I remembered Poltergeist scared me a lot when I was a kid and was… MoreI remembered Poltergeist scared me a lot when I was a kid and was awkwardly gory on a couple of scenes too, that are forever burned in my mind. I also remember that there are stretches that dragged on for too long without adding much to the movie. After many years later, I rewatched it and not many things have changed from the original impact. Still great overall, but could use some trimming on the editing amongst other things. But it's still a very fun lil' horror movie for teens, with heart and a good Spielberg message about family unity.
Jaws could've easily been a one trick gimmick, where the shark slowly… MoreJaws could've easily been a one trick gimmick, where the shark slowly eats some people from time to time and some dudes try to kill it. That's actually the premise and what happens through most of the movie, but it's all so incredibly varied and engaging that this is actually a hard flick to categorize. It's an horror movie at times, a satyrical take on summer villages, an adventure movie later on with sort of Moby Dickian aspirations on some dialogues, amongst other delicious details. Not sure if Spielberg created the modern blockbuster here because of all the above reasons. All I know, is that Jaws is an excellent movie that does many many things right, both on a technical and storytelling levels.
Another modern animation flick that could've benefited a lot from a… MoreAnother modern animation flick that could've benefited a lot from a longer running time, Big Hero 6 feels like two different movies slapped together and both are so good you can't help but notice they felt short by the end. Same can be said about much of everything in it: the secondary characters are great, could almost lead their own movie but there's very little of them overall; the villain has an interesting storyline in this but the character connected to his past barely talks or does anything, so we end up feeling very 'meh' for him; the relationship between Hiro and Baymax could've been explored better; amongst many other things.
Decent effort to try to do something a bit different with familiar modules, but many aspects end up feeling rushed by the end.
Adam Wingard makes another 'the less you know, the better" kinda deal… MoreAdam Wingard makes another 'the less you know, the better" kinda deal with decent outcomes, once again. A Drive-like narrative with a very tiny budget that shows far too often, with charismatic and mysterious lead that derails into awesomeness half-way through with comic effects.
If you're into those preposterous sunday afternoon 80s action flicks, you'll enjoy this. If you can't stand some over the topness after a relatively calm start, then this is definentely not for you.
The Salvation is just another western. That's it. It looks good, it's… MoreThe Salvation is just another western. That's it. It looks good, it's well acted, it has all the clichés in the book,, it doesn't risk anything and looses a lot of points because of that. Maybe in the 80s this could've had some impact but now? We're already used to this gritty take on the genre far too often. A good effort since everything is polished enough but needs that extra bonus beat.
Nightcrawler is one of those movies where the director knows he has a… MoreNightcrawler is one of those movies where the director knows he has a winning role in Gyllenhal, that gives 230% in this, henceforth he adapts the script and direction around him. This is a story of a deeply disturbed sociopath that doesn't entirely makes us uncomfortable, thanks to some absurd humor that fits like a glove to this world that isn't too far from the truth as we know.
Poignant, with something relevant to say about our society, our fascination with violence, the media frenzy surrounding said violence and our increasingly detached way of living regarding media and technology, Nightcrawler is Oscar bait of the good kind.
Whiplash lives thankfully because of a very concise and precise… MoreWhiplash lives thankfully because of a very concise and precise direction, trimming the fat of the script superbly well and by having an amazing actor/musician leading the movie (he might be one of the greatest drummers as stated on the movie. Not sure how much was altered/played here, but the commitment and skill is evident).
Add JK Simmons doing what he does best and Whiplash is a great movie. It could be amazing but there isn't much novelty to be found here, not much depth or extra rewards for checking it a second time.