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    #872172015-02-08 18:22:34 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Hello, greetings CL, and welcome to my newest thread! This time I give you my most recent project. This idea of mine consists on showing my complete love to the 7th art, cinema, since we were children that this form of art has been present on our lives, and I enjoy viewing it, just as much as I love analyzing it, and it's impacts on culture and the very human nature. I have been writting many reviews of all kinds of movies, old, new, animated, dramas, comedies, every kind of movie that I felt worth writting anything about, I just kept it all to myself. But now, I'm going to share my point of view on some movies with all of you, discussing certain meanings this art has, and just how important it is.

    I'm planning on making this a weekly project, meaning one movie review per week, each saturday. So my first ever review will be February 14, Valentines Day...(this was absolutely not on purpose) but seeing it's the day of love, I guess I'll review a movie based on one of the most known love stories of all time. So next saturday, I'll bring a review of Romeo + Juliet, by Baz Luhrmann.

  2. #872252015-02-08 19:32:25 *Kip said:

    oh gosh, this should be an interesting review lol

    cool thread, Oliva~ can't wait to see the posts.

    edit;; will you take requests for movies to review and watch in the future???

  3. #872292015-02-08 20:18:31olivaisfire1997 said:

    @Kip First, thank you for your support. And second, in the future it is possible that I'll do requests, or even polls for certain themes. But right now, I'm just testing the waters and see how it all goes.

  4. #872302015-02-08 20:32:38Kip said:

    righto! welp, looking forward to see what you put out. :3 hope it all goes well for the first few

  5. #872282015-02-08 20:10:02Momimochi said:

    I have a list of movies that you can watch.
    Maybe over a hundred.

    why the hell am I not doing this since watching movies is pretty much second nature to me right now wtf

  6. #874002015-02-14 17:13:09olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, let's begin. Hello everyone and welcome to my first review, in this Valentine's Day I will be reviewing an adaptation of one of the most famous love stories to the silver screen. Today I bring you Romeo + Juliet, by Baz Luhrmann. Now before I start the formal review, since this is an adaptation, I'd like to introduce the original play by Shakespeare, for those who don't know it's details. And since this movie doesn't wander off too much from the original I'll just use this as a plot summary.

    Plot Summary

    In the beautiful province of Verona two noble families are in the base of power, the Capulets and the Montagues. These families had an history of many fights or even brawls between representatives or even servants of each house, these fights have gotten to such an extent thatthe very prince of Verona has needed to threaten the heads of the houses to stop the fighting or suffer the consequences. The main characters of our tale are Romeo of the Montagues, a helpless romantic that can't find love with the fairest maidens in Verona and continues to search for that one true love. And Juliet of the Capulets, the 13 year old daughter of Capulet, recently forced to marry Count Paris, obviously without her consent, what she trully wishes is to be free and experience the world outside of her house, in which she has been for her whole life.

    Our characters meet for the first time on a ball promoted by the Capulets, in which Romeo and other Montagues infiltrate in disguise. Romeo and Juliet meet in this ball, share and dance and, sort of fall in love. They soon after begin to meet each other on the familiar setting of Juliet's balcony, in which they share many meetings and exchange words and tokens of love, until both heads of the families take notice of these meetings, and try to seperate the two, with the biggest effort being moving up Juliet's marriage with Paris.

    To be able to continue their love the couple devises a plan to escape Verona with the help of a friar. The plan had to be thought up quickly and acted even faster. Unfortunately the plan did not go as expected and the price for the failure ended up being fatal.

    That's pretty much the gist of the play by William Shakespeare, minus the details. Now since this is an adaptation some things were, obviously changed from the original play, and here's what Baz did to put this story on the big screen.

    Process of Adapting

    Baz Luhrmann brings us his view of the famous love story with freshnew ideas and bold thoughts that backfired so hard to his face that it almost looked like a Looney Tunes scene. What I'm talking about here is the decisions that were made in the process of adapting the story, the first one being taking this tale to 1996 fake U.S.A. in Verona Beach where the two noble families are now corporations with the occasional, mob reference here and there. This change would not upset me so if not for a very little detail, which is the fact that Luhrmann had the brilliant idea of not changing the script of the original play to adapt it! It's the exact same thing as the original, word for word! Which in my opinion is a stupid idea when you CHANGE THE FREAKING SETTING! This gets so ridiculous to the point that the guns, instead of being refered as, you know, guns, are called swords! Just why!? Was it too hard to change one word on the script? Was it such a pain in the ass that he prefered to just create a manufacturer and brand every gun with the name of a medieval weapon? It's just so silly! As you can imagine this makes the movie a huge mess if you have read the play before, but not unwatchable, just unpleasant.

    The Main Actors

    Our two protagonists for this movie are Claire Danes, playing Juliet, and a young Leonardo DiCaprio playin Romeo and making all the fan girls squeal. This was one of the first movies for the two, and it was a huge stepping stone for DiCaprio that would later be making Titanic. Now, about their performance, I can't say much. As you know, the script is the same as the play, so what you have is basically, two teens saying their lines while trying to sound sophisticated talking in olde English, and failing a bit. Besides that they do an okay job, they represent the young lovers well, showing the good and bad sides of the teenage years and the first loves that come along with them. All in all, a somewhat solid performance if you ignore their attempts at talking in the Shakespearian English, and the same can be said by the rest of the cast, they have a grasp of their roles and the meanings, they just don't sound very believable, unfortunately.

    Final Appreciation

    Baz Luhrmann can be an impresive director, and he can show that he understands a source material, in this case, however, he did not do his best, and tried some really weird ideas that shouldn't have left the paper. Nevertheless, this movie does show a bit of what Luhrmann can do, the comedic scenes, although a bit weird, are well made, with good shooting and settings, and the real emotional scenes, or those who have a deeper meaning show it, they are well shot, they are thought out, my favorite one being the chapel scene. This is a beautiful example of Baz's work and actually gives the movie much more value to me.

    So, taking in consideration the story, directing, acting, setting, writting, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I've decided to give this movie a score of 6.8 out of 10 and a recommendation to watch it if you only really want to, it is a pretty movie, and the meaning of the story is there, but the ideas were stupid, their execution worst and the acting suffers a bit from that, if you want a more faithfull adaptation of the play I recommend you to watch the 1968 adaptation by Franco Zeffirelli, hopefully there you find what you like.

    And that's all for now, thank you very much for reading my first ever review, go ahead and discuss the movie, I'm always up for some movie talks. And next week I'll bring a different kind of movie Ivan the Terrible by Sergei Eisenstein, until then, see you next time.

  7. #877222015-03-02 19:15:57Taro_Tanako said:

    This is a brilliant movie that (mostly) retains the original text, complete with lame puns and references (e.g. swords being a type of gun)! Luhrmann does some beautiful stuff with the colours and lighting, making it visually memorable and eye-catching. Dicaprio is not a terrible Romeo, although Romeo is a terrible character, and Danes is a good Juliet. Not Shakespeare's finest play, as it clumsily mixes comedy and tragedy, but certainly a decent version. The Capulet's party scene when the star-crossed lovers first meet is one of the stand out scenes. All feels a bit 90s now but not bad.

    I'd like to see Luhrmann try his hand at King Lear...

  8. #877472015-03-03 15:04:33olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, I'd wait sitting down, because apparently he's spending his time building hotels now... But yes it would be an interesting take, if he wouldn't go all California again.

  9. #875322015-02-21 18:48:43 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    I went to the warm and sunny Verona Beach to talk about the tale of two young lovers, but now I'll be going to the icy cold Russia and study Ivan the Terrible by Sergei Eisenstein.

    Historical Background

    Before starting talking about the movie I'd like to reference two things, being, how these films came to be, and the history behind Ivan. Ivan IV Vasilyevich or Ivan the Terrible was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and Tsar of All the Russias from 1547 until his death. His reign is known for countless conquests and victories in battle, and by also being the first ruler to be crowned as Tsar of All the Russians. Meaning, all of the Russian territory submited to his will, something that had never happened before. Ivan's legacy is complex: he was an able diplomat, a patron of arts and trade, founder of Russia's first Print Yard, a leader highly popular among the common people of Russia, but he is also remembered for his paranoia and arguably harsh treatment of the nobility. The Massacre of Novgorod is regarded as one of the demonstrations of his mental instability and brutality. Not to mention the Tsar's personal life that had many misfortunes from family deaths to treason and several other affairs. Sergei Eisenstein, a Russian film-maker is considered the father of montage as we know it in movies, he's had many works, but most of them are known for the colaboration between the director and the Communist government, with movies such as "Strike", "Battleship Potemkin" and "October" all made during Stalin's recent gain of power. Although he made many contemporary communist movies, Eisenstein also did historical movies, this one being one of them, and also the most anticipated by Stalin.

    This piece was going to be a trilogy telling the whole story of the reign of the great Tsar. The first film, Ivan The Terrible, Part I, was filmed between 1942 and 1944, and released at the end of that year. The film presented Ivan as a national hero, and won Joseph Stalin's approval (and even a Stalin Prize). The second film, Ivan The Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot, finished filming at Mosfilm in 1946. However, it offended Stalin because it depicted state terrorism at the hands of a mad Ivan. The unshown film received heavy criticism from various state authorities who had seen it, along with Stalin, at a special showing. It was only during the Khrushchev thaw that followed the death of Stalin in 1953 and the denunciation of Stalin therein, that the film was finally released in 1958, 10 years after Eisenstein's death. A third film, which began production in 1946, was halted when the decision was made not to release the second film. After Eisenstein's death in 1948, all footage from the film was confiscated, and it was rumored to have been destroyed (though some stills and a few brief shots still exist today).

    Plot Summary The first movie begins with the coronation of a young Ivan, as he is declared Tsar of all the Russias. He then proceeds to make a speech proclaiming his intent to unite and protect Russia against the foreign armies outside her borders and the enemies within - a reference to the boyars, who are already seen as discontented with his coronation. We then follow to Ivan's wedding with Anastasia Romanovna, and it is here that we witness the first great loss for the Tsar, his two friends now seem to dislike him, Fyodor Kolychev for the Tsar's new politics, and Prince Andrei Kurbsky for being madly in love with Anastasia.

    During the wedding Ivan's aunt Efrosinia, head of the boyards tries to attack the Tsar using the common people, and so the marriage feast is interrupted by news of the burning of several boyar palaces, carried into the Tsar's palace by a mob of the common people who also complain that the Tsar is being led astray by the Tsarina's family. Ivan calms the crowd, but is interrupted by envoys from the khanate of Kazan, who send him a ceremonial knife with the suggestion that he do himself a favor by using it to commit suicide. Ivan immediately proclaims that his kingdom is at war with Kazan. And so begins the conquests and wars for Ivan, after a swift and clever victory in Kazan, Ivan returns home but falls ill and is thought to be on his deathbed; Orthodox priests come to give him the last rites before he dies. Ivan sends for his relatives and orders them to swear allegiance to his son, the infant Dmitri, reminding them of the need for a single ruler to keep Russia united. All of them seem fearful to do so and his aunt sees it as an oppurtunity to get all of them to swear allegiance to her son Vladimir. Emotionally overwrought, Ivan collapses and is thought dead. Meanwhile, Prince Kurbsky finnaly sees a chance to win the heart of the recently widowed Tsarina, but she, while pushing his efforts aside seems to know the true faith of the Tsar, Kurbsky realizes that Ivan is still alive, and hurriedly swears his allegiance to Ivan's infant son, Dmitri. An act that the Tsar accidentaly witnesses and rewards him by giving him comand of the army in the western border of the kingdom to defend against the Livonians and Poles. Sending his friend to the war front, Ivan now only has his wife to support him while he is surrounded by his enemies. The boyards see this as an oppurtunity to weaken the Tsar and plot to kill the recently ill Tsarina. At that time Ivan receives terrible news that Kurbsky's army lost, and he most likely switched sides to the Polish. Efrosinia, Ivan's aunt then puts the boyards plan into motion and suceeds in killing the Tsarina with a poisoned cup of wine. Then, at the Tsarina's funeral Ivan questions his own justifications and ability to rule, wondering if his wife's death is God's punishment on him. However, he pulls himself out of it, and sends for Kolychev his friend that went to a monastery. At this point, Alexei Basmanov a recentl appointed general from the common people, arrives, suggesting that Ivan surround himself with men he can trust - "iron men," the Oprichnina - and offers his son, Fyodor, for service. Ivan accepts, and sets about recouping his losses. He abdicates and leaves Moscow, waiting until the people beg him to return, saying that he now rules with absolute power by the will of the people. This how the first film ends, and we can see why Stalin loved it so much, from the tormented hero, to the rallying of the people to justify his power while battling the danger inside his own borders, in fact the only complaints that Stalin had was that Ivan seemed too close to his own wife. Part II opens in the court of King Sigismund of Poland, to whom Kurbsky swears allegiance. Sigismund promises to make Kurbsky ruler of Ivan's territories, once he exploits the Tsar's absence by conquering them. The plan is foiled when an emissary announces that Ivan has returned to Moscow. With his return, Ivan starts distributing all of the boyard's lands to his own trusted men of the Oprichnina. His friend, Kolychev, arrives, now the monk Philip; after a heated debate, Philip agrees to become metropolitan of Moscow, if Ivan gives him the right to intercede for condemned men. This is mutually agreed upon. But as soon as it is settled, Ivan, propelled by Malyuta his trusted spy, finds a way around this: he executes condemned men quickly, before Philip can use his right. In this way he has three of Philip's kinsmen executed. Fyodor Basmanov, the first of the Oprichniki, helps Ivan figure out that the Tsarina was poisoned, and both suspect Efrosinia of poisoning the cup of wine. Ivan orders Fyodor not to say anything about it until he (Ivan) is certain beyond doubt of her guilt. Meanwhile the boyars, close to desperation, plead their case to Philip and eventually win him over. He vows to block Ivan's abuse of power, and confronts him in the cathedral while a miracle play is being presented. As the argument heats up, Ivan, angry, proclaims that he will be exactly what the boyars call him - terrible - and has Philip seized. The boyars now decide that their only option is to assassinate Ivan. Ivan, now certain of Efrosinia's guilt, invites Vladimir (her son) to a banquet with the Oprichniki. Ivan gets Vladimir drunk while the Oprichniki sing and dance around them; Vladimir mentions that there is a plot to kill Ivan, and he (Vladimir) is to replace him as Tsar. Fyodor Basmanov notices the assassin leaving, and signals Ivan, who, pretending surprise at Vladimir's revelation, suggests Vladimir try being Tsar for a while, and has the Oprichniki bring throne, orb, scepter, crown and royal robes, and they all bow down to "Tsar Vladimir." Then Ivan tells Vladimir to lead them to the cathedral in prayer, as a Tsar should lead. Hesitantly, Vladimir does. In the cathedral, the assassin runs up and stabs the mock Tsar, and is immediately seized by Fyodor and Malyuta. Ivan orders them to release Pyotr, and thanks him for killing the tsar's worst enemy. Efrosinia arrives, jubilant at the apparent death of Ivan, until she sees Ivan alive; rolling the corpse over, she realizes it is her own son. Ivan sentences her and then relaxes, proclaiming that all his enemies within Moscow are vanquished and he can turn to those outside. And so ends the second and final part of the movie, the one that Stalin hated, claiming that it was historically wrong, that the Oprichnina looked like the KKK with the robes, and that Ivan had turned into a church hating terrorist. This of course, led to the film being banned until Stalin's death, Eisenstein tried making the third and final part, diferently to appease Stalin, but died before he could. Which, in a way is a good thing, because I see that these two movies are so well made, coherent and, well, good, that a heavilly influenced third part would only ruin the trilogy.


    I have nothing but praise for all the actors in these movies. Nikolay Cherkasov did a terrific job as Ivan, showing the slow evolution of a man's journey through power, pain, and victory. He also has a face that shows power, if you told me he was the real Tsar I wouldn't disagree, for he seems to really fit the part. Serafima Birman also did a great job as Efrosinia, playing the part of the villain wonderfully while also showing the compasion of a mother towards her mentally disabled son. Honestly, these movies are filled with great actors, and seeing them act together is a real treat, the intensity and power these actors convey is out of this world.

    Camera Work

    This is something I really need to talk about, for it is simply brilliant work by the director. This movie relies hevilly on symbolism and the huge sets and clever camera angles with slick effects makes it all the better. One thing these movies use a lot are the shadows, usually Ivan's shadow, to show the several meanings in some scenes and adding a bunch of atmosphere to it. This is not to mention the great use of metaphors with these shadows, giving birth to many theories about their meaning and history.

    Final Appreciation

    All in all this movie rellies hevilly on atmosphere, you can really feel yourself being sucked into this plot. You trully feel intrigued to know what each and every character is thinking and how will they act when trouble shows itself. I myself didn't know much about the history behind Tsar Ivan, and saw this movie as a wonderful introduction to him, it made me curious about his life and about Russian medieval history as a whole. So taking in consideration the story, directing, acting, setting, writting, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I've decided to give these movies a solid 9/10. They're great movies, both technically and in terms of overall enjoyment, they can have one or two weird moments due to cultural barrier, but you can easily shake them off. I honestly loved these movies and see them as master-pieces.


    If you love movies about historical mad and badass leaders I'd also like to recommend you a couple of movies that I also really enjoyed. Hopefully you'll find something you like in these two.

    And that's all for me today, and this time I don't have any review set, if you'd like, leave recommendations for my next reviews, or your overall feedback. Until next time.

  10. #876592015-02-28 21:11:26olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, after two serious reviews I feel like relaxing, so today I'm just gonna kick back, watch a silly movie and review it. So, what better way to do it than by choosing a movie starring two of the silliest actors alive? Today, I bring you Face/Off by John Woo, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.poster

    Ah, this movie is just, such a joy to watch. This delightful action thriller answers the question that so many movie goers needed answered. "What would happen if John Travolta acted like Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage like John Travolta?" And the answer, is just pure bliss.


    Before starting this thing, I'll bring everyone up to date with both the director and the two starring actors.

    John Woo's a chinese director, known for movies such as "Mission Impossible II", "Broken Arrow", "Hard Target" and this little gem. His way of directing can be considered simple, but not subtle, with emphasis on slow motion and doves you have a kick-ass time guaranteed with Mr.Woo.

    Nicolas Cage, a North American actor, known worldwide by his acting style, wide variety of movies, and overall weird-ass face. While it is true that most of Cages' films fall in the So bad it's good, category, they do have a major difference from all the others, and that difference is Cage himself, he created such an unforgetable style of acting, filled with only faces and voices he could make, so that we could enjoy all of the weirdness that he is.

    And John Travolta, huh, well I think his attitude in the Oscars just explain him well enough, and if you have no idea what I'm talking about well... You creepy creepy bastard.


    Alright then let's start this crazy fest now. The movie starts and we're introduced to Travolta's character, FBI Special Agent Sean Archer, with his young son, we also see Nicolas Cage, playing civil freelance terrorist Castor Troy trying to kill Travolta. Unfortunately he fails and accidentaly kills the son instead. Six years pass and Travolta turns into every obsessed cop you've ever seen in a movie, wanting revenge for his son. And then, we get the most glorious intro any actor can have in a movie, just, just watch.

    Ah, pure bliss. So, after that touch of genius, we actually figure out that Cage was setting a bomb in a small Los Angeles airport and was getting ready with the final preperations. It turns out, however that Travolta infiltrated a spy in Cage's men and was ready to ambush him. After a nice action sequence and just, some of the best cinema moments, Cage is knocked out and stays in a coma after hinting at the existence of the bomb. Travolta affirms the existence and size of the bomb from Pollux' (Cage's brother) documents, but Pollux, who is a paranoid sociopath, refuses to talk to anyone but his brother. With apparently no other options, Travolta's partner and friend Tito and special ops agent Miller convince him to undergo an experimental face transplant surgery replacing his face with Cage's. And so begins the greatest part of the movie, where over-actor Nicolas Cage tries to act as over-actor John Travolta acting as Nicolas Cage. It's just brilliant. So they send Travolta into jail to get the information from Pollux, but not after some wacky Cage scenes! You know what, have a creepy face, on the house. Meanwhile, Cage wakes up from his coma, because the guys were too stupid to just kill him afterwards, and finds out what they did to him. So, he manages to contact his crew, kidnap the doctor and make him perform the surgery to give him Travolta's face, while staying inside the private hospital that apparently the FBI just forgot to guard. And so, Cage, now disguised as Travolta starts taking Travolta's life, defusing the bomb, becoming a hero, and even becoming a better father and husband than Travolta ever was. Now that's just pure evil. Obviously, Travolta doesn't like this and manages to escape the prison, and actually get into Cage's crew, taking command over them, and even meets Cage's girlfriend and son, just for him to feel bad about himself. And they also say the title of the movie a bunch. But apparently Cage was prepared, he took his brother out of jail and got all the info he needed, and set an attack on his old hideout. And so begins another action scene, shooting, screaming, death, stupidity and obvious symbolism. Just a John Woo orgasm, minus the doves. Both men escape, but Cage's brother dies in the process. So Cage kills Travolta's boss... fitting revenge? While hiding out from Cage and the law, Travolta finds his wife and tries to convince her that he is really her husband, and not the man who has been pampering, loving and giving attention to her... So basically he just shattered his wife's hopes and dreams, class act.

    And so we begin the final part of the movie, in a chappel hlding Travolta's boss' funeral. Everything seems normal and quiet but Travolta walks in and, we finally get the doves! Oh and there's a mexican stand-off where some characters die, but honestly, I'm happier with the doves. And then we get the coolest action sequence with the final Cage vs. Travolta match, there's shooting, chasing, slow motion, boats, explosions, it's just great and awesome. And it all leads up to Cage's death, good wins, Travolta gets his face and family back, and as a welcome home gift to his family he picks off Cage's son and adopts him without asking his wife before. What a tool.

    Main Actors

    Hmm, there's not much else to say here, Cage and Travolta are an absolute joy to watch, be it together or not. Their insanity just pops right out of the screen and wraps around you, filling you with glee. The rest of the cast is okay, there's really nothing impressive about them, but nothing horrible either. I'm just impressed they could keep a straight face in half those scenes. Other than that, there's not much to say.

    Final Aprecciation

    Do you like crazy action movies? Crazier actors? A story that has little to no sense? Filled with unforgetable moments of joy? Then this movie is for you, and it's also for me. I wouldn't say it's a so bad it's good kind of movie, because there's nothing really terrible about it, but it just has so many great comedic occurences that just seem to put the whole film together. So, taking in consideration the story, directing, acting, setting, writting, and my own personal enjoyment I've decided to give this movie 2 seperate scores, a technical score, where what counts more is the writting, the directing, and the actual quality of the acting, that score being a 7/10. And a more laid back score, where I just care for things like, how much I enjoyed it, will it make you and other people laugh, and just the insanity of the whole premise of the movie, that score being a 8/10. It's not a great movie, but it isn't bad either, and if you're with friends you'll be guaranteed to have a great time watching this together.


    If you like crazy Nicolas Cage movies I'll leave a reference to two other great movies high-lighting the Cage man. (But there are so many more) Also, if you want to know more about him, or just want to share some crazy stuff about him, go ahead and check out my Nicolas Cage Thread. And that's all for today, hope you enjoyed this review and until next time!

  11. #877572015-03-03 21:16:42Taro_Tanako said:

    Also, if you haven't seen them, here are some recommended viewings..

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - a brilliant character piece with Newman and Redford as the best buddy outlaws ever.

    Laura - probably my favourite film noir and one of the true classics. There's something kinda magical about watching a genuine black and white movie in which men wear fedoras and women are mysterious and unemotional.

    Almost Famous - Cameron Crowe draws upon his experience in the '70s music journalism industry and combines it with a coming of age adventure. This movie feels like summer to me and is a must for anyone who likes rock music.

  12. #878292015-03-07 19:06:23olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, another saturday, another review, and today I'm feeling quite childish, inocent, happy, and so many other wonderful emotions. So why not cherrish those emotions, and then proceed to slowly kill them, wallow in self pity for a while and then finally die leaving only my work behind? So today I bring you Amadeus! bla

    The movie that brings you the life of one of the most famous composers in history with a hint of fiction... Okay maybe not a hint, and more of a full bucket, but the movie was never intended to be a biography. This 2 hours and 38 minutes(f*ck me) film is an homage to the composer, showing all about his life, be it fact or myth, in a way that satisfies both hardcore fans of classical and those who have just heard the occasional piece here and there. Now since I presume you all know the essential about Mozart I'll go right ahead and abridge the story.


    The movie begins, strangely enough, with a suicide attempt, by a relatively wealthy old man. He fails and is put in an insane asylum. We later learn that he is in fact, the great composer Salieri (forgotten by the people in the movie), and he tried to kill himself due to the guilt he felt for killing a close friend, Amadeus Mozart. Salieri then begins telling his life story to a priest who seeks to know his intentions. Salieri talks about his childhood, how is career florished, and his discovery of an extremly talented young man named Mozart. And so we begin the main plot of the film with Salieri telling us all about Mozart's life since the day he met him, until the day he (Mozart) dies.

    Their first encounter is at the Archbishop's palace, where Salieri goes to meet Mozart and witness his genius first-hand. Although he sees him play, they are never introduced, so Salieri goes stalker mode on him to find out more about the life of the young composer, discovering the true nature of a regular joker, disappointing him beyond belief. Nonetheless, Salieri decides to introduce him to the Holy Roman Emperor's court, even composing a march for his arrival, which, as soon as Mozart hears it, only once, is replayed by the young musician, mocked by him, and changed to a new march, which later becomes part of his opera "The Marriage of Figaro".

    And so we begin developing our two main characters, Salieri, a God fearing composer that sees Mozart as God's way of laughing at him and his efforts. Doubting his music, becoming angry at merely the mention of the prodigy, trully hating the man to his core, but not his music, which was a true gift of God to Salieri. And Mozart himself, a rising star in the music world, getting more and more popularity, but suffering many setbacks in the process. He is heavilly ridiculed by his way of being, can't take the responsibility of being an adult on his own. Tragically loses his father, and only has his wife and son for support. Mozart's works gain less and less comission, his family loses money, and future seems dark for them. Salieri learns of the troubles Mozart is facing, and hatches a plan to finally take revenge on the musical genius. tits

    Salieri disguises himself with a costume similliar to one that Mozart's father wore and commissions Mozart to write a requiem mass, giving him a down payment and the promise of an enormous sum upon completion. Mozart begins to write the piece, the Requiem Mass in D minor, unaware of the true identity of his mysterious patron and oblivious of his murderous intentions. Glossing over any details of how he might commit the murder, Salieri dwells on the anticipation of the admiration of his peers and the court, when they applaud the magnificent Requiem, and he claims to be the music's composer. Only Salieri and God would know the truth—that Mozart wrote his own requiem mass, and that God could only watch while Salieri finally receives the fame and renown that he deserves.

    After receiving a large sum of money, Mozart, still couldn't control his life style, and continuosly worsens his family's financial status. Mixing that with his heavy drinking, his sorrow for his father's loss and the extreme work exaustion due to switching between several pieces to earn money. Mozart's life continues to crash dow, his wife leaves him taking his son, and his health worsens and he collapses during the premiere performance of The Magic Flute. Salieri takes the stricken Mozart home and convinces him to work on the Requiem. Mozart dictates while Salieri transcribes throughout the night. When Constanze returns in the morning, she tells Salieri to leave. Constanze locks the manuscript away despite Salieri's objections, but as she goes to wake her husband, she finds that Mozart is dead. The Requiem is left unfinished, and Salieri is left powerless as Mozart's body is hauled out of Vienna for burial in a pauper's mass grave. The film ends as Salieri finishes recounting his story to the visibly shaken young priest. Salieri concludes that God killed Mozart rather than allow Salieri to share in even an ounce of his glory, and that he is consigned to be the "patron saint of mediocrity". Salieri absolves the priest of his own mediocrity and blesses his fellow patients as he is taken away in his wheelchair. The last sound we hear before the credits roll is Mozart's high-pitched laughter.

    Main Actors

    F. Murray Abraham, does a nice job as Salieri, showing both the stuck up posh side of someone who was intensily introduced to the high side of life, while keeping a God fearing/hating front. Also high-lighting the human side of the character, with all the flaws a normal person has, and how we face the hardest of obstacles. Tom Hulce is a great Mozart, portraying both the factual and the mythical Mozart amazingly. Be it the childish and playfull Mozart, the musical genius struck with inspiration Mozart, the deeply troubled Mozart. Hulce gives depth to these roles and makes the character extremly likable, and a great counter-part to Salieri.


    Since this is a movie about a great composer, it's obvious the soundtrack selection would play a big part in it. All the pieces were played by an orchestra at the time of the move shooting, supervised by many conductors and influencial names of the classical music world. The soundtrack, although having a decent variation of his works, focus a bit more on Mozart's operas, which makes sense, seeing those were what made him famous to royalty and regular audiences alike. The pieces are played wonderfully, and mix well with the theme of each scene they're in. The soundtrack itself is a great, sort of, compilation album for Mozart.

    Final Aprecciation

    This is not a biography of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is clearly filled with myths about his character that were created long ago. What this movie is, in fact, is a recognition of Mozart's life, his work, and his character. It's a movie about everything Mozart, nothing more than that, and it knows it. So, obviously, if you wanted a serious movie, that carefully explains the life of Mozart, this movie isn't for you. But, however, if you just like classical music, or are curious about Mozart, or heck, just like a good drama with some comedy and a great soundtrack, this is a must watch. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give Amadeus a score of 8/10. This is a great movie, it's both fast and slow, it's funny and dark, it's filled with the best and the worst of man, and it has a great soundtrack to boot. The only complaint is that after you watch it, you might feel a bit tired, because you just spent two and a half hours watching a movie, but you won't notice it while you're watching it.


    First if you want a more serious approach at a classical composer I suggest:

    But if you enjoyed the light hearted humour of the movie, and can't get enough of the silly parts. (Or just want a damn good comedy movie with great music) I'd go for:

    And that's all for today, keep on giving suggestions, and I'm sure to come around and review them. So, until next time.

  13. #879832015-03-14 22:38:05 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, today I'm going for a movie that a friend requested me to do, and seeing this is CL it is likely it will fit here.(but I have no freaking clue.)

    Yes today, I'm doing Seven Samurai, one of the greatest japanese movies of all time directed by Akira Kurosawa. This movie was so influential, that not only did it set the standards for the next of japanese cinema, but it also got an american copy of it.


    We start the movie with a group of bandits approaching a mountain farming village, but since they had attacked it before, their chief decides to spare it until the harvest so they have a bigger prize to take. A villager overhears this and warns the rest. The village elder, Gisaku, declares they must hire samurai to defend the village. Since they have nothing to offer but millet, he tells them to find hungry samurai. The men then go to the city to find samurai by offering them white rice but are shunned.

    They witness an ageing but experienced rōnin, Kambei, rescue a boy taken hostage by a thief. Impressed, a young samurai in training named Katsushirō approaches him to become his disciple. Another samurai, apparently a fake one, Kikuchiyo, tries to challenge Kambei, but is ignored. The villagers then asks for his help, and after initial reluctance, Kambei agrees. Kambei recruits old friend Shichirōji and, with Katsushirō's assistance, three other samurai: the friendly and strategic Gorobei; the good-willed Heihachi; and Kyūzō, a brooding master swordsman whom Katsushirō regards with awe. Though Kambei had judged that seven would be necessary, time is short, so Katsushirō is taken as a sixth. The poser Kikuchiyo, follows them despite attempting to drive him away.

    When they arrive, the samurai feel insulted by the cold reception given to them by the villagers cowering in their homes, so Kikuchiyo raises a false alarm to make them realize their need for help. The samurai accept him as the seventh, but quickly regret it when he brings them armor from samurai the villagers have previously killed. Kikuchiyo then scolds them for ignoring the hardships—including harassment from samurai—farmers overcome to survive, which reveals his origin as an orphaned farmer's son. The anger of the samurai turns to shame.

    The samurai and the farmers grow to trust each other as they train and construct fortifications together in preparation for the siege. Katsushirō begins a relationship with Shino, Manzō's daughter, who had been forced to disguise herself as a boy for protection from the supposedly lustful samurai. As the time for the raid approaches, two bandit scouts are killed, while another is captured and forced to reveal the location of their camp before he dies. Heihachi is killed in a pre-emptive strike led by Rikichi on the bandits' camp, which is burnt. Further compounding Rikichi's sorrow, a woman emerges and kills herself in the fire: Rikichi reveals she was his wife, who had been kidnapped and raped.(God nothing can ever go right can it?)

    The bandits then attack the village, but are confounded by the new fortifications, including a moat, and several are killed attempting to cross them. Meanwhile, Gisaku refuses to abandon his home on the outskirts of the village and perishes with his family, who die trying to retrieve him. A lone grandson survives, which sadly reminds Kikuchiyo of himself. The bandits possess three muskets. Kyūzō ventures off alone and returns with one. An envious Kikuchiyo abandons his post—and his contingent of farmers—to bring another of the muskets back to camp. The leaderless farmers, meanwhile, are attacked, and some are killed. Kambei is forced to send reinforcements, leaving the main post undermanned as the bandit chief attacks; Gorobei is slain. With the bandit numbers lowered Kambei instructs everyone at night, including a remorseful Kikuchiyo, to prepare for a final, decisive battle. Meanwhile, Manzō catches Shino with Katsushirō and beats her, until Kambei and the villagers intervene. Manzō is told to accept the romance between them.

    The next morning, in a torrential downpour, Kambei orders that the remaining bandits be allowed in. Most are killed, but their musket-armed chief takes refuge, unseen, in the hut containing the village women. He shoots Kyūzō, and a distraught Katsushirō watches him die. Enraged, Kikuchiyo charges towards the hut, only to be shot as well; he nevertheless manages to regain his feet, and kills the bandit chief as his final act before dying. Kambei and Shichirōji observe that they have survived once again. Afterwards, the three surviving samurai watch the villagers joyfully planting the next crops. Having lost their comrades, they reflect on the fact that it is the farmers who are the true victors, whose sustainable living in their natural environment has triumphed the violence of war.

    Main Actors

    Toshiro Mifune is terrfic as Kikuchiyo, he's a delight to watch when he's playing the playful fool, and also heart-warming when he shows his true colours. Takashi Shimura is a great Kambei, playing the wise old samurai who knows the meaning of a battle and how to go about it with expertise gained from many pains. The other samurais are also extremly enjoyable, each with their own characteristics that stay with you after watching the movie, they are really unforgetable.

    Final Appreciation

    This movie is really one of the greats, but still not for anyone. This is an adventure action story, where the main characters are samurais, some of the most hardened warriors of our history. It's violent sure, but it has a meanning, a philosophy, and so many character studies, not only with our warriors but almost every villager is a character of interest. Still, if you can't take the violent side, or can't get behind the whole oriental theme, this movie isn't for you. But for me, these are actually strong points for the movie. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give Seven Samurai a score of 9.2/10. This movie is a true masterpiece, it's highly influential both in japanese and international cinema. It's very entertaining, clever, action packed, and just such a pleasure to watch. This is without a doubt one of my favorites.


    These should be obvious for those that already know this movie well, but still, I find it necessary to show them for those who might not know them. First I'd recommend this movie, the american adaptation of Seven Samurai, but in western form, watch it only if you already like westerns.

    And if you want to see more of Kurosawa I recommend another famous movie of his. (Although he has such an interesting collection of works.)

    And that's all for today, hope you liked it, until next week!

  14. #880962015-03-21 23:46:42 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Today I will go on a journey far more adventurous than all my previous ones. This journey surpasses the natural border of space, and reaches into the metaphysical. That's right, today I'm going to review, Back to the Future. bla Yes the hit sci-fi adventure comedy starring Michael J. Fox... What?! Were you expecting something serious from that introduction. I just got on vacation so I'm done with being serious for now. So, let's get into our DeLorean and take a journey to a movie not at all forgotten.


    We start the movie with every mad/excentric scientist lab you've seen in movies, breakfast machine, obsession over certain object or theme, in this case clocks (wonder why), and we're also introduced to our main character Marty McFly, apparently a friend of the scientist living in the lab. Seeing said scientist is nowhere in sight Marty decides to use one of his inventions. A comically oversized amplifier that would make you deaf in seconds.(And he just maxes the b*tch) After a phone call Marty realizes he's late for school and gets there as fast as he can with the power of the 80's. Afterwards we also meet his girlfriend Jennifer, and that he dreams of becoming a famous rockstar.(Wow, dreams, a hot girlfriend, what could possibly be wrong with his life?) Well, his family is less ambitious; his father George is bullied by his supervisor, Biff Tannen, while his mother Lorraine is an overweight alcoholic who mainly reminisces about the past, such as how she met George in high school when he was hit by her father's car. So, yeah, not your happiest of families.

    After a pleasant exposition dinner, Marty meets his scientist friend "Doc" Brown late at night in the parking lot of a shopping mall, where Doc unveils a time machine built from a modified DeLorean. The vehicle's "flux capacitor" is powered by plutonium that he's stolen from Libyan terrorists.(Pretty sure that won't come back to bite him) Doc tests the time machine by accelerating it to 88 m.p.h., sending it one minute into the future, and demonstrates the time circuits by entering an example date of November 5, 1955, the day he invented the flux capacitor. Before Doc can make his first trip, the Libyans appear in a van and gun him down.(Whoops) Marty escapes in the DeLorean but inadvertently activates the time machine, finding himself transported to 1955.

    Wandering in 1955 Hill Valley, Marty encounters the teenage George, who is still bullied by Biff, now a classmate.(In, surprisingly, basically the same way he bullied him in 1985, well, if it ain't broken don't fix it) After Marty saves George from an oncoming car and is knocked unconscious, he awakens to find himself tended to by an infatuated Lorraine, who basically tries to have her way with the stranger her father just hit. Classy dames back then. Marty goes in search of the 1955 Doc, asking for his help to get back to 1985. With no plutonium, Doc explains that the only power source capable of the necessary 1.21 gigawatts of electricity is a bolt of lightning. Marty shows Doc a flyer from the future that recounts a lightning strike at the town's courthouse the coming Saturday night.(Convinience is convinient) Doc formulates a plan to harness the power of the lightning, while Marty sets about introducing his parents to each other to ensure his own existence, since well, you know, the wrong person got hit by a car and almost raped.

    Marty makes several attempts to set George up with Lorraine, but only antagonizes Biff and his gang in the process, and also make her fall even more for him. (Seriously what is his secret, because I want in on it) One of the attempts bacfires so badly that Biff's entire gang chasses Marty with their car, but it's okay because Marty invents the skateboard, does some tricks and causes Biff to crash his car into a manure truck. Marty also attempts to warn Doc about his death in the future, but Doc refuses to hear it, fearing it will alter the future greatly.(Although we have seen Marty altering the future plenty, whatever it is that he would tell Doc, could mean the end of the world.)

    When Lorraine asks Marty to the upcoming school dance, Marty plans to have George attend as well and "rescue" Lorraine from Marty's inappropriate advances.(This genius plan could not backfire at all, becuase as you know Lorraine is not at all completly into Marty and would absolutely hate if he made a move on her.) The plan goes awry when a drunken Biff shows up, pulls Marty from his car, and attempts to force himself on Lorraine. George arrives to rescue her from Marty but finds Biff instead; standing up to him for the first time, George knocks out Biff. A smitten Lorraine (Okay, maybe it wasn't Marty, maybe she was a bit too open for the guys) follows George to the dance floor, while Marty helps the band and ensures that his parents kiss for the first time. And afterwards does a killer Johnny B. Goode that Chuck Berry then steals and makes it his own, so, yeah, thanks Marty, thank you for starting Rock 'n Roll you God among men.

    As the storm gathers, Marty arrives at the clock tower. Doc angrily tears up a warning letter Marty has written him, still fearing it will alter the future(Again, after many alterations to the future had occured), and a fallen branch suddenly disconnects the massive wire Doc has run from the clock tower to the street. As Marty races the DeLorean at 88 m.p.h. toward the clock tower, Doc climbs across the face of the clock to reconnect the cable. Which actually is a pretty intense scene, but the title of the movie is Back to the Future, so you know what's going to happen. The lightning strikes on cue, sending Marty back to 1985 ten minutes before he left it. Marty runs to the shopping mall, but arrives too late only to watch Doc get gunned down and his counterpart escape to 1955. After a moment, Doc arises with a bullet-proof vest thanks to Marty's letter, which he kept.(So, yeah, F*ck the future after all) Doc then takes Marty home and departs to 2015.(Wonder if he'll come by)

    Marty awakens the next morning to find his family changed: George is a self-confident, successful author and Lorraine is physically fit.(I know it sounds awfull, but what else could I say, less drunk?) Biff, instead of being a bullying superior, is now an obsequious subordinate to George and Marty. As Marty reunites with Jennifer, the DeLorean appears with Doc(Cocktease!), dressed in a futuristic outfit, insisting they accompany him in the future. The DeLorean disappears into the future with Doc, Marty and Jennifer ready to embark on a sequel!

    Main Actors

    Well, let's see, Michael J. Fox does great as Marty, since it was a sort of role he was used to, both on TV and cinema. He's a belivable kind-hearted, brave and outspoken tennager. Christopher Lloyd is a treat as Doc Brown, you can see he's enjoying every moment he's playing the part of the crazy scientist, and we just go along for the ride. Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas Wilson also do a great job representing the various Lorraines, Georges and Biffs, they're belivable and understand the changes between their characters.

    Final Appreciation

    Although I may joke a lot with this movie, I do really like it, it's a great comedy, filled with a bit of sci-fi that doesn't go too far to distract you from the main problems or the characters themsleves.It's extremly enjoyable, fast-paced, surprisingly intense in some moments and it has a great control over it's comedy. Sure, it's a bit 80's, sure it can get a bit too silly at times, but the movie just goes along with it in such a way, that you can't help but do the same yourself. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give Back to the Future a score of 8/10. It's funny, interesting, and a family classic, if you haven't seen it wait, well, what are you waiting for?


    If you like great and funny comedies that take a time approach I'd recommend to you: tits

    Or if you like comedy movies that take the sci-fi approach:

    And that's all for me today, and keep expecting some silly choices during the next weeks, because I'm on vacation baby!

  15. #882622015-03-28 22:47:58 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Board game night, somehow I found out that every family has one variation of this tradition, with several board games to choose, there's Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game of Life, or the exciting murder mistery board game... somehow suitable for children, Clue!

    Yes apparently someone was just playing this game one night and thought it was a good idea to make a movie about it, was he right? Well, let's find out.


    Now, before I start hammering you with the story, I'd just like to give you a fair SPOILER WARNING!!! This is a mistery movie, and it's presented in a way that the viewer is incentivized to solve it along, so if you haven't seen the movie and don't want to spoil it, go ahead and watch it, I already leve my recommendation for you to watch it, because I will spoil it, quite a lot.

    In 1954 New England, six strangers are invited to a party at a secluded mansion. They are met by the house butler Wadsworth, who reminds them that they have been given pseudonyms to protect their true identity. During dinner, the seventh attendee, Mr. Boddy, arrives. After dinner, Wadsworth takes everyone to the study and reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed: Professor Plum is a psychiatrist who lost his medical license because he had an affair with a married female patient. He now works for the United Nations' World Health Organization. Mrs. Peacock is the wife of a senator who has accepted bribes to deliver her husband's vote. Mrs. White is an alleged black widow who was drawn in to avoid a scandal regarding the mysterious death of her husband. She was previously married to an illusionist, who also disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Miss Scarlet is a madam who operates an illegal brothel and escort service in Washington, D.C. Colonel Mustard is thought, at first, to have been blackmailed for scandalous pictures with one of Miss Scarlet's employees, but it is later revealed that he was a war profiteer who made his money from selling stolen radio components on the black market. He now works at the Pentagon, working on a private fusion bomb (which is revealed later in the film). Mr. Green is a homosexual, a secret that would cost him his job with the State Department if it were widely known. Yeah, remember all this from the board game? Actually this is a pretty clever setup for a plot that never existed on a board game, it is a very nice job by part of the creative team.

    Finally, Wadsworth reveals Mr. Boddy's secret: he is the one who has been blackmailing the others. Wadsworth has gathered all the guests together to confront Mr. Boddy and turn him over to the police. He also reveals this plan is his revenge against Mr. Boddy, who is both his former employer and because Boddy's blackmail had resulted in the suicide of Wadsworth's wife. Mr. Boddy reminds the guests that he can reveal their secrets in police custody and offers them an alternative proposition: by using weapons he has provided (the wrench, the candlestick, the lead pipe, the knife, the revolver and the rope), they can kill Wadsworth and destroy the evidence, keeping their secrets safe. Mr. Boddy turns out the lights in the room, creating a moment of chaos in which someone shoots the revolver. When the lights come back on, Mr. Boddy is pronounced dead by Professor Plum, seemingly murdered by an unknown cause since there is no gunshot wound, just a bullet hole in the wall. Everyone denies killing him, and are later proven right as Mr. Boddy is ultimately found murdered with the candlestick in the hall, but not before Mrs. Ho the cook was killed with the knife in the kitchen. Wadsworth and the guests try to deduce who killed Mr. Boddy by splitting up and searching the house, in case there is someone else inside. During the course of the evening, three others visit the house: a stranded motorist, a police officer investigating the motorist's abandoned car, and a singing telegram girl. They are respectively killed with the wrench in the lounge, with the lead pipe in the library, and with the revolver in the hall. Yvette, the maid, is killed in the billiard room with the rope. This had to be the slowest part of the movie, the events were scattered, the clues weren't very interesting, but it developed some characters nicely.

    Wadsworth comes to the conclusion that he knows who the murderer is and runs through a frantic re-enactment of the entire evening with the guests in tow. At one point, they are interrupted by an evangelist who is talking about the "Kingdom of Heaven." Wadsworth also points out that the victims were Mr. Boddy's accomplices in blackmail. Each of them had a connection to one of the guests, enabling Mr. Boddy to find out the secrets he later used to blackmail them. The cook had earlier been employed by Mrs. Peacock. The motorist was Colonel Mustard's driver during the war and knew of his involvement with the black market. Yvette had worked for Miss Scarlet and had an affair with Mrs. White's husband. Colonel Mustard's scandalous pictures are of him and Yvette "in flagrante delicto" (caught in the act). The police officer had been on Miss Scarlet's payroll to keep quiet. The singing telegram girl was one of Professor Plum's patients. He once had an affair with her. In preparation to reveal the murderer of Mr. Boddy, Wadsworth turns off the electricity to the house.

    Now if you think what I just wrote is full of spoilers wait and see this one. Now, the story proceeds to one of three endings: A, B, or C. In the film's initial theatrical run, some theaters announced which ending the viewer would see. In the VHS home video and releases, and most television broadcasts (including on Netflix), the three endings are shown sequentially, with the first two characterized as possible endings, but ending C being the true one. The DVD home release also provides the option of a random single ending. Yeah, now this is either a touch of genius or someone trying way too hard, so now I'll have to present each ending.

    Ending A

    Having used her former call girl Yvette to murder Mr. Boddy and the cook, Miss Scarlet killed Yvette and the others to keep her true business of "secrets" safe, planning on using the information learned tonight for her own benefit. While Miss Scarlet holds the group at gunpoint with the revolver, Wadsworth tries to tell her that she used up all the bullets in the gun, but unbeknownst to Miss Scarlet, Wadsworth and all the guests, she still has one left and threatens to kill him. Wadsworth reveals himself to be an undercover FBI agent and arrests Miss Scarlet as police arrive and secure the house. The evangelist is revealed to be J. Edgar Hoover. Although insisting to Miss Scarlet the revolver is empty, Wadsworth realizes she was right when he accidentally fires the last bullet into the air, hitting a chandelier and causing it to crash closely behind Colonel Mustard.(Comedy!)

    Ending B

    Mrs. Peacock is revealed as the murderer of all the victims and escapes after holding the others at gunpoint. However, Wadsworth reveals himself as an FBI agent with the night's activities set up to spy on Mrs. Peacock's activities, believing her to be taking bribes by foreign powers. As Mrs. Peacock makes her way to her car, she is captured by the police, and the evangelist is revealed to be J. Edgar Hoover.(Again.)

    Ending C

    Each murder was committed by a different person: Professor Plum killed Mr. Boddy (knowing he was still alive all along), Mrs. Peacock killed the cook, Colonel Mustard killed the motorist (after locking the remaining weapons in a cupboard, the group attempts to get rid of the key, but Mustard takes it, sneaks off, unlocks the cupboard, takes the wrench from it and gets into the lounge using a secret passage in the conservatory), Mrs. White killed Yvette out of a strong hatred (she turned off the power to lure Yvette downstairs and she admits she killed her husband), and Ms. Scarlet killed the cop. Mr. Green is then accused of killing the singing telegram, but insists he didn't do it. Wadsworth then reveals not only did he shoot her himself, but that he is in fact the real Mr. Boddy (What a twist!) (Professor Plum actually killed his butler). He had brought the other victims (his accomplices in the blackmail scheme) to the house to be killed by the guests and thus plans to continue blackmailing them now that there is no evidence against him. Mr. Green then draws a revolver and kills the blackmailer in the hall. Mr. Green reveals to the others that he's actually an undercover FBI agent and the whole evening was merely a set-up to catch the criminals. The police and FBI arrive and arrest all the guests for murder as the evangelist is revealed to be J. Edgar Hoover. When asked who "done it," Green acknowledges that all of the guests are guilty of murder now, but that he killed Mr. Boddy "in the hall...with the revolver".(Get it? GET IT?!) His final line in the movie, "I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife," keeps ambiguous whether his cover as a homosexual was a ruse, or if he's still hiding the fact that he's gay.

    Main Actors

    Eileen Brennan does a fairly nice Mrs. Peacock, she shows the delicate side of a aging lady in quite a normal way, she doesn't do a bad job, sticks with the norm. Tim Curry is a delightable Wadsworth, then again Tim Curry is a delightable everything, still a very good job by him. Madeline Kahn does a good Mrs. White, the quiet and misterious woman, always gives me a femme fatale vibe. Christopher Lloyd just works being Professor Plum, I don't know why, but there's something with the way he plays a huge pervert that I just can't hate. Michael McKean does a decent Mr. Green no real complaints, I just didn't really like the character as a whole. Martin Mull's quite fun as Colonel Mustard, very entertaining. Lesley Ann Warren is quite the minx as Miss Scarlet, but she seems, a bit too old, her neck just looks freaking weird, but her acting is good.

    Final Appreciation

    This movie is a mixed bag for me, the cast is very interesting, and by God they try and make this a damn good movie, but the middle part of the movie is so dull, something you wouldn't expect, because it's when the kill count rises. The fact that the beggining of the movie is so interesting and fresh and creates quite the creative mistery setting for a board game without any story, just makes the mediocrity of the middle and the end a bit too noticable, which is a shame really. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give Clue a score of 6.5/10. The movie is interesting, but the mistery element dies out, the comedy gets weak, basically it's like a flower that blooms to quickly and then proceeds to die out in the ugliest way. A wasted potential of a movie.


    Seeing that this is a mistery movie I'll recommend two of my favorite mistery flicks: bla

  16. #885522015-04-04 22:08:10olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, it seems that my previous two reviews have had the presence of Christopher Lloyd in them, I figured I should give it at least one more go with a silly movie with him. But this isn't no simple silly movie, this one goes beyond normal silliness, beyond regular over-acting, and beyond your normal actors. For today, I'm reviewing, Suburban Commando.

    No, your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed the Hulkster, one of the most famous wrestlers in the 80's and 90's, for you see, this movie was made when Hollywood was asking the question no one really cared about, "Can Professional Wrestlers act in movies?" In theory, and logically, they should, they already act for several days, live, they can play the audience easily, and know how to pretend. But even so, will theory prove itself in practice? Let's find out.


    We begin this suburban comedy with a space chase. Oh boy, this is not a good sign. With interstellar warrior Shep Ramsey who is on a mission to capture intergalactic despot General Suitor. The general kidnapped President Hashina, the ruler of an entire planet. Shep boards Suitor's flagship but is captured. The general then turns into a berserk reptilian alien after being wounded by an envelope thrown by the president... Did I just write that? Anyway, Shep barely escapes, but is able to blow up the ship as he does so killing the man he was supposed to save... You know, somehow I'm not surprised. (I ain't gonna take this seriously, and neither should you.)

    Due to his failure in saving the President, Shep's superior officer suggests that he is "stressed out" and should take a vacation. You know, the regular procedure after any failed mission. Annoyed, Shep accidentally smashes his control systems and is forced to crash land on Earth. (sigh) He will have to stay until his spaceship repairs itself. He has little knowledge of Earth's customs, and his temper and sense of justice causes problems with everyone he meets, especially a mime artist he frequently runs into and tries to help such as getting him out of his 'invisible box'. Because comedy!

    Charlie Wilcox is an architect working for the fawning and hypocritical Adrian Beltz, and also a spineless coward. His wife Jenny unsuccessfully encourages him to stand up for himself. In order to help out financially, she rents out Charlie's hobby shed as a vacation cabin, which Shep leases. Thank you coincidences, for giving us a plot yet again. Shep's appearance and behavior makes Charlie nervous and he begins to spy on his guest... Now that I think about it, that's kinda creepy, really creepy, as in, rape creepy. He soon discovers Shep's advanced equipment. He turns the equipment on, not knowing that the power sources are traceable and its whereabouts are now being tracked by Suitor's men. Whoops. They send a pair of intergalactic bounty hunters after Shep. And unfortunatelly, none of them is Boba. Shep also requires several rare crystals to fix his ship, the closest samples of which can be found in Beltz's office. Thank you coincidences. Charlie helps Shep get into his boss's office during a party, but then the bounty hunters corner them. After winning a furious fight, Shep and Charlie head home to repair the ship. Charlie is not pleased with the danger he has been put in, uttering, "I was frozen today!" during an argument. You may wonder why I put this part in, well, it's just, see for yourselves.

    I don't really know why, but that line always cracks me up, it's especially amazing when you're in an argument and just asy it out of nowhere, try for yourselves and have some fun with it.

    After the bounty hunters' defeat, Suitor, who apparently can survive a huge explosion, comes to Earth. He takes Charlie's family hostage, forcing Charlie to lead him to Shep. Suitor begins torturing Shep, enjoying himself before he kills the warrior. Don't read too deep into that. Finding his courage, Charlie injures Suitor, who then turns into his monstrous form. Yes, uglier than before. Physically outmatched, Shep is forced to set his ship to self-destruct and he and Charlie manage to escape the ship's explosion, which destroys Suitor for good. But who really knows, he survived one, so who knows if he can't survive two, but who cares, it's already ending.

    Shep leaves Earth using the bounty hunters' ship. He takes Beltz's secretary, Margie, with him, hoping for a quiet family life. Yes, it's not kidnapping if it's outer-space. Charlie, though, has become bolder from his experiences; he appears in Beltz's office the following morning, yelling at his boss in front of witnesses, and finally quits his thankless job. Presumably leading his entire family to ruin. Later Charlie solves his final problem by using one of Shep's weapons to destroy an annoying set of traffic lights that never changed at the right time and receives cheers from the other motorists... It's a running joke that never went anywhere really, I'll save you the trouble.

    Main Actors

    Let's see, the Hulkster is... exactly what you'd expect him to be, he's loud, does a bunch of physical stunts, can't really control his acting, but he's having fun doing the movie, so, I have fun watching him. Lloyd is just a joy too, he knows this movie is stupid, he knows his manager screw him over, but he doesn't care, he just does any overr the top thing he can, he actually tries to pretend Shelley Duval is hot, and that my friends is no easy task. The rest is just your normal over-acting, nothing with any real quality, but still fun to watch.

    Final Appreciation

    This is a silly movie, but what you'd expect? It's freaking Hulk Hogan as an alien soldier! It's obvious it's going to be stupid, but not less enjoyable. It's a very fun flick, it's a comedy, not a good one, I mean, there are SO many bad jokes, or running gags that never go anywhere, but they mix each other in such a bizarre way, that I actually enjoy it. You really have to see this movie for yourselves. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give Suburban Commando a score of 4.5/10, my lowest score to date. This movie is bad, but it's enjoyable, I'm not recommending art here, but just entertainment, watch it with your family or friends and have fun, that's why this movie exists.


    If you want another over-the-top and stupid Hulk Hogan movie I recommend: tutu Yes, he does wear a tutu in it, he even does ballet!

    Or, if you want just a simple and stupid comedy, but no wrestlers, try: balls

    And that's all for me, hope you liked it, and so marks the end of the silly movies with Christopher Lloyd, mostly because my vacation is ending, and so fun must die.

  17. #886972015-04-11 22:56:39olivaisfire1997 said:

    All right, my vacation's over, so time to get a bit serious again, and since I'm a senior close to ending school in a few months, there's always that question that follows us, coming from our parents, teachers, friends, it always finds a way to get into our ears, "What are you going to do next?" I can never find an answer to this question, no matter how many times I'm asked, it's always such an uncertain thing, my future that is, and many people in my situation, or that have been there before, most likely had the same feelings of doubt and fear. Now, the movie I'll talk about can touch these subjects a bit, so I felt it was only right to tie these things together. So, without further ado, let's begin my review of The Graduate.


    We start the movie with the arrival of our main character Benjamin Braddock, going on from twenty to twenty-one years old, he has earned his bachelor's degree and has returned home to a party celebrating his graduation at his parents' house in Pasadena, California. Benjamin, visibly uncomfortable as his parents deliver accolades and neighborhood friends ask him about his future plans, evades those who try to congratulate him. He then ends up driving Mrs. Robinson, the neglected wife of his father's law partner, home. Once at the Robinson home, Benjamin is coerced inside and to have a drink as Mrs. Robinson attempts to seduce him. Her initial attempt at an affair rebuffed (even going so far as being naked in front of the young man), Benjamin leaves. However, after a few days, he clumsily organizes a meeting at a hotel, thus beginning their sexual relationship.

    Benjamin spends the remainder of the summer drifting around in the pool by day, purposefully neglecting to select a graduate school, and seeing Mrs. Robinson at the hotel by night. After many nights together, he discovers that he and Mrs. Robinson have nothing to talk about and that she only wants sex. However, after Benjamin pesters her one evening, Mrs. Robinson reveals that she is in a loveless marriage because she errantly became pregnant with her daughter, Elaine. Who, after mentioning her, Mrs. Robinson prohibits Ben to have a date with. Both Mr. Robinson, who is unaware of his wife's affair, and Benjamin’s parents encourage him to call on Elaine. Benjamin is forced to date Elaine, but he consciously tries to sabotage his first date with her by ignoring her, driving recklessly, and taking her to a strip club. After Elaine runs out of the strip club in tears, Benjamin has a change of heart, realizes how rude he was to her, and discovers that Elaine is someone he is comfortable with, being able to talk with her, and even discuss his future easily with her. A relationship ensues.

    Trying to stave off Mrs. Robinson who threatened to reveal their affair to destroy any chance with Elaine, Benjamin rashly decides he has to tell Elaine everything. Upset over hearing about Benjamin's affair with her mother, Elaine escapes to Berkeley and refuses to speak with him. He follows in pursuit and, after briefly stalking her, reveals his presence. Elaine accuses Benjamin of raping her mother while she was drunk, refusing to believe that it was in fact Mrs. Robinson that craftily seduced him and initiated the affair. After much discussion and over the next few days, Benjamin and Elaine grow closer, and he continually asks to marry her, to which she ends up agreeing, even whilst being in a relationship. Mr. Robinson arrives at Berkeley, with all the details of his wife’s affair, where he meets Benjamin in his apartment. He does not know whether he can prosecute Ben, but he thinks he can and threatens to have him behind bars if he sees his daughter again. Mr. Robinson then forces Elaine to drop out of school and takes her away to marry Carl, her previous boyfriend.

    Returning to Pasadena in search of Elaine and Mr. Robinson, Benjamin forces himself into the Robinson home but encounters Mrs. Robinson instead. She coldly tells him he won't be able to stop the wedding and then calls the police, claiming that her house is being burgled. Benjamin returns to Berkeley. After learning from Carl’s fraternity brothers that the wedding is in Santa Barbara, California that very morning, he rushes out to stop the wedding. He arrives just as the bride and groom are about to kiss. Realizing the ceremony is concluding, he bangs on the glass at the back of the church calling out for Ellaine repeatedly. After a brief hesitation, Elaine screams out "Ben!" and starts running towards him. A brawl ensues as guests try to stop Elaine and Ben from leaving together. Elaine manages to break free from her mother, who claims "It's too late!" as Elaine has already said her marriage vows and kissed, to which Elaine replies, "Not for me!".Benjamin holds guests at bay by swinging a cross ripped from the wall, then using it to jam the outside door while the pair escape. They board a bus and take the back seat, elated at their victory. However, in the final shot, Benjamin's smile gradually fades to an enigmatic, neutral expression as he gazes forward down the bus, not looking at Elaine. Elaine first looks lovingly across at Ben but notices his demeanor and turns away with a similar expression as the bus drives away, taking the two lovers towards a future of uncertainty.

    Main Actors

    Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin is such an interesting character, especially in the way he represents him. Ben's the sheltered young man, forced to make life his for the first time, he also takes a crash-course in how to be an adult, both physically and emotionally. He's always uncertain, but not afraid, he always tries to do what he thinks it's right at the moment, and he's extremly likable. Anne Bancroft is Mrs. Robinson, and by God, she's a great seductress, not only does she have the looks, but her voice is captivating and her mind games are perfect for catching prey. Of course when she shows her true nature she's also very interesting. And there's also Katharine Ross as Ellaine, she's a great girl next door, pretty, inocent, charming but still supportive. And since she's going through the same stage that Ben was in the beginning of the film, she's also a bit doubtfull and scared, needing a bit of support from others.


    Okay, of course I need to talk about this, because it's a HUGE part of this movie, in fact it ties a lot of things together. The movie's soundtrack's by famous 60's duo Simon and Garfunkel, if you don't know them well, first, for shame! Second, here's the intro of the movie, it really helps you in knowing both the tone of the movie and the kind of music they play. (you can skip ahead to 30 seconds)

    The whole soundtrack seems to follow the movie in a way that it seems that they're continuing the story, from songs like The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson and Scarborough Fair spliced in the movie in the best possible scenes. It adds a huge amount of atmosphere and depth to such a meaningfull movie. It also helped the artists a lot into reaching world-wide fame.

    Final Appreciation

    This is a movie about just how uncertain our lives can be, how many twists and turns we will find, and how, eventually, we will end up falling here and there. It shows that it can never be perfect and you're bound to make mistakes, be them big or small, they will happen and affect you. I love the whole message that the movie tries to show you, in the way of a possible vicious cycle that is the life that Ben will end up following, which is most likely the same the Robinsons followed, a rushed relationship with a dark future ahead of it, and no possible way of running away from it, due to past mistakes. As you can tell I really like this movie, it's one of my favorites, but that's because, not only do I sympatize with Ben for sharing his feellings, I also enjoy the plot as a whole, it's simple but so much interesting. Plus the soundtrack and directing just make it such an enjoyable and interesting movie. So taking in consideration story, directing, acting, setting, music, and my own personal enjoyment of the movie, I decided to give The Graduate a score of 8.8/10. I really like this movie, it's deep, interesting and really enjoyable, I think everyone should see this one at least once.


    If you want a simillar movie, with interesting takes in someone's love life with quite the soundtrack I recommend:

    And if you just want a funnny romantic movie, I recommend the classic:

    And that's allfor me today, hope you enjoyed the review.

  18. #888052015-04-18 22:32:12olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, hello there, today I will not bring you a new review. Actually I had an idea to make my job a little easier in deciding which movie I should review every week. I decided to make the next month into a theme month, with 5 possibilities of themes that I can work well with, I made a poll on the top of the thread so you can vote for which one you'd want me to do, if, by the impossibly far off chance, it stays undecided... I'll just pick one at random and will just go with it. The voting will end around Friday the 24th, so that I have time for a review the next day. So, get to voting! Also, if you have any questions, especially regarding each month individually, go ahead and ask.

  19. #890572015-04-25 21:38:39olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, the voting has come to an end and a theme has been decided. And to celebrate the date I've decided to bring you something new. I give you my first audio-review! (with added bonus of my voice with a stuffy nose.) Enjoy!

  20. #896382015-05-10 15:40:01olivaisfire1997 said:

    Studio Ghibli Month is back, we're almost done, it's the final stretch. Today it's, Grave of the Fireflies. (Sorry for the delay, had some problems here and there during production.)

  21. #897812015-05-16 23:31:25olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well, all things must come to an end, and so must our Studio Ghibli theme Month, it was fun re-watching these great movies, and remembering all the great memories. So, to end it all, I bring you Spirited Away.

  22. #898802015-05-23 18:32:02olivaisfire1997 said:

    Studio Ghibli month is over, so it's time to get back to my regular reviewing, I will keep the audio format though. So, enjoy my review of the silly cult classic Commando!

  23. #898972015-05-24 14:54:45Taro_Tanako said:

    Nice review bro!

    I just realised that this movie and Taken have a lot of similarities, except Neeson is not at all funny. Which one would you want as your father if you got kidnapped?

  24. #899032015-05-24 19:26:55olivaisfire1997 said:

    Hmm, nice question. I guess I'd have to go with Arnold, because if I was traumatized from the kidnapping, a few words from him and I would already be laughing on the ground. Plus he blows way more shit up than Neeson.

  25. #900082015-05-30 21:21:38olivaisfire1997 said:

    This is just your regular PSA, just to inform you that there will not be a review both today and next week, due to personal matters, and those sort of things. I apologize if this affects anyone in any way, or even if it doesn't. Everything will resume to normality in two weeks, just don't expect new stuff until then, or if you're feeling like it, you people can create your own reviews and share them. Yeah I'll do that, I'll name it FAN APPRECIATION WEEKS!!! So yeah, for these two weeks I give everyone complete and total liberty for them to create their own reviews, of any kind of content and in any media.(text, audio, video, etc.) Just be creative if you feel like it, I always find it a lot of fun doing these, so maybe you guys will too. Guess that's everything then, see ya!

  26. #904502015-06-20 19:12:48olivaisfire1997 said:

    Well I'm back, and finally started summer holidays, I'm happy, relaxed, and suffering the heat of hell 24/7, what else is there to ask? And so, I'm re-starting my regular reviewing, by reviewing all the Rocky movies, starting with Rocky!