Benjamin B.'s Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

Bleak House
Bleak House(2005)

Despite the odd cinematography, this movie captured my interest by the end of the first episode.

The characters were developed quite well. They also did a good job on the antagonist(s)--you'll really grow to hate the scum!

While I normally love bitter-sweet endings, this one is a tad too high on the "bitter" scale (though it did have a sweet component).

Overall, I would recommend this movie.

Martin Chuzzlewit
½

This was an enthralling mini-series to say the least. Although it was long (6 episodes long), the story and wide array of characters are sure to capture your interest.

The series' antagonist, a man by the name of Pecksniff, is utterly odious, making you wish he would die by the end of the film!

The series ended just how I wanted: happiness with a tinge of sorrow.

Highly recommended!

The 'Burbs
The 'Burbs(1989)

I watched this movie upon the request of a friend--remind me to chastise him.

This film, though not entirely atrocious, was as cheesy as they come. Tom Hanks' talent was not enough to save this movie; it was early in his career anyway, so all he managed to do throughout the story was yell and crush beer cans with his bare hands. Not as impressive as Forest Gump by a long shot.

Overall, I would not recommend this movie.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story
½

Say what you will about Drew's role in other questionable movies, she did a fine job in this one.

The acting was superb and they really nailed the step-mother--I think everyone hated her by the end (and talk about sweet justice!). This is the best modern retelling of Cinderella that I have seen.

Overall this was an excellent romance film that was completely clean of the usual filth common to this genre.

Tuck Everlasting

This was a wholesome and enjoyable film. The cast did a great job and I loved the ending! The dialogue was very clever in certain spots (always a plus)

There were some superfluous scenes, so I docked it by 10%. Overall I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes romance movies or dramas.

Sabrina
Sabrina(1995)
½

This film provided a refreshing clean romance starring Harrison Ford. The ending was entirely satisfactory and I loved the character development.

This is a must see for anyone who is fond of romance films or Harrison Ford.

Paranormal Activity

This movie was utterly atrocious; it failed to instill suspense when I watched it tonight (it was dark and there was a thunderstorm outside to boot!). The first forty minutes were entirely uneventful and the ending (both alternate and the theatrical release) were brief and very disappointing.

I would not recommend this movie to anyone unless they want to watch it with Rifftrax...

Miss Potter
Miss Potter(2007)
½

This was a refreshingly clean movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the acting, the costumes, as well as the story. The blue ribbon for this film is the character development; it's very powerful.

Some might say that this film is slow--I say that all the best stories are developed with care.

For Richer or Poorer
½

It's hard to stumble upon a comedy that isn't filled with crass and crude humor. I was very pleased with this film. The soundtrack was very fitting and Tim Allen/Kristy Alley did a wonderful job interacting with each other in this film.

The ending was superb; it really wrapped up the film nicely. I love it when they include bloopers at the end of a movie!

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Like Bonnie and Clyde's death car, this film was riddled with holes--plot holes in this case. The movie's primary problem, in my opinion, was that it had an extremely weak antihero. The nemesis in this case has a paltry back story and frankly I really didn't care what happened to him.

The effects were pretty good, but that's saying that much for this day and age. I'm more impressed with plot and character development, both of which are hard to come by in this movie.

The worst part for me was when the antihero yelled, "Spoooockkk!!". I said to myself, "Did they try to equate this no name nemesis with Kahn?" Let me be clear: one of the primary reasons why The Wrath of Kahn is vastly superior to this film is that Kahn actually had an interesting background and had a reason/history to justify his vendetta against Kirk.

This movie is worth streaming on Netflix, but I wouldn't spend the money to own it on DVD or Blu-ray

300
300(2007)
½

I didn't find this film very interesting. The plot was non existent and the director relied on a smokescreen of blood-filled mayhem to distract the viewer from the mundane acting. It felt like each staff member involved with the movie had a syringe full of testosterone injected into their jugular.

Serenity
Serenity(2005)
½

**NO SPOILERS**

I loved the Firefly series, so I was very excited to see this film upon its release. Part of me hoped that this would prompt the continuation of the series on television (a revival? It's happened before).

The film did a good job of portraying the story and characters to people who did not have the benefit of watching Firefly. In addition, it was wonderful to finally see more details regarding the nemesis race.

However, I have to brush aside the fond feelings I had for Firefly and review this movie for what it is. And unfortunately, I felt that the ending left much to be desired. Why they chose to do what they did is beyond me.

28 Days
28 Days(2000)

It really is a shame that this movie slipped under the radar. Sandra Bullock did a wonderful job portraying her character (a pill-popping alcoholic whose antics are destroying her life).

Since this film deals with overcoming drug addiction, it maintains a serious atmosphere for the majority of the movie. Thus, I wouldn't really recommend this for young children.

I found the ending to be powerful and sufficient; it did a nice job of wrapping up the story.

TRON
TRON(1982)
½

This film was well ahead of its time, and it is unfortunate that the majority of the population did not appreciate its brilliance. Even today, most people would not be able to understand the brief technical references made in the movie (unless you have a degree in computer science or you have a background in mainframe computing).

While the acting could have been better, I felt that the story was compelling. The main selling points of this film were:

1) The uniqueness of the story
2) The effects (for its day).

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

When I first learned that Pixar was working on Toy Story 3, I was fearful that they would not maintain their momentum. After watching the film, I can proudly say that my fears were not justified.

Pixar has outdone themselves once again. Toy Story is one of the rare trilogies in which each subsequent film is better than the last. Once again, they were able to develop a nemesis with a clever and interesting background, as well as developing the already established characters even further.

This is a must see for any fan of animated films.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I admit it: it was hard to be impartial when I watched this film. After all, Bella's atrocious acting in the previous two films still lingered in my mind. However, I must say that this movie showed significant improvement--which is good news for my fellow males which will be forced to watch this film.

Pros:
1) Acting has improved from New Moon and Twilight.
2) More action than the other films
3) Reduced drama
4) Characters seemed to interact naturally

Cons:
1) Soundtrack leaves much to be desired (just like the other two films)
2) The banter between Jacob and Edward was dry and utterly predictable.
3) Acting still has room for improvement.
4) Killing off the sole developed antihero (Victoria) has left me with little reason to watch the next film.