Million Dollar Baby

August 15, 2011


One line review: Million Dollar Baby gives a brutally harsh story of boxers at the end of their rope or just struggling to make a life for themselves.

Movie Title: Million Dollar Baby

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Lucia Rijker, Brían F. O’Byrne , Anthony Mackie, Margo Martindale, Riki Lindhome, Michael Peña

Director: Clint Eastwood

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% – Clint Eastwood’s assured direction – combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman – help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): There is a rather large spoiler that I will more or less gloss over, but I will say that I had the movie spoiled for me before I watched it and seriously regret it. The end point is that this film breaks a lot of cliches which is refreshing and manages to get you to care for the characters in an incredibly short amount of time. Something within you will immediately have you fighting for the characters, making the impact of the events of the third act that much more powerful. While not one of my favorites, and extremely good film.

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Man on Fire

August 7, 2011


One line review: Man on Fire seems to start out as a dramatic, heart-felt story, then suddenly turns into a precursor of Taken for the 2nd half of the movie, leaving the entire movie as a confusing mess.

Movie Title: Man on Fire

Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Rachel Ticotin, Jesús Ochoa, Mickey Rourke, Angelina Peláez, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Gero Camilo, Rosa María Hernández, Heriberto Del Castillo

Director: Tony Scott

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 39% – Man on Fire starts out well, but goes over the top in the violent second half.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I have no idea what this movie wants to be. It might just be an action movie that wanted to give their characters more than two dimensions. It might be a drama that had the action cranked up to try to bring in more viewers. The mental unstability of Creasy is handled very well, and certainly makes you care for the character, the action in the second half is pretty enjoyable too. However, because the two halves of this movie are so far apart it leaves you completely confused when they try to fuse the two together. It’s an okay movie.


Dawn of the Dead (2004)

January 15, 2011


One line review: A fantastic mixture of comedy, action, and sheer hopelessness against an unforgiving mass.

Movie Title: Dawn of the Dead

Actors: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth

Director: Zack Snyder

Year: 2004

Genre: Horror

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% – Gruesome, but fun remake

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This is the first zombie movie I’ve ever seen, and I enjoyed it fairly well. I didn’t find the gore factor to be unbearable, though that might be because Netflix provided the R rated version, and not anything more stomach churning. I realize that there is a great variety of Zombie films from comedy to action to horror and dramatic. This film seemed to try to combine all of those differing genres to just make an entertaining zombie movie. The zombie genre is entertaining, though I don’t think I’ll be going on a zombie film spree anytime soon. Pretty good film.


Super Size Me

February 21, 2010

One line review: Morgan Spurlock combines humor with shocking facts and results to make an extremely impressive documentary about McDonalds and the fast food market in general.

Movie Title: Super Size Me

Actors: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Lisa Ganjhu, Stephen Siegel, Bridget Bennett, Alexandra Jamieson

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Year: 2004

Genre: Documentary

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): After watching and enjoying several episodes of 30 Days, I figured I should watch the movie that launched Morgan Spurlock’s career. I was pleased to find the same combination of fascinating information and humor was in the original project, just as I found it in the TV series. This isn’t just a documentary that tries to tell you fast food is bad, it breaks down how food, exercise, and advertising affect the lives of all Americans and the world. I strongly suggest everyone watch this movie, not just for the information, but because Morgan Spurlock managed to make it rather entertaining.

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