Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fast Five Review

Reviewed by Kendall Lewin

Fast Five is the latest sequel to The Fast and The Furious franchise. This series has been able to deliver nonstop action and edge of your seat races since it first debuted in 2001.

So this movie starts with Dom (Vin Diesel) who has been arrested and sentenced to jail. His closest friends break him out before he even makes it to the jail. Since it was a jail break, or bus break, now all the main characters of the story are wanted by the cops. Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Brian (Paul Walker) all escape the country and make it down to Rio De Janeiro and hook up with there old buddy Vince (Matt Shultze) for a job. Then the baddest DEA agent ever gets everyone's files dropped on his desk, and that's when Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson/The Rock) goes on the hunt. I can't tell you more, because that would ruin it.

This movie had a great cast! I'm pretty sure they only had to get maybe five people who had never been in a Fast and Furious movie before, because everyone else was in the four movies before this one. Vin Diesel did a great job of playing Dom, and was good playing him the first four times also. Heck, he even stars in a video game "Wheelman" that is almost spot on to his character in the movie. Jordana Brewster played Mia and did an awesome job. She is best known for this series, but actually started of on a soap opera As the World Turns. Paul Walker played Brian O'Conner who was last seen in The Takers. Dwayne Johnson played the super badass DEA agent Luke Hobbs. He was recently in movies such as The Other Guys and The Tooth Fairy, were he pretty much played the same character as he did in this one.

I would give this movie a 10 of 10. It was entertaining and didn't drag on at all. If you like racing, or heists, or fighting I would go watch this right now. Because you are missing out if you don't.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thor Review

Review by Kendall Lewin

Thor! The newest Marvel movie to hit the big screen. I wasn't sure how this was one was going to pan out, since I never really paid attention to Thor in the Marvel comics.
So Thor is raised to be the next king of Asgard, but turns out he is
still a punk. His dad, Odin banishes him for that very reason. His punishment? Being sent to earth to suffer with the rest of the mortals. He goes from ultimate warrior to just a really strong guy with a weird accent, turns out this is a really bad punishment for an Asgardian.
Thor was played by Chris Hemsworth, who starred as Captain Kirk's dad in the latest adaptation of Star Trek.

Natalie Portman, Who won an Oscar for Best Actress in Black Swan, played the scientist love interest of Thor. Sir Anthony Hopkins, known for his role in The Silence of the Lamb films, played Thor's Father Odin. The comic relief was Kat Dennings , who is probably best known for her role as Norah in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
In the end, it turns out like every other Marvel movie. The good guys win, the bad guys lose, and the ending is a prelude to the next movie. The good thing about Thor, is that it's a good stand alone movie. Unlike Iron Man 2, which was just a prequel to the Avengers. I would definitely recommend this movie to Marvel fans or as a movie to catch with the kids. This movie kept me entertained and it was easy to get into the story, even if you aren't familiar with the Thor comics.

I would give this movie a solid 8 out 10.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

TheReelRussell Best and Worst Movies Seen in 2010

I might be a little late with this but thought I would post my list anyways.  First a disclaimer *This post and the movies on the list are movie which I have seen in the year 2010...regardless of the year the movie may have been actually release in theaters...I did not get to see the movies until this year so this is the year the movie made my list.  If you don't like it.....tough that's why this is my list and not yours!!

#10  Robin Hood:   Russell Crowe in this prequel of sorts that tells the story of how Robin Hood came to be.  A few people didn't like this movie....I did.  It had an epic feel to it as it was directed by Ridley Scott and surprisingly had some humor.
#9    Sherlock Holmes:  I thought I would not like this period movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law but I did like it alot.  It is well directed by Guy Richie.
#8    Kick Ass:   This movie was so much fun with an 11 year old (Chloe Grace Moretz) who kicks some major....well ASS!  And this is stars Mark Strong who was in 3...yes 3 of my top 10 movies this year (Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes being the other 2).  He's also in one of my favorite pictures I took from Comic Con (the Green Lantern panel).
#7    Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:  I am not a fan of circus' or of freaks but I really like this movie.  Kind of make me want to check out the book series by Darren Shan.
#6    Mega Mind:   Not a huge fan of Will Ferrell movies but in this animated film he only lends his voice.   My top 10 is full of surprise films.   Dreamworks is my second favorite animated studio behind Pixar and I love this big blue headed alien!  This is my daughters all time favorite movie (in her 12 years) so it is definite a fun good one.
#5    The Crazies:  Not usually a fan of horror movies but this one was well written, directed and acted.  I am a big fan of Timothy Olyphant who stars.  Check out his series Justified on the FX channel if you haven't already!
#4    Music Within:    This based on the true story of Richard Pimentel who made major changes for Americans with disabilities.   Love this drama and it was nice to see Ron Livingston (Office Space) again on screen.  It is also chock full of cameos by several well know actors and actresses.
#3    A-Team:   I watched the series faithfully and was a huge fan of the cast...and even got to see George Peppard get his star on the Walk of Fame.  I didn't know how I felt about Hollywood making it into a series....I was reluctant I would like it but I really like the action and the cast....almost as much as the original cast.  Lots of fun especially the Murdock character...played by  Sharlto Copley (District 9).
#2    How to Train Your Dragon:   Drumroll best animated movie of 2010 is this adorable little movie. let me down this year with Toy Story 3 but thank you Dreamworks! 
#1    The Blindside:   This is the second year in a row that a Sandra Bullock movie has made my top 3!  The Proposal was awesome last year but this movie should have won Best Picture and actually had me tear up...just a little.   Dramas aren't usually the type of movie that win my Best Movie but congrats to The Blindside.

And now for the BAD!!

#10  Wolfman:   Boring!!!
#9    Extract:  A comedy that wasn't really that funny.
#8    Old Dogs:   Robin Williams and John Travolta stick like dogs in this comedy.
#7    Clash of the Titans:   Release the CRAPFILM....and so they did....this remake...the original was better.
#6    The Box:   Cameron Diaz stars in this....I don't really know what kind of movie this really was....except for bad.
#5    The Fantastic Mr. Fox:   Kids movies usually are fun but this furry fox film was kind of creepy.
#4    The Last Airbender:   The kids cartoon had humor and heart...this live action film had neither.
#3    The Road:   A really bleak and sad look at a post apocalypic United States.  Wish I would have stayed off the road I used to pick up this movie.
#2    The Forth Kind:   Boring alien abduction movie.  Did it really happen...I don't really care...the movie sucked.
#1    MacGruber:  At the showing I went to I was the only person in the entire theater....that should have been a clue to as stupid this movie and probably I was for seeing it.   It was just way too vular (something that usually don't bother me).   It was a funny SNL skit that never should been made into movie.  Poor Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillipee.
There you have it.  And as a special is TheReelRussell Best of 2010!   Actors and Actresses who made my year and made the films they were in that much better!

Best Actor:   Johnny Depp-Alice in Wonderland
Best Actress:   Sandra Bullock-The Blindside
Best Supporting Actor:  Sharlto Copley-The A-Team
Best Supporting Actress:  Chloe Grace Moretz-Kick Ass
Best Director:  Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders-How to Train Your Dragon

Thor Review

by Eden Pinkston

Thor, Thor...the God of Thunder.  Exactly. 
The blond handsome hunk is the one and only Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth).  He was great bringing the thunder and lightning to the big screen.  
Thor disobeyed his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and then is stripped of his powers and his mighty hammer and cast out of Asgard to Earth.  He is "dropped off" in the New Mexico desert where he meets the charming Jane Foster (Natilie Portman).  After a 2 hour and 10 minute adventure, I am happy to write about this movie.
Thor was directed by Kenneth Branagh and I am looking forward to seeing move great movies by him.
I give Thor 4 out of 5.
Shock ya later!