Monthly Archives: January 2014

An 8-year-old hero

On January 24, I was doing my prep work before going on-air for my radio shift. Looking through the top news sites such as NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, even Google, I found nothing that stood out to me as something worth talking about. I was tired of talking about the ongoing war in Syria that has not made any progress. I was tired of talking about celebrities doing stupid things again and again such as Bieber’s recent arrest.

I was ready to give up altogether until I found this story. A story of an 8-year-old who, on Martin Luther King Day, decided to stay at his grandfather’s trailer in a suburb of Rochester.

According to an article by NBC, “the trailer caught fire about 4:45 a.m., most likely because of an electrical problem. Tyler Doohan went through the trailer and was able to wake six people-including two other kids, ages 4 and 6-who all made it out alive. But then Tyler went back in to try to help his uncle Steven Smith, who used a wheelchair because he’d lost part of his leg.”

Sadly, Tyler never made it out.

“His mother said she’d always made it a point to teach her son to be brave.

‘If anybody ever picked on him, he would come home and cry about it and I would tell him ‘It’s all right-they’re just jealous of you.’ He just wanted friends. He would never fight back.’

By Wednesday evening, almost 1,000 people had contributed to a fund to pay for Tyler’s funeral, many of whom left heartfelt messages.

‘Tyler-you are a hero in every sense,’ one wrote. ‘May your selfless act of true love be inspirational for all, and may it and the wonderful way you lived your way too short life provide some solace to your family at this profound time of sadness.”

It’s a sad story, one that few want to read, just because it’s so tragic. However, at the same time, Tyler’s story gives us life. His sacrifice is one to be admired, honored, and remembered. When I was eight, I know I wasn’t saving people from burning homes. I was playing with action figures or playing Mario Kart.

The truth is that Tyler, an 8-year-old boy, had already discovered what it meant to be a man.  He exhibited more character and more bravery than many will exhibit their entire lives.

While painful, Tyler’s story is one I will remember because it shows there is hope left in humanity, that there is still good left in the world and like Sam says in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, “it’s worth fighting for.”

Something tells me that Tyler was smarter than his years. While we’ll never know for certain, something tells me he believed in something similar to Sam. I wish I could have met Tyler. I wish I could have asked him why he did what he did, what was going through his mind. Most of all, I wish I could have known him, because had I, I would have known a side of Jesus Christ, for what can one do that is more selfless than risking one’s life for another?

Tyler did what no adult there was willing to do and for that he deserves to be remembered. It’s a shame I had to search through the internet for a half hour to find this story, because to me and to all like me, this was the only story that truly mattered. God Bless Tyler Doohan and those like him.

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Movie Review: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

[ LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING POSTER ]The Lord of the Rings saga comes to an end with a final sound-off and salute, propelling it to becoming one of the best films of the decade and of all-time. In its honor, a bonus roommate edition!

Tim: The cast and characters that fanatics like myself had befriended and loved for the last three years return as does the king of Gondor. Aiding them in their journey is some of the best story-telling, visual effects, and musical scores ever made. A better cast could not have been made nor better characters been written. The pacing is like a trek through the most dire terrain, with metaphorical cliffs and ditches at every turn, just waiting until it erupts with the greatest splendor, whether through action scenes that scream psychedelic or the character building that plays with our emotions like a baby on a trampoline. The picturesque scenery, the voluminous battles, the suspense that drills at our inner core and then some, this is a movie like few others.

Jon: Despite my tendencies to make jokes at Lord of the Rings movies, it is one of the best movies I have seen. With every aspect, Peter Jackson got this movie right. The scenery is spectacular and it’s no surprise to me that this movie did so well in the box office and in the awards. While it is incredibly long and sometimes difficult to watch in one sitting, it is the greatest Lord of the Rings movie and one of the greatest I’ve seen in my life.

Tim: And that is where I think we’ll have to agree to disagree. The time and energy that I put into these films, just watching them, I felt I was a part of this brotherhood of heroes. I felt like one of them. This film as well as the other two instill such a strong faith in humanity, in the good of mankind, in the belief that good will always conquer evil, that how anyone could be displeased with the Lord of the Rings or view them with contempt I have not the slightest indication. It connects with its audience through its story and its characters that are portrayed so perfectly. I would go so far as to say this film lives inside you, livens you as a person, as a human being. It opens doors to your heart and gifts you with new perspectives on life. It fully envelops you in the tale like an embrace with a loved one you will not see for a long time, one that you wish could last for hours just because the moment is so precious and so heart-warming. Despite those who may complain about its length, I didn’t want the story to end. It was a piece of me. This film trilogy had contributed to my self-worth and my being. Perhaps a film series is not supposed to have such a profound effect on an individual, but The Lord of the Rings did for me. I could have watched this for six hours, as long as it meant spending more time with my dear friends.

Sam and Frodo will forever be one of the most memorable duos in cinema for me. Their friendship is the way friendships were meant to be. It also depicts the values I look for in my friends. Sam is so loyal, so trustworthy, brave and selfless, that there is no doubt in my mind he would have taken a bullet for Frodo and then some. Frodo does not always fully grasp how great a friend Sam is at times, although I attribute that to his constant battle with the Ring, but when he does, that is when you see friendship at its philosophical plateau. They won’t give up on each other, and no matter what the next desolate, seemingly hopeless predicament they wander into next is, it is already accepted they will both be going at it together. Sean Astin and Elijah Wood may be type-casted forever, but that is nothing to be ashamed of, for these performances are the ones that stick with you, the ones you will never forget despite all the years that will pass since their original release. 100 years from now, the names Sam and Frodo will be uttered by someone in a crowd, and all will turn to this person and say Lord of the Rings, because that is how monumental these characters are. And yes, I know that was overly dramatic. Shut up. I’m a guy trying to express my feelings.

Jon: Frodo also illustrates how true a friend he is to Sam when he goes to step onto the ship to leave Middle Earth, knowing that Sam would never be able to leave the family that he has. Sam will always have the book to remember the times that they went through but even Sam acknowledges at the end of the movie that Frodo needed to leave to let Sam live his life. Frodo did the most selfless thing he could think of for Sam as Sam had done for him throughout the entire series.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (MiracleScroogeThe Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Green Mile, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidonIron ManLone SurvivorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 98.

With dialogue that furthers the plot and tugs at our inner-being and souls, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a film for the ages, one that will stick with those who journeyed with the characters for the rest of their lives.

Also, before I bid you adieu, my roommate has finally started blogging on WordPress.

Hello, my name is Jon St. Laurent.  I am a good friend of Tim’s and his roommate at school.  I’ve been blogging for a few years now but I recently switched over to WordPress.  I’m still working on getting my blog to be fully completed, but if you’re looking for a sports blog to talk about baseball, football, hockey, and anything that is top sports news, I’m your guy! Check it out at citb10.wordpress.com  Feel free to read, comment, and give your thoughts and arguments; that’s what it was created for! Thanks everyone!

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Movie Review: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

[ LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS POSTER ]The next installment of Peter Jackson’s medieval masterpieces returns in the two towers. Since there are two towers, there are two reviewers in another bonus roommate edition!

Tim: In this one, the acting is much better, with the actors really putting on the costumes of their characters and getting into their respective niches. The story splits into three perspectives but it doesn’t prevent the story from taking its journey forward. Frodo and Sam’s friendship reaches new heights and you really get to admire the bond that they have. Elijah Wood will be forever type-casted for me as will Sean Astin. The bond’s chemistry is furthered by catalyst Smeagle played by Andy Serkis. Sometimes you side with Frodo, other times with Sam, and you really don’t know what to do about Smeagle. This conflict keeps the audience thinking and that’s only one part of the story that’s being told.

Jon: This is my favorite of the three movies and I personally prefer to focus in on the story arc that involves Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn. I think the battle against the orcs riding their beasts is very well done and I think the battle of Helm’s Deep may be my all-time favorite large army battle in all cinema despite some flaws we will discuss in the spoiler edition. I also like the Ents. Especially the one that dunks his flaming head in the water.

Tim: The trio of Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn is tight-knit and loyal to one another, all sharing a band-of-brothers mentality. The three facilitate some of the best action scenes of the movie and they are very impressive. The set design and visuals are once again premium, introducing the audience to the world of middle earth and making you a part of it.

Jon: I also like the spirit of competition between Gimli and Legolas. It provides comedic effect to help counter the seriousness of the events going on.

Tim: As I said, it’s filled with scenes that make you think and there’s plenty of emotional and impactful dialogue that’s said that really touches your heart and makes you admire the story all the more. Easily my favorite part of the film is Sam’s monologue.

Jon: Don’t give up on your dreams because the people who you want to be could have turned back but didn’t. There is good in today’s world. It’s just hidden behind all the bad news. If there wasn’t any good left, then there’d be nothing worth fighting for.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Real SteelMiracleScroogeThe Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Green Mile)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidonIron ManLone Survivor, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: 95.

The film perfects set and costume design, story line, and character connection. That coupled with some memorable moments and a fantastic score shoots this movie into the lore of must-buys.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!

*SPOILER’S EDITION

Tim: The architectural planning of Helm’s Deep is questionable. As someone who took architectural classes in high school because I originally planned to become an architect, I don’t understand why you would put the drain under the wall like that. Aside from the hole making the stability of the wall weaker, it also would make the ground underneath damp and if there was a heavy enough storm, I’m sure the wall would collapse. Good thing it was only raining during that final battle.

Jon: There are a plethora of ways they could have built this aside from the way they built it. They could have had the water drain behind the wall, go to the water pools in the caves, dug a ditch in the side of the mountain… I’m pretty sure your brother could have built it better.

Tim: My brother is a Lego mastermind and undoubtedly could have built it better. You also make a fort made out of solid rock and then put a wooden door on the front? Didn’t anyone think “Hhmm, maybe we should leave this here” while they were digging that section out?

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Movie Review: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

[ LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING POSTER ]J.R.R Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings became a film in 2001 with a great cast that includes Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen and many more. I still remember first watching this film and thinking that this had the potential to become something big and director Peter Jackson did not disappoint.

It’s a film that starts off slow and at times drags a little too much but it is a common occurrence with an opening film of a series. It’s a film that relies on its characters and while the actors didn’t get into the characters as much as I would have liked, they still dug below the surface and showed us the roots of some of the characters. It’s more than adequate or average, but not quite reaching the pinnacle that I felt it was capable of reaching, but once again, it’s a starter film and starter films do usually struggle with this, so it’s not the end of the world to me, but it is something to note.

The sets and scenery to this film are so iconic and well-detailed, vibrant and life-like. It’s executed so well that it feels like you’re there. If the film was made to be a New Zealand tourist attraction video, it did a fantastic job. Some great visual effects won the film Oscars for Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects. The costumes are killer, really aiding what the scenery and sets are trying to accomplish.

Speaking of killing, this movie does a wicked job with its fight scenes. Great camera work and angles so we can follow the action and we’re not struggling to do so.

What I like about this picture is that it feels real. At times, fantasy/science fiction film’s dialogue can come across as largely corny and elementary, something that never happens in this film. It’s intense and suspenseful when the film is in the “zone”. Sadly that’s not all the time but it is for much of the movie.

At times, this film feels too long. Some things probably could have been eliminated but at the end you never feel like you wasted your time. It only gets you excited to see the next one.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Real SteelMiracleScroogeThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Green Mile)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (ElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidonIron ManLone Survivor)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: 88.

The Fellowship of the Ring is by no means the best series starting film, but it’s up there. There was room for improvement but it was definitely an attention-grabber, one that entertained, gave us an adrenaline rush, and a fair share of philosophical/emotional aspects intertwined.

Also, remember in the film it’s Bilbo’s 111th birthday. This is my 111th post. Just thought that was ironic.

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Movie Review: The Green Mile

[ GREEN MILE POSTER ]Yet another Stephen King novel film adaptation, director Frank Darabont takes the reigns along with a superb cast that includes the great Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Jeffrey DeMunn, Barry Pepper, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Doug Hutchison…this list could go on forever.

Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb, a prison guard on death row during the Great Depression. Life is as usual until a giant African-American named John Coffey enters the scene. Convicted of raping and killing two young white girls, Paul is surprised by John’s shy, soft-spoken and at times even child-like character. Over the next few weeks, Paul will witness things that can only be described as miracles as the lives of his fellow guards and his own are changed forever.

This drama is emotional, suspenseful and holds your attention like an unopened Christmas present. You’re not sure what it is, but you know it’s going to be something big. On rare occasions the movie does slow down a bit but when you take the seconds to look back at all that’s transpired so far, it’s easily forgivable. Most movies that reach the three-hour mark have stayed long past their welcome, but that is not the case with The Green Mile. It’s engaging, thought-provoking and most of all, heartfelt.

David Morse, Jeffrey DeMunn and Barry Pepper play Hanks’ fellow guards and all have their own viewpoints on the events that occur while being the best knit group of guys they can be. Morse does an exceptional job playing Paul’s best friend and has proven to me over the course of a couple of films that he is an under-appreciated supporting actor.

Doug Hutchison plays the guy nobody likes, Percy Wetmore, a guard on the mile who has connections with the governor and so his sadistic personality cannot be removed from the premises, unfortunate as that may be. He’s the filth of the world that has no place on it and my hatred for the man demonstrates how well Hutchison played the role.

James Cromwell plays the prison warden…again. He’s played this role in like four movies so no complaints there and Michael Jeter plays an inmate who has true repentance for his actions.

Paul is the type of character that is easy to feel for. His actions mirror what I’d like to believe I would do if situations like these were to arise and there’s simply no doubt Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all time. He can make any role come alive as he does here once again.

If you’re reading this you may have noticed that I have referred to Hanks’ character as well as Duncan’s by their first name rather than their last, something I do not usually do. It is to ram home the fact that this movie has plenty of religious synonyms and metaphors. Paul is a religious name, a disciple who spread the Word around the world after making the phrase born-again Christian. John the Baptist foretold the coming of Christ and John the apostle was known as the disciple that Jesus loved.

Even if you’re not a Christian, it’s hard to ignore John’s obvious do-good mentality as well as his obedience, kindness, and caring nature. It’s apparent to me that King wrote this from a religious standpoint even if it is not always taken that way by his audience.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Just Go With ItReal SteelMiracleScroogeThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (ElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidonIron Man, Lone Survivor)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for The Green Mile: 96.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, The Green Mile is a modern tale of the story of Christ, all the way up to his sacrifice on the cross. It is one in which Duncan deservedly was nominated for a best supporting actor award. It’s a tear-jerker but it also makes you believe there’s still some good left in a world that’s filled with so much cruelty and hate  and, as Samwise Gamgee says, “That there is some good in this world, Mister Frodo and it’s worth fighting for.” Frank Darabont is one of my favorite directors, directing this, The Shawshank Redemption and my favorite TV show, AMC’s The Walking Dead. It’s a must-see.

Speaking of Samwise Gamgee, stay tuned for Lord of the Rings reviews!

I’d also like to apologize for not writing recently. Since coming back to school, wordpress has been causing me problems. I can’t add tags, link to articles or check my reader or stats. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

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Movie Review: Lone Survivor

[ LONE SURVIVOR POSTER ]I hadn’t planned to see this film but coming out I’m happy I did.

Lone Survivor depicts a failed U.S. Navy SEALs mission in Afghanistan. Our four main characters are played by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch from Battleship, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster. All hold their own in their roles. Foster always gives solid performances. He’s an actor you can count on. Hirsch doesn’t bring anything extravagant to the table but he keeps you interested. I felt Kitsch had some potential in Battleship and he proves me right here. Now to Wahlberg. I’m going to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the guy. He’s a guy who seems to play the same role in everything except that it’s not always cool. Sometimes he comes across as too brazen, although some of the roles he takes call for such acting, and originality is hard to pull out when you play the same role every time. When it comes to stereotypical acting, I’m more likely to pull out a Liam Neeson or Jason Statham movie then I am a Wahlberg movie. However, Wahlberg was made for this role and for this movie. This is the character that Wahlberg was born to play. He gives the audience stuff they’ve seen plenty of times but adds some extra spice to the mix with some serious, engaging dialogue and action scenes. The characters are people in this, not expendable action figures where they blow something up and then die. These are human beings with families back home, fighting for a country that believes in values like freedom and that alone is enough reason to fight for them.

This movie is brutal. When I say brutal, I mean that in the utmost sense of the word. This is a war film and director Peter Berg does no sugar-coating with this material. He shows it to you as it is and as it was, never extinguishing the fires of intensity, horror, or pure adrenaline that this film has to offer. At times, it can be hard to watch, watching characters continue to fight despite bullet holes in their bodies, ears half-blown off, fingers totally blown off. It’s not quite to the plateau that Saving Private Ryan reached, but it is up there. They’re not the best action scenes I’ve seen, but when it comes to hardcore realism, it’s high on the ladder.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Just Go With ItReal SteelMiracleScrooge, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Gangster SquadElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidonIron Man)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for Lone Survivor: 85.

It’s grotesque and difficult to view, but Berg’s war story feature is one worth watching, one that commemorates the sacrifices our troops made and continue to make today.

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Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

[ SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY POSTER ]I’m not usually one for the slow drama, but the trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty intrigued me. It seemed like it was a message of life for the big screen and so I went to see it, although much later then I had planned to.

Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty and instantaneously, you know there’s something unique about this guy. He’s a little peculiar. You know he’s got something going on in his head, and you’re curious. It ends up that Mitty zones out a lot, visualizing one thing, but doing another, because he doesn’t have the guts to do what he’d actually like to do. It’s as if he’s living in between two lives, the life he’d like to live and the life he’s currently living and he struggles with which one to live. It’s something I know I could relate to. Haven’t we all dreamed of doing something memorable, of being something more than ordinary? Whether it be through our actions or our minds, we all want to be a “somebody”, but being a “somebody” requires leaving your comfort zone, going beyond the boundaries of our normal interactions and getting out of our life cycle, something that requires more courage then we care to admit and something that few are willing to do. This is who Walter Mitty is and his simple life demonstrates that as does the superb acting of Ben Stiller. Known for his comedies, Stiller opens a new acting dimension with this one and does an extraordinary job with the material. It’s such a simple role and yet so complex, one that causes the audience to take heed of the smallest details.

The show never gets boring because Mitty’s imagination provides the audiences with spontaneous action sequences early on until the script has a firm grasp on its viewers.

It rams home the purpose of life through Life magazine’s mission statement a few times: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of Life.” This touched me. It’s the most accurate explanation of life that I have heard of or read and it’s one I feel I can hold on to.

Walter Mitty makes us want to see the world and all that there is to offer, the big and the small, the safe and dangerous, and all of the other opposites you care to throw in here. He’s one man, but his story is uplifting and inspirational, one that makes you feel like a kid looking up to a role model, saying “I want to be that guy some day”. As someone who’s not a traveler and doesn’t intend to travel the world, this movie kept me thinking: What if I did? What if I dared to do the rash and risky, and live life more than normally, but extraordinarily? Will I travel the world someday? The answer is probably still no, but this film portrays a message of yolo the way that the term yolo is supposed to be used. Yolo is a precious term. It does NOT mean do stupid stuff and then use life as an excuse. I hate it when people use it like that. This is what it’s supposed to mean: You only live life once, so don’t waste it. Make the most of it because there’s no going back. There’s no turning back time no matter how much we may want to do so.

That is the message this movie instills in us and it does so through Stiller’s acting and some of the most phenomenal, lifelike visuals I’ve ever seen in film. I haven’t seen Gravity and I’m not sure I ever will, but for all the talk that movie’s visuals got, I’m surprised I never heard any talk about this film’s. When people say a picture says a thousand words, these are the pictures they’re talking about. All I could think of was how long it must have taken to go around the world and get all those shots.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (42Just Go With ItReal SteelMiracleScrooge)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Gangster SquadElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPoseidon, Iron Man)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: 92.

Directed, produced, and starring Ben Stiller, Stiller gives a performance worthy of a best actor nomination while also giving us a lesson on the true meaning of life. Had I seen this before I wrote my movies in 2013 post, this would have been a top five film of the year for me.

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Movie Review: Iron Man

[ IRON MAN POSTER ]Robert Downey, Jr. didn’t exist until Iron Man, at least for me. I’d never heard of the guy nor had I seen him before. Then the role of Tony Stark jumped into his lap and he became a household name in 126 minutes.

Marvel gave Iron Man a try at the cinema in 2008 with Jon Favreau directing and the film received over $585 million at the box office for its efforts.

The action scenes are entertaining to watch and the visual effects looked real. What really keeps this film going is Downey’s performance. He accentuates all of Stark’s main personality traits, from his cocky attitude and playboy persona, to his innovative mind and technological foresight. He has his flaws, but I found it hard not to feel for the guy.

Shaun Toub plays Ho Yinsen, the man who saves Stark’s life after shrapnel nearly pierces his heart. Yinsen is Stark’s catalyst for change, revealing that Stark is a man who has everything and yet nothing. During their work together and the escape from the cave, Stark becomes a changed man and sets out to do more for the world then make weapons.

A solid supporting cast in Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges aids Downey’s effort. Paltrow’s Pepper Potts is a loyal companion and the audience is teased with a possible romance while Bridges encompasses Obadiah Stane, his father’s old partner. His menace and ruthlessness are like peas in a pot for him. He was a great actor to put across from Downey.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (42Just Go With ItReal SteelMiracleScrooge)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Hunger Games: Catching FireGangster SquadElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Poseidon)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for Iron Man: 87.

This was a great starting point for a superhero franchise, but I do find myself asking for a little more.

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Movies in 2013

As this year comes to an end, I thought I would throw out who/which movies I think should get awards for being great and being disastrous. Among some of the more notable movies I didn’t see: Mud, Fruitvale Station, The Conjuring, The Butler, Prisoners, Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Let’s get to it.

Best Picture and 4 Runner-Ups

1) 42

This really isn’t even a competition. A revolutionary biopic about the great Jackie Robinson, 42 presents its audience with an honest true story, highlighting not just how important Jackie was to the sport, but how important he was to the Civil Rights Movement and to the world. It’s a biopic done right.

“When you look at the cast and director, it looks like a bunch of nobodies getting together to make a movie (except for Harrison Ford of course), but at the end of the day they prove to be an underdog phenomenon. All of the supporting cast did a great job. Definitely a must-buy and a must-see.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

2) Iron Man 3

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Despite all the hate this movie may have gotten, Iron Man 3 grossed over $1.2 billion dollars, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of all time and the 16th film to surpass the billion dollar mark. Robert Downey Jr. had a great show of talent in the third installment of the Iron Man trilogy and I really liked where director Shane Black took this movie. I can’t stand it when people say they hated it because it wasn’t like the comics. If you want to see the comics, then read the comics!!! The director’s job is not to make an exact copy of the comics. His job is to make a film that centers around a character from a comic, but has free reign to make a story that is original and unique. That’s what Iron Man 3 is, a new variation superhero movie that gave audiences something never seen before.

“Stark says something to the effect of ‘in the end, the suit was just a cocoon. I am Iron Man.’ I really liked this quote because the suit helped shield his true self from the outside world and when he didn’t have the suit in the third movie, it allowed his personality to truly shine.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

3) Olympus Has Fallen

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I haven’t written a review on this yet but it was easily one of my favorite films this year. Every year action addicts like myself long for the next big action bonanza. There is bound to be at least one every year and this year, Olympus Has Fallen was it. Gerard Butler makes things go boom and whoops the keesters of anybody that gets in his way. Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart have solid supporting roles and while there are a decent amount of plot holes, you can’t complain because of the pure adrenaline that’s being depicted.

4) World War Z

 

A suspenseful, post-apocalyptic masterpiece that zombie fanatics like myself drooled over in the months prior to its release, World War Z is one of the best zombie movies I’ve ever seen. Director Marc Foster makes the action happen at the outset and doesn’t hold back any blows. It’s suspenseful and keeps you on your toes.

“Despite going against the grain of popular zombie movies, World War Z kept me entertained throughout. Brad Pitt was as good as ever and took the burden of being the star actor, supporting actor(because there isn’t really anybody else), and producer of this film like a boss. The filmmakers brought a new idea for a zombie movie to the big screen and I loved it.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

5) Star Trek: Into Darkness

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The sequel to the Star Trek reboot directed by J.J. Abrams was a grand success, demonstrating the underrated acting abilities of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto once again as Kirk and Spock respectively. The cast included some new faces, while the ones that have already begun to grow on us continued to add new sparks to the firework display that is the modern Star Trek franchise. While J.J. Abrams will be missed for the next one because he will be directing the next Star Wars films, I have faith that this cast will keep the ship afloat and stay the course on the road to becoming possibly one of the best sci-fi movie series ever made. They’ve got a long way to go to getting there, but this cast has the potential for greatness.

“When I was younger, I watched the Star Trek movies with my dad and overall, I found them really boring. Abrams recognized this is how many young people today would view the original Star Trek series and modernized it, using more action scenes and special effects to wow young audiences.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

Worst Picture and 4 Runner-Ups

1) Thor: The Dark World

Winning the award for Worst Picture by a giraffe’s neck, Thor: The Dark World was an egregious atrocity that was an insult to the concept of film itself. Director Alan Taylor takes a huge dump on a Thor film series that was already running out of gas, instead electing to slash the tires and puncture the gas tank. With one of the most convenient plots I’ve ever seen, the movie can’t be taken seriously and can only be made a mockery out of and not even in an entertaining way.

“The filmmakers try to intertwine the story with earth’s fate except that it’s far too confusing to accomplish. The scientists try to explain the situation through complicated scientific jargon that no one who isn’t in that area of expertise can follow, which means that we miles be listening to babies trying to shout off the theory of relativity because that happening has the same chance of success as the audience understanding what the heck is going on. There’s no character connection to speak of and it is subplot and plot hole galore up in here. I haven’t done that many facepalms during one movie in a long time.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

2) The Great Gatsby

The visual remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel sent me into a state of vexation. The character connection as well as the characters themselves had an indefinite “out to lunch” sign on both of their respective offices. Di Caprio is uncertain of what goal he is striving for with Gatsby’s character and the supporting cast includes some less than admirable figures that I have no care in the world for. Maguire stays constant for most of the film to try to provide any sort of consistency, but does not hold enough screen time to do so.

“This movie’s pace is slow to begin with, and even if you manage to wait for something to happen, you probably won’t be happy with what the film gives you. As I said before, there’s no character connection here, and because it’s a drama, the movie relies on its characters and the plot, and for me, neither was worth watching.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

3) Oz The Great and Powerful

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The great Wizard of Oz finally got a sequel after a 74 year hiatus, one that all looked forward to and all walked out of disappointed. James Franco displays one of his worst performances, one that was doomed from the start by writers David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. A corny production that hugely disrespects the original, there was little admiration to be had with this.

4) After Earth

Despite all the hate M. Night Shymalan’s next theater bust received, After Earth was not worthy of a suckage label. However, this movie was far from special. A script that left the movie on the shoulders of a 14-year old Jaden Smith, some could say it was capsizing from the beginning. A lack of action and people, it seemed like the film was striving to be a bore.

“Aside from Will and Jaden’s characters, there are truly no other characters in this film. There are no supporting actors in this film, unless Will would be considered one. In that case, there would be one. This is bothersome for me because that means if you can’t relate to either of these two characters you’re left relating to nobody. As I mentioned above, Will Smith is practically a robot in this movie, so basically, it’s relate to Jaden’s character or relate to nobody. Perhaps this isn’t as big a deal as I’m making it out to be, but tell me how many movies look like this in the credits:

Cast:

Cypher Raige| Will Smith

Kitai Raige| Jaden Smith

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

The End

If you know anything about movies, the answer is not many. Seriously, Google search “after earth cast” and see what comes up. There’s seriously nobody in this movie with more than five minutes of screen time, aside from Cypher, Kitai, and maybe Kitai’s sister, but she’s dead, so no character development there. There aren’t as many action scenes in this movie as I would have liked and the ones that were there were disappointing.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

5) G.I. Joe: Retaliation 

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A movie decimated by recasts saw a large group of newbs come into the franchise and fail to match the success of the original group of actors. Most of the main characters in the first one had no want to do a sequel but Paramount decided to make one anyway. Despite what many including myself thought was a successful franchise starter, Paramount declared director Stephen Sommers would not be returning for the sequel, the reins instead handed over to John Chu. According to Wikipedia, “Chu would later declare that Paramount wanted a reboot that also served as a sequel to The Rise of Cobra since ‘a lot of people saw the first movie so we don’t want to alienate that and redo the whole thing.” While Paramount said they didn’t want to alienate people, they did just that, killing off main actor Channing Tatum within the first 20 minutes. If you went to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation, you weren’t looking at a sequel, you were looking at a reboot. Aside from a weak plot connection to the first film, the two films had very little in common and it felt like I had watched two entirely different movies. The first was much better. Paramount turned what could have been a profitable, popular franchise, into a disappointing cluttered cluster of second-rate actors and subplots. It may have made a significant amount of profit, but I’ll be surprised if they get half as much as that from the third one.  

Best Actor and 2 Runner-Ups

1) Chadwick Boseman- Jackie Robinson, 42

“Jackie Robinson is played by Chadwick Boseman. Your reaction is probably the same as mine: Who? Prior to 42, Boseman guest starred on various TV shows, but was never a regular. He did nine episodes on the show Lincoln Heights and thirteen episodes on Persons Unknown. Aside from those two shows, he has never done more than one episode for any one show. As for experience on the big screen, Boseman only has been in four movies and I haven’t heard of any of them (Date, Ladylike, The Express, and The Kill Hole).

Despite having limited experience, Boseman delivers an outstanding performance in this, one that is very believable and so convincing that I looked at him as Jackie Robinson the whole film. Sometimes I’ll look at a character and while they are convincing, I’ll still have a voice in the back of my head reminding me who the actor is. This was not the case here. Boseman depicts Robinson in such a clear light that it was impossible for me to doubt him. His portrayal is almost hypnotizing it’s so good. Character connection is very strong and I have a genuine care for Robinson here. It’s truly some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, an amazing performance that should definitely win a Best Actor award.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

2) Ashton Kutcher- Steve Jobs, Jobs

I wasn’t wild about this movie, but that doesn’t take away from Kutcher’s nomination-worthy performance. Kutcher illustrated the mind of one of the most influential people of the last 50 years on the big screen and reached new heights while doing so.

“Despite Ashton Kutcher being known for his comedy work, his representation was convincing and I found no major faults with it. I’d say it’s worthy of a Best Actor nomination.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

3) Robert Downey, Jr.- Tony Stark/Iron Man, Iron Man 3

Robert Downey, Jr. had to pull out some new tricks in the latest installment of the Iron Man franchise, bringing a new aura to the character of Tony Stark.

“I think you really get to see more into the character of Tony Stark. In the first two movies, he’s more of a cocky, doesn’t-take-anything-seriously guy. I felt the first two movies focused more on the plot line then on the development of the characters, while in this one, you can see different elements of his personality, and one could say, who Tony Stark really is.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

Worst Actor and 2 Runner-Ups 

1) James Franco- Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful

Some of the most tasteless acting I’ve seen, Franco could not have given a care less about this material. With zero flares, zero surprises and zero acting skills, Franco jumped into the hole entitled “Epic Fail Actor of the Year”.

2) Leonardo Di Caprio- Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

Di Caprio delivers one of the most annoying performances of the year. For every “old sport”, I grimaced. For every stupid, illogical decision he made, I facepalmed. The only reason Leonardo avoids the award is because I think the material is partly to blame, where as Franco had some room to work with.

“I can honestly say after watching this movie that I still don’t really know who Gatsby is. The whole movie Carraway as well as the audience is trying to figure out who Gatsby is, and while Carraway apparently finds out, the audience is never gifted with the details. We only get the main points. I want to know who he is, what he does, what makes him tick, and I’m never really satisfied with the answers the filmmakers give me to these questions.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

3) Jaden Smith- Kitai Raige, After Earth

After Earth wasn’t the worst movie of the year, but it wasn’t good. A trailer that promised a future earth survival fight instead gave us a cast with like two people and that’s it. Jaden Smith’s soar to greatness with the Karate Kid remake was apparently short-lived as he acted like a little girl when danger came lurking. A warrior that acts like he’s on a menstrual cycle, it was some bad acting.

“There’s probably more scenes of Kitai running in this movie then there are action scenes.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

Best Actress and 0 Runner-Ups

I can honestly say that I didn’t see an exceptional actress role this year, so I’m going to play it safe and just not say anything for this one.

Worst Actress and 2 Runner-Ups

1) Natalie Portman- Jane Foster, Thor: The Dark World

One of the most annoying characters of the year, Jane Foster is one of the most unintelligent scientists I have ever witnessed. She gets herself into every predicament imaginable, I mean talk about a damsel in distress! Foster is a tasteless character and Portman falters in this year’s worst actress performance.

“Natalie Portman makes me want to throw up she’s so bad.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

2) Michelle Williams- Glinda the Good Witch, Oz the Great and Powerful

Screenwriting is to blame to an extent, but Michelle Williams interpretation comes across as incredibly corny and cheesy and strides far away from the heartfelt emotion she was supposed to be portraying.

3) Kim Bassinger- Sally Rose, Grudge Match

Bassinger really needed to get off the screen in this one. Boring, dull, stupid and insensitivity are a good recipe for a worst actress nomination.

Best Director: J.J. Abrams- Star Trek: Into Darkness

J.J. Abrams will be missed for the next Star Trek installment, especially after directing a top-five film and making it look awesome, narrowly missing the special effects award from me. While I’m nervous about the new Star Wars movies, I’m a little more at ease knowing the series is in the more than capable hands of Abrams.

“The action scenes in this movie by the way were epic, so epic that I bet Michael Bay is asking for a paternity test to make sure that Abrams isn’t his long-lost brother or something. Regardless of whether you’re a die-hard fan of the original series or not, I think the cast that Abrams has brought in has done a fantastic job.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

Best Special Effects: Man of Steel

This movie’s visual effects were especially noteworthy, giving audience’s more than a bird’s eye view of what it means to be Superman. Star Trek: Into Darkness gets an honorable mention.

“Hundreds of buildings fall over, with destruction and action scenes that Michael Bay would approve of.”

-Excerpt from my review. Check out the whole thing here.

Best Score: Man of Steel

This music gets me pumped for whatever’s next. It’s the type of music I’d want to be listening to before I went out on the football field for the big game. The type of music that makes me believe in myself and go the distance. Not going to lie, the trailer for this movies reeks of awesomeness, so much so that I have it favorited on YouTube.

That’s it guys. Thanks for reading. I’ve been getting a lot of views over the last couple weeks and seeing how far I’ve come in just half a year, it’s really impressive. I’m really happy I started blogging, and thanks to all of you who have jumped on for the ride. Here’s to 2013 2014.

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Movie Review: Poseidon

[ POSEIDON POSTER ]Wolfgang Petersen brought a Poseidon Adventure remake to the big screen in 2006. Nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Poseidon conducts itself with a humble persona and yet carries a big stick a la Teddy Roosevelt. A cast that doesn’t strive to shoot for the stars but rather to make a splash of relevancy in cinema, Poseidon maintains a certain allure that can’t be ignored for long. Action that excites and entertains, audiences can only watch what happens on the screen, but at the same time can think of what they would do if they were on the screen themselves in a cruise ship that was turned upside down via a rogue wave and sinking fast.

A cast led by Kurt Russell does an excellent job of balancing each other out so they can all stay above water (see what I did there?). No one character shines above the rest, instead employing a team effort to tell the tale and win over the audience. A bunch of strangers get together and despite their differences, work together to get off a ship that seems determined to keep them there. The subplots help carry the character development nicely, giving us glimpses of who these people are that are fighting for their lives.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (42Just Go With ItReal SteelMiracleScrooge)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games: Catching FireGangster SquadElfThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (The Usual Suspects21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the Dead)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Along Came PollyAliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThor)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and Prejudice, Redemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3)

My score for Poseidon: 87.

Aided by a supporting cast who knows how to support, Poseidon awards its viewers with a survival tale that grabs hold of you and never let’s go.

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