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The Legend of Korra (2012)
I went into The Legend of Korra with tempered expectations. I was a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender and wasn't convinced that anything could top it. I was completely wrong, Korra blew away all my expectations and has taken the place of TLA as my favorite television series of all time. The writing is intelligent, clever and keeps the audience on their toes (sites such as Reddit were a-flurry with theories between every single episode). It is the perfect balance of action, drama, intrigue and humor that keeps an audience captivated & coming back week after week. You watch these characters evolve, hit extreme highs and devastating lows, all the while you're falling more in love with each and every one of them. The show does have a few shortcomings, though. It is clear that the writing staff, though brilliant, only had 14 episodes to work with and did their best to cram as much as they possibly could into one season, which makes things feel a bit rushed at times; but the writing is still fantastic. For brevity's sake, I'll wrap things up here. If you enjoyed TLA, this show comes as an incredibly easy recommendation. If you have never seen the original series, I believe you will still enjoy this show for its stellar characters, well written stories and rich universe. Though I suggest watching TLA, don't feel obliged - you'll still adore Korra.
The Avengers (2012)
At last! The Avengers is released, and does not disappoint. It begins with a fast and mysterious, with few characters, which eventually merge to form The Avengers. The movie has action scenes very well done, and confrontations between the characters of epic size, the film also features humor, that feels good and it accounts for most of Iron Man One of the greatest strengths of the story, is that all characters have their heroic piece in the movie, and not entertain to lift just one. Another point is that Loki, despite the average character Thor, feels like a great villain for this group of heroes' . As to 3D conversion is a medium, are limited in some scenes just send things to people, but the scenes of Iron Man in his suit look great, it looks like these you into it. At the end of The Avengers is an epic film, which now brings together the best of the superhero movies, which is fast and not disappoint the fans of the films of these characters.
Ninja Gaiden 3 (2012)
Series fans will be surprised at how talky Ryu and friends are. It's not to the point where I think he'd ninja off to the mall foodcourt to gossip with his girlfriends, but the chatter ever-present, and markedly different than what fans are used to. In his journey in this early code through London and later Dubai, he flaps his yap in cutscenes, in between battles, and even as he moves through these locales. Sometimes he's talking to himself, others he's chatting with a remote agent via headset, and in one scene he blows off his blue-haired student, Ayane. But, for as talky as he is, know that Ryu hasn't lost that dark killer vibe. Some of the talk is directive, helping Ryu set a path through these levels, but most of it is story development, as Team Ninja is focused on telling you a real story this time around. It's a bit too early to know where the story is going, but take comfort in knowing that scenario writer Masato Kato has been brought on board to help with that. You've seen Kato's work in the original Ninja Gaiden, as well as in Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII. I don't mind that Ryu thinks about his killing a bit more now, and that there's a deeper narrative this time around, but I hope they don't make him soft. We love Ninja Gaiden because Ryu is a badass killer. I hope he stays that way. When Ryu isn't running his mouth, he's cutting **** and it's...it's glorious! Coming off working on reviews of multiple Japanese role-playing games, playing Ninja Gaiden 3 is like a well-deserved, bloody vacation. Thrashing buttons to jam swords into flesh has never felt so good, and it also looks pretty fantastic with the dark red sprays of blood fountaining up from piles of still-standing victims that should have been dead a long time ago. It only took about three minutes of play for me to find myself laughing maniacally at my ridiculously long-lasting chains of kills. The game's new cinematic kills only served to increase the volume of my laughing as they zoom in on the action and prompt you with what button you should be mashing to make your kills even more gory. The game eased me into the killing with fewer enemies that were just asking to be cut up and juggled, but quickly moved me into situations where I was surrounded on all sides by soldiers, gunmen, guys with swords, other ninja, and even **** with rocket launchers. In those times I couldn't cut fast enough, which let me know that the developers have not forgot their roots. As always, combat centers being able to quickly attack and watch your back to evade or block at the same time, mixing up the two to make it through bouts of relentless attacks. Feels good, man. Of course, it's not all cutting. Later in the game, escalating the challenge, Ryu gets a crossbow that has the player trying to pick off distant attackers while watching his back. Another new weapon, Ryu's cursed arm, builds up attack power from consecutive kills. When it glows red it can be charged up for an ultimate attack that kills all surrounding enemies in one hit. Finally, ninja magic is a bit different this time around. In the only example the demo provided, kills fill up a Ninpo meter that will let you unleash a flaming dragon into the sky to burn all enemies and fill your lifebar back up at the same time. It's still early, but Ninja Gaiden 3 is on the right track. The game is looking great, with a liquid smooth frame rate and some slick lighting. The camera needs more polish in tight areas, but it shows promise in the open ones. It is still too early to make a call on where the story is headed, but there's hints of something interesting brewing with Ryu's cursed arm and his occasional hesitance to kill. Yes, Ryu talks more and now seems to at least give pause before killing some people, but the action fans love is still in there
The Grey (2011)
The Grey is about Ottway (Liam Neeson, you don't find out what his first name is until the end) who's a sniper protecting oil drillers from the dangers they can not see. On their way home their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere and only seven of them survive including Liam Neeson. Packs of wolves then hunt them while they're trying to get back home.
The first ten to twenty minutes of The Grey is one of my favorite openings I've ever seen. It was beautifully filmed-especially the part when Liam Neeson walks into a bar and suddenly all the sound is blocked out and the camera is focused on his face-it's amazing. Liam Neeson is fantastic in this role. He plays a man who has just lost his wife and you actually believe that he could help save these men. The script was great. When all of the men are sitting around a fire and talking about their family or what they want to do one more time, Liam Neeson has a five minute monologue about his father that's very moving. Writer- director Joe Carnahan Is fantastic at filming action scenes. You feel for the characters, Liam Neeson is very good. I thought that it was an amazing film and would recommend to see this movie in theaters.
Is elementary Watson!
Rule, Britannia! Rule the waves!
Well, one has to admit that Britain steers again, now on the waves of air time, having thrown immediately into the twenty-first century of the national literary hero of the rastirazhirovanny kinopersonazha .. Directed by Paul McGuigan and screenwriters Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat did not become a regular statement of classic puzzle story in a retro style, moreover, that in parallel to Hollywood Guy Ritchie takes his full swing "Holmsianu."
Now, our contemporaries have used cleverly devised another British classic, HG Wells, a time machine. So, what is now the account is Mr. Sherlock Holmes - Benedict Cumberbatch? It seems to be - three hundredth-something, if you believe the statistics and the Guinness Book of Records. And in fact - the first and only. I beg your pardon, how could I have forgotten about his friend, companion and chronicler, Dr. John Watson - Martin Freeman.
I myself am somewhat belatedly became acquainted with this couple, which originated in 2010 and first saw the series "Sherlock" only in the New Year holidays in 2012 - and the first season, and two series of the second. At the same time I want to thank the producers of "First" television, which presented the audience a luxurious New Year's gift, leaving the possibility of the Russians share the joy of meeting new series of the second season, almost simultaneously with the audience throughout Europe. The authors are as carefully follow the lines of the source, organically plunging the characters into the realities of this century. "A Scandal in Bohemia" becomes "Scandal in Belgravia," and "Hound of the Baskervilles" multiplies in the secret lab in the "Hound of the Baskervilles."
Each episode is completely independent of the format of the movie, lasting for half an hour. But, nevertheless, it is advisable to start watching the first series - "A Study in pink." Notice the difference? - Arthur Conan Doyle's story, where the first contact with our heroes, called - "A Study in Scarlet." And literary retired doctor military medical service, John G. Watson, and the hero of the new film adaptation, returning to London from the war in Afghanistan. What a coincidence! - British Army fought unsuccessfully in the eighties the XIX-th century under the Kvndagarom and at the beginning of XXI-st there. And when a mysterious villain in the first story Conan Doyle's two-wheel driver was a black London cab, then here it is the driver of a black London taxi brand Austin FX4, which is still called kebom.
The beauty of a new interpretation of the images just meet and get acquainted in the chemical laboratory at the Hospital of St. Bartholomew the two young men is very strict adherence to, literally, word for word, text by Arthur Conan Doyle. Bravo, writers and film Gatissu Moffat for such a careful and reverent attitude to the source, since unexpected visual representation gives rise to an additional effect of recognition and surprise! And what is especially nice, friends remain fairly sophisticated language of communication, almost without using the modern jargon.
Undoubtedly, this new series is primarily addressed to the younger generation. And I felt some discomfort at times, not always appear and disappear ponimayastremitelno English phrases esemesok and embodied in the letters and words of the brilliant detective mind. That rate, and rapid installation are refreshing effect of a new reading texts Conan Doyle.
Our native Holmes and Watson - V. Livanov V. Solomin also looked at the beginning of the twentieth century and remain forever in the late 80s of the Soviet time, and in the hearts of local viewers. However, they have received praise from Conan Doyle's daughter and the Queen of Great Britain and awarded the Order of the British Empire. Honor and praise to them! Of course, in those days they had to shoot nature of Victorian England in the Soviet Baltic states, where else? I remember a funny story of Igor Maslennikov, as he was looking for a partner to Vasily Livanov. "I went through roster of actors and drew attention to the picture reddish blond - Vitaly Solomin. "Well, here is the same - a typical Edinburgh Englishman!". I imagine would have taken offense at the phrase the Scots!
And partly, Maslennikov was right. Sam Arthur Conan Doyle was born of the capital of Scotland - the glorious city of Edinburgh. He received his medical degree from the University of Zdinburgskom, where he was impressed by one of the teachers - Dr. Joseph Bell. In his lectures struck sharp observation and logic reasoning. He would be in the future prototype of Sherlock Holmes. Naturally, the profession, some self-portrait features and the ability to write captivating stories will go to Dr. John Watson. And here it is appropriate to emphasize that the most read and respected British writers in our homeland - that the Scots: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle.
About the movie magic
The film was concerned more with the first news. Still, the family of Martin Scorsese's film - it's a little unusual, but it is tempting - especially with such actors. In the end, "Keeper of Time" does not confirm the fears and exceeds all expectations - with Scorsese got something that does not always work out in the cinema itself, not to mention the individual directors. In front of us - Magic straight from childhood, and it does not matter when it was his childhood - you feel it, not as a modest retrospective. But in order ...
Directed by Martin Scorsese in fact - a living classic of cinema, without which it is difficult to imagine the genre of crime films, besides, he was always very talented stylist, and his films were full of very interesting mounting solutions. Does he use this experience in "Keepers of Time"? Yes, but very selectively. It is encouraging that being on unfamiliar territory, Martin Scorsese did not cling to what he knew numbers and techniques. "Keeper ..." looks fresh and at the same time, so it seems that love this movie for a long time. Directed exactly what is honest with his audience, it does not work on some kind of target audience: the film is not lisp, but we do not like regular dark realism, a favorite in modern cinema.
And the movie itself - it's a film about magic movie, which is now made to bury under the gloomy scenarios and effects tones. Yes, in the "Guardian ..." is not so simple. The protagonist - Hugo Cabra (young, but very entertaining Asa Butterfield) lost his father and forced to live at the train station, watching the clock, and around him, at first glance, it is not friendly people in more accidents and broken - the same as Toys, which sells old magician (Sir Kingsley ene) or leg cruel, but a lone inspector (mustached Sacha Baron Cohen) ... all - like broken clockwork, which never have enough gear, so that they could go further. Thus, the magician will be a real magician - though from the world of cinema, just stopped believing in magic, and evil is not evil inspector, just such a life.
The characters here are classic and the film does without surprises. But as he presents them - through the whole picture is not so much a story of growing up, but simply finding yourself. Asa Butterfield played as such can only play so children - clean and quite technical, but with talent. Chloe Moretz, the young, but the star, it looks much more natural than in the same "Let me in" or "Piptse." Sound terribly old-fashioned role of a girl who dreams of adventure, Chloe looked better than in the roles of girls coming off limbs for people. It was nice to see the big actors - such as Kingsley (as very important for the movie rights), or Christopher Lee. Living legends, they are people usual, but with tremendous spark. Ben Kingsley has turned terribly vulnerable, and bereguschim themselves from large shocks - unlike his other books. Christopher Lee plays the one his monumental charisma, singing - only then - the owner of a bookshop. Sacha Baron Cohen has shown himself not as a chief mocker and troll movie, but as an actor. Yes, its inspector - is a collective image of the employees of all law enforcement agencies, and the stage with delivery of orphans and Doberman explicitly mocked the Nazis, but throughout the film are left covered by this story, these characters do not notice a dirty trick. Especially as Cohen demonstrates really cool game - not only funny but also touching. As for Jude Law and Ray Winston, they are treacherous enough. But Lowe's is charming and sweet as his father Hugo and Winston is the image of the watchmaker-drinkers.
In fact, Scorsese filmed a movie about all - and of themselves, and many of the spectators, even the very young. In a world of endless sequels, gloomy and serious restarts no longer believe in the magic of cinema, which it had once granted the. It is significant that the director in whose films reflect the worst vices of men, took the wise but not preachy film. Even in the most vivid and dramatic moments "Hraniel time" is kept straight with his audience. He does not need to surprise the beauty of these Paris 30s (and they are great!) Or lecture. After all, a movie - it's magic, which is sometimes not necessary to have a double bottom, and let it remain a focus, but it gives people pleasure. In this respect, "The Guardian of Time" - Cinema with a capital letter, not intended for a specific age or age group. The film is beautiful inside and outside of his ideas - a panorama of Paris and the railway station were worth every dollar 170,000,000th budget, and embodied it with great talent and surprisingly gently, carefully.
Best story of the year! I am glad that the movie recently lifted from the abyss mrachnyaka - Project Master "Super 8", "The Adventures of Tintin" and now "Guardian of time" once again make Cinema what he must be - a place where dreams are happening!
P.S. Could not find the place to describe Howard Shore soundtrack. Well you can not make the entire tip of the words "magic" and "great"! Music turned out to Shore atypical - all very gently and easily, with a great deal of French sounds. In the movie sound track Camille St-Seyesa and Erik Satie - Howard Shore is clearly inspired by the works of these classics ...
Wait, wait, wait, I think it's one of those rare cases where the continuation of the original better. In defense of the painting in 2009 I can only say that it was the first and presented to the audience modernized Sherlock Holmes. What we will show today? Watson married, Professor Moriarty wants to unleash the First World War, and Holmes is on a diet of coffee, tobacco and coca leaves.
Scenario - a great chess game between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. But right on red. As you must remember, a professor in the first part of a system of wireless detonators stolen and used it in this part, rather obviously did not apply, you can invent things. In the "Game of Shadows" Dr. Evil, he who tries to knock their heads against the two powers, I will not name names, but I will say that one country spoke French, and the other in German. It would seem, why should he? Yes, just part-time professor and another "Lord of War." A Sherlock acts as a catch-up - to calculate the great professor of mathematics - mission impossible.
The visual component - Guy Ritchie, getting the budget by about a third more than in the first part, so turned around that ... in short it must be seen. The scene in the woods, in my opinion, generally the most beautiful of those I've seen this year. Slo-mo, explosions, scattering trees, the big guns for the last time so I cut off the brain, only a third of "Transformers." Winter blockbuster, but with a firm sense of humor and a director Ritchie. At least a gypsy camp ...
The actor - ... (hello, "Snatch") and wait for what is now the scene Brad Pitt is out, and goes "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Numi Rapas. No, this is not a film about which you're thinking. The charming young fortune-teller seeking his brother, who is the key to a great mystery of Dr. Ha ... Holmes. Vasily Livanov before the release of the first part said: "All the bad guys!" When he was invited as a consultant in Hollywood. Later, Robert Downey Jr.. refuted this statement, creating a distinct character. The second part of the missing spark in his eyes, but the game is also good. You can not say about Jude Law - replays. Of course, Guy Ritchie puts everything in such a way that at first glance it is not noticeable, distracted by the beauty, the passions, special effects, but for now, promatyvaya again, these scenes in your head, you notice - something was not right.
Finale - "bomb disposal" - all, the audience leaned forward. The atmosphere was tense to the limit, the pawn on e4, elephant elephant beats, the Shah, who watched "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Combat" or read a book, understand what it's all over, I'd add that touched to tears, but at 2014 has already announced the third part of Robert Downey Jr. adventure. So what? This is not the end?
Arthur Christmas (2011)
"Best Job in the World"
From ancient times, all children of the world who still believe in miracles, disturbs one very important question, namely: "How Santa Claus manages to have time to dissolve completely in one night all the presents?" For a long time this remained a problem, but finally thanks to the guys from Aardman Studios and Sony Pictures Animation response was found, and now parents do not have to indulge in a spatial explanation, and it will be enough, just taking her children to go to the nearest cinema cartoon "Secret Service of Santa Claus."
- Thy garland!
Somewhere at the top of the Earth in the North under the Policy multimeter layer of ice and snow lies ultravysokotehnologichnaya super secret Santa's station, on which millions of little elves working, responsible for the delivery of presents around the world. As the main transport for goods, they use giant sanelet S-1 (a cross between a sled and aircraft), capable of speeds up to 10 009.44 km / h.
Yes, unfortunately, a simple wooden sled pulled by eight reindeer, had to leave the main arena for the sake of technical progress and population growth. But do not be sad, when working as a Swiss watch service delivery fails, and one of the two billion children will be left without a pink bike, they will play a pivotal role in saving Christmas. After all, even if no gift is left only one child, the need for gifts for other children there by itself.
- But this is impossible!
- This is it! Previously it was thought that a woman can not be taught to read.
What is really good, almost all modern cartoons, in addition to what they can teach something good for our children? My answer is - an excellent re-interpretation of reality. Each time, going to a new creation, for example, studio Pixar, I besides touching story with a brilliant script and animation graphics, waiting for something like once again to be ridiculed things that our lives have become so commonplace that we no longer pay attention to them . And "The Secret Service of Santa Claus" in this aspect will be a miracle as well, ranging from a rethinking of conveying gifts as a family business with traditional retirement after 70 flights and finishing techniques and trust in the figures in a case in which not more important than ever serviceability mechanism and then you invest if you're into it his soul or not.
Of course, trying to be cunning, I will not - a gift to be delivered on time, but before that, it dared to 2 people and 1 elf survive many exciting adventures that will allow viewers of any age category had a good laugh, the spirit of the Christmas holidays and in no way be disappointed predictable happy ending .
What else, indeed, to such subject of the cartoon?
Clash of the Titans
Have you watched "Transformers"? Of course, watching, even if you do not want to admit it at all. "The Immortals" and films like Michael Bay is not worth the time spent on writing reviews. But, like Tarsus Sinha, I made a wry face and a serious start to disassemble the "War of the Gods" as if the artistic value of this film is at least half of all commercials from the classic TV show "Top on the couch."
Cast just phenomenal, every last actor completely inappropriate for the roles they are trying to perform. The whole movie I pursued a feeling that I would look unfunny show twin-parodist, where instead of James McAvoy - Luke Evans, instead of Sean Bean - Matthew J. Taylor, Greg Braiko substitute for a young Rutger Hauer, John Hurt and Ian McKellen cosplay fails. We should also mention the work of Henry Cavell - it is professionally unfit to the same extent as the chef who can not cook anything more complicated sandwich with sausage.
The script does not hold water, continuing the culinary metaphor, it can be compared with the soup, which I saw today in the cafeteria for lunch. People who wrote the script, do not even have a basic understanding of the structure of any narrative, no drama about a principle. Stupidity and absurdity of the dialogue turns hath audience in the hall in a stupor, then drove individuals to unhealthy Homeric laughter. Number of nothing more than unreasonable action contrary to logic, common sense, and to themselves, is somewhere beyond the comprehension of mortals. Only Olympian discovered the true causes of this chaotic meltesheniya on the screen.
Sinha on the spot Tarsema I would be ashamed to show the public the final version of the films, if I were, do not let Zeus in his place, I would destroy all copies of the tapes and would do away with them.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Genuine warm feelings.
In general, the production of "Tintin" alludes to one simple truth: Be in love the fact that he takes over. If you can not - do not pull at all. After these excellent titles appear character. Then, second, third, and others. And together with them in the viewer's head slips inevitable thought that he watches the story where it extends everywhere terribly pleasant, warm feeling of reverent attitude. Spielberg and Jackson seemed to hold in his hands a miniature teddy Tintin, and say, "my darling you, you are very dear to me, and I will remove your story worthy material." Absolutely healthy sentimentalism outstanding people.
Knowing, like any other spectator, Spielberg never imagined that he could be such a virtuoso. Prohibitive ease, despite the tremendous excess of saturation of the plot, and attention to all of its many parts in any of the episodes. As soon as the protagonist goes further and further into his investigation, Spielberg gradually more and more pressure on the gas pedal. One hundred and seven minutes to rapidly and consistently growing material, which completely faithful to the original source. Active adaptation to the original concept of the comic book is included in the first minutes, without showing any mercy to the audience confidently shooting his own power head.
Without even the slightest hint at a weak point. Uniform attention to all stages of production shows itself in all its glory, when the taste and color work appears in every way as devoid of attacks, as well as differences. No one pulls the blanket over himself.
Andy Serkis is high time to give that a Oscar, for such an outstanding job on their heroes in the mo-cap. Need more detail feel the subtleties of this technology in order to understand the extent to which the operator is masterpiece Janusz Kaminski as full a picture happy chaos, perhaps, even a child will notice. It's hard not to pay attention to scenes that are removed by a single plan, despite the fact that in one scene the hero of more than ten times the change in location of the local scale, and, incidentally, is not he alone. In other words, each more than five hundred times catch the question, "well, that my friend, do not ever figure out how we managed to remove it?" This is primarily Spielberg stormed the adult audience. The all-new level of animation, which is achieved by getting rid of the known problems of motion capture technology of the past. A release is going brilliantly and simply, Spielberg holds the highest bar for directing a massive amount of detail frame. It should be noted that in the past that no one has yet succeeded.
Not for nothing is actively publicized the names of the writers that are very well managed approach to adapting the source material. Originality extends to absolutely everything, every time changing its color, presented in the form of humor, in the form of interior parts, or separate dramatic characters, and so on. Perhaps somewhat lost because of his age cult composer John Williams. He manages to keep the bar full, but no more. If earlier it was possible to look over the projects he has worked to close my eyes and still feel full majesty only with your ears, here we can hardly see a similar picture. As a small minus someone may also take into account the lack of female characters, unless you count the fleeting appearance of a opera singer.
"The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" will amaze children of its history, and adults - an approach to it. An exciting and large-scale, original and fresh, colorful, funny and warm movie adventure, as a symbol of exquisite masterpiece of modern animation