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Prometheus
Prometheus (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Staggeringly well done. Of the great, epic directors - Spielberg, Cameron, etc. - only Ridley Scott has a really adult perspective.

The casting is mostly good, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron are great, but I don't think Noomi Rapace can quite carry the film later on in what's turns out to be the main role, i.e. the new Ripley.

Ridley Scott is a great filmaker. He has made a film to inspire awe but that leaves one a little cold at the end of it. I do wonder what the screenwriters and the director really feel about the project, the premise?

The Artist
The Artist (2011)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This film is well done but significantly overrated. The plot is a parady of a wafer-think cliche. It has no depth, and not much width (in that there are really only two characters of significance, plus a dog who is funny).

The hero does have tremendous expression in his face, exceptionally so, and the heroine is well cast and a good counterpoint to him. It's well photographed and very reminiscent of the silent movies it parodies. But, I look for more in a film. And there is nothing more here.

Leo the Last
Leo the Last (1970)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

John Boorman is one of my favourite directors. However, this early experimental film is a disaster in every way conceivable. Boring, pretentious, overacted, how he was able to raise money to make this is a mystery. I bought it out of curiosity, I wish I hadn't.

The Guard
The Guard (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Best thing I can say about this film is that it contains lots of shots of county Galway where I live. However, my views are those of a small though not insignificant minority in my own country, Ireland. Elsewhere?, I have no idea.

Brendan Gleeson is my favourite Irish actor but here he is self-conscious and too thought out. In some instances he goes beyond the cliches of Oirish behaviour but mostly he is content to smack right into them and keep on moving. Don Cheedle is great, and a relief from the rampant over-acting.

It's hard to say exactly what went wrong with this film, too coarse, too obvious, too laboured in its attempt to emulate Quintin Tarantino. Ultimately though I think it's the amateurish direction. So many of the scenes just follow one another, they don't blend and they don't touch the viewer.