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Best version of Batman on the Silver Screen to date. Too bad he was in this movie.
I am no fan of the first Superman film in this series. But this is the best version of BATMAN ever seen on the Silver Screen. Too bad he had to be in this movie. I've always said that they have never really captured Batman on film before as he should be. This was the closest yet. I was really enjoying it. Although, some I was with thought it to be a little slow starting up. I really like an interesting story. Told in a very interesting way. And I was really having a good time. But I felt the END was a little WEAK. This is also the first time I truly felt that IMAX played a very important part of the experience. And I'm not sure what the critics are talking about. I thought everyone did a very good job, and perhaps this might be my favourite film this director has made. I wasn't a fan of what he did to THE WATCHMEN and SUPERMAN. Sound effects in this movie, and music are fantastic. It's a superhero movie as it should be. Loud. Big. Batman looks great! Way better than the first movie Superman. This film gets a strong 7.5 out of 10.
Wow! Spike Lee Awesome Work!
This documentary on the impressive, to say the least, Michael Jackson...Is GOLD. Can't help but think of the time and skill at which Spike Lee puts into this needed to be told Documentary on the life of Michael Jackson leading up to his release of OFF THE WALL. The old footage. As clear as it can be. Stunning. The editing is incredible. The interviews from the people who were there, in the studio. To the people who were influenced in and around the time of Michael, and the Jackson 5. I didn't want it to end. And yet, I'm reminded of just how extraordinary of a talent Michael was. And the extraordinary sad events on how we lost him.
First there was the BAD documentary, then there's the OFF THE WALL documentary. I hope Spike is saving the best for last with THRILLER Documentary. But after watching JOURNEY from Mowtown to Off the Wall. That might be a hard order to fill. Please Spike do it.
Two talents...Spike Lee making a documentary about Jackson. Unbelievable. Thanks Spike Lee, and Thanks Michael...for everything.
These were not the droids I was looking for. Fun. But not perfect.
STAR WARS : THE FORCE AWAKENS - In IMAX 3D. I said it before and I'll say it again. J.J. Abrams is really good at taking other people's ideas and making them work. Or reworking them. Or at least getting the right people involved to help him. But has never hit it out of the ball park for me. He has come close. But never Bang On. It's nice to see a Star Wars film with the techniques and feeling of the originals. Before Lucas went all nuts with power and digital "WE DON'T NEED TO MAKE SETS" "WE DON'T NEED TO USE PEOPLE" special effects. Nothing will ever compare to the original Star Wars. Nothing. This film was well made, directed, and acted. Fun. But these were not the droids I was looking for. smile emoticon I hope the next generation likes it more than me. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.
The Visit (2015)
M. Night is on a short list of true film makers with vision and skill.
I've said a million times. I love M. Night Shyamalan. He's the last of a dying few true film directors who knows how to write, and make a movie. He plays the audience like a master at his craft. And although some may disagree. I think since Sixth Sense people's expectations of his film are way too high. This was another excellent movie. I was creeped out. I laughed out really hard. I was truly scared for some of the characters in this film. Even if you can slightly see where the plot is going, or "Twist". Doesn't take away that this film was brilliantly written and filmed. From the casting down to the filming style. It's like your "Lost Footage Film" but not. M. Night takes everything to the next level. Can't wait to see what he does next. 7.5 out of 10.
Turbo Kid (2015)
Awesome 80's VHS/RCA VIDEO or LASER Discs junkies...this is for you.
If you remember the 80's video stores and movie titles that you have never heard of before. But maybe read about in a Starlog, or Fangoria magazine. You know, before the internet. And you've watch more then one Post Apocalyptic film. Midnight Drive-in, double or triple bill. Over the top violent gore. This film is for you.
The film makers, couldn't have picked a better cast. Come on. These people knew exactly what they were making, and who they were making it for. And Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers and Laurence Lebouef...they knocked this out of the park.
I can't tell you how happy I am that Michael Ironside was cast, or accepted the role in this film. And Munro Chambers acting has always had a special honesty about him. He has made acting look easy, and always brings the right acting chops to the scene. I hope this boy gets big, and remains small and humble. Cause man this kid has always had it. Casting of him as Turbo Kid is like Magic. And Ms Leboeuf...again...wow...magic, is it her, was it the directing? Either way. It worked.
This film is not going to break box office records. But I think it will make money in the long run. And will be talked about for years to come. A cult following. Why why why can't movies like this get the recognition it deserves in North America.
Please please please...if this film can't get the audience it deserves. Let the world see more work from everyone, everyone involved in this Brilliant Piece of Nostalgia Film Making. Let these artist shine. Munro Chambers...you go kid...You go Turbo Kid. Strong 6.5 out of 10 from me.
John Wick (2014)
You get what you get in this type of film...Keanu Kicks it! Really enjoyed it!
WOW. I laughed, hollered and was so thrilled within the first 20 minutes of this film. Then I wanted more. And I wanted to spend more time in this world and the many stories that could go on in it. What a BLAST of a movie. Gun, and violence galore. I think I've seen some really interesting FIRSTS done in this film. About time. It won't win an Oscar but you get what you get in this type of movie. Keanu was KICK ASS. And the running time was just right.
I don't understand why people would bash this film. What were they expecting. It's action, fast paced, and well choreographed. I'm not a real big car fan, but the cars, and what they did in this film were very impressive. I've become more surprised all the time that movies like this don't get the attention or box office. Yet Hunger Games, Divergent or Friday The 13th part 20, continue to make money.
It's Violent. Exciting. Action. Your not going to get Lawrence Of Arabia. If you want a good old action flick. There are far worst things you can watch then this.
8 out of 10
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Summer Blockbuster from my childhood has returned...Finally!
I've said it before SPACE is made for 3D. This film was a good time. I read the PARENTAL ADVISORY before taking my 6 year old who has seen her fair share of films. And documentaries. And she loved it. She said it was better then another Disney film which songs were way over played. That says a lot. This might be her best film ever. My wife also liked it a lot. I heard her laugh several times. And that says a lot.
Everything about this film was so entertaining to watch. I plan on seeing it again. I think it's been decades since I wanted to stay, or get back in line to watch the film again.
The fun I had just listening to the dialogue of this film alone is worth the ticket. But add action, the best special effects around, amazing sound, 3D at its best. Well it's the summer blockbuster I've waited for at least the past 10 years. Maybe more.
Well written, executed, and acted independent film.
In a world where so many movie remakes, sequel, prequel, based on a TV show , Comic Book, Slasher films. There's the independent film makers who for a love of film, entertainment. Make movies. And you scratch your head and wonder, how did this film even see the light of day. Or make it to the theatre/video/digital download.
This is not one of those.
In my opinion. With a few minor - MINOR - negatives. This was an excellent piece of work by all who contributed.
I laughed. I was surprised. I was entertained.
And once again, I wonder if these "lovers of film"... that haven't been spoiled, or fallen into "corporate Hollywood" had a bigger budget. There's no telling where they could go. Or how we could be entertained.
If you read this review and a get a chance to see a decent independent film. I suggest you do so. Headcase for me get's a 7 out of 10.
Pacific Rim (2013)
Better then I expected but not WOW Great.
PACIFIC RIM - From the first time I heard about this film many months ago. I thought nothing of it. Only recently with the word of mouth hype did I decide to go and see it. Special Effects were out of this world. The slow moving giants were perfect for 3D. The sound...amazing. The story...was a little better then alright. I didn't think there would be much of a story. Because without a story. Special Effects just become eye candy.
I couldn't help but think of Independence Day meets Godzilla with a little bit of Starship Troopers. Except less actors...a lot less actors. Dated...but I enjoyed ID4 a lot more.
No one even clapped at the end on opening night. The director still has it. But not like he use to. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed Hellboy 2. Just alright...better then most movies. Maybe I expected more because of the Hype. So I won't add to it.
But just say what I feel in my opinion. The young kids will probably like it more. Say 6-7 and up. But not the BLOCKBUSTER movie I was looking forward to. My fun of the Summer is still with Star Trek Into The Darkness for many, many reasons.
Want to see what I thought was a masterpiece of Guillermo del Toro's work. Treat yourself to the Spanish (Subtitles in English) film 'THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE...that should have gotten him an Oscar instead of PAN'S LABYRINTH.
Man of Steel (2013)
Nice Try - Enjoyable - But a miss to Donner/Reeve's Superman.
This was such a nice fresh start to a super hero movie that no one has been able to duplicate since the 1978 classic directed by Richard Donner, and starred Christopher Reeve.
I really enjoyed the way in which the story was told. But wanted more. I'm bothered by a few moments in the film where it pushed my disbelief to far. And it came off insulting my "Movie" intelligence. One thing was never even answered. Unless I missed something.
A lot of eye candy. But without a proper structure for a story. It's just eye candy.
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it. Not the best Summer Blockbuster in my opinion.
The actors did a great job. And Costner, and Crowe. With the little screen time. Were more entertaining to watch then the rest of the cast. And I felt Lois Lane, was poorly cast. And I love that actress.
It was fun. Not fun enough. And I still think Superman : The Movie, is still the best super hero movie ever made.
I like the originality of the ideas and the way the story was told. Entertaining. But I don't think it lives up to the the hype "From Studio Exec's?" that we heard about in the months leading up to its release.
I really wanted to love this movie. And I wanted to be blown away. Instead...it was very interesting...and too much eye candy, with not enough story.