Friday, October 21, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 4/5

40. Wanted
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Cast: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Synopsis: A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
What I Liked: McAvoy was engaging. Action scenes were cool. Story unique.
What I Didn't Like: Ending was down and then up. Freeman was not a good choice.

39. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Synopsis: It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped Prison and is coming after Harry.
What I Liked: Time travel! I did kinda dig the ending. Twists about. Gary Oldman
What I Didn't Like: Werewolves and time travel? At this point it seemed like fantasy elements were just randomly added.

38. Predators
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Cast: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace
Synopsis: A group of different warriors are hunted by Predators on a different world.
What I Liked: The beginning when they try to discover everything. Predator vs Predator violence.
What I Didn't Like: Topher Grace was just out of place. Not enough of those Predator POVs.

37. Apocalypse Now
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Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando
Synopsis: During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
What I Liked: I was okay with longer scenes when Brando was on.
What I Didn't Like: Lots of parts dragged for me though. Being told it's one of the greatest movies, my expectations were unrealistic.

36. Stardust
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Cast: Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro
Synopsis: In a countryside bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his love that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the realm.
What I Liked: Unique storyline. I liked not having any idea where the movie was going or could go.
What I Didn't Like: Humorous parts. Characters make strange decisions. Too many fantasy elements perhaps?

35. Hurt Locker
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Cast: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce
Synopsis: Forced to play a game of cat-and-mouse in a war, an Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy.
What I Liked: Sniper shootout is awesome as well as the intense bomb diffusing scenes.
What I Didn't Like: Kind of a depressing maybe too realistic end. Not enough Guy Pearce. Too many chase scenes.

34. Hot Tub Time Machine
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Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Chevy Chase
Synopsis: A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night.
What I Liked: Goes relatively quick. Every subplot had something funny about it.
What I Didn't Like: Not enough 80's jokes. Too many blah jokes.

33. Good Luck Chuck
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Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba
Synopsis: In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie has to break the curse that has made him popular with women.
What I Liked: When Cook does his thing. The hook was entertaining. Alba of course.
What I Didn't Like: Alba's character was not based in any kind of reality that Cook's character is in.

32. American Gangster
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Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Synopsis: In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of a heroin kingpin from Manhattan.
What I Liked: Great ending. Washington is his fantastic self. Nice seeing Crowe do something different.
What I Didn't Like: Just pales in comparison to the later matchups like Man on Fire or Deja-Vu.

31. Diehard 3
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Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: McClane and a store owner must play a bomber's game as they race around New York while trying to stop him.
What I Liked: Samuel is a great addition. The NY background is excellent.
What I Didn't Like: Ending fell flat after the beginning's promise.

30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 1
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the world: the Deathly Hallows.
What I Liked: Builds up more tension. Ends on a good spot(of course).
What I Didn't Like: Slower than usual, they were talking in a tent for like 45 minutes. There is way too much to wrap up even after 7 movies.

29. The Fly
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Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis
Synopsis: A scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
What I Liked: Goes quick and story flows very well. Goldblum does wonderful.
What I Didn't Like: The Geena Davis side ex boyfriend story was unnecessary.

28. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
Synopsis: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of attacks and a voice haunting him.
What I Liked: Good pacing and story flow. Not the little kids as in the first one.
What I Didn't Like: Too many mysteries and several groan moments.

27. Diehard 1
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Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
Synopsis: McClane fights terrorists as they hold hostages in an office building.
What I Liked: Good villian, tension. Clear plot, action.
What I Didn't Like: Everyone besides the two main heroes just seem abnormally dumb.

26. The A Team
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Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley
Synopsis: A group of war veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.
What I Liked: Entertaining throughout, how they ended the movie where the show begins.
What I Didn't Like: Parts were too forced. Little plot, uninspired twist/plot.

25. Black Hawk Down
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Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana
Synopsis: 123 U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two lieutenants of warlord and find themselves in a battle with a large heavily-armed force.
What I Liked: Cast. Made me actually feel horrible when a pilot was killed.
What I Didn't Like: Wish it was longer, you don't really see how it ends. Not always clear what is happening, needed more birds eye views.

24. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson
Synopsis: Harry finds himself selected as a competitor in a dangerous multi-school competition.
What I Liked: General focus to the movie. Loved the plot arc, action, payoff, effects. Enjoyed the ending.
What I Didn't Like: Storyline wise this might have been weak.

23. Capitalism: a Love Story
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Cast: Michael Moore
Synopsis: Documentary examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.
What I Liked: Moore at his best since Bowling for Columbine.
What I Didn't Like: Kind of dated even only 3 years removed.

22. No Country for Old Men
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Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem
Synopsis: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, heroin and more than $2 million in cash.
What I Liked: Bardem is just so creepy. Jones in engaging.
What I Didn't Like: I didn't like how it ended. I get that it was the whole point of the movie but still.

21. Bad Teacher
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Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake
Synopsis: A junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague - a move that pits her against a fellow teacher.
What I Liked: Different story. Funny moments.
What I Didn't Like: Liked the actors though the characters all weren't relateable.

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