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Movie Review: Inception (July, 2010)

Director: Christopher Nolan Screenplay: Christopher Nolan Release Date: July 16, surgeon 2010 Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, no rx Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Pete Postlethwait, Michael Caine Inception was an amazingly well thought out, well constructed film. For all of its hype and expectation, the movie still manages to impress. In the back of my mind, I think that I probably would have enjoyed it even more than I had had I not known how high the rating was running, which says a lot, considering how much I loved Inception. Part of the fun is peeling away the layers, so, without giving too much away, I’ll try to summarize it a bit, for those who may want to know what exactly Inception is about. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) heads a team of extractionists who have clients who hire them to steal information from subjects while in their subconscious. After a failed extraction, Saito (Ken Watanabe) hires them to do the opposite of extraction – to plant an idea so deep in the subject’s conscious they believe that the idea is their own. Cobb decides to take the opportunity, in […]

Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July, 2010)

Director: John TurtelTaub Screenplay: Lawrence Konner, approved Mark Rosenthal, ed Matt Lopez Release Date: July 14, 2010 Actors: Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellaluci As a fan of Fantasia’s Mickey Mouse’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I was hoping on a good tale that would do Mickey Mouse justice. Truthfully, I don’t remember the original tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, so I can’t say if this movie is faithful to the story. Director John Turteltaub, who also directed the action adventure National Treasure, as well as the television series Jericho, comes back with Nicholas Cage for the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, as the Sorcerer Balthazar. The Apprentice, who stars the likeable star of Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League, but has the unfortunate trait of sounding like Christian Slater) is, in current day, the awkward brainiac nerd that loves physics. Centuries ago, Merlin (yes, THAT wizard) had three apprentices – Veronica, Balthazar and Horvath, who protected Merlin from Morgana (the evil sorceress) and to prevent Morgana from raising the dead and take over the world. Unfortunately for Merlin, both Balthazar and Horvath fell in love with Veronica, causing a huge rift between Horvath and Balthazar as Veronica fell in love […]

Movie Review: Avatar, The Last Airbender (July, 2010)

Director: M. Night Shymalan Screenplay: M. Night Shymalan Release Date: July 1, pathopsychology 2010 Actors: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Cliff Curtis Based on the anime on Nickelodean By now everyone knows the general critics consensus of this movie. A big fat D- to F grade. I saw this film with a group of friends that were mixed in their knowledge of Avatar, the popular Nickelodean series. (Not to be confused with the blue people, as many people I mentioned to, gave me a strange look when I mentioned the title.) A few of my friends absolutely loved the Avatar tv series, and were very excited with the prospect of seeing the movie. I had only seen small parts of the popular anime, but did not know much about the story or who the Avatar was. My movie buddies had never even heard of the series. The consensus? Those who had watched the series – hated it. With a passion. I thought it was okay. My boyfriend liked it, and the opinion was split between one friend who really enjoyed it, and the other friend who didn’t like it at all. Having now […]

Movie Review: Grownups (June, 2010)

Director: Dennis Dugan Screenplay: Adam Sandler, diagnosis Fred Wolf Release Date: June 25, 2010 Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten Several people asked me whether or not Grownups was very good after I had seen it. “It looks really dumb”, they claim. Weeelll, I’m not here to write that Grownups is any good or any better. It’s a silly comedy, with a variance of witty remarks to slapstick comedy that we are now very used to from the very popular comedians we have come to know and love (or hate, for a few). What I mean is that, every comedian has their own style of comedy. Rob Schneider has become known for his in your face, over the top silly comedy, such as in [ insert gigolo movie here], where his humor, is translated into Grownups, with his over-the-top singing and over-the-top hair. Kevin James (whom I adore), jokes about his weight and his love for eating (common in his comedy), using more physical comedy to deliver the laughs, and Adam Sandler jokes are more verbal and fairly unique. Because of those though, I felt the […]