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This is an under-rated gem. I really liked this. The writing for the characters is what shines in this, as well as some of the scenes at the dinner table family reunion. There are some nice tense moments. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending, a bit open ended, and lets the audience figure out what might happen next to them, but it needed to focus on less characters.
Revolution OS - 7/10
I now finally understand the Linux debate. This documentary is about the rise of Linux, its origins and creators. I never cared for this movement, but I understand it and respect it more. It's basically pro-open source software, without the absurdity of copyright laws and regulations. I think it heavily relied too much on interviews and should have gotten more archive footage, but it's a nice doc that opens your mind to Linux and its idea.
The Bourne Legacy -6.5/10- Rachel Weisz got on my fucking nerves with her god damn yelling.
Total Recall (1990) 9/10
this has to be one of Arnies best films, the action is brilliant, the villains are great and it has a decent story. Also the effects and 'gore' were really good for its time, still surprises me now with how violent it is considering it's more action than thriller or horror
Would have been a nine but after the ending there were a few lines that made the whole operation clear that it wasnt all USA like what the whole film tried to make out.
That to me says it wasnt all the CIA idea which the film lets us believe right up until they fade the black.Quote:
The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy in the freeing of...
Also right at the begining it was said "Brits turned them away, kiwis turned them away Canadians took them in" now I found that hard to believe since USA and Britain are allies and it turns out to the Brits did take them in but only for a day and a night.
I will give the remake this: The Lift and the Rubik's Cube sequence. That was pretty awesome. Oh and the three tits. Everything else was shit though.
Was looking forward to this one & caught a Friday matinee. I liked it, but didn't love it. Really a film enjoyed more for it's cinematography and ambiance, and it's indie arthouse style reminded me of (the superior) film Drive. James Franco was great as always & really surprising to see 2 Disney Channel alum, Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens, in a hard R-rated movie. Needed a better story and more dialogue, seems like Franco's role could've been even better if he was given more to work with. It did not make the mistake of running too long. A decent score composed by Skrillex & Drive composer Cliff Martinez.
7.5 out of 10
Did any of those girls get naked?
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Despicable Me -7.5/10-
And yes, there were a ton of boobs in it, for those wondering.
Apparently most of the mainstream audience was expecting this to be some typical spring break flick, and ended up hating this in result. So yeah, expect a spring break movie with Drive's style and you will most likely enjoy it.
The funny film review podcast I listen to, Spill.com, joked in their audio review that it seems like the director didn't shoot enough footage hence why there are so many flashbacks/flashforwards/redundant footage haha!
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern - 9/10
I have never seen a funnier and more interesting doc on the process of getting a movie made. Seriously, the best part of this doc is the characters, specially his best friend, Mike Schank.
I could argue these are the best parts, but the whole doc is amazing. The first time this guy is introduced, it's hilarious, and it's simply because of the editing. I actually can't believe this guy is a real person. It's amazing.
Paradise Lost: 7/10
My comm teacher is a big documentary nut and she recommended this and kept talking about it in almost every class. I decided to watch it, and while it's really fucked up, and the Metallica music just emphasizes that point, it's not that great. There's frankly too much courtroom footage, and it loses me. It's about the West Memphis Three, who are actually innocent as of 2011. But basically, some satanic ritual was committed on three, eight year old kids. They were mutilated and murdered, and this doc does have the balls to show you the graphic footage. It's really messed up. I actually had a bad dream about it last night, but again, it focuses too much on the courtroom trails and shows how dumb the people of that town are. But it also makes me think that someone else who was interviewed actually killed those kids. There's just something about him that's not right....
The Edge: 7.5/10
The Edge is a movie everyone should watch. Especially if you like adventure movies in the wild. You have Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. Two guys stranded in the wilderness with a kodiak bear after them. This is the grizzly bear version of The Grey. And while it doesn't have the best writing, despite David Mamet being the writer; Anthony Hopkins is the only reason to watch this. He is such a fucking badass.
Just for this scene alone.
skip to 4:00 and continue to watch this pure gold
His use of "motherfucker" is like watching baby jesus being born, it's so beautiful and mind-blowing.
The Devil's Advocate: 10/10
Aside from Keanu's acting, although I think he did fine, this movie is fucking awesome. And Al Pacino still hasn't lost his touch. I love the twist near the end, the build up to it is so gratifying. And the art direction and cinematography is beautiful. That shot of the empty NYC stretch with the crane shot above was mind blowing. But the best part is the third act and the end. I usually hate movies that depict Satan in a human host, but this is just too damn awesome. Al Pacino is a beautiful monster. Forget that Keanu is in this movie, and just enjoy it for the story. It's almost a modern day re-telling of Paradise Lost. And it was made at the right time, just at the peak of Y2K.
I was hesitant to go to Alaska after watching The Edge. :p