One of the best action films I’ve seen in very long time. While not really long on story, you’ll still be glued to the screen with every step made. The fight scenes reminded me of some of the classic Jackie Chan films like “Armour of God”, only a lot more violent.
This feels like a film that could be studied as a great work of art well into the future. As with everything else, even the 3D in the film is used with effect. For example, as the station guard or whoever he is invades Hugo’s space at one point in the film, he’s literally invading your space, as well. Subtleties like this abound everywhere.
The absolute best films for me are the ones that elicit an emotional response or gives me goosebumps. Generally, it’s due to a scene well into the film. “The Artist” gave me goosebumps within the first five minutes.
Amazing film. One I expect to do well in the awards shows.
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While not quite as scary as I thought it might be, Contagion definitely has you leaving the theater a bit more wary. Someone coughing on popcorn during the film had me holding my breath for a bit.
The film follows a handful of people during an epidemic. There’s the husband who’s wife mysteriously dies, the blogger/conspiracy “reporter”, and a few people from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
There’s a fairly persistent level of tension throughout the film. And it all starts with something small. Reminded me of all the warnings they make during time travel films where the smallest change when you go back to the past could have a dramatic effect on the future. Makes me wonder if there’s a story about someone who travels to the past only to unleash an epidemic through bacteria they accidentally carried with them.
There were a lot of things I liked about this film. Some I didn’t.
I thought the actors were all good, especially Jason Momoa as Conan. Visually, everything looked as if was leaping right out of the books. They even got the feel of it right. Particularly the sand-men battle.
As for the stuff that didn’t work, there are a few really bad continuity issues that jerk you out of the movie for a bit.
I saw the 3D version which was good, but I’m not sure you’re really getting anything extra out of it you’d miss by viewing it otherwise.
Really, really, good film. I wish more movies nowadays were as good. Not the best movie ever. Just a good, solid, enjoyable film. Where you care enough about the characters to have some empathy for them so you feel the impact of what they’ve gone through.
I’ve heard Super 8 compared to the 80’s Speilberg movies like The Goonies and that’s an apt comparison due to the main characters being children and how the film looks overall. But don’t think of it as a kids film as comparison to The Goonies is likely what would come to mind.
The acting in this, particularly from The Rock, is exceptionally bad (yes, even compared to the other films) but I did have a really fun time watching Fast Five, which dazzles you with one impossible stunt after another.
When Frank loses his wife to a drug dealer something snaps. After what he feels is divine intervention, he dons the costume of crime fighter Crimson Bolt. At night, he waits behind dumpsters with his chosen weapon, a monkey wrench, to enforce his own brand of justice. All just practice to free his wife. Along the way he gains a sidekick who seems just a little too eager to dish out violence. They build their arsenal and exact bloody justice on crime.
I really liked Slither, a film out a number of years ago, also by Writer/Director James Gunn, which is the primary reason I went to see Super. You can definitely see the same mind behind it. Definitely not the feel-good movie of the year, but very likely different than any other film you’ll likely see for a while.
Aptly named as that’s what I felt director Zack Snyder did to me. Everything’s really pretty to look at, but proves that there’s more to a good movie. It’s better to describe this movie as a few hours of music videos.
The start of this film had me rolling my eyes at the acting and setup of the characters. Typical setup. Once things start blowing up, it does kick into gear though and the action in it was quite good. So if you’re there for action and things blowing up, then this is for you.
There were about 20 Army personnel in camo in attendance at my showing. Didn’t ask, but was curious how they felt about the military presence in the film. I’d heard the film was like a military recruitment video. I agree.
I have not seen all 10 of the nominated films, but have seen half of them: The Fighter, The King’s Speech, Inception, Toy Story 3 and True Grit.
Of those, I believe both The Fighter and The King’s Speech have the potential to win and if I were to bet, I’d bet on The King’s Speech.
I liked the other films, but I really doubt the Academy would vote for an animated film. Inception seems to have been a conundrum for many in the industry. And to be honest, I don’t think True Grit really is as good as my two picks above.
Out of the rest I have not seen, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network and Winter’s Bone. It seems, based on the other awards, The Social Network is the only real contender for Best Picture.
As is, while my bet is for The King’s Speech to take Best Picture. My hope would be for Inception to take it in the hopes that Hollywood would take more risks in doing films like this rather than a yearly Big Momma’s movie.
If you liked the original Tron you’ll probably enjoy this one. Visually stunning. And an awesome soundtrack by Daft Punk. Story-wise, don’t expect much. It felt like a bit of film may have been left on the cutting room floor. At least I hope so. Tron, the character was secondary at best.
Awesome, but Part 1 is definitely representative of this film. It feels like the first half of a single movie. If you’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter films thus far, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. Being Part 1, though, a number of people in the audience with me groaned at the end as it does end abruptly and in the middle of the story.
Being a Warren Ellis fan, I had read the comic book series of the same name a while back and enjoyed it. It only dealt with a single character, so I knew the film had to dive off into its own territory.
RED, the film, was really good. Not going to win any awards, but a really fun flick. As I’ve seen in other reviews, John Malkovich really does steal the show. Highly recommended.
One of the reasons I love foreign films so much is that they are so much better than the majority of the mindless drivel coming out of Hollywood. That’s not to say there isn’t as much in the foreign market, I’m sure there are a ton of films out there that are just plain awful that I never find out about.
So maybe the social filter of the internet only allows the better foreign films to bubble up to the point where I find out about them.
Case in point is the Korean film, The Man from Nowhere (trailer). Based on awesome word of mouth from playing FantasticFest and friends from the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, it seemed like this was a film worth catching when it surprisingly showed up at the Grapevine Mills AMC theater this week.
And while it’s not the most original film in the world, it still blows away most films I’ve seen this year and contains one of the best knife fights I think I’ve ever seen.
Really good film. Awesome action. More like this please.
I can’t recall a movie ever really crawling into my head in quite the way Inception did. Even now, about 12 hours after seeing it my brain is still processing what it was I really saw. In the end, though, the real inception was performed on the audience.
Was it good? Yes, definitely. Would be surprised if it did not end up nominated best picture at the next Oscars.
While enjoyable to watch and definitely much better than the Alien vs. Predator films, it’s still something that quickly leaves you after departing from the theater. For the most part, it’s stuff you’ve seen before, assuming you’re a fan, although it does have a number of decent one-liners.
Having seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo not to long ago, this film starts about a year after that one and when it started I remembered really liking the characters and wanting to spend more time with them. And after this film, I still want to see more of them and I guess we’ll get one more movie when The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest eventually comes out.
This film moved a lot faster than the first one, but there’s a bit more of an urgency to it since it directly involves Lisbeth Salander (the “girl”). A brutal film at times, but not quite to much as the first film. Can’t wait for the next one.
I’ve been a big Jean-Pierre Jeunet fan ever since seeing Delicatessen when it first came out. Sure he’s had some that weren’t all that great, but there are few directors with the visual style that he has.
Micmacs wasn’t his best, but it was enjoyable. Loved the characters and the Buster Keaton style humor.
Really enjoyed this film, in particular the main characters. Although the running time is about two and a half hours I wanted to spend some more time with them. Looking forward to the next two films in the series, whenever they come out; The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of just about any film involving Ray Harryhausen. The Sinbad films and Jason and the Argonauts had a magical feeling to them from beginning to end. While the creatures were cool, the story and characters were what’s made those films remain good today.
While the original Clash of the Titans wasn’t necessarily one of Harryhausen’s better films, I may actually like it more than this new one. Sure you have a lot of really cool creatures, but this one seems more focused on that and action at the sacrifice of story and characters. The characters seem like they could be really interesting. Given more screen time to get to know them, I’m sure it would have elevated the movie somewhat.
I saw the movie in normal 2D since I’d heard the 3D was atrocious. I think I’ll tend to stay away from 3D in general unless a film is specifically filmed for it, as Avatar was.
The latest film from Terry Gilliam is likely best described as a “Terry Gilliam” movie. Having seen it, I can’t say I liked it, or hated it. The film is definitely at its best when people are inside the Imaginarium. Unfortunantely, a large part of the film occurs outside of it.
You definitely feel the weight of Heath Ledger’s death throughout the entirety of the movie. Although unfortunate, it does intensify the story that’s going on. Particularly during the portion with Johnny Depp.
As with most of Gilliam’s films, I’m sure there was a lot of symbolism and designs with specific meaning to them that would emerge with subsequent viewings. Just not sure I’d want to sit through it again to find out.
I’ve described movies like a rollercoaster ride before, but I think that describes Avatar a lot more literally than those other films.
You know it will be exciting, but you see exactly where you’re going. The plot is broadcast well in advance and quite blatantly. But the ride is indeed thrilling. You may want to ride a few more times, but when you’re done, you’re off to the next thing.
In 3D IMAX it’s visual eye-candy injected into your eyeballs for two and a half hours. It does make awesome use of 3D. The real star of the film though is the technology that went into making it. It’s what you will enjoy.
There were a few times where my focus left the movie for a little bit with how dumb things were. One was Giovanni Ribisi’s character, who’s basically the same corporate douchebag from Aliens transplanted here. Another was the name of the mineral the humans are there to harvest since we totally raped our own planet. It’s just so dumb if I mentioned it I don’t think anyone would believe me. Also, the song at the end sounds SO much like the song from Titanic, it may as well be.
That said, it is very entertaining to watch, just don’t go into expecting to be mentally challenged.
Really fun, gory throwback to those B-movie action films of the 80’s. If you liked those, you’ll like this. Go in expecting fake blood, severed limbs, average to bad acting, little plot and loads of action.
I’m thinking this one would have come off a little better if I had seen it in a festival enthused crowd who had never even heard of this film before. The build-up from those who have seen it, plus the trailer/commercials giving away the film kind of blew it.
This is in reference to the film I just saw called New York, I Love You and while I do think that NYC is a really awesome place, the film is a collage of love stories set in the Big Apple.
Really well done and some of them definitely involve situations you would not likely find any where but there. It’s been about four years since I’ve been and used to go quite often when I lived in Philadelphia. Watching this film makes me want to return soon.
While the atmosphere and visuals are great, it feels like I’ve seen this story a few times before. Event Horizon is the primary one that comes to mind, but I really didn’t like that film too much. So you can say I like Pandorum better, but it’s still only an “okay” film.
Mike Judge’s prior films Office Space and Idiocracy I found funny on initial viewing and repeat viewings make them even better. While I’ve only seen Extract once now, it was a good film, but I don’t think it’s bound for the same cult following his other films have found.
This is my least favorite Chan-wook Park film. That said, all his films are a level above most so I can’t say it’s a bad film. It just felt like it wanted more impact than it delivered. Unlike his other films though, I didn’t get the emotional attachment with the main character I felt with Park’s other films.
I can’t say part of my reaction was not influenced by the two guys sitting next to me who were receiving and sending text messages throughout the entire film and the lady next to us who broke out her store-bought build-your-own-salad she munchily ate during the first 1/2 hour of the film.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance remains my favorite Chan-wook Park film. Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance were both really good, but I just had more of an emotional, involved response to Mr. Vengeance.