First let me just say that this is not a movie for anyone who's seen the stage version. You'll be thoroughly dissapointed. This is also not a movie for people who don't like musicals, as there's minimal dialouge; most of the movie is song.
Moving on, I thought that the movie had some really strong points (the music and set is phenomenal) and some weak ones (obvious mouthing, and the Phantom).
The music is wonderful, if this is the type of music you like. I really enjoyed listening to it. However, there were times when the main character, Christina Daae, was obviously mouthing to a recording of her own singing. Her lips just plain didn't match up.
Also, the Phantom lacked that aura that a Phantom would need. I can't even explain it, but he seemed like any old guy who just so happened to have a scarred face and lived in a sewer. He didn't appear to be this mysterious force that people feared.
Overall, the movie was sufficiently good, and I'd recommend it to most people. Just not any musical haters; you'll despise it and want to bang your head against a wall.
Dec. 30th, 2004 @ 11:39 pm
A very quick review, my parents want me offline in a few minutes so I can't type a long review.
I had wanted to see Saved! from the moment I first heard about it, which seems like it was forEVER ago. I never got around to seeing it until about November.
Now, this is not a movie if you can't take religious humor. Seriously. So if you're like my old alias Faith, who was super Christian, don't watch it unless you can take a bit of ribbing at the youth culture. ;)
Other than that, it was a very good movie, and the cast flowed together well. It's predictable at points (I could see the ending coming from a mile away) but overall one of the best movies of the year!
♥, Valerie (the other co-founder)
I would post more, but I've seen like NO movies since school started :'(
Man, my life is empty.
I have no interest in watching this movie, but I find the whole sequel-from-crap thing FASCINATING /endsarcasmSuperbabies: Baby Geniuses
Someone in Hollywood must of been high...
A superbaby with mysterious powers comes to the aid of a new set of brilliant toddlers in this high-adventure sequel to the smash hit "Baby Geniuses"
Okay, fine, so what point am I trying to make?
According to the lovely people over at IMDB.com, Baby Geniuses made a STUNNING $27,141,959 in USA dollars. AND the original is #30 in IMDB's Bottom 100 of all time. Ooo, Hollywood, look, it's From Justin to Kelly 2!
Count me out of this one, I might say.
Dare me to go, and I just might.
Current Music: This I Swear -- Nick Lachey
Bowling For Columbine (2002)|
I borrowed this one from the office at my complex...I originally thought it'd be totally dull, being a documentary on guns in America. I should have remembered this is by the same guy who just made Fahrenheit 9/11. VERY fast-paced, I wasn't even TEMPTED to turn the thing off, unlike with most movies based on fact.
50 First Dates (2004)
I had read mixed reviews of this, but I ADORED it...it DOES not mock mental illness, and this is coming from someone who IS mentally ill. Anyway, very much a chick flick...avoid it if you don't want sappy romance/walrus vomit (ewwwww)/or an ongoing joke about male walrus parts.
I originally saw the majority of this movie on a babysitting job. I never got to finish it, so I rented it. HILARIOUS doesn't even begin to describe it. This movie paved the way for the Scary Movies and Not Another Teen Movies of the future. (As all of them are parody films)
Airplane II (1982)
By far not as funny as the original. Still got a good plot, and a happy ending. Very Hollywood. Watch the original first, or you will have NO idea what is going on.
Scary Movie (2000)
Parody genre, where have you gone? Oh yeah, to the Wayans Brothers. That's right...overly sexed-up, fairly plotless, and I didn't laugh at ALL. Waste of my mother's money.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
They should have kept the no sequel promise that they made in the taglines for Scary Movie. This bland ripoff...geez, how can they call it a MOVIE? It's more like one car wreck after another...so horrible you can't take your eyes off it.
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
The best of the trilogy. I actually enjoyed it pretty much, unlike the first two. Maybe because I had actually SEEN one of the movies parodied in it? (The Ring) *shrug* The world will never know. Please, Lord, spare us a Scary Movie 4!
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
The problem with parody flicks is the plots seem VERY recycled. With this movie, I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry, both at the poor acting and the very horrible (and very cheesy) storyline. There's a reason they're all labeled on the DVD case...and it's not because we're stupid.
This movie is in French with English subtitles. I don't know, taking three years of French, I almost didn't need the subtitles, but they were nice to fall back on. Very good story, I was moved by it!
Schindler's List (1993)
This movie would have gotten a 10/10 from me except it has a VERY slow beginning. I didn't really get into the movie for a while, and I was trying really hard. But, once you DO get in, you don't want to leave, and you'll be changed by it...I'm almost positive. Not for the Neo-Nazis.
My brothers forced me to watch this with them...my stomach turned over so many times, and the acting was SO cheesy, that I had to bury my face in the blanket many times. Will Smith should stick to comedy. Or rap. But not being one of the stars of Bad Boys.
Horse race across a desert. Does that tell you ANYTHING? The only reason this film made so much money is it starred Viggo from LoTR (which I am proud to say I have not seen any of)...I was dragged to this movie by two LoTR freaks that I fondly call my best friends. The cinemetography is great, I can pass on the rest of the movie. And so can you. When the majority of a color movie focuses on ONE color...not good. *cringe*
Spiderman 2 (2004)
Yes, the special effects are impressive. Yes, this is a good escapism movie. No, it is not one of the best movies of 2004. I usually cringe at the thought of sequels, and this is a reason why. Okay, I've never seen the original...
I found this movie to be better than Spiderman, even though it got worse reviews. Then again, I disagreed with the critics on Mouse Hunt. Weird...CATwoman and MOUSE Hunt. Anyway, if you look past Halle Berry in leather with a whip, it actually has a very good plot to it. If you hate cats, don't watch it. Enough said.
Two Weeks Notice
Valerie loves romantic comedies. Valerie loves Sandra Bullock. But Valerie does not love this piece of trash. It droned on and on about nothing, and seemed to be more preachy than story telling. =\
Current Music: Sleep -- The Dandy Warhols
|» a few small reviews from my Blockbuster trip|
Review: A well-intentioned movie. It gets very confusing when the same scene is shown 3 times from 3 different perspectives. Does offer for some good talks after you finish watching it though. I would recommend it only to people who don't mind being a bit traumatized by seemingly senseless violence and can also figure out the plot faster than I could.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Review: A classic dance movie. According to Blockbuster it is a drama, but I also find it to be a classic romance. Don't watch without some Kleenex nearby. The music is awesome!! :)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Review: The only comedy I checked out. Strange, I love comedies usually. Anyway, this comedy has a moral, and it's made fairly obvious at the end. A happy, tidy Hollywood ending with plenty of laughs along the way.
The Ring (2002)
Review: I made the mistake of watching this movie during a thunderstorm. I watched this because this movie was the center of a challenge in The Jaguar that I really didn't understand. But after watching the movie, I understand the challenge better. I'm officially scared after watching the ending... :-\
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Love Don't Cost a Thing|
Plot: In short, Alvin (a nerd) offers to fix up Paris (popular cheerleader)'s car in return for her pretending to be his girlfriend for 2 weeks. Supposed hilarity (including a condom on a Mt. Dew bottle) ensues.
Review: I got this from my brothers for my 16th b-day yesterday. Since I'm sick, I stayed home and watched it today inbetween naps.
Alvin's father seems to be the total opposite of any father I've ever encountered. He ENCOURAGED Alvin to have sex with Paris (hence the condom on a Mt. Dew bottle sequence) and of course there is the stereotypical popular-person-transforms-geek-into-cool-person sequence.
This movie is a bit cliched, I've seen most of the jokes told better in other movies.
Grade: 5/10 (but props for playing soul music)
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Okay, me being me, I'm going to set my reviews up differently than John (cjmiah)...here goes.|
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Reviewed by fordmustang Valerie
Plot: This movie is based on the William Shakespeare play by the same name. To summarize for those of you who have never heard of the play: Romeo meets Juliet at Juliet's family's costume party. Their families are mortal enemies, but they fall in love anyway. Blah blah blah...yeah.
Critique: I first rented this movie back in May for my birthday party. I then saw it on sale at FYE for $9.99 a couple of weeks back and bought it, along with Thirteen.
I then got sick with pneumonia, and, voila, I have the time to watch movies! Romeo + Juliet was the first one I stuck in on Monday morning. My little brother watched it with me. Well, I must say, it was quite entertaining. If two sick kids can laugh and almost sound well, well, I consider it a good movie. It stays pretty much faithful to the original play considering the events shown. It's modernized, and there is a scene of cross-dressing.
Overall, a good movie, I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 12.
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It's Valerie here, a.k.a the person behind this, and the only female. Being sick with pneumonia means I can't go out to the theaters (boohoo) but I can watch movies from the comfort of my sofa. Heh, so maybe once I can string together a coherant review (believe me, I've tried) I'll post some reviews of the following movies that I've watched the past few days.|
Romeo + Juliet
Maybe tomorrow I'll get to watch some others.
And, yes, reviews of movies availible on DVD/VHS are welcome, especially since...yeah. I'll stop now.
Hey everyone, It's Andrew here, it seems that John has already started, hehe. good review by the way. Well i'm most likely going to the movies this weekend, I'm thinking about Taking Lives. Looks extremely interesting!|