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How I Rate Movies
Really effects me personally and love it: 10
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Love it but feels slightly detached: 9
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Very solid liked this movie inspired by: 8
Cemetery Man (1994)
Decent movie enjoyed would watch again: 7
Chasing Sleep (2000)
Not bad but not all that good either: 6
Turk 182! (1985)
Mediocre but watch it when bored: 5
They Call Me Bruce? (1982)
Sub-par cliche but likable qualities : 4
Really bad story with okay characters or effects or fun: 3
American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)
Very bad movie with maybe 1 thing I like: 2
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
No redeeming quality, visceral reaction of disgust: 1
Meatballs 4 (1992)
The Scarehouse (2014)
Avoid this Movie
I go from watching 3 very good films... All About Eve, Sunset Bvd, and The Babadook... to the worst horror film perhaps I've ever seen... turned it off after maybe 15 minutes.
The only people rating this a 9 or 10 are shills and idiots, no one who knows film rates this up there with the best movies of all time. All the stupid party/music video scenes are made to appeal to dumb teens, I know how it works... but it's bad movie making, any time you lower your film to the lowest common denominator you are no longer an artist, you are a tool.
But this movie is so bad it's nearly unwatchable, it's formulaic crap... basic torture porn with female antagonists.
AVOID THIS MOVIE
All About Eve (1950)
A Perfect Film
Watching "All About Eve" (1950) with Bette Davis, one of the most remarkable actresses to grace the stage. She had the power that future generations attribute in part to people like Stevie Nicks... she had a mastery, a beautiful mesmerizing and bewitching ability. To watch her act is to be a student of microexpressions...
Tonight I watched for the first time a movie I consider now to be a perfect film. The movie won 6 Oscars, and rightfully so. Everyone is exceptional, no one overstays their welcome or overplays their hand.
The movie works on so many levels, what it says about the times, what it states silently in the mise en scene and props.
The dialog is absolutely delicious, the story profound and disturbing... I rate it immediately 10/10
That movie, All About Eve (1950). Extraordinarily brilliant in every way.
Bette Davis is lovable and masterful as always, all the women seem to understand there's wool there thrown over the eyes of the men, but there are twists, there are turns, the entire film smolders and burns, and will not let you go, or turn away... you must keep watching, here enjoying the treat, there disturbed by the rich and unmistakable sickness of the plot... there's nowhere to go but forward... and in the end, you'll want more and more.
So much better than the 5 rating and absence of reviews
Movie: NEVERLAKE, My Rating and review (8/10) So much better than the 5 rating and absence of reviews
I love a horror movie with a happy ending. It's so rare. The only two I can name from modern history are Fingerprints, and Haunting of Connecticut Part 2. This makes a worthy #3
What an overlooked little gem of a movie. A refreshing, and effective take on the Frankenstein mythology. I love the poetry, the acting, the directing, the mood, the lighting, the pacing. It's a bit of a slower burn, but not disparagingly so. I enjoyed it immensely... and would recommend it.
A nice surprise.
My Review of the movie OUIJA
My Review of the movie OUIJA (Spoilers) My rating: 5/10
I am definitely into the more subtle, psychological, paranormal horror... the kind that makes you question reality, and what is possible... it encourages a creative space.
1. Guy gets pushed from behind so hard into a mirror that it shatters, but when asked what happened, he's not even shaken up, that was some of the worst acting I've ever seen.
2. I like the little penguin, I'm not sure really what he represents except perhaps the superstitious nature of the main character's mind, and susceptibility to fear driven perceptions, curiosities about the unknown.
3. The one white and one black sock on the stairs, yin yang, balance, dark and light... grandma picks up the socks and is the one living in ignorant fear of the board, which I think creates a splintered and unempowered slave mentality, a very real one, because people truly are that way when it comes to Ouija boards. She is also the one who seems to understand the board most, so the socks could represent her grasp on these energies of light and dark.
4. Apparently saying goodbye doesn't have the desired affect.
5. The planchette, I liked the idea of the viewfinder, very Conjuring... the speaking the words together reminded me of the movie "Stay Alive" which was decent.
6. This movie doesn't develop or pace well... the guy looks up an article and its the first thing he looks at, this doesn't help to pull me into the movie... a movie that does the investigation thing better is The Ring by Verbinski.
7. Oversaturation of Lin Shaye in today's paranormal horror films... she's in every single one and it's just too much.
8. Spirits without bodies moving through a physical space and touching/abusing people or things is hard to believe... unexplained phenomenon have always eventually led to a logical overlooked explanation out of fear. I know I know, it's just a movie...
9. This movie was profoundly simplistic, and then there's the scene 1 hour and 10 minutes in when the scene shows off the girls boobs in the red dress, I guess that's the boobs in horror they are obligated to give audiences, eh?
After that the movie gets even sillier with ghosts shouting possession at people... I mean come on! I wanted to like this movie and you just keep making it harder to do.
10. "You weren't supposed to free her"... another similarity to The Ring, but one I enjoyed. I like that twist.
I wouldn't say the movie is horrible, if I were 12 years old I bet it'd be really scary, but it doesn't offer too much for a deeply thinking, experienced mind.
I think there's a great Ouija board movie out there waiting to be made, but we haven't seen it yet.
Mediocre film, with a mediocre ending.
The Taking (2014)
Second half better than first
Second half better than first
Jill Larson does a good job, but the story and how it plays out is awful. An hour in I just couldn't go on anymore.
First of all it needs a soundtrack, music to soften the edges and pull in the viewer. It also needs a better ensemble cast, dialog that's actually interesting and introspective might help, the movie is awful, I cannot recommend it to anyone.
I finally decided to at least finish watching the film, and it does have some things I like... As soon as they find the body things start to pick up a little bit, which regained some of my interest.
The found footage genre has had so many cash grabbers, and so many attempts to do something interesting... this movie tries to bring attention to Alzheimer's early on, but that feels tacked on as they never go into it again.
I think Harris getting attacked by a hospital room TV was one of the silliest things I've ever seen.
Annabelle is a movie that creates an amazing premise in the mind of the viewer, only to cowardly pull back from that and neuter the entire film into mediocrity... if you've seen the film or don't mind spoilers... continue on... There's a premise in the film that a demon wants take the child's soul... at one point the mother finds the doll in the crib and starts bashing it around... we then see what appears to be her real baby laying on the ground... we now believe she just murdered her own baby due to a hallucination by the demon, and now out of desperation, will allow the demon to take her soul or something along these lines... a real mind *beep* to get what the demon wants... but nothing of the sort happens, instead it's just another doll on the floor, baby is fine, but mother then thinks she has to kill herself to save her daughter, which makes no sense, because if she believes in demons, and she goes to church, she probably believes in God and must believe her dead daughter is now in Heaven, right? Well, it doesn't go that way either, instead she lives and the completely random black voodoo woman who has been helping them sacrifices herself...
The ending would have been better if she had beaten her baby to death, and gave her soul to the demon out of guilt...
The whole movie has no balls, and is a major disappointment, I would give this movie very few Tostino pizza rolls, and say, wait for Netflix/Cable/DVD to watch this train wreck.
Amazing Film, Missing One Thing
Music and passion without those to share it with is without value, dried leaves rustling along the ground and pettiness to win burns them...
It's Indian, but I wouldn't call it Bollywood, it's more like Ingmar Bergman in its depth. The story is about a wealthy man whose life is music and putting on parties for friends, but he doesn't really enjoy the music he just does it to one up his neighbors who he feels in competition with... his wife and son go out in a storm and die not to return, and he becomes a recluse in his castle, and at the end of his life he puts on one more final concert. What I glean from it, is a cautionary tale about how we live our lives, to have passion, and to share it openly with our loved ones and not to neglect them for pettiness.
The film is amazing as a cautionary tale, but I felt it could have shown some form of redemption in the end, rather than racing out to regain something, out of fear for his own mortality, more so a sense of humility and love for his family he lost, neglected all that time... I don't feel we see that in the film.
Ghost Asylum (2014)
Duck Dynasty meets Ghost Adventures
So I watched the first episode of "Ghost Asylum", which I'm calling Duck Dynasty meets Ghost Adventures = Ghost Busters?
You gotta be kidding me... I started out not very happy about this, but I gotta say I liked the solar panel ghost attractor idea... and gathering up old hospital trigger objects, that's called doing your due diligence... this might not be so bad after all...
We'll see, this is just the first episode, and if it does well it could get a higher budget and start to utilize more creativity they have up their sleeves.
Only time will tell. Being the show is on Destination America, a channel dedicated to the paranormal, my guess is they will be able to throw a budget at the show and see how far it can go, the way they do with many of their other shows.
Capturing ghosts, trapping them in a faraday cage, releasing the capacitors in a peaceful place so they can cross over? Intriguing... I don't think a paranormal investigation show has ever done that before...
The Awakening (2011)
Wow!!! This movie does so much it's hard to rate... on one level I think they were overly ambitious, creating a story a bit overly complex, but still, an incredibly movie... It feels like a movie based on a book where they put everything from the book into the movie, which is rare... I would definitely recommend it to you. Both memorable for its characters, atmosphere, scares, and depth, one truly falls in love with the main character though at times it seems she's several different people, but I believe that was intentional as the plot unravels peeling back layers of ego, self, delusion, and truth... I need time to process it, because just so much happened in the movie... Definitely check it out, it might be one of the very best, or at least most ambitious and emotionally stirring ghost stories on netflix. Definitely pay attention to this one... It's all in the details...
Period of Adjustment (1962)
Far Better Than Its Given Rating
Watching on TCM while working; a 25 year old Jane Fonda who really shows she can act. Everyone is very good...
Directed by George Roy Hill, one of the best! Known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Sting (1973), and The World According to Garp (1982)
They just don't write dialog this good anymore, but what do you expect? It's Tennessee Williams.
I think it's fantastic. Great dialog, Sort of a Lost in Translation from the transition of the '50s into the '60s...a movie with a lot of heart. I think it captures the complexity of men and women quite beautifully. The ego, the pride, the spirit of each in a way that is not cynical, but realistic and uplifting.
it also seems to capture the best of the writing that Mad Men spent 7 years grasping for.
I rated it an 9.