My Favorite Scenes: Fight Club – Hit me

It’s been a while, but now it’s back… “My Favorite Scenes”. And today we will be talking about a scene from my favorite movie “Fight Club”. Sure the movie is full of fantastic scenes, but I feel like this one stands out more than most of them. This is the scene where The Narrator (Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) have their first fight in the parking lot of a bar. Now this scene is great because this is where the “Fight Club” part of “Fight Club” starts kicking in… and I love the dark comedy that is implemented in the scene… and the entire movie. So, I hope you will enjoy this little scene from this 1999 masterpiece!

Fight Club – Hit me

Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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We all love Marvel, that is a fact. Sure, everyone got different favorites, but we all love Marvel in general. You can (for the most part) never fault them for making something horrendous that no one will like. And I also think we can all agree there has never been a proper Hulk movie. I mean, how do you make a movie about a green raging goliath but keep it interesting? Well the movies from the 70’s and 80’s are not really what we are looking for at least. And the Ang Lee directed movie from 2003 was just kinda boring (Even though the comic book based on it was amazing). But that movie did not do too well with critic and stuff, so of course people thought something in the vein of “Making a good Hulk movie is impossible… we will never get one”. Then five years later comes a new Hulk movie that gets people thinking “Hmm… maybe there’s hope after all!”. And that movie is the one we’re talking about today!

Hulks and She-Hulks… “The Incredible Hulk”!

Anyone who knows about the backstories of the biggest Marvel characters of course know the story of the Hulk. Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) tries some weird experiment on himself to find a cure for gamma radiation but it goes a bit wrong and he gets a power which turns him into a giant green rage monster whenever he gets angry (Or as this movie makes it seem; When his pulse goes over 200). He also has a loved one named Betty (Liv Tyler). So after Betty’s father the General (William Hurt) finds out about Banner and his powers, Banner runs off. And that is basically what we get from the backstory that is featured in the opening credits of this movie. But the actual movie is set after that. Bruce is in hiding in Brazil where he works at a soda factory. One day the U.S. soldiers who have been looking for him for a few years finds him, led by Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), Bruce has to escape back to the U.S. to find help and a potential cure for his Hulk powers. And that is basically the main story(ish). And while it may not sound interesting coming from me, it is actually very well done with a few twists and a good execution. I especially like how they went with the thing of Bruce learning to kind of control his anger and heart rate with the help of meditation and breathing exercises, it gives a lot more depth to the character. I also like the whole sort of “On the run, hiding from the army who wants to weaponize my ultra dangerous powers” story. I don’t know why, but it makes the whole thing moe interesting to me. And I gotta admit, there was a part of the story which I will not spoil that I was not particularly interested in. I am just gonna say it involves one of the characters who’s name is on the poster. And no, it is not Bruce.

The characters were okay I guess. They were not bad, they just didn’t interest me that much. Sure, Bruce Banner is one of the most complex characters ever and I did enjoy him in the movie… with a little help from him being played by Edward Norton. But I didn’t feel too invested in the other characters. Sure, Emil Blonsky was pretty cool, but that was mainly because he got a fair amount of screen time and I like Tim Roth as an actor. Overall… the characters were okay.

The music… epic orchestral pieces. For the battle and chase parts, indeed. But then we had some strangely suspenseful tracks for when Bruce was trying to stay hidden and run away from the soldiers who were chasing him. So yeah, I really liked the music.

I have to admit, the camera work in this movie was pretty damn good. There were a few cool landscape shots that looked really good and the rest of the camera work was pretty good. I also have to point out that the CGI wasn’t too shabby either! There isn’t too much more to say either than there are no less than THREE cameos in this movie that were pretty cool to have. Sure, one of them was the obvious Stan Lee cameo that every Marvel movie has, but there are two more that were really cool and pretty surprising. I’ll give you a clure to one of them… the original Hulk. The other one you will see for yourselves why it is so cool.

Time for the more than average reception for “The Incredible Hulk”. On Rotten Tomatoes we have a 67% score. On Metacritic we have a score of 61/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 2,5/4 stars. On imdb.com this movie has a score of 6,9/10.

I would honestly like to say that this movie is the optimal Hulk solo movie. I am not kidding about that, the chance of making a Hulk solo movie that is better than this is incredibly slim. So now… time for the final score! My final score for “The Incredible Hulk” is an 8,72/10 and a recommendation to buy this movie. While it is not perfect and could definitely be better it is still a movie with a good story, good performances, good special effects and Edward fucking Norton!

“The Incredible Hulk” is now reviewed.

I honestly think that Edward Norton is the best Bruce Banner ever. Sure, I really liked Mark Ruffalo in “The Avengers” as well, but I think Norton fit a little better for the character.

Movie Review: The Illusionist (2006)

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Mysteries, they are so…mysterious! I always love a good mystery, often in combination with supernatural elements. If you didn’t know, I am a big fan of TV-shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel” and “Supernatural”. All those contain mystery in one way or another and also have supernatural elements (Especially “Supernatural”). But what happens if you take a supernatural-based mystery but trade a lot of the horror/thriller elements for romance? You get this one movie that was kind of an odd choice for me.

Ladies and gentlemen…silence please…today TheMarckoguy presents; “The Illusionist”!

In the turn of the century (19th – 20th) we follow a young illusionist (roll credits) called Eisenheim (Edward Norton). At a young age (Flashbacks featuring a younger version played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) he was shown some great magic tricks and got very interested by it. So he started practicing and got really, really good. He met a young girl named Sophie (Eleanor Tomlinson) whom he falls in love with and she falls for him. But their love is not accepted considering she comes from a higher social standing (Her guards/family calling him a “peasant”). The young Eisenheim runs away and travels the world to show off his magic tricks. Several years later he comes back to Vienna (forgot to mention it was set in Vienna…sorry) to have a show. In this show the crown prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) is attending…and so is a now grown up Sophie (Now played by Jessica Biel). She and Eisenheim meets eachother again afterwards and begin a little bit of a secret romance. But that is not all of the plot, a lot of it also involves Eisenheim’s shows and inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) trying to figure out how his tricks work. And that is the story in a nutshell I suppose. To be honest I really liked it. I am not one to choose a romantic movie first-hand since they are for the most part not my cup of tea. But this storyline intrigued me (Maybe because of Edward Norton being in it, I don’t know). But it might be because of the magic-based twist this movie got. Or maybe it is because of the next segment…

The characters…sure, they are not always the most likeable, but they are portrayed so well by their respective actors that I don’t mind. I was especially impressed with Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewell…DAMN THEY CAN ACT! I really liked their performances, and that is one of the highlights of this movie. And of course we have to give a few points to Edward Norton for being…Edward Norton, really. He is always good (He just acts in bad movies sometimes). But everyone on the acting side did a great job. Maybe Aaron Taylor-Johnson was a bit…not too good but remember, this is one of his earlier movies.

The music was FANTASTIC! The score by Philip Glass was just perfect. It not only works with the time period, but also works for the different situations in this movie. It is just beautiful and I think you should listen to it. NOW!

This movie looks beautiful! It is shot in such a way that I just love looking at it. Not only based on the lighting, but in general, the camera work is excellent! So I am not surprised that it was Oscar Nominated for best Cinematography.

This movie had really good reception. On Rotten Tomaotes it not only has a 74% positive rating, but also a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has 68/100. Roger Ebert gave this a 3,5/4 star rating (couldn’t find a good quote). 7,6/10 is the score on imdb.com.

I have said my opinions on this movie and I am now gonna amaze you with my magic trick of conjuring up a score! Yes, there it is. It is a 9,59/10 which tells me you should go buy it now. And it also tells me it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”. 49920178

“The Illusionist” is now reviewed.

If life is an illusion, then what the hell are hallucinations?

Movie Review: 25th Hour (2002)

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If you didn’t know, I love Edward Norton. He is not only a fantastic actor…but he also donates a good amount of money to charity and let’s face it…he is one handsome son of a bitch. He have pulled out some great performances in movies like “Fight Club” and “American History X” (in which he was amazing). He is one of those actors that never is bad…NEVER! It is the movie that is bad, not him! HE IS NEVER BAD YOU MOTHERFUC…hmm, sorry about that, I had a fanboy rage moment there. So we are taking a look at one of his lesser known movies.

Dudes and chicks…”25th Hour”.

Montgomery Brogan (Edward Norton) is not at his highest point in life. Why? Because he is going to jail in 24 hours. For what you may ask. And I can tell you he is going in for drug dealing. In 24 hours he will serve a seven year long sentence. During these last hours he kind of re-evaluates his life. He wants to set a few things straight before he ends up in the joint for seven years. He got busted because someone probably ratted him out and he thinks it might be his girlfriend Naturelle (Rosario Dawson). But during these last hours he also have a few drinks with his friends Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman, R.I.P) and Frank (Barry Pepper). I am not going further than this with the story explanation for one reason: This story is too easy to spoil and is too interesting to spoil. It is a story that I think you should experience yourself. It is emotional, it is gripping and it is deep and makes you think about what’s right and wrong…trust me.

The characters are…people. People who have been through some shit. First up is Montgomery (out of those I wish to shortly analyze). A man who ended up on the wrong side of the law. An intelligent man who could have gotten a great job but didn’t have a too good start of life. Next up is Jacob. A teacher who got a lot on his mind at the time. His best friend is going to jail, one of his students (Anna Paquin) shows interest in him and tries to get a higher grade. And finally up on the table is Frank…he is for the most part a partying, drunk stock broker who like Jacob is a little confused since his best friend Monty is going to prison. In general…the characters in this movie are incredibly realistic and incredibly well acted. Still…that is not too much of a surprise when you have people Like Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman as some of your main actors. In general…I found them incredibly interesting to watch.

The music is damn good. The bits of original score by Terence Blanchard are magnificent, really expressing the feel of depression, sadness and a little isolation that the movie wants to show. And I fucking love that stuff. The score is near perfection (not gonna sit here and try to explain why I said “near perfection”). There are a few licensed songs as well but…I didn’t really give a shit about them. They were decent enough I guess.

I have nothing really to mention in the “General Stuff” section. Maybe I can mention that it is based on a novel by David Benioff. There, I mentioned it. Now go away.

Reception for “25th hour” was overall good. Rotten Tomatoes has a 78% rating for it and a “Fresh” Certification. Metacritic has given this movie a 67/100 score. Roger Ebert himself gave this 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great movies list”. The score for the movie on imdb.com is 7,7/10.

“25th Hour” is an intelligent, compelling, gripping and overall fantastic movie. My final score for it is a 9,76/10. This movie is worth a buy. Wait…worth a buy!? I command you to buy it! How do I do that? With the “SEAL OF APPROVAL” of course!
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Review of “25th Hour” is now done.

I wonder what I would do with my last 24 hours…

Movie Review: Fight Club (1999)

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You know how many mainstream movies get so much love from a ton of people who will then try to decapitate you if you say anything bad about it? It happened to me once when I gave a little negative comment on “The Avengers”. Some if not most of these movies are usually hit-ot-miss. Either you love it, or you hate it. This movie has been on my watchlist for quite some time now and I finally decided to sit down and watch it. This is one of the most popular movies of all time.

Men and women…”Fight Club”!

The movie follows an insomniac office worker simply credited as “The Narrator” (Edward Norton). He is not very happy with his life. Why? He can’t fucking sleep, that’s why. He thinks it is because he does the same stuff all the time. So he joins a support group for testicular cancer (even though he have not conducted that disease). In there he meets his new friend Robert “Bob” Paulsen (Meat Loaf). Bob got his testicles removed because of the disease and have become more feminine. He became so feminine in fact that he *sigh*…grew boobs. But the Narrator likes this support group thing since it helps him cry which apparently helps him to get sleep. So he starts attedning even more of them. Everything goes fine and dandy…until the chain smoking woman Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) starts attending them and it just fucks everything over for the Narrator. He confronts her and they make a deal about who will attend which support groups. Oh and on every group, the Narrator chooses a different name, like Cornelius…yeah. But a while later on a plane, he meets this strange man Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). And he IS weird, I mean…he talks about how to make napalm with regular household products. But when the Narrator after the flight finds out his apartment was blown up…he calls for Marla, but she does not want him in her place. Then he tries calling Durden, and gets no answer. Then suddenly, the payphone rings…and he answers it. And guess who it is, it’s motherfucking Tyler Durden. These two guys talk and decide to go out for a beer. Then the Narrator asks if he could stay with Durden. And he can, on one condition: He have to hit Durden as hard as he can. Of course he questions why he has to do that, yet he does it…on Durden’s fucking ear. Then he hits him back…and they start fighting. After the fight they decide to start doing this little fight thingy again. Then we come to Durden’s house. A rotten-ass house it sure as hell is. Things seem like they can break at any second and it is just the worst fucking place ever. Believe me, you would not like to live in that place. It’s a good ol’ shithole. Remember earlier when I said the “do the fight thingy again”? Yeah they do that and get quite the audience…which later turns into a big sort of underground Fight Club. Now, all this does not sound like simple plot, ’cause it ain’t. This movie and its plot is just to me…perfect. Throughout the movie, it gets more complex and I fucking love that. The more complex a plot is, the more I will probably enjoy it…I love complex thinky stuff. Also, this movie is very brutal…just sayin’. So if you’re squeamish…yeah.

The characters of “Fight Club” are odd, flawed and complex. And in my book that is something good. They are very varied in style. For example, the Narrator is…well he is like every Edward Norton character ever…intelligent but very troubled and even a little fucked in the head. Tyler Durden is a mystery with a leather jacket and a pack of cigarettes, he is complex and just so damn entertaining. Then we have Marla…who is a nutjob who chainsmokes. But she is like everyone else in this movie…complex as all hell. Even though she is not nearly as complex as let’s say the Narrator or Tyler Durden. But still complex in her own way. I mean, she has to be complex…she is Helena Bonham Carter…she has more layers than a three foot cake.

The music is just fucking fantastic. At a lot of points it is dark and chilling, like a lot of parts of this movie. But at some points it can be quite light hearted, for the more light hearted parts that is. But in general, I love the soundtrack for “Fight Club” since it fits so well for this strange/weird movie.

Remember when I said this was brutal? Well, it is. Too brutal for a whole lot of people I would assume…but I don’t fucking care, the fight scenes may be brutal, but they are still very well choreographed and shot. Speaking of how scenes are shot, this movie is very well directed and incredibly well shot! This movie is one of the most good looking ones I have ever seen. Also, the action scenes doesn’t use unnecessary shaky cam…and I love that, you can actually see what’s going on.

Reception for “Fight Club” was incredibly mixed. A ton of people loved the shit out of this, and some hated it. This is probably one of the most, if not the most, debated movies ever. Rotten Tomatoes holds the rating of 80% on this and have certified it “Fresh”. Metacritic gave this movie the rating of 66/100. Roger Ebert wasn’t the biggest fan of this, giving it only 2/4 stars. He said it was

“Beloved by most, Not me”

imdb.com has the rating of 8,9/10 on this and it is ranked #10 on their Top 250 list.

I have thrown out some major stuff on this very beloved movie simply known as “Fight Club”. And now I will give it my score…*Takes deep breath* I am giving this the 10/10 rating. This movie is to me…fucking perfect. Everything from the story, to the characters/acting, to the music, to the…EVERYTHING! This gets the “Seal of Approval”. This movie is a must buy! For any movie lover and anyone who likes movies in general! This is now my all time favorite movie of all time.

“Fight Club” is now at last…reviewed.

It’s kind of ironic that I talked about this movie when the firs rule of it is…HEY!

Movie Review: American History X (1998)

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Listen here now, I am not one to say white people are the superior beings of this world. But I am also not saying black, latino, asian or any other skin color are that either. I believe in an equivalent world where every person is equal to the next one. But there are dicks who think otherwise. And I am strangely enough interested in the “White Power” thing. Not that I want to be part of a group like that, I am more interested in what the fuck they’re thinking. Ya know, the psychological aspects of it. Today we are looking at a movie that explores those dark areas that exists within certain people.

Ladies and gents, the dark movie that stars two Edwards…American History X!

The story is set in Los Angeles (Mainly in the suburbs). It focuses on the two brothers Derek (Edward Norton) and Danny (Edward Furlong) and their lives as Danny is playing a small part in a Neo-Nazi gang led by a man named Cameron Alexander (Stacy Keach). Derek just got out of prison and have gotten a new view on life. He used to be part of the very same gang as Danny before he was convicted of manslaughter and sat in jail for 3 years. In there he got a new view on life to give up the bullshit skinhead life and pretty much start over (But he would probably have to live with all his horrible tattoos for the rest of his life since tattoo removal was very unusual back then). Throughout the movie we get to see flashbacks that shows us what he was like in the gang and in jail. We also get to see how he tries to get his little brother out of this gang and prevent him from going down the same terrible path he went down. You get to see a lot of the problems Derek has with his mother Doris (Beverly D’Angelo), one of his younger sisters (Jennifer Lien) and his former skinhead best friend Seth (Ethan Suplee). The story as it is and how it unfolds is just honestly fucking excellent. It is very dark at times and not always the most easy to get entertained by. But this movie is not only for entertainment by being a movie, it also makes you think about life and actions/reactions. The story is basically a big fat awesome in my book.

I’m gonna come straight out and be honest about the characters. I honestly want to punch them all in the fucking face at one point or the other. And I am not a person that often thinks that. But the fact that they can get under my skin enough to make me want to punch their god damn teeth out is just a proof of how well acted they are. The characters are at one time or another a dick, and that their respective actors give a performance that really gets under my skin as much as it does is just proof of awesome right there. Most cred I have to give here though is for Edward Norton as Derek. I mean, WOW! What an actor! I am going to say that this is the best performance I have ever seen from him. When you see him as the skinhead i nteh flashbacks you really want to show your fist in his mouth and a boot up his ass. But later on when he is good guy Derek you feel like he truly is the good guy that you want to give full support and just have a nice conversation with. By the way, he was Oscar Nominated for this role, so have some fucking respect.

The music is just…wow. It is for the majority of the movie orchestra-based songs to give effect to the different situations in the movie. In general it is good. At a few points in the movie the music changes to some “White Power” music. Honestly I couldn’t get into that music at all. Not just because of the message those songs had, but also because they were a jumbled mess musically in general. Those songs were as disorganised as they could ever fucking be.

A simple warning if you haven’t seen this movie before…it is not for the squeamish. There is some imagery in this movie that will upset those people…no doubt. Even I found it a little disturbing, and I am far from squeamish. Just felt like warning you.

Reception for “American History X” was pretty much good. There is nothing else there. It got a Metacritic score of 62/100. On Rotten Tomatoes it got an 83% score and is certified fresh (Which means it is good). Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. Quote coming here;

“Always interesting and sometimes compelling, and it contains more actual provocative thought than any American film on race since Do the Right Thing”

On imdb.com it got a score of 8,6/10 and is ranked #33 on the Top 250 list.

Once again I have said good stuff about a movie. This time it was something different than what I’m usually watching. The score for “American History X” from my viewpoint is going to be a 9,67/10. It ranks 4 on my favorite movie list. I suggest you go watch this…except if you are very squeamish…then don’t.

Review of American History X is now completed.

Goodbye my friends.