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Having read Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, Escape from Camp 14 by
Blaine Harden and The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Chol-hwan Kang & Pierre
Rigoulot, I was very interested in finding a movie that dealt with the
unfortunate realities of modern day North Korea as is detailed in the
aforementioned books. I was not disappointed.
Keurosing is a look at a grim reality that most people would rather just ignore. It's a dark, depressing journey. Anyone who has seen Grave of the Fireflies will know what I'm talking about. The movie is well directed and the acting is very good. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in North Korea and has read any of the books I've previously mentioned.
It's really easy to sum this movie up. If you go into it knowing full
well that it's a (surprise!) movie and you are just along for the ride,
you'll enjoy it. If you going into this thing all hyper nerd rage, you
are going to be sorely disappointed.
Sandra's performance is fine for this type of film. I didn't expect anything too technical from her and she didn't disappoint. Clooney is Clooney, what else is there to say?
The visuals are absolutely stunning, the dialogue only mediocre. That's it folks. Take it for what it is, a thrilling ride around space. There are technical faults and flaws galore which is what creates Nerd Rage, but this movie isn't about being realistic on any level, DUH.
I spent months on here reading reviews searching for the truth which
was not easy to find amid a sea of trolling, hate trending and bigotry.
There are however a few reviews which touch upon an important point
which is that this movie isn't a 10, nor nearly as bad as a 5. I
struggled between giving it a 7 and 8 and finally went with an 8
because it stands up well to criticism which was based on the
1.) Jaden can't act and just whines throughout the movie. Wrong. His role is that of a jaded teenager who wants to be something more and is caught up in an extreme situation where he must become a man against strong odds. I thought he played the role perfectly.
2.) There's no plot and the movie is all over the place. Really? It's Science Fiction you dolt and you'd have to be a real toothless hillbilly git not to figure out the plot and direction of this movie. If you are challenged by the Survival Against All Odds plot than I guess maybe you need something a bit more obvious like Muppets Take Manhattan. Yikes. It couldn't have been more obvious there Bubba. Also, it's SCI-FI, and although it can go literally any direction it wants to, it doesn't.
3.) Will Smith is washed up. Say what? Go look at the list of movies he's done since the 90's. His movies make HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, even the ones that don't still turn a profit. Jealous much?
Which all leads me to believe the overwhelming hate for this movie is stemming from nothing more than hating something because it's trending, jealousy, and probably some deep rooted bigotry which really has no place on an open forum like IMDb. It's pretty obvious there's something more going on here with the reviews than initially meets the eye.
Like science fiction? Give this one a chance.
My wife told me to come over and sit on the couch with her and watch
this funny/cute movie. She had caramel corn so I figured, what the
hell, at least I get snack. From the opening I had a sneaking suspicion
this was going to be a movie version of Glee. I asked and she said,
"Not really, but there's some singing..." I immediately began to shovel
as much caramel corn as I could get, paying close attention to globules
of sweet goodness until the bowl was empty, whereupon I got up and went
back to work. My sometimes tedious job of localization engineering held
far more appeal than a group of angsty college kids slogging their way
through a contrived script, towards a plot that Helen Keller could have
seen halfway around the globe.
There are no surprises here other than barf. That's right, BARF. The only redeeming moment of this wet turd was the projectile vomiting. Had she vomited on the made-by-kids-forced-into-slave-labor MAC, I would have given this movie another star.
The whole, "oh dad just leave me alone to be me" thing has been absolutely beaten to death year after year by Hollywood to the point where I didn't think anyone in their right mind could possibly consider funding this garbage. I guess when you are going to piggy back off the success of a (only the gods know why) hit TV series, anything goes.
I honestly don't see the appeal in ripping off everyone's music to make yet another version with lame electronic beats being thrown about.
Dear wannabe DJ tards,
Owning a MAC doesn't make you a DJ, sorry. Anyone can own a iPod, MAC and or better notebook/laptop/tablet and download MP3s and then play them at a party.
Owning a giant pair of headphones with a lot of bass doesn't make you a DJ either. Anyone, literally ANYONE on this F'ING planet can buy headphones.
Ruining original music by slapping whatever garbage beats you think are fresh/phat/sick/dope doesn't make you more innovative or interesting at all. Could you be more unoriginal?
A one year old crapping himself while giggling can come up with this stuff. Just put the MAC in front of him and let him start slapping away at the keys and before you know it, a rave/party/whatever will break out.
It takes 0 talent to cut and paste some MP3s together, layer your own BS you've ripped off of someone else, then start altering the pitch while holding one earphone up to your head and gyrating like a complete idiot.
Go learn to play an instrument and get some musical background and before you know it you'll be tossing all that electronic crap in the garbage where it belongs.
I honestly have nothing against any of the actors in this movie.
Farrell is a lucky guy to be working with Beckinsale and Biel who are
both quite delicious, and Bryon Cranston is an absolutely amazing
actor, however, it felt like it was too soon for Mr. White to be making
an appearance in a movie. As of writing this review Breaking Bad hasn't
finished yet so it just seems weird to have Heisenberg doing anything
else right now. I kept waiting for Jesse to appear.
It's not that Beckinsale isn't lacking beauty, but it seemed like the director was all too focused on her look the entire time. She looks great, her makeup looks great, her hair looks perfect, but it started to feel like a shampoo or hair color commercial after a while. There were numerous slow motion or still shots of her that felt contrived and geared towards showing off her look instead of her acting. Not that she's ever done anything that epic. She does the action thing just fine but sometimes I think they're making her character tougher than her frame would actually support because she's such a tiny little thing.
Colin Farrell is just, you know, Colin Farrell. I can't rip on the guy too much because he stays busy, he stays in shape and he's working with some great people and beautiful women, it's just that I keep waiting for him to do something really epic that really digs into his acting skills. I mean something that really grabs you, and in turn, nabs him an Oscar. I think he's got it in him, but it definitely wasn't in this movie.
Biel is really starting to grow on me. I'm believing her characters and I just like her overall because something about her just seems REAL. There wasn't anything spectacular about her in this movie, but she didn't kill it either. Much like Collin, I'm waiting for Jessica to do something so epic that it gets her at least a Golden Globe if not an Oscar. I loved her in The Illusionist. Absolutely LOVED that movie and her character specifically. Eventually a director will come along that can see through the action and obvious beauty and really bring out what I believe to be some serious acting skills which haven't quite been fully tapped yet.
Aside from the actors and acting, the movie is a festival of eye candy. Lovers of the sci-fi visuals will not be disappointed, however, that's about all you are going to get. Although this one had a decent story which didn't try to copy the original scene for scene, the original story was far more interesting.
Not an unpleasant experience and a decent way to kill 2 hours.
This movie is getting ripped on left and right, thankfully I decided to give it a shot anyway and was pleasantly surprised. The humor is pretty old-school which you rarely see these days. They don't spoon-feed the audience a lot of obvious HAW and BAHAHAHA moments which is what makes this movie clever. I got the direction and what they were trying to accomplish throughout. Loved the way it was shot, especially the cut scenes where the director really had some fun. For those of you who enjoy comedy on many different levels, this one is a must. Oh, and could Genesis Rodriguez be any hotter? Stunning woman. Very much enjoyed this flick and I hope people give it a chance. Don't believe all the negative hype. Popular opinion is rarely the right opinion.
mmmmmmmmk. I do love a good surprise and this film doesn't disappoint.
Keep in mind I'm not into all the goth, vampire, teen-angst-I-hate-my-
parents-and-desperately-need-attention-from-anyone scene, but this film
entertains throughout. It's well thought out and continues to flow
throughout with plenty of amusing tidbits and darker yet somehow still
light-hearted moments which will make just about anyone lolz. I
particularly enjoyed the direction and choice of cast here. Everyone
seemed to fit into their roles brilliantly, including all of the famous
rock n rollers from days of yore. Nice to see everyone is working and
keeping their sense of humor as opposed to overdosing and kicking off
way too early.
There are a lot of fun visuals going on in this movie which take the viewer on a journey deep into the minds of the characters, but pulling back just at the right time to make way for some genuinely humorous moments. The direction ranges anywhere from B to A at any given moment and transitions nicely between the two. Thankfully the B moments retain some brilliance as well saving them from being misguided and flat.
For someone who isn't that into this particular kind of music, I somehow managed to find my way through the audio tracks and ended up actually liking a few in the end. They are believable, at times heart-felt and yet hilarious when called for. This Is Your Brain On Drugs was particularly entertaining :)
I must say that Alex Lifeson is evolving into quite the actor! I've thoroughly enjoyed his stuff on the most recent RUSH dvds and it just keeps getting better and better. His scenes in this movie had me in tears laughing :)
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is into the whole vampire meets rock n roll thing with a twist of funny.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
So I'm sitting there after having watched the first games of the 2010
World Cup and finishing off a 2nd bottle of wine when I decide to dig
through some movies I had recently grabbed. Low and behold there's The
Human Centipede just beckoning me to sit for a spell. So I load up the
bong to camp out in front of the computer for a bit and hit play.
Our two main characters at the beginning are cute girls who are 'lost and stranded far away from home' (excuse the Gamma Ray lyric steal) which sets the mood for your typical horror flick. The acting is questionable, but not the worst I've seen by far. Anyone who has seen Komodo vs. Cobra knows what I'm talking about. Besides that they are cute and delicious so who really cares how solid the acting is. Some of the dialogue is actually viable so there's that.
I was really considering whether or not to ditch the movie at the onset as it was a bit slow gathering momentum, but then along came a spider in the form of our good doctor. The girls needed help, his house was nearby and fasten your seat-belts kids cause this movie is about to take you for a ride.
I honestly had absolutely no clue as to what was about to take shape in the basement / operating room. I saw images from the cover and heard some scuttlebutt online, but I just figured maybe he was mutilating some folks to make a funky human centipede type thing via thorax etc. Holy crapanoli Batman was I in for a shock! I've seen some sick stuff in my time and didn't think there'd be much left that could come close to Cannibal Holocaust as far as revolting film, but I stood corrected.
This movie definitely pushes some limits friends and neighbors. Even the most hardcore fans of the genre will take pause to absorb what the good doctor pulls off. Nevermind all the verbal internet diarrhea related to the medical experiment in this movie. IT'S A MOVIE FFS! It's supposed to be fantastical and absurd and shocking and that's exactly what our director accomplishes. Sure there are holes (pun intended) galore with the actors and languages and plausibility between this fact and that, but none of these things take away from what's happening on screen. There's sheer terror and revolting turns that'll keep the fan of the weird, bizarre and disgusting quite contented.
I'm surprised they actually found people to play these parts. I'd have been laughing my ass off the entire time being hooked up to another person's back door while filming. I guess that's why they didn't hire me :( For all the questionable acting there are plenty of solid scenes which compensate. There are worse actors, there are worse scripts and much worse films. If you like this genre, The Human Centipede is worth a serious look. Don't go by one bad review. I still can't believe the director pulled this off :) This was a fun ride in the land of the totally messed up!
Wayyy overrated! I went into this thing expecting to be shocked,
disgusted or even traumatized in some way, and instead I was bored. I
read all of the reviews commenting on how "great" and "intense" this
movie was only to be let down completely. The acting is pretty
horrific, the entire plot is a mess, and the violence is mostly
If you enjoy fake rape or the totally unnecessary killing of real animals, this film is for you. I'm a little more interested in story, acting and directing, none of which can be found here. Ignore any and all reviews praising this as some kind of cult classic with special artistic value or hidden meaning only the truly gifted can comprehend. It's a poorly executed attempt at shock, and ends up falling well short of being anything less than an hour and a half of your life wasted.
Could Soledad Miranda have been any hotter? Jesus Franco showed flashes
of brilliance throughout even though his direction was all over the
place. There are several areas where this movie makes absolutely no
sense, and then all the sudden you'll see these fantastic shots of
scenery or rays of sun shining through Ewa Strömberg's radiant blond
The soundtrack is like groovy man! Most of the settings (the ones that make sense) are as well. Straight out of 1970. The dialogue is pretty wtf throughout so don't plan on following any kind of story. Make sure to check out Morpho's groovy purple shades. Also, the doctor couldn't act if his life had depended on it.
I'm giving this a 10 only because Soledad Miranda was in it. She was a stunningly beautiful woman whose untimely death was nothing short of tragic :(
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