For all the many, many films that have been made about the Second World War, very few are quite like The Cruel Sea.
Understandably, the majority of them prefer to focus on an isolated time period or event, rightly supposing that trying to cover the length of the conflict would be a tall task indeed. Yet The Cruel Sea doesn't make it seem like such a hard act after all, only occasionally leaving me feeling slightly left behind by the…
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.…
Pride and Prejudice and Push-up Bras, more like.
While this could have screwed with both the marriage plot and zombie genre in a 'Shaun of the Dead'-manner, it's decidedly half-arsed. It's 'Pride and Prejudice' without the subtlety; it's zombies without the scares.
In cramming in all the zombie stuff, so much of the Austen characterisation is lost. With zombies around, there's no need for Caroline Bingley as a delicious villain, no commentary on the state of marriage, and so apart…
10/30 of Scavenger Hunt 13 – April 2016
Task 10) A film that was a hit before your mother was born.
If I had a time machine, I'd go on a date with Audrey Hepburn. We'll go out on the town. We'll drive to New York, have a quick drink, then go for dinner. I know a wonderful French restaurant on First Avenue. We'll go dancing. When they throw us out of EI Morocco, we'll go to the Village. And at the end of the day, we'll go to Paris.
Science, please, I need this.
Very cool watching Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall together and it's a relief to see Rosamunde Pike's character be capable and human and not fall in to bed with Reacher.
There's a moment where Cruise and a middle aged black gentleman stick it to the man without a word being said and it's perfect. That's scene follows another excellent McQuarrie car chase which is also perfect.
A botox free Liam Neeson is the best Liam Neeson in a movie that avoids being slick, knowing or artificial. His craggy, worn face closes out the last shot and it's because he's earned his exhaustion connecting the dots in this tight crime thriller.
The director goes for restraint and I really enjoy the lowkeyness of his storytelling, it's refreshing.
I rewatch it for the kid Astro's performance, he's perfect.
Some select quotes from the 12 and 8 yr old boys I watched this with:
"reba why did you put this on he's sexist"
"he should be dead"
"his eyebrows aren't on fleek"
"why doesn't he have any emotions"
"this is dumb"
"can we change the channel"
"why won't he die"
"that girl would be a better bond than him"
I'VE TAUGHT THEM WELL.
Full disclosure: I've never been a huge fan of the franchise. So, in a way, I feel more qualified to give an accurate, unbiased assessment of J.J. Abrams' treatment than the die-hard fan.
With that said, THE FORCE AWAKENS, one of the most significant pop culture events of the 21st century, is a colossal disappointment. It's inarguably better than some of the films in the franchise (I'm looking at you, THE PHANTOM MENACE), but I had hoped for more out…
For the majority of its runtime, it's something along the lines of this year's The Measure of a Man, but even starker and even stronger -- much stronger actually (coming from someone who quite likes TMoaM), and no comparisons could do this film justice. For me, Ken Loach's best film since Sweet Sixteen (which I thought was his best film since Kes), and maybe his best film in general. Cried, and cried, and cried my eyes out. No idea what to do with myself right now.
I will admit that Scanners is not without flaws. Stephen Lack (who plays Cameron) has such an intense stare that it gets him through most of the movie unscathed, but once he has a lot of lines to deliver, his performance suffers, especially when pit against Michael Ironside, and when Cameron finds his way to the ConSec building, the cold and biting atmosphere dissolves into a frenzied but boring mess that doesn't straighten itself out until the final duel.