V for Vendetta never struck me on an emotional level and it is a bit heavy handed though presumably the graphic novel was pretty close as well, but the performances from both Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman are strong.
The Tax Collector doesn’t really break new ground in any sense. It has a familiar story and while Shia LaBeouf was great for the amount of screen time he has, while Bobby Soto has the look of a leading man, but lacked the charisma.
Requiem for a Dream to say the least isn’t entirely a pleasant movie but with the great performances, especially Ellen Burstyn, with the compelling enough storylines, my second viewing of this was more positive.
300 is a movie that I never really immensely enjoyed back when it was released and even today, found it to be great to look at, but little emotion behind the amazing visuals, though some of the fight scenes were pretty bad-ass.
Although I have not fully grasped the cultural influence The Goonies has had over the past 35 years, I still found the movie to be a fun, adventurous romp with one of the better ensemble gathered who had such great chemistry with one another.
Ghost in the Shell still has its influence all these years later and is telling that studios continue to re-release the movie and although I sometimes criticize double or triple dips, at least here in North America, this could be the definitive release.
Pitch Black is a movie I just could not get in to, be it the sloppy/choppy quick editing, weird image stretching effects that were overly employed in the 1990s or the thin story and characters, it’s a film that has garnered plenty of fans.
Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the beginnings of a new animated universe now that the previous New 52 inspired one concluded. The animation style is my biggest question mark but I did enjoy the introductions for both Lobo and Martian Manhunter.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a fun sequel and watching them in succession, kind of enjoyed this one a bit better as it does include a great villain in Moriarty played by Jared Harris, and his ability to go up against Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes is a fun take on the classic character and while the pacing is a bit off and even after all these years not sure about RDJ’s portrayal, the actor does have charisma in spades helping to keep this as an entertaining mystery-thriller.
The House by the Cemetery might have its merits and perhaps die-hard fans of Lucio Fulci may find it entertaining, but for myself it was more confusing and even tedious. However, the 4K release does have great video and audio transfers.