Sunday, November 28, 2010

Give Yourself Over to Absolute Pleasure

  Yes, this is another review of  The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But this time I will be reviewing the real way of watching it, and that is at The Midnight Insanity. This is for anyone who has wanted to interact with a movie and just wants to have fun.
  The whole point of Rocky Horror is to watch it at a midnight showing. I went to one and it was a great experience. If you watched the video posted you scream with the audience while the movie is playing. There's a part when the lips lick the upper lip, but before they do you scream "LICK THOSE LIPS!" When it gets to "Over a Barrel" You scream over it "SMOKING A BARREL!" and you do this throughout the entire movie. Not just those lines but other lines. When the stupid "Janet, Dr. Scott, Janet, Brad, Rocky!" part comes on, after Rocky you scream out "BULLWINKLE!" It's stupid, but so much fun. When te wedding scene occurs and if you have some rice on hand, throw it up in the air like at an actual wedding. When it's raining in the movie and you have a newspaper or ad with you, put it over your head cause you may get wet from people shooting water up in the air.
  This is an awesome experience. I can barely put a few things on here of what you do. If you want to dance there are two parts where you dance, you do the Time Warp, this is just a jump to the left, a step to the right, put your hand on your hips, bring your knees in tight, then the pelvic thrust that drives you insane!! And don't feel stupid doing this dance, cause everyone who knows it will be dancing. Then during the boring part you dance all around the theatre.
  Also, be warned, this is a very vulgar show, if you want to see women in little clothing, men in little clothing, and most likely dressed as a woman then go experience this. If you're uncomfortable with any of these things, or just with sexual jokes in general, then this may not be for you. Oh and also be warned, being a Virgin, this means not watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live audience at a theatre, they will single you out and haze you. The hazing is emberassing, and you don't have to say you are a virgin, but just remember that there will be other virgins in the theatre, and it's just a fun experience that means no harm or insult to you. It's all for fun, plus if you want the full experience I say just claim to be a virgin, I did and I was laughing the entire time.
  You get a movie, although you don't really hear it too well over the yelling, and you get live actors acting out the movie and going around the theatre, and if you're lucky a tranny will shake your hand. This sounds weird, I know, but that's because it is weird. Weird, vulgar, but so much fun. I say go experience this Midnight Insanity. You don't have to dress up or anything, just go and have some fun. I know this isn't much of a review, but I will still review the fun that I had at my Midnight Insanity and I think anyone who just wants to have fun, and has an open mind, will have as much fun as I did. I did review the movie and gave it a 3/5, but with this experience the movie becomes better and just a great movie to watch with others.

Verdict: 5/5

Saturday, November 27, 2010

You Have Your Good Qualities, and You Have Your Iffy Qualities...

  This review is on Burlesque Starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. This movie is one of those new musical films, that does good in some parts, but loses its touch at other parts. A good cast, and a decent storyline, but not good enough to be as good as Chicago.
 This is your typical "go for your dream" type of movie. We follow Alice (Christina Aguilera) and she comes from a small town and feels that she's bigger than it. So she travels to LA in hopes to become a star, or at least be on stage. While in LA she realizes it's not so easy but she finds a job as a waitress in a Burlesque house ran by Tess (Cher). She tries hard to get on the stage, but Tess won't allow her. One day Tess is offered money from a rich man named Marcus  (Eric Dane) and soon finds out that she is going to be losing the club that she loves so much. She has a star Nikki (Kristin Bell, who has given her problems, so she replaces her spot with Alice. Nikki then sabotages her, but when all is silent we soon see just how big of a voice Alice has and soon she becomes the star of the show. Then we're taking through a journey with Alice and Tess and them trying to become better people and do what's right not only for their lives, but also for the lives of the burlesque and the people who work there. Oh, and theres also some musical numbers thrown in there.
 The acting is great in this movie, it's just too bad the story fell flat at times. Cher is great as Tess, she's the older, stronger woman who still is struggling through life. Christina Aguilera is great as the small town girl with the big voice. Cam Gigandet is great as the love interest of Alice, but shys away because he's engaged. My favorite character was the stage manager, Sean, played by Stanley Tucci. He's gay, but not over the top, he's funny, and works so well with Cher. You feel that they are truly best friends whenever you see them on screen at the same time. The singing is also done really well.
 The thing I didn't like was that the musical numbers are just performances. They do have meaning to the story, but most of the time they just feel like performances and sometimes feel out of place with the story. The singing itself was great, if you hear the sou dtrack it'll be a nice thing to listen to, but it just didn't truly seem to fit with the story itself. Another thing that I didn't enjoy was that it was set in the modern time. You get comfortable with the Burlesque, it's nice and just so different. But when you get comfortable there and lost in that club you are taken to skyscrapers and modern style houses. It just loses its magic when it goes to the modern real world. It feels likt two different time periods mashed together, and it's not mashed very well.
 Over all you'll have a good time, but not the best time. It's enterataining, but only when it's at the Burlesque itself. Those parts are great and worth watching, it's when there aren't performances or the darkness of the burlesque is when you realize that it sometimes just falls flat and feels awkward.

Verdict: 3/5

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Magical Epic is Coming to an End

  Today I will be reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. This is part 1 of the finale of the Harry Potter series. It's a different type of Harry Potter due to the fact that it does not take place at Howarts, but out in the world. But just because it doesn't take place at the magical school for witchcraft and wizardrydoes not mean it's not magical. I liked the different take and enjoyed the entire movie.
  It's a good movie, just like every other Harry Potter film and book. This time the wizarding world knows Lord Voldermort, the dark wizard, "He Who Shall Not Be Named" has returned and people are scared. No one is safe not even the normal, muggle, world. This focuses on Harry and the gang, Ron and Hermione, on the run by themselves trying to find magical items called Horcruxes to destroy in order to defeat Voldemort. It's not much more than that, the story is interesting but it doen't get really exciting until Part 2. But this does not mean it's not fun to watch, there is still a lot of magic, despite the fact that it's out in the real world. It only features Snape once, sadly, but it's still memorable and cool to see him, and now he is even Headmaster of Hogwarts, sorry if that was a spoiler to anyone. It reintroduces characters that were seen in the very first move like Ollivander, the wand maker, and Griphook the goblin who works at Gringott's. They don't have major roles but it's still nice to see them again we even get to see Doby return more powerful than ever before seen, cept be prepared for some tears if you fall in love with this little guy, again, sorry if this is a spoiler. There are some things I didn't like, like Harry using a shard from a mirror that Dumbledore gave him, but it's never explained how he has that shard. And of course there are other little details missing from the book, but no movie can ever follow a book 100 percent. So it's a good thing that this was split up in two parts because we do get more detail and a nothing is rushed. It's a good movie with a great continuation of a great story.
 The acting, like usual is great. We get all the great English actors and no one does a bad job. It's darker, the trio are fun to follow around still. Nothing is different except now there is more drama and more death. Daniel Radcliffe is still perfect playing the role of Harry Potter, no one else is better at playing the part. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are great, and it's great seeing them finally getting closer and showing their feelings for each other. It mainly focuses on the gang, but the other actors are still good at what little roles they were given in this film. Allan Rickman, although in one scene was still fantastic as Snape and so is Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatix LeStrange. Not too much to say about the acting. It's great, always has been, if you have seen the past films then you get the same top knotch acting. Same goes for the soundtrack, it is still magical and helps the film feel more magical.
 All I can say is everything is the same. More mature, yes, but still a great film. It's magical, you still love the characters, everything is the same but that's a good thing. Yes, it doesn't follow the book completely, but which movie does. Go watch this movie, but watch the others 1st, you need to watch them in order to fully understand and appreciate this movie. You'll laugh, you'll cry, or at least I did, but I'm a big baby with all of this, you'll get excited with the fighting and you'll be taken to a magical world. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like these movies then you've probably already seen it, but if not then I say go watch this movie.

Verdict: 4/5
 I know I had nothing bad to say abot this film, and it is a great film. It's just not perfect which is why I'm giving this movie a 4. It's not a masterpiece but it's still a great film and I suggest you still go watch this movie.

Friday, November 19, 2010

"All that Jazz"

 Today I will be reviewing "Chicago." This movie came out back in 2002 and is based off the play of the same name. It's a good musical and more mature than the others that are out there. It is also more showy and actually feels like a musical being seen on stage.
 The story is darker than most musicals. It's about a woman Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) who wants to be famous and in showbusiness. So she sleeps around with a guy who she thinks will get her a job in a show. While out she sees another famous performer, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is later arrested for murdering her husband and sister. Hart soon finds out that her lover is not able to make her famous so she soon kills him and is arrested thanks to her husband, Amos (John C. Reilly), ratting her out. After she is arrested she soon meets the matron of murderess row Mama Morton (Queen Latifah). She sees that Velma is  is famous thanks to Mama and she tries to do the same and finds out that a lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), can get her all the publicity she wants. And from here goes an interesting story of fame and jazz and corruption to a nice little ending for both Roxie and Velma.
 The acting is great in this movie. Zellweger is great as Roxie, she plays the cute murderess so perfectly and has a nice little voice to go along with it. Queen Latifah is also great as the corrupt matron. She's so cool and yet can still pull of sexiness, especially when she sings "When You're Good to Mama." Zeta-Jones is also great as Velma. She's cool and just has that look to her that she's a cold blooded killer. Richard Geere is also fantastic as Billy. He's funny and he pulls off that he only cares about money and nothing else. Each one of these actors, even Reilly as Amos, has a great song that you will remember for a while.
 The soundtrack is amazing in this movie. The songs are fun and sometimes sexy, "When You're Good to Mama" and "Cell Block Tango." They're also fun like "They Both reached for the Gun" and "Razzle Dazzle." They're fun, they're nice to watch, and just memorable. They feel like you were watching the performances on stage. I watch a ton of musicals and movies based on musicals, but this one is one of my favorites and makes me still feel happy as if I was at a theatre.
 I love the direction that this movie took. The musical numbers don't feel natural like most other musicals, but they still fit right in with the rest of the movie. Basically it takes this approach because we sort of go into Roxie's head and see everything as an act like she wants everything to be. It's flashy, and as stated before, just plain fun.
 This is a movie mainly for musical lovers. But it's still a great movie. If you want to listen to good music, watch this movie. If you want a good story and good acting then watch this movie. If you want to see a ton of women dancing and being sexy and tough, watch this movie. It's great and is very easy to watch over and over again, but I at least recommend you to watch this movie at least once.

Verdict: 5/5

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Same Story, Just With Super Powers

  Dreamworks is known to come out with a new animated film practically every year. This year we got Megamind, another movie that teaches it's audience that we should never judge a book by it's cover. Although this is usually always the moral of these animated films, Megamind still seems to stay strong and entertaining.
  The story isn't really original. It's a superhero film, but instead of focusing on the actual hero Metro Man ( Brad Pitt), it focuses onthe villain, Megamind (Will Ferrell) and his troubles in life. It's a fun story because it focuses on the villain, sadly this just seems to have been done with Despicable Me. But it's still fun to see the villain turn good, and even get the girl, Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey) which just helps to show little kids that you can be whatever you want to be as long as you fight for it, and you can get the girl no matter what, even if you're blue. It also shows that sometimes getting everything that you want will not always bring you happiness, which is shown after Megamind has won his battle against Metro Man. It is also cool to see how Megamind still wanted to play this villainy game by creating a new hero, which is what eventually causes him to turn good since his new hero has turned into a villain. It has it's funny moments, but it just feels like it could've been better with it's story. Just sadly Dreamworks' animated films are more for children so they are limited to these predictable storylines, causing for every film to feel recycled and done before.
  The voice acting is a good, it's a great cast with Ferrell, Tina Fey, and even Brad Pitt, but sadly the dialogue isn't all that strong. It wasn't boring, but it seems like the storyline could've been stronger with better dialogue. One thing that I enjoyed was how the characters treated their rivalry like a game. They knew how to treat each other because that was what they were meant to do. Everything that it used has already been done before. There were no memorable lines or any strong moments. Maybe the strongest moment was towards the end when you find out how much of a hero Megamind really is. It's good to see that if we truly love someone we can become better people for them, but that was already done in movies before.
  The effects are actually very good. I enjoyed watching it because it looked really nice. It was very smooth and colorful. It's bright, and feels a lot more like a children's film than past Dreamworks films, there was hardly a dark, scary moment. The soundtrack was also good. There were the songs made specifically for the film and then there were other songs that surprised me. One was "Highway to Hell" although whenever it would get to "Hell" it would switch to "Lovin' You," which was really funny. It also had other rock songs like "Crazy Train" and "Welcome to the Jungle," which really hightened up the excitement when Megamind would make his appearance. A good soundtrack that I enjoyed listening to, it even had "Bad" by Michael Jackson.
  This movie does feel a bit recycled and old. It just feels too similar to previous animated films. It still is good, better than some older films, but it's not the best. If you want to just watch a cute movie about super heroes, then sure, I really recommend this film. I enjoyed it because it did have superheroes, I'm a sucker for them. But it's not the best, as simple as that. If you want to watch it then go ahead, but I don't recommend this movie like I recommend the other films I've reviewed. This is your choice on whether or not to watch it.

Verdict: 3/5

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Insane Scheme of a Producer and an Accountant

 What do you get when you bring a producer, a timid accountant, a former nazi, and a foreign accountant who can't speak english? You get the movie that I am reviewing today, The Producers, Mel Brooks' first film. Maybe compared to today's films this movie is not the most insulting thing, but it was considered insulting in 1968 when it came out. The story is about two Jewish men who meet up with a former nazi in order to create a play about Hitler to have it fail. It seems pretty bad, but I'll go more into detail about it really soon. But although it was considered crude and tasteless, it is still one of the funniest films ever made.
 Max Biallystock, a failed accountant (Zero Mostel), is "filling up old ladies" in order to get money from them so that he can keep living a decent life. He meets a very timid accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), who accidentaly realizes that if a producer puts on a flop then the public won't care about it and whatever extra money he made from his brokers he can keep. This is a genius scheme for Bialystock and quickly tries to pull poor, timid Bloom into the scheme. They soon count their eggs before they hatch. They do find a "sure-fire flop" and meet up with the author of the play "Springtime for Hitler" Franz Liebkind (Kenneth Mars). They hire the worse director, who is also secretly, at least to himself, gay, Roger De Bris (Christopher Hewett). Together they try and bring this play to life, although only Bloom and Bialystock are in on the scheme. They hire Ulla, a secretary who basically just dances, we see a ton of dirty old ladies, they find an actor who doesn't even know where he is, LSD and the play starts. Now at first it seems like this plane will actually work. The audience hates it, but while Max and Bloom are out getting drunk the audience finds the play as a comedy and soon start to love it. This of course ruins the plan, and eventually Bloom, Max, and Liebkind get together and try to blow the theatre up to collect on insurance, but get caught in the explosion, get sent to jail due to being found "incredibly guilty" and soon start to produce another play. And that is the story in a nutshell.
 It's funny, the storyline is bizare yet you can't stop watching it. Yes, the comedy is a little slow-paced compare to our comedy today, but if you watch this with full attention you will see just how funny this movie is. Zero plays Bialystock great. He is just a rude man who just wants to be rich again, but ends up becoming rich because he finally gains a good friend who cares about him. Wilder is also great as Bloom. He is able to pull off his insane moment and still be awkward and timid, almost to the point that you want to punch himn and just scream "Be a man!" But eventually he does grow up and come out of his shell thanks to Max. Mars is also great as Leibkind. He's a scary man, has that mean look to him, and although the accent is a little over the top, it is still great for this movie. Hewett, although good, is not the most convincing gay man. Beach is better in the new version, but that's not what I'm reviewing. But Hewett is decent, I find Ulla a better actress and she only danced, although it's hillarious when she does. Over all the main charcaters are funny and, akthough not very deep, emotionally attatched to each other. You grow to like both of them by the end of the film.
 This was Mel Brooks' first film, and I must say it is probably his best film. He is a good director, with a ton of funny movies out there, but this one just feels more cared for, along with Young Frankenstein. It has heart to it. The music is also good. Not much music, but still fitting when it is played. Love Power is also very interesting to listen to and watch. This version is not focused on the music like the newer version, which is a musical, and maybe I'll review that one next. But again, not focused on the music but the comedy, so I don't have much to say about this musical score. The directing is top knotch. Nothing special, no need for special effect, except the explosion, but good directing nonetheless.
 I still stand by what I say earlier, this is one of the funniest movies ever made. You want a classic comedy, then watch this film. I recommend any Mel Brooks films, but this one I recommend to watch the most. If you give it a chance then you will have a good laugh and see how smart the comedy was back then. Not saying that today's comedy isn't smart, but just showing that there was a lot less that films could do, yet were still funny. Watch this movie, it's a good one to watch when you want a good laugh.

Verdict: 4/5

Friday, October 29, 2010

When Cartoons Were Good

 Sadly Batman the Animated Series is not too well remembered by most kids of the 90s. BUt there are a few who do remember it. It was one of the best cartoons ever made and spawned a movie that is considered to be the best Batman movie ever made. This animated movie is called Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It after watching this move I can see why some people argue it's the best, it is as amazing as the animated series that it followed.
  If you watched the cartoon then you will know that the show was not entirely made for kids. It was dark, all the animation was done on black paper rather than white, the storylines were mature, and the villains were just awesome, along with th Caped Crusader himself. This movie follows Batman who is out to catch a villain who is murdering some of the biggest mob bosses in Gotham and blaming Batman for the deaths. Although Gotham is believing that Batman is out killing people, two people don't, Commissioner Gordon, and, surprisingly, the Joker; yes the Joker is in the film, turns out he was part of the gang with the rest of the mob bosses before he became Joker. It also follows Bruce Wayne's former love life with a woman named Andrea Beaumont, who's father was the head of the gang. We also see how Bruce became Batman and we get a deep, emotional story. The ending is good, I won't ruin it for you, and the villains are great, Phantasm, a killer, and Joker, a homocidal maniac, a great combination to pit against Batman.
 Of course there is no acting, but reather voice acting. Kevin Conroy is a great voice for Batman, he was the one who first started giving Batman and Bruce different voices. The rest of the characters kind of fall flat. It's not the best dialogue, but the story is still great and is very interesting to watch. Of course I need to mention Mark Hamill, the voice of Joker, and just to mention, Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. He is the best voice for the Joker, he makes him funny yet scary. The best thing about Hamill's Joker is the way he laughed. He gave the Joker a ton of different laughs that each showed how the Joker was feeling. Although he didn't act, he still made this Joker a great Joker, in my opinion even better than Heath Ledger's Joker, but that's just my opinion.
 The musical score is also good. It's exciting and fun, childish yet mature. It brings out the darkness of the entire movie. When the Phantasm comes out there's an eerie feeling when he comes out. Yes it's a cartoon about Batman, but the music still plays a vital role in making the movie entertainging. The animation is also great. It's always been one of my favorite. I like the look of it all. As I stated before it is all drawn on black paper, giving a dark feel and having the settings take place mostly at night. It's a distinct style that really brings out the maturity of the cartoon and film.
 This is a good movie. I think the storyline is much better than most Batman movies. It's entertaining to watch and gives Bruce a good romance story, which hasn't really been done. It also includes mystery as to who the mysterious Phantasm is, and of course gives you Joker himself. If you've never heard about Batman: The Animated Series then I suggest you watch the series ASAP. The movie is great, although it may not be as good as The Dark Knight it comes pretty close. If you're tired of these bad cartoons then watch Batman. If you remember this series and are a 90s kid, then watch this film. But to anyone who reads this review watch everything that has to do with the series, finish off with this film though, it will make a fantastic finale.

Verdict: 4/5

Now I also want to give a quick review of the series, I can't help myself, I love the show too much. It's mature, the action is great in almost every episode. You get to see Batman face off against all of his enemies in smart storylines. To me, any episode with Catwoman was kind of boring, but they are still interesting to watch if you want a complicated romance. It also gave Mr. Freeze his deep storyline which won a Grammy. Great series for anyone to watch, young an old.

Verdict for the series: 5/5  If I could give this show a higher rating I would.... I LOVE this cartoon.