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Well, What is there to say about this movie?
The stamp sized script is CRAP The acting is CRAP! The filming is CRAP!! the special effects are CRAP!!!
PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS SO CRAPPY THAT IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE. IN FACT I SHOULD GIVE IT A BIG FAT ZERO, INSTEAD OF THE FOUR I GAVE IT.
Stil, there is something, something indefinable, something unfathomable... that makes the load of crap that is this movie, work. I have tried, and tried again and again, but for the life of me, I can not figure out why i thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
See it and try yourself. Maybe you can break the code, to why this movie was so fun to watch.
Well, that's it for this time.
Well made series, but with a disappointing disregard to the legend
Well, It is a really well made series. In fact it is a pity it seems there will be no second season. The acting is excellent. Specially i will mention Anthony Head, who portray the intellectually and emotionally very complex Uther Pendragon at times chillingly well. He managed to portray the originally kindhearted man that because of tragic happenings in the past, becomes darker and darker in his pursuit of vengeance. A vengeance he disguises protecting the kingdom. I doubt anyone could do this role better than Anthony. It seems made for him.
But. And that is a big but. through the whole series it annoyed me greatly how the makers of the series, blatantly disregarded the legend. Okay it not nearly as bad as what was done with the newer Jason Bourne movies, but bad anyway. They got a few key details completely wrong. Nimueh was not evil. She wasn't exactly a nice person, but she fought for the light. Morgana on the other hand were evil as evil could be. And Mordred were the bastard son of Morgana and Arthur, who were just as evil and insane as his mother.
Major faults, makes what otherwise would be a solid nine maybe a ten, to the weak 7 i gave it. I am starting to be fed up with the way the writers of Hollywood changes things from books and legends just as it fit them, with total disregard to the original writer, or in this instance, The original Legend. I wish they would stop doing that! it is exceedingly annoying!!!
Thats it for now. Paladin Steelbreaker
An utterly beautiful, completely disgusting masterpiece
Okay, what can be said about this?
I really did not like this movie! visually the movie was a masterpiece of near perfection. So was the acting. Chow Yun Fat was so utterly disgusting and evil that I really got cold shivers of disgust down my back. I knew he was a good actor, but this was just creepy!!! And that all the other actors did just as well in portraying their character, added to the horror of this movie.
It was like watching a Chinese version of MacBeth and Hamlet rolled into one. the Shakespearian air through the movie was just overwhelming. And as in Shakespeare's dramas, everything that possibly could go wrong, went straight to hell! I have only seen two movies so utterly void of hope. Namely the 1960's version of Hamlet, and Kurosawa's Ran. But this one topped them both because of its brutal visual and psychological imagery.
This is by far the most disgusting movie i have seen in years, yet it is one of the better. If you see this movie you will remember it for a very long time. Make sure you are not depressed, and has not eaten, before you sit down to see this one.
Because watching it, you SHOULD do. It is a true masterpiece !!!
In all honesty i should have given this movie a straight 10. But because of its utter hideousness,I can't get myself to give it more than a solid 8.
Thats all folks.
Okay, what can I say? I WAS RIGHT!!!
They should never have made a sequel to AVP. This was just, just. words don't describe it, but I have to try. This movie sucked big time! The plot was minimal. The violence was chaotic, and meaningless. and the acting was horrible. They pulled out just about every clichè there is. even the busty blonde chick. Okay, she didn't flash her titties, but she did die very predictably.
As in the first movie, the camera was a nightmare. Where in the first movie one didn't know what was up, down, left or right, in this movie there were such an overabundance of close up shots, that we never got to see the whole monster.
The whole movie seemed rushed, as if its goal was to put the most violence into the shortest time frame-possible, without concern to the storyline. and hello, pregnant women and children? it should have added tons to the horror meter, but failed miserably to do so, because in the whole movie there wasn't one single moment of believable display of feelings. there was no personality to the victims, that could allow us to connect to their horror on an emotional level.
Not even Reiko Aylesworth could save this movie, and it didn't look like she tried, or were allowed to try. Her role was much too two-dimensional and downplayed. She were supposed to be a solider, for crying out loud! And the worst part of that, is that i am sure she could have pulled off the soldier act really good, if the script had allowed it.
All in all this is one of the crappiest movies I have seen in a very long time. It is with severe doubts I give this one a 2. And that is only because Reiko Aylesworth is maybe the most beautiful woman ever to have been born.
Do yourselves a favor folks. Do not waste good money on this movie. You will only be left with a mother-load of irritation over the people that actually against all probability managed to make something as stupendously stupid as this movie.
Thats all folks.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Clearly the best of three
Well, this one annoys me! It is one heck of a spy thriller. Matt Dammon continues to portrait Jason Bourne in a surprisingly good almost shockingly so way. From being a barely mediocre actor, he in these three movies have grown to be a splendid actor. And in this last installment, he simply is Bourne. Well, at least the movie version. The only thing that pulls down, is that Matt doesn't know martial arts if his life depended on it. But what could have been disastrous for the series, have been saved by one heck of a genius behind the camera. The fast moving close in camera, successfully hides his lack of fighting skills in most instances.
the plots have become better for each movie also, and it is with a heavy heart i have to give this one 8 stars. Because I am sorely tempted to give it an ZERO.
Why?! You may ask. And the answer is, the entire trilogy is a bloody mockery of the ingenious books by Robert Ludlum. Almost nothing from the books has made it into the movies.
I sincerely hope someone will make a real modern movie version of the books. That done properly, ladies and gentlemen, would be a sure 10.
Thats all for now. Paladin Steelbreaker
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Uninspired and almost dull
Well, what can I say. I AM DISAPPOINTED! I was expecting way more than this garbage!!! No, to be honest, it isn't that bad. The problem is that it could and should have been so incredibly much better.
The biggest problem is that they piled three major villains upon each other. They should have stuck to only Sandman, Venom, or Goblin. NOT ALL THREE OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME!!! It simply became too much, and it totally killed the suspense and plot. Instead of a well thought through plot with a real character development like in the two first movies, everything seemed rushed and half finished. In my opinion they should have staid with Venom as the villain. He was the best of the three anyway.
And what in the world were they thinking when they made the Goblin one of the good guys? If memory doesn't serve me wrong, Harry became just as psychotic and evil as his father, once he became the Green Goblin. And I don't remember him die either, although I may be wrong there.
Well over to the stronger sides of the movie. The fight scenes were as always fantastic. Sandman was just the way i imagined, and so was Venom. And Mary Jane's failure as an actress, were like taken right out of the comic book, with her being too ashamed to tell Peter, and being jealous of the attention he is getting as Spiderman. Although both Mary Jane and Peter were characterized a bit too much goofy teenage like(i don't think Harry became Goblin until after MJ and Peter were married), Tobey and Kirsten did an overall good job catching the essence of MJ and Peter. But I will say that Tobey has a thing or two to learn from Kirsten when it comes to acting. I feel he did a better job in the first movies. His heart just didn't seem to be in it this time.
the filming and the soundtrack as always managed to bring me into the Marvel Universe, and the atmosphere of the movie were god. In fact it WAS a good movie, but nevertheless a big disappointment.
Thats all folks Paladin Steelbreaker.
Blood Diamond (2006)
Surelly the best acting performance of Di Caprio so far.
Well, I went to the cinema, hoping for a reasonably good movie. Lets face it Di Caprio, in the past, never really was more than a pretty boy face and a lousy actor.
But in the later years his acting has been steadily increasing in quality. He seems to have really grown up, as an actor. I mean, with The Aviator he proved once and for all, that not only can he act, but he has become a darned good actor.
In Blood Diamonds, he does one of the best performances by any actor in recent years. The way he managed to balance total cynicism with just the amount of humanity for the viewers not to despise his character, was awe inspiring. In my opinion he should have gotten an Oscar for this film. Not to diminish Hansou's performance, but Di Caprio really shone. And as Hansou got a really well deserved Oscar, I feel that Di Caprio did just as good a performance, maybe better.
Jennifer also did a splendid job. Here is maybe the only weak point on the script. I felt she was maybe a bit underused. Had she been given a chance in the script, i got the distinct feeling that she would have done just as well as her male co actors. But what she did, was a piece of flawless acting.
All in all, I will give this movie a strong eight. I will stop at that, because it lacked the bit of emotional weight that would have given it a ten. Nevertheless, i think this is going to be one of the better movies in 2007.
Run to the Theatre and watch it! You will not be disappointed.
Thats all folks
The Bourne Identity (1988)
Storywise much better than the new movies
Well, finally I saw the old Bourne movie/miniseries with Richard Chamberlain as Bourne. And I have to say i pretty much LOVED it. Chamberlain's Bourne was much closer to the one in the books than Matt Dammon ever was. Okay, Dammon is a better fighter, and he plays much better than I had thought before seeing his Bourne movies. But these movies are just about totally ignoring the plot of the books, which annoyed me greatly.
In Chamberlains Bourne movie they mostly stuck to the book, with few variations. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I could follow the plot from the books from point to point. Especially I liked the way Marie St. Jaques were portrayed by Jaclyn Smith. Okay it got a bit overly mushy on both her and Chamberlines side, but all in all they both did a fair job. Franka Potente were a LOUSY Marie in the new movies. Partly also because of the infuriating way her character were written in the script.
The only complains I have, the before mentioned overly romantic air over the movie, and that I always had the feeling I was watching a seventies movie instead of one made in 1988. The col ours, the clipping and the way the movie progressed, it was so incredibly seventies spy movie.So therefore i give this one a 7. Otherwise it would have been a sure 8maybe more.
Le pacte des loups (2001)
Not one for the weak of heart!!!
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The setting was perfect. The costumes, the way people behaved, the lighting, it fit the period so fantastically, that one felt brought back in time.
What more, the plot was absolutely fantastic. the viewer were kept on the edge of his seat right from the beginning and to the end. There always seemed to be another level to the story. The viewer were taken on an emotional roller-coaster ride deep into the darkest part of the human psyche. Everyone in this movie were acting on a level far higher than most Oscar winning movies.
And The script has to be one of the best written ones in the last 20 years. It was so tightly written, with such a nerve wrecking sense of foreboding doom, that just as you started to think you had figured it all out, you were taken for a wild ride in another direction, right up until the shocking end.
As I left the Cinema, i was downright exhausted, but i will be forever thankful that I didn't go with my first decision, and stayed home.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, then you better do it fast. I promise you, you will never regret it.
That's all for now.
L'empire des loups (2005)
One of the better movies I have seen in a while.
Well, I am certainly getting more and more impressed with the acting skills of Jean Reno, that's for sure! He shifts so easily between hero and villain. In this movie one never quite figured which one he was. At least I didn't. And the other actors, whom i am sad to say I don't know, did their part almost as good. All in all it was top notch acting all around, and that is seldom to see in an action/thriller. Usually it is the lead man or woman that carries the movie on his/her shoulder.
And the story went in so many different directions that I was kept on the tip of my toes for all of the movie.
The script was very tightly written, the pace never dulled, and the foreboding atmosphere brought forth by magnificent use of camera and lighting, went as a red thread through it all. It made me believe this was something it was not.
The reason I am giving Empire of The Wolves a strong 8, instead of a pure 10, is because of the scientific mumbo jumbo. It was the only part that seemed a little off. It was just a bit too much science fiction like. Now i love a good science fiction flick as much as the other guy, but it did not quite fit in here, i feel. They should have come up with something a bit more realistic. It isn't that easy to mess with memories.
And yes, i know that it probably were made that way on purpose, to throw the watcher off the scent, as was certain other unrealistic elements in the movie, that I won't go further into. But i feel they fit better with the mood of the movie.
Anyway, if you haven't seen Empire of The Wolves, do it as soon as you can. Because this is still a seriously well made movie. It is a shame it has such relatively low rating on the IMDb. It deserves better.