Monday, October 10, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 2/5

80. Replacement Killers
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Cast: Yun-Fat Chow, Mira Sorvino
Synopsis: Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get to China. The drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.
What I Liked: Liked seeing the main characters scenes with the old gang.
What I Didn't Like: Mindless plot, boring action.


79. Laura Croft Tomb Raider
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Cast: Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig
Synopsis: Adventurer races against time and villains to recover ancient artifacts.
What I Liked: The beginning and end tie the movie together.
What I Didn't Like: Acting and story sub par. Though action was passing.


78. Maverick
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Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Alfred Molina
Synopsis: Needing money for a poker tournament, Maverick faces challenges and mishaps, including a woman thief.
What I Liked: Big cast.
What I Didn't Like: Bad narration. Something was just out of place here.


77. Hercules and the Amazon Women
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Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn, Micheal Hurst
Synopsis: Hercules and Iolaus take time out from Iolaus' wedding preparations, to help a distant village under attack from womens.
What I Liked: The very first one they did, so fun to see how it progressed from here.
What I Didn't Like: Poor style. Typical TV acting. Time travel part was unneeded.


76. John Tucker Must Die
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Cast: Ashanti, Jenny McCarthy
Synopsis: Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up the former to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.
What I Liked: McCarthy was hot. Story went fast.
What I Didn't Like: The protagonist was awfully cast. There are better aholes everywhere.


75. Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Cast: Brendan Fraser
Synopsis: On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a lost world in the center of the earth.
What I Liked: Seeing how they get in and out.
What I Didn't Like: TV movie without some of the effects


74. The Corruptor
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Cast: Yun-Fat Chow, Mark Wahlberg
Synopsis: With the aid from a NYC policeman, an immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption, but things complicate when policemen are bribed.
What I Liked: Marky Mark is engaging when on screen. Intense story.
What I Didn't Like: Depressing ending.


73. Burn After Reading
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Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt
Synopsis: A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two gym employees who attempt to sell it.
What I Liked: Awesome cast. Unique.
What I Didn't Like: Ending, some character/story elements just didn't seem to belong.


72. Two Days in April
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Cast: Jon Gruden, Derek Hagan, Clint Ingram, Mel Kiper
Synopsis: Four pro-bound college football players go for the NFL draft. Follow the training and all the emotions that accompany the four men on their journey to draft day, when their million-dollar dreams are intercepted by reality.
What I Liked: Insight to the combine, interview and draft. Different perspective from players.
What I Didn't Like: No need for the interaction between the group.


71. Obsessed
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Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter
Synopsis: A successful manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is happy in his career and in his marriage. But a temp worker starts stalking him.
What I Liked: The scenes with Larter taunting(disrobing in front of!) the husband.
What I Didn't Like: Larter goes off the deepend too quick. Needed more build up.


70. Planet of the Apes
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Cast: Charlton Heston
Synopsis: An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
What I Liked: Heston is believable. You can feel for him given all the subtlies.
What I Didn't Like: Slow in many parts. That 60's movie.


69. Vantage Point
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Cast: Dennis Quaid, William Hurt
Synopsis: The attempted assassination of the President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
What I Liked: Very cool and unique way of shooting the movie. Takes a simple premise and flips it.
What I Didn't Like: Payoff was only so so. Story and characters ultimately bland.


68. Bad Boys
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Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
Synopsis: Two detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of heroin.
What I Liked: Two of my favorite actors.
What I Didn't Like: Bad dialogue, boring Michael Bay action.


67. Hellboy
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Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair
Synopsis: A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against evil.
What I Liked: Fighting with the government and for Selma Blair.
What I Didn't Like: Enemy was pretty boring, action less entertaining than the other elements.


66. Jumper
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Cast: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: A genetic anomaly allows a man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years.
What I Liked: Special effects and backgrounds were very cool/fun.
What I Didn't Like: Sammie seemed to mail it in. The "war" was inexplicable.


65. Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
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Cast: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney
Synopsis: Was 9/11 a conspiracy?
What I Liked: Interesting history of America, you hear facts not brought up in the news.
What I Didn't Like: Hates America, it blames the government for more than 911.


64. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris
Synopsis: Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, a boy with a destiny proves his worth while attending a School of Wizardry.
What I Liked: Decent ending, loved the strange hat.
What I Didn't Like: Kids were too young. Richard Harris seemed to drag.


63. Toy Story 3
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Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Ned Beatty
Synopsis: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
What I Liked: Had more of a story arc and had more at stake than the first two.
What I Didn't Like: Middle part was forgetful and passable. (I think, I fell asleep and didn't seem to miss anything)


62. Jonah Hex
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Cast: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich
Synopsis: The military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to blow up everyone.
What I Liked: Entertaining, Brolin was engaging. Fox was hot.
What I Didn't Like: Reminded me of Wild Wild West, which no movie should do.


61. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
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Cast: Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg
Synopsis: Anker examines Hollywood's depiction of the Holocaust and its atrocities in this documentary. It also questions the responsibility of filmmakers in retelling history and the effects of film portrayals on the social psyche.
What I Liked: Perspective on both hollywood and the world's in general view at the time.
What I Didn't Like: Didn't follow up the Anti-Semitism enough.

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