As someone who is a huge fan of the novel, I was incredibly disappointed with the adaptation. Cara Delevingne was to bland and uncharismaic to play Margo. The rest of the cast was great but it was a shame to see such a interesting character be tossed into the the hands of such a dull actress.
I hate a plot that takes you nowhere and this film is a prime example. At the end Margo has no interest in him and neither did she in the very beginning. Sadly a young Quentin couldn’t accept this. And here comes the bad news: Opposites don’t attract. -AKR
The first Ninja Turtles was a contender for the 5 worst list? That movie is great. I could see II or III on there, but to say any of them was a contender is pretty harsh.
Ryan: I never said he was a Terminator. I said that the young cop character seen in 1984 became the character later played by J.K. Simmons in 2017. But thanks for reading!
"The noodling of time has also resulted in the appearance of both a liquidy T-1000 (the G.I. Joe series' Byung-hun Lee) and a cop who transforms into J.K. Simmons when the movie picks back up in 2017. "
What?? JK Simmons was NEVER a terminator. How can I take this review seriously when it sounds like you never actually saw the movie?
Nope, sorry. It DOES deserve all the vitriol it's getting. Ridiculous plot, boring unoriginal action scenes, and really bad casting. Jai Courtney is the type of actor who is good as Vince Vaughn's sidekick in a Judd Apatow movie. He didn't cut it as Reese at all. And don't get me started on Emilia Clarke! So agree with Mr. Brunson on this one.
I think the latest film is far from perfect - I hesitate to call it a "good" movie - but it certainly does not deserve the vitriol it has received. It is unquestionably superior in almost every respect to the previous two films. At a bare minimum, it presented some very well done action set pieces and was visually exciting and fun (something that cannot be said for the pedestrian Terminator 3, nor for the dour and boring Terminator Salvation) in a way that kept me engaged with the action, even if I was baffled by the plot.
I will agree that Danearys was miscast as Sarah Connor and the actor who played Kyle Reece was useless. However, I thought the John Connor actor managed to be creepy and menacing as the new terminator, and I just can't not love Arnie in his iconic T800 role.
I kinda laughed at the name they kept for Arnold’s Terminator character. Pops, I mean it does go with the whole look and stuff but this was just weird and funny. As for the action stunts and all, it looks to be pretty normal but better than the previous ones. My favorite actor in the movie was Jai Courtney and that is why I bought the Jai Courtney Jacket from an online store.
Anonymous and Anon: HEAD and WALK THE LINE are cited in the sidebar story, The Best Also-Rans, at http://clclt.com/charlotte/greatest-rock-f…. As for the others, well...
No LA BAMBA or WALK THE LINE or THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY or SCHOOL OF ROCK?!
(*/****,…if that) What a horrendously bad, god-awful picture. After an hour I’d enough and it’s the first movie that I’ve actually walked out of in quite some time. The film was merely a repeat of the usual: Dinosaurs breaking loose, flipping cars and people running away. Some other problems: The acting was atrocious which gave this film the feel of a made-for-TV movie (Yes even with Chris Pratt). The acting was on par with that of “Home Alone 3”. It was simply that bad. Despite the modest budget the film also lacked realism –that is the dinosaurs looked fake and computerized. In fact the shark that succeeded Bruce in “Jaws: The Revenge” looked far more realer than ANY of the dinosaurs in this picture. I wasn’t overly shocked about any of this as I had my doubts after seeing all the trailers and loathing the two other sequels: “The Lost World” and “ Jurassic Park III” , but it did come as quite the surprise considering the technology to do the film right –that is to make the dinosaurs believable- is there. The absolute final straw for me was the film being littered with advertisements: Nissan, Coke, Starbucks, Mercedes Benz, eBay, Samsung (am I missing any more, and are the studios now so desperate for cash after the 40% home-video sales decline that they’re willing let any one person/company in)? Do yourself a favor and save your $17.50 (or whatever the hell they’re charging for IMAX 3D these days) and take your dad out for a nice father’s day brunch. -AKR
Great review, and by that I mean it matches my thoughts pretty much exactly.
The dinosaurs were great and there were plenty of thrills-- especially fun in a big, loud theater. But the plot's dependency on the beyond ridiculous "trainable raptors" really hurts the film's bottom line. The writers loved to mock jaded theme park audiences who needed "more teeth," but then turned around and did the same thing with the story-- did not trust a film audience to enjoy the sequel without giving it a dino twist.
I thought the attractive victim was being punished for a)being British and b) losing the kids and thus failing at her important maternal destiny.
Aunt Clare was a career crone who just needed the love of a 'real' man to be human and fufill her maternal destiny.
Nailed it with this review.
Can't agree with you. This movie was great fun!
Unfortunately I'm going to have to disagree with you; "American Sniper" was my pick for best film in 2014 followed by "Selma", "Whiplash", "Boyhood", "Locke" and "The Imitation Game". And that's saying a lot considering the strength of independent films last year. Regardless of one's stance on military operation this picture was an incredibly accurate portrayal of war and the emotional toll it has on a soldier’s personal life. I put “American Sniper” into the same category as “Apocalypse Now”, “Platoon” and “Saving Private Ryan”; structurally and narratively it’s that good and there is great chemistry between Eastwood and Bradley Cooper something that critics often fail to appreciate.
There's always a laughable facile quality to Mr. Brunson's scribbling, and here he certainly doesn't disappoint.
"its fudging of the facts never gets in the way of its sturdy liberal politics".
"a cowed U.S. media afraid of the right-wing hit machine"
Oh, and regarding "which naturally had to run in a non-U.S. paper" - Glenn Greenwald, also in The Guardian, on Obama's NSA, anyone?
Hockney-Falco doesn't just reveal Vermeer, but many other renaissance painters. Tim's Vermeer is for scholars by scholars. Still, I would accept this 80-minute documentary as the equivalent of a Masters Paper, not a doctoral dissertation.
I saw the film last night.. I felt violated and my intelligence offended.... Only thing that would have this film worse is if Melissa McCarthy was in....
This review pretty much sums up my experience perfectly. As a Marvel fan I'm very critical of these movies mostly because I remember how bad we use to have it (Corman F4 I'm looking at you) and how far we've come. Avengers 2 feels like a step backwards in storytelling. There are moments of genuine interest but as a whole the movie does not stand on it's own. Even the bumper scene is just a repeat from Avengers 1.
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