Completely agree, was my first Blu-Ray 3D buy, and worth every penny. Apparently there's a petition running to get things moving on a sequel, whether it happens or not I don't know but the DVD/Blu-Ray market has picked up steam on this. Was such a shame this didn't do better at the box office. I was aware and looking forward to this film originally but then never knew it had been release, another casualty of shoddy marketing here.
DREDD 10/10OK OK, it probably doesn't really deserve a 10. But I'm giving it a 10 as a reward for obliterating all memory of Stallone's awful Judge Dredd movie.Passion and glorious intent bursts out of this film. The filmmakers know exactly what kind of Dredd movie they want to make, and they go and do it. This is Dredd from the 1970s and filmmaking from the 1970s. Gritty, dirty, nasty, glitchy. Raw. Uncensored.Tight, compact, targeted, efficient. There's no waste in this film. No flab or unnecessary scenes.Combine that with a stunning performance from Karl Urban - restrained, masked throughout, yet still managing to get inside Dredd's head. Each line delivery is perfection.The trainee judge is also played to perfection - nicely avoiding the usual cliches of female sidekicks.I love that Dredd never had to rescue her. In fact, she rescues Dredd.I love that she challenges Dredd's authoritarian, black and white reading of the law, and forces him to see things with more nuance, but that they don't make it into a big deal. As a theme it's there, but they never pause to have a tedious sermon or moral debate.So, so good.
DREDD 10/10OK OK, it probably doesn't really deserve a 10. But I'm giving it a 10 as a reward for obliterating all memory of Stallone's awful Judge Dredd movie.
Pacific Rim 9/10I took my daughter to see the matinee showing and we had an incredible time. I think the last time I felt this overwhelemed by the spectacle of it was when I saw the Original Star Wars Trilogy in the 70s as a kid.There was something about it that was just a solid imaginary film that felt almost exausting after watching it.What was really exciting to me was the sound design. The impacts of the Jaeger's fists were solid and the heavy sound of the clunky feet and gears were spot on.What I liked soooo much about the Jaeger designs were that the body parts all made sense. Simon and I discussed this before on the FXHome forums, but with Transformers, I never understood how they all worked in a believeable way. In robot form, they all looked nothing like their comic book counterparts and outside of Optimus Megatron and Bumblebee, you had no idea who was who. Where as with the Jaegers, all of them had unique looks.The only takeaway I saw was there were a number of r scenes that just were not necessary and could have been cut - and not because the movie felt long, it was just not necessary.
Boy, do I agree with you on Transformers. There'd be fight sequences where I had no idea which robot was beating up which other robot, and, frankly, I didn't really care much. (Then I'd just go watch the 1980's movie again, because it's pretty damn epic--and Orson Wells!)One thing about Pacific Rim--according to an interview with Gullermo del Toro, he would have ILM set up virtual camera rigs for the CGI shots--say, four to six per scene--in locations where the camera could actually have been, then effectively had ILM "Cut" between those cameras during fight scenes. Since the camera wasn't doing that stupid/annoying "HEY, LOOK IT'S A CGI CAMERA AND IT CAN MOVE ANYWHERE, SO LET'S DO A 1080 DEGREE ROTATION WITH TWO AXES OF TRANSLATION IN A 10 SECOND SHOT!" crap, and the cameras themselves were grounded in the scene, it just added to the verisimilitude of the fx shots. Smart.
Oh man, do I so massively disagree.
Well, that's not too surprising, is it? Really, I wish I had your talent for finding things to love in nearly every film you see. I seem to hate more films than I enjoy these days, and it's getting old. Being hyped up about a movie and then being massively disappointed by it like I was with WWZ is a very disheartening experience.But to balance out my scathing review of what I thought was a dismally dull film, here are a couple I enjoyed!Stoker: 8/10Chan-wook Park directs a screenplay by Wentworth Miller? Kinda sounds like a crazy idea, but it works. Most of the time. This film is remarkable in it's visual beauty, and in the performances from its three leads, which are phenomenal. Matthew Goode wears his best Norman Bates shoes, and is sublimely creepy. Definitely the standout performance.I found this to be extremely engaging up until the third act, when, despite keeping everything together and making fine sense, it just felt a little less well thought out than the rest of the film. Something of an anti-climax that left me wanting something a bit more. Still a fine ending to a great film, but I thought it could have been a little more suspenseful, I guess.The cinematography is perfect, as well as the sort of timeless, or out-of-time, art design and costuming. You get the feeling that this house and its residents are stuck decades in the past, while modernity surrounds them. It's very interestingly done, and that atmosphere really helps make the story feel fresh, even though it's something that we've all seen before.Pain & Gain: 6/10I honestly expected to hate this entirely, but it was very enjoyable. Mark Wahlberg is excellent in pretty much everything, and actually, so is Dwayne Johnson. The two of them together is a bit of a masterstroke, and makes for a really fun, and funny black comedy. Not really too much to say about this, I guess. It was entertaining and nothing really upset me that much. Not high art or anything, but worthwhile.
Gravity: 10/10A largely effects driven movie about survival in space. Great vid and sound effects, music, acting, and in 3D, truly spectacular.With director Alfonso Cuaron's long, smooth camera shots it is difficult to tell where any edits were made even when the camera gets inside the helmet of Dr. Ryan Stone as she floats helplessly in the vast expanse of space.Must see in 3D!
I just saw it with my daughter. We absolutley loved the beauty of the film - It's what the big screen was made for. 100 minutes is a perfect running time.It's probably the closest thing I'll ever experience to actual space.
Gravity: 10/10I don't even know what to say. Alfonso Cuarón has created his masterpiece, and the greatest space film of all time, and what is probably the most important film of the year. I know it took a lot for him to get it made the way he wanted it made, and it was absolutely worth every effort. It is unbelievably intense, horrifying, heartbreaking, and sublimely beautiful. It is my favorite film of 2013 without question, and probably in my top five favorites of all time. I would not hesitate to call this a perfect film, and it doesn't matter if the physics don't add up, or if trajectories are inaccurate, blah blah blah. Anyone who lets something like that hamper their enjoyment of this film is missing the point of watching movies in general.Absolutely see it in 3D, IMAX if you can. Gravity is an experience that is not to be missed. It's not a film that you stop watching, it's a film that releases you.
Who has time to add up the physics when they're watching a movie? You'd have to be like.....a super-nerd or something.I bet Sheldon Cooper wouldn't even care being caught up in the spellbinding, flawless camera panning, special effects all the while wondering if Dr. Stone is going to make it or not.You can't help but be mesmerized by it; if you aren't, you're in the wrong theatre!
Who has time to add up the physics when they're watching a movie? You'd have to be like.....a super-nerd or something.
You just answered your own question. Look around the internet and you'll find plenty of people criticising the fact that the orbits are incorrect and whatever else. I'm sure there are a lot of people who went to see it specifically to see if it's 100% accurate or not, just so they'd have something to write about on their blog. But like I said, that misses the point entirely.
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