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After seeing the mixed reviews I decided to give this a miss. Much later, seeing as there was nothing else to watch, I got myself a copy of it and settled down with my wife to watch. I was fully expecting to turn it off after half an hour or so. I was wrong.
This movie is similar to Borat in that it uses a fairly weak plot with a few actors. The rest of the cast are made up of members of the public. Or so we're told. I wasn't convinced that the bikers weren't actors, but I'm splitting hairs. It's clear that some of those involved are not in on the jokes. I expected fairly base humour and at times it is just that. For some reason, it's done so well that the result is hilarious. If you don't laugh at the scene at the Beauty Pageant, you probably never laugh. My wife and I were helpless during that scene.
Ignore the boring folks on here who didn't like it. If you laughed at Borat, you will laugh at this. The function of a comedy is to make you laugh. Even if you laugh once the job was done. If you laugh countless times you have a great comedy. This is such a comedy.
Devil's Knot (2013)
An average movie with good casting.
Many are already familiar with this tragic story. What we have here is a dumbed down version of the 'Paradise Lost' series of documentaries. This is a movie review so it's best not to get into opinions here, although it isn't easy with such a delicate, tragic and controversial story and I know I will struggle. What I will say is that there are two sides to every story and not to believe everything Hollywood spoon feeds you. I recommend reading the case files online before forming a concrete opinion.
The movie itself is average. It has the look and feel of a well made TV movie. The subject matter is very complex and obviously dumbed down a little for the audience. The documentaries are much better, although they are pretty biased. In fact in the second edition they blame the murders on one of the fathers. You can even see reviews and comments about him on here from the time of the movie release. This was later proved 100% untrue and the poor man had to suffer years of abuse and suspicion. He still does at times.
In conclusion, this movie is a good way to get a basic background of the case, but it misses a lot out. I must admit that I was impressed with the casting. If you've seen the documentaries you'll see the resemblances, I'm sure. Overall, you would be better advised to watch the 'Paradise Lost' documentaries but also to read the case files which are all online (and include some video interviews). They're very hefty and will take a while to get through, but if you want proof of why you should read them, just look at the reviews on here of Paradise Lost 2. And remember that the man getting so much abuse on here (and all over the internet as well as in real life) was proved innocent.
Despite this, supporters of the convicted (and still guilty) murderers are all too eager to do the same to another father on evidence so flimsy the authorities are not interested. If you have kids at home, how likely is it that one of your hairs will transfer to them? The fact is, it's very likely and he wasn't the only parent with hair at the crime scene, although you'll never get that from Hollywood.
Good casting. Average production. Dumbed down. Hopefully, the parents can get some peace one day when the truth finally outs (if it hasn't already).
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)
This dude was getting more downloads that most top movies. His sell out tour was a worldwide one. Packing houses everywhere. I'm a huge fan of stand up, so I couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about.
I'm still not sure. Perhaps he had the right friends. Certainly, he has a dumb audience. They probably can tell you the winners of American Idol and love watching Snookie and Paris Hilton. During the act, I turned to my wife. She was sleeping. She didn't laugh once. I was hungry and as she was sleeping, I had to cook for myself. I can't cook to save my life so I went hungry.
After another hour of waiting to laugh..the show ended. Little Kev cried at how famous he was. It was a touching moment. So touching, that I took out a rusty nail and smashed it into my face. It was either that or a trip to the clock tower.
Do yourself a favour. If you want to laugh at a 'new' comic...watch some Louis CK.
However, if you're really stupid and love being 'cool'...Kev's your man.
West of Memphis (2012)
Echols has a production credit. This is not an unbiased account.
Documentaries are a genre close to my heart. It is difficult for the makers not to show bias one way or the other. However, it must be kept to a minimum for the sake of credibility.
The Executive Producer for this movie was...Damien Echols.
How can this even begin to be classed as an unbiased account? Anything he says is treated as gospel. A casual viewer would believe him. Hey, this is a documentary, right? Wrong. It's propaganda.
Echols lies. And it can easily be proved. His defence team also became desperate. Examples?
1. ''I was scared of being stabbed in jail. I was continually raped.'' The only problem with this is that he states he was in solitary 24/7 365.
2. ''My lawyers let me down as I had an alibi but they didn't call them to the stand.'' Again, another lie. His alibi (''I was on the phone with 3 different people'') has been shot down. Those people have not given the police the correct info. His lawyers didn't call these witnesses as they would've helped the prosecution. Echols then tried to change his alibi a few times. And was caught out every single time. Misskelly's alibi was also shot to pieces (wrestling ticket was for a different week and the place was closed that day). Baldwin didn't even bother with an alibi.
3. Witnesses saw Echols leaving the area of the killings full of mud by a family in car. Again, you'll find this non existent in the 'documentaries'. I include 'Paradise Lost' in this list.
4. Two girls took the stand and said Echols bragged about the murders in a park. He called the girls 'liars'. Later, he admitted he did say this. But he was only joking (purrlease).
5. Misskelly confessed several times. Around half a dozen times. Not once after 10 (then 12 then 17 hours as Echol's sheep claim) hours. Mulitple times. Even months later. He called his own lawyer. That's right. Misskelly requested the chance to get it all off his chest. His lawyer begged him not to. Was that a forced confession? His early confessions revealed knowledge of the crime scene. Echols was also caught out on this. Search and you'll find it.
6. Desperate acts by the defence team. First, trying to blame a mystery man nicknamed 'Bojangles'. Then, Paradise Lost 2 spent the entire movie throwing mud at Byers (one of the fathers of the victims). That failed. It was so obvious it wasn't Byers they are trying to blame Hobbs (another father). DNA is the shout from the Echols camp. Sadly (for them) it's a single hair on a shoelace. The kids regularly played at his home and secondary transfer would actually be quite probable. Even if it is his hair (which also can't be proved 100%).
7. The kids were killed elsewhere. The lack of blood at the crime scene indicated that (so say Echols and the defence team). Well, they are blaming Hobbs. That means he stripped them, killed them and then must have took their bodies to the woods. Only problem with that is that the kid's clothes were staked into the water with a stick. So, Hobbs must've taken their clothes with him too. Or dressed them and undressed them in the woods post mortem. Utterly ridiculous. That's why the police are not interested in Hobbs.
8. Echols claims he only suffered with depression as a teenager and had no problems with the law (on Piers Morgan's show). That is a huge lie. His medical records are on the internet at a website called 'Callaghan'. Many health professionals (not just one as Echols claims) have entered their findings. Most of which pre dates the crime. Not as Echols states...after the crime to get him off the death penalty. The reports are actually quite revealing. Arson. Animal cruelty (killing animals including dogs). Thinking he was god. Believing he was possessed by a spirit. Biting peers and drinking their blood. Wanting to sacrifice his unborn child to the devil. These were written by healthcare officials BEFORE his arrest. He was also pulled for public masturbation a few weeks before the murders.
The movie is well made, but it has an agenda.
If this is a documentary then so is Loose Change.
Check the facts of the case at Callaghan and wm3thetruth. It's unbiased and is run by three people (Callaghan). Two of whom believe the three are innocent.
Just check the facts. I've only scraped the surface in the comments above.
Can't wait for Season 2.
After realising Breaking Bad was ending, I was somewhat sad. I stumbled on this show and gave it a chance. I wasn't expecting much. Most shows don't survive more than one or two episodes with me.
Well, I was hooked. It's very different to anything I've seen before. The acting is beyond good. Quite possibly the best acting I've seen in any TV show for some time.
Acting isn't enough though. You do need good writing. Again, it's expertly done here.
The basic premise is that a man is released from jail for a terrible crime. He 'seems' innocent. He may not be. Or he may be.
The 'did he/ didn't he' thoughts will haunt you as you watch. I won't say whether you find out or not.
The show focuses a lot on the human aspects after something after a tragic event. However, the makers are clever enough not to let it make the show become too depressing. Riveting is more like it.
You get the feeling you need to keep focused in case you miss any clues.
Did he? Didn't he? That's why I love this show. 'Rectify'. For whom exactly?
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Olympus is garbage.
If you love movies full of clichés, you'll love this movie. A tough President sparring is your first scene. He's tough. As if a US President would do this. He would be turning up for speeches with black eyes and a broken nose quite often.
I let that one go. I was waiting for the complex plan in taking over the White House. The makers settle for a shoot out. Like that would work.
Someone screams ''NNNnnnnnnnooooooooooo'' as someone loses someone close to them. It may have been the audience. An old special agent is still hiding inside the White House. Early on, he starts snapping necks. You already know what's going to happen from this moment.
Rather than watch this, I suggest you do something more worthwhile.
Like playing with dog turds. Or taking a cheese grater to your face. Perhaps putting pins in your eyes.
I would do all three rather than watch this again.
How to ruin a good idea.
Despite many negative reviews, the plot attracted me to this movie.
Se7en and Silence of the lambs are two of my favourite movies and this was supposedly a cross between the two.
For forty five minutes I was wondering why this movie had so many negative reviews. It's well made, costing around 20 million dollars and fairly well acted. The cast is also reasonably impressive.
So, what's wrong with it? Well, this movie contains spoilers and if you must see it, stop reading right now.
Basically, it turns from a hunt for a serial killer(s) into high school crap. There is no serial killer (if you discount the female character..and she isn't what you would call a serial killer anyway). No four horsemen of the apocalypse.
There is nothing worse than a movie being taken over by family issues.
You know, kids (young adults in this case) moaning cos daddy has to go to work. Even worse, the dad in this movie is a single parent and must work to provide for his kids. I wanna scream ''How the hell do you think you have this roof over your head? The clothes on your back? The car in the drive? The TV in your room? Your college education?'' This movie gets dragged into this pit of boredom. There is no serial killer. Just a bunch of suicidal brats (on the whole) who want to end it all because daddy doesn't give them enough attention.
The funniest plot hole (and there are many) is that the 'lead horseman' complains his dad doesn't spend any time with him because of his important case. Yes, the important case YOU provided him with!
One of the most ridiculous movies of all time.
This could've been good. Why start a movie with cryptic messages on walls with a dead body? Why the 'the messages are facing at north, east, south and west?' These are clues to the killer's identity? Nope...they are nothing. Just nothing.
What a waste of time!
The Dark Knight (2008)
Yes, grow up! Having been informed by many a review that this was 'an adult superhero/fantasy movie'...I thought I would finally check it out.
The score, currently 9.0 on here also attracted me to it. I must say that I find the genre not for me, but I did enjoy 'V for Vendetta.' I was informed that if I liked that, I would love this.
Nonsense! This movie is for kids...apart from some political stuff (to make it feel all grown up). The word 'Batman' is the clue.
There are a few annoying scenes where our hero is unarmed and facing umpteen bad guys with machine guns. Not one manages to get off a shot. Batman just beats them all up. Ridiculous! Grown up, you say? Batman's voice sounded like a bad impersonation of Clint Eastwood. Hilarious! The movie wasn't the worst I've seen but it was no better than any Jerry Bruckhiemer movie.
All I saw was BOOMBANGABANGBANG!
The Christopher Nolan love in continues.
Fans of his and this genre are ruining IMDb. He's made a couple of average films and that's it.
9/10? If you are over the age of 12 and still think so, all I can say is...
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! GROW UP!
You've Been Trumped (2011)
Scotland for sale!
After watching this last night, I have to say that I honestly could not believe what I was seeing.
Mr Trump and his sycophantic cohorts manage, it seems, to buy the local police force and government departments.
There seems no other explanation for the goings on in this film.
Trump has an ego. Just by chance I caught an old fight on TV recently (Tyson vs Spinks) and it took place at 'Trump Tower'. The crowd were told that 'two legends' are going to be introduced before the fight. First up, Mohammed Ali. Fair enough. Next...Donald Trump. The MC then gives an incredibly fawning speech on his behalf.
Trump's ego is that bad.
The film itself is not brilliantly made and the production values are below average, but for an insight into what real wealth can achieve (not in a good way), you won't find many better examples.
It does seem to 'end' a bit abruptly and could have done with another half hour to update us on what's happened since.
Still, a very good doc and one I heartily recommend.
Good first season. The second is not as good so far.
On similar lines to Sleeper Cell, this drama follows the life of a former US soldier, Brodie (Damien Lewis) released from captivity in the Middle East.
Paraded as a war hero, the main protagonist hides a terrible secret. He has converted to Islam and is secretly plotting to attack US targets.
Hot on his tail is a bi-polar CIA agent, excellently portrayed by Claire Danes.
Although predictable, the first season is very entertaining and the episodes just fly by.
So far, there have been four episodes in season 2. Unless we have a dramatic change in plot and direction I worry for the future of this program. It's slow moving, dull and getting a little over the top.
One episode has an ending with a stunning development early on in season 2. You cant's wait for the next episode. Only to wait the WHOLE episode for the 'big reveal' to be addressed. Badly. You have to wait yet another episode for the 'big reveal' to be addressed and when it is...you are completely let down.
After that, I'm not too sure I want to continue watching.
All in all, a very good first season (where I believe the show should have ended if done correctly) and a sluggish second one so far.
Season 1 9/10 Season 2 (first 4 episodes)6/10