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4/10 A terrible movie that's not worth your time.
5/10 A mediocre movie that's a disappointment.
6/10 A passable movie with some redeeming qualities.
7/10 A decent movie that's fun to watch.
8/10 A good movie that you must check out.
9/10 A really good movie that's a game changer.
10/10 An instant classic that everybody should watch.
I picked 200 of my favorite movies. You can view them here.... http://www.imdb.com/list/ls056976594/
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Hancock is a mixed bag with an interesting premise.
Hancock is a mixed bag with an interesting premise. It was released back in 2008, during the whole superhero resurgence with films such as Iron Man and The Dark Knight that were both well received both commercially and financially. Of course, now in 2017 superhero movies are pretty much a cottage industry, with some feeling there's an over-saturation, but that's neither here or there. Hancock is about an alcoholic superhero with a big PR problem. He's rude, crass, and he's an alcoholic, and it goes without saying the public doesn't like him.
Hancock saves Ray, a PR agent and after that, the movie takes off. Ray wants to repackage him as a better superhero and they develop a friendship of sorts as the movie goes along. Hancock's first act is rather brilliant, it plays almost like a David Chappelle skit with Hancock involved in all kinds of crazy shenanigans. Alas, the movie kind of falls apart under the weight of its own mythology in the second act. There are some interesting things at play with the mythology but the tones from the first two acts never feel organic, it almost felt like it was trying to be two different films. The first act felt like a satire on the superhero genre and the second act felt like a darker superhero film. Anyway I digress, the third act is rather underwhelming with a cookie cutter villain who has no presence whatsoever, it almost felt like they needed to throw in a villain just to wrap the film up . However, that's not to say that the film doesn't have any positives. Will Smith is great as Hancock, he gives the character gravitas underneath all his smugness. Hancock starts out as a rather unlikable character but as the story goes on they do a good job of humanizing him. Jason Bateman is great as Ray, and Charlize Theron is great as Ray's wife, Mary. To give anything else away would spoil the film. I guess this movie is worth a rental if you haven't seen it already. By the way, for you Breaking Bad fans out there, the script to Hancock was co-written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. So I guess it's kind of cool to see his earlier work from back in the day. Hancock had its moments, but overall it's a mixed bag both as a comedy and a superhero film.
X: First Class (2011)
X-men First Class is a solid reboot.
X-Men: First Class is arguably the best of the X-Men series which comes as a relief. Part of the reason why First Class is so successful is that it places emphasis over the characters rather than plot. At the heart of the movie is the relationship between Professor Xavier and Erik Lensherr. The movie does an excellent job of crosscutting between Erik and Professor Xavier's childhood to showcase how their unique mutant powers have shaped them. Erik grew up in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland and Charles Xavier grew up in an affluent mansion in upstate New York.
Needless to say, when Erik and Charles eventually meet each other as adults, it's clearly obvious that these two have very different ideology's about how to do deal with humans, and the film plays with this idea to some degree. Charles Xavier first meets Erik Lensherr for the first time in Miami, and the rest of the film showcases them recruiting other mutants. Unfortunately, the film has X-Men in the title, so there are other supporting mutant characters integral to the film as well.
Alas, most of these characters are underdeveloped, and because of this, you come to know them by their powers instead of their personalities. However, the performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are good enough to anchor the film. Fassbender, in particular, is a standout he plays Erik Lensherr as a charismatic James Bond type with a real chip on his shoulder.
His performance as Erik Lensherr is absolutely magnetic if you forgive the pun. Xavier, however, is a little bland, but this is due to no fault on McAvoy's part. The writers obviously couldn't figure out how to make Xavier a more compelling character. Fortunately, McAvoy's performance is good enough to make up for this oversight. Jennifer Lawrence is good as Mystique/Raven she gives Mystique a certain naive sweetness. Kevin Bacon is also excellent as the megalomaniac mutant Sebastian Shaw.
Unfortunately, his character is never really given any real depth, he's simply a one-dimensional villain. The film also would have benefited from exploring the creator/monster dichotomy between Sebastian Shaw and Erik Lensherr a bit further. It was one of the more intriguing ideas in the film that was left unexplored. Overall, X-Men: First Class is an entertaining action film with good performances from its two leads, and it has some pretty kinetic action sequences scattered throughout the film. The film is definitely a must see for those that were disappointed with the last two X-Men films.
Fight Club (1999)
Fight club is an excellent movie that must be seen.
Fight Club was one of those movies from the 90's that was going to polarize people because of its subject matter. Some critics thought of Fight Club as an exercise in sadomasochism while others thought it was a biting social satire. I would argue with the latter, but the truth is Fight Club is a cautionary tale against the dangers of nihilism. The film starts with Jack a white collar worker, who suffers from extreme bouts of insomnia. However, insomnia is the least of Jack's problems Jack has become dissatisfied with his life. He has become numb to the banality of his everyday life. His life has become a series of routines that is one step away from turning him into a drone. So in order to alleviate his existential crisis, Jack goes to support groups so he can feel better about himself.
Most of these support groups are dedicated to people who have terminal cancer, so in essence, Jack latches onto these people to remind himself that he's more fortunate than them. But he doesn't do this out of pity he does this to give his life meaning. Alas, Jack's sanctuary is shattered when a sardonic Goth named Marla enters the picture. Jack has seen Marla in various support groups and he knows that she's a faker just like him. However, unlike Jack Marla goes to these support groups as a voyeur. Jack threatens to expose her but she retaliates by threatening to expose him. So they come to an agreement of sorts, they agree to share certain days for the support groups. Weeks later, Jack meets Tyler Durden on an airline Durden is everything Jack is not. Durden is charismatic, confident, crass and strangely funny. Durden informs Jack that he's a soap salesman. The two engage in idle chat, but it's clear from the get go that these two have a lot in common. Later that night, Jack has what could only be described as the worse night of his life, his condo explodes and to make matters worse the police suspect him. Inevitably, Jack calls Tyler and the two agree to meet at a local bar. Durden gives Jack a monologue about his philosophy on life and the two hit it off becoming fast friends. Durden persuades Jack to stay with him at his dilapidated house and Jack agrees. As a favor, Jack agrees to hit Tyler and the two engage in a street fight. This is the moment where the film really takes it stride, as Tyler and Jack engage in various street brawls other people take their lead and soon word spreads around about these street brawls. Tyler and Jack create a club called Fight Club, an underground fighting club where people can fight with complete strangers. As the film progresses, it becomes apparent that these people that join Fight Club are lost souls and misfits of society. Most of these men have become broken and emasculated, from working at jobs they don't like to buy stuff they don't need as Tyler surmises. In essence, Fight Club becomes their sacrament, their key to enlightenment. The film grows murkier as Marla starts to engage in a liaison with Tyler and Jack begins to have doubts about Fight Club. To divulge any more would simply spoil the surprises that happen later in the film. But I will say this, what transpires in the third act of Fight Club is both perplexing and prophetic in this post 9/11 world we live in today. Many people have complained that Fight Club tonally is inconsistent, but this is not the case Fight Club is a dark comedy from start to finish. There are scenes of utter hilarity in Fight Club, like the scene where Tyler and Jack steal fat from a liposuction clinic to make soap or the scene where Jack beats himself up to blackmail his boss. These scenes may offend some, but for those select few that appreciate this type of dark humor, they will really get a real kick out of these scenes. Over the past decade, Fight Club has developed a cult following of sorts and it's not hard to see why. Fight Club is a biting social satire about the superficiality of American culture and the absurdity of the materialism that is embedded in our culture. It also serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of going beyond social constraints and dedicating your life to philosophies that are primal, bestial and potentially dangerous.