Jacob's Ladder meets 12 Monkeys with underwhelming results.
Tha… MoreJacob's Ladder meets 12 Monkeys with underwhelming results.
Tha Jacket is all flare and little else, trying to play smart to belong to the grown-ups club but ends up making little to no sense. Plot details go nowhere, characters are completely wasted and pointless (Daniel Craig anyone?) and the fast editing just gets obnoxious after a while. Add an unbearably cheesy twist and Tha Jacket fails miserably at whatever it was trying to convey. Props to the actors who were actually trying but nothing much came across their flat characters.
Nowhere near the class of the original, this rushed up sequel offered… MoreNowhere near the class of the original, this rushed up sequel offered only the concept of Godzilla versus another Kaiju. Which is pretty awesome now that I think of it but the problem is that there isn't much else going on here. The story is riddled with overexposition that drags on forever and doesn't mean shit in the end. Also, the structure is awkward, the characters come and go, barely leaving a mark and there just isn't enough imagination going on on the fight scenes.
Godzilla not only was the father of giant monsters flicks, as it was… MoreGodzilla not only was the father of giant monsters flicks, as it was the grandfather of social critique desguised as entertainment. The story starts out a bit messy and inconsistent with awkward editing and bad acting but once the main cast is introduced, things improve tremendously.
It's an easy to follow story, with bleak but beautiful black and white cinematography, ingenious destruction sequences and chilling images, like the sight of a mother holding her children, pretty much telling them to prepare to die. Focusing not just on the destruction of an atomic and unstoppable force, we also spend time on the aftermath of the destruction with some very powerful imagery of a makeshift shelter, that felt real and dramatic as if some natural disaster had indeed ocurred.
Funny enough, for a movie that deals so heavily with human ignorance, it pretty much ended the series with the death of our beloved monster but countless sequels and spin-offs came right after...
"There's a myth surrounding the anus" - Peter Stormare
Yeah, it's… More"There's a myth surrounding the anus" - Peter Stormare
Yeah, it's that kind of movie and it's kinda awesome because of it. Straight out of a Frank Henenlotter premise, this delivers on the repulsive side of things, with childish humor that works and it's strangely touching on the process. Just don't take this too seriously cause this isn't being serious at any time.
A small improvement over last year's Hunger Games. Catching Fire is a… MoreA small improvement over last year's Hunger Games. Catching Fire is a slightly more polished film on almost everything, but I still can't connect fully with this saga. I just don't care for the rebellion that's going on because I barely have any perspective to hold on to, to feel this fury and anger, which are pretty poorly delivered by the actors. They're just too banal here and on auto-pilot and the stiff dialogue doesn't help. And the love triangle still doesn't work (come on Peeta, stop being such a pussy and waste of space). Fortunently has some interesting surprises along the way that can rise this above the average summer blockbuster but not much else.
Yet, another very overlooked Carpenter flick, Prince of Darkness… MoreYet, another very overlooked Carpenter flick, Prince of Darkness breathes Carpenter through and through. The cast is hardly likeable, much like The Thing but you understand what brought them together and what are the stakes. The story is a wonderful blend of sci-fi and horror thriller, that could've crumbled onto cheesy territory but holds it's ground by presenting some nice atmosphere, surreal imagery and good gory bits. The dialogue is sharp and incisive making this a worthy satanic ride to take.
Over the top and completely cheesy italian horror flick that takes a… MoreOver the top and completely cheesy italian horror flick that takes a while till it gets to the good parts but until then, expect plenty of awful acting, hilarious one liners and a mental story that doesn't make much sense but it's fun nonetheless. Doesn't take itself too serious and that's how it should be.
Yeah, this wasn't very good was it? But by reading the reviews I was… MoreYeah, this wasn't very good was it? But by reading the reviews I was expecting the second coming of the antichrist and the movie isn't as bad as people made it sound like. It looks pretty good, albeit not terribly original and has some nice claustrophobic moments but the rest is crap. I could barely understand the motivations of these characters, which were all over the place, the idea is bad, the bacteria idea is not well realized and doesn't make any bloody sense and obviously ripped 3 or 4 scenes from Alien. Not worth your time.
I suppose that if you go into this one thinking it's a… MoreI suppose that if you go into this one thinking it's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, with action pieces and loads of monster gallore, you'll be quite disappointed.
Monsters works more as a road movie with romantic intention and a bit of political message rather than the afformentioned title. Monsters refers to a whole different type of creature and the ride is worth it, for Gareth Edwards has a lot of heart and intelligence to make this genre flick sound fresh, intriguing, sad, funny, contemplative, without ever being overbearing. The take is original, maybe the story not so much and truth is said when maybe it didn't fully delivered on it's premise, but with such a tiny budget and a one man-show that made a huge portion of the flick alone, Monsters is truly a tiny marvel to behold on how it works, stating that you don't need excessive action, over indulgente messages and too many complicated storylines to make a movie work. All it needs is a heart in the right place.
Picks a very silly and difficult topic to approach, turns it into a… MorePicks a very silly and difficult topic to approach, turns it into a deep reflection of what love is, loneliness, detachment and humanity turning it into one of the most relevant flicks of the award season movies.
All this just shows how incredibly talented Jonze is at blending seamlessly humor, drama, sadness, quirkiness and inventively beautiful (but simple) cinematography.
Unfortunently the movie tends to stroke the same topics far too often becoming too long for it's own sake. If around 20 mins were to be chopped off of this, the movie would've moved at a much more pleasant rythm, maintaining the essential of the story.
All in all, a great effort to everyone involved.