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The best Metal Gear Solid movie we'll ever get
5 years 11 months ago
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Criminally inept and mentally unstable detective stalks a woman to her death twice! all over a beautifully photographed and wonderfully scored San Francisco.
5 years 11 months ago
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It looked pretty. But that doesn't mean I'll ever take the opportunity to watch it again. I can tolerate a methodical snail pace of a movie, especially when there is something to meditate on or even some payoff at the end. This wasn't necessarily pointless, there just wasn't anything that I cared enough to dig deep to discover. But it sure was pretty though.
5 years 11 months ago
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Spielberg directs Hanks from a Coen Bros script. What more could you want? You sort of expect more from that combination and based on the result, I feel that if any of the players were not involved, the result would be much the same although lacking the gravitas that Spielberg, Hanks and the Coens brought. It looks good, Hanks delivers a performance that is on the edge of phoning it in and the Coen's revisions are apparent in some scenes. The real highlight is Mark Rylance's wonderfully subdued performance as Rudolf Abel. At the ripe young age of 55, he is poised to breakout into a wonderful career in the talkies, just as long as he can keep his nose off the sauce and his eyes on the prize.
5 years 11 months ago
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James Bond is pure escapism and to compare his various outings and incarnations to one another is simply silly. Much like this outing when compared to the other Craig films. Casino Royale grittily rebooted the character after his downward spiral in the Brosnan era and started an interesting character arc that culminated in the spectacular Skyfall. So when Spectre comes in and reverts to the cliches we used to love, people are up in arms. And for good reason. Everyone has an idea of what, or rather who, James Bond is. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. It is a fantasy that you indulge in for a couple of hours and when it's over you either move on with your life or try to become as dashing and debonair as 007.

The first reaction I overheard once the lights came on was that "it was too far-fetched." It's a FUCKING JAMES BOND MOVIE!!! The character exists in a hyper-reality that appears to be similar to our own but is not. How many real life people do you know go on globe-spanning adventures and single-handedly constantly foil major terrorist plots? James Bond is a superhero with a bulletproof liver and unstoppable libido. He can charm the shell off a turtle.

This movie isn't terrible, it's just uneven and ultimately boring. I never really care for what's going on and even found myself rooting for the villain at the end just so he can live forever in this Austin Powers parody universe. Either it was my imagination or did they use a slide whistle in the beginning sequence when the helicopter was vertical?
5 years 11 months ago
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I love your wall. I love lamp. I love you all
5 years 11 months ago
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The heroes are scientists who don't bat an eye when facing impossible danger. The T-Rex introduction sequence is still thrilling. My only problem now is that the dinosaurs don't have feathers despite all the talk of how close they are in relation to birds. Perhaps in another 20 years, we will discover that this movie had it right all along.
5 years 11 months ago
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I wanted to watch something with a decapitation and that was the first kill. Followed by a woman getting her neck snapped and a bunch of nameless baddies getting shot in various body parts.
5 years 11 months ago
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I am not a fan of horror nor period pieces. So a gothic romance marketed as a haunted mansion set around the turn of the 20th century should be something that I avoid. To be honest I only went to see this just to confirm my suspicion of how grossly mismarketed this was. A large majority of the film is quiet and devoid of any real scares. Stephen King's son called this "del Toro’s blood-soaked Age of Innocence." I didn't really care for that either but Scorsese called it his most violent film, so what the fuck do I know? Answer: the writing and editing in this are shit but the visuals are wonderful. It's a bummer that GDT probably won't be allowed to play with big budgets for a while.
5 years 12 months ago
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One of my favorites. Antoine Doinel is like a French Holden Caulfield--at odds with the world around him, either by choice or by design . Neither take their studies very seriously and both end up confined at the end of their stories.
5 years 12 months ago
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When I was a dumb kid, I somehow saw this before the second part but still enjoyed it nonetheless. And there it remained in my memories until "Back to the Future Day" (October 21, 2015) when I decided to trek down to my local theater and watch all three parts in one day. Over the years since my first viewing and today, I bought into the narrative that the concluding chapter in this excellent trilogy was the weakest of the three (half of my full theater left by the start of the third movie). Perhaps most people held great optimism about the future of 2015 and the vision that part two exhibited they too believed that part three is not as great as its predecessors. After marathoning all three parts in six hours, I find that although it fails to match the perfect status of the first, it is even more enjoyable that I remember it being. It is funnier, more energetic, even better acted than the second. You really get the sense that the cast and crew loved making this. Maybe since I watched this when I was young and didn't see part two until I was in college, I have a greater nostalgic enjoyment of this then the preceding.

For what it's worth, if you remember this being bad, re-watch it after the first two and find that it is better than you might recall and is a fairly satisfying to conclusion to one of the better film trilogies.
6 years ago
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Maybe since I am alive on the date they visit in the future and the present looks nothing like what Zemeckis & Co. imagined it would, but this was fairly disappointing. The story isn't as strong as the first, nor as fun, with the entire picture lacking the energy that made the first one so great. On the whole, it's a pretty depressing and dark copy of what came before.
6 years ago
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A masterpiece. Perfect cinema. Great fun. If they left it at just this one with that ending setting up future sequels, I think we would be talking about this movie as the absolute best American/Hollywood film of the 80s.
6 years ago
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This movie is bad but not horrible. There is so much potential here that could've been reached with another pass at the script or at least with a more competent director. In a parallel universe, this movie is on the same level as Seven or The Silence of the Lambs.
6 years ago
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See it on a movie screen because it's definitely not a Netflix 'n Chill-type film.
6 years ago
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I didn't hate it, I'm not sure I liked it, but what I do know, because I feel it deep down, is that this is nothing short of great cinema.
6 years ago
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Roger Deakins.
6 years ago
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Opening credits. Pool mural. Young Willie Nelson. Snake and chicken. Eating glass. Sing some songs.

And I still have no idea who Leon Russell is.
6 years ago
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Better than The Martian.
6 years ago
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I'm surprised he removed his cigar for the kiss
6 years ago
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Perhaps it is because I read the book (a technical survival guide written by a mid-90s Tarantino) but nothing about this movie wowed me. For a guy who directed what can arguably be considered one of the finest horror films (let alone space set) of all time and one of the best sci-fi films ever, this was fairly disappointing. A criticism I had for the book as well as this film was how much can go wrong before you accept that Mark Watney is basically an unflappable MacGuyver. Yeah I get it, this guy is the epitome of the human spirit to triumph in the face of overwhelming odds but nothing gets him down. He needs more than his good humor to stay sane especially given how much he complains that all he has to listen to is disco music.

In the past two years, there were two releases that can be argued to be essential to theater going experiences, Gravity and Interstellar, particularly if you saw either in IMAX. The Martian, sharing visual and casting choices, never felt necessary to make a special theater trip. Perhaps it could be my confusion as to why the actors insisted on called him Mark Watney rather than Matt Damon. Or Jason Bourne. Or (Good) Will Hunting. But I will credit the movie for giving me a new phrase to use when faced with a challenge--"it's time to science the shit outta this."
6 years ago
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Really underwhelming. I never found myself caring about anything that was happening. For a movie that is often compared to Scorsese's After Hours, I didn't find it funny nor full of interesting characters (not to mention that this takes place beyond just one night/day). Everyone here was really one note and the story was predictable.
6 years ago
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Friend wanted to see Everest, I convinced him to see this instead. Good choices made all around.
6 years ago
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How can I procure the soundtrack to this opus?
6 years 1 month ago
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There are things I thought I would never see in a film and this masterwork exhibits them all.
6 years 1 month ago

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