was a good movie with a good plot and storyline. I have to say that some of it might have been mildly predictable, but not to any extreme, so don't take that as a complaint. I actually thought it played out quite well. If you're into mystery/thriller movies, I'd suggest you give it a chance. Don't expect a mind-blowing thriller, but it's still worth the time.
was ok, but nothing special. Perhaps this is because I watched it right after Over the Hedge
and Happy Feet
, which were both much better. I'm not sure what it really was that I didn't like about it; but I guess it just didn't live up to the other two. It was ok, tho.
Stranger Than Fiction
was an interesting movie. The movie wasn't one of Will Ferrell
typical movies, but he played the character well. It's always nice to see actors show the breadth of their skill. The movie was also good because it left you with one simple question: If you knew an action you were going to make would kill you, would you still do it? Beyond that, I have to wonder if things would've played out the same way after knowing what was going to happen. So many questions about fate come up with this, of course. It seems like asking one almost starts a chain reaction of questions we couldn't even begin to have the answers to.
I never expected a lot out of Alien vs. Predator
, but I had to see it for myself. Nothing overly special about it. I admit that I've never been a big Alien
fan, but the explanation behind the two sagas didn't seem to be all too complete. I would've liked to see some more around where the both beings came from, but I can understand why that didn't come up.
takes on the role of James Bond in Casino Royale
with a good deal of controversy. From what I understand, a lot of people questioned the movie before it was even released because of who was in it. I admit the movie didn't seem to have the same essense as other Bond movies, but I never doubted Craig's ability. He was in a somewhat similar movie a couple of years ago called Layer Cake
. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. Casino Royale did leave a bit to be desired, but all-in-all it was decent. My favorite part was where Bond was chasing a guy in Africa. I haven't found out who this guy is, but I'd be interested in other movies he's been in. For anyone else who enjoyed that scene, I suggest you check out District B13
, which had an even better chase scene in the beginning. I wouldn't be surprised if there was some inspiration drawn from this movie.
Don't waste your time on Christina's House
. It's just bad. I originally got it because of Brenden Fehr
, who was in Roswell
. He was fine in the movie, I guess, but there were certain characters that needed to get back to some acting classes, that's for sure. I expected a little cheesiness, but the movie was just bad... very bad.
Akeelah and the Bee was a cutsie movie. I saw it a few weeks ago, but forgot to post about it. The movie isn't really something I'd typically go for, but it was good, nonetheless. I don't really know what to say about it, tho. The story is basically about a girl who pushes herself in an environment that isn't very supportive. Of course, that all changes as she passes one obstacle after another and becomes a neighborhood celebrity. You could say it's an underdog story. I will say the movie wasn't as cheesy as most of the movies like it are.
Butterfly Effect is one of my all-time favorites. That's why, when I noticed Butterfly Effect 2 , I knew I had to watch it. The sequel wasn't the same, but it was still good. I would've liked to hvae seen some sort of link between the two main characters, but none came up. I hate to give things away, but I had hoped the main character would meet with his dad. When it came out that he was dead, I just thought, "Well, find a picture of you two together and use that." Apparently, I was the only one.
I did notice 2 people in the movie that I've seen before. Erica Durance , who also plays Lois in Smallville , and JR Bourne , who was in a few seasons of Stargate SG-1 as a Tok-Ra. As a matter of fact, Durance has also been in Stargate SG-1 and Tru Calling. Both were one-time roles. I noticed her in SG-1, but not Tru Calling. Bourne's character in BE2 wasn't quite right. Bourne plays a soft-spoken character, which seemed like a slightly quirky mix with the violent character he played. The mix worked, but I would've liked to see him get a lot angrier at the apex of the scene. He was great in SG-1, tho. The character he played was a perfect mix for his mellow demeanor.
I could see a third, but if it did happen, I'd like to see a more complicated storyline, like the first. One of the good things about the concept behind these movies is that you can take it anywhere. This could easily be a long string of movies, as long as they each had their own twist to them in the underlying story. I would like to see more, but I kind of doubt it will ever come to fruition.
Over the Hedge
was a very cute and entertaining movie. I loved that little squirrel. Despite the fact that he didn't look too much like a squirrel to me, but that's ok. His energy made him the best character, if you ask me. If you enjoy these types of movies, this is a must-see.
wasn't as good as I had hoped, but I still enjoyed it. I ended up watching it at an IMAX, but the experience wasn't quite as sensational as I'd hoped. Granted, the movie wasn't one that required such a massive sensory experience, but you don't see too many real movies at IMAX theaters, so I figured it'd be worth a shot. The first thing I thouhgt of when the movie was starting was how good it'd be to watch a major action movie at an IMAX theater. The first thing that came to mind was Spiderman 3
, which is coming up next year, but I'm getting off topic... One of the things I didn't like about the movie was how Mumble never lost all of his baby feathers. I had hoped he'd leave the group and then return, looking better than ever. There were parts where I was hoping he'd get his singing voice, but I can understand that not happening. The only other parts I had a big complaint about was when he went from the zoo back to Antarctica and the political bits that resulted from the dancing. Seriously, how the heck did they know where exactly to bring him back to? Beyond that, I seriously doubt there would've been that much hub-bub caused because of it. I guess the kids need a warm 'n fuzzy, tho.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw Capote
was, "This guy is definitely an odd-ball." I honestly had no idea who he was when I watched it. While I'm sure his 2 main books were good, I was surprised there was so much fanfare for him -- enough to make a movie. Then again, I guess there's a reason he never wrote another book. Despite all that, the movie was good. Nothing overly exciting, but it's an interesting story. This is a new type of role for Phillip Seymour Hoffman
. With this and Mission Impossible 3
, he's shown a new side of his acting skills that I haven't seen before. Bravo.
When my girlfriend told me she got Basic Instinct 2 , I was expecting to get one of those cheap sequels that doesn't even come close to the original, but makes up for it in nudity. I was wrong, tho. Well, at least it wasn't as bad as I was guessing. The movie was pretty good. I never expected what happened. I guess I started to lean towards a similar possibility, but not quite the same one. I was more surprised that Sharon Stone was in it, tho. I guess she was hoping for a little more hype like the first one got. She hasn't been doing too good lately.
wasn't all I'd hoped. Then again, I'm not sure what I really expected. I will say that it was decent, tho. I guess the only reason I wanted to see it was because I really like Christian Bale
-- not just because of Batman Begins
, either. My favorite Bale movie has to be Equilibrium
. If you haven't seen it, definitely go check it out. It's well worth it. Beyond that, American Psycho
was good, too. He's actually been in a number of good ones. I want to see The Prestige
, but the real movie I'm waiting for is The Dark Knight
. I have to admit Bale played an excellent Batman.
was better than I expected. As a matter of fact, there were more well-known actors than I expected, too. I honestly had no idea what it was going to be like, so it was a nice surprise. It's about a group of FBI profiler trainees who are on their final training mission. Honestly, after watching Profiler
, these guys are all need some help; but that's besides the point. The movie simply covers their training experience. Of course, this may sound lack-luster, but there's a certain point where they throw something at you that's completely unexpected. Well... there's a slight build-up to it that makes you think something's coming; but what happened is not what I expected to happen. Let me just say these people didn't play enough Mousetrap
when they were kids.
The Hills Have Eyes
was definitely a freaky movie. I loved it! You don't see twisted movies like this too often, unfortunately. I was honestly on the edge of my seat at certain parts of the movie. Very well done. If you liked Saw 1
, or 3
, this is a must see for you.
Well, I'm done with Profiler
. Season 4
was different, but I guess there's one main reason for that. I do feel like they were trying to squeeze as much out of the franchise (can I call it a franchise?) as possible. Outside of the first couple of episodes, I don't think they really had much going for them. They tried to create another Jack-like character in a sense. Granted, the new guy came in very late in the game and wasn't on the same scale, but I guess they felt they needed a major antagonist. Nonetheless, it didn't help. The show just fizzled out at the end. Horribly, I might add. I guess there's not much left to do when it ends like that, but I had hoped for something. Honestly, it's something you can see coming; especially when you know it's the last season.
of Will & Grace
was what you'd expect -- nothing too exciting, but it was funny. I admit I laugh at every episode, but there's just nothing that really drags me back to it. Well, other than my urge to finish what I start. There was one annoyance on the DVD, tho. The episodes on the last disc were out of order. The first two episodes were actually supposed to be the last ones. This isn't the first time I've seen this, but it's still annoying.
wasn't all that. Granted, I didn't expect it to be some fantastic movie, but was hoping for something a little better. Then again, I'm not saying it was bad, but I didn't like the conclusion. All-in-all, I did like it. I'm not sure how I wanted it to end, tho. After I saw the first US movie
, I wanted to go back and watch the Japanese version that it derived from. A friend saw it, but I don't think it was all that. I actually looked into it and it looks like there are more movies than I thought. There are 5 of them, 1 of which has yet to be made. Ju-on: The Curse 1
, and Ju-on: The Grudge 1
, and 3
. I may have to check those out.
was a good movie. I think I might have seen it before because there were parts that seemed pretty familiar, but it was still good. Honestly, anything I remembered didn't ruin it. There are a bunch of surprises, tho. The biggest thing I liked about the movie is how it played out. The movie is shown from the perspective of 4 people. So, you get to see what's going on 4 times and have a chance to see why people acted certain ways. I'm honestly not sure if I was supposed to leave with an opinion of Adam at the end or not, tho. Part of you will obviously feel one way, yet the movie tries to drive you to another. I can imagine this is one that left people talking as they left the theater.
Dying Gaul was about a man who writes a script about a gay couple and ends up getting offered a movie deal. Unfortunately, they don't want to create a movie about a gay couple. Instead, they want it to be rewritten with a straight couple. Of course, the writer feels like this would be against his beliefs and doesn't want to. Everyone has their price, tho, don't they? What ensued was mildly predictable. I didn't really expect the movie to end as it did, but I don't know that I really had any thoughts about how it would end.
One remark I have to make is that the Peter Sarsgaard , the man who played the writer, sounds remarkably like John Malkovich . Maybe it's just me, tho. After thinking about it, Malkovich is kind of a big name -- or, at least that's the impression I have. I'm not sure why, tho. I first saw him in Being John Malkovich , which was a pretty good movie, from what I remember. All-in-all, tho, I haven't really seen too many movies with him. Then again, I did just see Ripley's Game a few weeks back.
Final Fantasy VII is probably one of my favorite games. Well, it was. I don't play games anymore, so it might not be fair to even compare it to more recent games. Then again, it wasn't about the graphics, necessarily. Every Final Fantasy game has a wonderful story and this one was no exception. Honestly, Final Fantasy III was probably the best story, from the ones I played. Despite that, when I heard about Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children from a friend, I had to see it. I'm glad I did, too. The graphics were great in the movie and the game recap was nice, too. There were some pretty big parts that were skipped, but adding them probably would've dragged the recap out to an hour instead of 23 minutes. Anyway, I didn't get the movie for the recap. The movie was incredible. The fight scenes were outstanding. I never expected this to be so good. I only wish I'd have seen it earlier. I did feel like there was something I missed between the game and the movie that the recap didn't cover, tho.
Above all, I wish they'd create a movie like this for every Final Fantasy game. The movie was perfect. I couldn't have asked for anything more. If you're a fan of the game, watch it! Hell, if you like action, it's a good one to sit down and watch.