R.I.P.D., a review by addicted2dvd
Jeff Bridges as Roy
Ryan Reynolds as Nick
Kevin Bacon as Hayes
Mary-Louise Parker as Proctor
Stephanie Szostak as Julia
James Hong as Nick's Avatar
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
My Thoughts:I decided to watch this one today. Going into this one I heard both good and bad about it. After watching it... while I can see where the bad reviews were coming from... I personally enjoyed it. Sure it is cheesy as can be... but I just found it to be a whole lot of fun! As always I liked Ryan Reynolds in this film. And for a change I even liked Kevin Bacon. Which is surprising as I usually can't stand him. The one I didn't like in this film would have to be Jeff Bridges. Anyway, if you go into this one just looking for some good cheesy fun... I think you will enjoy it. But if you go into this one expecting anything more I think you will come out of it disappointed.
(From What Movies I Been Watching on December 23rd, 2013)
Inglorious Basterds, a review by Jon
5 out of 5
Goosebumps. An all too rare indication that what you are watching, listening to or reading, is special, and although Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds is not perfect, it certainly was during the final sequence set poetically in a cinema. There’s one image in particular that could already be one of my favourite cinematic moments of all time.
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Shosanna laughs on screen while the cinema burns and she of course, is already dead. Superb.
I won’t spoil it because I hope you’ll consider watching it yourselves, though to do so may require some effort. Tarantino is brilliant, but undisciplined, and despite several scenes standing out as some of his best work, as a whole, it could easily frustrate the unprepared. For a start, the trailer is borderline misleading, because the Basterd’s rampage Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France is a small part of a much larger picture.
Undisciplined he may be, but indulgent, not so much. That’s a popular criticism, but largely unfounded. The key to understanding Basterds is to see it as a comic book fantasy where anything can happen. Tarantino would make a bloody brilliant comics writer! Episodic, bursts of excess, tempered by drama and poignancy. You only have to think how inherently ridiculous Batman, Spider-Man or Judge Dredd is, yet they can all find real heart. That is Inglorious Basterds and in fact, that comic book style can be traced right back to Reservoir Dogs. Not showing the actual heist and concentrating on dialogue between impossibly cool looking anti-heroes is just the sort of narrative decision the Frank Miller’s and John Wagner’s of this world make. Ah, if only he could still do a Bond...
To do this on film successfully is tough (Sin City almost did it). To do it and pull off a ludicrous plot that will have you punching the air and laughing at the audacity is astonishing. It is an amazing screenplay that ranges from subtle to outrageous, but it works largely thanks to a brilliant cast. Pitt is great as the leader of The Basterd’s. Brutal, and very funny, he’s the perfect poster boy for the film, but he’s matched throughout, especially by Melanie Laurent as the stories real heroine Shosanna and one of the best villains of recent years, Christoph Waltz as Lando. The action is led by these characters, not the other way around. So it is that the simply wonderful opening that takes its cues from Once Upon A Time In The West, builds into tense wordplay that respects the actors and challenges the viewer. It’s a perfect demonstration of film writing.
There are several scenes like this, peppered with brutal violence (the basement scene is classic Tarantino), and here is my only real criticism, because by always deferring to the drama, it makes it perhaps a bit too unpredictable. It feels like it loses its way with all the strands until they all snap back for the finale, despite those strands being perfect on their own. I have a feeling a second viewing will work much better.
But what cannot fail to work from the moment you set your eyes on this is how gorgeous it looks, and so detailed, with lots of little touches that show Tarantino was working at the top of anyone’s game, not just his own. There’s a particular moment with cream of all things in a restaurant that I’d bet a lot of directors would never think of. Then there’s the film within a film (“Nation’s Pride”) that you only catch glimpses of during the last chapter. It couldn’t look more different to the film proper or more authentic, yet “indulgent” Tarantino wisely refuses to show it to us properly. For the most part he understands how to work an audience as well as anyone.
It would only delay that incredible moment in the cinema. He’s used Hitchcock technique before to less success (Death Proof) and here uses another one; the irony of a scene playing out with an audience, except with a twist and then some! And in the middle of all the carnage, there’s the goosebumps. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, thank goodness for a director like Quentin Tarantino. This isn't his best work, but it's better than a lot currently out there. He’ll never be boring, that’s for sure.
(From Jon's Random Reviews on September 29th, 2009)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
The Search, Part I
Synopsis: During his stay at the Utopia Planitia ship yards (prior to his assignment to DS9), Sisko has helped designing and building a ship whose sole purpose was to fight the Borg: The Defiant. It's over-powered and over-gunned for a ship this size but now DS9 needs it. And the feature list has been updated. In the hope to find the Founders of the Dominion without having to engage in battle the Defiant has got a cloaking system - sponsored by the Romulan Empire. Sisko hopes to contact the Founders and show them that the Federation is no enemy of them.
My Opinion: From a diplomatic and tactical POV this was a stupid idea. If you'd want to negotiate with the leaders of an enemy force, would you take your biggest gunship and try to sneak into enemy territory? It would be like taking a B-2 Spirit, landing it on the Red Square and trying to talk to Khrushchev. But I liked the general idea of the Defiant from the beginning. The Star Trekian universe has never been a very peaceful one and the Federation is surrounded mostly by hostile forces. I wonder how many Starfleet ships have been destroyed in the cardassian border wars because they weren't really equipped to fight in a war.
The Search, Part II
Synopsis: Unfortunately the cloaking system didn't help in the end and when the crew returns to DS9, the Vorta are already there and they negotiate with Starfleet. But Sisko and the others become more and more uneasy because of where these negotiations are going. Meanwhile Kira and Odo are still in the GQ because Odo has finally found his people.
My Opinion: I remember that - when I watched it for the first time - I didn't see it coming that the changelings are the Founders. But this episode also made clear that the Dominion isn't interested in being left alone. Now that they know of the wormhole they want to impose their idea of 'order' in the AQ and there isn't much Sisko or Starfleet could do about it, short of actually blowing up the wormhole. Or as Aragorn said to Théoden: "Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not."
The House of Quark
Synopsis: A drunken Klingon attacks Quark in his bar but accidentally kills himself. But Quark tells a story how he heroically killed the warrior in a battle of life and death. And ironically, some Klingons actually want that he sticks to that story, although for different reasons. And suddenly Quark finds himself as the head of a klingon house.
My Opinion: I loved this episode. Quark and Grillka were great together and the clashing of ferengi and klingon culture was also fun to watch. But divorce seems to be painful. And it was nice to see chancellor Gowron again although I have to admit the more klingon episodes I watch the less I can wait for Martok to make his appearance.
Synopsis: Dax begins to behave irrationally and aggressively. Additionally she has hallucinations. Bashir fears that the symbiosis is breaking apart and that they may lose Jadzia. Sisko and Bashir return with her to Trill but the mystery is getting bigger instead of being solved. Something isn't right with one of Dax's previous hosts.
My Opinion: This was an average episode. The 'revelation' wasn't that interesting and the episode hadn't much plot at all.
(From Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Marathon on October 18th, 2008)