Mad Max (1979)

I wasn’t very mad about this film, but it took some stunts to the maximum. Mel Gibson (extremely young Mel Gibson) is great as Max, a cop in the near future who has to take on an evil biker gang that attacks his family. The movie doesn’t feel very futuristic but it is pretty fun just from a zany/stunt-filled perspective. I love when one biker loses his hand and his boss asks for it back and I love how George Miller uses a very Hitchcockian direction when it comes to the violent moments of the film. Some of the Australian accents are hard to understand and I felt like I missed a lot of lines, especially when there were engines revving or sirens wailing (which was about 90% of the movie). Still, I had a lot of fun in this near-future where Mel Gibson is running smelly bikers off the road for vengeance.

76/100

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014)

A documentary with not a lot of grit but is refreshing like an oasis out in the desert. I thought the idea of this was cool, talking about this fantastic Sci-Fi flick that was never made. I like how they pointed out that the team Jodorowsky put together, came together to make other great films. His films look really crazy and now I want to see some of them. I hope that someday Jodorowsky’s Dune is made. I had a good laugh when he talked about how bad David Lynch’s Dune was, it wasn’t horrible but this film sounded like it could have been much better, and I love David Lynch so that’s hard for me to say. Loved seeing H.R. Giger. What a cool man and excellent artist. If you like movies, Dune or just a decent documentary I would say you should watch this. If not just to be uplifted by Jodorowsky’s undying enthusiasm.

81/100

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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once upon a time there was a man name noodles, played by Robert De Niro, who starred in a 4 hour long film done by Sergio Leone. I found myself feeling some trepidation as I sat down for this film, because the sheer length of it scared me. It took me two viewings, one day 45 minutes and the other over 3 hours. I finally made it through and I would say it is a really good movie, if you have the patience for it. I think the cast was awesome, especially James Woods, De Niro and Elizabeth McGovern. The story is pretty sprawling and there are some time jumps that I don’t love, but I think the overall story was good and it’s an epic crime drama. The violence is pretty crazy and there are a few scenes that are hard to watch. Some of the music was good, but some songs in the score are overused. There was a scene with a phone ringing for like ten minutes that drove me crazy, so I’m not a fan of the sound effects guy. It is a great movie and don’t let me talk you out of it in any way, just give yourself a full free day or a couple days to get it finished. It’s worth it.

85/100

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Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Finally Woody Allen conjures up some magic in this romantic comedy about spirit mediums and love. I thought that Emma Stone and Colin Firth worked really well with each other. Emma Stone was born to play roles during this time period, she just looked so great in that 20’s fashion. Colin Firth was excellent as well being the brooding magician who wants to debunk Emma Stones amazing powers. I smiled quite a bit throughout this film and I’m starting to understand a little why people like Woody Allen. I’ve only seen his new stuff, but I’m excited to see some of his classic films. This one was good for one of his newer films.

79/100

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The Giver (2014)

It doesn’t take an elder to tell you that the story this movie is based off of is really good. I don’t think the book translates to a movie as well. I was happy with Jeff Bridges and extremely happy with Odeya Rush. She is a new actress to me and I thought she did a great job and was quite beautiful. Meryl Streep was a pretty big name to have in this but she faded into the background and I’ll probably forget that she was even in this, I feel the same way about Katie Holmes. It was strange seeing Taylor Swift in a live-action role. She did an okay job, she did just a small cameo. I loved the use of black and white and color. It reminded me of Pleasantville. A good movie but ultimately forgettable and you don’t need any special injections to forget it either.

75/100

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Highlander (1986)

There can only be one, plus seventy points given to this film. So this was my first time seeing this movie after many people have quoted it and talked about how they loved it. I’m not exactly sure what people really love about it other than its campy B-Movie-ness. Some of the sword fights were cool and Sean Connery was a Spanish pretty-boy but that’s really all the best things I can say. Christopher Lambert was cool but he was impossible to hear with his accent and how quiet he spoke. The sound quality of the film was pretty horrible. Some of the special effects ranged for hokey to pretty good. The story is a bit flimsy and I still am not totally sure what the fabled “prize” really was at the end. It’s a good piece of entertainment but I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

71/100

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Leviathan (2014)

The title may be leviathan but the plot was as big as a minnow. This movie was another boring foreign film along the same lines as Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Many long series of nature shots that are gorgeous and long bouts of silence. No dialogue or music, just still shots of nature. Also like Blue is the Warmest Color where they just ate all the time, these Russians just sat around drinking vodka. I think in the 2 hours and 20 minutes of film I watched about 7 or 8 bottles get finished. Fascinating. When there was some political intrigue the film started to get good, and then it was back to nature and drinking and silence again. The ending will also leave you scratching your head and make you wonder why you watched this film that stinks worse than low tide.

12/100

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