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Who Can Kill a Child? (Quin puede matar a un nio?)
22 months ago via Flixster

I love the topic and the hilarious brutality of the film. It's a great idea, from what I can tell it gained a lot of inspiration from Lord Of The Flies. It's a what if scenario and the execution was nearly perfect. It felt like Hitchcock, then Polanski and trailed off into its own feel.

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
2 years ago via Flixster

I must be in the minority, but I think this is a really dull movie chalk full of wasted talent. The poor and uninspired direction really ruin the movie, no time is spent on the glorious landscapes, sets and costumes. That would be acceptable if the story was taken as the focus, but even that lacks intrigue. In the end, it's a very jumbled movie. Toshiro Mifune is really the only part that I would say is above average, he always manages to be an interesting screen presence.

Arthur (2011)
4 years ago via Flixster

I think that this is just as good, if not better than the original. I'm sure a lot of people will just hate this by default because it's a remake, but anyone who gives it a fair chance will have a hard time finding it anything but fun. I guess you have to enjoy Russell Brand in order to find it as funny as I did, but I think this role was perfect for him. Everything about Arthur and his larger than life personality is so easy to accept when it's so well acted. Nearly every joke he makes is hilarious and the whole concept is something that never seems to get old. I think all of the characters are great and a step up from their originals. Helen Mirren is amazing as Hobson and I honestly don't think anyone could play that character better. I also think Greta Gerwig was perfect too; she just has a quality about her that is totally unique and lovable. While this is a remake in terms of structure and basic plot, it's completely different in terms of the comedy and general atmosphere. Some of the little things like Frog and Toad, Batman Forevermobile, and the Gummi Bear suit are what make it so much more fun to me. As a heartwarming comedy, you can't get better than this. It gives you exactly what you need and there's nothing cheap or corny about it. No one should feel bad about liking Arthur because it's just so good at what it wants to be.

Cul-de-Sac (1966)
4 years ago via Flixster

Considered something of a hidden treasure for some time, this isn't exactly the holy grail of Polanski, but it's definitely a well made movie and interesting. The performances are all over the place and bizarre, but that's kind've one of the best things about it. It's a pretty simple home invasion plot, but the execution is where it gets interesting. I really like the offbeat style and the fact that it isn't as serious as it could be. The black and white cinematography is flawless and a reason alone to check this out.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
4 years ago via Flixster

I could honestly care less if critics or snooty film aficionados enjoy or respect Michael Bay's final entry in his Transformers Trilogy; I found it to be about as good as it gets. Having Transformers be a part of my life since age six, it's hard for me not to completely fall in love with this live action counterpart. The whole series has been so ridiculously fun to watch. Even if it has its uneven moments and goofy subplots, these are undoubtedly fun movies. Seeing characters from one of your beloved childhood classics in a real environment is just impressive in itself. The idea of making this concept work for a large audience is almost worth an incredible amount of praise.
When you think of Michael Bay, most people have images of destruction and expensive stunts coming to mind. Now this has got to be a perfect choice for directing a movie centering around fifty foot robots battling in big cities. Michael Bay might not be a Scorsese or Kubrick, but he does make some of the coolest action movies around. While these movies might be weak in story to those unfamiliar with the show or mythology, it excels at having beautiful action sequences. However, I am one of those people that will defend these movies for having great stories. Sure, it's easy to take the concept and characters for granted due to the longevity of the franchise, but this really is science fiction that I enjoy and have respect for. To have an entire world of thinking, feeling robots and have them crash-land on to earth and become shape shifters is genius. Then you have characters like Optimus Prime; pretty much the coolest robot ever created. It's as if John Wayne was turned into a machine and had an endless supply of great one-liners, fighting skills and ideals. Peter Cullen's commanding voice presence only backs up the visual awesomeness of the character. It doesn't stop there though. You have Megatron, who's pure evil concentrated into metal. There's also the loyal and brave Bumblebee and Starscream; a character who uses deceit as his primary function. The list goes on and on and practically every Autobot and Decepticon has their fun attributes. Now the live action movies have managed to take the core of these characters and show them to the greatest ability. I think they've accomplished by showing the best of the original series. Shia LaBeouf continues to be basically the anchor of this franchise and he's probably at his finest in this one. He plays the character of Sam so well and he's so easy to love. All of the cast additions here work really well and fit into the story pretty easily. While having an absent Megan Fox isn't exactly smooth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley works fine as a suitable replacement. It's also fun having people like Josh Duhmal and Tyrese Gibson doing solid work at this point in the series.
Dark of the Moon has the best of everything when it comes to the franchise. The story has managed to become extremely broad in scope and encapsulates everything that makes for a "popcorn movie" to be worthwhile. However, no one should have to feel ashamed for liking or loving this movie. I almost feel bad for people that only allow themselves to like Transformers on a sarcastic level and make excuses. Dark of the Moon is just a solid movie no matter how you put it. It has just enough of a light tone, extremely high stakes for the characters and just about as much visual beauty as movies can produce. It's been a longstanding judgment that Michael Bay is a moron and all of his movies suck. However, I'm going to always be one of his defenders. He knows exactly what it takes to make a well paced and fun movie. He never steps out of his element and keeps trying to achieve new heights with his projects. Transformers is maybe his most memorable and will undoubtedly survive longer due to it's pre-existing fan base, but I think he's really found a concept and style that works.
In this movie, they basically have everything missing from the other movies that any hardcore fan of Transformers could want. We see the addition of Laserbeak, Shockwave, and a more featured Soundwave. Even more, we get exposed to even more mythology from the Transformers universe. The infusion of Space Bridge technology was just way too much of a geek-out moment.Infusing their story with Earth's history is something that I thought worked extremely well and just made the impact more realistic and interesting.
When it comes to the advancements of 3D technology and CGI, it's hard to beat Dark of the Moon. These robots look even more realistic than they did before and having a 3D backdrop for them to duke it out is just amazing. The attention to detail and ridiculously well planned out fight scenes is just too much to handle at times. If there was any glorification of the Transformers in previous installments, it was nothing compared to this. Every entrance is carefully planned and all the characters are treated with the utmost respect. The addition of robo-blood and even more detailed robo-slayings just added to the already beautiful representation of The Transformers. Now I'm sure there'll be those that just don't see the point of Dark of the Moon, but as a fan, it's probably the most well made in the series and gives the truest representation of the concept and characters. There's always going to be those who just don't get action movies, childhood nostalgia or just fun period in movies.