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Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Eh..It's basically the hills have eyes...in the west...with less action.
I think IMDb is usually pretty reliable when it comes to reviews. Lately though I'm beginning to wonder if I'm just not seeing good things in movies that others are or if its just coincidence. Either way I didn't agree with most on this film. It was decent, not horrible but just decent in my opinion. The movie felt a bit low budget but that's not were the criticism is. The acting was good, I wasn't really blown away by anyone's performance but the names involved certainly gave it some credit going in. They all did adequate jobs in this film, and to be fair there wasn't a whole lot to work with necessarily so that wasn't the issue either. I just thought this film lacked inspiration. People keep saying it's fresh and revolutionary or something along those lines but I gotta say I just don't see it. This movie had a few decent parts, a few brutal parts and that's essentially it. It was basically the Hills Have Eyes with cannibal Indians in the place of cannibal mutants. Bigger named actors and less action on a rehashed idea doesn't make a good film in my opinion. That's my thoughts anyway.
Not very punk, more like flunk...
I wasn't around the punk scene (although I love the music) and I'm not from New York, (or even the East coast for that matter) but I still know SH!T when I see it! This movie is SH!T!!! The film just comes across as so phony. Its trying to be cool and it's trying to be punk but it tries to damn hard and it just looks lame-o. The acting isn't great much of the time but the problem really stems from the lack of personality the characters were given in this film, that along with the squeaky clean studio sound of the "live performances" just doesn't ring true to me. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen but it might be the worst punk I've ever seen. You want a good punk movie watch Sid n Nancy or a documentary on the subject, that's my advice.
The Water Diviner (2014)
Meh, rather forgettable film.**** Mild spoilers.
First off I'll say that I don't understand why there are so many positive reviews of this film (9's and 10's). This movie was quite predictable, and seemed it lacked serious drama and emotion. I did like the feel of the movie as far as how it looked and felt like early 1900s era, world war 1 turkey. It also has some nice shots of the Hagia Sophia and some beautiful scenes in both Istanbul/Constantinople as well as elsewhere in Turkey and in Australia. Russell Crowe was OK in it but I really don't understand how he was able to find his sons bodies, I mean I realize he can find water with dowsing rods but he wasn't using any to find the bones of his sons and it never really explained that very well. Another minor thing is Olga Kurylanko is almost to beautiful, she is already a knockout but when she looks so flawless it takes some of the believability away from a film in my opinion. I don't mind looking at her as she is stunning but she's almost a distraction from the authenticity of the film. The biggest problem I have with this film is the character development, most notably the sons that went to war. I never felt any emotion or connection with their characters as they are not given much screen time but mostly just some flashback scenes and some minor clips of them at war. It was enough to let us viewers know what happened to them but not nearly enough time to make us care about them and what they go thru. Overall This is an OK film but I wasn't moved by it and it seemed very predictable. Although it tried to make u feel certain emotions or importance in many of it's scenes it didn't seem very organic, it felt forced. Like I said it's OK but I can't really say much more then that, it wasn't awful but it's nothing I'd recommend and I think it's rather forgettable as a film.
Making a Murderer (2015)
Wow...just wow. *Very mild spoilers*
This film is so disturbing, so strange and so amazingly outrageous it can barely be believed. The metaphor of an onion having layer upon layer and getting stinkier as each is peeled away is no more accurately used as in this documentary of our justice system abandoned for personal vedettes or quick convictions. The lawless and disturbed members of the local police force using their power, influence and seemingly any tactic available or conceived to get their way leaves one speechless in their depravity. The films show with cunning and unapologetic accuracy the injustice Stevan Avery and his family have endured because they chose to fight for what was right instead of backing down to the thugs that tried to push them around and cover their own asses when they were forced to admit they arrested the wrong man. I hope that these scumbag cops and everyone who has done wrong to the Avery family will be convicted of their crimes and punished severely for abusing the power and faith entrusted upon them by the people of their community. The Halbach family is another tragic victim, they have lost a beloved member of their family and yet they are unable to see past their grief and get to the truth. I'm not condemning them in anyway, for it is surely a difficult and horrible thing to deal with and I'm sure they only want justice and they truly feel they are doing the right thing by listening to what the police are telling them. The fact is they are being used themselves and they are only pawns in a sick game played by powerful people. These people think they have the power and the right to decide who lives and who dies, who is important and who is disposable in life. They are wrong, whether or not they're arrested, whether or not they' are convicted, whether or not anyone ever even knows what they did they are wrong! This film illustrates quite fairly and conclusively that something is amiss and innocent people are suffering for that.
I can die a happy man, thank u Netflix...oh god...my heart ahhh.
Just kidding I didn't actually die of a massive heart attack...or did I? I loved the WHAS movie and if u did too well then I guess we're buddies for life and since I'm your buddy I'm gonna let u in on a lil secret, come closer to the screen we don't want any dorks to find out ya know what I mean...dorks...pfft. Anyway now that were alone I can tell you that Netflix managed to get the ENTIRE cast back together as well as adding some hilarious cameos from todays biggest Hollywood stars (like the kid that plays Peter Pan in that Geico commercial). How f-ing cool is that right? I mean that kid probably has his pick of top quality scripts in Hollywood and he took his time to do this show, wow. The humor is wackier then ever and although the camp councilors may look a bit older (and some a bit fatter) they won't let that stop them from playing slightly younger versions of the characters that made them major Hollywood players and taught a generation of kids that you don't have to be ashamed to hump a fridge or have a bottle of dick cream, it's about being who you are. And isn't that what life's really all about?
Six Feet Under (2001)
HBO has one so many great projects. From comedy to drama, documentaries etc. and yet I still believe this is the best thing they have ever produced. That doesn't mean that what they are making currently isn't of excellent quality, it just speaks of the rarified air that this series touches and manages to stay aloft in. It's about a family run funeral home which may sound depressing or sad, and it can be at times.Yet the bright side of life can also be seen, the funny side, the curious side and all the other sides of life we experience. Six Feet Under is amazing, inspiring, tragic and deep and it's just something you should watch for yourself because it will bring you joy and I truly believe that. Beautifully crafted television, beautiful work of art.
Hostel: Part II (2007)
The deuce is loose, let the bloodbath begin!
It appears that I'm in the minority but I think this was a pretty good answer to the first film (which by the way I also found to be pretty entertaining). We learn a bit more about shadowy syndicate that runs the snuf factory and see that their reach and power mirrors that of the fabled Illuminati or something. This time it's some American girls who are the prey and we are also treated to a few would be killer business men (also American) who believe this "bonding experience" will bring them a new found "power" or "killer instinct" in their professional and personal lives. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way that worked in my opinion, that coupled with plenty of blood and guts, gratuitous violence and interesting yet horrific new ways to turn pretty people into well...ugly ones! I also laughed my a$$ off at the final scene. I won't give it away but those damn kids are incorrigible. Lol. I sure hope we see a third one at some point, MORE GORE, MORE GORE!!!
Scream Queens (2015)
If u don't think this show is funny then I just feel sorry for you.
Let me just say I think this show is outrageously smart, amazingly well acted, slightly creepy and downright hilarious! I had seen a few things about this show and began watching it last night. Now I hoped for the best but I didn't really have any expectations necessarily so I just went in with an open mind and I laughed my ass off. The show is basically a parody/satire of slasher films like "Scream" or "I know what you did last summer" that many of us enjoyed watching in the 90's but with a modern twist and a bit of a social commentary on the generation of young adults today, but in a playful and heavily stereotyped way that really works. Now I'm a 36 year old male so I really didn't expect this show to be something I would really enjoy necessarily but i got to say I think it's one of the best shows on TV right now and I'm hooked. For all of you out there who are slamming this show and saying it's bad or unfunny I just gotta say "What the Hell do u think IS funny exactly?" if u haven't seen this show don't listen to these poor bastards who have obviously at some point woke up in a bathtub full of ice in a shady Mexican hotel only to discover they have had their sense of humor forcibly removed and left only with a jagged scar to remind them of where it once was. Sad so so sad. Just check this show out and appreciate it for it's brilliance. Peace I'm outta here!
Eh...really that was it? Not all that "Sinister" in my opinion.
Its been a little while since I saw this movie. I saw there's a sequel coming out soon so I looked up the original (on IMDb) first and saw a lot of "Greatest horror film in the last decade" or "Scariest movie I've seen this year" reviews and other statements along those lines, but I gotta say I don't remember it being that at all. First off I will not be tearing this movie a new one an saying it was horrible but I honestly had to watch the trailer again to even remember if I had seen this movie before or if it was another film I was thinking of. Since it was this film that I had seen combined with the fact that I could barely remember it seemed to me that this was not a good sign. A good movie (horror or otherwise) should leave an impression on you, and even an OK movie should at least be remembered a bit, unfortunately "Sinister" did neither. to me "Sinister" was just another run of the mill horror movie with a few creepy scenes, a few cheap jump scares and a very forgettable story. The acting was OK from what I remembered and it started off OK but it was nothing to write home about and certainly wasn't anything that gave me nightmares or even a second thought. Sorry "Sinister" maybe your sequel will be a little more memorable.
WRONG!!! Disney just crapped out another live action turd.
I had to write a review of this movie to tell all of u out in IMDb land how terrifically horrendous this so called "re-boot" of the classic Disney fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" is. The original beloved film, created in the golden age of the studios animation department is basically told to shut the Hell up and not get in the way of this new "touchy feely" version of every kid gets a trophy style movie making. This of course is supposed to appeal to as many people as possible while not scaring one child (cus ya know how fragile our youth are today, God forbid) while at the same time not showing any creativity, accuracy or entertainment, not even slightly. Now I'm not trying to say that this new film couldn't or shouldn't have the right to change a few things. After all it's a live action film and many decades have passed since the original was released. We would expect a few new or different things story wise and perhaps character wise but what we got was a totally different and in my opinion bland, heartless shell of the original film that at no point in the two hours I sat watching thought it added anything to the "Sleeping Beauty" story nor did it honor the Maleficent that we all loved to hate in the classic film. Jolie looks the part at least but the way the writers absolutely robbed the title character of her dastardly ways, and turned her from the evil sorcerous we came to love into some misunderstood fairy that lost her wings, this was just reaching too far for me. Losing her wings made her mad but never at any point slightly turned her to the dark side, wtf? The three fairies in the original film are not as magically gifted as Maleficent but are able minded and capable of some pretty nifty tricks when they need them and most importantly they are caring surrogate parents who deeply love Rose (Princess Aurora) like their own daughter. The new film makes them out to be idiots who have little reason for even being there. The creators also replace the fairies tender and loving relationship with a guilt ridden Maleficent who steps in as the one who cares for Rose, once again, wtf? Lastly King Stefan is not the caring and kind father of Princess Aurora who reluctantly gave his daughter up to hopefully spare her life and avoid Maleficent's evil birthday curse of death. The curse that one of the fairies finds a loophole for with her blessing of eternal sleep that can be lifted with a kiss of true love and which gives Aurora a sliver of a chance if she were to prick her finger on the spinning wheel as Maleficent had hoped. Every good character in this new film is changed to make them look incompetent, mean spirited, greedy or all of the above. This is to make Maleficent look like a victim of circumstance and more likable. The thing is she's not supposed to be likable, she's the villain remember? Bad job by Disney's live action department again (John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Alice in Wonderland, etc) and a bad movie is the outcome...again. Chances are its been a while since you've seen the original so please just go watch that and don't bother with this new "installment." Sometimes Disney has no shame when it comes to defiling the landmark pictures and characters that built their mighty empire. It seems that nothing is sacred and cheapening the great stories of their past is often dismissed or completely ignored as long as it makes a profit while doing so. It's not global famine or the end of the world of course but I think they should treat the works of their forefathers with a lot more respect and I find it a bit sad.