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Captain America : The First Avenger (2011)


Never read the comics so I didn’t know much about this hero… I guess the U.S could use someone like him right about now. Oh well, an ok movie I guess… some humor, lots of action and a lovestory that goes nowhere. Good thing the nazies wasn’t that technologically advanced back in the 40’s or else I’d be spreching german by now.

This is actually the kind of action movie I don’t like… hard to describe, but when people get overly “patriotic” I just immidiately disconnect with the character as I feel it becomes on the same level of annoyance as overacting. Besides, a man running around with a shield is just not that cool to me. Sure the chemistry between Captain America and Peggy was kinda cute but the movie itself was a trainwreck with shitty bad guys and a horrible hero (Kind of glad I didn’t waste any time on the comics when I was younger… give me the phantom anyday… this sucked). I’m just glad Tommy Lee Jones shined it up a little… At least Iron Man is cool, but then again that’s another movie.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Teen Wolf (Tv-serie)


It seems like producers on most tv channels wanna cash in on the Twilight fever these days… I drag this conclusion out of thin air because it keeps popping up new series about vampires and werewolves (Vampire Diaries, The Gates and more). Personally I don’t think many series in the genre can ever live up to the quality of Kindred : The Embraced or Wolf Lake, two shows that got cancelled way to early (Kindred because the lead actor died in a motorcycle accident if I remember correctly).

Still, I’ve spendt this night watching the first 8 episodes of this new show and I kind of find it entertaining even tho I keep wondering why nobody hears what Scott and Stiles talks about as they are loud as fuck in their conversations. This kind of annoys me… Do the characters think everybody else is deaf and dumb ?? The fights isn’t all that impressive either but they still manage to keep it a bit exciting… guess it’s more directed to the teen female crowd. I like the humor aspect of the show tho and Derek is kind of a cool character.

Crystal Reed as Allison Argent.

The story itself is nothing new… Loser gets bitten, loser turns into werewolf, loser falls for the prettiest girl… and gets her… but her family are werewolf hunters. I hate that they keep making the chick characters naive and oversensitive with a hint of stupid. Thankfully they added an aunt which is kick ass and is like totally cool (my second favorite character in the show, Kate Argent, is played by Jill Wagner. It’s like made for her. I know her from earlier as a presenter on the american reality show Wipeout and now she takes care of werewolves… Awesome!)

I’m pretty sure this series would be a hit in Norway as well. It’s been renewed for a 2nd season in the US. For me this series is just above average but I’ll surely follow it as long as it’s aired (this airs on MTV so I dunno much about their cancellation rate). It’s not in my top 15 series but it’s not in my bottom 50 either (yes, I watch a lot of series).


Death Note 2 : The Last Name (2006)


Death Note 2 starts where number one ends and I guess you can consider them as one long movie which made me love both movies equally. One added bonus to the second movie is Misa (Erika Toda) whome is downright adorable. I’ve heard the 3rd movie is shit so I’m not really sure I wanna go there but this movie is definitively a must watch if you saw the first… as you get no conclusion until you do.

I have to mention that I find the two animated Gods in the movies pretty cool. Especially Ryuuk with his evil grin and love for apples… charming fellow indeed.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Death Note (2006)


I think I’ve been holding this movie off enough already so I ended up watching it after it got some high praise from Captain Charisma. I totally see why CC likes Ken’ichi Matsuyama because it’s like his character is dragged straight out of an anime in this movie. I actually feel like watching the sequel right away. I like Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light as well… they made nice rivals in this movie.

I never watched the anime series, yet… but I surely will after watching the movies (at some point). I also found that the americans are re-making the first movie when checking into imdb.com for this one… why do they repeatedly steal movie ideas from Japan… I’ll tell you why… Japan make movies with stories outside the box (something americans can’t fathom). Am I gonna watch the re-make ? Fuck no!

This is actually a great thriller even if you haven’t seen the anime series… Some like the movies better than the series, other vice versa. Personally, I think I’d love them equally as I think they found the perfect actors for the job. I don’t agree however on the category chosen on imdb.com which has put it down as an adventurous crime drama. I’d say it’s more like a fantasy thriller.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Gantz (2011)


The movie Gantz is based on a japanese manga/anime series (which clearly shows when you see the movie). Personally I’ve never read the manga nor have I watched the anime but I found the movie intriguing even tho I got a bit annoyed at some points in the movie when our heroes were face to face with the “monster” and didn’t do anything but glare instead of pewpewing the bastard.

It’s kind of hard determining if an male actor does a good job with the japanese language when it comes to acting as they sound the same whatever mood they are in… the only way you can separate the moodswings are by facial expressions. Still, I like japanese movies as they are creative when it comes to plots… I like movies with stories “outside the box” if ya know what I mean.

This movie clearly has a sequal in the way it ends and I really really wanna see it. The movie itself had some cool yet grotesque action scenes… a bit dry and repeatable at times, but still engaging enough to want you keep watching… also cute japanese girls helps too ^.^ It’s nice to follow the different relationships in this movie, it’s one of the reasons I have to see the sequel as I wanna know how it pans out.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..


Blown Away (1994)


I’ve been wanting to see this movie now for quite a while… I guess I’ve become a bit more of a critic as I remember liking it even more, but it’s still å pretty good and entertaining movie. I’m still sitting here with a nauseous feeling after watching Jeff Bridges eat clamshells with spaghetti in the movie, urghhh, not really something I’d ever go for.

I actually didn’t remember Forest Whitaker being in this one so that was a nice surprise. Anyway, it’s all about Tommy Lee Jones in this movie, that dude can play bad guy and hero equally awesome and I have a tendency to cheer him on no matter the side he is on because of his high awesomeness factor. It’s something very thrilling and exciting about movies about bomb makers and their creative ways of scaring the living daylights out of the world ^.^ I haven’t seen many movies of this type in the late years, well…. I saw one that was good some months back, I just can’t remember the name at the moment (the downside of having a gold fish memory).

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Bangkok Dangerous (2008)


I think I liked this one an inch better the last time I watched… tho I think this time I must have watched some uncut or extended version as I couldn’t remember some of the scenes in the movie. I kind of love movies about snipers, assassins and hitmen and this isn’t all that bad but I prefer The Replacement killers, Assassins, Sniper and my personal favorite of all time Shooter over this one. Still haven’t seen the original of this one tho… As far as I know the original is an Asian movie but I haven’t read up much about it and don’t even know if I want to see it unless it has a complete different plot which I guess it don’t.

I personally like Nicholas Cage in action movies tho I doubt he’ll ever top The Rock (Kick Ass was awesome but I don’t count it as he has more of a cameo in that one, besides Hit girl was the cool character of that movie). Still, this is an entertaining movie… you can do way worse.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Robo-geisha (2009)


*Giggles* Where to start..? I was really looking forward to see this movie a year ago but ended up never watching it… until now. It’s kind of a Cinderella meets Terminator meets Transformers (well, uhmm not really the last part but kinda). This isn’t really the kind of movie you expect that much from other than being entertained by a crazy story about a girl with armpit swords, machine gun boobs and with the ability to get tanks feet (gotta see it to understand what I mean).

The bad girls of this movie (and there is plenty of em) isn’t really that impressive. Two of them has some ugly masks on and weird braws, I call them the penis nose mask girls but hey thats just me. I found miss saw mouth kinda scary and I laughed at shrimp eyes even tho I really don’t like seeing things go there. It even has buildings that bleeds o.O

I could also mention the awful singing in the middle or the annihilation of old people… not to forget the breastmilk from hell, a kneegun that hurts or horrible, but fun acting. The shoulder guns were very japanese *giggles*… Anyway, a weird movie that probably will be remembered even by a guy with a goldfish memory like me. It’s baaaad but funny. I kind of remember liking Robotrix (1991) better tho.. It had kind of the same theme.

..I rate this movie 2/10 stars..


Due Date (2010)


I’ve been putting it off to see this one for quite a while, dunno why, I guess I knew there was this annoying character (Ethan) in it and I wanna enjoy a movie (not be annoyed by it). Actually a bit better than I thought it would be… kind of average, nothing special. Still… I did laugh every now and then.

I like both actors but I don’t like movies that overdo it… borderline overacting type movies just is to much for me, tho this one managed to at least entertain me due to the fact. If I were Roberts character I’d probably end Ethan within the first minutes of the movie. You just gotta draw the line somewhere… Masturbating in the car… geeezus.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Terminal Velocity (1994)


Since I already was going through previous movie favorites I decided to watch one of the better ones with the winning Charlie Sheen. He’s actually been in quite a few over averagely good movies, but this one is my favorite. It has a lot of action and is pretty much exciting from beginning to end. I actually still like it as much I did when it came out… probably not the last time I see it either. I still am trying to figure out which I like better… This one or Drop Zone with Wesley Snipes (another skydiving movie that came out around the same time as this one)… so I guess I have to watch that one as well. Anyway, if you wanna watch a cool movie from winning Sheens prime then I’d truly recommend this one.

Back when this movie came out Natassja Kinski was a big name, but she hasn’t really been in anything big since (besides Savior)… It seems a lot of the big screen actors and actresses disappeared from the a-list after the mid 90s. I only see the occational appearance in b-movies and tv-series now… Guess I’m not the only one getting old. Oh well, I digress… again…

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Evolution (2001)


“K-K-K-K-K-K-KAKKAH-KAKKAH”

Evolution is one of my favorite Ivan Reitman movies of all time and probably one of the movies I’ve seen the most as I feel the need to watch it about once every year (the first years after it came out I probably watched it 3-4 times pr year). I just love the cast of this one. Some scenes actually still makes me jump, something you don’t really expect from a comedy but hey… This one is special in every sense of the word.

I find Sean William Scott (Stifler from American Pie) hillarious, and I just love the chemistry between Ira and Allison… and who doesn’t like a movie about evolution (I guess it’s not for any republicans in case this get read by one from the US). I just love some of the cool animal looks, especially the dwaggon in teh Mall.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Absolute Power (1997)


Whenever I feel like watching something good, I choose a Clint Eastwood movie as they are very entertaining. I just got this one on blu-ray the other day and it’s one of my all time favorite thrillers. I know I thought it was a bit better the last time I watched it but I still love the movie and will probably watch it again. I wish Clint never got any older as he is a treasure when it comes to acting and producing movies. He is very good at thrillers (kind of feel like watching Blood work now)… I’m glad it bought this one as I can never have to many Clint Eastwood movies.

There are some pretty big names in this movie, I like how Clint and Ed works together on the screen… they should do more movies (don’t remember if they did as I have a goldfish memory). Gene has always be good at being the bad guy… no different in this movie.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Zookeeper (2011)


This movie was a total disappointment… Talking animals, nothing new tho I kind of liked some of the characters. The only really good thing about this movie is the relationship between Griffin and the gorilla… and the clips during the subtitles. Other than that I didn’t like the cunt of a woman he was wasting his time on, the story which is kind of used up already… There are many ways they could have gone with the Zookeeper hook of this movie, this is not really even interesting. All in all, a shitty movie you’d do better without… Maybe If they cut away the cheesy and stupid lovestory this would be a nice childrens movie for 10 years and under.

..I rate this movie 1/10 stars..


My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006)


I wouldn’t mind dating Uma Thurman, super or not… but hey it seems like I’d date any woman in any movie so I guess that’s not really a compliment *giggles*. I don’t know tho if the purpose gets through in the movie, because I don’t really feel sorry for Luke Wilsons character but I was more on Barry’s side of it all because he was the easy person to identify with.

The movie itself is kind of funny those it has a bit to much cheese (and as you might know, the only cheese I like is on my pizza). I guess we live in a world that needs heroes… or at least it seems that way as every other movie that has come out the last 5 years has been a superhero movie… I guess the americans needs ‘em as they’re goverment ain’t worth much the last decade. You know your politicians are stupid when they imagine tax cuts and cuts in spending equals money to the state so they can pay their debt’s to China… (Give it a decade and I’m sure the word Hong Kong movie no longer will be a correct term as they own the US of A… I love asian film so I don’t care).  Oh well, I digress…. If you like a romantic comedy that is a bit unusual then check this one out if you haven’t already. Personally I’m not a big fan of the Wilson brothers but Luke is ok in this one.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


The Pelican Brief (1993)


I guess that political thrillers are kind of one of the genres I like the most on screen… This is one of the better ones. I love movies based on something from John Grisham (guess I should start looking for The Client). Wow, by checking up on Grisham on imdb.com I just found out that they will air a serie, The Firm, next year which I guess is based on the book.

Anyways, The Pelican Brief is probably the first movie I liked Julia Roberts in. Denzel is like he always is, always the cool and calm guy that laughs in the face of danger. Stanley Tucci seems to be the ultimate bad guy in a lot of movies… in this one no different. I find it weird that this movie only has 6.4/10 on imdb.com as it in my eyes is one of the better thrillers of all time.

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..


Steamboy (2004)


I’ve had Steamboy (Suchîmubôi) for quite a while but never actually taken the time to sit down with it because I have a lot of other stuff to watch still… But after a longer conversation online today with one of my Rift aquaintances I decided to watch it as he mentioned he liked it. Personally tho I think that the producers previous movie, Akira, was much better. It’s an ok and adventurous movie but it kind of fell short to me. I guess I’ve been spoiled with many an anime movie during the years so I’m a bit more picky. Someone that haven’t seen as many as me tho might actually find it even more entertaining and give it more praise than I do. I actually chose to see it with english speech as I felt it fit as it all happens in England (could have seen with Japanse if I wanted).

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

“Must run, there be thunder and lightning outside again…” *sigh*

 


Reign of Assassins (2010)


“All he wanted was his penis back”

Kind of the best plot ever… only not. I’m always happy when I find a Michelle Yeoh movie as they’re usually entertaining. This one had kind of a Wing Chun feel to it tho I like Wing Chun much much better. Still quite the entertaining movie tho, some nice action scenes in it… Movies like this is a dime a dusin tho, it’s nothing special yet I still like them and can’t get enough of ‘em.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

Gotta make this a short review as there be thunder and lightning outside :(


Hereafter (2010)


Didn’t know much about this movie before sitting down with it other than Matt Damon was in it. I felt the scenery looked familiar at the start of the movie, and ended up being right in thinking what would happen as the Tsunami hit the beach. I was impressed with the way they filmed it and from there I was kind of in the movie… Some parts of it is in french and since I watched it without subtitles I kind of had to guess what was said by looking at the bodylanguage. I did recognize a french word here and there tho (as I’ve had french for 4 years).

I found this movie kind of serene, there is something comfortable with it in the way it gives me hope. It’s easy for me to put myself in the shoes of the psycic feeling like there’s nobody out there for him as the visions gets in the way. I was actually surprised to find out that this is a Clint Eastwood movie (he directed it). It’s not a movie I’ll watch over and over… tho I think I will see it again some day because it was captivating.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


Swamp shark (2011)


A shark swimming around in the swamp going om nom nom nom rednecks, assholes and douches… what’s not to like. This is the first time I’ve seen a shark movie where I actually didn’t have any sympathy for any of the victims. All I was thinking as he yummed his way through the swamp was victim number 1, victim number 2 and so on… I actually thought this was gonna be shit when i sat down with it but I actually found myself enjoying the movie. Nice to see a shark with the taste of bad people for a change (guess that wasn’t intended but I at least didn’t like any of em).

Some familiar faces in this one as well… Kristy Swanson, whome I haven’t seen in years. D.B Sweeney whome has been in only one movie I really liked (The Cutting Edge) and Robert Davi whome seem to show up in just about any B-movie. Tho I was actually impressed with the camera work on this one… It didn’t have the typical b-movie feel to it. Also worth noting Sophie Sinise (daughter of Gary Sinise, CSI N.Y) is in it which I guess makes it her first movie and continuing the Sinise Legacy.

I kind of like the ambience of the movie… sure, sharks scares the hell out of me but the music, the people and landscape kind of gave it a home type feeling ^.^ I could picture my 2nd cousin tryin to get me going shark hunting… well, me I’d stay out of the waters as I’m sure he’d use me as bait. Would need a big boat that’s for sure. I’m not a fan of the ocean… There be scary monsters in it !

..I rate this movie 4/10 stars..


Scream 4 (2011)


I’m not a big fan of horror movies (unless you don’t count Jaws but I guess that’s more of a thriller)… Scream was kind of ok when it came out as I love seeing stupid people getting paid for being stupid. I didn’t like the sequels as much, actually not at all… but I think they kind of managed to get back on track with this one tho I really really hope there will be no more scream movies after this as they will never be any better than an average movie. Neve Campbell never seem to change… she’s looked the same since Party of Five and she’ll probably still look the same 10 years from now. The only thing I like about this movie is Hayden Panettiere (like her look and character in this one) and the cameo of Kristen Bell, other than that I’ll pretty much forget this movie ever excisted within the next days.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..


Scream of the Banshee (2011)


Ooo, a box… I wonder what’s in it ? Good grief this movie was shitty… Nor Lauren Holly nor Lance Henriksen could save this piece of crap even if they tried. I hate stupid characters, and what’s even worse are the level of stupidity on the “tweens” in this movie. The only good thing I can say about this piece of shit that aired on Syfy is that it has a pretty cover… typical the type of movie I would have rented in my teens as I often rented movie based on cover art back then… Today, not so much. Shit shit shit !

I actually think that goddamn banshee scream ruined my headset ’cause now it’s scratching sounds coming out of the right headphone… guess I got cursed watching it too… oh well, at least one “woman” that gives me attention… banshee or not, better with one than none.

..I rate this movie 1/10 stars..


Luther (Tv-serie)


Let me start by saying that BBC one’s television serie, Luther, is the best thing to come out of Britain since Coupling. I can proudly state I’ve ordered both seasons of the series and that they are gonna be watched over and over again. If you haven’t seen this serie I’d safely say you’ve missed out as it doesn’t get any better than this. The only negative thing about this is that season 2 only has 4 episodes but I still loved the ending.

Personally, I can’t wait for there to be a third season… I really hope my wish comes true as I want to see more of the characters in this show. Besides the selfless, invested investigator Luther there is Jenny (Aimee.Ffion Edwards, also known from Skins season 2) and Alice (Ruth Wilson). His partner, Ripley, whome has shown to be quite the hardass, his boss whome is a scary interrogator and newcomer Erin (Nikki Amuka-Bird) whome is the series nosy cunt that is the uber by the book police woman…. can’t stand her.

Alice, one of the main reasons I fell in love with the series.

I don’t think I’ve seen a cooler female character than Alice when I sat down with season 1. (Not since Aeryn Sun in Farscape…) Alice is definitively what you call a femme fatale. She is a bad girl in every sence of the word, but the kind you cheer for. You want her to show up and make the douche and douchesseses of the series pay. I wish I got to see more of her in season 2 but had to let go of that motion after finding out there is only 4 episodes. Hopefully she get’s a bigger part in the third season (please pretty please BBC make a third, forth and fifth season… I’ll be begging for more after that).

Jenny, the girl I fell in love with in season 2. She’s special, but I like special.

I love that they cast Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Jenny in the 2nd season. Her character is totally the type I can’t take my eyes of her… I think it’s got something to do with her vulnerable character that makes you wanna rescue her somehow… plus she is pretty darned adorable in this series (kind of the opposite of her character Sketch in Skins).

Anyway, thank you BBC for making this show and please don’t ever stop making more as this is the best you did in a long time. It’s a good PR for british televison. Actually quite a bit of good entertainment comes out on BBC, but nothing can touch this series even if there are other good stuffz.

..This series would get a top score from me if I were to rate tv-series..


Chaos (2005)


I was in the mood for yet another Jason Statham movie (they are usually entertaining from beginning to end, and this one no different). The second movie I watch today with Snipes and this one is actually quite good compared to most movies he’s been in the last decade. Oh how time flies… (doesn’t feel that long ago when Drop Zone and Demolition man was huge… guess I’m gettin old).

This movie actually has quite the cast of familiar actors and actresses. Ryan Phillippe usually shows up in movies over the average and I loved the conversation in the movie between him and Marnie (Keegan Connor Tracy). She’s like 2 years older than me but still look like she is 15 years younger… and she makes me feel old.

Justine Waddell, totally the type I crush on (Googled).

Then there is Justine Waddell, I know I’ve seen her before but can’t really remember where. She’s totally the type of woman I go all gaga for (must be the eyes or sumthin). Yup, this movie has it’s share of eye candy… but it’s also a pretty decent thriller/action movie. I don’t really have much negative stuff to say about it really. Entertaining, a bit predictable yet still exciting.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..


Hannibal Rising (2007)


Better than I expected it to be… I like this movie due to two things, I love seeing evil cunts get what they deserve and the worlds most beautiful woman (Li Gong) has the female lead of the movie (she was actually voted Chinas most beautiful woman in 2006).

This movie actually makes me wanna watch the other Hannibal movies again… sure it’s not as good as Silence of the Lambs, but then again not many movies of this genre can compete (maybe Manhunter but that’s it). Hannibal rising is kind of disgusting at times… I actually had to turn my head at some scenes as they kind of made me queesy… especially the scene with the horse and the rope.

Li Gong, Photo googled.

Any sensible person wouldn’t expect much of movies that builds on a story that has been told from the many ages of Hannibal Lecter… Li Gong is for me the main reason to watch this movie, yet the story in itself was also surprisingly exciting. All in all, kind of an average movie (I’d actually buy it just because Li is in it, but right now I’d settle for the memory of have seen it). I’m gonna end up googling Li for a while now as I can’t take my eyes of her (see I already forgot to talk about the movie… it’s Li Li Li *sigh*)

Oh, and I totally forget to mention I totally like the quality of the camera work in this movie. It made it feel like an A-list movie just in the way it was filmed (I could mention a few directors that could learn from this one)…

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..


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