Trailer: OMG THIS LOOKS AMAZING.
First friends see movie: THIS IS THE BEST THING. SEE IT IMMEDIATELY
Reviews trickle in: Man, it's LONG. The sound mix is WHACK. It's all overwrought in parts. Nolan is a DICK. Do I even like Nolan movies? Can I sit through a movie that long? My butt is still numb from the Battle of the Hobbit Armies.
Eventually: Bored. Might watch this.
Final conclusion: Huh. That was pretty good for a big time-travelling, stunt-casting, space movie.
(still long, tho)
I never saw the first one, but I imagine that this is pretty much more of the same. Christoph Waltz does his impressive two-faced villain act again, and although Jamie Foxx is horribly underused his charisma shines through his one-note performance nicely.
Chris Pine plays an uncomplicated character, but has a lot of fun doing it. He's nice to watch, although annoyingly manic at times.
The plot is surprisingly sophisticated given the heavy-handed coating of verbal slapstick, and I think…
John Wick is very much a film for adolescent boys, and has no plot to speak of. It's got a style though, and I can't really say that it's a bad film. If you like watching bad guys get killed to badass music, this might be your cup of tea.
I imagine the brainstorming session as the writer hammered out the plot with his mate, Knobby, during playtime: "so this guy who's, like, an awesome kind of mob assassin or…
I have to rate D&D films on a different scale, so although this isn't really a 4 star film in the real world, it's stunningly good in contrast with most of its genre.
The costumes and makeup are every bit as good as The Lord of the Rings movies, and it looks like the orcs are actually using costumes straight out of that franchise. The writing is well above average for this genre, and the tone is amazingly even.
So Emmanuel Lubezki is pretty awesome. After watching Gravity and Children of Men, I thought he was great, but this film raises the level of difficulty significantly. I will now watch any new film that he shoots (unless Terrence Malick is involved, naturally, because that guy's just arse).
Birdman is a story about mental collapse, passing on the torch to the next generation, and the dangers of Imposter Syndrome, amongst many other things.
It's as deeply loaded with subtext and…
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job’.”
Bejesus! My heart won't stop pounding for the next three days.
Intense, intense and intensity.
I'm partial to this film, perhaps more so, because aside from being a musician, my primary instrument has been drums. I'm not a jazz drummer (rock has been my focus), but as a lifelong percussion enthusiast, all forms of drumming have appealed to me — jazz in particular, especially done here,…
Hilariously credulous, tabloid, scare-mongering "documentary" that attempts to convince us that aliens have built nuclear power stations and gun emplacements on the moon.
The "evidence" presented is so outlandishly misinterpreted that I giggled like a kid for the first 15 minutes. After that I snorted a few times and then grew bored. Finally, 26 minutes in, I realised that they weren't going to improve on the initial schtick, and I had to press the stop button before I got upset.
I'll watch the rest one day, I hope, but it's too much enthusiastic woo for me to take in a single sitting.
I loved this film for its honest depiction of what it's like to be a certain kind of young woman: you're trying to have fun, you're trying to realise your ambitious dreams (while being naturally lazy), and you're trying to find a way to fit your heart around the overwhelming love you have for your best friend.
masterpiece. my favorite "fucked-up coming of age" film since SPRING BREAKERS. captures the feeling of being a teenager perfectly. seriously, I don't think there's a more awkward portrayal of sexuality in those years. this films *really* gets it.
it doesn't help that all the criticisms toward it are just plain dumb, from people believing this is a copy of sofia coppola (seriously guys, it isn't) to frustration that the film isn't relatable enough (by people that view plot over character).…
"What is the meaning of this shit?!?!?!?!"
Simply put, this grew on me IMMENSELY on the second watch. I can't believe I thought this story didn't have enough emotional punch, as I got a whole lot of that on this re-watch. Utterly moving, melancholic, vibrant, wistful and hilarious; The Grand Budapest Hotel is the second Wes Anderson (the first being Life Aquatic) film that I have grown to love. I think I've finally come to appreciate Anderson as a filmmaker,…