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!
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…
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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!
I remember liking this a fair bit, but having problems with the final act in the basement. (I also remember vaguely resenting it because I think it lifted some imagery from Half-Life 2 — particularly Viktor Antonov's alien Strider design.) I think that either my tastes in film have changed notably in ten years (well, naturally) or this film has aged considerably well. The CGI looked basically photorealistic back then, I think, and it still has that sense about it, but so much of this comes off as painterly and evocative in its hazy nightmarishness and dramatic framing. Throw in a dreamlike scene where Dakota Fanning looks on in horror as more and more corpses come floating down a river…
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
Another great collaboration of Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Dakota Fanning was great.
Any scene without a Tripod falls flat. Dakota Fanning... If I could reach through the screen and smack the taste out of her mouth during her ear-splitting screaming...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember seeing this when I was younger and being scarred by that scene when the bodies are floating down the river. Years later watching it again it still horrifies me. Bloody four eyes George says this film is about 9/11 but the film clearly is about an alien attack on earth. The film also shows how lucky Tom Cruise is. The one thing that annoys me with this film is that I can't tell whether it's War Of The Worlds or Scary Movie 4, maybe that's a problem with me or maybe it's because Scary Movie 4 is an underrated masterpiece. You decide.
I couldn't remember how great this movie is. An excellent adaptation of the story, although I will always believe that a remake can never be better than the original version.
I look forward to the orgasmic sounds I'll make when the next Spielberg/Cruise project is announced. Everytime they get together it's amazing. Personally this is one of my favorite Cruise performances.
"Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded our planet with envious eyes. And slowly, and surely... drew their plans against us."
With David in Greentown. Blew me away.
An affecting, albeit slight film in Spielberg oeuvre.
Spielberg's underrated 9/11 sci-fi allegory is scary, intense, and misunderstood. It's a film about hope in the face of despair, and the happy ending (while slightly improbable) fits that theme like a glove.
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