Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Perry: Talking money…
Harry: A talking monkey?
Perry: Talking monkey, yeah, yeah. Came here from the future, ugly sucker, only says “ficus.”

Even though he had his fair share of problems, including a nasty drug addiction, Robert Downey, Jr. – a very controversial actor – succeeded to overcome it all and make a great comeback by playing in low budget movies such as A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints or Good Night, and Good Luck. Movies in which his performance was top notch. Continue reading Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Velvet Buzzsaw: Something truly god damn strange is going on here!

After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

Velvet Buzzsaw. Is it worth it?

Well, to be honest, it’s not that scary, it’s not that funny. It’s not a genuine thriller. It’s neither mysterious in terms of the plot. It’s not complicated or complex or overly intellectual.  It’s superficial, but sometimes it kind of shows us more.

It tries to be all these things all at once, and it kind of fails at them all.

But you want to know something genuinely funny?

It’s still worth watching. Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw: Something truly god damn strange is going on here!

Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem

About one in three movies made by Woody Allen is a masterpiece. The remaining two are terrible. Yet, that one which is a masterpiece, is loved by some, loathed by others.

What I am trying to say is that, Allen’s work is polarizing. You either adore it or hate it.

Vicki Cristina Barcelona is one of his best works. Allen weaves a bizarre story, which is kind of his trademark, but this time, he reveals an awful lot about people, which is why we enjoy stories in the first place. Continue reading Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War

I took my time with this one. I went to see it Sunday, then thought about it, and thought about it, and then I ended up reading a lot of other reviews, which is something I don’t usually do before writing a review for a book or movie.

Avengers Infinity War is going to earn a ton of money at the box office. That thing is for sure. It’s also the longest trailer ever made. Unless you’ve been religiously watching all the other movies in the MCU, you’ll have a hard time knowing who does what, and why. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember who is who in this movie.

There are so many characters, that the entire movie feels like a bunch of cameos.

Other than that, this movie resembles Thor 3: Ragnarok more than any other of the series.

It’s funny and dark. It also features a character that is almost indestructible from the moment it first appears on screen until the very end.

The ending, which I’m not going to spoil, could have been frustrating to the point of breaking your heart, if there wouldn’t be the Deus Ex Machina of the Infinity Gauntlet.

The fate of the universe is not that much at risk. It does not feel like that.

After all, if you can turn back time and reverse any sort of damage, what is there to lose?

It must be boring to be all powerful, all mighty, and to be able to see into the future.

At the same time, surprisingly, this movie is character-driven. And, yes, Thanos is by far the most believable of all the villains in the MCU so far, but he’s just a different shade of X-Men’s Apocalypse.

Who knew Social Darwinism would become popular again? At least in the movies?

As a matter of fact, depending on your beliefs, you could actually argue that the Avengers are the bad guys in all this. In a way.

This movie ultimately fell short. It promised a lot, but under-delivered. It’s not a bad movie, and it’s well worth watching, especially if you have invested a lot of your time in the previous movies of the franchise, but while it delivers an interesting villain, the stakes don’t feel real anymore.

Thanos should have had a lot of trouble starting from the first few minutes of the movie, but, yeah, all-powerful characters seem to be the norm these days.

Maybe one day Marvel will be able to make a movie that has it all.

 

Movie Review: The Titan

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

Director: Lennart Ruff
Writers: Max Hurwitz (screenplay by), Arash Amel (story by)
Stars: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson

Okay, so I have no idea if I liked this movie or not. The critics seem to pretty much hate it.

The thing is, this is quite a strange movie. The premise is good, the first hour of the movie is quite good. You got your “end of the world is near and everyone dies” scenario, a bit of drama, a bit of hope, it’s quite interesting. The acting is good. Continue reading Movie Review: The Titan

Movie Review: Annihilation

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland (written for the screen by), Jeff VanderMeer (based on the novel by)
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

Netflix’s been busy building up their portfolio of original movies and TV shows. So much so, that one could think they’re preparing for world domination.

But then again, most of them are not worth watching. But this one, this science fiction mixed with horror, mixed with some sort of fantasy, mixed with a lot of mystery, mixed with the type of movie you’d call an “art film,” this one’s well worth watching…  Continue reading Movie Review: Annihilation