ripped wolfboy throughout what seemed to be the entire movie. The pace was kind of slow but when stuff did happen it was fun to watch.  Seemed to lack in the action department and thats comparing it to the first one.  Acting was okay even though every main person seemed dull and depressed for the most part. The biggest highlight of the movie is the ending and without spoiling anything, if you enjoy these movies whether your a guy or girl...

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