MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens

It's cowboys. It's aliens. What more did you expect?

007 (Daniel Craig) makes a bad ass cowboy. Harrison Ford is alright, but they don't utilize his full potential in the script.
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The film is pretty good up till the middle point when you find out something about Olivia Wilde's character. Now I don't want to reveal what this is without spoiling the film, so you'll just have to use your imagination here. But once you find that out, it seems kind of cheesy and therefore the rest of the film falls flat with the same old, same old. After that it's just the usual big epic fighting scene between the cowboys and aliens and...yawn.

Overall, it's an entertaining summer blockbuster that effectively blends the two genres (sci-fi & western) into one, so it's certainly worth seeing. Just not the best movie that could've been made given the star power of the film's two main characters. Without them, this would've flopped around like a spaceship being driven by a drunk cowboy.

TRAILER: Hot Tub Time Machine

Soooo I've been observing an extended lazy summer this year and apologize for the lack of postings. However, I have revisited my John Cusack obsession lately and have stumbled upon this gem that's set to come out next year. Titled Hot Tub Time Machine, it features an interesting plot that involves time traveling back to the 80s. And as many of you know, that was an awesome time for many of Cusack's films.

But this movie also features my favorite newcomer Clark Duke, of Sex Drive fame and Craig Robinson from Zack and Miri. It looks like a winner in my book. Let's just hope it's not a big fat fail.

MOVIE REVIEW: Angels & Demons

The truth is not in the texts.

If you are a fan of the book, you won’t like it. But if you’re like me and have never read the book, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Parts of the movie are far-fetched and a stretch of the imagination, but the twists and turns and surprise ending are quite worth it.

At times it felt like I was watching another National Treasure installment, but not enough to make me feel robbed. Angels & Demons is certainly more action-packed than The Da Vinci Code but I’m actually fonder of that film as opposed to this one. I guess because the supporting character running alongside Tom Hanks (played by Ayelet Zurer) isn’t as memorable as Audrey Tautou. I mean Zurer is a decent actress, but her character doesn’t really match-up as well with Hanks as much as I thought she should.

So for fans of the book, do not expect this to be like the original story by any means. Apparently, (according to my fiancĂ© who is a HUGE fan of the book) hardly any of Dan Brown’s original novel has been kept in tact. She started to explain to me the original plot and I have to say that even I felt myself becoming a bit irritated! Though the movie is entertaining, the book seems a lot more captivating!

Again, being that I’ve never read the best-seller, my review is less than judgmental here, so overall, I dug the film adaptation. However, I might do myself a favor sometime and pick up a copy to read as if it is a totally separate film.
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My homegirl Tiara, over at "Reviews You Can Use" just got a chance to check out the new stoner comedy Next Day Air starring Donald Falson & Mike Epps (whoever they are~lol).

Find out what she thought!


But speaking of zombie-infested post-apocalyptic wastelands (and the like) here is Cormac McCarthy's newest book turned movie The Road. "Who the heck is Cormac McCarthy?" you may be asking. Ah, you may know him by his other book that later became 2008's Best Picture Winner, No Country For Old Men.

So without further adieu, I give you The Road.

TRAILER: Pontypool

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good zombie film. And here so happens to be one that I came across for the first time this morning. It's an independent Canadian flick titled Pontypool.

Intrigued? So was I. Here are a few actual clips from the movie that shed some light into the mysterious town of Pontypool.

What I find interesting here is the novel concept of the way the virus is spread; through means of communication.

In a panel discussion about the film, the director, Bruce McDonald, stressed that the victims of the virus were not zombies but instead referred to them as "Conversationalists." But even more creepy is the way he described the stages of the disease:

There are three stages to this to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person.

Yeah. Very creepy. The film is set for limited release on May 29.
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MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Not as solid as adamantium, but well-worth the ride.

In the unofficial start to the summer movie season, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as none other than Logan (a.k.a. Wolverine) in a visual treat that is sure to take you by the claws and give you quite a spin.

Overall, it’s certainly a visually stimulating movie, especially in the special effects department (not to mention stimulating for the ladies in the many naked scenes of Jackman). Needless to say, if you’re checking out the unfinished bootleg sans the completed graphics on the net, it’s not going to be very rewarding for you.

As one would expect from the trailer, there are a lot of mutant cameos in this film, but don’t expect to grow attached to them for very long. This flick is definitely about Wolverine as the title obviously suggests, so unfortunately any other minor character that comes across doesn’t have much screen time my fellow fan-boys.

And speaking of the supporting cast, there are quite some interesting characters, but none of the actors playing them even come close to matching Jackman’s superb depiction of the plagued protagonist. Let’s face it folks, he is Wolverine, and he does a kick-ass job of it hands down.

Overall, I can see why most of the critics panned this one. There was so much hype that it might not have achieved the expectations as a result of the bar being raised last summer by such films as The Dark Knight and Iron Man. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I thought that some of the dialogue was cheesy and parts of the story felt rather rushed.

However, it is a comic movie, and with that I was just happy to see Wolverine in his own film for once. Totally worth checking out, even if the film wasn’t as solid as adamantium.

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