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Fletch Lives (1989)
Avoid at all cost, even if you liked the original
I absolutely love the original Fletch movie. Chevy is nonstop hilarious in it, and I like the hard boiled detective style.
Fletch Lives sucks.
Chevy seems tired and bored in it.
Also the character feels different. He is less warm and caring towards others. His reactions to some of the bad stuff happening around him is weird. In the first film he wants to do good and help everyone.
Nothing like his fast-talking quick witted character from the first movie. The gags come WAY faster and more frequently in the original. Something happened to Chevy from this movie onwards - he always seemed tired and less quick-fire from this movie onwards.
The original Fletch and Vacation were Chevy at his utter peak!
Really packs quite an emotional wallop for a TV pilot episode.
Ironic plot line to this pilot considering what's happening in Libya right now!
Must say this opening pilot episode packs quite an emotional wallop and it's actually much more of a character film and romance than helicopter action that the series would become. Stringfellow is a real man's man.
I think the ease with which Santini and Stringfellow steal Airwolf from the Libyans is a bit silly. When String is playing his cello at the end following his tragic loss I couldn't help but shed a small tear with him, especially when the eagle appears. Really quite emotional for a TV pilot about a super powered helicopter. Did make me wonder though why String spent so long shooting the Libyans when he first got hold of Airwolf. Those few extra minutes might've meant saving his lady's life...
Absolutely beautifully shot Western - classic
Possibly my favourite Western of all time. Can't believe it's nearly 20 years old. Beautifully framed and shot by Eastwood. The morality is grey and unclear - who are the 'good' guys and who are the 'bad' guys? Hackman, Freeman, and Eastwood - a true power team. All three are mesmerising on the screen, in particular Hackman. You almost wish there was a prequel movie showing you more of the background for English Bob and Bill Dagget. This is one movie that truly shows you the consequences of violence and how it affects each of the characters. Watching it on an HD TV with digital remastered special edition DVD with surround headphones - wow, just wow. It's like you're in the West with them.
The Other Guys (2010)
Weakest Ferrell yet I'm afraid.
I am a big Will Ferrell fan - I loved Anchorman, Blades of Glory, and to some extent Step Brothers. But this was REALLY poor. Will seemed to only be on 25% thrusters here, and even seemed to play the straight man to Wahlberg most of the film which was odd. Even Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) is completely wasted. There are 3-4 funny moments (classic Ferrell outbursts) but it is a truly lame duck. By the end I was so bored and couldn't wait for it to finish. It is wrapped in some sort of semi- serious plot about financial crime which is overly-complex and pointless - who cares?! I never understand comedies that try to put in serious plot lines as if the audience will care.
See the Special Edition - it's great!
Wow - just watched Alien 3 for the first time since I was about 12 years old. Blew me away how much I enjoyed it! After re-watching Fight Club and Se7en recently, I remembered that there was an Alien movie directed by David Fincher and thought holy cow, I gotta re-watch that one. Alien 3 definitely gets way better when you're older. As a kid, I just remember it being dark, gloomy, slow and boring compared to Aliens. It matures with age. I was riveted from beginning to end, and I was surprised how unpredictable and surprising the kills were! Some bits really surprised and shocked me as people were picked off. Ripley looks so hard and cool with the shaved head look too, you don't see female heroes like that anymore, just women like Angelina Jolie in "Salt". It also reminded me of the dark, gritty, gloomy graphic novels I like - it looks like a living breathing graphic novel. I only realised after watching it that I'd seen the Special Edition that restores extra scenes that David Fincher wanted in there - I must recommend the Special Edition, without these scenes ( http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=alien+3+scenes&aq=f ) I can imagine the film would feel shallower and rushed.
I also liked the idea that the Alien wouldn't touch Ripley because it knew she was breeding the Queen. It is an extremely dark film though especially how we have to sit through an autopsy of Newt within the first 15 minutes! The way the countdown is happening to the arrivial of the Weylon-Utani "rescue team" reminded me of the plot of the recent Sam Rockwell film "Moon".
**end of spoiler**
Wow, all I can say I really enjoyed it a lot, and surprised at the dreadful reviews on IMDb. I think Fincher takes way too much stick for this one. Compared to the Alien movies that followed, this is easily a masterpiece. You're gonna hate me for saying this but I haven't enjoyed Aliens as much when I've seen it recently, I found Alien 3 had more depth to the characters!
Miami Vice: Red Tape (1987)
Tubbs goes nuts - one of my favourites!
This is in my top 10 Miami Vice episodes. Don't read anything about it before you watch it as it has some major surprises in it.
I'm surprised nobody has turned this into a big budget thriller - the plot is so clever and exciting.
If I was going to show an episode of MV to a newbie, this might be the one I pick - it has the Miami flavour throughout, and a tough exciting storyline.
Look out for a young Viggo Mortensen (pre-Lord of the Rings) at the opening scene.
Tubbs-centric episode - one of the best. Lots of red sky and sunny shots of Miami.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Bit too much action and not enough witty dialogue
Started off REALLY well. I loved the fun dialogue between Watson and Holmes. But quickly descended into a non-stop sequence of fight scenes, edited so tightly you can't see what's going on. I wish there had been more of the banter and dialogue seen in the early scenes of the movie, like the restaurant scene with Watson's lady. Robert Downey Jr is very enjoyable as Holmes. I think perhaps Guy Ritchie used a lot of influences from Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone (listen to the score - sounds like Once Upon a Time in the West, and the hanging scene as well). Still, it is enjoyable enough and I was glad to see Holmes' detection techniques highlighted well. I think Conan Doyle will be spinning slightly in his grave mind you!
Beautiful images but painfully dull plot & pacing
This film is beautiful to watch - like looking at a wonderful photo album of a fantasy world. But it is PAINFULLY slow and dull. I gave it a second watch recently and after about 1.5 hours into it I was playing with my iPHONE instead.
The trouble is the protagonists are invincible and you know they're always going to be okay. And even worse, the director throws at them stupid number of baddies which is totally unrealistic, and there's no real sense of danger. The battle scenes are too CGI obviously, and go on too long.
Watch the original "Clash of the Titans" instead.
District 9 (2009)
Terminator 4 / Transformers 2? Eat your heart out!
Ace movie loved every second of it! Influences are: Doom, Half-Life, Robocop, Aliens etc! I honestly went into this movie TOTALLY cold. Glad I didn't read Total Film review (just read it now and it is spoiler city). The trailer (which I did see) really marketed the film differently. It didn't give anything away which was great. The comedy vibe in the first 15-20 minutes really threw me but I was laughing loads. The main actor was GREAT. He reminded me very much of a South African Bruce Campbell (replace chainsaw arm with alien arm). Also, the humour was very reminiscent of that South African comedy movie Gods Must Be Crazy. Well impressed with how he flicked from geeky patronising comedic character to Daniel Craig style action man. I laughed out loud in loads of bits. Didn't expect it to get so touching. Loved the Alien that helped him and was really worried he was gonna get killed. Honestly didn't have a clue how the film was going to progress from one scene to the next. Couldn't help thinking how much this film totally blitzes recent robot/alien movies I've seen like Terminator 4 and Transformers 2. They're so bad compared to this.
The tone of the film really switched from uncomfortable comedy to disturbing/violence when they were experimenting on him with his Alien hand, and got him to shoot the Prawn. And then were gonna split open his chest. I wanted to look away there, but was so glad when he fought back and I realised we were in for a Doug Quaid/Half Life esquire breakout from the Lab.
The Alien weaponry at the end scenes were fantastic. Loved the Robocop II esquire suit that froze all the bullets shot at it, and then fired them back at people. And the way people got splatted by the weapons like a frag in a deathmatch. That captain grunt looked just like Michael Ironside. Blows away Starship Troopers to, don't it?
Definitely one I'll be buying on DVD.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Tarantino's best since Pulp Fiction - I absolutely loved it.
Just come out the cinema and felt the need to review this fabulous movie. I really didn't enjoy Tarantino's last movie ("Deathproof") so I didn't enter this one with high expectations. But it was phenomenal. From the opening scenes, I could see Tarantino had taken the Sergio Leone formula ("The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly") and cleverly transposed it into the WW2 era in Nazi-occupied France. In fact, the opening scenes at the milk farm are incredibly similar in tone and feel to the opening scenes of Leone's GBU. Every scene of this movie is beautifully shot and wonderful to watch. Tarantino has returned to form here and works the camera like a master. I was reminded of the kind of suspense you get from Alfred Hitchcock's best suspenseful scenes. Much of this movie is like that, an ever increasing build-up of suspense taking the audience to cracking point before letting off the steam. Brad Pitt's performance as Aldo Raines is terrific and leaves you begging for more, and the guy who played the main Nazi villain, and the cinema owner girl. All terrific. Even Eli Roth didn't bother me in his role which I thought he would. The use of movie music was great (especially BATTLE OF ALGIERS in the prison break scene) and moments of typical Tarantino humour made me smile throughout. I didn't know what was going to happen next and that's what makes a great movie for me. He has made a really top World War 2 movie here, without resorting to barely any clichés or action at all. I don't wanna give anything away but this has gone straight into my top 10 favourite movies of all time. Even the use of contemporary music (David Bowie for example) doesn't seem as odd as it sounds and works really well. I'll be getting the soundtrack and the DVD. Oh, and thanks for letting the Jews wins this one Tarantino, good man!