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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Interestingly strange, realistic film.
I think that this is one of those movies that not a awful lot happens in, and there isn't much of a plot, but there is a lot of meaning behind everything in it- like a poem.
Its hard to watch, because its so sad to see people destroying their lives for the whole movie. But, I think that this is one of those movies that isn't really a story- its focused more on reality, in this case, the reality of how the lives of alcoholics and prostitutes are very hard to cope with and are extremely draining.
Through out my viewing, all I kept thinking was that this would not be a good movie to watch with friends- its not fun to watch, really (but its still good). Its also not very good to watch with your family, because many parts are disturbing, graphic and dejecting.
Nicolas Cage is hard to read- most of the time you don't know if he's a great actor, or just crazy as hell. He acts mostly the same old crazy guy in this movie as any other, so his performance is very difficult to judge. If I had to choose, I'd say that it was good. He was over the top, but that's what the role required. Also, he acted greatly in some very meaningful parts.
The movie would be so much better, if it weren't for that darn music and soundtrack! None of it fits in well with the scenes/atmosphere, and all in all, even if it did, its still crappy music and songs. Such a pity- a good movie needs good music, and the music really brought the quality of this movie down.
Would I watch it again? Maybe in 2/3 years time- if I'm in a sad mood. Its a strange and unique movie, and... well that's it, I guess.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Most Ilogical Super-hero Movie I've Ever Seen.
The CGI, bright lights and terrific effects lead some starry-eyed, hard-core Spidey-fans, blind to the fact that there is a vast number of plot-holes and general bad story lines in this movie sequel.
No one was very impressed with the first Amazing Spiderman, neither was I. In fact, I didn't even particularly want to see the film; I just watched it because my friends and I arrived at the cinema and decided we wouldn't watch Lego Movie for the third time.
Electro was the new villain in this movie, and not for a very good reason. Electro had always been obsessed with Spidey, ever since he met him. Years later (present-time in the movie), he meets him again, and Spidey doesn't act as nice as he did to him a couple of years ago. So, naturally, he wants to kill him. It would have been a better storyline if Spidey did something REALLY out of order, but he wasn't mean to him. He was trying to be nice to him and then Electro just had a mental breakdown and started shooting electricity and flying around and what not.
Which brings me onto my next query: Jamie Foxx (can't remember his real name in the movie), tries to mend a pipe, gets electrocuted, falls into a tank of lizards, and suddenly turns blue, can fly, transport, and shoot electricity? At least the Green Goblin and Doc. Oc. had the decency to become a villain through a science experiment gone wrong. I would have even taken a spider that crash landed on earth and made the villain become Venom over this.
Harry Osbourne is dying. From what? And why is Peter Parker not surprised whatsoever? Harry literally called Peter, said "I'm dying" and Peter honestly acted like it was an everyday thing. I don't think it was Andrew Garfield's acting, I think it was just bad writing. Then, when he becomes the Green Goblin and things are starting to get exciting, the movie ends.
But every cloud has a silver lining, even if it is a thin one. The graphics and CGI were an absolute feast for the eyes. Beautiful, probably the prettiest effects I've seen in a Marvel movie. The twist at the end was surprising, and definitely made me want to watch the next one, which I think will be a big step-up from this one. The third instalment is the only one that I would like to go and see now. And, I spotted a new acting talent. Dane Dehaan, who played Harry Osbourne, definitely caught my eye. His portrayal as Harry was excellent, and all my favourite scenes were with him (although that might also be because the writing for the scenes with Harry were a lot more interesting than the rest of the movie). His acting was great, and he seemed very comfortable while doing it. I'll definitely be watching out for him in the future.
But the endless number of plot lines, plot holes and bad writing couldn't make up for those silver linings. I'd rather watch a well-scripted movie, than a bad one with good effects. I just hope that the third instalment will be better, because the twist at the end definitely picked up my negative spirit.
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
After a while, I realized that I just was following the storyline...
I started to watch How I Met Your Mother at the start of 2012. I binge watched 6 seasons in 2 months, and I really liked it.
Over the past year, I have been liking How I Met Your Mother less and less. Whenever I watch a rerun of an older episode, I rarely find it funny. I think that most of the comedy in the show is very cheap and rarely makes me laugh, and if I do, its always a very forced and not a genuine one. Does anyone else feel this? Sure, there are about 10 or 20 episodes that I really like and I still find funny, but to be honest, most of the episodes have really predictable and unfunny jokes.
I've come to the conclusion that I only watched HIMYM for the storyline, without realizing that I never really found the comedy funny.
And now, after waiting for the ending for 2 and a half years, I'm bitterly disappointed and feel like I've been tricked into watching something that acted like it knew where it was going, but just made up stuff along the way, and then the writers realized it would too hard to wrap up everything together, and just killed off the mother instead.
The whole point of HIMYM is to tell a long story with lots of little clues along the way, and at the end, everything would be all wrapped up together nicely. But, now I feel that the show is absolute rubbish. It has annoying and unfunny comedy that only gives off cheap laughs, and the whole 9 seasons of the show leading up to Ted's mother, was a complete and utter waste of time.
I'm trying to figure out how I'll rate the show out of ten. Although I don't like the comedy and plot, I do love, in particular, the first 2 seasons of the show. I think that they are the best and each episode from those seasons were well-thought out, and, as cheesy as it sounds, they were inspiring in there own special way. After that, it basically Robin-Barney on again off again, blah blah blah, and a bunch of annoying girls that Ted dated, which we all knew weren't going to be the mother.
I'm going to give HIMYM a 4/10 rating. I really liked the first and second season and some other episodes from other seasons, but overall, the last few seasons really let me down, the same old story lines with the Barney-Ted-Robin love triangle bored me, the cheap laughs, the crappy finale... 4/10 is generous for me.
But if you disagree with any of my points, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.