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On this page I'll write reviews of the movies I see and books I read. I might use a format similar to this for my reviews.

Movie Reviews

Chicago

This movie has everything. Drama, Comedy, Mystery, and most importantly, AWESOME music! There is not a single weak character in the movie, and I had no idea these actors were so talented! One of the best adaptations of a stage show to a movie I have ever seen. Deffinitely deserving of it's Best Picture Award! (9 out of 10 stars)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


This is THE cult movie. This movie was also adpated from the stage, can't say which I like better becasue I've never seen the show. But it is a very fun movie to watch with a big group, especially if they know the music! This is the deffinition of a low-budget movie. Fox gave the picture a $1,000,000 budget, which might sound like a lot, but it is really nothing when you consider that Titanic cost $200,000,000 and LOTR cost $300,000,000. While The RHPS was deemed a flop immediately it became the best investment Fox ever made, getting over 30 times it's investment back. (7 out of 10) stars















Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002)







Firt let me say that this is deffinitely not a cartoon for children! It's very obnoxious, crude, and has a great amount of shock value! But this is also probably the funniest movie I have ever seen! It's very disgusting in many parts which makes it so great. And even more surprising is how good/catchy a lot of the music is! Yeah it's a musical! Even though it's a very crude movie it also has a lot of sentimental value, it tells a good story but even in the most emotional parts they manage to throw in humor without destroying the scene! I still get chills several times throughout the movie, which very few movies do for me. (8 out of 10 stars)









The Haunting (1999)



I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this one, but this movie scared more than any other movie I can remember. It might just be me, becasue I am really into the technical stuff like sets, special effects and stuff, as well as music. I'll be the first to admit that the acting in this movie is kinda crappy, but everything else more than makes up for it. I think the scariest thing in the movie is the music, it is almost the central character. I have the soundtrack and I seriously cannot listen to it alone. Then the set designer created one of the best sets I have ever seen! The only part of the house shown in the movie that is real is the outside of the house. All the indoor shots were created on a soundstage! In addition to the music and set there are several very unexpected things that happen. I think it's a great movie to watch with friends! (7 out of 10 stars)







Back to the Future I (1984)



A truly original story that set the bar for future movies involving time travel! This movie is another example of why Robert Zemeckis is by idol! This movie shows that no matter how much we don't want to believe it, our parents really were kids once, and they did have their own problems to deal with. This movie has a great moral as well as big laughs! What most people don't know is that there was never meant to be a sequel. "To be continued" which appears at the end of the movie was added as a joke. But after the movie was so sucessful they decided to continue the movie. They thought of making a huge 3 hour sequel, but one of the top people (I'm not sure who it was so I'll just say he was someone important) said he didn't want to make the most expensive movie ever made (although he went on to make Waterworld(a huge flop)-the most expensive movie made until Titanic) So they decided to make 2 movies.(9 out of 10 stars)









Back to the Future II (1989)



A groundbreaking film. By todays standards this would be just another movie about the future. However Michael J. Fox was cast as himself, his future self, his son, and his daughter. One scene required him to play 3 characters in the same shot, something that at the time was unheard of, so the crew INVENTED a camera which could record it's own movement and then replay it under it's own power. That same technology has been built upon to create some of today's biggest special effects. I also have to give the crew a lot of recognition for turning "Hill Valley 1985" into "Hill Valley 2015" This movie takes a very interseting look at the future and like the first movie provides teh audience with many laughs! The story however is not as strong, but is understandable since they had to write the story around the characters. Crispen Glover who really was the lead in the first (George McFly) decided not to do the sequel becasue they weren't willing to pay him as much as Michael J. Fox. Jeffery Weissman stepped in as George McFly and the authors did their best to keep him out of the script as much as possible so you wouldn't notice the change in actors.


Back to the Future III (1990)

This was the least popular of the trilogy. At the end of BTTF II, Doc (Christopher Loyd) is struck by lightning in the Delorian sending him back into the old West. So Marty (Michael J. Fox) has to figure out how to get Doc back to the present. I must give the tech crew another huge round of applause for taking the exact same set used in the first 2 movies and turning it into a dusty Western town. This is another great comedy as well as an action film, with some great wrecks at the end. I think the decline in the trilogy's popularity is due to the fact that it is a trilogy. The same thing is happening with the Star Wars prequels. The first movie EVERYBODY had to see it, the second one, quite a few people were excited about it, but now it's like PLEASE DON'T MAKE ANYMORE! Anyways I would still recommend all of the BTTF movies! (7 out of 10 stars)



Cold Creek Manor (2004)

Ok, so far all of my reviews have been pretty positive, well get buckle up because there's about to be a huge drop in ratings! The movie starts off promising enough with a creepy old house. And people start dying or something I don't really remember it very much because it was so crappy. You find out who the killer is like half way through the movie and so you expect some big plot twist near the end, but there isn't it's just there! One character in the movie is played by Julliette Lewis (from The Other Sister) I think she is a pretty good actress, but she is horrible in this film, in one scene in a bar she goes from completely normal to like completely drunk in under 30 seconds, and then she gets punched in the face by her boyfriend, and falls to the floor very hard. When another guy asks her what happened (even though he saw it) she says she just fell. The group I was watching it with started cracking up because it was so unbelievable. And THE THING THAT ANNOYED ME THE MOST ABOUT THE MOVIE was this one door in the house! The family tries to go through it 3 times in the movie but there is always something blocking it. I don't remember the first time, but the second time there is a snake there, and the third time it's locked, which doesn't really make sense since it's their house. If you want to see a scary movie about a house go see The Haunting! (3 out of 10 stars)



Mean Girls (2004)

You've heard the story before, a girl goes to a new high school and has to deal with all the drama of being the new girl. But what if you were going to a new school after being home schooled in Africa for your entire life? That's what Mean Girls is about. Cady (Lindsay Lohan) falls into the “Plastics” clique at her new school, the pretty bimbos basically. But gets turned against when she falls for one of the other girls' ex's. Anger turns to backstabbing and trying to make the other person look worse and embarrass them. I thought it was great how Tina Fey compares the actions of teenagers to a pack of wild animals! I think this film was completely underrated, honestly I hate teen movies, but this was so much more than a teen movie. In fact a lot of the humor was kinda dirty and aimed towards adults, but it depicted high school life realistically! Finally a movie about high school that people IN high school can actually relate to! The movie isn't just about laughing either. There is a great and meaningful lesson about self-worth, respect, being yourself, and honesty. This film is great for all ages and has a lot of BIG laughs.
(7 out of 10 stars)




Game Reviews

DDR Max

A good rendition of the popular arcade game. It can be rather expensive to first purchase the game and mats, but it can also be played using the directional arrows. Doesn't have many well known songs, but they are fun none the less.


Silent Hill

This is a rather old game, which you can tell just by looking at the graphics. Although they still create a horrifying environment, graphics have come very far since then. No other game has gotten me as involved in the story line as this game has. It starts off (like all the SH games) with a video. You play Harry who is driving to Silent Hill but then swerves to avoid a person in the road. He crashes, is knocked unconsious, and when he wakes up his daughter Cheryl is gone. And that's the point of the game, find your daughter. You have to play the game to understand how truly horrifying and exciting this game is.

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