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.
Surprisingly dark and twisted so unlike your typical Steven Spielberg film and I love it! Spectacular Special Effects! As far as acting goes the young upstart Dakota Fanning stole the show!
I could have done without the whole bad dad, teenage angst thang but other than that I truly enjoyed the film and it has become my favorite film adaptation of H.G. Well's Novel!
[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…
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
One of my favorite Spielberg films.
I never really understood what many complained about concerning this film. It's structured beautifully-it's suspenseful-the effects are terrific-it's not your typical Sci-Fi film-they didn't spend the entire film showing us fighting these aliens-it focuses on a dysfunctional family and their fight for survival and through their journey rediscover their unconditional love for each other.
I adore Spielberg's camera work in this film-there are hundreds of amazing shots-numerous sequences that through the brilliant use of digital effects come off as one shots that dazzle the eye.
The score is fantastic-from the opening notes to the finale-great score.
Tom Cruise does a wonderful job-a man who finds the hero within himself-not the most responsible Father but…
Whoever casts Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin as Tom Cruise's kids should never work again. Those two completely ruined this film. The whole first half of the movie is them being annoying little bitches to Tom Cruise, one of the film's few highlights. The film butchers the source material, turning it into an uninspired family drama. If Spielberg didn't make the god awful War Horse or 1941, this would easily be his worst film.
If Steven Spielberg was indeed, as it has been stated, attempting to make his way back into fun blockbusters the sort of Raiders of the Lost Ark, then War of the Worlds is not correct approach to such a set goal. Hardly an awful movie but one that lacks any magic, fascination, excitement or touches of brilliance that is present in every Steven Spielberg classics, War of the Worlds is one of the director’s weakest films.
Tom Cruise returns following his work with Spielberg on Minority Report, a brilliant film that contained energy from Cruise despite his weak performance. Here, Cruise portrays an estranged father attempting to reconcile with his two children as an alien invasion occurs, therefore becoming a…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Steven Spielberg has crafted one of his most horrific nightmares with War of the Worlds, an unrelenting disaster pic that brings the genre to a bruised, post-9/11 world. With imagery taken straight from history's darkest days, the master storyteller goes against his crowd-pleasing genes and delivers a harrowing tale of survival as only he could. Spielberg and America's favorite crazy man, Tom Cruise, follow up the inspired but bloated Minority Report with a surprisingly efficient picture that's as succinct in its running time as it is in its scares. Made under the gun with less than a year of production behind it, there's an energy to the $128 million film that hasn't been found in the famed director's work for…
One of Spielberg's best films, full stop. In my top 5 easily. For once, Spielberg's aliens are evil and without a care in the world.
Some great action sequences and a very human story. Despite a weak ending, the majority of the film is tense, dramatic and full of allusions to the then-recent 9/11 attacks. It's an interesting commentary if you look at it as such.
Sorry, but I love this movie. I know so many people who hate it, and I can't figure out why. I like to believe it's because Tom Cruise is the star, and people hate him, but... I still don't get it. As a person he seems... eh. But I think he's a pretty good actor. Anyway, I think this movie is f**king scary. Like, if I were in that situation, I would probably just commit suicide. Lol. I couldn't mentally handle it. I think it's well made, well acted, and well scored. And the sound FX! Aahhh! Lol. I'm already paranoid.
Is it a spoiler to say that Dakota Fanning spends pretty much all of the movie screaming? That's more or less all she does. I don't want to watch that for two hours. I have not read the original story. I have heard the Orson Welles radio broadcast, and at no point in time does he scream, because people don't want to listen to screaming for two hours. If you added up all of the screaming from all 4 Scream movies, you'd have less screaming than from Dakota Fanning in this movie. And sadly, I'm starting to think her career peaked with her role as the neighbor who bites Reese on "Malcolm in the Middle". I notice she's in Night…
All of us know most of this movie is wrong. But... what you don't know I love this flick. I love the dirty and dark atmosphere. I like the SFX and the brillant brillant sound design. The pacing is great and this one is really scaring me. Pure entertainment... despite Tim Robbins, Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin.
Part of my Rewatch list:
Spielberg deserves some praise for this movie. The spectacle is fantastic and given his usual foray of films I can respect him trying to branch out into a grittier tone.
The problem though is that its still a Spielberg movie and gritty doesn't really work unless he's doing WWII. The movie is somehow too clean despite the city destruction. And while its never fair to compare to those that came before I'll take my War of the Worlds in the H.G Wells book variety, the 50s b-movie variety, or the Orson Welles radio variety.
One last note: Tom Cruise doesn't play a deadbeat dad well, his son's teenage angst is tiresome, and Dakota Fanning's screams are about as enduring as a brick to the teeth.
Well here is that bit of Spielberg's dark side, and it is very interesting to see, while having some problems.
Spielberg's direction is top-notch here, basically a master class in suspense and tension. The cinematography, sound, sets and effects are fantastic, engaging and creepy, in my opinion the best part of War of the Worlds.
The story on the other hand is weak. War of the Worlds follows a traditional alien narrative with a focus on Tom Cruise as a divorced and careless father trying to protect his children. The first and second acts are excellent, featuring great character set-up and story telling, but not anything we haven't really seen before. As the film goes on the characterization falls apart…
When I was a child, I used to avoid this movie at all costs. It scared the crap out of me. I didn't enjoy the idea of war; the destruction of Earth. I was naive and didn't plan on leaving my circle of 'safety'.
Obviously, I'm a little different today.
I really enjoyed this film. It's filled with dark content. It displays the dangerous quality of human nature. People will do anything to survive. We will kill anyone and anything in order to be victorious. God, I would argue that the humans were more frightening than the aliens! I would not want to be near ANYONE during an apocalypse!
John Williams did an excellent job with the musical score in…
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I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
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- Schindler's List
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
This could get ugly. 2 votes maximum. Deadline September 8th. My picks are Schindler's List and Raiders of the Lost…