The Movie Review Thread

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BoulderBum, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    So I thought it might be fun for people to post quick reviews of the movies they watched and how they liked them! New or old, HD or SD, it doesn't matter. Duplicate reviews welcome!

    Movies can receive 1-5 Apples, since that seems appropriate for this forum.

    I'll start:

    Shoot Em Up
    While this may sound silly, I didn't expect this movie to have quite so many gunfights. It seems the movie tries to make a point about gun control by exposing you to so many shootouts, that by the end, you're a peacenick out of exaustion of seeing people shot.

    I'd speak of the plot, but that isn't the main selling point of this movie which simply intersperses story between increasingly implausible ways to shoot people, e.g., the hero unbuckles his seat belt then rams a van head on where he gracefully flies through the window, landing in the back seat before blowing away a quintet of bad guys.

    If 4 parts gunsmoke, 10 parts blood, 2 parts boobie is what you're after, Shoot Em Up might be right up your alley, otherwise this film is one to pass on.

    3:10 To Yuma
    A fantastically written and executed western starring Russel Crow, Chritian Bale, et al.

    When a notorius old west criminal gets captured and sent to Yuma prison, a down-on-his-luck rancher volunteers to help escort him to the train station to raise the money to save his farm. The only thing standing in his way is a vast desert, hostile indian reserves, and a gang of outlaws determined to take back their leader.

    This struggle for honor, purpose, and security for the rancher's family is one of the better films this reviewer has seen in some time. Richly developed and engaging characters carry an outstanding, immersive storyline to an ending that really packs a puch, old west style!
  2. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I still think this thread would be fun soooo... bump!

    Nancy Drew

    Consider that last Apple half eaten. This one is in the 3.5 range.

    "Nancy Drew" takes the classic character and puts her in a modern teeny-bopper movie that ends up being good fun for anyone middle school to grandma aged. Nancy Drew has a compulsion solving mysteries and saving the day, but when she moves with her father to a new town and the house of a mysteriously killed 1950's-era actress, she takes on completely new challenges from mean girls in an urban school, to the house's mystery, which it turns out someone doesn't want to be solved!

    Overall, the story is cohesive and cute, the characters likeable, and the acting is solid. This one is great for both adults on their own, and families with tweens and/or teens!
  3. mindcrash macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    Good thread idea!

    Goya's Ghosts

    If 3 apples out of 5 is average, than that's what this film is.

    Natalie Portman is beautiful in both roles, but the film feels rushed and neither Javier Bardem or Stellan Skarsgaard were able to save it. It does a good job showing some of the nastiness of the Spanish Inquisition but that seems to be about it.

    Watch it if there's nothing better on, but otherwise I wouldn't waste my time.
  4. mark34 macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    Bloody sunday

    this is a great "make you feel there" movie. After 22 years of being a U2 fan, it was nice to know more about what the song was all about. Not a visual beauty but certainly was authentic in all its 135" home theater glory.

    I really put apple tv to the test in my set up and I have to say that I am impressed. Not quite bluray or hd Dvd but I am happy to trade off often .

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