The Ugly Truth (2009)
Umberto D (1955)
Neorealism is not my cup of tea. Watched this film for film theory class and it was horrible. Entertainment-wise, why would I want to watch someone’s life as it would happen in reality on the big screen. If I wanted to see that I’d tape my own life. Otherwise, technically it was fine and I suppose you should see it at least once in your life. But I say that about most films.
The Unborn (2009)
When you see a film because it has an attractive woman in her underwear on the cover, you cannot expect much.
M. Night Shyamalan is one of my favorite directors. I’ve seen this movie several times now and every time I see it, there’s a new scene that jumps out at me as being totally awesome. Love seeing Samuel L. Jackson play a different sort of character than we’re used to seeing. Doesn’t really glamorize the hero lifestyle, but overcasts it. Love the reality mixed with science fiction. Perfect blend.
Uncle Buck (1989)
Too much like the styles of Resident Evil and The Matrix to be completely worthwhile, Underworld fails to provide a “wow” factor, with the film remaining as devoid of emotions as Kate Beckinsale’s demeanor throughout the entire film. Scott Speedman delivers as good a performance as he can muster and provides a very interesting plot device in an otherwise bland “dueling forces” storyline.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Kate Beckinsale picks up the pace slightly, allowing for more of a connection with her character, but otherwise, Underworld: Evolution completely drops the ball. Once again the series feels both like Resident Evil: Apocalypse and The Matrix Reloaded, with Beckinsale filling in the Milla Jovovich-sized cut-out, and the Nemesis program replaced by Scott Speedman as the hybrid vampire/lycan, which is no longer noteworthy, and the sex pumping out just like the awkward rave scene from Matrix Reloaded. All of this continues to make this series come off watered-down with little hope of picking up steam.
Underworld: The Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
Much more original than its predecessors, Rise of the Lycans takes some of the best characters from the first film and reveals their back-story in an epic and visual way. Though deemed unnecessary, I quite enjoyed being able to see the entire story behind the lore of the original. Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy command their roles perfectly, each reaching highs that drag this film from the dismal mess it could have been into a decent film.
The Uninvited (2009)
Barely worth the half-star. Figured out the “huge” twist within minutes of the start of the film. Not sure how the previews for this film were allowed to be shown as they really didn’t match the way the actual film was. You can’t have flashbacks to earlier moments in the film that actually didn’t happen the first time through.Sad that Elizabeth Banks went through with the film. Poorly done with laughable end.
Unknown’s story could have taken so many different paths. Instead, it took one out of left field. Within the first fifteen minutes of the film, the audience is speculating what could be happening to actor Liam Neeson and though the guessing game is fun for a short time and the writers touch on several possibilities, the outcome is rather lackluster and overly dramatic. Unknown would have been best served staying simple and grounded, rather than showy and over-the-top. With very little compelling character interaction, the film relies too heavily on forcing you to feel confused, going as far as to wavering the camera as if it were passing over waves on a boat. Though I had high hopes for Unknown, the film leaves enormous room for improvement.
Greatest animated film I have ever seen. It was so deep for a kid’s flick and that depth made me leave the theatre feeling amazing for seeing this film. It was hilarious, heart-felt, and hard to find a bad thing to pick on. Can’t wait to own this film.