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THE RETURN OF JOHN TYLER'S MINI-REVIEWS
« on: January 24, 2016, 10:43:54 am »
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Re: THE RETURN OF JOHN TYLER'S MINI-REVIEWS
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2016, 10:46:01 am »
Strange Days (1995)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writers: James Cameron, Jay Cocks
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio, William Fichtner

Review: "You'd think the combination of Kathryn Bigelow's tense, stylish, and spirited direction and James Cameron's excellent writing would result in greatness, and with the result being this highly underrated sci-fi gem, you'd think correctly, as Strange Days is an absolutely terrific cyberpunk thriller featuring excellent performances from Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett, an intelligent and thought-provoking script, intense and gripping action, a swiftly-paced and engaging story, slick cinematography, great characters, dazzling and astounding visuals, and incredible imagery."

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 10:47:46 am »
Moonwalkers (2015)

Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
Writer: Dean Craig
Starring: Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan

Review: "For all the bloodshed and mayhem peppered throughout, Moonwalkers is an often charming, witty, and energetic crime comedy with enjoyable characters, terrific performances from Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman, and Robert Sheehan, and an intriguing and fast-paced story."

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2016, 10:49:48 am »
Point Break (1991)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writers: Rick King, W. Peter Iliff
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James LeGros, Lee Tergesen, John Philbin, Bojesse Christopher

Review: "Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break may be a testosterone-fueled, cheese-drenched action classic that's definitely worthy of its cult status, but its depiction of the system and the free-spirited way of living help give it substance and make the film more than what it's made out to be, and the strong performances (particularly from charismatic leads Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves), top-notch stunt work, quotable dialogue, memorable characters, intense and exciting action sequences, bad-ass soundtrack, and beautiful cinematography also make it as good as it is."

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2016, 11:23:51 am »
Cloverfield (2008)

Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Drew Goddard
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Odette Yustman-Annable, T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas

Review: "With chilling imagery, relentlessly intense and thrilling set pieces, absolutely amazing visual effects, strong performances, great character moments, a memorable and awesome monster, surprisingly smart social commentary, and a genuine sense of paranoia and dread, Cloverfield is a clever, tension-filled, and exciting creature feature as well as one of the high points in the found-footage sub-genre."

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2016, 11:25:03 am »
Restless (2011)

Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Jason Lew
Starring: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams

Review: "While there are some notable similarities between this and Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude and screenwriter Jason Lew could've tried to make his characters more endearing, Gus Van Sant's Restless still makes for a decent romantic drama about finding the purposes in life even as the realities of death hang over it, with leads Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska delivering strong performances and sharing fine chemistry with one another, vivid cinematography, and a quirky score from Danny Elfman."

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2016, 11:27:41 am »
The 5th Wave (2016)

Director: J. Blakeson
Writers: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
Starring: ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Zackary Arthur, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello, Tony Revolori, Talitha Bateman

Review: "In spite of the best efforts of its solid cast, The 5th Wave is a hopelessly generic and overall forgettable teen sci-fi thriller that does absolutely nothing to raise the low bar for YA adaptations, with painfully lazy sequel-baiting, boring melodrama and romance, dull action sequences, and nonexistent character development."

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2016, 11:29:58 am »
Synchronicity (2015)

Writer/Director: Jacob Gentry
Starring: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, A.J. Bowen, Michael Ironside, Scott Poythress, Claire Bronson, Ashley Drayton, Derek Ryan Duke, Sergine Dumais, Elle Sunkara, Erik Thirsk

Review: "Writer/director Jacob Gentry delivers quite the mind-bender with Synchronicity, a highly entertaining and skillfully crafted time travel film with strong cinematography and performances, a terrific atmosphere and mood, fun callbacks to older sci-fi films like Blade Runner, an interesting and well-paced story, and an excellent soundtrack."

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2016, 11:31:39 am »
Martyrs (2015)

Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz
Writer: Mark L. Smith
Starring: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton, Blake Robbins

Review: "A completely unnecessary and terrible horror film that hews so closely to the film it's remaking that it has nothing new or interesting to offer, Martyrs is nothing short of a disgrace to the Pascal Laugier film it shares the same name with, with poor acting and writing, bland direction, changes made from the original (few as they are) that really aren't for the better, and none of the violent intensity or vicious brutality that helped strengthen the original and make it have an impact on the viewer."

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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2016, 11:34:23 am »
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Writers: Pen Densham, John Watson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater, Sean Connery

Review: "One of the most gritty, involving, and wildly energetic adaptations of the Robin Hood legend, Prince of Thieves is also the most underrated version, with a skillfully crafted and tension-filled story, a well-done and believable romance, great performances, intense and exciting action sequences, lush cinematography, excellent production designs, well-written characters, and strong direction."

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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2016, 11:38:02 am »
Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Director: Dan Mazer
Writer: John M. Phillips
Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Julianne Hough, Dermot Mulroney, Danny Glover, Jason Mantzoukas, Adam Pally

Review: "A painfully unfunny comedy that further sinks Robert De Niro's long career into a fiery inferno of repugnant diarrhea, Dirty Grandpa fails on every possible level, with insufferably irritating characters, a terribly written, desperate, and mean-spirited script filled with badly thought out and executed quote-unquote "jokes," and a great cast shamefully being resorted to shouting and doing lewd things purely for the sake of shock value and little else."

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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2016, 11:39:34 am »
Jersey Girl (2004)

Writer/Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, George Carlin, Jason Biggs, Stephen Root, Mike Starr, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Harley Quinn Smith

Review: "Trying to break into more different fare than what writer/director Kevin Smith usually puts out might seem like the logical next step for his career, but unfortunately, Jersey Girl is a dramedy that's as unfunny as it is overly sentimental, and it doesn't help that Smith's usual amazing dialogue and well-written characters are nonexistent here despite the best efforts of its cast."

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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2016, 11:41:24 am »
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: James V. Hart
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci

Review: "A chilling and atmospheric creature feature with a meaningful and beautifully written and acted love story at its core, Francis Ford Coppola's take on the Prince of Darkness makes for not only the best adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula but also arguably one of the best horror films of all time, with spectacular production designs, amazing visuals and effects, a strong script with great characters and dialogue, beautiful direction, top-notch performances (especially from Gary Oldman as the title character), gorgeous cinematography, and a uniquely structured love triangle."

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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2016, 11:42:52 am »
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Steph Lady, Frank Darabont
Starring: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese

Review: "While some of the melodrama and scenery-chewing (most surprisingly, the latter not coming from Robert De Niro) can be a bit too much, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an appropriately gothic and visually lavish take on the Modern Prometheus as well as the most faithful adaptation of the classic sci-fi/horror novel, with excellent production designs, strong direction from Kenneth Branagh, fine performances (even in spite of the overacting), some good character development, lush cinematography, and a fantastic musical score from Patrick Doyle."

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Judgment Night (1993)

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Lewis Colick, Jere Cunningham
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Denis Leary, Cuba Gooding Jr., Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven

Review: "Suspenseful, action-packed, and gripping, Judgment Night may not have the most original premise, but it still remains a compelling, exciting, and swiftly paced thriller with plenty of entertaining set pieces, a dark neo-noir atmosphere, a great cast (the standout being Denis Leary as the villain), excellent direction from Stephen Hopkins, and a terrific soundtrack."

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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2016, 11:46:40 am »
Heaven's Gate (1980)

Writer/Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Brad Dourif, Sam Waterston, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, Paul Koslo, Richard Masur, Willem Dafoe, Ronnie Hawkins, Terry O'Quinn, Tom Noonan, Mickey Rourke, T Bone Burnett

Review: "Heaven's Gate isn't the disaster that it was originally made out to be nor is it the masterpiece that's it been hailed as more recently. It's hard to deny that the scope writer/director Michael Cimino was trying to achieve is tremendously large, and the cinematography, set designs, scenery, and acting are all impressive, but Cimino unfortunately fails to create compelling characters and a story that's emotionally investing. Not to mention, the length of the film can really be felt while watching it."

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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2016, 11:48:24 am »
The Postman (1997)

Director: Kevin Costner
Writers: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland
Starring: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Olivia Williams, Larenz Tate, Tom Petty, Giovanni Ribisi, Daniel von Bergen, James Russo

Review: "While it definitely has its fair share of bland melodrama and pacing issues, The Postman is an engaging post-apocalyptic drama featuring assured direction from Kevin Costner, strong performances (particularly from Will Patton, who plays a great villain), lush cinematography, and a story that's compelling and well-told."

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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2016, 11:49:46 am »
Waterworld (1995)

Directors: Kevin Reynolds, Kevin Costner
Writers: Peter Rader, David Twohy, Joss Whedon
Starring: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter

Review: "Hardly the disaster it was made out to be over the years, Waterworld is a fun, underrated, and enjoyable post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action film with interesting ideas, stunning cinematography, strong performances, incredible effects and stunt work, and great action sequences. The extended director's cut, while censored, is highly recommended as it offers more character development and fills in plot holes the theatrical version created."

Score: 8/10
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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2016, 12:05:44 pm »
RoboCop 2 (1990)

Director: Irvin Kershner
Writers: Frank Miller, Walon Green
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon

Review: "A worthy sequel to the original classic, RoboCop 2 is an unjustly maligned and criminally underrated sci-fi/action film that still delivers the dead-on satire, thought-provoking themes, memorable characters, spectacular action sequences, terrific effects, and strong performances the first film delivered as well."

Score: 9/10
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