This is not a review. This is a reflection of my feelings. I saw Signs back then in the cinema and I found it scary. Not any more. Today it looks so much different. My God, did I feel for this family. It's not necessarily about the aliens. The film uses them as a means to an end, to teach us about faith. To show us that not everything can be explained logically. Be it aliens or processes during the life of every human being. And even if you are a doubter about religion, Signs manages to make you think about it at least a little bit. The actors are first class, especially the 4 main actors: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. In addition, the film is naturally scary and for me one of the best alien films I have ever seen. Only someone like M. Night Shyamalan manages to convey the obvious horror to the viewer through his mere presence, less his visibility. Throughout a masterpiece, which is more than just supported by the excellent soundtrack.
I believe that years ago I would have awarded even fewer stars than now. But now it's just 5 stars, because I was feverish and cried. And that's what makes films. When these emotions are pushed to the limit.
Panic room, check! Once again I have watched David Fincher's work and I must say that I still like the film very much. It manages to create an extreme atmosphere in the smallest of spaces. The actors are superbly chosen, most notably Forest Whitaker as a rather involuntary criminal with a heart, Jodie Foster as a protector who overcomes her own fears and a very young Kristen Stewart who fits like a fist in the eye of rebellious youth.
I sat in the cinema, was highly motivated to understand the film and it worked out quite well. Then came the first small block about inversion. I was still on the ball. It was strange and you weren't allowed to think about it too much, but it was possible to stick with it. Thereupon a monologue by Sir Michael Caine. At this point I was already quite out of it. I admired more the sets, the action. The subject of inversion was then taken more and more to the extreme. At some point, people moved back and forth in time in parallel. On the one hand it was incredibly cool and chicly staged, but basically absolutely incomprehensible. The problem is this: While it would take a lot of (damned much) time to really understand what is happening in front of you, Christopher Nolan's creation does not slow down. You have to put the thinking behind you in order to somehow follow the new confusion on the screen.
At some point the film ends. And it is just as I had read it before: No idea what just happened there, but it was cool. And that's what makes the film worse than Nolan's other works, which often and gladly played with time.
From an actor's point of view, they did everything right. John David Washington is just a tough, inscrutable guy and therefore fits perfectly into the film. Robert Pattinson is a great sidekick with loose sayings. Elizabeth Debicki is just beautiful and Kenneth Branagh is a great villain.
Finally, just a few words that were said at the beginning of the film: "Don't even try to understand it."
To be honest: The drama of the moment when Nyah gives herself the injection, Tom Cruise's reaction, the music. Tears came to my eyes. No, the film is not great, but it has some great moments.
The subject of manhunts is obviously making a comeback in the field of films. The advertisement for the 2020 edition was interesting and so I watched a few clips on YouTube in the afternoon. Later I bought the film and watched it in its entirety. And what can I say? The movie is stupid. And good. The Hunt is brutal and senseless. It is funny and socio-critical at the same time. It's kind of everything and nothing. And then there is the leading actress Betty Gilpin, whom I didn't know until now. I had to laugh several times during the film. In the run-up to the film, some comments about the film said that her performance was worthy of an Oscar. Afterwards I now understand the irony in these words. Betty can make a face... I have never seen anything like that before. From one scene to the next she looks more stupid, although she can be a beautiful woman. But maybe this very change is Oscar-worthy. The rest of the crew, with the exception of Hilary Swank, is just cannon meat. But that doesn't matter. It doesn't matter anyway, because after watching it I'm just as smart as before. The Hunt is just a fun movie with some really cool scenes. You can watch it, you can like it, but you don't have to. In my case, it slipped just past the rating "I like very much".
Actually I just wanted to have a quick look, but then I watched the film Next (2007) with Nicolas Cage until 2 a.m. And it was worth it. I already loved this film when it was released. The somewhat different time travel story with the perfect touch of romance. Jessica Biel and Nicolas Cage harmonize wonderfully in this film, which hits the mark with its surprising twist at the end. I have to admit that I am a little bit influenced by my enthusiasm back then. Today some effects look a bit cheap. Also, Cage is and never was the best actor. But this role fits him perfectly. Besides Face/Off and The Rock my favorite movie with him.
Many, many years ago I saw Shoot 'Em Up for the first time. The movie rocked from the first minute. Some unrealistic action nonsense that was just fun. Just now I watched the movie again. And lo and behold, nothing has changed. The movie is still infinitely more fun. Clive Owen is a terrific action hero. Inconspicuous and without a name he simply slaughters everyone. Monica Bellucci is, as always, gorgeous and a harmonious addition to our hero Smith, who hurls a baby around as if he were practicing for the hammer throw. You just have to squeeze one or two eyes and let the whole thing happen. None of it really makes sense. It is what it is: a great action movie beyond logic and reason.
A wonderfully honest film. Sad and amusing at the same time. Felicity Kendall Huffman perfectly conveys the hard life of a trans woman who is confronted shortly before her final operation with her son, of whom she didn't know anything until then. Thereupon, we experience a road trip of a different kind, which has a long lasting effect. Many abstruse situations take place at any time in a very loving setting. The whole thing is accompanied by a very catchy soundtrack. Very good and therefore a recommendation for all those who like to think outside the social norm.
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson rock so hard that my laugh muscles were about to explode. Just like Top Secret! I watched the film for the first time in years. The film has lost just as little of its charm. And once again it is the humor, which preferably runs in the background, that is convincing.
Lethal Weapon is perfectly parodied here. The actors are terrific, the story is brilliant despite its peculiarities and the humor, as already said, is fantastic. I laughed so much that my diaphragm hurt.
It's one of the few movies that still knew exactly where humor has to score points, resp. where it works. Modern comedies, on the other hand, rely far too much on disgusting humor, which I partour don't understand.
What remains: An absolutely brilliant comedy that's still more than worth seeing.
My favorite scene: To be honest, the movie has too many funny and memorable scenes, which were quickly brought back to my mind after watching it today. But maybe it is the one where Emilio Estevez enters his caravan for the first time and it turns out to be a palace.
I'm still waiting for part two...
This somewhat unusual and yet quite normal story about friendship was captured in great pictures. These are celebrated long and with harmonious music.
The main actors are great. Shia LaBeouf's Tyler is a young man in search of himself. After a heavy blow of fate he tries to get back on his feet, but does not mince his words. And so it happens that he throws a "I don't give a damn" to Zak, who tells him about his Down syndrome. And exactly this statement makes him somehow likeable. Because it really doesn't matter.
The message: No discrimination! Everyone is great and capable of extraordinary things. You just have to support them and not stop them. Tyler does exactly that. He helps Zak, encourages him in what he does. And while doing so he recharges his batteries and creates hope.
This absolutely unobtrusive film convinces with a lot of heart, well-placed humor and just the important core message. The only important thing is: Get involved.
My favourite scene: When Zak hands over his escape plan to the old woman and both of them put it into action.
Straight into the face is the motto of this film, which is wonderfully oriented towards the game series.
While the story tries to put the focus on Scorpion, it fails because of what Mortal Kombat is all about. That means that once again only the fight of the earthlings against Shang Tsung is in the center of attention. Shang Tsung only needs to win Mortal Kombat one more time to subjugate Earth. Thus, the movie is storywise very much based on the first feature film from 1995.
But honestly, while the story is a bit outrageous, the movie can convince with many other points: The drawing look is great. The result are wacky, bloody scenes with all the fatalities. The characters are well executed and the music is enjoyable.
The question is: What do you expect? When I look at the last games of the series like this, I see absolutely wicked action, as brutal as possible. Whether it's bone-crushing X-Rays or disturbing fatalities, the movie knows how to do all of that. And that's exactly why I liked it. THIS IS MORTAL KOMBAT!
My favourite scene: Actually, any scene where Johnny Cage gets a kick in the balls.
What (the hell) happened to the series?
What started so promisingly with First Class and peaked with Days of Future Past crashed with Apocalypse, only to never recover with Dark Phoenix.
The latest installment of the X-Men is a work in itself. Basically detached from its predecessors, we are experiencing a story here that is usually fobbed off as a side-story in other movies. This film offers zero added value for the series. Nevertheless: Various scenes are fun and the whole work could entertain me.
What a pity: The always valuable and very worth seeing Quicksilver scenes suffer a total failure here. At least Hans Zimmer rocks with his soundtrack to the film and another highlight of his career. The music enlivens the whole work and gives it the necessary drama.
Hooray for the final fight in the train: It looks really good and pushes the whole movie.
Finally, I would like to mention that the movie is just so full of logic holes and nonsense. That's how Jean Grey gets an incredible power from space and is therefore the most powerful of all mutants. Strange, because that's what she was before.
My favourite scene: Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe when Quicksilver puts the head of Nightcrawler into a glass ball and quickly wraps tape around it to seal it. Maybe not.
Joker takes its time to develop his character. Even so long that the "real" Joker, i.e. Arthur in full clothing and with the final make-up, is only visible for the last 10 minutes. But does that make the movie bad? Not at all. It was important to bring his development so precise and long (although it never really seemed long to me) to the screen. Especially since Joaquin Phoenix is without a doubt playing his heart and soul. His acting is fabulous.
The film lives from Joaquin. It lives from his improvised and spontaneous ideas and interventions, which very often made it into the finished film. Joker lives from the basically gloomy mood with few but well placed amusing interludes. It lives from it's comprehensibility. Joker manages that. It makes it possible to empathize with Arthur. No, it doesn't make you understand every move he makes. But you do understand how and why he breaks. Why he's becoming the man we all looked forward to. And we understand why he's always been exactly that person.
My favorite scene: Arthur throws the Joker mask into the trash and calmly walks past all the cops in the subway.
I still find the young up-and-coming mutants in the movie extremely cheesy, but apart from that, the filmmaker did pretty much everything right when they restarted the series. The main actors were well chosen. The basic mood is somewhere on a serious drama level with a good portion of humor.
Basically, the film lives through James McAvoy and above all Michael Fassbender. Especially Fassbender gives Erik Lensherr exactly the depth that this character deserves. He is bitterly angry and cunning at the same time. Exactly that closes the circle to Sir Ian McKellen's performance in the original X-Men movie from 2000.
My favourite scene: Erik Lensherr's performance at the Villa Gesell, Argentina.
What a wonderfully absurd and loving film. Various psychoses are perfectly passed on to the viewer by the actors, who harmonize with each other in word and deed. It is a story about love. Told as serious and humorous as life itself.
I like the kind of film. I like how the actors act. I like the music. All in all, I like the uniqueness of this work.
Silver Lining's Playbook is an all-time favorite that I can really watch over and over again.
My favorite scene: The film offers countless scenes that manifest themselves in my head. But maybe the one in which Pat orders cereal from a "date" is one of the most memorable.
Altogether Prospect is a good mixture of art and sci-fi that you have to get involved with. Not perfect, but definitely special.
In detail: The plot is coherent, comprehensible and completely okay for a sci-fi movie. The actors are both likeable and convincing. The scenery, make-up, effects, costumes, etc. Yes, low budget. But that's exactly what never bothered me. On the contrary. It certainly had charm. It was like the '80s had found its way back into space. For me, as a fan of that time, absolutely perfect.
The film takes its time. It develops and never really picks up speed. It's an unusual expedition that I followed with great anticipation. Yes, every now and then I had to force myself to stay on it, but I was rewarded every time anew.
My favourite scene: Cee takes something away from Ezra. And this with a serenity... just lovely. To avoid spoilers, I have abstracted the statement here as much as possible.
Now that I have seen Alita: Battle Angel, and especially the ending, I am one of the many fans hoping for a sequel.
What a movie! Alita: Battle Angel was for me from the very first minute what Avatar was for me at that time: a surprise. A matter of the heart. Just like Avatar, the movie is not perfect. But it has a certain magic. And when it starts to work, there's no escaping it. The film has a heart and soul. It thrills with great visuals, cool action and a heartbreaking love story.
Basically, I liked everything about the movie and put it directly on my list of favorite movies.
My favourite scene: Alita and Hugo kissing. I had to wait a long time for this during the film.
Yesterday I went to see Aquaman. The movie is (just) fun and so much better than Justice League. Momoa rocks as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera is simply breathtakingly beautiful, the soundtrack is sweeping and the (underwater) look is more than convincing.
I have no idea what's going on. Give me more!
The actors are good, the atmosphere is great, but at the moment it all seems a bit hasty. But ok, I'm confident regarding the upcoming episodes.