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Old 06-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #3601 (permalink)
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PROMETHEUS

I'll keep it short and simple. Visually stunning, serves as a great prequel to Alien (even though that isn't it's purpose), yet can be quite confusing. I am still unsure of the meaning of the first scene, but I don't want to post any spoilers. The cast was great, a standout performance from Michael Fassbender though.
RATING: 8/10
I recommend it if you are a Sci-fi fan, totally worth the money if you're into the genre.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:38 PM   #3602 (permalink)
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I've decided to do mine in the form of a haiku.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked


Kids going to sleep.

Hopefully this film is good.

Nope. Horrendous pain.



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Old 06-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #3603 (permalink)
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Well with Prometheus out, I'll mini review all of the Alien movies to date.

Alien (1979)

In the far off future, the crew of a mining vessel out in space is sent to answer an SOS on a distant planet. They are soon trapped on board their ship with a violent & survival driven alien creature that begins killing the crew one at a time.

It is a classic. What else is there to really say? The look of the alien has become iconic, and the set up makes for a great horror movie. Ripley is one of my favorite bad ass heroes in any movie, and the whole movie is fascinating and terrifying from start to finish. Love it!

9/10

Aliens (1986)

Found in cryogenic containment decades after her encounter with the alien creature, Ripley is sent with experienced marines back to the planet where the creature was originally found to save a human colony from being destroyed by the ever growing number of creatures.

This is one of my all time favorite films and an awesome sequel. It raises the stakes of the first film, gives us some great and memorable moments & characters, and creates a very exciting film. Where the first film is more of a horror movie, this one is more of an action movie, and it is bad ass. Once again, the special effects are outstanding, and what they were able to do with the creatures this time around was amazing.

10/10

Alien 3 (1992)

The ship containing Ripley are the other survivors of the last film crash lands on a prison colony in space. The only survivors in the crash are Ripley & another one of the alien creatures, so she must once again combat it, only know with the help of the prison inmates and without any weapons.

Huge step down for the franchise. It commits two cardinal sins that no sequel ever should. First of all, it regresses rather than builds. What I mean is, the second movie featured Ripley fighting an entire army of Aliens and their Queen. Here, she is right back to where she was in the first movie fighting just one of them in an isolated location. To me, the next logical step should have been an infestation of the creatures on Earth (which was the original plan). The second problem is that they kill all the survivors of the first movie (Newt & Hicks) within the first few minutes, basically bitch slapping the second movie right across the face. I have never gotten angry at a sequel that fast before, but this film did it. They spent the entire second movie keeping those characters alive only for them to be killed off just like that? The film does have its moments and the ending in particular probably would have been a good note to end on, but it isn't enough to fix the whole film.

5/10

Alien Resurrection (1997)

Centuries after Ripley's death, she is cloned & combined with the DNA of the aliens to make a hybrid creature. Her war with the Aliens resumes as several of the creatures are bred & unleashed on a ship that is on course to Earth. Ripley and a band of space pirates are all that stand between the Aliens & the destruction of Earth.

Yeah, this movie is a piece of crap. Its close to being Batman & Robin level bad. Most of it is just in the filmmaking aspects. The acting, writing, & directing feels juvenile compared to the previous entries. Except for some good imagery in places, nothing really stands out or amounts to anything. They hype up a new Alien breed, but that doesn't amount to anything. I thought it was a mistake to force Ripley into the film given how her story ended in the last film, and nothing really amounts to much with her either. It is the only film in the main Alien franchise that I can truly say is just dumb. Lets just say that Joss Wheadon (who wrote the screen play) has gotten ALOT better since this.

3/10

Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

A group of archeologists explore a bizarre pyramid only to find that they are caught in the middle of a battle between two alien races: The hunting tribe of Predators and the beastly & savage Xenomorphs.

Basically, this film was a missed opportunity to do something cool. Predator and Alien together. Should be awesome, right? Well what it amounted to was dumb & mindless run of the mill Summer blockbuster fair, and it should have been more than that. The Predators become good guys? What the hell was that? Also, I would have much rather had the movie staged in the Alien universe than on modern day Earth. The Alien Mythology is a lot more rich and has great science fiction attached to it, and I would have much rather seen the Predators in that world than have the Aliens in modern times. Its loud, dumb, and souless. It isn't the worst thing I've ever seen, but it is very forgettable and a film like this shouldn't be.

5/10

Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

The war between the Aliens & the Predators is taken to a small unsuspecting town that is soon over run by both uncontrollable species.

For all the fanboys that told me "All AVP needed was to be Rated R and that would fix everything!". Its the same argument I hear when "WWE would be so much better if they weren't PG". Well guess what? They made AVP R Rated, and it got worse. Bad movie making is still bad movie making no matter what the rating is. My major problem with this movie is that they basically took Alien Vs. Predator, a story between two warring alien species, and turned it into a bad slasher movie, complete with dumb teenagers and deaths we can see coming a mile away. And the film is super dark too. I don't mean in tone. I mean in actual visuals. The screen & lighting is so freakin' dark that I can't tell what the heck is going on half the time. Sometimes it is even hard to distinguish between the Aliens & the Predators! HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?!?!?! Anyways, if the first AVP was a missed opportunity, this one was just a butt fucking waste of time.

2/10

and finally

Prometheus (2012)

Encouraged by strange cave paintings depicting a race that created Human kind, a group of explorers goes to a distant planet in search of mankind's creators. What they find instead are horrors they never envisioned.

FINALLY! A GOOD ALIEN MOVIE!!! We haven't had one of those since 1986! I forgot what that was like. It isn't great and there are a handful of story and character problems, but it is still a massive improvement for the franchise. First of all, I love the set up and the film does a great job of keeping the tension going throughout. I really like the two main characters (Bassbender & Rapace), the film looks stunning. Great cinematography. There are some issues, especially towards the end. The last act doesn't quite live up to the 90 minutes of set up. But it is still a lot of fun and is solidly entertaining throughout. And you know what? After the last four films, I WILL TAKE IT!!!

7/10
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:21 PM   #3604 (permalink)
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10/10

Alien 3 (1992)

The ship containing Ripley are the other survivors of the last film crash lands on a prison colony in space. The only survivors in the crash are Ripley & another one of the alien creatures, so she must once again combat it, only know with the help of the prison inmates and without any weapons.

Huge step down for the franchise. It commits two cardinal sins that no sequel ever should. First of all, it regresses rather than builds. What I mean is, the second movie featured Ripley fighting an entire army of Aliens and their Queen. Here, she is right back to where she was in the first movie fighting just one of them in an isolated location. To me, the next logical step should have been an infestation of the creatures on Earth (which was the original plan). The second problem is that they kill all the survivors of the first movie (Newt & Hicks) within the first few minutes, basically bitch slapping the second movie right across the face. I have never gotten angry at a sequel that fast before, but this film did it. They spent the entire second movie keeping those characters alive only for them to be killed off just like that? The film does have its moments and the ending in particular probably would have been a good note to end on, but it isn't enough to fix the whole film.
I guess 10/10 was supposed to be 1/10
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:25 AM   #3605 (permalink)
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No. The 10/10 was for Aliens. The ratings are beneath the review, not above the title.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:48 AM   #3606 (permalink)
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Chronicle - Love the use of the shaky hand-cam. Although I do feel it's difficult to do a movie in this way without wierd camera moments (like filming at a funeral(?), Andrew purposely stealing peoples phones to record his conversation with Matt towards the end and the police filming Andrew in the hospital) I like the overall feel of it. Storyline is decent, pretty much what I expected from this film. I did enjoy the first half of the movie moreso than the second; the friendship parts but that's probably a testament to my style of enjoyment. Ending was cool I guess. Decent movie. 7/10

21 Jump Street - Wasn't expecting much from a movie like this. A couple laugh out loud parts. Overall silly-ness. Cool concept with 2 Policemen going under-cover in a High School but I do think it could have been executed better. Easy to watch, good for an easy going flick. 6/10

Project X - Boy would I love to be at this party. Once again, the shaky hand-cam is done well but not perfectly. Just a movie you would sit down and enjoy, nothing too serious. Like how the party gradually progresses from chill, to rocking, to absolute insane chaos towards the end. Let's face it, we all want to go to a party like this and it saddens me that I never will. Thoroughly enjoyed, would watch again. Pure awesome. 8/10

Warrior - Wow, this surprised me. Great acting, great storytelling, great concept that is well worked. Apologies for the comparison, but this is much better than the Fighter. MMA scenes were done really well. KURT ANGLE appearing in the movie is pretty awesome. Loved this movie, definitely a modern day, underrated classic. 8.8/10

Would like to hear others thoughts on these movies.
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Aliens
1/10
Completely goes against the thesis of the film from which it takes its artistic licence from. The iconic creatures that were so diligently and lovingly created as Freudian monsters with their phallic heads and pseudo-sapien morph have now been reduced to being slaughtered like flies, all the while stupid dialogue is exchanged by vapid characters, wrapped up in a blue 80s porno finish

Warrior
1/10
With such a cliché conception, quickly bundled together from various sports flicks, we knew that it would be incumbent upon its execution, unfortunately it failed just as bad. Melodramatic and forced in every respect, so much so that it is dripping from the orifices of this overbloated and overfed popcorn monstrosity. Even if we ignore all the screaming banality, the action is repetitive and boring. Either a swift knockout from one, or a comeback submission from the other, then again, I haven't been a big fan of sweaty-dick-punching.

3rd Man
10/10
In this fantastically crafted British noir film, we finally get to see Orson Welles the actor. He is no longer in control of the film, like in his revolutionary masterpiece 'Citizen Kane' or the later crime thriller 'Touch Of Evil'. Welles does very well in his role as usual, and his superb speech and entrance add a lot of sophistication to the film, his Cuckoo Clock speech making a farce of the human ideal of peace and love. Although Welles indeed has a massive presence, it does not overshadow the failed romance between Joseph Cotton and Alida Valli, with the latter loving Orson Welles' character no matter what, despite all his crooked dealings. This domestic tragedy is punctuated by it being set in post-ww2 Vienna, ravaged and torn by war, it is split into various controlling sectors, a powerful allegory to the characters themselves. The rubble and craters being given a sublime aesthetic appeal through various camera angles that produce its palpable atmosphere. But above all, the most engaging part of this film is its score. Wonderfully quaint and played on an exotic Zither, it produces feelings of contradiction. Both joy and depression, both lively and sluggish, it constantly provides cognitive dissonance, and like the setting, gives us that further insight into the characters.

Schindler's List
4/10
Spielberg capitalises on the perpetual guilt of the Holocaust, with this stunningly mediocre output. He attempts to turn one of the greatest tragedy's that humankind has ever witnessed into a victory. Yes, Schindler may have rescued some hundreds of Jews, but the fact remains that millions still perished in the gas chambers, and the film attempts to ignore that, and cheer Schindler's victory, despite the obvious loss. There is of course nothing wrong with attempting to show some decency in an otherwise ocean of disaster, but Spielberg approaches the deaths of random, non-rescued Jews in a very Herzog manner. They are randomly killed, and nothing more Their deaths are too quick and they are too plain and without character to be mourned over, and the problem is, is that this film is about the suffering of humans, but for the most part, he approaches life and death as a pointless, and at times, comedic conception. The deaths only serve to reiterate that Nazis are the spawn of Satan, which shows that Spielberg cannot create depth beyond that of a morally black and white children's cartoon. Schindler is a boring and an unrelatable character, whose few vices make him as interesting matzah. This is a bigger problem then you would think, because without me caring Schindler I am forced into a cave. To care about the film, we have to either consider the Nazis to be evil spawns of Satan, or constantly mourn the Jewish prisoners. I can't take the Nazis seriously in this film, they are shallow bordering on satire, so that is out. So, it has to be the Jewish prisoners, and for me, I do not care. The thing is, is that they are not interesting, they are based on the simple tenant of caring about humans suffering, I don't find that interesting in itself. Challenging of morals, confliction etc is interesting, and the Jewish prisoners do not have that, because their lives are in the hand of the Nazis, so they are the equivalent of farm animals, wholly uninteresting and without depth.
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Halloween (1978)
Greatest horror movie of all time. Not much to say about this very popular movie. - 10/10

Halloween II (1981)
Good sequel to an amazing movie. They tried very hard to capture the suspense and atmosphere of the first movie, but they didn't succeed very well. Although it has its faults, it is a fun movie to watch and ended the series (at the time) on a high note. - 8/10

Halloween III
Very underrated movie. This is also a very fun movie to watch although it has some very stupid moments (especially near the end). 8/10

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Amazing sequel. My favorite sequel (maybe tied with 5). Great acting, story, and atmosphere. 9/10

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Pretty much just as good as 4. Great dark, weary atmosphere. 9/10

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
A missed opportunity. It was still good but could have been much better. The Producers cut was better. 7/10 Producer's Cut 7.5/10

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
Very slow movie that has a pretty good story and ending but has many faults. 6/10

Halloween: Resurrection
Terrible movie. A completely unneeded sequel that was clearly made only for money. 3/10

Halloween (2007)
Great remake. Zombie does some things to make it his own and it works for the most part. 8/10

Halloween II (2009)
This movie is...weird. If you think of this as a Halloween movie, you will hate it. Think of it as a Rob Zombie movie, and it's better. 7/10
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In the Mouth of Madness
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Iron Sky 8/10

The President of the USA (Sarah Palin lookalike) is trying to win the re-election, so she sends a black man to the moon. The black man gets captured by a group of space Nazis, and is injected with something and he turns white and blond with blue eyes (Aryan). The Nazis find his cellphone and are going to use it to power their Meteor-Blitzkreig, but the phone dies so they have to go to Earth to find a cellphone. I don't want to post any spoilers so i'll just leave it there. It was actually surprisingly funny, and there are a lot of references to wartime movies (like Downfall). So if you like comedy and history, watch it.
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