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the problem being that the film is somewhat uneven and praises art much more then it deserves. of course it is impossible to imagine that the makers of a film could ever see art as being anything less than all powerful.
what we are left with though is the feeling that if only Hitler had been allowed to put on a show then 50 million people may well have lived. this is both patronising and quite improbable. there are a couple of notable scenes, when Hitler explains how politics will become art (a nice twist from the usual 'art is political') and when he gives his first speech (truly gripping and you can feel the power of rhetoric) but this is a disjointed odd film. the comparisons between good and ill are just too hamfisted to work and the whole film feels slightly undercooked.
it is of interest but no more and as many other people have said the shadow of Mel Brooks and 'The Producers' looms large. Average...
simply fantastic. one of, if not the, most visceral films that i have ever had the pleasure to sit through. enough has been said about the cgi effects of gollum or the battle at helm's deep but what greater praise can you give a film like this except to say that it was as good as the fellowship of the ring.
Minority Report (2002)
confused mess of a film
well lets be fair. the first hour and a half arent confused and messy. not that im saying that they are original either, but they are ok. but then...but then instead of having the courage to end the film on a bleak downward note george gives us more film...and more film...and more film.
the end is simply horrific although at times it seems that spielberg just didnt know what type of film to give us (should it be all action? or maybe some comedy, hold on, now we need some suspense). the film should (IMHO) have been hard and bleak and fast and instead we are given a dribble ending that was just really so very poor.
phil k dick must shudder at what is done to his works (even the very good blade runner is simply nothing when compared to 'do androids dream of electric sheep?') and in many ways this film said nothing that hadnt already been said by stanley kubrick (nee anthony burgess) in clockwork orange over 30 years ago.
loads of reviews keep saying how this is the new 'dark' spielberg. to me, this was just the same cloying, sentimental, hamfisted spielberg.
Kaubôi bibappu (1998)
so good its just not real
a series that is so good it is just a shame that so few people will ever get to see it. its not the thing to get around loads of people and there are so many others that would refuse to watch it because: 'it's just a cartoon'.
well they are the unlucky ones. because this series is not only the best anime series that i have ever seen but it is the best series of any kind that i have ever seen. the characters, the dialogue, the awesome music, but most of all the writing. this is food for adults. for people that will be able, and willing, to empathise with what is in front of them.
and the end, my god the end. get a hold of this series. watch it. it really is that good.
in the shadow of the (much) better series
i suspect that one of the reasons that this film has such a high score is because it contains two very important words to many anime fans: 'cowboy bebop'. and thus it gets a lot of 10's. but it is because of its title that i cant give it that high a score.
this is an ok film, better then sum (spriggan) worse than others but the problem is that it is going with one of, if not the, finest series of anime ever. the characters are there but the story and the dialogue were not. and this is a real shame. eye candy is fine but there must be more to it than this, especially when compared to the epic story lines of 'real folk blues'.
its ok, but with 'cowboy bebop' that just isnt good enough.
well now, where to begin...this is a film that is trading on its shocking content. and after having seen the film then you can understand why. because once you remove the very explicit, unfaked sex and the really bad violence and gore (bad, as in it looked like someones home video. you know what i mean: 'throw some more tomato sauce on there to make it look scary...no, the one with chunks in') then you are left with the script and the story.
really bad dialogue. no, i mean really, really bad dialogue. pointless dialogue. no characterisation. no empathy (although that of course is the point), everyone was repellant. it all just seemed to go nowhere and say nothing. were the girls really fighting back against all those evil men?
this is a really bad film....oh, maybe that isnt that much of a spoiler then. maybe the raped one was, but the other? well who knows, and frankly who the hell cares either
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i am all in favour of films that try to go further and i hate censorship so i couldnt agree with anyone that this film should be banned. because you see, there is really no need to give it the oxygen it needs by giving it such publicity. in a year or two (a year?! who am i trying to kid), well, maybe in a month or two (a month?! who am i trying to kid...etc etc) then this film will be all but forgotten.
there should be shocking films. i have no desire for all films to be products of the disney corporation or a hollywood that is scared of far-right religious extremists. and indeed if you look back at many shocking films then in time re-evaluation has lifted the likes of 'clockwork orange' and 'psycho' to the classic status that they deserved. but i'm afraid that Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi are in little danger of being mistaken for Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick.
The Believer (2001)
human beings tend to like things in a binary fashion. we like to link things in pairs, mainly opposites. light and dark, hot and cold, love and hate. but to a certain extent this film tries to make it clear that in fact love and hate are not in fact opposites, but in reality are much closer then that. 'the believer' tries to draw attention to the very short step for when obsessive love can turn into hate.
the plot synopsis has been covered in detail by others but whilst i can see some of the complaints from some of the other reviewers i certainly cant see others. all films to an extent rely on suspension of disbelief, of things happening that if they did so in the real world (whatever that means) would draw incredulous looks (or at the least raised eyebrows). what works for me is the sense of the inner battle that is taking place inside Danny, and indeed highlighted in the changing flashback episodes within the film.
the film is not perfect (but then what film is?) but it is certainly thought provoking. danny's face when confronted with the idea of becoming the 'fund-raiser' for the new 'above-ground' fascism movement and the entire episode in which Danny and his gang are made to talk to 'real' jewish victims of the holocaust. and for me this was the best part of the film. the victims are shown in a non-unified way, arguing and squabbling amongst themselves. but two moments stand out in this sequence (this may be a SPOILER here), the first in which Danny says what i think that a lot of people now may think today. if your son (or wife or father) is being killed in front of you, then why dont you fight back, why dont you 'kill your enemy?' and secondly, and to me the key moment in the film, is when one of the jewish men tells of his son dying. tears are in Danny's eyes. one assumes that they are tears of pity of what the old man had to go through. but then the tears become one of rage and hate. why? maybe its because Danny felt sorry for someone he hated. and so the emotion which Danny does not wish to turn inward instead goes out. the tears disappear and the face hardens.
maybe what this film is trying to say is that if you take a look at what it is that people hate then you can easily see what it is they fear. a very good film that in the cinema where i saw it, when the titles came up the audience did not get up and rise as one to go back to the world. instead they sat there for a few moments thinking of what they had seen and of the questions that the film had asked of them.
Tonari no Totoro (1988)
perfect family film
well let me put it like this. im a 30 year old mature student and even my best friends criticise me for being too cynical. i hate disney and i prefer films and books that are more bleak and realistic. whilst i love films i hate 'movies' and i think that if the best thing that anybody can say about a film is that 'it is a mindless diversion' then to me that says that they are mindless.
and yet, and yet i couldnt stop myself from loving this film. this is obviously a fact that i wont tell everyone about (i have my hardcore hate the world reputation to keep up). but this was just a great film. of course i kidded myself that i only liked it because it was by the legend 'miyazaki' but in reality it was because it was a great film. it was free of the cloying setimentality that obscures most (very nearly all) childrens films. it was also free from the grotesque stereotypes that disney perpetrates in its quest to turn children into consumers.
if you have kids (not that i do) or if you are still a kid (erm...i'll think that i shall pass no comment here) then do yourself a favour and forget the weather and the bills and the demands and the news and all of that adult rubbish. sit back and be entertained. you know, i may even get this on dvd too...for my nephew and niece of course...
Koroshiya 1 (2001)
pointlessly shocking or shockingly pointless?
quite simply the most violent film that i have ever seen with a collection of torture scenes in which i really did have to avert my eyes from the screens because they really were that excruciating.
but that does not make it a good film though. anybody that has read all of the comments on this film will have noticed that everyone (and this obviously includes me) talks almost completely about the violence and nothing else. and this may well be because there is not an awful lot else to talk about. the story (derived from a manga) is wafer thin as is the characterisation but then, lets be fair, this is just a splatter film.
the CGI assisted violence is well done but, to me, the violence at times went well past the black humor threshold and was just plain unpleasant. i do happen to think that Miike is a talented guy (go see Audition which uses violence effectively) as a couple of sequences show. the start is incredibly visual and kinetic and the sequence where we learn all about how the cop ended up in the yakuza is really well done. but any soft touches are lost under a welter of blood and guts. he also handled very well the often uncomfortable link between sex and violence although at times it did really feel like a boys movie gone mad with the depiction of women.
so if you are not easily offended and like your films violent then sure, go and see it. on the other hand if you actually like your films to have a message, meaning or story then just dont. nice use of fish hooks though...
a tale of two halves really
i agree with a certain amount of what has already been said about this movie in the other reviews. the first half, well story, was much shorter and indeed much nastier whereas the second story was much more spread out and seemed to be a kind of update on 'happiness' with an added film crew.
i suppose the best thing, to me, about the 'fiction' half was that it was at times just so uncomfortable to watch. nearly everybody (nearly?) was just unpleasant and thus much truer to life then the usual film with an, easily identifiable, hero. but the second seemed just too unfocused. too loose and too many things that were trying to be said but were kind of left.
it is worth going to see although it is nowhere near as good as the awesomely uncomfortable 'happiness'. if nothing else we should be happy that there are still directors in america who are prepared to make films which are about morally ambiguous subjects with people who actually look like they come from the real world.