Die Nibelungen Part II: Kriemhild's Revenge (Fritz Lang) ***1/2 - This is the second part of Fritz Lang's two-part epic fantasy saga. It picks up where the first one left off -- SPOILER WARNING -- after Siegfried's death, his wife Kriemhild vows revenge on his murderer, but there are complications resulting in much bloodshed. Action sequences and special effects in older movies often tend to impress me a bit more because they do not have modern technologies at their disposal. This is no different. There are some really spectacular battle scenes here and the entire thing plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. As a whole, I feel the saga is Lang's warm-up to Metropolis but it's still a hell of a warm-up.
The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc
Webb) *** - I'm not the biggest fan of the Sam Raimi films. (I mean I
liked them well enough but I didn't think they were anything outstanding
or special) but even I thought a reboot was too soon. That aside, I
still went in with an open mind since I really liked the cast (better
than the Raimi films). Overall, I say it's a pretty darn good but far
from perfect effort. First off, Andrew Garfield makes for a far more
appealing Peter Parker/Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. Another
improvement is the fact that Spider-Man looks a bit more organic. I
always felt the Raimi ones looked a bit CGi-esque and therefore a little
less believable. I think this would be a far bigger hit and far bigger
praise if the Raimi films didn't exist.