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War Horse (2011)
Zero emotion glue or connectivity- Weak
Spielberg is a problem. Apart from The holocaust film i do not recall anything worthy of cinematic praise. I mean ET if you are 6 years old. But he is not a talented director; just a famous director that makes films from cookie cutter molds.
I mean the acting is horrendous, maybe because the script is horrendous. the score is rubbish, so cliché. Is there any surprises in this film? the minute it started you already knew the ending. A lot of dead end characters one after the other, in a very disjointed narrative which has zero glue or arch to push it into the film genre of quality material. I felt nothing for any character, when they died it was like --Oh well.
Someone said he was ticking Oscar boxes, if that is true he must have missed some of the relevant ones. Like good script and good directing. And let us not talk about mismatch cinematography. What is up with that sunset at the end? Looks richer than the view from Venus. Out of the blue (or red) comes this over dramatic scene of clichés at the end. What a tired non-creative piece of utter garbage. And it tells you something about the sincerity of reviewers and the Hollywood industry. What serious critique looks at this contrived, poorly written drivel and says it is good. Steven is over rated and the price for being overrated is that whatever he does wins Oscars. That has happened so often now, if there was any challenge to him to get better--well it is gone. Next time i see his name I will avoid. This is a lesson for those who betray the arts and accept accolades they do not deserve. they have sold out their art for the little trinkets their dishonest peers give them.
Awful, terrible script, incoherent, multi themes going no where
As part of an experiment I once watched a film called Two headed Shark attack (or something like that) but what I learned was even the worse B film can master tension and follow some sort of believable plot. This film failed so bad I cannot believe Ridley Scot did it. 15 minutes into the film the first issue was the dialog and the jumping from theme to theme. It didn't flow, it didn't transition. It didn't sit to explain the universe in which the film was to be born into.
Now unlike most people I did a few course in script writing. And i would love for someone to tell me this script was good. There is no tension, none. I actually stopped caring why the aliens want to destroy Earth Maybe to destroy Hollywood from making anymore films like this.
Please tell me you invested in those empty unrealistic characters, apart from The robot and Theron I really cant remember one person. have no idea who did the casting. Compare the African American to the original African American in Alien. Compare Weavers role in 1-4 (and I complained about 4). You see where I am going. The film has in too many unresolved unexplained, unrealistic themes. Two many aliens, mismatch of boring parts from far too many places, too many motives. Then the last 14 minutes they reveal some silly motive which makes no sense whats so ever. And the film rushes to deal with the threat, what do they do? Get a 1/2 interested captain to grow some deep spirituality (not previous developed in the character) and...Well See independence Day collision for the 20th time in Sci-Fi history.
Someone noted that there was a scientist who didn't behave or speak like a scientist there were too many stretches. Boring love affairs, alien implantation, late term abortions, crazy Giant Alien, Father- Daughter inheritance theme, the black oil from X-Files, Captain and Boss booty call, Catholic religious themes, redundant details, redundant scenes and focus (which did not develop) random.com theme, Waste my time theme Help me * "The alien air is breathable so I will take of my helmet" * I will get drunk 2nd day of the mission, alcohol available on a mission Tell NASA * They took off their helmets, where did they put them * A glitch, but the captain wants to get laid * They camp/sleep in a nest full of suspicious egg bombs * For no reason Robot poisons guy, wants alien baby, but also wants woman hero to be safe *Post operation she is fitter than Serena Wiliams.
Visuals are good, 3D not needed (took off my glasses 1/2 way)
Now lets deal with the dead dialog. Who seriously wrote those lines? It pops out of the script and makes no sense 1/2 the time. "I am not here to be your friend I am here for the money"-- how does this fit the theme. How is that continued (as in the case of Alien 1 with the money issue for shares (which is properly introduced to add motive to the film?). Strange bunch of disjointed people who look mostly like heroin addicts. Too much things not quiet right to have to have faith with. Aliens create humans who want them to come to there WMD site to knock of their heads? Sorry maybe my Mother wasted her money on my education but I don't follow. non sequitur.
It is possible the greatest disappointment in recent memory. What a waste of an opportunity.
The Grey (2011)
I was afraid I don't know about you
What Jaws did for sharks I hope this film doesn't do for wolves. Yes, wolves don't 100% behave like that. I am sure those Aliens Signoney Weaver was fighting also do not behave like that outside the cinema either. I am sure the Terminator, outside of the screenplay is a pretty okay guy just making his way in the world. You know what I am trying to say ---It is a film. I.e. in this case a fictional action Hollywood film. Had you seen it at a film festival or an art film quirky joint I would understand the critique. But you know how people are one expert complains about "wolves do not behave like that" now every other reviewer must remind us about the little David Attenborough inside of him. But if you read into the subject you will see that wolves do kill 100s of people a year and it was worst in Ancient times look up the record by T. R. Mader, Research Director. In France alone, historical records indicate that between the years 1580-1830, 3,069 people were killed by wolves, 1,857 of which were non-rabid. So please don't use your localized encounters to generalize "how wolves behave" Now I will not get into a fist fight defending this film, I liked it in the cinema, might not buy the DVD but another person I went with did not like it.
Its an cheap action film which is suspense driven, far from anything which resembles reality. And do not deny the suspense. I have only seen wolves in a zoo and would be shocked if they behaved like that – true. Now beyond that can we enjoy the suspense? Don't tell me with all the junk Hollywood makes that one little issue spoiled it for you. And lets deal with the ending, do all films have to end with an air rescue and a hero flying back tired but savage (like Predator)? Talk about not being realistic. Yet all those crying for realism are all crying about the sudden ending. What did you think was going to happen? I did like the touch with his wife dying because that was creative. I also like how the script developed the characters amidst the dying. Far worst films have been made so I am happy to at least get a few moments of anxiety as I am drawn into a very fictional film.
And yes Liam was good also. and to pull off such a unrealistic impractical film does deserve an extra point so from 6- 7/10
The Hunger Games (2012)
Running Man (2012) Amoral and poor
It is hard to know what is more sickening, a film about beautiful children killing one another, or a film which is a terrible spin on the Running Man, or the fact that so many people missed these two major issues when they rated it so high. It must be a sign of our time when we have moved beyond the already excessive violence of man vs. man to now target our children and involve them as part of that horrible violence. It must be a first because the worse of the worse, the most violent Rambo IV still have some basic boundaries about children. This film slashes all of that.
Now between the direct copy of running man, didn't read the book so cant comment on that, the bad timing (taking how long to arch into a story?),only to find no story, no characters, weak unbelievable people hunting one another, the utter predictability, the false and contrived Romeo and Juliet scene, (that cute African American was inserted for one purpose only, to generate empathy, It didn't because by then I was disconnected because of the excessive violence) what was good? Did could have at least let Lenny Kravitz do the theme song. no luck there. So even without my primary complaint the film is utter garbage in the script and directing department. It is also horrible in the music department. And the lowest score is in the morality department, excessively violent cruel and unusually. Listening to a young boy be ripped apart by CGI dogs. And what was the message? They "surprisingly" thwarted the system-- Like Running Man. The difference is nothing changed; it just had some awkward pointless ending that was almost like the script writers ran out of stem and just were trying to figure out how to bring up the end credits.
District 9 (2009)
Racist White nonsense - xenophobic trash
South Africa says it is a rainbow nation, where is the Rainbow in this film. Where are the Africans? It is Africa and they represent 80% of the population, not even 50%. Oh yeah some Africans made it into the film, guess what they were doing? Helping the White racist immigration argument (xenophobia) that Nigerians and foreigners (who the aliens represent if you didn't get it by now) are bad for SA. You watching the film and you didn't get that did you? The white mans burden, solved by an white man with ethics?
This film is dirty, messy and cheap. Over rated, is a mild world. Vulgarly racist in a country that goes on 24/7 about harmony their most successful film looks like it was made pre-94 flat bam in the middle of apartheid. Tells you a lot about those in power who let a racist film speak for SA.
For the record because you might not know this 98% of the films out of SA that the world sees are exclusively made by white people, for their white agenda. Inside of SA Africans are only really used for alcohol adverts. This film fits right in with the image of apartheid-- All white.
It is not even a good film by any standard.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Overrated dry predictable, unoriginal
Had it not been for all the awards and excessive hype i may have enjoyed it a little more. When you see so many awards you open the DVD with a rush expecting to see the kind of film that demarks an era, a generation and an epoch (ideally at least, cant recall the last time that happened).
What can I saw, what was so good about it? A man walking around defusing bombs-- That is it! yeah pretty much. A cock sure guy defusing bombs. Well my mom filmed me pulling the wings off of insects once, maybe i should submit that for the nu-vogue cinema nonsense that seems to be fashionable . I mean is story necessary--no. And lets talk about "suspense" some writers create suspense by writing suspense. Now tell me how much skill does it take a scriptwriter or a director to get suspense from filming a man defusing a bomb? Maybe it might blow up maybe it would not. Defusing a bomb is in itself tense, we know that. So the top talent of Hollywood films a guy defusing a bomb- and get accolades from every quarter of that self-praising incestuous club. Was it not Mr. Fahrenheit 9/11 that also made this comment? What a joke. I don't mind it as some kind of alternative cinema. But the real issue is the hype.
Underworld Awakening (2012)
Not bad as junk goes
Lets be honest you do not go into a cinema billing "Underworld: Awakening" expecting "Silence of the Lamb" or "Elegy" this is fast food cinema. The rules of critique that might apply to Spike Lee are therefore not applicable here. So understand my rating of 7/10 is factoring in that. It is 6/10 for fast food cinema.
The action was tight, the objectives of the film were clear. Certain "chosen one" themes i found boring and the film really must find other incentives for Werewolves to hunt vamps. There is something cool about Kate, I don't know what cuz she just looks like a normal Brit, but she is def the kick ass chick of this era. I mean would you pick her or Ms. Weaver to protect you. Well Ms. Weaver cant bounce off walls so I am sticking with Kate.
Some parts could have been better but that is always the case. I was happy not to see certain actors but I miss that old dude, Man he was evil. I mean he was really the best. I don't know the future of the franchise and I hope it doesn't turn into the Dark Knight Cop villain relationship.
Margin Call (2011)
I walked out ... can you say S T r e c H e d O u t
First problem Zachary Quinto, with such a weird face you should stick to roles that involve Aliens. I find his look distracting. If any writer wanted to learn how to stretch a 5 page script into a feature this is a good example. Random.com , like watching someone brush their teeth. You get all these profile actors and some get fooled because some gave good performance that it means the film is good. Good DP work, Good audio, Good score =/= good film. film is not just a killer performance or look how ugly Demi Moore looked in that scene. Take apart the film, what was the objective? Did you care 30 minutes into the film? Topics and conversations come in from the top the side, celebrity faces have their two moments in the toilet to maybe get nominated for "Best Supporting role". Now you watch a real film like Syriana or Swimming with Sharks or if you like Wall street the classic The Firm. These films grip you and don't let go. So no the genre doesn't have to be so dry and boring. What about that film with Ewan when he lost all those peoples money, (forgot the name) that was Wall street and I was sweating with him. I wish there was a rating below zero. This is not a film, this is that aspect of Hollywood that says "lets throw great actors together" make it all "arty" and empty and hope some sucker will mistake it for the new standard of 21st century cinema. It is not, it is crap from the first 5 minutes to 40 minutes in when I got up and walked out! What happened at the end? I actually do not care, all i am thinking is why did I buy two tickets for.
Give up while ahead, please give up now you are behind
From the first 10 minutes you knew it was utter junk. A series of random actions which are poorly scripted with sub-standard humor and Jack at his worst. Part 1 was banging with action, and so was part 2. Part 3 started to meander into a plot so complex and unrewarding that it lost the viewer.
Good films are anchored in good objectives. i.e. What is the major objective of the antagonist. (Jack) what does he want. And this was very unresolved even 40 minutes into the film. But you keep bring up the old news - he doesn't have a ship. And over and over again the same tricks but poorly executed. The same capture and escape. Try something new. What worked for part 1 and 2 was because they were new. It is part 4 now, we want to see something different. And in both 1 and 2 the objectives and the mission was tight sequence after sequence, joke after joke.
Jack seems tired and less bouncy in 4, why? Maybe because the script is so weak and the objectives so forced. And even in fiction you need realism within the boundaries of the world the script makers cast. You cant just have people show up unexplained , undeveloped. Did the film truly explain the cast and their passion? No. Keira and Orlando made a very good choice to stay away - so should the audience. Had it been so good you would see them. Knowing when to quit is critical
I hope this will be the last and that money will not squeeze out another story from a franchise which needs to be buried.
Utter garbage written around SFX
Did professionals write this film? Did Antony really read the script or did he just see the figures in the contract? I think Nat and Tony need new agents, because you do not go from Silence of lamb and Black Swan *respectively* to this utter junk.
I do not know what other people saw but there is nothing good or unique in this film. The special effects actually made me tired. And lets talk about the story? My Lord, where was it and when did it begin. I got the feeling that the script was written after the action sequences were planned. They therefore said we want this effect and this effect now lets write a film around that. We need to use up Nat so lets force a romance into the script. We want jokes, so lets force a few of those in there. So much dead space in the film that doesn't arch into anything.scenes seem random and disconnected, like writing in junk to get it to a feature length time. drifting focus, drifting priorities. And no great moments that saved the film.
Also it is an overnight transformation from utter arrgoance to humility. Does anyone identify with any characters here? Did you understand the brothers motives? Makes no real sense in the real world. Did the film introduce anything for anyone to attach themselves to emotionally? No. Characters appear in odd order without any development. Actually while I am here typing I just realized something : This film is below the dignity of critique. It is so poor, so badly directed and written that to even point out the weak character development or random script turns give too much credit to it. I will therefore cease to add speak about it for fear of giving someone the illusion that there is anything to actually speak about in terms of artistic critique.
Black Swan (2010)
Beware of Ballet
I will not be sending my daughter to ballet lessons anytime soon, that is for sure. Anyone watching this film as promotion of ballet will be shocked. I was in the cinema with a bunch of upcoming ballerinas. The lesbian scene had a mother and her daughter heading for the door. I do think the scene was excessive and un-artful and thus only there for sensationalism and controversy (an no serious film lover respects cheap tricks). Was It a good film depends on if we judge it by its period. Now after hunger for something to feed my desire for quality Hollywood cinema this film at least hits some marks. I struggled with "the American" (it tried and didn't hit the mark as it should have). A good comment was made which said "As for Portman, she will win the Oscar for "Black Swan," however, she should have won it for "Closer." it saves time to just quote the better reviewers. The other user says and I agree: Most of the film she played Nina as the Naive, frustrated woman the role required. However, where was the redemptive aggression of the Black Swan? That would have been an action challenge! It was reduced to a few scenes at the end. Wasn't that the whole point of the film? It felt like, "OK, we're almost out of money so let's wrap this up." And don't try to label the movie sophisticated or artsy. Please!!!! " No it isn't an art house film, it is a Hollywood film with an art house marketing dress.
Now I didn't like the DP work, I guess I expected stunning stable cinematography which was mirror the delicate world of ballet. I didn't expect gritty and shaky. Without that expectation maybe it would have worked.
Now here is the main flaw. As stated above there was a failure to make the case for the Black Swan dual personality. It seemed to show up at the end in a rush. It is subjective but I think there was a failure on the part of the director. I honestly think someone else could have done a much better job with the screenplay. Something is missing in his tool box. I saw the same missing element in Requiem. (a good concept with poor application making it unpleasant to watch as a film, or maybe it was just very bad editing)or maybe it was suppose to be a music video.
It is not fair to say but I found Ms Portmans weight distracting (personal opinion) she was so skinny it drew my focus. Her voice has never been a winner, you just don't associate those kind of voices with A-rate actors. Rese being another one along with Melanie Griffith . I think the only Funny voice actress who holds it down and is taken serious is Holly Hunter.
The real reason I enjoyed it is because the world of modern cinema is so predictable and boring that this film gives a little joy. So not a perfect execution but a good attempt. I would buy the DVD as it is a valid contribution for any collection. And you will not have to put it in backwards to hide the title from your friends out of shame.
Critical viewing , a MUST see | Avoid Spike reviews
Motherland is so powerful that it upsets the status Quo. So you get a lot of spike/revenge votes of 1/10. Anytime you do that you attract the haters who will deliberately do everything (like in slavery and apartheid) to destroy the work. So some have not seen the film, but they know what it represents and they vote 1/10. But this has done nothing to affect the film.
Motherland is a beautifully crafted, ambitious production that critically and unapologetically examines the beautiful complexity of African culture. Destined to become required viewing for students of African civilizations, history, politics, economics and religion, it is massive in scope. Be prepared to learn volumes.
ever there was a film that could be called the greatest social African documentary this would be it. As never have I seen one body of work which chronicles in a cohesive way the collective history of African people in the Diaspora in context and with dignity. Not only does Motherland document it lays pathways for solutions to the crisis, the film takes responsibility for not only being a mirror on a problem but more than that. This is why it is more than a film.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Sub-Standard time wasting empty story i.e. Garbage
This film is a disgrace to it's predecessor- Fact. The word redundant scenes takes on new meaning. If you were teaching a class in redundant scenes (i.e. scenes that tell you nothing, contribute nothing to the story or the plot, but just help to get the film to its status of two hours of a waste of people's time).
How many scenes have no direction and could be dropped in anyplace, or to any film. What about the silly dialog? The emergence of characters based solely on their personalities, Jackson for example. You have quality actors in this film looking like very bad actors. The roles given to them and the motives of the characters are paper thin. The only person that looked mean and meant it was Rouke. How many times have we seen the Sam Jackson character. I swore he looked like Shaft returned.
Anyone giving this film a rating higher than 4 has no idea about quality. It sounds bold but it is how serious I feel about this zero (if i could) rating. Last film I saw was Titans, and that was at least marginally engaging with a obvious plot, but it followed a plot - at least. Was it asking too much to have a believable story from start to end?
Another film which pulls steals peoples money, and the Hollywood industry is so poor these days that people are forced to watch nonsense like this and then say it was "fun".
The Wolfman (2010)
Those teddy bears look so cute
I was afraid for the 1st few action scenes I was like wow this thing is a mad killer so fast and crazy. but the continuity did not continue. the wolf got slower and slower as the film went on. His powers became more man like until the end of the film remind me of the clash between those two gorillas in planet of the apes. I don't know but these were the cutest werewolf i ever did see. I didn't know if to run or hug them.
As for the script, well that should have never been written. It was unbelievable and the father-son thing carried no real currency. It had zero character development and seemed to not know what it was trying 2 say about the relationship.
Some of the DP work looked good, it didn't look 2 dark 2 me. but when the film was finished it is not the kind of movie you would care enough about to make 2 many remarks. Basically by the end of the film you just didn't care what happened, I started to think about if the restaurants would be close and if I could still get a burger. That is how focused I was on the film.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Overrated and badly directed, cheese script
The hype. So often Hollywood picks a slum film and just blows it up. I think it is the Tarzan white director thing again. Just like if Clint Eastwood did a Chinese film you know it would get an Oscar. human beings are pack hunters and they follow the pack. Compared to anything you can see in a film festival what exactly is so special about this film. Its not Forest Gump which moves and takes you places. The funny thing is the film is moving but going no where. I made no investment in the characters, I didn't care about him. He was not real, his acting definitely want very good either. So character development isn't there. The story is stupid to be blunt. The concept is narrow and just not that interesting. If a script is written from a concept, it is very different from if it is written from a story of human beings on a journey. A collection of unrealistic superhuman independent sketches put together in a cutting room and some of those sketches don't even add anything to the story. Now someone over sold this film and I went out an bought the DVD at the New release rate. Biggest waste of money. I could have got 3 DVDs for the price of this one, I had Valkyre in one hand and I cant believe I put that down for this cotton candy junk. The inter splicing is so over used you would think the director would be able to use it to effect. However it more kills the timing than adds any value. The film takes from cinema and gives absolutely nothing back. There is nothing in this film that you could show to a film student and say here is a good example of
Casting is horrid, continuity in terms of the stories intention is amateur. The music is disconnected from the visuals, loud and mood killing save 1 or 2 love themes. It does boast good editing, or good anything. Searching hard I found the 5.1 mix to be well done
and that it is it
ooh the DVD box cover was really funky. That is how stupid this film is.
Dances with Wolves in Space as someone said
I don't know about U but that blue chick is hot. Beyond that when it comes to originality this film will win nothing. In terms of special effects, I am the only one not blown away, maybe I got a bad projection. But Lord of the Rings was similar so I don't see anything which blows you away. As a film it offers nothing to the film buff who is look for art on a screen. It is the same old tricks with 2009 technology. Input the old hero "Great White Hunter" script into the latest digital CGI software.
I think the film could have done better without the slow "video log" style start, it isn't keeping with the rest of the film. I don't know but the first 90 minutes or so was time to walk out. I liked the film after that boring video log nonsense which was anti- everything. U know in Alien when Weaver does the video log it really really sets the mode. "This is Ripley Last survivor of the Something, with any luck the company will pick us up" now that had mood and dept. I don't think Sam is the man, and I ll tell you why, take a look at all the greatest actors and I will tell you what they have in common—memorable faces. He has nothing in his face like Weaver, or Al Pacino, Denzel, or Snipes, you could have easily replaced with that English actor that plays Jedi Master Obekanobi. What is special about him, Will Smith would have been perfect and plus he is Black so he would relate to being Blue just that much more. I hope we see less of this Sam guy cuz even his acting is neither here nor there. But back to the technical stuff, the music was nonsense, I cant remember one single song or theme. Definitely not Aliens 3 for music. And the film is so predictable I must assume it is aimed at children.
Anyway beyond all of that I will still buy it on DVD because it has merit as an entry into cinema, not as much as the Matrix or 300 but still it makes an entry. Plus movies these days are so horrible that we the consumers are left with bad or badder.
The Great White Hero again, Mandlela story needs the Great Tarzan
How many more? um? How many more SA films where the Africans are a backdrop to some White hero? Isn't the story Cry Freedom, or In My Country etc etc, or Catch A Fire? The engineered rainbow rhetoric which exist only only screen but nowhere in the economy of South Africa. The story of Africa always needs a great white hero, like Last King of Scotland. And not to mention more white directors. And they are searching hi and low 2 find the white Tarzan in every African victory.
Film is an art but I get concerned when every film out of SA sings the same theme. It speaks to something artificial, something social injustice. When did we see a film where whites didn't get let off the hook? When did we see a film where whites didn't exist?
Name a "Black film" and look behind the lens; who wrote it, who produced it, who directed it? Amistad , the music by John Williams, the director Mr. Spielberg. A Jamaican film called One Love , again the same pattern. Tsosti a story of violence in the African communities, violence is a natural reality of South African people in European perception; it sells and it feeds their image of us of being gang bangers, and semi-noble savages . It is almost impossible to consider a film that does not include a European central figure. War Dance, singing dancing through the horrors of a genocide. The recent Last King of Scotland reflects this it is in the legacy of CRY FREEDOM, the title shows the mindset behind it . I t would not be sufficient to tell the story of Idi Amin; so infamous enough and surely notorious enough character in his own right. No, they say, this would reduce the value of the project, in comes the European into the storyline. It is actually amazing to see Mel Gibson attempt to make a film of a non-White people without a central European character. Returning to the likes of Richard Attenborough we cannot blame him for his bias in Cry Freedom , he is by nature a European and is simply acting out his European weighted world view, avoiding Eurocentric as a term, as every healthy race is sensitive to his or her cultural perceptions
Another White capitalization of Africa
I mistakenly went to see this film thinking it was the much anticipated Motherland - The Alik Shahadah film. I knew something was up from the vibe, and the minute the film began. Clearly it wasn't the real Motherland. OK already sitting with the popcorn and stuff so might as well keep watching. Visually after expecting something else I was naturally biased.
Isn't the image of a old white woman hugging little Blacks a little out of date? When you try to force tears from someone's eyes with a group of boring women it is a lack of artistry and sincerity. Its almost like making a film about a 1 legged HIV African boy trying to cross the Atlantic and he dies 3 miles from arriving. Now someone in the audience is going to cry and I guess one would hope that some critic gives it rave reviews and you get nominated for an Oscar. Well this film is trying to Play a big emotional card and is an utter contrived disaster.
I think the idea that you as a white liberal can just pick up a cheap video camera (without a script) and run across to Africa and try to capitalize on grief is probably the most disturbing aspect of this video (not film). And then to add insult to injury deceive people with a title as profound as Motherland.
The Black Candle (2008)
The Benchmark has been sustained
Now we all Loved 500 Years Later. And this film coming from the producer has again sustained the quality necessary for African American documentary cinema. You know this film has the quality and sincerity of African people. It presents Africans in a positive light, just like 500 years later. And it is a shame that we had to wait so long for a film about Kwanzaa -- come on people. So between Asante and Shahadah they seem to be making up for lost films.
In one hand, most Africans claim to recognize the plethora of negative images, which for centuries have been perpetuated by Europe, in books, films, news, universities, against Africa. It is voiced that Africa must do for self and African people must be agents of their own stories and controllers of their own images, like everyone else. If all of these things are true then what is the global African responsibility in actually building these tangible things so that they inhabit reality?
Cant wait to see Motherland. I hope films like these keep coming and African documentary cinema continues to push new aesthetic boundaries
Being John Malkovich (1999)
What A Script
Very rare to see such a complex but tight script. It hits all the points it intends to hit. Very complex yet easy to understand. What kind of mind creates this from nothing. I mean the floor, the puppet thing the whole interwoven of so many themes yet the final film is fluid and functional. The screenplay should have won more awards.
what a film, and I am not even into these kinds of films but good work is good work regardless of your personal genre choice. More films with creativity please!Something outside the box which bears nothing to other styles. Just like traffic did that disjointed thing, this film does another thing. Most of the times scripts that are so heavy come from books. So max credit.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
poor Score, weak film but pretty eye catching (if you are into that stuff)
Lets discuss Mr Dan Elfmans score of this film. The departure from the metallic and iconic score of Brad Fidel was suicidal. Not only does it have nostalgia attached to it, it also is sonically the perfect landscape for a Terminator and judgement day. The strings and the non-signature style make the music of absolutely no consequence, you can't remember it, it has no value. Now Elfman was very effective and industrial on Deconstruction Planet of the Apes and it is a great disappointment that someone so modern and post-futuristic would be so disappointing. To the film which is pretty bland and nonsense from the get go. The little "Newt" child seemed very Aliens. Apart from that the film lacks character and realism. Let's be honest you gonna attack Skynet and that is all the defences they have? Come on. 1 single terminator waiting for all of the resistance? Films should take you on a journey this film seems to just unroll in 1 day and is thin and without character. An on that subject there is absolutely no character building, if you haven't seen the series before you cannot attach to anything or anyone. So poor they actually even made Helena look dry. No character has any screen presence and definitely not Sam Worthington or Bryce. So on a casting note the film is pretty whack. But common, ironside, moon and maybe Jadagrace were nice to see. The only thing that makes this film watchable is the constant violence, and it doesn't take a genius to produce on screen violence.
Dare Not Walk Alone (2006)
Another White man telling A Black mans story
A group of whites get together and cash in on a story which, had an African American done it, we wouldn't even be here discussing it. Because it would never be funded to have a polish website or a polished distributor. All the festivals rush to accept it yet these festivals are known for rejecting African films like 500 Years Later and Sankofa.
this film is a cinematic cop-out where an alternative story is told over a pile of stock footage. It is part of the cash in on Black culture season. Where African-Americans stories are for the profit of those who have a history of oppression. So the final conclusion is Africans are incapable of voicing their own stories and have to watch their history sold back to them in a distorted form.
Phone Booth (2002)
started to fray from middle to end
Great concept but it didn't hold together the energy. from the start to around when the cops showed up i was glued to the seat. But it needed a bigger twist or a more epic turn of events. Spike Lee held it together on get on the bus, with one scene just dialogue. It is possible very difficult. Phone booth started that way but didn't end that way. It started to look like they were stretching to fill the time and get to the end hook.
But serious concept as i said the intro and the set-up all of that was really strong but it just fizzed out and didn't arc and exploded near the ending.
A classic film
This film is close to perfection, the style the music the genre. And i am talking about it now in 2007, so put all of this into the context of 1979--wow! The pace the way it takes the viewer to this alien place, it feels like you are there in the situation. It doesn't try to sit on the overused Hollywood storyline or action line. The best parts have in no action. You don't see much blood and gore but you feel it! Alien 3 had a similar style, never understood why people didn't like it. In Aliens it is just not classic, it is standard guns in guns out (still it is good) but it isn't a film it is more a very good movie. Alien is a film by all the arts standards you would want to throw at it.
Shoot the Messenger (2006)
A film to make white feel good
Being seen on a screen is not self-determination, especially when the gatekeepers, decision makers who determining the validity of our work are all European. African stories are attempts to explain Africans to Europeans as opposed to Africans explaining themselves to each other. These mere fact renders the whole concept of "Black cinema" and "Black perspective" redundant.
Like Blood diamonds the doc, the idiot is always the African. Shock at any expense, just a good way of airing politics most white feel. But the best way to get away with it is to let a black person write it. Pay them to flush it down the toilet. mock the issues, air the laundry. It is so funny that no film is so controversial that it acts in the liberation of Africans. Why haven't they shown a film like 500 Years Later? why don't they show films and docs that they don't have control over. The only films allowed are ones where the content is set for their taste buds. And never do these films injur the master