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The World's End (2013)
Scratching my head...
Just can't really figure out if it's the movie that went wrong, or if my humor meter is out of whack.
I went with a group of my son and his friends -- and they all gave it a 9.
So, maybe, it's me. BUT I will say i laugh at just about anything and really liked the other two movies.
This was just not funny. This is only my opinion so please keep your comments away from my comments. I just always wonder about movies like this: Wasn't there any script doctor involved? Nobody they could run this through? Because there were a lot of conversations going on, and none of them had any funny lines.
The set-ups were not funny, the movie took a bittersweet, dark turn which was fine but seemed tacked on. And the whole alien-robot thing? Just bad. Unfunny and contrived.
The ending was tacked on. The fight scenes were well choreographed but went on way too long.
Just not a whole lot to say positive. Just could have been so much better.
Crossing Lines (2013)
Scratching my head
we LOVE TV. We are not snobs. We watch a total gamut from bad sitcoms to high brow drams to ridiculous realty.
So we tried this. Looked very promising. And now, every single week, we hate ourselves for continuing to watch this horrible crap.
Now, please don't jump on me. I read all the good reviews and didn't jump on you, so hear me out. And no, I'm not a troll. I watch bad TV, and for some reason continue to watch bad TV, but love a good debate about the good and the bad, the pointless and the well done.
So hear me out.
This, along with Under the Dome and The Bridge, are the three hot summer series. we watch them all and hate them all. We flip a coin to see which one we're going to bail on first -- and we still, obediently, watch them all. And hate ourselves afterward.
This show is particularly bad -- in our humble opinion, I will add. The cases are so poorly written as to be laughable. They have members of this team Europe-hopping like it's going across town. My husband and I are laughing that the bad guys are in Italy; no, now they're here; now they're there. This ICC team has headquarters...where? The Hague? Because everything seems to be a hop, skip and jump away. Then, after a day of a caper, they are all back at their desks (what in the world do they DO in that cool building?) and then they all punch out at 5 pm and say See Ya! Let's get a drink! -- like it's a 9 to 5 job.
Then you have these very poorly laid out sub plots about somebody's crooked brother, somebody's search for some carnival guy and somebody who messed up his hand, some Russians, somebody who killed his son, the moping, brooding wife who flits around Europe and won't return his phone calls, and somebody is a gambling addict. Nobody cares! We've watched every episode and we don't even know (or care) anybody's name.
The worst offenders are the script, the acting, the character development, the cases...oh, I guess just about everything.
sigh. And still we watch it. Sigh.
This Is the End (2013)
Who would have thought such a throw away summer movie would have been so polarizing?
We went on Father's Day, and we haven't been to a movie in a long time (bad experiences with talkers, etc). Reviews had been great; no, off the charts thus far.
Long story short: Husband LOVED it; I am more in line with those on this board who say it is weak, self-serving, too "un" scripted (read: improv) and just not funny. GREAT premise...then, nothing. The opening third is brilliant -- the party scene. But then, the guys pretty much said "we are funny just being ourselves! No more script! Let's just be ourselves and a parody of ourselves!" Again -- good concept poorly executed. Nothing much happens that is really funny. In fact, some scenes go on terribly, uncomfortably long and it is painfully obvious those scenes are unscripted and just not funny.
What amazed me is that a pretty good chunk of change was spent on CG that wasn't necessary -- they could've used that money spent on the demon and hired a couple of script doctors.
I love a good debate about a movie. What I can't stand on this board (maybe because of the demo that this movie attracts) is the back and forth "You didn't like it??? You're stupid! What's wrong with you?" Trust me, even in my own family we couldn't agree on this one. It is so just a matter of taste. No one is right and no one is wrong. This movie just....is. And I so wish it had been funny. I was really pulling for it.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Oh, dear God, this was awful
I appear to be alone in this thought, but I thought this was awful, just dreadful. Bad script, bad acting, bad close-ups, but most of all -- bad directing.
Staring off with the most annoying actress to ever by on screen -- ANALEIGH Tipton. Oh, please you can barely look at her she is so awful. Every shot of her and everyone else is so tight it makes you uncomfortable. There is so much wrong with this film I really don't know where to start, so I'll just say: the big "twist" is just plain stupid -- who cares? It doesn't add anything to the story. The child porn thing is just creepy. The main story element of the failing marriage is never really fleshed out. The other main story point -- of Steve Carrell's character becoming a horn dog -- is odd and off-putting. The whole movie is just plain weird. That's as best as I can sum it up. The casting is especially odd. Marissa Tomei and Kevin bacon are thrown in for -- oh, I don't know. The 13-year old son is bad. The little girl has no lines at all. Julianna Moore is just not good here -- comes off as a harpy. The only saving grace is -- Emma Stone. She is kind of radiant, if that makes any sense. But the story line she has really doesn't make sense, because Ryan Gosling also plays a horn dog with no sense of goodness, who only goes after really hot chicks so, no -- he would NOT seek her out from a crowded bar.
Not worth your money. Skip this one.
In the Cut (2003)
Rushed ending made no sense
Okay, I was with up until.....
SHE WALKED HOME FROM NEW JERSEY? OH, come on, I actually said out loud. The ending was so rushed and stupid...no motivation for anybody's actions...I was with you through the moody stillness, the bad dialog, the totally unsympathetic characters, the depressing sets. But walking from NJ barefoot and bloodied all the way to mid town Manhattan? And Mark Ruffalo chained in her apartment the whole time-- he HAD to have peed himself by then...and she snuggled up next to him? somebody remarked how much better the book was. I'll have to pick it up.
The Bridge (2010)
Left us puzzled...
Sooooo...we see in the listings this title on a Saturday night on CBS here in the States...we assume (wrongly?) that this is either a summer replacement show or a tease at something coming in the fall. We realized 10 minutes in that it was one of the shows with an unnamed city, no name of city on police cars, fuzzed out license plates, etc. This, alone, made us suspicious. Then, as to the plot: we were frankly confused as to who we were supposed to root for. Yes, we GET it -- cops are sometimes portrayed wrongly by the press and public. But this seems to be out to make cops look incredibly whiny and pathetic. A walk out??? We honestly think that kind of action here in the states is illegal. We have heard of a "sick out" to protest something, but for cops to just walk off the job because they don't like something or they don't get their way is too weird. That's when I got up from the couch, came to computer, and checked out IMDb on this show. I needed a little background, and I got it. Not sure what CBS is going to do with this -- it just wasn't very appealing. Acting wasn't great, situations were just odd, and oh by the way, any woman in a uniformed service here in the states has to have her hair up off her collar. Being military, this irked me! Can't explain why -- it just looked so weird to see all your model-quality policewomen with their hair flowing down their uniforms. And when old cop died -- yeah, doubt if he would get a formal police funeral here in the states, no matter what the union did.
Bottom line -- we GET it -- we just didn't like it. Made cops look whiny, petulant, and controlled by their union.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Still scratching my head...
So, my family and I sat down to watch this last night. We were big fans of Avatar, and wanted to see the movie in its own right, but also to see what beat out Avatar for the statue. Wow...just can't figure this out. It will bear another watching, but we (and we are VERY MUCH movie lovers and armchair experts) cannot figure out why this is getting so much praise. An episode of Generation Kill was better than this. The story wasn't that interesting, the main character was underdeveloped (Just didn't care one way or the other about his motivations) the movie seemed just episodic (although they had tried to create "drama" with the running tally of how many days left...oooohhhhh...something BAD is going to happen! ooooo) Just didn't feel it. Well done for what it was...but Best Picture? There was NOTHING to call a story, or plot, or characters...and yes, we GET the whole "slice of life" thing; we do.
Didn't hit any high notes
Sorry, I may be one dissenting voice -- but this movie just did nothing for me and my family. Nary a funny line or bit, and not a single character to root for. Stale plot, script was totally unimaginative. Kids were fidgeting all around us. The opening sequence on the "crosstown express" held our interest, but it was downhill from there. Please explain why they needed Ewan McGregor and Halle Berry for these roles -- two actors with non-distinctive voices--those characters could've been voiced by ANYBODY. Robin Williams added not a thing to the cast. The crew of Robots were a confusing mess of voices that were hard to keep straight. Our rating: 2/10
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Don't be dissuaded by the negative reviews
I think the negative reviews have more do to do with the Hollywood press machine out to get this young man (and, no, I'm NOT a big fan of his) who seemed to 1) come out of nowhere 2) star in several relatively successful TV shows 3) make a string of OK movies and 4) date a Hollywood glamour puss. This seems to be their `big chance,' if you will to `get him'
But what's to get? This is a very good, if not great movie. This is a story that has been told several times before, and, yet, the writers, directors, and especially the young cast, bring many, many new fresh angles to it. It's a great yarn, a few laughs, lots of suspense, and most importantly a well told story-driven movie that makes you think.
Kutcher does a credible job no matter where he lands in his time travels.. He plays a young boy/teen/young man/adult trying to make things right.
So, Ashton, if you're reading this: Know that you have a fine movie on your hands, the directing and writing are impressive, and this will be a cult hit not unlike the `Donnie Darko' phenom. Be content in knowing that your negative reviewers `just don't get it.'
Finding Nemo (2003)
Fun but not funny, beautiful done but not memorable
Okay, I'll be the first to cast stones...
What a beautiful-looking piece of work. The animation, the colors, the movement -- it is all so beautifully accomplished. Bravo to Pixar for getting even the tiniest detail perfect.
BUT...it wasn't funny. It was mildly interesting, but dragged towards the middle. Even children around me were squirming and asking parents, "Is it time to go home?"
There are too many "false" endings--when you think all is well and the constant string of perilous encounters are at an end. But, believe me, there is always ONE more.
There are no real laugh out-loud "bits," no really funny lines, and Dorie just plain gets on your nerves after awhile.
And, no, I'm not an old grump. I just wasn't amused. Amazed at the technology of it all, but not amused.
Give me Toy Story or even Monsters Inc. This one fell flat.