Well I just watched the video below, and I see that two of the three reviewers gave it a thumbs down. Well I don't know what they were expecting but I thought it was great. I do agree with one of them though when he commented on the caption that said, "The most terrifying film you will ever experience". Well that definitely was not true, That distinction still belongs to "The Exorcist" But having said that, I loved the movie. I thought it was way better than the original. And for me to say that is pretty unusual because I am a firm believer that a remake can never be better than the original. But I was never a big fan of the original Evil Dead to begin with. And the reason for that is I am a die hard horror movie fan. And one thing I can't stand is genre mixing. Whenever I see the genre of a movie as horror/comedy, I won't even bother with it. If you're going to make a horror movie, then make a horror movie, hence The Exorcist. There was NOTHING comical about that film. And that's what I really liked about the Evil Dead remake. In fact, there were only 2 things about it that I didn't like. (1) I definitely did not like what happened to the Dog. I can't stand any kind of violence against Children or Animals (especially dogs) PERIOD. (2) It was too quick, I wanted more, much much more. I hope if they make another one, instead of having just 5 people come to the cabin, bring 10 and leave the dog at home. I enjoyed every blood oozing minute of it. And I also thought the reason for them being there in the first place was also very creative. And why they would not let her leave when the shit began to hit the fan. Excellent! However I did like the characters (except for one) and I felt bad for them and what they had to endure. But one of them was just too damn dumb for me to feel anything for. I mean if you come across a book that's barbed wired shut, why the hell would you open it? And even after all of the warnings, he continued to read from it. I felt he deserved what he got. But I felt bad for the others. They were not a bunch of knuckleheads that you don't care about, like in your normal horror flicks. So, Yes I enjoyed it and I give it solid thumbs up, and I am so looking forward to another one. But remember LEAVE THE DOG HOME.
I just saw this film and I thought it was pretty good. It wasn't great by no means, but it wasn't bad either. And I actually felt sorry for the young lady. Even though she brought it all on herself by being stupid. And being drunk didn't help her much either. But what happens to her is pretty depressing. Also, I'm not familiar with the director, but I just don't feel that he did enough with it. There were a few scenes that could have been so much better, that I kind of felt cheated. But anyway, I don't want to give away anything because it's a new film and I'm sure there are a lot of people who haven't seen it yet. But later after it has run it's course, I definitely want to read other reviews. Because at the end when you see what finally happens to her, and then go back to the beginning and see what actually brought it on, I couldn't help but laugh my ass off. But then I thought about it and it actually made sense. But hopefully we will get to discuss this later. So if you are considering on seeing this movie, I would recommend it. But don't go in there expecting too much. Just accept it for what it is and enjoy it as I did.
The Shawshank Redemption has turned into a classic film being constantly replayed on TV. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are spectacular in their roles and the story itself flows smoothly and keeps your interest. Modern Day Films lack what The Shawshank Redemption has, and that is just an all around great film. Watch this if you wish to see an example of what a great film really is.
Catching Fire, a thrilling sequel to the Hunger Games, not only is brilliantly done, but both hard-core book fans and people who just enjoy a good drama/action movie should be content with this film. While this film may not be one that is forever remembered, and is certainly not a masterpiece, Catching Fire is thoroughly well done and has the ability to both move the audience to tears, and to the edge of their seats. Although sequels usually have a bad reputation, this movie is better than the first Hunger Games, and is a good transition film to the final movie that will end the trilogy.
For starters, in comparison to HUnger Gsmes, I felt like everything in this movie was stepped up a notch, as if the original filmakers saw their flaws in the first movie and decided to do this one a little different. Not to say that the first movie was bad, but there were a few things here and there that could of made it better. Catching Fire does this. Instead of the shaky cameras,that seemed to be evident in Hunger Games, this was pretty clear. The script felt more realistic, and was carefully written with more humor this time, but also with parts that could really move the audience. That being said, the actors seemed more comfortable in their roles the second time around, and were able to deliver their lines a little more emotionally.
The story of the film was overall well done. For any of the serious book fans, this movie is very close to the original novel, and will not disappoint. However, anyone who has not read the teen novel, can be pleased with the twists and turns of the movie. The general flow of one scene to the next seems to be in better control than in the first movie as well. Although, similar to the first movie, the first half is somewhat slow, and the actual action is really until later in the movie.
I think the most impressive part of the movie, is the intensity of the world that Katniss lives in. We are given the chance to really see the cruelty of the Capitol and how it effects the lives of everyone. There are a lot of emotional scenes that make you really feel for the characters and the difficult situation they are in. The soundtrack, as well as the acting, makes you really think deep.
Whether you are a book fan or not, this movie is a thrilling sequel!
So Sandra Bullock goes to a rehab facility where they let you leave and you can go and get wasted and they let people bring drugs in. This is highly unlikely that many facilities would be like this. The acting was alright but the movie got pretty boring a little over half way through. Steve Buscemi is so underutilized that it's not even funny. You have a great actor like him and he's only in a supporting role. Lame! I had to watch this one for my Substance Abuse class in college but unless you have to do the same I would skip this one. 5/10
This movie started out quite good, with themes of self-discovery, an authentic search for hard work, and faith. But then it just goes downhill, taking so many jabs and stabs at Christianity and rural life. In the end (and this isn't much of a spoiler alert) it looks like the cocky protagonist's adventure in small-town USA ends in a tragic fail. I just imagine him going back to yuppy-landia to tell everyone what "real" country people are like. Fortunately, though, we all really still are beloved Children of God, no matter what this movie does to tarnish that beautiful, simple truth.
For those of you who haven't heard the Oscar buzz surrounding this movie and its performances, I'll fill you in. This is a film that relies on the performances given by its stars, and the writing for these characters, which on that the writing is fantastic. It takes liberties as any film based on real events, but it integrates the falsehoods and unreal so well in the complicated tale of Mr. Ron Woodroof that it doesn't take you out of the experience, but enhances its viewing pleasure.
Such is the case with Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey star in Dallas Buyers Club, and I can say it's ideal casting. To start with, McConaughey's drawl is spot-on, and his commitment to weight loss for the sake of realism is astonishing. His ability to remake his identity in the realm of movies is a delight, because he has starred in so many other genres. Yet until now we haven't seen him in a role so dramatic and tragic, although I can’t say the same for Jared Leto. Each of his films over the last fifteen years has been completely different, each role complex and very specific to a certain lifestyle. He has ranged from drug addict-skinny, a 60-pound overweight man, and now we see him in his most intense lifestyle change.
Jared Leto plays a homosexual cross-dresser name Rayon, trying to get a sex change. Rayon is attempting to do this by splitting her new AZT pills and selling them for $5,000 out of each test bottle. The catch is that AZT is approved by the FDA, but is proven in most cases to be given in too high a dose, and thus destroys a person’s red blood cells and white blood cells since their immune system is already depleted. So when Ron Woodroof starts buying AZT under the counter we know at this point it’s the only helping ailment to the AIDS and HIV disorders. So in her first appearance, Rayon has just given our main character a blood transfusion to save his life after AZT killed off a majority of his blood cells.
Rayon is a compassionate and sharp woman who knows what she wants, and has that southern belle charm. She knows that she will be dead soon, so is still not given hope when she’s told about AZT, and the fact that she’s one of few to be in the program. Now since I’ve been talking about Rayon so much, we should get back to Ron.
Ron is a promiscuous, gambling, drinking, cocaine-snorting man who is deathly afraid and prejudiced against all gay men. We see from his friends that they are not the least bit good in influence to him, and encourage this behavior in him. They roughhouse, swear, swindle and have no respect for anything outside of loose women and a cold drink. Ron gets himself into a drug-induced coma, and is brought to the hospital. What he doesn’t know is that the doctors performed blood tests, and that he’s tested positive for that “Rock Hudson f**got s*it.” This is what drives Matthew McConaughey’s character to the edge after he finds out he has thirty days left. From then on the film introduces each different scene by which day it is. Ron searches high and low how to get AZT. This is the drug that eventually has him meet up with Rayon.
The way these two characters get together is ingenious, as in real-life he had a transfusion in real-life, and that was it. As I said the characters are not forced together by improbable and unlikely scenarios, but rather through a sensible chain of events.
This writing and in-depth character detail brings the tragedy of the story to the brim in the later story. We find out that Rayon is possibly having homosexual intercourse, while using intravenous drugs such as heroin, which leads us to the idea she was infected with the HIV virus. Ron has the supplements unapproved by the FDA taken away, and his partner Rayon is constantly discriminated, and shows much kindness to Ron, even selling her insurance policy for Ron to keep his business going. Not many times do I see a film that makes me cry four times for different reasons. Many heartfelt scenes bring up different emotions at the same time. Rayon jokes about dying, Ron meets up with his doctor friend for a dinner in which they sure some hardcore dramatic details about their life. The lights are low, the shots are close, and it ends with you knowing he’s in agony without mentioning it in a single word.
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I may have labeled the above spoilers, but the rising and falling action I won’t spoil, because the power of those scenes is too great for me to summarize. Dallas Buyers Club is a fantastic film with great cinematography, and really showcases how the digital age of movies can be put masterfully to the epic dramatic arts. I give the Dallas Buyers Club my ultimate recommendation, as it truly is the best drama of the last two years.
If you have any...ANY...shred of decency as a human being with a brain that is NOT cognitively impaired, you will avoid this movie at all costs. Outside of it's juvenile, overt, politically biased dialogue which permeates this vomit, it was filled with scene after scene of pure cinematic stupidity. Out of sheer boredom and laziness, we chose to rent this movie for $1.20...and thankfully ONLY $1.20. The scenes were not just typically unrealistic...they were AWKWARDLY unrealistic.
If you have watched this movie and would rate it any more than 1 star...YOU are the problem with this country. Morons...I salute you for achieving a new low in human judgment.
I found it to a good mix of romance, and exciting twists as the cop character builds, and the boy meets girl romance thickens. I found the ending to be great, that I actually want to go back and watch it again now that I know all the puzzle pieces. So grab some popcorn, your man, and watch, a great compromise.