The cast was the main reason I saw this, as I suspect was the case for many others. The film doesn’t really measure up, though. It’s not a terrible concept, but the filmmakers don’t have the skill or budget to make a good film out of it. It’s not very funny either, apart from Peter Dinklage. Some of the practical effects were cool, I suppose. But yeah, overall, it’s not really worth your time.
Nelson Mandela did great things, and this film highlights them. But that’s kind of it - highlights. It’s fairly long and covers most of his life, but I don’t remember much of what actually happened in it, despite having just finished watching it. Most of the film is just boring, to be frank. It just scrapes the surface of the events of his life. The man himself wasn’t given much depth. The cinematography is nice and Idris Elba is great, but they’re not enough to make a good movie.
I’ve never followed Lance Armstrong or his career, so most of the information in this documentary was new to me. It was a pretty good film. It was actually started before Armstrong was exposed, which gave it an interesting and personal angle, which was cool. It was structured well and delivered the information effectively. I also liked that it didn’t make Armstrong out to be evil, but didn’t shy away from the truth about what kind of person he is. It was perhaps a little long, but if you’re interested in the subject, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was one of my favourite films of phase one, so I was really looking forward to this. I gotta say, though, I was a bit disappointed. The Captain America character just felt out of place in the conspiracy thriller genre of the movie. I get that he literally is out of place, but I don’t think that juxtaposition worked that well. The whole plot feels so much bigger than Captain America himself. When the film got into character development and exploring him personally, I liked it a lot. I just didn’t find the plot all that interesting. It was a very obvious allegory to the current political climate, which is fine, but still, not that interesting. The supporting characters didn’t do much for me, either. Black Widow actually seemed to have regressed since The Avengers (2012). And the titular Winter Soldier is severely underused. Nick Fury was good, though. Now, all of this is not to say it’s a bad film. That’s not the case at all - it’s a good film. It’s well-made, looks nice, the action and effects are decent. I liked how it was a sequel to the first film, and not just another film in the franchise. It’s actually quite brave, too, with what it does with the overall story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m truly at a loss as to how this is going to affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, I think what the film was largely missing for me was fun. The preceding films are fun, which sets them apart from the gloomy comic book movies, like Man of Steel (2013). There were a couple of funny moments, but that element was largely lacking. I hate to sound so down on it, because it’s still a solid entry in the franchise. Just not one I liked as much as the others.
I watched this because it’s basically a big Dollhouse reunion, which I suspect is the main reason for most other people, too. And it was fun to see some of the cast together again. The film itself is okay. It’s not incompetent, but it is a bit amateurish. It’s still pretty good for a debut film, though. Its main problems seem to be with structure, pacing and editing. Plus, there’s not really anything new - I saw the ending coming from the beginning. The cast is charming, however, with Fran Kranz and Enver Gjokaj especially delivering fun, likable performances. I’d really only recommend it to big Dollhouse fans. Also, if you haven’t seen Dollhouse, do it! It starts off a little shaky, but when it’s good, it’s so good!
There have been other ‘survivor’-type movies like this before, but I still thought this was great. It’s literally one man on a boat who has only a few lines of dialogue for the entire film. It just goes to show that you don’t need much to make a film interesting or engaging. Moreover, it shows that you don’t need a contrived backstory to make a story of survival compelling. I’m looking at you, Gravity (2013). Robert Redford is excellent - his performance is understated, yet powerful. Not to mention, it’s an impressive role for a guy in his late 70s. It’s a good film, and I recommend it.
From Requiem for a Dream (2000) to Black Swan (2010), Darren Aronofsky has never failed me. And I’m very happy to report he still hasn’t. I had my doubts about this film, just because it seemed so different to anything he’s done before and, frankly, I didn’t think I could truly like a Bible story movie. I kinda loved it, though. I’ve never read the story of Noah (nor any of the Bible), but, yeah, I could tell he took several liberties with the material. It didn’t bother me one bit though - anything he added didn’t seem out of place in what is essentially a fantasy film. Upon further thought and a little reading, I think I understand what the film is saying, but I think a lot of people will miss it, for whatever reason. Russell Crowe’s good and so is Jennifer Connelly, as well as veterans like Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone. However, I felt the younger actors let the film down a little. They’re not awful or anything, just not quite strong enough to carry the material. It’s pretty impressive on a technical level, too. The cinematography is gorgeous and Aronofsky’s direction is impeccable. Not all of the CGI is good, but there are some absolutely awesome action sequences. It’s a very brave and ambitious film from Aronofsky that has, and will continue to, divide people and I truly praise him for it.
I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment on it as an adaptation, but as a film it’s… okay. It’s certainly not incompetent, but it’s not anything new either. It felt like they couldn’t quite figure out who the target audience was. It was quite childish in its nature, but, honestly, a bit too boring to be for younger audiences. The ending was the best part, I thought. I wouldn’t really recommend it, but there are much worse things you could watch.
It shouldn’t have surprised me, given that this film is based on a book by the same author of the book version of Trainspotting (1996), but I didn’t expect this to be as dark and psychological as it was. It was a good surprise, though. Despite that, it was pretty funny, too. James McAvoy was really good, and that Scottish setting is always evocative. Overall, it’s a great black comedy with nice cinematography, good performances, surreal imagery and a cool soundtrack.
I just finished season 4 of The Walking Dead. Thoughts: