I really enjoyed this movie!!! It is very original. It teaches us about relationships, forgiveness, sexuality, anger, redeption, etc. it is so intriging. I never seen a drama like it so real like. The Hustle & Flow connects his audience with real life situations that we all can relate too. I will admit it can be offensive to some whites but i feel they don't get the message.
This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The previous reviewer states that the ENTIRE movie is in subititles. Maybe he fell asleep during the showing because it is NOT entirely in subtitles. It is also NOT about people and their cultures. Apparently the movie premise was misunderstood. It is about an incident that occurs in one country and is tied to several other people in 3 other locations around the world. I thought the acting was superb and the story was very interesting. Pay attention.
Maybe 'Mimzy' couldn't get a break from me from the start. When I began planning to take my six-year-old daughter to see this movie, fond memories of watching E.T. at the theater with my mother began to bubble up in my mind. Now, E.T. was a truly good movie. It captured both heart and mind for me when I was a child. Perhaps that is a heavy standard to live up to.
Though, now that I think of it, I did just pay 16 bucks for tickets to 'Mimzy'. I think it should have at least been a good movie.
But 'Mimzy' was not a good movie. It barely ranked 'mediocre'. I do have to admit my daughter liked it. It had that going for it. And it wasn't excruciating to sit through -most- of it. But it was billed as a family film. Shouldn't a family film appeal to the -whole- family? Shouldn't an adult be able to enjoy it, too?
To begin with, the story is very slow. I spent the first half of the movie waiting for something to happen or waiting for the things that did happen to mean something to the plot. And, while I go to a any sci-fi movie understanding there has to be some 'willing supension of disbelief', this one asked for me to suspend too much about things I shouldn't have to. Stuffed bunny from the future that talks to children and is here to harvest DNA to save the world? Check. I'll suspend disbelief for that. A Homeland Security officer that apologiies for detaining a family suspected of terrorism and cheerfully leaves in his helicoptor after watching said bunny (and the daughter, nearly) be sucked into a vortex of swirling light? Um. No.
There are some heavy-handed 'Don't destroy our world' messages which seem to be in there just for the sake of agenda. I'm not philosophically opposed to the messages at all, but you don't have to pound it at me with a 2x4. As for acting and characters: the children were good, the science teacher and his girlfriend were fair, but the rest of the cast were completely one-dimensional. And the Homeland Security officer...oh lord.
The ending was very disappionting, from the swirling vortex and the bunny to the flying utopian children, with some neat special effects being the only saving grace. It was the kind of ending that made me think, 'Holy Cow, I can't believe some one thought that was worth wasting film on...'
Knowing that this movie was 'based' on a short story after I saw the movie I decided to check it out, figuring the screen writers must have missed something that would have made this story good. (It took some searching. Appearently, most copies of the story 'Mimsy were the Borogoves' have been removed from the internet by the owners of the copyright prior to the release of the film.) I was left even more befuddled. It's a very good short story. It is not, in almost EVERY way, anything like the story the screen adapters created for this movie.
I think I know what the film makers were trying to say ('Please, don't destroy our world and our humanity!!!'), but they really fell flat as far as delivery. The movie was so simple and almost trite about it, I almost want to go out a pollute people's DNA. And that's coming from a card-carrying, tree-hugging liberal.
Despite all that, like I said, my daughter really enjoyed it. It's worth a look if you have a child 7 to 10-ish who likes any of the following: rabbits, time-travel, science-fiction stories, swirly blue lights, Tibetan mandalas and Pink Floyd t-shirts. You'll be able to survive the time in the movie being moderately entertained and only slightly annoyed at the inanities.
Better yet. Rent the DVD when it comes out.
Rocky Balboa? Seriously? The world of boxing needed a warrior with great heart and determination, and this is all they could come up with? Or maybe someone in Hollywood needed a story for a film and they just couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t conjure up anything original. Either way, the Italian Stallion is back for one more round in Rocky Balboa, the sixth film in a series that started with glory and has since been knocked around a bit.
There is a strong likelihood that critics, and some fans, wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give Balboa a fighting chance this Christmas, seeing as there will be plenty of other films out there to see. Plus, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen the trailer to this flick, then you can pretty much guess how it goes down. Rocky mopes around Philadelphia, mourning the death of Adrian while the current heavyweight champion of the world, Mason Dixon, is loathed by fans due to a lack of competition. Leave it to ESPN to stir the pot a bit by showing a virtual fight between has-been Balboa and current champ Dixon in which Rocky wins. Throw in some sports agents keen on making that almighty dollar and all of the sudden a bout is born, and Rocky must once again find a way to get back up after being hit so hard for so long.
Now there are plenty of reasons not to see this film; the hokey story about a fight coming out of a video game simulation, the fact that Rocky would be well into his fifties by now and even the fact that Sylvester Stallone has chosen to write and direct. The last time Stallone wrote and directed a Rocky flick Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Rocky IV. He won a Razzie for worst director that year. Needless to say, this film is instantly going to take jabs from every angle.
But if you do happen to take a chance on Rocky this holiday season, and you can bear the first two thirds of the film, you will be aptly rewarded. The film starts out extremely slow, showing the bum that used to be Rocky Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a man that sits at his dead wifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grave daily, takes a depressing tour each year of all of the historical places of his life and never gets to see the son that is trying to get out from underneath his shadow. It is just plain depressing to watch at first, but it is ultimately palatable. The reason why is because, in classic form, Sly Stallone still has that Rocky charm. He goes from being a slouch one moment to an uplifting monologue about being a champion the next. He is still a bit slow, still very socially awkward and yet he is still very lovable.
That lovable old Rocky is what carries the first two thirds of this film, keeping the audience interested until the moment weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve all been waiting for Ã¢â‚¬â€œ until it is time to rumble! All at once, the music blares and the training montage, a classic element of Rocky glory, begins and leads us all the way up to the big finale Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the big fight between the champion of the past and the champion of the present.
The fight scene is uplifting, showing that the Rocky movies still have the ability to give me butterflies in my stomach and make me cheer. It is a finish that makes up for what the rest of the film lacks. So if you need help deciding whether or not to take a chance on this version of Rocky, allow me to help Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I say take the chance. Stallone still has what it takes to make Rocky the peoples champ, and while the film is by no means a knockout, it will certainly be right there Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtil the final round.
By: Neil Miller
In Premonition, Sandra Bullock plays an apathetic housewife whose world is turned upside down when she finds out that her husband has been killed in a terrible car accident. To make matters worse, she wakes up the next day to find out that the accident has not yet happened, that it was only a premonition. After seeing this film I believe that I too have had a premonition. What did I see in the future? I saw that this film will draw in a decent audience this weekend at the box office, then proceed to disappoint it.
Why is such a good turnout expected? Simply because there are plenty of ladies out there who are either tired of seeing nothing but family comedies (a la Wild Hogs) and blatant guy movies (300) filling their local Cineplex. And when they see that Sandra Bullock is starring, they immediately associate that with a sappy romantic storyline. Sadly they are in for a rude awakening when they discover that the closest this film gets to romance is the near rekindling of flames lost through years of stale married life between BullockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Linda and her soon to be dead husband Jim (played by Nip/TuckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Julian McMahon).
Now the lack of romanticism in this flick is not quite enough to steer audiences away, as it is being marketed as a psychological thriller about being able to see into the future and make moral decisions based on those future events. The only problem there is the fact that in order to successful execute a decent thriller, you must be able to lead your audience down a path, surprise them and then at least explain what the heck is going on by the time the credits roll. This is where Premonition fails miserably, with an ending that is not even worth spoiling because it is so bad. It is one of those movies that, when the credits do finally arrive, you are forced to look at the screen and say Ã¢â‚¬Å“Huh?Ã¢â‚¬Â
And it is not bad enough that the ending had to make absolutely no sense, the entire rest of the movie has to follow suit. The story takes place over the course of a week (Sunday to Saturday), but the days are lived out of order by Linda. One day she wakes up and it is Thursday, the next day she wakes up and it is Monday. This is not altogether an uncommon way to tell a story Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in fact it is quite a unique premise with the potential to be very interesting if done well. The only thing that can go wrong is that if you are not consistent then your story falls apart. In the case of Premonition, if you take all of the days and separate them, then put them in the right order they would make absolutely no sense. Certain plot points never quite connect from one scene to the next, causing us to become detached from the story and annoyed with its inconsistencies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and that just doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make for a fulfilling night at the movies.
In the end there really isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a way for me to stop people from seeing this flick no matter how certain I am that they will be disappointed. It is a simple suspense flick absolutely devoid of a payoff Ã¢â‚¬â€œ unless you consider utter confusion and a stale taste in your mouth to be a good payoff for a Sandra Bullock movie.
By: Neil Miller
Pan's Labyrinth is a spanish speaking movie based during the Franco Dictatorship which was basically a depressing time of suppression under the catholic church and government. It's based after the spanish civil war when the Franco Government were hunting and killing the rebels, so if you plan to see it, you won't get lost in the story line.
My favorite thing about this movie is how you can't tell wether the fantasy scenes were really happening or just from her mind.
This movie, from the same guy that did Hellboy, is centered on a little girl and her fantasy land she uses to escape her reality, which is living through war in a home where her new "dad" is an evil captain that doesn't like her.
IF you plan to see this movie, don't take younger children because it "it aint all rainbows and sunshine." There are beautiful fantasy lands and characters with some fantasy story lines, but that kinda gets balanced out with the realistic scenes of brutality and gore. But other than that, this movie is fantastic and i recommened anyone who doesn't mind reading subtitles to go see it immediatley.
Zodiac is a long movie, about a serial killer in the San Franscico area during the 1970's.
Basically, I felt the movie was good. Unlike most movies based on a true story, i would know what the real story is before I watch the movie, but for Zodiac, i didn't. All I knew was that it's still an open case. But the movie still didn't dissapoint.
It leads the viewer down a long road with many dead ends and when you think they get a great lead to whom the killer may be. . . nope, now here's another story line.
But this works for the movie, throughout the 2 and a half hours it keeps you on the edge of your seat with some awesome performances by jake Gylenhal and Mark Ruffulo, i know the spelling is off but you should know who they are.
The movie is more of a detective story than a serial killer movie because i felt that there weren't enough murder scenes, but the movie makes up for this because the murder scenes were very brutal and looked very real.
I probably won't buy this movie but If i get the chance to see it again for free, i would. I recommened anyone who knows anything about movies to see this movie. Although it may be a frustrating movie to watch, it has many tense moments which makes this movie well worth the 8 bucks.
Chris Rock thinks he loves his wife. To top that, he also has the delusion that he has what it takes to make his fans love him for more than just being a comedian. He is under the impression that he is also a good writer and director Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a thought that has him headed for disaster.
That potential disaster is a little film called I Think I Love My Wife, which coincidentally was written, directed and stars the iconic comedian as a bored married man who is no longer intimately acquainted with his wife and it is starting to get to him. Rock plays Richard Cooper, a successful financial broker with a wife (Gina Torres), two lovely children and all the problems that every married man is faced with Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a monotonous routine and worst of all, no sex. The no sex part is something that Richard was learning to deal with, that is until the day that Nikki (Kerry Washington) popped into his life.
The old flame of a close friend, Nikki comes to Richard with the need for a job reference and the penchant for being a home wrecker. She is outgoing, uninhibited and sexy from head to toe. And on top of that she begins to show some interest in Richard, something that is the ultimate fantasy of any bored married man. NikkiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only problem is that she is a bit over-the-top with her desire for Richard, to the point where you begin to remember that she is a fictional character Ã¢â‚¬â€œ because we all know that in real life, hot young women are just not that into stale husband-types.
This over-the-top characterization, in conjunction with Chris RockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exceedingly energetic brand of comedy creates a movie that plays out more like campy sitcom than a silver screen comedy. That makes sense seeing as the two guys who wrote it, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. are both knee deep in their own popular television sitcoms. And as if that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad enough, the film goes through a bit of an identity crisis. It is easy to see that the minds behind this film wanted to make a more serious satire about the woes of marriage and the temptations of fate. But instead they get scared that maybe their audience wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy that, causing them to reach for laughs instead of writing an intelligent flick.
The film does get some laughs however, thanks to its leading man Chris RockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s natural ability to be funny no matter what the situation. Steve Buscemi also lends a hand in the comedy department as RichardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s philandering business partner. Sadly though, a few laughs here and there arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough to make this a good choice on any level. Chris Rock is funny, yes. And I will buy every comedy CD he ever puts out. But thanks to I Think I Love My Wife, the next time I see his name next to the words Ã¢â‚¬Å“Written and Directed byÃ¢â‚¬Â, I may just look for something else.