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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Damn funny, original, anti-cliché, but not really scary.
The Cabin In the Woods is a truly humorous movie. Besides, it has so many moments of surprise, but it hardly would frighten you through the whole 135 minutes of movie length. It is creative, because except a few times, it won't give you a single clue of what could happen next, and that is what makes it enjoyable to watch from beginning till the end. Even the ending doesn't follow any Hollywood-sort of clichés that one may expect (which some could find boring and disappointing)
Visual effect are just great and in-context. Monsters are funny which serves the line of humor running throughout the movie. The only weak point is probably the main actors' acting . They are not bad, but it feels like that they don't put so much effort in bringing the best out of their characters. I doubt if this was a screenplay problem as Josh Whedon's characters are usually very well defined and understood by audience; something that does not happen here (except for the secondary characters).
In conclusion, The Cabin In the Wood is a very entertaining movie that is worth to watch, if you're not looking for something to really get scared with, and it's a good movie to own, as its originality gives you the option of bragging for your friend: "I have a funny horror movie, do you wanna watch?"
Kari-gurashi no Arietti (2010)
Stuck in a Not-so-much-of-a-secret world of Arrietty
Arriety is a sweet animation, much better than the previous Ghibli's work (Ponyo), but it lacks what you expect to find in Miyazaki's magical worlds. That is why with movie's ending, you ask yourself "so what?!", and find no answer to it!
If we take a quick look at Myiazaki's previous works, we can clearly see a strong bound between the main characters of his successful films. In Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Laputa, and even Totoro and Nausicca, the two characters, generally a boy and a girl, develop a strong emotional relationship throughout the whole story time, which gets stronger and more sensible the more movie reaches its end. Such a bound exists in Arrietty too, and presenting it seems to be the director "Hiromasa Yonebayashi" 's main challenge. However, it does not have the same quality as the Miyazaki's films; a modified relationship that lacks a deep mutual understanding between the characters. Arriety and her family's first priority is to stay away from the dangerous world around them, and this doesn't ever change . Even meeting Shawn and knowing his friendly intentions, is not helping the situation for Arrietty's family. This is far from Miyazaki's world in which characters of his movies embrace danger and look for adventure to fulfill whatever their true intentions are. Even at the supposedly most exciting parts of the story, where Arrietty is looking for her mother, we don't see any sign of her being willing to get engaged in a mysterious challenge of life and death; as no mystery truly exists; Nothing like any of those aforementioned movies. Even for Shawn, who presents an obvious tendency to explore the world of four-inch tall people, nothing "really " exciting ever happens. He is too ill and ought to stay in his bed and so is not able to start a truly adventurous journey to satisfy his curiosity. Therefore, the two characters get to know each other only to the extent that their limits let them to. There is no place for magic, imagination, and fantasy: We are stuck in reality. This is why this movie separates itself from the rest of Miyazaki's works. In this not-so-much-of-a-secret world of Arrietty, There's no clue of any shape-shifting creatures like those in Howl's Moving Castle, or the kind and creepy forest spirits (Kodama) in Princess Mononkne, flying papers and the black soot spirits in Spirited away, and the rest one would expect to find in a magical world of Miyazaki.
In spite all these not-so-pleasant factors in "Arrietty", we still have the blessing of watching another beautifully made Ghibli's animation, with all its lively colors and sweet characters. Above all, we should take into consideration the fact that The Secret World of Arrietty is its director's first attempt in making a feature movie,; and the result is way higher than expectations for a movie with an adapted screenplay. This means that Miyazaki has finally found an apprentice who could possibly step forward and be the next Ghibli's master. who knows?!
The Hunger Games (2012)
The first half of the "Hunger Games" raises up the expectations: the second half let you down.
I start by saying that I haven't read the Collin's novel, but the underlying ideas in the movie seem to be quite grasping. The movies itself is not, though. The movie might be seen as an attempt to despise the reality TV shows, and it progressively succeeds doing so during the first half, but then is reduced to being not more than a bad parody of the Big Brother where the quality of the relationships are so inexplicable. Nothing is said about characters' motivations for their actions (which I guess has happened during the adaptation phase. There are extremely good guys and extremely bad guys.Adding more and more characters helps only to worsen the ambiguity, and the increases this gap between the two extremes.Dialogues are generally poorly written in a way that even in the most dramatic moments, you could only try not to laugh. If you can ignore these rather big issues, Hunger Game could only be an entertaining film to watch with your friends. especially that the story ends with an acceptable twist, making you interested in (perhaps) getting answers to the unanswered questions, though one thing for sure is that I won't watch the sequels in theater!
One of the best superhero drama movies since the Dark Knight!
After Chris Nolan made the second Batman movie, I was so cynical to see another great superhero movie where a strong dramatic story line would run along the fictional story, and that the ending would still stay satisfying and admiring. BUt Chronicle surprised me a lot when it didn't go down the same downfall where many of similar products usually go. This is one movie that you of course want to watch on the big screen, but don't worry! you can still watch it on your small screen laptop and still enjoy how the story is developed with a careful and joyful pace!
Chronicle is a simple story that so neatly narrates how easy it is that humans join the dark side of the power! Chronicle beautifully tells what it plans to say by drawing out a natural setting where man so easily becomes a slave of his own temptations and heavily impacted by his surroundings.
Acting is not the best point of strength in Chronicles, but it's nothing that would in anyhow ticks you off or distract you from the story. In fact, it's not bad at all!
The visual effect I should say is pretty decent considering the amount of destruction scenes we see throughout the movie and specifically during the last 15 minutes of it.
Chronicle is about a film inside a film; Although the characters never go back to watch it again, but the film itself is worth watching for a second time! (though for those who're not into the hand-held narrative documentary style of shooting, the movie may become annoying at some point).
I give 4 stars out 5 as the movie delivers a unexpectedly high-quality piece of story with natural ups and downs that all of us may have on our daily life-routine. There are however points where the movie fails to clarify the characters actions, but like many other action-packed thrillers, details are not of the most importance, throughout the length of the film. The important point is that the message that movie tries to deliver, is successfully conveyed through a channel of fun and excitement at one hand, and pure drama on the other hand.
Super 8 (2011)
No Ella Fanning, and the movie could be just unbearable!
I'll be brief on this. Super 8 starts very promising, introduces the characters and their relationship very well, and then starts going down a hill from the moment the famous train scene takes place; and this is what frustrates you even more than all those several clichés that Mr.Abrams cooks for you throughout the whole length of the movie. With such a descending trend, you could rightfully expect to see a lame predictable ending where the bad guys would die and the killer monsters would probably become the victims of society and get the freedom they are deserved! oh my oh! I don't remember any other movie like that before!
However, I should admit that one absolutely positive point of the movie is Elle Fanning's acting which blew my mind, and made me reconsider my initially very low rate for this movie. She plays the role of the Alice so hilariously that I completely forgot she was 13 (younger when she was casted for the film apparently) I'm so sure that during the next decade there'll be at least one real young superstar left in Hollywood whose films are worth watching just because of her act; same for her older sister, hopefully. Other casts are just OK. the boys manage to present their characters believable and funny enough that you could ignore all the scenario problems. Kyle Chandler which has always been my favorite actor, plays the role of Joe's father, and as I said earlier, like others, has managed to present this character very well. A recently widowed husband who has a bit of problems handling his wife's death. But unfortunately, as the movies goes forward/downward, Chandler's efforts to keep the strong act becomes pale and useless. The visual effects are not bad, but not outstanding either. In fact, at some point, you feel that you're being fed with just too much of it. There were moments that I absolutely had no idea why there were massive explosions, and heavy destruction. The only reason could be that they wanted to heat up their lame story through the use of stupid noisy distractions until the director would come up with his next spontaneous idea! could it be anything else? I doubt so!
Some say that the ending was so moving that it made them cry. Well, I'd say I could cry there with them too, but not because of my emotional state, but because of such a lame way the movie wound up, and that you still can find people out there giving 10 out of 10 for it. Not to be judgmental, but how do they spend their time watching movies at all?!
Heroes: Chapter Seven 'Cold Snap' (2009)
Best episode ever!
"Have fate and you'll get what you deserve." This is proved after you watch the 20th episode of Heroes; A series which had been deteriorating since a long time ago, and I had no hope to see it getting back to where it was in the first season. Although there were some single episodes that thrilled us sparkly, but there weren't a continuous improvement in quality of the scenarios. However, now we obviously see a great advance in recent chapters - began with chapter 15 and picked at 20th so far- where the characters having been sorted neatly and in a scheduled appearance and events are making much more sense than before. Chapter 20, cold snap is a pocketful of dramatic stories, which has been parted from one another carefully. Having revealed the big secret of Nathan, Danko is planning doing his dirty job easier then before. He decides to use Tracy as bait to find the mysterious Rebel. However, before he could do anything, Rebel has freed the prisoners. After a few minutes, Rebel's identity reveals and surprises us all. Micah, whose character had been almost forgotten, shows up and solve an important part of the puzzle. While everyone was thinking of Nathan, or Angela Pethrelli, bringing the Micah character up was a fabulous and creative idea. His ability to control every computerized system brings sense to all the messages sent to the heroes. Although hard to accept a minor character such as Micah as Rebel, it was good move introducing him into the series again.
Matt Parkman's worried for Dafney's terminal wound, takes her to the hospital and tries to ease her dramatic death. Meanwhile, we see yet powerless but determined Hiro and his friend Ando trying to save Matt Parkman whom they learn is the real Parkman's child. Soon they find out that he also got a power, which is the ability to give power to everything he touches. Here is the climax of the season we have all been expecting, when Hiro takes his power back, though not completely but it's still exciting. Mama Pethreli who originally designed the plan for offering the Rebel to Danko ,now running away from his men and being trapped in an elevator. Suddenly out of nowhere, Peter turns up and saves his mother. To conclude, The final battle of Stacy with Danko's men is actually a stunning scene which deeply affect the whole episode. The beautifully design of the cold snap scene, comes with the upsetting death of her at almost no price. The chemistry between Matt and Dafney is very right and believable, but it ends here. I think Tim Kring's team has found the right path again and are choosing their succeeding steps very carefully planned. If they go on in this way, we can expect a very thrilling and rare ending to this season; something that could finally bring back the peace between audience and the series.
Luke, Pierre And Liam: What a fortunate team!
The incredible invincible Liam! enters and do away everyone standing in his path of saving his beloved daughter.
Noticing the writer of the movie, no one could hesitate about watching a well-made action that amuses you during the whole movie-time. Writer of famous works like The Professional, Nikita,Taxi, and more-recent films like Transporter series and B13, has gained some fame for himself as an thriller-making writer and director. With this information, I was sure I would not regret spending time for his newly-made movie "the Taken" which is directed by Pierre Morel, the man behind "B13" which was a fascinating french movie of 2004. Like B13, Taken has a fast rhythm which has helped its director to show lots of actions and beating up and chasing scenes and as I expected, he's done it absolutely right. Morel knows the principles of an action movie that holds the audience spellbound during the movie time. Unlike B13, here we are facing with a superstar who clearly knows what he's doing. Liam Neeson has done a wonderful job as a father of a 17 years old girl. One that despite being separated from his family, loves his daughter very much and would do everything he could do for her best. The relation between father and his child is quite believable and turns up as one of the brightest aspects of the film. This helps the whole Brian's devoting thing to the end of the movies very rational. I suppose if it was a drama movie, It could bring tears to audience's eyes because of the right chemistry of characters and the whole acting things! To sum up, I enjoyed this movie a lot because of its strong screenplay and also the actors acting and above of all, the directing of this movie.
watching Heroes has become a habbit which I cannot help myself not to watch it despite the fact that it's coming down in quality in each and every episode it proceeds. It seems that the writers want us to foolishly believe whatever they write even if it was ridiculous and funny. Sylar must be able to break out of his cell because MamaP encourages him with some stupid words, and we have to forget all the episodes he was imprisoned the same way and he was unable to flee. PapaP's has taken all the Peter's abilities and he easily have control over his negative aspect of these powers like the hunger for more power which Peter and Sylar had been fighting with.Peter run out of the room to save himself from daddy's danger. Papa P could've stopped time to hinder Peter but he'd not probably aware of this particular ability!
Elle breaks into Bennets's house and beats Clair's brother down because she need someone's help! We never know what's happened to her that she can't control her power anymore. Was it Sylar's half-action or what?
At the scene where Sylar throws Peter down from the 7th floor, Clair and ELLE are out there watching Peter's falling. Powerless Peter survives with some minor injuries thanks to Sylar's newly-found in episode ability to partly give his abilities to others! it's a guess, but it's the only possible reason for Peter staying alive. of course the idiot Peterwhich temporarily had been turned to a villain and had been unable to tell right from wrong, can be able to interpret deep thoughts inside Sylar's mind and define him as a good guy! these holes in scenario were much more that previous episodes. I don't know if they're gonna fix these factual goofs of not.But I hope so.