The Last Film You Saw in the Cinema?

(Stanton) #1101

Ex-Machina - Alex Garland,2015

Well, it’s one of the best sci-fi I’ve seen in years, and the first time director did a decent job in this fascinating, stylish and intriguing film. The acting, special effects, nudity and the scenery are all good, BUT it’s not for everyone. It’s a slow-burner drama mystery with much dialogue and thankfully only sparse action, if any. Nevertheless I enjoyed it very much, and it was never too clear which ending it could, but it has a good one … I’m still thinking about it.

(this short review is a remake from a Lone gringo original)

(scherpschutter) #1102

You make me curious.

A thinking man’s sci-fi movie, you don’t see that every day.


@Ex-Machina - Alex Garland,2015

Hey, nice (short) review Stanton! :)…Although, I had to modify a few words on my original. ::slight_smile:

(Stanton) #1104

[quote=“Lone Gringo, post:1103, topic:2027”]@Ex-Machina - Alex Garland,2015

Hey, nice (short) review Stanton! :)…Although, I had to modify a few words on my original. ::)[/quote]

he he, I steal where I can …

(tomas) #1105

Mad Max Fury Road - great cinematic experience, go see it in a theatre - gritty, noisy, quintessential postapo

(Bill san Antonio) #1106

Yes, the film was amazing. Everything I hoped for and little bit more. Really over-the-top in it’s craziness.

(tomas) #1107

i was a bit unsure about some of the crazier stuff in the movie, but truth is i can’t wait for a rewatch :slight_smile:

(titoli) #1108

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

So this is the plot: they drive one way, then they drive the other way. That’s it. There is some basic premise that is somewhat similar to modern SF movies like Elysium or Snowpiercer, but it is less philosophical even than former. Max character is cartoonized to the maximum in the opening shots (we see him eating a live lizard) and talks too much in the beginning. Movie makes almost no references to previous installments, but Max is given no substantial background. There are actually two Maxes in this movie, the other one being Charlize Theron who stole the show from real Max in her role of Ripl…er, Furiosa. So they didn’t bother with the story and characters much, it’s all about the action. THE ACTION! It starts in the top gear from the first minute and never takes the foot from the gas. Stunt work was Miller’s trademark from the first Mad Max, and here he pushes everything over the top. All the crazy visuals and adrenaline pumping action makes the movie stay in front of your eyes for a long time after you leave the cinema. Along with Raid 2, this is the most thrilling action movie of modern day.

(Asa) #1109

I am so stoked to see this movie. I had so many concerns prior to its release; that George Miller mightn’t be able to cut it anymore, that it might be too “Hollywood”, that Tom Hardy - as good as he is - wouldn’t be able to replace Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky. And yet EVERY review is coming back extraordinarily positive. It’s not the first time I’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road mentioned in the same breath as The Raid 2 and I f*cking LOVED that movie.

(Mickey13) #1110

Same here, can’t wait to see it. It looks gorgeous.

(ENNIOO) #1111

Hope its better than Raid 2 as thats a film for me that was a little over hyped.

(chuck connors brother) #1112

Yeah, don’t think i’ve ever been so in awe at the cinema… best action movie i’ve ever seen maybe, in the top 5 at least

(tomas) #1113

Ennio, Raid 2 is nothing - Max is the real deal :slight_smile:

(tomas) #1114

sure, and best postapo flick since 1986 :slight_smile:

(chuck connors brother) #1115

Crazy that I havent seen it in so long I don’t remember it, will watch again this week… but seen the other 2 multiple times, Road Warrior is one of my all time favourites… but there was also Wheels of Fire (1985) Equalizer 2000 (1987)

(tomas) #1116

mine too - but i love also Beyond Thunderdome, it has some shortcomings, and moviegoers were probably expecting something more brutal and bloody back then :), but still, it’s a charming movie

(tomas) #1117

had to check out, whether i saw those two Santiago films, but no, saw only Stryker and wasn’t impressed by it, so it ended there :), but i’ll watch them eventually

(Phantom Stranger) #1118

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015)
-Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Plot? What plot? Who needs a plot.

Phantom’s Review: Absolutely INSANE! The most intense, ball breaking, ass kicking action film I think I have ever seen. The plot is virtually non existent, but who cares! The acting is good, the lines of dialog (what little there is) aren’t laughable and the film delivers exactly what it promises, two solid hours of non stop action. Loved it.

(El Topo) #1119

[size=12pt]Hard to be a God - 2013 - Aleksey German [/size]

Had the chance to go to the cinema with Mad Max in mind, but hey I’m the kind of guy who can’t resist a B/W soviet or Russian Sci-fi film, so at the last moment decided for this.
Great premise to start, a group of scientist is sent from Earth to planet Arkanar who just happens to be very similar to earth, but in a later stage of human evolution, their still in their middle ages. The scientist cannot interfere with the planet civilization normal evolution, they can’t teach or show the locals nothing that they can use to advance faster that they would normally do. However the scientists can protect a few persons that they think could be relevant in the normal advance of Arkadian society.
So forget about spaceships and Star Wars effects, the story happens in a mediaeval period plus filmed in Black and white, with people fighting, dying with no purpose, mud and piss all over the place, I really can’t imagine a film where despair and degradation is shown is such a flawless way, it’s very scatological stuff, but it’s impressive.
The script is based in a novel from the Strugatsky brothers (it’s extraordinary how many good movies where made from their novels), so something like Stalker comes to mind, but actually apart from the B/W, it’s a very different film, German contrary to Tarkwosky doesn’t what to transmit a message just tell a story, a great one.
From what I’ve read that seems to be the main problem with the film, the story or the lack of it, too much form and no substance. Well visually it’s a stunning film worth the ticket just for the images, of course any film needs a story, and there’s not something you can call a coherent plot, but the story is told in a non-conventional way. In a way what German is trying to tell, is that not even God gives a shit about humanity, and why he should, he already allowed us to live.
German creates a “new world” with his film, a dark one, but brilliantly filmed, the film length is almost three hours and I was absorbed in this world every second of it.
Not a surrealist film or a metaphor of something, it’s like a new form of making cinema based in several old forms.
It also remembered me the reason why I don’t like many of today’s film production, it’s simple because films nowadays aren’t made with the big screen in mind, I’ll watch this TV, but It’s hard to be a God was made for the cinema the big screen every camera angle every frame breeds pure cinema.
Of course my vision is a bit biased I love this stuff, but I understand that this may not be for everybody taste. In any case it’s an important film, because it’s different in a different way, and not just because it’s different.

(John Welles) #1120

Tomorrowland (Bird/15)

“Tomorrowland” (2015), directed by Brad Bird, is a science fiction film that tries to be bold, original and optimistic, to translate the hope for the future felt in the 1950s into 2015. It’s a brave attempt, but sadly Bird isn’t successful. Formerly the director of the animated films “The Iron Giant” (1999), “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouille” (2007), before making his live action film debut with “Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (2011), Bird has always been hailed as an unique filmmaker, someone who helped seal Pixar’s reputation as the finest animation studio in America, but here something has seriously gone askew.

It’s perhaps the script’s fault, authored by Damon Lindelof with Bird, which insists on a bright, cheery optimism as its rasion d’etre and then tells its audience this, repeatedly. Hugh Laurie as Nix, the principle villain, is presented as such a ridiculous, doom-mongering character that it is hard to take the character’s threat to the protagonists seriously. What is normally a thematic undercurrent to a movie becomes a hyperbolic statement, expanded upon by character’s being given speeches as clunky as the retro design of Tomorrowland itself is sleek and smooth. There’s no subtlety in the script at all and talented actors like George Clooney and Britt Robertson have an uphill task when their roles are defined in single, non-changing character traits. Only Raffey Cassidy as the android Athena manages to imbue her character with any nuance and depth.

This might be all the more easily forgivable if Bird handled the scenes with the wonder and awe the script continuously rhapsodises about, but the design of the future, in keeping with the 1950s roots of the film, is predictable and is more likely to inspire waves of familiarity rather than astonishment, even when Tomorrowland is introduced to Casey via a continuous six minute shot. The computer-generated effects here are frequently more banal than extraordinary; only two sequences, at the decommissioning of a NASA shuttle launch pad and a scene at the Eiffel Tower really work in terms of special effects. These highpoints contrast with the film as it nears its climax, which becomes rushed and unclear, with the editing of Craig Wood and Walter Murch (who cut many of Francis Ford Coppola’s films, including “Apocalypse Now” [1979]), becoming depressingly reminiscent of television commercials.

Many of these defects might have become mitigated in fact, if, like Bird’s finest films, it had been animated. With another script rewrite introducing much needed doses of humour, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine it as a successful Pixar film. As it is though, this is an extended misfire.