Aliens (1986)

Aliens (1986) – Sequels suck, or so they say. I personally believe that blanket statements are always wrong. ALWAYS. (See what I did there?) Obviously, everyone can come up with exceptions to the “sequels suck” rule. The Godfather Part II won the Academy Award for Best Picture and is considered by many (yours truly included) … Continue reading

Hollow Man (2000)

Hollow Man (2000) – So I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that about seven years ago I was in a production of The House of Blue Leaves at Sacramento City College. The star of that show was an actor named Michael Saumure, who had a small role in Joe Carnahan’s debut film Blood, Guts, Bullets, … Continue reading

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — The thing that I think makes Steven Spielberg such a successful film-maker (and I’m sure someone else has pointed this out before) is that I can’t think of anyone else who is so adept at creating a sense of wonder in movies. I’m not talking about delivering … Continue reading

The New World (2005)

The New World (2005) — So first thing’s first: this review applies to the director’s cut of the film. How is that different from the theatrical cut? Don’t know. Don’t really care either. Terrence Malick is one of those directors whose films I prefer to see in their intended state (the rumors of a long-lost … Continue reading

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) — So this review is in regards to the Director’s Cut, which I understand to be about 45 minutes longer (and I hear a lot better) than the theatrical version. As it is I quite enjoy this movie. I was expecting more of a bloody Braveheart/Gladiator-style action film (appropriate being from … Continue reading

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) — So the words I used in my review of Fellowship still apply: epic and awesome.  This movie lacks both exposition and resolution and still manages to be riveting for about four hours (again, extended edition because why watch the shorter ones?).  I also majorly dig … Continue reading

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) — Epic and awesome.  It’s really only the first third of what in essence is one colossal twelve-hour movie, but if you had to evaluate them as individual films this one would be my favorite.  [I am referring to the extended versions.  I saw … Continue reading

Halloween (2007)

Halloween (2007) — There really is a lot to hate about this movie, but watching it back-to-back with the original I liked it better than I remember liking it.  While I would hesitate to call it a better movie than the original, I was somewhat more entertained by it.  Most of my problems with it … Continue reading

Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen (2009) — So like everyone who read the comic book first (I hate people who say “graphic novels,” it takes an awesome art form and gives it that ring of pretension that makes me want to punch people in the throat) I have my own list of things I wish had been left in … Continue reading