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Drive Angry
Drive Angry (2011)
11 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A fun action-packed homage to the satanic cult movies of the 70s.

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If you have seen the Z-Movies of the 70s about satanic cults (usually classified as horror), you'll get a kick out of this movie. It has all the classic satanic cult props. Nude women everywhere ... and even the classic of classics: nude woman dancing hippie-style on top of a motorhome by a big bonfire. Southern accents everywhere. Cult members who haven't seen a bath in ages. A mentally-deranged cult leader. A same old goal of bringing Hell and/or Satan to Earth.

But the above would be boring (as all 70s satanic cult movies were) so this movie injects a massive amount of gun-blazing action movie into it with cool visual effects. You will love "The Accountant" which is a cute title for the Grim Reaper. I loved the scene where he calmly exits the gas truck and steps onto the hood of a police car ... while the gas truck is jolting through the air to its fiery destruction. Brilliant!

I even liked how The Accountant switched from foe to ally once he found out what was really going on.

THANKFULLY Cage's character doesn't get redeemed at the end and gets to go to Heaven for saving the day, but returns to Hell.

Sure, there were plot holes and "wait a minute!" parts to the movie. At the end of the movie, the cult leader somehow has become superhuman without any explanation. There are only three bullets in the "Godkiller" so naturally the last one will be the one that does the trick.

There were also unneeded slowing down for some much unneeded exposition and humanizing of Cage's character.

But all that said, kids, if you can find a second-run theater to let you sneak in and see this R-rated, go see it. This is NOT a date film. Males 18-49 strictly. However, if you're a tomboy, you'll love this film too. Just be sure to sit in the back of the theater if you plan to "treat" your date during the movie.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
11 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The more I think about this movie, the lower its scores gets. Take a classic, hire a hack to do an adaptation of it, add in wet-behind-the-ears actors and actress plus a has-been (Peter Fonda), include two special effects (TWO!), and do filming at a tourist frontier town and on a camping trip, you do all that and you got this TV movie.

Everything is not rushed through but simply simplified. Each scene is reduced down to the absolute minimum.

Peter Fonda's performance is ... well, I've never seen him give a good performance yet. Wooden and VERY likely stoned.

The ending just starts making you laugh. Which do you think would run. A group of five people who have shown they're crack shots with GUNS against at best ten people with poorly made bows, arrows, and spears? The ones with the guns, right? Right.

Oh, and don't think too long about anything in this movie. Like how could a primitive society come up with a modern-day zip line. And this is supposedly a story that took place in the 19th century. Putting a piece of beach wood on the rigging made up for it though. Totally.

What's really funny is the special "behind-the-scenes" features where the actors and actress talk about this movie was "Citizen Kane". They actually did their best acting while saying nice things about the movie, its director, Peter Fonda, and so forth.

Now if you want to make this movie into a drinking game, drink everytime you hear "Uncle" said by the nephew actor.

Daybreakers
Daybreakers (2010)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Not a horrible movie but not a great or even a good one. Below average. And what hurt it the most is the ending. It was just not believable. The military is the last to go without. That's how it has always been. Besides, these soldiers HURT humans. Think about that. Only at the last moment do they lose control? And the "cure" doesn't make sense either. Surely the "cure" had happened numerous times before. How did vampirism become so widespread? What happened to the ancient vampires? Why didn't they stop the spread? Surely they knew what would happen if it did happen. And since they're all cold-blooded killers now, why didn't the strong kill off the weak to balance with the "food" supply. And why do you have to treat your "food" supply the way they did? If I was them, I'd just breed retarded humans and milk them like cows during their sleep.

But it was still somewhat enjoyable nevertheless and thus why I gave it 30%. I'd suggest waiting and rent the DVD. No need to see it on a big screen. I would have suggested renting it free from your public library but I doubt many libraries will buy and stock it.

Sherlock Holmes
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An excellent spin on Sherlock Holmes. Having read all of Sir Arthur's Holmes stories, I can assure fans of Sherlock Holmes that they love this one. Great chemistry between Holmes and Watson. Probably the best use of slow-motion in recent history as it shows Holmes' thinking process and then shows him carrying out his plans. Very pleased and highly recommend it.

Avatar
Avatar (2009)
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm sorry but, as far as I'm concerned, "Avatar" sucked. It should have been called "Wishful Thinking".

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Primitive natives with literally bows and arrows beating super-high future tech. Yeah, right. A resource so valuable and yet no government trying to get control of it ... just the Hollywood typical "evil" corporation. Hollywood just cannot make Big Government out as a bad guy as it loves it too much. No suspense. Everything ... and I do mean everything telegraphed beforehand that only a child that has never seen a movie would be surprised by anything in this movie ... and maybe not even then. Not a SINGLE original character, plot point, or anything. I dare anyone here at Rotten Tomatoes to point out one original thought in this movie. One. Just one! The "evil" corporate executive ripped from Aliens (and countless other movies), know-nothing down-on-his-luck bad-to-turn-good nobody as central character (throw dart at any movie and you have a 50/50 chance of hitting one that has this), crazed military leader (my eyes rolled when I saw that one), tough-as-nails-but-will-assuredly-become-a-softie female lead (I wanted to throw my soda at the screen when I saw that one), and the list goes on and on. NOTHING original. "Running With Wolves" in space. Not science fiction but space opera.

Not one person involved in the movie knows anything about what probable future tech will be like then or apparently what is being developed TODAY!

Nanotechnology could have extracted the resource without the natives even knowing (without help from some unbelievable supernatural force) that anything was being done. No strip mining needed. Oh wait. Sorry, that would totally destroy the conflict. Can't have that. I guess nanotechnology never gets developed in the future.

And think about it. If you can remotely control biological bodies, shouldn't you be able to remotely control ... oh say ... combat robots from orbit? Like the US military is literally developing TODAY! Same goes for any mining needing to be done. And those too are being developed TODAY! No need to have a single human on that inhospitable
hostile moon. Just an orbiting space station filled with wimpy geeks operating bad-ass robot avatars on the moon's surface. No big show-down where the humans die. Oh, you destroyed my robot? Here. I'll send down another one.

Or if you want to take out the mother tree, what ever happened to long-range missiles? We have the bomb and missile tech TODAY that could do the job no sweat. Oh wait. That wouldn't result in a prolonged bombing scene that shows how evil the corporation and soldiers are (not to mention how oppressed the natives are) but just a split second, a flash, and ashes.

And poor little main character. He's a cripple. Oh, you can just feel the sympathy factor surround him like a halo. And yet, we're told he's extremely valuable to the corporation as the reason this literal know-nothing is recruited and sent on this mission. Hmmm. Let me get this straight. He's so valuable BUT the corporation cannot
afford and/or want to fix his legs before he goes? Wouldn't they want to do that to insure he works as best as he can for them and be grateful to them for doing so? Wouldn't they at least hold that out as a carrot to come work for them? Oh wait. We need that carrot to be dangled by the "evil" military leader so the idiot becomes a we-all-know-momentary turncoat. And then there's the idiot himself. Could he be more dumb? He has the corporation over a barrel. They need him more than he needs them. Is he so dumb that he cannot say, "Here's the deal. You fix my legs now and I'll go off on this mission for you." No, that would eliminate the sympathy factor AND the carrot that the "evil" military leader uses to make him a momentary turncoat. We cannot have that.

And then there are the natives. They could be cast for "Dumb and Dumber 3". They never once think, "Hmmm. Our bows and arrows don't do much against these humans and their machines. Hmmm. I did kill one and here is his weapon resting on the ground here. Hmmm. I wonder what would happen if I picked it up and used it against them." You know like how American Indians did. But then that would make the moon's natives less pure and natural. Nope, we cannot have that. We have to be rescued by the PLANET becoming a sentient being! Gaia comes to life!!! Every tree-hugger's dream come true. I felt like vomiting at this point.

No, "Avatar" was nothing more than just another unrealistic eco anti-capitalism dumbed-down fantasy movie that manipulates everything with a sledgehammer to produce everything in it. And this isn't just slamming leftists. I'd say the same thing if it was a right-winger movie that tries to do the same.

Now, yes, I will admist that it has amazing CGI visuals and that is the only reason I gave it 10%. BUT strip this movie of its CGI and it is nothing. Once its CGI effects become commonplace, this movie will be only a footnote in film history like "The Jazz Singer" (the first talking motion picture). Like how the HUGE success of "The Jazz Singer" spurred on talking movies, "Avatar" might spur on a new technological revolution in movie-making (advanced CGI), but that's it.