"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It… More"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional way, and it never falls short with the cheesy scares. It can be genuinely shocking at times but that is taken away immediately throughout the film, especially due to the lack of seriousness. This all being said, "Ghostbusters" is an extremely unique film that will never be able to be touched by any filmmaker. It's smart, cool, slick, witty, scary, and intense. The only issue this film has is that the title is not explored to it's highest potential. It sets up a great premise but it takes just a tad too long to reach the climax in my opinion. Overall, I loved every minute of "Ghostbusters" and it deserves the fame that it has.
A very lacklustre sequel in almost every way possible, "Ultimate… MoreA very lacklustre sequel in almost every way possible, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" delivers on it's title character, but fails to feel like an Avengers film and more like a Black Panther film, which was cool for the first 10 minutes, but it just got boring and repetitive and by the end, there was nothing shown in this picture that was not in the previous instalment. With characters that are not as interesting as the main Avengers and side plots that might as well be cut right from the film, "Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther" is sloppily put together so that Marvel can pump out an unnecessary sequel to a film that never needed one in the first place. Overall, there are some fun action moments, but you will not remember this film for very long. I am already forgetting the highlights of it...
Fast-paced, action-packed, and really fun to watch, "Ultimate… MoreFast-paced, action-packed, and really fun to watch, "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie" may not be the most sophisticated Marvel film out there, but as their first kick at the can in returning to animated films, they definitely did not disappoint. Now don't get me wrong, as much as I enjoyed watching this film, it almost feels too short for the amount of substance lingering around the film and a lot more that was brushed over felt like it needed to be explored. The main goal of this film was to bring together all of the classic and well-known characters to fight an enormous threat, and while that aspect of it was awesome, I felt like they were too afraid of The Hulk for me to care about the main threat that had been set up. At times the script goes all over the place, but when it's on track, it hits every mark that it should. Overall, it's not a great film, but it is a blast to watch!
From Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a… MoreFrom Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a worthy actress, you would think that a film like "Night Moves" would have much more to offer than just that, but that is really all I got out of this film in terms of enjoyment. The cinematography is great and the director did an amazing job with the cast, but the story was just not interesting or exciting enough to justify these elements which ended up grabbing my interest and losing it in a matter of minutes periodically throughout this film. In no way is this a bad film, in fact, I can see how some people would call it a masterpiece, but it is a very slow moving picture with little else to offer than technical aspects and great performances. "Night Moves" had a screenplay that did not take any risks and that bothered me a lot. Overall, it is a very well-constructed thriller that I probably will never watch again.
Odd indeed. The premise of this film had me intrigued from the start,… MoreOdd indeed. The premise of this film had me intrigued from the start, and even though the idea behind this premise even happening is bizarre and silly, I was ready to accept and view as a kid. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" has some very solid moments, but when your film is overly sentimental to the point where you will begin rolling your eyes at it's attempt at emotion, that will hurt it very dearly. The cast is very likeable and the way of telling the story was interesting, but it just did not connect with anything going on in this film the way that I thought I was going to. The dialogue was pretty standard and the outcome seemed like the easy way out of this story, but in the end, it's a film children can enjoy, even though it's not a very good one. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is the definition of wasted potential.
Spectacular sound design and an interesting set-up will have you… MoreSpectacular sound design and an interesting set-up will have you hooked on "As Above, So Below," but never will I recommend this film to anyone, because by the end, it is just a waste of time. Sadly, this film get's so swallowed up in it's plot details that it has nowhere left to go by the end and it just ends with so many unanswered questions. As a student interested in finding the "Philospher's Stone" tunnels in the catacomb's of Paris, she brings a group of specialists with her in order to uncover the secrets of the caves. Sure, the premise is intriguing, the acting is believable, and the sound of the film may be striking, but with a run-of-the-mill screenplay and not enough imagination, "As Above, So Below" is just another film with extremely wasted potential. I had no interest going into this film, and about halfway through all of those thoughts began to change, but sadly, it goes nowhere. To horror fans, you can get a few chilling moments out of this movie, but I would not bet on it being groundbreaking. Intriguing but disappointing.
Tonally perfect and musically intriguing, "Ping Pong Summer" is a very… MoreTonally perfect and musically intriguing, "Ping Pong Summer" is a very retro-eqsue film with very little originality, but a very amusing plot that overshadows it's cliches. It may not be the best film out there, but the dumb humour and over-the-top tribute to the 80's is so good that it begins working against it. Don't get me wrong, this is a very fun indie flick that you can easily have fun with, but it's written as a very run-of-the-mill screenplay and therefore there is not much to get attached to. Even though the film has life lessons sprinkled throughout, they are done so dramatically and epically that is feels intentional, and I am still not sure if that is what they had in mind. The cast is good enough for what the story is and they portray their characters well enough to pass by the picture. By the end of this film, the cliches became predictable and you will see the ending coming from a mile away, but I will give credit to where credit is due. "Ping Pong Summer" has an awesome soundtrack and the story is so cliched that it makes it that much more fun. I'll admit, I had quite a bit of fun watching it, so I'll warrant it a mild recommendation.
Unlike it's horrible promotions with two different titles, "The F… MoreUnlike it's horrible promotions with two different titles, "The F Word" or "What If," depending on which one makes it to the blu-ray, this film is genuine in almost every regard and it's stars shine right off the screen. With very witty dialogue and a fast-paced story, this romance (if you want to call it that) has something that is missing in almost every romantic comedy in the past decade, and that is the fact that you are able to care about every single character, due to the writers intelligence to what the audience wants to see. This film stars Danielle Radcliffe, and he gives such a believable performance that I just wanted him to be in every single scene. The rest of the cast give it their all and they feel so natural with each other that I forgot I was watching a movie in some moments. The two minor faults this film has is it's trailer and it's undeniable cliches. The cliches are very minor though, because it takes turns immediately after they hit, which in turn really makes them not cliched anymore. The trailer practically gives the entire film away, so I definitely recommend taking the advice of others and watching this film knowing nothing going in. "The F Word/What If" is one of the best rom-com's I have seen in a very very long time, and it is one of my favourite films of 2014.
A classic revenge tale with overly stylish effects should make for a… MoreA classic revenge tale with overly stylish effects should make for a great film noir, and it does in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," in fact, it is almost better than the first film, but the execution of everything is so overdone that it feels pretty distant from the first film. Straying from the "short film" sectional formula, this film only really has about two main stories that intertwine. It was nice to see all the characters crossing paths and the cast seems like they are trying even harder to make a great film and it shows. The style has improved, the directing is well-done, and the story is very intriguing, but there are so many elements in this film that drag it down. The big one is with the script. There is so much narration that it begins to work against the effective scenes and the writers seem to run out of clever dialogue momentarily. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" may not be the best sequel in the world, but on it's own, it is a lot of fun!
Most adaptations of graphic novels are style over substance but this… MoreMost adaptations of graphic novels are style over substance but this is a great balance of both, making for a very entertaining film-noir style. "Sin City" is like a series of short films strung together to create a compelling story, and in this case, it could not have been done any better. Being released in 2005, this way of filmmaking was pretty groundbreaking and I admire Robert Rodriguez for going to new heights. With some awesome action scenes, some beautiful cinematography, great green screen work, and multiple interesting stories, "Sin City" is one of my favourite adaptations of a graphic novel. Mickey Rourke is the most notable in his role as Marv, making for one badass guy who drives most of this film to be as strong as it is. Sure, there are some pretty dumb moments and the narration can become a little distracting and tedious, but you just can't deny, this is a great movie!