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Discussion in 'The Iron Maidens' started by A7, Feb 12, 2009.
I can agree with this review 100%
Amongst my .......many....talents I am a paranormal investigator...albeit on the sceptical, side of things.
The movie just isnt scary, thrilling or remotely interesting. The interaction between characters is bland and its generally a wast of time. It poor beyond poor, its scraping the bottom of an empty barrel, its beer without alcohol.
I find it very disturbing that 14 year old girls resonate with that girl from Twilight. She is a powerless airhead that is willing to do anything to be with the vampire guy including losing her life. I find it complete female disempowerment. The problem I have with it is how teenage girls fantasize of being her.
Have you seen Adventureland? That girl from Twilight plays a totally opposite type of character and is amazing in it!
The answer is simple: These teenage girls want to relate themselves with that chick because of that one guy in the film (Robert Pattinson is his name, I think). They think they should look and act like her so they can win a date with that guy. Other than that, Twilight is just an overhyped product written by someone who, according to Stephen King, "can't write worth a darn."
Of all the movies you've seen this year, what were the best and worst?
Here's my list:
Best Movies I've Seen in 2009
2. Star Trek
3. Gran Torino
4. Public Enemies
Worst Movies I've Seen in 2009
1. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Paranormal Activity
4. Sex Drive
5. The International
Movies I Regret Missing in 2009
1. Iron Maiden: Flight 666*
2. District 9
3. The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day*
4. Black Dynamite*
(*These movies weren't available where I'm at. Not even on bootleg.)
Movies I'm Glad I Skipped in 2009
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
2. Dragonball: Evolution
3. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
4. Terminator Salvation
5. Angels & Demons
"And the moral of this story is this is not what to do if a bird shits on you." - Bruce Dickinson
Chemical Wedding (a.k.a. Crowley)
Whoever said this was a good movie was either in complete denial or must have been on some bad drugs, because Chemical Wedding is simply one of the worst attempts at horror cinema ever. The acting is atrocious, the dialogue is pathetic, the special effects are laughable and the soundtrack is extremely random. Bruce Dickinson may be an excellent singer and songwriter, but just like Steve Harris on directing Iron Maiden videos, writing movie scripts is not for him. Even die-hard Iron Maiden fans should avoid this turkey.
More than 10 years after Titanic, James Cameron returns to the director's chair. For the past year or so, there was a ton of hype surrounding this film, and after watching it earlier tonight, now I know why.
This movie is 100% pure, unadulterated eye candy in terms of visual effects. Sure, CG has been around for a while, but to make computer-generated characters close to live-action is one hell of an achievement. Even if you're not watching it on IMAX, you find yourself immersed into the breathtaking landscapes of the planet Pandora and the adventures of a crippled Marine who has his mind transferred into a synthetic humanoid body that resembles the planet's inhabitants. Aside from the special effects, the soundtrack enhances that "being there" feeling.
Perhaps the film's only weakness is its storyline, as it's basically Dances with Wolves in space, mixed with The Last Samurai and Starship Troopers. Nevertheless, Avatar is one of the best visual films ever made.
Anyone here remember an old animated series called Star Blazers? Well, later this year, a live-action remake of that show will be released in Japan. But will it be as good as the recent Star Trek film (after all, Space Battleship Yamato has always been known as Japan's answer to Star Trek)?
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBu1cZm4Gqg]Space Battleship Yamato[/ame]
Time for another quick movie review:
It's such a shame that this film wasn't widely marketed when it was released on June 2008, as it is one of the smartest comedies ever made. Top-notch performances by Seann William Scott (Stifler in the American Pie series) and John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) as two assistant managers struggling to earn the position to run an upcoming grocery store. There are even cameo appearances by Masi Oka (Hiro in Heroes) and Chris Gardner (author of The Pursuit of Happyness). Definitely worth checking out for a good laugh.
Once again, James Cameron is laughing his way to the bank, as Avatar continues to break box-office records worldwide. In only 17 days since its release, the film earned a total of over $1 billion - the fastest film to ever do so. Currently, it's only about $700,000,000 shy of dethroning Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all-time.
Here are the numbers so far:
Domestic: $374,445,852 (33.1%) + Foreign: $757,306,612 (66.9%) = Worldwide: $1,131,752,464
Avatar - Box Office Mojo numbers
I think three times for me is enough for this film. Now I'm off to see Sherlock Holmes...
I hardly even watch movies .. but I really had to make a 'best of 2009' list it would be only from the movies I've seen
1. Flight 666
2. Gran Torino
4. District 9
5. State Of Play
There's a good reason why this movie hasn't been released in the U.S. yet: Renée Zellweger is embarrassed by its absolute lameness. Basically, it's your typical possessed child horror film that steals elements from The Omen and every other similar horror film out there. This movie is nowhere remotely scary and it's just downright boring. It's already bombed badly in Australia, New Zealand and here in the Philippines. American movie goers are lucky to not have seen this rubbish. For now.
I only got two words for this fake trailer: YEAH RIGHT!
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb50GMmY5nk]Thundercats Fan Trailer[/ame]
Actor Andrew Koenig was found dead today, apparently due to depression and suicide. He was the son of Walter Koenig (Checkov in the original Star Trek series). Back in the 1980s, he was known as Boner in the sitcom Growing Pains. In recent years, his role as the Joker in the fan film Batman: Dead End received unanimous praise from comic book fans and those who saw the film.
R.I.P. Andrew Koenig.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zn53yhjsDM]Batman: Dead End[/ame]
Yet another actor has died today. Corey Haim, who starred in the 1987 cult hit The Lost Boys and was best known for starring alongside Corey Feldman (hence the term "The Two Coreys") in numerous films, was pronounced dead after being taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. His death is suspected to be accidental due to a drug overdose. He was 38.
R.I.P. Corey Haim
I think I'm the only person who doesn't know who this guy is.
This is where my movie money's going this summer:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNQowwwwYa0]Iron Man 2[/ame]
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can - except he's also got a machine gun and a giant robot!
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
Stage 6 Films/Sony Pictures, 2009
Created and Directed by Troy Duffy
Running Time: 117 minutes
Rated R for graphic violence, slight nudity and profanity.
"There's two kinds of people in this world when you boil it all down. You've got your 'talkers' and you've got your 'doers'. Most people are just talkers; all they got is talk. But when all is said and done, it's the doers who change this world. And when they do that, they change us. And that's why we never forget them... So which one are you? Do you just talk about it or do you stand up and do something about it? Because believe you me, all the rest of it is just coffee house bullshit." - Rocco
Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Max in Suicide Kings) as Connor McManus*
Norman Reedus (Detective Reilly in American Gangster, Marco in Deuces Wild) as Murphy McManus*
Billy Connolly (Uncle Monty in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) as Noah "Il Duce" McManus*
Clifton Collins, Jr. (Ayel in Star Trek, El Huron in Crank: High Voltage) as Romeo
Julie Benz (Rita in Dexter, Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom
Judd Nelson (Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in Transformers: The Movie, Bender in The Breakfast Club) as Concezio Yakavetta
Daniel DeSanto as Ottilio Panza
Bob Marley (the comedian, not the singer) as Detective Greenly*
David Ferry as Detective Dolly*
Brian Mahoney as Detective Duffy*
David Della Rocco as "himself" a.k.a. "The Funny Man"*
Peter Fonda (Wyatt in Easy Rider, McElroy in 3:10 to Yuma) as "The Roman"
Gerard Parkes as Doc*
Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ, Green Goblin in the Spider-Man trilogy) as Paul Smecker*
*Roles reprised from the first film.
Connor: "You ready for this shit, my dear brother?"
Murph: "Let's do some gratuitous violence."
Ten years have passed since fraternal twin brothers Connor and Murphy McManus and their father Noah "Il Duce" McManus, collectively known as "The Saints", publicly executed mafia don "Papa" Joe Yakavetta in a Boston court and disappeared to Ireland. But when Yakavetta's son Concezio hires a hitman to commit a copycat execution on a priest, the brothers travel back to Boston to get some answers and wipe out the mafia. Things, however, are not what they seem to be when parts of Noah's dark past return to haunt him.
Gangster: "'Erin go Braugh'. What the fuck does that mean?"
Murphy: "It's Irish for 'You're fucked'!"
Fans have waited ten years for the sequel to the 1999 cult classic The Boondock Saints. Much of the original cast and crew are back, but does The Boondock Saints II deliver?
Yes and no.
Yes, it's great to see the McManus clan in full force again. The movie just isn't what it is without them, especially legendary comedian Billy Connolly. Clifton Collins, Jr. also does a great job as Romeo, the brothers' new Mexican sidekick who is a skilled fighter, but not very bright on everything else.
Romeo: "Who ordered the whoop-ass fajita?"
Connor: "'Whoop-ass fajita'?"
Connor & Muurph: "That's fuckin' stupid."
Rocco, who was killed in the first film, delivers some outstanding lines during the film's dream sequences. And the detective trio of Greenly, Dolly and Duffy are as comedic as ever. Plus, the film has some excellent performances by Judd Nelson and the legendary Peter Fonda. But perhaps the biggest surprise is the return of Willem Dafoe as Paul Smecker, as he was originally reported not to appear in the film.
So what is wrong with this film?
"Well, since we've already broken the fuck barrier... allow me to be blunt. It is because I'm so fucking smart, that I make smart people feel like they are retarded." - Eunice
Julie Benz just doesn't work well in the film as FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom. Aside from the fake Southern Belle accent, she makes really flat attempts at emulating Smecker's style of investigating crime scenes. During one narration of a crime scene, she is seen wearing a cowgirl outfit, which makes the film unnecessarily cheesier than it should be. An even bigger shame is that two important characters die, but she doesn't.
Despite that character, the film delivers a lot of what you'd expect: over-the-top violence, tongue-in-cheek dialogue and countless uses of the F-word. If you're a fan of the first film, definitely check it out. Otherwise, it's strictly a rental for everyone else.
The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes documentary and a conversation with Billy Connolly and director Troy Duffy. The film has an optional commentary track with Duffy and Willem Dafoe. There are also two deleted scenes as well.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Official Site
The Internet Movie Database
"That was one of the finest examples of spiritual guidance I've ever had the good fortune to witness." - Murph
Iron Man 2
The much-anticipated sequel to Iron Man hits theaters in the U.S. this Friday, but is it as good as the first? No, but it's still worth watching.
As usual, Robert Downey, Jr. delivers an outstanding performance as Tony Stark. Don Cheadle does a more convincing job as James Rhodes (Tony's best friend) than Terrance Howard did on the first film. Also an excellent performance by Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, the movie's main villain.
Oh yeah, and what about Scarlett Johansson? Leather suit. End of discussion.
Storywise, it's more of an action flick than the first; thus, it falls behind on plot and character development. Nevertheless, this film is worth the full admission price.