Transformers (2007) Review

Transformers is a 2007 American sci-fi activity film dependent on the Transformers toy line. The movie, which consolidates PC movement with true to life recording, was coordinated by Michael Bay, with Steven Spielberg filling in as chief maker.


It was created by Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto, and is the main portion in the true to life Transformers film arrangement. The film stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a youngster who becomes involved with a battle between the chivalrous Autobots and the abhorrent Decepticons, two groups of outsider robots who can mask themselves by changing into regular hardware, essentially vehicles.


The Autobots mean to recover and utilize the AllSpark, the article that made their mechanical race that is on Earth, to remake their home planet Cybertron and end the war, while the Decepticons have the expectation of utilizing it to assemble a military by offering life to the machines of Earth. Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro, and Jon Voight additionally star, while voice entertainers Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron separately.


Murphy and DeSanto built up the undertaking in 2003, and DeSanto composed a treatment. Steven Spielberg went ahead board the next year, employing Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to compose the screenplay.

The U.S. Military and General Motors (GM) advanced vehicles and airplane during recording, which set aside cash for the creation and added authenticity to the fight scenes. Hasbro's limited time crusade for the film included arrangements with different organizations; publicizing incorporated a viral promoting effort, facilitated arrivals of prequel comic books, toys, and books, just as item situation manages organizations, for example, GM, Burger King, and eBay.

Transformers got blended surveys from pundits and crowds. It turned into the 28th most elevated earning film ever at the hour of its delivery and was the fifth most noteworthy netting film of 2007, netting $709 million around the world, with an expected 46 million tickets sold in the US. The film won four honors from the Visual Effects Society and was assigned for three Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. LaBeouf's presentation was adulated by Empire, and Cullen's response of Optimus Prime from the 1980s TV arrangement was generally welcomed by fans. The film was trailed by four continuations, Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011), Age of Extinction (2014), and The Last Knight (2017), just as a side project named Bumblebee in 2018.

Neighbors (2014) Review


Neighbors (released in some countries as Bad Neighbours) is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.


The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The plot follows a couple who come into conflict with a fraternity that has recently moved in next door, which leads them into an all out war.


The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 8, 2014 and was released on May 9 in the United States. The film received positive reviews, with praise aimed at Efron's and Byrne's breakout performances, and was a commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, and is currently Rogen's highest grossing live-action movie.


A sequel, titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, was released on May 20, 2016. Stoller returned to direct, with Rogen, Efron, Byrne, Mintz-Plasse, Barinholtz, Gallo, Kudrow, Buress and Franco all reprising their roles.

Wake Up Sid (2009) Review


Wake Up Sid is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy drama film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, the film was distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, with visual effects contributed by the Prime Focus Group.


The film takes place in contemporary Mumbai and tells the story of a careless, rich brat Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), a college student who is taught the value of owning up to responsibility by Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Kolkata. It was a critical and commercial success. Both Kapoor and Sharma won rave reviews for their performances, and Kapoor received awards and nominations for his acting.


Siddharth "Sid" Mehra is shown an extremely lazy and carefree college student in his early twenties living in Mumbai who does not know what he wants to pursue. He hates school and he can't even bother to study and try to understand the concept of his courses (all of which he gets poor grades in).


His imagination, creativity and talent for art (especially photography) are often disregarded and ignored. Depicted as a spoiled, lazy slacker, Sid shows little concern for his plans after graduating, just barely studying for tests the night before and having no interest in working.

His father, Ram Mehra is a wealthy tycoon who wants his son Sid to excel while his mother Sarita is a housewife often frustrated by Sid's incompetence yet puts up with behaviour, ending up pampering him.

The Last Airbender (2010) Review


The Last Airbender is a 2010 American action-adventure fantasy film written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


Based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, the film stars Noah Ringer as Aang, with Dev Patel as Prince Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka. Development for the film began in 2007. It was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and distributed by Paramount Pictures.


Premiering in New York City on June 30, 2010, it opened the following day in the rest of the United States, grossing an estimated $16 million that day.


The film was universally panned by critics, audiences, and fans of the original animated series upon its release, and is widely considered one of the worst films ever made. Many reviewers criticized the screenplay, acting, directing, casting, plot holes, unfaithfulness to source material, visual effects, editing, characters, and 3D conversion.


The Last Airbender opened in second place at the box office behind The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Produced on a $150 million budget, the film grossed $131 million domestically and $319 million worldwide. It is the fourth highest grossing Nickelodeon film, behind The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).


The film was originally envisioned as the first on a trilogy of Last Airbender films each based on the three seasons of the show, but due to the unpopularity and the low profits of the first film, the planned trilogy was left in doubt for many years and was ultimately cancelled in favor of a live-action remake of the animated series with Netflix.

The Founder (2016) Review


The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert Siegel. Starring Michael Keaton as businessman Ray Kroc, the film portrays the story of his creation of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain.
Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star as McDonald's founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.
The film premiered at Arclight Hollywood on December 7, 2016 and was released theatrically in the United States on January 20, 2017 by The Weinstein Company. It grossed $24 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Keaton's performance.
In 1954, Ray Kroc is a traveling milkshake machine salesman. While he has a supportive wife named Ethel and has saved enough to live a comfortable life in Arlington Heights, Illinois, he craves more. Ray also observes that many of the drive-in restaurants that he tries to sell to are inefficiently run.
After learning that a drive-in in San Bernardino is ordering an unusually large number of milkshake mixers, Ray drives to California to see it. What he finds is McDonald's—a highly popular walk-up restaurant with fast service, high-quality food, disposable packaging and a family-friendly atmosphere.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Review


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on his own 1999 novel of the same name.


Logan Lerman stars as a teenager named Charlie who writes to an unnamed friend, and these epistles chronicle his trials, tribulations, and triumphs as he goes through his first year of high school.


The film depicts his struggles with his, unknown to him, post-traumatic stress disorder, as he goes through his journey in high school making new friends. The film's ensemble cast also features Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Erin Wilhelmi, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Joan Cusack.


Chbosky had always intended to adapt the novel to film, but did not rush to do so. He was hesitant to sell the rights to the film to anyone, but eventually sold them to Mr. Mudd Productions as long as they let him write and direct the film.


Filming began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2011 and lasted approximately fifty days. This is one of three films from John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith's Mr. Mudd Productions that feature struggling teenagers; the other two are Ghost World and Juno.

Red Riding Hood (2011) Review


Red Riding Hood is a 2011 American romance horror film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson.


The film is very loosely based on the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood collected by both Charles Perrault under the name Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) and several decades later by the Brothers Grimm as Rotkäppchen (Little Red Cap).


It stars Amanda Seyfried as the title role, with Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie in supporting roles.


Red Riding Hood had its world premiere at Hollywood on March 7, 2011 and was theatrically released on March 11, 2011, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, with praise for Seyfried's performance and atmosphere but criticized its characters and story. It had grossed over $89 million worldwide against a $42 million budget.


Valerie lives with her parents, Cesaire and Suzette, and older sister Lucie in the village of Daggerhorn, on the edge of a forest plagued by a werewolf. She is in love with the woodcutter and childhood friend Peter, but her parents arrange for her to marry Henry, son of the wealthy blacksmith Adrien Lazar.


Valerie and Peter plan to elope, only to learn the Wolf has broken its truce not to prey on the townspeople and murdered Lucie.

Happy Journey (2014) Review


Happy Journey is a 2014 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Sachin Kundalkar and produced by Sanjay Chhabria under the banner of Everest Entertainment. It features Atul Kulkarni and Priya Bapat in the lead roles.


It was remade in Malayalam in 2018 as Koode, with Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nazriya Nazim and Parvathy Thiruvothu in lead roles.


Art Director Ajay Sharma won the Best Art Director Award, Maharashtra State Film Awards (2015) for Happy Journey and worked in movies such as Liar’s Dice (2013), Welcome 2 Karachi (2015), Fever (2016) and Bob Biswas (2020).


The story is about the love of brother and sister. A sister who hardly has seen her brother in her life. So after her death her ghost shares her experiences and helps her brother and finally disappears.

21 (2008) Review


21 is a 2008 American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Aaron Yoo, and Kieu Chinh. The film is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House, the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich.


Despite its largely mixed reviews and controversy over the film's casting choices, 21 was a box office success, and was the number one film in the United States and Canada during its first and second weekends of release.


Ben, a mathematics major at MIT, is accepted into Harvard Medical School but cannot afford the $300,000 tuition. He applies for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship which would cover the entire cost.


However, despite having an MCAT score of 44 and high grades, he faces fierce competition, and is told by the director that the scholarship will only go to whichever student dazzles him. Back at MIT, a professor, Micky Rosa challenges Ben with the Monty Hall Problem which he solves successfully.


After looking at Ben's 97% score on his latest non-linear equations test, Micky invites Ben to join his blackjack team, which consists of fellow students Choi, Fisher, Jill, and Kianna. Using card counting and covert signalling, they are able to increase their probability of winning while at casinos, leading them to earn substantial profits.


Over many weekends, the team is flown to Las Vegas and Ben comes to enjoy his luxurious lifestyle as a so-called big player. The team is impressed by Ben's skill, but Fisher becomes jealous and fights him while drunk, leading Micky to expel him. Meanwhile, the head of security, Cole Williams, has been monitoring the team and begins to turn his attention to Ben.

Vacancy (2007) Review


Vacancy is a 2007 American horror thriller film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. It was released April 20, 2007, by the distributor Screen Gems. Early in the film's development, it was thought Sarah Jessica Parker would star; but, in September 2006, The Hollywood Reporter announced Kate Beckinsale had been signed instead.


On their way home from a family party, David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale)--who are on the verge of divorce after a family tragedy drove them apart—take a wrong turn on a remote mountain road.


When their car breaks down, they find there is no cell phone reception and walk back to a motel across from an auto repair garage where they'd stopped earlier. When they arrive, there are no cars in the parking lot. At the office, they hear piercing screams coming from the back room.


The motel manager, Mason (Frank Whaley), appears and explains that the noises are coming from the television. They book a room for the night.


In their room, they hear loud, insistent banging on their door and the door to the adjacent room, and they receive anonymous phonecalls. David tells Mason about the situation, but Mason tells David that’s impossible because they are his only guests at the motel.


David protests, saying there is someone else at the motel, and Mason says he’ll take care of it. Back in the room, David looks for something to do, and watches some of the videotapes that were left on top of their room's TV.


At first they seem to be horror movies—but then David realizes they are snuff films that were made in their room. He searches the room, finds hidden security cameras, and concludes that Mason is watching them.

Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Review


Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American coming-of-age fantasy adventure film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The film, starring Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison, and Zooey Deschanel, and released by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States, is based on Katherine Paterson's 1977 novel of the same name.


Bridge to Terabithia tells the story of bullied kids Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke, 12-year-old neighbors who create a fantasy world called Terabithia and spend their free time together in an abandoned tree house.


The original novel was based on events from the childhood of the author's son, screenwriter David Paterson. When he asked his mother if he could write a screenplay of the novel, she agreed in part because of his ability as a playwright.


Production began in February 2006, and the film was finished by November. Principal photography was shot in Auckland, New Zealand, within 60 days. Film editing took ten weeks, while post-production, music mixing, and visual effects took several months. This was Michael Chapman's last film as cinematographer before his retirement.


Bridge to Terabithia was released to positive reviews; critics called it a faithful adaptation of the children's novel, and found that dynamic visuals and natural performances further enhanced the imaginative film. Bridge to Terabithia was nominated for seven awards and won five at the Young Artist Awards.