A silly sequel about a clumsy cop (Leslie Nielsen) who is seeking… MoreA silly sequel about a clumsy cop (Leslie Nielsen) who is seeking redemption and a new start in Washington D.C., but then stumbles into a plot involving corrupt businessman looking to gain power. As is the case with most sequels, this movie is not as good or funny as the first. Sure, it has its moments and hilarious puns and instances of physical humor, but when the script misses, it REALLY misses bad. With that said, it is far from bad, anytime Nielsen on the screen you can pretty much find a reason to laugh just but subtle movements or facial expressions he makes. But he can't rescue this movie from being pretty forgettable in the end.
An epic retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear", detailing the actions… MoreAn epic retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear", detailing the actions of a ruthless king (Tatsuya Nakadai) and how his good intentions of dividing his kingdom amongst his three songs goes horribly awry, and a power struggle of biblical proportions unleashes itself upon this leader. This is a story loaded with intriguing themes such as guilt, power, violence, revenge, and insanity, and all of these come clashing together to form one huge beast of a film. Although, granted, it is slow-paced and the expository beginning goes on a little long, when it gets rolling it remains arresting and intense throughout. Nakadai's turn is simply sensational, as he fully captures the crippling insanity that threatened to tear this king asunder. The battle scenes are also a work of art, where the legendary director Akira Kurosawa really flexes his artistic muscles and conjures up some truly chilling moments. It falls a little short of perfect due to its beginning, but it is still a magnificent movie well worth a view.
An intimate look at one of the most storied and creative bands of… MoreAn intimate look at one of the most storied and creative bands of all-time, and how their decorated 40-year career started and the bumps any great band eventually encounters. What makes this documentary so special is simply, the people it details. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart come across as some of the most down to earth, genuinely likeable and thoughtful guys that have come through the mainstream music scene. Whether it is humorously looking back on the band's beginnings, or exploring the heart-wrenching loss Peart especially experienced in his life during the late 90's, this film never ceases to remain interesting. It does not pull any real surprises or pretend to be anything more than it is, and for that, it gets a high recommendation, especially if you are a "Rush" fanboy like me.
A towering, devastating motion picture about a few brave men who are… MoreA towering, devastating motion picture about a few brave men who are handpicked to be drivers of trucks carrying explosives, along a rugged terrain with life-threatening turns in the road. This picture reminded me a lot of "There Will Be Blood" strangely enough, basically in how it depicts greed and pride and how those can be the driving force behind one's motives. The performances all around are fantastic, with some shocking twists in the plot that I for one not see coming. You hear this phrase a lot, sometimes it is overdone, but this is truly a movie that was ahead of its time in terms of how well it handles its white-knuckle thriller aspects with such meticulous care. The ending is also one for the ages. Make no mistake about it, this is a downbeat film, but also a brilliant work of art.
An entertaining, if heavily problematic, exercise in the same universe… MoreAn entertaining, if heavily problematic, exercise in the same universe as "The Usual Suspects" concerning a group of strangers, who seemingly have no connection with one another, stranded at a motel during a dark, rainy night, before one by one they begin to get mysteriously killed. On first watch of this film a few years back, I thought it was a little lame. However, after revisiting it, I have to say it's a tad better than what I had remembered. Notably, the acting raises this movie above "bad" status, thanks mainly to the always dependable John Cusack sweeping in for the rescue. The twists and turns (including one big mega super duper ultra twist) are well executed, although there are certainly more than one plot hole that one can discover rather easily. Still, for being a short little thriller, it conjures up enough atmosphere and curiosity in these characters to make you wonder what is going to happen next. Far from perfect, but also not terrible.
An outstanding, riveting sequel to the very maligned "Rise of the… MoreAn outstanding, riveting sequel to the very maligned "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", concerning the last chance humanity, led by the believer Malcolm (Jason Clarke), have with mending their torn relationship with the apes, led by the charismatic Caesar (Andy Serkis). Where the first movie lacked interesting characters and brilliant twists in plot development, this movie more than makes up for it and some. Serkis, who has one of the most unique careers in the business, is absolutely breathtaking once again, where he raises the character of Caesar to "cult icon" status given the depth and muscle of his performance. The special effects, as expected, are phenomenal, but the real treat here is seeing how the story develops, and even if it gets a little left-wing, anti-gun at times, that is pretty much one of the only flaws the movie has. For the most part, this is a rip-roaring film worthy of the hype surrounding it.
An over-the-top though very entertaining concert Metallica concert… MoreAn over-the-top though very entertaining concert Metallica concert brought to life through the eyes of a stage crew member (Dane DeHaan) who begins to not be able to tell what reality is anymore, thus suffering apocalyptic hallucinations that threaten to spill over into the show. Admittedly, I am a huge, huge Metallica fan, so the concert itself is pretty great. However, the subplot involving DeHaan fails pretty hard, to the point where it is just utter nonsense. Still, when the focus is on the show and the visuals Metallica puts on display, it is impressive and enamoring. In the end, it feels unbalanced and confused as to what it wants to be, and the result is a mixed bag.
A flawed if interesting account of the Beat Generation and how Allen… MoreA flawed if interesting account of the Beat Generation and how Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is entranced by one of his classmates named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and how the two meet with other gifted writers such as William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (John Huston). Unfortunately, this movie's very detached and seemingly rushed screenplay mean that you have little to connection to the characters and the decisions they make, even if they can rattle off brilliant poetry at the flip of a switch. Radcliffe struggles convincing the audience that he is a young Ginsberg, while on the other hand DeHaan steals the show in a sure to be star making performance. This is really a melodrama at heart, and the way it is written and choreographed hints at being something special at times, but ultimately falls short of such expectations due to being in such a hurry to get to where it wants to go. Not bad, but not great either.
A well-done follow up to the cult smash TV show with the same title,… MoreA well-done follow up to the cult smash TV show with the same title, concerning a rebellious young investigator named Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), and how her attempts at leaving her past life behind her as she finishes up graduate school and appears to have a bright future ahead. But she is yanked back into her old life when a former boyfriend, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) needs her help to wipe his record clean after he is wrongly framed for murdering his girlfriend. The writing is as sharp as it was in the show, full of wonderful dialogue and nice twists in the plot that effortlessly carry this film. Admittedly, I am a huge fan of the TV show so I was biased from the start, but from a pure fanboy perspective, this is everything you could want from a movie adaptation.