It's good, as long as you're a fan of the show. The show is an… MoreIt's good, as long as you're a fan of the show. The show is an acquired taste, so if you don't understand it's sense of humor beforehand, you won't like it here. The writing is a little weak, but it's the characters and actors that bring the show to life, and give it a unique style. You can't find a character like Mike Smith's "Bubbles" anywhere else. With Canadian accents to top it all off, I enjoyed the Trailer Park Boys movie, but only because I'm a big fan of the show.
Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo is a fresh and creative idea… MoreWoody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo is a fresh and creative idea that celebrates the very idea of film escapism. A poor woman living in New Jersey named Cecilia goes to the movies every week to escape from her hectic job as a waitress, when one day, one of the characters from the film "notices" she appeared at the theater to see his film five times. He steps off the screen and goes with her into the real world. It's a cool concept, and it's done with heart and a clear love for movies. Despite this movie being filmed in 1985, it seems like Woody Allen directed the actors in such a way to make them act like they were in a movie from the 30's (which is when the film takes place). So it seems like you're watching a movie that is much older than it actually is, which is interesting but comedic at the same time. When the fictional movie character fights Cecilia's husband, it's clear that Allen was tributing the now cheesy style of old black and white films. The ending further capitalizes on the idea of people escaping to the movies when things get bad, or when we make bad decisions. Like alcoholics drink alcohol to forget their problems, as drug addicts do drugs, Cecilia (along with the normal people in society) uses movie theaters as an escape- and what a beautiful escape it is.
This big hunk of 200 million dollar metal conforms to the Hollywood… MoreThis big hunk of 200 million dollar metal conforms to the Hollywood expectations by having a brainless, generic, and by-the-books screenplay. The series is no longer the only "good" series out of the Avengers, and is now just as bad as Thor and Captain America. The charm that Robert Downey Jr. gives to the role can only help him so much this time around because the characters sharp and cunning wit has mostly worn off. Guy Pearce's character is a one-dimensional and completely ununique villain; in fact, he's painfully cheesy, as is most of the script. Yes, the special effects are nice, and yes, the technology is cool, but what does that matter at this point? The action has been done time, after time, after time before and I'm not impressed by "cool" anymore. The 3D was completely pointless and it was bluntly obvious that the producers threw it on to make more money. There was only a single thing about Iron Man 3 that I found surprising and original and that was the twist with Ben Kingsley's character "The Mandarin" (the other villain). I couldn't tell if director/writer Shane Black knew he was making a bad film so he threw that twist in to further make fun of himself, or he was plainly making fun of generic villains. Either way, I was amused by that. Robert Downey Jr. also put in a good effort, despite his character who was not as vain or amusing as he was in the previous two films. I gave up trying to like this film as soon as Guy Pearce started breathing fire. Watching this was like chewing on an old piece of gum. It took me a while to realize just how bad it was, but it was pretty damn bad. I'm not only disappointed by this threequel but angry (which is very rare) that Shane Black and his greedy Hollywood producers have ruined what was one of the last good blockbuster franchises. Shame on them, and I mean that wholeheartedly.
I found myself very disconnected from Senna, even at the end. It's… MoreI found myself very disconnected from Senna, even at the end. It's difficult for a documentary to make the audience care about the subject matter, let alone a niche subject matter such as racing. Had I cared more about racing or Ayrton Senna himself, I would have loved this documntary- but I don't, and it's as simple as that. It's a well executed and constructed documentary, but I found myself not caring very much about the outcome or the message it was trying to send.
With Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost created… MoreWith Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost created what is now the pinnacle of English comedy. The follow up, "The World's End", looks like another hilarious installment to the now continued legacy.
With Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and… MoreWith Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost created what is now the pinnacle of English comedy. The follow up, "The World's End", looks like another hilarious installment to the now continued legacy.
This Must Be The Place is a calm, easygoing, and strangely amusing… MoreThis Must Be The Place is a calm, easygoing, and strangely amusing movie with a calm, easygoing, and strangely amusing performance from Sean Penn. He's never played a character like this before: Cheyenne, a retired rock star living in Dublin who has a slow and quiet giggle, or snicker, if you will. His journey to find the Nazi officer who humiliated his father, a victim of the Holocaust, is filled with character and meaning. I left the film with the idea that sometimes you need to do things that you're affraid of to bring change and new, exciting things into your life. The soundtrack is great, the performances are great, and it's a film that favors substance over style.
The Godfather is a great movie that innovated the crime genre. It has… MoreThe Godfather is a great movie that innovated the crime genre. It has a great story which (for a nearly 3 hour movie) moves quickly. We are brought close to the professional and personal lives of these mafia men, and when we see some of them gunned down, it's relatively hard-hitting. This was an innovation at the time: for a mafia film to bring us emotionally close to the characters. Perhaps the most shocking scene in the film (not to spoil anything) ends with a car riddled in machine gun bullets. Marlon Brando's performance as Don Vito Corleone can be seen as one of the most iconic performances/roles in film history: it is Brando transformed, and he's fun to quote back to. Like any movie that is labeled with such a "legendary" status, The Godfather is a tad overrated; but still very good nonetheless thanks to it's great story, performances, and iconic scenes.