I am an independent filmmaker. I try and get some of the noise out of my head and onto a screen so others can see what I see when I daydream or am lost in thought.
I enjoy all types of films and love to talk about them to whoever will listen.
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I'm stealing an idea from a friend and defining what the star system ratings mean.
Here is how my ratings work:
1/2 star - One of the worst films ever. If you see this then it's as good as dead to me.
1 star - Terrible. Not worth watching once.
1 1/2 stars - Really bad with maybe a scene or two that was good.
2 stars - A weak movie but maybe watchable if you are at a friends house and they are watching it.
2 1/2 stars - Not strong but worth watching on tv.
3 stars - A good movie that is worth renting.
3 1/2 stars - A very good movie that I suggest you see in the near future.
4 stars - Excellent! These are the good ones folks, check them out.
4 1/2 stars - A great movie that is few and far between. You should just buy this flick and thank me later.
5 stars - The Masterpiece. Buy it and call it a favorite right now because this is a rare gem worth owning and telling people about as soon as you can.
As a massive Superman fan I've been waiting for this film to come out for a very long time. With expectations high I let the film unfold and in the end I walked out of the theater very satisfied. Was it a perfect Superman movie? No. But it was a great start to a future franchise. The pacing of the film was rushed and the characters flat as there were no quiet moments to help them become more than names to us. I would also have to agree with the comments about the crazy amount of destruction that hits Metropolis and Smallville over the course of the film. It was a little much most of the time and really could have been toned down. People have been saying they want a Superman movie where he hits things and not just lifts heavy objects and we definitely got that. It's a great start but hopefully we'll get a little more depth in the next installment.
I had a lot of fun with this one and my enjoyment of the franchise as a whole seems to have climbed over the last couple years. It's not trying to be anything but dumb loud fun and that's ok. Not every movie has to attempt to change the world.
There is an interesting story in here somewhere but unfortunately the filmmakers have decided to focus on a bland one. I liked the world that the movie is set in with the human race having to flee Earth and settle on a far away planet and their troubles with an alien race that has caused them to form a brand of military specially equipped to handle them but the movie doesn't focus on this aspect of the story. Instead we get to watch Will Smith be gruff and bleed out while his emotionally damaged son runs around on a very hostile Earth. The effects and design of the future technology are hit and miss through the whole film with the crashed spaceship looking more like a busted up kite than something that could fly through the cosmos. The crazy amount of green screen work is obvious and took me out of the film a few times and some of the music cues were misplaced. I think M. Night played it safe with this one to avoid the slings and arrows of all who judge him for not hitting it out of the park with each film he releases. It's unfortunate because none of his identity comes out in this film and I think it would have helped it a little in the end. Overall I didn't think this was a terrible movie. It's just not a good one.
A compelling documentary that gives a full look at the story of the West Memphis 3. As with the other documentary films about the subject I must warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. It deals with the murders of three young boys and crime scene photos are shown and they are graphic. The bulk of the focus of this film in particular is on the innocence of the three young men accused and jailed for the crime. We take a look at the whole case and where it went very wrong from the beginning. It's a chilling tale of a witch hunt that landed these teens in prison for nearly two decades. I highly recommend if you liked the work done in the Paradise Lost series of documentary films that brought world wide attention to this case.
A well shot and produced doc with a fascinating story. It's hard to wrap your mind around something like this story playing out when we've lived so long in a world connected online. I doubt we will be able to have a story such as this happen again.