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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now is beautiful all around.
What do you get when a film is beautifully shot, beautifully acted, beautifully written, and beautifully edited ? You simply get Apocalypse Now.
The film starts off with us seeing a ceiling fan replicating a helicopters blades slicing through the air. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) lays still on his bed, looking up at the ceiling, and hearing the sound of the helicopters wings. Willard is a solider that is addicted to war. His heart pumps for it, and his veins thrive for it. He's becoming delusional in his apartment as he feels that the walls keep caving in more and more each day. He wants a mission. A mission to keep his heart pumping and his veins thriving. After he punches his mirror, he is met by two army officers in the hospital, and this is where a new path for his life begins. Colonel Kurtz. Willard's mission is to terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Kurtz is a man that's brilliant, outstanding, down to earth, and unique. After he joined Special Forces, his ideas, morale's for a better word, became unsound. He is the "God" of a village of people in Cambodia, which is the exact example of hell on Earth. The army wants him dead, and they want him dead as soon as possible.
Willard accepts the mission without a doubt in his mind, and he gets on a boat to head upriver to come face to face with his fate in hell. This is where we meet the core characters of Apocalypse Now. On the boat, were introduced to Lance Johnson (Sam Bottoms), Jay "Chef" Hicks (Frederic Forrest), Tyrone "Clean" Miller (Laurence Fishburne), and Chief Phillips (Albert Hall). Johnson is a popular surfer from the beaches in South of Los Angeles. Lance is young and cocky. He just simply looks to model like to have ever fired a weapon before. Hicks was born and raised in New Orleans. He wants to become a chef, and is confused why the hell he even got on the boat in the first place. Miller is a seventeen year old boy who has been on the boat for seven months now. Last but not least, Phillips is the man who steers and controls the boat. Apocalypse Now does a great job of allowing us to emotionally connect to these characters as we see their ups and their downs through the state of war. They all act to situations in a different way, but their actions all seem reasonable in the situations that they face.
As they ride down the river, they meet up with Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall). Kilgore is tough as nails, a team player, and a witty person. Kilgore delivers most of the memorable lines in the film such as "Charlie don't surf" or "I love the smell of napalm in the morning, it smells like victory." Kilgore has seen a lot of things during his time in war, and has become natural to the occurrings around him. For an example, he doesn't even flinch when an explosion goes off near by while everyone else goes ducking for cover. Kilgore is only on the screen for around twenty to thirty minutes, but in this time limit, his presence is made and his character is beloved.
As the film moves on, Willard starts to become more interested in the personality of Kurtz. Willard's strongest feeling for Kurtz is to confront him, more of a stronger feeling for him then even fear. We see Willard reading Kurtz's notes, and we see how Kurtz is a delusional yet brilliant man.
When the core characters make a pit stop into Cambodia, they meet soldiers that are all mentally strange by the state of war and situations they've had to naturally overcome. None of them have any idea whats going on at all, and most of them want to get the hell out of there. Problem is, if they get out of there, most of them have no where to go, and most of them are already to addicted to the adrenaline rush of war and want to come back as soon as possible.
The crew keeps heading up stream, and this is where we meet Kurtz's village of people. Right off the bat, we notice how brainwashed and delusional these people are. This is where we begin to truly see messed up things, and this is where I'll leave you to find out the rest on your own.
Overall, Apocalypse Now is amazing on all cylinders. It deserved every award and nomination that it received. I definitely believed that it deserved to be recognized as the Best Picture for the Oscar's. From the acting to the cinematography to the sound, it's just an overall greatly made movie. The only thing stopping me from giving this film a perfect ten is that the last twenty minutes or so dragged on and that the ending disappointed me. When I watch Apocalypse Now again, my opinion of the ending could very well change for the better, which would make it a perfect ten out of ten. If you haven't watched this movie yet, don't wait for so long like me. Pick it up as soon as possible, and pop it in the DVD player as soon as you get home. You won't regret it.
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
The Inbetweeners Movie is a solid comedy.
The Inbetweeners Movie follows the four amigo's as they graduate from school. We see them all at different stages with their lives. Jay (James Buckley) is doing filthy things with a girl on camera, Will (Simon Bird) is having a immature talk with his dad, Neil (Black Harrison) is doing mindless things as he always does, and Simon (Joe Thomas) is on the verge of a break-up with Carli (Emily Head). They all decide that they need to go on a mental holiday together and just have as much fun as possible before they all separate and go on different path's with their lives. This is where the fun starts, and this is where the laughs begin.
The Inbetweeners Movie somewhat follows the same comedy criteria that the show displays. There's more heart to heart moments, and more personal feelings being displayed. We see the four main characters personal feelings showed here more then the T.V show has ever shown before. That's what you get from T.V show movies though. You have to fit everything in a certain time limit. You can't have all laughs and no serious moments, it just doesn't work. There's still plenty of laughs to enjoy though, and they do a good job on making you feel embarrassed for Neil, Simon, Jay and Will. They make the characters charismatic and love able like they did on the T.V show
The acting in this movie is solid for a comedy. The actors excel on each others delivery lines, which is one of the reasons why this movie is as funny as it is. The four main characters all have funny lines and they all gave me good laughs. They all played and fit their parts well.
The story line was nothing unique or special. It's like a lot of other movies out there. It's very cliché, and that was one of my biggest problems with this movie. It was very predictable from the start, but that shouldn't be much of a problem since 80% of the people who are going to watch this movie are just looking for mindless and careless fun. If you're looking for those two things, then you'll most likely enjoy this movie.
Overall, The Inbetweeners Movie is better then I would've expected it to have been. Some jokes are hit and miss, like every other comedy. If you're a fan of the T.V show, then you need to pick this movie up as soon as possible. Even if you haven't watched the T.V show before, if you're just looking for some good laughs and some careless fun, then you should still pick up this movie.
Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull is simply great.
I went to the movie store, bought Raging Bull, quickly drove home, put Raging Bull in the DVD player, and then sat on the couch. The boxing bell loudly rung right after I pressed play, and I felt as if I was the one in the ring getting ready for the fight since I was so nervous about being disappointed after seeing this film since my expectations were so high. I can give you one word that I said after I saw this film, 'Wow'. Raging Bull exceeded my expectations.
Raging Bull isn't a movie about boxing. It's about Jake LaMotta's (Robert De Niro) life outside of the boxing ring. It's about frustration, rage, jealousy, deterioration, family, self confidence, etc. We see how Jake deals with all of his problems outside of the ring. We see all of the regretful choices that he makes that end up coming back to haunt him. We see how he had everything when he was on top, but then is soon left with nothing, nothing worth living for. We see the rise and fall of Jake LaMotta's life.
Martin Scorsese does an amazing job with Raging Bull. He creates a masterpiece with an adaptation and representation of Jake LaMotta's life. Yes folks, for those who didn't know, this movie was based on a true story. His directional take on this film is near perfect, and he is one of the big reasons why Raging Bull works almost perfectly.
The acting in this film is excellent. Robert De Niro is spectacular, his representation of Jake LaMotta is near perfect. He deserved the Oscar that he received for his role in this film. Joe Pesci also turns in a great performance as Jake LaMotta's brother (Joey LaMotta) and also deserved the Oscar he was nominated for. Cathy Moriarty does a great job as the battered wife of Jake LaMotta, her delivery of lines and expressions made me believe that she was the wife of Jake LaMotta. The rest of the cast does an overall good job, they play their part like they should, and they all do it well.
Overall, Raging Bull is a must see film for all of the movie lovers out there. Even if you don't love movies, you should go out and pick up this film as soon as possible. I actually liked that this movie was in black and white, I honestly think that it makes it work better. I had my doubts about the black and white colouring when I picked it up, but I now actually prefer and liked that they shot it in black and white. I can see how people believe that the ending dragged on a bit, and I can agree with that to a point, but I believe they needed to show those scenes since that's actually how it all played out in LaMotta's life. Raging Bull works on all cylinders, from the film editing to the cinematography, it's just truly great all around.
The Winning Season (2009)
The Winning Season is a winning movie
I watched The Winning Season on Netflix, and I didn't think it was going to be all that good, but boy was I ever surprised. The Winning Season is definitely near the top of my list for the best sports movie I've ever seen.
The movie starts off with the main character (Bill, played by Sam Rockwell) cleaning tables at a restaurant. His friend (Terry, played by Rob Corddry) walks in and asks him if he would like to coach the girls varsity basketball team. Bill is surprised by the news and answers with a unsure yes. Bill then quits his job, and this is where his life begins to go into a spiral, of good and bad.
The Winning Season has a good flow with it's story and it never feels like they try to force something into it. Most of the scenes have a meaning and a message to people young and old. Some of the dialogue is iffy, but most of the time the dialogue works, mostly because of the way Sam Rockwell delivers it.
Sam Rockwell gives a great performance in this movie. He makes you believe that hes actually a divorced deadbeat father. As for all of the other performances, they're mostly sub par, especially the characters Damon and Molly. That's what you would expect though with young acting actors and actresses, especially with this movie being their first real big movie.
Overall, The Winning Season has a lot of heartfelt scenes which makes you actually care for some of the characters. If you're thinking about watching this with your teenage kid, then it'd be a perfect movie for you guys since it deals with a lot of different aspects and problems in teenagers lives like race, sexuality, and plenty of other things as well. The Winning Season is a gratifying movie, for all ages, you won't be disappointed.
World War Z (2013)
World War Z is mediocre
World War Z isn't a great zombie flick, nor is it a bad one. It has a lot of suspension in the beginning, and action throughout, but I was left wanting more.
World War Z starts off with showing a bunch of different people in different countries doing different things while the opening credits are rolling. After all of this is finished, the title World War Z pops onto the screen in immense letters and everyone in the theatre are unsettled in their seats waiting to see some good ol' zombie action.
After all of the credits are done, we see two kids running to their parents bed and then jumping onto them to wake them up, (I'm sure we all done this when we were little back then.) The Lane family (Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Sterling Jerins, and Abigail Hargrove,) all lay on the bed giggling and laughing and just thinking that the world couldn't be any better. Fast forward the whole breakfast scene and then were onto the busy streets of New York. This is where stuff starts to get out of hand. A police officer zooms by on his bike and hits the Lane's family's car mirror. Pitt then gets out and starts seeing how everyone on the street's unsettled and he begins to wonder what the hell's going on. A brimming explosion then happens about a kilometre down the busy road, so he then gets back into the car and another police officer comes by on his bike, but this time he stops to talk to Pitt, what a regretful choice for the officer that would've been. 2 seconds later, the office gets hit by a random dumpster truck, and then that's when sh!t starts to go down.
World War Z has a promising start to it, it had suspension, good action, good direction, it just had a lot of good qualities to it. I loved the whole scene when they were in the apartment with the other family, and then they try to escape to get onto the helicopter, that whole scene had really great tension to it. Unfortunately, after they escape from New Jersey, that's when the whole movie starts to go downhill, and that's when unintentional laughter starts happening as well.
It started to go downhill after they got out of New York because that's when stupid scenes started happening (piling luggage against a curtain, a girl seeming to be pretty fine a few seconds after her hand is cut off, and plenty more.) The unintentional laughs mostly came from when they were in the World Heath Organization research facility. I won't even need to explain myself on this one since you'll know what I'm talking about if you go and watch it with a big group of people.
The acting in this film is average, Brad Pitt turns in a solid performance, but everyone else is average to slightly above average in it.
Marc Foster starts this movie off with great direction, but like I said, after they get out of New Jersey, that's when the direction begins to get more sloppy.
The 3D in this film was unneeded, and I'm sure they only did it in 3D to get more of a profit out of it. If it was my decision, I would've chosen not to see it in 3D since I usually don't like the 3D aspect in movies, but I live in a smaller city, and the only showing that was left was in 3D, so I had to see it. There are only a few scenes where things fly out at you, one of them being the air plane scene, but other then those few scenes, it was very unused.
I never read the World War Z book by Max Brooks, so I wouldn't have any clue if the movie followed the book in any way, but of all the reviews I have read for this movie, most of them say it doesn't follow the book at all. If you go into this film believing that it'll follow the books origins, you'll probably be a bit disappointed.
Overall, World War Z is a passable zombie flick. It starts off great, but ends disappointingly. There wasn't much heart in this film. I didn't believe that Pitt really loved his wife, but I'm sure 80% of people that go to this movie won't care about it since they just want some mindless action. There are still some good action scenes throughout the middle of the movie, but it just started to become more sloppy as the film went on. It isn't on the level of both of the Dawn of the Dead's, the 28 franchise, or Shaun of the Dead, but it's still definitely better then a lot of zombie flicks out there today.
American Beauty (1999)
That's what American Beauty is, it's simply beautiful.
The movie starts off with Jane (Thora Birch) getting recorded by some random guy talking about how she hates her father and wishes that someone could put him out of all of his misery. As the movie unfolds, you'll once see this part again and understand it all completely. The film then zooms forward to hear Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) speaking and saying how he's going to be dead in a year, but in a way, he's already dead. Of course he doesn't know this yet as the film is set back in a year before, but I'm sure he wishes that he could be dead sooner then later. Twenty minutes later into the movie, the Burnham's get new neighbours, and that's where everyone's lives start to completely change, for better and for worse. I will leave the rest of the movie for you to watch and find out.
The characters in this film are all characterized with critique and uniqueness, and they all have a meaning in this film. Lester Burnham is a man in mid life crisis that just wants to do something with his life other then watching it pass day by day. His wife, Carolyn Burnham, (Annette Bening) is a phony. She tries to act perfect in every singe way and be ordinary like everyone else, except better. His daughter, Jane Burnham, is a girl who is insecure and just wants someone who can be there for her, care for her, and make her feel special and beautiful. Her friend, Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari) is a girl who wants to be a model and thinks that she's perfect and that every guys just wants to sleep with her. Ricky Fits (Wes Bentley) is a young adult who has had a troubled life, mostly because of his fathers opinions on things and the way his father deals with Ricky's problems.
The acting in this film was great. All of the actors in this movie played their part the way that they should have, and they all did it as well as they could have.
The screenplay for this film is spectacular. It had a great story line, had great dialogue, and it had a great message. Alan Ball really out did himself here, and he deserved all of the recognition that he got for this film.
This was Sam Mendes first film that hit the big screen rather then making it's debut as a t.v movie. Mendes takes full advantage here and does a great job, which is one of the reasons why this movie was so great. His direction was just amazing here, plain and simple.
Overall, American Beauty is a wonderful film. Of course, I'm only fourteen so I haven't been in the stages of life that these characters were in, but I'm sure I'll watch American Beauty again when I'm in my mid forties, and I'm sure that I will love and understand this film much more. American Beauty is a must watch film, if you haven't seen it already, then you have to pick it up as soon as possible !
The Hangover Part III (2013)
The Hangover Part 3 is an adequate comedy.
The Hangover Part 3 starts off with showing Chow escaping out of jail, then the film zooms forward which shows the controversy giraffe scene (which you all probably saw in the trailer.) Alan gets home and then his dad and him have an argument about the giraffe incident which then makes his dad have a heart attack, thus having the funeral. Alan's sister then comes up with an idea that an intervention would be good for Alan since he's been crazy lately (mostly because he has been off of his meds.) The Wolfpack then drive to get to Alan's therapy place, which then leads to all of the crazy events. I won't spoil any of these events.
First off, The Hangover Part 3 isn't nearly as bad as people are saying it is. It's much better then the second in my opinion because it is simply much more original. I'm glad that they didn't use the same formula as they did for the first and second film. That's why I believe that the second film did so poorly, because it was like an exact copy of The Hangover, only worse.
The biggest downhill of the movie was Mr. Chow. He was in the movie to much and delivered most of the lines that were unfunny. Don't get me wrong, he had a few really funny scenes, but a lot of them just weren't funny at all. The jokes they wrote for him in this movie were much like older ones in part 2, talking about cocaine and saying homosexual references constantly, it gets old pretty quickly.
Hangover Part 3 isn't as comedy oriented as the first two. This is both good and bad. This is bad because if you go into this movie thinking its just going to be a bunch of laughter and nothing serious, then you're wrong. This is good because they don't try as hard as they did in part 2, it flows much more naturally.
Overall, The Hangover Part 3 is better then the second, but not nearly as good as the first. The audience was laughing out loud at a lot of the jokes, my friends and I didn't find them as funny as the rest of the them though. Don't go into The Hangover Part 3 thinking it'll be as funny as the first one, because you'll be disappointed. I won't recommend seeing it in the theaters, but if you're a fan of the Hangover series, then you should go, rather then waiting for it to be out on DVD.
Beautiful representation of Charles Bronson
Bronson portrayed Charles Bronson's life almost perfectly. The movie shows all of the bad decisions he made in life, beginning from when he was a kid until he was in his mid twenties and thirty's. It showed him getting into fights as a kid in school because he simply thought it was fun. Like Bronson once said, "I'm a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all of my senses and become nasty. That doesn't make me evil, just confused." The movie Bronson shows this quote perfectly, from the beginning until the end.
Nicolas Winding Refn, he isn't for everyone. Refn defiantly has a unique style as an director, and everyone won't love it. All of his films are contrasted in colour (fun fact, it's because he's colour blind, and that's why his films are very contrasted,) and almost all of his movies are made in chronological order, including Bronson. Refn likes to show one scene for a long time to get the most out of it, which a lot of people don't get, but I personally love it. Refn directs this film beautifully which is why Bronson is so beautifully crafted.
Tom Hardy, wow. Hardy was unbelievable in this, Refn and Hardy are the two biggest reasons what made this film so irresistible and beautiful. I believe this is Hardy's best performance to date, his portrayal of Charles Bronson is just mind blowing and eye popping. There isn't much more to say.
Overall, Refn and Hardy established themselves of future greats in the next generation of films. Bronson is simply splendid.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Still thinking about it..
It's been a couple of days since I watched The Butterfly Effect and I'm still wondering and thinking about all the twists and turns that this movie delivered. I watched this movie back when I was around nine, and never really understood it, so I gave it another go, and I'm happy that I did. When you watch this movie you explore variety of different consequences that the main character goes through because of the different choices he tries to go back and choose. Although the choices he goes back and makes may help himself, they will always hurt someone that he cares about and that he is close to. The Butterfly Effect requires you to think and play close attention to get the most out of it, so if you don't like doing these things, then this probably isn't the movie for you. If you watch this movie, it'd be best when you're not distracted. The dialogue could've been written a bit better, but the story line was great.
The performances in The Butterfly Effect are solid. I believe this was easily Ashton Kutcher's best performance, he surprised me.
Overall, The Butterfly Effect was a good movie, not great, but still better then a lot of movies today. It kept me interested from the beginning until the end, and that's what helps make this good movie. It shows how even the little choices you make in life, can change the rest of your life for better or worse.
The Inbetweeners (2008)
The Inbetweeners is an authentic comedy t.v show
Neil, Jay, Will, and Simon, what can I say, after you keep watching the show more and more, you start to want the best for them. You begin to feel embarrassed for them when something happens, okay maybe not Jay, but you catch my drift. The Inbetweeners is an original comedy t.v show that is full of one liners that you laugh out loud at,especially when you're with a group of friends. The foursome of mates go through tough times, and good times with each other throughout the series, but mostly tough times. Each episode you watch you keep thinking what kind of gross thing is Jay going to do next, or whose going to be the next girl Simon has an awkward conversation with. The show does great for what it aims and shoots for, a funny,raunchy, and original comedy.