Despite having a good soundtrack and some decent visuals, It Follows… MoreDespite having a good soundtrack and some decent visuals, It Follows is a mess. Yeah, a mess even when a lot of nothing happens during most of its running time.
What was once a neat trick with that 360º degree pan with the camera, quickly because a nuisance. It doesn't create any tension whatsoever and the idea for the haunting doesn't help either. It's just some dudes following you around. Worse is that the way the movie is shot doesn't allow for some tension to build, to scare you, giving most of the money shots away, minutes before they even happen.
Maika Monroe is fairly solid here but the rest of the cast are just there, doing incredibly idiotic things. I get the dreamy approach but the movie becomes unintentionally hilarious, specially towards the end when logic goes out the window (and we're speaking of a horror flick here) and we're served with a pool scene that seems like it was made for a Scary Movie scene.
Thematically it tries to be edgy and maybe that's why the "critics" liked it but it just doesn't add up and any sort of message about teens' sex lives, dst's and whatever never really comes across, leaving us scratching our heads in vain. Did she really screw the dudes in the boat? Does it matter? Do I even care? Nope.
So, as long as you can take a goody two-shoes Max, maybe you can roll… MoreSo, as long as you can take a goody two-shoes Max, maybe you can roll along with yet another Mad Max side-quest he doesn't wanna get drawn into. This feels like it was trying to appeal to a broader audience but still failed while doing so.
The first half of the movie is total Mad Max when it comes to world building and craziness being throw at your face at every turn. Then, "that" happens and you either roll with it or it will kill the movie for you.
Has some decent thematic ambitions going on but now the message is on the nose and gets annoying after a while. Add an inferior chase scene at the end and Beyond Thunderdome leaves you wanting for more.
A completely different beast from the first movie, Road Warrior is one… MoreA completely different beast from the first movie, Road Warrior is one of those landmark action movies from the 80s. For starters, it was just different from anything else going, either visually or on a storytelling method. Max doesn't like this type of side-quests, he likes to be left alone and do his thing but he inevitably gets drawn to these conflicts, so this anti-hero (that never says much) already feels different. Then you have the "world" that already tells a story on itself, miss a minute of it and you already lost gold. Then you have those crazy-ass villains that are both hilarious and scary.
Finally, to wrap it all up, we have a serious message that doesn't take itself too seriously on an insane chase sequence, where nothing works, people kill themselves because they're crazy, it's intense as hell, ingenious and still one of the best ever made to date. A true classic in every sense of the word, though I don't think it's a movie for everyone.
Taken in account the super tiny budget and big ambitions, Mad Max… MoreTaken in account the super tiny budget and big ambitions, Mad Max succeeds by not taking much shit from anyone and by presenting a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic genre, with intense chase sequences, crazy villains, subtle storytelling and a good old revenge story. It doesn't try to be more than it can do and achieve and that's fine, because Mad Max is still a very solid movie, with some delicious details and references that would become bonkers great on the next movie.
Ex Machina is how most sci-fi flicks should be to appeal to a broader… MoreEx Machina is how most sci-fi flicks should be to appeal to a broader audience. It's not too complicated, it's not too heady, it doesn't treat us like idiots, it doesn't hold back on complicated topics, it doesn't compromise its vision, it doesn't give us hard answers, you're never spoon-fed but you're also never shown any complacency.
Add a fantastic performance from Vikander as one of the most convincing AI driven robots I've ever seen and Ex Machina is a great success and entices me to follow closely whatever Garland will do next as a director.
I wasn't expecting much from Chappie given the dreadful reviews but it… MoreI wasn't expecting much from Chappie given the dreadful reviews but it was not as bad as some have painted it to be. Still, it's a huge mess but a mess where I have to give some credit to Blomkamp cause he actually tried to correct some past mistakes, specially by having a more story driven narrative, with more decent characters. He failed spectacularly though, but still tried.
Chappie's main fault is the approach. Nothing really works together here. The soundtrack is too techno to be touching, Dev Patel's acting and dialogues are an abomination, the villains are cartoons with little to no motivation and Die Antwoord... are not actually that bad! Truly, one of the biggest complaints I heard was their acting skills but I didn't had any gripe with them. Maybe Ninja was too over the top but Yo-Landi and Sharlto Copley together had the best moments of the movie. THIS was what the movie should be more about, the problems between mother and son, when you're son is a robot and your daddy is an asshole. But in typically Blomkamp fashion, he has way too many ideas he wants to throw at us and mostly don't stick. The action is subpar, tons of levels below Elysium and District 9, which makes a troublesome movie even worse.
A couple of decent acting roles, some sweet scenes, some well placed humor and satire aren't enough to save Chappie unfortunately. Start to worry about Alien 5 right now because the tone of Blomkamp's movies is precisely the opposite of what that franchise needs.
If you're looking for a gritty british drama, like only the british… MoreIf you're looking for a gritty british drama, like only the british can do, with a sordid storyline, no happy moments and plenty of shocking moments backed by fantastic performances, look no further. Despite the ballsy ending (come on, you know how it was really gonna end), sometimes the script is too obtuse and clunky to truly engage us.
Still, Hyena is a worthy follow-up to Johnson's equally great Tony, sans the dark humor or course.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a terribly crowded movie with a lot of… MoreAvengers: Age of Ultron is a terribly crowded movie with a lot of nonsense that rarely pays of in any way. The whole cheesy, let's humanize these heroes plots, break the pace and have very unsatisfying conclusions. The villain is awful and rarely feels like an ominous threat, barely acting like a sentient robot at all, he just feels like a buffoon with some powers, where he just doesn't give any use to. He could easily start chaos everywhere by controlling guns all over the world, since it explicitly says he can control TEH INTERNTE ZOMG, but he prefers to make a meteor out of a city. What?
The Olsen Twins are a nice add though, I quite dug the Scarlett Witch and her doubts about what to do definitely felt appropriate on the movie but we didn't get much of that as usual. Quicksilver was alright too but very few scenes with him isn't enough to cause a connection with the viewer.
Thor goes to a turkish bath and no one knows what exactly happened there. Maybe he has a secret romance with Erik?
Cap is still moping around. The Hulk is still afraid of his powers and even more afraid to bang the Black Widow... You don't pass an opportunity like that, jesus dude...
Add awful continuity errors and dreadful pacing and Age of Ultron feels like a huge step back after two pretty decent movies on Guardians of the Galaxy and Winter Soldier.
The action sequences are decent, specially when the heroes are all doing fuckin' awesome combos but that's it. The final battle is still the same old bland minions vs avengers. They never feel like a threat at all, just like their master and that's where the true flaw of the movie resides: no sense of urgency.
Oh and Paul Bettany is not just a voice anymore on these movies. Good for him.
Despite good looks inspired by Lynch and Refn, Lost River just doesn't… MoreDespite good looks inspired by Lynch and Refn, Lost River just doesn't have a firm grip and is overly indulgent with its ridiculous dialogues and lousy script. A mix between a dreamlike narrative and a fairly tale, Lost River mostly doesn't work because it's just trying too hard. Way too hard. There could be something interesting here but it's just too pretentious to be anything else.
If you thought scientology was creepy, just wait till you see this.… MoreIf you thought scientology was creepy, just wait till you see this.
I'm not ranking this higher because, despite being 2 hours long, there was potential to be even longer. There were plenty of other aspects of the church I'd like to know about, specifically the whole process of brainwashing. The documentary ended and I was still baffled at how many people go along with this shit. I couldn't believe it and needed to know more. By focusing a bit too much on the ex member, Going Clear suffers a bit by not going in depth on the research aspect of a documentary. Hopefully, this isn't the last we hear from this crew and we might have something that complements it in the future.
Thanks to a beautiful presentation, a great structure, relentless pacing and shocking revelations, Going Clear is essential viewing for us to learn how something so preposterous became so unbelievably powerful.