Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

The Island

Title: The Island
Year: 2005
Director: Michael Bay
Starring Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean
Rated: R

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Every time I hear the name of this movie I think of that one weird Simpsons episode where Homer creates a website and finds out information that lands him on a mysterious island (with tropical animals and pandas with harlequinn masks) that he can’t escape. From then on, every time I say the name of this movie, I have to say with a Lisa Simpson voice, “The Island”.

But I digress.

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December 31, 2005 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 2 Comments

Brazil (Original Director’s Cut)

Title: Brazil
Year: 1985
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert DeNiro, Katherine Helmond, Michael Palin
Rated: R

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Brazil is one of those movies that are often highly praised by movie critics (and armchair critics) because of how artistically it was filmed, because of its message, and so on.

I am not one of those critics.

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December 29, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, Satire, Sci-Fi, Social Commentary | 3 Comments

What About the Third One?

Yeah, I know that I was supposed to do a 3rd review of a John Hughes movie. I kind of forgot. Truth be known, I felt reluctant to do so. No one seems to be reading anyway, and I felt that I was wasting my time.

I wrote out a whole rant about how I think isn’t doing a good job in promoting members’ blogs but deleted it. It’s pointless to do so.
Anyway, Merry Christmas and all that. I may be back on Monday.

December 24, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 5 Comments

The Breakfast Club

Title: The Breakfast Club
Year: 1985
Director: John Hughes
Starring Cast: Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy
Rated: R

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When you hear the Simple Minds’ song, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” what immediately comes to mind?

That’s right. The Breakfast Club.

Another brilliant, classic John Hughes film.

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December 21, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, John Hughes films | 5 Comments

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Title: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Year: 1986
Director: John Hughes
Starring Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
Rated: PG-13

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The first time I watched this movie, I was in sixth grade. It was a particularly rainy Friday, so they decided to just make it a film day for the whole school. They cleared out all the tables and chairs in the cafeteria and we sat on the floor.

I thought at the time that it was the most brilliant movie ever made.

Not because it was so funny, not because I thought Matthew Broderick was cute, but because there were tips on how to fake being sick.

I actually took notes during the first ten minutes of the movie, as Ferris explains the proper way to fake an illness without going overboard.

The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom. I’m a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you a good phoney fever is a deadlock, but you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office–that’s worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you’re bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It’s a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school.

I thought that this guy was a GOD.

Over the years and even now I’d catch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on HBO or some other channel, and I still never tire of it.

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December 19, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, John Hughes films | 5 Comments

John Hughes Week

Starting tommorow will be John Hughes week. I’m going to review 3 2 of my favorite movies directed by the best director of 80’s teen angst movies, John Hughes. No no, I’m not talking about that Home Alone stuff. I’m talking about the movies that we’ve all seen growing up and can quote nearly verbatim. Movies whose characters we all related to in some way or the other. Movies where the actors playing teenagers are all over 21. The movies that make you laugh so hard one minute but make you feel for the character the next.

Hope you enjoy.

December 18, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Reel Reviews Buttons and Banner

So I made a couple of buttons for my blog. They’re okay, I guess. I plan to make more in the future. Anyway, feel free to steal them and link to me. Of course, please host the buttons someplace else.

UPDATE: I just made a banner. Hard to believe, but it took me freaking forever to do it. I’m a total amateur at Paint Shop Pro 8. Hope you guys like it.

December 16, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 6 Comments

The Goonies

Title: The Goonies
Year: 1985
Director: Richard Donner
Starring Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi
Rated: PG

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Before Sean Astin accompanied Elijah Wood to Mount Doom in the widely acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy, he went on an adventure with another set of friends in the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie, The Goonies. Set in an Oregon coastal town, The Goonies follows the escapades of a group of teens in their search for a legendary pirate’s buried treasure while evading a duo of incredibly stupid escaped convicts and their domineering mother.

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December 15, 2005 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family | 3 Comments