Anthony Lawrie (SirPant)London
Anthony's Recent Reviews
Typical, you wait around for ages for a stupid over the top action mess about the White House being taken over by two dimensional terrorists and then two come along at once. The scene in which Roland Emmerich name checks one of his own films was enough to make me want to throw things at the screen, the fact that he kept having to remind us that the president was Black was something else. I'm surprised he didn't have him save the world while incorporating a magnificent basket ball slam-dunk (he was wearing the right footwear after all!). Some have pointed out that this isn't technically a disaster movie, I have to disagree, it's one of the biggest disasters of 2013.
Much like me at the gym, Pain & Gain runs out of steam very quickly and never really recovers. It seemed like a good idea at the time but it buckles at around the 20 minute mark. It's based on a true story, indeed at the end of the film we actually see mug shots of the real people the actors are portraying. They don't look alike at all and for the first time ever I will say that it might have been of benefit to the film to have been lenient with the truth (or more so) to jazz it up a bit because the film chases it's own tail for a good 40 minutes at washing machine speeds. It's an incoherent mess, which is a shame because there is a good story to be told in there somewhere. Kudos to the actors though who are all very good.
Anthony's Favorite Movies
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest film ever made. every time I watch it (and I've watched it quite a few times) I find something new, new meaning, new metaphors. Kubrick made very few films but with him the phrase 'Quality over quantity' rings very true. Brilliant.
Probably the most underrated, overlooked and misunderstood film of all time. Don't let the awful American poster put you off either, because this is without a doubt the most beautiful film made in the last 25 years. Its subject matter, pace and Dogma style puts many people off, and to be fair it not everybodies cup of tea, but give it a chance. The last scene, in my opinion, is the best ever in the history of Cinema, a bold statement I know by I stand by it! Brilliant!