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My Top 20 Movies of All Time

I've seen about 700-800 movies in my lifetime by my estimate. I know it's a broad range but it's hard to pinpoint every movie I've seen. These are the 20 best movies I have ever seen in order.

20. American History X

Just an all around excellent movie with a compelling story, excellent emsemble cast, and great direction and vision. It will go down as one of the best movies about racism and it'll also go down as one of those movies that is necessary viewing. It's a terrific movie well worth seeing and it's one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen.

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19. Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors for a reason. His films are entertaining, perfected, and you can always count on them to both entertain and stimulate. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best movies about war I've seen and I love it. After countless viewings it still holds up as being a great war movie.

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18. To Kill a Mockingbird

Another of the best movies concerning racism ever made. Gregory Peck gives the performance of a lifetime as Atticus Finch and this film though slow in the beginning is one of the more 'riveting' movies out there. It's a really well done movie and even if you thought it was boring to read in English the movie is well worth your time.

17. Goodfellas

I'm with Roger Ebert on this one, Goodfellas > Godfather. This movie is all around awesome. That is all.

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16. OldBoy

This is a movie that succeeds on many levels. For one it is an engaging thriller, it has strong performances, it's got great atmosphere and it's just really well done. I loved it and I had really high expectations. It's rare to see films like this.

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15. Platoon

Platoon is one of the best war movies ever made because it's unflinching. Oliver Stone had balls and he showed what he saw in Vietnam. What came out of this was one of the most haunting war movies ever made and it still stands as a great movie and a true testament to Oliver Stone's talent. It's well worth seeing if you're a fan of war movies.

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14. Citizen Kane



It is the movie that spawned modern cinema. It created new techniques that would forever change the way movies were thought of and made. Citizen Kane was not only a technical marvel for it's time but it also tells one of the best stories ever told. Don't let it's age fool you, this is a timeless movie.

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13. Reservoir Dogs

One of the best crime thrillers ever made. The film has you on the edge of your seat and it's just well done. It was Tarantino's first movie and it will go down as possibly his best. You should see it if you have not already, this is a really well done movie.

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12. On the Waterfront

This movie is pretty underrated but I can see why. It's overshadowed compared to Brando's later work and that is a real shame. This is one of the best performances I've ever seen and this is a movie anyone should see.

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11. Taxi Driver

If you don't like this movie you should re-evaluate your taste in movies. :)

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10. Pan's Labyrinth

If it doesn't bring you to tears you may have no soul. This film is amazing and it's one of the best films made since 2000. It tells a really compelling story from start to finish and the premise is so original and so well done. The acting is superb. It's terrific.

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9. Yojimbo

If there is an underrated director it's Akira Kurosawa. He has made an endless list of ****cs yet his films are unknown to many Americans. This man is godlike and his influence on western cinema is unrivalled. Yojimbo is a ****c. See it.

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8. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The best western movie and Eastwood's definitive movie. This film is an all 'round good time you must see.

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7. Pulp Fiction

Tarantino's best movie and a movie that well go down as a ****c. This film was robbed at the Oscar's but we know better. One of the best ensemble casts in a movie. This movie is just engaging throughout and it's near perfect.

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6. Slumdog Millionaire

This movie is amazing. I never thought I'd enjoy this movie as much as I did but I've seen it a good 6 times now. It never gets old and it's really well made. The technicalities of this movie are perfect and it's one you must see. It's still in theaters...

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5. Apocalypse Now

An amazing movie set in a war that's not about war. Just go see it but don't see Redux see the original.

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4. Do The Right Thing



This film is just outstanding and this is the best movie about racism ever made. I love this movie. It's just amazing.

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3. Ichi The Killer

Outstanding, see the uncut version for an intense thriller. This movie is just so underrated and it's really love/hate. You can tell I love it though.

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2. Clockwork Orange

God, I love this movie this much. It's so well made and it's Kubrick's best work to date. See it.

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1. City of God

I could talk for hours saying why this is the perfect movie, I'll shorten it. This movie shot so perfectly it's not even funny. The cinematography boggles the mind. The film also has an amazing soundtrack and great editing. The film has some of the best performances on film too and this ensemble cast is the best I've ever seen. It's amazing they were mostly first time actors. The film also has a really well done story and I don't think I'll find a more perfect film.

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A Review of Revolutionary Road (2008) *3 Oscar Nominations*


Revolutionary Road marks the first time Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have worked together since 1997's Titanic. It seemed that with their chemistry back then, a reunion on the screen was inevitable and what better way to bring them back together then in Revolutionary Road. To say the least, they were able to reinvigorate the chemistry they shared those 11 years ago. Not only do they play their roles with conviction but they also work extremely well together. The supporting cast is just as strong as well as the direction from Sam Mendes. My only complaint about the movie is the story progression is somewhat weak and this is kind of a downer since the film is totally story driven.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank Wheeler, a young ideal 50's boy who meets April played by Kate Winslet one night at a party. She is immediately charmed and they get married, have a child, and embark on their idealistic 50's life. April is the 50's suburban housewife who takes care of their two children while Frank Wheeler is at work stuck in his dead end job. Attempting to break free from their boring life, April suggests to Frank on his 30th birthday that they spend the rest of their lives in Paris. Things immediately begin to complicate and their relationship goes through various trials and tribulations that take us to the end of the film. The film is very depressing and it is no doubt it takes a very pessimistic look on relationships and happiness. The main problem with the story though is that it progresses at an iffy rate. We often have trouble knowing the characters feelings and you have to fill in a lot of stuff yourself which kind of annoys me. It's an engaging plot that needed more development and this is one of those times a longer length would have been desired just to flesh out the story.

The acting is where Revolutionary Road shines. Leonardo DiCaprio was robbed of a best actor nomination. He was simply fantastic and his performance was one of his best in years. Kate Winslet also does a great job and together Leo and Kate put on a riveting performance. The supporting cast is just as good. Michael Shannon was very good as John Givings, an insane man who resonates with April and Frank. I wish him luck at the Oscars. Kathy Bates was also good and the supporting cast just does such a great job; it's one of the best ensemble casts this year.

This film is shot in a very interesting way. The art direction is very cool. It catches the essence of the 50's with its simple colour palette and clean looks. To contrast this though it also captures and dirt and grime we may not have seen. The Wheeler's house is the idealist 50's home but on closer inspection it is dirty and grimy. It is a very neat touch which helps the viewer extracts deeper meaning from the movie. The camera work is great again and the movie also has a good soundtrack of 50's tracks and this piano track which pops in at all the right times. It's a well shot movie that has a lot of attention to detail which is commendable.

Revolutionary Road is a film that's not AAA worthy. It's a great film but it suffers a bit on its story and there are some plot strands that go nowhere. Sam Mendes does a commendable job but the editing needed some work and the script needed to develop the characters a bit more. The film is still engaging though and well worth a watch. The acting performances are some of the best this year and I think most people will get something out of this movie.

The Good: One of the best ensemble casts, story is engaging for the most part, great attention to detail, great sound, great chemistry

The Bad: Needed more development, needed a better editor, some unnecessary plot strands...

The Ugly: A great film worth seeing if you're up for a depressing character study of a 1950's couple.

8.5 / 10




My Thoughts and Predictions for Oscars 2009

Well in case you didn't know I'm a big movie buff and though I may not show it on the forums I try to showcase my love for film in my blog through my film reviews. The Oscar nominees are in line this year with The Reader unexpactedly taking up a few large nominees. I've seen every movie that has a major Oscar nominee so I'll say my predictions for the Oscars airing in about three weeks.

Original screenplay
  • "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures ****cs), Written by Courtney Hunt
  • "Happy-Go-Lucky" (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
  • "In Bruges" (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
Winner: Milk

To be honest it's just ahead of the others in terms of quality and keeping the huge story in check

Adapted screenplay
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • "Doubt" (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
Easily Slumdog Millionaire, the translation to screen was well done. Doubt could also very will win though. It can go either way here.

Achievement in visual effects
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • "Iron Man" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan
Iron Man should win but my bet is that The Dark Knight will win.

Achievement in sound mixing
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney),Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • "Wanted" (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt
Slumdog Millionaire should win, the music, voices, and overall ambience combines perfectly to create a sound mix like no other. It hits hard and it's perfect. The Dark Knight may also win this.

Achievement in sound editing
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • "Iron Man" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • "Wanted" (Universal),Wylie Stateman
Slumdog Millionaire deserves it again, perfect sound in this movie. The Dark Knight again is a close second.

I'm going to leave out the awards for short films since these are impossible for me to see.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E" (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
  • "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam
Jai Ho will win, if not Jai Ho it'll be O Saya.

Fine out why here and here

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.),Alexandre Desplat
  • "Defiance" (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman
A.R Rahman will be robbed if he doesn't walk away with it. About time an original score was not merely string instruments but electronic and 'upbeat' music. Good to see such a famous man finally getting western recognition. Alexandre Desplat is a close second.

Achievement in makeup
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan
  • "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz
Curious Case of Benjamin Button will surely get this. Hellboy 2 has a great chance though but I am sure it'll be Benjamin Button.

Best foreign language film of the year
  • "The Baader Meinhof Complex" A Constantin Film Production, Germany
  • "The ****/strong>" (Sony Pictures ****cs), A Haut et Court Production, France
  • "Departures" (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
  • "Revanche" (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
  • "Waltz with Bashir" (Sony Pictures ****cs), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel
Waltz With Bashir, that is all

Achievement in film editing
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens
I might sound like a broken record but the editing in Slumdog Millionaire is superb.I also think it should win this. The Dark Knight is a close second as well.

Best documentary feature
  • "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)" (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • "Encounters at the End of the World" (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • "The Garden" A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • "Man on Wire" (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • "Trouble the Water" (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal
Man on Wire was amazing. It will most likely win.

Achievement in costume design
  • "Australia" (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
  • "The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O'Connor
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
  • "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky
The Duchess will most likely win but I also think Australia stands a chance.

Achievement in cinematography
  • "Changeling" (Universal), Tom Stern
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle
Very tough for me to choose, I love well shot movies. Slumdog Millionaire was shot amazingly well, as in perfectly. I'll go with that.

Achievement in art direction
  • "Changeling" (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • "The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt
This is a tough category for me to choose. I'll go with Benjamin Button though

Best animated feature film of the year
  • "Bolt" (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • "Kung Fu Panda" (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton
Wall-E, is there even competition.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Amy Adams in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)
My heart says Taraji P. Henson, yet I think the academy will go for Amy Adams.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Josh Brolin in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder" (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)
Though I don't think Heath Ledger should win, he'll pick up the win due to popularity ratings. I think the academy messed up this category though. No Emile Hirsch :?

Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures ****cs)
  • Angelina Jolie in "Changeling" (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures ****cs)
  • Meryl Streep in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)
I'm thinkin' Kate Winslet. If she doesn't win it'll be a tight race between Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor" (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon" (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)
My heart roots for Mickey Rourke but it could go any way between him and Sean Penn. Don't rule out Frank Langella though...the academy loves to shock.

Achievement in directing
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal), Ron Howard
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle without a doubt, he is well deserving. Gus Van Sant is another one to look for.

Best motion picture of the year
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production,Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production,Christian Colson, Producer
Slumdog Millionaire will win, it's my favorite movie of the year and a lot of people want it to win. If for some reason it doesn't, I'll cheer for Milk even though if Slumdog was not to win it'd most likely be Benjamin Button.

That's all for this year, can't wait for the awards.

Back To School, a New Review, a New Game

Well, good news. Remember my old post about Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Well it finally came in the mail yestoday which means I'm playing it a lot. Such a great game and in my opinion a perfect series. I love it. It'll keep me tied over along with Call of Duty: World at War until my 360 is fixed.

Speaking of Call of Duty: World at War, I have written a review for it which you can read here.

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Feel free to post any opinions on it

I also lament that I am back to school :cry:

Oh well, at least we still got weekends

A Movie Review of Seven Pounds: Ugh...


Seven Pounds stars Will Smith, one of the more popular actors in Hollywood. Almost every movie he makes achieves a decent amount of acclaim and they almost always sweep up the box office. 2008 though has not been his year. Hancock holds a poor 39% on rottentomatoes. Seven Pounds didn't fare as well, it only holds a 28% positive rating among critics. Is it really that bad though? After all it does have a 7.6/10 on IMDB, that's decent. Well this time, I'm going to go with the critics. Seven Pounds is a heavily flawed movie that depends on an illogical plot told in the clumsiest manner possible. It's a movie that attempts to emotionally drain the viewer but in the end it just wallows in the tears created by it's own melodrama. Seven Pounds isn't one of the worst movies I've seen all year but it is not close to being one of the good ones.

The selling point of the movie was supposed to be it's plot. So much that none of the plot has been given away. All we're supposed to know before going into the movie is that Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent, who seeks to help out seven people before he dies. How he dies? We do not know. We were promised by the director that there will be some twists in the plot. Indeed they were in the movie, but they were highly disapponting. For a movie so dependant on plot this movie fails. The story is told in the wonkiest, clumsiest, clunkiest, method possible and a lot of the times I was totally confused to what was going on. The movie makes no sense. To make matters worse, the story pretends to be so emotional that it gets tiring after a while. I've never seen so much forced crying and anger in my entire life.

The problems in Seven Pounds are due to poor writing, and poor directing. The acting was a whole is not bad. Will Smith is very good as Ben Thomas and he makes this unbelieveable character a pretty interesting one to watch. Rosario Dawson plays Emily Posa, a woman with a fatal heart condition. She does her job very well and she plays her role in a realistic fashion. The supporting cast is also good. My only complaint is they had a lot of talent here namely Woody Harrelson and Berry Pepper. The issue is that they were so underused you didn't even know who they were. You're supposed to feel an emotional connection to them but you don't because the director, Muccino, only puts them in a couple one minute scenes...What a waste.

Technically, Seven Pounds again is just standard. The film is shot well enough but there are some really cliche set pieces in this movie. Come on, two lovers having a picnic in what appears to be a field with long yellow grass? Give me a break. The movie also heavily uses darkness and rain to symbolize the the darkness in Thomas's soul and rebirth respectively. It does it well enough and it's nice to see that Muccino put some some thought into setting up his shots. The soundtrack is hit and miss. Sometimes the music is really inappropriate. I heard Muse in this movie, it had no reason to be in it. Other then that though it works well but again, it seems like they really wanted to make the movie emotional with the music as they picked the grimmest music they could.

Seven Pounds tries too hard. Muccino saved himself from being overdramatic before. Remember The Pursuit of Happyness? It was also overdramatic but Will Smith saved it. The script writing was sharp enough as well to keep it down to earth and realistic. Seven Pounds though is a movie that should be forgotten, the script should be burnt and Muccino should take a break. Stop trying to emotionally destroy us, it won't work.

I give it a 4.0 out of 10

Pros: The acting is pretty good, the ending is not too bad

Cons: Illogical plot, unrealistic twists, clumsily told story even though the movie depends on it's story, bad use of good actors, tries too hard to make us emotional.

Overall: A movie dependant on plot? Let's go see it...oh wait the plot sucks. Scratch that.

A Review of Wanted (2008) and a quick E74 update

So I finally got my repair approved after a couple days and I called MS today and they told me my pre-paid shipping box is on the way. I got a tracking number that doesn't work but I'll give it some time before I complain yet I again.

I wonder if these people are the best english speakers India has to offer at times, some are very good. The woman I got on the first day answered all my questions and helped me perfectly but the two guys I got were useless. The one yesterday gave me a service number that he never activated and that was tottally useless and the one today was inaudible and didn't understand the question, "Can I have confirmation you sent me pre-paid shipping box"

Oh well, on to a review of Wanted

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Wanted is one of those movies made to target 16 year old boys. Let's see what it has

1. Non-stop action sequences with tons of blood and co-ordination, check
2. Angelina Jolie, check
3. Angelina Jolie's butt, double check
4. League of Assassins, check
5. A rebellious main character attempting to break out of his boring life, and check

Take it for what it is, Wanted is not meant to be taken seriously. The movie doesn't ride on anything but it's action sequences. The plot is forgettable and cliche, and the movie has acting that is passable for what it wants to achieve. The film does have some unforgettable action sequences which will take your breah away. Though they are not as common as I'd have like, I'd go as far as to say Wanted has some of the best action scenes I've seen in 2008. Quantum of Solace? Get out of here, Wanted's car chases were far superior. Now enough of the idle chit chat, let's get on to the review.

Wanted is about a young man named Wesley Gibson (Played by James McAvoy of Atonement fame). He is to Wanted as the Narrator was to Fight Club. He's a boring conformist who simply does his boring job and returns home to his sleazy wife. Out of nowhere when he is picking up his anxiety pills he meets Fox (Played by Angelina Jolie). She tells him of the fate of his father and when a man named Cross attempts to kill them in the conveniance store the plot takes off. Gibson is introduced to Sloan and The Fraternity which is an ancient league of assassins. I'll leave it at that for fear of spoiling anything. It's not the best plot but it's good enough. It sets up some very good action sequences and it keeps you entertained through the movie. It's riddled with action genre cliches but I'll let it pass.

The acting is not bad in the movie, James McAvoy is the clear star though. I have no idea how the Scottish actor could pull off an American accent so well. Angelina Jolie does what she always does. She's very good at action movies and should definately stay in the genre. Morgan Freeman is what he always is, the guiding African American man who seems above everyone. He's decent, he doesn't really act though...The supporting cast is all fine as well, no one comes off as being campy or lame and this is due to the fact that the film is in fact written decently in terms of dialogue. The film has humor at all the right times. Sometimes though it has corny dialogue but hey, this film like I said is not meant to be taken seriously.

I have an issue with Wanted's editing though. Some of the action sequences have cuts that are simply too often and too fast. This makes the scene confusing. Most of the time it works fine but at times it can get in the way. There is one particular scene where it is very annoying but I'll let you find that yourself. The film is shot well though for the most part and it gets enough of the action to leave you satisfied.

Speaking of action I guess I'll have to talk about that. This film is very stylized, in fact it is totally unreal. With bendable bullets, and some obviously falsified situations you'll have to ignore all you know about reality. The films action is awesome though I can't say it enough.

All in all this is a good movie, it's worth seeing if you feel like a light hearted action movie. Come in expecting fun, nothing more

I give it a 7.5 out of 10

Pros: Action sequences are a blast (some of the best of 2008), performances do the job, great sound, fun and light

Cons: Cliche plot, drags out a bit, nothing new really, wonky editing at times

Overall: A light fun action movie worth seeing if you are up for it.

A Review of Milk (2008)

Ahh movie passes, the gift that keeps on giving. I can finally see all the great films of 2008 so here we go, my review of Milk. No spoilers lie below.



Sometimes a movie comes along that is so poetic and beautiful that it simply can not be ignored. Gus Van Sant, one of the most hit and miss directors in Hollywood, has crafted a biopic unlike no other. Rather then simply 'Hollywoodizing' the historical events that take place in thie movie, he chooses to take archive footage and show historically accurate scenes. Because of this he delivers Harvey Milk's amazing story in a true fashion without any entertainment value put in. Gus Van Sant hides nothing from the viewer, he tells you in the beginning of the movie that Dan White kills Harvey Milk and the Mayor of San Francisco. The amazing thing is that by the end of the movie, it still comes as a surprise and actually remains just as emotional as it would have been if he did not tell us. Simply put Milk is one of the most well made films of the year and it is what a biopic should strive to be.

Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, an openly homosexual man who runs a camera shop on Castro Street in San Francisco. The world around him paints homosexuality as a sin, an evil, and as being one of the causes of all the ill in America. Harvey Milk wants to change this and over a period of five years he repeatedly runs for office. When he finally wins office as a Supervisor in San Francisco, he uses his considerable influence to bring in gay rights acts. Milk's career comes to a climax with the introduction of Proposition 6 and this is where I'll leave it. Truth is, it's a historical film and there are no surprises. The story of Harvey Milk isn't exactly known to a ton of people but the plot will seem familiar to many people. This is because this film came out at around the same time as the Proposition 8 fiasco. It's a perfect time for this film to come out as the story of this film brings us back to reality and shows just how poorly homosexuals were treated then, and how it might no be so different now. Milk is full of plenty of surprises and the movie is well worth seeing for it's well written summary of Harvey Milk's life from age 40-48.

My only real problem with the story was the pacing was a bit iffy. The story sometimes would shoot too far forward or seem a bit rushed. This is one of those times where I wish the movie was a bit longer then it was because sometimes it felt a bit incomplete. Other then that though the story was told pretty much flawlessly.

The acting in Milk is superb. Sean Penn is definately going to be up for as Oscar. He truly is a fantastic actor and has shown off his great range by playing Harvey Milk. Who would think that Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High would ever be able to play the role of Harvey Milk this well. Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn will be head to head at this years Oscars and I wish both of them the bset of luck. The supporting cast is also very good. Josh Brolin is not bad as Dan White. He plays a very conservative, anti-gay drunk supervisor and he does it pretty well though it doesn't feel like a big step from his previous body of work. Emile Hirsch was excellent in this movie. If any actor deserves best supporting actor this year it's Emile Hirsch. That's right, he was better then The Joker in The Dark Knight. Emile Hirsch made me forget it was him, he tottally transformed himself into Cleve Jones and his performance is one I'll remember for a long time. James Franco did a pretty good job and it's nice to see him expanding his catalogue beyond the Spider-Man movies. Diego Luna also did a very good job as Harvey Milk's troubled lover.

The film is shot in a very interesting method that works most of the time. The camera does a good job of capturing the images and the use of closeups is well done. My only complaint is at times it's shaky, whether it was for effect I am not sure, but it's sort of gets in the way. I do like the colour scheme used in the film though. They use a lot of whites in the film to symbolize 'Milk' and it gives the film as nice feel. During darker scenes they use the colour black. This works well with the film and it's good to see Van Sant sticking with his type of direction. The movie also infused archive footage and shot footage extremely well, almost seamlessly. This helps the movie feel 'real' which makes the story even more powerful. I also liked the music in this film a lot. Danny Elfman did an excellent job of composing the score and it is sort of like an infusion of cl assical and jazz music. It's unlike anything I've heard and it fits the movie well.

Milk will be one of those movies people will remember. Like Gus Van Sant's other great movies, namely Good Will Hunting, people will regard it as a ****c. This is an example of perfect historical fiction and if not for some pacing and camera issues, Milk would be a perfect film.

I give it a 9.5 out of 10

Pros: Excellent acting, superb symbolism and use of colour, excellent score, great story, the story doesn't rely on traditional techniques, emotional, eye opening

Cons: Some pacing issues can effect the story, shaky camera is annoying, Dan White could have used a bit more development

Overall: One of the best films in years and a must see. Van Sant has done it again.


E74 Update; A Review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Well it's Day 2 of E74 hell and I've called Microsoft twice, once for doing all the ordering and once today to check up on it. Seems they haven't approved my request yet after a day, how hard could it be. They don't have my box tracking number yet but will give it to me when they can. What I am wondering is why though after two calls I got two service request numbers...what the hell...my old one still works fine but the new one doesn't work at all so what is up with that. I'll be calling back later to ask.

I'm playing some of my old PC games like BF 1942 to hold up and I plan to get Call of Duty: World at War this weekend as well as The Twin Snakes...should be shipping soon.

Onto better matters, a review of The Curous Case of Benjamin Button


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David Fincher is one of Hollywood's most popular directors. He's the creative mastermind behind the hits Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac as well as some other notable films like Panic Room. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is his latest venture but arguably, it stands as one of his weakest. The movie suffers from a 'curious case' of poor writing and a misguided story. Eric Roth, a screenwriter perhaps best known for Forrest Gump, tried far too hard to replicate his former success. He also tried to recapture the magic of Big Fish. Ultimately it was too much for him to handle and the story kind of ends up being pointless. If not for this one fatal flaw, Benjamin Button could have been a worthwhile venture for David Fincher. If one was to ignore the lack of story, one would find a charming and excellent film well worth seeing despite the long 2 and a half hour run time.


The film tells the story of a New Orleans man named Benjamin Button. His father Thomas Button, a successful business man, discovers that his son is born looking frail and old. Worried, he leaves him on the steps of a retirement home where a young blakc couple named Queenie and Tizzy pick him up and raise him as their son. Benjamin Button seems to be aging backwards, and this is the motif that moves the plot forward. It shows the consequences of Benjamin aging backwards and the effect it has on not only him but the people around him. It's an interesting life to say the least, but it seems to have no point. I didn't pick up on any messages that were important. The only messages I got from the plot were ones I've seen many times before.

Luckily though, Benjamin Button is an acting gem. Every actor in this film is excellent and delivers a strong performance. The only weak spot is the character Caroline who seems fairly one dimensional but her importance to the film is negligable. Cate Blanchett delivers her best performance yet and I expect to see her nominated for an Oscar. She is a fantastic actress who truly does not get as much credit as she deserves. Brad Pitt also delivers one of his best performances in years. He deserves a lot of credit for his work in this film. This film needed a lot of great characters since clearly it is character driven. It succeeds in this respect; the movie has tons of very interesting characters worth experiencing for yourself.

The film also has excellent technical aspects. The film has a beautiful score though it's not anything special. It's well done and its great for this type of film but it's nothing you've never heard. The cinematography though it gorgeous and each shot in the film is set up extremely well. The sound is well done for the most part. At times it can be hard to understand the actors but for the most part it works well. The makeup is perhaps one of the best parts of the film technically. It's literally amazing how they do the makeup. The process of aging has never looks so seamless from a makeup perspective. Brad Pitt himself states it often took five hours to do all the makeup and it shows, every attention to detail was covered here.

The only technical aspect that could have been improved was editing. The movie should have been a two hour long movie, not a two and a half hour movie. With some stronger editing the film would have been much easier to sit through. It suffers from verbal diarrhea, much like The Dark Knight (Sorry Batman fans ;))

Overall The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a great movie. Though the plot is slightly weak and the film suffers from some poor editing it still has enough substance to make it worth a watch.

I give it an 8.0 out of 10


Pros: Excellent acting from Cate Blanchett and the supporting cast, ambitious and mostly successful directing venture for David Fincher, amazing makeup, great characters as a whole, great original score, good cinematography

Cons: The most important part of any movie, the story, is lacking, editing needed more work, nothing new to see here

Overall: A great film worth seeing if you are interested.

E74, A Review of Fallout 3 and The Wrestler

I never thought I'd be a victim of a 360 hardware issue but low and behold my 360 succumbed to the dreaded E74. Luckily I am still under the one year warranty so I am entitled to a free repair but had this happened in a few months I would have been screwed. Who would think though, 9 months is all it took to E74 my 360 and I don't even play it as much as the most hardcore gamers out there.

I called MS support, I got my number, and my coffin is coming in a few days. I can't wait to get a new one, I wanna play Skate 2 =[

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In better news I got a review of Fallout 3 up. If you want to see it click here: Click here to read it, reccomend it :)

I think it E74'd my 360 though, the last level was just beaten and it E74'd. I find this sketchy. My main complaint of the game was it had a fair share of minor glitches and one missions breaking glitch, other then that the game was superb though. I gave it an 9.0/10 for that reason, it was excellent besides the stupid glitches.


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Now for my review of The Wrestler: A Darren Aronofsky Film


Darren Aronofski is one of my favorite directors. Though he is not as prolific as most, his films are often high-caliber character driven films. His most famous film, Requiem for a Dream is one of the most haunting films I've ever seen. The Wrestler is the same way. The film is perhaps one of the most depressing movies this year, it is no rags to riches story, in fact it's most likely riches to rags. Mickey Rourke plays a wrestler known as Randy the Ram, back in the 80's he was the most famous wrestler of all time selling out massive arenas. His most famous fight took place in 1988 against the Ayatollah. In an attempt to regain his fame, he attempts to make a rematch against the Ayatollah but there are many things that get in his way as the story progresses. That's the spoiler-free plot summary, the plot delves into other things and it's very good. It is quite simplistic at first and some elements of it are a bit cliche but Aronofsky does an excellent job of making it his own.

Mickey Rourke steals the show in this movie. The supporting cast is all very good and believeable (Though Marisa Tomei's stripper character is a bit out of there). Mickey Rourke though has deliverred the performance of a lifetime, he was done the best acting job I have seen all year and if he doesn't pick up some awards for it he'll be robbed. He perfectly captures the essence of the broken down out of his prime character and it seems that he ofte channels his own personal life into his character. Mickey Rourke's life has been no cakewalk and he has suffered the same things that his character does. This makes his performance all the more powerful.

The Wrestler is shot amazingly well, the camera does this thing where it follows Randy from behind. This helps to put the viewer into Randy's shoes. The film is also shot in a way that is really hard hitting. The film is extremely disturbing and uses closeups as often as possible. It's very well shot and it's typical Aronofsky

Overall The Wrestler is a great film. If not for some cliche plot elements, this film would be a top notch film. It has strong performances, great cinematography, and is a hard hitting character study of Randy The Ram. It deserves to be seen but be warned, it's one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen.

I give it a 9.0 / 10

Pros: Mickey Rourke's performance of a life time, well shot, cliche plot is well executed due to strong performances

Cons: But the plot is still a cliche at times, Cassidy is a bit of a strange character (Stripper with a heart of gold? Where have I seen this)

Overall: Excellent film well worth seeing for Mickey Rourke's perfomance

My review of The Curous Case of Benjamin Button is coming soon so look out for that, other then that see ya.

Finally, after a year of searcing I've found my game :P


Back in the heydey this game was pretty unpopular for Gamecube. Most people never bought it including myself. I was a bit interested but ended up not buying it. I didn't realise it was MGS1, I thought it was some spin off. Even when it was on clearance for 9.99 I didn't buy it, I paid the price for that now...44.99 for the game with shipping but hey I'm not complaining.

At last, my MGS collection is getting there. I finally have Twin Snakes. I sold the one on my PS1 long ago and rather then replace it with that I figure get the Gamecube version. Expect a review this month =].

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In other news, I have reviews coming of Fallout 3, The Wrestler, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button coming up. Watch out for those. These two movies appear to be Oscar contenders so I hope they are pretty good. Fallout 3 is excellent so far and it's one of the best action games I've played all year. Though the RPG is a bit light it's an awesome game.

Bye for now.