I don't feel like writing an extended review at the moment, but basically the Coens are infallible. They have never done a bad movie, and as a matter of fact, I don't believe I've ever given one of their films lower than an eight. Barton Fink is truly unique and powerful.
Snatch has a lot of energy, some great performances, and a truly unique feel. The soundtrack is also quite good, and the movie is really worth seeing if only for Brad Pitt's amazing accent. [img]http://amnesiablog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/brad_pitt_i_snatch_109825o-1.jpg[/img]
I'm certainly in the minority on this one, but it doesn't matter to me: LOTR is among the most overblown, overrated piece of fluff Hollywood has ever produced. While the cinematography and visuals are undeniably incredible, the story is surprisingly not compelling in the slightest. There are many, many scenes in the film that should have been cut, and I find that it takes every ounce of energy in me to make it to the end. Even the battle sequences, the movie's only real claim to greatness, feel rather pointless and silly. [img]http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=79580&rendTypeId=4[/img]
While certainly not living up to its masterpiece hype and potential, Heath Ledger's incredible Joker keeps the film in "great" territory. The story feels quite convoluted in places, however, and much of the non-Joker dialogue is subpar. Nolan introduces too many subplots, and leaves a couple without an end, hurting the film significantly. In the end, though, The Dark Knight is unforgettable in many ways, the Joker chief among them.
I actually watched it when it first came out, but here's the belated review. As a noted critic on RT said, "Robert Downey Jr. is this movie!". Plain and simple, that about sums it up. From the first frame to the last, Downey falls perfectly in place as the badass brilliant superhero.
The action in the movie was quite good, and didn't feel nearly as corny as the majority of superhero movies.
As I've said before, I typically hate superhero movies. But as far as that genre can go, Iron Man is a great one.