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  • Catch me if You Can - 4.5/5
    Fantastic movie. A teenager starts cashing fraud cheques and starts running from the law. Ends up cashing in millions of dollars, becomes a piolet, a lawyer and a doctor in the process. You follow Frank Abagnale Jr. in his fantastic adventure all over the US and the world while being chased down by the FBI while he trys to outwit them every step of the way. Directed by Spielberg who we all know for making great movies (then ruining them 10 years on) and your main actors being Dicaprio (who I normally don't like in my movies, but he did a great job with his part in this movie) and Tom Hanks who as usual, does an outstanding job with his role. This is a movie I'll recommend to anyone and everyone.
  • TRF said:

    Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010) ****
    This was my favorite movie of 2010. Natalie Portman gives both an enchanting and visceral performance. The dance choreography is wonderful, the cinematography is fantastic, and the CGI is used incredibly well. It's a bit artsy, but creepy as hell and is still good for multiple viewings (this was my third viewing).


    Awesome hearing this, as it was my favorite movie from 2010 as well! Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell make such an awesome team when they're working together.
  • Hanna - Kinda crappy, I didn't think it was gonna be The Professional, but this movie could not make up its mind. The plot was stupid, the kind of thing that is a paper-thin excuse for action, only there really wasn't much action. The action was fairly blah, and sympathizing with Hanna was like sympathizing with an android. Saoirse Ronan has now been in this and The Lovely Bones, one of the very worst movies of the last ten years, up there with Salt and Transformers 2. This lady is the female Shia LeShit, a mark of death for a film, not so much that they are without talent, just that they choose the worst crap to be in.
  • Little Fockers (Paul Weitz, 2010) 1 out of 4 stars
    What an awful movie. I liked the first two movies, but at this point, the tension between Stiller and De Niro that made the first two so funny is being milked dry for this third installment. The jokes lack intelligence and most are broadcast from a mile away. Jessica Alba is one of the worst actresses in Hollywood. She's gorgeous but she can't act for shit and deserved her Razzie Award for Worst Actress. It's sad to see such a talented cast (besides Alba) go through the typical motions of a lazily-made comedy.

    Raising Arizona (Coen brothers, 1987) 3½ out of 4 stars
    This is one of my favorite Coen brothers movies. Nicolas Cage is very funny in this, which is unlike him. The music is great and the dialogue is very good, as per the usual when it comes to Coen brothers movies.

    The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry, 2011) 2 out of 4 stars
    I was very disappointed by this film. I liked Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind, but this tried way too hard to be funny. The action was poorly-shot and the jokes were hammered in so hard. The movie was so desperate for a laugh and it just came across as awkward. It's the equivalent of that one guy we all know who tells a bad joke and keeps adding onto it, hoping someone will eventually find it amusing.

    The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) 3½ out of 4 stars
    The movie is incredibly well-shot and the music is intense. Both of these factors along with the fantastic performances by Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson. Both performances are two of the greatest performances in the history of horror cinema in my opinion. The film is a bit hard to follow but its nail-biting intensity keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) 4 out of 4 stars
    What can I really say about this? I'm sure most people have seen this movie and I don't know a single person who doesn't like it. It's one of my favorite movies of all time (easily top ten). Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta give great performances and Bruce Willis isn't half-bad either. I also love Uma Thurman in this movie. She's a very underrated actress. She's mostly known for playing The Bride in Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2, but I think Pulp Fiction is her best work. As great as the acting is, the script is really where this film shines. Quentin Tarantino is one of the best writers in Hollywood and his specialty is writing fantastic dialogue. This movie hits on all cylinders and is perfect as can be.

    The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004) 4 out of 4 stars
    A Serious Man (Coen brothers, 2009) 4 out of 4 stars
    The Town (Ben Affleck, 2010) 3½ out of 4 stars
    Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994) 3½ out of 4 stars
    Machete (Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis, 2010) 3 out of 4 stars
    Predators (Nimród Antal, 2010) out of 4 stars
    The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010) 3½ out of 4 stars
    Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) 4 out of 4 stars
  • Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990) 1½ out of 4 stars
    I had high hopes going into this. The cast is dynamite, featuring the likes of Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, James Caan, Glenne Headley, Kathy Bates, Paul Sorvino, and Dustin Hoffman (only a small portion of the overall cast), and the visual style is really cool. It combines a wide color palette with a distinctive film noir style, ultimately culminating into a very cool, very eccentric comic book aesthetic. Unfortunately, the film doesn't provide much entertainment beyond that. The plot is practically nonexistent and the film itself is incredibly boring.

    Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (Craig Teper, 2011) 3 out of 4 stars
    This is a very good documentary. I hadn't even heard of Vidal Sassoon until seeing this film, and it interested me even though the subject matter is something I wouldn't normally be interested in. It's very intriguing to see how Mr. Sassoon incorporates geometry into his hairdressing, and I came out of the movie seeing hairdressing as more of an art form than I previously had viewed it.

    Fargo (Coen brothers, 1996) 4 out of 4 stars
    Coming to America (John Landis, 1988) 3 out of 4 stars
    Tangled (Nathan Greno/Byron Howard, 2010) 3½ out of 4 stars
  • Coneheads (Steve Barron, 1993) 2½ out of 4 stars
    The year 1993 is a little too late to be making this movie considering it's based off of a SNL skit from the 1970s, but it's not that bad of a movie. It's not particularly good, but it's not bad at all. It's a bit bland and forgettable, but it's nice to see Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin reprising their roles as the iconic Clorhone family and I enjoyed seeing the likes of the current (at the time) SNL cast members such as Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Tim Meadows, Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, and Kevin Nealon, plus some older ones like Garrett Morris (from the original 1970s cast) and Jon Lovitz.

    Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011) 4 out of 4 stars
    The movie reminds me a lot of The Tree of Life, although I suppose they deal with opposing subject matter. Kirsten Dunst gives the best performance of her career and one of the best female performances of the year so far. The rest of the cast is great, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Cameron Spurr, and Alexander Skarsgård, among others.

    Unstoppable (Tony Scott, 2010) 3½ out of 4 stars
    I love this movie. I can watch it a million times and it never gets old. This is easily Tony Scott's best film. The whole cast is solid, including Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (who have great chemistry), and Rosario Dawson. The action is nail-bitingly intense. It's loud, it's chaotic, it's over-the-top, but damn is it fun.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay, 2011) 1 out of 4 stars
    This film epitomizes everything that's wrong with Hollywood these days. The acting is horrible. Shia LaBeouf does his usual "Nononononono!" schtick which I hate. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a beautiful girl with a gorgeous accent, but she can't act for shit. I was surprised to see good actors like John Malkovich, John Turturro, and Frances McDormand in the film, but their performances reflected their level of interest in the film, which was zero. The script is abysmal, with annoying side characters that do nothing but irritate you. Surprisingly, the CGI was also lousy. At best, it was average, but at its normal quality it looked like video game console graphics. At worst, it looked like a PS2 game cutscene. The action scenes are few and far between and are poorly-shot. The last fight scene is an hour-long clusterfuck of grey metal. The only characters you can actually distinguish from the rest are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee due to their coloring and Shockwave due to the fact that he's a giant fucking worm. This film fails on all levels: the comedy doesn't work, the story doesn't work, and the action doesn't work. I could go on and on about how bad this movie is, but I'll just wrap this mini-review up by saying that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is one of the worst movies of the year.
  • Footloose (Craig Brewer, 2011) 3 out of 4 stars
    I actually kind of liked this movie. Is it stupid? Absolutely, but it's pretty fun as well. Kenny Wormald does a solid job as Ren McCormack and the dancing is really cool, albeit not as frequent as I would've liked. There's a story to the film, but who cares? I went to see cool dancing and cool dancing is what I got, plus I got to see the gorgeous Julianne Hough bump and grind on the dance floor.
  • Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon, 2011) 3½ out of 4 stars
    This is a very funny movie, even on the second viewing. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day are all excellent as the bumbling wannabe assassins and have great chemistry. The bosses are certainly horrible, but in a good way. Kevin Spacey is hilarious as one of the most evil and conniving dirtbags I've seen in film in recent years. Jennifer Aniston steps out of her comfort zone in this movie; instead of playing Rachel from Friends like she always does, she plays a sexual predator who has some of the funnier and more vulgar lines in the film. Finally, Colin Farrell, while not in the movie much, was my favorite of the bosses. He plays this moronic cokehead who spends his time partying while the company he inherited from his father goes down the toilet. There's also Jamie Foxx, who helps the three heroes murder each other's bosses. The film does a great job of balancing outrageously crude humor with clever wit. This is, by far, the funniest film of 2011 so far.

    Scream 2 (Wes Craven, 1997) 3 out of 4 stars
    I was shocked that I even liked this movie (generally horror sequels don't do it for me). It's not all that scary, but the screenplay is very clever and the movie does a great job taking jabs at horror movie clichés. It's really more of a satire than a horror movie, but it's not unintentionally funny. You definitely get the feeling that when you laugh, you're supposed to laugh. Now I just have to watch the third and fourth installments in order to catch up.

    Wayne's World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992) 3 out of 4 stars
    This is my favorite SNL movie, which is saying something, because I honestly don't hate them as much as most people do. At the very worst, they're mediocre, but I haven't watched any that I've found to be truly terrible. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers are great as Wayne and Garth, two of my favorite SNL characters. Dana Carvey is truly one of the most underrated entertainers in the history of television and his career really never took off like it should have. Mike Myers is funny as Wayne, but Dana Carvey as Garth really steals the show.

    Zombieland (Ruben Fleischer, 2009) 3½ out of 4 stars
    Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) 4 out of 4 stars
    Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) 4 out of 4 stars
  • Just Go With It (Dennis Dugan, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
    Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions company hasn't made a good movie in years. There are very few laughs in this movie. The only thing you'll really be laughing at is how ridiculous it is that 45-year-old schlub Adam Sandler could even come close to romancing the gorgeous 24-year-old Brooklyn Decker. The story is basically nonexistent and all of the conflicts end up being resolved off-screen in about two seconds. This is a terrible movie.

    Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) 3½ out of 4 stars
    The movie has a very clever tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to it. It's not all that scary, but the performances are solid and the movie is very frenetic, suspenseful, and exciting. I plan on watching Scream 3 and Scream 4 later today to round out the series. So far, so good.
  • Scream 3 (Wes Craven, 2000) 2½ out of 4 stars
    This one is okay. At this point in the series, the self-referential satire was getting a bit old. The film tries too hard to be funny and meta, which just comes across as pathetic. Also, the way they introduced the new rules by bringing back Jamie Kennedy for a small scene was lame. I did, however, like the way the villain in this movie tied into the first one. Ultimately, the second and third movies weren't necessary, but this one, while not great, did do a good job of wrapping up the series.

    Scream 4 (Wes Craven, 2011) 2 out of 4 stars
    And then this came along. With horror remakes outweighing the original horror movies, Wes Craven decided to do exactly what the original Scream was criticizing Hollywood for doing: MAKE ANOTHER SEQUEL! This one does nothing new. Most of the scenes in the film are old and have been done in at least one of the first three movies. I know the film is supposed to be satirizing horror remakes by making the movie exactly like the first one, but it's really lazy when the only way you can think of satirizing something is by doing the exact same thing but to a much more annoying degree. I will say though, the new cast members are good and the ending is pretty good.

    So what are my thoughts on the series? It started out strong. Scream was a great satire of the slasher genre. Scream 2 was unnecessary but was still enjoyable. Scream 3 was also unnecessary; it had a weaker script and tried too hard to be satirical and meta, but it did do a good job of wrapping up the series. That is, until Scream 4 came around, which was both unnecessary and added absolutely nothing to the overall story. Literally nothing changed before and after Scream 4. At this point in the series, Craven tried so hard to continue satirizing the genre that he, himself, created what he set out to destroy. Overall, I enjoyed the series. It had good characters and plenty of them, and while it wasn't scary, it definitely had its moments of genius, mostly in the first two films. As a whole, I'd give the Scream series a recommendation (at least the first three), although I hope that the planned Scream 5 and Scream 6 films are canceled because I don't know if I can handle more of the same schtick. It's getting old.
  • Scary Movie 2 (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2001) 1½ out of 4 stars
    Even worse than the first one. It's sad to see talented comedians like David Cross and Tim Curry do garbage like this. I laughed a couple of times, but most of the jokes are incredibly stupid and add nothing to the story. They're pointless. Just because you parody something doesn't make it funny, especially when you keep it exactly the same as it was in the source material. Fuck this movie.

    Barely Legal (Jose Montesinos, 2011) 0 out of 4 stars
    Yes, the infamous rating of zero. This movie is not only bad, it's unwatchable. It's the farthest thing from funny I've seen in a long time. Scary Movie 2 looks like Airplane! compared to this piece of garbage. Every time a joke was made, I just felt embarrassed to be watching this piece of shit. Most of the sex humor isn't even humor, it's just sex. I felt like I was watching a porno. It made me really uncomfortable to watch. Most sex comedies such as EuroTrip and Sex Drive and what-have-you at least have stories and characters. This movie is basically a bunch of bedroom encounters with either men or toys. This is the worst film of 2011, by a large margin, and I suspect it will keep the throne through the end of the year. I knew it would be bad considering it was produced by The Asylum, but I didn't expect it to be this bad. Avoid at all costs. If given the choice between watching this and having your eyeballs shaved off layer by layer with a rusty cheese grater, promptly grab a stick, bite down, and get used to reading braille.
  • Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011) 3 out of 4 stars
    Going into this, I thought I wouldn't like it because it was a chick flick, but it's really not. It's been called "The Hangover for women," and I can see why, but it doesn't just appeal to women. I was laughing my ass off. The film features a top-notch cast of some of the best female comedic actresses working today. Kristen Wiig has great star potential and is one of my favorite comediennes, and Melissa McCarthy is a scene-stealer.

    Everything Must Go (Dan Rush, 2011) 4 out of 4 stars
    I was expecting to really like this movie, and I'm pleased to say that it far exceeded my already-high expectations. Will Ferrell gives a great performance in this. As of late I've found him to be kind of annoying, but here he shows why he became an actor in the first place. Generally his performances are over-the-top, but he handled this role with a quiet subtlety that genuinely impressed me. Christopher Jordan Wallace also gives a fantastic performance as Kenny, the kid living down the block who befriends Ferrell's Nick Halsey and looks to him as a sort of father figure. The film is sad, bittersweet, funny at points, and inspirational. It's one of the best movies of the year.
  • Ironclad (Jonathan English, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
    I wasn't expecting a ton from this movie since these kinds of movies generally aren't good and haven't been since The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I was still disappointed. Paul Giamatti is a great actor but he's not fit for the role of King John and looks both stupid and embarrassed to even be in this piece of garbage. The story is paper thin, which would be okay if the action was any good. It's not. The cameraman must have been having seizures during all of the action scenes because the camerawork is so shaky that it's hard to even see what's happening. The film is loaded with gore but none of it feels necessary and it feels way too over-the-top. I have no issue with over-the-top violence, but only when it makes sense. A shallow slash across an armored abdomen should not make intestines fly out onto the camera. I wish I could laugh at this movie, but it's such a boring mess that I couldn't do anything but sigh.
  • I Am Number Four (D.J. Caruso, 2011) 2 out of 4 stars
    This film is your typical high school bullshit with an alien subplot, although the marketing for the film would have you believe the opposite. Most of the film involves Alex Pettyfer pathetically attempting to portray the one-dimensional John Smith as he deals with high school as an alien in disguise. Most of the acting is shoddy, although I liked Timothy Olyphant, as I always do. He just seems to exude coolness and while he's not the best actor around, he's generally a pleasure to watch. Surprisingly, the climax of the film is quite exciting and well-shot and the CGI isn't half-bad, but those two positives don't change the fact that this film is basically Superman meets Degrassi.
  • No Country for Old Men - I thought the movie started out fantastically. The story and characters are compelling and I thought Javier Bardem did an impressive job as the creepily calm killer...bowl haircut and all. Then the movie turns from fantastic to okay at a really precise point, at least I thought so, and then it also started to become a bit puzzling. I don't know, it just seemed like after the pool scene, things went downhill fast in terms of story telling. It wasn't bad, it just didn't have the same feeling and attention to detail as the first half. Overally, it was still interesting and thought-provoking film to watch, I just thought the last part of the movie was a disappointment.
  • Brisby said:
    No Country for Old Men - I thought the movie started out fantastically. The story and characters are compelling and I thought Javier Bardem did an impressive job as the creepily calm killer...bowl haircut and all. Then the movie turns from fantastic to okay at a really precise point, at least I thought so, and then it also started to become a bit puzzling. I don't know, it just seemed like after the pool scene, things went downhill fast in terms of story telling. It wasn't bad, it just didn't have the same feeling and attention to detail as the first half. Overally, it was still interesting and thought-provoking film to watch, I just thought the last part of the movie was a disappointment.


    I actually saw this movie for the first (and second time) pretty recently, and I definitely enjoyed it more the second time (there were a lot of things I picked up on after paying more attention / realizing how it ends).

    I would actually argue that the second half
    Spoiler: I'm gonna assume this is the point you are referring to
    When the husband and the killer (I don't remember their names :p) met each other face to face
    payed a lot more attention to detail than the first, or at least all of the events of the second half were drastically more important than everything that happened before then. I found the first half was mostly just a setup for what was to come.

    I could definitely see the two different tones of the film leading to thinking the later parts of the movie were disappointing. Coming into it with almost no prior knowledge at all, I was certainly surprised by how it ended, though I did really enjoy it.
  • District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009) 3½ out of 4 stars
    I love this movie. It has a really cool documentary-style feel for the first half and the second half is nonstop action. The effects are pretty cool too and I like the design of the aliens. I also like how the aliens are the victims in this case when it's usually the other way around.

    A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater, 2006) 3 out of 4 stars
    The rotoscoped art style is really cool and I haven't seen any other films using it. I wish they would. The acting is pretty solid, with Robert Downey, Jr. standing out as my favorite in the film. It's a very interesting look into drug abuse and it's got a pretty good script. Definitely worth checking out. I'll probably never forget this film, at least aesthetically.
  • The Company Men (John Wells, 2011) 3½ out of 4 stars
    The movie is everything you would want in a story. It's scary, depressing, and sad, but also motivational, inspiring, and conveys a good message about many different things: swallowing your pride, prioritizing your life, and finding the line between what's desired and what's necessary. The film does a good job of portraying the demoralizing and slightly emasculating condition that unemployed men often go through, especially those who fell from much higher. Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper provide excellent work as supporting actors. Ben Affleck is okay in the lead role, but he's Ben Affleck, so I'll take it.

    Parenthood (Ron Howard, 1989) 3 out of 4 stars
    Take some great actors such as Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Mary Steenburgen, and Tom Hulce, and couple them with the annoyingly untalented Rick Moranis, and you've got a good comedy in which the good generally outweighs the bad. It's actually pretty funny, which I wasn't expecting from the guy behind A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon. Good stuff.

    Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud, 2010) 2½ out of 4 stars
    I remember back when I saw this in theaters. I think it's the most recent film I've seen in 3D, which was a long way back. I really wanted to love this movie. The voice cast is full of great comedians like Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, and more. The film really is not that great. It's kind of sweet and cute, I guess, but it doesn't hit on a level any higher than that of a simply cutesy kids movie. The film relies way too much on those little tater tot guys, who, admittedly, are kinda cute and kinda funny at times, although they do get old. I could see this working as a television show or a series of shorts, but as a feature length film it's only average. Megamind pulled the evil villain thing off in a much better way. It was way more clever and way funnier.

    Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) 4 out of 4 stars
  • Country Strong (Shana Feste, 2011) 2 out of 4 stars
    There are so many things wrong with this movie. Where do I begin? The story is practically nonexistent. Gwyneth Paltrow, despite being very beautiful in this, gives an inconsistent performance. The sweet parts of her performance are sweet but she does a terrible job with the emotional scenes. The rest of the acting is okay, although Garrett Hedlund actually does a pretty good job. The characters develop overnight and they do so many out-of-character things it's ridiculous. It's a very weak story with a good performance by Garrett Hedlund and some great country music, which makes it bearable but not very good.

    Bad Teacher (Jake Kasdan, 2011) 2½ out of 4 stars
    I was expecting to hate this, but it wasn't half-bad. It's got some funny parts and Cameron Diaz does a good job, but most of the jokes become monotonous because they revolve around the bitchiness and self-centered attitude of the character. In addition, the plot was very predictable and I didn't love the way it turned out, but overall it was a decent comedy with a handful of laughs to be had.

    Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon, 2011) 3½ out of 4 stars
    Mortal Kombat: The Movie (Paul W.S. Anderson, 1995) 2½ out of 4 stars
    Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) 4 out of 4 stars
    Machete (Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis, 2010) 3 out of 4 stars
  • Red State (Kevin Smith, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
    I was never a huge Kevin Smith fan, to be honest. People hail Clerks as a great comedy, but I found it to be incredibly dull, as I do his other films. Red State is the exact opposite of dull, but I don't mean that in a good way. It's a total assault on the senses. The film starts as a sort of horror flick, using disturbing imagery to replace actual scares. The film later ditches the whole "horror" schtick and becomes an incredibly long shootout with intense, graphic violence. The performances are good, but it's sad to see talented actors such as Michael Parks, Stephen Root, John Goodman, and Melissa Leo act in such crap. The story is very uneven and doesn't make a lot of sense, plus it can get pretty dumb at points. What starts off as a horror movie loses focus and can't decide on what it wants to be. Unfortunately, it doesn't do any of what it does well.

    The Big Bang (Tony Krantz, 2011) ½ out of 4 stars
    This is by far one of the worst movies of the year. I can appreciate the film noir style of storytelling and the visuals can be creative at points, but The Big Bang has such a convoluted and over-complicated story that's hard to follow and just isn't interesting. I love Antonio Banderas's voice but his acting leaves a lot to be desired in this film, and the underrated William Fichtner looks like he just doesn't give a crap. Ultimately, this isn't even much of a film. It's a series of scenes tied loosely together by a crap plot that goes to different levels of absurdity and convolution.
  • The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2011) 3 out of 4 stars
    I'm surprised at how a movie with no story could be this enjoyable. There's no major conflict, no climax, etc. It follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing fictionalized versions of themselves as they go across England on a tour of various fine dining establishments. Most of the humor is in the witty and fun dialogue and the two charming leads. It's actually an edited-down version of a BBC miniseries, so I'd like to see the miniseries just to see what was cut (because I doubt the miniseries takes 110 minutes to watch).
  • The Ward (John Carpenter, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
    There's not much I can critique this film about without spoiling it, so I'll give my general feelings about the film and then give some detailed complaints in spoiler tags. The film feels very recycled. There is nothing original about the film. The characters are either unlikeable or boring. The film isn't very scary. The only "scary" moments consist of a girl with a grotesque face (she's just gross, not scary; she looks like a Ghoul from the Fallout games) jumping out, and as everyone knows, jump scares are the laziest kinds of scares. The poster for the film says that "John Carpenter is still the master of shock," and I find it amusing that the poster uses "shock" and not "fear."

    Spoiler:


    • The plot twist is taken straight out of films like Fight Club (the protagonist is killing off her split-personalities through this ghost), although admittedly the film does a good job of setting up the twist throughout the movie, but it's not like it wasn't predictable from a mile away.



    • Why would an entire floor of a hospital be used for one particular patient?
    • How is it healthy to let a patient live their delusions at the risk of their own physical health, especially when you are planning to relieve them of the delusion at some point? The longer someone lives a lie, the harder it is to convince him/her that it is such.
    • Most of the killings take place in some other location, away from the protagonist.

  • Saw 3D (Kevin Greutert, 2010) out of 4 stars
    The movie has one or two funny kills but most of them are boring. The film is no different than the other Saw movies but I did like the way it wrapped up the series.
  • La Bamba (Luis Valdez, 1987) 3½ out of 4 stars
    I'd hate to compare this film to Selena, but they are both about Spanish-American musicians whose careers and lives ended at an incredibly early age. Plus, I've seen them both very recently in my conversational Spanish class. Selena shows how not to do biopic and La Bamba is a perfect example of a very good one. Selena was very shallow and never dove into the character or anything deeper than just her touring. The film also drove home the message of following your dreams to an annoyingly high degree, and the character was never interesting or developed, always the victim in every situation. La Bamba, on the other hand, is about so much more than Ritchie Valens's career. It's about his relationship with his brother, an abusive alcoholic who both loves and envies Ritchie, his success, and the attention he receives. Esai Morales gives a great performance as said brother Bob Morales, and Lou Diamond Phillips does a good job as the subject of the biopic, Ritchie Valens. Joe Pantaliano does excellent work as Bob Keene, Ritchie's producer and agent. I was expecting the film to play him up as a selfish, money-hungry man, but he's genuinely a good person all of the way through. It tells a story without hammering any sort of message. La Bamba feels like a faithful retelling of the beginning of Ritchie Valens up until The Day the Music Died while Selena felt like it was edited just to make her likeable and drive home a point.

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