Bloody awful, but that's sort of not the point.
I wasn't bored, apart from the rip off of Robert Shaw's USS Indianapolis monologue ("And that's why I REALLY hate sharks") and that's more than can be said for most films that cost a hundred times more.
Two points though: surely it would have been cheaper to hire a decent continuity expert rather than an emotionless Tara Reid, and why the hell go to the trouble of casting a decent actor like John Heard and then do bugger all with him?
You know what you are gonna get and you'll need beer.
I'm usually the first to complain about remakes of old horror films, mainly because they never match up to the originals. We all know that do, but rarely do they trump them so emphatically as MANIAC does.
On announcement of its production, I was excited for two reasons: I'd never been a fan of the original, finding it's plotless scuzziness over-bearing, and only worth watching for a truly horrid performance from Joe Spinell (that's a compliment, BTW) and Tom Savini's…
Such an infuriating film. There are some brilliant, laugh out loud moments on offer here. Sadly most of them were in the trailer, and what remains is a succession of sketches of hateful people doing vile things and being horrible to each other.
None of them ever says "hey, do you need to be so horrible?". Well, actually one does ask why a certain couple are still together when all they do is argue. "That's what marriage is all about"…
Don't understand the hatred this attracted.
It's stupid, but it's also fun. I've seen far worse, more bloated 'revisionist' movies of late, so it was very refreshing to see an R-rated, gore and swearing movie that rattled along for a perfectly timed 90 minutes.
Oddly, Gemma Arterton seems to be a better actress doing a bad American accent than when she uses her own.
Some moments are among the best of Tarantino's career, but once again a potential 5 star classic is undone by his own indulgances.
The first two thirds are near perfect with Waltz effectively playing the lead; we start in typical Tarantino black comedy territory giving his twist on the spaghetti western. The second third takes us into much darker territory, perhaps the darkest of his career, and is refreshing, terrifying and awe-inspiring all at once.
Sadly, the final act is…
I tried. I REALLY tried, but I now know that Les Mis is not for me.
I have an inbuilt inability to enjoy musicals (bar Grease and South Park), so one as overblown and religiously adored as this was never going to win me over. What surprised me was that there is also some genuinely BAD film-making at work here, which clearly the audience of Les Mis disciples I just saw it with couldn't give a monkey's about, and were…
It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.
Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.
On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…
Not as laugh-out-loud awful as I'd been led to believe, but still utterly dreadful, and for large parts, extremely dull.
Matthew Fix is surprisingly effective as an emaciated ruthless killer. Tyler Perry is laughable stepping into Morgan Freeman's shoes.
Everyone else, including director Rob Cohen, is paying the rent.
Watchable but slightly disappointing documentary on the history of the slasher film. Yes, another one.
Given its obviously miniscule budget, it's quite an achievement featuring interviews with some of the lesser lights from the era (no Carpenter or Craven on show here). The decision to use clips from trailers rather than the films themselves is obviously a budgetary concern, but actually works really well as it creates quite visceral editing style which is fast paced and exciting, and offers up…
Not the "Untold Story" at all, at least not for Bond nerds like me, but a perfectly watchable, and excellently produced documentary.
Nagging problems with the length (too short) mean some areas are glossed over, and with a few exceptions, this is very much the EON-endorsed story.
Highlights are provided by Lazenby and Dalton, who is in a particularly grumpy mood, and why not given that Craig is getting all the priase for what he tried to do 25 years ago.
Casual fans with an interest in the series will love this, Bond geeks will enjoy it but feel this is just glossing over the surface.