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 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Sirusjr, I too am looking forward to the next Star Trek and their 5 year mission.
I guess I must have "sucker" tattooed on my forehead as I paid to see this movie and later watched the DVD.
(Delphinicus disappeared rather quickly. See his profile. Hmmmm.)

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Prometheus has its problems, the 3D experience definitely isn't one of them and for that alone it has gotten plenty of viewings on the beamer. Can't wait for the sequel as well, though not sure what to expect after the backlash Prometheus got, very polarizing movie.

Still one of my favorite films from the last decade. I'm pretty clear of what to expect with the sequel backlash... with it having already begun, though the movie itself is approx 2 years in the future.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Yesterday I finally saw "12 Years A Slave," and while it's quite a good movie, it's hard to sit through a lot of it -- much like trying to watch a movie that realistically portrays the nightmare of the Nazi concentration camps. I thought that Chiwetel Ejiofor, the principal actor (as well as most of the acting by everyone else) was fine -- but what a difference from his role in "Kinky Boots"!!! I don't plan to ever see it again -- but it's just not a movie some of us would care to watch again and again for pleasure.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2014 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

12 Years A Slave was quite successful in it's attempt to subvert the audience into a sense of mock slavery. It is basically an indoctrination into the mind control methods in which we are ensconced. We learn to yield to the crack of the whip. On that score it was very effective indeed. Also very amusing to see brits yodeling to the other tone of the deep south.

Gravity was the film I most wanted to see. It was doing fine until Bullock somehow ended up on a return trajectory without sufficient impulse to be able to do it. Not only that, but she even catches up with Tiangong which is also on a return trajectory. You don't even need to do specific math to see the physics doesn't add up. Such a shame too, given the monumental exertions made to create the deep space lighting look as real as possible. Georgie boy finally got to do Buzz Lightyear. After some deliberation I decided to lump G into the sci-fi category. Ding-dong!

The best film I've seen for a while was Fincher's Zodiac, with which I had a pleasantly real world, accidental rendezvous.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Captain America- Winter Soldier- 2.5-5

Typical mind numbingly dumb Hollywood spectacle. My comments are full of spoilers so can be found in this spoiler thread: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=102695&forumID=7&archive=0&pageID=1&r=416#bottom

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2014 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Captain America- Winter Soldier- 2.5-5

Typical mind numbingly dumb Hollywood spectacle. My comments are full of spoilers so can be found in this spoiler thread: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=102695&forumID=7&archive=0&pageID=1&r=416#bottom


I wouldn't go that low but I was somewhat disappointed by it. It was better than the first film in some ways and worse in others. The first film seemed to have a more interesting plot but lost out in the action. This one seems to have tossed out the interesting plot in favor of solid action.

Now Captain America is shown as more of a superhero than before, coming across as something a bit better than the average soldier of before. But at the same time, the action is mostly a combination of Bourne style hand-to-hand and modern FBI style of shoot outs.

After a fairly solid opening, the film seemed to loose steam and lost me with what makes The Winter Soldier a particularly strong threat. Though it succeeds in delivering engaging action, it feels ultimately pointless plot wise in the end.

Jackman's score largely blends with the picture in a style that would fit a Greengrass film and fails to impress thematically. The film makers decided to rely on Silvestri's earlier work for the themes used at times but it is used sparingly just as the original film.

Overall, it might satisfy those looking for brainless action but anyone wanting more will be disappointed in how the plot resolves. Compared to the story delivery in Agents of Shield, this should have been a lot better.

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2014 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Captain America- Winter Soldier- 2.5-5

Typical mind numbingly dumb Hollywood spectacle. My comments are full of spoilers so can be found in this spoiler thread: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=102695&forumID=7&archive=0&pageID=1&r=416#bottom


I wouldn't go that low but I was somewhat disappointed by it. It was better than the first film in some ways and worse in others. The first film seemed to have a more interesting plot but lost out in the action. This one seems to have tossed out the interesting plot in favor of solid action.


Yes, if one gets past the nonsensical plot (and plot twists) it's a decent escapist film if one just wants to turn off their mind for a few hours. But it tries to be too important for it's own good. If they are to go there, then it better be well written, which sadly it's not. I didn't hate the film, but I find these films so uninvolving for the most part. My favorite scene in the whole film was when Steve visited Peggy.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The good Cap'n goes 3 for 3 in a successful mix of comic book action and conspiracy thriller - but then any movie that gets in a WarGames reference* already has quite a bit going for it. (And who'd have thought Emily Thorne, Abed and Jim Dale** were members of SHIELD? "Were" being the word, given how by the end of the movie the last named's been killed and the unit's been dissolved.) Henry Jackman is still no Alan Silvestri, but apart from that a solid 9/10.

*Spoken by someone who wasn't even born when it came out (Scarlett Johansson came to be in 1984).

**From Revenge, Community and Neighbours, for those who don't get it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Robinson Crusoe on Mars 2-5

While often described as a Sci Fi classic there is little to like here. The title depicts the story to the letter, though the astronaut stranded on Mars isn't really Robinson Crusoe by name. Coming 11 years after War of the Worlds, and 8 years after Forbidden Planet this film was quite a let down in the visual effects department. This must have been made on a shoe string budget.

There are but a few optical effects shots that are reused over and over again ad nauseum. The alien space ships appear to be animated in a very limited fashion. Missing many frames of film they jump around in a jerky manner. Some of the matte paintings are interesting in design, though most of the film was shot live (in Death Valley I believe) with a Mars sky added later.

The story is pretty simple and slow going. The lead isn't necessarily likeable either. Something about the character was off putting. (The seaweed sausages were a bit gross as well!)

What was interesting is the remaster of the print for HD. It is nothing short of spectacular! Very sharp with rich color. A slight grain preserves it's film origins. There's not a blemish or spec of dust to be found on this print. I still don't understand why a film from the 50's and 60's can look so much better than a film from the 80's or 90's in HD.

Other than it's inspiring title, there's nothing much of interest here.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ROBIN HOOD MEN IN TIGHTS-93- Not bad later entry in MEL BROOKS string of comedy films, mocking film genres. Sharp funny lines and sceneries, good cast, some pleasant music and good direction. Like many of Mel films at times he might over do it, but this one is enjoyable entertainment that offers chuckles along the way for 90 minutes or so on a rainy day. Not his best but far from his worst. In some ways they don't really make them like that anymore.Mel's era has passed us by.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Ralph   (Member)

As drug-addict, chain-smoker, mouth cancer victim and matriarch in “August: Osage County,” Meryl is showboating, which has a slight amusement early on until we recognize it’s a cover for the fear of being defeated by having to smoke to excess. She can’t do it convincingly, and nothing matters more in this kind of role than getting the habit right. That disgusting cig is the physical crux of the character; we must see and feel her addiction to the incessant drags, we must feel repulsed and lung-clogged by the exhales of smoke. She can’t even hold the coffin nails right. (Don Draper’s daughter handles one with more expertise.) Implicit that there are allowances for on-set health considerations, just as we’re expected to provide them for Oprah in “The Butler,” yet how can we grant leeway to our country’s most accomplished performer when she so amateurishly bungles that crutch? A misjudgment to take a plum role she’s unsuited for in order to rob someone else the opportunity to strut more suitably. (Melissa Leo at long last might have been right for a role.) Julia is the movie’s only real amazement. When the family sits down for an afternoon meal — in 108 degree Oklahoma heat; did anyone spot an air conditioner? — and the spewing emotional volcano erupts big time, Julia takes over. Great to see her revved up, in command, and Meryl at this point concedes, partly out of generosity, partly due to the shift in Letts’ script, a hodgepodge of second rate Albee bitches trying to Hellmanize a Williams get-together during which a few “Come Back to the 5 & Dime” absurdities are unleashed. Listening to Meryl swear up a storm, I flashed once again on the role she’s destined for: Kael. Opposite Helen Mirren’s Gilliatt. “Pauline and Penelope: Lives in the Dark.” A movie lover’s dream.

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 5-5

I didn't like this film when it originally came out. I thought it was a bit too violent and some of the jokes were in bad tasted. Example: Flogging a rug with a cat. Using farm animals as live projectiles. The graphic (and shocking) murder of a historian.

But revisiting the film, the humor is massively witty, and down right hilarious and it never gives up. There's been nothing like this in decades. Seen with adult eyes the bloody violence is pretty cartoonish, (other than the historians murder) And I realize it was always a black comedy, and MP have never been known to be PC to begin with.

The stand up acts, interaction between the cast, and endless lines of silly banter are not only priceless, but effortlessly fluid and funny.

As MP cranked out films they became cruder, less funny, over produced, and felt less spontaneous. This is certainly their crowning achievement.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Today I watched the new Romeo And Juliet and posted the following Netflix review:

I just watched this new version of “Romeo And Juliet,” and was quite disappointed. I felt that the line readings, particularly those by Romeo and, to a slightly lesser degree, Juliet, were flat and quite inappropriate. They seemed to fast forward over the music in Shakespeare’s text and I kept groaning at the way that Douglas Booth read Romeo’s lines, almost as if this were the very first time he had ever read them. The lack of sensitivity was very troubling, and I was happy to see that most of the reviews here reflected my opinion — someone even wrote that he had fallen asleep during the balcony scene, which startled me, because I too had fallen asleep during that important scene! I woke up and quickly went back to watch what I had missed, and, for my efforts, was treated to some of Douglas Booth’s most uninspired line readings. The director, Carlo Cartei, seems to be Italian (I saw him in some of the behind the scenes extras), and I suspect that he was unaware of the effect that those flat readings would have on audiences. Several of the reviewers cited the 1969 Franco Zeffirelli version as the class act that it is, from uniformly perfect acting to Nino Rota’s delicious soundtrack, and I’ve always adored that movie AND its music, although, unlike some, I happen to like Abel Korzeniowski’s fine music for this one, which worked for me and made me glad that months ago I bought the soundtrack CD (I’ve been a fan of Korzeniowski since “A Single Man”). I counted 19 — NINETEEN! — producers given credit at the end of the film, and I would think that one of those producers could have seen during the making of the film how lifeless it was going to be and stepped in and gotten the actors to infuse their line readings with a modicum of emphasis and even sensitivity to bring out the magic of the text. But it is a handsome production with beautiful male and female actors, and perhaps a director who understood the need for nuance could have made it work. But what a disappointment!

Incidentally, yesterday I watched my Blu-ray of Faster with Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, which looks and sounds great in HD. I'm not much of an action fan, but like this one, and happen to like Oliver Jackson-Cohen (from Lark Rise To Candleford, the first season of Mr. Selfridge, and the recent NBC Dracula) as this young rich guy who freelances as a contract killer. Most viewers grow to care about both Johnson AND Jackson-Cohen, and in the extras there's a surprising original ending where the young killer himself is killed, and I must say that I much prefer the revised ending. In fact, had it had the original ending, I doubt I would have even bought it.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

BACK FROM THE DEAD-57-Out of some dusty vault and put on YOU TUBE this interesting effort about the spirit of a dead woman taking over the mind of another woman starring ARTHUR FRANZ and PEGGY CASTLE is a nice variation of a much earlier film from 1933 -SUPERNATURAL, starring CAROLE LOMBARD. Good acting, sharp script and dialogue , good tech credits , nice eerie location shots and a fine score by RAOUL KRAUSHAAR which adds immeasurably to the mood of the story brings forth a entertaining viewing experience. Worth a look if you are patient with old time b/w genre films that are made modestly but are good.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

BACK FROM THE DEAD-57-Out of some dusty vault and put on YOU TUBE this interesting effort about the spirit of a dead woman taking over the mind of another woman starring ARTHUR FRANZ and PEGGY CASTLE is a nice variation of a much earlier film from 1933 -SUPERNATURAL, starring CAROLE LOMBARD. Good acting, sharp script and dialogue , good tech credits , nice eerie location shots and a fine score by RAOUL KRAUSHAAR which adds immeasurably to the mood of the story brings forth a entertaining viewing experience. Worth a look if you are patient with old time b/w genre films that are made modestly but are good.

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2014 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Today (Friday) I watched "The Book Thief," and while i liked it and had the obligatory tears at the very end, I got a little impatient with it and felt that it was presented at a too leisurely pace. I liked John Williams' piano-centered score, probably not enough to buy the soundtrack. And while I liked the mellifluous-voiced Death, it sometimes seemed a bit creepy to me. Could only give it 3 out of 5 stars. Kudos to Roger Allam who was the voice of Death -- was sure it was Ben Kingsley, but was wrong.

Addition: Then on Saturday I found myself unable to turn "42" off of HD cable and am seriously considering buying it on Blu-ray. Just love it.

And then on Sunday I pulled out my Blu-ray of Joseph Kosinsky's "Oblivion," which I've made no secret here that I have grown from liking a lot to loving. I watched all the special features (which are terrific), including the deleted scenes, and then watched it with the audio commentary from director/writer Kosinsky and star Cruise, and then decided to try the isolated music score and was so knocked out by it that I watched it again. The score was composed by Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese and I've never heard an isolated score that had the music turned up so loud that I felt like I was watching, say, the IMAX "Chronos" with Michael Stearns' thrilling soundtrack. It was so good that I shocked myself by sitting through the entire movie again with the isolated score thundering from my surround array of Klipsch towers. Verrrrrrrrrry highly recommended!

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Saw "Philomena" today and liked it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Saw Blue Jasmine yesterday and found it sobering. Like being stunned by a hard blow to the face. Interesting use of juxtaposition for past and present sequences presented neck to neck. It worked pretty well considering playing with fire in that way can burn holes. All in all I found it to be a timely reminder of the bottomless pit that awaits after the wrong sort of turn.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Grecchus: Re your: Saw Blue Jasmine yesterday and found it sobering. Like being stunned by a hard blow to the face. Interesting use of juxtaposition for past and present sequences presented neck to neck. It worked pretty well considering playing with fire in that way can burn holes. All in all I found it to be a timely reminder of the bottomless pit that awaits after the wrong sort of turn.

As I probably wrote elsewhere on this thread after I saw it, I simply hated "Blue Jasmine," and while I was happy for Cate Blanchett's Oscar win, I couldn't stand the character she played. I'm shuddering just thinking about that movie, and have been amazed at how many people actually liked it. Different strokes....

 
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