Sunday, October 21, 2012

20 Movies I Want To See

Not counting the movies that I considered for my top 30 of the year.
Top 30 I want to see in 2012

Though some don't look like they are going to get released in 2012 - World War Z, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Slayer, Scary Movie 5, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

These 20 at least I've saw a trailer for which means either in the theater now or coming soon.

20. Flight
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The What: A pilot saves a plane from crashing but it's revealed he was drinking the night before.
The Why: I love Denzel. The idea is kind of intriguing. I'm not sure where the movie can go where I would really like it.


19. The Watch
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The What: Aliens invade a neighborhood.
The Why: I've heard very bad things about it, but I liked the trailer enough that I think I can overcome any lack of plot, characters here as long as it's kind of funny. And it has a chance to do so given the cast.


18. The Apparition
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The What: An entity attacks a group of college kids.
The Why: Looks like a run of the mill scary movie, but it has the elements that I like - crawling things, jump scares so I will give it a shot.


17. The Bourne Legacy
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The What: A new spy takes the story where the last one left off.
The Why: I liked the Bourne movies, I didn't love them like everyone seemed to. That said I'm curious in what direction they decided to go here - same universe, different character.


16. Silent Hill Revelation
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The What: When her dad gets kidnapped the daughter has no choice but to go follow her nightmares.
The Why: Looked pretty interesting as a Halloween movie. I like Sean Bean quite a bit, though the first Silent Hill movie wasn't too great, so I'm kinda reserved about this.


15. The Campaign
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The What: Two underachievers run against each other for congress.
The Why: I eat up pretty much anything Will Ferrell whether it's good or bad. Probably not a good sign I haven't heard anything about it.


14. Sinister
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The What: A man finds a film of previous house owners being haunted and killed by a demon.
The Why: Ethan Hawke in a scary movie is intriguing. The teaser trailer looked pretty scary.


13. James Bond Skyfall
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The What: Bond movie #801 finds something amiss in the world and has to stop it. (Sound like every Bond movie?) Hopefully.
The Why: The action scenes look better than the last one. We meet Q... I haven't watched every bond movie yet - or any of Craigs... but oh I will get to this.


12. Carrie
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The What: Remake, girl with supernatural powers - gets picked on by schoolmates and she doesn't control herself.
The Why: Hopefully not shot by shot remake as I feel they have new places to go with this character even if they keep the basic premise the same.


11. Judge Dredd
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The What: Remake of the cop who is judge jury and executioner.
The Why: The original wasn't good, but I'm interested in how hollywood thinks they can improve on it in such a short time.


10. Taken 2
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The What: The parents get taken this time and the daughter has to save them.
The Why: The first one was unexpectedly great, this one gets a chance and looks to keep the same pace.


9. Zero Dark Thirty
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The What: The Seal Team Six capture of Bin Laden.
The Why: Interesting from a historical perspective as well as a curiosity how they will handle it.


8. Jack Reacher
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The What: A terror squad crosses the wrong ghost soldier.
The Why: I can get behind Cruise as an action star, so I'm thrilled to get another. Plot looks so so though some scenes stand out.


7. The Master
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The What: A veteran returns home not sure where his life is going.
The Why: Paul Thomas Anderson, need I say more. He has me hooked and just sounds so smart when talking about film. He's making a push for the mount rushmore.


6. Cloud Atlas
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The What: A timeline adjusting a man from a killer to a hero.
The Why: I just assumed it was a women's book based on the title. Looks like an epic scale event. Great effects. Hanks and Berry.


5. Gangster Squad
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The What: A small police gang takes on the mafia in the 40s - 50s.
The Why: Josh Brolin looks like a star here, though the rest of the cast is no slouch - Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Terminator 2, Papa Doc...


4. Branded
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The What: One man can seemingly see a world inside where aliens control us. 
The Why: The effects haven't looked this interesting since the Matrix. Hopefully it can be every as good as it looks and not like a Skyline which had great looking moments but was super boring.


3. Lawless
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The What: A gang in the depression age gets taken on by a new cop.
The Why: Cast looks amazing - Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy, looks really entertaining.


2. The Man With The Iron Fists
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The What: A blacksmith has to defend his village against an assortment of assassins, soldiers and warriors who want it's gold.
The Why: Looks like pure entertaining action from beginning to end. Love to hate Lucy Lu. Good to have Tarantino's name on it. Also love Russell Crowe.


1. Seven Psychopaths
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The What: A group of friends kidnap a gangsters dog.
The Why: Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken are always great. Movie looks like a cross between Pulp Fiction and Snatch.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

100 Movies - Number 2! (51-60)

Honorable Mention: There Will be Blood
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Genre - Drama
Notable Cast -
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Synopsis - An oil tycoon has to balance religion and family in order to turn a profit.

What I think - I had no expectations going in and it delivers. Day-Lewis gives one of the best performances of all time. Very captivating.

Interesting fact - The movie was originally given the equivalent of a G rating in the UK, and an R in the US
How much did this movie make - $1.22 to everyone in England



60. Shooter
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Genre - Action-Mystery
Notable Cast -
Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Elias Koteas
Synopsis - An marksman is talked out of seclusion by colleagues who need his help in preventing a plot to kill the president. But he realizes he's been set up.
What I think - The sniping scenes are done very well -  almost video game like. The movie does seem tedious near the end - over 2 hour running time. Definitely different than I expected - in a good way. Wahlberg gives a decent performance, but you can see the plot coming a mile away - and it doesn't make too much sense. 

Interesting fact - Keanu Reeves was supposed to play the hero and Eminem was supposed to play the villain.
How much did this movie make - .73 cents to every soldier who died in WW2



59. Unknown
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Genre - Action-Thriller
Notable Cast -
Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones
Synopsis - A man who regains consciousness after an auto accident only to discover that another man is impersonating him, and that no one - not even his wife - recognizes him.
What I think - Fun ride, though on a second watch I don't know if I would find it nearly as enjoyable. People said the plot is obvious, but it takes certain turns so you don't ever know where it's really going. It's a good perplexing mystery and you get to learn along with Neeson what's going on.

Interesting fact - Martin Harris was born on June 7th. This is also the birthday of Liam Neeson
How much did this movie make - Enough to buy art piece - 'The Scream'



58. Machete
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Genre - Action-Thriller
Notable Cast -
Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba
Synopsis - An ex-Federale is hired to shoot a politician to win the election but creates a series of events which lead to border war
What I think - Moves at a fabulous rate, no dull moments. Ridiculous to a good extent. The climax has some nice surprises. Though it seemed to have the same set up that Shooter did(see above). They build up the baddies to a nice enough level so there are stakes.

Interesting fact - Based on the fake trailer of Robert Rodriguez's double feature for Grindhouse/Planet Terror
How much did this movie make - 90 dollars to every baby born in one day



57. Highlander
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Genre - Action-Fantasy
Notable Cast -
Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery
Synopsis - Immortals battling for centuries square off in modern day New York.
What I think - Completely excelled in what it did given what they knew at the time. Lambert is a star here and Connery is also at the top of his game. I personally don't like the bad guy's lack of charisma, but so be it - he is what he needs to be: a mean sob. The quickening also doesn't make too much sense - especially given the sequels but not necessarily a critique of this movie. I loved the mid-evil times elements.

Interesting fact - Lambert learned English and an accent just prior to shooting
How much did this movie make - 4 and a quarter million gallons of gas



56. Safety Not Guaranteed
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Genre - Comedy
Notable Cast -
Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson
Synopsis - A team of journalist seek to uncover a man who places a classified about time travel.
What I think - The main 3 are all actors I know and like from different shows. They do a good job here, but the problem I have with it is some of the script elements. It's warm with real characters. The 3rd act doesn't do anything for me and it's almost a disservice to the movie. And that includes more than the climax - but there is enough charm here to be watchable. 

Interesting fact - The original classified ad upon which the film is based first appeared in Backwoods Home Magazine in 1997.
How much did this movie make - 300 robots



55. Total Recall (Original)
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Genre - Sci-Fi-Mystery
Notable Cast -
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Synopsis - A construction worker decides to have a virtual reality trip which disables a memory chip implanted in his brain and he remembers his life as a spy
What I think - The set and design were excellent for the time. The mystery is entertaining for the most part, though I don't think they do a good enough job convincing us that he's not tripping. But maybe that's good to not confuse us more. Action is fairly mediocre. The real meat of the movie is watching Arnie follow his own orders from the past until he meets his previous motive.

Interesting fact - Went through 40 scripts and 7 directors and got an X rating
How much did this movie make - 26 billion kilowatts of electricity



54. Mission Impossible 3
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Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast -
Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames
Synopsis - Hunt attempts to save his protege from an arms dealer but gets double crossed.
What I think - It's biggest sin is telling us it's a MI movie but delivering something different just with masks. My biggest flaw with it came around the middle of the movie where they tell us there is something 'impossible' that Ethan has to do and then they don't show it at all. Instead the reserved movie focuses around a double crossing agent (hardly a surprise). Hoffman is good though I'm mixed about the beginning - I always hate revealing beginnings. And we don't care or believe that Hunt is married or will stay married for another movie. 

Interesting fact - Kenneth Branagh, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ricky Gervais, David Fincher all dropped out
How much did this movie make - 397 whales



53. Transformers 2
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Genre - Action-Sci-Fi
Notable Cast -
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro
Synopsis - When the decepticon leader gets revived he attempts to free his master
What I think - Obviously the racist robots are the worst part. The Devastator scene is my favorite one by far. I don't like the fact that Megatron gets taken out by humans or that Sam revives Optimus Prime through the power of love...or something... Too many nameless robots. I like John Turturro, but the enemy scrotum line was so so awful. The Fallen also gets built up a ton just to get killed fairly easy.

Interesting fact - Shia LaBeouf was in a car crash. One of LaBeouf's hands required surgery. Production was only delayed 2 days; Michael Bay filmed second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected. Bay had the hand injury to be written into the story.
How much did this movie make - 627 million miller lites



52. Kung Fu Hustle
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Genre - Action-Comedy
Notable Cast -
No one I'm terribly familiar with.
Synopsis - An aspiring gangster tries to join a gang which unintentionally sets the gang against the whole town.
What I think - Action scenes are good despite the bar raised really high for these types of movies.
Amazing at times, especially near the end. The two antagonists are silly, but I like what they do with the woman(pictured) and the masters.
Interesting fact - Highest-grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong
How much did this movie make - Over 200,000 hours of a good magician



51. Revenge of the Nerds
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Genre - Comedy
Notable Cast -
Anthony Edwards, John Goodman, Donald Gibb
Synopsis - Two new college kids try to find a frat and make enemies with the jocks.
What I think - It takes a little while to get going but once you are settled in with the characters it really takes off. The games are the best part, the ad-libbed speech at the end isn't a great fit. Goodman is hilariously unlikable and Ogre is always the best part of every scene. That song is catchy to me!

Interesting fact - The two leads rushed for real as a test and didn't get in.
How much did this movie make - 2.8 million tickets to the zoo

Saturday, October 6, 2012

100 Movies - Number 2! (61-70)

Honorable Mention: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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Genre - Action-Sci-Fi
Notable Cast - Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Michael Bay (D)

Synopsis - Good robots realize there is a spaceship that crashed earlier on the moon and they go discover it's a bad robot.
What I think - While dialogue is not as cringe worthy as it's predecessors was, it also doesn't have real great moments. Laserbeak and John Malkovich are fun as was Spock's voice, but the design for the protagonist robot was uninspired. You do get to see the end of Megatron and Starscream - curious how they will do a #4 without all these characters. 

Interesting fact - It was filmed in Chicago, when invading the city they attached cameras to real jumpers heads while diving off skyscrapers
How much did this movie make - 10 dollars to everyone in Mexico



70.  Jackass 3
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Genre - Documentary-Comedy
Notable Cast - Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera
Synopsis - Jackass returns with new stunts – featuring heights and wild animals
What I think - Fine sequel. I actually like it just as much as the other two, though it's really hard to judge these movies in terms of anything except entertainment. The big hand and the water-jet are two of more memorable ones. It even goes to different countries at points.

Interesting fact - First movie not endorsed by Miller due to them not wanting to trigger Steve-o's drinking
How much did this movie make -
57,000 months of a billboard sign

 
69. The Five-Year Engagement
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Genre - Romantic-Comedy
Notable Cast - Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie
Synopsis - A couple drifts apart as their engagement lengthens.
What I think - Seems like a pretty long movie which is usually a disservice, but it pays off in the end. 

Interesting fact - Almost all of the restaurant scenes are shot inside the MGM Grand Detroit.
How much did this movie make - 575,000 swing sets




68. John Carter (of Mars)
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Genre - Action-Fantasy
Notable Cast - Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church
Synopsis - A civil war veteran finds himself on mars with super strength and gets involved in an interplanetary war.
What I think - It's all about expectations. If you know this movie has an unlimited budget, then you might not be so quick to find things that live up to those expectations. If you go in expecting a mediocre Disney movie
then you will find some smashing things in this movie. Some of the plot is not straightforward, but there are some scenes which are memorable.
Interesting fact - Was in production for 79 years - longest running time frame for a movie
How much did this movie make - 3.7 million years of boat insurance


 
67. Austin Powers: Goldmember
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Genre - Comedy
Notable Cast - Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Caine
Synopsis - Austin is up against Dr. Evil, Mini-me and Goldmember who has kidnapped Austin's father.
What I think - Really fun ideas for a third movie, but just seems to get stale as the movie goes on. Outstanding performances for Myers and Caine and I like what they do with Seth Green's Scott.  

Interesting fact - Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Paltrow, DeVito, Spielberg and Britney Spears all make cameos in the opening scene
How much did this movie make - 9.7 million years of national forest access



66. Anger Management
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Genre - Comedy
Notable Cast - Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei
Synopsis - A business man ends up in anger management with a permanent shrink with his own issues
What I think - Lively one with Jack and Adam playing off each other very well. Funny scenes with Woody Harrelson and Heather Graham. John Turturro and John C. Reilly are hilarious too. Even have a nice baseball scene at the end. And the singing, oh the singing.

Interesting fact - Buddy picks up a golf club and a baseball bat before choosing the baseball bat to smash the window of the Lexus. In 1994, Jack Nicholson was cited for smashing a man's window with a golf club in a bout of rage.
How much did this movie make - 11 and a half million basketballs


 
65. The Animatrix
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Genre - Animated
Notable Cast - Wachowskis (D), Olivia d'Abo
Synopsis - Multiple unrelated animated Matrix spin-off stories set before Matrix Reloaded
What I think - All skillful stories. Some are obviously more engaging than others. There's enough of them though that any fan of the Matrix is likely to find something that they like. Personally I like the history of the machines rise though the track athlete pushing
his limits was memorable as well.
Interesting fact - 9 separate artists have works here
How much did this movie make - 0 bowls of cheerios (D2V)



64. Robin Hood
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Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - Ridley Scott(D), Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis - Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his father
What I think - This was the second time I saw this and it was the directors cut. This was much better then when I saw it in the theater. It adds more of the 'Robin Hood' moments that you would expect and I think it adds to the movie in an exciting way. I still find the quick ending quite bad - he goes from war hero to outlaw in like 3 minutes. Not exactly a build up.  

Interesting fact - Originally was supposed to be a tale with Robin Hood as the Villain and Crowe as the Sheriff of Nottingham
How much did this movie make - 107 years of library funding


 
63. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
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Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - David Warner
Synopsis - April uncovers a story about ooze which splinter reveals to be the turtles origin, but shredder gets his hands on it
What I think - Corny in lots of spots. Fun when Keno infiltrates the Foot Clan. Shredder does himself in way too easy. No Casey Jones who was one of the greatest things from the first movie. Also missed a chance at Bebop and Rocksteady. 

Interesting fact - Due to backlash from parents over the dark and violent tone of the first movie, they decided not to allow the turtles to use their weapons for the whole movie.
How much did this movie make - 5 and a half million tickets to the circus


 
62. Hancock
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Genre - Action-Fantasy
Notable Cast - Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman
Synopsis - A superhero tries to clean up his act and gets some surprises along the way
What I think - Tale of two movies, first half is awesome but does a 360 and gets bad when a certain character comes along. Admirable one for Will Smith which has a nice ending and leaves room open for a sequel. There's also a deleted scene I just can't get out of my head. 

Interesting fact - Hancock gets called an asshole 18 times
How much did this movie make - 21,000 bobsleds


 
61.  Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
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Genre - Comedy
Notable Cast - Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Rob Lowe
Synopsis - Dr. Evil travels back in time to steal Austin's mojo. Austin teams up with another agent.
What I think - Productive sequel. The beginning has lots of energy - the naked dancing. The spaceship jokes are funny as are the Jerry Springer scenes. No one is terribly funny except Myers though. The mini me parts are entertaining. 

Interesting fact - Took Myers 7 hours to get into the Fat Bastard suit.
How much did this movie make - 310 million cheap chess sets