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Border River (1954)
one of the worst westerns even made
terrible screenplay, terrible actors, bad and weak screenplay, ridiculous scenarios and plots. there's nothing worth praising whatsoever. guy was chased by soldiers, was shot crossed the river, then woke up in the hotel, then suddenly wearing all custom made new shirt, jacket and pants and hat showed up in the bar, then again, he kept changing into tailor made dresses after finished one scene. those dresses were ironed and pressed and so fit on his body. all the fights were poorly carried out. the dialog and acting by most supporting actors were just overly exaggerated and pretentious to the extreme. you need to turn of your I.Q. to watch this stupid western movie. the heist of the gold about two million dollars worth was another joke. the scenes by the river with stupid quick sand also was just too stupid to watch. all the fighting scenes just looked stupid and fake. there are so many good western movies from 1940 to 1970, but this one definitely is not one of them.
Den röda vargen (2012)
Bad screenplay, bad directing, likable actress
this whole series is actually a mediocre one if compares to other mysteries out of Scandinavian TV industries. screenplays were so badly crafted and then further deteriorated by poor directing and editing. the only thing that this series still worth viewing was the main female crime reporter herself, played by Malin Crépin, a female actor who performed naturally, a quite likable persona that viewers would like to watch just because of her. the settings related to her work, those supporting roles in the newspapers were not quite good, the whole series relied heavily on flash back, all crimes had to be rewound back and back again, one by one. it's like Korean TV drama series, characters have to talk to themselves by murmuring all the time to help explaining something that poor screenplays and directors usually could not do. this series also got limited actors to play the roles, we often saw an actor in one episode appeared in the next one with different role, but the face was just too familiar to be smoothly transformed into another one. the whole series only got one above average episode, the one about the Nobel prize murder case. others episodes, like this one and "prime time" were simply too flat, dumb and awkward to be watched, you need two factors that might enable you to complete the whole series: time and patience, i.e., if you got some leisure time to waste and if you got enough patience. otherwise, it's a pain in the neck to watch along.
i was also disgusted by the poor screenplay of this episode that showed the heroine's true color: a news hound without emotion and empathy. she told the tabloid to expose the teenager who was later killed by the serial killer. when she heard that young man was killed because of her, she seemed to give no darn at all; when she saw her longtime boyfriend/husband had an affair, her reaction also not quite like a normal female. the poor screenplay just made her with a robotic personality, a woman only got certain degrees of emotions to her two kids, but remote and almost without any feeling to others.
Tom yum goong 2 (2013)
the stupidest screenplay hatched out the stupidest film
Jesus on a crutch, what happened to this fantastic martial arts bright star? why he would agree to put himself in this most absurd, ridiculous, clueless insulting film? why wasted so much manpower to churn out such a pathetic, moronic patchwork? this screenplay and the production team had undoubtedly thought that as long as they put tony jaa as the main character in any film, they didn't need to waste time to script any screenplay, just let him do the stunts, allowing more thai stunt people to do more over the top stunts, then the box office would be 100% assured. by watching this horrible film, i have to admit that tony jaa might not have the basic education to distinguish what is good for him or what are the fatal choices for him to sign up films to ruin himself and becomes a public joke. the stupidest thing of this movie was the endless piles of pointless fighting scenes, hiring as many as the low budget could afford those struggling thai stuntmen, male or female, to do the tricks, not absolutely necessary really needed in a film as long as there's tony jaa in it. the first ridiculous 'protector' almost ruined tony jaa, allocated him to Australia to become a so-called 'legend' albeit a joke. that horrible film produced by a horrible screenplay, a brain-dead director has already made tony jaa a ruined actor, and now, without any intelligence, he signed up to do the absolutely un-needed, un-wanted sequel, only confirmed one thing: tony jaa got a very bad and very stupid but at the same time, a very cunning agent, who is just like the boxing matchmaker and promoter, Don King, entrap so many boxing talents, used them like robotic commodities to serve his own greed. tony jaa obviously is also a helpless victim to have such similar agent and on 2nd thought, he might owe a lot to this agent that he could never refuse to play any stupid role in any stupid film. tony jaa, sadly speaking, has become a box office poison, since we the movie goers would try very hard to shy away his next film, if he still got the chance to play another stupid role in another stupid film. my sadness is unfathomable.
A Stolen Life (1946)
let's say if there is a man who is such a lamer, a weak heart person who never has the guts to walk out of the narrow path of his life to become a real man but is only comfortable to what he is now and won't change a bit, no ambition, calling himself a loner, claiming he does not mind being alone but cannot bear the loneliness, deep down inside of him a timid minded person, a backward person withdrawing himself with stoop shoulders, hiding behind his tobacco pipe to smoke screen his uncertainty of himself. think about a strong headed, strong minded, willful woman, having the urge to conquer, to grab what she like to own, to occupy the mind of male, will she be interested in such a man as what were described as the above? the answer, if logically put, is a big NO. what Glenn Ford played in this film is such a unlikable, unattractive coward person that any woman with strong mind or will would never fall for him, albeit trying to grab him from her soft-minded twin sister. the male character played by Glenn ford if he is just such weak minded person, so easily to be lured away from a kind and gentler woman like Kate and has a sudden change of heart to the evil twin sister Patricia, his fickle mind is quite understandable because he is a lamer who would be easier to be attracted to a more strong-minded female instead of one more like himself. but arranging Patricia to fall for him is highly unlikely; the only possibility is that she wants her gentle twin sister Kate to suffer, she only toys with the man like a game to break her sister's heart. the whole scenario is just like what we see in 'gone with the wind', a strong willful woman falls for a lamer, but the lamer loves another gentle hearted woman. this man who loves Kate first but then falls into the spider-web like trap by Patricia is not a man who worths the love of Kate, yet Kate, a lame woman at first not knowing how to protect what she loves, then tries so hard to become an evil person as her twin sister. what we got here is three blind mice, each fails to know which one is more appropriate for it. the man who does not even know how to distinguish the sisters from each other is definitely a hopeless blind mice, that is why making this film somewhat disgustful to worth watching, because he is not worthy. what these twin sisters find themselves both attracted to this lamer? the women's hearts indeed are so complicated to comprehend.
True Detective (2014)
what a lousy 2 episodes already
this HBO drama series is the worst and the most bore-you-to-death series. a very very poor screenplay trying so hard to give you a false impression to imply to you that this is the real deal cult-serial killing murder case investigation. but after patiently watched the beginning two episodes, a two hours going nowhere, snail-crawling, chain-smoking, binge beer drinking, kiss the white buttocks, two deadbeat crime investigators talking who-cares dialog, driving along the country roads shots after shots, questioning some big-deal thought-to-be-relevant victim's relatives, friends and whoever and so on, you still don't know why you would care more to watch this drive-you-nuts lousy series and hang onto it once every week, you just don't know what you should do to survive the 3rd episode. the worst arrangement of this series is mixed the dreary boring investigation with the seemingly internal affairs investigation to one of the partners of this murder case team members. it just gave you an impression that the drinking detective might did something weird or illegal or whatever who-gives-the-sh++t stuff during the investigation and the other family-guy-look-but-also-an-adulterer, the leading detective has to talk to the two black internal affairs guys in the police headquarter(station?), to expose his partner's weird behaviors.
so far, this drama series has already proved to be a 100% bomber, but most the reviewers still cluelessly gave high praises to this boring series. is it because there are two big names to play the main characters or, what? what has made you guys to love this two episodes? just because it's moody? dark? two guys speaking in a twirling southern accent? exotic? what? are you guys serious? it seems to me you guys are like junk food eaters, everything is just so delicious. well, what can i say, dudes? watching your weight.
The Book Thief (2013)
Boring and predictable with hollow storyline
borrowed its ideas heavily from 'Diary of Anne Frank', the differences only put an orphan girl into the hands of another poor family for welfare purpose just like American foster care system, making money from the social welfare system. the girl was not hiding in the attic, on the contrary, could attend school regularly. the role of anne frank was cunningly adapted to become a Jewish young man, hiding in the attic first then later staying in the basement for couple of years. the whole movie was just barely watchable with good acting from some of the best old actors. there was nothing great enough to move you or deep enough to touch your soul. the whole storyline was just in the boring rigid predictable straight-lined, and also absurdly with a stupid narrative voice of the 'death'. funny thing was the writings on the walls in the basement and the books in the private library, all in English instead of German language. the whole movie only gave you a going-nowhere hollow story, a plain and numb narration of a story told in the form of a film not far away from a printed book. nothing bad but nothing great either. have expected too much but unfortunately turned out to be just a lukewarm, quite forgettable, pointless film. there's nothing to be praised about like most of the viewers' comments. if you guys were so easily to be satisfied, it would only give those mediocre novelists, screenplay writers, directors not to try harder and do better.
final verdict: a very boring film from a very boring novel, then adapted into a boring screenplay, then directed by a not-quite-talented director. a quite forgettable lukewarm film.
Short Term 12 (2013)
The going-nowhere child care system
this film is a mixed bag of the American juvenile justice system+juvenile delinquents+youth detention/juvenile hall/foster care system+big brother/sister care system+juvenile boot camp+soup(hell)kitchen. this kind of facilities has dotted all over America for years, but due to the ridiculous budget cuts focus specially on the American education system, the funding and the affordability for such charity-like care system would undoubtedly phase out in the foreseeable future.
this film didn't show us how these big sisters and brothers attained their licenses or certificates to run such facility, they looked more like volunteers instead of professional trained juvenile care service people. the new comer who took a year off to get the first hand experience at this facility without obvious related necessary training was such a overlooked flaw of this film. then, these older young men and young women smoking publicly outdoor was another bad example of how they were not qualified for those kids. then, the leading young woman announced that the black kid who was now at the age of 18 and had to leave the facility, his street-thug like bad attitude toward the new comer also proved that this facility was nothing but a total waste of the tax payers' money. then there's another even younger Latino kid who acted and behaved like bad apple, a doomed to be a street thug when reached at 18, also proved that this facility didn't do any good to transform those juveniles into someones with better, positive, promising future. so what was these kinda facilities that looked more like the 'federal prison for the juveniles without barbwire fences gave these young residents on a daily basis? they were just a bunch of retarded kids who could never get up and get out of bed promptly. they were forced every morning to brush their teeth to start their boring activities. they needed their big sisters to do the hair dresser's job to knit their bibs, or privately shaved their hairy legs in the bathroom, kid with weird hobby of collecting or doing something day in and day out, etc. and etc, how these kids would have anything more practical to deal with their future when they reach 18? those big brother/sister like young men and young women didn't give me any good impression of their capabilities of teaching and guiding their juvenile residents, they themselves also got load of personal problems, they lived on the farm with the younger kids, they were actually no different from those kids, all they could do was to deal with the kids for their daily unpredictable outrages and silly problems, they could not change what these kids would become, they were just a bunch of older aged losers wasting their precious youth hood in an environment blocked and shut out from the real world. when you watched this film, all you could get from it was hopelessness, helplessness, time and money down the drain, a total waste. just two groups of parasites with different ages, blindly probing around hopeless, only made me feel more impotent and despair for the America's future. with so many mindless juveniles more and more each day and every year, i really don't know what would become of this nation and could only predict it would become worse and worse.
i never watched a movie just for how good the performance or acting of the actors, or how good the screenplay crafted, how good the director did. if this film was serious enough, and tried to deliver some subtle message or expose some hidden problems of the social infrastructure, i would try very hard to dig them out. watching movies to me, is a choice and chore between 'sense' and 'sensebility', not just the images shown on the big screen.
this farce is a joke and insult to adult viewers
we are not teenagers who just blindly adore those pretty faced young Korean boys to cash in more dough for the box office. we are adults who need at least some respect from the Korean movie industries treating us still got some brain cells. we are not those immature young groupies who crazily scream out loud and chase behind these young boys with plastic surgeries as fans. we are not those kids who would welcome all the crappy funny productions simply because they are with these idolized young actors with cosmetic surgeries, transformed into female looking youngsters, with ridiculous unbelievable immature brain-dead scenarios, storyline, plots. if you watched this moronic film and couldn't stop crying, it only means that you might be still too young to distinguish bad movies from the good ones. young spies from the north Korea infiltrated to the south? like the Russian did in the cold war, spies all graduated from the 'charm schools' and then sent to America to be sleep agents spying? yeah, right. but sending the hard and tough trained youngsters to the south to live like stupid moron, for years? then ordered them to kill each others for no probable cause, just to serve the north-south détente? yeah, right. one of the young spy was still underage attending high school. yeah, right. and the other one to be a rock singer (not rock star). yeah, right. would tell me how these youngsters would do harms to the south? by jumping on the rooftops as the 'neighborhood watch' volunteers? givemeabreak, will you? and kiddos, don't feel so bad about this tragedy and couldn't stop crying, will you? wipe your nose, get it?
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Are we seeing the same movie?
got to tell you the true mixed feelings when i accidentally watched this film. it's horrible, dude. you might offensively ask me right away: "why?"! well, may i ask you whether you ever understood the 'Electra Complex' or not? this disgusting movie vaguely told us a story about how a daughter obsessively loved her father, and how her father incestuously loved his daughter more than his wife. the old spinster who was the creator of 'marry Poppins' was a victim of the 'electra complex'. she never ever could get out of such abnormal attraction and the loyalty to her father, while her father, vise versa, could never get rid of the feeling to this particular daughter, his incestuously feeling to her had harmfully jeopardized the relationship with his wife. the wife and mother also felt betrayed by her husband but never could be able to resolve the crazy bondage between her husband and her daughter. this is even more disgustful if compare to those Mormons' complicated man and women family tree organization chart. 'mary Poppins'? gosh, what a ridiculous story even cartoon genre could not accept it open arms. poor drunk father and employed manager of an Australian bank. well, did you ever realized why this guy would have become a drunk? if at that time in that era, he could find a psychiatrist, the riddle might be so easily solved. the libido/taboo guilty feeling that troubled him so strongly and so greatly was that uncontrollable incest feeling toward that particular daughter, the guilt feeling could never suppressed unless by drinking himself to death. gee, what a ridiculous setting, this family lived in the middle of nowhere, the drunk father would have a beautiful horse for him to ride with his beloved daughter. his wife already knew that her husband and her daughter had something abnormal between them but could do nothing. they were so poor yet the husband got a very unstable and insecured job as a bank manager, and the wife did the heavy laundry works everyday....when the husband was at home and not drunk, he spent most of it riding, dancing, hugging his beloved daughter, never spent one minute or one second with his wife and his other children. what kind of problem with this guy? and this later on became a famous children stories writer would have the possibility to become a writer specialized in the fun and warm children books? without an open but a weird twisted mind, i really doubt that she could have written such heartfelt stories. and judging from her long over the prime age as the film showed us, her writing muse had long gone, she was nothing but a spinster. when Walt Disney asked her to come to America to make the movie, what we saw was a typical Disney movie with boring singing singing dancing dancing creation, not far away from the Bollywood of India. none of the characters, including this spinster, Disney and those two or three lyrics and tune writers were likable, they were just disgusting. the whole process of this film was compiled with endless boring and bored-you-to-death scenes after scenes, and you guys here would have the guts to tell me it's great and lovely? wow, you guys are really deep and generous; no wonder the junk out of Hollywood has become so overwhelmingly more and more every year.
American Hustle (2013)
One of the worst films
this film, to me, is a joke and an ultimate insult to the viewers who still got some reasoning abilities and basic taste buds enough to distinguish between good and bad film. first of all, very bad casting that none of the characters looked convincingly enough to be who should be or would be. if you tried to con rich and powerful people, you must let them to believe you were who you were, the con and the scam must allow them to believe it was true enough and profitable enough, because rich and powerful people were not naive and stupid, otherwise, they would never got to the top of the social ladder. the rich and the powerful pack were a special species who usually got a very sensitive nose to smell fishy deals, they were always on the fence to protect themselves, and they always knew they might become the marks of scams. partner with a low class woman and claimed her with London banking connection was the first pitfall of this stupid film, because she didn't have the least believable ingredients to fool people that she was a British, she didn't look like a British, she didn't talk like a British, she didn't show anything that could prove she got the foreign financial connections. it was laughable that she could con any man just by wearing some expensive clothes or showed people with some fake deposit certificate. then, again, all the make-up works were horrible, the hairdos of the cons and the marks, especially the so-called mayor, what funny cartoon character! the horrible screenplay just took everything so conveniently granted, feeding stupid scenarios and plots to viewers like they got no brains, carelessly put together. the male and the female cons only gave you an impression that they were white trash from the trailer parks. the politicians and the mafia, all looked like characters from the disneyland. the storyline, nothing but a project from a high school student, submitted a homework overnight. there's nothing worth praising at all for this film, and after a whole year's viewing experience and the last film watched end of the year, it has spoiled and ruined all the good memory of some good films of 2013. we viewers should be always picky and always got the attitude of not so easy to be pleased or satisfied to any film, because only with such principle, the Hollywood movie industries would take us seriously and never take us for granted as brainless morons that they could keep dumping garbage on us. you should always treat the gangs from Hollywood as con men or scammers, always suspect they might treat you as stupid mark. only by such serious once-bitten-twice-shy viewing attitude, they might have the luck to fool you once, but never twice.