A decent, though heavily flawed and uneven reboot of the "Godzilla"… MoreA decent, though heavily flawed and uneven reboot of the "Godzilla" story, with an interesting spin on the central character that is definitely a breath of fresh air. With that said, character development has seen better days, with a pretty bland background offered for each of the individuals outside of Bryan Cranston's. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's average performance can only carry this movie so long, even if the visual effects are really outstanding and the film almost coasts on this alone. It is not nearly as bad as the Matthew Broderick reboot from '98, but it is also pretty easy forget once the credits begin to roll.
A slow, thoughtful, and brutally realistic look on a family torn apart… MoreA slow, thoughtful, and brutally realistic look on a family torn apart by a father's infidelities, and after his death how violence erupts between the two families he started in his life. Michael Shannon, a method actor who is on the verge of typecasting himself as the "psycho" guy in movies, plays the part of a quiet man well. It is not a film for everyone because as said, it is paced almost to a crawl, but the character development and rising action are both well constructed by director Mike Nichols. If you like urban dramas that offer a different slice of life that are not seen in many movies, this is worth a view.
A winning sequel concerning the life of Steve Rogers, aka Captain… MoreA winning sequel concerning the life of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), and how he tries to continue to conform to society in Washington D.C. However, when government actions force him into action again once Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) life is threatened by mysterious forces, he must abandon his hopes of ever living a normal life. Evans is once again a fantastic pick to play the role of Captain America, Scarlett Johansson is also great as Natasha Romanoff, and Robert Redford is a lot of fun as the villain. It is a typical summer popcorn movie that does not try to be anything special, but the plot is just so much better organized than the first film, with some nice twists thrown in for good measure. It does not come close to any kind of greatness, but it is a solid movie that deserves a view.
An insanely well put together mystery thriller about a man (Ben… MoreAn insanely well put together mystery thriller about a man (Ben Affleck) who discovers his wife (Rosamund Pike) is missing one morning, and how he begins to exude strange behavior where many start to believe he has something to do with her disappearance. Adapted from the book written by Gillian Flynn, this is simply one of the best movies of the year with a storyline that veers all over the place but somehow director David Fincher ("Seven", "The Social Network") maintains control throughout and creates a total knockout of a movie. The acting is phenomenal, notably Pike in an arresting, star-making performance that should win her an Oscar, but Affleck also proves to be solid in showing many different sides of a fascinating character. The twists and turns involved in the story are phenomenally constructed and detailed, and the movie surprisingly has a great sense of humor as well despite being a very dark and dreary story.
A riveting thriller that comes apart near its conclusion about a… MoreA riveting thriller that comes apart near its conclusion about a Federal Marshall (Liam Neeson) who boards a flight only to discover that there might not just be a terrorist on board, but that he is being framed for this twisted character's impending actions. For the first two-thirds, this is an engrossing thriller, thanks to another strong performance from Neeson, some great supporting turns, and some excellent character development that goes above the norm in these types of movies. For all the good things this movie has, it is a shame it all comes crashing down violently in its conclusion, with a preposterous twist and a finale that basically defies all physics. Still, it is a fairly enjoyable thriller for what it's worth, it is just too bad it does not end on a definitive note.
An arresting, incredibly well constructed documentary on the life of… MoreAn arresting, incredibly well constructed documentary on the life of Ayrton Senna, a Formula One race car driver during the 80's and early 90's whose dominance of the sport is largely unknown by the common sports fan. Senna is such a lovable person and you can see why his home country of Brazil rallied around him and treated him like a god, because of his humble nature and intense spiritual belief in God that made him such a riveting public figure. If you know his story already, you know it has a tragic ending attached to it, and the way this is handled is extremely moving and heartbreaking. Quite simply, this is not just a fantastic documentary, but also one of the greatest sports movies ever made.
A quietly intense picture detailing an hour and a half in the life of… MoreA quietly intense picture detailing an hour and a half in the life of a successful construction manager (Tom Hardy) and the conversations he has with people on the phone in his car on the highway. Hardy is the only character seen in the movie, and just like Robert Redford in "All Is Lost" and Ryan Reynolds in "Buried", he is that special kind of actor who completely owns this picture from beginning to end. The movie hits a few lulls once in a while but Hardy's character is so richly drawn and complex that it is hard not to be fascinated as to what he's all about and where his life is going when it appears it is unraveling right before his eyes. I have said before that, outside of Daniel Day-Lewis, he is the best actor on the planet, and this movie once again cements this belief.
A sprawling epic concerning a young girl and her parents who stumble… MoreA sprawling epic concerning a young girl and her parents who stumble upon a mysterious ghost town while moving to another city. When he parents are turned into pigs and the girl is forced to survive on her own, she is faced with the difficult task of growing up fast and learning how to take care of herself while constantly having to prove she can stand up for herself when the town becomes inhabited by a variety of creatures, some abusive, some not. This animated film is a sensational one, a movie so full of creativity and wonder that also possesses some darker undertones not often seen in movies like this. It is considered one of the best animated movies ever, and I can see why, given the original story and flat-out phenomenal execution on just about every creative level.
An insane, over-the-top martial arts movie concerning police… MoreAn insane, over-the-top martial arts movie concerning police corruption, family, and revenge that serves as a dynamic sequel to its predecessor. This film has been called "The Godfather" of martial-arts films, and it is not far off. While unrelentingly violent and grim to the point of depressing, the story is deeply layered and the acting is regularly outstanding. But the real thing that is on display is the insanely creative fight sequences which feature some of the most jaw-dropping combat scenes in cinematic history. As said, it is not for the faint of heart, because this is one of the most violent films I have ever seen, but you cannot deny the beautiful craft these filmmakers have put together. If you grew up watching Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies, see both this and "The Raid" ASAP.