The Matrix sequels

December 24th, 2002 § Comments Off on The Matrix sequels § permalink

MSNBC is running an article on the two new movies that continue The Matrix saga. It confirms that both movies will be released in the next year — The Matrix Reloaded will open in May, and The Matrix Revolutions will follow in early November. At last!

The article has more information on the movies. As it includes a lot of spoilers, I stopped reading after a few paragraphs. Well, it seems I’m waiting a lot for movies those days. But I guess those I’m waiting for will be worth the wait.

Waiting for The Two Towers

December 19th, 2002 § 2 comments § permalink

With eight days to go before the release date for The Two Towers here, it’s hard to read all those bloggers commenting on it. Please, stop.

Training Day

December 15th, 2002 § Comments Off on Training Day § permalink

To compensate for Dungeons and Dragons, I watched Training Day, featuring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Excellent movie!

I will not spoil the plot to those who have not watched it yet. It’s enough to say that it’s about a rookie cop (Hawke) in his first day as a Narcotics officer, in training with his supervising officer (Washington) who is not what he appears.

I’m a Washington’s fan, and he was superb in this movie, which won him a Academy Award for best actor in a leading role, with a nomination for Hawke as best actor in a supporting role. The plot is solid, and the movie is well directed, with lots of action scenes.

In short, it’s worth seeing. Especially because of the way it ends.

Dungeons and Dragons

December 15th, 2002 § Comments Off on Dungeons and Dragons § permalink

I saw Dungeons and Dragons yesterday. It took me a long time to find courage to see it given the bad reviews it got. I must say I was impressed! It’s one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It had everything: bad acting, terrible special effects, a lot of plot holes, two characters that could have been written out without a noticeable difference, and so on. I just wonder what Jeremy Irons was doing in that movie — and he was acting terribly too.

Well, I could list a few other problems, but I won’t bother you. To tell the truth, this post is intended as a warning. Don’t lose you time, unless you like to poke fun at bad movies :)

In truth, the movie had a good point. The elf character was dark-skinned, unlike most elf characters in fantasy movies. Chalk one up for that.

The Transporter

December 11th, 2002 § Comments Off on The Transporter § permalink

My wife and I went to the movies with a friend of ours to see The Transporter last Monday. I had no hopes about the quality of the movie because I had read a lot of negative reviews about it. Anyway, I like action movies and I decided to give it a try.

The movie is short, and centers on Frank Martin, a man who provides services as a driver to anyone who can pay regardless of the cargo’s nature. He has three rules in his work: once a deal is made, it can’t be changed; no names, and no questions asked; and he never opens the package. Of course, one day he breaks his rules and trouble ensues.

It’s the usual action movie theme. Plot is weak, and acting just passable. Nonetheless, I found myself enjoying the movie. The actions scenes are incredible exaggerated and, by the time the movie reached its middle point, I was laughing so hard that I was crying.

I don’t know if the movie producers intended The Transporter as comic flick, but that was the result. In almost all scenes, the hero in battling impossible odds, but succeeds anyway; for example, fighting against ten opponents and leaving unharmed.

In short, The Transporter is cheesy. But if you don’t mind spending some time watching a mindless but otherwise funny movie, you will like The Transporter — as I did.

The Mothman Profecies

November 9th, 2002 § 2 comments § permalink

My wife and I went to the movies with a couple friend of ours to see The Mothman Profecies. The movies depicts supposedly true events that occured in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, between 1966 and 1967, including sightings of a winged creature called the Mothman.

Even without taking in account the supposed reality of the events shown, the movie is truly good and completely grabbed our attention. There were no plot holes and the history flowed very well, ending in a very satisfying way. In short, it’s a movie worth seeing.

Reign of Fire

October 29th, 2002 § Comments Off on Reign of Fire § permalink

Yesterday, I went to the movies with my wife to see Reign of Fire.

As a fantasy fan, I like all things dragon. I expected a good show, and got it. Reign of Fire’s dragons are so real that you can’t help but believe them. Although simple, the story is good, and fact that it takes place in the future, unlike traditional fantasy settings, is an interesting twist.

In short, it’s a movie worth seeing. In my opinion, the only problem with Reign of Fire is that it is too short. I could use some more minutes with action scenes :-)

The Matrix Reloaded

October 28th, 2002 § Comments Off on The Matrix Reloaded § permalink

Watched the teaser trailer for The Matrix Reloaded earlier today. It’s awesome! The action scenes are impressive and the soundtrack is very cool. It’s a pity we have to wait until next March for the release :-)

Star Trek: Nemesis

October 15th, 2002 § Comments Off on Star Trek: Nemesis § permalink

Star Trek: Nemesis, the tenth movie in the Star Trek series, is nearing its release date. From the tagline — “A generation’s final journey begins” — we can infer this is the last movie featuring the NG crew. I downloaded the trailer and it seems the movie will be one of the best ever: lots of action, special effects and a cool soundtrack.

Well, all good things must come to an end. I’m one of the few people who liked TNG more than TOS, although I watched few episodes (Brazilian cable TV companies never exhibited the whole series). It had a special quality to it that newer series cannot match.

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