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!
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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!
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…
Tom Cruise can wince and wail all he wants, but he can't make up for Dakota Fanning's endless screaming or Justin Chatwin's very existence.
Spielberg's adaptation captures the spirit of the source material. And it performed dramatically better with critics than with audiences, which is usually a sign that I'll like it. My only real complaint is it could've used a stronger ending. I realize it's the same ending as the novel and many subsequent adaptations, but it felt a bit out of place given the more immersive approach Spielberg was taking here.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When freak lightening storms begin hitting various locations around Earth, the human race soon realises that they are not natural occurrences.
Here we have the Hollywood SF blockbuster based on the classic SF novel by HG Wells. The setting is changed to modern day USA and even though it uses a lot of ideas from the original novel, it tells a quite a different story. The storyline starts off very well, but as things move along it does begin to slow down considerably, and even drags a bit in places. The ending follows the book to a degree, but is spoilt somewhat by a completely unneeded action sequence. The major characters are unique to this adaptation and though well portrayed…
not into watching tom cruise be an abusive father to one child and just a bad dad to the other for 2 hours
It takes the concept of a movie like "Signs" and then places you in suburban New York City when the world comes collapsing down. It's intense at points, and also quite funny and touching - but the movie's key element is how it depicts the alien invasion. We witness a cosmic battle from the ground level, and we're forced along with a single dad and his two estranged children as they leave New Jersey and head around NYC to get to Boston. We spend our time trying to avoid getting close to the alien machines, and when they show up it is actually pretty intense.
This is a movie that also encapsulates a certain time in American history. It had…
21st Century adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel has everyman Ray Ferrier, taking care of his two children for the weekend, evading enormous, alien killing machines while trying to reunite his children with his ex-wife. The film does a great job of capturing the mass hysteria that would undoubtedly accompany such a world-shattering event. Tim Robbins is extremely creepy in his role as a maniac determined to fight the aliens. A strong film, despite some unlikely Hollywoodizations.
Oscar Nominations for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Well's novel is tuned for the world post-9/11. As the alien invaders wreak havoc, fleeing masses bring to mind the televised chaos and confusion following the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, whilst clouds of human ash and clothes falling from the sky are eerily allegorical of the Jewish Holocaust. Amid the turmoil, Tom Cruise tries to save his ten year old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and teenage son's life (Justin Chatwin). Awe inspiring visuals and remarkable set pieces that ratchet up the level of tension and an adequately intense score by John Williams make this a worthwhile update, but the film is somewhat marred by a less effective third act (featuring Tim Robbins in a basement).
- 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…
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