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perfect solution for The Interview fiasco: release it on July 4th.
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Cochise posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 18 minutes ago

Lucy



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Directed by: Luc Besson
Written by: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Action
Official Site:
Plot: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Review:

PROS:

+ great script (at its core it's a relatively straightforward revenge thriller type movie but it's filled with unpredictable events and a great variety of stylish and impressive action scenes. Also packed with a ton of great sci-fi type ideas and a few doses of effective humour too)
+ great direction (this was perhaps the most surprising part, it's a really stylish movie visually but also just really unique in how Besson intercuts other visuals to enhance the action, especially in the beginning sequence)
+ great effects and stunts
+ solid music

OVERALL:

This one looked really cool to me from the get go, but it ended up being different than I was expecting. It was actually a lot more 'out there' and less by the numbers than I was thinking it would be, which was a nice surprise. It's also more violent than I was expecting and featured some real cool concepts, effects work and really impressive stunts. Johanssen does the badass/action star thing here much better than she ever has before and at the same time delivers one of her best dramatic performances too. The only thing I didn't really like was the rather abrupt ending and confusing final line ("now you know what to do with it" uhh... no, what?). Still probably the most thought provoking film of the year, much more so than say Interstellar, even with the quick pace/short run time. Highly recommended.

Lucyblack

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (1/10) , AlmostFamous91 (3/10) > Display all
Cochise posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 14 hours ago

Horrible Bosses 2



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Directed by: Sean Anders
Written by: Sean Anders
Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

Review:

PROS:

+ great script (just filled with laughs from start to finish and a fun plot that makes a few references to the first movie but still feels fresh)
+ great cast (both Bateman and Sudeikis are at it again and even better this time around, the same can be said for Day who seems to get even more spotlight and he is just great here. Chris Pine actually has a HUGE role here with a surprising amount of screentime which I didn't really gather from the trailers but he is absolutely fantastic too)
+ great direction
+ good soundtrack

OVERALL:

What a surprise this was, I was actually cracking up a bunch of times throughout and just had a total blast with it. I liked the original but this is way better I think, though Colin Farrell's character is missed. Still, definitely the funniest movie I've seen in a long time and easily the funniest sequel I've seen in an even longer time (sorry 22 Jump Street and Anchorman 2). Highly recommended.

Hb2-14478r

Other reviews of this film: cerealkiller182 (4/10) , AlmostFamous91 (7/10) > Display all
Cochise posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 18 hours ago

Hercules



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Directed by: Brett Ratner
Written by:
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt
Studio: MGM/Paramount
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Official Site:
Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

PROS:

+ well directed (Ratner's filmography is real hit and miss with me, but this can definitely be considered a hit. He does real well here especially with the action scenes, the atmosphere and the scope)
+ good special effects (overall at least, there are a couple cases where they are some just passable effects)
+ solid cast (Ingrid Berdal was a real good surprise as Atalanta, Ian McShane was good too but despite the limited screentime and odd ending with his character, Rufus Sewell's pleasantly against type character, for the most part, was the standout)

CONS:

- The Rock (I hate to say it as I love the legend of Hercules and I'm a fan of The Rock, but I just still feel he was terribly miscast here. I think he's best playing a different kind of badass/action hero because there were at least a few times here where he was cringe worthy)


Review:

OVERALL:

You know all those cool bits from the trailers? The lion fight, the giant boar, the Hydra battle... well what you see in the trailer is pretty much all we see of those sequences in the movie, pasted together in a montage within the first 5 minutes of the film. Even more surprising/disappointing is that these fantastic concepts/sequences are soon revealed to be... fake. Those events are extravagant lies and exaggerations. This is an interpretation of Hercules that actually has zero mythological/fantasy elements in it (though Hercules does still retain superhuman strength). There are no crazy creatures in this world, it's kind of like the realistic version of the Greek myth in a way and while initially that's very surprising and off putting, after getting past that I have to commend the approach, it's always nice when they try to do something different. I just wish we had gotten the classic Hercules story filled with fantasy before this type of interpretation. Also, this is one violent film. I was really taken aback by not only the brutality of the action but also the amount of blood in here for a PG-13 film (though I did watch the 'Extended Cut'). All in all it was very different than I was expecting. I was hoping for something else but for what this is trying to do, I think it pulls it off pretty well. Recommended.

Herc243214kn

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (3/10) , AlmostFamous91 (6/10) > Display all
XSsoCX
XSsoCX at 12:30 AM Dec 22

It really did feel like a 'realistic' take on the Greek mythological story, didn't it? I still liked it, I guess, but I thought it was going to be about of the actual twelve labors of Hercules.

Cochise updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

perfect solution for The Interview fiasco: release it on July 4th.
grelber37
grelber37 at 02:25 AM Dec 21

The U.S. is supposed to be "the home of the brave." Where's a baseball player declaring "This is our fucking country" when you need one? (And yes, I know the original quote is "This is our fucking city!"). People should note that American Sniper still premieres soon despite malicious parties who would not care for the movie. Unbroken and Selma are also premiering despite whom they might piss off.

So, anyway, I like the July 4th idea. I like the idea of releasing The Interview on any prominent holiday. Do you know how badly the North Koreans would fuck up if they executed a massive terrorist attack on Christmas or on Independence Day? Imagine the collective rage of the U.S. public. Potentially, the government and military would not do shit such as they didn't do shit after earlier terrorist attacks (e.g. the Cole). Or, potentially, North Korea would have awakened a giant. Partially, I was willing to watch The Interview because I knew that any harmed Americans could be avenged sevenfold. But, mostly, I just think that Rogen-Franco are funny and that art (especially comedy) is not safe.

Cochise updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

I never thought about it until now but next year Ridley Scott and Matt Damon are doing a movie called The Martian where Damon plays an astronaut trying to survive on Mars... obviously he's the protagonist/good guy but taking Interstellar into consideration... it might be a little harder to trust/root for this Damon astronaut lol
Dodong27
Dodong27 at 04:06 PM Dec 19

LOL.. maybe it's a prequel to insterstellar.

Scotch
Scotch at 05:08 PM Dec 19

haha nice connection!

Glinda
Glinda at 05:44 PM Dec 19

lol true!

Cochise posted a VIDEO item: 3 days ago

GET HARD debut trailer
prison comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEqrpuU9fYI

Glinda
Glinda at 05:45 PM Dec 19

This looks pretty funny.

Cochise updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

and now Obama is saying Sony made a mistake by deciding not to show The Interview after the threats? I like Obama but I don't see where he's coming from at all here. Sony made the choice because they felt that lives may actually have been in danger, which isn't their fault -- it's Obama's. It's his and the government's job to make people feel safe and obviously they don't. I don't blame Sony, I mean all these constant school shootings, the Dark Knight massacre etc, how can you? With that stuff going down and being done by freakin Americans it's not hard to see why safety and security would be questioned when an entire country makes death threats. I guess his comments here saying it was a mistake is basically saying "people do feel safe, this is a safe place" yet obviously that's not true. Something needs to change.
Glinda
Glinda at 05:49 PM Dec 19

Well said. I think he's making this decision seem simple and it's not. I see both sides. I wouldn't want to be responsible for releasing this movie and having people die, yet at the same time I do understand not giving into terrorist threats. It's not simple and I have respect for Sony having to make the decision and I don't blame them. I'd say the same if they released it, but I think that would be taking a scary risk. I'm just glad I'm not the person responsible for the decision either way.

Cochise updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

every time I see trailers for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken on TV I keep thinking the lead actor is Anton Yelchin. Looks just like him. Nothin against the guy who's in there, but if Yelchin was in there I would probably be more excited for it. Still looks like it could be damn good though
Anakin
Anakin at 05:24 AM Dec 19

WalkAway
WalkAway at 05:18 PM Dec 19

Jack O'Connell is fantastic.

Cochise
Cochise at 06:05 PM Dec 19

@Anakin - yep Starred Up has been on my to-see list. Sounds like a cool story and I'm already a big fan of Ben Mendelsohn.

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Cochise created a LIST: 4 days ago

Spielberg's 5 Best Films IMO (Happy Birthday to an Icon)

1. Jurassic Park
2. Hook
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. War of the Worlds
5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Based on a list by JohnLocke2342

Glinda
Glinda at 11:48 PM Dec 18

Great list! Why do I always forget about Hook? Love Hook.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 01:38 PM Dec 19

Finally, someone has HooK in their list : )

also WOTW is awesome!

sLaShEr84
sLaShEr84 at 03:21 PM Dec 19

Jurassic Park & Saving Private Ryan

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Cochise posted a BLOG item 4 days ago

The Interview: threats and creative freedom

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I don't really get the people calling the movie studios out as having 'no balls' and being scared and all of this for not showing The Interview and cancelling that Steve Carell/Gore Verbinski North Korea movie... I mean I get it, creative expression/freedom of speech/etc and I totally support that, but at the same time I totally understand their decision because I mean really, if they had actually shown it and ignored the threats and then theatres were actually bombed, people were actually killed and all of that... then what? "At least we stood up for our right to express stuff freely!" uhh well yeah you did... and a ton of innocent people also died too. Is that REALLY worth it? Would you be OK with being such an adamant supporter of creative expression to know for a fact that you were going to get killed in the theatre, yet still go there anyway and support The Interview/creative expression, knowing full well you were going to die because of it? I mean come on. I think that, while it's extremely unfortunate, this was still the right choice because obviously we don't have enough faith in the security of our homelands. If we did, then they'd show the film because they would know for sure that nothing could come of the threats having such confidence in our security and safety... obviously we don't have that though, so I think it's kind of wrong to so harshly blame the movie studios. If anyone blame our governments for not making our countries into places where we feel secure and safe enough to exert our supposed freedoms. All the studios are doing is trying to protect people after all (and hell really, they are losing a bunch of money by not releasing it, so how are they the bad guys?)


Mood: Angry

Invidtus
Invidtus at 06:54 PM Dec 18

It's the studios call whatever the reason - and you're right that they will take a heavily financial beating due to this-

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 07:38 PM Dec 18

You make some really great points and a lot of that I agree with. It's the studio's decision first and foremost but it's the principle of the entire thing that just seems to irk me. We just succumbed to a bunch of lowlife pieces of shit under nothing but threats that we've seen before - and completely validated them in the process. We don't negotiate with terrorists, period. Does North Korea really want to go to war over a movie? If they make that move then they're risking full-out war and a fight they most likely won't be able to win.

I'm not "angry" at Sony - they're losing 40+ million off of this and probably more in the long run.. plus this will damage their relationship with other artists in the future - I'm just really, really disappointed. It's the principle of these fucking assholes winning without showing their hand that bothers me. I'm really just upset with this entire embarrassing fiasco.

timmyd
timmyd at 08:06 PM Dec 18

I totally agree with the decision , it obviously was a no win one , but it's really a piss off that this type of bullshit can still be pulled off . Let's just hope it's not a bunch of goofy little fuckwads having a great laugh.

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Cochise updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

wow all this business about The Interview is insane... this has to be an unprecedented event in the history of cinema. Crazy stuff...
JohnnyPHreak
JohnnyPHreak at 12:19 PM Dec 18

This is all huge news. The biggest hack and take down of a movie in cinema history.

grelber37
grelber37 at 03:09 PM Dec 18

Possibly, The Interview incident will catalyze a healthy discussion about politics' influence on art.

Glinda
Glinda at 12:38 AM Dec 19

It's just so weird I can't believe this all happened.

Cochise posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 6 days ago

Exodus: Gods and Kings



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Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Bill Collage
Cast: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Genre: Drama
Official Site: www.exodusgodsandkings.com
Plot: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Review:

PROS:

+ fantastic visual effects (likely the best of the year)
+ great cinematography
+ great direction
+ great cast (Bale gives yet another good performance, as does Edgerton. Aaron Paul and especially Weaver don't get much to do unfortunately)
+ solid script
+ solid score

OVERALL:

After seeing this I am absolutely blown away by the critical reception this has received. The trailers do not do it justice, this is a story and character based epic that is tremendously well made through and through. This is not a movie filled with action based effects sequences or filled with action scenes in general but again a movie very much about the many small moments that end up forming a very grand journey. This is one that legitimately deserves the word epic. The visuals are absolutely astounding from the effects work to the cinematography to the immersive 3D but you can just feel that this is a movie that puts its story first. It tells a biblical tale but it does not pander to the religious crowd or get overly preachy. This is a heavy and surprisingly violent film that raises many interesting points around faith and love. It's very close to an 8/10 (what I gave Noah) for me and is one of the best movies of the year, absolutely worth a big screen 3D viewing. It's not revolutionary and I didn't find it to be incredibly moving, but I thought it definitely delivered anyway. Highly recommended.

Exodus-empiremagu-2

Other reviews of this film: The Arrow (6/10) , Dodong27 (8/10) > Display all
Cochise
Cochise at 05:45 PM Dec 16

^ thanks! The parting of the sea was a lot different than I was expecting, a lot less showy and more 'realistic' I guess might be the word, not that a sea would actually just... part lol but yeah, it was a cool take on that. I'm very interested in seeing an Extended Cut somewhere down the line!

Dodong27
Dodong27 at 05:54 PM Dec 16

^Yah I know what you mean, lol.

Glinda
Glinda at 11:12 PM Dec 17

Well I'm loving this review! Nice job. Great to hear you loved it. I've heard so much negative it's nice to hear a positive. Been hoping to see this on the big screen and now I definitely will.

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Cochise updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

off to see Exodus!
Invidtus
Invidtus at 04:08 PM Dec 16

Roll up your cuffs so they stay bone dry-

Cochise posted a VIDEO item: 7 days ago

KNIGHT OF CUPS debut trailer
starring Christian Bale, written and directed by Terrence Malick

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs0M_rOtSo

XSsoCX
XSsoCX at 05:50 PM Dec 15

Other than "The Thin Red Line" I just cannot get into Malicks movies. I have found most of them incredibly boring.

HTX0811
HTX0811 at 07:14 PM Dec 15

Seeing this one for sure as I love a lot of Malick's other movies.

klinteastwood
klinteastwood at 09:36 PM Dec 15

malicks best films are his first three..badlands, days of heaven, and thin red line..i have a lot of affection for days of heaven..beautiful film

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Cochise updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

with the way they kept forcing Amy Adams' Lois Lane into Man of Steel it actually would've made more sense (and actually have made for a much better movie) if instead of making Clark Kent/Superman the main character they had actually had Lois Lane as the focus. Still start with the Krypton prologue but then after that lay off on the Clark Kent for a long time, keep it mysterious -- have the movie be about Lane investigating these reports of this Kent person from when he was a kid, trying to track him down, and then finally tracking him down and spying on him, following him into the Krypton spaceship where he learns of his father... and then they meet and he tells her some of his childhood, then we get a couple flashbacks to Kevin Costner and such, Zod invades yadda yadda. I think that would've been a much better way of handling it, less sloppy and more effective. As it is now Lane just seems so forced into the movie, and their relationship/'love' seems even more forced.
grelber37
grelber37 at 02:23 PM Dec 15

Lois Lane played the Every(wo)man in Man of Steel. The audience was supposed to relate highly to her. Perhaps, your suggested directing and editing would have worked best for the storytelling. The movie would have been focused upon someone with whom the audience more readily relates for awhile. Instead, Man of Steel had the audience follow around a legend and witness the humanity behind his super identity.

Still, I dug Man of Steel. It was a good movie.

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