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Forum: Movie Talk
09-06-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,663
Posted By Yavin

Re: Nightcrawler -- D: Gilroy S: Gyllenhaal, Paxton, Russo -- 10/17/14

A snippet from my spoiler-free capsule review from the Toronto International Film Festival (http://cinematicallyenigmatic.blogspot.com/2014/09/NightcrawlerTIFFReview.html):



4 out of 5.
Forum: Movie Talk
08-08-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 90,446
Posted By Yavin

Re: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) (D: Liebesman; S: Fox, Arnett, Fichtner)

Call me crazy, but I liked it... I liked it a lot. The Turtle designs weren't as off-putting as I imagined (and they moved with the agility of Spider-Man but with the physical prowess of Batman),...
Forum: Movie Talk
07-31-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 741
Views: 48,792
Posted By Yavin

Re: Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn, 2014) The Reviews Thread

Here's an excerpt from my full review (http://cinematicallyenigmatic.blogspot.com/2014/07/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyReview.html):



4.5 out of 5. Loved the visual nods to The Empire Strikes Back ...
Forum: Movie Talk
07-18-14, 01:09 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,578
Posted By Yavin

Re: The Purge: Anarchy (2014) D: DeMonaco; S: Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilfo

My take on it (from my full review (http://cinematicallyenigmatic.blogspot.com/2014/07/ThePurgeAnarchyReview.html)):



3.5 out of 5. (One of these stars can be attributed solely to Grillo and...
Forum: Movie Talk
07-11-14, 10:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,430
Posted By Yavin

Begin Again (2014, D: John Carney)

This is the latest film from John Carney, the director of Once. It was formerly title Can a Song Save Your Life? and when you watch the film you can easily see why: the story (which will sound...
Forum: Movie Talk
06-27-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 16,365
Posted By Yavin

Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Bay, 2014) The Reviews Thread

I feel like I'm the only one who didn't hate this. Yes, it was big. Yes, it was dumb. Yes, it was loud. But it's a Michael Bay film. He deals in a very specific type of popcorn entertainment, and Age...
Forum: Movie Talk
06-13-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,301
Posted By Yavin

Re: 22 Jump Street (Lord & Miller, 2014) The Reviews Thread

Here's my take:



3.5 out of 5. My full review can be found here (http://cinematicallyenigmatic.blogspot.com/2014/06/22JumpStreetReview.html).
Forum: Movie Talk
05-30-14, 10:51 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 14,325
Posted By Yavin

Re: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014, McFarlane) S: Theron, Seyfried, Harris

This is really a film for Family Guy fans. It really feels like a live-action, extended episode of that show. It doesn't have as much heart as Ted, but that doesn't mean it's completely devoid of...
Forum: Movie Talk
05-30-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,105
Posted By Yavin

Re: Maleficent (5/30/2014, Stromberg) S: Jolie, Fanning

I was indifferent about Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but I liked Oz the Great and Powerful a fair bit. I'd say Maleficent ties with Raimi's Oz in my books. 3.5 out of 5.

Here's a snippet from my...
Forum: Movie Talk
05-16-14, 02:46 PM
Replies: 538
Views: 33,168
Posted By Yavin

Re: Godzilla (Edwards, 2014) The Reviews Thread

Long story short, the human element of the film was alright, but the excellent cast was extremely underused. I also echo the sentiment that the film could've used more hot monster-on-monster action....
Forum: Movie Talk
05-09-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 20,740
Posted By Yavin

Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 as well.

From my review (http://cinematicallyenigmatic.blogspot.com/2014/05/UnderTheSkinReview.html):
Forum: Movie Talk
05-09-14, 12:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,859
Posted By Yavin

Re: Neighbors (2014, Stoller) - S: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

A solid 4 out of 5 in my books. It's got heart, it's got farts, it's got body parts (both real and the plastic variety). Rogen and Efron play off each other exceedingly well. And it's great to see...
Forum: Movie Talk
05-02-14, 11:10 AM
Replies: 306
Views: 20,437
Posted By Yavin

Re: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Webb, 2014) The Reviews Thread

The film's main problem are its one-note villains, especially Electro:



But Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone do an excellent job conveying the dynamics of the Peter/Gwen relationship:


...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-25-14, 01:47 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,768
Posted By Yavin

Re: Brick Mansions (remake of Banlieue 13/District B13) S: Paul Walker

Thanks! I'm really glad to hear the positive feedback. I've been toiling away at it for months and months now out of pure passion. Looking forward to publishing my 100th review within the next couple...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-24-14, 11:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,768
Posted By Yavin

Re: Brick Mansions (remake of Banlieue 13/District B13) S: Paul Walker

Walker, Belle and RZA have some good chemistry together, which adds to the fun of the pic -- it even helps make the dialog more palatable. Because it's all very campy: the dialog, the action, the...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-18-14, 11:55 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,930
Posted By Yavin

Re: Transcendence (2014) D: Pfister; S: Depp, Mara, Freeman, Hall, Murphy, Bettany

Since there's no review thread for this yet, I'll keep my comments brief and spoiler-free:

The film has a great cast, no question (although Depp disappoints by deadpanning his way all the way...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-11-14, 08:46 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 32,583
Posted By Yavin

Re: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014, Evans)

Yeah, this was an epic beat-em-up for the ages. Brutal and gory, with nothing held back. All the violence felt like it had a purpose, and it didn't get bogged down in the melodrama of the plot (which...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-11-14, 08:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,028
Posted By Yavin

Re: OCULUS (April 2014) S: Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites

^ In regards to the house, I think she became the owner again because no one wanted to buy it, on account of it being a murder house and all.

Anyway, I was really impressed by this one. For those...
Forum: Movie Talk
04-04-14, 10:42 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 24,698
Posted By Yavin

Re: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Russo & Russo, 2014) The Reviews Thread

Well, this was just about a damn near perfect Marvel film for me. Loved what the Russo Brothers did with this, making it a film about covert warfare and government subversion. It could have very...
Forum: Movie Talk
03-21-14, 10:43 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 21,271
Posted By Yavin

Re: Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac; S: LaBeouf, Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, Dafoe, Thurman

From what I understand, the VOD and the theatrical releases should be identical. But in any case, there isn't actually too much explicit content in the film. Nudity, yes, but graphic content is very...
Forum: Movie Talk
03-14-14, 11:41 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,727
Posted By Yavin

Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) D: Anderson, S: Fiennes, Schwartzman, Norton, Ron

^ Perhaps ... :) I thought this could be considered Anderson's best film yet. It's such a lavish, narratively complex film, full of so many interesting characters -- and it moves at a...
Forum: Movie Talk
03-14-14, 11:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,220
Posted By Yavin

Re: The Last Days on Mars (2013 , Schreiber, Koteas)

I saw this recently as well. I vaguely remember some reviews back in December trashing the film, but it was a decent sci-fi/horror genre pic. Very Alien-esque ... if you substitute space truckers and...
Forum: Movie Talk
03-14-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,074
Posted By Yavin

Re: Need For Speed (Waugh, 2014) The Reviews Thread

As a videogame adaptation, this was surprisingly decent, though the storyline on its own is middle of the road. The cast, however, does a good job selling their scenes with humor and emotion;...
Forum: Movie Talk
02-28-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,095
Posted By Yavin

Re: Non-Stop (2014) D: Collet-Serra; S: Neeson, Moore, Mount, Dockery

Those who liked Unknown will probably enjoy this one as well. Neeson is once again doing what he does best (showing us his detective skills and pummeling his enemies) but the wry humor and slick...
Forum: Movie Talk
02-21-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,530
Posted By Yavin

Re: 3 Days to Kill (2014, Director: McG / Producer: Luc Besson) S: Costner, Heard

Taken this movie most certainly was not. The script throws in all of Besson's familiar character types (the reluctant hero, the femme fatale and the Eurocentric villains), but it forgets to give the...
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