I’m afraid I didn’t see the big deal about this movie. I get that the chemistry between the two leads is meant to be the primary highlight, and it was nice, but hardly enough to sustain the entire film for me. They almost focused more on the dog, which was apparently quite famous in the ’30s. I didn’t find the mystery particularly intriguing, nor the resolution very shocking or satisfying. It has a couple of witty moments, but otherwise, I didn’t think it was anything special.
This was a pretty good courtroom drama. It was a little dry at points, but when it was good, it was great. Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay was well-written, as expected. Tom Cruise was fine, Jack Nicholson was excellent, and Demi Moore… delivered her lines. It was a little cheesy at times, especially in terms of the music, but it was enjoyable overall.
The basic idea of a group of magicians pulling off real crimes is a decent one, but I didn’t care for a lot of the execution of it in the film. The constantly moving camera was annoying, the dialogue was pretty bland, and the whole thing kind of talked down to its audience. The film has a great cast but they’re wasted on such simple and boring characters. So, it’s not terrible or anything, but it managed to suffocate any true potential it had.
I quite liked this film. I wasn’t sure what to think of it for a lot of the running time, but I really liked how it came together in the end. Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast were fine. The soundtrack’s good, if a bit obtrusive. Sure, it’s very blunt and obvious at points, but it’s an interesting enough idea, even though it probably could’ve been handled better by another director.
I was totally prepared that I might dislike this film, but I ended up enjoying it, for the most part. I’m not a huge Baz Luhrmann fan, and although I understand the appeal of Moulin Rouge! (2001), it’s simply too frenetic and chaotic for me. There was some of that going on in this film too, but it wasn’t overly obnoxious and I did get used to the style. The CGI and green screen bothered me, but when everything was practical, the film looked gorgeous. I haven’t read the book, so the story was entertaining enough. The entire cast was good, with Leonardo DiCaprio turning in another great performance. The ’20s setting is cool, and I liked the anachronistic music. I’m sure you could call it shallow and ostentatious, and it probably is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable or worth watching.
I wasn’t keen on seeing this film because of how much I disliked Diary of the Dead (2007), but I figured I might as well because it was the only one of George A. Romero’s ‘Dead’ series I hadn’t seen. I’m not sure if I liked it more or less, but it was definitely just as shitty as the previous entry. I was alternately cringing and falling asleep throughout the whole thing. The dialogue was truly awful and it wasn’t helped by the characters or the actors portraying them. The CGI gore was horrible, and the practical stuff wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before. I think Romero is kind of beyond redemption now, so I hope he doesn’t make any more films in this series.
Joss Whedon’s speech at the “Make Equality Reality” event.
This is just one more reason why he’s not only my favourite writer/director, but also one of my favourite human beings.
I haven’t seen any of the Paradise Lost films and I didn’t know a whole lot about this case before seeing this documentary. I found it to be a pretty interesting and engrossing film. I didn’t think there was too much emotional manipulation going on, which can often be the case in such documentaries, so that’s good. It reminded me of Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) in the way that they both deal with huge injustices and failure of the justice system and how frustrating it all is. I’ll be interested to see if anything more about this story comes to light in the future. I recommend everyone giving this a watch.
I’ve never really been a big Superman fan. Superman (1978) is a good movie, Superman Returns (2006) isn’t, and yeah, I’ve just never been really into the character. That being said, I still feel like I have an idea of what or who Superman should be, and this wasn’t it. It’s written by the guys behind Batman Begins (2005) and its sequels, and it shows. What works for Batman doesn’t necessarily work for Superman - he’s a completely different character. And the ‘gritty realism’ and overall dark and morose tone is wrong for this film. Captain America is a similar character, and they found a way to portray him in a satisfying way in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Again, I’m not even that familiar with it, but it seems like the filmmakers just wanted to change what the source material was. I did appreciate the extended backstory, even if it didn’t add up to much. The main story was serviceable, I suppose. The actors were all fine, even though they had mediocre dialogue to deal with. Most of the characters were hardly characters at all though. There was a sequence with Laurence Fishburne’s character and a couple of others who are in mortal danger, and we’re suddenly supposed to care about them, when we know almost nothing about them. The film’s main strength is all the visual elements. The cinematography is nice, and the the fight scenes were very cool, despite the obvious CGI work. If you can turn your brain off, it’s an enjoyable action/superhero film, but I found it hard to ignore its significant and numerous flaws.
While watching this, I found myself wondering if it was the director’s first film. I was then surprised to learn that the same guy directed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), which I remember being a really good film. This film just felt kind of amateurish to me. I really didn’t appreciate being beaten over the head with the political comparisons. The music choices felt gimmicky. It is saved in no small part by the actors, with James Gandolfini being especially brilliant. It has an okay story, and ends up being a decent enough film, but not much of it goes anywhere and I’m sure I won’t remember much about it in a few months.