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Pirates 4, a review
Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, a review
If anyone were to tell you that a live-action franchise was going to be Disney's biggest hits, they'd might've scoffed at you. However, when Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly teamed up, they released a fun little foray into the life of a pirate.
Pirates of the Caribbean has a mixed reputation. I won't fault it for lack of plot. Quite the contrary, there's plenty of plot to be found. Where it's comphrensible or not is up for debate. PotC has so many deals, betrayals, backstabbings, betrayal of deals, crossing, double-crossings, changes of hearts and just plain convolutness that makes your average critic scratch his head. Within 5 minutes, you're treated to so many twists you might not be able to catch up, unless through subsequent viewings.
As such, I've had an okay relationship with their films. Granted, it didn't help that most of them ran too long and most of the time they spent on comedy bits. I will give tha
Priest, a review
Priest, a review
To a short movie comes a short review. Once upon a time, specialized members of the clergy, Priests, were sent to slay vampires (the feral blood sucking kind, not the celebate, glittering kind). When their service was over, they were pushed aside. However, a girl named Lucy is kidnapped and it's up to a lone Priest (Paul Bettany) to rescue his blood relative.
Not being a member of the Catholic church, even I knew the 'rebelling against the clergy while still being loyal to God' message the whole way through. Still, it's not that heavy and everyone can access this.
Providing people would want to access this. The film goes too fast, doesn't give time to breathe in all the characters, its setting or even some of the fights. Worse yet, the film boasting about vampires is PG-13, where you expect a splatter fest sadly comes up tame.
It's disappointing because there are a lot of neat concepts played around. The clergy watches over the city in a sort of Big Brother univ
Thor, a review
Thor, a Review
Say what you will about Marvel films, one point has to be admitted: they handpick their directors. (Save for Tim Story's Fantastic Four. I'm still figuring how that one worked.) Sam Raimi directed horror previously, Ang Lee was a renown film director and Gavin Hood won Best Foreign Film director prior to Wolverine. Kenneth Branagh, an English actor/director, has made his name through mostly Shakesphere adaptations. Adapting such films as "As you like it" to "Henry V" to "Hamlet", he doesn't strike anyone else as the sort of director who does a lot of action films. (Then again, Jon Favreau had only directed family films up to a point, and he directed Iron Man.(No, I don't consider Iron Man 2 his fault but the studios).)
I've always had a 'like' relationship with his films, not a love relationship. "Peter's Friends", a social comedy, felt more like a play and while I didn't mind, it wasn't my cup of tea. "As You Like It" certainly advertised a lot of Japanese elemen
Exclusivity among GamingExclusivity: Console Gaming being Exploited
Hi, everybody! This is sort of new thing I'm trying out. I don't always go the movies every week, so instead I write whatever's on my mind. These are rants about things that usually bug me or something. They'll usually be sort of unfocused, so be patient, as I will try to make a point with these.
With that in mind, let's look into what I'm thinking about.
I'm going to paint a picture for you: you're online looking through whatever catches your interest. However, you see a next gen game in the previews and you're excited as hell. Better yet, it's by a company whose games you've played in the current generation have been satisfying games that you've eventually bought. You're excited; you want it, but there's a catch.
It's a console exclusive game.
(Let's for the sake of argument say you haven't heard of PC gaming as a whole and even if you did, it'd be cheaper to just shell out for the consoles.)
You know you want it, you want to have it
Hanna, a review
Hanna, a review
For all of her life, Hanna Heller (Saoirse Ronan), has been trained in the Artic to be an assassin by her father, Erik (Eric Bana). Finally, the moment she has awaited for has come. At her father's offering, she signals the American government in order to kill a target: Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett).
Hello, true believers! Remember last week how I liked Sucker Punch? Well, I loved Hanna.
(Okay, if you're going to jump on me for this, lemme explain. I said I 'liked' Sucker Punch. I didn't say it was a good film and I gave you 3 other references of better films that you 'should' see. I simply said it was a film that, sitting though, wasn't as terrible an experience as say, watching the Spirit or The Last Airbender. Besides, I spent the first paragraphs of that review defending Michael Bay. If that doesn't tell you to take my recommendations with a grain of salt, nothing will.)
However, when watching Hanna one can clearly tell that director Joe Wright
Sucker Punch, a review
Sucker Punch, a review
I think I should be honest with you readers: I'm tired of Zack Snyder.
The slo-mo, the green screen effects and yes, even the slow, though occasionally delightful music videos.
"But Burnout!" you say. "Why do you insist on liking Michael Bay films when Zack Snyder's clearly a better director?"
And there's a perfectly good explanation for that.
You see, Michael Bay is a bad director. This was a man recruited for the 'Got Milk?' commercials and seeing him do films has pretty much consistent. The thing is, he's such a lousy director it's almost humorous trying to stumble over big concepts that his films are either so brain-dead or hilarious to the point of laughing.
But Zack Snyder has potential. I see his films and I can see moments of greatness leaking out. He understands themes, big concepts and even some greater events. He has the potential to make great films but doesn't make great films, instead catering to a niche audience.
You know how they say there'
Never Say Never, a review
Justin Bieber:Never Say Never, a review
(Waits for Boos and Hisses, as well as Fangirl squeals to settle down.)
Okay, look. I don't hate the kid. I hate the industry he's in, but I don't hate the kid.
Let me explain: it's clear that Justin Bieber is talented, and does have potential to be a big star. Potential. As in, he has a chance to be bigger than this. However, the music industry would rather milk him for what he's worth as a pretty boy, swooning all the pre-teenage girls, rather than mold him into something greater.
Remember Aaron Carter? Remember the Brothers Jonas? Same thing. However, Bieber has the slight advantage of getting the notice of artists such as Justin Timberlake and Usher. And depending on the choices he makes in the next few years, he can evolve as an artist, or be forgotten in the sands of time.
God help this kid if puberty wrecks his voice.
Being a true critic, I had to see this film under dire circumstances. While under the influence and surround
The Green Hornet, a reviewGreen Hornet, a review
When playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) finds that his father has died from a lethal bee sting, he ends up inheriting his newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. Soon after, he meets up with manservant Kato (Jay Chou) and what seemed to be a harmless prank at first, soon becomes a plan to take down a crime syndicate.
The Green Hornet is based on several radio dramas and television series. In it, publisher Britt Reid tries to prove to his father that he isn't some layabout and becomes a vigilante. Of course, Britt is hardly in the best physical shape and thus, relies on Kato to do most of the ass-kicking.
Of course, times have changed. With the internet rising, the newspapers failing there's also the fact that the modern playboy is less Hugh Hefner and more Adam Carolla. With that in mind, the Green Hornet film is here.
Soon, Britt comes up with a convoluted plan to infiltrate the organization by posing as the criminals. They soon get the attention of crime boss Chudno
The Worst of 2010 FilmsFor your Razzie Recommendation:
The Last Airbender
WARNING: Strong Language ahead.
Most of my critic brethren are making top 10 lists for the year about their favorite movies. I will not do this because a) I feel it's a waste of time because if it's a good movie, you should see it anyway, b) ranking things feels tired and old and c) none of you paid any attention to my top 10 anime list unless I begged you to.
Thanks a lot, by the way.
Anywho, there's really one thing I do want to post up and that's what I feel is the worst POS film I have witnessed all year. Having a life, and therefore being busy a majority of the time, I only saw one film that takes the cake. And oh boy, does it take the cake.
The Last Airbender was supposed to be a safe haven for us Avatar (again, not James Cameron's) geeks. What we received was our own Battlefield Earth, only it was live, it was real and it had better special effects. This film is a trainwreck that is spectacular. Bad acting, wors
on old sanzu - absolutely true fictionlast fall i stole my friend down by the tama river. we sang. we danced. we skipped dead fish like rocks and watched them get swallowed by the undertow. we got sick off of bad chinese food and went skinny-dipping and then a week later she drowned herself.
her uncle was a yakuza, i think, but he really just wanted to be al pacino or something. anyway, she loved him a lot. maybe that’s why she went down the way she went down; cement shoes. not real cement, but it was the same idea. she had two cloth bags with yellow-painted cinderblocks inside, and they were tied to her ankles like the prisoners’ chains from o brother where art thou.
in my mind’s eye i can see her, limping dreadfully close to the edge of the current, her left hand gripping at her breasts through a loose t-shirt. kneeling by the wastelands, elbows in the gravel, crawling forward out into the water. angry like a dermis under wool, all teeth and salt and sand. sleepy, submissive, sublimated.
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