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An interesting, and thought provoking movie
"Nightcrawler" deserves the high praise its getting from critics. I really did like the movie. But couldn't help but feel a bit let-down by the eventual outcome of this dark tail.
Flick sees a creepy loner (Jake Gyllenhaal) searching for something he's good at. When sneaky stealing proves to be the wrong thing. He discovers filming crashes, and destructive news events and selling them to news stations is more up his street. Showing us a disturbing underground career that probably exists somewhere in the shadows of real life. With Gyllenhaal playing a kind of self serving creep that is probably more likely to exist.
"Nightcrawler" is an interesting, and thought provoking movie that is probably better with the awesome Gyllenhaal at the helm. Giving it everything he's got. Reminding us why he's the king of these dark, unique movies. This one is a very original one, unfortunately cut off short by an abrupt ending, when it could of gotten epic. I was sitting there thinking "Aw this is going to be one of those 3 hour long movies isn't it?" But not in a bad way. I wanted to see where it went. But it just left me a little disappointed there wasn't more to come when it felt like it stopped telling this story about half way through.
A brutal, action packed and well acted war movie
"Fury" is a brutal, action packed and well acted war movie that might not be one for those wanting an old fashioned heroic epic. But will thrill those looking for an explosive action film that has the guts to sometimes be as harsh as a real war can no doubt be. Think of it as "Saving Private Ryan." But without the perhaps unrealistically friendly heroes.
What makes "Fury" stand out that little bit more is the fact that a majority of the film takes place in a tank. Its not so much about the soldiers running around with guns as it the ones trapped together in the shady darkness of a tank. Though it branches out to show us the disaster that's happening around these characters as well.
Its not a completely offencive action movie either. A lot of war movies can perhaps cheapen war. But "Fury" makes you think about how brutal these kind of situations are. With actors that were apparently put through the paces to make the whole thing look as legit as possible. Brad Pitt is as good always. But its perhaps the other stars that shine through. I've always like what Jon Bernthal (Shane from "The Walking dead" can do) but even Shia LaBeouf was fantastic in this, and Logan Lerman is no doubt a young star in the making after this.
Gone Girl (2014)
A brilliantly twisted thriller
I couldn't wait to see "Gone girl." I've loved most of David Finchers movies, with "Seven" and "Zodiac" being 2 movies I can't get enough of. Not to mention that word of mouth was saying it was another masterpiece, and it is. Its awesome.
This Moody thriller sees Ben Affleck as the centre of attention as his wife Rosamund Pike goes missing. From here I don't really want to give anything else away. As the movie really does go in as many different directions as you could possibly squeeze into a 2 and a half hour long flick. I was thinking I had it sussed at first. Knowing that there were a couple of twists on the horizon. But the fact that it can mislead you so easily is probably the reason why the film has become as popular as it has become. There is virtually no way you will predict where this movie is going, and when you think you have. Your wrong.
"Gone girl" is a brilliantly twisted thriller that has a dark and complicated plot that will have you hooked on a film that manages to breath new life into the careers of many of its stars too. Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris impress with their serious performances (though the film has a sarcastic sense of humour at times too). But the breakout star here is one time "Bond girl" Pike, who is actually amazing as the "gone girl" of the title.
As Above, So Below (2014)
One idea will be good, and then the next two will be rubbish.
Another "Blair Witch project" influenced "caught on camera" horror movie this. One that actually sounded fairly promising being set in the genuinely creepy Catacombs of Paris. yet still manages to be largely forgettable.
I actually like some of these low budget horror movies, and can appreciate that the cheap camera work is now a way of covering up the filmmakers lack of funds. But i cant help but feel that "As above, so below" just tries way to hard to be something more than it is.
For starters all of the actors/actresses in the movie are ridiculously good looking (Espechally the lead actress. oofft!) But this just makes it feel like its trying to be a "Friday the 13th" movie or something. Surely having some brainy old scientists among this group of curious teens would of made it make more sense. But no. Other horror movies all have hot stars so this one has to too.
It goes without saying that the shaky camera work in the film can just come of as irritating. But the fact that it wants to be the next "Paranormal activity" or whatever isn't its biggest downfall. What messes it up completely is its lack of story, or even structure. Its just a mishmash of different ideas thrown together to make an odd (yet not very good) movie, and the occasional glimmer of fear is usually short lived in a blink and you'll miss it moment. That you'll probably forget about when the film spends a majority of its time being daft.
Don't get me wrong. There are some genuinely scary moments during the finale of this otherwise stupid movie. But you have to follow typically stupid characters, through a silly non-sensical plot. Plus put up with the overdone, shaky camera work (that feels more un-necessary than usual) in order to get to them. Most of the film completely lacks any suspense as it quickly jumps from one of its ideas to the next. One idea will be good, and then the next two will be rubbish.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Deserves most of its praise
Marvels latest action movie seems to have surprised everyone with its freshness, and all i'm going to add is, that it deserves most of its praise.
I don't know if its maybe because these characters have a no doubt smaller fan-base than anything else Marvel has brought to the screen before. But its hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with this one. As long as you know the movie features the most bizarre line-up of heroic characters ever collected together (Which you've probably already seen in the trailer) you should be happy with its sci-fi action, as it practically pokes fun at itself for what it is the whole way through.
There are a couple of cheesy moments, but overall this risky comic book adaption is made enjoyable by its stupid humour, unique atmosphere, and most of its special effects. Though they haven't quite mastered that distracting talking raccoon thing thats in the movie yet. But maybe the sequel will use more modern motion capture or something to pull that off eh?
More about the laughs than it is grossing us out.
Sorry but "Bad Neighbours" is Seth Rogans funniest movie for a while. Yes, its not perfect. But its a comedy, and if a comedy makes me laugh. Y'know what. There's no better way to spend 2 hours in-front of a cinema screen.
Flick sees Rogan as a new father. Trying to calm his life down for the sake of he and Rose Byrnes new baby. Only for the worst possible neighbours to move in next door. In the form of Zack Efrons college fraternity.
Put Simply. This is just a funny comedy. One that will no doubt appeal to both wild teenagers and new parents alike. It can be a bit crude at times, but it doesn't overdo it like so many of these brawdy comedy films do, and this ones more about the laughs than it is grossing us out.
The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)
Way funnier than the first movie
After the success of "The Inbetweeners" TV show, i was one of the guys who was more than a little disappointed with the first movie. The TV show felt like it had done its job in the few episodes that there were. A Movie was just milking it.
Luckily though, the second film is an improvement. This time set in Austraila. The constant assault of gags i've heard people describing as the film trying to hard. But i (and most of the people sitting around me in the cinema)was laughing all the way through. So they obviously did something right this time. Seeing as i remember being a bit fed up the first time.
So i thought it was way funnier than the first movie then. Its laugh out loud, cringe-worthy, and psychical gags, totally outweigh its rubbishy c*ck jokes this time round. Though please. Quit while some of us still think your ahead. Don't mess it up by attempting a "trilogy."
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
An intriguing, thoughtful plot
"A Walk among the Tombstones" is either a welcome step away from Liam Neesons action hero stasis, or a disappointing misstep into quieter movies. If you think its possibly the later then you should probably stop reading. Because i personally think the movie is a nice change. "Taken" was a one-off. All the "Non-stops" and "Unknowns" we've had since have demeaned what a great actor Liam Neeson is, and this moody drama does a half decent job of reestablishing him.
He does play a Private investigator though. Which probably doesn't sound like to much of a change. But the movies mysterious set-up, and creepy story had me invested. More than it would if Neeson was just out to kick some bad guys butts again.
Though it will almost definitely disappoint those wanting more "Taken" style fighting/car chases, as a Slower paced thriller it has an intriguing, thoughtful plot, and plenty of dark atmosphere, instead of forced, fast action. Its great.
The Equalizer (2014)
Leave your brains at home
I briefly remember the 1980's TV show that this is based on. But i'm sure i'm one of the few. Meaning i doubt anyone cares that this is a remake. I don't, and i usually hate remakes purely on the basis that they're remakes.
This One is going to get judged as a Denzel Washington movie. Which i feel is what most people will be doing if they see it. That said. Its a decent vigilante flick. Raised above the bulk of these kind of movies by Washingtons presence.
The Film sees Washingtons Robert MacColl working at a hardware store during the day, and kicking the ass of bad-guys at night. One of the bad-guys he sorts out however eventually has repercussions, as another rubbishy bad-guy ends up on Denzels trail wanting him dead. But there is where the slickness lies.
Off Course, Denzel Washinton is as cool as always playing the typically indestructible one man army, in what is a stylish, Violent thriller with an awesome finale to stick around for. Leave your brains at home though, and try and ignore the clichéd slow motion, and over the top close-ups.
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Expands on the restricted ideas of the original
Whether you liked the first "Purge" movie or not. There's no denying that its central idea was a good one. An idea ready to be milked by possible sequels. So here's the first sequel they're attempting. Essentially "The Purge 2."
Where as the first movie was over all disappointing, I actually enjoyed "The Purge Anarky" a heck of a lot more. Sure, its no masterpiece. But with a bigger playing field, more characters and a lot more going on. The film is a lot more entertaining this time around. Plus its lack of stars keeps you on edge. As you really can't predict where these characters are going, or which ones are going to get the chop.
Basically "The Purge Anarky" expands on the restricted ideas of the original, taking the horror outside and turning it more into a jam packed action movie. Where that sounds like an improvement or not is up to the individual. But me, personally, I thought it was a lot better. Even if it does leave some of its horror elements to the side in favour of plenty of gun totting action.