Movies are my life. If I'm not watching a movie, I'm reading about them, writing about them, or talking about them. Even the vast majority of my music collection is movie scores and soundtracks.
My tastes are pretty eclectic, with films from every genre, and I enjoy mindless popcorn flicks just as much as deep, serious dramas.
I never tire of a good movie discussion. That being said, a few notes:
* I welcome friend requests IF they are genuine - and you should send a personalized talk message as well so I know it's for real. I don't even consider the kind of requests that are obviously just mass mailed.
* I'm here to share a love of movies. I'm not here to flirt or even socialize unless it's movie-related. If that's what you're after, stick to MySpace.
* If we have nothing in common at all, don't bother
* If you have nothing on your profile - fave movies, actors, lists... what's the point? Come back to me when you've got something to share.
* I don't want your spam, your widgets, or your advertisements.
* If you find cool pictures, videos, quizzes, etc, that you want to share, bring 'em on! Just don't be obnoxious about it.
This all sounds very negative, but I'm just trying to weed out the spam and find true interesting movie fans to share with.
<b>My Rating System:</b>
I get really annoyed by people who just give 5 stars to anything they like and 1/2 star to anything they don't. The truth is, most movies lie very much somewhere in the middle. You'll see this reflected in my ratings:
5 Stars - a PERFECT film; I'm pretty stingy with these (as everyone should be), and rarely give them out immediately. If I'm still as impressed by a film after a while, I'll sometimes give them the bump to 5
4.5 Stars - An almost perfect film, but not <i>quite</i>
3.5 to 4 Stars - VERY GOOD/GREAT
3 Stars - AVERAGE/GOOD
2.5 Stars - AVERAGE/BAD
1.5 to 2 Stars - BAD
1 Star - TERRIBLE
1/2 Star - The WORST OF THE WORST, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Many get this rating from me ONLY because there is no "ZERO STARS" option.
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Max Barry is one of my favorite authors, so I have been waiting anxiously for the film of his first novel, Syrup, to be released ever since I heard it was being adapted. The result is... a little disappointing.
The film has a great energy and style to it. The director does a great job here (and I also specifically noticed the music in the film did a lot to help create that energy). The story, involving the cut-throat world of marketing, is fairly original, and for most of the film keeps you interested. But it does have difficulty deciding the tone of the film, succeeding when it's focusing on satire, but considerably weaker when it tries to be a love story. The film falls apart somewhat at the end when it tries to get serious and make you sympathize with its characters, none of which are particulary likeable, and the very end is pretty unsatisfying.
As far as the cast, there is only one real weak link. Unfortunately that weak link is the main character. Shiloh Fernandez simply is not ready for prime time. He feels like a low budget amateur actor thrown in with a cast of professionals. Amber Heard as Six, on the other hand does excellent work here, mixing ruthlessness with vulnerability, deception, and especially sex appeal. The rest of the cast is fine, but besides the two stars are barely in it. Kellan Lutz shows up for a few scenes, most of them without speaking a word, and Brittany Snow appears in a scene or two for what amounts to nothing more than a cameo. Speaking of cameos, watch for the author Max Barry to make a brief appearance as the bald waiter early in the film.
Would I recommend it? Probably. It's worth watching. I just wish it had lived up to its potential instead of leaving us unsatisfied. But hey, maybe that was the point - that in the end it's all marketing and buildup, when in the end it's just an empty product.