This is the best and worst of the 90s Indie Boom. I was curious, as Kev Smith talks about how these filmmakers were his buddies at Sundance in 94 and it was filmed in Chicago.
The camera work and visual symbols are straight out of Film 101, the acting is sub-par to say the least, and there are non-sequitor artistic vignettes.
BUT, it is a charming snapshot of what was counterculture. It had to be SHOCKING for a good deal…
I'm not a brony. I've got nothing against them; I just wouldn't sit down to watch MLP if it weren't for my 4 year old daughter.
That being said, these ponies don't pull any punches. They pack a tremendous amount of fantasy plot into a children's cartoon.
Equestria Girls is not without its plot holes (Why does Twilight Sparkle not have a human doppleganger when all of her friends do?) and there is a HUGE data dump to tell us…
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I am ASTOUNDED by the cinematography. I have no idea how this movie was assembled.
The score was visceral. At times the hope was all consuming, and at other times the instrumentation was reduced to noise.
The scientist in me had issue with plot points...but I really don't care. THIS is a film.
Essentially a remake of Pitch Black where Vin Diesel insisted that he have lines. The only third entry that could have been made due to the mess that was Chronicles.
There were some good action bits. Not great, but good. I would have probably given it one of Brock's 1/4 stars instead of the full 3 1/2.
The fact that this made money, and that Diesel and Twohy aren't up to much else, I'm sure we'll be seeing Mr. Riddick grunting through another few films.