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Willow released at a time fantasy films were trying to get a stranglehold on the box office and failing usually. Though due to no fault of the films but its easy to see now why they failed- they were catering to a family crowd and not the core fantasy audience. Willow is dumbed-down King Arthur crossed with The Hobbit with more than a dash of Star Wars thrown in. With its thinly-drawn characters and somewhat aimless narrative, the film rightfully failed to capture a die-hard audience or launch the hoped-for franchise. Those who saw it in May 1988 were generally unimpressed. Those who see it today, in the wake of the far better fantasy releases of the last two decades, are likely to be downright disappointed. Everything in Willow is so perfunctory and rushed that nothing evolves or develops. The pacing is relentless yet, in the end, not much seems to have been achieved. The film is engaging in a limited, distracted way.
Tremors is an excellent B movie- exactly the correct way a movie of this kind must be made and presented. Starring Greg Ward and Kevin Bacon, this sci-fi star's giant underground worms who wreak havoc on a tiny town consisting of less than a dozen people. It is cheesy, yet the characters are relatable. The pacing is very good, and the film never rushes onto the next monster action sequence. Kevin Bacon is great as Valentine and country singer Reba Mccntyre plays his love interest in a role that is cherubic and bound to get the singer more attention. The special effects are very good and not for one second did the graboids look fake or planted in. There have been many B monster movies made since Tremors, which on it own continued with many sequels, but none have been able to match the sheer charm and boldness of tremors. Directors trying to make films in a similar genre need not look far from Tremors to find great inspiration.
Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is a visually stunning film so incredibly atmospheric it makes you yearn to live in the recreated town of Sleepy Hollow, even though judging by the threat of a ghost tormenting its population one would consider otherwise. This is a gorgeous film and the cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki- who has since become a highly respected DOP must be given all the dues. The gothic atmosphere seeping through the fantastic production design is something to savor. Based on Washington Irving's tale "The legend of Sleepy Hollow" Johnny Depp stars as the well meaning but cowardice Ichabod Crane who comes to this town to investigate the murders which are all similar in nature- gruesomely beheaded. This is a great film which has been unfairly criticized.
Lately Robert Deniro has been only acting to collect paychecks(Hey- nothing wrong with it you know) but does considering pay roles mean he doesn't even look at the script? The Fan is another one of those De-Niro duds that should have been made with lesser actors. Given De Niro's track record, it was reasonable to expect good things from him in The Fan, director Tony Scott's followup to last year's blockbuster, Crimson Tide. In fact, with De Niro playing a sociopathic baseball nut, one might be forgiven mistakenly believing that this movie had potential. Unfortunately, whatever promise the idea held was lost early in the film making process. The version of The Fan to reach movie screens is as unwatchable a thriller as has come to theaters this year. De-Niro hams it up like he's never done before and the screenplay by Phoef Sutton is abysmal. The Fan is disjointed, poorly paced, and, at times, completely incoherent. While Sutton has to bear some of the blame, the lion's share goes to Tony Scott, who has badly mishandled every aspect of this film. The director appears to have backslided into his unpromising Beverly Hills Cop II phase.
Adam Sandler has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona it seems- For every click that clicks(no pun) there is a Mr. Deeds that simply doesn't work. Die-hard Sandler fans seem to appreciate their hero no matter what he's in, so it's virtually a lock that they'll like at least some of what Mr. Deeds has to offer. For the movie-going public in general, however, this is very much of a mixed bag, with enough negatives to outweigh the positives. The movie isn't horribly made or unwatchable, but it is uninspired (even considering that the underlying premise has already been brought to the screen by the master of manipulation, Frank Capra). Mr. Deeds is more mediocre than magical, and, as a result, not worth more than a wicked cursory glance. There are better comedies and dramas and dramedies out there.
With his two 2006 movies, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Eastwood has stripped away some of the misconceptions about the battle and provided new perspectives. Taken together, the films offer an imperfect but interesting interpretation of history. Of the two, the more straightforward and better focused Letters from Iwo Jima is the stronger movie. This film depicts the battle from the perspective of the losers and it represents the United States as the "enemy." Letters from Iwo Jima remains entrenched upon the island from start to finish (except for a few character-building flashbacks). In terms of its structure, this is more what we expect from a war movie than what Flags of Our Fathers offers. The only character common to both films is the island's rough terrain.
The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling. What are the good bits? As expected the action sequences are decent and a strange thing to say but the 3D is actually pretty good. I hate 3D films but barring Avatar and T2(both Jim Cameron) this is the finest use of the glasses I can think of. But the good ends here. The bad? First and foremost the screenplay is lacking. There is no emotion or even passion which is a necessity for such kind of films. Momoa is good but he is no Arnie. And if someone asks you why real practical effects will always trump CGI show them this movie- the CGI is shit and looks fake, there are some decent scenes but one look here will surely make you appreciate.
Abandon is a melodrama masquerading as a thriller. Or perhaps it's the other way around. Either way, this movie comes across as exceedingly dumb, even when you consider that a lot of the rank stupidity is designed to facilitate the "surprise" twist (ho-hum) that is telegraphed midway through the excruciatingly long 90-minute running time. With the flat characters and lifeless performances, it's a wonder that anyone in the audience can stay awake all the way through this dull and dreary production. Unfortunately, sloppy filmmaking reveals the twist too early - I was able to predict how the movie would end more than 30 minutes before the moment of the "big revelation."
I was a massive fan of the Turtles growing up in the 90s(who wasn't) and with that in mind I must say this version is an abomination. Even knowing that this was from the Michael Bay camp doesn't help because this ruins and spits over everything you grew up with. It's not even a "so bad it is good" film. Megan Fox, in the last throes of her career plays April O Neill and Will Artnett plays her creepy co-worker. The turtles look and feel larger and more menacing then their cartoon counterparts and even the effects and action is nothing special.