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Psychology and time travelling entwined in this twisted science fiction masterpiece. 12 Monkeys is about a plague which wiped up nearly all of the populations on the planet, people had to retreat underground to survive. The remaining few scientists were experimenting with time travel devices and used convicts as subjects. James Cole was chosen to go back in time to retrieve information regarding the plague in order to alter the history. A series of misfortune ensured with the faulty device, eventually Cole managed to convince a psychiatrist to help him stop the plague, will they be able to save the human race?
12 monkeys combined the idea of time travel with psychological dissocation of the mind where the reality became a delusion. The theme is the exploration of Cassandra syndrome, named after the Greek princess who was able to have premonition but unable to convince anyone to prevent the prophecy from happening.
The acting was superb from all the main characters. Pitt played a mentally disturbed eco terrorist and played it so well. Willies' performance was incredibly excellent. The writing was fantastic, I love the dystopian version of the Los Angeles where crime and poverty ruled the city. The idiotic terrorists were depicted well too.
The cinematography was excellent too, I love the unusual angles typically found in horror film but used in a way to induce psychological displeasure. The sepia tone made the atmosphere all the more pessimistic. The cyberpunk set design was another brilliant addition to further propagate uncertainty and fear.
12 monkeys is a milestone of the American science fiction cinema.
Clint Eastwood once again delivered another master piece. American Sniper is the true story of one of the greatest snipers in the American history. His devotion to persevere the safety of his fellow soldiers and the freedom of the world earned him the nickname "Legend" but also made him the prime target for the terrorists. Like many other veterans, Kyle also suffered from PTSD but through his courage and strength, he not only overcame his struggles but also helped many fellow veterans.
Cooper had another one of his best performances, I couldn't even recognize him from Silver Linings Playbook. I know lots of liberals were complaining about the "fake baby" allegory, however I don't see any problems with it. It's American Sniper, not Call the Midwife. American Sniper was not only just about war, but the effect of long term separation of soldiers from their families, which we often do not hear about.
American Sniper is not a war propaganda, it is about how each soldiers have sacrificed so much of their lives for the freedom we have today, yet their stories are often unheard of. Thank you all, I salute to you!
WAY overrated. Michael Clayton is a over the top cliche starring George Clooney as a down in the dump lawyer who specializes in fixing various questionable cases. However, he found himself getting trapped in a catastrophe of conspiracy and lies. He must figure out how to turn his life around while saving himself from getting killed.
I got so bored and the acting was unconvincing. How could this film be nominated for so many awards is beyond me. Oh wait, I know, liberal critics and Hollywood.
The progressive liberal critics are afraid, afraid to show any signs of defeat of their fallacy by Objectivism. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is the conclusion to the epic saga of the producers going on a strike against the moochers and looters in the last free country where freedom is at the brink of disappearance.
Sure, the acting was terrible and the dialogues seemed forced but with such a low budget and such a grandiose production, you have to give and take for the sake of producing the best result possible. Which is similar to the character Dagny Taggart who, despite all the regulations and restrictions, she made her transportational company prevail. The thing is, they had to fit about 400 pages into a 90 minute film, they had to make a lot of cuts and changes (which even Rand herself would find difficult to do). The casting for Francisco D'Anconia was my biggest concern I believe, he was the childhood friend of Dagny yet he looked about 30 years older.
The set design was so detailed, every single prop was specially made to meet the standard of fictional brands. Mulligan's Valley/Galt's Gulch/Atlantis was very close to what I expected in terms of the design and structure. The amount of effort reflected its theme perfectly.
The editing and narration were dreadful, clearly the story telling portion of the film wasn't the forte of the directors. Personally, I think it would have been so much better to just do the section of Dagny's arrival in one go without keep jumping back to New York. And it didn't have the scene where John Galt was forced to go on television but outsmarted the Autocrats, neither was the Hank Rearden subplot, I was disappointed. However, I enjoyed the film and understand its limitations.
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours."- Ayn Rand.
Season 4 of the Walking Dead is focused on solving the mess created by the end of last season. The plots were completely pointless and the random one-off characters really made me grind my teeth in anger. Every single event that happened was to remove the over population thanks to Rick taking in the Woodbury residents. First of all, these people were all young and strong yet they didn't participate in the prison attack last season, somehow all the elderly disappeared. There's no organisation which lead to zombies wiping out an entire cell block. Epidemic was pointless again, just a way to kill off the Woodbury residents, the antibiotic hunt was pointless too, most of the infected died anyway and we all knew the main characters wouldn't die. Governor episodes were superficial and boring, I am seriously considering not continuing if it still stays crap through out the rest of the season.
American Horror Story: Murder House was an inventive new series that focused on a linear horror story with subplots that intrigued the audience. However, the plot quickly deteriorated and left nothing for the viewers in the second half of the season. The ending was rather disappointing and thoughtless.