[3.5: Watch Again, Probably Purchase]
[3: Worth Watching Once]
[2: Needed Improvement]
[1: Regretted Watching]
A Team, The (2010) [3.5]
- Positives: Was better than tv version by far. Lot of great
scripted comedy. Quinton Jackson as BA
Baracas (replacing Mr. T) was great.
- Negatives: I was not a big fan of A Team tv show from 1980's, maybe
it was too
much action/destruction for a tv show. Though Jim Carrey would have
done a far
(Notes: My father was a Vietnam Veteran,
probably why he liked the tv show so much)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) 
Malcolm McDowell does very well with "bad" characters. The title
makes no sense at all but there is a backwards redemption story. What
the prison does to reform McDowell may seem to work against a violent
person but actually makes the outcome of pacifism become death or
- Positives: Actors, fair script.
- Negatives: Strange title. Sadism, violence,
A Night To Remember [3.5] 1958
- Positives: According to online facts the movie was based on both crew
and passengers accounts and is claimed to be the accurate story of the
- Negatives: Is was not discovered until 1985 that the RMS Titanic had
split into two or more sections. So the ending is not 100% accurate.
what movie based on true story ever is)
A River Runs Thru It  1992
Comments: My father was a river and lake fisherman so he took my
brother and I
many times when we were younger fishing, so this movie did a very good
job of taking me back in time. So it had very good backgrounds,
actors/characters. I think the idea of narration was the best movie
invention even above factual points. Since I'm not religious some of it
was fair for scripting.
Accused, The  1988
- Positives: Actors, Locations, Script, Direction.
- Negatives: Based on a true story of a mother of children. I guess
is was changed because the public can't handle the truth. But the
character Jodie Foster portrayed wasn't exactly a saint either.
(Notes: Possibly one of the most graphic rape scenes ever filmed)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
- Positives: Actors, Background, Script. The plot definitely belonged
to Jim Carrey
- Negatives: It was great for comedy but doubt there is a such thing as
a pet detective. Good use for background and plot but I'm not a
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
- Positives: Jim Carrey without a doubt.
- Negatives: Script and much of the characters. Actors were fair.
Disliked the movie Cliffhanger so that tells you I did not like the
opening of this one.
Adam  1983
- Positives: Actors, Background, Script. Excellent recreation of the
true story of the Adam Walsh. Including the real life people appear at
ending asking people to look at displayed photos of missing children.
- Negatives: The sole problem was the scene in which John Walsh
receives the call of the positive ID of the body. He was alone in the
hotel room, his wife was not with him. Still would be difficult to
watch for any parent.
Adams Family, The [3.5] 1991
- Positives: Actors, Script, Background. Actually a far better version
than the original 1960's television show.
- Negatives: The actor who portrayed Gomez Adam was fair. Plus the
story of Uncle Fester really confused the movie. That he as missing
with amnesia? Also in the original television show he Fester was
Mortica's brother, in this movie he's Gomez's brother.
Adams Family Values [3.5] 1993
- Positives: Actors, Background. New characters helped.
- Negatives: Weak script, Uncle Fester and babysitter/Black widow plot
Adventures in Babysitting  1987
Positives: Actors, Plot, Locations.
Haven't seen this one in a long while it was difficult to really rate
it. It was'nt horrible but script and story really was'nt that great.
Elizabeth Shue is a stand out actress however the title alone both can
sell and be negative.
Adventures of Ford Fairlane,The  1990
So many movies are chalked full of foul language and Andrew Dice Clay
(fresh of the comedy stages) is no exception. But he does great with
the character (which in fact is the name of a classic car), who is a
combo of sexist and egotistic Sherlock Holmes wanna be. The music was
fair at best was allegedly current stage of rock music.
Agnes of God [3.5] 1985
- Positives: Actors, Background, Script
- Negatives: Although it was a very good 'religiously implicative'
movie, I'm not religious. I originally gave it 4 stars.
Air America  1990
- Positives: Actors, Locations
- Negative: Although based on a true factor of the Vietnam War, Script
was kinda weak using major actors.
Air Force One  1997
Negatives: Highly doubt a rogue secret service agent would happen
the opening scene of a Russian warlord being taken so easily was not
buy able, but over all great movie.
Airplane [3.5] 1980
Actors, Script. Other than a few early Mel Brooks movies I think this
was the birth of slapstick. The script alone really sold to introduce
Negatives: The plot of food poisoning and scripted
shaky love plot between Robert Hayes and Julie Hargerty seemed more
annoying then sellalble.
Airplane II [3.5] 1982
Positives: Actors, Script, Plot, Story, Scenes. Alot better than the first.
Although it was needed and worked in script Ted's (Robert Hayes)
depression and lack of condience for his past failures became annoying.
Aiport '77 [3.5] 1977
Positives: Actors, Plot, Story, Scenes. I think this was stand out of most disaster movies.
Disaster story started late/slow as most movies do. Also what didn't
look right for an airplane although it was character for the story that
it was made to look fancy (bar, casino, etc).
Air Up There,  1994
Positives: Actors, Plot, Scenes
Negatives: A few sports movies during the same year, (such as Blue Chips) had similar stories but this didn't sell.
Aladdin [3.5] 1987
Positives: Although Im not a huge fan of
Disney this is among their great ones. Especially that the plot and
story kept with the ancient stories. Of course Robin Williams was
unbelievably funny as the Genie.
Negatives: If it was'nt for
Gilbert Godfried the bird would have been annoying, side story that
Aladdin having to hide his street image. And the obvious love
Aladdin and the King of Thieves [3.5] 1996
Positives: Voice cast including Robin Williams! Animation, applicated ancient/classic 40 Thieves as a plot.
Spite the fact it was not a theater viewed movie, sometimes direct to
video still sells. Even being the third in the trilogy, it still turned
out just as good. But maybe again the love story and wedding Im not a
fan of spite it being the plot.
Alamo, The  2004
Positives: Its about time the accuracy of the battle/death of Davey Crockett were told.
Due to most people are addicted/brainwashed on the 1950's song and
Disney tv series on Davey Crockett that most don't/never knew the
truth. I think there was a more dull view of this movie being accurate
where a hero version would be more popular.
Ali  2001
Positives: Although it was a remake of "The Greatest" starring Ali himself, Will Smith really sold as Muhammad Ali,
Negatives: I used to be a boxing fan vaguely. Pretty good for a bio of his career.
Alice Does'nt Live Here Anymore  1975
Positives: Actors, characters, scenes. Movie helped give birth to the hit restaurant tv show Alice.
Negatives: As much as Im a vague Kris Kristofferson fan, not much of a story and fair script.
Alien [3.5] 1979
Positives: Actors, Wake up and Alien scenes, Script
Negatives: Like in most horror movies, the killer's (alien in this
case) chase is boring/dragging. I only like kill shots and character
Alien Nation [3.5] 1988
Positives: Actors, Characters, Story, Script.
Its highly doubtful the any goverment, let alone the human race would
accept a mass populations of Aliens to live among us obviously visable
(with strange habits and given human character names)
Alien Ressurection  1997
Positives: Sigourney Weaver, thankfully. But even her involvement
helped this one.
Negatives: Alien 3 should have been the last one. Only the
aliens scenes were worth watching.
Alien vs Predator [3.5] 2004
Positives: Plot, Story, Script, Scenes and of course the Aliens and Predators,
Negatives: Possibly a better casting
Alive  1993
Actors, Scenes, Script. Apparently a good recreation of the true story
of foriegn soccer players who (some) survived a major plane crash.
After months trapped frigid snow covered mountains, they ended feeding
on the bodies of the dead. While 2-3 breached the unreal treacherous
frigid mountains to find help.
Negatives: Possibly too authentic as much as I respect and expect a perfect recreation.
All Dogs Got To Heaven  1989
Positives: Haven't seen the movie in a while but voice actors, plot, story were fair (Burt Reynolds voices a dog?)
Negatives: I think it was the animation that did'nt seem ok. (Burt Reynolds voices a dog?)
All The Right Moves [3.5] 1983
Actors, Plot, Story, Script, Scenes. This definitely had to be the
catalyst for the future sitcom "Coach" also starring Craig Nelson.
Although some negativity is relevent for the outcome of the football
game, it is doubtful both the Coach has the power to blackball a player
from any college and would forgive him in the end.
Almost Heros  1998
Positives: Chris Farley
Although Chris Farley was a rising comedian actor, to copy if not
compete literally for/against a famous expedition is less than fair.
Alvin and the Chipmunks/Chipwrecked (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Of course the Chipmunks are the main stars, script-worth watching and listening too.
Unfortunately corrupt music promoter Ian Hawke is a surprise return.
The Island scenes/story is lame, though Volcano scenes are ok. How they
end up on the Island,
Always  1989
Positives: Actors, Scenes. The story would sell for romance movies but not if this film didn't have major actors.
Richard Dreyfuss in a practical sense stalking/scripted to look after
his girlfriend he left behind. (after a being killed in a plane crash
as a forest firefighter)
American Graffiti [3.5] 1979
Positives: Actors, Scenes, Music
Difficult to explain this, since this was helped pave the way for the
tv series Happy Days. As much as George Lucas and actors sold the era
the film represents it seems to have a darker, moodier and not
"positive, relaxed, happy tone".
American Hot Wax  1978
Positives: Music, Actors, Script, Locations, Awesome film on history of
Rock 'n' Roll.
Negatives: A few names changed, don't know why and few music
performances could have been better.
Notes: Seems a great portrayal of the father of the words
"Rock-n-Roll", with great music a real life oldies rock stars appear.
He promoted many repeated concerts although the story says he never
returned to the air. He actually moved into a smaller if not lost
career shortely before dying. The real Alan Freed's photo appears at
end with the appropriate song "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay". I don't
get why Danny and the Junior's band name was changed to The Planitones
with Professor Plapatto.
American Pie [3.5] 1999
Actors, Plot, Script, Direction. Film really sold reality of the life
of high school teens pushed/rushed into aspiration that losing your
virginity and scoring is a requirement.
Negatives: Jason Biggs as
well as he sold his character it may remind you of yourself or others,
too realistic. The physical roles of Chris/Oz and Heather did'nt work,
where she looked 3 feet tall and he appeared 7ft tall.
American Pie 2 [3.5] 2001
Positives: Actors, Script
Negatives: They all ended up together again even though they all split up in distance?
American Wedding [3.5] 2003
Positives: Actors, Script, Plot
Negatives: Some disturbing matter and gross scenes. Again another wedding scene but thats the title.
American President  1995
Positives: Actors, Script, Scenes
As much as the movie worked on the daily life/business of the American
President, the plot is and turns out more positive than reality. It
really didn't work for past American Presidents to date, and as much as
it might sound like it would work no one running for office would win
based on being a widow. The film's script touched on the probable
scandal of dating but it didn't twist into the negativity that those in
or running for office with no doubt deal with in dating.
American Tale [3.5] 1986
Positives: Characters, Script
Negatives: Not very good animation but CGI was in its infancy. I think it's foreign country background's didnt work.
American Tale 2: Fievel Goes West [3.5] 1991
Characters, Voice Actors, Script, Scenes. (Jimmy Stewart really sold
Wyle Burp; Law dog loosely based on Wyatt Earrp) and Dom Deluise
returns as Tiger as Fievel's friendly & very fat cat.)
Negatives. Animation seemed lighter but still not enough. Lot of close calls for Fievel.
Amistad 1992 [3.5]
Actors, Story, Scenes. (Despite a few "overboard" claims/statements of
inaccuracy, it seemed the movie over all presented an accurate
portrayal of the people and "ship" involved)
history's infamous memories its incredibly graphic if not horrific
matters of slavery. Its like watching an extended version of Kunta
Kinte's voyage to America. It is both required to know but not needed
The Amityville Haunting [3.5] (2011)
Actually very interesting. Although most of plot for 1979 version has
turned out to be a hoax though a few things were not rejected as to did
not happen. This movie apparently
tries to set itself 30 years later
and still push the claim its no doubt haunted and being sold again. But
if people who have purchased the home following 1979 have claimed they
not experienced any paranormal situations, then why was the
house sold so many times. Most people stay in a home 1,5,10,20,30, 50
years. The husband of the family, with military
background, end up
losing it mentally just as James Brolin did in 1979 version. The wife
or older daughter rebuts "What the F*ck!" OMG that is a funny scene.
A somewhat young male (w/military background) with wife and 3 kids move
in and end up dealing with the haunting. Although the wife and kids no
doubt experience the
haunted house, the secured military husband
refuses to accept any evidence or claims by the family. This is VERY
annoying for a script or attempts as a fact-mokumentary meets
Amityville Horror 1979 
Positives: Actors, Scenes, Script.
Once it first was released it became America's most famous and if not
first haunted home. But over years/decades, claims has become to
surface that despite what family portrayed claims it has become to
believed fictional (despite that years before a family was factually
murdered in the same home).
Amityville II: The Possession 1982 
Actors, Scenes, Plot. An almost perfect recreation of fact in which the
oldest son murders his parents and siblings but also claims demonic
voices made him do it.
Negatives: Burt Young always portrays a bum
in some fashion in every movie and that has always been a negative
image despite his great roles and acting work. The script claims the
oldest son and daughter had a incestual affair, but that was never
claimed by real life person or law enforcement. But Ronald Defeo Jr
does claim in recent years his sister was also involved in murders with
Apollo 18  (2011)
Positives: Its was definitely NASA meets Blair Witch. Many gave this a real negative review, probably due to it being fictional.
Creatures on the moon are not fully focused on, reminds me of opening
shots of Cloverfield creature. NASA and Government responses to
astronauts is disturbing. Despite its a fictional movie, if were fact,
where did they find the film?
Avengers, The (2012) 
A rarity of combining the original actors from each movie (Thor, Hulk,
Captain America and Iron Man) but that was actual idea in the first
place. Great action scenes. Good comical (comedy
that is) script.
I know the idea is from the original comics for their egos to not get
along at first and their were comics that actually had them fight each
other over who was better. The movie did follow those
backgrounds but it really was'nt needed, because honestly it hindered
watching it. The primary enemy or antagonist "Loki" was honestly weak.
Especially when Hulk grabs and slams him several times.
Bad Teacher (2011) 
Positives: Very much an
adult movie (like remaking Billy Bob Thorton's Bad Santa into a
teacher). Funny if not weird, pretty good script, fair casting. Also
clips from major school movies.
Negatives: This was
almost a 3.5, but I took it personal with the teacher telling male
students they would never succeed with a female student for
(mostly) how they dressed (that did'nt happen to me but no teacher has
the right to talk to students about lack of better word dating) (In
She definitely would not have gotten away with what she did or said to
anyone on school property.
Barrens, The (2012 
Great recreation of the alledgly legendary origin on the infamous
"Jersey Devil" creature. IMDB lists filming location in Canada, but its
well filmed for its dense forestry. Father suffering from rabies, from
a previous dog bite, really sold.
Negatives: Who ever heard of a
camp site you had to sign in (like a bldg's security desk). Actors were
fair. Now, the Jersey Devil has only been claimed to have been seen
(same as for aliens, bigfoot and ghosts; which Im a major believer in,
so that is why I took a close look at this movie) is real life, looked
like a large black lion with wings. Most historic describtions say its
small or thin. And NEVER in its legendary history has there ever been a
reported attack. That's why a horror movie would not work for it.
Battleship (2012) 
Actors, scenes, story. CGI for the most part was ok. The board game
"look" and premise would eventually make its way on screen toward
ending. The enemy alien ships and way they attacked were impressive,
individual aliens and their "suits" were cheesy if not common looking.
The Navy ships, uniforms and scripting looked authentic. It was said
the alien ships looked and acted like Transformers, well I would agree
acted very much like Decepticons.
Negatives: Although it
was scripted a bratty and apparently egotistical Tom Cruise type of
character "Hopper" worked and hindered script and story. Althpugh it
was never scripted or said on screen, the board game and
"Battleship" the family members would say "you sunk my battleship".
Well I think it would have really worked when the Navy does
strike their ships, so it could have been scripted "We sunk their
Bridesmaids (2011) [3.5]
though and its the future of newer "unknown" actresses(other than Jill
Clayburgh), seems casting was pretty good. Incredibly funny script and
Spoiler: Top LYAO Moments: Airplane, Gown Store, Wealthy Bridal Shower, and Getting COP's attention.
the title you might think its the lead actress who is getting married.
But its more the cleche "always a bridesmaid never a bride plot",
rather and better
a competition for Maid of Honor story. It becomes
the story but annoying and probably why I didnt give this 4 stars is
the war for Maid of Honor. Where a wealthy
new friend/bridesmaid versus a childhood friend Maid of Honor clash. It continued if not almost took over the story.
Captain America - The First
Avenger (2011) [3: Worth Watching Once] (Notes: Yet another
comic hero I was never really a fan of, didnt expect
high view of it, but was actually impressed. I only vaguely knew of his
comic history and even vaguely knew cartoon history.
Positives: Story, Script,
Characters, Scenes, actors not bad. Almost a 3.5 (Very interesting
ending!) The script really gave his pre-CA body a lot of heart.
A few mix in characters from Iron Man movies appear.
Negatives: The Red Skull
origin was even more vague. There is a sudden/sad death scene (Not CA).
From the trailer I think they show up him get beat up as a
scrawny runt of a male, that was difficult to watch.
CARS 2 [Rating 2: Needs Improvement]
Positives: Of course
Lightning McQueen and Mator as well as
characters from first movie and voice of Michael Cain. Also a few
mimics of Queen of England and grandson Prince William?
Negatives: Incredibly bad
script, children would be bored a spy story
if not as well the foreign languages. Was really expecting a Disney
type LOL story
to understand, enjoy with your kids. Right off the bat and for majority
of first half if not almost entire movie is a obvious James Bond story.
learns and begins to realize the type of person he talks as, which
would not be honestly funny but is produced as sad.
Chat Room  (2010)
Positives: This was
almost a 3.5 if not a film that should have been Oscar nominated. We
all know what if not been in internet chat rooms. Imagine them for
real, you could physically walk into. Amazing script, and a few
apparently new weird songs I found interesting.
description of dvd said something about a serial killer or stalker. You
only pick up on it toward ending its (Spoiler)
of the young chatters. He
he was pulling reminds you of a Freddy Krueger (Spoiler), makes people
want to kill
themselves. The ending is rip on Final Destination.
Citizen Kane (1941) [3.5] I had to finally take a look at the alledged
and so called greatest movie and what was voted in AFI's 100 as the #1
film, Citizen Kane. I won't say I am not a fan of black/white movies,
there are a few good ones. The title made no sense and all I heard
about this one is two things. It was appparently, loosely based on
newspaper tycoon William Randolph Heart and the infamous Rosebud line
that also made top's in AFI's great movies lines. Well during and after
watching it, I started to wonder and become curious why certain films
were picked for the top 10 of all time. It was story and structure.
Citizen Kane did have that. Very lousy set of actors but they tried to
deliver. For a movie to make sense wouldn't be a historic. I gave
Citizen a 3.5, worth watching again. Not sure about purchasing. You'd
have to watch this a few times for it to make sence and figure it out.
The last half of movie was research into what Kane's last words meant,
"Rosebud". After a while I began to think it was something to do with
his childhood. His life became when he was ripped from his parents and
that started with the swinging and punching the man with his sled.
Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
[2: Needed Improvement] (Notes: Deserves a 1)
Positives: Aliens were
interesting looking, an off shoot of the Independence Day type. Both
Cowboy relationships and Native Americans did act as they should
have for their time period, almost total untrust and aggressive.
Negatives: Not even
Harrison Ford which was the only recognizable actor could have saved
the script, story, etc. Very poor in many aspects. The title was a rip
on the classic phrase "cowboys and indians". But you definitely can't
mix aliens with the old west, does'nt work.
(SPOILER NOTE: Climax
scene is reminiscent of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.)
Back to the Future Part I-III
They were all awesome despite the fact of the love story which in the
first movie was flaky, as well as Marty's brother and sister. Although
Doc Brown's love story with the teacher Clara Clayton did sell. A
little too much foul language on Marty's script for Part II. Part III
when Marty calls Buford an a**hole after his ten count was funny/great
sell. I really LOL when Doc Brown falls on the table after one drink.
Conan the Barbarian [3.5] 1982
I just barely remember seeing this on cable when I was young so watched
it again for a review. This was tailored made for Arnold. Actors,
characters, plot, story, script, scenes.
Negatives: Funny instead of
saying "god" he called his "crom". As violent and bloody as movie
looks, Arnold does not over act with out mercy as
barbarian possibly would, just as the physique for it.
Conan the Barbarian  (2011)
Actor Jason Mamoa was well casted for the lead, shows a more
aggressive, hunting warrior demeanor more than Arnold did.In any remake
story was slightly altered but fairly acceptable.
as sword kill shot gory as Arnold's version. This like Terminator put
Arnold on the map but a movie like this was made for Arnold
ironically.So I have to say, Arnold Schwartzenegger's 1982 version was
far more entertaining, in all aspects except that Jason Mamoa had as I
said a warrior's killer demeanor.
Contagion  (2011).
Modern remake of 1995's Outbreak, but a world wide view rather than
just keeping contained in a small town. Spoiler: Loosely based on the
Swine Flu H1N1
Negatives: Not enough attention of people
contaminated, more attention on the CDC executives and tracing. Never
gave a name to the disease.
With family members dying, not real emotional.
Dark Knight, The [3.5] (2008)
- Positives: It's a practical tie of the better Joker, Jack Nicholson
Heath Ledger. But Ledger's version is incredibly haunting. Ledger's
Joker (both movies Begins and DK are comic book level versions of
Batman) reminded me of Steve Railsback as Manson and Gein, incredible.
The story never stopped to impress and/or surprise. If you ever wanted
movie and comic book to meet, they finally have.
- Negatives: I still found Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer the better
Batman. Hard to imagine a
come back story for Christian Bale's Batman now.
Deadly Companions, The  (1961)
Maureen O'Hara is and always has been feisty. Brian Keith you would
think is a John Wayne protege. Good story (Im not a westerns fan, but
being that his was the first Sam Peckinpah director debut I had to
Negatives: First time in movie history you dont see a
mother not cry/freak over death of child. The character of Kit (Maureen
O'Hara) is treated unfairly by most everyone.
Decendants, The (2011) [3.5]
movies that have either been nominated and won for best picture, most
of the time deserve it. This one is one of them. Yes, George Clooney is
hot shot male star but he really helped sell the role, script,
plot. A few actors didnt fit but then against most did. I'll say one
thing for sure, this movie will make every
married man appeciate his wife.
the story and script its heart wrenching to learn of Clooney's wife
hospitalization and what he learned she had been doing behind his back.
I usually get
uptight about children/infants in horror movies. The
same thing applies for children and early teenagers using incredible
foul language. Although their father
scolds them for it as well as the older daughter lack of better word boyfriend, it seems to become comical.
The Devil Inside (2012) 
No doubt its's The Exorcist meets Paranormal Activity (or what's
becoming a new genre: Docu/Mockumentary aka Found Film). Its claimed to
be denounced by the Vatican.
Though that just gives it more credibility.
Though compared to the original Exorcist, not enough foul language. One
very funny piece of dialogue is mother that is possessed, she exclaims
foul language: "You F*cken priests all you ever do is F*cken talk!"
Something that seems new but also old that was seen in conclusion of
first Exoricist is what's called transference of demon from one human
body to another. Whether it is true
or accurate, it also is a rip or
copy on Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, where Jason's evil soul
is passed thru several characters. The movie's final shots were fair,
which really didn't
help to make a climatic finish but then again was'nt bad either (very hard to judge).
District 9  2009
- Positives: Background, Story, Special Effects. The documentary style
view was probably the best idea.
- Negatives: Needed major actors, character names, script. The aliens
were seemed like a rip on Jeff Goldbloom's The Fly. The alien's sole
problem was communication. It remind me much of Star Wars and other
scifi characters that made beeping/clicking sounds and to some/most
human characters they were fully understood. Like a foreign language
film you... See More needed the sub titles to understand them. To run
the story with treating them and the aliens acting like they were
distute/homeless then forcing written evictions like homeless humans
Django Unchained (2012) [3.5]
Positives: Script, Story,
Scenes, Actors, VERY BLOODY. In my opinion it seems to be 1983's
Scarface in slavery times. A slave climbs to status.
Negatives: I read a few
black actors were looked at for the role of Django, I noticed Will
Smith's name, he would have been better. One major negatives: No white
man and no black man were have been permitted to be partners, even an
abolishnist...The white man would have been killed by other whites and
black man returned to slavery. I also find it ironic that Samuel L.
Jackson playing a slave butler which condems Django being allowed to be
treated like a white man.
Dolphin Tale  (2011)
Lack/spite of saying close to the plot of Free Willy (child and a
killer whale), since this one is a true story and that it suffered an
its very inspiring and it turns out so authentic that "winter" the dolphin her self portrayed her self.
Although the movie shows accuracy of its discovery of being tied up,
injured, tail amputation and stubbornness of a prosthetic tail its
difficult to watch.
Don't be Afraid of the Dark  (2011)
Positives: Actors, Story,
At least the story of the creatures was told before end of movie and
very detailed too..As for their appearance not bad,
but they could have been bigger.
Negatives: Definitely the
finale with the creatures and actress. I would not have let it end or
gave up like that.
Dream House  (2011)
Seemed to start like any other normal family moving into a new house
and eventually discover something is wrong with it....
The plot, story, actors have give no real clue what the hell really
happens, happened. Never imagined anything could be worth than Blair
Empire Strikes Back, The  1980
Positives: Characters, script, story, special effects
Negatives: As popular Lando Carissian was/great respect for actor Billy
Dee Williams I found the Lando character as annoying C-3PO and Jar Jar
(annoying every movie has them). Also I found awkward was a 3 foot
character teacher a 6 foot human, "judge me by size do you?" (sorry in
this case yes). I have no prejudice of midgets/dwarfs but Yoda is a
puppet. The ultimate negative is the line from Yoda "do or do not there
is no try" Um, no such thing as practice???
The Expendables [3.5]
Positives: Now thats what I call an "All Star Cast"! Great script.
Story was fair.
Negatives: Maybe a better title.
Exorcismus  (2010)
Positives: There have
been a few modern versions or remakes of The Exorcist. Make up and
devil control of victim was realistic due to its always claimed a
evil/demon or the devil will make you harm your family/friends while
the entity appears to harm its host. Sorta
of a spoiler: Alot devil controlled murders but ending is a non
attempted copy of End of Days.
Negatives: Whether or not
the movie attempted to portray a realistic demonic possession, it
does'nt match the classic from 1973. But ironically 1973 was far more
probably exaggerated (entertaining, gory, foul language).
Footloose (2011) 
Positives: Yes there are too many past movies are being remade and this definitely no exception. Everyone who remembers
original will definitely pick up obvious scenes from the original.
Major add/change was the car crash scene that killed teens
leading to the town's law enforcement of dancing. (Spoilers) Opening scene starts with Kenny Loggins Footloose although it
the teens that will end up in crash, ironic since original movie ends
with dance that plays song "Footloose". This may seem
like negatives but it goes both ways. Only other song played by original artist was "Lets hear it for the boys".
I could say almost all as I said in positives, this went overboard with
just about every scene from original. Although one
song "Holding out for a hero' (originally done by Bonnie Tyler) remade by Ella Mae Bowen (I'm sorry but it can't be sung soft),
just killed it. Although it was intentionally casted and choreographed
this way, the outfits and dancing are over board with sexual
8213 Gacy House (2010) 
- Positives: At least their focus supposed to be a paranormal
investigation of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Use of cameras, and
other (few) paranormal equipment, room to room searching.
- Negatives: Where do I start. Where half of them acted professional,
the other half acted like childish cowards. A sold claim of true story
especially that they were viciously attacked and all found dead, if
this were true to would have made national news headlines. Major
paranormal groups like PRS, Ghost Adventures or TAPS would have filmed
investigations them selves, if they did I never heard about it. Very
little use of real paranormal equipment. A ton of cameras, probably
just for movie propping, and 1 or 2 things like EMF detector and/or K2
meter. Each team member would have had each piece of proper equipment.
Over all it sucked and lie as a true story and an insult for a real
investigation. A total rip of Blair Witch meets Paranormal Activity. It
was a claimed true story and compared to Blair Witch and Paranormal
Activity. Although the Gacy person and murders were true, this movie
and so called investigation as a joke. It lacked a Ton.
Graduate, The (1967) [3.5]
Positives: I beginning to understand why certain movie's were voted
into the 100 list. It's amazing how many movies copied (barrowed)
lines/scenes, so in a way it's out of respect or admiration for a film.
I remember the ending of Waynes World 2 and they copied pretty much the
entire wedding scene in the Graduate. But man, when I read the plot for
this. I had to see it. This married woman literally just pushed him and
he replied with no choice. I could partially relate. Great script.
Negatives: Possibly its era, backgrounds would have been better suited
in 1980's or 1990's. It would down right ridiculous for Ann Brancroft
to be throwing herself at young Dustin Hoffman, get a life although
thats the story. And it's scripted for him to just give in?
Grease (1978) [3.5]
Filled with almost all star cast and if not helped push rising stars,
the movie lived up to its era that it represented. Alot of great music
from the cast as well as background music from Rock-n-Roll era.
As popular as the particular love songs are and do respect their aspect
for the plot/script/story as well great singing by the female cast I
have bever been a huge fan of love story type movies.
Green Lantern (2011) 
- Positives: They really
dove deep into comic history (Notes: Which I though was rare although
like Transformers was mix of comic and cartoon history).
A lot of outer space adventure, story and characters which were very
good. Not a selfish one super hero view although it was supposed to be,
good script did not stay or end up like that.
- Negatives: Only a few
things I found very different rather than negative: How Hal Jordon is
found by alien is slightly different and the enemy character
Parallax in the comics was a Green Lantern turned into god figure where
the movie it as a large cosmic alien sorta. I personally never really
the Green Lantern character but had great respect for him. Know origin
from cartoons rather than comics. That's why I probably wouldn't watch
Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
Positives: Good story, characters, background, CGI.
Negatives: Many movies in history have sequals with part numbers but
this is a strange title. It sorta makes sense after watching to lead
movie/part. I was never a big fan of magic story type movies. Honestly
had to push myself to even watching all of them on dvd.
Will check out and rate final chapter "Deathly Hallows Part 2".
Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows Part 2 
Positives: Interesting story and climactic finish.
Negatives: Only their
futures I questioned. Harry was so popular he should have become a
teacher at Hogwarts. And among the
male/female relationships who ended up with who I disagree with.
The Help (2011) [3.5]
Postitives: Script, Actors, Scenes. Seems its supposed to be based on actual true accounts. I
would say the toilets in the lawn was poetic justice and laugh your a**
off even compared
to the sick pie matter. This would be a female ROOTS
Negatives: Ironically difficult to watch for harsh racism and needed for equality between employer/employee
Horrible Bosses (2011)
[2: Needed Improvement]
Positives: Cross The
Hangover (backwards) with 9-5. Fair to I guess cool ending.
Negatives: Since I never
worked in offices I can't for sure if bosses would be really like that,
but we have all had our share of bad employers,
but being a movie it was probably exaggerated a bit. Took half
the movie for real comedy to start.
The Ides of March (2011) 
Positives: Actors, Story, Scenes
Probably needed more major actors besides George Clooney, Marisa Tomei
and Phillip Hoffman. Though a dry dialogue, story has alot of elements
that current "dirty politics"
aka scandals have surfaced in past 15 years.
Inglorious Basterds 
Positives: Although VERY fictional I can why it was Oscar
nominated. Though very graphic and respectfully so, as well as an
ingenious idea of how WWII could have ended rather than D-Day
Negatives: It is was'nt
for some boring dialogue it would give it a 3.5
Insidious  (2010)
Positives: If you like movies on haunted houses, noises, stuff moving,
paranormal groups, psychics, etc. Different excuse other than
possession, as well as
not bad demon/ghost appearances.
Negatives: This is
several rips on past movies with the above items listed. Also a poor
excuse of a paranormal groups and equipment. Also very poor title.
Iron Lady, The (2011) 
I have always been a fan of biographical movies. Was definitely
interested in this one, due to growing in the 1980's she had just been
elected to Prime Minister.
The movie contains key moments of UK
history WWII, economical problems, riots, her problem as a woman in
climbing the political ranks. Although Meryl Streep I guess
good portrayal: Leonardo Deparpio and her proved anyone can play anyone
with Hollywood makeup. One thing during the 1980's was although
Margaret Thatcher was Prime
Minister, it seemed either the news or the country made Queen Elizbeth II more important.
most part of it was the music, like most anyone movie a little music or
major can work if done/used rightly proportional. But in this, it
Especially during dialogue which hindered.
I Spit On Your Grave (2010) 
Comments (Difficult to simply rate with positive/negative): A remake of
a controversial 1978 movie I only knew by rep due to its brutual rape
scene. Of course Im no fan of such horrible matter especially when
afternoon soap operas show such matter also. I said to my wife why dont
we just skip to the revenge chapters. We decided to watch and if it
gets to upsetting we will fast forward.
Well the girl being by herself in the middle of redneck woods, being a
toothpick and vaguely flirting with locals. Things like that you bring
the attention. Although she was'nt, women who wear skirts, make up and
"flirt" expect a male to just stand there and take that. Thankfully Im
Anyway, the infamous attack scene, well Ive seen worse in The Accused
and a few others. Being a slasher film fan Im into killer and revenge
scenes. But were very well created. It stuns me how any female can
psychologically and physically can place themselves in such a
The revenge scenes are truly awesome. You definitely need a stomach for
it. But for its controversial rape scene: Death Wish 1 & 2, The
Accused, Casualties of War and a few others were definitely far worse
than this was described as.
J. Edgar (2011) 
Positives: If you don't know the history of FBI or Hoover (although most know by name/rep) definitely a movie to watch.
After watching I read wikipedia for movie's accuracy. It was announced Hoover's history of being "gay"and "cross dresser"
were questionable, movie did push this but not enough to be overly disgusting. My wife and I are fans of much of today's law
enforcement shows such as Law and Order SVU and past shows like NYPD Blue, etc. So its very interesting if not stunning
to learn Hoover literally invented "finger printing and forensics".
Negatives: As much as I respect actor Leonardo Decaprio, I don't think he was the right choice for Hoover. He proves
that with a ton of make up anyone can look "large". There is nothing online (maybe by witnesses or other books, but I found
nothing online claiming that Hoover personally was onsite or made "collar" of historical criminals.
and Jill (2011) 
Positives: Script, Scenes
Negatives: Im sorry and as much as I tried to appreciate
Adam Sandler he did a poor twin female (sister). A ton of cameos. Adam
as the brother is only thing actually worked.
Something told I
wouldn't like this but from the second I realize he was portraying his
own twin sister, although a comical script, this one just plain (blows
Jaws [3.5] (1975)
Positives: Script, scenes, actors. Sells to the end as they Schieder,
Dreyfuss and Shaw board the boat. When the making of documentary was
released, its truly amazing to learn the shark was fake and production
really believed the movie would be a flat failure. The shark you swear
was real! Alot of great script lines; "Your gonna need a bigger boat."
Negatives: Opening of girl being yanked down like a yo-yo by a 25 foot
shark, giant mouth and sharp teeth was so lame but then vaguely shown
in pieces during Dreyfuss' coroner scene?
Jaws 2  (1978)
Positives: I guess shark scenes and Roy Schieder.
Negatives: Too many people scenes than shark attack scenes. Ending
killing shark scene was lame. Shieder should have been burned if not
eletricuted himself being so close to shark bit the power line.
Jaws 3 [3.5] (1983)
Positives: Not the matter of attempt at 3D but it did apparently help
in body part shots. Alot of profile actors. Ending was sorta cool.
Negatives: Having killer shark in sea world type location was ok at
best. Mention of baby shark?
Jaws: The Revenge  (1987)
Positives: Profile actors, return of wife character Ellen Brody and her
kids dealing with shark helped sell. Only shark chase at ending using
instrument to give shark a headache was cool.
Negatives: Most of movie bad story, mention of Martin Brody dieing of
heart attack sucked. Although the gun shot flash back from first Jaws
was cool and wife's idea to ram shark with boat seemed to sell. But the
shark stood up in the air in the ocean????
Karate Kid [3.5] (1984)
Positives: All actors, characters were great. Pat Morita sold as the
wise old Karate teacher. Movie sells all the way to end when Daniel's
Negatives: It's obvious all enjoys the story of the comeback kid from
being bullied (but not me since I am a survivor of bullies). Ending was
so phony. Why would tournament final opponent Johnny, who is announced
as two time champion, walk into a telegraphed kick by Daniel who is
standing on one leg.
Karate Kid  (1989)
Positives: Interesting, far more and vicious opponents for both Daniel
and Mr. Miyagi. Like how Terry Silver and bad student Mike played a
fight with each other in one scene.
Negatives: Several actually, very little tournament scenes, only at end
but story/script and antagonist characters kept pushing for Daniel to
fight in tournament. We learned rules for tournament changed that
Daniel only had to fight and defend title in final match. That would be
infair to likes of first movie antagonist Johnny. Mr. Mayagi who kept
replying Karate for defense only refused to retrain Daniel, gives in
when he realizes is former rival Creese returned with backup. Mayagi
takes them all out but Daniel does not get involved in confrontation.
Seems Daniel would lose to a much more powerful fighter in Mike Barnes
than Johnny ever was. The outside interference should have disqualified
Barnes. Barnes just stands there was Daniel begins showing
strange training moves. Such a powerful and badass opponent would have
figured out all that. First movie to not have a love interest, it's
vaguely teased (he hangs out with a girl but she rebuttals to have a
Killer Elite  (2011)
Positives: After reading that this was a remake of the Sam
Peckinpah 1975 movie, I could see Peckinpah's style in it
(fighting, car chasing, etc).
Negatives: Even the
critics, such as Rotten Tomatoes, gave negatives reviews. Plot, story
and major actors needed improvements. Even Robert Deniro
couldn't save it.
Kong  (1933)
- Positives: For it's time, (I wouldn't have known this thanks to
disc 2) the almost new stop animation of turned out pretty good, but
still not too giant. The backgrounds were also pretty good. Fay Wray
was a good screamer, probably the inventor of it. In disc 2 of the
special edition dvd they show a newly created stop
animation lost scene "the spider pit scene". Very well done.
- Negatives: Not a very good story, a movie director or producer
is pretty much
ordering a crew of roughnecks around on their own ship and they almost
accept it. Were they top actors for the time, but if that were the case
it would have taken away from the ape star. Although the 1976 remake
proved that wrong.
Lawless (2012): 
Actors, Script, Set Designs. This was apparently based on true story.
It was said NASCAR originated from moonshiners souping
up their vehicles running from the law.
Although it was continously claimed true fact, the patriarch character
Forrest was practically invincible. Being shot several times, throat
slit, falls in a frozen link drunk, he still kept getting up? Maybe
so...But difficult to believe. As corrupt as law officials can be and
know if even protect locals. Who would they actually shoot or protect, their own versus the money of
MAMA (2013) 
Positives: Actors, Scenes, CGI was fair...Character of Annabela
at least tried to be mother character to the girls even if she almost
Negatives: I have said to MANY times, "CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG IN
HORROR FILMS!" Story was confusing at times including origin of
"Mama/or what ever it/she was". Ending was not acceptible, especially
as a parent to view. I don't suggest this film be viewed by parents.
Margin Call (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Script, Plot, Scenes, The name of Investment
Firm was changed but wikipedia said its based on the fall of Lehman
Brothers. I loved the movie Wall Street,
so I wanted to compare (but
since I am poor at math I thought Id be bored). It was actually an
interesting script with great actors.
Negative: But kinda shlot/boring if not tacky ending.
Mask Maker  (2010) (Notes:
According to IMDB original title was Maskerade)
Positives: Although this
has very obvious rips on 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacure and filmed in
the original house, it was not bad for a rip or remake.
Fair kills shots and storied history to characters. Many rip scenes as
well as scripted lines from Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc (the
Negatives: Ending fair
but would've worked better as an alternate scene then actual. I just
barely accept reason why the "normal/human" characters obtained
the TCM house. The cops showing up 2nd to last scene, was clueless
although there is a vague explanation.
Men in Black 
Actors, Characters, Script. Who always shows up in a major disaster,
possible UFO or commercial vehicle crash to clean up everything. No one
could have done this better than Will and Tommy.
aliens needed work, possibly George Lucas could have improved on.The
bug, a giant cockroach fit into the the skin of even a 6ft human
male? Don't get me wrong, the giant cockroach was a great idea and the
skin break on sold, but it's head was bent down like his head was
between his legs.
Men in Black II 
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes. The statue of liberty idea was great in the end.
The postal scene needed work, as I said in MIB 1, aliens needed some
work. The primary alien uses a female model as host, yes and no. The
equipment used to restore Agent J (TLJ) was so crappy looking. Was she
Men in Black III (2012) [3.5]
Will Smith sold another good movie. Tommy Lee Jones does'nt have alot
of long scenes. Script, characters and scenes. Climax of film does
bring first Men in Black full circle.
Negatives: As much as Josh
Brolin was put over as a young Agent K, I really didnt think his acting
or story sold. The opening of film is more stunning then sad as well as
climax is a bit sad. The story for
Agent K to go back in time
doesnt really fit but that would be a major spoiler and major
discussion if your follow Star Trek time travel philosophy.
Mommie Dearest [3.5] (1981)
From daughter's Christina's point of view it was said she is among the
first (probably besides Jay North 'Dennis the Menice') to openly reveal
child abuse among child stars/children of stars. Most of Hollywood's
legend elite deny Christina's story because they never saw that side of
her mother, however most of movie shows Joan Crawford's
trial/tribulations as an actress with and without the kids.
The point of the movie is the abuse that Christina and brother
Christopher suffered, so it is a very tramatic if not psychotic series
of moments with a physically, mental and verballly abusive parent. Both
popular and difficult movie to watch.
Muppets, The (2011) [3.5]
Yes they are back and scripting leads you to story its definitely a
sequal not a remake. The opening is great with the
Muppets concerting to major hits like Boehemian Rhapsody and an AC/DC song. Jack Black makes alot of what seems like
cameo shots, as well as Whoopi Goldberg and few other actors. Original Muppets scripting is incredibly funny. Especially scene
Jack Black tied to a chair yelling to a live tv audience he's being
held hostage by weirdos. The old men "Statler and Waldorf"
Muppets say "now you know how we felt for the past 20 years" OMG THAT WAS FUNNY! The adult antagonist character, he
was either based on or would give "Dallas"'s JR Ewing competition.
There is a new muppet named Walter and although it seems to be the 1st
half of plot, he ironically does'nt fit (which is
the plot). Also two adult characters love story is heavily plotted,
again Im not a love story fan- leave the love story in a
Muppet movie to Miss Piggy and Kermit. The ending seems sad and how it's scripted honestly does'nt make sense.
My Soul To Take (2010) 
- Positives: It seemed like pretty good for a while especially being a
Wes Craven movie. Even the description contained a Michael Myers meet
Freddy Krueger made sense. . Eventually you think you know who the
killer is, an explanation why it is happening is a pretty good
story. But 96% is worth watching, thankfully as I said its Wes
- Negatives: Only the killer appeared in a stupid costume. Although the
seemed it was a demon possession situation. Fair kill shots but like
typical horrors it drags to each kill shot. But who it turns out to be
actually make no sense but needed "who the killer was" make sense.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) 
- Positives: Great use and visuals via stationary cameras. Sorry for
the pun, the paranormal activity was I guess descent (especially the
kitchen door scene, awesome).
- Negatives: NEVER USE OR PLACE CHILDREN ESPECIALLY A BABY IN A HORROR
MOVIE. I FIND THAT UNACCEPTABLE! Too much family scripting and not
enough paranormal. In the trailer you saw scenes of the baby crawling
outside the house and a demon figure seen at the bathroom door (but the
netflix dvd does not carry those).
Paranormal Activity 3  (2011)
As fair as the previous 2. I also liked vhs cameras rather than today's
digital. The second movie had a pretty good kitchen scene, but part 3
an even more awesome one. I would love to know how they produced
it. Will have to wait for a hopeful dvd commentary to find out.
said this a few times, don't involve children in horror movies. There
was major hype about the final 15 minutes, honestly it was'nt
close to the PA 1's ending.
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) 
Positives: Actually a are
far better filmed of all the PA's. A handheld camera is used rather
than boring stationary cameras. Teen girl has interesting computer
communications. A paranormal moments are interesting, especially
shocking light crash.
Negatives: Although it
seems one child is the baby from ending of Part 3 and his activity if
interesting, the kids getting out of bed constantly gets annoyingly
redundant. The killings seem all the same, thats stupid. Ending scene
the people appear to look vampirish..???
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-2011) [3.5]
Comments: First, I honestly did not think I would bother to watch any
of them. Reason being, how does Disney portray Pirates other than what
they really are by definition. As I began watching the first it was
Johnny Depp (who Im honestly not a fan of) who did a fantastic and
sarcastic drunk Foster Brooks is a Pirate. Each movie's story did a
great job of portraying the ancient Pirate sea stories and how
legendary they had always been told thru out the centuries.
Paul (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Good script, scenes, comic use of foul language. Lots
of references and scenery to famous alien/space movies. Jason Bateman
and Sigourney Weaver were only good casting.
Negatives: Casting, spots for foul language is fair but how it was
written needed some work.
Premium Rush (2012) [3.5]
Positives: Although film
takes in NYC, I reminded me when I was a bike courier in Center City
Philadelphia called Kangaroo Courier (only for a few months in very
early 1990's, I just checked the internet and they are still in
existence)....The film's courier office looked the same as what I
remember Kangaroo's did (from memory) but I dont remember so many bikes
hanging from walls. You supplied your own bikes, fix your own bikes,
kept in touch I think by bulky flip phones. Very fast paced movie. I
think some bike couriers did ride that fast but very dangerous and
illegal. It was a rule if not safe warning not to ride fast. Cops in
movie yelled at him to "stop and walk that bike", I remember being
yelled at by cops once or twice the same arriving at delivery bldg.
Great story of humanity, friendship, very funny police escapes...Interesting bike and vehicle stunts.
Negatives: I would not have ridden a bike that FAST in major center
city, very dangerous and unlawful. Money was not that great since I
think I only last a few months (unless you were fast rider and carried
multiple packages). In film, bikers used wired cell phone head appartus
to communicate, I only had a flip cell phone. I doubt ANY biker could
practically survive bike crashes flipping over cars and not suffer
broken something and lacarated, get back up and continue riding.
Prometheus (2012) 
Has some attempts to repeat or be familiar with 1979 Alien, after all
this it's prequal. Some scenes do explain what we would see in 1979
of film has an interesting story of archaeological findngs of ancient Earth and alien origins.
Negatives: Most actors are unfamiliar. (Major
Spoilers: the infamous "the company" statement is not repeated but
possibly the old man in apparent old recording at beginning and
is possibly the owner of the company...Th 6ft alien that is the primary
villian of every movie is not seen but a different type egg released
face grabber does appear. There is also a
different impregnation type of scenes.) The apparent CGI or computer scenes for the ship is too CGI especially when it didnt exist in 1979.
Puss in Boots (2011) 
Positives: Voice actors (though unless you know "all" the actors you won't recognize who they are portraying). Although
the story starts slow you pick up the names of fairy tale characters then realize what/where this is going. Scripting does seem
skip but a good amount of funny lines. Its an attempt to give fairy
tale characters a real existence. Only reason I even watched
this is due to our enjoyment of cats.
Negatives: So called animation, that looked more like 3-D but not the type need red/blue paper glasses. Movie starts slow so
unsure of plot till fairy tale characters names are revealed. The star character Puss and "egg" character are brothers???
(well raised together that is). Some fairy tale character's plots are changed for story's run. I was generous giving this a 3.
Ragin Bull (1980) [3.5]
- Positives: Goodfellas meets Rocky. Since I have respect both
Goodfellas (Joe Pesci, Robert Deniro and others), and the movie Rocky.
The special edition dvd says commentary with two people along with Jake
LaMotta himself (yet to hear it). I was surprised he was still alive.
- Negatives: With the brutality the movie portrays and language I can
see why I never noticed it on regular tv. Talk about paranoid and self
Return of the Jedi 1983 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, script, special effects
Negatives: I found the Ewoks (Unlike Yoda the Ewoks were midget actors
in suits, great respect for them. Their scripted characters, although
as mass army, taking down as army of 6 foot laser gun armed
troops?) most annoying and un-needed as was the forest moon
scenes, but that was part of story to eliminate the Death Star defense
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(2011) [2: Needed Improvement]
(Notes: I have to assume this is a reboot for a start to
Positives: Plot, Script, Characters. Many references, names and famous
script lines from 1968 Planet of the Apes.
Negatives: Story carried too much attention on scientific experiments
that led to their intelligence. Also too much screen time with single
ape instead of more
with gathering of apes. (Spoiler)
Apes did attain intelligent tactics and spite but not rabid anger
(though it would appear so).
Rite, The  (2011)
Positives: Based on a
book due to the Vatican began hiring Priests for a abundant of
exorcisms. I would just about consider calling this
"The Exorcist V", though carefully enough the events of the the
first are vaguely mentioned or even teased. "What did you expect head
pea soup?". A young pregnant girl apparently possessed spits profanity
which seems to be rewritten script of the first movie but again this
nothing to do with the 3-4 Exorcism movies.
Negatives: Like I said
this has nothing to do with the original movies and is not even titled
them, but scripting and scenes did seem to copy or
follow similarities. The ending as most exorcism movies has the priest
take the demons possession, (SPOILER), that does'nt happen. It's ending
is "that's it" at best. They should have had an alternate ending for
the dvd though.
Rocky [3.5] 1976
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes
As much respect most people who have watched this film and critics, his
scripting for being unconfident with his ability to climb world
of boxing ladder. And his own speech as Rocky, not scripting, was very
dry. Also, you look up boxers, whether ranked or local in a book?
Honestly unsure if boxing promoters have the right to decide who the
champion faces or does the league the title is governed by. Lost
mistake by Creed is saying that January 1 is the nation's birthday.
Rocky II  1979
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes
Its doubtful that the champion would answer critics by challenging the
opponent. Once a fight is over, yes the fight either way is criticized
whom ever wins, not sure who would order or want a rematch. One stand
out problem with the Rocky film series is the bloody punishment they
"supposedly" endure. Many years if not decades ago they did, but for
health, making a living and barbaric results fight would be stopped
almost after the immediate sight of blood.
Rocky III [3.5] 1982
Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes, Music. (Mr. T sold as one of the
most vicious if not by mistake favorite antagonist characters in film
history. A much more vicious version of Muhammad Ali)
Again, just like the boxing promoter in first film, Creed in II,
Mickey-his trainer decides who he fights. That does'nt legally work
probably but it makes good script again. Burt Young his ENTIRE career
plays a bum in some fashion/way or another. He really goes all out to
prove that in opening.
Rocky IV [3.5] 1985
Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes, Music. (Stallone really sold a
great script at ending "in this fight, you saw two guys killing each
other. Well I think thats better than twenty million)
Besides Dolph Lundren will always be remembered for "the Russian in
Rocky", his character was over sold as powerful if not unbeatable. He
annihilates Apollo Creed but Rocky is able to go toe, whether or not
Apollo did'nt take him seriously.
Rocky V [3.5] 1990
Actors, Script, Scenes. (Far more involved family dispute dialogue
between Stallone, real life son Sage and even Talia Shire).
Original scripting called for Rocky to die but movie rights with studio
overrode Stalllone. Rather than a boxing finale, they end up in a
Philadelphia Street Fight, it worked but it was'nt ring work that we
are used to. Richard Gant sold a off shoot of real promoter Don King,
in the end he repeated to Rocky "if you touch me I'll sue". Rocky does
hit him and replies "sue me for what". Rocky assumes the promoter
would'nt win a law suit based on the neighborhood would not
Rocky Balboa  2006
Positives: Characters, Script, Scenes
Sorry, the way Stallone aged Rocky, he could still take on a young
opponent? The film series should have ended with "V" and still mourning
the loss of Adrian does and does not help. This one just makes the
actors and history of Rocky out of date.
Scream of the Banshee (2011) 
Positives: A new look or version of Pandora's Box. I also thought the creature's way of attacks reminds you a female Freddy
Kruegar. The creature reminds me a few puppet type characters (Twilight Zone The Movie) and (Dark Crystal).
(Spoiler) Opening scene could have had a better script of why/how
creature ended up in the box although ironically that
is what was shown. Doesn't really explain what time period it occurred although a Knight capture's it.
Sherlock Holmes  (2010)
Positives: Actors, Characters, Scenes
Script was difficult to figure out. But only at the ending as Holmes
explains/diduces to his nemesis Blackwood about everything thru out
movie, then the plot
and story can be understood. (I geneously gave
it a 3, not until Holmes explains everything to Blackwood is worthy of
a 3). Also the infamous Holmes theory of reasoning "what ever is left,
however unlikely, must be the truth" is never scripted.
Sitter, The (2011) [3.5]
Script, Scenes. Definitely a remake of 1987's Adventures in Baby
Sitting, just male version. But all casted, did and didnt sell.
I was thinking (the late) Chris Farley would have been great for this. Honestly better than the 1987 version.
Negatives: Seemed like no major actors, (so/but the script/scenes saved the movie)
Skyfall (2012) [3.5]
Characters, Script, Story, Scenes. The story really sold, with what
turns out to be a agent surviving past torture and getting even via
Negatives: First half of the movie, seemed to
lead that they would kill Bond off, (let alone be shot and
questioned for active duty) Most of the actors seemed ok for the roles
but them some seemed to be updated (an older Bond? and young actor
to portray "Q". I even questioned actor Daniel Craig (not disrespect).
Skyfall (2012) [3.5]
Characters, Script, Story, Scenes. The story really sold, with what
turns out to be a agent surviving past torture and getting even via
Negatives: First half of the movie, seemed to
lead that they would kill Bond off, (let alone be shot and
questioned for active duty) Most of the actors seemed ok for the roles
but them some seemed to be updated (an older Bond? and young actor
to portray "Q". I even questioned actor Daniel Craig (not disrespect).
Social Network, The (2010) 
- Positives: Hearing and reading about the actual history it seems the
factual history appears to be accurate depending of course what you
believe based on the published story. But the lawsuit scenes are a
definite he said vs he said. Actor choices were apparently good. A line
in the movie I was impressed by (depending an historical accuracy) Mark
Zuckerburg replying to the Winklevoss brothers "If Facebook was really
your idea why didn't you create it?!"
- Negatives: Where do I start. Movie reviews are not supposed to be or
even made personal. But as I say to alot of people why would anyone
listen to a "movie critic" its just an opinion. But this movie hit a
personal nerve/demon in me. I spent/lived and worked for a company that
housed off campus living to UPenn students in Philadelphia. So I
believe I know college students, although I never was one technically
(did briefly attended tech school for less than a year). The image of
college students I saw showed them to be arrogant, know it alls and
pretty succeeding in jamming their foot in doors and in their own
mouths. Ive seen so many college portrayed movies that it seems the
only two goals are "a degree and getting laid".
Note: I only ended up on Facebook because a friend of mine, bullied me
on to it. :)
Source Code  (2011)
Positives: Seems like a
remake of Bruce Willis 12 Monkeys and a take on the "repeated script"
episode "Cause and Effect" from Star Trek: TNG. Eventually you cheer
for the hero to fulfill his mission.
Negatives: The chamber
the hero is in is very vague, even in script to character himself. The
title should have been "Guinea Pig is a Corpse" or "Corpse is A Guinea
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot. An historic question is
answered at practical ending to whom were the first aliens human made
contact with. Simple enough the most popular race. Both James Cromwell
and Marina Sirtis were hysterical in their drinking scene.
Negatives: The background story for going back in time due to Borg
interference was good but seemed cheesy. The 24th century Enterprise
crew literally helping make the first warp flight was without a doubt
cheesy if not literally involved in their own existence. Even in
the last Star Trek series Enterprise their mention vaguely.
Star Trek: Generations 1994 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot.
Negatives: The Nexus??? My god, how many times travel episodes did each
series do and this is the best they could come up with??? The title is
also too simple, again.
Star Trek Insurrection 1998 [3.5]
Positives: Script, Scenes. Some scenes with TNG crew experiencing youth
again due to the planet's properties was interesting and funny.
Negatives: This was more like a tv episode than a movie should have
only been that. If it was'nt the TNG crew it may have almost sucked.
Star Trek Nemesis 2002 
Negatives: Poor story, script, plot. All time worst Star Trek film. The
death of Data was not expected, just barely understable.
Star Trek The Motion Picture 1977 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Script, Scenes, Special Effects
Negatives: Story was questionable or needed a tad better re-write. The
title of movie is not the point of vague but too simple. Not a big fan
of original tv series and the plot's seems like s 2 hour expanse of a
would be tv episode. This was of course just a reunion of TOS
Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan 1982 
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes, Special Effects. Ricardo
Montalban was a fantasic antagonist.
Negatives: Not saying the plot was negative because its of course an
enemy character from the TOS returning for revenge, hence the name. So
although the title is cool, it should have been more incognito.
Possibly more damage to the ship would have improved it. Spock's
death although poignant, could have been done better in face make up.
Star Trek III The Search For Spock 1984 
Positives: Characters, Script, Story. Christopher Lloyd did a great
original Klingon as they have always been portrayed as.
Negatives: I can only think it would be copying or they actually did
copy Leonard Nimoy's documentary tv show "In Search of " title. The
plot to bring Spock back 3/4 of the movie of course but the script for
it was vague. Kirstie Alley should have returned as Savvik. Killing of
Kirk's son David should have been a fight but was just as bully vs no
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home 1986 
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script. Although it was a good story,
plot was so similar to ST: TMP, the scripted awkward ness of the foul
language of mostly Spock and spots by Kirk were comical. Really
funny was when Kirk and crew blocked the harpoon and shut off the
Klingon ship cloak scaring off the whaling ship. There are many great
script rebuttals so the foul language was unnecessary.
Negatives: The attempt to implement foul language due interacting with
people in 1986 was almost stereotypical. A few mistakes can be easily
found. In the outgoing message by President of the UFP says "signals as
almost totally ionized our atmosphere". Spock says "the President did
say the signal was directed at Earth's oceans."
Star Trek V The Final Frontier 1989 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Scenes and Script just barely.
Negatives: First thing on this list was title. Should have been used
for a final movie rather than a title to probably described the reason
behind the plot. Second, the plot. How many people in reality think and
do this. Searching for God of all things does and cannot be
implemented, scripted, written or even thought into SCIENCE FICTION!
Well then again? It seemed to me almost all actors were out of shape.
Kirk said this "great barrier" was at center of galaxy. How many times
at Star Trek journeyed there probably. Just a lame if not poor script,
plot. Worst of Kirk area movies. What was with the apparent nude scene
for Nichelle Nichols??
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 1991 
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot. Although Star Trek TNG's
episode Yesterday Enterprise explains how the Klingon peace treaty came
to be. So this movie is what would be considered the preliminaries to a
Negatives: The Klingon prison did seem to much like their type. Add on
the fact I thought Klingon's don't take prisoners, they kill their
enemies. Although the title was explained in pre-post production
statements, still didn't seem like Star Trek language. Spock's rebuttal
with Kirk "only Nixon could go to China" was questionable. The famous
and historical phrase explains how Nixon would help bring a conclusion
to the Vietnam War but this movie Humans-Klingons were referred as the
cold war between US-Russian.
Star Wars (Episode IV A New Hope) 1977 [3.5]
(Notes: If film work like this did'nt exist to the level it was
released back in 1977 I probably would be illuminated as I would be in
a 2011 stadium style theater. So I have to admit watching it thousands
of times on television killed it's image of being original. I think I
saw it on television even before video since my first theater movie was
until at least 1984-1986)
Positives: Characters, script, story, special effects.
Negatives: Kill scenes a bit to graphic for even science fiction. As
comical and enjoyable as everyone would find C-3PO I found his, lack of
better word, naiveness or constant wary annoying as most found Jar Jar
Binks was in Episode I.
Star Wars (Episode I The Phantom Menace) 1999 
Positives: Story, characters, script. Pod Race was great. (Note: As
most found the character Jar Jar Binks annoying I though he was
Negatives: The title; should have been just "The Beginning". As much as
I liked Jar Jar his people needed a little more work on CGI art. The
character-friendship between Anakin and Padme seemed ok as friends, it
was difficult to picture them having a relationship-future in this
Star Wars (Episode II Attack of the Clones) 2002 [3.5]
Positives: (It's very much impossible to say any other way, but exclude
the love story; all aspects of film were fine).
Negatives: The love story begins for Anakin and Padme, and as much as
it was needed it dragged it (since Im not a super fan of romance
movies). And it would not have worked if Anakin had'nt sprouted to
about 6'5. Padme's script even kept telling him she was not comfortable
reminding him she remembers him as a child.
Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith 2005 [3.5]
Positives: Story, characters, special effects. The battle between Yoda
and the Emperor was fantastic, it was a representation of God vs The
Devil. The birth of Darth Vader was long awaited movie moment
(interesting they even brought back James Earl Jones for the voice).
Negatives: The light saber battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan reminded
me as Lord of the Rings, way too long. However it was fast and furious.
Movie really sowed up loose ends quickly. Anakin's turn which although
dragged from his, Episode II's, frustrated attitude and impatience
turned into what seemed as he were drugged addicted by Senator
Palpatine. The choice to just turn and attack everyone insight could be
viewed as a serial killer's mind. If the Wookies were scripted why
was'nt the Han Solo character added as a cameo.
The Smurfs (2011) 
(Notes: I noticed bad reviews online for this, but Im a fan of
the original cartoon so I had to see it. Not bad at all)
Characters, Script, Story. Very good job of character on The Smurfs
based on the original cartoons. Hank Azaria did a great Gargamel.
Negatives: Only that a
few Smurf character names were changed. Needed a far more negative and
rough voice for Grouchy.
Super 8 (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Great script,
story, scenes, actors. It was Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets
Cloverfield! Lot of scenes were shocking,
edge of your seat, OMG, What the moments! (Note: Probably will purchase
Cloverfield the "thing/creature" was vaguely shown, but even thru put
movie an outline of body was shown and full face I guess?
Task. The  (2011)
Positives: A definitely ironic script when it came to character choice
as apart of the script. (I dont mean casting). Prison was good size,
good set decor. A seemingly interesting view of how a reality show is
produced and ironic twist in story/script.
Negatives: Like most non majors, possibly a major actor or plural was
needed. And even final destination kills shots would have helped also.
Texas Chainsaw Massacure 3D (2013) 
Positives: It is
announced as direct sequal for 1974 version although there
was 1986 Part 2. However it seems to take place almost
immediately after the girl escapes in pick up truck in 1974 version.
Actor Gunner Hansen who played original Leatherface (Bubba Swayer) has
cameo as a relative of Swayer family when police confront them, his
white beard is really noticable. Although same good gory material, not
enough teen victims.
(SPOILER): When typical
girl survivor, discovers she is relative is Swayer family, she turns
and help Leatherface, her script line to him WAS SO FUNNY I WILL
REMEMBER IT FOREVER and you will actually cheer as Leatherface gets
even with town posse. Dif type of ending were used to but not bad.
Leatherface shows her a sealed letter which reveals more family history
but ironically shocking is her grandmother; is played by actress Maryln
Burns the survivor in 1974.
Negatives: Although good
gory material not enough teen victims. May it was me but his make up
job and possibly body size is not as great in original TCM's. Also, Ive
notice this in films in the past 10 yrs...ENOUGH WITH the TOOTHPICK
Thing, The  (2011)
Uh boy, a few elements of the 1982 version of tacked in. A stand out
scene in the 1982 version, the spider human head, was remade into a
full body (talk about a rip off).
I won't say I hated it but since I
was a big fan of 1982 Kurt Russell version I had to check it out. There
were two new never before done elmemts: that the creature could not
non bio parts like teeth fillings and the crew entered the spacecraft,
Remember, if you ever did or watched, a copy of a copy of vhs tape,
same here. Its a definite attempt to combine the 1951 and 1982
versions. Kinda of a lame ending. How
many others have reached a second remake (1951, 1982, 2011)
Thor  (2011)
Positives: Actors, Story. I honestly was never a fan of
apparent comic or cartoon version. I know there is historical
references that he was a Norse god. I have yet to read on the
comic/cartoon character to see how well the movie was accurately based.
I was actually impressed.
Negatives: Like I said I don't know the character history
enough but according to the movie he had a brother name Loki who is
historically known as god of mischief which is not referenced at all
Titanic 1997 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Plot, Script, Historical Scenes
Negatives: Most notably the love story although it did work apparently.
Although much was done on historic records, interviews and
anatomy/video of wreckage, a few scenes were either admitted to be a
tad exaggerated or later discovered possibly inaccurate.
Total Recall (2011) 
Character and storied references from the 1990 (AS) version. A few CGI
scenes. There is a cameo from a actress who passes a security check
point, which in 1990 version, Arnold is dressed as a woman which her
head seperates "get ready for a surprise" and she reprieses her
scripted first line "2 weeks". However, nothing unsual happens but you
do remember her face, but she seemed to slim down.
Where do I start, actors, reworked script which didnt work. 1990
version was very violent but it worked. Too much CGI, sometimes if
work, this was too cheesy.
Toy Story 3 (2010) [3.5]
- Positives: Yes an anticipated animated sequel. Except for a few
missing characters and voices from the first two it was still pretty
good. It's final scenes are lines are emotional but it's call growing
up and letting go. I am being generous giving it a 3.5, the animation
and actor voices and being apart of the Toy Story saga is what saves it.
- Negatives: The storied backgrounds needed different ideas. If they
were deliberately taken to a day care center would make sense. The
apparently bad characters that ruled the day care center, didn't sell.
Looking back at Toy Story 2, the bear was a rip on The Prospector's
story. Also the story's time lime, having him jump from boy to getting
ready for college is one heck of a jump for a sequel. They should have
continued thru an animated tv series like Star Wars Clone Wars did.
Transformers (2007) [3.5]
Positives: Thank god, Peter Cullen voiced Optimus Prime, other wise its
doubtful this movie would have worked. Action scenes, script, Shia
LaBeouf was ok for Sam.
Negatives: Before I learned the Transformers themselves were CGI, I
believed they were actually for real, animatronics (I described as a
"starving artist put together model"). I've also said many times
"sex" doesn't sell with me in movies and television (not needed) so
neither did Megan Fox. Movie would have truly sold using original G1
cartoon voice actors. Megatron killing Jazz so easy sucked but it was
placed to sell Megatron's brutality.
Dark of the Moon (2011)  (Notes: That's
being generous, should give it a 2)
- Positives: Nasa Story,
Many G1 Cartoon references. Director Michael Bay always delivers with
great CGI, Action and Explosions.
Cameo by legendary astronaut
Buzz Aldrin. A few new Transformer appearances such as Shockwave,
apparently Unicron and others.
Favorite scene in film in film is Rose Huntington-Whiteley's Carly with
a verbal spot with Megatron, was totally awesome!
- Negatives: First,
Sam's problem & reason for finding a job was stretched ridiculously
long and more an insult to the character.
Second, I'm honestly not a fan of sex in movie or television (and thats
just the view of young females in short dresses). Rose
just a blond usage for the G1 character Carly. Even Megan Fox had
better action scenes again was not a fan of her sexual matter in
Third, Sentinel Prime's heel turn totally unexpected, my mouth dropped
in shock. Fourth, Optimus Prime taking out main Decepticons by himself
scripted selfishly. Fifth, if Buzz Aldrin had a minute + cameo, movie
should have had Donald Trump spotted for 5+ seconds running out of
in Chicago scenes. Sixth, a little overboard with Decepticons take over
and rampage of Chicago, it looked like something out of a Terminator
And last, movie way too long, 2 and half hours.
(Notes: My friend Mark and I agree movie's end's too abruptly but
it seemed as a probable trilogy finale)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen [3.5] (2009)
Positives: Great start to finish script, scenes, more Transformer
characters and following more on G1 cartoon story lines.
Negatives: As mentioned in first Transformers review, Im not of fan of
female characters used almost primary for gf but name as movie in
history that does'nt. As much as they brought/shoved in the story/scene
of Optimus being killed (it was more a prison gang up than the 1986
version of a one on one leader vs leader fight), so it was horrible to
Tron [3.5] 1982
Postives: For the era of computer graphics, it was awesome. Great
story. Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner were great
Negatives: The other actors were fair. However the computer graphics
seemed too grayish almost black and white.
Tron: Legacy  2010
Positives: Fair story as a sequaled follow up with the son looking for
his father and much reference from the first as well scene elements.
Negatives: Background scenes were more dark, horror like even. The
scripted story of what happened to the father, characters and "the
grid" since the son growing up was kinda vague somewhat difficult to
understand. Climax at ending fair could needed better scripting or
Twilight Saga (2011) [Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse] 
A different plot of which discovering and hiding for Vampires.
Ironically the character Edward does not want to attack
or turn Ella into a vampire but protects her.
Negatives: I have never accepted or like vampire movies/characters due to Hollywood's past creating, exaggerating, and if not
vampire history. And of course Im not fan of love stories. But had
finally watch these due to their overboard popularity.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) 
Comments: I could both ways positive/negative when it comes to even spoiling the story and ending.
Major Spoiler Alert: First 20 minutes are for those who enjoys weddings. But when a strange pregnancy threatens
Bella's life, all know and say the baby will cause her death but takes Edward to change her over to save her (I'd
call that a good script). The final shot of movie is what she always wanted.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) [3.5]
Characters, Script. As much as I always promoted Im not into love
stories, this was more the protection of a child. And should
nomimated for picture of the year. Bella's vampire education was very interesting.
As always Im not a love story fan. The final battle should have been a
larger group versus the valtouri, although what the battle is
actually revealed as, both a let down and relief.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) 
- Positives: Since I absolutely loved the first in 1987, a sequel would
be intriguing. When I read Charlie Sheen would have a cameo (I said a
line from Superman II, "man this is gonna be good!"). Michael Douglas
sold great just - as he did in the first movie.
- Negatives: I was impatient so I read about the movie before watching
it, and was surprised by a few things. His very young son Rudy had
committed suicide(OMG!) and where did this daughter Winnie come from?
Charlie Sheen would only have a cameo and what he says in a brief
confrontation with Gecco turns out to be hypocritical. It's probably
the updated look of media, internet and the financial world I don't
care to hear or see now, didn't push/sell this to something I'd wanna
Wizard of Oz, The 
(1939) (Notes: Just watched recently released 2 disc special edition)
Positives: But listening
to interviews/docs of TWOZ author, making of and
commentary it put the movie in a better and more respectful light.
Negatives: Due to, like
Star Wars, tv/cable have played it a million times and ruined its
War Horse (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Script, Scenes, Story, Direction, Surprising impressed at this
epic. I compared it to 1990 movie Chips
the War Dog. Was amazing how many times horse changed owners.
of WWI scenes. You learn alot of the nationalities,
living conditions, ventures during the war didnt know much about during
Negatives: A few things seemed fiction. When a horse is typical hurt/injured
it's usually put down...In reality it would have been put down,
respectively several moments in the movie.
We Bought a Zoo (2011) 
A few things were changed but based on a true story. Talk about "sorta"
being suckered into buying property. Casting, Scenes, Animals, Story.
Seems like a
real look at what is takes to operate a zoo.
Almost any and every true story gets change, which I really hate. There
is a supposed early teen love plot which doesn't work unless both sides
are into it.
Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) 
Positives: Actors, Script, Plot.
Negatives: Even more concern is the movie give's someone new ways to secure
a bldg for an attack. I thought of Dhamer, Manson, Damien but they
were obvious, explainable problems.
This kid had an original hate for
life, for almost no reason. The word sociopath was in the reviews.
Wrath of the Titans (2012) [3.5]
Actors, Characters, Story, Scenes. This is a sequal for the remake of
Clash of the Titans, but this sequal would have sold better for the
Negatives: Because the 2010 remake ends with
Percesus and Andromeda not marrying, so Wrath follows up with Perseus
with a child thats not Andromeda's, which does'nt really help.
Although CGI works for creatures
only looks fair for gods. The climax of gods vs gods goes to easy and should have been more aggresive or complicated.
X-Men First Class (2011) 
- Positives: Fairly
interesting story to a movie version of their beginning. Good special
effects. Hugh Jackman has
and awesome reply to both Charles and Erik, probably favorite scene in
- Negatives: Opening of
movie, you were not sure if you were watching X-Men 2000 release, but
story was understandable.
A few notable characters were or became obvious but some if not most
never heard of them. I thought according to comic books, especially the
cover of Uncanny X-Men #1 Storm and Cyclops were the First Class. Although my friend Mark noticed as
they used Cerebro to search out young
mutants for the first time, I missed a young Storm. Knowing somewhat of
their origins via cartoons/comics, at least movie did show them but a
were either strange, unexpected or didn't work. The naming of most of
characters is weak due scripting giving it to one person.
How sides are drawn between Professor X and his students, Magneto and
the Evil Brotherhood is also weak.
Yogi Bear  (2010)
Script, CGI, Scenes. While I watched I didn't realize Dan Akroyd voiced
Yogi, which maybe was 80% close to original cartoon. Justin Timberlake
voiced Boo Boo, which was perfect from original.
Negatives: Story not
straight. Jellystone Park, although obviously ficitional, based on its
size I would assume is a national park so could not be sold by greedy
mayor for development. Most cartoons/CGI voiced characters is one thing
but there was no question by humans that about a talking bear/animal
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 
Positives: Apparently is
the CIA, several years searching and torchering Al Qaeda suspects,
discovery and special forces execution of Osama Bin Laden. Reading
history and reviews it seems to be TOO accurate that it put those
involved lives at stake in real life. Movie was well over 2 1/2 hours
long. Some very shocking moments with Al Qaeda surprise attacks. The
special forces assault on Bin Laden's compound is what really sells the
Negatives: Although Im a
history buff, first part of film focusing on torchering suspects and
search for Bin Laden does almost hang on being boring. (SPOILER),
Osama Bin Laden's execution is incredibly vague, and accoring to
interviews else where on the internet he was called out by name but
since the bldg/rooms were VERY DARK he is practically unseen.
The Zoo Keeper (2011) [3: Worth
Positives: Stallone and Cher sold as the lions
Negatives: Negatives: A
tad bit better selection of character voices...The actor for zookeeper
was fair. The gold digging gf part was scripted too much
(she dumps him them comes back for him yrs later that makes sense)