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[Review] – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

20 Dec

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Year: 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace
MPAA Rating: PG-13, extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Runtime: 169 min
IMDb Rating: 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Metacritic: 58

Considering the magnitude of this movie it’s fair to say this review will run longer than usual. After all, this is the start to a brand new trilogy that follows (but acts as a prequel series) one of the most successful (both commercially and critically) franchises in history. Back in 2000 Peter Jackson (then known mostly for Heavenly Creatures, a very good, low budget New Zealand film) embarked on what remains to this day one of the most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, the adaptation of the three The Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien getting a whopping budget of $281 million to make the trilogy of films back-to-back-to-back during a period of 438 days.

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[Review] – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

26 Nov

Title: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Year: 2012
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Ashley Greene, Maggie Grace, Michael Sheen, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jamie Campbell Bower, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Lee Pace, Joe Anderson
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity
Runtime: 115 min
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Metacritic: 52

My relationship with the Twilight franchise is a love-hate one. I read all the books when they came out and thought they ranged from mediocre to decent, and I’ve seen all of the movies so far and thought they’ve been okay. It’s just that even though the movies are fine and I love Kristen Stewart, they’re movies that pretty much no one outside the core audience of the books will really enjoy all that much. That’s what made the Harry Potter films so amazing, that you didn’t have to be that invested in the books to love them. Here, if you love the books then you’ll go gaga for the films, but if you haven’t read the books or if you have but merely thought they were okay then chances are you’ll just think they’re utterly forgettable.

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[Review] – Lincoln

18 Nov

Title: Lincoln
Year: 2012
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Tony Kushner, based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Walton Goggins, Jared Harris, David Oyelowo, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson
MPAA Rating: PG-13, an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language
Runtime: 149 min
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 87

No disrespect to Timur Bekmambetov and the utterly mediocre Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but we all know that the real 2012 film about honest Abe was the one directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the beloved President and featuring no vampires. This was a movie that Mr. Spielberg had been wanting to make for over a decade (at first he had Liam Neeson pegged for the role) and that he took his time assembling the team to make it happen, getting Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kusher (who had co-written Munich for him) to adapt Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s massive book about Lincoln and then assembling a truly stunning ensemble to bring the story of the final four months of such an iconic life to the screen.

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[Trailer] – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

19 Sep

This week is Tolkien Week, in which fans of J.R.R. Tolkien celebrate like crazy the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. It’s also the one that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. So what better way to celebrate than with the premiere of a new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which you can watch below.

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[Trailer] – Lincoln

13 Sep

Finally, here it is, feast your eyes upon it, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has just been released, and you can watch it below.

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[Trailer] – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

20 Jun

It’s under 80 seconds, but we now have our first official look at a trailer for the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the concluding chapter to that vampire franchise that will leave the field wide open for Katniss to be the new ruler of tweens across the world.

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20 Jul

Title: Marmaduke
Year: 2010
Director: Tom Dey
Writers: Vince Di Meglio and Tim Rasmussen based on the comic strip by Brad Anderson
Starring: Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Lee Pace, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland, Judy Greer, Emma Stone, Christoper Mintz-Plasse, Sam Elliott, Steve Coogan, Marlon Wayans
MPAA Rating: PG, some rude humor and language
Runtime: 87 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 2.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 11%

Talking animals were novelty a decade ago, now when you have talking animals you at least need a solid plot to keep things going nicely, and it would be awesome if you could have it be inspiredly funny, Marmaduke only has the talking animals, because the plot is really boring and the jokes are not funny at all, but I’ll give it a passing grade because Judy Greer is in it, and I’d see Ms. Greer in anything.

Yeah, this is a movie aimed for kids, so easy giggles from lame jokes are attempted at every chance this film gets while still trying to embed onto them some sort of moral message, but the thing is that kid-oriented films are now labeled as family-oriented films, and studios are spending more and more time and money to make them appeal to a more mature audience as well, just take a look at the best studio in the business, Pixar, their films have transcended any sort of label like that, and they make animation masterpiece after masterpiece, which gets audiences that many times don’t comprise of a single kid, but just older people who love the movie by themselves, that’s what Marmaduke should have aimed to do, not to expect Pixar-like results from this but they should have at least aimed for something like that, especially when it’s based on a comic strip that’s been around for longer than a half decade and that has played an important part of the lives of the older demographic. But then again this one came with the tagline “From the producers of Garfield” which should have been enough to any moviegoer with a good head on his shoulders to know it should be avoided.

With a cast that includes the aforementioned Ms. Greer who really can’t do no wrong and Lee Pace, from Pushing Daisies, in the two main live-action roles and a voice cast that includes Owen Wilson in the titular role as well as Kiefer Sutherland and Christopher Mintz-Plasse amongst others this film could have turned out alright had it just been made better, but instead what we get is a film that I personally disliked a whole bunch because it did nothing new nor, at the very least, nothing that was good fun, and let a solid cast and source material go to waste. But, as I said, Judy Greer is in this one so I’ll give it a passing grade.

Grade: C-