The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Terry Gilliam’s imaginarium was in full swing for this film. I can’t say I loved this, but I can’t discount the fact that it intrigued me. The set designs at times beat out Tim Burton films and it out-wierds David Lynch at times too. Lily Cole was the biggest surprise for the film, as she is as beautious as she is interesting to watch. This is one of my favorite Andrew Garfield films. Finally, it needs to be said that this was Heath Ledgers final film, he was pretty good in it, but since his life was cut short before the film was done being made, it leaves you yearning for more. The addition of Depp, Farrell and Law to cover for Ledger was neat though. It’s worth watching a few times, to see if you can squeeze some understanding out of it. Very interesting.

72/100

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Bad Words (2013)

This movie certainly had them. Bad words was directed by Jason Bateman ands stars him as well. I love the idea of a grown man taking on children in a spelling bee. I also love the fact that he was an awesome speller and could takle just about any word. Some of this movie is cliched, especially the ending, but I still thought it was fun. It gets a bit raunchy at times but has some cute moments too. I loved the little boy that befriends Bateman and Kathryn Hahn has always been one of my favorite female comediannes.

83/100

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Undercover Blues (1993)

My name is Muerte, don’t choo forget that! Man, I love this movie. I love it’s New Orleans vibe. I love all the crazy kooky characters. I love Dennis Quaid’s triangle smile, Kathleen Turner’s smokey voice and of course the man himself Stanley Tucci in his best role as “Muerte” or Mortie if you prefer. This film can be a bit cheesy at times, it’s not incredibly well written or anything, but it is very amusing and funny. Just the skits with Tucci alone make this an unforgettable comedy. This may not be a well-know film, but I hope a lot of people will watch this with an open mind and just enjoy it for it’s cute story and laughs. I really love this film! Check it meng!

89/100

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Rio 2 (2014)

Hopefully the Olympics go better than Rio 2’s story. The biggest disappointment of this film was the way it took a fun film from before and made it about leaving the city and joining the flock (birds of a feather, stick together) and of course taking down those evil tree-cutting guys. The whole story was a ripoff of Ferngully or Avatar. I did like some of the musical numbers, everyone had a great singing voice, and the evil Shakespearean Parrot was so funny. Chenoweth as the Toxic Frog was fantastic as I really love her voice. Also the aardvark was really adorable and fun with his long tongue and penchant for licking up ants… but like I said, the story dragged this movie down. It had all the talent in animation and voice work and a basis of a fun film from before, they just decided to get all hippy-dippy tree-hugging and banding with your same skin, er… feather colored friends. I’d skip this one and watch the original.

66/100

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Goodfellas (1990)

A perfect title because I wouldn’t call it Greatfellas or Incredifellas, it’s just Goodfellas. Scorsese’s “masterpiece” just didn’t do a whole lot for me. I thought most of the characters weren’t that lovable. I felt like the Sopranos took what this film did, and did it better. I’ve never been a fan of Liotta, and I’ll say he was more impressive in this film than roles he has done in other films, but still… I just don’t like him and his guy-liner look. Joe Pesci was annoying as ever, that voice ugh, and there wasn’t enough Samuel L. Jackson in this. De Niro was really good and helped the film along really well, but his part was too small too. The film drags along at an incredibly slow pace and the almost 3 hour run-time feels infinitely longer. It’s not a horrible movie, it’s Goodfellas, just not great or incredible fellas. I’ll stick with The Wolf of Wall Street. That was more enjoyable than this film.

70/100

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American History X (1998)

Will this movie go down in history as being great? I think it will! Edward Norton was really awesome in this drama about race and hatred. Norton had to do a lot of uncomfortable scenes and had to put a big tattoo of a swastika on his chest. I’m sure that wasn’t a comfortable thing to see in his dressing room mirror. Edward Furlong was just as whiny as he was in Terminator 2, he was just a lot more racist. The theme of this movie hits you hard and I feel it’s not overly preachy. It’s just a very well made movie with some excellent writing and direction. I was happy to see Avery Brooks in this, as I think he has one of the best voices in the entertainment industry. The ending of this film is shocking and disturbing. A solid film that must be seen.

91/100

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Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman & Robin is cool as ice. The set pieces and costumes are totally slick. Uma Thurman sparkles like a snowflake as she breezily takes on George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell. I’ve seen ice sculptures that had more acting skill than Clooney in this film, in fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performance was so much better, he leaves Clooney out in the cold. I hate to give Alicia Silverstone the cold shoulder, but she was awful. Between her weird facial expressions and bad line delivery, it seems like she was just trying to skate by in this role. Joel Schumacher should be cryogenically frozen and shot into the frozen depths of space for his terrible direction. Still, this movie had excellent ice puns, two cool characters (Freeze and Ivy) and a few laughs to boot. As long as you chill and don’t get too frosty, you’ll have some fun with this. It was ice to see this again!

52/100

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