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.
Negga plays Tulip O'Hare in AMC's quirky "Preacher" series. She also had a small part as one of the W.H.O. scientists in "World War Z".
Hollywood totally exaggerated the ridge. Hacksaw ridge looks nothing like what they filmed. I have been there. The real film should have been about the Okinawan people. Okinawa was taken over by Japan in the 1800 and been treated like third class citizens to this day. They were used as human shields by the Japanese Imperial army. They killed them indiscriminately. Okinawan people have their own language. The Japanese told them if you speak Okinawan we will kill you. They saw it as subversion. 1/3 the local population of Okinawa was killed in the crossfire of the battle. that is 120,000 lives. You should read about Himyuri Nurse school. Comprised of teenagers treating injured civilians. Many were killed for refusing to kill or abandon the wounded.
To learn the story of Desmond Doss without the war porn, watch "The Conscientious Objector" (2004) available on Amazon and other streaming sites. We saw this before "Hacksaw Ridge".
Sure Mel Gibson's film is good cinema, and the acting is stellar, but I don't need to see graphic violence to know that war is hell. Hear it from Mr. Doss and his platoon comrades before they died. (Especially if you are prone to PTSD.)
"Trophy" looks like a really good one too.
It's only the insane insatiable appetite for "any" entertainment in our current society that allows these tropes to survive. Let's hope the a more ubiquitous future of entertainment delivery will put crap like this in the dustbin of history.
The chosen pic is the perfect illustration of the cliche.
I sat for a full minute staring at the last paragraph of this review, flabbergasted that you would consider a film which is literally just a plot hybrid of two previous films, throwing in shallow and horrifically bumbling new characters while completely destroying the personalities of existing ones, to be an example of how to revive a franchise properly.
I always read one rotten tomatoes reviews, of the many, based on how much I laugh at the reviewer quotes. Though simple, this is a bad movie, was pretty funny. I still love the Doug Liman one the best. The story was fresh, the action was crisp and it slapped James Bond around. We have Kingsman now. Bourne should be aborted.
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