People are still asking questions about this movie. Even after my fourth time seeing it in full, I'm still not clear on everything. That's definitely the mark of a great movie. It's kind of like seeing Mission: Impossible the first time, every time.
i got all the details in the third time watching it lol. great great movie. i give that movie an 8/10.
Last movies watched
The forbidden kingdom is ok to see it in a rainy sunday = 5.5/10
Baby Mama, was ok too = 5.5 / 10
Another round of thursday night movies. Last week was "Body of Lies", this week was "W".
I give it about a 9/10.... Didn't disappoint me. Political views and personal opinions on Bush aside, I definitely liked the movie.
Heres a review. sorry kind of long.
Some slight spoilers maybe... but there's nothing to spoil, is there?
I'll preface by saying, I haven't seen Oliver Stone's previous president-based films in a long time, but being 22 and a born/raised Texan I like to think I know more about Bush's terms, and overall life, more than I know Kennedy's or Nixon's... Point being, for me, the accuracy of this film was easier to feel-out, and suprisingly, it was balanced and didn't all out bash Bush. Nor did it shadow his mistakes by any means. Despite being heavy in satire, "W" shed light (due largely to an incredible and down-pact version of Bush Jr. by Josh Brolin) on George as regular guy, going through fairly regular things, like meeting your parents expectations, growing up, picking yourself up when you're down, etc, though on a really grand scale. It's about what kind of guy is (still) running our country. At the same time, behind it all, you really see how with being wealthy and born into the right family anything can happen. Bush Sr., as much as the Iraq war, is a focal point in the movie.
As far as Stone's reeactment of the Bush-administration mess of a war in Iraq, it was sufficient, if not leaning to the left. Have to wonder what the president, still in office, thinks of it. The film focused much on the lack of reliable intelligence going into the war. Bush going off of Rove's and Cheney's intuition. Underlying interest in middle eastern oil. How a war about WMD's became a war about "democracy" and "freedom"... Didn't focus on much on 9/11, or Bush's immediate response. Nor did it focus much on Bush as a Governer. But you have to keep in mind it's a movie, and has to keep the viewer interested. It's not too documentary-esque at all, definitely an artistic take. Stone has always been a talented filmmaker, Platoon is classic, Natural Born Killer is one of my favorites, and so on. It's maybe a bit long at 129 minutes, but it didn't bother me.
The impersonations, makeup, and sets were exceptional. The Texas sets (with Bush kicking back alot of Lone Stars), and White House sets all looked real. Wait till you hear Thandie Newton bust out her version of Rice . Dreyfuss made a perfect Cheney, in look and persona. Banks too was pretty perfect for Laura Bush. But Josh Brolin took the cake, with his version of a college-going Bush, up to a post-Iraq war Bush. The accent, the mannerisms, the mindset - it was all there. Brolin as an aged W, you couldn't even tell the difference if you weren't trying. I'm sure it's not easy to carry that on in virtually every scene of a two hour long movie, but he pulled it off with much more "life" than Frank Caliendo could ever do. Definitely on par with his roles in No Country' and American Gangster.
The Hurricane-6.5 or 7/10-Great performance by Denzel, but other than that it's mainly fluff.
Jaws (5th)-8.5/10=No need to explain this one
Eaten Alive-1/10 Just another film that shows Tobe Hooper is a hack. He created one horror movie in the 70's and that movie hasn't held up very well. This is very low budget and trashy. Not even an average performance or scary moment.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape-8/10=Very entertaining movie. James Spader is outstanding and Andie MacDowell is actually decent here. Don't think I can say that for any other movie she is in. In fact, she tends to suck the life out of movies.
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Cocaine Cowboys-6.8/10. Pretty good documentary on the Miami-Cocainemania of the 70's and 80's. The stories were interesting. I have seen so many of these types of films that I am becoming numb to them.
The acting was ok,the movie is played at a thrilling pace which i like, its exciting and has fun sequences but thats about it.It borrows too much from other films(Enemy Of The State) and the plot is the worse part of the movie it makes no sense at all.Overall a fun and fast-paced movie but don't go into the theater expecting a masterpiece.
It's a german horror movie, which I had to get subs for. The subs were horrible. At the very end of the movie, you see the message, "Sorry, I don't speak german." Well, if you don't speak german, why the **** are you writing subtitles for a german movie? Now that I think of it, I'm almost certain the guy just looked at the scenes and guessed what the characters were saying. I'm going to have to find some better subtitles and watch it again.
Anyways. This film is pretty gruesome. It's full of overacting, every character seems to scream every five seconds or break out into hysterical tears. I realize you're going to be eaten by a family of cannibal Nazi's, but please stop screaming like that. The aspect that really stands out is the cinematography. It seemed every scene had perfect lighting, which was a pleasant surprise.
Anyways, if you're into gore and horror films, then this isn't a bad choice. Plenty of scenes to 'wow' you or gross you out.
-Someone gets melted to death in a steam room
-Man gets his head blown clean off by a shotgun [i'm thinking of making a .gif of that]
-Man falls onto a large tablesaw, well, you know what happens next.