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This is (relatively) based on a message Board I read on Guardians of the Galaxy. Any suggestions?
(Off topic, I am a big fan of the Daredevil Director's Cut version of the Movie. It is way better than the theatrical PG-13 cut. I think they could do Daredevil like The Dark Knight or Man of Steel with a hardcore PG-13 rating, but that's just me)
One more thing, these are directors whose films I have actually seen.
What a great film!
To make sure his empire lives on, the lord of the Takeda clan, Shingen, hires a simple thief to impersonate him. Unfortunately, things get ugly when Shingen is assassinated by a sniper and the Thief must replace him unwillingly. While he pulls off the job successfully, Shingen's brother and his brutal generals are in total control. Defying his orders, Shingen's son complicates things by trying to start war with Oda Nobunaga, his rival. The Thief is finally exposed before the entire court and is exiled, but redeems himself in a battle against Nobunaga, sacrificing his life attempting to save the now-destroyed Takeda clans's banner.
Kagemusha, which I just bought recently, is amazing. I had high hopes for this movie and I was not disappointed. Kurosawa has firmly proved that he is truly the greatest director of all time with this film, though Ran and The Seven Samurai prove it also. The guy who plays Kagemusha and Shingen is amazing. He plays a simple thief who truly wants to help the clan continue to survive. The generals are all arrogant yet wise men who realize the Thief is their only hope for survival against the wrath of Nobunaga and his massive army.
For those of us who are utter Kurosawa nuts, like me, then you know that Kurosawa called Kagemusha his 'Dress Rehearsal' for Ran. Believe me, it is. Kagemusha is a true masterpiece and personally, I think it's quite underrated. The imagery and colors are beautiful, just like a Kurosawa film should be.
Now if only Kurosawa had somehow managed to Toshiro Mifune in here. That would be perfect.
Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Per un pugno di dollari (1964)
Clint Eastwood rocks the casbah!
Dear Readers, Westerns are a dying clan of Videos. They used to come out by the dozen, but now only 1 or 2 per year...Not to say that this year yielded any good westerns. 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford are supposed to be VERY good! But I am sure nothing is as good as Sergio Leone's legendary trilogy (Quintology if you count Duck, You Sucker and Once Upon a Time in the West) of Spaghetti Westerns.
The plot of this masterpiece is based on one of Akira Kurosawa's most beloved and spectacular films, Yojimbo. However, instead of a samurai epic, we get a western masterpiece. Clint Eastwood replaces Toshiro Mifune as the now-legendary Man With No Name who decides to get rich by working both sides in a feud and helping a group of poor people become free. At the same time he protects a young woman, a slave of the deadly brother of the leader of the bandits, and helps her get back to her family.
The movie is short and flies by with the intense action of some of the best gunfights filmed. People often bash this film because it is a remake of Yojimbo, but if Akira Kurosawa had seen this, and he has probably has, he most certainly proud to see another Masterpiece of his works created. After all, The Magnificent Seven is a Direct Remake of his most Legendary film, The Seven Samurai, and people have accepted that film as well.
However, if you all think if this is the greatest Western ever...You'd be dead right! Well, until I finish and review Sergio Leone's other masterpieces: For a Few Dollars More, and the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Enjoy! Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
The Fountain (2006)
The most saddest and most beautiful move ever
Dear Readers, It's hard to describe The Fountain other than saying that it's a movie about the search for the Fountain of Life. It begins in Spain, which is in holy war between the pagans and the Spanish Inquisition. A conquistador, Tomas, is sent to South America to find The Fountain of Youth and he battles an entire tribe of Mayans to find the Tree of Life. He is brutally wounded by the Lord of Xibalba...The Mayan Underworld. He slays the Lord of Xibalba and drinks of the sap of the Tree of Life, which grants him immortality in a way. It transforms him into a field of flowers.
Flash forward to the present. A doctor, Tom Creo, dedicated to looking for the cure for Cancer discovers his wife, Izzi, is dying from Brain Tumors. She asks him to finish her story about Tomas and then dies just when a sprig of the Tree of Life is found and is used to start curing Cancer Patients.
Travel into the future where Tom Creo has become Tommy, a Bhuddist monk, dedicated to traveling to the Xibalba Nebula with the dying Tree of Life and rejuvenating it with the dying star inside. He dies but finishes the Izzi's book of the Fountain while the Tree of Life becomes healthy. Tommy becomes Tom Creo who finally is able to say goodbye to his dead wife and plants the seed of Life in her grave.
The Fountain is a truly stunning film about Mankind's evergoing quest to defeat Death. Hugh Jackman makes this movie his own with an outstanding performance, topping Logan from X-Men by leaps and bounds. Rachel Weisz, one of my alltime fav actresses, does a great job as Izzie and Queen Isabel, as well. The Special Effects in this film are breathtaking, particularly in the Nebula sequences. The ending and climax are stunningly beautiful and tear-jerkingly fantastic with Jackman and Weisz's performances. All in all, this Film rocks.
Signed, The Constant Video Game Collector
El laberinto del fauno (2006)
Breathtakingly Riveting and Brilliantly Amazing
Dear Readers, I was wary of Pan's Labyrinth when it first came out, thinking it was just your average monster horror flick. Boy...was I wrong.
This movie is even better than everyone says. I can understand why it got 20 solid minutes of applause at Cannes. Guillermo del Toro is a true genius and proves he is one of the greatest directors of all time with this masterpiece. His career has been pretty interesting, also. He started with two horror films (Cronos and Mimic), did a foreign film (The Devil's Backbone), two blockbuster comic book movies (Blade II and Hellboy) and now...El Laburinto del Fauno...Pan's Labyrinth! del Toro creates two masterful worlds in Pan's Labyrinth. Reality and Fantasy. Keeping them separate but slowly merging them together. The Reality deals with WWII-time Spain when Francisco Franco's Fascist army is mopping up the opposition who are hiding in the mountains and forests, waiting for the Allies to invade Spain and overthrow Franco. The Fantasy is the mysterious labyrinth and forest near the Mill House, filled with beauty and terror, Fairies and monsters. Ofelia, a little girl who's pregnant mother is taking her to meet her brutal stepfather, Captain Vidal. When they stop for the Mother to rest for a few seconds, Ofelia unlocks a fairy bug and the magic begins. She then begins to see mysterious symbols everywhere and finally meets the faun, Pan, who tells her she is the soul of the Princess Moanna, from an underground fairy-tale world of beauty. She must complete three tasks and then the portal to home will open and her destiny will be revealed.
In the meantime, in the Reality world, Mercedes the Maid and Dr. Ferrieo undermine Vidal's authority and help the rebels defeat the group of soldiers running a village with an iron fist. Vidal, a brutal yet charming monster with a twisted obsession with his pocket watch, is determined to have a son so he may continue his legacy and destroy the rebels using any means possible.
The characters in this movie are stunning. Ofelia is the best, cute and adorable and innocent, but also fearless and curious, like any little kid. Then there's Captain Vidal. He is easily one of the greatest villains in cinematic history, ranking up there with Darth Vader and Hannibal Lectar. He is ruthless and brutal, killing men with point-blank shots, torturing prisoners with simple tools, and bashing in people faces with a bottle of beer. At the same time he is charming and charismatic, much like a certain cannibal serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Mercedes rocks also. She is a proud rebel dedicated to giving her life to bring down Vidal, which, in a very satisfying scene, she nearly kills and leaves a lasting impression on Vidal's face. The Mother is my least favorite as a meek and terrified woman while the doctor is a more dynamic character and his death scene is truly sad and tragic.
Finally...There's Doug Jones's performances. If you were impressed by his performance in Hellboy as Abe Sapien, you will completely forget him as you watch the wacky Pan and the utterly Terrifying Pale Man. The Pale Man sequence was magnificent. He is literally skin and bones, no muscle whatsoever. His eyes are on his hands and his walk make him the creepiest character in this movie, even creepier than Vidal. Then...there's Pan. The make up and CGI, plus Jones's performance, make Pan the most memorable character in the movie. He's creepy, wacky, charming, benevolent, everything.
A warning to all parents about the film. It is bloody. Most of Vidal's scenes are quite brutal, particular the implied torture sequence, which thankfully we do not see, and the Bottle scene as well. The Pale Man sequence is the best also as he is utterly terrifying. However, the ending is truly magnificent, but I'm not telling what happens. So, sit back, relax, and watch the genius that is Guillermo del Toro in his masterpiece: the Labyrinth of the Faun...Pan's Labyrinth.
Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Forget Godfather, Shawshank, Brazil...THIS is the Greatest Film Ever Made!
Dear Readers, The Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi is arguably the greatest man in the 20th Century. He is still revered and respected by millions of people, both Indian and Non-Indian. His message of Nonviolence and Peaceful Protesting continues to live on and inspire other famous leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who have helped change the world even today. Gandhi's life work was not an easy task, and the greatest movie ever made tells it so magnificently.
Starting right from the beginning, We see Gandhi combating the oppressive British Government in South Africa, leading the Indian immigrants to freedom despite being thrown in jail and beaten savagely. After his great victory over the South African Government, Gandhi returns home to free his nation from the oppressive British. He continues his message of peace and nonviolence, persuading thousands of Indians to ignore the British. Like in Africa, he is thrown in jail and his fellow Indians are shot in a truly brutal scene. Even after India is freed from Britain, Gandhi continues his fight, hoping to achieve peace between Muslims and Hindus which resulted sadly in his assassination. Yet his message continues to inspire us all to stop the violence in our world and work hard for peace.
Ben Kingsley is truly amazing as The Mahatma. You must see it with your own eyes to believe it. He is Gandhi. I read somewhere that people actually mistook Kingsley for Gandhi himself. Believe me: You will too. The rest of the cast are great as well. Martin Sheen and Candice Bergen are great as reporters helping to tell the world about Gandhi's Message. His priest friend is great also, trying to spread Gandhi's Message to the people of South Africa who, in a sad scene, walk out on him during the homily. The Woman who plays his wife is very beautiful as well as the actress who plays a convert to Hinduism who has a huge crush on Gandhi. The British are very evilly depicted but are accurately told as the villain as well. Like I said, the scenes where the British kill rioters who are peacefully protesting are hard to watch but are a necessary evil. His assassination scene is truly powerful in its simplicity as Gandhi is ruthlessly shot in cold blood.
This movie is truly the most brilliant and greatest Film ever. It proves that violence is not necessary...just as Gandhi told us all.
Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Been waiting all my life for this movie...I wasn't disappointed at all
Dear Readers, Well, I'm back from my hiatus with dozens of awesome movies to review. Let's start with my favorite: Transformers.
Transformers is definitely one of Michael Bay's best, sadly topped only by The Rock (Sorry Optimus, but Sean Connery is cooler) and Pearl Harbor (Yes, I am a fan of Pearl Harbor). Despite that, Transformers rocks. I had the immense pleasure of seeing this work of art on the big screen and I was in awe the whole time.
Bay doesn't waste time. He slams the action in immediately with the nefarious Blackout, my favorite of all the Decepticons in this movie, totally trashing a military base in a rather awesome sequence. It then cuts back and forth between Spike meeting Bumblebee and falling in love with the loveliest girl in school, Mikaela, and the survivors of Blackout's attack attempting to contact the Pentagon while surviving the attacks of the monstrous Skorpinok. After that, things just get better.
The best part of this movie? What else? The Transformers. True, I would've preferred the G1 or Armada looks, but they still look wicked cool. They even threw in the classic transformation sound during this movie. How sweet is that? Now for the acting, I'll cover the humans first. First comes Shia LeBouf as Spike. When I first heard this, I immediately remembered the ever dumb Even Stevens TV series and Shia LeBouf's troublemaking idiot performance so I figured that LeBouf would kill the film. Wrongo! Shia is spectacular, doing some great lines, touching scenes, and wonderful action. Second is Megan Fox as Mikaela. True, she's hot, but I wasn't impressed. Don't know why. I liked Maggie better as well as Anthony Anderson making a semi-guest star appearance as the wacky Glen. Jon Voight hams himself up as the gruff John Keller wonderfully while John Tuturro is absolutely hysterical as Agent Simmons of Sector 7. I will not say anything more about him as it will only ruin his truly awesome acting.
Now...The Transformers. First and foremost: Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime. I was a little worried about Cullen returning to do Prime since Generation 1 was over 10 years ago and I much more used to Gary Chalk's voicework in Armada and Beast Wars. Boy was I wrong. Peter Cullen rocks as Prime. Despite the fact that he has a mouth in this movie, Prime is the best character and scene-stealer in this movie.
Next...Hugo Weaving as Megatron. After seeing V for Vendetta, I knew Hugo Weaving can do anything and plus, I had secretly hoped this guy would be cast as a Transformer so I was totally excited when he was cast as Megatron. Fortunately, Weaving's Megatron is much more like David Kaye's Megatron from Beast Wars. Philosophical, Shakespearean, pure Evil, instead of Frank Welker's loud Megatron from Generation 1. He's only got like 45 minutes of footage, but they are unforgettable.
The rest of the Autobots: Impressive. Jazz being a rapper and doing break dancing moves was quite cool and I was really bummed out that Megatron kills him rather brutally. Ironhide, who should've been voiced also by Peter Cullen, as that was one of his characters from Generation 1, was pretty cool and had some of the best lines in the movie. Ratchet was also well done, despite the fact I think he shouldn't have a Hummer for a Vehicle mode. Finally, Bumblebee. He gives the second best Autobot performance. The bond between him and Spike is very well done and his action sequences are magnificent.
Now the bad: The Decepticons. I was quite disappointed with all the Decepticons save for Megatron. First off, a British Starscream? His voice isn't even hi-pitched! That's sad. Second, Frenzy? While he has some wacky scenes, he really annoyed me as you couldn't understand a word he was saying. Barricade looked cool but had little screen time. Blackout, who's one of my fav Transformers, disappointed me also. Skorpinok was utterly bizarre and Devastator and Bonecrusher had no real role in this movie, despite that they looked cool.
Nevertheless, Watch this film! Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Clearly the best Star Trek ever made
Dear Readers, It's finally happened, the borg have returned with their most nefarious plot yet: Assimilate Earth in the past and destroy the future. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is our only hope from Assimilation into the Borg, provided he concentrates more on saving time then his own personal vendetta against the Borg for assimilating him into their Hive.
Star Trek: First Contact rocks. Plain and simple. There's fresh humor, grim and intense action, amazing acting, and an awesome story. The plot obviously revolves around Picard's memories of being a Borg, but Data is also one of the main characters as the Borg Queen tries to finally help him learn to be human...and turns him into the main villain instead. Patrick Stewart is grim-faced and rage-filled in this film, completely different from his calm and composed personality of Charles Xavier from X-Men. Brent Spiner gives his all in this film, taking Data to the max as he is tempted with the possibility of finally becoming human. The rest of the cast all perform well and Jonathan Frakes does a great job directing. Check this movie out, because resistance is futile.
Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Undoubtedly the worst movie ever made!
Dear Readers, Napoleon Dynamite is insane. It surpasses the Waterboy as the worst movie ever. I seriously wanted to peel my skin off for something else to do than watch this mess. First off, where was the plot? Napoleon is this idiotic whiner and super-geek who has no friends. Nice beginning, but it falls flat. Second, where's the comedy? There was no comedy! This film is nothing! It's one boring scene after another. You want a good movie, go watch Lord of the Rings. Want a good comedy, watch Animal House. I have no doubt this is the worst movie ever made.
Signed, The Constant DVD collector
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Big disappointment as well as the worst sequel ever made!!!
Dear Readers, Spider-Man 2 was seen by me and my Dad in theaters. Again, loved the action sequences, but that was all I loved. Sam Raimi focuses on how crappy a life Peter Parker has and how many times he keeps breaking MJ's heart. Plus, Peter quitting Spider-Man? What the heck is up with that?! I hated this movie down to my soul.
The only redeemable sequences was the climatic battle between Spider-man and Doc Ock battle, the MJ Wedding scene, Harry discovering his father's secret, and the ending. Other than that, this film sucks big time. Take my advice, watch X-Men or V for Vendetta if you want real action and adventure. Avoid this trash at all costs! Signed, The Constant DVD Collector
Excellent piece of work
Dear Readers, I was mildly interested when Spider-Man came out. I finally watched it at a friends house and was totally blown away. The Action sequences were breathtaking and funny and the acting was amazing. Danny Elfman's Score was pretty cool too and Sam Raimi did a good job moving away from his horror/comedy past.
Acting-wise, I think Tobey Maguire was good, but is nothing compared to Hugo Weaving in V for Vendetta or Brandon Routh in Superman Returns. Kirsten Dunst, on the other hand, was great. She was sexy, attractive, and cool throughout the film. James Franco was a little 2-D as Harry Osborne while Willem Dafoe just oozed pure evil as the Multiple Personality psychotic Green Goblin. Also, JK Simmons was a riot as JJ Jameson.
Most of the rest of this film is good. Raimi takes the time to introduce most of the characters and get Peter Parker adjusted to his uncle dying and his new powers. The Green Goblin sequences were great and most of the fight scenes were amazing. However, I didn't enjoy most of the movie. I don't know why but I just don't think it's as good as the X-Men Series, V for Vendetta, Batman Begins, and Superman Returns. The ending was awful, Peter dumping MJ because he's too worried she'll get hurt? Original, sure, but it's not what I wanted to see. So all in all, Spider-Man is okay, but not the greatest Superhero movie ever.
Signed, The Constant DVD Collector