SptnReaper1

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  • Activity

    • 5 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      Wow, I can't believe it's been 4 years...

    • 9 years ago

      SptnReaper1
    • Updates

      9 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      I apologize for my recent inactivity, especially to the watchers of the New Movie Reviews Group. I recently moved from NC to FL, which has hindered my online activity status. I still want to keep the group going of course, so I'm looking for any interesting online writers that would be willing to write reviews on any new films they see for our group. Any volunteers are welcome. If you do a good job, we'll make you a group mod.

      Message or comment me if you're interested.

      Thanks,
      Dan

      New Movie Reviews Group

    • District 9 (2009)

      in Forums > District 9 (2009) | Follow this topic

      SptnReaper1

      Posted August 16, 2009. Reposted for forum thread.

      -District 9-

      I just managed to catch this movie in theaters recently and currently I have mixed opinions about it. Once again, a modern film advertised as non-stop action has managed to produce yet another display that follows today's usual MO, starts off as a snore fest and then kicks you in the ass by the end. Honestly, have a pillow and set an alarm clock half way through this movie and you'll be set. It's like the into to a movie doesn't matter to producers anymore. As a classic films man and tough critic, I believe no only the beginning of, but the entire first quarter of a movie sets the pace for the remaining duration. If it starts off slow, the ending won't matter much. People will be turned off when it comes time to see it again later on down the road because they know they will have to sit through an hour of boredom to reach the hour of intensity.

      The movie is practically documentary style, with regular action scenes mixed in. It's like flipping from the news to a movie on HBO back and forth. Don't get me wrong, the shooting style of this movie is somewhat original and is entertaining.

      The plot is definitely interesting, but is hard to describe without giving away key secrets and scenes in the film. So you'll just have to watch and see for yourself. Some bits of this movie can be traced back to other sources: an alien weapon that is capable of attracting and lifting objects, then propelling them at enemy targets for example, closely resembles the gravity gun from Half-Life 2. And an electric pulse cannon is also very similar to the plasma coil weapon you can use in the Ratchet and Clank series for the Playstation 2. The special effects in this movie are outstanding, as well as costumes, props, vehicles, environment and weapons. I will say this, District 9 is gory. Very gory. More heads explode and limbs tear away than in any recent sci-fi film I've seen. As well as the main character's progressive transformation/mutation/decomposition of flesh altogether, animal destruction, aliens being executed, humans being vaporized, and various other shows of anatomy.

      The background environment of the alien ghetto-style, set in Johannesburg, South Africa, resembles a concentration camp. In fact, many aspects of this film's plot and environment, including the alien-MNU security forces relationship, are similar to many past occurrences of genocide; such as the Holocaust. That's another conversation for another time.

      Unlike some films recently released, which I will not mention, District 9 is not an example of a film that sacrificed good acting and a thick plot for an overload of special effects. I believe some acting regarding a few minor characters could have been better, but the primary focus is on the main detective, Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlito Copley), who had an excellent acting performance.

      Final Score- 8.0 out of 10.
      Save more many other spoiler details and the aforementioned kinks, the movie was good at best. The giant murderous robot action scenes were fantastic, the plot was interesting, and District 9 still managed to maintain a standard of good acting throughout the entire film. Leave the kids at home and pay the few bucks to see it. Save yourself the money down the road and skip the DVD purchase.

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    • New Movie Review Out

      10 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      A new movie review has been posted here .

      Check it out and vote in the poll. Thanks

      Also see Roosterpedia.com

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    • Submit Your Own Review

      in Forums > Submit Your Own Review | Follow this topic

      SptnReaper1

      If there's a movie out there we missed or didn't cover that you have opinions about, feel free to write and post your own review here.

      8 replies

    • Heading Out

      10 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      I'm on my way out to go see GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and later Funny People. Reviews will be posted asap Here

      Leave a comment to suggest any new movies you'd like to see reviews for.

      -Dan

    • Suggest a Movie for Review

      in Forums > Suggest a Movie for Review | Follow this topic

      SptnReaper1

      If there is a movie in particular you would like to see a review for, suggest a title here and we'll get right on it.
      Suggest a title before you see a movie and find out if it's worth the money to catch it in theaters or wait until the DVD release. That's right, I'm out to save you cheap bastards $7 on a ticket any chance I get.

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    • Random Movie Reviews

      10 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      -Transformers 2- Revenge of the Fallen-
      This movie has been hyped up beyond belief in mainstream advertising. After seeing it though, I have mixed opinions. Transformers was a good movie, for the most part. Obviously the sequel had to live up to the original. All that I asked in a sequel was more action, better acting, and a catchy plot. In Transformers 2, we see a few requests answered. The first half of the movie is rather slow and dull. Not until the second half does the plot begin to show itself and the action picks up. Once it jumps off between a few giant robots who don't want to share the shiny toy, the rest of the film is nothing but explosions and human versus alien toaster mayhem.

      I appreciate that new models of Transformers were added to this sequel, as there used to be a variety of kinds in the original shows. Also the addition of new technology in the United States Military used to combat the alien machines gives you the sense that we humans aren't just innocent bystanders in the storyline but a fighting force as well. Lastly, tweeking the plot with a sidebar story of conflict between the military personnel and the politicians over decision making points out that in an emergency situation, everyone is most likely to be ass backwards in taking care of it these days. Whether it be a hurricane, an economic crisis, health care reform, or invading forces of massive murderous robots.
      These are clunkers you can't get cash for at your local Ford dealership.

      5 out of 10
      Good action, entertaining, but I'm not really interested in sitting through it again right away. Not to mention the garbage band Linkin Park had to get involved in the soundtrack yet again.. ugh

      -Check comments for discussion on reasons for a lower score-

    • Reviews

      10 years ago

      SptnReaper1

      -Star Trek-
      Basically an all around solid film. I enjoyed the plot, the action, and the acting. Some parts tended to drag on, and made the movie a little too comical, only to appeal to a younger audience. That aside, I still liked the film. The remake stayed true to the original style, so kudos to JJ Abrams. With a full cast including Zachary Quinto (young Spok), Erik Bana (Nero), John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike). I believe Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) was well casted as Captain James T. Kirk. He held true to the original Shatner-style and mixed well with Quinto's portrayal of the young Spok. I also believe that Karl Urban (Bones) gave the best character performance in the film, second to Bana as the insane villain Nero. His tough exterior reminded me of the original Doc McCoy instantly.

      9 out of 10



  • Comments (58)

    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      9 years ago

      The only one that's really good that I know is Zeke and he's doing all the Screen Gems stuff. Kumiho is a really good writer/reviewer, but his future activity on the site is questionable because of his cryptic last journal.

    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      9 years ago

      I really would like to stay in your movie review group, but I just don't think I can with as far as the reviews come.

      I'm sure life has gotten in the way, but I'm thinking about leaving the group to clear up some space... sorry, man.

    • noob55

      10 years ago

      It was one of the best movies ive ever seen. Funny people is shit and some of the other movies you revied but i was leinient to about them

    • MichyGeary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Red vs. Blue Forum Moder

      10 years ago

      Thank you. smiley1.gif

    • MichyGeary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Red vs. Blue Forum Moder

      10 years ago

      Yeah, I had to have it send another confirmation email, but it worked the second time.

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      10 years ago

      I have a love for both, so it's something I've wanted to pursue for a while. I'm just starting to take it seriously because now I am in a position to do what I really want.

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      10 years ago

      Well, I make sure I damn well sober up before I start driving. Plus, I had a friend with me, so she could drive me home if needed. I was also host, so I couldn't get toooo drunk in case thing got out of hand. Haha.

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      10 years ago

      The party was pretty cool. I just had to tone it down a bit as I was driving back home haha.

    • omgidontno

      10 years ago

      Thank you.

    • JohnHesdon

      10 years ago

      Hey I just joined the group and was wondering if it was ok to post my own reviews i know it says it on the page but i didn't know if you had to approve them

    • luna87

      10 years ago

      Umm, thanks for the journal comment...I haven't written another entry in a long time, maybe I should. :)

    • Phil

      10 years ago

      Not that I can think of. Maybe G.I. Joe, if you're up for that. But let me ask, do you ever do video games reviews? I'm guessing not, but I'm looking for a couple good writers to help me start doing regular game reviews for this site, and I thought you might be interested. Let me know! smiley13.gif

    • Phil

      10 years ago

      Well, I see I'm not the first to ask this, but who are you? I'm pretty cool with random FRs, but I still like to know who's who. So talk to me! smiley0.gif

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Howdja lose it in the first place?

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      That's pretty cool.
      Did we first meet at the Upcoming Projects thread? I remember I started out there posting an entire farging script and being flamed to no end.

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Thanks, but why friend me?

    • l0sts0ul

      10 years ago

      hey
      weird that you wanna be on my friend list
      although i tihnk its been years
      watch me and then ill accpet
      thanks ^.^

    • Dane_SFC

      11 years ago

      Mate, have a teary ey.
      Join me instead.
      Rogue broooooooooo!

    • Caboose_243

      11 years ago

      I understand, Reaps. Your only 10 karma away.

    • Caboose_243

      11 years ago

      Where'd you go, Reaper?

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      PFFF. No, it was easy because I spent ages dicking around with photoshop back in the day, and now I could whip up an omelette with it if I had to. :P It really is easy, though. It's just a series of images stacked on top of each other, with links around the first few.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Just did up the image in photoshop, sliced it into a few pieces and plastered the image tags one under the other. Nothing special. :)

    • Chronepsis

      11 years ago

      Nice.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Hehe. I wasn't smoking anything at the time, oddly enough.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Haha, true indeed. I noticed that today. I just always forgot to mod things; too busy typing and reading and wanting to respond quicker. Now that I actually remember to, I'm getting as much as I' m giving and since I can only give one mod per post it's not evening out too quick. :P

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      We made my friend a cake this weekend. :) For his birthday.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      That whole conversation made me wish I had cake... so much...

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Both of those I had to read for school. I didn't like Of Mice and Men much, but I rather liked A Tale of Two Cities. Really, when it comes down to it, it's hard to give a good review because it was school and it just felt like I was 'studying the classics' rather than 'reading a book', if that makes sense.
      But I think they are worth reading; for sure, you'll get more references in other reading material from knowing them.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      You just had to ask me a very difficult question, didn't you... ;D Um. Let's see...
      The Narnia books (ha! I can count a series as one answer, and nobody can say otherwise!), Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and Life of Pi. But then I'm leaving out The Little Prince and Hitchhikers Guide, and the LOTR books and The Hobbit... AGH.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Thanks. :) How's you? I swear I've put you on watch like twice before and yet here I was clicking it again.

    • Chronepsis

      11 years ago

      I know, I know. I was just a little pissed that he pulled out and didn't so much as stop and look.

    • Tsunade

      11 years ago

      Oops resend I accidentally hit Deny XD I meant to hit approve , sorry!

    • MetalPcAngel

      11 years ago

      can you nominate me plz, again^^
      just answer my poll or Comment
      thank you.^^

      heres the link^^
      rvb.roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=2065234#c12179108

    • Chronepsis

      11 years ago

      You should check out Augustana, if you haven't already.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Who do? You do! Do what? Remind me of the babe... /dance

    • MetalPcAngel

      11 years ago

      can you nominate me plz.^^
      just answer my poll or Comment
      thank you.^^

      heres the link^^
      rvb.roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=2054629

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      They've been complaining for a while. I told them, we're in a housing crisis, they should be grateful they've got a place to be that isn't all fenced in, but it's causing some infighting, and I think it would be best to just eliminate the root of the problem.

    • Nini

      11 years ago

      awww which one? and i know i dont know him but liked the contest..

    • Nini

      11 years ago

      hi there thanks for the friend request.

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Haha, no kidding. They'll look back on it and laugh... I hope. ;)

    • ZethX

      11 years ago

      no problem happy to help
      If u need anymore I give u more
      I got 118 mods

    • TakeMeOut

      11 years ago

      Good to see that your account is up again!

    • Xeiharioukou

      11 years ago

      Ok, yeah. Thank you for the friend request!

    • MetalPcAngel

      11 years ago

      okay.

    • PieStalker

      11 years ago

      sounds good buddy. Sucks about ur account

    • Osaka

      11 years ago

      Definitely one of my favorites. "Never go in against a Cecilian when death is on the line! Ah ha ha ha-"

      Post edited 5/11/08 9:10PM

    • DeltaSniper

      11 years ago

      Alright I'll go accept it. I was a little confused because I knew we were friends.

    • KungFu_Cat

      11 years ago

      Ive applied for college so hopefully ill get into that =]

    • KungFu_Cat

      11 years ago

      no idea how to compare grades over there compared to here, im in 6th year of high school =P the final year =]

    • KungFu_Cat

      11 years ago

      Same heree, just trying to get through exams and stuff. My last day of school ever was on Friday so now its just the exams to be done and thats me free =]

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