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Subpar and poorly produced
Ι read the Fallen series years ago and when it was announced it was finally being made into a film adaptation i thought it would come sooner. The book rights have been optioned ever since the first book came out in 2009. Fallen started filming in 2014 and after two years of silence and everyone thinking it would be scrapped eventually, the film came out in a few countries without any promotion or marketing. A movie that it is essentially released on its own cannot be a universal success. I'd say the lack of proper marketing set this saga up. I don't believe a second film will see the green light. Aside from the terrible release strategy, the theme of this series feels too dated for 2017. The trailer of the movie was very Twilight from beginning to end. To be fair, the first book has a lot of Twilight elements but let's remember that the book came out when Twilight was the It movie of the late 2000s and books similar to this story sold like hot cakes. The movie and the book are somewhat similar but i wouldn't call it faithful to the original material. The castle they used as Sword and Cross is very beautiful which is part of the problem. The movie spends too much screen time with beauty shots of the school and forest scenes filled with smoke effects to set the mood. I cannot recall how many times i saw drone shots of the school being surrounded by chunks of smoke. Like, we get it. They also used smoke/steam inside the swimming pool which didn't make much sense since it wasn't a hot bath or a sauna. Addison Timlin as Luce is fine considering i am not a fan of Luce in the books. She is extremely restricted due to the script. Like every character in this movie she is reduced to brooding silences and looking sad. One of the biggest flaws of the book was translated into the screen unfortunately and the side characters are given zero time to unfurl and develop. They are in the background, throwing a couple of lines and then we never see them again. They are so insignificant i feel sorry for the actors.
Jeremy Irvine is a one dimensional Edward clone who thankfully isn't as rude and condescending as he was in the books but he has zero charm. He is either avoiding Luce or picking a fight with the other walking cliché, Cam. Cam was one of the most interesting, if not THE most interesting character of this series. He is supposed to be popular, charming, fun and sexy. In the movie we get a young Leo lookalike dressed in leather, pretending to be dangerous but doesn't do anything remotely dangerous to cause any attention. He is forced and pretentious, hidden behind a so called mysterious persona which doesn't offer anything. The actor got so caught up in Cam's demon nature that he omitted everything that made him an intriguing character. Also the attempt for a love triangle is so blatant it's hard not to laugh about the lack of substance. Luce has visions about her past lives with Daniel yet she's canoodling with Cam because no one knows why. As soon as the truth is revealed she forgets about Cam and she immediately chooses Daniel without any buildup or good reason other than the film coming to an end. The only character that is actually trying to pierce the screen and get out of their box is Penn. She is geeky, sweet, funny and it is quite sad her end was so anticlimactic. Lola Kirke was really likable as Penn and if the saga continues, she is something to be missed.
Let's move on to the things that hardly made sense like the atrocious script that ruined whatever potential this movie had. The script consists of awkward phrases and none interaction. Whenever there is actual dialogue the scene ends. It was like the director wanted the characters to wander around aimlessly and let the audience guess about the story. The dialogue is partially and even at times, completely overlooked as if it has no significance in a story. When the story is about to take off the film is over. 85% of the screen time is devoted to Luce's backstory and religion mythology which has way too many scenes. Learning about angels in a reform school? Why would they need to learn how to fence? Is it safe to give weapons to kids with psychological issues? We also keep hearing that everyone is dangerous and a troublemaker but the students seem perfectly normal. The surveillance is laughable since they are able to throw loud parties in the woods unsuspected and everyone comes and goes as they please. In the final scene Penn is murdered, Luce is screaming and Daniel breaks through a glass dome but no one hears anything.
The production for a fantasy film is poor. The wings look small and unconvincing, the entire rooftop scene is shot inside a studio and the transitions from scene to scene are terrible. There is a motorcycle scene that I still wonder how it ended up in the film and what purpose it serves. There's also too much blurriness in certain parts that can be annoying to the eye. Instead of spending money in smoke effects and ridiculous studio filmed motorcycle scenes with fans they could have done a better job with the editing and the screenplay. The flow is chunky because of the short screen time. 400 pages squeezed into 1 hour and 30 minutes and the result is rushed, badly produced, and forgettable. Fallen could have stood a chance if the production company had tried harder.
Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
Unintentionally funny and entertaining if you don't take it seriously
This movie was hilarious at times, even more than the first one. It must be the element of suspense that was added which in terms of plot development fell short. The thing that is actually on point is the cinematography. The film is well shot, providing some nice scenes and the flow is good. For some reason the first one was better. I think it has to do with the over-hype that surrounded its release but i believe it was more coherent and more decent as a result. Also the soundtrack music was infinitely better. The sequel's OST is atrocious. Every single song was cringe-worthy bubblegum pop that ruined whatever mood they tried to set in, particularly in the sex scenes. There was zero eroticism in the sex scenes. They were rushed, watered down, and even boring for a so called "erotic book" adaptation. Ironically Christian encourages Ana to come but of course it ends before we can have a glimpse of her orgasm. The silver balls scene provides so much laughter it's hard to dismiss that one, though. The plot is laughable as a whole. We have 3 "villains" who are as menacing as a piece of broccoli and they offer nothing but pointless drama. The whole thing is more of a soap opera than a thriller. Christian's past isn't developed enough to make the audience to care and Ana is just too passive and compliant. When she attempts to stand up for herself Christian shuts her up with a kiss or with a fancy present. He's always overbearing, controlling, and pretty much wants her to be mute and obedient. He does a ton of offensive things that would require a restraining order but all is well when we proposes to her or takes her out to sailing. The romance is as flat as an ironing board and the actors don't do anything to convince us that these two love each other. The biggest fail of this movie was the helicopter scene. Christian's family looked like they were kinda relieved he went missing and the heart-stopping suspense lasts for one scene until Christian casually walks into his apartment with blood on his forehead like some superhero who miraculously crawled out of the crushed helicopter and arrived in Seattle two hours later unharmed. Lol.
The final scene features Ana's boss who looks like a homeless junkie and sets up the story-line for the final movie in which he'll be the main villain. Overall if you try to look for interesting characters and situations you'll find none here. This is a film made just for laughter and nothing else. If you want quality you will be disappointed.
Spring Breakers (2012)
Errr pointless much?
I was anticipating the release of this movie but i never thought the outcome would have been so awful. From the first fifteen minutes I GOT BORED and wondered what the heck was up with the repetitive scenes and quotes. All you hear is "Spring break forever bitches", you see a bunch of people dancing in a beach, shaking booties and drinking alcohol. The characters? Non existent. They had no substance, no development, nothing to keep you interested or care about them. Just stupid girls who knew only how to snort powder and grind their bodies. James Franco was good but hell, the repetition in this movie was so annoying i couldn't pay attention to what he was saying. The ending was just as dumb as the rest of the movie, no surprise there. What a waste of time.
Srpski film (2010)
This was by far the most disturbing movie i've ever watched. I like weird movies but this one went too far. The makers tried to make it shocking to draw attention; they succeeded.It was disgusting, and I pressed fast forward in many parts because i couldn't bear to watch. Especially the part with the newborn baby. I couldn't stand it. I cannot understand how some people might like this movie, maybe they should go to a therapist to check how sane they might be. I can only imagine sick people enjoying this kind of film. It didn't have a plot, it only had gore, sex, child abuse and nudity. I certainly don't recommend it.Those films should be banned, there's nothing artistic in pedophilia or necrophilia.
The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Started out interesting,,,,went downhill now
Oh, God why. I was never into watching series but i gave it a try. I liked the first season, mainly because i liked Damon (THAT Damon, not the one in this current season). It used to be fun to watch, even though i don't like Elena because every main character in that kind of stories is like her. She's boring and flat. Damon was the only one who made the show interesting but the writers decided to ruin him too. The only thing i like about this season is the Original family, everything else gives me the cramps. Why 22 episodes if nothing ever happens? Seriously, make it 12 like True Blood because it's tiresome. The whole dark theme doesn't work when the lines are cheesy and the characters carry that mournful expression in every episode, especially the three main characters. Some need acting lessons too while others try too hard. It's almost the end of this season and yet nothing has happened. Stefan left, he became evil, Elena drove me insane with her stubbornness to find him, she kissed with Damon ( whom SHE WILL NEVER CHOOSE OBVIOUSLY IT'S JUST HAPPENED TO WAKE UP THE FANS), the originals caused trouble and that's it. Boo. I don't think i'll be watching season 4. I suffered enough.
I love it!
Love, love, love Skins! This show is definitely something more than just teens having sex and doing drugs! I decided to watch Skins just because Kaya Scodelario was in it-she was featured in all the fan made videos for a book series which will be made into movies soon. Everybody was suggesting her as the lead character so i became drawn to her from the first moment. I really wanted to see her acting skills and i thought i should watch Skins. Season 1 was exceptional. The characters were very interesting and funny. My favorites were Cassie,Maxxie and of course Effy who didn't appear that much in that season. Tony was annoying in the beginning but he grew on me later, in season 2, after his accident. The central episodes of each character were a mix of drama and comedy which i really enjoyed. I really loved the Cassie and Sid romance- i do hope he found her in the end. I must say i cried when Chris died! It was so sad! The first generation was surprisingly the best one for me.
Season 3 and 4- Effy becomes a major recurring character and we have the introduction of the 2nd generation. What i love about Effy the most is her style. Oh God, her stylist needs to be awarded! All of her outfits were incredible ( The black dress and the striped pants she wore in season 2 were to die for) the whole jewelry thing was also stunning. As for her character i loved her mysterious and confident attitude no matter what others say that she was unrealistic. I am a bit like this myself. She was just hiding her true emotions which came to surface in season 4. I liked her relationship with Freddie, although that drama with Cook could have ended earlier. Cook was just too much. He was funny but he was overdoing it and he was pissing me off most of the times. Katie Bitch- sorry, Fitch i meant, was a migraine in season 3 but afterwards she behaved better. Emily was a sweetheart and i found her relationship with Naomi very sweet and honest. The end of season 4 bugged the hell out of me! Why did Freddie die?! That was just a major bummer! Always somebody has to die in this series? The third generation is a big, giant, tangled mess. It was like an American teen movie with cliques, freaks and queen bees. That Mini especially could have starred in Mean Girls instead. In this season, everybody does drugs repeatedly. I don't get it- it wasn't like this in the previous seasons. the plot wasn't focused there. I hated Liv, somebody just kill her already, disliked Matty and even more his dumb brother. Alo is just a sillier version of Cook and Grace the cute Grace falls in love with the metal dude because opposites attract...a lot in this season. It is implied that Mini has a crush on her most hated enemy-Franky. Ironic huh? Anyway this season was a flop to me. Didn't like it at all! Bring back first generation!!!
Watch it only if you don't have anything better to do
I decided to watch this movie because it caught my attention...a modern fairytale sounded a nice idea so i gave it a try. After 10 minutes, i felt i would die from boredom. Bad acting-Pettyfer is supposed to be arrogant and mean to others because he's so full of himself. I get it. BUT! This changes after he meets Lindy. He falls in love. He becomes a whole different person. At least in the book (i haven't read it but that's what i've heard)In the movie he is from the beginning to the end an obnoxious, self-absorbed creep who looks forward to breaking the spell so he can have his precious looks back. No change whatsoever. Hudgens was boring and flat. I wasn't interested in her character not even for a second. All that sweet and innocent attitude she had seemed fake to me and unconvincing. It was like she was trying too hard. Mary Kate Olsen was good, i liked her style and i wished she had more scenes in the movie. Kyle's tutor was the most funny character, i enjoyed him and he was a relief in this dull and slow movie. Overall, i think it was a waste of time. Far too predictable and boring.