Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school,… MoreDealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.
What starts out slow with plenty of family drama between the fights… MoreWhat starts out slow with plenty of family drama between the fights soon becomes one of the most engaging and exciting sports films of recent years. You get to know the characters and start to care about them. After the training montage at half-time, the film has you by the throat and doesn't let go. Even if you're hardly interested in mixed martial arts fighting, like me, the characters, storytelling and cinematography draw you in, shake you and won't let you go until you leave the ring as exhausted and happy as the winner of the big tournament. The film's smartest decision is to keep away from stereotypes in its characterization of the main fighters, therefore making it impossible to predict the outcome. A film that starts and ends with a song by The Nation can't be bad, right? This one's even excellent.
The cult movie that no one initially saw. Of course, this insane mix… MoreThe cult movie that no one initially saw. Of course, this insane mix of Science-fiction, comedy and pretty much everything else did not age well. Even back then there was no budget. The handmade creature and make-up-effects do have a certain charm and are definitely unique. The plot, if you even wanna call it that, may not make all that much sense but it's fun. The movie is already worth checking out to see which star you can spot in it in their early years. The end credits and song are so endearing and fun you instantly want to rewatch it. Everyone was hopeful to start a franchise, which never happened, but we'll always have this insane piece of work.
Jack Nicholson steering up shit in a mental institution is one of the… MoreJack Nicholson steering up shit in a mental institution is one of the greatest films of the 70s and maybe his best performance among so many outstanding ones. The gripping story can rely on great acting down to the smallest parts, Fletcher creates one of the most hate-worthy "villains" of all times. A funny, tragic, depressing and hopeful gem.
Part three of the animated adventure takes the somewhat simple initial… MorePart three of the animated adventure takes the somewhat simple initial premise and turns it into an action adventure in the circus milieu. That doesn't make even the slightest sense and has lost any ties to the real world, especially considering the insane amount of stunts, gags and hyperbole used throughout the first act. It doesn't help that the villain belongs to the most irritating and annoying ones of recent kids films. Of course everything's beautifully animated and there is plenty to see and laugh about, especially during the neon-colored finale. Kids will enjoy this, adults might shake their head at the chaos.
Bleak and disenchanting look at the dark side of the American country… MoreBleak and disenchanting look at the dark side of the American country side. Carried by great acting performances and the fascinatingly gloomy criminal networks of Ozark County the film manages to engage the audience, even if it primarily consists of Jennifer Lawrence walking through the woods and talking to hostile hillbilly hicks. Surprisingly, that works because we very soon start to care about Ree.
The idea of following the life of a family for 12 years is as simple… MoreThe idea of following the life of a family for 12 years is as simple as ambitious, considering everyone returned to film another part every year between 2002 and 2014. That makes for an evenly flowing, realistic and charming ride. Mason and his folks grow dear to you over the course of the 14 years in two and a half hours. Even though nothing outrageously exciting happens, the audience gladly and curiously awaits every new aspects of the family life, finding glimpses of their own past in this story. The acting and writing is very natural, the excellent soundtrack makes you remember where you were each year long the path. A very sweet, lovable and unique movie experience, that deserves the award buzz it is getting these days.
The point of fairy tale remakes that want to attract both the Lord of… MoreThe point of fairy tale remakes that want to attract both the Lord of the Rings and the Twilight viewers may be debatable. The result is pretty decent here, though. The film relies on CGI and follows the known plot as little as possible. That makes for a few visually stunning sequences and an overall entertaining ride. Whether the lack of a real love story is a vice or a virtue is for everyone to decide for themselves. Theron obviously had fun as evil queen, and the cast for the seven dwarfs is particularly charming.