Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Great Gatsby (2013) - Drama | Romance

  The Great Gatsby (2013) - GREAT MOVIE

  The Great Gatsby goes "all in". An example of great modern cinematography, retelling a timeless story that has been told many times before yet now finally in an age where it's magnitude and glory can truly peak. 
  Visuals are absolutely mesmerizing to the finest detail, timed perfectly, delivered by some exquisite camera work and goose bumps giving shots, completed with suitable costumes and decor, bringing the "Charlestone" era to life with such good taste, accenting it's luxury without over doing it. As for the cast – everybody delivers with such authenticity of emotions and character depth, it's absolutely mind blowing to watch their work unwind before your eyes. Definitely a must see!


We're the Millers (2013) - Comedy | Crime

 We're the Millers (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  "We're the Millers" shows how several misfits on the society bonds together in order to help with drug smuggling. They encountered hilarious situations, annoying tourists and violent criminals. A good thing about "We're the Millers" is that it is just naturally funny without being offensive or pretentious. The vibe is great and the heartwarming elements makes the plot even better to watch.
Share the fun. See it. 


Pain & Gain (2013) - Comedy | Crime | Drama

  Pain & Gain (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Pain & Gain is very glossy film, gorgeous at times, and certainly not subtle. It is also an incredibly dark comedy, with a story so ridiculous that it has to be true, and it is. Based on a true crime story, this film does its best to depict what happens when seemingly good-natured crooks get in way over their heads and resort to drastic measures to achieve their American dream. 
  Although this film may not be everyone's cup of tea, I would highly recommend it. 

The Frozen Ground (2013) - Biography | Crime | Thriller

  The Frozen Ground (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Although the plot has been heavily misused in other films in the past, this is not your typical serial killer movie. The movie manages to be compelling without going over the top with too much gory details. The atmosphere it creates is very authentic - it really takes you back 30 years ago in Alaska, when these gruesome events unfolded.
  That said, it's a generally well-crafted and involving piece that is well worth a look. 


Friday, August 30, 2013

Now You See Me (2013) - Crime | Mystery | Thriller

  Now You See Me (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  I found the film exciting, and felt from the beginning I should really pay attention to all the small details, scenes were full of smart notes, funny sometimes, and all of its parts connects together like a masterpiece. You will love it if you like magic and mystery, but this movie also combines the two with the modern technology of nowadays which shakes the dust off of magicians shoulders. 


The English Teacher (2013) - Comedy | Drama

  The English Teacher (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  It's always pleasurable to see talent on the screen. Be that on the shape of a great screenplay, good acting, or a combination of both. "The English Teacher" offers both, and this might not make it a perfect film, but it's quite enjoyable, funny and heartbreaking, and relatively fresh. It doesn't resort to vulgarity to make us laugh, and it certainly reflects the times in an accurate way. It incorporates technology without forgetting the human side of the story, and it centers around a good story.
  In the end, things do work out, but it's a hilarious ride from beginning to end, and it's quite a clever script, so enjoy it. 


G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) - Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

  G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  It is definitely not worth watching as it would annoy rather than relax, several times you would find yourself sitting up and screaming at the invisible director how stupid the action is. The story is unoriginal and crosses reality very way off. The script is terribly messed by lots of action scenes. If there are conversations going on, I'd say, simplicity is not enough to compensate for the overwhelmingly long time of action. The acting of the characters were just okay, but didn't really moved me.
  Overall, this movie is just the same as they say about its predecessor, only a slight worse. 

Evidence (2013) - Horror | Mystery | Thriller

  Evidence (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  The acting is terrible, the dialogue is terrible, the effects are terrible, the camera-work is terrible, the story is so unoriginal it has been done before in 2012 under the same name, an equally as awful film using the same lost/found concept. Avoid it at all costs! 


As Cool as I Am (2013) - Comedy | Drama

   As Cool as I Am (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Essentially, this is a film about flawed characters who make flawed choices. They don't always say the right thing or solve all of their problems. They are simply human.  
  As Cool as I Am asks a lot of questions and, in the end, quietly leaves the audience with deteriorating optimism that maybe Lucy will end up unsatisfied later in life, and at only fourteen, this idea likely hasn't crossed her mind. Writer Virginia Korus Spragg does a smooth job at developing the characters on the surface and subtly evoking commentary on the new generation of kids, many of whom likely to be raised by a more uncertain, rushed generation of people. 


The Call (2013) - Crime | Thriller

  The Call (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  The story is very original. I thought this was going to be a generic and clichéd thriller, but I never expected a film this original. The film moves a very break-neck speed. This film made me jump many times and made me tense up. This is a film that everyone should see, however if you are easily disturbed than this film is not for you. This does have an intense and disturbing tone. But hey, if you love movies like that, than this is for you. 


The Numbers Station (2013) - Action | Thriller

   The Numbers Station (2013) - BAD MOVIE
  The Number Stations literally has no reason to exist. I really don't understand why films like this get made. This movie is like those novels from authors you've never heard about sold at petrol stations and supermarkets, the kind of fiction that exists purely to shift a small portion of units to generate some kind of income. A potboiler, really. Just a way to keep food on the table for the screenwriter and add to the revenue streams of the film company, in some small way. Avoid it!

Stand Up Guys (2013) - Comedy | Crime

  Stand Up Guys (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  Al Pacino and Christopher Walken try their best, but they have nothing to work with here. The script is awful and the two characters are lifeless, undeveloped, and have absolutely no chemistry with one another. The writing is surprisingly bad too with more than a handful of awful jokes that become increasingly irritating to listen to. Don't waste your time with this one even if you're a fan of these actors.


Sexy Evil Genius (2013) - Comedy | Drama | Thriller

  Sexy Evil Genius (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  Plot was full of unsurprising, not so twisting twists, and there was a non existent element of suspense. Story progress, though interesting between different flashbacks, was too predictable and annoyingly senseless. Don't bother!


Jack Reacher (2013) - Action | Crime | Thriller

  Jack Reacher (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Jack Reacher is entertaining and a solid film. It is a crime drama genre with some action and a little more humor. It is a story driven film with enough character development to make sense, but leaves some mystery about the main character Jack Reacher to keep it interesting. Having not read the books it is based on, the story was well done enough that I would want to see any future installments of the series. 
  I would recommend this film to anyone who likes the crime/mystery drama genre or who just likes the actors involved. It is entertaining, engaging, and a good 2 hour 11 min of escapism. 


Family Weekend (2013) - Comedy | Drama

  Family Weekend (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  This movie is something you had wish you could or would have done with your family if you had/have the opportunity to. This movie is a light comedy which can be pictured as both sensible and irrational at the same time. There were some parts that seemed a bit off like the kid acting like a prostitute, but oh well this movie had a very simplistic and pure hearted concept.
  Recommended for those who like quirky family comedies with a slight edge to them and for competitive jump-rope enthusiasts (which I did not know was a thing).


Broken City (2013) - Crime | Drama | Thriller

  Broken City (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  The film is a slow, gripping portrayal of politics, love, betrayal and the lust for power. Of murder, shady real-estate deals, adultery and blackmail. What I like about this film is that everyone here has shades of grey, no one is black or white. Probably, the world today is such a place it wouldn't allow anyone pure to truly exist. This is not a film that will blow your mind away, or make you clap with excitement. But, it's a simple story well told. 


Blood (2012) - Crime | Drama | Thriller

  Blood (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  The plot line is tangled at times by subplots that don't develop, but in fact that leads to the sense of mental confusion both brothers carry, having committed a crime as cops, burying the evidence only to attempt to distract the truth of the deed that leads to failures. This is a dark film, well acted, with an interesting turn in the tales of how cops face their own actions. 


Admission (2013) - Comedy | Drama | Romance

  Admission (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Admission is about a charming and confident lady, who is unexpectedly dumped by her husband. She also finds out about her son who was given up for adoption. Driven by guilt complex, she sets out to do the right thing. With a strong emotional subplot, Admission is engaging and captivates viewers' hearts. The plot flows nicely, and is not contrived or unconvincing at any stage. The romantic comedy subplot is relegated to the side, but it is still entertaining. Enjoy!

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) - Action | Crime | Thriller

  A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Bruce Willis cracks wise. Cars crash. Bullets fly. Things explode spectacularly. If this is what you're expecting from "A Good Day to Die Hard", you won't be disappointed. 


Black Rock (2012) - Horror | Thriller

  Black Rock (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  Black Rock has some of the worst scenes I've seen in a movie in the past years, is boring and got me thinking in several occasions, "what the hell is happening?". Considering the actresses I thought it would be promising, but the only thing promising about Black Rock is that, eventually, it's going to end. An what an ending... Simply terrible.
  I do not recommend this movie for anybody. 

I Give It a Year (2013) - Comedy | Romance

  I Give It a Year (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  This film is about a newly married couple who in fact don't love each other. They go through marriage counselling to see if they can make it to a year.
  I think that the story is very funny. The married couple just annoy each other to bits, and seeing that is already funny. Both of them having set eyes on someone else, and the resulting chaos becomes hilarious and fun. It is presented in a light hearted manner, and even though the couple don't like each other, they don't send out waves of negativity like in other films.  Watch this, it will entertain you! 


Iron Man 3 (2013) - Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

  Iron Man 3 (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  The movie has a perfect emotional balance, it never gets too sad or too comic. It keeps you on edge the whole time. Nevertheless, it has some deep insights and is concentrated more on the people and relationships than the others. It relies on epic fighting scenes that will keep your heart bumping and you will get goose bumps. More importantly, it is not the massiveness of the scenes themselves that makes them epic, but it is the choreography of the fighting.  Watch it!

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) - Adventure | Fantasy

  Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Jack the Giant Slayer is a breath of fresh air in family action and adventure. As a lover of fairy tales, this movie will not fail to wet that appetite. Following on from the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale, this film adds that little bit extra and originality. I would consider this film to be light hearted and family friendly, and yes, it does have a high body count once the giants come into play. The characters are easily liked as well as those who play the evil bad guy are easily hated. With little in the effort to follow the story, one can say that you can sit and enjoy the ride.


Killing Season (2013) - Action | Drama | Thriller

  Killing Season (2013) - BAD MOVIE
  This film is basically a revenge tale, but this was hyped up several notches because of the extreme torture scenes they want us to see. It becomes a game of alternating one-upmanship on who is torturing who, until the climactic confrontation scene.
  Overall, if you don't care about historical events or if you don't care of authenticity of actors and what or who they represent, you would have cheap entertainment and movie to forget within a day.


Mama (2013) - Horror | Thriller

   Mama (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  Everything in Mama is painfully clichéd: the story is pedestrian and most of the scares are more of the same. The pace is also slow-moving, with nothing much happens and the revelatory finale is a huge disappointment - especially when the director finally shows the full-bodied creature of Mama. Needless to say, the creature looks too fake with its spotty special effects. Don't bother!

Oblivion (2013) - Action | Adventure | Mystery

   Oblivion (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  Unfortunately, I couldn't switch my mind off during this movie, as it was so filled with inaccuracies and flaws that I found it impossible to actually enjoy it. It got to a point where I could think of nothing but everything wrong that was happening.
  This movie, set in the much too near future for any of the technology presented to be plausible, is about Jack Harper, a man left on Earth with his assigned partner after Earth's moon has been destroyed by extra terrestrials, and although the human race has won the war, they have been forced to leave Earth and live on Saturn's moon, Titan. The visual effects displayed in this film really are pleasing to the eye, and only these make the movie bearable. This being said, stunning visual effects don't make up for stupidity. 


Only God Forgives (2013) - Crime | Drama | Thriller

  Only God Forgives (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  If you like movies that have a very weak plot, many pointless scenes, the addition of dream sequences that add nothing to the plot and only confuse, characters that are not explained and which it is therefore very hard to care about, and many shots of the characters looking into the distance with little emotion on their face and seemingly little on their mind then this is the film for you. I don't mind films that are unique and don't fit the usual Hollywood format, but there are things that are essential to a good film such as interesting characters, a plot of some sort and some clue as to what is going on being given, but those things are missing from this film. I was so confused and mainly just bored throughout this film. I expected better things from Gosling. What a waste of time, resources, and money! 

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) - Adventure | Family | Fantasy

  Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  From my point of view this movie is a great mockery of an idea that could be the basis of a great story. The effects are low-budget, lines with no humor, and the actors seem like they received vouchers, that's how much interest they've invested in their role. Mila Kunis in the first part of the film is in the role of a sweet, innocent being, dressed in latex and the second part is changed in a so-called witch mutant. The main figure, the one that the whole story evolves, this wizard of Oz, serves as a hypocritical, greedy and lecherous human being . They say the film is made ​​by Disney and would be dedicated to children, but I think if a child sees this so-called movie, it's gonna cry. I've enjoyed the original story of Oz when I read the book and saw the movie based on the book and I know this is the prequel of the classic story, but I'm really sorry I wasted my time with this garbage!


Parker (2013) - Action | Crime | Thriller

   Parker (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  Parker is quite the conundrum. It's not bizarre enough in visuals to be unique, nor is it edited flashily enough to be contemporary. It's not overly violent, exploitive, gratuitous, or edgy in any manner and the story is severely lacking creativity. The combination of Statham and Lopez is curious at best, but Statham doesn't rack up an impressive body count or engage in smartly choreographed warfare, while Lopez fails to be tough, intelligent, or genuinely sympathetic. Parker is not worth watching... 

Pawn (2013) - Crime | Thriller

  Pawn (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  It's a pretty good nail-biter, but overall fails to nail down a completely satisfying wrap up as things get wild and quite muddled. This kind of stuff works much better on the page than on the screen. Avoid it!

Side Effects (2013) - Crime | Drama | Thriller

  Side Effects (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  People take pills every day without thinking about it. Whether they are sick, sleepless, or sad, there is a pill for it. In Side Effects, the viewer gets to see the truth behind the small pills we take for granted. Instead of the pill doing the job, we see the pill do so much more. From the start of Side Effects what is seen on the outside is so much different from what is one the inside, making for a traditional thriller. Just watch it!

Stoker (2013) - Drama | Mystery | Thriller

  Stoker (2013) - BAD MOVIE
  I couldn't recommend this film to anyone. It's a shame because I wanted to like it. The cinematography was beautiful and the opening scene was intriguing, but it went downhill rapidly and stayed there. It won't appeal to horror or suspense fans because there isn't any. Fans of good drama can look elsewhere as there's none of that either. And no action, awesome scenes of violence or even romance. So.... who exactly is liking this mess is beyond me.
  Bottom line, waste of time. 

The Colony (2013) - Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

  The Colony (2013) - BAD MOVIE

  The movie portraits humanity after the ice age has begun. The Colony only explains partially what happened to the planet and why we as humans destroyed it burning all the fossil fuel which contributed to a new ice age, all humanity is lost and the only remains are some "colonies" beneath the earth.
  The starting point is quite good, the first minutes of the movie too. Although it is clichéd, it is standard sci-fi, it develop it's characters sufficiently enough but then... it speeds up its downward spiral once the "enemies" appear on the scene. It's like the director throw away the script and said "just put the rock music and kill everyone, because that's cool!". Avoid it!


The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) - Comedy

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) - GOOD MOVIE
  'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' is funny and entertaining. Sure, it's clichéd and has a relatively weak culmination, but come on, it works. The humor is dark, but at the same, enjoyable and offers good enough laughs.
   Grab a tub of popcorn and say abracadabra! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Purge (2013) - Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

  The Purge (2013) - WORST MOVIE

  The reality is that The Purge is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, an original idea is ruined by huge plot holes, annoying, clichéd and unbelievable characters, bad acting and scripting, and an absurdity that goes beyond 'Sci-Fi' or suspending your disbelief... Save money, actually enjoy yourself, and whatever you do, do not purge!


Trance (2013) - Crime | Drama | Mystery

  Trance (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Trance starts off as an ordinary film about a heist, and the auctioneer goes to a seemingly ordinary hypnosis session. The plot quickly descends to a series of mind bending, reality blurring and thrilling events. The story is engaging and captivating. There are also fantasy scenes mixed with the supposed reality, making viewers think hard as they watch. Danny Boyle successfully entrances the viewers with an amazing plot that always surprises. I find the ending rather disturbing and bloody, and there were a few times I had to close my eyes and wait for the scene to finish. Overall, I enjoyed watching Trance for thrilling plot and interesting subject matter. 


Warm Bodies (2013) - Comedy | Horror | Romance

  Warm Bodies (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Finally the great zombie romance? Well, maybe not, but it's the closest I've seen. You get to see zombie life from the perspective of a zombie, who starts to get feelings for a girl who's alive. Through a set of circumstances, he "rescues" her and they take refuge in a grounded plane at an airport overrun by the undead. There were several original elements that I had never seen in a zombie movie. First and foremost is the narration by our young zombie giving us insights into his condition. He can barely utter words, but weirdly, in his head, he seems smart and talks normally. I liked that part and I was kinda sorry when he got somewhat better at talking, therefore evacuating most of his thoughts. Second original element was the romance. I wasn't impressed by it, but at least it was slow-building, somewhat charming, avoiding most of the disgusting stuff, and you kind of rooted for them by the end. Watch it!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Next Three Days (2010) - Crime | Drama | Romance

The Next Three Days (2010) - GREAT MOVIE

  The best films are those where you are introduced to characters who do the unpredictable believably, or people you think will be key players die in the opening scene, someone you least expect turns out to be the murderer, these are the films that keep you guessing and keep you involved. In Paul Haggis' intense thriller he chooses a wise and well crafted angle to lure you in and hold your attention. The development of John Brennan and his gradual transformation over time before your very eyes.
   The film is for sure a classic, a heart-pounding, thrill-a-minute romantic thriller that will not only have your palms sweating, but your eyes watering as you see a desperate husband and father try to restore meaning and equilibrium in his life in keeping his family together, even if at times you feel the plot is a little far fetched, these thoughts will be clouded by your respect and admiration for this man on a one way trip mission who will do anything, and I mean anything he can to keep his family together, I mean, wouldn't you do the same? Enjoy this one!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Le violon rouge (1998) - Drama | Romance | Mystery

 Le violon rouge (1998) - GREAT MOVIE

  I was shocked. This film turned out to be clearly one of the best movie going experiences I have had in ages (and it's a movie from 1998 people). This story unfolds and is creatively told through the reading of the violin makers wife's fortune with a deck of Tarot cards. It is the story of a part of the life of a violin; of the humans who would dare to possess her beauty. A masterpiece of a craftsman's art, it is desired by many for it's acoustic perfection. But, as Tolstoy said, "how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness." Or more interestingly, from Saint Augustine: "Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked." There seems to be a curse on this instrument as it brings ill to those who manage to possess it. This makes the ending especially eerie.
  An original, imaginative and thought provoking story that engaged one's mind as American films almost never do. I will not describe more of the plot, it's far too good to ruin. The memory of this film will be one long treasured.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Life of Pi (2012) - Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

Life of Pi (2012) - GREAT MOVIE

  The film is an celebration of visionary cinematography, top-notch 3D development and poetic story telling. Not mentioning its awesome screenplay.
  It's a true masterpiece that only Ang Lee's genius can manifest from Yann Martel's fabulous writing. It is a kind of stories that send its hanging-in-the-air message through a unique fantasy, which incredibly feels real. Pi's relationship with tiger named Richard Parker in life and death situations describe human's relationship with its creator: God always understands human perfectly and human can never understand God's perfection.  
   'Life Of Pi' without any overstatement is a landmark achievement. It's a shining crown jewel in this oceanic, gigantic world of cinema. Something to be cherished and admired. And something that doesn't happen very often.
"I just told you two stories. Which one do you prefer?" "The one with the Tiger." "And so it is with God."
   I'm a believer. In something not very different from God I think.
   And yes, always "the one with the Tiger." 


Identity Thief (2013) - Comedy | Crime

Identity Thief (2013) - GOOD MOVIE

  Melissa McCarthy is flat out hysterical. This movie about Jason Bateman having his identity stolen is non-stop laughs from beginning to end. It is very heart warming at the end. Trust me go and see this movie if you feel like laughing. Melissa and Jason are two fine actors that play off each other well. And surprisingly there is also action in this movie too! The physical comedy brings back memories of classic comedies that preceded it. This sight of Melissa running from Jason is enough to bring tears to your eyes. Also, the mean bounty hunter is great! This is definitely the best comedy this year. Although the plot is simple it is very well executed. 
  Give it a shot and see what you think; you're sure to laugh at some point! :) 

Cinderella 3D (2012) - Animation

Cinderella 3D (2012) - BAD ANIMATION

   It's a very loose adaptation of the original classic 'Cinderella' story, but fitted into a cowboy theme. I'm not sure they pulled it off all that well. The animation is acceptable, but it's a million miles from the quality of Disney (a totally unfair comparison I know), but it's a very low budget Animation.
  I watched the English speaking version and perhaps the original French speaking one would have been better. Hmmm, I guess I got lost in translation.
  Only recommended for 4-12 year olds.

The Impossible (2012) - Drama | History | Thriller

The Impossible (2012) - GOOD MOVIE

  'The Impossible' provides thrills, suspense, action and heart warming moments. I challenge anyone to not shed a tear or get misty eyed watching this film. The acting was top-notch across the board and I have nothing, but praise for the director and his crew, because I sat admiring the authenticity of the intense, destructive and frightening tsunami scene. Which surprising was the most realistic sequences I've seen in a film as such. I felt many emotions from beginning to end and I gather most will as well. 
  See 'The Impossible' because you will thoroughly enjoy it. And oh... it's actually based on a true events that involved the family portrayed. 


Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Comedy | Drama | Romance

 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - BAD MOVIE

  This film contains a horrific depiction of mental illness that objectifies human beings as caricatures. Cooper's character, who is supposedly the film's primary protagonist, is portrayed in such a disturbing way that an uninformed viewer could not be blamed for thinking that those who are bipolar - a very real illness with very real, good people who suffer from it - are all miserable, violent people who obsess over others to the point of stalking them. His 'character' is then propped up and 'fleshed out' through a collection of tired tropes typically seen in Hollywood's voyeuristic, disrespectful portrayals of those with mental illness.
  Avoid this sickening film at all costs, especially if you are someone who suffers from mental illness or are related to someone who does. It handles its subject matter in a way that will disturb you to the point of tears before the movie is even over. 


Rise of the Guardians (2012) - Animation | Adventure | Family

Rise of the Guardians (2012) - GREAT ANIMATION

  Dreamworks Animation has made many great films and some bad ones, some have become popular franchises (Madagascar, Shrek). Their new film 'Rise of the Guardians' is based on a book series by William Joyce.
  The characters are endearing, the storyline quite original and it's very funny (with jokes that often are aimed for adults more than children). It makes you laugh, cry, and believe in magic. But the most brilliant is the visual part and the characters design. All the typical mythological characters that we ever imagined were modified to surprise even the most boring of watchers. It changes your perception forever. Highly recommended!