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I didn't include Short Films (Both Live Action and Animated) since I have no idea about them
Boku no Hero Academia (2016)
Watched first 4-5 episodes. Doesn't work. Don't even think about comparing this garbage with One Punch Man.
Every emotion is forced and out of place. They try to make you ride a emotional roller coaster. They expect you to be happy, sad, awed watching the same scene. The jokes are so unnatural. No way someone can connect with any of the characters.
This anime feels like the studio was just trying to sneak in public's Love for One Punch Man.
PS I didn't want to drag another anime into this review, but all the the positive reviews I read was doing the same.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, through the eyes of a DC fan
After last year's stupid Ant-man and disappointing Age of Ultron I wasn't going to waste my money on another star studded, cgi action flick that will just build up for Thanos or something. Fortunately my friend had a free ticket. And honestly, this is the best Marvel movie to this date.
Of course it still is another star studded, cgi action flick building up the stage for Thanos. But Civil War has a lot more going for it. It tells a story. Story of friendship, ideology and origin. Villain is irrelevant here. Although we are eager to see where this is going, we still can't take our mind off this story. And even though I didn't care much for all the jokes and quirkiness, I couldn't stop laughing at them.
I wanted something "deep" from BVS. People need to learn that "deep" and "dark" are not the same thing. If you are looking for something deep, dramatic, entertaining and you are angry at Zack Snyder for not delivering what was promised to you, then go and watch Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Best picture of summer 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road didn't only live up to all the hypes it built, for me it has surpassed the expectations on some levels. It's the ultimate action film. Believe the buzz. 98% on rotten tomato, 89% on metascore and 8.6 on IMDb don't lie. Only some self proclaimed "movie freak" call this masterpiece a "brainless horsesh*t".
Blood boiling actions scenes(unlike Furious 7, doesn't follow the Tamil action trend), heart pounding musical score, testosterone pumping car chasing are delivered as promised. In addition I was greeted with a well written story and some of the strongest acting I've ever seen in a commercial film.
I'm not gonna spoil it anymore like most of the producers are doing to their big cinemas with their trailers. So here's the final verdict. 8/10 as a movie in general and 9/10 as an action film. Watch it alone. Even if you fail to grasp the specialness, you'll enjoy a well spent two hours.
Furious Seven (2015)
Worst Fast & Furious since Tokyo Drift
This series has been showing numerous numbers of unrealistic stuffs. And I've been quite enjoying them honestly. But this seventh film has just broken the limit. Now it's just ridiculous. They used to show few innovations in the previous films. But this time they've probably figured, "Hey, we've gotten the fans hooked. We've brought in a new star, and a core star died. So there's no way this one need anything new. We'll just repeat 50% stuffs from the previous movies, steal another 20% from other franchises and add a lot of clichés to fill in the rest."
I didn't expect the cast to do any legendary acting, but the least they could do is actually be in "character" during the filming. All of the actors were like just "being themselves".
And about the stunts and CGIs, be as ridiculous as you want just represent is somewhat believable. The subplots are probably some of the worsts. "God's Eye", seriously? Seriously they expect to sell this crappy idea??
The only reason this film is this much successful is because of the death of Paul Walker. There I've said it.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Cheap Plot but a Classy Film
Let's face it every spy movie will always have a cheap plot. It's how they execute their idea that's what should be the main criteria of judging the movie. And judging by the Kingsman: The Secret Service's execution, it's only fair to say that this film is anything but cheap. And although it's not as classy as James Bond, it has surely managed to entertain us in a "Gentleman's Way".
The characters may seem like a bunch of stereotypes. But if you stick with it, you'll realize they are not exactly our regular stereotypes.
There are some powerful actors. But the acting is kind of disappointing.
The best part of this movie is the action scenes. And while they are the most amazing actions I've seen in a very long time, it felt like they lacked something else.
Another clever thing about Kingsman is the subplots. What this film lacked in the main plot, partially made up with it's subplots. I'm not gonna spoil them by giving any example.
Final verdict: 7.4/10, you have got to watch it. Whatever vibes it gives at first, trust me it ain't that kind of movie.
I think I understand romance at least a little bit better now
My life would be incomplete, if I don't write few words on this films. The only reason this film isn't getting a 9/10 stars is because the sci-fi part isn't anything genius. But let push that aside for now. Because, when I was watching this film I barely concentrated on the science part.
I've always liked Jim Carrie and Kate Winslet. But this is the first movie that made me respect these two. Elijah Wood and Mark Ruffalo was good enough. I've never figured out whether I hated Kristen Dunst's character or it was just her.
From the technical point of view: the special effects, smart. Film editing, award worthy. Soundtrack, okay. Sound mixing, good. Screenplay, one of the best in the genre.
I want to state this as clearly as possible, I ROOTED FOR THE FICTIONAL COUPLE IN "ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND". And I'm not ashamed of it.
Final verdict: 8.4/10. It's a "Nice" movie for everyone. But a masterpiece for multidimensional people.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It doesn't take anything special to live/make a wonderful... life/movie.
The movie is beautiful. Although it took 1 hour to get me interested on what was happening on screen. Afterwards the film is a bit intense but kind of plain.
It's a Wonderful Life is like a fable. Teaching a moral through the life of George Baily a small town folk who is going to kill himself on the Christmas eve, while an angel Clarence tries to make him understand how valuable a human life is.
The acting performance isn't one of the greatest. But good enough for a classic. I'd say the same thing for all the technical stuffs, but I don't know much history about how these things were back in the 1940's.
From a cultural point of view It's a Wonderful Life is an very good film, but only a very good film.
Final verdict: 8.4 out of 10. Do I recommend it: Yes. Do I wanna see it again: No.
Cidade de Deus (2002)
First Half Is Bland, but The Final Half... (:Q______) Just STUNNING!
I don't know how to begin. It's one of those films you can't explain easily to anyone else but yourself. Then you have to, yes you have to watch City of God just once in your life.
It's a different kind of cinema. Different than your regular average shoot 'em up. Sure it doesn't offer that kind of vibe at first. But if you see through the whole movie, you won't regret it, just have to stay focused on the on screen stuffs.
If I ever learn Portuguese, it would be to watch this movie again. It's kind of shame that I had to keep reading the subtitles, when the real deal was not in it. Don't want to perform any further autopsy on this decent and entertaining piece of art.
Final Verdict: 9.0/10. A super powerful slap across the face of Hollywood, where you can witness about 10 failures to create a realistic and gun fighting film every year.
Dying Light (2015)
Run, Crane! Run!
Sick gameplay, awesome graphics, haunting score and a nice story.
Graphics: 9/10. Excellent graphics. Awesome animations, specially the slow motion zombie decapitations. A brutal depiction of a doomed city, both the poorer and the richer sides. The visuals are beautiful.
Gameplay: 8/10. The gameplay is the best part of this game. But unfortunately it didn't felt original. With proper upgrade, you could get a grappling hook. After then it's felt like Just Cause 2. In the beginning everything is scary. But by the end of the game we lose the sense of hostility. One thing I have to mention is the day-night circle. Now this game has a sick day-night circle. During the day the zombies aren't much problem. But if you don't find shelter before sunset, you'll learn the true meaning of panic.
Sound and musical score: 8/10. For AAA game Dying Light has fair sound effects. It's been long since I've heard a haunting musical score in a horror game.
Story, screenplay and characters: 8/10. Dying Light has a compelling story line. You play as GRE agent crane, who has landed on zombie infested Hakkan to steal some files from some sort of psycho war lord. You get to meet some very interesting characters. But unfortunately the game focuses way too much on the protagonist who is probably the weakest part of the game. So an anarchy raising villain doesn't get the proper chance to live up to his potential. Other than them, the side characters and influential npcs are really charming. Makes you feel for them. The children melts you heart. I loved the screenplay very much.
Final ratings: What starts as an excellent (9/10) game, ends as a very good (8/10) one. So my final rating is 85%.
Person of Interest (2011)
Typical Nolan stuff... you know mind blowing stuff...
This show never ceases to amaze me. Person of Interest gets better and better with every episode. And there's an unlimited amount of possibilities for this show. It can be anything. In the meantime the writers come up with some of the greatest materials you can see on television.
The acting is below per, but that's the only weak side of this show. Everything else is pretty awesome. All the characters are fascinating. The protagonists are amazing, some of the greatest on TV. But unfortunately they don't have enough spotlight.
Another great thing about Person of Interest that I love, is the musical scores. They are original. The titles of each episodes are probably the best. POI always comes up with amazing episode titles ie Godmode, Ctrl-alt-delete, If-then-else etc.
this movie ROCKS... ...(don't get cocky.. it's about Jazz)
I thought I wasn't gonna review anymore movie from 2014. But this unexpected class has changed my mind. No doubt it's one of the best film of the year. And JK Simmons probably has his one hand on Oscar already. Can't really question anything about this films. It's a very good entertainment. One of the few films of 2014 I've honestly enjoyed watching. It's plain, it's clever, it's entertaining.
It's hard to criticize something this good. But one thing is for sure, it's not "the best". Whiplash lacks two things. Number one, a real purpose in the story. Number two, sufficient subplots. I'm not criticizing anything. I'm just saying it's not up to the same class with the greatest evers.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10. This is one of those films that not many people will find boring.
"SCIENCE! BITCH!" -Jesse, PInkman
That's my first reaction after watching Interstellar. The film itself is out of the world, both literally and metaphorically. It's an emotional voyage through space and time.
Scientifically speaking, it's flawless. This is a true science fiction. They kept the stuffs we already know unchanged. And fictionalized the stuffs we yet to know. I don't understand people who don't understand physics going nuts over the science of Interstellar. *Nolan didn't show anything impossible*.
The visuals is astronomically beautiful. And the musical score is even better. They kept me on the edge of my seat. I could feel every minutes of this film. Interstellar deserves this years Oscars in every visual and musical category. If Interstellar doesn't win all the five Oscars it has been nominated in, the Academy should get rid of these categories for good.
Interstellar is a story of a love between a father and daughter, a promise and an inspirational journey to save the humanity. It is set in the future where survival is the ultimate goal. Which is why I felt the casts could not relate to their characters. Specially Mackenzie Foy. Her amateurish performance is the only downside of this film.
Now excuse me I need to reevaluate my view on life, earth, humanity and God. (That's why I love the Nolans. They always reminds me how petty my life is right now and how much more I can do with it. There are limitless possibilities.)
Too Brilliant for a Label
This is the first time I'm using these words, Birdman is a "modern classic". I've seen a lot of films from IMDb's top 250 recently and Birdman has just become my favorite of all time alongside The Dark Knight and The Shawshank Redemption. Although Birdman has no similarity with either one of them. In fact you can't connect Birdman with any other film despite all the cultural references. Birdman is one of a kind.
Marvelous film making. Powerful screenplay. Legendary acting performance. Alejandro González Iñárritu, before Birdman I've never heard of this man. So it's not like I have some kind of weakness for his style or anything. Yet I've found his directing phenomenal in Birdman. Michael Keaton, experienced actor provided with a role he can connect to easily and the result was acting of a lifetime. Surely Birdman will win Oscar in these three major categories. I feel sorry for Edward Norton and Emma Stone, they gave their best in this film but their roles weren't significant enough to get them on a solid platform to fight for their Oscars. The story is another masterpiece. It's a battle between family and ego. Oh! You think that's Cliché! Don't worry it also have explosions, superheroes and other box office shits. The kind of craps kids these days want. The stuffs that goes viral.
The musical score and the production design are kind of annoying but I think they are meant to be annoying. The film editing is another beauty. I don't understand why it didn't get another Academy Award nomination for film editing.
Final Verdict: Birdman will show you the plain truth you've always failed to see. This film doesn't need any appreciation from the critics or the audiences. Birdman is it's own critic and audience. It's one of a kind.
Pure Hollywood Blockbuster Material
The title "The Battle of The Five Armies" summarizes the film. It's 2 hours of fantastic battle scenes and 10 minutes of silly morality fight.
Now people complaining that it's all battle, they never should have made a trilogy from a single book. I completely agree with them. But where were these people when HP7 Deathly Hallows were made. How come Avengers and Deathly Hallows part 2 make IMDb top 250 and Hobbit is called utter sh**! I mean How on earth Deathly Hallows part 2 achieved 87% metascore! And Avengers was called the ultimate nerd fantasy. Quality wise this Hobbit film is way better Harry Potter and Avengers. Let's not forget the summer blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy", which is in my opinion the real sh**.
Honestly The Battle of The Five Armies is the best Hobbit movies among the three. Trust me this is the coolest fantasy movie of the year. The battles are awesome. The visual effects are excellent. The sound mixing is super.
Final Verdict: If you are a fan, you are gonna watch it anyway. If not don't bother unless you are open minded. It's no where near LOTR, so don't expect. And I don't think this film deserves 8/10. I'm just trying to balance.
A pointless documentary
Can you see the poster? At the top it says "A moving 12 year epic that isn't quite like anything in the history of cinema." THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S NOT A CINEMA. And it's so moving I can't stand it.
How can this be a classic. I mean everyone has a boyhood. What's so f***ing special about Mason's? 100% metascore! Can't believe even the critics fell for Linktlater's con. Honestly do you think it's a "perfect" movie? I hope it wins a Oscar or two and get some recognition so that more people gets to rate this films and it gets out of top250.
The film looks so unreal! It never gave me the impression that it's something more than a documentary. Any idiot with a camera and a lot's of patient can make a film like boyhood. If you have kids you probably film their lives, don't you? What I'm saying is that a lot of people doing the same thing. But it takes something more to make a cinema.
The acting is stupid. I don't know what to expect from bunch of kids who learned acting through this movie. Although I liked Ehtan Hawk and Patricia Arquette's performance. But nothing Oscar worthy. These two are the best thing in this film. Not that there are many good stuffs in it.
Unreality. They shot the film in the span of 12 years. Still shots from last decade looks unreal. It's like they are trying to prove that they worked very hard or something.
Does Boyhood makes you nostalgic? For me that's the ultimate cheap shot taken by Richard Linklater.
Final Verdict: I want my 3 hours back. It's a stupid film, filmed moronically to trick you into believing something that's not real.
Six Feet Under (2001)
Death has a pretty good sense of humor
Pure drama is not really my think. Still I have to give this show a 10 out of 10. First of all Six Feet Under has the best opening credit I've seen so far. It got me hooked up. From the first episode this show had me hooked up. I wasn't trapped. There wasn't any unsolved mystery that I needed to unearth. I came back to this show because this is pure gold.
Six Feet Under revolves around the dysfunctional fisher family who run a funeral service. We get to see the most interesting 5 years of the fishers. And in the end I got rewarded with probably the best series finale of all time.
Flawed characters portrayed by flawless artists and dark comical outlook on life and death are held together by a hollow sense of helplessness. There is also a lesson in this show " The whole world is a graveyard". It reminds me of a simple unavoidable fact that you're alive and alone, and then someday you'll be dead. Gone.
Honestly there's no proper way to explain this show. At least not for me. My final verdict: You can't claim "I've watched a lot of TV show" without watching Six Feet Under.
Although it's not the best film of 2014, undoubtedly it's one of the best of the year.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of petty thief and scavenger Lou Bloom who barely has any sense of moral. But he is highly focused to achieve his success. After being introduced to the business of selling graphic crime videos, he makes a plan to establish his own video selling company and sets it in motion. He climbs on other people's neck to reach the top.
Gyllenhaal does a haunting performance in this film. It's actually an one man show. The story is chilling. Comic in significant amount of scenes. Cinematography was very good. Brings out the night time LA feeling.
Even if the plot doesn't interest you, Nightcrawler is worth watching for Gyllenhaal's performance.
Innocent, Sensitive but AWFUL!
The movie is unoriginal. There's no brilliance. Felt like watching Indian version of Mr.Bean. Amir Khan even tried to do some of Rowan Atkinson's facial expressions. The acting was awful. I only liked Sanjay Dutt's performance, but unfortunately his time on screen was short. The screenplay is poor. Not a single thing stands out as extraordinary.
PK asks some sensitive questions. It's innocent. The movie didn't try to give away the answers. It's up to you if you wanna find the answers. And the film never made fun of any religion. It just made fun of the businesses that take advantage of people's weakness towards religion. The questions PK asks are not genius. Religious speakers pitch these questions at each other every day.
I'll never understand the appeal of "Hindi film songs". They give me headaches. I mean you are moving up in the film industry. You are adding sex scenes. But you can't get rid of these unnecessary musicals!
And another thing that has been bothering me, how come everyone's so pale? I mean it's India. Where are the Brown people. the majority, People who looks like me!
Final verdict: 6.4/10. A poor film. But an entertaining comedy. I hardly say "It's funny" about comedies these days. But PK is truly hilarious. That's why I'm rounding up my rating to a 7 out of 10.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"...I think this might be my masterpiece"
The last dialogue of the movie. I agree with Tarantino. This is his masterpiece. Why? I've enjoyed the entire 2.5 hours. The acting performances were very good. And most importantly there was a satisfying ending.
Forget about the history. Watch it like a movie. Other than that you can't connect with it. Remember connection is very important.
Inglourious Basterds is a complete film from artistic point of view. It is not a serious film. It will make you laugh out loud, root for the good guys, fear the villains, feel sorry for the suffered ones.
There are two outstanding parts in this film. The casting and Christopher Waltz performance. Waltz Oscar is a well deserved one. Truthfully this is the best performance in villains role I've seen since Heath Ledger's Joker. The casting is phenomenal. The "Basterds" are perfect.
A downside of the film is that we are acquainted with Tarantino's style. For this most of the "unexpected scenes" didn't surprise me. Still he managed to steal some individual moments from my consciousness.
Final Verdict: Inglourious Basterds is slightly underrated. My rating is 8.5/10.
Gone Girl (2014)
Thrilling, Mind Blowing and in the end Exhausting
The film started slow but tensed. You could sense something was not right. It felt like a widower's reminiscence. Quickly it built up something promising and gained my attention. Then from there it got exaggerated and it was too much.
The film can be divided into three parts. The first part was regular David Fincher cliché. I love the second part most. The final part felt unnecessary.
Everyone's been talking about Rosamund Pike's performance. No doubt it's worthy of an Oscar. But for me all the actresses' performances were strong in this film. In comparison the actors were weak. Honestly this film offers only one noticeable male performance, just Affleck, and he is the protagonist.
The score isn't that very good. The screenplay deserves some nomination. Film editing is another category worthy of some awards. I didn't notice anything special about cinematography.
Gone Girl is a fantastic film, and but still it doesn't make director David Fincher's top 3.
The true "Dark Knight"
If this is the real dark knight, that makes Chris Nolan's Batman a snow white knight. Never before I've seen Batman so weak and also so strong. At first I hated the idea of elder Batman, Joker and Superman. But that was stupid of me. In fact this film has opened my eyes. I was reluctant to entertain the idea of Zack Snyder's Batman vs Superman. For me Christian Bale was the one true Batman. But now I've realized there will always be something uniquely special about every single version of Batman.
The voice performances were beautiful. The animations were awesome. Christopher Drake's score was one of the best I've listened in an animation film. The "old Batman's" fighting scenes were epic.
For the story, all of the stuffs can be anticipated from the beginning. Yet when these stuffs happen, your expectation will be met with something greater. This is the first animation film that has made me cry since Toy Story 3.
If the Snyder's Batman vs Superman can even be half as good as The Dark Knight Returns, it will kick all the Marvel blockbusters right in their faces.
The Interview (2014)
It's a lame joke and it sucks
Honestly Kim Jong-un can use this movie to promote himself by showing that how Hollywood's best comedy film maker failed to make fun of him. I get it, it's a joke. But the joke is lame. The film itself sucks. Where is the comedy?
James Franco was overacting the whole movie and Seth Rogen wasn't acting at all. Every last bit of performance was pathetic. And I was only starting to like these two. At first I thought the hacking threats were real, but now I'm having my fair share of doubt. Was it an advertisement attempt?
It's been a long time since I've used "painful" for a movie. But this one totally deserves it. It's not worth it, even if it means defying a dictator.
Mass Effect 2 (2010)
Legendary, Epic, Masterpiece
There're a lot to do in this game. Fighting bad guys, forming team, collecting resources, making tough choices, choosing sides, and of course saving the galaxy.
You start the game few months after the ending of the first game. Humanity's place in the galaxy has never been stronger before. As commander Sheppard you can start the same game you left in Mass Effect 1. The graphic details are improved, specially the character designs. You can travel to the furthest system in the Milkyway with your new and improved Normandy. You can romance few of your crews. You meet most some new characters.
The combats system is linear and not much exciting, easier than the previous game. Level designs are silly. But the all the battles are super bad-ass.
Gran Torino (2008)
Brilliant but lazy
The idea was excellent. The execution was praiseworthy. But somewhere down the road they got lazy.
Clint Eastwood plays the role of a Korean war veteran, Walt Kowalski. Walt has just lost his wife. He is the only American in his neighborhood. Despite hatred towards everything, insulting everyone, he becomes the neighborhood hero when he scare away a local gang group from his lawn.
I loved the story. Was out of the ordinary but also simple enough. The subplots were weak though. Casting and directing were questionable. The acting from the Hmong people was awkward. But Clint Eastwood fitted perfectly in his role. How hard it is to get some good Asian actors for the film. Liked the score.
Final Verdict: 84%. I liked this film more than my regular 8/10 films. But lazy casting brought the film down. Otherwise it could have been a 9/10 in my book.
Far Cry 4 (2014)
So close, but so far away
Some might say it's Far Cry 3.5 or Far Cry 3.1. But to me, it's just a glorified mod for Far Cry 3. The animations are same, the characters are the same, the missions are the same, the gameplay is the same. These might get old for some.
I liked the game very much in comparison with other Ubisoft releases this year. I didn't notice any bug or graphics glitch. The graphic design was amazing. A beautiful vast open world with so many mysteries. Many people worried that absence of Vaas is a downer. And yes it is. But Pagan Min is also a fantastic antagonist. Ubisoft advertised him cleverly, saying he is "Anti-Vaas". Where the truth is Pagan is a lot like Vaas. The story is touchy, but felt cheap in a way.
For some reasons Far Cry 4 annoyed me a lot. For starter it depicts Nepal in a wrong way. Vehicles in Nepal drive on the left. The developers completely got the design of autoricksaws wrong. And Kalinga should speak Sanskrit. The Radio Free Kyrat is the most annoying part. That RJ is the worst RJ in the history of the world. I miss Brian Tyler's musical score.
Other than those, Far Cry 4 is a regular Ubisoft open world game. With the obvious game structure.
Final Verdict: 79%. If you feel like you couldn't get enough of Far Cry 3, then this game might not be for you. The campaign is kinda depressing.