Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Men in Black
Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe.
Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay and Jay, members of a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It's just another typical day for the Men in Black.
As a big fan of sci-fi, I can say that this was an absolute delight. Men in Black is not a film of epic proportions and never tries to be one, it's simple (at least comparing to most sci-fi/alien films we know), soft and effortlessly enjoyable and the fact that it's a "little blockbuster" (I know that this sounds contradictory, but I actually think it makes sense) is what makes it one of the most delightful rides out there, it's fun and never loses its rythm throughout the 90 minutes runtime because of a clever pacing and precise editing, it feels focused and is not too ambitious, director Barry Sonnenfeld is well aware of his limits and that's why it…
Remember when Will Smith used to write a 'song' for every movie he was in?
Yeah... So... Uh... That actually happened.
You don't exist; you were never even born. Anonymity is your name. Silence your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're "them." We're "they." We are the Men in Black.
Men in Black is actually a very dark comic book series first published in 1990 about an organization that investigates aliens and paranormal activities on the surface, but actually have sinister motives to manipulate the world. They would also conceal their existence by using a neuralyzer to wipe out people's memories, but when that wasn't an option they would use any means necessary to protect their secrets including eliminating witnesses. Of course this is perfect material for a…
Clever, exciting, imaginative and funny, Men in Black is everything you want a sci-fi comedy to be. Yet, those words fail to encompass my total love for this film. Still the best in the trilogy (in my humble view) it has enough wit and action to keep you entertained for decades. Every time I see it, I just wanna take the first best plane to New York and join their ranks for some good ol' alien-busting. But alas, the MIB is but a fictional organization.
At any rate, it entertains to stellar degrees, and is also one of the movies that launched Will Smith into international fame (or should I say intergalactic). His hilarious interplay with Agent K - played…
Haven't seen this all the way through in years. Very fun movie, and the scene with 'Frank the Pug' gets me every freakin' time. Still as funny as when I first saw it.
Barry Sonnenfeld has an affinity with black. From "Men In Black" to "The Adams Family" the color plays a big part in both the tone and context of his films with it's darkly comic black humor.
MIB was a sharply written science fiction film based on Lowell Cunningham's subversive comics of the early nineties. With a more comedic take to proceedings, Sonnenfeld brought together two opposites in the guise of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith and made it work to perfection. Jones's wry, almost sarcastic tone was balanced by Smith's more obvious comedic roots for a film with energy and real star quality.
The MIB in question are a clandestine organisation that monitor extraterrestrial visitors on Earth and police…
Saw this with German speaking sound sync. It was quite weird, especially Will Smith's voice replacement.
HOWEVER, it was still a hot time on the 69th watch!
Forgot how funny and strong on concept this film was.
I hadn't seen this in years, and never really had the urge to after the sequels killed any positive buzz in my head. However, my girlfriend remembered it more fondly and upon re-watching it with her, I'm happy to say the film is solid when removed from the series.
The story is solid, clever and mercifully un-complicated. The cast, including the cavalcade of comedic day-players is stellar. Even the practical effects and a couple of the CG ones still look great.
My only real gripes would be the 'twist' with the cat is all but telegraphed in bold letters to the audience, and Will Smith is just a bit too animated and quippy. I say this understanding this was a key component to his "charming" style, but he got on my nerves this go-round. Maybe I'm just old.
Essentially a buddy comedy with some sci-fi trappings to add some differentiation. Although based on a comic book (which nowadays is seemingly all you need to get a cheque written), it's evident the greenlighting owed much more to success of shows like X-Files than it did superhero movies of the time.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Debt to Cinema podcast:
Somehow I have never seen this till now (despite seeing both sequels theatrically). You know what, this holds up wonderfully as entertainment. Easily the best of all three. The chemistry between Jones and Smith is what elevates the film. The pair are easily among the best buddy/cop duos ever put on screen.
The first and last moments of this are superb - surreal and original - the dragonfly opening credits and the final pull back from Manhattan>the Earth>Solar System>Galaxy into a marble being played in an Alien marble game. Almost as good is every minute in between. Smooth, stylish, clever, brilliantly original concept and conceptualisation of the aliens living among us and the MIBs keeping them under wraps and under control. Nice quirky Sonnenfeld humour delivered through great supporting characters (both human and alien), and especially through the surprising chemistry and contrariness of grizzly grumpy TLJ and the too-cool-for-school Fresh Prince. Really unique, its staggering originality almost perfectly hiding the lack of genuine heart beneath the substance and style.
Lost a coin flip to my boyfriend. So glad I did! Didn't remember all the laugh out loud moments and violence!
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