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One Point O (2004)
A movie I loved more on the second watch
I was actually looking for a completely different movie when somebody said "Maybe this is the movie you are looking for?". It wasn't, but my God am I glad I stumbled upon it. I am literally EXTREMELY thankful I had the luck to know about a movie which unfortunately is so obscure that I don't even know how many in Sweden have seen it. I have tried to convince a friend for several months to check out this unforgettable piece, but to no avail. What a shame, he's really missing out on something special! The thing is, if you watch this the first time, you will probably scratch your head your skin will tear off and brain mass is sighted. Okay, that was a little too much, but still. What's funny about this is that it's not such a complicated or hard-to-get movie after all. I was so convinced I had missed something on the first watch, so I gave it a second viewing. It turned out it was just as simple as I had interpreted it: a surreal, twisted thriller about paranoia in a strange environment. Simon J. is pretty much a normal guy, who tries to live his own life. But he can't, because his boss gets him under the skin by constantly blabbing about the codes he as a computer programmer was supposed to send. But what are the codes for? Mostly taking place in a apartment building, Simon meets a lot of crazy people, even including Howard, who is constructing a small robot with a intricate voice (it was so hard to hear what it said that I had to turn up the volume if I didn't play incredibly close attention) and Trish, who partakes in some... peculiar activities on her time off. His emotional connection to her is one of the most interesting aspects of the movie. Does he love her for real or is he just trying to seek comfort in someone in a world he can't grasp? His friendship with Howard is also a major part of the movie. But even though he's the only one who relatively keeps his sanity intact, nobody goes free from suspicion, since... ... he gets sent empty packages to his apartment again and again and again, which is what motivates him to act as scared and odd as he does. Why is he always being followed when he goes to the grocery store? Why can't he stop buying so much milk? For how long can he avoid paying the rent? And what's up with this virus causing the deaths of several people? We are all Simon in this movie. His fear and incapability to remain calm while he still tries to anyway is so realistic it's scary. I can imagine acting exactly like him if I was put in such a situation. Uncertain and unrelaxed. The only one who actively helps him out is his friend Nile, but isn't he acting cuckoo as well? How can he always arrive to his apartment in barely a minute? The ending has been criticized, but I think it's perfect. It fits the tone of the movie excellently and I can't picture another way it could've turned out. Be prepared it's very dark, depressing and disturbing. But if you're in the mood for a flick outside the boundary and won't be distracted with checking your email and Facebook, which is unfortunately just the same old stuff, watch it. Maybe you'll be just as obsessed with this movie as I myself got afterwards.
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
A literally painful experience.
It's not that I can't handle uncomfortable movies or despicable characters. But usually, a movie has reason for being uncomfortable. It can be for telling a point, delivering a good story, being a character-study or even for dark comedy. But this is none of that. There's nothing wrong with the acting, ooooh nooo. Definitely not. Kidman and Black give their best performances. Performances better than the characters themselves. What do we have? Margot and her son Claude are visiting Pauline, Margot's sister, who is marrying someone who sure as hell is less than perfect. And all hell breaks loose. But what we get is not a interesting look into these character's Brains. No, it's more in style with:
"Nice to see you!" "Well, sure ain't nice to see YOU!" "Margot, what are you doing, you fat bitch!" "At least I don't look like a sack of horse s hit!" "Margot, how dare you, you trunk of garbage!" "Yeah well, f uck yo momma!"
There you go, it's pretty much the entire movie summed up. But what's worse with the dialogue being so relentlessly mean-spirited without substance is not that none of the characters are even remotely fascinating. You don't care about this guy's life, not this guy's life, not this guy's life... You practically just want them all go to away. VANISH. Hell, mutilate those bastards with a bazooka! At the end of the movie, you are not thinking "Wow. That was intense. What a compelling, intense drama.". No, you are thinking "There was no point. Why did I watch that? The director had nothing to say, he just forced me through 90 minutes of torture!" 90 minutes. Heh. More like 90 years. You can make this piece of s hit into a drinking game. Sip a glass of beer every time Margot acts like a bitch. Trust me, just a SIP at a time is enough before you've emptied the whole motherf ucking six-pack.
Assuming this couldn't be as bad as Noah Baumbach's other failure "Greenberg" is one of the stupidest assumptions I've ever made. You feel LIFELESS after watching this. Not kidding. If it wasn't for the performances, I would give this lower than a 1 if I could. F uck this dreck.
The Dentist (1996)
A really stupidly fun 90's horror!
The 90's had quite an interesting list of great and bizarrely over-the-top horror flicks and this is one of them! Let's just look at the story. The beloved doctor Alan Feinstone is a dentist and his patients always feel very comfortable with him. He has some mental issues but manages to hold it together... until he sees his wife cheat on him. Does he talk with her about it? Does he demand a divorce? No, he goes f u c k i n g nuts! He can barely concentrate at work and is more annoyed with his patients than usual. Because of his delusional thoughts, he turns a boy's teeth to crust (which is one of several extremely uncomfortable dental gore scenes in the movie). But this is where the movie doesn't make any goddamn sense. Sure, the police arrives later, but shouldn't it already be, you know, when he tries to rape someone?! It's almost incredible, since he is called out on his s h i t by others as well, and still more patients keep rollin' into his little nicely decorated room to get their teeth fixed. However, this plot-hole is for the better good. It gets more and more absurd and there are several unforced moments of black humor when Corbin Bernsen with glee delivers his sleazy, unhumanizing lines. What makes the movie even crazier is that instead of taking a break, he acts like if there's no problem and still wants to do his job. Jesus Christ. It's hard not to spoil too much, but the ending is one of the most memorable ones for a horror movie ever. Most of the other stuff in the movie is ridiculous, but that creeped me out for real.
Watch this movie if you want to have a good laugh! I'm not a fan of horror movies with copious amounts of gore otherwise, but it was used effectively here!
This Means War (2012)
Funny, I guess, but wow, what a flawed movie
In a way, it works as a sorta entertaining dumb movie to watch on Saturday noon. On the other hand, it's also so dumb it's almost incomprehensible. For example, there is a big problem with the writing of the characters. I've seen plenty of movies with stereotypes which I liked anyway, but in this case, it's pretty ingrating. Throw in Witherspoon's character, WHAM! We have the woman who always have a checklist of ten thousand goddamn things she demands for her crush to be perfect. Like, "Hahaha, it's funny, because women are demanding!!!". This is not the worst problem though. The biggest issue is the two male leads. I get that they are competing for the same woman and use nasty methods to make her choose only one of them, but they are written to be too similar. They are both childish in the same way, have similar plans of ruining it for one another and overall almost feels like twins. Except they are not. Just very good friends (until now, of course). And then, this is STILL not the most serious problem. What irritates me TO NO END is the forced "action". The mix of action, romance and comedy may be quite interesting, as I'm not sure if it has been done before, but it doesn't blend together here! We have a villain introduced at the beginning of the movie, but he is sooner than dust disappearing forgotten about. Then, suddenly at THE TEN LAST MINUTES, he appears again! What the hell? Why create a villain if he barely will have any screen time? How does this even qualify as a action movie. And when the actual action kicks in... I really DON'T get the feeling the characters are in danger. Some gun shots, ridiculously overused slow-motion and it's pretty much over. Also, why does Witherspoon's character pick one of the men at all? They are both total assholes! Screw 'em. Then the two of them begin fighting again for some odd reason and the movie ends. Thanks to Chris Pine and Tom Hardy's excellent comedic timing, the movie still manages to be quite chuckleworthy and there is on ocassion a hilarious moment. (That doesn't go for the lame paintball-in-the-crotch-joke) See this movie if you have nothing else to do, but if you don't want to watch a comedy where a lot of things don't make sense, skip this one.
The Room (2003)
A bonafide comedy classic... in a ironic way!
Tommy Wiseau had an interesting idea. A movie about a man who lives in what he think is a happy marriage, but is unaware of what his wife does behind his back and he slowly goes crazy... That could have been a alright melancholic movie. But what we got is something entirely different. And man am I glad over it. This movie is tip-top HILARIOUS! I didn't give it more than 8 because it still has a couple of slow moments, but I still had a smile on my cheek or laughed throughout the majority of the thing. This man had no idea what he was doing. Terrible dialogue, poorly written characters and even small details which just puzzle you. Not to mention the music used for the sex scenes is so godawful you can just shake your head. The lines are weird, they are delivered in a weird way and none of them adds for a dramatic composition. Even though Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece and this is unintentionally hilarious trash, both of those movies has a gastronormous quotability. This is a total landmark in cinema history and there has not been ONE movie more so-bad-it's-good than this one, because this one succeeded on that level in every way. It will be remembered and looked back at for ages. Wiseau... You are a genius. The people love you. *I* love you.
A masterful mix of comedy and drama
This show is really swell. It's not in my top 10 list of best shows on Earth, but I still love it on a personal level. The cynical and cocky character Hank Moody is extremely easy to relate to, as I'm sure we've all felt like him in some point of our life. The writing cramp is something I deal with myself, failed relationships, who hasn't had a problem with that? The fear you are not an idol for someone, that has happened to me too, sexual frustration, you bet. While it can make you laugh to tears at times, it also can make you think and re-evaluate your life. Do I make the right choices? What impression do I give on people? How can I become a better person? Why are people so defiant of my views? This is one of the most intellectual shows ever and if you've ever felt depressed some days, this is a blast for you. Of course it also has its cheery and quirky playful super-explicit dialogue and some witty razor- sharp one-liners, but not too seldom does it also touch you on a deeper level. This show may not go down in history, but it will go down on you.
Come on, it's really not that bad!
Ben Stiller plays Tim Dingman, who quickly grows tired of his friend succeeding in everything (he's by the way played by Jack Black). Unfortunately, he goes so far to ruin it for him that he accidentally kills his horse. How will he solve the problem? A strange guy called "J- Man" comes to the "rescue"... I am absolutely puzzled as to why this movie is so looked down at. When it comes to comedies, I can often at least SLIGHTLY understand why people dislike it, but when it comes to this case, it's just weird. It's not overly stupid, the plot is not too unbelievable and the characters are funny and likable. Surely it can't be only because it's a dark comedy? I know the situation in this movie is pretty awful, but hell, even A Serbian Film is rated better! (Yes, I do kind of look at it as a dark comedy, a PITCH-black one) Could it be due to Jack Black's involvement? I doubt it, he's not even the main character. Maybe it's Christopher Walken? Yeah, RIGHT! Whatever the reason is, I know that I laughed a lot at the same time as I was horrified. The neat thing is that it's also kind of a drama sometimes, so you can truly feel for the character. If you hated it, please give it another chance, and this time with a more open mind. Also, don't hassle me about crumbs man, because I am on the edge of the edge.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006)
And I thought Dora The Explorer already was bad enough...
Okay, so Disney can still pump out some good movies, but when it comes to kids cartoons, they are freaking doomed. What IS this crap? The animation looks someone cluttered on a piece of paper, wiped his/her ass with it and then decided to include it in the final product! But strangely enough, that's the LEAST worst part. The voices are so lifeless compared to the original cartoons from the 40- 60's, or heck, even 90's. The story lines are just boring, overly formulaic and makes no sense. The characters are reduced to be either unrealistically sugar-sweet or total cockalorums (the latter most applied to Mickey Mouse), which would be fine if it was used for comedic abilities, but it's not. NOT. AT. ALL. Also, what have they done to Donald Duck? He was easily the most developed, the most interesting and the most three-dimensional character in the Disney- universe, but you know what? Now he's just like everybody else. Overly happy-go-lucky, kind to everyone and never EVER looses his temper. How did that happen?? It's not realistic, kids KNOW everybody gets mad sometimes, even Dalai Lama probably had a anger moment in his life. So why do they decide to go the weird route that EVERYBODY acts like the super-nicest human being? I always hate that about new kids cartoons, that everyone is just happy all the time for no reason. Also, since when is Mickey friends with Black-Pete? That's just stupid, they are supposed to be enemies! Hell, he even asks Mickey for help in one episode, which is probably the worst moment on this "show" there is. Despite all these examples, I have STILL not gotten to the worst part yet. Oooooh no. You know what REALLY makes me mad? All the other factors are god-awful, but what truly makes me rate this 1 is the goddamn songs! The singing voices are horrible, the lyrics are either super-clichéd or stereotyped (like Minnie singing about her bow tique, just because she wears a bow and is a female). For some reason they also just contain words that aren't even words, but just sounds like something a brain-dead retard would come up with, like "Mickey Muska Mouse". "Muska"? Learn your kids to speak real English. No, I'm just saying, for the love of God, turn your kids away from this show or they'll NEVER appreciate true classics like the old Spongebob-episodes, the REAL Mickey Mouse- cartoons from the 40's or Rocko's Modern Life. If you start loving this show, reconsider your life.
Das Experiment (2001)
Based on a already gripping true story, this German gem takes your heart out and plays around with it in this uncomfortable masterpiece. Already when the main character Tarek is tested for claustrophobic spaces, you get the feeling something's going to go wrong. The Stanford Prison Experiment this is based on (though more specifically based on the book "Black Box") plays out that twenty people are given the roles of prisoners and guards. The guards get huge advantages and can boss around very much as long as they don't use violence while the prisoners have no advantages whatsoever and have to watch their ass carefully is they don't want to get winded up in anything. Some of the prisoners, especially Tarek, begins provoking the guards almost from the very start and the more intense it gets, the more you start to shudder and feel like you are taped to an electric chair. I won't spoil too much, but I can say that pissing off the guards is not a particularly neat idea as they use drastic methods as early as on the second day, though partly it's also THEIR own fault that everything gets out of hand. The punishments the guards uses get all the more crueler. Not only that, but one of the organizers, Dr. Klaus, is completely oblivious to the seriousness of the continuing escalation... Moritz Bleibtreu is fantastic as the teaser who pushes the limits way too much and just as excellent is Justus von Dohnányl as Berus, the coldest prison guard you'll ever see. The dynamic between those two is great and another reason why you'd be a fool to miss out on this breathtaking experience! The cinematography is mesmerizing, nicely shifting between orange, blue and green. The music is not that present, but it's great also. The only minor criticism I have is that the relationship between Tarek and Dora is developed too quickly, but otherwise, it's a hit!
World War Z (2013)
My least favorite zombie movie so far...
Geez, what a disappointment. Not the best idea to watch "Braindead" and then "World War Z" the same day. That will say, first the BEST zombie movie ever, then a... not so great one. Unfortunately, the movie is rated PG-13, which means that the violence is extremely toned down (you'd in fact be surprised at how little you can get away with), but ironically, that's still not the biggest issue. I thought at first that it was still KINDA bloody for being PG-13, not "Woah" exactly, but sort of "Huh, I didn't know they could do that". I realized suddenly I was watching the unrated version. WHAT?? Lame! Is MPAA sensitive or are they sensitive? Anyway, thought I might count down why this movie didn't quite fit in with my tastes: 1. I thought it would be a quirky little dark comedy considering the book it was based on. Guess I was wrong. I didn't even smile except at the scene where the zombies root for the Pepsi-cans, but that was UNINTENTIONAL comedy. 2. The characters are surprisingly forgettable. Sure, in some zombie-movies there may be stereotypes, but they are often likable enough that you can look past that. In this movie, everyone except for maybe Gerry Lane had little to NO personality. 3. The score is unoriginal and not notable. Not the biggest grip I have though, some movies are excellent even with very forgettable music. 4. Brad Pitt is normally excellent, but for some reason, I felt that he didn't use his capabilities to the fullest here. Watch Fight Club and then this movie. You will notice a HUGE difference in acting-enthusiasm. Most of the time he just stares into the air blankly. 4. Zombie-movies are often full of witty and funny dialogue. Here? Nope. 5. The make-up is terrible. It's hard to believe these are actually zombies. 6. The first half in general didn't seem to have much going for it. The second half was better, though not by a long mile. 7. The ending. There are ALL reasons to hate it.
So in short, it's not a complete waste of time, but also not a complete spend of time. Wait, what the hell? That phrase didn't make any sense. Watch "Shaun Of The Dead", "28 Days Later" and "Braindead" instead. Those are REAL zombie movies. Heck, even "Warm Bodies" is a zombie-movie, just of a different kind!