If you haven't seen August Rush, you need to. The movie was simply fantastic. I have to admit, however, that it fell short of the excellence I was expecting/hoping for. What was it missing? [spoiler level="medium-high"] I guess I just wanted to see the family get together at the end. Sure, there was the idea of them getting together, but I think there'd have been more of an emotional investment seeing them openly accept Evan and give us a hint as to the life they'd all live together. The look just wasn't enough for me. [/spoiler] Another thing that threw me off was Wizard, played by Robin Williams. When I saw the trailer, I was very excited about him being in it. I love the way he was portrayed as Evan's mentor. [spoiler level="medium-low"] When his bad side kicked in, I was kind of put off. [/spoiler] Don't get me wrong, I understand why the writer(s) did that, but I just wish [spoiler level="medium-low"] the trailer didn't sell me one impression and deliver another [/spoiler]. Despite that, tho, I loved the movie. This had the potential of being the best movie I've seen in a long time, but I think it fell short with the ending. Either way, I'd recommend it to anyone who's even slightly into music, romance, or family dramas.
Rendition was one of those movies that makes you think. You want security, but at what cost? How much are you willing to give up to ensure the safety of your children? What if I told you your rights could be completely violated in order to protect the rest of us? A double-edged sword, isn't it? Because of this, I really liked Rendition. The premise was a lot like The Kingdom, but the story went a completely different way. This one should hit US citizens a little harder, given the nature of what happens. If you liked The Kingdom, you should like this one, too. The only cinematic difference is that The Kingdom is more action-oriented.
If you liked Rendition, I'd recommend The Kingdom.
did a very nice job of showing both sides of what seems to be a never-ending conflict. Of course, there's no telling what life is really like in the Middle East without actually being there. I don't believe the sensationalist media and movies are no different, but let that not take away from their entertainment value. As I insinuated, most of these types of movies are one-sided, so this one was quite refreshing. Beyond that, it was a relatively good story with good action sequences. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes any of the action movies of late.
If you've seen the trailer for Dan in Real Life
, then you probably know exactly what to expect from the movie: a very funny, yet touching movie. Don't let that comment lead you to believe it's not worth seeing. On the contrary, I'd definitely suggest it. Steve Carell
has played some very oddball characters and I think he played this one excellently. I look forward to seeing Steve in more characters like this one. Dane Cook
also had a good performance and while I don't think I'd go writing home about this one, he's definitely one to watch out for. If you haven't seen this one, watch it; I'd recommend it to anyone who likes dramedies -- for the unitiated, that's drama-comedies
Umm... Don't bother watching Seraphim Falls
. Just skip it. The movie was way too slow. I felt like it dragged on the entire time, leaving me wondering what the point of it all was. The past eventually came to light -- I just didn't like how the movie progressed. On the other hand, I do have to say Liam Neeson
's performance surprised me. Not to devalue his acting skills, but I only recently realized his range. I've seen him in a number of movies before, but I guess it's this one in conjunction with Michael Collins
and Rob Roy
that opened my eyes. This still didn't make me a believer in the movie, tho. Like I said, skip this one.
Bridge to Terabithia wasn't quite what I expected. I was thinking it was going to be a bit more like The Chronicles of Narnia. Specifically, what I'm referring to was the fact that the fantasy world of Terabithia was all in their heads. I also didn't expect what happened to Leslie. All-in-all, the movie was good. I'd definitely recommend it.
If you liked Bridge to Terabithia, I'd recommend The Chronicles of Narnia.
The first half of Feast of Love is exactly what I expected. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the first half of the movie. At this point, I was starting to get annoyed that there were so few surprises. I hate trailers that give everything away. Luckily, that wasn't the case. The latter part of the movie was exactly what it needed to be. This one had the perfect ending. If you're into romances, you should definitely check this one out. Perhaps the greatest thing about this movie is it has something for everyone. For every stage in life we face, Feast of Love is there to extend a comforting hand, pulling us in. From young love and the power of love at first sight to the hesitating love amidst a cloud of lust and confusion to the hidden passion of two aged lovers who've loved and lost; and we can't forget the beautiful irony holding back the true romantic, which seemed to be the main story we were following. Perhaps the thing I liked the most was how Morgan Freeman's character seemed to see everything the others missed. I guess my only complaint aside fom the trailer issue is the movie still felt like it was missing something. I can't say what was missing, but there was something. Nonetheless, I'd still recommend it.
I didn't expect much from Apocalypto
. Honestly, I was thinking I'd get annoyed by the movie and not feel like reading it. I was surprised when that didn't happen and, in fact, I felt somewhat drawn to it. The movie was full of action and had a somewhat compelling story behind it. I thought the last scene was funny, in an odd way. The whole movie was supposed to be about the decline of the Mayan civilization, but the last scene was the only one that really brought this home, in my mind. Of course, what I thought was funny was that curiosity got the best of the two men on the beach. I saw this as an omen of things to come. I could see a continuance to this, but doubt it'd happen. Nonetheless, I'd be interested in it.
I just saw Turistas and was expecting a b-flick of sorts, but what I got was much more. Not that it wasn't lacking the Hollywood glamour of some of today's movies, but it was a lot better than I expected. If you like dark movies, then this one's right up your alley. I liken it to The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel ; more so the latter. If you liked either, then you should definitely check this one out. Of course, if you're debating an international trip, you might want to stay away from Hostel and Turistas.
If you liked Turistas, I'd recommend The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel.