Revenge of the Nerds

May 31, 2010

One line review: Yet another 80’s comedy that is short on logic and long on stupid humor; how many more of these do I have to go through?

Movie Title: Revenge of the Nerds

Actors: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Julia Montgomery, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger, Donald Gibb

Director: Jeff Kanew

Year: 1984

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% – Somewhere in all the fluff and garbage is just enough heart to make Revenge of the Nerds one of the forefathers of a generation of light-hearted comedies like American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding.

My rating: **

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I’m growing seriously tired of these stupid 80’s comedies. They have nothing to support them but their crappy characters and gags. Yes, Ogre is a fun character and basically the only reason this movie is getting all the way up to 2 stars. However, I feel that there’s so little to actually enjoy with this movie. I don’t know if watching all these movies has somehow made me a cinema snob, but I’m simply embarrassed to be caught watching these movies. Perhaps I’m out of the age range, and find it childish now, but this movie just feels worthless to me.

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Saving Silverman

May 16, 2010

One line review: FUCK THIS MOVIE.

Movie Title: Saving Silverman

Actors: Steve Zahn, Jack Black, Jason Biggs, Amanda Peet, Amanda Detmer, R. Lee Ermey

Director: Dennis Dugan

Year: 2001

Genre: Romantic / Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 16% – Dragged down by a plot lacking any sense of logic and obnoxious, unsympathetic characters, this comedy is more crude and mean-spirited than funny.

My rating: No

My assessment (fuck the 101 words, I want to rant!): Fuck this movie. Do you want to know why there’s a two month gap in reviews on this website? Because of Saving Silverman. Up until now I’ve forced myself to completely view any movie that’s on my list, even if it becomes unpleasant (like Wayne’s World). However, I simply couldn’t make it through these movies. These damned awkward romantic comedies are just shit in my book. I don’t laugh when I see these awkward moments, I cringe with pain. This movie is pain. I asked so many different people for suggestions on what movies should be put on this list, that I don’t know who suggested this one to me. If I find that person, I will tell them that they were wrong. This movie is just… worthless. Not even worth making fun of or mocking, just worthless. I’m amazed I found a movie on my list that I hated more than Wayne’s World.
Fuck this movie.

Updates should continue regularly from now on. Now that I’ve purged Saving Silverman from my DVD player.


The Shawshank Redemption

May 16, 2010

One line review: This movie absolutely absorbs you into it’s characters; you feel down when they are down and you feel elated when they succeed.

Movie Title: The Shawshank Redemption

Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore

Director: Frank Darabont

Year: 1994

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – An amazing movie. Easily one of the best movies made during the 90s and definitely one of the top ‘prison’ movies of all-time. Pretty much everything about this movie works and works extremely well!

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I can find nothing wrong with this movie. I’m not claiming that this movie is somehow perfect, I simply can’t find anything to complain about it. The characters are fantastic, each one with their own unique style and motivation. The plot is fascinating, not only with minor bumps along the way as each character grows and changes, but with an overall arc that is genius. The actors do a fantastic job of conveying a variety of emotions not just through dialog but with minor changes in their attitude and appearance. This is a fantastic movie, worthy of the status it’s earned.


Scarface

May 16, 2010

One line review: This movie does a fantastic job of keeping you gripped to the story of one man’s rise and fall, though it’s length tends to irritate you.

Movie Title: Scarface

Actors: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar, Arnaldo Santana, Pepe Serna

Director: Brian De Palma

Year: 1983

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – Pacino’s bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This movie is longer than the theatrical cut of 2001: A Space Odyssey, yet this movie managed to keep me intrigued throughout the entire film. It takes quite a bit of film to follow Tony Montana from the bottom to the top and back again, but the film makes you care and feel for each and every character you see on the screen. Even if this film wasn’t famous for the last and fantastic gun fight, it would still prove to be a very good film. The length, despite being necessary, does drag the film down some, but it’s still fantastic.


Spaceballs

May 16, 2010

One line review: A lot of hit and miss jokes, but enough jokes manage to stick that you can at least enjoy the film.

Movie Title: Spaceballs

Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Michael Winslow

Director: Mel Brooks

Year: 1987

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 65% – Most jokes have a forced quality, but there’s something gleefully self-aware about them, like the vaudeville comedian whose act consists of telling bad jokes and laughing at them, but doing it all with exquisite timing.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This won’t be a movie I hold in such high regard, but at least it was funny sometimes. The jokes come at you one moment after the other: some set up, some sight gags, some hidden jokes, all thrown at the audience at random. Part of the reason I didn’t think much higher of this movie is because it seemed to shift from one joke to another without giving the audience time to think. Still, the movie avoids getting too annoying, has some rather clever observations and jokes, so it overall comes off as an enjoyable, if a bit strange, movie.

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A Christmas Story

May 3, 2010

One line review: The title says it all, it’s just A Christmas Story, one boring story with nothing special at all.

Movie Title: A Christmas Story

Actors: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Tedde Moore, Yano Anaya, Zack Ward, Jeff Gillen

Director: Bob Clark

Year: 1983

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: TV (TBS 24 Hour Marathon)

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – Both warmly nostalgic and darkly humorous, A Christmas Story deserves its status as a holiday perennial.

My rating: **

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Yet another movie where I simply can’t understand the appeal. This movie feels like it’s just a boring tale of some kid’s Christmas. There’s no real antagonist, and a very weak central plot. It’s really just a collection of mini-tales from childhood. Everyone says that it reminds them of their childhood, and while I saw a few small scenes, overall it was just some stories. I didn’t find much humor, I didn’t find much heart warming stuff, and was there even a message that most Christmas movies have? This might capture childhood, but it seems to forget it needs a purpose.

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