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Rocky IV (1985)
(The telephone rings)
Stallone: Who is it?. Reagan:Yo Sly!. It's Ronnie!. Stallone: Who?. Reagan: Ronnie, man. The president. Stallone: Yo Ronnie!. What's up g? Reagan: Nuthin'. This commies trying to sweat me, man. Stallone: What's their problem?. Reagan: The same as usual. They be talking crap about the U.S of A. 24/7, man. Stallone: Man, those red are crazy!. Reagan: Yeah. And I can't let 'em play me like that, you know what I mean?. I need yo help. Stallone: I'm down with you man. What do you want me to do?. Reagan: Do a movie that talks bad about 'em. Stallone: Like what?. Reagan: Like Rocky, man. Stallone: All right. What's gonna be?. Reagan: Rocky against some Soviet boxer, fighting in Russia. Rocky wins, says some words and all the Kremlim shows love towards 'im. Stallone: Dunno Ronnie. Why Rocky would fight a Soviet?. They no professionals, man. Reagan: Emmmm.... that's it. Rocky fights the red because he kills Apollo in a fight Stallone:Say what?. Reagan: Before the final fight, let 'im fight Apollo in America. He kills Apollo and then he gonna fight 'im. Stallone: Dunno man. Apollo is the O.G. Reagan: Man, Apollo is done. He don't fight no more. Stallone: Who's gonna be the red?. Reagan: I dunno. Anyone with a lame ass face and a stupid ass haircut. And he has to take something before the fight. Gas, juice, crack, whatever. Stallone: All right, Ronnie. I'll do it. Can my girl act too?. Reagan: Yeah, I don't care about Swedish chicks. Stallone: Ummm.. she is kind of German. Reagan: An East German?. She a commie? Stallone: No no. Emm. She is a Austro-German or something. She not commie. Reagan: OK. Cool man, cool. I need that movie. Stallone: Don't worry, man. See you around. Reagan: See you my man
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Messy (possible spoilers)
Today, while searching for a movie, I found "The Butterfly Effect" on TV. Having been recommended by my brother time ago, I decided to watch it. Well, to put it kindly, I found it a mess, a bleak mess. I don't want to analyze the plot(or plot holes),I have some questions instead. 1)Why every event in the past is a traumatic one? 2) Why the future events have to be so pessimistic? 3) Why the prison scene? 4) Who thought Ashton Kutcher could put a good dramatic effort?
The idea for the movie is great: "some minor things we do in the past can alter our whole future", but the problem is that the idea is developed in a murky way, and the addition of bleakness and grittiness does not make the plot any favors. It's like they tried to add some grim reality as a way to give the plot a sense of seriousness (which turns to be a bit laughable)
Another problem is the cast selection. Ashton Kutchner is not a drama actor. Amy Smart as a heroin addicted prostitute is not realistic. Ashton Kutchner's mom looked younger than Kutchner's character. The others are fine.
To sum up, this movie suffers a lot from its plot holes and leaves you wondering if it was for real or it was a good joke. If you want to watch a movie where a small thing in the past can alter the future, watch Kieslowski's "Blind Chance". If you want to watch a movie where the main character has scary flashbacks from the past, watch "Jacob's Ladder". And if you want a movie when the main character travels through time, well watch "Back To The Future".
Der siebente Kontinent (1989)
What happens when people are dead from the inside?
I saw this movie recently and it blew my mind. The long shots, showing the mundane aspects of life. The camera aiming at the actions rather than the characters, symbolizing the every day ordeal of a conformist life. The eternal agony of a family, who slowly tears apart from everything that connects them with the world.
This is not a pleasant movie to watch. It's sad, bleak, disturbing and angry; and Haneke doesn't make it easier to the viewers. He presents life as it is, without any dramatization; and what it strikes me the most is the pace in which he presents it. The characters doesn't shout (they speak every once in a while), fight or cry their hearts out; they just keep on doing the same things they do every day. However, as you watch closer, you sense that something is completely wrong.
To me this is as an existential film as you can get. The world is there: raw, unsympathetic and indifferent. Everything happens without a reason, without hope; and the character's lack of desire to confront the nothingness of an empty life is the central theme of this movie.
"What happens when people are dead from the inside?" That's what I asked myself after watching this cold, cynical, gem of a movie. Can be someone dead from the inside and alive from the outside?. If so, could that person communicate with any other person? How can we avoid the meaningless things in life? Should we fight them back or surrender to them? Watch this movie and then you may find the answers to those questions..... or may be not. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. Avoid watching it if you're a bit depressed. This movie is bleak and challenging as hell.
I can't possibly imagine anything bleaker than this
Brutal, honest, horrific, bleak, grim, ruthless, breath taking, depressing, enlightening, real, unpleasant, disturbing, are more or less the adjectives than comes into my mind for describing this film. Never in my life had I experienced anything similar to what I have experienced while watching Threads. Surely, it has its flaws (the production was not the best and the acting was anything above average) but still it manages to deliver its strong message by exposing the viewer to an almost accurate description of what would happen in case of a nuclear war. So, by taking this into account, I have to warn you that this is not a film that you should take lightly when viewing it. Try to read about it before watching it, so you can make your mind of what you are going to see. In the end, however, you will get your head blown up by the power of this nuclear drama.YOU WON'T NEVER FORGET THIS MOVIE AS LONG AS YOU LIVE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PS: I forgot to tell you that this movie is very unpleasant to watch and its images (mostly the ending of the film) may struck in your head for months or years.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The best war movie ever (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)
Apocalypse Now is the story of a US Army Captain named Willard who is ordered to travel to Cambodia to kill a renegade US Colonel (Colonel Kurtz) who has gone insane and is fighting on his own, with his own army. At first, Captain Willard can't possibly understand why that man had gone ballistic, but as his journey moves forward, he starts to witness the insane side of war (the only one I believe) and how much the war has affected the ones he met and his crew itself. This film is the best war film in the sense that depicts what war is really about: loss of innocence, madness and death. There's no "good war" as someone said, and Coppola let us know through this incredibly filmed masterpiece, that there are no winners in war, everybody involved in it lose something: an arm, a life and most of all sanity. So, as I stated before, this film is a kind of "there's more than meets the eye" thing. Sure, the backdrop is the Vietnam war, but the main theme is how much a war can affect the human psyche of those who fight in it. Knowing beforehand that war is barbaric act, does the men who fight in a war need to become barbarians to be able to cope it?. One thing is certain, and that is that we are civilized people and when we are out of our social environment, our barbaric instincts emerge to take hold of our life in order to survive. That's what happened to Kurtz and Willard understood it well when he faced it and saw where he was at. Did he became like Kurtz after he killed him?. For what I could sensed, I say no, but I really think he became aware of what is (in my opinion) may be the real horror of war, and that is to lose your mind by becoming someone else opposite than you totally were, in this case, a civilized human being. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
After reading quite a lot of review about this movie, I find compelled to watch it, and let me tell you something, this movie is a bit overrated. Sure, here we have all basic features found in a drama: dysfunctional relationships, the pain of growing up, a broken home etc; but for some reason, this movie falls short in delivering the goods. Why?. Because the plot is plain, the acting is above average, one can't really identify with the characters, and the movie is SO PREDICTABLE. You don't need to watch the end to foresee what is going to happening. However, in my opinion, the weakest part of this film is that the reality portrayed is nothing but shocking. Granted, there are some disturbing scenes (principally the opening)and that's all.Nothing shown here is different from what you witness in any normal problematic pre-adolescent girl. So, if you want to see some real drama. avoid this and watch "First Born" or "Kids".
Conflict of Interest (1993)
The strangest movie I've ever seen ( while being loaded)
OK people, I'm going to honest with you. I have seen half an hour of this movie, and not from the beginning. Furthermore, by the time I caught this movie (at 1 am), I was drunk and half asleep, so I don't know how much I got from this film. What I saw was Judd Nelson as a tough villain dressed like Gothic pirate and "Shooter McGavin" (from Happy Glimore) as no-nonsense cop with a grudge against Nelson. Also, there was a young man played by someone I don't know, who happened to be the cop's son. Anyway, to make it short,in the part of the movie which I saw, the cop's son went to a metal bar owned by the goth pirate, who introduced a red hot smoking blonde to the cop's son, who later on supposedly killed that hot smoking blonde.Then, there was scene at the metal club where Nelson tells McGavin he is going to murder his son and after that I completely fall asleep.
I know this review is a bit useless, but I wanted to write it because the movie looked to me as a strange thing, o perhaps I was hammered. Anyway, see this movie for yourselves (if you can find it). A piece of advice, don't watch it while being drunk or half asleep, for it's going to confuse you a bit more. Cheers
The Cable Guy (1996)
Jim Carrey's most underrated film
When The Cable Guy finally hit the movies theaters here in my country, movie goers from this part of the earth knew beforehand the kind of the reviews it got from around the world. So, when some friends of mine had asked me to join them to see one of the most bastardized piece of film of its age, I said "No, thanks". Ten years later, during one of those lost Friday evenings, I caught The Cable Guy on cable; and let me tell you, it's a hell of a movie. Well, it's not The Godfather o The Decalogue, but it's dark comedy with an air of "there is more than meets the eyes".
Sure, the plot is a bit formulaic and the premise "weird guy stalks another person" is not that all original, but the performances are really solid, especially Carrey who makes the character credible (at least) and sympathetic. All this joined by some of Carrey's best scenes (Porn Password scene) and one of the greatest comedy scenes ever (the karaoke scene). And this is not the end of it, as in this film there is a critique of Amercian television in general, though not being very deep, is done with a great comedy timing.
One thing I didn't like however, is the ending. Of course, being it a comedy, I wasn't expecting some dramatic or disturbing ending, but I felt that I was a bit contrived and unrealistic (the very last scene). Nevertheless, the film is very consistent in all its part, and it sad darker atmosphere, which makes this film oddly pleasant.
So, to sum up, people bashed this movie because there were used to the typical Carre's flick in which he would same the same goofy things and be hysterically hyperactive from beginning to end; and let me tell you, that is the reason why I enjoy this film the most, because here we start seeing a more range of Carrey's acting skills. I guess people hadn't realized that
Sunday afternoon. After one night of partying, I woke up let's say, at 2 am. With a never-seems-to-end hangover (and thus feeling kind of sick) I turned on the TV and started changing channels. After zapping through the cable for 15 minutes, I found to my surprise Bloodsport on a semi-obscure action channel from I-don't-know-where. If you are familiar with the Cronemberg's film "Videodrome", my having found Bloodsport on that particular hour of the day, in that particular channel. one would compare that scene to the scene from Videodrome when the character played by James Wood had found the Videodrome signal.
This time, however, I have to point out that a)James Woods' character wasn't as drunk as I was and b) I didn't care if Bloodsport could expose to a brain tumor. Gladly, the latter didn't happen, but I did made an impression on me. Why?, because there couldn't been more of an action cheese flick like Bloodsport. Really, it has all the symptoms that make this movie unforgettable (for some semi dubious reasons): bad acting, lame dialogs, lame music,the American hero, the foreigner almost invincible villain, the tough sidekick, one hot girl and some of the kick ass fights ever. And the end of the day, that is what Bloodsport is all about, the fights. And here where Van Damme and the others fighters excel at. Fast paced bouts, death matches, all of them decently choreographed just to add more drama to this flick.
So, in the end Bloodsport won't expose you to any terminal disease. On the contrary, it will amuse and entertain you in a funny way. Better watch it after a serial hangover, it's better in that way. Trust me
Rock Star (2001)
Marky Mark and the Metal Bunch!
Being a metal head myself (though I like other music genres too)I'm not going to review the production qualities of this movie. No, I'm going to go higher and to speak my mind about the horrible facts who makes this to be one of the worst insults to whatever heavy metal have inspired in its more than 40 years of life.
1. The title. If the plot of the film consists in the story of a METAL fan singer, who sings in a METAL band who pays tribute to another METAL band called Steel Dragon, and one day he's giving the opportunity to front the latter band, why on earth have this movie been called "Rock Star"?. Rock stars are Mick Jagger, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and they are not that metal (at all!). 2. The music. Is Bon Jovi metal?, no. Is INXS metal?, no. Enough said. 3. The lead actress. When you know beforehand, that the movie is going to portrait 80's metal life style, one with even a certain amount of knowledge about that era could foresee that the lead female actress is going to be someone named Doro Pesch (Warlock's singer) or even Lita Ford. Nop, here we have Rachel from that annoying TV sitcom. 4. Steel Dragon. If this movie is based (loosely) on Tim Owens'life, then Steel Dragon is the fictional equivalent of Judas Priest. Mmm, not likely. Though made up of great musicians (Zakk Wylder, Jeff Pilson and Jason Bonham)Steel Dragon's image and music is nowhere heavier or good as Priest's. I see them as a slighter heavy version of Motley Crue (when they played pop metal). 5. The main protagonist. Marky Mark it's an outsider here. I think Vanilla Ice could have done a better effort. It's like doing a film about the life of Bob Marley, and giving the main role to Adam Sandler (who would suck even if he decides to play himself in a movie about his life). 6. The end. If you think this movie is inconsistent, then don't watch the end. I'll tell you one word: Seattle. Can you make the associations?.
In the end, Rock Star is not good or bad. It's not entertaining or depressing. It's just a travesty to the Metal genre, the Metal community, its bands and fans alike.