Month: January 2012

The Beach

“The Beach” – Leonardo Dicaprio                   The Beach takes place in the in the exotic areas of Thailand on an overlooked island. The island has been taken over by a group of adventure seeking teens and adults that have collectively formed over the course of six years (2000’s). Starring the up and comer (at the time) Leonardo Dicaprio.], The Beach is an adventure film that any aspiring adventure/thrill seeker would enjoy tremendously!                   In the introduction to The Beach, you are taken to the thrilling regions of Bangkok, Thailand with a thrill seeking teen Richard (Dicaprio). Richard is walking about the city to the sound of partying and his own narration when he is greeted by a man who invites him for a drink of snake’s blood that he is pressured into drinking (showing his thirst for a thrill). Richard later stumbles upon an unsettling and cheap motel in the city, where he meets a disturbed man named Daffy. A hyper and unrested Daffy sparks a rather intruding conversation with Richard through a screen window separating their motel rooms. The conversation leads to Richard obtaining a map that he will soon find to be the answer to what could cure his hunger for an outstanding adventure. Richard then accuses Daffy of being “Not right in the head” and promptly goes to sleep. As he awakes the next...

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Rated: Kick Ass (2010)

“With no power comes no responsibility”

“I had heard great things about this movie, and even a few critics have called it one of the best movies of 2010. Upon viewing it for the first time though, I cannot agree with that statement. An entertaining and at times meaningful movie, Kick Ass is not the total package that people claim it to be. Overall it is a movie that doesn’t commit to its premise. It has plenty of good ideas but they are all…half baked.”

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Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)

I know that you don’t have to make your lead character in a movie completely loveable, but making them interesting is generally a must, especially if you’re going to include them in every single shot you take. In the case of Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber, we don’t get an interesting protagonist, and as a result, the film isn’t enjoyable. Well, it’s also that way because it’s a standard, clichéd romantic comedy, but that almost comes with the territory. The film stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Katya Livingston. She works in advertising, although the amount of work she accomplishes is debatable. Apparently she’s quite good at her job, as she is always claiming so while nobody says anything to the contrary. However, we only see her take long breaks, talk on the phone about personal business, and kill her boss’ pets. That’s a running gag in the film, although it’s a sadistic one if you ask me. She ends up getting an assistant at one point, but apart from a late game decision, he’s more or less a pointless character. Then again, her boss and friends also fit into the category. The only other person that matters is a man we don’t actually get to properly meet until nearly the end of the film. His name ends up being Charles (Colin Ferguson), although he also goes by the...

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            The world knows about Lycans and vampires and declares their abilities to be a disease. With the military and government for support, they begin to search and kill both species. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is fighting for her life and her love, Michael, but the force of an explosion separates them and puts them unconscious. Twelve years later, Selene has been held captive at a research facility. All records of Lycan and vampire are extinct. Selene sees random images through someone else’s eyes and finds out that that person is named Eve (India Eisley). Eve is a lab child and the facility plan to capture her after her escape. Selene must not only look for Michael but protect an orphaned child. Will Selene find Michael? Is Eve more dangerous than the two species?    Review:              I’m on the fence with this film. I’ll start with parts that I liked: Eve’s hybrid transformation, the make-up is great. She looked like a modern day demon-possessed girl from the Exorcist. The killings were pretty cool. They were fast and lethal, leaving no prisoners or showing mercy. Action movies with slow-motion scenes are a thing of the past, the faster the better. I liked the twist at the end when I found out who the research scientists really were and no, I will not give it away. The special effects were fun...

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The Artist (2011)

  There is a reason why silent films are classics: they show what Hollywood was like before the introduction of sound. With precise gestures and perfect timing, silent films are still entertaining and enjoyable to experience. With “The Artist”, we get a look at how an actor transitions himself from silent pictures to talking pictures. There is so much going for this film that it is impossible to not love this movie. “The Artist” is a remarkable tribute to the silent era, as well as fine example of how to do a comedy.   The plot takes the viewer in a span of five years between 1927 to 1932. During that time frame, famed actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film star working for the local major studio. During one of his newest film’s premiere, George meets up with a young woman named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). George immediately falls in love with her, but unfortunately, they cannot see each other as Peppy starts to become a major Hollywood actress. As the years go by, George’s boss tells him that the studio will now be making talking pictures. George doesn’t believe this, but as the years progress, audiences love talking pictures. George must decide on whether or not he should continue making movies or just call it quits and let the public decide what they think of...

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