Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best (and Worst) of 2011!!

Here are my picks in different catagories for the best films of 2011!

Best Animated Movie- Kung Fu Panda 2

Best Superhero Movie- X Men: First Class

Best Romantic Comedy- Crazy Stupid Love

Best Drama- Hugo

Best Action Movie- Harry Potter PT. 2

Best Comedy- Tower Heist

Worst Movie- The Green Hornet

Best Movies of 2011
1. Harry Potter PT.2
2. Hugo
3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
4. The Help
5. X Men: First Class

Most Anticapated Movie of 2012- The Dark Knight Rises

My Review of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocal

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocal is one of the most talked about movies this holiday season and has been getting outstanding reviews. I wasnt a fan of really any of the other Mission Impossible movies so at first this movie was gonna be a fail, but boy I was wrong.

Mission: Impossible stars Tom Cruise, who of course plays Ethan Hunt, the movie also has Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in it. Though im not really a Tom Cruise fan, I think he did alright. Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner also had good performances in this movie.

If your wondering if the actions good in this movie that answer would be GREAT, almost all of them had me on the edge of my seat and personally I think thats what I loved most about this movie.

If I had one little flaw with this movie it would be that it was a little long. The movie is about 2 hrs. and 13 minutes which is kind of a long time for this type of movie. While I was watching it didnt start to feel long until the very end though.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocal is not only one of the best movies of this holiday season but also one of my favorite action movies this year. Its one you definetly need to see before the year ends.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Christmas Box Office= Failure

The Christmas Box Office is always usually very strong but this Christmas the numbers were way down. 4 brand new movies opened in wide release Christmas weekend all with very dissapointing grosses.

First Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocal, which opened in first, grossed about 26 million, I was personally expecting it too almost double that.

The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo opened with 13 million, many people thought it would at least open in the 20 million range but I think since its rated R and it looks to be kind of depressing, I think that stopped people espicially since its Christmas time.

The Adventures of Tintin was a massive hit overseas but in Amercica it grossed only 9 million a huge let down.

Then lastly We Bought a Zoo came out, it grossed about 7 million. I expected a lot more from this one because its one of those movies all families can go too. It also had Matt Damon in it so to me its quite suprising it didnt make more.

Hopefully next years Christmas Box Office will be a little bit better money wise.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Review of The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin has gotten lots of awards buzz and nominations so I went in looking for a great movie,when I came out I was pretty satisfied.

One great thing the movie had going for it was the great voice casting. Some of the voices included Andy Serkis,Daniel Creig,Simon Pegg,and also Nick Frost. So the voices really fit the charecters.

Another great thing was all of the awesome action scenes they were all very well done and fun to watch. Combine that with some really great motion capture animation and great scenary it makes for an even better movie.

The one complaint I do have is the charecters dont blink very often so at times they look kind of weird and creepy. But thats not that big of a deal.

Overall Tintin does not deserve a best animation award at the Golden Globes or Oscars but I will say if you wanna go see a well done and fun action movie, go see Tintin

Verdict: 4 out of 5

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Review of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes was one of my most anticipated movies this December. I was a fan of the first one so I was excited, turns out I was a little let down with the sequel.

I will say the acting as always with Robert Downey Jr was great, but the stand out performance was definitely Naomi Rapace. She did a great job, probably from being in the Swedish Girl With The Dragon Tatoo movies.

Also I thought the ending was kind of surprising and I really didn't see it coming so I really did like that about this movie.

To add on to that, the slow motion action scenes were really fun to watch. I think it added something good to the movie.

Now on to the things I didn't like. First it was pretty boring, I think they should have done something more to keep the audience interested or shortened the running time at least.

Also the story did fall a little flat. It didn't keep me interested all the way. But it wasn't awful. It was just ok.

In a year filled with what seems to have been filled with a lot of sequels. This is definitely not the best of them. But if you were a fan of the first movie or are a sherlock holmes fan I still think you should see it.

Verdict 3.5 out of 5

Even though I didn't love it I know this will be a Box Office hit!

DVD review: My Review Of Kung Fu Panda 2

I loved the first Kung Fu Panda it was funny and had a great story all at the same time. So how was the 2nd one? It was actually a pretty good movie.

One thing I really liked about this movie was all the action it had in it, probably the most I've seen in an animated movie since Toy Story 3. Although I still have to see Tintin this year which will most likely take it's place.

I also really liked the voice casting, they did a great job,it was pretty much the same as the first one except for
Gary Oldman who played the evil peacock, Chen. He was not in the first movie.

I will say one think I didn't really
like was all the plot-lines going on. There were like 3 and I think that was just one to many. It would probably get kids very confused. Also the running time was very short without the credits it's like 80 minutes I think they could have added like 15 more minutes easily.

Overall Kung Fu Panda 2 is a very worthy sequel that I really enjoyed. Im expecting a third movie since this one ended with a huge cliff hanger, just beware of that.

Verdict: 4 out of 5

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globe Nominations!!!!

Everyone there finally here!! So take a look at the nominations below. I think the one big snub was The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo not getting nominated for a Best Picture drama award. I am also kind of suprised that Kung Fu Panda 2 didnt get a animated feature nomination. Because right now that us my favorite animated movie of the year. But the biggest snub for me was Harry potter and the deathly hallow Pt 2 it really deserved a best drama nomination in my opinion. I jus hate how award shows totally ignore how great the movie was. So check out the complete list below.

Motion Pictures:

Picture, Drama
"The Descendants," "The Help," "Hugo," "The Ides of March," "Moneyball," "War Horse."

Picture, Musical or Comedy
"50/50," "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris," "My Week with Marilyn."

Actor, Drama
George Clooney, "The Descendants"; Leonard DiCaprio, "J. Edgar"; Michael Fassbender, "Shame"; Ryan Gosling, "The Ides of March"; Brad Pitt, "Moneyball."

Actress, Drama
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"; Viola Davis, "The Help"; Rooney Mara, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"; Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"; George Clooney, "The Ides of March"; Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"; Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"; Martin Scorsese, "Hugo."

Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"; Brendan Gleeson, "The Guard"; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"; Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"; Owen Wilson, "Midnight in Paris."

Actress, Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, "Carnage"; Charlize Theron, "Young Adult"; Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"; Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"; Kate Winslet, "Carnage."

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"; Albert Brooks, "Drive"; Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"; Viggo Mortensen, "A Dangerous Method"; Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."

Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"; Jessica Chastain, "The Help"; Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"; Octavia Spencer, "The Help"; Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants."

Animated Film
"The Adventures of Tintin," "Arthur Christmas," "Cars 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rango."

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"; George Clooney, Grand Heslov, Beau Willimon, "The Ides of March"; Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"; Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, "The Descendants"; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball."

Original Score
Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"; Abel Korzeniowski, "W.E."; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; Howard Shore, "Hugo"; John Williams, "War Horse."



Series, Drama
"American Horror Story," FX; "Boardwalk Empire," HBO; "Boss," Starz; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "Homeland," Showtime.

Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"; Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"; Damian Lewis, "Homeland".

Actress, Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Mireille Enos, "The Killing"; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Madeleine Stowe, "Revenge"; Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness."

Series, Musical or Comedy
"Enlightened," HBO, "Episodes" Showtime; "Glee," Fox; "Modern Family," ABC; "New Girl," Fox.

Actor, Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; David Duchovny, "Californication"; Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"; Thomas Jane, "Hung"; Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes".

Actress, Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern, "Enlightened"; Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"; Tina Fey, "30 Rock"; Laura Linney, "The Big C"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation."

Miniseries or Movie
"Cinema Verite," HBO; "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)," PBS; "The Hour," BBC America; "Mildred Pierce," HBO; "Too Big to Fail," HBO.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; William Hurt, "Too Big to Fail"; Bill Nighy, "Page Eight (Masterpiece)"; Dominic West, "The Hour."

Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Romola Garai, "The Hour"; Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite"; Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)," Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult"; Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce."

Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"; Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"; Guy Pierce, "Mildred Pierce"; Tim Robbins, "Cinema Verite"; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family."

Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"; Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire; Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)"; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"; Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce."

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Box Office Showdown!!!!!! Weekend of December 16th-18th

This Weekend is a huge weekend for the box office. First you have Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which I am definetly seeing this weekend. I also predict it will be the Number 1 movie. But theres still two more big realeases. Alvin and the chipmunks 3, which I am not interested at all in seeing, will most likely come in second . I dont think it could beat " Sherlock".

The Third release is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal, it is only opening in limited Imax theaters. I think the ticket price for that will stop some people from going but it will not stop Tom Cruise fans or Mission Impossible fans. You also have to remember that The Dark Knight Rises prologue will be playing before the movie, so I think that will definetly bring some more people to the theater. I am not a fan of IMAX so im waiting to see that one when it comes out on December 21st in Nationwide Realease.

Here is the Box Office Prediction
1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows- 45-50 million
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks:Chipwrecked- 35-40 million
3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal in Imax- 15-20 million

DVD review: The Smurfs

I must say I was not excited to see this movie at all it looked like Alvin and the Chipmunks all over again. So I guess you could say this movie was a pleasant suprise.

I will say The Smurfs was way better then all the Alvin and The Chipmunk movies, it was so much funnier and a lot better acted.

Neil Patrick Harris was actually pretty funny in this movie and he even made fun of The Smurfs theme song which I thought was kind of cool to do in a Smurfs movie

Lastly the Smurfs was voice casted very well.  You have stars like George Lopez and Katie Perry voicing the Smurfs.

So over all there's not really that much else to say it was just a fun movie that I think you should check out some time

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

DVD Review: The Help

The Help is one of those movies I just didn't really want to see in theaters but when it came out on DVD, I did want to see it. Turns out the movie was actually pretty good

First of all, the movie had a great story it kept me interested the whole time and I really cared about the characters. So they did a great job with character development.

Second of all the acting, by the whole cast was great, especially Viola Davis, who Played Aibileen in the movie, will get an Oscar nomination for her great performance in this. But it wasn't just her that did great, Octavia Spencer who played Minny and Emma Stone who played Rita Skeeter all did awesome.

I will say one problem I had with this movie is that it was quite long. It clocks in at about 2 hrs and a half so at times I was pretty bored but thanx to the plot and characters it did keep me interested.

Overall, in a year filled with big budget movies, The Help, is a nice break from
those kind of movies.It is Definetly one you need to see this year.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Review of The Muppets

The Muppets it's a very well reviewed movie for this year although I must say I was one of the people who really didn't like it.

First of all the plot was really bad I didnt care at all about was going on. And it just wasn't good. So that made the whole movie pretty boring for me.

Also Jason Segal and Amy Adams, who were the two main actors in this movie it just didn't seem like they tried very hard at all there acting was just not good

The movie did have on thing that was pretty amazing and that was all of the cameos. There are way to Many to list, but some great ones are Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez, and Jim Parsons.

Overall though The Muppets was a big disappointment. I really didnt enjoy it that much. I'm excited to maybe finally see a good movie in December

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Review of Twilight: B. Dawn Pt 1

For me the twilight saga has just been kind of a hit or a miss so I was not at all sure how this one was going to be but it turns out its probably the worst of the whole series.

Breaking Dawn was definetly the worst of all the Twilight movies it was just super slow and the acting was of course awful. It was really soapy and I just didnt like it really at all.

The main thing though is Breaking Dawn should have been one whole movie not two, it just seems like they included every single conversation and it really was not nessacary at all. There were parts of the movie where they were just sitting there talking for over 15 minutes it just got really boring to me.

At the end however things did pick up a little bit, but it did not make up for the whole movie at all

Overall Breaking Dawn is strictly a rental and honestly I dont really reccamend it. But maybe it will be like Harry Potter where the second part is way better then the first part.

Verdict: 3 out of 5