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In Topic: Official Super Hero Movie Thread!

Today, 07:21 AM

Costume Designer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Michael Wilkinson, said Supes outfit in this film would be different that of the one in Man Of Steel. After looking at the latest set picture, the suit looks exactly the same. Unless Supes does a switch-a-roo during the film like Batman.

 

Who knows.


In Topic: November Man

16 August 2014 - 06:27 AM

Critics now look way past what a film should be, especially when it comes to espionage films. I was never expecting this film to be anything like the current Bond films, or something like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It looks like an espionage action/thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, and that's what I'm going to see.


In Topic: Official Super Hero Movie Thread!

13 August 2014 - 07:19 AM

Honestly Ben Affleck has the look of an older Bruce Wayne..

That's what they're going for...

 

Looks good to me! Like something from the animated series or something...

Agreed.


In Topic: 2014 In Film

12 August 2014 - 07:37 PM

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 - 5/5 - Directed by Wes Anderson - starring Ralph Fiennes

I can't believe this is only the second film from Wes Anderson that I have seen. The Grand Budapest Hotel is about the concierge at the hotel of the same name, Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) and the misadventures, with the new lobby boy and apprentice, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). Following the death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton) Gustave has been known to cater to older women at the hotel, and after years of doing so with Madame D, he has been put front and center as the man responsible for her death.

 

This film from start to finish was just an absolute blast! It never slows down and never moves too fast. It's simply just flowing and is just nothing short of hilarious and is just ambitious. This features an all star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Kietel, Bill Murray, Own Wilson, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, with Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, and Jude Law The characters are all so interesting, whether it's a leading, supporting, or cameo role, You genuinely are invested in them and their actions as well as what they are going to do next. The dialogue is impeccable and well colorful.

 

Ralph Fiennes is just flawless and seemlessly carries this film when he is needed. Some of his finest acting to date, he just perfectly embodies Gustave so damn well and is a treat to watch him perform as the energetic, charismatic, witty concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Though they have limited screen time, I absolutely loved Adrien Brody and Willem! Brody was hysterical when he was onscreen, and the two's first encounter with Gustave and Zero had me laughing nearly uncontrollably. Dafoe was perfect as Jopling, the cold blooded, man of few words, assassin hired by Dimitri (Brody) and you can't take your eyes off of him! Literally everyone in this film gave such awesome performances, it's crazy. No half-assing from anyone.

 

One of the easiest things to notice in The Grand Budapest Hotel is how beautiful it looks. Lavish, colorful, and vibrant sets everywhere. Hell even the prison Gustave gets sent too is excellent and appealing looking. Being that this is the only the second film from Anderson I have seen, this is by far the appealing to the senses. It's beautifully shot, and for featuring the same style of shots and panning throughout it's run time, it's not bad, in fact it never is. It's just so damn appealing, that I'm using that word again, so soon.

 

I'm really doing no justice at describing how perfect this film is, the only way to know is for you to see it yourself. If I learned a couple of things from The Grand Budapest Hotel it's that great comedies do exist, and that I need to see more of Wes Anderson's filmography. The Grand Budapest Hotel is my third favorite film of the year!

 

Chef - 2014 - 4.5/5 - Directed by Jon Favreau - starring Jon Favreau

I remember seeing the trailer for this some months ago and being curious about it, but it seemed to come and go and I completely missed it, much to my dismay. However, I've finally got the chance to see this film and I liked it, in fact, I really liked it, probably more than I should have (I know, I use that saying way too much).

 

Jon Favreau plays Chef Carl Casper, working in a Los Angeles restaurant who suddenly quits his job, after being denied the right to let his creative side shine through a new restaurant menu. This all happens after the restaurant is given a low score due to the current menu that Casper isn't really too fond of. Casper eventually goes back to his cooking roots in Miami, Florida with his son and ex-wife, where he obtains a food truck and his love and passion for food and cooking is restored.

 

If this film doesn't make you hungry, then you seriously have something wrong with you. After being involved in major blockbusters including Iron Man 1 & 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau seemingly returned to smaller films, the result is Chef, written, produced, and directed by Favreau himself. It's comedy film, but at it's core it really is a father/son drama, with Carl Casper trying to be the father he should be by bonding once again with his son, all while trying to fix his career. It is a comedy, but not an uproariously one, though it doesn't mean it's boring. When it's supposed to be funny and make you laugh and smile, you laugh and smile. The film has you under it's control for it's duration.

 

Jon Favreau's acting as Carl Casper is sensational. He's a relatable guy, in the kitchen and out, and turns in a great performance even while handling the writing and directing duties. John Leguizamo plays his friend and co-worker in the kitchen, Martin, and Leguizamo brings this energy that you can't help but love and his interactions with everyone is just so great. Emjay Anthony play's the son, and is just brilliant to watch on screen. Robert Downey Jr. has one scene, and plays himself (as expected) and Scarlett Johansson is in it for maybe 15-20 minutes, but I'd do anything to cook her food. The rest of the cast is rounded off with Bobby Cannavale playing Tony, the sous chef, Sofia Vergara playing Carl's ex-wife Inez, Oliver Platt as Ramsay Michel an online food critic, and Dustin Hoffman as Riva, the owner of the Los Angeles restaurant.

 

The film moves at such a great pace it's ridiculous. Never feels boring or tiring, the plot keeps moving and evolving and holds your interest until the ending credits are finished. Packed with an exquisite soundtrack and overloaded a bit much with twitter. Chef is a warm, heart-felt film that just tugs on you in all the right spots and doesn't cease to amaze. There really isn't much to say about this film, other than that it's good to see Favreau return to something great and just all around exquisite!

 

The Signal - 2014 - 3.5/5 - Directed by William Eubank - starring Brenton Thwaites and Laurence Fishburne

I remember seeing the trailer for this film with Godzilla and being really interested in it. It looked genuinely interesting. Now that I finally got the chance to see this, William Eubank's The Signal plays out like a full length Twilight Zone episode. It's how I felt after watching it, and I've noticed others have too. It's certainly something different to come along this summer, but it's quite good and offers a change of pace compared to blockbusters and sequels.

 

The Signal opens up with three young adults, Nic (Brenton Thwaites), Hayley (Olivia Cooke), and Jonah (Beay Knapp) are traveling to California to drop off Hayley. Along the way, they come into contact with NOMAD, a hacker that nearly got Nic and Jonah expelled from MIT begins to taunt them with mysterious emails and locates them. Nic and Jonah grab his IP Address and track him down to Goodsprings, Nevada, and set out to confront him. They locate him in the middle of the Nevada desert in an abandoned house. Nic blacks out and finds himself in a mysterious underground research facility being question by Dr. William Damon (Laurence Fishburne).

 

There's several shifts in the film in terms of tone and mood. In the beginning it's almost like some sort of horror film, when they go to visit NOMAD's abandoned house, and the scene is even shot like in a found footage matter and gives off a Blair Witch Project vibe. In the middle it somewhat continues that horror film nature, before turning into somewhat conventional science fiction with the ending going into an action film of the sorts. Though throughout the film there's an unsettling atmosphere, that really goes well with the ominous and sometimes vague nature of the film.

 

The acting is quite good, as Brenton Thwaites is a good actor and solid as the leading man, and Laurence Fishburne turns in a veteran performance that is just as good. There really isn't a lot of depth to some of these characters, we don't really know much about them other than minor basic stuff that the film told us or let us find out. We get glimpses via flashbacks into the lives of Nic and Hayley along with their relationship, but it really doesn't do much to add a layer of depth so to speak. I suppose you can say that we should be paying attention to these characters NOW, in their current situation, then BEFORE, but it's still a minor gripe of mine. Though they grow a bit strong towards the end, it's not nearly enough, though I am not saying that it's easy to not care for them.

 

In terms of visual style, The Style isn't a breakthrough in that sense, though on a low budget I was really impressed with how the film looked. It was really kept to a low and wasn't really completely eye catching, but some of the shots in the film and the sets, particularly that of the research facility are just all around great. This is a film that could have been stretched to nearly two hours, but clocking in at 90 minutes or so, got to tell the story, thanks to great pacing and wonderful film editing. Towards the end of the film, there's some eye catching stuff, mainly in the effects department and CGI and some (unnecessary) slow motion, but it's a rather nice looking little science fiction film.

 

The ending or rather final act of the film can be somewhat predictable and the film's final moments really are something. It's a love it or hate it thing, which I'm torn on. I think the ending, hell the final act could've benefited from some better writing and better execution. Had that of happen, there's no telling how much more it would have lifted this film up, as it already had been. It was engaging throughout though, that's a given. It had my interest from start to finish. The Signal really is an interesting science fiction film to watch. Aside from some issues, it's still very good.

 

3 Days To Kill - 2014 - 1/5 - Directed by McG - starring Kevin Costner

When the trailer came out, we were all lead to believe that this was going to be an action thriller about a former CIA agent coming back into the game for one last mission in hopes of saving his life, all whilst trying to make amends with his estranged. What we really got was a weak family, father-daughter drama, spread out over some dull action film.

 

Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a CIA operative who has since left the organization and has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and is expected to live between two to five months. He goes back to Paris, France where he tries to save his relationship with his estranged daughter, Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld). However, he comes into contact with a woman, a CIA agent, Vivi (Amber Heard) who has works directly for the CIA director and says that she can give Ethan a cure if he finds and kills an international terrorist by the name of "The Wolf". The same man he inadvertently ran into in his last mission.

 

The main plot line takes course over three days (hence the films dull, generic title), but honestly feels like a damn week, due to the fact that film is so horribly paced and drags too much and is longer than it should be. This film tries to fit in so many genres it's ridiculous. Action, (family) drama, and even comedy, and is completely inconsistent in what it's supposed to be. The characters are typical as well. The father who gets back in the game to save his life and reconcile with other family member, the nagging wife, and the whiny teenage daughter.

 

And the acting is exactly that too. Costner in an action film is kind of funny. Maybe he thought if Liam Neeson could do it, so could he, but Neeson is a badass, Costner isn't, and Costner is duller than ever and lacks energy or charisma to embody his character to its potential. If there ever was one. Oh and why is Amber Heard trying so hard to come off as attractive, yet a badass female character. Her character comes off as the complete opposite, and for all you care, are just waiting for Costner to put a bullet in her head, except she's "crucial" to the "plot".

 

The action scenes are uninspired, yet are the only things that makes the film move forward at a good speed, before coming to quick halt and back peddling again. It lacks an emotional or action thriller charge that makes the film remotely interesting. I like Luc Besson, and enjoyed his latest film a lot, Lucy but when he's writing and producing films for Hollywood, Jesus, has he been producing S*** lately. Like the tone of the finished film, the script is just all over the place. Going back to the trailer, It's not like 3 Days To Kill looked any good in the first place, no matter what vibe it gave off. This is just a weak film period.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 2014 - 0/5 - Directed by Marc Webb - starring Andrew Garfield

I had really low expectations before watching this. This seemed to be just another Spider-Man 3 all over again. In the end, I don't know where to being, probably because this was way worse than I could ever imagine it to be.

 

There's just no redeeming quality in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Really there isn't. The plot is all over the place and is just bloated with one, two many characters, and too many subplots going on. Peter still hasn't evolved from the first film, nor as the relationship with Gewn Stacy. Peter is moping around for a good 70% of this film, and it's just off putting. Dane DeHaan as Harry on paper is actually quite good, but in the film it isn't. Sure Harry in the comics was a dick towards the end, but he wasn't a snooty ass, with some smug teenager grin and an annoying voice.

 

This latest reboot is the attempt of making the character of Spider-Man a littler more, say, darker. I know, I hate using that word, especially when it comes in describing a super hero film, but It seems like since Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Hollywood is out to go a similar route in like ground the hero in reality. Spider-Man isn't that guy. Sure he can be somewhat serious at times, and has his own pressing matters to deal with, but Spider-Man is more of a light hearted character and comic book. Marc Webb's films don't get that. If Sam Raimi could nail it (mainly the first two films) why is it so hard to do something similar, while still maintaining your own identity? But that's asking for too much time and effort right?

 

The pacing, my god, is it just completely horrible. For starters, this film is just way too long, at nearly two and a half hours. There's subplots that could have definitely been dropped, and the overall plot with Harry could have been dropped as well. It honestly doesn't do much other than introduce another character in the franchise and set up a final showdown in the climax of the film and throw more unnecessary stuff at the screen. Drop the parent's plot line already, I think we figured it out by now what really happened, we don't need Peter whining anymore. Focus on Peter and Gwen further developing both together and separate, and have Electro the only villain, albeit fleshing him out and adding in some more layers. As well as dropping the Rhino character. Screw the Sinister Six.

 

This film just gives off a dull vibe, and doesn't even try to entertain, as the action scenes and camera work alone aim to impress and dazzle with an emphasis on the 3D experience and such. The score by Hans Zimmer, and whatever the hell the Magnificent Six are, is an improvement over James Horner's lackluster score for the first film, but it still doesn't add much to the film, and is hardly memorable. It's just a slight improvement. Harry becoming the Green Goblin was of course expected, but my god, was his suit of armor designed by a chap named Stark or something? It looked like it was recycled from Spider-Man 3 and Dane DeHaan's acting and that horrible Goblin Laugh was just atrocious. Not to mention Denis Leary popping up as Capt. George Stacy, though he looked more like Tommy Gavin waiting for a drink.

 

For me, the biggest part that this film chose to focus on more than anything was Peter and Gwen, and while they're great and all, should this sequel be an improvement over the dull first film, and not a horrid retread? Thinking about this film more and more hurts my head. Just plain awful.

 

I, Frankenstein - 2014 - 0/5 - Directed by Stuart Beattie - starring Aaron Eckhart

My original review for this was a little too much to be posting on here, though you can check it out here.

I, Frankenstein Review on Letterboxd

TL;DR, it's one of the worst films ever made and worst films of 2014. I will fight tooth and nail to defend that statement I just made.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO: (Most anticipated are highlighted in bold and red)

Inherent Vice

Exodus

Gone Girl

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

American Sniper

Blackhat (May have limited release at the end of the year to qualify for awards)

Hercules

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

The Green Inferno

The Drop

The Judge

Fury

Horrible Bosses 2

HAVE SEEN:

RoboCop - 1/5

Need For Speed - 4/5

Sabotage - 1.5/5

Nymphomaniac - 4/5

300: Rise Of An Empire - 0/5

Takedown: The DNA Of GSP - 4/5

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 3/5

Neighbors - 0/5

Godzilla - 2.5/5

X-Men: Days Of Future Past - 5/5

The Raid 2 - 0/5

22 Jump Street - 4/5

Deliver Us From Evil - 4/5

Under The Skin - 5/5

Edge Of Tomorrow - 4.5/5

Non-Stop - 3/5

The Monuments Men - 1/5

Locke - 4/5

Enemy - 4.5/5

The Purge: Anarchy - 3.5/5

The Expendables 3 - 2/5

Lucy - 3.5/5

Joe - 4.5/5

Snowpiercer - 4.5/5

Noah - 2.5/5

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 1.5/5

Guardians Of The Galaxy - 3.5/5

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - 3.5/5

Dom Hemingway - 3.5/5

Transcendence - 2.5/5

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 5/5

Chef - 4.5/5

The Signal - 3.5/5

3 Days To Kill - 1/5

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 0/5

I, Frankenstein - 0/5


In Topic: What movie have you seen today?

12 August 2014 - 07:34 PM

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 - 5/5 - Directed by Wes Anderson - starring Ralph Fiennes

I can't believe this is only the second film from Wes Anderson that I have seen. The Grand Budapest Hotel is about the concierge at the hotel of the same name, Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) and the misadventures, with the new lobby boy and apprentice, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). Following the death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton) Gustave has been known to cater to older women at the hotel, and after years of doing so with Madame D, he has been put front and center as the man responsible for her death.

 

This film from start to finish was just an absolute blast! It never slows down and never moves too fast. It's simply just flowing and is just nothing short of hilarious and is just ambitious. This features an all star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Kietel, Bill Murray, Own Wilson, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, with Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, and Jude Law The characters are all so interesting, whether it's a leading, supporting, or cameo role, You genuinely are invested in them and their actions as well as what they are going to do next. The dialogue is impeccable and well colorful.

 

Ralph Fiennes is just flawless and seemlessly carries this film when he is needed. Some of his finest acting to date, he just perfectly embodies Gustave so damn well and is a treat to watch him perform as the energetic, charismatic, witty concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Though they have limited screen time, I absolutely loved Adrien Brody and Willem! Brody was hysterical when he was onscreen, and the two's first encounter with Gustave and Zero had me laughing nearly uncontrollably. Dafoe was perfect as Jopling, the cold blooded, man of few words, assassin hired by Dimitri (Brody) and you can't take your eyes off of him! Literally everyone in this film gave such awesome performances, it's crazy. No half-assing from anyone.

 

One of the easiest things to notice in The Grand Budapest Hotel is how beautiful it looks. Lavish, colorful, and vibrant sets everywhere. Hell even the prison Gustave gets sent too is excellent and appealing looking. Being that this is the only the second film from Anderson I have seen, this is by far the appealing to the senses. It's beautifully shot, and for featuring the same style of shots and panning throughout it's run time, it's not bad, in fact it never is. It's just so damn appealing, that I'm using that word again, so soon.

 

I'm really doing no justice at describing how perfect this film is, the only way to know is for you to see it yourself. If I learned a couple of things from The Grand Budapest Hotel it's that great comedies do exist, and that I need to see more of Wes Anderson's filmography. The Grand Budapest Hotel is my third favorite film of the year!

 

Chef - 2014 - 4.5/5 - Directed by Jon Favreau - starring Jon Favreau

I remember seeing the trailer for this some months ago and being curious about it, but it seemed to come and go and I completely missed it, much to my dismay. However, I've finally got the chance to see this film and I liked it, in fact, I really liked it, probably more than I should have (I know, I use that saying way too much).

 

Jon Favreau plays Chef Carl Casper, working in a Los Angeles restaurant who suddenly quits his job, after being denied the right to let his creative side shine through a new restaurant menu. This all happens after the restaurant is given a low score due to the current menu that Casper isn't really too fond of. Casper eventually goes back to his cooking roots in Miami, Florida with his son and ex-wife, where he obtains a food truck and his love and passion for food and cooking is restored.

 

If this film doesn't make you hungry, then you seriously have something wrong with you. After being involved in major blockbusters including Iron Man 1 & 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau seemingly returned to smaller films, the result is Chef, written, produced, and directed by Favreau himself. It's comedy film, but at it's core it really is a father/son drama, with Carl Casper trying to be the father he should be by bonding once again with his son, all while trying to fix his career. It is a comedy, but not an uproariously one, though it doesn't mean it's boring. When it's supposed to be funny and make you laugh and smile, you laugh and smile. The film has you under it's control for it's duration.

 

Jon Favreau's acting as Carl Casper is sensational. He's a relatable guy, in the kitchen and out, and turns in a great performance even while handling the writing and directing duties. John Leguizamo plays his friend and co-worker in the kitchen, Martin, and Leguizamo brings this energy that you can't help but love and his interactions with everyone is just so great. Emjay Anthony play's the son, and is just brilliant to watch on screen. Robert Downey Jr. has one scene, and plays himself (as expected) and Scarlett Johansson is in it for maybe 15-20 minutes, but I'd do anything to cook her food. The rest of the cast is rounded off with Bobby Cannavale playing Tony, the sous chef, Sofia Vergara playing Carl's ex-wife Inez, Oliver Platt as Ramsay Michel an online food critic, and Dustin Hoffman as Riva, the owner of the Los Angeles restaurant.

 

The film moves at such a great pace it's ridiculous. Never feels boring or tiring, the plot keeps moving and evolving and holds your interest until the ending credits are finished. Packed with an exquisite soundtrack and overloaded a bit much with twitter. Chef is a warm, heart-felt film that just tugs on you in all the right spots and doesn't cease to amaze. There really isn't much to say about this film, other than that it's good to see Favreau return to something great and just all around exquisite!

 

The Signal - 2014 - 3.5/5 - Directed by William Eubank - starring Brenton Thwaites and Laurence Fishburne

I remember seeing the trailer for this film with Godzilla and being really interested in it. It looked genuinely interesting. Now that I finally got the chance to see this, William Eubank's The Signal plays out like a full length Twilight Zone episode. It's how I felt after watching it, and I've noticed others have too. It's certainly something different to come along this summer, but it's quite good and offers a change of pace compared to blockbusters and sequels.

 

The Signal opens up with three young adults, Nic (Brenton Thwaites), Hayley (Olivia Cooke), and Jonah (Beay Knapp) are traveling to California to drop off Hayley. Along the way, they come into contact with NOMAD, a hacker that nearly got Nic and Jonah expelled from MIT begins to taunt them with mysterious emails and locates them. Nic and Jonah grab his IP Address and track him down to Goodsprings, Nevada, and set out to confront him. They locate him in the middle of the Nevada desert in an abandoned house. Nic blacks out and finds himself in a mysterious underground research facility being question by Dr. William Damon (Laurence Fishburne).

 

There's several shifts in the film in terms of tone and mood. In the beginning it's almost like some sort of horror film, when they go to visit NOMAD's abandoned house, and the scene is even shot like in a found footage matter and gives off a Blair Witch Project vibe. In the middle it somewhat continues that horror film nature, before turning into somewhat conventional science fiction with the ending going into an action film of the sorts. Though throughout the film there's an unsettling atmosphere, that really goes well with the ominous and sometimes vague nature of the film.

 

The acting is quite good, as Brenton Thwaites is a good actor and solid as the leading man, and Laurence Fishburne turns in a veteran performance that is just as good. There really isn't a lot of depth to some of these characters, we don't really know much about them other than minor basic stuff that the film told us or let us find out. We get glimpses via flashbacks into the lives of Nic and Hayley along with their relationship, but it really doesn't do much to add a layer of depth so to speak. I suppose you can say that we should be paying attention to these characters NOW, in their current situation, then BEFORE, but it's still a minor gripe of mine. Though they grow a bit strong towards the end, it's not nearly enough, though I am not saying that it's easy to not care for them.

 

In terms of visual style, The Style isn't a breakthrough in that sense, though on a low budget I was really impressed with how the film looked. It was really kept to a low and wasn't really completely eye catching, but some of the shots in the film and the sets, particularly that of the research facility are just all around great. This is a film that could have been stretched to nearly two hours, but clocking in at 90 minutes or so, got to tell the story, thanks to great pacing and wonderful film editing. Towards the end of the film, there's some eye catching stuff, mainly in the effects department and CGI and some (unnecessary) slow motion, but it's a rather nice looking little science fiction film.

 

The ending or rather final act of the film can be somewhat predictable and the film's final moments really are something. It's a love it or hate it thing, which I'm torn on. I think the ending, hell the final act could've benefited from some better writing and better execution. Had that of happen, there's no telling how much more it would have lifted this film up, as it already had been. It was engaging throughout though, that's a given. It had my interest from start to finish. The Signal really is an interesting science fiction film to watch. Aside from some issues, it's still very good.

 

3 Days To Kill - 2014 - 1/5 - Directed by McG - starring Kevin Costner

When the trailer came out, we were all lead to believe that this was going to be an action thriller about a former CIA agent coming back into the game for one last mission in hopes of saving his life, all whilst trying to make amends with his estranged. What we really got was a weak family, father-daughter drama, spread out over some dull action film.

 

Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a CIA operative who has since left the organization and has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and is expected to live between two to five months. He goes back to Paris, France where he tries to save his relationship with his estranged daughter, Zooey (Hailee Steinfeld). However, he comes into contact with a woman, a CIA agent, Vivi (Amber Heard) who has works directly for the CIA director and says that she can give Ethan a cure if he finds and kills an international terrorist by the name of "The Wolf". The same man he inadvertently ran into in his last mission.

 

The main plot line takes course over three days (hence the films dull, generic title), but honestly feels like a damn week, due to the fact that film is so horribly paced and drags too much and is longer than it should be. This film tries to fit in so many genres it's ridiculous. Action, (family) drama, and even comedy, and is completely inconsistent in what it's supposed to be. The characters are typical as well. The father who gets back in the game to save his life and reconcile with other family member, the nagging wife, and the whiny teenage daughter.

 

And the acting is exactly that too. Costner in an action film is kind of funny. Maybe he thought if Liam Neeson could do it, so could he, but Neeson is a badass, Costner isn't, and Costner is duller than ever and lacks energy or charisma to embody his character to its potential. If there ever was one. Oh and why is Amber Heard trying so hard to come off as attractive, yet a badass female character. Her character comes off as the complete opposite, and for all you care, are just waiting for Costner to put a bullet in her head, except she's "crucial" to the "plot".

 

The action scenes are uninspired, yet are the only things that makes the film move forward at a good speed, before coming to quick halt and back peddling again. It lacks an emotional or action thriller charge that makes the film remotely interesting. I like Luc Besson, and enjoyed his latest film a lot, Lucy but when he's writing and producing films for Hollywood, Jesus, has he been producing S*** lately. Like the tone of the finished film, the script is just all over the place. Going back to the trailer, It's not like 3 Days To Kill looked any good in the first place, no matter what vibe it gave off. This is just a weak film period.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 2014 - 0/5 - Directed by Marc Webb - starring Andrew Garfield

I had really low expectations before watching this. This seemed to be just another Spider-Man 3 all over again. In the end, I don't know where to being, probably because this was way worse than I could ever imagine it to be.

 

There's just no redeeming quality in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Really there isn't. The plot is all over the place and is just bloated with one, two many characters, and too many subplots going on. Peter still hasn't evolved from the first film, nor as the relationship with Gewn Stacy. Peter is moping around for a good 70% of this film, and it's just off putting. Dane DeHaan as Harry on paper is actually quite good, but in the film it isn't. Sure Harry in the comics was a dick towards the end, but he wasn't a snooty ass, with some smug teenager grin and an annoying voice.

 

This latest reboot is the attempt of making the character of Spider-Man a littler more, say, darker. I know, I hate using that word, especially when it comes in describing a super hero film, but It seems like since Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Hollywood is out to go a similar route in like ground the hero in reality. Spider-Man isn't that guy. Sure he can be somewhat serious at times, and has his own pressing matters to deal with, but Spider-Man is more of a light hearted character and comic book. Marc Webb's films don't get that. If Sam Raimi could nail it (mainly the first two films) why is it so hard to do something similar, while still maintaining your own identity? But that's asking for too much time and effort right?

 

The pacing, my god, is it just completely horrible. For starters, this film is just way too long, at nearly two and a half hours. There's subplots that could have definitely been dropped, and the overall plot with Harry could have been dropped as well. It honestly doesn't do much other than introduce another character in the franchise and set up a final showdown in the climax of the film and throw more unnecessary stuff at the screen. Drop the parent's plot line already, I think we figured it out by now what really happened, we don't need Peter whining anymore. Focus on Peter and Gwen further developing both together and separate, and have Electro the only villain, albeit fleshing him out and adding in some more layers. As well as dropping the Rhino character. Screw the Sinister Six.

 

This film just gives off a dull vibe, and doesn't even try to entertain, as the action scenes and camera work alone aim to impress and dazzle with an emphasis on the 3D experience and such. The score by Hans Zimmer, and whatever the hell the Magnificent Six are, is an improvement over James Horner's lackluster score for the first film, but it still doesn't add much to the film, and is hardly memorable. It's just a slight improvement. Harry becoming the Green Goblin was of course expected, but my god, was his suit of armor designed by a chap named Stark or something? It looked like it was recycled from Spider-Man 3 and Dane DeHaan's acting and that horrible Goblin Laugh was just atrocious. Not to mention Denis Leary popping up as Capt. George Stacy, though he looked more like Tommy Gavin waiting for a drink.

 

For me, the biggest part that this film chose to focus on more than anything was Peter and Gwen, and while they're great and all, should this sequel be an improvement over the dull first film, and not a horrid retread? Thinking about this film more and more hurts my head. Just plain awful.

 

I, Frankenstein - 2014 - 0/5 - Directed by Stuart Beattie - starring Aaron Eckhart

My original review for this was a little too much to be posting on here, though you can check it out here.

I, Frankenstein Review on Letterboxd

TL;DR, it's one of the worst films ever made and worst films of 2014. I will fight tooth and nail to defend that statement I just made.

First of all, I love your review. I think you touched on everything that I felt with the movie. I also love the Zoolander reference, fantastic. :)

 

I do agree with all of your flaws and yes Guy Pierce.. so underutilized it's not even funny. Also Christopher Eccleston wasn't a very good villain either. I also agree Lee Pace wasn't really that good of a villain. I think the best part about this movie is the characters and their lines and the chemistry with them. I think if the villains were stronger and we cut down on the action sequence at the end, it would have been 5 stars easily for me.

 

I can't wait for the sequel!

Thank you! The biggest problem I have is that practically all of the Phase 2 films play out the same, almost cut, copy, and paste. This really needs to change for Marvel with Phase 2, or else I'm just out completely. They surprised me big time with Guardians Of The Galaxy, and interested me with Cap2, let's see what they can do with future films.