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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Good but not as great and enduring as the original.
Out of practice writing reviews since I just haven't had time to watch new movies. I'd watched Hellboy streaming and thought now was as good as any to finally watch my copy of Hellboy II. The movie itself on it's own is not bad. It's rather good with the entertainment and the blu ray sound is a kicker. But the one single thing that sinks this movie is plot holes. Everywhere to the point of making the movie senseless. :( The embarrassing beginning with Hellboy was ouch. Think I'll skip that part from now on. A lot of knife work that is rather good just seems out of place. I thought for sure abe woulda spilled the beans on Liz's pregnancy when he was rather drunk. Nope... Totally un needed scene. And oh don't stand by the window. Hellboy is out. Like yeah the whole big chase scene in the first movie was more obvious. That was really pushed in and created such a plot hole I kept expecting it to show up in the credits. Nope no easter eggs there. Face Palm. No I don't like Liz's new haircut or her fire color. Blue was more surreal. Again Good movie but not great. The first one is great.
Quality: 4/10 Entertainment: 8/10 Replayable: 2/10
Almost sets up for (******* ) to come back.
Gotta be CSI's best cliffhanger since both season 7 and season 8.. Got a touch of the old CSI here. Season 11 is almost unbearable to watch. So bad it took me until sometime earlier this year to finish Season 11. Think ted danson's gotten the show back on it's feet. can't say much about Elizbeth Shue yet. Although being someone who was like 9 yrs old or so during a certain karate movie... I'm probably stereotyping her. although mixing her in so far has been interesting. This episode though (spoiler alert) and theory alert sets up only one possible conclusion. Being Warrick died in who's arms? Who came back because of Warrick's death. Well Sara of course. Who would come back if Comrade is out of action, Fishburne is recovering somewhere, and Ted Danson has a family problem now. There's only one guy. And he's married to Sara. Just one theory. But he would have a serious axe to grind with McKean. Moment his name entered my ears again. I was thinking no no no. Don't bring him in. Things will get hairy now that he's all healed. (on a side note.. so who did Hodges marry in Italy??) It'll take a bit to get over this episode. Thats gonna get ugly.
Why haven't I heard of this?
Was going thru the streaming films at ***flix and bumped into this. Of course streams are horrid so I rented it. Orson Welles is narrating most of it and being Orson.. he like todays Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones was among the best narrators. Interspersed with Elizabeth Taylor with emotion I'd never heard from her before lay before me a documentary that moves one to tears. The DVD is poorly cropped. So hopefully it will come to blu ray restored. The music is dated but the power is always in the narration and the images of horror shown on the screen. Highly recommend if your interest is in WWII stuff. Never was much into the Japanese side of stuff. Some within the last emperor , but mostly with the Nazi's, Jews and Russian sides. This one makes some note of America's lack of action that led to a worse situation that could have been.
10/10 Quality: 9/10 Re-playable ? 9/10 Entertainment: 0/10 (of course not)
A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
Plasticine at it's finest
Always game for a new Aardman production. And it's Plasticine not clay. Plasticine is easier to use. Usually molded around a frame. This one brought a tear to me eye. And hadn't quite realized until the female poodle gave Gromit his box of collectibles that Gromit is a beagle. Should known in the back of me mind. No wonder I've always like the show. Miss my own beagle. The eyes always have it. But I was tearing up there good at the end. The movie is usually all laughs, but this one showed more emotion than previous ones. I wouldn't say darker. The movie curse of the were rabbit was much darker. That one included guns. This one doesn't.
Was a bit strange they aren't plumbers anymore. Although the bakery idea was cute. I loved it. And indeed the ending will bring the weepies. Not that I'm a big poodle fan, abused dogs though obviously will come on along.
Quality: 10/10 Replayable: 10/10 Entertainment 10/10 Overall.... 10/10
Loved the DVD bonus feature with Shaun too.
Waking the Dead (2000)
Confusing at first.
I'd been watching a ton of cheap $1 DVD's for a bit just to get used to movies I'd been putting off. This was the first one I finally got to. I thought it was really well made. I do think it takes awhile to understand, but I got the hang of it. We never really find out if she's real or dead. We'll leave that up to the imagination, but I wouldn't call this a depressing movie. I'd gone for years without watching thinking it would be. But it's more uplifting really. Lets us into a possible area of politicians when they are younger. The music is slow, but the movie runs that way. A lot of music in this movie and loved the Peter Gabriel song at the end. Not sure if I'd watch this all the time, but it's a good movie that gets you thinking.
9/10 Quality: 10/10 Entertainment: 6/10 Replayable: 5/10
This Is the Army (1943)
Confusing plot makes the film almost pointless.
As a historical record, it's a must watch. But completely pointless as a movie. Like something out of The Producers. Way too little story from the original WWI guys. That was the more interesting storyline that didn't really pick back up until about the last 15 minutes of the movie. Everything in between was full of hot air. Was this a real show? I'm hedging that it wasn't. But it's difficult to tell. And the subplot with uh Reagan not wanting to get married is completely buried and even absurd on it's face. Should have never been in the movie. Great singing all around, but it never felt like a movie. Probably would have been cool as a stage show but never a movie.
Full Rating: 4/10 Quality: 2/10 Entertainment: 6/10 Replayable: 2/10
Pot o' Gold (1941)
Odd story, but interesting.
Good picker upper style film. Classic Stewart. Reminded me of You Can't Take it With You. I was watching this as part of a 2 sided DVD. With Made For Each Other. Which isn't really a comedy. But Pot O Gold, rather hilarious. Especially when Stewart finds out who he really hit with that tomato. :) Get the feeling a few people wound up on It's a Wonderful Life. But can't tell. All in all well worth the $1 I paid for it. Probably would but it on a $10 version too. The only real complaint is the movie is a bit on the short side. I would disagree with a few here saying it's not worth their time. There's quite a few movies out there that aren't worth my time, this isn't one of them.
Full rating: 6/10 Quality: 4/10 Entertainment 7/10 Replayable: 5/10
Not a modern Hollywood film.
Not entirely sure where to stick this one. Haven't done a review in while because I've seen too many. But had to comment on this one. I wouldn't put this in an action category. Nor an art film. But just an old fashioned western. Extremely boring to the action crowd, but the movie runs like a book. Laid back. I can't give it a perfect score because the plot is thin and vague. Like picking up a book in the middle and not finishing. But I liked it. Not sure why but it's just laid back and unique. And certainly gives some interest in an 8 Gauge shotgun. There's a fairly good youtube video on this and how to handle one. Which is more explained than the DVD. Do wish they'd stick the trailer on.
Quality: 7/10 Replayable: 9/10 Entertainment: 4/10
Rammstein: Industrial Angels (2003)
Unlike someone else I wouldn't call this a bootleg. Calling it a bootleg suggests the DVD is illegal. Which would bring up as to why a certain online rental spot that uses the colors blue and yellow has it for rent. Which is how I ended up watching this.
It's okay as far as it's questions. But the editing is beyond hope. The silliness of locating a camera behind the interviewee is distracting. But worst of all, they don't use Rammstein music. It likely would have been better just to strip what music there is off the documentary. Alas they don't and clearly the idiots who are controlling this item don't understand Rammstein. Rammstein isn't death metal. Yet half the time we've got death metal playing in the background.
Then there is the interviewee's themselves. Where did they dig them up. Some of them aren't the best fans in the world. One in particular seemed to be a little hostile, but still raved about them. You'll likely get a better semi documentary off their music video DVD. (no don't ask me to spell it. I don't speak German) Hence the confusion all these years over You hate and you Have me. :P
Quality 0/10 Entertainment: 4/10 Replayable: 0/10
Shrek the Third (2007)
Is it one too many?
I've read a number of complaints that it's simply getting long in the tooth.
Sure it's story isn't intricate as the first movie. But I found it much more hilarious than the second which was too much a parody of just about everything. Yes the third does parody, but touches the heart of the first movie that the second one completely missed. I loved it and compared to The Simpsons, (which got long in the tooth about 7 years prior to the movie) Shrek is no where near long in the tooth. Even by the promised 5th movie could I see wanting this series to end. I've come to love the characters and it was a bit of a cheer up with all thats going on personally. One confusion that makes it a bit complicated is having the hero named Arthur. So is this the real Arthur? Will Arthur be killed away from far far away?
Quality: 7/10 Entertainment: 10/10 Replayable: 10/10