When it comes to the recent films I saw in theaters...
Iron Man- So far it's still the best movie of the Summer, and quite frankly the only film that will be competition is The Dark Knight.
Kung Fu Panda- Hands down the best film to come from Dreamworks, it's a really good action film overall and I'm happy they didn't resort to pop culture refrences that has plagued their previous films.
As for upcomming films, right now I have a advanced ticket for WALL*E and I'm waiting for the advanced tickets for Dark Knight.
Finally, the last film I saw was The Kentucky Fried Movie. I have to say this is probably one of my favorite comedies, there are a lot of great gags and the humor uses it's sheer randomness to great levels. (The "Show me your nuts" bit is just a flat out great joke.)
Post by Bud Parsley on Jul 21, 2008 20:05:32 GMT -8
OK, so I saw Dark Knight today. Wow. This movie sticks in your mind for a long time after you leave the theater. And it's not like I'm trying to think about it.
This does NOT feel like a superhero or comic book movie at all. And I absolutely would not take kids to this show. NO WAY. It's not that it's overly graphic or gory (though there are a couple of scenes) but the intensity and violence are such that I'm amazed the show wasn't rated R. They must have had an R-rated film and just barely pulled it back enough to get the PG-13 rating. There can be no other explanation.
I loved the show. The characters were great and yes, Heath Ledger's Joker is truly unlike any other movie character - comic book related or not - I've ever seen.
I know it's been said countless times already, but please don't go to this show expecting the typical light-hearted super hero fare. This makes "Batman Begins" look like a Disney flick.
It is the best movie I've seen this summer and in a long, long time. That said, I'll need a long, long break before I'm ready to see it again.
Just saw Dark Knight today. Honestly, it didn't really blow me away. I enjoyed it, but for me, it did not live up to all of the hype. I did feel Ledgers performance was great and I LOVED the pencil trick! IMO, Batman Begins was a better movie, though. Even for movies released this year, I would give Iron Man the edge in the comic book/action category.
^Skylark, correct me if I'm wrong, but I get the impression that you aren't too much of a movie person? It just seems like it really takes an awful lot to "wow" you when it comes to movies. Not that there's anything wrong with that by any means, it's just the impression I'm getting so I wanted to ask...
In any event, I've seen two more movies this summer since I last posted. First I saw Wall-E opening weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pixar just can't make a bad movie in my opinion. I thought the film was a very interesting twist on the whole "machines try and control humans" story. It was very different from other Pixar films, but at the same time, that's a good thing. Disney animated movies got old when they kept doing the same thing over and over with the whole "young average Joe must face up to challenge and ends up being hero" (Aladdin, Lion King, Hercules, Tarzan, Hunchback, to a lesser extent, Mulan). Pixar keeps switching it up, and I think that's going to keep them going.
Then, last weekend I saw Dark Knight. I didn't quite think it was as disturbing as Bud did, but I will agree that it was an awesome movie. SPOILER: The only part that really bothered me was when Joker blew up the hospital. I know that they got everyone out so no one died, but for some reason, watching someone destroy a facility that's there to help people who are sick/injured just really put a knot in my stomach.
Other than that, I thought the movie flat out rocked. There were so many awesome parts! I can't decide what my favorite one was. I'm going to go see it again this weekend, and I might even see it again after that. It's the first movie I've seen in a long time that I thought was actually worth seeing more than once in the movie theater.
I should also note: I thought Ledger did a great job playing the Joker, but I didn't think he stole the show like Jack Nicholson did. Whenever I watch the original Batman movie, I always feel like Nicholson just completely stole the show hands down. Ledger didn't quite do the same in this one, but I still liked his take on the character. Too bad he won't be able to reprise his role ever again...
Last Edit: Aug 4, 2008 20:52:01 GMT -8 by skinnyguy
^Skylark, correct me if I'm wrong, but I get the impression that you aren't too much of a movie person? It just seems like it really takes an awful lot to "wow" you when it comes to movies.
I love movies! I am very much a movie person and perhaps that is why it takes a lot to "wow" me. Although, in my defence, I have really only spoke negatively toward one movie in this thread and that was Indy. I thought it was terrible, even for an Indy movie, and I would say that I am actually in the majority on that opinion. I am certainly in the minority when it comes to The Dark Knight. I really did "like" TDK, I just didn't "love" it. A lot of that was probably because I waited 4 weeks after it came out to see it. The worst thing in the world is to have something hyped up beyond measure before you experience it. I don't care if it is a movie or a roller coaster. I went in expecting the best comic book movie ever made and I didn't get it. Heath Ledgers performance, on the other hand, did live up to the hype. It was a good movie. In fact, it was a VERY good movie. Just not what I would call a "great" movie.
I probably would have said the same thing about Titanic if I would have waited until the 4th or 5th week to see it. As it was, I saw it on opening day and wasn't expecting anything that great and it blew me away. I really tend to like movies that draw you in a little more emotionally with the characters, weather it be a drama, action, or horror film. I like to connect with the characters and I just didn't do that with TDK.
In fact, I'll list a few of my top movies, just for the heck of it. I'd actually be interested to see what you guys like as your favorite movies, too.
1. Shawshank Redemption. No other movie touches this in my book. It is the perfect movie. One of the very few movies I can watch over and over again and not get tired of.
2. Lonesome Dove. Technically a mini-series but man is it amazing. Tommy Lee Jones and Robert DuVall are at their best. If you haven't seen it, GO RENT IT NOW!
3. Terminator 2. Lots of action with lots of emotion. And WAY ahead of its time for special effects. Also, one of the greatest car chase scenes of all time.
4. The Sixth Sense. If that movie didn't blow you away then you have no feelings. Period.
5. Psycho. I love horror movies and I this is the grand daddy of them all from the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. A movie made in 1960 that would still scare most people today if they were seeing it for the first time.
Last Edit: Aug 4, 2008 21:16:54 GMT -8 by 65skylark
^Well, I stand corrected. I meant no offense by any means, and maybe I was just misreading you, but it just seemed like lately you had been let down by a number of movies I really liked. As mentioned, I was just curious.
I've seen three of the movies you'd mentioned - Shawshank Redemption, Terminator 2, and Sixth Sense, and I really enjoyed all three of those. Haven't seen the other two you mentioned.
And I'll agree on how much it sucks to be let down from something that gets hyped up - that is pretty crappy. I usually try and avoid any and all hype for a movie I'm planning to see, just to avoid getting disappointed. Sometimes it's hard to stay away from it, but usually it's doable.
Maybe it's that I'm just easily entertained, or that I'm very selective about what movies I go to see, but I haven't been disappointed in a movie in a long time. I usually walk out of the theater thinking it was worth it - can't remember the last time I felt betrayed. I didn't see POTC 3 in theaters, but if I had, I would have been very mad!
Time for another batch of reviews, most of them quick.
Get Smart-It was alright, had a few good chuckles but no really big laughs.
Hellboy II- I was pretty impressed by this, a far much larger scale then the first film and certianly had enough practical creature designs to make the inner monster geek in me have a field day.
and finally...The Dark Knight.
I saw this on the midnight screening (Interestingly enough, the midnight showing was on all 16 screens in my theater), and I admit I was hyped up quite a bit. Normally I try to keep the hype level down since the majority of real big blockbuster films I've seen at early screenings ticked me off to no end. IE- Lotr:Return of the King, Spiderman 3 and Star Wars:Revenge of the Sith. (Pirates 3 however, I enjoyed very much.)
With DK however, it is the only film I saw with a lot of hype in me...and it didn't just meet my expectations, it blew them away. Plain and simple, for me the Dark Knight is not only the best film of the Summer but also the year as well as the best Comic Book Film period.
The Dark Knight really captures how dark the comics can get, and how hard it is to live the life of Bruce Wayne...not to mention how psychotic the Joker can really be. (That magic trick will go down in history.)
There is a whole bunch of things I could really say about the film, but I would probably run out of room to type. All I will say is something is wrong with you if you like Batman and didn't at least like it. I have to say I've read some pretty silly negative reviews of it. One person actually said they didn't like it because there was "Too much Crime and Drama."
Crime? Drama? In Batman? *Runs away screaming*
Anyways, either that person is still in the mindset of the "lighthearted" films and the infamous TV series or they really didn't know how the comics were.
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2008 21:15:43 GMT -8 by wolfblood
^ See, that I think is really the one thing about the movie I didn't get, that others did. I didn't think it was quite as dark as everything I had heard. I was certainly expecting worse and maybe THAT is way it let me down a bit. Sin City was MUCH darker than TDK, so even for comic book movie, it wasn't the darkest I had seen. Honestly, I would take both my kids (9 and 11) to see that movie and I am pretty protective about what I allow them to watch.
Anyway, I know I am very much in the minority, and just for the record, I DID like it. However, after reading Wolfblood's comments I think it really brought out what was actually disappointing about the movie to me.