Movies

Transformers

31 Oct 2007 17:24

[5/10] Did Transformers have any redeeming qualities? Well, let's see… It had some cool sound effects. Some cool action scenes. Really good special effects. If they could have kept the movie to a strict update of the original Transformers cartoon, it would have been a better movie. Instead, the crude sexual humor and resemblance to a bad Melrose Place episode noticeably detracted. The government involvement was nothing more than a facade that hid absolutely no substance behind it. Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds remake has become the model for such a situation; if you can't write a convincing government part of the story, don't do it at all.

In the end, Transformers was little more than a shallow, insincere offering to a very narrow demographic (probably late teenage males), that has been done before, and done better, at that. Terminator?

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Night at the Museum

24 Jul 2007 10:42

[5/10] Although my wife claims she absolutely hated this movie, I did see her crack a smile in a few parts. It was a little boring. I wasn't expecting a kids' movie, but that is the only demographic I can possibly see liking it. In that sense, it had some cute parts.

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The DaVinci Code

20 Jul 2007 11:50

[6/10] DaVinci starts off really good. The pacing is good and it looks like it is going to build up into a good thriller. Most of the acting is great, I especially liked Jean Reno's character. Unfortunately they start going more and more into Dan Brown's conspiracy theories and atrocious theology, and as this happens the movie slows down considerably, until by the end you are just trying to will it to be over. The aforementioned theology is delivered with all of the smugness and patronization you would expect, but the blow is made worse as it is delivered again and again by Gandalf himself. The music seemed kind of flat the first time I saw this in theaters, but now that I have listened to it a few times it has really grown on me. God's providence makes a cameo appearance in a couple of places, giving a little more heavenly endorsement to the central theme.

Is there anyone in this world that would take DaVinci's claims against the divinity of Jesus seriously? How about that a painting made fourteen centuries after the death of Jesus could possibly be used as evidence to support the movie's wild claims? Either way, the bottom line is that this is a movie that misses its full potential, preaches almost every possible fact of history incorrectly, and is a little annoying in its smug attitude.

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Bruce Almighty

10 Jul 2007 16:28

[6/10] This is a light-hearted comedy that tries to answer the question, "What would a man do if he were given God's powers, and would he be able to do any better?" Although you have to not take the movie too seriously, there are some parts that are crude and blasphemous. It's chock-full of Jim Carey's sometimes annoying physical comedy. It presents God as just a guy with a lot of power, a big heart, and quick wit. But then there are some parts that are just funny… Like Bruce parting the bowl of tomato soup like the red sea! Most of the parts with Steve Carrell are hilarious, too.

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Resident Evil

24 Jun 2007 03:06

[8/10] Surprisingly good movie. Who would have thought a Zombie movie could be so entertaining? The Red Queen/Zombie dynamic was what put it over the top.

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The Prestige

20 May 2007 10:42

[10/10] Not many movies will get the coveted (and presigious) 10/10 rating on my system, but The Prestige earns that and more. The actors are incredible. The plot is twisted and clever. The schemes of two stage magicians weave and intertwine in many different directions, ultimately leading to increased jealousy and hatred. You feel a small sense of triumph as you put the pieces together to figure out the method of one of them, and then are completely floored as the method of the other is described at the end of the movie. This is a must see.

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Silent Hill

20 May 2007 10:38

[4/10] Wow… This was the goriest thing I've ever seen. So much so that it detracted from the movie. The premise was kind of good, and it had a gasp! moral! Well, it's kind of hidden, but if you think about it hard enough, it's something like, "You have to be careful how you dispense justice." Special effects were good, sounds were awesome and the music was moody. The guy with the huge sword and metal head was… I don't know—spooky. So the atmosphere of the movie was a 9, but everything else brought it down. Worth seeing one time.

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