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…
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!
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
[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…
Tom Cruise is a terrible father who doesn't know why his son prefers his stepfather or what his daughter is allergic to. We don't quite know what he's been doing instead of fathering, but - because it's Tom Cruise, and because everyone in his industrialised neighbourhood seems to know him - we can make a pretty reasoned guess.
He's separated from his wife Miranda Otto (blink and you'll miss her) and doesn't do grocery shopping. His daughter, a Drew-Barrymore-from-ET-lookalike, loves him anyway, the way young kids who don't know any better often do. His teenage son is less forgiving and harder to access.
But none of the above matters or is any reason to see the film. The movie works…
I watched War of the Worlds pretty late at night, expecting just your average, alien invasion film with your typical Spielbergian drama. Much to my surprise, and I mean this coming from a Steven Spielberg movie, I was not expecting an alien invasion movie to be one of the most frightening, unsettling, and jolting film experiences of my life! Only Steven Spielberg, who made dinosaur attacks fun in Jurassic Park, made us all cry with the bond of childhood innocence in ET, and made archaeology cool with the Indiana Jones movies, can make a film about an alien invasion THIS good!
Based on the famous novel, this adaptation stars Tom Cruise as an ex-father, who's asked to watch over his…
Poteva essere una bella cosa ma invece é un po na merda
Only Tom Cruise knows how to repair a car. There's always left an escape route in the biggest chaos just for him. Pathetic melodramatic Hollywood dreck.
Welp, I was originally gonna add this to my Shocktober challenge list but appearently this isn't actually a horror movie. I really thought an alien invasion flick full of people bursting out in ashes and giant death machines using human blood to harvest weird stuff would be considered horror.
I had seen this film for the first time when I was 11/12 years old. I remember being quite spooked by it back then. I always loved the beginning monolog (which I know is taken pretty much right out of the book, which I stil have to read by the way) and I adore the humming sound the tripods make in this film. These 2 little things already are part of…
hahaha. this is so bad i thought it was released in the 80s.
Tonally disruptive coda or no, Spielberg's first foray into the malevolent side of visiting extraterrestrials is a work of ugly beauty. Its harrowing, sci-fi-varnished post-9/11 imagery is obvious, but its release close to Hurricane Katrina and the hindsight of past disasters since then adds another layer of all-too-real panic to a sub-genre known for its cheesiness. Spielberg has dabbled in showing the worst of mankind before, but here he shows us at our worst when we're afraid; it's no surprise that the sequences that horrify me the most involve humans instead of aliens.
The Come and See of alien invasion films. There, I said it.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- Our Father
- About Schmidt
- The Abyss
- The Accidental Tourist
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