I watch way too many movies, but I am not going to go back to rate all of them (except for that starter quiz thing). I will rate them as I see them for the first time or catch them again for some reason on TV or what not. I am not very online social networking savvy, so be patient. (updated a long time later because of many typos).
I am a fan of kar-wai. I?ve only seen the Redux. But after seeing this, I would not ever want to see the original longer version. This movie is a mess of narrative and editing ? not style editing but story editing. I appreciated what the visual art showed for the characters, but it is a very incomprehensible story for the first bits, then when you start to pick up on what?s happening it jumps into a focused piece of one person. The action is decent, but it was made for visual artistry. Sorry to say, but a lot of what yuen wo-ping does is art. That is part of what Crouching Tiger and iron Monkey so great.
I think this was probably the right kind of cutting teeth movie for Kar-wai. I really don?t know how this could even have been a good movie because it is so mangled. And because of that you can?t connect with anyone. Fans can see it, but only as the last one in his line-up.
This is a great documentary about hip-hop culture. Really, it?s about the ?five? elements (beatboxing included) and how they are perceived by insiders and how these insiders reflect on how the mainstream sees it. It is really just a good documentary about the scenes and how many try to keep them true to their origins while it was bound to be polluted by others.
There is a great collection of interviews by many luminaries and an interesting tangent with C. Delores Tucker?s blind opposition to the music. It doesn?t get really preachy and gives a lot of historical background while still keeping a good pace with some good music and never dwelling too long on a point that didn?t need the extra time. A textbook kind of documentary that?s just fine a neat little summary of it all with some POVs. In the meantime, download Del?s new LP for free from his site. Even in Apple Lossless. http://delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com/
Sorry for the shameless plug - but it's great music.
This was a movie with a interesting idea and excellent cast that really just squandered it on...I'm not sure what. It just kind of wandered around real action and portrayed itself as something floating in the middle of the giant expanse of the ocean. Wait, that's what this movie is about.
So, with that, this movie really shouldn't have had the effect that it did have when it jumped back in time. It was all way to coincidental while still managing to really do nothing at all in the grand scheme of things. And there were already the tools then and even in WWII that this really would have caused something to resonate into the "present" besides the twist.
This movie is really just moderate for what should have been a lot more interesting.
I couldn't really think of a better way movie to start describing this in comparison, and really I shouldn't compare it and take it for its own merits. However, this falls plainly in the category of The Human Centipede and Hostel (I haven't seen Hostel, but I know what it's about). However, this one takes it to a well perverse level that is supposed to be unexpected, but is well telegraphed.
Still, there is a weird entertainment value in it. And it's not really suspense as much as curiosity and morbid guile. It goes exactly where you think it will, but you keep watching. You want something really off the wall to happen, besides the main premise.
But it really never does. And really gets cheesy toward the middle. And there's where it falls next to Human Centipede.