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You couldn't actually believe how difficult it is for any director / screenwriter to take out a true story that is known for almost every single soul on the planet, and make out something suspenseful from it.
Well not only did multitalented Ben Affleck do that, but he made our hearts beat up so fast to build up for an ending that we totally knew ! That is what made argo one of the best movies we had in 2012.
Of course, the true story has been powdered a little, especially at the last airport climax, but it has been done very smoothly by brilliant director Ben Affleck you could actually believe everything you were witnessing.
The photography, script, costume design, art direction and editing were all top notch, making this easily a near-perfect technical film.
Moreover, the film never slowed down in pacing, hence was always entertaining ; Mr. Affleck has been doing extremely good pictures (three in a row now.....and they are the only three), so we can't overlook that he has become a brilliant director, despite his young age.
I completely disagree that Argo has won all those awards this year due to political factors, despite the facts that it's always good for the states to show and point out they have vanquished their enemies, but Argo deserved all those awards it got, even though I would have always preferred life of pi for best picture.
Argo will however always be remembered as one of the best films of 2012.
As a fan of the play, adaptations, and movie musicals in general, I can say les miserables was a treat for me long before the premiere.
Despite some mixed reviews, I went in with high expectations. I was happy seeing this film reaching oscar heights, and I wasn't disappointed.
The combination of Hugh and Anne was sublime, just as they shined at the oscars opening number 4 or 5 years ago. The difficult choice of Tom Hooper to let everyone sing live on stage was very risky, and I'm convinced it paid off big time, especially on tracks like "I dreamed a dream" and the whole Valjean's introduction. I didn't quite enjoy Russel Crowe's voice, but he did just fine as Javert is supposed to have a very difficult Barytone range that must show its peak in "Stars". I don't think anyone could find a normal actor with that kind of voice that needs tons of practice to get the needed feel.
On the technical side, I strongly believe the film excelled, be it on the sound mixing of tracks, the art direction and the beautiful rendition of Paris in the nineteenth century, or the direction of Tom Hooper.
Whether this will turn out to be a classic, only time will tell. For the time being, I can say I enjoyed this film, and encourage everyone who still didn't watch this piece of art to do so whenever given the chance.
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most overrated picture of the last decade.
A film nominated for 12 Oscars must certainly be better than this. The factor that brought the movie down is the script written by Tony Kushner. I know Kushner was the frontrunner for best Adapted Screenplay of the year, and I strongly disagree since it slowed the movie's pace and brought a very complicated jargon for a film, even if the film is based on the great Abraham Lincoln. However, this isn't solely the mistake of Kushner since Spielberg's should have asked modifications to be made from the script. I was surprised Spielberg's experience couldn't foresee that.
However, this was a well shot film, the DOP and the editor did a great job, Williams provided a good score, Daniel Day-Lewis did what he always does best (and was the only nomination to fully deserve the oscar), and Sally Field also delivered a fine performance. It's a shame there's also no climax to the movie, and that's also the mistake of Kushner.
For all who say the book is not filmable, I also disagree....If Ang Lee could shoot a film like "life of pi", every book can be brought to the screen.
I may get a lot of criticism for this statement, but I'm confident that with Skyfall confirming the character Craig developed in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, he has surpassed Brosnan, Moore, Lazenby, and even Connery. A bond film is also measured by the Villain, and who's better that Javier Bardem to portray the psychopathic ex-MI6 Silva.
"Q" is re-introduced as a very young Ben Whishaw, and we have got "M" in the heat of the action this time ; the main central point of attention in the film.
Ralph Fiennes is also introduced as an important character I won't be spoiling for the people who didn't see the film yet. But that's not all, we got MoneyPenny back, we saw some old gadgets (obviously since Q's there), and very specifically we saw that Old Aston Martin again !
The script was splendid, the acting top notch, and i'm very sad that neither Judi Dench nor Bardem got a best nod for best supporting actors this year.
The direction of Mendes was sublime, just perfect, and for an action film, the photography was perfect.
A new era for James Bond has now Begun, and I can't wait for the next installment !
Seriously, we never needed a reboot that soon since Sam Raimi has closed on this franchise 5 years ago.
Anyway, I went to see the film after reading the fine reviews and I wasn't disappointed. It was a good reboot, even though it wasn't needed. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone share are sympathetic duo, and for once you feel the chemistry between both lead actors.
I was also glad to see Martin Sheet and Sally Field as Ben Parker and Aunt May.
I agree the 3D visuals were stunning, and i will easily drop half a star for the 2D experience.
After all, you will be definitely lost in the versions you've seen Spider Man in, and i'm convinced that if Sam Raimi didn't make his films a decade back, I would have enjoyed Marc Webb's movie a lot more.
We need a little more creativity in the film business......that's about it.
Lawless is based on the true story of the Bondurant brothers chased down by the law, once upon a time in the west. It is based on a book entitled "The Wettest country in the world".
The best factor in the movie is definitely the performances of Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain. The film is violent and never afraid to show you the cruelty of that period. Guy Pierce, just as he did in the count of Monte Cristo, is playing a diabolical villain whom you can't but despise. Therefore, you will stand by the outlaws and you will certainly have some affinity for their characters.
The script was pretty solid as well, it was a good enough film, but when you get out of that theater, it will just feel like a vague memory since you won't be remembering this film the following day.
I do understand why most loved this film and praised it. I also do acknowledge that the film is good. But I must also underline that The Avengers is the most overrated movie of the year.
The abundance of super heroes combining together certainly made it feel so, since everybody loves at least one of these characters. I personally always hated Captain America and loved it when he was always bullied by Stark and Thor. Marvel has certainly prepared this film by releasing during the last five years an origin story for Captain America, Iron Man, The incredible Hulk, and Thor. The newcomers are basically Black Widow and HawkEye, brilliantly portrayed by Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner.
However, it is definitely the combination of Downey Jr. (Iron Man) & Ruffalo (Hulk) that steals the show, but even themselves couldn't prevent the unpersuasive scripting of intertwining planets, even if we know about the 7 Kingdoms. It just felt absurd and totally unrealistic, which killed the whole purpose. Why presenting us and persuading us with origin stories for a decade to come up with an unpersuasive script ??? I'm seriously baffled here.
However, you will be entertained, you will see your action heroes, and you will certainly be eating a lot of pop-corn. In addition, you will leave the theater smiling, which is one of the reasons to go to see a movie.
There and back again........It's good......but I won't hide my disappointment.
After all, the lord of the rings trilogy cannot be surpassed, but it's basically the mistake of Peter Jackson and the producers who made us dream of a better trilogy.
And as I've heard comparisons with Star Wars Ep 1 :The Phantom Menace, I'll just have to disagree again and come to the defense of the hobbit, whom after all, if rated on a stand alone movie, wouldn't be that bad. Unfortunately, comparisons with the elite middle earth movies will always be available, and Peter Jackson will have to live with that.
The art design feels more alive than the previous films (clear as day since most areas are revisited, from the Shire to Rivendell), Gollum and his visual effects are stunning, and Martin Freeman is the best Bilbo we could have dreamed about. But unfortunately, it is the script that lets everyone down here. It ain't easy by any means to turn off a children's book into a trilogy of 3 hour films, even if it's backed up with THOUSANDS of appendices from Tolkien. The Appendices are extremely important, but they're interfering with our main plot, which is pretty basic.
Going back to our film, the escape of Goblin City is taken over the edge. I mean come on....Thousands of Goblins facing a dozen of Dwarves, supported by an environment that should play into the advantage of the Goblins but of course doesn't do so, and miraculously everyone escapes without a scratch. We're seen a similar outcome in Barad-Dur in the fellowship of the ring, but we somehow believed it, since it was believable. The final scene in the trees wasn't that much better in that aspect.
Again, you will like this film, and it is quite good if you're a fan. But if not, I really don't see how you might digest this 3 hour ride.
Crossing fingers that "the desolation of Smaug" and "There and back again" will redress the trilogy to where it must belong.
I like to disagree with the critics. It just happens sometimes.
Well okay...I perfectly understand that the plot holes are enormous, I also know that most of the sequences were unrealistic, but this is an entertaining thriller nonetheless, and you will really enjoy watching this flick. In addition, I liked Sam Worthington in the film, and I'm really convinced he gave a fine performance.
For once, it is not about the plot, but the sub-plots that carries the movie to its "hollywoodish" finale, and while this is not basically a bad thing, it does question your mind of what really you wanted to experience from watching this movie as it doesn't really spend that much time on the ledge but sneaking into a vault.
In the end, Man on a ledge is a good popcorn movie for a fine sunday evening.
Every single year, we are presented with at least a hundred romantic comedies, and unfortunately, just like sport films, the script always feels the same and you just feel you always know what happens next.
Predictability is always a major obstacle while making such movies, and very awkwardly, directors and producers don't really seem to get this picture : when a film is predictable, it will become annoying for most viewers. Therefore deducing the key to a good romantic comedy, which comes as rarely as once in a year if we're lucky. Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of these rare films that capture your attention all through its running time.
The actors have a lot to praise for their performances in here, but it is without a doubt the work of the writer Dan Fogelman which gave this rom-com a 78% Critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes (and if you're a film buzz, believe me that's RARE). This film will move your emotions, it will surprise you more often that you would expect, and you would care for those characters you see on screen after their fine development throughout the film.
I won't go on and spoil any of it, but if there's one rom-com you'd like to see all year, let Crazy Stupid Love be it, and you won't be disappointed.
5 star reviews come so rarely for me I should celebrate for a month after watching such deserving film, and It's even a mightier feeling when you're not expecting something that grandiose.
I think that Gavin O'Connor delivered us a perfect movie, although I know a lot won't agree with me on that, claiming the film is predictable and too long.
While remembering this is a sports movie, predictability couldn't be an issue here, for reasons shown in the final fight of the movie which I won't spoil.
When the film showed its closing titles, I felt depressed since I just wanted more, which takes out the longevity issue for me.
Like The fighter, this film is before all a family drama. But unlike the fighter you will feel for both central characters, and this is mainly because of the beautifully written script and the sublime performance of both Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. In addition, Nick Nolte was very strong portraying the old mentor in an oscar worthy performance.
Once the tournament begins the excitement will keep on mounting and mounting to reach its peak in a splendid finale.
I simply don't think sports movies could ever get any better.
I'm just beginning to think that Christopher Nolan can't go wrong. Well he never did anyway !
How many times did we witness a threequel disappoint ? How many times have we seen sequels failing to live up to their originals ?
Not this time...The dark knight rises is no Dark Knight, but believe me neither will any superhero movies ever be. It's a movie that simply cannot be surpassed.
However, with a cast of Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Marion Cotillard to name a few, you'll begin to question yourself if there is anyway a director could go wrong.
The Dark Knight rises shines bright. Even though it has a considerable long running time, you will be entertained throughout since the story is so captivating and the characters, especially Selina Kyle, is so interesting.
I loved the whole pit sequence, and the fact that it reflects on everyone at us. When there is high risk, you would give out your maximum.
I really don't think that this would be the end of Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman, it would really be a shame to leave such a great franchise to somebody else with a chance of ruining it for good like Schumacher did in 1997 with the filthy Batman & Robin.
So Fingers Crossed we'll see both geniuses again.
I can't hide I went to see Prometheus with very high expectations, and I won't hide that I went out a little bit disappointed. After reading Scott's interviews you can't but expect a massive blockbuster, but unfortunately it wasn't the case.
Is Prometheus a prequel for Alien ? The answer is definitely yes, and the story happens just before 1979's Ridley Scott's film and the visit of the Nostromo. But unlike the Nostromo's crew, you can't feel much sympathy for any of the members on board, and due to the very average scripting you won't give a damn if they do live or die.
One more important thing to mention is that Elizabeth Shaw is no Ellen Ripley, although Noomi Rapace could easily walk into Sigourney Weaver's shoes, but unfortunately the script didn't allow it, and her character simply couldn't lead.
The best thing to witness was Michael Fassbender's performance. Just sublime in his role of David. Near the beginning when you are introduced to David in the spaceship I thought I was seeing Kubrick's 2001 masterpiece all over again.
For the story, the beginning was simply excellent, and the journey to meet the makers really convinced every bit of me, but expectations kept dropping with every second passing into the film.
Overall, Ridley Scott only makes good movies, but he left so many questions unanswered, seeing that this film was basically made to answer questions.
There's only one way this could have been the masterpiece that the novels are, but unfortunately this would have implied an R rating, thus a money loss to lions gate, which could have halted the filming of the sequels. Therefore, we must be grateful for what we had, which is nevertheless a very good film, and an excellent buildup to what's coming in the future two installments.
Since everyone talked about the positives that I totally agree with, I'd like to highlight some negative aspects:
- The lack of good character development : the flagrant example is Rue. Quite frankly, I didn't give a damn if the girl died or not, because she never got enough screen time to gain our admiration / her bond with Katniss was never strong enough for all the drama involved afterwards. This also applies for the one sided love story.
- The one minute footage video wasn't enough to explain the origin story. I agree it's difficult to throw in all information in a film, but every non-book reader will miss very important plot points, and won't eventually be convinced about why all those teens are fighting to the death for.
Anyway, I repeat the film is very entertaining, and I dare say it was well-made even though the important lacks stated above. It's led by one of the best female rising stars, Jennifer Lawrence, who proved to us that her nomination last year in winter's bone wasn't just a lucky hit. Like Harry Potter, The hunger games are backed up by great adult actors who support the leads in the best way possible.
Can't wait for the sequels now. Highly recommended with some parallel book reading / Wikipedia information.
Probably my least favorite avenger and surely the worst superhero film to hit the screens during the last two or three years.
Predictable since the opening credits, Captain America's origin story doesn't convince as much as the ones of his fellow Marvel comrades.
Weak Script. Standard villain. Unconvincing. Completely forgettable.
I totally respect and understand the critics for all the bad reviews circulating on the web, although I disagree and think that "In time" is a good film.
The reason for that is very simple : Viewing tons of movies makes you seek the originality of the plot and the concept. I don't recall seeing any similar idea converted to film, even though I agree it could have been done better. I also enjoyed Timberlake and Seyfried's combination and don't agree there was no compatibility between them.
It is flawed, it got tons of plot holes, but the film is entertaining and original.
Crossing fingers for this to win best foreign film at the Oscars, for the simple reason of marketing such movies into the mainstream business. A separation is a wonderfully told story about an 11 year old girl torn apart between both her father and mother, and a parallel story enriching the plot consisting of a feud with another family. What's amazing in Asghar Farhadi's work is that the characters seem so real, and they're brilliantly played by all the actors involved. The script is simply a work of art and totally deserves its shot for a best screenplay nomination.
I guess it's the first Iranian film I ever saw in my life, and I strongly recommend it to every movie fanatic out there, while awaiting more of Farhadi's works in the future.