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The Fountain (2006)
The movie looks fantastic. The writing is good. The acting is great. It's just somewhat... messy. The three different stories are somewhat incoherent in relation to each other and near the ending they are supposed to blend together but I didn't find the merging to be executed well whatsoever. It's just weird and hard to understand, it seems near the ending that the buddhist character is reborn into a single moment that Jackman's scientist character experiences. Which is just weird. I know that this movie is supposed to be about rebirth and reincarnation, but it was not made clear just how. A movie shouldn't be confusing for the sake of it. I had to read about the ending on IMDb's FAQ in order to understand it.
But apart from that, it also doesn't feel like this movie uses it's potential to the fullest. Watching it felt unsatisfying. I think that the story of the Tree of Life is great and really interesting. And I would have loved to have seen more about just that. But they let the most interesting part slip away and focus more on other things and so it just feels unsatisfying in a way.
Might I add that I am not a fan of reincarnation whatsoever. I despite Hindu teachings such as reincarnation and karma. This doesn't keep me from enjoying a movie about those things as long as it is well-made however. And I find that despite it's pretty appearance, The Fountain is just messy and not that great as it is made out to be. It is slow and doesn't really focus on the most interesting aspects in the movie, such as the creation story of the Tree of Life and the cure for cancer. It focuses more on reincarnation and the relationship between Jackman and his dying fiancé.
Not as great as I heard it would be.
Sånger från andra våningen (2000)
Honestly. This is not any kind of masterpiece.
If you have to look THAT hard to find a meaning in all of this incoherent nonsense, it really can't be qualified as "art" in my opinion. I like movies that are deep, challenging and have a strong meaning, such as Gaspar Noe's "I Stand Alone".
But this is not one of them. This movie just drawn out, abstract and just rather.. nonsensical. I know that people are saying it's supposed to have a deep meaning with every scene but quite frankly, it's just boring and it almost seems like it was made complicated just for the sake of it. Not out of honesty.
This movie has some scenes that are pretty funny in how horrible and bleak they are - But that's really about it. I don't understand how this movie can have gotten such a high rating.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Mediocre, and it pains me to say it.
This movie had a very promising outline. And near the ending, it was very promising as well. But the ending itself sucked. Even if it was a tad clever, it was a very unsatisfying finish to everything you had been put through for the entire movie. And the full HOUR between the start and the finish is just awful. It was boring and rather lacking of substance.
I don't know how to explain it. The outline for the plot is just fantastic, it is intelligent and the beginning definitely has potential. But what they DO with it just becomes so tacky! It feels like they really don't use the plot for what it can be. And so it just turns into a C-action horror movie. Not even a B.
Im sorry John Carpenter. I didn't think I would say it, but this movie could definitely use a remake by someone who knows how to make it interesting.
SLC Punk! (1998)
People talk so much crap about this film.
Someone says that this movie attacks the entire punk ideology and lifestyle and tries to prove how worthless the political ideology of anarchy is. Someone says that this movie provides an inaccurate image of the punk ideology and lifestyle and thus, represents it wrongly. And critique it on that note.
In my opinion those are completely flawed and unreasonable conclusions to make about this movie. This movie is about ONE simple thing. It's about an angry teenager who is trying to find his way in life between everything he THINKS matters, and what actually DOES matter.
Stevo is a poser. Posers are the type of people who will judge people because of what they look and look down on them because of what "clique" they are in. Essentially, they are nothing better then the groups that they hate. But he doesn't realize this when he is an angry teenager who is upset with everything that is wrong with the world, everything that is mediocre, fascism and buttoned-down-normal.
There isn't anything in this movie that complains about the entire punk ideology. In the end, Brandy makes the ultimate statement when she talks about how "Rebellion happens in the mind, it's not about the clothes you wear" and that's the whole point with the movie. Punk is about personality. It's about values, it's about your mentality. It doesn't have anything to do with how you dress or living like a bum. It's about individuality, freedom, open-mindedness and not doing things just because other people want you to.
In the end, Stevo stops being a poser because he realizes what is important. It's what you think and do to change the world, not how you dress. You can do a lot more damage inside of the system then outside of it. He simply changes his perspective, he doesn't stop being anti-authority and he doesn't stop being a punk.
This movie is about the STEREOTYPES and COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS in not only punk but alternative subcultures in general. That is what makes it the ultimate punk movie for me, because I have grown up with people (myself included) who dress in alternative fashion and judge other people for looking normal as much as "normal" people judge them back. And it's a very flawed and immature mentality to have, which you don't realize until you get to know people and see that appearance is just appearance. What's important is the mind.
I saw that someone made a good review for this movie and mentioned that a friend he had was in it? I can guarantee you that is the only reason why he gave this movie a 10.
I sort of enjoyed this movie and the point that it wanted to make up until the ending. The ending is beyond retarded and makes no sense whatsoever. There is no build-up for the character going insane and killing two girls just because he is angry. It's just weird. He did have anger issues throughout the movie but he didn't at all seem capable of that, and to have it end that way was just a really stupid idea. It made the entire movie feel pointless and is a complete cop-out for a finish.
What's the point with this movie? OK, he is angry, I get that. But why kill two girls that he is friends with? Is he psychotic? If that's why he did it, then why didn't the filmmakers make any effort into portraying him that way? And what's the point in him being psychotic?
All in all, the ending doesn't really say anything. It's just a "bad scenario", there doesn't seem to be any morale to it.
Other then that, I liked the characters that are in this movie and I appreciated the effort. Unfortunately, it failed brutally because of the last 5 minutes. I guess the directors should work more on putting some thought into their future works.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
A great adventure and some very strong characters.
This is a great adventure. I was kinda taken aback by how cozy this movie is. I am really surprised that it was made in 1954 because the special effects are really well made for an old movie and the underwater footage is just fantastic. The movie looks great and plays great.
There is something special with these older types of movies. There isn't really such a thing as mediocre acting and substance-less characters. The characters are all strong and stand out in their own special way. Whether they are taking the front or stand more in the background, like the little weasel that is the professors apprentice.
I particularly like Captain Nemo's character. He is a misanthrope and the embodiment of a person who is so intelligent that there isn't much for him to do but to suffer in a cruel and inhumane world, where the rest of mankind aren't on his level. Throughout the movie we learn that while what he was saying is depressing, he was right. Ned is one proof of that. One day he saves Nemo's life. But on the day before, he made sure to act in such a way that in the end would lead to Nemo's death. As Nemo says, goodness needs to be consistent. It can't be done on impulse.
The dialogue is well-written and provides insight in a natural way as to why Nemo is the way that he is. It opens up discussion rather then makes statements that can't be reflected upon. After Nemo's life is saved by Ted, I like how when the professor was trying to "talk sense" into Nemo and make him be a bit more cheerful about the world, Nemo could actually defend his point of view instead of it being just another cliché Hollywood moment where the "bad guy" is shown off as weak and fallible in his perspective of the world. And Nemo defending his view opens up a new perspective on things and makes everything about the movies morale more ambiguous, rather then it being a typical hopeful movie where everything works out great in the end. The movie is hopeful in it's own way, but it's in a way that shows you something bad and lets the audience want to make a change for the future.
And in the end, he makes a point. The world isn't ready for destructive power of that kind. It is said that science fiction movies (as well as movies in general) are a reflection of the society in the era that they are being made in. And this movie was made in 54. The atom-bomb on Hirosima and Nagasaki was executed on 1945. I think that I can see a parallel there about mankind's destructive nature and immaturity. How the authorities take everything good and use it for destructive means.
This is a movie about misanthropy and mankind's destructive nature. Precisely the kind of deeper themes that a science fiction is supposed to touch upon, and it does it well. Great movie. A new-found classic.
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Good steady action.
I came across this movie randomly on TV. There really are no complaints here, for what it is - It's a great and well written action. A good movie to just kick back to and enjoy. Certain elements are peculiar and make the movie stand out more then just a typical action movie.
Bruce Willis character is quite the cynical badass. Damon Wayans has great charisma and does his part well too and together they have a nice chemistry going. I like how self-loathing and unpredictable Willis character is, he really doesn't seem to care about anything and that kinda has you wondering what he might be doing next. It's not a wildcard unpredictability like the Joker in Batman, but it's a rather subtle and realistic one.
Definitely worth a watch. They don't make action movies like this anymore.
American Gangster (2007)
Im giving this a 10.
First of all, if you are going to see this movie then you HAVE to see the 2 hour and 49 minutes long Unrated and Extended version with the extended ending. Otherwise, you might as well not see it at all. Because the details in the extended are more important and the ending is SO much better! It makes a whole world of difference for me.
It's what you really WANT to see after spending almost 3 hours getting to know the main characters and their struggles. The movie is pretty dark all the way through, but at the ending there is finally some light. And it just picks you up. It's better in every way. The shortened ending in the theatrical version is just dull because it feels sad and isn't really expanded upon when it should be, like in the extended ending.
This is a movie with depth and it should be taken time to be enjoyed, it should not be rushed. This isn't any brainless action movie if you're getting that impression. This is a long, slow drama about crime and corruption. It simultaneously shows two men that are on the opposite side of each other in both occupation and values, and their journey towards what they feel is right.
For me, there was nothing missing in this movie. It is well written and you get to know the main characters, and care about them. Near the end I found myself almost wanting more, but the ending was so perfect that I was happily let down to be content. This is a great movie and it should not be missed.
A mediocre comedy.
This movie has a few really funny scenes in it that will make you laugh. And they also throw in some pretty good moral points.
But overall I would say that this movie is just pretty mediocre. It doesn't flow well, it is rather slow. And some of the jokes just aren't that clever. They are too simple-minded and stale. At least in my taste.
Someone on the forums said that you have to be a gangster rap fan in order to be able to like this movie or even find it funny. But that doesn't make any sense at all. I can see very clearly what they are trying to satirize in this movie and I appreciate the moral point that they are trying to put through. But it just isn't pulled off very well. It's kind of cheap. There is a difference between Intentions and Reality,
It's worth giving a watch if you're bored and have nothing else do to, for sure. But I wouldn't go out of my way to see this movie.
I gave it 5/10.
Higher Learning (1995)
One of the best movies about racism, no doubt.
This is such a powerful and underrated movie. One thing I love and truly admire is that this movie is unconventional. It isn't afraid to show the ugly truth and with absolutely no discrimination towards skin colour. It does not try to please peoples political correctness and stupidity, rather it tries to expose it for what it is. The movie shows off several mentalities that are flawed in their reasoning amongst both blacks and whites.
The movie shows how black people can be just as racist and judgmental towards white people, as white Nazis are to blacks. And that is something truly special and admirable to me because it is not often that people dare to criticize a stupid mentality with someone who is a minority. There is such a thing as reverse racism and it is often overlooked because some people just don't think it's " just as bad" when blacks are racists towards whites. They are so afraid of being labeled racist for criticizing that mindset that they just go "Oh well, black people have a right to do that because of everything they have been through".
But it doesn't make anything better for anyone. It just creates more hate and more racism, which this movie makes sure to point out. It sets out to display how racism and the way that it affects people is bad no matter what form it takes.
It does this while also showing that there are reasonable people in any race. It doesn't just depict blacks and whites as two separate extreme racist groups, it also shows off the reasonable individuals that are anywhere in between. And I just love that. I love how realistic it is in it's diversity and how it does absolutely not discriminate. It is completely objective in proving how people are idiots.
But this movie isn't just about racism. It depicts problems that young people face growing up altogether. And honestly, this would be perfect to show young people in schools. I literally can't understand how this movie has gotten such a low rating and that many bad reviews. I guess people are just insane and focus on all the wrong aspects when watching this movie.