Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger Snaps

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Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together.

In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die.

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This is probably one of the best werewolf movies I have seen, in a long time. I think the only other one I can think of, that comes close, would probably be “American Werewolf in London”.

There were some funny moments, throughout the film, but not many. I thought they used the small jokes very well. It really helped lighten up the movie, at the beginning, to help make it more entertaining. By the end of the movie, it was all serious with no laughing moments.

As far as acting goes, I thought all of the characters played their parts very well. I didn’t notice any errors or any really bad actors, who stood out. I thought both, Emily Perkins (Brigitte) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger), made this movie what it was, and both actresses did a great job with their roles.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s really worth watching, at least once. If you like movies about werewolves, then you’ll definitely love this film.

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Girl Next Door, The (2004)

The Girl Next Door 2004

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18-year-old Matthew Kidman is a straight ‘A’ over-achiever who feels that he has never really lived life till the fall. This is, until he meets ‘the girl next door’. Danielle moves in next door, and Matthew thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams. All is going well, until Matthew’s sex-mad friend Eli reveals that Danielle is actually a ex-porn star. Matthew doesn’t know how to take the news or how to treat Danielle, and things go from bad to worse when Danielle’s former producer Kelly appears to take her back.

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I thought this movie was decent, but nothing great. I thought it went from being a comedy movie to a chick flick. The first half made it feel like I was watching American Pie all over. So, there were a few scenes that made the movie worth watching.

As for the storyline, I thought it wasn’t too slow and went at a normal speed. It didn’t leave me wondering about anything, like most movies that tend to go too fast, through their storyline. This one seemed to go at a normal pace. Like I mentioned earlier, the first half is what made this movie what it was, because of the comedy sections. Other than that, it’s your typical comedy to chick flick style movie.

As far as acting goes, I thought all of the actors did a great job, on their performance. Though, there were a few people, through out the film, that I didn’t like. Out of everyone, in the film, I would probably have to say the ones that entertained me the most and kept the movie going was probably Emile Hirsch (Matthew), Elisha Cuthbert (Danielle), and Timothy Olyphant (Kelly). Also, Paul Dano (Klitz) looked more like John Lennon, which I thought was kind of funny.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching one time, at least. If you enjoy movies like American Pie, then you will love the first half of the movie, and maybe the ending, too.

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Just Wanted To Let Everyone Know…

As you can probably tell, I haven’t posted any new reviews, for about a month now. The reason for this is because I have been going to school, and I haven’t really had time to post any new reviews. So, I’m finally done with school and now concentrating on finding another job. While doing so, I’ll try to add a lot more reviews and try to get caught up on them.

When I start my new job, I’ll try to get on a schedule to where I’ll be able to post reviews, on my days off from work. Also, just to let you know… I haven’t stopped writing up reviews. On the weekends, when I was out of school, I was still watching movies and keeping up with the reviews on a text file. So, at the moment, I currently have 85 movie reviews to add. Most of those were wrote up before I started this website, but it’s still a lot.

Anyways, like always, be sure to check back time to time and see what new movie reviews I have added. I’m sorry, if you’ve been waiting to see any new movies posted, in the past month. I just wanted to put school first and work on my life and career. Also, if you would like to add comments, feel free to share your thoughts. If you have any questions or want a movie review in particular, feel free to contact me through the “Contact Us” section.

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Unthinkable (2010)

Unthinkable

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A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs while a CIA “consultant,” known as H, interrogates the suspect who has allowed himself to be caught.

The suspect, whose wife and children have left him and disappeared, seems to know exactly what the interrogation will entail. Even as H ratchets up the pressure, using torture over Brody’s objection, the suspect doesn’t crack. Should H do the unthinkable, and will Brody acquiesce? Is any Constitutional principle worth possible loss of life?

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I thought this movie was pretty decent. When I was looking over other people’s reviews online, I noticed a lot of negative feedback on it, but I’m guessing they were expecting the movie to have a lot more action through it.

The storyline seemed to be okay, but a little dragged out. I thought it was funny to see FBI agents crying over a terrorist getting tortured, because “it’s not humane”. The movie shows the reality of our country and what it became. Samuel L. Jackson even stated a great point about our country’s values made it into our weakness, which I thought was correct.

As for the acting, I didn’t notice any errors, except on how the general wore his uniform. I could make a list of everything wrong with it, but I won’t go into detail over it. The acting seemed to be fine and Samuel L. Jackson played his part well, like with most of his movies. The same thing goes for Carrie-Anne Moss, and Michael Sheen, as well.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching. The only downfall was with it being dragged out. They summed up 6 days into 1.5 hours, and the only real good scenes were the torturing parts and when a building blows up. Other than that, it’s mostly talking and storyline.

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50 First Dates

50 First Dates

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Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy the company of each other and feels the start of a serious relationship occurring.

Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognize him. This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term memory loss and can’t remember each individual day. Henry won’t let this stop him and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every day.

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My girlfriend suggested this movie to me. So, I just had to watch it. I’m happy I did, because it was actually pretty good. There were a lot of funny moments. Towards the end of the movie, it started getting a little serious, but still had some humor in it.

I thought Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore did a great job, with this movie. I don’t think it could have been any better, than how it came out.

I’m not a huge fan of Adam Sandler, but I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys his movies, or just want to watch a funny romantic comedy.

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Friday (1995)

Friday

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Craig and Smokey are two guys, in Los Angeles, hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do. Encounters with neighbors and other friends over the course of the day and night, and their ensuing antics, make up the rest of the movie.

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I thought this movie was very funny. It’s one of my favorite comedy movies with Chris Tucker. I think both, him and Ice Cube, did a great job, with this movie. Even though, the movie turns serious, towards the end, I thought it was still great and added the finishing touch to it.

If you have seen Rush Hour 1-3 and enjoyed them, then you’ll probably like this one a lot more. This one was a lot better than the sequels of Friday, because Chris Tucker wasn’t in any of them.

If you enjoy comedy films, then you’ll definitely love this one! I just wish there were more great movies like this.

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Frailty (2001)

Frailty

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FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father’s delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his ‘demon-slaying’ murder accomplices. And how hard an dangerously revolting proved. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely.

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I thought this movie was okay, but nothing great. It’s more of a Drama/Thriller movie, than a Horror movie, in my opinion. I’m not sure why so many websites have this movie listed under the Horror genre. The only part I liked the most was the ending. Everything else seemed to bore me. I even caught myself falling asleep, at some scenes.

As for the storyline, I thought it was decent, but could have been a lot better. If you watch television shows like CSI, Law & Order, and NCIS, then you can probably guess how the story ends and you know what’s about to happen, before it even does. It’s probably why I didn’t like this movie, as much as other people did.

As for the actors, I thought everyone played their parts great. I didn’t haven any issues with anyone, that I can remember. I thought both Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey played their character roles great, without any problems. The only bad thing was Matthew McConaughey did the narration, more than anything else.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching, maybe once but nothing more than that. If you’re the type of person who fears God and gets into a lot of religion, then you’ll probably enjoy this film. If you are looking for a movie that is more on a horror film level, you probably won’t like this movie. It’s probably why I didn’t like it too much, come to think about it. I found this movie under someone’s top scariest movies, and was hoping for something scary. So, that might be why I didn’t enjoy Frailty that much.

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Vanishing Point (1971)

Vanishing Point

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Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into custody.

Along the way, Kowalski is guided by Supersoul – a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Throw in lots of chase scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, lots of Mopar and you’ve got a great cult hit from the early 70’s.

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I thought this movie was great, except for the ending. I was hoping he would get away and deliver the car, like how they first started the movie. I guess they wanted to throw in a twist and not give people what they were expecting to happen. Even with the ending, the movie was worth watching.

As for acting, I thought Barry Newman played his part very well. The only error I noticed was when he was smoking with that hitchhiker and he said he was stoned. If you look at both of their eyes, you could tell they weren’t smoking weed and they were nowhere around the stoned state. Besides that, everything else seemed fine, with the acting.

Also, there were a lot of funny moments, during the movie. It was fun to see how they made the cops seem stupid. The only part I didn’t like too much was the racial beating, with the radio host. It was screwed up to see the blind radio host get beat down. I guess it shows that people can only fight well, when they are in groups. If it wasn’t for them being in a group, I don’t think they would have won against the first black guy.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely worth watching. If you enjoy classic movies or racing types movies like Fast and Furious or Death Proof, then you will enjoy this movie, as well. Just don’t expect the storyline to be anything like those movies, though.

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Buried (2010)

Buried

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Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working as a contractor in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there’s not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource–himself.

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When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I thought it would have been a lot better, than how it turned out.

When the movie started out, it took about 15 minutes to finally go from black to a guy in a wooden box. I was expecting some type of storyline, but it’s just him inside of a box for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The only good part was probably when the snake came into the box. Other than that, the movie completely sucked, in my opinion.

What I didn’t understand was how the cell phone lasted on battery that long. I really wished my cell phone would last that long, without needing to charge it. Also, I didn’t understand how the guy lasted that longer without air, as well. He kept using the lighter, started a fire, and even panicked so many times. Though, his air never ran out and it took sand to get to him, before he died.

Usually, I don’t like to spoil the movies, but this one was so awful that I wanted to make sure you don’t want to see it, because there’s better movies to watch and spend an hour and a half watching, instead of this trash.

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Shining, The (1980)

The Shining

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A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”. The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter’s ghost to “correct” the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is “The Shining”.

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This was probably the worse movie I have ever seen… I’m kidding. I thought this movie was great and probably one of the best horror movies, that was written by Stephen King.

Even though the movie was very long, which is no surprise when it comes to Stephen King, it kept you entertained from start to finish. The best thing about this movie was it didn’t take blood or gore to make this movie what it was. It was how you were able to see a person go from normal to psychotic.

I thought Jack Nicholson made this movie what it was. I refused to watch the remake they tried doing, because he wasn’t in it. This was the movie, which had the “Here’s Johnny!” line. Also, I loved when he was walking up the steps with his wife saying “I’m not going to hurt you… I’m just gonna bash your brains in!”. There were so many great lines he said and when he spoke, he put everything into that character.

Also, Danny Lloyd did a great job on his role, as Danny Torrance. I loved how he kept saying “REDRUM” over and over. He made it sound so sick and cool, at the same time.

Both, Scatman Crothers and Shelley Duvall, did a great job on their roles, as well. I don’t think you can ask for a better cast, when it came to this movie.

The only thing I didn’t like was the trailer. I found it to be very annoying, because of the audio to it. It really didn’t seem like they put much effort into giving people something to want to watch, if you first saw it, without seeing the movie. Other than that, I have no complaints, and that’s nothing against the movie, really.

If you haven’t seen The Shining, then you really need to see it. I would suggest this film to anyone, who loves movies in general. Especially, horror movies.

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