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The Dark Knight (2008)
Okay... Not a Masterpiece.
INTRODUCTION: "The Dark Knight" is the second installment in the Batman trilogy by writer/director Christopher Nolan. The film is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan and the films story would be conceived by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. The film is ranked as the 4th best movie of all time (according to IMDb) and won 2 Oscars. I'm here to talk of why it's just a okay movie and not a masterpiece as some people believe.
GOOD: - The Writing - The Acting - The last 45 minutes
OKAY: - The directing - Some of the action - There are some questionable things in this movie such as: Why did no kids or bus drivers notice the bus that rolls out of the bank? How did Batman and Rachel not die when hitting the car? Why didn't Batman quickly take out Joker at the party? If Batman doesn't kill... Then why does he kill?! - Health Ledger's Joker (I'll explain later) - An OKAY Crime Film
BAD: - Cristinan Bale' Batman (I'll explain later) - The film's time length - NOT THE BEST BATMAN MOVIE!!!
CONCLUSION: Some people may be questioning my choice of why I think the Joker's portrayal is okay and why Batman's portrayal is bad. Here's why... The Joker is okay because he's not the Joker! He's a up and coming crime man who tries to prove his craziness... And this may sound stupid but... He's to quotable. I say this because... Whenever someone talks about the Joker they say the same dang line "Why so serious?! Do you wanna know how I got these scars?!" I've heard it so much that I want to turn off whatever I'm watching. And every time someone portrays the Joker the first things critics will say is: "He's not as good at Heath Ledger". How people should think of it is "Heath was great form Nolan's universe... Jared's Joker is interesting for the new universe... Jack's portrayal is a good Tim Burton villain" etc. Every superhero movie in general HAS TO LIVE UP TO "The Dark Knight". Cristian Bale's Batman is bad because: A. I can barely stand his voice B. I don't understand what he says all the time... Both as Batman (gargle) and Bruce Wayne (scratchy whisper) C. Bale's Batman can't fight (considering he was trained by Ninga's) D. Batman is not the world greatest detective because he only relies on gadgets and not brains E. Bruce Wayne is a selfish butthole and F. Barman has a chance of dying with everything he does but somehow manages not to die... Like I said when falling hundreds of stories and landing on a car. The time length is also way, WAY to long. I put it on one time at 7:00 and fell asleep at 8:00. They could've cut it down by like half an hour. Overall, it's not a amazing movie and should be held as a must need to be a good superhero rather than standing alone as it's own. The only movie to match the film so far is "Logan" (which I still need to see). "Logan" supposedly might be the first superhero film to win Best Picture.
SCORES: 3 / 11 good things. 5 / 11 okay things. 3 / 11 bad things.
Mark Hamill is (and always will be) my favorite Joker of all time... Just saying.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
8.5 OR 9 --- Great Video Game Adaptation. Great Movie PERIOD. Trilogy, Please.
Introduction: "Assassin's Creed" is film adaptation of the popular video game series: "Assassin's Creed" (Produced and Presented by Ubisoft). The film is written by Michael Lesslie ("Macbeth" (2015)), Adam Cooper ("Exodus: Gods and Kings" (2014)) and Bill Collage ("Exodus: Gods and Kings" (2014)). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel ("Macbeth" (2015)). The film stars Michael Fassbender ("Macbeth" (2015)), Marion Cotillard ("Macbeth" 2015)), Jeremy Irons ("Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice"), Michael Kenneth Williams ("12 Years a Slave") and features Brendan Gleason ("Edge of Tomorrow"). The film was also produced by Michael Fassbender (Who happened to be Ubisoft's first and only choice) who also chose the director, Justin. The film was released on December 21st, 2016 but received negative reviews 2 - 3 days earlier. I was very hyped for this movie. I watched the directors previous work such as: "Macbeth" (2015), "The Snowtown Murders" (US TITLE) and "Blue Tongue" (SHORT FILM). I did not see "The Turning" because it sounded boring and a waste of 3 hours... Sorry... I may watch it sometime in the future. Pretty much everyone who worked on 2015's "Macbeth" worked on this film. ANYWAY! Did I like or hate the movie? I LOVED IT!
Good: -The Cast -The Directing -The Action -The Plot (which I liked a lot but others didn't) -The Characters -The Writing -The Music (composed by Justin's brother, Jed Kurzel) -The Cinematography -The Supporting Characters -Balance of Present and Past AND -Pefect set-up to future sequels. Hopefully Ubisoft follow through and make a trilogy... Bad reviews shouldn't stop them.
Okay: -The "Crazy" (by Patsy Cline) singing. I understood it but... Michael could've sang better (That was a joke).
Bad: ~Nothing I Found~
Conclusion: A lot of people (critics) hated this film calling it silly (It's based off a video game), CGI- overuse (all the stunts were real besides the background settings of the past and present + what movie isn't CGI-Overused in 2016?), "Dull" (People want dark/gritty + I didn't find it like that) and "A hard to understand plot" (I could follow it and it was easy for my family to understand + How is it "Hard to follow"???). And "Clunky Dialogue"... WHAT? The dialogue was fine... It was no Aaron Sorkin but it wasn't horrendous like "The Room" or B- Rated Nick' Cage movies.
Overall: A 8.5 or 9 out of 10 is suitable for a film I wasn't disappointed by. I hope Ubisoft makes a trilogy. Me and my family wanted more after seeing the movie. NOTE: Ubisoft don't back out because critics didn't like... 77% of audiences love it.
Good: 11/12 Okay: 1/12 Bad: 0/12
My Personal NOTE TO CRITICS: Now, my family (Mom and Dad + Little Brother) saw this movie opening day on Wednesday, December 21st. It was day 1 of my Christmas Break from High School and we drove for a hour and twenty minutes. It was worth it!!! Now, my parents don't like video games and had no idea about what "Assassin's Creed" was about... They loved it. My mom said the same thing I said: "I want more!" (Referring to a trilogy). My mom and dad were skeptical because they heard about the bad reviews but were in aw about how it could be hated. My brother loved it (and got a Funko from the movie in his Lootcrate). Bottom line, people who know the source material (Me and my brother) and people who don't (My mom and dad) all loved it and want to see more. I loved the film and I'm going to but it on Blu-Ray. There's 32 minutes CUT out so maybe a "Extended CUT" (That was a joke). Ubisoft... Do a trilogy and I want to see more video game to film adaptations like: "Watch Dogs" OR "Splinter Cell".
9.5---Study Before Watching
"The Snowtown Murders" is a 2011 independent film, originally titled "Snowtown", and is based on the true story of numerous murders that were taken place in a small community in Australia. The film's story was written by Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant, the screenplay was written by Shaun Grant and the film was based on the books "Killing for Pleasure" written by Debi Marshall and "The Snowtown Murders" written by Andrew McGarry. The film was the directorial and writing debut for Justin Kurzel who'd go on to make 2015's "Macbeth" and 2016's video game adaptation "Assassin's Creed". "The Snowtown Murders" (TSM) was nominated for 44 independent movie awards and won 22. Now, if you don't live in Australia... I recommend studying the murder case before watching this film.
-Acting -Writing -Directing -Cinematography -Accuratness to the events -Not afraid to hold back on the dark aspects of the real life story
-The plot is a little hard to understand at times
I highly recommend this movie if you are into crime and murder dramas / biopics. It pacts a very emotional punch and characters you can relate to and morals you can understand. The downside I had while watching this was that I live in the US, so I had no idea about this case. I heard about it but never read up or watched anything about it. So if you're going into this movie expecting it to explain everything to... You'll be wrong. I recommend reading 1 of the 3 books that have been written about this story or watch one of the many documentaries that are available on YouTube. Overall, it's a great movie with great acting and is the start of a promising career from Justin Kurzel.
I hope "Assassin's Creed" is good. I'm writing this on December 11th, 20116.
Edge of Winter (2016)
9/10---Great Movie One of my Favorites of 2016 (ignore the critics)
INTRODUCTION: "Edge of Winter" is the most original thriller I've seen in awhile!!! The film is written by Rob Connolly and Kyle Mann. The film is directed by Rob Connolly. The film stars Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag from "Suicide Squad"), Tom Holland ("Captain America: Civil War"--- As Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man---Tom will soon reprise his role of Spidey in 2017 with "Spider-Man: Homecoming") and stars, young actor, Percy Hynds White. The story tells of a divorced father (Joel) he takes his kids (Tom and Percy) out to teach them how to shoot a gun and drive. But when the car drives off the road, the father and sons are now stuck in the cold wilderness and must find a way back to civilization... But slowly... The father goes CRAZY!!! Anyone can be pushed to the edge. There's nothing more dangerous than a fathers love.
GOOD: -Steller acting from Joel, Tom and Percy. -Believeable father and son relationships. -Suspence. -Character study of the father and how and why he goes crazy. -Setting. -Cinematography. -Writing. -Dialogue. -Smart characters (something you don't see much in movies now-n'-days). -Directing. -Plot. -Climax & ending. -Abrupt ending works. -Family drama / divorce aspect works and is handled with grace.
OKAY: -Pacing takes about 15 minutes before the actual movie starts. -Re-watchaility.
BAD: ~NOTHING AT ALL!!!!~
OVERALL: In conclusion, this film is a well crafted psychological thriller/survival/family drama. I highly recommend it for anyone a fan of these actors or any of the previously mentioned genres. GO WATCH IT!!!!
RATING: 9 out of 10 (It'd be a 10 if the pacing was a bit faster).
SCORES: 14/16 Good things. 2/16 Okay things. 0/116 Bad things.
Suicide Squad (2016)
8/10---The 2nd Most Underrated DC Movie
INTRODUCTION: "Suicide Squad" is the first movie about a team of bad guys in superhero history. The film is written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"---Which I loved---And "Fury"). The film stars an array of talented actors playing some of DC's most iconic super villains ever.
GOOD: -Harley Quinn. -Deadshot. -Pacing. -David Ayer's writing and directing (Each movie he does is different). -All of the cast in general. -The FUN, FUN, FUNNY vibe that is required for this movie. -Action. -Visuals. -The animated introductions to characters and animated credits. -Batman cameo. -The Flash cameo (played by Ezra Miller). -The soundtrack fits the movies vibe. The soundtrack is just good anyway. -Introductions to all characters. -Ending. -I had a strong connection with the characters. Whether they were happy or sad. -Batman and The Flash (briefly) viewed as villains than rather good guys. I even felt they were kinda like villains.
OKAY: -Joker. -Joker's sub - plot. -Villian.
BAD: -False advertising with footage. -False advertising for The Joker.
OVERALL: This is a good superhero film that is fun and evil (in a good way). I'm for sure buying the 13 minute extended cut on Blu-Ray when it comes out. I recommend it... Even if you hate DC.
RATING: 8 out of 10.
SCORES: 16/21 Good things. 3/21 Okay things. 2/21 Bad things.
NOTE: Don't listen to the critics. Or Marvel fans. Watch the movie and make your own opinion. Don't jump on the "I HATE IT!!!" Bandwagon even though you probably never saw it.
Jason Bourne (2016)
2/10---The Worst 'Bourne' Movie in the Series and the Worst Move of 2016 (my opinion)!!!!
INTRODUCTION: The 2016 sequel to the 'Boune' series is based on the 1 Robert Ludlum character, Jason Boune (This is a "Orginal" story---Not based on any of the books). This film is written by editor of the 'Bourne' series, Christopher Rouse, and co-written by "Bourne Supremacy" & "Bourne Ulitmatum" director, Paul Greengrass. The film stars Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne for the 4th time (Despite being the 5th 'Bourne' film). The plot is hard to describe because there is no plot! It's basically Jason is back everyone! Yeah! This film is truly, so far, my lowest rated film of the year of 2016.
GOOD: -Matt Damon. -Matt Damon's assassin enemy (that is a actual threat). -The use of Moby's "Extreme Ways" (The signature song of the series). Cool remix. -Matt Damon walking away from the camera at the last second... Meaning "I don't want to stay here for another second! I feel awful!".
OKAY: -Alicia Vandkeller. -Tommy Lee Jones
BAD: -Mediocre action. -The "Plot" or "Story". -Dialouge (Seriously! All Matt Damon says is: "Tell me!" Or "Why?" or "Answer me!" Or "How?"---He literally just asks questions). -Social media guy. -Social media sub-plot that has nothing to do with the "Story" or "Plot". -Julia Styles. -Killing Julia Styles in the first 15 minutes. -Alicia Vandkeller's motives are never explained. -Set-up for future sequel(s) (After the reviews... Matt Damon probably, HOPEFULLY!, doesn't want to return). -Aspects never explained. -Problems could've been solved in a couple minutes rather than 2 hours. -Action is shameless to the series. What made the other ones great was that Jason used everything that was around him. Jason happens to steal a nice and fast car---Which he wouldn't do previously--- happens to have a gun out of nowhere, happens to find rope to strangle someone happens to have one chair in a big abandoned room, etc). -FALSE PROMOTION FOR THE MONEY SHOT IN THE TRAILER (All I wanted to see was Jason knock out that one guy in one punch. The shot was not satisfying and I couldn't tell that he even punched him).
OVERALL: This movie is the worst 'Bourne' movie in the series, the worst/most disappointing movie of all year, the worst action movie I've ever seen, AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE CATOGRIZED!!!! Matt Damon and the filmmakers should've known better. Matt Damon won for best original screenplay for "Good Will Hunting". You think Matt Damon would've chimed in and say "This script sucks!". I was so hyped for Jason to return after the ending of 'Ultimatium' (Which is my favorite in the series). Why? WHY?!! Why did you have to suck so much?!!!!
RATING: 2 out of 10. Matt Damon and Moby save the movie from being awful!!!!
SCORES: 4/19 Good things. 2/19 Okay things. 13/19 Bad things.
8.5---Tim Burton's 3rd Best Movie!!! (in my opinion) NOT for Die-Hard Fans!!!
INTRODUCTION: "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (MPHFPC) is based on the 2012 wildly popular novel by Ransom Riggs. The film is written by Jane Goldman (Writer of "The Woman in Black" and most notably, "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service"). And the film is directed by odd-ball, Gothic, pale-faced director... Tim Burton ("Edward Scissorhands" and "Corpse Bride"---and story///character creator of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"). The film has gotten mixed reviews. I'm one of those who says... "Amazing!". Here's why:
GOOD: -The cast. -Costume designs. -Visual effects. -Cinematography. -Tim Burton's direction. -Last action scene at the carnival pier. -Prolouge. -Split - second Tim Burton cameo. -Enjoyable Tim Burton villain. -Jane Goldman's screenplay (a mix of creepy and action and some Tim Burton goofiness).
OKAY: -Not really threatening villain. -Accuratness to the book (as a fan of the book).
BAD: -Cheesy and confusing ending.
OVERALL: This is a film for any fan of Tim Burton (in an amazing way). This film is a great one that I recommend for everyone. Including Tim Burton fans and fantasy fans. If you were a fan of the books and you're looking for a 100% accurate adaptation... You'll hate this.
RATING: 8 or 8.5 out of 10.
SCORES: 10/13 Good things. 2/13 Okay things. 1/13 Bad things.
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
8.5---An Impressive Adaptation (with a surprisingly good thing!!!!)
INTRODUCTION: This animated film from DC is written by Brain Azzarello (Author of the graphic novel "Joker" and co-writer of "Batman: Gotham Knight"), directed by Sam Liu (co-director of "Batman: Year One") and is executive produced by "Batman: The Animated Series" co- creator Bruce Timm. The film was specially released for two nights only, July 25th and July 26th. The film would then be released on Blu-Ray and DVD August 1st. I wasn't able to see it in theaters. My brothers birthday happened to be on August 2nd. I pre - ordered the movie hoping for it to come in on his birthday... I was wrong. It came in a week later and me and him watched it anxiously excited. In the end, I had mixed thoughts. But then I thought more about it and here is what I have to say:
GOOD: -Mark Hamill as The Joker. -Kevin Conroy as The Batman. -Faithful act 2 & 3. -Animation is familiar to the animated series'. -Sam Liu's direction. -A dark Bruce Timm series vibe. -"Throw the book!" Scene. -Graphic novel atmosphere. -Prolouge villains being like a "Batman: The Animated Series" small-time villains.
OKAY: -Tara Strong as Batgirl. -Some parts of the "Prolouge". -Brian Azzarello's screenplay.
BAD: -Barbra Gordon library scenes. -Barbra Gordon's library gay friend (I don't hate gay people!) -"Prolouge" is 20 minutes longer than it should've been. -15 second epilogue setting up Barbra Gordon as Oracle.
SURPRISINGLY GOOD: -Batman & Batgirl love story (including sex scene). LOOK AT OVERALL ((Part 2)): TO FIND OUT WHY I SAY THIS!
OVERALL: An impressive adaptation of one of the best graphic novels of all time (which Tim Burton, director of "Batman" and "Batman Returns", loved very much). If the filmmakers took out the library scenes, the cartoony gay guy (I don't hate gay people!) and shortened the prologue by 15 to 20 minutes this, in my book, would get a 9. And I see why they added the "Prolouge". It's to have a 45 minute (I personally think a 20 to 35 minute prologue) R- Rated "Batman: The Animated Series" episode (including some of the original voice actors)!!!
SCORES: 9/16 Good things. 3/16 Okay things. 4/16 Bad things. 1/1 Surprisingly Good things.
OVERALL ((Part 2)): The reason I think the love story and sex work is because, as said by one of the filmmakers at Comic Con, "To tell a controversial story... You need to add more controversy!". Which I agree with. It makes the dynamic between the characters, fans and filmmakers interesting. I LOVE IT!!!!