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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: Burlesque (November, 2010)

Director: Steve Antin Screenplay: Steve Antin Release Date: November 24, pills 2010 Actors: Christina Aguilera, discount Cher, Stanley Tucci, Eric Duane, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming Burlesque follows the story of Ally (played by Christina Aguilera) who moves from Iowa where she was a waitress who felt there was something missing in her life and wanting more for herself. She decides to move to Los Angeles with a small amount of savings, unsure of what she is looking for. Ally comes across a club called “Burlesque” one night, and is completely mesmerized by the group of scantily clad dancers on stage. After just a few moments, she immediately decides that becoming one of the dancers is something she wants to do. After talking to the owner of the club (the ever talented Cher), and is immediately rejected, she decides to take it upon herself to start working as a waitress for “Burlesque”. ___ is reluctant, but gives into Ally working there. After coming home one night and discovering her apartment has been broken into and her money stolen, she asks to stay at the apartment of the Burlesque’s bartender (whom she has befriended). In the meantime, the Burlesque is in danger […]

Movie Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire Assistant (October, 2009)

Director: Paul Weitz Screenplay: Paul Weitz, gynecologist Brian Helgeland Date of Release: October 23, sickness 2009 (U.S.) Actors: John C. Reilly, drug Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Cerveris, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek Based on the book by Darren Shan Tired of the brooding, gothic, sappy vampire stories? Turned off by constant blood sucking images? Want something different, perhaps even funny in the vampire world? Well, Cirque du Freak is the perfect balance of a fantasy world, quirkiness and comedy. Enter Darren Shan (acted by Chris Massoglia), where we are first introduced to him, six feet under in a coffin, while he plays on a crackberry (or similar). Darren was once the straight A student in his school, who listens to everything his parents tell him to do, the goody goody who has no backbone. However, his best friend Steve (played by Josh Hutcherson) is the opposite, wild and unsatisfied with his life, ready to rebel at any given moment. After an intriguing ad for the “Cirque du Freak” show ends up at their feet, Darren and Steve decides to attend. There they meet vampire Larten Crepsley and his circus freak friends, and from that point on, both of […]

Movie Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (September, 2009)

Directors: Phil Lord, disorder Chris Miller Screenplay: Phil Lord, Chris Miller Actors: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Andy Samberg Date of Release: September 18, 2009 Based on the book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett Food raining down from the sky? What a grand idea! I was lucky enough to first hear about this movie during the San Diego Comic Convention this year, having attended the panel and seeing a few clips before it had been released to the general public. It had peaked my interest that it landed on my “to-watch” list. When I saw all the advertisements for it coming out, I became excited. So, having finally seen it, did it live up to my expectations? Well, yes and no. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is first and foremost, a family film. It is the story about Flint Lockwood, who is an extremely inventive, smart and nerdy (though I think here it’s almost an understatement) young adult who has never been able to fit in anywhere, ever since he was a young kid. The neighbours recognize him as the “weird kid”, always busy toiling in his self-made lab for […]

Movie Review: District 9 (August, 2009)

Producer: Peter Jackson Director: Neill Blomkamp Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp, order Terri Tatchell Actors Sharlto Copley as Wikus Van de Merwe If there is anything that District 9 isn’t, is that of a typical alien invasion film. I’ve heard several misconceptions about what the film is supposed to be like, and they’re not completely accurate. People going into see it may believe that the movie is about a group of aliens who want to live on earth, who want to invade earth, and may be full of computer effects and action, but in reality, it is not. What District 9 is, is a well, thought out film that is essentially a social commentary and definitely not a film for everyone. It is rather slow paced, and the way that it is filmed (documentary style) can be a turn off for a few. I’ve even read by a few movie goers that they believed the movie plot is weak. Though the surrounding story may not be that strong, I feel that the core of the story and the message that it tries to convey is quite good. We are first introduced to Wikus, a MNU (basically the alien unit) worker who was […]

Movie Review: Due Date (November, 2010)

Director: Todd Philips Screenplay: Alan R. Cohen, stuff Alan Freedland, about it Adam Sztykiel, gonorrhea Todd Phillips Release Date: November 5, 2010 Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx People who love The Hangover, will probably enjoy Due Date, as the humor coming from Zach Galifianakis is the same similar literal humor found in the The angover. Admittedly, I am not really that huge of a fan of The Hangover and thought the first movie was just alright. (Apparently, I’ve been told that I’m incredibly wrong). Though most of the funny moments are to be found in the trailer, there were a few newly added entertaining moments in the film that were not included in the film (my favorite dialogue must have been between Robert Downey Junior and Jamie Foxx). However, though most of the funny scenes were indeed funny, the overall story was tiring, dry and almost sentimental. Why? Well, Robert Downey Junior plays Peter Highman, who is on currently on a business trip and needs to return home quickly to his wife (Michelle Monaghan) who is about to give birth to their son through a Cesarean. Upon arriving at the airport however, Peter has the […]

Movie Review: Eagle Eye (2008)

Director: D.J. Caruso Cast: Shia LaBeouf, medications Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton Release Date: September 26, 2008 I was fortunate enough to get to see a free preview screening last night of “Eagle Eye”. As a frequent movie viewer and one that loves action, thrillers and sci-fi, I was fairly excited to see this movie. As always, this review may spoil by accident, so if you’re one of those who can’t stand the slightest spoiler, stop reading now. Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a slacker, a “loser”, so to speak who has no real ambitions, a drop out of Stanford, and is someone who lives literally paycheck to paycheck. His life is sent through the roof when he’s framed as a terrorist and starts receiving threatening phone calls from a mysterious woman. Rachel Holloman, a hardworking divorced single mom also starts receiving threatening phone calls by the same woman. Soon, both Jerry and Rachel are thrown together and are sent into a terrifying journey becoming fugitives from the FBI all the while trying to figure out what is happening … before it’s too late. The movie is certainly not without its own faults. I went into […]

Movie Review: Edge of Darkness (January, 2010)

Director: Martin Campbell Screenplay: William Monahan, resuscitator Andrew Bovall Release Date: January 29, 2010 Actors: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Hustone It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Mel Gibson back in the action thriller game. His last action movie was the war film We Were Soldiers. Having seen a few trailers for Edge of Darkness, it was nice to see Mel back in the game of action in what seemed like your standard thriller. Surprisingly however, Edge of Darkness does not exactly play like your average conspiracy thriller. Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a Boston detective who has just picked up his daughter Emma, from the train station. Something seems to be amiss however, when Emma is seen throwing up, not feeling well, and getting a bloody nose once she gets home. Before we can find out what is bothering her as Thomas Craven is about to run out and take her to see the doctor, Emma is (in a very shocking manner) killed. Tom, now seeking answers, wants to know why Emma is dead. At first, it is believed that the killers were aiming for him, but as soon as he starts investigating, he finds out that […]

Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures (January, 2010)

Director: Tom Vaughan Screenplay: Robert Nelson Jacobs Release Date: January 22, viagra approved 2010 Actors: Brendan Fraser, abortion Harrison Ford, myocarditis Kerri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez Based on the book of the same name by Geeta Anand When I first heard about this movie starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, I was immediately intrigued. Based on a true story, the drama centers on John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), the father of three children, two of which have a rare genetic disorder. After almost losing his oldest daughter, John becomes desperate in finding a treatment or a pill that can effectively prolong the lives of his children. Having followed Dr. Robert Stonehill’s (Harrison Ford) research, John tracks him down and works together in creating a pill those with Pompe can take to either prevent the effects of the disease altogether or for those who are older, to allow sugar to work into the system by creating an enzyme that breaks down sugar, preventing the buildup of glycogen. With the promising outlook of Dr. Stonehill’s research, John is desperate in finding investors and getting the pill to market for his children to take before they pass away. I’m not sure what to […]

Movie Review: From Paris with Love (February, 2009)

Director: Pierre Morel Screenplay: Adi Hasak, more story by Luc Besson Release Date: February 5, this site 2010 Actors: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak Explosions, wit, guns, action, car chases, love story, great characters, what more could you ask for? From Paris with Love is simply a fun and highly entertaining ride. John Travolta plays Charlie Wax, a top special operative that is specifically flown into Paris to handle a situation of national security. His role as Wax is certainly very different from his last role in Old Dogs, as a kid-sitting, over the hill company leader. Instead, Wax is edgy, and uses unorthodox means to get the job done. Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the other hand, also plays a role that is quite a departure from his well known King Henry XIII from Showtime’s The Tudors. As the US Ambassador’s Assistant, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the brainy thinker of James Reese, so smart and seemingly ahead a few steps of everyone, he can win chess games easily against the ambassador. Hoping he can eventually move up to special ops, his contact hands him a huge assignment that will either make or break his promotion. His only problem: […]