Movies of the Week #1

Someone else did something similar and it inspired me to do it myself: sue me. Obviously I didn't watch all of this in a day, or else my life would be non existent (although I would've liked that). But these are the past 6 movies I've watched, including a short paragraph or two, or three, or four, and a rating for them all.

Here. We. Go:

Triple 9

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I was excited for this movie. What drew me in was the impressive ensemble - Casey Affleck, Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Chitewel Eijofor, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie and Gal Gadot. Now, the cast did not disappoint, but regardless of the negative-to-mixed reviews, I expected to like this movie more. I was let down. As expected, the cast delivered, and there were nice costume designs, but the rest of the movie left A LOT to be desired. It wasn't an awful movie, it just wasn't anything remarkable. It was average. Towards the second half of the movie and till the end I sorta zoned out. I expected it to at least be pulp and have a lot of indecency to chew on but it wasn't even that. I don't feel like it was a complete waste of time, but I do feel I could've been watching something better.

Verdict: 5.5/10

V For Vendetta

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This was another movie that disappointed me. Not that I was expecting a masterpiece of cinema, but I was expecting more from a movie in the 1001 highest rated movies of all time, and a movie a lot of people on here included in their top 10 comic book movies. There are aspects of this movie that I enjoyed: Hugo Weaving turned in a strong behind-the-mask performance, the first 10 or so minutes held promise, and the film had legitimate heart at times, but I was unimpressed by the movie. Why? Most of the performances bordered on caricature. I don't know if that's the tone in the book, but for someone unfamiliar with the source material, I found it jarring. The film had an inconsistent tone. As mentioned earlier, my favourite parts of the movie were easily the earlier moments because they established a grim atmosphere, but then the rest of the movie felt awkwardly put together and awkwardly presented. Hell, even the "gunpowder" treason opening felt tonally detached.

Verdict: 5/10

The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

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I'd heart nothing but good about this film and watching it last week I was certainly not disappointed. The Dark Knight Returns was especially an impressive animated film from a technical aspect.

There was a lot of great directorial work displayed. For example, not showing a body shot of Batman till about 8 mins after he appears was genius, showing fight sequences being witnessed in 1st person through the eyes of a spectator through smoke was great. Robin was a high light for me, and I'm interested in seeing more of her, hopefully, when I watch Part 2. This could've been an 8, but the third act strayed away from the gothic tone that movie established and felt more straightforward and comical then the rest of it. Others may like that approach, but for me it was enough to knock the movie down a few points. It was still a great animated film.

Verdict: 7/10

Deadpool

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I watched Deadpool again since reviewing it and I liked it less. That said, I still enjoy it. Deadpool was a blast. It mostly suffered from a loss of potential, but that didn't prevent it from being an action-packed, hilarious movie with a passionate performance from Ryan Reynolds and hard hitting action sequences. The fourth wall breaking in this movie is beautiful. The filmmakers and cast really put a ton of passion into this film and they deserve all of the box-office and praise they've got (highest grossing R-rated film of all time). I don't mean to call it amazing, but it was a breath of fresh air and they achieved everything they set out to.

I'm tempted to rate this film lower but it was one of the best movie-going experiences I've had in my life. I loved every minute of this movie and saw it w/ my closest friend. Every time I think about this movie I get all nostalgic and emotional, therefore it holds a special place in my heart and I'm obligated to rate it higher. It's still a blast of a film. Verdict: 7.5/10

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Watched this in Easter Holidays and had a blast. As someone who wasn't a huge fan of Man of Steel, this movie was surprisingly great. This movie taught me that the most valuable opinion to me about a movie should be my opinion, as well as motivating my to read comics.

This movie was subject of lazy writing and clunky storytelling that didn't impede by enjoyment of the movie, but did hurt my artistic appreciation for it. Zack Snyder is a great visual director and there are roughly 40+ minutes of fantastic action at showcase here, as well as beautiful cinematography. I still don't think Snyder understands subtlety, undertone, and nuance, but I enjoy the way in which he builds up scenes more then a lot of other directors at work today. I watch him for his style more then his substance.

That said, the movie brought themes to the table which I did enjoy. The actors, particularly Ben Affleck, delivered, and there was a surprising amount of effective dialogue in the movie: "If god is all powerful, then he cannot be all good. And if god is all good, then he cannot be all powerful."

Verdict: 7.5/10

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