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Get Smart (2008)
Would you believe the big screen Get Smart is actually very funny? You should.
No, Get Smart isn't going to be the highest pinnacle of film making to come. But considering how much drek has appeared in recent comedies, especially comedies based on popular TV classics (Bewitched being the worst in recent memory), Get Smart is actually pretty good. Would you believe that? The first thing is the quality of the performances. Certainly, Steve Carrel is no Don Adams, but Carrel's performance as Smart is honestly better than I expected. The reason why: He knows he's not Don Adams, so he doesn't try to be. I expected Carrel to try and imitate Don Adam's down to his accent, and do a crappy job at it. He doesn't, Carrel instead focuses on crafting his own version of Maxwell Smart, and he does a damn good job. This screen version of Smart won't out-do Adams version, but he doesn't try to, which is a good move really. If only Steve Martin realized this when he did The Pink Panther. Anne Hatheway does a good job as 99, and Terrence Stamp puts a little menace into Siegfried (Although in terms of humor, Siegfried is one of the lower points of the film.) and dear god dare I say it, The Rock is solid, funny and even a little cool as Agent 23.
The plot of the film.. isn't really all that great, but thankfully it doesn't read too much into it. The plot is full of clichés, but as with the TV series, it's really just a skeleton to put a background setting behind the characters. They make up the meat of this movie, they just use the skeleton to get themselves into something funny. And funny is something this movie does great. There were several moments I found myself bursting into full blown laughter, a hard thing to give to me. The funny thing is, a lot of the jokes have been done a lot recently, but somehow this film pulls them off. Is it the direction of the film? The scripting? Maybe even the acting? I don't know, but the fact is it works. This is the film a lot of recent comedies tried to be, but failed to be. There are some moments where the humor even kind of resembles the old TV series. There are of course more modern jokes and crude jokes, but even they feel like the sort of thing the original creators would have done had the censors of the time let them.
So, all in all, would you believe the big screen Get Smart is actually very funny? You should. For those who love the TV show, they're going to find a well made tribute and update to the TV series. For those who don't know it, hopefully this movie will make them fans. It appeals to those nostalgic for the show, but it will bring laughter to those who haven't even heard of it.
A brilliant mix of dark humour, haunting visuals, and great music make for one of Tim's best films!
When I heard that Tim Burton was doing Sweeney Todd, to be honest, I had low expectations. I had no interest in the play, at the time I thought it was nothing more than a story about a couple of killers, a baker and a barber. I had no idea that it was so much more complex, and I am very glad a good friend of mine drug me too it.
Yes, there is lots of butchery in this film, but it all goes with reason. The music is excellent, a dark orchestra fills the background with an almost menacing overture in certain parts, and although many of the songs repeat themselves, they find ways to stay fresh or catchy.
There is a good dose of horror and black comedy in Sweeney; for example, the ending shot alone will haunt you for a good while, while some numbers, such as Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney's conversation when she figures out how to make good meat pies, will have you rolling. Even if black humour isn't your taste, you might find something to laugh at in this scene or the odd 'By the sea' number which almost blinds you with it's brightness and cheeriness compared to the dark visuals of the rest of the film.
There are only a couple downsides I can think of, and they come in the form of some of the performances.
For one, Alan Rickman has a hard time hitting notes. He has a fine voice, but it goes off tune sometimes.
Other's include the character of the 'Beadle,' who thankfully only has one singing number, but you will want to claw your ears off when he does so.
There isn't really anything wrong with the people playing Johanna or Anthony, they sing fine, but they sometimes seem to be a little bland when they aren't singing.
On the other hand, the rest of the cast turns out wonderful performances, one notable side attraction is Sacha Baron Cohen, who does an absolutely hysterical portrayal of an Italian barber who runs scams on people.
It's a wonderful film, from beginning to end, it looks amazing, sounds amazing, and it lives up to the style with great performances and brilliant direction. What more could you ask for?
A game that truly reaches epic proportions- easily the best game of it's kind, if not the best ever.
1998 was an absolutely monumental year for gaming. Two of the greatest titles ever were released- StarCraft and Half-Life. I never cared for WarCraft, I found it's lack of an original premise and compelling story to be a major weakness. StarCraft did everything a game should. It's graphics were beautiful, the vibrant artwork lends amazing detail to the futuristic battlefield even today. The soundtrack fits the atmosphere well, when traversing the cold vacuum of space it only lends to the atmosphere when you here the creepy tunes of starcraft. Then the gameplay itself. Each race is unique, and works in different ways, but is perfectly balanced. The difficulty is just right- not too easy, not too tough. Then there is the story. WarCraft didn't have a very compelling story; nor did Diablo or many other Blizzard games. StarCraft has quality writing that makes the campaign even more amazing. Each race has it's rich history, and you can't help but take interest in at least some of the things they engage in. The game also has multiplayer, and StarCraft also excels here. Multiplayer is just plain FUN. If you get bored of massing and destroying your friends in a 1on1 or crashing the computers party in a 2 on 2 compstomp, then all you need is to select 'Use Map Settings'. The variety here is amazing. THere are brand new games and minimods created in this area, hell, there are even MOVIES that are often times very funny. StarCraft has NO flaws WHATSOEVER. There's thousands of maps shipped with the game that can be used in multiplayer and in your own skirmishes. The editor has all you need to make a brand new campaign or new game modes for online, the story is amazing, the graphics are amazing, the whole entire package is worth your time; and as long as Battle.net exists StarCraft will keep you entertained till time stops.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A strange, stylish, comedy-turned-romantic-tragedy. It's hard to put it into one genre, but as funny as it is sad, it's simply a must see.
When I first started Moulin Rouge! I felt like I was on a trip, in fact, I found it so incredibly off I didn't watch it. I couldn't watch it. Too strange. But then a friend of mine convinced me to give it another try, which I did, and I don't regret it. Moulin Rouge! is a hard movie to place, it's hysterically off kilter, it's depressingly sad and emotional, it's musically sensational, and it's definitely different. It tells the story of Christian (Ewan McGregor) a young poet and writer who has come to Paris in search of a job, against his fathers wishes, who warns him that he'll end up wasting his time with a Cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge, and that there is no such thing as 'freedom, beauty, truth, and above all things, Love.' Which is something that Christian believes in more than anything else. So then,an unconscious Argentinian falls through his roof, along with an artist named Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) (A real person, so I've heard) and herd of other rather eccentric people, trying to find a good song for their next production (Christian comes up with 'The Hills are Alive') and is then whisked away to the Moulin Rouge, an enormous night club owned by eccentric Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), the main attraction being his 'Diamond Dogs'. One of his star women, Satine(Nicole Kidman), wows the stage, and is to have a private meeting with a Duke shortly after her act. Well, Christian and Toulouse have already ran into the Duke, and when Zidler points out the duke to Satine, she does not see the Duke, but rather Christian, who instead shows up at the private meeting. Sound weird enough to you? It's even weirder to see. All the music in the movie is great, but if it seems familiar, that's because all but one song (The gorgeous 'Come What May')are remixes of classic rock and stage play songs. It still sounds unique and it all matches the on screen looniness. All though it's established that Moulin Rouge! is a weird movie, it's also a very sad movie. Each character has their own unique charm, and the silliness doesn't totally leave the movie, it stays consistent, but it of course, had to be toned down to make way for the more emotional, and serious main act, which will leave you in tears. I admit, the scenes leading up to the saddest part of the movie do seem unfitting as the end is a hard blow out of a rather exciting scene, but it's clear that the comedic part has made it's end, and it's time for the main act to deal out it's sad story. The movie does what a lot can't: It provides two different stories, that remain consistent with one another. The comedy act almost always hits, with you snickering or even laughing out loud at the overall craziness of the characters, but then the romance act sneaks in, and it's genuine and true, and in some points, even does a collaborative dance with the comedy act, but the romance ends in Tragedy, which severs it's ties with the comedy, though it never loses step. It's a wonderful movie, it's funny, it's sad, it's weird, and I would recommend this movie to anyone.
I can credit it for being a truly unique film, but not much else
Uzumaki succeeds as at plunging you into a bizarre surreality where Uzumaki shapes haunt and curse a town. It fails at being a competent horror movie. While the film is sure to draw attention mainly to it's bizarre plot line and a few interesting visual treats, it's going to come off better as a dark comedy than a horror film. It's definitely a film you should see if your into the kind of stuff- but if your looking for a scare or even a small chill, you'll want to look elsewhere. Uzumaki doesn't really have much else up it's sleeve but a great chain of odd events.
It says a lot about your sense of humor if you can make fun of yourself; and this movie does just that
while it's not as funny as clerks, but Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a funny piece of work that shows that making fun of yourself can prove you have a sense of humor. The 'plot' (If you could call it that) is that Jay and Silent Bob are given a restraining order due to their actions while standing around the quick stop all day. While trying to find a new place they find out they haven't been payed for a movie being based off a comic that is at the same time based off them. After learning about the internet, they hear lots of people bad mouthing them and their movie. So they try to head to Hollywood to stop the movie from being made. Along the way, they make so many attacks on Hollywood, as well as well known characters, and best of all, well known actors and comedians appear as themselves (Or at least reference themselves as a separate character) and take a s*** all over themselves. One of my personal favorites is when they are in Hollywood, they are looking for a monkey that was taken too Hollywood to be an actor (That they were keeping because Jay was under the impression a girl he met, who wanted to 'liberate' the monkey, was blown up, so he wanted to keep the monkey as a reminder of her) and they end up on the set of another scream movie. When she unmasks the villain, it is the monkey, and she walks over to Wes Craven and tells him 'Wes, what's happening!? Your not even trying anymore!' 'Well, everyones gonna love the monkey!' and Jay and Silent Bob come in and say 'We LOVE the monkey (While taking it)' and then Craven says 'See?' It's not perfect, but it's unique, and while it is extremely crude (And in many places, very stupid, but it was meant to be) it has a very intelligent form of humor (Beleive it or not!) Because what better way to take a s*** on Hollywood than to have The actors of Hollywood take a s*** on themselves?
A great film with the potential of being excellent, if only the music had made a better transition.
Review: I love the album. The movie is good- but mainly for the way the concept is adapted. Visually it is a true adaptation of the concept, complete with the usual acid inspired scenes (I'll give you an example, his mother is watching commercials. First up, a bean commercial. Then a chocolate commercial. Then it switches to Tommy, she is scared to see him on TV so she trys switching, laundry detergent, but it keeps switching. She smashes the TV after hearing Tommy speak with his mind. Then out comes a stream of laundry detergent. Then a stream of beans. Then, not surprisingly enough, pinball's and chocolate. She messes up the entire house, then Frank comes home to see his wife flopping around on the floor like a loony.) However, the music does not translate so well. Keith Moon can't sing. Jack Nicholson can't sing (Who the hell cast him in this anyways?) Oliver Reed can't sing either. Much of the instrumentals have been changed, and the entire overture as well. Some tracks were left out for songs that weren't even the movie. It's still good to listen too, but this is probably the worst version of Tommy music wise, with the exception of Eyesight to the blind, The Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, I'm free, Sally Simpson, and We're not gonna take it/ Climb the mountain which are sung by either professional singers, Roger Daltrey (The lead singer of the Who) or the Who themselves. This movie would be one of the best I've seen in awhile, if it weren't for the fact that the music is butchered in many areas. But still, if you're looking for a good acid film (but coherent enough that it won't overwhelm you) with a good story, and decent acting from the people who can sing. Tommy isn't the greatest movie you will find, but if you like the music or if you just want a good movie to while away a boring afternoon, Tommy's a great movie to check out. 7/10 (I would give it a 8 if the music was adapted better)
Silent Hill (2006)
As a fan of the series- I was worried. In the end, I was surprised, there's nothing a fan should be worried about!
Silent Hill was announced awhile back, and I was afraid it was going to be awful. Even though the previews all looked good, I was still afraid it would be another Doom or Resident Evil. Boy was I wrong! The movie has it's problems, but it still ended up being awesome! It did need a little more appearances from the monsters, and the ending didn't do much for me, but when the monsters did appear, it felt like the games! The town was recreated brick from brick and the story is well written (However there are some plot holes that only fans of the series would be able to fill, so if your a regular movie goer check them out!) and transfers well into a movie, with a few changes that don't harm it much.
The movie isn't as creepy as the games, but it does retain a certain amount of that atmosphere we all love. The world shifts and changes, creatures are twisted and yet seem almost human. The special effects are great too! Though some effects (The revenge sequence) were a little too over done. The sound is great! The soundtrack is good, except some of the remixes don't sound as good as they did on the CD's or in the games. Silent Hill is a shocker! A video game movie that isn't B-grade drek that's torture to sit through! It may not be up to the mark, as it will disappoint some, but for me, I was pleasantly surprised!
The Pink Panther (2006)
Has it's moments, but will never touch the classic films.
The 2006 version of the Pink Panther has it's moments, the title sequence is a true homage to the originals, with Harry Mancini's now famous tune with the hijinks of a pink panther. The movie has it's funny bits too, but while watching you'll notice something....... Martin is no Sellers. Martin is one of my favorite comedians, and I thought he'd be a decent Clouseau, but as it is proved doesn't do a good job as Clouseau at all. They try too hard to make it more of a tribute than a remake by throwing in classic gags, but they get pulled off poorly that you'll be missing the originality and humor of the original films.
This Pink Panther is considerably better than the last 3 films after Sellers death, but this does not warrant it a good or exceedingly funny film. I would say it's worth renting, but as of now don't bother seeing it.
Possibly the funniest movie I have ever seen!
The Pink Panther was a decent flick, but it took too long to become funny or even understandable, the first 2 sequels were funny, but they still don't touch The Pink Panther Strikes Again. After Charles Dreyfus was admitted into an asylum after being driven mad by Inspector Clouseau's incompetence, is let out after being cured of his problem, only to run into Clouseau again, this forced Dreyfus back into his state of madness and then he isntantly goes out to gather up criminals and kidnaps a scientist for only one reason, to hold the world ransom for what? Killing Clouseau.
Of course, after a demonstration of Drefus's machine, many countries have hired assassins after Clouseau, only to all fail just because Clouseau is a n idiot. This is where the series gets really ridiculuos, there were things about the previous 3 movies that were beleiveable, but very cartoonish, The Pink Panther Strikes again is entirely cartoonish, and pulls of the humor very well, as it is one of the funniest movies ever made, and by this point Seller's Clouseau character is perfect, so what is there not to love?