#5881  
Old 11-15-2012, 10:23 PM
Heart And Souls - 9/10
The Bay - 6/10
  #5882  
Old 11-16-2012, 07:45 AM
*May contain spoilers*

Skyfall - First off I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with all of the praise this film is receiving. While the plot wasn't the most unique idea (considering it was already done in Mission Impossible), it still felt fresh and new. I've been saying this since Casino Royale came out, and it has turned some heads, especially among Bond film lovers, but Daniel Craig is easily my favorite Bond. There's a certain reality and intimacy that Craig has brought the character.

One of my favorite scenes in the film had to be the jellyfish fight scene. The contrast was truly breathtaking. Something about the tranquil jellyfish swimming by in the background, casting it's cold blue light on the glass, and here we have the silhouettes of two men fighting to death in front of it. Just brilliant.

Javier Bardem was great! His character felt like a classic Bond villain, and again, it felt new and refreshing at the same time.

While I did find some parts of the film to be a bit slow, it definitely didn't detract very much from the film. I also didn't care for the CGI komodo dragons. Don't get me wrong, the scene was a good idea and it was thrilling, but the CGI lizards were really distracting.

It's hard for me to say whether or not I enjoyed it more than Casino Royale, but I think that would require a second viewing of Skyfall for me to say definitively which I thought was better. I do think it was leaps and bounds better than Quantum of Solace.

8/10
  #5883  
Old 11-16-2012, 10:11 AM

Taken
rewatch
6/10
  #5884  
Old 11-16-2012, 11:42 AM


There are movies that are universally praised, critically panned, and then there are ones that are simply polarizing. One group thinks the film is a marvelous genius of work, while other critics are baffled on how a film like this could fail so miserably. Those types of films seem to be ones with ambition, a need to take the idea of cinema and do something completely fresh and exciting to the medium. Enter Tom Tykwer, Lana and Andy Wachowski, who have decided to adapt a novel by David Mitchell dealing with how the past, present, and future are all connected in some universal way. Spanning different storylines, characters, and decades; Cloud Atlas is a film that wears ambition on its sleeve, taking risks towards creating an epic novel for the big screen. While, emotionally, the film sort of rings a bit hollow in many regards, the editing, transitions, and thematic presentation that Tykwer and Wachowksis pull of is nothing short of staggering.

A review on a single viewing of this film seems to be a bit of an injustice, as the two hour and 52 minute runtime is densely packed with ideas and story. The opening sequence perfectly encapsulates what and where the film’s journey is going to lead the audience, but this isn’t the sort of film that takes the viewer by the hand. Instead, Cloud Atlas throws the viewer right into the story, jumping from storylines that span from the 1800s to a apocalyptic future. From there, the film introduces an assortment of characters in these storylines that are played by the same actors, invoking the thematic ideas of reincarnation and/or fate. Some of these storylines are more interesting than others, but Wachowski and Tykwer know where the fat for each of these storylines can be cut, and which should be more prominent.

Going back to the “everything is connected” theme, the transition from one storyline to the other is, for the most part, handled beautifully. A simple edit from one storyline in the past that jumps to the future feels abrupt, but cinematically is nothing short of seamless. There’s one part in the middle act of this film where the film goes back and forth quickly to each of these timelines, and the pacing never staggers or falls. Granted, there are moments where some editing moments ring a bit hollow in trying to connect the storylines together, but that’s a little nitpicking on this reviewer’s part.

No, the only thing that felt a bit hollow in Cloud Atlas is trying to connect to this film on an emotional level regarding the stories. The investment for each of these characters and their predicaments just felt like going through the motions, never really having a true connection as a film goer to the assortment of characters. There are times where moments are funny, dour, and action packed; but the need to connect to each of these characters felt as if they were put at arms length.

Not that the actors do a bad job at conveying their different counterparts throughout the years, everyone is pretty much uniformly excellent. It’s an absolute blast trying to distinguish where actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, or Hugh Grant are placed (and also acting) in the individual storylines, and that praise comes from the make-up team that radically changes each of the actors into a different race or sex. Sadly, there was a part in the credits where each actor’s role in a different timeline was shown that this reviewer missed, but the ones that were distinguishable looked great, if a bit silly.

But that’s the cost that the Wachowskis and Tykwer are more than willing to make in Cloud Atlas. They are taking risks in this film that can either be construed as laughable or eye rolling, but they go ahead with it anyway. That’s the price of ambition in that these three directors can’t please everybody, and there could be a line down the middle in regards to who will accept or rejects the film.

Polarizing films can be a mixed bag, but there are certainly more interesting than films that are just plainly excellent or terrible. I’ll take a film like Cloud Atlas any day of the week from praised films, as there’s an uncertainty towards what type of reaction I will take when word of mouth is right down the middle. Thankfully, Cloud Atlas is an interesting densely packed film that has something to say cinematically, even if the story isn’t as engaging as the film looked. But one viewing just can’t do this film justice, and unfortunately the film has been pulled from the local theaters around my area. So, you can rest assured that I’ll be picking up the blu-ray/dvd to get more from this film, and maybe this review will get you to check it out too.

7.5/10
  #5885  
Old 11-16-2012, 12:40 PM


The Comedy
8/10

Not gonna get too into it right now, but I am planning on typing up a pretty extensive essay on this movie sometime very soon. I felt that while it was most definitely not geared towards everyones (or many people for that matter) taste, it provided a ridiculously sharp observation of post 20's hip America and the very small percentage of the population who seems to understand exactly what is happening in front of them, yet never bats an eyelash or raises a hand to care about a single thing outside of their comfortable faux-upper class existence. Heidecker is potent and surprised the living hell out of me, I have been a fan of Tim & Eric for years but he truly branches out of his area of expertise (or infamy depending on how you look at that show) and proves himself to be someone we should definitely be keeping a closer eye on. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes their comedies so black that they are in straight up drama territories of uneasiness, and any conscious thought on the characters developing on screen usually sounds along the lines of "Jesus Christ, this is fucking strange."

A satire so biting and dark and joyously dry while doing so, that unfortunately I wouldn't be at all surprised if it has the potential to be viewed 25 years down the line as an honest portrayal of the "cool kids" of Gen X when they hit their mid 20's- early 30's and lost track of what got them on track in the first place.

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  #5886  
Old 11-16-2012, 01:19 PM

Not sure if I would this above Casino Royale but it is one of the best Bond films. 10/10
  #5887  
Old 11-16-2012, 06:02 PM
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - 3/10

God dammit. GODDDD DAMN THIS!!! Fuck.
  #5888  
Old 11-16-2012, 07:36 PM
The Flowers of War



Yimou Zhang brings his artistic palette of poetic visuals to bear, and channels Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan for a WWII epic centred around the brutal raping and pillaging of the Chinese city of Nanking by the Imperial Japanese in 1937. Dubious historical liberties aside for nationalistic tearjerking purposes (pro-America or pro-Chinese, a war movie suffers the same in either language), it’s still an affecting, powerful piece of filmmaking that merely suffers some of the same drawbacks as a second-rate Spielberg pic, namely a surfeit of sentimentality. It’s unfair to level that against a war movie sometimes, but I couldn’t help but think that some scenes would’ve been better served had characters not said anything at all instead of gushed with contrived speeches. Several scenes between Christian Bale and radiant Chinese newcomer Ni Ni are particular culprits late in the film. But bloated with subplots though it may be, this baby had me in its iron sights for the duration of the film and never really let go, and that’s testament to Zhang’s skills as a formidable emotional craftsman. He puts his heart and soul into every film he makes, and it pays off, flaws and all.

-> 7/10
  #5889  
Old 11-16-2012, 09:27 PM


10/10
  #5890  
Old 11-16-2012, 09:35 PM
TDKR



Still disappointed 7.5/10
  #5891  
Old 11-16-2012, 10:09 PM
Insomnia (2002) - A pretty good thriller with a tense showdown at the end. Everyone did a fine job acting and the story was decent if not terribly original. 7/10

Checking Out - Peter Falk was funny in one of his last roles but there really wasn't much of a story. 5/10
  #5892  
Old 11-17-2012, 03:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Jig Saw 123 View Post
TDKR
Still disappointed 7.5/10
7.5/10 and you're "disappointed"? Holy mackeral. I fell asleep an hour into it, and when I finished I just wanted to burn it. I hate the soundtrack (same 20 seconds over and fucking-over again), the stupid set-ups for future events were hilariously contrived. I hate the whole "hope" theme, which was elementary to the point of absolute snobbery in assuming the audience would be too stupid to catch the theme without being reminded of it 100 times over. Bane was a standup act, with a voice that booms through any and all other ambient noise. Plus, his final scene was pathetic and he was belittled to such an insignificant pawn that I felt sorry for him being built up to anything before that AND having him put one over on the Bats. It was also boring as fuck. I hated the shit out of it, but even if I give a movie a 6/10 I would maybe be "disappointed", but after a 7/10 I would have few complaints.
  #5893  
Old 11-17-2012, 07:18 AM


Beyond the Black Rainbow
6/10

Eh. There was a time just a couple of months ago when I was under the impression that when I finally got my hands on a copy of this, that my head was going to explode and my eyes melt from my skull at the sight of the sheer amazingness of it all. That's what certain people who know me and my taste very very well told me. They are fuck sticks for being so over dramatic in their hype and also possibly lying about their age and still in high school (...nevermind) because only a teenager could find any real new* insight or intellect here into the world of the ultra elite, conspiracy theories, mind control, and many other things I was promised but didn't exactly receive. I want to be clear- I have watched this movie intently beginning to end 4 times in the past month and a half. Each time I've expected something to pop out at me and matter enough to further ANYTHING in this mess of a story or really try to make a statement about any of the truths (or "conspiracies") to the MK-Ultra-esque brainwashing experiments and their current day implications. That would be very interesting, but alas, each time-nada. Nor does it say or attempt to explain or flesh out really much of anything about the organization who was running these "tests." Meaning you don't even get questions to want answers to, just a lot of confusing, albiet pretty freaking cool, moving images. So RECAP: for an hour and a half you get INSANELY unique, mind bending, amazingly cool visuals, a pretty fucking cool ultra retro soundtrack, and absolutely NOTHING else. I donno..unless this thing blows me next time I put it in the blu ray player I believe my score is set.

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  #5894  
Old 11-17-2012, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by marilynMONROBOT View Post
The Comedy
8/10

Not gonna get too into it right now, but I am planning on typing up a pretty extensive essay on this movie sometime very soon. I felt that while it was most definitely not geared towards everyones (or many people for that matter) taste, it provided a ridiculously sharp observation of post 20's hip America and the very small percentage of the population who seems to understand exactly what is happening in front of them, yet never bats an eyelash or raises a hand to care about a single thing outside of their comfortable faux-upper class existence. Heidecker is potent and surprised the living hell out of me, I have been a fan of Tim & Eric for years but he truly branches out of his area of expertise (or infamy depending on how you look at that show) and proves himself to be someone we should definitely be keeping a closer eye on. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes their comedies so black that they are in straight up drama territories of uneasiness, and any conscious thought on the characters developing on screen usually sounds along the lines of "Jesus Christ, this is fucking strange."

A satire so biting and dark and joyously dry while doing so, that unfortunately I wouldn't be at all surprised if it has the potential to be viewed 25 years down the line as an honest portrayal of the "cool kids" of Gen X when they hit their mid 20's- early 30's and lost track of what got them on track in the first place.
I am really looking forward to seeing this. When I first saw the trailer I had exactly the "This is fucking strange" sentiment, but the more I hear about it, the more I see the 'point' behind it, which just gets me fucking more excited about seeing this. I love how this subject matter is tackled.
  #5895  
Old 11-17-2012, 01:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
7.5/10 and you're "disappointed"? Holy mackeral. I fell asleep an hour into it, and when I finished I just wanted to burn it. I hate the soundtrack (same 20 seconds over and fucking-over again), the stupid set-ups for future events were hilariously contrived. I hate the whole "hope" theme, which was elementary to the point of absolute snobbery in assuming the audience would be too stupid to catch the theme without being reminded of it 100 times over. Bane was a standup act, with a voice that booms through any and all other ambient noise. Plus, his final scene was pathetic and he was belittled to such an insignificant pawn that I felt sorry for him being built up to anything before that AND having him put one over on the Bats. It was also boring as fuck. I hated the shit out of it, but even if I give a movie a 6/10 I would maybe be "disappointed", but after a 7/10 I would have few complaints.
When I initially saw it, I gave it a 7/10, but when I watched it last night I tried giving it the benefit of the doubt but even then, it's still hasn't sat well with me. As a finisher to the whole 'epic' trilogy, it's a somewhat fitting conclusion which led to the higher rating, but as a standalone film it's easily Nolan's worst and could easily deserve a 6/10 because of the points you mentioned on top of the inclusion of the over-the-top opening that didn't even make sense, the inclusion of Talia was poorly handled, and of course the constant annoyance of John Blake. I say disappointed not because it didn't exceed my expectations of being better than The Dark Knight, which I didn't expect to happen, but it wasn't even on the level of Batman Begins.
  #5896  
Old 11-17-2012, 02:51 PM

6/10

The new film from Todd Solondz the director of Happiness. Not as dark as his other films but still a decent film. Even Christopher Walken stars in it. Sweet!

Angst 4/10

An english horror erotic film which falls to the category of bad directed and bad acted films. Watch this film with friends and a couple of beers and i mean lotsa beers! Possibly a guilty pleasure for some not me.
  #5897  
Old 11-17-2012, 04:59 PM
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)



Weird to think its been five years since I was marvelled by There Will Be Blood in theatres. Whilst not quite on the same level as that masterpiece this film had a similar effect. Gloriously directed and acted, its gonna be interesting to see if The Academy will snub Joaquin Phoenix after his little dig at them, because this is the third time in his career he's given the best leading male performance of the year. The film is about a lot of things, so I can understand a lot of the complaints against it, but for me it was ultimately a film about society's two biggest hang-ups: faith/where we come from and sex. Like society, it didn't resolve anything, but that's fine by me. Another phenomenal work from PT Anderson, until 2017...
9/10
  #5898  
Old 11-17-2012, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - 3/10

God dammit. GODDDD DAMN THIS!!! Fuck.

whoa that bad huh?
  #5899  
Old 11-17-2012, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Jig Saw 123 View Post
When I initially saw [The Dark Knight Rises], I gave it a 7/10, but when I watched it last night I tried giving it the benefit of the doubt but even then, it's still hasn't sat well with me. As a finisher to the whole 'epic' trilogy, it's a somewhat fitting conclusion which led to the higher rating, but as a standalone film it's easily Nolan's worst and could easily deserve a 6/10 because of the points you mentioned on top of the inclusion of the over-the-top opening that didn't even make sense, the inclusion of Talia was poorly handled, and of course the constant annoyance of John Blake. I say disappointed not because it didn't exceed my expectations of being better than The Dark Knight, which I didn't expect to happen, but it wasn't even on the level of Batman Begins.
This is valid. It is a surprisingly lackluster finish for such a well-renowned and highly love series. It wasn't until after I posted my venomous verbosity that I realized that is probably why you were disappointed: it wasn't a fitting conclusion that matched the quality of the previous installments.
So I step down from my pedestal of vile vitriol and ask all to continue with their regular programming.
  #5900  
Old 11-17-2012, 07:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digifruitella View Post
I am really looking forward to seeing this. When I first saw the trailer I had exactly the "This is fucking strange" sentiment, but the more I hear about it, the more I see the 'point' behind it, which just gets me fucking more excited about seeing this. I love how this subject matter is tackled.
It really is something, my appreciation of it has grown more and more since watching it. Tim Heidecker easily gives one of the best performances of the year.



Starlet - 7.5/10

I wasn't sure about what to expect from this since all I knew was that it had a small, vocal following from critics. Turns out it's a terrific little movie that follows a 21 year old and an octogenarian becoming friends. I won't go into too many details since part of the fun is watching the story play out (and one of the movie's larger themes is how it's impossible to judge others) but the two leads are fantastic, the cinematography elevates this by a ton (seriously, this movie's gorgeous) and it's a really funny script. My only issue was how cliched the story got by the end but this is definitely worth seeking out.



Tuesday, After Christmas - 6.5/10

My problem with Romanian cinema is that it's so transparent. This movie, about a married man cheating on his wife with his daughter's dentist, plays out in the usual style associated with Romanian films over the last few years. There's one point early on where the wife shows up unexpectedly to join her husband at the dentist's, and we're treated to a 10 minute scene where all three are together in the same room. Will their affair be exposed? The answer is of course not, this is a god damn Romanian film so you know nothing will happen. The first hour is mostly made up of these boring yet watchable/well-made scenes. Once the affair finally gets exposed things take a turn for the better with an amazing sequence. The final third slightly redeems this from becoming something like Police, Adjective but one great scene still doesn't make a great movie.
  #5901  
Old 11-17-2012, 08:08 PM
The Switch - A typical romcom that is saved only by Jason Bateman and a supporting turn from Jeff Goldblum. Jennifer Aniston gives a bland performance that has become typical of most of her movies and the kid was annoying. 4/10

Dawn of the Dead (1978) - I prefer Night of the Living Dead but this was still a very good zombie flick. Not knowing who would survive (if anyone) made this a suspenseful and scary film. 8/10
  #5902  
Old 11-17-2012, 09:41 PM
just got home from seeing this again this time with my dad



10/10 it's safe to finally say this over takes Casino Royale as my favorite Bond film of all time
  #5903  
Old 11-17-2012, 11:08 PM
The Lady Vanishes - This Hitchcock film is about a group of travelers in Europe whose train gets delayed due to weather. The stranded travelers pack into a hotel where Iris Henderson first meets an old woman named Miss Froy. After the weather lets up and the travelers are finally back on track, Miss Froy vanishes from a moving train, and it's up to Iris to discover what happened.

The Lady Vanishes is filled with mystery, charm, and quirkiness. It benefits from a great cast. Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave have great chemistry together. The dialogue is well written, and the direction is fantastic.

8/10
  #5904  
Old 11-18-2012, 12:34 AM
re-watched- The Hills Have Eyes(re-make)

7.5/10

still horrifying but I think watching it two times is the limit for me on this movie
  #5905  
Old 11-18-2012, 04:48 AM
BRAVE - 4/10

Worst Pixar movie. Ever.
  #5906  
Old 11-18-2012, 05:34 AM
Savages



Oh Oliver, what has happened to you?

5/10
  #5907  
Old 11-18-2012, 05:41 AM
The Comedy - 7.5/10

Dark Horse - 7/10

George Washington (2000) - 8.5/10

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  #5908  
Old 11-18-2012, 01:03 PM
SPOILER WARNING!

The Dark Knight Rises

I will admit deep down I have always preferred the Burton Batman's I cannot lie. I think there are two camps for the Batman films and like marmite you either like or dislike them. Lets step into the Nolan universe one last time then shall we...supposedly.

So the film continues on from the previous two films and continuity wise its very well done. Everything and everyone is back in the places they should be ready to follow through on this epic portrayal of the Batman. Problems arise as we delve deeper into the story and the main villain 'Bane' begins to cause problems for our hero.

Of course being a comicbook adaptation you can't expect the film to be totally serious or sensible, there will always be elements of fantasy. The problem with this franchise is its made out to be a serious thriller type, the well used 'Heat with Batman' phrase springs to mind. Thusly the comicbook element has been somewhat drained away, yes it has, you can't really have it both ways folks and this third installment stalls trying to incorporate both sides. Make your mind up Nolan.

I'm gonna be harsh as such a ridiculously high level was expected with this film there seems no other way to bring it down to earth. Plot holes? yes, the plot isn't anything particularly original and its skips around like crazy. 'Bane' breaks Batman's back, OK, yet he then drags him to a prison somewhere in the middle of nowhere and leaves him to recover, what? why not just kill the guy and then you've won you silly villain. While I'm here, where was this prison exactly? a desert? the Middle East?? huh?.

Upon this we then have the rather daft notion that 'Wayne' then recovers from this horrendous injury merely by doing lots of push ups, sit ups and chin ups...oh after he was strung up with rope for god knows how long, eh?.

Once 'Wayne' is back to full fitness he manages to escape the inescapable prison naturally, but then hold on, one minute he's in the outback somewhere, next scene he's back in Gotham?. On top of that how did he get back into Gotham seeing as its locked down and cut off?.

Carrying on with 'Bane' his voice, I'm sorry but it just sounded hilariously stupid to me, like something from an old Peter Cushing Hammer Horror. I realise it wasn't suppose to be overly intimidating or forced like Bale's god awful Batman voice but come on! it was like some kind of chirpy English sort from 'My Fair Lady' haha. Add to that the curious design for his face mask which still kinda looks like a dog muzzle made in a school metalwork class.

As for the other anti hero character in 'Catwoman' I'm split. I still hold firm on the bad casting choice for this character as Hathaway looks far too weak and princess-like to be able to hold her own. The outfit was a hot potato and although in motion it didn't look too bad the entire idea that she is a top catburglar yet runs around basically showing off her whole head and face is so stupid. Surely this concept meant that 'Catwoman' required her much loved hood for cover? you'd think it would be a good move for identity secrecy. In dialog Hathaway performed well with her devious slinky ass but in action she simply didn't look right, as suspected.

To be quite frank the whole film was quite average really. The effects weren't anything to shout about like the ropey CGI football field explosion, the jerky rubbery Batbike thing and oddly shaped Batwing thing. Also the film did seem somewhat watered down this time also. I know death has not been shown in full glory in any of the films but even more so here, complete cut aways in some places, very childish for a hard edged approach.

We all knew from the outset that Batman was gonna get his arse kicked, what we didn't know was how it might all end. To be brutally honest the whole thing was very lackluster and seemed to even pinch a plot idea from the original 1966 caper with Adam West!. I am referring to the finale where Batman must make a decision to save Gotham City from the mighty bomb. Gee errr just fly away with it Batman?.

This film has shown how good the previous two films are for me, and I'm not the biggest fan of the second. It just seems as though this film ran out of steam, baddie character choices and eye popping set pieces. 'Banes' death was way way too weak for such a big presence, the 'Scarecrow' cameo felt unnecessary or crowbarred in for no reason, the 'Blake' character was always the obvious new 'Boy Wonder/Batman' type right from the get go and pretty much everything tied up very predictably right down to the fact that 'Wayne' appears to have survived after all, bless.

If you enjoyed the previous films then I'm sure you will carry on enjoying this final adventure, if not then you won't think much of this. It does come down to whether you prefer the fantasy aspect of Batman which is gloriously shown in the Burton films if somewhat over done at times, or you prefer the grounded, hard serious approach by the Nolan trilogy.

Visually dynamic (accept for the awful camo coloured tumblers), bold, flashy and with a great stellar cast but ultimately overrated and it still just doesn't feel like a Batman film. Cliched maybe but I just wish there was a little more dark goth involved in these films and less cop drama.
  #5909  
Old 11-18-2012, 01:21 PM
Resident Evil: Damnation



An inferior follow-up to the surprisingly solid Degeneration, though I’m glad Leon got his personality back and didn’t act like he had a stick up his ass the whole time. But all in all, this was a lot of fun on the action/horror battlefield that RE does at its best (ie. the games), proving my theory that the Plaga creatures would make terrific film monsters when used properly. See RE: Afterlife (…on second thought – DON’T) for the wrong, stupid and spectacularly ineffective way. Here they reminded me of those classic squidgy, slimy and disturbing mutations of Carpenter’s The Thing, and unless you’re a complete incompetent tool like Paul Anderson, how can you go wrong with that? The storyline, involving Leon’s quest in a wartorn, fictional Eastern European country to eliminate bio-organic weapons, isn’t the strongest note the series has ever hit. It feels more like a sidebar than a full-fledged story with personal stakes for Leon as a character, but I did appreciate how it at least tried to say something and be about something instead of just having soldiers and hot chicks fighting monsters to give slo-mo artists something to do. It makes all the difference – even in a wholly CG environment – when a filmmaker relies on believable settings, developed characters, and atmosphere to build their story around. Some of the dialogue is still clunky, and it has its moments of amateur schmaltz, but as an RE adaptation that wears its horror on its sleeve in the same way as, say, a 28 Weeks Later (read: with plenty of firepower and combat), it does the job right... Then again, I'm a REinvigorated fan after RE6 made a revived believer out of me, so take everything I said with a grain of salt.

-> 7/10
  #5910  
Old 11-18-2012, 02:25 PM


If there’s a movie where you can simply jump in at any time of the film’s running length and be completely caught up with the proceedings, it’s Daniel Espionsa’s Safe House. This is a film that is completely lacking an identity, with a script that takes a cue from much superior films, and a bunch of actors who seem to be doing this film for the paycheck. This is filmmaking at its most telegraphed; with inane exposition and a horrendously predictable script that tries to reel you back in with brief, shaky-cam fight/shoot-out sequences.

The film deals with a CIA rookie Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) holding out at his stationed safe house when he receives prisoner Deacon Frost (Denzel Washington), a deadly CIA agent gone rogue. From there, his safe house is under attacked by mercenaries and Weston must go on the run with Frost, falling into a case of mind games, confrontations, and a bunch of other stuff that the film smashes over the viewer’s head without a hint of subtlety.

Apart from may be one scene, everything in this film is not surprising. It’s a case of “seen it all before” with themes of idealism and corruption in the federal government. The journey that Reynold’s character takes is a road where you know the journey is going to take him, and simply waiting for the character to catch up with you is frustrating to say the least. As for the antihero Frost, Washington simply doesn’t care for the character, as he knows where this is going, and is probably saving his acting abilities for a superior film. The rest of the cast seems to be in a agreement with Washington’s mindset, as Brendan Gleeson and Vera Farmiga simply belt out exposition that the audience have already seen.

Yep, the story and acting is a whole bunch of “mehh” across the board, but is the action any good? Well, if you like brief sequences that ape director Paul Greengrass’s action sequences in the Bourne series, then maybe you’ll scavenge something worthwhile in this film. Unfortunately, these sequences are so brief that the idea to see this shouldn’t even garners a rental, much less watching it on cable. The film is dull, dull, DULL across the board, and the action can even build a spark to ring this film back to life.

Safe House isn’t the worst film ever and certain filmgoers will probably find something decent for themselves, but film buffs will just be bored on how this film does not even try on all counts. The film is watchable throughout, if only for the viewer to see if this film will rise above the mediocrity that it seems content in wallowing in.

4/10
  #5911  
Old 11-18-2012, 02:33 PM
The Rum Diary (7/10)
The Constant Gardener (8/10)
Little Children (10/10)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (7/10)
Little Miss Sunshine (8/10)
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (7/10)
Jack and Jill (4/10)
  #5912  
Old 11-18-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
BRAVE - 4/10

Worst Pixar movie. Ever.
Cars 2 bro
  #5913  
Old 11-18-2012, 08:04 PM
Quote:
BRAVE - 4/10

Worst Pixar movie. Ever.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canto View Post
Cars 2 bro
Eh. I give that like a 5/10. It was SECOND worse until BRAVE made it the third worst lol
  #5914  
Old 11-18-2012, 08:19 PM
Take Me Home Tonight - This retro comedy film didn't really deliver on the laughs or have a compelling story. It's pretty much just standard fare with an 80s feel. 4/10
  #5915  
Old 11-18-2012, 11:33 PM
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 - 3/10
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D - 8/10
  #5916  
Old 11-19-2012, 01:31 AM
I don't think I ever gave my thoughts on TDKR

I loved the movie and simply having christopher nolan as a producer on the new superman movie has me excited to watch it. the opening doesn't come near the opening for the dark knight but overall it's still a great movie. I thought Catwoman kind of stole the show. anne hathaway does a great job and I see why some people think she deserves her own movie. I was just disappointed that this is the last movie since it ends when it seems like it should keep going. a movie with all three superheroes would be kind of neat.

I just thought Bane's voice could of sounded clearer but his story was interesting and unlike the joker we do get some of his backstory.

it's a great movie that ends probably the most successful comic book adaptation.

9/10
  #5917  
Old 11-19-2012, 08:10 AM
Silver Linings Playbook



Silver Linings Playbook may not be the first film about falling in love with someone who is mentally unstable ,but
at least it steers clear of the common theme of a character falling for someone who is mentally unstable,and they
write them off as being a little eccentric or a free spirit.Then the nervous breakdown comes,and suddenly the character
is dumbfounded,meets his new lovers family who informs him/her that the love of his/her life has been in and out of
psychiatric institutions for years.


Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper in one of his best roles) is checked out of the psych ward by his loving mom (the great
Jacki Weaver) where he has been after assaulting his wife's lover.Pat is diagnosed as bipolar.He soon meets the newly widowed
Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) through his caving under the pressures of life friend Ronnie(John Ortiz) and Tiffany's
controlling sister Veronica (Julia Stiles). Pat is obssesed with regaining his wife's favor,and Tiffany says she can
help by being a mediator/messenger for him,but only if he agrees to be her partner in a dance competition.

There is a natural and true feel in many scenes in SLP. Losing a loved one especially a spouse can definitely
lead to a widow/widower to become sexually promiscuous,trying to fill a sudden void in their lives and Lawrence
tackles this persona with such ease she's a joy to watch and she's just a natural magnetic big screen presence
Also when Pat and Tiffany discuss the various medications they have taken,how a mental breakdown can come out of nowhere,
and can be downright scary and trying and frustrating experience for family members.The latter is wonderfully acted and displayed by
Robert De Niro as Pat's Philadelphia Eagles obssesed father.This is the liveliest Deniro has been on the big screen in years.

At times the comedy mixed with the serious subject matter doesnt work,and the script has some contrived moments here and there
and some familiar rom-com themes slip in.

In the end i applaud SLP for it's great ensemble cast which includes Chris Tucker as Pat's friend and fellow patient Danny,
for not conforming to the aforementioned theme,and its true view of mental illness.

Scale of 1-10 an 8



Thin Ice


A slow pace builds up to a great payoff



Scale of 1-10 an 8



The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2




It is truely shocking how bad the SFX are in this film.This franchise has made 3 billion dollars and they couldnt do better than this
off putting CGI?!? The final showdown was good and gory but then i felt like i was slapped in the face when the showdown ended.
This film series has definitely just been for die hard and swooning Twilight fans.


Scale of 1-10 a 3
  #5918  
Old 11-19-2012, 08:18 AM

The Rum Diary
6/10
  #5919  
Old 11-19-2012, 08:03 PM
The Mummy (1932) - Boris Karloff was good as the mummy but nothing else really clicked. The pacing was very slow and the other actors weren't all that good. I was a little disappointed with this classic. 5/10

The Last Run - A man gets dumped and decides to bed a lot of women to get over her. The film is as bad as it sounds. Fred Savage was the lead and he sucked. Only Amy Adams was any good. 3/10

Burlesque - A pretty cliched plot but some of the songs were decent. MOst of the people in the film can't act but that was probably only a secondary consideration when making this film. 4/10
  #5920  
Old 11-19-2012, 11:36 PM
Eden - 7/10

The Dark Knight Rises - 7/10
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