Just got done rewatching all the Die Hard Movies....
John McClane, a cop from New York, goes to visit his estranged wife for Christmas in LA. He goes to her company Christmas Party only for the building to be taken over by Hans Gruber and his band of European Terrorists. Trapped in the building, McClane must find a way to stop them himself & save his wife.
This isn't just a great action movie, its THE action movie. Almost every action movie that has come out since then, you can trace it back to Die Hard. This film was a true classic and it started many of the action movie conventions that we see all the time now. Bruce Willis & Alan Rickman were awesome here. Great Cast, fun movie, cinema classic.
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
A year after the events of the first film, McClane finds himself at Dulles Airport waiting for his wife's plane to land only to discover that a militant group has taken control of the airports radio frequencies and threatens to crash every plane in the air if their leader is not freed. Once again, McClane has to stop them in order to save his wife.
Definitely the weakest of the Die Hard films, but still alot of fun. I think it suffers from "sequelitis" in that they basically tried to make the same movie as the first one, only set it on an airport. But it the action scenes were great, Bruce Willis was fun yet again, and it was an all around satisfying action film.
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
Simon Gruber, the brother of McClane's old foe from the original film, is seeking revenge and forces McClane & his unwilling partner Zeus Carter into a game of Simon Says that involves having to diffuse bombs that are planted throughout New York City.
Another great Die Hard movie. It was really cool how they tied it in with the first one, and the plot allowed for a very frantic and exciting movie from start to finish. There are some nitpicks here and there, but overall its definitely a kick ass action movie that never lets up, and Samuel L. Jackson & Jeremy Irons are welcomed additions to the cast as they were great.
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
Cyber Terrorists led by Thomas Gabriel have taken over all facets of American livelihood & shut them down. Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time again, John McClane & a young hacker must find a way to halt Gabriel's control over the wireless networks and save McClane's daughter who is being held captive.
I really don't understand why this is viewed as the weakest entry in the series. As far as the sequels go, I think its the best of the bunch. You can't top the original, but this one was ALOT closer than I thought it would be. It combined elements of the first & third movies, but put a unique and modern spin on things, had some kick ass action scenes, and it just made for a great summer blockbuster.
A film about FBI agent Crawford (Jason Statham) who's partner and his wife and child are killed by a deadly assassin (Jet Li). Crawford goes in search of The Assassin to get vengeance.
This film was crap. Simple as. The talents of Statham and Li are completely wasted, Again! The story was bad, the acting was below average, the action scenes where terribly filmed and edited. Also very boring, even though its full of action, which tells you how bad the action scenes where made.
Quantom of Solace - The premise revolves around British agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) in the first ever direct sequel to a James Bond movie. (Casino Royale)
The plot was okay, I guess, and the action did keep me watching, but it didn't follow the tradition of most Bond films. Instead of putting the gunshot barrel at the beginning, they put it right before the credits. And he never says: "Bond, James Bond." It's almost like they not only tried to modernize it, but it feels like they tried to make a completely new movie in the same vein as 007.
Just got back from the Cinema and WOW, I really thought it would be Borat II and would not be anywhere near as funny. I was right and wrong, it held the same formula as Borat, but felt so much more cringe worthy and simply, funnier. With the Borat character being based on bringing out Racial prejudices and Bruno being more based on homosexual prejustaces I think that it is much more compatible with society today (Since Gay rights is a bigger issue in the news than racism, imo of course). Couple this with the fact that in-your-face-gay is harder to take than in-your-face-racism to the average person, it means that Sasha drags such a bigger reaction out of his victims, and turns out to be much, much more funny.
I think Sasha has taken his techniques he used for Da Ali G show and Borat and turned them up to 11 with this, the set up’s, the pay off’s, they are just so much worse than anything I’ve seen him do, yet in a good way. He somehow obtained interviews with so many Celebrities I was just baffled while I was laughing. Not only this but the acted and obviously fake scenes were great and were genially funny despite not involving real people.
The film has close to no plot, just like Borat, but damnit even that he makes hilarious, I give this film 5 out of 5 for all my reasons above but because it gave me something no other comedy I’ve seen in a long time (and people may think this is stupid, I don’t care, I value it). In two scenes I laughed so hard I cried, I can barely remember any instances where this has happened but to deliver it twice between many many massive laughs is a real treat, I felt it was totally worth the money and toped Borat as my favorite comedy of the Decade. If he got the Golden Globe for Borat he should be getting it again with this.
Bruno. 5 out of 5, I don’t write many reviews or like to give movies a score but this one was so funny I just had to.
A word of advice though, see it with your friends.
Don't think I'd give Bruno a perfect rating, although it was quite hilarious. You hate to compare it to Borat, but yet I find myself doing so and I didn't think it wasn't as good as Borat. I thought Borat was more 'real' than Bruno which was what I thought made Borat incredibly different and made it stand out. I can't list the amount of times during Borat where I was saying 'yo that's real' even when it might not have been, it was just that well done. Nearly everything in Bruno screamed 'staged' and that just doesn't work when you're trying to be "real" and show the true nature of people in America.
My other problem with Bruno is it seemingly peeked with the focus group scene which was maybe 45 mins into the movie so you were basically left with 45 more mins of good material, but nothing coming close to that scene. Also, a lot of the scenes in the latter portion of the movie were given away in the trailers with the exception of a few scenes so that didn't help things either after peeking.
The three scenes which I thought were best were the focus group scene (could potentially be one of the funniest scenes in a long time), the psychic scene, and the final scene.
Vanilla Sky- a film about a man who's life becomes surreal after a car crash. Starring Tom Cruise (Valkyrie), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Cameron Diaz (My Sister's Keeper), Jason Lee (Alvin and the Chipmunks), and Kurt Russell (Death Proof). This film was right down my alley, being a surreal psychological film. I think there was great delivery, good mystery. And just when you think you have the plot figured out, things go in a different way. Some people will like this, others won't. I for one really enjoyed it, and thought it was worthwhile.
Eyes Wide Shut- a film about the sexual relationship between a couple, and the husband who goes on a one night sexual adventure. Starring Tom Cruise (Valkyrie), Nicole Kidman (Australia), and Sydney Pollack (Michael Clayton). I wanted to see this film because I am a big fan of director Stanley Kubrick. It borders on being an erotic film, mixed with thrilling elements. A little odd at times, but that's classic Kubrick for you. A unique film that is intended for mature audiences.