Myth mentioned Side Effects. I loved that movie. I couldn't believe that dropped in the dead February time frame last year. It felt like something Hitchcock would've done had he been alive today.
The Place Beyond the Pines I've mentioned a few times. I really loved that too, but as I've admitted before, a friend of mine works in editing and has worked on all of director Derek Cianfrace's flix. And this one was the one he was most involved in, and I admittedly am not totally objective about it. I love the big act breaks and the super distinct three act play layout. I wasn't crazy about either kid, and my only gripe was that it felt like each act got a tad worse in overall quality.
I read last week somewhere that Cianfrace's name has come up as a potential writer / director for the next season of True Detective. Which I think would be a cool way to go given his track record. Could be a completely different feel and still be awesome.
Haven't seen Nebraska yet. Probably the last of the really good movies I haven't seen this year.
I loved Her and Llewyn Davis. Showtime is running a music of Llewyn Davis special that I've really liked.
I know a lot of people were disappointed in Gravity. I was so blown away by it visually that I think I overlooked some story elements. I think once the hype hit the streets a lot of people were expecting more from the narrative. But even in retrospec I wasn't dissappointed in the super simple narrative with the sort of major thematic subtext. I'd say some of it was a little on the nose at times, but then again I've talked to people who didn't pick up on it, so it couldn't have been that on the nose.
I've also reinforced how much I liked Safety Not Guaranteed on here a few times. Not great, but just really interesting. And Aubrey Plaza was great.
And like Qwijibo was saying, 2013 was a great movie year. I don't think there was a true epic all timer. And like the year with both There Will Be Blood and No Country had both of them. This year was super deep though. A ton of really really excellent films that to me just scraped the edge of being real masterpieces.
Yeah, the 3 act play format was a really great structure. I didn't know about it going in so the end of the 1st act really caught me off guard. I do think the 3rd act was unquestionably the worst because, lets face it, the quality of the actors just wasn't as good. Avery's son played his character a little too hammy for my taste. I really enjoyed the end to the 3rd act but it was relatively weak compared to the first two.
Was gunna wait and see this once it came out on video but my good friend asked me to check it out and I hadn't seen him in a while so I paid to see in theater.
I thought it started out pretty strong. I liked how street smart and badass Murphy was before he became the robot man. The entire first half was pretty awesome and had me interested. The cast did a pretty good job (outside of Samuel L. Jackson's rant at the end), esp dude who played Murphy, Oldman and JE Haley was a fun dickhead to hate.
Movie went kinda stale once they played out the whole self-aware, solving his own attack/assassination (which was really lame in this version compared tio the original) and making Robocop a martyr/victim. I lost interest after Robocop's brain made him more human again. Just went downhill for me making him and his family such hapless victims and didn't really have much to say after that.
Some of the imagery and creative decisions were absolutely awesome like Murphy's organic form without his robot extremities, the simulation that was set against the other robot cop (playing Wizard of Oz's If I Only Had a Heart was a great idea) & that awesome action scene in the warehouse vs. Haley and his crew after he becomes modified for the first time.
I liked it better than I expected but it hit a downward slope towards the middle and end of the second act that was kinda dull and uninspired.
If you wait to rent or watch for free you'll probably be surprised at how awesome certain portions are. It's def more bland and run of the mill than the '80s classic but it's still worth watching to see some new ideas attached to the character
Gary Oldman carries this film with his acting chops, and emotional weight. It's fun seeing Keaton again, he's quirky and fun. Miss seeing him in films. But the guy who plays Robocop? Bland as hell.
It takes no delight or fun in the pure absurdity of the mere idea of the titular hero. It makes things too real to the point it becomes absurd. The original film is sci-fi satire that delivers great social commentary while indulging in the fun nature of a concept like a mechanized, identity crisis "Robocop"
This film? We get a whole 45 minutes of Murphy cognizant of himself, coming to grips with having a body that is made entirely of machine. Which is a very interesting concept. But throws it all away when they eventually delete his memory and turn him into full on emotionless robot.
Waists time. They could've been giving us balls to wall action. Fun, frightening, over the top villains like the original. Or showing Robocop busting skulls in Detroit. At least give us a REASON why the city of Detroit is corrupt, and crime ridden enough to even need a machine protecting it's endagered citizens.
Instead nothing. And an anti climactic, rushed ending. There were some very interesting moments, but on average the film was pretty boring. Robocop is about a man's training being a filter for a cyborg. He has a war with memories, subconcious, an identity crisis.
Only to end up combating his programing, and reclaiming his soul. His identity. From Robocop to "Murphy". The original '87 film had LOADS of heart. Even with it's now cute, but dated special effects.
This reboot was entirely "meh". It tries too hard at blatant on the nose social commentary, instead of subtelty, and letting it simmer beneath the fun surface like the instant classic original.