Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
War of the Worlds
They're already here.
The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
When 9/11 happened, I was in middle school. I was 13. When the first plane hit, I was just getting settled into second period. At about 9:15, the principal turned on the speaker and delivered the news. But we didn't hear about the planes, because at that point, there wasn't enough information to know about the planes in the first place. All we heard were the buzzwords: "Terrorists" "Attack" "Explosion" So the school was to be evacuated for safety precautions, of course.
It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I saw no explosions that day. I didn't see any death. I just saw the people in my life and strangers completely freaking out, and it wasn't until…
With minimal amount of plot on paper, excess reliance on CGI for its moments of action & severe lack of character depth, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Well's classic novel does feature the trademarks usually found in his adventure films, including the attempt for larger-than-life spectacle yet no amount of visually striking images can make up for the poor storytelling that's on display here.
Based on H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds tells the story of a broken family that finds itself caught in a major catastrophe when the entire planet is invaded by aliens who come out of the ground in their tripods, unleash carnage on human population & effortlessly defeat the armed forces. The plot…
ONE OR TWO SPOILERS
This project hasn't been going so well so far, but this was a fair bit better even though I wasn't expecting it to be.
I do count myself as a sizeable Steven Spielberg fan even though, before this, I hadn't seen anything he'd made since the excellent Catch Me If You Can. I guess I've always been slightly reluctant to visit his later films because I was worried I would always come into them with the expectation that they would be as amazing as his earlier classics. But I actually came into this with no expectation at all, so maybe I'm ready to tackle them after all!
[Originally published on Nerve.com]
A decade or so from now, when academics start publishing scholarly tomes with titles like "The Anxiety of Insurgence: Hollywood Responds to 9/11," Steven Spielberg's unsparing adaptation of War of the Worlds is guaranteed a meaty chapter all its own. No doubt aware that images of people running in terror from collapsing buildings now carry unavoidable topical baggage, Spielberg, with the help of screenwriters Josh Friedman and David Koepp, has refashioned H.G. Wells' classic tale of interplanetary invasion into a unnervingly cathartic simulacrum of that Tuesday morning's apocalyptic confusion and horror. The references fly fast and furious and sans subtlety: onlookers covered in ash, walls papered with handmade MISSING flyers, mountains of rubble dotted with…
Terrorism have haunted our globe since the turn of the century, highlighted by the dreadful acts placed upon innocent victims, leaving a footprint of paranoia and grief within our outlook of life, hoping that such a moment would not be inflicted again; but how could we feel at ease when tensions between our nations are constantly at spiking heights, repeating potentially catastrophic threats that looms over our heads. In this position, neither side is morally outstanding as greedy agendas seem to carry within the leaders of each side, and ego prevents either one from reaching to a point of forgiveness, hence the continuation of violence and death.
War of the Worlds finds inspiration from the contemporary position of society, exploring…
The apocalypse has never been so dull.
Tom Cruise, as always, shows off his excellent running form. Dakota Fanning screams and cries a lot and is generally obnoxious. Whoever played the teenage son gives a devastating, riveting performance as a one-note angsty butthead who at first is all "I don't like you, Dad" but then is all "Actually yeah I do." That's his entire character arc.
Also featuring some of the dumbest looking aliens ever put to screen and a plot that has less meat than a Buddhist monk's bowel movement, WAR OF THE WORLDS is headache levels of boring. It's supposed to be a grand spectacle but ends up being a grand spectASSle.
oh my god that was horrible
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is one of Spielberg's most gorgeously shot and most viscerally impactful films, especially the first alien attack which ranks among the best action set pieces of his legendary career. The destruction in this film is so scary because it's rooted in the main characters' perspectives (even the knowledge that the attack is worldwide comes from Ray watching news footage from a reporter he meets in the wreckage). In that first attack, the camera follows Ray tightly as he runs away from the buildings being destroyed behind him and the people being disintegrated all around him. By sticking so close to Ray as he blindly and desperately sprints away, Spielberg is able to capture the chaos and immensity of the…
Possibly the last great mega budget, star driven blockbuster before the comic book craze took over.. how I miss films like this.
20 minutes of brilliance
Didn't remember this looking quite so ugly as it does. It's OK to try and depict the post apocalyptic scenes in a bleak and surrealistic manner, but the look is there right from the start and all the way through till the end. The lights are blown, colors are faded and lines are blurry. And it's not because I watched the DVD. Well, anyways. The film, on the other hand, was a bit better than I remembered and that's what counts the most, I guess. Without it saying much! Don't be fooled, this isn't the work of the master filmmaker that Steven Spielberg once were. There's nothing here to make us care for any of the characters and the plot…
Hear them horns sound!
Obviously the definitive adaptation of Wells's novel is Jeff "OOOOO-LAAAAA" Wayne's rock opera, but this version is also good, despite the absence of Phil Lynott. The action sequences are classic, virtuosic Spielberg, with added post-9/11 dread. Tom Cruise is fine, Dakota Fanning can scream like a banshee and does so, often. At about an hour fifteen it grinds to a halt in a remote basement, where Tim Robbins gives one of the more annoying performances of the current century and the aliens make a personal appearance in a scene that evokes memories of the raptors-in-the-kitchen from Jurassic Park and - rather less welcome - M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. As almost everyone says, the ending is a dud, which is a shame as the first is half is often brilliant.
Spielberg's anti-vaxxer rebuttal
It's not the worst Sci-Fi film I have ever seen and the effects are in part very good. However, the whole story inside the invasion plot of Tom Cruise and his kids managing to survive everything that is thrown at them despite all around them perishing is so monumentally unrealistic that the invasion is more likely.
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice.
This is ten years old now and still awesome.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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