Van Helsing (*)

Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, and Kevin J. O’Connor

Gabriel Van Helsing (Jackman) is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Charged by a secret organization to seek out and defeat evil the world over, his efforts to rid the world of its nightmarish creatures have been rewarded with the title that now follows him: murderer.

I have not been this disappointed by a movie in a long time. From watching Jackman on X-man I had expected Helsing to have a serious edge. Was looking forward to some formidable fights and not just repetitive action and way to much CGI. The movie starts slow and right away too much of a comedy. Excuse me if I like anything with a vampire on it to be really dark and just serious. I would not bother to go see this movie at all, not even rent it. I now kind of wish I would have gone to see Troy instead, but hey there will be other opportunities.

What bothered me more than the fact that the comic relief was the only good thing in the movie, was the fact that there was nothing new on the story… I mean sure Helsing was a new thing, but he had nothing that could make it real as a character. I am sad to say that Jackman picked a bad script and that maybe they were just capitalizing in his star power. It really sucks because I wanted to like this movie.

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Cheaper by the Dozen – (***)

Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Kevin Schmidt, Alyson Stoner, and Ashton Kutcher…A comedy about family, loyalty and priorities. (20th Century Fox)

Great cast, the best family movie I have seen this year so far. At first I thought this movie would suck just because of the fact that Ashton Kutcher was on it, I really did not want to see him as the centerpiece of the movie… but he was not. Nothing against Ashton, I actually respect him as an actor a little more after The Butterfly Effect the first movie I reviewed in my blog. I had seen way too much of the Ashton gags in the trailer which for a lot of comedies seems to be where they waste the best gags. Now Steve Martin is someone that I am not too fond off, but he was actually really funny in this movie.

The movie centers on a family that has to relocate from the country to Evanston, IL a suburb north of Chicago. The film really illustrates the struggle that families go trying to balance careers and child upbringing, but on this one raised to the 12th degree by having 12 kids. It is an excellent family film that I would recommend. I think it is a definite rent it.

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Hellboy – (****)

Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt, Corey Johnson, and Doug Jones
A supernatural action-adventure based on Mike Mignola’s acclaimed Dark Horse Comic series of the same name.

Hellboy is a close one as far is rating. It almost did not make the watch it in theathers four stars but it did. The story is pretty good and does make you want to read the comic, also the characters have the depth they need for the movie. My only complain about the movie is that they could have edited it to be a little shorter. It was getting long, never really boring but somewhat dragging in a couple of places.

The movie made my go watch it at theaters rating, because the special effects are solid. It is really visually impressive by keeping a comic book style of shooting as well as making everything realistic looking. Go check it out.

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The Prince and Me (****)

Starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, Miranda Richardson, Eliza Bennett, Alberta Watson, and John Bourgeois
Paige, a pre-med student from Wisconsin, is on the fast track toward her lifelong goals. Edward, the Crown Prince of Denmark, is trying to escape a life he never chose. Needing an escape from his royal life, Edward treks to Wisconsin and poses as “Eddie,” a college student. Now they’ve fallen in love and Edward is in line to become King. Paige has to choose between two dreams — becoming a princess or the doctor she’s always wanted to be.

I admit that I do like romantic comedies, not a total sucker for it, but if the story is good I will gladly watch it. The story moves along fairly quickly for all the information they try to fit into the story. The movie did not seem too long and it is a perfect date movie, hence my high rating. Now when this eventually comes out on video I would not rate it as a must buy but rather a rental for a cozy movie watching night.

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My beef with this movie came at the end. It is not that I was foolish enough not to expect a happy ending, but that the character of paige who was portrayed during the movie as a person that wanted to be ultimate humanitarian, I expected the movie to end with him going to look for her at some remote location on a rustic town where she would be providing free healthcare to children in need. But that does not totally ruin the movie or anythign, it just dissapointed me.

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The Boondock Saints (****)

Starring: Willem Dafoe(Paul Smecker), Sean Patrick Flanery(Connor MacManus), Norman Reedus(Murphy MacManus), David Della Rocco(David Della ‘Roc/Funny Man’ Rocco), Billy Connolly(Il Duce).

Most of you know how much I love movies… but it is actually rare that I can watch a movie over and over. Most movies to me lose some of their appeal after the first time you watch them. But Boodock Saints is going to make me not only chance my top five list, but also might just make the number one spot.

I watched this movie for the first time on Friday night and I have now watched it 4 times since then. If you have not watched the movie do so now… I do not want to ruin the plot too much because it is very simple. I am not sure why it did not make in into theaters; maybe it is the strong subject or that inability for people to deal with some facets of life, who knows.

I first heard about this movie from Jen one of my martial arts friends… but put it in the back of my head and did not rent it… this week Bogi made it a point to get it and we watched it… and since then I have been hooked. AEQUITAS – VERITAS. Dam I want a new tattoo now. It was actually funny cuz my friend Jen just got one this weekend… and on top of that she knows 12 other people that have gotten tattoos from the movie. Crazy, maybe a little but the movie is just that cool.

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Boondock Saints.

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**** UPDATE ****

Since there have been so many hits to the site in search for information about the movie I have decided to extend this post a little more and provide some links that will probably in the form of an FAQ Page and just a Little Tribute page. If you have a question go there first!

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