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Monday: Precious

Precious is truly a sad film, but with an uplifting message.

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There are movies that are heartfelt and ones that are disturbing. These types of movies can be physically or emotionally hard to watch. Precious is a difficult one to watch.

Precious Jones is abused by her mother and pregnant by her father and has an unexpected chance at a different life when she enrolls in an alternative school. Teach Blu Rain encourages her, Precious must battle barriers everywhere in her life to escape her past. Most of the public may roll their eyes at the story, since it's obvious it's just another tear jerker. However, the screenplay is what shines above the story itself. Dialogue can be purposefully funny, or bring out some true emotion to situations.

The best thing about Precious is the acting. Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe bring out one of the best dual acting performances in memory. Mo'Nique brings a lot to the table as a supporting actress and even won an oscar for it. The nominated Gabourey Sidibe gives a passionate presentation. Mariah Carey even does an awesome job and connects with both of the two main actresses with ease. The acting from this film won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Precious is a low-budget film, but the camera work is decent. Something as simple as Precious Jones walking down the street is made into some beautiful shots of the destructive city she walks within.

To some, Precious is underrated, and to others, it's overrated. However, it's impossible to make the comment of bad acting or poor screenplay. This is a tough movie to watch for the nerves. Precious is truly a sad film, but with an uplifting message.

My Rating = Four Stars

Next movie: Hostel

Wednesday: Hostel

Hostel is strictly for fans of the genre.

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Hostel received a lot of hype before being released theatrically and caused many viewers to run out of the theaters, throw up, or pass out. This shocked the nation and caused some to even protest against it. Is Hostel really one of the grossest films to hit wide release, or is it just rumor?

Two American backpackers, Paxton and Josh, head to a hostel in Slovakia for attractive women to sleep with, but instead become objects of torture in an unimaginable house of twisted horrors. The direct plot is uncreative and has been used repetitively, but as the film continues, there are quite a few creative elements. The screenplay mostly consists of many cuss words and speaking of having sex with women. Don't expect an award winning script.

Horror films such as these usually contain terrible actors who are unrealistic. This is true for most of the cast, but Jay Hernandez (Paxton) actually gives an adequate performance. He's a fun character to follow and is a someone for the audience to clap and root for.

The filming style matches the movie and is grim and dark. There are no real colors that pop from the screen except the reds and occasional greens. The torture rooms are frightening and what's done to the victims can be highly disturbing. Interestingly enough, the audio is what makes the torture scenes as discomforting as they are. The director, Eli Roth, does an excellent job on capturing the distress of those being tortured, giving the audience an ugly, claustrophobic feeling.

People have set this movie to be one of the most unsettling mainstream films to date. This is far from the truth. It's tame compared to to some of the more recent violent flicks to be released. The torture scenes are few and spread throughout the film. There are one or two quick scenes that can cause anybody to cringe. The tension set in the movie is incredible and doesn't let up. This film definitely isn't for everybody, Eli Roth has even stated so himself. Hostel is strictly for fans of the genre.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

Next movie: 2012

Friday: 2012

2012 is nothing but another atrocious apocalyptic flick.

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The apocalyptic films usually have some reference to the Mayan calendar and the concept of the world ending in the year 2012. Since the production requires a lot of money, most filmmakers could never afford to create a movie such as this.

Jackson, and his estranged wife, Kate, and the others find out that the secret to the typhoons, earthquakes, and other disasters lies within the Mayan prophecies. The story itself is weak and the plot is paper-thin. The script is one of the weakest elements of the film. The writing comes off as tacky and even desperate.

The lead of the film, John Cusack, is a decent actor in most of his films. However, every performance, including his, are dreadful in 2012. There's no redeeming quality about any of the characters or the actors. It came off as amateurish and unprofessional. This extremely bad acting drives the film off its tracks and doesn't give the audience a reason to care about its main characters.

From the trailer alone, it's quite apparent that the visuals are amazing. When disasters graze the screen, that's the only time this movie shines. The incredible CGI looks rather real and gets some truly astonishing shots of the situations on hand.

It's disappointing to see this movie collapse on itself as it did. The running time is long and feels too lengthy for a film such as this. There are no quality components, except the special effects. Although, many of the catastrophes are short and far apart from each other, leaving horrific dialogue to carry the film to the viewers. 2012 is nothing but another atrocious apocalyptic flick.

My Rating = One Star

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