Thursday, 11 February 2010

More film reviews:

Up in the Air: One of the best comedies I have seen in a while starring one of my favourite actors of the now. A serious look at capitalism and the corporate society we live in. I would be more angry if it were not so realistic. 4 Stars

Ponyo: I literally creamed my pants when I first got wind of this as I am a big Studio Gibli fan—not because I'm an anime fan but because they are fantastic films. The animation here is so fluid and beautifully crafted it may be too subtle for mass audience to accept (maybe I'm exaggerating a little). The storyline is told in a typically Japanese fashion—that is to say rooted in a greatness—a major reason why I love Japanese film (and the Japanese people in general)—they haven't become lazy/sold their souls. I want to rate this high on the animation alone but the storyline lacked somewhat. 4 Stars

District 9: A fresh film that's highly enjoyable. Mixing action with documentary style comedy it's very fun to watch and with a main character you truly want to survive. 3 Stars

There Will Be Blood: A fantastic performance from Daniel Day-Lewis bumping him up to my favourite actor of the now. Beautifully yet haunting cinematography coupled with effective audio leaves this burnt into my memory. The opening scene with the screeching? Sweeeeeet. 3.5 Stars

The Evil Dead: Absolutely a personal favourite of mine—not just from the horror genre but as a plain movie! With just a handful of cash ($375,000) and a cast of who-the-hells, Sam Raimi creates one of the best horror movies of all time. Gruesome, hilarious, well-directed/paced/edited—it's a film every man should make their girlfriend watch and when they say ‘ew’—grin with pride. 4 Stars

The Godfather Part II: The sequel to the second greatest film of all time is a sequel if there ever was one. The storyline is a little fragile—using the leftovers from the original it isn't focused enough leaving the actors to carry the film (to the films downfall and merit). There aren't enough ‘scenes’ in the film—the ones with De Niro most memorable. The aura is what makes this film stand out from films of the same rating. 3 Stars

The Shawshank Redemption: The cinematography is what lets this movie down—it's needs to be starker, more precise. The start of the movie is a little disappointing but as things get under way the tempo allows us to feel the despair these men feel. The acting in combination with a fine storyline is what really makes this film shine. There are points in this movie though that make me want to rate it lower but that's nitpicking. 3.5 Stars

Capitalism: A Love Story: In a time when any sort of intelligent thought is met with myopic, faux-intelligent resentment Michael Moore shines the light brightly on the issues that plague us as a race. So many people try to rationalize capitalism and corruption of power because they believe it can't be as bad as it is. But it is and Michael Moore knows it. This film evokes so much hatred in me—for the corruption, for the corporations who crush human spirit and for the morons masquerading as intelligent people who will try to tell you Moore is myopic and/or fat. He acts stupid because he's taking the piss out of you. 3.5 Stars

Planes Trains and Automobiles: One of the most enjoyable comedies I have ever seen. Steve Martin and John Candy play off each other marvelously creating believable characters. The plot is also made believable, although it may seem highly unlikely, taking a look at human behavior and kindness to our fellow man. 3.5 Stars

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