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Christopher E (ca) wrote: Although filled with good intentions and a heartwarming message, "When The Game Stands Tall" ultimately falls to sports cliches and over exaggerated sequences that just feel forced."When The Game Stands Tall" follows the story of one of the best high school football teams in all of history. Their dominance led them to an absurd 151 game winning streak, but when the streak is broken, everything starts to fall apart. Through hardship and turmoil, these young kids will have to find their way in life, and what it truly means to give a perfect effort.The best thing I can say about this movie was the good intentions and the vision of the writers/director. This was supposed to be one of those feel-good, inspirational films with a heart warming message behind it, and although I found this film entertaining, it did not execute perfectly. For those of you who don't need subtle ways of writing or perfect pacing but you want to turn off your brain and be semi touched, this is the film for you.Other than the attempt at relaying a few messages, the movie also has its fair share of entertaining scrimmages and football games. Although it's overly exaggerated and ridiculous at times, the game sequences hold up pretty decently. The camera work is pretty steady for the most part and it's easy to keep up from play to play. The thing most cringe worthy about this film was the awkward placement of life lessons and the feeling that everything was forced. There wasn't really any pacing or flow to the events within the film, and although they meant well by it, none of the events had a real impact on me. It felt like nothing was natural and that their depiction of the actual events had no real effort put into the execution.The acting in this movie will not attract many audience members, as it has more than its fair share of cringe worthy dialogue and one liners. No one here really stands out other than Jim Caviezel, but even then, the acting in this movie leaves much to be desired. Whenever an emotional or intense scene was taking place, it was often accompanied by over acting, and whenever a powerful message was being relayed, it was accompanied by boring writing.In the end, this movie is far from perfect, but is not a bad option if you see it playing on TV, or you seek a feel good film with some decent moments.
Geoffrey L (fr) wrote: When I first saw the trailer for this film in late 2013, I was really looking forward to seeing it. Now that I saw this 'direct-to-video' (a bad sign in itself) on pay per view, I'm very disappointed on many levels. The acting is about the same caliber one would find in a junior high school Christmas pagent. Why Patrick Stewart got involved with this turkey is still a mystery since his voice over as Sinbad is irrelevant and unnecessary. The stop motion animation is very poor and just seems to be stuck into the story because some guy the producers knew had some footage they could use. No sense of wonder or excitement exists anywhere in the film which, again, begs the questions as to why it was made in the first place. Since it stars the films so-called writer & director in all three roles suggests that it is a vanity project along the likes of what we saw years ago with Pauley Shore. Some have written that it is campy. No, it just stupid and a waste of time.
Dave R (de) wrote: Not Leslie Nielsen's best work.
Adam F (nl) wrote: At last, a beacon of light in the darkness! "Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth" brings one of Godzilla's most memorable adversaries back into the franchise with great success. The film begins as a quasi-remake of "Godzilla vs. the Thing" but throws in some great twists by introducing an arch-rival for Mothra: the sinister Battra. After being caught stealing a precious artifact (and destroying the temple containing it in the process), Takuya Fujita (Tetsuya Bessho) is bailed out of jail by a representative of the government and his ex-wife, Masako Tezuka (Satomi Kobayashi). They, along with the secretary of multi-national company Marutomo (Takehiro Murata as Kenji Ando) are headed to explore Infant Island to investigate what is going on there after a massive tsunami has uncovered what appears to be a giant egg. The three explorers find the giant egg and it's emissaries, the Shobijin. These tiny women inform them that the egg belongs to Mothra. Remember that this film is not in the same continuity as "Godzilla vs. the Thing" so these people have no idea who Mothra is. The Shobijin (or as they are called in the film, the Cosmos) inform our heroes that decades ago, an ancient civilization tried to control the Earth's climate. In retaliation, the creature Battra was created by the Earth. Initially, its purpose was to restore order to the world, but it became uncontrollable and went on a rampage. Only Mothra was able to stop it and after being defeated, Battra went into hibernation. Unfortunately, humanity's reckless deforestation and mining operations have awakened Battra once again and to worsen things further, Godzilla has once again emerged from the ocean to wreak havoc.This film continues the trend of the second era of Godzilla movies with a slew of interesting monsters and some good sequences of combat. Featured prominently are Mothra and Battra in both larval and adult moth forms as well as Godzilla. This gives us multiple battles scenes, no two of which are alike: we have larval Mothra vs. Godzilla, an all-out melee between larval Mothra, Battra and Godzilla, then just larva Battra and Godzilla. Afterwards, Mothra is forced to confront the people of Japan (So it basically goes on a rampage) when the Cosmos are kidnapped by greedy industrialists. After a reunion, Mothra transforms into its adult form and faces off with an adult Battra. Finally, we have the two rivals teaming up against Godzilla in a pretty epic battle set on the edge of Tokyo city. On top of all this we've also got Battra and Godzilla being attacked by tanks, bombers and jets on separate occasions, it's a real buffet of Kaiju action and special effects. Basically everything that worked in Mothra and Godzilla's first confrontation is here, but the climax is amped up by having the underdogs be two adult moth monsters. Mothra gets a slew of new, special-effects driven powers that are interesting additions and make it a more credible counter to Godzilla, who has been powered up in the previous film. A more obvious addition, and what makes this film more than just a simple remake of a previous film is the new character Battra. This creature looks like a demonic insect, a great contrast to the fuzzy, friendly-looking Mothra. On top of having many flashy powers, it has a great look, one that's very memorable. It's a monster that's only appeared once in the entire franchise but really made its mark. I wish they would bring back at some point because the scenes of aerial combat are a lot of fun to see. It's true that like all Godzilla movies, the flying sequences are hindered by the odd shot where the strings are obvious (Something that might not have been noticeable on VHS but is pretty glaring on Dvd) but if you're this far into the franchise, it's more of an annoyance than a deal breaker.Adding to the positive elements in this film is the human story, which is actually pretty compelling on its own and ties in nicely with the monster action. We've got the Cosmos tying the human world with Mothra's and some nice tension when they are kidnapped. It's worked in the past and does again here, but what we haven't been exposed to in any other Godzilla film is the main human story about a thief trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-wife and to himself. Without spoiling anything, Takuya turns out to be a character that is actually pretty complex and drives the action in interesting directions more than once. Not to be outdone, Masako is also an interesting character to follow. I found the acting from both Tetsuya Bessho and Satomi Kobayashi to be pretty good. These two actually feel like they used to be lovers because they have some real chemistry going on. Even the people involved with the big company that steals the Cosmos fairies turn out to be more than just mustache-twirling villains so when the monsters aren't on screen you will still be entertained. It makes for a giant monster that's genuinely good, and not only if you're a fan of the Godzilla franchise, or of kaiju films either. This is a great example of one of the "classic" Godzilla movies you would show to the uninitiated to get them to join in with your movie marathon.We've got great scenes of destruction. We're treated to inventive sequences of combat (including a memorable moment where Battra gets a real leg-up on Godzilla). There are likeable human characters and fan favorite elements brought back with enough of a twist to make them feel original again. The only real negative thing I have to say about the film is that some of the special effects aren't as good as they could have been (particularly considering that at this point in time, computer effects, which could have cleaned up some of the seams were available to Toho). Nonetheless, this is what you wish every Godzilla movie could be so make sure you check it out. (Fullscreen version on Dvd, May 10, 2014)
Mark G (it) wrote: Federation troubleshooter Commander Mike Colby is sent to a science facility were the boffins are trying to create a new food source. On the way to the facility Mike gets attacked and has an 'epic' space battle. Or at least some model ships unconvincingly shoot it out. Anyway, Colby arrives at the facility and before you know it the ominously named 'subject 20' is on the loose. Subject 20 is a metamorphic mutation which basically means that it's a mutant that can alter its genetic structure. This is an organism so dangerous that it's kept in a glass tank with a large hinged window at the bottom that you can just pull open and then stick your head in the tank for a closer look when it starts to pulsate. It's about as safe as covering yourself in bacon & jumping in a piranha tank. Subject 20 was created by splicing 'proto B' with an organism and now it's getting bigger. No one is willing to tell Mike what organism was spliced with 'proto B'. Which is odd as it's pretty bloody obvious really. Other highlights include a Star Wars rip off moment. Of all the things that could've been taken from Star Wars, what did they decide on? That's right, the blue milk...yummy. Another great moment, is when Mike has only been on the facility for a few hours and yet he still manages to do some 'troubleshooting' for 1 of the female crew members. And, not long after that he gets an invite from the other female crew member after he disturbs her in the sauna. Still, this movie has everything you can expect from a Roger Corman production and as long as you come to the table expecting cheese then you shouldn't be dissapointed.
Jamie C (ru) wrote: A film where someone can see 2 minutes into the future was always going to be difficult to understand and in a way it was but it was different, Nothing like we thought it would be it had some good action scenes, As much as the ending annoyed me it fit into the film nicely, Nic Cage was good but I think someone like Tom Cruise would of played it better (No offence Nic) It does leave you trying to work things out in your head and they used his future gift to put in some shock tactics and it all worked, It's by no means a classic but it's as good as it was ever going to be, Even with some cheap effects in places.
Gome A (ca) wrote: Really good film. I can only recommend despite the shity score of dumb people who has no brain in their heads I "watched him" from beginning till the end...