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Tues: Wedding Crashers

This flick is for those looking for a hilarious comedy.

Wedding Crashers
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Comedies have become perhaps the most difficult genre to master. There are many different types of humor, although it's generally harder to please mass audiences in this genre. This is why I usually keep low expectations when I see comedies. In fact, the funniest parts of the movie are often in the trailer and there aren't many other scenes in the running time that hold that momentum. Every now and then, I find a movie that makes me laugh out loud. Wedding Crashers may not be the funniest film ever made, but it does pretty damn good job of making me laugh out loud.

John and Jeremy are emotional criminals who know how to use women's hopes and dreams for their own carnal gain. They enjoy crashing weddings. Normally, they meet guests who want to toast the romantic day with a random hook-up. When John meets Claire, he discovers what true love and heartache feels like. One of the primary reasons why haters dislike Wedding Crashers is that they they that the film is predictable. I personally don't see a comedy to see something thought-provoking and be shocked with twists and turns. I prefer to save that for the thrillers. I watch comedies to laugh and see outrageous situations unfold on screen. I got just that with Wedding Crashers. Not all of the jokes are hilarious, but a good deal of them are. My gripe is that the film is a bit long. The filmmakers could have easily cut a bit of the unnecessary footage out. Otherwise, this film features a nice romantic story along with a hysterical script.

While we have the screenplay to thank for a lot of the hilarious scenes, the charm of the cast is what crafted a lot of the humor. Owen Wilson plays John. He has starred in his share of crappy movies, but he's quite good when he's at the top of his game. This is shown in Wedding Crashers. Vince Vaughn is Jeremy and has a certain charisma that simply wins over the audience. Even the supporting roles, such as Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, and Isla Fisher are quite convincing in these given roles. It's apparent that these actors had a good time on set, which genuinely passes on to the audience. This is a fun comedy and the cast is one of the primary reasons that it's such a blast to view.

I haven't heard many moviegoers bring up Wedding Crashers for quite some time. It's a funny, funny movie that boasts an excellent cast with fantastic dialogue. If you're looking for a thought-provoking or a character-driven, this isn't it. This flick is for those looking for a hilarious comedy. I still find this movie just as funny today as it was years ago. Wedding Crashers has earned a solid recommendation for those looking for a film to get you laughing.

My Rating = Four Stars

Next movie: Bolt

Thurs: Bolt

Bolt is ultimately entertaining, yet flawed.

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Over the past few years, it has been proven that there is a large market for animated films. Not just among children. Many people of all ages appeal to this style of filmmaking. The most popular of them all is clearly Pixar. However, other studios have wanted to jump on the train of this success. Walt Disney Pictures has captured the hearts of moviegoers all around the world with their infectious stories and characters. Many of these are timeless classics that will continue to be loved generation after generation. Is Bolt as lovable as previous Disney classics?

The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action tv show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. There have been plenty of animated super-hero films. However, Bolt puts a spin on it. What if the dog was made to believe all of his life that he has super powers in order to capture reality and then escapes into the real world? While the ending is extraordinarily obvious, it's all about the journey. The character Bolt is genuinely lovable and a fun role to follow. He brings along an alley-cat, Mittens, and a crazed hamster, Rhino. The cat is the most level-headed and experienced out of the trio, although she's a nice travel companion for Bolt. I don't know how others feel about the hamster, but I found Rhino to be rather irritating. The humor infused with Bolt and Mittens is mixed quite well at times, but Rhino's never clicked with me. I found the character to be obnoxious. Thankfully, audiences don't see as much of him as we do Bolt and Mittens. The screenplay is very Disney-esque, if you know what I mean, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Bolt does what it needs to do and is pretty entertaining. I personally would have enjoyed to see a little bit more of Bolt as a superhero before seeing him powerless though.

Disney certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to the visuals. The CGi is great. It's highly detailed, crystal clear, and smooth. Neither the film or the visuals are up to Pixar standards, but it still looks very good. The audio is extraordinary, to say the least. Instead of simply being overly loud, this track focuses on being clear and accurate, which is always a great substitute. The dialogue is always easy to understand while the music and effects come through very nicely through the front speakers. Each of the surround speakers are filled with plenty of sound to fully immerse the viewers. The bass output is punchy, tight, and accurate. I couldn't possibly be happier with this audio track.

Bolt is ultimately entertaining, yet flawed. It simply isn't very memorable. It's very entertaining while watching and is a very sweet Disney animated flick, but it doesn't offer much to be different from the many other animated movies we see from DreamWorks and Pixar, although both of those companies have been making better animated films. While I had fun with the movie, I simply don't understand how this film got an Oscar nod. Bolt offers a good way for the family to spend a Saturday night, but there are much better animated films around that I recommend over this movie.

My Rating = Three Stars

Next movie: The Cove

Saturday: The Cove

The Cove is an interesting, yet heartbreaking documentary that is sure to shock audiences worldwide.

The Cove
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It's rare to come across a documentary that has such incredible emotional power over the audience. The Cove touched the hearts of many moviegoers all around the world. I'm not a big fan of documentaries, but some of them handle the topic matter so well that it keeps me engrossed from start to finish. People consume the flesh of many animals around the world, however we don't always know exactly what we're eating. The Cove informs audiences of the torture and abuse dolphins are enduring in Japan. I wasn't aware of such details presented in this film, although viewers should be cautious that the footage isn't sugar-coated and it gets quite disturbing.

Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world's largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe. Dolphins have always been known to be one of the most lovable ocean dwellers. Not only are we presented with interviews from witnesses and activists, but actual footage of the brutal dolphin killings. It becomes quite difficult to watch at times. However, this is only the beginning. The movie soon introduces a government cover-up and how they're endangering not only the dolphin species, but the safety of those who reside in Japan. A good documentary is able to show the topic from many different perspectives. The Cove presents many different forms of informing us of the slaughtering that takes place. While the pace is slow and steady, the final act is the most disturbing portion of the entire film. Those who cannot handle watching a slaughter of an entire cove full of dolphins should beware of this scene. The Cove is a film that isn't easy to forget. The subject matter is disturbing and difficult to watch at times. Once you see this movie, it won't be easy to forget.

There are a variety of different source elements utilized in order to create the film as a whole. Different types of cameras and some surveillance cameras are used to tell the story of what's going on. There's also some stock footage used, which is obvious when used given the low quality. Those searching for a high-definition look will not achieve this with The Cove. The editing is phenomenal and the entire story is told consistently and smoothly. For being shot on handheld and surveillance cameras, The Cove is well-shot.

After watching this documentary, I found myself not able to get this out of my mind. It's a disturbing occurrence that has taken place in Japan and caused an international uproar. I'm glad to see that this film has received quite a bit of attention. Even though it's not enjoyable to watch the slaughter or capture of dolphins, it's an important movie to watch given the point that the dolphin species is at. The Cove is an interesting, yet heartbreaking documentary that is sure to shock audiences worldwide, although it will inform us along the way. This is recommended for those who can endure the tragic situations.

My Rating = Four Stars

Next movie: Videodrome