My name is Ryan and welcome to my movie reviews blog tenstarsorless.com.
Most of you will be stopping by here for the first time (hopefully second) and don’t know me personally. I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself and provide you with details about my love of movies and what made me want to start this blog.
I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, located in the northeast United States, before moving to Alberta, Canada in 2008. There was no major movie theatre where I lived because the local economy did not support one. When I wanted to see a new movie it was always a hassle to travel an hour or more to the nearest theatre. Thankfully my town did have a Movie Gallery (which closed several years ago) that allowed me to rent and buy the latest movies.
My love of movies can be traced back to growing up with my grand mother, who loved her action movies. She’d watch anything from the 1970s – 1980s that starred Charles Bronson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, or Sylvester Stallone. I honestly can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Chuck Norris in Mission in Action 2, but it was a major part of my childhood. It would be tough to say what her favourite movie was, but it was probably that one. By far her favourite actor was Steven Seagal and she would watch any of his films on TV no matter how many times she had seen it before.
While growing up I wanted to be a firefighter, so naturally Backdraft was my first favourite movie starting in 1991. It would be extremely difficult to pinpoint what my favourite childhood movie was, but I do recall watching Bambi a lot. I’m sure I own all the Disney movies growing up, just don’t remember what ever happened to those VHS movies!
My movie tastes began to change in the late 1990’s and I started to watch more and more romantic-comedies over any other genre. In 1998 I fell in love with the movie Meet Joe Black. There was just so much passion and romance between Brad Pitt and Claire Forlani that their love inspired me to want to find a romance that is as deep and powerful. That movie stayed on top of my favourites list until 2005.
I can still remember the day I went over to my grandmothers and she was watching Batman Begins. It was half way through and found myself drawn to it and really enjoyed the ending. I bought it and watched it start to finish and that became my new number one. It was a short reign at the top because in 2008, my first movie in Canada and at Cineplex was The Dark Knight. This is by far one of the greatest movies ever made. I love that movie for everything is it, great story, great performances, great action sequences, and the musical score by Hans Zimmer is amazing.
In 2014 I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and that movie had everything I could ever ask for in a film. It was powerful and emotional on top of having amazing special effects. Caesar is an extraordinary character not just on-screen but in his world. He’s fearlessness makes him an extraordinary leader, a leader I would be willing to follow into battle. The Dark Knight will always have a special place in my heart, but I never cried as much as I did when Caesar is gunned down in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, my new all-time favourite movie.
I have no shame in admitting to being a huge Twilight fan. I fell for the series because I used to have a crush on Kristen Stewart and the romantic tale of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. People often ask me what it is about Kristen Stewart I like and I actually have nothing, I think my crush has always been on Bella Swan and Kristen just happened to play her. It is safe to say I watch all five movies every couple of months.
Transformers is another one of my favourite franchises because of Optimus Prime. He is one of the greatest leaders ever assembled based on his abilities to lead the Auto-bots into war and always come out on top. Just recently in 2013 have I started to dig into the Star Trek Universe. I have always made it known that I am not a fan of sci-fi movies, books, or comics, so after watching Star Trek in 2009 I came to realise that not everything sci-fi is bad. After watching Star Trek Into Darkness I set out to watch all the episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series which I ended up enjoying a lot. Someday I hope to watch The Next Generation as well as the other not so popular Star Trek series.
I know that Christian Bale is no longer Batman and that the Twilight Saga is over, but I will always look forward to any Batman themed movie along with any new versions of Transformers or Star Trek that make their way into theatres sometime in the future.
I rarely watch TV, but on occasion I have watched a couple of TV series in my life. Currently I am all caught up on Game of Thrones and I’ve seen every episode of Family Guy many times over. Since I have a secret love for Sweden and many of their musical groups, I got hooked on The Bridge. It is a really intense show and God bless subtitles. My friends, the internet, and Netflix all tell me that TV shows are the greatest thing since sliced bread, since there is a new show launched almost every week, but I just don’t want to commit all my free time to watch 8 seasons of a show that could take four months to finish. I prefer to invest my time and emotions for only two to three hours of entertainment.
In the end, my life is all about watching movies. Since 2011 I have averaged over 100 new movies at Cineplex, and countless of others on Netflix, Blu Ray or DVD. People have been pushing me since 2013 about starting a movie review site to share my thoughts on all these movies I watch. I have always “checked in” on Facebook to give a quick two or three sentence opinion of the movie I just saw, but it was time to step up and turn my reviews into something more. My site has undergone several different formats, but that’s the joy about blogging, you are always encouraged to change things up.
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