Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

Watership Down

Title: Watership Down
Year: 1978
Director: Martin Rosen
Voices: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox, Harry Andrews
Rated: PG

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Watership Down is another film that my boyfriend Netflixed because he saw this movie as a kid and wanted to see again. Wary of past childhood movies that he Netflixed and forced me to watch (e.g., Death Race 2000 and The Black Hole), I watched Watership Down with some trepidation. As it turned out, I didn’t have anything to worry after all.

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February 24, 2006 Posted by | Adventure, animation, Drama, Film Adaptation, Foreign, Social Commentary | Leave a comment

Frank Miller’s Sin City

I actually did this review last year, but for my other blog. I edited it to match the other reviews on this blog.

Title: Frank Miller’s Sin City
Year: 2005
Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez (and Quentin Tarantino for one small scene)*
Starring Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
Rated: A nice, big, fat R

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January 30, 2006 Posted by | Action, Crime, Drama, Film Adaptation, Film Noir | 9 Comments

Catch Me if You Can

Title: Catch Me if You Can
Year: 2002
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks
Rated: PG-13

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January 23, 2006 Posted by | Biopic, Comedy, Crime, Film Adaptation | 4 Comments

Fight Club

Title: Fight Club
Year: 1999
Director: David Fincher
Starring Cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Rated: R

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The first rule about Fight Club is…you do not talk about Fight Club.

The second rule about Fight Club is…you do NOT talk about Fight Club.

Looks like I’m going to have to break this rule 😉

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January 9, 2006 Posted by | Action, Film Adaptation, Social Commentary | 8 Comments

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Year: 2005
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Tilda Swinton
Rated: PG

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I haven’t read the books, so I will be basing my review completely on the movie. Then again, I would have done so anyway since I don’t think it’s fair to compare film adaptations to the media of origin (e.g. book, play, TV show).

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January 4, 2006 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Film Adaptation | 19 Comments

The Phantom of the Opera

Title: The Phantom of the Opera
Year: 2004
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring Cast: Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, Natasha Richardson
Rated: PG-13

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Sad to say, I have not yet seen The Phantom of the Opera onstage.

I knew the basic plot and of course the famous songs such as “Music of the Night”, but I haven’t had the chance to experience it live.

When I heard last year that a movie was made based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, I thought to myself, well, at least I’ll get an idea of what it was like.

My parents and sister had gone to New York a few years back and saw Phantom, so naturally when the movie version came out they went out to see it.

Strangely, my mom said that she preferred the movie version better, namely because she was able to follow along easier and because she could see the actors’ faces.

They bought the DVD a few months ago, and this Christmas I was at their house so I got the chance to watch it.

When I looked at the box it came in, a sense of disbelief suddenly filled me when I read the name of the director: Joel Schumacher.

Oh shit.

This is the same guy that nearly destroyed the Batman franchise with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.

How good can this movie be?

Then again, Schumacher did direct The Lost Boys, one of my all time favorite vampire movies. Besides, how bad can he screw it up?

The answer: not bad.

Not bad at all.

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January 2, 2006 Posted by | Film Adaptation, Musical, Romance | 10 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