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Altered States (1980)
very disappointing end. visually stunning
I liked the beginning very much. the story starts to become a bit grotesque at the middle, but I think that for a sci-fi movie from year 1980 this can be acceptable.
what really disappointed me is the end, so abrupt and willful to be "romantic" in some sense, but really disrupted all the pathos of the movie, at least for me.
the hallucinations are really stunning (although they didn't touch me to the same point of "The devils" my the same director) and the visual effects are really great for the time.
a pity that everything is ruined by the last 15 seconds..
Xiao Wu (1997)
this movie could have had a duration of 10 minutes and be more enjoyable
I understand the will of description of the Chinese rural/urban society and stuff.. but this movie is simply incredibly *BORING*. It is boredom to the highest level. I have seen many boring movies in my life, but this probably ranks at the podium.
if you really want to watch people smoking and performing dialogs such as: "are you OK?" (smokes) *30 seconds pause* "yes I am" (lights a cigarette) *30 seconds pause* "are you sure?" (smokes) *30 seconds pause* "yes I am" (smokes)
then this is your movie, otherwise avoid it.
is there really the need for such a sequence of uninteresting, boring, utterly slow scenes in order to describe the degradation of a society? I believe that, even in this degraded society, interesting stories may happen?
sci-fi lovers stay away
watching this movie is about number two: you will waste two hours looking at the two Kirsten's b**bs waiting for her to show them off, which will obviously happen, since nothing interesting happens in the middle.
Maybe I am so disappointed because I thought I was going to see some sort of sci-fi film and not a drama queen movie full of people complaining for no reason in which at a certain point a previously unknown planet starts to menace planet Earth and everyone but the most mad character start to get mad about it.
There is no reason to watch this movie if you are not interested into people crying on a bed or staring at the wall in silence because they are mysteriously depressed.
PS: oh, and don't forget the headache caused by the ever shaking camera shootings, otherwise you can't name this an alternative and cool movie
Tale of the Mummy (1998)
quite horrible indeed
my girlfriend and I were put into the cinema by a sudden rain, so decided to see a movie. For some reason, she decided to see this 6 years old mummy movie.
How bad was the idea!
The movie is horrible.. italian dubbing is convincing for some characters, and just at amateur-level for some others, and I don't think that the original version would have been much better.
Most of actors surely didn't play their best performance here.
The plot is that kind of story in which you always understand before what will happen in the next 5 minutes, except for the ending, which was the best part in my opinion (expcept for the ridiculous 5 last seconds).
Effects are rather ridiculous in the first part, then they are good, but the floating toilet paper idea which should represent the mummy, though well realized, is still some toilet paper floating, in the end..
Music was just absent during most of the movie, and decent in the end.
I've seen the 88 minutes version, but I don't really think that the 120 minutes one would be better: there would be just 34 minutes more to laugh at, given that you want to laugh at an horror movie.
Good to see if you are into a "let my girlfriend have some laughs at least" mood.
Oh well.. just skip this one..