26 February, 2011

And then there were none.

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: NR
Staring: Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston
Released: 31st of October, 1945.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller.

Based on the book "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. 10 people all invited by a stranger, Mr. Owen, told to come to this island, Indian Island, for different reasons. Strange things started happening, they all realised that none of them had ever met this person who had invited them. On the first day a record was played to them, telling all of the things they had done. They had all committed a crime, and none had payed for it. Soon one by one they started dying off, and all there deaths surprisingly mimicked the song Ten Little Indians. They searched the island and found that there was no one but them, and that it had to be one of them. "Mr. Owen could only come to the island in one way. It's perfectly clear. Mr. Owen is one of us." But who? Would any one survive, or would it end like the nursery rhyme.

My Review:
First off if you don't know anything about Agatha Christie you should probably read up on her, she is the top notch in mystery/thriller novels. Also this is hands down my favourite black and white movie, and it really wouldn't be good any other way. It's a wonderful wonderful movie. Beautifully directed by René Clair.

To sum it up, I would highly recommend it.

The Matrix

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: R for "sci-fi violence and brief language."
Staring: Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.
Released: 31st of March, 1999
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.

A war was struck between AI (Artificial Intelligence) and human kind, AI took it's energy from the sun, so humans decided to block out the sun, but AI found another way to run, it started harvesting humans energy and creating new humans. But to keep them from a rebellion, from escaping their pods, they were not shown the world around them, but rather they were put in the Matrix. The Matrix is stuck hundreds of years in the past, it shows people an alternate reality. But there are few who have escaped the Matrix, there are few who are rebels trying to bring down AI and the Matrix. They search the Matrix for people to extract, people who are exceptional, people who can help them. They finally found one, they found the one. The one who would help them bring down the Matrix.

My Review:
To all the people who told me this was a must see, this was one of the greatest movies ever made, I would like to say that I disagree. I went into this with an open mind and came out of it with a mind made up. I suppose it had some good graphics, some fun action scenes. But so so much of the content I think should have been approached different or removed. Not to mention the countless errors, people moving from scene to scene, reflections not lining up, weapons completely changing in the middle of a sequence. It wasn't awful, but I probably wont watch it again.

To sum it up, it's not a must see.

Der Untergang (The Downfall)

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: R for "strong violence, disturbing images and some nudity"
Staring: Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara.
Released: 16th of September, 2004.
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War.

Adolf (Bruno Ganz) Hitlers last days in his bunker in Berlin. It is told from the view of his secretary Traudl (Alexandra Maria Lara) Junge. I will say only a few things as I assume, and hope, every one already knows the story of Hitler and at least a bit about his final days. This movie is based on two books, the first (Der Untergang) written by German historian and son of a German man who opposed the Nazi regime named Joachim Fest, and the second (Bis zur letzten Stunde) written by Melissa Müller and Traudl Junge about Traudl Junge's life, including her time with Hitler.

My Review:
This is, in my opinion, THE best WWII film about the German side. It depicts him in a way I think shows why so many loved him and were devoted to him. It is a true story and I believe that every one should understand what the Nazis were doing and what World War II was. It deeply saddens me how ignorant so so many are about history! If we do not know the treacherous past, how can we stop it from repeating? There is some nudity, and also quite a bit of violence. But, it was a violent awful war. I'm not saying you should be able to watch this and not be bothered by the violence, I'm saying you should watch this and yes be bothered and be aware and be sure that this doesn't happen again. This movie is wonderful acted, and beautifully made. And it is all spoken in German, but is subtitled in english.

to sum it up, it is the best.

A Beautiful Mind

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, "Intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence."
Staring: Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.
Released: 4th of January, 2002.
Genre: Biography, Drama.

This is the true story of mathematician John (Russell Crowe) Nash. For so long he lived with delusions, unknown to any one, until he became paranoid from one of the delusions. Could he be cured? Could he learn to live with it? Could his wife live with it?

My Review:
Right after watching it, I had mixed feelings. Mostly it was because I was thrown by Russell Crowe's character, it wasn't like allot of his usual parts. But after getting past the difference in character, I loved it. His delusions were so believable, yet looking back you can see their errors, how they're not real. It was so interesting. And on top of being an overall interesting movie, it had math in it! There are not enough movies about education, not "educational movies", ones about education, teachers, students, and such. This movie from the production side, was made beautifully.
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed it.

August Rush

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 thematic elements, mild violence and language."
Staring: Freddie Highmore and Keri Russell
Released: 21St of November, 2007.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance.

A child separated from his parents at birth is on the hunt for his family, he knows they're out there, he believes that he can find them, if only he could get out of this housing, and find his way to a city. Maybe they would hear him? Maybe they would know who he was?

My Review:
It was good, I loved the music. Robin Williams roll was surprising, but interesting. Over all I enjoyed it, I would probably watch it again. It was interesting, romantic, fun. Well acted, well made. It had just enough drama, but not too much.

To sum it up, if you love music, you'll like this.

Forest Gump

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, "drug content, some sensuality and war violence."
Staring: Tom Hanks and Robin Wright
Released: 6Th of July, 1994.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.

This is about a boy, who's a little different from the other kids, his name is Forrest (Tom Hanks), Forrest Gump. Forrest grows up with out many friends, he actually just had one, her name was Jenny (Robin Wright), he loved Jenny. From kindergarten, to college, to the army, to the shrimping business, many things have changed, but one thing was always the same, he always loved Jenny.

My Review:
Not only is this filled with good acting, and an interesting plot, but also it is filled with so much history. Though this movie is fictional and Forrest Gump wasn't actually involved in all the events in the movie, they are things that really happened in American history. This movie incorporates so many significant events, so well. It's a bit long, but it keeps you interested.

To sum it up, I like it allot!

19 February, 2011

The A Team

*This may contain spoilers*

Rating: PG-13 "intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking"
Staring: Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 11th of June, 2010

My Review
I know it doesn't say comedy in the "genre" section, but it was really funny, and that's what made the movie. It was good it had some impossible seeming stunts and action shots, but that was almost comical, they made the movie interesting. The acting was good, it was action packed as you would expect. But there was more to it then just the action, it had a little but of drama, some romance, and as I said the comedy element was very present in the film. It had a great colour to the film, very vibrant, I thought it was well made, I could watch it more then once, that's for sure.

To sum it up, I really liked it, I laughed allot!

14 February, 2011

Gnomeo and Juliet

*This may contain spoilers*

Rating: G
Staring: James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.
Released: 11Th of February ,2011.
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance.

This had the basic story line of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". You know two families that don't get along, because of ancient history, two young people fall in love one from each of the feuding families.. It was the same in that aspect, but this included some ally racing and a few ceramic law decorations.. all of which naturally talk. It was alright. It was pretty funny the first time I watched it, but really quite boring the second and third. There was really only two characters I liked, one a trusty sidekick and the other a strange bird. It was bright and full of energy, kids would like it for that. But I wouldn't say it's one of those movies that the whole family would enjoy... More then once.

To sum it up, eh it was alright.


*This may (THIS WILL) contain spoilers*

Rating: PG13 for, "violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references."
Staring: Logan Marshall-Green and Chris Messina.
Released: 17th of September, 2010.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror.

My Review:
What an amazing performance. M. Night Shyamalan has again showed me why I love him. I enjoy movies that are not of this world, ones that are fantasy, and I like movies where there are things in our world that are not reality, but I'm not usually a "Scary Movie" fan. I loved that this movie said something unique. Usually when I'm watching a movie I get frustrated because they tend to depict the devil as not truly evil, some might argue that this is one of those movies. But I want to clear that up that up, if you are also one of those people who gets frustrated by that. In the very Beginning of the movie they quote a verse from the Holy Bible (1 Peter 5:8) that says "Be of sober spirit, be on alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." and as you know already in the movie four died, three of them being ones in the elevator, and by that count I am excluding the character representing the devil. In my opinion I yes, believe in the devil, but no, I do not think he, himself comes as a human form that can move about through walls and such as it did in the movie when she disappeared. Though I am in the opinion that the devil entices people, and I believe that there is his presents here on earth. I also believe that he is totally evil. Now in this movie where the devil goes to take Tony's life, Tony being the last living human in the elevator, you could say that girl in his arms was alive, but we know she dies so let assume she is already dead. When the devil approaches him, speaking to him, Tony says to him, I believe the devil is a HE taking the human form of a woman, take me not her, her in reference to the woman who is or is almost dead in his arms. The devil does not believe that he would really give his life for that, the devil is ready to take Tony for the sins he has committed, but Tony is ready give his life away because he knows that when he hit that woman and child in there car years earlier and drove away, he knew he was wrong for that, he knew that it was his fault, and he was truly, whole heartily sorry. He then confessed what he did, he repented, to put in a term, he cleaned his heart, and as it says again in the Holy Bible (Matthew 5:8) "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God". I think this movie not only was a good representation of that, but also just really well made, well acted and altogether a good movie.

To sum it up, I'd say watch it.