Kill Your Darlings is an engaging biopic of Alan Ginsberg set at the… MoreKill Your Darlings is an engaging biopic of Alan Ginsberg set at the beginning of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg would other key figures of the movement, including Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. The Beat Literature movement took the literary world by storm by establishing itself as a genre that didn't conform to social norms. This is a brilliant film that boasts a great cast of talented actors, and is engaging from start to finish. The film takes a look at the early years of some of figures of the Beat Generation, and it's a well directed and acted film that has a well constructed story. Daniel Radcliffe is great here, and he proves yet again that he is a capable actor that can reinvent himself to avoid typecasting. This is a worthwhile drama that recounts an important part of a literary movement that pushed boundaries. The Beat Generation later saw these three characters of Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs publish important works that defined the movement. In terms of what a good biopic should be, Kill Your Darlings is a fine genre film that chronicles the early life of an interesting writer poet. The Beat Generation is an interesting literary movement because of what it represented, Kill Your Darlings is a great film with effective performances that really stand out and elevate the film even more. I had heard of the film, and was curious in seeing it due to the fact that I had read one of the works of one of the key figures of the Beats. Well thought out, and executed, this is a surprising film not just about the three figures of the Beat Generation, but how their ideas changed the face of literature for years to come. Ginsberg would later publish his poem Howl, Burroughs would publish Naked Lunch and Kerouac would publish On the Road. Kill Your Darlings does a great job at telling Alan Ginsberg's story and exposing this interesting and non conforming literary movement. Definitely worth seeing if you're familiar with the subject.
Of all the Roasts that I have seen, the William Shatner Roast is one… MoreOf all the Roasts that I have seen, the William Shatner Roast is one of the best funniest. Here the roasters are an impressive bunch that each brings something great to the event. Every roaster is great, and they really are crude, in their jokes, but it's part of the fun, and it makes it that much more hilarious. This is your standard roast, and every roaster brings something memorable by saying some truly hilarious jokes. I enjoyed every roaster, and of all the Comedy Central Roasts, this is one of the most memorable ones. Is it perfect, it isn't, but it definitely is a lot of fun from start to finish. I've never been a Shatner fan, and it was hilarious to watch him getting insulted and roasted. Some of the roasters are downright brutal, and that's what makes this one of the best roasts that I've seen. If you're looking for one of funniest roasts, then this is the one to watch. The jokes are great, and vulgar, but you're able to appreciate the humor because Shatner in the end takes it in stride. Fans of roasts will surely enjoy this one as much as I have and it is one that shouldn't be missed. Roasts are great because you get to see celebrities that are quite popular be the butt of jokes for a length of time. This is a fine roast that features great bits and they're all hilarious. Definitely worth seeing if you enjoy this type of humor. Along with the roast of Bob Saget, the Shatner roast stands out among the funniest ones in recent memory.
I've always enjoyed Celebrity Roasts and the one where they Roast… MoreI've always enjoyed Celebrity Roasts and the one where they Roast Pamela Anderson is pretty good, but at times, it get really bizarre, especially when Courtney Love opens her mouth, and makes a real fool of herself. This is your standard Roast, and it doesn't differ from any other roasts, but there were some real gags, the ones that stood out for me were the ones said by Sarah Silverman and Bea Arthur. I thought the worst roasters were probably Andy Dick, who is just creepy throughout his segment, and of course Courtney Love. Love was way too over the top here, and didn't seem to know what she was doing. Overall, this is a fun roast, I just wished they would have selected better roaster than Andy Dick and Love, the rest was a great affair because, really every roaster just roasts not just the main Roastee, but everyone that is going to roast the guest of honor. This is good fun from start to finish, but like I said, some of the roasters should have been better picked, because they're not funny, and just lame. I felt that with Andy Dick, the guy just fails in comedic delivery and his "humor" just doesn't cut it. But everyone else just delivers a great set, and this is worth seeing if you love Comedy Central's Roasts. Don't expect high class humor with this Roast, it never is. The jokes are crude, rude and mean, but it's all in good fun. Nothing presented here is serious, and that's what makes this such a fun and amusing roast. Aside from a few questionable roasters, Every Roaster was great fun, and they each had good jokes. Aside from Andy Dick and Courtney Love, who just seemed out of place, everyone else was hilarious and each brought something interesting to the table.
The latest offering by Paul W.S Anderson is a decent disaster drama… MoreThe latest offering by Paul W.S Anderson is a decent disaster drama that isn't awful, but leaves a lot to be desired. I am a sucker for history, I have passion for history, and I've always been interested in the history of Pompeii. I was pretty excited at seeing the film, but really, it's a film that tends to be quite slow, and has some sketchy performances from its cast. But for what it is, it's not a bad film, but it's not great either. Pompeii could really have been a memorable and exciting film if the right director would have come along for the project, but since Anderson is more suitable for making video game adaptations than action dramas, I think he h=just ends up making a somewhat tiresome affair that turns out to be borderline decent, and leaves plenty of potential of being much better than what it turned out to be. Aside from the volcano erupting, which was the most impressive part of the film, Pompeii was just a slow moving picture that doesn't stand out. Is it an awful movie? It isn't, but it could have been much better if the story wouldn't have been a clichéd love story mixed with a tragedy, that aspect was clearly done to sell tickets, and it's a shame because given the right screenwriter and director, Pompeii really could have been a standout epic such Gladiator. In the end, it's decent for what it is, but you'll find yourself a bit bored while waiting for the volcano to erupt. Don't go into this expecting great, you'll surely be disappointed, but if you want a mindless action drama, I guess this is the right one for you.
Engaging documentary on narcotic traffickers and how they've become a… MoreEngaging documentary on narcotic traffickers and how they've become a popular source of inspiration for young people looking to escape poverty. The footage is intense, fascinating and eye opening. The filmmakers show the subjects who they really are, lowlifes and scumbags. The singers in the film may think they're doing something great, but they're nothing more than glorified thugs give the Mexican culture a bad name. Add to that, that they take inspiration from drug kingpins, and it's a shocking aspect that you simply cannot believe. These upcoming artists are gaining momentum through their music which is filled with violent content, taken from the real live drug wars waged in Mexico. This is a riveting film, one that manages to tell an impressive, shocking story, and the filmmakers craft a film that doesn't shy away from its subject and is a memorable documentary. I had high hopes that Narco Cultura would be a great documentary, but after seeing it, I felt that it left some important details out, and in some aspects, the filmmakers could have gone deeper in the film's subject. Narco Cultura is interesting for what it tries to accomplish, but at times it does leave a bit to be desired in terms of content. There is no denying that the subject presented in this documentary is very good, but the filmmakers could have done a bit better as well. Narco Cultura is good, but it never is great, and it does fall short of what it could have been. You'll get an interesting portrait of this unique culture of artists who take inspiration from the Mexican Drug war, but at the same time, you'll get a feeling these "artists" are nothing more than scumbags who try to gain fame by idolizing drug dealers and singing about their exploits.
Mulan is for a mediocre animated feature from Disney. I felt that the… MoreMulan is for a mediocre animated feature from Disney. I felt that the early 90's showed the studio delivering some of their strongest animated films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King since their heyday. However, by the end of the decade, the ideas started to suffer, and I felt that the quality of film that Disney has delivered has been hit and miss. Mulan for me just didn't entertain me the way I had hoped. I felt that the heart of previous films wasn't there, and the filmmakers tried to replicate the same old formula, but to no avail. The animation here is great, and the film looks wonderful, however I felt that the story just was a clichéd affair, one that we've seen many times before, and done better as well. Mulan is a film that tries to outdo other films in Disney's catalogue, but it never delivers anything memorable to really outshine previous films in the studios catalogue. The film never goes beyond its potential, and it should have stood out among the other standout early 90's Disney films. This is standard Disney fair, and it's a formula that is overdone. With that being said, it's no wonder that Disney ventured into more live action films and computer animated features, which at least brings much more interesting ideas, concepts and storylines to a film. Mulan just came at the wrong time, and it is a film that though looks great, just doesn't have anything going for it to really make it a standout Disney feature. The film relies on an overdone formula, and one that ends up being tiresome in the long run. Stick with Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King if you want some of the best of Disney's 90's animated features.
Throughout the 80's there have been numerous vampire films that have… MoreThroughout the 80's there have been numerous vampire films that have made their mark on the genre. Once Bitten is a vampire film that seems to be forgotten among the more popular vamp flicks of the 80's. Jim Carrey's first film is a fun, entertaining comedy horror film that deserves to be rediscovered by genre fans. The film isn't a standout affair compared to Fright Night or The Lost Boys, but it's still a good little film for what it is. The cast are good in their parts, and there's enough effective material to make this a must watch for vampire film fans. The film has plenty of potential of being a standout vamp flick, but it does come up short in a few parts. Nonetheless, this is a far better film than what everyone has claimed it to be. The film isn't perfect, but it definitely doesn't deserve all the flack it received upon initial release. For what it is, Once Bitten is a mindless, entertaining vampire comedy that is a surprisingly effective film despite its limitations. Jim Carrey here is enjoyable and it is among his best films. The blends of comedy and horror work well, and the film is enjoyable enough for you to forget its flaws. This is an overlooked gem that deserves to be rediscovered by genre fans. The film is entertaining and lots of fun, and it's another good vamp flick from the 80's. If you love vampire films, Once Bitten is a different take on the genre, but one that satisfies if you're in the right mood.
Peter Hyams The Relic is a pulse pounding, horrifying and highly… MorePeter Hyams The Relic is a pulse pounding, horrifying and highly engrossing monster movie that takes the best elements of the genre and sets them in the most unlikely place, Chicago's Natural History Museum. This is a tense, thrilling monster film that delivers a high body count with plenty of blood. The film at times suffers from lack of great dialogue, but in the end, it doesn't matter because the carnage that follows more than makes up for the lack brilliant writing. The Relic is one of those films that is pure mindless fun, and it's sure to appeal to genre fans. Like I've said, there is no effective dialogue, and there is no real great performance. The cast here is presented more as bait to the creature lurking in the darkness of the museum. The effects are well done, and even if they look a bit dated by today's standards, for the time, it's still impressive to see that they were able to pull something like this back in 1997. The Relic is a film that uses a simple plot to create something truly exciting. This is the type of film that doesn't overdo anything, and it's to the point with its horror. That's what it takes to build a highly entertaining horror film, a good, yet simple concept with great atmosphere and tension throughout the film. The Relic more than lives up to that, and it's a horror picture that is dark, menacing and memorable for what it sets out to accomplish. Sure, it does lack in great performances, but this is nonetheless a film that should be seen by genre fans for its intense, well executed monster carnage. The film may be weak in a few areas, but it's a constant good time, and monster film fans will surely enjoy this underrated horror gem.
Good documentary about The Pirate Bay, a torrent sharing website that… MoreGood documentary about The Pirate Bay, a torrent sharing website that has gained popularity the world over. Downloading is something that is being done by everyone, and is something that will never be stopped. Now, Hollywood studios seek to close down these sites, such as Pirate Bay because they lose an estimated one billion dollars in revenue. But really, they make even more money in box office revenues and DVD/Blu Ray sales. This documentary follows the founders of the Pirate Bay as they try to battle the charges brought on by film studios. This is an eye opening film, one that makes you ask the important question, is it that bad to download files off the internet? The film could have been much better, but for what it is, it's an entertaining documentary and fairly revealing as well. Downloading from the internet is something that we all do, and I doubt that big Hollywood corporations will ever be able to put a stop to every file sharing websites. Entertaining for what it tries to accomplish, but I found it to be a little short as well. The film does show how these three friends get in trouble with the law for their website, but even if they ever manage to permanently shut down the site, they'll always be a new site popping for people to share files. The film has a very interesting subject at its disposal and it is a subject that will always be shrouded in controversy. Whether you agree if it's right to download torrents, downloading files will always be around.
Bullet is a mediocre action film that stars Danny Trejo. This is the… MoreBullet is a mediocre action film that stars Danny Trejo. This is the type of film that relies on clichés to create an interesting story. The only thing is, is that it just ends up being a dull affair, one that boasts wooden performances, bland dialogue, and poorly executed action scenes. This film if it would have been rewritten might have been good fun, but the end result just suffers from a poor plot that ends up falling flat. This is the type of film that we've seen many times before, and done much better as well. I usually enjoy Danny Trejo, and he's made some good flicks, but with this one, he just doesn't deliver anything remarkable. This is a boring performance from him, and the film has a cast that is very underwhelming. Don't expect anything great here; expect a disappointing effort because Bullet just doesn't deliver anything memorable. The film, just plays out like a paint by numbers action film, and by the time the credits roll, you realize how unimpressive this movie is. This is not worth seeing, unless you're a B-movie action fan, and even then, you'll want more substance to the film. At least Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks is great as the villain, and he almost makes you forget the formulaic storyline. If there would have been more effort into making this a standout action film, I think Bullet would have been a standout action B movie film. However, it seems that director Nick Lyon is afraid to try and make something truly original and instead opts for the clichéd story which just makes the film boring and forgettable in the long run.