Sunday, 31 May 2015

Mad Max Fury Road (2014)

Mad Max is all about the spectacle of modified vehicles in combat. Mad Max Fury Road spends most of the movie in that frenzied state. The action sequences were outstanding. I would have used Guitar Man to feed the sound track more. 

Tom Hardy was alright, I liked Mel Gibson way more. I found the movie very sastifying, but the old Max was more endearing. I do look forward to the sequel, and and a helper at least. Rotten Tomatos gave it 98%. I am not that taken.

3.5 stars

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Chappie (2015)

Neil Blookop makes interseting well directed movies that flow. This is his third and worst. He makes a story that is not complelling. I do not buy into much of the premise. Hugh Jackman as the villian is comical, not funny ha ha, funy as a clown. Its a movie worth watching but for me a big dissappointment from the director of District 9 and Elysim. I love the t shirts the characters wear. I appreciate he is trying to tell us the criminals are mom and dad. But he did not pull this off.

Very nice put together movie that was not satisfying due to poor plot. Defienty worth watching and by the gap you can see the first thing worth watching in months IMHO.

2.7 stars

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Jupiter Ascending

This movie had everything going for it. I got no problems with the lead actors or the support. The story is brilliant right out of my vision of a Robert Heinlien novel. The special effects are leading edge. Yet this movie fails. So where to place the blame? First the script, second the director and third the editing.

Rotten Tomatos gave it 25%. I think if you like Sci Fi you should watch this. If you thought Cloud Atlas was bad, this is better.

2.5 stars

Monday, 30 March 2015

Born of War (2013)

A movie that asks the question what and who is a terrorist? The question is better than the movie. Nevertheless its about the best flick I have seen in months.
Sofia Black-D'Elia I had never heard or seen before and based upon this movie I expect her to become a star. Whatever it is she has it. The plot does not stray far from the headlines. In the end the plot is a predictable cliche but pulled off with great B movie Panache. My main criticism is why can all these hard people never manage to take out the bad guy the first, second, third or even fourth time. James Frain playing a mercenary wet worker made me take notice.  I would be in favour of seeing his name in more credits.

Vickey Jewson another unknown made a good movie, in future give her more money. Rotten Tomatoes has not reviewed but audiences gave it 89%. I am not near there.

Two point eight stars
Do not watch trailer if you want maximum enjoyment from movie, way to many tells revealed. Why do they do that?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Supernova (2000)

A film with a lot of promise. James Spader stared as a bad ass recovering drug addict. I like Spader who is best known now for the Blacklist TV show. Angela Basset is the heroine, and Peter Facinelli makes a terrific villian. After watching this movie I have to wonder why Peter or fellow costar Robin Tunney's carreers failed to soar. Even Lou Diamond Philps who I normaly have little time for did not annoy.

Its a classic Sci Fiction story with a great twist on faster than light travel. The legendary Walter Hill directed the first version but left the film, Francis Ford Coppala was brought in to make the best of the dailies. Rotten Tomatos gave it 10% and it make back less than 10 of its 90 million dollar budget. This was a very good movie that totally drew me into its world. Can't figure out why it was such a bomb.

Three Stars

The Town (2010)

I watched the Blu Ray extended version. It runs 2 hours and thirty minutes. I liked the original version which was just over two hours.  Even with the extra half hour the movie really moves.

Ben Afleck as a director and a star has become very bankable and his name in the credits almost guarantees satisfaction. The Town is a great gritty heist movie. It has many similarities to Heat, but if I had to pick the better movie it would be The Town. My only quibble was the sachrine ending. 
It was a box office and critical hit. Both as a star and director Its Aflecks best movie to date.

Four Stars