Month: July 2012


An inspirational movie that makes me look past the fact it’s about horses, Secretariat will hit you in the soft spot. The film tells the story of a woman who leads her horse to legendary victory. It’s stars Hollywood royalty Diane lane, and returning actor John Malcovich, as well as cameos by true blood’s Nelsan Ellis, and Disney’s Aj(ally and aj).The film is based on a true story. The film is truly wonderful. I was doubtful on the idea of seeing another horse movie after watching horse flop “racing stripes”. I assure you that there are no zebra’s and talking flies in this movie. The movie is told through an span of four years so the character development is suiting for the plot of the film and to show the rise of titular horse, and its obstacles. Each character is introduced promptly for the viewer to know their place in the story. Me knowing very little of the horse sporting society, I was very impressed with how well the film educated me, without feeling like I was being forcefully taught. Diane lanes portrayal of heroine Penny Tweedy was simply amazing. Never missing a beat, Lane delivers a prestigious performance worth an award of some degree. Me having no knowledge of the tweedy character, I would have sworn she were her. Lane’s looks and debonair easily blend in as the...

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The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook is an exercise in tedium. Instead of showing us highlights and lowlights of a love story, it goes into great detail to show us pretty much everything that happened to its characters. Some might praise that depth, and it’s true that this helps us know these characters, but in showing us so many mundane moments, I kept hoping for something important to happen. I was let down more often than not. Beginning with the always reliable James Garner, The Notebook has some promise. Our opening scene shows Garner choosing to read a story to a dementia patient played by Gena Rowlands. Most of the film is spent with the characters within this story, instead of the ones reading it, even though I would have loved to spend more time with Garner and Rowlands. Anyway, the story that Garner reads is a long one, spanning many years, and will take up the next two hours of your life. In it, we meet our two leads early on. The first is a country boy named Noah (Ryan Gosling), who sees Allie (Rachel McAdams) at the local fair and decides to make her the center of his attention. He can’t take his eyes off her, even though she comes from a wealthy family. The two should be separated by society, but after a daring ploy and a couple of conversations,...

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Everything Must Go (2010)

Everything Must Go is a character study with the lead being given to Will Ferrell. Despite what the trailers and TV spots might want you to believe, this is not a comedy. It doesn’t come close to being a comedy. This is not all that enjoyable to watch. The opening scene has Nick Halsey (Ferrell) fired from his job and thrown out of his house by his wife, forcing him to live on the front lawn of their house. While I can see the possibility for comedy given the scenario, make no mistake: This is not a funny movie. The reason for both of these misfortunes is the fact that Nick is an alcoholic. A functioning alcoholic — someone whose business numbers are just as good as they ever have been — but an alcoholic nonetheless. There was an incident in Denver, a time when Nick was trying to get sober, when Nick got really drunk and ended up maybe or maybe not doing something with another woman, so his wife is leaving him for infidelity and he’s being fired because that woman threatened to sue. Unfortunately, in the town he lives in, living on your lawn is against the law. He questions this, but the police officers are adamant that sitting outside on your own property is illegal. He’s given a week to get his act together, or...

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Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

  Family is an important virtue that holds true both in real life, and in the fictional world of movies. A good example of using family as the moral of the story is 1968s comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours”. Based on a real life story, tells the story of a man and a woman who love each other, but each of them have a large amount of kids. While it’s not entirely accurate, and it has aged a bit, the movie does work with the theme of getting along in a family. “Yours, Mine and Ours” is the perfect movie for families to enjoy and teaches us that both sides of the family can come together, despite our differences.   The plot of the film is based on real story with some fictionalized events through in. Frank Beardsley (Henry Fonda) falling love with Helen North (Lucille Ball) Everything is going smooth until they find out about their children. And boy do they! For it turns out that Helen has eight kids, and Frank has ten kids. Frank and Helen soon get married and thus raises a very important question. Can the two families come together and get along perfectly?   “Yours, Mine and Ours” is a comedy classic. The writing is perfect as the humor is present and will definitely get a laugh every time you watch it. The...

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Drs. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have made a major discovery as to where the creators of the human race are located.  Funded by billionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) who is dying, the doctors and a team of scientists travel to an undiscovered planet in the universe that takes years to get to. When they arrive they, the doctors find that their theory was correct and they find their maker. They also find creatures that are a threat to the human race. The creatures begin their attack on the crew and they must fight not only for their survival but for the survival of Earth too. Are all of the makers dead? Are the creatures contagious? Will they make it off the planet? If the makers created the humans, then who created the makers?   Review:               Well, going into this movie, I pictured it to be a remake of the classic movie Aliens. It was and it wasn’t. The story was unique and original and I enjoyed watching it. Meredith Vikers (Charlize Theron) is in charge of the crew but I didn’t really see a purpose for her except for being cold-hearted and unreasonable. I did like watching Michael Fassbender’s character as David the robot. His movement and speech doesn’t come off too artificial to tell the audience that he is not real...

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