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Recently I've watched " The Big Lebowski" 5th time.
I loved this movie.
" The Dude" famous dialogue.
Doctor Strange (2016)
In the past 8 or so years, movie goers been bombarded almost yearly with the same comic book movies, one of the following alternating nearly every year: Iron Man franchise movie, Avengers franchise movie, Thor franchise movie, Spider-Man franchise movie, Captain America franchise movie, then you add the Batman movies, the Superman movies, the X-Men movies, combined with the occasional movie not related to anything I named above like Ant-Man or Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy, and you have a monotonous continuous repetitive sequence of the same superhero comics books based movies looping over and over year after year.
Doctor Strange breaks that monotony. It's different, it's fun, it's fresh, it has incredible mind-bending dizzyingly captivating visual special effects and better yet, it doesn't have the bickering and preaching dialogue we've seen all too common in the Iron Man and Avengers and Captain America franchise.
Furthermore, how many more times can you stand seeing another Captain America, Iron Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman or Avengers movie?
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)
The writing, the pacing, the messy back and forth flashbacks, the characters that you don't care about, the movie cliche like the pretty cheerleader that falls for Billy....
plus was there any qualified miltary advisors hired during the production of this film?
The Hollywood visual mentality: let's load up the weapons with a bunch of junk. They will look cool to the movie audience but they will provide no function whatsoever in the battlefield:
Then there was the casting... Chris Tucker being one of them... loud and obnoxious he doesn't belong in this film.
If only the producers spent more time worrying about the right things that make a movie great than filming this with 4K 120 fps filming cameras...
Finally this also felt like a poor man's poor attempt to make a Flag of our Fathers for the Iraq war and in this case, that poor man happens to be director Ang Lee.
Why did he even make this?
The Disappointments Room (2016)
I did some research. Folks in the old days especially prominent folks with wealth and social status will build disappointments rooms and put their children in there. Children that were born with a physical handicapped or with visual deformities. So the family will not be embarassed by the child. The child is locked up in this room with no way out. Never feeling the sun or rain on their face. They will be not very well cared for and will most likely be malnourished and sick from neglect and in many cases, some will die from such neglect or if the parents get sick of caring for the child, they will kill that child. No one would ever know because no one ever knew that child was born in the first place.
Man! Talk about there are some messed up people in this world!
Anyway, this could had been a good movie but it's not. Where's the 3rd act, the final act?
A lot left unexplained and unfinished.
The movie ended ABRUPTLY with 9 minutes to go so we can get 9 minutes of rolling credits!
Did the producers run out of money and couldn't film anymore?
Then there are a couple of scenes that felt out of place because either a scene preceding them was not filmed or was edited out.
For instance, this!!
The broken dishes and stuff around the dining room table. The movie just jumped from them preparing for dinner with guests over to the not very good climax to this scene. When did all that stuff get broken and who did it and why?
Furthermore, there are many women in this world who are beautiful natural brunettes and look equally beautiful when they go blonde.
I love Kate Beckinsale but I must say she doesn't look good at all as a blonde. I think this is the first time I'd ever seen her blonde.
A final thought!!
Do the producers of this movie really wants us to believe that guy is married to someone as HOT as Kate Beckinsale???
We are just not buying it!!
The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Do not over look nor underestimate this film because it's a movie about a teenage girl.
This is the best teenage romance film since Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Juno and Sixteen Candles.
Honest, refreshing, full of heart, emotions and laughs.
Young actress Hailee Steinfeld turns in a great performance that will be tugging at your heartstrings:
she plays a 17-year old high school girl coping with everyday's teenage girl's problems: finding love, teenage sex, social status, making friends, losing friends, dealing with school. parents and siblings.
For her role in this film, Steinfeld was nominated by the Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
She didn't win but I hope it will give her the exposure needed to get an Academy Awards Oscar nomination nod.
UPDATE: I didn't know the Academy already announced this year's nominations almost a week ago. Usually they wait until February after the Super Bowl. Hailee Steinfeld didn't get nominated. The Oscars sucks nowadays!
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Villa Rides (1968)
with Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson.
I've seen half a dozen or more films with Yul Brynner over the course of my life time and I think this is the first time I've ever seen him with hair on his head!
He plays Pancho Villa in this movie.
Most of the stuff portrayed in this movie never really happened during the Mexican Revolution.
It's a silly movie and it didn't get good reviews.
Roger Ebert said at the time of this movie's release that he was getting tired with what was back then in 1968 an onslaught of shoot them up Westerns and it was beginning to get to him.
But you do have to give Brynner and Mitchum and Bronson credit for giving it their best.
A 1980's teenage movie starring Kelly Preston, Catherine Marie Stewart (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet)
and Jamie Gertz (The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, Twister)
Kelly had a banner year in 1985!!
She got naked in this movie and also in Secret Admirer. Then the following year she got naked in 52 Pick-Up.
I think once she met that Scientology loser John Travolta, that's when she started doing less nude scenes.
I love all these cheesy teen flicks from the 1980s, when the biggest problem our hero would face is getting laid before going to college.
He loses his virginity with the popular girl (Kelly) but at the end he finally figures out she is a bitch and the best girl for him all along is the ugly duckling (Jamie) who is no longer ugly:
What a cute romantic film!
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
It was alright. Could had been better. Most of the new characters are paper thin and not around long enough for you to care about them and they are just zombies fodders.
Milla Jovovich still kicks butt and I guess she decides she doesn't want to play Alice anymore so they are selling this as the end of the franchise.
I have been wondering why it took 4 years since the last Resident Evil movie. I guess maybe Milla was done with the role after the last one and she needed some financial incentives to return to the role for this one to close out the franchise?
That's the lowest rating I have given to any Resident Evil films compared to the ratings I gave the other 5 films on here:
Resident Evil (2002)
A fitting start to the Resident Evil film franchise!
A very well made film and faithful to the games.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
This 2nd entry in the Resident Evil film franchise picks up where the first one ended.
A very enjoyable sequel and almost as good as the first one.
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
The 3rd entry of the franchise: it had its moments and it's still much better than the PG-13 horror wannabes and the crappy reboots and remakes littering the movie industry nowadays.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
I liked this movie very much; my only disappointment is they could had given the Alice clones more screen time.
The final scene is priceless and it makes the upcoming sequel worth the wait.
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Could had been a bit longer...
Man On Fire (1987)
French Italian produced thriller with Scott Glenn and Joe Pesci.
Glenn is a former CIA agent hired to protect the young 12 year old daughter of a wealthy family. When she is kidnapped by the Mafia, he goes all out to save her.
Yes!! This is the movie director Tony Scott's 2004 Man On Fire with Denzel Washington was remade from.
This is so much better than that noisy 2004 remake.
By the way, a bit of strange trivia:
Tony Scott was originally considered to direct this but the producers and studio felt he wasn't experienced enough as a director at the time with only one commercial release (The Hunger) in his resume so he went on to direct Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II instead.
36 Hours (1964)
Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.
Excellent performances by a 36 years young James Garner, as the American major, and also by Rod Taylor, Eva Marie Saint and Werner Peters.
A worthy psychological war thriller on the same level as Frank Sinatra's similar 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate.
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