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Three Movies in One
One part disaster movie, one part drama, one part monster movie... Godzilla 2014 was perhaps the perfect mix of all three. Some parts of the movie are a build up. Some parts are emotional. Some parts are pure raw awe inspiring visuals and sounds. Speaking of, be SURE to see this thing in a theater with good audio... and I never say that. As a matter of fact I may have to go all out on my home audio now, because the sounds truly put you in this movie. The roars, the explosions, the everything. It felt real.
I will have to say while I enjoyed the acting (I can see how Bryan Cranston made such waves lately) and the place the director made you look internally while viewing (I found myself analyzing my relationship with my family, my job, my country), my favorite parts were definitely when Godzilla showed up in full view. Wow! It was so well done, and somehow stayed true to the many iterations of Godzilla and the many generations of Godzilla fans. It truly is a hair raising, visceral experience to see Godzilla in such a believable way. I just loved that.
And to the director, I saw your 2010 Monsters and was very impressed. When I heard you were doing Godzilla, I had very high hopes. I thank you and everybody who put you in the driver's seat to make this thing happen. My 7 year old son, another huge Godzilla fan, thanks you too. You did it man, you really did.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Be a Selfish Puke?
So this movie, the one that guy reviewed said taught him so much about his life. Was it meaningful, etc.? Yeah maybe. But it also very much emphasized a few things that I can't overlook... that I just can't stand. Namely, cheat on your wife type attitudes. Screw everybody. It's not love it's need, so "I" feel love. Me me me.
Typical bunch of crap for the types that just love themselves to death and need someone else to tell them that is OK. I can't respect it one bit.
I typically like Bill Murray movies. I hear the guy isn't very nice, but I just pretend they are their character so that doesn't bother me. But really... I do get sick of the Hollywood attitude of self being so much more important than anybody, especially your spouse. It's just pathetic. No wonder everybody here in the US is fat, depressed, self absorbed, and 50% likely to be divorced. We truly are a bunch of spoiled brats. Well I may not be perfect, but damned if I would ever do something outside my marriage. The most important thing isn't just yourself, it is your close family and friends around you. Most adults learn that a big part of life is passing it on to your kids. This movie wouldn't come close to thinking about that... it's more of what a 16 year old thinks of the world.
Better Creature Designs, more Epic, had Heart, Loved it!
I've only seen it in 24 fps so far. I'm never a big fan of 3-D movies, but I wouldn't mind seeing 2D 48 fps.
The orcs and goblins were much much much better in design than in LOTR. They were less gross and more monstrous in a very good way. They looked more like orcs and goblins.
The Wargs actually looked like Wargs instead of giant Hyenas. Thank you! Before this movie, I just never liked dwarfs... something about them I can't put a finger on. Well, Peter Jackson works magic and now I love many if not all of the dwarf characters in the movie. Really well done main and supporting characters.
Glimpses of Smaug were very well done indeed. The whole fire scene was to me the most exciting and terrifying dragon scene in a movie, hands down.
The thing that tied it all together was the incredible amount of heart the movie had. I was moved many times throughout with small statements that had large impacts.
Great movie, will see it again!
The Godfather (1972)
If you aren't a thug lover... if you don't drool over less than smart bad guys somehow getting ahead... if you don't really like spectacle just for spectacle sake... then this movie may not be for you. To me, it just epitomizes the big dumb knock people over the head with a club, speak like you dropped out of school in fourth grade sort of guy movie. I'm a guy. I like guy movies, but I don't like this one.
Brando I like pretty well. Pacino too. Hell, probably half the cast I am very fond of. Why can't I like this movie? I don't know, but it has just never made me feel anything but annoyance and boredom. The problem is people over-hype it and make me want to try to like it. Every time I try to watch it, it's the same thing though.
So sorry, this movie just isn't great.
More than you would expect
I remember this movie well, though it has been a time since I have last seen it. First as a child, then as an adult, the movie stuck with me. I don't think the average person would realize just how much this movie has to offer at a glance, so hopefully someone will read some of the reviews and know just how good it is.
This Tarzan is wild and savage like a beast, yet his heart is undeniably human. Is it love that makes the man or the darker side that lies just beneath the surface of the civilized man, and not quite that deep in Tarzan? Stumbling across it on IMDb, I really have the urge to watch this movie again. Let's see if NetFlix carries it!
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
I want a sequel with same actors; new writers/director?
Mamoa was very charismatic and convincing as Conan, A+ there. To be honest, much better than Arnold at portraying the character from the books. Hey, I loved Arnold as Conan... but Mamoa feels like the real deal. Actually the actors all around were pretty good. Ron Perlman, always great. Rose McGowan was surprisingly good at being creepy, but I would prefer her with eyebrows and more hair.
The look of the film was very well done. Great sets, costumes, etc. Good use of an R rating... besides some violence, guys will get some other good things to look at. I won't complain. CGI was good, and I'm the first one to complain if it isn't well done. My only complaints were Rose and the guys with the weird teeth were just not done to my liking visually... just a personal preference.
Writing and directing? The first 1/4 of the movie actually played out really well. The kid doing the young Conan was impressive! Ron Perlman... the man is just good. Sadly, after that the story got very muddled- it simply was not the best. Not enough flow, cohesion, emotional involvement, or character development after that first 1/4.
Because of the botched storytelling, the whole thing just wasn't as good as the original Arnold Conan. Though it was better than Arnold's second Conan movie (even though I loved that one as a kid, too).
So, yeah. Certainly worth a watch if you like Conan... but should have been great instead of above average overall. I really want a sequel with a serious directory/writer at the head... that will be something.
The Arrival (1996)
Just plain terrible
I remember this being the most disappointing alien movie ever. Completely terrible low budget effects. Terrible story. Charlie Sheen may be the only reason I didn't give it a 1, because I like the guy in other things he is in.
And you know, I actually can't believe IMDb gives this thing a 6.2 at this point in time. Surely someone has hired a bunch of high school students to give this thing high reviews, because I don't even come close to believing it could get that high.
Perhaps if they had never showed any aliens I wouldn't have been quite as disgusted. But then the story and characters would have needed to be entertaining, and that did not happen. Someone said something about some comedy made up for some of the bad aspects of the movie. No. Comedy does not fit this movie either... there is no hope for it.
I liked it but I hate the details - spoilers included
So the character development was good and they were likable and not boring stereotypes. The set up was fine. It was freaky enough and "thrilling". But something that normally doesn't bother me much with movies just about drove me crazy in this one. Terrible attention to detail! And a too much movie-ness... I mean too much bad luck piling on itself ad infinitum. It was as silly as this: like, my car broke down and ran out of gas and had a blowout on a bridge that closes for a week due to alien invaders landing over the bridge on a floating platform that was not serviced recently and is about to crumble apart... all situated over a gate to hell, so that if the aliens don't kill me first, and their flying saucer doesn't fall off the platform and smoosh me, and my 1000 mile fall into hell doesn't kill me, the devil will get me anyway.
But back to my real complaint... the details. Spoilers below SPOILERS below: So for the terrible details, I must complain. Wolves don't growl and bark at their prey or act in any manner the way they do in this movie. They aren't rabid dogs, hello? I am no wolf expert, but I mean come ON it was so bad. If the wolves would have pulled out bows and arrows I would have been no less disgusted. I mean think of it like this... do you have a cat that has caught some small animal? Did it jump in front of the animal, hiss, puff out it's fur, run away, then run back and pounce? No no NOOOOO animal hunts like the wolves in this movie. It was just insulting.
Closeups. WaaaAAAaaay too many closeups that completely reveal the makeup. I mean, wow, that was some great metallic silver, grey, golden makeup around the chicks eyes near the end. I guess at a distance it was fairly convincing for someone frostbitten, cold, and dehydrated. Up close it looked like... make up. How about the "ice" makeup? Well, it looked like rubber, white paint, and maybe at best oatmeal up close. Damn it, just pan back a few feet, OK? Especially with the girl. My god, she was puke ugly by the end of the movie.
Injuries that "go away". The hand thing with the chick... it made no sense that it was merely one layer of skin and nothing worse. No frost bite there? Are you kidding me? Isn't the nose, toes, and then fingers and parts of the face in that order how frostbite hits? And then her hand is fine in every other part of the movie? Also nice how dude ignores all the blood on the rail after she loses all that skin.
Where were the pee stains on the pants at the last bit? Just saying, not very accurate.
Falling 40 feet into FRESH soft snow does not break your legs like that. Are you kidding me? Don't paratroopers train by jumping 20 feet onto solid ground or something?
I could go on, but I've gotten it out of my system. Decent movie, but they put everything into the acting and forgot to make the movie believable. Oh well.
Truly a gritty movie with great action, ancient culture, a little history, and a hint of fantasy. Loved it. I don't understand the negative reviews. Maybe people went in expecting a Spiderman movie or something overly cheerful and heartwarming. This isn't 1980s Disney, so don't expect such. This movie is about barbarism, warfare, clashing cultures, and the people that are affected by these things.
Loved the main character. Loved the native American people that took him in. Dug the Dances with Wolves sort of vibe there... seemed really genuine and not overly stereotypical of the Indians. The vikings were awesome as nearly fantastical creatures, but actually just really "evil" men. But really they didn't overdo the good vs bad thing... it was enough to keep you rooting for the good guys, but it wasn't an Avatar-like pound a hammer over your head type of message.
Just watch it if you like fantasy or action movies. Well worth it. Way better than a lot of movies out there by far.
This movie is a perfect combination of 40 year old virgin, American Pie, Van Wilder, How I met your mother, and something completely new and different. There are tons of great actors in it that went on to get recognized in great shows and movies.
It definitely reminds me of some college days which brought me back, but it is even more about friends and the general young adult age of the characters that anybody would enjoy. It's hardly serious material, but has a moment or two that will hit deeper.
I really enjoyed it... even my wife and kids did, which blows my mind... they never like anything I like! My wife loves the 40 year old virgin nerdy adult humor. My kids liked the Jason Swartzman characters because he had a lot of physical humor and stole several scenes in general.
Anyway, if you can't handle goofy movies, avoid it. But if you can handle sometimes goofy, often weird, and completely funny, you'll love it.