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Sam
20 July 2020 @ 11:04 pm
Welcome!

Before you indulge in my reviews, it's probably best that you learn what my style is and how my posts will be set up. Otherwise, you might find yourself confused and lost in my brain.

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Sam
21 July 2019 @ 12:34 am
Are you wondering what a movie is about? Or if it's worth it to see or rent? Well, feel free to post your request here and I will respond with whether or not I've seen it. If I've seen it, I will get a review out to you (I'll post the link in a reply comment to you) within 10 days. If I haven't, I will tell you when I will try to watch it and post the link in a reply comment to a review once I've written it.

If I haven't seen the movie yet, please be patient. RL does get in the way :)
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Sam
20 March 2011 @ 01:32 am
Note: Sorry for the onslaught! Last one for the night!



The Lincoln Lawyer

Score: A-

Director: Brad Furman

Genre: Drama

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe

Suggested mood/setting to be in: Ready to think, anticipatory.

Summary: McConaughey plays a successful defense attorney famous for getting even the guiltiest of criminals off when he receives the case of his life. This movie will make you think and wonder exactly what will happen to the characters next.

 

The Facts:

 

Mike Haller (McConaughey) is the defense attorney to go to in LA. He is extremely good at his job, which is proving innocence where innocence may not exist, and does it all out of the back of his Lincoln town car. When Louis Roulet (Phillippe) is arrested for brutalizing a hooker, he comes to Haller claiming complete innocence. As the case unfolds, Haller discovers the truth about not just his current case, but also a previous case and has to make a decision on what to do. All the while, he is being threatened to act in a certain way.

 

In the end, he must find a way to redeem himself and correct the wrongdoings he’s committed.

 

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Sam
20 March 2011 @ 01:04 am


The Adjustment Bureau

Score: B+

Director: George Nolfi

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, Romance

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie

Suggested mood/setting to be in: Relaxed, in need of slight brain exercise.

Summary: Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, this film takes a spin on the age-old debate of free will v. fate. With Matt Damon and Emily Blunt playing the couple caught in the middle of the struggle between the two schools of thought, the story brings the audience on an entertaining and fun journey.

 

 

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David Norris (Damon) is a young but popular politician in the state of New York. By chance he runs into a dancer named Elise (Blunt) before delivering a losing speech that sets him up in front-running position for the next Senate election. A month after the chance encounter, he chances another run-in with Elise, but this time it was a meeting not meant to occur. A group known as the “adjustment bureau” were supposed to ensure that the two never met again, but one minor slip up leads to Norris learning of the bureau’s existence and being warned to stay away from Elise.

 

Of course, he refuses to obey the bureau’s wishes and when he chances another meeting with Elise the bureau launches into full prevention mode with the couple continuously being ripped apart despite their efforts to stay together. Somehow the couple must find a way to stay together and fight against the bureau’s power together.

 

 

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Sam
20 March 2011 @ 12:36 am

Note: From now on, spoilers in the thoughts and opinions section are written in a grey font so that you can read the review without being spoiled.
 


Drive Angry
Score: D+

Director: Patrick Lussier

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Unintended Comedy?

Rating: R

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner

Suggested mood/setting to be in: Not serious, ready to laugh at just how poor a film could be

Summary: Nicolas Cage hasn’t been very successful lately, and this film doesn’t change that track record.  Add in the most cliché action scenes and lines, a hot actress and a horrific plot and you have the makings of an unintentional comedy that leaves you thinking hell couldn’t possibly be worse than this…

 

 

The Facts

 

Milton (Cage) has broken out of hell to avenge his daughter’s death. On the way, he comes across a girl named Piper (Heard) who has a really awesome car. Together, they try and find the leader of the satanic cult that killed Milton’s daughter and are trying to sacrifice his granddaughter in order to release hell on Earth. The two are pursued, though, but the Accountant (Fichtner) who is in charge of returning Milton to hell where he belongs.

 

The journey includes plenty of violence with car chases, guns, explosions and the most cliché action film lines of all time.

 

 

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Sam
10 March 2011 @ 12:40 am
NOTE: After some constructive criticism, I've changed the review style slightly. "The Facts" are now definitely spoiler free (as in, nothing that isn't revealed in the trailer will be revealed) and not behind a cut, while "Thoughts and Opinions" is now labeled as "SPOILERS" as well. Just to keep everyone who didn't read my "must read" post happy. Also, all reviews will be better than the Rango review. It was rushed. Also, titles of movies are links to the trailers.


Unknown
Score: B+
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Genre: Action, Mystery
Rating: PG-13
Voices: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diana Kruger
Suggested mood/setting to be in: Somewhat energetic, not too high of an attention span.
Summary: Liam Neeson follows up "Taken" with another action-y role that will be sure to keep you entertained. Unknown will give you a fun and easy to follow mystery action flick that will make you ready to kick some ass when you get out of the cinema.


The Facts:

During a trip to Berlin to speak at a BioTech conference, Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) is involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma for a few days. Upon awakening, he discovers that his wife Liz (January Jones) doesn't recognize him and that there is another person who claims to be Martin Harris and is living his life. Neeson's character then embarks on a quest to find the driver of the taxi involved in the accident (Diane Kruger) and to reclaim his identity. Along the way he discovers what he has forgotten and his identity, but not everything he discovers is particularly pleasant.

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Next film up for review: Drive Angry 3D

I also (finally) saw True Grit today. I hadn't made it a priority because I dislike Westerns, didn't like the John Wayne original and just couldn't be bothered, but am glad I saw it. I won't be reviewing it, though, as it has been done to death by now.
 
 
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Sam
05 March 2011 @ 10:30 pm

Rango
Score: B-
Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Animated/Adventure/Western
Rating: PG
Voices: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin
Suggested mood/setting to be in: Bored or in the mood for a cartoon.
Summary: "Rango” is a visually beautiful animated feature that follows the adventure of a pet lizard when he first encounters waterless life in the desert. Although stunning to look at, the plot is tiring, the characters are flat and the comedic moments are as scarce as the water Rango and the townsfolk desire.

 

 

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Sam
04 March 2011 @ 12:29 pm
Award Season is over! It was a great year for movies, 2010. So now that the Oscars have announced their top 10 films and named their top 1, I've created my list of the Top 8 Films the Oscars neglected in their "Best Picture" category. Of course, I'm not saying all of these should be there (I agree with 8 out of 10 of the noms this year), but these films sure are good ones!

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As an added bonus, I give you the Top 4 Films YOU SHOULDN'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH. Yes, I did this.
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Sam
01 January 2011 @ 10:50 pm



The Way Back

Score: C+
Director: Peter Weir
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Main Actors: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell
Suggested mood/setting to be in: Sleepy or worn out.
Summary: "The Way Back" is based on the true story of escapists from a Siberian prison during World War II and their journey from Siberia to India. While it is an impressive and unimaginable feat, the movie drags on and makes you feel like you're the one simply surviving for the long 133 minute film that spoils the ending with a caption at the very beginning.


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Sam
30 December 2010 @ 10:33 pm
Considering I've gone to the cinema approximately 100 times (not an exaggeration for those of you who know me), I think I can confidently answer this little prompt. First, let's take a look at the few I think should/will be in the competition:

 Toy Story 3
 Inception
 Black Swan
 King's Speech
 The Social Network
 Kick-Ass
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Now I want to look at which order I would rank these and give my explanations.

7. The Social Network

Why I think it's a good film: The Social Network was an enjoyable film. It had witty dialogue, good acting and a solid subject/plot that appealed to me and a lot of other people.

Why it's only in 7th place: The problems with The Social Network are extensions with what made it a good film. First, the dialogue, while witty and fast felt completely and totally rehearsed. I also see this problem in TV series like the Gilmore Girls. Ordinary people who aren't really given any distinction in their speech characteristics. While I do enjoy it, sometimes during the film I felt that the reality of the situation was lost in words.
Next, the subject was interesting, yes, but somewhat forgettable. There was no real need for exciting camerawork, or even various camera shots, while they were sitting in board rooms and all that. I remember the beginning and end somewhat clearly, but parts in the middle, while I remember the overall story, are a bit vague and lost in mundane filming.
Lastly, it just didn't cause the commotion it needed to. Was it big? Yes. Did people know about it? Yes. But what did people call it? They called it "The Facebook Movie". Was the movie about Facebook? No. Facebook was just a component for a greater story of business, friendship and human interaction. So when a movie is widely known for something it's actually not, I doubt the world can see it as the best picture of the year. I certainly can't.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

Why I think it's a good film: The 7th Harry Potter movie was the best in the series thus far even though it had an unfortunately boring half of a book to turn into excitement. With superb editing, a significant improvement in acting, spot on sound work and great story adaption, I really think this is one of the most overlooked films of the year.

Why it's only in 6th place: The Harry Potter series is huge. It is widely adored in both book and film form. For whatever reason, some book fans denounce the movie series as they appear to be incapable of understanding how to view the two separately, which can lead to a lot of unnecessary and, frankly, irrelevant criticism of the films.

This film was great, as I've said, but it did have some drawbacks to prevent it from being higher up on this list. First, it's the 7th of an eventual eight film series. It's hard to consider a film like this as revolutionary or completely different when you've seen something like it 6 times before. Also, the content of this film was, unfortunately, not the most exciting. Of course, there were very exciting scenes, but a large chunk of the film centered around camping and discussion. Although the acting had clearly improved, actors like Daniel Radcliffe did hurt the dialogue sometimes.

5. Inception

Why I think it's a good film:
Christopher Nolan's most recent film was an instant success. It was intriguing and original, but also groundbreaking in it's special effects (without using that ~~amazing 3D technology). As a Christopher Nolan fan and a fan of action movies, I honestly thought this film was great.

Why it's only in 5th place: While Inception was truly original and great. It had it's flaws. Although visually stunning and engaging, other parts of the filming fell up a little short. Not in terms of cinematography, but in terms of character development and plot development.

While some people decided this film was a "mindfuck", I think a lot of people just found it engaging and could predict the ending by about halfway through. We all knew the token would keep spinning with no definite ending. In my opinion, those who claim it was a "mindfuck" just haven't seen a lot of movies, read many books and live a very simple life. No offense. Anyway, the story was original, but simple, with a few plot holes and a few contradictions.

What I think hurt this film the most, though, was character development. The characters didn't feel real (no pun intended). We knew almost nothing about any of the characters except for Leo's, but we also knew very little about him. Why should I care about him? I found myself trying to care about him for the entire film, consciously in fact, but I just couldn't get a grasp on him. A great movie it was, but it may have been the best if the characters were there.

4. Kick-Ass

Why I think it's a good film: Now, I know you're all getting ready to discount any credibility you may have of me, but hear me out. I know this film won't be up for any awards, but it's still one of my favorites of the year, if not my absolute favorite. I want to defend it's originality, amazing humor, awesome characters and astounding soundtrack here and now.

Why it's in 4th place: This film was great. I saw it 3 times in cinema (well two times in a cinema and once in a drive-in). First, it was so original. The concept and the characters were fresh and different. "Hit Girl", for example, was so controversial, but quite possibly my favorite character of the last few years. I can't wait to see her in the sequel! Even Nicholas Cage played a good role. Unbelievable, right?

The style the movie was filmed in was great, as well. There was awesome jump editing for certain scenes that made it feel so exciting! The shots were all really well done for the action scenes and just, well, exciting. And the music? Perfect for the film. The music just added that much more to the excitement. Really loved it.

Now, this is probably a guy movie, but I highly recommend it. I loved it. Still, it didn't have the Oscar material to be up for an award like that and the humor is a little different, but I still think it was one of the best films of the year. And that's why it's on my list. Deal with it.

3 (or 2?). The King's Speech

Why I think it's a good film: This films reeks of being an Oscar film, but it's also completely enjoyable. Colin Firth and Geoffery Rush were fantastic. And so was Helena Bonham Carter, for that matter. It was engaging, well filmed, well written, and well acted. Overall, it was just a well executed film.

Why it's in 3rd or 2nd place: Personally, I think The King's Speech and Black Swan are interchangeable for the 3rd and 2nd spots on this list. They are both excellently executed and enjoyable, but I put them in these positions based on which one I would first watch again.

I've already said why I thought this film was great, so there you have it. It's earned it's spot here and I won't be at all surprised if it wins the Oscar. It was just a great film in all aspects. It was artistic without being just arty. The characters all had some depth to them. Well, as much as the royal family can have depth. I will be floored if Geoffery Rush doesn't win an Oscar for his performance. He and Firth gave outstanding performances. This will probably be the film to get Firth and Oscar if he can manage.

This is that one British film of the year that really pulls something off. Definitely give it a watch because I'll bet you that it'll be on the Oscar list and quite possibly the winner.

2 (or 3?). Black Swan

Why I think it's a good film: Now for the film that everyone's talking (too much) about. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis gave fantastic performances in a film that was, like The King's Speech, excellently executed. It was also thrilling, sexy and entertaining. Everything a movie should be.

Why it's in 2nd or 3rd place: This is the rival to The King's Speech for the Oscar. It may pull it off because it has generated more interest in the States than The King's Speech, but I really think both are interchangeable.

I had been waiting to see Black Swan since I saw the trailer over the summer and it did not disappoint. I was never a Mila Kunis fan, but this film completely changed my opinion of her. She and Portman were engaging and fascinating in their roles.  Portman's character was very interesting and definitely carried the movie's plot.

Of course the plot was predictable, or at least the ending was. But that was kind of the point. The symmetry of the film to Swan Lake was obvious, but it was still creative and interesting. The shots and pieces that held the film together were well done. Overall, the film was just well put together. It's definitely going to be in the running for the Oscar so definitely have a watch.

1. Toy Story 3

Why it's a good film: The final film in the Toy Story trilogy is probably the best and represents the perfect film. It was humorous, emotional, beautiful and appealed to all age groups. It is, in my opinion, the best film of the year hands down.

Why it's the number 1 best film: Toy Story 3 was highly anticipated and it definitely delivered on its expectations. The animation was spot on and it was clear that the artists at Pixar worked on perfection and damn near achieved it for this film. The lovable characters were just as fantastic as always and even funnier than before.

As a member of the Toy Story generation, this film held a special place in my heart. Toy Story was one of the first films I remember seeing the the theater. I remember the theater being sold out and having to sit in the front row with my neck craned. I had eagerly awaited the last film in the trilogy and I laughed and cried along with millions of others.

The humor of Toy Story 3 crossed all age barriers. There were bits for children, teens and adults. But the humor wasn't the greatest part. No, the emotional side of the film was impossibly evocative. I pride myself in not crying at films, but this film was one of the exceptions (as was the beginning of Up). The ending of the film was heart wrenching in both sadness and happiness. It was totally relatable for anyone who had grown up, and even relatable for those who haven't yet.

Yes, the last in the Toy Story series was a perfect film and the best of 2010, in my opinion. It was entertaining and enjoyable. It will forever hold a place in my heart. Finally, the question of whether Andy cared more for Buzz or Woody was answered, but either way it was hard to be surprised or disappointed. There is no question that anyone will soon forget Buzz, Woody or the other toys we've grown to know and love. They will be missed and loved for generations to come.




There you have it. My list of the top 7 movies of 2010. Of course, there are loads of other good movies to see. This post will be x-posted to my movie LJ measureinmovies , which has been long neglected. I plan on keeping up with it for 2011 and making it awesome so add it please :)