Friday, October 21, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 4/5

40. Wanted
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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