Here are all the movies I watched over the holiday break. I finally got to watch all the movies on my watch list over the holidays after trying to do this for 4 years running now. Remember my ratings are based on a 10 point scale. My point of reference for perfect movie 10’s would be The Shawshank Redemption & The Bourne Ultimatum.
Batman The Dark Knight Rises: – Rating: 8.5/10 – excellent, excellent movie. This is a must see. This is by far the best movie of the trilogy. It’s so good it seems like it wasn't made by the same producers & director of the previous two movies. This was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time let alone all year. The villain is one of the best villains of all time. My cowrker described him perfectly that his voice in the movie was perfect intriguing and scary. He should get nominated for a Golden Globe for best voice work or something. Skip the RedBox rental & buy the Blu-ray to add it straight to the movie collection.
The Hobbit - Rating: 6.5/10 - This movie is just "Okay". If you want my real opinion, I would tell anyone wanting to see this movie to wait until all three movies are released and then see them all together. This movie ends as a cliff-hanger in anticipation of the 2 & 3rd movies to be released in 2013 & 2014. That said, it has no ending so you're literally left hanging. You sit there for like 3 hours only to be disappointed by the "no-ending" and a big "to be continued". Sure the special effects are great but you can say that about all movies these days. The acting is good with familiar characters returning for this prequel to The Lord of the Rings. I watched the Movie @ Downtown Disney in 3D in the new Dolby ATMOS surround sound with 100 speakers. The sound experience is un-parralleled with all those speakers. I think the one enhancement I really noticed besides the loudness, is that you hear every surround sound all the time instead of just the lound explosures & airplane fly-overs. It still wasn't quite worth the $17 I paid for it. They do have a tie-in to the LOTR's in this first Hobbit movie so fans of the LOTR trilogy will have a little something to be excited about. There are scenes that just seem un-necessarily drawn out in the beginning (just like LOTR's) and there is one scene in which the good guys escape something that's death defying but they come away unscathed. There's one other extraneous scene that involves mountains that adds absolutely nothing to the story so I still can't figure out why its in the movie. I won't spoil it with the details of that scene for those who haven't seen it. Other than that, I didn't see anything that stood out in this movie. It's just okay and not a "must see" in my opinion. Wait until all three movies are out to see them all together.
Django Unchained: (The ‘D’ is silent - Ha) – Rating 7.9/10 – This is a really good movie. All the criticism that I was hearing prior to watching this movie was a little over blown to me. Now they do say the N’ word a lot in this movie (100+ times) but it wasn’t gratuitous use of the N word in my opinion. Sure, they could have used it less in the movie but it didn’t detract from the plot of the movie or the overall flow of the movie. I think it was realistic use for the times and I don’t think it was forced in the dialog. That being said, I thought the acting was excellent. All Black people are going to hate Samuel L. Jackson after this movie because he plays one of the best “House Negros” ever on the big screen. But his character is not completely realistic in the sense that a slave of his dark complexion wouldn’t typically be a “House Negro”. I thought the beginning of the movie was weak because Jamie Foxx played the worse slave I’ve ever seen. But it’s not all bad because he becomes free (or plays a free man) early on in the movie and he has that Black cowboy role down pact. I thought they would have been better served making the movie a full-blown western with Jamie Foxx as the lead as a Black Cowboy. That would have been a better plot to me. Once you see the movie, that comment will make more sense. Still the movie is worth the money to go see.
Savages – Rating: 7.7/10 – good overall movie with good acting. Yes we’ve seen this kind of plot before where the American selling drugs becomes really big and the Mexican drug cartels take notice and want a piece of their pie. Still it’s done in a good way. It was worth watching. It ain’t quite the movie Blow is, but good in its own right. If you want to see a better version of this kind of drug movie I would recommend Blow with Johnny Depth over this movie.
Lawless – Rating: 7.8/10 – another good movie. Acting was top notch. This starred the same person that played the bad guy in The Dark Knight Rises and he played in Inception (Tom Hardy), who’s a good actor that’s an up & comer in Hollywood. Plot was pretty good but nothing original. Bootleggers making moon-shine during prohibition having to fight back against corrupt cops wanting money. Nothing more needs to be said about this.
Sparkle – Rating 7.2/10 - a pretty decent movie and worth watching if there’s nothing better on. This was Whitney Houston’s last movie she made right before she died. Singing was top notch of course and the acting was pretty good. Worth a Red box rental for sure. Great for Movie/Date Night
The Watch – Rating: 6.8/10 – this one of those okay comedy movies. It is what it is. Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn do their thing in the movie as usual and have some funny scenes. I expect this to be on Netflix soon so this is one of those wait until it gets on Netflix kind of movies.
Loopers – Rating: 8/10 – this is a pretty good movie. This is a unique spin on time travel in the future. I like the original plot in this movie and it seems well thought out & well written. Acting is really good. It stars Bruce Willis Jospeh Gordon-Levitt. I saw this at the discount movie theater so it was definitely worth the money. This would be a great weekend Red Box rental as well.
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