A small improvement over last year's Hunger Games. Catching Fire is a slightly more polished film on almost everything, but I still can't connect fully with this saga. I just don't care for the rebellion that's going on because I barely have any perspective to hold on to, to feel this fury and anger, which are pretty poorly delivered by the actors. They're just too banal here and on auto-pilot and the stiff dialogue doesn't help. And the love triangle still doesn't work (come on Peeta, stop being such a pussy and waste of space). Fortunently has some interesting surprises along the way that can rise this above the average summer blockbuster but not much else.
Yet, another very overlooked Carpenter flick, Prince of Darkness breathes Carpenter through and through. The cast is hardly likeable, much like The Thing but you understand what brought them together and what are the stakes. The story is a wonderful blend of sci-fi and horror thriller, that could've crumbled onto cheesy territory but holds it's ground by presenting some nice atmosphere, surreal imagery and good gory bits. The dialogue is sharp and incisive making this a worthy satanic ride to take.
Over the top and completely cheesy italian horror flick that takes a while till it gets to the good parts but until then, expect plenty of awful acting, hilarious one liners and a mental story that doesn't make much sense but it's fun nonetheless. Doesn't take itself too serious and that's how it should be.
Yeah, this wasn't very good was it? But by reading the reviews I was expecting the second coming of the antichrist and the movie isn't as bad as people made it sound like. It looks pretty good, albeit not terribly original and has some nice claustrophobic moments but the rest is crap. I could barely understand the motivations of these characters, which were all over the place, the idea is bad, the bacteria idea is not well realized and doesn't make any bloody sense and obviously ripped 3 or 4 scenes from Alien. Not worth your time.
I suppose that if you go into this one thinking it's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, with action pieces and loads of monster gallore, you'll be quite disappointed.
Monsters works more as a road movie with romantic intention and a bit of political message rather than the afformentioned title. Monsters refers to a whole different type of creature and the ride is worth it, for Gareth Edwards has a lot of heart and intelligence to make this genre flick sound fresh, intriguing, sad, funny, contemplative, without ever being overbearing. The take is original, maybe the story not so much and truth is said when maybe it didn't fully delivered on it's premise, but with such a tiny budget and a one man-show that made a huge portion of the flick alone, Monsters is truly a tiny marvel to behold on how it works, stating that you don't need excessive action, over indulgente messages and too many complicated storylines to make a movie work. All it needs is a heart in the right place.