Archive for June, 2008

Get Smart

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 30, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Get Smart

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Steve carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin

Genre: Comedy / Action

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: June 20, 2008

Plot Summary: Fumbling Agent 86, Maxwell Smart (carell) of CONTROL is forced into action to stop their nemesis KAOS with a much more experienced Agent 99 (Hathaway) as his partner.

Review: While I’m getting just as annoyed as everyone else over these unoriginal movies, this one was highly enjoyable. I’m pretty much a fan of anything Steve carell is a part of, but that’s not the only reason this one was successful. There was some speculation by some friends of mine as to whether or not Steve carell doing something PG-13 would be as funny, but after becoming a newly formed fan of The Office I knew he had it there. I will say that some of the comedy was a little. . . childish, but it still made me (as well as the majority of middle-aged people in the theater) laugh. The action sequences were actually really well done while still being fun. I must say that carell played a huge role in always cutting the dramatic tension with a clever little quip. There were really never any dull moments, because someone in the cast would always break the mood. It made it a really fun movie from beginning to end. I would have to say that for the entire film. Everything about it made it a very fun movie throughout. This seems to be a perfect formula because it caught the attention of the older fans that knew the original series, as well as the younger audience just like a good comedy. It was the perfect movie for a boring summer day.

I’m not too sure if it’s true, considering this movie is ranked as #3 at the box office right now, but it seemed as though this one was a bit overpowered by Wall-E and Wanted (not to mention the other huge summer blockbusters). It’s kind of sad to see it that way because this is actually a very worthy movie for an already amazing summer of movies.

Rating: 4.75/5


The Incredible Hulk

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 30, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Incredible Hulk

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: June 13, 2008

Plot Summary: After becoming a fugitive, Dr. Bruce Banner (Norton) is forced back to the US to make the choice to either use his power or destroy it.

Review: Another success in the comic-book-to-movie adaptations! In the wake of the hugely successful Iron Man movie, this one had a lot to live up to. It didn’t surpass Iron Man, but it definitely was right on up there. The story doesn’t really take long to pick up, and there’s quite a bit of action throughout. The visuals were pretty great looking. The fight scenes between the two “hulkish” creatures were okay. It’s kind of the same thing I thought after seeing Transformers. They were good, but it was too close and it was dark during the scene, so there wasn’t a whole lot to be seen. On a good note, I was quite a fan of all the cameos and little nuances that were slyly slipped in there.

Overall, I would say it’s adding quality to the somewhat dismal genre of comic-book adaptations. I’m looking forward to see where these are going (as there are a few left before “the big one”).

Rating: 4/5

The Strangers

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 19, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Strangers

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: May 30, 2008

Plot Summary: A couple staying in a remote vacation home are terrorized by three masked attackers.

Review: Holy freakin balls! I don’t think I’ve been that freaked out in a movie in quite a long time. I’m usually not a fan of movies that go for the “cheap scares” (as I like to call them) like loud noises and stuff that’s strategically put in to make the viewers jump, but this one suited that quite well. There were parts that were just flat out predictable, but I think I’ve seen too many movies for them to not be. It definitely didn’t hurt the movie at all. I felt like the stereotypical “black movie-goer” sitting in the theater thinking to myself “Jeez, she needs to get up.” or “Don’t go out there.” but I think that just shows how well this movie was done. It’s truly a scary movie. I’m actually a little freaked out sitting in my room right now, and that really hasn’t happened in a long time. There is a great part to this movie that I really liked, but I’m afraid it’s a bit of a spoiler so, if you want to know what it is, highlight the lines below this:

I loved the fact that they never really showed the faces of “the strangers”. It made them just that. I reminded me of the movie When a Stranger Calls because at the end of that movie, you see the guy, but it’s just a random dude. I remember seeing that movie and being mad at that detail, but now I get it. It’s really an interesting premise and I think it adds that extra bit of creepiness to the story.

Overall, I would put this, easily, in my top 5 favorite horror movies. It’s that good. And the fact that it’s based off of true events makes it all the better (I was going to read them, but I think I’ll wait…). I would probably suggest not to watch it alone in your house though.

Rating: 4.75/5

The Happening

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on June 17, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Happening

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Genre: Sci Fi / Drama

Status: In Theaters

Plot Summary: In the fear of some unknown threat attacking the northeast, a group of people try to outrun the attacks.

Review: I went into this one with pretty low expectations. M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, The Sixth Sense, The Village) is, by far, not one of my favorite directors/writers. That being said, this one did break the mold a little. The story is actually pretty interesting, but it’s really never explained. Sometimes things don’t need to be fully explained, but for something like this, I think they should have. Also, I don’t know if it was supposed to be how the character talked, but Mark Wahlberg’s acting just seemed really over exaggerated and just plain bad throughout the entire thing. Really, the only reason this movie had any appeal was watching people die in pretty (awesome) disgusting ways. It definitely won’t be in the top ten at the box office very long.

Rating: 2/5

Best Ending of a Night Ever?

Posted in Miscellaneous on June 14, 2008 by coryangennet

I would sure say so.

So we’re just chillin’ in my garage at around 2:00 AM as we were playing some ‘games’ in my garage.  We hear some police sirens, and we looked out the window.  One of the guys there says “Is that a high-speed chase?”  And it was.  We look out and see the cop speed by and think “Ah, darn we missed it…” but the guy came back around the block.  We see him speed by my house with the cop right on his ass.  The pickup being chased goes sliding around the corner and comes to a complete stop about a half-block away and the guy gets out and starts running through the block.  We all get out and stand on the sidewalk to watch.  One of the cops came over and asked us if we saw anything, so we told him what we saw and they go looking throughout the block.  We moved over to my neighbor’s porch (who was also watching this all go down).  We saw a girl get taken out of the passenger side of the pickup and put into an ambulance.  One of the cops came over and asked us a few more questions and told us how it all started and some more details (that he probably wasn’t supposed to tell us).  We B.S. with him for a little while and then he gets a call and says that they know where he is.  He then tells us where they found him so we can go over if we want to watch, which we obviously did.  We walked over a few blocks and sat on some benches as the guy gets arrested and put intot the back of the cop car.

Overall, I would say it’s a great ending to a pretty fun night anyway.