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The Lobster (2015)
Vile piece of garbage. We walked out.
I've seen a LOT of bad films in my life. This ranks at the top.
Absolutely one of THE WORST films I have ever seen. Didn't even make it through the entire film. We walked out after the woman kills the dog and we are shown the bloody proof, dead dog on floor surrounded by blood. Just one of the worst moments in a film.
Collin Farrell (don't even care if I spell his name correctly) should be ashamed of himself and frankly, if you consider the vile nature of the film and how he looks in it, his career hopefully is finished. His big belly is a turn off.
Completely unredeemable. To be avoided at all costs.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
A wild roller-coaster ride.
I love the film and am trying to figure out how to write a review without giving anything away.
A woman on the road at night is suddenly in an accident. When she wakes up you immediately start wondering what direction this film could go in. It could go down several different paths. You think you've got it all figured out. Based upon what you are seeing, there really is no other way to go. Wrong.
At some point things seem to settle into some harmonious normalcy but then things get ugly and disturbing. Always were a bit disturbing but more ominous.
The acting is excellent by everyone, the twists and turns very good especially since these three characters are in an underground bunker. It is edge of your seat, leaning forward intensity. A wild ride for sure. Check it out!
Deadly Prey (1987)
Low budget, cheaply done, tedious crap.
Are you a man? Do you have frosted hair? Do you sleep in very short, denim cutoffs? Yes? Then this is the film for you. Because Ted Prior does.
Ted Prior posed nude in Playgirl and that worked for him because he didn't speak, didn't have any lines. Here? We are tortured by not only his bad acting but the bad acting of the rest of the cast. That's not the worst of it though. We're also subjected to bad sound, bad editing, horrible dialog and a tedious, relentless 88 minutes of men chasing other men and pretending to be blown up by low budget grenades and gun fire. But the acting isn't just bad, it's PAINFUL!
Please don't waste your time on this. Your time is valuable. We're here for such a short time. You can't waste 88 minutes on something like this. Just watch Predator if you need something like this. You can watch it in short denim cutoffs.
Sometimes interesting, sometimes tedious.
I have some issues with this film. First of all, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. Either that or it's so brilliant and subtle I'm missing the mysterious and brilliant point. But I doubt it.
I won't get into the plot because you need to figure out the story for yourself but I can tell you this; there are many scenes which are quite tedious. Take The French Connection. It also has scenes that are low key and dry but there is still something interesting about what is happening and you know it all leads to something important. Not here. Watching a plane taxi around on the runway is about as interesting as watching a snail travel along a leaf. Come on! Boring.
Also, some of the post dubbing is just off kilter enough to be noticeable. So is some of the sound added post production. Why can't they fix that?
Steve McQueen. Yes, super cool dude with the dazzling blue eyes. I get it, I get it. I agree however, even he can't save some of the scenes here which don't really rise above average and deliver any punch! And his reaction shots only go so far in keeping us interested. The film just never really evolves or expands into any type of climax that becomes nail biting. You could doze through this and not miss anything important.
I don't hate the film. I do like it but it is nothing to rave about. One viewing would be plenty and the i-phone addicts would be completely bored with this.
The Odessa File (1974)
Starts intensely, falls flat
Starts rather abruptly with editorial over the screen hinting that this could be an intense, thrilling spy film based on an actual occurrence.
Sadly though, it never really rises above mediocrity. Some of the scenes feel almost moldy and so old fashioned, it's hard to believe anyone ever thought it modern even when new.
This hasn't aged well and while there are some intense moments and it moves well, the climax is a bit disappointing and the film ends as abruptly as it began.
Some scenes could have been fleshed out more or contained much more interesting dialog. A lot of the scenes are very low key, almost static.
Hasn't dated well.
The Martian (2015)
Enjoyable, thrilling, maybe not completely original
Well, we just saw this tonight and we both really enjoyed it. Quite a few people are criticizing the film but let me just say that I found it to be very intense and thrilling. It does what it is supposed to do. It is true though, we have seen some of these scenes before in other films.
The film is a bit too long. It could have been shorter. I think some of the performances were predictable but it's a movie. At least it wasn't some mindless film with nothing but chase sequences and explosions.
I think most people will enjoy this. The acting is great, the production is top notch, it has some humor, the characters are mostly likable.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Way too long, way overdone
I'm a huge fan of Mad Max and The Road Warrior. There is a believability in those two films. This is way over the top, way too predictable and way too tired. Max now fights like Matt Damon in Bourne Identity which is something new. And now we have CGI added in the mix which takes away the "Organic" feel of it don't you think?
Organic, not a term I like to use but frankly, the first two films did feel that way. This is way too much, way too long and over the top. Also, there aren't too many characters to love here and that's a problem.
Lastly, this all seems meaningless and stupid. Go back where you came from after trying so hard to escape? It just all seems so dull and tiresome.
Jurassic World (2015)
Good but nothing original here
Jurassic World as a stand alone film is good. Had I not seen the previous Jurassic films I would have enjoyed this, found it entertaining. I find this a nice addition to the previous three films.
The acting is excellent by all, the production high. Only issue I have is that nothing new really happens. People show up at Jurassic World, something goes wrong, people die and the park is ruined. Same format, same formula, no real new ideas. Can't blame the writers for this. What else could be done with the story?
One other issue I have with the film is that it doesn't really build up as much tension as the previous. There are a few moments here and there that do but when one of the characters is in a very dangerous situation, there is a lack of build-up, a lack of suspense.
All in all very good but not all that original.
A bit vague, a bit empty.
If you've ever seen September Issue and found that interesting you will find this a companion piece to that film. I found myself wondering if Anna Wintour had seen this and what she would think of it. I think she would have found this Luke warm.
Here is a 90 year old woman still going strong, still sharing items she's collected over the years, pieces of clothing, jewelry and accessories. She has no intentions of slowing down. She does interviews, goes to shows showing little signs of tiring. But is this inspirational? Is it fascinating? Not really. Something was lacking here and it isn't her fault. The filmmakers ask a few questions but never dig too deep. Some of the scenes we see here were much more artfully done in Devil Wears Prada and even September Issue itself. This couple traveled the world to buy things and it could have been more interesting had they shared some great stories about the places they had visited. Instead it was just buy this, buy that, spend money on this, spend money on that. It all sort of seemed plastic and not meaningful.
I do indeed appreciate Iris and her taste in fashion and her ability to go on at 90. But what was it all for? There is no deadline, no assignment. What was her job specifically? And for how long? It's all a bit vague and becomes tiring.
Appallingly bad, uninteresting.
We thought it would be cool to see this vintage 60's film. It wasn't. It was instead, painful to watch. The dialog is dull, it is clichéd, silly, poorly executed, unintelligent. It was almost like watching a skit on Love American Style.
Suzannah York's character was possibly supposed to be a love able 60's perky blond perhaps like Goldie Hawn. Instead she seems dumb, selfish and a sad case.
On the bright side the sets and props are cool. There are some beautiful shots but aside from that, I can't imagine how this could be anyones favorite film.