"Byzantium" plays the long game as a vampire tale and doesn't resort… More"Byzantium" plays the long game as a vampire tale and doesn't resort to cheap tricks and illusions. It isn't a scary vampire flick but brings out the side of living an eternal life filled with a lack of freedom that one might expect longevity to bring. At the centrefold is the touchy relationship of a mother-daughter vampire duo, played convincingly by Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. It's dark and compelling, shrouded by a fog of mystery which starts to clear as the story unravels. Its slow, moody presentation only adds to the realism of them having nothing but time. Now that I think about it, it is the vampire version of one of my favourite films, "Never Let Me Go," where existence is a constant questioning to the people involved.
I thought "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was eccentric enough but… MoreI thought "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was eccentric enough but "The Future" had multiple layers of eccentricity, which worked and didn't work to the film's advantage. I was swaying back and forth from liking it to finding it pointless to pondering its themes to disliking the characters of "The Future."
"Edge of Tomorrow" far exceeded expectations I had of it. Tom Cruise… More"Edge of Tomorrow" far exceeded expectations I had of it. Tom Cruise never had any appeal to me as a major movie star, but in this film, he definitely gave me pause as to where I stand with him. He was gritty and charismatic as called for, and worked well with Emily Blunt who proved to be just as capable a blockbuster action star as Cruise. Without any unnecessary and overdrawn repeated scenes of reliving the same day, the movie was edited and paced well. The thrill kept me on edge from beginning to end, with relief coming in the form of light-hearted humour. A smart, all-rounded summer blockbuster that is a definitely crowd-pleaser.
Angeline Jolie breathed life into "Malificient," but I was sorely… MoreAngeline Jolie breathed life into "Malificient," but I was sorely disappointed by the lack of creative re-imagination of one of Disney's best villain. It was predictable and almost lazy as to how they explained her "wickedness." Still, the movie enjoyable as the sort of entertainment you would want in the summer.
It was such a treat seeing my girl Veronica back in action with the… MoreIt was such a treat seeing my girl Veronica back in action with the whole motley crew. While it's a reunion and stays very true to the overall feel and happenings in the TV show, it also gives us a peek into the changed (or not) lives of our Neptune residents. Let the Kickstarter project for the next sequel begin!
This film should not have been called Godzilla. Visual effects made up… MoreThis film should not have been called Godzilla. Visual effects made up for a lukewarm plot of overplayed human drama and overshadowed beast.