Movies I Own

  1. crazyhead5
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This is a list of all of the DVDs that I own.
Unless I counted wrong, 53 of these are rotten.

The reason I only have part of some franchises, like Spider-man is because my boyfriend has the others. Except in some cases like Halloween because I like to view that as a trilogy.

And I have The Best of Star Trek: Next Gen volume one and two; but RT doesn't have a page for them.

Also these.

Here:, (seasons 1,2, & 3), (just seasons 1&2), (series 1,2, & 3)

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100,000,000 B.C. 2008,  Unrated)
The Accidental Spy (Te wu mi cheng) 2001,  PG-13)
Across the Universe 2007,  PG-13)
Airplane! 1980,  PG)
Alien 1979,  R)
A very frightening movie that scares you by using your anticipation to enhance your anxiety. It does not go for cheap audience reactions with out of place pop-ups or unnecessary gore. It is long and dull, but every moment helps the story. This is a good, scary movie.
Aliens 1986,  R)
I won't say that it's better than the first, but it at least is much more exciting. This one is more of an action than a thriller. And the entire movie was very exciting. However, in attempts to make it bigger than the original, they just put in a bunch of Aliens instead of one. I don't think that brought a whole lot to the movie, though, to say the least, it did definitely make the movie enjoyable. The characters were funny and fun to watch, but I prefer the propriety that the characters from the original had.
This is a fun, exciting movie, and I really enjoy it.
Alien3 1992,  R)
This movie is really just fun to watch. But that's about it. All it really has going for it is scared running and blood. The story wasn't horrible, but it sure wasn't good. It didn't have very many likable characters, so I didn't care very much. But that doesn't mean it wasn't fun to watch people get chased down and eaten.
Alien Resurrection 1997,  R)
Alien Resurrection
I didn't really get a satisfactory explanation as to what happened between the previous one and this one. I got enough to fill in some gaps, but I felt like it could have been explored just a bit more. Aside from that, there wasn't really anything too wrong with this movie. But it just didn't really live up to what it could have been. It had quite decent action scenes and it's alway cool to see aliens kill people. It also had a few very creepy and grotesque scenes in it. But in an oddly enjoyable way. But it still just didn't have any of the specialness that the first two had. I will say that this one probably had the best, coolest, and grossest ending of all four. It's worth seeing just for that.
An American Werewolf in London 1981,  R)
Assault on Precinct 13 1976,  R)
Marvel's The Avengers 2012,  PG-13)
Batman: The Movie 1966,  PG)
Batman: The Movie
I saw this on TV once and I couldn't stop laughing. So I bought it and it was still just as great. Pretty much everything Adam West does is great. I just love the delivery in all of his lines. The other actors were funny, but not as good.
I just love how everything about it was done so campy comic-book style. All of his gadgets having the word "bat" in it. And the fact that he always has the perfect gadget for any situation. And of course, the comic-book style fight scenes were great too.
Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series 1978,  Unrated)
Best Worst Movie 2009,  Unrated)
Big Fish 2004,  PG-13)
Big Fish
I was kind of afraid at first that the movie would be an obnoxious excuse for a wild acid trip of a movie. But I was happy to see it was much more. It was actually really interesting to see such silly and fun tales that older people often tell (like Calvin's dad) regarded as truth. Nothing was overdone, it was all very tasteful and quite beautiful to watch. And it was necessary for the feel of the movie to match the theme of imagination.
Black Swan 2010,  R)
Blade 1998,  R)
There's not a whole lot to this plot, but it's definitely got a solid story for this kind of movie. It's got some very entertaining action including gunfights, martial arts, and sword play. And it is all very fun to watch and is well done. The graphics tend to be a bit dated at times, but the film doesn't rely on them, so they're easily over-looked. It kind of has this corny, bad-ass-lonely-hero feel to it and it really works. It brings a more fun element to the movie. I'm not sure how I feel about the bad-guys being a group of midnight-club punk vampires (if you know of a more accurate term, let me know) because it makes it seem like some typical 90's movie, but it could have been more than that. But at the same time, I can't really imagine it any other way. I think this is a really fun movie and if you're interested by just the idea of a dark, vampire, action movie, then you won't be disappointed with what you get.
Blade II 2002,  R)
Blade II
This is a well made sequel. They expanded on the story and gave us more of what we liked from the first one without overdoing it. The story was a great idea executed very well. They created a new breed of creatures that were a threat to humans as well as vampires which forced Blade to join forces with the vampires. The conflicts between Blade and the vampires were done very well. The action was at least just as good as the previous. The only problem is that some of the special effects were kind of goofy looking. But things like that never really bothered me. This movie is fun all the way through.
Blade: Trinity 2004,  R)
Blade: Trinity
I have mixed feeling about this one. It's got quite a bit of good in it, but that's almost outweighed by the amount of bad in it. If you take out everything pertaining to Blade's trouble with the police, the story was actually kind of good. Sooner or later, Blade would have to battle Dracula at some point in this franchise. Unfortunately, Dracula's character was miscast because he didn't look or act the part well.
My main issue with the movie is its overall feel. It just felt too goofy and not dark enough. I would have been more than okay with this if the goofy element had only been done at the hand of Ryan Reynolds' character as the comic relief. But the whole movie was that way and it didn't work.
I had some good action that I enjoyed. And some not so much. Abigail had some really dumb weapons. Now, I don't know if I was just being over-critical of the movie while watching it or if maybe I was holding Blade 1 and 2 on a pedestal, but the action seemed kind of lacking. They could have tried a bit harder and there could have been more of it.
Though I spent most of the review complaining about the movie, it really wasn't all bad.
Those are mostly just elements that just could have been better. The movie itself was still kinda good. Overall, I enjoyed it enough and it was an all right addition to the series.
Blade - The Complete Series 2007,  Unrated)
The Blues Brothers 1980,  R)
The Brave One 2007,  R)
The Brave One
In this, our heroine has weaknesses that we can share with her and strengths we hope to find in ourselves. She is more than just a woman with a gun; the physical struggle between herself and her attackers is only 10 percent of what is really happening. The other 90 percent is internal.
I was very pleased with this movie. I saw it in a five-dollar bin and bought it on a whim. I then watched it the following weekend and was not disappointed.
Bruce Almighty 2003,  PG-13)
Bruce Almighty
They took a good idea, and for the most part, did a pretty good job with it. Jim Carrey tended to overact a bit (Jim Carrey, overact? no.) But a lot of what he gave us was very real. Though his character wasn't always exactly likable, we still want to see his problems overcome. Throughout the movie, Bruce always learns things he hadn't considered before. His own selfishness, how hard God's job is, how to get what you want, etc.
It was a fun idea with a great story behind it.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 1 1997,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 1997,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 1998,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 1999,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5 2000,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 2001,  Unrated)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 7 2004,  Unrated)
The Cabin in the Woods 2012,  R)
Carrie 1976,  R)
What I've learned from this movie is that at least 70% of the human population is pure evil. Especially if you're religious. But seriously. This movie is horrifying by showing you how evil people can be and how for they may go to feel like they are better than someone who is different. Even though it wasn't really your typical horror movie, it never felt like it wasn't horror. The eerie music, the way everyone treated Carrie, watching the "villain" (I suppose) of the movie working on her evil plot (I say with absolutely no tone of facetiousness), and helplessly watching Carrie as she walks right into the plot. Even though her doing so involves her finally feeling good about herself and being happy. We feel so conflicted as we feel happy for feeling good about herself but feel bad knowing it leads right into something horrible. So all these elements reminded me something horrible and evil was happening and it never let me forget it was a horror movie. At one point after the prom, I was actually so horrified I was crying Toy Story 3 style (you know what scene I mean).
Casino Royale 2006,  PG-13)
Casino Royale
It immediately got my interest. Craig pulls off the classic suave and witty Bond that we've known from past movies, but with a less goofy and perhaps more cynical tone. For starters, the action always kept me entertained. Each scene was suspenseful, and thrown into the story just where it needed to go to ensure that I didn't lose interest. Though watching people play cards isn't exactly action packed, this movie did manage to make it a bit intense. The plot was sometimes a bit hard for me to follow every aspect, but I could figure the basic gist of it.
This movie should entertain new-comers to the Bond series as well as satisfy old fans.
Chicken Run 2000,  G)
Children of the Corn 1984,  R)
Child's Play 1988,  R)
Child's Play
The Good Guy doll was scary enough without being alive. What's great about this movie is its use of suspense to scare the crap out of you. For most of the movie, a majority of what we see of Chucky is out of focus movement in the background or sounds off camera. It's great to use such small things to make you afraid of what's ABOUT to happen. The build-up is always the best. And Chucky has a frighteningly great maniacal cackle.
But I think that the beginning, when Charles Lee Ray transfers his soul into the doll was completely unrealistic... You can't just TAKE a doll out of its box. You need to have tools at hand like pliers, wire cutters, and a hacksaw preferably. No, but seriously. This movie was scary as hell and most horror movies today just don't do it like this anymore.
Curse of Chucky 2013,  R)
Christine 1983,  R)
Clerks 1994,  R)
What's interesting is that nothing really happens, but it's never really dull. Most of the movie is just two people talking and keeping your interest. Through this, they practically become your friends. So by the end of the movie, when they really start to dig into the characters, we can really understand and associate their problems and such to traits we've already seen from them. And once the movie's over, you've spent an entire workday with them and the end of it feels very conclusive. As if to say, "Living day to day isn't so bad. Look, they made it through today."
Clerks II 2006,  R)
Clerks Uncensored 2000,  Unrated)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977,  PG)
Cloverfield 2008,  PG-13)
An hour and a half of almost non-stop excitement. It's hard for me to buy the "footage" idea, but I can get past that and enjoy the fun. It's an interesting idea and it's quite exciting. It was hard to watch them running sometimes, but that's to be expected from this kind of film. It had some pretty funny dialogue but lots of the "naturalness" seemed forced. Overall, the "exciting" factor is really all it has going for it, but in my opinion, it doesn't need a whole lot more.
Commando 1985,  R)
In the first four minutes, some guy kills like four people. Then we're introduced to Arnold's muscles. Then to Arnold. Then we see a cheesy montage of happy father-daughter moments. That's not a complaint. This is a great start to a great corny movie.
It's a fun, non-stop showcase of Arnold's muscles and of how bad-arsenal he is. (Yay for corny puns)
This movie has all the explosions and destruction you want and more. Plus, more gunfire than the first Predator. And the number of corny one-liners in this movie give its gunfire a run for its money.
This is the perfect corny, fun action movie. It has everything you need.
Cronos 1993,  R)
Daria 1997,  Unrated)
Is it Fall Yet? (Daria in Is It Fall Yet?) 2000,  Unrated)
Is It College Yet? (Daria: Is It College Yet?) 2002,  Unrated)
Darkman 1990,  R)
Darkman II - The Return of Durant 1994,  R)
Darkman III - Die Darkman Die 1996,  R)
The Dead Inside 2011,  Unrated)
Death Race 2008,  R)
Death Race
Ridiculous fun. Joke acting and a joke story. It was all just a funny excuse to get to more car races with machine guns and explosions. It was filled with comedic violence. It was like watching an R rated Mario Cart.
The Departed 2006,  R)
The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) 2000,  R)
Diamonds Are Forever 1971,  PG)
Die Hard 1988,  R)
Die Hard
This movie doesn't take long at all to get started. It picks up immediately and throws you right into the action. McTiernan gives a terrorist movie an odd fun element with the help of actor Alan Rickman. He deliberately steered away from a detestable, evil bad guy in order to give the film a certain charm. Willis also perfected the movie with his performance of an average man who gets more and more hurt as the movie precedes, but still endures.

This movie has a very violent kind of action done in the most fun way possible. He takes a beating, fights back, and still manages to insult his victims (e.g. threatening to cook and eat them.) No one else could have given the movie the kind of grit that Willis did.
I feel as though I haven't given enough credit to Rickman. He gives the best performance ever of any leading villain. He's a very likable character if not for the murdering. He takes pride in his work and is almost always of good cheer. Which just makes it more entertaining to see him go over the edge when McClane foils his plans.

I can watch this movie over and over again, memorize every line, and just love watching it every time.
McTiernan, Willis, and Rickman together create a flawless movie.
Die Hard 2 1990,  R)
Die Hard 2
This movie is flawed, but for the most part, it is pretty good. Some of the same great characters return to make a worthy "Die Hard" sequel. McClane is just as sarcastic and cynical as before. But the bad-guy characters weren't done nearly as well as in the original. Their performances were unmemorable and there was nothing that made any of them special. They also delivered many wincingly corny lines.

In this installment, they shift the focus of the action from brutal fist-fights to mostly gunplay. This isn't really a complaint, even though I prefer the action style of the original. I'm okay with slight changes like that. If I wanted to watch action that was just like the first one, I'd just watch the first one. This one definitely did have some exciting gunplay a fair few cool explosions.

Now, by the end of the first one, McClane had a bullet wound, a limp, and was completely covered in blood, sweat, and dirt. By the end of this one, he had a little bit of blood running down his face. I think he could have gotten much more beaten up than that.

And I feel the need to point out that on the cover, he's holding his gun with his right hand, but in the movies, he is left handed...

Even though it's not as good as the original, it's definitely a worthy installment to the "Die Hard" series. We get the same character we loved from the first one who gives us some great and fun action.
Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance 1995,  R)
Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance
With McTiernan coming back to direct this installment, the hard-core grit returns to the series. It was as though McTiernan watched "Die Hard 2" and said, "Dammit, Renny Harlin! Who told you you could have John McClane not end up completely drenched in blood?" So he made sure that wasn't an issue this time around.

But even though it gets to the story right away, and starts out with some good explosions, it feels as though it doesn't really get started until they stop only doing whatever Simon says to do. Whenever he's sending them on missions that involve silly riddles, I find myself very bored. "He needs to get 4 gallons of water out of a 3 gallon jug and a 5 gallon jug? Yeah. I learned how to do that on "Cyberchase""
But once they started straying from the missions and figuring stuff out, it got really exciting.

There was non-stop action and incredibly fun destruction. Another thing that was fun to watch was the brutal, physical fist-fighting against evil, money-hungry Germans. Same fun as the original.

But one thing that bothered me a bit about the movie is that Willis didn't quite bring back the McClane character as well as I think he could have. In his defense, he was a bit blocked being that an infinite hangover was given to his character. Which is another thing I didn't like about the movie. He seemed to mention it every two minutes.

And another thing that is killed by its constant repetition was Zeus's constant racism blabber. Every two minutes, he seems to accuse McClane of being racist. -"You stupid mother..." "Go ahead. Say it." (awkwardly done silence)"You were gonna call me a nig***, weren't you?" I'm not sure how he came to that conclusion, but it got really old really fast.

One improvement upon the previous one was the development of the bad guy. Jeremy Irons did a fairly good job with that character. He was no Hans Gruber of course, but he was a great improvement upon Colonel Stewart from "Die Hard 2."

It's not enjoyable all the way through, but it's fun once it picks up and is a good addition to the series.
Live Free or Die Hard 2007,  PG-13)
Live Free or Die Hard
To a certain extent, it loses some of its Die Hard appeal and becomes more of a regular modern action movie. Just by the style that it's done in and the fact that computers do everything. But it also resurrects some of the Die Hard feeling that I felt that the third one lacked. Bruce Willis brings back John McClane just as good as the first one. His age and appearance do not alter this at all. The best thing about it is how often he swears at the bad-guys (in the unrated version) and how much pride he takes in each victory.

The movie's purpose was to entertain and it definitely did that with explosions galore. I would have liked more gunfights and hand-to-hand combat. The scene where he beat the crap out of Maggie Q was great. That's what I want more of.
I was surprised to actually enjoy Justin Long's performance. I was afraid he would just annoy me, but the contrasting personalities of John and Matt (Long) actually worked well. I like in their dialog when one of them says something, the other will often say, "What?" Usually for no reason. I don't know why, but that's funny.

I have two main problems with the film. One is the story. Aside from the fact that they try to modernize the timeless Die Hard with lots and lots of computers (which I can get over), is that this movie, and each of its prior sequels, was just Die Hard 1 but bigger. Save a building, save an airport, save New York City, now save America. And now, in an interview with Bruce Willis about the movie Cop Out, he says in Die Hard 5, he will have to save the world.

My second problem is Timothy Olyphant's (Thomas Gabriel) acting. He grits his teeth and delivers lines in the driest way possible. With such acting, it's hard to take much pleasure in seeing his defeat.

But overall, it's a good addition to the Die Hard franchise and most fans and newcomers will be pleased. And I'm waiting with anticipation for Live Free or Die Harder.
A Good Day To Die Hard 2013,  R)
Dirty Harry 1971,  R)
Dirty Harry
I like how the story was quite simple but still quite strong. To me, one of the main things that made it strong was the performance by the bad-guy because he was really creepy and weird (rather than just angry and B.A.) It made it seem more real. And the other great thing about this movie, which is also the best thing, is definitely Clint Eastwood. He brings a very satisfying element to the movie. Someone we can root for who will break the rules whenever necessary to do what should be done.

The movie doesn't have a whole lot of music and I'm not sure if that helps it or hurts it. If you're engrossed in the movie, it can help you feel like a part of the action. Or it can get you to lose your interest. I'll watch it again and determine which it is.
A lot of the filming was really good. I like far back shots that show you everything you need to see. But it was kind of ruined by the lack of lighting that often made it impossible to see. I don't mind dark shots as long as you can at least see an outline. This movie often had almost completely black scenes.

This movie had many strong suits and is definitely a very good movie.
Dogma 1999,  R)
It's an interesting look at religion. You can't say it's not. It pokes fun at all the things that need to be poked fun at, and brings up some interesting topics.
I mostly like how they took religious ideas and made their own story out of it. The story is what made this a very interesting fantasy movie.
The scenes in this movie that you could call "action" scenes actually had very little going on. A lot of action movies will try to show an overwhelming amount of stuff happening. But this film keeps it simple and it works much better. The physical struggles are simple and easier to relate to, which heightens the anticipation. (I'm specifically referring to the train scene)
This movie had an interesting concept and I think it was pulled off pretty well.
Dollhouse - Season 1 2009,  Unrated)
Dragon Strike (Long xiao ye) (Dragon Lord) (Young Master in Love) 1982,  PG-13)
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 2008,  Unrated)
Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
Eight Legged Freaks 2002,  PG-13)
Eight Legged Freaks
It's really goofy and fun. It's a bit of a spoof on monster movies. It takes a while to get started, but it's still pretty funny while you're waiting.

About halfway through the movie, there's a really fun and silly chase scene with jumping spiders attacking people on dirt-bikes. That was pretty awesome. Unfortunately, that was the only thing about the movie that I'd say made it special. After that point, the giant spider attack scenes were quite regular.

That's not to say that they sucked. It was still very entertaining. It just could have been better. One thing I particularly liked throughout the movie was the sounds the spiders made. They always made really goofy squealing sounds.

Overall, the movie was pretty fun and entertaining, but I would have liked a bit more effort.
The Emperor's New Groove 2000,  G)
End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones 2003,  Unrated)
The Evil Dead 1981,  R)
Evil Dead 2 1987,  R)
Army of Darkness 1993,  R)
Face/Off 1997,  R)
Fargo 1996,  R)
Feeding Frenzy 2010,  Unrated)
Nikita (La Femme Nikita) 1990,  R)
The Fifth Element 1997,  PG-13)
The Final Destination 2009,  R)
The Final Destination
I think I can safely assume this movie was supposed to be funny. If not, then it was horribly made. But I think this movie was pretty funny. The blood and gore was very funny and the drawn out death scenes were hilarious. Like wind blowing and causing a ridiculous chain reaction to kill someone in a very humorous way. What I wanted was for it to be even more ridiculous. But for the most part, I had a fairly good time watching it.
Finding Nemo 2003,  G)
Firefly - The Complete Series 2002,  Unrated)
The Fly 1986,  R)
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009,  PG-13)
Friends - The Complete First Season 1994,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Second Season 1995,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Third Season 1996,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Fourth Season 1997,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Fifth Season 1998,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Sixth Season 1999,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Seventh Season 2000,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Eighth Season 2001,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Ninth Season 2002,  Unrated)
Friends - The Complete Tenth Season 2003,  Unrated)
Glee: The Complete First Season 2010,  Unrated)
The Golden Compass 2007,  PG-13)
The Golden Compass
I thought this movie was pretty cool. The story was pretty interesting, but not great. The idea of the deamons was quite interesting. They covered most of the stuff from the book, but it ended up a bit choppy and awkwardly paced. And they ended up kind of glazing over some fairly important aspects making it hard to follow.
Special remarks to Nicole Kidman for perfectly pulling off her character. Her luring beauty, yet apparent evilness come off as perfectly as ever.
For the most part, I really enjoyed the movie, especially the armored bear fight scene.
GoldenEye 1995,  PG-13)
The Goonies 1985,  PG)
Gran Torino 2008,  R)
Grease 1978,  PG)
It's got many songs that are actually really good and fun to watch the dances to them. The characters are all so over-the-top with the way they act, but the actors completely play it off like that's how people really act. And that makes the movie so much more fun.
It's got goofy characters and great songs that are fun to watch every time.
Gremlins 1984,  PG)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990,  PG-13)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
There was quite a bit that I liked about this and quite a bit that I didn't like. I liked the basic story. Having the gremlins mutate was a fun idea. Except for the brain and the woman. I really can't give you many specific things I liked about the movie. It's just that most of it was fun. But it had its flaws.

Some of the flaws weren't exactly horrible, they just should have been better. A lot of this movie was just too goofy. I know that the first one was goofy, but that was was like a normal movie that happened to be goofy and corny in a fun way. This one didn't pretend to be a real movie, it took itself for more of a spoof movie than anything. Like how they stepped out of the movie. I really hate when movies do that. It's not funny. What I mean is when they acknowledged the first Gremlins movie as a movie. Or when they pretended to have the movie reel break.

But when I remember the movie in my mind, I can erase all of those things and the movie's kinda good without them. But with them, it's just mediocre.
Grounded For Life: Season 1 2006,  Unrated)
Grounded for Life - Season 2 2001,  Unrated)
Hairspray 2007,  PG)
Almost everything that happens and that is said in this movie is a joke. It's all got just the right hint of irony to it to be taken lightheartedly. It's just goofy and jun to watch.
The fact that it's a musical just makes it even more fun. Especially since almost all of the songs are good. By the end, I always want to get up and sing and dance to it... but only if I'm alone. If people are around, they'll judge me.
This movie also touches on racism, but in a better way than most movies do. Instead of showing you how evil racist people are, they show you more how dumb they are and just poke fun at them. To me, it's more satisfying to make fun of dumb people. And it helped that they made it a more fun and goofy element because it fit in more with the movie.
This is a very goofy movie that is always fun to watch.
Halloween 1978,  R)
Boring, but good. This movie has lots of scenes where not much happens. However, this is done to build suspence, which it succeeds at. It is arguably scary; it's understandable that many would find it only boring and not scary. But I enjoy horror movies that take their time and concentrate on the idea and the kill itself rather than throwing in gore just to make the audience queezy. That is a cheap reaction that true horror movies should not attempt to acieve, which this one doesn't. This was a horror movie that I enjoyed.
Halloween II 1981,  R)
Halloween II
I like the story in this movie. They introduce more elements with a bit of an explanation of the events of the first one. But this movie spends hardly any of its time on the main character Laurie until an hour in. It spends most of the first 60 minutes following around random characters who are obviously only there to be killed off.

And in this one, they threw out the method to the death scenes that made the original one good. They spend very little of their focus on the build-up to a kill. The build-up was there, but it was half-assed. Instead they focused more on the murder itself. They just try to have interesting and creative kills like a needle in an eye or burning someone to death in a hot tub. In fact, at times, the directing itself was more funny than scary.

Aside from that, most of the movie seemed like a pretty good continuation of the first one. They finnish up the story and you get what you really need out of it. Most of the filming made it feel like we were watching the same movie. By that, I don't mean it was a repeat of the original, but that it was like watching the second half to a three hour movie. Although, if I had a complaint about the filming, it would be that it seemed to be mimicking the style of the first one without getting it quite right. They film from Michael Myers' POV too often. But it's subtle and can be overlooked.

There is much room for improvement in this movie, but it turned out to be alright. I think that had John Carpenter directed this one, it could have been much better. I think that with that, it would have still had some weak elements, but not as many.
Halloween H2O 1998,  R)
Halloween H2O
Hands down, best Halloween sequel. Laurie's finally back with the explanation that she faked her death. They spent the first 60 minutes of the movie developing characters (save the first murder scene) so we can actually care about them instead of just seeing a slaughter-fest. We see how the events of part one and two have affected Laurie. We see how on edge she is and that she must be like this all the time.
But I don't like that they ignore part 4,5, and 6. They could have mentioned something about a coverup at the beginning and had Laurie mention something about giving up her daughter Jamie, but not her son for some reason who happened to be born the same year, in order to go into hiding. So I don't like that they ignore it, but I still try to make it work in my mind. But watching it as a direct sequel to part two, it continues and wraps up the story quite perfectly.
Now there's one fairly big problem I have with this movie. As I've mentioned, the first 60 minutes is dedicated to character development. And that's the point where Michael starts going after Laurie and her son, John. But then it's over only 20 minutes later. Those 20 minutes are done well. It's fast-paced and scary. I care about the characters. And the music is very effective. And though I like what happens in those 20 minutes, it's just that not a lot happens. It ends too soon and too abruptly. But the ending was perfect. Finally, the series can end on a high-note with some dignity. And they certainly didn't make a crappy sequel. No they didn't... No they didn't!
A Hard Day's Night 1964,  G)
A Hard Day's Night
Never a dull moment. The Beatles give us lots of fast-paced and goofy dialog and are energetic throughout. Just watching them makes me smile. They behave like blasted hoolagins always trying to do things they ought not be doing like running around instead of answering their fan-mail or running on an old man's field or sarcastically asking an old man for their ball back. What trouble makers. And what made it even more fun was that they were so happy that they just had to sing some great Beatles' songs during the movie.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It's a good family movie and a good start to the series. It's lighthearted and fun and does a great job of introducing a very well-created world. The kids don't really give a great performance, but they're kids. I'll live. Most of the older actors did a good job with their roles. My only real problems with the movie are that it is often a bit corny, and it tends to drag at times. Aside from that, it's a fun movie.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The series begins to mature a bit. It's still a kid's movie, but it's aimed for an older audience as well. It's all mostly story, but has lots of good suspense and brings up some questions that you just need to have answered. The scene on the night bus wasn't done very well. It tried too hard to be funny and it just didn't work. Most of the movie, hower, was pretty funny. It's also very dark and scary. The dementors were done perfectly. The end scene was executed perfectly.
My only complaint is that they didn't explain the map as thoroughly as I think they should have. It would have explained some other fairly important questions.
But overall. This movie was done very well.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005,  PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007,  PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I'm gonna start by disagreeing with the critics' consensus. They did a bad job of making the longest book into a movie and it wasn't very action packed.
Chamber of Secrets was the second shortest book, but the longest movie at 161 min. But Order of the Phoenix was the longest book, but the shortest movie at 138 min. The pacing was all over the place. No one part of the movie seemed like the part that we're here to watch. By this, I mean that each scene seemed unimportant. It felt like whatever scene we're watching was just in there to quickly get to the next scene. But then when we got there, that scene seemed like they were just trying to hurry up and get to the next scene too. Another way the pacing seemed off was that, rather than shortening the scenes by rewriting them, they shortened them by cutting out the middle and/or end of each scene. This made it seem too fast-paced. But then, the part of the scene they do show us feels slow. And that left me with a really awkward feeling.

The first part of the battle at the ministry seemed boring as hell to me. The way the kids were just muttering the spells seemed like they were just practicing at school or something. There was no urgency about it. So it didn't seem serious. What also made it lose its seriousness is the way the Death Eaters handled the kids. At one point during the "battle" a Death Eater cut off the kids while they were running. At this point, does he fire a spell at him? Try to yank the prophesy from Harry's hand? ... Point his wand at them even? ... no. He holds out his hand as if to say, "Give me the prophecy or else I will just sit here as you run away." ... Very threatening.

If you don't want to hear too much about the final battle, skip to the line of asterisks ***... I wouldn't say they're spoilers, but still.

The next part of the battle was pretty cool. When the adults showed up and started kicking some ass, it got pretty exciting. I liked that each person battling had their own unique fighting style. Then when Dumbledore showed up to battle Voldemort, pretty much everything was great... Harry's possessing was a little melodramatic though.

So the acting this time around was more realistic than the previous movies, but also kind of seemed deliberately downplayed. It ended up kind of weird. Umbrige looked and acted her part quite well. My problem with her is that her character didn't seem so much like an evil antagonist as she should have, but just seemed like a joke. We never really get the point of the decrees. That she really has it in for Harry, again, they were just played off as a joke.
Overall, bad writing and mediocre directing (except the second half of the ministry battle). Director David Yates didn't really seem to do anything special with the script handed to him. He just seemed to have filmed the actors doing the things that the script said... And then he made it black.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009,  PG)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I hear a lot of complaints about this one, and for the most part I agree that those are bad aspects of the film. However, I don't think that those flaws ruin the film to the point that it is a bad movie.

I really think that most of it is well done, there were only parts that could have been done better. One thing I think they nailed was the awkward teenage moments. Specifically, Harry's subtle reaction to Lavender Brown drawing a heart to Ron on the window of the train. Harry tries to occupy himself by fiddling with the armrest and pulling it on top of his legs (I do stuff like that.) I like the subtle reactions of the characters who aren't the focus of the scene. Those reactions are done very well in this movie.

Though many people thought the pacing was bad in this movie, that was one thing I specifically enjoyed. People felt like it was too slow, but I felt as though they were taking their time.

The duel scenes were mostly what I want out of a Harry Potter duel save one aspect: variety. Every time they shot a spell, it was just an orb disfigured air traveling toward the opponent. I think there ought to be lots of different colors and sparks. But that's a minor detail.

Aside from that, they had pretty descent duels. There were suspenseful silent moments followed by loud destruction. It was fairly exciting. It should have been more violent in my opinion. They should have gone for PG-13.

They movie was mostly done very well. There were only parts that could have been done better.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2010,  PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
Way more serious and much more tense. It doesn't even feel like a sequel to a kids' movie. And that's what it's supposed to do. When it starts off, it's already dramatic and they don't take too much time waiting to get the action going. And all of the action scenes were really exciting. Not just that, but they kept me really tense. Watching this movie, I barely differentiated between the action and the down-time because the down-time was always so tense as well. They were all just part of the story. And the tension was maintained throughout the whole movie. OK. Enough about the tension let's go to... say...

The storytelling. Probably one of the most flawless transitions from book to movie. Picking up where they left off, the kids leave everyone behind and plunge into hiding/traveling with little knowledge. They left out some back-story I wish they'd gotten to but these movies never really do the back-story well. They always keep things moving forward. It doesn't even seem to slow down when they're not doing much because it's shown in the characters. You can see how their lack of progress affects them. Bringing me to...

The characters. This movie is where the kids' acting has impressed me the most. They really take their time to show just how much they're being affected by this journey. Though most of it's not in the script. It's mostly in the acting. They always looked so stressed whether they were facing challenges such as fear of being killed or just the challenge of not able to move forward. Which I've mentioned before. As I've also mentioned before, this acting also helped the whole movie have a sense of high-tension. The constant tension just really stood out to me. That's why I've mentioned it so much.

Apparently, a common complaint is that you won't know what's going on if you haven't seen the other ones. But I say if you think you can cut yourself off from the series and then just waltz in here for the grand finale, then I take personal offense to that. This movie is made for Harry Potter fans, and if you're not one, then beat it. And this movie will certainly be satisfying for Harry Potter fans.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011,  PG-13)
Hellboy 2004,  PG-13)
This is such a well-done and exciting movie. It has few minor flaws that are easy to overlook with regards to the rest of the film. This is exactly what I want from an action/fantasy and then some. Hellboy is a great action hero with a John-McClane-meets-Clint-Eastwood-esque character. He is an obnoxious, immature, "I-work-alone" tough guy who you can't help but love. It has a strong enough plot to be taken seriously, enough fantasy and monsters to be unique and fun, and well-done action throughout to keep you entertained the whole movie.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) 2008,  PG-13)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
This is a great sequel that has more and better action than the first. I won't say the movie was better than the first, but at least just as good. Probably my biggest complaint is that young Hellboy looked really stupid. Perhaps he was supposed to look dumb, but I just don't like the way it turned out. Another minor complaint is that they changed the costume, and the voice, for Abe. Both were better before.
But on to the good: it did a great job of improving upon some things that could have been better in the first one. Such as, Hellboy uses his stone right hand much more and it's very fun to watch him use it. Also, Liz looks better with the red flames in this one than she did with blue flames from the previous. Minor detail, but I thought I'd mention it.
One of the things that makes this a great sequel is that it didn't try to be "bigger and better" than the last. Many franchises do that and it just doesn't work well. Instead, it just created a new story for the same characters. And this one has a very great ending fight scene that lots of superhero movies tend to skip over. This movie is a blast to watch.
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms 2006,  Unrated)
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms
I'm not an anime fan, but as a fan of the Hellboy movies, I thought I should check it out. As it turns out, it's good but not great. No one thing really stood out to me as great, but there wasn't really anything that was bad about it. It had an okay story with some pretty fun action. There's not a whole lot to it, but it was an okay watch.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1981,  Unrated)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005,  PG)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989,  PG)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Favorite movie as a kid (obviously) and still one of the best. It's such an amazing fantasy to turn your backyard into a dangerous adventure. The entire movie consists of one great idea executed perfectly after the next. Bees, legos, ants, scorpions, (all giant of course) and it's one of the most fun movie adventures ever.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992,  PG)
Hostage 2005,  R)
Hot Fuzz 2006,  R)
The House of the Devil 2009,  R)
How to Train Your Dragon 2010,  PG)
How to Train Your Dragon
We immediately get a sense of conflict between Hiccup and his dad. Which soon leads to the basic premise of the story: Him finding his own dragon.
Then he did what no one else did before him. He payed attention to the dragon and learned about it. And we watch and learn with him through nicely done story-telling. And after this, the story expands and everything becomes even more important than it already was. It managed to be a bit too trite at times. But since I really cared about the story, it didn't bother me too much.
What really helped bring me right into the movie was the music. It was beautiful and really made me feel just how amazing something was or brought me to feel just what each scene was supposed to make me feel. And the music perfectly matched the equally beautiful visuals.
Hugo 2011,  PG)
I Am Legend 2007,  PG-13)
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
New material at bottom:

You know the teacher you had in high school who, no matter what they try to explain, it just seems so much harder to understand than it is? But if anyone else explains it, you just get it? That teacher is Nolan for this movie. There wasn't particularly anything over my head or confusing. But the way the story is told just makes it seem so much more complicated than it is or needs to be. Apparently, complicated means good or smart.

A smart movie is thought provoking. That means it makes you think about things you hadn't before once you get out of the movie. This just makes you stop and think about what is happening. Again, it wasn't really confusing, Nolan just made it more complex than it was.

Complex and interesting are not the same thing. All it did was make a triple dream to make it seem cool. And then they go in to a dream one more time, seemingly for the lulz. So we're supposed to follow DiCaprio and Page in this dream. And outside of that dream, we are supposed to follow Cillian Murphy doing... something. But that's a dream too, so outside of that dream, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is floating around a hotel. Meanwhile, outside of that dream is some guy being chased in a van. And all the while, outside of that dream, they're sitting in a jet. Traditional story telling only has three things going on at the most at one time. Nolan doesn't challenge that. He just does it wrong. Seemingly because complex equals interesting. Now this, in and of itself is easy enough to follow. but when they cut to different dreams, there needs to be some kind of connection. They need to show us something happening from one dream, and then how that directly affects the next dream. Which they did at first, but then just started cutting randomly. The music is mostly what made this not work for me. The music didn't change when going from one story to the next. It made it seem like the music wan't actually made for the movie since the music didn't even acknowledge scene changes. And it made each scene change off-putting.

Again, there wasn't anything difficult to follow about this. It just felt like listening to a kid going, "Oh yeah, and then this happened. Oh, wait. I forgot to say they were doing this, too. Oh. And this was happening while the other thing was happening. No, not that thing, the other thing. Oh. Did I mention this was happening? And he was doing something to him, but I don't remember."

The smartest and best thing about this movie is really just the trippy action scenes. But those were pretty pointless except to go, "Ooh. Look how weird." And they tended to rely on it to be an interesting movie. But they were still fun to watch, just clearly pointless. But there was just something really hokey looking about it. The people weren't moving right or something. It looked choppy.

And the music was always just the same intense, loud music. No breaks. Most of the scenes in this movie would have been much better with no music at all. You need to relax for a minute and just listen to what the characters are saying. You can't do that with music that thinks that intense action is happening.

If you think about it, there's really not a whole lot to the story. The mission is complicated, but a mission isn't a story. The story is that he's doing a mission to get back to his kids. That could have been good enough if I cared about the character. I didn't get a strong motive from him until I'd spent most of the movie already not caring. So then I didn't even care when we finally got to the ending, which was incredibly trite... with intense music. In fact, I didn't get anything at all from any of the other characters.

It was an interesting idea but was ruined with bad story telling. The mindless special effects were neat to look at, but not much more. At the hands of someone else, this could have been really good.

If you're going to rate this down (as you surely will) at least leave a message. I'm more than willing to change my mind if a good point is addressed. I really wanted to like this movie.

After watching it a 2nd time, though I still agree with everything I said before (save the complaint about the graphics being choppy) I found it kind of fun this time around. All those things I mentioned above that bothered me, I still think are problems in the movie, but they didn't bother me nearly as much this time around. I was able to have fun watching people run around walls in a dream world and stuff.
The Incredible Hulk 2008,  PG-13)
The Incredible Hulk
This is pretty much everything you could want from a Hulk movie. It's a sequel, so we don't have to wait too long for the Hulk to show up and start smashing things. And you get just enough of that to be completely satisfied.

They also went ahead and brought in an actual villain this time around. And it was pretty awesome to watch Abomination and Hulk beating the hell out of each other.
The Incredibles 2004,  PG)
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981,  PG)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
What I love about this movie is that it's done deliberately in a classic B-movie style. It's just good old fashion fun to watch a man with a whip and a fedora dodging booby-traps through a dungeon.

I like how this movie has evil bad guys, but still isn't a very dark movie. It's very fun to watch Indy fighting off Nazis.

This is a classic B-movie style film with fun action and is very enjoyable.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984,  PG)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
This is a great prequel to one of my favorite movies. It has a great story and is one of the more exciting movies that there are. The action is amazing and fun and non-stop.
I didn't quite care for the introduction song and dance number scene at the beginning. And Willie's entire character was the worst thing that could ever happen to any movie. How any person can make such an annoying screeching noise on camera and not have the director yell at her is beyond me. Even if she IS his wife. Anyway.
This movie is extremely awesome and ridiculously fun to watch.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989,  PG-13)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
This one has lots of gunfights, explosions, and is fun to watch. My only real issue is that focuses more on the action (gunfights, explosions, etc.) than on the adventure itself. I'm not saying explosions are bad. I just prefer the way the originals were done. That being said, the movie is quite fun to watch. The action is in fact very cool and exciting. The search for the Holy Grail was a great idea.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008,  PG-13)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
This movie portrays a quite literal definition of the term, "non-stop fun". Many people seemed turned off by the CGI, but all I really noticed was the prairie dogs and some CGI aliens. Even though they were actually inter-dimensional beings. I suppose a bit of green screen was used. But since when does CGI make a bad movie? There's a difference between relying on it and just having it. I also heard many complaints that aliens was a dumb choice. But the other ones had ideas (a haunted arc, a scary temple with voodoo dolls, and a magic cup that makes you invincible) that were all chosen for what was big at the time the movie took place. This one took place in the 50's when alien takeovers were a threat. The other ones were supposed to have a certain amount of silliness to them that this one properly duplicated. It was supposed to be paying homage to the silly alien B-movies of the 50's. And today, B-movies have crappy CGI. It's not to be taken seriously, but to be fun.

Now, I found myself highly entertained from start to finish. They skim the line of unrealistic to a point where I know it would not really happen but I believe that it could, and I can just watch it and have fun. Because of this, the action scenes just look very cool and are also just so funny. It has the feeling of a great classic movie; you can watch it over and over, know exactly what will happen, and love every bit of it (which I do).
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Insomnia 2002,  R)
I, Robot 2004,  PG-13)
I, Robot
I thought most of this movie was pretty fun. Most of the movie is pretty much all story-driven with just a little bit of action (until the completely action packed end.) A lot of the action seemed sort of like a cartoon: the way it looked, and the way it was done. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It can make the movie kind of fun, but it can also make it seem very dumb. I can't decide which one it does for me.
I've heard complaints about ad-placement in the movie. All I really noticed of that was Converse shoes. But that didn't seem so much like ad-placement as much as a running joke.
But this movie is definitely interesting, and I think is at least worth a watch. I would have liked Sonny (the robot) to have had a greater role though. But even so, it has a story that keeps you interested and some quite entertaining action. Though, the action scenes tended to be a bit dizzying. They used the same crazy spinning shot at least three times. But that didn't take too much away. This movie is definitely fun.
Iron Man 2008,  PG-13)
Iron Man 2 2010,  PG-13)
Iron Man 2
It was pretty much a very typical sequel. The action was pretty cool most of the time, but they seemed to try too hard. Some of the action was annoyingly over the top (Scarlett Johansson??) And there wasn't really much more action than what we saw in the trailer. I may be mistaken and just need to see it again. Anyway.
I didn't like the story at all. Half of it was just a blatant set-up for the "Avengers" movie. And the rest just seemed like a repeat of the last one but bigger. Last time, someone stole Tony Stark's technology. Now, even more people steal his technology. And Whiplash got a very unsatisfying amount of screen time.
I had a few problems with this, but it was a decent action movie.
Iron Man 3 2013,  PG-13)
I Spy 2002,  PG-13)
I Spy
I somehow find this movie very silly and fun. Eddie Murphy didn't ruin the movie. He is very annoying and played a character to fit that. We spend most of the movie sympathizing with Owen Wilson for having to put up with him. That being said, Owen Wilson gave his typical performance, but I liked how it played out in this movie. He's a slightly clumsy and goofy character. When watching him descend from the ceiling by a cable while flailing his legs to keep balanced, I can't help but think that real secret-agent spies are more like that than James Bond or Ethan Hunt. He is constantly arguing with, tricking, or complimenting Eddie Murphy during the action scenes, which makes it all a bit more fast-paced and silly. The comic timing was all nothing short of perfect. This movie wouldn't have been as good with out Owen Wilson because his weird voice and goofy little face make the movie a little more unique than regular spy movies.
Jackie Chan Adventures 2000,  Unrated)
Jaws 1975,  PG)
John Carter 2012,  PG-13)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003,  R)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 2004,  R)
King Kong 2005,  PG-13)
King Kong
Two things that can always make movies more fun are dinosaurs and giant things that normally aren't giant (especially bugs.) This movie has both. The action is very well done and so good it's almost ridiculous.
The three T-rexes scene was awesome. I was skeptical at first. I assumed they'd have Kong fighting one and then throw him off camera as the other one shows up to just make it seem like he was fighting all three. Or that they'd just have a mess of chaotic wrestling and camera shaking. But it was filmed perfectly. We could always see at least two of the T-rexes on screen. And when one wasn't shown, they'd cut to him during the fight to show him trying to eat Ann. And the fight was always moving around and changing, so it never got dull or repetitive. But it didn't do it too much, so it never felt ADD. They took an awesome idea that would have been very unlikely that they'd do it well and made it perhaps better than I thought possible.
Jack Black did a good job with his character, but sometimes I felt like it was a bit too much. He portrays the cruelness seen in people quite well, I just think he might do it too often. It's almost hard to watch and I can't tell if it's in a good way or not. Maybe it's just because Jack Black is a strange casting choice. The filmed dragged a few times, but I wasn't too bothered by that. Neither was my eight year old sister. I had fun the whole way through and I think this is a great movie.
The King's Speech 2010,  PG-13)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005,  R)
The Laramie Project 2001,  R)
The Laramie Project
This movie doesn't try to argue with you to convince you that there's nothing wrong with being gay. The movie treats that as though that should be obvious. As it should. Instead, it shows you how horrible the hate is. Which it does, and won't let up.
The documentary style filming helps you understand that this is a real event and shouldn't be taken lightheartedly. The music helps get across the gravity of this event as well. The intense music makes you feel just how serious this kind of hatred is. But they also go to a much lighter and happier music when the mood calls for it. Or even no music at all in very emotional scenes.
This is a great movie that does a good job of showing how horrible hatred can be.
Last Action Hero 1993,  PG-13)
Last Action Hero
What I love about this movie is just how much it pokes fun at its own genre. The bad puns and ridiculous action are all perfect. I especially like how cars inexplicably explode in midair.
After spending a majority of the movie in another action movie and being goofy and completely ridiculous, they come into the real world and take a more serious turn. It somehow fits in with the movie very well.
One thing I didn't really like was that the main kid was kind of annoying. But I can live with him. Also, the premise was just a bit too goofy.
But I can definitely accept the premise to get to see some great and extremely funny action consisting of lots of gunfire and many oversized explosions given to me by the great action movie maker, John McTiernan.
The Last Boy Scout 1991,  R)
Léon: The Professional 1994,  R)
Léon: The Professional
A simple story, but with great writing and acting that helped make it all very believable and made you become engrossed in what would happen to the characters. The best thing this movie does is really make you care.
A lot of action movies will try to make it more "interesting" by shoving as much pointless crap on to the screen and into what's happening as possible. The action in this movie is plentiful but relies on quality over quantity. The action gets you tense and excited for what's happening.
One of the ways it achieves this is with its great performances. By seeing the characters as real people, we begin to hope for them. We want their problems to be overcome and we are left with anticipation as we watch them through their struggles.
Lethal Weapon 1987,  R)
Lethal Weapon
This movie was fairly fun. I like the plot and the characters were pretty likable. The action was decent and enjoyable. I don't think there is really anything extremely special about this movie, but I like it quite a bit.
Lethal Weapon 2 1989,  R)
Lethal Weapon 2
Funnier and more exciting. I liked the addition of the character Leo. He brought something more to the movie. This is a good sequel and is even more enjoyable than the first.
Lethal Weapon 3 1992,  R)
Lethal Weapon 3
There wasn't really much that made this movie different or more special than the previous ones. It was at least just as funny, you could say it has more action, but there wasn't much too the plot. One thing this movie failed at was personalizing the relationship between the good guys and the bad guys, which the previous movies did well. This is a pretty good movie with quite decent action.
Lethal Weapon 4 1998,  R)
Lethal Weapon 4
More explosions, better gunfights, exciting action, and improved plot. The same characters return in this film just the way they were when we loved them in the originals. They stayed true to the originals while properly upping the ante and making it much more fun. I'd say this one is on par with part two.
Licence To Kill 1989,  R)
Lilo & Stitch 2002,  PG)
Lilo & Stitch
I love this movie from start to finish. It made me laugh, cry, and applaud. Lilo and Stitch are probably the two most lovable characters of any movie. They're completely insane, yet they can still make you feel for them.
It had perfect comedic timing and great quotable lines. It's extremely goofy, but not in an annoying way like lots of movies that try to be goofy. Then when it wants to be serious, it comes to reality and really makes you feel for the characters.
This is a great movie in every aspect.
The Lion King 1994,  G)
The Lion King
I feel strange describing a movie as "magical" but it kind of is. The opening just sets the mood for the whole movie. It's pretty amazing. The songs are all really fun (as long as you don't watch the new version with the new song thrown in. It was crap).

The wildebeest scene was extremely intense. I'm pretty sure I gasped when the came running. The minute or so before they came stampeding did a good job of creating a calm-before-the-storm feel. Then I was worried as hell till the end. Then afterwards, Jonathan Taylor Thomas' (Simba) acting made it seem so real. Then Jeremy Irons (Scar), being such a good bad-guy, seemed so brilliantly evil in the way he treated Simba.

The rest of the movie followed a fairly typical, yet still good, storyline to a good resolution/climax. My only real problem is...
I have some trouble buying that, even though there was no food or water near Pride Rock and the lions couldn't survive there, all their problems could be solved by Simba taking over as king... And fixing the weather.
Little Shop of Horrors 1986,  PG-13)
Lo 2008,  Unrated)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999,  R)
Lockout (Unrated) 2012,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Let me start by saying that I view the trilogy as one really long movie and it is hard for me to differentiate movie to movie but will try for the sake of this review.
Though they start off with not a lot happening, it keeps my interest well because they do such a great job of introducing us to an amazing and beautiful world. Simply put, this movie is beautifully shot and designed throughout.
There's some quite good action, but not quite enough to keep me interested through the whole movie. I found myself getting bored with the dialog. To be fair, this was probably due to the fact that I watched it after having been to two college science classes along with a lab for each and without having had my well-deserved after-school nap... Anyway. This is a pretty good start to this epic.

On another note, I wanna point out that I'm reviewing the extended editions. The only time I've watched the theatrical versions was in theaters. My reasons for only watching the extended editions are as follows: Since the trilogy is basically one long movie, I can't just watch one of them. I need to watch all three, back to back. So I have to dedicate a very large period of time to watching them since the movies are already so long. And if I'm going to dedicate an entire weekend to what is pretty much one movie, I might as well watch the long version anyway and get the full effect.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Now that they've introduced the story, they get to the interesting part right away. There's a bit of boring talking, but the dialog is usually pretty interesting. This time, there's better action and more of it. The battle sequences are amazing. When the slow talking trees come around, they don't mind smacking the crap out of what ever they can reach and causing mass destruction. I always forget that Frodo and Sam are the main characters because so little of the movie is on them. But I'm never bothered by this because they make the rest of it fairly interesting. The visuals and musical score are both as beautiful as ever. The action a great improvement on the last one but is all saved for the end. Not as good as the first, but still a great movie.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Hardly ever a dull moment. It's filled with awesome battle scenes, but none of them are randomly placed for the sake of only looking cool. They're all a good part of the story. The fact that they're totally epic helps of course. I like how as the series progresses, the battle scenes get gradually more ridiculous (in a good way). If you watch the most intense battle scene from the first one, probably the cave troll scene, and then watch the most intense battle of this one, probably... any of them, you'll see that there's so much more going on. But not in a way that feels pointlessly crammed like the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

I personally love the scene with all the mûmaks [oliphaunt (big elephant)] and Legolas is a total bad-ass so he climbs the thing, takes out bad guys while still keeping count of them, then taking out the damn oliphaunt single handed. To me, that scene is the epitome of the series. That's the part I think about when The Lord of the Rings is mentioned.

I notice Frodo and Sam seem to get less and less screen time. Although I suppose they might make up for it at the end of this one. But I'm always interested to see where they're going and how they'll get there. And now after Samwise the Great spent two and a half movies (or five regular length movies) being all protective of his mister Frodo like a cute little lap dog, he finally gets his chance to kick just a little bit of giant arachnid ass.

Speaking of which, I love the way that scene was done because that was the creepiest spider in the world. The best part wasn't any moment of intense action. It was the low angle shot of the spider hovering over Frodo showing her dominance over him and his unknown powerlessness. And what made it even more scary was the fact that it didn't even make any noise. Brilliant.

The endings drag on, but after a few views, I'm used to it by now. They bring a good sense of finality to the series.
After watching the trilogy one more time (this time, a special theatrical screening of the extended editions) I changed my mind. The endings are great.
Mad Max 1979,  R)
Mallrats 1995,  R)
The Matrix 1999,  R)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus 2009,  R)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
You saw the trailer, right? How could you not wanna see this movie. I will say that the trailer had pretty much all of the exciting scenes from the movie, but even so; a giant shark attacks the city as does a giant octopus, and then they fight each other. What about that does not scream, "non-stop fun"? So if you're in your right mind or not so much, and you like corny monster flicks, see this movie.
Memento 2000,  R)
I've seen this movie quite a few times now and get really into it each time. It starts off right away with Leonard killing someone so you want to know why. So then you want to learn more about that and they explore it for you. The main character's motive was clear from the beginning. With the other characters, we get clear hints of their motives, but they save the crucial piece of the puzzle till later.

During which time, they've spent the movie telling the story in a not so traditional manner (yet not gimmicky, which I'll get to later). Though we've only been given bits and pieces of the supporting characters till the end, we've been given the crucial points of the main character and of the plot. So we've spent most of the movie caring about him and about what all happened, it makes us want to watch it again to piece together all the pieces they gave us. It made me want to edit the movie and watch it forward to catch all of the side characters' motives (and I have).

The backwards story-telling didn't seem like a gimmick for one of it's obvious points was to put the audience in his shoes so you don't know what it was that just happened, just like him. But then you're given the ability to put it together at each black-and-white cut scene. The point was also to agree with him the whole movie, then find out all the reasons why hid did what he did.

And it also brings up the question of what's moral and what isn't. And it makes you want to talk about the characters and who you agree with.
Milk 2008,  R)
Mission: Impossible 1996,  PG-13)
Mission: Impossible
This movie's pretty fun and suspenseful. There's really not much more to it. I like that there's not a whole lot of action, it's mostly just being stealthy and secret-agent-y. There's really not a whole lot to say about it I guess..... I just like the cool missions.
Mission: Impossible 2 2000,  PG-13)
Mission: Impossible 2
I'm actually surprised that the tomatometer rating is as high as it is. The story's alright. Something about bad-guys releasing a manmade disease so they can use the cure to get rich. But then they kind of lost me with the stock market crap. But there wasn't much of that, so whatever.

Now the acting and the dialogue in this movie are so corny they make me wince at times.
Then there's the filming. Almost everything was overdramatized or over-stylized. So is all of the action. Very little of it is actually impressive. It's more laugh out loud or roll your eyes, depending on what mood you're in. You can take a shot any time Ethan Hunt does an unnecessary flip, or does something meant to be cool that could have been done in a much simpler way, or when a random explosion occurs in a manner that has been busted on Mythbusters. And then you might be drunk enough for the movie to actually be good. I found myself often just asking, "Why?" Why would he need to ride his motorcycle on its front wheel while spinning and shooting? Now, that motorcycle scene COULD have been dumber... But only if they were actually floating through the air Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style, which they practically were anyway.

There is very little going for this movie and whatever it does have is unimpressive. The only reason I own it is because I like the first and third one and I don't like having incomplete sets. If I had paid any more than $1 for this, I'd be upset.
Mission: Impossible III 2006,  PG-13)
Mission: Impossible III
The first M:I movie was all story and suspense-spy stuff. M:I:2 was all action no substance. This one found a good middle ground. The action was done quite well, it had a bit of shaky cam, but not so much to really notice. It does a great job of being suspenseful, even the second time around when you know what will happen. It has cool explosions, which are always good in action movies, and fun fight scenes.
The story was easy to follow, yet with surprising twists and turns. Even after watching it more than once, I found myself guessing what would happen next. It was quite a fun watch.
I do have to point out that the movie seems to think that CPR will actually re-start your heart. CPR just technically makes you die more slowly. It takes a little more than that to bring a person back to life... But the movie still succeeds by my standards. It's a great watch.
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011,  PG-13)
The Mothman Prophecies 2001,  PG-13)
The Mothman Prophecies
This movie succeeds at being very creepy. Maybe it's just because the content itself creeps me out. But I found it to be an effective thriller. One criticism I have is that it often uses recycled methods in order to be creepy. The music is unoriginal, so are the creepy effects. But even though they were unoriginal, to me they still achieved their purpose of being creepy.
If you were to watch this movie, I'd suggest subtitles because it has a lot of low talking.
But the movie was really creepy and I enjoyed watching it.
The Mummy 1999,  PG-13)
The Mummy
This is an amazing adventure with lots of imagination. It's filled with gunfights and excitement. I think it's hard to get a movie like this just right but they pulled it off. It's creepy at times, also very funny, and has great action. Some of the graphics are a bit dated, but I couldn't care less. This movie is adventurous and exciting to watch.
The Mummy Returns 2001,  PG-13)
The Mummy Returns
To a certain extent, it feels a lot like a typical sequel. It has many references to the original, they overdo the action a bit, they bring in more kinds of mummies, and they exaggerate the gross stuff a bit more (bugs eating people, Imhotep absorbing people, etc.)

But none of that stuff really ruined the movie. I think that none of those factors were really overdone at all. They were all pretty enjoyable to me.

This one was pretty similar to the original but with more action and a more complex plot. It's not as good as the first one, but it's still a lot of fun.
My Cousin Vinny 1992,  R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984,  R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
For starters: The idea of someone killing you in your dreams is a great idea. All of the death scenes were very creepy. It was interesting without being gimmicky. A lot of the movie is violent, but there was nothing shameless about it. The violence was used to convey creepiness. As opposed to the violence being the main feature.
My only complaint would be that the acting seemed melodramatic at times. But the movie does a good job of maintaining a creepy feel and is an effective horror movie.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994,  R)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
It seems as though Wes Craven got pissed at what the franchise had turned Freddy Krueger into and decided to take it back. The movie is dark again and actually scary. Freddy was never funny in this movie. He made some jokes, but they were with a dark feeling. Not a goofy one.

Actually, one of the best things it did was create satisfyingly scary moments without Freddy being on screen at all. It was done solely through dialogue that was both well-written and well-preformed. Extra kudos to that little boy for doing such a good job of being just as creepy as little boys are in real life.

The death scenes in this Nightmare sequel were actually, dare I say, scary as hell. As were the dream sequences themselves. They created a very spooky atmosphere in which the characters' deaths are built up, but not drawn out. And the deaths themselves are very imaginative. But they're not over-done. Making it more simple, yet interesting, makes us able to relate to it better and that's what frightens us.

The best thing about this movie is its return of the evil and much more dark Freddy Krueger.

Not necessary to read. As for my thoughts on the story. It's definitely interesting. I normally don't like when movies refer to themselves, or their previous installments, as movies. But something about this was different, so I questioned why I don't like that. If you're not familiar with the story, my next paragraph will be a brief description of it.

In the real world, the actress from the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie has a son who is having nightmares about the fictional character Freddy Krueger. And Wes Craven is writing a script based on his own nightmares. They tell him of an evil entity. It took form as the fictional character Freddy Krueger and is now trying to break in to the real world as that form.

So why don't I like when movies acknowledge their fictitiousness? Because it breaks away from their "reality." This one doesn't quite do that. It just re-defines its reality. To this evil entity, these movies were real. This entity has always been real. It's just finding a new way to spread its evil.
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) 1922,  Unrated)
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) 1979,  PG)
Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) 2005,  PG-13)
Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
Tony Jaa is totally my hero. He just shows the hell up out of nowhere in dorky cloths and beats the crap out of people. If someone actually manages to hit him, he just looks at them angrily. Then he just kicks people with his legs on fire. Like, "I'm Tony Jaa. I'm too bad ass to worry about my legs being of fire."
The story's kind of weak, but I don't care. The martial arts in this movie is nothing short of epic.
Operation Condor (Fei ying gai wak) (Armour of God II) 1990,  PG-13)
Armour of God (Long xiong hu di) (Operation Condor 2) 1987,  R)
Panic Room 2002,  R)
Panic Room
I always like movies that have simple ideas that are executed well. This is one of those movies. I'm sure that everyone's been afraid that someone might break into their house at some point or another, and this movie plays on that fear. Most of the camera work is really great and helps convey the feeling being trapped in the confines of a house. Though, some of the camera work was weird just for the sake of being weird. But that wasn't too distracting.
This movie took a good idea and did a good job with it. It was frightening, suspenseful, and pretty intense at times.
I alway stall for the first line of my spoilers just in case you read it by accident. I was once hit in the face with a golf club (by accident). Though I was not unconscious, there's no chance I would be able to just get up. Maybe the promise of 22 million dollars could get me to move a bit. My point is that I don't buy that at the end, the bad guy could just get up and try to kill Jodie Foster after getting smacked in the face with a damn sledge hammer and falling down one or two stories. I don't care how tough you are, it won't happen. But even so, that scene was still frightening and I liked it.
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
There's a lot to this movie that I'm not sure if I like or not. I gave the rating under the assumption that I do like it because it is no doubt well made. It's just that it was almost too disturbing to say I liked it.
That's the first thing. This movie was relentlessly disturbing. Not scary. Disturbing. They show very evil acts in gory, brutal detail. But I wanna be cautious to differentiate this from mindless, carve-em-up torture flicks. There's definitely an art to this.
But then again, there were a few scenes that seemed to be gruesome just for the helluvit. But most of the violence I'd say was not needless. But most likely too much for a lot of people.
One thing I was looking forward to in this film was the fantasy aspect. I was hoping for a bit more than what I got, but what was there was really good. The creatures had this really ugly, and creepy as hell look to them. And they were so visually creative, I thought it was great.
I really liked the ending to this movie because it's kind of up to you what really happened. Even though the synopsis of this movie seems to assume that what we're seeing is the main character's imagination, they never actually answer if it is or not in the movie. And this answer determines if it is a happy ending or not. So I like how that works out.
ParaNorman 2012,  PG)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003,  PG-13)
Predators 2010,  R)
FUCKING YES!!! This movie is non-stop fun. The action is not ridiculous and over the top. It's just completely awesome and fast paced. It really got me excited and nervous and really happy just to have so much fun. Then, sometimes, they'd slow the pacing of the action down to get you even more nervous with anticipation.

And it wasn't just retarded action all the way through with no breaks. There was a fair amount of down time. That was dedicated to character development (though the acting wasn't exactly great). And even when nothing was happening, they were just walking and looking around, the movie still seemed to maintain its bad-ass feel.

Luckily, this movie wasn't just a bunch of predators walking around, aimlessly killing people. They built anticipation and suspense with a slow revelation of the predators and little screen time (yet still more than the original). But if you felt like it wasn't enough, you're not looking for a good movie. You're looking for an AVP movie.

The story was cool, but predictable. But I don't care. This movie's awesome.
Jackie Chan's Project A ('A' gai wak) (Pirate Patrol) 1983,  PG-13)
Jackie Chan's Project A2 ('A' gai wak juk jap) (Project A, Part II) 1987,  PG-13)
The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) 2006,  R)
Psycho 1960,  R)
The original slasher film. Fun, scary, suspensful, and well-filmed. The characters are done very well and the script and story are great.
Slasher films went down-hill from here. It may not have been a steep slope, but it was a downward one. No horror film has or will top this classic.
Ramones Raw 2004,  Unrated)
Repo! The Genetic Opera 2008,  R)
Repo! The Genetic Opera
This film seamlessly blends gore, nior, and music. The music is all great. Each singer has their own unique voice, yet they're blended together well with the rock music. This is a movie like nothing I've ever seen before. There are many moments that seem like a joke, but at the same time, seem like they're trying to be creepy. And it comes across as something that's creepy specifically because it's a joke. I'm mostly referring to the gore elements here. The movie certainly did something new and made it work. So if you're the type of person who hears, "gore, nior, and rock opera" and thinks, "Yes. This is what I need." Then by all means, eat your heart out. And I feel like many of the rest of us should see it anyway and I don't know why. For my (theoretical) devout readers; you may have noticed a slight difference in this review than many of my others. Instead of talking about what I liked and why, I talked about what the movie was like in general. I never actually said whether I liked it or not. That's because, after seeing it, I have no clue if I liked it.
Reservoir Dogs 1992,  R)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011,  PG-13)
Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979,  PG)
Scooby-Doo 2002,  PG)
Just as absurd as the show. Almost like a parody of it. Which works, because the show was almost like a parody of itself. So it's surprisingly respectful to the show. Except that the humor is a bit more mature (meaning more crude). The story line pretty much followed the same formula as the old episodes/animated movies. That could be a plus or a negative depending on what you think the movie should do... I think I'll put it as a plus for the fun reminiscence of the show. I'll say that the casting for the main characters was the best, most perfect thing about the movie. No one else could be cast as the Scooby Doo characters and pull off the transition to live action as flawlessly as these actors did. Every once in a while, I had to stop and think, "Shaggy's that crazy guy from Scream... How is that possible?"
Now this probably had some of the worst CGI I've ever seen in an actual movie. It really bothers me, but I'll let it slide a little because it wasn't exactly a showcase of it. It was just there quite a bit. That's different. It's still distracting though.
I know this movie's stupid... But I just can't help but enjoy it.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010,  PG-13)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Before I saw this movie, I thought I would kinda like it. It looked fun enough, but probably kinda dumb. It was fun, and it was kinda dumb. It didn't really do anything that I didn't expect it to, but I never expected how much I would love what I saw. Every second of this movie made me unhealthily happy.

I'm sure most of us have mused at some point in our lives, "what if life were more like a videogame?" This movie provides us with the answer: it would be amazing. When they first showed things like the word, "ring" appearing on the screen when the phone rang, or, "ding dong" when the door bell rang, I was afraid it wasn't gonna work. If they didn't do it enough, it would be really distracting any time they did do it. They'd have to do it a lot. But too much would get repetitive. Whether on purpose or not, they made it work and it was fun.

And that can be applied to the whole idea of the movie. The whole feel of the world of this movie was very consistent so nothing ever didn't make sense. Even when they played music so hard that it made a monster that beat the crap out of the other musicians monster. Of course that made sense. It also helped that everything that happened on screen was visually creative. I always fall for that kind of stuff.

Now I'm normally not into the geeky Michael Cera type of character (not that I have strong feeling one way or another) but it worked so well here. It's like those people who are dorks in real-life, but play Guitar Hero and be a punk or play fighting games and be bad-ass. And this movie actually tricked me into thinking that Michael Cera was a BAMF when he took on all the sk8ter dude's stunt doubles.

I just wish they had played the Ramones (founders of punk rock) song Ramona in the movie since the lead's love-interest is a punk rock chick named Ramona. But that's not a big deal.
This film was just constantly hilariously bad-ass and that's all there is to it.
Scream 1996,  R)
I really like movies. So to me, making a horror movie about horror movies is a cool idea. It's got an interesting story that makes for some thrilling kills. And I like that the death scenes in this movie aren't just some poor damsel in distress helplessly being killed. The victims do some intense running and fighting back before they go down.
I think my only real complain about the movie is the lack of chemistry between the characters. And also the trite dialogue between them.
This movie succeeds at being an original and effective horror movie.
I like that during the movie, they try to send you down the wrong track by sending you down the right track. Meaning that Randy says from the beginning that Billy is the killer and Sidney's dad is a red herring. And they have Billy act incredibly suspicious for the whole movie. That way we think it couldn't possible be him. It's too obvious. But then... holy shit, it actually is him. Now I really don't know how effective that is too someone who hasn't seen it because I saw it when I was a child and have known the ending for as long as I can remember. But I imagine it being effective.
Serenity 2005,  PG-13)
I'd suggest watching Firefly the show first so that you can understand the characters better and see a more obvious arc. It takes a more serious turn away from the show, but as the grand finale, it works. The sci-fi meets old west action sequences are always very interesting and work well. This is a great sci-fi movie that's fast-paced, intense, and interesting throughout.
Shadow of the Vampire 2000,  R)
Shakespeare in Love 1998,  R)
Shaun of the Dead 2004,  R)
Shaun of the Dead
They start off taking their time (but not for too long) establishing characters and it was actually done better and funnier than most movies. Then, it's so much funnier when the zombies come in to play because how we've gotten to know the characters and are able to relate to them. I thought all of Simon Pegg's reactions were great. When the zombie girl fell on the poll thing, Simon Pegg just widened his eyes and put his hands over his mouth. I just laughed out loud at stuff like that. It's really stuff like that, the way the characters handled everything and react in these situations, that made the movie as funny as it was. And all of that was done well.
I really just don't know what I think of the ending... It's funny, but...... I dunno.
Anyway, they took a good idea and did a really good job with it and succeeded in making it funny.
Shoot 'Em Up 2007,  R)
Shoot 'Em Up
A great farce on the action genre. The ridiculous, shamelessly over the top action made it what it is. Almost everything that happens is a joke. From the corny dialogue to the MacGyver style gunfights (ie. opening a file cabinet by shooting it, or a rig of many, many guns set up to fire by pulling on strings), this movie is fun. Some of the sex jokes are a little too much for me, but not out of place, and they still add something to the movie. A great addition was his iconic carrot. I've heart it refereed to as a way to show the audience that this movie is supposed to be nothing more than just a Bugs Bunny cartoon, which I found to be quite accurate.
The Sixth Sense 1999,  PG-13)
The Sixth Sense
An interesting story and is pretty scary at times. I like how it didn't try to be much more than it was, which is a spooky ghost story. Sometimes it went for some cheap scares by use of pop-ups, which is a bit of a shame, because it didn't need them to make the movie scary. But that didn't take away from the movie too much. It was a pretty good scary movie and I enjoyed watching it.
Skyfall 2012,  PG-13)
Snakes on a Plane 2006,  R)
Snatch 2001,  R)
"London? / Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup 'o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins... LONDON"
If someone were to describe this movie to me, I might say, "I believe you that it's good, but it doesn't quite sound like my kind of movie." That person would be completely justified in saying, "Like hell it's not."
One notable thing about this movie is the unique style. And that alone can at least be appreciated. The best way I think I can describe the style is to say it just looks like everyone had a blast while making this movie.
The story was really complex without being all over the place. Cuz there are a few different stories going on at once and they relate to each other. But what they also do, is they don't just rely on the complexity of the story to be interesting. They make the characters very likable by making them either a bit crazy, or silly, or odd, or dumb, or sadistic, or normal. They put the movie together so perfectly that it's never not funny. So even if you have no idea what's going on in the plot, you can still enjoy the crap out of every second of this movie.
There's also some really fun dark humor in this movie. If I described it, it would seem like some twisted movie that's not funny. But when you're actually watching it, and you've gotten the feel of the movie, it can be really fun. It's the kind of comedy that makes you cover you smile and say, "that's not funny" even though you're laughing inside your head. But once you get used to it, you can crack up.
Now this review of Snatch would be no review of Snatch if I didn't give special mention to Brad Pitt for being the best character in the movie. He can be so hyper and giddy and at the same time kick your ass and then say something that you can't understand for the life of you and I love it.
"Good dags. D'ya like dags? "
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut 1999,  R)
Spaceballs 1987,  PG)
Spaced: The Complete Series 1999,  Unrated)
Speed 1994,  R)
I would call this a good bad movie. You have to take reality and put it in a corner in your mind and ignore it for a while in order to fully enjoy this movie. The best example of this is when the bus jumps a 50 foot gap while on flat ground. There was an incline, but it leveled out so that the bus couldn't maintain its upward momentum. Besides, it's a bus. It's several tons. It would have plummeted straight down the second the front wheels left the bridge. But that's the fun of this movie. It's silly reasons like these, and the comedically bad acting given by Keanu Reeves that made this enjoyably bad and a fun watch.
Spider-Man 2 2004,  PG-13)
Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) 1992,  R)
Star Trek - Time Travel Collection 1997,  Unrated)
Star Trek - The Complete First Season 1966,  Unrated)
Star Trek - The Complete Second Season 1967,  Unrated)
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season Three 1968,  Unrated)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979,  G)
Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan 1982,  PG)
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock 1984,  PG)
Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home 1986,  PG)
Star Trek V - The Final Frontier 1989,  PG)
Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country 1991,  PG)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 1987,  Unrated)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 1988,  Unrated)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 1989,  Unrated)
Star Trek Generations 1994,  PG)
Star Trek - First Contact 1996,  PG-13)
Star Trek - Insurrection 1998,  PG)
Star Trek - Nemesis 2002,  PG-13)
Star Trek 2009,  PG-13)
Star Trek Into Darkness 2013,  PG-13)
Super 8 2011,  PG-13)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007,  R)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tim Burton didn't really give us anything new. A black colored movie with his favorite actors. But there's not exactly anything wrong with that. It's an interesting idea that is often pretty goofy and funny, and (often at the same time) quite creepy. i.e. when they're singing about using humans for meat in their meat pies.
It's got a powerful story with some characters that we actually kind of want to see become murderers. Partly because it was fun to watch.
Now I'm 100% okay with the fact that it's a musical. In fact, I quite like the idea of such a dark movie as a musical. But I think that if they're going to do it that way, they should do it well. First of all, the songs themselves weren't great. I liked some of them, but there wasn't anything special to most of them. And the singing wasn't really remarkably bad. But I'd have wanted them to coach the actors more or at least pick ones who could sing better. Preferably the former.
The movie is overall enjoyable.
Taken 2008,  PG-13)
I have one complaint, and only one, about this movie: it was too short.
That being said; I think everything about this movie was done very well. Neeson portrayed his character perfectly. It's fun to watch his character because he always uses logic to be bad-a**. Which is also what made the action so fun. It's not necessarily great choreography that makes it fun. It's watching his quick and smart thinking take effect. Without that, it would have just been an average action movie.
This movie is very well made and it's fun to watch from start to finish. But I just needed more.

2nd viewing:
I stand by most of what I said before. But after watching it second time, I noticed a little bit that I missed the first time and didn't like. During the action scenes, the filming was not done very well. The shaky-cam made it a bit difficult to see what was happening. And it had a modern-stylized feel that seemed a bit over-done. But it wasn't as bad as most movies end up doing. I could still see just fine, it was just a bit hard to. I still thought it was great and fun to watch.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie 1990,  PG)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
What you see is what you get. Ninja turtles. Really, the fact that the main characters are wise-cracking turtles is the only thing that makes this movie special. But sometimes, that novelty is just what I need. Sometimes you're just in the mood to watch turtles do karate and when that happens, no other movie will do.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze 1991,  PG)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
Well, turtles who are also ninjas beat up bad-guys. Then the bad-guys try to kill them with other mutant animals. It has some goofy dialog and fairly fun fight scenes... That's pretty much the extent of this movie. I overall enjoyed it.
The Terminator 1984,  R)
The Terminator
Well, it's a classic. And for good reason. It's got an interesting story with time paradoxes, which are always fun. It's especially fun to think about the story in relation to all the other ones. This one has some very great and suspenseful action, and it also has a few good scares too. Not only is the action just good, but it's cool.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991,  R)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Some of the best action I've ever seen. I love the great combination of car chases with gunfights. It's extremely cool to watch, especially the way the three main characters work together.
I don't think any other movie can make shooting people in the kneecaps this cool... Except perhaps "Die Hard".
This movie has a story that's a pretty cool way to continue the previous one. It works really well as a sequel and ties in to the original as a continuation.
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines 2003,  R)
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
This movie's kind of fun to watch, but that's about it. The story is kind of interesting, but at the same time it's pretty predictable.
I wouldn't actually say it has good action. It just has good destruction scenes. I expect better from a Terminator movie. The action should be much more intense and heart-pounding. The action in this one was just way too goofy.
The female terminator (T-X) was a horrible addition to this movie. Everything she did just seemed like a really bad joke. Most of what Arnold did was also a bad joke. Like the stripper's cloths. There was also one joke that was extremely overdone and irritating. The Terminator would explain something by rambling for too long, then John would say, "what?", then the Terminator would give a short, blunt answer.
The best thing about the movie is the really cool scenes of destruction. Especially the crane chase scene. They were being chased by the T-X while leaving mass destruction in their wake and it was awesome.
So pretty much all the movie had going for it was bad jokes, mediocre story, and action that was often very fun but could have and should have been much better.
Terminator Salvation 2009,  PG-13)
Terminator Salvation
What's kind of interesting about this movie is that it acts a a sequel to "Rise of the Machines" and as a prequel to "The Terminator." The post-apocalyptic world created in this movie differs slightly from the ones we get glimpses of in the previous ones; whereas instead of a dark world, we get one that is just dirty. Maybe it's just not dark yet, but will be in the next one. But that's a minor detail.

They create a story that is all their own, yet still ties into the originals well. Again, John Conner's existence is threatened by the death of a parent. I felt like there might have been a bit too much going on, but I wasn't bothered. Many people noticed lots of plot errors, but they had simple explanations which were overlooked. If you want an explanation to a plot-hole that you've though of, let me know.

Some of the acting could have been better. But that alone is not enough to drag the movie down at all. I haven't seen Christian Bale in many things, but he normally annoys me. I was upset when I learned that he would be John Conner. But in the movie itself, he didn't bother me very much. He did seem a bit dry, but that's something I can get over.

But the action is the main feature of this movie. Anyone who says that explosions and destruction aren't cool in an action movie is just trying to be impressive. And this movie definitely delivers.
That 70s Show - Season 1 1998,  Unrated)
That 70s Show - Season 2 1999,  Unrated)
That 70s Show - Season 3 2000,  Unrated)
That 70s Show - Season 4 2001,  Unrated)
That 70s Show - Season 5 2002,  Unrated)
The Thing 1982,  R)
The Thing
It's pretty close to being an average sci-fi. It has a fairly slow and foreboding intro that does its job of creating anticipation. Unfortunately, it takes longer than necessary to begin proper character development. But it gets to it.
It starts with some well done slow-and-silent suspenseful scenes.

But then what makes it an above average horror is gruesome and violent scenes. I was never one for a lot of gore, but this movie uses it very well. It's one of the most gruesome movies I've seen, but the gore is used in order to create very frightening scenes.
The Thin Man 1934,  Unrated)
The Thin Man
It's old and in black-and-white, but you know what? It's funnier than just about any comedy I've seen that's come out recently (save kid's movies and stuff). It was one of the first movies to break the stereotypical house-wife character and did a damn good job of it. William Powell and Myrna Loy create a lovable on screed couple that is much more believable than that of most others. They're comfortable with each other, sarcastic, playful, and witty. They are friends in real life and the chemistry really showed on screen.

After spending a large quantity of the movie letting you fall in love with these characters, they took a darker turn toward film noir (that's my intro to movies class shining through for you) and let some suspense build. The suspense was heightened since we've learned to care for them over the course of the movie. That scene was done quite well. Some good darkness, enough light to see, but enough lack of light to see that that we can't see much and that we should be scared of what we can't see.

My one complaint is that I couldn't really tell any of the characters apart. They all pretty much looked and acted the same (except the main characters). So I couldn't really follow any of the mystery or the case itself. I was just taking people's word for it when they said what was going on.

As much as comedy isn't really my favorite genre, the comedy in this movie is its strongest element. It's definitely worth seeing just for that.
Tick - The Complete Series 1994,  Unrated)
Titus - The Complete First And Second Seasons 2000,  Unrated)
Titus - Season Three 2001,  Unrated)
Toy Story 3 2010,  G)
Toy Story 3
Try not to think of this movie as a comedy. In fact, don't even think of it as a kid's movie. To me, it seemed more like a movie for young adults (those of us who were kids when the first one came out) than a movie for children today. It had a few funny parts, but it didn't really feel like comedy was the overall feel to the movie. But it didn't seem like that was what it was going for.

It seemed like they were going for a dark, suspenseful movie that was scary as hell. A lot of the movie is very well done dialog that was just sad that these characters would have to be put in this situation or sad that people would do and say such evil things to people.

This was an interesting change of pace. We spent two movies laughing with them and loving them, and now we're watching hopefully as they're trying to escape horrible deathtraps. And the suspense is greatly heightened because this is happening those who we've loved since we were children... and they happen to be toys.

Toy Story 3 took the series in a new direction, and did a good job with where they took it.
Transformers 2007,  PG-13)
It had lots of action, but I found myself not paying much attention to it because it happened in an uncomfortable position on the screen. I don't really know how to explain just what that means, so I won't. Most of the movie was fairly serious, but it went for a "goofy" element that didn't quite fit. Different from goofiness was the humor, by which I mostly found myself quite amused. I didn't like the music. The original score didn't fit well, and they transitioned awkwardly to rock music, which also didn't fit. Even with those, I can watch the movie and enjoy it. It just could have been better.
The Transporter 2002,  PG-13)
The Transporter
Jason Statham makes this movie great. It has great action and impressive choreography. The acting is sometime interesting to watch (sometimes not so much), the story is mediocre but acceptable. I never liked the music, it was weird and didn't really fit. But the action brings it all together. It's fun, creative, and sometimes comically corny. Plain, simple fun.
Transporter 2 2005,  PG-13)
Transporter 2
Even better than the first. It's cornier, it has more and better action, and when the action starts, it pretty much doesn't stop. The music is better in this one and it fits with what's happening very well. To enjoy this movie, you have to let go of some aspects of reality, such as gravity and lots of the other laws of physics. But that doesn't stop it from being fun.
Transporter 3 2008,  PG-13)
Transporter 3
This movie had a fun plot and I was happy with that. The added risk of an exploding bracelet can make almost any movie more fun.
Valentina was the worst thing that could have happened to this movie. Almost everything she did made me want her character to die. If it weren't for her, I might have given this an 80%.
The action scenes were sometimes filmed in a way that made me a bit dizzy, but in a good way. Which is rare in movies, I hardly ever enjoy that (in fact, this might be a first). However, the plot wasn't very conducive for bringing in very many action scenes, but they brought them in as much as they could. I just would have like more. And it didn't have the corny element as much as the others, which could have made the movie more fun. Some of the driving stunts seemed to just be regular driving played in fast motion. Overall, the action could have been better.
Tremors 1990,  R)
This is probably one of the best monster movies I've seen. It's ridiculous, but in a fun and exciting way. I enjoyed it the whole way through.
Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1995,  PG-13)
Tremors 2: Aftershocks
A properly done sequel to a great monster movie. It has more action, excitement, and fun; but the original can't be beaten. But, all-in-all, a great sequel to a great movie.
Tremors 3 - Back to Perfection 2001,  PG)
Tremors 3 - Back to Perfection
This sequel takes it a step too far with the ridiculousness. It has Burt Gummer being the only returning main character. That alone would have been acceptable, but with the poor use of computer graphics, the badly thrown together plot, and the over use of overdramatized action and suspense made this and inferior movie. The aforementioned did however make the movie enjoyable in a "Good bad movie" sort of way.
Tremors 4 - The Legend Begins 2004,  PG-13)
Tremors 4 - The Legend Begins
I just found this one boring compared to the other ones. It has a bad plot and and badly done plot hole covers. I was pleased that they stopped using the horrible digital graphics that were in the third one and went back to animatronics. But aside from that, it was disappointing. And I have to point out that it's not really "Tremors FOUR" because it's a prequel, not a sequel.
Troll 2 1990,  PG-13)
Troll 2
Zero percent. Holy God. And for good reason too. It is infamous for being the best bad movie (they even made a documentary about how best of the worst it is and it lives up to it's title.
Everything, from the acting, writing, directing, camera work, and right down to the story itself are comedically horrible. At no point when filming this could anyone have thought, "This'll be good." It actually seemed as though, toward the end, they decided that it was too normal and tried to make it even stupider.
I loved it.
I own it.
True Lies 1994,  R)
The Truman Show 1998,  PG)
Twin Dragons (Shuang long hui) (Brother vs. Brother) 1992,  PG-13)
Unbreakable 2000,  PG-13)
Unleashed (Danny the Dog) 2005,  R)
Unleashed (Danny the Dog)
The action in this movie is a little different than the action in most martial arts movies. Usually, it's all impressive choreography (which I really like). But this has impressive choreography plus a really realistic brutal feel. For instance, instead of just hitting one of the several bad-guys once and they fall down for the rest of the fight, Li wails on them to make the hell sure they don't get up again.

Now along with impressive action, this martial arts movie is also set aside from the other because of its story. Despite being fairly simple, it's very good and quite powerful. It doesn't particularly say anything you probably don't already know: Family; good, crime; bad. But it does a good job of saying it and it shows you why.

At the beginning of the movie when Danny (Li) is in his first life where he's raised as an animal by a criminal, the camera movements are all a bit jerky and sharp with choppy editing. That helps give it an unsettling feeling. But when he's taken in by Morgan Freeman, the camera movements become much more smooth and gentle. I like that.

It's not exactly anything anyone NEEDS to see. But if you get the chance, I'd definitely recommend it.
The Untouchables 1987,  R)
The Untouchables
From the music at the intro, I was sold. Everything about the movie was done almost perfectly. The acting was great, the cinematography was all beautiful. And the music of course was brilliant. These three things together are the main things that were used to help build suspense so well. There could be long moments where nothing was happening, but the whole time, I couldn't keep my anticipation at bay. Another prominent element was the homages to old west cowboy movies. The heroes of the movie were very clearly modern cowboy figures. With their determination to do what is right, regardless of the law. They carry their guns and they go take down the criminal in the most effective way instead of the most legal way. The question this movie brings up is, is it okay to do that? Are these men truly moral, or did they abandon their morals when they abandoned the law in order to uphold it?
Valkyrie 2008,  PG-13)
V for Vendetta 2006,  R)
Walking Dead 2009,  R)
Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' 2008,  G)
WALL-E 2008,  G)
This movie took a really creative idea and made a surprisingly good story out of it. I love how each character's story relates to one another. WALL-E tries to get EVE. His conflict is that she is preoccupied with returning the plant. But her conflict is Auto. So her conflict becomes WALL-E's conflict as well. And as the captain wants to return to Earth, this is also his conflict.

One of the more brilliant things about this movie was the very subtle human qualities they gave the robots. And because of their subtlety, they shone through brilliantly. WALL-E has cameras for eyes (two for depth perception) which are his main form of showing human emotion. And he also has clamp-like fingers as hands. EVE has small fingers for holding and moving things and a digital eye readout, which is also her main form of showing human emotion.

They gave their robots very few human qualities so our brains find the similarities and accept it (especially with CG.) If a character has more human details, we only notice the differences until they show enough details. This is called the uncanny valley. (I have a point.)

Whether deliberately or not, they applied this same theory to the romance between WALL-E and EVE. Pretty much, the only similarities they showed us between their love and human love was the way WALL-E looks at EVE and his desire to impress her and hold her hand. Almost anyone can relate to that. And that's what makes their love believable.

Most romance movies I think show more details, but to the point where we only see the differences. They only show the uncanny valley of the love story.

WALL-E is a love story probably portrayed better than any other that is well told and very funny throughout.
War of the Worlds 2005,  PG-13)
War of the Worlds
Once this movie introduces the main characters, it takes almost no time for the action to start. They achieved great nervousness by gradual revelations of the happenings. When the excitement starts, the movie gradually continues becoming more exciting at a steady pace. It takes a similar and equally effective strategy with the aliens and their tactics for domination. I felt as though I was given enough information to have a satisfying understanding about the aliens while still retaining a decent amount of mystery to them.

Another theme that was explored was not only the destruction caused by the aliens in the takeover, but what type of people we humans can be in such an event. Some people try to save only themselves while others are genuinely helpful. The movie also explores many other behavioral effects of humans.

I think the characters were done quite well. They were not completely likable, but we still feel for them. Cruise, however, would always seem to nudge his way to the front of a crowd and then survive when they were attacked. You would think the main character would be a bit smarter. What I did like was that they didn't introduce the characters, then spend twenty minutes with character development before finally getting to the action as many other movies like this might. Instead, they begin the action early, and work on most of the character development in between action sequences.

The ending could have been much more conclusive though. But overall, it was extremely exciting throughout the whole movie, and I was highly entertained.
Will & Grace - Season 1 1998,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season 2 1999,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season 3 2004,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season Four 1999,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season 5 2002,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season 6 2003,  Unrated)
Will & Grace - Season 7 2004,  Unrated)
X-Men: First Class 2011,  PG-13)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine 2009,  PG-13)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine
I felt like it had a fine story, but kind of with over-done plot twists, but forgivable. For the most part, I think almost everyone unanimously agrees with what is wrong with this movie: CGI, pretty trite story (which I didn't mind a whole lot), corny acting, etc. Because of this, I expect the sequel to be much better. But the movie still worked pretty well as a whole, I think. It was a decent explanation of his origins. And it had some enjoyable explosions with intense action. The CGI obviously brought it down quite a bit, as did some of the filming in the action scenes. It looked like the film was sped up every once in a while. But overall, still fun. The movie was a bit of a disappointment, but I still managed to enjoy myself and I think this movie is extremely cool.
X-Men 2000,  PG-13)
X2: X-Men United 2003,  PG-13)
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006,  PG-13)
The Wolverine 2013,  PG-13)
Young Frankenstein 1974,  PG)
Yossi 2013,  Unrated)

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