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"Badlands" is as brutal as it is beautiful, as violent as it is romantic.
There are very few things that could be better (so few that I have a hard time finding some). The performances, the story, the soundtrack, the characters, Everything is very, very good.
Overall, excelent movie. A truly must-see.
"Deadman" starts off with a lot of promise. While the rest of the movie doesn't quite live up to those first 15-20 minutes, it's nonetheless an achievement. The soundtrack and the performances are the clear highlights for me. The story is somewhat confusing at times - which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it was, at least for me.
It's definitely an interesting movie, one that I would recommend to everyone that enjoys art cinema, surreal movies or simply unique westerns.
"In the mood for love" is as beautiful as it is bittersweet, and rightfully deserves its reputation. Its characters remain human and believable throughout the whole movie, and the story is told between the lines, as Kar-Wai Wong prefers the viewer to focus on the visual experience of the movie. This doesn't mean, however, that "In the mood for love" is full of style, but no substance. The story it is telling is simple, but relatable and thought provoking. The music is played at the right times and is never intrusive, adding to the overall atmosphere of the movie - a foggy and slowed down version of our own world, with a certain feel of drunkness. Much like being in love.
Overall, Kar-Wai Wong offers the viewer a masterpiece in visual filmmaking, and a movie that everyone (romance fans or not) should watch.
Creed 2 is surprisingly great, and ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a good sports movie. The fight scenes are cohesive and well assembled. The character's struggles and motives are clear and believable, and the soundtrack is simply phenomenal, as it is usual in the Rocky franchise.
However, Creed 2 manages to be so much more than a simple sports movie, thanks to the brilliant character arcs, that put the movie in a completely different level.
Creed 2 is a worthy sequel, surpassing the original Creed in many ways, and further improving the Rocky franchise.
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS *
This is a challenging movie to review. On one hand, I am extremely happy to be able to see Michael Myers butcher a group of teenagers in a cinema. As a kid who was really into 80's movies, this was all I wished for. On the other hand, I have watched hundreds of movies since that period of my life, and the slasher genre is far from the most interesting thing going on in today's cinema. That doesn't mean that it can't be enjoyed for what it is: a fun, nostalgic and overall competent popcorn flick.
The Halloween franchise has tried many things since the original movies, very few of them sucessfully, so it's only natural that David Gordon Green tried to stay true to the original John Carpenter movie.
From predictable deaths to cheesy scenarios involving horny teenagers, it has it all. And while this may look like a weakness, it probably is not. It may not be a smart movie, but it is a very fun slasher that plays to its strenghts very well.
The highlights are Jamie Lee Curtis' Lauren Strode and Nick Castle's Michael Myers, that look as convincing in their roles as they did 40 years ago. Strode, now a old and scarred (but not defenseless) woman, is a likeable protagonist, and her change of attitude suits the tone of the story very well, and it's nice to see the victim step up to Myers, for once. Michael is as chilling as ever, and his advanced age doesn't seem to have affected his thirst for blood. His cold blooded brutality is in full display in this movie, with a couple of somewhat shaky but entertaining fights and a dozen of executions. His steps, his walking, his hits - everything seems real. Myers looks like he could be seen walking the other side of the road from your window, and that's one of the reasons he is so terrifiyng. That, combined with a seemingly senseless and uncompreensible need to kill, makes him a formidable villain, just like he was in the original Halloween.
The acting is serviceable, with Jamie Lee Curtis being great, as usual. The characters are all good and believable, with the obvious exceptions of the pair of forensic reporters and Dr. Ranbir Sartain, who seem straight out of every single 80's horror movie ever. The same can be said by a good bunch of the teenagers in the movie, but their roles are close to nonexistent. The movie's biggest flaw might be its ending, which is bitter-sweet, to say the least. The demise of Michael Myers feels fitting: burned to death, traped in a hellish basement, and maybe as scared as his victims. However, the viewer never gets to SEE him dying, which is far from satisfying, and leaves the door opened to an honestly unwanted sequel.
Overall, Halloween is a fun and harmless horror movie to enjoy with friends and a couple of beers. It won't win any Oscars, but that wasn't the point of the movie to begin with.