Speed round! Phase 1. #Captain AmericaThe First Avenger. A fun & entertaining movie that’s somewhat of a love letter to the old serials of the 1940’s. Reminded me a lot of Indiana Jones. #ChrisEvans shine as Steve Rogers, & the supporting cast is spot on. First half is strong, but the second half is a mixed bag. Overall, One Thumb Up👍. #IronMan . Truly one of the great superhero movies of all time. A fantastic performance by #RobertDowneyJr , who’s funny as hell, & super likable. The final act is where the movie sorta goes off rails. Overall, a great movie. 👍Two Thumbs Up👍. #TheIncredibleHulk . It’s bland & dull, with an okay performance by #EdwardNorton . Everyone else is boring, & the action is wack AF. Sadly, well not really that sad, it’s One Thumb Down👎. #IronMan2 . Oh golly, it’s pretty shitty. Once again, Downey Jr. shines as Tony Stark, & #DonCheadle is a good War Machine. Everything else: bad. Terrible villain, & a sloppy plot. It felt like Marvel wanted this movie out ASAP. Sadly, for reals this time, it’s One Thumb Down👎. #Thor . Better than Incredible Hulk, but still rather dull. #ChrisHemsworth is fun to watch, as he goes from cocky to heroic. We get one excellent villain in Loki ( #TomHiddleston ). The action is much better, with fun set pieces on both Asgard & earth. With a better story, this could’ve been Decent, but for now, it’s One Thumb Down👎.
The “big one”. #TheAvengers is fine. First times I saw it, I thought it was slow with generic action. After a few more viewings, I’ve come to enjoy this silly ass movie. The cast is excellent together, & the New York battle is pure excitement. I love the shot of Thor lending his hand to Cap after the 300th fight they’ve had. Once again, Loki is charming, & he does some awful shit. That opera scene is easily the best scene in my opinion. These fuckers get a Decent. #geekingout#moviereviews#filmlovers#moviecommunity#mcuphase1
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Orphans of The Storm (1921) - I regret pushing off a few movies from my 1920s list to April just because of those damn Leprechaun movies. ————————————————————
The only part of the French Revolution I know about is Marie Antionette.
Out of The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Broken Blossoms, and Way Down East this is, in my opinion, the best film directed by D.W. Griffith. He has his craft down and knows what he is doing. He wrote the script during the shooting which is impressive.
Lilian Gish playing Henriette was perfect. She plays a character we feel bad for. She loves her sister dearly. We even feel sorrier for Dorothy Gish playing Louise. Her character is blind and what happens to her in this movie just made me feel angry. To add to this anger was Lucille La Verne playing an Ugly looking hag, Mother Frochard. These performances stand out the most to me besides the snobby elite people.
The best part of the movie was the Climax. I would've been screaming and punching people to get out of the way. The editing in this sequence was sublime. There's one element with the gates I didn't understand. The people at the Guillotine weren't closing the gate before and suddenly just because there's a bunch of horses they are?
This movie was well staged and shot well. I wonder how long it took them to shot some of these sequences. There has to be a lot of coordination that I wouldn't even begin to know how to do. Some of those shots I would like on my wall. It captures the production design of this French Revolution setting.
I did have issues with the pacing and long sequences I would've cut out.
Overall I liked that I got the message of not blindly hating someone just because you belong to a class. These people were so fed up it seemed hard to convince them otherwise. I think this is D.W. Griffith's least offensive movie.
8/10 - Strong Recommend. See it as soon as you can. - I watched this because I'm making a video for each decade of films I watch from the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list. ————————————————————
Are you going to see/avoid this movie? If you’ve seen it what were your thoughts? 4/8/19
Of all the 1934 Best Picture nominees, Cleopatra is by far the most surprising one in terms of its quality as it's such an underappreciated, very strong movie. Yes, its dialogue can be a bit silly and its approach is most definitely bordering on soapy, but this is one undeniably entertaining epic thanks to fun character interactions, strong emotion and a magnetic Claudette Colbert performance in the titular role. Cecile B. DeMille was a perfect fit for this film which features splendid costumes, production design, score and cinematography.
I took my family to see the new “live” version of Dumbo. I give it solid 3 out of 5. It was a lovely film that didn’t blow me away and was not terrible. With the original being so short and ambiguous they had a free reign of where to take the modern Tim Burton version. With a strong cast and great animation theirs not much to dislike in this. Honestly my biggest annoyance was the wasted opportunity of not using the song When I See An Elephant Fly, easily the best bit of music from the original that was simply cut from the new version. What do you guys think? #dumbo#moviepodcast#moviereviews#disney
401 hour ago
Oh, my... Mother!
In “Mother! (2017)”, Mother & Him’s relationship gets tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home & cause discomfort for them, especially Mother. “Mother!” ain't like anything you’ve seen before. It isn’t just a horror flick or thriller. It’s something else. It‘s echt & peculiar. Some might find it confusing though. However, I find it perplexing, since it’s filled with metaphors that totally amazed me. There are a lot of biblical references which I realized after finishing it & reading Darren Aronofsky's statements & interviews about it.
It’s POV of Mother & that’s why it’s so thrilling & unsettling. It’s all about how Mother thought & felt. You can feel her confusions, her fears & her struggles.
Darren Aronofsky is an unusual & creative director & writer. I’m fascinated by his surrealist writing skills & his use of symbolism. Since shooting movies in 16 mm film is a style, more like a signature, of Aronofsky, “Mother!” was also shot in 16 mm. The cinematography is amazing & gives you all the feels. It’s claustrophobic. There are climactic effects of thriller filled with climactic scenes. The techniqiues used gives depth to scenes.
The acting is superb. To be honest, Jennifer Lawrence was just glowing & scintillating in such a dark film. She totally stayed in character. She hyperventilated for real when her character & the movie itself were both hyperventilating. It was such an honest performance from her. Javier Bardem’s performance was remarkable. Especially, towards the ending of the movie. "Mother!", an allegory about climate change, isn’t for everyone, especially for the ones who like simple & plain thriller. Because it is highly psychological, poetical & metaphorical thriller. It’s ambigious & chaotic. You need to dive deep to uncover the hidden meanings. In short, "Mother!" is true art.
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Doctor Strange is one of those MCU movies no one really speaks about because it’s not bad but it’s not one of the greats either. It’s just sort of good, but forgettable. To be honest it makes perfect sense and I know what’s to blame. .
First of all, ignoring the spectacular drug trip sequences of crazy as fuck CGI visual fuckery, cinematography wise, not so great. The screen is flooded with browns, dark browns and even darker browns. The sets/locations look the part but it’s so boring visually. The only things that really stand out are the magic bits and even then, it’s just orange and sometimes green. It’s not that nice to look at. Then we have the main story which is in two parts. The first being Strange’s character arc which seems to be basically the same as Tony’s in Iron Man. A selfish man of money redeems himself and fights the baddies after an incident that could have cost him his life. Just this time instead of a suit of armour and a funny, likeable person to watch, we have none of this and some hand waving CGI magic instead. Then the other part is the whole bad guy thing. Some guys want to help Dormammu allow the world to never die, even though he really just wants to consume it all or something? I don’t know, it’s undeveloped and a little stupid if you ask me.
However, the movie succeeds in a lot of ways. Firstly, being casting. Obviously, Bendthatdick Cumonbitch is fucking perfect. He looks the part and can play the guy pretty well. The rest are also pretty good considering what they’ve been given isn’t all that amazing. Then the Ancient One. At first, I really didn’t like her, she seemed a bit weird and I don’t know… Just a bit off. But with each rewatch I like her more and more and I’m very happy with her performance. I think her weirdness fits this magic-based film very well. Anyway, other positives include the fucking awesome score that no one really talks about for some reason. Obviously, there’s the visual fuckery and the action is very fun and exhilarating. Some of it is a little generic but the magic makes sure it isn’t boring. (cont->)
6672 hours ago
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Having revived from his wounds, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.
My review: The spawn of the hockey mask, I liked this one alot also, great kills.
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, John Cena
Review: Talk about ghosts of the past, with Michael Bay single handedly steam rolling through the transformers series leaving a pile of wreckage in his wake a lot was riding on bumblebee to finally bring about a change in direction and also to possible setup a story for a reboot. So Bumblebee works as a prequel to the transformers series heading all the way back to the 1980’s. Its 1987 and Bumblebee is sent to earth on a mission to protect it from the Decepticons, one thing leads to another and the next thing we know he meets an 18 year old girl and forms a formidable bond with her. Travis Knight know for directing Kubo and the Two Strings helms this project whose main cast includes Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. Now the biggest talking point of this movie is the relation between Bumblebee and Charlie which is used as a backbone to construct the story, and that was a pretty good idea as the audiences are given a break from all the crap that Michael Bay’s story had. Travis Knight doesn’t wait around to slowly ease the audiences into the story, instead he throws them into a war torn Cybertron and the events which follow, his efforts to bring the story to screen is complemented well through his direction and the editing work which appears spot on. But as they say nothing is perfect, Bumblebee has its fair share of clichés and repetitive scenes which have already been told in other alien movies, which make it predicable and hence finds it difficult to surprise you and also the war scenes on Cybertron could have been a bit longer. Bumblebee breaks free of the shackles and webs of the past by becoming the best movie the transformers franchise and in the process unlocking its potential and also sets up the possibility of a potential reboot.
Das neue Spin-off der Transformers - Reihe "Bumblebee" erscheint in Kürze auch im Heimkino. Wir haben uns den Film ansehen können und verraten euch, wie die Umsetzung geworden ist und ob endlich auch für den deutschen Markt Dolby Atmos geboten wird. Mehr dazu erfahrt ihr im Review auf inn-joy.de unter folgendem Link :
Was awesome seeing this classic on the big screen on 35mm. 'The Shining' is probably my favourite film of all time and if you haven't seen it yet I highly, highly recommend you watch it. From the opening shot with the ominous and purely menacing score and sweeping camerawork you are immediately drawn in. Look the cinematography, editing, direction, soundtrack all technical aspects are flawless due to Kubrick's obsessive detail and perfection of his craft. The performances are incredible. Jack Nicholson is on another level here, his descent into madness is performed scarily well, whether it be maniacal and over the top conversations and laughter to full on terrifying intensity and violence. Shelley Duvall is brilliant as Wendy Torrance, terrified, on edge and truly strong as well, Danny Lloyd is probably (if not one of) the best child actor of all time. It's essentially perfect in my opinion, as the poster says 'a masterpiece of modern horror' and also a masterpiece of any genre.
Avengers: Infinity War review: (I’ll try and keep spoilers to a minimum)
Considering the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t usually care that much about its villains, this time he’s out front and centre, and this is his story, his film. Also Thanos’s plan is committing genocide to half the universe, we still sympathise with him and you can understand why he wants to do this. Josh Brolin shines as the Mad Titan and he delivers a performance that warrants a lot of praise and it’s even better that he gets the most screentime in this film than any other character. With this being the culmination of ten years’ worth of films with so many characters it has to deal with giving each hero their contribution to the story. For the most part it succeeds, however there are a couple of major characters who were sidelined, such as Captain America but aside from that this film was made meticulously. The character dynamics were handled extremely well, grouping certain heroes together who’d never met before, working together all to achieve the goal of defeating Thanos. The effects and detail in this film is astonishing; Thanos was brought to life incredibly well and the action sequences are so fantastically put together they’re like nothing you’ve seen before, and they help add to the scope of the situation in the film. I’m beyond excited to see where they take the Avengers in Endgame, and if you want to see one of the most gripping films in the MCU, this is it.
I give Avengers: Infinity War a 9.5/10☄️
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