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Spring Breakers (2012)
Bubble gum acid trip of a good time.
So, you saw the trailer I'm assuming, yeah it looked like garbage, I agree but also it looked interesting. My friend and I came in with curiosity, mainly with why are Salina Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in an R-Rated Crime film? Interesting? Could be awesome or an epic fail right? Well it was awesome, Harmony Korine brings us a unique style of filmmaking, for one he uses quick cuts properly as well as EXTREME Close ups, he also manages to use sound effects SO well. He knows sound editing to make it work. This movie felt like an acid trip and I mean that in a good way.
The movie is sort of a satire on the obsession on spring break trips and how obsessed people in our generation are with it. It also has messed up characters in it, very nihilistic ones at that. Salena Gomez's role as Faith stood out, she was probably the only one in the group who had any moral code. The girls were rebels and reckless she was still naive but also wise. It's funny how her name is Faith as she's strongly religious, we all know that's intentional, but whatever, it worked. James Franco plays Alien, a white trashed Chav who shows up later in the movie. Let me just summarize the movie without spoiling.
The movie begins with a really trippy girls gone wild esque montage. You see people on a beach, girls flashing their breasts, guys pouring beer on them. We then get introduced to characters, Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine), we see them plan out their spring break trip and their excitement. Then there's a cut to a lot of partying. Then we see Faith, who seems to be ban innocent girl in a Christian group who wants to get away from her "boring life" and Brit, well, she didn't stand out much but she was in the group. The girls are short of money to go on Spring break so they rob a diner. Everyone but Faith were involved with the robbery. They go on Springbreak in Florida, I think Miami. They party it up, then get arrested for being at a party that had drugs. The girls get bailed out by a Chav named Alien (James Franco), he gets 3 of the girls to help him with his life of crime by drug dealing, so and so forth. I think that's all I'll tell you as I told too much about the movie.
I know many will dismiss the movie because well, Salena Gomez is in it, do NOT knock this. This movie is quite good and well acted and directed. Korine knows what he's making. He uses pop songs that I hate generally but somehow uses them well. He also somehow knows how to use the shaky cam and I HATE the shaky cam. The movie is artsy. Also, most of the dialogue is not spoken in front of the camera, most of it is voice over. While that may sound unappealing it does set a mood for the movie. The movie is bubble gun that was spike with acid. Best way I can describe this movie.
Also, parents, despite the stars in it, this, yeah don't take your children to see it. You'll be very upset about that. Anyways, Spring Breakers is the best movie of 2013 thus far. Yes, I know it's early and I know that literally says nothing but it's very well done. I give it an "A"
Best Bond ever? I'll say so myself.
Even better than Casino Royale. It gives James Bond even more depth than Daniel Craig already gave him not to mention Adele whom I don't like at all does an amazing opening song. Skyfall is to Daniel Craig was Goldfinger was to Sean Connery, any Bond fan is going to love it, any person who has taste is going to love it. It's an amazing movie from beginning to the very end. It has a classic Bond feel but still gives the audience surprises and provides something new. They're creating a new Bond universe.
The movie begins with Bond chasing a man who has a list of all the M-I6 agents of course like any Bond movie the beginning is action packed and builds up to an awesome title. Bond gets shot by a woman named Eve he was working for and leads everyone in MI-6 to believe that he is dead. He comes back (Sounds a little like You Only Live Twice doesn't it?) after someone blows up the embassy. It is learned that is lead by a vengeful man named Silva (Played by Javier Bardem) who has an agenda against M. Now, that is all I am going to tell you, basically I'm just telling you what the trailer has already said. There are many twists and turns that it needs to be seen. I hate giving spoilers.
Javier Bardem, easily the creepiest Bond villain he's cynical, flamboyant but not over the top like some of the past villains were. He's the Joker to the James Bond universe. Daniel Craig gives his strongest performance as James Bond, in fact the best acting any James Bond actor has ever given. He gives a darkness to that character, also complexity. They also get a little into James Bond's origins in the movie. It becomes like other Bond movies in the sense that Q (Played by Ben Winshaw) who also is quite hilarious and quirky. Though do not expect over the top gadgets.
Skyfall is literally one of the best movies of the year and also the best Bond movie of all time. I will argue that it is even better than Casino Royale. It's loaded with excitement, terrific performances and enough thrills to keep the audience busy for the two and a half hour ride. Enjoy! I give Skyfall and A.
Hilarious on all levels
Cheers to what I will say is the funniest movie of the year. First off, the movie looked HORRIBLE in the trailer, I felt it had no potential whatsoever, man was I wrong. I saw the reviews which were surprisingly high for the kind of movie it is. So, I gave it a chance, hilarious, just hilarious from beginning to end. Simply the biggest surprise of the year. Kudos to Macfarlane, he is hit or miss, Family Guy is hilarious but American Dad sucks. This was a huge hit.
This is obviously not a kid's movie, trust me on this, it's earned it's R-rating. I know parents will probably take their kids to see it and then they'll be upset at how vulgar and inappropriate it is, well parents the poster blatantly said it's R-rated by it's tagline so do not take your kids to it. It's very vulgar, there is a lot of F-bombs, dirty jokes, drug use and some nudity. So, don't say I didn't warn you.
The movie is also loaded with great 80's pop culture references, plus well played stoner jokes. There's just too much I can list that made me smile. Anyways, the movie is a riot. I recommend it, it's without question the funniest movie of the year and probably going to be overall seeing comedies are not an easy win for me. Take it from me, go see it. You will not regret it. PS: If you liked the 80s Flash Gordon movie (I never seen it) there is a part in the movie that will have you rolling I give it an A.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
This won't be marked as "Helpful" by many because it's hard for me to explain how amazing it is.
It's beautiful, philosophical, and just brilliant. This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in theaters. Actually one of the greatest movies I have ever seen, yes the reviews are rather mixed but the ones who hated it did not understand it. At leas I don't think so, this is a love or hate movie, I loved it and I don't care. The movie was , emotional and just damn brilliant. Easily the best movie of the year.
How do I talk about this movie? how? I do not know how to, it's hard to describe it. It is something you have to see for yourself. It's basically about reincarnation and how what we do with our lives, affects the future and how everything is connected. It literally goes deep into the philosophy of human nature, if philosophy is your thing look no further. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer all did a phenomenal job on it.
The film is strange, quirky and yet beautiful, not to mention it was interesting seeing how the actors and actresses played all these multiple roles. It was also quite clever. The movie has action, romance and humor. It deals a lot about Karma, also explores on why we humans are the way we are, as I said, it goes into human nature.
I don't know how to write a helpful review on this movie, I also don not know how to describe it but it's stuck in my head and I can't stop thinking about it. The Matrix is my favorite movie of all time but Cloud Atlas I think is on par with it. It might be the best movie of the year for me, but also my favorite movie of all time. I give it an A+
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
This is not a Die Hard movie
Live Free or Die Hard is a disgrace to the name of Die Hard, it's one of the most unnecessary and also most uneventful action movies ever made. They literally take everything that made Die Hard good and disregarded it and made it like every other generic action movie. I loved the first and third movie, but this, I will argue and say it's the worst action movie to come around in 10 years, it's unforgivable.
The movie begins with John McClane who is talking to his daughter over the phone, you get an idea that all these years of fighting John McClane is burnt out, aged and tired. He is assigned to safely escort a hacker played by Justin Long who is probably one of the most annoying characters ever. He learns there's more to the job, there are terrorists out to kill him, because he's a skilled hacker. The villain has an agenda to breach and hold America hostage. The villain by the way is lame, uninteresting, unlike the other villains in the Die Hard movies, he's forgettable and rather poorly written. Also, John McClane makes an attempt to stop the guy. He does so with the annoying hacker. He also has a taxi cab fly and hit a helicopter. You know, stuff you'd only see in a Transporter movie.
I understand that Die Hard movies are loaded with impossible stuff, but this took it too far. A car hits a chopper, then John McClane drives a car into a building and then there is a scene where he is on a plane. Also, unlike the other Die Hard movies, the action was lame. Very uneventful, no intensity whatsoever. The first Did Hard movie (The best Action movie of all time) it held my interest, it was intense and suspenseful. This one, nothing, I actually daydreamed throughout the entire movie, I honestly didn't care, I wanted the movie to end. I am shocked at the rave reviews this movie got. I guess since the general public loves it, I must be wrong right? Well, I can go on and on about that topic but I choose not to.
Live Free or Die Hard is terrible. Len Wiseman as a director for it really didn't contribute, I feel his style works great for music videos but not so much for movies. I'd like to see him tackle maybe a fantasy movie in the likes of Dark Crystal or maybe Legend. Something with less action, he has an interesting visual idea but this movie, his style didn't work. I also mostly blame the writers for this. Anyways, Live Free or Die Hard is terrible, I will go off and say, I give it an F.
The Master (2012)
One of the best films of the year.
This movie is beautiful, complex, philosophical, haunting. PT Anderson proves himself again with this provocative drama. This movie is a serious film for serious film fans, the general public will reject it because it's not the fast paced they expect but the ones who enjoy film as an art is going to love this film and it's style. It's loaded with amazing performances, and I will say Oscar worthy and it's without question the most Oscar worthy film I seen all year. The Master is a great piece of film. It challenges it's audience while also holding their interest.
The movie is about a WWII veteran named Freddy Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) who is completely unstable, lost and above all, a drunk. He travels from place to place, why? Maybe to find himself, find hope, acceptance? Freddy goes into a ship and meets a charismatic man named Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymore Hoffman) who goes by the name "The Master" who runs a cult that is supposedly a "Self Help" supposedly cures everyone from pain, even diseases. Yes, it's similar to Scientology anyone who has been informed about the subject is going to see the connections. Anyways, Freddy accepts help (or attempted help) u Lancaster and his process. Of course we see that Lancaster like L.Ron Hubbard was a fraud, and if anyone challenges his teachings gets snapped at. Hoffman gives a very amazing performance and is very convincing. Phoenix gives the best performance I've seen all year and if he doesn't win an Oscar, then I will know how corrupt the Academy really is. I challenge all future movies to have a performance better than his.
The Master was shot in 70mm film and one can tell, the picture was clear and crisp and the colors were vibrant. This was a huge strength to the movie, the cinematography was nothing short of extraordinary. Actually the highlight of the whole movie really, the visuals told the story that PT Anderson was trying to tell. Sometimes there were moments of no dialog but there didn't need to be, the movie spoke for itself, loud and clear.
The Master was brilliant, it's one of the best films of the year. So far still though, The Dark Knight Rises is my favorite movie of the year for a lot of reasons but The Master is second. This movie is a must see, it's also one of the most memorable movies of the year. I will warn all, the pacing is slow, it's not going to be for everyone, but it's definitely for me. I rate The Master an A+.
One of the best action movies of the year if not THE best action movie of the year (SPOILERS BE WARNED)
If you read the comics, this movie is for you, no question asked! It's also so bad-ass from beginning to the end. Probably the coolest action I've seen all year! (Next to Dark Knight Rises of course). This movie does not hold back on the action or cool factor Here is how I'll sum it up, if Robocop, Die Hard, Blade Runner and The Matrix, all had morphed as one and became a whole, you would get Dredd. I mean this in a very positive way.
The movie sets in a very gritty and dire future where America is a mess, it takes place in this city called Mega City one, which is full of crime and chaos. The only law they have are cops called "Judges" who well, are Judges, Juries, and Executioners like the Preview states. The movie begins with Dredd chasing down these thugs in the highways of Megacity one, he catches them of course and sees they are on a substance called "Slo- mo" a drug that freezes time in the brain making it seem that the world slowed down around you. This is a clue to a big part of the movie, Dredd then meets a trainee called Cassandra Anderson who is a beautiful woman who is also psychic, she is assigned to go on a call with Dredd.There were three bodies found in the District called,"Peach Tree" which is ran by Crimelord named Mama. When Dredd and Anderson go into the district and arrest one of Mama's gang-members, Mama shuts down the entire building (Yes the building is a district) locks everyone in and refuses to open it until Dredd and Anderson are both dead. So, that should give you an idea on what's going on from there.
The movie is loaded with tension from beginning to end also, doesn't slack on the gore and gunfires. Dredd delivers throughout with great visuals, (Mind you, I saw it in 2D not 3D) when they show the effects of Slow-Mo it was such a beauty to the eye, it also showed how the people tripped out when they took it. Let us also mention there is a ton of intense gunfights, lots of gore as there should be in a movie like that. Lena Headey plays a very vicious and creepy villain, Mama is a very cool villain. The soundtrack is awesome as well, then again I love electronic music and that soundtrack really added to the atmosphere.
Dredd is a great popcorn, science-fiction action movie, although the movie could of been a little longer it still runs well. Karl Urban dominates the role of Dredd, giving a cross between Clint Eastwood and Robocop. The movie will not disappoint the fans of the comics and will satisfy the most hardened of action fans. It also is a huge surprise as I didn't expect it to be that great considering the Stallone movie that came before it but, thanks to this movie, we can all forget that movie ever happened. I give Dredd a B+. While I loved this movie, I don't know if I feel it should be in the A territory considering it's a cool R-rated action film. It's what it should be.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Epic ending to an amazing trilogy
How I rank it, it's as good as Batman Begins (If not better) but not as amazing as The Dark Knight. However, this is the best ending to a trilogy I think I have ever witnessed in my entire life. What a wonderful movie this is, I saw it 5 times and counting. I will admit I was iffy on how i felt the first time I saw it but after more views I grew to appreciate it. While it doesn't have the perfection that the flawless Dark Knight has, it still suffices and is one of the most powerful films I think I have seen recently. It has such a great ending, very emotional.
I am going to make this review short because I do not want to tell too much, it's a movie that I would never forgive myself if I provided any spoilers. First off, the movie does begin 8 years after the Dark Knight, Batman has been a fugitive and therefore missing. Bruce Wayne is beaten up and can barely walk because of all the beatings he took as Batman. He then learns of a man named Bane who is plotting to terrorize Gotham, one of the things that pushes him to put on the Batsuit again. In the film it's about him rising from his fall. I am not giving anymore details on the plot because again, I am not giving you, the reader any spoilers. I can't do it, it's simply the movie that needs to be witnessed and experienced. The movie is intense, Bane is a frightening villain, probably the scariest villain I have seen on the screen. He gave me chills throughout, he unlike, the Joker has an agenda and it's a sinister one.
Anyone who has ever read the comics would catch that it's a lot like the story, "Knightfall" and "No Man's Land" which are two stories that must be read by the way. The movie is loaded with amazing performances, I did mention Bane, Tom Hardy who gives a great, eerie performance. Anne Hathaway is another who stood out. Many whined before seeing it that she wasn't fit for Catwoman, funny, Anne looks like Salina Kyle and acts like her too. Anyone who criticizes her is simply wrong and should probably read a comic for a change. She had that role down to a T. She was sexy and mysterious like she should be. Another great performance that stood out is Michael Caine as Alfred. He was always good, however, he had to give his all in this role it was a performance that really stuck out. These are just a few examples that I can give out.
This movie is a prime example on why I hold Christopher Nolan on a pedestal. He can take a big idea and make it practical he doesn't need to go heavy on the CGI to make his films look visually amazing. He proved it many times with Inception, the flawless Dark Knight and Batman Begins. He is without question the greatest filmmaker in this new generation of filmmakers, he and Darren Aronofsky can do no wrong at this point. Nolan is the filmmaker that I hope to be one day. I hope to be able to do what he does. I have seen every Christopher Nolan movie now, he has made nothing but great movies, it's almost as if he's never seen a bad movie nor knows how to make one. All his movies have perfection all over them it's insane how good he is. He's made enough to prove himself if you ask me.
I have sang too much praise for The Dark Knight Rises, I will admit the movie does have some flaws here and there, one of them is I felt they needed to develop the character Catwoman a little more and serve her more of a purpose. That's just one, there are some plot holes in it but they're mild plot holes and I will admit there were times I could not understand what the characters were saying. Bane and Jim Gordon were two that I had a difficult time making out what they were saying that needed some work. It was a problem I had with them but it did not stop me from loving the movie. I can go on and on.
Christopher Nolan has made the perfect trilogy. The best I have seen since the original Star Wars trilogy. He has proved himself yet again that he is here to stay and is one of the best there is at this time, I love his Batman movies but also his other movies. I can't wait to see what else he has in line for us to watch. I look forward to seeing more works from him and I look forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises yet again.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
A very well done take on Spidey I give it an A-.
Where do I begin with it, first off, I never really read too many Spiderman comics, now to say if it's accurate or inaccurate to the comics I can't tell you. I read some issues here and there but I was always a Batman, Superman, X-Men kinda guy. However, I want to say what I think and I don't want to be attacked for my opinion on it because I know people will have mixed reactions. But, I liked it. I really liked a lot. I will explain my position on why that is.
First off, I loved the performances from Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Aunt May and Uncle Ben. I hated the original Uncle Ben, sure he seemed like a sweet guy but he seemed like that nice Grandfather who gave you wurther's originals. Martin Sheen HAD the father figure feel to him. He put Peter Parker in his place when he was out of line, he just acted like a father. Aunt May, also realistic. She was a motherly person but wasn't all happy smiley grandma like the other one. I loved Rosemary Harris as Aunt May, again such a Grandparent. Sally Field was just realistic, she worried about Peter, she didn't smile and compliment Peter all the time, she acted like a mother. Those two were to Aunt May and Uncle Ben what Michael Cane was to Alfred. Summed up? I think so.
There's one, now the next, I loved Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. I personally never cared too much for Tobey Maguire, sure he had the nerd factor going for him. However, he was so damn clean cut and such a boyscout. I know, I know that's how he is in the comics, but Andrew Garfield, he was just believable. I got him, sure Peter Parker was a weird, outcast nerd but he wasn't overdoing it and you got why he was bullied, not because he was a nerd but because he was a very weird kid. Hard for me to explain. I just liked his performance as Peter Parker, as for Spiderman, LOVED it. He reminded me of how he was in the cartoon. Wise cracking smart ass. He also moved pretty cool as well.
Next, the Lizard, Rhys Ifans plays such a sweet villain. Well, you can argue if he was a villain or not but he was a perfect Doctor Connors. Also, how Peter Parker became Spiderman just made sense, instead of it just being a random spider that gave people powers from a museum, it was a genetically altered spider. I thought that was cool myself. They seem to make attempt to take the Batman Begins route and get deep into the origins and make a logical explanation to everything. Now, it's no Batman Begins, that movie was pretty much perfect. However, The Amazing Spiderman is good in it's own right. There were things about it I did not care for, thought I was engrossed though 95% of it. I am not sure how I feel about how the Lizard looked, the CGI for him was good (Could of been better) but he didn't like "Lizard" like, I felt that needed more work. I still loved the Lizard though. Also, I felt they dragged on at a few parts, also they did not develop Aunt May a whole lot, they did develop Uncle Ben VERY well but Aunt May, kinda there, sad because Sally Fields was so good in it.
I will point out, it takes a darker tone to Spiderman, I know Spiderman isn't a dark character he is more light hearted as far as I can remember, I did appreciate how they went about it. They did make a grittier story than one would expect out of Spiderman. I think they wanted to make it seem just realistic. This I can respect. This is not the best comic book movie of the year, however, I really appreciated it. I will be seeing it again soon because I loved it that much. Roger Ebert said this was the second best Spiderman movie making Spiderman 2 the best one. Let me just go and say, I think I agree with him but at the same time, I really just love the new twist on Spiderman. Many are not going to, I am sure I will get flack for my opinion but I hope I defended my position well enough for this review.
A movie that'll receive mixed reactions, a movie that you'll love or hate. I loved it.4.5/5
You will either love or hate this movie. There is no in between with it, it's goes way deep and leave a lot of ambiguity that are near impossible to answer. I think that was where I have a love/hate relationship with it, I love that it doesn't spoon feed it's audience everything but at the same time it leave questions that drive one nuts. Now there are 3 scenes that I can't give away that should of been cut out because to me they felt a tad out of place. Why am I giving it 4.5/5 after pointing out all it's flaws? Here is the simple reason why, for one, It's Ridley Scott, bias number 1. Bias number 2, the first half of the movie is literally the best science fiction I seen in a long time 3.) It's beautifully directed and loaded with great performances. and 5.) It was rather suspenseful.
This being said i loved it, I think it's the next Blade Runner that movie was ambiguous as hell, it was not well received at all when it first came out, and guess what, it's considered a classic. I think Prometheus will be that movie. It's a glorious movie in it's own right. Sure I can understand why people will not like it, I definitely get it. It is not a perfect movies and needs a lot of improvement. I will confess there is a lot of scenes that seem to tie in with Alien and they really should not of done that. First off I thought it was going to take place in the same universe as Alien but not be a direct prequel. It contradicts itself in a lot of ways, I had to let the creatures in the movie grow on me.
Well now I warned about the cons in it, let me point out the pros. First off, the acting from Noomi Rapace was amazing she shined in every way. She played probably my favorite Heroin in a movie. She is on my top 5 now, my top 5 being, Ellen Ripley (of course), Trinity, Princess Leia, Lispeth Salander (Both Swedish and American movie), and finally Elizabeth Shaw played by Noomi. Then there was Michael Fassbender. Of course the man can do no wrong he's golden in everything that he's in. Literally. He plays a complex character, David, who you can't really predict his next move. Even after the film I can't figure out his true motive. Now here are other pros, visually it's gorgeous, it's a feast for the eyes the whole damn thing. The whole movie was well put together, although, they needed to tone down the plot holes. Again, there are scenes i would have cut out of the movie. But all in all, I loved it, I love Ridley Scott doesn't spoon feed his audience.
Overall, I loved it, but I don't recommend it to everyone. I honestly think it should be fixed in many ways it's not a perfect movie. I am going to see it again because as I pointed out, it's raises lots of questions, there were parts I didn't get. However, I know it's entirely intentional. A lot of it has to do with the inevitable sequel that will be set to come out.