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  • Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)

    May 10, 2014

  • The Net

    The Net (1995)

    May 05, 2014

  • Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

    May 01, 2014

    Though sadly the last of what we may ever see of Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me is a solid installment in the series. While being a prequel, it also provides useful insights on some of the subplots and characters of the TV series.

    Certain actors familiar from the show reprise their roles here, save for Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna, replaced by Moira Kelly. Usually a different actor portraying a certain character wouldn't bother me, but Kelly as Donna didn't feel as convincing as it should have been, therefore hindering the continuity of the character between the movie and the show.

    What really hurts the movie I found is how the events that take place during the first 30 minutes were handled. Although it was nice to see Agent Dale Cooper, his presence doesn't save the otherwise weak handling of said events, which also leave loose ends and confusion, at least to my understanding.

    The better part of the movie I thought was when it finally gets to the actual town and focus on the main victim, Laura Palmer. It seems many have mixed feelings about the way the events surrounding Laura Palmer were portrayed. We get to see Laura Palmer's life beginning to fall apart, along with her final moments. She may be portrayed as unlikeable, but we can clearly see how her attitude affects others, managing for the most part to justify showing what was otherwise said throughout the series. The supernatural forces become more intriguing than they were prior to the Laura Palmer subplot, revealing an obvious but nonetheless important point involving the finale of the TV series' second season. And when these forces take over, they get under one's skin, or so they did for me.

    As for aesthetics, the movie has its moments of well-made haunting imagery along with some of the familiar musical score from the show. It certainly looks like the movie that the TV series deserved, even if it doesn't always live up to it.

    I liked a good deal of what Fire Walk With Me had to offer in context with the show and can speak for Twin Peaks fans that it may be worth a watch. For those who are new to Twin Peaks and are willing to see this, watch the show first, despite this being a prequel, because the show better portrays the events that go down in the strange town of Twin Peaks, and will therefore make more sense when watching Fire Walk With Me.

  • Battlestar Galactica: Razor

    Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)

    April 30, 2014

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    April 23, 2014

    If I didn't know who was directing this movie, I would have never guessed You, Me And Dupree's Russo brothers. Not only is Captain America 2 a major improvement over its predecessor, it actually felt necessary to The Avengers' movie canon, and not merely filler.

    Excellent character development is seen not just with Chris Evans' reprised role as Good Guy Steve Rogers, but with other characters as well, steering drama into believable territory and genuinely heartfelt moments. The Winter Soldier himself brings tension between him and the main character, which is a relief because he initially starts off without much going for him.

    The plot feels complex and has a significant impact on what followers of The Avengers' movie universe know so far. Its tie-in with Marvel's TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D raises the depth that its cinematic universe is able to grasp, a LOT more than Thor: The Dark World was able to accomplish (ironically).

    And the action sequences were really solid, although occasionally pushing luck and hit-or-miss camera work. At least there was a positive blend of CG and old-school action (pun intended). And people die. You actually see them die. I'm not saying this is necessarily a good thing, but I point this out because it's what differentiates Captain America 2 from many superhero movies nowadays, including The Avengers, which seem to censor much of the on-screen deaths besides important characters, for the sake of a wider audience. You know, FOR KIDS!

    I was definitely surprised with how good Captain America 2 was, and how important it is to The Avengers' movie saga. And even in its own right, it's well worth seeing.

  • Akira

    Akira (2001)

    April 16, 2014

    To be reviewed.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

    April 03, 2014

    It brims with visual splendor as one would expect and certainly aims for more excitement than An Unexpected Journey. Problematically, the Desolation of Smaug really didn't feel like something out of Tolkien, but more our of the director's personal enjoyment, causing problems that hampered my satisfaction for this sequel of a prequel.

    It was nice to see the cast enjoying themselves, but Martin Freeman's performance felt rather dry this time around, not nearly as invested as in the first movie. There is also a love triangle between certain characters that feels somewhat forced and out of place.

    Speaking of which, the movie's pacing, while done for the best intentions, is very erratic, thanks to the bevy of sub-plots that are constantly cut between, taking away from getting involved with some of the more important scenes. And while the Smaug scene was nothing short of a Sherlock/Watson reunion, the charm dies down pretty quickly with, again, cutting between other sub-plots going on.

    Other problems involve occasionally bothersome predictability, later, the ridiculousness of the movie's more exciting bits, very few resolutions due to the numerous sub-plots handled, and the astronomical amount of filler (or so it felt) that the sub-plots cause.

    With all that said, DOS isn't a bad movie. When the plot moves forward, it is worth watching. There is plenty of charisma and chemistry to go about, and the movie is nevertheless meaningful, albeit longer than it should be. There are some great, forgivably over-the-top action sequences to experience, and some of the filler is nonetheless well-handled.

    Many seem to enjoy this installment of the Hobbit series over the first, but I found AUJ was a lot more fun to watch thanks to a good build up for things to come, while DOS suffers from a lack of focus resulting in many of the aforementioned problems I had with it. But what DOS does best is build up for a hopefully more epic sequel and conclusion to an otherwise great representation of Tolkien territory.

  • Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica (2003)

    March 15, 2014

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

    February 11, 2014

  • The Final Destination

    The Final Destination (2009)

    February 07, 2014

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