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 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)


The old one was getting unwieldy. So I made a new thread if you wanna play! Everyone has a valid opinion.

Seconds 8/10 ****
Classic Frankenheimer on blu ray. Middle age crisis dude gets the Rekall treatment hoping for a new life. However there are no second chances as all the same foibles you never faced keep after you. Is the movie Avatar without the flourescent blue toothpaste and fern gully crap flitting around?
Awesome 'in 2 worlds' Goldsmith score demo's why he was the master of exploring the contradictions in human existence. Get the disc it's worth the time next to Manchurian Candidate.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

You're late! http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98791&forumID=7&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

From Hell 7/10 ***
I always like what the Hughes Bros come up with, even when the films don't go too deeply they attempt interesting angles.

The version of Alan Moore's book turns a floating head piece into kind of an agatha christie type mystery question if the freemason brotherhood old boy network covered up the Jack the Ripper events for the royals. I don't know why such subjects drive some people to outrage and derision considering this is the same standard stuff Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was always fighting against in book and films. Anyway I liked it for the most part.

The Brave 8/10 ****
Johnny Depp's one and only directed film was self financed and never released in the US. lol I wonder why besides the uncommercial downer story. It's about a guy who agrees to get paid to star in a snuff film in order to save his family.

An indian guy in the southwest faces poverty and existential anguish as his family is about to be evicted to nowhere, and homelessness. He gets a mysterious tip and goes to see a shady group fronting for something even shadier, and asks for the job. He is sent underground to meet McCarthy, who is played by Marlon Brando. The job is 50 000$ to allow the old fat man to tape the indian dude getting tortured and killed. He agrees to do it. He thinks they'll come after him if he runs away with the money, and thinks they will come after him even if he just has it but the old man gives it all to him trusting he will do what he agrees to. uh. He just sold his soul.
More existential troubles ensue. He gets in deeper troubles that will land him in prison. He goes to the old shaman from The Doors movie, who tells him to face his choices. He does, and the movie ends with poetry and ineffable sadness. Depp directs really well, staying close to telling it without trying to be more than it is. The movie doesn't feel like 'plot' or 'ideas,' but real things. Hopelessness is treated as a reality that can't be surmounted especially when the hero makes it worse. He gives in to vengeance then goes farther into killing out of hate. No way out. But he already sold out to the pervert in the wheelchair who has a power beyond his means, because it's Marlon Brando. lol I deleted the next sentence because I dont think it's appropriate!

Baby Secret of the Lost Legend 7/10 ***
Blu ray. Dunno if I reviewed this already but I watched it again. Silly movie with a crazy hard edge for a kids movie. Giant rubber dinosaurs and Sean Young. Obviously you get this movie for the score by Jerry Goldsmith, presented in big loud lossless audio, thought it's a little distorted. Straight ahead adventure scoring with soaring melodics and cool ostinatos and power brass. Love the percussion and crazy tempo changes. I finally get to see this in it's correct aspect ratio.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2013 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

The Crossing Guard 7/10 ***.5
Sean Penn's directed films always try to retrieve lost traces of humanity in lost causes.
In this 1995 film Jack Nicholson plays a bitter hateful jeweler who's daughter was killed in an accident. The manslaughter perp gets out of prison and Jack wants to shoot him dead. Revenge. His ex wife turned away from him because he lost himself. She tells him after he throws one of perpetual hissy fits it must be all about him since he never saw the grave or went to the service. Jack boozes and womanizes with hookers. Wow all the stuff effed up guys do. So he gets a gun and goes to the killer's trailer but the gun jams and he looks like a dumbass and sheepishly tries to look mean and gives him 3 days and he'll be back. The Killer says ok. He is trying to deal with the guilt and knows he can't say anything to make anyone have peace of mind or do anything to fix what has happened, but he tells his parents he loves them and appreciates they stand by him. His gf cant take the guilt anymore. Ppl put so many demands on everyone.
Spoilers.
The Jack dude melts down some more, sobs, his wife comes to console him but he thinks she is pitying him for being honest. He tells her he wishes she would die. She exits. The bastard goes back to trying to kill someone out of hatred. Mishaps get in the way, he will go to jail. He goes to shoot the dude but more excitement leads to the killer bringing him to face himself, and the sobbing commences.

It does a good job of showing the sheer self imposed hell of hate and seeking revenge. The lost soul has many people pushing him to change his mind. That's all they need to do. The rest is up to the person. In the end he doesn't do the final act he wants to, but he has damaged everything by hate. Mostly himself. Vilmos Zsigmond's honest unshowy photography brings out the inner grief and deep mistakes to the surface by letting the actors act. Good film. 

Many people on this rock are just like this guy. Negativity, hate and fear of facing what's in the mirror rule. A little hate can damage a lifetime with repercussions on the soul.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2015 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Chopping Mall 7.5/10 - a really fun film which I wish I had seen earlier. Very short and zips along. Had the lovely Barbara Crampton in it. Has some nice death scenes and has a good sense of humour especially at the beginning. Sort of tails off at the end, and some characters do daffy stuff that'll make you laugh and shake your head, but I reckon with a bit more cash and time it would have been even better thought of. If I has a nice widescreen blu-Ray and some commentaries I'd give it an 8.5. Just a hoot.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2015 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Yeah, guess this thread needs to be retitled Part three or something wink

Edge Of Tomorrow 3.5-5

The previews looked like every other sci fi alien action movie ever made. Familiar aliens and exo skeleton battle gear, shakey cam, fast cut action sequences, little character development and a forgettable score. I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise in bad @ss mode either.

Sadly this is mostly true. The visuals are all to familiar and the action sequences were a blurry mess and fell flat. I kept thinking how much better Aliens was.

But there was a refreshing sense of black humor through out the film which kept me entertained. Major key point was the fact the film never devolved into anything sick or gross. Things are implied. Tom Cruise was not by default a bad @ss character either, but instead grew into the role.

Senseless popcorn movie but nothing that really irritated me. Fun film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2015 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The Heat. For some reason I never seem to like any movie with Sandra Bullock where she has to dance at one point. This continues the tradition. 5/10.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2015 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

STICK - 3/10 Burt Reynolds directs an Elmore Leonard script. The tone of the film veers wildly, and it doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. The story also lacks any real forward drive, flagging pretty badly, and peters out at the end. Yon Burt Reynolds is okay, and Charles Durning is just hilarious-looking, you can't take him seriously though. Partly that's the character, but partly i think he's miscast. Stuntman Dar Robinson is memorable as an albino hitman. The opening helicopter shot is also basically a repeat of Sharky's Machine (but they were both nice shots).

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2015 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Big Hero 6- 3.5-5

The animation was generally gorgeous. The backgrounds in particular were breathtaking in their complexity and beauty. The character animation was fine but not up to the level of HTTYD.

Having no prior knowledge of the source material (a Marvel comic series) I found the basic storyline compelling, with the right amount of character driven comedy, action and personal tragedy.

Unfortunately the story needlessly added on a group of goofy sidekicks which is a requirement in every animated film it seems. Their transformation from nerdy science geeks to superhero was rather rushed and abrupt. Nor were the characters designs at all interesting.

Over all the story felt rushed and I guess this is what happens when you try to compress a larger story into 100 min cartoon.

Generally I loved the first half, the origin story, the relationship between brothers and the introduction of the medical robot Baymax. Lots of laughs and heartwarming moments.

I didn’t feel any of the action sequences were all that exciting either and this is where the film sort of falls apart. The ending in the “Stargate” void was well done though.

My biggest complaint was the soundtrack which at times was painful to my ears and totally ruined some sequences. At times the score was serviceable, other times it was obnoxious and agonizing.

A fine attempt. It could have been a great film with some tweaks in the script and music department.

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The Equalizer 2/10

This may very well be the dullest action movies I have ever seen. You should feel a lot for the characters who suffer in this film, but I felt near nothing. This is a shame as that's the main crux of why we need a man like McCall. But as dull as those in need are, McCall is even duller. Endless shots of him doing nothing, or slow motion shots of him walking away from explosions, or whatever make this film feel even slower.

As a side note, this film is nothing like it's name sake... nothing. At least other films try to incorporate something of the original, but not this one.

Avoid if possible.

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 3:28 AM   
 By:   the_limited_edition_2   (Member)

DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE 8/10

Don't know how many times I've seen this, but probably 10 times. This gives most "modern" action films a run for their money. Brilliantly directed (too bad McTiernan messed up his life so bad!), not a dull moment.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Kingsman - 7/10 (8/10 if not for a gratuitous and classless anal sex reference, call me prudish if you want).

Good entertainment from the Kick Ass stable, with a nice Bondian/Austin Powers score. Apart from the point-losing reference above, I'm not sure why Mr Jackson played his part with an unconvincing lisp.

More interest for me in that the Savile Row HQ for Kingsman was in reality the high-class tailor Huntsman. I dealt with their insurance programme in the 1990s and visited them on many an occasion. Never noticed all the guns, though...

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Kingsman - 7/10 (8/10 if not for a gratuitous and classless anal sex reference, call me prudish if you want).

Good entertainment from the Kick Ass stable, with a nice Bondian/Austin Powers score. Apart from the point-losing reference above, I'm not sure why Mr Jackson played his part with an unconvincing lisp.

More interest for me in that the Savile Row HQ for Kingsman was in reality the high-class tailor Huntsman. I dealt with their insurance programme in the 1990s and visited them on many an occasion. Never noticed all the guns, though...

TG


TG, I hated this film almost more than a Bolton defeat to Tranmere Rovers. I wasn't a fan of Kick-Ass either. Can we still be friends?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Kingsman - 7/10 (8/10 if not for a gratuitous and classless anal sex reference, call me prudish if you want).

Good entertainment from the Kick Ass stable, with a nice Bondian/Austin Powers score. Apart from the point-losing reference above, I'm not sure why Mr Jackson played his part with an unconvincing lisp.

More interest for me in that the Savile Row HQ for Kingsman was in reality the high-class tailor Huntsman. I dealt with their insurance programme in the 1990s and visited them on many an occasion. Never noticed all the guns, though...

TG


TG, I hated this film almost more than a Bolton defeat to Tranmere Rovers. I wasn't a fan of Kick-Ass either. Can we still be friends?


No!

Oh, dammit, I can't stay mad at you for long.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2015 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Kingsman - 7/10 (8/10 if not for a gratuitous and classless anal sex reference, call me prudish if you want).



That's Mark Millar for ya. He seems to have a fetish for anal sex, or else he is a high school kid who thinks it's funny. He wanted to open the comic Wanted with an anal sex scene but the publish. For this, Kick Ass, most every original property he's had his paws on, and his weird fascination with rape, he has earned his place in Hell big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2015 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Guardians Of The Galaxy- 0-5

"Battle Beyond The Stars" meets "The 5th Element". This was actually much worse than I expected. Found it exceedingly cringe worthy. Almost turned it off at the halfway mark. Was a chore to finish.
(Edited)

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2015 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Jurassic World. Dumb fun. Really, really dumb. And casually, wantonly violent. And sexist. And dumb. But fun, mostly, until it slows down enough to think about it.

Also they really missed the mark with the first use of the Williams theme. And one of the best cues in the film, adapted from the Williams material, was not on the OST. frown

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2015 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Frozen - 2-5 for myself. 4-5 for everyone else less critical of their films.


Well I have two reactions to this film.

(1) It’s a harmless, nicely animated kiddie film with some beautiful imagery and inoffensive characters. Obviously it pleased many and I can't fault them for that.

(2) For myself I thought it was mediocre at best. The babbling Disney princesses of late are really annoying and the dialogue was unnatural and awkward. The pop songs, are rather simple and the performers seem to yell their lyrics instead of actually singing. It was grating on my ears.

The songs never felt organic either. The whole first half of the film felt like a music video and seemed to be made solely for the purpose of selling songs. (Mission accomplished Disney!)

The over all story accomplished nothing. Other than Anna learning love at first sight was a fairy tale. So good for them there. But how on earth did Elsa suddenly learn how to control her powers?

Yeah I know everyone went Frozen crazy, especially over the songs. But in my opinion Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were much better.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2015 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Frozen - 2-5 for myself. 4-5 for everyone else less critical of their films.

Such humility!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2015 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Frozen - 2-5 for myself. 4-5 for everyone else less critical of their films.

Such humility!


big grin

 
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