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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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This marks the third movie in the Underworld series. However, it is not a sequel, but a prequel. So Kate Beckinsale makes a cameo, but Rhona Mitra plays the dominant female in this one. But its the guys who really take control of this movie. Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy really have most of the spotlight, and this prequel is their movie.

The story goes back to the beginning when a group of vampires known as Death Dealers kept the Lycans as their slaves. However, Lucian (Sheen) becomes the voice of the Lycans and gets them to join together to battle against Viktor (Nighy), the vampire king. To make matters worse, Lucian is having a secret love affair with Viktor’s daughter, Sonja (Mitra). I must say this movie is entertaining and always keeps the pace going pretty fast.

The actors really bring more to this movie and ultimately make it better. Bill Nighy has been in some dramatic films like The Constant Gardener, Notes on a Scandal, and Valkyrie. However, he can also be the ultimate villain, which he has proven in the other Underworld movies. Also, Michael Sheen is almost the exact same as Nighy. Sheen is very underrated as an actor and always gives a great performance, but is ignored. This has happened in The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Helen Mirren got all the glory for The Queen and Frank Langella is the only actor who has been nominated this awards season for Frost/Nixon. But Sheen can also play the hero, a werewolf hero. He can handle battle scenes and is just as entertaining in this as he was in the other two films I mentioned.

This movie surprised me because it was better than I thought. It fits right in with the other two movies of this franchise, and watching how it all begins is fun and entertaining. If you enjoyed the other two Underworld movies then I have no doubt that you will enjoy this one as well.

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Coraline

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This is not your normal animated children’s movie. Coraline is a darker movie than most people think. It deals with situations that might give little kids nightmares if they did not know any better. But the movie is unique with its storytelling and its animation. The animation process of Coraline is similar to The Nightmare Before Christmas. They both have stop-motion animation. Also, they are both directed by Henry Selick.

This stop-motion animation takes a long time. I believe it took something like 4 years to create. The process is long and it takes a week just to film a few seconds of the movie, which explains the 4 years to complete it. But this type of animation makes a movie like Coraline shine. It has a darker theme than the usual animated movies, but that’s the point. It is not suppose to be like those. And the animation helps it stand a part from others. Also, I got to see it in 3D and it is a cool movie to see in 3D if you can. Everything that Selick used in Coraline made the movie and the experience of seeing it better.

The story is about Coraline, a girl who thinks she lives a boring life. She has moved away from her friends, and her parents are too busy to notice her. She is alone. However, when she finds a secret door that leads to another version of her world, everything seems so much better. Or so she thinks. Her “other” parents notice her and pay her too much attention. But she enjoys being noticed. She feels loved until they want her to stay with them forever. The world that she thought was so bright is dark instead. So, we watch while Coraline tries to escape and help her real family as well. It is a dark adventure story. And its tagline could not be truer: Be Careful What You Wish For. Things could be much worse than you think. The story is about appreciating what you have and being thankful. I think it’s a message everyone can relate to. Coraline is an animated movie, but an animated movie with a message that is told with a good story and great visuals.

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The Pink Panther

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For those who saw the first Pink Panther with Steve Martin know what to expect from this sequel. The movie’s focus is on children and the filmmaker tries to make it mainly for families. I think the role of Inspector Clouseau is a role that will forever be attached to Peter Sellars, but Steve Martin tries. He does not try to be like Peter Sellars, but he puts his own touch on the character. Martin is a physical actor and he uses that to his advantage in playing Clouseau.

This movie is about a thief known as The Tornado, who has stolen some of the world’s greatest treasures. So, the world calls upon its greatest detectives to find The Tornado and get the treasures back and who will lead them? Inspector Clouseau of course. The movie replays some of its jokes from the first movie. For example, Clouseau tries to pronounce things and it sounds terrible. However, this movie delivers some laughs and its Martin who plays a big part in that. The jokes will never get you rolling on the floor, but you will at least crack a smile.

The cast is impressive as well for this movie. Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer and Jean Reno return, but this time they are joined by Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina. There are also small roles played by Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons, and John Cleese. It appears that the entire cast is having fun playing ridiculous characters. However, Irons, Cleese, and Tomlin are never used to their full potential. I think they were nice names to put on the poster.

Now this movie can be ridiculous at times and come off a little too stupid. But the movie is not really trying to stick with reality in the first place. Steve Martin really plays Inspector Clouseau with stupidity mixed with cleverness. The focus of the movie is to see what kind of situations Clouseau gets in to and how he gets out of them. He is always getting doubted, but somehow is able to solve the crime.

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Friday the 13th

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I hope we all know about Jason Voorhees and his story. This movie combines the original and the second movie in this horror franchise. This is a reinvention of the franchise and is directed by Marcus Nispel, who also directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre(2003). So, he has experience in reinventing a classic horror movie.

Not that the story ever matters in these type of movies, I will tell you anyways. The story involves these college kids who go out to Crystal Lake for some sex and fun. Of course, their vacation is ruined by Jason. However, 6 weeks later Clay enters Crystal Lake and is looking for his missing sister. At the beginning, we see what happens to Jason’s mother and the movie kicks off from there.

There is the essential young kids who want to have sex who hear creepy noises. So they go outside and are killed by Jason. Some things will never change. Gore and nudity is a necessity for the horror genre. There are a few changes in this Friday the 13th than Friday the 13th: Part 2. But most of the changes have to do with Jason himself. He is more ruthless and more intimidating. He is more tactical in this remake. He is not so much as chasing the kids, but trapping them instead. Of course, it is always cool when he finds the hockey mask and puts it on.

For a horror franchise that has been ran in to the ground, this remake is pretty good. It has its flaws. There are things that happen that are stupid and may not make sense in the real world. However, this is a Friday the 13th movie. You should know what you are getting yourself in to. But there are suspenseful moments and times when you may jump. Some of that is thanks to the music and the high volume of sound. Yet this movie delivers on what it set out to do. Everyone knows what to expect, but for some reason this movie still delivers the thrills and it works.

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Push

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The feeling I had when I got out of this movie is hard to explain, but I will try. I had never really felt like that before. It was a feeling of being undecided. I knew Push was not terrible, but I also knew it was not that good either. And believe it or not, the movie went by fast and its actually almost 2 hours long. So it was not boring either. But let me explain the story and what I enjoyed and what I did not.

The story is a mixture of action and sci-fi. The characters in this movie can see the future, mess with your reality, and move objects or people with their mind. In the mix, there is Nick (Chris Evans) and Cassie (Dakota Fanning). Cassie knows about this briefcase and since she can see the future, she knows she’ll need Nick’s help. However, Carter (Djimon Hounsou) is in charge of this agency that also is looking for the briefcase. Carter plays a role in making these individuals have special powers, and he wants them to be weapons. Not people. All of these certain individuals with powers came from a project that went wrong. But some use their powers for good and others use them for evil.

It is tough to really gather what this movie is trying to do. It delivers on action and mixes sci-fi with it very well. The location of Tokyo is nice to look at. It is a good backdrop for the movie. However, the movie does not really do much with what it has. The characters are one-dimensional. The actors try and carry it, but the attempt is lost. You are never really given any answers to why these things are going on. Sure there is a race against time to find this briefcase and a lot of people are looking for it. But there is no back story for the chaos that is occurring. For a movie that is almost 2 hours long, hardly anything gets accomplished. It feels like the movie goes around in circles and comes out with the same outcome, but just 45 minutes later than it should have. Maybe if the movie was 1 hour and 30 minutes it would have been better. But I’m not quite sure about that either.

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