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People will point to Se7en or Panic Room as David Fincher's best work, but I like to think Zodiac is his magnum opus. I'm fascinated with the Zodiac killer, and the string of terror he brought in his time. Its riveting, and I think the film portrays many of the real life events very accurately. Fincher's other films are great, but none encompass the spectrum that Zodiac does. Zodiac works as a period piece, police drama, a newspaper drama (if that's even a subdivision), and a thriller. I need to get around to reading Robert Graymsith's book. Feel like the film kind of flew under the radar in 2007, it unfortunately bombed in the box office and I think it deserved at least a Best Picture/Director nod at the Oscars. Its a long film but completely engrossing, which can't be said for every lengthy film these days.
Magic Mike (2012)
Eventually got around to watching this film. It shows a youth getting a job as a male stripper, and how he befriends a renown stripper dubbed as "Magic Mike". While I wasn't too sure if I would enjoy this film, it was a lot better than I thought. Parts of it are amusing and entertaining. Yes its about male strippers, so you do see "performances" but it doesn't hark too long on it. Whether we want to admit or not, Channing Tatum is becoming a huge vehicle in Hollywood. Overall, its a decent film, and a solid director does a solid job with some unique material.
I haven't seen many films quite like this. Its a layered film with multiple stories that play out simultaneously. The film explores addiction, family relations, abandonment etc. Its a fine tale of relations (often broken ones) between humans. While it is a really long film (over 3 hours running length) it is quite captivating. And its accompanied with a fantastic score that keep you glued to the film. There are certain flaws in the film, and some parts may be over-dramatic, but as a whole it is a strong work. There are fine performances throughout the film, especially one from Tom Cruise. He has some very memorable quotes in the film. I wasn't too big on how the film ended, but hey can't complain too much.
Film lovers really need to watch this film. Paul Thomas Anderson once again establishes himself as a filmmaker with the ability to brilliantly capture human emotions.
Paths of Glory (1957)
Paths of Glory
I'm a very big Stanley Kubrick fan. 2001 may be my favorite film of all time. As a fan I decided to check out some of Kubrick's earlier work. And here is Paths of Glory. An anti-war film that tells the story of men who are wrongfully sentenced to death during WWI. There are so many political and social elements in the film, and Kubrick was excellent in detailing it. A very thought provoking film that shows takes you inside a ridiculous circumstance where people lose their rights. Kirk Douglas delivers a fine performance in the film. George Macready is riveting as the antagonist. Paths of Glory is right up there with some of the best war films.
Boogie Nights (1997)
I put off watching this film for a while, and I'm not sure why. The film explores the golden age of pornography which went from the late 70's and into the 80's. The first half of the film is nice, vibrant, sexual, and just a great time. Paul Thomas Anderson has a bunch of actors that he uses in most of his work, and its a great bunch that don't fail. What starts off as a fun look at the porn industry, then turns into a dramatic and emotional tale that takes a look into the negatives of the industry. Won't give anything away, but you can see PTA's brilliance especially as the film winds down. Overall, its a very good film that is very much worth a look.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
I've been watching a lot of Paul Thomas Anderson's work lately, and am convinced that he is a great filmmaker. Punch-Drunk Love is a perfect example of a fine work. This is in my opinion Adam Sandler's finest performance. Sandler is recently involved in atrocious and unfunny garbage, and its a wonder why he doesn't try more serious roles. His best performances are there in more dramatic roles. Emily Watson was also stellar in her role. Its a film that keeps you in captivation, and you are drawn into Sandler's misunderstood yet very compelling character. Great film and worth a watch.
I'm normally quite a fan of Oliver Stone's work, but right off the bat I think this is his weakest effort. It looked good from the trailers, but doesn't really materialize. Parts feel labored and underdeveloped. My main problem came from Blake Lively. She was awful, and knowing her from Gossip Girl I expected the worst. I could get past her always sounding like she has marbles in her mouth, but I could feel no empathy for her character whatsoever. Don't know how to identify with a character who sleeps with two guys at once because she "loves both". The next obvious problem comes from the ending. I can't say much without giving away spoilers, so I won't go into it. All I'm going to say is that it was a joke how it ultimately turned out. You will have to have seen the film to know what I mean.
Overall, I had much higher expectations for the film. It was just average at best.
Reindeer Games (2000)
Old film, but finally got around to it. Sure it has some very silly moments and extremely cheesy dialogue at times, but it was an entertaining way to kill time. The dialogue is so ridiculous at times, that its hilarious.
I've heard people slamming this film, but its honestly not so bad. And seeing Ben Affleck get beat up by truck stop thugs is sure to please a lot of people. I had some gripes with the film, and how they progressed the plot. Surprisingly I did not see that ending coming, threw me off.
Overall its got its cheese and stupidity, but if you get past that you have a decent Christmas flick.
Cloverfield is a true theater experience. I have never had so much fun watching a film in theaters. I know that this film was generally over hyped, but the truth is I didn't feel let down in the slightest bit. In fact, I feel I got more than I bargained for. The sound and action in the film are amazing, a perfect blend of horror, thrill, and even comedy. And the fact that it was taped through an ordinary camera makes it so real and exciting at the same time. You feel like you are in the film watching what goes down. The monster is awesome, and the film is damn good, I recommend this film to everyone.
go watch it in theaters!
I went into the theaters knowing I would get my moneys worth, and I ended up getting more than expected. The story is just awesome, now I never read the short story by Stephen King but I am sure those who read it will believe the movie follows it well. John Cusack puts on a great performance, I just loved it. Samuel L. Jackson may not be in the movie for long, but his appearance is quite entertaining and I think he plays the role of the hotel manager very well. There are even some good laughs in this film which is surprising due to the fact that it is horror. It had good jump moments no doubt about it, and there were creepy moments that just sucked you into the movie. The film was so good that after the film, I had to search online to see if there was an actual Dolphin Hotel in New York. This film is a great one, sure this is no "The Shining" but it is still very impressive.