When I saw "Naked Lunch", I was left with a feeling that I love to have after watching a movie: Every inch of my body was screaming "What the F- ?". Unfortunately, during the movie, it was a mixture of "What the F-" and *yawn*.
Even with the extremely interesting, puzzling, abstract and meaningful imagery, the movie is very slow at parts. Fortunately, every time I thought I was about to lose interest, something happened that grabbed me again.
The plot is very weird and hard to follow at times, and by the end of the movie I've got to admit that I had about 30% of the whole thing figured out. Which isn't much now, is it? But (for me, at least) part of the fun of solving these types of movies, is the following investigation and discussion with other viewers. So, after watching this movie and finding out it was based on a very personal novel by William Burroughs, I looked up some information about him. Let's just say, if you're going to watch this movie and don't know anything about William Burroughs, check up some information about him first, I was disappointed I didn't do this before watching the movie, because, the meaning and my appreciation for the movie skyrocketed after reading about him. When I say "based on a personal novel", I mean really personal.
The actors do a good job overall, although none of them really stand out from one-another. Music was pretty good and jazzy, which is always a plus! And this movie screams "jazz" all over. Photography is good, although also a bit boring at times, and very dark, which I'm pretty sure was on purpose, due to the main theme of the movie. Visual effects are great. Puppetry is amazingly well done (movies nowadays need more of this instead of CGI), provocative, often disgusting.
Overall, it's a very good movie that can be very interesting and thought provocative and (unfortunately) very boring at times.
I saw "Ghost Image" on TV expecting... well, nothing really. All I knew it was about a young woman whose boyfriend dies in a car crash and then starts receiving messages from him from an old recording ("White Noise" instantly came to mind, but it's very, very different).
What I got was a good, entertaining plot that, although not greatly original, works and flows great. Unfortunately there were no big surprises (at least for me, maybe because I'm way too used to watching these types of movies, but I figured it all out very early into the movie, and when I expected it turn around on me, it just did what I had imagined), but the acting is pretty good.
Music was OK, there were 1 or 2 songs that stood out for me, the rest just played together with the movie, without calling too much for attention. People can argue this is how a soundtrack should be, but I love when soundtracks also "call" for my attention, and when these songs fit perfectly with the scene, it's just movie magic happening. Unfortunately, this movie had none of these moments.
Photography was also OK, nothing too original or adventurous, but the plot didn't call much for that kind of photography as well. The editing falls under OK as well, I was a bit disappointed on how clear the image was when the boyfriend was talking through the video, but apart from that, there aren't any big visual effects or anything.
So, it's a good, entertaining movie you could watch on a Sunday afternoon / night, nothing more.
When talking about "The Simpsons" you know there will be people running to 2 different sides. Some of them loved the show, now hate it and some of them love the show, period. And there are of course, those who never enjoyed it.
I've always enjoyed "The Simpsons". Granted I've enjoyed the first few seasons a lot more (even though it seems to be going back to its roots now), but still enjoy the new material. The movie could be considered a mix between old and new Simpsons, and for me, the only place it fails is at not giving the side characters more screen time.
Other than that, the movie is hilarious from start to finish, even if some of the jokes are sketchy at best, most of them succeed at at least making you smile, and others at making you laugh of loud. The plot is very crazy and nonsensical, but hey, it's a cartoon, as long as it is entertaining - which it is - it works!
The animation is top notch, very fluid, with some 3D elements thrown in (thankfully not too many). The voice actors did an excellent job, as usual. Music is good, but didn't stand out too much, it did it's job (except "Spider Pig", which is awesome!). Of course, there's Green Day in it, but I don't enjoy them (not my cup of tea to be honest).
It's a great fun, hilarious and very entertaining movie that should be watched by people who enjoy the Simpsons. Especially the "newer" seasons, I can see people who don't like the new seasons hating this movie.
"Delicatessen" is one of those very few movies that are able to accomplish it all. There's a bit of comedy, horror, thriller, mystery and adventure, all spiced up with surrealism and outstanding cinematography.
It's amazing how well the movie builds its (very believable) post- apocalyptic universe, where people are doing everything to survive. Literally everything. Well, except one character! (Watch it to understand!)
The actors do they job splendidly, every character is built up flawlessly having their own personalities and features, making all of them extremely interesting, even if some of them are not involved with the main plot. Each of the tenants of "Delicatessen" have their own very weird quirks that make them stand out on their own, without wasting even one scene with pointless content. The movie is entertaining through every shot.
The music is amazing as well, portraying the accordion french music outstandingly which also gives the movie a whole lot of personality and character. It just fits perfectly.
Photography is top notch, with the tones of brown / yellow and green giving a very weird, often dark, oppressive or just downright surreal feeling.
Overall, this is one hell of a movie. Excellent from the beginning to the end. Some of the scenes here are just so memorable you will be wanting to watch them over and over... You'll fall in love with each characters' quirks, and you will laugh, cringe and think throughout the whole experience.
I've never been a huge fan of super hero movies. I've enjoyed Spider-Man (the first two), and one or two Superman movies, but I've never been too much into them.
"Kick-Ass" is not your usual super hero movie. Actually, the main character can't even be called a real super hero. A hero? Sure! But there's nothing super about him, it's not like he can climb walls, fly or has inhuman strength. He's pretty good at getting the crap beaten out of him though! But kicking some ass as well!
The plot is fun to follow, and the actors give some very good interpretations. The action is awesome, especially scenes involving Hit Girl - seriously, a young girl kicking so much ass and spreading so much blood, this probably had some people very ticked off... which I see as a good thing!
Photography is pretty good, the color palette of the movie is colorful and often gritty, giving it a rough comic book style look. Which, of course, fits the movie like a glove.
The music is great! Some epic, climatic moments that accompany the scenes flawlessly and leave them even more engaging!
Overall, if you're a fan of action / comedy movies and/or super hero movies, you must watch this movie.
"The Fountain" is a movie like no other. A powerful spiritual and organic voyage into the unknown abstract. This is, by far, one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen in my life.
The movie tells its story very subtly, perhaps in the vein of Kubrick, but a powerful tale about love and death non-the-less. I won't speak more of the plot in fear of spoiling anything, but it is amazing.
The cast did an outstanding job, especially the main actors, bringing these characters into life, making us feel them, believe in them and go through the feelings with them. The love between Tommy and Izzi is palpable. Tommy's sadness is so unnerving and upsetting, it makes the whole trip that much touching.
Visually, the movie is absolutely perfect. Mind blowing eye candy visual effects. A fantastical vision that contrasts itself with the theme that surrounds the movie. So pretty yet so sad. So simple, yet so powerful. Photography is top notch as well, very dark and morbid at times, portraying the scenes perfectly.
The music is hauntingly beautiful. After watching the movie I felt obligated to buy the soundtrack. Clint Mansell, together with the Kronos Quartet and Mogwai, created one of the most stunning and beautiful soundtracks I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. As powerful as the movie, touching, just absolutely beautiful.
I can't really fit this movie into any genre... If you're in for a very visual, touching and powerful drama / sci-fi movie you have got to give this a try!
The way the last few minutes of the movie made me feel, summarize the movie very well: Goosebumps.
The film is so thought provoking, disturbing and adventurous in so many levels, that makes me wonder how this was possible in the year 1983. Of course, it was way ahead of it's time. Even now, it's probably way ahead of this time.
The acting is top notch, and so are the visual effects - gotta love those organic gore effects compared to nowadays' over-used CGI - and photography. "Videodrome" is a very psychedelic movie, and the effects support it excellently.
The music was OK, nothing stood out, but it did it's job of accompanying the movie throughout the whole trip.
My only complaint is that, in the end, it felt like something was missing. Not sure what, can't quite put my finger on it, but the feeling is present.
The plot is very complex and psychological which will make you think and draw your own conclusions. It's widely open for interpretation.
If you enjoy surreal, crazy, disturbing, psychological and psychedelic movies, this one is most definitely for you.
"Nekojiru-so" ("Cat Soup") is based in the manga of the same name by Nekojiru. I can't compare both for I have not read the manga, and only found out it was based on a manga after popping the disc in the DVD and watching the short.
This is described as "Hello Kitty on Acid", but I would describe it more as "Psychotic Lynchian Hello Kitty". Yes, that's more fitting. Plotwise, the short doesn't explain much, and it doesn't need to! With no dialogue what-so-ever, random cat noises here and there, and some pop-up speech balloons like in a comic book, the short needs nothing but its imagery to be understood. And this is supported by the fact that, "Nekojiru-so" is supposed to be understood differently by everyone. There's so much interpretation to be had, so many symbolisms and abstract imagery. And this is where it succeeds the most, it's such a personal experience!
The animation is amazingly fitting, sometimes very weird and abstract. The art and backgrounds are also equally superb. Sound is top notch, the soundtrack is so fitting it enhances the feeling of doom, despair and just down right weirdness. And happiness too! Even though it's a very weird happiness...
Opposite to what you may have thought from the cute-sy art, this is absolutely NOT a film for kids. Don't even think about popping this on for a kid. There are some very disturbing images / actions in these amazingly brilliant 30 minutes of art.
Only downside? Too short... but it's like Tatsuo Sato says in the interview, if it were any longer, people might go crazy! But hey... I just wanted this crazy experience to last a wee-bit longer. That's it. The only downside.
This is an absolutely incredible, stunning and dark short surreal animation that hooked me up from the beginning to the very end without letting go. It spoke so much to me, I had to watch it a second time almost immediately.
So, if you're into surreal / abstract animation / film / art, you should be watching this right now, getting freaked out and developing your own interpretation.
"The Butterfly Effect" evokes a weird, lasting feeling of shock when the credits roll. It's a powerful and complete movie that will mess with your head in all the right ways.
The character development here is superb, having the viewer take a trip through the most important moments in the life of the main characters (even in their childhood) while maintaining these scenes crucial to the main plot. Which is the greatest aspect of this movie by far.
The licensed music fits perfectly in the movie (I also found out quite some bands / songs I enjoy through this movie!) and the original compositions are just amazing. The visual effects are top notch, without ever feeling like too much or too little, it's just right, just how it should be. Photography is a wonder to look at, showing amazingly well when a scene is in the present or the past, without distracting too much from the whole experience.
Acting is also superb in here, with every actor delivering their characters like they should - even the younger ones! Impressed!
This movie is for you if you enjoy a haunting and bone-chilling mystery thriller that will mess with your head and keep you glued to the screen until the very end. A classic, for me.
"The Butterfly Effect" is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've seen it numerous times without it ever losing its original effect. It's such a strong, powerful movie that stands tall on its own.
But of course, they had to milk some money out of the thing, didn't they? "The Butterfly Effect 2", which I cringe every time I write, is the sequel to the original movie (but in my brain - a.k.a. my perfect place - it doesn't even exist. such a great place, my brain!) but in reality feels more like a lame horrid "remake". I say "remake" because, even if the characters and situations are different, apart from that the overall plot is just a washed out (very washed out, mind you) version of the original title.
There's nothing original here, no depth, the characters aren't even likable, why should I care for the main guy, when he seems to be using his "butterfly effect" just because he feels bored? Plus, each and every decision he makes in the whole movie is questionable at best. No one in his right mind would ever do anything he did during the entire movie, it's just ridiculously bad writing.
And the ending? I don't even want to talk about the ending... it was bad enough having to watch it trying to maintain a straight face and fighting my impulses to turn the movie off.
Music department, didn't even come to mind - that's how mediocre it was. Visual effects are terrible as well, the title screen made me want to stab my eye with a shard of glass for how bad it looks (seriously that "2" showing up is so cheesy, badly edited and out of place). Cinematography and photography were OK, I guess. Nothing too fancy, nothing too horrible or out of place, it was just OK.
I really wanted to like this sequel, I really did, out of my love for the first movie (and Erica Durance! :D) but I couldn't. At all.
Awkward moments. Horrid character development. Questionable character decisions. Washed away / non existent plot. Just terrible.
Stay away from this movie, seriously.
Now, will I have the guts to watch the third part?
When I went o see "Shutter Island", all I knew about the movie was the obvious: it was about an island and DiCaprio acted in it. The Portuguese translation of the title, hugely misleading ("Ilha do Medo" = "Island of Fear") made me believe this was going to be just another horror flick.
Boy, was I glad I was wrong!
"Shutter Island" is filled with symbolisms and hidden meanings in almost 100% of the scenes composing the movie. So much interpretation can be drawn from this movie. Unlike many other movies out there, it feels complete. It feels perfect, there's nothing missing. Following Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) through his visit to Shutter Island will make you feel like you're there, going through the same things he is all throughout the numerous twists and turns the movie takes.
The soundtrack to this movie is just superb, fitting the movie like a glove and driving it through different feelings and ambiances. Visually this movie is just beautiful, the contrasts used are just a wonder to look at, I couldn't take my eyes away for a second.
The acting was incredibly top notch. Leonardo DiCaprio makes an outstanding job (which he got us used to). Mark Ruffalo (Chuck) and Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley) are amazing as well, bringing his characters into life making them feel like they are real. Even if a bit overshadowed by DiCaprio. The rest of the cast is top notch as well, I have not a single complaint.
If you want to drown yourself into an amazing psychological mystery thriller experience, you must watch this movie now. Incredible.
After reading several reviews, watching the trailers and watching the IMDb rate go up like a flash, I was ready for some Mystery / Thriller action! Even if it involved ballet (nothing against it, just not my cup of tea).
The thing is, this movie has nothing of mystery in it, and just a teeny bit of thriller. It was disappointing to say the least - especially since I'm a huge fan of "The Fountain", "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream" from Darren Aronofsky. Instead of a psychological mystery thriller that gets under your skin until the very end, we get a drama disguised as a psychological mystery thriller until the hugely disappointing ending, which is capable of destroying almost the whole experience.
Yes, I know the movie is categorized as a drama as well, but it was heavily promoted as a Mystery Thriller. The movie starts like any Mystery Thriller would - slow build up, weird stuff happens, viewer is left wondering what is going on, but unfortunately it ends almost ignoring all these cryptic scenes that make you think through the first two acts of the movie. What's left in the end is... almost what you have in the beginning, just a bit prettier.
In the visual department it was stunning to look at. The visual effects are top notch and the photography as well. The music fitted like a glove, it almost felt like we were watching an actual ballet act instead of the movie (and yes, I don't enjoy ballet, but props must be given here).
The actors also did an excellent job, Natalie Portman (Nina) portrayed her character brilliantly, and we could always see what she was feeling inside without her having to speak. Mila Kunis (Lily) was also a wonder to watch act, she did the complete opposite of Nina (as supposed) excellently.
Overall, it's a well acted, edited and scored movie that falls incredibly short in a department I was not expecting to be disappointed at (this coming from Darren Aronofsky and all): the plot.
I guess I got too hyped? Either way, I feel it was a mediocre film because it failed in one of the most important aspects of cinema.
Great suspenseful docu-style movie that will keep you thinking
When I popped in "The Last Exorcism", I was expecting a "The Exorcist" / "Blair Witch Project" hybrid. I was gladly proved wrong.
The movie starts innocently enough as a real documentary about a Reverend who's been performing exorcisms since he was 10 years old. The thing is, he doesn't believe in demons. So he decides to let a film crew shoot his last exorcism to prove that demons don't actually exist.
Without spoiling, throughout the whole movie you will be thinking if he is right or wrong, without leaning into any of the sides more than the other until the unexpected and quite remarkable ending, which surprised me as I was expecting another "horror with no palpable plot" movie and got the opposite.
The movie is well filmed and very up-close and personal with the viewer, which turns the suspense knob up a notch and it can be really scary at times.
If you enjoy a good horror movie with a great atmosphere that can mess with your head, you just watch this movie.
My first entry in to Jan Svankmajer's world was with "Neco z Alenky", a surreal take on Alice in Wonderland that drew me in instantly. After watching "Neco z Alenky", I immediately started looking for more material by Jan Svankmajer, and I came across this little short animation which blew my mind out of the water.
During the 6 minutes of "Tma/Svetlo/Tma" (Darkness/Light/Darkness) we are invited to witness the different parts of the human male body entering a room separately and trying to figure out how to complete the human form. During this, the small room gets more and more crowded and difficult to move in. To me, the message this short gave me was that we should not aim higher than our capabilities, or we might end up with our goals crowding a small room, eventually turning off the light on it. But this is my interpretation, I've read several more interesting ones as well.
If you enjoy surreal / abstract cinema art, you owe it to yourself to watch this short as soon as possible, you will not be disappointed.
A great Horror/Sci-Fi movie that falls a bit short in the end
"Splice" tells the story of two biochemists who clone a human / animal hybrid. This was enough to get me off my seat and watch the movie.
And it didn't disappoint, at least in the Sci-Fi department. During the majority of the movie we see the evolution of this new creature, who they name Dren, and it's very interesting to see how it evolves and how the two scientists deal with it. On the horror department, it disappointed me. I saw it coming from miles away, the ending was way too predictable.
The movie is excellently acted, and the production values are off the roof! Amazing visuals, and it's amazing how Dren looks! The photography is also top notch and the color palette succeeds at transmitting the proper ambiance when needed.
The strongest feature of this movie is how it makes you cringe, feel awkward and wonder if it's OK or not to be feeling what your feeling, because the movie puts the viewer through some very awkward scenes. This is also represented in the characters as they progress, but I won't spoil anything to you.
Overall, despite the cliché ending this is a strong Sci-Fi flick which you should definitely watch if you enjoy the genre. It'll interest you through most of the ride and even though you won't be amazed by the end, you will surely be even more interested.
Why? This might be Sci-Fi... But our current reality is not very far away from this so-called fiction...
Although the core story has been done before in other revenge movies, this one takes the cake. The movie messes with your mind from scene to scene, without letting go.
The characters are so brilliantly brought to life, you can literally watch them transform in front of your eyes, especially Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee), the lead character. The movie focuses on what revenge can bring out in a good man, and it is raw, cruel and at times astonishingly realistic.
The movie clocks almost 2 hours and a half, but despite the length being unusually long, you will not be looking at your watch and thinking "it should be ending soon", as you will be glued to your seat the entire time.
The photography is also top notch, and this movie is a wonder to look at. The gore effects are amazing as well.
Overall, if you enjoy a good thriller that messes with your mind and with the way you look and feel for the characters, this one is for you.
If you saw "Crank" and were expecting another crazy ride... you've got it. If you saw "Crank" and were expecting more cheesy, over-the-top, awesome and entertaining moments... you've got it.
All this, times a hundred.
"Crank" did not take itself seriously, and that was, by far, its best feature. It served an insane, comedic and action oriented experience unlike any other. "Crank: High Voltage" does exactly what you should expect upon reading the title: it cranks "Crank" up by thousands of volts in craziness, cheesiness, and most importantly: entertainment.
This is not a movie you should go see if you're expecting a serious thriller that could mess with your mind. This is a movie you should go see if you want to be glued to your seat thinking "What on God's name are they going to try to pull off next?". Of course, this should be apparent by learning that the movie is centered around a character that must recharge himself with electricity to stay alive.
Well acted, well performed and stunningly filmed. At times, due to the crazy situations, camera angles and color palettes, you might think you're actually watching a video game cut-scene.
Of course, this is all supported by an equally crazy, over-the-top and stunning soundtrack by the greatly talented Mike Patton. One of the best movie soundtracks I've had the pleasure to hear in the last few years.
So, if you're in for a fun experience, you should be watching "Crank: High Voltage" right about now. Or "Crank" if you haven't yet. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Decent horror movie that succeeds mostly due to the atmosphere
"Pyega" ("The Deserted House") tells the story of a group of filmmakers that set off to film a documentary about a team of paranormal investigators. The team decides to visit and investigate a factory where a whole family was slaughtered and a ghost is said to appear and drive people insane. Well, it's safe to say that it doesn't go well.
It doesn't go well for the team and the movie itself. Although a decent horror movie, with some very creepy situations (that are sometimes ruined by horrible visual effects - i.e. the camera pixelizing) the only thing that saves this film is the overall atmosphere of the place. I've had my own paranormal adventures with a group of people, going to supposedly haunted places and recording EVPs and etc, and this atmosphere was top notch, so I connected with it at some point. Although some of the activities they set out to do while on site are ridiculous and unheard of, which can break the atmosphere at times.
The movie is also a slow builder, which makes it a bit predictable. The scares are a mix of original and cliché moments, although I've got to give props, because there are times where the movie is supposedly preparing for a hugely done cliché and then strays away from it, building up the tension once again.
The ending was tad disappointing, and I enjoyed the overall exploration of the site a lot more. I also think that the characters could have been a lot more developed, even though this is a "Blair Witch" kind of film with a documentary theme, they could have evolved the characters a bit more for the viewer, because it doesn't make the viewer care at all for them when horrible things happen.
Overall it's a good experience. If you like good atmosphere and psychological horror, watch it, it's not even that long.
Probably the best episode I've ever seen on ANY series
Who would have thought it would end like it did when the episode first starts?
This episode has everything a MOVIE should have: comedy, intrigue, an excellent story and 'twist', romance and something else you should find on your own (not wanting to spoil).
If you like scrubs or have some idea of how the characters are with each other, damn even if you don't like it, you should give this episode a try.
Scrubs has that little something many comedic series can't achieve: when it's meant to be serious, it is and with excellency. This episode, more than others will make you see a side of Cox you never thought you'd see and probably won't see again.
I cannot believe what my eyes just saw. I am so shocked with this movie. Being a fan from the game since the first one was released for the PS1 i have to say this became instantly my favorite movie right after Pyramid Head made his first appearance, and believe me, it was a huge appearance.
You may have noticed i am a big fan of the character, though he didn't appear a lot in the movie, he was awesome.
Well, about the movie now, as i said i am still shaking and i still have the chills when thinking about the movie, my mouth is opened and my face probably has a "shocked" expression, has that is the feeling i sense right now, i'm shocked.
This is definitely the best movie i've ever seen from beginning to the end. The monsters were really well chosen (and the new ones, they're just totally CREEPY, the Gray Child totally freaked me out, i was shaking from hair to toes, and believe me i'm not frightened so easily; i must have been the only person on the theater watching "The Exorcist" who did not feel scared almost at all, well, some suspense maybe).
I'm taking ages to write this comment, and why? Because i can't see no proper words to describe this, i'm trembling all over and all i can think is about the scene where Alessa finally has her revenge. That was the freakiest thing i've ever seen.
About the ending of the movie, since this has become quite the talks here on the forums: i think we WILL have a sequel, i mean, did you notice the way Sharon looked at Dahlia, and the way she looked when they arrived... "home"? I too think the ending gives us a lot to think about, i have quite a weird theory: what if Rose and Sharon, and Cybil died in the car crash? Yes, in the beginning. And I say this, because of the ending, or that happened or they were still trapped in the other dimension, and if it's the "dark one who opens and closes the door to Silent Hill" why didn't "the dark one" (a.k.a. Alessa) let Rose and Sharon go back? These doubts are killing me, i want more, i want MUCH MORE!
I have to congratulate Christophe Gans, he's made my favorite game become also my favorite movie, i freaking love you (not in the way many of you are thinking lol) and we want more! Give us a sequel!