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Attack the Block (2011)
One of the best films I've seen in a while
I honestly stumbled across this film by accident and took some time to actually watch it. I'm glad I did. This is one the best movies that I've seen in a while. Although the movie is a throwback to the days of alien invasions, a very original story inhabited by a wide variety of characters has formed in a way that almost defies a simple explanation.
The delivers a perfect movie experience through a blend of things we like to see in these kind of movies without reaching the cliché point. Through a brilliant display of screen writing, we can hate the characters at one point and then be amused by their actions and dialog or feel sympathy when they get eaten by creatures during another point. I usually enjoy creature features as long as the creatures themselves are fit to deliver, the aliens are no exception. The simple design of the aliens is just brilliant and although I don't mind a through explanation I like how the movie gives us just enough information to let us know what is going on and leaves the unimportant details up to us.
Overall, a very well-done film from the UK. To me it's refreshing to see a British film that isn't a comedy or a zombie horror film. It's a nice alternative for sci-fi fans or anyone looking for a good movie. Do yourself a favor and watch this film. Now.
A film you won't forget... ever.
The title pretty mush somes up what kind of movie we have here. That is cheesy, dumb, and wrong on so many levels. In other words, the perfect film for MST3K.
I don't really need to how bad it is but there is only one msytery that eludes me. Who the hell thought that this might a good enough idea to put money to fund a film like this? I can only think of two reasons:
1. Since it's a holiday film, they thought they could get away with it. 2. It was made in Canada.
Still I love the MST version and can't think of a better film that could serve as their Chrismas special. Also I never noticed prior to watching this that Santa is smoking. An icon for children everywhere is smoking out of a pipe! Hilarious!
Worth seeing. Period.
As a kid, I grew up watching a good portion of the Disney films. While it does draw on some pop-culture gags that most animated films use now-a-days, it is really a reminiscent of the classic "fairy tale-musical" genre that has made the company famous in the first place. Everything in works very well in the animation, the story, and the characters.
The only thing that I can think is wrong with this film were the musical numbers. As a 20-year-old male, I've seen my fair share of old fashion musicals, Disney or otherwise. None of them have scared me as much this film's did. It wasn't that they were bad songs and that they slowed the story down, which it didn't, but every time somebody broke into song that it gave me a mixture of terror and humor. Particularly when the thugs started singing. Fortunatly, Flynn Rider and Maximus the horse help balance this fact out.
All in all, this is definitely a film that everybody in the family will enjoy one way or another. I'd definitely suggest that you see it, with or without your kids.
One of the Greater Films of 2008
I know that opinions will be mixed on this but I must say that Valkyrie is one of the better film that Modern Hollywood has produced. Yeah this is a movie that is trying to tell the public that not all Nazis were Nazis. And you know what? They're right.
Let's face it, Germany has kind of become the model country where the "evil people" are born all thanks to Hitler. So you would think that, for once, a movie that portrays Germans as good guys would receive better reception. I mean, that is one of the higher parts of this movie in my opinion, to try and stop the hate. I might be exaggerating but that's probably how this film is going to be interrupted. And I have to admit, it is refreshing to see people with appearances that are usually associated with villains being portrayed as the heroes.
I would strongly suggest this film to anybody but keep in mind that this is a MOVIE. You want a historically correct film? That's what the history channel is for.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A Classic in Every Way
Once again, the Coens go and make an original picture that is hard to match anywhere else in entertainment. Speaking honestly as far the story goes, The Big Lebowski is to movies the way Alice in Wonderland is to books. It is really like no other movie that I have seen before. True it does seem to go all over the place, but in the end there are no loose ends that are left untied. An achievement that you don't see much in the mainstream due to the fact that they hope to make a sequel.
After watching and laughing within the first five minutes of the film, I had to pause it every now and then to control myself before continuing. There's so much in this film to love that it is no surprise that film has gained a cult following. What I personally love about this film is how the Coens picked actors that actually looked like someone that you would find walking down the street or inhabiting the suburbs of America. Jeff Bridges just nails his famous role as "The Dude" and is part of the reason I think people like this film. The entire film is pretty much about an average guy thrust into this random stream of events and he's still trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
If you haven't seen it, watch it. Now.
The Arrival (1996)
A movie that runs smoothly
When this movie started out as an astronomer finding a signal from an alien world that the government tries to cover up, I almost blew this off as the "government conspiracy" fantasy. In real life, if you were to ask somebody who works for the government how well they are able to cover stuff up, they will probably tell you that the only governments that are successful in keeping a permanent cover-up exist in movies. But once we found out that the ones covering up are not human, that is when the movie picks up lost ground.
While it probably won't be a classic it is definitely a taunt film that runs incredibly smoothly. David Twohy does a great job winding us up so tight with suspense that we will never know how the scene, or the movie, will end. Charlie Sheen also does a great job portraying a character that is trying to discover the truth. We know that there is something going on while at the same time we can't help but think that he just might be insane. Definitely a great movie where nothing is ever as it seems. Would definitely suggest it for sci-fi fans as well as those that enjoyed Twohy's "Riddick" movies. Just keep in mind that this isn't an action flick but rather an intelligent thriller.
I saw this film on the shelf at the library and it wasn't until the second time I saw it that I rented it. It has to be the most interesting and sexiest film I have seen. I say "interesting" because it is a mix of elements from B-movies and A-movies. The special effects look crummy but are very well done. The sci-fi back-story is cliché yet clearly thought out. Although the characters are simple excuses and probably unimportant to the film's overall purpose the acting is superb.
I think the ultimate winner here is clearly Jane Fonda and the very suggestive content, like the opening credit sentence for example.
Initially, I was confused on what made them think they could get away with doing this kind of movie until I found out the year of release. At this time Sean Connery was still James Bond and somebody clearly thought, "why should the women get all the fun?" Just to warn people who haven't seen it, this is a guy's film as I personally can't see any women, lesbian or otherwise, finding this film entertaining. Despite the PG rating, I wouldn't let the kids be in the same room when you are watching it or else be prepared to explain some of life's more awkward facts to them afterword.
The Dead Talk Back (1993)
The Dead Talk Back... unfortunately
The field of meta-physics or "ghost studying" if you prefer is actually one of the more interesting fields out there. While unproven and with a very high chance of "hauntings" being explained, the occasional event that defies any explanation is quite thrilling. So it doesn't surprise me that the director or whoever was in charge of the the story was fascinated by this field.
It doesn't change the fact that it's a piece of crap.
Frankly the only reason this film didn't haunt the participants was due to the mercy of film obscurity that lasted for 30 years. The only person who truly suffered was the unlucky person who found it and watched it in it's uncut glory. By "uncut" I mean without the MST3K commentary. Definitely one of the funnier episodes of the late Comedy Central era. The funniest part has to be the scream uttered by the woman who finds the body. Definitely one of the funniest screams that I have heard.
If you want to learn more about meta-physics, I suggest the series "Ghost Hunters".
One of the Better Films made by Modern Hollywood
Avatar is definitely one of the better movies that has come out of the Hollywood assembly line. I still think that this is going to be the next "Star Wars" of film-making. Now I know some people would disagree either quietly or loudly. But here is what I think about this: Let's start with the plot which people keep saying is "unoriginal". Frankly, I think we're at that point in film making where nobody in any genre can come up with a story that hasn't been done before. I think these people are whining about the plot because they don't want to admit that the movie still works!!! And no amount of whining is going to change that.
As a seasoned movie viewer, I usually ignore the action and special effects unless I approve the plot. And after seeing dozens of movies I will say this: If you are impressed by any of the movie's extras (e.g. the soundtrack, the special effects, etc.), you know that the bar has been raised. The special effects alone make this a great achievement which is why nobody can discard this movie so easily. I mean, other films that create worlds by using a blend of real-life and virtual landscapes. This world enters a realm that until now could only be accessed by animated features, a feat that few films have been able to do prior to this.
Now, will this film generate it's own sub-genre? Time will tell. But it will defiantly be the movie people will talk about for years to come and your children and grandchildren will defiantly be impressed when you tell them that you were there when it first came out.
Entertaining despite flaws
You know, when I saw this movie in theaters, me and siblings thought it was an awesome movie. We still think it's an awesome movie.
After seeing Michel Bay's other work, I think that it's pretty safe to say that this is his best work. I mean the effects are awesome, the robots are awesome, the mythology is just so engaging(it's no wonder this alone attracting Bay's attention), and the leading actor is very well done. But like the bad director he is, this movie has some flaws. The only big one that I have noticed was the story's continuity. I mean, some minor characters simply disappear from the storyline with no explanation about what happened to them in the end. I can name at least three supporting characters who we have no idea what happens to them if you pay attention.
But despite this and other flaws I'm sure people have noticed, the movie still holds together and provides us with great entertainment. Whatever else you think of films done by Michel Bay, Transformers definitely is worth your time, energy, and money. A box-office success that is worth contributing to.