Having been to Iceland twice, and as recent as this past summer, it is not surprising I would be intrigued to watch this film. The cinematography was fantastic. I have been all over Iceland except the West Fjords, so this was of particular interest to me. Also, I have never been there in the winter.
The short time of 44 minutes is perfect as there really isn't much depth to this film other than some world-class surfer dudes chasing some very extreme waves at the end of the world. The director did a fine job in placing the surfing plot as a backdrop to the almighty landscape and spectacular Northern Lights. This snapshot of such beautiful and unspoilt geography may be enjoyed by all viewers, and there is no need to have an interest in surfing; which would be a bonus! If you are curious about Iceland or love the country as I do, this brief film is a must.
I have never understood how Nicholas Cage has had such a prolific Hollywood career despite his terrible acting and so many movie bombs - of yeah, he's Francis Ford Coppola's nephew!
The Wicker Man is what you would expect from a Nicholas Cage film. Poor acting, poor script, disjointed storyline, laughable scenes when meant to be serious, etc. Good soundtrack though. It carries the film mostly, covering up most of the film's shortcomings. This version is a far cry from the 1973 masterpiece of the same name, which in my opinion is one of the greatest films of all time.
The prologue scene of a car accident is repeated throughout the film as a flashback and the viewer never understands how it relates to the film's plot. The horrible acting of Kate Beahan as Willow, coupled with Nicholas Cage is unbearable.
The final crescendo ends up in a pile of dung, with a totally predictable "reveal" is generously stated by the ensemble cast. This is watchable for fans of the original.
Altered States starts off well and the intense early visions are very reminiscent of classic Ridley Scott. This film falls apart in the latter half and its decline accelerates towards the end. The special effects were ground-breaking in the pre-CGI world of the late 70s. These don't hold up today.
The viewer wants this film to be good, but the plot and story are too silly to hold up. The special effects get worse. If Scott would have stuck with the quality of the protagonist's early visions, this film may have become a classic. Worth watching. Check the VHS bin of Wal-Mart for this one.
Uncle Buck is a classic John Hughes film, with the late, great John Candy starring as its protagonist. The plot is well written, and scenes flow well from one to another. The only horrible support acting comes from Elaine Bromka as Cindy Russell, who seems "forced". The good-natured Buck Russell character shows that through finally making responsible decisions in life leads to fruitful consequences. Buck's maturing parallels that of niece Tia, as they learn to grow up together and bond in the process.
I love the "interview" scene between Buck and nephew Miles at the kitchen table.
This would be a great family film except for the incessant and unnecessary swearing and the repeated use of the word, "shit". I can't understand why this was so overdone. That being said, I thought the benefits of watching this with my 10 year old outweighed the negatives.
One of the best serials in the Star Wars franchise. Non-stop action, and never a dull moment. Every sequence meticulously timed and thought out. A typical blockbuster of typical Disney proportions. No surprises here. Unoriginal.
I personally did not like the "training" sequence between Rey and Luke. How could the latter be overpowered so easily? The expiration of Skywalker was touching as well. I wish they went deeper into the character, but respect the attention he was given.
The female empowerment theme is truly overplayed in this and the last film. Rey, as the untrained protagonist, that wins the day. Rose who saves Finn from kamikaze death. The head Stormtrooper is Captain Phasma, who is a female. Princess Leia replaced by another female, Vice Admiral Holdo...give me a break. What special interest agenda does Disney have?
Almost as bad is the forced (no pun intended) "globalization" is so apparent in Star Wars that it is nauseating. Token Asian (Rose), token black (Finn), token latino (Poe), token fat white guy (a pilot who gets blown up of course, like every other Star Wars film)...but wait...no token Middle Eastern?! Disney didn't cover all the base, did they? Was this intentional? Conflict in the Middle East perhaps have something to do with it?
Who are Rey's parents? We will find out in the next Han Solo prequel film, or the next instalment of Star Wars in 2019. Until then, my guess is that Rey's parents are Han Solo and/or Princess Leia and thus the sister/half-sister of Kylo Ren.
Audiences will be getting what they expect from this film.
I watched Saving Capitalism on the advice of a friend. As I am a financial professional, he was intrigued on hearing my perspectives on this film.
After watching the first 20 minutes, I formed a picture of where it was going, and wanted to bail. However, I watched it all carefully and my suspicion was accurate.
Reminded me of a Michael Moore film. Completely biased. Missing half of a story. Selling a film and/or books. Nothing more. Former Labour Secretary Reich is an academic who became simply because he was a Yale friend of Clinton. Good qualification? Reich is a left wing idealist who knows nothing about business. In fact, he puts down Treasury Secretary, Trump, etc.
The highlights were Reagan's quote about "government is the problem" and the part with David Brat. Brat voted 2nd most conservative Republican out of about 250. His statements were accurate. Corporate cronyism is bad, but the point is that you need bad government to cause it.
Reich focuses on big business as a cause, when it is clearly big government. See the problem here? This is marketed to people with a limited understanding of "how the world works". Sophisticated viewers are left with comments that go unanswered in every segment.
Just like managing a household, it starts and ends with finances. Discipline, prudence, hard work and knowledge often leads to prosperity. "It's funny that the harder you work, the luckier you become.". The people in the film ask for more because they feel entitled and what they make is simply "not enough".
"Saving Capitalism" is an intriguing tag line to sell books and film. The film's content was largely unrelated. The protagonist showed his stripes (which I predicted and was waiting for) when he stated that when people are angry they go to the Right (eg Tea Party) because they need a macho strongman (Trump implied in a negative connotation), or to the Left (eg Sanders), when "they want reform/change (positive connotation).
I would rephrase this as, "When people want to manage the economy responsibly with a fiduciary duty, they go to the Right (eg Tea Party) because they need people with successful experience to manage costs on behalf of taxpayers because they have a fiduciary duty to taxpayers while that money is in their trust. The opposite of this is people's desire to relinquish their liberty and freedom, or to the Left (eg Sanders), when "they want reform/change (positive connotation).
Trump is the 1st non-politician Washington outsider to become President. For those wanting "change" and "hope" in America, they should be applauding him. Eight years of Obama's "hope" amounted to mounting bureaucracy, debt and little to show for it. Trump's clip in the film was accurate, "I pay all politicians, then I call them for favours - it's wrong.". This is the unfortunate truth and no other candidate who ran against him, Republican or Democrat, had the balls to say this...why? Because they are all bureacratic cronies, who rely on the business cronyism, lobbyists, and our taxes to feed them. Trump campaigned on "draining the swamp". Both Republican and Democratic bureacrats are threatened by him.
In the real world, I find it interesting to hear his perspectives on how Americans have become so tired and leary of the media bashing the Presidency; it's truly unprecedented. It's backfiring on the media now because people can't stand the constant bashing and lying.
This is why the disgraceful NFL behaviour has plunged viewership and attendance to new lows. Also, the Weinstein and other revelations just show how Hollywood's holier than thou attitude is an ironic crock.
The problem of this film and all of Michael Moore's films are they take 3 or 4 selected stories that fit their position, add some sad music, and convince impressionable people of their thesis. I thought, "Is he stating that people are worse off than 66 years ago, when my father immigrated?" We're not doing too bad. However, we worked and sacrificed for fucking 66 years while those who didn't try to convince us that it's unfair and we have too much and they have too little. Go fuck themselves!
People's natural tendency is not to work. Lacking means, they blame others for their problems and turn to Socialism to take from those that have. The lazy trash in society wants to tax us to take our money. The government bureaucrats want our money to feed their employment and livelihood. Unions do as well.
The protagonist in this film was incredibly short, under 5'. Typically, he would have grown up with a strong complex, where his natural defence would to use his brain (i.e. academic) or alternative talent. Being an academic, he has never had to battle in the business world, and he instead criticizes the advice of Clinton's Cabinet member, former head of Goldman Sachs. Coupled with his impractical idealism, hence he was a fish out of water in Clinton's Cabinet and asked to leave. He now sells books and these schlocky films for naïve audiences who will listen to him.
I may be biased as a fan of Stanley Kubrick. However, this unique perspective on arguably one of the greatest directors of all time is a bittersweet trip down memory lane for a simple Italian man, Emilio, who was Kubrick's personal assistant and confidante for 30 glorious years. The behind-the-scenes perspective adds a rare component to understating the mind of a reclusive Kubrick, who shunned the Hollywood community to create works of cinematic art on his own terms with epic proportions. I enjoyed watching this film twice, and found myself laughing aloud at several scenes, for Emilio's honest, straightforward and natural perspective on several events in the production of many historic films. Kubrick was an enigma.
Monster action fodder for the masses. Despite the obvious schtick, this film is surprisingly entertaining! With non-stop action, the plot is actually unique in many respects. If you're a fan of the Alien or Predator franchises, you would certainly love this film, as it bumps up the pace and action a couple of notches relative to the franchises' stale status at the time of this release in 2004. I actually watched this twice in a row, and was not bored at any moment. Sure, the acting was sub-standard, the ending and so many other elements were cheesy, but this film may fall in the "so bad, it's good" category!
The Wind is a captivating film centred around the Lillian Gush as the protagonist. The male characters around her shift roles as the film evolves. Based in 19th century Texas, the story portrays a young Virginian woman set to build a new life against her will and is forced to choose a man to survive. This has been a realistic circumstance for the history of civilization up to and excepting the modern era. The film has some very interesting cinematography and is well acted, with an interesting plot based on the book of the same name.
Ethan Hawke's high pitch "girly" voice truly becomes annoying in this disjointed film. River Phoenix and the rest of the cast's performance seem right out of a high school production. This has all the making of a low budget film. Everything about this film is amateurish. However, somehow it pulls off enough interesting moments to be watchable and modestly entertaining. Quirky alien characters are laughable, but somewhat entertaining. If you liked "Goonies", you may enjoy watching this cheesy B-flick. A hidden nugget from the 80s that may make the grade for a double-feature on family movie night. The title should have incorporated the word "space" in it to provide some relevance to the subject matter. One of the cheesiest endings I have ever seen, where the actors are clearly mimicking flying while laying on a floor superimposed by green screen onto a cloudy sky.
Space Jam seems like a slapped together production created to capitalize around the fandom of Michael Jordan in his prime. Throw in Bill Murray for comic relief and Looney Tunes for animated fodder for young children, and you get a poor effort to cash in on Jordan's popularity at the Hollywood box office. For what it's worth, Michael Jordan does a pretty good job of acting to support this marketing vehicle. Larry Bird and the other NBA stars' inability to "act" demonstrates how difficult it may be to come across as sincere on film. Embedded ads from McDonalds, etc and another input of exploitation directed to the young targeted audience of this film.
With all of its accolades over the years, I was expecting more. Good acting from Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Minnie Driver as a lead? I believe she was miscast, and the product of nepotism or a casting couch. This film is dated and unbelievable. There is never a moment that the viewer believes that Matt Damon's character is real. The whole film is somewhat overacted. The beginning tends to drag on and on. "We get it, the protagonist has behavioural issues, move on already!" We are introduced to Robin Williams character late in the film and it doesn't provide much time to build character depth. This is a film that is not at all bad, but it isn't that good either.
A low-budget documentary about an over-covered topic - The Beatles! However, the producers have focused on their seminal album, Sgt. Pepper, which is a novel perspective for fans. Some interesting interviews including John Lennon's sister, make this worth watching for extreme Beatles fans. Not for non-fans to be certain. As a Beatles fan myself, I have come to realization that their story is far too over-covered. There were other bands and musicians that influenced music and society as well, but granted, few to the extent of The Beatles.
This film is a work of art. Stylistically sculptured by David Lynch, he treats the story matter with the respect and seriousness it deserves, and has crafted an epic to define the life of John Merrick. It may be impossible to top this film as a biopic of Merrick's life. Lynch uses the written source material rather than taking the easy route of copying the famous play's plot. Excellent acting by John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. Beautifully done in black and white, so fitting for the Victorian setting. An absolute classic on all levels - cinematography, acting, screenplay, direction, etc. Has not lost its effect after all these years and likely will never feel dated. Standing the test of time is a mark of greatness.
This 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary is based on a mind-blowing story, which is truly inspirational.
By just hearing Rodriguez's music in this film immediately convinced me that this artist should have been bigger than Bob Dylan. His voice and style seems to be a cross between Bob Dylan and Jose Feliciano, in my opinion. The lyrics and music along with production should have dominated the era it was released. Songs about protest, war, drugs and love were crafted masterfully by Rodriguez in an era that fostered these musical themes.
It is absolutely shocking that this music did not get the attention of promoters and talent agents in its day. Perhaps if he used a non-latino name, he may have fared better. Today, he could have been a superstar, with the large latino population in the U.S. and demand from Latin America for popular American music.
I truly hope he receives the due he deserves in his old age. This film has helped in this regard. Trumping all of his lost opportunity, is a humble, old, hard-working man called Rodriguez, still living in obscure poverty in Detroit.