I was SO amazed by this film, and I'm hardcore about quality cinema! You MUST see this on the big screen while you can!
James Cameron took us into the future and to stars for a breathtaking look at a world through the eyes of virtual reality, while director Christopher Nolan takes us into the human mind and a view of reality through our dreams. Philosophers from Plato to Descartes have tackled the question of reality and the dream world for a couple of thousand years. Christopher Nolan brings these questions and concepts of dreams and reality and drops it on our doorstep and then steps back and laughs. Like the Greek Myth of Theseus and Ariadne, sometimes the myths just don't make any sense, oh well. What Christopher Nolan does in Inception, is walk the fine line between madness and sanity, between greatness and confusion. The ultimate concept that permeates Inception is that one must trust. As the characters must trust each other when entering the dream world, the audience must trust that the world that Nolan creates on screen will not crumble before our eyes leaving us in limbo. Nolan is not above a prank or two. Read more: http://dld.bz/ndsn
Michael Paul Stephanson and George Hardy turned a miserable defeat into a success with this documentary about Troll 2. I laughed through most of the move and thought how well Stephanson's direction, editing and pacing were well done. The director was smart to focus on Hardy and not on himself, as actor/dentist George Hardy is the best loved character in the cast and the film. Also of notable mention was Stephanson's Skype interview that The Loft displayed on the big screen. When the Loft Cinema's Program Director Jeff Yanc turned the laptop's camera towards the audience, and Michael's face lit up with happiness. I found the Best Worst Movie extremely funny, and I found myself smitten with the documentary.
I'm not a writer; but I do know a worthwhile film when I view it.
Instead of boring you folks (Grimm and Jimmy D.) with my thoughts (they don't keep the viewer in mind anyway), I'd rather you'd read the review at this URL:
Even "Christianity Today" gave "Parnassus" a thumb's up. In fact, the NY "Times" supported Gilliam's latest effort...though the readers were more enthusiastic.
My advise to you all: see this flim again...and do a little bit of reading: the "eternal story" being told by the good doctor is an ancient myth...that had been told in many ancient cultures...
People not understanding this film...also failed to understand "El Topo" when it first debuted.
The title of my review is, "Repairing 500 years of slavery with the movie, The Blind Side, while simultaneously fostering inter-racial Cougar/Oedipus complexes."
The movie The Blind Side officially repairs five hundred years of slavery, yeah! Finally there is a much needed football movie that just so happens to be a balm to white ruling class, and all southern white, guilt. Praises to the cast and crew for such a big accomplishment. The only criticism I have has to do with the title of the movie: A more fitting title might be, "Fostering the Inter-Racial Cougar Oedipal Complex," For those of you who don't know what a 'Cougar' is, here is a synopsis; A Cougar is an older woman who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male. Here's a refresher on what an Oedipus Complex is: It is a complex of the male desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father. I don't know if the big football star / adoptee wanted to score with his white trophy mom. It is hard for me to give this movie a detailed and accurate review because I only saw the trailer; and I hope I am never forced to watch it on a bus or an airliner. The only person that I know who saw the movie was my elderly white neighbor (who happens to be a widow and a southerner). Her reviews were stunning. She held her heart and spoke of renewed inspiration. Normally when I see this neighbor she bemoans her loneliness and depressingly speaks of how much she misses her dead husband. But this movie, Wow, it had her smiling while simultaneously tearing happy tears from her eyes. She told me that I "must take my wife to it" and that, my "wife will love it!" I asked my newly inspired neighbor, partly out of curiosity but mostly to change the subject, if she had seen this other new movie called, "The Men Who Stare At Goats?" My elderly neighbor let go of her heart, made a gasp of exasperation, looked utterly shocked and said, "Why no, I would never see a movie like that!" When I walked into my apartment I told my wife about our neighbor's reaction. My wife said, "The movie is called 'the men who STARE at goats... NOT, the men who FUCK goats!"
If you like the graphic novel or the movie, I highly recommend the DVD (or iTunes download) of the motion comic. It's outstanding and unabridged.
Can't wait to see this again. I'm not sure that it will appeal to the masses due to the length and depth but this certainly impressed me.
I couldn't disagree more with Colin Boyd's review of "Angel's Share" as "sad and disappointing". Having lived in a depressed city in Scotland in the 1970s, the Ken Loach's portrayal of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness in inner-city Glasgow is spot on. This makes it all the more heartwarming to see the lead character make the audacious leap out of this cycle. And it is not an easy move! I was on the edge of my seat during the brewery scene as he was siphoning the "Angel's Share" and felt the triumph of his struggle in the final scenes with his new family. The film was hilarious (especially if you are familiar with Scottish culture), touching, and entirely human. It is absolutely worth seeing! (Word of warning: The use of the F-word is prolific throughout the film, which may bother some viewers.)
My review of Splice, a Review of a Modern Day Prometheus
This is a very powerful and well realized film. No, it does not compare to the book, but that is not a fair comparison. The acting is excellent, the direction confident and true to the story, and the plot, although minimal, never fails to hold interest. The very ending didn't quite live up to the rest to my mind, but on the whole this is a first rate movie. In particular, fathers and sons should see it for the portrayal of the deep, if often unspoken bonds, between them.
Don't buy the baloney. Affleck sucks, and his Batman should be committed to the insane asylum, Eisenberg IS the insane asylum, and not in a Heath Ledger way, so moronic is his Luthor character, and only Cavill as Superman is anywhere near normal, but even his character is dragged down by the portentous, ridiculous, movie. I didn't think that it was possible, but this film is even worse than JJ's Star Trek toilet bowls.
Possibly the worst modern super hero movie with such a huge budget.
"What producers didn't realize soon enuogh"... oh dear.
What's up with that last incomplete paragraph Grimmy? It seems as if you borrowed it from the review which you did last week. Oops!
Henry Cavill was screwed repeatedly by Zack Snyder. You want a "dark" Superman, fine, but don't make him an angry, morose dullard who is incredibly STUPID. He looks like he wants to flip off the audience when saving Amy Adams. Would it hurt this douchebag jock retard to "smile" for once? Superman gets his powers from the SUN not a garbage can whilst playing a Joy Division boxset. The only good thing about this craotastic spectacular is that he gets murdered by a giant turd. Yep! Superman bites it because he's too fucking stupid to hand a kryptonite laced soear to Wonder Woman. 10 year old kids were facepalming simultaneously around the planet. I can take comic book clichés, but can we have a DC film without giant plot-holes every 3 minutes? This film was edited by the biggest Man Boy idiot-Zack Snyder. What was he snorting? Crystal meth off a urinal everyday at the studio? Guy compares himself to fucking Alan Moore in interviews. He should be ashamed of himself for inflicting his utterly lame-brained "vision' of two sawed in half storylines ... No payoff. No drama. No suspense. No buildup. Nada. Zilch. Superman is pummeled and banged by the biggest asshole director of modern times. Congratulations,Zack, your " philosophical" pretentious ,boring joke of a film. How hard is it to write a good series with these characters. Try building up to something instead of farting an explosion out your ass onto the audience for once. Here's an idea... Superman goes rogue/evil after a period of three films..slowly...the JlA try to take him down. Batman -the weakest member- is left to take him down. Suspense,drama,excitement AND emotional payoff. No, you'd rather pussy out and give us cookie cutter bullshit! You talk about being different than Marvel. Shut the fuck up and go all the way with your ideas instead of chickening out!
I know Adam West is still alive Triplem555. I used this thing that is all the rage with the teenagers nowadays, it's this fad that the kids are calling sarcasm. It's really fun to use when people don't take it so seriously. Have a super (get it, super?) weekend. DC
Watched BvS on the weekend and thought it was very entertaining. Iron Man 3 happened to be on TV the next day. I've seen it before and thought I'd watch it again. With BvS fresh in my mind, watching Iron Man 3 felt like a childish joke. And critics applauded that movie. Seriously. It looks amateurish. The dialogue is ridiculous. The acting is goofy. It felt like I was watching one of those campy 70s movies in comparison to BvS. And yet Iron Man 3 was from 2013. And scored high critical review. Smh.
@Bob...to be fair, I would also want someone else besides Snyder to take on the JL films. George Miller would be a good candidate since he was originally considered to direct a JL flick back in 2008, but unfortunately that movie was scrapped. Snyder is an artist when it comes to making visually striking movies but comes short when trying to put everything together as a director. Imagine how beautiful it would be to have Miller directing and Snyder bringing his visuals as co-director. At this point it's obvious Warner Bros. is going on ahead with the JL films and Snyder directing them and it seems nothing will stop him. All we could do is hope that he somehow manages to give what everyone wants.
Saying that, I think this movie isn't either horrible or great. Horrible is what they have done with Marvel's beloved properties such as the Fantastic 4, Punisher (pre-Daredevil series), Ghost Rider and to some extent Spider-Man and I'm not even counting Howard the Duck and those other shoddy movies from early 90's. On a lighter note, Warner's and Snyder have stated that the upcoming films such as JL will have lighter tones. Regardless of its tone, even Ayer's Suicide Squad seems like it'll be a "Marvely" movie with smiles and comedic banter.
Hey...Bob here. A few more thoughts. The creation of Doomsday was hilariously bad. The pacing was sluggish at best. I detest what Snyder has done with the Superman universe. Cavill could be great but Snyder is suffocating him. I don't mind if Batman mopes and grumbles. It suits him. Superman...come on? Superman is gloriously naive and strangely perfect. Singer had it right when he cast Brandon Routh as a tribute to Christopher Reeve. Christopher Reeve was perfect, even if two of the movies he starred in were worse than this one. I know it's easy to dismiss the likes of me as a mediocre critic and all around douchebag. I get your anger towards us when we hate a movie you like. Keep in mind that I loved, loved, loved the Nolan Batmans, I really liked the WB animated The Dark Knight Returns, and I'm in the camp that loved Superman Returns but thought Man of Steel sucked. I just think these movies should be fun and exciting, even when they go the dark route. Nolan pulled it off with his Batmans, but Snyder (with Nolan's help) is blowing it. Come on? George Miller in charge of this franchise. This needs to happen now! I really don't like the listless, soulless vibe of this movie. Also...I just don't get what happened to Snyder. Dawn of the Dead awesome? Check. 300 kind of cool? Check. A nearly perfect Watchmen? Check. I certainly thought he was a good man to take over Superman. I was certainly wrong. Honestly, if they handed directorial control over to Affleck, I would be more excited. Affleck is a solid director, and I think he could be one of the best Batmans. He's actually very good in this movie, even though he's surrounded by dreck.
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