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Green Room is a brutal, intense thriller and is arguably one of A24's best films. It follows a small-time metal band as they land a gig at a bar and travel there to perform. Little did they know it's a Neo-Nazi bar, and when they walk in on a murder scene things turn hostile. The main characters truly feel trapped and at times it seems like there's no way any of them will survive. The action is brutal and intense, but it isn't an over-dramatized gore-fest. The story is realistic but not over complicated, and that's arguably the best part about this film. This is a must watch for thriller fans.
Overall, Spike Lee gets a clear message across while providing the audience with an entertaining film at the same time. I'd definitely recommend it if you go in knowing what to expect (this isn't a full-blown comedy, and it touches on some pretty serious stuff). Still a lot of movies to be released this year, but I think this is one of the best so far.
The Meg follows a group of researchers who believe that the Marianas Trench is deeper than what we believe. It turns out that they are correct, but they also accidentally allow a megalodon to get out and into the ocean. The characters then decide they have to kill the shark.
- It has a big shark.
- The big shark kills people.
- I actually cared about Jason Statham's character.
- The story is actually interesting past the fact that a big shark is involved. The main group of characters is very likable.
- The CGI is pretty solid.
- The little girl who plays Meiying steals all of the scenes that she's in.
- Some of the dialogue is extremely cheesy.
- Ruby Rose is not very good at acting.
- I wish that the shark got to terrorize more large groups of people.
- The trailers were pretty misleading as to what this movie was going to be like.
- A lot of the humor falls flat.
Overall: A solid movie to watch on a boring summer afternoon.
This film comes off as a poorly done money grab. I don't expect top notch effects or a top notch story from a found footage film, but for the most part this is nothing but a boring film with bad acting. I never felt an inkling of fear.
All of the Aaron Sorkin main trademarks (snappy dialogue, smart characters) are here and for the most part this is a great directorial debut by him. Jessica Chastain is excellent as always and the story is captivating, with the only issue being that this plays out like your typical "based on a true story" film. It's rather formulaic.
Quite possibly the weirdest film I've watched in a LONG time. I was told to watch this by a friend and had no idea what to expect going in. It's an odd story that follows a man who wears a fake head and makes music with his indie band, but I was enthralled the entire time. And even though I don't make music myself, I found the characters to be incredibly relatable. I've been thinking about this one ever since I watched it three days ago and I look forward to watching it again.
The one that started it all. If Iron Man wasn't a success, one could argue that the MCU may not be what it is today. This is a very well done origin story that is also incredibly entertaining. Tony Stark's journey to Iron Man is nicely paced to where it doesn't drag like some origin stories, and we get plenty of "Iron Man is a badass" moments throughout the film. There are some very unrealistic moments like when Tony is thrown into a wall while testing the suit and magically sustains no injuries, but those are small nitpicks. Iron Man remains one of the best MCU movies to date.
This is the other side of the origin story coin. The Incredible Hulk isn't a terrible movie, but it does tend to drag and I can't say I ever truly bought into Edward Norton as the Hulk. Heck, I didn't even buy into him as Bruce Banner. The CGI here also shows its age and isn't the best, and the action scenes aren't that great. Overall, I'm glad that the role of Bruce Banner ended up being re-cast after this film.
Iron Man 2 is a disappointment as a follow up to Iron Man, but it is still an entertaining film. We get more character development of Tony Stark and things start to shape up with the Avenger initiative as there's a reference to Captain America and SHIELD starts to get involved. The problem with this film is the weak villain. Replace Ivan Vanko with a more relatable villain, and Iron Man 2 may have been much better.
In Fahrenheit 451, Michael B. Jordan plays a fireman in a future in which all books are banned and are often burned to ash by firemen. He eventually starts questioning what he's doing, and that's what this film is ultimately about. He wants to read books; he's curious. The problem with his character is that in the beginning he is portrayed as being all about the cause (burning all books left in existence), but then he switches sides rather quickly without too much of an internal struggle. His level of commitment is always a bit murky, and I wasn't sure exactly what to think about his character. Michael Shannon's character is what I'd equate to a dumpster fire. He's curious about books, he reads books, he writes, but he is completely committed to burning books. It appears that he's meant to be a complex villain, but his character fails to achieve what he's meant to be. In fact, none of the characters are given enough time to develop. The film is entirely too short and by the end I didn't care about any of the characters. It also doesn't help that it never feels like the story has left the first act. It's as if it should take off at some point, but the boosters failed on take off...so we're left with a story where it doesn't seem like a whole lot happens.
The script is also very inconsistent, and Michael B. Jordan is given some awful dialogue at times.
However, I will say that this film does have a high quality look to it. It looks good. The cinematography is solid. It's just a shame that the story and characters don't measure up.
Overall: Fahrenheit 451 isn't the worst film you'll watch this year, but given the actors involved and the material it's based on (which is highly regarded), it's simply a disappointment.
Sinister is an average horror film for the most part that isn't very scary. The jump scares are pretty poorly done, and at times it feels a bit silly and cliche. But, I am a fan of how dark the actual story is, and how a decent bit of the murders is actually shown in the rolls of film that are found by Ethan Hawke's character. Take out the silly jump scares and the demon children running around the house in the second half of the runtime, and it's a pretty solid horror movie.
I like almost everything about The Place Beyond the Pines: the three intertwining stories, the multiple perspectives, the writing, the characters, and how it all ends. It's a great movie to watch if you have the time (it runs a bit long at two-hours and twenty-minutes), but the problem with a film having a three part story that focuses on three different characters is the time limit of a film. This one runs longer than most films, and I still feel like I didn't get to spend enough time with each of the characters. I liked everything about it, but I didn't feel that connection at the end that I felt like I should have, and I think that's a pretty big flaw in an otherwise great film.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an easy film to watch. It's lighthearted, the comedy is good, and it's got that 80s movie vibe that I'm a sucker for. Some elements of the story don't work for me, but I can get past that pretty easily. It's one of the most re-watchable movies out there, I think.
Thor: The Dark World is by far the worst MCU movie. It's boring, the action isn't that great, and once again the villain is nothing special. The only redeeming qualities of this film are the cinematography and the visual effects which are on par with other MCU films. Otherwise, it's a bit of a dumpster fire.
Requiem for a Dream is not a film that you just pop in on any given night. You have to be prepared to watch four characters slowly spin out of control due to drugs. This isn't a wholesome, the world is great kind of movie. It's painful to watch, but yet it's hard to not get invested in the story and feel curious about how it'll all end. There isn't much about this one to not like. The writing is great, the story is great, and the characters are all very interesting on their own. Oddly, the only thing I had a bit of an issue with was the cinematography. I just wasn't much of a fan of how it was all shot and the overall look of the film, but that's more of a nitpick than anything. Requiem for a Dream is a must watch, even if you can only get through it once.
Only God Forgives is not liked by a lot of people. I completely understand why people don't like it. It's slow, quiet, and as the viewer you're expected to put some of the pieces together and figure out what the film is really trying to say. Those three things are a recipe for disaster with most viewers. I'm a big fan of Refn's other film that has Ryan Gosling, Drive. And really, Drive and Only God Forgives are very similar in a lot of ways. The main difference here is that Drive dealt with a getaway driver who was obsessed with Hollywood and there were a couple of cool car scenes, while Only God Forgives takes place in Thailand, doesn't have any car chase scenes, and focuses on some bad people. But, they both have a similar color palette, quiet moments followed by brutal violence, and a quiet, violent man as the protagonist. Julian (Ryan Gosling) is the main "protagonist" and he's actually a drug dealer who has a brother who rapes an underaged girl. His brother is killed by the father of the girl, and Julian's mother wants him to avenge his brother despite what he did, and Julian doesn't want to do it. So his mother takes the quest for revenge into her own hands, while a sword-wielding law enforcement man, Chang, seeks to punish those responsible for the revenge murders. This is a very slow moving one hour and thirty minute film, but I found myself enthralled by it. The ending is a little anti-climatic and the real meaning of this film can be interpreted a few different ways, but overall I very much enjoyed this Only God Forgives, although it's not on the same level quality wise as Drive.
Revenge is your typical revenge-tale film. The most original thing this film has to offer is how over-the-top the gore is, and while I'm all for that I don't think simply adding more gore to it makes it any better than any other revenge-tale flick. The cinematography is great, and it is awesome to see how Jen keeps herself alive and then goes after the men who tried to kill her, but there are also some very unbelievable moments throughout the story that made me get sucked out of it for a moment or two. And like I said, there's not really anything new here that blew me away. It's not a bad watch, though.
- Chris Hemsworth IS Thor. He's pretty much perfect for the role.
- Sets up Asgard well for future MCU movies, and visually it looks fantastic.
- Has some nice character progression for Thor; shows him grow into the superhero he needs to be for the MCU.
- The Loki and Thor sibling rivalry is very believable and very well done. This film also sets up Loki as one of the MCU's most formidable villains.
- The pacing in Thor is never very good. The beginning sets up an intriguing world but then Thor is banished to Earth where he runs around without his powers for a while, and the characters he interacts with are nothing special. It essentially slows down to a crawl and struggles to find its feet for the final act.
- The final "boss battle" was incredibly disappointing.
- For a superhero film, Thor feels very bland throughout. There is not much excitement and little actual fun to be had. This is essentially a set-up movie that fits well in the grand scheme of the MCU, but isn't that great on its own.
- Doesn't rely on jump scares, but instead just casually crawls inside of you and lays an egg of creepiness.
- Doesn't hold back. A lot of horror movies will cut away during some of the more questionable scenes. The Witch shows pretty much everything.
- This actually works as a period piece (apart from the part where there's a witch in the woods) as well, since the characters actually talk like they did back then.
- It may be a slow burn, but the final 30 minutes or so make it all worth it.
- I wish we got to see more of the Witch.
- None of the characters are particularly likable, and because of this I wasn't really worried about them when stuff starts to go wrong.