Chaos Theory

On March 25, 2011, in Comedy, Drama, Reviews, Romance, by movienoob

This movie isn’t for everyone. I enjoyed it though. I also felt it showed Ryan Reynolds as a more interesting actor. The movie is based on the idea that by his well-meaning wife (Emily Mortimer) setting their clock back a mere 10 minutes Frank Allan’s (Reynolds) life is thrown into chaos.

The movie had some funny moments and I really had a lot of fun watching Frank have a nervous break down. This is also the first movie I’ve seen with Stuart Townsend (and actually recognized him) since Queen of the Damned.

The downside to this movie is it can seem a little slow and the ending seemed unrealistic to me. I liked it anyway, probably for the same reason I read romance novels even though they aren’t realistic either. I recommend this movie anyway.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Star Trek

On March 25, 2011, in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Reviews, Science Fiction, by movienoob

I have to admit firstly that I’m a Star Trek nerd. When I first heard they were making this movie I avoided all the news on it so I could be surprised. I was absolutely thrilled with the final outcome.

Casting. Just simply amazing. All the characters resemble the original cast of the TV series. Chris Pine is great in the role of Kirk and Zachary Quinto pulls off Spock. My only real complaints are Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. Yelchin, though he pulls off the role of Chekov, he doesn’t really look like Walter Koenig but hey he pulls off the accent. Pegg doesn’t quite hit the mark but then again no one really will in my opinion. I was also hoping he’d pull off the accent a little better but alas it’s just not quite right.

The effects, script, story, and everything else meet the par and surpass it. I was really impressed and I’m certainly hoping for more. I haven’t been this excited about Star Trek since the final Next Generation movie.  I was also ecstatic to see Nemoy make a return. I couldn’t ask for a better movie.

Rating: ★★★★½

This installment of the Terminator franchise is battling with T2 for favorite of the series. Christian Bale is amazing as John Connor. The movie itself pays homage to previous movies in the series. I enjoyed this movie, its writing, its actors, its effects, and the fact that it either wraps up the series or leaves room for another.

I highly recommend this movie and the entire series to anyone.

Rating: ★★★★☆

I like to pretend this movie doesn’t really exist. When I first saw this movie I said to myself  “oh look they’re making a terminator movie before Arnie becomes the govinator”

I like that the terminators were cast well(can’t beat Schwarzenegger). I liked the script and the effects of this movie as well. I couldn’t stand Nick Stahl or Claire Danes in their respective roles. They aren’t bad actors and they did their best but they just didn’t fit the characters. I was highly disappointed in this movie and I had high hopes.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The sequel to Terminator was even better than the original. Bringing back Linda Hamilton (Sarah Conner) and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a good guy terminator, the story picks up years later after the first. The casting is great and the story is still great. The script gave us some of the most memorable and most used catch phrases. This movie, to me, is the best of the series.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Terminator

On March 25, 2011, in Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, by movienoob

The terminator. One of the most recognized Schwarzenegger roles to us all. The movie itself isn’t amazing but the story and the characters more than make up for it. At the time the movie had some of the best special effects available and Schwarzenegger did a great job making us believe he was a robot. I love this movie and I’ve seen it many many times.

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Ugly Truth

On March 11, 2011, in Comedy, Reviews, Romance, by movienoob

This is a standard romantic comedy with your standard boy meets girl and they hate each other only to realize other wise. Its entertaining over all and I got a few laughs out of it. I also found it to be crude and misogynistic. I’m already tired of seeing Gerard Butler play a sexist bad boy with a soft spot. I’m not a fan of Katherine Heigl either but she’s not a bad actress.

I don’t mind this movie and I would recommend it to a friend. I won’t watch it again however. I didn’t like the fact that Abby (Heigl) changed herself to “get a man”. A large number of the jokes in this movie are also based on men just want to bone and women are controlling psychos. Maybe I’m being sensitive but I think we should be trying to move past these sorts of stereotypes.

Regardless, entertaining and funny even if in the wrong way or overused.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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First let me start by saying I have a soft spot for Hasbro. I’m a product of the 80′s and I totally watched GI Joe and Transformers cartoons. I remember the toys and I remember all the fun of that era. Not just that but GI Joe has been around a long time. My dad had GI Joe’s that were from the 60′s. That said, I’m a huge fan of the Transformers series that Michael Bay has given us. I can not say the same for this movie what so ever.

It felt wrong. From start to finish it was just wrong. The script and plot… wrong. The effects and visual feel of the movie… wrong wrong wrong. E for effort though. The cast does do a good job at delivering a poorly written script. I certainly can’t fault any one of the actors for signing on for this project either since, let’s face it, GI Joe is awesome. I don’t feel the casting in this movie was great though and I would have enjoyed it more if Marlon Wayans wasn’t Ripcord and Channing Tatum wasn’t Duke but hey they aren’t the worst choices for the roles.

As far as the plot, I felt like I could have done with out some of the character flashbacks. I also didn’t feel like the movie moved in a solid direction and it tried way too hard to be an action movie of the future resulting in failure. I understand the need to “update” a classic of sorts but there are plenty of ways to do that with out bad visual effects and out of the scope of what I feel is believable.

Things that also worked my nerves: Bad costuming of female characters. The Army, and any other military organization for that matter, would NEVER have female soldiers in form fitting uniforms that show cleavage. That wig on Sienna Miller? Yuck. I didn’t feel good about Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) and her hair either. All this changing of GI Joe being a world wide operation? No thanks.

It isn’t all bad though. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fabulous in his role. Dennis Quaid rocks his role as well. The movie itself had a lot of potential as well. I like the idea of some of the updated technology and the way the good vs evil tried to stay on point. If the movie had been more focused and less fluff it would have been a decent watch. I did get a laugh or two and I was hooked into the final battle scene.

This movie is a renter for sure. I wouldn’t waste the money on other venues of viewing but its worth watching and forming your own opinion. I hear there is a sequel so best to be up to snuff on the plot. Over all this movie is lacking in its presentation and organizing its story. The actors did the best they could with the material they were given but the script writers and director failed at making a great or even good movie.

 

Rating: ★★☆☆☆