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The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)
Dumbing down Humanity - Experiment II
Michael Pare from a great original movie, now returns as psychotic killer, simply to bring familiar name; decision intelligent, as bringing Charlie Sheen in Wall Street 2.
Military "liaison" in high heels and posh bag, absolutely atrocious superficiality in every segment. Everyone is overdressed, almost as looking at advert for cosmetic products.
Typical technology-rules-over-the-script movie making while occasional good casting is destroyed, both with direction and execution. The first movie was made for a wide audience, this one has (like almost every movie made today) been targeting 15-25 demographics, anyone older is welcomed, but these are the primary subjects for shallow values brought in dumbing down Humanity - Experiment II.
The Guitar (2008)
"Deep Thinking" for MTV generation of Consumerism & Philanthropy of emptiness
God help us with "Indie films" like these. It is almost embarrassing and disgraceful to even consider such designation for this underachievement.
The only rational and redeeming explanation for 100% compromise of this movie... if Amy Redford was completely enslaved to financial side of this movie. Because this $ide was writing and directing movie with all the usual and predictable demographic/sexual triviality hooks. So familiar with our society today. Such simple and honest premise is corrupted from the moment Saffron leaves the hospital.
It is pointless to comment all trivialities and the length this movie voyages without a hint of single intelligent solution : She is a vegetarian but she decides since she has nothing to loose, she can "stop the torture" and enjoy the flesh again.
Your common pizza delivery girl with hundreds of weekly visits has time to develop such profound relationship with Melody. In fact, the second visit would even grant her a touch of lesbian romance.
Your average delivery guy with hundreds of weekly visits develops a grand sensibility after couple of visits and dedicates his body even more for that extra pleasure to our lonely melody. But wait, since we have a very clear targeted demographic with such prosaic hooks; lets, lets even offer threesome pleasure to be even safer with the audience.
What do we learn from her state? The real question is : What Does Melody Learns From Here? Nothing! Almost as emphatic as our society, same void would strike her own values : Eat, Sleep, copulate and amply consume at that. Consume as much as you can! Let material possessions supplement all of your problems. At least one thing is clear, Amy Redford movie making is immature and even that is a compliment. I haven't seen any of her previous or later attempts, but if this is best she can do, then she is in the wrong field of profession.
The only pleasant thing to watch is Melody's loft. The most creative thing you will find about this movie is the nice PS picture from the official poster.
The Living Daylights (1987)
Classiest opening and classiest closing ever seen in a Bond movie!
Classiest opening and classiest closing ever seen in a Bond.
I shall postpone too much praise of Dalton, because he will forever be untouched with splendor he presented in LVD and LTK. John Barry simply outdone himself with the most generous score ever. This is Bond for those that understand finer lines of life.
Dalton's movies will again reminds us what was like to live in more interesting times. To offer intelligent (while still fun) presentation with emotion and life-like acting of true substance. Real locations and real people with (thanks to Richard Maibaum) proper story. How did we departure from here to sociopath presentation of Daniel Craig's Bond? Where meaningless violence and ego trips fuel to supply the only truth of present Bond : License to sell to best bidder :(
The Art of War II: Betrayal (2008)
The Art of making a lousy movie on tight budget!
Perhaps you like or perhaps you hate the first Art Of War. However, considering limitations of this genre, what Christian Duguay presented from his creative side is truly fantastic.
Superb dosage of action. Action mostly intelligent at that. Cinematic side of the first one is exceptional and truly atmospheric, while sound treatment was of the same caliber. Well collaborated efforts with fine results. It is very clear to anyone who has seen the first part; that story and the movie itself, never really anticipated further conclusion; nor it required any sequel for that matter.
This could be any "of the shelf" action movie with Wesley and with title that would less embarrass both Wesley and the rest of the collaborating crew. I wont even path into this story. Just awful ! Technical and visual side of this movie is incredibly ambivalent. From time to time I had a feeling of watching a TV movie or high packed TV commercial. A few nice shoots, but what remains is almost vaccinated from cinematic experience. Wesley, I like you, always did. But please, learn the art of choosing the Sun Tzus among writers, directors and casting! And please, don't be cheap on production like this!
Rambo with borrowed plastic mask from Mickey Rourke in pornographic blood bath of meaningless violence!
If you have any sense for self-respect... for your own sight, avoid this rubbish at any cost.
Truly ridiculous story with equally idiotic lines. Everything in service of complete and meaningless pornographic violence that serves no other purpose than to attract even more violence.
In this charade, Rambo strikes me as someone who borrowed the wrong plastic mask from Mickey Rourke with equal wisdom of completely emphatic and silly lines.
Needles to say that this be the most violent Rambo ever. In fact, it redefines the violence as reason to employ this stupidity of the story. Everything platform oriented, everything in one single day in the latest Hollywood fashion of "nonstop" action. Zero responsibility, zero intelligence.
Anyone with an Ounce of professional integrity, should be embarrassed to even be mentioned with this movie.
Avoid this garbage at any cost.
Funny Money (2006)
Possibly a good play material but with this results wouldn't even cover cheap TV movie.
I was happy to see some new material from Chevy; I know that originality is almost abstract thing in 2008. but still, what is offered here is more then insulting to anyone.
Every single idea and solution that carries this silly story is not only overstretched from every single corner possible; but gone completely out of the roof with idiotism of the worst kind.
Did studio had some spare rolls of film on their hands? This story would fit more as a play, particularly when you consider that almost entire movie takes place in one single room! I doubt even a change of the scene would be necessary because such miserable results are found here.
Nothing is funny here. Everyone from the otherwise charming casting (with unbearable euphoria)is trying to support this idiocy - but nothing, I mean nothing could help this story. How and Why was Chevy even involved with this, save alone how would anyone even sleep at night knowing that people would watch this as finished results... is beyond my grasp! This movie (did I just say movie?) is not even bad, this movie does not exist.
Class of 1984 (1982)
Stature of meaningful violence
I love 80's. Love the signature love the atmosphere and recreation of those times. But this movie has only the worst to offer from such glorious decade.
Absolutely meaningless summation of violence that serves no other purpose but to invoke a cheap hooks with audience who if attracted,only react with approve while supporting crusade of the main character. What great length director goes to reflect possibly the worst in human nature to his own misery. If you are wise enough to know that no one should carry a picture of violence in his head, particularly when disillusioned with the thought of watching just for fun. I hate when my favorite decade is even mentioned with trash like this. Stay away!
A Study of would-be human nature while seating on two chairs and serving Hollywood masters at it
Beautiful opening, splendid dosage of fine visual elements to uplift the story with proper score to match. Lane has matured her performance and her beauty is now affirmed with substance. Some suggest that movie breaks the moment Gere murders her lover. The way I see it...that disappointment comes much earlier. Most of the love scenes are slaving to cheap hooks, formulated and deliberate lowering the standards for mass appeal while the same time, Lyne is toying with sensual side, dimensional as early draft. What is the nature of the moment this beautiful and accomplished woman voyages an intimate concord with that young Martel? Couldn't tell really, neither could Lyne.
A wind? Not a typhoon could resolve these shortcomings to provide intelligent reason, a note of true passion. So many unresolved fragments as if several opposing collaborators joined with Lyne. Instant romance without a hint of passion. But still, - at least the promise and exploration of what is yet to come when Gere faces his early doubt - builds some momentum, some interest and credible lead.
But wait, even that is opposed as suddenly drama departures in thriller mode, when young stallion is no more! Dilettante and fragile is result of that attempt and Lane is no longer wedded with Gere, Lyne or rest of the story. After that, everything goes downhill. Instant murder "clearance" to again happy family seems to offer enough sense for Lyne to actually form such a ridiculous ending. Paul Martel is really a new prototype of mega looser. Endangered specie to be sure, looking at this logic.
Passion Fish (1992)
Exceptional dialogues and beautiful render of main characters without instant formulations, both time and genre would assume.
You can write the best scripts, pronounce their promise with great dialogues, but without direction, you will never extract lifelike realism, sensibility and made those qualities accessible in superb performance presented here.
This movie has it all. One of the things I treasure the most and mind you, I know I keep repeating myself again and again - that be a great atmosphere. Atmosphere in this movie is ravishing. Locations are not overused for any other purpose but to remain the stage of this charming story.
Relationship between May-Alice and Chantelle has relaxed and profound feeling about finer things of life. Shear simplicity of this approach is risky for mass audience, but for the connoisseur of finer realism, it is a pure joy.
One thing is for certain: If you can't detect those virtues, you will at least fulfill your boredom early in the movie and look elsewhere. Preparation of actors is excellent from beginning toward the end. To tell you the truth, nitpicking wont do you any good here, because I really can't find anything wrong with this movie. I would simply, again and again, soak the lifelike presence of the main characters and enjoy this movie.
My utmost respect goes to John Sayles for outstanding results with Passion Fish.
Vanishing Son IV (1994)
Terrible economization with empty results
I can only extend what previous author douglasp wrote with precisely describing my sentiments about this Vanishing Son IV.
When you develop interesting characters with truly interesting, at times even artistic and passionate results, particularly in first of the four... considering some limitation of this genre, Vanishing Son never deserved this embarrassing economizing $ummation of literally making a sequel for sake of sequel. The story itself is truly insulting to anyone who had seen the previous 3. Had they made some DVD release this would be at best, something to consider as barely worthy as extra feature. Alone on its own, it has nothing to do with previous movies. Surely leaves bitter taste of disappointment.
It only exploits the viewer's interest in characters with absolutely nothing to offer. Who ever made decision to even consider this idea truly had no idea what he was doing.