Quick Review: Devastating without being manipulative, yet uplifting due to the strong spirits and courage of its two cancer sick characters, acted exceptionally genuinely by Woodley and Elgort, whose warm relationship will not be forgotten any time soon, "The Fault in Our Stars" is a love story like no other, that develops as naturally as it can get, generating a romance that exudes so much purity it will bring tears to your eyes, even when you least expect it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Get on Up (2014)
Quick Review: In all honesty, it may not be as brilliantly accomplished and profoundly engrossing as Tate Taylor's previous feature, "The Help", but its convoluted plot structure aside, "Get on Up" is a groovy, funky, passionate and tastefully-shot biopic with amazing production values, bursting in visual and musical authenticity, and powered by a top-notch cast, led by Boseman's truly remarkable performance as the iconic James Brown, who fully inhabits his character and turns the movie from good to really outstanding.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Into The Storm (2014)
Quick Review: It's overstuffed with tons of characters, that are neither well-acted, nor very memorable, the shooting style is unclear and messy, and the screenplay is everything but imaginative, but for what it is, "Into the Storm" is a taut and entertaining disaster movie, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and truly astound you with its impeccably realistic CGIs, which will make you feel like you are into the storm, indeed. Too bad the film ain't in 3D. Would've worked.
The Maid's Room (2014)
Quick Review: It has the potential to be one of those 'I've seen it all before, but it's still kinda interesting' type of movies, you can't help but enjoy for what they are, but instead "The Maid's Room" turns out being a 90s-inspired pseudo thriller with no actual thrills in it, that feels twice as longer as it really is, due to its painfully slow pacing, crappy plot, and tediously limited setting. On the bright side, Paula Garcés does an okay job, and makes the film almost watchable, if still so bad.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Quick Review: Probably the most decent Sandler comedy since, "50 First Dates", "Blended" successfully blends slapstick with unpretentious romance, and the end result is a perfectly watchable and fairly funny comedy, that instead of relying on annoyingly familiar rom-com cliches, decides not to care and let it all go. "Blended" also has the looks, with the sequences shot in colorful Africa being absolutely splendid to look at, and also there's a sparkle between the two lead characters.
Moms' Night Out (2014)
Quick Review: It has a couple of amusing scenes along the way, and the central character is sympathetic enough, if a bit too neurotic to be completely likeable, but as a whole, "Moms' Night Out" is like watching someone having a panic attack -- it's uncomfortable to watch, and all over the place most of the time, not to mention the film looks surprisingy cheesy, even for a comedy of this rank, and Erwin Brothers' uninspired direction is chaotic, to the point of being utterly obnoxious.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Quick Review: Having every right to be considered the "Star Wars" of all Marvel flicks, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is an endlessly spectacular, and excitingly action-packed visual splendor of a movie, that delivers as many thrill as laughs, thanks to its engrossing story, energetic pacing, and witty sense of humor. Add to all of that a bunch of cool characters, nostalgic music score, and high-end CGIs, and what you get is the hit of the summer, if not year!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Dear friends, fans, and readers of CineMarvellous!,
I'm happy to announce, that on August 13, 2014, my precious blog celebrates its fifth birthday! Can you imagine that? I'm part of the cool, ginormous blogosphere for fifth year in a roll now, and I couldn't be happier about the fact, that CineMarvellous! continues to have lots of readers and visitors. I'm doing all this for you, guys! :)
Last year CineMarvellous! was in a stand-by mode for about 9 months, or so, because I was extremely busy with other stuff, and literally had no time to watch, let alone review films. Thank God, I managed to come back last December, and even to catch up on all movies released after March 2013. Still have to post my top 20 best-reviewed movie of the last year, though. The list is coming real soon, so stay tuned!
With the beginning of 2014, I decided to write only one-two sentence 'quick reviews', that are always short and sweet, and straight to-the-point, because I prefer to review as many films I see as possible, instead of fully review just a few of them. I hope you're enjoying the new format -- it's quicker and easier to read, at the end of the day.
Last month, I finally decided to create a Facebook page of my blog, something I should have done years ago. If you still haven't checked it out, please do, and click the LIKE button for me. The page received 200 likes in less than half a month, and that is promising indeed. Also, CineMarvellous' Twitter account now has the impressive 1,053 followers, which I consider as some sort of an achievement.
Now it's time for the usual statistics:
So far, I've reviewed fully, briefly, or quickly exactly 935 movies! Since 13.08.2009, my blog has been visited exactly 335,521 times by 61,719 unique visitors from 187 different countries. That's overwhelming! I would like to thank to all my regular readers and visitors, as well as my dearest blog friends I'm more than glad to know, and those are:
Alex @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
Mel @ Melissa's Imaginarium
Drew [Grimm] @ Grimm Revewz
Jason @ Horror Filmz 4 You
Brian [venoms5] @ Cool Ass Cinema
Freddie @ Full Moon Reviews
Matty @ FilmMattic
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
Quick Review: Not only it has a cute, vibrant and colorful animation that will catch your eye for sure, but "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a very entertaining and briskly-paced feature with a complexly-structured, compelling, and adventurous story, dealing with crazy time-traveling. It will also make you fall in love with its delightfully likeable title characters, and their absolutely adorable, often heart-warming 'dogfather' – adapted human son relationship.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Quick Review: Cheerful, uplifting, lively, and often inspiring, “Chef” is, as its title suggests, about love for food and cooking, while at the same time explores the endearing father- son relationship between the two protagonists, which becomes more engaging as the movie progresses. Metaphorically said, “Chef” is like a well-seasoned meal with some spicy Cuban flavors added to it, that will make your mouth water, and also will fulfill your big cinematic appetite for something refreshing.
Under the Skin (2014)
Quick Review: Ironically enough, “Under the Skin” fails miserably to get under you skin, simply because it’s a lazy, tedious, and pretentious film with no clear direction, thinking its peculiar-ness will make it special. It does not, and not even Scarlett Johansson’s hypnotic performance manages to save it from monotony. Visually, it looks and feels morbid and unattractive, and the camera work consists of long, boring, static shots, and overextended sequences of soulless nothingness.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Quick Review: Just as intelligently-written and powerfully-acted as its beautifully-filmed and aesthetic in a subtle, yet appealing way, “Belle” is profound and emotionally resonant based-on-a-true-story period drama that is a much about slavery, greed and human prejudices, as it is about equality, open-mindedness, tru' love and rebellious determination, and director Amma Asante blends all of that smoothly into one gripping story that will engage all your senses for 103 min, and then some.
At the Devil's Door (2014)
Quick Review: It's a step down form director's strong debut effort, "The Pact", since the story ain't half as accomplished despite its intricate complexity, nor the direction is as neat and focused. That being said, "At the Devil's Door" is a reasonably watchable satanic horror movie with some frightening moments, spooky images, and eerie atmosphere, and changeable protagonists, that try to unveil a deep mystery that is both intriguing and quietly suspenseful, if not at all so memorable.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Quick Review: The suspense is higher, the violence is more graphic, the characters are easier to connect with, the production is slicker, and the direction is much more in control this time around – in other words, “Anarchy” is slightly superior to the original. Why just slightly? Because, much like its predecessor, it lacks something and that something is credibility – a very important factor for a movie with such a provocative, unsettling subject matter.
A Haunted House 2 (2014)
Quick Review: Spoofs used to be made to make fun of horror movies that take themselves too seriously. Wittily. Well, not anymore. This truly horrendous sequel dares to deride contemporary horror classics like "Sinister" and "The Conjuring", and does it in the most moronic, idiotic, and crude way possible! There's not a single funny moment or a laugh in "A Haunted House 2", since all the supposed-to-be-jokes are offensive, the humor flat, and the whole film is just plain dumb as sh*t.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Quick Review: No one can deny Melissa McCarthy's comedic talent and acting abilities -- she is funny even when she doesn't speak, but the problem with "Tammy" lies in the not particularly witty screenplay, she wrote along with the director, which alternates solid laughs with mostly uninspired gags, and the end result is a female-driven mixed bag of a comedy, that is worth checking out only for the good chemistry between McCarthy and Sarandon, who make it somewhat watchable.
Quick Review: It' is far from truly terrible, there are, fortunately, a couple of likeable characters you wouldn't want to get killed, and the practical creature effects are really surprisingly good, with the 'animal' itself being very well-designed and executed, but on the other hand "Animal" is way too formulaic and unoriginal to be able to stand out from the countless monster flicks out there, and it often doesn't work even as a B-grade fun, let alone as a proper horror movie.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Quick Review: As expected, being directed by a cinematographer, the movie has a stylish look, indeed, but sadly, it turns out that's Pfister's only strength. "Transcendence" does fail to live up to its enthusiastic premise, offering its audience a technology- inspired story, devoid of any humor and thrills, that is supposed to feel pretty futuristic, but ends up being sort of old-fashioned instead. This film also struggles to handle its own ideas, just like the cast can't handle the over-thought script.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Quick Review: Call it ludicrous, call it pseudoscience, call it ambitious, or whatever you like, but aside from the weak final act that feels rather forced, and the fact that it should have had a little bit more action, "Lucy" is a sheer entertainment on steroids, that will surely glue you to the screen even in its silliest and most absurd moments, thanks to the Luc Besson's vigorous direction, and the fierce performance by Johansson, who carries the movie with confidence and appeal, proving she's very good at acting.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Life After Beth (2014)
Quick Review: Despite the finely-chosen cast, and Plaza's sometimes pretty funny lead performance, "Life After Beth" is a strangely uninspired zom-rom-com, that is neither truly romantic, nor particularly hilarious to watch, nor even remotely scary, let alone a balanced blend of all three. On the top of that, the movie looks cheaper than a third-rate TV movie, due to the insipid cinematography, amateurish camera work, and awful make-up effects. The surprising lack of gore also disappoints.