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Damn good action movie.
I was surprised by this movie but it's damn good. Great supporting cast with Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.
This the best Costner film in a long, long time. He is great as a hard ass-ed, in your face, take no prisoners, doesn't have time for clichés, criminal on death row given memories of dead CIA agent.
This is a hard-edged rock-em sock-em classic action movie. It's fast paced, no boring parts, decent plot, really good dialogue, US production values shot in London. This movie rolls like a sledgehammer pounding a watermelon, in face, don't care.
If you know the British culture, it also has moments in the beginning that are funny as hell.
I enjoyed this as a fun ride.
Good movie despite flaws
In this day and age, the public have been Twilight Zoned, X-filed to death, it's hard to come up with some really original. This is a morality tale that uses aliens as a foil.
With all the bad reviews, I think only people who have advanced IQs "get it". There are many flaws in the film with the alien premise but that's really not what the movie is about, it's about humanity and perceptions of time and space, what's important, what decisions are made, were made, will be made, could have been made and their impact.
You could compare it to Twilight Zone episode 'Walking Distance', if you could go backward or forward into time and change things, how would it propagate forward? or backward? I was hooked by her opening monologue and closing, the aliens meh.
Død snø 2 (2014)
Best zombie movie in a long time
I saw this one before the first. And this one is much much better than the first one which I just watched.
Lots of humor, fun, film doesn't take itself too seriously and I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed this and watched it a second time to see if I missed something from laughing so many times.
With his zombie arm, hero is able to take on the zombie Nazis and kick some ass and kill a few bystanders as well. There's plenty of blood and entrails but it's very funny when the zombie Nazis invade the small village. Watching someone get thrown out a kitchen window then getting run over by a tank has never been funnier. Blasting mothers in strollers with a tank round and hearing a baby go Waaaaaaa as it flies to the screen is gut busting funny.
The ending is epic and very unexpected. You'll never hear Bonnie Tyler's Eclipse of the Heart again with the same thoughts in mind. Awesome ending.
predictable and mediocre
this film might have been good 40 years ago but in today's world, it's predictable and mediocre. we've all been Twilight Zoned, X-filed, Terminator-ed and Sci-Fi-ed to mind numbing proportions about time travel. how many time traveling films have there been 40? 50+? after about 10 minutes of watching, i knew the entire storyline and what would happen.
the pacing of the movie is torturously slow. the characters are 2 dimensional, flat. it seems like ethan hawke is just doing films these days for a paycheck, the last decent film he did was gattaca. the supporting actors just weren't. the cinematography was decent for the night shots. the audio was good as well.
the best part of this film, was the ending. glad it was over. if MST3k was still around, this film would be on the list with Manos, Hands of Fate.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Best Carole Lombard film
This is the best Carole Lombard film I've seen. She shows a range of talent. Her timing and delivery are excellent.
The male lead is a bit weaker, he doesn't seem like good romantic lead really. No real sex appeal, he didn't phone in his performance but he didn't bring his best performance either. He was pretty much a cardboard cutout. He was badly miscast with Lombard.
Lombard's character has that brilliance, vivaciousness to have any man yet she's stuck with a mediocre character actor.
The dialogue is good and flows well.
Hitchcock doesn't do comedy very well so Lombard saves this movie.
The supporting cast was OK.
Production values were typical mid-budget studio.
The cinematography was adequate.
Overall, I'll watch this film again just to watch Carole Lombard give a really good performance. She is better here than in "My Man Godfrey".
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Carole Lombard in color
I greatly enjoyed seeing this movie if only to watch Carole Lombard in color.
By today's standard the film is dated but considering it's over 75 years old, it holds up well for a romantic comedy.
Lombard has good comedic timing and is a beauty to behold. There are some outtakes at the archive.org site and you can see why Clark Gable deeply loved her. There are some excellent high contrast scenes of her portrait that is worth viewing for that alone. Maybe I have an infatuation with Lombard, if so it's a good one that I'm happy to have.
The lead male doesn't really equal Lombard in skills or talent.
The supporting cast ia adequate but nothing special.
Production values were decent.
Overall the film needs a good restoration as the Technicolor is showing its limits on the version I watched.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
the BBC did a much better documentary about the search. this movie is about search for OBL.
this film was boring as watching paint dry. take NoDoze or strong coffee before and during watching. here's temp, 1 min of stuff happening, 24 min of boring stuff/talking heads/ babble, 1 min of stuff happening, another 24 min of boring stuff/ babble, repeat ad nausea...
film had no focus, tries to shock by showing torture scenes but fails. the scenes have no impact, frat boys get worse via hazing.
the female character is unbelievable, she has no "balls" or emotional connection.
the film is only a strung together bunch of events without a common thread.
no way this film will win academy award, if it does, it shows how it only matters who you know instead of quality.
The Journey (2009)
Opinions in french and English
"Your film reminds me of the shock of the encounter with oneself. The beauty of the images and musical excerpts, the contrast between a particulièrment codified situation and a situation of survival, succession plans without length, the choice and treatment of scenes, it all makes a great empathy and makes your film very poignant. "
This was intense. It was like being in a sweat lodge" Terry
Seeing your movie got me to realize that life can be looked at in two ways:
1. As an experience, thus one shall do their very best to get immersed in as many experiences they can (and want) to experiment with
2. As a struggle to find meaning - angle from which your movie appears extremely painful (although from point 1 of view it's simply a choice if you want to look for meaning or just try things out according to your heart's calling.)
I see my life as a river flowing between the 1 and 2 banks... and I get lost sometimes... until I will disappear altogether...Those 32 minutes have been an intense - and terrifying - experience concluded with the realization that without point 1. it is all meaningless..."
Copying Beethoven (2006)
Better than Amadeus
Man called Beethoven is the artist. Music is the paint. This movie is about passion and emotions. How they come into being and why. How they can be as destructive as beautiful but as long as you feel something anything than that is the point.
The scene between Beethoven and Ana conducting while performing the 9th is more about them being intimate in every sense of the word through music. They are not afraid of being "stripped" in public. At the end of the piece, it works.
If the music and passion of the full 9th does not move you, than you are almost certainly dead emotionally. Ed Harris was brilliant as well as the camera 'feeling' the raw power of the final creshendo as it is pounded with the bass and kettle drums in an ejaculation of music.
As for not being a fully accurate documentary, that is not what the film is about. If one wishes that, there is a great 3-part BBC documentary with Paul Rhys, that is astounding. Given Paul Rhys personal background and tragedy, there are times when he isn't acting.
Amadeus takes you on a ride between two antagonists Salerie and god with music of Mozart as the canvas. This film is better.
This film is about passion and music, it is wonderful.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Hopkins tour de force
Hopkins is always good, in this film he is amazing.
In Titus, he dominated the screen with power and conviction, here with perseverance and emotions. You felt as if you were peeking into the life of Burton and find out what makes him tick.
Supporting characters are well developed but not overly.
Fun and entertaining movie for everyone. Hopkins does the Kiwi accent to perfection. Kiwis really are like that bodging old bit of junk together to build something strange.
It's not about getting to the destination, it is the journey that matters as he travels in the 1950's US from LA to the salt flats.
Film sublimely comments on how changed society is from today to the 50's, although somewhat too altruistically. If Normal Rockwell was going to make a movie about that time period, this would be it.