Movie I Saw

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Plot: After firing the expendables, Barney Ross hires a new team to take down his old partner played by Mel Gibson.   

Review: With the expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone had finally figured out what made the franchise great.  It was fun, it was bloody, it fed off the real life pasts of the actors collected and it was entertaining through and through.  It was one of my favorite movies of that year and I was excited for the next installment of a weird franchise.   Sadly Expendables 3 takes a step backward despite the fact that Stallone has collected the best team yet (and then fired them to bring in a group of cardboard cutouts brought to life.) 

The movie starts well enough with the gang breaking Wesley Snipes’ Doc out of prison for “tax evasion.”  It’s a fun scene even if it’s hard to not tell it had to be watered down for the series’ first pg-13 entry. But soon they are attacked by Mel Gibson, still a fun actor which make his views even more tragic, and Barney fires the team we care about to assemble a team they don’t.  Listen I have nothing against  Kellen Lutz, or Ronda Rousey (Victor Ortiz isn’t much of a boxer so he sucks) but the franchise doesn’t work for them.  No one really has a bad story in these movies or even characters.  For the most part, each actor is playing a version of their film history (this movie actually does the opposite of this but not where it’s needed and I’ll talk about it later.) The most we know about Stallone’s character that we doesn’t bring up his film history is he has a big ring.  So by bringing in actors that don’t have that kind of history to latch on to (I guess Lutz brought in the shitty boring history of hercules?) the film isn’t written to give these guys compelling characters and even worse nothing to care about. 

To make matters worse, the whole reason Stallone sets up the team is because he doesn’t want his friends killed (even though they are known as the expendables) so he hires a bunch of suicidal danger freaks. This way if they die he won’t care.  But then they get captured and he wants to rescue them?  Wasn’t the point that he didn’t have to rescue them cause he didn’t care?  If this was his arc maybe and maybe if we cared this would matter but they are so bad, I don’t care if they live or die so why keep watching. His arc does seem to be if you are a born killer do you have a place in the world after the war?  Which was also the arc of expendables one, and expendables 2, and first blood and rambo 2 and rambo 3 and rambo and rocky balboa if you replace killer with fighter.  I know he loves this arc but if he has nothing to bring to the table it’s time to put it to rest. It feels a bit like treading water now. 

But now let’s talk about the good stuff that makes the bad stuff even worse. The movie has the best team ever! (Before the new Expendables are added.) I know I just said that the team doesn’t have characters but Antonio Banderas actually goes against this. He’s the only one making a whole new person (a talkative solider that had to kill his team,) and shines in the film.  He actually saves the film.  Also Wesley Snipes quickly reminds you why he’s so great on screen and his back and forth with Jason Statham (the unused heart of the series) is great.  If the film had just focused on the two new characters and getting revenge against Mel Gibson, it would have been great.  

But the middle part just goes nowhere (not to mention breaking someone out of prison and then firing him, what was snipes supposed to do? Get an office job with no experience and no excuse for his 9 year disappearance?)

The Expendables 3 gives us the best team and the worst film of the series. 

Trivia: Wesley Snipes was actually offered a part in the first film but was still in jail, so the opening is a great call back. 

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Plot: A finds out a book was written about his dealings with divorce as he tries to get his family back together for a wedding.   

Review:The most amazing thing about this movie is just how much talent it wastes. I mean you have Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Jenkins and even Adam Pally showing up and yet there was not one or memorable joke in the whole thing. I basically blame the script as anyone who knows these people know they can improv with the best of them.  
I was just bored by it.  So bored. 
Trivia: Had a lot of posters defaced with penises.

Plot: A finds out a book was written about his dealings with divorce as he tries to get his family back together for a wedding.   

Review:The most amazing thing about this movie is just how much talent it wastes. I mean you have Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Jenkins and even Adam Pally showing up and yet there was not one or memorable joke in the whole thing. I basically blame the script as anyone who knows these people know they can improv with the best of them. 

I was just bored by it.  So bored. 

Trivia: Had a lot of posters defaced with penises.

— 1 day ago
#adamn scott  #amy poehler  #mary elizabeth winstead  #adam pally  #a.c.o.d.  #richard jenkins  #comedy  #movies  #movie  #2014  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: A boy grows up in Texas.  Filmed over 12 years using the same cast.
Review: Before you read this review I suggest you see this movie.  You might love it, you might hate but either way it’s a worthy attempt at a different type of movie that everyone should watch.
SPOILERS  A few weeks ago I said that The Stand used all the tool that Stephen King has to offer and Boyhood feels like Richard Linklater using all his tools to tell his most epic film.  But that’s not a bad thing and it works in the film’s favor. 
Basically the film is a big gimmick of filming the movie over several years so that the boy in the coming of age film actually comes of age.  But gimmick or no, the film is still impressive because of this and it’s a bit fun to see the actors all grow up over a little more than a decade.  I mean what did Linklater do when he realized his kid actor was going to have the most annoying voice in the world or when the kids went through their chubby stages.  Everything is here warts and all and it’s fun to see.  IT definitely adds a lot of realism to the film as you feel like you are growing up on him. 
The film is super realistic and that’s both it’s greatest strength and greatest weakness. Because it feels so real, the film also meanders.  Especially near the end when the boy reaches about 16, the movie could really end at any moment but it keeps going even if it didn’t have to. In addition to that, the film sometimes slips into melodrama and false philosophizing that Linklater loves to add to his films.  But it’s not as bad coming from a dumb kid we’ve watched grow up because we know where he is coming from. The melodrama on the other hand was a bit unneeded and I felt hurt the realism.  
Also near the end, a theme of trying to find your place in the world or what the meaning of life is comes up for no reason and out of the mouth of an 18 year old sounds as pretentious as I make it sound. Also they make a point of saying how school and big events aren’t really what defines you and they are just another part of your path which is a good theme but the last scene undermines the whole thing.  It doesn’t ruin the movie and fits his character but it is a weird thing as if Linklater was like “oh shit I don’t have an over arching theme! I gotta put on in!” 
But the film is more good than bad and a few minor steps is expect for such an ambitious movie.  One of my favorite things is how the film doesn’t forget that kids are kind of jerks.  I mean we all were. It’s a part of growing up and finding ourselves. I mean I’m probably still a jerk as I try to find myself but it’s there and this film doesn’t shy away from it.  One of my favorite scenes is after leaving the abusive husband, in one of the more eye-rolling parts, the daughter yells at the mom that she has to wear old clothes at her new school because they had to rush out in fear of violence.  ”This sucks” she screams at a mom that’s on the edge.  It grounds a scene that was starting to feed on melodrama (which again is kind of Linklater’s thing.) 
The ability to turn any situation into a selfish act or to blame our parents.  These little moments are the best ones and the movie is a really an experience even if i’m not sure I would want to revisit it again, a lot like life. 
Trivia: Linklater would essentially film a 10 to 15 minute short film every year for twelve years and then edited them together into a feature. 

Plot: A boy grows up in Texas.  Filmed over 12 years using the same cast.

Review: Before you read this review I suggest you see this movie.  You might love it, you might hate but either way it’s a worthy attempt at a different type of movie that everyone should watch.

SPOILERS  A few weeks ago I said that The Stand used all the tool that Stephen King has to offer and Boyhood feels like Richard Linklater using all his tools to tell his most epic film.  But that’s not a bad thing and it works in the film’s favor. 

Basically the film is a big gimmick of filming the movie over several years so that the boy in the coming of age film actually comes of age.  But gimmick or no, the film is still impressive because of this and it’s a bit fun to see the actors all grow up over a little more than a decade.  I mean what did Linklater do when he realized his kid actor was going to have the most annoying voice in the world or when the kids went through their chubby stages.  Everything is here warts and all and it’s fun to see.  IT definitely adds a lot of realism to the film as you feel like you are growing up on him. 

The film is super realistic and that’s both it’s greatest strength and greatest weakness. Because it feels so real, the film also meanders.  Especially near the end when the boy reaches about 16, the movie could really end at any moment but it keeps going even if it didn’t have to. In addition to that, the film sometimes slips into melodrama and false philosophizing that Linklater loves to add to his films.  But it’s not as bad coming from a dumb kid we’ve watched grow up because we know where he is coming from. The melodrama on the other hand was a bit unneeded and I felt hurt the realism.  

Also near the end, a theme of trying to find your place in the world or what the meaning of life is comes up for no reason and out of the mouth of an 18 year old sounds as pretentious as I make it sound. Also they make a point of saying how school and big events aren’t really what defines you and they are just another part of your path which is a good theme but the last scene undermines the whole thing.  It doesn’t ruin the movie and fits his character but it is a weird thing as if Linklater was like “oh shit I don’t have an over arching theme! I gotta put on in!” 

But the film is more good than bad and a few minor steps is expect for such an ambitious movie.  One of my favorite things is how the film doesn’t forget that kids are kind of jerks.  I mean we all were. It’s a part of growing up and finding ourselves. I mean I’m probably still a jerk as I try to find myself but it’s there and this film doesn’t shy away from it.  One of my favorite scenes is after leaving the abusive husband, in one of the more eye-rolling parts, the daughter yells at the mom that she has to wear old clothes at her new school because they had to rush out in fear of violence.  ”This sucks” she screams at a mom that’s on the edge.  It grounds a scene that was starting to feed on melodrama (which again is kind of Linklater’s thing.) 

The ability to turn any situation into a selfish act or to blame our parents.  These little moments are the best ones and the movie is a really an experience even if i’m not sure I would want to revisit it again, a lot like life. 

Trivia: Linklater would essentially film a 10 to 15 minute short film every year for twelve years and then edited them together into a feature. 

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#richard linklater  #boyhood  #Ethan Hawke  #coming of age  #drama  #2014  #Movie I Saw  #movies  #film  #films  #review  #reviews 

This week we will try to see Expendables 3, Boyhood, Proxy, and Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus

— 3 days ago
#The Expendables 3  #boyhood  #proxy  #crystal fairy and the magical cactus  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: A doctor tries to convince people that we are being taken over by pod people.   
Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a weird movie to go back and watch as it feels a bit ahead of it’s time.  Actually being ahead of it’s time was it’s worst and best feature.  The story is a really cool idea to chase.  Basically you are trying to stop an alien invasion and then realize that you are soon the alien one to them as they have taken over is a really cool thing especially with how the film deals with the paranoia that it does it’s best job. 
The problem is that the movie is held by the story structure of it’s time.  It’s told in a very basic “war of the worlds” type of way where they can find an alien in the basement and then go on a date.  It’s a weird play like structure and it doesn’t work for this story.  
The sci-fi classic is worth watching to see where sci-fi would go and little else.  
Trivia: The studios made the director add in the framing device that ends on a hopeful note. 

Plot: A doctor tries to convince people that we are being taken over by pod people.   

Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a weird movie to go back and watch as it feels a bit ahead of it’s time.  Actually being ahead of it’s time was it’s worst and best feature.  The story is a really cool idea to chase.  Basically you are trying to stop an alien invasion and then realize that you are soon the alien one to them as they have taken over is a really cool thing especially with how the film deals with the paranoia that it does it’s best job.

The problem is that the movie is held by the story structure of it’s time.  It’s told in a very basic “war of the worlds” type of way where they can find an alien in the basement and then go on a date.  It’s a weird play like structure and it doesn’t work for this story.  

The sci-fi classic is worth watching to see where sci-fi would go and little else.  

Trivia: The studios made the director add in the framing device that ends on a hopeful note. 

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#invasion of the body snatchers  #sci-fi  #classic  #films  #review  #reviews  #movie review  #2014  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: After getting a grant to be on a type of Chat-Roulette to meet new people, a woman finds herself stalked by a killer.  Told from the computers and screens POV. 
Review: Another film that falls apart by the end, but unlike Oculus The Den feel apart because of the characters it set up.  Trying to be kind of a true crime, unsettling, movie like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, the movie starts out actually affective.  They set up the characters and Melanie Papalia actually does a good job setting up a compelling character we don’t want to die.  Even the gimmick actually helps the film because you always feel like there is just something off camera or that you aren’t in control of what you are watching, which actually goes with this theme that you never know who you are talking to!  You never know and the film works to show that! 
But as the film goes on, it starts to fall apart into comedic silliness.  SPOILERS if anyone cares From the cops not believing that people can be stalked on the internet, to everything thinking it’s a hoax, to no one understanding that computers can be hacked, to the protagonist having footage of her boyfriend being captured and not going straight to the cops. Not only that but the media major doesn’t realize the creepy stalker who has hacked her computer might send a virus to her computer?  I mean she doesn’t even think to not click on a link!  Making matters worse, she doesn’t back up her work!! HER WHOLE DEGREE RESTED ON THIS PROJECT AND SHE DIDN’T BACK UP HER WORK!!!  I mean come’on that just lazy screen writing.  Even the gimmick gets worse as it relies on people never turning around (which actually works on the first few times) and phones/computers having unlimited batteries and turn on magically hacks.  
From there it just turns into the worst “there is more than one, no wait it’s a cult, a cult of kids, no wait it’s a game for people to pay for!” Made even dumber by the shocking twist that sometimes some parents are shitty that had me laughing it at the end!  
The worse part is that the film started out so strong and lasted for a good hour.  If only it had stayed strong. 
Trivia: None.

Plot: After getting a grant to be on a type of Chat-Roulette to meet new people, a woman finds herself stalked by a killer.  Told from the computers and screens POV. 

Review: Another film that falls apart by the end, but unlike Oculus The Den feel apart because of the characters it set up.  Trying to be kind of a true crime, unsettling, movie like The Poughkeepsie Tapes, the movie starts out actually affective.  They set up the characters and Melanie Papalia actually does a good job setting up a compelling character we don’t want to die.  Even the gimmick actually helps the film because you always feel like there is just something off camera or that you aren’t in control of what you are watching, which actually goes with this theme that you never know who you are talking to!  You never know and the film works to show that! 

But as the film goes on, it starts to fall apart into comedic silliness.  SPOILERS if anyone cares From the cops not believing that people can be stalked on the internet, to everything thinking it’s a hoax, to no one understanding that computers can be hacked, to the protagonist having footage of her boyfriend being captured and not going straight to the cops. Not only that but the media major doesn’t realize the creepy stalker who has hacked her computer might send a virus to her computer?  I mean she doesn’t even think to not click on a link!  Making matters worse, she doesn’t back up her work!! HER WHOLE DEGREE RESTED ON THIS PROJECT AND SHE DIDN’T BACK UP HER WORK!!!  I mean come’on that just lazy screen writing.  Even the gimmick gets worse as it relies on people never turning around (which actually works on the first few times) and phones/computers having unlimited batteries and turn on magically hacks.  

From there it just turns into the worst “there is more than one, no wait it’s a cult, a cult of kids, no wait it’s a game for people to pay for!” Made even dumber by the shocking twist that sometimes some parents are shitty that had me laughing it at the end!  

The worse part is that the film started out so strong and lasted for a good hour.  If only it had stayed strong. 

Trivia: None.

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#the den  #horror  #melanie papalia  #film  #poughkeepsie tapes  #2014  #Movie I Saw  #movies  #review  #reviews 
Plot: A brother and sister try to prove a mirror is evil force that killed their parents and destroy it.   
Review: Oculus is a movie that starts off as a fresh fun take on the traditional haunted house (or in this case mirror) genre.  It subverts a lot of the rules, winks at the other films, while still keeping a creepy tone and an alright mystery running through.  The first part of the story involves a brother that has been released from an insane asylum after he murdered his dad for murdering his mom.  In the ten years since, the brother has convinced himself what happened wasn’t the work of a haunted mirror (which isn’t as dumb as it sounds in the movie.) When he’s released his sister, still believing in the mirror, tries to get him to help her destroy it. 
This is the best part of the movie as the brother tries to convince himself and her that they were just imagining things while his sister tries to show him how evil it is.  She also has come prepared with cameras, scheduled phone calls, extra light bulbs, and water/food so to not fall for any of the mirror’s tricks.  This part plays with a lot of tropes of these movies and it’s a lot of fun. 
The problem is there is so much happening in this movie (as the film is also cutting between past and presents) that it has little time to create characters and once the fun of the tropes and is it/isn’t it evil part we are only left with bland stand ins that don’t really make you care.  I mean after a while I realized that my mind started to wander and by the end I just didn’t care.  
The film just needed a bit to create two interesting characters and it could have been a great addition to the horror genre. But since it doesn’t it’s half a movie. 
Trivia: Based on a short film. 

Plot: A brother and sister try to prove a mirror is evil force that killed their parents and destroy it.   

Review: Oculus is a movie that starts off as a fresh fun take on the traditional haunted house (or in this case mirror) genre.  It subverts a lot of the rules, winks at the other films, while still keeping a creepy tone and an alright mystery running through.  The first part of the story involves a brother that has been released from an insane asylum after he murdered his dad for murdering his mom.  In the ten years since, the brother has convinced himself what happened wasn’t the work of a haunted mirror (which isn’t as dumb as it sounds in the movie.) When he’s released his sister, still believing in the mirror, tries to get him to help her destroy it. 

This is the best part of the movie as the brother tries to convince himself and her that they were just imagining things while his sister tries to show him how evil it is.  She also has come prepared with cameras, scheduled phone calls, extra light bulbs, and water/food so to not fall for any of the mirror’s tricks.  This part plays with a lot of tropes of these movies and it’s a lot of fun. 

The problem is there is so much happening in this movie (as the film is also cutting between past and presents) that it has little time to create characters and once the fun of the tropes and is it/isn’t it evil part we are only left with bland stand ins that don’t really make you care.  I mean after a while I realized that my mind started to wander and by the end I just didn’t care.  

The film just needed a bit to create two interesting characters and it could have been a great addition to the horror genre. But since it doesn’t it’s half a movie. 

Trivia: Based on a short film. 

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Plot: The four turtle brothers must save New York City from their nemesis Shredder!    
Review: Let me start off by saying I was fully on board for the “let’s wait and see” approach to the new Turtles movie. I mean there have already been bad Turtles movies and it was actually directed by Michael Bay despite what the internet tells you.  So after watching it, the problem was a lot different than I was thinking. 
The main problem with the movie is tone.  This movie is all over the place.  It just doesn’t have any fun with it’s premise.  Need I remind you the premise is mutant turtles.  Now I don’t mean it has to be silly, the first movie wasn’t silly but it did have fun. The characters all had heart and you cared about all of them. This is what I would like to call an “outline movie.” Scenes just seem to move from one plot point to the next without any real link or because of actions of characters. 
The turtles do better but they are all taken to extremes that grow old and annoying really quick.  The first few scenes with them were fun but as the movie went on, that feeling didn’t last and by the end I wanted it to end.  Also the rumors about them looking like monsters is all true.  Not only that but they look fake!  Like really fake.  Especially Splinter. A lot of times, they look like roger rabbit in the real world and it makes a disconnect with the audience. If you can’t do better than the costumes just do the costumes.  
The story is probably what ruins the movie. As I said the characters are still there but taken the extremes. This might have worked if the story wasn’t so boring and generic.  It’s another “villain unleashes gas to the city!” storyline that is so boring and nonsensical it’s hard to take serious.  By the end, Shredder’s plan doesn’t really make any sense and he just does it anyway.  The turtles should always have a personal story and a smaller arc.  Having them save the world is just too much for the ninjas and it doesn’t make any sense.  
Finally for all the crap we give Michael Bay, I have to give him credit.  Megan Fox here is atrocious.  She says every line with the same inflection regardless of emotion and it makes the April O’Neil character beyond boring.  The story also ties everything to her in dumb and unexpected ways which again might have worked if they had someone we could get behind but with Fox leading it’s another wasted opportunity.  
I have always loved the turtles and this isn’t going to ruin them for me, but I will forget about it pretty soon. 
Still, it’s better than part 3. 
Trivia: Anna Kendrick could have played April, and that really grinds my gears. 

Plot: The four turtle brothers must save New York City from their nemesis Shredder!    

Review: Let me start off by saying I was fully on board for the “let’s wait and see” approach to the new Turtles movie. I mean there have already been bad Turtles movies and it was actually directed by Michael Bay despite what the internet tells you.  So after watching it, the problem was a lot different than I was thinking.

The main problem with the movie is tone.  This movie is all over the place.  It just doesn’t have any fun with it’s premise.  Need I remind you the premise is mutant turtles.  Now I don’t mean it has to be silly, the first movie wasn’t silly but it did have fun. The characters all had heart and you cared about all of them. This is what I would like to call an “outline movie.” Scenes just seem to move from one plot point to the next without any real link or because of actions of characters. 

The turtles do better but they are all taken to extremes that grow old and annoying really quick.  The first few scenes with them were fun but as the movie went on, that feeling didn’t last and by the end I wanted it to end.  Also the rumors about them looking like monsters is all true.  Not only that but they look fake!  Like really fake.  Especially Splinter. A lot of times, they look like roger rabbit in the real world and it makes a disconnect with the audience. If you can’t do better than the costumes just do the costumes.  

The story is probably what ruins the movie. As I said the characters are still there but taken the extremes. This might have worked if the story wasn’t so boring and generic.  It’s another “villain unleashes gas to the city!” storyline that is so boring and nonsensical it’s hard to take serious.  By the end, Shredder’s plan doesn’t really make any sense and he just does it anyway.  The turtles should always have a personal story and a smaller arc.  Having them save the world is just too much for the ninjas and it doesn’t make any sense.  

Finally for all the crap we give Michael Bay, I have to give him credit.  Megan Fox here is atrocious.  She says every line with the same inflection regardless of emotion and it makes the April O’Neil character beyond boring.  The story also ties everything to her in dumb and unexpected ways which again might have worked if they had someone we could get behind but with Fox leading it’s another wasted opportunity.  

I have always loved the turtles and this isn’t going to ruin them for me, but I will forget about it pretty soon. 

Still, it’s better than part 3. 

Trivia: Anna Kendrick could have played April, and that really grinds my gears. 

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#teenage mutant ninja turtles  #tmnt  #shredder  #splinter  #megan fox  #april o'neil  #2014  #movie  #movies  #review  #reviews  #Movie I Saw 
Plot: Three boring LA people live pointless lives.  Written by Bret Easton Ellis. 
Review: When, porn star, James Deen’s acting is the only redeeming part of your movie you’ve taken a wrong step.  And that’s not because his acting is good, it’s because he’s trying damnit! No one else is in this.  There are two scenes where Lindsay Lohan actually acts but other than that she brings nothing.  The blame almost wants to be put on her but no one really acts so it can’t be just her.  Also it hurts to say this, but there are times when Lohan’s botox makes her mouth unmovable and the worst is one scene where he eye brow seems to move on it’s own.  Again I don’t blame Lohan, I blame the director Paul Schrader.  
Everything is boring here.  The shot direction is boring, the actors don’t seem to know what emotion they are going for and everyone from Deen to Lohan is misused.  I mean from the little I’ve seen of Deen, he seems to have a charm that few other porn stars have. How do you ruin this?  By making his character a emotionless asshole of course!  The story just isn’t here and it never comes together.  
Bret Easton Ellis has become a parody of himself and here he seems not in on his own joke.  It’s sad to see how far he has fallen but it’s sadder to see this film.  
Trivia: NY times has a great article about the troubles of the film called “Here is what happens when you hire Lindsay Lohan,” I suggest you read it. 

Plot: Three boring LA people live pointless lives.  Written by Bret Easton Ellis. 

Review: When, porn star, James Deen’s acting is the only redeeming part of your movie you’ve taken a wrong step.  And that’s not because his acting is good, it’s because he’s trying damnit! No one else is in this.  There are two scenes where Lindsay Lohan actually acts but other than that she brings nothing.  The blame almost wants to be put on her but no one really acts so it can’t be just her.  Also it hurts to say this, but there are times when Lohan’s botox makes her mouth unmovable and the worst is one scene where he eye brow seems to move on it’s own.  Again I don’t blame Lohan, I blame the director Paul Schrader.  

Everything is boring here.  The shot direction is boring, the actors don’t seem to know what emotion they are going for and everyone from Deen to Lohan is misused.  I mean from the little I’ve seen of Deen, he seems to have a charm that few other porn stars have. How do you ruin this?  By making his character a emotionless asshole of course!  The story just isn’t here and it never comes together.  

Bret Easton Ellis has become a parody of himself and here he seems not in on his own joke.  It’s sad to see how far he has fallen but it’s sadder to see this film.  

Trivia: NY times has a great article about the troubles of the film called “Here is what happens when you hire Lindsay Lohan,” I suggest you read it. 

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Plot: 47 Ronin try to get revenge after the death of their master.   
Review: There was so much work put into the look of 47 ronin that I kind of feel bad for it. I mean it’s beautiful, there was a lot of love put into the character designs, creatures, and world that you almost want to like it.  The problem is that there was no time put into the characters.  I mean they are just not there.  If we can make a worse word that bland that’s what they would be.  They are just like sim characters, blank canvas that speak words.  At no point does it matter who is talking or doing a specific thing because it could have been anything and nothing would have changed. 
Keanu Reeves does what he can but he doesn’t really fit in this movie. So for you keeping tally, the characters range from forgettable to out of place. 
But it looks nice.  Too bad no one wants to take a look.   
Trivia: Reeves was worried about his character fitting into the story. He was absolutely right. 

Plot: 47 Ronin try to get revenge after the death of their master.   

Review: There was so much work put into the look of 47 ronin that I kind of feel bad for it. I mean it’s beautiful, there was a lot of love put into the character designs, creatures, and world that you almost want to like it.  The problem is that there was no time put into the characters.  I mean they are just not there.  If we can make a worse word that bland that’s what they would be.  They are just like sim characters, blank canvas that speak words.  At no point does it matter who is talking or doing a specific thing because it could have been anything and nothing would have changed.

Keanu Reeves does what he can but he doesn’t really fit in this movie. So for you keeping tally, the characters range from forgettable to out of place.

But it looks nice.  Too bad no one wants to take a look.   

Trivia: Reeves was worried about his character fitting into the story. He was absolutely right. 

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