Posted on 12/08/11 09:20 AM
Ooooohhhh...its soooo edgy (which basically just means that its pornography which pretends not to be) I must give it as good review so I can impress all the other guys at the pretentious twit club!
Christ, I don't mind if ya like porn...but only an idiot tries to pretty up his porn when describing it to others...if this is "Art" then so is anything starring Ron Jeremy...
Posted on 12/03/11 07:09 PM
Well...I suppose that since none of the requisite Oscar bait bullhockey is present here, critics feel free to finally let rip on a film in a genre they were taught in film school can't be worthwhile.
Add to that the weak fanbase the character already has and I guess every critic felt bulletproof...
Would that they could have done the same with DC Comic's last foray into film (Dark Knight). Green Lantern is better in every conceivable way than that steaming pile of bat turds...especially in the most important...ITS ACTUALLY ENTERTAINING!!!
Ryan Reynolds is always fun to watch, the story was decent, Blake Lively was charming (oh and hot) and the special effects were (almost) first rate...add to that the fact that the cast and crew obviously weren't taking themselves too seriously...and you have a recipe for success...
Unfortunately, that success was hamstrung by bitter fans and critics who expect their superhero movies to have absolutely ZERO of those ingredients (inexplicable though that expectation is). The hate for this film is so un-natural...I have to assume it primarily stems from simple bitterness that DC was wasting time on anything other than another Bat Plug movie...
Posted on 10/06/11 09:51 AM
Darn it...my hack and slash flick doesn't contain enough socially redeeming values for me to give it a positive rating...
GOD I HATE CRITICS!!!
Seriously, this wasn't a fantastic movie, but it certainly gave you EXACTLY what you were looking for when you walked in the door...if that means you were a film critic looking to pad your pretentious resume with another totally unreasonable rip on standard Hollywood fair...then congratz!!! Conan delivered to you too!!!
Pretty true to the books and a fun ride...
Posted on 10/06/11 09:36 AM
Certainly had its moments, but I can't abide by the decision to be openly derisive of religion...poking fun at something in an intelligent way is one thing...but this was just mean spirited.
Posted on 11/12/10 10:31 AM
Better than the source material...but it still sucks.
They even managed to find an entire cast which resembles the cast of Twilight closely...while also being without exception more talented and better looking...
Posted on 7/19/10 07:30 PM
This review is going to be a work in progress as I intend to rewatch this film (thankfully I will not have to pay), notepad in hand to jot down other issues, good and bad, which may currently not come to mind. In particular I will be rechecking my facts on items I bring up here to make sure I did not miss something relevant.
A note about my methods of rating and my expectations of a film. Within the first ten minutes of a movie (or before if it has been hyped as much as this one has) I already have certain expectations about what kind of film I will be watching. If the film does not take itself too seriously, I will rarely find fault (or sometimes even notice) logical inconsistancies within the script or action. If, on the other hand, a film sets itself to a certain standard whereby it demands analysis and criticism...I will always set myself to the task. If a film-maker chooses to create all new laws by which to govern the story I expect him to stick to those laws like glue...it should be simple since he himself made them up...shouldn't it?
Also, given the detail I intend to go into, please be aware that spoilers will abound.
First some good points about the movie...
1) I think Nolan did an excellent job of condensing the explanations of his rather involved Extraction procedure to a point where I was not bored to tears trying to understand it. I fully expected to be assailed with long winded exposition about how dream-walking works. Thankfully that was not the case and he managed to make what the necessary descriptions both short and relatively interesting.
2) The special effects were first rate. I genuinely believe that practical effects are superior in every way to digital and it is really refreshing to see a respected film-maker with a huge budget take the same stance. The CGI that was used was well done and unobtrusive enough that I didn't even notice it...which should always be the goal when doing effect shots.
3) The performances were better than they had any right to be. I'm putting this in my "good" list despite it being a bit of a negative as well. Let us say I was under-whelmed by the casting of this flick. Other than Michael Caine (who only has two scenes) and Ellen Paige, I can't remember any of these actors ever giving a performance I cared anything about. For many of them, Dicaprio chief among these, this may have been their best performance ever. While he has been in better films, I think this was his strongest showing.
Now the bad...which I'm sure astute readers (anyone actually reading this?) will be anticipating considering the score I gave the film. Many of these will mention pretty specific events in the movie...so if you haven't watched it beware!
1) He and his wife are experts in the dream thing but it takes them 50 years to figure out killing themselves will release them? ummm...and then they are supposedly old, but then young when they do the deed? That part you could chalk up to dream rules...except why choose to look young when you spent 50 years aging? Makes NO sense
2) Gravity is having no effect on ANYTHING throughout the hotel, but cutting the elevator lines makes it fall? excuse me? An acquaintance said that the elevator didn't fall, but was thrown by the explosions. In that case, Nolan took a page from 80's action flicks if he thinks that kind of force is generated by such a small explosion. Either way, stupid. Oh and that kind of fall would've killed them...but that would have trapped them in limbo right? Apparently not since the chick also "died" in waking up. Creating your own rules to regulate this stuff is fine as long as you actually stick to the rules you create.
3) Not sure why Leo needed a team to do this "inception" when he had already done it once before...by himself...to an expert in dream walking (or whatever its called)...who intimately knew him and therefore would be more likely to recognize his presence...with a vastly more complex idea...
4) No need for them to go into third "layer" since Tom's Berenger's projection played exactly into their hands...proving they had already done their job. Since it was projected by the target...not them...obviously he was singing their tune.
5) Nothing about the timing of the final exit made any sense. No way could they have organized it so perfectly given the fighting that was going on...at one point they actually say they had until the van hit the water? What? So they PLANNED for the goons to show up and chase the chemist (who is an awfully effective commando driver) off the bridge...oooookkkkaaayyyy...Were these sequances timed effectively? Absolutely. Did they make any sense according to the "reality" Nolan set up in the narrative? No way...
Neutral point about the ending...
I don't see how anyone considers the ending to be in question.
For this to have been reality would require that Dicaprio's character miraculously walk through customs despite a murder rap. The kind of influence required for this to happen without anyone blinking an eye simply does not exist. At the very least he would have been detained while phone calls were made and released after a couple hours questioning...and even this would have been impressive. Plus the whole airport and going home scenes are the most dreamlike in the film. Nobody talks to each other, even though I doubt many of them would have been able to keep their mouths shut after what they'd just been through...and why would the father have been waiting at the airport? Would Dicaprio really have called to have the whole family waiting for him when he wasn't even sure if he could pull off the job...or if his benefactor could deliver? Why put the family through that? More likely he would have caught a cab if he pulled it off and surprised everyone. The father waiting was just his subconcious giving him the best possible ending. Lastly we have Nolan's own frequently demonstrated fatalism. He hasn't ended a film yet on a positive note, so why would he start now?
Clearly Nolan wanted the possiblity to be open to interpretation by the viewer...but his skills were not up to the task and he very clearly gave us the keys necessary to determine how he actually envisioned the film ending.
more to come when time and my re-viewing permit...
Note on the score itself...a 10% is pretty low so does that mean this is one of the worst films ever made? No. I have given higher scores to many films which were less well done in every aspect. A huge (and I feel fair) portion of my scoring is based on film expectation. When a film aims low and suceeds at hitting its mark, I consider that to be a greater success than when it aims higher than the director can possibly shoot. For all his fans, Nolan just isn't quite good enough to make the movies he tries to make. I also consider the story to be one of the most far-fetched and wretched pieces of junk I have ever seen implemented in any medium...and that by itself would be worth the low score. Take the caper and basic story and ground it pretty much anywhere except a dream and maybe something could have been done with it...but I don't see how anyone could have done anything decent with such a ridiculous premise.
Posted on 7/12/10 07:34 PM
To say I am not a fan of Woody Allen would be an understatement. Wherever the funny bone is physically located, I know ours are biologically incompatible.
The only reason I (barely) give this film a fresh rating is for the incomparible Mira Sorvino.
The first time I tried to watch this film, I never even made it to her first appearance. Then, when I became a fan through her other work, I went back to attempt a second viewing. This time I made it...but only just. while her performance is every bit as brilliant as the Academy was saying at the time, it comes too late in the film and is not enough to save it...but it is enough to warrant a viewing by anyone who is a fan.
Posted on 7/12/10 07:33 PM
How can critics get this movie but the public can't?
One of the funniest films ever made...charm and wit ooze out of every frame.
Posted on 7/11/10 05:50 PM
Stephen King's masterpiece brought to the small screen.
Too short by far to do the novel justice...and a bit awkward in places but such a fun (if disturbing) ride despite these faults.
Posted on 7/11/10 05:31 PM
The only Musketeer film since the original pair which replicates the FEEL of the literature...despite being the only one I've seen which wasn't an actual adaptation.
An action/farce in which the entire plot is set into motion through the mistaken notion that a grocery list is actually encoded stolen state secrets...