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A really random film. And I do mean random due to the plot. OK, I won't spoil anything, but here are some of the elements from the film. Russia, heist, hostages and out of nowhere comes a murdering psychopath, living in a abandoned hotel floor, who imagines he is a fearless knight... Like I said, random. But really funny, especially due to the fact, how the all of this idiotic randomness is applied from a realistic perspective. Because it's like the main character is from the real world who just stepped into a world of total chaos. Like Alice in Wonderland. Apart from the main character, who is an American, it is really funny to see all the other actors in this film speak English with this over- exaggerated Russian accent, hence the name of the movie - 'Botched', taken from the English word 'butched'.
Definitely is not one of the greatest movies ever. Actually, even pretty dumb at times. But absolutely hilarious if you just sit back, do not take it for a serious movie, but rather enjoy the entertaining comedy of it. Shouold make most comedy lovers laugh.
Monster's Ball (2001)
Human guilt, Remorse, Redemption.
It is a very serious drama. I suppose it is for only the serious audience, due to the movie's mature story. In a way it's like one of those movies like 'No Country For Old Men', because when I was very young, a simple kid, and saw that movie, I was actually bored by it. But now I look at them with great awe and wonder, how the hell was I not moved by this back then? So my strict opinion, is that kids and superficial/immature people will not enjoy 'Monster's Ball'. But as for the people who will enjoy it, this is truly one of thee greatest human drama's ever. Ideas of grief, remorse, redemption, moving on/letting go and choices and their consequences are presented here in a simple story of one man and one woman, who both had lost someone very dear to them and afterwards, they both connect in a way, that only people who have experienced a great loss can. The performance of the three lead actors(Billy Bob Tornton, Heath Ledger and Halle Berry) are really moving. Especially Halle Berry, who is amazing beyond words here. It was obvious that she would at least win the Academy Award for best actress for this role, and she did among many other awards. And even though Heath Ledger was on screen for a very short time, it was really fascinating to see him in action, perfect as always.
Definitely recommended for drama fans and mature audience.
Amusing, but not as good as it could be
Alright. This movie is definitely interesting experience. A drama about drag queens. Now I myself have never been a fan of men's choice dressing up as women and parading around, but I am not against it. It's their choice of life. But if you have some problem with this choice of life, well then don't condemn this movie. That's YOUR problem. I suppose this film sends the same sort of message that anti-racist and pro-homosexual movies send. That there is nothing wrong with being different. I guess the fact, that this specific message is applied to the life of a drag queen, is quite original, because there are very few movies about these sort of people. But it could have been better. It seemed for me, that the idea did not reach it's full potential. I mean take the movie 'Milk'(2008) or Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain' for example. They also send a same sort of message, about being different and all... And those movies just blew me away. After seeing them I was left paralyzed by their greatness for quite some time. This movie did not have that impact. But it's still nice to see it for it's good intention. And another REALLY interesting thing to watch here was Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terance Stamp in their REALLY colorful roles as drag queen's. Never in my life had I even imagined to see Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith from the 'Matrix' - one of the coolest bad ass characters ever, in the most eye blowing over-colored women's dress with HUGE feather's and make-up AND parading around ABBA's 'Mama Mia'.IT WAS HIILARIOUS!
It really is an amusing movie for open and accepting people. You will not be displeased, but I do have doubts weather it will seem as one of the greatest stories ever. Go see it and have fun with it.
Seriously, I was not expecting this movie to be great. Somehow, when I saw the trailer, I knew I would enjoy it, but I definitely wasn't ready for what was to come. And that huge surprise made it even more amazing for me.
The movie is a drama about life with amusing bits of humor. About pain. About letting go and moving on. And as many good movies as there are, based on the same or similar ideas,this one really stands out. The reason for that is the VERY original element in the movie - the character - Hesher. He is a totally typical metal head, who doesn't give a rat's ass about anything. It's all about beer, sex and rock & roll for him. So you can imagine how impossible it seems for such a character to be someone's guru. And here he is exactly that. And if that doesn't sound impressive, then I don't know what does. It really is enjoyable to see a little kid learn about life from the experience being together with a metal-head, who doesn't play by anyone's rules but his own. And throughout the whole movie this crazy character never says anything even remotely polite or appropriate, always swears, and makes a lot of comments based on sex or violence, etc. So, in a way, his character is absolutely unique for both his absolute imperfection, and his ability to enlighten people in the most absurd way possible. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a fantastic job portraying him. This is, by far, one of his greatest performance's. Natalie Portman, on the other hand, this time did not shine as she does in most of her roles. But this is only because her character is not so important and dynamic and gets little on screen time. Because her acting IS flawless, as always, just that this time there was no way to really express her performing abilities here. And it's absolutely wonderful to see how the main character 'T.J.' is superbly portrayed by Devin Brochu, in my opinion,- a star waiting to get spotted.
It's beautiful for the drama. It's cool and funny for the insane character - Hesher. It's important for it's message. I definitely recommend this, especially to people, who are in need of comforting and are searching for a break.
A decent film for Captain America
Right. So the first thing I definitely liked about the movie was the choice for the role of Caps. Chris Evans truly looks perfect for this role. I saw his ideal face in in the red, white and blue costume, and, as cheesy as it sounds, I actually thought that he truly looks like an Amerian hero. His determined look and serious Brooklyn dialect goes amazingly well with the portrayal of this iconic character. And this is not cheesy (I'm addressing the people, unfamiliar with this character right here) because Captain America is one of the first major comic book heroes in history. He's as equally important, if not more, as Superman. And that is why the film makers made him look so 'flawless'. Because he comes from a REALLY long time ago. Even the story is set in the 40's, when the superhero world was much simpler. Good guys were good. Bad guys were bad. That's it. Not like modern superhero's, where's there's a twist around every corner, and the bad guy turns out to be the good guy, and the good guy turns out to be the bad guy, and so on... I was really glad to finally get a really simple, but quite enjoyable hero in a movie to lay my eyes upon. Of course Chris Evans was not the only star of the film. The cast is superb (Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, etc.). Hugo Weaving surely gives an equally impressive performance next to Chris Evans. Probably even more impressive. He really managed to pull of the German accent portraying the German Nazi evildoer. Also a very clear character. A perfect bad guy, with no noble or kind values. Pure evil. The only problem about Hugo Weaving in this picture was that there was too little screen time for his role. His character was really appealing to me. Frankly, Hugo Weaving was actually the first reason, I wanted to go see this film. And it turned out to be a similar situation to Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight". Everyone who loved that film, loved it for one good reason - Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker (of course that's not the only good thing about that movie). And as many times as I see "the Dark knight", I can not get enough of the Joker. I wanted him to get more screen time. And it's the same with Hugo Weaving here. He could definitely had more on screen time. It felt as if Hugo Weaving wasn't 'maxed out'. And all of the other characters are really appealing because of their 'simplicity'.
The Plot will definitely satisfy the comic book fan. It really resembles the comic story, which I really enjoyed. Because often, when a film studio decides to make a comic hero film, but DOESN'T follow the story in the comic, and makes up their own plot, it usually ends up bad. However. The people who are unfamiliar with Captain America, will probably not be impressed by the plot, because it does not stand out as something new or gripping. You have to know the comic to enjoy the story, because it's filled with details from it. Speaking of which, it was really entertaining how they used pieces and fragments in this film from other recent Marvel movies, like "Thor", "Ironman" or "the Incredible Hulk".
So basically it is determined by your familiarity with Captain America, whether you'll like this movie or not so much or not at all. If you are a fan, I believe you'll at least enjoy it, otherwise not so likely.
Your Highness (2011)
So this is one of those movies you get to enjoy no matter how stupid they are. "You Highness" mocks everything about medieval time movies, kings and knights, etc. by applying exaggeratively sarcastic and cynical humor. The humor is so superficially dull, that it really is funny due to the way it is applied to a movie about the middle ages. It's almost like a porno version of "Shreck", harshly speaking. Making jokes about genitals, sex, masculinity an such. It absolutely is nothing more than a movie to get some laughs out of, since the plot is definitely NOT on of the most superb stories you've ever seen in a movie, and the acting is rather fake, for the exception of Natalie Portman and maybe James Franco. Which is actually quite funny how two A list actors put a lot of effort into a movie so dumb. And another good thing about this film is that it actually looks really cool sometimes, especially at the end during the climax. So there you have it. It definitely isn't meant to be praised as a masterpiece of a movie. Just sit back and enjoy the stupidity of it.
An experience. That is the best description I can think of every time I see a movie by Terry Gilliam. He truly is a visionary, who's work is like non other. It's as if there are no rules in his line of work. Beautiful, imaginative, sick...It actually is quite hard to describe his work logically, because everything about his work is not based on logic. It is as if his imagination bursts out of his mind beyond the comprehension every time he does a movie, yet everyone of them, in my opinion, is genius. And "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" is a perfect example of what Gilliam is capable of.
The story is quite original and imaginative. Of course it definitely is not for everyone, since this movie REALLY stands out. But as for me, I loved everything about it. Everyone who loves stories about bargains with the devil will surely at least like it, because not only does it use this old fashioned element, but here it dressed up really well. It ads a sort of a humor to it, as the all the characters, especially the devil, are presented here with a nicely exaggerated charisma. And the story's drama put together with this interesting sense of humor creates an absolutely fantastic and aberrant overall atmosphere, which will make you enjoy practically every minute of the picture with tranquil satisfaction. The cast is just amazing beyond praise. So many A list actors (Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, etc.)put together in one place, make this film even more enjoyable. And the fact that the character Tony was Heath Ledger's final performance, really makes you pay a lot of attention to his role, which is absolutely FLAWLESS! And the rest of the cast give the most decent performance, especially Christopher Plummer, whose acting here is impossible to complain about for any movie admirer. The visual effects are incredible. Probably even imaginative enough to match the imagination of Mr. Gilliam. At moments of watching some of the more visually superior scenes, I actually thought to myself "How high, and 'on' what Gilliam was, to be capable of creating such pictures?" But of course this director isn't 'on' anything, but a true master in the craft of filmmaking.
Definitely recommended. This movie is a must see for any Terry Gilliam fan, any Heath Ledger fan, and anyone who likes imaginative and bizarre stories.
Garden State (2004)
Impact of emotions!
Remember a time, when you see a movie, that really gets you watching it. A movie, that leaves such an impact on you, you stay speechless for some time. And in that moment of silent serenity, you forget about all your troubles and become happy. Well, This movie is definitely one of those extraordinary films.
The story of this film is about life. About living life. It actually is, in fact, quite a simple plot, but the way it is shown is truly remarkable. It sets of on a depressed mood, and gradually reaches a beautiful climax of a really positive epiphany at the end. This life defining atmosphere goes really well with every other aspect the movie uses, like philosophical dialogs between characters, family relationships, the main character's drama, etc. The performances of all the actors are, without a doubt, amazing. Zach Braff, who plays the main character, gives a terrific performance portraying a disturbed, puzzled young man, who is searching for something in life. Such a character is probably the embodiment of a massive number of teenagers and other young people in the world, who are searching for a purpose in life. Therefore, I think that any disturbed young soul, who watches this film, will feel a deep connection between himself and this character. Natalie Portman also gives an equally, if not an even better, appearance on screen. Her acting is truly flawless in this movie, and for that matter probably every other movie she has appeared in. And another appealing thing, worth mentioning, is the absolutely outstanding soundtracks of this movie. It is amazing how well the music matches the atmosphere. Seeing some of the dramatic scenes along with this astonishing music will touch you emotionally.
So, all in all, Amazing story about life, followed by terrific performance and outstanding atmosphere. Three essential elements. which, combined, will surely make an emotional impact to anyone who sees this perfect movie.
Weak. Predictable. Disappointing.
Without a doubt this is one of those Hollywood studio-influenced movies with lots of pathetic clichés and predictable beyond words.
Probably the only thing that will attract you in this film is the appearance of Lucy Liu. She is hot at times in this picture, but the acting is obviously mediocre at best. And the rest of the cast gives out an even MORE uncompressing performance. When I saw them act out their roles, it was as if they did not put any effort within the whole process. The acting, the emotions, the dialogs, EVERYTHING seemed absolutely fake. I can not understand how the director did not try to re-shoot some of the most dull scenes in the movie. It is a vampire movie, and statistically speaking, there are few good vampire movies. Unfortunetelly this one is not one of them. The plot only gets sort of interesting, because it is put together not in a chronological order. At the beginning you immediately see the middle of the story, then they jump back to the start, explaining how it all happened, and so on back and forth. This part is only SORT OF entertaining, because it definitely does NOT stand out as something very original. I mean nobody would be impressed by this who has already seen movies like ''Memento'' by Christopher Nolan, which is based on this idea of this reverse chronological order. And apart from that there are literally hundreds of other movies using this element. Other than that, for me there was absolutely nothing else appealing in this film. The story is beyond predictable. I actually knew what was going to happen next now and then. And the very ending was just over the top PATHETIC! At the last minutes the story supposedly ends, but then ,just before the screen goes black, you get this stupid two-second scene showing that 'IT'S NOT OVER YET'. Pathetic! Why did they have to completely ruin everything with this stupid Hollywood cliché, giving a sort of an idea for a sequel, when it is obvious that there will be no sequel?!
If you like unimportant, predictable, Hollywood studio influenced movies, full of clichés, maybe you'll even enjoy this movie. Otherwise... Do not watch this useless movie. A waste of time.
Essential Killing (2010)
You hardly get a good, lasting impression from low budget movies nowadays, so this title, in my view, stands out as a really original and, for that matter, quite an important one. The Polish film makers have really outdone themselves. Of course, at the beginning of the picture I was not confident about it, but after a while it gets decently impressive minute by minute. The movie itself is about war's effect on the humanity and life of one person. How it changes his life forever. But the presentation of this idea is absolutely unique for it's 'fresh vantage point'.I mean there are many movies about war and it's effects and consequences, so you cannot refuse to not praise the filmmakers for the success of the originality of this picture, due to the different point of view towards the subject. Everything in this film was unquestionably fine for me up until the ending. I felt that this ending was unfair. The result COULD have been different. But then, I guess, the ideas in this movie would, in a way, loose their meaning. This point IS argumentative. Concequentaly, the whole plot is decent and the ending... Well, I supposed, It depends on the person watching. The acting by Vincent Gallo is quite impressive. His performance is entertaining enough to keep the audience watching. And everything else is without flaws too. The soundtracks are decent, quite impressive actually for a low budget film. The camera-work is quite picturesque. Practically flawless. Seeing this movie will not disappoint and will leave a memorable impression.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Redux version is HORRIBLE. stick with the original
''Apocalypse now'' has two versions. The original, which was out in 1979 and the Redux version from 2001, which extends the whole picture by approximately 49 minutes of cut out footage. So let it make it perfectly clear. I am reviewing the REDUX version and NOT the original, which, in my opinion, is outstanding and MUCH better than this pointless waste of effort. Now. Every technical element from the picture such as sound effects, original soundtracks, camera quality IS actually as decent as from the original, perhaps even better. But this is not actually important, is it now. I mean, you most certainly do not want to watch an extended version of ''Apocalypse Now'' just for a 'smoother' result, now do you. The main point of this new version was to get to see the movie completely uncut, to view the original with all it's cut out footage. And that, dear friends, is an absolute let down. The majority of the new footage is mostly simply pointless and boring to watch. In fact these missing scenes are SO dull, that they actually cast a sort of a shadow on the original movie in this version, thus making the whole 3 hours and 16 minutes of this film look weak and frustrating to sit through. Never have I been so disappointed in an extended version of a great film.
NOT Recommended. It's pointless, TOO LONG, and boring. And if you already saw the original, you can just see it once more. It is definitely better than watching this extended version, which, in conclusion, is A WASTE OF OVER 3 HOURS.
The Mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart!
Probably one of the most important, original and inspirational movies, not to mention one of the oldest, in science fiction history.
This picture first premiered in 1927, and since then many of the copies of the original picture have been heavily damaged, ruined or simply lost. Therefore the picture today does not equal the quality of the original which was released back then, but it definitely isn't a problem. It was only in 2008, that they found another copy of the original in Argentina with a lot of the original missing footage, which was used to restore the movie as superbly as possible. Of course not everything has been recovered, and it is highly unlikely that it will change in the near future. But having this fact in mind, it is amazing how well the movie looks. The plot is unquestionably perfect. A legendary masterpiece. It is about humanity. It's flaws, it's sins, and it's virtues. The main character, who has been living a comfortable life, discovers the 'real' world. Cruelty and harsh settings for people rule life for the majority of the city's population. 'The workers'. After witnessing the unfairness of it all, he is determined to make a change. Also, as the Metropolis is practically one huge machine, that sucks the living effort out of hard workers, there is an important element of humanity versus machinery, which is heavily essential to film's idea. More clearly speaking, the plot actually resembles ''the Matrix'' and ''Dark City''. It would be quite likely if the creators of ''the Matrix''and ''Dark City'' were inspired by ''Metropolis''. At least that's just my opinion. But of course comparing the two for anything else that the idea of the story, I believe, would be unwise, as they differ one from the other aggressively. Probably due to the fact that the the time line between the both premiers is massively huge. Exactly 72 years! So if you liked ''the Matrix'' or ''Dark City'', I can not guarantee you will enjoy ''Metropolis'' as well. However, the fact still remains that the plot's are based alike. Knowing that this WAS one of the first major sci-fi stories, it would be idiotic to neglect it's importance. It IS a must see to any film fanatic, and ESPECIALLY to a sci-fi fan. A sci-fi fan not having seen ''Metropolis'' is the same as an artist not knowing who Leonardo da Vinci was.
It takes effort not to get bored watching this
Right. First of all I need to express my disappointment. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie for quite some time now. Ever since I saw the trailer, from which it looked really attractive. It looked like it was going to be an interesting, psychedelic story, with twists and tension. ESPECIALLY due to the fact that ADRIEN BRODY is there! Because after seeing ''The Jacket'', in which Adrien Brody also starred, I was left stunned. So you can imagine the gripping excitement that came to me about half a year ago before the release of ''Wrecked'' when I found out that a movie like this would come out! But everyone, who has high hopes for this film because of the same, or at least a similar reason, can give up right now. This movie will definitely NOT satisfy, let alone EXCEEED, your expectations, because...well...It is boring. Simple as that. The plot itself is really plain. So plain, that it would actually be difficult to spoil anything, since there is almost nothing to spoil. The trailer alone can give out practically everything. And the film is really TOO LONG. And that makes this dull plot even MORE painfully tiresome. If they would have reduced the whole movie to about 30 minutes, I am sure it would have turned out to an interesting short, but now, harshly speaking, it looks like a bad version of ''127 hours''. This movie practically tells nothing new or interesting to the audience. But there is one reason to not completely condemn this title. Adrien Brody. Even thought, the story is disappointing, I cannot complain in any way about the amazing performance by Adrien Brody. Flawless acting. But that's it. Nothing more essentially positive that I can think of that was good in this movie... The make-up on Adrien Brody maybe?... If you have a significantly huge amount of unbendable patience within you, you may actually get lucky and think it was an OK movie. Otherwise, which is a lot more likely, you WILL not be impressed. At all.
Little Ashes (2008)
Leaves a decent impression
Robert Pattinson never was an appealing actor for me, let alone a great one. So. I am addressing to the many people who instinctively dislike Mr. Pattinson, for his overrated popularity due to the ''Twilight'' saga. Now please give him a chance in this movie, because, in my opinion, his portrayal of the great Salvador Dali was actually quite decent. The Great Dali's mood swings by Pattinson were performed attractively. His shyness. His stubbornness. The insanity of his character. I definitely cannot complain about that.And the rest of the cast, especially Matthew McNulty, also gave a worthy performance. Now the story, I believe, was not as well, presented as I could have been. Salvador Dali's story should be worth a memorable movie, whereas this one was simply OK and not so distinguishably special. But. Then again, you must keep in mind that it always is extremely difficult to to express the genius of a Great artist in one movie. Also, this movie concentrates on one of Dali's main inspirations. A male lover, who had a major part in his life. And this is what was not so great. The relationship between Dali and his lover was presented here really plainly. Just a simple gay relationship. Well, OK... their relationship was quite struggling, but there are much better gay stories than this one. Anyone who has seen Ang Lee's ''Brokeback Mountain'' will not be impressed here. Another unsatisfying part of the movie for me was that everyone is speaking English with a Spanish accent. This gets really annoying after a while. It is as if they were either too lazy to make this movie in Spanish, because Salvador Dali WAS in fact Spanish and NOT English, or this is just what the American audience prefers these days. That EVERYTHING would be English. Other that these flaws I have nothing else to complain about. The atmosphere of the the movie is really dualistic. At the first half you are watching a comedy with some romance, and then it turns into a drama. And the background music goes really well with the atmosphere. You hear the violins, the guitar strings, that are a really good advantage to the Spanish mood. Anyone, to whom soundtracks are important in a movie should not be displeased.
It is not a must-see movie, but doesn't hurt to watch. If you have time, It will be enjoyable, and will leaves you thinking about it for a while.
The Crucible (1996)
Interesting story about what's right and what's wrong
At the beginning of the movie I wasn't so sure it would be as good as it turned out to be, because, for me, the opening is quite important, as it sets you on the right track. It let's you feel the atmosphere of the whole movie and prepares you for the rest of it. Now. The reason why I had such doubts, is because the story is set in the 17th century and is about village life. And I never quite fancied 17th century village life where family, field work and the church were important elements in life. But, after a short while, you get into the mood, and the story gets really interesting. Even though stories about witchcraft in the village and the life of the town's folk aren't the most impressive ones, this one is quite original. One of the ideas of the movie is that the majority of people are dull and dumb and have poor judgment. And if then, there stand a decent man in the crowd of idiots, he is powerless against them because one man is not a match against an angry mob. And even though this seems unfair, it is the truth. That is the cruel reality. And that is what the movie is about. So anyone who likes stories by Dostojevsky, Camus or Kafka, will definitely enjoy the movie for it's impressive existential ideas. I actually wanted to see this movie because the main character is played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who is one of my favorite actors. So other that the good story, the performance by this amazing actor is another good reason to watch the movie. Winona Ryder also gives a good performance. Good. Not great. I 'm not saying she isn't a good actress, but Daniel Day-Lewis is the star of the show here.