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Under-appreciated take on the werewolf theme
There are quite a lot of werewolf movies out there and most of them just repeat the old pattern: Guy gets bitten, guy changes, guy turns, were guy goes postal, were guy gets killed. Wolf is a heck of a lot more. It's the tale of a struggling man of a temper a little to mild for his own good, who finds through the bane a new chance of standing his ground and eventually meets the special lady. We also have a great adversary who you really can hate. A spineless, backstabbing rat with an aggravating Yuppie face. And Michelle Pfeiffer in her prime, giving a fine performance. She looks truly stunning in this one.
The fights are well choreographed and nicely executed. Along with the chase sequences they give a good animal look at the whole process and give the movie a richer look.
It's a good story with great actors and a satisfying conclusion.
88 Minutes (2007)
Al is carrying this one
It's a well-written piece of work but it doesn't feel natural at any time. The characters are very shallow and never appear like human beings. They're simple figures in a game of chess. The plot is constructed and just lacks the sense of cause and effect. The actors do a decent job but fail to give memorable performances which is also due to the stiff and lifeless writing.
But there's of course the Pacino charisma that makes up for much of it. Hardly another actor can fill a screen like Al Pacino and he does it here with some routine but he still does it. If it wasn't for him in the main part, the movie would have been released directly on TV probably. With him in the lead, it becomes somewhat enjoyable.
No big impact is made but one can watch it anyway. Popcorn in, brains out.
Not my cup of tea
About the aspects of handcraft in this movie I can't say much negative. It's photography is fitting, the mood is well adapted by the shots, all actors do a great job and the background works at all time.
I just can't appreciate the story. There is no tension or a real drive through the events. The only conflict is between Scott and Poppy, but it's handled so briefly and lightly just like any other event in the movie. Nothing seems to matter.
And so this flick doesn't matter to me either. I was bored throughout.
But I can see how people can enjoy the very images that made me yawn. It's a fine piece. Just not for me.
Chasing Amy (1997)
I hate Ben Affleck
...and I'll probably always hate him. But not in this movie. In this movie, I feel for him and his lady. I'm truly not the usual sucker for romantic comedies such as P.S. I love You or Made of Honor. But Chasing Amy really got me going and more than once I almost jumped off my couch screaming "Just kiss each other, for Christ's sake!"
It's so romantic without getting too cheesy. Some lines are so beautifully written that I felt a yank within my chest.
The only thing I seriously dislike is what happens with Banky towards the end of the movie. That seemed a little bit too forced for my taste. But the rest...especially the ending...original, emotional, beautiful.
I rate movies mostly by how they effect me. This one really redefined romantic comedy for me in a very good way.
But Ben Affleck is still a pansy.
That was made for ME!
I love it, even tough I've only just seen the pilot. In Switzerland they just aired it like one hour ago. I love it! It has exactly the right amount of dry humor, nudity, awkwardness and pure male filth. I can look at Hank and I feel like him. Sweaty, greasy, nasty and with some body fluids of the last girlfriend of the second on the face: Brilliant! His daughter, his ex, his agent (Harry not so nice and Jewish anymore) and most of all Hank's mouth...it's all exactly my cup of tea. I hope the rest of the series is as great as the pilot. I really hope. because if the whole series is such a feast for my soul, I'm gonna have a season of it on DVD buried with me after my death - I really like it!
That's why I gave it a 10! Because it's Two and half Men mixed with House MD on coke! Even more cynical, nasty, messed up and...well, it's just Californication. Makes me wanna be a failing author and father.
Hard Candy (2005)
Terror, not horror - but great anyways!
Yeah, Juno wasn't always cute and nice.
This is a really great movie. The topic is bravely chosen and interesting throughout. The twists and turns in the story, the fading masks of the characters, it all comes together in a beautifully done showdown. It's a unique picture and flawless delivered by very talented actors, leading lady is, of course, Ellen Page. While Lohan is too busy getting off the drugs and Knightley fights off the food that's wandering towards her stomach, this short young lady is becoming the next Hepurn. She finds a capable opposite in Patrick Wilson. Their duel is dripping of tension! I hate Sandra Oh but that's not her fault.
This is a movie that reminds us of the old meaning of terror, far away from guys with long beards and a sight smell of camel. A really great exhibit of the probably darkest sides of humanity.
True, original and brilliant HORROR
Clive Barker gave the world a great flick when he realized HELLRAISER. The story is totally unique, original and interesting. It's more than enough to entertain throughout the running time. The effects are fantastic too (except maybe the sparkles from time to time, but hell, it was 1987...), especially the sequence of Frank's return. It's nearly perfect and done without the pansy CGI of today. This was done in good old fashioned handcraft and it's beautifully horrible. The actors don't have to do much (and they don't) to make their figures fascinating since all the leading characters are unsurpassed in their complexity, at least in the horror genre. They are all pretty crazy and somewhat insane but the way they interact is utterly believable and keeps the viewer on the edge. The cinematic look of HELLRAISER sent more chills down my spine than any other horror flick so far. The Cenobites and their "hound" are impressive designs and pieces of art themselves. Pinhead definitely deserves his place next to Freddy, Jason and Michael. His iconic look hasn't been surpassed by another creature in my knowledge and this is a rare thing in the age of the "guy with a long knife and a messed-up family".
HELLRAISER is great. It's the HEAT of horror. A neat, slick and fine story, matching look and memorable creatures.
Forget about crap like HOSTEL or HOUSE OF WAX and watch this jewel!
I don't see all the noise around this little flick. Ultra-brutal? Hell no. Funny in a trash sort of way maybe. And since it was basically only advertised by its failing gore, the rest, as I expected, isn't worth any attention. The story is just nonsense. Maybe someone should have told Eli Roth that to feel and fear with and for the main character, the main character should have a character. Here we have somebody who's about as interesting as an AXE TV model, minus the abs. Two eastern European babes, one sex addict from Iceland and of course the villains...it's just not enough for a full length feature. The settings are pretty decent and probably the only believable thing. The cinematography has a fresh look since movies aren't shot that frequent in this area but that's about it.
Hostel is boring, lame, not even especially gruesome and it does never justice to its hype. But for kiddies who haven't seen somebody's finger getting cut off: Enjoy it while your parents are out for anniversary dinner, you little punks.
Another legend has been spoiled
I love the first 3 Indy flicks. They are the best adventure movies I can think of. The action is great, the humor is witty and there's hardly one boring minute in three films.
19 years it took the creators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to launch the fourth adventure. It should have been started earlier, but it's stated they weren't happy with the script.
Now what the heck is there to be happy with in the script of this one?! It's a pile of disgraceful nonsense! There were two good moments in this movie: One would be the barroom brawl, two the chase in the jungle right until the damn ants appeared. Everything else, literally every last bit of the film, was a pure insult to the mythology.
I'm gonna spoil big time right here so if you really wanna watch this accident, stop reading.
Indy vs. Alien? What the hell were they thinking? It was such a nice trilogy with great artifacts as keys to the story. Terrestrial artifacts. Now we have a very very very poorly animated alien that can split up itself into 13 crystal skeletons. I haven't seen such a cheap story in any of the known TV series.
End of the BIG SPOILER!!
Besides this horrible mistake, the rest was boring. Really boring. The attempts of escapes were not even close as entertaining and creative as in the earlier films. The characters, even Indy himself, are lame! Steven Spielberg, who clearly lost his skills and maybe his mind too, has stated they weren't gonna use too many digital effects in this one. Rubbish! Basically every shot includes some CGI, but that's not enough: All of the CGI in this movie is just ridiculously bad.
Pleae, fans of Indiana Jones: Stay with the trilogy and don't spoil it by watching this shame.
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Shoot 'em up - That's the whole screenplay
I don't understand the people complaining about the weak story, the non-stop action and so on. It's a movie called Shoot 'em up. What the hell did you people expect? I expected a roller-coaster and I got it. I admire Clive Owen as well as Paul Giamatti. I won't start commenting Monica Belucci or I won't be able to stop for a few days. And I like shootings. This movie isn't much else than around 90 minutes of shooting. When Braveheart had a smaller, faster, funnier and freakier sibling, it had to be 300. Shoot 'em up is that for Die Hard.
So don't hate this movie. Read the title (now that really isn't asking too much) and you know what you need to know.
There are guys who ask first and shoot later.
There are guys who shoot first and ask later.
And there's Mr. Smith who shoots. Period.