Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

Memento

Title: Memento
Year: 2000
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring Cast: Guy Pierce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Rated: R

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I had started hearing about Memento before I was about to move to Japan (back in 2000), but it came out some time after I had left the country. When I returned in 2002 and moved back in my parents’ house, I started making a mental list of movies I wanted to watch in my absence. Sure enough, Memento was one of them, especially since I’d heard my boyfriend talk about it. Over time, I had forgotten about that mental list, especially since my family has seen all those movies and weren’t exactly willing to rent them again. Oh sure, I got to catch up a little via HBO, but not completely. However, since I now have my own place, I can rent whatever the hell I want and watch it on my own terms. So I got Memento.

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November 30, 2005 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller | 8 Comments

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Year: 2005
Director: Mike Newell
Starring Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes
Rated: PG-13

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Yes, I finally actually get to review a current movie. I saw this particular one this weekend.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I have read all the books more than once and am currently trying to collect first editions and first printings of the books. Naturally I get excited when I hear that the latest film adaptation is coming out. It’s cool to see the scenes that I had visualized in my head come to life on the big screen, not to mention the physical representations of beloved characters. But of course, that is also the most difficult and challenging task that faces filmmakers who adapted books for film.

– First and foremost, you have to stay as true to the original book as possible and not alienate/piss off the loyal fans.

– Second, you have to make it appealing enough to attract people who have never read the book and are just interested in seeing a movie.

– Third, since you obviously can’t translate the entire book scene for scene, you have to take great care in keeping in the most important scenes, stories, and characters while removing the ones not necessary to the plot.

With this in mind, it’s kind of tough for me to review this film separate from the book since there are many differences between the two, but I’ll give it a whirl.

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November 28, 2005 Posted by | Action, Family, Fantasy, Film Adaptation | 1 Comment

Changing Themes

As you can see, I’m trying out a different WordPress theme. Although I liked the other one better, I noticed that for some reason, it didn’t allow for separate link categories. I wanted a category for movie-related links and another one for just links in general. So I’ll use this one for now.

To be honest, I wish I can customize my theme and not have to stick to the ones provided by WordPress.com. The least I’d like to do is be able to download and install other themes, but I hear that pretty soon we’d be able to use customized themes.

November 25, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

The Aviator

Title: The Aviator
Year: 2004
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alan Alda
Rated: PG-13

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I had wanted to rent this movie for a long time now because I heard that the plane flying sequences would look great on a big screen plasma TV. A few weeks ago I finally got to rent it, and I definitely got to see more than just cool flying sequences. I got to watch a great film.

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November 25, 2005 Posted by | Action, Biopic, Drama | Leave a comment

Sky Captain and the World of Tommorow

Title: Sky Captain and the World of Tommorow
Year: 2004
Director: Kerry Conran
Starring Cast: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie
Rated: PG

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The first thing I thought of when I first heard the title of this movie was, “What a load of cheese!� I mean, really- what the hell kind of title is Sky Captain and the World of Tommorow?

Now that I look back on it, this is remarkably the exact same thing I thought of when I heard that the title of Star Wars: Episode II was to be called Attack of the Clones. Attack of the Clones?!?! What- like, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?!?!?!

Anywho…

In spite of such a long-winded, corny title, I thought well, you have these A class actors in the film- Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. Big time people. Not to mention that I heard it looks great on a big screen TV. So I gave it a chance.

And got a plate full of queso.

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November 23, 2005 Posted by | Action, Sci-Fi | 2 Comments

Death Race 2000

Title: Death Race 2000
Year: 1975
Director: Paul Bartel
Starring Cast: David Carradine, Simone Griffith, Sylvester Stallone
Rated: R

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In a word, this movie sucks.

It sucks beyond all levels of suckitude.

I am peeved that my bf made me watch this because this is 90 minutes of my life that I will never get back.

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November 21, 2005 Posted by | Action, B movies, Sci-Fi | 7 Comments

Ju-On: The Grudge

The first time I watched this movie, I couldn’t sleep for a week. I just couldn’t close my eyes. I kept thinking about the images from the film and imagining that when I open them, that damn creepy kid would be staring at me. What is it with Japanese horror films with creepy kids?

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November 18, 2005 Posted by | Foreign, Horror, Japanese Horror | 1 Comment

My Two Favorite Patrick Swazye Movies

Back in the mid 80’s and early 90’s, Patrick Swayze ruled as the dancing king of smoothness and romance. Women swooned over the sensitive yet manly characters he’s played, and drooled over his muscular, agile dancer’s body. Meanwhile, men admired him for his badassness in movies such as Next of Kin and Roadhouse. Ok, maybe men didn’t really care much for him since no one has ever seen Next of Kin and Roadhouse. Like Fred Astaire and John Travolta before him, Swayze was able to prove that big strong men can be sensitive too, and that men who dance aren’t gay. Let us look at the two best Patrick Swayze movies, because let’s face it- most of his movies really weren’t that great. No, I have not seen Donnie Darko so I can’t pass judgment on it.

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November 16, 2005 Posted by | Specific Actors | 6 Comments