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Brokeback Mountain
(2005)

A Truly Beautiful Love Story
This movie has such a unique and beautiful storyline. It has touched the hearts of the millions of people who have seen it. I did not know exactly what to expect going into this movie, except for the cliché stereotype of Brokeback Mountain. After watching it I was deeply moved by the epitome of what this movie really is: a true love story, regardless of gender.

The direction of Ang Lee is simply spectacular. There is the scope of the mountain scenes, the gentle conversation between the main characters, and that all builds throughout the twenty years in which this movie takes place. It truly tells a story that some can relate to, while others can certainly see the message it portrays.

If you go into this movie with an open mind, you will walk out of it with a greater understanding of what can happen with love in any stretch of the imagination. I highly recommend it, for the directing, acting, the musical score, and the message. 10 out of 10.

Seven Pounds
(2008)

Unarguably The Best Movie Of 2008
Seven Pounds is by far one of the best movies I have seen. Besides The Dark Knight, it was the best movie of 2008. This movie has it all: it's got drama, it's got humor, it's got romance, it's got great music to suit the scenes, it's got great actors, and it is simply touching, bottom line. This movie is just so beautiful in every way, with the good deeds that are done throughout the movie.

Will Smith is a truly outstanding actor who can take any role and make it sensational. You may question certain parts of the movie at first, but they come together. Besides Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, who plays the love-interest, is just darling. She makes me so happy in this movie, not only because she was in Rent, but because she plays a tender character who is so loving, so caring, so unique. This romantic duo is for sure a hit.

I recommend seeing this movie knowing as little about it as possible, that way there is surprise and it is not spoiled for you. The cinematography is excellent, the editing, the production, there was nothing wrong with this movie on the technical side. Go out and see this movie, whether in the theaters or wait for it to be on DVD, but it is one to be seen for its beauty and awe-inspiring motives.

10 out of 10 stars.

Yes Man
(2008)

A Hilarious Comedy With A Poor Plot
I left this movie puzzled. It started out so well! It had a great premise: this guy who always says no to everything somehow changes and says yes to everything--let the events unfold! However, with that great start, led the movie to a decline which soon plummeted to an awkward ending of the movie.

I was excited to see this movie because of Jim Carrey; I thought it would be like "Liar, Liar", where it would be funny, it would have a good plot, and leave myself with a sense that I enjoyed a good movie. Unfortunately, I am not so much of a Carrey fan anymore.

There were quite a lot of boring scenes that I did not really understand, leaving me thinking, "Why was that put in there?" The entire plot was quite random; things just happened from one thing to another. It's like they could have scrambled a bunch of scenes and it wouldn't make any difference.

The thing that confuses me the most is that there is a book which was written before the movie, but it's a good 400 pages. My thinking is that they just took snippets from the book and made this slapped-together movie, leaving a lot out, which was probably key to the plot line.

I wanted to walk out of the theaters and tell everyone that this was a great movie, that I highly recommend it, but I won't be doing that. It was just so-so. It has been the worst Carrey movie I've seen yet. What also bugs me is that Zooey Deschanel, who plays Alison, is 28 in real life, when Jim Carrey is 46. Although age is just a number, she's basically a young girl and he's a grown man. There were scenes that just looked awkward between the two of them because you could tell she is so much younger than him.

I would almost venture to say bad casting and a poor execution of the plot. The only thing that saved this movie is that it was quite hilarious throughout. I definitely got my share of laughs, but they soon ceased when the halfway point in the movie occurred, and the balance was tipped off the scale.

4 out of 10 stars.

The Morgue
(2008)

The worst movie I have ever seen in my life
Folks, I've got sad news to deliver to you: never before in my whole life have I seen a more terrible movie. It's hard to even pinpoint what exactly is wrong with it because it is just so random and pointless. Let me put it as plainly as possible:

  • The acting is awful. Just plain bad. It could be because the script was written so poorly with things like, "We need to leave." "Okay." But wow, it's just uninteresting and so so boring.


  • The idea for the plot SEEMS interesting, like they had something going, but then it just leads itself into more "filler scenes", with no point, leaving you wondering "What the heck is going on"


  • The movie ties itself together, but the problem is that its randomness leaves you puzzled.


  • There is NOTHING scary about this whatsoever. The fact that it is rated 'R' leaves me in total awe. I was waiting for moments in any good horror/thriller, like something that actually makes me scream out loud or something, but the only things that happen are characters getting hit by shovels and whatnot. What gives?


  • It claims there is an "astonishing twist" but is hardly original or even creative.


I want my money back, this is absurd. Unfortunately, I had gone to the store to rent this movie, unaware of how bad its rating here is, and how virtually unknown it is. A clue to that could have been that the actors aren't that well-known either.

Bottom line, DO NOT see this movie. It should have never been made. I would never recommend it in a thousand years. I wasted 82 minutes of my life. It's just so poorly written, badly acted, and horribly executed. Make sure the next time you see a movie, check it out and make sure it does well in the ratings, unlike this one.

1 out of 10.

Swimfan
(2002)

A successful drama film with all of the requirements a thrilling romance needs
This very serious and dramatic movie puts fourth the clue that it is about obsession, betrayal, and revenge. In the movie, Madison Bell played by very talented Erika Christensen, is the new girl that has a sudden likeness for Ben Cronin, played by Jesse Bradford. What Ben doesn't know is that this new girl will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even if it requires some dirty work.

The overall performance of this movie ended up quite well in my opinion. The scenes and camera angles were stupendous, and the music puts the entire film into a setting of whatever the music is explaining. The story, although some people say it was a remake of some other movie, was done with suspicion, suspense, and wonder. The trailer for this movie looked good when I saw it advertising on television or in the theaters. So I had to check it out and see if it was any good. I was satisfied with the end result and had a chill down my spine in every other scene. This is probably one of the perfect examples of a dramatic love movie, in the eyes of some. I think that most of the scenes that were included in the final picture were necessary, except for a few long and dragging on parts. I cannot recall remembering any parts that were poorly filmed, poorly acted, poorly edited, and so on. The main characters were what made this movie a success.

First off, Jesse Bradford is a good actor for his age, putting him behind Leonardo DiCaprio, but in front of Macaulay Culkin in terms of their skills in how well they appear to be the character they were assigned to play. I had only heard of Jesse Bradford after seeing the movie "Clockstoppers" about four of five months before that. So I thought that if he puts on a relatively good performance in "Clockstoppers", he must do well in this movie. And so he did. He will most likely come a long way in his career in the future with more dramatic acts and roles. As for Erika Christensen, she has a lot more talent than I would have thought. I first noticed her in the remake of the classic series "Leave it to Beaver". She delivered a good, wholesome attainment in that movie, along with her other big hit in '99, "Can of Worms". But she has come a long way since then. Now she has more of a figure, has more skill in whatever role she is put up to, and will most likely succeed high in her career as well.

The co-stars of this movie include Shiri Appleby, playing "Amy". She reminds me of a younger version of Denise Richards from her character "Carmen" in "Starship Troopers". They somewhat relate on account of their astounding talent to contrive worried expressions whenever needed. Clayne Crawford, playing the jock, "Josh", is also remarkable as his supporting role in this movie. He is probably just as talented as the main actor Jesse Bradford, only in a smaller role. There was also the character of "Christopher", played by James DeBello who is pretty good as his character, as is all the rest of the cast in which I have not listed.

The extensively few cons that I have to this movie is that it really could have been longer. I mean, take "Minority Report" for example. Although the plots have nothing alike, "Minority Report" was nearly twice as long. But what Hollywood seems to be doing is making all of the movies that they think people will see and make them really short, so even though they see it in the theaters, they will pay the same amount of money for a 2 and a half hour movie as they do an 80-minute film. So instead of spending the extra money to make the movie longer, they just shorten it up a bit. I think that there also could have been more scenes with the school and with the development of characters. Since this took place in a high school, it doesn't really make sense how Jesse Bradford, a 23-year old, is playing an 18 year old? That was the same way in the movie "Clockstoppers" as well. He was playing a younger character, even though he may be up to five years older than the person he is portraying. The main concept is that the end result looks real and is successful in the end. I would give this movie a 9 out of 10 stars only because I believe that it could have been longer, with room for more character development and some improvements. But if you are a person who has a measly hour and a half to spare, this movie will send a chill down your spine and something to think about.

The Paper Brigade
(1996)

A great family movie of whom we can all relate to
This movie has basically everything that you could ask for in a movie. It has the characters that were introduced in a way that other movies fail to accomplish at. The characters are fully relatable to the audience because they are just like normal people. What I liked about this movie is that it was entertaining. There are some jokes in this movie that were not that bad. The main jokes that are in this movie are jokes that get described and shown to the viewers, rather than just having a fakie one-liner. This movie is a type of adventure movie. It sort of reminds me of the movie "Air Bud", which I liked too. They don't really have much in common, but seem like they were built upon the same basic structure of how the audience sees the characters' perspective.

There was a big variety of people in this movie, making it easy to relate to, like I said. Gunther Wheeler just moved to a small town and thinks it will just be plain boring. He gets a job in a paper route which the movie is centered on as its plot. You learn a few silly facts in this movie, you see how paper gets from the big stack wrapped in twine to your doorstep, and you see what happens to a normal teenager as he goes through a summer thinking it will be totally boring, but then makes a decision in the end which you will find out when you watch the movie. My other favorite part is the adventurous parts that make the plot easy to follow by and fun to watch. I have no dissapointments in this film. I think that Kyle Howard did an excellent job as Gunther, which was not an easy role to master, and playing Crazy Man Cooper, Robert Englund, was also someone to give special attention to.

Basically this movie is everything that you could expect from a non-theatrical movie. It is entertaining to watch for all ages, because like I said, it has a big variety of characters. This movie was accomplished really well and had some hard scenes to shoot, but must have been fun to shoot. All in all, I give this movie a 9 out of 10, for being a well written, typical summertime movie.

LeAnn Rimes in concert
(1997)

An enjoyable musical performance by a singer who's bound to do well in the future
This tour of LeAnn Rimes life so far is very interesting to watch and is also fun and enjoyable. For most all of the concert ratings that I have seen on this site, people don't usually give them high votes. Usually 75% or more give it a 1 out of 10. I don't understand that because a concert is like a behind the scenes, although it is So and So in Concert. In this concert specifically, you get to hear about how LeAnn started out, what she plans on doing in the future, and how she is doing currently. Although this was nearly 6 years ago we're talking, there is still some info that coordinates with her now. She has become a lot more popular than I would have expected back in '97 when I saw this, mainly because she has a real singing voice and a nice personality behind her Hollywood image.

I have no clue whatsoever of where to find a copy of this forty minute concert/production because it was just a small television appearance. I saw this originally on the Disney Channel, but that channel does not do concerts anymore. I just would like to say to anyone that is reading this that it was fun to see, hear, and enjoy. I don't remember this much, but from what I remember it was pretty good and flawless. I give it *****/***** stars for a superior job well done and for LeAnn to be so brave in starting out in the music business so well.

Genius
(1999)

A movie with genius worked into the outcome
This movie is about a 13 year old kid who is extremely smart. He is going off to college five years early, and has gotten letters from all of the main colleges. He goes off to one he favors and does not have so good of a time. I guess the movie is overall entertaining in all of the main scenes and sequencing in putting it together. The movie has a lot of people in it, which I am always going on and on about in other reviews. Because a movie with a lot of people in it is one that can be enjoyed by all different types of people because they can relate to the character in the movie because there are profuseness amounts of people that are of anomalous personalities and styles.

I like the basic structure of the movie, how it flows, the ending and how the characters act. I know that sometimes actors and actresses may have to do actions on television that they may not really want to do, and that could be one of the things that happened in this movie. There were a few spots that seemed like they would never happen, not that it was impossible, just that no one would ever do that particular scene. The college students in the film are really sarcastic and do well doing so. The thing that I like about this movie is how there is a lot of sneaking around going on. How the main character does something drastic to improve how he would be thought of by his students and his peers. This movie deals a lot with how people are thought of by others. About fitting in with the people that you want to be with, and not with the people that you have to be with.

I liked how all of the actors and actresses acted, with an understanding of their character and knowing how to act like someone of who they are not. I cannot think of anyone who did not do their optimum level of acting that was expected by the viewers, meaning that all of the people in the film did okay, or above okay. This is not a kind of typical film with everything so perfect it is just dull to watch, this movie possesses a sense of knowing what the plot is centered on. The writer of this movie obviously knew about what he was writing about, and not just guessing how the lives of teens and young adults act. There is some doubt in this movie. Not the predictable type, but the type where you actually don't know what will happen, unless something like a miracle appears. Furthermore, being that this is a Disney Channel Original movie, and not having spent a whole lot of time on it, I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. The reason is because the movie could have been better in some ways, but it also had its good points.

Can of Worms
(1999)

A can of nothing different upon the aspects of a movie. (Contains brief spoilers in second paragraph)
I have seen this Disney movie maybe four times because Disney plays their movies so much, and have every time thought that is was a bit odd. One thing that I found that made this movie not as good as it could have been, was the "perfect" family that was in the movie. For some reason, the main character, Mike, thinks he has such a terrible life, when that really isn't true. Even though he thinks that he is upon the area of being incommodious to the place he lives in, Earth, that still isn't a reason to want to leave, is it? There is another thing about his life that makes it exquisitely neat that you will find out if you watch the movie. The family seems to be perfect with no flaws in the family except for some whimsical parents. Even his sister is typical. There really was not a lot of thought that went into making this family different from boring. If the writer was trying to express this family like this, he or she could have make the family more interesting even if they had this family planned like this.

The plot of the story is somewhat weird as well. The story does not flow in the end. It shifts to an entirely different kind of story it seems like. Basically what is does is discontinues from what the story had to offer, a movie that took place in a small town. Not somewhere bizarre like where it seems to take place in the end. The movie just sort of turned out not as it could have, and not how I would have expected. This is also the type of movie that someone could like just because they want to, but deep down inside they may think that it is a movie that isn't so good after all.

This movie is overall a little boring, it has some action scenes and some good scenes, but all in all I think it is not as good as some of the other Disney Channel Original movies. I think that is is worth seeing once or twice, but you shouldn't expect a lot from it. There are some funny lines, but some are not. I think that overall, I would give this movie a 6 out of 10, for lacking what could be the most important thing in movies: the will to keep the audience watching.

Phantom of the Megaplex
(2000)

A family flick of all types of interests
(Includes a background of characters that reveals who they are, If you want to keep all that a surprise, don't read this review.)

This movie is a movie that you feel okay with watching every once and awhile. It is one of my favorite Disney Channel Original Movies because it has a plot that you can follow. It also has a lot of people in the movie, making it a movie that all people can relate to because there is lots of different types of people as well. I liked it also because even though the family cast may not be the best of actors and actresses, they put together a family type of feeling that makes it seem like they are a family, even though they are not. The ideas that the movie used were pretty clever as well. The movie centers on a phantom terrorizing a big 26-screen movie theater. This is mainly a mystery as to who has been doing all of the unwanted actions in the theater.

To give you a background and summary of the characters I'll tell you about the family in the movie. The main character is Pete Riley, played by Taylor Handley. He is the assistant manager of this big megaplex, which means he has a lot of responsibility and duties to bring about before his shift is over. He has two siblings in the movie, his younger sister, Karen, played by Caitlin Wachs, and his younger brother, Bryan, played by Jacob Smith. They are the typical type of a younger brother and sister that nag you and annoy you mainly because they are bored. Pete is the type of older brother that in a way, tolerates it. They have a mother as well, who is probably just your everyday mother that has her sternness and fun side.

I think that Mickey Rooney, playing Movie Mason, did the best acting job. There were really no let-downs in this movie, but being a Disney Channel Original movie, it could have been better, only by adding more character development. This is a movie mainly for kids 6-11 or so. Teens may also enjoy it, only the teens today are mostly into PG-13 movies, not necessarily G movies. I enjoyed the movie because of the slight comedy, mystery, and some suspense. All in all it is worth it to see. Children will most definitely like it, maybe adults too. It's a good family movie that I give an 8.5/10.

Air Bud
(1997)

A fun animal movie not gone wrong
I have seen this movie a lot of times and I have liked it on some occasions, and disliked it on some. It has a very good plot to it, although it may be a bit absurd. The family featured in the movie is a very real type of family, maybe a little more "perfect" than your everyday family, but real enough to be in a movie. The films that have followed this one have been okay, but they have just kept getting weirder and odder. I mean, a dog playing football? Then soccer, and then baseball?! The second and third were reasonable, but the baseball one just doesn't make sense. The main reason I even had a care for liking this movie is because it has a dog in it. Movies that feature animals are usually ones that are more heartwarming and ones that took more effort to make than just telling somewhat what to do, where in this case they actually had to train a dog.

The other thing that I really liked about this movie was the music. The music was composed by Brahm Wenger who did the music for the MVP chimpanzee movies as well. The music has a lot of string instruments in it which give the movie an at-home feeling. Since there is no suspense in this movie there is no need for suspenseful music, but if there was a need, the music would probably be really good, coordinating to the main music of course. The setting added to the outstanding music made this movie one that I like to watch. Just the three key elements that I have listed kept me watching and liking this film. The three elements are involving a dog in the movie, the amazing music, and the realistic setting. The reason the setting is a key element to why I liked the movie is because it was a very beautiful setting, with lots of greenery and trees. The setting also seemed a lot more real than a lot of other movies I have seen. The setting in those other movies is one that is "perfect", like I said about how the family in the movie wasn't. So the setting adds to a lot of the ambition of this movie.

Kevin Zeggers, who plays Josh Framm in the movie, continues to grow up in the concluding movies. He starts out as a kid and arrives a teen at what will seem to be like the end of the movies, if not, and adult. There are some real issues that this movie elucidates, giving it a ratiocination at the least, to be a favorable movie. There is a little bit of comedy in this movie, especially concerning the evil clown. There is also a little bit of sadness accompanying the laughs. I cannot think of any reason off the top of my head that would make this movie better than it already is. With all of the reasons I have given, I entrust this movie a 9 out of 10, for lacking nothing of main concern.

Matilda
(1996)

Use your mind power
There are some who think that the book is better than the movie said to have been based on the book, well in this case, I cannot say. The reason is because just like a lot of other popular books written into screenplays to become movies, the book is totally different. I am basing my theory upon "The Wizard of Oz" book and movie, and "The Lord of the Rings". The stories of them have the same basic structure, but the details are fuzzily explained as well as the book explains them. For "Matilda", it is almost the same case. Although it is not a big and huge movie like the Rings trilogies coming out, it still has interesting parts and like all movies, has it's downfalls.

The real book "Matilda", by Roald Dahl, had different ways of putting the scenes in which he described to create the story. But everything mainly follows the basic procedure of how the book was originally structured. The book is a lengthened version of the movie, to put is simply. Since this was not just an adaptation of a silly story that took someone five minutes to complete the main idea of the story and put it to text, it was a movie based on an actual novel, making it a full and well done movie.

Mara Wilson, who played Matilda, is a child who was adopted at a young age and is raised in a chaotic family of cheaters, liers, and gamblers. At her school, there is unorthodox things happening which are questioned about in the movie. There is a lot of comedy in the movie, which adds to why this is a family film. There is also some frightening things that that lead to the slight suspense it brings fourth with the frightfulness. All of the actors and actresses do a wonderful job of playing what seems to be the most abnormal of characters. Danny De Vito not only played Matilda's Dad, an eccentric car salesman, but also directed the movie. This movie definitely deserves two thumbs up with the great acting, adaptation to the book, character development which I forgot to mention, and marvelous directing. I give this phenomenal family flick a 10 out of 10. Roald Dahl wrote a tremendous book that turned into a miraculous movie.

Get a Clue
(2002)

Not a total waist of time
~(Mild Spoliers)~

This movie is basically an all around mystery movie. It deals with spy gadgets, do-hickeys, and hidden cameras. But is is an okay film. The characters seem to be around 13 or 14. But in real life they are all about 2 years older at least. The plot of the story is somewhat weird, but it has one of those plots like the ones that could only happen once in a million. There are some boring jokes in this, but the movie is overall entertaining enough to be said it is good. The characters that did a good job was especially Lindsay Lohan who played Lexy. She actually acted as the character throughout the entire film. The movie takes place in New York City, and we all know that that is a pretty big city. So I do not understand why the parents of Lexy actually let her roam the streets of New York City alone with her 1 or 2 friends that are with her.

(Beginning of spoiler) One other thing that I find odd is how the majority of the students in Lexy's school has a cell phone in which they bring to school. In most schools nowadays, cell phones are not allowed, except for after school uses. In the movie, they use them during their break and stuff like that. I can see with it taking place in a big city that they would have them on account of having to stay in contact with their parent or guardian, but it just seemed like too many people had them. They were also using the cell phones before school. Who would you have to talk to on your way to school? (End of spoiler)

(End of Spoilers) The person I think that did not do the best job of acting was Bug Hall who played Jack. He just seemed like a regular person with an exceptionally bad haircut. On the Disney Channel they showed this commercial a lot of times. And not just this commercial, but the music video as well since a song was written for the movie. The song that they played was okay, but it was a song that you would not prefer over your favorite. Basically all of the other characters did a good job. The last issue that I have with this movie is how Bug Hall, Lindsay Lohan, Brenda Song (Jennifer), and Charles Shaughnessy (Detective Meany/Falco), were all in other big Disney movies and Disney Channel Original movies. Overall I did not think of this movie as a waist of time or a waist of money for the producers. In conclusion, with all of the points that I have drawn out, I give this movie a 7 out of 10, or ***/****. If you have some spare time and nothing to do, this movie is not a total waist of your time.

Don't Look Under the Bed
(1999)

How a quite silly plot can be enjoyable.
This movie is not especially and intelligent movie with complex situations and in-depth background of the characters. It is more of a movie that deals with family situations and the doings of a teen-age girl. The plot of the story is actually quite silly, being about a boogie man, but there is a few parts in this movie that are all of funny and interesting. The only thing I find very awkward is how Erin Chambers looks to be the high schooler that she is supposed to play, but is really over 6 years older. She was twenty years old when she played the part of "Frances". So that just goes to show how weird Hollywood does things.

I think my favorite character in this would have to be Larry. The "Imaginary friend". He acts so unhuman like sometimes which is perfect for this type of kids show. This can be happily viewed by adults, but it would be much more enjoyed by even a child as young as four. The sets that they used in the movie must have taken them a long time to build at how elaborate they were. So since it was a sort of childish movie with not a lot of in depth proportion to it, I give it an 8.5 out of 10. But it was a pretty good film.

Brink!
(1998)

The setting of L. A. at its minimum
This is one of the movies from the Disney Channel that takes place in Los Angeles. The overall picture and result of this movie was good with an exciting climax to the end. However, some of the scenes are predictable, but mainly the movie has created an environment where just about anything could happen, and so it tends to make the situations more realistic and interesting. This movie deals with the lives of some skaters that skate for fun. There is a "bully" in this movie, as is there one in most movies. The bully is not exactly a "bully", but just a pestering person.

The setting of L. A. that was chose would be more realistic if they would have done more congestion in the streets and had some shots with a lot of crowds to give the movie a feel of an urban empire. In the behind the scenes for this movie which were shown over four years ago, described that the cast had to learn how to become relatively good skaters to shoot the movie. In some of the casts' biographies, it shows that some of the characters were actually skaters for a living and don't act but did this for the movie's need of professional skaters. There are some issues that may make this movie discomforting such as how some of the actors and actresses mainly work on Disney movies, so they are easily remembered if you have seen a lot of other Disney movies. What I liked about his movie that you get to see how the lives of high schoolers are like with the sport of skating rattled into their already busy and productive lives. This movie is also one of those movies where the main character or characters have a perfect life, but don't realize it, but not so much as some other movies. The family can also not be perfect too. The one thing that could have made the family better in the film is by having more scenes with them all together. I do like that this movie is interesting and creative in the doings of the characters lives. So, overall I give this movie a 9 out of 10. I would rate it that extra point higher, but I still believe that is could have been just a little bit better.

The Legend of Tarzan
(2001)

Everything a typical series has, except for the animation in its first film
This series was surprisingly not as bad as I would have thought it would be. I first saw "Tarzan" and really liked the film. It had great animation, a good plot to follow, a board of characters, and a beginning, middle, and end. I really did not think of this movie as being one that deserved a sequel, let alone "Cinderella", "Pocahontas", or "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", which all had sequels to their first big movie. The thing that relates these sequels all together is that the first movie made it big and got a lot of audience and was mainly successful, and that the sequel was not at all worked on as hard as the first, or had as stunning animation. "Tarzan" was one of the Disney movies that was based on a television series that was made after the movie itself. So like all the sequels to the movies, this series in particular did not have great animation. The animation was doable for having the will to entertain the audience long enough for one episode at least, but not enough to make it a top animation series. Most series that I have seen go for the story that is involved more than anything else. This series in particular went for action and adventure, a pretty good mixture. What most series seem to fail at accomplishing is how to make the action actually look like action, not a jumble of poorly drawn figures trying to rationalize a mix of ideas and put it into the form of a tableau.

Everything in this series is mainly average, making it an average kid show. There are some new characters in the series too. What I liked about it is how it described even further of Tarzan and Jane's adventures even after the second movie had come out. The thing that I was most annoyed at was what I have been talking about the whole time: animation. Like I said, the animation is okay, but the main movie "Tarzan" uses one form of animation, a good one which shows that the animators spent time one the movie, and the series uses a whole different look to it's picture. The animation throughout the series is fluent, but between the movie and the series it is not. Since this is only a cartoon and since Disney has already made two movies with the name "Tarzan" on them, it is obvious that they could not spend the money to make this a star show. The point I am getting at is how I dislike the fact of changing the type and appearance of animation through the same course of a film or series. I did like the few episodes I saw of the series, but to adults, they might find it as a sorry excuse for a television show. Since it was not Disney's best work or best work effort put to the final piece, I would rate this series a 7 out of 10, for lacking the source of its primary animatedly constructed film.

'Twas the Night
(2001)

'Tis not the best Disney film, but not the worst
All of the Disney Channel original movies that are made are obviously not the best you have ever seen, mainly because they are fastly made and not in the theaters. The Disney Channel claims to have one out every month, but in the past year or so it has really bugged me because they have been skipping months (like every other month) and not having anything special in place (like a marathon or something). Everyone has mixed opinions on the movies, some of mine are high, some are extremely low, but for Twas the Night, I am sort of in between.

I disliked this movie for a number of flaws that I find obvious, but not everyone may. One of the flaws was not having the worthy camera angles that they were capable of. Some shots were of a character talking and they showed something in the way of the character witch confused the viewer and questions their judgement. There were also some unentertaining parts, some boring and simple parts, and some predictable ones too. The overall plot was okay, but Disney has done some better ones. Bryan Cranston did great in this, however, the majority did fair, not great. The pros were that at least it kept you watching the entire movie. For the reasons I gave, I will have to day that I give this movie a 7 out of 10. It is a nice Christmas flick some will enjoy.

Pee-wee's Big Adventure
(1985)

An overall success of laughter and class combined!
Some people may think that this movie is silly, pointless, and has ridiculous scenes. But I, however, find it to be entertaining, very funny, and a good family movie made back in the 80's. It has a lot of jokes that are mostly the ones that are funny because they are weird and never seen anywhere else, but it does also have some one-liners that make even the most stern of audiences laugh. What I liked about this movie was that it had a lot of people involved in it. There were also a lot of locations that were shown in this film, even if the places were not the initial location that they intentioned of in the movie.

All of the characters gave pretty good performances that were done at optimum level of expectation. To be honest, I cannot think of any reason off the top of my head that could make "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" better. There are plenty of jokes as I have already said that make you laugh . The camera angles that they used also coordinated with the way that the jokes went together. The camera might be having a close-up frame and behind the character's back Pee-wee might do something to make that character turn around with the camera behind it. The things like that are what make this movie good.

My other favorite parts of this movie are the scenes of Pee-wee's house, that had a very creative touch to it, and how Pee-wee had such dedication to his "magical" bike. To see if I am right, you should go out and rent "Pee-wee's Big Adventure". I guarantee at least five long and hard laughs. With all of it's silliness combined, I give this movie ****/****, a 10/10. It was really a good experience to me.

Wish Upon a Star
(1996)

A high school way of life
I really liked this movie after watching it a few times. It shows exactly how a high school really works. This is pretty good "switcheroo" movie because you could very well tell who was who because of their personalities when they switch. I don't think I'm giving away any spoilers by saying that they switch, because the trailers already say that. Let's see, I liked this movie because it shows the evolution, mood swings, and heart of how these two teenage girls live their lives in high school. They both are very dramatic actresses. The movie has some good music in it, and it has some comedy as well.

I also like the plot of the story too. I think is is just one of those movies that you could watch if you have nothing else to do. Not one that you just would watch if you have to. The mistress of the high school, Hunter High, is a very stern woman that plays her roles very well. The two girls get into lots of trouble that result in a lot of mishappens that were uncalled-for. And overall I know that most people who have a good understanding of what a high school movie is will know that this is a good example of one. I do recommend it, you can see it with your family, they would get a kick out of it, or if you are just a high schooler, you would probably enjoy it.

The Jennie Project
(2001)

A movie to be determined by thought
This Disney Channel Original Movie premiered on July 13th, 2001. It is a story about a young chimp named Jennie that was brought back from Africa. The chimpanzee stays at the house of the Archibald's and they come upon some problems that the story deals with. I would have to say that there was no real drama in this movie, and not a comedy. The cast is very small, unlike some movies. There are very few witty parts, but the story is a little touching. Since it is a Disney Original movie, they do not deal with detailed descriptions and backgrounds of all the characters, let alone a little inside of them so that you know what to expect out of them.

For some people, this could be a nice movie that you would want to watch and learn about, but for me, however, I did not find it all that terrific or brilliant. It was however, well done. For the characters, the father, Hugo Archibald, played by Lance Guest, was a smart and passionate person that is committed to whatever he has said. He is forthright and stern at some points and looks after his son, Andrew, and his daughter, Sarah. The mother, Leah, played by Sheila Kelley, was very typical in what she was doing. There was nothing special about the character in this movie. Like I have mentioned, Andrew, the misunderstood in a way son is played by Alex Linz. This was before he had done "Max Keeble's Big Move". He has said to have liked working with animals, which in both movies he has. The acting of young Alex was done well but could have been more dramatic and sensitively. And finally, Sarah, played by Abigail Mavity, was a young little sister in this movie. She did a pretty good job, but like the mother, just had to be in the movie to make the movie what is was. The one thing that could have made this movie better is to have a more in depth plot and more of a story behind it. The Disney Channel shows this movie probably twice a year, so if you ever hear about it you should check it out and see if you agree with me on my reasonings. There were pros and cons to this movie, but I guess you just have to see it to believe it. In the overall total, I give this a 7.5 out of 10. But it is worth seeing once or twice.

Quints
(2000)

Catchy ending, will make you stay in your seat
First off, I just have to say that this movie has comedy, it has the ability to be charming, it is dramatic at some points, and it is a little sad. Kimberly J. Brown is very good at playing Jamie, as she was brilliant at playing Marnie in both of the exquisite and remarkable Halloweentown films. She possesses a very friendly format to the movie. She narrates it and tells the story with detail. It has more depth to it than most other Disney Channel Original Movies. Jamie's friends are Zoe, (Shadia Simmons) and Brad (Jake Epstein). They comfort Jamie and help her through her "quintastic" time. The parents of Jamie play their roles much better than parents in other movies I have seen. They both lead very busy and productive lives and tend to ignore Jamie. This movie had most everything I could ask for in an 80 minute time frame. If it seems worth it to see, I recommend you do. It gallantly deserves a 10 out of 10. I think because it just keeps you watching.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(2001)

Of course, the best thriller of all time!
As most of the 10s of thousands of people that have taken the time to put in a vote for this movie had said, this was a great movie, you get to hear it again. This was a terrific and amazing movie! I have read this book and have to say that it follows all the key points of the story. It did leave out a few main events, but they were not all that important and still let the movie flow wonderfully. This is one of those movies that is very comforting to watch and keep you wanting to watch it over and over again. First of all, it starts out so pleasing and delightful with shots of the shire accompanied by the warm, soothing music that puts it all together. It makes it seem as if there really is such thing as the Shire in a place called Hobbiton in Middle Earth. Every single actor and actress in this film are far beyond outstanding. Especially Elijah Wood who as you probably already know, plays the haughty little hobbit, Frodo.

The flaws of this engrossing movie are not as major as I would have thought they would be. There are tons and tons of little nit-pick problems in this movie like "Sam Gamgee is too tall to be a hobbit", but they don't strike me as important. With all the time and tough effort it took and all the key points that make this movie interesting that the creators had to capture, I say that they are no flaws that come to mind without being thought of. One thing that I took to work was the camera angles in the part where Gandalf was in Bilbo's hobbit hole and Bilbo was serving him tea. You see, in the movie it looked as if Gandalf was somewhere around 8 1/2 ft. tall and bilbo looked about 5. In real life they only differ in height by about 1/2 a foot. I am not sure if that is a pro or a con.

All of the worlds that are in the first "Lord of the Rings" movie are very enchanting. The Hobbits, the Elves, the Dwarfs, every one has their own special gene to their nationality, if you could call it that. Having this story about a silly little ring may seem pointless, but J. R. R. Tolkien makes this story very thrilling and somewhat scary in his own ways. This movie deserved everything it got from the public and frankly could have deserved more. I am sure that the second movie and especially the third movies will just as great and if not, better. I would give this movie an 11, but I can only give it a 10/10.

Fly Away Home
(1996)

A pleasing, at home movie
I think that this movie has very much the same type of public output opinion as movies like "The Next Karate Kid" (1994), and "Flash" (1997), and a few others like them because they take a little bit of time to like. On the Disney Channel, they show this movie as "Flying Wild", then I saw this movie on a channel like ABC or something and it was called "Fly Away Home". So I did not understand why it has two different names after the movie had already been finished. Usually the movie may have numerous names when it is in the film making process, but usually after the movie is finished it establishes a root name which I thought was "Fly Away Home". But now I understand that it just had two names. The reason I like this movie is because it has a very sweet plot to it. It tells a story about a girl trying to fly birds South. Usually movies with birds in them are not scary films, but touching ones. Except for "The Birds". That isn't all that touching. But, anyway, this is a movie with a point to the story and has some good lead characters. I would give it a 9 out of 10 because it took me awhile to get to like this movie and appreciate what it has to tell. I do recommend this.

Jett Jackson: The Movie
(2001)

A really fun action packed film!
This movie has a really neat reason to tell about in the movie. First of all, everyone is all older in this movie as this being the conclusion or shall I say "cancelling" of the original television series. Lee Young (who goes by Lee Thompson Young and plays Jett Jackson and Silverstone), is a really good actor and I am surprised that he has only been in like 4 big movies total. Kerry Duff who plays "Kayla" is so much older than anyone could have guessed. What are they supposed to be somewhere around high school and 17 in the movie, whereas Kerry Duff is like 21 years old. Ryan Sommers Baum is really good as "J. B.", Jett Jackson's best friend in the movie and series.

The main concept of the movie is how Jett Jackson and Silverstone switch places in the movie. I am not going to tell you how, because I don't want to spoil it. And when they switch places they learn something and find out about each others' lives. It really has a good meaning to it, and good special effects, and a touching ending. This is definitely on my "Top 5 Disney Movies"! If you are like me and saw all of the commercials for this movie about 15 times, then you know that Disney does give away a lot of info about the movie, sometimes even spoils it. But anyway, "Jett Jackson: The Movie" is definitely to be viewed by movie lovers at least once because it is best the first time viewed and make sure that you see it from the beginning and not in the middle and even if you tend to not like it, see the end. You will be impressed at how nicely it turned out.

Gotta Kick It Up!
(2002)

A good movie with Spanish culture in it!
This movie has a lot of Spanish and Hispanic people in it. Even though the movie is centered on dance and cheer leading, it still has a great story to tell. The choreography was very well taught and learned. The dancers in the film which are also the actresses perform just as professionals do. One of the flaws that I saw was that in the movie, the characters are supposed to be playing 9th graders, when they look like they are 18 or 19. But other than that, it has a good story to it with a moral, is sad in some spots and witty in some. If you are a girl, you will especially like it. It teaches you about dance and different moves and how to prepare. It was much better than I thought and was not boring. I am very glad that the Disney Channel took the time to make a movie that has some Spanish culture in it and a little more variety. It is the typical Disney Channel movie length and about what you'd expect. It also takes place in southern California. After seeing it I would have to give it an 8.5 out of 10. I do recommend it.

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