Posts Tagged ‘sucked’

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Nothing can prepare you...”

First of all, let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the original Paranormal Activity. I thought it was spooky, atmospheric and creepy. Paranormal Activity 2, on the other hand, throws all of this away and resorts to cheap jump out scares. Pretty much everything that made Paranormal Activity good, and one of the biggest successes of 2009 cinema, is sadly left. Instead what we are given is an annoying family who have a pool cleaning machine that goes on walkabouts. Not exactly high art. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies, and you don’t make a movie this ambitious without making a few mistakes. But how can a movie about Facebook even be good? It can’t. This isn’t a movie about Facebook. It’s not even a movie about the guy who made Facebook. It’s about how in this day and age, friendship is so easily gained, and so easily deleted. However, the critics have gone out of control on this movie. I am here to tell you it isn’t as good as they say it is. It’s not our generation’s The Graduate or anything like The Godfather, as they would have you believe. It’s frankly not even close.  It is one of the better movies out this year, however, and that’s still pretty good. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Martin Keller]

When reviewing a film it’s easy to get caught up in broad generalizations, to be caught up in your deep love or utter disdain for it. The art of film reviewing is a happy marriage between being subjective and objective. You are charged with the duty of endorsing or condemning this piece of art, and being fair isn’t usually a first response. Rather, we respond from our gut or our heart: shooting from the hip and asking questions later. However, the responsible reviewer will offer a fair opinion: an opinion based on examples from the film, specific analysis of scenes or actors or cinematography or directing or any of the many facets of the film. The responsible reviewer is trying to edify the film, to offer insight or constructive criticism, to be “fair and balanced.” I say all this because, in my review of Ultraviolet, I find being responsible nearly impossible. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer] 

"They want you to be their avatar... We all do." 

I knew nothing about this film before seeing it. It was a Tuesday, I was bored, and honestly, it was the best thing playing at the cheap theater that I hadn’t already seen. It was this or Marmaduke – can you blame me? As I said, all I knew about The Last Airbender aside from the fact that it was universally loathed by critics was that it was based on a cartoon and that it was “from the mind of” triple-threat writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan. Oh, and there was some martial arts and magic. Honestly, how bad could it be? (more…)