I expected everyone to come up with this great derogative quip after I saw the movie but not enough people have.
Why so serious?
Before Midnight never steps wrong or feels anything less than authentic. It’s a natural progression of the characters after another 9 years and, yes, this is exactly what would happen with these two. Taken together, this trilogy is one of the miracles of modern cinema. Hollywood is not supposed to be able to get romance and relationships this right.
Why yes! I would like my romances to be fully expressionistic and filled with amazing set pieces that recall directors like Murnau and Von Sternberg. Greatest use of fireworks ever is also a bonus.
Saw this at a bad movie festival. Made the other bad movies look good by comparison.
Interesting. With each Bourne film, the direction and action sequences get better and better, yet they keep rehashing the same story. The results are three increasingly well made films, that don’t reach greatness due to their limited imagination in the story department.
Similar in theme and ambition to Synecdoche New York (art as a metaphor for life), but the tone is far more chaotic and comic, allowing for eccentricities in both visuals and charcterization to flourish. Asks some very interesting questions of what we expect films to do for us. The ending will leave some jaws on the floor, but it really was perfect for this film.
This one's frustrating. Such a promising premise that unwinds wonderfully with top notch performances. All the makings of a great film, somewhat undone by an over-intrusive score and a lame ending.
Better than I thought it would be, but nowhere near as great as it would have been if I were 13.
The "magic" may seem dated, but the joy expressed by the magician performing is timeless.
Really funny and with Lang's visual gifts intact, this was a surprise threat that really needs to be scne by Lang fans and those who like a good screwball comedy.
Does anyone else still automatically think of this every time the lesbian movie is brought up?
Does anyone know who sings the "Take A Look Around You" theme song?
If you've never read comic books when you were 10 and wonder what the fuss was all about, this movie pretty much reproduces the experience. Whedon's 2012 output is pretty damn amazing.
By any traditional standards a bad film, yet the pure physical atmosphere in capturing the Dark Ages battle and magic is so vivid that much can be forgiven.
If Sam Worthington can't fill Harry Hamlin's shoes, who's can he fill? Dull, lifeless cartoon looking GCI is no replacement for stop motion model work that can reflect a great artist at work. Ray Harryhausen remains the man.
Most effective comedic attack on bigotry since Blazing Saddles.
Cameron Crowe made a great movie last year and it had nothing to do with a fucking zoo.
Wow! Cool set! Too bad it ended up in a dopey Jerry Lewis movie. Do not see the appeal of this guy.
Wonderfully captures that time when the whole world opens up and the possibilities are limitless.
What's with the wacky still being used to represent this?
This must've been a big influence on "Lost," but somehow never gets mentioned.
Having worked a few campaigns in my time, I can verify these personality types are dead on accurate. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti especially have their chracters down pat. This is Clooney’s best directorial work and feels like a 70’s new Hollywood film. The cynicism is palpable and fully justified. Questions of ethics and loyalty are raised in fresh and compelling ways. Possibly the most realistic depiction of campaign life I’ve seen.
This was really stupid and I kind of liked it when I was 15. (Mostly due to Goldthwait.) I doubt a repeat viewing will hold up, so I'll just enjoy the memory.
Remaking the brilliant Let the Right One In was unnecessary, but we can be grateful that Hollywood did not do a hack job this time. It's a remarkably faithful remake, and had I not seen the original, I would have been quite impressed. But I did see the original and that film’s dark poetry hasn’t been reproduced even if the general tone has. A bit too much of what was originally left unsaid is now said.
What a fucked up piece of noir genius! Certainly a mess, with Welles' laughable Irish accent and not terribly concerned with credibility. But, with a project Welles was not personally invested in, he felt free spin his wind-up toys out of control, especially with that eccentric supporting cast. I found the result immensely enjoyable.
Captain America gets everything right that the others got wrong. Sure, you have CGI effects, but they’re a byproduct of well made, character based action sequences; not its reason for being. What a breath of fresh air to see an old fashioned adventure story free of irony and post-modernism. When you’re not afraid to be sincere and even a little corny, you give yourself permission to have fun. Fun achieved!
A fascinating sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In an attempt to simulate human behavior, two pod people go about attempting to mimic an illicit affair. There’s some aerobics that vaguely resemble sex and I would have thought the acting was ridiculously mannered had they been portraying characters who beared any resemblance to actual people.
Powell and Pressburger were so ahead of the fighting Nazis curve, they opened up a whole new front to the war, Canada. I was skeptical of this conceit as the film started, but its bullheadedness won me over. It wasn’t satisfied with the physical results of battle and intrigue, but went after the ideology, and not subtly. P&P keep us off guard in two effective ways. First, due to the Canadian setting itself, being so unfamiliar to WWII iconography. Also, we are following the Nazi escapees. In essence, sharing their point of view while never sympathizing with them. This is quite a narrative accomplishment and more than makes up for Lawrence Olivier’s hilarious attempt at a French accent.
There’s a lot packed into the always fascinating doc, from the Dersu Uzala – like eccentric protagonist to the ravages of communism on creativity to the role of art and the artist itself. THE highlight of the 2011 Romanian Film Festival held recently in Chicago.
Among the most inspirational documents of American history. Should be required viewing in every high school.