Posts Tagged ‘Shia LaBeouf’

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 15th, 2010


Throughout this partly autobiographical film, writer-director-lead character Dito Montiel tries very hard to push the boundaries of cinema – with often disastrous results. Through the story of how he abandoned everyone at his Brooklyn home when going to Los Angeles and how he returned when his father was very sick, he tries to present a message that is completely lost in the over-ambitious, often pretentious drivel the film largely resorts to. There is a good story somewhere and a few scenes hint at what could have been possibly in that story about growing up in hard times, but the film is much too clever for its own good to ever reach the heights it aspires too.

Random Observations:

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at the IMDb

The film is based on the book Montiel wrote about his life, where apparently the title makes some kind of sense. Here, it is just more pretentious drivel.

The cast is headlined by the solid Robert Downey Jr. and includes a for once middling Shia LaBeouf. Considering that he is normally the worst actor of his generation, that is quite an accomplishment.

Considering that Montiel first made his name (and a lot of money) through music, it probably would have been a good idea to explore that theme somewhat more than in a few throwaway lines.

New York, I Love You – Minute Movie Review

Donnerstag, Februar 11th, 2010


After the success of Paris, je t’aime, it was only a matter of time before another film consisting of several love stories all set in one city would be made. Now that film has arrived, set in the wondrous city of New York. But while the first film assembled a host of talented filmmakers, this second instalment of what is to become a franchise suffers from a slew of inexperienced, overtaxed or, quite simply, bad directors. Add to that stories that are largely unoriginal and the few good parts of the film are all but forgotten. But worst of all is the overall inconsistency. Where Paris, je t’aime was ordered, this film is utter chaos, with the episodes blending into one another, making it hard to follow them when you never get closure on any storyline. The film might have been a nice idea, but the execution ruined it.

Random Observations:

New York, I Love You at the IMDb

Two more segments have been filmed and were included in the first showings at film festivals, but were cut for the theatrical release.

Very few of the stories actually deal with love. Many more just deal with sex.

There were a few fun segments, namely the first (by Jiang Wen) and the last (by Joshua Marston), but for the most part the film didn’t even manage to entertain.

The best segment might have been Fatih Akin’s, although it ultimately had very little pay-off.

The best actor in the film was Ethan Hawke, trying to pick up a woman while standing outside smoking.

Having Bradley Cooper repeatedly get in the cabs of people from different segments was a nice touch, but ultimately meaningless because it was not employed throughout and the joke never had a punchline.

Comic Book Movie July – Constantine

Freitag, Juli 11th, 2008

In relation to the other movies reviewed this month, Constantine is quite an oddity. It is not the work of a single creator or team of creators, but rather a franchise called Hellblazer owned by one of the two major comic book publishers (DC, the other being Marvel), that many different writers and artists have worked on. But even though it comes out of the same factory that brought us superheroes like Superman or Batman, Constantine is quite different from those, focusing on a religious back story that is both entertaining and highly uncanonical. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – I, Robot

Samstag, Mai 3rd, 2008


Based, loosely, on stories by famous science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, this movie deals with his most famous work, the invention of the law of robotics. Designed to make robots absolutely safe, one technology-adverse cop nevertheless doesn’t trust them in 2035 after the inventor of the standard technology is found dead, apparently of a suicide. With a premise by Isaac Asimov, how could this movie be bad? Or alternatively, being based on Asimov’s work, how couldn’t “they” ruin it? Neither is the case actually. The movie suffers a lot from many unnecessary action sequences (something that has plagued science-fiction since Star Wars and even worse since Independence Day) and Will Smith being, once more, Will Smith, but the interesting premise together with the stunning visual effects and some good plot elements nevertheless makes a watchable film.

Random Observations:

I, Robot at

I was really excited before seeing this film about Alan Tudyk having a part in it. To realize that he was the Andy Serkis of this movie was a real let-down.

The Farber character was completely unnecessary. I can’t think of any other reason than wanting to push Shia LaBeouf onto us as much as possible so that today he can be a “movie star”…

I wonder what Audi paid to be represented as the only available car manufacturer in just 30 years’ time