"The Longest Yard" can only be compared to "Hubie Halloween" because of its simplistic and boring structure. It was a true struggle to sit through it, although it has a better rating than "That's My Boy", compared to "That's My Boy" this film is nothing. I really don't understand how it got above 6 on IMDB, but I can only think that it was so because of how people love sport movies. This movie has adult jokes, but yet is not an adult movie at all. All the jokes are literally on fart level, there is no suspense and there are just like 2 funny moments. Besides all that, even Adam Sandler does not save this movie from being horrible in every aspect, starting from the way it is shot, ending on its plot. It is too much of a tale even for a comedy, as well as that, the soundtrack is boring and everything is predictable, even the jokes, 1/10, doesn't worth your time even if you are an Adam Sandler fan like me, it was a huge disappointment.
This is the best Tim Burton movie ever made, as it has not only an excellent picture and Johnny Depp, but it also has a soul in it and a lot of meaning. A meaning that you would be accepted by the ones that actually love you. Maybe not many people will find you adorable, but you will always have something unique about yourself, some special ability, like Edward did. The movie is shot beautifully and while obviously understanding that it is a tale, it has some dark tone to it. At the same year Johnny Depp was in "Cry-Baby" and his role there is literally nothing compared to "Edward Scissorhands". He made a tremendous job of playing a role only basing it nearly fully on his mimic, which is adorable. There is constant suspense in the movie, as you feel bad for Edward and you always want to find out about what happens next, but in the end you still get somewhat of a happy end, which I adore. The film gives you amazing atmosphere and besides just that it gives you a good feeling of not being alone, which also leads to positive emotions and even made me forget about all my problems for some time. A great film to consider watching and a cult classic, 9/10.
"The Cable Guy" is the most unfunny Jim Carrey movie ever made. Many people recommended this film to me, as well as I myself adore the actor, but the film failed to make me laugh at any point of the film. It is just stupid and unrealistic, as well as its jokes are very unrelatable and predictable. Mimic of Jim Carrey doesn't make this film good enough to be funny, as well as there is barely any logic and apparently in this movie you do look at logic, as nothing else disrupts you from it. I would even go as far as saying that this is the worst Jim Carrey comedy ever made, he doesn't do anything good in this movie but trying to be annoying, even by the way he speaks you just want to get rid of him the entire time (although, he is one of my favorite actors). The only good thing about this movie is that it is shot aesthetically good and that is it. A 2/10, boring, forgettable and confusing because of its stupidity.
"Drive" is the definition of a beautiful action film. It looks wonderful, as Ryan Gosling plays his role very good. The action is realistic and the entire plot is full of twists, as well as it is shot like if you are always near the character and you go over everything he does. What is most important about this movie is its colors, as they are amazing and fit very well with the music. Soundtrack in this movie is just extraordinary as there are very few films with the one like that, as I was sitting with shazam app yet again the entire movie and I still listen to the songs until this day. Gorgeous visuals, amazing Gosling, awesome music is how this movie can be described. Overall leaves great emotions and is worth your time watching if you just want a simple movie where you dont have to think a lot, 7.4/10
I want to start off by saying that I understand why many people like this movie, but for me, it was quite a disappointment. I am a huge fan of history and I believe that Bodrov portrayed everything right, but if the climax and the suspense is compared to his other films, this one doesn't feel anything like any of them. It is very boring at some point because of no dubbing available and at points like that it is very hard to concentrate. The setting of the film does not change at all, I understand that this is how Mongolia looked, but the "sandy" color pattern barely changes throughout the entire film. The role of the film however was to make the story realistic, and it did, Timujin is portrayed perfectly and the morale of the movie can be clearly seen -- that Mongolians were born for war, as well as it tells basically not just the history of Timujin, but of Mongolian Empire itself at some point. The acting is great, but the visuals, camera angles and costumes leave off a lot of "Russian" feeling, it could be just me, but they didn't seem like actual Mongolian armor to me. Overall the movie is pretty forgettable and can be considered just another history drama with a little to no climax at all and literally no emotions throughout the whole movie whatsoever, a 5/10, wanted to see it for very long and my wait was not what I expected.
"Christiane F" is a near perfect movie about drug addicts. I have watched it with one of my best friends and he was crying nearly the entire film as of how realistically the drug addiction is depicted. The life basically falls apart and unlike "Basketball Diaries" or "Requiem for a Dream" this film is the most realistic one. People just can not control themselves after taking their first dose and they just have to make it larger or just choose harder drugs. It is really impossible to stop and the movie shows it very well. The movie's aesthetic is fantastic, as you could literally stop the film at any point and the picture will be edgy and beautiful, even worth putting as a profile picture. I have heard many people saying that this movie is terrible just because of how disgusting it is, but what else did they expect from an actual realistic portrayal of drugs? The soundtrack of the movie can barely be heard, but when it is, it sounds fantastically. The way the shots are taken are amazing and you can not believe that you are watching an 80s indie German film at some point. I believe that "Christiane F" should be a cult movie, as it is not only anti-drug propaganda, but it is a perfect almost-real story in which you believe literally everything that characters do. This movie will keep you thinking after it ends and is overall hard to watch. Would recommend to literally anyone, but would not say that this one is definitely a masterpiece, 9/10.
"The Founder" is a great movie from the biographical perspective, but nothing else to it. The story fails to catch a lot of attention in the first 20 minutes and Michael Keaton is the only person that saves this movie from being a 5/10. Keaton fits his role perfectly and his devotion to the role could be seen through the entire film, but, other than him, all other actors are pretty much default. The story has no turns, as expected in a biographical story. At some points it does get sad, but overall leaves you with positive emotions. The way the film was shot is beautiful, some transitions of McDonalds restaurant itself look gorgeous, which I very much adore in a modern movie like that. But lack of attention and lack of good music does its thing, I have nearly completely lost interest in this film at 40th minute and had to sit through the rest. A 6/10, I don't have much to say about it rather than it is a good historical movie.
"Dylda" is very overrated. It is just like Balagov's last film -- "Closiness", but it just has a WWII aesthetic to it. Visuals is the only good thing in this movie, as nothing else manages to grab your attention unless you are a big fan of domestic drama. The actors are not good at all, as they barely act. Mostly they just talk with poker faces the entire film which does not give you any reason to compassionate with them. The movie's colors are somewhat toxic, which may not be suitable for some people, but I actually find it a great creative decision. The costumes are also good, as they all suit the time, even the underwear. The movie's plot though disappointed me the most, as it is all happening during the period of war, although failing to have any war context to it. The plot basically circles around a very important, of course, issue, which is still relatable nowadays, but there was no need to include War genre for this movie then. It is just a basic domestic drama without any characters to feel something for. Russia feels within the first few frames, as it looks like a TV domestic drama with just higher budget. A 6/10 for visuals only, nearly everything else in this movie just doesn't get me interested and at some points even made me stop watching the movie. It took me 7 hours to watch it with all the breaks as of how slow paced and boring it is.
"Rushmore" is one of the earliest Wes Anderson works and you can see all of Wes Anderson cliches in it. The one thing that in my opinion separates "Rushmore" from all the other movies by him is that it does not have a deeper meaning to it. Most of Wes Anderson comedies have something behind them or are at least memorable. I didn't find this film really memorable, as I considered the jokes very dumb and the plot not being entertaining enough like all of his other movies. Whereas not comparing this film to other of Wes Anderson's -- it's a fine picture. Great style and color with amazing actors deliver a fantastic performance and aesthetic feeling. This film is very edgy and basically creates an unreal situation that everybody would like to be in. This movie is worth your time watching if you watch films for their views and feeling, although I do not believe that there is a good enough climax or comedy part in it. A 7/10.
"Moonlight" fails to deliver a good story and I honestly have no idea how it got an Oscar for best picture when it was competing with "La La Land". This film is a basic domestic drama with a simple plot but with different questions. I know these questions are relative to this day, but it is not the reason such a movie should be praised. It is honestly just an OK movie to watch at night with friends. Its storytelling is very poor and the actors, in my opinion, are not doing their job greatly, as sometimes you don't believe in what is going on. The camera shots, on the other hand, are amazing. The work with blur is awesome, as well as the work with color. The picture is very pleasing to watch the entire time. As well as that, different eras are portrayed differently, which I adore a lot and think is a great plus to this movie. One other bad side of the film are actors, as they fail to deliver the real emotions and make the realism of the story fade away with the hope of this movie to be considered good amongst an average viewer. An OK film to consider seeing just to watch which movie has taken an Oscar from "La La Land", but otherwise it's just a mix of "Do The Right Thing" and "Brokeback Mountain", a 6/10.
"The Fighter" is a very untypical movie about sport, as it has some sort of climax that differs from many. Obviously it has a cliche ending, but it is a biography at first place, so it shall be historically accurate. This is yet again a great job by Christian Bale, as he delivers his character perfectly: he can be annoying, but at the same time, the viewer is worried about him. Mark Wahlberg plays his role beautifully as well and I consider this one of his best performances, although in my country his dubbed version sounded very odd, in the original his accent is very great, as well as his feelings are well written and understood. The decorations and the aesthetic gives an atmosphere of the end of last century, which is very good. Although I have stated previously that this movie is a biography, I consider such an ending not really pleasant for myself. There was no other way to end the film, as it should bring hope in the end, not sadness. A great sport drama with an uncommon climax, an 8/10.
"Moana" is simply beautiful and catching. The plot is obviously simple and kid-friendly, which I adored, as I was watching it while having a break from all the hard films recently. Moana has amazing colors, which can't be anything but pleasing. The water in this animation is so realistic, as it actually looks like something next gen. The most important part of this film is of course soundtrack. "You're Welcome" and "Shiny" are still playing in my head and I can not explain the emotions I am feeling for these songs. They are simple, they move the plot and they all sound beautiful. I didn't cringe a single time while listening to them. The soundtrack of this movie is a true masterpiece and only for it alone you can already watch it. The aftermath of the watch was also great, as I was left with good mood for the rest of the day, because of how touching and warm this movie was. In my opinion this is the best Disney animation of the 10s, so I would recommend watching this to anyone, a true must watch and a masterpiece in my humble opinion, 10/10.
"Never Look Away" starts off fantastically and may seem like a typical philosophical 3 hour long movie, but in the first hour it catches your attention greatly. In fact so good, that I couldn't stop and that was until the movie has passed its climax after its first 2 hours and after these 2 hours comes the conclusion, which is just too long. There is so many scenes that could have been taken out and nothing would have happened. This last hour just crashes the amusement that I have gotten from the first hours of watching. 3 hours is not a good run time nowadays, as many would just turn away from the film and never see how beautiful it is. It raises relatable questions, that can still be reviewed today. It is very historically accurate. I loved the actors, especially the Russian ones, as they were not shown like monsters, rather like all the other people. You get a first look on Germany from the beginning of war all up until the end and what atrocities the war and its aftermath caused. The movie overall looks beautifully, it is always a pleasure to watch at whatever the characters are doing. There is an overall depressive tone, which is actually pretty good, until the last part, as I have already said. I am only giving this movie a 6/10 for how long it is, especially the final scene, which is 30 minutes long. I am not saying it is bad that the movie itself is long, I just mean that it was overdone and there could have been a lot to be cut and it still would have the same idea. Would recommend to anyone with steel nerves, as well as people who are interested in history of that period.
An amazing movie about homosexuals that I have enjoyed watching a lot. Not a single movie opens homosexual people problems in 20th century like this one, besides "The Imitation Game" and "A Single Man", but out of all these movies, this one is the best. Heath Ledger plays fantastically and his role of a man struggling with his sexual identity is portrayed beautifully and I believe he is the one responsible for this film's success, as I didn't see as much work put into a role even from Jake Gyllenhaal. There is amazing aesthetic and wonderful decorations, which make good for a feeling of era. All the female actresses are also playing their best, especially Anne Hathaway, who does a great job. This movie has a huge moral, which by now might be a little banal, but when this movie was released it was superb and unique and actually opened people's eyes about gay people and their feelings, as there are still a lot of homophobia going around the world. The entire movie has a sad tone with some unexpected twists, some of which even made me cringe because I felt for the characters. I believe that this movie could have stayed the best LGBTQ related movie of all time if "Call Me By Your Name" never came out, which was even better than this one. To conclude, this film is a must-watch, but I didn't find it legendary, as it was spoken about, although it has amazing scenes and leaves you with a mixture of feelings in the end, a strong 8/10, which makes for a great drama movie.
"Cry Baby" is a good comedy musical just because of how badly it aged. You can see what teens thought an idle was back in 1990, you can see their interests and everything else. The fact that the movie is very comical and has too much expressions doesn't make this film necessarily bad, but sometimes it really makes you feel out of place. The actors really feel unnatural and the plot doesn't progress unless the scenario wants for it to, as there are way too many stupid unexplained decisions in the film. It is not relatable right now and the only things that this movie is worth watching for are soundtrack and young Johnny Depp, who plays his role beautifully. It is worth watching once just to feel this aesthetic of the 90s, but most of the jokes are already outdated and some of them right now even seem very inappropriate, and whereas it felt great in "The Breakfast Club" and "16 Candles", as well as those movies aged greatly, this one didn't at all and right now couldn't be watched by a modern viewer, unless he is nostalgic. All in all the movie is very feel good and if not watching it for a plot and just for how beautiful it is visually and audibly, it could be a pleasant watch. A 6/10, didn't really excite me a lot.
"Knowing" is a great example of how to make a good film into something really stupid. The entire film is based on theories and ideas with a plot being very well written up until the time when nearly everything is a coincidence and adding of some sort of a fantasy part. I know adding whispers is something that could be considered sci-fi, but there is no explanation to why kids react to them like that or especially some of the qualities they are able to do. There is in fact very little a viewer knows about them, but at this case it works very poorly. Ending feels banal and that is one of the main reasons I'm giving this film such a low rating. Nicholas Cage plays perfectly the entire film and makes you believe in his madness, the emotions in the movie are clearly felt. But, besides that, some of the scenes are very poor, as of how terrible the CGI is. The movie was made in 2009, when "Iron Man" was already a year into cinematic industry, so seeing such unrealistic computer "Game of 2004 3D" style CGI is just uncomfortable to watch at, as it brings you out of the events. The ending is not just bad, but illogical, as it leaves you with a feeling of nothing. There is not a single thing in existence that would have actually made characters come to such decision, as well as besides all coincidences being something explainable in the movie, it feels like all those coincidences are very rushed and are out of place at some point. A good sci-fi movie with an actual potential got wasted, which I didn't expect seeing while choosing the film, a 6/10, has some great concepts but disappoints a lot in the end.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" is a very good thriller, which is worth watching just for how well Matthew McConaughey plays his role. It starts off a little boring and kind of slow paced, but when the climax begins, everything starts to get a lot better. I admire for how well the scenes are shot, how good the detective part of this movie is and how unexpected the turns are. This movie can be considered good just because of how unpredictable every single step of characters is and the ending is a perfect example of it, as well as it is something also worth watching this film for. Great aesthetic and awesome locations with music so amazing, that I couldn't yet again get off shazam for the entire film. The tracks are very unexpected and at some points even sounded like something that could actually be played on a party. Characters are well delivered and opened, as well as the lawyer job. Dialogues are great and at some places even funny, which makes this movie a pleasure to watch. But, besides all the good parts, the beginning could be hard to get through for some viewers, which is why I give this film a 7/10. It is not for everyone, but personally for me I consider it a great McConaughey job!
"Vanilla Sky" is another good example of a movie, which was tore apart by critics, but well received by the audience. Tom Cruise plays one of his best roles ever, starting from transferring all the emotions a person can have when actually falling in love to when a person is in massive catastrophe. There are many ways to interpret the film's plot, but everyone can agree that it is very engaging, at some points confusing and thought provoking. The film is very memorable, because of how well it explains everything in the end, but of how not much you know in the middle. You get confused with the main character and you try to solve the riddle yourself, only to fail every single time. Yes, there are a few plot holes, but they are very little and can be barely seen. Penelope Cruz also plays greatly and looks very well with Tom Cruise. The ending, besides making you think about how the movie could be interpreted also may cause you tears of joy. It should not be spoiled, so I would recommend you watching it yourself. Although the film starts off as a basic melodrama, it escalates quickly into something greater and breathtaking. An 8/10, fantastic sci-fi drama that I can not find an equivalent of.
"Anchorman" is a very good comedy with a lot of good actors. I was thinking about what comedy to watch, but when I saw Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in the same movie I was amazed, so I immediately turned it on and didn't hate the time spent. It was an amazing watch with clean jokes, some of which would have not been shown today ever, which is why they felt so good. It is silly, but this silliness is incredibly funny. Will Ferrell is a great comedian and allied with other big namers he made an absolute blast of a film. You don't really care about the plot, but rather about jokes, which is why this movie works so well. It even has a cameo of Ben Stiller, which is incredibly funny as well. The movie is so stupid, that it is actually perfect in a good way. That is a strong 7/10 from me, as this is one of the best comedies I have seen Will Ferrell in, as well as I consider him one of the best comedians out there.
"The Basketball Diaries" is a fantastic movie. It reminds me of "Christiane F" or "Requiem for a Dream" and it is nearly perfect, except for a few problems, which I will mention later. First of all, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg make for a great team throughout the entire movie and young DiCaprio portrays drug addiction so well, that at some point in the film I wanted to cry because of how emotionally good he portrayed such scenes. The movie is only 1 hour 45 minutes long, but manages to portray so many topics and bring so many interesting ideas, that it is impossible to not have some sort of groovy feeling in the end of the film. It is well shot and has great soundtrack, as well as it has a lot of memorable scenes with a lot of morale put into it. You see the breakdown which leads to a wonderful teen to become a drug addict and a person, who lives his life just for a moment, only to later realize that it has all gone wrong. The ending, in my opinion, is the weakest part of the movie, as it leaves you with no emotions rather than just confusion of why it happened. It could only be understood if you take the time when a movie was made and why it was made. I believe it was basically made for teenage audience to let them know all the horrors of drugs and that anybody can get help any time they want, it is important not to start. The movie starts really slow paced, but after the first 20 minutes the film already has its first climax, which makes for the entire film to be even more entertaining and thought-provoking. I believe this is one of DiCaprio's greatest works of all time, for whom I am giving this film an 8/10, I can't imagine seeing anyone else in his role, a wonderful timeless piece.