Friday, 24 August 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

When I saw the trailer for this movie, first thing that came up to my mind was "how come Bane isn't massive?". And honestly I had doubts about the originality of all the characters, but that was when I saw the trailer only. This movie is so amazing and creative, I watched it in the cinema twice in a row, that's how good it is. I thought that Bane wouldn't stand a chance against the Joker in the previous film, but he delivered a performance that was just as good. 

I won't say anything about the story in case you haven't seen the movie yet, but I will say this, Batman met his match. Bane is physically and mentally stronger than batman, and Batman really has a hard time trying to defeat him. I have to say, Bane is one scary guy, his voice is that of a dying, old, posh Englishman, his body is that of a Soviet boxer, and his appearance is very sinister. Honestly, every time Bane shows up in a scene, I get a strange feeling of discomfort because I know that this guy is pure EVIL. I will forever praise Tom Hardy for playing this role 

Anne Hathaway was fantastic as Selina Kyle, although I liked Michelle Pfeiffer more, Anne Hathaway's performance was still exceptional! And I also loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance as John Blake, a determined, never-say-die police officer who works with commissioner Gordon to stop Bane from destroying Gotham. Morgan Freeman and Michael Cain return as Lucuis Fox and Alfred.

The thing that impressed me with this movie is the fact that it isn't action and gadgets, but rather about pushing Batman to his physical and mental limit, and it also has ALOT of twists and turns. You never know who will side with or betray Batman and you are in constant suspense all the time. I also loved how they fit in the Batplane in the movie. 

There are some negative aspects to the movie also, I hated the fact that it didn't follow the story-lines of the some of the characters from the comics, and the fact that bane isn't huge. but the positive aspects of the movie greatly overpower its negative aspects. To sum up, this movie is a thrill ride from start to end and if you haven't watched it, stop reading this and run to the cinema and WATCH IT!!!!

"Your punishment must be more severe"

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Dracula (1931)

I've been wanting to do a Dracula review ever since I started this blog and I've always been putting it off again and again, but not anymore. One of the main reasons why I wanted to review this movie is because people tend to forget who Dracula is and how he became an icon. Unlike nowadays where there are only a handful of memorable movies, back in the 30's every movie that came out was memorable because every movie had a fresh idea, contrary to movies nowadays where the story is recycled over and over again.

When I first saw this movie I was just appalled. Everything was perfect, from the dialogue to the locations to the choice of actors. The main attraction in this film is Bela Lugosi who played Count Dracula, it was he who set the standards for Dracula from the way he dressed all the way to the accent that he talked in. Bela Lugosi perfected this role and no has or will ever surpass him in my opinion, you have to watch the film to know what I mean. Dwight Frye was fantastic as Renfield, Dracula's faithful servant, his laugh is very creepy and still haunts me today for some reason.

For today, watching the film was like watching an episode of Scooby Doo, but back in the day people actually fainted in shock at the horror that they saw. I can see why this has happened, watching the whole movie is like living in a nightmare, it's black and white with little music and the suspense is very high. It's the experience after the movie that scared me the most, I felt very paranoid for some reason, and when I went to sleep, I had a black and white dream with Renfield laughing and Dracula just staring at me, which prevented me from having a solid night's sleep.

This movie also shows how much work they used to put in movies, it amazes as to how creative people were in terms of introducing effects with very primitive technology, and it shows us how movies were art, not tools of making profit, you actually enjoyed what you payed for back in the day, unlike today (which is really sad given the fact that we have the most advanced technologies and highly talented actors/actresses).

Overall, you guys must watch this film, not only will it satisfy horror movie fans, but also movie lovers in general. As a matter of fact, watch the whole Universal Horror Movies from the 1930's and I promise that it will be an unforgettable experience.

"I am....Dracula"