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Flawed, but watchable
"Ultramarines" managed to catch my attention, despite the fact that I never played the game in which the film was inspired, mostly because, this is one of the very few CGI animated film that wasn't aimed to kids, being way more ambitious and darker than other productions of this kind.
Still, "Ultramarines" is not perfect: The animation is uneven, some details seem somewhat neglected (Like for example, the eyes of the characters, which seem totally devoid of any kind of emotion) some parts of the story were slow and boring (And a bit confusing) On the other side, the voice acting was pretty good, and the music score gives this an epic atmosphere. Also, I liked the fact that in this film weren't any single kind of annoying cliché that are some common in other films (Animated or not) something that makes this flick way more interesting and attractive, at least for me.
Even when this title doesn't have a spectacular animation (Like, for example, movies like "Beowulf" or "Final Fantasy: Advent Children") I still found this to be good and worth-watching. Personally I found it to be a decent action flick, that doesn't live up for the whole potential that it had, but which is much better than almost all the other movies inspired in video-games.
Inland Empire (2006)
The craziest film of the recent years
The thing with most of the films made by David Lynch is that, you either love or hate them. And in "Inland Empire", the common elements present in his previous movies are taken to a extreme point, that even the most hardcore Lynch fans will found absolutely confusing and self indulgent.
And yet, I found this film to be extraordinary. Why? Because, after seeing a lot of fantasy/ horror/ thriller films, one could think that everything was said, that there is nothing that could be add in those genres...But this film speaks otherwise: "Inland Empire" is a triumph of the imagination over the coherence (And that is the reason why I could understand why so many people dislikes this film) the supremacy of the dreams over the reality. This film is unpredictable, twisted, and filled with sophisticated nonsense, the kind of film that you could watch hundred of times, and always will be equally surprising as the first time.
Laura Dern's performance is simply outstanding: I just couldn't think in any other actress able to do the incredible effort required by this movie, in which Lynch introduces us into a wild world of dreams and nightmares, even more intense than his previous films, such as "Eraserhead" and "Lost Highway".
Just like "Toy Story 3" is considered by many film-goers as a delightful love-letter to all those that enjoyed that franchise of movies since the very beginning of it, this could be considered as the very own message to all those that loved his previous work...And all those who dare to dream beyond any kind of limit.
The Ricky Gervais Show (2010)
I love this show
"The Ricky Gervais Show" is one of the funniest, most clever and brilliant show (Animated or not) that I had the chance to see. It is interesting to note how the original audio of this show turns even better as a cartoon, giving an extra appeal to the surrealistic stories that are told by the three comedians; Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington: The way in which the three interact is the main factor of humor, being by far the funniest segment the lecture of Karl Pilkington's diary. The animation is pretty good: The designs remind me a lot the classic cartoons made by Hannah Barbera, being simple, but very expressive at the same time. This is, by far, one of the best animated comedies of the recent years, and it feels like a breath of fresh air, after so many bad shows that try too hard to be like "The Simpsons" or more offensive than "South Park"
Resident Evil (2002)
Painful to watch
Many reviewers consider this to be one the best adaptations of a video game into a film...Well, I have to disagree, mostly because I love all the Resident Evil games, and even when this is much better than things such as "Doom" or "Bloodrayne", it is just doesn't make any justice to the original games in which this movie is inspired.
This film betrays the original roots of the game, focusing in the action rather than the horror parts (Sure: The games had lots of action, but also had lots of thrills, mystery and subtlety, something that this film completely lacks) The other problem with this film is the terrible direction of Paul W.S. Anderson, which ruins a great story, turning the whole thing into a huge mess that is barely watchable. As a movie independent of the games, it is mediocre at best. But as an adaptation it is just terrible, dreadful film.
Waking Life (2001)
Just like a dream
Like most of the films of David Lynch, "Waking Life" dares to explore the sometimes dark, sometimes amusing, but always fascinating world of dreams. Not only the plot(Or lack of it thereof) refuses to follow a conventional structure or "logic" (Except, of course, "the logic" of the dreams) but also the strange, deranged visual style of this film made us think about those worlds inside our minds, the world of dreams and imagination. "Waking Life" makes a quite interesting portrayal of those worlds, focusing in the unpredictable nature of it, showing as well, the parallels existent between dreams and reality: It might look like something real but it isn't. The viewer can either agrees or not with many of the thoughts expressed in this film, but the way in which those thoughts are expressed is magnificent, giving us a lot of perspectives, lot of different views of life, death, reality and many other themes, but without forcing the viewer to accept one as the "True" and definitive one. And is that quality that made me love this film even more, and consider it a unique, and unrepeatable film experience.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Light and darkness
I really, really liked this film. Linklater is a very special kind of filmmaker, and "A Scanner Darkly" is (Just like the other animated film of Linklater "Waking Life") a very special kind of film. It shares many things in common with "Waking Life", not only in the visual technique (A technique that the viewer can either love or hate, but which gives this film a unique look) but also with the ambiguous, dream-like plot. If "Waking Life" showed us the strange, fascinating world of dreams, "A Scanner Darkly" shows us an equally strange and unpredictable world, but even more dangerous: The world of hallucinations induced by drugs, which is merely a plot device to made the viewer think about the ambiguous concept of what we usually perceive as "reality". And yes, despite the eerie tone of many of the scenes and the general plot of the movie, there are several moments of humor, that not only work very well, but also made the experience of this film highly enjoyable and even captivating. "A Scanner Darkly" confirms Richard Linklater as one of the most talented filmmakers of the recent years. I would recommend it to any viewer.
Mondo cane (1962)
The worst "documentary" that I've ever saw
If you are into movies like "Cannibal Holocaust", "Caligula" or "Faces of Death", probably you will find this "documentary" interesting. Otherwise, if you are not into this kind of films, you will find this gross, tedious, disgusting, exploitative, lame, uninspired and immensely pretentious (Yes, pretentious) Because this movie, like "Caligula" dis some year later, tries too hard to be the most shocking film ever made, showing us the most unpleasant kind of scenes, one after another, but there is no beauty, there is no art in any single frame of this, only a convoluted mess that tries to show us some of the most decadent aspects of humanity in a sensationalistic way. "Mondo Cane" is a horrible film, the kind of film that I won't like to see again ever in my life.
I give this one star, only because I can't rate it lower.
12 oz. Mouse (2005)
Twelve Oz Mouse
What could be said about a series like "12 oz Mouse"? Some love it, many others hate it. For many people, is just a stupid, nonsensical show. Perhaps it is: Many people expected this to be something like "Aqua Teen Hunger" (It was made by the same creator, after all) just to find a weird story of some sort, about a drunk, crudely drawn green mouse with amnesia. ..And it was incredibly, incredibly unfunny. But it was supposed to be funny? I think not. There is clearly an eerie, thrilling subtext behind all the absurdity. There is confusing mystery that grows more and more while the series advances, just like in "Twin Peaks" and "Lost". But the characters are absurd, and the mystery of the story is equally confusing as well. So how we are able to judge a series like it? Some would call this "trash" (And many other worse thing) Never mind, they are on their right to think on that way. But personally, I enjoyed "12 oz Mouse". I was trapped by its absurdity and nonsense from the very first moment. I loved to follow the strange plots and situations. In some moments, I even pretended to know what all was about. But "12 oz Mouse" is beyond any meaning, is a unique work of art, and probably it would never will be any other series as this. This is the kind of art that the viewer could love or hate. That doesn't mean that the people that likes it is more intelligent than the people that hates it, it just a matter of different tastes, the result of our different concepts of what is artistic and what is not, what is funny and what is boring. "12 oz Mouse" is, to me, a work of art. From the very first moment that I saw this, I didn't know very well what to expect
And I wasn't disappointed for what came next. "12 oz Mouse is 12 oz Mouse" says one reviewer. I couldn't agree more with that.
Final Destination (2000)
I never understood what was the big deal with this movie. Some friends made me watch this, promising me that it was something like "The future of slasher" films, but what I saw was a crummy, boring and flat film, full of clichés and incredibly predictable plot "twists". (I could see the ending coming from the very first minutes) "Final Destination" is just another, typical slasher film, made for commercial reasons. Not that I have something against that, but
I guess that this film is not my cup of tea. This is supposed to be entertaining. And yet, I found it to be pretty boring and flat. I would say that is even a bland film, despite all the violence. I wasn't entertained at all by this film. I found it to be the kind of film to someone forgets just after seeing it. I found this dull and uninspired. (And uninspiring as well) No wonder why that horrible "Dragonball" film was a flop, if it was directed by the same guy who was behind this drivel.
A reasonably entertaining anime series
"Hellsing" was a good series. It wasn't a great series on the same level of "Cowboy Bebop", "Evangelion" or "Paranoia Agent", but it was good enough to me. From the very first moment, this seems very promising, and what it delivers doesn't disappoint. Despite the eerie atmosphere, the gore, and the monsters, "Hellsing" offers more action than horror, but that is fine: The animation and the character designs are quite well made the action scenes are great, and the music is simply excellent, combining rock, jazz and blues, in way very similar to "Cowboy Bebop". The characters are another good aspect of this series. They are all interesting and likable, even the villains. It is good to see that it avoids most of the anime clichés in the action genre, managing to be dark and fun at the same time. And speaking about fun, is quite goo too see that "Hellsing" has enough sense of humor to make fun of itself, giving us a few, but effective glimpses of black humor and self-parody. I would recommend "Hellsing" to anyone. Even when this won't change your life, it won't hurt, either.