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I am still quite shocked at how many people missed the entire point of this movie. Its a beautifully shot and well thought out, provoking movie about the degradation of humanity. Spasojevic was masterful in his attempts at literalising the concept of being "raped" from the moment you are born by an unfair and corupt world. I think too many horror hounds with a soft spot for torture porn watched this movie and let the shocking elements (of which there are many) take the reigns and lead them away from what is a truly astonishing and completely original political and social commentary that displays it central themes with unrelenting and sometimes horrific brutality. A truly magnificent movie that has been seen by too many people with neither the inclination or the capacity to see the hidden honesty behind the blood chilling imagery. An amazing film to be watched with fully open eyes but not for the faint hearted.
Now I don't know if it is my immense love for Jeffrey Dean Morgan that made this film seem better than it was, but even if that is the case, I still thought this movie was worth the time it took from my life to watch it. Not necessarily the best crafted piece of cinema, and certainly could have done with some deeper character development, I still thought for what it was it done a good job. However, saying all of that, I am still unclear as to who the killer was in regards to the rest of the cast and sadly, I felt the ending left a little bit too much fairy tale in this film that should have been bone chillingly thoughtful, but sadly ended up tepid and confused.
Okay so I'm not the greatest Twilight fan by any stretch of the imagination but what the hell was this?! One of the most irritating things about these movies is that they never get any better. The acting is still wooden and forced, the story lines run away with themselves and for four movies now someone is always trying to kill the main character and they never do. Its boring, its rehearsed and the damson in peril storyline only works if she is eventually safe, which evidently Bella Swan (oh sorry, Cullen :/) never will be. Its cringe worthy watching that doesn't know what to be, so it attempts to be all things to all viewers, missing everyone but their demographic of socially awkward teenagers whose only wish is to marry a vampire and spawn their offspring. Seriously. Just finish it.
This movie was penned as something a little different to what it was. I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a "documentary" type film about a pastor who didn't believe in God and set out on one last exorcism with a film crew to prove just how false his faith based teachings were. Anyways the girl turns out to actually BE possessed, throwing him into all those intricate theological questions that we have come to know and love from the cinema, as well as the immense task of actually performing a genuine exorcism. Where I come unstuck with this film is the complete lack of action. There are only a few instances where the girl even seems possessed and then, just when you thought you could cash in your chips and leave this mediocre movie behind you, the ending throws you a curve ball that smacks you right in the face and leaves you utterly bewildered. The acting was solid, even if the story line was flaky and this film did deliver some of what it said on the tin. However, marketted as a horror movie, and judged purely on those grounds, it loses a star in my eyes for the complete lack of terror and another for the insanely random ending that if anything, untied many strings in tightening loose ends. Confusing, dramatic but worth the hour and a half.
I cannot help but love this movie because it is so integrally linked to my childhood. I was still in primary school when it came out and I remember going to see it with my Mum at the cinema. And as they say the rest is history. As a Trekkie now, as well as a sci-fi addict in general I have to say that I notice jokes watching this intelligently hilarious parody as an adult, that I completley missed as a child. Certainly a no brainer with very little integrity and some cringe worthy cliches, but Galaxy Quest manages to skate close enough to the truth, without ever letting you forget it is a lie. A very good film.
This movie seemed like three in one. On the surface on it, you have a tale of a quasi has been trying to change his life because of illness. A little deeper you have the story of a mentor and a wannabe trying to make it together in the tough world of stand up comedy. But deepest of all you have semi-fabricated, somewhat false relationships that I for one didn't really care about. The film was far too long, seriously disjointed and although all of those movies may have been palatable on their own, together they were one jumbled mess that could not help but stumble over each other. Disappointing for the cast.
I have to say this film missed the mark for me. Although the performances of both Portman and Kudrow were superb, not exempting Cohen who also delivered well, no level of acting ability or scripting skills could have made these characters likable. Hard to relate to, this film takes you to the edge of sadness but pulls you away before you can get to involved. Without a final climax of breaking down or breaking up, this film left me feeling tense and frustrated at the potential of such a brilliant story line not being portrayed cohesively enough on screen. A worthwhile film, that unfortunatley left one too many strings untied. Acceptable, but definitely a one watch wonder.
Even if I did expect more from this film, what it gave was good enough. Will Ferrell does a wonderful job at playing the loser, but in this film, like in "Stranger Than Fiction", Ferrell gets down to business and in between the jokes, delivers some very decent acting. Solid story line set up to be hilarious and is so for much of the film, but peppered with the bitter desperation of Ferrell's character, as well as the intricatley woven sadness of the rest of the cast, this film leaves one with a heavier heart and wider eyes. A very good film, just a little too slow for me.
The critics may have hated it but I for one loved this film. An exceptionally well acted and thought of dramatic story with tangible emotive performances and a very well thought out script. Although there were a few "Hollywood touches" that bypassed alot of the judicial practices in this film, if you take it for the raw power the lead actors possessed whilst playing their parts, you forget that this film is ultimatley about law. The good ol' race card was played heavily in this movie but in fairness to Perry, its a card worth playing. A very good film indeed.
I have read some outstanding reviews for this film and although it pains me to say, I didn't really see anything in "Contagion" that I hadn't seen before. Beautiful people dying of an unknown disease while the government tries to keep it under wraps, proving once and for all that heroes are made not born. Fishburne, Winslet and Ehle certainly get the thumbs up in this movie with each one of them delivering raw, inspiring perfomances. A good film, yes, a great film, debatable but definitley worth a watch.
Not the worst romantic comedy I have ever seen and it did make me laugh out loud at certain points, but in the end we are dealing with a genre that we as an audience know better than our own reflections. We know the Dickens tale just as well, so combining the two gave very few surprises and I feel with the rom com genre, surprises in an otherwise stagnant movie are what set them apart from the crowd. McConaughey was, well he was himself, just as the cameo from Douglas and the watery semi-presence of Garner. Still it was watchable and gave what it said it would - teary eyes, lessons learned and a whole lot of promiscous and vaccuous sexual innuendo.
This documentary is one that has stayed with me after viewing it, unlike many of its kind. It documents the true cost of mass produced food and gives you, the consumer, facts you never even thought you needed to know. As someone who did not eat meat for three years and now does, this film definitely had me questioning everything that I not only purchase but eat. It made a fool of everyone I know and whatever you think you know about mass production, this movie sets the wrongs to right. A truly inspirational and precise documentary about human kind in general and the price we put on profit. Exceptional.
Yawn. So there's a group of teenagers, they kill someone, that someone comes back ... are you bored yet? Yeah me to. The classic mix of screaming beauties, testosterone riddled jocks and slightly outcast plain people running around convincing themselves that anything they do for the 90 minutes this movie lasts matters in the slightest to anyone. One of my least favorite movies ever, and certainly not what one would deem "horror".