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It started me for sure...I find myself going back to the comment he made early in the film during his lecture about the various methods that dictatorships employ when it comes to controlling/taking over the masses. I find myself wanting to make sense of it on a deeper level, though, and it's not quite clicking.

 

This gets into a theory along those lines:

 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/03/14/enemy_movie_ending_explained_the_meaning_of_the_jake_gyllenhaal_and_denis.html

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A few nights ago, out of dear spousal love, I suffered through "Olympus Has Fallen" 2/10.  Damn I love my wife.  I hate to say it, but if movie watchers from other countries watched this film, and didn't know any better, or has personally been involved with the government/military such as I, they would think this country is run by the biggest idiots and morons.  If I wasn't a Morgan Freeman fan, I would've docked off another point.  I have since boycotted any films directed by the director and/or written by the screen writers.

 

In retribution, I pulled from my movie shelf what I consider one of the greatest, modern American films, "Forest Gump" - a solid 10/10.  It never fails to make my eyes water and my throat choke from emotional lumps, one after another.

 

I thought that movie was awful too. Way too graphic/violent and the blood and guts overkill seem to make it less fun and just more depressing to watch. You can still manage to make a movie fun/entertaining AND very violent, but most directors don't know how to pull this off.

 

Die Hard 1 and 2 manages to do this for me. Roland Emmerich is also able to make end of the world movies fun and not so depressing 100% of the time. Well, I'd say he's made some of the worst movies ever made, but two of them are my favorite popcorn flicks (ID4). Not sure how that works. I also walked out of two of his movies. There was 10,000BC and the older "Godzilla". "2012" is also quite bad, but watchable.

 

I actually felt "White House Down" is much better and a lot more entertaining. There's even some comedy in there.

 

I actually like the director of "Olympus has Fallen". His movie "Shooter" was pretty good. That one is violent but they didn't overdo it.

 

 

Oh another example is the remake of "Dawn of the Dead". I hate about 95% of horror movies and avoid them, but liked that one a lot. It had some comedy and plenty of gory stuff. I also enjoyed "Zombieland" despite having almost no storyline.


Edited by tdockweiler - 5/22/14 at 6:45pm
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Godzilla: 

 

9.5/10

 

its that good

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Godzilla (2014) 5/10

 

The best part of the experience was the anticipation. Going to the movies, getting a hot mocha, the cashier taking a blue $8 discount ticket (instead of the $9.00 premier first two week red ticket). So that was nice. Seven pm show so there was maybe a half dozen people spread out in one of the 12 theaters / (rooms). It's in a casino, and they don't sweat it if you bring in your coffee. In fact the ticket taker was on break so they cut the ticket and just gave me the stub and I walked in directly to my seat unmolested.

 

The second best part was the trailers. I counted four that could turn into another visit; Interstellar,Lucy, Into the Storm, and Edge of Tomorrow. Yes, that last one is Tom Cruise. And Scarlett Johansson is Lucy.

 

Third, the opening credits -

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Newsreel type file footage of the origin of Godzilla and the Monarch project, along with the first attempts to destroy it with nuclear weapons.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
edit to add Fourth best thing: The Jaws type lizard fin above the water scenes at the Bikini Atoll detonation, and of the swimming Godzilla - http://www.junkie.mx/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Godzilla-2014-image-12.jpg

Then it was downhill all the way. A few scattered performances of note: Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston. It was good to see Sally Hawkins and Taylor Nichols. Poor script, forced scenes just to plug into the plot, jumpy cuts, technical holes - I kept thinking this is bad. I kept thinking this could have been so much better. I couldn't wait to get out of there when the credits rolled. The dvd would have worked. Should'a, would'a, could'a.


Edited by fractus2 - 5/24/14 at 10:27am
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I played candy crush through the trailers and commercials. That stuff sucks so much :(

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Monuments Men - 7/10

 

Nowhere near as bad as I expected. I liked this but Clooney made the story as dull as possible. There is really no action or real suspense of any kind. Just pointing that out and I'm ok with this. Maybe one part when the Russians are coming.

None of the characters felt really realistic at all and they're also rather dull with no real personality of any kind. Some of the scenes have this very abrupt end to them that makes no sense. It's as if the director cut them all short for no reason. I guess it adds to the dullness of the movie. Most scenes felt like filler material and served no purpose at all.

 

The story definitely deserves to be told, but this movie seems to have all the life sucked out of it. Is it Clooney's fault? I think so maybe. Maybe it's his own unique style!!

 

I will say that it's well made and looks good.

 

It's very very slow, but never boring though. I would only suggest it for fans of WWII history. It's actually less interesting than a WWII documentary. Not sure how Clooney pulled that off.

 

Note: 7 isn't bad. I would say good, but nothing special.

 

Maybe this is actually very accurate to the book. Sometimes that doesn't always make an entertaining movie.

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013): 8/10

 

A lot of people will dismiss it as hipster-baiting garbage (well, it is a Jarmusch movie), but I can't be upset at those people. I'll just feel sort of sad for them, instead. Only Lovers Left Alive is not only one of the best vampire films of the last twenty or thirty years (yes, even though it is practically completely devoid of horror elements), but is also one of the funniest, timeliest, well-acted, and deliciously scripted indie movies I've seen recently. It is perhaps a shade too clever for its own good, and to say it's thinly plotted is an understatement, but its perpetual murk hides a lovely little gem, and I believe it's destined for cult-classic hood (more along the lines of Eternal Sunshine or Harold and Maude than Eraserhead or Rocky Horror Picture Show). It also possesses a truly great drone soundtrack that draws heavily from modern post-rock, psychedelic rock, and noise--so good, in fact, that I might be tempted to say that for those of you who are fans of the above-mentioned genres that this film might be worth seeing just for the music alone. I could also say that it might be worth seeing just for the performances alone, or for the night-time cinematography alone. Jarmusch and his cast and crew do a lot of things right here, and the end result is simply intoxicating.  If it shows up in a theatre near you, don't miss it.

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013): 8/10

 

A lot of people will dismiss it as hipster-baiting garbage (well, it is a Jarmusch movie), but I can't be upset at those people. I'll just feel sort of sad for them, instead. Only Lovers Left Alive is not only one of the best vampire films of the last twenty or thirty years (yes, even though it is practically completely devoid of horror elements), but is also one of the funniest, timeliest, well-acted, and deliciously scripted indie movies I've seen recently. It is perhaps a shade too clever for its own good, and to say it's thinly plotted is an understatement, but its perpetual murk hides a lovely little gem, and I believe it's destined for cult-classic hood (more along the lines of Eternal Sunshine or Harold and Maude than Eraserhead or Rocky Horror Picture Show). It also possesses a truly great drone soundtrack that draws heavily from modern post-rock, psychedelic rock, and noise--so good, in fact, that I might be tempted to say that for those of you who are fans of the above-mentioned genres that this film might be worth seeing just for the music alone. I could also say that it might be worth seeing just for the performances alone, or for the night-time cinematography alone. Jarmusch and his cast and crew do a lot of things right here, and the end result is simply intoxicating.  If it shows up in a theatre near you, don't miss it.

 

Thanks, I'll check it out - catch me some Tilda.

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American Hustle: 9.5

Loved it from start to finish, enough said.
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Emperor. 8/10. Nice tribute for the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013): 8/10

 

A lot of people will dismiss it as hipster-baiting garbage (well, it is a Jarmusch movie), but I can't be upset at those people. I'll just feel sort of sad for them, instead. Only Lovers Left Alive is not only one of the best vampire films of the last twenty or thirty years (yes, even though it is practically completely devoid of horror elements), but is also one of the funniest, timeliest, well-acted, and deliciously scripted indie movies I've seen recently. It is perhaps a shade too clever for its own good, and to say it's thinly plotted is an understatement, but its perpetual murk hides a lovely little gem, and I believe it's destined for cult-classic hood (more along the lines of Eternal Sunshine or Harold and Maude than Eraserhead or Rocky Horror Picture Show). It also possesses a truly great drone soundtrack that draws heavily from modern post-rock, psychedelic rock, and noise--so good, in fact, that I might be tempted to say that for those of you who are fans of the above-mentioned genres that this film might be worth seeing just for the music alone. I could also say that it might be worth seeing just for the performances alone, or for the night-time cinematography alone. Jarmusch and his cast and crew do a lot of things right here, and the end result is simply intoxicating.  If it shows up in a theatre near you, don't miss it.

 

I've had a couple months to ponder it, and I think this film has taken it's place along side Down by Law as my favorite Jarmusch films. 

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Godzilla 1998.

 

Hard to rate technically it´s not impressive all the time but it´s entertainment values is really high. Don´t take itself so super serious as the new Godzilla which make it more entertaining.

There is just to many logic faults with these monster movies anyway so you better joke with it. Luc Besson is like a french Sly.

 

7/10 it´s worth a watch unless you are heavy into great CGI :)

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I'm surprised no one rated x-men: days of future past yet so I'll start :D No spoilers. I've been waiting for this ever since x2, we had to sit through a lot of average x-men installments that made people tired of the franchise but singer is back!! first class was good but it was very flawed imo but it had some great casting. Bryan singer in a brilliant move merged the old cast with the new younger cast in first class for a truly enjoyable experience, acting is excellent, the story is satisfyingly complex and does one thing well that made me really happy but I wont spoil anything, The way the movie presents two completely different timelines gorgeously makes this film very unique and one of the most interesting comic book movies I've seen. action is amazing; the future scenes are really cool but a scene with quicksilver using his powers stands out. So I'll rate the movie 9.5/10 because of how close to perfect it was, I've already seen it twice and I'll see it again!


Edited by ramintop - 5/25/14 at 7:08am
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Thanks, I'll check it out - catch me some Tilda.

 

Aye, if you're a fan of Saint Tilda (and really, how can anyone not be?) you won't be disappointed.

 

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Don Jon (2013): 7/10

 

A would-be profound morality tale about sex, weighed down by shallow and unlikable characters, stereotype upon stereotype, and a comically rushed conclusion. That said, it's also pretty damn funny, well-acted (in a very over-the-top way), and oozes style. There's a lot of promise here that the film doesn't quite live up to, but it does make me quite excited for whatever JGL directs next (though, admittedly, if it winds up being an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, as the buzz currently is, I'll be pretty nervous).


Edited by metalsonata - 5/25/14 at 8:23am
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Fruitvale Station (2013): 8/10

 

Manipulative but not preachy, and no less tragic or painful for its manipulations. Powerful acting makes up for the scripting deficiencies and naturally truncated story arc. Worth seeing--but as always, with pictures like this, be aware of the facts.

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