Thursday, April 24, 2008

Run Fatboy Run (2008 U.S. Release)

Rating: B

In the zany world of British humor, Run Fatboy Run varies the genre. With silly American jokes thrown in, the movie dims down a little bit to our level. Is that a bad thing? Not entirely.

(Review In Progress)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Juno (2007)

Rating: A

When in comes to realism in a movie, there is not a more realistic movie than 'Juno'.

'Juno' follows the story of Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) who at the age of 16 has become pregnant. The father, Paulie Bleeker (Micheal Cera), is a nerdy track runner who just happened to be unlucky. Juno decides to adopt out the baby to a pleasant family seeing that her life isn't fit for a child to be raised in.

'Juno' is a story full of laughs and emotions. Juno is a character that you will never forget, with her witty sense of humor lining the entire movie. As she deals with the troubles of pregnancy, her family and friends support her with plenty of laughs along the way. When you walk out it may seem like Juno is walking out with you, it's just that real. However, there are a few slow parts in the movie, but for most of the time it is full paced and cheery. In the mist of huge name action films, 'Juno' is a diamond in the ruff.

'Juno' is a film for everybody. It can relate to anyone from ages 1 to 99. If you are looking for a good, wholesome movie to go and see, 'Juno' is just the thing.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cloverfield (2008)

Rating: A

'Cloverfield' is a hard movie to review. Not because it was badly made, but because it was quite the opposite. Cloverfield is an extraordinary movie, but confusion may ruin it for you.

'Cloverfield' is filmed in a unique style. Much like 'The Blaire Witch Project', the movie is filmed entirely with a hand-held camera. Don't let that put you down though. The camera not only has exceptional video quality, but is also indestructible, has unlimited battery power, and comes equipped with just about every special feature a camera can have. The style of filming shouldn't be a problem to viewers, unless you suffer from motion sickness. In other words, if you get sick on roller coasters, you will get sick while watching 'Cloverfield'.

The story in 'Cloverfield' isn't on the heavy side. The entire movie is about a small group of friends who are trying to locate another person who has a close relationship with the main character, Rob (Michael Stahl-David). Unfortunately, the person they are trying to reach is trapped in the middle of Manhattan -- right where the monster happens to be. The friends work there way through Manhattan, fighting off not only the big baddy, but also smaller vicious spider-like creatures. Although the story isn't very beefy, the writer managed to do a good job with it.

The one thing lacking in 'Cloverfield' is a back story. Throughout the entire movie, you will be asking yourself "What is that thing?" and "Where did it come from?" The movie does not offer answers to either of the questions. However, the back story for the monster has been covered through the movies viral marketing*, or the 'hype'. If you have not participated in the movie's hype build up, you will being missing out on some details about the monster, but the movie should still be an enjoyable experience.

'Cloverfield' surpasses all standards. It presents us with a fresh, "non-Hollywood" style of filming, as well as amazing visual effects. The acting is good, the story is great, and the monster is amazing. Don't hesitate for a second to see this movie.

*(For more information about the viral marketing, or 'hype' of the movie, please visit For further, in depth information please visit the 'Cloverfield' section on

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Rating: B

Pirates of the Caribbean has proved itself to be a successful franchise. The first movie was instantly categorized as a classic, and the second followed right behind with the same success. But is 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' good enough to live up to the success of its predecessors?

Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) is back in the third and final installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and this time around he will need more then just the help of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in order to escape from the dreaded Davy Jones' Locker. With a cast like this, how could this movie possibly go wrong?

What happened to Captain Jack? What is Davy Jones' status? Why is the East India Trading Company in control of Davy Jones' heart? Who are the Pirate Lords? Who is Calypso? --- These were just some of the questions left unanswered from the previous 'Pirates' movies. Unfortunately, 'At World's End' attempts to answer them all in one go. There are so many story lines going on that you may find it difficult to keep track of what is happening. This is the movies only, but fatal, flaw.

Despite the directing flaws, all other aspects of 'At World's End' manage to come out shining. The visual effects were stunning, the acting phenomenal, and the pirates oh so savvy. If you enjoyed the first two 'Pirates' flicks, then there is no reason you should not enjoy 'At World's End' as well.

I Am Legend (2007)

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Rating: A-

If you are looking to see this movie because you enjoyed the novel written in the 50's (also titled "I Am Legend"), stop right there. This is not the novel. This is nothing close to the novel. Once you've established that, this movie can be rather enjoyable.

The movie follows Robert Neville (Will Smith), a doctor, who happens to be the last man on Earth. Everyone else is gone, including his family and friends, having been wiped out by a terrible virus. Are they dead? You only wish they were dead. People affected by the virus turn into violent zombie-like creatures who starve for blood and burn in the sunlight. By day, Neville searches for food and plays with his german shepard. By night, Neville hides away in his house while the hundreds of virus affected humans bang at his walls and attemped to work there way inside.

The film is unsually sad, and if you are easily depressed, I suggest you do not see this movie. There are a few cliche 'SURPRISE!' moments, but they are mixed up a little bit and definitley manage to get you jumping. Horror is absent in 'I Am Legend', and the zombie-like creatures hardly manage to put any feeling of dread in you. The visual effects are fairly plain, however the sets are absolutley amazing.

See 'I Am Legend' while you can, and if you miss it be sure to check it out on DVD.