Valentine’s Day (2010)
It was not great. At all. It was not a comedy because I only laughed once. There were some twists that were mediocre and did not get the rise out of me that they intended. Not really worth the time.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Valhalla Rising (2009)
Visually striking and deeply rooted, Valhalla Rising tells the story of an escaped savage and his trek across the arid land with a young boy in tow. The lack of dialogue forces the film to be very visually heavy, and the cinematography holds strong from beginning to end. Despite the gruesome reality depicted in the film, Valhalla Rising is able to capture the viewer’s attention with leading man Mads Mikkelsen as well as the extremely realistic world of 1000 AD.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
“Vanilla Sky” hits some worthwhile moments and impacting emotions, but the overdrawn, over-complicated path that it takes to get to them is riddled with unnecessary turns, not to mention a questionable soundtrack. Despite solid showings from both Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz is the one to steal the show, bringing a sense of beauty to the love interest role that is often sought after in romantic films. Her character is authentic, coming off like an actual person. Jason Lee also achieves this authenticity as Cruise’s best friend, begging the question, “why hasn’t Jason Lee been in more high profile roles like this”. With countless twists and revelations, all of which are often hit-or-miss, “Vanilla Sky” rarely takes the easy way out and ends quite nicely, despite its lengthy diversions along the way.
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
Van Wilder (2002)
Van Wilder 2: The Rise Of Taj (2006)
Could never ever top Van Wilder 1, but was better than I thought it would be. Kal Penn proved he could hold a movie by himself. You can’t top Ryan Reynolds though, sorry. Was some dirty, English fun.
Varsity Blues (1999)
Vertigo did not do it for me I guess. The plot seemed too unbelievable and the whole concept didn’t work for me. James Stewart is an awesome actor but I just couldn’t get into it from this. Hitchcock’s the man, but if I hadn’t of known he’d made it, I would have liked this movie less. The chase scenes were too long, the story lackluster, and overall, not a very good ending.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
Containing everything you expect from the Harold and Kumar franchise, the third film does not disappoint. With many laughs and finally a look at their softer sides, one cannot deny the talent of Kal Penn and John Cho. The jokes related to events outside the film are the funniest, like NPH’s sexual orientation and the rib at Kal Penn working for the White House. The 3D elements finally hit the spot where they should be, placed in almost an amusement park ride of a comedy with blatant cracks at the gimmick throughout.
V for Vendetta (2006)
Politically toned and wonderfully stylized, V for Vendetta truly comes into its own in the final third of the film. Pairing Portman with Weaving is truly inspiring. A unique take on a graphic novel film, which plays to perfection the middle ground between a stand alone film and a graphic novel adaptation, the likes of the heavily stylized and transparently adapted Sin City and 300.
The most effective found footage film since “The Blair Witch Project” and exponentially creepier, “V/H/S” is basically made up of a grab bag of different horror films, all led by different directors. Each segment scares in a slightly different way, and though all succeed in horrifying, some are more adept than the others, especially “Amateur Night”, “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger”, and “10/31/98”. At times relying too heavily on the gore factor, I eventually grew to appreciated the non-gory thrills that often smoothed over the blatant attempt at shock value.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Video Games: The Movie (2014)
A View to a Kill (1985)
Despite displaying two of the worst Bond Girls to-date, Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton and Grace Jones as May Day, “A View to a Kill” is saved only by Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, reminding 007 fans what a Bond villain should be. Venturing from a horse estate in France, allowing for an appearance by the Eiffel Tower, to San Francisco, highlighting the Golden Gate Bridge, the settings of the film are much more memorable than most of the characters. The plot follows the same outline of past Bond films, with very little variance in-between, despite Walkin’s villain surprising on more than one occasion. Without his presence, this film would be completely dead in the water, but instead, becomes one of the most memorable Bond films yet.
The Village (2004)
The Virginity Hit (2010)
Think “Superbad” meets mockumentary. In no way is this an actual documentary and I fear people will mistake it as. It is an off-beat subject with a cast “real” people that come off extremely likable, sincere, and ridiculous. The camera work adheres to the genre and never feels too shaky or unprofessional. Definitely worth a viewing!
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The Vow (2012)
In the world of sappy romantic films, you could do a lot worse than The Vow and for that it was enjoyable. The chemistry between Tatum and McAdams is strong enough to carry the film and few others actors could pull off the longing performance that Tatum brings to the table. Both of these actors have experience with this sort of material and both have yet to disappoint.