Friday, July 10, 2009

Away We Go

7/3/2009
The Grand Theater
Great
What a Great Movie! I loved the whole thing. Good acting, funny and sweet story. I could definately identify with the main characters, it was like seeing my own personality on screen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEp3NKG2U5U

Public Enemies

7/2/2009
The Grand Theater
Great
This movie is well worth your money to see. Exciting action (Despite some shaky camera work) It seems I like Johnny Depp more each time I see him in a movie. I'm glad he did a movie where he wasn't some sort of freak of nature. It suits him well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWof6CovHxI

My Sister's Keeper

7/2/2009
The Grand Theater
Excellent
There is nothing sad about this movie. I wasn't going to see it because I didn't want to be depressed. I wasn't, in fact I felt good after seeing this movie. This movie isn't about a girl dying of cancer, It's about a family really living, loving, and appreciating the life they have. Sure I got a little emotional, but not for the reasons I expected. Very well done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdZZLdjBfCI

The Hangover

6/30/2009
Wynsong Theaters
Great
Settle down now, it was nothing that spectacular. It was crude and funny. That's what I expected, that's what I got. Special $1.00 Popcorn helped a lot! An enjoyable afternoon, Go Summer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzmkDDmoODA

Goodbye Solo

6/26/2009
The Carousel
Good
I was looking for a heart-warming-what a great world Drama. What I got instead was a meandering story without a begining or an end. Every question it askes was left unanswered. It was if we saw a few weeks of these people's lives and then left without finding out about them. I'm not really angry with this movie, except I don't think it was effective. Good job trying something new, but borring is still borring, and unreseolved leaves you, unresolved. The cool part was that it was set in Winston Salem! Always cool to see some local landmarks, however if you don't care about such things, don't bother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IGC59Q9y8

Drag Me to Hell

6/15/2009
The Grand Theater
Great
This movie was so gross! What a freaky old lady. Scary Movie yet at times hiilarious...Here kitty, kitty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-REviL75zg

The Taking of Pellam 123

6/15/2009
The Grand Theater
Excellent
Not very original, a familiar formula, but with great acting and dialogue. Worth a try!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYGrhXg0aI

Imagine That

6/12/2009
The Grand Theater
Great
Go ahead, it'll make you feel warm and fuzzy. The girl was cute, Eddie Murphy was funny without going over the top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70U393tWjrw

Up!

6/6/2009
The Grand Theater
Excellent
What a sweet Movie! At the end of the movie, if you realize that dogs are colorblind you'll laugh your way out of the theater. Pixar does it again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyyrYPTjPJg

Obsessed

5/25/2009
The Grand Theater
Great
This was another boarderline movie. It was just barely great. It had a lot of great lines by Beyonce that were cool. A great girl fight at the end of the movie. It didn't change the Hollywood world, but it was a good time anyways. Just guys, do yourself a favor and tell your wife about the crazy girl at the office trying to seduce you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBq8clz1nvQ

Angels and Demons

5/21/2009
The Grand Theater
Good
Good sounds harsh, but was it great? It was a good story, although for someone who didn't read the books, it moved very quickly, and I can't say I quite understand it. It was OK, I just can't bring myself to say it was Great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASVeN-58HKk

Star Trek

5/7/2009
The Grand Theater
Superior
Well duh! It's Star Trek of course it get's a Superior rating. Whenever you have a new movie (long awaited) from your favorite television series of all time. (Yes, better than you Sopranos) you have the possibility of a great let-down (See Indiana Jones) Fortunately this movie was everything I wanted it to be and more. It has been so long since I've seen a new Star Trek story. This movie is relentlessly action packed, it's awesome. A whole new Star Trek World is born, literally. It's time for a new generation to boldly go where no man has gone before!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rROvwAoqLZc

Earth

4/25/2009
The Grand Theater
Good
Nothing wrong with this movie, just not great. It's the kind of movie you would enjoy while visiting Disney World, but here at home it doesn't do too much. I heard it compared to March of the Penguins, Earth wasn't even close. If nothing else Morgan Freeman is better than James Earl Jones any day. I also mistakingly thought Patrick Stewart was one of the narrators, big disapointment there!

Adventureland

4/10/2009
The Grand Theater
Good
Well the last 20 minutes was good, the rest was poor. A few almost funny moments, and you don't see a lot of Pittsburgh, which was really the reason I wanted to see it anyway. In the end...don't bother.

Knowing

3/23/2009
The Grand Theater
Superior
I did not know this movie was going to be as religious as it was until the end. I think the people who have given this movie a negative review, gave it a negative review because they knew beforehand of the obvious religious context. It's too bad for them because the missed some of the best film making and storytelling in a long while. To be honest I would have been with them. I usually stay away from movies that have a religious context because they so often fall short in just about every area of good film making (ie Fireproof, Left Behind, The Passion of the Christ) I am so glad I didn't know that in advance here beacause I would probably not have seen it. I expected it to be an "End of the World" movie, and that is all. I invite you to see it only with that pre-text. Get it out of your head that it's a religous movie and see it with the same open mind that you'd see any other movie, if you do, for real, then I believe you will come to the same conclusion as I that this is a Superior movie. Now then, that being said let's talk about the movie itself. First of all Special effects Outrageously spectacular, from the spaceships to the new plantes to our planet to the people on fire! WOW! Never seen anything like it. Acting- I'm not a Nicolas Cage fan, but he did good, no acting was spectacular, but it didn't need to be. Excitment: Action sequences (See special effects above) were out of this world exciting. It wasn't jerky you could actually follow what was happening, very cool stuff. Scary: I was scared to death at times during this movie. The imagery of the boy's nightmare was so realistic and creepy it gave me goosebumps, litterally. The best part, no tricks, no lame jump out of a dark closet crap, (except once which was more of a joke then really trying to be scary) this movie was actually, and refreshingly, scary at times. I'm also glad that they actually showed the end of the world, and the begining of the new world ("And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, and by the way I caught the 4 horsemen reference too. Finally the music for this movie really brought it to life, not only the original music, but the classical musc choosen as well. Right down to the elementary students playing Holst's Planets. It also sounded like kids playing and not professionals trying to sound like kids playing(which rarely works) they even got that right. In conclusion don't have a closed mind. Go see it and see a great movie!

I Love You Man

3/23/2009
The Grand Theater
Excellent
Thank-you. Thank you for entertaining me. Thank you for a light movie with funnypeople in it. Thank you for not making it too sad during the obligatory sad part. Thank you for being a little crude, but not neccesarilly or unbeleivable so. Thank-you. Maybe there's hope for Comedy yet.

Last House on the Left

3/9/2009

The Grand Theater

Good

This was actually a great movie, perhaps even an excellent one, however on three points it crossed a line which made it look unneccesarily vulgar and distasteful. Here are those 3 points. First of all, and least important of the three, the scene where the good doctor stiches and fixes the bad guys broken nose, this was gross and had no point to it. We get it his nose is broke, move on with the story. 2nd The opening scene, we get it that he's a bad guy. When you killed the officers in the opening scene while freeing the bad guy we didn't need the scene where the officer bleeds on the picture of his wife and kids, and is then told he'd never see them again. It's totally unbelieveable that the guy was so evil he would take the time to do this, it crossed a line and made the movie unenjoyable. 3rd. The rape scene was unneccesary. To have her watch her friend die and herself get raped was enough, they didn't have to happen at the same time. This is not developing character or empathy it's just gross and vulgar for the sake of gross and vulgar, which is ok, but not in the context in which this movie presented itself. Take out these three thing and we've got a great show, these things really ruined it for me though. Also stop with all the closeups and the fast action scenes. Don't they get it IT'S A BIG SCREEN, the screen is bigger than my house I can't tell what's happening when you move that fast.

Friday the 13th

2/27/2009

The Grand Theater

Good

Well, maybe "not poor" is a better descriptor. It got off to a horribly, acted, written, filmed start. It was as if the JV team started making the movie and then the Varsity took over. It had all the ingredients of a slasher movie, however if this were the first "Jason" we'd never of heard of him again.

Slum Dog Millionairre

2/16/2009

The Grand Theater

Excellent

Very creative movie. Deserving of the awards it has won. Beautiful story and great story telling.

The Reader

2/16/2009

The Grand Theater

Excellent

Where is the press on this one? What a great movie. Very sensual, if you're uncomfortable with naked people, this one isn't for you. There's a lot of naked. There was so much involved in WWII it's amazing how many stories can come from it on all sides. Great acting, go see it!

Taken

2/8/2009

The Grand Theater

Excellent

Yeah Buddy! That movie was awesome! Good action without going over the top. Liam Nelson is a great actor, best action flick I've seen in a while. Be careful with the action sequences, filming them too quickly, you can miss what's going on. Overall though great entertainment!

Defiance

1/31/2009

The Grand Theater

Great

Hey, what can you say. It was a WWII movie! Was it Saving Private Ryan, or Miracle at St. Anna, or Band of Brothers, no. But it was a Great WWII movie! Filming was a little too gimmicky. Again, Hollywood, you don't need to do that, just tell the story!

Gran Torino

1/19/2009

The Grand Theater

Excellent

What a funny movie! I think they should stop making comedies, they're usually horrible. This non comedy was so funny I just about started rolling on the floor. What a great movie about a man who has a great transformation at the end of his life. Wow Clint Eastwood is a tough dude. He'll be 100 years old and I'll still be afraid of him. Great movie go see it!

The Unborn

1/9/2009

The Grand Theater

Poor

Not Scary. Just Stupid. Bad dialouge, horrible acting. I would have left early but the theater was crowded and I didn't want to wake the people next to me.

Seven Pounds

1/2/2009

The Grand Theater

Good

Why was it called 7 pounds. This movie could have been excellent. It had great acting. The storytelling was the problem. It's annoying because you don't find out the whole story until the very end. That's ok if what we find at the end is something amazing, or shocking. Something like "Seven" "Fight Club" "Sixth Sense" They had shocking ending which made not knowing what's going on worth it. 7 pounds wasn't worth it. It was about redemption, however the main character didn't need redemption, he himself suffered great loss, and those he helped were random and unconnected to those he hurt, accidentally. If they were somehow connected, then maybe it would have been better. If maybe there were no clues given it wouldhave worked better. The clues were given throughout the film, and you can piece it together yourself. The problem is you're not surprised by the ending you've been waiting for, you get what you thought. And in a movie like this you need to be wrong in order to really appreciate and enjoy what you've invested 2 hours in. And, by the way did I ask why it was called 7 pounds?

Yes Man

1/2/2009

The Grand Theater

Great

It's nice to have a comedy that can make you laugh without being raunchy. Not that I'm neccesarily apposed to raunchy, it just seems to me that everything in comedy is either raunchy, or not very funny. If Jim Carrey (who I'm not a huge fan of ) can be funny without being raunchy, then I have hope still for Comedy.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

1/1/2009


The Grand Theater


Excellent


Very Sweet, but sad. Creative idea, Forest Gump-like, however not as good.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

12/14/2008
The Grand Theater
Great
Good movie, as good as Keaunu Reeves gets anymore. I like the save theearth attitude! No power for the world would be a good thing, except no more movies!

Australia

The Grand Theater
Excellent
Good movie that got better as it went. They should have slowed down the beginning because it was too hard to follow. There's a lot of exposition that you need to understand and it was very hard for me to follow. Once I did figure out the plot it was a very good movie, was it the best movie, certainlynot, however it was a beautifully filmed movie, with the exception fo the overuse of the Green screen. Acting was good, the bad guy needed to look a little more different then the good guy though. It was difficult to tell them apart. I thought the critics were wrong on this one, I enjoyed this movie

Four Christmases

12/14/2008
The Grand Theater
Great
Not as lame as I expected.There was a sadpart, like all romantic comedies, this one was short though and not overly dramaic.

The Changeling

Paladium Theaters
Great
The Paladium sucks! Too expensive and screens are too small. Changeling however was a good movie. The corruption of the LAPD at thetime was very sad.

W.

Richland Mall Cinemas
Great
Saw it in PA with my wifers! Very interesting. How much of it is true?

Saw V

The Grand Theater
Good
Not nearly gorry or scary enough, maybe too many Saw movies?

Quarantine

The Grand Theater
Good
Redeemed the sins of Cloverfield (See below) however suck is still bad.

Pride and Glory

The Grand Theater
Good
Better as it goes, still plenty oftime to doze.

Burn After Reading

The Grand Theater
Fair
Maybe burn before seeing is more approriate. I mean really, Fargo, No country for old Men, and then this? Really. Not funny (Except for Brad Pitt) got better once someone died and then just ended. And by the way, where's the money? There's always money hidded somewhere. (If you've seen Fargo and No Country for Old men you'd understand) For shame Coen brothers, for shame. (Maybe I shouldn't have seen this movie right after Miracle a St. Anna?)

Eagle Eye

The Grand Theater
Good
This movie had parts of it that were good. But seriously if you fire a gun in the Capitol, during the state of the union address, you're dead. No way you won't get shot in the head.

Miracle at St. Anna

The Grand Theater
Superior
This is a great movie…that doesn't describe it well enough. This is by far the best movie I've seen all year. It had absolutely everything. After 2 hours and 40 minutes, you still want more. It deals with great issues, war, loyalty, race. Great filming, you cheer for the good guys, and you hate, i mean hate the bad guys. It doesn't shield you from the evil. It puts it right in front of your face and forces you to experience what war, ignorance and hatred really is. Run to see this movie as soon as you can. It will move and inspire you.

Righteous Kill

The Grand Theater
Good
The movie was predictable, but allright. Certainly not great which is what you'd expect with Pacino and Deniro.



My Best Friend's Girl

The Grand Theater
Good
I like Kate Hudson, which makes this movie worth seeing. I wanted something sweet, and it was kind of sweet. They tried to be raunchy (edgy) that kind of brought the movie down. For a romantic comedy it just went too far. Wasn't impressed with Dane Cook at all.

Henry Poole Was Here

The Grand Theater
Excellent
This is a great movie. Spiritual, but not preachy. Touching but not overly dramatic. Doesn't take a side, just tells a story. Predictable, but sweet, and besides you want it to end the way you thought it would. Take a girl to this movie if you want to show her your sensitive, spiritual side.

Hamlet 2

The Grand Theater
Fair
Ummm… I'm not really sure what I saw. Was it funny…umm maybe. Was there good acting? Ummm no, but was there supposed to be? Did it make a real political, moral or social point…definitely no. Was it fun to watch…I wanted it to be, however I just endured it. In the end, no. Was it better than Pineapple Express...not really. was the movie a failure...no but save your $7.50 and see something worthwhile.

Death Race

The Grand Theater
Great
If you want to see some really awesome driving stunts, and things getting blown up, watch this movie. You'll love how all the bad guys (and girls) get what's coming to them. Definitely a movie for guys!

Bangcock Dangerous

The Grand Theater
Great
I think the movie about an assassin wanting to get out of the game, falling in love, and finding a student to learn his trade, has been made several times before. This movie however predictalb the plot was not too bad. Good action scenes, decent acting, deaf girl was cool. A good move, worth seeing, but probably not worth writing home about. (Does anyone really write letters home anymore anyway?

Traitor

Traitor
The Grand Theater
Excellent
Great movie! Nothing exceptional about it, just a very well written creative movie. Very interesting view of terrorism, not just black and white, shades of gray without being preachy.

Pineapple Express

The Grand Theater
Poor
Dumbest movieI've seen all year. However it had a dozen or so funny parts that did make me laugh out loud. Overall though, stupid, stupid, stupid.

Mirrors

The Grand Theater
Excellent
This was an exciting movie! Some of it was predictableand acting/writing was weak in some areas. That didn't ruin it being excitingly suspenseful and pleasantly gory with another exciting ending for a thriller.

Ma-Ma Mia

The Grand Theater
Excellent
Meryl Streep freaks me out, I don't like looking at her. Pierce Brosnan is the most uncomfortable thing to see singing and dancing in a musical. This movie was outrageously campy, incredibly predictable, horribly corny and made me question my manhood just by being in the theater, seriously I was the only guy there, except for the husband who obviously was dragged there by his wife. So as you can tell "I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes it was bad, but it was so much fun. In order to love this movie, as I did, you have to stop trying, give up on anything being legitimate and start laughing (out-loud) numerous times. sing a long (Out Loud) numerous times and yes even dance. I even cried! By definition a movie that makes you Laugh, Cry, Sing and Dance has to be an A movie, no matter how bad it is. The best way I can put it is this; Ma-Ma-Mia is pure fun, it does not try to be more than what it is, which makesit much much more than what it is.

Hancock

Country Side Cinemas
Great
Good movie. I enjoy fresh ideas, and this cetainly was a fresh idea for a Super Hero Movie. Lots of surprise twists. I won't tell. Biggest problem, for me, was the action sequences. Although the action wasn't as hard to follow as "Indiana Jones" There's still a lot going on making it hard to follow. The story was good, the filmmaking was a C- Too much jerky camereawork, and fartoo many close upsof Will Smith. In the end, I'd reccomend seeing this movie after you've seen Iron Man, Wall-E and the Incredible Hulk...if you have any money left.

The Dark Knight

The Grand Theater
Excellent
This movie has layers/ There were aspects of it I thoroughly enjoyed and thought were well done. Then there were other areas. I'll start with them. Dialogue and casting in the beginning were horrible. The moob soldiers were so stereotypical it was eye rolling worthy. I found myself a few times saying "Please tell me your going to do better than this"Thankfully they did and the problem turned out to be not all the actors in the movie, just one. Christian Bale was the worst Batman ever, I hated, I mean hated his "Batman" voice. Everyone else was great, Morgan freeman is always good, and the old "Alfred guy" always good. Christian Bale was just a let down. However Heath Ledger had an incredible performance (I'm not just saying that because he's dead, I don't care that he's dead, he did a good job.) I found myself enjoying the movie every minute that Christian Bale didn't talk. the action was excellent and exciting, and the most interesting scenes involved the joker. Another problem though is that the DA's character got much weaker to me toward the second half of the movie. I thought the story was very good, I like dthe plot twists and the unexpected extensions to the story. A led to B led to C but didn't neccessarly end at C, it lead to F,W, and then finally Z where it ended nicely.

Wall-E

Country Side Cinemas
Superior
Most creative Pixar Creation ever made! Go see it 3 times, it's worth it! There is very little dialougue. It's hard for live actors to express emotion without the use of words and Pixar was able to effectively present an exciting, endearing and intimate story with animaed robots. A great success! Details are everything and every detail was careful planned and executed to the highest standards.

Get Smart

The Grand Theater
Good
Funny, but forgettable. Predictable, but then again it wasn't trying to be inventive. Other movies could learn from this practice. Existentialism Essay was thefunniest joke in themovie, however I was the only one laughing.

The Happenings

The Grand Theater
Great
Could have been an "A" movie, just fell short. The "happening" was filmed very effectively, very creepy. I did jump a few times. Again there was a struggle with the ending. Had they added another 20 minutes and wrote a better ending, it would have easily been an "A"

The Incredible Hulk

Country Side Cinemas
Excellent
Any time Edward Norton is in a movie, do yourself a favor and go see it. It's going to be good…Tell me one movie Edward Norton hasdone thathasn't been good…….That's right you can't, and Hulk is no different! However, since I'm not a Marvel Comic Guy, can someone please explain the ending? Ok I get it now. It's Iron Man, cool!

Iron Man

The Grand Theater
Excellent
Great Movie, loved the last line. There was a lot more to this movie than I initially expected, I'm sorry I pre-judged it!

The Strangers

Wynsong Cinemas
Excellent
Great movie, very creative, you never know where it's going. Best ending of 2008 so far!

Prince Caspian

The Grand Theater
Excellent
Great Movie, better than the first!

Indiana Jones

The Grand Theater
Fair
Biggest let down ever! The only reason it'snot an "F" is out of respect to the first 3

Harold and Kumar

Kill-Devil Hills Theater
Good
First one, so much funnier. Neil Patrick Harris is always awesome in these movies. Go rent the first one and laught a lot more. They should have brought back "Freak Show."

Letherheads

Countryside Cinemas
Good
Nothing "wrong" with this movie, just forgettable. In fact I forgot I had seen it and had to come back 4 months laer to grade it after my wife reminded me that we saw it. I like all the actors, the story wasn't cookiecutter, however that didn'tmake it exceptional. It was cool though that one scene was filmed in Winston Salem.

88 Minutes

Kill-Devil Hills Theater
Good
Horrible beginning, better middle, ok ending. Really don't get too excited.

Nim's Island

Countryside Cinemas
Great
Very good cute movie. Take your daughter and have a good time. (Your son will think it's lame.)

No Country for Old Men

Countryside Cinemas
Excellent
Great movie, again what's up with the no ending thing?

Vantage Point

Countryside Cinemas
Fair
Very repetative, very forgettable, actually did I see it?

Cloverfield

Countryside Cinemas
Poor
Horrible, here I'll give away the ending, oh yeah that's right it didn't have one! It's sad because if they hadn't have been so "creative" in it's filming, and actually old us what was going on, it would have been an absolutely incredible movie. Good art doesn't try, it just is.

Sweeney Todd

The Grand Theater
Superior
Favorite Musical of all time, well done Tim and Pirate Dude!