Recent Films
May 27, 2015

Mad Max
A great action movie. The plot is very very simple, it never slows down for more than five minutes and the whole thing looks and sounds stunning. What more do you want from Mad Max? I love the fact that the War Boys take a metal band across the wasteland with them. It makes zero sense but it is damn cool. I was slightly worried beforehand that the screen would be jerking all over the place like in every mediocre modern action film but Miller and his team know when to leave the camera in one position and let you see exactly what's going on. FIVE STARS.

Montage of Heck
Doesn't really have anything to say about Kurt Cobain that you can't read on Wikipedia, but it's put together in a nice way with all the songs and clips and some trendy animated bits. THREE STARS

Avengers: Age of Ultron
This film feels dull and bloated when compared with the super fast and super exciting Mad Max. I enjoyed it to an extent, but it's just the same old stuff. Stark being annoying. Hulk being sulky. Captain America being earnest. Some crazy super villain who is the most powerful super villain ever until the next film. Yawn. And I definitely could have done without the embarrassing subplot involving Hawkeye's family. Joss Whedon sticks in some nice superhero movie moments and there are some amusing lines and visual jokes to remind you that no one's really taking it that seriously but it's all just a bit stale and predictable. Guardians of the Galaxy was much much better. TWO STARS.

Radio On
Saw this on DVD. A British road movie with minimal dialogue shot in black and white with a new wave soundtrack. It opens with Bowie singing Heroes in German. Arty but surprisingly engaging. FOUR STARS.

My Neighbour Totoro
Feel good animation. FOUR STARS


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pickhut pickhut - May 28, 2015 (02:50 AM)
I thought Age of Ultron was alright, but you're right in saying it felt very bloated. At times it felt like, instead of being just a fun action flick centering on Ultron, the movie just kept veering off to the side to set up plot threads for the upcoming Civil War and Infinity War movies. And yes, YES: Guardians of the Galaxy is a much better movie.
JANUS2 JANUS2 - May 28, 2015 (07:06 AM)
I wonder when audiences will get sick of superhero films. Not that it looks like happening anytime soon. Film companies certainly see it as a safe bet with 20+ films planned by 2019 plus numerous TV series. The 'failure' of original content like Tomorrowland doesn't seem likely to change their minds either.
Suskie Suskie - May 28, 2015 (08:23 AM)
I think the metal band is sort of a play on the fact that armies used to march to war with drums, horns, etc. It's like, what would the Viking metal apocalypse equivalent of that be?

Ultron was fine but completely inconsequential. It's just weird that of all the MCU Phase 2 movies, that's possibly the one that feels the least important.
joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - May 28, 2015 (06:18 PM)
I think it's safe to call Mad Max as my personal Movie of the Year. Don't think anything else this year will top that.

Winter Soldier is the only really good Phase 2 movie, although it's still not as good as the original Iron Man. I'm personally looking forward to "X-Men: Apocalypse" more than the Infinity Wars.
JANUS2 JANUS2 - May 29, 2015 (09:46 PM)
I saw San Andreas today. It's a film about earthquakes with The Rock. That pretty much sums it up.

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