This is one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It is a… MoreThis is one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It is a pure Tarantino blast. The somewhat unexpected and quite hilarious start of the movie catches your attention from the start and from then on it is 3 hours (almost) of pure enjoyment.
The main actors are playing their roles very well. The Dr. King Schultz character (Christop Walz) is incredibly funny without being ridiculous, Jamie Foxx is excellent as Django and Leonardo DiCaprio is doing his role well as a plantation owner and slave trader. None of the rest of the crew stood out as particularly bad. Well with the possible exception of Tarantino himself then when he made his usual in-movie appearance a' la Hitchcock. Not that he was particularly bad but he is no actor either.
The movie starts of by Dr. Schulz liberating Django and proceeding to a small town showing Django what he is in the business of doing. Those first minutes of the movie are somewhat unexpected and very funny to watch. After that the movie gets more serious as Django gets to learn to be a bounty hunter and finally gets on with his quest to rescue his "Damsel in distress". It still has quite a bit of "Tarantino humour" sprinkled around in it though.
During the movie we are treated to a long series of stereotypical people with, let us say, an "attitude" towards African people. It is tempting to say "nigger haters" but that would not be true since a lot of these people did not exactly hate them. They just did not consider African people to be people but more than live stock for them to use as they wished. Unlike a lot of movies portraying these events this one never comes across as boringly finger pointing or overly morally lecturing. Nor does it in any way support or glorify the way things were at this time. It is a movie made to entertain set in a period where bad shit happened and using it for the story. Nothing more and nothing less.
As usual with a Tarantino movie there are some violent parts, some more violent parts and some bloody violent parts in it. The ending fights are a glorious show of destruction and blood splatter. I am sure some people are complaining about the "unnecessary violence". I am not one of those people. Without these parts it would not be a real Tarantino movie. As always it is made with the usual exaggeration that Tarantino is so good and which reminds you that it is "only a movie".
This is one of the few movies that I have given 10 out of 10 stars in a very long time. I enjoyed it immensely.
I did not have huge expectations on this movie since it is not exactly… MoreI did not have huge expectations on this movie since it is not exactly my style of movie but nevertheless I have to say that I was disappointed. The movie is certainly quite beautiful to watch, at least part of it. However it is also a movie with a strong theistic agenda. Even though it is, luckily, not really religious/political extremism it is thick and intruding nonetheless. I was expecting Pi to actually learn something during the course of his adventure but he does not. He starts the movie gullible and foolish looking for meaning in life (religion) and the movie ends pretty much in the same way with him claiming that he had faith and therefore he survived. Yet none of the decisions he made was based on faith but simply pragmatical decisions of survival. If anything the movie proved that faith or religion had nothing to do with it.
As I said the movie was, partly, quite beautiful to watch and this is entirely what rendered it the stars that I gave it. For the rest it was a very boring movie. The only mildly entertaining part was the scenes on the boat with Gérard Depardieu playing the very unpleasant cook. As beautiful to watch as they were many of the scenes were quite unrealistic though and had an artificial look to them even when, I believe, it was not intended. We bought the movie because my youngest daughter loves movies about animals but not even she was overly entertained by this movie.
Lately there have been a flurry of movies with Sean Bean in them on… MoreLately there have been a flurry of movies with Sean Bean in them on various channels on CanalSat. I do like Sean Bean and, in general, I have liked the movies that I have seen with him as an actor in them. Not so with this one. As I said in the title, I think this movie is a load of rubbish. That is not really the fault of Sean Bean though. He is doing his usual good work.The problem is with the script. The basic story, that an arms dealer should run around with suitcases loaded with Semtex and that robbing them should be a way for Islamist terrorists to procure explosives is quite far-fetched from the start. After the initial action sequences the movie just drags along with long flashbacks and sporadic outbursts of violence. It is downright boring.Throughout the movie we are constantly feed with long propaganda talks and justifications for why this guy became a terrorist in the first place. In the end Sean Bean does indeed get the bad guy, both the terrorist (one of them at least) and at the same time exposing that the terrorists actually had help from within thus throwing some shit at the British government and the fight against terrorism at the same time.When watching this movie I could not help but feel that this was just a, mildly concealed, political propaganda movie and that the killing of a few of the terrorists in the end was just to get it to pass as politically correct in the Western world. The only reason I did not give it a one star rating was because of Sean Bean's performance. I just wish that he had never played in this particular movie.
I have been unusually lucky with my SyFy-channel movie watching… MoreI have been unusually lucky with my SyFy-channel movie watching lately. I had no idea what this movie was really but there was nothing else on last night and I also noticed that it was directed by Paul Verhoeven which have directed quite a few movies that I really liked so I decided to give it a try. As it turned out, this is another movie that is somewhat above the usual standard for movies given on SyFy.
It has a rating on 27% on Rotten Tomatoes which is just bullshit. But then, the so called "professional critics" used by the Rotten Tomatoes are dimwits who trash every movie that is not "intellectual" enough for their self-imagined refined tastes. I do not know why they continue to use these clowns for their official rating system instead of the real audience? On IMDb it holds a 5.6 out of 10 rating which is more realistic. I was hesitating between 7 and 6. In the end I gave it a 6 because, as I said in the title, it is a quite okay movie but not a fantastic one.
The story of the movie is a fairly standard one. Scientist experiments on himself, experiment goes wrong, scientist goes mad, hack hack, chop chop, scientist dies, happy ending for the remaining survivors. Thus the movie pretty much relies on its special effects which are indeed quite good. The various invisible effects, not to mention the scenes where Caine is partially visible due to smoke or water effects, are quite enjoyable to watch.
Kevin Bacon is making quite a performance as a very disagreeable fanatic scientist. He is doing a remarkably good job of it even when he is covered by a latex mask which of course is quite a feat being deprived of any facial expressions. The rest of the cast was fairly standard Hollywood fare, that is, fairly bland.
On the whole I found the movie quite enjoyable. It was perhaps a bit slow at the beginning and Cain's show of megalomaniacal attitudes was indeed becoming a bit tiresome after a while. As I said, his roles was a very disagreeable one. Once he became invisible things started to become more interesting although it took a wee time for things to speed up even then.
It was certainly not a wasted movie evening and the movie is worth at least 6 out of 10 stars.
As far as I am concerned this is a great action/thriller movie. The… MoreAs far as I am concerned this is a great action/thriller movie. The fact that one of my all-time favorite actors, Sean Connery, plays in it is of course a good start. Despite Nicholas Cage having done quite a few crappy movies I still like him as well. At least when he plays in decent movies.
I first watched this movie sometime around when it came out. I did not watch it in a theater though so it must have been on VHS or TV. I thought it was a great movie already then. When I re-watched it yesterday onW9 HD I did not find any reason to change my opinion. I was surprised at how much action, especially the blowing-up-cars kind of action, there are in this movie though. I did not remember those parts but more of the stealth and breaking into Alcatraz parts. But then, considering that it had Michael Bay as director I guess this one have to be considered quite moderate in the blowing-things-up department after all.
The story is actually not too unbelievable and the bad guys are not so ridiculously freaked out as they are in many movies of this type. Sean Connery is great as always but the acting in general is of high standard throughout the movie. The dialogue between him and Nicholas Cage as well as other people in the movie is definitely entertaining. The action, as I have already partly mentioned, is great and not too overdone either.
It is an action/thriller movie though (maybe with some more emphasis on action than thriller) so do not expect to be intellectually stimulated. The movie is meant to entertain and that it does with flying colors. Despite it being 136 minutes long it certainly did not feel too long. Actually I do not know why this movie is not in my DVD/BD collection. I think I will get it even though I have just seen it on TV.
This is a fairly okay movie. If you take into account that it is… MoreThis is a fairly okay movie. If you take into account that it is actually a SyFy production it is really fantastic and miles above most things produced by SyFy. It was certainly not one of those movie that left you with a what-a-waste-of-time feeling when you went to bed after seeing it in the evening. Rather on the contrary.
The fact that Sean Bean is part of the cast is of course a good start. I generally like his performance. I was actually quite disappointed when he was killed off already in the first season of Game of Thrones. The rest of the cast are okay. Perhaps not Oscars-winning material but good enough.
The story is a reasonably classical post-apocalyptic one where the survivors of the human race fight against extinction. There is no this-is-what-happened scenes whatsoever at the beginning of the movie. We're dumped straight into it and only a good chunk into the movie do we get to know what supposedly happened. There are certainly some silly holes in the story. Such as why this group of humans could have remained safe if their little place for generations when, in reality, the mutants could just walk in. Also, although the scenes at the ruins of the old city was quite okay the "library" bugged me. There was no roof for Christ sake! After the first couple of rains those books would have been gone.
Apparently there was some controversy around the movie when it was shown. The movie was intended for a 12 year rating but it got a 15 year one due to an "explicit sex scene". That is just so much bullocks. There is indeed a scene showing two people having sex from some distance. There is nothing "explicit" about it whatsoever. It is so typical of the brain-dead movie censors in a lot of countries. 12 year olds cannot be expected to see people doing a natural thing but stabbing people left, right and centre is fine?
Otherwise the movie was a quite entertaining action/disaster/fantasy type of movie and, as I said, hugely better than most things SyFy-channel have produced.
This is another one of those movies that I, and a lot of other people,… MoreThis is another one of those movies that I, and a lot of other people, watched as a kid and really liked. When it came out on Blu-ray it was a kind of must-have-in-my-collection movie. When we watched it yesterday I found that it was a lot sillier than I remembered. It is definitely a movie for the younger audience. Most of the karate scenes are downright ludicrous. Especially the ones with Mr. Miyagi in them
It is still a quite okay movie though. The kids certainly liked it. The basic story is a classical one of friendship, a bit of love and the bullied underdog kid getting back at his bullies and it plays out without any real surprises. It is the kind of story that most people feel sympathetic towards which is perhaps why most people like the movie. After all, if you say "wax on, wax off" almost everyone knows what you are talking about.
The Karate Kid is plain, simple and good Hollywood entertainment that has turned into something of a classic.
When I bought the original The Wild Geese (mostly for nostalgic… MoreWhen I bought the original The Wild Geese (mostly for nostalgic reasons) on Blu-ray I got The Wild Geese II on DVD included. I would probably not have bought it otherwise. This movie is typical example of the "follow ups" that where done in the 80's. Base it loosely on the title of the original, none of the original actors are present, give it zero budget. In short this movie is lousy. Why it was made, apart from being a cheap attempt to squeeze some more money from the success of the original, is beyond me. It is claimed that Richard Burton was going to reprise his role in this one but that he died before he could do it. I would be surprised if Richard Burton would have accepted to play in this movie. At least not without some major rewrites.
The story is dubious to say the least. Sure the story in the original was not very ground breaking either but in the original The Wild Geese the actors had charisma. Richard Burton was the infallible (almost) though guy that knew what he was doing. In this one Scott Glenn runs around looking like a wimp and generally do not really seem to know what he is doing. He gets captured by the oldest of tricks. He is too stupid to realize the most obvious of things, like that the girl might need protection.
There is little of the actual mercenary action that was present in the original one. The good guys mostly walk around scouting, planning or screwing up. The little enjoyment that can be found is in the performance of Edward Fox who is also the only guy who remotely seems to know what he is doing.
The end is just silly. All that effort, not the least by the viewer having watched this crap to the end, is simply wasted.