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Mindhunter (2017)

sequence killers Sometimes you watch a show, just to check it out and see what it's about and discover all these great things about it. I came across Mindhunter, a friend recommended it to me, he suggested I gave it a try and so I did, and I have to say this is some of the most amazing things I've seen. It's not just a show it's an episodic movie, placed in many chapters and sequences with very intricate character development and incredibly well acted, well produced and well written. The biographical elements are woven into it's rich fictional plot and made to seem as accurate as possible. The way the serial killers' minds work, the whole show is about that basically, it's a personification of these "sequence killers" as it was known back then, it's brilliant, kitschy and very very intense. David Fincher really created a masterpiece here and this is practically an addition to the plethora of reasons why 21st century Fincher is a tier ahead of the 20th century Fincher, he's exploring different mediums and that is a really good way to tell more stories in different ways with very well developed cores and characters with as much experimentation that he can do with his limited script.

Tôkyô monogatari (1953)

Less is more If there were ever a film to define the phrase "Less is more" it would be Tokyo Story. It's so simple yet I find it unbelievably compelling and moving. This is mainly thanks to the nuances of the cast that portray so much emotion. For example, Chishu Ryu's subtle performance conveys everything. In a scene where he is plainly nodding, deep down inside you can feel all the sadness and pain he is feeling and it hits you hard. Ozu also never makes the film feel overly sentimental with earned emotional moments and explores the human condition so beautifully. A true masterpiece of cinema.

Perfetti sconosciuti (2016)

Underrated Good movie and everybody has to watch it because it is a story and a lesson showing us that phones started to be our life that little box can be a source of pain and problems and instead of focusing on our lives and live it fully we waste our time on stupid things leaving behind things that matter

Steve Jobs (2015)

We will know soon enough if you are Leonardo da Vinci or just think you are. The best part of Danny Boyle's biopic is the whip smart dialogue one would already expect from screenplay maestro Aaron Sorkin and the solid performances from Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels. This is strongly supported by a fantastic musical soundtrack from Daniel Pemberton. Where the film falls down (in my opinion), is in its structure. It has 3 segments: 1984 with the first release of the Mac, 1986 after the controversial firing of Jobs from his own company and his release of the NEXT computer and culminates in 1997 with his rise back to the top and release of the new IMac. Overall, The film didn't truly cover any new ground and left me still wanting to know so much more about what made the man tick. An entertaining and well made film for sure just not the masterpiece it could have been.

The Martian (2015)

In Space no One Can Hear You Scream This movie is a triumph on almost every level; script, acting, directing, cinematography and special effects are all top notch. It's one of Ridley Scott's best films in years as well as a career high performance from Matt Damon who commands the screen and bring so much charisma and a surprising amount of humor to his character. The story revolves around an astronaut being stuck on Mars and having to fight to stay alive while NASA works to bring him home. The 2 1/2 hour running time goes by almost too fast as the film is full of scenes of intensity, thrills but most of all plenty of laughs. It's an all round crowd pleaser the whole family should enjoy.

The Walk (2015)

Man on Wire I'm a huge fan of Joseph Gordon Levitt as well as James Marshes 2008 Oscar winning documentary "Man on Wire" from which this film adaption is based on, so I was excited for this movie when I first heard about it. The final product does not disappoint. Many people have complained about JGLs French accent but he actually nails it and depicts the films protagonist Philip Petit perfectly. The real star of the film however is the amazing special effects and how well the World Trade Center is brought to life--it's almost bittersweet. The film is a true story of a high-wire walker who illegally broke into the two towers in 1974 and walked across them both on only a tight rope with no harness. The final 8 minute sequence of the act itself is worth the ticket price alone and is absolutely mesmerizing. Be warned that this is not for the squeamish for anyone with a fear of heights! For this reason, I avoided seeing the movie in 3D. The pacing is slow at times but overall the sorry is a remarkable one and the way it is shot is beautiful.

Deadpool (2016)

badass , smartass , greatass. Finally, an adult superhero movie totally worthy of it's hard R rating! Ryan Reynolds is pitch perfect as the titular antihero with non-stop wise cracks and a potty mouth. He more than carries the film which is very, very funny. Tim Millers direction and the action sequences are equally hyper violent and thrilling as well as the supporting cast, which is solid too. But again, this is Reynolds movie all the way and he more than makes up for the train wreck that was Green Lantern back in 2011. So yeah, Deadpool is pretty great. It's not perfect, but this unconventional superhero love story works on almost every level, and if you're in the mood for a good time, I'd suggest giving Deadpool a try.

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Good movie. It may not rank up against the best of Pixar but it sure is great Pixar and Disney's latest is an animated adventure based on the premise that 65 million years ago dinosaurs never went extinct and are more advanced than the human race. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dinosaur when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family. The photo realistic landscapes are breathtaking and the film has real heart and a few scary moments young children might find a bit too much. It's a great family film and definitely recommended.

Creed (2015)

"Time gets everyone in the end; it's unbeatable." Ryan Coogler directs a fantastic spin off to the Rocky franchise that more than stands on its own. Michael B Jordan is sensational as the son of Apollo Creed who yearns to make a name for himself in the world of boxing. He searches out his fathers best friend and former rival Rocky Balboa to train him who is once again played by Sylvester Stallone in his 7th portrayal of the iconic character. Stallone gives his best performance in years bringing a real sense of emotion and tenderness and is now getting a lot of well deserved Oscar buzz. The fight sequences are also a wonder in themselves with exceptional cinematography that makes you feel like you're right in the ring with them. This is a true crowd pleaser and not only a reboot but a rebirth of the boxing film franchise. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see CREED 2 rolling up in a year or so and it will be more than welcome. Highly recommended.

Spectre (2015)

Well I loved it. Spectre is the 24th bond film and Daniel Craig's 4th turn as James Bond. It took me some time to get used to his rugged turn as 007 but I was won over after the superlative Skyfall. This film is quite uneven in its plot and dialogue yet still satisfies. The plot revolves around a cryptic message from the past that sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci, who at 51 is the oldest and undeniably one of the most beautiful Bond girls) the widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre. Meanwhile, back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz. The action sequences are thrilling and Dave Bautista gives a solid supporting turn as a menacing assassin called Hinx. The third act of the film is borderline ridiculous yet solid entertainment none the less that it should satisfy any Bond fan and serves as a superior action movie.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Free Bird Matthew Vaughn has built an impressive career directing smart and fast paced action movies from his film debut "Layer Cake" to the eponymous "Kick-Ass". Here again, he shows how to stage action sequences like no other. Colin Firth is in top form and dapper as Harry Hart aka agent Galahad who takes on a young hooligan called Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton) as his protégé. The film has an excellent supporting cast, with Michael Caine as Arthur, head of the Kingsman service, Mark Strong as Merlin the gadget guy and a deliciously fun performance from Samuel L Jackson as Valentine the films main antagonist hell bent on world domination. The plot of the film does not so much matter as just sitting back and enjoying the madness that unfolds. Stand out scenes include a warm up fight sequence in a pub that first introduces us to Harry Hart and an all out gore fest in a Church that makes the infamous fight scene in "Old Boy" look like a high school brawl. There is plenty of tongue in cheek humor to balance all of the violence. Highly recommended!

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth" Civil War blends the incredible action sequences and humor from The Avengers while also bringing real depth and pathos to plot and character that was done so well in The Winter Soldier. It really is every comic geeks dream come true to see these kinds of movies brought to the screen like this so well. The film is stuffed full of so many beloved characters yet somehow pulls it off. Chadwick Bosemans Black Panther is a fascinating character I am already eager to see develop more in his own movie and Paul Rudd as Ant Man is a welcome addition to the team and steals every scene he is in. Of course the biggest treat is Tom Holland as Spider-Man who reboots the character in the best way possible and gives much promise to his own movie franchise. The film is brought together by Robert Downey Jrs Iron Man and Chris Evans Captain America. These two actors are so well cast for the roles it really is impossible to imagine who will play them once the actors decide to move on. This is one of the best super hero movies hands down.

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Dormammu, I've come to bargain." Marvel is certainly on a roll. Even the lesser known comic characters like Ant-Man and now Dr Strange have been brought to life successfully as blockbuster film franchises. Benedict Cumberbatch is solid as the lead and the film is a must see in IMAX 3D for the out of this world and truly spectacular visual effects. The supporting cast is decent especially McAdams as the love interest and Tilda Swindon controversially cast as The Ancient One. Sporting some of the most inventive spectacle since Inception, Doctor Strange marks another successful execution of the Marvel formula with dazzling visuals, a sharp sense of self awareness and an ensemble of solid performances, namely the commanding turn from Benedict Cumberbatch.

Bin-jip (2004)

Inventive. Impressive. Heart wrenching. Warm. 3-Iron (빈집, Bin-jip, meaning Empty House) is a 2004 Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk, a South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic "art-house" cinematic works. The plot revolves around the relationship between a young drifter and an abused housewife. The film is notable for the lack of dialogue between its two main characters. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 86% of reviewers (75 out of 87) gave the film positive ratings with an average score of 7.4. The film grossed $241,914 in North America and $2,965,315 worldwide. A haunting love tale full of poeticism and beauty. A film that transcends fantasy and reality, instead offering an uncanny blur between the two. 3-Iron is a film dripping with love, longing and anguish. A fantastic romantic fable from Kim Ki-Duk.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

One of the Funniest crime thriller i have seen till date. Bacon, Soap and the guys have a plan. All 4 will put up 25K for a 100k high stakes poker game and make it rich, split the winnings. When Harry, cheats in the game the gang finds themselves oweing him half a million. Their neighbors are crooks and going to knock off some drug dealers. The gang decides they will rob the bad guys to get the money to pay Harry. Seems like a simple plan, and then things start to go wrong. A really good movie. One of Stathem's earlier flicks in which he actually doesn't fight. The movie starts out with 4 story lines that seem separate but then are all interlinked come the movie's end. It has some comedic moments mixed in too. The best part is the ending. It is kind of a choose your own adventure ending where they leave you just enough to decide how you want it to end of the gang. If you have not seen it and you enjoy Pulp Fiction type movies you will enjoy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Crucify Your Mind SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN telling the incredible true story of Rodriguez, a low profile but very talented folk/rock singer. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez's sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into Apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon, bigger than Bob Dylan, Elvis and the Stones, giving hope to the people in South Africa. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. What a cool and mysterious story, really digged it! Rodriguez seems to be a cool person to make music with and talk about life... It's terrible to know that the director took his life last year, so we won't be seeing anymore excellent films from him, this was his one and only...

Die Welle (2008)

Fascinating on many levels: psychological, social and political. A dangerous movie based on the experiments of a history teacher Ron Jones in California called Third wave in the year 1967.This movie presented the dangers of imposing a particular principle on a society called autocracy than a place where people remain contended with their own life principles.Many films showed the dangers of a sect of people joining hands that causes danger to society like The Fight Club,A clockwork orange etc.Likewise this movie also represents the positives and negatives of such movements in society. The kind of film everyone should see during high school in order to start /thinking/. Maybe not a five stars masterpiece, but I still loved it. A must watch German thriller ,I say...My rating for "Die Welle" is 9/10 !!

Layer Cake (2004)

"England. Typical. Even drug dealers don't work weekends. " Layer Cake is a British crime-drama about a successful cocaine dealer who must do two difficult tasks for his boss before he can retire. Layer Cake showed a lot of harsh realities about being in the crime world and how Daniel Craig's character tries so hard to complete his tasks so he can retire knowing that trying to drop out of the crime world is a really hard thing to do. Layer Cake was an excellent movie and one of the Daniel Craig's best movies before he was Bond. Great directorial debut of Matthew Vaughn, his style has grown in 4 films since his recent film was X-Men First Class. I wonder how I managed to miss this one when it came out. It may just have been an oversight as the market was filled with cockney gangster films back then and I wasn't that impressed with them.

Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (2010)

"Revenge is a dish best served cold" or Maybe Not. If you're looking for protracted scenes of attractive young Korean women being terrified, bludgeoned and dismembered by a dead-eyed psychopath while a brooding cop botches a moronic, vengeful attempt to play God, this is for you. A few spasms of technically excellent hapkido choreography notwithstanding, "I Saw the Devil" is perhaps the most artistically bankrupt film I've seen in a decade; but, hey, at least it was offensive! Torture-porn, serial-killer worship and sexism at its absolute, blood-spattering worst. And it's one superbly directed, stunningly shot and amazingly acted ride that only gets more tense and gut-wrenching as it keeps falling faster and faster down the abyss.

Temple Grandin (2010)

What a powerful performance by Claire Danes. Claire Danes won an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 2010 for her wonderful portrayal. Here's one review: "the best tele-movie of the past several years... I can't praise this movie highly enough. It's not maudlin or sentimental, but it is excitingly inspirational. It scores big emotional points with very small touches, the sound of a heartbeat, a tentative touch, a victorious smile. The acting, writing, directing, production values, every sight and every sound in HBO's Temple Grandin is perfect. What an inspiring movie. I love Claire Danes in Homeland and that's what got me to watch this movie. And she was great in it. Not for a second can you see her being out of character, at some point you actually don't feel like it's a movie / acting but more like a documentary.

Tim's Vermeer (2013)

I'm so lazy... I grade movies on my overall experience and reaction to a film. Those stories that educate me, intrigue my mind, spark the imagination, or make me want to immediately talk about the film leaving the theater-- always earn my highest marks. 'Tim's Vermeer' meets all of those traits and many more. It may have been a Dutch who inspired art through the help of a lens; but it was an American who broke the code on the 350 year-old mystery of how Vermeer did it. This spectacular documentary will leave you better off for seeing it and more appreciative of the genius behind the art--and the technology. My favorite kind of documentary where you laugh, you learn, you love, you stare fascinated at Tim's devotion to detail and you become fully invested in the complete and total mystery of Vermeer himself. Can't wait to share this with friends and family.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Easily one of the best war movies of all time, and certainly one of my favorite Kubrick films. Full Metal Jacket states its primary concern fairly loud: Private Joker (Matthew Modine) is grilled for wearing a peace pin on his combat uniform while having "Born to Kill" scrawled across his helmet. He responds that it is a comment on the duality of man, warring and peaceable. The film reflects this two-sided dilemma with a two-part story. The dialogue in both sections is a constant clash between the inflating, propagandistic, and sickly comic language of professional soldiering (aided by the immensely foul-mouthed drill sergeant Hartman, played by former Marine sergeant R. Lee Ermey) and Joker's more self- preserving enterprises, first as the tutor of the inept Pyle and then as the journalist reluctantly covering the military perspective of the war and just as reluctant. He is never truly the vicious fighter the Marines want him to be, but he is every bit as detestable as his more unthinking counterparts. Kubrick's particularly effective stroke was to purposefully ignore the politics of Vietnam and keep both sides of this generalized central conflict right in your face. Kubrick works expressly on this level of the individual and unspecialized grunt to create a film that is less a defense or criticism of war than a strike at the mythologies of war-making. In its constant and irreversible violence, Full Metal Jacket, one of Kubrick's grittiest works, is also one of his most resonant.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Anton Chigurh is one of the greatest evils in cinema - ever The film is set in rural West Texas, with the main character a welder and hunter named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have managed to kill each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the sheriff Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), He decides to simply to pocket the 2 million dollars for himself. The result of that decision puts a psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), on his trail by the drug cartel. This killer is a dispassionate murderer of nearly every rival, bystander and even his employer in his pursuit of Moss. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. This is a Coen brothers' team of direction and production that is beautifully terse and very intense. The film provides "edge of your seat" and these quickly paced action scenes are tightly constructed and presented like a Hitchcock film with its almost morbid silence in the showing of the act of murder. Any lesser movie would seemingly dissolve into cat and mouse territory, by the middle of the film, but here there are more shoot outs and standoffs galore and the viewer begs to anticipate what is happening next, but cannot. Nothing is ever quite what it seems in this bleak but mesmerizing country, as Tommy Lee Jones shows up as a soon to be retired sheriff, and commands the screen by pumping the drama with morality and reality versus the mayhem preceding him. It is a very unique film that begs watching again and again.

On the Waterfront (1954)

'Conscience... that stuff can drive you nuts!' - Absolute Classic If you want to see an unparalleled Black & White movie from over 60 years ago see this. It is so gorgeous to look at it looks as though it was just filmed. The narrative is compelling and deep.It is not just about Marlon Brando; no way: Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiger, Leif Erickson, Martin Balsam, and Fred Gwynne. An incredible score by Leonard Bernstein, written by Budd Schulberg, directed by Elia Kazan. Even when Kazan received his honorary Oscar I could not forgive the role he played in the Hollywood blacklist. However, after seeing Waterfront again recently I simply forgave Kazan because this is a towering achievement.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

There comes a time when a man gets mad When John Steinbeck wrote THE GRAPES OF WRATH it became a highly controversial book, which eventually became a highly controversial movie. For my money it's a near perfect film. The direction by two time Oscar winner John Ford is spot on. He tells his story and it moves along at a very brisk pace. One thing I always find that bothers me most about older films is that the pace tends to lag, a result of the film not aging well or it never had a good pace. This film, upon release, was highly successful and earned several academy award nominations including nominations for best picture and best actor for Henry Fonda. Fonda plays Tom Joad, a man on parole who returns home and discovers that his family has been driven off their land and now must leave Oklahoma and head to the promise of work out in California. The film has a dark view of life in the depression, but to view it any other way in regards to this family's story would be doing Steinbeck's material a great disservice. The family has to struggle to stay together. Grandma and Grandpa are quite old when the journey begins; Rosasharn is pregnant and, to leave with them, Tom must violate his parole. The characters in this film are very relatable because of the idea of family. We can all relate to the various things the characters do to help the family and sometimes to get away from it. One of the films biggest assets is Jane Darwell's touching performance as Ma Joad, a wise woman who is the glue that holds together the family unit. This is a film that must be seen, it's a true landmark film and a cinema classic.

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