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Posted by Kain on June 05, 2007
Fight Club
Fight Club Yes, it certainly would seem that way, wouldn't it...
Posted by Kain on June 04, 2007
War Of The Worlds
War Of The Worlds The ending was not only acceptable in my eyes, but faithful to Wells' novel, as meanie mentioned. In fact I appreciated the ending quite a bit, as it showed in rare form that we truly can be powerless against a foe. The sensation of chaotic hopelessness acheived during the mob scene was enthralling, and (barring the children, who played their parts well as it seems they were intended to be obnoxious), it was natural to empathize and sympathize with each of the characters. Cruise was excellent as per usual, and Tim Robbins flexes his acting muscle as he has so frequently done in the past, giving us a startling portrait of the human breaking point. Realistically, my only serious gripe about this piece was at the conclusion when Robby (I believe was Cruise's son's name) was shown to have survived. Absolutely unneccesary. He could have perished and in all honesty, it would have added greater emotional impact to the film. Otherwise a worthy film of the Spielberg legacy, with incredible effects, cinematography, sounds, acting (though yes I agree that little shit is the same annoying know-it-all, 8-going-on-18, piss-ant wench she is in every movie), and storytelling quality that has become his hallmark. We could use an event like this to chlorinate the gene pool a bit...

-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 04, 2007
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park Likely the only reason there are not additional comments on this particular film is that such would be nearly something of a superfluity. The review says it all, and in reality, it's not as though it was needed. Even children of the newest generation know this film for it's venerable impact on cinema history, and incredible execution. An adamant dinosaur fan as a child, this movie was a literal wet dream. Nothing on film before had ever so beautifully or so accurately depicted the lost saurian world. Now finding myself a massive herpetological enthusiast as an adult, I can always sit down in front of this movie and remember why. On that note, I can list my only real gripe with this movie; there simply were a few irksome errors in some of the animals' designs. Take for instance the venom spitting Dilophosaurus. This animal did in fact once exist, but in nowhere near the context in which it is represented in the film. The animal was far larger (similar to the Rex in stature, though not so large), posessed no frill around the neck (borrowed from the contemporary Australian Frilled Dragon), and did not spit venom. The Velociraptor is another case, as in truth, the animal was considerably smaller and less thick in build. The animal depicted in the film is far closer to the Utahraptor, the largest member of that particular family. These however, were artistic liscenses taken by the artists behind the masterpiece, and regardless of accuracy, masterfully executed. In fact, this was one of the first films to accurately implement the stance that the Rex takes during locomotion (rather than the 'tripod' stance of older reconstructions). Everything from the soundtrack to the sound f/x were incredible and memorable (I can hear that big fucker in my head any time I think about it), and as has been emphasized, the visual effects were and still are absolutely stunning. A true paradigm shift in cinema, that kindled the imagination of a generation.

-10/10

-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 04, 2007
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
AVP: Alien vs. Predator I enjoy movies. They can be major influences in and on my life, thought processes, and emotions. This...was.....abysmal. Outside of some eye candy, which there certainly was, the movie was essentially a pile of cash that would have been better spent by the Bush administration. Crispy, I truly have to agree with your sentiments, and couldn't have summarized that statement better myself. The story line was there, albeit a bit weak, but not awful. It's evident, however, that as soon as they all sat down in their big, plushy, pretentious, rolling office chairs to discuss how this film would be written/produced/filmed, that the creativity gods fearlessly unloaded their bowels all over every mind in that room. The aliens were turned into a sort of locust moreso than any form of legitimate threat, the predators were effectively emasculated, and the humans were regrettably displayed as what they truly are (rather than how we'd often like to think of them)...a weak, poorly equipped excuse for an evolved animal species. I'm glad my amigo covered the pay-per-view fee on this one, so I didn't have to feel as though I was cheated out of anything more than my precious time. Now was it truly THAT bad?? Probably not, but anyone who has ever seen and even slightly enjoyed one of the predecessors to this film should justly be outraged. If nothing else can be provided as solace to my bruised sense of entertainment by any other attendee of this site, please answer me this; at the end of the film, how does that commiserable little coo survive in the vast Antarctic Cocytus with nothing more to guard her daintiness than a damn longsleeve shirt and a frail pair of pants??? Ah, were I a lesser sport I might have had trouble with this movie's level of believability.............

-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 03, 2007
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan In the eyes of the devout American, this film is inherently wrong in every way. Could anything else make it more right? Even if you are somehow not amused by it, and we all know there will be those bereft of the ability to laugh, it is very difficult to argue the quality of satire here. Borat is clever, original, offensive, and all the better for it. I agree completely that it is probably the best comedy of the year, and realistically, you only need to see it once. The scenes stuck so vividly in my mind that quotability quickly became one of those added benefits. The film does lose some of the shock that is indigenous to the first viewing, but even still, certain scenes simply cannot be witnessed by most human beings without warrenting a painfully intese laughter. Now even with the comedic aspect aside, the film as a cinematic entry is quite venerable if simply for the clever 'third world' feel of the imagery, credits, and music (and speaking of the music, jesus that theme song...). The dvd's fabulous menu screen alone is enough for a hearty laugh, and while on that subject, the deleted scenes are something to be treasured by anyone who claims to be a fan of humor. Without remorse I readily purchased this film, and received a complimentary "GLORIOUS KHAZAKHSTAN" shirt that has become a regular in my wardrobe. Ah marketing... Anyway, I will recommend this film for anyone really (save for "rah America" patriots and college frat boys), as you will probably end up with strengthened abs and leaky eyes...

-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 03, 2007
The Crow
The Crow Ah this one... One of the first comic-to-movie movies I had seen at the time and the first comic-to-movie movie that I actually liked. Whereas I agree MvMMDI that the acting was pretty clean (if a bit hoakey, but hey, it is a comic book flik, isn't that kinda the point?), but admittedly, Ling Bai (the asian with the eye fetish) was irritatingly fake, and I didn't overly enjoy her part. Stylistically, this reminds me a bit of a Burton film, and hell, who doesn't like that. As is typical with this sort of films, it carries that 'following' that those of us who are capable of thinking for ourselves loathe, but no reason to let that spoil our fun. I will, however, argue that this film carries it's fans on the shoulders of Brandon Lee's death. As far as comic movies go, it truly is excellent, and as macabre as they come. I know that I, for one, was unaware that Lee had even perished until years after my initial viewing of this particular slice of cinema. Crazy, thank you for catching the "Spawn" comment...no one but the ignorant could argue this as a wholly original story, but Spawn?? Really?

Technically speaking, it probably warrants something like a 7 or 8, but in my ever so...unbiased...opinion, I offer it a 9 or 10. Little need be changed for me, as I enjoyed the Chimps Testicles out of it.

-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 03, 2007
Fight Club
Fight Club I fear that as per usual, the morons of the world have ruined this film for many. Due to the testosterone injecting, football humping, iron-laden musle bearing oafs of the world who, unfortunately, tout this film on their sleeve as the biblical and inarguable reference to all things that are right and good in the world of men, this film has garnered something of a bad reputation. There are those of us that are obligated to look down upon such people and sneer, especially since they are the very mindless space monkies featured in the story itself. The case, I believe, still stands, however, that the film truly does satirically speak worlds for a generation who is truly lost and damned in the sense of what Homo sapiens sapiens once was vs. what it has become. Anyone with capable, open eyes who is not drunk on the 'blessings' of our culture can see where we've so arrogantly gone awry, and as cliche as it has become to say these things, I think rarely even do those who utter such cliches truly understand them. Now do I agree that Durden did sound a bit like "Nietzsche for Dummies" as so many cynics and critics have claimed? Sure, but this film did not do amazing in the box office for what it was, and add an overwhelming intellectual exploration of the Ubermensch, and we have a flop because, let's face it, the vast majority of our country, nay, our world, is anything but a compilation of bright bulbs, lest we wouldn't find ourselves in a social situation that such a film could satirize. Whew. Now, as far as a movie adaptation of a novel featuring a person with DID, I think Fincher did an exquisite job (for those of you who haven't seen the film, don't look up that acronym), and I would consider this one of my favorite films of all time (considering my views on this world). But hey, meanie is right, he didn't give it a negative review, and there are inherent flaws in the film. But hey, why bitch? This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time...
-KAIN
Posted by Kain on June 03, 2007
Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond Fair enough. Now having not seen Hotel Rwanda, I fear I can offer no criticism (not that I need to), but I'm sure it's absolutely lovely. In any case, I will restate, that I agree, your criticisms are valid, and again, for technical aspects of a film under scrutiny, I regard your rating as entirely accurate, indeed roughly the same I would have provided myself. Touche on the reloads. God that is obnoxious in all films...
Posted by Kain on June 02, 2007
Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond I will simply begin in stating that I was enthralled by this film. On that note, Blue, I've always enjoyed your reviews, noted that you almost always add valuable points where previously there were not, and in fact, do not disagree with any of your review, as it is a series of opinions which you most certainly are entitled to. That said, I will state that the film accurately depicts the bloodshed at the time, and (sadly enough) this is most certainly not an isolated incident in Africa. Many (if not most) of the Central and Sub-Saharan African nations experience these very events more or less every day. This being the case, I have to say that I didn't find the bloodshed excessive at all, though perhaps a bit overwhelming. This is the very visual to which the people of this country should have to bear witness. Unpleasant though it may be, it is an inarguable reality, and I found that it added a cold reality check to a film that (as you so eloquently stated), under lesser direction, would have gone unrepresented. I also feel the urge to state a correction here, as the term 'blood diamond' doesn't refer to the color of the stone, but rather its origins. They are referred to as such due to the nature by which they are collected; i.e. there is a figurative 'blood' on the stone for all that was shed to bring it to the mainstream market. Another good review from you, Blue, and I respect your scoring for it's technical applications, but herein I'm going to provide one of my own out of personal attachment.
10/10 - Damn fine flick.

This is my first post. Hi everyone. I intend to run my mouth quite a bit here.

-KAIN
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