A "prez dispenser" -- love it, Matt!
The Body Double blu was a limited release and it's already sold out.
I would like to believe that this final script could not have been what Blomkamp started with. There must have been some major editing; the movie felt hollow - a shadow of the movie I thought I was going to see. I could rant for a while about how ridiculous parts / characters/actors were in my estimation (ie: Jodie Foster's on-again off-again "French" accent, Damon's character being so clueless, no explanation of why everyone in Elysium had a facial tattoo of sorts etc.... )Too bad. It could have been a great film - if it wasn't so aimless.
Top 5 worse doesn't have Electra? Or the Rebb Brown Captain America?
Matt, i picked up a copy of the paper on a whim solely because of your cover story, and you did not disappoint! It was interesting to me that you not only included The Incredibles, but listed it at number 4! A unique choice, and subject to debate I'm sure, but you'll get no debate from me. In fact, I essentially agreed with the reasoning behind your picks for both the good and the bad, aside from X-Men: First Class - (and where was Spider-Man 3 in your list? I know it's been overly criticized, but come on.) However, the reason I got online at all is for your critique of The Spirit. You could not have been more hilariously spot-on in your review. Honestly, the chosen method of lighting in that movie alone should have been grounds for banning the film in at least 13 countries. Well, maybe that's being a bit unfair of me...still, I often do think to myself, if i ever run out of toilet paper, at least I have my old copy of The Spirit. (Which I bought BEFORE ever viewing, be assured.)
Hey Matt, except for Spider-Man, (Tobey pulled the mask off way too much and Peter NEVER yelled at Uncle Ben!), I totally agree with your list. I especially liked that you recognized "The Incredibles" was not just a cartoon but a dang good movie. What do you think about adding "Unbreakable" to the list? I thought it was like a subtle version of Superman that rose above the usual craptastic fare of M Night.
I agree with this review totally. The Conjuring is just well-made but apart from that it's the same old formula stuff you see in all horror films. Come on - can we get out of the haunted house and scary little girls tricks for once!
this guy has no idea what he is talking about, we should expect more from our horror films? what do purpose we should get. this movie is the scariest best done horror movie have seen since Poltergeist. Yes, it is not a new take on the haunted house theme, but it does better than any in recent memory. It does old school style, setting mood, generating real scares not gross out scenes. the fact that you can sit their and say it was not a good horror film proves one thing the fact you have not seen many. i have spent most of my life watching scary movies, i have seen thousands of them, i own over a thousand horror films. this is one of the best, you mention the The Decent, i was not impressed it was okay, but nothing to write home about. it was a better version of The Cave. This is a movie that makes squirm, makes you curse under your breath, sends shivers down your spine. That is what i want and something had been missing for a while. it is something i got with the Conjuring. we do expect more and we got it with this movie.
Aw Matt, I'm disappointed you didn't like it. I'm going to disagree that this movie has much to do with Emmerich or Bay as Del Toro clearly has a lot more sympathy for property damage than those two. There wasn't really a moment where someone walks by another person getting obliterated without batting an eye. There's a real sense of the effects of these fights on this world and some sympathy for the plight of people living under these conditions. I thought the actions in this movie had genuine consequences, which really don't happen in Bay or Emmerich's films.
Also I disagree with you that this doesn't fit in visually with Del Toro's previous work. Sure, this is a big budget Hollywood movie but it's also the grungiest looking big budget Hollywood movie I've seen in ages. Instead of creating giant robots and a base that was design by Apple, we have robots that look like they've been used repeatedly and a base that has certainly seen better days. Del Toro has a real affinity for world building in his films and while I can agreed it's a little subdued in this film, it's still on display. I doubt any other director would have had an entire section of a city built out of the carcass of a dead monster let alone actually make a set of it. Also I am 90% certain that if Del Toro didn't have a hand in this script, there probably wouldn't have been a black market for Kaiju body parts which I think is a very Del Toro thing. Also this film clearly had a color palette and honest to god cinematography which I don't think I've ever seen in a Bay or Emmerich film. It's a subdued aesthetic but it's definitely a Del Toro aesthetic firmly on display in this movie.
Is this my favorite Del Toro movie? Not by a longshot. Still I think there's enough of him in this film that it elevates it past standard blockbuster fare.
Lone Ranger was not a fool but this movie was
Thanks for writing, everyone. And yes, ReallyMatt?, the original GROWN UPS made my 10 Worst list for its year, so naturally I'm "going to see Grown ups 2 instead." Dumb, indeed.
Honestly Matt ,have you ever seen a Kaiju movie? If you go into this your going to hate it.This movie took me backto my childhood watching Godzilla vs The Smog Monster at the Saturday matinee.It was pure super hero fun . That's all it was meant to be . .
Matt, you clearly had preconceived notions on this film before you saw it. You and the 2 other critics who didn't like it are trying to make it into something it isn't. This movie fights against everything Transformers, from the designs to the camera moves, this is clearly designed to be a beautiful opera of a classic monster movie, not a wiz bang car commercial. Yes it's big and loud and a bit silly, but guess what... That's what it was meant to be! Transformers tries to be too complicated for how dumb it is... Pacific Rim is purposefully simple, from it's plot, to it's characters. evrerything was simple and clear so no matter who you are or where you are from you understand, and can sit back and be awed. come on, the Hong Kong battle was beyong anything in any film ever. You need to see it again this time watch the faces of everyone around you... You will see that they are smiling the whole time! . You need to view Guillermo's interviews about it. You clearly didn't get it and should have left it at that for your review.... But I'm sure you're out there going to see Grown ups 2 instead...sheesh the US is dumb...
It is a movie about Robots vs Monsters. and as you recognized it yourself, the battles were way better than the ones in the Transformers movies. What heck do you think i went there to see, shakespeare?!?
What a great movie. A must see blockbuster!!
Doesn't anybody make intelligent movies any more? With so many "smart" movies around, will somebody please point me to an "intelligent" film?
Great movie , extremely poor criticism. We almost stayed away due to poor reviews but decided to make our own decisionsregarding this movie. Glad we did,and hope others will do likewise.
Thanks for writing, Western fan. I'm glad your whole family enjoyed the movie; always happy when someone gets their money's worth!
And, Samuel Adams, I am humbled by your sagacious critique, which cannot POSSIBLE [sic] be more eloquently stated.
Poor thing, with the attention-span of a gnat, with not much more intellectual capacity.
You have someone type your reviews for your, right, since you cannot POSSIBLE have enough intelligence to read or write.
My wife and I liked this movie very much. Depp's clever portrayal of Tonto was the best part - he made Tonto seem human. My kids (15 and 18) loved it as well. As a movie version of an old-time classic story, it was outside of the box in many ways, but we saw it twice, and will probably see it again once it hits the dollar theaters.
Apparently, the guy who wrote this review has never read the Superman comics. This was a great adaptation of the Superman in print from the last 20 years or so. I mean...if you're looking for a Superman with wit...then you're watching the wrong superhero movie. BTW - Clark Kent isn't meant to be a nerdy dude. That was Reeve's interpretation. The original is 'mild mannered' and shy. Reeve's decided to play that up with clumsy and geeky. The comparison to Routh only proves that the author hasn't a clue about the franchise. Routh was playing Reeve's. He wasn't re-interpreting our long standing hero. Both were great. But, Cavill is taking the character in the direction it has been going for a couple decades now. And he did it flawlessly.
As for people whining about destruction and CGI...we see a TON of destruction on the pages of Superman comics. A villain strong enough to tussle with a guy that can punch apart dimensions is going to cause a brawl that is going to have some collateral damage. I'd suggest you save yourself the time and money and not bother watching any new action films.
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