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Stayed with me for days afterward
I have not reviewed a movie on IMDb in several years, and wasn't even sure if my account was still active.
I managed to remember my password and log in to write this review because this is the first movie I've seen in a while that had enough of an effect on me to write one. So here goes.
I'll start at the end. When I left the picture-house (cinema) after watching this movie, I felt elated. Not some kind of fake high but a real sense of euphoria of being me. For the sake of being me. A feeling of pride in myself and a feeling of tremendous self-worth.
Perhaps it's because the first movie I ever saw in a cinema was Michael Keaton's Batman as a 10-year old boy, and he rekindled something from deep in my past, or maybe because it was just a really f**king good movie.
I mean... I was just glued, it was beautiful and just enjoyable. It had everything. Witty characters, amazing cinematography, surprises, out-loud laughs, I felt like the actors who were in this movie must have been having a blast when making it and that transpired onto the screen. There was just so much positive energy in this movie, it was just...electric. Despite the fact that the characters were what some people might call "depressed"...trust me they weren't. Even if your life is in crisis you can still be very happy and that's what this movie proved.
It was cleverly made. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the theater and the first-person perspective moving through the corridors of the theater really made you believe you were there. On the big screen it looked amazing. Everything was so perfect it looked just...ordinary. Which was perfect. I'm not saying the movie was perfect, there's no such thing, and I'm not saying it's my favorite movie, there's no such thing either, but it's an entertaining movie that deserves your attention and theater ticket fee because God knows Hollywood doesn't make films like this very often anymore.
Couldn't take it seriously
I watched about the first 45 minutes of this movie. I switched it off when Elijah Wood is forced to play in goal in a 5-a-side match with a group of children during their PE class. The PE teacher is a member of a football "Firm" called the GSE or Green Street Elite, named after the street on which Upton Park is situated, Upton Park being West Ham football club's home stadium.
Wood plays an American college student who visits his sister in London and soon becomes friends with a group of West Ham supporters who happen to be heavily involved in football violence. At first they don't accept this college-educated American outsider as one of their own, but once he convinces them that the Karate Kid movies are based on him, they treat him as one of their own.
Although he has never been in a fight before, Elijah beats the hell out of one guy from the Tottenham firm in his first ever fight. I found this pretty hard to believe. Not to mention other little things like the aftermath of a football riot outside Bank tube station. There are no football stadiums anywhere near Bank tube station, and on weekends this area is almost deserted because it's right in the middle of London's financial district.
The other thing I couldn't take seriously was the horrendous cockney accent of the other main character. It sounded like one of those South Park accents that are deliberately bad just for comic effect. Some people might think the accent isn't that important, but I think it is very important. No matter what he says he might as well be saying "I'm not a cockney and I'm just reading a script". It simply didn't work.
The Social Network (2010)
Dark, haunting, with more than a grain of truth.
These days it seems harder and harder to go to the cinema and see a movie that isn't frankly rubbish. The Social Network is the best movie I've seen since the last century.
It portrays the beginnings of Facebook, probably the most famous and popular website ever, creating the youngest billionaire in history, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg who gives an incredible performance of a young man with vastly superior intelligence , desperate to make an impression and become "somebody". By pure chance he is asked to design a website for the college, which he agrees to, only at some point he decides that the site he's working on should belong to him, not them.
It's well known that a lot of this movie is fictitious but I believe the core emotions and events are very true to what actually happened. Zuckerberg fed off the thrill of playing people like pawns, gradually shedding his nerdy teenage persona and turning into a ruthless businessman.
The movie tells the story with atmosphere using dark, brooding, menacing music, it just all comes together and exudes some intangible quality that makes it seem hard to believe that this just happened a few years ago, you feel the gradualism of the build-up as Facebook gets bigger and bigger and how people quickly get left behind and how Zukerberg and Parker became perfect business partners to create something the world has never seen before.
It's very brave to make a movie about a true story so soon after it happened. If this movie was made 30 years after Facebook was invented it would have been very different. The residual emotion that was floating around after these events would have long since evaporated.
David Fincher did something bold and brave by making this movie. The fact that it upset Zuckerberg himself is an achievement in itself. He's been portrayed with more accuracy than he's willing to admit.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
I haven't reviewed any movies on IMDb in the last few years, but I just had to return and warn the world after spending just under an hour of my life watching "Get Him To The Greek". Yes. I walked out halfway through. Does that entitle me to write a review, considering I haven't seen the entire movie? I think it does.
I normally give a movie 10-15 minutes to "get going", and usually they do. "Superbad" started out looking like a bore, but suddenly got very funny and eventually got hilarious.
The plot is simple. Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) has 72 hours to get Russell Brand's character, "Aldus Snow" a hard-drinking, self-absorbed, washed-up rock star, from London to L.A. so he can play a comeback gig and revive his career and make millions for the record company. After flying to London and making contact with Aldus, Aaron suddenly realizes this is going to be tougher than expected. Aldus Snow seems more interested in showing Aaron the "best night of his life", so off they go on an almighty all-day bender. After this intense night of partying and missing about 4 flights, he finally gets him on to the plane and he can finally relax, mission accomplished.
This was the end of the movie, for me. Nobody laughed. I walked into the cinema expecting to have a bit of a chuckle but this was just a poor, weak, desperate attempt to make Russell Brand into a huge movie star, which I now hope he never ever becomes, having starred in this unfunny joke.
I watched this movie a few days ago, it happened to be on TV. I decided to watch it as it had won an Oscar. Well what I got was a tedious, melodramatic piece of film making that was not too good at all.
First of all there's 2 boys, one of which shoots a bus. The bullet hits a woman and she nearly dies. At the same time her kids are being minded by a Mexican illegal immigrant who decides to take the 2 children to her son's wedding in Mexico.
Meanwhile in a pretty much unrelated story, a deaf Japanese girl is having difficulties in her relationship with her father and is generally unhappy and sexually frustrated. After taking some alcohol and drugs with her friends, she goes out to a night club but leaves when the boy she likes kisses her friend. When she goes home a police officer calls in relation to the gun that her father used to own. She takes things a little too far with this guy and it gets a little embarrassing for them both.
In conclusion, this film feels like it was written as it was filmed. There was no point in making this, no imagination and no inspiration. It was like Pulp Fiction crossed with Lost in Translation only far worse than either (and I didn't care much for Lost In Translation).
It grows on you
From the time he could stand, he was baptized in a fire of Combat...
From the time you start watching this movie you know you're in for a thrill. The storyline of isn't that complicated. Three hundred spartan soldiers go up against the might of the Persian empire. The dialog is simplistic and cool. Visually 300 is stunning. It will not only stand the test of time but it will get better with time. It is an instant classic and has all the ingredients a great movie needs.
Politics? Who cares? This is a movie that gets your adrenaline going. I know this sounds sexist but if you're a real man you'll love this movie. It has the "true" macho quality that few movies manage to achieve. There are lines from it that pop into your head in everyday life when you see or hear certain things. Like "The Matrix", it creeps into your mind and lives there. It touches on the basic, primal human values and emotions but there is absolutely no sentimentality here. As the line goes: "Theres no room for softness. Not in Sparta. Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard. Only the strong."
Go see this movie
Fantastic study of human nature
One of those movies you have to watch a few times to appreciate. The first time I watched it (in the cinema), I laughed along at the funny bits and It was only now (having watched it again), that I realized he was actually going to kill himself at the end of it. I realize that the director intentionally makes us feel like we are one of the characters in the movie.. Towards the end we really don't care about Josie, we have bigger problems in our lives.
This tragic scenario of the truly gentle, harmless soul being de-humanized and constantly kept at arms-length, never being shown love by the manipulative, cruel and selfish individuals who surround him is so realistic. It's one of those things that's hard to put into words, but we see it every day and we know we see it.
If you listen to the dialog you see that the central character, Josie, isn't quite as dim as he's supposed to be, standing up to the pub bully, and knowing that one of the girls in the village is of mongrel parentage (in other words one of her parents was from a different village), yet he still can't properly relate to any of his fellow humans and the fact that they don't want to relate to him just feeds the vicious cycle.
The ultimate tragedy is that we eventually get the impression that Josie never got the chance to have a relationship, being bullied and manipulated probably since he was a kid. If he had been an aggressive or even just a cocky individual the audience wouldn't feel any pity for him, but then it wouldn't be realistic.
Mindless, Boring Action
Very poor movie. Even if you forgive the plot which is like something written by a person whose brain was seriously damaged in a bad accident.. Thats exactly what this movie is. A bad accident. It starts off fairly promising though. I deliberately didn't read any reviews or anything about it because I like to be pleasantly surprised by a movie which I have no pre-conceptions of.
It all goes wrong when the main character is in a drug-store getting his panic-attack pills and Angelina Jolie suddenly appears beside him and starts telling him his father is an assassin and he just died, then all hell breaks loose and so begins the painfully over-the-top chase scene which eventually leads to more ridiculous scenes such as a bath full of wax which is meant to heal all his wounds in a day, and a magic loom that magically spells out secret binary messages in the stitching of people they must assassinate. Of course what we're not told is which side of the piece of cloth we should look at, at which stich we should start reading from, and when we do get a person's name, how do we know who to kill if there happens to be more than one person with that name.
I am usually able to suspend my disbelief during a movie, and thus enjoy and be entertained by it. But with this movie I just couldn't, and if your I.Q. is above 50, you won't either.
Funniest s**t ever
Fonejacker is by far the funniest show on TV now. Its a long long time when I've found a show so funny that I have to make sure I'm not eating any food or drinking any liquid when I sit down to watch this show because It will likely be projected forth onto my TV screen if I do, such is the explosive nature of the hilarity of the voices, the characters and the whole concept of the show.
Some of the characters are my favorites while others I will watch and laugh with the same regularity of say an episode of the Simpsons but the one that really is funniest is the well-spoken African gentleman who calls up unsuspecting citizens and tries to get them to give out their bank account details for such farcical reasons as: "The money needs to be pressed and steamed". The fact that the victims on the other end of the line don't realise its a joke is the other thing that makes it hilarious. Instead they get angry at him and then he pretends to get upset. You just have to see it. The accompanying animations and live-action footage are hilarious as well.
To summarise: I have never laughed as hard or violently at a TV show in a long long time.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
This is a very "real" movie. Perhaps because you get the feeling Stallone himself wants to prove himself as a film-maker and storyteller to the world so he won't be remembered just as an action hero. This translates beautifully in the movie, where he doesn't use big-name actors, but uses good actors who fit the rolls very well for this low-key but honest end to the Rocky saga.
Now in his 60's, Rocky is doing well for himself. Still living in the same neighborhood he grew up in, now running a restaurant which he named after his beloved wife Adrian. He has one grown up son who is trying to make it in the world, but is reluctant to see his Dad because he feels everything he's got is due to him having the Balboa name.
In one scene, when Rocky tells his son he's going to step into the ring one last time, his son pleads with him not to and Rocky tells him it's a nasty evil world out there and it will beat you to your knees if you let it, but succeeding is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and still move forward. He delivers these lines with all the emotion they deserve. The supporting cast are rock-solid and believable.
Stallone gets back to his roots one last time and pulls it off superbly.