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 Posted:   May 23, 2015 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Maggie ( 2015) 7/10 - low key and color desaturated zombie drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie has gotten lots of rave reviews ( or at least they've chosen their blurbs well ) and it is a good movie, but not a knockout. Arnold actually has very little to do in the film, but he does turn in a nice, quiet performance. Some very nice moments and a nice melancholy feel overall, but the movie works in quiet ways, not big dramatic ones.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2015 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Frozen Fever/Cinderella. The former is a nice stopgap until the inevitable sequel that scores an easy 8 (although it's worrying that Elsa basically has sentient mucus), the latter has an appealing Lily James as our heroine, a fine Patrick Doyle score, lovely design and a script that pleasingly gives both Cinders and the prince some dimension, which more than makes up for Cate Blanchett's even-more-offputting-than-required performance and her painfully OTT daughters - and a really mood-killing rendition of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Helena Bonham Carter towards the end of the end credits. Not as good as Ever After, but 7.5/10 at the least.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2015 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Tomorrowland:

For all it's pedigree, budget and hype, it is a bit of a disappointment. It does make a noble effort to being a fun, escapist family affair with some social and environmental relevance behind it, but it never fully gels into a cohesive film. Director Brad Bird gives it his best shot but I kept thinking this was a movie that Robert Zemeckis could have done in his sleep.

It's interesting that the trailers and previews never really give you a sense of what this movie is about and after seeing I now know why: because it's pretty damned difficult to explain it without boring one to death. To put it as succinctly as possible: this eco friendly/environmentally charged film has a smart teenaged girl approached by another young girl from the future/alternate world, Tomorrowland, which is populated by other smart people, to basically help save the world from approaching cataclysm and to restore Tomorrowland back to its former glory because 'something bad' happened. Said young teenage girl and other younger girl then seeks out George Clooney's reclusive character who too had one time been a part of said world/alternate universe but was banished back to our world many years back. And some nasty humanoid robots want to stop them all.

There are a ton of fantastic special effects all throughout the film and there are some very well done action set pieces as well, in particular the one at George Clooney's booby trapped house. But as much as the movie wants to have fun with an escapist flair, there are several moments of surprising violence that throws the movie off balance. On top of that, there are too many moments of dialogue that try to explain the plot of the movie to keep it from being bogged down.

I don't mind having a sentimental ending to a film. But it only pays off if what goes before makes the end deal seem authentic. And it just fall shy of it unfortunately. Thankfully Giacchinos score is fun and serves the movie very well in both the action scenes and the schmaltzy ones.

Too bad they missed the mark on this one. This could have been one hit out of the ballpark.

6 out 10 stars for me.



 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2015 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Apparently over here in Belgium "Tomorrowland" is called "Project T" because the name "Tomorrowland" is already patented by our famous dance music festival by the same name. Similarly, in the US, the festival couldn't be named Tomorrowland because Disney had the patent on it and they had to name the festival TomorrowWorld for its US edition.

I will still go and see Mad Max Fury Road again tomorrow instead of Project T though. big grin

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

SUTTER'S GOLD, 1936 Universal. Beautiful Screen Gems print from eBay. Interesting fictionalized saga of John Sutter (Edward Arnold), who fled Switzerland and founded empire in California, only to have it overrun when gold was discovered. By no means a great film but with fine performances, including Lee Tracy as a made-up American pal of Sutter's. Terrific score by Franz Waxman.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   the_limited_edition   (Member)

Steven Soderbergh's TRAFFIC - 15 years after I first watched in a cinema.

As terrific as back then. Brilliant film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Caddyshack. Confirms how missed Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield and Harold Ramis are. And it does show that Chevy Chase has talent - in the only scene he and Bill Murray share you'd never guess they hated (and probably still hate) each other's guts. 8/10.

Last Vegas. The following line from the above movie sums this 'un up - "Thank you very little." 4/10.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2015 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I thoroughly enjoyed the first film and I enjoyed this one almost as much, albeit it is pretty much filler for the final part of the trilogy. But I got what I totally hoped for and more: for a minor budgeted film it boasts some excellent production values, with the look even exceeding that of some of it's bigger counterparts. The CGI is very spot on, the acting is uniformly good and the action scenes are full of hustle and bustle. And the story I found compelling, if not all that original. But for a rainy, dreary Saturday in Atlanta I found this to be good time at the matinee. And the score was very exciting and one that I may be looking for on it's near release.

7 out 10

Everest

If you ever want to see just one IMAX feature length film, this should be the one you chose. It's an exciting, thrilling, gut-wrenching and ultimately moving drama that pretty much goes as far as one could hope for in dramatizing a true story from 1996. The script makes you care of the players and based on a couple of miscalculations or judgment calls made for one of the worst tragedies to take place on the tallest peak in the world. Yeah, it does take its time in getting to the actual drama that unfolded but I appreciated the fact that they give the audience time to get to know the people who both ran the operation and those that wanted to scale the mountain. Everest boasts gorgeous photography and not one false CGI that I could find. And when the storm that ultimately claimed so many lives hits, it's a techno wonder in both sound and visuals. The movie stuck with me for a few days afterwards, because for me this is as close as I would ever want to be climbing that mountain. As they say in the film, the mountain always wins.

8 out 10

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

What happened to this thread? It's missing four months of posts! Not counting mine, second to last post I see is May 26, 2015, and the last post I see is Sep 26, 2015.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

What happened to this thread? It's missing four months of posts! Not counting mine, second to last post I see is May 26, 2015, and the last post I see is Sep 26, 2015.

Yeah, that is weird.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Planes: Fire & Rescue. Continues the traditions of the Cars spinoff series being a lot more watchable than the Cars movies, even if it's more surprising in terms of its cast than its story. 5/10.

Mulan II. Not as big a step down from the original as the sequel to The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was, but still pretty weak outside of Yao, Ling and Chien-Po. 5/10.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Steven Soderbergh's TRAFFIC - 15 years after I first watched in a cinema.

As terrific as back then. Brilliant film.



This is good but not a patch on the original three part TV mini-series from 1989. If you've not seen it I recommend you track it down.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Guys & gals, you upped the wrong thread:

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98807&forumID=7&archive=0&pageID=3&r=387#bottom

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2015 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Guys & gals, you upped the wrong thread:

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98807&forumID=7&archive=0&pageID=3&r=387#bottom


Whew!

 
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