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Author Topic: THE RETURN OF JOHN TYLER'S MINI-REVIEWS  (Read 6213 times)

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Re: THE RETURN OF JOHN TYLER'S MINI-REVIEWS
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2016, 12:45:50 pm »
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 #21 on: January 24, 2016, 12:49:02 pm »
Toys (1992)

Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson
Starring: Robin Williams, Robin Wright, Joan Cusack, Michael Gambon, LL Cool J, Debi Mazar, Donald O'Connor, Arthur Malet, Jamie Foxx, Jack Warden

Review: "A battle of good versus evil shown in ways that really haven't been done in any other film before or since, Toys is a criminally underrated and immensely underappreciated gem featuring one of Robin Williams' most memorable and overlooked performances, written and directed with a ton of heart by Barry Levinson, exploring thought-provoking themes that are still relevant in today's day and age, and showcasing truly spectacular, unique, and visually dazzling art direction and production design."

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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2016, 12:50:33 pm »
Cooties (2015)

Directors: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott
Writers: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Allison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, Leigh Whannell, Jorge Garcia

Review: "Delivering tenfold on over-the-top gore, gut-busting laughs, and maximum entertainment, Cooties is a wildly bonkers, completely irreverent, and non-stop fun horror comedy as well as a bonafide cult classic in the making, with excellent practical effects, enjoyable characters, great performances, and a witty script that finds a good balance between the two genres."

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Re: THE RETURN OF JOHN TYLER'S MINI-REVIEWS
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2016, 12:52:47 pm »
Love and Other Disasters (2006)

Writer/Director: Alek Keshishian
Starring: Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Tate, Michael Lerner, Dawn French, Santiago Cabrera, Stephanie Beacham, Jamie Sives, Will Keen, Elliot Cowan, Richard Wilson

Review: "The late great Brittany Murphy does the best she can with the material given (even in spite of the fact that the script requires her to speak in a poor British/American-hybrid accent) and it's also shot quite well, but Love and Other Disasters is a messily scripted and abundantly clichéd romantic comedy that fails at generating laughs or engaging the viewers, and it's hard to see why something like this would attract the attention of executive producers Luc Besson and David Fincher."

Score: 3/10
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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2016, 12:54:32 pm »
Blue Valentine (2010)

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Review: "This is most certainly a tough and depressing film to watch, but Blue Valentine is a raw, haunting, powerful, and emotionally heart-wrenching depiction of a relationship in collapse, featuring spectacular performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, brutally realistic characters and writing, and excellent direction from Derek Cianfrance."

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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2016, 12:56:48 pm »
God's Not Dead (2014)

Director: Harold Cronk
Writers: Cary Solomon, Chunk Konzelman, Hunter Dennis
Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain, Cassidy Gifford, Michael Tait, Jody Davis, David A.R. White

Review: "Ugly, painful and embarrassing to watch, and downright deplorable, God's Not Dead is without a doubt one of the most woefully misguided pieces of filmmaking ever to be conceived and released in cinemas. The acting is beyond atrocious, the direction by Harold Cronk is a lifeless joke, the dialogue is some of the worst ever put to screen, there are dozens of subplots that go nowhere and are entirely unnecessary, the messaging is incredibly stupid and awful, and the plot is so blatantly biased it hurts. I may not believe in God, but I do believe the Christian religion deserves better than this trite. It's a cinematic death threat to scientists, communists, Islams, atheists, free-thinkers, liberals, and academics."

Score: 0/10
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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2016, 12:59:03 pm »
Solace (2016)

Director: Afonso Poyart
Writers: Ted Griffin, Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan, James Vanderbilt
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Matt Gerald, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Marley Shelton, Xander Berkeley, Kenny Johnson, Janine Turner, Autumn Dial, Luisa Morales, Sharon Lawrence, Josh Close

Review: "A brutally boring, derivative, and clichéd thriller made stupid and too silly to take seriously with an added supernatural element to it, Solace may have been far worse as the thing that it was originally intended to be (a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en) but as a standalone feature, it still makes for a poorly edited, lazily scripted, and overall forgettable film nonetheless."

Score: 4/10
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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2016, 01:01:20 pm »
Ride Along 2 (2016)

Director: Tim Story
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tyrese Gibson, Sherri Shepherd, Glen Powell, Nadine Velazquez, Tip "T.I." Harris

Review: "Just as brutally boring, unfunny, energy-free, and completely bereft of any attempts at creativity as it was the first time around, Ride Along 2 is an obnoxious and pathetic cash-grab sequel that was neither wanted nor needed, with lazy writing, unexciting and toothless action sequences, boring characters, witless and forced banter, and typically flat direction from Tim Story."

Score: 2/10
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« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2016, 01:02:57 pm »
Ride Along (2014)

Director: Tim Story
Writers: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne, Bruce McGill

Review: "With a script that plays everything completely safe and is bereft of any fun, bite, or energy, Ride Along is a thoroughly unfunny, painfully boring, and cringe-inducingly cliché-laden buddy cop comedy featuring nonexistent chemistry between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart."

Score: 3/10
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« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2016, 01:06:47 pm »
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Chuck Hogan
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, David Denman, Pablo Schreiber, Dominic Fumusa, Freddie Stroma, David Costabile, Alexia Barlier, Andrei Claude

Review: "Surprisingly well-crafted not just for a January release but also for a Michael Bay picture and a film based on true events, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi benefits from solid performances from its terrific ensemble cast, intense and exciting action sequences, a lot of well-done character moments, swift pacing, strong cinematography, and a compelling story that's told with an unexpected amount of genuine heart and soul."

Score: 8/10
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« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2016, 01:08:41 pm »
In Your Eyes (2014)

Director: Brin Hill
Writer: Joss Whedon
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Kazan, Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Mark Feuerstein, Steve Harris, Steve Howey, David Gallagher

Review: "A quirky, offbeat, and charming take on a familiar tale, this supernatural romance story from director Brin Hill, working from a screenplay penned by the one and only Joss Whedon, makes for an engaging viewing thanks to the excellent chemistry between leads Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David and Whedon's typically strong writing."

Score: 7/10
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« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2016, 01:10:01 pm »
Legend (2015)

Writer/Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Chazz Palminteri, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton, David Thewlis, Duffy, Paul Bettany

Review: "Although its tonal inconsistencies and occasionally clunky storytelling can get bothersome, Legend still makes for a witty, highly entertaining, and surprisingly compelling crime drama with often strong direction from Brian Helgeland, slick and glossy cinematography, mostly engaging characters, and a superb dual performance from the great Tom Hardy."

Score: 8/10
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« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2016, 01:11:57 pm »
Super 8 (2011)

Writer/Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Riley Griffiths, Noah Emmerich, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Ron Eldard, Bruce Greenwood, Richard T. Jones, David Gallagher, A.J. Michalka, Jessica Tuck, Caitriona Balfe, Glynn Turman, Zach Mills

Review: "Super 8 is not only a wonderful tribute and homage to classic 70's and 80's cinema (i.e. Explorers, The Goonies, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind among others) but also a heartfelt coming-of-age drama and a sci-fi mystery that never lets up on intrigue or thrills, with strong writing and direction from J.J. Abrams, superb visual effects, great performances, memorable characters, and an amazing score."

Score: 10/10
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« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2016, 01:16:05 pm »
Biutiful (2010)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo
Starring: Javier Bardem

Review: "The combined efforts of Alejandro González Iñárritu's typically exquisite direction, Javier Bardem's phenomenal lead performance, Rodrigo Prieto's breathtaking camerawork, and a poignant, haunting script (co-written by Iñárritu) make Biutiful an emotionally engaging and powerful, rounded, and skillfully crafted piece of dramatic filmmaking."

Review: 9/10
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« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2016, 01:18:13 pm »
Babel (2006)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barazza, Michael Pena, Clifton Collins Jr., Elle Fanning, Nathan Gamble, Koji Yakusho

Review: "Babel, the third and final installment in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Trilogy of Death after Amores Perros and 21 Grams, is an intricately woven, perfectly paced, and superbly directed drama with fantastic performances, thought-provoking and compelling stories, subjects, and themes, an excellently crafted and layered script, superb editing and cinematography, and an immensely powerful central focus on human emotion and communication and their difficulties."

Review: 10/10
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« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2016, 01:20:17 pm »
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Tony Gilroy, George Nolfi, Scott Z. Burns
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Daniel Bruhl

Review: "Tautly scripted, tightly structured, superbly acted, energetically and kinetically shot and directed by Paul Greengrass, and featuring brilliant use of shaky-cam and quick-cut editing during its relentlessly intense and endlessly exciting action set pieces, The Bourne Ultimatum is arguably the finest chapter in the Bourne saga as well as one of the best and most skillfully crafted action thrillers in recent memory."

Score: 10/10
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« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2016, 01:21:29 pm »
Stonewall (2015)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Jon Robin Baitz
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matt Craven, Caleb Landry Jones

Review: "Taking an important moment in the history of gay civil rights and turning it into a predictable, cookie-cutter coming-of-age story with shallow performances (with the exception of a genuinely charismatic turn from Jonny Beauchamp), characters you couldn't care less about, terrible pacing, forced drama, flat direction from Roland Emmerich, and a clunky, tone-deaf script laden with cliches, cheesy dialogue, and offensive stereotypes, Stonewall isn't just bad, it's reprehensibly bad."

Score: 1/10
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« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2016, 01:22:37 pm »
The Forest (2016)

Director: Jason Zada
Writers: Sarah Cornwell, Nick Antosca, Ben Ketai
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney

Review: "In spite of a committed lead performance from the solid as always Natalie Dormer, The Forest is a tiresome and frightless slog of a viewing experience that wastes its interesting premise and is not only completely unscary but also unbelievably boring."

Score: 2/10
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« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2016, 01:28:39 pm »
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Director: Gil Junger
Writers: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Larry Miller, David Krumholtz, Allison Janney, Andrew Keegan, Susan May Pratt, Gabrielle Union

Review: "You wouldn't expect a classic William Shakespeare play turned into a teen rom-com to turn out good, but 10 Things I Hate About You works as well as it does thanks to a clever and witty script, charismatic performances, an excellent soundtrack, and spot-on chemistry between leads Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger (rest in peace, good sir)."

Score: 7/10
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« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2016, 01:32:14 pm »
The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Grace Dove, Lukas Haas, Brendan Fletcher

Review: "Alejandro González Iñárritu delivers a brutal and gripping revenge thriller and survival tale with The Revenant, my personal choice for the best film of 2015, featuring career-best performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, grounded and believable characters, sweeping yet effective direction, breathtakingly beautiful cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, superb production designs, haunting imagery, grisly and absolutely intense action, and a simple yet compelling story."

Score: 10/10
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