Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale
Okay, so we all know the story of Batman, and since the new Christian Bale saga started, Neither of the two movies have been called Batman. Why? Well, watch this movie and that question will be answered. It lives up to its title, and is borderline disturbing, It really is DARK.
I don't want to give anything away in this film, so I will try to review it without ruining it. I will say this, I haven't spent much time thinking about the early ending to Heath Ledger's life until now, because after the performance he gave in The Dark Knight, I truly see it as a tragedy. He was so good in this role, it was spooky. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when going to see this, as I had mixed opinions on the first one. I liked it, and I really like Christian Bale as Batman, he plays it very well. I feel my thoughts on this film are a bit scattered, so let me tell you what I liked and what I didn't.

First, the movie was a little long, longer than I was anticipating, I think it was 2 1/2 hours long. My ideal movie is 1 hour 45 minutes, just so everyone knows. Second, Katie Holmes played Rachel in the first movie, and Maggie Gyllenhaal played her in this one, and I will have to say that this was a major downgrade, because there wasn't a scene in the movie where she looked at all desirable, and with all the fantasy in this film, the most far fetched aspect, was that Batman, and Harvey Dent were both fighting for her love, cause she was no prize. There wasn't much else not to like.

As far as what I did like, Batman gets a new suit, pretty awesome. He spends a lot more time on a two wheeler vs. the Bat mobile. He also comes up with a new device using "Sonar" that is pretty amazing. The stunts are anything but disappointing. The acting, especially by Heath, is award winning, and the story line kept me on the edge of my seat for almost the entire 2 1/2 hours. If you liked the first one, this one will Rock your World. Excellent Movie!!

Friday, July 4, 2008


HANCOCK, Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron.
This movie kicked ass. I was incredibly impressed with how good this movie was. Will Smith is the king of 4th of July weekend. A completely new spin on Super Heroes. This movie had it all, It was funny, actually super funny, lots of great one liners. It had drama, you saw a serious side to Hancock, as he was trying to figure out who he was. There is a plot twist, that even though you see it coming, you are not quite ready for it. There was a great action scene to end it. Great movie, left it open for a possible sequel. I would recommend this to anyone, and everyone.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


WALL E, Pixar Films, Animation.
So, I took Kennedy and Zach to see WALL E, on a rainy afternoon, on opening weekend. Kennedy had a bag of sour gummi worms, and Zach a bag of Skittles. That was in hopes it would keep them interested for longer. We sat in the middle of the theatre, and anticipated the next Blockbuster from Pixar. First off, I hate the little cartoon they insist on playing before each movie, as if it isn't going to be a chore to keep my kids in their seats for the length of the film anyways. The most I can say is it was cute. I am sure there were some deep messages about the future throughout the movie, that kids would never catch onto, but the best part of the movie, was my kids trying to impersonate the voice of the robot. The movie was creative, and Pixar delivered on the story line, but not a lot of dialogue, and the communication between the robots, was muffled, and hard to make out, other than the names of EVE and WALL E. The kids liked it, and it was better than sitting at home watching the rain, but not quite as good as Toy Story, or Cars. Fun for the family, maybe a good renter.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


WANTED, James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman.
Well, it was nice to see James McAvoy finally do something besides a chick flick, as this film had all the ingredients of a Summertime Action Movie. If you can get past the fact that there was absolutely nothing about this film that was believable, it was very entertaining. Angelina Jolie played a great supporting actress role, as a sexy hit woman, although I have to say she was not at the top of her game, as I am not sure if the hair and makeup artist was trying something new or he was looking in a fun house mirror as he applied it because she looked more distorted than beautiful. She left an impression that her doctor got a little botox happy and her lips were quite uneven, as the collagen injections are starting to sag. That said, she is still Angelina Jolee, and way hotter than anyone else they could have put in her place for this role. Morgan Freeman(Is this Guy in Every Movie?) did a great job, and his role was about the only thing that tied everything together. Over all, Entertaining enough, worth the price of the ticket, but will be forgotten over the next year. Lots of Swearing, Bloody Gun Shots, Rats covered in Peanut Butter, and 1 Butt shot of Ms. Jolie.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Incredible Hulk

THE INCREDIBLE HULK, Ed Norton, Liv Tyler.

Do you remember in 2003 when they released The HULK, with Jennifer Connelly, That movie really sucked. I saw it on DVD, and hated it. It was so bad, that I was very hesitant to see this one, but after seeing IRON MAN, which by the way was Awesome, and seeing how Marvel has done a great job recreating Superhero flicks, Like the new series of Batman with Christian Bale. So I gave The Big Green Monster another shot, and I am so glad that I did, because this version was so much better. It was really enjoyable, a little unbelievable, but if you didn't know that going in, you were definitely going to the wrong movie. The story line was great, Ed Norton did an amazing job, and Liv Tyler looked great! I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys Marvel Superheros.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Vantage Point

Vantage Point, Dennis Quaid, Mathew Fox, Forrest Whitaker
The main story here is an assassination attempt on the President of the United States in Spain. There is a 23 minute window of time that is retold a dozen times from the different people in attendance at the event that this all takes place. Lots of action in this movie, and a well told story. The things is, it was like watching Ground Hog Day, but nothing funny about it. Dennis Quaid does a good job of playing a secret service agent, Mathew Fox is an agent that goes Rogue, and Forrest Whitaker is a civilian that catches most of the event on him personal video camera. If you can get past the way they tell this story, it is a pretty good movie, the ending is great, but again it is a little tough to watch.


Flawless, Demi Moore, Michael Caine
If you like stories inspired by actual events, this is a pretty good one to watch. Mike Chandler recommended this movie, and I love a good diamond heist, so I took him up on the suggestion, and gave it a go. First off, Demi Moore looks so bad in this movie, it kind of ruined it for me from the beginning, As hot as she is, she just did not have it in this movie, she was hotter in G.I. Jane than she was in this, and in that movie she looked as much like a man as Demi could. Michael Caine, who I think is one of the greatest actors of all time, pulled off another fantastic performance. The movie itself was a little slow for the first hour, they do a great job of building up the story to make you feel as if the thieves are justified in stealing diamonds from the London Diamond Company, the worlds largest diamond supplier. They tell the story, and you think this is just another diamond heist to get rich kind of movie, until Michael Caine tricks everyone, even the audience. The story changes from heist to revenge. And then there is another plot twist that you don't see coming. The ending is a bit different than I expected as well. Overall, the movie was really good. All the action takes place in the last 20 minutes of the movie, so if you can hang with it long enough, it is worth it. Also, if you are hard of hearing, you will have to turn the volume wayyyyy up, as the characters dialogue is almost completely done in whispers, that was my biggest complaint of the movie, is it was hard to hear everything they were saying. Good Suggestion Mike, I enjoyed the movie.