Gladiator

July 13, 2009

Gladiator

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/

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I omitted a trailer because it honestly sucks and ruins a good scene. The movie focuses on Maximus, a commander of the Northern Roman Army, who the emperor wishes to lead Rome. When the emperor’s son hears of this outrage it prompts retaliation and he unleashes hell by ordering the execution of Maximus, his son, and his wife.

This is the story of the arena and one man’s fall from glory and rise to Rome. A movie of retribution via indirect influence of the people that define Rome.

8/10

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The Sky Crawler / Sukai Kurora

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1056437/

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Admittedly I watched this movie in about 6 separate viewings spanning 5 weeks because something always came up whilst watching it. I’d say the time-line is the near future or alternate present. Nothing is really too ‘outside the realm of reality’ per say. The art is rather intriguing with almost 2 dimensional character animation that is on par with South Park and background art so vivid and detailed that it challenges that of some of the great 2D hand-drawn art Disney mastered before sidelining it for the 3D cgi bullshit.

The character pauses and long silences I have always been a fan of but I could see someone not enjoying them. Attention spans suck today and a good 10 second scene of two people just staring at each otherĀ  while drinking may go against the common grain. I felt like the plot really didn’t start getting developed until an hour into the film but when it did it made all the trivial crap from the first half extremely relevant. There were some twists and ‘hints’ that I should have gotten early but my intermittent watching kinda threw off my game.

The characters reminded me of mannequins, I liked the extended pauses, the air fights were amazing, and there is multiple subs/dubs to choose from.

7/10

The Hurt Locker

June 21, 2009

THE HURT LOCKER

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvMfyK9vGtI&feature

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One of the most surprising movies I’ve seen all year. The movie takes place in Iraq… yet has not even a hint of “pro America”, “anti war”, or POLITICS. It’s just a setting for something a bit deeper and more enthralling. There is no testosterone-fueled combat, big guns, or stupid “war is hell” moments. The director is a woman to boot. Probably what makes this movie feel like a breath of fresh-air compared to it’s counter parts. I honestly came close to considering it one of the top five movies I’ve ever seen. It’s at least top ten.

The ending drives this movie home and leaves you with an awkward aftertaste that takes moments to fully process and mull over.

I am also taking this time to invent a arbitrary rating system. I give this movie a
9.1 / 10