Batman Begins (2005)
I was a fan of Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. I was also a fan of Michael Keaton’s work as Batman in both of those films. However, I was not a fan of what Joel Schumacher did with the series, leading to its death in 1997 when Batman & Robin was released. Since then, I’ve been able to forgive Joel Schumacher. Besides, he’s directed some good movies (A Time To Kill, The Lost Boys, Phone Booth).
Well, to my very own surprise, I was actually looking forward to seeing Batman Begins, because it was being directed by Christopher Nolan. I’ve only seen one movie by him – Insomnia – which I enjoyed.
In Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the Batman legend and his emergence as a force for good in Gotham. Bruce Wayne (played to perfection by Christian Bale), who has been seeking vengeance since childhood for his parents’ deaths, whom were murdered infront of him, heads to Asia, where he trains with ninja Ra’s Al-Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and his aide, Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson).
Upon returning to Gotham, Bruce Wayne finds his city to be terrorized by crooks. However, with the help of Lucius Fox (Morgan Freemean) and Alfred (Michael Caine), Bruce Wayne transforms into Batman.
Batman sets out to take down the various schemes set in motion by individuals such as Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson), Dr. Jonathan “Scarecrow” Crane (Cillian Murphy), and a mysterious third party. However, only his childhood friend Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) and rising cop James Gordon (Gary Oldman) believe that the metropolis can be saved.
Director Christopher Nolan, unlike previous director Joel Schumacher, has taken the Batman series seriously. He has made the film and character darker than any other previous director, including Tim Burton. Here’s a film where we understand why Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego is Batman. Here’s a film where we get truly creepy villains. Here’s a film that’s in the running to be one of the best movies of the year. is movie considered as Must Watch Movies
Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman) decides quit her life as a witch, and move to the L.A. Valley to live a more normal, human life. She meets Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell), an actor who’s trying to revive his career by playing the lead role, Darrin, in the remake of the old “Bewitched” TV show. Jack then decides that Isabel would be the perfect choice to play his TV wife, Samantha. But what Jack doesn’t know is that Isabel just happens to be a witch in real life.
Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, and Michael Caine, who plays Isabel’s father, are very likeable in this movie. However, every once in a while, a scene will lack comedic energy. But then it’s followed by a very amusing scene. Then that’s followed by another energy-less scene. The cycle continues. Even a cameo with Steve Carrell, at the end, isn’t as funny as it’s supposed to be.
I barely recommend Bewitched to be seen in theaters. If it’s possible, it’s better to hold it off until DVD
I strongly believed that Be Cool was going to definitely be good when the first trailer arrived. But after viewing Be Cool, I have to agree with critics that it isn’t good at all, or for that matter, cool. Which is very surprising, because how can it not be cool when it has such a cool cast?
Be Cool (2005)
Most people who go see Be Cool won’t know that it is a sequel to 1995’s Get Shorty, because ads aren’t pitching it as a sequel (I don’t even find the word “sequel” in the film’s poster), so when people view Be Cool, which actually pokes fun at sequels, people will be very confused. Not only that, but Be Cool repeats many jokes from the much better film Get Shorty, though it completely tells it wrong. You know, when someone tells you a joke, you tell someone else, and they tell someone else, remembering only the punchline, but forgetting the story, which is key to getting a good laugh. For example, the dance scene between John Travolta and Uma Thurman was done a lot better in Pulp Fiction, which in that film it was entertaining to watch, when in this film it’s painful to sit through.
It may seem as if I came out of Be Cool hating it, which I didn’t. It actually has some “okay” moments, which are provided by the charismatic Rock. Unfortunately, it’s nothing more than a decent rental.
Attention: Boogeyman does not cause shivers, creeps, scares, and/or jumps. It does, however, cause you to scream once you have realized that you overpaid 9 bucks for, literally, a piece of shit.
A young man named Tim (Barry Watson) can’t get over some terrible experiences he had in his childhood bedroom. No, it isn’t another Michael Jackson molestation case. He reluctantly returns to the house he grew up in to face his fears and discover whether they are real or imagined.
I might be jumping ahead of myself, but I swear, I should write the director of Catwoman an apology letter for being too rough on him in my review, because after viewing Boogeyman, it is probably one of the worst movies of ALL-TIME. Yeah, maybe I did jump ahead of myself, but comparing it to Catwoman should be enough proof that it is definitely awful.
Yeah, I think I seriously should’ve stayed home.
“The most stigmatized people in Sonagachi, Calcutta’s red light district, are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother’s fate or for creating another type of life. Yet, these children of prostitutes embark on a transformational journey.” — A plot summary at Yahoo! Movies. I couldn’t have summed it up better myself.
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004)
One of the children, I believe his name is Avigit, has a natural talent at photography. It’s really sad to see that some of these children won’t be allowed to succeed in life.
After viewing Born Into Brothels, I still thought Super Size Me should’ve won Best Documentary, but now I think that that Born Into Brothels was well worth the award. Why? If Hotel Rwanda won Best Picture, many would’ve thought back on how they could’ve (and should’ve) tried to help sooner. But Born Into Brothels win will now open the eyes to people that this didn’t happen 10 years ago, it is happening right now. So, while Super Size Me is just popcorn fun, Born Into Brothels is very moving, because the children who have natural talent, like Avigit, won’t be able to explore upon that talent. It’s very sad to see that only one child out of the many children succeeds. Without a doubt, I recommend it.