Goodbye 2009 you served me well, now get the fuck out its time for 2010!
Goodbye 2009 you served me well, now get the fuck out its time for 2010!
So I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I sat down. I knew there would be some funny parts, I never expected to walk out with my sides splitting and still laughing through all the pain that was inflicted upon me from laughter alone.
Heres the plot. A dudes getting married so he wants to spend the night in Vegas and have fun. Well they have a party, but no one remembers what happens, they just wake up in their room with things like chickens, tigers, benches hanging from the ceiling, a bowling alley made out of Champaign bottles and a baby. There is literally so much detail here it’s not even funny. But they wake up to find the guy who’s supposed to get married not there. Now they have to find him within 2 days because that’s when the weddings being held.
Its insane. Especially when you find out where he was. That is literally the best part in the movie. I would never have thought to look there for him, it was insane! I don’t know quite how to put it or where to start in this film. It’s pure genius!
From the crazy soon-to-be-brother-in-law to the crazy Chinese guy, to Mike Tyson, to the tiger, to a masterbating baby to oh god, its insane I cannot mention everything that happened in this movie. GO SEE IT!
That’s my final word SEE THIS MOVIE!
Base Score = 10
+2 for making me hurt from laughing so hard
+1 for the soon-to-be-brother-in-law
+1 for where the groom was
+1 for great acting all around
-1 for some really strange choices in music
This one needs no introduction. I straight up love this movie from start to end.
I love how TBS plays it for 24 hours straight over the holidays, I love the leg lamp, I love the dogs, I love the tongue on the pool, I love the crazy Santa. I just straight up love this movie.
This is pretty much the all time most famous Christmas movie of all time. I really cannot help but give nothing but praise to this movie. It’s not Christmas without it. I don’t actually have cable at my house, so I actually had to go out and buy it this year. It was everything I remembered it to be and then a whole bunch of stuff that I forgot about. This happens every time you watch it. It’s like you get a prize every time because there is no way to memorize the whole movie.
There is not a single bad thing I can say about this movie. It got a 10 before I even started writing the review. So with that I will stop.
However if you have NEVER seen this movie or if you are that weird person that hates this movie, then sit down and watch it with your family and tell me that you didn’t have a good time. You will thank me later.
Base Score = 10
I could add modifiers, but c’mon theres no need, this movie is epic.
Yes, there is actually a version of A Christmas Carol where Patrick Stewart plays Scrooge. It took me over 2 years to track down a copy of this (really I didn’t look that hard for it, I just always wanted to see it). I am glad to finally of found it.
Now in my personal opinion there is no better male actor than Patrick Stewart, the man is a genius on screen. He played in other things such as ST:TOS(Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Capt. Picard. He also starred in the first 3 x-men movies as Professor Xavier. He played all those roles brilliantly, almost to the point of taking away from the thunder of other actors. He is a genius and with that in mind I was actually expecting a little more from him than this. It was by no means a bad performance; I think it was just a bad script.
The plot was boring mainly because it dragged on. When you thought a scene should have been over it kept on going for another 10 minutes, torturously. It was the only downfall of this. Then again it was a made-for-TV film, so I didn’t expect much, but I at least expected to be entertained. It wasn’t that entertaining.
As far as sticking to the story, it stuck really well. But it was boring through and through.
I would go on, but I would honestly just tear this movie limb from limb. I honestly do not recommend this version even if you are an avid fan of both Patrick Stewart and A Christmas Carol. I love them both, but they don’t mesh together well.
Base Score = 5
+3 for Patrick Stewart
-1 for a bad script
-2 for dragging on… constantly
-1 for being bored during most of the movie
This is my all time favorite Christmas story. It never grows old in any form. I love the story so much that I must watch about 3-4 different versions of the story every Christmas. With that biased opinion I continue.
Now I was honestly not expecting that much out of an animated version of this story, but boy was I wrong, it actually added quite a bit to the effect of the film. To begin with it allowed for some pretty intense effects such as The Ghost of Christmas future was nothing more than a shadow most of the time, only a few times does it actually manifest in a physical form. The other thing that makes it easy is the transition from one to another scene where effects are needed. Another note is with the Present ghost, the room he was in flew around and you could see through the floor. All interesting effects and those are just but a few. It was well worth watching for the effects alone.
Now what initially turned me off was the fact that Jim Carrey did the voice over for Scrooge. But after I looked on IMDB, he actually did most of the voices for the film. Kind of like Tom Hanks with The Polar Express. He did most of the voices for the entire movie. I didn’t know that like I did while watching this film though, so props to Jim Carrey for being able to confuse me that much. There were of course other Voice actors, but Jim Carrey still did most of the work for it.
The other thing that really got to me was the scene when Tiny Tim passed. I actually cried so hard it wasn’t even funny. I think this was the first time in my life that an animated movie made me cry that hard. It was so touching and hurtful to watch all at the same time. I have never seen Tiny Tim’s death ever portrayed as well as it was in this film. And again this was an animated film! It still catches me off guard.
All in all this was one of the better versions of A Christmas Carol I have ever seen. If you like the story then this film will keep you interested from start to end. I loved it.
Base Score = 8
+1 for Jim Carrey
+1 for excellent animation
+1 for making me cry
-1 for being a little bit on the scary side
-1 for not showing Scrooge in more happy scenes. There were only a few, and they could have easily put in more.
-1 for the music not being that great
If any of you wanted to know my favorite Christmas story of all time is A Christmas Carol. I love it in all forms. I never get tired of it.
Have a great Christmas and may you day be jolly!
I will be taking the next 2 days off from blogging. Also don’t expect one on New Year’s eve either, i plan to be wasted enjoying myself and all manner of crazy things over the holidays.
This movie was always one that I never really wanted to see when it came out. There really was no reason behind it; I just had no desire to see it. Well turns out I gave it a few years and it turns out that the movie is really not all that bad. I actually enjoyed most of it.
There were 2 things that really got to me on this movie. The first one beings as this might as well have been Tom Hanks personal movie. He did so many of the voiceovers for it that he might as well have done it by himself. He did the main character, the conductor, the bum, the spirit on the train, Santa, and quite a few others. All of the other characters were done by one person each. It makes me wonder how many hours Tom Hanks spent in the booth. But the problem was that I could easily tell that each of the voices were Tom Hanks. It annoyed me. It’s almost like they had a low budget for the film, but they wasted it all on one main guy.
The other thing that got to me was that it never fully explained the bum that kept on reappearing throughout the movie. I am still confused as to why he was ever in it. It almost seems like he was put in just to eat up time to make the movie just a little bit longer.
OK, enough complaining. The music was fantastic. It fit the mood perfectly, but the songs stood out. But it is a movie aimed at kids, so that’s a good thing. There were however no memorably songs. Just songs to fill the gaps between dialog.
I also enjoyed that the movie had a mysterious beginning and no one knew where the train was supposed to be taking them, yet all of the kids got on without question. It was odd. Then again if I was a kid and a train appeared in the middle of the night on the street out front, I would probably do the same thing.
The story wasn’t great, but the action was entertaining from start to end. I wouldn’t say that one made up for the other, but it would switch from one to the other, so it was hard to notice that they both were not great. Tolerable yes, but not fantastic like a Christmas movie should be.
All in all it was enjoyable, but I will probably not watch it again for a while. Probably when I forgot what it was about and why I have it. And probably around winter sometime.
Base Score = 6
-1 for a one man voice over
-1 for not tying up loose ends in the story
+1 for good music
I am a fan of Adam Sandler. He has brought a great many o comedies to my life and although he has strayed away from comedies in his more recent years he still tends to make tolerable movies to watch, with the exception of Funny People, that movie was a shithole. But with that one exception he has usually produced beyond tolerable movie quality.
Now what I loved about this movie was the concept behind the characters. I espically liked the role of Lucy Whitmore, played by Drew Barrymore. She was in an accident and she only remembers day to day. Every day is literally the same day for her and each time she wakes up she forgets what happened the previous day. So when Adam Sandler hits on her one day and tries to pick it up the next, Drew Barrymore straight up attacks him because she doesn’t remember him. Too bad Adam Sandler made a bet that he could take her out on a date.
And the story only gets better from the concept alone. One thing that really threw me off was that Lucy’s brother was played by Sean Astin aka Sam-mother-fucking Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings. It totally threw me off, yet I thought that was the only movie he was ever in. But after looking at his page on IMDB he has actually been in quite a bit of things since LOTR, but still seeing him like I did in this film totally threw me off and I kept on thinking of Clerks 2 whenever I saw him in a scene.
All in all this entire movie was good, not great, but it was well worth my time to see it. I recommend it to anyone who wants a feel good movie, but if you are feeling down and out then it’s probably best to avoid this film.
Base Score = 6
+1 for Adam Sandler
+1 for an interesting character flaw that played out nicely
+1 for Sam
-1 for getting a little slow after the half-way mark
-1 for jumping to the end to quick
I would like to say that when I saw this movie for the first time I was bored to tears, it really had me wondering what the hell made the books and this movie so popular. I am still confused about what makes its fan base so huge that it is sickening to watch videos on YouTube of New Moons opening night.
I never really have any desire to watch these movies, but my girlfriend wanted to watch this movie again, so I sat down with her and hoped that after seeing New Moon that it would make Twilight just a little bit better. Holy crap was I wrong. Even with how boring both movies are, it turns out that after watching New Moon, Twilight is sooo bad it’s not even funny. The only thing that can make Twilight any better is the RiffTrax version. Seriously that is the only way I was able to tolerate my way through this one again.
I dread the day that my girlfriend wants to have marathon with these movies.
Anyone enough bitching about how bad the movie is, let’s move on to complaining on how bad it is.
I actually found myself doing other things than wanting to watch the film, that’s always a bad thing, at one point I found that I was behind my computer surfing the net totally not paying attention. I had no idea I was doing it till I wondered where that strange noise was coming from. Turns out I was mentally blocking the movie and not even noticing it. Not a good sign.
Now I am a native of Seattle, so the only thing that really caught my attention was the scenery and the desire to go on a hike. Really that was the only thing that kept me watching the first time through, and it helps… a lot. But even with the gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery I still found the storyline dragging on, boring, dull, less exciting then being on a carousel at the age of 50, and you’re not with a child.
There are a million reasons on why to avoid this film, but for those of us with girlfriends, we are doomed for the rest of our lives. Here’s to hoping that the 3rd movie will have some sort of plot.
Base Score = 4
-1 for no plot
+2 for Pacific Northwest
-1 for being boring
-1 for having to shun the fact that there will be more movies in this shitty world and I will be dragged to them.