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[There is no particular order; added & ranked them randomly]
This is a simplest way to give a little tribute to all those amazing women for their undeniable daring efforts to making a scene in the movie or an entire film so special for us. I'm not an expert on their field of works but just a fan who is trying to show some respect. As far I noticed, there is only 1 or 2 similar list is available on IMDB & very few on the web. So the 'nerds & experts' who thinks this list is ridiculous or funny, I'm suggesting & requesting you to go, spend your time & make a better one than this as long as you care so much. Please keep the recommendations coming. I've already changed the listing several times based on the recs as I'm trying to add all the deserving ones chosen by the fans or 'experts'. Btw, regretfully I'm excluding those who still haven't add any picture to their IMDB profile; No pic...No entry!
Keep up the good work, ladies! We love you all. Thank You:)
Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/nest/249567034
1) Houses, Apartments & Cabins 2) Hotels & Motels 3) Camps, Parks & Wilderness 4) Towns & Islands 5) Hospital/Asylum & other facilities
(As there's limited amount of images available in IMDB archive, therefore couldn't able to show all the appropriate/related images for all the settings in the list)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
All Hail the King !!
An absolute blast of a monster mayhem flick! Unlike Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA (2014), liked the way this time they made it sure of nobody can complain on Kong or any other monster's lack of screen presence time. A must see & quite a perfect entertaining flick for monster movie lovers. I understand how or why some of the critics are complaining on cheesy dialog & lack of character development parts of the film but to me, those issues were nicely compensated by releasing one after another vicious, weird & interesting massive creatures on screen along through the "survey job" turned survival journey of an expedition team on Skull Island. Moreover, this time it isn't that tragic 'The Beauty & the Beast' tale of a colossal ape who all just wanted to have a long date with his woman of love but ended up falling down dead from the Empire State Building. This Kong is quite an angry young lad who's damn serious about protecting his territory and its all helpless inhabitants & creatures from anything that's threatening his kingdom. The epic final battle was a treat to watch & will be remain as something to highly regard & talked about for the monster lovers for a long time. My only complaint is that they really did showed too much (almost all the creatures) on those countless clips & trailers before the release that left little amount of surprise in terms of newly introduced M.U.T.Os for 'MonsterVerse'.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Jane Doe is very much alive & creepy!
If you were pleasantly surprised with André Øvredal's TROLLHUNTER (2010), then you will regard him now as your new 'Master of Horror' - in this latest & his first English-language film The Autopsy of Jane Doe! Because, in Jane Doe, this Norwegian director applied almost each & every great craftsmanship of horror film-making so skillfully that you are not only going to see just another good or passable horror flick set around an awesomely interesting premise, you'll going to experience it! Through the effective use of half light, sound, smoke & shadow this time he created an utterly eerie & unsettling atmosphere by revealing not too much but keep toying with the viewer's imagination from start to finish. And the perfect cast & characterization also helps to fuel the unease feeling of an unknown terror an untouched & unidentified corpse of a beautiful young female; the local cops discovered the body from a shallow grave under the basement of a house-where everyone was massacred! The best horror film of 2016 so far! A must see.
Beautifully shot, a neat & gripping character driven thriller from start to finish.
Sharafat Karim Ayna...seemingly a very ordinary, down to earth guy who loves to spend time with the children as their drama teacher, sometime goes away for weeks or months when his "duty calls as a seasonal chef for a ship traveling around the Indian ocean". But under this carefully plotted fabric of impressions, Mr Ayna a.k.a.Ayna Vai is actually a master class real-life character actor who works as a proxy prisoner for the spoiled, rich & ruthless people that failed to get a bail for their hideous crime in court. And every time he takes his job very seriously as he remarkably slips into the characters of his convicted clients to avoid any sort of suspicions from his surroundings. But just when he is planning to quit from this strange profession, one last job knocks on his door - given no chance to refuse, eventually demands too much from him... With an intriguing plot like this, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury really did a wonder in his directorial debut (for a feature length film) that can be regard as a genre-defining celluloid piece for Bangladeshi cinema. Beautifully shot, a neat & gripping character driven thriller from start to finish. Kudos to the director & his entire team for assembling a great cast who were stellar in almost every frame, particularly Chanchal Chowdhury on the lead did a phenomenal job; every time when 'Ayna' tries to impersonate the character of his new client (with a chilling score on the background) were the best moments of this movie, IMO. Partho Barua as an investigative crime reporter and the young new actress Nabila as the love interest of Ayna also skillfully shines on their respective roles. Loved the way ARC put a few popular faces through cameos. And last but not the least the striking cinematography as another winner of the show. I think we have never seen our city through such amazing wide angle, bird eye view shots in any BD movie before. The dark & gloomy takes on a cloudy Dhaka somewhat represents this city as another character in the movie.
Amitabh Reza's AYNABAZI is like a breath of fresh air for BD cinema (that has been in a kind of a limbo for an awful lot of long time due to lack of originality, creativity as well as decency!) and now this gives us hope for an exciting & better future as we all wait for more genre-based films like this through a possible rising line of young & talented film makers in coming days.
Beautifully shot but too ambiguous & weird!
It could have been a rare modern masterpiece, IMO if they could have put little more explanations about what's actually really going on in that island?! The film indeed offers a very unique set up with a beautiful sea side European island (kinda reminded me of that island in WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?) inhabited only by a great bunch of weird women & young boys but what goes around there was the main intriguing as well as surprising aspect of this slow burn, mysterious French sci-fi/body-horror. All those women who are acting like their mother even at once do this very weird orgy sort of ritual in the beach at the middle of the night and those boys gradually becomes subject to a series of strange experiments or treatments where it seems they were using them in a some sort of reproductive procedure for what knows what the hell (!?!) ...(or what those creepy human baby like things were doing with Nicholus in the tank?!...they were feeding by him?!?). And like those, there were a good deal of interesting issues & questions left unanswered. May be it is one of those kind of films that actually demands to be interpreted in a metaphorical way with a more careful viewing but despite it was beautifully shot & initially felt quite dark & promising, eventually frustrated me at the end for being too ambiguous & weird, without providing much hints to interpret it or made some sense about the whole affair.
At one point I was thinking may be it would going to reveal that those women are actually mermaid or siren sort of creatures and they need or steals human baby and raise them to a certain age to sacrifice them in order to give birth of their own child that they become unable to do for some weird natural change or curse or whatever!
India's own "Schindler's List"!
This is a magnificent effort by Indian cinema for finding & telling their own "Schindler's List" story. But other than a common businessman turning into an unlikely hero by saving thousands of innocent lives in a horrifying war setting, both Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning SCHINDLER'S LIST and Raja Menon's AIRLIFT basically have only one thing in common...the triumph of human spirit; a selfless individual's exemplary initiatives to come forward & rise to the occasion for the greatest cause of all during a very difficult time of war. Ironically both the films inspired by two separate true events and this tells us again that history not only repeat itself through bloody wars & countless human sufferings but also it recalls the very basic core of humanity as long as there are saviors like Oskar Schindler or Mathews & Vedi (inspired the character of Ranjit Katiyal in Airlift). Over the years, Indian cinema has developed a lot particularly in terms of production values and AIRLIFT is another shining example of that. Really liked the way they depicted the 1990s war torn Kuwait & the havoc on the streets demonstrated by Iraqi soldiers. The cast did a really good job in their respective roles and specially for Akshay Kumar, I believe AIRLIFT is going to seals his place in the history of Indian cinema like the way LAGAAN or SARFAROSH did for Amir Khan & SAWDES for SRK.
Safe & decent effort, way better than what critiques said.
Not simply a follow up story of MAN OF STEEL (2013), BvS: DOJ is more of a DC's formal first take to introduce its cinematic universe in a desperate attempt against the continuing huge success of MARVEL's establishments so far. And like Rome, MCU also wasn't built in a day. So, it was a huge task for Snyder & his team to live up to the expectations of finally bringing DCs 2 most beloved & 'World's finest' superheroes together on the screen for the very first time. The stake was high but the wait was long due
The movie kicks off with Bruce Wayne's perspective on the destructive battle between Superman & General Zod and his ideology as well as different popular opinions regarding whether our world is ready to deal with such a super powerful & independent man from another planet which have been destroyed already. From that point the whole first half was all about this introduction & build up of all the major characters & the basic plot line of the story. The approach & execution in response to that plan wasn't perfect but at least they didn't rush to show & introduce so many things all together at a time.The second half comes with the most anticipated & "the greatest gladiator match in history"
and that's the best part of the movie, IMO (though they stupidly already gave away most of those scenes in the clips, teasers & trailers officially released online). This was a much better 2nd half than MOS; liked the way they put & justified Lex Luthor's plan behind all this along with his back up plan of introducing a common threat where Gal Gabot as Wonder Woman mostly steals the show. But yeah
there were some aspects that I like to point out as the disappointments or failures. First of all, I didn't get why Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Lex Luthor strangely borrowed elements or character attributes from Batman's pivotal nemesis "Joker"?! At times it was indeed felt like watching a character blend of Luthor & Joker. Luthor is not only Superman's one of the major villains in the comic book stories who as 'a smart ass evil genius' often carefully team up with other popular & alien bad guys to fight against even the Justice League
his characterization doesn't need to look like smarter or more devilish than what he already is in the comics or animated series. Eisenberg tried too hard here, I guess the responsibility for making him like a "Lex-Joker-Luthor" mostly goes to the writers. My 2nd disappointment was about the major elements of the popular DC Batman & Superman stories that they borrowed or get influenced by here. Not only the title itself, director Snyder even admitted in numerous interviews while making this movie that Frank Miller's epic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS would play a major influential role in this movie, which was more than fine enough to digest & enjoy in this very first encounters between the Batsy & the Sup. But the thing that surprised me here when there was another very popular story arc emerges at the very end & heavily impacted the story & the ending. Definitely it wasn't necessary to borrow elements from 2 very fan favorite stories & then blend them together in this very first film of DCCU & the prequel story of JUSTICE LEAGUE; as if DC is running out of time to tell all the great stories at once & catch up with the MARVEL(!). As a whole, the ending was too much off beat & comes so early in the series. Lastly, the way Luthor as 'Frankenstein' launched Doomday here
was merely convincing even for the die hard DC fans! It was like one of those 60s & 70s Hammer's Dracula & Frankenstein story arcs
where sometime a drop of blood was enough for a resurrection! The screenplay was alright but sometime their frantic effort to make every single line sounded like an epic play was evident. Last but not the least, though I was one of those Batfleck haters but kudos to Ben Affleck for giving his best efforts to portray a passable Bruce Wayne & Batman here, as I still think there are much better actors out there to play this most iconic comic book action hero of all time. Loved Jeremy Irons' portrayal of Alfred also, as at times some of his style of dialog delivery & voice work highly reminded me of the greatest horror movie icons of all time
Sir Boris Karloff! Overall, Snyder's BvS was a safe & decent effort, nothing much spectacular but at least he didn't ruined it this time like the heavy chaotic ending of MAN OF STEEL; surely it could have been a pure epic extravaganza but still & at least it was better than what I anticipated after all the recent negative reviews from the movie critiques.
An Unspectacular SPECTRE!
When QUANTAM OF SOLACE (2008) came out, one of the major complaints was QOS was more of a Jason Bourne flick than Bond. There were too much actions and less of Bond materials in the story. Now in compare to that, if I say this in a short, simple and to the point manner, the news is yesterday I went to the theater with an expectation to see at least a decent, time passing James Bond movie but after spending nearly two & half hour in the theater what I saw...wasn't a Bond flick at all! Daniel Craig's most probably last outing as 007 and Sam Mendes' 2nd consecutive Bond film SPECTRE was nothing but a travesty of a Bond movie! Though it did try to follow the traditional Bond formula in its basic plot line with a great line of cast (wasted!) but from the very beginning all it was able to did was to become something else other than a Bond movie. The most weird thing was, intentionally or not, this time Sam Mendes unnecessarily gave totally an offbeat, dark and strangely depressing mood all over in SPECTRE. At times it was even surprisingly slow and irrationally dragged for a Bond movie. Action sequences were very average and more than that the Bond-momentum was terribly missing from the beginning to the end! As a lifelong 007 fan, it was painful to see when they finally but forcefully put the signature Bond theme at those final last shots, it was like some regular, average action flick just used that soundtrack in the background not only for some weird funny reasons but illegally as well; it was totally out of place. Now the frustrating thing was it actually had some interesting idea but Mendes and his team completely failed to play with them creatively. Now to live up to the expectations of the fans and compete with younger agents like Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt at the box office, I think it still very much possible to provide a typically entertaining and successful Bond movie by keeping things faithful to its tradition, style and source material but this franchise seriously need some bit more brave and imaginative writers in coming days as well as young and talented directors like James Gunn, Edgar Wright or not sure Guy Ritchie may be.
If you still really want to see the unspectacular SPECTRE, better wait for the DVD or skip it. It doesn't worth your time and money at the theater for sure.
Yongseoneun eupda (2010)
A love letter to Chan-wook Park's Vengeance trilogy.
From Chan-wook Park's Vengeance trilogy to recent highly intense serial killer-thrillers like THE CHASER or I SAW THE DEVIL, over the years Korean cinema has gained its reputation worldwide for showing an immense amount of bravery in terms of what it wants to tell the viewer with unpredictable storyline & shocking resolutions near the end of a movie; when the audience literally had their hands clasped over the mouth trying to hold back an irresistible stunned reaction. And this debut film from writer-director Kim Hyeong-Joon, can be classified as another addition to those 'edge of your seat movies' from Korea. It's like a true fan boy's good-honest tribute to his favorite master director's one of the greatest films or even it won't be too much exaggerating to say, it's like an unofficial, new entry to Chan-wook Park's Vengeance series just without having Mr. Park on the director's chair! But still considering everything, I won't like to put it on the same level with Park's vengeance series. Most of the part, it was like another decent version of THE CHASER but you have to wait till the twisted finale comes with a heart-breaking and devastating revelation that fairly reminded me of one of the most highly appreciated films in Park's Vengeance saga. But again I like to add overall it's not may be as much great as any of those Park films but obviously a very entertaining, delightful watch that will try best to shock you hard at the end. So be prepared who ever haven't seen it yet.
Somos lo que hay (2010)
This is a beautifully shot and constructed, a family drama and teen coming of age story built on a horror premise...the controversial & hard to digest sub-genre of Cannibalism! But if the gore hound fans are looking for gore & gruesomeness all over, they need to be patient. This character piece with art house attributes delivered much more than a full blooded horror; though the cannibal sequences are deliciously graphic when they arrive at close to the end, the director takes his time to getting there. The story is about a family with an awful secret binding them together as well as tearing them slowly apart, it's a dark exploration of family bonds & blood rituals where the family that eats together stays together! This is a shocking satire not only on family dysfunction but also on poverty, society and the law. Even the director himself described the film's themes as "family disintegration, urban violence, and social deprivation, the fight among minorities to survive and be noticed." A little more depth to the characters and some more understanding of the motivations may be needed but it would have taken away the brutal feeling of the film. But Somos Lo Que Hay aka We are what we are is still a very promising debut from a talented young director (Jorge Michel Grau) of Mexico.
The Innkeepers (2011)
An atmospheric & effective spooky tale
Like House of the Devil, Ti West's this new spook-fest takes its time to build up the characters & suspense. The story is pretty simple set in a beautiful premise...an old, haunted hotel. The shock factors is kinda low in here which may not satisfy some viewers and with white & fade eyes the main ghost looks kinda silly sometime. But the thing is it's a straight forward ghost story and what really interesting is how nicely Mr. West still managed to deliver an effective spooky tale through the doors, rooms & passageways of Yankee Pedlar Inn. Mr. West shows his craftsmanship as a promising director for genre films another time here by efficiently handling two major technical aspects in the film...the direction and the background scores & sound. The neat camera works & sound mixing beautifully created & maintained an unease & eerie atmosphere in every corner of the Inn (somewhat like The Shinning) throughout the film and that's the main strength of the film, IMO.