Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright.

I didn’t read any reviews before watching this movie in order to avoid spoilers. After seeing the movie, I went and scavenged over all the reviews on the internet to see what other people thought. Generally, people love this movie. I’ve even heard it called a perfect superhero movie. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, but I think it is far, far away from a masterpiece. I also think there are many existing comic book movies that are easily superior to this one. No spoilers except a brief summary of the premise.

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem.

One of my deepest, darkest secrets is that I have enjoyed, perhaps even loved, every single movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Every. Single. One. I’ve enjoyed the predictable plot twists, the jokes, the action, the special effects, the pirates, and I’ve enjoyed Depp’s performances. You’d be hard pressed to find another franchise that so blatantly shows how an entire billion dollar franchise can rest upon one man, in this case Johnny Depp.  It’s a fun franchise and if you walk into the theater looking for some lighthearted fun, that’s what you usually get with these movies.

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

There is a lot working in this movie and at the same time, there is a lot in this movie that doesn’t work. One of the biggest mistakes made here was similar to that of La La Land; they forsook musical talent in exchange for a name brand actress whose musical talents were insufficient.

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Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars

Details: Released in 1964. About an hour and forty minutes long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch.

Of the three Sergio Leone westerns, I’d say The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best, For A Few Dollars More is the worst, and A Fistful of Dollars is in the middle. This is a good movie and has a lot of what I enjoyed from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, except they fit it into an hour and forty minute run-time versus a three hour run-time.

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Movie Review: For a Few Dollars More

Details: Released in 1965. Over two hours long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè.

My favorite movie of all time is The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, which is another spaghetti western from Sergio Leone. For a movie so old, I was blown away by how contemporary it was… and how much it was like shounen anime. There’s this constant question about whose the strongest and hyper-machismo and other common anime themes. For a Few Dollars More is another film from the Sergio Leone spaghetti western trilogy and I finally decided to sit down and watch it in its entirety.

For a Few Dollars More is a story about two bounty hunter who are trying to catch a gang of killers and thieves. It’s not as good as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but it’s okay. It’s got the same tone and two of the same actors. There’s also your genre familiar gun fights, machismo, and standoffs.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I think it could be skipped. It didn’t keep my attention too well.

Score: 6.4/10

Movie Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Details: Released in 1952. About an hour and forty minutes long. Stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds.

What a satisfying movie. I love musicals and Singin’ in the Rain is as classic a musical as they come. Singin’ in the Rain is the kind of movie that La La Land hoped and fell short of becoming. It’s a great musical that easily holds up today.

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Movie Review: Léon: The Professional

Details: Released in 1994. About two hours long. Directed by Luc Besson. Stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman.

Leon: The Professional is another one of those classic movies that I’ve often seen mentioned on the internet but I’d never seen. Going into it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I found was a movie that made me uncomfortable and cringe a lot. I think that’s the generally accepted response to statutory rape.

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Movie Review: 12 Angry Men

Details: Released in 1957. About an hour and a half long. Stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam.

12 Angry Men is a movie I’ve attempted to watch a number of times, but have walked away from because of waning interest. I finally decided to sit down through the whole thing and was entertained by what I saw.

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Movie Review: The Silence of the Lambs

Details: Released in 1991. About two hours long. Stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney.

The Silence of the Lambs is another one of those movies which I’ve seen piecemeal many times, but never in its entirety in one sit-through. I decided to change that today and I will join the consensus in saying that this is one of the greatest movies of its genre ever made.

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Movie Review: The Green Mile

Details: Released in 1999. Over three hours long. Stars Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse.

I’ve read a lot of positive opinions about The Green Mile and how its a tear-jerker. It’s a good movie, but not a masterpiece.

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