If you like Scarface, or City of God, you'll likely like this movie. It's almost a combination of the two, except it's set in South Africa after the Apartheid. As you've no doubt surmised, it's about a poor boy from the slums, who brings himself up via organized crime to become a sort of real estate kingpin of Johannesburg.
Remember the scene from "Heat" where they knock over the armored car by blocking it's path, then t-boning it with the semi? One of the characters was watching that movie, saw that scene, then did the same exact thing in one of their heists, ignoring the pleas from his gang beforehand telling him "That's only a movie man, that shit will never work!" I thought that was a nice touch(and towards the beginning of the movie as well, so I'm not giving much away). There are more than a few clever scenes like that.
The cinematography and acting were both pretty good, as were the production values, but the plot did seem to meander about a bit in the second half. Still, I'd recommend it. It's a pretty smart, authentic feeling movie.
The Brothers Grimm - This movie was pretty damn entertaining. A little cheesy and family friendly, it was nonetheless an enjoyable couple of hours. The incorporation of all the different fairytales was pretty clever and the character acting was good, if a little over the top for the eye-tie. Good cinematography and sets. 7.5/10
This was the best written movie I have seen in a while. While it was a little draggy at points, this movie had create dialog and plot/character development. Even had tits and muff diving. You definitely have to be in the mood to WATCH a movie and not be multi-tasking, but this movie was really, really good, especially with a serious ben stiller role. Highly recommended. 8.5/10
Definitely one of those "need to understand the culture to really get everything out of it" films, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I like to contrast it with Better Luck Tomorrow as being a more accurate portrayal of Asian-American life. The British antagonist was kind of weak although they just needed someone to compete against so I won't hold it too much against the movie. It was also pretty well made for a relatively small movie too.
Absolutely love Ping Pong Playa. Plus dude had tight shirts, tight jerseys, and that soundtrack was amazing!
Scott Pilgrim vs The World- 10/10:
I went into this movie fully expecting to be dissapointed. I wasn't. This movie was awesome. You may have to be into nerd culture to fully appreciate is but there is something in this for everyone. Very creative style.
Of the three movies I've seen in theaters this summer (cause I'm not fucking counting Last Airbender) this one ranks third in terms of the best movies (Behind Inception and Toy Story 3).
Watched The Departed last night with my girlfriend. Is it me or do girls just not get this film? No guy I know dislikes this film, but most girls I know simply don't like it or just don't get it. With the girls, I assume the former is a product of the latter.
It was her first time watching it (I must have seen it 4 or 5 times now and it's one of my favourite films) and she just complained all the way through. "I don't get what's going on!", "Who's this guy?", "Why did he do that?". Nearly all girls that I know, would ask these questions, in some form or another, when talking about the film.
She (gf) also hated the ending (I thought it was brilliant). This is what she said, "It's like the director couldn't think of a good ending, so he just killed them all off?"
She even said, that it was predictable all the way through, despite the fact she was having trouble following the story most of the time. Granted, it sort of it is and it sort of isn't. You know either Sullivan or Costigan are going to die, but no one was expecting Costigan to die like that or even die first or maybe even die. His death hits you and you're thinking what the f*ck just happened. After Costigan's death, you don't think that Sullivan is going to die, because he's redeemed himself (sort of), he killed Costello, he killed Costello's other infiltrator, having Dignam take him out maybe wasn't great, but it is what it is.
She also complained about the film being too long. Yes, it's two and a half hours, but it sure as shit does not drag on like the Dark Knight. I can sit and watch the Departed with out wishing it would get to the end, hell, I would probably be happy if that film was three and a half hours. The story just doesn't drag, it's well paced and there's no part in the film where I thought, 'oh just hurry up!'
Personally, I'd give it a 9/10. Excellent film, excellent story and the ending is just brilliant. The music is great as well.
First off, let me just say if you're hung up about seeing violence against women in film, don't even bother with this movie. I preface my review with this because many of the negative reviews I've seen for this movie can't get passed that aspect. There is much more violence towards women here than what I'm accustomed to seeing, but certainly no more violence in general than many other movies I've seen(in that regard it's relatively tame), and I don't see why an exception should be made for women. This kind of shit has happened in real life, so I don't see why it's such a big no-no to put it in a movie. Moving on...
This is 1950s pseudo film-noir about a small town, mild-mannered deputy sheriff with mommy issues who...well, you can probably get an idea of what the plot is about just based on the title. The acting in this was great, from pretty much everyone involved. Even Jessica Alba turned in a good performance in her role, even if she was largely limited to sex scenes( ).
The cinematography was great, the score was pretty badass, and overall the production values impressed. It was a bit methodical, but it was still well-paced considering. I never got bored with it. The ending, however, really threw me for a loop. It just made no sense. I'm still trying to figure out if it was some sort of mind-f*ck or something, or if it was just terrible film-making.
I'll definitely have to watch this one again sometime.
personally i really liked it and thought it deserved the oscar over slumdog for being technically superiour. people have argued that it is to an extent fincher selling out and i suposse it does have broad appeal but i felt it was a very well executed epic that is increadibly moving at times and not short on ambition. where as slumdog is just well shot film by numbers, competantly executed mediocre film making lacking in depth and ambition
Competently executed? You're the one poster that continually says the most absurd, fallacious things regarding films. You're going to tell me that this movie that is primarily well known mostly because of how well it was crafted, is mediocrity in execution? Well, I guess you're entitled to your opinion as irrational as it is.
The only reason I actually had the privilege of watching this film is because of the buzz it created; not because of it's multi-million dollar advertising campaign or a globally infamous director. This is a movie that had a limited North American release initially, until people recognized its art.
You talk about execution; yet from my experience, the composition and lighting was top notch. Music was beautifully shaped, creating the most exquisite drama.
I'm starting to think you make these bold comments for attention, trying to distinct yourself as some sort of perceptive movie critic. Your predictably negative trendy attitude towards movies many people consider great is rather tiring, I would respect your opinion a little more; if your logic (concerning the issues you have with certain movies) wasn't so perplexed.
Didn't know anything about the movie coming in and was a little surprised that it was of the Catcher in the Rye variety. Didn't quite resonate with me since I've passed that stage in my life but it was certainly well made. Have to think about it some more before rating it.
Alright so I had a deal with my gal pal. If she watched Paranormal Activity with me that night, I'd want the Last Song with her the next day. So that's what we did:
Paranormal Activity- I thought the dialogue was hilarious. I thought the characters were a little unbelievable. And I thought the ending was bad. BUT as far as the action, it was almost brilliant. A breath of fresh air in this era of gore fest and effects races, the idea of making the things simple and not too outlandish was great. And that brings us to our ending: it was outlandish. It just killed the vibe.
Now though it has respawned the documentary style horror flick.
The Last Song- I'd never noticed it until I watched this movie. Miley Cyrus has a funny lookin mouth, and she can't act. If you've seen any Nick Sparks movie, ANY Nick Sparks movie, you'll know this story foundation. The best part of the whole movie was her dad played by Greg Kinnear.