Friday, July 20, 2012
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Christin Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Modine, Cillian Murphy, Juno Temple, Aidan Gillen, Liam Neeson, Nestor Carbonell, Josh Stewart
At the time of Heath Ledger's death, when rumors already started to circulate about the possible plot of the third movie in Nolan's series, it was said that The Joker was supposed to be included in this film. Now it's easy to see why. The anarchy released in previous installments, as large as it had been, was only a prelude to the third act where pretty much every major villain in the series thus far shows up. Shit, they even bring back Neeson's dead Ra's Al Ghul. Kind of. Gotham's destiny is threatened even more than ever before. The stakes are up. Not only for the people of Gotham and our legendary caped crusader but also for Nolan.
The pressure was on Nolan to deliver a die hard ending to his acclaimed trilogy not only after The Dark Knight but also after the success of Inception and though Nolan doesn't quite reach the same absolute brilliance of those pieces, Rises is still a masterful, well thought-out conclusion to the series with the third act climaxing to a beautiful and valiant hint at the future. Especially the very last shot before credits almost brought a tear to my eye.
The Dark Knight Rises at IMDb
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Directed by McG
Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Til Schweiger, Angela Bassett, Chelsea Handler
This Means War is a project I had high expectations for. Though honestly the director on the project didn't inspire much confidence, 'cause even though personally I loved McG's Terminator Salvation, the two Charlie's Angels films were fucking awful mostly because of his stupid directorial ideas. The thing that made me expect great things from this caper about two spy buddies falling for the same woman, were the two leading men. Chris Pine (Star Trek) has magnificent hidden comedic potential and Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises).. well he's just a master class character actor of our time and if he signed up, there must be something worth a look. And indeed, This Means War is a funny, laid back and well acted spy comedy. Witherspoon does her usual stint and is forgettable but as expected Pine and Hardy are on top form and even McG manages to hit the right notes in terms of comedy and action beats. Right on.
This Means War at IMDb
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Directed by Roger Christian
Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson
I'd be easy as shit to just give this film one statue but it simply isn't true. Battlefield Earth is waaay too funny to be the worst film ever made. In fact, I honestly think the straight-to-DVD market offers every month much more serious candidates for the Alan Smithee category. Those movies tend to be made only for the profit and offer next to nothing new to the genres they represent. Battlefield Earth at least was made with genuine enthusiasm, though very misguided. The production design of this film is naturally meant to give a feel of a post-apocalyptic world but it backfires since as a result the movie simply looks cheap. Add to that the stupid costume design (especially of the evil, earth invading psychlos), horrible home made special effects.. eh, I'd get a carpal tunnel syndrome if I'd actually attempt to list everything that's wrong with this fucking thing. Suffice to say Battlefield Earth is a camp classic right up (or down depending on your preference) with Plan 9 From Outer Space. But enough about Forest Whitaker.
As silly as this alien invasion is, I'd still love to see a film made of the true Scientology dribble which is of course the incomprehesible story of Xenu in which these people actually (claim to) believe in. Go on, look the damn thing up if you don't believe me. Then again South Park already did a wonderful job with it in the brilliant, infamous episode Trapped In The Closet (s9e12) which known Scientologist Tom Cruise tried to ban from American TV.
Battlefield Earth: A Saga Of The Year 3000 at IMDb
Friday, July 13, 2012
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Steven Berkoff, Joely Richardson, Goran Visnjic
Since the Millennium book trilogy written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson became such an international hit and especially after the Swedes did a very succesful and brilliant film trilogy of it, the Hollywood remake was just a matter of who, how and when. Well: the brilliant director of Se7en and Fight Club, filmed mainly on location in Sweden and fucking immediately.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at IMDb
Män Som Hatar Kvinnor at IMDb
Monday, July 9, 2012
Directed by Aku Louhimies
Starring Amanda Pilke, Laura Birn, Sean Pertwee, Deogracias Masomi, Jasper Pääkkönen, Taneli Mäkelä
Vuosaari or Naked Harbour as it is internationally known is part of what could be called "the misery series" from director Louhimies. The film tells intertwining stories of bunch of characters and in part deals with cancer and it has been said that this is because Louhimies himself is a cancer survivor and the film was his way of letting out feelings concerning the experience.
Vuosaari at IMDb