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Movie Review: The X-Files – I Want to Believe

This is one movie that you really want to talk about the nostalgia of nine seasons. I mean, seriously. That’s nine years of your life that you sat there waiting for Scully and Mulder to actually… get together.
And here you thought that the first movie they would have, but they almost kiss, and then BAM. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And you thought, what a waste. Then the last two seasons, Mulder is never there so it basically went down the tubes from there. But this movie was supposed to tie it all together. Make everything pretty again.
Not. Don’t get me wrong, this was the same as movies made from television series where it’s just another long episode. But in this one, Scully was way thinner than previously, Mulder has a beard, and you’re wondering if they finally get it on. But we’re talking about actually seeing something. If you hate spoilers, stop right here.
Yes, I mean you. Stop reading. You’re going to cry. I know it. You know it. Everyone does.
For the rest of you, yes, Chris Carter threw this one in the trash. Doghouse. Whatever you want to call it. Outside of the fact that it was just a long episode (which don’t get me wrong, wasn’t a bad story line), there were many questions that were answered with quick resolutions. Like Mulder and Scully finally sleep together. Oh yes, you heard me. They do it. But here’s the thing, the fans would have wanted to see something, but no kiss. Nothing. Just suddenly, the movie cuts to them in bed together (after the fact). What the….
It was a pitiful end to a great series. Answered some of the questions and created a whole lot of others by making you wonder what the heck was Carter thinking. In the end, if you want to watch probably the finale of the X-Files series, then go right ahead and get The X-Files: I Want to Believe. You won’t want to believe what I saw. Or probably won’t care by the end like i did.

Movie Review: Resident Evil – Degeneration

Degeneration is one of the few animated films that doesn’t really suck. That’s mainly because a lot of it has to do with the fact that there’s a lot taken from the game universe and since Resident Evil 2, Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy finally are together again.
The entire film is actually fairly interesting and action-packed although I found the whole love interest for Leon absolutely horrifying. Angela Miller, whom was supposedly a SRT (Special Response Team) member and wasn’t a rookie cop anymore, had about as many problems with defending herself as a scared cat. And that was not only horrible, but sort of pathetic.
Don’t get me wrong. Resident Evil: Degeneration was definitely a great animated film and I would watch it again. The voice acting cast came from the top English speaking voice actors. But, it definitely could have done without the Angela Miller character altogether and just made it into a complete action/horror film.

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Movie Review: Wanted

I had figured that this would be a neat action film, but I really didn’t anticipate the cheese factor. I mean seriously. An assassin movie couldn’t be that cheesy, could it?
But yet, it was. Terribly. The kid in it (McAvoy) is like a Tobey Maguire wanna-be. He does the stupidest types of things and in this case, you would almost think … how did a fraternity of assassins last this long, if they’re recruiting people like this kid? It’s just insanity.
In any case, what really threw this movie into the B-pile was at the end. Who the heck straps bombs to rats? And on top of that, more rats than you can count. I mean it truly was asinine and not very much like something Gibson (McAvoy) would do. In fact, the entire movie he was showing little to no patience for anything and if you ask me, strapping any sort of thing on anything live takes a lot of patience. Especially one that’s lethal.
Would I watch it again? Probably not. It wasn’t the worst movie that I’ve ever seen, but it definitely wasn’t one of the best. And the script made the movie look like it was trying to copy Matrix and throw in a few other things. It also threw in so much sexual themes randomly, that it was just amusing.
One critic has been noted to say:

“It looks as if it has been written by a committee of 13-year-old boys for whom penetrative sex is still only a rumour, and the resulting movie plays like a party political broadcast on behalf of the misogynist party”

If you’re looking to see some random sex type things and see Angelina Jolie’s naked backside, then I would definitely see Wanted. Otherwise, save your money.

Movie Review: CJ7

This was a cute science fiction type comedy/drama about a little alien dog (CJ7) that finds its way to Earth into a poor construction worker and his little boy’s life.
Having seen the trailers for this, I figured that there would be a sad element to this which was somewhat predictable, contrary to Stephen Chow’s previous films. Xu Jiao’s acting as Dicky, was actually very well done and you forget almost right away that in reality, the character is actually played by a female. Somehow, I don’t think you could pull it off as well with American child actors/actresses.
Overall I found it to be a sad but cute film that definitely was out of the comfort zone of your usual Stephen Chow directing, but in fact was a very good film. I thoroughly enjoyed CJ7 and would definitely recommend it. Slight warning though. I watched this in Mandarin, so I really didn’t get a chance to hear it in other languages. Being as such, I can’t vouch for the English voice cast or if it suited the actual film or not.

Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

I have to say that Ben Stiller obviously has some serious friends in the movie industry. The guy makes movies with cameos like nobody else and you probably see more actors and actresses in his films than anyone.
Ever since Tropic Thunder came out in the theater, I had wanted to see it. Mainly because the initial thought was that the character played by Robert Downey Jr. was so well done that it was amazing. I actually would forget that this was an actual white guy acting as a black guy. Absolutely hilarious. The part of Les Grossman, played by Tom Cruise, was actually pretty amusing too. You just don’t think of Tom Cruise when there’s a funny part of a movie mogul that’s cussing and throwing a fit.
Overall, this movie was a blast and totally funny. It spoofed so many different films and how different actors and actresses are portrayed along with the craziness that some of the acting industry require to star in films.
I would totally recommend buying or watching this film if you’re looking for a good laugh.

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Anime Review: Elfen Lied

Based on a manga series, Elfen Lied where basically mutant humans that are designated with some horns like cat ears and have transparent arms called “vectors”. These Diclonius, are supposedly what will bring the end of the world and thus condemned to being sub-human lab animals.
From here, one of them, Lucy, has a split personality and is found to be living with Kohta, a university student. The storyline itself shows the entwining of Kohta and Lucy’s past and why he can’t really remember what had happened to his father and sister. There are also a lot of societal themes such as animal cruelty, revenge, child abuse and other types of negatives of society. It basically shows that being human means making mistakes, but it also means that there are ways to find yourself through even the worst of things.
This anime was actually very interesting although it is definitely NOT for children at all considering the violent and societal themes along with nudity that roll throughout the series. The first seven minutes of the series at the beginning is supposed to be one of the most controversial since it has extreme violence and nudity and you’re basically thrown into it without understanding what’s going on at all. The plot really doesn’t develop until later, and I could see why it would throw some off if they saw these first minutes and didn’t continue to trek forward.
All in all, it was a great series as long as you could stomach the adult themes. I would definitely recommend it although good luck if you ever want to see it on television. This anime is bloody enough with enough nudity that I don’t believe you could actually watch it without censoring most of the series.

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda

No one ever likes being the kid that’s left out. Ever.
And this movie is totally about that particular kid and his dreams. Basically it’s a cute animation by Dreamworks SKG about a Panda that dreams about learning kung fu and fighting with the Furious Five. He has all of the action figures and is one of those dorky fans that knows everything but is still a nobody. Yet he is chosen to be the Dragon Warrior.
The Dragon Warrior is a person whom will defeat the main villain and save the land from … well, Tai Lung, whom was the Shifu’s prized pupil from long ago.
Crazy enough as it sounds, there are a lot of interesting little tidbits here that actually come straight from Chinese such as Oogway, in which is an old tortoise. It also is the literal meaning for turtle in Chinese. And so on, so forth. This was another one of those cute movies and I definitely would recommend Kung Fu Panda to anyone that has children or is looking for a fun animated film to watch.

Movie Review: Wall-E

Most Disney movies are just not my type of thing. I guess as you get older, you find that a lot of them get cheesier. But this one was right up my alley.
Wall-E was one of the few that actually had very little dialogue, and used more of the animation to bring out the emotions. When seen on Blu-ray, the quality of the animation was amazing and you go there all the joys and pains that the little Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class (Wall-E) goes through. And it’s actually interesting since after 700 years, I assume that it developed an AI by itself, although it’s never said.
Also noted, I loved the little robot: M-O (Microbe Obliterator). He’s so cute when he just gets annoyed that Wall-E is so filthy and chases Wall-E all over the place in an attempt to clean up after him.
Overall, this was a cute and fun movie for the entire family. Definitely recommended and if you can get it on HD then go for it. I personally would probably recommend it since you can also watch the quick little shorts that are in the extra and the animation is so crisp and clear that you just can’t tear yourself away.

G4 lost all credit when they played Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Seriously. What the hell, G4?
Talk about losing any shred of credibility you had left. On the show, Movies that don’t suck, at 11PMEST of a Saturday, you played Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. I mean Pee Wee Herman? Come on. You’d be better off playing every single Van Damme movie or Segal flick before a Pee Wee Herman one. In fact, I’d much rather you played Bill & Ted’s.
While I couldn’t care less if this was showing under any other time under any other show, the title of the show was: Movies that Don’t Suck. And if you look at the line-up, most of the movies there are action flicks from the 80s all the way until a little more recently. But this one just didn’t fit the bill. Seriously.
What exactly where you guys thinking?

Movie Review: You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

This movie was absolutely hilarious. Probably one of the more funny Adam Sandler movies I’ve seen in a long time.
Zohan (Sandler) is part of Mossad, what is equivalent to the CIA in the United States. With obvious tribute to Bond, where the women are plain infactuated with the spy, Zohan also has the uncanny ability in impressing the opposite gender. But when he wants to retire and become a hair stylist and is laughed by his superiors and his parents, he fakes his death in pursuit of Phantom, and sneaks off in the cargohold of a plane to New York City to make his dream come true.
What he doesn’t realize is that the super-spy for the Palestinians, “Phantom” (Turturro), learns of him being alive and comes for him. Working as a hair stylist under the alias Scrappy Coco, Zohan pursues what is most important to him.
I found You Don’t Mess With the Zohan to not only be a refreshing comedy about stereotypes and how the Arab and Jewish communities view each other, but how they could work together to achieve a common goal. There are multiple running jokes in this movie that happen to stem from some really old SNL skits from back in the day.
Definitely one of those comedies that as long as you’re okay with the sexual references, this movie is a blast. Definitely one of Sandler’s better comedy films.