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A hardcore movie fanatic, I started posting Septmeber 2003.
Favorite directors (no specific order):
The Coen Brothers
Well, actually now, after seeing Sin City, I believe Rodriguez is my favorite director. I was always rooting for his more underrated films (Spy Kids 2), and now he finally gets recognition. Go, Rob!
ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIE:
Little Shop of Horrors!!!!!!!
Horror (although not a lot of good horror movies were made in the past few years)
Favorite underrated movies:
Spy Kids 2
Ok, I finally sat down to compile a favorite movies list.
So here it is, my personal Top 250:
1. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Frank Oz
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990) Tim Burton
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Henri Selick
4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Steven Spielberg
5. Blade Runner (1982) Ridley Scott
6. Back to the Future Part II (1989) Robert Zemeckis
7. Sleepy Hollow (1999) Tim Burton
8. Beetlejuice (1988) Tim Burton
9. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Anthony Minghella
10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) James Cameron
11. The Fifth Element (1997) Luc Besson
12. Heathers (1989) Michael Lehmann
13. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg
14. Teen Wolf (1985) Rod Daniel
15. Batman (1989) Tim Burton
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Peter Jackson
17. Cry-Baby (1990) John Waters
18. 12 Monkeys (1995) Terry Gilliam
19. Sin City (2005) Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino
20. Spellbound (1945) Alfred Hitchcock
21. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Steven Spielberg
22. Matrix (1999) The Wachowski Brothers
23. Jurassic Park (1993) Steven Spielberg
24. Spider-Man (2002) Sam Raimi
25. The Lion King (1994) Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
26. Spider-Man 2 (2004) Sam Raimi
27. Face/Off (1997) John Woo
28. The Crow (1994) Alex Proyas
29. The Fly (1986) David Cronenberg
30. Se7en (1995) David Fincher
31. Ghost Busters (1984) Ivan Reitman
32. The Game (1997) David Fincher
33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Michel Gondry
34. Ferris Bueller�s Day Off (1986) John Hughes
35. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Peter Jackson
36. The Sixth Sense (1999) M. Night Shyamalan
37. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
38. Name der Rose, Der (Name of the Rose) (1986) Jean-Jacques Annaud
39. The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick
40. Back to the Future (1985) Robert Zemeckis
41. Beauty and the Beast (1991) Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
42. Snatch (2000) Guy Ritchie
43. Memento (2000) Christopher Nolan
44. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanely Kubrick
45. American Beauty (1999) Sam Mendes
46. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Robert Zemeckis
47. Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
48. Dancer in the Dark (2000) Lars von Trier
49. Le Locataire (The Tenant) (1976) Roman Polanski
50. Rosemary�s Baby (1968) Roman Polanski
51. Mars Attacks! (1996) Tim Burton
52. The War of the Roses (1989) Danny DeVito
53. Pump Up the Volume (1990) Allan Moyle
54. Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) (2003) Ji-woon Kim
55. X2 (2003) Bryan Singer
56. Dial M for Murder (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
57. In America (2002) Jim Sheridan
58. Tremors (1990) Ron Underwood
59. Taxi Driver (1976) Martin Scorsese
60. Hulk (2003) Ang Lee
61. Mars Turkey (2001) Oded Davidoff
62. Full Metal Jacket (1987) Stanley Kubrick
63. Vertigo (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
64. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick
65. Clerks. (1994) Kevin Smith
66. Robocop (1987) Paul Verhoeven
67. Strangers on a Train (1951) Alfred Hitchcock
68. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) Quentin Tarantino
69. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Gore Verbinski
70. Cube (1997) Vincenzo Natali
71. 12 Angry Men (1957) Sidney Lumet
72. Gangs of New York (2002) Martin Scorsese
73. The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola
74. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Kevin Reynolds
75. Minority Report (2002) Steven Spielberg
76. Total Recall (1990) Paul Verhoeven
77. Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) Neil Jordan
78. Chinatown (1975) Roman Polanski
79. The Untouchables (1987) Brian De Palma
80. Raging Bull (1980) Martin Scorsese
81. Rear Window (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
82. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Jonathan Demme
83. American History X (1998) Tony Kaye
84. Goodfellas (1990) Martin Scorsese
85. Clue (1985) Jonathan Lynn
86. Reservoir Dogs (1992) Quentin Tarantino
87. The Truman Show (1998) Peter weir
88. The Abyss (1989) James Cameron
89. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) Robert Rodriguez
90. Independence Day (1996) Roland Emmerich
91. Adaptation (2002) Spike Jonze
92. Batman Begins (2005) Christopher Nolan
93. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man�s Chest (2006) Gore Verbinski
94. Murder in the First (1995) Marc Rocco
95. Marnie (1964) Alfred Hitchcock
96. I, Robot (2004) Alex Proyas
97. Ginger Snaps (2000) John Fawcett
98. One Hour Photo (2002) Mark Romanek
99. Mulholland Drive (2001) David Lynch
100. The Cell (2000) Tarsem Singh
102. Batman Returns (1992) Tim Burton
103. The Princess Bride (1987) Rob Reiner
104. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) Trey Parker
105. Dogville (2003) Lars von Trier
106. 21 Grams (2003) Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu
107. Sleepers (1996) Barry Levinson
108. The Iron Giant (1999) Brad Bird
109. La Comunidad (2000) Alex de la Iglesia
110. El M�todo (2005) Marcelo Pi�eyro
111. Ichi the Killer (2001) Takashi Miike
112. The Frighteners (1996) Peter Jackson
113. The Big Lebowski (1998) The Coen Brothers
114. Being John Malkovich (1999) Spike Jonze
115. Moulin Rouge! (2001) Baz Luhrmann
116. Lola rennt (1998) Tom Tykwer
117. Ocean's Eleven (2001) Steven Soderbergh
118. Dolores Clayborne (1995) Taylor Hackford
119. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Joe Johnston
120. Misery (1990) Rob Reiner
121. Battle Royale (2000) Kinji Fukasaku
122. Oldboy (2003) Chan-wook Park
123. Young and Innocent (1937) Alfred Hitchcock
124. New Nightmare (1994) Wes Craven
125. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) James Foley
126. eXistenZ (1999) David Cronenberg
127. Oleanna (1994) David Mamet
128. Field of Dreams (1989) Phil Alden Robinson
129. The Devil�s Backbone (2001) Guillermo del Toro
130. Three Kings (1999) David O. Russell
131. To Catch a Thief (1955) Alfred Hitchcock
132. Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles
133. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) John Patrick Shanley
134. Barry Lyndon (1975) Stanley Kubrick
135. Big (1988) Penny Marshall
136. Gattacca (1997) Andrew Niccol
137. Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) Alan Parker
138. Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuar�n
139. Starship Troopers (1997) Paul Verhoeven
140. Waiting for Guffman (1996) Christopher Guest
141. Romeo + Juliet (1996) Baz Luhrmann
142. Stand by Me (1986) Rob Reiner
143. The Mask (1994) Chuck Russell
144. Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson
145. Back to the Future Part III (1990) Robert Zemeckis
146. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg
147. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Peter Jackson
148. Leon (1994) Luc Besson
149. Bring it On (2000) Peyton Reed
150. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Alferd Hitchcock
151. Ringu (1998) Hideo Nakata
152. Sympathy for Lady Vengence (2005) Chan-wook Park
153. Signs (2002) M. Night Shyamalan
154. Gremlins (1984) Joe Dante
155. North by Northwest (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
156. Midnight Express (1978) Alan Parker
157. The Breakfast Club (1985) John Hughes
158. High Noon (1952) Fred Zinnermann
159. The Addams Family (1991) Barry Sonnenfeld
160. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
161. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Sidney Lumet
162. Out of Sight (1998) Steven Soderbergh
163. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Edgar Wright
164. May (2002) Lucky McKee
165. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Guy Ritchie
166. The Terminator (1984) James Cameron
167. Serenity (2005) Joss Whedon
168. Strange Days (1995) Katheryn Bigelow
169. Meet the Feebles (1989) Peter Jackson
170. A Perfect World (1993) Clint Eastwood
171. Matchstick Men (2003) Ridley Scott
172. The Rock (1996) Michael Bay
173. Midnight Cowboy (1969) John Schlesinger
174. Speed (1994) Jan de Bont
175. Phone Booth (2002) Joel Schumacher
176. El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan�s Labyrinth) (2006) Guillermo del Toro
177. The Cable Guy (1996) Ben Stiller
178. Le Fabuleux destin d�Amelie Poulain (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet
179. Layer Cake (2004) Matthew Vaughn
180. Aladdin (1992) Ron Clements & John Musker
181. Fantasia (1940) Various
182. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Stanley Kubrick
183. Of Mice and Men (1992) Gary Sinise
184. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
185. Hellboy (2004) Guillermo del Toro
186. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Sergio Leone
187. Sunshine (2007) Danny Boyle
188. X-Men (2000) Bryan Singer
189. A Few Good Men (1992) Rob Reiner
190. High Fidelity (2000) Stephen Frears
191. Desperado (1995) Robert Rodriguez
192. Shallow Grave (1994) Danny Boyle
193. Aliens (1986) James Cameron
194. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Woody Allen
195. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
196. Hudson Hawk (1991) Michal Lehmann
197. The Singing Detective (2003) Keith Gordon
198. The Ninth Gate (1999) Roman Polanski
199. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Joe Dante
200. Titanic (1997) James Cameron
201. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) Jay Roach
202. Hook (1991) Steven Spielberg
203. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Terry Gilliam
204. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Shane Black
205. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Peter Weir
206. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Clint Eastwood
207. Match Point (2005) Woody Allen
208. Evil Dead II (1987) Sam Raimi
209. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) Quentin Tarantino
210. From Hell (2001) Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes
211. Zero Effect (1998) Jake Kasdan
212. Home Alone (1990) Chris Columbus
213. Hard Boiled (1992) John Woo
214. Death Becomes Her (1992) Robert Zemeckis
215. The Jacket (2005) John Maybury
216. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
217. Lethal Weapon (1987) Richard Donner
218. The Weather Man (2005) Gore Verbinski
219. Dumbo (1941) Ben Sharpsteen
220. Domino (2005) Tony Scott
221. Lost Highway (1997) David Lynch
222. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World�s End (2007) Gore Verbinski
223. The Devil�s Advocate (1997) Taylor Hackford
224. Rushmore (1998) Wes Anderson
225. Mystery Men (1999) Kinka Usher
226. Wicker Park (2004) Paul McGuigan
227. Cherry Falls (2000) Geoffrey Wright
228. The Goonies (1985) Richard Donner
230. Death to Smootchy (2002) Danny De Vito
231. The Fugitive (1993) Andrew Davis
232. Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002) Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang
233. Closer (2004) Mike Nichols
234. Toy Story 2 (1999) John Lasseter & Ash Brannon & Lee Unkrich
235. Shutter (2004) Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom
236. Silent Hill (2006) Christophe Gans
237. Spider-Man 3 (2007) Sam Raimi
238. Daredevil (2003) Mark Steven Johnson
239. Catch Me If You Can (2002) Steven Spielberg
240. Nattevagten (1994) Ole Bornedal
241. Breaking the Waves (1996) Lars von Trier
242. Elephant (2003) Gus Van Sant
243. Dutch (1991) Peter Faiman
244. Inland Empire (2006) David Lynch
245. Lord of War (2005) Andrew Niccol
246. Joe�s Apartment (1996) John Payson
247. Election (1999) Alexander Payne
248. Chasing Amy (1997) Kevin Smith
249. The Majestic (2001) Frank Darabont
250. Haunted Honeymoon (1986) Gene Wilder
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Here are the results from my Ultimate Comic Book Movie Poll from a couple of months back. Titles in blue represent movies that got 20 votes or more. I only included titles that got more than 5 votes.
65. Steel (1997) 1.6 (7 votes)
64. Catwoman (2004) 2.1 (7 votes)
63. Barb Wire (1996) 2.3 (8 votes)
62. Elektra (2005) 2.8 (8 votes)
61. Superman 4: The Quest for Peace (1987) 2.9 (10 votes)
60. Monkeybone (2001) 2.9 (8 votes)
59. The Crow: Salvation (2000) 3 (6 votes)
58. Punisher (1988) 3 (8 votes)
57. Batman and Robin (1997) 3.3 (24 votes)
56. Captain America (1991) 3.3 (6 votes)
55. The Crow: City of Angels (1996) 3.9 (9 votes)
54. Howard the Duck (1986) 4 (10 votes)
53. Red Sonja (1985) 4.1 (8 votes)
52. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) 4.2 (13 votes)
51. Bordello of Blood (1996) 4.3 (6 votes)
50. Tank Girl (1995) 4.3 (9 votes)
49. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) 4.7 (16 votes)
48. Superman 3 (1983) 4.8 (13 votes)
47. Conan the Destroyer (1984) 4.9 (12 votes)
46. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) 5 (6 votes)
45. Spawn (1997) 5.1 (19 votes)
44. Men in Black 2 (2002) 5.1 (24 votes) 43. Batman Forever (1995) 5.2 (25 votes)
42. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) 5.4 (16 votes)
41. The Punisher (2004) 5.4 (15 votes)
40. Daredevil (2003) 5.4 (23 votes)
39. Blade: Trinity (2004) 5.4 (7 votes)
38. Constantine (2005) 5.5 (10 votes)
37. The Rocketeer (1991) 5.8 (13 votes)
36. Batman (1966) 5.8 (14 votes)
35. The Shadow (1994) 5.8 (10 votes)
34. Flash Gordon (1980) 5.9 (7 votes)
33. Dick Tracy (1990) 5.9 (17 votes)
32. Barbarella (1968) 6 (6 votes)
31. Conan the Barbarian (1982) 6.1 (12 votes)
30. Timecop (1994) 6.1 (8 votes)
29. Hulk (2003) 6.2 (21 votes) 28. Blade (1998) 6.4 (23 votes) 27. Mars Attacks! (1996) 6.5 (21 votes) 26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) 6.5 (21 votes)
25. Judge Dredd (1995) 6.6 (7 votes)
24. Creepshow (1982) 6.7 (6 votes)
23. Blade 2 (2002) 6.7 (20 votes)
22. Heavy Metal (1981) 6.8 (8 votes)
21. The Mask (1994) 6.8 (13 votes)
20. Batman Returns (1992) 6.8 (26 votes)
19. From Hell (2001) 6.8 (15 votes)
18. Hellboy (2004) 6.8 (16 votes)
17. Ghost in the Shell (1995) 6.9 (6 votes)
16. X-Men (2000) 7 (27 votes)
15. Mystery Men (1999) 7 (7 votes)
14. Superman (1978) 7.1 (21 votes) 13. Men in Black (1997) 7.1 (29 votes - HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES)
12. Superman 2 (1980) 7.2 (18 votes)
11. Ghost World (2000) 7.2 (16 votes)
10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) 7.3 (7 votes)
9. Spider-Man (2002) 7.3 (28 votes) 8. Batman (1989) 7.4 (28 votes) 7. Road to Perdition (2002) 7.9 (20 votes) 6. Spider-Man 2 (2004) 7.9 (27 votes)
5. American Splendor (2003) 8 (7 votes)
4. X2 (2003) 8 (22 votes)
3. Akira (1988) 8.2 (10 votes)
2. The Crow (1994) 8.3 (16 votes)
AND THE BEST-EVER COMIC BOOK MOVIE IS...
1. Sin City (2005) 8.8 (16 votes)
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-Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, "The Rule of Four"
"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but true talent instantly recognizes genius."
-Dr. Watson (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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In Fear (2013)
An absolutely terrifying, well made, minimalistic horror film
I just finished watching this incredible movie and I can't believe the rating is this low.
It was absolutely terrifying - I was on the edge of my seat throughout. On top of that, it was very well-acted, shot, scored and edited. All three actors did a very convincing job. The first act provided just the right combination of laughs and suspense needed to hook the audience in and to get them emotionally involved with the characters.
What's most incredible to me is that the actors were kept in the dark as to what's going to happen - it's all detailed in the "Making of" feature on the DVD, and it's quite fascinating to watch.
Overall, I'd say it's one of the most intriguing, engrossing and enjoyable horror movies I've seen in the past few years. It's very minimalistic in its style and in the types of scares it contains, but that just makes it all the more frightening.
A brilliant masterpiece of atmosphere and suspense
This was one intense movie-going experience. Throughout the entire running time of the movie, the suspense never lets up.
The director masterfully weaves the haunting atmosphere, and I was at the edge of my seat. The plot is a wonderful puzzle, unraveling slowly to reveal hidden layers of depth and complexity. The acting was wonderful, emotional and nuanced, with some unforgettable moments (The two leads - Gyllenhaal and Jackman - give their career best performances, but the biggest achievement in my opinion is Paul Dano's). The musical score contributes to a sense of dread, as well as the rich sound design and the chilly color palette of the breathtaking cinematography.
All those parts add up to a rare, gut-wrenching, dark and fascinating masterpiece - the kind that lingers with you long after the credits roll.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Tremendous!!! One of my favorite movies of the year.
What a ride. "Sherlock Holmes" left me giddy. I absolutely loved it. It was thrilling, funny, stylish, fast-paced and brilliantly acted.
Downey Jr. is a delight to look at. He eats up the screen. He gives the character all sorts of mannerisms and nuances which really bring Holmes to life like never before. The chemistry and interplay between him and Jude Law is hilarious.
I wasn't a big fan of Rachel McAdams's performance, but it didn't detract from the experience. I felt she just didn't bring as much to the table as the others. (Kinda like Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.)
Guy Ritchie really outdoes himself here. The way he uses the camera, the motion, the fluidity, the snappy pacing - I loved every minute of it.
A really fantastic movie. Well done.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Absolutely brilliant. A masterpiece.
Synecdoche, New York is one of those rare movies that make you re-evaluate your life and that can change the way you see the world.
The script is sincere, heartfelt and brutal in its uncompromising preoccupation with the most painful elements of our existence. Having said that, the movie is far from depressing and is in fact hilarious. The humor is balanced out by moments of what I can only describe as pure cinematic poetry, the likes of which I haven't seen since, well, since Kaufman's previous film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The cast is unbelievable; there are so many great actors in this movie, and they all do an incredible job. Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers what in my opinion is the best performance in his career (excluding Capote which I haven't seen and cannot comment on). Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams also stand out among this remarkable ensemble. And Sadie Goldstein, who plays Hoffman's four-year-old daughter, is just so adorable!
The score is also phenomenal, and the end credits song was so beautiful it broke my heart.
All in all, this movie has had a huge emotional impact on me and is definitely the kind of movie you have to see more than once. I give it my highest possible recommendation.
The Shape of Things (2003)
An intelligent, sophisticated comedy that gets off to a slightly lame start but ends brilliantly
After the first 30 minutes I felt like the film lacked energy. The pace was a little too slow for my taste, and the intensity too low. I wanted it to be snappier, more sizzling.
But then, about halfway through, it got really interesting. The second half, although it still suffers from some pacing problems, makes up for the first. And then the third act is one of the most brilliant and satisfying third acts I saw in a long time. The ending brings together all of the elements and themes that were planted throughout the movie (our obsession with the way things look, the line between art and real life) to form insights about our lives that are as brutal as they are true.
I am generally fond of Neil LaBute's work - most of the time his works contain more than what they initially seem to be (I haven't see "The Wicker Man" remake yet, but I heard it was horrible). Here, what starts off as your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy/drama, develops into a cynic's paradise, presenting insights into our lives which are as brutal as they are true.
Three of the four actors do a splendid job (Weisz, Rudd & Mol). I especially liked Paul Rudd's performance, and the way his character changes throughout. All three, and especially Rachel Weisz, are convincing in their roles, and deliver multi-layered performances with lots of subtext. Fred Weller's performance leaves something to be desired, but the fact that his role is well written somewhat makes up for that. LaBute has successfully made all four characters three-dimensional and they feel like real people.
Overall, I'd say it was a pretty great movie, certainly entertaining, and an important one to watch and analyze if you are into writing, directing or acting. Somewher, though, I feel like it didn't live up to its full potential. This script, if directed with more intensity, could have become one of my favorite movies, up there with films such as "Closer", "Glengary Glen Ross" or "Oleanna". Maybe it's the transition from the stage to the screen that made LaBute feel like he should make everything more minimalistic and restrained. But it's definitely worth checking out.
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
An interesting and visually compelling thriller/horror with great atmosphere
Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed it.
I thought the atmosphere was very well crafted - taking a lot of inspiration from David Lynch/Twin Peaks(check out the alternate opening on the DVD and tell me that it doesn't remind you of the Twin Peaks opening credits sequence), but still managing to be interesting and effectively creepy. The music was also great and very Angelo Badalamenti-ish.
Some reviews categorized it as part of the Torture Porn sub-genre, but I disagree, I think the gore wasn't too gratuitous. Whenever there was gore it was effective, it wasn't overused to the point where the audience becomes apathetic to it.
I especially liked the art direction, and overall I think it was very aesthetically pleasing. Some interesting surreal imagery. Yes, the color symbolism was overdone, but what can I do, all those lush blues and reds appealed to me.
I also thought the script was clever in its "plants" & "pay-offs" and in terms of foreshadowing. And Lindsay Lohan's acting, though not brilliant, was adequate and convincing.
The directing in some of the dramatic dialogue scenes could have been tighter, with a bigger sense of urgency, especially towards the end, but I will be interested to see what director Chris Sivertson does next.
7.5 out of 10
Surprisingly entertaining and delightfully wicked
This film was not at all what I expected.
It had more of a plot than I thought it would. I had no idea what it was about before I saw it, only that it was a stylish horror film that draws influence from the Kabuki. I assumed it would be sort of surreal and abstract, kind of like a nightmarish dance. But it was very traditional in the way it stuck to the story. Which wasn't bad. In fact, I really enjoyed it.
I also thought it would be slow and, to tell the truth, boring, but it surprised me in how it kept my interest throughout. It didn't indulge in needlessly long takes just for the sake of appearing "artistic", and there was always something happening, always a development.
One of the great things about this film is the way the director uses the surroundings to create a stuffy, cramped, yet isolated atmosphere. The tall grass is always present and we never get to see what's more than several feet away from the characters. Don't laugh, but it reminded me of the fog in Silent Hill (the video game, not the movie).
I may be wrong, but I thought I detected some Hitchcockian influence in the film. The whole domineering mother-figure theme, the way the audience is in on the secret while the other characters stay oblivious. Also the plot had that wicked streak that is present in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Especially the bit of "poetic justice" at the end - she pretended to be a demon, therefore she became a demon.
I loved the tonal shift about two thirds of the way through, from realistic drama to a sort of haunted folktale. And the ending was just perfect.
La marche de l'empereur (2005)
Cute and visually spectacular
La Marche de l'Empereur (2005) is a french documentary that features the habits of penguins during the course of one year: their mating rituals, their migrations, laying of the eggs, searching for food, etc. It also shows them facing a danger or two, and (what for me was the highlight of the movie) the moment when the baby penguins break out of their shells! The movie is visually astounding. The cinematographer has managed to capture extreme close-ups where you can see the pattern of their feathers, as well as breath-taking longshots of hundreds of penguins marching on the beautiful icy backdrop. There is also a suspenseful underwater sequence.
The movie is accompanied with poetic voice-overs that tell the story from the penguins' point of view, and gentle ambiance music. There are also a few laughs here and there, as penguins bump into each other or slip on the ice.
The movie could have been handled better from a dramatic storytelling stand-point, but it seemed the director was aiming to create a sort of poetic new age nature movie, and as such, it works perfectly. Admittedly, there are points where the style starts to wear on you, and some parts seem to be repeating themselves, but at 80 minutes long the movie doesn't overstay its welcome.
All in all, the movie is a memorable experience, and manages to be informative and entertaining at the same time, and even manages to be moving on occasion. And penguins are simply the cutest animals!
88 Minutes (2007)
It can't get much worse than this, folks
What a train wreck of a movie. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it. What the hell was Pacino thinking???
This movie was hysterical. The script had some moments that were so ridiculous that I thought to myself that this has to be a parody.The plot was so contrived and lined with the corniest clichés in the book, such as a news cast that happens to relate directly to the story which comes on just as the main character enters a taxi.
The dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny, especially in moments when the film tries to pass off as an intelligent psychological thriller - then the characters utter illogical, superfluous arguments in favor of and against criminal psycho-analysis.
The acting was embarrassing. I love Pacino, but it felt like he was just frustrated with how lousy the material was. I don't understand how he found himself in this movie, let alone why he's making another film with the same director. Hasn't he seen the result?
It's awful that a hack like Jon Avnet is set to direct what might be the last collaboration between Pacino and De Niro. If "Righteous Kill" ends up sucking as much as "88 Minutes" it will be a damn shame.
The Good German (2006)
Steven Soderberg is a hit-or-miss director. Either his films are acclaimed and loved by most, or they're infamous and hated. Having read the reviews, and having heard the negative buzz, I was expecting a miss. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
The film was mesmerizing. Say what you will about it, you have to commend Soderbergh on his cinematography skills. Black and white hasn't looked this good since "The Man Who Wasn't There". It was so rich, with so many textures. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Definitely some of the best looking cinematography I've seen this year.
Also the score is great. It evokes just the right noir-ish atmosphere. The editing is crisp and clever. All of the technical elements of this movie are flawless.
I heard people complain about the story and the acting. I thought the acting was great. Clooney looks like he just came out of the 50's. He reminded me of Cary Grant. Cate Blanchett is perfect as the femme fatale. I can't think of any better casting choices for an old school film noir than these two.
I also thought the story was engaging, even though it was sometimes confusing. I loved the way the information was dispersed, and the fact that the film changes perspectives, and at different points it's narrated by different characters. Some of the revelations in the plot were really sophisticated.
Making this film the way it was made, using old school techniques, lighting, camera lenses, etc. was a gutsy move. I applaud Soderbergh for his experimentation. And I thin it's a successful one - it really feels like a 50's film noir classic. I wouldn't say it's Soderbergh's best film, but it's certainly one of his his most unique ones, and a return to form after a string of failures. I highly recommend it.