The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? – 8.0/10

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8.0/10

It is a very entertaining and funny (in a good way) documentary. The only problem with the film is that by the middle of it I began to be more interested in the Hollywood producers and their stupidity, than in the particular Superman case. The parts of all the sketches, drawings, sets designs and costume design, felt a little too long. The documentary is about why “Superman Lives” wasn’t made, not about how the movie would have been; and the director’s inner nerd won him over very specific topics and made him forget about the core of the movie – for example they mention that “Superman Lives” was three weeks away to be shot when it got cancelled, but never mentioned the final cast, other than Nicolas Cage. Still, it is worth to check it out; it is an extraordinary effort from passionate Indie Filmmakers, and it turned to be a pretty fun ride. The best interventions are from Kevin Smith; but Jon Peters and Tim Burton are very close. Forget about film school, “The Death of “Superman Lives” will give you a better insight of the big studios’ development process. Looking forward to the Bluray.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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Far from the Madding Crowd – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

The new Thomas Vinterberg’s movie is not as good as its predecessor, “The Hunt”. It is a strange movie; it has everything, but never connects with the audience. It has great cinematography, amazing acting (especially from Carey Mulligan), the story is interesting most of the time and never boring, good costume design, beautiful landscapes; but at the end it doesn’t feel like if it pays off. It is nothing especial, nothing that you haven’t seen before. Maybe it is because of some of the very stupid motivations of the main character.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – 7.5/10

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8.0/10

Age of Ultron is way more fun than its predecesor. Just its first scene is as exciting as the climax in The Avengers, however all the simplicity is gone and we’re left with an over saturated film in every form but somehow that is its strength and logical evolution. Too many characters yet all are interesting and all of them have their shining moments. Too many presentations for future Marvel films yet that made me excited for what’s coming in the next years. Age of Ultron is a disappointing sequel to The Avengers but it’s a funny, exciting and satisfying sequel to the Marvel cinematic universe.

By Enrique López Oropeza

7.0/10

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is full of action and funny lines.  The movie takes off amazingly, like a Bond film, in the middle of the action; but as it moves on, it begins to lose its track. It looked like if Marvel had to set up specific things for future movies that didn’t fit quite well in this one. They were trying to compress so much information and plot point in a very tight amount of time. The paced was not right; the editor really screwed it up. The final battle is terrible: the CGI looks fake, and characters appear and disappear from the battle randomly – like Tony Stark floating below as he tries to figure out what to do next.  I think that Joss Whedon did the best he could with his hands tied to Marvel’s agenda.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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HOT PURSUIT – 4.5/10

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4.5/10

“Hot Pursuit” is flat, predictable and not funny at all. The few action sequences are lame. The good jokes were given away in the trailers and the story is something that you have seen a thousand times before. Sofia Vergara plays her over-acting-typical-role and Reese Witherspoon gives a huge step down, especially after coming from her amazing performance in “Wild”.  “Hot Pursuit” is not worthy of the ticket price; wait to watch it on Netflix.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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EX MACHINA – 8.0/10

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8.0/10

“Ex Machina” is an amazing low budget sci-fi drama that happens almost in one building. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and especially Oscar Isaac deliver very strong performances. Just when you think you have seen everything about Artificial Intelligent, “Ex Machina” proves you wrong. It has a very particular take on the topic and director Alex Garland makes a solid directorial debut. The only problem with the movie is that the turning point/climax feels a little bit weak, I think they could push it a little bit further.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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CHILD 44 – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

A very interesting story with very strong performances from Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. Gary Oldman is totally unused; I would have loved to see more about his character. In parts the movie feels long and without a spine, it swings from one topic to another, which makes hard for the audience to differentiate the main plot from the sub-plots. The Russian accents are just terrible. In the hands of a more experienced director this movie could have been amazing; still, the story is strong enough to keep you interested.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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ALEX OF VENICE – 7.5/10

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7.5/10

Actor Chris Messina makes a very solid directorial debut with “Alex of Venice” – he also has a supporting role in the film. Simple camera movements, slow burning rhythm, silent scenes and a beautiful cinematography provide the typical “Idie film” flavor. The stroy is a newer version of “Kramer vs. Kramer”, but flipping the genders; the one that leaves is the father (the one who know all the house duties), and the one that stays with the son is the mother (business woman alienated from the house tasks).  Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives an amazing performance; lately she has been doing smaller films like “Faults” or “Kill the Messenger” and her work has paid off; I hope her career gets launched soon and she becomes a major star.
The only failure of the film is that it doesn’t have a climax; the filmmakers didn’t push the story to a higher point, so it feels a little flat.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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