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Avatar

December 28, 2009

Yeah, this was awesome. I love fantasy tales which involve fully-realized worlds and interesting characters. This is why I gravitated so easily to the Star Wars universe and why I connected so closely to Tolkien’s middle-earth. Avatar brought these elements out in ways that I hardly see on the big screen anymore, and I loved […]

Where the Wild Things Are

October 25, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are. Okay, where to start? When I first heard they were going to do a film on the classic childre’s book I remember so fondly from my past, I was against the idea. But after watchng the trailer, I though that if they really went all out on this film and […]

Zombieland

October 24, 2009

Zombieland is a really funny movie with some very funny moments, but as a movie itself its not that hot. First off, I hated the opening credits. Mind you, I have never been one for gross-out humour, and that is all the opening was. And throughout the film, there was some very gratuitous gag moments as […]

The Informant!

October 21, 2009

As I watched this movie, I really didn’t know what to make of it or what to expect next, much like how the FBI agents felt about Mark Whitacre. Matt Damon was great in this role as a seemingly daft FBI mole working at a corrupt company. He is funny and likable, even when he […]

Adventureland

October 21, 2009

Adventureland was a film that came and went this summer without many people noticing.    And chances are it will simply fade out of remembrance quite quickly. This was okay, but I found it really awkward at some moments. At first I wasn’t buying the romance between the two leads, but as the movie went on […]

District 9

October 21, 2009

District 9 was an interesting movie. At first I sat there wondering what all the commotion around this movie was. It was somewhat intriguing, but also very preachy and wasn’t really getting anywhere. But at the halfway point the movie shifted gears and really picked up the ace, creating a very exciting and gripping film. […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

October 20, 2009

Ah, the Harry Potter movie juggernaut returns.  I, for one, am a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s novels and have enjoyed each of the films (though the last outing, Order of the Phoenix, was one of the weaker installments).  Now we are back with the sixth, the Half-Blood Prince. I liked it a lot. Yate’s […]

The Hurt Locker

October 20, 2009

Hurt Locker. When it works, it works very well. It just doesn’t work well all of the time.  The mission scenes are meticulously crafted; full of suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills. The storyline is pretty much non-existent in terms of plot, but is somewhat existent in terms of character development. I don’t mind that there is […]

The Hangover

October 20, 2009

The Hangover has become the breakout hit of the summer, and with good reason.   This is one of the best comedies I have seen in quite some time.  I laughed loud and I laughed often. The great thing about the Hangover is that it has a lot of substance to it other than just […]

Up

October 20, 2009

Well, Pixar has done it again. Up is another excellent effort in the Pixar library. The story of stubborn old Carl who sets off in his balloon-hoisted house with stowaway Russell is a fantastic tale full of humour, great characters, and some really touching moments. The opening of the movie sets up a wonderful bedrock […]

Terminator: Salvation

October 20, 2009

I did not go into Terminator Salvation with a lot of hope. I think the series should have been left well enough alone at two movies. What I saw here didn’t really change my mind. I also always thought that a movie set in the Terminator future would be a bad idea; that the future […]

Angels & Demons

October 20, 2009

I am one of the people who enjoyed the Da Vinci Code movie and I have read both Langdon books. So I was actually pretty excited to see Angels & Demons as the story in the book is more adept to having an exciting cinematic adaption than Da Vinci was. Unfortunately this was a very […]

Star Trek

October 20, 2009

Star Trek is an amazing movie. I fell in love with this movie from the first few minutes. The opening was very intense, exciting and packed quite the emotional punch. Even though we have only just been introduced to these characters, Abrams manages to make a connection between them and we as an audience, and […]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

October 20, 2009

Wow, this movie was just awful. Just. Awful. Right from the get-go I shook my head thinking of how I would have to continue to sit through this movie when I really just wanted to go to sleep. The pacing was right off the rails. The director obviously thought he was setting up a background […]

Monsters Vs. Aliens

October 20, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens is the latest Dreamworks animated feature.  In the world of animated films, Dreamworks just doesn’t seem to reach as high as Pixar does with its movies.  They are more focused on making a movie of its day as opposed to a movie of the ages, and going for laughs rather than actual […]