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Singer-Songwriter | Movie Buff | Poet
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 Sound of Music (1965)
Earns every Oscar
The Sound of Music (1965)
For all the liberties made to historical accuracy, I think it goes without saying, a movie is being made, and without certain poetic license, the bird of genius cannot fly, so leeway must be given... and in so doing here, a truly important and beautiful result is made.
Captain Von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer) stone intensity as a disciplinarian who has forgotten how to love, who has lost his inner music after the death of his wife, is softened and freed through the inspiring lightness of Maria's (Julie Andrews) enchanting entrance into he and his seven children's life as the house's new Governess...
While the leads balance each other, the sweetness of the music is equally balanced by the sobriety of the situation in which they find themselves, during the Nazi occupation of Austria.
What intrigues me is that in the song "16 Going on 17" the young boy Rolf who appears to be in love with Leisl warns her of being seduced by men, but in the end it is he who is seduced, by the Nazis... and it is so often the case in life that while teaching others we grow cocky and forget that we too are still students, and capable of falling prey to our own folly...
We also must understand though, even as the Von Trapp family escapes over the Alps to Freedom (the truth is they fled by train during the day to Italy), that those who helped them may not get off so lightly even though it is unshown in the film... the nuns who would obviously be recognized as having helped them by removing the car's carburetor, the man at the festival would likely be found complicit in helping them escape, and I mention them because it is impossible not to think of those who gave their lives to help so many escape the Nazis tyranny, and now it is our turn to help new refugees escape tyranny... the more that things change, the more they stay the same...
I am an emotional person, and connecting emotionally with characters does help enjoyment, but also confirms bias and dilutes objectivity for sure... but ultimately, I believe The Sound of Music earns all five of its Oscars.
The Amazon film ends with a one-hour behind the scenes look into the film and the Von Trapp family hosted by Julie Andrews. A perfect way to end the film.
And like Maria, like Julie Andrews, my life is truly eased through singing my music, so perhaps as a singer, as a Jew, I relate quite intimately with the story.
And it is true as is sung in the movie, and I leave you with that idea now...
"My heart will be blessed with the sound of music. And I'll sing once more."
Crimson Peak (2015)
Flowers in the Attic meets Fall of the House of Usher
Beautiful take on these stories. I shouldn't be surprised by all the hate, I really do think this movie is just over as lot of people's heads, when their arguments are not enough nude women, or it's too slow... when in fact it's a fantastic, and slow-burning Gothic ghost story...
I have a feeling people are going to nitpick the movie to death, the way they are want to do... but i think there is too much thinking and not enough feeling sometimes when it comes to the beauty of folklore...
Almost every problem I heard about are easily explained, such as why Sir Thomas looks fine as a ghost, but mother does not... it is because mother is coming from a place of panic and anxiety... and Alan is coming from a place of love.
I am glad she finally got her book published, and it was the movie we watched.
What's sad is that Thomas was coming around, he was waking up and wanting to change things, and his passion for his machine, and leaving the old house... I'm not saying he didn't get what he deserved... but he almost got out, and one must wonder what alternative ending could have been for he and Edith.
The Martian (2015)
The movie had ironically about as much atmosphere as the planet Mars did.
THE MARTIAN (My Film Review)
Stuck on Mars possibly forever, no biggie I guess...
I was a bit disappointed, I kept wanting it to be meaningful and powerful and extraordinary... but it just wasn't... it was too calm... I felt GRAVITY in my bones... how incredible it is that we exist, and thrive... I felt her journey like the journey of birth... it moved me... I liked the scene in this movie when he looks at the first little plant he grows... but felt little else...
He's just too calm and cool throughout... so I could not relate with him on a human level at all.
The movie seemed to really lack depth, it didn't challenge itself or the audience... except our patience and ability to listen to bad music and hokey dialog.
The idea of being the only person on a planet is compelling...
I wanted more though... some human emotion... I understand he's a trained professional, but he's also a human being... and the movie lacked depth, introspection, philosophy, humanity...
I enjoy the testament to human ingenuity, and the movie had its moments I really loved... a nice touch at the end seeing the little plant, the little things perhaps he used to take for granted... yes that is a good lesson. The monologue at the end makes sense, but the map is not the territory and I feel he was perfect in its execution to the point of it being detrimental to the heart of the movie.
The movie had ironically about as much atmosphere as the planet Mars did.
My Rating: 6/10
Pay the Ghost (2015)
Watchable but pretty bad
I think this could be a pretty good movie, but it doesn't develop and pace scenes very well, the script feels poorly edited... the scene where the woman comes and sees the ghost and dies... that whole scene is setup too hastily, it lacks atmosphere and intensity, it misses its mark and is just very lukewarm, and it should have really drawn you in, actually you should have been drawn in already... so this movie suffers from quality directing, pacing, and editing, and the sound engineering also seems a bit of a miss...
A great idea, similar to the movie SINISTER in some ways, but really lacking the cahones of SINISTER...
This movie just got worse using a Celtic symbol for the goddess to make it a story of black magick, when that symbol is used in white magick. "I'm only a school teacher I know nothing about your son" wait five seconds and she knows everything...
Oh boy this movie just gets worse with every passing minute.
The Quiet Man (1952)
It snuck up on me
A friend recommended this movie to me this week. I find the movie sort of snuck up on me... 50 minutes in I wasn't that into it, I found it cute but a bit meandering... but it was immersing me into a way of life and seeing the world... until I began to really understand these characters intimately and care about them, for good and bad, warts and all...
So many great moments,
I love when the man says "saddle his horse he says!" and starts humming the music to come in the very next scene... I saw another movie do that not long ago, but can't remember what it is, no matter, then Maureen jumps a little obstacle course on the way back home ;)
Or during the fight at the end when the bucket just keeps getting bigger and bigger throughout the course of the fight until they look like they're fighting in a flood.
Maureen O'hara truly is the best thing about this movie, her power as an actress was undeniable. John Wayne is more looks than great acting ability.
What an extraordinarily brilliant film.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Better than the original
Mad Max: Fury Road My Score: 8/10
I don't get to say that very often, but this story in every way was better than the original film... There is quite a lot of story. 1 - In Citadel you've got the haves and the have not's 2 - The military who are brainwashed and drugged up think they are working towards Valhalla, they are being used, this creates relevance and empathy for them 3 - The woman are owned as breeders, a lot of people in this society still want that 4 - A strong female lead who outshines the male lead in nearly every way but he does perform well, a good egalitarian balance overall 5 - Totally bad ass and great cinematography 6 - Guitarist was very cool 7 - Disillusionment, redemption, development of religion, comfort lies, and courage This movie had quite a lot of substance, more than I expected. It was emotionally satisfying, and follows through rather well. It's not perfect, but few movies are and ultimately it's far superior to the original films.
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.