The Contract

By Michael Flanakin @ 6:57 PM :: 2502 Views :: Action / Advneture, Thriller, Crime :: Digg it!

The ContractJohn Cusack isn't really an actor I associate with action movies, but he did a good job in The Contract. Of course, his character wasn't really intended to be your typical hero; he was supposed to be an average Joe. I thought the back-story about the father/son bonding trip to the woods was a nice touch, albeit a tad cheesy. Either way, the movie was better than I expected. Well, to tell the truth, I didn't expect much of anything. As I kind of hinted at, this one isn't overly action-oriented, so I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mild action movie. My only complaint was the personable nature of the hitman. Not that I'm saying a hitman has to be cold-hearted, but it just seems contradictory. At the same time, I liked the fact that he was that way, so maybe that's not really a complaint, but just something unexpected I had to get past.

The Mist

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:10 PM :: 2377 Views :: Horror, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Thriller :: Digg it!

The MistI expected The Mist to be a bit cheesy. Well, not the whole movie, but the sci fi back-story. I was glad it didn't turn out that way, tho. The movie was pretty good. It reminded me of Feast -- except for the fact that this one wasn't written by horny teenagers. The best thing about the movie is how it did a good job of bringing you into it. The movie was also mildly emotional. I say mildly because, while I felt involved, I guess it wasn't enough to really move me the way I thought it should've. Aside from that, there was definitely a dramatic ending. I was half expecting the movie to end [spoiler level="medium-high"] with the group driving off into the mist. [/spoiler] I'm not sure if that would have been a better ending or not. I guess I'd have complained because I would've wanted more. The way it went down was definitely an interesting twist. I kind of saw it coming, but wouldn't say it was horribly obvious. The only other thing I'd say is that I wouldn't have done the same thing.

August Rush

By Michael Flanakin @ 9:46 PM :: 2378 Views :: Drama, Romance :: Digg it!

August RushIf 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.

30 Days of Night

By Michael Flanakin @ 2:46 PM :: 2464 Views :: Horror :: Digg it!

30 Days of Night isn't your typical vampire movie. There seemed to be some hidden back-story behind the vampires, but it never came out. Maybe it's just me, but I'd like to have had that delved into more. There is room for a sequel, but I don't think the movie was so good it justified a one. [spoiler level="medium"] Perhaps if the sheriff wouldn't have died a sequel would've had a greater possibility. I'd was hoping he'd fight to stay alive. That would've introduced an interesting dynamic for a sequel, too. [/spoiler] Either way, I thought the movie was pretty good. If you like vampire or horror movies, you should check it out.


By Michael Flanakin @ 1:25 PM :: 2485 Views :: Drama, Thriller :: Digg it!

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.

The Kingdom

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:26 PM :: 2747 Views :: Action / Advneture, Drama, Thriller :: Digg it!
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.

Dan in Real Life

By Michael Flanakin @ 10:27 PM :: 2509 Views :: Comedy, Drama, Romance :: Digg it!
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 ;-)

Saw 4

By Michael Flanakin @ 2:44 PM :: 1099 Views :: Horror, Thriller :: Digg it!
What the...? For some reason, I walked out of Saw 4 wondering what I was missing. The movie was great, but I'm not sure what happened when and where the heck the body in the beginning was from. I like how creative the writers have been in ensuring each sequel smoothly fits into the previous line, but this one seemed a bit complicated. Looks like we'll see another one, tho, so perhaps that will help clear it up. Nonetheless, if you liked the previous ones, you'll like this one. Just to prepare you, the second scene is almost over-the-top gory. Not the type of violent gore you've come to expect, tho. I didn't really have a problem with it, I just questioned why we were even seeing it; it eventually made sense, tho.

Seraphim Falls

By Michael Flanakin @ 4:38 PM :: 985 Views :: Drama :: Digg it!
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

By Michael Flanakin @ 11:37 PM :: 1048 Views :: Drama, Sci-fi / Fantasy :: Digg it!

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.

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