Posted on 3/08/14 11:45 AM
Oh how Gravity brings us all to new classic within the Science Fiction genera with its trilling special effects, a good cast and brings its audience within the movie itself. And what I mean by bringing us into the movie itself is that like the movie 2001: A Space Oyssey, the film also plays out like an experience by having it show what its like for the audience to be in the picture and since I saw it in I-MAX 3D, it plays out a whole lot better.
The movie is about an astronaut named Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock( Yea I know Sandra plays a character that has a boys name, but they say in the movie that her father apparently wanted a boy) is one her first mission in space where it goes horribly wrong when her ship goes down(so to speak) and is trapped floating around in space. How she got there and how is she going to get herself out of this mess well like it only revealed little in the trailers, you have to see the movie to find out, but the important message that comes from this movie is what a person goes through in the most tense full of situations and to never give up your will to survive no matter what you may have gone trough in that past of your life.
The main thing that I love about Gravity is its fantastic special effects and its way of how it brings us into the movie itself. Especially seeing it in I-MAX 3D the movie goes right in your face and I love the way the movie itself brings you into the movie no only with it human elements but with it visual promise as well. Like what I mentioned before about the film being like 2001: A Space Oyssey like it shows how the situation is done and what is being done about it and the movie is not just sticking in one place, but gives us the trill of adventure and realism about the excitement and trill of being in space.
Overall this film marks as a new classic within the Sci-Fi era of movies and how we will view them from this point on.
Posted on 2/24/14 07:26 AM
As Good As It Gets is as good as it gets!
Posted on 2/10/14 09:40 PM
I don't even know where to even begin with this film, its practically a near perfect that's worth every penny seeing weather its on the big screen, buying on Blu-ray/DVD or renting it, either way you must see it. Its also one of those rare movies where every actor/actress does their parts, especially from Chiwetel Ejiofor(Serenity, American Gangster), Michael Fassbender(X-Men: First Class, Prometheus) and the best Lupita Nyong'o(she's a newcomer). The story is just sad but fascinating to watch how deception and slavery happened back in the 1800's in fact I have not ever seen a better film that has ever portrayed as well as this film does. I could not be anymore proud to call this film not only the years absolute best, but one of the best that I have seen in general.
Let me start off by first saying how great it is with its story and how it differs from other movies about slavery. The movie is based on a true story about a family man named Solomon Northup who was born a freeman in America and provides for his family by doing what he loves to do most which is playing the violin. He is offered by two gentlemen to play the violin at a restaurant for a couple of weeks with good payment involved of course and he agrees to do so. Later in the night he has dinner and conversations with the two gentlemen, but then gets sick and passes out from the food(as a possible drugging him). He then wakes up in chains and realizes that he was deceived by the two gentlemen into being sold into slavery. Since I do not like to give spoilers I will say this much, as the story goes on things only get worse and worse for him as he struggles to survive long enough to gain the opportunity to see his family and be free once again.
And also to go along with this great film is a great cast in it. You've got people like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch(Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit Trilogy), Brad Pitt, Paul Dano(There Will Be Blood, Prisoners) and Paul Giamatti and I have got to say everyone of them does such a fine job in this one. Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon is such a powerful and dramatic way that says that he really is taking his work seriously from he reaches his breaking point and the pain of being a man who has lost all that he has ever loved and has to fight to get it back. Michael Fassbender has been proving himself worthy of any newcomer on the big screen, but it is now official that he deserves more than just the acclaim for his performance, but an Oscar to remember what any newcomer is capable off as he portrays by far the cruelest slave owner that I have ever seen and one prides himself on breaking them and getting the most work out of them. And last but most certainly not least we get yet another newcomer whom proves herself worthy of anyone with the potential to earn an Oscar Lupita Nyong'o as she portrays as one of many slaves that works for Edwin Epps(Michael Fassbender) and is considered the most hardworking slave that works for him, but is also the one that suffers the most out of all of them as she is abused and hated by Edwin's wife and Edwin himself for even that smallest of things and even though she means well, she is portrayed as a miserable soul that want to be rid of the cruelty of the world but does not have the strength to do it herself.
Overall this is just a must see movie for any move goers even if they are not even into the slavery stories, because even I am not and I got such tears from this film with its powerful portrays from its fine cast, well-written dialog and story that defines slavery, betrayal and pain in one of the best ways that any movie could ever do. Either way this movie something to offer someone weather its about understanding ones pain and the cost of freedom.
Posted on 2/10/14 09:39 PM
I should probably start off by saying even though I am not a Les Mis fan and this movie had its problems, but I still enjoyed it as a movie itself mainly because I really like the cast that goes along with it. Most of the singing was nice and all but it kept on constantly doing it with almost every line in this film in fact about 98% of the movie, the main cast (besides Russell Crowe) did a great job with their acting and singing and even though the story did pace itself a bit to much, it still was an interesting story overall.
I am going on ahead with what I liked most about the movie and that is most of the actors. I thought Hugh Jackman did a fantastic job in this movie with emotional performance, singing and the ability to fit perfectly into his character through out the entire. Even though he did not win the Oscar for it and deserved one a long time ago (but might win one eventually) he still proves himself to put on a good show even if the movie is still not as great (besides Movie 43). The beautiful and talented Anne Hathaway gives the performance not only of her entire career (that and Rachel Getting Married being her first Oscar nomination) but the performance of a life time as well. It must have been tough for her because she had to act, sing and cry at the same time especially during her "I Dreamed a Dream" song which she did in one scene. The only down side with her is that I think she needed more screen time in fact I think that she was only on the entire movie for barley 10 minutes (what a rip off) and it does not mean I diss and no not at all, I just believe she deserved more of a spot on the set considering the fact that she is one of the main stars. How ever one of the down sides to the acting is Russell Crowes performance. In general even though I am not a fan of his and at time I do think he does a good job, but just not in this one. He was a lousy singer to begin with in fact can not do it through a paper bad and even his acting in this movie was just a snooze fest all through out the entire movie. And last but least both Actresses who played Cosette (Anne Hathaway's characters daughter) were pretty good as well. To make it short but sweet their acting was not bad, but their singing was pretty good. Overall it was mostly well acted an sung through out the film even it constantly does it.
I also though it had a pretty good story even though it was pacey and slow at parts with its story telling. The story is about a man named Jean (Hugh Jackman) who is imprisoned because he Stoll bread to feed a family member and for some reason one of the law officers named Javert (Russell Crowe) who keeps an extra eye on him while he is in prison and plays more of a character later on, even though he could keep an extra eye on murders instead for some reason. After Jean is released until his parole comes up he decides to break it and become a free man. a few years later he some how becomes Mayor of a town (yea I know) and in that town Javert travels around looking for Jean the man he met in prison because he skipped his parole years ago. He also learns from him that he captured a look a like of Jean and that he was going to be trialed. Now that left Jean with a difficult choice whether let the man go to jail or take responsibility. To get away from that, a lady named Fantine (Anne Hathaway) looses her job and has go into prostitution in order to send her child money at the place she works. Later Jean comes by and helps Fantine and gets her off the streets and takes care of her but unfortunately she is dying. In her Last request she asks Jean to care for her child for as long as he lives. And so to add on from early he confesses to the crime at court and saves the look alike and takes Fantines daughter out of town and then many years go by were the daughter is now a teen and still under the care of Jean. As usual I don't like to revile much about a movie unless some see's it so to find out whether Jean can escape his past and what will happen next to Fantines daughter next.
The Last thing that I really liked about this movie is are the production sets and environment. I don't know where they exactly filmed but the CGI and scenery they was just perfect because it really seem liked it took place back in France of 1800's to keep it short but sweet.
Overall I though it was good, but could have been better.
Posted on 2/10/14 09:36 PM
I know that you said to review a character that Forest Whitaker plays in a movie, but I'm going on ahead with a film that put a great mark on his career because I don't follow him quit as much as other actors.
The Crying Game is what I would call a perfect film, because it has everything that I love about a film with its complex ideas, wonderful performances, perfect pacing and story that's full of twist and turns. Even though it maybe questionable to others because of certain scenes, but I can't help it and when it just simply gets everything right. In fact there is too much to talk about when it comes to a film so its best to look at the better stuff that comes from this film.
The thing that In love most about this film is that it is full of twist and turns by making things look like one thing when it turns out to be something entirely different. The movie starts off with a British soldier name Jody(Forest Whitaker) on a date with a woman named Jude(Miranda Richardson) as she keeps looking at a man who is following them around on their date. Jody if they can go somewhere else for some privacy and so they do. When they are alone near under a bridge, the guy that was following points a gun at him and as others come out, they kidnap him and take him to a cabin deep within the woods. They later on explain to him that he is being kidnapped because The British hold prisoner on of their men and to get him back they are going to exchange Jody for their guy back within three days or else he dies. Throughout the time in the cabin Jody and the guy who pointed the gun and helped kidnap him known as Fergus(Stephen Rea) start having conversations with each other as he keeps an eye on him. They have two interesting ones with one of them being a story that Jody tells Fergus about the scorpion and the frog. The story goes, the scorpion goes up to the frog and asks him if he can give him a ride across the river and the frog says no because he will sting him if he does. So the scorpion says no because if I do that then we will both drown and so the frog figures that he would do that then if it meant that they would both drown and so he gives him a ride across the river. About half way across the frog fells a hard and numbing pinch on his back and he realizes that the scorpion has stun him. So the frogs yells what did you do that for and now we will both drown. So the scorpion says I'm sorry, I can't help it because its in my nature. The lesson that Jody was trying to teach him is that we all do what is our nature. The other story that he tells him is about another girl that he cares for is known as Dil and the days of them getting connected and since the ransom was not made in time, Jody tell Fergus that after he dies, he wants him to take care of her which will lead to other situations. As usual I don't like to reveal much about a movie, see the movie to find out what happens next.
The other thing that I love most about this movie is that everybody and not just the main characters but even the supporting characters so such promising performances. Forest Whitaker does a great job because he is giving a convincing British accent when he is originally from the state of Texas during his time in the movie. The new comer Jaye Davidson who plays Dil does such a great and powerful acting performance when it is actually his debut in acting. And don't get me wrong when I say that everyone in this movie did a great job, but I could keep going on and on about how well everyone else does.
And last but most certainly not least all of this was able to come together thanks to hardworking and talented writer and director of this fine movie, Neil Jordan. Even I do not know much about any of his work before or after hand he was able to write out and bring his true vision of art out to life when making this movie. He was able to bring all of the actors together to do an outstanding job, make a styles setting for the story to take place and bring up his major points so clearly and man I got to tell you not many people could pull that one of in such a great way. Well done Neil, well done indeed!
Overall its a great honor to even speak about this one among all films indeed!
Posted on 2/10/14 09:35 PM
I have to admit for a live action family movie, this was a pretty well-made one, especially from the 80's. It has great story to go with it, some of the most remembered characters in almost any other movie I have ever seen, and you even get fine performances from the young stars who are in it. Usually I'm not big on live action kids movies, but I have to consider this one an exception for what it is for being truly remarkable.
I should first start off with what a great story it is. It starts off with a boy named Bastian( Barret Oliver) who has a troubled life after his mother passed away and is being bullied by three kids and one day when they chase him on the way to school, Bastian hides in a book store that he found on the way and is confronted by the shops owner Mr. Koreander(Thomas Hill) and a book that catches Bastian's eyes called The Neverending Story, but Mr. Koreander says that it is not for checking nor for sale. But Bastian takes it any way and leaves a note saying that one day he will return it. On his way to the class room he realizes that he is late for school and instead of being caught, he hides in the upstairs of the school where he can read The NeverEnding Story in peace. As he reads into the book he reads that a world called fantasy world known as Fantasia is being consumed by a force they call The Nothing which is causing everything in its path to vanish. The council of Fantasia has requested a young warrior known as Atreyu(Noah Hathaway) to find the one person who knows how to stop The Nothing which is The Childlike Empress who can be found at the end of Fantasia and its about to Atreyu to find out. And so his quest begins.
Also the other thing that I mainly enjoyed enjoyed about this are the characters and there are plenty more than just Bastian and Atreyu, I'm talking about the other Fantasias. There's The Rock Biter whom is a giant rock-like monster who is like a gentle giant that cares for his friends and remains strong for them. There's also Engywook a gnomish scientist whom is wise and helpful especially to Atreyu on his quest. Then there's one of the villains known as The Gmork that is a big wolf who is sent by The Nothing to hunt down Atreyu. And one of my favorite and the most remeberalbe will be in the character review.
And lastly but most certainly not the least, I found the performances of the two young kids of Bastian and Atreyu. These actors were very young and only have so little experience with acting and yet the really manage to pull it off with there in times of doubt and when to really be afraid and sad on the quest to stop the force of The Nothing.
Overall I think that it is a great family movie, its fun for everyone and it keeps you guessing till the end.
Posted on 2/10/14 09:34 PM
Even though some movie fans would probably disagree with me but I don't care since this movie was not only a critical flop but also a piece of cinematic trash and all of the actors and everyone else in this movie should be ashamed of themselves. I really mean this movie is bad, like how bad well maybe no quite the worst but still pretty close which says alot compared to what I've seen and I don't care who was involved with it because even they fail to do their parts portrayed in this garbage. And I do not really know the writer or directors really at all, but after this movie I could care less, because they are definitely not worth checking out at this point. And your probably saying "Oh come on its Denzel Washington, how bad could it be?' Well your about to find out.
Let me first start off by saying what caught the attention for everyone who wanted to see this movie was the cast members which include Denzel Washington as Eli, Gary Oldman as Carnegie and Mila Kunis as Solara. It sounds like a good cast right? Well right, but do they give an outstanding performance? NO! These characters are so lame and stupid I don't even think I can give most of the detail. Denzel Washingtons performance was so dull and boring its like he knew this movie was going to be a stinker no matter what so he just wanted to get this
over and get his paycheck. Even at parts its like he forgot some of his own lines so he doesn't say anything at all, wow how lame could you possibly get? Gary Oldman on the other hand is just so over the top annoying, but then again he allways over-acts and I really mean ALLWAYS! And does he really have to say polite words when he asks his own henchmen to kill someone? He says words like shoot him please and much more, I mean whats the point? And last is Mila Kunis and I have to say does not even serve much of a purpose to this story what so ever. Infact the only useful thing she does in this entire movie is through a grenade under one of the enemies cars and thats it. Wow, I'm only on the characters so far and this movie allready stinks.
As I said before I am not familiar with the two directors and writer, but I have to say that the are full of it with their lame setting and lousy dialog. This setting is way to cliche, because it takes place in a post-apocalyptic future caused by a nuclear war and how many times have we seen that before? TOO MANY! And they can't even get more light around the area and we can't even tell who is who in this film, nor who is fight who. I know its supposed to be the apocalypse and all, but thats no excuss because its their movie and you add more if you wanted to. Plus I maybe the only one to ask this but how come the characters are running around without any effect from the nuclear radiation and is never referenced again? Plus the story is also full of it because its about a guy named Eli who needs to get a special book and says that it is the last of its kind to a special loction where it will be safe. The book turns out to be the bible and how does he even know its the last? HE DOESN'T! There could be one sitting in a desk some where for all they know. Oh and get this they have a special twist at the end for us and its turns out that Eli was blind without any build up or background what so ever some how fights off bad guys and travels across the globe. There are even parts where he has normal eyes and looks like he can see just fine.
Overall this movie is stupid and I could not agree with these critcs more about this being such a bad movie.
Posted on 1/04/13 02:25 PM
4 out of 5!
Yes this movie goes way to far with all of its intense violence and language, but I must say that its pretty well done. I thought it was well acted, well directed and well written, but thats what you would expect from its cast amd crew. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are not the most convincing psychopaths ever, but they certainly do a very good job at it though and the other actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones definitely do their parts. And even though I'm not the biggest fan of film director Oliver Stone, his vision of this film has changed the way we look at movies and as for this one, it has changed the way we see how insane the world really is.
The most unforgettable thing that the audience gets from this film is the story. The story is about two lovers named
Mickey(Woody Harrelson) and Mallory(Juliette Lewis)Knox who go traveling around the west side of the country killing people at random, but mostly at convenience stores and restaurants. The reason for their psychopathic reasons is because of the history of their own traumatized childhoods and escaping from the officers of the law. One Officer named Det. Jack Scagnetti(Tom Sizemore) in particular whom is also kind of a lunatic himself is determined to do whatever he must to catch these two killers at all cost, even if it means murder.
But to this films credit, this film does have a great cast and crew to go along with this intense psychopathic thriller. I mean you have academy award winning film director Oliver Stone(Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July)leading this movie and his vision on how he makes movies has changed of the way we look at Americas own past. And for the main roles to star in this film are Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones and well you can get what you would expect out of them especially the crazy ones.
Unfortunately the main downside and its not that bad of a down side at all is the way its film. For example: it goes from black and white, angles, slow motion, and even animation. I supose the main point of it is that it shows the way the crazy people view the world that they live in, so in that certain way its nessacary.
So overall its very good with an intense story, well-written dialogue, and fine performances. But just as a warning it goes pretty far with its violence and language.
Posted on 12/27/12 12:13 PM
0 out of 5 stars!
What do these people even think before they start filming their movies? I mean everything about this movie is awful, including the story, the acting and even the effects are lousy and if you fail at that, you fail everything. Infact its known worldwide for being one of the worst sci-fi films ever made even to this very day. Even for a film with well known actors such as John Travolta and Forest Whitaker, this movie still falls flat.
Even though the story is idiotic, unfortunately it needs to be explained. It takes place in the year 3000, when the human race is almost almost extinct because of an alien race named Psychlos (yes I know, but just go with it) have taken control of Earth and why because, they wanted our gold and yes thats right our gold. Like other movies, this one two different sides to the story from each main character, the first being a human named Jonnie played by Barry Pepper, who wants more out of life for himself and his people so he goes out to discover the world, but as predicted he gets captured by the aliens. And on the other side of the story tells us the leader of the aliens who work on Earth is named Terl played by John Travolta who is stuck on the planet because of his higher authoritys keep him there to work until the day he dies. But Terl has a way to buy his way out instead with the gold on th planet, but since their own law says that only aliens can mine gold and not humans he would have to pay the workers. So he makes a plan to train the humans in secret, because the humans are slaves so he can keep the gold for himself and obviously one of the humans he picks is Jonnie. And for Jonnie, its a way to get close to the aliens and figure out a way to defeat them and take back their home planet.
Well since they get pretty much everything else wrong with this movie, lets get on with worst thing about this movie and thats the acting. And don't get me wrong John Travolta is usually a good actor, but he just overacts in the entire film that is just down right bad and goofy. Infact all of the actors performances are just down right terrible and is just full of overacting the entire time from each of them, but John Travolta being the worst.
And last and certainly least the effects are just down right stupid. First off why is every camera shot is at an angle, infact only a couple of shots are really even straight and for no purpose what so ever. Even the computer generated parts are lousy and highly unrealistic, they look like paper cut outs infact. And the biggest mess up of all are the costume designs for the aliens which look like mutated, klingon clowns, yea does that even sound passable to you?
In the end what else can I really say aboutb this film, its very, very, very bad. The acting is lousy, that camera work really needs to straighten out and the story is up and beyond stupid. Overall its just a dumb sci-fi movie film that had no chance on the big screen.
Posted on 12/21/12 04:30 PM
2 and 1/2 out of 5!
You know with an idea this clever and along with a budget thats big, I really would expect more from this. I mean the casting choices should have been better and it has certain plot holes that need fixing, but in my opinion it had a very stylish setting, along with big explosions and cool stunts.
What I am saying is it could have been good, but was poorly executed.
What could have been great about this movie, the idea of having people trying to live in a world that is pretty much completely covered with water is a great idea, infact I'm shocked no one else has done it before. But unfortunately for us, they screwed it up. The idea is that not only is the world covered in water, but there is bunch of gangsters called the Smokers that are mainly determined to find Dryland. And apparently to find it, theres a little girl named Enola that has a map and directions to Dryland tattooed on her back. How or why its no her back is never known. But with the help of her guardian named Helen and of a drifter named the Mariner, it causes trouble for the Smokers. The film goes along as they keep on fighting the Smokers and are also determined to find Dryland before they do.
To say what I disliked about this movie is maily with its casting and characters. The main one goes to the star of this movie, Kevin Costner as The Mariner, I mean its like he did not care for this role at all with his dullness and lack of emotion, but then again thats what happened to him over the years. And the other role is I'm sorry to say, Dennis Hopper as The leader of the Smokers, mainly because he was over the top acting all the time in this film, which screws his character up. So mainly the worst thing to come out of this film are the choices with its casting.
My overall theory on this film is, I really enjoyed the action scences, huge explosions and the neat stunts, but the casting was dull, the writing could have been much better and the idea of having a world covered in water was done in a poorly way.