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Typhical story of the unpopular one who gets his revenge by showing a different and more popular talented side. Most of the penguin characters are boring, bland and looks the same making it hard to see them apart except for their voices and tap dancing is not THAT interesting when it is not danced by a real penguin. Preacher penguin Lovelace and the voice of Robin Williams steals the show - together with the Mexican ones. Cute family stuff that don't step on anyone's feet making them happy (ha ha ha!).

Makes the problem of repeating a lot of the same ideas as the first one - a penguin without an apparent talent, a ecological disaster, unity between species - but it also does it a tiny bit more inferior than the last time. The comedic Krills were obviously added in a late state in order to save the movie so there was a few more laughs with the use of Matt Damon and Brad Pitt's voices clearly added for more publicity, but it is Robin Williams' voice work that is still the best thing about this film series.

One of the funnier intros to a movie where John Travolta punches and shoots Dennis Farina in the short span of a couple of minutes. Gene Hackman as a B-movie director steals every moment as Travolta play a torpedo and wanna-be writer. It is based on another of those good concept Elmore Leonard novels so good cool dialogue and attention to details are obligatory, but after seeing Danny deVito on a Napoleon poster, why did not anyone make a real movie about this?

Film adaptation of this classic cult TV sitcom works because of it's phenomenal casting of actors and actresses that actually look and feel believable as their weird counterparts. It is also a visual interesting film with a look of Gothic feel and weird camera angels. It is The Thing and the effects used in order to make the severed hand move around the building that steals the show though and Christina Ricci's wicked one-liners. The best moments in the film also seem to come directly from Charles Addams' original illustrations. The air do go out of the balloon before the ending though.

One of the better action movies of the early 1990s and it's story was that great it was reused for the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Kathryn Bigelow learned from James Cameron how to make good action films and this is a cool one with realistic action and no over-the-top computer effect scenes. Swayze and Reeves are surprisingly likeable together as buddies but also enemies on each side of the law. Dreadful dialogue and dated fashion may turn off some viewers which is a shame as it is an action classic.

Based upon one of Stephen King's better novels about a manipulating presence (that seems to be the minion of the Devil) that gets out the worst in people so they can either create havoc or suffer in it. Ed Harris is perfectly cast as the village sheriff who suspect something is wrong and Bonnie Bedelia gets sexual assaulted by this presence and controlled by a medallion leftover from "Cronos". I like the "Omen-inspired" music score and Max von Sydow feels right as the villain. Sadly, the other characters are left most out on the cutting floor and seemingly there exists a longer, probably better, unedited cut somewhere that give characters more depth and the subplots they deserve as they are introduced here but not developed further. I wanna see if the director's cut make more sense of the story which never reaches it's potential and I'm certain this film would have been a lot better as a miniseries consisting of at least three parts. The ending also disappoints as it is preachy and lacks the impact that it should have. An interesting failure that never reaches it's potential.

Feels like "Hellraiser" in space and it is not surprising to know that even Clive Barker was a consultant early in pre-production. It has a better cast than this kind of movie usually gets and some memorable violent images, but it was heavily cut before release as it was violent and had a lot of sex, but a lot of back story is also gone from the released version and would have been welcome as the film is a bit underwhelming even if it has some extremely effective moments too. Guess I have to wait to see if an uncut version ever show up.

A sexy erotic vampire movie directed by Tony Scott as a pop music video. It is one of the most distinctive 1980s time capsules that has been produced during this decade, but it was the lesbian scenes between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon that got the most news coverage. David Bowie do a good performance as the other vampire who gets ditched by Deneuve for Susan. But I hate the song that introduce the film. No horror fan can ever accept a song called "Bela Lugosi's dead" since Bela Lugosi is FOREVER!.

Starts with a minimalist musical score that never leaves it grip and add to the film's foreboding dark and realistic atmosphere. The story is based on the confessions of killer Henry Lee Lucas and Michael Rooker is so effective in the role that he had be typecast as a sick psycho villain for many years afterwards. The movie has a truthfulness to it's story that is hard to swallow and there is several disturbing images. The most memorable are when Henry also brings with himself a partner on his crimes that want to re-experience the killings by videotaping and rewinding the action.

A hilarious, tongue-in cheek, gory and grotesque horror comedy that deliver memorable effects and dead-pan humor. It is inventive with sick ideas and fabulous one-liners and a great extension of a H.P. Lovecraft short story. The shiny green serum that gives an unnatural glow makes a lasting effect and is a memorable cinematic moment. Jeffrey Combs steal every second he is in the frame while the image of seeing David Gale's decapitated severed head giving oral sex to Barbara Crampton's nude body on a operation table is something that is impossible to wipe out of my memory bank. In my eyes this production is one of the last films during the Golden Age of American horror films before sequels, remakes and low-budget "lost found footage" movies, slashers and torture porn films ruined the genre as the best horrific imagery seems to be on cable T.V. these days.

Hugely likeable animation movie where animals are the main characters but they luckily don't talk except for an narration done by Matt Damon that tell about the leading horse's innermost thoughts (like in the book about "Black Beauty"). Soundtrack is by Bryan Adams which is great by the way. It manage to never be mean and violent but has a lot of heart and soul. Should be a film for any kid with a horse fetish.

The most entertaining 3D shoot 'em up computer game I ever played become a film, but to be honest the game didn't have a story to begin with so I'm not surprised this film is mostly about shooting monsters. More surprising is the acting talent onboard as Karl Urban is always trustworthy in doing excellent work in everything he does. Rosamund Pike is hot too and there is a cool first person shooter 3D sequence taken directly from the video game that kind-of ends the film. The boring bland studio location makes all action sequences seem alike though and the face of Dwayne Johnston doesn't help this film as he only poses and look stiff. Don't expect anything else than a monster-shooting film and you will be mildly happy I guess.

The last in a trilogy of collaborations with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny deVito is also a strong entry about how love can turn into something bitter and sinister. What is great about the film is that it takes a simple but troubling real life situation and expands into a cinematic divorce that is dirty and takes no stop or compromises to make it a divorce for the ages. Turner and Douglas should be praised that they go all dirty on this without demanding a typical Hollywood happy ending for the couple.

The first superhero movie that truly was cinematic and epic without looking cheap and the first stepstone into what we have today. Christopher Reeve do the perfect Clark Kent and Superman for generations to come and the film was directed in a way that makes it one of the best origin movies ever made even if some scenes linger a bit too long. The musical score is the definitive "Superman" theme add to the epic nature of the film. The climax is terrible and makes no sense though and Lex Luthor acts and behave like a juvenile Gene Hackman.

Sequel that feels like a natural continuation. General Zod and his evil minions are effective villains and I love the scene where Lois Lane try to force Clark Kent to "out himself" by drowning herself. The final fight sequence could maybe have been better.

Richard Donner never got the chance to finish the film he wanted since no one likes the reset button used for a second time. It is maybe a better edited movie than the theatrical one, but I have to admit that I like the original's ending much better.

Clark Kent return to Smallville to find out that Anette O'Toole is a hot Lana Lang. Seeing Christopher Reeve kicking and punching the shit out of himself as his evil double is the best memory from this film that is ruined by trying to be a Richard Pryor comedy movie with Superman added as an afterthought. I can't take the film serious for one minute as it really drags the franchise into the sewer as it has nothing in common in style or atmosphere to the first two films as director Richard Lester's relentless comedic side shows through.

Superman fight a super villain with wild rock hair, laughable shining eyes and a non-existing personality. Effects are lousier than ever before and the story makes no sense. Nice to see Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder back to the franchise but I'm not surprised that this film was the death song to this "Superman" installment as it is very cheap-looking and bad.

I love the ambition and guts of director Bryan Singer who overlooks the fact that the last sequels were crap so that he can continue the iconic Superman myth by returning to what Richard Donner did with it. Brandon Routh is a more likeable Superman that I dared believe as we follow a story about what happens after Superman has been missing in the world for years. it is a great-looking production and it is nostalgic fun to see Marlon Brando (long dead) returning as Jor-El for a few scenes taken from footage not used in the original films. Sadly the Lois Lane in this film was obnoxious and annoying while Kevin Spacey went totally bonkers with his Lex Luthor. Appreciate it for the effects though and a kind-of better ending than "Superman IV" ever had.

Impressive visual attempt at retelling the myth but still clinging to the story and characters that made the Superman-myth so endurable and strong for so long. The new actors are surprisingly fitting for their roles too, but especially Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner as Superman's guiding lights were inspired and good casting that managed me to forget which screen legends they actually replaced from the 1978 film. Dropping the old Lois Lane's romantic idolizing of Superman and just going straight for bed was actually a good way to do it too as the older "will-they or won't they" approach is old stuff now. What ruins the film though is a horrible climax that goes over-the-top and beyond a normal "Superman saves lives" film as seemingly anything is forgotten for spectacle world destruction and mayhem that makes 9/11 seem like a firecracker in the family yard. The Superman I know from the comic books would at least try to take the fight to the North pole or some other deserted place after stopping Zod's mayhem and not going into a fight that would kill of millions of human lives even if he probably saves many of them by intervening. At least there should have been an epilogue where Superman was affected by killing so many, but he looks totally unemotional and uncaring instead making the film fall flat on it's face.

Sly as the American soldier icon who blows away all the bad guys who torment him after he returns home from the Vietnam War. The story is actually decent as it tells about a soldier with trauma from the Vietnam war that takes on the bastards who use their power on weaker people in his own country. The breakdown sequence where John Rambo revisits his nightmares for the last seven years is a powerful moment seldom seen in an action movie. Brian Dennehy's sheriff character is so incredibly stupid and hateful that it is hard to find anything nice to say about him as he deserves to die 100 times over making the ending enormously satisfying even if the original plan was to have Rambo killed.

This film throws you directly into action mode by having the best action music theme of all time, memorable as hell by Jerry Goldsmith. Jack Cardiff's photography add to the beauty of it all as Rambo go on a one-man mission to shoot down and kill Vietcong soldiers. He is no a full racist though as he also falls for the beautiful Julia Nickson in a predictable sad love song.

A violent movie that delivers plenty enough action and screen kills (it was the most extreme of all action films at that point) and held record on most death scenes in a film to that point as Sly kills as many Russian invaders in Afghanistan as possible. Sadly this film gives a bad taste in my mouth now as the "heroic Afghani resistance fighters" probably turned out to be members of the Taliban regime afterwards now that we know what happened later in the story of Afghanistan. The action sequences are not that exciting either, but I like to see Richard Crenna have a bigger role than usual. Fun only in a mindless stupid way.

A surprisingly more believable action movie that returns to the mood of the original but with a one-man slaughter film as in the sequels. It has a message and probably gave morale boost to the resistance fighters of Burma, but what is most effective is the brutal action that looks like it was taken from a horrific slasher movie. Fans of the first two movies should like this one.

A good alien conspiracy movie even if seeing Charlie Sheen play a scientist is a pretty hard to sell. The budget is on the height of a television pilot these days, but Ron Silver is an excellent sleazy villain and The black hole effects that swallow cliched characters into oblivion is fun to watch.

Based upon the cartoon series. "Masters..." has a great mythology and unique characters so the potential is high. Meg Foster as Evil-Lyn with her piercing unique eyes is perfect for a villainness and Dolph Lundgren is not that bad as He-Man, but Frank Langella should have looked like a skeleton instead of having that pathetic make-up that ruin what should have been a wonderful looking villain and Billy Barty is a terrible comic sidekick. The film also looks too much as a TV show especially all scenes that takes place on Earth and the action sequences is laughable and look like amateur hour. Skeletor's "I'll be back" at the end of the film never happened.

There is some charm to be found in this film by seeing Renee Zellweger, "Show me the money" and the idea of a sport's agent, but scary Tom Cruise has never been worse than in this film with his wild waving arms and fake plastic smile and why is there always a cynical sister or friend that try to stop the heroine in her pursuit for love in these romantic comedies? A "cute" kid add to the pain of seeing this film and everything feels artificial and fake.

Engaging courtroom drama that is hugely helped with it's high quality stars like Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, Donald and Kiefer Sutherland and even cult fan favorites like Patrick McGoohan and Kurtwood Smith. I'm especially surprised in how well written this John Grisham story is with a lot of interesting moral and social questions and good written characters that tackle issues like racism in the courtrooms and in law itself.

Boring animated "heist" movie with a character that is impossible to like. There is of course a traitor or two in the midst and some attempt on an explosive showdown as is usual in animated films. The jokes lingers to much on "nut" jokes and there is an annoying cameo from Gangnam Style because he was the man everyone talked about on YouTube at the time. Only a Angry Birds look-alike bird is feisty. Boring film.

Surprisingly epic Greek myth war movie done believable and with some impressive acting. Brian Cox and Peter O'Toole play the two clashing kings that have many great philosophical speeches. Eric Bana do a memorable appearances as the heroic prince, Hector. The screenplay of this film was from one of the TV developers from "Game of Thrones" and it really feels like a precursor of what was to come from him later as the characterization here is spot-on. It is also director Wolfgang Petersen's best American movie. Some fantasy and mythological buffs will probably hate the realism and that Wolfgang Petersen removed appearance from the Greek Gods and that the film ends a little better for some of the Troy inhabitants than in the original poem. I couldn't care less as the film itself feels and looks epic.

"They're coming to get you Barbara!"- truer words has never been spoken in the zombie horror genre. It looks classy even if it's gory and has gruesome content. Excellent played even if the cast consist of mostly amateurs and unknowns. Ending is still effective 50 years on.

Combines the great minds of George A. Romero and Dario Argento at their height of their powers doing a zombie film together. It's an effective zombie movie with even more gruesome looking zombies, gorier deaths and engaging characters than in it's original. It also has fantastic music from Goblin and a great parallel theme about consumption in big shopping centers. Tom Savini's blood effects and sleazy appearance as a biker add to the fun.

A color remake of the original supervised by George A. Romero's own special effects blood and splatter king, Tom Savini. He knows you have seen the original so he respects the original but changes some of the shocks. Better acting than in the original with Tony Todd as a cool cult favorite and stunt woman Patricia Tallman combining her classic beautiful face with action and stunts, but while superior in many ways Tom Savini ruined the classic ending and some scares here are cheap.

A surprisingly good remake / reimagining of the "Dawn of the Dead" movie. It starts with a powerful beginning where the feisty heroine loses her whole family to the zombie plague before it follows the concept of George A. Romero's original closely but it do feel more sometimes like a sequel to "28 Days Later" as we suddenly have zombies that can run fast after it's victims. A pretty grim movie all in all and one of the more memorable zombie movies of the last decade.

Disney reimagines "Oliver Twist" with a kitten and singing dogs. Billy Joel and Bette Midler's participate with songs that are easily the film's highlights. The New York City skyline looks beautiful in animation, but the story itself feels rushed and the ending is totally forgettable.

It is the cutest killer robot put on screen and the most memorable of the many "Star Wars" R2-D2 copies out there. Is No.5 the inspiration for Pixar's WALL-E too? I think so. I love the nostalgic '80s style of this movie with synth music and large pixel graphics and a wonderful Ally Sheedy. Feels like "Starman" for kids that like robots which is not that bad.

More No.5 for the kids. A intense scene where No.5 gets chopped off to pieces has to be one of the saddest and most intense scenes ever in a kid movie and the closest PG ever got to "Robocop" for children. The story is also boring and it was a mistake not having the original leads in a bigger capacity as Fisher Stevens' stereotypical Indian character is embarrassing to watch.

Classic revenge story where a man's life is reduced to nothing and he takes the bad guy's lives "eye for an eye". The film is full of car and bike-crashes with some exciting fast-edited road kills and made Mel Gibson a star. Be careful not to watch the laughable dubbed U.S. version since no one could understand Aussie accents as the original version is the best (of course).

Better stunts, better pace and faster editing. The universe gets expanded and Mad Max looks even more grittier and downbeat than ever before. The car stunts are more detailed and gruesome and the violence wildly over-the-top with villains seemingly stolen from a Berlin love parade festival.

Two directors in order to make a film is never a good thing, especially if one of them is George Miller backing down from his own project due to personal reasons. The film is nowhere as intense as the first two as it was made with a PG-13 rating and the film was originally meant as a "Lord of the Flies" update without any Mad Max and it really feels like this several times that we watch some other film than an true official Max movie. Tina Turner's hit "We don't need another hero" and The Thunderdome itself is probably the most effective thing coming out of this film and the fact that Mad Max seemingly come full circle with himself. Still a disappointing third film.

Unique mix of film noir, horror theatrics, H.P. Lovecraft monsters and magic and it shows that the director do have ambition to make something memorable and not just something everyone else makes. Scott Bakula do one of his best leading roles as a world weary detective and Famkee Janssen is shattering sexy as the femme fatale. Love the magic stage show and some of the disgusting gore, make-up, masks and visuals are unforgettable.

Still one of the best written books and adaptations for film. Brian dePalma directs excellently the person gallery and the use of split-screen in the final moments of the film are gripping full of surprises and sad moments. Sissy Spacek is perfect casting as Carrie White and Piper Laurie is a perfect religious crazy mum. The shower sequence still packs a punch.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau acts in his first feature and he never looked back. He gets some great support from Sofie Gråbøl and the excellent Kim Bodnia in what is one of the tenser Danish movies I have seen. Was the ending also inspiration for "Saw" later and other thrillers? A strong thriller with some kinky sex moments added for replay value.

An action movie that don't forget to have a warm fuzzy heart at it's center and actually make you care about a cold-hearted killer who's main point in life is wasting lives. Natalie Portman almost make me make forget that she is just a kid as she show an acting range in her debut that she has had to strive for in her adult years. The moments between Jean Reno and Natalie Portman are deep, warm and feels realistic. Gary Oldman also do one of his excellent villain roles. A film that dare to take time to tell the story and deliver action that is nail-biting and tense because of it. Just be certain to see the European definitive cut and not the butchered American one.

One of the films that become more and more fascinating due to it's notorious behind-the-scenes problems and the firing of the original director Richard Stanley, but seen on it's own it's terrible. David Thewlis' strange accent, stupid make-up, Val Kilmer believing that he is Jim Carrey doing a Marlon Brando impersonation, a uncaring Marlon Brando, a screenplay that has 1% in common with the H.G. Wells book, terrible acting consisting mostly of growling and lousy editing. This is one of the worst productions ever made by a Hollywood studio and only Fairuza Balk as the Leopard enginered woman get through this film with her honor left intact.

The Ups: Beautifully hand drawn animated movie from the Disney company especially the water effects are excellent. One of the strongest title songs in Disney history and some memorable moments. It is also refreshing to see a story that is not about a princess and finding love.

Cute Japanese animated re-imagining of the children book "The Borrowers" that is very moody and atmospheric. Any lover of Studio Ghibli should love this one too.

Most note-worthy for seeing Donald Sutherland returning to the "body snatchers" genre again. It is based/inspired on one of the important books in the genre from Robert A. Heinlein, but the movie itself would probably have fared better critically as a TV production or even better as a direct sequel to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" instead.

One of the few Stephen King adaptations that actually manage to deepen the story and given the characters richer details. Frank Darabont has beautifully adapted the novella with rich dialogue that is excellently acted by a male ensemble who give their all. It is no wonder this film is on the top of most lists.

Steven Seagal decides to stop an evil oil platform from spewing a catastrophe on a near-by Eskimo colony. The best way to stop this imminent danger is to take a shotgun and blast the workers away and it's leader, Michael Caine, to bits. I guess this is a film about what Greenpeace and other environmentalists would have liked to do with greedy corporate leaders if they had thrown away all their morale compass and gone to real war against them. I have to say I'm glad Steven Seagal only has directed one film.

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