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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
One of the best films of its kind.
"Assault of Precinct 13" is a superb example of the roller-coaster suspense thriller. Like "Jaws," "Alien," "Aliens," and many others I can't think of right now, "Assault" is a film where the enemy's presence comes and goes, growing more ominous and scary with each successive return. Then it's presence is thrust upon the main characters, and there is no going back.
There are a couple of flaws with the film: For example, a couple of the climactic showdowns aren't as crisply edited as they could be, and some of the acting is a bit wooden. However, that doesn't matter when you are watching a film that fully knows and understands fear and the unknown, and shakes you to the core.
"Eternal Sunshine" is Overrated
I was really looking forward to seeing this film more than a year ago, and when I did, I thought it was alright, but not brilliant. In the coming months, critics and audiences had lauded praise over the film. I do agree that it has some brilliant writing, and the concept is quite an original, but there was one thing it lacked: magic. Maybe I'm the only one, but the movie didn't click with me. I didn't like Kate Winslet's character, and I especially didn't see why Jim Carrey's character was so in to her. Also, the twist ending, about how the beginning of the movie was really the end, I saw coming a mile away.
One last thing, I think Charlie Kaufman is getting way too much attention. I loved Adaptation and Being John Malcovich (sorry, if I've spelled it wrong), but each successive Charlie Kaufman movie is paying more attention to the fact that Charlie Kaufman wrote and not whether the movie is any good.
Constantine is a decent action film.
Constantine stars Keanu Reeves as the title character. He's a man with the ability to see half-demons, half-humans, and all other strange supernatural doings, fighting them with screeching beetle boxes and a holy-cross shaped shotgun. Rachel Weisz is a detective who needs Constantine to find out if her half-sister really committed suicide, or if the devil made her do it.
Now, the previews led me to believe that they were going to take the premise and run with it, making every attempt to mine the suspense, fun, fright, and cool special effects out of it as much as they can. However, trailers always make you think that way, because they always include the best parts, edited for maximum impact.
The movie itself is decent. It creates a somewhat-complex character out of the two-note Keanu Reeves (which isn't an insult, he can play two notes very well), where his chain- smoking not only represents his way of not dealing with his fate, but also his subconscious desire to bring his life to an end. The special effects are good, especially with the car crash in the beginning. The story gets muddled toward the end, but it still kept my attention. I recommend it as a modest time-passer.