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Shutter Island

Shutter Island

(2010)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I enjoyed watching this film...it entertained, was well made, paced and plotted in a satisfying way. But...well I couldnt help thinking that it was quite 'small'..inflated excessively by the size of the personages involved..e.g.Scorsese..Di Caprio...

A lesser known cast and director may have distracted less..giving this quite small reminiscence of earlier, gothic style pscyho-dramas...more punch..more potency...more immersion in its hallucinatory world.

Still worth seeing if you want to be entertained.

Avatar

Avatar

(2009)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Overall I found this film tedious, simplistic, clunky, wishy washy, LOUD both visually and aurally...and ultimately unsatisfying.

On the other hand, I will admit to feeling, impressed, exhilirated and in genuine awe of certain key scenes and moments. It provided a gluttonous feast of eye popping eye candy..for us to gorge ourselves on.
It also had a smattering of moments..which almost, but not quite evoked the profound and sublime..Moments sadly smothered by the overall sense of visual, directorial excess.

A repeat watching...on my humble widescreen...this time without the distraction of the impressive 3D..did nothing to up my sense that the film is very flabby...weighed down by its excesses....rather than lifting us up by its vision.

A very expensive 'all round' missed opportunity to be a really good film.

The Wolfman

The Wolfman

(2010)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I found this a bore. Albeit a handsomely produced and photographed one on occasion. Importantly though it offered no thrills, chills nor anything which compelled me to give it more attention than it deserved...Meaning fitful glances now and again , while doing other things.

Even the perfunctory 'wow' moment, bravura transformation scenes...looked kind of ho-hum to me.
The final scenes of the battling werewolves....to me even looked risible and very silly...Not helped by a very dour performance from its lead...and a very lacklustre Hopkins performance.

Not terrible.....just....well...not very good..despite the talents involved.

JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA)

JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi g...

(2000)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[b][font=Times New Roman][size=3]JSA Joint Security Area[/size][/font][/b]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Very fine political, murder thriller occurring on the Nth/Sth Korean Border. Slow but satisfying reveal of plot...which turns unexpectedly. Captivating, humorous, humanist, satirical. Great visually, with a terrific final sequence to end the film. [b]Poop it[/b].[/size][/font]

[b][font=Times New Roman][size=3]Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut[/size][/font][/b]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Mindbending, macabre, completely fascinating, hodge podge of a film. Teenage schizophrenia, transverse universes, time travel, a big rabbit called Frank. Deep, involving, touching, menacing, ultimatley very satisfying. [size=2](I'm intending to write further about this film later on.). [/size][/size][size=3][b]Poop it[/b][/size][/font]

[b][font=Times New Roman][size=3]Twisted[/size][/font][/b]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Dreadfully dull, dumb, pedestrian, howlish, waste of tim[/size][/font]e. [font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]Don't Poop[/b]...stinker.[/size][/font]

District 9

District 9

(2009)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Yes....liked this one.

A sharp acerbic, subversive allegorical tale, impressively produced, delivers the goods despite what imperfections it may have.

The central performance is a delight, as Wikus the officious, fiddly enthusiastic bureaucratic 'hero' is charged with relocating aliens, who for 20 years have lived on earth, in a sort of grimey 'shanty' town. The plotting follows his efforts, and we see some sharp satirical jabs, and 'social commentary' conscience pricking along the way.

Pleasingly for the most part, played unsentimentally, the film has moments which are quite compelling, humorous and touching. The actions scenes are nicely filmed and the aliens themselves are convincingly presented to us. Both as achievements in FX and in terms of the writing of their character and situation. They come off as more 'human' and sympathetic, than their callous human protagonists.

Presented partly in a 'looking back' doco style, which perhaps is the 'clunkiest' part of what is very much a clean and coherent film. Made handsomer by an immersive, visually impressive production which has the budget to take you on its ride. A ride which happily goes against the grain of what a 'traditional' hollywood treatment of this material might give.

Nice to see humans get gloopily blown apart for once. A kind of alien/buglike payback for all the bugs we humans have squished.

yeah it certainly leaves room at the end for a sequel or two...

Anyway worth seeing...

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