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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
One of the best performances ever
"I'm sorry, but no one's looking for you"
After a woman suffers a terrible car crash, two men shelter her, claiming the outside world is infected with a chemical attack. A very intense film. 10 Cloverfield Lane does a great job capturing the aspects of thrillers. The mystery, music and unsteadiness in the film made this 100 minutes of anxiety. The use of camera was great, however I do think certain scenes had unnecessarily unsteady camera work. It is very entertaining because you are always in a state of anxiety, fear and the heart pumping quickly. There is this constant vibe of something terrible about to occur and that makes this film all the more better. John Goodman is amazing. He plays his character to perfection and this is some of his best work. Mary Elizabeth and John Gallagher were also great. Elizabeth's use of fear really helps set the tone of the movie. The beginning of this film is great. Not many films can have so much going on with so little dialogue. Once you start you won't want to stop. It will make you want to stick to the ending. It fixates you with the unpredictability of it and you just need to know what is next. I love the use of 90% of it being in one bunker and still being so entertaining. The ending was anti-climatic for me though. If it cut the last 5-10 minutes of the film, it would have been a whole lot better and the ending would have perfectly captured that tone of anxiety and ambiguity the whole film till then had shown. In conclusion, there isn't a whole lot of things this film got wrong. This film isn't perfect but just in general great in all aspects. If the ending was just shortened then this film would be much better. I recommend this to anyone who loves to feel all the emotions this film has to offer.
Final note: For best experience, watch in isolated dark room.
Taxi Driver (1976)
One of Scorsese's finest.
"You talking to me?" Mentally unstable Vietnam veteran becomes a late night taxi driver, only to become violent through the sleaze he perceives.
Martin Scorsese's 1976 film Taxi Driver is filmed wonderfully and performed brilliantly. Robert De Niro work as Travis Bickle (who has now become one of my favourite characters in cinema) was amazing. I knew De Niro was a great actor but I did not expect this great of performance. It is almost if not as good, as his work in The Godfather 2.
There was also a great performance by young Jodie Foster. While not having a whole lot of screen time, she still did an exceptional job. Now to move onto the cinematography. I love Scorsese's style. It is up there with that of Hitchcock, Spielberg, Tarantino and Kubrick. His use of extended shot are great and this film is another example of it. The shots are well placed and look beautiful. The dialogue in this film is 👌. It is well written and spoken to perfection. No scene is a better example than the iconic "Are you talking to me?" scene. One thing I have to say that I didn't like about this film was that the first hour or so dragged on a bit and could have been more entertaining. Other than that it was perfect.
The plot is simple which I like and the ending is great. There is great use of music in this movie. In conclusion, one of Scorsese's best work and an all time favourite. Great acting, directing and characters. Not as violent as many make out and I recommend it to everyone. This is one everyone should see.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Daniel Day Lewis is amazing
Driven oil man Daniel Plainview will do anything it takes to achieve his goals. In the turn of the 20th century, he puts his skills to use to take advantage of a small town. I haven't seen many films featuring Daniel Day Lewis but his work blows me away. This is no exception. His performance had such realism that at points I forgot this was a film. Paul Dano also did an amazing job and his acting looked great even next to the legend that Lewis is.
I love the idea of this film and what it is about. It is certainly like nothing else I have seen. However it moves slowly and I think that if they just trimmed a few minutes in some of the scenes then this film would have been way more entertaining. I love the shots in this film, especially the longer ones. The captured Plainview perfectly on the camera, and the canes work really sets the tone of the movie. There is little dialogue in the first 20 minutes but after that it picks up. Most of it was average but parts were perfect for the scene. I love the analogy Plainview used with the milkshakes and the final words uttered in this film. I can't think of a better ending for this film.
The characters didn't intrigued me a lot. I was interested in Plainview but H.W and Eli etc. just didn't make me want to know more about them. Overall, a film with some brilliant acting and directing but had some unnecessary moments. Probably should have been 20 minutes shorter.
Recommendation: If you are not a fan of longer films then do not watch this. Or if you have a short attention span. The whole film is really fine except for a few darker scenes, especially the ending which I don't recommend if you don't like that kind of stuff. Other than those points then everyone should watch this film.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning"
Apocalypse Now is a chilling war story about the effects war can have on you. The story is about Captain Willard who sent to kill General Kurtz after going renegade along with a group of soldiers during the Vietnam war and it will test their mentality.
Straight off the bat, the film's music is awesome. It is thrilling and really moves you. The actions scenes were way more exciting with the music and the cruise along the river felt much more intense. The acting in this film is incredible. Both Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen were impeccable. Brando really captured the insanity of his character and Sheen really brought out the best in his character. I want to congratulate Coppola and the rest of the cast for this film. The conditions and work load put in this film was insurmountable and the actors were going insane themselves making this film. The plot is great however for the length of the film I think it needed more action. Parts were slow and didn't keep me interested. I loved the ending but I felt I was ripped off because the build up was tremendous. I guess I was expecting more. I love the lines of dialogue spilt out in this movie. Granted there wasn't a lot but the lines they were good.
I love the shots in this film. They really made this film more iconic and were angled perfectly to give the best possible experience visually for the audience.
Overall a really good film. If it only were for entertainment then this film would be in my all time top 20 or so. Recommendation: Definitely a great film that should be watched. Especially if you are into war films like I am. The actions scenes are few but can get fairly graphic so be careful if you don't like that stuff. Also animals were killed on screen in real life in this film so for those who really care about that, I would avoid this film. 91%
Don't mention Jar Jar around me. It's for the best
One word can be used to describe this installation of the Star Wars saga. Disappointment. This film was no way even close to the standards of any other of the Star Wars episodes.
The over use of CGI was ridiculous and almost all of it looked fake. I felt like at some points I was watching Antz. The acting was bad even with a stellar line-up but I think this was because the script was terrible and it is almost impossible to do well in. I enjoyed the plot but it definitely needed less political involvement. The start was dull and boring unlike all the others that had interesting and action- packed starts. The characters created in this film were awesome (except Jar Jar whom I can't even bring words together to describe my hate for him). Qui-Gon and Darth Maul have become some of my favourite Jedi and Sith. The big thing I liked from this was Ewan McGregor. I found despite the lack of good dialogue, he even managed to become a better Obi- Wan.
Acting: 5/10 Dialogue: 4/10 Plot: 7/10 Characters: 9/10 (I'm going to forget about Jar Jar) Entertainment value: 8/10
At least it's better than The Phantom Menace!
An improvement over The Phantom Menace. This film was much less political and had more action to make it more enjoyable. Hayden Christenson was a terrible actor in this film and it didn't help that he had to play a big whiner with crappy dialogue. Anakin in this film almost takes away from his character in the originals. Natalie Portman was much better in this film and she played a much better role. Except for the 30 minute romance scenes with Anakin. That was painful. One character that was slightly ruined for me was Boba Fett. I in no way found his character enjoyable of good in the film. CGI still was overused but I found that it was improved over the previous though of course this is because the technology got better. Scenes still looked fake though.
I enjoyed having less Jar Jar and finally seeing Mace whip out his awesome purple lightsaber. My favourite scene was the droid factory. I enjoyed it all the way through and it was quite fun to watch. Ewan continued to do an even better job at Obi-Wan and made him my favourite Jedi.
Acting: 6/10 Dialogue: 6/10 Plot: 8/10 Characters: 9/10 Entertainment value: 8/10
Best of the prequels
Easily the best of the prequels. Lucas sorted out most of the script problems and this film felt much closer to the originals than the others (except for the extreme use of CGI). Hayden managed to improve his acting but it was still bad. I didn't feel the relationship between Anakin and Padme was real and that was due to acting (mostly on Hayden's part). The second half of the film was way better than the first half. It had little politics and things were getting intense. To have little sight of Jar Jar was awesome. I loved General Grievous and he was my favourite character introduced into the prequels (sorry Qui-Gon). Ewan continued to do an awesome job and this film really made me love Obi-Wan. When on Kashyyyk I would of liked to see a child Han Solo but then again we saw what happened to child Boba Fett so maybe that was a good decision.
The climatic lightsaber battle between Vader and Obi-Wan was awesome. It was really intense and in my top 3 of favourite lightsaber duels. My one problem was that it seemed way too choreographed. The end part really made me feel sorry for both Vader and Obi-Wan. Both of them lost so much and it was really upsetting. I loved the cries of Noooo! at the end and to end with a nod to A New Hope was a great way to finish. Acting: 7/10 Dialogue: 7/10 Plot: 9/0 Characters: 9/10 Entertainment value: 9/10
Star Wars (1977)
AN over-rated but awesome film.
The most over-rated film in the saga. Don't get me wrong. I love A New Hope. But it definitely is no way as good as the sequels. This film started the series and without it being such a success, there is no way we would've have got the others so firstly I'd like to say thanks. My favourite thing about this film is we get our first glimpse of all the best characters. Vader, Han, R2, Chewie, 3-PO. It was annoying that Lucas ended up including Jabba in this film and I would have preferred to not have that scene because it ruins the look of Jabba. I love the opening moment when we first get our glimpse R2 and 3-PO. The Cantina scene was a delight and easily in my favourite scenes of all-time. It has it all. The awesome music, first sight of a lightsaber in action as well as our favourite duo Han and Chewie. Also we can't forget when we see how big of a scoundrel Han is when he shoots fi... Wait! Lucas changed that!!!!!! The plot is a little ludicrous if you think about it (many of it being implausible) and this film is way more childish than the second two. We also can't forget Luke and his whining. The acting was great but it didn't blow me away. Particularly Alec McGuiness who could've done better as McGregor showed us. The worst part is the end though. I can't help but wonder why they didn't give Chewie a medal as well. It's inconceivable! This film had many awesome things about but it's the little things that didn't make it as awesome as the other originals. This timeless classic will forever be one of my favourite films and deserves to be loved. Acting: 9/10 Dialogue: 9/10 Plot: 9/10 Characters: 10/10 Entertainment Value: 10/10
An awesome finish to the series
Another one of my all-time favourite films. Personally, I find the first hour of this film to be better than all the rest. I really enjoy Jabba's Palace and love every minute of it. It was a shame we only get a few minute of Boba.
The lightsaber battle at the end was thrilling and quite emotional. I loved watching the Ewoks but found it a little implausible that they can do so much damage. My main problem with the film was acting. Though it was great, I don't think they did as well as the previous film.
The ending was unnecessary when Lucas added CGI to it. I didn't make the film any better and kinda made the ending worse. I love the relationship between Han and Leia again but it was annoying that their snappy one-liners towards each other disappeared. It was a shame to have little screen time of my favourite characters from Empire due to death and other reasons. I would've liked to see more time of them but what can you do?
It was a great way to end a great series and have a conclusion..... Until The Force Awakens came along (luckily the film was awesome). There isn't many films made these days as good as this. Acting: 9/10 Dialogue: 10/10 Plot: 10/10 Characters: 10/10 Entertainment value: 10/10
The best in the series
Star Wars is the best series so to be the best of the best is amazing. This film did it. To find a flaw in this film is like finding a needle in a haystack. Which is what I will do. The one thing that annoys me is Luke's reaction to the terrible truth (which every time I see I think of Jack Nicholson in the film A Few Good Men) I found it to be fake and unrealistic. I didn't feel he meant it. I will complain about another thing about this film but it is the viewers fault. All over the Internet people speak of the revelation in the film so everyone knows it, even those who haven't seen it which loses the shock it has had. Secondly, get the quote right!!!!!!! I love the way this films ends ambiguously and that the Empire is now winning. Unlike A New Hope this film leads into the next film and I really liked that. I love the relationship between Leia and Han. It seemed so real and you felt the chemistry between them. Plus it brings out some of the best lines in the series.
I want to say a huge thanks to the film for having Boba Fett say more than two lines. That is an upside. The big success was getting to meet Yoda. The scene was funny and I really enjoyed the puppet which was done extremely well by Frank Oz. It was sad to have Yoda lose his humour after that though. From start to finish l, this film is as entertaining as it comes. This film cracks my top 10. Acting: 9/10 Dialogue: 10/10 Plot: 10/10 Characters: 10/10 Entertainment value: 10/10