An 8.9 is a very high rating from me, I rarely give out a 9+.
Basic plot: A man puts up a classified ad for someone to go back in time with him. A writer sees this and takes two interns to do a story on the man who wrote the ad. Darius (Aubrey Plaza) meets the writer of the ad, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), and he begins to train her and see if she's worthy of being his partner.
This movie just worked for me. It's pretty light, with flawed and pained characters, a few funny parts, and it has a bit of sci-fi. It's about relationships, and capturing human moments.
Also, at specific points things contradict what was done and said earlier, leading you to question whether they made it back in time and changed these things, or whether the characters were lying.
Intriguing, worth checking out. It's my second favorite of the year behind Moonrise Kingdom and above The Intouchables.
Looking really forward to this. Trailer looked awesome, really like Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza. Everything I've heard about it so far has been really positive.
American Wedding - 5/10 Stiffler is just hilarious I love that guy.
The Dictator - 6.5/10 Good movie. Good laughs, fairly decent. Didn't expect much, didn't hold high expectations but had some good laughs. Funniest part was in the helicopter. Couldn't stop laughing the entire scene was pure funny.
Anyone seen "Extremely Loud Incredibly Close"? Looks good thinking bout renting it for tonight. Is it worth a watch?
No. Just don't.
I watched it recently but didn't bother writing about it here because it wasn't good. 4/10. It's a story that goes absolutely nowhere and takes the most convoluted route possible to get to the significant character realization as a payoff. It thinks it's a quirky movie when it's just annoying and emotionally manipulative. It's too long (2+ hours) for the little that it gives you. It's a waste of time. If you need to feel some 9/11 sadness, watch some youtube clips of the news stories instead.
while i enjoyed much of the choreography, seeing this rookie cop, with no background to the viewer, kicking ass and taking names of about 20 guys over two floors just felt off. almost a third of the movie is dedicated to those scenes. i would have preferred the more strategic parts that were shown earlier in the movie. now, i realize the police's numbers dwindled but it sort of just fell into an action movie cliche. i counted around eight of the crew dead by around the 45 minute mark.
a very good movie but it just felt it could be even more. obviously, you have to suspend disbelief a bit for an action movie of this sort. i will say it was an intense movie and well worth watching. that's how i feel with about any movie that i rate 8/10 or above.
some sprinkling of 'rank and corruption'. again, not a bad idea but just really not fleshed out and too cliche.
if you like action movies, i'd really recommend this. otherwise, just sit back for the ride and don't let the little inconsistencies get to you. you'll still get something out of it. i could nitpick this and give it a lower rating but i feel actions movies are the most susceptible to 'critical ratings'.
i just don't rate action movies the same way i rate horror movies or drama movies. i sort of rate on overall impact + comparison to the rest of the genre. as far as action movies, i think this is really good. i'm just not sure action movies are one of my fav genres. hopefully that makes sense, without it sounding like i grade on a curve.
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it would have been nice to see why this guy was such a beast and super cop. then you end up seeing that this super cop is relatives with one of the bad guys. we're only left to assume that they are most likely brothers after the bad guy brought up 'dad'. even though they disagreed about leaving together, the only cool part was that they were going to do what it took to stay alive and not stand out.
they meet again when one of the other main bodyguards is whipping the other. so the super cop walks in and they both take him since the bad guy likes combat fighting anyway and they barely win. so this super cop who dominated early on had the help of his brother yet still struggled vs. this bodyguard with the help of his injured brother. i hope i didn't make that too confusing because it's not. they had to have a super bodyguard to match the super cop i guess.
i did like how little kids were the spotters. unfortunately, this is the case in many of these situations...children and women on the frontlines and used as bait.
oh ya, the lieutenant came off as the biggest coward dickheads you could ever imagine.
Last edited by blacknapalm : 08-15-2012 at 06:34 AM.
The Campaign 8/10 - So funny
Bourne Legacy 7/10 - Definitely liked Renner in this. I liked that it wasn't just Bourne going at the agency again.
Total Recall 6/10 - Entertaining for the most part, but it just lacks so much of what the original had. Also, I was still expecting mutants since 3 tits was in it. Was disappointed to see that they had 1 mutant and no others. Might as well have removed her completely too if they aren't having other mutants. And the end was completely weak compared to the original, while all the twists were pretty much a complete rehash of the original. Please, if you are going to remake a film, do something new with it.
If you're a Danny Trejo fan, you might like this one more. I found it above average for a straight to dvd flick. Ron Perlman and Charles S. Dutton also make appearances. It's the story of a down on his luck Vietnam vet who one day is seen as a vigilante hero of the people.