I watch any decent film, from documentaries to foreign films. Fluent in 4 languages, I prefer watching films in their original language where possible.
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, so don't hate me because you disagree with my review. What else? Ah yes, I used to work in the film industry.
Totally inconsistent. Nothing makes sense (from an adult's POV) and brings out too many questions. While the movie might be seen by (mostly) kids, somewhere down the line, the script still has to make sense. It didn't. Acting performances were horrible, except for the penguins :)
Could have been called Nightcreeper. Totally dislikable character played by JG, but what an awesome performance. His character is extremely well-written. Not a fan of JG, but if there's 1 movie to watch him in, I'd say this is it.
As dirty wrote, nothing remotely interesting about the way the story's told. The camera work, particularly at the beginning, was terribly amateurish. If you can make it through that, the story is interesting and actually sort of scary when you think about it.
If anyone had told me by watching this I'd be (somewhat) reliving the years I spent living (or surviving) in Russia, I wouldn't have given it a second look. Went through the entire thing, it depicts the way "things" go there and how they are resolved... Sadly realistic.
BAM, that was quite an opening! This is definitely worth watching: directing, performance, costume, sets, etc. I'm not old enough to know much on or about MLK so unsure on accuracy (hence the rating), Yet this remains an eye opener, as I suspect it'll be for most viewers.
Quite surprised at the excellent outcome of this film: cinematography, directing and acting performances. Particularly the twist, which we weren't expecting. Still not perfect :) but definitely an enjoyable movie amid the recent lesser-known productions.
the first hour is great and exciting, looked like it was on a good roll, unfortunately it starts going downhill, however it is still an enjoyable action-thriller film with decent (and good looking) actors ;)
Seriously? What a farce. Worst directing ever (unless it was intentional). We laughed through the entire thing as it was so preposterous, its ending was so predictably dumb and the script, rather pathetic and thin.
The few scenes with Tim Burton influence are very TB. But I felt it lacked in TB influence, it could have been much more, yet it was slightly dull without more TB. Nonetheless quite an entertaining, funny, enjoyable film with the ideal cast.
I'm still waiting for something to happen here... It's not violent - what's with this title? Depicted events are lifeless. I'm not sure what I even just watched. It's drab, lifeless, not even entertaining. Characters are just plain dull.
Can't think of a better title for this film, because that's exactly what it is, the story of an unbroken man, despite what he's been through as a POW in Japan. Nothing else stood out in the entire film. It's just another film about war. But worth watching.
A decent, compelling, troubling film, based on the real life of legendary sniper Chris Kyle. Strong performances by SM and BC. Decent directing by CE.
(On a personal note, this actually isn't my genre of film, but from a professional POV, it deserves a high 'grade'.)
This movie looked quite promising, but in the end turns out to be very disappointing. Too many flaws in the story for it to be even remotely believable. Acting performances are decent though, although at times Watts overacts (IMHO).
It compares to Divergent & Hunger Games. There is always a twist to living in a perfect society. A somewhat simplified, but still complex film. Visually beautiful. Yet something's amiss. (Based on Lois Lowry's book.)
Looked promising. A little slow at times. Took us roughly 90 minutes to "get into it", and for anything to happen really. Worth watching though, as one can learn (but how much really?) about the world of wrestling, Decent acting IMHO.
A decent watch. Entertaining. Decent acting performances, script, directing. Gotta love Dennis Lehane's style, who adapted it from a short story. Also, last film of James Gandolfini. Just for that, very worth watching.
I never would have watched if it weren't for the press (aka "scandal") around this film. Very weak. Barely even funny. And to think the NK leader was insulted by this film? It's a joke. It's actually laughing at the way news are handled here. Pathetic.
Within the first hour, the script was wonderful, albeit slightly predictable. In the last hour, it went downhill and was worse with (and after) the hospital scene. BA's acting was acceptable, nothing more. Pretty good cast overall.
Rarely have I seen such an extraordinary performance. Eddie Redmayne (Hawking in the film) deserves an Oscar for that. It is simply outstanding. The movie itself is worth watching. Excellent supporting actors. Decent photography and set.
One of the best movies I've seen in a loooong time. Story did get old at one point, and I started wondering if there was a twist (yes there is, so keep watching). Good acting performances. Nice photography.
These couples are about as credible as me... becoming a giraffe! Totally ridiculous mismatched couples. But film's got a nice photography. and for the interested men (and women?) Olivia Wilde's naked body. Need I say more?
Totally insignificant/dull performances by Roth and Kidman. However I went into it not knowing much about Kelly, Rainier or Monaco, so it was an interesting watch nonetheless - if there's any truth to the story at all.
Indeed, not the worst TC film. Shouldn't have cost much to make, seeing as it's roughly the same scene over and over, hahaha! Expect to watch solely for entertainment. (That said, Blunt gave a surprisingly decent acting performance, different from her usually simplistic roles).
I seem to be on a roll with cr@ppy films... This is no exception.
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't find the film did it justice. And yes, I agree: one of the worst endings ever. Nothing else but "wtf" comes to mind.
One of the worst films I ever wasted time on.
No good acting performances, and let me spare you the special "à la Transformer" effects, which are horrendous.
Oh, visually speaking, it's stunning. But script-wise, performance-wise, it's cr@p.
This should have been a straight-to-video flick. I almost fell asleep on it, as the jokes were old and so not that funny, and very predictable. The ending is obviously a happy one, but at least Tom gets to avenge everything that happened to him.
Watch at your own risk.
A good thriller where everything slowly makes sense & the pieces start to fit. Good cast. Decent directing by Lelouch. The script is well layered & not deceptive. Wonderful movie that didn't need a 200-million-dollar budget, guns, or everlasting car chases. Entertaining thriller.
Not the most original plot. Oh my! The actors' performances. Nicolas Cage was just too lousy. The way he was delivering his lines! It looked like he was suffering half the time. No stunning special effects. Just a lot of action. Meh.
I felt that Danny Glover spoke like Daffy Duck, it was hard to understand him at times. Peña is excellent as the naive police officer. Believable script. Bob Lee obviously has no respect for the government & it's even more apparent when he realizes he's been set up. Seen worse.
Horrendous acting except for Finney & Highmore. Crowe's somewhat stuck-up & Cotillard looks disgusted when they kiss. Not much to see about wine IMO. Southern France sites shown aren't enough to make the viewer visit the area. Based on Peter Mayle's book = pure boredom.
An unoriginal plot, the film has *luckily* a nice twist to its ending, slightly predictable 3/4 in. Do pay attention as it's quite easy to miss out on critical scenes, essential to understanding the plot(s). Surprisingly good for a B movie with an unoriginal plot. Worth watching.
One of the worst scripts ever. Nothing made sense, nothing was realistic. Script made the story not credible. Poor character development.
Adaptation of James Redfield's 1993 novel. Yet the prophecy is never explained in the movie, but is described in detail in the book. Avoid.
Kitano is truly exceptional. Decent photography, excellent directing.
Few scenes weren't well translated if at all, some parts weren't well explained or made no sense with the story. Film is way too long: after 2+ hours, depicted violence is a lot to endure. Still worth watching.
While there certainly are some inaccuracies in the script, the movie is still very enjoyable thanks to its storyline, as well as its cast. Skarsgård, Bardem and Portman give good performances. Costumes and sets are quite well done. Recommended.
Hoffman & Hawke's performances are quite good, so is Marisa Tomei's and other supportive actors'.
Script isn't that original, it's very predictable, unfortunately the scriptwriters didn't choose an original ending. I can't say I enjoyed this film, nor would I recommend it.
Interesting plot. Decent acting. A little slow, too slow at times.
The psychology of the girl isn't explored as much as it could have.
Still not a bad movie. Just don't watch it if you expect a lot of action; there isn't much.
My life is filled with little moments I would like to do over. That the main character here had this ability: it's cute, however implausible obviously. That said, good performances, yet you get the point quickly. Repetitive time-traveling scenes. Bill Nighy is outstanding.
Quite a powerful movie, with outstanding performances by the entire cast (Firth, Kidman, Skarsgård, Irvine). Words do not do this film justice. Yes, it's that good. Watch it. You'll understand. But be aware that there are very intense scenes here.
Hard to believe once-successful director Besson now writes this second-rate crap. This was pure trash. Even Costner, once a pretty decent actor, is now below second-rate. Nothing made any sense. 100 minutes I'll never get back. Avoid.
Looked very promising. Especially considering the cast. Sophie Marceau? Monica Bellucci? Need I say more... Except that this was highly disappointing. Here's an incoherent, twisted, non-sense psychological mind-bender. Too predictable as well. Don't bother.
Hmmm, let's say that for a thriller with lawyers (ex-lovers? really? no clear chemistry) trying to expose a flawed justice system... I'd look elsewhere. Dull performances, uninteresting dialogues + no twist. It's trying too much to intellectualize the justice system.
Delightful is a great word for this film. I'm amazed at the whole production. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to watch. Truly moving. Love JD, such details in her performance. Much better than expected. Recommended.
Pretty preposterous. Far-fetched plot, but it's not that bad. Good cast (Basinger, Staham, Macy). Still, it has good action and it's a pretty decent entertaining movie to watch. On a rainy day. If you have nothing else to watch.
Lots of potential, unfortunately it obviously aimed at teenagers, instead of a wider audience. Entertaining mind and war games in the end. I found Ford miscast. Butterfield is obnoxious in this role; nothing likable about him.
Interesting choice to cast BA as a "brilliant" scientist - heck it beats Keanu! - Still a flawed SF film, despite the nice cast (Eckhart, Thurman). Based on a Philip K. Dick book... well read the book, it's way better. Still an entertaining thriller though.
What a horrible piece of [bleep]. I have never really cared for JR, but this has got to be her worst performance. The whole thing looked absolutely amazing (trailer!) but in the end, this is a major miss on everything but the sets and costumes. (Read: the story sucks!)
Radcliffe was miscast --- way too young to be a father. However, it was an interesting choice he made, following his HP role. Story itself was not really amazing. Pretty standard horror stuff. Somewhat entertaining, but not a must.
Not a pleasant film to watch (but then again, do any Cronenberg fit this profile?), a very dark, yet mesmerizing film depicting schizophrenia. Ralph Fiennes... in an awesome performance. Too bad the script was so limited and dull.
An enjoyable, entertaining film by Spielberg, with a then 13-yr-old Christian Bale, who gave a pretty impressive performance. While it's definitely not a masterpiece, it's still a pretty watchable movie.
A very surprising thriller, with a pretty good grasp of a plausible situation. Good acting, great yet simple cinematography. What would anyone do in the main character's situation... Very plausible actions depicted here. And such an interesting twist at the end.
Combine a touching love story, with a supernatural tale, comedy and a little thriller: that's "Ghost". Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze's performances make this film a "must-see" romance. A sure tear-jerker.
Oldman just looks way old (like 80), make-up artists didn't do much good for him! Considine's character is the only one that makes any sense & his instincts.
That said, I honestly can't find anything that makes this film worth watching.
Nothing new, story's been done many many many times. However, the acting is superb, I really enjoyed Phoenix, and Ruffalo is great. Connelly is perfect. The script makes the events a little too "coincidental" for my taste. And story was pretty predictable. Still worth watching.
An entertaining romantic fairy tale, with splendid acting from all, especially Amy Adams. Sarandon is especially vicious as the stepmother. Marsden and Dempsey are fantastic. Nice directing. Very kitsch songs though. The transition between animation and "reality" was well done.
A most excellent casting. Definitely a fascinating script, that makes sense from start to finish. Great directing, by the same man who directed _The Lives of Others_ and _The Counterfeiters_, 2 other wonderful movies. Definitely worth watching.
A most satisfying horror-thriller, with some of the best actors. Duvall's character is annoying, but the cast is perfect. Some scenes are truly terrifying and that is what makes this movie remarkable. Definitely Kubrick's best work.
Wonderful performances by excellent actors. A perfect cast. Excellent make-up. Cinematography shines. Beautifully shot lighting. The director is simply awesome. Best thing about this? It's honestly the script: it actually makes sense. Yet it's a little too American for my taste.
Brilliant acting from Caine. One of his best performances. Jude Law is... well, Jude Law. Overacting at times, he nevertheless was well cast. Surprisingly decent directing by Branagh who usually gets on my nerves. A truly remarkable production with a fantastic ending.
Excellent film with a lot of action, wonderful costumes & settings and a great cast (Accorsi, Jugnot, Kruger). Everyone is outstanding. Beautiful photography & perfect direction. Parts of the script don't quite work, the story still plays out well, despite its predictable ending.
A movie in black and white, it unfortunately ends without a good explanation as to why the old man was given *something* (wouldn't want to spoil the movie for others) and then not use it. Thus leaving an unfinished ending in my eyes. Definitely still worth watching.
Splendid performances by DDL & Paul Dano (a very convincing preacher). Beautiful cinematography by Elswit. Hats off to the producers who took a risk in producing this film & to the scriptwriters for an outstanding adaptation of Sinclair's book.
A simple story, yet it's not. A romantic story, yet it's not. Several funny (intellectual) moments, which I adored. I particularly enjoyed Odette's character and persona, she's totally nuts (in a good way). A surrealistic film about life and happiness.
One of the best musicals ever.
Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah give stellar performances, and the music is simply astounding. And the direction is one of the best I've seen.
Monumental enough to be beyond criticism & tidies up much complex history. Dressed up with 1939 Technicolor, pastel-pretty for dresses & blazing red for passions, & a thunderous Steiner score, it has a fair claim to be considered one of the best pictures of Hollywood film-making.
One of the best action films ever. with an outstanding, mind-blowing cast (Slater, P Arquette, D Hopper, Kilmer, Oldman, Pitt, C Walken); brilliantly directed by T Scott; by far Tarantino's best script ever.
First clear creative peak in H’s British period & first fully successful film in his deepening oeuvre. Introduced the notion of the wrong man accused for a crime he did not commit. Nonstop string of action sequences, chase scenes punctuated by witty dialogue & riveting suspense.
The fact that this film’s dialogue is entirely sung, makes it a mandatory viewing. Director Jacques Demy incorporated song and dance in the service not of escape, but of realism. The effect is riveting and profoundly moving.
A chick flick. Must watch for Hepburn's performance, her elegance & chic attitude; Mancini’s score, more specifically Hepburn’s singing Moon River (so enchanting!); classic cinematic moments that make you want to see this film over & over. A most delightful romantic drama.
An epic about triviality, this is a film that paradoxically set as many fashion styles as it set out to demolish. And of course, there are the splendid performances by Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée.
A sprawling family saga with J Dean, E Taylor, D Hopper and R Hudson – what more could you ask for? The performances are outstanding, and the Texas landscape is just plain beautiful. Let’s not forget the film also deals interestingly with both racial and class differences.
The first and the best of the Indiana Jones series, it has everything needed to justify watching it every year: the iconic but intellectual hero, the adventure & the chases, the epic spectacle, Williams’ outstanding score & sheer excitement throughout! Entertainment at its best.
At first you wonder why you’re watching because it lingers a lot. Give it enough time & you’ll fall in love with the characters & discover a movie about friendship. The characters create an offbeat, charming film with real emotional depth that avoids becoming overly cutesy.
Cinematography is beautiful, although at times one has to wonder why there is so much light in the Japanese houses: seems overdone. For me, the movie was much too slow, pointless and lifeless. I had much higher expectations for it especially considering how I loved the book.
Clouzot directs with a cruelty that combines a nastily tangled storyline worthy of Hitchcock with strong performances (including Signoret's) and a seedy setting. There are scenes of physical horror, but Clouzot also sets the flesh creeping with incidences of ordinary nastiness.
A hard and cynical film, which struggles with its doomed but sweet “normal” love affair. It has some of the best and most memorable lines (“I am big, it’s the pictures that got small”, and “nobody walks out on a star!” come to mind).
The greatest depiction of a relationship between a father & a son in the history of cinema, full of subtle fluctuations & evolving gradations between the two characters in terms of respect & trust. A heartbreaking story. A key work of Italian neorealism.
Writer-director Tykwer is brilliant: he used animation, color & black-and-white film, music video effects & camera tricks to tell Lola’s adventures: an imaginative way to convey a movie’s story. Visually inventive & exciting, it is surprisingly original despite its simple plot.
This is probably *the* plane movie to watch, simply because of the impressive flight scenes. Cruise and McGillis are good reasons to watch the film. Incredible cast (M Ryan, Kilmer, A Edwards, T Robbins, A Pasdar). And what an awesome soundtrack!
One of the best original scripts out there! It has complicated plotting, macho repartee, Singer’s remarkable direction & an astonishing male cast: Byrne, Spacey, S Baldwin, Palminteri, Postlethwaite, Pollak, B del Toro & G Esposito.
Best thriller movie about blackmail & betrayal.
Directed by Spielberg (which I was surprised to discover when I first watched it). However, not surprised he'd pull off such a great direction with then relatively unknown actors like O Winfrey, Glover and W Goldberg; their performances are impressively emotional.
A classic comedy, it pioneered a new style in mainstream cinema: lots of subplots, pop allusions, dramatic complications, subversive implications, a happy ending, and marvelous performances by Hoffman, Lange and Teri Garr. I never get tired of watching this film.
The film combines the worst features of 1940s British bureaucracy, 1950s American paranoia, Stalinist totalitarianism & the ills of the 1980s, all set “somewhere in the 20th century”. The most bizarre, yet the most typical film ever directed by Gilliam; definitely his masterpiece
Yes, it is long and slow, and may put modern action viewers off, but every image is worth seeing. The entire film has a dreamy sense of the unreal, a relief during its more tragic moments. Perhaps one of Bergman’s least known movies, this I consider to be one of his best.
One of the best films ever shot in Africa. Awesome & mind-blowing landscapes. Amazing performances by Streep and Redford. The true gems are Pollack’s direction and cinematographer Watkin’s marvelous frames. Also, one of the best screen adaptations of a book ever.
Newman and Redford are my 2 reasons for watching this. I don’t recall seeing such astonishing, mind-blowing performances. The witty dialogue, the soundtrack, the themes of loyalty and deception are the other reasons.
A very refreshing documentary that will change the viewer's opinion (but fast!) on sharks and their lives; Rob Stewart covers shark finning off Costa Rica & the Galapagos. Great images and splendid undersea footage.
Beautiful cinematography, truly great decors and costumes. I can't get enough of this movie, despite the fact that its story is so simple, basic, predictable, it is still such a delight from start to finish. Plus, it made me discover English author Neil Gaiman.
The finest piece of literature (Umberto Eco’s eponymous book) gave birth to one of the best thrillers ever directed. Sublime cinematography & art direction as well as an outstanding performance by Connery.
I had never seen this in its entirety until recently. While the story certainly had more impact upon its release, the movie's still worth watching for the actors, the director’s work, the script and the photography. A beautiful classic, which should never be overlooked or missed.
The film is outdated and certainly doesn't have the impact it received in 1981, the year of its release in theaters.
You love it or hate it. The dialogue is either interesting and fascinating, or boring and pointless.
You will decide within 15 minutes of watching.
Gere & Molina pull off wonderful performances, HDavis & MGHayden are excellent. Plot is predictable (& at times repetitive) even without knowing absolutely nothing of these "actual events" on which the movie's based. Appropriate soundtrack & great cinematography. Enjoyable drama.
Could not refrain from comparing with the play. I suspect if you've not seen it, the film would be more enjoyable. This was horrible. I'll give it 50 for the super cast (particularly for Streep). But I'm way over generous as this film was straight out flat.
Is there happiness in the movie? Certainly not at first. But eventually... A definite tearjerker, I was surprised at the quality of the film and at the actors' performances. Jaden is a promising young star. Great script, good cinematography, it's also well-directed.