Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
During a snowy New Year’s, a mobster is temporarily jailed at the soon-to-be-closed police station, Precinct 13. A crew of policemen and prisoners, even a secretary and a shrink, must band together to fight off a gang that wants to free the mobster.
Assault on Precinct 13 is surprisingly suspenseful, funny, and overall, a good movie. But was it because I had low expectations for it? That’s probably it. Although, I could’ve done without either of John Leguizamo or Ja Rule’s characters.
It was definitely a surprise for being a January release. This is one my favorite movie so it belongs to the list of Hollywood films which is a must watch movie
First of all, what a great movie title! Oh, and trust me, the great movie title isn’t the only thing that’s great about this movie.
I wasn’t fully aware of what this film was really going to be about, but with so many great reviews that it’s been getting, I just had to check it out.
The movie is about Melvin Van Peebles (played by his son, Mario Van Peebles) independent film called Sweet Sweetback’sBaadasssss! Song, which is about a real brotha taking it to the Man – it got an X-rating. This movie shows the struggle for independent filmmakers who sometimes have to self-finance there own work. Baadasssss! even shows us how the great “Earth, Wind & Fire” got started.
All in all, some great performances are included in this movie. I’m hoping that at least Mario Van Peebles gets an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of his father.
BAD NEWS BEARS
Billy Bob Thornton takes off the Bad Santa outfit, but leaves the attitude when he plays Buttermarker, an exterminator when sober, a baseball coach when half-drunk.
Movie Guide, Chapter 2, Section 101: If you’ve seen one children’s sports movie, then you’ve seen ’em all.
It’s no different here, where we get the same story: The team of misfits with a huge losing streak turn into unlikely contenders. Oops! Did I spoil it? However, it’s a remake of a supposed 1976 classic, so at that time, I’m sure it was considered original.
Speaking of the original, I’ve never seen it. I’ve heard that director Richard Linklater’s (Before Sunset, School of Rock) faithful to the original, though. If that’s the case, then I have no interest in seeing the original. I thought that Richard Linklater’s direction was very sloppy, even a little amateurish.
It’s sad to see that the kids aren’t interesting at all. I thought every single one was terrible at acting. Why does every freakin’ kid have to kick the dirt when they’re upset? It drove me crazy!
Worst of all, Bad News Bears isn’t that funny. You could tell where the film wanted us to laugh, but we didn’t, because it wasn’t funny. However, I did enjoy the scenes where we had Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear making fun of each other. I thought that worked, at least.
Richard Roeper pointed out a few errors in the film that I noticed right of the bat. Among them, Buttermaker’s daughter’s (Sammi Kraft) mother was said to attend the championship game, but we never see her showing up. Are we supposed to assume that the daughter lied or that she really did not show up? I mean, wouldn’t that get Buttermaker a bit steamed about his ex not showing up to their daughter’s big game? I think that the writers accidently forgot to solve that issue.
What a very disappointing film.
In Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Ennis (Heath Ledger), a ranch hand, and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal), a rodeo cowboy, take a summer job tending a flock of sheep at Brokeback Mountain. They unexpectedly fall in love, but living in conservative times, the two are afraid to publicly show their love for one another. Both of them don’t even know how to continue with that love after their summer job comes to an end. However, time itself changes their lives when both of them go their separate ways and get married. Michelle Williams’ plays Ennis’ wife, Alma, and Anne Hathaway plays Jack’s wife, Lureen. By exchanging postcards, Ennis and Jack meet once a year at Brokeback Mountain to continue with their love; keeping it a secret which only Brokeback Mountain itself knows of.
The entire cast, including Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams provided great performances. It was also nice to see Anne Hathaway in a different role that she is used to. Anna Faris provided a funny cameo. She always seems to turn unexpectedly in great movies (May, Lost In Translation).
I must say that Brokeback Mountain is the beautiful story of the endurance and power of love between two people. We thankfully live in a time where you can openly love someone who happens to be the same sex. Ennis and Jack did not. However, America (and other countries as well) do not recognize same sex marriage. For reasons to not get into a political debate, I will keep my beliefs to myself. But it should be noted that Brokeback Mountain makes a giant statement: Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, that will keep Ennis and Jack’s love from each other.Watch this movie on PrimeWire
For someone who absolutely hated Eli Roth’s earlier film, Cabin Fever, it was a bit surprising that I was actually looking forward to one of his films. Maybe having Quentin Taratino’s name tagged on Hostel cleared the way for any possible mess. Unfortunately, Hostel is a giant mess. Hostel begins and ends on such a ridiculous level. My final thoughts were that I was seriously watching a pornographic film that included less than 30 minutes of horror. It is released in the month of January for a reason, folks!Watch this movie on PrimeWire
Stephen Spielberg’s Munich stars Eric Bana as Avner, who secretly leads a team that are brought together to execute an operation that will assassinate those responsible for planning the killings of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
When watching Munich, I was blown away by the beautiful scenery and tragic story. Munich contained many scenes of pure passion, tragedy, and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Sometimes, those scenes all happened at the same time.
Put it on your must-watch list, because it is definitely one of the best movies of the year.
Along Came Polly (2004)
At the beginning of the film we see Reuben (Ben Stiller) getting married to Lisa (Debra Messing from TV’s Will & Grace), but during the honeymoon we witness Lisa fall for a French scuba instructor (Hank Azaria). As a result, Reuben returns to New York City, but his best friend, and former child star, Sandy (played by a hilarious Philip Seymour Hoffman), helps him out through the loss by inviting him to a party, and during the party, along comes Polly (Jennifer Aniston), Reuben’s former classmate.
A lot of critics have been saying that “Along Came Polly” is trying to copy “There’s Something About Mary”, and I agree, and a lot of critics have been saying that “Along Came Polly” was not a funny movie, but I disagree.
There is no doubt that this movie has a lot of flaws, but this movie also supplies a great number of laughs, most of those laughs are provided by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and I loved his “sharted” line, which made me laugh so hard that I actually cried, and no movie has done that since “Bruce Almighty”, and that was WAY back in May of 2003.
So, with its flaws, “Along Came Polly” was still a kick-ass comedy, and I’m sure that you will have a great time as well.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
To quote my Catwoman review, “I don’t think any movie this year could be worse than Catwoman.” Buzz! I guess I was absolutely wrong, because Alien vs. Predator easily fits the bill as being worse than Catwoman, which was once thought of being impossible.
What’s the story? Dear God, I’d embarrass the cast and crew, as well as myself, to try to make sense of the lame story. Most importantly, the PG-13 rating really hurt the movie a lot, because no “Alien” movie and no “Predator” movie should be rated PG-13. Not ever. Man, Freddy vs. Jason had an idiotic story, but at least it had many laughs to keep us entertained. Here, Alien vs. Predator has and carries zero interest into us.
Jeez, the story is lame, the graphics are lame, the dialogue is lame, the acting is even lamer, and overall, the movie is lame times five.
Want to see some real action? Rent the first “Predator” movie, as well as the first two “Alien” movies. No one should be put through this kind of torture, so don’t see it. Watch this movie on PrimeWire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Entering his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft Wizardry, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), now 14 years old, has been mysteriously drafted to participate in the dangerous Tri-wizard Tournament, where he must battle a dragon, hold his breath underwater, and run through a scary maze.
What I loved most about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was that we are witnessing Harry Potter maturing. Here, in the fourth installment, Harry Potter develops a crush on a schoolmate. Honestly, I think it’s great to see Harry Potter and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) grow throughout these films. I really do not want them to be replaced by younger actors.
The beautiful direction, cinematography, and special effects of Harry Potter and the Goblet Fire all showcase for a fantastic time at the movies. Even if the movie does seem to be exceedingly long (running at 2 hours and 30 minutes), no one under the age of 13 should skip this film. Yes, the PG-13 rating is right on the money. It’s truely terrifying with its dark but beautiful visuals.
Throughout the year, I have successfully kept secret what my favorite movie of the year has been. Now that we are getting closer to where I will write my end-of-the-year list, I must keep my favorite movie of the year a complete secret. However, I cannot help but state that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my favorite movie of the year, so far. You can also watch Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The Amityville Horror (2005)
On November 14, 1974, police received a frantic phone call that led them to a nightmarish crime scene at the Defeo residence in Amityville, Long Island – an entire family had been slaughtered in their beds. In the days that followed, Ronald Defeo confessed to methodically shooting his parents and four siblings while they slept, claiming “voices” in the house drove him to commit the grisly murders.
One year later, George (Ryan Reynolds) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George), along with her three children from a previous marriage, moved into the house that was once the site of the horrific murders. Over the next 28 days, they find that the house might be haunted.
What is up with this year’s horror flicks? Seriously; and it’s not just that. What is up with this year’s horror flicks and using bath scenes? Are they trying to get us scared to take a bath?
The following is a pretty shallow comment, but it deserves mentioning. The two male children, especially the youngest, are very ugly. I swear! They have the dumbest looks on their faces whenever something, or anything, happens.
It’s such a bad horror film. You can easily tell that the film tries so hard to get us scared, but in the end, it just didn’t work out at all. Please, save yourself some time and money, and don’t see it. So it belongs to my favorite list of Hollywood films which is also the Must Watch Movies
An Unfinished Life (2005)
An Unfinished Life is about Einer (Robert Redford), who spends his days caring for his best friend, the injured Mitch (Morgan Freeman). Things turn to the interesting when daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez), who he blames for his son’s death, turns up on his doorstep with the granddaughter he never knew he had.
Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez provide great performances. Unfortunately, I thought that the story between Mitch and the bear was weak. I wasn’t a fan when Jean’s abusive boyfriend shows up at the ranch of Einer. I thought it was headed towards a Jennifer Lopez sequel of Enough. Even so, I’m recommending the film.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Will Ferrell is one of my favorite comedians. He has been in some really funny comedies within the past few years, and even to my surprise, Elf was one of my favorite movies last year. Seriously, he is one funny man.
In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell plays… well, an anchorman named… well, Ron Burgundy. The rest of the news team are: Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, which is his second time playing the role of a TV anchorman), and Champ Kind (David Koechner). All of them and even Ron himself, begin to feel threatened when they’re challenged by a motivated female newscaster, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). A lot of laughs are build from that scenario. Actually, I even think that Anchorman might probably be this summer’s funniest film. I truly wasn’t expecting to laugh as hard as I did during the movie, because the trailer wasn’t comedy heaven or anything of that sort.
I read somewhere that Will Ferrell helped co-write the script to Anchorman, which is probably why Ron Burgundy fits Will Ferrell’s specific talents so much.
The bottom line is that Anchorman is short and sweet, but it gets the laughs. It truly doesn’t get any better than this.
Walk the Line (2005)
Walk the Line stars Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary country icon Johnny Cash. Reese Witherspoon stars as his wife and bandmate, June Carter Cash. If we’re talking Oscar nominations, here are two very good choices.
I am not the biggest country music fan. Honestly, I cannot stand country music. It’s nails on the chalkboard for my music taste. Because of so, I have never picked up a Johnny Cash album and listened to it, but after seeing Walk the Line, I did just that. How was it? It was pretty damn good. The album that I had picked was The Legend of Johnny Cash. After a few listens, I have to say that my favorite track has to be “Hurt”.
Anyways, Walk the Line is a pretty ordinary film. Nothing special about it, really. Besides the powerful performances, great story, and awesome music, it’s… Come to think of it, all of that doesn’t add up to a pretty ordinary film. No, all of that adds up to one of the best movies of the year. So this is also Must Watch Movies for music lover
Saw II (2005)
Last Halloween we faced Saw, which was a huge disappointment, but because it ended up doing very well with DVD sales, we have this Halloween’s Saw II, which wasn’t a disappointment, but maybe because I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.
Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is back, but only instead of locking up two people in a room, he’s got eight victims, including a detective’s son. So, does that mean that we should expect better deaths? Yes, we should expect better deaths, especially when that’s all the franchise can offer. However, we don’t get better deaths.
I do not encourage readers to catch Saw II in theaters. Do I encourage readers to catch Saw II on DVD instead? No, because that would encourage producers for Saw III. This is Must Watch Movies for horror lover
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)
Jim Sheridan, who directed In America, also directs Get Rich or Die Tryin’. It stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which tells his story of an orphan who rejects his life of street crime and turns to music. While nowhere near as great and powerful as Eminem’s 8 Mile, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is still pretty good. At least 50 Cent shows signs of an acting career than rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule. Here, Terrence Howard steps into the movie, but only to provide an advertisement for his other similar and much better film, Hustle & Flow.
Match Point (2005)
Woody Allen’s Match Point might be the most creative film since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. It is that damn good. 21 Grams, Adaptation, and AmoresPerros, were very creatively filmed, but Match Point has matched my all-time favorite film in creativity.
In Match Point, Chris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), an out-of-work tennis pro, gives a tennis lesson to Tom (Matthew Goode), who then invites him to an opera show with his family. Chris meets Tom’s sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer). Chris and Chloe get married. However, Chris finds that he’s drawn to Tom’s ex-fiancee Nola (Scarlett Johansson), an American actress stuggling to find her big break. I will not say anything more, because it will only spoil the film.
I had absolutely no idea what to expect, seeing as I have never seen a Woody Allen film before. Other critics are stating that it is his best movie in over a decade. I say that if there is such a thing as a masterpiece, then Woody Allen’s Match Point is indeed a masterpiece. So this movie is considered as Must Watch Movies