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Paranormal Calamity (2010)
It's very awful
This is the worst movie I've seen in awhile. There is very little positive to say about it and it fails on every level.
The story and characters were awful. I just never got why the protagonist stayed in the relationship even when he tells his ghost lover that the reason he stays is to be with her (the ghost lover).
The only laughs I had were a couple of entendres over the ridiculously named doctor and the protagonist ending up sleeping with his mother-in- law.
It doesn't even work as a soft porn film. Nudity is all too brief. This should have been easy to achieve in - just find actors and actresses willing to strip down.
I strongly suspect that even that Golden Raspberry winning film with Bo Derek/John Derek "Ghosts Can't Do It" would be better to watch.
I saw this last night on late night TV.
I thought this was quite uninspired and predictable. I can't believe people are giving positive reviews here.
It was pretty obvious that the kid would realise that it was real. It was pretty obvious that Kimberly would end up being a target because her character has no real role in the film - they probably should have expanded her role so she wasn't merely a lust object and target.
What can I say about the ending except groan?
Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1997)
This show was pretty bad but watchable and relegated to late Saturday night with another awful American television program: "Walker: Texas Ranger".
Watch out for that nasty American moralising and cheesing happy endings where it wouldn't happen in real life.
Kiss of Death (1995)
A kiss of death to his career
I didn't bother watching this beyond the half-way mark. It was a sure boring stinker.
It's cute how they take the first boring half to establish Caruso's character as a man who loves his family. They should have gone straight to the interesting: after he got out.
Caruso's career got the kiss of death after this one! Hah hah!
Good, original, overrated
Momento is a good movie. Great it is not.
The telling of the story backwards can be described as a great style - maybe even a renaissance of storytelling. It's also a gimmick that the film totally depends on.
In the middle of the film, it gets tedious with remember everything that has happened. Who's the drug dealers? Who's connected with who? The backstory of Leonard's work became more interesting than the current story.
I thought the unravelling of the evidence should have been more interesting. It wasn't.
Did the tedious memory game distract everyone from asking why an alleged murderer was befriending the victim's husband?
The plotline of the film is a bore if you could watch it in proper sequence. However, some of this weakness is made up for the paranoid aspect as we empathize with Leonard.
Bad Moon (1996)
Could have been a lot better.
This film had some interesting ideas such as the protective family dog and the brother's search for recovery through his family.
The dog was cool and that scene where Thor gets taken away to the pound was *really* sad... then later the film gets cutesy and the dog wasn't put down afterall, the boy rescues it and the dog rescues the family.
I liked how the sister wasn't a standard horror film female: she was neither screamer or tank-top heroine. She was intelligent and everyday.
I felt really let down near the end by the characterisation of the brother. I felt like there was a huge and sudden transition from the anguished cure-searching self-restraining man to the guy who calls his sister a "b**ch" and doesn't take the effort to cuff himself anymore. In the end, he's not a nice guy anymore - that justifies how it's okay for him to die - that justifies how there can be a big fight scene. I would have thought it would be better drama if he asked him sister to put him down.
Other areas where it was terrible was the special effects. When you have special effects that mediocre, the director will usually take the effort to use more shadows and the "more is less" technique.
In some ways, this film reminded me of "Alien" (eg where there's drooling before the victim gets killed and the sensitive animal).
Meet Joe Black (1998)
I felt like I was the one dying!
My friend's housemate, a fan of Brad Pitt, suggested this film when we were at the video store. We decided to give it a go.
This is one of those films where editing was desperately needed. I think they should have cut off at least an hour of the three hours. It was so long and dull, I felt like I was the one dying! Some films are "slow burn" such as "The Sixth Sense" but they really hold your attention and it works out well. This was not such a film - you could come back half an hour later and the candle would still be burning. In the end, every possible permutation of saying goodbye is done.
It was also terribly predictable and convenient at parts. eg. (semi-spoiler) The boyfriend turns to ex-boyfriend to the Satan of the film to try to give it some extra depth.
On a positive note, there was nothing wrong with the acting but it was a waste of Anthony Hopkins.
Air Force One (1997)
You've seen it all before
You've seen it all before if you've watched any of the Under Siege movies, it's just that this time it's set on Air Force One and the hero is Harrison Ford.
This film is an unfortunate waste of Ford's and many other actors' talents.
Men in Black (1997)
A mediocre plotline with good special effects
The 90s saw the emergence of excellent computer generated images being used in movies. Sadly the advances here, rarely went hand-in-hand with better stories and plotlines. Thus each year, dozens of films with awesome special effects accompany scripts that are exceptionally unsatisfying.
"MIB" is one such film and I haven't bothered seeing it again and probably won't. It even made me decide to avoid going to the cinema to see Science Fiction; I am never seeing another Will Smith star-vehicle movie again. I've realised he has no talent.
I strongly believe that computer technology is great for film. However, we're still finding ourselves more likely to be subjected to stuff like "MIB" than quality stories and endearing characterisations such as in "Toy Story" or quality black-comedy scifi like "Starship Troopers".
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Star vehicle only - what's the point?
I used to watch the 80s series remake of "Mission Impossible" and feel this movie is largely "Mission Impossible" in title only.
It's really just a big star vehicle and money-making enterprise for Tom Cruise.
Sure, it's an entertaining mindless romp that will keep your brain happily in neutral for a few hours and that may be all you're after.
The revelation of who is the true villain will anger some fans such as myself.
It really wasn't anything like the 80s "Mission Impossible" I remember. What about the comraderie between characters? What about the team effort thing? These things are missing because it's Tom Cruise Vs the rest of the world.
The best thing about the film is Larry Mullen Jnr and Adam Clayton from U2 being on the soundtrack.