Okay, I originally gave this movie a 90% rating after just watcing it. Partly becus I heard about how great it was b4 hand, and partly becus I thot I just needed time to process it b4 truly appreciating it as an artform. I was correct, I did need time to process it... to realize it wa a peice of shit. Aside from the line I will be quoting for the rest of my life("Please insert stray cat") this was a movie that was just too weird. It cudnt decide what it wanted to be. It was part horror, part porn, part black comedy, and it didnt do any of it well. It truly does pain me to say this, I wanted to love it. I love Christain Bale, and I love Jared leto, but I depise this film. It's just too strange. You cannot connect with this film, at all. I dont care who you are or wut u claim, no one out there can honsetly connect with it. It has no human element to it. Bale goes so far over the edge, so far away from humanity itself, that you just can't connect. As for all the other characters, they are flat one notes who all seem to quickly meet their grisly end. It goes too graphic on violence for the big screen. Reading about a psychgotic man biting off a woman's vagina is one thing, actually watching it is just way too far. By the time the credits role, you'll have a handful of graphic mental images, a whole lot of questions as to what actually happened and what's going on, and instead of thinking to yourself "Wow, I'm so glad I watched that movie. It was a classic" you'll be thinking "What in God's name possessed me to whatch that? WTF? Why didn't I turn it off? What a waste of two hours." To anyone who has yet to see this film, don't. To anyone who has, I feel your pain.
Mel Brooks may now be rarely mentioned in pop culture, but make no mistake, a large percentage of the funniest movies in history have his name attatched to them. His unique brand of humor re-defined comedy and proved once and for-all that just because a film sets out to make you laugh, does not mean that it must sacrifice any integrity or quality. Perhaps where this is most obvious is in my personal favorite film of Brooks'; "Young Frankenstein". "Young" is a brilliant comedic film that works for one simple reason: It's a spoof that never thought of itself as a spoof. Brooks' love and passion for the classical horror films of the thirties is clear and so is his goal. To him and Gene Wilder(co-writer & star), "Young" was never about mocking the "Frankenstein" films, it was about making another installment, just in their own odd way. At it's bare bones, it's a very simple joke. After titles such as "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Son of Frankenstein", Frankenstein's grandson is completely embarrassed by his family and wants nothing to do with the nut-jobs' legacy. But from these bare bones, Brooks and Wilder add pound-upon-pound of flesh and blood. The not-so-big secret here is that they were first and foremost, making a great film that could stand side-by-side with the original classics. It is because the concept was taken so seriously, and the material dealt with so affectionately, that the film is that much funnier. Great performances abound in the film, from Wilder, to the late, greats Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle. It is due to the great performances and the care put into the project by Brooks and Wilder, that the film's pacing is absolutely superb. The script is tight, without a hole in it; the mark of great writers who love their source material. If this has all sounded like a kind of love letter to the film, that's exactly what it is. To me "Young Frankenstein" is the funniest film of all time. It's the only film that no matter how many times I watch it, I cry with laughter every single time. I absolutely love it. Its an underrated gem, a diamond in the rough among Mel's films. It's not mentioned as much as "Spaceballs" or "Blazing saddles". But in a way, that only makes me love it more. It makes it feel more like it's mine. My treasure that I stumbled upon. For a film that was made out of a deeply personal love of cinema, perhaps that's the best legacy it could have ever had; to always be out there for cinema buffs to discover and treasure as their own.
"Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up."
The Dark Knight Rises is the full-blown conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Director Christopher Nolan began this series with the inventive 'Batman Begins' and carried it into it's second act with the masterful 'Dark Knight'. Now, years later, Nolan returns with one of the most satisfying conclusions in film history. The Dark Knight Rises is a tale of dishonesty, betrayal, and the retribution that can rise from it. From the first shot of Christian bale as Bruce Wayne, you can feel in your very bones that you're now on a road that has only one destination. At the hands of Bane, a mass terrorist, Gotham's day of reckoning comes and the Batman must return to become our savior. Tom Hardy as Bane is a spectacular villain. He's not even comparable to villains past in the series, he's on an entirely different level. He is a brutal monstrosity, one that ultimately seems to feel his fate is not only to destroy Batman, but to obliterate the evils of Gotham from the world. Anne Hathaway also absolutely kills as Selina Kyle, owning every scene she's in. Mainstays Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman return once again, adding emotional heft to the film's end. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a new addition as 'John Blake' a young cop with lots of spirit.
Dark knight Rises is indeed a grander finale than there has ever been. Where previous batman films had only peered down into the black abyss, 'Rises' dives straight into it and never looks back. I'm afraid I can't say too much about the ending of the film, as it is something you must see for yourself to make up your own mind. It is indeed a rather classic Nolan-style ending, in the sense that it will have you and your company debating it's true meanings for hours. I will say this, I absolutely loved the ending. In the end, all the themes of legacy and redemption and fate that have carried through all the films are resolved in the best of ways in 'Rises' ending. I honestly can't wait for you to see it, hell, I can't wait to see it again.
The nicest thing you can say about 'The Amazing Spiderman' is that despite being completely unnecessary and entirely too sudden of a reboot, it is indeed thoroughly enjoyable. I love Sam Raimi's original trilogy, and to hear that a mere decade after the original film they were remaking it, I was beyond skeptical. The film is once again an origin story and that's it's biggest problem, the film can never quite escape the shadow of it's predecessor. Too many moments that should have an impact fall flat because they too closely resemble scenes seen previously. There are certain things that have to happen, and by now the entire audience already knows what those things are. He has to get bitten, Uncle Ben has to die, Peter feels responsible, he vows to avenge his uncle, he hunts down the gunman.. and so it goes. Once the film gets by it's clunky first half that includes Uncle Ben desperately trying, and failing, to find a new catch phrase not involving 'power' or 'responsibility'; it picks up because it truly becomes a spiderman movie. After years of attempts on Raimi's part, The Lizard is finally brought to the screen in this reboot, in a splendid way. He and Spidey practically spend the last half of the movie just transitioning from fight scene to fight scene, but it's undeniably fun to watch, especially in 3D. Despite their best efforts, the finale can't quite steer clear of the tried and true 'Hold on Mary Jane!' formula, putting Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy at the center of the danger as Spiderman and The Lizard have their final showdown. Andrew Garfield does a great job filling the Peter Parker role. Thought not as believable as Maguire, he's great in his own right and manages to pull off a more hipster-ish version of Parker. Emma Stone is the MVP of the film, adding another notch to her vast and impressive resume, as a sweet and capable Gwen Stacy. It is clear that fairly fresh director, Marc Webb, does indeed have a passion for what he is doing here and that he wants to bring Spidey back to the multiplex in the best way he can. Unfortunately, his naivety does show in the film's pacing. He rushes certain moments that should be slower paced, and then takes five minutes to showcase his old music video skills with Peter Parker skating around aimlessly. Overall, 'Amazing Spiderman' is worth the price of admission for the superb action sequences and it's fun-loving attitude. However, in order for it to be anything more than just 'fun', one must completely erase all memories of Raimi's originals. Unfortunately for Webb and co., it has only been a few years and the memories are all too fresh. In the end, it turns out Raimi's shoes are just a little bit too big to be filled.
Ridley Scott is back at it in his first sci-fi film in 30 years and Prometheus is a worthy addition to Scott's arsenal. Visually stunning, well-crafted, and just a no holds barred sci-fi film, Prometheus lives up to expectations in the best of ways. Many have specualted over and over again just how much of an 'Alien' film the movie would be. And i suppose the best answer would be to simply say this: it isn't. It exists within the same universe as "Alien" and takes place before it. However, if you go in expecting to see the classic Xenomorphs popping out at you the whole movie, you will be dissapointed. Actually, Prometheus tackles a much more intriguing concept than merely setting up the dominos to go through another rehash of Alien. It truly all revolves around how a being has to cope with it's own existence. We make up things to believe in, religion, science, and endlessly question our purpose. Prometheus is what happens when you finally find the answers to those questions. Horrifying, beautiful, gut-wrenching, and powerful, Scott delivers a tour de force with Prometheus. On par with the first two films in the Alien saga, Prometheus is a mind-blowing, enjoyable film that works on every level.