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Posted on 1/21/13 02:07 PM
The latest movie from Tarantino is bloody,entertaining, daring in its use of music and colors and tells a story about revenge...so everything you expect is here.
There are some moments where you are not sure whether your watching spaghetti western or serious take on a genre like brilliant Unforgiven, but you just simply have to give credit
to Tarantino who manages to combine all this elements of comedy,drama and exploitation cinema into cohesive whole.
Still, middle part was boring and too long with scenes that did not add nothing new to characters and quite frankly it felt very self indulging (nothing strange for Tarantino).
But I remained invested thanks to Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson.
Of course movie ends with chatarsic explosion of violence in the same way that Inglourious Basterds ended. It seems that Quentin is trying to become more serious filmmaker, he does possess singular talent to entertain us, to shock us to make us think (in this case) about slavery, and I respect that.
There are great cameos from Franco Nero (original Django) and
Don Johnson, and all other actors give great perfomances especially Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson who has taken very difficult and brave role.
Despite long running time this is one of the best movies this year and the proof that there are still great stories to tell in the western genre.
Posted on 11/06/12 01:21 PM
Well...Casino Royale this is not, but it is also thousand times better than the Quantum of Solace, which felt more like an epilogue to the Casino Royale than a full movie.
Furthermore, it has excellent opening credits song, written by Adele (by the way I am not fan of her music), great villain and director who knows how to tell stories.
Too bad then that the first two hours are almost entirely spent watching James Bond doing what he usually does...script is by the numbers. There is nothing here that is memorable or very much interesting, beside the fact that James Bond now has Bruce Wayne syndrome (he is becoming old).
Dont get me wrong, this is not boring movie but I have seen all this stuff too many times. What really kept me invested were Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem who are both excellent and interplay between them was very fun to watch. Also,
cinematography is just gorgeous, especially in the brief but excellent Shanghai scenes and in the end. Q is introduced, and he is not what you expect, but in the good way. I was affraid that they will go overboard with the gadgets, just like they did in the Pierce Brosnan flicks, but that was not the case. Q even makes probably the best joke in the movie regarding gadgets. Oh, almost forgot... I very much enjoyed the way they introduced the villain, just great scene, and Javier Bardem is probably only actor that can scare you just with his hair.
But that was the main problem with this movie, great moments that dont really gel together into something more than just entertainment.
So I was sitting in the theater, little bit disappointed and then something happened...Last 30 minutes happened. The moment James Bond entered legendary Aston Martin DB5, movie became just brilliant. Idea to finish the movie in this kind of way was just awesome, it reminded me of Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs. All of a sudden story became character study and not just another generic action movie. There is also great, well I can say, cameo by Albert Finney in this last portion of the movie.
In the end I can say that I liked it, but mostly because of the incredible last 30 minutes
Posted on 10/27/12 02:13 PM
...I really liked last four movies from Cronenberg. Cosmopolis looked promising but I was sceptical, and rightly so. He is always a strange director to me, his movies always fall into two categories. The ones that I love and enjoy, like A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Fly...and the ones that I admire but find them very unwatchable. Movies like Crash, The Naked Lunch and his latest Cosmopolis always offer food for brain and nothing more.
Bulk of the movie takes place in a limo and I have to say that Cronenberg directs this scenes beautifully because you never get tired of the setting. But, you will get tired of the dialogue and the main character. People dont talk to each other, they talk with themselves with this robotic cold voices, with a words that even they probably dont fully comprehend. Even during sex scenes there are no emotions.
I understand that Cronenberg does this to set the tone for the picture and to make satirical comment about our society where more and more people communicate in this kind of way that is completely detached from reality. But at the same time ,because of that, this feels like a extremely anti-cinematic experience that only a die hard fans of Cronenberg will find enjoyable.
In the end, I have to say that you will find some traces of brilliance in the scenes that involve dialogue between Pattinson and Paul Giamatti/Samantha Morton. By the way, Pattinson is good, but only because he has to show zero emotions.
This is only for the fans of the source material or David Cronenberg.
Posted on 10/23/12 03:26 AM
... never really wanted to see movie adaptation of ON THE ROAD.
I clearly remember the first time I read it. It was 4 years ago, I was only 19 years old...and it became a Bible to me...
Words were just so powerful; I could almost feel wind in my hair, I could hear thundering sound of old Hudson that Neal Cassidy/Dean Moriaty drove and my room was full of wonderful sound of jazz.
So...I have already made On The Road movie in my head, but still curiosity was stronger than me...
From the start something was terribly wrong. I became aware that you cant translate words from Jack Kerouac to the screen.
Without his observations about people and places everything just feels empty and without meaning. All this people that felt wonderful and strange in the novel, on the screen came across as self important, selfish and even boring.
Also, this bromance between Jack and Neal is really not developed enough. In the novel, Mexico was final goal for this two guys, place where they hoped to experience ultimate freedom and happiness...in the movie, Mexico scenes are missed opportunity for this two to finally realize that there is no freedom, that universe is indifferent towards people. While I was reading the novel I got that bittersweet feeling of realizing that you are not a kid anymore, that you are not the center of the world.
Walter Salles was a good choice for director, it is not his fault for problems that this movie has...this is the best adaptation possible in my opinion; On The Road is just simply unfilmable.
Casting choices are all good, all actors give fine perfomances, even Kristen Stewart, and Walter Salles directs some scenes with beauty and grace. But, all that is not enough to save script that feels like a shallow rewriting of a beautiful source material.
Maybe I am wrong, Maybe I just got too old in the meantime to appreciate this kind of stories...
Posted on 10/20/12 01:15 PM
Dreed is the most pleasent surprise of this year!
First of all trailer looked like crap to me, so I was not really thrilled with this new version of Dredd, but then I found out that Alex Garland is the screenwriter and that is the sole reason why I got little excited over this movie.
On the surface this is stupid simple action movie, but there is so much more here to think about. Watching this I was reminded of those great Paul Verhoeven movies like Total Recall or Robocop where overblown violence and satirical tone are used to bring attention to society problems.
But the beauty of Dredd is that you are not spoon fed with this problems...you are left to discover this on your own.
Is more violence really the right response to violence?
Why do people become violent? (just think for a second about the main villain in this movie, trully tragical character)
How thin is the line between democracy and facism?
This and many more intriguing questions are asked in this movie.
Slo-mo drug is used great both as a excuse for filmmakers to use extra slow motion scenes, wich are not only beautiful but almost poetic, and as a social commentary. What is left for people after all the beauty is gone from the world?
In my opinion people in this movie dont use drugs because they are addicted, but because they have desperate need to experience something beautiful in a world filled with pain and suffering.
This is not Zack Snyder movie where slow motion is just gimmick, here slow motion is integral part of storytelling.
I was very impressed with Karl Urban, not only because he is great as Dredd, but because he keeps his helmet on throughout .
My main problem with the movie is that some of the action scenes felt kind of uninspired, also there were some parts that felt slower than they should be. 3D was once again unnecessary and pointless.
But this is a great movie, and I am very sad because of the bad box office result, I would like to see more of Dredd in the future!
Soundtrack, set design, cinematography, use of slow motion...all this gives this project kind of unique vibe, you can just feel that this is a product of a clear vision.
Posted on 10/15/12 04:03 AM
So yeaa....The Expendables 2 is probably one of the worst movies this year. The story is simple, main villain is not interesting,a lot of jokes are not funny and the list goes on...
But I forgot about that the moment I saw Chuck destroying tank...I forgot about that when I saw Arnold and Bruce driving in a Smart and killing dozens upon dozens of enemies...I forgot about that when I saw the fight between Stallone and Van Damme and the list goes on....
What I am trying to say here is that I grew up watching movies like Terminator,Predator,Die Hard,Rocky,Rambo,
Universal Soldier, so this guys are my childhood heroes and because of that I was able to put aside all the shitty parts and just enjoy the ride.
Also movie is very entertaining, action is good, actors are clearly having fun and there are some funny jokes and one liners.
At the end of the movie Arnold says that they belong in the museum, well in my eyes they dont!
Posted on 10/10/12 09:24 AM
Oh, I had a great time with the Looper...Movie is this crazy mix of Terminator, 12 Monkeys and even Shining.
One of the great pleasures of this movie is just listening people talk.
They always have something smart or interesting to say, they even make fun of the time travel concept. Main reason why conversation is so compeling are the actors; they all deliver great perfomances, especially Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels.
I was very pleased to see Bruce Willis in his second great role this year (first one in Moonrise Kingdom), and JG-L continues to impress me with his acting choices. Paul Dano was fun to watch as always, but the main star for me was kid playing Cid. I dont believe I have seen such a great perfomance by a small kid since A.I.
In terms of storytelling movie feels very much old school, story and characters are important here, It is very nice to see, for a change, movie that is not affraid to slow down narrative so that we can get to know this people that inhabit this world. And when the action kicks in it is always in the service of the story, and not just so that we can see cool stuff blowing up in a cool way. Ending was really logical, which is a weird thing to say for a time travel movie.
As any good sci-fi movie it has some interesting ideas and concepts for viewers to think about afterwards. It was refreshing to see a movie with great female character, where she is given a lot more to do and say,instead of hollywood usual like bending over cars and just being stupid. Actually, the more I think about it the more I realize that women are crucial for this story.
Rian Johnson is a very interesting director, and I cant wait to see more from him in the future. I still need to see Brothers Bloom, which I will do very soon. Brick was a movie that stimulated me intellectually, but I was left cold afterwards.
The reason why I love movies are movies like Looper, and everyone who loves sci-fi or movies in general should go and see it.
Posted on 6/10/12 08:15 AM
Even though I do not usually write reviews here, this movie was so disappointing to me, that I just must say a few words.
Script by Damon Lindelof is the main problem!!!! SPOILERS!!!
It is so full of holes and gaps in logic and stupid behaviour from everybody!!!!
Why did "space jockeys" left a way for us to find them if they are planning invasion on Earth? Even better, this planet is obviously important military complex, and they have left a map for us to find it, WHY???
Just stupid characters,Fifield is the guy that sends this red glowing probes that are mapping temple, but then he gets lost, just call the fucking captain on the ship, he will explain.But that would not be convenient for the script. Also he is constantly talking about earning money out of this mission, are you a scientist or what? Who let you on this expensive endeavour?
For some reason Charlie does not want to wear space helmet just beacuse atmosphere is breathable, how much stupid is that? What about bacterias and other crazy shit?
Elizabeth is behaving stupidly over a head from "space jockey" and almost kills everybody... Just so that we can have dumb action scene...they really could have bring that head to ship some other day when the storm calms!!!
Then they actually manage to explode that head conducting the experiments in a manner of some stupid students, and nobody even gets angry??? Who are this people?
Maybe that was the right time for Charlize Theron to get angry, oh I am sorry, she is angry all the time for no real reason.
After that captain decides to fuck Charlize, even thought there are guys trapped in temple and the red glowing probe is picking life forms just near them. He does not even orders anybody to keep an eye on the temple and on the guys, I guess they are not important, they do not even want to be here after all...
Let us move on to David, I do not understand his character...he poisons Charlie for unknown reasons, he does not even know what effect could that have on the crew and on him,even on mission. Especially when the real mission obviously is Peter Weyland and his desire to prolong his life...and David wants to help him , he tryes to communicate with "jockey" at the end..well David, you are not helping him by jeopardizing mission
By the way, why is Peter hidding, from who, from what?????
He is financing the fucking mission!!!! Again, so that we can have stupid twist at the end!!! And why was there dramatic music when Weyland called Charlize "daughter", why is that even important????
Maybe Charlize is man, that is probably reason why she is having that fancy medical device that is for some reason calibrated for male anatomy. But then again, we could not have that "great" scene with Elizabeth giving birth to squid, if device was calibrated for women. Why Elizabeth does not double checks if the squid is death?
Then they open ship doors even though they do not know what is outside, another genius decision from captain...
"Space jockeys" behave like cave men for no reason, captain decides to sacrifice himself even though he sad in a couple
of occasions that he does not believe in anything, and please do not tell me this is a character arc, because it is not,ok!!!! Maybe he just wanted to kill himself because he had sex with male Charlize?! By the way, there are no character development of any kind in this movie...just stupid people and stupid android!!!
Then Charlize and Elizabeth just need to run sideways to be safe from the falling "space jockey" ship, but they decide to run forward so that we can have "tense" three minute scene of them fighting for their lives, when in reality they are just stupid!!!
At the end David explains new ideas and new concepts, obvious thing for a terrible script... So, there are several temples and ships on this planet, David says...and then Elizabeth puts the last nail in the coffin of this movie...
She decides to go to "space jockey" home planet, when right decision is to inform everybody on Earth what is happening, maybe even to prepare for invasion!
So this is the movie directed by Ridley Scott, hard to believe...he directed my favorite movie of all time Blade Runner, I love first Alien...I got respect for Gladiator, American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven (directors cut)...
I was really excited for this movie, and it started well with discovery of cave painting, and David trying to impersonate T.E.Lawrence, but after that nothing was good, at least for me. I guess you can have fun with this movie if you switch your brain off...all this people that are talking about this being smart movie are deluded...there are just concepts here, nothing is developed or explained.
Michael Fassbender is good, but his character is not written good, you do not understand who he is or what does he wants???
And everybody else are behaving stupidly, and you do not care about anybody or anything.