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The End

Well, this looks like the end for me and Gamespot.

I just haven't posted in forever and I feel no want to.

It's been 3 years and 2 months, but the flame is gone.

That's that!

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Seven Review

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One of the iconic films of the 90's, 11 June 2011

IMDb Top 250: 27

Seven, David Fincher's first great film, is about two detectives in an unnamed city who hunt down a serial killer who uses the Seven Deadly Sins as his modus operandi. It's an original and clever take on the murder mystery. When those opening credits start to roll, with an awesome remix of Nine Inch Nail's 'Closer', the viewer begins to both dread what will come next, but also be unable to wait to see how it unfurls.

A very important part of Seven is its setting and atmosphere. The city, unnamed intentionally, is a savage, crime-riddled town that no one wants to live in. It sets the perfect landscape for such a bizarre killer. The direction is wonderful: constant rain, dark; this is a sad, dreary place, and no good can possibly come of it. It's one of Seven's greatest strengths.

Another great strength is the three major players. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play the rookie and the veteran, and both are very convincing. Pitt, a five year veteran elsewhere, comes to the city intentionally with his girlfriend. We feel his unpreparedness, especially early on. He doesn't know what to expect from this dreary place; his reaction to the vomit and him waiting for Somerset outside the Gluttony murder, in the rain soaking with two coffees proves that. While some criticize Pitt's acting at the end, I think he aces it.

Freeman doesn't have as hard a job, he is the perfect smart and wise character. The last player is the killer, who I will keep a secret. From the killer's entrance to finish, you will be on edge as long as the character is on the screen. The lack of emotion is unsettling.

Visually, the film stands out: colours are seeped out of the picture, leaving darkness and rain: a great example is in the alley, with cameras facing up the guns barrel into the rain.

The last key to Seven's success is the plot. Full of action, suspense, and a few jumps, you will be engrossed by this story till its intense, shocking finale. Each of the killings are well-thought and shown in a gory, visceral matter, but not explicitly so. Sloth and Lust are absolutely atrocious in a good way, but I think Pride could have been fleshed out a little more. That could be the only suggestion I have about the film.

The less you know going into Seven, the better. One of the 90's best. 9.6/10

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Review

When all westerns are forgotten... The will be The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly., 10 June 2011

Top 250: 4

In the final chapter of the dollars trilogy, 3 men search for a stash of Confederate gold. The road there, and how it all plays out, is pure movie magic.

Right from the start, you know this is going to be an essential. The three men, slowly walking towards each other, then opening the door, BANG BANG BANG... then the Ugly, with his twisted expression and meat in hand, mid jump. Then an epic plot begins to unfurl, and yes, GBU is very epic in every sense of the word, and exceeds its predecessors in every way.

The plot of this film is less straightforward than in the previous instalments. There are now three characters that demand your attention, and they're all after the same thing. It's like the best treasure hunt ever. While in the other Dollars movies the first 25 or so minutes are cloudy and require lots of thinking to comprehend what's happening, GBU lays it all out to see the whole way through. Filled with great fights, battles and a very tense conclusion, the Good the Bad and the Ugly's story will grab your attention for its 2 hours and 40 minute runtime.

I didn't like that Clint had to share the spotlight in A Few Dollars More. But here, it's not only acceptable, but exceptional because of who and what he shares it with. Lee Van Cleef expertly handles the ruthless Angel Eyes, who will do whatever the job as long as he is paid. Eli Wallach becomes Tuco, the crazy bandit whose only allegiance is to himself and his money, and Clint plays Blondie, the 'good guy' , who fights for himself, cash, and whatever else he feels like. 3 standout, differentiated characters, each with names other than their respective actors. It may not be a big deal to you, but I like each character's nicknames.

Each character is deep and layered, with moral haze that leads to some very intense scenarios. Who will betray who, and when, is asked by the viewer several times during the run of the film. The characters stand out, and a very well acted.

As usual, the music is perfect, drawing from the earlier Dollars movies and creating a new score. It perfectly sets the tone.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is brilliant cinema from start to finish. In fact, it is the closest thing I've seen since the Godfather to be considered by me as a perfect film: the plot, characters, music, camera-work and ending are sublime. This shouldn't just be seen by fans of the genre, it should be seen by anyone who likes movies. 9.7/10

For A Few Dollars More Review

Clint and the rifle-sized magnum, 9 June 2011

Top 250: 121

For A Few Dollars More is the 'sequel' to Fistful of Dollars. This time, Clint teams up with Lee Van Cleef to take down some bandits and get rich. It's a simple story, but it works.

Unfortunately, it doesn't all work. I'm sure it saved a lot of money, but you can't cast the same guy to play the same role in an "unrelated" movie. (I'm talking about the bad guy). After the end of Fistful, I spent the first half of this movie trying to figure out what the film's relations are. It's too confusing, especially when the characters are so similar.

The next problem are the other characters. In Fistful, it was Clint versus the town, alone with only his wits and his gun. In Halo 2, I mean Few Dollars More, we have two badasses to root for. Unfortunately, in my opinion this lessens both of their likability, especially since it seems there's less shooting in this than Fistful, but that comes later. Both characters are well acted though, and Van Cleef's revolver is a monster. Also, the 'psychopathic' Indio isn't that crazy compared to other movie villains, and he only starts to show his craziness halfway through the film. Again, I complain about his casting choice and lack of effort to differentiate him from Fistful's Rojo.

Lastly, the film's pacing is not good and it runs too long. Whereas Fistful starts with a tense stand off and maintained an active pace, Few Dollars More starts off far too slow and picks up too late. Once the robbery happened, I was engaged for the rest of the film, but it took too long to get there for a spaghetti western. The film, 2 hours 10 minutes long, could've had 10-15 minutes cut and still told the same story with the same amount of action.

Few Dollars More is still a fun western, with good leads and a strong second half. But it can't match up to it's predecessor, a more concentrated and enjoyable movie. 7.2/10

A Fi$tfuI of Dollars Review

More like Clint Eastwood Begins, 8 June 2011

Fi$tful of Dollars is a great western, held up by a straightforward story, plenty of action, and Clint.

This is a pioneer of the spaghetti western genre, and it shows throughout: cowboys, stare downs, and gunfights. While nothing really stands out except for Clint's manliness, 'Fi$tful' paved the way for more famous westerns, and provided an entertaining 100 minutes any fan of the genre will appreciate, and can serve as a good start for newcomers.

I call this 'Clint Eastwood Begins' because it was the rebirth of Clint's image, like Batman (play on the name). Before this, he played the good guy in Rawhide, but Fistful let him become the badass he's been for the past 50 years.

An enjoyable gateway western. 8.2/10

The Searchers Review

A well done and important Western, 7 June 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Searchers is an interesting film: it has action, well developed characters, an interesting plot and strong themes. For sure, it is one of the best Westerns ever made, and also a very important film.

Like today's television show Breaking Bad, the harsh American west is an important part of the experience. There are plenty of long shots, showing just how empty and desolate the world can be; like the personality of the 'hero', Ethan Edwards. John Wayne impresses more than ever as his conflicted, layered character, a large part of the film's success.

The tone of The Searchers shifts throughout the film: through most of the first 70 percent, it is a dark story with little hope. This is also beneficial to the film, as several other westerns I've seen are too lighthearted to be taken seriously. The Searchers has a cloud over its head, so it stands out... until the tone lifts, and it becomes less interesting because of that. After the wedding scene, the overarching sense of dread disappeared.

*Spoilers* this cumulated in an ending where everything turns out well: the good guys survive, the girl is rescued, Ethan has a change in heart, the bad guy is killed, and the boy gets the girl. Considering that early, I thought there would be no happy endings at all, this was disappointing that there was no tragedy at the end. *end spoilers*

Completed with strong messages about racism and personal transformation, it is clear why The Searchers is so fondly remembered even 50 years later. 8/10

Requiem for a Dream Review

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
See it, then good luck trying to see it again, 6 June 2011

IMDb Top 250: 62

Have you ever been scared by the aura of a movie? Requiem for a Dream was my first. Right from the start, I knew this was going to be a VERY memorable experience. And I knew it wouldn't end nicely.

Obviously, Requiem is about drugs and their effects on people. But this is different, all the good has been cut away, leaving the gritty, terrifying core, addiction. Requiem is one of the bleakest films I've ever seen.

This is a four-actor movie, and everyone pulls their weight. Most viewers will relate most to Harry, Jared Leto's character. He has the friend, the girl, family- just wants to make things work out. He also has his habit... The other three actors ( Burstyn, Connelly, Wayans) all step up to show three other sides of the addiction game.

Mrs. Goldfarb's story is the saddest, as she isn't even knowingly ruining herself. Ironically, she is the loneliest, despite seeing the most people during the film's events.

Two other things complete this essential viewing: the music and the camera-work. You've probably heard Lux Aeterna somewhere else, but the rest of the soundtrack is one of the best ever. Seriously, go listen to it right now. It will haunt you. Forever. Progressively it gets louder and more intense, as the character's scenarios change in the same direction. The camera-work works similarly, with shorter and shorter scenes until the climax. Also, very good use of split screen.

Requiem for a Dream's plot is such a downer, you have to see it for yourself. And since there's not really anything like it, you won't be able to prepare yourself.

Very few films are as powerful as this one. 9.7/10