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It's in order, from best to "worst".
No particular order, at least not yet. (work in progress!)
A lazy spin(rip)off
Again, if you didn't see the warning above, this review contains HUGE SPOILERS!
So, I actually had quite high expectations when going to see this movie. I'm a huge fan of PA 1-3. The fourth entry was a disaster though..
PA: The Marked Ones wasn't as bad ass the fourth one, but still not worth watching at all. They killed the "PA-style" completely. I get that they tried to do something different this time around, but change isn't always a good thing.
First off, this is NOT a horror movie, because it's not scary or disturbing in any way. They present the paranormal elements in a completely awful way. A demon talking through a Simon-Says toy?! Please.. The worst thing is the way the character react to the "creepy" and "haunted" plastic toy and the other things happening. It seems like they don't find it strange in any way! If I learned that ANYTHING was being haunted by a ghost or something like that, I would at least be surprised. I would react. But these people...yeah. It's just stupid. I jumped in my seat one time, from a high noise. Creative jump-scare :p
I love found-footage movies. But the, maybe, most important thing about these kind of movies is that it has to at least seem believable. Hey, I know it's not actual "found footage", but still, I'd like to at least be able to imagine it is. If it's not believable, it's not scary! In the first three PA movies, they held back on the supernatural manifestations. The suspense and your fear of what was about to happen was the key element. But here it's way to much! "Stuff" happens through- out the whole movie, so there isn't any suspense to build up.
In other "possession"-movies, it slowly breaks down the eventual character. But here? It makes him a super-hero! Where have I seen this before? One word: CHRONICLE. Half of the stuff in this movie is ripping off that movie.
So, what about the ending? Even PA 4 had a awesome and scary-as-hell- ending, I'd give it props for that. But the ending of this movie completely sucked. The makers tried to make it massive and "twisted", but they tried way too hard. It was just confusing.. Time-travel in a PA movie..that's..stupid..
Golden Years (1991)
Better than you might think
I've always liked the movie adaptations of Stephen King's novels. Even most of the bad ones have that "charming" b-movie feel to them.
"Golden Years" is a typical Stephen King adaptation, and I think it's a good one. The story is really good and interesting, and you won't get bored.
This is more a sci-fi than the typical Stephen King horror movie/series, so don't expect bloody gore and guts.
This IS "made for TV" from the early 90s, so don't expect "Spielberg visuals" and jaw-dropping special effects. But if you're able to look past that, I think it's worth a watch. And if you're a fan of other SK- adaptations, it's absolutely for you.
It can't get worse than this...
This movie looked amazing in the trailers! Being a huge sci-fi fan, I couldn't wait to see it. Finally I would get a "good Transformers movie".
But already after 20 minutes I realized that I was tricked.. This movie really sucks. I even couldn't stand watching the whole thing, and shut it off when it was 20 minutes left.
So what's my problems with "Battleship"? First of all, there isn't really a story, just 130 minutes of mindless explosions and special effects. Another thing is the acting. It's really bad, especially Rihanna who should never have been allowed to act in a movie in the first place. But my main problem is that it's really confusing, I mean the way it's shot and directed. It almost made me sick..
Stay away from this. It makes the third Transformers movie look like a masterpiece.
Another great story from Flåklypa!
"Flåklypa Grand Prix" (En. "The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix") from 1975 is my favorite Norwegian movie, and also one of my all time favorite movies. Since I was a kid, I've watched it at least once a year.
"Solan og Ludvig - Jul i Flåklypa" (En. Christmas in Pinchcliffe) can't beat the original from 75, but it's still an amazing movie! Despite the different look, and the fact that there are new voice actors, it feels natural. The characters' personalities are perfectly intact. My favorite character from the original, Ludvig (En. Lambert), is as charming as before, and he's got more screen time this time around, which made me very happy! We're also introduced to some new characters, which are all hilarious!
The humor is right on spot, and the plot is as good as it gets. You will laugh, and you will have a great 1,5 hours! This is absolutely the best Christmas movie I've seen in at least 10 years.
Tape 407 (2012)
Not the worst movie ever!
Reading the other reviews here for this movie, I see a lot of "worst movie ever!". In my opinion, that's not true.
I'm a huge fan of the "found footage" genre, so I bought this one (just about 4-5 $, and gave it a shot. After watching it last night, I've gotta say; It's not as bad as many of you're saying. There are many FAR WORSE found footage horror movies. Some of them I shut off after 5 minutes, but I didn't do that with this one.
One thing I liked was the whole plane crash concept, because I think it's kind of original. I really enjoyed the ending too. Many found footage films has a horrible ending..you know that if you've watched a couple of them.
But don't get me wrong, because it doesn't deserve more than the 4/10 rating I've given it. Still, if you're into this sub-genre, I think it's worth at least a rent, or if you find a cheap-as-hell copy out there.
Lovely Molly (2011)
Not much horror, but very original and worth a watch.
I heard from some Horror-lovers that this movie was scary as hell. Was it scary? Well, No. I wouldn't call this a horror movie at all really. Of course, it has some of the elements of the genre, but still, it isn't much scary.
BUT, that doesn't mean it's a bad movie. It's not great, but still I think it's worth a watch. I won't spoil anything, but I would call it a drama/thriller, with emphasis on drama. At times it is really disturbing, and it's some really disgusting scenes in there.
Back to the horror thing; It is ONE scene in there that is f*****g scary as hell. Just watch it, and you'll know what I mean ;)
I hope I didn't spoil anything. Don't go into this movie and expect a scary supernatural horror movie as I did. Watch it with an open mind. It's not great, but decent, original and very thrilling at times.
This is not the BSG prequel I wanted...
First off, "Battlestar Galactica" is without doubt one of my favorite TV-shows. It is a true masterpiece. I just watched the whole thing, and when I learned that there also was a prequel, I was curious. I knew from earlier experiences that spin-offs often is weaker than the real thing, but still I got excited. And yes, "Caprica" is absolutely weaker than BSG, in every way. It isn't a completely disaster, and if you are a BSG fan like me, I advise you to somehow manage to get through it, because there are scenes in there that will get you excited. The problem, however, is that there aren't many of those scenes. I went through all the episodes for one reason; to learn about the making of the cylons. And as i mentioned, here and there I got what I wanted, but why the hell did they include all the other unnesessarities? Most of this show is about the "Holobands", which is electronic glasses that allows you to go into a public virtual world. I won't spoil the plot for any of you that want to watch it, but my point is; If these holobands was so popular that they were in this show, why weren't there crawling of them in BSG? I get it, they tried to make an original plot, but I don't feel that they really showed BSG enough respect. I didn't really believe that this happened before the original series. Also, the religion-aspect got way too much attention. It played an important role in BSG, but here it just felt...unnecessary to give it that much attention.
One other problem I had with this show is that it felt targeted towards teenagers. Most of the time it felt like just another over-dramatized cheesy teenage show. That is sad, because what made BSG so fantastic, in my opinion, was that it wasn't cheesy, and that it was more targeted towards adults. In BSG the characters felt real, with realistic personalities, and you really cared about them when you got to know them. They also acted like people would do in different situations In "Caprica", there aren't many memorable characters like that. Also, the acting is on a much lower level. To be fair, I kind of liked the Adama brothers, and the actors that played them. They felt more developed than the rest, but that doesn't make up for the rest of the cast. Another thing that annoyed me was the recycling of some of the same actors that were in BSG. That should not happen in a TV show, prequel or not. It makes things confusing.
It may seem like I hate everything about the show. If it had nothing to do with BSG, I would never watch it, but at least it gives some explanations about the past. That makes it worth watching if you're a hardcore BSG fan, even if most of it may bother you. Also, Bear MacCreary's soundtrack is great as always.
I see that many people loved this show. Maybe what ruined it for me was that I constantly compared it with Battlestar Galactica. Maybe I would have enjoyed it too, if I hadn't seen the original series..i don't know. It's just a theory, but personally I will never watch it again, and will try to forget I watched it in the first place.
The rise of evil
Most people consider the first trilogy(ep. IV-VI) to be the best of the two, and I can't blame them. As a whole, it indeed is. But if I have to pick out the best Star Wars movie, it is without doubt this one.
Episode I and II wasn't that good. They were fun, but felt a little childish, and the mood/atmosphere was a little bit too "bright". "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" is a whole another story. The mood is dark, and the plot and the themes it deals with are much more serious. I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone, but I guess everyone who is familiar with the Star Wars franchise know what path the young Anakin Skywalker is destined to walk, and what he will become(but just to be sure, I marked this review as a Spoiler). He's not longer the little warm-hearted Anakin from "Episode I". Still, I liked it. It's always thrilling to see the rise of a bad guy, and seeing a character evolve.
The movie is thrilling from start to finish. You never want to close your eyes, and you can really feel the atmosphere. It's also an extremely emotional film. I never expected that, at least not in that magnitude, but it worked really good. At least I was touched by it.
What this movie does best, is creating a fantastic bridge between the two trilogies. After watching this one, you'll see episode IV-VI in a completely different way. You'll almost believe that it was made before the old trilogy.
Another thing is the cast-performances. All of the main-cast do an amazing job. Especially Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin. I wasn't that convinced by his acting in the first two movies, but here he really steps up. He manages to change his character completely in both personality and behavior. The ability to do that successfully is one of the things that defines a good actor. I wasn't prepared for that. A nice surprise. Also, Evan Mcgregor is phenomenal is this movie. He was good in the other two movies, but also he has grown in performance. The interacting between Obi Wan and Anakin makes the greatest scenes in the movie.
I just have to make it clear; "Episode III" isn't all dark and serious. There are many funny moments in there also. Especially the interacting between C-3PO and R2D2 is hilariously funny, as always. They are without doubt the two greatest robots in movie-history. I smile every time C-3PO opens his mouth. It's impossible to go tired of him.
My point is; Watch and enjoy the ride :)
Authentic and professional production, but really not that entertaining
First off; I see why many people love this movie. Ben Affleck really did his homework, and technically speaking, this is a great production. The cast does an amazing job, and it's an appealing story.
However, I was kind of disappointed after watching it. Every review I read about it, praised it, and said it was one of the greatest movies of the year. But I really expected more suspense and a better storyline. Of course, it is based on real events, but still I think Affleck could make it a little bit more thrilling. 60/70% of the movie is just about the preparations.
I don't think it was a bad movie. It's worth watching, but not as good as it's said to be.
The Rocker (2008)
Meet Fish, the fallen drummer.
"The Rocker" isn't a masterpiece, but it is a fun ride. It has it's clichés, but it's alright. I can allow that, and it didn't keep me from enjoying this movie.
It tells the story about a drummer called Fish ( Rainn Wilson) who once was kicked out and betrayed by his band. The band, Vesuvius, became one of the most successful heavy metal bands, and Fish, 20 years later, has become nothing, and is still depressed. Then, suddenly he is given a second chance with a new band, called ADD.
Rainn Wilson is the perfect actor for the role of Fish. I really like him in "The Office", and in this one, he plays in many ways the same type of character. He's still hysterically funny at times, and is the main reason for the success of this movie. Emma Stone is as always great, but I had some problems with the other two band members, played by Teddy Geiger and Josh Gad. Honestly, I don't know why, but anyway, I didn't like them that much. Last, but not least, I have to mention Jason Sudeikis, who made me laugh almost every time he made me laugh. .
Putting aside the humor, the story is good. There are some drama- elements which is really good. At times it becomes a little emotional, in a positive way. Some may be touched by it.
Watch it. Especially, If you like Indie-rock, you may like it even more than me.