First of all, I thought this movie was the best of the Spider-Man trilogy. I have no idea why people are saying it sucked. I mean, to some fan who's read the comic books, and expected Venom to be the hulking black gorilla he was in the comics, then I understand. But I would have been disapointed if they made Venom huge. I mean, come on, he'd look a little strang jumping 20 feat in the air, although he looked like he weighed 300 pounds. On the other hand though, I didn't like that he appeared kinda late in the movie. I also didn't like that the New Goblin had a strange outfit, and never became the public menace his father did. Also, what's up with the huge Sand Man? I mean he just has to get bigger and bigger. I mean, it was just a little cheesy. And, the Harry shouldn't have died. He was actually one of my favorite caractors. All in all, this was one of my favorite Summer block busters.
Zodiac was a good movie that suffered from its own length. The movie wanted to make the suspense that it was banking on a hell of a lot longer than it needed. I still believe that it was well done, with a very interesting story, some great acting(especially at the hands of Robert Downey Jr.), and some wonderful cinematography.
The story of Zodiac is about an unsolved string of murders in California. It follows the story of the detective assigned to the murders Marc Ruffalo, a reporter for the newspaper Robert Downey Jr., and the cartoonist obsessed with solving the puzzle of the killer Jake Gyllenhaal.
Like I said the movie was very good. If it would have been edited more efficiently I would have probably given it a perfect review. However; I give it four stars.
So when I first heard the name Pan's Labyrinth I had pretty much made up my mind not to see it. A foreign film was just not interesting to me at the particular time. However; I was coerced into seeing it by a couple friends who could not shut up about it. Well now I understand why. Along with the astounding visual effects and the wonderful dialogue, the movie actually had a really good message along with it. Not the kind of underlying brainless theme that currently most movies have migrated toward.
The movie is based during the Spanish civil war. A young girl and her pregnant mother travel to a military base, because the mother is bearing the commanding officer's baby. As the story progresses two battles emerge, the actual battle between the Spanish and the rebels and the battle of the girl to escape the harsh reality of her new life. The fates of the two battles become twisted as one and the girl's lines between what is real and what is imagination become too jaded to tell apart.
If you are a true movie fan I strongly urge you to see this movie. If you don't see it due to the use of subtitles, then I suggest you go back and watch such classics as White Chicks and Bloodrayne.
Bad, bad movie. Anyone up for a little mutant rape? I did not think so. This movie is a clear-cut example of the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“gratuity". Too much of one thing is not always a good idea, nor does it always work. Hills Have Eyes 2 is an example of gratuity that does not work. This movie was an exercise in "one-up-man ship" of movies like Hostel. Hostel worked because there was an attempt of character development, and because of the bazaar nature of the story. OK, so you have these mutant dudes wreaking havoc in some crappy desert. "Their kind" is the aftermath of United States atomic bomb testing from years ago. Come into their area, and you will be eaten, killed and raped (and not necessarily in that order). OK, class got it. That is the whole movie and it sucked wilder beast ass!
I will say it straight up! I refuse to give this movie a single star! In fact, I am giving this a negative star. This was one of the most lackluster silliest little chick-flick movies that I have ever seen. I just watched this piece of garbage movie this afternoon with my wife. I would have rather been slitting my freaking throat than having to endure this miserable effort. What in the world was going on with this mess?? The plot was cantankerous, the acting was abhorrent and the execution of this already abysmal mess was equally as miserable.
This is my point. If you are going to go ahead with a silly little plot, at least be able to execute it effectively. Sandra Bullock needs to reevaluate who she is as an actor and figure out how to say this one magic word..."no". Come on Sandra, can you say this with me?"No". Learn how to spot a crappy script when you see one and avoid it like the freaking plague. This movie was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lifetime NetworkÃ¢â‚¬Â version of the brilliant movie Ground Hog Day. Lifetime is where this piece of garbage should have ended up! Do not proceed to the theaters, do not pass to DVD, go straight to Lifetime! People I implore you, do not waste your time. Avoid this miserable flick as if your life depends on it!
This movie was great. There was no seats empty, it is a standing ovation. This Harry Potter movie left me wanting to see more. I loved it. I want to see more Harry Poter movies. I can't seem to get enough. Please tell the writers to keep them coming. Harry Potter please do not quit. I enjoyed it beyond words.
I'll begin by saying that just like the millions of others nerds, losers and geeks alike, my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows has been preordered for weeks and it will be at my doorstep this Saturday via amazon.com! Now for the review: Unlike many Potter fans, my favorite book thus far is the Order of the Phoenix. It is because the book is a very nice prelude of things to come. The Order of the Phoenix is the lengthiest of the Potter books and there are a ton of things going on, along with loads of answers to which Potter fans may have had in the previous four efforts.
Now the big question: Knowing how involved the Order of the Phoenix is in the book, were the screenwriters able to stress the gist of the story well enough without having to alter, or leave out too much? Although I was disappointed that some very key things were left out of the movie, the overall story was told very effectively considering that the movie was a hair under two and one half hours. If you are a fan of the book, you won't be "too" disappointed in the movie.
Area of concern: The producers of the Potter franchise needs to go "Lord of the Rings" and The "Matrix 2 and 3", and hurry to complete the final two movies because the kids are growing up at an alarming rate. Harry is the size of a fricking lumberjack, Ron's knuckles are practically scraping the ground, The Weasley twins look as though they should have grandchildren, and Hermione is well ...kinda hot. They need to put the pedal to the metal and knock the last two movies out before Harry starts looking like Voldemort's big brother!
Special effects: They definitely could have been better. two hundred million dollars was spent on this film, and I wish that the majority of the budget would have gone into special effects. The effects were ok, but they have not improved much. In fact, the Goblet of Fire has better special effects than Order of the Phoenix. A certain giant looks pretty cartoonish, the flying sequences appear to be no different than the first Potter movie, and more could have been done with Dumbledore since the audience finally gets to see him kicking some dark wizard ass! Oh yeah speaking of that: In the book, Fudge, Percy, Umbridge, and two Aurors got their proverbial bells rung by Dumbledore. It's not in the movie though. Big crowd-pleasing moment wasted.
Character development: We all know who the characters are in Harry Potter; the only question is how good of an acting job did they do, and how good was the script. The actors get an "A" and so does the script. These brats still care about their characters! One can tell by the passion that they exude on the big screen, and I could not have been happier about it. To all of you Gary Oldman fans out there, frickin Sirius Black nailed it. He was sooo cool. I was in the theater thinking, how one dude can be so damn cool. Man oh man, tragic about the fate of Black.
I would have liked to see more of Severus Snape and Luna Lovegood. These characters are very interesting and Snape steals every single scene that he is in as he has done since the first Potter movie. Final analysis: Go see this movie. Those of you who have not read the book will think it is an excellent movie, those of you who have will be pleased as well, though, not as much.
Okay, I like horror movies, really I do. However... this was horrible. HORRIBLE. There was no introduction to the main character, you hardly knew anything about her... and when bad things started happening, she kept making stupid decisions that ended with you wishing she would die. It opened with some pretty gory stuff... and then the end was a complete disappointment. I regret the one star I gave it.
hello i would like to say that Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly, you have no right in ridiculing the Transformers Movie and I am apalled in what you said.
I watched the movie and I happen to agree with Mr Roeper on Sunday 7/15/2007 when the show Ebert and Roeper aired in my area.
I can tell you from watching the Transformers Cartoons, I never have seen Barricade the police car. and from what i remember in the cartoons Bumble Bee was a VW Bug... in the movie, he is a Camaro.
I can tell you this I missed only a few minutes cause i had to use the restroom. I can tell you this that the movie is a good seller.. When it comes out on dvd.. I am going to buy it..
Unlike any other films based on previously published material before them, the Harry Potter series really does have two completely different audiences. There are the die hard fans who have read and reread the novels, and there are the movie fans who enjoy the magical tales on film only, which are still great but just... different.
I admit to being a Harry Potter junkie, and therefore my review is completely biased by how I compare the film to the books, albeit fairly and realistically.
And wow, they did a great job this time out. The bigger books MUST go through a rigorous "trimming", and that is understandable. But in Goblet of Fire, the film felt choppy and full of holes, not so with Order of the Phoenix. Maybe it's the story, maybe the screenwriter, maybe the director... whatever it was, it worked well. This was my second favorite film in the franchise, barely falling right behind Prisoner of Azkaban.
The story focuses a lot more on Harry and tells it from his point of view more so than the last film, which Really helped the overall feel of the film. It is MUCH more personable, you can connect with all the characters more readily.
The casting of important newcomers playing Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbridge were SPOT ON!! The rest of the cast was brilliant as always, but I always feel like I wanted more Snape and McGonnigal...
The action takes a while to come to, but when you get there, they do it up right. The big battle at the end has the very best magical duel ever put on the big screen!!!
Like I said, I cannot help but compare the films to the book, and they always fall short, but I can be fair in my expectations... and this movie was great. I took a friend who doesn't read the books and he loved it as well, saying it was his favorite of all the films.
Either way, this is a great Potter flick, so if you like the series in any format... go see it! Now!