Sunday, October 23, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 5/5


20. Prince of Persia
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley
Synopsis: A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables time travel.
What I Liked: Twists and turns were perfect. Decent story, action.
What I Didn't Like: Not enough Prince of Persianess/video gameness. Kept reminding me of the Scorpion King... not a good thing.

19. Something Borrowed
Cast: Kate Hudson
Synopsis: Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend's fiancé.
What I Liked: Engaging, entertaining. Leading actress is likable. Funny moments.
What I Didn't Like: Little too much back and forth between the love square.

18. Super 8
Cast: J.J. Abrams(D)
Synopsis: After witnessing a train crash, a group of friends begin noticing happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the phenomenon.
What I Liked: Kids steal the show. The side story. The ET Vibe.
What I Didn't Like: Loses it's way in the middle. Way too much hype for the alien we know is coming and is a let down.

17. Cowboys and Aliens
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region.
What I Liked: Ford was his awesome self. Wilde was gorgeous. Craig was also great.
What I Didn't Like: Wilde's character just creates nonsense. Not as guilty as Super 8 in the alien suspense let down. But halfway through the movie half the crew just leaves.

16. Kick Ass
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Synopsis: Dave is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers or training.
What I Liked: When hit girl enters scene the first time, it's an oh shit moment.
What I Didn't Like: Near the end a scene just doesn't fit and the rest of the movie goes south from there. The whole trying to set up another movie thing.

15. My Best Friends Girl
Cast: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs
Synopsis: Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a terrible date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.
What I Liked: Very creative story with Cook likeable and of course funny.
What I Didn't Like: Biggs is awful, Hudson is always annoying.

14. Horrible Bosses
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston
Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
What I Liked: Every character had something hilarious about them.
What I Didn't Like: Characters a little too cartoonish and one dimensional. Sitcom like.

13. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis
Synopsis: During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its improved intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
What I Liked: Serkis stole the show as Caesar. You can feel for him and side with the apes. The father. Good story and characters.
What I Didn't Like: Ending doesn't go anywhere. And the whole trying to set up another movie.

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 2
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.
What I Liked: Action was the best of any movie, biggest stakes, fit conclusion.
What I Didn't Like: Ending was silly. The blonde kid doesn't pay up.

11. The Departed
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg
Synopsis: Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover State Police and the mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made.
What I Liked: Probably should be higher the more I think about it. A+ cast, story that goes anywhere.
What I Didn't Like: Story sometimes not completely straight what was going on. Not mission impossible bad but I could be due to watch it again.

10. There Will Be Blood
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Synopsis: A turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the oil business.
What I Liked: Lewis just makes this whole movie work.
What I Didn't Like: Slow in parts, ending jump feels exactly like that.

9. Easy A
Cast: Emma Stone, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow
Synopsis: A high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
What I Liked: Emma Stone brings it. Hilarious parts.
What I Didn't Like: Several can't standable characters.

8. Green Lantern
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins
Synopsis: A test pilot is granted a ring that bestows him with powers, as well as membership into a squad tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
What I Liked: Special effects. Reynolds carrys most of it.
What I Didn't Like: Pretty long, but not enough middle movie. Every other actor was replaceable.

7. 50/50
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen
Synopsis: A comedy centered on a 27-year-old who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
What I Liked: Emotional and funny, you can just get into all of the characters.
What I Didn't Like: Might suffer due to the fact I just saw it, so maybe it wouldn't normally be this high. Some parts were nonsense. Comedy centered around a not fun concept.

6. Pirates Of The Carribean 4
Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush
Synopsis: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard is after it too.
What I Liked: Depp doing his captain sparrow.
What I Didn't Like: Kinda feels like Austin Powers did at the end. Fantastic, but should it stop now? Expected more from non Depp characters. Mermaid side story.

5. Thor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Synopsis: The powerful, arrogant Thor is cast out of the realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their defenders.
What I Liked: Some funny stuff. Hemsworth and Hopkins do great.
What I Didn't Like: Two magical power items in one movie? Wasted Hawkeye cameo. Love story was forced. Not enough of a character arc for Thor. Not enough action scenes.

4. Captain America
Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving
Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero dedicated to defending America.
What I Liked: The cgi in the beginning is awesome, Evans does a great job. TLJ is hilarious.
What I Didn't Like: Red skull didn't end up doing anything and never seemed very threatening. Bucky storyline was hastily done.

3. Bridesmaids
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph
Synopsis: Picked as her best friend's maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an odd group of bridesmaids.
What I Liked: Unexpected hilarious scenes.
What I Didn't Like: Some cringe moments for sure. Might be a postive that the movie could do those things though.

2. Transformers 3
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro
Synopsis: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it.
What I Liked: Action and special effects are great. Finally as much of a robot movie as it was a LaBeouf movie.
What I Didn't Like: The main bad guy just wasn't the bad ass robot he should have been.

1. X-Men First Class
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Synopsis: The United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a club who is determined to start world war III.
What I Liked: Fassbender and Bacon are fantastic in every scene. Training montages were cool. McAvoy is pretty great as well.
What I Didn't Like: Weak women characters. Too many forced moments.

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