Oblivion was the best movie of the year (so far). Even though at certain points, it seemed to be making it up while it went along, but God, the movie was beautiful to look at (the cinematography, art direction, and visual effects) and there is definitely a sense of vision. And I really have to commend the musical score by M83. In short: haunting. Being from the same director as TRON Legacy, I thought that maybe Daft Punk did the score, but this score is even better.
I loved it, and M. Night had better get his shit together for the similarly themed movie After Earth, because he has a hard road ahead of him if he's trying to outdo Oblivion.
Joseph Kosinski is shaping up to be one of the best directors of modern times.
Watched Gangster Squad again. Liked it more the second time around. It's a B-movie version of The Untouchables, and well done at that. And it's one movie where Sean Penn's hammy acting works. Josh Brolin is great at playing himself (an ISTJ) and of course, there's Ryan Gosling, who also plays himself (a piece of cardboard).
Iron Man 3. Follows my first trilogy formula: first movie is the best, leading to high expectations for the second movie, which turns out to be crap, killing our expectations for the third one, which turns out being better than previously hoped.
Granted, Iron Man 3 was saved because of Robert Downey, Jr.'s witty dialogue, and also because it ended up not being as serious as the trailers fooled us into thinking. Tony Stark is definitely the same smart-ass we all know and love. And I'm sure a lot of people got pissed off by a certain plot twist, but honestly, I thought it was hilarious.
Another thing I liked about it was how it reminded me of '80s action movies, and why wouldn't it? Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3 had the same writer.
One thing I couldn't stand though was
the villains' superpowers. How come are they able to regenerate after being blown to bits and also get killed off in the exact same way? This really hurt the action sequences, which were otherwise good, but they didn't seem to know how to end them so they just killed off the villain when they just got too lazy to continue on. This really led the final battle to be completely bloated and even boring. It's different when a movie like Transformers 2 has a script that's dead on arrival (they made it as enjoyable as they could), but it's so disappointing when something as comparatively well-written and nuanced as Iron Man 3 pulls the same thing.
Overall, I thought Iron Man 3 had the weakest villain, where Iron Man 2 had the villain with the most potential (but man, did they drop the ball with him).