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Going into American Horror Story CULT episode 1, I was a bit nervous that they were going to be very preachy about opinions and stuff, but I was happy to see that they weren't. They had perspectives of both sides of the spectrum and that's exactly what I would want in a show about politics. But that's just it. Only in a show about politics. CULT's opening episode is stronger than a few other seasons first episodes, so it gets the benefit of the doubt, but it meanders too much on the result of the election rather than showing the effect on Ally's character. Although it did show SOME effect on Ally (Sarah Paulson makes the return as: Crying Screaming Lead Woman) it didn't really hold up except for two moments. It did show the phobia scene in the psychologist's office really well, so I can give them the thumbs up on that one. Another thing I want to point out is the whole idea of the clown troupe. Are they real or are they a figment of Ally's imagination? And if they're fake, is Ally's phobia leaking over into her son's mind and now he is starting to see it. Like as if the mother is going crazy over something that isn't there and the negative effects are now rubbing off onto her child. That question is something I really enjoyed being asked. Murder House was simple, Asylum was overtly complex, Coven was well made, Freak Show was repetitive, Hotel is just weird, and Roanoke is wasted potential. What exactly would be used to describe Cult?
I'm hoping they don't go the route of Freak Show and have an exposition dump within the first four episodes and then have gore galore for the remainder of the season. I'm excited for whatever CULT has to offer.
An underrated gem
I went into the theater for Unfriended years ago thinking not too highly of it. The trailer I had seen was pretty bad and I made a last minute decision to go see it. But I really enjoyed the movie and as soon as the credits started rolling, I wanted to see it again. Lucky for me, the movie was going to be releasing a couple months later and I bought a copy.
What I thought was sad about the movie was the fact that people hated on it solely because the trailer was absolutely garbage. I think a majority of horror movie junkies can agree that today's horror trailers are very very very bad. I don't blame the movie, I blame the producers.
What really made the film was the cast of teens that played off of each other's paranoia really well. The entirety of the movie felt like it was going to be overwhelming, but it stayed above the line and never got into bad territory.
I'm shocked and surprised by the lack of attention this movie got because of the trailer. Most people dismissed the movie because they thought it was Universal's cheap version of Insidious, which is not a fair assessment to make. Regardless of how it ended, I stand by that this movie is criminally underrated.
Would've been the perfect wrap-up of the series...
...if it hadn't been for the last 5-10 minutes of the film. I understand that there can't be a God without a Devil, but the way they ended the film was really stupid.
The buildup to the final fight scene could not be more beautiful! The art, the characters, and the story were wonderfully made; but the ending killed the entire movie.
One thing that I liked was how they told the story through Homura's perspective rather than Madoka's as they start a familiar story. From the beginning, instead of having the stoic Homura, we have the shyer and kinder one that slowly becomes the herself of the series. The symbolism of the movie is very vast and insanely deep, but the ending had something to be desired for.
To call it a cop-out would be too insulting, but they went a very ridiculous route by making Homura become the Devil after she escapes her soul gem. Believe me, I was not expecting that, but the route they ended up with seemed too condescending for me.
Good story, ending sucks. 6/10 BECAUSE of the ending.
Have you seen Jesus?
I was born in a wasteland of a society. Nothing made sense, everything was cold. Then, light was brought upon my worthless existence. This light held the name "FoodFight!" Finally, my life had meaning. I created the church of FoodFight to worship the talent of Charlie Sheen in this film. Every day we practice the arts of early 2000 rendering on a budget.
Everything about this film is the absolute best. From its wonderful acting, to terrific animation, to the most orgasmic inducing Nazi references (low-key tho). If you haven't seen this masterpiece of a movie, then you haven't seen Jesus. Coming to a TV screen near you...your's.
The Graves (2009)
had to be taken from the CIA so they would stop using it against terrorists. It's cruel and unusual torture!
That aside, I'm probably being way too generous with a 5. This was not a good movie, y'all. I'm not going to get too into the movie because other reviewers have done a number on it. I'll just give my .02
The movie starts off promising, the title sequence feels reminiscent of Grindhouse films. Then it keeps going. The sisters Abby (Jillian Murray) and Megan (Clare Grant) Graves are unbelievably hot and they love comic books! What's so wrong with that? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN 2 HOT GIRLS GUSH ABOUT COMIC BOOKS?! Anyways, they have one last get together before Megan moves to New York. So they try to go to someplace in Arizona, and end up in Unity which is a town full of strange characters. They're told about Skull City Mines and they go check it out. Hijinks ensue.
I'll give my reasoning to a 5 now.
Plot: This plot is everywhere and nowhere. It has a lot to offer, but barely gives it. Two girls have fun, then they don't, but then demons? I'd give the plot a 2/10 for the good Children of the Corn vibes.
Characters: Really good chemistry between the sisters. Becca is also a good character. The villains are believable, especially Moseley. I'd give them a 7/10 for good characters.
Acting: Surprisingly well done for a B-movie. The actors were great in their roles, except for Tony Todd. It felt like he wasn't acting to his fullest potential. 7/10 for great acting, Todd takes away from it though...never thought I'd ever say that.
Special F/X: Don't EVEN get me started on how much I hated the digital blood. I can't rate this low enough, so I'd have to give the special F/X a 1/10 because they managed to actually get blood on their actors!
Setting/Cinematography: Not as good as past entries, but it's also a well done camera work. The setting is really amazing, even for a desert it looks breathtaking. 6/10 for this.
Now, after doing the calculations, the score would come out to be a 4.6. I normally round up my numbers, which would give a 5. The movie is really nothing special, it just needed a few things for it to be good. Like; F/X, a good plot; but that was already covered. This was not my least favorite of the bunch, but it sure as hell isn't my favorite of the ADH4. In fact, to this day I have yet to watch Dread and Hidden (which are supposed to be the best).
I want to say this movie is underrated, but it should have a slightly higher score than 3.7/10. That's just too mean for this movie.
Shimoneta! What a Show!
Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist is probably one of the best satires that has ever been made into an anime. This series takes Japanese, nay, the WORLD'S issues of censorship and turns it into a joke that shows what this world would look like where it is literally outlawed to say dirty words.
Most people may overlook this series primarily because it has to do with a "dirty terrorist" that spouts of obscenities at any given moment, but that's not reading deeply into it. Regardless of this series being set in an alternate world, it is quite obvious that the creator wanted to give a message that this is the path we're heading down if things aren't changed. This anime couldn't have come sooner as it was aired during this era of political correctness BS which has been a hassle upon most of humanity. This series shows Okuma Tanukichi trying to live a daily high school life turned on its head when he learns that the "dirty terrorist", Blue Snow, goes to his school and is actually part of the student council! What follows is an event no person could understand as except absurdity as more people follow Blue Snow's example, except use the "dirty terrorism" as a way to just strike fear and not bring a message forward. Now, the accurately understand this show, you must know that the main character, Okuma, is a teen trying to get away from his past and inadvertently getting sucked into what he was trying to avoid. Ayame is a girl who is fed up with a flawed system that will lead to nothing but trouble. Anna is a princess who has been untouched by the dirtiness of the world and is lead astray at the end of episode 3. Characters get a 9/10 for being very supportive together and doesn't kill a joke when presented. Story gets a 10/10 for being laughably absurd and yet smart on it's own way. Animation is fantastic! And the voice acting is superb!
All in all, give Shimoneta a watch and create an idea for yourself. Just keep this in mind, this is definitely not a kid's show. They will not understand anything that happens and it's too mature for them. And remember, at least it's not Umaru!
I'm Dreaming of a Krampus Christmas!
...okay maybe not. But the points I do want to get across start with the opening credits. Oh hey! It actually does have opening credits! This is part of the more comedic section of the movie as it opens with a "average" Christmas shopping day as people trample, fight, and hurt others just to get presents. This all happens in slow motion while "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" plays. Michael Doughtery, you have outdone yourself! So, we get the main characters at the end of the credits as we see a slow motion of our lead, Max, in a fight during a Christmas play. This is a genius idea to open a movie! It only gets better. From there we meet Omi, the German grandmother; the cousins and the entire other family, Dorothy, and Rosie the bulldog. Everything is like a normal Christmas get-together; some bickering at the table, someone complaining about the food not being good, and the cousins being complete jerks to Max. Normal stuff. Then things turn serious after Stevie (one of the cousins) reads Max's letter to Santa at the dinner table. This infuriates Max to the point where he shouts he hates all of them and he hates Christmas. He runs upstairs and then rips up the letter after his Dad talks to him. He throws it out the window where its whisked up into the air. Unbeknownst to the family, a snowstorm is settling in. This storm wipes out the power of all around them, and that's the least of their problems! I don't want to get into spoilers or talk about the ending because everyone will have a different view on how it ends. It's a loose ending and its used to a good advantage to make the audience wonder what happened. It's not near masterpiece, but its really good for a new Christmas horror movie. One of the last ones we got was Silent Night, Deadly Night; and well, that sucked. If I were to break down the film and feature my favorite part, it would have to be when Beth is running from a tall dark figure with horns while it chases her from rooftop to rooftop. This is amazing because it shows that Krampus isn't some evil thing that only came to kill them, but a thing that is having fun tormenting them. He is obviously having fun, especially during that and the laugh scene. The costumes are well done, the creature effects are MAINLY practical, the script is not dry, and it's an all around a fun film. I give it an A- on an F scale. If you want to see Doughtery's other works that is highly praised, check out his other holiday (not Christmas) work Trick 'r Treat.
It wasn't too bad, guys!
When you have a remake you can't really set it up to the original to be EXACTLY like the original. That would be boring and a waste of film. I watched the original when it was on TV one Halloween, and I fell in love with the film! Everything about it was wonderful! I think I was...7? 8? Anyways, I went to go see this the Friday that it opened because I was so excited to see it. Sam Rockwell was one of my favorite actors from the forgetful time between 1986 and 1991 as he starred in "Clownhouse" which was a marvel. Anyways, I was watching this movie and even though it does have jump scares, the idea that they were able to remake the movie and still have a good idea of the cast and how the characters were was good enough for me. Sure it was no Spielburg, but nothing will ever be the same as the original. I like to view this as its own movie and not one connected to an original, because then it looks better, feels better, and all in all is better. The character Madison was well thought out and was a good new take on Carol Anne. I liked how well the family reacted, they felt more like a family than other remakes (or sequels *cough cough* Poltergeist 3 *cough cough*) they felt more human. I do have cons for it though, I hate jump scares. They aren't scary, but they are a tacky waste. Given that, some movies kind of need at least a few to keep the ball rolling. This movie desperately needed it as if it hadn't most people would call it a yawn-fest or a snoozeathon. And not only that, but it would make the teenagers nowadays want to know more and seek the original. That's why this movie helps, rather than destroys this series' reputation. I liked the movie and will gladly see it again.
Humour Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Granted that I loved this special when I was about six, now as I watched it again I realized that it was the biggest piece of rubbish I'd ever seen. The characters are one dimensional, the plot goes back and forth, the song transitions look like someone tried their least and came out with this abomination, and the only thing that redeems this crap fest is the animation. For a low budget (and I mean REALLY low budget), names never heard around the household as leads, and a horrible song to go around with it, it keeps kind of a pretty good feel from the animation.
If you've seen this then you've probably witnessed the horrors of this program. Every time they show this on TV I try my best to either look for a better show or look at it from a different perspective. However, every single time I try to look at it a different way, it gets worse. Now back to the animation, it is really smooth. It renders well and it looks like walking, running, skating, blading, etc. when you see it. But that only saves it from getting a complete and utter 0. Humour got run over a reindeer and it never recovered.
One of the Best Pixar Disney movies!
This movie has to have the best meaning out of all the movies Disney/Pixar have ever made. The whole meaning of friendship, loyalty, love, and compassion are compressed together in this delightful movie. I will recommend UP for several people until I can't talk anymore. Great film! It has strong equal characters too. Carl's love for Ellie went farther than beyond her death. He even took the house to the place they wanted it to be!He meets Russell and Doug make great companions for Carl, even though he doesn't want any. In the end, compassion and love overcome Carl just in time to save Russell from the danger of the skies