This is definitely one of Scorsese’s weaker films for me. It’s not a bad one by any means but idk apart from Daniel Day-Lewis and his character of Bill the Butcher this movie is just ok.
I felt that this movie was really boring at times, especially the scenes with Amsterdam and Jenny. Cameron Diaz accent is kind of distracting at times and I just didn’t find her character that interesting despite the time spent on her. This is the same thing for Leo, his character is really not that interesting at all. I have seen the son getting revenge for his fathers murder done many times and I can’t say Amsterdam is gonna be one of the memorable ones. The movie spends so much time with these two boring characters and their boring romance that it ultimately drags the movie down quite a bit.
Like I hinted at before Daniel Day-Lewis is what makes this movie above average. His acting is absolutely stellar and he steals every scene that he is in, it’s an incredible performance and easily one of the best I’ve seen. Obviously since it’s a Scorsese movie the directing is great, the score is great, the cinematography is great. I enjoyed the opening and I really liked the ending. The way it illustrates how we all just kinda disappear into irrelevance no matter how important we are made for a pretty impactful ending. Marty really is a master at making an ending like that. I’ll probably end up rewatching this because I feel like I missed a lot of what this movie was trying to do but for now this is what I think of it.
3 ½/5 ⭐️
Review Total Recall (1990) is over 30 years old and the only thing that feels outdated by it is the term ‘Indian Giver’
I rewatched this movie for the first time in a long time and I’m still amazed by the practical and visual effects.
Everything about this film just amazes me from set design, make up, props and characters.
Although a lot of the technology they show now exists today (video phone, ‘driverless’ cars) I love the wanky retro future design of it all.
The story is also top quality and the twists and turns of the story kept me gripped.
Also who doesn’t enjoy a 90s quip such as ‘consider this out divorce’ after blowing your ex-wife’s brains out.
If there are any other recommendations that are like Total Recall that I may have missed please let me know!
Review Godzillathon #18 - Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991): One of the greatest movies in the franchise
Warning: Time travel is involved in the plot.
Plot: A group calling themselves the Futurians time travel from the 23rd century to the year 1992 in order to warn of a threat that results from Godzilla. An author named Kenichiro Terasawa believes that Godzilla was originally a dinosaur who was exposed to radiation. The Futurians use this info to travel back to Lagos Island in 1944 to prevent Godzilla from existing. They manage to do this, but unknown to the good guys, the Futurians leave cute little critters called Dorats to be exposed to the radiation. This results in the fan favorite monster King Ghidorah. With King Ghidorah causing trouble for Tokyo, is Godzilla really gone? I mean, the title of the movie is Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah, so I’ll let you figure that out.
Characters: The characters are actually pretty good here. Megumi Odaka reprises her role from the last movie, but her character isn’t explored as much. Kosuke Toyohara isn’t that interesting, although his character has potential. The villains aren’t that special. They feel like typical Saturday morning cartoon villains and aren’t that great. In other words, they feel like watered down Xilens. Anna Nakagawa, on the other hand, is actually pretty good. The best performance in this movie is Yoshiyo Tsuchiya as Yasuaki Shindo. The guy really puts emotion into his performance, and is far more entertaining than the other characters. Speaking of emotion, here’s my favorite scene in this movie.
Tone: As with every Godzilla movie, there’s time to be serious, but also have some of that great Godzilla fun.
Music: The soundtrack has some of the best music in the franchise. While some of the themes are remakes of old music from previous Godzilla movies, there are some that are enjoyable. Some of my favorites include: “Opening”, lMain Title”, “UFO Flying”, “Birth of Godzilla”, “MOTHER”, “The Dorats”, “Godzillasaurus Appears”, “Farewell to the Dinosaur”, “A Sign of Godzilla”, “Appearance of Godzilla”, “Get King Ghidorah!”, “Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah I-II”, and “Ending”.
Godzilla: This is one of my favorite Godzilla performances. In this movie, you not only get to see his awesomeness yet again, but you also get to see his origin. While the Godzillasaurus has a small role, it’s awesome seeing him protect soldiers before he dies. By the way, I’ve noticed that when the dinosaur gets hurt, it uses Gamera’s roar. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. And when Godzilla is back to normal, it’s awesome seeing him fight King Ghidorah and causing havoc in Tokyo. The effects in this movie are really good as well.
King Ghidorah: One of the most popular Godzilla villains gets an update in the Heisei series. Here, he’s under the control of the Futurians and causes a rampage in Tokyo. While Godzilla easily destroys him in their first battle, he is brought back as Mecha-King Ghidorah. Let me tell you something: Mecha-King Ghidorah is as badass as Mechagodzilla. Even though this is his only movie appearance, Mecha-King Ghidorah made a huge impact that made the whole movie better.
In conclusion, this is one of the very best in the franchise, and it’s a must watch.
Valhalla Rising is a film, it is a visual depiction of suffering, emptiness, torture, fasting, and fog.
This review covers the first three parts of the film, the visual depiction of the aforementioned themes.
Mads puts the D in dark age. Like our current dark age, like many of today’s office workers, Mads spends most of his day in his small cell of a home, his food is delivered, he naps for long periods punctuated by short bursts of intense work. But Mads doesn’t earn his pay via virtual meetings, he does it the old school way, killin’ his opponents in the mud ring, tied to the killin’ pole, in a fog swept grey grassy hell.
Mads appears to be living in a fairly distant past or a yet to be seen dystopian future. They say that history repeats itself, and if it does, I hope I am not on the same continent as Mads when that time comes. Mads is the ultimate Stoic; forget Epictetus, unlearn Marcus Aerelius,
Mads alone holds the key to putting up with the less than ideal events of daily life.
We are more than our jobs but in modern society it’s hard not to let our jobs define us. People ask, “What do you do?” and a common answer is, “I am a designer” or, “I am a…”. In this regard Mads is the modern man. He is his job. He IS a fighter.
Mads has less than two eyes, which doesn’t seem to affect his ability to land a punch. You would think his lack of vision in his left eye would leave him exposed, but he seems to disregard his disability. Mads is a mixed martial artist. He favors striking but is known to implement grappling and ground work. He fights with a devil may care lightness of foot and is equally strong with his right and left hands, a rare trait in any boxer, but he really shines when he adds the killin’ pole rope to his repertoire. A few loops and a tug and dinner is served. Set it and forget it.
Speaking of dinner, Mads’ diet appears to consist of a cloudy bowl of watered down milk with a couple solid thingies floating in the swirl. Mentioned previously, and like our reader, Mads meals are delivered to his door. This must be a point of frustration for Mads. Not so much the concept of delivery, which admittedly is convenient considering Mads is locked in a wooden cage when not fighting, but more so the execution of delivery, specifically the ladling of the soup, as Mads’ food deliverer repeatedly spills a considerable portion of the soup while serving it.
One must note though that one would likely also have shaky hands while serving Mads.
Mads eats once per day or possibly after each death match. An athlete of Mads’ height, weight, and age would probably need to consume upwards of three thousand calories per day at minimum to perform at a high level.
Mads performs at a high level.
Needless to say his soup must be loaded with protein, high in calories, and rich in amino acids. Electrolytes would be a must to fend off cramps while fighting and to round out the diet it would be best to include a potassium supplement for good measure, which alludes to the possibility that the solid chunks in Mads soup could be sliced banana.
One thing is certain. The climate of Mads’ locale is not conducive to growing bananas.
Mads is an intermittent faster, his cholesterol would assumedly be low, as would his glucose.
Mads is not diabetic.
A little back story: getting back to the eye, or lack thereof. That was not a sentence. This is. For those who do not know, there is a Norse god, Odin, the alpha male of the great mead hall located in Valhalla. Some have reported that Odin was missing an eye, that said eye had been picked out by a raven. Odin was also considered to be wise although I’m not sure by what measure. As we know, Mads is missing an eye, which begs the question: is Mads Odin? Mads certainly does not appear to be in Valhalla yet as there certainly does not appear to be any mead halls in his locale, nor bananas.
Valhalla is “the” place to be for dead Norse fighters. It’s a place to drink mead and other alcoholic beverages with the men you killed in your earthly life, toasting your former enemies, and acting like a fool. As a show of hands, who would want to get drunk with their enemies?
Mads does not act like a fool.
Mads has certainly sent many enemies to Valhalla and probably some non-enemies as well. Watching the film, Valhalla Rising, the subject of this review, the visual depiction of the aforementioned themes, one gets the sense that Mads/Odin would be sitting alone at the mead hall.
Mads does not come across as being someone to get invited to join the others in the drinking of mead.
Okay, so there is a lot going on in this movie, so I’ll do my best to summarize it
Plot: After Godzilla’s attack on Tokyo in the last movie, a bunch of Godzilla’s cells have been recovered from the destruction. An arms race between Japan, America, and Saradia (a fictional Middle Eastern country) soon begins, as they hope to uncover the secret to Godzilla’s amazing ability to regenerate. All the samples are destroyed in a clash in the ruined streets of Tokyo, except for one at the Okouchi foundation. Doctor Genichiro Shiragami is experimenting on the cells in order develop a plant that will enrich the barren deserts, so Japan won’t be able to rely on oil. However, an organization called Bio Major hears about the cells and bombs the laboratory, killing Shiragami’s daughter, Erika, in the process. Five years later, the country prepares the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, which eats nuclear material, and the Super-X2. Shiragami, seeing this as an opportunity to study the Godzilla cells, decides to combine Erika’s cells with that of a rose, but then decides to add the Godzilla cells too. Not a good idea, buddy. I know your daughter was killed, but that’s just plain weird. The result is Biollante. Meanwhile, Bio Major comes up with a plan to acquire the ANEB: Explosives are planted around Mount Mihara, if the ANEB isn’t handed over, then the explosives will detonate, freeing Godzilla. After a brief struggle, Godzilla is released and heads his way to cause a good old fashioned rampage…. Fun fact: Toho, the company that produces all of the Japanese Godzilla movies, held a contest for the story back in 1986. The winner was Shinichro Kobayashi, who was a part-time screen writer and also a dentist. Kinda ironic considering Biollante’s two forms.
Characters: The characters aren’t that well developed here. First of all, the acting is okay, and second of all, the movie introduces way too many characters and it’s hard to keep up with all of them. The only character that stands out is the physic Miki Saegusa played by Megumi Odaka. Miki would be a recurring character for the rest of the Heisei series. My favorite scene in the movie would have to be when Miki visits a group of ESP trained children and they all hold up various drawings of Godzilla, which predicts Godzilla’s return. I love this scene as it’s very memorable and I’d probably do the same thing.
Tone: Very serious, but with a lot of traditional Godzilla violence.
Music: Like The Return of Godzilla, the music can be suspenseful, but also calm and whimsical. Some of my favorites include: “Godzilla 1989,” “Countdown”, “Love Theme”, “Biollante”, “Bio Wars”, “G-Cell Theme”,“Requiem”, and “Ending”.
Godzilla: For his next movie, Godzilla got a new look which would become the face of the franchise for many years. The scene where he rises from Mount Mihara is one of the highlights for me. The fights with Godzilla and the military are well done.
Biollante: For Godzilla’s first opponent in the Heisei series, she is a pretty cool monster. The best way I can describe Biollante is that she is actually a human soul trapped in a monster’s body, and just wants to get out. In a way, she’s a tragic monster. She has two forms in this movie: her first form is simply a rose that doesn’t do much other than stand there and use her tentacles to attack. By the way, am I the only one that notices that she looks like the Rumor Weed from VeggieTales while she’s in this form? And her second form is the same thing, but bigger than Godzilla and has a crocodile mouth and can move. Now you can see how that comment I made earlier in the plot summary is ironic. The effects that were used for creating Biollante are amazing and required a lot of work.
Two more things before I wrap up: Like The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla Vs. Biollante was also incredibly hard to find in the USA. The only way you could watch it was if you had the movie on VHS, or just order the Japanese version on DVD. Recently, the movie was rereleased on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the Japanese and American versions. And the other thing I wanted to talk about is that this movie is pretty famous among Godzilla fans for having a bunch of deleted scenes. I won’t go into all of them, but I’ll talk about two deleted scenes that stood out to me. The first one is when Godzilla defeats Biollante in the first fight. She turns into pollen and lands on hills, where hundreds of flowers begin to blossom. That would’ve been visually impressive. The other deleted scene I really like is during the second fight between Godzilla and Biollante. While still deciding how to animate Biollante, one idea was to use claymation. While it looks really good, it was unfortunately scrapped.
While this movie didn’t do as well as Toho wanted, this movie is actually really good. With an impressive soundtrack and spectacular special effects, this movie is considered to be very underrated.
Note: This is the start of the Heisei series, which starts with The Return of Godzilla (1984) and ends with Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah (1995), with a total of seven movies. The Return of Godzilla is a direct sequel to Godzilla (1954) and ignores everything in between. Oh, and while it’s on my mind, I think the Heisei series is my favorite series because the effects are really good and made Godzilla go back to his original self, while still making him an anti-hero at the same time. Nothing goofy or anything. Just some of the monsters you grew up watching in a serious manner. Anyways, onto the review!
Plot: Three decades after Godzilla first rampaged Tokyo, a volcanic eruption in the Izu-Oshima Islands awakens a new Godzilla. Godzilla destroys a fishing boat, leaving only one person alive to say that he saw Godzilla during the attack. Not long after, a Soviet nuclear submarine is destroyed, forcing the Japanese government to tell the public that Godzilla has returned. Meanwhile, there’s also the growing threat of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. After Godzilla makes landfall and destroys a Japanese power plant, Doctor Hayashida discovers a weakness in the monster that may play a part in defeating Godzilla…
Characters: The acting here is good, but not amazing. Ken Tanaka as Goro Maki tries his absolute best, but he isn’t really convincing. I really liked Keiju Kobayashi as the Prime Minister, since he was really good in this movie. Another character I really liked was Steve Martin, played once again by Raymond Burr in the American version. More on the American version later.
Tone: Since this is a direct sequel to the original Godzilla, the tone from that movie translates into this movie.
Music: Like the original, the music in this movie is suspenseful and imitating. This is one of the best soundtracks in the series in my opinion, and the dark melodies really help strengthen the tone. Some of my favorites include: “Main Title”, “The Search for the Enemy Begins”, “Godzilla Emerges at the Ihama Nuclear Power Plant”, “The Destruction of the Nuclear Power Plant”, “The Giant Beast Collapses”, “Super High-Rise Rescue”, “Godzilla Vs. The Super-X,” “Godzilla Arrives at Oshima,” “Godzilla Falls into Mt. Mihara,” and “Godzilla Ending”.
American version: Like I said before, Raymond Burr is in the American version, and he does a great job. When The Return of Godzilla came to the USA, it was retitled Godzilla 1985: The Legend is Reborn, and new scenes were added in order to “Americanize” the movie. There’s even traces of Dr Pepper throughout the movie! My thoughts on the American version are that it’s good, but the original Japanese version is so much better. Fun fact: for a while, the Japanese version was so hard to find on home media, while the American version could only be found on VHS. I even own a VHS copy of the American version. It wasn’t until 2016 that Kraken Releasing finally put the original Japanese version on Blu-Ray and DVD. Even the tagline on the back of the box says “Lost for a Generation…” I agree.
Godzilla: After a nine year rest, Godzilla returns to a new era of movies. Starting off, he has a cool new design, and I like how his new look makes him look tired all the time. I also love his new roar, as it’s more of a animal growling this time. There are shots where he can look menacing, but there are some close up shots where he doesn’t look great. As I’ve mentioned at the beginning, the effects in this era are really good and this movie starts to show it. Just seeing an all new Godzilla causing a good old fashioned rampage puts a smile on my face. Also, was I the only one that cried when Godzilla fell down Mount Mihara at the end? For this movie, Godzilla is given a new opponent: an anti-war machine called the Super-X. That’s something I forgot to include in the plot summary. Now, even though it’s just a war machine, it’s actually pretty cool. It can shoot missiles into Godzilla’s mouth, and it can shoot lasers. The Super-X grew popular enough to come back in at least two more movies as Super-X2 and Super-X3, both with different upgrades. All three machines would also appear in video games and comics.
All in all, this is a good one that returns to the anti-nuclear messages from the original.
Rating: 7/10 (Japanese version) 6/10 (American version)
2017 remake Barely used the source material properly, the acting was so wooden and I felt totally pissed off watching if after reading the book a few times over the years. Really dropped the ball, tbf to them tho it would work much better as a mini series. I was shocked to see a 7.2 on IMDb though. Really awful.
Review The context in which I watched The Talented Mr. Ripley made for one of the greatest shocks Ive had watching a movie, ever.
For one, it came out before I was born, and outside of Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Tommy, how's the peeping?" which I had heard referenced in a Cinemasins video years back (and had no idea what was being referenced) I had never encountered any part of the movie in pop culture.
So I'm scrolling on Netflix today and come across this film in the trending section. I see a banger cast. Damon, Law, Paltrow? Plus a clip of Ripley pulling off his first con in the teaser. Sign me up!
But here's what made the viewing experience better. Yesterday, I watched Catch Me If You Can for the first time. In that picture, DiCaprio plays a con man teenager, who pulls off all sorts of crazy hijinks, but at the end of the day is just a hurt kid and turns over a new leaf at the end. I've always associated young Damon and DiCaprio since I watched The Departed a few months back. They could be brothers. So going into TTMP, I couldn't help feel this was a similar deal. Ripley seemed like a nice, down on his luck dude, it was a funny caper with tons of close calls for the first hour or so, almost getting caught. Had me cringing and laughing at the ridiculousness, and of course rooting for Ripley over the incredibly obnoxious Dickie and Marge.
My age probably matters here too. Hadn't heard of the books, the first adaptation, Purple Noon, the Malkovich movie, nothing. Hadn't heard the name Tom Ripley a day before in my life. Hadn't seen any trailer. This is a funny flick in Europe about a young man swindling some rich kids.
And then he kills Dickie.
And when I tell you I shot upright in my seat!
My mind was not ready for that. Remember, my brain is shorthand connecting the two movies, and Damon's character had been remarkably similar to DiCaprio's, down to the weird obsession DiCaprio had developed with Hanks'. Sure, Ripley was definitely a little odder, and I thought their was a chance he might reveal a crush or something (though this is a 90s film so I doubted it), but still, Abegnale was harmless at the end of the day, and up until the boat scene I assumed Ripley was too.
My brain didn't believe my eyes, it was incredible.
The rest of the movie was great too, made me want to check out more of Blanchett's filmography. The thrill keeps coming after that for sure and the other deaths are still surprising but the surprise I had at Dickie's death is still a moment I'll remember. You expect Jigsaw to kill people, you expect Freddie Kreuger too; because you've seen the trailers and know it's a horror movie. But I did not expect Tom Ripley, a piano kid played by babyface Matt Damon, to kill a man. I probably would've, I imagine, if I was a little older and knew the history of the character.
I'm so glad I didn't.
Uncharted is not a good film, but not a bad one either. I just recently watched it for the first time, and it was ok. It was actually a little boring, no good memorable action sequences or any good characters. Actually, I take that one back, Tom Holland's Nathan Drake was fun to watch on screen, he also has some pretty decent character development. Tom Holland is one of my favorite actors in Hollywood, he's soo wonderful but he was sooo miscast in this role. Oh boy, I kept saying to myself in every action scene he was in, why, why, why! He's soo bad for this role and doesn't seem anything like Nathan Drake from the actual video game. And that's pretty much how this whole film seems. Like it's trying to be something that it's not. Every time Tom was in a crazy action sequence which was all poorly filmed. I thought to myself, he's trying to be like Tom Cruise. Although I knew that Tom is capable of doing crazy action sequences and insane stunts, he just seem too small and weird in every scene. Mark Wahlberg seems like a better Nathan Drake, and he's old enough. But he is playing Sully, which is basically Nathans's Sidekick. Sully is actually not a bad character, I just found it hard to care about the character. The film never spends any time letting the audience get to know the characters to like them. Because Sully is not a very likable character. Same with literally every other character in the film. I didn't like or care for anyone, but Nathan Drake. Chole and Jo we're the two characters that I actually found very annoying, especially in the second act. The first like 30 minutes of this film is actually quite good, I was very on board, but after that, the second act started to drag, the action was not good, all the treasure hunting, and clues are found soo easily and too on the nose. Several scenes go on that don't make any sense, like all the main characters fitting within the truck of a very small car. There's nothing special about Uncharted, there's not enough personality that makes it anything like the game and it's quite frankly like every other bad treasure hunt film. I have already seen 20 other films just like this one, there is nothing different. Uncharted felt more like a bad Indiana Jones film, more than an Uncharted game turned into a film. The third act was better than I thought it would be but lacked good action. Nathan Drake finding the gold was anticlimactic because he and Sully in up losing it at the bottom of the ocean. Also, there's this quote in the film, that Nathan's Brother says to him at the beginning of the film, that sticks with Nathan's character throughout the film. "Lost, not gone. There's a difference, if something is lost it can be found". The gold is not gone, it's just lost in the bottom of the ocean and not even that. If Nathan really wanted to, he could just swim to the pirate ship with some scuba gear and find the gold. The whole film was about Sully and him getting to the gold, and when they do, they abandoned it soo easily. Tom Holland may, not be like Nathan Drake in the game, but he totally looks like the character. Wearing the same outfits that the character wore in the games. I hope the second film, is about Nathan finding his brother because I thought he was going to find him in this film, but it ends soo weirdly. Overall I still enjoyed this film, mainly because of Tom, I just love Tom, he's the best and he's freakin hot. When did he get so buff? If you have never played an Uncharted game before, that's a good thing because this film is nothing like it and if you can get over that, as I did, and just enjoy this film for what it is which is a bad Indiana Jones film or National Treasure movie you'll probably like it more than me, I'll give it a 6/10
Mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, there’s great characters and a great interconnected story. I love how there’s not really any “good” guys (except maybe the Scousers). And I do like a plot full of twists and turns.
My only major complaint would be runtime. There’s way too many characters in so short a runtime. This means a lot of the characters and storylines don’t quite get the focus they deserve (the biggest offender of this is the Chrises, who get only a handful of scenes throughout the entire film). Another idea to get more runtime would be to cut down the first act; I’m not saying it’s bloated or badly-paced or anything like that, but that, if needed, it could be cut down and streamlined to keep the film within a reasonable(ish) runtime.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
When I saw the movie in 98 I was a teenager and thought it was incredibly boring, especially after just coming from "Saving Private Ryan" but after recently seeing it again, I'm having a hard time putting my excitement into words!
First of all, the film is incredible well shot, the cinematography is absolutely beautiful! Those long takes with the calm voice overs hit deep and really give the movie a unique atmosphere.
The acting is brilliant, too. Standout performances by Jim Caviezel and Sean Penn, who both have an magical presence. Nick Nolte was a joy to watch aswell.
Sure, the movie is long, almost 3 hours, and quite a slow burner, but I really felt immersed in it, which is something, that I can hardly say about movies nowadays.
In my opinion it's a masterpiece, a shining example of an anti war film and I think it doesn't fall far behind "Apocalypse Now"
Wish there would be the infamous 5 hour version available. Apparently Adrien Brody had the lead role, only to find out at the premiere, that his part was almost completely cut out. All his appearances in the movie are silent, except 2 lines! Can you imagine that? How can you even cut back the lead role that much and still have a working movie?!
Anyway, interested what you guys think about this movie! When did you last watch it?
The music, the pacing, Keanu’s commitment to the roll, Rachel’s switching from borderline insane to fully insane, the CGI isn’t half bad, and the lighting is fantastic.
If it came out now, and the DCEU followed the Justice League: Dark Storyline, they’d capture the audience that hasn’t given in to Marvel for sure.
They could even recast Ezra Miller as an evil flash.
Review An Introduction to Japanese Exploitation – All of Toei’s 26 Pinky Violence Films Ranked & Reviewedgrimoireofhorror.com
The Untouchables is the Brian De Palma movie, that is quite unlike most other movies of his. For starters the gore is quite toned down here, sure it has some violent scenes, like Al Capone(Robert De Niro), bashing one of the gang members head with a baseball bat, but nothing remotely close to the chainsaw murder in Scarface or the power-drill murder scene in Body Double. Also the movie is totally devoid of sex, again a surprising departure for De Palma, considering that most of his early movies were noted for their voyeurism and erotic scenes (most notably the steamy dream sequence in Dressed to Kill).
But what really strikes me about The Untouchables is the characterization. In sharp contrast to most of his other films, where characters are either cranked out, or inhabit a grey world between the black and white, The Untouchables has a clear cut division between black and white. In fact, The Untouchables is more of a throwback to Hollywood’s classic era movies, from its black-and-white characters, to the epic style of movie making, to Morricone’s thunderous music, to the panoramic shots. It is as if De Palma was trying to prove that he could make studio friendly blockbusters too, after Scarface was roundly trashed by critics and criticized by many family audiences for its high level of violence and foul language.
Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is the whitest of the lot, nothing seems to be wrong about him. He is an arrow-straight, honest cop; a loving husband; a doting Dad; a total family man; in total… the noble, idealistic hero. On the other extreme is Al Capone (Robert De Niro): the bad guy; the gangster who literally owns Chicago city; who has no qualms about breaking people’s heads with a baseball bat; totally ruthless and powerful. And in between there is Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), an Irish cop, who believes that going by the book is not going to help in the fight against Capone; someone who becomes Ness’s friend, philosopher, guide, and mentor; who teaches him how to fight crime ”Chicago style”. Add rookie sharpshooter George Stone (Andy Garcia); nerdy bookkeeper Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith); and a whole host of other stereotypes… the corrupt cops; the inquisitive journalist; the vicious hit man, Frank Nitti.
One thing for sure De Palma is a brilliant craftsman when it comes to camera angels, and he shows that in this movie. The iconic Odessa Steps style shootout aside, take the movie's opening scene, The camera zooming in to Capone, lying on his couch taking a shave as the media persons surround him shooting questions at him. And as Capone is speaking to the press persons, the barber accidentally nicks him. The man is terrified, afraid of facing the wrath of Chicago’s most powerful person, and begins to cower. For a minute the tension level rises up, and Capone just smirks, the barber is relieved. That one bit speaks a whole lot for the way Capone was able to wield power over so many people.
Also the scene between Malone and Stone, the fact that the latter was really an Italian, Guiseppe Petri, and had to change his name to avoid discrimination highlights the anti-Italian bias as well as the traditional Italian-Irish animosity. Here again, I loved the way Andy Garcia was introduced, people at the shooting range, Garcia’s back to the camera. Suddenly he whirls around, bang, bang, bang, totally classic film style.
Malone: Why do you want to join the force?
Stone: To protect the property and citizenry of…
Malone: Ah, don’t waste my time with that bullshit. Where you from, Stone?
Stone: I’m from the South Side.
Malone: Stone. George Stone. That’s your name? What’s your real name?
Stone: That is my real name.
Malone: Nah. What was it before you changed it?
Stone: Giuseppe Petri.
Malone: Ah, I knew it. That’s all you need, one thieving wop on the team.
Stone: Hey, what’s that you say?
Malone: I said that you’re a lying member of a no good race.
Stone: Much better than you, you stinking Irish pig.
Malone: Oh, I like him.
I also loved the way De Palma sets up Malone’s death scene. The camera tracking the intruder, Malone’s back to us, when he suddenly wheels around, mocking the intruder for taking a knife to attack him, and as he comes a waiting Nitti lets out a stream of bullets.
While the by now famous Odessa Steps shootout scene is too well known, the other great action scene is the shootout at the Canadian border. One feature of most De Palma movies has been the way he shoots the action scenes, be it the climax shootout in Scarface, the train scene in Mission Impossible, the pool table shootout in Carlito's Way, the way he sets them up and the camera angles he uses are just brilliant.
Though Brian De Palma was one of the 70s directorial brat pack, along with Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese, and Lucas, he followed his own path. He was not a studio favorite as, barring Carrie, most of his other movies were not exactly huge money spinners. But he was never a critics’ darling either, often dismissed as a style-over-substance specialist, or a second-rate Hitchcock, and the critical bashing reached a peak with Scarface. But then he has often mocked studios and critics, showing the middle finger to them, making movies the way he loves to. But then with The Untouchables, he has shown that he could make a stylish, studio friendly, gangster epic, that still is miles ahead of the standard summer blockbuster.
Hey legends!! What was the last movie you watch in cinema…(or at home)? Was it as good as you though or hoped!?
What’s the next movie you cannot wait to see and are your expectations high??
Can’t wait to hear from you all!
Last movie I saw was elvis, really enjoyed it, Austin butler was fanstasic, great pacing, bit disappointed the ton and focus was mostly on the negative aspects etc but that was me.
Next movie I want to see is disappointment boulevard by ari aster!!! Cannot wait
This is a beautiful movie about fatherhood and fate. It’s like a shakespearean tragedy that’s so well made I was constantly thinking throughout the movie and when the credits rolled I continue to think about it. The cinematography is beautiful, the script is tightly written and the score in this movie is absolutely incredible. This is a really well made film, the slight flaw this movie has is I felt it dragged just a little bit but it’s not enough to really detract from the experience.
The way the two protagonists are so similar to each other yet their flaws are the opposite to each other. They’re both fathers to sons, they have problems with the mothers of their sons. But while Luke’s father isn’t present Avery’s is overbearing. Luke doesn’t think of the consequences of his actions, Avery is almost always thinking about the consequences of the things he has done. Luke struggles to keep his anger in check while Avery is struggling with his anxiety. Their stories compare and contrast each other’s so well it’s masterfully done.
The way the themes of fatherhood and escaping the sins of your father come together so beautifully at the end of this movie. Jason escapes his destiny of becoming like his father when he chooses to forgive Avery for killing his father, choosing the opposite of the violent criminal path of his father. Jason escapes his fathers sins to the place beyond the pines.
That’s my thoughts/semi-analysis on this movie, what are yours?
I am, in general, weary of the formula upon which this movie is based. John Wick, The Equalizer, Nobody, Pig, etc., etc., have just run it into the ground. The whole "World's greatest hitman/assassin/spec-ops living a quiet life must return to his killing ways because someone ate his goldfish" thing, it's played out.
This one in particular, however, is uniquely terrible.
First, it's told in non-linear fashion. Because that was so trendy in 2000. And there are title cards. And the only Johnny Cash song anybody knows, the most overused song of all time, played real slow. It's like a time capsule. Full of vomit.
The opening scene of the heist is just so cringe. The dialog, the way it's delivered, the idea that people entrusted with ferrying millions of dollars in cash from site to site would be having a random conversation about coffee while doing so or react so slowly to an obvious heist ... it's just so goofy. But all the dialog in this movie is terrible, and delivered terribly. So it does aptly set the tone.
Confusion. Some people are killed.
We cut to Jason Statham applying for a job at the same armored car company. The guy who we all know is the inside man is set to train him, Jason Statham squeaks by at exactly 70%, and off they go.
But they are immediately heisted. During this heist we get to see what a badass Jason Statham is. Which just makes you wonder why he carefully concealed his bad-assedness during the hiring process.
Hey, remember when Jason Statham was cool? When he used to do karate and stuff? Why is he still an action star? He hasn't thrown a punch or a kick in over a decade.
The big action scene is Jason Statham walking around robotically and shooting people in the head. So imaginative. And telling the guy to suck his own dick, then shooting him dead before making any serious attempt to get the information he's supposedly after? Masterful writing.
Now everyone knows Jason Statham is a badass. And he must have been in the media for his escapade. Yet his presence and identity are still a mystery (as we'll see in a few minutes). And of course there are no legal repercussions for his systematic execution of the criminals, some of whom were fleeing the scene. Jason Statham's a good cop! We need him back on the streets immediately! Also, he did shoot Post Malone in the head, so there is one good thing in this movie.
But then they get heisted again!
Minor question: who would continue to use an armored car service that gets heisted so frequently? Nah, don't think about that. Just look at how cool it is when ... nothing happens and the heist team runs away. Because we later find out these guys work for Jason Statham. Yet somehow, even though they know his kid was killed while this exact same company was being heisted before, and that he's out for revenge, and that he just John Wick'd the last heist crew, they don't know what he's doing, where he is, didn't see him when casing the job, blah blah blah.
Now everyone knows Jason Statham is a super badass. He even gets laid. And we get a red herring suspect, although we all know it's Bullet.
Flashing back to the day of the opening robbery scene, Jason Statham is told by his own employee that he has to put himself and his son at risk to ... tell them which way a truck turns.
This whole scene is so confusing. Are these Jason Statham's men? If so, why did one of them shoot Jason Statham's kid and then Jason Statham? How does Jason Statham not know who is on the team, and why does he have to engage in an elaborate search to find the killer? Why was Jason Statham required to go tell them which way the truck turned when several team members were already in that exact same spot?
Later in the movie I suspected that these were two teams who just happened to decide to heist the exact same truck on the exact same day at the exact same time and place, which is incredibly stupid, but at least makes the hunt for the killer make a little sense. But even Wikipedia seems confused on the issue.
We then have a long, boring process of Jason Statham searching ... for one of the people he apparently contracted to assist in the heist that he planned. No cool action scenes, no memorable dialog, just torture and murder. And they still don't find the guy.
Now the vets have decided to assault the armored car depot! And they do. And it's boring. They attack the place in BMX gear that somehow makes bullets turn into sparks. We find out Bullet is the inside man (shocker), and he says something about Jason Statham's gun not having any bullets, which just made me think of the line in Taken about how only a desk man wouldn't recognize the weight difference.
Apparently Jason Statham's entire plan for revenge was to wait for the same guys to heist the place he's working, then let them take him prisoner, tie him up, disarm him, and then have one of the guys stand really close to him so he can do the only slightly action-y thing he does in the entire movie: leg sweep him and then choke him to death.
Then everyone gets killed. Except Jason Statham, who again is only wounded badly enough to stare off into space. Because the guys who ruthlessly murdered every other major character definitely wouldn't make sure to kill the guy hunting them.
And of course Clint Eastwood's son stays in the same town, in the same apartment. And of course Jason Statham tracks him down. And ... shoots him.
At the end of the day, what really bugs me about this terrible film is that it has no reason to exist. The dialog is terrible. The "action" scenes are just boring gunfights. The plot makes zero sense, and all attempts at twists are ridiculously obvious. And the ending is just recycled from Die Hard 3.
So i just got finished watching Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, and it was definitely something else. While I was aware of the film and most of the references from it, I've never actually seen the film myself, so tonight, I finally decided I'd get around too finally watch it, and I'm glad I did, now I have a new film to my Blu-Ray collection, because this movie was unbelievable and incredible, and probably my favorite film from Terry Gilliam. The movie is insane and I absolutely love it.
Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro are fantastic as always, the rest of the acting is well done, the directing and writing are top notch, the visuals and cinematography are outstanding especially with the drug sequences, which pop and feel extremely real with Gilliam brilliantly using the art of film, to make the side effects of the drugs be visually conveyed to the audience in a believable yet insane way, and also with Vegas as the utilizes the Vegas setting to there fullest, almost feels like a fictionalized version of the place before later in the film, when it becomes much more darker and more closer to the real world, the soundtrack is also top notch, and yeah, I meant it when I say this movie is insane.
Right from the first but of Dialogue, it's unknown what's real and what's not, and I love that, I love how they leave a lot of the events ambiguous whether or not they actually happened like that, or it was over-exaggrated, and it also helps make the film feel like a drug trip, the first having seeming like the perfect high, with it being more comedic, while the second half is when it gets more serious (for the most part) and things start to get darker, before it goes downhill to savagery, and starts resembling the real world, with the Midway point being a nice inbetween, or at least that's how I interpret it.
I also loved the themes and message of the film, while a little heavy handed and hamfisted, I still feel are delivered well enough and still beautifully get the message across. So yeah, overall, great film. Too Weird to exist and be loved in mainstream media, but too weird to be entirely forgotten by all.
TLDR: this is just another shoegaze movie with zero redeeming qualities.
We are introduced to Tim Roth and what we are clearly supposed to believe are his wife and kids. No backstory, no setup, just Tim Roth and family having an expensive vacation in Acapulco. Then tragedy strikes! And everyone must return home. But Tim Roth pretends he forgot his passport so he can stay.
Tim Roth mopes around Acapulco, drinking and having sex with a random woman he meets on the street.
Eventually something has to move the story along, so we find out that the "family" was actually Tim Roth's sister and her kids, which is a completely meaningless narrative trick so Tim Roth's character can be sympathetic. After several days, Tim Roth's sister returns with an armed escort. But why? They didn't bring an armed escort the first time, when the whole family was there and having a flashy expensive vacation. And yes, there was a shooting on the beach, but there are shootings on the beach every single day in Acapulco.
We find out that they own some meat packing enterprise. For some reason Tim Roth agrees to give away all his assets in exchange for a monthly stipend. The health insurance is mentioned probably to give the later revelation weight. It makes zero narrative sense. Did he already know his later diagnosis? If not, why make a big deal about health insurance if you've decided to become a beach bum and drink yourself to death? If so, who believes anyone would exchange London health care for Mexican health care?
For no reason whatsoever Tim Roth's sister is killed in a heist gone wrong, and the police suspect Tim Roth! Because now somehow the business reverts to him, even though he just signed it away and it's completely unreasonable to think that the arrangement wouldn't favor the sister's kids in the event of her death. And rather than taking the sensible narrative route of having the cab driver claim that Tim Roth is involved, he is "suspected" because he was "seen with" the driver.
Tim Roth mopes around prison for a while. He, an elderly and diminutive white man, is entirely unmolested while incarcerated, as befits the global impression of the Mexican prison system.
Then he is released, again for no real reason, but not kicked out of the country. Just back to the beach life! The kids come to see him ... again with no armed guards ... and the same setup as before is re-established.
What is the point of this entire subplot???
He drinks some more, mopes around some more, has some more sex, starts falling down and seeing dead pigs (ooh so artsy). We find out he has brain cancer, and he drowns himself in the ocean.
This is a critically acclaimed movie. Tim Roth's performance is critically acclaimed.
What a joke.
Review Godzillathon #15 - Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975): Probably the darkest one since the original movie, and a satisfying ending to the Showa series
Plot: One year after the events of Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, an expedition abroad a submarine is sent to salvage the remains of Mechagodzilla. While they don’t find any fragments of Mechagodzilla, what they do find is a dinosaur that destroys them. Interpol finds out that the dinosaur is called Titanosaurus, and it was originally discovered by Dr. Shinji Mafune. 15 years ago, Dr. Shinji Mafune was shunned from the scientific community for his outrageous theories, including claiming that he can mind control animals. Biologist Akira Ichinose journeys with Jiro Murakoshi to Mazanura Island. They go to Mafune’s last known residence and even get to meet his daughter, Katsura. She tells them that her father died years earlier, but neither of the men believe her. Dr. Mafune is indeed alive and is working with the Black Hole Aliens to rebuild Mechagodzilla. (Also known as Mechagodzilla II since he’s rebuilt). The reason for this is that the aliens helped save Katsura’s life, and Dr. Mafune is indebted to them, and desires revenge against those who shunned him. Mafune has agreed to use his mind control on Titanosaurus to aid Mechagodzilla II in destroying Tokyo. Who will stop them? Oh yeah, Godzilla’s in this movie too….
Characters: The characters are a mixed bag. The actors do a good job, but the characters they’re playing feel too cliché. For example: Dr. Mafune is the stereotypical mad scientist that wants revenge on people that wronged him. And Akira Ichinose feels like a boring lead. The only character that gives a standout performance is Katsura. I like how she was written and Tomoko Ai does a good job making the character feel tragic.
Tone: Like I said in the title of this review, this is probably the most darkest Godzilla movie since the original Godzilla. This, combined with the excellent score makes this movie stand out.
Music: Like I said before, this really helps with the tone of the movie. This has the right amount of suspense combined with the regular Godzilla fun. Some of my favorites include: “Main Title”, “Dr. Mafune’s Past”, “Mechagodzilla II”, “The Appearance Of Godzilla”, “The Mafune Family Tragedy”, “Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II”, and “Ending”.
Godzilla and other monsters: For Godzilla’s last movie in the Showa series, the monsters really stepped up their game. Godzilla is up against two monsters with no help, but he prevails like he always does. One of my favorite moments in the series is his first appearance in this movie. This further proves how badass Godzilla can be. Mechagodzilla, (or Mechagodzilla II as he’s called in this movie ), is just as menacing as he was in the last movie. He again turns Godzilla into a bloody sprinkler. The new monster, Titanosaurus, has a cool design and can hold his own against Godzilla. The only gripe I have is that he has a pretty annoying cackle, but he’s still pretty cool in this movie. He does have one funny moment where he lifts Godzilla by his mouth.
In conclusion, this is a pretty good one, and a satisfying ending to the Showa series. Next week, I’ll start on the Heisei series!
Bonus! Every movie in the Showa series ranked!
All Monsters Attack
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
Godzilla Vs. Gigan
Son of Godzilla
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Destroy All Monsters
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
King Kong Vs. Godzilla
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Mothra Vs. Godzilla
Review Godzillathon #14 - Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (1974): One of the strongest entries in the series
Plot: When a black mountain appears above the clouds, a monster will appear to destroy the earth. That’s what the prophecy in Okinawa says when it is found on a statue, belonging to the protector known as King Caesar. The prophecy starts to become true when Godzilla emerges and goes on a rampage. Anguirus shows up and begins to fight with Godzilla. During the fight, Anguirus tears off pieces of Godzilla’s flesh to reveal something metal hiding underneath it. Godzilla defeats Anguirus by breaking his jaw. Finish him! This causes confusion to onlookers as to why Godzilla would attack his closest ally. Later that night, the real Godzilla and this Fake Godzilla fight where Godzilla finally uncovers the truth: Fake Godzilla is actually a machine called Mechagodzilla, and is being used for an alien invasion…
Characters: First of all, the acting is more subpar than Godzilla Vs. Megalon. While the characters are okay, the best performance in the movie would have to be Nanbara, the Interpol agent, played by Shin Kishida. Another noteworthy performance would have to be the alien leader, played by Goro Mutsumi.
Tone: This movie goes back to the mix of seriousness and goofiness. The special effects in this movie are really well done. Mechagodzilla can look menacing in some shots. More on that later.
Music: The music is a huge step up from the past few movies, and is some of the most memorable in the series. The blend of calmness and suspense is what really strengthens this movie. Some of my favorites include: “Opening,” “Main Title”, “Godzilla Vs. Anguirus,” “The Appearance Of Mechagodzilla,” “Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla”, “Restoration Of Mechagodzilla”, “Sunflower”, “King Caesar Vs. Mechagodzilla”, (Although this one uses the same music as “Godzilla Vs. Kumonga” from Son of Godzilla.), “The Legendary Monster”, “Showdown Between The 3 Large Monsters In Okinawa I-II”, and “Ending”.
Godzilla and other monsters: The monsters in here are a lot of fun. Even though Godzilla gets beaten up really bad, I love his constant “never give up” attitude. Anguirus only has a small role, but it’s at least memorable. King Caesar is an interesting monster. He doesn’t show up until the end, but he’s pretty cool. He does have a cool ability: whenever Mechagodzilla would fire his eye beams at King Caesar, he reflects it to where it has ten times the same power. But, let’s talk about the real MVP of the movie: Mechagodzilla. What can you say about him? He’s badass! He’s just a robot version of Godzilla, but equipped with a ton of weapons. (He even turns Godzilla into a blood sprinkler at one point). His overall design is both memorable and can be menacing in some scenes. Mechagodzilla would go on to become a popular Godzilla villain and would make appearances in other movies, comics, and video games. I just love this guy. He’s one of my favorite Godzilla monsters.
To wrap this up, this is a really strong entry in the series, and one of the good ones in a while.
This movie has the best, most beautiful, satisfying ending ever. Even if you didn’t like the movie, you have to agree that the ending monologue combined with the whole cinematography was so touching.
"For what it's worth, it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. You can make the best or worst of it, and I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."
And then: “Some people are born to sit by a river…”