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post #12061 of 16201

Lawless 5/10 or 6/10 hard to decide. Main problem is the back slick villain. He starts overacting and it just get worse and worse. Bad direction. Not really no country for old men psycopath quality here. Felt like it was that kind of villain they went for. I felt sorry for what they did with him in the end :(

With better direction he could have worked. Otherwise the group dynamics don´t quite work and Shia and his fellows is not likable enough. Also Shias character was kind of killed off in a bad style but again as much directors fault as any.

 

Jessicas role is just one of those main character is not gay alibis But she and Gary Oldman is the only ones that never annoyed me.  But not entirely booring thus I settle for a 6/10 though I feel I seen this several times and pulled off better.

post #12062 of 16201

Letters from Iwo Jima - 10/10

 

I would say this is in my top 5 war movies list. I've only seen this twice now, but last night it was better than I remember. Tonight I'm watching "Battle of Okinawa" from Japan.

BTW the others in my list are "The Thin Red Line", "Come and See" and "The Human Condition".

post #12063 of 16201

I just watched Jack Reacher, I give it ***1/2 stars. Thats just me, an action fan. I like the twists and the plot keeps you intrigued. 

post #12064 of 16201
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Letters from Iwo Jima - 10/10

 

I would say this is in my top 5 war movies list. I've only seen this twice now, but last night it was better than I remember. Tonight I'm watching "Battle of Okinawa" from Japan.

BTW the others in my list are "The Thin Red Line", "Come and See" and "The Human Condition".

 

I was fascinated by that film. I thought it was a superior film to its counterpart, Flags of our Fathers. Nice to see others appreciating it! 

post #12065 of 16201
"Boss Nigg**" - 8.5/10
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 12/22/12 at 7:21am
post #12066 of 16201
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Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 12/21/12 at 11:56pm
post #12067 of 16201

Wreck-It Ralph (2012): 8/10

 

I'm not sure that anyone who didn't spend a decent amount of time in arcades during the 80's or 90's will much care for this movie (unless they're a kid who's not going to catch such references anyways), but for those of us who did, Disney really pulled out the stops for us here. Dozens of cameos, lots of wonderful detail, and tons of blink-and-you'll miss them references to gaming history all add up to make this something special. Things do get pretty formulaic and even a little dull in the second half, as the film rockets along in typical ADD animated fashion, but in spite of this not insignificant drawback my lasting impression of Wreck-It Ralph is very positive, and it's one of the few animated films that I might not mind too terribly seeing a sequel to. Disney really stepped up their game with this one, and while it's not quite the best animated film of the year (I'd lay that laurel at the feet of Frankenweenie or The Secret World of Arrietty), it's pretty high up there. Take heed, Pixar. No more taking it easy if you want to stay on top.


Edited by metalsonata - 12/22/12 at 12:18am
post #12068 of 16201

Battle of Okinawa - 5/10

 

This is possibly the most offensive war movie i've ever seen due to inaccuracies. You think Hollywood portrayed the Japanese all wrong? Wait until you see how they portrayed us here.

Basically as some blood-thirsty savages. Why? Here's a few examples:

 

During one scene they had the american soldiers use a flamethrower on a whole group of civilians that were clearly not hidden in a cave. I'm aware of them doing this in actual caves where the Japanese soldiers would not come out.

 

In another scene they throw poison gas into a group of civilians in a cave after being told to come out and they didn't.

 

I could have sworn that in another scene they had an American telling civilians to come out and that they would not be shot, but in the movie they came out and were all shot.

 

In this movie the Japanese were soooo nice to the Okinawans and went out of their way to help them. I'd have to check this for accuracy, but it's highly unlikely. Instead convincing them to commit suicide.

 

Yes, i'm aware that both sides did terrible things. I've seen "The Pacific" and was shocked about some of the things the Americans did. Even then they left out quite a lot of even worse details.

 

It's really interesting to read about..

post #12069 of 16201

I dislike am not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I am looking forward to seeing Oblivion. From the trailers it looks like it will continue the relatively recent trend of exploring humanity's original creation/religion paradigms, much like the Matrix and Prometheus. Of course they do it quite differently.

 

I did find an incredible 20-minute analysis of Prometheus from a mythology/philosophy standpoint, for those of you that are into other aspects of the movie beyond the exploding aliens. I especially liked his introductory and closing statements, but the entire analysis is worth watching. Much like the Matrix, most of these metaphors he points out go unnoticed upon first viewing:

 


Edited by grokit - 12/23/12 at 11:28am
post #12070 of 16201
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I dislike Tom Cruise, but I am looking forward to seeing Oblivion. From the trailers it looks like it will continue the relatively recent trend of exploring humanity's original creation/religion paradigms, much like the Matrix and Prometheus. Of course they do it quite differently.

 

I did find an incredible 20-minute analysis of Prometheus from a mythology/philosophy standpoint, for those of you that are into other aspects of the movie beyond the exploding aliens. I especially liked his introductory and closing statements, but the entire analysis is worth watching. Much like the Matrix, most of these metaphors he points out go unnoticed upon first viewing:

 

 

I'm looking forward to Oblivion as well, especially since the director is Joseph Kosinski who directed Tron Legacy. Even though critics were split on that movie, I thought the directing was solid, and it was definitely one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen.

 

I ended up watching this whole video, because I'm a fan of Prometheus as well. I found it pretty interesting, especially some of the biblical references I missed like David washing Weyland's feet and the bible verse thing seems convincing. I remember reading a while back that in an earlier draft of the script, one of the reasons why the Engineers hated humans so much was the fact that humans killed Jesus Christ, who was in fact an Engineer sent to earth. Obviously that was later dropped for fear of the backlash that the studio would no doubt have to endure from Christians.

post #12071 of 16201

Die Hard (1988) 9/10

 

One of my favorite Christmas movies, and one I traditionally watch this time of year. The original really is a masterpiece of action cinema. It's astounding how well this movie has aged. The cinematography is fantastic, with wide sweeping shots and lens flares that would make J.J. Abrams blush (I forgot how many lens flares are in this movie). Not this newfangled nauseating "shaky cam" crap that's all the rage in most current action movies today. And let's not forget Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, arguably one of the most iconic villains in action movie history. For an 80's popcorn movie the performances in Die Hard are top-notch. Yippie-ki-yay Mother****er!


Edited by dxanex - 12/23/12 at 8:22am
post #12072 of 16201

Suing the Devil: 3/10.

 

The acting is just sad. For the first few minutes, all I could do was laugh in disbelief. It also puts in random Bible verses where they simply don't belong, enough to make me groan throughout the movie (and I'm a Christian!). 

 

I gave the movie 2 extra points because the concept was good. In the right hands it could have been a masterpiece. One extra point because of Malcolm McDowell.

post #12073 of 16201

Killer Joe:  

 

Crazy ending..

 

 

1000

post #12074 of 16201
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I dislike am not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I am looking forward to seeing Oblivion. From the trailers it looks like it will continue the relatively recent trend of exploring humanity's original creation/religion paradigms, much like the Matrix and Prometheus. Of course they do it quite differently.

 

I did find an incredible 20-minute analysis of Prometheus from a mythology/philosophy standpoint, for those of you that are into other aspects of the movie beyond the exploding aliens. I especially liked his introductory and closing statements, but the entire analysis is worth watching. Much like the Matrix, most of these metaphors he points out go unnoticed upon first viewing:

 

 

I'm looking forward to Oblivion as well, especially since the director is Joseph Kosinski who directed Tron Legacy. Even though critics were split on that movie, I thought the directing was solid, and it was definitely one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen.

 

I ended up watching this whole video, because I'm a fan of Prometheus as well. I found it pretty interesting, especially some of the biblical references I missed like David washing Weyland's feet and the bible verse thing seems convincing. I remember reading a while back that in an earlier draft of the script, one of the reasons why the Engineers hated humans so much was the fact that humans killed Jesus Christ, who was in fact an Engineer sent to earth. Obviously that was later dropped for fear of the backlash that the studio would no doubt have to endure from Christians.

 

 

That's interesting, I didn't know that part about the Engineers. I also enjoyed Tron Legacy, so I agree that's a good sign for Oblivion. Even though I'm not a fan of Cruise he gets some great projects.

 

I recently re-watched the entire Matrix (quad)trilogy. The Superman/Christ analogy was always part of what makes Neo's character so appealing, but they really played played it up in Matrix Revolutions with the Anti-Neo/Christ Agent Smith, the Architect/Oracle as representing the duality of human nature, and of course the Source as God. I especially liked the facet that all of these players are part of the same master program, representing humanity's inter-connectedness and the God within us all.

 

In Prometheus, Scott is less heavy-handed and I would say more open-minded with his analogies that the Wachowskis were. Then again this is hopefully just the first of the Alien prequels, and perhaps Scott's vision will become more defined in the future. Prometheus looks like it could be the beginning of a prequel-trilogy like with Star Wars. I hope so because I would like to see where Scott wants to go with this.

 

I do give Matrix Revolutions credit for closing out a great story that wasn't afraid to ask the biggest questions, and I found that it held up very well to the rest of the series upon repeated viewings. I expect that the Prometheus films will inspire more than a few philosophical/existential analyses over the years, much like the Matrix films did.

 

The Matrix, 9.5/10

Matrix Reloaded, 8.5/10

Matrix Revolutions, 8.5/10

AniMatrix, 10/10

post #12075 of 16201
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Killer Joe:  

 

Crazy ending..

 

 

1000

I'm suddenly in the mood for fried chicken.

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