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Immortals movie review

November 13, 2011

Today’s review is all about the film ‘Immortals’. ‘Immortals’ is about Theseus; the mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

This is the first film that has me truly conflicted. I actually have two separate points of view about this movie. So let me sift through the maze and explain this film the best way I know how, so you can decide if you want to see this or not. From the beginning, the action and choreographed fight scenes are amazing. I saw this film in 2D (passed on the 3D), and I absolutely enjoyed all the fight scenes, the tenacity of each character, and the visual elements. Each of these components make this film interesting. And from a male’s prospective (and females who like action like myself), what more could you possibly want. But there’s a downfall; the movie’s storyline is non-existent, the acting is somewhat mediocre, and since this story has been told so many times, there isn’t anything special that separates this from the other films. That’s where the conflict begins for me. There were, however, some interesting elements I’ve never seen in the ‘Demi-god’ films and like I stated, the action is phenomenal; but the storyline and everything in between lacked. This is just one of those films where you either like it (because you already know it won’t give you everything you want, but you’ll take the action) or you don’t. I wouldn’t recommend kids see this film; but, the decision is left up to you.

The acting was so-so. Henry Cavill who plays ‘Theseus‘, did an alright job. I really can’t rate his skills since this is the first film I’ve seen him in. Mickey Rourke who plays ‘King Hyperion‘, didn’t really wow me. His performance definitely could’ve been better. Freida Pinto’s character ‘Phaedra‘, was a very nice addition to this story and she acted alright. Luke Evans who plays ‘Zeus’ acted nicely; Stephen Dorff who plays ‘Stavros’ acted alright; and John Hurt who plays ‘Old Man’ acted nicely as well.

Again, for me, this was a hard film to rate. For the horrible storyline I would give this movie a 5 ½ out of 10. But for this films action scenes and visual graphics, I’d give it a 7 out of 10. I rated the film this way because everyone has to decide what’s important. If action is more important to you, then this would be a great movie to see. If the storyline is more important, then don’t even bother.  If both factors are important, then the rating would be between 5 ½ and a 7. As for me, I’m still conflicted about this film..

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Tower Heist movie review

November 7, 2011

It’s movie time.. and I got to see the film, “Tower Heist”. ‘Tower Heist’ is about a group of hard workers, finding out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, and conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Let me start off by saying, I loved this film! And what surprised me the most was Eddie Murphy ‘s comedic performance. I’ve come to love him in movies like’48 Hours’ & ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and finally (after many horrible films) he’s funny and interesting to watch again. To say I didn’t know what to expect from this film is an understatement; Eddie Murphy nor Ben Stiller’s movies have been the best lately, and director Brett Ratner hasn’t made anything funny since the “Rush Hour” film series. But I have to admit, this film was definitely entertaining and worth 104 minutes of my time. Let’s start with the films storyline shall we; the storyline was better than expected and will definitely have you trying to figure out what will and can happen next. Comedy was also prevalent throughout the film, from multiple cast members, which made each scene funnier than the next. I laughed till I wanted to cry and retained a huge smile on my face until the end. After the film was over, I couldn’t help but to think of Bernie Madoff ‘s infamous Ponzi scheme and how it related to the movie; if film could become reality, I think each investor would’ve been left smiling. Because of some of the language, I wouldn’t recommend smaller children viewing this film; teenagers.. maybe, but you are the parent.. you decide.

The acting was brilliant! Ben Stiller who plays “Josh Kovacs” did a wonderful job with his character. I loved seeing him in this movie. Eddie Murphy who plays “Slide”, was also brilliant in this film; I hope he continues to pick these types of films. All of these actors/actresses I name below all acted beautifully and deserve an award for best supporting cast: Casey Affleck plays “Charlie“, Alan Alda plays “Arthur Shaw“, Matthew Broderick plays “Mr. Fitzhugh“, Stephen Henderson plays “Lester“, Téa Leoni plays “Special Agent Claire Denham“, Michael Peña plays “Enrique Dev’Reaux“, Gabourey Sidibe plays “Odessa“.

If you had any doubts about this movie.. ignore them. This film is worth a theater ticket, worth the time to see it On Demand, and worth the money to buy the DVD. Whenever I can see Matthew Broderick curse like he’s been to prison.. then it’s a great entertainment film (laughs). Some reviewers, to me, expected Oscar performances; this was a comedic movie. And if I had to grade this based on the facts of what I saw (and not what I wanted to see).. then I give this a 9 out of 10.

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The 2012 Lineup..

November 5, 2011

Another holiday is upon us and a new year will begin soon. So I thought I’d write a post about what the new year means for this blog. No I’m not changing anything drastically, but I have decided to add more exciting things to this blog.
2012 will bring Artist Interviews (discussing the artist motivation for what they do), Blogger Appreciation week (where I post one article from a member of my blog family to showcase), and possibly reveal Kay (there may be a documentary about this blog.. we’ll see what happens).

Of course the same wonderful artistic posts will remain and Creative Week will return in March of 2012. I just want to continue to make this blog fun and a creative haven to all those who want to be inspired.
If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see, comment below and let me know your ideas. I always love to hear what you have to say… 2012 here I come.