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Machines of Malice (2008)
Not for me at all
I can't believe this has 8.9 on IMDb. I don't like this show (evidently from my rating); not because of the subject matter because I do find that mildly interesting just to see what people thought of over the ages...but that interest as you can gather can only last for about a minute after I've seen the invention. I don't like the show because of the way it's made; it just seems very unnecessary. They show you a replica of the invention, describe how it worked...and then SHOW you how it works. Why? You can imagine how it will work from the description and be shocked that it was used, I don't need to see it. Seeing it in action is just sadistic. I mean in one episode, they've strung up dummies on ropes and pulleys and cranking on levers to dislocate their joints...to see if the joints will dislocate...which they already know, and have told you, they will; if the damn thing was used for decades it obviously worked; why do you have to test it? Lastly the hosts are just dry and don't really bring anything to the show; mostly just stating the obvious and not to mention the narrator with his idiotic purposefully over-emphasised generic 'scary' voice.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
A bit disappointing
I have a very tricky time ahead of me to justify why I was disappointed. I saw this movie was being shown on TV and I was really feeling like a Robin Williams comedy so I thought I'll either pop the Birdcage (one of my absolute favorite Williams movies) in the DVD or watch World's Greatest Dad; I chose the latter...obviously...hence the review...
Anyway, I wasn't expecting this kind of comedy. The comedy is very dark, satirical and if I'm honest too little and at times inappropriate. Inappropriate because many of the lines that could have been funny were simply not due to the circumstances that they were used in; i.e: his son's death. There were quite a few moments that made me chuckle and laugh but overall the movie had a depressed feeling throughout; and while I don't mind emotional movies, this one felt kind of desperate at times like the last third of the movie seemed to rush by with no real purpose or anything new being introduced; it was the same emotional conflict being stretched out to fill time and then came the obvious confession by Williams at the end. I feel like Robin Williams was torn between making a drama or making a comedy and that kind of left a messy feel to the film.
On the plus side Robin Williams and the cast did act very well but, as mentioned, there was some confusion with the genre; at least that's how it came across to me. My disappointment came because the title and genre lead you to expect a comedy which never came. It was a good movie, above average with a few laughs but I think it could have had a better script. Good plot premise but averagely executed in my opinion.
I like many here hadn't heard about this movie until I saw it in my video store, and when I saw Norton & de Niro I thought "this looks intriguing". And it was; a con (Norton) is trying to get his parole officer (de Niro) to put in a good word with the Parole Board and get Norton an early release but without making any headway himself, he gets his sexy wife (Jovovich) to try and seduce de Niro to...'help' him make his mind up.
The movie starts off really promisingly; we get shown a flashback of a young de Niro go to extreme lengths to convince his wife not to leave him and the movie takes on a suspenseful, interesting tone as we get introduced to Ed Norton and his ploy and...that's where it sort of ends.
The acting is fantastic; Edward Norton is magnificent as usual and Robert de Niro was equally convincing, Mila Jovovich had some irritating scenes but on the whole she did a good job too. So my beef isn't with the acting.
It's with the script. Like I said, it starts of well; good verbal banter between de Niro and Norton, suspenseful music all had me expecting the thriller this movie allegedly is. And yet as we get to the halfway point, the movie is suddenly pottering along slowly and then even threw religion into the whole mix. Then there's more suspense to tease us into expecting a thriller and then the ending comes and it's just...bleh.
The movie simply didn't know what it wanted to be and at the end of it it the only thing it accomplished was being a mess. The movie is dialogue heavy and I don't mind that but as long as it went somewhere but in Stone it just never did. None of the intriguing plot points we get shown in the opening 30min are ever explored further, other bits of plot are picked up and left unfinished and at the end of the day the biggest mystery is how a fantastic cast and promising synopsis can be so badly wasted. It's a shame; I love Norton & de Niro and while they deliver, the movie doesn't.
The Moment of Truth (2008)
OK, firstly I would like to say that I believe this is faked and staged; ask yourself, would you go on a show, reveal your deepest secrets, ruin your family all for supposedly having a chance to win a sum of money which, let's face it, the middle class people they have on the show don't necessarily need in order to resort to desperate measures. No.
Why I know it is staged is because the contestants are asked and answer the questions before the show...ergo they know exactly what to answer in order to win the money! Furthermore, if they lie, it will be revealed that they are lying so their loved ones will still find out the truth!! The questions are staged, the answers are staged and the winners are staged. If the loved ones will find out the truth whether you tell the truth or lie, you won't lie and so win the money; everybody would be a winner! The other part of the show that grates my cheese is the audience and 'suspense'. Long, emphasized, unnecessary pauses while the contestants contemplate answers to questions they have already heard and answered combined with fake gasps and jeers from the idiotic studio audience all makes for a very annoying, irritating TV show! Don't waste your time with this 'reality' show!
Absolutely Perfectly Brilliant!!!
My goodness me is this a fantastically terrific movie!! I watched this movie in August and here I am now in November and I am still in awe of it! Christopher Nolan has delivered yet anther mesmerizing masterpiece and while I can write pages and pages of it, I realize this is a complex movie with many long reviews so I will try and keep this short...ish.
Inception tells the the story of Cobb (DiCaprio) who along with his team builds dreams. They then place their subject into that dream and allow them to "fill it with their secrets". That's about as simply as I can explain it because you can imagine that once that dream is filled, the manipulation Cobb can do is endless. Cobb gets enlisted to perform 'inception' on a high profile figure i.e: place an idea into the subject through placing them in a dream you created for them. The movie basically follows the protagonists in their mission all the while showing Cobb try to deal with the trauma in his life. That's all say about the storyline as I don't want to give too much away.
The positive points for this movie are endless. Firstly, the acting! Leonardo DiCaprio has matured into IMO the finest actor of his generation and his performance in Inception is truly outstanding, riveting, emotional, deep and definitely for me deserves the Best Actor Oscar! The rest of the cast pull in equally terrific performances which makes this one of the best acted films I have seen (and I have watched all the legends at their peak!). Secondly, the effects are jaw-dropping. Forget the Matrix "rip-offs" and what other nonsense the few negative reviews claim; the effects will leave you spellbound and completely make this movie a masterpiece. Thirdly, Hans Zimmer pulls in with a terrific score which captures the feel of the movie incredibly well and masterfully aids in building emotion where needed. Fourthly, the storyline is absolutely original and perfectly woven and told! Make no mistake, this is a complex movie with complex themes but with a fair bit of concentration, you will absolutely love it! I could go on and on...and so I shall; fifthly, the ending is utterly brilliant and will leave you reeling and thinking long after this movie ends (as it did with me!).
I have long waited for a movie of such high caliber and this blew my expectations right out the door and set new ones at a stratospheric level! If this movie does not get Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in the next Oscars, I will completely denounce the Oscars as a hoax! This movie is still playing in some theaters so I beg you, do yourself a favor and go see this; a movie which will definitely live to earn legendary status. All the hype is in fact underrated and you will not be disappointed no matter how high your expectations are! If there was a score of more than 10/10, I would give it. My only wish is that Nolan never stops making movies!
P.S. If you want to see a really good trailer of it, check out Inception Trailer 2 on youtube!
Great suspense film!
OK, so it isn't worth a 10 I admit (it's about a 7-8 in my book), but I simply can't believe it has a 5.8 on IMDb so I'm trying to boost it a little. There are so many garbage movies on IMDb (Jackass springs to mind) which have a higher rating than this really good movie that it's shocking!
Kevin Costner plays a doctor whose wife travels to South America as part of a Red Cross aid mission (sort of like Doctors Without Borders type thing). While there and traveling on a bus along a treacherous road during a storm, a mud slide crashes into the bus, sending it barreling down the hill and presumably killing everybody. Costner's wife's body is never recovered by authorities and strange signs and stories from her pediatric oncology patients fuels Costner's belief that his wife is trying to communicate with him.
The movie plays as it should; there is little 'pace' to it as such since the movie is about a husband's grief for his dead wife...how much pace do you expect? That said, there are some properly scary moments that will have the hairs at the back of your neck stand up and at the same time there is plenty of intrigue to keep you watching; eagerly awaiting what happens next.
I thought Kevin Costner pulled in a very good performance in this movie. There's a real sense of genuineness in the way he portrays his character. Don't expect 'Best Picture' material here because then you will be disappointed. Make no mistake, this is a very good movie but it never intends to be an outstanding classic. Also, the movie is about communication with 'the other side' so please leave your 'this is not real' feelings at the door. Simply watch and enjoy the movie for what it is and I guarantee. you will not be disappointed.
P.S. There are many reviewers here who moan and trash the movie for some things that happen in it (SPOILER: eg. His wife's cancer patients having seen her while they were flat-lined) well what did you expect after the movie says it is about communicating with the other side?? If you don't like this type of genre or Kevin Costner, don't trash the movie just because you were dumb enough to go watch something you knew you weren't gonna like! Anyway, that's my little rant done with, rent the movie if you haven't already seen it I really do recommend it.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Finally, a true PSYCHOLOGICAL thriller!
There are many people giving this film 1/10 who just didn't get it! Favorite arguments I have seen are along the lines of "unlikable victims" and "dark characters"...well DUH!!!! Thats the point bright sparks!
The movie is meant to show things from Mr. Brooks' perspective. The victims are "unlikable" and not developed because to Mr. Brooks, they are nothing more but chapters in his killing spree. He doesn't feel for them and so so the viewer doesn't either and in so doing feels what Mr. Brooks feels; nothing.
Dark characters? Well gee, what did you think you were watching Sherlock? It's a psychological thriller; the characters are meant to be dark! I personally loved this movie! Kevin Costner and William Hurt are BRILLIANT together and watching the brilliance and intelligence of not only them as actors but also their characters was outstanding!
This movie does a terrific job with suspense and has a bad guy you want to root for and I was particularly pleased that the ending was not clichéd! We finally have a movie with an actual terrific plot and not CGI or senseless slasher flicks!
Very average with a few below average parts
Firstly, I feel I should mention I'm a 19 year old guy and so having absolutely no interest in Robert Pattinson I can give an unbiased review (I haven't read the books either).
Ooh OK, where to start? The story. For those of you who don't know it's about a girl who moves to some small town and then falls in love with a bloke. Unbeknownst to anyone the bloke happens to be a vampire...although wait for it...he doesn't drink human blood. Nor affected by garlic. Nor affected by daylight, crosses etc. I suppose that's actually a plus for me because most vampires movies simply regurgitate what Dracula did but just add CGI, anyway, it is an interesting and different view. There is not much substance to the story, no twists, not much gripping; it's just another teen love issue.
The acting is horrid. Absolutely terrible! And |I blame the direction of Hardwicke for that as much as the actors themselves. There is no engagement with the already quality limited material but their lack of emotion and ability simply compounded matters. Standouts? Billy Burke did well as did Peter Facinelli. Actually thy did very good and the only scenes I genuinely enjoyed were ones with those two in them.
Bottom line is that at the end of the movie I felt as if there was no real aim of it. Was it just something that pre-teen girls could scream at? Probably because it didn't have good actors, a good story or good directing. It was just bland and the camera work was atrocious! I'm actually getting angry and irritated now because I am thinking back to it and realising just how bad the bloody thing was!
In summary, the acting is awful. Really, really, really awful (apart from the aforementioned standouts). The story is clichéd and has no meat and the directing and camera is garbage. However, there is something, for lack of a better word, gripping about it. It's a nothing sort of movie but I did watch the whole thing and actually enjoyed a few scenes it. You wouldn't waste your time watching it but there are hundreds of other movies I would have rather watched. I would say watch it just so you can say you did because apparently people will be utterly gob- smacked when they hear you haven't seen it. Twilight in a word? Average.
It's Complicated (2009)
Meryl and Alec play a divorced couple who are brought back together for one of their son's graduation. Alec, married again to a much younger woman, realizes he still feels something for Meryl and so they begin to see each other secretly all the while Steve Martin (an architect) also takes a fancy to Meryl and I think you can imagine the mayhem that ensues
Firstly, I have a read a number of reviewers here complaining about this movie being about "all white, perfect people"...so? Where does it say a movie has to have black people, Hispanics, Asians and so on? Please, leave your racist ideas at the door!
Now, I thought the movie was terrific (and mind you, I'm 19)! Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are three legends who come together perfectly here and the chemistry between Baldwin and Meryl is outstanding! Apparently one reviewer said all three of these actors are "overrated"!? Forgive me but this is simply garbage; who might you better suggest? Zac Efron? Yeah right.
The movie worked really well because it was a light-hearted story brought together by lovable actors with a good sense of humor. This movie really lets you unwind and just enjoy every minute of it! Forget the 6.7 rating on IMDb, do yourself a favor; pop a bag popcorn, beg, borrow or steal this movie and let yourself be entertained!
Tough one; Depp may just save it
OK, I've written a few reviews for IMDb but this may just be the toughest one yet. Basically, the plot follows the story of wrongfully convicted Benjamin Barker, returning to London under the assumed name of Sweeney Todd to exact revenge for his conviction. I will leave it at that so as not to give much away because the plot of the movie is definitely worth seeing.
I am a HUGE fan of Depp and while I thought a musical may be stretching things a bit I decided to see what one of my favorite actors has done with the role. I suppose one benefit I had was that I hadn't seen the Broadway production the film is based on so I can thus judge it as it is. I found Depp to be positively chilling. The menace and danger he exudes are obviously necessary to portray Benjamin Barker adequately however only an actor as good as Depp can deliver such traits with a sense of style. Helen Bonham Carter also throws in a good performance as Mrs. Lovett and in fact most of the supporting cast do a good job...apart maybe from Sacha Baron Cohen with whom for some reason I couldn't quite get Borat and Ali G out of my mind whenever he came on screen which, thankfully, was for a short time.
The movie's plot is intriguing and gripping however, as this is a musical the stand out feature should be the music and I'm afraid in this instance it isn't. I may not be the biggest fan of musicals but I have seen and enjoyed a few but I'm afraid the music here just doesn't satisfy. I didn't have much of a problem with the singing; actually I thought that was pretty good, it was the lyrics and the musical choices that I found inadequate. Nonetheless, it is not the best musical but it is far from being a terrible one; it is fair.
The film is very gory especially at the end and at some stage you just think to yourself "enough already!". It is overly gory and the same effect of obsession and menace in Barker/Todd could have been achieved with a lot less blood. The level of gore is about the only definite negative point on this movie.
Depp yet again shines brightest and proves once again why he should be considered one of the best and most versatile actors! His performance for me dragged the movie/musical out of mediocrity but another kudos should go to Burton's wonderful portrayal of Fleet Street and London as dark and sinister with characters to match.
This is turning into a rather lengthy post so I will wrap up now. As I said in the title this is a tough one. From a musical point of view this is average, however, Depp's performance and the plot do elevate this movie slightly and as such, instead of 5/10 I will give it 7. I would recommend this movie unless you have a problem with bloody, graphic scenes though also note not to expect much of the music. See it for the plot and for Depp and Carter's chillingly good performances.
Oh, just one final thought, there are many reviewers here giving this movie 1/10 yet the overall rating is still an impressive and accurate 7.7/10. This should tell you that people who didn't like it are in the small minority. Heck, if Roger Ebert can give this movie 4/4 it is definitely worth a see!