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I think the description above describes all of Tarantino's movies. I really tried to like a Tarantino movie, that's why I watched almost all of them... The only two that I could find 'enjoyable' are Reservoir Dogs and Inglorious Basterds. Anyway, here's a list of his movies (in order). I haven't seen Jackie Brown yet...
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
No More Spartans and Not Bad At All
I have just seen this movie and I think it was OK. It is basically 300 with ships instead of Spartans. The script isn't complicated, the acting is good (very good when it comes to Eva Green) and the action (almost) never stops. As expected, the best thing about the movie are the special effects. I don't like 3D at all, but this time I didn't find it annoying. The one thing I did find annoying was the fact that there was way too much fake blood (Spartacus style). However, there are some things this movie lacks, compared to its predecessor.
First of all, there isn't a charismatic, godlike, main character. Sullivan Stapleton is OK, but nowhere near Gerard Butler (and I don't mean his acting, but his overall screen presence). Like I said before, Eva Green is great and I'm glad the writers focused quite a lot on the villain (she even has a Hollywoodish background story). Secondly, I thing Rise of an Empire doesn't have its own "personality" at all. It "burrows" way too many things from 300. I know it is a sequel to a movie that had a lot of style and a huge "cool factor", but maybe they should have have tried to add some other things (at least some other cool quotes). Or maybe I just want too much.
Overall, compared to other big budget movies that I've seen recently, Rise of an Empire was good. If you want a nice feel-good movie for the week-end than this should be your choice.
A decent 7/10...
Best Movie of the Year... at least so far
I think this is by far the best movie of the first half of 2013. This is definitely not the kind of movie that Jason Statham usually makes. There is quite a lot of drama and just the right amount of "action".
Statham is great. Actually, he's always great, but the scripts are so bad that it doesn't really matter. This time, he shows his "human" side and still finds some time to break bones. His role quite different than his other English roles (Snatch., LS@2SB, The Bank Job)and I don't think that I have ever seen him like this.
The overall style of the movie resembles Eastern Promises. It is straight forward, simple, without many unneeded supporting characters. The one thing the I didn't particularly like was the use of flashbacks and security camera images, but these aren't important.
Overall, I think this is a great movie. The main problem is that it doesn't have any publicity, marketing and critic support (yes, critics don't usually support the best movies).
Furious 6 (2013)
You shouldn't watch this movie if:
1) You care about the laws of physics 2) You actually want to see illegal street races 3) You are over 12 4) You know something about cars (and planes... and tanks) 5) You expect movies to have a script 6) You think the memory loss Tom & Jerry plot is too old 7) You want jokes to be funny 8) You want to see good acting 9) You want to see Jason Statham
I usually enjoy mindless action movies, like Transformers or The Expendables. But this one is just horrible. People in the cinema were laughing because the action just wouldn't stop. It was just ridiculous. After the movie, we were saying that our IQ level just dropped.
However, if you are under 12 and you think The Rock rocks, you should definitely watch this.
Iron Man Three (2013)
If Michael Bay directed this
... it could have been better.
I think the first Iron Man was very good (8/10). The second one was above average (6/10). The third one... was shot in 3D. And it doesn't matter. It was bad anyway. The script doesn't make any sense.
Iron man used to be nice superhero action movie. Now, it turns out to be that same thing that we got tired of watching: terrorists BLA BLA BLA kidnapping the president BLA BLA BLA the US president, of course BLA BLA BLA the smart rich good-looking guy is actually the bad guy BLA BLA BLA characters make decisions that don't make any sense BLA BLA BLA the 3D is horrible BLA BLA BLA but it doesn't matter, cause they make more money this way BLA BLA BLA he hero gets help from a child BLA BLA BLA. The good thing about this movie is Robert Downey Jr. He's funny.
Think about it: this is the 5th grossing movie ever. If you haven't seen Idiocracy yet, you should watch it.
Not bad at all
First of all, I have to say that I had no expectations from this Uwe Boll movie. I had seen some of his work before and I was considering him the worst director ever.
However, this movie was quite a surprise. The acting was decent, the "action" scenes were not ambitious at all (this actually made the movie more realistic, unlike some of Boll's other work, like In the Name of the King or Alone in the Dark) and the ending was also nice. The most amazing thing is that, actually, the director could relate to the main character and that can be seen thorough the entire movie.
Please do not rate this one before you see it, just because it was made by Uwe Boll. I think it was more than OK for a low budget action movie so I would rate it 7.5/10.