Highlander: Search for Vengeance was action-packed, but it just couldn't keep my attention. Granted, I was working on two other things at the time, but I had higher hopes. One thing I thought was odd was the fact that they chose a new character for this one. I thought they said Colin early on, but figured I imagined it. Then, I noticed they had a flashback to 125 AD, and I'm pretty sure Connor wasn't alive that early. Anyway, it turns out I must've imagined that it was about Connor MacLoed. In that case, I guess it does fit in fine with the story line of the movies... not that it tries. I was kind of disappointed that they made this a bit too anime-like. Some of the immortals were more creature-like than human. Maybe it's just me, but I liked the human aspect of it all. I think that brings it closer to home. Some of the most popular sci-fi/fantasy plots are based on what could be the audiences' everyday lives. Did anyone walk out of Transformers and not think about how cool it would be if your car was a robot? Ok, maybe I'm just a dork. I better quit while I'm ahead... or not...
Evening was an emotional movie about a woman on her deathbed. She never truly shared her life story with her daughters, which left them wondering when she began mumbling rememberances of her past while drifting in and out of sleep. Honestly, the movie didn't seem to have one single focus, tho. I could get all hypothetical and say something about our life choices, happiness, and family, but I won't. I'm just going to leave it at the fact it was a good movie. I definitely enjoyed this one. The only complaint I had was the ending, which seemed somewhat abrupt.
If you liked Evening, I'd suggest The Notebook .
Highlander: The Raven season 1 is nowhere near the same quality as Highlander . Ok, I'm sure some people are laughing at that statement. Yeah, yeah, Highlander was cheesy at times, but it was decent. The Raven, on the other hand, is just trying to milk the Highlander tit. Not too far off from the last movie and probably the recently released anime . I do think the anime might be decent, tho. Only time will tell. As for The Raven, if you're a die-had Highlander fan, you might enjoy this. Actually, let me qualify that. If you're a die-hard Amanda fan, you might like this. Personally, I always found Amanda to be somewhat annoying. Don't ask why I started this series, tho. I guess I just wanted to finish what I started. I will say that every episode reminded me of Angel . Not that the show has the same plot, but maybe it's just the bad guy gone good, seemingly going after other bad guys. Throwing the cop in the mix just makes it worse. Then again, Angel was after The Raven.
There is one very positive thing I have to say about it: the season (and series) ended very well. I don't know if they planned to pick it up and just didn't get funding or if they knew it wouldn't come back, but the last episode was perfect. What happened was unexpected and it just worked out very well. I almost didn't like what Nick did at the end, but I actually think it was for the best. I might actually say this could be the best series finale I've ever seen. Just having it end so well makes me want to up my rating for it.
With Sopranos finished, I've gotta get my mafia fix from somewhere. For this, Knockaround Guys was perfect. The plot's got its twist, of course, but the story's all the same. In this movie, a mafia under boss' son looks to give the life a try. He's stayed away for a while, but is seemingly being forced into it. I found the whole situation quite ironic. In the end, it's a good story, tho. There was really only one part I didn't like, which was Teddy's decision towards the end, but I guess I can see why he'd make that decision.
One of the reasons I wanted to watch Knockaround Guys was because of the cast. John Malkovich was perhaps the best actor with Dennis Hopper behind him; but, honestly, they weren't the ones I was interested in seeing. I guess I got the movie because I like Vin Diesel in the tough guy roles he always seems to play; Seth Green was just an added bonus; and, I'm not sure why what I know Barry Pepper from, but I like him, too.
No Reservations was a cute movie. It reminded me of another love story that took place in the kitchen, Just Desserts . No Reservations was better, tho. I was surprised at what happened to the main character’s sister in the beginning. I guess I just didn’t expect it. Then again, I didn’t watch the trailer, so maybe that was covered there. All-in-all, it’s your basic love story. I did feel like the movie was somewhat rushed. Not necessarily overly rushed, but things moved a bit faster than one would imagine. If you liked No Reservations, I’d recommend Just Deserts.
A lot of people talked about how great Knocked Up was. I typically try to ignore these comments because it sets you up for disappointment more often than not. While I wasn't disappointed, it wasn't as funny as it was built up to be. Despite that, I'd recommend it to anyone. I found myself getting annoyed at some of the characters, which will most likely push me away from other movies they're in; but I did laugh for a good portion of the movie, so it probably evened itself out. One thing I found interesting was that this was a remake. Unlike most remakes dating back to the 70's or earlier, the original seems to be only three years old. I've never seen it, so I can't say how close it really is, but I would be interested in watching it. Then again, Netflix doesn't seem to carry it, so that won't be anytime soon.
One thing I was delightfully surprised about 10 minutes into Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was that Dr Doom was back. Maybe I missed it, but I don't remember seeing him on the trailers. All too many times, too much is given away in the trailer. Anytime I find a movie that wasn't completely given away by its trailers, I have to give my kudos to those behind them. I'm not completely sure why so many people were disappointed by the movie, tho. I honestly liked it. I don't know a lot about the Silver Surfer or Galactus, but this isn't the end of either of them. I doubt we'll see them in another F4 movie, tho. While I would love to see another one, I don't know if it'll happen. F4 isn't quite as popular as Spiderman. I'd have to say that's because the love story isn't as prominant. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Rise of the Silver Surfer and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first movie .
I don't remember much of Ocean's 12
, but I will say that 13
was better. It was definitely a good sequel. If you enjoyed Ocean's 11
, you'll want to check this one out. Honestly, I'm surprised they were able to squeeze two more movies out of it, but that's Hollywood for ya. These days, it seems like they're starting to run out of ideas. You're hard-pressed to find a truly original movie concept. Either way, I don't see a fourth on the horizon, but I wouldn't be surprised. If they did go for another, I'm thinking we might have to get out of Vegas for once.