Thomas Balkcom’s Movies

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Hello everyone, sorry for the long delay without an update, thus making this a rather long posting. My absence was mostly due to moving into a new place and starting what seems to be a rather difficult semester. I would like to announce a project I will be starting in August, I will start from the first season of The Simpson’s and review each and every episode. I am doing this in order to get a rough start on a rather large project I am going to do during the time between acquiring my bachelors and starting law school, and just to be more of a nerd. I expect it to take me about a year and half to get through the seasons released on DVD, and I will continue as they are released. I am extremely excited about it all, and I hope you all enjoy it as well. (Expect the first posting to be around August 13th)

“I consequently don’t know how the series ends, though my editor Keith tells me it concluded with Keanu Reeves learning that love truly is the fifth element.”
That is easily one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard about any movie, and it is in regards to The Matrix Revolutions, and in a pretty entertaining article regarding Speed Racer, found here.

(revisit) The Blair Witch Project – 5/10 < – – I have been meaning to go back and watch this movie for the past few months but haven’t had the time, but out of frustration with myself, I put it in today after I got home from work. It wasn’t as good as I remember, but it still had such an effective ending in regards to the film. You have to think, I was only eleven when this movie originally came out, and at that time it scared me to death. This time it was just alright, the ending still sent a chill down my spine to be completely honest with you.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – 5/10 < – – I really had no intention of seeing this until it came out for rental, but Paige and I went and saw it and I have to say, it wasn’t that bad. One has to take into consideration the fact that Prince Caspian is a far weaker book, thus leading to a far weaker film in comparison to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was very entertaining, and I never felt as if I was wasting my time by watching it. It has grossed close to $126 million dollars as of June 11, 2008.

(revisit) Brick – 7.5/10 < – – One of my favorite little random rentals a couple years back, I really enjoy this movie a good deal, and upon my second viewing, it had an even greater impact on me. Some of the wittiest and dare I say, fitting dialogue of the past few years, this was a facet I did not realize during my first viewing. There are a lot of subtleties throughout the film that prove to be at times hilarious and at other times extremely crucial to the overall tone of the film. On that note, you’ll see in a later review in this posting, that I am going to began focusing a bit more on the film’s ability to set a certain tone or mood that falls into place with the action on screen. If you have not seen this film, give it a shot, it is simply fantastic.

(revisit) Igby Goes Down – 6.5/10 <- – Don’t get me wrong with this score, it’s a great film, but there are several elements that I, being the pretentious bastard that I am, do not agree with. I will not tell you what they are, because they contain semi-spoilers, and I do think people should give this film a chance. Break this film down, and you get a modern day incarnation of The Catcher and the Rye, taking away a few things and adding things here and there, it provides a pretty decent homage to the book I think, well maybe just a blatant rip-off, I am not sure. Another film with incredible dialogue, but in this film, it does not match with the characters at all times, although there are times when the writing is just perfect for that given scene. As I said before, try this film out, I don’t feel as if you would be disappointed.

Cassandra’s Dream – 7/10 <- – I’ll start off by saying that I have a good deal of respect for Woody Allen, I have yet to see a film of his that I did not enjoy. This movie followed suit of course, I really enjoyed the brother relationship and dynamics between Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor, they both proved to be such interesting characters. A substantial significance placed on dreams throughout the film, which contributes to the name of the film, although Cassandra’s Dream was the name of the dog that Farrell bet on to pay for the boat. I’d understand if someone did not like this film, but I really did love it.

Funny Games – 6/10 <- – I was so excited about seeing this, and I think that kind of killed it for me, my expectations were a bit high in regards to the shock-factor and overall integrity of the film. It was certainly not a waste of time, and any cinephile should see this movie for some of the bizarre elements throughout. I will not write much more about it because the things I wish to discuss about the film contain vital spoilers which may ruin the movie to some people. It was weird seeing Tim Roth put in another role where he was put through a great deal of pain, such as in Reservoir Dogs. If you have some level of appreciation for film, definitely give this a shot.

The Good Shepherd – 7/10 <- – The Good Shepherd was an absolutely beautiful film, I thoroughly enjoyed just about every second of it. It solidifies Matt Damon and Robert De Niro’s overall acting ability, and surprisingly gave me faith in Jolie’s acting ability, which I have almost always doubted. Perfect pacing and setting throughout the movie with the dialogue, score, and setting. As said many times before, John Turturro is such a fine actor, he is wildly under-seen in films, he should be in much more than he is. Good deals of great actors appear throughout the film, and this movie made me think that De Niro should consider making another movie, if he is not already. It’s a bit long, but it was fitting for this film, and it was the “good” kind of long (I hate that phrase). This film is by far not for everyone, but I was sorry that I missed out on it until now.

Semi-Pro (Blu-Ray) – 3.5/10 <- – This is a comedy, so you have to be prepared for a low score no matter what. This is the weakest of the stretch of Will Ferrell comedies that have come out in the past five years or so, but that does not mean that it did not have its share of hilarious scenes. It’s only about a hour and a half, so you can’t miss out on much by watching it.

The Incredible Hulk – 7.5/10 (as stated before, “I have always held super hero movies to a different standard, and I must say a sort of lower standard, but at the same time, a higher standard.”) <- – I had extremely low expectations of this film due to me being one of the very few people who love Ang Lee’s Hulk, so for this movie to have that profound of an effect on me, really is significant. I’ll start off by talking about the casting and acting, Marvel Studios is seriously doing an outstanding job casting these big Comic roles, I had my doubts about Norton (although he is a fantastic actor), he was perfect in this film, I really saw the Bruce Banner in him. Liv Tyler was a nice pick for Betty Ross and William Hurt is great in anything he does. Oh, and I almost failed to mention my all-time favorite actor, Tim Roth, whose role, albeit important, could have been filled by anyone. That isn’t to say that he did a bad job, just that he had the “smallest” shoes to fill, so to speak. My next topic is the film’s CGI, which was my biggest concern with this incarnation. It proved to be too much during a few scenes, but it can be quickly looked over with all of the incredible action surrounding it. My last concern about this film was the final sequence involving the fight between the Hulk and the Abomination, I was concerned due to the final fight in Iron Man, which was the only not-great part of that film. The fight was sensational, it was epic and when the Hulk screams HULK SMASH!, chills ran down my spine. What a great movie, not to say there weren’t plenty of problems, does not mean that I didn’t love it and definitely plan on seeing it again, but I will probably wait for it to hit dollar theaters.

My life is officially over for the next seven weeks (see below)

Thank you so much for reading, check for updates with pictures of the new place, family and everything in between.


Written by thomasbalkcom

June 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

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  1. What’s up?. Thanks a bunch for the info. I’ve been digging around for info, but there is so much out there. Google lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back over here in a couple of days to see if there is updated posts.


    November 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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