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A breakthrough in filmmaking.
The last time we had a film that broke through moviegoers in terms of what was visual and what effected us was "Star Wars" back in 1977. Now,many years later, James Cameron has brought a film to the screen that serves its' purpose to moviegoers in such a way, I should say the art of film has started all over again.Technology isn't the only reason why "Avatar" will stand out as a classic. You may disagree with me if you want. Thats alright with me. All I am saying is that "Avatar" delivers what I think is new in the process in the art of filmmaking. It's going to happen. Every several years, there is bound to be a film that teaches us how we should feel about how film should work. "Avatar", technically and emotionally, is one of those films that accomplishes that in every way that I have seen. As I was watching "Avatar", my thoughts and focus weren't just on the visual effects although the visual effects were tremendously spectacular in every way. It received a well deserved Academy Award for it's effects and none of these effects could not be done several years ago.Now, with the proper technology, It seems that the art of filmmaking has evolved. "Avatar" is one of those films that belongs in the evolutionary process. I am going to be truthful here. The one film that will knock "Avatar" off the map is "2001: A Space Odyssey" which came out in 1968. Just because "Avatar" is not really on top, it doesn't mean that it does not deserves the recognition that it has been getting the past year. It goes right up there with films like "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Star Wars". "Avatar" widens your eyes. It's an unexpected look into a beautiful world of filmmaking. Several years from now, some director will make a film that will breakthrough moviegoers expectancies of whatever film they watch. "Avatar" did that. How many times have you seen a film like that? "Avatar" is not just a film. It's an experience that will be remembered by moviegoers for years to come.
The Exorcist (1973)
After nearly 35 years,"The Exorcist" still remains the scariest and the most shocking.
There is no questioning about it.No ifs ands or buts.This film belongs in horror film history.I first experienced a scene from this film back around nineteen seventy nine.That scene terrified me.Twenty years it took me to watch this film straight through without blocking my eyes.I have no trouble watching the film now.But I still think of this film as the scariest in film history.We all know what the film is about and we all seen it a thousand times over the past thirty years.Copied by other films such as "Beyond the Door" and the awful "The Antichrist","The Exorcist" has not lost its power to shock due to the cinematography.Its documentary film style seems to add a sense of realism to the film.The special effects are as unique now as they were around thirty years ago.This is the ultimate in cinematic horror.Director William Friedkin's power is that once he goes to far,he doesn't stop.He keeps going.The film is also effective because we get to know the characters rather than go straight to the scares."The Exorcist" begins as a humanizing experience and then we are lured into a nightmarish experience.It's kind of like the film is happening to us.There is no mistake about this film."The Exorcist" pulls no punches and may victimize some film goers.A horror film is a horror film."The Exorcist" is not only a horror film.It is a reminder to us all of what fear means to us.A classic in the horror genre,"The Exorcist" doesn't just frighten,it disturbs on a high level.I respect this film and still believe this to be the scariest film ever made.Perhaps more frightening then I can imagine.
The Howling (1981)
It tries.* * *
If they never filmed that amazing transformation scene,this film probably wouldn't be as good as it is now."The Howling".A dark mysterious film .Dark,because of its atmosphere and it's ability not to frighten but to stir some interest.Special effects,along with "An American Werewolf in London" and John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" were reaching a whole new era of special effects.Director,Joe Dante,created a classic film through the film's amazing transformation scenes.We don't don't get those kind of films these days,due to computers taking over the special effects industry."I liked the film.But I felt it should've been at least more.But I was pleased with what I got."The Howling".Although,it may not be much,It's enough for me and I liked it.
A pure delight.One of the funniest zombie films ever made.Maybe not that funny.
"Return of the Living Dead" is a horror film.It's a comedy.But it should not be divided because both categories blend in together into one movie.That's the genius in this film.The film has a comic look to the film which reminds me of those graphic comic novels.Released in 1985,along with films such as "Re-Animator" and "Day of the Dead","Return of the Living Dead" appears to distant itself from the other two films,although,at the same time,it still qualifies as a zombie film.The movie can be silly at times but it seems to be worth the viewing experience.The special effects are simple,yet,not state of the art.This makes the film more enjoyable to watch.Director,Dan O'Bannon takes the zombie genre and simply turns it inside out.The film is unexpected,at times scary and at times,hilarious.Open your heads(joke)to this film.If you don't,you'll be missing a really good horror film.Put this on your DVD list.I'm going to.
A more faithful adaptation to the Marvel comics legend.* * * *
The Hulk.A member of the Marvel Comics superhero team.He's different apart from the other superheroes.He doesn't seem to have the powers of the other superheroes.Alright,he weighs about sixteen feet tall and grows bigger the more angrier he gets.His strength increases the angrier he gets.He demolishes anything that's in his way.This is some guy that Bruce Banner would like to get rid of.The only thing is,is that Bruce Banner and the creature are the same.All Banner cares about is finding the cure.Radiation is the cause for all this and there seems to be a connection between him and his father,David Banner,played by Nick Nolte,who plays a really good villain.I am not really in favor for CGI.But the CGI is necessary for the creature's body of work.The television show was my favorite to which the technology weren't up to it's standards.Although in that show,you believed in that character.But I found myself also believing in the CGI version of that character.I felt that even though Lou Ferrigno seemed more realistic,the CGI version captured what the television couldn't in terms of what the Hulk looked from the comics."Hulk" was a bomb in 2003.But it made a fair a lot of money.It may have been a bomb,but that didn't stop me from seeing this film.I liked it.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
One of the best films of 1999 * * * *1/2
"The Sixth Sense".Nobody knew that it was going to be such a hit at the movies.But it was.A perfect combination of scares and suspense,"The Sixth Sense" is the perfect vehicle for action star Bruce Willis,who has proved to critics and moviegoers that he is more than John McClane.The movie's real spirit comes from Haley Joel Osment.He's believable,as a child actor,He really gets you to believe in his character and the character development between Bruce Willis,Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette are first rate.Director,M.Night Shymalan knows all the punches and he doesn't hold back.This is one of the best films of 1999.It knows how to scare and the movie's ending(which I will not giveaway)will knock you off your chair.It is very rare for a horror film to come out that relies less on blood and gore and more on atmosphere."The Sixth Sense" is atmosphere.It wraps around you and you keep wanting more.Released in the fourth quarter of 1999,"The Sixth Sense" was one of the good reasons to go to the movies.One of the best films that deals with the supernatural.Depending on what type of person you are,it knows how to scare.The genius behind this film is how M.Night Shymalon throws these clues at us and we tend to not catch them until it hits us in the head."The Sixth Sense" is brilliant and in most cases,frightening.It'a all in the atmosphere and suspense.Not in the gore."The Sixth Sense" has just a tiny bit of it,but the suspense wins over.
It tries.But doesn't try hard enough. * *1/2
Mila Jovavich.She's incredibly beautiful and in the past has proved herself to fans to be a really good female action hero.The films that she has starred in:"The Fifth Element","Resident Evil" and "Resident Evil:Apocalypse" are all examples of how her presence on screen carries the films.In the film "Ultraviolet",the film seems to try to capture the Japanese Mango action look through the look of the film.The action scenes are pretty good and so are the fight scenes.Mila Jovavich seems to be the right casting choice for this film.But the filmmakers along with the special effects artists don't appear to have any sense of seriosness in the film.Some of the effects are good but most of the effects lack what I wanted to see.I felt the CGI sets needed a touch of realism.The film is colorful which was a problem for me.It should have been dark.The Japanese Mango worked in some areas but that was it."Ultraviolet" is the kind of film that that makes you hold on tight to your money.Even though in some areas it can be entertaining.But there is a limit to the entertainment that we see on the screen.If you are going to see the film,remember the film's usage of CGI.It spoils the look of the film.I will admit that Mila Jovavich is a delight to look at and she has this sense of superheroism that may appear corny.But I guess it doesn't hurt anyone just to watch "Ultraviolet".But it may hurt their wallets.My brain wasn't in the right place when I saw this film.Not as bad,but not as good.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The original that started it all.And the best in the series.A classic.
Back in early 1985,I had no idea that this was the second film that I had seen that was directed by filmmaker Wes Craven.The first was "Deadly Blessing" back in 1981,which I liked as a nine year old. "A Nightmare on Elm Street".True,it is a horror film in which at the time we were subjected to a new horror film villain.His name was Freddy Krueger.He was played by Robert Englund.Recognizable from the television miniseries "V",Englund became more of a household name as the demonic killer who terrorizes a small community through their dreams.he was once a regular man.A man who killed children.After the parents killed him,he came back in the form of something much more evil that he was when he was alive."A Nightmare on Elm Street" works on the basis Robert Englund provides scares and humor at the same time.The film several sequels or less.Yet,none of these films could match up to the original.
A failure on all counts.*1/2
Everyone knew who Jeffrey Dahmer was.Everyone knew what he did.It never occurred to me that they were going to make a film on him.A film on Jeffrey Dahmer.Wow.I can't wait to see this film.Those were my thoughts before I popped the DVD in my machine.This independent low budget horror film is a piece of junk.The film only focused on Dahmer's homosexuality side rather than his monstrous side.So far "Ed Gien" was better than this crap for which I sat through.The violence is here and there,but who in the hell wants to watch two men making out.This film is an insult to true horror fans.Stick with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "The Silence of the Lambs".Both of those films are ten times superior and they both make "Dahmer" look like a ride to an amusement park.
Superman Returns (2006)
This review is dedicated to Christopher Reeve.* * * * *
"Superman IV:The Quest for Peace" was a bomb back in 1987.The first two films were amazingly outstanding.But when it got to the third installment,there was nowhere for the film to go.It seemed that the "Superman" franchise was dead.Now after nearly two decades of going through "Batman","Spider-Man" and "X-Men",it seems that the franchise has returned.And thanks to director Bryan Singer,the franchise has returned with an explosive bang.This film is true at what it sets out to do.It reminds us ,or let us say,it reminded me of my childhood when I was watching 1978s "Superman:The Movie".The visual effects are better although I still prefer the flying effects in the 1978 version.In that version,you knew that Christopher Reeve was in front of a screen with background images with a specially designed camera that moved around him.In"Superman Returns",the technology has risen to a point to which we actually believe he could fly.Both films are as entertaining as the next.Brandon Routhe is incredible as Clark Kent and Superman.Watching the film,I could not help but notice how much of that Christopher Reeve Personality was in him.I am 34.I felt like a 6 year old watching the film."Superman Returns" flies high but at the same time it tries not to outdo the first two films.Watching both "Superman III"-"IV" sadly lacked what "Superman Returns" brought back.The humor is a crucial point to the film.I may be out of hand,but in my opinion,"Superman Returns" may be the best film of 2006.Brandon Routhe is the correct choice for the two roles that he plays.As Superman,he is truly one of the best actors to play the character.I thought I was looking at Christopher Reeve's twin.With Brandon Routhe donning the tights and Bryan Singer directing the sequels-hopefully-it would be interesting to see how far this series could go.With this film,I was convinced and I was happy."Superman Returns" is the most entertaining film of 2006.