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Well that was awesome! It's Marvel. What more is there to say?
The plot may be a bit too character-oriented, riddled with self-doubt and relation-breaking mistakes by superheros you'd have thought had better traits, and it was all but as massive as the last Avengers movie, but I guess part of its greatness lies in that contrast, and in not always going the way you expect it to.
It doesn't go the way Stark expects it to either, and one of the more brilliant moments of the movie is one of those parts. The personalities and ties between characters really come into the open on this one. If you thought their collaborative capabilities were great before, you should see them now! They're... not so.
On a more superficial level: it's awesome to just see the heroes duke it out among themselves. This one time they themselves are their main adversaries, and maybe they always will be? After all, to surpass yourself is always the goal, and to put your faith in someone else means making them a part of you. Sort of.
The special effects are top notch. It's packed with emotion. Packed with action too, and an intrigue that twists easily. We get a couple new heroes on our hands as well, and one unconventionally normal villain.
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. And then, an innocent man dies, an all but innocent man is cast with blame, a new hero (or is he an anti-hero?) appears, and the Avengers expand, and yet at the same time their divide goes even deeper. It's a rift that seems difficult to rise above, but I'm sure there'll be a sequel to tell us if they do. As always with these movies, it was pretty awesome.
It's Marvel. What more is there to say?rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Now this was a pretty scary movie! And one that was scary straight from the beginning too. Not a moment of pause, and the first jump scare... actually made me jump!
That hasn't happened in ages. But then again, it's been ages since I watched a genuinely scary movie. Except for this one...
The plot? There's something lurking in the shadows. Something carving letters in the floorboards. Something, that seems to be a someone, that seems to be a she - with long black hair and hidden facial features, that seems to want something from the inhabitants of one particular house. Once she finally reveals herself she's a very stereotypical scary lady though. You know, like in The Ring or The Omen. That type.
It turns out she has a story. Her history goes back to a mental facility, where they gave her an experimental cure that went horribly wrong, and though the revelations aren't as spaced out as I feel they could have been - they do build up the atmosphere well! That the family ties further knot together the characters with their greatest fears just takes it one step further.
The play with light and darkness is both creepy and fascinating, and though the characters aren't perfect they do their act well. Also don't show too much skin. I mean not that I mind but: no stereotypes in this one. Unfortunately, the ending's not happy, but I guess that's part of what makes these movies what they are? That twist for tragedy is part of what creates atmosphere and tension too.
Overall, a pretty scary movie. +1 for clever title.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Here's a gritty, grimy action thriller starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as detectives Somerset and Mills, a veteran and a rookie chasing a serial killer whose victims tie to the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride).
It's a dark and analytical chase, with a few intense bursts of action, and plenty of crime scene footage. The scenes are brutal, the plot delves into the darkest parts of the human psyche and brings out a batter of that substance and bleeds a trail, in lack of clues, towards the not very uplifting ending of the movie.
I've seen this one before too. Can't remember if I thought the same then as I do now, but it was good. Not good as in pleasant or inspiring, but as in authentic, and captivating. You can't let go of the red thread once you pick this one up, and it's a heavy ride all the way till the end.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Aw, man, Garfield! Why do you have to be like you are? So grumpy. Egoistical. Unlikable? Nah... there's still something about him. Some shimmering inner kindness that lies dormant within. Something apart from his insatiable lust for lasagna and lazy outlook on life that... made this movie pretty pleasant to watch despite his unjustifiably big character presence.
Both Jon and Liz (played by Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt) are so incredibly dopey too, but I guess that's sort of the point. They are as their comical counterparts are. Garfield plays most of the narrative as usual, yet is made to look a lot less like the egoistical fat cat (still fat though, still a cat) that he is in the comics. At least until the end. Odie doesn't speak at all, just like his comical counterpart, though this feels pretty odd in the movie since Garfield frequently interacts with other animals in his vicinity with voices.
The plot goes from introducing Garfield, to Odie, to a crisis when Odie runs away, and is kidnapped, and a conclusion when Garfield decides to rescue him, because, after all... he is his friend. Cliche. Yes indeed. There's a small side-plot about Jon and Liz in love, too.
It was actually entertaining, but kinda... not so special. All the way. It's a cinematization of the comics, but with no twist. If you read those and wanted this, you got it. If you didn't... I'm not sure if this is what you'd be looking for in a movie. Better go see some other animated movies instead, because they're usually better paced, scripted and better animated.
This is half-animated btw, and though it's pretty cool how they mix together the animated Garfield with the un-animated world around him (including Odie), it also often feels a bit fake. Just one animated character surrounded by a bunch of others that aren't tends to feel that way, unlike the Looney Tune movie where they were all animated characters in a real world. Or maybe it's just bad acting, like how when certain people hold Garfield it looks like they're holding air.
But hey, despite all of it's flaws, it wasn't bad. It entertained... just not very well. Maybe the concept of Garfield works better in a three-panel comic strip. Or maybe it just wasn't that great a movie.rated 2/5: decent
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Here's a feelgood musical movie with a pretty misleading title.
Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds play Mona Stangley and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, two lovers in a quiet Texas ideal, where the former just happens to be the second-generation contender to a whorehouse (AKA the Chicken Ranch). And it's not just any whorehouse - it's the best one in Texas! One known for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, with a rich history and an unofficial blessing from the local authorities. Local authorities here being Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, Mona's protector and... maybe a bit more.
That all changes, however, when Melvin (Dom DeLuise) comes along and reveals this scandal. Ed Earl Dodd makes the mistake of punching him in the nose, and things start heating up! What'll happen to the Chicken Ranch - the great cultural heritage of this little Texas commune? And what'll happen to Mona?
Though there is some tension between the characters, it's mostly comedy, and as the establishment catchphrase goes it's never crude or dirty, just wholesome fun. The musical scenes weave into the movie at suitable segments, and though Burt doesn't do any singing, Dolly makes up for it with a few memorable melodies.
I was surprised to see Dolly take on a role like this one too, but she fits right in as the charming and wonderful contender. With "whorehouse" in the title you'd expect something dirtier today, but though there's plenty of skin, there's really nothing dirty about this movie. It's all good fun. It's the eighties, right? Well yeah, it is the eighties, but it really isn't a dirty movie. Really. It was refreshingly harmless entertainment, and a nice change of pace and scenery. Great watch.rated 4/5: fo shizzle