Was hanging out for this one. Wasn't disappointed, but not blown away either. I can appreciate that I should have watched Mandy at the movies, and I enjoyed the "gonzo" style of film-making. Still, nothing I haven't seen before many times over, and by no means a reason to get excited about Cage again. He was just being himself, I guess; and in a film that seemed tailored to his acting sensibilities. But I wouldn't get too excited about that if you're a fan of his work. Good stuff. Smoke that Weed! And don't be so violently insecure about your small dick!
So if the question of why you're even watching this shit doesn't beg itself long before the half-way mark then you're probably a dickhead. I'm keen to watch more of Ben's work though. He fucked up here but showcased a lot of skill too. Great "Australian" story though........yeah, right.
Umm, what the fuck is this rubbish? I still can't quite figure how this got made. The only thing I've worked out is that there is nothing subversive or clever about Kingsman. It's just bizarre how stupid it is conceptually, and in it's execution. I liked the church kill frenzy scene unto itself though......sort of.
For the most part I quite enjoyed this film. But there is a genuinely contrived angle to the story and characters that just doesn't ring true. I watched it for the second time tonight, the first being at the cinema upon its initial release. And the thing that really stuck with me is what a great movie this would be for young teenagers who would most likely fall under its spell. Well intentioned and certainly not bad, but by no means a classic
A frustrating movie that has many moments of promise. The script is pretty poor and Seann simply can't manage the required character nuances well enough to compensate, leaving the viewer with alternate moments of genuine hilarity and embarrassment. I mean, if you didn't know it was based on a true story you'd think you were watching Happy Gilmore at times. As a result, it's also a lost opportunity to tap more insightfully into a niche culture. I enjoyed quite a few moments in this film, and thought substanstially less of others. The depiction of violence can be pretty ham-fisted in a pretentious sort of way too. There's a good story here that's worth telling, but this effort doesn't quite get there.
My favourite of the batman films (as of May 2016) and one that is really in a league of its own. Poor old Tim had a hard time making his version of Batman with the predecessor, and finally had granted some more creative control here. It's a long story but basically, Tim Burton is the guy who could have easily made the best superhero movies EVER, but got fucked around by the studios and thier greed for money. What's new eh? Anyway, this is actually a very dark (albeit appropriately comical) meditation on loneliness and the urge for love and sexual gratification, and how it can drive people mad. Fucking love this flick. Danny De Vito at his best and Michelle at hers, no doubt.
The Prestige gets right to the heart of why we even watch movies in the first place, and does so in a way that is both intellectually stimulating, deeply moving, and completely paradoxical. Nolan demonstrates a rare and truly deep understanding of the human condition in a most rewarding and honest way. This sublime accomplishment is sadly overlooked.
Has to be the best Lynch film. It has everything that makes some of his other films not so good, but here, it just works. In fact, it works extremely well. It is of course hard to describe, but if you havn't seen it, then seriously get this movie into your eyeballs. A rare, unforgettable, and deliciously wierd experience. Truly entrancing.
An insultingly cartoonish simplification of America's prohibition era, that's irrevocably raped by the worlds worst actor, Kevin Costner. Definately the worst Brian de Palma ever. What the hell was he thinking??????? I mean the same guy made Scarface FFS. Not even Connery or De Niro can help pick up the pieces. Okay, I'll be fair, there is one good bit in this shit storm, the baby carriage scene, but that's it.
Shamelessly recycles nearly every classic western trope in american history. The scrpit is embarrassingly trite too. Kevin Costner manages to somehow take his vacuous acting ability to a whole new level of retardation. There is almost something hypnotically shallow about watching him perform. I felt sorry for Duvall, but then I really don't think he gives much of a shit these days. Open Range might have had all the dramatic punch of a "little house on the prairie" episode; except it's about five times as long and diluted with unfathomably shallow and redundant "filler" material that's oddly reminiscent of some cornball 1950s Disney movie. The only thing Kevin Costner has chemistry with is plywood.
An uncomprimising vision of life's brutality, and Sam's deepest and most rewarding exploration of what it means to be a man. Sadly not that well known. The purest expression of Sam's recurring thematic meditations on masculinity, and it's got Warren Oates!!!!!! A very rare and special cinematic treat.
Big fan of slow-mo? Well this (and just about every other Zack Snyder film) will float your boat. There are some great scenes in this film; pity that Zack has almost no justifiable claim over any of them. But he sure does make them pictures look pretty. Hardly a reimagining, and least of all an inspired adaptation of Alan Moores classic story, but still probably his best work to date. And sadly, that isn't saying much.
Quite literally a B movie paying homage to B horror movies. There is truly nothing even remotely intelligent about making a satire out of B 80s horror movies because we already know why they're funny since we've already seen them.....get it???? Meta bullshit that sadly gets considered "a gem"...wtf???
For all its lurid subject matter, Choke gets wrapped up in a package that's perhaps a little too neat and tidy. That is, Choke at times plays almost like a bizarre romantic comedy didactic about the roots of addiction. But there's also quite a few very funny, clever, and moving scenes. And it's always good to see Sam Rockwell. I think there is also some effective insight given into what essentially causes addiction too.
I really didn't find it that scary. It was gross and a little depressing maybe, but there wasn't much else going on. I'm quite a fan of Fredkin, but I just didn't see much point to this. Some moments were quite effective though. It's a technically accomplished film with a genuinely creepy atmosphere, I'll give it that. But that simply isn't enough to carry a whole motion picture. Perhaps if I believed in god and the devil, rather than being an agnostic I might have been swept up in the hysteria this film has generated among film goers and thought it the horror classic many claim it to be.......
Understandably slammed but really not that bad at all. Exorcist II is a visual delight, and for me a better film than the original in many ways. It has some great ideas but unfortunately is still too closely tied to the original to work on its own terms, and be as compelling as it should be. A real treat for film buffs willing to open their minds to what is essentially an attack on the original film though. Very interesting, just not compelling enough.
Reprehensible simplification of the lives of people suffering from depression, and their significant others. Very offensive, and in light of how well it's been received, equally disconcerting. It's baffling to think that this was by the same guy who made "Spanking the Monkey".
Of all film franchises this one's appeal deeply mystifies me. Is it simply just a case of mass hysteria, bought on by people WAY too easily roused by montages of men working out and then hitting each other in the head??? I'll admit it's unintentionally hilarious at times though. Why does he fight Hulk Hogan again??? Seriously......WHY? And no way is "Exhibition Fight for charity" an even remotely acceptable answer. And I swear there is some homo-erotic stuff happening here, whether consciously intentional or not.