Reel 2 Reel Movie Reviews: July 03, 2005

Friday, July 08, 2005

Harry Potter - Movie & Book Releases

Sadly, this past week the theatres are running movies that I won't pay the money to see, or the ones that I've already seen and reviewed. I thought that I would throw out another trailer for a highly anticipated future release, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, release date: November 18, 2005

Generally speaking this is not my genre, but last year a friend talked me into reading the books over a summer and now I'm tearing at the bit to read the latest edition, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, release date: July 16, 2005

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Meme: Movies To See

This is something I saw on another blog and thought it might be fun.
You are suppose to answer the questions using song titles from a favorite artist. I'm going to rework it with movie titles.

1. Are you male or female?
2. Describe yourself: Mi Vida Loca
3. How do most people feel about you? Funny Girl
4. How do you feel about yourself?
Dazed and Confused
5. Describe your significant other: Unbreakable
6. Where would you rather be? Planet of the Apes
7. Describe what you want to be: The Manchurian Candidate
8. Describe how you live: Gone In 60 Seconds
9. Describe how you love: Closer
10. Share a few words of wisdom:
Pay It Forward

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


I fondly remember reading Roald Dahl's , Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and James and the Giant Peach. His imagination seemed to have an endless limit. And while the movie, released in 1971, did play true to most of the story it did not truly do it justice. I am looking forward to this most recent adaptation of the book, which from what I have read does not seem to be as much a remake as a fresh perspective. Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, both of whom played in Finding Neverland are sure to make this movie as spectacular.

Look for a review on this film quickly following its release date, July 15th.
View trailer.

For a review from an early screen, take a peak here.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Fantastic Four - July 8th North American Release

It's finally happening. The longest running comic book series in history is ready to take the big screen by storm. With Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing battling the evil Doctor Doom, spectators should be in for an incredible show. I am definitely looking forward to seeing just how big this movie can be, and if it's half as well put together as the website, this movie can't go wrong!

Anyone interested in submitting a review of
The Fantastic Four to this site, please email me at dumassays.

View the behind the scenes trailer.

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Batman Begins


It took George Lucas three attempts to make a prequel that was worthy of its franchise but Christopher Nolan struck gold in his first attempt. Batman Begins lives up to the vision of Tim Burton when he made Batman 1 and 2. The star cast of this movie, with the exception of Katie Holmes, is stunning and although it takes a few minutes to get used to Christian Bale as Batman, it's easy to see why he was chosen for the lead role once those minutes have passed. His acting, as we have seen in 'American Psycho', is intense and dark just like the movie and he steals the show from veteran actors such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman.

Michael Caine, as usual, was great as he brought life into Bruce Wayne's father figure and butler, Alfred. His character is witty and stern and no one could have pulled it off better. We do not get much of Morgan Freeman in the movie although I do hope that changes in the next installment. Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox, the inventor and scientist who made
Batman's suit and his gadgets.

The story blends very well between the childhood memories of Bruce Wayne and his present life (in the movie), helping us understand what really created the anger within Bruce Wayne. The movie walks us through the trial and error experiences of Batman which helps Bruce Wayne, Lucious Fox and Alfred create the Bat gadgets. The movie also answers all the questions we had about Batman's past like how did he train to become Batman, how did the Bat symbol come about and how did he get the ideas for his Bat Tools. Overall, a great experience.

I would have given this movie 5 popcorn bags but Katie Holmes grabbed one thanks to her acting which made her character resemble a nagging and annoying old woman.

View the trailer here.

This movie has been reviewed by a guest blogger: Ajay Shroff

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