This film has some of the laziest and most awkard exposition scenes I've seen outside of 80s porn. After the first half hour, I realised I could ease my pain by substituting the word "Macguffin" wherever appropriate. Try it, it's fun.
There's too much wrong with The Dark Knight Rises to even begin, so I'm going to spin this review to list the positives:
1) Catwoman was not just an out-and-out villain. There's complexity in her characterisation, if not too…
Relentlessly stressful, but very beautiful, Gravity is a simple and very human story. It's got near-future sci-fi trappings, but it's really just a story about people in a crisis. You could see it as an allegory for anything from overcoming depression to bootstrapping your own tech start-up. It's such a universal story, you could apply it successfully to any stressful challenge.
The cinematographer is the same guy that made The Tree of Life moderately watchable, despite the vapid content. With…
The thinking man's horror movie? This is a clever take on an old formula, and is the first film to approach the cleverness of the inimitable Scream.
I saw CITW a few months back, and immediately decided I'd be watching it again soon. It's just as good the second time around, but I picked up a bunch more of the "meta" dialogue.
Definitely watch this one with friends. They'll see things you don't, and vice-versa. I kind of want to…
Easily the best of this trilogy. The other two films were increasingly flawed and overlong, with broken narrative promises and offensive assaults on my suspension of disbelief.
Batman Begins is as solid and coherent as a superhero movie can be. It packs an unbelievable amount of story in with near perfect pacing, and solidly sets up the next two movies while still being complete in itself. An astounding work of art.
Great soundtrack. Stone Roses/Primal Scream/The Doors/etc. Very nostalgic.
Very shouty in the last half hour.
The same team brought us Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead. Both of those are far more worthy of your time.
This is basically a British Superbad with fewer subplots, and the plot from Bad Taste jammed in. Both of those are far more worthy of your time.
I watched the so-called Director's cut, but I suspect that Sir Pete didn't actually cut anything from this version. It's SOOO long. I love that the trilogy exists and is of such stunning quality, but I really have a hard time watching this episode. It's truly a labour of love.
After the third hour of high tension, I just needed a rest. I started screaming at the screen "End it! End it! End it! End it! End it! End it!…
I love Paris, and this film made me very nostalgic for the city. A subtext of the story is that simply strolling around a lively city at night with no purpose will expose you to new and exciting experiences. I find that idea very compelling and romantic.
There is a strong fantasy element to the film, and even some low-key time-travelling (although it's not explored deeply enough to excite sci-fi fans), but the film is overall closer in pitch to…
This film is 2 hours and 20 minutes of slow-paced wank. Terrence Malick should be compelled to provide lube.
It would be unfair to say that this film is not art. However, I feel totally justified in saying that it's bad art. It's the film equivalent of those framed pictures you see in flea markets, with whales rising under a sunbeam or a huge wave breaking over a lighthouse. Stunning visuals, rich colours, no artistic integrity at all.
Not a bad little movie about the evils of drug use, though Trainspotting is much better.
Aronofsky really enjoys using unconventional shots to portray unsettled minds, and makes some really sweet choices throughout, but I felt very disconnected and disracted by the technical side of the film making. Ultimately, I never really cared about any of the characters, and I can't say I enjoyed the film, even aesthetically.
Jennifer Connelly, though, so...
This film has the classic "indie movie" vibe, which makes it easier to ignore some of its minor flaws. There's a lot of charm, and some really nicely understated performances, although some of the characters are grossly oversimplified.
It's a film for and about lonely geeks and weirdos, and it has the sort of disenchanted, disaffected mood that passes for warm/fuzzy with the nerdcore. If you were ever a normal teenager, then you'll probably identify with the need to belong that is evoked.
I really enjoyed the tone, and the warm overarching message.