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Battle: Los Angeles

 

2/5

 

Don't believe it's Herculean trailer, this is actually a poor man's invasion flick! Poor storytelling, poor cinematography, poor acting and poor set and creature design! I never thought I'd say this but watch Skyline instead, it is a masterpiece compared to this!

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Sucker Punch

 

3/5

 

Snyder's graphic motion picture starts off on promising premise a la Watchmen intro, but soon loses path and potential of reality-fantasy relation, getting itself entangled in a mess of a story. Forget about narrative and dramaturgy! Stylistically it has Snyder's signature all over, but the overuse of a CGI which already looks outdated kills it. In the end Sucker Punch is more of a high budget knock off of Bicth Slap than an original concept!

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Toy Story

 

3/5

 

First time viewing for the sole purpose of viewing! I was never attracted enough by the concept and aesthetics of it to watch it in its entirety 16 years ago, I still fail to find anything appealing about it today. Nevertheless it is a revolutionary milestone in the history of cinema that deserves an acknowledgment.

 

 

Toy Story 2

 

4/5

 

An improvement from the first installment, in every possible aspect. However mainly in terms of telling a story in a way that appeals to a larger audience, including both kids and grown-ups.

 

 

Toy Story 3

 

4.5/5

 

Fifteen years of PIXAR's progress are not only clearly apparent but also emotionally felt in Toy Story 3! The technical perfection and narrative improvement of all trials and errors from the decade between second and third installments have culminated in a an intertextual and interartial magnum opus.

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The Rite

 

3.5/5

 

Good acting, good cinematography, good effects and a good story, ... there is just something missing in telling it!

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The Eagle

 

4/5

 

I call this a "Roman road movie"! Now that is my coin, borrow but do not steal!lol Often this genre's trailers oversell their movies, this one's instead undersold it! So I was surprised to see a movie with a lot of quality. Good cast, decent dramaturgy and gorgeous cinematography. The only thing that initially bothered was the American accent and formulations, but it was made up for by the introduction of native languages.

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Of Gods and Men

 

3/5

 

An interesting concept that never really lands where it should! Had I not had such difficulty to digest the static Kiarostami-an style of verbal and visual narrative, I would have been able to appreciate it even more. Even though the format of the film does call for it, it still makes it feel like watching paint dry!

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I saw this purely on a sentimental basis, I grew up watching these slashers, before they were single-handedly ruined by the spoofs lol. The formula hasn't changed and there are surprisingly some nice gags and set pieces, but it is all too formulaic and clichéd to work now. Unfortunately there is no intention here to cater for a new critical audience, so to borrow an apt adage, "it does what it says on the tin" and little else.

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Rio

 

5/5

 

As much as I loved "Up" I was a bit disappointed about its rough environmental animation. "Rio" however is an excellent example for how you pick perhaps the most colorful location on earth and make it justice for 3D. An orgy in vivid colors! It is the most elaborate animation I have ever seen when it comes to environments and textures. Add thought-through compositions to the magic. The city is so richly animated that it is breathtaking to watch! Despite its great cast performance its human animation is unfortunately not as organic as the rest of the creation, but it is nothing lesser than "Toy Story 3" either!

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Wow, sounds good pourya jan. It is definitely on my BD list for when it is released. Rio is a city close to my heart, so bringing it to "life" in animation is something that really appeals to me. I've seen the trailer and was suitably impressed.

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Animals United

 

3.5/5

Rather ambitious project by underdogs. Good concept (not so original though) and good character designs, however there is much missing in the motion and characterization! The characters just do not have the heart and humor of the topdogs' creations, I'm sorry to say! Nevertheless promising.

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Biutiful

 

4.5/5

 

Iñárritu finds a way to blend the visual and audio narrative of the American indie genre with the Latin cinema's social-realism. Being a fan of the director's previous works I really liked the fresh twist to his style, as the same time Bardem and the cast delivered a convincing performance. Having said that I missed the momentum of "Babel", or maybe a shorter cut that tightened up the dramaturgy a bit. At times the film feels a bit too loose and too long.

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Season of the Witch

 

3/5

Despite its lousy lines and lousy effects, overall lousy production quality, I surprisingly enjoyed the story of the movie. Cage didn't overact as much as he has been lately and the twist was predictable but enjoyable. A better production quality would have made a very good movie out of the story!

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No String Attached

 

3.5/5

 

Cute generic RomCom, signed Ivan Reitman. No more, no less!

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Middle Men

 

4.5/5

 

Do you shop online? Do you use your credit card online? Do you know that you have the guys who invented Internet porn to thank for the fact that you can buy things and pay for them online?! And yes, someone actually "invented" Internet porn!! Need I say more?! "Middle Man" is a must see!

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I Am Number Four

 

3.5/5

 

I am not much for Potter and Twilight franchises, but every once in a while comes a one-shot fantastic themed teen movie for the same target audience that surprisingly appeals to me. This is like "Smallville" on steroids hooking up with "Jumper"! Less teen corn, more raw core.

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Thor

 

4/5

 

"Thor" is a rather ridiculous comic adaptation of the Nordic mythology, as a result the costume and set design of the movie looks like a crossing between "Master of the Universe" and "Tron"! Once you get passed the masquerade, there is no charade! Branagh actually uses his Shakespearean methods to blow spirit back into the legend, tell a coherent story and visualize all worlds seamlessly! The special effects are impeccable. One thing I did not get though is the customary Marvel crossover-twist at the end ... what character was that all about?

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The Lincoln Lawyer

 

3.5/5

If you have seen a lot of lawyer movies and television series then nothing here comes new to you. Its about the usual tricks and twists of the trade and genre, nevertheless a nicely told story.

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Vanishing On 7th Street

 

0.5/5

This should be called the vanishing of the plot, logic, script, dramaturgy, visual effects! Not even the title makes sense! I sure hope that Hayden and Leguizamo got paid tons to make this black hole of their career worth while!

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Drive Angry

 

3/5

I only watched this for my love for miss Heard. But found it pretty entertaining! Take "Shoot 'em Up" style of stylized and exaggerated action, add Lussier's crappy B-movie visual effects and a nod to "Ghost Raider" in its twist. And of course, a blond wig for Nick Cage!

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The Lost Thing

 

5/5

 

I just finished my BA-thesis written on Shaun Tan's "Tale From Outer Suburbia" and celebrated by giving his Oscar winning "The Lost Thing" a first viewing. Needless to say this excellently animated short film, based on the picture book by the same name, manges to fully feature the poetic philosophy, the social dichotomy and narrative complexity that often get reflected in Tan's work. This is an opus by a creative genius!

 

 

Limitless

 

3.5/5

 

A bit over the top with some wacky twists but I enjoyed it! Bradley Cooper just gets better in his range and Abbie Cornish is as beautiful as ever. By the way, it is possible to each such level of clarity without a clear pill! Trust me! ;)

 

 

Gnomeo and Juliet

 

4/5

Cute and charming adaption of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, mainly for the younger ones. Top notch animation, but subpar voice-over!

 

 

Insidious

 

2.5/5

 

This was such mixed bag of tricks. There were few moments that had me literally jumping in the beginning but the rest was so, so lame that got me stunned! Good story, badly executed. If this is a nod to some corny tradition within horror genre, then they definitely did a great job! Btw, Darth Maul makes a comeback!lol

 

 

Kirot

 

2/5

 

This is a movie made of mediocrities. The ambition is there, somewhere, but brought down by the production quality.

 

 

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics

 

4/5

 

An introductory documentary for aspiring comic book geeks out there!

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Priest

 

3/5

 

I really can't understand Beattny's self-underestimation by picking one lousy movie after the other! And in a way this is like "Legion", in more than one way! But still better than I expected. It has very little substance, but I can't help but to like its style and concept. A little "The Phantom Menace", a bit "Matrix" and a pinch of "The Dark Tower" with slimy blind vampires a la computer games!

 

 

Monogamy

 

3/5

 

Decent indie flick with a nice theme which doesnt manage to go as long as it could and should. On a positive note, it renewed my crush in the adorable Rahida Jones!

 

 

Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)

 

3.5/5

 

A well told and well played film, based on a true story of history. It was a pleasure seeing Kusturica in front of the camera, for once.

 

 

How Do You Know

 

3/5

 

RomCom, as generic as it can come!

 

 

Everybody's Fine

 

4/5

 

This is the perfect example of how wrong a wrong cover can do! All along I had been postponing the viewing, because I thought this was a generic holiday comedy with a celeb cast. Instead I found it to be a fine-tuned existentialistic drama about life and family.

 

 

Red Riding Hood

 

3/5

 

This wasn't as bad as I had imagined it would be! If it hadn't been for the extremely poor set and costume design and television standard performances, which make it look like a medieval version of "Twilight", it would have been a rather clever re-imagination of the classic tale.

 

 

The Tempest

 

1/5

 

This is a long list of bad decisions, defining the very antonym of eclectic! By this pretentious and outlandish blend of style and aesthetics they intend to attract a larger audience, but ironically scare away both the Shakespearian purists and fans of the fantasy genre! Not to mention those who don't get a word of what is being said! Mix Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" with "Jesus Christ Superstar" without a textual adaptation and you have the crazy formula!

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Hehe you've got through a fair few films there pourya jan!! I checked the cinema listings yesterday and it seems that virtually every new film is a superhero/comic book adaptation lol. Are film-makers out of ideas or are the more interesting films just not garnering public attention?!

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summers are often time for blockbusters, either superheroes or disaster movies! most of the superhero movies, mainly those of marvel, have all been planned since two years back and they are meant to crossover and culminate in the avengers. I am a fan of superheroes and was pleasantly surprised by THOR! I expected crap and got a rather cool movie with beautiful visual effects and strong story! Captain America is anther superhero I never liked in comic format (like Thor), but the movie looks like to be really cool! so I am up for all those, on Monday gonna see the new X-men. after that super 8, kung fu panda and transformers 3 are booked!

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Hehe i see Thor has been panned by alot of the marvel audience though. I guess there is more to this picture than action?

 

Looking forward to super-8 too! Hope it lives up to the billing.

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