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Synecdoche, New York (2008) -

This just might be the greatest I've seen

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Good movie, plus I might as well plug the History of Violence series of articles on The A.V. Club as they cover the most important action movie of every year (with SPL being their pick for 2005, and not without good reason).
I really just want you all angry and confused the whole time.

I watched this with my girlfriend, it's a French animated musical that has vibes of Beauty and the Beast, as well as The Phantom of the Opera. It was a film she really liked, and a film I really disliked. The voice-acting and music isn't awful, but the story-line feels really, really thrown together and sappy.

L'Age d'Or (1930) - Luis Bunuel

Las Hurdes (1933) - Luis Bunuel

The Shop Around The Corner (1940) - Ernst Lubitsch
The Talk Of The Town (1942) - George Stevens

To Be Or Not To Be (1942) - Ernst Lubitsch
Casablanca (1942) - Michael Curtiz

Red River (1948) - Howard Hawks

28 days...6 hours...42 minutes...12 seconds

(Morten Tyldum)

Back in 2011, there was a film that was advertised as a sci/fi thriller about mystery men who seemed to be able to control literally everything. They were determined to stop Matt Damon from interacting with Emily Blunt. I went and saw that film and was disappointed to find out that it was simply a love story, disguised as a thriller. The same can be said for Passengers, which follows a similar advertising scheme. This film has no mystery behind it, no agenda and relies too heavily on looking pretty.

Two people wake up from their hibernation pods 90 years too early. Their on a ship to a new planet to start a new society. Can they find their way back to sleep, or will they be doomed to live the rest of their life alone on this massive ship designed for thousands. To make matters worse, parts of the ship are malfunctioning and could potentially lead to deadly consequences.

That's my best summary because if I were to tell you what really happens, it would somewhat spoil the movie. Heck, I can't even talk about the themes and questions the film asks because it would be spoiling the movie.

The two leads, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two of the biggest leading actors today. They have some good chemistry together and while it is fun to watch them do anything and everything they can to kill time together, it's not enough to engage the viewer into the story. The story lacks a strong narrative and feels a little too convenient at times, which is distracting. The convenient aspect happens when another character shows up at just the right time, supplies them with just the right information and the means to fix their problem...then disappears. Lazy writing.

Tyldum, who's other big film was the Oscar nominated The Intimidation Game, offers up some gorgeous visuals of space and of the ship. The film looks sleek and it feels appropriate for such a story. We get an early sequence of a character out in space, just letting the vastness of it all take over them. It's beautiful. Another notable sequence is when both Lawrence and Pratt enjoy the view of passing around a star. Tyldum imbues the film with great images, so much that I think he forgot about the story and characters. For a film about two people stranded on a ship, the characters feel somewhat hollow and only feel alive due to the performances from the actors.

I have issues with the choices of characters here, which I suppose is what Tyldum wants you to debate about. These actions make it difficult to sympathize with characters, despite their terrible situation. Passengers wants to be a grand sci/fi epic, but feels too small a story for the visuals depicting otherwise. Also, can we stop with the boring posters of actors faces? Come on.
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Also, can we stop with the boring posters of actors faces? Come on.
I think that style of poster could be okay for a proper character-driven drama, but I agree that it's very bland and overused, and this one certainly doesn't match the advertising for the film (even if those trailers were misleading).

I have to return some videotapes.

The House

Captain America: Civil War
Transformers: The Last Knight


Baby Driver

The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Damn was it disturbing, wow.
The Nice Guys

Alien: Covenant
Get Out
- I can respect the filmmaking, but I will not be watching this again.


La La Land

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Captain Underpants

I've been gone a good 4 months and as I come back you're still not done with your top films list. Come on!
Because I don't want members like you to miss out on it all

You can't win an argument just by being right!

Doesnt stand up to the charm of the first one. Great scenery, lovely retro colour palette without being OTT, nice cinemtography, good soundtrack, kid was great, but I had no connection with the dog. Felt like the director was still heartbroken that Koko died and the movie just lacked heart. One long australiana music video. I was disappointed and nodded off towards the end.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) -

The title of this film (and the related trailers) are somewhat misleading. Instead of being about the tension between man and ape exploding into an epic battle for the planet, this film is more of an emotional story for Caesar as he tries to come to terms with the events of Dawn, and the consequences his ongoing decisions have on the entire ape community.

Despite expecting an action-packed film, I was fine with the change of pace. However there was nothing really spectacular about it, and it often felt like the writers were trying too hard to reach a situation similar to the world of the first Planet of the Apes, while allowing the apes to keep the moral high ground. While I didn't like it as much as Rise or Dawn, it was still a solid and perfectly enjoyable film.

Scream 3. When people connected to the production of Stab 3, the Hollywood movie series based on the real-life killing sprees in the first two films, start getting murdered, series survivors Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale (Courtney Cox) and Dewey (David Arquette) fear the nightmare is starting all over again. Why is the new killer so obsessed with finding Sidney? And why do they keep leaving photos of Sid's mom as a young girl at the scene of every murder? The third film in the great horror series often comes in for stick, but to be honest I've always liked it and still do, and indeed actually somewhat prefer it to the 2nd one (the climax is certainly stronger IMO). Still a lot of fun.