Monday, May 10, 2010

The Untouchables



  • Genre : Crime/Drama
  • Written By : Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness
  • Directed By : Brian De Palma
  • Release Date : June 2, 1987
  • Running Time : 119 Minutes
Starring
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Synopsis
Kevin Costner is idealistic federal agent Eliot Ness, whose assignment to clean up Prohibition-era Chicago leads to violence and manly questions about upholding the law. Initially powerless to stop the flow of booze into the city (the police force is corrupt and everyone in town seems to be on the mob's payroll), Ness finds guidance from an older streetwise cop (Sean Connery, who won an Academy Award for this role) who convinces him he'll need to break some rules if he wants to bring down head mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro).

My Review
Brian De Palma really turned this movie into one of the most memorable and greatest gangster film ever. Kevin Costner played his part as federal agent, Eliot Ness, and he did really well I must say. You also shouldn't miss Sean Connery as he is the sole reason why the movie turned out to be great as his role helping Costner out in the movie. Sadly Robert De Niro had a so-so performance but still it was good.
As for the scenes in the movie, Brian De Palma did one hell of a job directing as he kept the gun fighting and the drama scenes at a good level. One scene right before the end with all the gun fights was my favorite in particular.
Overall it was a very exciting movie.
My Recommendations
  • Gangster fans must see
  • Excellent film



Rating : 3.5/5

Friday, May 7, 2010

And Justice For All


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson
  • Directed By : Norman Jewison
  • Release Date : June 29, 1979
  • Running Time : 119 Minutes
Starring
Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Christine Lahti

Synopsis
Al Pacino is Arthur Kirkland, a sharp defence lawyer with a heart, who is dealing with a witch-hunting ethics tribunal, crazy and arrogant judges, an ill grandfather, a law partner (Tambor) on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a new relationship. He definitely did not need the crazy new case that lands on his lap in the form of his least favourite judge, Henry T. Fleming. Soon, Arthur is faced with some decisions that will challenge his beliefs and affect his future.

My Review
I was deeply moved by Al Pacino's portray of Arthur Kirkland as he defends his clients through the hardships and corruption of the court.
The movie was interesting on my part, just if u are looking for a "Court Drama" movie, this is not it because this is a movie telling the immorality that could happen in court and anywhere else, it also shows how it could affect people's lives.
Well in this movie, Al Pacino had his finest acting moments and truly define acting in a way that I could say MAGNIFICENT.
You might also recognize one of Al Pacino's most memorable line, "You're out of order! This whole trial is out of order!", definitely a must watch scene.
The only downside to the movie for me was, I thought it was gonna be a "Court Drama" type movie and so I just wasn't satisfied that the movie didn't show on him getting enough evidence on his cases but all and all, it was a fantastic movie


My Recommendations
  • Two Thumbs Up
  • Astonishing Performance
  • Al Pacino Fan's Must Watch Movie



Rating : 4/5

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gangs Of New York


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Jay Cocks (also story), Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Directed By : Martin Scorsese
  • Release Date : December 20, 2002
  • Running Time : 168 Minutes
Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson

Synopsis
Set in New York City between 1840 and 1863, this is the story of a young man named Amsterdam (DiCaprio) who seeks vengeance against Bill "The Butcher" Poole (Day-Lewis), the man who killed his father as a result of warfare between the powerful Manhattan gangs.

Gladiator


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : David H. Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • Directed By : Ridley Scott
  • Release Date : May 5, 2000
  • Running Time : 154 Minutes
Starring
Russel Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, and Djimon Hounsou

Synopsis
Before Maximus (Crowe), the heroic Roman General, can honor the wishes of his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) by assuming the emperor's role, the emperor's cruel and corrupt son Commodus (Phoenix) orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Escaping death, Maximus assumes the life of an anonymous gladiator, fighting his way back to the Roman Colosseum where he seeks revenge and a return to justice for Rome.

Me, Myself & Irene



  • Genre : Comedy
  • Written By : Peter Farrelly, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly
  • Directed By : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Release Date : June 23, 2000
  • Running Time : 116 Minutes
Starring
Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Anthony Anderson, and Robert Forster

Synopsis
A state trooper (Carrey) has a split-personality, one of which is mild-mannered and one violently aggressive. Comedy ensues when both personalities fall in love with the same woman (Zellwegger).

The Hurricane


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon, Sam Chaiton (book Lazarus and the Hurricane), Terry Swinton (book Lazarus and the Hurricane), Rubin Hurricane Carter (book The 16th Round)
  • Directed By : Norman Jewison
  • Release Date : December 29, 1999
  • Running Time : 155 Minutes

Starring
Denzel Washington, Garland Whitt, John Hannah, David Paymer, and Liev Shreiber

Synopsis
In Norman Jewison's moving biopic, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington) is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1967 while steadfastly maintaining and professing his innocence. After being contacted by an admiring teenager living in Canada (Shannon), a series of events leads to the assemblage of a legal team which gives him hope for release.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Donnie Brasco


  • Genre : Drama/Thriller
  • Written By : Paul Attanasio, Joseph D. Pistone (book), Richard Woodley (book)
  • Directed By : Mike Newell
  • Release Date : February 28, 1997
  • Running Time : 127 Minutes
Starring
Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, and Zeljko Ivanek

Synopsis
Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI mole who integrates himself into the Mafia pecking order by posing as "jewel man" Donnie Brasco. He finds his loyalties divided when Lefty Ruggiero, a jaded hit man, takes him on as a protégé and places real trust in him. The two men form a friendship--and a criminal partnership--that jeopardizes Brasco's mission and obscures the boundaries between the law and the underworld. The film is based on the autobiography DONNIE BRASCO, MY UNDERCOVER LIFE IN THE MAFIA by former undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone.

Lucky Number Slevin


  • Genre : Drama/Thriller
  • Written By : Jason Smilovic
  • Directed By : Paul McGuigan
  • Release Date : April 7, 2006
  • Running Time : 109 Minutes
Starring
Josh Hartnett, Stanley Tucci, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Kevin Chamberlin, and Oliver Davis
Synopsis
Lucky Number Slevin is a thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Set in New York City, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses. (The Weinstein Company)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


  • Genre : Comedy
  • Written By : Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
  • Directed By : Adam McKay
  • Release Date : July 9, 2004
  • Running Time : 91 Minutes
Starring
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steven Carell, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Kathryn Hahn

Synopsis
Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in 70's San Diego, who finds his position threatened by a hotshot young female journalist (Applegate).

25th Hour


  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : David Benioff
  • Directed By : Spike Lee
  • Release Date : December 19, 2002
  • Running Time : 134 Minutes
Starring
Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox

Synopsis
The story of the last twenty-four hours Monty Brogan (Norton) gets to spend with his two best friends and his girlfriend before he goes to prison for seven years for pushing heroin.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen


  • Genre : Drama/Thriller
  • Written By : Kurt Wimmer
  • Directed By : F. Gary Gray
  • Release Date : October 16, 2009
  • Running Time : 108 Minutes
Starring
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, and Viola Davis

Synopsis
Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton's high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton's crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.

Poetic Justice


  • Genre : Drama/Romance
  • Written By : John Singleton
  • Directed By : John Singleton
  • Release Date : July 23, 1993
  • Running Time : 109 Minutes
Starring
Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry, Tyra Ferrell, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Billy Zane

Synopsis
A mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can't stand each other. But as their friends Lesha and Chicago (Regina King and Joe Torry) fight and make up in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together. After a surprising detour toward romance,
the two travelers are confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they'd left behind.



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sweet November



  • Genre : Romance
  • Written By : Kurt Voelker (story), Paul Yurick (story), Herman Raucher (1968 screenplay)
  • Directed By : Pat O'Connor
  • Release Date : February 16, 2001
  • Running Time : 120 Minutes
Starring
Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann, Lauren Graham, and Michael Rosenbaum

Synopsis
Nelson (Reeves) and Sara (Theron) have nothing in common except an hour spent in DMV hell. Intrigued by each other, but not quite ready to commit, they settle on a rather unconventional courtship: a one-month trial, after which they'll go their separate ways. No expectations. No pressure. No strings attached. What neither of them counts on is falling in love.

My Review
Though the movie didn't receive much good reviews, it was still a good movie to watch.
I am no fan of Keanu Reeves but for me this was one of his finest performance I have ever seen and applause for Charlize Theron as her character was splendid.
Some of the scenes might not be direct but what do you expect from a romance movie.
It is from those scenes that we must pay attention to in capturing the moment in the film, and to me that made the movie a good watch.
Overall I enjoyed watching it mostly on Charlize Theron with her tomboyish look part.

Recommendations
  • A good date movie
  • Small movie , Big Stars
  • Simple but joyable


Rating : 3.5/5

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Clash Of The Titans



  • Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy
  • Written By : Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Directed By : Louis Leterrier
  • Release Date : April 1, 2010
  • Running Time : 118 Minutes
Starring
Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, and Alexa Davalos

Synopsis
In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
My Review
The movie started off well enough but as the movie goes on it was as if the story line was jumbled up in a mess.
As for the Greek Gods, Apollo only had one line, Hades wasnt evil enough in dressing and Zeus was a bit soft hearted really. Plus the other gods was not involved in the movie, only the name spoken such as Poseidon, Aphrodite and Athena. Bummer cause i would have loved to see Aphrodite.
The Fates were nicely portrayed with the eye ball the keep fussing about.
My most memorable scene in the movie would have to be the fight against Medusa as for me, Medusa looked awesome really.
As the movie came to a close, my thoughts on the movie was, forget Greek Mythology and even story line cause for reference there are many better so the only good thing I could say bout the movie was it's decent fight scene and nice effects.
And if your gonna watch Clash of the Titans, go watch the 1981 version which is better in terms of story.

Recommendations
  • Watch if you must
  • A movie not for all to enjoy
  • Watch only for the effects


Rating : 2.5/5

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Replacements



  • Genre : Drama
  • Written By : Vince McKewin
  • Directed By : Howard Deutch
  • Release Date : August 11, 2000
  • Running Time : 118 Minutes
Starring
Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jack Warden, Brooke Langton, and Jon Favreau

Synopsis
It's late in the season; the playoffs are fast approaching; and the Washington Sentinels have just gone on strike. Scrambling for a solution, the owner Edward O'Neil (Warden) hatches a plan to bring in legendary coach Jimmy McGinty (Hackman) to recruit a team of replacement players in exactly one week.
My Review
On a fine day the movie turned out to be quite decent even though havings stars such as Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves.
Though the movie was simple and typical but a story of an underdog team striving for success is always good to watch.
In the movie, there was one scene particularly that i loved, it was the part where the team was sent to jail for a barfight, where they sang and danced "I will Survive"
though it might not seem like a huge scene but there the team discovered their friendship and team spirit.
Overall the movie may not be loveable but it is likeable.


Recommendations
  • A decent football movie
  • Simple yet charming


Rating : 3/5

Monday, April 5, 2010

Cruel Intentions



  • Genre : Romance
  • Written By : Roger Kumble, Choderlos de Laclos (novel)
  • Directed By : Roger Kumble
  • Release Date : March 5, 1999
  • Running Time : 95 Minutes

Starring
Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher, Joshua Jackson, Swoosie Kurtz, and Christine Baranski

Synopsis
Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, it tells the tale of a wealthy prep school student Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who bets with her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) that he can't deflower the virginal Annette (Reese Witherspoon) before the school year begins. If he fails to accomplish this task, Kathryn gets his Jaguar Roadster; if he succeeds, he gets an evening of pleasure with Kathryn.


My Review
The movie tells us a twisted tale of Sebastian and his step sister who thrive on deception.
The cynical view of the movie was well portrayed by all the actors and thumbs up for Reese Witherspoon who plays an innocent school girl.
All the way through out the movie it shows the story mostly based on Sebastian trying to win the best with Kathryn by bedding Annette, which in the end he had fallen for and in a twist of events everything went downhill.
Because of that the movie had turned out spectacularly as I did not expect things to happen that way.
Set design, costumes and actors were splendid.


Recommendations
  • Great movie
  • True to title


Rating : 3.5/5

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tupac Assassination Part1: Conspiracy or Revenge



  • Genre : Education/Documentary
  • Directed By : Richard Bond
  • Release Date : October 23, 2007
  • Running Time : 88 Minutes
Synopsis
A documentary appraises the theories surrounding the mysterious and controversial slaying of rap artist Tupac Shakur. It also examines his posthumous presence.
My Review
I will keep my mind optimistic to not trusting the documentary fully but the facts seem to lead some where and it would be great to get to know more during Part2.
Recommendation
  • If your a fan of Tupac and would like to know more on the conspiracy, then watch it
  • Due to Press Screening Conspiracy, it is unsure if the facts told here or elsewhere true or false so watch and decide for yourself


Rating : 3/5

New York, I love You



  • Genre : Drama/Romance
  • Written By : Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Alexandra Cassavetes, Hu Hong, Shunji Iwai, Olivier, Lecot, Joshua Marston, Suketu Mehta, Yao Meng, Anthony Minghella, Jeff Nathanson, Natalie Portman, Stephen Winter, Andrei Zvyagintsev,
  • Directed By : Faith Akin, Yvan Attal, Alan Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Scarlett Johansson, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Martson, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Jiang Wen, Andrey Zvyaginstev
  • Release Date : October 16, 2009
  • Running Time : 110 Minutes
Starring
Kevin Bacon, Justin Bartha, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Eddie D'vir, James Caan, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Hayden Christensen, Irfan Khan, Shia LaBeouf, Cloris Leachman, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Shu Qi, Julie Christie, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Goran Visnjic, Eli Wallach, Saul Williams, Robin Wright Penn, and Anton Yelchin, Burt Young, Ugur Yucel

Synopsis
In the city that never sleeps, love is always on the mind. Those passions come to life in NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU – a collaboration of storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers and featuring an all-star cast. Together they create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city’s heartbeat. Sexy, funny, haunting and revealing encounters unfold beneath the Manhattan skyline.
My Review
Not your typical romance movie and though the movie is a bit confusing to me, it was still interesting.
Each scene shown has a different story to tell and each story has their own unique features.
A most intriguing movie really. The different scenes and stories, each taught me different aspects of life we must cherish and some even taught me that we have to seize the moment if we are to value life.
A must watch definitely.
Recommendations
  • A light but enjoyable souffle of erotic vignettes by Washington Post
  • Not a movie for most but try it out and see if its for you or not


Rating : 3/5

Friday, April 2, 2010

Untraceable



  • Genre : Crime/Suspense/Thriller
  • Written By : Robert Fyvolent, Mark R. Brinker, Allison Burnett
  • Directed By : Gregory Hoblit
  • Release Date : January 25, 2008
  • Running Time : 100 Minutes
Starring
Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, and Mary Beth Hurt

Synopsis
Within the FBI, there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cybercrime, where Special Agent Jennifer Marsh has seen it all......until now. A tech-savvy internet predator is displaying his graphic murders on his own website -- and the fate of each of his tormented captives is left in the hands of the public: the more hits his site gets, the faster his victims die. When this game of cat and mouse becomes personal, Marsh and her team must race against the clock to track down this technical mastermind who is virtually untraceable.

My Review
I was actually expecting a little bit more suspense from the movie and the story is a little slow.
But the story line is actually pretty good and made me wanting to see what happens next.
Though the movie is slow, through waiting in suspense is worth it.
Diane Lane also made a convincing part in the movie.
Recommendations
  • The suspense will keep you on your feet and wanting to see more
  • A horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless.



Rating : 3.5/5

The Man In The Iron Mask



  • Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama
  • Written By : Randall Wallace, Alexandre Dumas père (novels)
  • Directed By : Randall Wallace
  • Release Date : March 13, 1998
  • Running Time : 132 Minutes
Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Edward Atterton, Peter Sarsgaard, and Hugh Laurie

Synopsis
With a cry of "All for one and one for all!" the Musketeers return to correct the injustices perpetrated by spoiled monarch Louis XIV, whose misdeeds include imprisoning his twin brother on an island and encasing his visage in the titular mask. Teen idol DiCaprio assays the dual title role, while writer-director Randall Wallace goes for the jugular with plenty of pomp and pageantry.

My Review
"All for one and one for All" is one of the most memorable lines ever and I have always loved it.
The three musketeers is an all time favourite and with the movie, made me love the musketeers even more.
But the movie had a few downside with the poor use of accents and not enough sword play to be a musketeer movie.
Even so it is still a decent movie.


Recommendation
  • A movie for any musketeer fan
  • "All for one and one for all" means its a movie for all


Rating : 3/5

Definitely, Maybe




  • Genre : Comedy/Romance
  • Written By : Adam Brooks
  • Directed By : Adam Brooks
  • Release Date : February 14, 2008
  • Running Time : 105 Minutes
Starring
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz

Synopsis
Will is a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce whose 10-year-old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992 as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big-city politics. He also recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess which woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl-next-door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...maybe even to find a happy ending.

My Review
The movie is totally 100% wonderful.
All the actors played their roll with full potential and made it truly believable.
Maya, Will's daughter was irresistibly cute with wanting to know how her father, Will met her mother and how she is guessing which one is the mother. Soo Cute

Recommendations
  • Amazing movie with amazing performances
  • Sweet, funny and entertaining
  • Not only Maya but you will also be guessing who the mother is, so watch it to find out
  • Totally worth your time


Rating : 4/5

Blue Streak



  • Genre : Comedy
  • Written By : Michael Berry, John Blumenthal, Stephen Carpenter
  • Directed By : Les Mayfield
  • Release Date : September 17, 1999
  • Running Time : 93 Minutes
Starring
Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle, Nicole Ari Parker, Graham Beckel, and Robert Miranda

Synopsis
Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) is a jewel thief who, along with some accomplices, steals a $17 million diamond in Los Angeles. Things go awry during the robbery when one accomplice wants the diamond all for himself and Logan has to hide the diamond at a construction site. Logan is arrested and spends two years in prison. After serving time, Logan heads back to the spot where he hid the diamond only to find that the construction site was the location of a new police headquarters. Logan scopes the place out by becoming a pizza deliveryman, then poses as a detective transferring from another division. He is teamed up with naive detective Carlson (Luke Wilson) and is sent out on multiple police investigations. As farfetched as his fake resume is, he is promoted to Lead Detective of the Burglary Division. Logan eventually recovers the diamond but the accomplice and Logan's nemesis Deacon (Peter Greene) that helped him steal the diamond is hot on his trail. Logan must continue to fool the police and his former accomplice in order to get away. At the end, Detective Carlson discovers Miles Logan's identity as a criminal posing as an officer. However, he discovers this after a car chase led Logan across the border to Mexico, where he is out of the LAPD's and the FBI's jurisdiction, and also where he claimed that he was actually a Federale. Even though he is only inches over the border, the other detectives feel that they are now friends and let him go.

My Review
The movie is a little surreal but what do you expect from a comedy, so forget about realism and enjoy the show.
Martin Lawrence really did it in this movie, lots of funny moments that is sure to make you roll down laughing.

Recommendation
  • Lots of fun and action
  • Don't think much and just enjoy the show



Rating : 3.5/5

    Tupac Resurrection



    • Genre : Crime/Drama/Musical/Documentary
    • Directed By : Lauren Lazin
    • Release Date : November 14, 2003
    • Running Time : 90 Minutes
    Starring
    Tupac Shakur

    Synopsis
    Celebrating the life of Tupac Shakur, one off the top-selling hip-hop artists of all time, this film explores Shakur's life viscerally and dramatically through his own words and music.
    My Review
    A great documentary into one of the worlds greatest rappers life.
    The way the film showed Pac's life definitely put me in perspective on how he got his career up and why he did it all.

    Recommendation
    • Truly amazing
    • This is not just for Tupac's fans, it will also move everyone else.
    • A must watch!!



    Rating : 4.5/5

    Koizora (Sky of Love)


    • Genre : Romance/Drama
    • Written By : Mika, Mutsuki Watanabe
    • Directed By : Natsuki Imai
    • Release Date : November 2007
    • Running Time : 128 Minutes

    Starring
    Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura

    Synopsis
    Koizora tells the story of Mika, living a simple schoolgirl's life and the dramatic transformation that it undergoes when she meets Hiro, a student also at her school who is keen to call her his own. Throughout both adaptations, the unlikely couple struggles to deal with jealous vendetta's from Hiro's ex-girlfriend, Saki, disapproving parents and an unplanned pregnancy. Shortly afterwards, Hiro discovers that his health is deteriorating and makes the painful decision to break up with Mika to keep his terminal illness from causing her pain. As Mika goes on with her life Hiro continues to follow her whereabouts through his highschool friend, Nozumu. Enough times passes that Mika decides to find the courage to move on and to forget Hiro with the help of Yuu, her pleading love interest. Through a chance meeting, Hiro's condition is revealed to Mika and she must make a difficult decision to leave Yuu to go to his bedside. Having Mika back, Hiro is determined to fight his disease and begins to improve. But during a routine checkup, Hiro's condition makes a turn for the worst and he exchanges goodbyes with Mika and his family for the last time. Mika, though forever changed by Hiro's sudden passing, continues to live on in remembrance of his love.


    My Review
    A typical love story with a bit of a twist at the end.
    Watching it was interesting and seeing the love conflict between Mika and Hiro really was moving.
    Though it might not be the best love story but it is still a great one.

    Recommendations
    • Only for romantic movie viewers
    • Nice story line and plot



    Rating : 3/5

    Eagle Eye


    • Genre : Action/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
    • Written By : Dan McDermott, Hillary Seitz, Travis Wright, John Glenn
    • Directed By : D.J. Caruso
    • Release Date : September 26, 2008
    • Running Time : 118 Minutes
    Starring
    Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, and Billy Bob Thornton

    Synopsis
    In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller, Eagle Eye, two strangers become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.
    My Review
    I really loved this movie. Though it felt like i was watching a remake of Enemy Of The State, which also is a great movie. So if u loved Enemy Of the State, then you will also love this movie.
    The only downside for me was at the end but im not gonna spoil it for any of you. But if any of you have watched it and care to share bout the end please do discuss.
    So saying that it feels like Enemy Of The State, the movie seemed unoriginal for me but still enjoyed it though.
    So to sum up the movie is great even so.


    Recommendations
    • A movie that is not for all but still worth watching
    • Shia really has grown and has turned into a fine actor in this movie


    Rating : 3.5/5

    Cry Baby


    • Genre : Musical/Comedy
    • Written By : John Waters
    • Directed By : John Waters
    • Release Date : April 6, 1990
    • Running Time : 85 Minutes
    Starring
    Johnny Depp, Traci Lords, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane

    Synopsis
    Heart-throb Johnny Depp stars in the title role as a glamorous delinquent who heads a gang of hoods known as the Drapes. Trouble starts when Cry-Baby falls for a squeaky clean blonde from a rival group, the Squares. Their star-crossed romance sets off a rumble between the warring factions and Cry-Baby ends up doing time in reform school.

    My Review
    I wasn't totally sure if i would like this movie but it proved me wrong.
    The movie was very exciting indeed.
    Seeing Johnny Depp singing totally made me see a different side to his acting career.
    Its the kind of movie you aren't sure if it is good or not but for me it was worth the time to sit back and watch.

    Recommendations
    • If you don't like a bit of country music in the movie then i don't recommend this but if you are, you may find yourself liking this movie
    • One of Johnny Depps different side to watch
    • Feeling bored and need alittle bit of music in the movies your watching, WATCH THIS!


    Rating : 3.5/5

    Big Daddy


    • Genre : Comedy
    • Written By : Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
    • Directed By : Dennis Dugan
    • Release Date : June 25, 1999
    • Running Time : 93 Minutes
    Starring
    Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Rob Schneider, Kristy Swanson, and Joseph Bologna

    Synopsis
    Sandler stars as Sonny Koufax, a perpetual adolescent whose girlfriend gives him the ultimatum of taking some responsibility into his life or saying goodbye to her. Magically, the child of his roommate turns up on his doorstep, and Sonny decides to take the child into his care to show the lady he is capable of being responsible.

    My Review
    Touching story i must say. Adam Sandler did a great job in this movie.
    The moment he was dumped by his girlfriend was kinda harsh but as the story develops, simply amazing.
    The ending was typical but what would you expect, its a movie.
    But the part right before the end, awe so moving.
    Recommendations
    • One of Adam Sandler's movie that you have to watch
    • Two thumbs up and more
    • A great movie right from the start till the end.
    • If you haven't watched it, this is one of those movies that i urge you to watch



    Rating : 4/5

    100 Girls


    • Genre : Romance/Comedy
    • Directed By : Michael Davis
    • Release Date : September 22, 2000
    • Running Time : 94 Minutes
    Starring
    Jonathan Tucker, Katherine Heigl, Jaime Pressly, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Synopsis
    This sexy, teen-comedy is about a freshman at college who meets his dream girl in a dorm elevator during a blackout. They make love. He never sees her face, but instantly falls in love. In the morning, the power is restored, but the "dream girl" has vanished. All Matthew knows is that she lives in an all-girls dorm. He sets out on a semester-long journey to find his mystery girl amongst a hundred female suspects. Could it be Wendy (Larisa Oleynik)? Dora (Marissa Ribisi)? Arlene (Katherine Heigl)? Patty (Emmanuelle Chriqui)? Cynthia (Jaime Pressly)? Maybe Matthew's roomate, Rod (James De Bello) knows. Or maybe it's one of the 95 other girls in the Virgin Vault Dorm, any of whom could have been in that elevator, making love with Matthew.
    My Review

    The movie started off fantastic, everything was going well but the way Matthew walks around the dorm going finding from one girl to the other seems ridiculous.
    Comedy wise, the movie kinda cracked me up a little.
    As far as for romance, i was not disappointed and im guessing you wont be as well so watch it.

    Recommendations
    • Not really your typical teen movie
    • A good way to show how good some men could be
    • Boys and girls alike, will definitely enjoy the movie




    Rating : 3.5/5

    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    American History X


    • Genre : Drama
    • Written By : David McKenna
    • Directed By : Tony Kaye
    • Release Date : October 30, 1998
    • Running Time : 117 Minutes
    Starring
    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Stacy Keach, and Elliott Gould

    Synopsis
    Edward Norton gives an impassioned performance as Derek Vinyard, a Southern Californian skinhead who must do time after committing a hateful murder. Once in jail, his mind opens and he sees the error of his ways. Upon reentering the real world, he must now turn his attentions to his younger brother Danny, who is swiftly heading down the same path as his brother.

    My Review
    I really loved the movie not just because of the violence but the way the movie showed how Derek was repenting for his past errors.
    Edward Norton surely did a fantastic job in portraying Derek Vinyard. Seeing how his character changes in the movie was surely great.
    Furthermore how his past errors had twisted not his own life but even his family, mainly his younger brother, whom he has to correct after repenting.

    Recommendations
    • A great movie you will not regret watching
    • With Edward Norton's performance in the movie, you will be blown away


    Rating : 4/5

    Down To Earth


    • Genre : Comedy/Romance
    • Written By : Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Ali LeRoi, Louis C.K.
    • Directed By : Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
    • Release Date : February 16, 2001
    • Running Time : 95 Minutes
    Starring
    Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Mark Addy, and Eugene Levy

    Synopsis
    Comedian Chris Rock updates 1978's HEAVEN CAN WAIT with a decidedly modern flair in this romantic comedy. Lance Barton (Rock) is a struggling comedian whose dream is to perform at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater before it closes its doors forever. One night, while riding his bike, Lance is crushed by an enormous truck. Before he can come to terms with what has happened, he is strolling through Heaven, talking to the smooth Mr. King (Chazz Palminteri) and the bumbling Keyes (Eugene Levy), the angel who prematurely snatched Lance away from Earth. Mr. King agrees to make up for this mistake by returning Lance to New York, only instead of being a black bike messenger, Lance is now Mr. Wellington, a powerful white businessman who just so happens to be the enemy of Sontee (Regina King), the woman he has become infatuated with. Wooing Sontee with a new commitment to using Mr. Wellington's money philanthropically, Lance embarks on a mission to perform at the Apollo, even if he doesn't seem to fit the mold. But just when everything begins to fall into place, Mr. King returns to throw another glitch into Lance's plans.

    My Review
    The story was okay for me.
    Chris Rock played his comedic act at his best and it was great. Totally funny.
    The Movie itself is good and the actors played their part perfectly but I wasn't really impressed, cause maybe I expected more.
    Still it was worth my time watching it.


    Recommendations
    • A good comedy film
    • With a simple plot and hilarious acting from Chris Rock, you won't be totally disappointed.
    • HILARIOUS


    Rating : 3.5/5

    Remember The Titans


    • Genre : Drama
    • Written By : Gregory Allen Howard
    • Directed By : Boaz Yakin
    • Release Date : September 29, 2000
    • Running Time : 113 Minutes
    Starring
    Denzel Washington, Scott Miles, Will Patton, and Donald Adeosun Faison

    Synopsis
    While on the surface, high school football may seem like an innocent game played by the young, for the young, it is, in fact, much, much more. For millions, including many fans who are well removed from their high school years but who love to sit in those creaky bleachers every Friday night/Saturday morning, it is something akin to a religion. Director Boaz Yakin's REMEMBER THE TITANS captures the heart of high school football while tackling the sins of its fathers, chronicling the true story of the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams team of Alexandria, Virginia, which was the first integrated high school team in the state. Denzel Washington brings his ever-powerful presence to the role of coach Herman Boone, who is brought in to oversee the transition to integration. Though Boone is eventually successful as a coach, the townspeople dissaprove of him because he replaces the popular, entrenched former coach, Bill Yoast (Will Patton). At first, coach Yoast resents being supplanted, while coach Boone is told that his promotion was just for show--to help the integration--and that he's likely to be lifted if the team loses a game. Will the coaches and players be able to overcome their adversity and make T.C. Williams a beacon for integration in sports? Those viewers who follow history already know the answer. But REMEMBER THE TITANS portrays the story and delivers the inspirational result with a passion and glory that will warm the hearts of all those dedicated high school football fans who continue to bring pride to the sport.

    My Review
    Being a true story really made me loved this movie even more.
    Having Denzel Washington as a lead and the way he portrayed coach Yoast was truly astonishing.
    The movie displayed how whites and blacks lived in that time, and showed how living in a racist state is.
    I was totally shocked with watching how bad it was in those times and even in that kind of environment, the coach managed to bring the team together even though it was tough all the way.
    Going against all odds they made it to the top and into my heart.
    Downside was, though being a football movie, it has little football so don't expect much field action, but don't be fooled, it is still a great movie.


    Recommendations
    • Best performance from Denzel
    • Touching and heartfelt
    • Though it might not be the best football movie, it is still spectacular



    Rating : 4/5

    A Walk To Remember


    • Genre : Romance
    • Written By : Karen Janszen and Nicholas Sparks (Novel)
    • Directed By : Adam Shankman
    • Release Date : January 25, 2002
    • Running Time : 99 Minutes
    Starring
    Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Al Thompson, Daryl Hannah, Lauren German, Clayne Crawford, and Paz de la Huerta

    Synopsis
    Landon Carter (Shane West) and his friends are the coolest kids in Beaufort, North Carolina. They wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, and get into just enough trouble to be rebellious. Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) is the opposite--there doesn't seem to be anything cool about her. The preacher's daughter, plain Jamie wears big boxy dresses and the same sweater every day. She endures the scorn of Landon and his friends with a smile, always looking for the best in people. When a prank planned by Landon and his friend goes terribly wrong, the principal sentences him to tutoring on the weekends and working on the school play, activities in which Jamie is involved. As the two begin spending time together, Landon finds himself intrigued by this guileless girl who sees beauty in everything and exhibits unwavering faith in people and in the world. When circumstances beyond Landon and Jamie's control threaten their love, he stays by her side and does everything he can to make her dreams come true. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film also stars Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah.

    My Review
    Watching through this movie, i was moved at how Landon changes his bad boy ways for Jamie.
    Though you might expect everything to go well like other romantic movie, you might be proven wrong.
    A truly remarkable movie.


    Recommendations
    • Looking to get a few tears running, then this might just be the movie for you.
    • For Mandy Moore fans, you will be deeply moved.
    • Thumbs up for the novelist and director of this totally magnificent movie


    Rating : 4.5/5

    Friday


    • Genre : Comedy
    • Written By : Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
    • Directed By : F. Gary Gray
    • Release Date : April 26, 1995
    • Running Time : 91 Minutes
    Starring
    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tiny "Zeus" Lister Jr., John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford, Regina King, and Paula Jai Parker

    Synopsis
    A day in the life of Craig (Ice Cube) who was recently fired from his job, and his friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) who is a heavy marijuana smoker. It shows how they get through their day slacking off and scamming.


    My Review
    A hilarious story by Ice Cube with co-actor comedian Chris Tucker.
    With the nosy neighbors who keep butting in every situation makes every scene funny.

    Recommendations
    • One of the funniest movies I've seen
    • Chris Tucker's character was totally hysterical
    • Care to see if your Friday could go any worst, think again and watch this


    Rating : 4/5

    Coach Carter


    • Genre : Drama
    • Written By : Mark Schwahn and John Gatins
    • Directed By : Thomas Carter
    • Release Date : January 14, 2005
    • Running Time : 136 minutes
    Starring
    Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown, Debbi Morgan, Ashanti, Rick Gonzalez, Antwon Tanner, and Nana Gbewonyo

    Synopsis
    A true story about basketball coach Ken Carter (Samuel L.Jackson) who took over Richmond High's basketball team as head coach. The problem is that the team's players are all misguided and troubled which made his job tough. Through determination and being tough towards the players, he guided them all towards the state high-school championship playoffs.


    My Review
    A heart warming true story of Coach Carter guiding this thug like students into making them civilized citizens. Showing them that everything the want has to be earned through hard work and discipline. Though society treats them bad, he teaches them that they should take the high road and be above all that. To me, I was definitely touched by the movie.


    Recommendations
    • Heartwarming drama
    • A great movie for basketball players and even students
    • Fantastic scenes and script to enjoy


    Rating : 4/5

    The Wedding Singer



    • Genre : Romance/Comedy
    • Written By : Tim Herlihy
    • Directed By : Frank Coraci
    • Release Date : February 13, 1998
    • Running Time : 95 minutes
    Starring
    Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow, Angela Featherstone, and Alexis Arquette

    Synopsis
    Set in 1985, Robbie Hart(Adam Sandler) is a wedding singer from Ridgefield, New Jersey. He is engaged to Linda(Angela Featherstone) who is his long-time girlfriend. On his wedding day he got stood up by his fiancee Linda which made his life turned up-side down. Then enters Julia, a catering-service waitress, who ask him to help plan her wedding to Glen(Matthew Glave), who turns out to be a great jerk. Robbie turns out to have fell for Julia plans to win her over before she gets married with Glenn in Vegas.


    My Review
    This cheesy romance film mixed with great music and comedic actors such as Adam Sandler made the film simply irresistible.
    Great script writing from the Director making twist from one scene to the other.


    Recommendations
    • Bored on a Saturday night and got nothing to do with your girlfriend, get this movie, you and her will love it
    • Thumbs up for the director
    • Love Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore so watch it



    Rating : 4/5

    Scarface


    • Genre : Crime/Drama
    • Written By : Oliver Stone
    • Directed By : Brian De Palma
    • Release Date : December 9, 1983
    • Running Time : 170 minutes
    Starring
    Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, and F. Murray Abraham

    Synopsis
    Brian De Palma's astounding movie about a cuban immigrant whom builds a Miami drug empire set in the 1980s. The movie shows Al Pacino as main character Tony Montana, who is intelligent, ambitous and has no fear of anyone. He starts off with just being a dishwasher and ends up to be the biggest drug lord in Miami. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Tony's coke-addict wife whom Tony loved and later on neglected.
    From the start up till most of the movie, Tony has always been with his good and loyal friend Manny (Steven Bauer), who in the movie married Tony's sister, Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Tony was obsessed with power and came to have it all but due to his paranoia, he lost it all in the end.

    My Review

    Scarface is truly one of Al Pacino's most memorable portraits.
    Watching it, I was truly astonished on how he came as a nobody as rise to every ocassion to succeed.
    Though the movie may involve too much inproper usage of language and high intensity of violence, it is that which made the movie real.
    With the movie settings and soundtracks used, it really made me see how it could have been for Miami in the 1980s.

    Recommendations
    • A must see for Al Pacino fans.
    • The plot of the movie is well made.
    • For those who love action and drama, you wont be disappointed.


    Rating : 4.5/5

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