Archive for July, 2007

The Protector

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: The Protector

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Xing Jing, Johnny Nguyen

Genre: Action/Drama

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: When his family’s elephants are illegally taken to Australia, Kahm (Jaa) must go there to retrieve them. With the help of a Thai policeman by the name of Mark (Wongkamlao), Kahm will track down whoever has his elephants and nobody will stand in his way.

Review: I’m not all that much of a Kung-Fu movie kind of guy, but this was a great movie. As advertised, Tony Jaa does all of his stunts with no doubles, wires, or CGI which makes everything seem even cooler. The fight scenes were top-notch quality, and the storyline is much better than older Kung-Fu movies (the “You killed my family, I want revenge!” story). Another cool thing is that Jaa mixed an ancient Thai battle technique with a modern Thai kick-boxing technique, and the moves are spectacular. Overall, this is a, flat-out, great action movie. There are a lot of broken bones, and some tendon cutting that I know people won’t like, but I loved it.

Rating: 4.5/5

Audition

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: Audition

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Genre: Horror/Drama

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: Years after his wife dies, Shigeharu Aoyama’s (Ishibashi) son convinces him to try to remarry. With the help of his director friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Kunimura), they hold an audition for Aoyama to find the perfect girl. When he does, however, she turns out to be quite different than she appears.

Review: The reason we watched this movie was because a friend saw it on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments, so we decided to give it a shot. Well we were all quite disappointed, and here’s why. The movie is 115 minutes long, the first 100 are boring as can be, followed by an odd and confusing 5 minutes, then there’s a good 5 minute part that is a bit disgusting, and an weird ending that makes no sense. Maybe if this movie had been made to be a little more understandable it would’ve been alright. However, the way it’s set up is just to get you all ready for something that never really happens. I did love the fact that it’s not based on some haunted house, or some spirit trying to get revenge, but I did find this movie just plain boring.

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The Simpsons Movie

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: The Simpsons Movie

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Jessica Biel, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd

Genre: Comedy

Status: In Theaters

Plot Summary: After Springfield finally cleans up the lake, Homer ruins it by dumping his Pig Crap silo into it. The pollution level rises so high that the EPA encloses Springfield in a dome, and it’s up to Homer to save the town that now hates him.

Review: I, personally, haven’t seen many recent Simpsons episodes because, quite frankly, I think they’ve gone downhill. The movie wasn’t bad though. It had everything a Simpsons fan could want. The story was quite deep for The Simpsons, and it all made great sense. I guess it seemed to drag out a little too much for me, though. The funny parts weren’t really continuous (or at all expected). It reminded me a lot of Family Guy-esque humor of random crap that just catches you off guard and makes you crack up. For the avid Simpsons watcher, I’m guessing this is a must-see. But for me, and anyone else who knows the show, but isn’t a faithful viewer, it’s nothing too special.

Rating: 3.5/5

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 28, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Jessica Biel, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd

Genre: Comedy

Status: In Theaters

Plot Summary: The only way for New York firefighter Larry Valentine (James) to switch his pension to his kids, is through a birth, death or marriage. He devises a plan to fake a partnership with his best friend, and co-worker Chuck Levine (Sandler). Now they are being challenged by the city, and by Chuck’s natural (straight) urges.

Review: Despite reading that this was a movie that many adults wouldn’t like, I do think they would. It’s a Happy Madison production (the geniuses that brought us Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, Grandma’s Boy, etc.) so of course it’s not going to appeal to everyone. However, I did find it quite funny, and there was a really good story behind this one. It’s great to see Sandler back in the comedy scene, and he still delivers (not to mention the multiple other characters that have great roles in this one). There’s a nice throwback to Billy Madison in this one, let me know if you catch it. Overall, it wasn’t amazing, but it’s kind of a ‘feel-good’ movie. I walked out feeling kind of happy that I went.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Fountain

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 14, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: The Fountain

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Patrick Thomas

Genre: Drama/SciFi

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: Tom (Jackman) is one man devoted to one woman, Izzi (Weisz), and is willing to protect her for all eternity. His quest leads him to the Tree of Life, and to an adventure into eternity.

Review: First of all, I’d like to point out that I’ve never actually had to use the actual Plot Summary from the back of a DVD box before. That’s just to show you how much I didn’t understand this movie. In addition to that note, I don’t think I have ever been more confused while watching a movie. Only about forty-five minutes after watching this one (and reading that summary again) did it all start to come together. Now, as for the movie, it was actually very interesting. The fact that I didn’t understand it actually helped me pay more attention to details and to the movie itself. The visuals weren’t exactly ‘stunning’, but they were interesting enough to make it just plain weird. I don’t really know what else to say about this one. I would say that it’s a good one to watch, but have some people to discuss it a little afterwards. Just in case.

Rating: 4/5

Reno 911!: Miami

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 14, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: Reno 911!: Miami

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Cedric Yarbrough, Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd

Genre: Comedy/Action

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: The Reno Sheriff’s Department is invited to a national police convention in Miami. Due to complications, however, it’s up to them to save the day from a terrorist attack at the convention center.

Review: I’m not an avid ‘Reno’ watcher, and this movie isn’t going to make me one. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it’s not great. I don’t want to classify it with Borat, because that is a whole other story. However, it is in that category of a movie that has its share of funny parts, but it’s hard to keep watching between those parts. To elaborate, there were a few times when I laughed out loud, but there were many times I just sat, bored. I think this is one of those ‘dumb-comedies’ that tend to attract a certain crowd while pushing away another. I guess I stand at the median of those two groups, because I love stupid movies, but this one was just not what I wanted it to be. For being a Comedy Central movie, though, the plot was surprisingly, well, surprising. There were some clever twists, but they were encompassed by the stupidity, even if it was funny. When I was finished with this movie I wasn’t sure if I liked it, or completely hated it. It was a weird feeling.

Rating: 3/5

4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Posted in Movie Reviews on July 14, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Doug Jones

Genre: Action/Adventure

Status: In Theaters Now

Plot Summary: The Fantastic Four are a team of genetically altered superheroes. But when a new being invades their planet, they must stop him to save the planet.

Review: I don’t really know why I went to this. I didn’t really like the first, so why would this be any different? It wasn’t. The fact that it was the first Marvel Comics movie to be rated PG since Howard the Duck was probably one of the major setbacks. The action was unexciting, the jokes were made to make little kids (and the old people behind us in the theater) laugh, and the whole movie was completely predictable. I really hope this is the end of the Fantastic Four saga as we know it. Maybe, if they decide to make a Silver Surfer movie, they should make it a little less of a kiddy movie, and one that would actually attract a good audience. The effects were well done, I’ll give it that, but that’s about it. And, of course, to be a complete guy, Jessica Alba was one of the only reasons to even make it through this one.

Rating: .5/5
(Officially my lowest rated movie ever. Congratulations.)