Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rocky Balboa:Ã¢â‚¬Â Inspirational yet Uninventive
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rocky BalboaÃ¢â‚¬Â is a crowd-pleasing and inspirational film about following your dreams, achieving your best, and not letting anybody push you around. Rocky (Sylvestor Stallone) for the last time puts on the gloves and enters the ring, proving to himself and to his brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still got something left in the 50+ year old tank. RockyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife Adrian is dead for a few years and Rocky struggles emotionally throughout the film while coping her loss. Her memory helps drive him through the grueling bout.
Stallone wrote, directed, and stars in this film, and after seeing many of his movies, I can really tell this film was personal and is a good representation of the person that Stallone is. He is a positive and inspirational force. He warns his son that the world is cruel, and he has to stand up for himself to be somebody. He scolds the boxing commission to do the right thing by granting him a boxing license. He persuades his mentor/love interest Marie (Geraldine Hughes) to leave behind an old trashy bar and work in his restaurant. The movie is powerful in these regards. In a world of insecurity, corruption, and despair, Rocky is a shining light. He encourages everybody heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s around, he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let anybody push him around, and he proves to himself he can still fight another round.
Stallone uses a lot of handheld camera shots in the movie, and I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but think of NBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Office.Ã¢â‚¬Â This modernized style made the film feel a little to unsteady, and as a result did not capture the authenticity of the original. Though it was wintertime in Philadelphia, the modernized filming techniques, overplayed soundtrack, and heavy editing took away the cold crispness of the season. The original Ã¢â‚¬Å“RockyÃ¢â‚¬Â was so good because the viewer could vicariously experience the coldness of RockyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world, and his witty commentary was refreshing. In this film, Rocky has plenty of witty lines, but they are not as effective as they are in the original because of these reasons.
Paulie is as disgruntled and mean as ever after thirty years since the original. He is still working at the meat factory, and is the main motivation for Rocky to get back into the ring. He overacted a little bit, but at the same time expressed himself as a deep and emotional character. For instance, he confessed concerning how poorly he treated his sister by telling Rocky, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you treated her good, and I treated her bad.Ã¢â‚¬Â This line says a lot about the two characters. Rocky treated her good, and is therefore rewarded with success and fame. Paulie treated her bad, and is cursed with a job as a meat packer.
Antonio Tarver plays the opposing boxer named Mason Ã¢â‚¬Å“the lineÃ¢â‚¬Â Dixon. He is portrayed as a stereotypical African American (hip hop music follows his every step), and he was relatively underdeveloped as a character. He lacks the charisma of Apollo Creed (Ã¢â‚¬Å“RockyÃ¢â‚¬Â) and the commanding presence of the Russian from the fourth film. He is seen very little in the film up until the fight, but was convincing enough when the fighting commenced.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rocky BalboaÃ¢â‚¬Â is a truly inspirational film. It lacks the freshness of the first film, but what more can be expected from a sixth installment? Stallone is as buff as ever, and the ending fight is entertaining. The story is pretty simple but the message is good: Ã¢â‚¬Å“donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let anybody stop you from attaining your dream.Ã¢â‚¬Â A rant from Stallone is always good. The audience is expecting him to stay something really stupid because he looks and sounds like a bonehead, but he says profound things. Rocky is the ultimate underdog. Even though he is a success, he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get respect. What he lacks in stature, brains, and charm, he makes up for in genuineness of heart. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“rags to richesÃ¢â‚¬Â idea is as old as story itself, but it is still very effective. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rocky BalboaÃ¢â‚¬Â is not the most well-crafted film youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see, but is definitely one of the most inspiring.
Three stars. PG for some language and boxing violence
Run For the Hills Before You See Ã¢â‚¬Å“Deck the HallsÃ¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Deck the Halls,Ã¢â‚¬Â directed by John Whitesell and starring Matthew Broderick and Danny De Vito, in short Ã¢â‚¬â€œ sucks. The acting, story, music, and overall Christmas spirit in the film Ã¢â‚¬â€œ sucks. There are so many bad things to say about this film that I cannot fit into one article, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll point out the most glaring.
First, the story. Danny (played by Danny DeVito), moves into a suburban neighborhood right across the street from Steve (played by Matthew Broderick). Steve is known around town as the Christmas guy, and is very proud of that fact. Danny quickly takes over the coveted crown of Christmas King by putting so many lights on his house that it will be visible from space! Oh, boy! As Danny increasingly puts lights on his house, Steve gets angry because he suspects Danny is stealing his power, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annoyed because of the light shows that Danny puts on for the whole world to see. As people stop looking to Steve for Christmas advice and start turning to Danny, Steve takes offensive measures. Danny retaliates, and the neighborly feud begins.
Think about the premise of the film for a second, some dude wants to put a bunch of lights on his house so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visible from space. How ridiculous! How rank! How retarded! SteveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts to ensure that never happens are uninventive, clumsy, and predictable. In one scene he dresses up like Tom Cruise from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mission Impossible,Ã¢â‚¬Â sneaks over to DannyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house, and throws snow in his electric box. The audience was prepared for an acrobatic entrance by the aging Broderick, but instead receives one of the lamest assaults ever displayed in cinema (the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Home AloneÃ¢â‚¬Â pranks look like feats of science compared to this garbage). In another scene Broderick flies over a car in a sleigh gone awry, and a kid in the car looks up and exclaims, Ã¢â‚¬Å“There really is a Santa Clause!Ã¢â‚¬Â Okay, objects flying over cars and kids pondering the existence of fairytales should both be outlawed from movies.
The acting in this film probably couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been much worse, especially when one recalls the fine histories of De Vito and Broderick. Okay, Broderick wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that bad. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s looking old and wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t very funny, but his performance isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d call a step forward in his career. De Vito was dopey. He waddled around and was very enthusiastic about everything like always, but he was annoying. The main problem with Steve and Danny is that you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t empathize with them. The story was so stupid that the audience wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t engaged, and as a result the main characters were unlikable. The despicable performances came from the supporting cast. The wives were shallow and fake. DannyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughters acted like a couple Paris Hilton clones and recruited SteveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughter to form a dance trio that looked like auditions for the Pussycat Dolls, and SteveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son was just a brat.
The numerous attempts at comedy fell short and the sexual innuendos flourished in this supposed family comedy. Innuendos in the forms of a bra and thong sporting middle aged male cop, risquÃƒÂ© paintings of DannyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bimbo wife, and a scene with Steve and Danny unknowingly groveling over their daughters: Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your daddyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m your daddy!Ã¢â‚¬Â Steve shouts. This junk looks like bits that you might find on Conan OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢BrienÃ¢â‚¬Â¦if every writer on the team had writers block. The jokes were forced and telegraphed. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather listen to Alex Trebek recite knock-knock jokes or watch Rosie OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell walk the runway.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see this movie. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll leave the theater feeling less in the Christmas Spirit than before you came. Personally, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather watch the Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Santa Clause 2Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and I hated that movie. 1 star. Rated PG for mild language, and more crude and sexual humor than youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d expect.
"The Guardian" Needed a Guardian Angel
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The GuardianÃ¢â‚¬Â could have been a good film. It begins as a spectacular piece of cinematography as Sr. Chief Randall, played by Kevin Costner jumps out of a Coast Guard helicopter and saves a couple from drowning in the Baltic Sea. A little while later heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back at it again, only to be faced with disaster (everyone knew that was coming). What makes the movie not so good is that after being smashed in the face (somewhat literally) with heartbreak, tragedy, and age, he gets sent to some Naval Academy to teach Coast Guard class (initiation) to eager early twenty-somethings. And there, he encounters standout, star, stud? swimmer Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fish,Ã¢â‚¬Â played by grandma groping punker Ashton Kutcher. Ashton canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t act, he looks like a swimmer though, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty lanky (more like stretchy, like silly putty). He locks horns with Randall at the academy, breaks all of his swimming records, and is at first cocky, then becomes humble, blah blah blah. FishÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s growth is not important here. What is important though, is the love relationship that he attains while at the academy (I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know trainees were allowed to court). He meets a girl and they start corresponding at bars, and it is painful to watch. Kutcher! YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a comedian! (I guess). I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wanna see your mug on the silver screen!
The movie just gets a lot less interesting once it adverts to Coast Guard school. It could have been a heroic, sea thriller that honors the brave men and women of the Coast Guard, but instead, the body of the film is an eighty-minute Ã¢â‚¬Å“Annapolis.Ã¢â‚¬Â Costner (contrary to popular opinion) is a good actor, but he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shout! HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s supposed to be some sort of drill instructer/teacher, but he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t raise his voice. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s agonizing, all the other instructors were yelling, screaming, and humiliating the students, but Costner lacks the tracheatical capability. This vocal deficiency may sound like a forgivable deficiency, but it is just a glaring deficiency here.
Since Kutcher is a big shot, little emphasis is placed on the other members of his class. We see the class a lot, but only like four of them have speaking parts (itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably better they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have speaking parts, come to think of it) because their acting was horrific. In short, the movie should not have transferred to Coast Guard school. It is so clichÃƒÂ©, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been done so many times, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a flippin copout if you ask me. The film should have been about the Coast Guard, taking place in the Baltic Sea, with Costner as the old veteran and Kutcher as his sidekick. That could have made for a great movie. But instead, we get a clunky story, some good acting (Costner, a couple others), and some horrible acting (Kutcher in terms of his little love relationship, all the students at the academy except one). Also the film is about 35 minutes to long, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like 140 minutes.
At the end of the film, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re back at the Baltic Sea (we never should have left, did I mention that?), and the films end relatively well. To sum up, good suspense, bad acting, good tribute to the coast guard, bad story that could have been good, and a fine score. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The GuardianÃ¢â‚¬Â is too long, but it is uplifting. A decent rental if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re bored. 2 Ã‚Â½ stars. Pg-13 disaster related peril, brief strong language, and mild sexual content.
Taking over from Batman Begins, Batman The Dark Night is destinied to be much better. Featuring the Joker and a cast of unbelievable actors. Though, very little is known about it. We have pictures + Magazines confirming all theories. The Joker theory was discovered late November or somewhat that time. The images aren't just all that exciting. They have a new Bat-Suit, that is thinner and brings out how fat Batman really is, I mean, the insults on him, FatMan, really weren't all that true. His suit also looks more 24th century, technologically, for all you geeks out there. It has a square six-pack that looks incredibly weird, but very cool. The utility-belt has a twist, and the cape is now even longer than ever! I will now give you links to some of the pictures:
I thought Enchanted was a very fun and great movie to watch. It had very funny parts, happy parts, all that stuff. What makes it so cool is that it combines CGI, animation, and real-life. And all three categories are great. The CGI characters look cartoony enough to laugh at and enjoy, but real enough to feel like....well, they're real. Another cool thing is that the movie basically takes every princess movie plot (snow white, cinderella, etc.) and mixes them together. It's like fifty princesses in one princess! A problem I had with the acting is 'Prince Edward' would be a little too silly sometimes, and it got annoying. Another problem is 'Gazelle'. Sometimes you just want her to shut up with her perky little voice. And she'd always have a dumb look on her face. That was just obnoxious. But still, it's great. All the guys might not be so enthusiastic about the musical numbers, romance, and pink fruffley dresses, though.
So, go see this movie. It's enjoyable and fun. Oh yeah, "for the whole family."
Plot : Three teenagers about to graduate from high school try to have an amazing night and try to figure out their futures.
Story : How you grow to love the characters over the course of the movie is one of the films best aspects. It's story revolves around five characters Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Micheal Cera) as they try to get alchohal for a party they are invited to by girls they really like. Fogell - a friend of Seth and Evan who hangs out with some cops after he gets robbed while trying to buy alchohal with a fake ID , and then there are the cops Slater (Bill Hader) and Micheals (Seth Rogen) who just do outragous stuff for tons of laughs.
Humor : There are a lot more laugh out loud moments in here than subtle funny moments like Knocked Up - so if you were looking for an outragous comedy this year : you've found it.
Visuals : The movie also takes on a day to night cycle , since the whole thing takes place in one day : which really makes it that much better. Also , there are some other great visual moments for the movie.
Sypnosis : Hillarious antics with a big heart , you'll be hard pressed not to love it.
This Christmas is about a African American family. It is the first time that all the grown children come home for Christmas. I found this movie boring and really no plot or story until about the fifth reel. There are a couple of funny scenes towards the end but that was it. I have been telling people who ask not to see it. Some take my advice and some don't.
In August Rush, the premise is about a boy in an orphanage and he doesn't want to be adopted because he believes his parents will find him if he plays music. Freddie Highmore as the little boy was amazing. Here is this little boy who has faith that his music will lead his parents back to him. His journey leads him to Wizard, played by Robin Williams who is alot like Fagin from Oliver Twist, where he exploits children by having them play music on the street and takes their money and keeps a tight rein on them. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the singer, Louis Connolly and Keri Russell as the cellist, Lyla Novacek are wonderful as well. These three characters, even though most of the film, are separated come together at Central Park.
I love this movie, even though the ending could have been a little better. I work in a movie theatre and I always have people ask me what is good and I have been recommending this movie to everyone. Those people who took my advice have agreed with me that it is a wonderful movie.
Most comedy movies tend to use raunchy material, and fail miserably. For example date movie, school for scoundrels, and scary movie 2. These directors must realize that there is more depth to comedy than simple dick and fart jokes. True comedy films such as American Pie, Fast Times at Ridgemount High, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. These comedy films have substance, moral value, and they are just down right FUN. Seriously, when i came out of date movie I WAS HEATED(damn those promotional values are T-R-I-C-K-Y. Then there was that GOD awful Scary Movie 2, how can a sequel from a perfect spoof predecessor be so bad; by adding obscenity to gain laughs, not to mention the fact that the first one spoofed films in "our" century and this lame dud spoofed movies that were 20 years or older; oh Mr. Zucker WHY!!!!.
Luckily, i have come to the conclusion that in order to relive the comic gems in AP and FBDO, there is one man that makes it all possible; JUDD APATOW. Judd Apatow is the most consistent, determined, and intelligent comedic director. In 2005, I was honored to witness The 40 Year Old Virgin, which at the time was my favorite comedy movie; it had over the top humor, feel good. "one-liners", and at the end of it all made me realize "Holy S*** man I've Got to Get On That". HAHA, great one liner. Then he expanded the success of his debut film, and blessed the film industry with KNOCKED UP. Which is raunchy, but succeeds through Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, and Paul Rudd. This film is absolutely hilarious, because the "one liners" make you erupt in laughter, the gags are priceless, and when i say comedies these days need substance boy does Knocked Up hit the bullseye.
Knocked up stars Seth Rogen, he plays Ben Stone, the laziest and coolest character of 2007. Ben parties with his brews and bros and his "bush". That's right Ben and his pals have invested in their own website called www.fleshofthestars.com, which they have added clips of hot celebrities in their most regrettable scenes involving bush, tush, and boobs. While they are off investing in a site that has already been made, we see the world of Allison Scott, who is far more focused than Ben and works at E entertainment studios. With her hard work and determination she has been promoted to Hollywood reporter,and decides to celebrate the best way she knows "AT the BAR". It just so happens that our lovable loser Ben Stone is there also. UH OH Ben meets Allison, Allison wants to dance with "Ben', and they both want each other, because lord knows how long Ben's been waiting to go sex nuts and retard strong, and Allison with her busy life, has been limited as well. Then they head over to Allison's humble abode and "knock boots". 8 months later all hell breaks loose as Ben "could be a father". How does Ben react?, How is Allison feeling about a pothead raising a child?, IT WILL ALL BE CLEAR ONCE YOU SEE THE FUNNIEST MOVIE EVER MADE; KNOCKED UP!