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1. Favorite Roald Dahl Book Made into a Movie
2. Who Played Dumbledore Better?
3. Favorite Mythical Steed
4. Best Cartoon Rivalry
5. Feral Face-Off
6. Best Interrogation Scene
7. Friday Face-Off: Disney vs Miyazaki
8. Favorite Star Wars Parody
9. Friday Face-Off: The Avatar Altercation
10. Cormac McCarthy Adaptions
11. Friday Face-Off: The Pardon Predicament
12. Who's Your Favorite MythBuster?
13. Top 35 Shows By Number of Votes
14. Friday Face-Off: The Puppet Pettifoggery
15. What Is Your Most Viewed Genre?
16. Favorite Father/Son Acting Pair
17. Favorite Acting Siblings
18. Billboard All-Time Top Artists
19. Friday Face-Off: Too Many Superhero Movies?
20. National Film Registry's 1989 Inductees
21. Most Annoying Movie Characters
22. Friday Face-Off: Hellboy vs. John Constantine
23. Friday Face-Off: Tangled vs. Frozen
24. Favorite Watchmen Superhero
25. The Deathly Hallows
26. Thursday Throwback: Disney's First Five
27. What Do You Call Soft Drinks?
28. Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX?
29. New Indiana Jones Reboot
30. Movies Set in Missouri
31. Favorite Disney Channel Teen Sitcom
32. What is Your Level of Education?
33. Favorite Song From The Sound of Music
34. Face-Off: Musical Melee
35. Face-Off: Disney vs. Universal Theme Parks
36. Pi Day: Pi vs. Pi vs. Pie
37. Spring Break!
38. Face-Off: Prince of Persia vs. John Carter
39. The Twilight Zone vs. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
40. Movie Traditions
41. Face-Off: R2-D2 vs. WALL-E
42. 2015 MTV Movie Awards
43. Face-Off: Kimmel vs. Fallon
44. Favorite Film From The Mexico Trilogy
45. Vertigo Comic Adaptations
46. Throwback: The Graduate Soundtrack
47. Five Movies, One Plot
48. Ocean's 25
49. Face-Off: Which Weatherman?
50. Face-Off: Lethal Weapon vs. Die Hard
51. Favorite Traveler of the Yellow Brick Road
52. Jim Carrey's Wackiest Character
53. Face-Off: Alien vs. The Thing
54. Favorite Count
55. Rolling Stone's 30 Best Sports Movies of All Time
56. Body Swap
57. King of Cameos
58. Favorite Dark Fantasy Film
59. Yoda: Puppet or Pixels?
60. Favorite Don Bluth Film
61. Best Opening Credits
62. Favorite Jim Henson Directed Film
63. Face-Off: Kick-Ass vs. Kingsman
64. T.V. Shows Turned Movies
65. Movies Turned T.V. Series
66. Favorite Main Character from Seinfeld
67. Indiana Jones Secondary Characters
68. Face-Off: Seinfeld vs. Friends
69. Face-Off: Grindhouse Double-Feature Duel
70. Scariest Type of Horror Movie
71. Face-Off: Chewie, Artoo, & Threepio
72. Favorite Chapter from Kill Bill
73. Face-Off: Smelly Cat vs. Soft Kitty
74. Face-Off: Dr. Lecter vs. The Silence of the Lambs
75. Favorite Wilder & Pryor Collaboration
76. Favorite Song from The Jungle Book
77. What The Star Wars Prequels Got Right
78. Face-Off: Close Encounters vs. E.T.
79. Favorite of The Hateful Eight
80. Dark Horse Comic Adaptations
81. Face-Off: Django Unchained vs. The Hateful Eight
82. Face-Off: The Social Network vs. Steve Jobs
83. Face-Off: Manhunter vs. Red Dragon
84. Oscar Nominated in 5 Consecutive Decades
85. Favorite Revived TV Show
86. Movies That Won Both Leading Acting Categories
87. Face-Off: Johnny Knoxville vs. Sacha Baron Cohen
88. Next Door Neighbors
89. What was your main reason for starting an IMDb Account?
90. MTV Films 1996-2004
91. MTV Films 2005-2015
92. Nickelodeon Movies 1996-2015
93. Face-Off: Close Encounters vs. Contact
94. Favorite Heath Ledger Performance (Besides The Joker)
95. Face-Off: Bronson vs. Legend
96. Warcraft Face-Off: The Alliance vs. The Horde
97. Nicholas Sparks' Five Favorite Romantic Films
98. Favorite Ice Age Character
99. The Trials of Westley
100. Face-Off: Apocalypse Now vs. Platoon
101. Face-Off: Bill & Ted vs. Wayne & Garth
102. Face-Off: James Bond vs. Indiana Jones
103. Face-Off: Iago vs. Abu vs. Carpet
104. MTV's Best New Filmmaker Award
105. Falling in Love With Artificial Intelligence
106. Favorite DreamWorks Animation Movie (1998-2015)
107. Face-Off: American Psycho vs. The Machinist
108. Most Typecast Actor
109. Best Film from Disney's Renaissance Era (1989-1999)
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Eon Production Films --------------------- You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Live and Let Die (1973) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Moonraker (1979) For Your Eyes Only (1981) Octopussy (1983) A View to a Kill (1985) The Living Daylights (1987) Licence to Kill (1989) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) The World Is Not Enough (1999) Die Another Day (2002)
*Non Eon Production Films -------------------------- *Casino Royale (1967) *Never Say Never Again (1983) *Non Eon Production Films
Don Verdean (2015)
First Two Acts Failed, Last Act Redeemed
The Hess team started their career in a very atypical fashion. With the starting surprise success of Napoleon Dynamite and the continued yet not quite as well received Nacho Libre they made their mark. Their next film Gentlemen Broncos failed to wow me as the first two and showed they couldn't keep producing the same effective comedy as they had before. Don Verdean had a similar issue. The first two thirds of the film didn't even make me crack a smile. In the beginning it mainly poked fun at the world of American Christianity most of which was excellently targeted on the faults, hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and phony parts of organized religion. But to me this came across in more of a bitter/angry sort of way rather than comedic. It just didn't work well and didn't have intrigue, nothing but a bait-less hook. The last third of the movie, on the other hand took a turn for the better. The story became interesting, the writing improved, the continual wit and hilarity that I saw in the Hess's previous projects out poured. While none of the acting was bad, Jemaine Clement as Boaz gave an especially entertaining performance. The beginning gave a bad taste in my mouth, but I'm glad I stuck around for the end.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Wasted Potential. Did Not *Execute*.
To begin with I didn't have high expectations for this film. Let's be honest, video game movies don't have a very good track record. The Assassin's Creed franchise was one that has a extreme potential for becoming a good or even great movie, with the complex yet adaptable storyline, a wealth of historical places, figures, and real events, and a visual style including choreographed fights already laid out in the games. Some big names joined the project (like Fassbender, Cotillard, Irons, Rampling, etc.) and gave it even more hope. But it fell far short of being even a descent adaptation, which I think the blame mainly falls on the writing, directing, and overall vision for the movie. The story itself wasn't altogether clear (especially for those unfamiliar with the games) and 95% of it took place in modern times which simply made it less interesting. Little of the movie took place in the past or inside the Animus (and if you've played the games you know that the past events are what defines the entire franchise). What did take place in the time of the assassins was a non-stop action scene with fighting so fast it would make your head spin (simply to avoid any focus on the violence/gore and slide by with a PG-13 rating). The cgi was mesmerizing at times and shameful at others. It's pathetic when the original game made nearly a decade before has better graphics. All of their smoke and haze couldn't cover it up. The fight scenes were pretty disappointing. While they are the highlight of the games here they mostly consisted of choppy digital people stiffly hacking at each other. It lacked the most iconic parts of the game (like there only being one real stealth fueled assassination) and focused on the least interesting parts which they did not execute well.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
This film begins with the words "Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo" appearing from the black. This could not have been a more false statement. Jay Wolpert (the writer of the movie's screenplay) took this classic novel to the chopping block from the beginning, hacking the masterpiece to pieces, throwing two thirds of it away, and then attempting to rearrange the leftovers and make something better. The plot was changed at every turn, trading Dumas' magnum opus for some trashy paperback complete with shallow affairs, "whore" name calling and a stupidly sadistic jail keeper. The characters, their backstories, and their relationships to one another were butchered for no improvement, gain, or benefit whatsoever. This movie reduced a complex fascinating story of genius to simple uninteresting child's play. The writing of this slap-in-the-face "adaption" was its main flaw and ultimate ruin. It's not even worth the time to go into the film's other faults(which are numerous). The movie itself isn't worth anyone's time in watching it either.
Excellent Little Movie
This short-film/documentary follows lives of a few hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail and their journey from Mexico to Canada. The imagery is wonderful and captures the essence of the awe-inspiring nature around them. For a couple of amateurs the film has amazing production value, and is very well done. The script was well written (a little too philosophical at times) but hard to take seriously some of the time with the narrator's dull monotone monologue. I definitely appreciate the effort put in to it and the objective of it all. The makers simply wanted to share the amazing experience that they had on the trail and give others an inspiring look inside. This film deserves some more exposure and it's sure to make you want to go for a hike.
The Real Joke is Calling This a Documentary
This starts out as any typical documentary where Bill Maher presents that he is on a journey to find the truth about the validity or stupidity of religion. By claiming agnosticism (when clearly he is not) Maher pretends to be fair by acting like he is un-biasedly going to explore religion, saying "I have to find out." Shortly afterward one can clearly see that this is purely a Bill Maher ego trip and a Borat-style type of mockumentary. He doesn't really bring any debate, discussion of issues, or scrutiny to the table. Instead he just resorts to a religious joke fest which is all very entertaining and humorous, but then the real joke is calling this an intellectual documentary on the criticism of religion.
To prove his points he finds only the most extreme or corrupt religious fanatics that are even considered nutcases in their own respective religious communities. He especially loves throwing loaded questions to people who are unlearned in their religion, or others who have skewed off-base and non-canon ideas within their own beliefs. He questions laymen and doesn't once acknowledge the experts or learned crowd in religion.
Some of his subjects include pastors who don't even know what their bible says, a Jew who doesn't believe Israel is currently a nation who supports that the holocaust was from God, gay Muslims, a weed smoking church, and a Jewish inventor that creates contraptions to avoid Sabbath laws. These people are all extremely obscure and on the outer fringes of these religious groups.
At one point Maher even tries to argue that the existence of the historical man Jesus was up for debate. I don't know if he actually believes this or if he was just trying to fluster the interviewee and make him falter (I think the latter). But if he does actually believe this he would be laughed out academia by nearly every scholar, theist and atheist alike.
Bill does make many valid criticisms of religions but the problem is he leaves no room for any real intellectual rebuttal. He is mostly catching people off-guard and asking loaded questions. He had some good points like on the U.S. not being founded as a Christian nation, or the absurd idea that "Christianity is American." But there were other claimed "facts" completely false like his information on the Horus/Jesus debate or pulling despicable Biblical stories and not really addressing what those passages were actually about. Maher also asserts that all religion is violent, when in fact just as much or more violence has been done in the name of no religion. He eventually moves on to other religions, but really never far from Judaism based ones which really doesn't touch on most of the world.
This is without a doubt a very funny piece (unless you are extremely offended by it all), but it would be completely inaccurate to call it an intellectual one. It's just Bill Maher being Bill Maher. Even to the point of him bringing up other irrelevant issues like his views on the environment and nuclear applications. He didn't actually do extensive research, he's mostly just shooting from the hip and catching dumb people off-guard. The makers even cut the scenes cleverly in the interviews (weird pauses, strange faces) for extra awkwardness and comedy.
The only thing this "documentary" really proved was that there are a lot of people that believe strange things some of them being very stupid. Most people watching this already knew that beforehand. At one point Maher says: "Religion is arrogant certitude," which ironically also perfectly describes himself.
Without Comparing This to its Biblical Source, It's a Poor Film Regardless
Unlike the viewers who expected a classic retelling of the biblical story, I knew what I was getting myself into from the start having read Darren Aronofsky and Niko Henrichon's graphic novel collaboration of the script. I'm not going to say it was bad because it didn't hold true to its original source material (the Bible) but it was bad even when just comparing it to the comic adaptation which was released years previous to ever getting funding for the movie. It held mostly true to the comic's story but it just doesn't hold up as a good movie period.
This is really more of a fantasy with some sci-fi elements than a biblical epic. It has a Lord of the Rings feel with similar style warriors clothing and weapons. The setting is made out to be an ancient and primitive time but there are many contradictions there some quite laughable. Welding masks? Spring loaded traps? Personal canons that shoot magic gold? There was nothing to connect it to a time period or a real life grounded story. But then again maybe that was their point.
More contradictory was the character of Noah (the peaceful warrior). In the beginning he is portrayed as an environmentally friendly vegan who is against (picking) killing flowers and "respects life" given by the Creator. But what he says and what he does are two different things entirely. Noah is shown at this same time to be nothing close to a pacifist. He claims to be against violence yet kills people with no remorse or second thought.
The acting was awful all across the board and really hard to take the story seriously at times. With all of the big names I expected more from that department. Anthony Hopkins was the only exception to that. Even with just a small part he brought a great deal to the film and was quite enjoyable to watch.
There was evidence of some creativity and good ideas. For instance the imaginative scenes of visions, the inventive stop-motion like cuts similar to some of Aronofsky's previously used fast cutting techniques, or like the explanation of animals following the only water source (stream) to find the ark and their induced hibernation state to make the feat more plausible. The story of creation that contained evolution seemed a little taboo in this scenario and didn't really seem to fit the story, but at the same time the presence of God was kind of ignored or hidden throughout the film (which is kind of ironic).
A lot of this film was just plain ridiculous. There was unexplained magic-gold mining, a newly discovered pregnancy test (spitting on a miracle leaf), convenient lifeboats, and a Grandpa who knocks out his great-grandchild and drugs his grandson so he can see God's will. Some small parts of the movie were well done but they were quickly put to shame by scenes like those with the "rock people." The Watchers were actually one of the better parts of the graphic novel, but here these fallen angels were just like the rock cousins of Ents created with awful cgi and made to act even stupider.They were horrible. Quite pitiful, not to mention the poorly cgi'd animals.
The main story also seemed to have gotten lost in the pettiness of human relationships. The entire world is flooding. That is a pretty huge event don't you think? Yet our characters are wrapped up in the big concern of kids having more kids in the future.
I think they should have not even called it Noah and made it with different characters completely just calling it a "loose adaptation of the Noah story." Then people wouldn't have had false expectations and in return audiences probably would have enjoyed it more. But even with that being said this is not a good film. It's bad to the point of being laughable at many times and is really hard to take seriously.
Once Again Back to the Beginning.
This episode basically encompasses most of what I dislike about this show. The makers don't know when to end something. It's a giant cycle that just keeps revolving with each season and it always comes back to the beginning. Only this time they decided to do it in the last two episodes. Prison, escape, going on the run, thinking they're safe, back to prison...repeat. This one did have a role reversal with Sara being the one on the inside. And the never ending deals and betrayals. Ugh. Its not even a surprise anymore, you know everyone is going to backstab at some point and you just literally can't trust anyone from episode to episode. It's just stuff we've already seen before and repetition in this case is not a positive.
Practically Perfect Ending to Season 2
It doesn't get much better than this. This was an excellent episode in and of itself but it also accomplished some major plot boosters for the next season. The relationship between Jake and Amy awkwardly starts to take off which everyone knew was coming and was much anticipated. Boyle proves Rosa that he knows her better than she thinks as he helps arrange a surprise birthday party for her. Also Captain Holt's rival Wuntch the witch is once again making trouble, but this time with unforeseen and drastic consequences. The outcome is one that was suspenseful, a game changer, and a total cliffhanger leaving every viewer hungry for Season 3. All of this plays out while a identity thief terrorizes the streets of NYC. To keep it short and to the point: a practically perfect ending to Season 2.
Not As Good As Episode 1
Episode 2 was even stranger than the first with Napoleon's class being subjected to a love machine test that matches students with their ideal mate. This toys with the relationships from the movie but once again leaves realism for a weirder approach. The side story with Kip and Uncle Rico involves them in a magic act business venture once again borrowed from the original film. I enjoyed watching Grandma Dynamite and getting more of her personality as she was a minor rarely seen character from the film. Once again some parts were funny but this episode was not as good as the first and is probably only for people who liked the movie.
Napoleon Dynamite: Thundercone (2012)
Napoleon Dynamite Fans Will Enjoy This, But Don't Expect To Be Wowed.
I wasn't sure at all what to expect from this. I thoroughly enjoy Jared Hess' films Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, but I was leery and had little faith in this being any good. The storyline was interesting and had some pretty funny parts but the whole plot revolved around a bunch of small jokes from the original movie. Basically take one liners from Napoleon Dynamite and mash them together into a zany little story. One of the most different things about this was that it wasn't grounded in reality at all. It was more like fantasy in an unreal cartoon world. It was unlike the film where its strongest aspect was it being a realistic story about some weirdo pitiful high school kids. If you liked the movie you will probably enjoy this but don't expect to be wowed.