From the start you think, wow, a low budget LARPer movie involving a… MoreFrom the start you think, wow, a low budget LARPer movie involving a cast only diehards could love. You're probably exactly right. This kind of film is very niche. Not many outside the realm of D&D and LARPing and silly humor will really enjoy Knights of Badassdom to its fullest extent. Unfortunately, this was a film that was supposed to come out almost 2 years ago and due to financial trouble and final cut rights between studio and director, it was shelved. Kwanten, Zahn, Dinklage, and Glau really are a great team. The film moves a little faster than I would have liked. If you compare it to Role Models, this film goes deeper into the LARPing. Whereas Role Models was a quest for redemption of person, this is about getting over an ex. It was funny. It had some silly moments you can laugh at. The effects and costumes won't blow you away and are mostly silly, and the final act gets a little silly, but I thought it was all a nice blend of weirdness to throw at you for 90 minutes.
Took me a while, but finally with a bit of extra time tucked under my… MoreTook me a while, but finally with a bit of extra time tucked under my belt I gave the much maligned "The Lone Ranger" a try. Armie Hammer is nowhere near the level of Johnny Depp's oddity and strangeness. Not that Hammer or Depp are bad actors, but there was next to zero chemistry between the two unlike what we saw between Orlando Bloom and Depp in 'Pirates'.
I can see what everyone was upset about with Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer teaming to bring us another franchise like they did with the slowly eroding 'Pirates'. Over blaring action, unnecessary plot devices to trigger events and a disappointing script even for Disney standards, 'Ranger' makes itself a joke because of the attempt to be more than a joke. The best part of this film is when the theme song hits of the Lone Ranger during the train "battle". The campiness of the whole scene is what the whole film should have been about.
A few quick hits...Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner are always believable baddies, but I was hoping for more of a mustache twirling, monocle wearing baron to go along with the Disney style. Helena Bonham Carter was a waste and Ruth Wilson offered nothing as the damsel in distress.
We should enjoy the characters Depp throws himself into. Definitely one of the oddest actors of our time, but still one of the top in the business. It's too bad some of these roles he's choosing don't have the support team behind him to follow through.
Went back and watched one of David O.. Russell's earlier films 'Three… MoreWent back and watched one of David O.. Russell's earlier films 'Three Kings'. Got exactly what I expected when it came to the dry and dark humor involved with serious topics. The film is a complete joke within itself, but Clooney, Wahlberg, Cube and Jonze do a great job as stereotypes. Considering the plot is pretty preposterous and out of sync with what actually was going on during Desert Storm, I wasn't so much interested in the final outcome of whether they got the gold or didn't as much as I was to the dialogue.
Because Russell chooses to focus a bit more on the comedy and such rather than formulating a sensible plot, it gets knocked a few points for being a tad out there.
James McAvoy consistently puts out better than average films compared… MoreJames McAvoy consistently puts out better than average films compared to the kind of blockbusters Americans are accustomed to seeing in the theaters these days. Whether it's an American film or a Scottish film or an English film, McAvoy excels for his ability even when the script sometimes goes off the rails. I've reviewed a good handful of his films, Filth being the weirdest but most transparent. It's a pretty decent take at the good cop turned bad cop because of the drugs and sex and debauchery. The most recent who comes to mind is Nicolas Cage from his film set in New Orleans a few years ago. Sometimes, the Scottish accents were so thick it was a bit difficult to understand, but context clues easily placed you back in the fold. The story is actually engaging. One cop trying to oust 5 other cops from a promotion all the while he's getting turned on in the process. It just wasn't, tight knit. The beginning led you to believe we'd get a bit more background and acting from some of the supporting cast, but McAvoy is clearly the focus through thick and thin. Without so much a look at the actual cases he has to solve compared to his coworkers he's trying to beat, Filth doesn't keep things together enough toward the end. I was a bit confused through the final 20 minutes having to actually go back and see why the change in character was warranted. If you're up for a Scottish art house flick with lots of foul language and a decent amount of that good old dark humor from across the pond, you'll be intrigued.
Ben Stiller wears two hats with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as… MoreBen Stiller wears two hats with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as director and actor for a stylized drama adventure comedy. Heavy on the adventure, light on the drama and thin on comedy, Mitty bounces around too much to really nail down a substantial plot. It's anchored by a better than decent performance from Stiller and a nice change of character for Wiig, who I like more than most. Adam Scott might have the most fake beard ever, but we've seen him play this kind of role before in Step Brothers.
The visuals are actually pretty great. Sequence transitions from his day dreaming to real life are seamless, but the trouble between the two develops when he makes the life choice to start traveling. It was just not realistic enough for a guy to take only his briefcase and the clothes on his back halfway across the world for a movie that seemed to want to play it pretty straight forward.
The locations didn't do much convincing with the acting outside the main cast and the overall goal of the story seemed pretty tame compared to the ambition of the cinematography, but Stiller still offers a flick capable of keeping your attention at a length of two hours which won't close your lids.