This crime drama also known as Whiskey Bay is starring Willem Dafoe,… MoreThis crime drama also known as Whiskey Bay is starring Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Amy Smart, and Tom Berenger. The film was mostly shot in Louisiana and when it was in post-production the director Chris Brinker died suddenly. This tragic event happened just before Brinker was to be presented with the Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award at the 7th annual Beaufort, South Carolina International Film Festival in February 2013.
I am not sure if this was for the movie, but I'll say it wasn't. I could not see how this movie could be exceptional in anything! It was just an ordinary crime drama full with safe clichés for an ordinary viewer, and nothing which will be remembered for any longer than the duration time of the film. Good cast did enough for the pay check to be delivered safely, and didn't even try to reach any professional heights. If this was a meal, I would describe it that lacks salt. There was quantity, it even had presentation, but not real taste! Spices were not there, at least the right ones.
It is good enough to kill time... just!
What a beautiful South Korean science fiction action film based on… MoreWhat a beautiful South Korean science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, and written by Bong and Kelly Masterson it was enjoyable, exciting and made me think regardless the shallowness in some instances and the unexplored possibilities this story offered. The film marks Bong's English-language debut; approximately 80% of the film was shot in English, and if you ask me, he did a really good job! Same goes for the film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris.
Very unique story happens in the near future, where an experiment to counteract global warming causes an ice age that kills nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the 'Snowpiercer', a massive train, powered by a perpetual-motion engine that travels on a globe-spanning track. A class system is installed, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the tail. Watching this you are aware that something like this is actually possible, and the film engages you to think of those possibilities... especially when seventeen years later, in the year 2031, the tail inhabitants prepare for the latest in a series of rebellions. Guards arrive periodically to deliver protein blocks for food, and take some of the children. During the guards' next visit, Curtis leads the tail inhabitants in revolt, forcing their way through several train cars to the prison section. There, they release prisoner Namgoong Minsu, the man who built the doors dividing each car, and his daughter Yona. They offer him Kronal (actually industrial waste), an addictive drug, as payment for unlocking the doors...
I am so glad that in late 2004, Bong visited his regular comic book shop in Hongdae area, Seoul ... because if that didn't happened he would not noticed Jean-Marc Rochette's French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige! Bong finished reading the entire series while standing in front of the bookshelf, where he found it. Of course, at that moment he was fascinated by ideas of people struggling on the train for survival, and every cabin is classified in social stratification that he could not wait to show the series to his friend, fellow director Park Chan-wook, who loved it as well. In 2005, Park's production company Moho Films secured the screen rights to the series for Bong... and that is how we got this piece of futuristic art. The soundtrack was perfectly matched to the movie, and Marco Beltrami, who has worked on the likes of The Hurt Locker and The Woman in Black, managed to get the right ambient.
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I watched the first movie and I didn't like it... I gave it 50% and I… MoreI watched the first movie and I didn't like it... I gave it 50% and I could not understand why I would even give it a go for a sequel! Thor in the first movie was a brain dead arrogant muscle guy who could not solve any given problem which requires intelligence involved, and I could not stand it. I am glad that, after a long delay, I sat down to finally watch Thor : The Dark World, a sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Alan Taylor, with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. This was completely different movie from the first one! It stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, and Rene Russo. All of them did their job satisfactory under the solid directing of Alan Taylor.
In this story Thor must team up with Loki to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves led by Malekith, who is out for revenge and intends to plunge the universe into darkness. I have to say that I liked most of it! I didn't watch it in 3D, because I knew it that it was converted to 3D in post-production, and I don't think that would change my impression of the movie.
With the new team the franchise was revived! In this movie we have action, otherworldly grandiosity, romance, humour-above and beyond its predecessor's! Of course, there is always a lot to improve if we are picky enough, but I chose not to this time... because I enjoyed it!
This Bahamas/US action crime thriller directed by David Grovic is… MoreThis Bahamas/US action crime thriller directed by David Grovic is based on an original screenplay by James Russo and a rewrite by David Grovic and Paul Conway. They took their inspiration of The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption by Marie-Louise von Franz, and the stars in the film are Dominic Purcell, John Cusack, Crispin Glover, and Robert De Niro.
The film has surprisingly negative reviews... but the story of Jack (John Cusack) was engaging, interesting and slow paced to enhance the nihilistic approach to life of the main character who lost a person he loved. I am not so sure about the character of Dragna (Robert De Niro) though! From the ridiculous name which is a mix of a male and female Slavic background name, it was difficult to take this boss seriously! Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna's arrival, Jack's path crosses that of Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), outstanding in this film, showing amazing ability to adapt quickly to different situations naturally and with ease!
It is a typical DVD movie to be enjoyed on a smaller screen with people who enjoy thrillers around you! But, after watching it, you will simply say... what's next? No high profile roles, no outstanding screenplay, nothing to remember the director for... simple one time watching movie!
As a Historian of Art and Archaeologist who had a special interest in… MoreAs a Historian of Art and Archaeologist who had a special interest in Bible Archaeology, I really wanted to see what the end result of this movie is. The Book of Esther is a book in the Ketuvim ("writings"), the third section of the Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and is part of the Christian Old Testament. It tells the story of a Jewish girl named Hadassah and Esther. Esther became queen of Persia and thwarted a plan to commit genocide against her people. Inspiring story, definitely, and I was expecting an inspiring film, as well.
What I got was a B-grade Biblical movie with no zeal, no chemistry, bad acting, screenplay which had no inspiration or feel for a good dialogue and a directing by David A. R. White which reminded me on school plays for Christmas! If I have to look for a positive thing in this movie, I could find few minor things, and the only reason I stayed until the end is the actual background story - I wanted to see how much spirit this film crew can take out of it! I admit I was angry. Jen Lilley was Queen Esther and even when she tried the hardest that wasn't enough to be convincible. Joel Smallbone as King Xerxes was pathetic, and Thaao Penghlis as Haman reminded me on 1940's with his style of acting. The only brighter star was Robert Miano as Mordecai but do not get carried away - just enough to be mentioned as an actor. Why cannot those religious zealots find real professionals who can make an inspirational movie with passion and love... like they do not know those words at all?! It seems that the highest passion in real life of the actors appearing in this movie was to fake an orgasm, because they seemed incapable of anything close to the real thing.
If you want to watch a movie which can be described with one word - lame, you found a perfect choice!
This old fashioned classic pulp action super hero movie was directed… MoreThis old fashioned classic pulp action super hero movie was directed by Todd Burrows and Christopher Folino and they leave no stone unturned in their ode to classic forties comic books. We have characters that smoke big time, masked heroes that used their fists and fell for dames while fighting crime, hard boiled cops, and the like!
Well, it was entertaining but flawed as well. The cast is the strongest part of the movie, especially Chase Williamson who gives a very strong performance as Ian Sparks, a young boy who lost his parents to a car wreck that occurred during a high speed getaway by some criminals. The story explains us that during the crash, a top secret chemical named "Red G" doused Ian, allowing him to live, and gave him remarkable powers of regeneration and near immortality. When we are mentioning a brilliant performances we cannot forget Lady Heavenly. Played by Ashley Bell of "The Last Exorcism". She managed to embody the role of Lady Heavenly while providing a very empathetic and charming portrayal as a heroine torn between her duties and her love for Sparks.
The mystery and most of the twists very difficult to follow, and probably you will have a tough time figuring out most of what was happening, until the finale. It wasn't a bad watch, especially since it garners a great supporting performance from Clancy Brown. "Sparks" is a very original and unique spin on the superhero film, and I highly suggest it for fans of figures like "The Spirit," and "Green Hornet."
There it is, a sequel of our vigilante avenger! Bad Asses is an action… MoreThere it is, a sequel of our vigilante avenger! Bad Asses is an action film starring Danny Trejo and Danny Glover, written and directed by Craig Moss. Nothing is changed, the same formula followed by everybody!
The story is starting with Frank, who followed his dream and opened a Community Centre in East Los Angeles where he mentors young boxers, not only in the ring, but in life. Obviously, he wasn't very successful in life training, because his prized student, Manny, gets in over his head with a bad crowd and winds up dead. Two old guys Frank and Bernie team up, finding themselves ensnared in one life threatening predicament after another. Pure action, not always good, though. How to geriatrics can survive when they are forced to use the only weapons they have - their wits and their fists - against a very powerful enemy, like an Argentinian consul - I am not sure! Somehow, they must survive the onslaught of fury that is brought upon them and Frank's new found love from a high powered, politically connected foe, Leandro (Andrew Divoff).
For the first movie I gave it 50% rating, because the screenplay and the directing were not up to the scratch! Sadly, this was slightly better but not enough to pass to the positive reviews. Enjoyable a little bit, but soon, everything goes to cliché which makes you having a care factor of "0"!
Ms. 45 is also known as Angel of Vengeance, and I really wanted to be… MoreMs. 45 is also known as Angel of Vengeance, and I really wanted to be as excited after watching as were some of my friends who recommended it to me. I am sorry to say that all I saw was an American low-budget exploitation film which was nothing special. Directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Zoë Tamerlis Lund it had nothing which I could categorize as exceptional. There was some over-acting and I will even use the word over-directing... because some of the situations were far from realistic.
The film is a rape and revenge story about Thana, a mute woman who becomes a spree killer after she is raped twice in one day when going home from work. It was critically maligned on its theatrical release, but is now generally highly regarded among fans of underground and independent film. This movie was acquired by Alamo Drafthouse Films in October 2013 and remastered in HD from the original negatives. The distributor released the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy in March 2014, and had the whole army of positively charged critics behind it! They have right on their opinion, of course, but it was just an average movie which is just crossing the line into the positive score territory!
Entertaining 80 minutes which have a lot of unexplained bits and pieces... and a team which did a job on a budget of only $62,000.
This computer-animated family comedy doesn't look at all as something… MoreThis computer-animated family comedy doesn't look at all as something coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios! This 47th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics was released in standard and Disney Digital 3-D version. The film is very loosely based on characters from the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce, and originally had the same title as the book. The voice cast includes Jordan Fry, Wesley Singerman, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, Steve Anderson, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Tom Selleck and Angela Bassett. As the fusion between Disney and Pixar occurred during the production of the film, John Lasseter became the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. When he saw an early screening for the movie, he told the director Stephen Anderson that he did not find the villain scary or threatening enough, and suggested that he make some changes. Ten months later, almost 60% of the movie had been scrapped and redone. The villain had improved and was given a new sidekick, a dinosaur chase had been added, and the ending was changed.
The story of Lewis, an aspiring young inventor from an orphanage whose inventions have been scaring off potential parents, was a cute and fast paced (most of the time). He decides that his mother, who abandoned him at the orphanage as an infant, is the only one who ever truly loved him and works on a machine to scan his memory to locate her. Unfortunately, this keeps his roommate Michael "Goob" Yagoobian awake, which then causes Goob to fall asleep during an important Little League game... a real disaster, which will have impact in the future - on everybody's lives.
This is a movie for the new generation of viewers, and kids love it... for me, a snappy plot that demands close attention was whizzing too fast back and forth in the space-time continuum! The story was touching on serious ideas and proposing some rather disturbing alternate realities, but everything was subject to the fast paced tempo of the time travelling. Witty story twists are handled with rare subtlety and intelligence, and there was no lack of charm, either! There was a little bit of everything for different audience, but youngsters would care only for the fast pace and the characters unique features...
I enjoyed it with my family... you check it out if you haven't done that yet!
The latest 3D computer-animated fantasy directed by Peggy Holmes… MoreThe latest 3D computer-animated fantasy directed by Peggy Holmes didn't manage to provoke any interest in the first 40 minutes, and after that everything was a struggle! I have to say that my wife and my son liked it, and they watched all of the previous four films in the DisneyToon Studios' Tinker Bell series. Based on the character Tinker Bell from J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy, the film features the voices of Mae Whitman, reprising her role of Tinker Bell, Christina Hendricks as a new dust-keeper fairy named Zarina, and Tom Hiddleston as a much younger James Hook.
It started as a typical fairy story in which Zarina (Christina Hendricks), a pixie-dust talent fairy, is entranced by the magic of Blue Pixie Dust and is determined to find out what it is capable of, despite having been told not to by Fairy Gary. After intentionally experimenting with some blue pixie dust and causing chaos in Pixie Hollow, Zarina is prohibited from working with pixie dust again. Saddened and hurt by this, Zarina leaves Pixie Hollow but a year later, comes back secrety. Pixie Hollow celebrates the Four Season Games, this year featuring the winter fairies. As the winter fairies perform their act, Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman), Silvermist (Lucy Liu), Iridessa (Raven-Symoné), Rosetta (Megan Hilty), Fawn (Angela Bartys), and Vidia (Pamela Adlon) spot Zarina flying into Pixie Hollow and take cover. Zarina uses some pixie dust to summon several poppies which then cause everyone to fall asleep, before taking the blue pixie dust, which Iridessa notes as being the source of pixie dust and in turn, the fairies' ability to fly. Tink and her friends hid on time and were not affected, and followed Zarina to the coast. They were surprised to find a ship and it was revealed that Zarina is in fact the captain of the ship's crew, including the cabin boy, James Hook (Tom Hiddleston).
The film was originally titled Quest for the Queen, and was scheduled for Autumnl 2013, before another DisneyToon Studios film, Planes, took its place, delaying the film to Spring 2014. Disney announced in January 2014 that former Project Runway winner and fashion designer Christian Siriano would be in charge of creating the ensemble costumes for the fairies, specifically Zarina. Siriano stated that "I loved the challenge of this project. I haven't designed for an animated character before, and I'm excited to take my skills into Zarina's world. She's a unique and new character and I wanted to help make her memorable and iconic. Disney characters are everlasting and I'm so happy as a young designer to help create a bit of Disney history." I am not sure about everlasting here... I want to forget them as quickly as possible!