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Thunder Force (2021)
This is such a terrible, predictable, boring film. Pretty much everything you expect when you start watching a Melissa McCarthy movie, the one upside is Jason Batemans Crab Man, he's kind of funny. If you want a better experience just search up a compilation of all the Crab Man parts on YouTube, you'll laugh just as much as if you watched the actual film and it'll be way quicker.
Very, Predictable, Soooo Predictable
With some great performances, fun cinematography, and good sets this film feels like it should be great, but the story, oh, the story. This is possibly one of the most predictable films I've ever seen to the point where I was able to guess exactly what they were going to say, word for word, before they said it. The film is super predictable but this almost adds to the enjoyment, it felt like their were no stakes and you just have a lot of fun guessing what they're going to say and what they're going to do, watching alone is okay, but watching with others, this is a fun time.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Great Action Film
As action films go, this is one of my favourites, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are great together and the villain is pretty good, especially the accent. There are lots of clever twists, funny encounters and generally everything in this film comes together to make it a thoroughly enjoyable time. You should watch it :D.
American Graffiti (1973)
I Assume A Perfect Encapsulation of the Times
This film is set other one night and follows a group of kids, just left school on their adventures round town. The cast is full with people who would later become stars and the cinematography is pretty solid, but where this film excels, is how it manages to capture the feel of an entire generation and a time so perfectly, the cars, the music, trying to buy alcohol, trying to impress girls. This movie perfectly captures how I imagine life was in America during the early 60s and almost makes me sad I couldn't have grown up back then. It brings you back to a simpler time in a way that not many other films have and I think that makes this film one everyone should try and watch.
Thoroughly Wes Anderson
Out of all the films Wes Anderson has made, you would struggle to find one more Wes Anderson than this. As with his other films the cast is jampacked with stars, with some highlights being Jeff Goldblum and. Willem Dafoe but all the cast bring some great performances apart from perhaps Owen Wilson, who I felt didn't really show much emotion at times, just kind of smiled awkwardly and talked.
The cinematography in this film is great, as you expect from Wes Anderson, and it has some pretty massive sets, an amazing soundtrack and is overall a very solid film. However, while on paper this film seems great, in reality it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea. Not all the jokes land, characters motivations aren't always clear and the story jumps around a bit. This isn't one of Wes Andersons best films, but it is a very Wes Anderson film, a lot of people probably won't love this film but it's worth trying out, if for nothing but Willem Dafoe's German accent. :)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
You Don't Have To Like Dancing to Enjoy This Film
This movie is worth a watch, as romantic comedies go it's pretty solid and as movies about dancing go this is in the top ten for sure. The two leads have great chemistry and the whole cast is a load of fun, this film isn't some great intellectual work of art but it's a fun watch and worth seeing at least once, and as some one who has no interest in dancing I feel like even if you don't like to dance or don't find it that interesting to watch you can still get something from this film.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
It Made Me Feel Things
This film made me feel things, not only are the performances great and some really nice cinematography, nothing less than what you would expect from Wes Anderson, but the story itself is simple yet beautiful. There are some really touching moments in this film and I did come close to tears. It's a great film but if you're looking for a comedy I think this isn't your ideal pick, however if you're looking for a touching movie about family, friendship and love then definitely watch this, you won't regret it :)
Panic Room (2002)
A Clever Thriller
I was surprised when I found out that this was a David Fincher film as it didn't strike me as the kind of thing he would make but just like some of his other films this is a really solid thriller. It has some moments of genuine fear and a really good cast, just a solid movie to watch, if you like films like Zodiac and Seven then you'll probably enjoy this.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
I loved this movie, every performance was great, all the sets were great, all the performance were great and pretty much everything else was great. I think this film is almost perfect for what it is, I really don't have much to say about this film apart from that I heartily recommend it :)
You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn't stop to think if you should.
I had a good time with this movie, I really liked the performances and all the effort that went into making the film feel like it was straight from the twenties, but what made this movie for me was the cinematography, I mean wow, some of the different shots were just stunning, but as good as the cinematography was, it couldn't help the film with my main problem. The story.
I feel like my problem is really that Herman J. Mankiewicz, didn't have a very interesting life, not that I'm insulting Gary Oldman's acting, he really brought his A game to the part and I don't think he could have done much better with what he was supplied with. Herman just wasn't a very interesting guy, he just talked to not very interesting people and walked around Hollywood, but back to the pros of the film. Great costumes, amazing music and some great sets, I think people should watch this film but I don't think Mank was the kind of guy who deserved a film about him if you get what I mean. This is a bit of a all other the place review but I feel like this is a film that is really difficult to boil down and talk about, just go watch it and make up your own mind :)
The Prestige (2006)
When you get Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Michael Caine and Andy Serkis in one film, how can it not be great. It's an amazing cast! As well as a great cast, this film has a really interesting story. The back and forth between Jackman and Bale is really good, with each one hating the other and trying to prove themselves more skilled.
My one complaint is the twist ending, is it really a twist? I suppose it is. I did see it coming from the moment we saw the hats and while it is good in terms of the story, it is very obvious. If you like Nolan you'll love this film, and even if you don't like Nolan this film is definitely worth a watch.
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Pacino is a full on Stalker, but it's nice
This film is nice, it's just a simple, nice romance film, with a good story, however, Al Pacino is GENUINELLY A STALKER. His entire thing is him just following Michelle Pfeiffer's character around, finding out where she lives, forcing her to go to a party with him, not leaving her alone when she asks him multiple times to go away! While he is doing these creepy things for the right reasons, and in the film it does get him the girl, in real life all he would be getting is a restraining order. Even if it it slightly weird I recommend it if you like heartfelt, nice storys.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
There was a rebel village 5 clicks down the road, word came down from top brass, "make it disappear". We, we didn't know any better, we were kids.
This movie is brilliant, it is just stunning. The lighting, colours and action is great and the performances are all on point. My problem with this film though, is the story, I know it's filled with intelligent metaphors and all that but sometimes when Martin Sheen is going through his long inner monologues, it almost feels like a parody of itself, it really reminds me of the SNL sketch with the puppets, where one of them is ex army and keeps giving these long monologues about the war. Apart from the fact that the movie can seem... silly. It's great, I like the story for the most part, and I love how it all looks and feels, and for the time, the action is superb, hell, it's even superb for movies now a days. If you want to watch a war film and you can ignore the monologues then this is a great watch.
My sister really wanted to watch this with me and I reluctantly agreed to watching it with her. It's fine, it's okay, I think for girls between 10 and 13 this is great, and other people can definitely get something out of it, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There are a few very funny parts and a great cast and if you like high school films then you'll probably enjoy this. If you aren't a big fan of the genre then you won't be swayed by this film, but if you are then this a good bit of viewing.
Kurenai no buta (1992)
Fun, Beautiful, and Silly
As with any other Studio Ghibli film, this film is visually stunning, I don't know how you can 2D animate something like a dogfight with 7 planes all swopping and twirling and still have it look realistic? I'm in awe of their skills. In terms of story, it's pretty solid. It's a light-hearted funny film and it excels at this, a great bit of viewing with children or for anyone who appreciates animation. 7/10
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Underwhelming, but Decent
I'd heard so much praise for this film, how it would be hilarious and it's one of the best comedy's and I disagree, it's by no means bad but it isn't one of the best comedy's, but on to the positives. The cast was great, so many amazing actors and all of them were just going to the max, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise and Steve Coogan were my favourites. The opening to the film is great, but I won't spoil it and I love the end credits as well. This is really just a solid comedy, it just isn't one of the best comedy's. Worth a watch though. :D
Not Everything has to be Highbrow
This isn't some high brow comedy, a lot of the jokes are just about sex and boobs, but just because it isn't high brow doesn't mean it isn't funny, this is a pretty solid comedy with good acting from the whole cast and just a generally fun atmosphere, it even manages to mix in some touching moments of teenage friendship. If you need a comedy this is worth a watch.
Jack Reacher (2012)
This is pretty solid thriller, fun characters, creepy bad guy, car chases. What more could you want? I will say that some of the lines are laughably bad but I think that really adds to the film, giving it an air of playfulness. If you have a couple hours and you're not sure what to watch this is pretty good.
Not What I Was Expecting, but Good Nonetheless
I went into this film expecting something similair to Being John Malkovitch, a film that I loved, but instead I got a film about creative struggles and want, it's a great movie and incredibly unique, even if it isn't Being John Malkovich. Charlie Kaufman is just great and Spike Jonze does amazing as well. I especially like the scenes where they're on the set of Being John Malkovich. My last thought on this film is about Nicholas Cage, I haven't seen him in too many films but this is definitely my favourite performance by him, he really captures the character and he just brings the perfect amount of self pity and patheticness to the character. This is a really good film but I can imagine that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, the first half is rather slow but it really picks up in the last 30 minutes.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Bit Gruesome at Points but Good on the Whole :)
This was my first Tarantino film and I went in expecting a lot and I've got to say, it lived up to my expectations. The action is so fluid and fun, the music great and there are moments of cinematography that are simply stunning, one of my problems with it though, which I wasn't expecting when I went in to it, was how gruesome some parts were. Most of the time the killing was fun and cartoonish with blood spurting out and silly noises being made but there are some moments where it's just brutal. As well as that I wanted more talking, quite a bit of this film is just wordless fighting, which is okay but I'd heard so much about Tarantino's witty dialogue and it was a shame that I wasn't able to see too much of it in this film, but apart from these minor gripes it's a great viewing, would highly recommend.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Zombies In London, It's Cool :)
This movie stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, I really liked Simon Pegg but I just couldn't get behind Nick's character, he's just annoying! I know that's the point of his character, that he's a bit of a loser who is pretty useless but I just don't like seeing him which is a shame because I really liked all the other characters. I thought that Simon and Kate Ashfield's chemistry was great and, as per usual, Edgar Wright's editing was amazing! It did feel like a pretty standard zombie film though which disappointed me as I'm not a big fan of Zombie films but that's more of a me problem than a problem with the film, I do really like ZombieLand though and that's the only other zombie film I've seen so...
I guess your main takeaway from this review should be that I don't know what I'm talking about! :)
Just Watch It!
I mean from the first shot this movie is breath-taking, I saw about how Bong Joon-Ho storyboarded every scene in the film and it definitely payed off, everything about this film is amazing, the story is genius and as someone who knows nothing about South Korea it's really cool to see someone from that country making a movie telling people what it's like. I don't want to get into spoilers but I will say that the whole thing with the basement is just amazing. I loved this fil and everyone should watch it.
I loved this Film :)
A couple months ago I saw this article talking about one of the Zodiac's ciphers being solved 51 years after it was made. At the time I had never heard of the Zodiac Killer but I was intrigued and instantly went to Wikipedia to read about it. The story I read was fascinating but after I'd read the Wikipedia article I felt like I had learnt a bit but there wasn't much more to learn about, that is until now when, one day when scrolling through Netflix, I saw the film. I watched it and it did not let me down, it was far more interesting than the article I'd read but also so accurate to the information I'd seen. I loved Jake Gyllenhaal's character and how he was tortured by this puzzle, letting it envelop his life, I loved how gory the killing scenes were when, at times I'd have to look away, the suspense was amazing and all the actors were top notch. This movie, while definitely dark, was just a lot of fun to watch. One of my favourite elements of the movie was how everyone who was involved with the case, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal were enveloped by it and you see that for years it impacts their life.
I'm not sure how accurate this film was to real life but I whole heartedly recommend it.
All the President's Men (1976)
Brilliantly Made! Not Sure About the Story Though,
This movie is a masterclass on pacing, lighting and cinematography. To be honest almost every technical part of the film is done to perfection and I'm not saying that the acting was bad either, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were superb, I think that what let this story down really was the story itself. The script is good, don't get me wrong, but the story is a bit plain, it's an interesting scandal but all the film can really do is show us these two reporters driving to different people's homes and asking them questions and no matter how good the directing is, the dialogue, the acting, the camerawork, the story itself just isn't that interesting. If you have an interest in this particular scandal and how it was uncovered by the media then you can definitely get a good time from it but if you just want to sit back, relax and watch a film...
There are definitely better options.
TL;DR : Good for people who like Watergate or want to learn about how to make a film look good, not great for some casual viewing
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
It was Pretty Good
This film was really good! It's about how NWA was formed, their rise to the top and their subsequent fall. The film uses a lot of the music from the band which is nice if your a fan of gangsta rap and the entire film just feels like an accurate representation of what the band and black Americans were going through at the time. The movie talks about police violence and it's definitely relevant with what's going on at the moment. Great watch, would recommend. :)