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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: Lack of character development, lack of plot

-Recommendation Goes Here- Director: Screenplay: Release Date: Actors: Links: Watch the Trailer: Director: Harald Zwart Screenplay: Jessica Postigo Release Date: August 21, medical 2013 Actors: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Heady, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Based on the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments City of Bones is based on the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instrument series. It follows a young teenage girl by the name of Clary (Lily Collins), who is thrust into a world filled with vampires, demons, warlocks, werewolves, and demon hunters. Her mom Jocelyn, who tried to protect Clary from the truth ends up being taken and goes missing. Clary, with the help of her best friend Simon and her new demon hunter (called Shadowhunters) “friends” (Jace, Isabelle and Alec), tries to find her mom and the Mortal Cup that everyone in their race covets, especially Valentine, her father whom her mom tried to hide away and run from. Let’s get this out of the way first – I loved reading The Mortal Instruments series. Clary herself, not so much. So this review will be written in the point of view of […]

Sucker Punch: A Visual Feast for the Eyes

Director: Zack Snyder Screenplay: Zack Snyder, health Steve Shibuya Release Date: March 25, 2011 Actors: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaacs, Carla Gugino, Gerard Plunkett Ever wonder what it’s like to watch a visual art piece created on the screen? “Sucker Punch” is as close as it gets. From director Zack Snyder, most well known for his creative use of visuals in films such as “300” and “Watchmen”, comes his new film “Sucker Punch” that pushes his visual creativity in film even further. “300” brought a whole new level of ‘beauty’ to the screen, combining violence with an odd sense of aesthetics, slowing down the movement right before making a kill or a slash and then speeding up the motion once the kill is made. In addition, a brown-hue like filter was added, with an impressionist-air brushed quality that made you feel as though you were watching a water color painting depicting war come alive. “Sucker Punch” delivers on similar visual traits, this time with a blueish-brown filter and slow motion action. “Sucker Punch” centers around Baby Doll (Emily Browning) who finds herself in a hospital for the mentally ill after recently losing her […]

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (November, 2010)

Director: David Yates Screenplay: Steve Kloves Release Date: November 19, website 2010 Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, this Emma Watson, try Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Peter Mullan, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Rhys Ifans Based on the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling *There may be spoilers in this review for the previous movies if you have not seen them. I write this review having seen all previous movies and read the books. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One starts where every Harry Potter book and movie begins – at the end of the summer, when Harry is preparing to go back to school. This time though, it’s different. Hogwarts is no longer safe, the Ministry of Magic has been infiltrated by Death Eaters, Voldemorte is quickly gaining more power, and the world is looking very bleak in the world of muggles, wizards and witches alike. It is not safe for Harry and his friends to return to school after the death of Dumbledore and Snape now being the headmaster of Hogwarts. After the Order of […]

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (March 5, 2010)

Director: Tim Burton Screenplay: Linda Woolverton Release Date: March 5, info 2010 Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen Having just returned from vacation, and with two drafts still in my queue, I’ve decided to go ahead and just write up my review on Alice in Wonderland, so that it is fresh in my memory, and I don’t get any further behind! I went into this movie expecting very little, as I’m not normally a huge fan of Tim Burton‘s works, as it gets too strange or too quirky (which is what I thought of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was one of my favorite childhood books). But the quirkiness really works for Alice in Wonderland here. How ridiculous can it get with the Queen of Hearts running around, a vanishing cat with a grossly huge grin, a mad hatter with his rabbit friends holding a tea party? This is what Tim Burton can only dream of. He took crazy characters and made them more wild, with the Queen of Hearts (played by the ever talented Helen Bonham Carter) and gave her a huge bobble like head. She […]

Movie Review: The Box (November, 2009)

Director: Richard Kelly Screenplay: Richard Kelly Release Date: November 6, symptoms 2009 Actors: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella Based on the short story Buttons Buttons by Richard Matheson Poorly executed, great concept. These are the words that come to mind when it comes to the newest film by the director of “Donnie Darko”, Richard Kelly. Any one who has watched “Donnie Darko” understands that the ideas that come to Kelly’s mind are portrayed in a strange, almost mystical manner, with a hint of dark humor. This time around, Kelly remakes a short story, titled “Buttons Buttons” (by author Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend) into a feature length film, a story that focuses around the mystery behind a box. Set in Virgina in the early 70s, this mysterious box is delivered to a young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) who have one son. The deliverer, Arlington Steward (the fabulous Frank Langella) is a survivor of sorts who was struck by lightning and was permanently and visibly scarred. They are given the choice to press the button that is on the box and receive one million dollars — the catch being that it would […]