Batman Begins (***)

I want to give Batman Begins the full 4 stars because overall I enjoyed the movie, but the action scenes really did not meet my expectations. I say wait for a Saturday night rental instead of watching it at the theater.
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Star Wars – ROTS (***)

I really liked this movie. I am sure that a lot of people are overanalyzing the movie to pieces, but I honestly believe this was the best movie in the prequel trilogy. The special effects were pretty good, the story picked up a bit in terms of acting, and it also stayed true to the story line. I like the fact that Lucas did not try to make things more complex but showed the progression of the characters towards what they become in the next movie.

What better way to end the prequels than to set it up for the next chapter without some strange attempt at an evil twist? Some say that he had to fit everything into the story, but in reality he could have done something different or centered the movies on other characters. The StarWars universe is that, a universe, and he had endless possibilities.

My only disappointment was the killing of the Jedi. I know that they were betrayed, but Jedi’s rock, I would have liked to see them fall after tearing half of the clones that were attacking them apart. The movie was already long but I would have put aside the awkward love scenes for more Jedi butt kicking.

My all time favorite moments in the movie came thanks to R2D2. He rocked the movie not just providing comic relief but seriously kicking butt. I cracked up when he comes into the room as in we are saved, but then you find out that he was just being chased. That was hilarious.

The saddest moments in the movie were thanks to Darth Vader. It was sad for me to see that he chose that path; it was a nice build up to what he becomes. I do not fault the actors for the script, and even though this was a lot better than the past 2 prequels, it was still not awesome.

I say go see it if you have not already. You might know exactly what is going to happen, but hey everyone also knew the Titanic was going to sink. So go see Yoda kick some butt.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Sin City (****)

Starring more bin name stars than oceans 11 and 12 put together, Sin City is a great movie that brings a comic book to life on the silver screen. Starring Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Michael Madsen, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Brittany Murphy to name a few.

Robert Rodriguez teams up with comic book icon Frank Miller to co-direct this masterpiece. The film is based on the series of graphic novels created, written and illustrated by Miller. Miller has also done excellent work in other notable comics as Dare Devil and Elecktra.

The first thing I heard about this movie was that Robert Rodriguez was taking a stance against the director’s guild, I believe he actually quit it because they would not let him share the directing credits with Frank Miller. I believe that it is not a great gesture but a showing of respect an honor. Frank Miller’s graphic novels most have been monumental to be blueprint for this wonderful film, I am not a big comic book fan, but next time I go into a store that has them I might have to get a couple of his books.

Sin City is fast paced with an amazing use of color (or lack there off, I believe besides black and white we see yellow the most). There was even a car chase scene that was directed by Quentin Tarantino. Lots of wonderful vintage automoviles. With an almost chaotic story line the movie follows 3 main characters. They are all more villains than heroes, but you cannot help but bond with them in a human level. They all display tons of charisma and a different sense of justice that sometimes we feel has been lost in the world. I also believe this same kind of appeal makes Boondock Saints the cult classic it now is.

The acting was amazing, showing actors in roles that puts them in places where might not have seen them before. I was impressed by Mickey Rourke who’s comeback to a big budget film is in my eyes a success. Marv, his character, shows tons of emotion and a struggle between the question of is what I am living right now real or not. You can stare at true insanity and passion in his eyes. It really captivates you, and even makes you guess if what we are seeing is reality or Marv’s interpretation of it. Tons of gore that because of the absence of color does not look overdone, great acting… What are you waiting for go get it now!

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Blade Trinity (**)

I am so dissapointed that my favorite movie franchise had to end this way. Assuming that they do not try to make another bad sequel. Blade being one of my favorite characters in the comic book managed to stay in that place because Weasly Snipes is such a good actor and martial artist.

The rest of the movie was garbage. The main villian was nothing more than special effects gone wrong, and just killing people that could not put up a fight. Against blade he really seemed powerless. The rest of the cast I do not even want to comment on, because even though they did a good job it did not fit the movie. I felt a couple of times like I was watching a teen movie mixed with an action flick.

In the end I concider this a rental, specially if you are a Blade fan. But I would not buy the DVD when it comes out, it is not worth it.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
—–

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National Treasure (***)

Starring Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, David Dayan Fisher, and Christopher Plummer. Nicholas Cage stars as the brilliant treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates in who discovers a secret from our nation’s past that will lead to the greatest adventure in history. (Disney)

Even thought I did not have super high expectations about this movie I was excited to go see it. The subject matter of treasure hunting has always been one of my favorites. Thanks Indiana Jones. Also the Illuminati undertone is always interesting, that being a very interesting subject to me.

The movie was paced just about right. There was a couple of scenes that did drag more than they needed to but it picked up again quick enough to keep me interested. Nothing too impressive on the special effects, what we did see fit the movie. It was overall very entertaining, really cool for kids. I give it 3 stars. It is not something you have to watch in the theater unless you have the money burning your pocket.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
—–

buy at Amazon.com

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