I finally managed to catch up with some of my movie-watching! Which was great.
Film: EDGE OF TOMORROW
Notes: Enjoyed it a lot; a good SF time-loop story, the aliens were cool, and the pace was good. I’m not a fan of the visual execution (a lot of shakycam, although it wasn’t terrible) – I’ve never been overly fond of the in-your-face-in-the-action filming. (Frankly when I watch filmic combat, I usually like to be able to see what the hell is going on.)
Notes: Ah! I loved, loved, LOVED this movie. It’s dark, gorgeous, thoughtful and subversive. (Really loved the thematic elements similar to Frozen
, i.e. “you don’t need a man to save you” and the main relationship being between two women.) I’d expected something much different, and this, to me, was near perfect. Did I mention it’s visually stunning? Because it is. Yes, so much yes.
Film: DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Notes: Not as terrifying as expected; a decent supernatural thriller. Some really spooky scenes, but overall did not grab me as much as I wanted. (Also I kept expecting the ending to be a complete downer, and it wasn’t. Which…yay I guess? It did seem a little too easy, though.)
Notes: Stunning, intense, evocative and devastating—loved it to pieces. So far the best film I’ve seen in theaters and in close competition to being my favorite SF this year.( spoilersCollapse )
appreciate how effortlessly diverse the cast is, too. Also Grey? Is the best. This movie also works brilliantly as a dystopian satire; and it works as a straight-up post-apoc action thriller. (The tonal shifts are bizarre, but they work.) I had SO MANY FEELS.
Film: TRANSFORMERS 4: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Notes: Lockdown is awesome! The rest of the movie, not so much. (Although the dinobots were, as predicted, awesome; I also liked Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci quite a bit.) I’m all for Transformers 5 being solely about Lockdown’s bounty hunting exploits in spaaaaaace.
Film: BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
Notes: Cractastic stuff shows up in this one (it’s like some weird, Orwellian musical in places); and I guess that’s certainly one way to end a film (blow up the earth).
Film: BURKE AND HARE
Notes: An entertaining black comedy about two criminals (Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are fabulous together).
Film: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
Notes: Visually it’s gorgeous, and has good acting from everyone. I mostly liked it, until the sudden tonal shift at the end, w( spoilersCollapse )
Notes: You can’t un-see it.
Film: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Notes: Fantastic overall; visually gorgeous, outstanding performances by the mocap actors, and ends up being a deeply unsettling and sad dystopia (like pretty much all the films in this franchise). Really loved it.
Film: THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS
Notes: This was painful to watch.
Film: THE PURGE: ANARCHY
Notes: Really, really liked this one! It has a fantastic, diverse cast; it’s dark but not hyperviolent; there’s lots of women and there is no rape or blatant sexualization or exploitation going on with the female characters (SO refreshing); Frank Grillo is THE BEST and should be in all the things; it respects the audience and the characters and there is a minimal of stupid-for-plot-convenience going on. It’s solid, and while there’s an annoyance of shakycam and some clunky dialogue at times, it’s very watchable and entertaining. I was impressed.
Notes: Dumb, campy, pretty entertaining. Reminds me of a mix of Conan and The Scorpion King. Although the trailers are highly deceiving, within the first ten minutes the movie sets its tone and focus, so I didn’t have a problem with it. (Also, it has The Rock, and you can't go wrong with The Rock.)
Film: THE PURGE
Notes: Not bad; rather formulaic for a home break-in horror film, but I liked moments of it. (Sequel is much better, though.) This makes me hope future Purge movies will continue to explore the concept.
Film: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Notes: This movie was lots of fun. Groot is entirely worth the 2 hrs of other things going on, because Groot is the BEST. (I found the plot/story rather confusing and convoluted to the point I just tuned out of Plot and enjoyed Groot; I do have some background knowledge of the whole Thanos thing, but that didn’t much help me follow most of it. Although it was also midnight after being at school all day, so I was not braining very well. On the bright side, if you can follow ‘Lee Pace, who is COVERING HIS FACE WITH TERRIBLE MAKE-UP WHY ARE YOU COVERING LEE PACE’S FACE AT ALL, is out to destroy a world because Reasons, so the Guardians want to save it because Reasons, and also Groot’ then it’s a lot of fun. The action, humor, or general pacing carry the film even if the plot details get obscured in way too much backstory and tie-ins to other films.)
Really, just watch it for Groot. Groot is the best.