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!
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…
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…
A definite contender for the worst adaptation ever. Terrible acting, horrible script. Filled with cliches. Gave an extra star for good CGI.
Shows that money won't turn shit into gold.
i had to watch this for school and i hate tom cruise.....sadly he is the main character and he doesn't die at the end.
Watched this last night with my 8 yr. old daughter. She kept on asking, "When is it gonna get scary?" Which got me thinking about how letting a story unfold is a learned experience. (Teach them young, folks). Soon enough she saw the frightening moments. That's what Spielberg brings to this remake, great moments set in a 'real world' atmosphere. Although I still have some issues with the tacked on resolution, this re-viewing had me wishing that the director would return to this genre.
Steven Spielberg I love your movie but this movie sucks.
Bad parenting from Tom Cruise but hey, we are all people! No one can hurt us! No matter if billion people dies, we are still here! Unfortunately... Enjoyable popcorn film, far from being finest stuff that master Spielberg has given us. It looked good. I was actually surprised but then I should have remembered that it's Spielberg - man behind Close Encounters of the Third Kind even though that were in the 70's and million times better. Decent film. Nothing to complain (except for some of the characters which didn't mean anything - seriously they were nothing), nothing to really praise. It's always funny to look when Tim Robbins tries to redo Shawshank Redemption. Keep, diggin', keep diggin'!
There’s a tense scene near the end of “War of the Worlds” when Army soldiers have knocked down a foreign spacecraft. They approach the three-pronged vehicle slowly, while a hatch slowly reveals an alien breathing slowly inside.
And I’m happy to report that extraterrestrial looked nothing like Tom Cruise.
While it may be considered impossible to overshadow a big-budget, special-effects driven summer blockbuster, Cruise’s recent antics have us all wondering if he’s gone a little cuckoo-banana-pants or if this is all part of the hype.
Cruise’s fatal flaw is that he hasn’t proved himself to be an actor, deciding instead to be a star. And while that may mean little to a man who commands over $20 million per picture,…
Not good. Why would the Martians spend their time checking individual houses for Tom Cruise, when there are whole cities of people together?
A decent retelling of H.G. Wells' story. Spielberg's direction is solid. The kids in the movie ruined it for me though...
Fun action movie with good special effects.
- 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…
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Jurassic Park
- 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…