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i don't believe in IMDB ratings neither do i believe in Metacritic or anything else i just use IMDB to find good titles and talk with people who love movies.
my favourite genre is Crime but i like everything else except of RomCom.
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Hell or High Water (2016)
Movie of the Year
David McKenzie directs this gritty neo Western crime drama with subtlety and confidence about two Brothers on a Bank Robbing spree and the two Cops hot on their tails. This film reminds me of the good old days when movies used to have balls, it gets straight to the point from the get go but at the same time give enough time to develop it's characters. The cinematography captures the roughness of the American south and even though I know for a fact that this film is going to get no love from the academy awards but This cinematographer deserves some attention. On the other end of the camera Mackenzie manages to pull out some great performances from his cast, especially the always underused and criminally underrated Ben Foster who manages to completely steal the show here, Chris Pine who plays the good Brother gives a career best performance imo, managing to show some acting range. Jeff Bridges plays a racist cop on the verge of retirement, I really liked the way his character is developed and the interactions between him and his half Native American half Mexican partner. I think this is probably the best film I saw this year, It works so well on every level thanks to a solid script, top notch performances and McKenzie's brilliant direction, he is a really good under-appreciated director check out his previous films especially Perfect Sense and Starred Up.
one of the best films of the year
Train To Busan is simply one of the best films I've seen this year, and probably the best Zombie movie since 28 Days Later. One of the strongest elements in the film is the screenplay, it works so damn good, giving each character enough time to develop and at the same time keeping us on the edge of our seats with every scene. this movie plays like a video game every level is a scene, and with every level the protagonists go through it gets even harder and more complicated. the actors did an incredible job, I swear to god I nearly cried a couple of times during the run time of the film. Overall this is a very exciting and emotional ride, it's clever with it's pace and character development, the action scenes were brilliantly executed although I don't remember the protagonists killing a single zombie during the entirety of the movie, it also offers a good little twist on the zombie genre, it looks like it was there to serve the advancement of the plot but it's really clever and it worked well. bring some tissues along with you to theater, i dare you not to cry at least once when you see it. 9/10
you know the first thing I said when I watched this movie for the first time? "They Don't Make them like this anymore".
Shane is easily one of the Masterpieces of Cinema, Released in 1953 this film has more color and beauty in every frame than most of the garbage we see today combined, It's no surprise that Loyal Riggs (also terrific job in the Ten Commandments) was awarded for an Oscar for Best Cinematography for it, but that alone doesn't make a film the Story of Shane is one of the best stories told in movies Ever, the story is well structured, simplistic, the characters are great and the actors portraying them deliver a helluva job. This is a film of infinite beauty, there's so many emotions and vibes, it's also a story about moralities, Love, Honor and Friendship, it also has one of the best endings Ever, Nearly made me cry. this movie's influence on modern cinema is very obvious, Clint Eastwood's excellent but underrated Pale Rider is a mix of This and High Noon, Clint was also inspired by the final shootout in his Final gun down in his Tour DE Force Unforgiven and so on and so forth. for the life of me I can't find any more adjectives to describe how well made this film is, from Screenplay to acting to camera work and it was made in 1953. if you ask yourself the question "why do I love Movies?" it's films like this that are the answer. 1000/10
Best film i've seen this year so far
This movie is a revelation, being a fan of Ha Hong-Jin's who had previously directed two of the best thrillers of recent memory (The Chaser and The Yellow Sea) i had great expectations for this but as I was watching I knew that this is going to be something else, it looks like an urban legend of some kind but I'm not sure, the exorcism scene in this made me jump from my seat. The movie takes place in a small village in south Korea, a policeman is investigating a series of murders but then more strange things start to happen, people losing their minds, Houses burning, suicides... and at the center of all this mystery is The Japenese Man "the stranger" and the mysterious Woman in White, I don't want to spoil the rest of the movie for you but it's really one of the most original and most Clever mystery/horror films ever made in my opinion especially in the midst of all the Hollywood recycled movies, rip offs and remakes that strangely make a sh!t load of money at the box office but films like this, ones that challenge viewers both mentally and emotionally, are completely ignored by movie goers, I'm sure Horror fans will consider this film a miracle and non Horror fans will enjoy it even more because I think it works really well as a Mystery/Thriller, the characters are well developed and you start to care for them especially the Protagonist and his daughter who deliver stunning performances and the cinematography is spot on. Ha Hong Jim has yet to disappoint me 3/3 now for this dude. My Rating: 9/10
i'm the kind of guys who would give any film a chance, even remake of a classic like Ben-Hur 1959, I know it's also a remake and there has been so many others too but the Charlton Heston Version directed by William Wyler is a masterpiece of filmmaking and a film that still holds up as pretty damn good from the Technical aspect. this film while not as bad as so many people making out to be is still not close to being good either in fact I think it's a waste of Money and Talent (Jack Huston) who is probably one of the few elements that worked in this movie, this is why i'm giving it my lowest rating 5/10. i hope Hollywood learns a long overdue lesson with this commercial disaster and stop ruining every great movie they ever made, don't remake foreign movies too.
The Neon Demon (2016)
not your average horror film, be prepared to go through a lot of research after you see it.
NWR's love letter to 70s European Horror films in particular Dario Argento's Suspiria is a sick film with stellar performances (especially Jena Malone who literally steals the movie) beautiful Cinematography and a killer soundtrack from Cliff Martinez. while it's still not without its flaws this film will drag you in and will never let go until after the credits roll with it's dark sick themes, visual Metaphors and Satirical comments about the obsession with beauty and fame and how far some people are willing to go in order to achieve it I'm sure this is not a movie for everyone because i felt that it will make a lot of people angry especially in an age where saying anything about anything makes you a racist, a sexist and a terrible human being. Art-house film fans will enjoy it more than hardcore Horror fans that i'm sure of, it has a lot to say for itself (obviously) and it's so incredibly dark that you have to see it in order to believe it. 7.5/10
My take on Takashi Miike's IZO (2003)
Izo is a recently killed warrior who wanders through time and space killing everybody in his way to find "divine retribution", silly plot huh? Well need I to remind you that this is a Miike film so get comfort in the fact that this is just the tip of the iceberg. I read a lot of user reviews on different websites that were mostly negative, accusing Miike of being a hack and that he doesn't even know what he's doing, i don't blame those people since i think in the end it's their point of view but I think they are wrong about this movie, there's more to it than just what you see, it's full of symbolism especially religious symbolism, the opening for example finds our protagonist a Samurai called Izo being crucified and then stabbed in the chest with a spear just like what they did to Jesus only more Miikesque, then he is somehow reborn in the shape of an undead killing machine, believe me this film is ruthless Izo kills almost everyone in his way while he's on the look for the organization that created him which is a metaphor for god if i'm correct but it could also be the Devil because i went out from this film with three interpretations 1) Izo is looking to kill god because he felt that despite him carrying the sins of the world he died a painful brutal death so he felt betrayed. 2) Izo is looking to kill the devil because he felt that he is responsible for the sins of the world hence Izo's Death. 3) (spoiler alert) the pretty boy Izo confronts in the end is both God and the Devil. This is only my interpretation of the film and i'm sure there's more into it than just this. Miike is in top form in this film ( I always thought he's one of the best working directors working today even though he admitted that he hates his job I still think he's doing a marvelous job) there's some really breathtaking action sequences here which is a trademark in Miike films, but what interested me the most is the "Tableaux" shown through the film, there's some very beautiful and creative imagery that only a genius like Miike can cone up with. This is a very good effort from Miike, this is his most experimental film (he had his share of those) absurd but at the same time very deep and thought provoking, this is a true Cult Classic and a must see for movie buffs, I guess Sion Sono's Love Exposure was a response to Miike's Izo in away but you never know, some themes are represented in both films but Love Exposure had a beautiful love story while Izo is an in-humanistic work of art.
Dark City (1998)
My Thoughts on why this film is one of the best I've ever seen
Dark City is simply one of the best movies I've ever seen and I think part of that isn't just because I like Science Fiction, it's rather because of it being also a Film Noir and not just aesthetically it goes further down to the script which contains all the elements that makes a film a Film Noir, there's the the protagonist who suffers from amnesia and he's being hunted down by some mysterious guys then we find the side kick who serves well at explaining plot points there's also the detective and last but not Least the woman. I'm not gonna go through the plot, it's been 18 years since the movie was released and i don't think it needs any introduction because it's more famous now than it ever was when it first came out. I felt Dark City was a near perfect movie, it's well directed it's gorgeous to look at the film noir aesthetics blended with the great special effects of the Science Fiction movie Genre and I Still think the movie holds up pretty damn good for a film that was released nearly two decades ago. On the other side of the camera the actors did a fine job, nothing Oscar worthy but just self aware performances maybe it's Rufus Swell's best work basically because he hasn't been in many good movies ever since. Overall it's a pretty good science fiction Mystery, I don't recall i ever looked at the runtime not a single once when I was watching it, the script is very solid and I think it's a movie worthy of viewing at least once in your lifetime if you're a movie lover.
Gokudô daisenso (2015)
They don't get any crazier than this
First off I believe Takashi Miike is a mad genius and a very hard working director i mean the guy makes like 4 movies a year and that's pretty exhausting if you ask me but he manages to bring quality as much as quantity and his latest movie Yakuza Apocalypse is no different from his other works it's got all the elements you want from a Miike film, genre mixing, gore, weirdness and over the top violence with little to no humanity to it. the plot is very simple, a Yakuza boss ,who is also a vampire but he managed to keep that a secret from everybody else, is murdered but before he dies he bites his henchman and the latter gets infected and decides to avenge his boss. if you think this is a serious movie please don't watch it because you're not getting the point or you probably never seen a Takashi Miike film apart from those serious ones he makes once in a while like 13 Assassins and Audition to mention a few. the point from this movie is that it's absurd but it tries to be a serious film kind of like Leslie Nielsen's character in The Naked Gun franchise he's a very serious guy but everything around him is just plain stupid and absurd. but here comes the genius of Takashi Miike he manages to keep this film Absurd and Sublime at the same time he knows that there's a fine line between Genius and Maniac and he walks that line with complete confidence. Overall this is a decent film it's not Miike's best but it's still highly entertaining and fun especially for the people who are familiar with his work. My Rating 7/10.
Give the movie a break!
i don't know why the critics have to be so cruel with multi-talented people like mickey Rourke. Rourke who co-wrote the script of this movie gave one of the most believable performances of his career, on the other hand we got very cool Photography that really reflects the harsh reality of the drug underworld in the US. the film had a great acting ensemble with Adrien Brody, John Enos III, Mathew Powers, Jerry Dean with a cameo from Tupac as the villain and especially Ted Levine who is a scene stealer in this film. besides the script focuses on a lot of things like family friends brotherhood and redemption furthermore the movie has a powerful message for every drug addict in the world.
so the conclusion is that this is one of the most realistic crime movies ever made with great photography and performances so anyone who was afraid to watch this film because of the *beep* critics, just give it a try and you won't regret it.