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King Kong (2005)
Emotional As well As Entertaining
I was far from excited waiting to see Peter Jackson's next film after Lord of the Rings. Then I heard King Kong was his next project and was a labour of love for Jackson. I had heard the same about Lord of the Rings so I was confused but a little excited to.
Now that I have seen King Kong it's kind of hard to put to words how I really feel about it. Did I like it? Of course I did, with special effects like King Kong who wouldn't like it. Did it wow me as much I expected it to? Well no it didn't. Still I found this film to have great moments which will always stay with me. I'm talking here mostly about the Kong Vs T - Rex fights scenes which beats any WFF/WWE Wrestiling Chograpghy matches ever. It was perfect how they squared up and the tension was just right to satisfy all likes of people.
What didn't start Kong off well for me was how dull first act was. We see Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) as a struggling actress trying to find work, we have Carl Denahm (Jack Black)as a hard up Director trying to make his masterpiece picture. Tho Jackson plays out these characters well enough to understand who they are and what they want, I didn't really give a care in the world for these two main characters. I think to how Jackson could have introduced them better into their roles but I can't think to come up with one right now but i'm sure it will come to me. The only positive I found in the characters was Adrien Brody as play writer Jack Driscoll. The rest from there is Denham gets his film crew onto a captain boat with his actress "Darrow" in toe and sneakily kidnapping Driscoll into helping with creating his picture. From there more characters appear and then we have Skull Island which is where the movie really started for me as it had wonder, tension, excitement and much more for the film to explore and it did just that which is what impresses me most about King Kong. The introductory to the tribe and Kong himself is perfectly played out and gives you that same kind of feeling when Frodo and Sam first arrived at the Gates of Mordor.
From there thrills and spills jump at you from every turn and in between we get to know a little more about the characters and see the relationship between Ann and Kong. I think it could have been a bit more than what we were given but I'm sure with Studio Executives on Jackson's back we got more than what we could have asked for.
Overall Kong delivers a great performance from the creature itself, "Thank you Andy Serkis". King Kong has special effects which stunned me in some scenes and had me smiling in excitement as I was amazed by what I was witnessing. The story is good but straight forward, but then again a lot of it is taken from the 1933 original. Peter Jackson knows how to build a scene into something special and as he did with Lord of the Rings he continues to do so with King Kong and tho I did find it flawed and a little dull in parts I still found myself gripped to the very end where even I was cheering on Kong to take down the planes on the Empire State Building.
If you love entertainment King Kong is your baby, if you love long and drawn out moments then Kong is your baby, to be honest I feel Kong is everybody's baby with some minor criticisms in between. Great effort and fantastic scenes of sheer cinematic excitement.
Super Size Me (2004)
Not Just Interesting But Also Entertaining
I knew what to expect from Super Size Me. A load of thrilling trivia that goes against the Mcdonalds corporation and what it is doing to our human bodies but what I also found is a lot of things I already knew about what Mcdonalds food can do to our bodies.
Morgan takes us on his journey of proving a point and getting fat but what do we honestly learn from his experiment? That after eating three square meals a day that can only be from Mcdonalds can slow down your life and make you feel a little worse for wear. I don't know anyone who eats three square Mcdonalds meals a day and those who cant be a lot so what makes Super Size Me so special? For me its seeing how his life is taking a U turn health wise and what its doing to others on the way. As interesting as Super size Me is found it more entertaining than anything and though Morgan Schurlock is very straight forward on getting his point across, will it stop people eating Mxdonalds food, probably not, if anything it made me go out and buy one because the film made me crave it so if you lose your appetite then just flick this documentary on and you should be off to see Ronald in no time.
Morgan approaches this documentary in the very same way Michael Moore made Bolwing for Columibine and that was by using entertaining and fun music together with clips that intrigue us with stunning facts.
All in all a great documentary but I don't think it will change anyone's mind on Mcdonalds if thats what Morgan Schurlock set out to do.
Well it was good, but it wasn't what I wanted for an ending
I loved the way this film looked. In parts it really looked like a fly on the wall documentary where you were actually there apart of the chaos of Max's life. If Jamie Foxx needed a film before Ray to prove his ability as an actor then Collateral is his defining moment. Cruise is excellent as always but is playing a character which has been done before with Cruise adding a few new elements to the character. Michael' Mann's direction is gritty and full of suspense with jump shots and quick cuts but when the film finally ended I felt let down to the ending. It reminded me o a certain ending from a previous Michael Mann film, not saying which one.
Max is a cab driver with dreams of running a limousine company. He does nights and meets friendly and not so friendly people on the way. One night he meets a passenger which he wishes he didn't. That person is Vincent who is asking for a drive like no other Max has taken before. After general chit chat Vincent asks Max to take him to five different places so he can get a contract signed. What he doesn't know is that Vincent is the one who has signed a contract to kill five people in each different five places, much to Max's dismay he finds himself in the middle of a nightmare which he finding hard to get out of. There is a great flow of dialogue between the two leads and each scene is relevant to the story and doesn't get boring at all. After a while the story comes together and everything about the film is looking great till the end comes which is not a bad one but is not the great one I was hoping for. Michael Mann is a great director and has made some classic films but he is not taking his new film to new depths, it just feels like the end scene is a carbon copy. The scene may be different but the tone of atmosphere isn't. In most peoples eyes the ending is satisfactory to them but the ending for me made me go back and think less of the entire film all together. Although the film has great moments, these moments are building up throughout every scene and to put up with the end we have been given is not good enough for me.
There are many questions about Max that aren't even answered at the end of the film. Throughout the story many things occur in Max's one night of hell and there is no conclusion to where he goes from here at the end, fro example when everyone believes he is the assassin as Vincent is making him pose as him in one or two parts of the film and the ones who know the truth, end up dead leaving everyone else to still believe Max is Vincent, we never see how he gets out of that. I suppose you can say "well I'm sure the cops figured it out at the end", as I am sure they did, but with film finishing under 2 hours it wouldn't have gone a miss to see Max prove his innocence.
Excellent performances all round and Michael Mann's direction never fails, but what does fail is the story which builds you up for a great finale which is what you get but not exactly the way you had hoped, for me anyway.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Let us forget this ever happened and if not then remember the special effects
Michael Bay, not the greatest of directors it's fair to say but always blows us away with his action sequences in Bad Boys 1+2 and Armageddon and even Pearl Harbour set's us all up for a great entertainment but with a Story like Pearl Harbour is Michael Bay really the best choice director? In my opinion then answer is no and after first seeing Pearl Harbour I thought he actually did quite a good job. The action was excellent, the sets were very standard and expected, some actors were better than others, I'm talking about Josh Harnett acting the pants off Ben Affleck. Kate Beckinsale was very good as Eve but after viewing it twice there was something definitely concerning me, the script.
This film portrays America as people who don't like to admit to their history and what's happened to them in the past. The ego of this gradually gets bigger and bigger the more the film s goes on. One scene in particular that really rubbed me up the wrong way and others that I have consulted with is when Rafe is writing Eve a letter home and a British pilot comes up to him and commends him on his piloting and then says or something along the lines "If Germany goes to war with America, god help them", I'm sure there was a point the screenwriter was trying to make but I sure as hell didn't get it, there are other scenes which I could go on about but I'm sure you already know of them so I will now judge the film on other points.
As far as action goes like I said before, it is amazing and the bombing of Pearl Harbour is really a cinematic experience. Everything apart from the Pearl Harbour invasion is very badly directed. It shows that Michael Bay doesn't really have a connection with his actors like Scorsese and De Niro do. The script is nothing but god awful. The dialogue apart from being cheesy is just terrible, it really makes the actors not do a good job when you got someone saying lines like "Japan realised they were no match for America and turn their forces back", what's that all about, it maybe true but there's no need to rub it in, that's just careless and not really something you should put in to a film like this. I was hoping to see a film that would show how much WW2 destroyed so many lives but it just seems to show how great America is and how well they can.
This is also the downfall of Ben Affleck. Armageddon was very enjoyable and his cheesy performance was just manageable by Bruce Willis stealing the show but here there is no forgiving him for his bad performance. Towards the end of the film he starts to act well but right up to the moment the Pearl Harbour invasion happens I thought he was poor, Kate Beckinsale wasn't far behind and poor Josh Harnett must have been black mailed into this because I think his performance is the best though has a few moments which I would rather turn my head in embarrassment.
Michael Bay's action sequences do save the film but his direction in other places is needed by somebody who knows how to deal with his or hers actors and actresses and get the best of them, Pearl Harbour sadly does not have any sign of that ever happening. It's fair to say that no one's career has gone on to better things since apart from Jerry Bruckhimer and at least he can say "I never directed and starred in it so don't blame me", clever these producers aren't they? Effects can only save this film with a nice soundtrack to go on top but no one will remembering this film
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Rob Zombie could be horror's worst nightmare, and not in a good way
I had high hopes for Rob Zombie's directorial Debut as House of a 1000 Corpses did look like an quite enjoyable horror film from seeing the trailer and for some parts of the movie it is. Half way through though you ask yourself "have I seen this before"? Because it really is a film that has taken on Texas Chainsaw Massacre and tried to make it better and failed miserably. The atmosphere of the film feels just like Chainsaw Massacre and the parts which were thought up by Zombie weren't that good at all. The first 20 minutes intrigued me a lot with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding but after that I wasn't that impressed as it was the big borrowing from Texas chainsaw Massacre that really bothered me. I think Rob Zombie has a glittering career ahead of him as it wasn't a badly shot film at all but it fails to deliver. Zombie's use of camera shots are quite interesting to watch but I think it's more make the audience feel uneasy which works on some level but doesn't at the same time.
I would love to talk about how great and original this film is, as I had high hopes for it because of all the hype it generated upon its release but you just can't because Zombie does a great job of making it obvious he is borrowing off other films and makes it hard for the audience to judge it as his own film. Parts which I won't mention do have some originality which you have to give it him but because of the previous scenes it does stick with you. With Rob Zombie directing as well I thought he might not make the lead character be a hot looking girl and try and concentrate on another lead instead but he has gone with the typical conventions showing us that though it's his first film Zombie is not taking us into any new and improving ways of the Horror genre.
Maybe I am making a mistake. For all I know this could be exactly what Rob Zombie intended for his film to be like which I think it is, a collection of fan boy moments from his favourite films rolled up into one movie. I do look forward to Zombie's next film as this was his first and there is plenty of effort thrown in but that doesn't mean its any good, in this case it isn't but what can we expect from his first feature film.
British Films Don't Come Much Better!
If I was to call Trainspotting anything, it wouldn't be miserable or very powerful. It would be a whole lot of fun. This movie makes me happy all the way through it where I think Danny Boyle was going for a more powerful touchy feely vibe so it would hit its audience hard. I can see his point of showing what heroin really does to a person but to me this film would do nothing other than turn people onto the drug. A film like Requiem for a Dream, that would turn put you off Heroin and any drug that possibly exists in this world.
Shallow Grave was a fantastic little gem that spiralled out of nowhere to entertain us to the max whilst also putting us into a corner with these three likable characters for them to turn out to be completely different to what we had thought, well almost anyway. When I saw shallow Grave I really thought the UK had found it director to take us into the new millennium as a great country who makes exceptional films and in a way he has. Shallow Grave was great, Life Less Ordinary was odd but very good, The Beach I found entertaining and very watch able as did 28 Days Later which is Boyle's most interesting film and then Trainspotting which comes after Shallow Grave really which is a film that follows the life of a small town Scottish lad trying to get through the days with his struggle of heroin with his outcast mates. Ewan McGregor takes the lead as Renton with Johnny Le miller, Kevin Mckidd, Ewen Bremmer and Robert Carlyle who out actors everybody on the screen when his character Begbie comes into the story.
Overall the movie is mad to watch and fun at the same time with one or two powerful moments that may stay with you or not but to me this wasn't very powerful at all, just had a few messages to give out but that does not make this film a bad one whatsoever. It's the best British film I have ever seen but there are many others I am yet to see but for now this will do.
A Working Class Film About a Thief
Never in a million years would a film about a great train robber be so heartbreaking. I remember seeing Buster in the 80's as it was a film that was played a lot during my childhood but it had been some time since I saw it last when I came across the DVD free in the Sunday newspaper so I was quick to get it and re live some memories. Sadly the only thing I cold remember of the film is the music and I don't just mean the songs written and performed by Phil Collins, the actual score was fantastic and very suited to the movie and is definitely worth remembering. Another shock was how god an actor Phil Collins is. He plays Buster down to a tea and manages to hook you in with his sympathetic but inglorious performance.
Buster and his wife June are down on their luck with the life they lead. Buster refuses to go out and make an honest living, he only believes in making money the con artist way and this is where the plan comes together for what would be known later as The Great Train Robbery. Not long after the robbery, the police are on the hunt for all who took part and its not long before they have everyone in their grasp apart from Buster and his partner in crime Bruce. This makes them both flee to Acapulco with June later joining him.
The story isn't anything special, its more biographical and just follows what we know about the man himself and it's the starts of the movie Phil Collins and the great Julie Walters that keeps us watching what becomes of these people who we can really relate to.
The movie has heartbreaking moments with a Phil Collins catalogue to support it, I don't know how anybody can ever say a bad word about the movie because it is flawless but at the same it isn't a masterpiece either. its just a nice film which is very watch able and makes you feel good in the end.
Fellowship of the ring was a great start to the trilogy and Return of the King is the greatest film of its kind ever to be made so where does that leave The Two Towers. To run the story on nice and smoothly and keep everyone on the edge of their seat for The Return of the King it was important that The Two Towers made that happen and it did with flashing results. The most important thing about The Two towers was how much it was different to the Fellowship. More characterization is what makes this film a great one as we finally get to know more of Legolas, Merry and pippin and more of Aragon who is closer to becoming the King. The photography here is the most impressive out of the entire trilogy which leaves it for a great story which leads them to Helms Deep for probably the great battle ever to be screened on the big Screen.
What will remember most for The Two Towers is that this is the film that introduced Gollum. We see a snippet of him in the Fellowship but here he comes out into the light like never before. Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the one ring, Aragon, Legolas and Gimili follow the path to where Merry and pippin have been kidnapped as well as seeing some new characters thrown into the mix. Faramir who's brother is none other than Boromir from The fellowship continues his quest and of course the re-introduction to Gandalf the grey who has now become Gandalf the white. Together they join together to fight off the evil Saurman who intends on Sauron's orders to destroy middle earth and bring him the one ring to bring Sauron to complete strength.
The Two Towers has everything you could probably want in a fantasy film and has more battle sequences than any of the films. Even though it's not a sequel, more a second chapter, it still exceeds it's critics but if I was to say which of the three films was the least watch able then it like asking a father who's his best child out of his family, you cannot simply ask a question, all I can say is that Lord of the Ring has brought a new way at looking at films which makes it a masterpiece in its own right.
A Great Start to a Great Trilogy
I knew nothing of Lord of the rings when it first came out, all I knew was about Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, apart from that I was completely in the dark. Two days into its release I decided to go and have a look and see what all the fuss was about and was I was quite simply beyond amazed. There are the people that hate films like this and there are ones who grew up on films like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legend and Willow and would gladly welcome The Lord of the Rings with open arms, I am that kind of person, though Lord of the rings was entirely different to what I ever expected. The opening 10 minutes were just out of this world and was nothing I ever expected. It grabbed me from the second it started and didn't let me go till the end credits and the entire trilogy just left me speechless. The acting was what grabbed me the most as ever actor or actress that took part in this film out did one another, by Viggo Mortesen and Sean Bean were the two that did it for me. The scene alone where the fellowship is walking up a mountain and Frodo notices the ring is missing and Bormir picks it up and questions why we should suffer so much over something so little, that is such a key scene that it reflects on most of the movie about the real power of the ring and what it could make you do.
Peter Jackson has made some comical films but to think that he made this when watching films like Bad Taste and Brain-dead then you will never notice it but he excels himself completely and has turned himself into New Zealand's very own George Lucas. I could just judge the whole trilogy as one but I don't look at it that way cause some are better than others. Return of the King is the best because it's the chapter where the story comes to an end and has the best moments to complete the story but Fellowship had a lot to live up to as it would let people make their own minds up whether they would enjoy the other two movies and Fellowship showed no problems in that area's it is just as emotional and visually stunning as the next two. The movie is just a starter of what was to become of probably the greatest trilogy know to man, but now Lord of the rings has reached it completion, will we ever see anything else so amazing than this, in my opinion I can't see that ever happening.
The Ladykillers (2004)
The least appealing film out of the Coen Brothers Catalogue
I never got the chance to catch the original Lady-killers before seeing the Coen Brothers but I made that my point of action because it would feel like a fresh new story which it was. If you're a fan of the Coen brothers films then it will take you no time in spotting that this is a film by them cause it gives you this feeling like O Brother where Art Thou and The Big Lebowski so if you like those movies you will feel right at home.
As funny as the movie is you feel cheated completely by both brothers for their lack of characterization throughout. Tom Hanks and co just turn up with no real introduction to how they became there unit, or even why they are doing what they are about to do. This is off putting as far as the story goes because you are kept waiting to hear some of their backgrounds but you are left with nothing. Tom Hanks is excellent but after a while he character kind of fades out of interest with the rest of the film. Marlon Wayans was put there just to make the film more up to date I think as I think he was the one thing about the movie that is really off putting with his cliché jokes which we know him well for and hate hi for to. Wayans a side everyone is very good especially Irma. P Hall Who is great as Marva Munson, that's the merit that the Coen brothers deserve for the casting of her.
I have now decided to finally see the original Ladykillers but only to compare, everyone who is a fan of the original do like the remake but believe it is more updated to ever be any better than Guinness's version which I think is actually what the Coen brothers were trying to do anyway so they could see the film as their own. Unfortunately for them it kind of worked but not the way they might have wanted.
Ladykillers is most definite the least of The Coen Brothers back catalogue but it fits nicely with Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowksi. The last 20 minutes is where their black comedy humour really begins to show signs as we see more of a darker side to Hanks and co but it doesn't really save it. I do recommend seeing this though even if its not brilliant but definitely interesting enough to keep your attention.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
So different to anything I have ever seen it's scary!
To really understand what kind of movie this is you just have to look at who plays the main character which actor could be mad enough to star in a film like this, Bruce Campbell of course. He did say In a interview that he was not that interested in the film to begin with because of it's really odd story, this coming from the man who let Sam Rami smack him in the face with a decapitated hand in the Evil Dead movies.
Well this is his latest offerings and lets face it we don't see many of them a lot. Bubba Ho Tep follows the story of an Elvis Presley impersonator who really believes his actually is Elvis. He lies now in a old peoples home with nothing but to do but tried and get it up and fight off an Egyptian myth with cowboy boots on. In this home he meets Jack aka JFK played by Ossie Davis. Jack tells Elvis how the government died his skin black after the famous shooting to keep him in hiding to avoid anymore bloodshed hence why he is in a home. As crazy as this whole story sounds we have been gifted a beautiful film about growing old and it's struggle to come to terms with. Bruce Campbell gives his best performance of his career as Elvis and Ossie Davis may have done for his career what Morgan Freeman did in The Shawshank Redemption but probably not get as much recognition.
This film will seem unrealistic and stupid in parts but that doesn't mean it's a bad one, its very entertaining and hilariously funny and if you are a person who enjoys cult films then Bubba Ho Tep is a film that you should watch.
The Football Factory (2004)
This Film should have been called "Gangs of London"
The Football Factory, more like Gangs of Chelsea. I honestly thought I was going to get a typical British film out of Football Factory and I did, but I got more than I thought I would. I don't know much of Nick Love and the same goes for Danny Dyer and after this, I can't wait to see more of them as they brought this film to life in a complete original fashion, for British movies definitely.
We follow Tommy, Rod, Zeberdee, Harris and Billy Bright through their weekdays work and their weekends of football and fighting, this is their life and they would never change it for anyone, not even their families.
They support Chelsea but don't live for the game, only the battles afterwards. What Nick Love brings to the table is a not a film about football hooligans but about choices in life. Throughout Tommy is having nightmares about being beaten by a dozen hooligans and being left for dead for a boy with a white bandage covering his face to turn up and haunt Tommy even more. He believes the drugs he takes are the only reason for these mad dreams instead of them being a wake up call to change his ways before its to late but soon after he gets a gut feeling that its more than that. This is what Love brings to the movie, a dark deep look into the world that these kind of people live in. This is the kind of movie which makes you scared to go into a London pub or any that hails a football team in case you get your head kicked in or if you do, keep your head down. It's very scary to how much a movie can do things like that to you because this is how I felt after watching this movie which is why I love The football factory cause its great when a film like this can do that to you. Some cliché Guy Ritchie moments seem to appear a lot in the film but with it being based in London what am I to expect but Danny Dyer is something else as far as new fresh British talent goes. He fit's the part as Tommy perfectly and gives a more real performance than anything I have seen since Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting and this should be the film that sends Danny Dyer on his way. Everyone else was also on fine performance as was Dudley Sutton as Bill, the aging old veteran coming to terms with his age but living each day to the full.
The music plays out great in every scene like something out of Goodfellas and with acting and fantastic direction from Nick Love there is no way you are going to dislike this film because it tells the harsh truth about what football hooligans are really like and what they stand for. You can compare this to I.D and not wanting to take anything away from I.D as it was a great film with great acting, football Factory has the edge on it and plays out beautifully. If you love British films football Factory is for you. If you like gang films football Factory is for you. If you like dark films then football Factory is your film. Overall Football Factory is an outstanding achievement that should put Britain back on the map for making great films.
Good, but not as good as I remembered
I remember watching this one night on TV and I couldn't stop laughing all the way through. Since then it has been about four years since I last caught it on TV so I decided to buy it on DVD which was quite cheap and watch it all over again. After it finished I really thought I bought the wrong film as I barely laughed. I was 17 when I last saw it and I have just turned 22 so it isn't a age thing for the reason I seemed less amazed but I really found it hard to even like it which was even more deactivating. The first few minutes at Britney's party I found the most funny but I have never been a big fan of South Park only Cartman which could be the reason why I was not so much into this. Everybody writing their reviews here love this film just as much as the next person and I had the same idea of it when I first caught it but now it does nothing so I really can't think why that is, I say it's not any age thing but it must be because I really can't think what else it could be. Overall it has it's moments but don't expect anything out of this world slide splitting comedy because it really isn't. if you 14 to 20 then you will love it and anyone over 20 will to but I found it very boring this time round but maybe I should have left this film as a one watch movie to leave a fond memory behind but it has been ruined but that's the way it is.
OK but not as good as I remembered.
The Addiction (1995)
God, this film was hard to watch!
I've seen Bad Lieutenant and Driller Killer but no other Abel Ferrara movie till The Addiction. Now from his two previous films that I have seen I have guessed that this man makes some quite disturbing movies that really have no point and it all happens over again with The Addiction which really is a film trying to be something else.
Lilly Taylor plays Kathleen, a philosophy student who is quite an outcast to the world. She has friends and likes to mind her own business till one night she is walking home from the University and she is suddenly grabbed by an unknown woman played by Annabella Scirroa and she takes a liking to her neck and before any introducing she starts to get stuck in. Whether or not she is a vampire I can't answer as in this entire film of many neck biting moments you do not see one fang throughout so this questions the film whether the film is about Vampires with fangs or vampires without and just like to taste blood. Afterwards changes begin to occur in Kathleen's life and of course her zest for the taste of blood becomes more apart of her life. At first it just starts by her injecting other people's blood into her veins but then the she begins to invite people around to her apartment and really get stuck in. Here her life is turned around by all this and she is taken into a journey of madness. On the way she meets more victims then she finally meets Christopher Walken who is just like her but knows how to control his addiction for blood better than others. More of the so called story unfolds and it just seems this film goes nowhere whatsoever. I don't understand why studio's would give funding to a film like this. All the way through it just talks about redemption and stuff and I don't feel convinced by any of this. I've spoken to some people and they say it's probably his best work but I still think King of New York is his best work to date and if he keeps making films like The addiction it will be his best film for a long time to come. The performances from Lili Taylor was very good but I just got this feeling that she was trying to hard to be her character and just goes on in scenes and doesn't make any sense of it. I suppose if I had been bitten by somebody on the neck then I wouldn't be in the right frame of mind but that's not the point, the point is that Abel Ferrara has thrown out a film that is to short and at 79 minutes running time, you can't be expected to throw out a good enough film with this long a film. Christopher Walken was the best thing about it as his character isn't to much to take in and he actually sounds interesting without be annoying unlike Lili Taylor who just drove me mad throughout cause I don't like her acting at all. The Addiction is the reason why Abel Ferrara won't be remembered in 50 years and if he is then it will be to just remember that he made that crap film The Addiction and was trying to hard. Hopefully King of New York will stand its time, but if you watch Driller Killer which is beyond awful, Bad Lieutenant which is just a shock film without the shocks , King of New York will restore your faith in Ferrara and The Funeral which isn't half bad, but the Addiction is just not what I wanted and neither will you. The question is, is this a vampire film cause I think it wasn't.
Hotaru no haka (1988)
a Masterpiece, Enough said.
I am not to keen on Manga/Anime movies but I do know a lot of Isao Takahata Other films like Spirited Away etc. My girlfriend is a huge fan and bought the DVD and I was glancing at it from my computer desk but the more it went on the more I started to pay more attention. The images of some of the animation is incredible as much I don't usually watch these films I always complement the people that draw and makes these film because of the stunning imagery.
This film hit me pretty hard which was unexpected because of the little girl and her brother's story during World War 2. I was say that this was an animation version of Schindler's List because of the horrific images of death. If you are not for the faint hearted of tragic stories then avoid this because I find myself quite close to tears in parts but it's fantastic story of hope and survival is what grabs you and never let's go. I expected a good film but I wasn't even watching it to start off, only by turning my head and listening to parts is what grabbed me and for that to do to somebody who generally doesn't watch these type of films says a lot about the film altogether. I am now going to go threw my Fiancés collection of Manga and Anime films and see what else can do the same as The Grave of the fireflies did and that was changed my opinion of a genre that I have cruelly ignored over the years. Trust me, to anyone who reads this, if you like film-making and storytelling all together especially animation then watch this because there is nothing else like it.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Falls in the category of what could have been!
Both films have a cult following and when you put both together for one gigantic battle you are hoping for something equally special then someone like Paul WS Anderson signs on the dotted line to direct. I am not a keen fan of his to say the least but I loved Event Horizon which is his best work to date and by the way he's going it will be forever.
With something like Alien VS Predator you have to have a director who knows what he's doing. Because Paul Anderson directed films like Mortal Combat and Resident Evil so the studio bosses are likely to go with someone like Anderson, I think it's because he's cheap and not just in directing. I think everybody expects to much from a film like this, you just have to look at how Freddy VS Jason was treated. What I expected was an all out no holds barred action gore fest and I don't think I even got that granted that the theatrical version is not Anderson's full cut. Still since PG-13 and 12A were exposed over the years studio bosses know they can make more money if kids can get the chance to go and see it just like adults can, make it one big happy family occasion so when Alien VS Predator was announced with these certificates I straight away expected no gore but I would have least liked some action. The first fight we see between the Alien and Predator was quite good and it had me pumped up but they are not long enough to satisfy my needs.
In the middle of nowhere a pyramid buried thousands of feet under the snow lies a pyramid. Weland Bishop and his company come across it and want to lead a team down there to see it for themselves. There is not much information on what they are going to do when they get there, only to go down into this long shaft tunnel thing and look at it and apparently make history but of course this is not long lived. I don't want to say to much as the plot is quite interesting when it comes to the history of the Alien and Predator and you should see that for yourself really. I don't think this film is as cheesy as some say, the acting is very good and is hard to criticise, but what makes this film not that good is the plot holes which really leave you quite frustrated and wanting more. It's not as bad as they say and is highly enjoyable in parts but we really have expected a lot but the reason for this is there is so much to work on to make it quite epic especially when you learn how this all came about thousands of years ago so you can't help but feel cheated in that aspect.
Watch it and you will like it, but if you're a hardcore fan you are likely to dislike most of the film all together and we have Paul Anderson and Studio bosses to thank for this, Resident Evil anyone?
Films like this come and go like J.LO's husbands but when Ben Stiller is apart of it you always know a little something extra is going to be the appetizer of the entire film which is Ben Stiller really.
His performance completely takes over the entire movie. When every scene with Vince Vaughn and co shows up I keep thinking to myself when are they going to bring White Goodman on for more time? I love the whole story and all the characters but I would have loved an entire film on Goodman. Overall the films a complete blast and should be merited on that but I just can't get enough of White Goodman and his phrases out of my head. If Ben Stiller carries on the way he is at the moment then he will be a legend in no time what so ever. Great to see Rip Torn back in the saddle but Freddy Got Fingered is still his NO 1 comedy but he shines in this.
They have to make a spin off for White Goodman and there should be a petition online as we speak to make this actually happen and of course ask Ben Stiller.
A Stunning Masterpiece!
After viewing Twin Peaks the series I was in complete awe of this stunning Masterpiece of Serial Drama and was very adamant to see the movie as soon as possible. My luck came in and a friend lent me his DVD of the movie Fire Walk With Me and to begin with I was not to all impressed. It's an intriguing first 30 minutes but a very slow one at that. It starts with Two FBI Agents searching for clues to the murder of Teresa Banks. The two Agents played by singer/songwriter Chris Isaak and Kiefer Sutherland come across more than they bargained for when suddenly Federal Agent Chester Desmond after a little investigating goes missing. Amongst all this we are taken into some of Agent Cooper's most odd moments like we have never seen before.
Then comes the beginning of Twin Peaks and Laura Palmer and her last seven days of her life. Nearly all the characters reappear to give you a more insightful look at Laura and her last days but this time it's more concentrated on Laura and her relationship with her father Leland. We see a darker side to One Eyed Jacks, more of jock, the bitter relationship between Bobby and Laura and Donna and Laura doing some female bonding especially in One Eyed Jacks etc.
As much as this film is very good and very weird to say the least, I didn't really feel comfortable and convinced till the very last 45 minutes which just suck you straight in as you know the ending is nigh and the final outcome to Laura's last few hours are about to be revealed. It's not rocket science to know who her killer is but the time the movie reaches the one hour and thirty mark it leaves you in total suspense while it unfolds. Now correct me if I am wrong but Twin Peaks the series is more a detective searching for a killer type of programme but the movie takes you into a darker more narrative and feels more like a horror movie. Everything about the last part of the movie is exactly how I wanted it and not what I expected in some parts. It finishes in total madness and in great fashion with some not typical moments from Lynch that you would expect. David Lynch is well known for odd creativity and complete terror but there were some moments in Fire Walk With Me where I was hiding behind my pillow as the scene watching Laura take notice in the picture on her bedroom wall with the empty room and slightly opened door is more suspenseful than a Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Is more than perfect in her role of Laura, Ray Wise is quite the comical actor and even though Agent Cooper's scenes are brief they set the mood for the when he appears in and has a big impact.
There is nothing I would change about the movie apart from the running time.
I think an extra thirty minutes would have been quite good so we could have had at least another half an hour of Dale Cooper and co. Don't expect much from the first hour or so as it drags in parts but is quite inquisitive but hard to bear in the best of moments. Though as soon as the jigsaw is starting to be put into place you will look back and appreciate the first chapter to where the rest of the film takes you and you will not be disappointed as you will finally see what The Twin Peaks saga is really all about. I finally started to understand Twin Peaks whilst watching Fire Walk With Me and it will answer the questions that were unanswered or confused you in Season One.
This is to me a horror movie as there are far to many moments where you just can't predict what is to happen next but when I say horror I don't mean Wes Craven horror where Freddy is right behind you, I mean Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror where everything is full of madness and it's playing with your head. David Lynch has created one of the best Serial Drama Series of modern time and I just hope millions of TV lovers and movie fanatics will keep watching Twin Peaks for a very long time to remember how good it was and to see what paved the way for cult TV series like The X Files.
A Stunning Masterpiece
After Hours (1985)
Very Funny and not like Scorsese to make a film like this
Apparently this is Scorsese's undiscovered gem that is never mentioned along with his greatest achievements in film-making. Halfway through I didn't really see what the fuss is all about but the more it the story went on the more I liked it. Griffin Dunne is perfect as the quiet naïve Paul and his supporting cast are perfect.
Paul works for a typing company is a quite a loner from what we are lead to believe. He quietly reads a book in a café when a woman called Marcy played by Rosanna Arquette comments on how much she loves the book he is reading. From here a brief friendship blossoms and a request for paper weights is exchanged and that's how After Hours begins. Marcy mentions to Paul that her friend KiKi makes Paper weights and has some for sale. Paul is interested as his work papers are in a complete mess. They exchange numbers and the same night Paul calls up to see if he can come and collect them. Marcy agrees and Paul turns up but really wants to see where his sudden friendship with Cecile could lead but not before be introduced to Kiki. Kiki is more than unusual and Marcy is more than paranoid. From here leads to the most oddest and terrifying night of Paul's life. From chasing robbers to actually being accused of being the robber himself, meeting a barman and his stupid still living in the sixties waitress, a woman who loves the fact she works for Mr Softy and just a complete insane bunch of people in New York he never really dealt with before, till now. All this takes him into a night of complete hell in the Big Apple. Scorsese works the film from story to story and couldn't have found anyone better to play Paul than Griffin Dunne who is pretty much extinct as far as Hollywood talent goes. He goes on the list of where are they now?
Out of all of Martin Scorsese's films this stands out the most as it's a movie you wouldn't think by watching was directed by him. It's dark humour is a bit like The King of Comedy but this has more eye opener scenes. It's fast paced from place to place in typical Thelma Scoonmaker editing is excellent. I was expecting a lot more from the start but that's the way it is but I found myself loving every minute of it the more it went on and the more the story unfolded into all the coincidences that happen to him. If Paul was played by anyone else other than Griffin Dunne then I think it's fair to say I would have hated this film as Dunne is the man who makes this film. It's not Scorsese it's him that makes it all the more enjoyable just for his fantastic facial expressions. The story is very original especially for 1986 or whenever it came out around that era but it's nowhere near what Scorsese is capable of. To me this was a an experiment to where he can take a film like this and see where it goes. I just find it a huge shame that this film didn't do for Griffin Dunne what Mean Streets did for Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel but one day there could be a comeback I can only hope.
Not Scorsese's best but well worth a look and very enjoyable with extremely funny moments throughout.
Approach with Caution
Hellboy started off like no other comic book film I have seen in a long time. It reminded me more of an Indiana Jones film the way the Nazis and Rasputin were trying to open the gate you could say, so it does have a very strong beginning, but after that it feels like the director lost his way really as the movie doesn't really go anywhere, if it does I must have missed something. For me I need a little characterization and bit of story but this film just flew past every plot hole and didn't correct it.
John Hurt was on very good form just as I expected, Ron Pearlman was very good also as Hellboy but I don't like the way they portray him. It has some really good characters who start good but end in a way you don't really care anymore. It keeps your attention and then it is taken away from. No new fresh ideas or action set pieces makes this film overall quite a dull one. I would say Ron Pearlman is the best thing about this movie as his portrayal of Hellboy is more comical than scary. If your wanting your summer blockbuster then Hellboy is your film but if your looking for some in-depth movie about a comic book character than I would say Hulk is the one you should be dividing your attention to. Hellboy isn't awful but it isn't great or even very good. Approach with caution.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
When I first saw The Devils advocate I was in amazement of how good it was. I was thinking about it for a long time after and when I got to catch it recently on TV it made me think about it all over again and it this time raises some questions and.
I didn't find it as good the second time round. I have watched it many times since I first saw but the recent viewing I was paying more attention than ever. I still think Keanu Reeves was maybe not right as Kevin Lomax. He has great moments but I think he has to many moments where he is trying to act is ass off and making it look obvious. Is it me or in some scenes where Keanu is talking he sounds like Elvis with his accent. Just a thought. Al Pacino was perfect as John Milton but again he was a bit over the top but makes up for it in his charm and charisma which he tackles head on easily through the movie. The best acting we get here is from Charlize Theron which is no surprise to me considering how well she has done since in films like Monster. The story doesn't really kick off till the very end where everything unfolds very fast to a massive climax which without this film would have failed badly. I don't know much about Taylor Hackford's previous work but I am impressed with how he handled The Devils Advocate and if he directs an y others films of this caliber then he might be poised to win an huge award of sort. The film is just not about paranormal goings on with Satan, it is also a law film which actually makes being a lawyer look like a lot of fun with a lot of tension thrown in. If any adrenaline junkie wanted to go for a mainstream job then a lawyer would be his cup of tea as Kevin Lomax will show you.
The direction, music, cinematography and nearly everything about this film is perfect. The story is quite close but towards the end there is just to many revelations that happen all to quick and it gives you this feeling that the film is getting a bit silly and that's how I feel about it now. If you haven't seen it before and you are wanting to see it for yourself then you should see it without a doubt. Don't let any review including mine put you off as this as the movie is one hell of a ride but it may raise questions of how much they tried to cram inside the movie in the time it had. It does run for nearly two and a half hours but they run quicker than you can imagine and as soon as the film finishes you will be wanting to watch it all over again so you can see where everything makes sense.
Al Pacino does pack a punching performance to the very end and is as crazy as ever if a little over the top at times but without him we wouldn't be talking about this film as much.
Shockingly Great Film
It has been nearly ten years since I last saw Revenge but I always have this fond memory of how much it had an impact on me as it was a very courageous project for Kevin Costner at that time. It started off like this Top Gun rip off then turned into this beautiful tale of love, passion and betrayal. Never have a seen a love story with so much chemistry and have an ending which Hollywood would never dream of now compared to back then.
Kevin Costner is an air pilot leaving the Navy to visit a very old friend Anthony Quinn. I can't remember why they were both such good friends to start off with, I think it was something to do with them both being in a war together or something along those lines. In the time they have been apart Quinn has married a beautiful women played by Madeline Stowe and he takes no time in getting them both acquainted. And in no time Costner and Stowe become a little to friendly and start to fall for each other but fight their best to avoid this.
What works perfectly is how Quinn knows how beautiful his wife is and how much he really knows without saying how much Costner wants her. This adds to the tension as he always makes Costner feel uncomfortable by asking him questions about how beautiful she is. It all erupts to you know what and I think most of the end is more like a western than anything. This is what turned the film around for me as they are some truly brutal scenes in this film and that's when the story really begins and the revenge from both sides of the story begin to take turn.
By the end of the film I was just surprised at how rare a film like this was back in the day when films weren't completely apart of Hollywood and followed there own path into making a decent film which is what Revenge delivers. Anthony Quinn didn't make many more films after this so this was a rare gem as his Quinn goes and this is a movie which you wouldn't expect Costner to be taking the lead.
Field of Dreams (1989)
Touches you in all the right places
Films don't get better than field of Dreams. When you got back to the late eighties and early nineties you will find that Kevin Costner was the biggest actor to employ at that time as he starred in lots of major films like Dances with wolves which of course he directed, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, A Perfect World, JFK and Field of Dremas which I think delivers his best performance of all those films.
Costner is Ray who one day takes a walk into his corn field only to hear a voice saying 'If you build it, he will come'. This sends him crazy as it's all he can hear. He thinks on to what the voice maybe wants him to do and let's his feeling be known to his family and the only idea he can come up with is that he should build a baseball pitch in the middle of his field. He does with the backing of his family and nothing comes of it till one night somebody in a 1920's baseball kit turns up on his field out of the blue ready to play Baseball. This happens to be the great Shoeless Joe Jackson who is now dead but has come back to play the game he was once banned from playing. The story unfolds to more odd goings on and sends Ray onto a journey of self discovery with some beautiful moments ahead. Field of dreams is not a film that gets mentioned when it comes to Costner's career but I think it holds his best and most touching performance. Anybody who likes a feel good film like It's a Wonderful Life will ultimately fall in love with this film by the end as the more it goes on the more you find out why Ray was guided to build the pitch and follow the voice which he throughout the film makes no sense of what it he is looking for.
It touches you in all the places and just makes you feel good about yourself and sends an important message out about spending as much time your family as much as you possibly can til it's to late.
Trust me, you cannot go wrong with this film.
The Village (2004)
Very Good, but M.Night is still yet to make a Masterpiece
I don't know what to make out of M Night as he really is a director who has with all the fault of his own labeled himself as director that makes films with twists. It's some unfortunate for him as he will not get passed this and is really an overrated director as none of his films are masterpieces in my opinion.
The Sixth Sense was a good film with a great surprising performance from Bruce Willis in a film you wouldn't usually associate with someone like Willis but that's all really. I couldn't give two hoots about Hayley Joel Osmonds performance and storyline in it as I saw it as being average like most films with kids his age. Unbreakable was a film that I did thoroughly enjoy and believe in. Signs I have yet to see but look forward to and now The Village which is more like an episode of The Twilight Zone really. I think it's not his strongest film, Unbreakable stills holds the title for that, but I thought it was his most intriguing and odd films. Because of all the plot twists that M. Night throws in to his films you can't help but notice them even before they have started the unravel. You get this kind of feeling with The Village as I was sitting figuring it all out even before the real story began. It wastes no time in getting right into it and it doesn't spoil or fade away much at all from the story, but what M.Night likes to do best which he has succeeded in doing with the Village, is playing with the audience and throwing you into lots of different ideas about what is what and what The actual Village is all about.
Performances in any of M. Nights films have never been a problem. Bruce Willis amazes everybody with his stunning performances in The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable as was Samuel L. Jackson, I'm sure Mel Gibson did a fine performance in Signs but The Village far exceeds getting terrific performances out of his actors. Village has an all star cast with some of the greatest names in films in the last 20 years. William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Brendan Gleason, Adrian Brody, Joaquin Phoenix and the introduction of someone who is going to be up there with the greats Bryce Dallas Howard.
Any of these actors and actresses can take on a film like this but for this to be your first film and have the most important part in the entire film is something else. Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of director Ron Howard who I am sure has given his fair share of tips whilst making a movie but he must have given her some damn good advice to let her run away with this really intriguing great film. It's not brilliant but it will certainly keep your attention throughout and keep you wondering and even though when you think you might have it then look again because it will probably end up reviewing the film again.
If you are not a fan of M Night's strange stories then watch this film for the excellent direction and very good camera work. I can see why the village has divided the critics but if you are a lover of movies and enjoy an interesting and thought provoking film then The Village is the one for you, but if you are looking for great entertainment then it's probably best to look else where even though this films does have it's moments in tense moments that keep you on the edge. He still hasn't made a masterpiece but he is well on his way and The Village is living proof of that.
Twin Peaks (1990)
Fanstastic moments makes Twin Peaks a real good TV Series with some flaws
Now I have just finished watching the first series of Twin Peaks and it was an experience to say the least. I don't really agree with half the people on this site what they say about it. Twin Peaks is a normal town full of normal people. From what I had gathered from reviews I read on here previously I believed that the people of Twin Peaks were citizens who were very odd to be around and was a strange place. That was only because it was in the middle of nowhere and very isolated like most towns around the world but there is a Leo Johnston, Bobby Briggis, Audrey Horne and Laura Palmer in every town so why does that make Twin Peaks any different.
The pilot episode was very engaging and had enough going for it for me to pay more attention to the other episodes of the first series. The more it went on the better it got but I thought it started to become dull towards the last two episodes, though the makers knew they didn't have to try and rap it up quickly as they knew Series 2 could fill in the gaps but I still thought they could have enlightened us more with last episode. It was the very last scene of the last episode of series 2 that made me stand up and go 'WOW' and after that I finally understood what Twin Peaks was all about and what kind of programme the makers were trying to establish.
The characters of the programme were very evened out. For example any scene involving the great Agent Cooper was to be suspenseful as well as entertaining. Leo Johnston brought terror to the series but there were many characters that were just in the way and slowing the story down. David Lynch is a master and is one of the most original directors since Stanley Kubrick but imagine what Twin Peaks would have been if he directed the entire series. In a way I suppose he had a lot to do with every episode but it doesn't feel that way. As much as intriguing and Agent dale cooper's weird but mesmerising dreams were excellent viewing I just felt that something was missing from the puzzle. Apart from that though I did enjoy it very much and it introduced me more to Kyle Maclachlan and I got to see finally what all the hype was and I agree with half of it.
Twin Peaks is still a great achievement and it gave me many pleasurable moments but I still think something was missing, but this a TV series so I can't expect to much. If you are a fan of TV series, thrillers and something quite unusual then Twin peaks is definitely for you.