While not as good as Amelie or some of his other earlier work, Jean-Pierre Jeunet still infuses this film with plenty of quirky characters and lots of his unique visual and narrative style. The whole movie ends up being quite fun.
Things to Come (1936)
As a vision of the future, the movie is pretty interesting, predicting what life will be like from 1936 to 2036. It's fun to compare what they got right and what was wildly inaccurate. Unfortunately, it's rather boring. Since it covers so much time the characters keep dying off to be replaced by new characters, depriving the audience of anyone to really latch on to. And the movie is so preachy in its anti-war message that it manages to sap any remaining energy right out of the film.
Shallow Grave (1994)
Danny Boyle's directorial debut is full of unhappy people doing unpleasant things to each other; a real downer of a movie.
I give the movie points for creating a new world but take them all back for its visual style. Everything is distorted in a grotesque way and half the time I felt like I was watching the movie through a dirty pane of glass. The plot is little more than a twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and the plot twists were either cliched or contrived.
Blood Simple. (1984)
Several sequences are very well crafted but the overall bleak tone of the movie kept me from enjoying it.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
This seems little more than a bad episode of 24. I found some of the plot twists unexpected, but only because they were really dumb.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
There's little in this movie to separate it from all the other alien invasion movies of the 1950s.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
As I expected, the movie was a little too long and slow and didn't have a satisfying ending. This is the problem with telling a story in two parts that was never designed to be split up. I can't pass final judgement until I see Part 2, but right now I feel that there should be just one really long movie. (And they still left too much for Part 2.)
What starts out as a rather unremarkable documentary about a photographer quickly escalates to being almost a thriller about the way people choose to present themselves to the world.
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
This is an interesting look into the life of Robert Evans, one of Hollywood's most celebrated producers. My main problem with it is that of the four movies that get the most attention, The Godfather is the only one I like and I utterly loathe Love Story and Rosemary's Baby.