23 January, 2011

Country Strong

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content."
Staring; Gwyneth Paltrow and Garrett Hedlund.
Released; 7Th of January, 2011.
Genre; Drama, Music.

Country star Kelly (Gwyneth Paltrow) Canter had some hard times, that sent her to rehab, but she's feeling good and ready to get back on the road with her husband James(Tim McGraw) and new openers Beau (Garrett Hedlund) and Chiles (Leighton Meester). But will the pressure be to much? Can she take going back to all the places that put her in rehab to begin with?

My Review:
I liked it, it had it's sad moments, actually quite a few sad moments, but it had it's happy ones too. I liked how the movie played out, I liked how it flowed from scene to scene. It had a way of being surprising, without having ridiculous twists. I also loved that the actors actually did the singing, who knew that with a little, or rather allot, of training that Hedlund, Meester, and Paltrow could all sing like that, I commend them for that. It was good, but it also had a few intense moments. Some of the content I thought wasn't needed it just seemed like a filler, but over all I liked it.

To sum it up, it was good.

18 January, 2011

Nanny McPhee Returns

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating: PG, for "Rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements"
Staring: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson.
Released: 20th of August, 2010.
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy.

With her husband away at war, Isabel (Maggie Gyllenhaal) Green is left at home with her three children to take care of. She was doing well until her sisters two children came to live with them. The five children clashed and the house became crazy, Isabel didn't know what to do, but help was on the way, with Nanny (Emma Thompson) McPhee, but was it too late? Could the children be taught?

My Review:
It was made about the same as the other Nanny McPhee, by made I mean, similar filming, and locations. It was really what you expect if you watched the first one. If not, it was pretty fun, heart warming, you could say, and enjoyable. The movies are adaptions of children's books, so it's again what you would expect from that.

To sum it up, I think the kids and parents would like it.

13 January, 2011

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

*This may contain spoilers*

Rating; PG for, "Some sequences of scary action."
Staring; Emily Barclay and Jim Sturgess.
Released; 24Th of September, 2010.
Genre; Animation, Adventure, Fantasy.

My Review:
I really liked it. It was well voiced, and the designers really knew how to capture a picture, and not to mention the artist who put a boat load of work into it. It was beautifully made in that sense. Also as some might know it is an analogy of World War Two, and you see the when you watch it. Some owls representing the Jews, other minorities, and those who helped them. And the others representing the Aryans. While WWII was a long time ago, it really wasn't that long ago. It happened in my grandparents lifetimes, and yet people are forgetting all the horrific thing that happened. I think this movie had a great way of putting that war and it really made it interesting. And it was just a good movie. It would be a bit scary for some, especially some young. But I would definitely recommend it to people for their entertainment and for the educational value, you can learn allot from a movie like this.

To sum it up, surely worth watching.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG, for "Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action."
Staring; Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes.
Released; 10Th of December, 2010.
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy.

Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia, this time without their two older siblings, but with their annoying cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). Off to a new mission, to save Narnia.

My Review:
It was like all the other Narnia films, though the acting has become better as the actors have gotten older. It was pretty good, I watched it twice. It's one of those movies that you could watch over. I'm not super fond of the Narnia films, I just don't like the half human - half animals, that's really one of the main reasons I don't like it all that much. But it was made well, good quality. Really a good family movie, fun for every one, except the overly sensitive, as it does have a few intense parts. But over all, a good movie.

To sum it up, it was a good family film.

Knight and Day

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13, for "sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language."
Staring; Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
Released; 23rd, of June, 2010.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller.

June (Cameron Diaz) Havens has a normal life, until she get caught up with a former CIA agent Roy (Tom Cruise) Miller who was framed, and is on the lam. Can they prove him innocent?

My Review:
To my surprise, it was hilarious! I mean honestly Tom Cruise funny? Yes. It was good, it was unpredictable at times, which is always a plus. It had some language that might surprise people, but not to much. It was an average action-adventure-comedy. I liked, I laughed some.

To sum it up, it was entertaining.

06 January, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13, for "Stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references."
Staring; Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Released; 13Th of August, 2010.
Genre; Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure.

Scott (Michael Cera) Pilgrim fell in love with a girl named Ramona (Mary Winstead) Flower, and had to battle her 7 ex's in a world of wild animation.

My Review:
The funny thing about this plot is that it's kind of hard to explain, I actually liked it allot. It was really funny but you kind of felt like it was supposed to be serious sometimes. It was a unique movie in it's animation, because as time went on it became more and more like a comic book. Michael Cera was great in this, he was the perfect choice for this role. I only said a little bit about the plot but that was because, there isn't really a whole lot to say. Scott was in a failing band, met Ramona and now is battling her evil ex's. It had wacky battle sequences, it was good. I wasn't really expecting to like it, but I did. I was surprisingly clean, I'm not saying it was, because it wasn't, but I am saying for the cast and plot it was surprisingly clean. But it does deserve it's rating.

To sum it up, it was pretty funny.

05 January, 2011

True Grit

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating: PG-13, for "Some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images."
Staring: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges.
Released: 22Nd of December, 2010.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western.

It has the same basic plot as the original True Grit , there were a few changes, but nothing that needs to be mentioned. Obviously the cast changed, Jeff Bridges was Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn, and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.

My Review:
As a fan of the original it was hard to go see, but I am glad I did. I honestly did not like the plot changes, I though they seemed unlikely and not needed, but aside from that I liked it. I am not fond of Jeff Bridges acting, but I thought he played Rooster well, it quite surprised me, over all as a general I thought the casting was good. The film quality was good. Over all it was a well made movie, I wasn't interested enough maybe to watch it again, or buy it, but perhaps if it was on television and I flipped to that channel I might watch it again.

To sum it up, it was pretty good, but not as good as the original.

True Grit (Original)

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; G
Staring; John Wayne and Kim Darby
Released; 11Th of June, 1969.
Genre; Adventure, Western, Drama.

After the death of her father Mattie (Kim Darby) Ross sent out to find her fathers killer, but she couldn't do this on her own. So she asked around and finally found the meanest marshal in town Reuben J. (John Wayne) 'Rooster' Cogburn. After some time persuading him he agreed to go hunt down Quincy (Jeremy Slate), Mr.Ross' killer. But before they could leave they were joined by a man also hunting down Quincy, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), though Maddie didn't want him going, Rooster said other wise. They had quite the events, and almost caught Quincy, but instead he got Maddie. Rooster and La Boeuf were able to get Maddie back, but not without a few consequences, Maddie was bitten by a snake so Rooster had to race to get her to a doctor, and La Boeuf died. Maddie recovered and her fathers murder was avenged. And Maddie asked Rooster an odd request when he came to visit her after she recovered, she asked if he would be buried in the family cemetery when he died, and he agreed.

My Review;
First off it's John Wayne, so you know it's going to be pretty good. This movie is one of those ones where you're watching it and you get excided because you know he’s going to beat them. It's one of my favourite Wayne westerns. It just has that classic feel, with the beautiful scenes, and colour. The acting was pretty good, though I thought the girl was a little over the top, and Le Beouf could have been played by someone who wasn't Glen Campbell. But over all it was good.

To sum it up, watch it, if for nothing else, John Wayne.


I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating: PG-13 for, "Sequences of violence and action throughout."
Staring: Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio
Released: 16Th of July, 2010.
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi.

This is the story about a man who, you could say, is a thought thief. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes into the dreams of people to extract information from them, by breaking into a vault of their secrets. But how long can he go before he can't tell reality from dream? Will his secrets help him, or will they kill him?

My Review:
It was good, and I'm saying that from the perspective of not liking the majority of movies Leonardo DiCaprio is in, I though his acting was great. The movie had wonderful graphics, intriguing dialogue. I was kind of let down, because of the press this got, I thought it was going to be one of those movies that if you took your eye off of it you wouldn't know what happened, and I love those kind of movies. But it wasn't I understood it fine, and I wish I had not seen all the press about this movie, and so many people saying it was the most complex movie they have ever seen. But none the less, I like it. It was well made, well acted, so interesting.

To sum it up, I would recommend it.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Brief strong language and thematic elements"
Staring; Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas
Released; 24th of September, 2010.
Genre; Drama.

After getting out of jail Gordon (Michael Douglas) Gekko decides to turn his life around, to help people, to help people who think that money is every thing. He once thought that, that's how he got in jail. That was in the 1980's, it's the 21st century now, the stock market has changed, and his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) Gekko has grown up. His daughter is now engaged to a man who just also happens to be in the market, his name is Jake (Shia LaBeouf) Moore. Jake decides to meet Mr. Gekko, his fiancé’s estranged father, though his fiancé would not be happy with that, they talk about Winnie then about money. Then there was a series of wall street, stock market, money man events. Then Jake finds out that Winnie is a millionaire, but she doesn't want it and it's in a Swiss bank account anyways so she couldn't get it back to America. Just when they start to repair the relationship between Father and Daughter, it turns out he didn't change in prison, he's just preaching that money isn't life, he was supposed to help move the money from the bank, to America, but instead he stole it, he started a new company in England, and ruined his Daughters relationship with her soon to be fiancé, and as was found out also soon to be the father of her son. But in the end Gordon Gekko felt bad for being an awful person, and came to apologize, Jake and Winnie were able to work out their problems, and every one was happy.

My Review;
So I want to start on a high note, by saying that some one had fun with the cameras. I liked the cinematography, it felt different from other movies for some reason. Now to the plot, it was all over the place, and not in a good way, it's not that it was hard to follow, but it was annoying to follow. Though I did like some of the actual acting, I think Shia LeBeouf is a wonderful actor, and honestly he was the main reason I watched this movie without first knowing anything about it. It was alright, it was pretty good about explaining things, but I think it could have been better.

To sum it up, it was alright, but not a must see.


I'm going to start by giving you some film stats, about the plot, then go into my review. *WARNING - THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Rating; PG-13 for, "Violence and scary images."
Staring; Christopher Plummer and Elijah Wood.
Released; 9Th of September, 2009.
Genre; Adventure, Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

This is about the world after a great war, a war where it was man versus machine. There was a scientist who built this machine that learned from it's mistakes, this could be so valuable, but it fell into the wrong hands and was taken over by a villain who turned the machine evil, the machine soon started a war, it started building more machines that it would control, in this battle of man and machine, machine won. But before the scientist took his last breath he built these little men, these creatures, but he didn't build him like he built the machine, he didn't build them with is mind, he built them with his soul. There were nine of them, he built them to continue on earth, to be the future, to shut down the machine. When 9(Elijah Wood) was born, you could say, he came out of the house where he was built and searched for others, like him. He soon found them. They were hesitant to try and shut down the machine, but eventually they did, through some great adventures. They are left with only four of them, but that was enough, the machine was defeated, it was there world now, it was what they made of it.

My Review;
Because of this movie I liked Tim Burton, I soon found that this was one of only a few that I liked of his, but it was good. This movie was so different from many movies that I had seen, it was dark but had it's happy moments still. I think this was better then most of the movies where machines take over the world, because it wasn't shown from a humans perspective, and that I think is what made it unique. I will warn you that you must not let it being a cartoon fool you, it deserves it's PG13 rating, it's not a kids movie.

To sum it up, if you're into those kind of movies, watch it.