Tonally perfect and musically intriguing, "Ping Pong Summer" is a very retro-eqsue film with very little originality, but a very amusing plot that overshadows it's cliches. It may not be the best film out there, but the dumb humour and over-the-top tribute to the 80's is so good that it begins working against it. Don't get me wrong, this is a very fun indie flick that you can easily have fun with, but it's written as a very run-of-the-mill screenplay and therefore there is not much to get attached to. Even though the film has life lessons sprinkled throughout, they are done so dramatically and epically that is feels intentional, and I am still not sure if that is what they had in mind. The cast is good enough for what the story is and they portray their characters well enough to pass by the picture. By the end of this film, the cliches became predictable and you will see the ending coming from a mile away, but I will give credit to where credit is due. "Ping Pong Summer" has an awesome soundtrack and the story is so cliched that it makes it that much more fun. I'll admit, I had quite a bit of fun watching it, so I'll warrant it a mild recommendation.
Unlike it's horrible promotions with two different titles, "The F Word" or "What If," depending on which one makes it to the blu-ray, this film is genuine in almost every regard and it's stars shine right off the screen. With very witty dialogue and a fast-paced story, this romance (if you want to call it that) has something that is missing in almost every romantic comedy in the past decade, and that is the fact that you are able to care about every single character, due to the writers intelligence to what the audience wants to see. This film stars Danielle Radcliffe, and he gives such a believable performance that I just wanted him to be in every single scene. The rest of the cast give it their all and they feel so natural with each other that I forgot I was watching a movie in some moments. The two minor faults this film has is it's trailer and it's undeniable cliches. The cliches are very minor though, because it takes turns immediately after they hit, which in turn really makes them not cliched anymore. The trailer practically gives the entire film away, so I definitely recommend taking the advice of others and watching this film knowing nothing going in. "The F Word/What If" is one of the best rom-com's I have seen in a very very long time, and it is one of my favourite films of 2014.
A classic revenge tale with overly stylish effects should make for a great film noir, and it does in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," in fact, it is almost better than the first film, but the execution of everything is so overdone that it feels pretty distant from the first film. Straying from the "short film" sectional formula, this film only really has about two main stories that intertwine. It was nice to see all the characters crossing paths and the cast seems like they are trying even harder to make a great film and it shows. The style has improved, the directing is well-done, and the story is very intriguing, but there are so many elements in this film that drag it down. The big one is with the script. There is so much narration that it begins to work against the effective scenes and the writers seem to run out of clever dialogue momentarily. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" may not be the best sequel in the world, but on it's own, it is a lot of fun!
Most adaptations of graphic novels are style over substance but this is a great balance of both, making for a very entertaining film-noir style. "Sin City" is like a series of short films strung together to create a compelling story, and in this case, it could not have been done any better. Being released in 2005, this way of filmmaking was pretty groundbreaking and I admire Robert Rodriguez for going to new heights. With some awesome action scenes, some beautiful cinematography, great green screen work, and multiple interesting stories, "Sin City" is one of my favourite adaptations of a graphic novel. Mickey Rourke is the most notable in his role as Marv, making for one badass guy who drives most of this film to be as strong as it is. Sure, there are some pretty dumb moments and the narration can become a little distracting and tedious, but you just can't deny, this is a great movie!
A film solely made for children with very little adult substance to sustain it's tedious 142 minute running time. I will say that Robin Williams and all the kids involved throughout this film are very well-cast and they make the film seem better than it really is. It may have one of the silliest and most unnecessary stories, but the payoff is nice and it makes what was ridiculous worth it in a way. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I liked this film or not, because it had so many elements that I hated, but quite a few that I loved as well. Taking place after the event of the original "Peter Pan" from Disney, "Hook" is all about the remeberance of the character and a revenge story of captain hook. Full of cheese, an uneven script, plot holes galore, and a waste of talent by Steven Spielberg, "Hook" is mediocre at best. However, the score, landscapes, and action scenes are very well-done. I never grew up watching this film, so I do not feel that nostalgic factor that some do, but I completely see why people love this movie.