David Fincher's Gone Girl is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that… MoreDavid Fincher's Gone Girl is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that boasts a stunning story with an exceptional performance by Ben Affleck. What is great is that Affleck in the last few years is really delivering some solid performances, but in Gone Girl, he delivers his finest performance yet. Gone Girl is a vivid, thrilling drama that is both poignant and riveting from start to finish. The film's plot steadily unfolds in a way that you are slowly sucked into the web of tension that Fincher brilliantly unfolds. I love his work, and I would say that this is his finest film since Zodiac. Here he directs a film that is unlike any other film in his filmography. This picture grabs your attention, and doesn't let go until the final visceral frame. With a steady vibe of tension that really keeps you engaged into the film. Brilliant acted and directed, Gone Girl is one is one of the year's finest pictures, and with that being said, I would go to say that Gone is among my favorites this year, and that's saying a lot considering there has been so many great films, but Gone Girl is a film that really struck a nerve to the point where you're speechless at what you're seeing in front of you. Fincher directs this film as if he is directing a riot, what I mean by that is, is that the film feels like controlled chaos and in that regard, the film is a prime example of an unflinching masterwork that just stays with you long after the credits roll. David Fincher has made great films during his career, but Gone Girl is most likely going to be seen as one of his finest. Brilliantly acted, directed and constructed in terms of sheer mystery and thrills, this is one of the most engaging thrillers of the year, if not the genre.
Follow-up to Uwe Boll's finest effort, Rampage, Rampage: Capital… MoreFollow-up to Uwe Boll's finest effort, Rampage, Rampage: Capital Punishment is a surprisingly disturbing decent into madness. Well crafted in order to make the viewer unsettled with every frame. Uwe Boll has had the reputation of being one of the worst directors working today due his numerous video game adaptations. However, whenever he writes his own ideas to make a film, he manages to make something watchable, and this film is quite good for a sequel, and even more impressive for the fact that it's a Boll film. I never hated Boll to be honest, I always viewed his work as so-so, and he is able to make entertaining films when he's got a great idea to work with. Rampage: Capital Punishment is a haunting psychological decent into madness, one that mixes action, thriller and horror elements into one effective, unforgettable picture, one that is sure to be a cult film among midnight movie fans. Boll manages to pull off something thoroughly engaging, a film that has some tense, thrilling, horrifying moments that just grabs your attention, and you simply cannot tear yourself away from what you watch. The film is not perfect of course, but considering that this was made by Uwe Boll, it's a good effort, and it just goes to show that he can make a competent film. The lead actor Brendan Fletcher gives a great performance as the film's villain, and with that being said, I think he deserves to get far bigger roles in bid budget films, as he is a capable actor who manages to make a role his own. Rampage: Capital Punishment won't get an y accolades anytime soon, as it is a film that unfortunately never realizes its full on potential due to budget constraints and a few weak areas, but for what it is, it's a good effort worthy seeing if you want one of the better movies from Uwe Boll.
Accomplished comedy, The Birdcage is a well acted and directed picture… MoreAccomplished comedy, The Birdcage is a well acted and directed picture that boasts a stunning cast of talented actors, a great story, a well thought out script and is a an engaging film that features a wonderful performance from late, great actor Robin Williams. Aside from Williams, there are plenty of great performances here, especially that of Hank Azaria. The story has a fine blend of comedy with serious overtones in a way that makes The Birdcage standout. The cast elevate the material, and under the direction of Mike Nichols, he crafts a near perfect film that relies on effective, memorable performances to really make this standout. We can see the result on-screen. The Birdcage works very well and is a fun, entertaining film that is funny, dramatic and features an impressive story that is sure to delight any viewer wanting a comedy with depth and great performances. The film may have few weak areas that could have been improved upon, but as a whole, the film has stronger points rather than weak points, and it's a film that embraces the fact that it has aspects that don't quite work, and runs with it due to the fact that a great portion of the material is well executed, and that the cast that director Nichols works with does so much to make the story and tone of the film be enjoyable for the viewer. The Birdcage may not be great cinema, but it's definitely one of those films that features a heartfelt, amusing performance by Robin Williams and with that being said, at least we have gems like this to revisit him even if he's gone. He was a talented comedian and actor, and he was able to adapt his unique style to any genre, and even if this film is a comedy, he added a serious angle to his role that just showed how great he really was.
One of the defining gangster films, this is a classic of the genre,… MoreOne of the defining gangster films, this is a classic of the genre, one of the first films to really establish the gangster film and adding elements of visceral violence, which for its time was ahead of its time. Scarface is a phenomenal film, a film that is well acted, entertaining and well paced and manages to be a highly captivating film that is well worth your time if you enjoy the genre. The performances here are great and each actor brings something that elevates the film significantly. Plenty of gangster films have been released since then, but Scarface has a secured place as one of the finest examples of what a crime film should be. Simple, yet effective in its execution, this is a great film, a masterwork of cinema, one that showcases brilliant acting and storytelling that is never boring, and with that being said, it's quite impressive to see a film like this having been made during this period. The film is action packed with the right blend of drama and thrills to make it a worthwhile and memorable experience for viewers that enjoy a solidly paced gangster film. For its short run time, Scarface does a lot more than most genre films that are nearly three hours in length. This is filmmaking at its very best and it's a movie that is sure to appeal to any film buff that enjoys a well crafted picture. Scarface still holds quit well by today's standards, and it's one of the defining films that has helped shape the gangster genre.
Pleasant, engaging drama that boasts some stunning performances, I… MorePleasant, engaging drama that boasts some stunning performances, I really enjoyed the Squid and the Whale, which is a surprisingly charming picture that mixes drama with a few aspects of comedy. The result is a film that is highly entertaining from start to finish, and each actor brings something great to the screen. The film is well worth seeing, and ranks among the finest dramas I have seen in the last few months. Even if this film is nearly a decade old, I'm glad I finally got around to seeing this film, as it is well worth your time. With effective performances that really bring out the best of the film's elements, The Squid and the Whale is a near perfect film that is well worth your time. It's a short, straight to the point film that just dives into its plot, and you get hooked fairly easily simple, yet effective this film takes a simple idea, and runs with it and pulls off something wonderful. Short and sweet, and to the point. This is an impressive picture, one that is accomplished in what it tries to do, and it features Jesse Eisenberg finest performance to date. This is the perfect mix of drama and comedy and it works quite well to grab your attention and make it a film going experience that will stick with you long after you've seen it. The performances are wonderful, and the plot is rich, and The Squid and the Whale has something for everyone. For those who enjoy the genre, this is a film well worth your time, and is an engaging picture from start to finish.
Brilliant evocative drama, this is a superb drama that features some… MoreBrilliant evocative drama, this is a superb drama that features some wonderful performances, a great story and effective direction create something truly engaging. If you enjoy a solidly paced, well layered picture, Blue is the Warmest Color is a film that is sure to delight viewers that want a richly detailed plot with immaculate performances. The film is not for everyone, as the content might be a bit too much, but for those who want a well executed drama that is well layed in a way that it steadily unfolds before you, this is a terrific drama that tells a great story that is quite simple, yet engaging due to its cast who are terrific in their roles. The film is nothing too elaborate, but that's what makes this film standout. Using simple ideas, the filmmakers were able to get the most out of the film's story with such a simply idea. This is a terrific film, one that is steadily executed in the sense that it unfolds slowly before your eyes so that you become more attached with the movie's characters. Blue is the Warmest Color is a film well worth your time if you enjoy the genre. For such a simple story, Blue is the Warmest color is superb cinema, a film that does so much with so little, and it is a film well worth your time if you enjoy these films. There a few aspects of the film that could have been improved upon. However, there are enough great elements at work on-screen to make this a well executed drama that is worth seeing.
Gridiron Gang was a pleasant surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it,… MoreGridiron Gang was a pleasant surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it, and at times it6 did have some so-so moments, but when you see it, you can see that the film has a driving message of hope, which is the key to the film's success. Far from great, but quite entertaining, the film is an impressive feat for The Rock who is able to deliver a good dramatic performance here. Sports film, especially football films are a bit overdone, and we all know how they'll turn out in the end. However, this is an interesting angle on the genre, and it works. Some viewers will surely enjoy it for The Rock range, and he lights up the screen. The film at times could have been a bit better and there are a few scenes that should have been reworked in order to make the film stands. Luckily there are plenty of much better scenes that give this film its power, and it is a thoroughly engaging experience for those that enjoy this genre. Although never too original, this is an interesting twist on a football film, and like I said it's got a good message, which plenty of viewers can get behind and appreciate. A fine mix of performances and a good screenplay rounds out the film to make this a film not to miss, and even for people that are skeptical about such films; Gridiron Gang has something for everyone and it is a well acted, directed film that is far better than many other films in the genre,
For some very strange reason, Found footage films have regained a bit… MoreFor some very strange reason, Found footage films have regained a bit of momentum. The genre somehow manages to be a bit entertaining, and it delivers some scares. Alien Abduction is not a great film by long shot, but for what it is, it's a steadily paced horror yarn that delivers some good chills. If you're looking for some mildly entertaining horror, Alien abduction might be something that you should check out. This is far from great horror, but as a whole, it's an interesting little film that manages to chill you and entertain you with some effect. I quite enjoyed that. The film doesn't tend to break new ground in the genre; however, it's still a pleasant experience. There some terrifying moments here, and for what it is, Alien Abduction is a genre film worth seeing if you want a popcorn flick that has an interesting angle. Of course found footage films are overdone, and all, but at times there are a few amusing films still to be made, and this one is one of them .Go into this one with an open mind, and you might enjoy it, as it has had a mixed reception, but to be honest, I quite enjoyed and compared to others in this genre, it's a pleasant, entertaining flick. The film has its flaws, and it delivers some good moments, even if it's a bit clichéd an, but I've seen far worse than this. This better than what you might think, though it's not great horror, it still better than say, current remakes and all the Paranormal activity sequels such as the Marked one, which was awful.
Brilliantly constructed comedy drama, The Player is a richly detailed… MoreBrilliantly constructed comedy drama, The Player is a richly detailed effort, one that has a well layered story that keeps you involved because you are left wondering how this will end. Hearing great things about the film, I gave a shot, but at times I felt like it was a bit overrated. The Player is far from a bad film and what we have here is a very good picture that combines effective storytelling with wonderful acting. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was well done, and it definitely kept you on the very edge of your seat despite the lack of truly entrancing storytelling. To me, this is a film that works well enough to make you think hard, and you get sense of that when you watch the film, but at the same time you wonder why the film has gotten so much praise. Tim Robbins is as usual in top form here and he acts quite well and he's a wonder to watch here on-screen. The Player is one of those movies that tend to be overhyped, but once you see it you are left wanting a bit more as well. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as what everyone did. This is an engrossing picture, but there is a few times where the film could have been improved upon. Overall, this is well worth seeing, and it's a film that merits recommendations despite its flaws.
Dolph Lundgren is one of those action stars that is fairly hit and… MoreDolph Lundgren is one of those action stars that is fairly hit and miss and at times, he can displayed something quite good, entertaining and fun even if the film is quite tongue in cheek and that is the case with Dark Angel. This is a hybrid all sorts of genres and it strangely works quite well to be a highly entertaining cult film that is very engaging from start to finish. The result is a worthwhile film that is really one of Lundgren's best. Granted the guy really is sketchy when it comes to "acting", yet he delivers here, and with the plot, which I think is awesome, it's hard to resist. I never go into real detail in any of my reviews, because I believe that the less you know the more suspensewfu7l the experience will be. What the film offers is something truly entertaining from start to finish, and if you enjoy low budget cult action at its very best, then this is sure to wet your appetite for action thrills. Dark Angel is far from great cinema, but for what it is, it's an entertaining ride, one that is so much and thrilling that you forget the films weaknesses exists. This is pure popcorn thrash at its very best, and I say that as a compliment. The film is cheesy, thrilling and riveting, and will certainly entertain anyone that enjoys finding a new, undiscovered action film that is well worth seeing due to its original concept. This is a film that is an impressive cult movie and it certainly is a one that is a must watch for diehard fans looking for new and exciting pictures to watch.