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Old 07-08-2013, 04:56 PM   #7225
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Well I was afforded the opportunity to see Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Director Antoine Fuqua has done some pretty good flicks and i'll grant that this one was well structured in terms of the direction but boy did the script and other such elements just about sunk this movie. The only reason this movie gets a bit of a pass for me is that I recognized it for what it was: a "shut off your brain and just enjoy the kablooey" flick.

First of all, as a political junkie the whole setup to getting the White House breached and taken over was pure fantasy and not to mention an insane suicide mission for the plotters and the country behind said plot. In a more realistic world
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. There are other issues as well but I won't get into them because i'd be sitting here all day typing them out.

That being said, as I said before the movie IS well crafted from a technical standpoint (well some of the SFX looked really cheap especially this one panorama shot of the capital where it looked like a desktop miniature) and the acting was generally quite good. In a "Die Hard" type movie it falls on the chemistry between the hero and the main villain and the way the Villain treats his captors. I have to say Gerrard Butler was pretty damn good in his role as he pulled off the tough guy act very convincingly and knowing the backstory to his character at the beginning of the movie added to the urgency and sense of redemption he was seeking. Rick Yune who played the main villain Kang was VERY good. He had the cold, heartless bastard kind of personality and was very ruthless. I liked that Fuqua chose to use NK rather than middle eastern bad guys in this flick as it gives it a bit of a different dimension rather than the tired old "DOWN WITH THE INFIDELS!" schtick of movie Arabs.

The rest of the supporting cast was fairly good and Finlay Jacobsen who played the president's son was NOT annoying at all. I actually liked that he was very interested in the work of the secret service and looked up to Butler's character. Morgan Freeman was a bit of a cipher in the movie though which is a disappointment. Any ol' guy could've played his role and made it work but it was nice to see him nonetheless. Oh BTW, for the comic book fans? Angela Bassett HAS to play Amanda Waller if they ever put her to film. I know that DC intentionally revamped Waller's look to fit Bassett but seeing her as the head of the secret service in this movie I think she can pull off the Amanda Waller character.

Anywho, I hope that Fuqua's next movie (a movie version of the excellent '80s TV show The Equalizer) will be better served from a common sense/scripting purpose as that was the biggest hurdle OHF had and clearly didn't get over. I also have to say the plot as it was, was fairly weak once the setup got dealt with. As much as Roland Emmerich gets some hate at least his movies TRY to craft an elaborate and dense story so i'm interested in seeing White House Down in comparison to this movie. I have a feeling the latter may be better.

OHF barely gets 2 stars for me and that's only because I realized what this was: "Die Hard in the White House" so I just turned off my brain as hard as that was for me and just went for the ride.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:54 PM   #7226
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Jack the Giant Slayer 3D. Solid teen adventure movie and good 3D.

12 Rounds Reloaded. Meh. Really liked the first one with Cena.
Randy Orton wasn't bad but the plot was forgettable especially since its already been done.

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:42 AM   #7227
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Back to the vaults we go! (though my next movie will be another flick from 2013)

The Unholy Wife (1957)

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Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust matters, she forms a murderous scheme, which seems to be going wrong...or is it? Will irony intervene in time to thwart a seemingly perfect crime?
This movie starred Rod Steiger as Paul and Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe in Diana Dors as Phylis. The acting is...very uneven. Steiger was clearly sleepwalking in this flick as he was mumbling along and just seemed unmotivated to give much of a performance while Dors was quite good. After watching the movie I read a review on IMDB from a user who completely changed my view of the film as the unholy wife wasn't really Dors but rather Steiger!

The plot is basically this in a nutshell: Steiger is a big time vineyard owner and is a big shot in Napa Valley. He gets into an argument with his best friend and they patch things up. Dors, who's fed up by her husband plans to kill him using the excuse of a prowler around the house for the shooting but rather than killing Steiger she accidentally kills his friend which forces her to recalibrate her plan and through manipulation gets Paul to admit killing his friend and sets things up so that Paul is easily convicted for murder.

Now here's where the reviewer totally changed my view of the movie as towards the end of the film Steiger talks to his priest brother (played by Arthur Franz) and admits he married Dors because she has a son and a "war wound" has left him impotent. The reviewer said that that was more likely a 1950s way of saying that Steiger was really gay and needed an heir to his vineyard empire.

Well that snapped things in place for me as Steiger seemed cold and condescending to Dors throughout and without any kind of intimacy she basically was pushed into finding another suitor because of sheer boredom and being lonely as Paul was more interested in his business. The movie actually makes Dors VERY sympathetic and one could see the hypocrisy within the story as her eventual downfall is
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The movie is a bit lurid and does have some good twists and turns but like I said the unevenness of the acting by the leads kinda sinks it. However, it's worth a watch if you can see it just to see it within the prism of Steiger's character being gay as it turns the story on its head a bit. Apparently this was a "ripped from the headlines" kind of story which saw two other filmed versions with the same scenario. One from the previous year and a TV movie in the late '80s starring Ann-Margret. I will attempt to locate said versions whether I find them or not it'll be a LOOONG time before they're reviewed.

Anywho this gets about 2 stars for me.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:54 PM   #7228
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American Psycho, again after first seeing it like 7 years ago. Some ppl hate, others love it. I've always liked this film, mainly because of the acting of Christian Bale... and i love the scene where Bateman kills Paul.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:44 PM   #7229
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American Psycho, again after first seeing it like 7 years ago. Some ppl hate, others love it. I've always liked this film, mainly because of the acting of Christian Bale... and i love the scene where Bateman kills Paul.
Thaaanks, now I've got that image of him jigging to 'Hip to be Square' stuck in my head. LOL
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Thaaanks, now I've got that image of him jigging to 'Hip to be Square' stuck in my head. LOL
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:35 PM   #7231
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Just a note, I lied about my next review. (this is what I get for writing my reviews earlier in the day) I'm doing a project with all the Godzilla movies. Now I believe I reviewed both versions of the first Godzilla film looong ago but briefly:

Japanese Version: VERY GOOD!
American Version: Quite good and the insertion of Raymond Burr was actually quite logical.

I can't remember if I reviewed the 2nd film but nonetheless i'll be starting this off with it. These are the original Japanese versions with subtitles. I plan to watch a Godzilla movie every Friday at some point and have the review up sometime that day or Saturday.

That's all for my announcement
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American Psycho, again after first seeing it like 7 years ago. Some ppl hate, others love it. I've always liked this film, mainly because of the acting of Christian Bale... and i love the scene where Bateman kills Paul.
I've never spoke to anybody who hated this movie. In fact, most people I've run into are quick to bring it up as a favorite, especially when talking about Christian Bale. It's been a while since I've watched it, think I'll make it a point to introduce this one to my girlfriend soon
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