Saturday, September 29, 2012

100 Movies - Number 2! (81-90)

Honorable Mention:  Thor
Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins
Synopsis - After getting cast out of his homeworld by his father Odin, Thor must earn back his powers to save his kingdom from his step brother Loki
What I think - Several comedic moments. The fight scenes are lacking. The actors make up for whatever is lacking in choreography. They introduce Hawkeye and he does nothing. 
Interesting fact - A fake town was created for the desert scene
How much did this movie make - 97 cents to everyone in the US, Canada and Mexico

90. Black Knight
Genre - Adventure-Comedy
Notable Cast - Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan
Synopsis - A theme park entertainer gets sent back to the middle ages and gets recruited to save the Queen
What I think - The jokes about the times generally work. Still relatively shallow movie - mostly in the beginning and end. The fighting scenes are silly - we are supposed to believe ML can take on knights in battle just because he knows how to play sports.
Interesting fact - Chris Tucker was originally cast as Jamal Walker.
How much did this movie make - 1,320 Zebras

89. Battle Los Angeles
Genre - Action-Sci-Fi
Notable Cast - Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez
Synopsis - Aliens attack Los Angeles and a military squad fights to stop them
What I think - Difficult movie to watch, most of the characters are bland. The reaction to the aliens in the beginning is an interesting take. But it's the shaky cam fighting scenes and the uninspired aliens which are the biggest let downs.
Interesting fact - Shot in Louisana, and based on a real event
How much did this movie make - 424,000 great ping pong tables

88. Get Rich or Die Tryin
Genre - Crime-Drama
Notable Cast - 50 Cent, Terrence Howard, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Synopsis - Marcus decides to leave the drug world for rap, but gets a prison sentence and shot in the process
What I think - Another one I liked more than the consensus. Good use of the music, tight story. The prison scenes were interesting. I feel like they replayed about 5 minutes of the movie which is always a bad thing to do.
Interesting fact - Samuel L. Jackson was offered the role of Levar but turned it down. He told an interviewer that while he liked 50's music, he did not feel that 50 Cent earned the right to star in a film.
How much did this movie make - 2.3 million star names

87. Wrath of the Titans
Genre - Action-Fantasy
Notable Cast - Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis - Perseus goes into Hades in an attempt to free Zeus from the grasp of the Titans
What I think - The Zeus-Hades team up at the end was fun. Though cool, the final fight was basically a rehash of the first movie. Basically a weak story with little character development but cool effects/fight scenes.
Interesting fact - Hephaestus is seen conversing with Bubo, the mechanical owl from Clash of the Titans.
How much did this movie make - 3 and a half billion stamps

86. Lockout
Genre - Action-Sci-Fi
Notable Cast - Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan
Synopsis - A government agent wrongly accused makes a deal to save a space prison
What I think - The futuristic and space scenes/elements are neat and Guy Pearce is always entertaining. The dialogue is fake - no human talks in all jokes. Bad guys are lackluster though does have a surprise take.
Interesting fact - Snow remarks, "Contrary to popular belief, I'm not actually Houdini". Guy Pearce played Harry Houdini in Death Defying Acts.
How much did this movie make - 933 thousand months of WOW

85. Smokin Aces
Genre - Action-Drama
Notable Cast - Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Ben Affleck
Synopsis - A witness under protection gets a bounty on his head from multiple assassins
What I think - The intro of all the assassins is fun and you know something is going down. My favorite characters get killed way too soon though. It was clumsy in a few areas. The shootout at the end is excellent.
Interesting fact - Ben Affleck took 20 takes to do a pool scene
How much did this movie make - 28,000 years worth of park benches

84. My Best Friends Wedding
Genre - Romantic-Comedy
Notable Cast - Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz
Synopsis - When she finds out her best friend is getting married, Julianne tries to share her true feelings
What I think - Picks up after she reveals herself, though it doesn't happen until the end. Distressful movie and doesn't give the main character a very happy ending.
Interesting fact - Julia Roberts hand-picked both Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz for this film.
How much did this movie make - 596 thousand treadmills

83. Drive Me Crazy
Genre - Romantic-Comedy
Notable Cast - Melissa Joan Hart, Ali Larter
Synopsis - A popular girl agrees to help her neighbor Chase by pretending their date to win their affections
What I think - Good relate-able high school comedy. The leads are charming though most of the characters are either likeable or selfish. There's no grey here for anyone - just stereotypes. Does have clever dialogue and the movie has heart.
Interesting fact - Named after the Britney Spears song. The two leads appear in the video.
How much did this movie make - 315,000 karate lessons

82. The Deep Blue Sea
Genre - Romance-Drama
Notable Cast - Tom Hiddleston, Rachel Weisz
Synopsis - A married woman falls for a younger alcoholic man
What I think - Two of my favorite actors, though it was pretty dull throughout. Bad movie. All the characters were un-relatable and unlikable.
Interesting fact - 20 years separate the two men of the love triangle.
How much did this movie make - 5,714 dogs from the humane society

81. Mission Impossible 2
Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, John Woo (D)
Synopsis - Ethan Hunt races to stop a former agent from unleashing a genetically engineered bio weapon
What I think - Story had some nice moments and twists. By the ending it was pretty monotonous. The virus stealing scene and mask revealing moments were on par for MI. The villain was cruel though didn't have much charisma.
Interesting fact - Script written around action scenes John Woo wanted to film
How much did this movie make - 1,800,000 shares of google stock

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