In a not so distant future the universe is threatened by a malevolent evil force. An unwitting cab driver(Korben Dallas) is thrust smack dab in the middle of a cosmic battle, a war at this point is eons old. It's now a race against time for Korben to search for a find The Fifth Element, the protector of all humans with four powerful elemental stones, Fire, water, earth & air. The remains of this fifth element are used to rebuild an immaculate being, Leelo who's sole mission is to retrieve the stone alongside Korben, who she's recruited to help. It all comes to a head when an all out battle of good vs evil commences and we're left wondering if this is a world worth saving.
The Fifth Element is a timeless classic and flat out just a great movie, I really can't stress that enough. The special effects are superb, truly groundbreaking filmmaking and its certainly garnished massive cult appeal over the years. With a stellar cast and very unique and inventive sci fi story makes for a spectacular movie.
Andrew Niemann is a promising young drummer has dreams of becoming a great jazz musician. So he enrolls and is accepted into the best school for music in the country, Shaffer Conservatory of Music. Entrance into the school also means Andrew has a chance of entering the tutelage of Terrance Fletcher, the studio band teacher and head of the band that represents the school in jazz competitions. Fletcher is highly regarded for his skill in anything jazz and teaching talents, also a man with a ruthless reputation for his certain teaching methods. Fletcher is known to bring the best ability out of his students but that is achieved by the intimidation and belittling of his students as he strives for perfection each and every note no exceptions, this creates a pretty hostile environment that not many can endure. Andrew sticks with this as he has no musical pedigree and he believes this may be his only chance to truly prove his worth. While the tension is always unbearable Andrew will quite literally stop at nothing to achieve his goal, blood, callused hands, & car crashes be damned.
I was pleasantly surprised the first time i saw this film, an exciting drumming movie! The on screen connection between Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons is very strong and the movie really sets out to portray a very tense vibe between the two. Very inventive cinematic elements with color and camera work that really gives this film a whole Jazz feel to it. The plot and script leave a little to be desired but the incredibly real drumming talent Miles Teller has makes up for that along with Simmons' very intimidating nature you really focus on those two grippingly. Never before have we seen Jazz on screen with such visceral beauty.
Empire records is the last of a dying breed, the heart and soul of the place is held together by a tight knit group of young people who work there. This film shows a day in the life of the group who all share a common bond with the love of music. Now the business is at risk of being taken over by a larger conglomerate, Music town. With a stricter business model the plan would turn the beautiful essence of the place on its head and become just another money greedy chain. With countless personal complications amongst the gang whilst trying like hell to raise enough money to keep the owner happy enough to keep the place independent it won't be easy. This is a last ditch effort for Empire Records to escape being swallowed whole by corporate greed.
A absolute celebration of youthful optimism with a beautifully selected soundtrack that helps take you back. A true showcase of a few amazing up and coming actors and actresses of the nineties. This films delivers the pure essence of musical expression and most times can be the driving force of mental stability. It certainly fits the profile of your typical dramedy no doubt but the well written and realistic interactions help set this apart. Really goes to show how bad teen movies have gotten over the years going to show it's hard to touch the nineties in that category.
On the onset Max Fist appears to most as a drunken mess of a man who lives on the streets. The stories he tells make him out to be a man afflicted with extreme mental instability as he claims to be a hero from another dimension. One of immense power, however it just so happens his powers do not work on earth, making his story of his travels through time and space arriving on earth even more so far fetched. A young man named Hamster who enthralled by any time of storytelling becomes a sort of follower of Max, learning his story and going viral in the process with his only chronicle of Max Fist. Unbeknownst to Max, Hamster's sister Indigo is in trouble with the local drug lord putting her life and her brothers life in danger. Being a hero at heart Max takes it upon himself to use his expertise to help the two out of the bind they found themselves in. The further they go, the more we learn that Max may be more truthful than anyone could believe. Max, Indigo & Hamster are more entangled than they could even fathom and that his archenemy may be closer than thought possible.
We see a gritty crime drama & action flick blended beautifully with a super hero comic book animation type concept. A very unique piece of storytelling with a market as flooded with super hero's than we can handle right now. Nowadays if it's not the big two( DC & Marvel) nobody really seems to care, this is that punk rock version of a hero film we never knew we needed. Scary good performance by Joe Manganiello who really appears to take hold of this role and really becomes Max Fist. Some pretty cool appearances by a few memorable actors but i won't spoil those. Sure a deeper dive into this premise would have been amazing but i appreciate it for what it was and i won't knock it for what it didn't cover, the beauty of this film is that so much is left to the imagination.
Camp Hope over the years was known as a safe haven for fat kids from all over the country. Ran by a kind older couple, The Buskin's, making the trip to ‘fat camp' with the hopes of summer fun with go-karts and a famous swimming hole. Once the kids arrive however they learn the Buskin's had to file for bankruptcy and were forced to sell to a mentally unstable ex-fitness instructor bu the name of Tony Perkis and his patented Perkis System. Tony turns the fat camp into a grueling fitness marathon in hopes to advertise his informercial for his fitness program. The once fun filled camp turns into a living hell for the campers while Tony and his hired camp counselors put the kids through grueling exercises literally squeezing every once of fun out of everything. While the kids and a few original counselors plot to overthrow a growingly more unhinged Perkis they also must prepare for the yearly Apache Relay, a race that Camp Hope and arch rivals Camp MVP take part in every year. A consistently difficult and seemingly impossible feat as Camp MVP has never lost. Juggling all this the boys have a solid plan to take back the camp and come up victorious in the big race against all odds.
This fun filled Disney classics will forever be a staple of 90's children comedies and certainly one of the best. It's just a very fun movie that won't go to big lengths to teach you any life lessons which is just fine sometimes. The children actors here did an amazing job and most if not all scenes don't appear scripted and come off pretty natural, they shared great chemistry here. Nobody can seem to play an unstable crazy person better than Ben Stiller, whose zany antics are really unmatched he really seems to shine in these kinds of roles. All in all a fun filled ride for all ages, anyone would be hard-pressed not to enjoy this 90's gem.