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A superb entry to the fantasy genre by a superb director...
I say that in the fact that fantasy films/television is around every corner. So it's hard to stick out from the norm in today's market of fantasy films/TV. And this movie is a victim of everything negative that comes with fantasy. Is it justified?...
NO. This is possibly one of my favorite films of the year(or will be), and is completely shunned by the fact that it's looked at as a bloated costly film setting up a franchise. We already know the critics and naysayers hate origin films. King Arthur looked to be the first in a franchise of 9, and it's a crime that this world can't be more explored in the future. I would of loved to have seen what else writers Jon Harold and Guy Ritchie could of came up with.
Now that my rant is over, I can say I loved it. But there are some flaws with the film(or any fantasy film for that matter) keeping it from being almost perfect. That lack of a coherent plot from the main villain other than being generic. Even though Jude Law did a reasonable job, there could of been a more of an explanation for his purpose other than being the evil uncle. The fight scenes could of been more focused and well paced, and the secondary characters could of used better explanations for their purpose, etc. But these flaws are minimum.
The score was decent. The cast was likable, and world building was excellent(and the major selling point). The myth of King Arthur was fascinating in this portrayal, and it's a crime we can't see more of it in the future. Anybody who's a fantasy film buff I say to you give this movie a chance once the DVD hits shelf's. 9/10
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Another masterpiece from John Carpenter
This movie blows my mind with its plot. I never knew I could take a liken to the horror that is H.P. Lovecraft. John Carpenter has changed my perception on that now. How was it?...
AMAZING! No, to simple. Utterly and visually MADNESS!(no pun). Like really. How does something like this with just practical effects make such outrageous and horrifying monsters seem so real? I gotta appreciate this movie even more, because today's standards this movie wouldn't fly. At all. Period. CGI would made this film have no weight and look cartoonish at most.
Sam Neill(an older actor that I enjoy watching I admit) does his best here feeling the dread and fear of paranoia, that he completely looks like he lost himself in the role. And you know what else? HE COULD OF! You see those thing on set, you would have something to be afraid of!! Again, making my point about the problems with today's horror.
I never seen this movie beyond this review. Now? I have. And I'm happy to say I completed Carpenters Apocalypse Trilogy making me a complete fan for good. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie and respect Carpenter more than before. 9/10
Now You See Me (2013)
Not better than I expected. But it delivered!
I enjoy magic shows. Penn & Teller, Magic secrets exposed, etc. And the Prestige is without a doubt one of my favorite films(top 20). I seen the trailer for this film back in 2013. Never gave it a shot, because it looked to much like a Oceans/Italian Job/Prestige all thrown in together. It was unfortunately, but hay! I enjoyed the hell out of it.
The plot is no different from something like your typical heist movie, comparably Oceans franchise. Throw in some magic and you got yourself a unique narrative that should be blockbuster worthy? Yes, and no. Yes, because the magic of course drives this movie. No. Because the twist to me was way to out of left field(and that's all I'll say). But me loving the Prestige so much, I have to say I can't deny this movies charm and fun. I embrace a movie that holds to true to exposing the art of magic for all it's glory.
The script could of been better though. The characters where not to fleshed out(especially the Daniel/Henley relationship). Woody Harrelson did a fine job again(playing the hermit/Merritt) as he always does. The only flaw of the cast would be Jack played by Dave Franco. He didn't have much screen time to deliver his dialogue, and for the most part was just there. But overall, the casting was on point.
I love movies about magic, and the art/science of it. It's the oldest spectacle in human entertainment. This movie felt like I was in Vegas(never been there. I know right?), and makes me want to go their even more to witness something like this live in person. 8/10
John Carpenter's most underrated classic!
I admit, I'm a John Carpenter fan. Always have, and always will enjoy his work and choices of projects(I taken an inspiration from him). This is no different. It's an 80's tent pole of that era. Throwback to the 50's, spice it up to 80's music, and you have a classic film.
The actors themselves do a fine job and are very likable. Especially, the flawed and gullible Arnie Cunningham. And of course, you can't forget the amazing classic that is the 1958 Plymouth. What a beauty of a car(a dream car of mine even though I was born in 88'). Destroyed 18 times making me appreciate this movie even more for the fact that practical effects(another reason I love Carpenter's work) can never be forgotten.
Sad, that among Stephen Kings adaptations that this is criminally overlooked, but only by the majority. And I'm happy to hear that this has cult following, that I'll happily join anyday. 8/10
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Impressed in my first viewing.
I've never seen this movie until a few days ago for the first time. Man I overlooked this one way to late into my adult life. I've seen plenty of John Carpenter films growing up, and I loved everything than mans done. His style and tone just speaks to me when it comes to horror and concepts. How was the movie?
Different. I think John was on a mission when he made this movie. The idea of Science explaining an ancient evil is rarely done in horror movies since the concept of horror works best with the supernatural. But in this case, it was a nice touch up of change and I welcomed it.
The script was well paced. The plot wasn't convoluted, and the score was AMAZING(if you love synth music). The use of practical effects can't be overlooked, especially the use of water effects in the scenes taking place during the possessions(cool stuff). And that last scene is horrifying as hell!
The characters are a bit stiff. Typical class of characters brought together for an experiment, yadda, yadda. But in the end, they do their part not tripping over one another.
I'm glad I finally seen this piece of work from John Carpenter. And I will watch the final in his apocalypse trilogy to make myself complete in viewing the works from a great filmmaker. 8/10
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
What 1976 Kong should of been.
I'm saying that as a fan of the 1976 film, which gets a lot of flack and disdain. But this Kong film is a breath of fresh air, compared to the 2005 remake of the classic Kong from 1933. How was the film?
I really enjoyed the film. Great CGI, along with great action, and set pieces. Only thing setting this apart from being much greater is the cinematography and characters(besides three of them).
The cinematography doesn't do much to distinguish the size of the characters and the size of Kong. To many times you'll question the scope is uneven and is noticeable.
And for the characters. Most of them are have no room to layer themselves in the plot. They're mostly your run of the mill, disaster team built squad of characters. Find the island, put together team, got to island, no connection but to survive, etc.
But the best characters within the film is the WWII pilot portrayed by John C. Reilly(Hank Marlow), John Goodman(Bill Randa), and believe or not, Samuel L. Jackson(Preston Packard).
John C. Reilly stills the show as the most lovable character. He is what glues the other characters together once he enters the scene. John Goodman, underutilized as he was, still makes good use of his screen time. And Sam Jackson portrays a really good broken captain in a battle between man and beast
I recommend this film if your wanting to see an excitingly good monster flick. 8/10
Suicide Squad (2016)
Not as bad as you think.
DC movies get a bad rap in today's movie market. When Marvel has won over the majority of peoples taste and perception, I feel a bias can be made from the "to like one you have to dislike the other" mentality. Is Suicide as awful as they say?
No it's not. I enjoyed for what it had to offer. And what it offered to me is an early example of what DC can do if they don't shoot themselves in the foot. I know DC comics. I've read a majority of their titles over the years. The Suicide Squad is a B-list/D-list title for villains. And DC has great villains(hence why Harley/Deadshot/Joker were the selling point). DC has an unlimited amount of content to take from but they seem to hire writers or staff that don't know or obtuse to the library of DC.
Now, I'm not going to fanboy over this film. It was flawed in many ways. And the Joker(portrayed by Leto) was completely underused and thrown under the bus. That's not good to do to your talented actor. The editing was choppy, and the sequence somewhere a 3/4th's into the film is random and rushed(edited by a trailer crew).
The other problem is the script. Whoever green lit a script that was complete in three weeks, needs to find another profession because that is not ample time to make a good film or any film in general.
David Ayer does deserve some credit. His choice of costumes and colors is an upgrade from the dower dry and gray BvS.
All in all I enjoyed it... For what it was. Take that for what it is worth.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
The run time killed it a little.
I would of given it a higher score if the run time wasn't as tedious. The Wachowski's do what they do best. Tackle hard Sci-Fi concepts, and aren't afraid to make something original and daring. And this movie was a good attempt on that part.
I enjoyed the set pieces, acting, and script. The plot can get muddled, but once the one hour and thirty minute mark kicks in(yes, a long movie) that other hour and thirty minutes is what makes up for the dragging pace. It's use of editing for the jump in timelines is well shot. As well as the CGI(which the Wachowskis are known for)
I recommend this movie if you are or not a fan of the Wachowskis. Just be ready for a lengthy film.
La La Land (2016)
Not bad at all. For a musical...
I can admit right off the bat, that I'm not a fan of musicals. AT ALL. The only other musicals I watched in my lifetime was Little Shop of Horrors(because of the special effects) and Chicago(because it also won best picture over what I think are better candidates). Hardly if ever watched them again. So I tried to see what all the hype is about this one. Was it good?
Yes, admittedly it is. I like the characters. The opening was one of the best tracking shots I seen in a movie comparable to The Third Man(1958), along with some other scenes in the movie that I was impressed with. The music didn't over weigh the plot, and the it made sense within the story(especially in Ryan Goslings case)
I enjoyed this film, and could recommend it to anyone willing to give musicals a shot. And I would of preferred if this won best picture, over Moonlight(sorry I just think so)
Iron Fist (2017)
What the hell was this thinking it was?
I've seen many martial arts movies in my life time(quite a lot actually) and it takes a lot to impress me with fighting scenes and fight action. This show IS TERRIBLE when it comes to anything remotely having to do with martial arts in general. Like, every fight scene is limp, and slow. Every punch, kick, and flip have the impact of watching paint dry. This wasn't worth the watch or time especially coming from the hype that is Marvel's television credentials on Netflix.
P.S. if you want to watch something with martial arts in it? I suggest sticking with anything from Donnie Yen to Scott Adkins.
Free Fire (2016)
Shoot'Em movie that isn't afraid to take its time!
This movie was an enjoyable action movie. Great cast, great set design, and above all else, a great script. You don't see to often a movie set in a single location, but what the movie makes up for in lack of set pieces is a stellar cast that can perform their own stunts when executed. It's a joy to watch something that hearkens back to the old style of action cinema (best example Quentin Tarantino/exploitation flicks of the 90's). I recommend this movie for it's simple and clever concept with some fun dialogue and gun fights. 8/10!
Is this the Star Wars of our decade?
I want to say for one, that this movie was EXTRAORDINARY! And for what it's worth comes everything you can't possible imagine of what Cameron had in store for the audience. It was mesmerizing to see that the 3-D lived up to its hype and and wowed everybody in my theater. Like only 2 people used the bathroom within a 2 and half hour period!? That is the mark it left with audiences when it first appeared on screen. Nobody knew what to expect, and in the following, everyone got what they didn't expect which was lush colorful movie with some great CGI that was perfectly complimented with a great story... Some will beg to differ, but the real star is the 3-D. Yes, the 3-D! Wow, It has as of today changed the way will see our entertainment and how we view it. So ladies and guys I would prefer everyone to see this cause it is only worth the time on the big screen while still in 3-D format. 20/10..
8.9 & In the Top 20!!!..
Yes, Akira needs to be at least in the Top 20 of 250! It is a landmark in visual cell animation that now, not even a mere experienced artist can fathom... The story is the most original that it can be and is the closes thing to a futuristic perfection like Blade Runner. The violence that is in this movie is not without noticing, but isn't something that needs to be put down, this movie to a mere 7.9??? It's a visual wonder and a epic piece of emotion when it comes to knowing your breaking points and what to do with them when you began to lose it. I got say this is my favorite anime cause seeing it when I was only 12 or 13 was like watching something unfold like a fairy tale of dark vs light.. A very unforgettable film that will have people wondering why Katshiro Otomos epic was never considered to be a visual wonder...
My personal favorite out of the whole trilogy...
Yes!? This is my favorite out of all of them. Why? Cause the story is the beginning of a saga that started first before Episode IV started it all! It has the beginning of my favorite Jedi, "Obi-Wan", and who else can't forget the memorable "Darth Maul" who will go down as the most BA character next to Darth Vader. But, all else aside this movie is just great for me. I seen it when I was 9 or 10, young age and was just starting to become a geek for Star Wars. Seeing Star Wars Episode I for the first time in theaters was memorable for me. I mean, I actually sold my Playstation One for a measly 80$ just to see this and It was sort of worth it after later of realization, Lol. I can forgive Jar Jar cause I never really dewelled on his character, and thus still having great action, visual effects stunning as ever, and POD racing was a great rush. Can't say no to this is my favorite right next to Empire, Return, and Revenge of the Sith. 10/10
Hard Rain (1998)
"Hard Rain" of awful discredit..
Hard Rain is something different than your average disaster movie. It takes place in a small town in Indiana. Where remaining survivors are scavenging to save what they have left before the flood. And when two "armor truck guard" buddies are in center of a plot to heist the armor truck for 3 million dollars. All heck becomes a desperate plan to survive for Hale(Christian Slater) when a crew of hired arms lead by Jim(Morgan Freeman) who have mistakenly sidetracked their plan and have to chase him through the flood of the entire town...
Lots of action, thrills, and some surprisingly amazing acting from Randy Quaid as the sheriff. Along with cast as Mini Driver, Christian Slater, Ed Asner, and of course Morgan Freeman.. One of my top favorites and a enjoyable movie..
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Ignore the cynical critics..This is one of the greatest redemption stories ever told!!
I can't lie about nothing toward this movie masterpiece! Some don't care for the swash buckling heroics and decide to put it down for that but, this is the darkest, and I mean "Darkest" Zorro movie you'll ever see. And has a rich story of redemption that makes one truly remarkable film.. It's shot well done, and casted very well. Anthony Hopkins (Dela Vega) is a superb cast addition in which he brings to life a aging hero who seeks justice for his past mistakes while trying to start a new one, by renewing his relationship with a daughter he hardly got to know! (Elena) played by Catherine Zeta-Jones does a remarkable and beautiful part as a curious and gorgeous women who falls in love with (Elliondo) played by Antonio Banderas as the one and only "Zorro!". Banderas roll is questioned sometimes but, doesn't stray to far off and brings to life a almost forgotten hero in cinema culture.. The Mask of Zorro is a brilliant film with great actors and characters alike. It will immerse you into a time that could almost of been real in the history books and this one is certainly aiming for that! And that's why I rate this my 2nd favorite movie of all time.. 10/10!
Event Horizon (1997)
Event Horizon has its moments but, nothing to get underwhelmed about!..
This I would honestly say.. Is the best last horror sci-fi movie that Hollywood has had a decent crack at it since lately..well, Pandorum! People want to give pandorum a high stake in its genera when Event Horizon is (quote Sam Neill) "something much much more!" It breaks the bounds of the psychological mind and brings out the nasty horror of what true interpretation of hell really is! It's mind numbing to see a director Paul S. Anderson give the audience something really gritty and not be accepted as a great sci-fi classic!? It's puzzling... Although the cliché's will be seen, that doesn't effect the nightmare it will effect on you if you are easily traumatized by graphic horror. The movie itself is a miss understanding that to enjoy a film like this, is to leave all realism outside. This movie is a fright fest if you really let it be, and it will never let you go once you accepted it! 10/10
C'era una volta il West (1968)
Once Upon A Time Indeed!!..
Once Upon A Time In The West is a superb masterpiece of a western!
It takes you through a story like no other, and thrills you with fascinating performances by Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and Jason Robards.
Jill(Claudia Cardinale) gives a great supporting effort and gives her character "Jill" is wonderful and compelling..
Frank(Henry Fonda) is a dark, and striving personality that wants everything that is deserving of his needs of greed and envy..
Harmonica(Charles Bronson) Plays one of the most mysterious characters I ever witnessed on film. His story thrives us until it comes to a shocking conclusion of what his purpose really is!...
Sergio Leone has made a movie that will stand the test of time with all other great westerns "Good, Bad, and the Ugly" "Fist Full & A Few" "Outlaw Josey Wales" "Unforgiven" "Tombstone" "The Searchers" "Wild Bunch" that takes place beside it! This is a movie everyone needs to see in their lifetime...