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bandella's picture

X-Men: First Class (spoilers ahead!)

Well, you know me, I'm the big comic book geek and all. I bought the DVD yesterday as a treat (payday, whee!) and have already watched it. Again. I think this made my third viewing. Anyway, what do you guys think about the movie? There are things I do and don't love about it. First and foremost, Michael Fassbender as Magneto is just absolutely brilliant casting, and he just felt so authentic and honest to the role. It gave me chills. I also want an entire movie now of nothing but Magneto's Nazi-hunting adventures, but maybe that's just me. 

January Jones, on the other hand...*shudder* Yes, Emma Frost is a cold, reserved character, but she's also very clever, witty, and passionate about things she truly cares about. Jones's Emma was just flat and boring. It has no emotion whatsoever. It was jarring, even for the "ice queen" persona Emma usually takes on. 

I'm also a little puzzled about the halfway approach the film took. It couldn't seem to decide if it wanted to fit in with the universe created by the original three movies or not. Initially, I thought it was going for an entirely different one, given that it made Professor X and Mystique siblings and changed the original five team members (well, four, I suppose; Beast was still there). But then there were nodded to the other movies, particularly Wolverine's cameo during the recruiting scene and Rebecca Romaijn (sp) popping up for a cameo as well. Plus there was the fact that they completely reused the opening scene from the very first X-Men movie, showing how Erik bent the gates at Auschwitz with his powers. 

These are nitpicked, though. Honestly, I loved the movie, even if the first half seemed very disjointed and like they were trying to do way too much, too fast; the second half the movie was much more balanced and cohesive, and therefore much more enjoyable. It's still my third favorite X-movie. X2 will always be my favorite because it was everything an X-Men movie should have been, and the original X-Men movie was fantastic in its own right. We'll, uh, just not talk about the travesty that was X3 or that abomination known as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. *shudder* If you loved the first two films in the original trilogy and felt let down by the last couple offerings, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot. I didn't want to, either, because I'd already seen my favorite superhero franchise be battered beyond recognition, but XM:FC goes a long way to restoring my faith and making me look forward to any more possible installments.

TiffanyHayes's picture

The notebook

I know this movie has nothing to do with college life. For those of you who don't like love movies.... watch it anyway. This movie transcends what all other love story's attempt to achieve. Ladies, it will have you bawling your eyes out,...in a good way. It's hard to find movies that are not only good, but that touch your heart, and even teach you something that you find yourself reflecting back on long after you have watched them for the 30th time. If you get a chance, watch it, then buy it to share with your friends. You won't be disappointed.

onlinerewardz's picture

action movies

I am not somebody that  really fancy romantic movies that much. I  like films that are more of science and actions. I love films that are based on a hero chasing a miscreant and most of the time, there is always a suspense factor that keeps you at the edge of your seat till the end of the film. Unlike a romantic film where viewers all know that the film would end with both couples coming together in the end, an action film or a science-oriented film cannot easily be predicted like that, and this is one feature that makes such films wonderful to watch for me.

Alex1017's picture

Movies

Where should I start? I enjoy war movies like Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, The Last Samurai, Glory, and The Patriot.  I also enjoy comedies - I don't think I have ever laughed as hard as I did the first time I saw Superbad.  If you have not seen this movie, I'd recommend going out and renting it or looking for it on Netflix/On Demand.  

Anyone is looking forward to the new Dark Knight Movie? I am a pretty big Batman fan, and it looks like the new villain is Bane.  I also saw one of the previews on YouTube - seems like Robin Williams may be in the film. 

ddog510's picture

Movies

I'm not really into movies all that much. I very rarely go to the movie theatre and even more rarely rent movies from Blockbuster (I also don't have Netflix, etc.). I'm more into TV shows and video games.

But, I am a fan of a select few movie. I saw every Harry Potter movie in theatres, some even on the release night, and I own them all on DVD. The same thing for the Narnia series. Part of that is because I enjoyed the books so much, that I had to see their movie counterparts. Other than those two series, nothing really comes to mind.

FrancesG's picture

An oldie but a goodie

One of my all-time favorite movies is "Robinhood: Men in Tights" from 1993. I LOVE Mel Brooks movies in general and this one is my favorite! If you haven't seen it and love hysterical nonsense then you will agree this is one of the funniest movies out there. It tells the story of Robinhood and Maid Marian with a style unique to Mel Brooks' sense of humor. All the usual characters are represented, though some of the names are slightly different; The Sheriff of Rottingham, for example. Some of the actors may surprise you as well: Richard Lewis, Dave Chappelle (pre-Chappelle Show), Tracey Ullman, and Dick Van Patten are a few. Check it out if you haven't already seen it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Alex1017's picture

Men in tights

I have to agree with you on this one, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" is hilarious.  I love the scene when Robin Hood and little John are on the bridge having the staff battle. It's so ridiculous.  It's funny how the movie parallels, to a degree, the Kevin Costner Robin Hood film.  Speaking of Kevin Costner, is anyone a fan of Wyatt Earp?  I think plays the role well, but I think that tombstone is a better portrayal of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. Val Kilmer plays an awesome Doc Holiday in Tombstone.  Does anyone know any other westerns that are good to check out? 

onlinerewardz's picture

baby`s day out

Baby's Day Out is one of my favorite movies, and although I watched this movie since seventh grade, I still vividly remember every scene in the movie. I like this movie because of the unique story line and the comic factor of the movie.

The movie is about a baby, who was kidnapped by three men who pretended to be photographers; when they took the baby to their house, the baby escaped from their house through the roof. The three men kept chasing the baby from the house to the bus, then from the bus to the park; and in the process, the three men kept meeting with different obstacles that stop them from getting the baby. Finally, the baby escaped from them and get to a safe place where his parent comes to pick him. And for the three men who kidnapped the baby got arrested.

 I hope you guys try to see the film, or search it on YouTube. I am sure you would find it.

FrancesG's picture

Another movie great

 

If you are into suspense and thrillers, then you really should check out What Lies Beneath. It stars two of my favorite actors, Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Ford's character, Norman, is a university research scientist married to Pfeiffer's character, Claire, who is a retired concert cellist recently recovering from a bad car crash. Pfeiffer's work in this movie is amazing as she effortlessly displays a myriad of emotions as Claire is tormented by voices and eerie occurrences. Ford also delivers a captivating performance as Norman embodies the concerned husband and scholar dealing with an ever increasing hysterical Claire. I won't tell you anything else about the plot except to say if you like the classic spine-tingling and suspenseful thrillers, you will love this one too!!

 

Alex1017's picture

Anyone a Boardwalk Empire fan?

It's not necessarily a movie but an excellent HBO series, in my opinion.  Boardwalk Empire is a series about prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s.  It focuses around a political figure named Nucky Thompson - played by Steve Buscemi and his influence and power in the Atlantic City area.  It also brings other notorious gasters into the mix like Al Capone.  In the first season, you got to see some of Al Capones rise to power - It looks like season 2 will continue to build on his character.  The season 2 premier is tonight, I can't wait! Are you a fan of this series? 

zwright55's picture

Vampire's Don't Sparkle....

One of my all-time favorite two movies hands down are, 'Bram Stocker's Dracula and Interview with the Vampire'  both these movies have the amazing story and the acting that I love in a vampire film. I recommend these two movies for this month of Halloween viewing. Other good movies keeping with the fantasy verse, are Labyrinth and Legend. Both deal with magic and all kinds of fun fantasy things.  I've noticed that a lot of superhero movies have become a popular genre for movies today, such as Transformers, Captain America, and  X-men. I think the latter of those are all good as well, and something fun to watch, without the drama. 

Capslock077's picture

Favortie movies

My favorite movie has to be U.S. Marshalls.  I have loved this movie since I have seen it.  It is older, but definitely worth a view.  I also really like Point Break and am very happy that they are doing another one.  Other movies, that I enjoy, are all of the Harold and Kumar movies.  I also enjoy watching movies that are similar to Lucky Number Slevin.  I am glad that movies come out often, and that they are very entertaining.  I will watch many movies and enjoy being pulled into their world in a movie.  The most recent movie that I watched was Red.  Awesome.

allin121's picture

about movies

Talking about the movies, my favorite is Troy in Hollywood and Three Idiots in Bollywood as I am an Indian, but I like to watch English movies much because Hollywood is far beyond then Bollywood. I like Chinese's kung fu movies also. Right now fighting or action movies are far beyond than comedy, romance movies. People like action movies more than other types. If you have to watch Hollywood movies, you can subscribe to HBO series.

I want to discuss a little bit about Troy, in which how Brad Pitt force (not knowing Brat Pitt's movie name right now) has come through the enemy door with the help of the wood horse like a Trojan virus and attack the enemy. This is the most valuable part of the movie I have watched; and on the other hand, talking about the three idiots, which teach how you can become or go through your dreams. That'all I want to discuss about movies.

Rizvi11's picture

Spider-Man 2

Before watching this movie, I was not a fan of Spider-Man. Even, I watched this movie first not the Spider-Man (1). The anti-hero was the most favorite to me in this movie! I do not know why every time I choose them as my favorite in Spider-Man series! :D

Spider-Man has a mission to kill the evils from this nice world. This movie was also same. But the use of  graphics was too good. The story was very strong. When I watched this movie first on my PC, I cannot do any work that day. I was just watching this movie again and again.

The heroine was looking too beautiful in this movie, even more than Spider-Man 3! My most favorite scene in this movie was the scene, where the train was stopped from crashing by the Spider-Man. Spider-Man first came in front of normal people without his mask at that time! In this movie, Spider-Man's (Peter) best friend Harry thinks that Spider-Man kills his father {who was the anti-hero in Spider-Man(1)}

Spider-Man series is very popular all over the world. Now, I'm waiting for the next movie of Spider-Man series. 

Rizvi11's picture

3 Idiots

This is one of my favorite films. I like the story of this movie very much. The acting of Amir Khan (Hero) is too good. Everyone is amazing. If anyone asks me what your favorite film is, 3 Idiots must be on the list.

3 Idiots is a Bollywood (Indian) film. The language of this film is Hindi. This is one of the successful movies in Bollywood history.

3 Idiots mean the 3 Idiots of an engineering college. They are not same as other students. For that, their principal thought that they are idiots.

Basically, the story of this movie is about Changing the system of Indian education. It is a great question now in India. This movie shows the effect of the current education system. It also gives the solution of how to change this. You will be amazed if you watch this movie. There is no extra song or dance in this movie, like other Bollywood movies.

Oscar team bought the script of this film. This movie hits a great effect on students' mind. They want change, and it should be. 3 Idiots teaches us that past is not important, learning or doing something from the heart is important.

Rizvi11's picture

Titanic

Titanic is my most favorite film. I just like this. I can clearly remember, when I watched it for the first time, I cried to watch the moment of sinking the Titanic. There is no film makes me cry except Titanic. Everything was looking real. I like all things of this movie.

I think I do not have to write the story of this movie, because it is a very famous film throughout the world. Maybe everyone has watched it. I just can tell, I haven't seen any movie like this ever. It is and it will be my favorite film.

I have told first that I cried at the last scene of this movie. This scene is my favorite scene. It was too realistic to me. I heard that this whole movie was filmed in a studio. It makes me amazed on how did they do that?  It was too good. No, it was not good. It was the best!

If anyone asks me, why Titanic got Oscar? I'll just answer them because of the acting of all. Yes, nice acting is the main point of this film. Actors made the story more real to us. If you haven't watched this movie, just watch it. 

Rizvi11's picture

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 is a very nice movie I have ever seen. Spider-Man 3 is the 3rd movie of Spider-Man series. I like the stories of Spider-Man series and Spider-Man 3 is amazing.

Believe it or not, I liked the character "Harry" who is Spider-Man's friend. In this movie, Harry wants to take the revenge of his father death. Harry thought that Spider Man killed his father. For that, He was the main problem for Spider-Man in the first half of this movie. At last, Harry comes to know that Spider-Man did not kill his father. He comes to help Spider-Man. He and Spider-Man work together to kill the evil. But at the last moment, Harry reduces his life for his best friend Peter (Spider-Man). I like this moment so much.

The graphics work of this movie is so nice. Story is also very strong. This makes this movie one of the successful movies. All the actors tried their best to do well. Everyone is amazing in his/her job. Hopefully, this nice chemistry will give us newer nice movie of Spider-Man!

Rizvi11's picture

Ra.One

I saw this movie yesterday. It is not the typical Bollywood love story that you get tired of seeing in every movie. This is an amazing movie by far produced in Bollywood. Shahruck Khan (SRK) did a great job. He showed in this movie why he is the King Khan and a Superstar.

 I do not know why people do not like something different in Bollywood cinema; I think this movie deserves a lot more rating than the current rating. The choice of comedy, actors, including the villains and everybody in this movie deserves something. The songs are awesome, and the movie is very practical. A robot does not fall in love with a human, for instance ... which would have made the movie too impractical. SRK is awesome.

 If you love video games, this movie is for you. If you want to see something different and amazing than the typical Bollywood cinema love stories, then this movie is for you. And by far this movie deserves more ratings and fewer haters. Love this movie; I would watch it over again when I get a chance. SRK did an awesome job, wish him success for this movie and a couple of awards this year in Filmfare (Indian Biggest Movie Award). This is definitely an award-winning material. Enjoy with a different view in mind than typical love story.

betterintheory's picture

True Romance

So perhaps this dates me a bit, but trust me, it's a classic. It's called True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino before he was directing films and still trying to get his name out there. Tony Scott directed it, and changed some things up that Quentin had written. It has a ridiculously star studded cast and covers most every genre in one movie. No matter what your cup of tea is, this one is for sure going be one of your favorites. I'm not sure if it's available on Netflixx for streaming, and you for sure won't find it at a Redbox (it came out around 1992), but it's worth the trip to Blockbuster. Better yet, go to Best Buy and purchase your own copy.

wedge1020's picture

Favorite Movies

I'll admit, I'm a big Sci-Fi fan, so as for movies, these certainly top my list:

Star Wars (all but episode III)
Star Trek (all but the 2009 one)

I'm also a fan of Romantic Comedies:

Keepin' the Faith
The Holiday
Under the Tuscan Sun
Four Weddings and a Funeral

And Musicals!

Music & Lyrics 
Mamma Mia!
Grease 
The Music Man 

And I love Disney's movies:

The Lion King
The Jungle Book
The Parent Trap (the original Haley Mills one)

I also love sophisticated movies that keep you thinking:

The Thomas Crowne Affair 

Anything that is generally intellectual, happy, musical, energetic, and/or has a happy ending generally does me in. I love a good story, in fact, if the story is weak that tends to be my biggest complaint.

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Movies!

I love movies. I love so many different movies, in fact, that I don't have a favorite genre. I guess the only thing to do is make a list: Resident Evil Degeneration, Sweeney Todd, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Zombie Strippers, Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, anything Disney, Howl's Moving Castle, The Cat Returns, Ponyo, The Crow, My Bloody Valentine, Cold Comfort Farm, Cool Hand Luke, Airplane!, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Zookeeper, 30 Minutes or Less, Horrible Bosses... I could go on and on forever! I pretty much love anything that has zombies in it, and that goes the same for video games.

Ashlynn Hall's picture

A good movie

A "good movie" is the most difficult things to define. Everyone has their own personal preferences. I hate some of the newer movies that are all special effects and explosions. I don't buy into the whole Twilight craze either. I absolutely love Harry Potter, and am looking forward to catching up on the end of the storyline. Some of the most successful movies, in my opinion, are those that feel very real. I like a movie that has action, and adventure, and emotion, and most of all, a little bit of comedic relief. I don't like when the movie just gives you one heart-break after another. It's just my opinion.

MrFinance's picture

Movies

Wow, this is a tough one.  What's my favorite movie of all time?  I can't really picture one, but I will say it's a toss-up between Braveheart, Gladiator and maybe Training Day.

I probably would give a slight edge to Braveheart simply cause it had more depth than gladiator IMO.

I do have to give honorable mention to movies like Dark Knight (simply awesome movie. I saw it like 3 times while it was in IMAX), I've like the Xmen movies, the Godfather Trilogy.  I never really cared much for Scarface. I still don't see why people rave over it.

 

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Dark Knight and Such

MrFinance wrote:

I do have to give honorable mention to movies like Dark Knight (simply awesome movie. I saw it like 3 times while it was in IMAX)

I really did enjoy the Dark Knight. I didn't see it in theaters, but once we got it on DVD, I watched it dozens of times. I tend to do that with new movies that I get. I just watch it over and over until I wear the heck out of it. One genre that I do this frequently with is musicals. I tend to watch them many a time so that I can memorize the songs. One of my favorites is Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's a really gruesome tale with lots of dark themes such as betrayal and greed. I recommend it.

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Overly-Chaotic Movies

I hate movies that are completely jam-packed with special effects the whole way through. Life is not like a Michael Bay film. I like some of the cool effects that they can do nowadays, but nothing is realistic anymore. Not every car explodes once it has crashed. Not every bullet can be perfectly aimed to take out ten people at once. I like a movie that flows nicely, and is believable. Now, I do also like CGI movies. Resident Evil Degeneration is completely CGI, and it is one of my favorite movies of all time. There are monsters, and zombies, and explosions, but it's appropriate for the franchise.

johnelsontan's picture

I was recently so drenched in

I was recently so drenched in tons of school work. Thanks to the torrent, I had a short detour just to unwind a little: Kung Fu Panda 2! The movie was totally awesome. The graphic is very unique. It's amazing how they set a distinction between the present story and flashbacks by using it artistically.

What I admire the most is the plot itself. I'm astonished on how they've linked the story of Kung Fu Panda 1 to Kung Fu Panda 2, particularly on the character of Po. I don't want to spill it to you of course! Yet, another thing I admire is the perfect application of Chinese's color on the movie.

What I like most about the movie though is the lesson: Inner Peace. The story stressed how all of us has our own past and how we can all be trapped in it, despite the number of years that had passed by. But to achieve happiness and inner peace, we must let go of that and choose our future.

I was also touched on how Po's parents sacrificed their own lives just to preserve their son alive. It just makes us realize how much we should cherish our parents.

Verdict? 2 1/2 thumbs up. A must watch animation's movie.

mumairfarooq's picture

My favorite movie is "kung fu panda"

The movie which I like most is “Kung Fu Panda.” This story began with character Po, who was dreaming to be Kung Fu warrior, where he believed that he was a master of all Kung Fu fists. When he woke up, he was just a normal fat panda, and his father was calling him to make noodles.

In the meantime, Master Oogway had a vision that the great Kung Fu warrior who was imprisoned in the jail, broke out from the jail. Master Oogway directed Master Shifu to conduct a competition to choose a dragon warrior. Po was very interested in watching the whole show, accidentally Master Oogway selected Po as the dragon warrior, who was not trained for kung fu at all. Master Shifu didn't like the Mater Oogway selection. He wanted panda to leave. On the other hand, Tai Lung was able to break out from the prison and headed toward the valley.

The students of Master Shifu tried to defeat Tai Lung, but they remained unsuccessful. Master Shifu decided to hand-over the dragon scroll to PO, but when the scroll was opened, it was blank. The last hope was diminished. Master Shifu ordered the villagers to evacuate and decided to stay in the valley to combat with Tai Lung. In the village, Po came to know as his father told him once the secret recipe of his noodles, that message of the dragon scroll was that there was no secret ingredient. It was only yourself to whom you have to believe. He got back to Master Shifu to combat with Tai Lung , where he defeated Tai Lung. In the end, the whole village and students of Master Shifu gave Po the respect.

Rizvi11's picture

3 Idiots: Story

I don't know how many times I have watched this movie. But if I counted it would not less than 100 times. Actually, the theme of the movie touches my heart, and it is complete relevant with our education system. Most probably, this reason makes me to watch the movie again and again. I know most of you might have watched the movie, and you also like the movie.

This movie reminds me my first-year memories of my university, when ragging was done to us by the senior students. Though the movie was a message against our faulty education system, there was an interesting love story of Amir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. But the story of suicidal of a student for the refusal by the Principal hurts me much. I want to say that all the teachers should be concerned about students' obligations.

However, the songs of the movie were very nice. I like the song “give me some sunshine, give some rain” most.

The ending of the movie was quite a mystery to me.  The final success of the movie is the winning of creativity over memorizing. Those who love humor but yet haven’t watched the movie, you should watch it, as the movie is full of humor.

johnelsontan's picture

Convo

For my Philosophy class this week, my professor made us watch the 1957 film 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda and 11 other angry men (haha!). Anyway, my professor was in hesitation with regard letting us watch that particular version of the film instead of a more recent one. Her reason was that the older version (1957) was pure conversation —  in other words: boring. In my opinion, however, (after watching the 1957 version) that was the whole point of the film: conversation. Still, conversation does not translate to boredom. I mean, every single day we live by conversation and conversation is what makes us interested and interesting to others.

Going back to the film… 12 Angry Men are a courtroom drama about a jury deciding whether or not an 18-year-old boy is guilty of killing his father. At first, only one juror thinks the boy is not guilty because of reasonable doubt. In the end, only one juror thinks the boy is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Now, it may not be the main point of the film, but what struck me is the power of conversation—and how conversation enables humans to express ourselves, to convince and change one another. So the next time we want to influence or be influenced by someone, why not engage ourselves in a conversation with him or her?

Ashlynn Hall's picture

Men Who Stare at Goats

I remember accidentally stumbling upon this movie one time, and I was completely blown away. Some advice to you: never jump right into the middle of a movie that has such a strange title. You will be completely confused, and perhaps a little uncomfortable. I really need to refresh my memory, but I remember this was one of those bizarre movies where you just sit there saying "Wait, what? Wasn't that? How did they?" Yeah. Confusing. In the end, I just sort of looked at my boyfriend, and we tried to figure out what we just saw. It's an amazing movie, you just have to be prepared for it.