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…
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.
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.
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.
The first movie with Steve Carell that I've actually enjoyed!
This film has some really nice, gentle character arcs and beautifully understated comedy. Some of the comedic episodes are snatched straight from dinner party anecdotes in real life. "I love the one where your van's horn gets stuck, and the police pull you over and find all your porn! Tell it again." I nearly shot water out of my nose watching that scene.
The story and characters are obviously based…
I'm getting heartily sick of the girls-behaving-badly meme. It's not cool, and it's not clever.
Also, the increasingly present nice-guy-who-will-forgive-you archetype needs to be put to rest. Supercop Chris O'Dowd should have run miles as soon as Kristen Wiig's well-played neurotic bint exposed her character flaws. He has a gun - why not use it? Just sayin'.
To be fair though, some good chuckles were had, and the toilet humour was unabashed. Melissa McCarthy's first scene was as good as ad-libbing gets. Just don't expect any insights or depth-of-character.
I've really enjoyed most of Wes Anderson's other work, but this foray into stop-motion animation is too far into the uncanny valley for me. I guess I have to live with the fact that puppets just don't do it for me.
I'd bet that kids would love this, though. It's all good, clean fun, and in typical Roald Dahl style, the morality is far from black-and-white. No disneyesque goodies and baddies, just wild animals doing wild things to survive. I…