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The Hurt Locker (2008)
More proof Hollywood needs to shut down!
What an awful piece of psychotic garbage. Another of many many many pieces of trash coming out of Hollywood these days. They just need to call it quits and spare us all. It's a stupid story about a psychotic infant of a man moving from place to place like a spreading cancer, putting other people in harms way. And of course the he's surrounded by cowards. This movie made no sense and didn't have a plot really at all. You know brainless drones will watch anything. If you are old enough to have grown up on real movies, you should be insulted by this film. There was nothing but bad acting, bad storytelling, and bad camera work. I'm also sick and tired of terrible camera work. What was totally unacceptable before film-making became an art for just anyone, is considered "exciting" now and that's just terrible. Using the zoom on the camera is and has always been awful and a sign of amateur film-making. Camera shake = bad film-making. The environment, talent, props, and/or buildings should shake not the camera. Now how stupid would it have been if when Hellboy punched the SUV the camera shook or zoomed in using the camera's zoom? I'm using this as an example. Platoon & Casualties of War were outstanding films .... oh look no zoom and no camera shake. Up yours Hollywood!
Hell High (1989)
This movie was great
I thought this film was funny. No worse than any other 80s horror movie. It is what it is. I also thought it was funny that they tried to pass off such old looking talent as high schoolers. I mean that chick looked like she was almost 40! Hahahaha I read on here the teacher who killed as a kid was pregnant during the movie. You could see that in one of the shots when she's out of the shower. Also you could tell they used a body double in the shower too. The skin was more tan and you could see the body double's long pony tail when the teacher had short hair. Also I think the teacher got a bum deal in the movie. I mean why did she have to get killed just because she went crazy. She went crazy for a good reason.
I really tried to give this film a chance but when I realized that most of the film was being told by a bunch of boring officials walking around and talking on phones, I knew it was over. A lot of this film also looked like stock footage. That's just lame.
The camera person kept like doing these quick short zooms for NO REASON! It bothered me so much but I was just wondering why in the heck did they think it was a good idea. It doesn't add anything to a static scene of two people talking. This isn't NYPD Blue or some cop show or something.
How could they have not realized that telling this type a story from conversations of people in conference rooms and what not, is BORING?!! Did they not watch this mess? Anyway, this was just a really boring movie and it does make it seem like whoever made it doesn't understand good storytelling in film.
Darn stock footage... that's just wrong.
The Number 23 (2007)
Well the basic question here, as it is with all movies, is did this movie tell a good solid story that was also entertaining. YES
I expected this movie to be garbage like most of the movies made in the past 10 years or so but it was entertaining and did indeed tell an interesting story.
I also like that they stayed away from the desaturated movie treatments and kind of went a bit high contrast (my own film-making signature).
I usually don't like movies with a Christian or religious focus (as being a good human being has nothing to do with religion), but this one wasn't really noticeable too much (well except for the lameness at the end before the credits).
I thought the scenes where they were telling the story from the book were fantastic as were the characters.
I didn't like that they mixed the pleasure of sex and intimacy with violent assault. This is a growing trend in movies today as well that I think is as caustic to our society as the 5 minute relationships in movies in the 80's. Where characters were suddenly in love after only having just met someone. I remember how young people back then expected relationships and love to work that way (of course it's their parents fault for not telling them otherwise). But now adults are getting love instructions from movies. These scenes could have been even more charged had they done them right and without the violence.
I've always thought Jim Carrey would do good in a serious film. He has a serious look to his face sometimes. He did a good job in this film as I would have expected.
I've always loved Virginia Madsen. She did a great job as well. She's not in enough movies I think. And she's hot. :) Overall I think the entire cast did a great job and I think the movie had wonderful, deep, rich cinematography. I loved at the end how the writing was appearing real time on things.
Oh yeah, and the dog was cute. :)
I Am Legend (2007)
Disturbing Pattern Here
This is yet another movie where scientist create or do something bad that threatens to kill all people on the planet and then somehow end up getting a pat on the back for "saving us all" at the end.
This is yet another psychopathic fantasy. How is it not psychopathic to imagine someone creating mass death beyond belief and then being regarded as a hero for "kinda" fixing what they caused in the end? So if I strangle a family of 10 then go around and revive them all with CPR, would I then be a hero, my crimes forgotten after that? Come on people!!
And why so many movies where there is an "infection" of rage? If writers are trying to make a point about our out of control violent society then why does the rest of the movie end up as some psychopathic fantasy about the nobility of man?
And of course there is also trend of every horror, thriller, suspense movie turning into some kind of religious brainwashing session. It always comes down to some ol' silly god-mess even if it doesn't even fit anywhere in the storyline. Which is just what happened in this film. It was just some random "insert god here" mess.
This movie was long and boring. How shocking. And I'm sorry, CG monsters and animals are lame. They always will be. Seemed like every shot in the movie looked the same. There is also some foolishness I'd like to point out.
1. How was this woman and her son REALLY able to get will smith out of that overturned car with those things around? 2. How can he beg a dummy to talk to him but then bug out when there are real people around? 3. Was this part written for Tom Hanks? 4. Why was his daughter such an annoying idiot? 5. Why do we have to see Will Smith half naked in every movie since he did Ali? 6. What were his plans for the deer he was chasing around forever? 7. How did that woman get to Vermont? 8. Why didn't he just shoot the aggressive thing in the head, then chuck the grenade through the hole for the rest of them, and jump in the oven thing real quick?
The Mist (2007)
Another Garbage Film (may contain spoilers)
This is just one more in a long list of bad movies made in the past 10 years. Who noticed the writers were on strike when they've been on strike for the past 10 years?
This movie had all the reflections of a psychopathic society. The overly religious woman was exactly like the religious idiot in Silent Hill and tons of other movies with one dimensional characters.
Actually every character in this movie besides the little short guy with the gun was one dimensional and worn out. I felt he had a little more to him because he came across as sincere, made a real effort to live, and had a skill that was unexpected. I imagine that most of the people who like this movie are young people who didn't grow up during times of great movies.
And the end? Talk about no ability to problem solve. My thoughts are "why are all the characters in movies, cavemen these days?" I mean, western culture is always pumping up the "superiority of man" and yet western art reflects a species who barely try to survive tragedy and usually don't. I wonder how we ever made it this far being as weak as people are in films these day. But more importantly as weak as writers imagine people to be.
I mean really... can't figure out a solution? ... kill yourself. Can't make sense of the situation? ... kill other people. Scared to die? .... Get delusional.
What? Who raised these people? Oh I forgot, it's just a movie, but wait... someone wrote it.
I'm also sick of not being able to watch a thriller or horror movie anymore without religion being thrown in. It is starting to feel like an brainwashing attempt. I knew this movie was over as soon as the woman started spouting a bunch of religious messages and people were actually listening to her and letting her continue.
I thought about commenting on the things in the "mist" but they were just too stupid for me to waste time on. Seems like they were really only there anyway, to lure you into a religious brainwashing session.
I found myself desperately wanting to watch a movie, skipping past the religious monologues to get to the "meat" of what was really happening and wanting for those people to make a real effort to survive.... Never happened.
The Fountain (2006)
And the children of the earth poison us, yet again
It is disturbing to me that childish and dysfunctional relationships and understandings of life are passed off as "normal" and even worse "moving". Honestly I don't see why they just didn't cast a 4 year old child instead of the man, after all he acted like one the entire time. It would seem some believe infantile co-dependency on our loved ones is synonymous with love. Never once did he consider the needs and desires of his wife in all his "love" for her. I gave this movie a "2" rating only because of its beautiful cinematography. The main character's wife was also pretty one dimensional. This movie reminded me of "The 6th Day"; the scientist who only worked so that he can find a cure for his dying wife. Ugh! Can any writers in Hollywood come up with something original?
What bothers me the most was that I was very much pleased with the way this story was going. It was filmed well and written well. And I'm sitting here very much into this story. So much so, I can't even work on what I was trying to work on while I was watching the movie. Since most movies are boring, I'd thought I'd pop this one in while I got some work done. But it turned out to be so interesting I couldn't keep my eyes off it. Then... THE END.... WHAT!!!! WHAT!!! I'm sorry, who ever wrote and directed this was just lazy. Ending it like they did was infuriating. Filmmakers can only get away with things like this these days. Back when good movie making was a standard, and ending like this would have been unacceptable. I'm so disgusted.
Best new movie in a long time....
Anyone who actually thought this was supposed to be a "real" horror movies is well... dumb. I can't find a nicer word because I can't see how you could have thought it was supposed to be serious. Must be young people too. They made movies like this all the time in the 80s, so right away I knew I was about to get my laugh on. This is the funniest movie I've seen in a long time for the Nostalgia of the genre alone. I always thought Denise Crosby never got a fair deal in Hollywood. She's a good actress and has done some good stuff but nothing that grand. I watched two terrible new release horror movies right before watching these "The Hostel" and "Ring Around The Rosie", both were terrible and this movie really saved the night.
King Kong (2005)
I do hope that sometimes soon, people will decide to stop going to movies, until Hollywood can pull itself together again. I'm sure this will never happen. But personally I will not go to or rent any new movies. This was my final straw. I was already angry that someone in Hollywood chose to remake one of the most racist movies of all time but I wasn't shocked. This long obscene movie was just pathetic and just another in a long line of bad new releases. How are these people getting production money for these terrible films? And I do wish black folks would stop complaining about racism if we are just going to continue to participate in racist films that have us dancing and jumping around in front of the camera like coons. How do you expect to be respected when we keep participating in our own disrespect?? There are so many things wrong with this film, there simply isn't enough time to dwell on them.