Month: August 2012

The Vow (2012)

“How do you look at the girl you love & tell yourself its time to walk away?” Leo Collins had to do that in the 2012 romance ‘The Vow’. ‘The Vow’ is a based on a true story from 1993. It stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams and is set in our modern day Chicago. It is a tearjerker that will surely keep your eyes wet the entire hour and 40 minutes. Leo Collins had to live that exact reality after he and his wife Paige were involved in a car accident. Leo made it out with just bumps and bruises, but Paige got it much worse. She doesn’t remember Leo. Leo vies with many obstacles including Paige’s family and her ex-fiancee, Jeremy, to win back the woman he gave his heart to. Paige still has feelings for Jeremy, though. There are break-ups, make-ups and tears shed. All for the one person Leo Collins gave his heart to. I think Channing Tatum was the perfect fit for his role as Leo Collins. He’s done a couple romances in his day, but I think this is his best one. He showed so much emotion in his role you would think that his wife actually didn’t remember him. Also, Rachel McAdams was wonderful as well. But then again, she always does great in roles like this. As I previously stated, this...

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The Burning Plain (2008)

Like many of writer Guillermo Arriaga’s works, The Burning Plain is delivered with a non-linear narrative. You’ve seen it before in a film like 21 Grams, but here, Arriaga steps in the director’s chair as well, debuting with a complex but not necessarily difficult to understand film. Sure, the unconventional narrative structure is initially jarring, but adapt soon enough and eventually things get a little too predictable, right up until the final “reveal,” which is easy to call about mid-way through. Unfortunately, this type of narrative makes it hard to remember exactly which events unfolded in what order, and what might or might not be considered a spoiler. For instance, chronologically, a major explosion that kills two people would be a major twist in the middle of the film, but here it’s revealed in one of the first scenes. we know that certain people die way before we likely should, and that takes away something, I find. When we watch their stories, we know exactly how they’re going to wind up. The only remaining question regards the “why,” although it’s not entirely surprising once you find out. Since the first scene in The Burning Plain involves Charlize Theron’s character, Sylvia, let’s start there. She works as the manager of a restaurant, and in her spare time, she lets whoever wants to have his way with her. Again, the “why”...

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Rhyming Review For ‘American Reunion’

‘American Reunion’ is another entry in the film series started by ‘American Pie’ This one, unlike most of the sequels, has all the original cast, each girl and guy While most of them are featured in the film some have very small cameo parts The group is all going back home for a reunion which is how the story starts It’s Jim and Michelle, Oz, Finch, Kevin and of course there is Stiffler and Jim’s dad They want to have another weekend to remind them of the good times they had This reunion has them all gathering thirteen years since they graduated high school Now they’re all married or in relationships but they’re still not what you’d call cool The story touches on the problems that each of them is having in their personal life Mostly it’s about Jim and Michelle and the issues they have being husband and wife Like the other films in the series there’s some nudity and awkward sexual situations It also has some of the characters rekindling feelings from their high school relations If you’re a fan of the first few films from the series then you’ll probably enjoy this one It’s just ok and needed more funny moments, and with this, I think the series is...

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Abandon (2002)

Abandon accurately captures the college life, but unfortunately, that’s not its goal. It has the goal of being a thriller, and to do that you need to thrill an audience. You need suspense, doubt, and something that has the potential to keep you on the edge of your seat. Abandon has little of any of that, and is instead focused on its lead character, a promising student named Katie (Katie Holmes). She works hard, doesn’t date, aces job interviews, and by all accounts should have already finished her thesis and secured a job. But she hasn’t, because she’s still aching from the break-up she had with her boyfriend, Embry (Charlie Hunnam). He, the kind of genius that nobody understands, disappeared directly after one of the plays he was directing, and hasn’t been seen since. Katie is heartbroken, and thinks about him daily. She seeks counseling, but now that the police have finally put someone on the case, Detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt), old wounds are being re-opened. Unnecessarily, she thinks, as she hasn’t seen him in two years, but soon enough, she’s seeing him everywhere. Embry has returned. Or has he? With all the anxiety she’s facing, her counselor thinks that she might just be hallucinating her ex. The Detective is interested in her possible delusions, and she finds him kind and takes to him soon enough. It’s a...

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Premium Rush-Review

  No brakes, no gears, is how extremist bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) travels through Manhattan to deliver important documents to companies. During a pickup, Wilee is confronted by a dirty cop who wants his Wilee’s pickup. The dangerous chase throughout the city begins when Wilee refuses. Why is this package so special? Is it illegal? How far will the cop go to get take it? Review: I was not expecting this film to be as dull and boring and repetitive upon first viewing the trailers. All they kept talking about was Wilee not using brakes or gears, I got it the first five times they mentioned it. I was excepting to see some daredevil tricks and high flying action with minions but no all I got was a lame instructional video on how to ride you bike fast through traffic. Even the romance part of the film was horribly boring and not believable. The dialogue was mainly narrative and the scenic parts played a bad supporting role as they were barely noticed in the film. All in all, I will never see this film again. Rating: 1...

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