Well I've seen both Life of Pi and Breaking Dawn II (Twilight) & I thoroughly enjoyed both of them!! The 3D effects in Life of Pi were outstanding and mesmerizing to say the least... I can't count the times it brought me to tears for one reason or another!! I may have to go look up the book! And of course I loved the ending movie of Twilight!! I can honestly say I got so engrossed in it, that I forgot how the books ended and was going no no no that can't be the way this ends!!
Also enjoyed the teaser trailer for Hunger Games II Catching Fire & The Host trailer which is another Stephanie Meyer book she wrote after Twilight series. Plus quite a few more I can't wait to see... like The Hobbit...
Brave -- This was really disappointing. It was beautiful of course. Sound was good. Having a mother/daughter relationship as the central was sort of refreshing, but it failed in being interesting. Didn't particularly care about the characters. It felt like it should have been about 30 minutes longer to flesh some stuff out. Either 2nd or 3rd worst pixar I've seen, definitely behind cars and about on par with bugs life.
Probably worth a watch and worth buying used for $5, wouldn't buy it new.
I was so conflicted with Brave - it started out good, but then unexpectedly turned into a true Disney movie with little teddy bears.
The trailers made me thing it was more deep; more dark and adventurous and scary. A Irish lass endangered to fulfill her passion for adventure and darkness.
I still think there is an alternate movie somewhere in someone's mind that was more PG-13 than G, but producers and other people had too much input in the story and they had to make it lighter and more cheezy for the kiddies.
I want the movie that I thought I was going to get; the movie that the trailer hinted at. I want my Irish lass kicking real major ass; slaying killer beasts and breaking the prophecy and saving the world from falling into darkness and shadow. One with crazy awesome battles and our heroine getting deep cuts and bruises but coming out the victor.
This is the first Pixar movie where it just felt weird, like creative control changed direction halfway through making it.
I'll pick up the blu-ray at some point, but it just. . . fell flat with me. It should have been so much better. It really should have.
> I'd prefer of they made Scalped into a show over 100 Bullets.... I
> found Bullets to be super convoluted.
haven't read scalped.
i had no problem reading 100 Bullets, but I also read it in batches... and I always start from the beginning. So it was like, read issues 1-10. Wait about a year. Start from the beginning and read 1-20. Then 1-30. Etc. So by the time I was able to read 1-100, I'd read through the story so many times I wouldn't notice if it was convoluted. That said, I could definitely see getting confused just reading it once; especially trying to keep characters straight.
My only serious issue with 100 Bullets was that I didn't love the ending.
Chronicle - 8/10 - It's not a great movie and the special effects mostly look like special effects...but it's really quite interesting to see how it plays out. In most found-footage style moves it takes 40 mins to see some good stuff but this kicks in within 10 mins based on the nature of how it is being recorded. I noticed lots of Akira overtones which I rather enjoyed recognizing. Not a great movie but definitely worth a watch IMO.
The Expendables 2 -- Pretty much exactly what you'd expect. A bit more fan-servicy than 1. I'm also starting to like JCVD more and more, I thought he was a high point of the movie. And as much as chuck norris is overplayed he was one of the better parts. Though I wish they didn't use the good the bad and the ugly music there, that cheesed it up too much. Overall liked 1 more, but still a fun action movie. 8/10. It really felt like sort of the continuation of 80s action flicks were in the mid 80s it was just "fudge you, action, explosions" and by the end of the 80s they started cheesing it up a bit.
Yeah, I just watched EX2 again on blu with my wife and it's totally like late 80s, early 90s ham. I'm not sure which of the two I liked better (wife said EX1 was better with the exception of Norris and VDam), but the only thing they're really missing is the authentic cheese factor from the 80s...I think that bit is lost with the CGI usage and slightly too good directing/cinematography. If they had more crapty practical effects, and blood packs, and blatant springboards, it would have been better.
Erika Eleniak (just a nude scene again mostly), Linda Hamilton, Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Pam Grier (too old?), Lucy Lawless, Lea Thompson (she could play a sexed up politician/swarzenegger type role), Pamela Anderson and Kylie Minogue. For the asian role I'd say either Michelle Yeoh or Ziyi Zhang. And uhm, the newer 'less known' can go to that chick that was just in that assassin whatever crap movie...she's into martial arts or wrestling or some crap...kinda hot...fudge can't remember her name. That movie sucked though.
I've been watching world war II in color on netflix and it so awesome, I really like history and the elements of war myself. Although it tells me alot I didn't know before. I probably make it sound boring but its not, You should really watch this if you haven't already ( if your into that kind of stuff.)
SKYFALL - I waited a while to see this one and was skeptical of all the high praise it got from early watchers. But... it totally lived up to the hype. And then some. This is easily the best Bond film in decades, yes, even better than Casino. This is one of the best action dramas ever put to film, period. Just go see it. 9.8/10
Cape Fear (Scorsese remake) 9/10 - Initially saw this on video when it came out, with my Dad. Remember it freaking me out then. Had me on the edge of my seat, one particular scene had me gasping like an old Jewish woman. Nick Nolte used to be such a great actor, what the hell happened? DeNiro was fantastic (as usual, up until about 1997 anyway). Loses a point for Juliette Lewis. She gets on my nerves so hard, it's a shame because she's a great actress. Joe Don Baker is fudging fantastic in this, I need to track down more movies with him in it.
King of Comedy 8/10 - I guess i understand why this was universally panned at the time, but I'm glad it's become a cult classic of sorts. It's a great dark comedy, but it's also super creepy and gets very awkward and uneasy at times. Rupert Putkin is one of DeNiro's creepiest roles ever, as an obsessed autograph hound. Jerry Lewis pretty much played himself, but it was perfect.
The Collector 8/10 - I don't know why it took me forever to see this, but I'm glad i finally watched it. Don't get this mislabeled as another torture porn horror movie, it's much more. The director (who wrote most of the SAW movies and the amazing FEAST films), has fantastic camera angles and camera work, I love it. I also like that he doesn't show a lot of the gore. A lot of it cuts away or we're just hearing it. That makes the movie more tense and harder to watch (like the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs) I'm excited for the sequel, which opens today.
Moneyball 9/10 - Not a giant sports guy, but this movie was fantastic. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were great, some great supporting casts. I think this, Any Given Sunday and Raging Bull are my favorite sports movies. Moneyball was expertly shot.
I've got a buddy who recently went and saw Skyfall. We are usually pretty good about having the same interest in films.
He didn't like Skyfall at all. Visually he liked it very much; so much that it sucked him out of the movie. His major fault was the dialogue. Either there wasn't enough of it, or what there was was trite and badly written.
He brought up a few scenes and I kinda agreed (the shot of M standing with the dead bodies and she's all "YOU SHALL BE AVENGED!!!"), but I still loved Skyfall.
Grave Encounters -5.5/10 Wasn't really scary at all and most of the "scary" parts you can see coming from a mile away. The acting was also kind of bad but idk what I expected from a B-movie horror flick.
The Apparition -5/10 another crapty horror movie that was even less scarier than Grave encounters and the story was really uninteresting to begin with. You can skip this one for sure.
Kind of skimpy reviews but there's really not much to say about either. The girl in The Apparition is cute though so yeah that's a plus..
>> My favorite Bond films are probably the ones everyone hates.
> Do you love Moonraker? Because, seriously, I believe that's symptomatic
> of brain damage and you may want to see a doctor.
I like its camp value, but its really terrible. Lonsdale as Drax is pretty amazing as far as Bond villains go. And it has some good sequences with Jaws. And the cable car sequences and stunts are pretty amazing. Other than that, it's one of the worst ones.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service is my favorite one, it's perfect. And for some reason I really really enjoy A View to a Kill. It's probably Walken + Grace Jones + Duran Duran. It surprises me that Roger Moore was like 60 when he filmed that, yikes. Also the snowboarding esque sequence in the intro, years before snowboard ever caught on, completely caught me off guard when i first saw it.
>> SKYFALL - I waited a while to see this one and was skeptical
>> all the high praise it got from early watchers. But... it totally
>> lived up to the hype. And then some. This is easily the best Bond
>> film in decades, yes, even better than Casino. This is one of the
>> best action dramas ever put to film, period. Just go see it. 9.8/10
> So why 9.8 and not a perfect 10?
> I'm HUGGGE Bond nerd, I haven't seen this yet.
> I think Goldeneye was the last 100% perfect Bond film.
Because the villian didn't do anything but talk, run away, and then talk some more. And then people said he was awesome for doing nothing.
I thought it was overrated as hell and didn't feel like a Bond film at all. What happened to the retarded gadgets, cheesy inventions, silly names and bad puns? That's what made Bond, Bond. But now, it's all serious business. Do not like.
>> Do you love Moonraker? Because, seriously, I believe that's symptomatic
>> of brain damage and you may want to see a doctor.
> I like its camp value, but its really terrible. Lonsdale as Drax is
> pretty amazing as far as Bond villains go. And it has some good sequences
> with Jaws. And the cable car sequences and stunts are pretty amazing.
> Other than that, it's one of the worst ones.
Moonraker ruined Jaws, and will never be forgiven. The 'Jaws gets a girlfriend' scene is one of the worst scenes of all time, in any film.
> I thought it was overrated as hell and didn't feel like a Bond film
> at all. What happened to the retarded gadgets, cheesy inventions,
> silly names and bad puns? That's what made Bond, Bond. But now,
> it's all serious business. Do not like.
Everybody got sick of the "retarded gadgets" and "cheesy inventions"... Roger Moore burnt out the audience on them in the 70s, and yet we still got them for a couple extra decades with Dalton and Brosnan. As much as i loved all the Q scenes as a kid, they were holding the series back.
Getting rid of them was the absolute smartest thing they could do to reinvent Bond and keep the series going.
And they do give fan service... Q was in the film, as was a gadget (low key) and.... and most importantly,
I know I caught all the subtle stuff. Just kinda made me feel aged and sad. From the reviews beforehand I thought maybe the gimmicks that the series was built on were just improved upon...rather than made a mockery of. It was a really fine send-off though. If they keep moving forward I doubt I'll be seeing any more of it.
But hey, if that's what they gotta do to keep it alive...better a shell of what it once was than dead at all eh? I mean look at Star Trek.
ftr I fudging loved it (trek)...my father and uncle however, did not...and that's putting it softly >.<
> But hey, if that's what they gotta do to keep it alive...better a
> shell of what it once was than dead at all eh?
i get what you're saying. i used to be ridiculously into obscure films... i mean, i still am, but i don't search them out like i once did. point is, it used to drive me up a wall when years later people would fawn over an inferior stateside remake... ringu, insomnia, infernal affairs/the departed... the list is a mile long. now, i just don't care anymore. hollywood just wore me down or something. heck, i'll go pay money to see a remake of evil dead when that comes out, even though it borders on sacrilege.
but Bond? i'm actually loving Craig's Bond. I think there's room to bring back some [less cheesy] gadgets, and i definitely think there's a place for souped up cars... but I like the lean mean Bond a lot. I actually prefer his films to the vast majority of those that came before. But then again, I've rewatched the Bond series in order more than once, and... let's just say many of them don't hold up to nostalgia. So as much as I love Bond films, I don't hold many of them in particularly high regard.
Cheese doesn't work nearly as well with people anymore; I mean, just look at, say, the evolution of The Joker in film up through Heath Ledger.
Oh no no, Daniel Craig IS Bond. If a shoe ever fit...
I particularly like that he's subtle and has the swagger to fix his cuff link after hopping into the train car. And the gay pun. He's no question of character in my mind. I just...yea...I already said it. I think there's a really good way to make something cheese, yet serious enough business to be respected. I just thought the latest one was too much srs, not enough chz. And speaking of Evil Dead...Evil Dead 2 is the *perfect* example of cheese and business. Hmm.
Daniel Craig is Bond now. The character is no longer just a caricature of a action spy, he's a real person. There hasn't been a Bond this good since Connery. Brosnan was suave as crap and cool but he was still just playing the stereotype. Craig's Bond feels like a real secret agent.
I'm so glad they ramped Bond up from cheesy action gadget spy crap to a real espionage series. Or a close approximation. Its still got a lot of action in it now but its closer to earth than Moonraker.
I quite liked Brosnan as Bond, but I used to think Brosnan would make a great Bond when he was Remington Steele on TV... And then it was supposed to happen, but they wouldn't release him from his contract... so when it finally did happen, I was happy. Though I think his films are a perfect example of why they needed to just change the formula for Craig.
I feel that Daniel Craig brought class back to the Bond series. Most of the Bond's have been fine actors but the Craig stuff has been more serious, less campy, and more legitimate. My brother still feels that Timothy Dalton was amazing as Bond but I honestly can't even remember that far back. I really like how Craig has classed up the character and we're not seeing Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist (or whatever she was supposed to be in that awful film).
FINALLY getting to watch the "Arn: The Knight Templar" that was recommended on here a long time ago. AT the time people were recommending it and it was on netflix it was only the very very butchered/cut down version of the series made into a film. However now they finally released the full series onto blu ray. http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&loc...
Not that far in but I'm loving it so far, just glad I get to watch the whole thing (I never did watch the edited version, just couldn't bring myself to do so since it seemed from reading that it was missing a LOT).
I can't believe any of the critics were saying it was essentially more of the same. I think this one was original, and most importantly, funny. Everything was stellar all around, and the only reason it's not a perfect 10 was because there were too many special effects/CGI that were horribly done for the sake of 3D (obviously since I watched on DVD, this was missing). The first time jump scene looked horrible; like worse than the Matrix scene with Neo spinning on the stick and fighting the hundreds of Mr Smiths... aside from that, fantastic and a great ending.
Eh, MIB3 wasn't that good to me. The ending felt so forced to tie in and try to tug on your heart strings.
The main villian/storyline was just....generic/bland, the movie just felt to me like a cash in and tacked on.
I'd rather they have ditched the entire "time travel" aspect, made Brolin's character an actual modern character to take the place of Tommy Lee so they could continue the series with him rather then keep trying to force Tommy Lee's character into the role, I mean it seems both movies instead of allowing him to either move in or be in it they keep trying to pull him both ways.
They could have made Brolin's character his son, let Tommy Lee go and then developed their characters further and had a stronger storyline to move forward with, now they just got nothing.
My wife and I caught MIB3 at a cheapie theater so for the whopping $3 each to see it, we enjoyed it. What I found more enjoyable though was reading up on the history of the production. They basically started before the script was even close to done, and finished filming what they had and then needed to write more script to comble together an actual film. Somehow I they did a nice job though.
The good thing about movies is that I'm only required to invest 1-2 hours...TV series require way more dedication, so I usually wait until they're completed so I know how long they are and whether or not I can afford to invest my time. Usually I only bother with shows that are 3 seasons or less, and if they look interesting enough to me. I'm not super keen on prohibition era stuff...for me it's westerns and prior. I'm eyeballing Hell on Wheels as a potention show to add to my list once I get through Deadwood and Rome. I think Red Dwarf, Hitchhiker's Guide, X-Files, Prison Break and 7 Days were the only modern era shows I've watched beyond partial 1st seasons.
>> I happened to catch one episode of BW Empire while staying in a
>> last week. It was pretty good. Unfortunately, being that it's
>> continued series I had no clue who was who.
> That was the last episode that aired for season 3.
> You should watch it from the begging.
No it wasn't, that was the one prior to the season finale which aired last night.
The finale of BE was awesome,
I loved how Richard just busted inn the hotel and cleaned house of everyone. Then Nucky and his brother show up expecting to have a gunfight and everyone is dead/ran away lol. Richard is by far the best character on the show imo since they took out Jimmy.
Everyone though after the season 2 finale that they wouldn't like the show/it'd tank, but I think Season 3 is one of the best seasons so far.
I'd recommend this show to anyone who likes gangster films, even if it is set in the 20's it still holds up against many other gangster films, plus the 20's was pretty much the highlight of what a "gangster" is in the classic sense.
I enjoy Hell on Wheels, but I'd say Boardwalk Empire is the better show, it just has more interesting storylines/characters (though the Swede in Hell on Wheels is awesome).
Prometheus (Ridley Scott commentary) - 7/10 - He doesn't really offer much info here but he is absolutely excited about making this movie. He mentions more than once that it could lead to a sequel, then another, then another. The whole creationism aspect he feels warrants a totally fresh path for the franchise. Very cool. But generally speaking, this isn't too great of a commentary. I immediately started up the Writer commentary and HOLY CRAP it seems to deliver. I need to finish it but they talk about all variants of scripts, used and unused ideas, and what certain things mean in the overall universe and plot. Way cool. It's probably a 9/10 at only 20 mins in.