Exciting and fast-paced, Limitless is full of thrills, but it doesn't… MoreExciting and fast-paced, Limitless is full of thrills, but it doesn't always know where it's going. The story follows a writer who takes an experimental drug that increases mental ability, allowing him to become a high-powered business broker, but his success comes at a price and is full of danger. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Abbie Cornish lead the cast and give fairly strong performances. However, the writing is rather poor; leaving multiple plot holes and substituting storytelling with exposition dumps. There are also some visual tricks to show the drug's effects that just end up being confusing. Still, the film does a pretty good job at presenting an intriguing mystery and at building suspense. Limitless doesn't quite deliver on its promise, but it's entertaining and has some good action.
The Grid is revisited in Tron: Legacy, a thrilling and immersive… MoreThe Grid is revisited in Tron: Legacy, a thrilling and immersive science fiction adventure. The special effects are amazing, with some incredibly creative designs that are sleek and stylish. And, the soundtrack by Daft Punk is exceptionally well-done; giving an otherworldly and surreal feel to the film. Jeff Bridges pulls double duty (playing both Flynn and Clu), and gives strong performances. Plus, the supporting cast is quite impressive, featuring Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Cillian Murphy. However, the plot is weak and doesn't make much sense. Yet, Tron: Legacy makes up for its weaknesses by delivering a visual marvel that's intoxicating.
"Do you believe in the Users?" A film ahead of its time, Tron is an… More"Do you believe in the Users?" A film ahead of its time, Tron is an extraordinarily creative and imaginative film. The story follows a computer hacker named Kevin Flynn who's transported into a computer system where he discovers a cyber-world that's being overrun by a tyrannical program called the MCP, who's forcing programs to fight to the death on the Game Grid. The plot is full of fascinating, high-minded computer concepts, and presents them in an innovative way. Additionally, the film combines computer and hand-drawn animation, creating a remarkably unique visual style. Still, the look of the film is very dated, and the plot doesn't really follow through on a lot of the ideas it presents. Tron reaches beyond its grasp, but it still delivers an entertaining and fun adventure.
Incredibly dull and incomprehensible, Under the Skin isn't a film in… MoreIncredibly dull and incomprehensible, Under the Skin isn't a film in the traditional sense. Director Jonathan Glazer attempts to use sound and camera angels to tell a story (without the use of a narrative)...and it fails miserably. Scarlett Johansson gives what is possibly the worst performance of her career, and does nothing to enhance this dead, lifeless material. Trying to assign meaning to Under the Skin would be pointless, as it's a failed experimental film that's not worth the time.
A formulaic goofball comedy, Walk of Shame goes for cheap laughs.… MoreA formulaic goofball comedy, Walk of Shame goes for cheap laughs. Elizabeth Banks stars as a news anchor who, after having a one-night stand, ends up stranded in a strange part of town and leaves a wake of chaos and destruction as she tries to make her way back home. The plot couldn't be more cliched if it tried, and all of the characters are stereotypes of one sort or another. Banks gives a decent performance and is fairly charming, but her role isn't a very demanding one. Walk of Shame is a lazy and generic film whose humor is tired and worn out.
The Breakfast Club is a seminal '80s cult comedy from writer/director… MoreThe Breakfast Club is a seminal '80s cult comedy from writer/director John Hughes. The story follows a group of five high school students from different cliques who find themselves in detention together on a Saturday morning, and throughout the day they learn to see past the labels that society has imposed them. It's a fairly simple plot that plays heavily on stereotypes. And Hughes' writing isn't that good, as the melodrama is overdone and the characters' mood swings shift between extremes from one scene to the next. Yet, the film has a powerhouse cast full of '80s icons (Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall) who are able to carry the material and make it work more than it should. While it has its problems, The Breakfast Club is a fun and entertaining film that speaks to the high school experience.
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Francis Ford… More"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Francis Ford Coppola teams up with Mario Puzo one last time to conclude the story of Michael Corleone with The Godfather Part III. Haunted by the death of his brother and seeking redemption, Michael Corleone dedicates his life to Catholic charities and sees an opportunity to take the Corleone family legit by buying a controlling share in Immobiliare, a multibillion dollar European real estate trust; but Michael soon finds himself drawn into another mob war after an assassination attempt on his life. Al Pacino gives another strong performance, as does Talia Shire and Joe Mantegna. Even Sofia Coppola, whose performance is much maligned, isn't that bad when she's not stuck in the horribly ill-conceived cousin romance subplot. But aside from the romance, which The Godfather films have never done well, the plot is intriguing and takes the series in an interesting direction. While the shadows of its processors loom large, The Godfather Part III is an incredibly well-crafted and compelling film that serves as a fitting epilogue to this sage.
Surpassing the original, The Godfather Part II is a masterpiece that's… MoreSurpassing the original, The Godfather Part II is a masterpiece that's extraordinarily compelling. Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo continue the Godfather saga by telling the concurrent stories of Vito Corleone's founding of the Corleone crime family in early 1900s, and his son's expansion of the family in the 1950s. The film is remarkably effective at drawing parallels and continuing themes throughout the two stories. Additionally, both Al Pacino and Robert De Niro give outstanding performances; especial De Niro, who does an incredible job at mirroring Brando's portrayal of Vito Corleone. Coppola's directing is also amazing, as it draws the audience into the film and makes it an experience. And, complementing the captivating visual style is a magnificent score from composer Nino Rota, who taps into the soul of the material. The Godfather Part II is a rich, textured film that connects with its audience on an emotional level.
Considered to be one of best films ever made, The Godfather is a… MoreConsidered to be one of best films ever made, The Godfather is a powerful and thought-provoking crime-drama. Directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, the film follows the Corleone crime family as they're drawn into a mob war with the other New York families over the drug trade. The characters are extraordinarily compelling; do in no small part to the outstanding performances of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Talia Shire. However, it's Brando's performance as Vito Corleone that steals the film and immortalizes the character of the Godfather. Additionally, the craftsmanship is exceptional, from the score, to the cinematography, to the costumes and set designs, the look and feel of the film is remarkably vivid and emotionally evocative. Dealing with heavy dramatic themes, The Godfather is a cinematic classic that continues to resonate with audiences.
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in the quirky romantic comedy When… MoreBilly Crystal and Meg Ryan star in the quirky romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. The film follows two unlikely friends who keep running across each other and end up forming a unique relationship. Written by Nora Ephron, the comedy is really smart and includes some poignant, witty dialog. And, director Rob Reiner does an impressive job at giving the material a lighthearted tone that's not overly melodramatic. However, the real charm of the film comes from the performances by Crystal and Ryan, who have great chemistry together and brilliant comedic timing. Insightful and funny, When Harry Met Sally is delightfully entertaining.