The final Star Wars film in the original trilogy is a definitive third… MoreThe final Star Wars film in the original trilogy is a definitive third and final chapter of what many big film franchises has been defined by. While it's certainly aided incredibly well by Lawrence Kasdan's scripting, helping out with the greater conflict of the Rebel Alliance final battle against the evil Galactic Empire and the greater sense of character development carrying over what 'The Empire Strikes Back' did so well. It's also great to know George Lucas has maintained the film's scope and spectacle, nowadays with a completed back story, the series comes to a complete full circle of the father's rise as a hero and fall to evil as a villain also following the son's heroes journey to redeem his father and realizing the bigger family twists. On another side note the film itself doesn't necessarily reach the big cinematic heights as it's two predecessor's did, even when coming to face the questionable and unevenly toned addition of small furry primitives that eventually help out the Rebel Alliance (then again how is this any different to the Gungans in Phantom Menace). Nonetheless, it's still a fitting finale, that will be continued when come this December, Episode VII or just 'The Force Awakens' finally hits cinemas, then we'll get to see what'll happen after all this time "A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away..." ;)
Originally with 'Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' the first ever… MoreOriginally with 'Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' the first ever follow-up to the Star Wars franchise payed off immensely well and still holds up to this day. Guided by it's non-traditional narrative structure, it not only surpasses the expectations of viewers, but also the franchise's spectacle and involving plot lines. The film even adopts a more darker and sinister tone 'Revenge of the Sith' could almost match, really bringing out those big character developments within it's really dedicated and talented cast. While unlike it's predecessor It is also a shame while this is the most 'praised' out of all Star Wars films to date, George Lucas almost had little influence on the writing, but simply more for the spectacle and impact of the film overall. In addition to that; the big complications in the plot and details are hard to nit-pick seeing full well the script was incredibly well polished. Whether or not "Episode VII: The Force Awakens' coming in December can top the quality and expectations of fans and casual viewers alike remains to be seen. Nonetheless, 'The Empire Strikes Back' remains to be one if not 'The' finest middle entry of any big movie franchise to date.
Ridley Scott may of had some harsh criticism for many of his films as… MoreRidley Scott may of had some harsh criticism for many of his films as of late. 'The Martian' based on Andy Weir's best selling sci-fi novel however, surpassed my expectations by a long mile. This incredibly polished, fast-paced, smart and evocative film may be one of the most finest ever films Ridley Scott has ever directed. While it's hard to ignore what Hollywood has been trying to do with Matt Damon being a victim in both 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Interstellar' and now this, Damon is almost pretty much a one man show throughout his character's entire arc to survive on a planet where nothing grows and many of his circumstantial nature can be fatal. The plot takes viewers on such a thoughtful, exciting, thrilling and touching ride, it's hard to not be invested with every character at play whether on earth or in space. In saying that, the film also offers several different types of moods whether it it be dramatic, thrilling or hilarious it's almost the biggest pieces of requirement for every great film script. Last but not least every other cast member on board this film is just as much a fine performer invested in their character within every moment of the film. I can't recommend this film more than enough, it may as well be this year's equivalent to 'Gravity' and 'Interstellar' if not a whole lot better.
The first even Star Wars film ever released was the big game changer… MoreThe first even Star Wars film ever released was the big game changer not just for Hollywood but for all types of movies in general. What started off as a small independent space fantasy adventure, eventually became one of the biggest films to ever hit the international box office reinvigorating sci-fi and big scale films alike. I also challenge those who tend to nit-pick a lot of details about George Lucas' follow-up work, isn't it just as flawed or questionable as anything else that gets nit-picked? Nonetheless, this film is a pivotal achievement in George Lucas' career, dependent on one of the very essential elements of imagination and creativity alike: 'Escapism'. Every shot of Star Wars lends itself to the world and mythology every human being on earth should be thankful for towards George Lucas. Looking back on it, it still holds up as an unforgettable classic, a hero's journey across a space opera landscape, fighting against the forces of evil and having fate decide one's outcome that they must be ready to face the inevitable. Even if this is 'Episode IV: A New Hope', it's once again the beginning of an entirely bigger chapter where the lives of both heroes and villains will eventually cross and can still be openly interpreted by audiences and generations alike. Star Wars is for everyone and every film presents itself as a chapter of an even bigger saga and universe, where universal audiences are captivated by the sense of adventure and humored by moments of comedy.
Released approximately a decade ago, when this film was particularly… MoreReleased approximately a decade ago, when this film was particularly the biggest film of the year, I can most certainly say it still holds up incredibly well. 'Revenge of the Sith' is the most climatic chapter in the Prequel trilogy, this is the story which connects both trilogies consistently in an incredibly concise and dramatic structure. Packed with the visual effects austerity that has certainly aged well a lot more than it's predecessors, even with a more darker and foreboding tone never seen in the franchise since, not to mention the incredible action and space battles at hand that have made this franchise so iconic to begin with. Episode III also has some of the franchises most powerful moments, evoked through George Lucas' sheer power of the mythology. It might also be the best Star Wars film with the best sense of compelling characters and incredibly rich and diverse character development all throughout. On a last note, while it's often said this is favorably the best quality film in the entire Prequel Trilogy, (despite very little cheesy moments of stumbling, it can be tolerated) never once letting viewers turn away from the magnificent story, scale and subject matter at play the franchise has always treasured and has always been defined by.
If I had to pick a least favourite film in the entire Star Wars Saga,… MoreIf I had to pick a least favourite film in the entire Star Wars Saga, it would be "Attack of the Clones". Much like it's predecessor if not more, suffers from convoluted plotting and some underdeveloped characters. Also in some more broader hindsight the subject matter and themes of the series is better explored and expands the Star Wars Universe in an interesting and exciting way, towards a more pivotal point in the Saga. While the action, spectacle and special effects are fantastic to witness, once some quite dated otherwise still enjoyable for the film's fantasy element. Even upon addressing the issue Hayden Christensen, he's certainly physically adapted to the role of Anakin, though his line deliveries and drama don't contribute to maturing or developing the character to a further extent throughout the film. Nonetheless, its a film with plenty of redeeming qualities, including some good casting with Christopher Lee literally playing my favourite villain in the prequel trilogy, while everyone else both physically and mentally adapts to their roles as much as any previous film in the franchise. If I had to give it some credit, It would have be opening up the biggest chapter in the Star Wars Lore (Clone Wars), and tends to be explored a lot better than just this film alone.
Aside from the divided fanbase of people who either love or hate this… MoreAside from the divided fanbase of people who either love or hate this film, I actually quite like it for what it is. It expands the Star Wars Universe in an interesting and exciting way. I would also agree with many of the films flaws, with much of it's convoluted plotting unevenly paced and script flaws with many other questionable creative decisions. But my inner Jedi still echos how much excitement and an epic time I have when watching it. My queries with the characters were how they were written more than how they were performed by such a great cast, and sometimes I like to impersonate Jar Jar Binks (Its now hard to say I liked the character). The film sets out the universe in a way we have to familiarize with and I think Lucas has done it quite well. I would agree its certainly high on Special Effects, some of it quite dated otherwise still enjoyable for the film's fantasy element, never has a Star Wars film before this one, been limited to or brought so much diverse creativity than any before it.
Steven Spielberg once again proves he can do no wrong, especially with… MoreSteven Spielberg once again proves he can do no wrong, especially with real world material. Following the grand traditions of Amistad and Munich, Bridge of Spies is an incredibly fine, concise and versatile Cold War drama/thriller. With an impressively written script contributed oddly by the two and only Cohen Brothers, add to that under Spielberg's bold direction the film shines as one of his most finest films to date. Another big credit added towards the casting, with another impressive collaboration with Tom Hanks (making this their third collaboration), alongside the likes of other incredibly talented actors, particularly Mark Rylance (soon to be in Spielberg's BFG next year), and the gorgeously looking cinematography. The film itself, also tells it's story really well with minimal music by Thomas Newman, making this the third Spielberg film to be scored without John Williams. Overall, the film really challenges the rights of prisoners and country's laws and constitution in a time of great conflict where almost anything could happen. Lastly, it's a highly recommended film in which it's Oscar changes might be big.
What could be better than seeing Tom Hardy rank up against no one… MoreWhat could be better than seeing Tom Hardy rank up against no one other than himself. 'Legend' just happens to be the answer to that, from screenwriter turned director Brian Helgeland it's a quip, fast paced, highly stylized and exciting British gangster flick based on the true life story of Reggie and Ronnie Kray, from 1960's London. Added to that with such a talented cast of admirable actors, including Australia's own Emily Browning as Reggie's love interest and provides a perfect intersecting narration viewpoint that doesn't even tend to comply to either side of the brothers devious deeds. 'Legend' is much like a Guy Richie or Matthew Vaughn flick, It's definitely worth a look, with such a well written and highly stylized narrative with great sets, costumes and performances even if from just Tom hardy alone as the two twin gangsters, that matches up to the film's title perfectly.
Out of all the film's that have been inspired by the 'legend' that Ned… MoreOut of all the film's that have been inspired by the 'legend' that Ned Kelly has become, this particular 2003 interpretation of Australia's most famous Bushranger (or "Wild Colonial Boy", an Outlaw of Colonial Australia) is the most entertaining screen version of the Bushranger's life and exploits that have made him such an icon to Australia alone. I humbly admire every bit of the effort everyone involved put into this film; to bring the story of Ned Kelly to the big screen. I must say the cinematography, production design, costumes and make up are every bit as exceptional as what any other previous Colonial Australia films have portrayed in the past, It really does look like you're stepping back in time. Heath Ledger is certainly one of the finest actors to have ever played the role of Ned Kelly, add to that you've got several more internationally known actors such as Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom in very significant memorable roles, not to mention there are some minor roles from now very well known Australian actors such as Joel Edgerton and Emily Browning. Klaus Bedelt's score even gives the film a great sense of poetic Colonial life and gives us just as much of a primary storytelling essence as the actual film itself. Add to that, with such an incredibly poetic and immersive script along with Ledger's performance, this gives us an insight as to what Ned did and why he did what he did. While not one hundred per cent historically accurate, the craftsmanship and character study essence is what really makes this film worth it, and it's easy enough to come to this film with very little to 'no' knowledge about who Ned Kelly is. But in defining everything about the man or legend Ned Kelly has since become (and will remain), then look no further than to seek out this very underrated and magnificently made film purely for your own historical or entertainment fascination.