A virgin teen goes on a road trip with his 2 friends to lose his virginity to a girl from the internet. One of his 2 friends along for the ride is a hot girl that secretly wants him. When the other is a fat kid with glasses who some how is a chick magnet.
Critics said it wanted to be Superbad and that the kids even dressed the way they did in Superbad. But they just dress the way any kid would and they sort of dress better than the kids in Superbad lol. If anything the movie more like a combination of Some Kind of Wonderful and American Pie.
James Marsden is entertaining as the virgin kids older brother but he acts a lot like Stiffler. All the mishaps with the step-mom is like something from American Pie as well. While the tomboy best-friend secretly wanting him is like Some Kind of Wonderful.
However, whether it's original or not it's entertaining and funny. Seth Green is very funny as a sarcastic Amish guy who claims he enjoys helping people but then hint that they could repay him with money or doing chores. James Marsden is at funnest whether his character is original or not. While the 3 leads have some charm as well.
Coraline is about a girl named Coraline that feels she's ignored by her workaholic parents. They are both writers and never have time for her. In their new home, she finds a secret doorway.
At first it's blocked by bricks until one night when she follows a mouse to it. There's no bricks and in it is a small crawl space. Inside leads to an alternate world where everyone has buttons for eyes. Her parents are nicer and always feed her great food.
But she soon realizes that this wonderful happy place isn't everything it seems to be. The film is creepy and haunting at times. So it's not for small children. It does have a good lesson about being happy with what you have though. It's also worth seeing at IMAX in 3-D. My only complaint is that the animation isn't totally perfect at times. The movement is just a little off for one thing.
I was about to give it ** 1/2 but then I realized that I actually enjoyed it. It's scarier and better made than any of the original films.
I just never understood how a little kid that drowned, all of a sudden is back as a roided up killer in a hockey mask. It's also predictable who will die and when. It's like what Randy said in Scream, when someone says "I'll be right back", they never come back. But it still scared the crap out of me when ever Jason ran at people with his huge knife. Plus some of the killings are a little creative and funny eve, well funny in a dark twisted sort of way.
Despite being a little better than I expected, it's still not that great. There's some laughs here and there but the movie is still more stupid than it is funny.
While, I don't know who told Steve Martin that he'd make a good Jacques Clouseau. He has his usual look but with a brown mustache glued on. In some scenes, it appears that it's falling off his face. White hair with a brown mustache looks pretty silly as well. Kevin Kline looks more the part and could have pulled it off better. He plays chief inspector Dreyfus. Kline isn't bad in the role but he's miscast as well. Yes, he hates Clouseau but Herbert Lom did a much better job showing his hate for him in the original films.
Martin simply just looks out of place and has been a lot funnier. I do like him as a comedian, I have liked many of his films. I just don't like him in this role. He's totally wrong for the part.
Batman, Gordan and Harvey Dent team up to bring down criminals in Gotham. A twisted new criminal named the Joker (Heath Ledger) might be more than they can handle though.
The Dark Knight is..dark and violent and not really action packed. It's more like a well made crime drama. It's always entertaining though due to the excellent performances. It's sad that we'll never see Ledger in the role again because he was amazing and no villain in a 3rd film could possibly out do his Joker. Johny Depp could possibly try to do what Ledger did if he played the Joker. But it would be disrespectful if they recast the role so soon.
Teen girls totally over-rate it while it was under-rated by critics. It's neither great nor is it awful. The vampire teen and the girl have chemistry. But other than, I it's just not that special. There's no real intrigue until the last 20 minutes, when bad vampires have her scent. But even that wasn't as exciting as it could have been. The movie just didn't offer enough for a big holiday release, yet it made a lot and left many women satisfied. I don't think there's a lot to say "wow' about though.
Nicole Kidman's snobby character becomes an unlikely cattle driver in Australia after the death of her husband. Hugh Jackman plays the rugged head cattle driver who she doesn't like but finds herself stuck with. While there's villains that want to stop them from loading the cattle on a ship. While Kidman finds herself with the responsibility of taking care of a special child.
Australia is basically 2 movies in one. The first half is a goofy but charming adventure picture. The second half is a total melodrama epic picture. But....both parts are entertaining. The second half is emotionally charged and will get to you. That is if you don't shut off the movie thinking it's over. It has as many endings as Return of the King lol.
Nicole Kidman's performance isn't her best in the first half. However, her performance gets better as the movie goes on. But Hugh Jackman and the child are excellent through-out. I always thought Jackman had a young Clint Eastwood look to him. So he's perfect for a Western. His performance is under-rated actually. He's one of the best actors at being a big macho brute one second and show some heart and emotion the next.
The two critics on At the Movies said there's too many close-ups of Hugh Jackman to remind us that he's the sexiest man alive. The only scene I thought of like that, is when he's shirtless dumping water over himself in slow motion lol. Other than that, no it's not just a 2 1/2 hour movie that just shows off his looks. He doesn't just pose for the camera, he acts too and he does a pretty good job.
An ex-group of heroes find themselves back together after one of their own is killed. They teamed up in the 60's but now it's the 80's and super heroes are outlawed by President Nixon.
Now Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) is out to bring them back together. While Dr. Manhattan, the only one with actual powers isn't even sure whether he wants to give up on humans or not. His girlfriend Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) is his only link to humanity.
However since Dr. Manhattan's so obsessed with his work, he's pushing Spectre into the arms of Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson of Lakeview Terrace). But it's a bad time for Manhattan to give up on humans since bombs are about to drop and he's the only chance in stopping them.
The movie is often brutally violent and disturbing even. It's far darker than Sin City and the Dark Knight. So don't expect a totally fun super hero adventure. Just expect a complicated but entertaining movie. It has it's share of fun action but some might find that it doesn't have enough action. I still found it fascinating though with some great visuals.
I didn't really care that there was a lot of talk. I loved the characters and the performances. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural season 1, Grey's Anatomy), gives a star making performance like many reviews have said. However, I think Patrick Wilson is also surprisingly excellent as a former hero who won't admit that he misses doing it. While he has excellent chemistry with Malin Akerman.
Jackie Earle Haley's performance is a little under-rated as well, I heard some complaints over it anyway. Yes, he sounds a lot like Christian Bale's Batman when he talks. Yet, he still probably gives the most engaging performance in the movie next to Billy Crudup. He totally owned the character as well.