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.


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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Star Wars

December 8, 2009

One line review: The Original Star Wars Trilogy truly is a fantastic story that has an epic feeling to it.

Movie Title: Star Wars (IV: A New Hope), (Star Wars V: )The Empire Strikes Back, (Star Wars VI: )Return of the Jedi

Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Jack Purvis, Alex McCrindle, Eddie Byrne, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Jeremy Bulloch, John Hollis, Jack Purvis, Des Webb, Clive Revill, Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Pennington, Kenneth Colley

Director: George Lucas / Irvin Kershner / Richard Marquand

Year: 1977 / 1980 / 1983

Genre: Action / SciFi

Method of Viewing: Television

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes:
Star Wars: 94% – The action and special effects are first rate.
The Empire Strikes Back: 97% – This is argubaly the most powerful, compelling, and entertaining of the series.
Return of the Jedi: 75% – Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
I’m grudgingly giving this trilogy a 5 star rating, because going in I wanted to not like the Star Wars Trilogy. I was tired of hearing people so surprised that I had never seen it before. However, I can’t deny how well each movie works individual, and how together the trilogy results in an absolutely epic story. Despite the fact that I knew the major plot points before going into it, watching this unique little world unfold was very enjoyable. These films have held up extremely well, mainly because the story they tell is absolutely timeless. It is a fantastic trilogy.

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