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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.
robert de niro, denzel washington, al pacino, christian bale, edward norton, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken and john travolta.
it's obvious i root for the bad guys in movies and no i've never wanted to be a gangster i'm a detective even though i used to hate cops before i joined hell i think i still hate them.
Favourite Directors: QT, Marty, Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, Christopher Nolan, Chan Wook Park, Jee woon Kim, Joon Ho Bong, Jaques Audiard...
Gokudou daisensou (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.
the little you know about it the better
it's been a while since i've been this satisfied with a movie, it's compelling, thought provoking and extremely clever film that keeps you guessing to the last frame.
excellent storytelling thanks for the great work from the directors/writers despite the low budget they pulled out a great movie with good production values, sets, costumes and special effects.
powerhouse performances from the two leads Ethan Hawke as usual is a very serious actor though he haven't been in any good movies in the past few years but you can see that he's making a comeback with this one as well as this years magnificent BOYHOOD but his performance in PREDESTINATION is a very strong one because he had to handle such a very complicated character, same thing goes for Sarah Snook.
the less i say about the plot the better, this is the kind of movies where you have focus throughout the whole runtime of it trying to figure out where is it going and any detail that you miss might ruin the whole experience for you but hey don't worry there's an explanation for everything here.
this movie is one of this years' personal favorites as well as the indie of the year so far (still have to see BIRDMAN).
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2014 is Marvel's year
After the very excellent Captain America: The winter Soldier this year and the very ambitious X-Men: Days of future past and the commercial success of The Amazing Spider Man 2, if not nearly as good as the before mentioned in my personal opinion, still have grossed a lot of money in the Box Office (That's a success in Hollywood), it's Guardians of the Galaxy that delivers the grand finale for a year full of good MARVEL movies and what a Blast it was to put it in a simpler sentence i'd say take all the movies done by MARVEL before, combine them together and it's still nowhere near as good as this one. it had top notch acting from all the leads who are by the way a bunch of unknowns except for a few famous actors lending their voices to some animated characters and the appearance of such thespians as Benicio Del Toro, John C Riley and Glenn Close. the cast did an excellent job they had great chemistry, they delivered some very good punchlines and each and every lead character was as well developed as the other all thanks to a brilliant screenplay and good direction from James Gunn (i'll never forget this name) who managed to give enough screen time for every character to pull off some of the greatest ensemble casts in years. not that alone he made the movie have such an atmosphere never experienced before on the big screen with sets that look a bit like FIREFLY and a great soundtrack (James Gunn have such a great taste in music i'll give him that) and last but not least i think he was very inspired by the Japenese anime COWBOY BEBOP which has the same feel to it as this one, i'm not saying he ripped it off but i'm sure it was his source of inspiration while working on this Movie.
to summon this all i'd say this is a near perfect movie so get prepared for the ride of your lives, it's worth every penny you spent to buy the ticket and every second of it's 2 hour runtime so enjoy.
I give it a rating of 10/10 .
This is how action movies should be like
i have never heard about this movie before but today i was surfing the net looking for a good action movie and because i love Korean movies i stumbled upon this great piece of entertainment.
the movie starts with a very spectacular heist executed precisely by an armed gang with the supervision of a man that seems like he doesn't wanna get his hands dirty (i was wrong about him) instead he instructs his gang members from an elevated position he is basically the architect of the heist.
on the other side a group of high tech police squad that chooses it's recruits carefully as they have to be very brilliant in many aspects in this demanding field and the chase begins in this action packed edge of seat thriller.
this movie is simply a chase that lasts like 3 days if i'm not wrong involving followings stakeouts and bugging houses in order to identify the members of the bank robbers as they plan another even more daring heist. the directors kept the same pace through the whole movie in order to give the audience a feel that time is running out or rather a feel of doing something risky and trying to get away with it. they also focused on the Villain of this movie who in my opinion stole the show with his intelligence and fighting skills as he manages to stay one step ahead of the police the entire time.
and how can i disregard the brilliant camera-work and the editing that despite the nature of most of the action happening in this movie still manages to capture every single thing.
overall this is a great cops and robbers movie with some good thrills and fight scenes. my rating 7.5/10
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
decent flick with some brilliant photography
i just need to say that the guy who handled the cinematography for this picture is a genius and deserves some recognition even though i know for a fact he is not gonna win an Oscar for his work in this movie because simply it's not the kind of movies that gets the academy awards.
as my review for the rest of the movie i thought it was good from the point of view of a guy who misses the old days of the 70's to the 90's because honestly it's became an event to watch a realistic movie these years it's either a superhero movie or some kind of an adaptation to a teen favorite bestseller. i know i personally had great expectations for it especially when i saw the trailer but it fell short of my very high expectations (i expected something like those Korean brilliant thrillers like The Chaser 2009 or I Saw the Devil 2010) however it still doesn't disappoint and it delivers some very good and realistic action scenes with practical effects for a change. god i miss the 90's.
Richard Liklater is known for his simple yet full of life movies, it's always about a group of friends or a couple or in this case an individual and he always succeeds because he somehow manages to drag into the film mostly with his realistic look at life it's just like magic you actually travel into the movie and you live the moment with the characters in the movie, you actually hang out with them smile for their jokes and cry for their losses. actually in Liklater's movies Dazed and Confused, the Before Trilogy, waking life and now this there's always that déja vu moment, because the characters experience the same stuff that i as a viewer experienced when i was in their position whether it's the last day in school or the girl i met once in a train or things i used to do as a teenager. and let's not forget his philosophical touch which adds more depth to the movie, speaking of depth i think Boyhood is one of the deepest movies i have ever seen, it follows this kid as he grows up to become an adult in such a unique way never depicted on film since the dawn of filmmaking , we don't need to go through the process of explaining the making of this movie because i'm sure that everyone that visits this page is aware of it. but is this movie just about this kid growing up? no it is not. it is actually a close look at society in that period of time (the 90s in this case) through the eyes of a very normal kid, who is by the way someone that you might even never knew if he was in the same school with you, he is not cool and sexy and stuff but he is however not dumb as most of the kids born in this generation (no offense). one of the reasons this movie is brilliant is how realistic it is, being born in the 90s i shared a lot of the stuff this kid goes through in this movie and yes Linklater got it right from high-school to video games to music to cinema and even politics. I read in this movie's message boards that some people didn't like the movie because of the main character as he is just not that interesting and he didn't really have a sense of humor and that kind of crap but as i said above this is the story of a very normal boy and i believe not everyone was a Ferris Bueller when he was young but somehow it matters for some people if the main character is cool or not heck they judge the movie based on that but does it really matters, why can't you guys just take it for what it is this is a story of a specific kid let's assume Richard Linklater chose a boy randomly and unfortunately he picked up Mason, so really get over it if you really think that of this movie do the world a favor don't ever tell anyone on IMDb your opinion about movies anymore. in fact one of the things i liked about the movie is Mason Jr, he had a unique point of view about everything and he was an artist, and as he grows up we see him making is own unique personality by learning from his past mistakes and standing up for what he believes in. another point i wanted to make before i finish my review is the cinematography, i mean when the events are taking place in the 90s the movie looked from the 90s the colors the camera angles the lightening in fact it reminded me of his movie TAPE but by the time we reach the 2000s it simply changes and it's now a movie from that period of time, it gave this movie a sense of time because apart from Mason's aging the movie doesn't really give you a heads up to weather we are advancing in time. Finally, this is a well executed movie full of nostalgia, it drags you inside like other Linklater movies only this time is very special, the directing is brilliant the acting is top notch and the dialog is very real, so if you haven't seen it what are you waiting for?
Furious 6 (2013)
throughly enjoyable, but who the hell wrote the script
*****************This Review may contain some spoilers******************
"this is just an action film so who cares about the script it's all about the action" Well not anymore people are not as dumb as they used to be anymore i mean hello it's the 21st century so here's what i think was wrong with this movie.
- The Dialogue was one of the worse i have ever seen, i've seen so many awful films with better dialogue.
- The script was at moments so confusing for instance can anyone explain to me how the bloody hell Gina Carano's character turned out to be a traitor who works for Shaw I know i'm not watching a Christopher Nolan Film but shouldn't there be any hints or something.
- Last time i checked there is no 100000000 mile long Runways.
- The Tank scene when Dom jumps out of his car to catch Letty and then they crash on a car which becomes bloody junk but the couple just manages to walk out without a single scratch. at some point i thought that this is the twist where Dom discovers that he is in fact Hancock jr or something.
- Shaw is an ex special forces turned terrorist fighs like a girl, or it's just like i said before Dom has some superpowers of some kind he is so strong that Shaw was left hopeless.
- Brian O'Connor and ex FBI agent now a crook goes back to the united states as a prisoner with another name but no even one of the prison guards recognised his face.
- Am I the only one who thinks that Roman is not funny.
- I think it's too late for this but apart from Thr Rock and Michelle Rodriguez the rest of the cast should work on their acting it's pathetic.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
A Wonderful Experience
A filmmaker once said "we don't go to the movies to think we go there to feel", i gotta say that's so true only in this film it makes you both feel and think at the same time. I won't be going to say anything about the plot because if i start to talk about it i'll never finish, but this film can really make you think about a lot of things through it's themes like Love, death, destiny...in fact it makes you think of life itself. technically the film is a visual masterpiece, it's a near perfect film from writing to editing (oscar snub), to acting except for Dane Kruger's heavy German accent but she's hot so who cares ending up with directing which shows us how a project done with so much passion can be. if you think the movie is confusing, which it really is in the first 30 minutes or so, you're wrong there's an answer to everything in the end. overall a very good movie, it's emotional and visually stunning.
My Rating: 8/10
Maljukgeori janhoksa (2004)
brilliant, emotional, thought provoking piece of cinema
Once Upon a time in high school is a very good film despite the horrible title, it takes place in Seoul 1978, Hyeon-Su a Bruce lee fan whose father is a Tae Kwon Do coach moves to a new military school where he meets Hamburger a classmate who sells pornography in order to make a buck and Woo-Shik a trouble maker who is also a Bruce lee fan. along the way our protagonist is faced with bullying, but thanks to Woo-Shick he manages to avoid trouble because the latter is a nut case who roots for violence, and the tyranny of the high school regime. this may make the movie look sad but it's not, well it's not exactly funny but the characters had great fun together for instance in one scene the three friends were partying in a disco and hamburger was hitting on a girl and he was being rude unfortunately for him she was a Tae Kwon Do champ so i don't need to tell you what happened to him. on top of all that this movie has a great love story between the Shy Hyeon-Su and the very beautiful Eun-Ju, but she becomes Woo-Shik's girlfriend which will complicate their friendship, i personally think(IMHO) that this is one of the best love stories i have ever seen in film history, it felt realistic(maybe because i met my first love just like Hyeon-Su did). The writing was very clever it manages to keep you entertained and at the same time emotionally moved with well developed characters and the relationship between them, the actors did a great job not even a single one of them failed to deliver his character besides they had a good chemistry together that they make you feel like you are living near them. Overall this is a movie not to be missed,it can be described as a movie for all tastes, there's enough fights to call this film an action film but don't expect something like Takashi Miike's underrated high school fight club flick Crows Zero (1+2).