- Category: Cinemabuzz
- Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 16:18
- Written by Angela Lee
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Are you a vampire geek? If so, how does a vampire in your fantasy look like? Kaname Kuran in Vampire Knight, Sorin Markov in Magic: The Gathering, or Eric Northman in True Blood? (Please click the return button on your browser if your answer is Mr. Edward Cullen aka Robert Pattinson.) If your dream fanged guy is cool, mysterious and a bit melancholic, then Tom Hiddleston, aka Adam in the Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive, would be your new hottie.
- Category: Cinemabuzz
- Created on Sunday, 03 August 2014 07:39
- Written by slangards
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Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie I was waiting for. It is EVERYTHING I expected it to be and more. It is my favorite Marvel movie by far.
It is totally fucking awesome.
That's my quickie movie review. Now go watch it so we will see more good films like it in the cinemas. If you watched Transformers: Age of Extinction, then you owe it to humanity to get off your ass, go to the cinema and pay the money to watch this in IMAX 3D.
You owe it to us.
Look, I won't bother you with a plot summary. This is a movie about a group of criminals with hearts of gold. They team-up to save the galaxy, hence the title of the movie.
It's basically like Firefly vs Star Wars vs Star Trek. It's a perfect blend of action adventure and comedy and drama. It's The LEGO Movie and The Avengers. It is just... excellent.
The cast is perfect, the acting is great, the effects make you want to stand up in your seat and cheer. Oh, and the music is made to give you Last Song Syndrome (LSS) for days.
It's just a really, REALLY good time.
While I wouldn't say that it's the best Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie to date (I still think that Captain America: The Winter Soldier holds that distinction), it is by far the most entertaining on it's own. The Avengers needed the other movies before it to stand, but this one does so with no extra exposition needed, and no real pre-release understanding of the material. A person who has never read one of the comic books about Star-Lord and his team (raises hand) will still go into this and come out smiling from ear to ear.
Be sure to stay until after the first song in the credits. That extra scene is adorable. There's another at the very end of the credits, but it doesn't seem to have much to do with the MCU continuity (unless Disney is planning on taking an even bigger risk than Guardians of the Galaxy in Phase 3 of their film roll out). It's more of an easter egg for Marvelites who hold at least the rank of True Believer and up. You really need to be a geek of a certain level to really get any enjoyment out of it.
So yeah, that's my spoiler-less review.
Now get off that ass and go watch the movie.
NOTE: there will be spoilers and an awful lot of swearing in this article. If either offends you, stop reading here. You have been warned.
Why do I keep doing this to myself?
Every time one of these things comes out, I think, "hey, maybe he's changed. Maybe he finally gets it. Maybe he's gone back and reflected on his work and had an epiphany. Maybe this time around, it will be different."
And it never happens.
Damn you, Michael Bay.
I'm not quite sure why there's been such a huge reaction to the film version of X-Men: Days of Future Past (DoFP). As of this writing, the movie has a 91% aggregate score from critics on rottentomatoes.com and an absurdly high 95% from audiences. That's better than Captain America: Winter Soldier (89% and 94% respectively)!
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed DoFP and thought it was entertaining enough. However, it is nowhere near as good as Winter Soldier. That movie had everything going for it. A great tone, script, pace, acting, direction, humor, choreography, effects, continuity, fan service, respect for the source material, respect for the audience, respect for the filmmaking art... hell, it even had Robert Redford!
While DoFP does have some good things going for it, it's not the complete package that Winter Soldier was and while I realize it's a subjective thing, I don't feel it deserves to be called the "best" X-Men movie.
Here are some of the reasons why.
Short version, no spoilers? The slow burn of the new Godzilla movie would have been totally effective for me IF the payoff at the end was more amazing.
Basically, you're given an hour and a half of exposition from a couple of characters you care next to nothing for and then given a few shots of giant monsters pushing each other. And I don't mean awesome, low angle shots of monsters being thrown through buildings. I mean eye level wide shots of two monsters literally pushing each other like third graders.
That was pretty much the movie for me. Spoiler time.