1408 - not bad as far as King adaptations go.
Watching 'Knocked Up' tonight.
Looks like I need to add American Psycho 2 to my list of must sees.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP!
Starsky & Hutch with Ben Stiller and this other dude.. funny shit - 10 points
I'm Dancing with the Devil ! Forever Angels ! 81
The Last Castle
Great movie. Robert Redford plays a retired general who gets sent to a maximum security prison for former marines and men who were in the service. It has a domino effect on life there. Overall, good movie. Good plot, good dialogue, good action, and even good character devlopment. I'd give this movie an 9 out of 10.
If I was you I'd hate me too...
The fact that he backed out on the theoretically much grittier sequel was a dissapointment, but if anyone could pick up the mantle, it's Jason Alexander (Titus Pullo from Rome).
Stand or fall, but choose.
No Country For Old Men was a great movie, although I found that Woody Harrelson could pretty much have benn left out of the movie altogether. His character didn't add really amything besides an extra character and plot to follow.
Good movie though, 8 out of 10.
^^Here would be the place to discuss Diary of the Dead. Thoughts? I'm basically salivating over it.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - ***
Hot Fuzz. Love watching it.
Just saw American beauty, I love that film.
Shaun of the Dead was on tv last night, so I watched it.
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There's talk that Damon and Paul Greengras are on for another Bourne film!
[spoiler]interesting story lines
good plot devlopment
[spoiler]Only really kills 5 - 7 zombies
has complicated and elaborate dialogue
hand-held camera, produces cloverfield effect[/spoiler]
Glad I could be of some help.
Why American Gangster Sucks
The problems with American Gangster range far beyond that of general disappointment in terms of entertainment values, something I consider quite secondary as is though something can be taken from this complaint. The film does not act as if it is purported to fall within any particular genre but instead safely dances outside the borders of character study and mob film and discludes either category's more endearing qualities. Sure, Washington and Crowe are both apt in their roles by neither are spectacular or anything outside of by-the-books solid leaving both the characters they portray and the film itself stagnant and forgettable. Ridley Scott would like to think of the film as another cautionary tale but with a racial twist, making it new and cinematically progressional but instead it's far too safe and redundant. For a film that attempts to rely on character development the source material is weak and thus Scott feels the need to include brief scenes of overtly uncharacteristic violence or aggression in order to appease the minds of the common filmgoer. Such events are evident when Lucas shoots a man down in the street and at any point during an interrogation when Washington decides to flip out and yell, knock over a cup of water/coffee, etc...these, for the most part, don't depict the natural or street-crafted rage of the Lucas mold but instead come off as weak acts of desperation on the part of our filmmakers who do fail to include anything as a prelude or follow for such actions; they merely exist and are for all intents and purposes arbitrary.
From a craftsmanship standpoint the film doesn't fair much better. Cinematographer Harris Savides is extremely unimpressive in his effort here and after looking over his resume there's little work worthy of notation to his credit. By far his best work is Zodiac (also from 2007) but I find it to be a bit of a mystery as to why Scott chose him as the only director that he's worked consistently with is Gus van Sant whose lower budget works tend to make for less of a feast for the eye as they do for the mind. Perhaps the notion was that the hiring of a DP with more indie experience would allow for a better tie-in between thematics and visuals but it fails here as the film fails to deliver anything impacting and the camera work is a messy shot-countershot production. Yes, it is as generic as the content of the film itself but that's not say this correlation is an appropriate or good one.
The question that remains is, "What are we left with?" The answer is a resounding "meh" of bland technical efforts and good yet forgettable performances. The film says nothing and attempts nothing new. The inclusions of the "heroin house shootout and chase scene" are obnoxious and over the top (topless women cutting up drugs so that when bullets strike the bricks they explode and cause these cinematically convenient clouds to further commote the already chaotic scene) as is the notion that Det. Roberts acted as a prosecutor against Lucas (no, it didn't happen like that in real life, it was just to get Crowe and Washington more screen time together). So as I said, we're left with very little and as a whole it's probably lucky to get a 4/10 from me.