Monsters University - Did you like Monsters Inc.? Then you're gonna like Monsters University. It's exactly what you'd expect it to be: fun.
Paths Of Glory - Yeah, I'd actually never seen this before, but after going to the Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, I decided to get off my ass. Great ****ing movie. The cinematography was stunning. Kirk Douglas was great. Just an all around excellent film. The tracking shot through the trenches was impressive as hell. So so so good.
Lady Snowblood - Decided it had been too long since I last watched this, so I watched it again and reaffirmed that my Meiko Kaji obsession was justified. This flick does such a great job of straddling the line between tongue-in-cheek ridiculousness and serious samurai revenge flick that continues to impress me, even after having seen it a dozen times. One of my favorite films of all time.
American Mary - Not scary, but solid gross-out, body modification flick. It's unique and well done, to the point that even when nothing much was happening I was still enjoying it. If I had seen this in the theater, as opposed to buying the Blu-ray for $8 or whatever, I don't think I'd have run out and bought it, but now that I have it I'm keeping it. Probably lend it to gescom next time he wants to borrow movies from me. I dug it.
Calendar Girls - Ah, the perils of being married. I agreed to watch this in the interests of marital harmony and also because of Helen Mirren. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. Entertaining enough to sit through and it has Helen Mirren. I don't plan on watching it ever again, but if I somehow find myself doing so, at least I know it won't be painful.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - I'd never seen this before, but Michael Caine's in it, so I wanted to. It's not bad, but I must confess I never really got into Steve Martin. I don't have any problem with the guy and I don't dislike him, I've just never really found him to be that funny. The movie was enjoyable, and, goddamn it, I love Michael Caine, but it's pretty forgettable.
The Revenant - Watched this, finally, on JD's recommendation. Enjoyed it immensely. It's original and funny. Not perfect by any stretch, but much better than I would have expected had I not heard otherwise from others. I would like to own it someday, but I'm not in any hurry. Definitely planning to keep my eyes open for whatever director/writer Kerry Prior does next.
The Crazies Remake
This was better than what I expected. Pretty suspenseful and a modern take on the original. And it takes a cue from the Dawn remake by starting with a Johnny Cash song, but unlike Dawn, it didn't have silly running zombies. :P
This Slasher had eluded me for so long! I am glad that I finally watched it. Genuinely creepy and the main actor was good in that role. I now want to watch the remake.
Bag of Bones
TV film of King's novel. Not as good as the book, but good for what it was and Brosnan puts a solid performance.
I have finally cleared all the dramas off of my DVR, so that means I get to watch random movies I record off of HBO here at there, from recent stuff that I missed in cinemas or did not think was worth $10, to olden movies of renown, such as...
HBO was showing the first five of these in a row a few days ago and I don't know if I have actually seen any of them all the way through. Maybe the fourth one, which is so deeply quotable for being the epitome of 80's hokum. I knew the first two in the series are supposed to be actual really good movies, but this was even better than I expected and I am extremely impressed with everything Stallone did to put it together. A lot of the move is just a slice of life in a working class city neighborhood, with everyone and everything looking appropriately worn. The acting is great, although Paulie is a little over the top with his emoting. Having Apollo Creed not be a villain at all, just an overconfident showman, is a great decision, and it keeps the movie firmly in the realm of feeling actually real. Another nice touch is having the announcement of the winner of the fight go on completely in the background, because Rocky's mind is on Adrian (although it seemed like there was some sort of missing conflict there as I could not find a reason why they had to go find each other immediately). I also appreciated the presence of deeper themes as to the American dream and how to achieve it, and the goals and identity people set for themselves. And of course, the stirring music and the iconic scene on the steps.
So much of the bureaucratic nightmares reach a level of pure Kafkaesque genius, but the plot needed some work and Gilliam would probably have been better off having it be a complete farce. I hope that back in the day the downer ending didn't feel so gratuitous (downer ending = more arty!), although the studio making a happy ending out of it is equally ridiculous. Visually, the film is amazing, especially with the budgets and technology of the day, but I felt the recurring visits to knight-angel vs. evil samurai land, as impressive as they looked, were totally unnecessary. And Adrian for the first hour of Rocky thinks that the female lead had a terrible short-hair haircut, yet somehow the main guy falls in love with her seeing her on an early 1980's computer screen.
Also: That was Jonathan Pryce? And Bob Hoskins playing a plumber errrr electrical repairman? Ha! And there was De Niro, being funny before De Niro was funny.
Grade: B+ (with numerous A+ moments)
Another cult movie that is an astounding visual achievement, but this time little else. The big problem is that Scott is a jerk (who inexplicably attracts girls right and left by mumbling) and that Ramona is the exact least interesting female character in the entire movie. She has no personality, even for a hipster. Hipsters at least have irony; she only changes the color of her hair. The video game references and the way they play into the reality of the world are great and very imaginative, but the lack of rules to it adds to the overall hollowness I get from the movie. There are the vaguest of hints as to an actual topic regarding obsessive love, but none of it goes anywhere and thus the movie would have been better off without any of it. Also, Scott is the bass player. The bass player. Unless you also sing, or your name is Harris or Myung, you're just a bass player. Notice how easily he was replaced, even if the only memorable thing about his band is how awful its name is.
The credits are rolling in front of me right now. This is one of those movies that are a great blend of comedy and drama, usually created when the comedy is realistic. The movie starts out more on the comedy end, as a parade of comedians and sitcom actors appear in supporting roles, somehow all managing to not Britta things up and pull a "I'm <CHARACTER> from <SITCOM>!" Also, coach's wife. And Gil Grissom. Gil Grissom! Kiera Knightley reminded me why I liked her way back when she first appeared, and Steve Carrell keeps showing up in random movies I pull of HBO and nailing it, even when the movie isn't very good (other ones, not this one). Anyways, the movie moves into deeper and more dramatic territory as it rolls on, exploring the topics of what it means to connect with someone and what anything means when there is a ticking clock on its end.
This is what happens when the family goes to the cinema for the Fourth Of July and one person hates zombie movies, another person won't watch animated movies, and there is only one thing left that no one has seen. I figured I was in for dumb fun and for about 2/3 of the movie, that I what I got. I appreciated the slow build, something deeply lacking these days, but it eventually resulted in a bloated running time. Channing Tatum felt a little young for his character, but not as much as Maggie Gyllenhall, who I could maybe buy as an aide. Nice to see Broyles, though. Anyways, after an hour and change of dumb fun with some entertaining action (minus the ridiculous driving sequence), the movie just blows past suspension of disbelief and gets terrible. And it terrible for 20 minutes or so, but then... then it obliterates suspension of disbelief and gets craptastic. The final 20 minutes of the movie are pure awfulness and possibly the finest comedy of the year. I am 99% convinced that this is intentional, and several of the actors were on it, especially the villain with his Scooby-Doo "No one will believe you / you can't take me away!" moment at the end. I am almost chuckling just thinking of it now. If you should see this, pay attention to the mention of the bratty daughter's talent and you will be rewarded in laughter later on. Ahh, Chekov, if you only could have seen this.
Grade: C+ (C- if you don't appreciate unintentional comedy)
Need to see Scott Pilgrim and Seeking...
Have been meaning to watch both for a long while
So the Mrs. and I are very behind in viewing of movies but we just saw this one and loved it. Chris Tucker was a pleasant surprise as well but Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (and De Niro, as usual) were great. Really good story telling!
So we went to see this yesterday because we didn't want to deal with crowds...
Is it horrible? No. In fact it was fairly entertaining despite being bloated to 2 1/2 hours. Good lord, they stopped production of this because the original script was even more bloated...I mean really. I applaud film makers wanting to give people value, but time alone does not accomplish that. At least the actual ending felt right length wise and the story made fair sense and moved along ok. Johnny Depp no longer acts though. He gives PERFORMANCES. Maybe, looking back, that's all he's ever done. Armie Hammer(who I don't care for) was likeable enough. The biggest sin on display is William Fichtner/Barry Pepper/Tom Wilkinson all trying really hard to flesh out characters that are straight out of Movie Villains For Dummies. It's a telling sign when the biggest audience reaction is a horse taking a fresh steaming dump. It's like that South Park with the crapping duck. In the end, the William Tell Overture hit a good mark, trains blew up and bad guys met their just rewards and I walked out of the movie theater happy that it wasn't entirely painful to sit through. Not deserving of the title of biggest flop of the summer, but that's what it's gonna be called.
Doesn't Pacific Rim come out this week?
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
Oooooooh! Them's fightin' words.
Originally Posted by KingInTheWest
Ok. I hate this. Here
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Is a review by a guy who wasn't totally on board. Yet...he still loved it. If this movie fails I honestly do not believe it's because it's not good. Open your minds folks...you go see crap all the time. I promise you, this WON'T be crap. Don't NOT go because you have reservations or opinions. If I had the money, I would buy your tickets. This is game changer stuff. Original stuff form a man who thinks with a geeks heart. If you love movies...vote with your wallet. Otherwise its gonna be recycled crap and 70's tv show retreads for the forseeable future.