It is rare nowadays that a film has great writing, great acting, no CGI, no car crashes or chases, no shooting, and no monsters, and does not beat us over the head with preaching. Spotlight does appear to be more about the necessity of good investigative journalism in a an age of extremely lazy media reporting, rather than the abuse scandal. Excellent job.
Really great movie!
puts "petal" to the metal? Newspapers' operating statements are dismal everywhere, but you are right: this one needs a copy editor.
*gets* it right. Sheesh.
And and EGOT to boot!
She's one of my heroes. It was an honor to speak with her, and I still can't believe she sang to me.
Every time I see Rita, I still think of being a child from the 1970s and watching her charismatic performances on The Electric Company. Then I fast forward to my adult years and recall her performances as Sister Pete in the riveting HBO series Oz.
Rita is an incredible actress with some major range who flawlessly becomes the characters she portrays. I am envious of Bob, having been serenaded by her. Rita rules!
When the reviewer's vision blurs enough to double the number of dogs appearing in a film; you kinda have to take the review with a lump of salt. Criticizing the film (characters walk around with no radiation suits or protection on their farm) for a point that the characters spend quite a bit of time theorizing about is also pretty lame.
Hi, Great article!
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Sorry but I thought it was pretty good.
Don't worry....squeeze bottles were introduced in 1990!
There were no squeeze bottles for ketchup in '96 yet, were there? Yet there it is, right in that frame above. . .the horror.
In this sci-fi apocalypse, we get the stone-face treatment of Keanu Reeves in a serious stylish manner playing an iconic character known as "Klaatu" from the original science fiction classic released in the year 1951. Call it "laid-back" and "uninspiring" but I think the same way but in a positive way. It was a savvy decision to put Keanu Reeves in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951) because of his amusing show of seriousness. And if you dig deeper, Michael Rennie (the original actor who played Klaatu in the original film) and Keanu Reeves look somewhat alike. It's pretty cool.
They should have released the film on the brink of the upcoming Spring season where "Mother Nature" grows itself back. Y'know, to coincide with the film's plot and settings to the actual settings of nature's upcoming bloom, since this remake monologues about Earth's environment. What do you think?
This movie is just right for you if you want to feed your depression.
Let's just say I excused myself to use the restroom in the middle of the movie. End of review.
Starscreen who the hell is that? It's STARSCREAM dumb ass, ffs if you're going to bag something at least know exactly what the hell it is you're trying to compare it to?
I agree entirely. Ultron is parallel to Starscreen in terms of how annoying a villain can be, but the character becomes even more awry by taking on the mantle of Pinocchio, whom, to be fair, was used as an attempt to create a darker themed conflict throughout the film for which the Avengers could "assemble". And while the idea of the contrast proposed by taking something as lighthearted as Pinocchio and using it to fuel the antics of a crazed super-villain is not by any means unacceptable, it's portrayal in the film certainly was. The movie tries to make Ultron a "Joker" type villain, where there's a sense of sweetness to a character that eventually sours upon the revelation of his or her true self. Yet, instead of drawing us in and unexpectedly catching us off guard with some form of evil twist, the films portrayal of Ultron ultimately comes across as a really stale joke. We knew from the beginning that Ultron was going to be a bad guy, but what we didn't know was just how bad of a guy he was going to be. We'd eventually, of course, come to find out, but the outcome only made things worse. Fans wanted to see an iconic villain get some real hard-earned gritty action time on the big screen, but what they got was the cinematic equivalent of Skeletor sending his henchmen to fight He-Man and his allies in an never-ending cycle of good versus evil, with the exception being that Ultron was killed off so that good (spoiler alert) could prevail once and for all.
Overall, the movie lacks the serious setting that makes comic books and superheros so memorable. The film is more of a lighthearted fencing match between two English gentlemen than a brutal Wolverine-like fight to the death. And while both seem to be opposing extremes, there was no conceived notion to create anything between the two, hereby labeling this fraction of the blockbusting franchise as nothing more than useless and boring filler.
Marty, you are so incredibly ignorant of the MCU that I'm almost positive that you're trolling. The main review is complete nonsense, putting negative spins on everything for no good reason.
I agree almost 100%. Saw it today at noon ( only 20 people there). And was pretty much bored to death. So many scenes with absolutely NOTHING going on. Quicksilver character totally boring, such a shame he died ( NOT!!!). Nothing like the 1st movie with the exception of Hulk & Iron Man destroying NYC AGAIN, after , presumeably, being rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1st movie. They had all these battles in Korea & some country in Europe...WHO CARES??? We wanna see Chicago, LA, SF, Miami, etc being attacked. Almost fell asleep. Hulk seen flying away in plane at end..what happened to him?? Stayed til end of credits for hopefully an Easter egg teaser...sorry Charlie...nothing. Just the same ol' dude at the end of virtually every Marvel movie ( Avengers 1, Thor , Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc) who smiles & says, to the effect,..".EARTH IS DOOMED".At least 3D & special FX were good. One thumb up. "B" at best.
On another note..(I know they're comics).does anyone ever question how all these Marvel movies exist ( Avengers, Fantastic 4, Spiderman, Xmen, etc) and yet neither group knows the other?? I mean they tied all the Avengers characters story arcs together & separately.
Are you "That" Colin Boyd? If so, I'm very glad to find you again. Loved your reviews in Phoenix and on getthebigpicture.net!
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