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Old 02-13-2010, 09:03 AM   #5281 (permalink)
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But yeah, I loved Mary and Max.

I watched Precious and Persepolis for the second time. Precious was ok, but not something I'd recommend. It's too depressing and the accumulated effect of the main protagonist's troubles (really, everything that could possibly go wrong with her life went wrong) had an adverse effect so I ended up not really being moved. Also, the whole "black people in the hood trying to do better and get an education" was far too familiar. Plus, I thought Lenny Kravitz's and Mariah Carey's attempts at serious acting were hilarious. And Paula Patton as the do good teacher was kinda annoying.

Persepolis was awesome. I have to read the graphic novel one of these days.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:43 AM   #5282 (permalink)
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***1/2

I consider this the weakest of the original trilogy but it's still a classic, it's definetely the funniest, this one doesn't take itself too seriously, but not too lightly, it's still full of the expected horror and suspense. Like all of the dead movies there's satire, in many ways it is a satire of consumer culture, and the very idea of zombies walking around a shopping mall is pretty amusing, the dead series played an important role to get more people to take horror movies seriously as an art form that can reflect things about our own lives.

The most memorable character in the movie is played by iconic horror make up artist Tom Savini (this was one of the first movies he worked on), who leads the gang of clowning bikers during the film's climax. Props should also go to the eccentric soundtrack by Dario Argento and Italian prog rockers Goblin.



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A good Batman movie but... Anyone who says this is better than the Burton films is objectively wrong.

The film is mostly the origin story, it's very well acted all around, Neeson is especially good as Ra's al Ghul, the Scarecrow was one of my favorite Batman villians as a kid so it's cool to see him finally be represented. The visuals are great, the scenes of Gotham are beatifully shot.

The film falters however in it's action sequences, at the time Nolan obviously didn't have a clue how to do an action scene, for some reason he thought it was a good idea to constantly give shaky, fastly edited, extreme closeups of Batman during fight scenes and it makes the action near impossible to follow.


Thankfully Nolan picked up on these criticisms and got it right with The Dark Knight.



***1/2

This is how you make a sequel, Columbia made a lot of money from the first film and they spared now expense for the sequel, just about everything here is an improvement, the special effects are better, the action is more creative and exciting and Dr. Octopus is a more interesting villian than The Green Goblin was.

What makes a good superhero movie is when the filmmakers take the time to focus on the characters and the setting instead of being non stop action that can grow tiring when there's nothing to suck you into the story, this was a necessary sequel if there ever was one, the characters are better developed and it continues the story in a very natural way. Raimi has always had a comic book flaire so he was the perfect guy for the job, and I think McGuire is excellent as Spiderman, I'm always more interesting in the dorky superheros than the Chuck Norris style badasses.

I still haven't seen 3, but I don't see how it was so bad that they have to do a reboot of this franchise ALREADY, it's the most retarded idea ever in my opinion.
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Last night I watched In the Loop. It was enjoyable and funny, but I had a hard time following due to my lack of knowledge on the subject matter. That generally won't keep me from enjoying a movie though. Especially when it has British and Scottish accents with a lot of cussing, fun!

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^^^i was disappointed with that. thought it was so so.
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Well, I enjoyed it but I still wouldn't give it more than 3.5 stars out of 5.
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lulz. That quote is ingrained in my mind and I've never even seen the movie...
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I just got back from the theaters after seeing From Paris with Love....

I wanted to see this movie because its the same director as District B-13 and Taken plus the The Writer was the Great Luc Besson (The Professional/Fifth Element plus both other movies I just listed)

I think you kinda see how its going to play out, least it seemed obvious to me, pretty early in the movie. Thats not a bad thing though considering I didn't go see the movie for a story line. I went for the action... at some point I was thinking to myself is this a Sequel to Shootem Up . The Director is great at direction action the action Sequences were outstanding IMO. The Story was I guess decent, not the best but it wasn't like District B-13 where all you have is action to rely on.

I liked From Paris With Love... I suggest anyone who considers themselves action movie goers check it.

PS I liked that they throw in a throwback to Travolta in Pulp Fiction.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:17 PM   #5290 (permalink)
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McNamara makes as good a fist as he could of trying to justify his actions. Whilst he may fail to do so, the film remains terrifying viewing regardless of political views by showing how chaos comes about with even the best intentions and reason.
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