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Death Wish (2018)
Don't believe the Ideologues
First of all, don't be surprised by the low score on Rotten Tomatoes and other sides. Most of these so-called "movie critics" are just anti-gun advocates pushing their agenda under the guise of a movie review.
This is a well directed remake of a vigilante movie from the 70s starring Charles Bronson. The director Elit Roth strikes the right chord by setting this simple but powerful story in modern day Chicago. The tone and message remain largely the same which I consider a big plus because it's a sign of respect to the original.
This is an above average r-rated action movie with decent performances, nice cinematography, good pacing and a fitting soundtrack. If you like Bruce Willis or the original "Death Wish" go check it out. Don't be scared off by negative reviews.
The Last Stand (2013)
Below average action flick with goofy comedy scenes - Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
"The Last Stand" by Jee-woon Kim, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville and Forest Whittaker (both of the latter get rather little screen time) is a standard action movie which suffers from a weak screenplay, bad dialogues, bad choreographies, a forgettable soundtrack and way too cheesy one liners.
There is no suspense but I didn't expect any watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie which was obviously only meant to entertain and give the audience a few chuckles and over the top action. Sadly the movie fails to deliver both of these things. While the action might be over the top it doesn't excite the audience because the filming of these scenes was handled too standard and the fact that we don't really feel that the important characters, who are rather uninteresting anyway, cannot be touched or even really get hurt. So how are these scenes supposed to excite us if there is no real danger? There is a scene near the end of the movie which sums that up perfectly. Arnie gets a knife rammed deep into his leg but still manages to beat the bad guy and then walks like nothing has happened. No limping or anything.
The movie feels like a corny eighties action flick, without its charm, mixed with weird and out of place "comedic" south korean cinema moments who fail to make one laugh but weaken an already below mediocre film. The only thing that this movie really got going is that it has got a few names in the cast you might recognize and Arnold Schwarzeneggers charm. This could have been much better, especially with a director like Jee-woon Kim who made some outstanding movies in the past (I Saw the Devil, A Bittersweet Life). I give this a 3/10.
The Bling Ring (2013)
The Bling Ring - Shallow, repetitious, boring
"Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes."
That's the plot summary on IMDb and that's all there is to this movie. The teenagers rob a celebrity's house, steal stuff, go to parties with the stolen money and boast about it on social media.
"The Bling Ring" fails on almost every Level. It tries to criticize the shallow glamour life of Hollywood and its fandom by merely observing it. There is no deeper message found in this film than that the celebrity cult is as morally empty, vain and stupid as the movie that is jeopardizing it.
The characters are uninteresting and one- dimensional. Acting is uninspired but the actors couldn't really make their characters any more interesting because of the boring script. The plot does nothing but to repeat itself for over an hour until it ends exactly how you would think it would end. "The Bling Ring" concludes itself with a lame pun at the end. Nothing to be proud of but at least it fits the overall superficiality of the rest of the film. The soundtrack consists mainly of main stream rap usually heard in clubs. A bit annoying but it goes well with "The Bling Ring"'s theme. The only good aspect is the camera work.
2/10 - not recommended
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
A revolutionary film that was ahead of its time - with a hateful and wrong message.
Beforehand, I highly condemn the message this movie has. The high rating is solely based on the qualities of the film in regard to the craft involved in its making which is, objectively, just phenomenal for its time.
What makes this silent historical epic revolutionary are the enormous battle scenes, involving hundreds of extras and a director directing from a big tower via light signals, its use of music and camera, filming at night (which wasn't common back then), coloring of specific scenes (mostly battle scenes) in one color and a battle in the films' climax used as a tool of dramatization and storytelling. The film paved the way for big epic movies which would mark Hollywood forever since then. At a running-time of over three hours it was the longest film to ever be released back in 1915.
Obviously, due to its racist portrayal of black people this movie is not for everyone but if you are interested in the history of Hollywood you've got to check it out, while ignoring the historical inaccuracies and racist bull crap Without this movie Hollywood wouldn't be what it is today. It would not have impacted America and its film industry that much if it wasn't done so well.
Even when ignoring the racist viewpoint this was made from you don't get around to notice the historical inaccuracies and at over three hours this movie seems a bit too long for me even though its an epic. Plus several characters weren't fleshed out enough. Of course, this is due to the fact that this is a silent film and it was made over 80 years ago with different narrative standards at the time but from my viewpoint, which is currently set in the year 2016, I simple cannot ignore it and it bothers me. And again, the racism in this film simply feels overbearing sometimes, the director even went so far to cast mainly white actors for the most vicious black characters, simply painting their faces black. But as I said, I tried to not let the racist overtones of this film affect my rating. Overall I give this movie a strong 8/10. I only give higher ratings to films which really touch me on an emotional level and the pure viciousness in its portrayal of an entire group of people makes this impossible for me.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Howard Hawks' Masterpiece
The Howard Hawks' answer to "High Noon" (also great, go check it out!). Its a great tale about male comradeship, professionalism and standing your ground against injustice, even when the odds are against you.
The plot is fairly simple: The local sheriff (portrayed by John Wayne) locks up the criminal Joe Burdette whose brother Nathan Burdette, a rich and ruthless rancher, promises everyone who is willing to get his brother out of jail a good prize, resulting in the local sheriff department practically being under siege by the local thugs. Sheriff John T. Chance's job is then to hold out with his two deputies, a recovering alcoholic (brilliantly portrayed by Dean Martin) and an old man talkative man with a limp (portrayed by Walter Brennan, he adds a lot of comic relief into the story) until the Marshall arrives to take Joe Burdette with him. Later they get help from another young gun man (portrayed by Ricky Nelson, who's a good addition to the trio). Chance has to enforce law and order all while dealing with his deputies alcoholism, with non professionals offering their help and with a mysterious woman who later becomes his love interest (portrayed by Angie Dickinson, in a typical hawksian woman role).
What makes this movie is so great is the great dialogue, strong performances (especially Dean Martin and John Wayne), likable characters and the great portrayal of their interactions and relationships with each other. You end up really caring about them and see them deal with their personal struggles, like you would with characters in a long running TV show, the only difference being that it happens in 2 and a half hours without feeling rushed. There are several small subplots that all add up in the end in a satisfying way, feel relevant and bring more depth into the characters.
In my opinion Howard Hawks' masterpiece with a strong message. Stand your ground and do what you believe is right, even if it seems impossible. And if no one is fit to help, then do it yourself. No one is responsible for your actions, except for yourself. Good can overcome evil.
One of my all time favorites and in my opinion the best western of all time. Highly recommended. A must see for people who are interested in westerns, movies from the 50's, Howard Hawks and/or John Wayne.