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The Movie Barn, Some Kind of Crappy

Have you ever watched a movie you wish you didn’t watch? OR a movie you can’t get your eyes off because you wonder how it’s ever going to get crappier, and it DOES get crappier? Or that movie with a very unsatisfying ending, you want to change the story?

What crappy movies have you seen lately?

Machete (2010) 

This is that movie, so over-the-top, so well produced, so full of gore, and so bad! But it’s so funny and so entertaining how bad it is. I couldn’t get my eyes of it because I wonder if this movie is ever going to get worse and crappier, and it’s so funny that it actually  DID!

I can’t believe how well-casted this movie is Jessica Alba, Robert Diniro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan…

Jessica Alba even went nude for this movie. Unbelievable!

Due Date (2010) 

I usually like a Robert Downey movie. But I cringed at this movie because of the other leading character of the movie, Ethan as portrayed by Zach Galifianakis. I am really annoyed by the deliberate inappropriateness this character showed, that I keep forgetting the movie is supposed to be a comedy. The Ethan character is jsut so awful, made me hate this movie!

Going the Distance (2010) 

There were times when Drew Barrymore makes fun and great movies, feel-good and timely romances or movies about self-discovery and women empowerment (Ever After, Charlie’s Angels and more). Most of her previous movies were great! Some of them I like to watch over and over… until Going the Distance. It’s crap! The story and dialogues are distasteful. And Drew Barrymore and Justin Long don’t have onscreen chemistry. I did not like this movie at all.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) 

Umbrella Corporation did it again – make zombies!

I like the previous Resident Evil movies. My favorite is the very one which came out in 2002. With the coming out of the 4th installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, I think the story went so overboard, but then it’s science-fiction. But still, I think it’s gone overdone, and I want better story, better twists ..

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The Movie Barn, Movie Fan

I am Angelina Jolie’s movie fan – this means I follow her movies and not her life. She generally picks great movies and she’s really convincing as an actress. I’m also a movie fan of Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Mark Walberg, but not so much of George Clooney. I’m a new fan of Bradley Cooper, but only if the movie is comedy. Selena Gomez, Joey King and Emma Stone are so delightful. They are showing a lot of promise.

Whose movies do you follow?

Salt (2010)

Like I mentioned, I am an Angelina Jolie’s movie fan. I’ve wanted to see this movie since it came out. And the movie does not disappoint!

The plot of the story seemed predictable, but I wasn’t prepared for the ending. Ultimately, it was awesome. Great cast, too!

The American (2010)

As simplistic as this movie is, it could have easily turned into a boring movie. But this movie is so well acted and well directed! The story is gripping. I found myself captivated and curious as to how the story turns. But as it ended, I was disappointed because it just ended – no twist, no resolution. It just ended.

Inception (2010)

I feel like I have to watch this movie again to really understand the story. It’s great alright, everything is great – flawless visual effects, the cast are great, but it has so many details. It’s so attention demanding. In between the long movie, I kept getting lost in the story. But then in the end, I kind’a got it anyway.

Movies like this has Leonardo Dicaprio‘s stamp all over it. His movies are always smart, captivating, and confusing. He always good at tormented character roles, just like his character in Shutter Island (2010), Revolutionary Road (2008) and even in Body of Lies (2008).

The A-Team (2010)

Over the top action! Very funny! Not too difficult to follow yet thoroughly entertaining! My kind of movie …

I have seen a few movies by Bradley Cooper. He doesn’t stand out in dramatic roles, but in comedy – he is so delicious. He has great comedic timing, and I can’t get enough of him. And Liam Neeson does not disappoint;

Ramona and Beezus (2010)

This movie is so endearing! Lots of wholesome laughs about Ramona (Joey King) who is smart and imaginative little girl. She gets into a lot of unintentional mischief, that makes her troublesome and misunderstood at times but she has good intentions for her family. This also stars Selena Gomez as Beezus, Ramona’s big sister.

This movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series. I highly recommend this movie for family movie night especially to those family with little girls as awesome as Ramona.

Easy A (2010)

Super funny and smart, but may not be so wholesome! Emma Stone is so convincing as Olive, a high school gal who has scandalous reputation in school after the not so true story of losing her virginity got out.

This movie did make me wonder why it’s a scandal when girls or women are associated with sex, while with guys, it’s totally acceptable and even expected. Talk about double standard…

The Movie Barn, Entertainment and Message

Sometime movies are just movies. It’s there for it’s entertainment value or just to fill up your time! But sometimes you can dig up something more special from it – a good message.

I was pleasantly surprised when I watched ‘Penelope (2006)’. I got from it a special message – the power of loving yourself for who you are and what you have.

We are all caught up with what’s supposed to be acceptable and beautiful as dictated by society and the media, that has too much focus on the outer appearance. We forget that, individuality and self-acceptance are important; and with having individuality and self-acceptance, true beauty radiates from within.

What draws you to a movie? Entertainment value or the message?

Penelope (2006) Penelope (2006)

About Penelope (Christina Ricci), the girl with a pig nose, trying to find ‘one of her kind’ to break the curse of her ‘pig nose’.

I love it! Although it has a dark and Gothic look, it’s funny and endearing! And it’s whimsical. It’s a great bedtime story, you can watch it over and over. I especially love the message of the story to love yourself no matter how you look like. I’d recommend this movie to every little girl, especially those who have issues with outer appearance.

I think Reese Witherspoon has a refreshing role as Penelope’s friend. And James McAvoy is such an eye candy.

Whiteout (2009) Whiteout (2009)

It has the money shot – the unnecessary scene of Kate Beckinsale’s almost naked while she is taking a shower, at the start of the movie. That’s really all it has. Sigh!

The Expendables (2010) The Expendables (2010)

I love Sylvester Stallone! I like him the most in ‘Rambo’!

This movie boast to have minimal computer generated effects, so all the explosion are actual explosions. It has a power cast but weak story. And the scene where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis appeared – totally unnecessary!

I enjoyed this movie nonetheless, because I’m a Jet Li and Jason Statham fan.

The Last Airbender (2010) The Last Airbender (2010)

The story is alright. But they could have chosen better lead actors ’cause the acting really sucks! And I think this movie needs a better musical score. It just seem so quiet watching this movie, when there is suppose to be background music coming on.

Knight and Day (2010) Knight and Day (2010)

No matter what your views about Tom Cruise are, you must admit that he chooses great movies. I especially like Tom Cruise in that movie – ‘Valkyrie (2008)‘.

In this movie, I have a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. It’s really a smart comedy! His role as an capable quirky agent gone rouge is so refreshing! Cameron Diaz does comedy well, too.

Great unpredictable story! Great cast! What more can you ask for from a movie?!

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

Loaded with entertainment value. I was thoroughly entertained! Awesome effects! Great cast and great story. It has a little bit of romance, mythological, a little bit of comedy, action packed! This is my kind of movie!

Nicholas Cage never fails to deliver in wacky roles, like his role in this movie – as the Master Sorcerer.

The Movie Barn, A Little Bit of History

Must be because the ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1’ is showing very soon, Harry Potter marathons are going on in cable TV. And I am on board. What has also been showing on cable lately are the James Bond movies by Pierce Brosnan, my favorite James Bond! I also caught a few historical and deep movies through rentals. And I like historical movies.

What movies have you seen lately?

Harry Potter Harry Potter

Never read the books, not even one of them!

I wasn’t in the Harry Potter bandwagon until the 4th installment, ‘The Goblet of Fire‘. When I saw the first one, ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone‘, I wasn’t so impressed. I missed the 2nd movie, ‘Chamber of Secrets‘ and the 3rd, ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban ‘ during the height of their hype. When the ‘The Goblet of Fire‘ came out on DVD, we decided to watch the series, and since then I was hooked.

Having seen them all including the 5th,’The Order of Phoenix‘ and the 6th, ‘The Half Blood Prince‘, my favorite is still the 4th, ‘The Goblet of Fire‘, followed by the later movies. I think I like the 4th installment because it’s the most action packed, and it’s when, to me, Harry Potter ceased to be a children’s story, not that I have anything against children’s story. It’s when the Harry Potter story became darker …

I think, the progression of the story and the characters, their growth and the implications, in the Harry Potter series are very well written. Not to mention that this movie series has the best supporting casts, from Ralph Fiennes’ Lord Voldemort, Helena Bonham Carter’s Bellatrix Lestrange, Alan Rickman’s Professor Snape, Jason Isaacs’ Lucius Malfoy, Kenneth Branagh’s Gilderoy Lockhart, Gary Oldman’s Sirius Black, Miranda Richardson’s Rita Skeeter, among others.

GoldenEye (1995) GoldenEye (1995)

I had a chance to watch GoldenEye again after a long time. I watched it before and it’s the very first James Bond movie that I enjoyed immensely. The previous James Bond movies – let’s just say I’m not fond of old movies. And then of course, I like all Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond.

This James Bond movie introduced Agent 006. (James Bond is M16 Agent 007). Also, this movie shows how English accent in men makes hims sound so sophisticated and sexy; and how Russian Accent in women make her sound so tough.

Fight Club (1999) Fight Club (1999)

Also from cable! Never saw this before even though it has Edward Furlong Norton and Brad Pitt. Those two names usually gets my interest but not for this movie. I just thought that this movie has so much violence and I wasn’t wrong. I don’t want to spoil this movie for those who have not seen this yet, but … the concept of dual or multiple personality disorder in the movies is so overused!

Seven Pounds (2008) Seven Pounds (2008)

In seven days, God created the world. In seven seconds, I shattered mine.

Superb acting by Will Smith. I don’t usually catch him on a dramatic role. But in this one he was great.

The story is quite interesting, deep but so sad. It has a plot I’ve never heard before from a movie or real life. It comes off confusing because of the seemingly unrelated events, but they all come together in the end – even the jellyfish. But the movie is too slow, I keep asking myself not only how the story is going to end, but when is it going to end!

Agora (2009) Agora (2009)

For a history buff, this is a must see. But if you are a Christian fanatic, you may have to stay away from this movie.

It’s about Hypatia of the 4th Century A.D., during the decline of the Roman Empire and the increasing militant Christian population. She lived as a philosopher, an astronomer, who tries to understand the relationship between the sun and the planets, centuries before Galileo. And she died by stoning by a Christian mob. Rachel Weisz did a fantastic performance as Hypatia. And the movie has convincingly relayed the time period.

The movie is fictional, but it is noteworthy that this movie is based from actual people and factual events in history, and it claims that a few scenes has historical accuracy.In history, Hypatia is actually a philosopher and  a teacher who did die of stoning by Christian hands, and the Catholic Bishop at that time has controversial connection to her death.

The thing about this kinds of movies is that after watching, I always research about the history. And end up becoming even more interested in history and liking historical movies more, not for it’s accuracy but for bringing awareness to certain events and issues in history and for entertainment and thrill value.

The movie is in the 4th century A.D. time period, but it has implications towards what’s wrong in the present days, 20 centuries later. A lot of reviews persist that this movie is anti-Christian. But I think they are missing the point – the point being that, a lot of times in history, people claim a cause for religion for what is actually religious intolerance and greed of power, and consequently over and over, fall into the same trap of destruction, and yet people still don’t seem to learn.

Secret of Kells (2009) Secret of Kells (2009)

Animation with less than Walt Disney or Pixar quality means me – less than interested. But I continued watching it anyway.

The movie ended with me wondering if there’s a deep meaning in the story that I just didn’t get. To me the story is quite straight forward, but with how it is being told, it seemed like there is some deep meaning it is trying to relay. I didn’t get it. Maybe I need to be more spiritual to get it.

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

About one of the most colorful parts of England’s history, about King Henry VIII, a very famous and controversial king of England and Anne Boleyn, the mistress who became queen consort and who was later beheaded. The movie also focused on Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary. Mary Boleyn in history and in this movie became King Henry’s mistress before Anne. Based from my readings, the movie is accurate to history at most points.

Because both Boleyn Girls, Anne as portrayed by Natalie Portman, and Mary portrayed by Scarlet Johansen, were prominent characters in the movie, somehow, this makes me wonder which Boleyn girl the movie title is referring to. This movie is well casted by these two leading ladies! I couldn’t think of any other than Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johanson, who could have done their characters really well.

The Young Victoria (2009) The Young Victoria (2009)

If you are looking for a feel good, romantic, historical, well-made, very well-acted movie, watch ‘The Young Victoria’. About the early life of Queen Victoria, as an 18-year old who became Queen of England in 1837 and being romantically pursued by handsome German, Prince Albert. He later became her husband.

In history, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were considered to have true royal romance. They have 9 children. Prince Albert died at a young age of 42. After Albert’s death, Victoria reigned for 40 more years. She wore black for the rest of her life. When she died in 1901, she was laid to rest next to her beloved Albert.

I’ve seen this movie last year, but I still think about it like I’ve seen it yesterday because of the love story. Emily Blunt did a wonderful job portraying as young Queen Victoria. She wonderfully relayed the roller coaster emotions of a young queen in power who wants to do good conflicted by the politics of it and her being a woman who needs a husband. This movie is so worth watching!

The Movie Barn, From Musical to Dark

Feel good, musical, happy, humorous, love story movies will always by my first choice when watching movies, but sometimes I enjoy thought provoking dark movies too. But for me, nothing beats fast paced action packed visually stunning movies with a satisfying story like Toy Story 3.

What movies have you seen lately?

August Rush August Rush (2007)

Why I waited this long to watch this movie, I don’t know. But I really like it. This is a very heartwarming emotional movie but it’s not a tearjerker and not meant to be over thought about. It’s a movie to watch to be uplifted, to be inspired, to be moved by music and romance.

About a musically gifted orphan boy who is trying to find his parents through music. It has a beautiful concept, very well acted, and great dialogue. But I wish it has a bigger production and bigger cast to convey the story. I wish it has a better screenplay that tightens the obvious gaps in the story and takes away the so many irrelevant parts.

The story is unusual fairy tale but it is predictable. With it’s predictability, it is still able to hold and keep you stay tuned to the background music, because the all music and songs involved are so touching!

Once Once (2007)

I really would like to say that I like this movie, because it is has great music. But I wasn’t even watching half the time. I just couldn’t stay tuned – too boring!

A few reviews I’ve read about this says the story is poignant. I think the story is pointless.

Letters to Juliet Letters to Juliet (2010)

I am so disappointed with this movie. It came flat. Not at all the feel good movie that I was expecting. OR maybe again, I expected too much.

Charlie Bartlett Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Charlie Bartlett is a rich unhappy high school kid, expelled from every school he attended, transferred to a public high school. He wants to be popular, and he successfully does so by pretending to be the school’s resident psychiatrist.

A very good movie, with a very timely and clever story and good humor. I enjoyed it so much. I had a lot of good laughs!

Dorian Gray Dorian Gray (2009)

In this movie, the question was ‘What would you give for youth and beauty?’. Dorian Gray gave his soul. He lived a life of no consequence and immorality, but he remained physically undamaged – not a scar, not even a mark. And for decades he didn’t age at all. But his portrait, which supposedly captures his youth and beauty, grows old and bears the ugliness of his soul.

I love dark movies like this one. This movie is so thrilling, and haunting, as the story progress. The twisted dialogue on morality issues are almost convincing as it was relayed by Colin Firth. It made me think about myself and my own vanity, and about what I would give for youth and beauty.

It’s wonderfully casted by Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton, the devil’s advocate.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that Ben Barnes, a.k.a ‘Dorian Gray, a.k.a. ‘Prince Caspian’, is so nice to look at.

Orphan Orphan (2009)

If there is one horror character who I want to kill myself – it’s Esther, the supposedly young and angelic orphan.

So gripping. Great acting by all the cast!

Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 (2010)

I love the Toy Story Series and I anticipated this movie. The story started out sad, and worrisome. The toys’ trials in the daycare and their journey home is captivating. Great story! I almost cried a few times, and it has a very satisfying ending.

I am not sure though that a kid will appreciate the story since it’s a little bit more serious than the first two. The concept of ‘letting go’ is wonderfully relayed in this movie – from a mom letting go of his grown boy, to a boy letting go of his childhood toys. Other lessons include staying together and friendship. It’s simply a flawless movie with a wonderful story

The Movie Barn, Bullying

I did not intend it, but most of the movies I’ve seen recently have a context of bullying. As I regretted letting Matthew see ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ with me, I resolved that from now on I will be more careful with the kid’s movies I will let him see – only those with clearer depiction of the good and the bad characters, the lead being the good character.

What movies have you seen lately?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

I regret having my 4-year old Matthew watch this with me. I thought it was going to be a harmless kid’s movie. I was wrong. At some point in the movie, I sent him away.

Although this is a well made movie, but it has a terrible message! It’s not even funny! The lead character, Greg, is a bully! His quest for popularity is just wrong. The story ended with the character not really realizing the wrong he did.

Harry Brown (2010) Harry Brown (2010)

Not for kids! This is a violent movie about a Marine veteran, who came out of his quiet life to avenge the death of his best friend  by drug dealers and criminals.

The violence is unbelievable but it has a very satisfying ending, when Harry Brown, an elderly man, beats the bullies of his neighborhood.

Karate Kid (2010) Karate Kid (2010)

This movie stars Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Smith. Also stars Jackie Chan as Mr. Han. Base from The Karate Kid (1984).

As far as being engaging and entertaining, the movie has thumbs up. However, this movie did not match the original. It fell short of my high expectations.

In the original, Daniel-san was very likable. This version’s Dre (Jaden Smith) is cocky! And the kissing scene, 10-year-olds kissing, was not just pushy but completely unnecessary!

Robinhood (2010) Robin Hood (2010)

Good movie! However, I wish this movie was casted by a pair with better chemistry.

Ironman 2 (2010) Ironman 2 (2010)

Ironman’s Tony Stark is Batman’s Bruce Wayne’s opposite! Tony Stark likes the spotlight, while Bruce Wayne wants to be invisible and to blend in.

The first Ironman movie is better but the sequel does not fall far behind. I particularly like the women in this 2nd Ironman, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Natalie Rushman (Scarlet Johanson). I like how empowered their characters are. And Mickey Rourke as the villain is just really great! I think he is the best cast.

The Movie Barn, On Nicholas Sparks and More

Sometime I wish I can go to watch movies as they come out at the movie theaters, like I used to in college. That way, I can be a timely movie critic. But then, thinking about the fuss of going to the movie theaters these days, and how you can’t pause it just because, for most movies, I’d settle on watching them on DVD/Bluray at home where I can lounge to my comfort.

What movies have you seen lately?

Dear John (2010) Dear John (2010)

It has nice, very subtle love story, but the twist is unexpected. The story is about long distance love and it brings awareness to autism. I like it. I was glued to watching it, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next, and really disappointed at how the story turned. It’s like rooting for a couple that didn’t make it in the end. It’s disappointing. Still the movie has a great story. It’s well-casted with great acting.

Nights at Rodanthe Nights at Rodanthe (2008)

Maybe because this movie is not about young love, I forgot that this is a ‘Nicholas Sparks’ movie that I didn’t expect the death in the end. There is always someone dying in a Nicholas Sparks story.

It’s not my favorite story, and definitely not my favorite movie since it is just too slow. I struggled to keep myself awake to finish this movie. And this is not Diane Lane’s or Richard Gere’s best work.

The Last Song (2010) The Last Song (2010)

I’ve never watched any ‘Hannah Montana’ episode. I never got interested. The only time I see Miley Cyrus on TV is when I am channel surfing. So I could say this is the first time I’ve seen her for more than 2 minutes. Now that I have seen her in a feature length, I don’t get the fuzz over her.

Although over all the movie was good, has a good story! But the acting by Miley Cyrus is terrible! I wasn’t impressed by her! I was so distracted by her unsightful mannerisms, and forced acting.

The Notebook (2004) The Notebook (2004)

From the movies based from Nicholas Sparks, my favorites is still The Notebook. It has the subtlety of a great love story, and the effective tear-jerky moments it supposed to have. However, I can’t get myself to watch it again, because I cry each time I watch it.

Prince of Persia Prince of Persia (2010)

What can I say?! I’m a sucker for manly man movies like this one, fast paced, mythological based, and with stunning visual effects! I watched it the first time and loved it. I watched it 2nd time to better understand the lines. All the British accents sometimes is so hard to understand. I watched it the 3rd time just to stare at Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhall).

Remember Me (2010)

Too dramatic for my taste. I am not a fan of Robert Pattinson, but I think he did great in his dramatic role as a caring brother and angry son. However, this movie is so hard to pay attention to because it’s too dramatic and very slow. And it took a lot of stretch to bring it to the unexpected ending.

Date Night (2010) Date Night (2010)

I knew it was going to be funny, and it is! But I can’t believe I let this movie stay unwatched in my household for the longest time, to wait for hubby to watch it with me. Anyway, I watched this movie with a friend and we had a blast laughing. I watched it for the 2nd time with hubby, and it was still funny. I think it’s a good idea casting Mark Walberg for his supporting role in this movie.

Death at a Funeral (2010) Death at a Funeral (2010)

A dysfunctional family brought together by the patriarch’s funeral. It’s power cast brings this movie to so much laugh out loud funny moments. I have to admit that what got me to watch this movie is the positive review, and I wasn’t disappointed. Although, some of the humor is just so silly and dumb, it didn’t take away funny factor.

Kick-Ass (2010) Kick-Ass (2010)

The violence in this movie is shocking and so graphic. Definitely not for kids!

The story line is so ridiculous but unexpectedly no-nonsense. It’s guilty pleasure. I was thoroughly entertained.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd can act … and sing at the same time! This movie is definitely well made – well acted, well directed and well produced – not a cheap movie to make. However, the story is too dark, and gory for my taste.

I have not seen or heard of the musical play that this movie is based from. I find the story line predictable! I kind’a knew early on how the story will go and how it’ll end.

Throughout the movie, I was kind’a waiting for Harry Potter and his gang to save the day. The dark feel, the gothic look of the movie made it look like it’s one of the Harry Portters movies. And three of the prominent characters of Harry Potter are in this movie, too.

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My most favorite part of this movie is the part when the child Toby played by Ed Sanders, warned Mrs. Lovett played by Helena Bonham Carter, that Sweeney Todd is a bad person – a demon. He then thanks her for her kindness and for taking him in. He swore to her that he will protect her. Mrs. Lovett then assures him that everything is alright and she too swears to him that she will protect him. The exchange between Mrs. Lovett and Toby of these lyrics is tantalizing.

Nothing’s gonna harm you, not while I’m around.

Nothing’s gonna hurt you, not while I’m around.

The melody of the song, and the lyrics of assurance and of good intentions could certainly pass as a lullaby. Except that, after they were singing, Mrs. Lovett locked Toby in her cellar, which almost looked like a dungeon, where all the ground human-meat and left-over skeletons were.

Michael Clayton (2007)

I’m not a fan of George Clooney and his movies. I don’t find him good looking, sexy or whatever they describe him. With regards to his movies, I only liked Oceans Eleven Series because of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon and Three Kings because of Mark Walberg.

Although, I think George Clooney is a good actor, his movies like Syriana, Solaris, Good Night and Good Luck, way too boring serious for me that it was so difficult to keep myself from dozing off while watching these movies.

But, Michael Clayton was not difficult to watch and I’m not disappointed that I saw it.The story is engaging and interesting. The movie is very well acted by the major casts, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Clooney included.

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)I really would love to love this movie. It is after all about cute singing chipmunks, so what’s not to like? But the story fell flat short on humor, while humor is what I have expected from it. But hands down to its special effects – CGI and the music, which are the saving factors of this movie.

Or I must just have too high expectations. And to think, this movie really grossed big time worldwide. Kids probably like this movie, but the kid in me don’t.

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If it’s going to be about singing chipmunks and casted by comedians (Jason Lee from My Name is Earl, Justin Long from Die Hard 4, David Cross from Scary Movie 2, etc), it ought to be funny, right? Well, I found the story of anti-exploitation a little bit serious for the chipmunks characters. And it only has very few funny moments.

The Brave One (2007)

The Brave One (2007)There is no doubt that Jodie Foster and Terence Howard can act.

I think the story is engaging … and shocking. I give it plus points for acting performance, powerful theme and unexpected ending. But the ending is also the movie’s unforgivable flaw.

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The way the lead character, Erika Bain played by Foster, can shoot a gun just like that, with no hesitation, no chit-chat – is really … SHOCKING! I mean, this is unlike other shooting movies where there are more hide-and-seek and chit-chats first before finally shooting each other.

Sunshine (2007)

Sunshine (2007)It’s a Futuristic Sci-Fi about the dying sun and the astronauts attempts to re-ignite the sun. Isn’t that interesting?!

Although, this movie is Science Fiction, there is more drama and intense emotions displayed. With less special effects that’s expected from a Sci-Fi, it would have not worked with bad acting performances. But it is excellently casted by really good actors including international stars like Michelle Yeoh as Corazon, the botanist and Hiroyuki Sanada, as Capt. Kaneda, including Chris Evans, who is usually just the pretty face in his other movies, ex.  Johnny Storm in Fantactic 4 , but in Sunshine. He delivered pretty well.

This movie is a definitely a thrill ride. It extends beyond Sci-Fi, to drama and thriller. The story build up effectively, but to somewhat a disappointing climax. But I still enjoyed watching it.

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The characters are burdened by the extremes of their situation of having to save humanity, and the fact that they may not come back to Earth. It’s very gripping as they make altering decisions one after the other, and deal with mistakes made, the catastrophes they encounter and against the villain.

Chris Evans is unexpectedly good in this movie. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he looks good, too. In Sunshine, he portrays a more demanding role of an outspoken crew member, who is headstrong about completing their mission no matter what’s at stake, including his life.

My Sassy Girl (South Korea, 2001)

My Sassy Girl (South Korea, 2001)As recommended by my dear Sister, I watched it! I’m glad I did. It’s been awhile since I have laughed so hard for a movie. I couldn’t stop laughing while watching this. I laughed until I cried! It is still funny while thinking about it. It is that funny.

The story is full of original and unpredictable plotlines. It is too eventful that this 2-hour movie can make up for 2 separate movies – I think! And it is based from a true story.

Warning: Movie Spoilers Ahead

It’s a romantic comedy about a bizarre love story, that’s funny and very entertaining. Its not the typical boy-meets-girl and they fell in love kind’a story. The craziness and the geekyness of the lead characters are over the top in a really funny way. The combination of a crazy creepy girl and a geeky guy and how she bullies him and beats him up are just too painfully hilarious! Even the way the characters met is funny, extraordinary.

The movie is well casted. The facial expressions made by the lead casts, Cha Tae-Hyun as the geeky Gyeon-woo and Jun Ji-hyun as the crazy girl, whose name is never given in the movie, are just unbeatable.

The film was extremely successful in South Korea. When My Sassy Girl was released throughout East Asia, it became a mega blockbuster hit in the entire region, from Japan, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, to the point where it was drawing comparisons to Titanic. Through positive word-of-mouth, the movie eventually became one of the most popular South Korean films among Asian Americans in the United States. An American remake, starring Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert, and directed by Yann Samuell is scheduled to be released in 2008. [Read More.]

 
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