Ninjababe's Movie Reviews

(AKA: Yet another way a psychology major can study the psychosis that is Ninjababe...)

OK... This is basically just me rambling about movies I've seen/liked/hated/feel-the-need-to-rant-about.

Enjoy (Or not, it's your choice!)

Ratings are done by those cute throwing stars you see below. Ratings are zero to five, five being the best.


Shrek

Times viewed once

This is the newest movie I've seen in theaters. I have to say, I did enjoy 3/4ths of the movie, but the 'potty' humor just ruined the whole thing for me. I'm a firm believer that you can have a great movie, a funny movie, without resorting to farting and belching gags. There are some great bits (The Princess going Matrix on the Merry Men, 'Dead broad off the table!', Eddie Murphy in general), but future viewing (if any) will be in my home with the remote firmly in hand to fast forward through parts of it.

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Toy Story

Times viewed 5 (3 of which have been in the last month)

This is a great movie. And it has the disctinction of being the first ever full length film to be fully animated through CGI. This movie is one of those movies I love to watch with kids and adults, as it has two levels of humor going on. And, let's not forget the aliens. My best friend is totally besotted by the LGM (Little Green Men). (Well, I pretty much am too...). I may not like this movie as much as the sequel, but it's still pretty damn good!

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Toy Story 2

Times viewed 3 (all in last month)

I don't really know why it took me so long to watch this movie, and I'm kicking myself that it did. This movie has made my top five favs of all time list. The plot is great, the Star Wars in-jokes (The sound effects in the first segment are all from Star Wars films, the relationship between two characters later in the movie, etc) gave me a good giggle, and they had LGM!! I spent days going 'You saved our lives, we are eternally grateful <scootch scoocth scootch>'. Have I mentioned I love the aliens? I want one...

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Lethal Weapon Series

Times viewed Unknown, at least 10

I'm a big fan for action movies, especially the buddy ones. And, Lethal Weapon has both. When the witty comments aren't flying, the bullets are. And, I love how the characters evolve and grow through the movies. Going from seperate people into a family...

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Die Hard Trilogy

Times Viewed Unknown

Another great action movie set. Is it bad of me to really enjoy the scene in the first movie where he walks barefoot over broken glass? <blink blink>

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Star Wars (New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi)

Times Viewed Unknown

I grew up on these movies. I love these movies. These movies are good. (Duh). And, yes, they are seperated from Phantom Menace for a reason. I rooted for Darth Vader (Until he turned away from evil... Ponce).

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Star Wars (Phantom Menace)
Times Viewed Once

Eh... It didn't grab me as the first trilogy. It's not a bad movie... But, it just doesn't gel like the first three did. It focused to much on the few instead of the big picture... And, I was one of the few who had the bad luck of being able to understand Jar Jar Binks. <sigh>

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The Mummy
Times Viewed Three

Ooooo! Good movie! Awesome special effects, not bad plot, wonderful female lead ('I am an... librarian!' <giggle>), really cute guys... I think what makes a good action flick is a good balance of special effects, action sequences, witty comments, and characters you can care about (and enjoy watching shed their clothing...)

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The Mummy Returns
Times Viewed Once

A rare treat. A sequel as good as the original. They were able to keep the 'flow' of the first movie going in the second. And, the flashbacks were cool too. It's not often that you can bring a villain back from the 'dead' as it were and make it believable.

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A Bugs Life
Times Viewed Twice

Cute film. I really enjoy Pixar movies. (Can't wait for Monsters, Inc. to come out...) I really enjoyed the ladybug character... I think the movie is worth it just to watch the outtakes (I adore outtakes).

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Men in Black
Times Viewed Four

OK... We have Tommy Lee Jones, we have secret government agencies, we have aliens, we have cool gadgets and awesome special effect. Plus not too shabby action sequences. Good movie. I want the flashie-thingie.

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X-Men
Times Viewed Once

I'm an X-Men comic book fan. Have been for about eleven years. I never really liked the cartoon series, just because they decided to totally frell up the canon timeline and create a whole new one (I used to watch children, and had to constantly tell them the difference between the comic book and cartoon version, since they watched and read the books.). So, when the movie came out, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece. So, I kinda liked it. Especially Wolverine. The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if Gambit had been in it <g>.

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Dangerous Beauty
Times Viewed Once

Oooo... I love scenery and costumes in this movie. Plot's not bad either <g>. The actors were all well cast, and I love the fact that someone was actually brave enough to take the autobiography of Veronica Franco, a cortusean in Venice, and turn it into a movie. I'm so glad they did. This one should've won awards (If it did, it should have won more!)

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Rush Hour
Times Viewed Three

Not a bad movie. If you go into it not expecting intellectual stimulation, it's very enjoyable. Good plot, enjoyable wisecracks (Never touch a black man's radio!), and, of course, awesome fight sequences (Jackie Chan is an awesome fighter).

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Rush Hour 2
Times Viewed Once

Hey! I went to a movie in the theatre! Wow! A shock!

Anyway, another sequel that's as good as the first one. The massage parlor sequence was great! And, of course, really good wisecracks (Never touch an Chinese man's CD!)... Of course, seeing John Lone (he played Ricky Tan) was disconcerting. I kept imagining him in little glasses (probably from the other Hong Kong movies I've watched...)

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Times Viewed Once

I only went to see this in the theatre because Squaresoft CGI is awesome. That, and I'm a die hard Final Fantasy fan (Hell, I bought a Playstation just to get Final Fantasy 7!)

Not a bad movie... I guess I never really got jarred by the CGI like other people had (It looking so realistic one moment, then fakish the next) because of my experiences with the games... That, or my brain's just wired weird... Not a bad plot, good visuals, good characters. But, it wasn't Final Fantasy. Yeah, they had a character named Cid, and they had 'airships', but it was nothing like the games. It just didn't have the same feel.

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Shrek
Times Viewed Once

I liked about 80% of this film. I'm not a big fan of 'toilet' humor, so that put me off. But, other than that, it's a good movie, not a bad moral either :). I really liked the Matrix sequence.

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Monsters, Inc.
Times Viewed Twice

Ooooo! I love this film! It is just totally awesome dude!

No, really. Great story, Beautifuly done CGI, realistic moving fur! Also, has really good voice acting. Boo has become my current favorite heroine (Kitty!).

If you saw the movie before they rereleased it with outtakes, it's worth seeing again for the outtakes. Especially the special bit they put in at the end of the outtakes...

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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Times Viewed Once

OK, I've only seen this movie once because it came out today and I could only see it once.

I want to see it again. Maybe a dozen or so times actually.

It stays pretty true to the book, it has stupendous scenery, the special effects are great, the casting is wonderful, and the monsters. Ick, bleh.

There is one noticeable bit that I know wasn't in the book (near the end. Will say no more), but all in all, it's pretty damn close. Slightly condensed, slightly abridged, but damn close!

A friend pointed out how even if they couldn't put the scenes into the movie, they put little bits into the background for people who've read the book to see. Like, they camp out next to Bilbo's stone trolls, they wear cloak clasps made from leaves, etc. etc.

(Additional note 11/10/2002: I've now seen this movie 15 times, and am probably going to see it again today...)

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Harry Potter
Times Viewed Once

(The following is a weblog post I did about the movie...)

So, I went to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time today. Not bad. But, I have a feeling that I would have enjoy it much better if I had seen it before Lord of the Rings. Both are adaptions of books. However, after seeing the way Lord of the Rings adapted to the screen and comparing it to Harry Potter, I think Lord of the Rings did a better job. They just took so much out. I know, I know, time restraints. I mean, it is a 2 1/2 hour movie. But still... It just didn't seem to flow as well. I missed some things as well. Like, the whole first day in the book, where Mr Dursley has to deal with all the 'strange happenings'. And, I thought Dudley should have been fatter. Oh, and they took out the majority of Jordan's Quiddich voiceover, which I thought was one of the best bits.

And, they did build Snape up to be the bad guy (OK, Ealasaid, I agree, Rickman was really good), but not as much as in the book. I mean, as I was searching the book for Jordan's name, I came across a scene where Snape was getting his bite bandaged by Finch, and they mentioned something with three heads. And, the whole bit with Norbert. Yeah, Harid had a baby dragon, but I missed the whole long "Oh, he's a treasure! Ow! He bit me again!". I thought Neville was too skinny. And, Harry's scar... From the books, I thought it was supposed to be in the middle of his head, and a bit more than what looked to be a ragged cut.

So, Snape was supposed to help with protecting the stone. Where did his potion challenge go?! They did a good job on making Harry cut up and all at the end. I mean, most movies, the hero either gets out without a scratch, or he's basicly walking on his last legs. They picked a nice middle road to make it look like Harry fought and fought hard to get to the last room with the mirror.

Some thoughts I had while watching: Man, if that were a muggle castle, it would've cost a fortune to heat it!

They did a really good job on casting. Almost all the characters looked like I imagined them. Malfoy looked perfect (And, I agree with some people on my Buffy lists... He does look like a minature Spike), I loved how Hermione's hair was always puffy, and Hagrid. Wow...

Oh, I just noticed when I was looking up how to spell Hermione's name. They took out the Sorting Hat's song... Well, frell... I would've liked to hear that.

Loved Madam Hooch's eyes. Very cool. And, she had a great haircut.

OK... enough ranting. Even though it doesn't look like it from this, I did like the movie, but it's on the matinee/rental list. Lord of the Rings is on the pay full price list.

I think I'm going to read the books again...

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xXx
Times Viewed Once

James Bond meets Generation X. Not bad. It was like a movie long action stunt. Not a big thinking movie, but I enjoyed it...

Love the bit in the beginning that rags on Bond movies, where the spy, in a tux, ducks into a rave to hide. Oopsie! He sticks out soooo badly!

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