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•October 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I am taking a break from writing film reviews while I finish my degree and work on other aspects of my portfolio.

Feel free to read through the archives.

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Mongol

•October 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/

This review has very minor spoilers.

Genghis Khan is an interesting topic, he united all of the mogolian clans and built an empire which stretched across one third of the world. He was a ruthless leader who murdered and raped and pillaged throughout his entire life, and yet most people would describe him as “great”. In China and Mongolia he is revered as a Hero, while at the same time there are countries who compare him to the likes of Hitler or Stalin. Regardless of what you think about the man, there is no doubt that he was an accomplished leader, and he definetly makes for an interesting story. This was going to be part one of a trilogy of films based on the Khan’s life by Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov. Unfortunatly it’s looking less and less likely that there will be more.

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This Week In Trailers XXVIII

•October 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is my 100th post! I feel like it should be a little better, but it’s not exactly like I get to pick which movie trailers are released each week, so we will settle with what we have. Little something for everyone here, intrigue, action, teen drama, and zombie Nazis! So first up we have a full trailer for the insanely anticipated film Twilight, which I know little to nothing about, followed by the full trailer for Transporter 3 which I know all I need to know about (which isn’t much). Next there is the aforementioned zombie flick Dead Snow, and finally the trailer for Defiance which I had not heard about before.

Twilight

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Babylon AD

•October 9, 2008 • 2 Comments

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364970/

This review has very minor spoilers.

There has been a lot of negative reviews and opinions about this movie. It has a pitiful 7% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a higher – but still weak – 5.3 rating on IMDB. I went into the movie with some really low expectations, I was thinking it would bomb and I would hate myself for watching it. The surprising thing is that I didn’t think it was that horrible at all. It’s not great, and It deserves to be called a bad movie, but it was sort of enjoyable in that “I secretly like this but feel ashamed” sort of way, which is not surprisingly exactly how I feel about Vin Diesel. I liked Pitch Black and Riddick, and I have a soft spot for anything related to pimped out street racing cars, so I didn’t love this movie, but it’s not as bad as I thought.

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The Happening

•October 6, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0949731/

This review has no spoilers.

I put off watching this movie for awhilem I had heard that it was pretty horrible, and I haven’t enjoyed an M Night film since Unbreakable. I never did see Lady In The Water, but I heard it was one of his better films, so it’s possible he hasn’t entirely gone downhill. You wouldn’t be able to tell that he once had talent by watching this movie though, it’s a jumble of failures with little to no redeemable moments. It’s bad to the point that there is no single tipping point for where it all went wrong. There are just so many different factors that all failed with this movie, it’s hard to believe that M Night actually thought he had a great film on his hands.

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This Week In Trailers XXVII

•October 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It is not a very exciting week for new trailers at all. It is especially dissapointing if you happen to be a fan of the Dragonball tv series (which I’m not, but there sure are a lot of people who are). So, first up we have the aforementioned Dragonball failure, followed by Confessions of a Shopaholic, which I hear is also pretty popular, then we have the indie film Sunshine Cleaning, and finally the trailer for Paul Blart Mall Cop.

Dragonball

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The Rocker

•October 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad, Emma Stone

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031969/

This review has no spoilers.

The entire time I was watching this movie I had three main thoughts that would just alternate as to which one I was focusing on. These thoughts being that there are a lot of great comedians in small parts, Christina Applegate is pretty cute, and this movie reminds me of The New Guy but for hair metal instead of funk, and it has better lead actors. Alright so maybe it had some other things going for it, Emma Stone is also pretty attractive. As for real movie review thoughts, the movie was enjoyable and light-hearted. You could watch it while doing something else and not feel like you’re missing anything, and it is just funny enough to make you rewind to catch the good jokes.

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