Restrepo: I feel the need to post about this movie. It’s incredibly powerful.
Prometheus: Prometheus is beautiful. I don’t really know how to explain it. There is just an indescribable way that it puts the fear in you. I haven’t seen any of the Alien movies so I have no preconceived notions or expectations from this movie in respect to being a sequel, and I think this is the best way to approach this movie. You must avoid trying to link the film to Alien in a plot sense, and appreciate the way Scott and the cast are telling this very unique story. My favorite part of the move is how the visual treatment and audio work so well together. The music is always complimentary, but never invisible. It adds depth to the already thick and glossy futuristic visuals, on the ship, and to the hellish and primitive style of the moons environment. I also really appreciate how these two visual styles, as well as their subjects, interact with each other. When the android David first initiates the play-back of the holographic video in the tunnel, it truly captivates you, it holds you over the edge of the cliff and drops you, before catching you by the foot and pulling you back to safety, before kicking you off again. I’m done talking about it.
The Avengers: Now, my typical criticisms of hollywood action/superhero flicks can be applied here as well: flat performances, clichéd screen writing, and overal poor directing. However, this one did have me on the edge of my seat for the better part of the movie, I think mostly thanks to a few good sound cuts. My real problem with the movie was the CGI. Most of the big stuff is there and it looks fantastic. The textures and creation of structure and form are fantastic. But there are a few green screen scenes that just look utterly unprofessional and outdated. Still worth a look to wrap up the series for you.
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Safe: Safe is a great action movie. I’m not sure wether it’s me noticing these things more as I develop as a design student, but Boaz Yakin (the director) has a good grasp on space and people’s interaction with it. In fight scenes you see good use of the environment, you see a good use of reflection and other phenomenon in the environment to frame and display shots. The writing has some very good little nuances tied in with racism and the general New York environment. The plot is very predictable and the acting is sub par when Jason Statham isn’t in the shot, but its overall a pretty good movie and worth a watch.
Donnie Darko: Honestly, this is the first good movie I have seen in a very long time. That’s why I started this up again.
It’s really interesting, I mean, I’m not going to do a good job explaining it, but that’s not really why Iwrite these, and I’m sure no one ever reads them through, so I wont even try. Its fantastically shot and has a very complex plot. It deals with a lot of great themes though and does most of them well. If you dont really like culty classics then dont watch it. End of story. End of review. Its good.
The Trip: An interesting movie which takes a new perspective on modern romance, friendship, and nationalism. Some really powerful scenes involving cellphones and long distance relationship.
50/50: This movie blew my mind. It was incredibly powerful, and incredibly funny. This movie almost made me cry, which is very rare, and I’m not even someone who has been touched by cancer (knock on wood), so I can’t imagine how this movie would affect someone who has been.
Buried: Also an emotional thriller. It’s not just 2 hours of a guy in a box, and it has a pretty good ending too.
Barney’s Version: This movie has so much emotion built into it. It’s incredible. I had no idea that Paul Giamatti was so good. I’m sorry I’m kind of out of touch with writing film reviews.
The Sandlot: Instant classic. If you haven’t seen this movie, you didn’t have much of a childhood. I remember watching this movie with my grandfather, and it was just so great. There are some really classic scenes in this movie: The drowning scene (pictured), the ball recovery attempt scenes, the carnival scene, and of course, the chase scene.
North by Northwest: Just because the action movies of today have better special effects, doesn’t mean they deliver more gripping scenes, and more thrilling film. North by Northwest is one of these movies that apeals to everyone. It has romance, action, suspense, mystery, comedy, and does all of it with great zeal.
The Italian Job: I may have already reviewed this movie, but I’ve seen it so many times that I can’t remember. I really like this movie, as a Mini owner, and as a movie goer. It’s great to watch a movie that features your car (even though mines from the original movie). What’s so great for movie viewers, is that no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there will be something for you. The first time, you’ll watch it for the story, and the next times, for the characters, the driving, and most interestingly, the little intricacies that really take attention to notice. Also gotta give a shout-out to MOS DEF.
Fargo: Oh, Yeah… un huh. Well, thatnks a bunch dere Coen buys fer makin this here movie. Man this film is spectacular.
Captain America: Here we go again. Yet another Marvel movie. They’re really all the same, so I’ll keep this short. Another Hollywood cookie-cutter movie with mundane directing, sub-par acting, but quite dazzling effects. One notable thing about this particular movie, is the style. A very nostalgic feel was obvious throughout the movie, which added some variety in the Avengers series. And let’s face it, if you know me, theres nothing I like more than women dressed in vintage attire. However, this was overshadowed by other points, such as the villain Hydra. “Hail Hydra!” Could they not think of something more original? More importantly were the ‘German’ actors. With most coming from The UK and some from the United States, it really wasn’t pleasant in the least listening to their false accents. How hard is it to get german actors?