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Scat Swapping School Swallow (2008)
An uninspired semi sequel to a masterpiece!
Karla and Latifa are back doing what they are doing best, yet it falls short. Hollywood can't seem to shake their habit of sequels being bigger than the first one. The main reason this falls short is, whereas the first one (Hungry Bitches) worked due to the chemistry of Karla and Latifa, the sequel raises the stakes and tries to include a few other people, which ultimately falls short due to the focus being taken away from beloved characters. It pains me to say this but even K and L seem to be phoning in their performances. Despite it's shortcomings, it actually has a few selling points to it, namely the idea of an open relationship, which despite poor acting, is fleshed out completely. Nevertheless due to nostalgia I gave this 6 out of 10.
Max Payne (2008)
Generic at best!
I am a hardcore fan of the original game. It was a Neo-Noir Thriller meets John Woo type of game. However, when I went to see this film I lowered my expectations as many video game to movie adaptations are horrendous. What I saw was a generically action film, with none of the heart and meaning of the games. The casting choice itself was "acceptable" as Marky Mark kinda tried to act the role, given the script sucks, which was admirable. From changing important characters to cliché filled scenes, there is really not much to praise, except for a few visual scenes and some Slow motion action scenes. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even the main villain, a baffling choice to make it BB(Backstabbing Bastard) instead of Nicole Horne, who would've given the film an interesting and unsuspecting villain was demoted to a second tier character. Mila Kunis as Mona does not seem right, as her lines feel weak and forced, with almost no emotion behind it.(Same goes for other actors as well). All in all it is a very forgetful film, which is a shame, because they had so much potential to turn an amazing game into an equally amazing movie. For hardcore fans or regular fans of the games, stay away from it as you would feel that important characters or settings are completely disregarded. For casual moviegoers if you are into a bland generic action movie, with a few good scenes than this is highly recommended, otherwise stay away from it.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
A worse "continuation" of the Alien and Predator Franchises!
First of all, I am rating the Unrated Edition of the film, which in my opinion is exactly the same as the theatrical one, albeit with some deleted scenes and few scenes containing more "blood".
This film suffers not only from poor direction but also from editing point of view and acting aside, the script simply sucks. From disregarding the continuation of the previous movies, like in some instances the honor code of the Predators and the skills of the predators but more importantly the lame excuse to put these two creatures is a far more baffling choice: SPOILER!!!!!!!!
Every 100 years the predators return to the temple, which btw was built by the ancient people of the Aztec's and two other cultures for the predators as they worshipped them as gods, to hunt for the aliens which they achieve by hooking the queen to a machine so she lives again and lays eggs and some willing people sacrifice themselves to the facehuggers so a breed of xenomorphs is born.
Suspension of disbelief helps you if you are not an avid fan of both of the series, otherwise you simply can't enjoy this. Biased people also won't enjoy this as their favourite creatures don't display their real abilities, instead a dumbed down version of the aforementioned creatures.
Nevertheless it gets some bonus points, for me personally, for it's fighting scenes between the two title characters, but it is also cut short and edited so fast you can't almost see anything, but the joy of seeing these two fight it out is kinda like a fan boy dream of mine.
So for those who are avid followers, I wouldn't recommend it as it is just a rubbish excuse for some quick cash on both properties, and you won't be pleased with the acting either except maybe for the leading girl, who earns the respect and a spear from the king predator as she singlehandedly defeated an alien and was marked by the predator, with the acidic blood of the alien, that fought alongside her.(This is quite reminiscent of the final scene in Predator 2, where Danny Glover's character earns the respect of the Predators.) Otherwise this film is filled with a few nods to the previous entries of the two film series. For the casual film goers, or the ones that want to explore the film world of these creatures don't start with this one.
A near perfect presentation of acting
I will try to keep this review very short and spoiler free. So I was actually very hesitant on watching the first episode, due to the catastrophe that was Hanniball Rising. Hannibal Rising showed me that a Film exploring Hannibals past was utter s**t, even with Harris' involvement, so naturally when it was said that Hannibal would delve into the past i was worried, but the first episode convinced me otherwise. As of now the series is a prequel to Thomas Harris' book Red Dragon (higly recommended, a great read), with elements of his other books thrown in. As this is a story yet we haven't explored yet. It does a great job of introducing and setting the characters and their respective Arch's, as well as beautifully shot scenes with amazing soundtracks. It features enough plot twists (amazing ones) to make M Night Shyamalan jealous, but they never feel forced. The pacing is quite amazing, as it ain't too fast or too slow but right in the middle of it. The acting is superb, evidenced also in the supporting roles as with Freddie Lounds (who is a smoking hot redhead here) and Dr. Frederick Chilton both of whom unbelievably unlikeable and morally in the Grey area as all they want to achieve is fame and fortune, with very little to no regard for other human life, but nevertheless you just watch them because of the convincing performances. Laurence Fishburne also is a great Jack Crawford (a friend of Will Graham and later in the books mentor and guide to Clarice Starling). As for Hugh Dancy as Graham, I see a little bit of William Petersen, who portrayed Graham in the original Manhunter, in him but in subsequent episodes he is just fun to watch, and also recreating famous scenes from the films and books alike. As for the man of the hour, Dr. Lecter himself, I had my doubts about Mads as I, like many other people, can't picture anyone but Sir Hopkins in the title role. But he proved he can make the character his own, and not resort to Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of the character. Mads is just a blast to watch his many interactions(his inside jokes particular: I'd love to have you and your wife for dinner!) with the characters is amazing and shows Hannibals traits, like him being always in control and cunning, manipulative, charming and a hell of a cook. In closing I might say although the first season was not that good, the second saw the mistakes and improved upon it, so lets hope the upcoming seasons do also better.
Liam Neeson is the only reason to watch!
Like MacFarlane's directorial debut,Ted, this was also over-hyped, after seeing Ted and disliking it to an extent, I decided to watch this, as I am quite fond of the Western genre. It basically plays out like a feature length episode of Family Guy. It is not really my cup of tea, but it had some selling points to it, namely Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron. Now the only good thing is Liam Neeson's acting and that Badass look and voice he has, but sadly he is not that long in it. Seth's acting kind of seems forced and weird, it probably has a lot to do with the language. Now I don't mind the F word or other cursing but it didn't seem to fit in the film's Timeline and also fell flat, as it seemed to be cursing just for the sake of cursing. The other good points in the film are Christopher Lloyd's cameo (as SPOILER!!!!!!!! Doc Brown!) and Jamie Foxx ( SPOILER!!!!!!!!!! presumably reprising his role from Django Unchained). The jokes seem tired and outdated and the film relies mainly on toilet humour. Some actors from Ted are also featured in this, but only Giovanni Ribisi stands out as one of the supporting actors. In conclusion I presume this film is not for everyone, but Family Guy fans and Seth MacFarlane fans. So don't expect a nonstop comedy flick, as it only offers a few good chuckles, at least to me.
Gangs of New York (2002)
A very good flick.
Not the best Scorsese flick. Starting with The Departed I became very interested/obsessed with Scorsese's films. It wasn't until The Wolf of Wall Street that I decided to start a Scorsese marathon. Now I haven't watched all of his films, but for me this has to be the one that seems to be the longest, even though Casino was longer I enjoyed it even more than Goodfellas. Some scenes tend to get boring, I place it primarily on Cameron Diaz and some parts to Leo's acting. Every scene in which Day Lewis is in is pure awesomeness. Liam Neeson also provides a great performance, even though he SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER!!!!!!! dies in the first 15 minutes or so. I would recommend this film for Scorsese fans exclusively,not that other people wouldn't enjoy it, but it doesn't seem to be his best film. This film also marks Scorsese's first collaboration with Leo, which in the ensuing collaborations seems better suited than this film. For everyone interested in Marty's films start with Goodfellas or the classic Taxi Driver and move your way up or down as you like, because Scorsese's filmography has a wide range of variety, from gangster flicks to children's movies.
Scary Movie 5 (2013)
Awful, just awful!
I personally think that it went down the Seltzer/Friedberg Route. Too much Cameos and random Pop culture References, not even the Actors could carry the Film. This and Movie 43 were the biggest "Comedy" disappointments of 2013 so far. Even the rushed Reshoots of Evil Dead and others show they went the Garbage Movie route, parodying something based on Trailers. I went in with low expectations, but with a slight hope that it would be along the lines of funny, Considering this is coming from David Zucker(of Airplane! and Top Secret! fame and of course the unforgettable ZAZ team). What disappointed me the most was that these movies show that spoof is a dying genre, back in the days we had amazing spoofs, now we have garbage. I wasted 10 Euros for this s**t (about 8 dollars) so if anyone is reading this please don't waste your hard earned money on this, go watch The World's End instead, it's not a spoof per se but it is very funny.
Hungry Bitches (2007)
I start of by saying this film has changed my life, into the positive I might add. Whereas I thought that I knew everything about love, this film has changed everything. Years after failed relationships I have come to the conclusion that, to keep a relationship long and healthy, I have to buy a cup. The scene with the Spatula has to be one of the greatest and most powerful scenes in cinematic history. Karla and Latifa show that love is still possible, despite during a famine. Their love for each other and Chocolate Ice Cream exceeds everything. The Film is very unique in its dialogue, which is only present at the beginning end end of the movie, which is very unusual for romantic films. This alone proofs that love doesn't mean talking, just eating out of a cup. Sure this might be inappropriate for younger viewers, as it contains scenes of graphical nudity but thats it. In my opinion one of the only films that really got snubbed of an Oscar. Despite lasting only 60 Minutes, it shows everything you'd expect from a romantic movie. On top of it, the Lovers Theme by Hervé Roy adds a whole new layer of beauty.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Better than the second one!
Well I gotta admit I went to the cinema with low expectations because of the second one, but I was very surprised of how good of a movie it was. Mainly Josh Brolin who gave an excellent performance as young K, which was, without a doubt the highlight of the movie. Overall the Plot is flawed but I nevertheless gave it a ten out of ten. !!!!SPOILERS HERE'S A BIG SECRET!!!! The ending where its revealed that the general was J's father was one of the more powerful scenes in the Film, yet it was unnecessary, as it ruined kind of the first Film, where K recruited J because of his abilities not because he was emotionally attached to him. Nevertheless one of the better Films of 2012