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Old 06-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #14181 (permalink)
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Godzilla

Finally.

I finally got around to seeing this film. It was my umber one most anticipated movie until I found out about “The Rover” and I decided to wait until the crowd died down to see it. Leaving the theater, I felt both satisfied and a bit underwhelmed, but overly glad I saw it. The film was given mostly good reviews but the bad ones seriously bashed the film for being poorly written, slow, and seriously lacking a gigantic creature from which the title gets it name. While all three are true in their own right, there are a lot of good things that happened in this film that left me wanting to see it again one day, and from hating the **** out of it.

Let me get this out of the way first. Bryan Cranston is amazing. He was easily the best part of the entire film and I’m including all the action, all the monsters, all the everything. The fact that he wasn’t in the film for all that much just goes to show how well he did because his character was the only one that I cared about and it wasn’t because of the writing. It was because of him. He gave a heart wrenching and intense performance. We all know how well he played Walter White. Hell, that character may go down as the greatest television character of all time when all said and done, but the man can flat out kill it in other roles. I hope this run of spotlight roles are an open window to him being used in more films because he alone is worth the price of admission. He was the best part of the film.

Besides him, the cast did what they needed to do. Juliette Binoche was in this for three minutes. “Happy Birthday! Okay, bye.” Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were acceptable in their roles as a young husband and wife and Johnson did well in carrying the action. They needed a Japanese guy in this film and they got the most Japanese guy who we can almost understand in Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins just kind of followed him around. Cranston shined while the others just sort of glistened every once and a while.

The action! The action was pretty ****ing awesome. I think I may have been one of the small minority of people to have actually seen (and own) Gareth Edwards first film aptly named “Monsters”, a low budget sci-fi flick with minimal action but gorgeous scenes of destruction. Well, they did a great job in hiring Edwards because I thought he directed the **** out of this. The film looked great. The pivotal scenes of monster on monster action were incredible and while they were few and far in between, delivered when present. I wish we saw a bit more Godzilla but the end justified the mean because the big ****ing lizard out on a show for the last 20 minutes or so. I was almost cheering for ol’ lizard brain to crush more things. The evil monsters also had their own cool moments. They kind of reminded me of the bugs from “Starship Troopers” meets the thing from “Cloverfield”. That’s a good thing. They were both awesome. The reason why I was so excited for the film, the Halo jump, exceeded my expectations in being ****ing gorgeous, intense, and creepy as ****. I mean, they used the goddamn music from 2001 when the monkeys discovered the monolith. I believe Wendy Carlos did that score but I’m not sure. It was dark and unnerving and a perfect compliment to the jump sequence. It was my favorite action set piece of the film.

There are faults though. The writing was pretty lazy and all over the place. I’ve always hated bringing in children during an action film for a couple reasons. The biggest reason is that you have to find a way for the damn kid to get saved. You think people wouldn’t get scared when a child is about to get killed because they rarely ever do on screen but no, everybody goes “OH NO. SAVE HIM.” It’s unnecessary and just distracting from the actual plot of the film. Unless you’re going to kill the kid and be original for once, leave that scene on the cutting floor. It’s a cheap way to create tension in a film with HUGE ****ING MONSTERS THAT COULD CREATE TENSION.

There was also a complete lack of logic and results of a monster destroying an entire city. Everybody just kind of gets up afterwards and was like, “****, a building just fell on me. That sucks.” This was more towards the end of the film but it still ticked me off.

Overall I enjoyed the film. I was into it any time there were monsters or Bryan Cranston on the screen and meh’d by it when there wasn’t. It still was a great sophomore film by Gareth Edwards and I hope he tackles more action movies in the future.

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:40 AM   #14182 (permalink)
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The reason why I was so excited for the film, the Halo jump, exceeded my expectations in being ****ing gorgeous, intense, and creepy as ****. I mean, they used the goddamn music from 2001 when the monkeys discovered the monolith. I believe Wendy Carlos did that score but I’m not sure. It was dark and unnerving and a perfect compliment to the jump sequence. It was my favorite action set piece of the film.
I thought that scene was ****. The first time you ever see Godzilla they take their time showing him so it's this big build up, and then you see him for two seconds and then it cuts to goofy news reel of him fighting the bug thing. If they wanted to show as little of him as possible that's fine, but don't then make his first appearance into a joke a second later. It trivializes Godzilla.

And then when you finally get a full blown action scene, the Halo jump scene, they play music over it, taking away any kind of visceral feel and just making me wait even longer for a fight scene that wasn't flubbed. They're ****ing monsters! I don't need you to try to be creative! Have them fight and make the theater shake whenever a building gets knocked down! If you wanted to make it an artier Godzilla movie then you shouldn't have killed off Cranston (who I agree was easily the best thing about this movie and as far as I'm concerned the only reason to ever mention it again) and not turned the movie into a bad summer blockbuster halfway through. They didn't even make it into a cheesy Godzilla movie. They made it into a cheesy Michael Bay movie.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:45 PM   #14183 (permalink)
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The music for me was fitting. It was't like they were descending down with ACDC blasting in the background. They were falling down into a nightmare and I thought the Wendy Carlos score fit well.
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:28 PM   #14184 (permalink)
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Willow Creek

I had the opportunity to take the train down to the IFC Center in NYC to see the opening of my man Bobcat Goldthwait’s new horror film, Willow Creek. To my surprise and excitement, Bob was actually going to be in attendance and introduce the film before the start of the show at midnight. To my further surprise and disappointment, only about 20 people ended up showing up. Bob was professional about it, thanked us for showing up, cracked some jokes, shook my roommates hand (the bastard) and left the theater. I was hoping to catch him after the show, but he had left and honestly I don’t blame him. His film really only had one demographic, horror fans who like Bigfoot. There also wasn’t much advertising on his appearance but it was still nice of him to show up ad thank us. I’ve bee a big fan of his and routinely check out any interviews he does with people. The guy has some great stories. His film ended up being only so so but I still thought “meeting” him was cool.

Did you like “The Blair Witch Project”? If you did, you’ll like this film. If you didn’t, you’ll hate this film. That is’t to say that the films are exact images of each other, but they basically are. Bob put unique touches on it, but in essence it is exactly the same as Blair Witch. The film starts out with a couple who are driving to the site of the famous Patterson Gimmlin footage to try to see Bigfoot. They are making a film to document their journey which explains the use of the camera. I thought the set up was good as they didn’t have to put in the infamous “Look at Mark. He just never puts the camera down” thing that most found footage films. The two leads in the film were kind of annoying, which isn’t a good thing when you want your audience to feel afraid for them. I ended up just kind of wanting the show to get on the road, which it did about forty minutes into the film.

Once we were in the woods, the film finally took a breath of air and came to life. It was the last thirty or so minutes that ended up saving the film for me, but even then I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed his other films. The few good things were a very tense almost fifteen minute long take inside the tent where we hear a bunch of unsettling noises outside the tent, and the ending was ****ed up and thought provoking.

It was a fun night. The film could have been better but it had its moments of fright even though we have seen this film a thousand times already.

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Edge of Tomorrow was pretty good. It was sort of different from the book but I still liked it.
That car scene might be one of my favorite action scenes of all time.
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I had the opportunity to take the train down to the IFC Center in NYC to see the opening of my man Bobcat Goldthwait’s new horror film, Willow Creek. To my surprise and excitement, Bob was actually going to be in attendance and introduce the film before the start of the show at midnight. To my further surprise and disappointment, only about 20 people ended up showing up. Bob was professional about it, thanked us for showing up, cracked some jokes, shook my roommates hand (the bastard) and left the theater. I was hoping to catch him after the show, but he had left and honestly I don’t blame him. His film really only had one demographic, horror fans who like Bigfoot. There also wasn’t much advertising on his appearance but it was still nice of him to show up ad thank us. I’ve bee a big fan of his and routinely check out any interviews he does with people. The guy has some great stories. His film ended up being only so so but I still thought “meeting” him was cool.

Did you like “The Blair Witch Project”? If you did, you’ll like this film. If you didn’t, you’ll hate this film. That is’t to say that the films are exact images of each other, but they basically are. Bob put unique touches on it, but in essence it is exactly the same as Blair Witch. The film starts out with a couple who are driving to the site of the famous Patterson Gimmlin footage to try to see Bigfoot. They are making a film to document their journey which explains the use of the camera. I thought the set up was good as they didn’t have to put in the infamous “Look at Mark. He just never puts the camera down” thing that most found footage films. The two leads in the film were kind of annoying, which isn’t a good thing when you want your audience to feel afraid for them. I ended up just kind of wanting the show to get on the road, which it did about forty minutes into the film.

Once we were in the woods, the film finally took a breath of air and came to life. It was the last thirty or so minutes that ended up saving the film for me, but even then I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed his other films. The few good things were a very tense almost fifteen minute long take inside the tent where we hear a bunch of unsettling noises outside the tent, and the ending was ****ed up and thought provoking.

It was a fun night. The film could have been better but it had its moments of fright even though we have seen this film a thousand times already.

2.5/5
He left before it ended?! That's sad. He hyped it so much on Twitter that I was actually excited for him. Oh well, I'll still watch it.
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Did you like “The Blair Witch Project”? If you did, you’ll like this film. If you didn’t, you’ll hate this film.

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this really makes me sad....i was really looking forward after God Bless America
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this really makes me sad....i was really looking forward after God Bless America
It's a really short film so I wouldn't say your time will be wasted but it just could have been done a lot better.
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I had forgotten how badly I wanted to see this until I grabbed it at the video store last night. Weirdest **** ever but so ****ing rad - it's pretty inexplicable as far as the plot line goes, but all I needed to hear was that it was filmed without permission in Disneyworld/land and I was interested. This is one I'll probably buy.
Just watched this, very weird indeed. It was pretty well shot and was creepy throughout, but I think it would have worked better as an hour long or shorter film. Oh yeah and aside from the last moments of the film, fuck that ending.
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I've seen this before, but watched it for the second time last night, still a badass ****in movie and one of the boyfriend's favorites. In case you're not familiar, it's loosely and creatively based off Homer's Odyssey with one hell of a soundtrack. Fantastic ****in flick. Do watch.
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