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The Void (2016)
I think it should be watched for sure. Don't miss it. Ignore bad reviews
I've com to realize that nothing in life is perfect. The Silent Hill movies were utter garbage and this film is the first in a very long time that has managed to deliver a solid nightmare experience.
First, we start with the weak points and end strong just as the movie did.
The writers, fkn kill them.. literally drown them in a bucket of their own puke. There weren't many cringe moments but there were a handful such as that Asian chick's (wake up) "Or what?" line that was so out of place. (maybe the director is partly to blame for not recognizing how much certain lines didn't work.) What's crazy is that this movie does NOT seem to lack in creativity, imagination or budget but instead suffers from some bad writing/dialog. BUT STOP, AND TRUST ME. This movie should be watched!!! Why? There are ONLY a handful (as in about 5 lines) that were unforgivable. The rest was quite passable. Now on to the good. The sound work/score very nice work. Camera work, 6 to 8 out of 10 (pretty damn good in most scenes, kinda bad in one or two, awesome where it counts) The acting, pretty good considering the sludge lines the writers gave the actors to work with. The acting, not the best, not great, but not at all bad either.
So on to the bottom line: 1. Don't pass this up. 2. The opening was kind of rough but you might not notice if you're not a writer, so jump in as this story does. Stick with it. The opening was kind of slow but the slow pace DID NOT last long 5-15mins (nothing really wrong with the opening and it didn't drag on too long but they could've used their time a little better.) Honestly they could have fared better with actors that have much more exp. in acting.
I don't want to spoil it, I had to get some of the bad out, but the bad was not that bad when I consider the whole. my mouth hung open for at least the last half if not 3/4ths of the movie, and in a good way! If you're a fan of Silent Hill (the games, starting from 1) you will totally click with this movie. I feel like it was an Ode to Silent Hill or at the very least, a welcome nod. I just wish they got a deal with Silent Hill/ Konami or someone/studio that would have given them better access to higher quality writers/directors because the actors weren't even that bad.
7/10, looking for a scary wtf movie? This is it. I was so scared of ending up with another 'indie waste-of-time' movie but I was so splendidly surprised by this movie that I just had to write this review and add my voice (instead of just thumbing up some other review.). As soon as the movie gets going, which is quite soon enough, it keeps going and doesn't let up, instead, it gets crazier and more nightmarish. Im so impressed that I'd love to see a multi-million dollar reboot. At the same time, the job they did was so satisfactory that all they might be able to improve was a handful of lines and maybe plug in a few semi-big name actors because the effects and everything else was great.
TL:DR. 7.5/10 Do Not Miss Out On This One!
Powerless: Wayne or Lose (2017)
That was fantastic!
It was light and it was funny! I liked it. Some might argue that the fx were cheap, but I might counter that if it were any more rich, the show might have to take itself seriously. The train scene was among the worst with all the green screen action BUT it still worked.
The effects were somewhat laughable BUT the show made me laugh, so to me, it worked. Powerless' first episode gave me a few chuckles and a couple of smiles. I love the whole vibe of the show. It was great to see Danny Pudi on screen again (R.I.P Community. #AndAMovie ). Vanessa Hudgens did a great job and over all, Im looking forward to more from everyone. Alan Tudyk seemed to be on a slippery slope after Suburgatory and was supposedly part of the reason we never got another season. Anyway, he seemed perfect for the role and was a joy to watch.
Better Off Ted does come to mind, I loved that show. Maybe Phil and Lem can join the team in a few seasons :P (fingers crossed) Honestly that idea is neither here nor there because here we have Powerless. It is what it is and the description says it all.
Perhaps you've seen an episode or two already. If not, I recommend it, and I'm sure fans of shows like The Office, Better Off Ted, Community and comic book super hero nerds will agree.
P.S I nearly tuned out in the first few minutes but decided to give the entire ep a chance to show me what its got, and, imo, it paid off. The Office is done and so is Community; this really seems to have the potential to fit the bill.
It's a good interview but...
This film is an 1hr 30min interview featuring retired U.S Army Sergeant Clifford Stone. He (Stone) tells a compelling story about his time in the service and gives us information about it. Along with, a detailed account of how he was part of a UFO crash retrieval team a few decades ago.
The good: Fairly well edited and put together interview. Sound is clear and so is the direction.
The bad: For as detailed and vivid his story is, there is nothing provided in the way of hard evidence. That's not to say that this film is a waste of time. I enjoyed listening to his story. But there wasn't much to really grab me or hold my attention. Though I did manage to watch it all the way through in one sitting.
There also isn't much we haven't already heard. Most of us have heard rumors about the retrieval teams. Most of us believe we are being visited, some of us believe that they are multi-dimensional or interstellar. Many people assume that they must be using some sort of anti-gravity and that their instruments emit some sort of radiation.
Stone touched on some fringe aspects of the subject but never got into the best parts of what we might want to know. He claims to have had or still has regular communication with an entity known as Karona. I'd like to watch a part 2 where he goes into very deep details on exactly what the aliens are saying, what they believe, and how they operate. He withholds information about the more intriguing aspects of his experiences. Frustrating. I kept waiting for him to get into the meat of it.
Thoughts: I believe that this video could benefit from some visual stimuli. I don't mean cheesy pictures of supposed UFO's or Alien bodies (I feel like any inkling of a possible fake/hoax photo/video would seriously dilute the aim of this video. It would also hurt to show common footage of popular UFO videos, especially without proof). But I think it would help to inter-cut some of what he said with public and historical footage of some kind. Mention the A-Bomb, give us a few pictures what we have of it, etc. Talk about certain bases or geographical locations, some visual cues would help give us something to look at and ground the viewers.
I found myself thinking this could be a still-image of Stone in a Youtube video/podcast type interview and I don't think I'd notice the difference. Maybe a few photos of him when he was younger, might help, or in the service. (Something to give us more than what we are just seeing or hearing.) I would have at least liked to see a picture of his home (even without disclosing the actual location, as he mentioned paranormal happenings surrounding the house). I also would have liked to see some images of the equipment he worked with, the radios and HAZMAT suits - something. But I guess my point is that it needs some element of movement and action. But it needs to be done in such a way that it doesn't detract from the still/quiet/serious feeling of the interview.
Would I recommend it in its current form? Only to those who have served or those who are struggling hard with their experience and need no visual cue or evidence. %90 of everyone else might need to look elsewhere for any talks about UFO's. Because, as it is, it just seems like some guy telling a story. We don't even get an old photo of him in the service. So no way to even begin to think he's legit. That being said, the details and accounts of his past are very interesting, well remembered and recounted. I still lean more towards believing his story, because of all the minor details that would seem hard to forge without actually having lived it.
With the right combination of inter-cut photos and videos I'd give it like a 6-7, with hard or very compelling evidence a 7-8. Undeniable evidence and well put together presentation would earn it a 9-10 in my book. But its far from any of that.
5/10, for a very interesting story and the film not being a total waste of time. Alongside with, a few tiny tidbits of 'new' information about 'them' or his 'work' that perhaps not everyone on the UFO community is privy to.
So good, I had to write up a review :)
I really liked it. Loved all 3 VHS movies and fondly remember "Amateur Night". I was so intrigued by that and I'm glad Hannah Fierman got to do this movie and we got to see 'all that she was' in action.
When they pulled the Medusa thing, I thought it was a stretch but I couldn't get over how cool it was so I ended up liking it - just didn't know they were gonna get that crazy on me.
Great attention was paid to sound and atmosphere. I think Hannah did a great job and so did the rest of the actors. I enjoyed this movie a hell of a lot more than I enjoyed The Lazarus Effect (2015). I think it deserves more than a 6/10 on IMDb. **I found this to be a solid movie with an intriguing story and a satisfying ending. ***8/10*** in my book.
The VHS movies seem to exist in an alternate reality where many of our nightmares exist. I think that VHS and Bloody Disgusting should expand on all their shorts and show us more of this hellish world. Granted, not all the shorts were gold, as I think there were various directors involved for each but there were some gems in there like "Amateur Night", "Tuesday the 17th" LOVED that one,"A Ride in the Park" Zombie movie VHS style.. yes please. "Safe Haven" stuck with me. Im not sure how "Vicious Circles" struck others but I like it enough to want a bigger and better job done on it like they did with "Amateur Night"s The Siren. Might be something with "Dante the Great", but the actors were kinda sub par, good idea, meh execution. "Bone Storm" wasn't 'spot on' but it was classic VHS stuff. Cant get enough of the good FF films like As Above So Below, VHS, The Bay, Afflicted, Grave Encounters, The Tunnel etc.
Bloody Disgusting films are tricky.. it's like they want you to take them seriously.. but not toooo seriously. It's a hard balance to strike with things suddenly getting very real but, are at the same time, being very unreal. I'd love to see more from Bloody Disgusting and the like.
Big boom, little drama
Wow. what to say about this movie. It was the longest movie I've seen in years. The writing and character development was spotty for a 3hr flick. Eisenberg carried the whole movie with the best performance followed by -- idk the movie took an odd time to for these super heroes living right next to each other to notice one another. If what happened in the last three batman movies were true especially Bain/Bane idc, captured the entire Island of Manhattan/Gotham/idc once again, superman would of heard of this or at least The Batman by now.
This movie seemed like the 'movie itself' (BvS:DOJ) was a toddler discovering a mirror for the first time and discovering what it looks like in this mirror. Everything was 'oh look these guys exist,' Batman never heard of Superman in 20+years that he was crime fighting? Why did we have to go through Waynes childhood thing again, wasted 1/3 of the movie or really made it seem like they had nothing better to do with Afflecks time.
Not my first choice for a Luthor character - but the stone cold businessman with a curiosity seemed like it'd be another boring peg in this movie so Eisenbergs joker-esk portrayal of a young, rich and crazy Luthor was one of the more fun things to watch in this film.
It just seemed like they tried really hard to get these two guys to notice each other and then give them this reason or any reason to want to fight. I think the future lies in Nextflix/Amazon mini series (5-15 eps long) that come out for each character before doing a big movie like this. Without the character development and time needed to work all these things out, it seems as it was, rushed and jam packed into 3 convoluted hours.
The X Files (1993)
OMG it was perfect! Incredible! They're back! It's back and better than ever! Wow! What an ending to the first ep. I'm totally bouncing off the walls. I thought the acting might be offbeat or out of step, but g-damn! Everyone was right back in at the top of their game! There were a very small, tiny handful of lines that were a little weak but the other %98 was spot on. So close to a perfect 10 but I am so excited they achieved a 9 in my eyes. I want to go running down the street yelling X-Files is back after that first ep.
All I can hope for now is strong filler eps. I know they're coming; I'm not gonna hate. But the acting and the writing is a lot more mature now. Im just hoping they have a feel that is a lot less R.L 'Goosebumps' or cheesy 'Supernatural.' Speaking of more exp. Scully still 'got it' lookin great.
Mulder's lookin nice and seasoned and Mchail.. it's the guy from The Soup and Jeff Winger from Community (which I love). He seems a tad out of place on the show. I love him, hes great.. but it's like Adam Sandler trying to take on a serious role like Tom Hanks in Bridge Of Spies (which I did not see but the trailer looked pretty serious).
I respect McHail trying to stretch out into different roles and types of characters.. but for now, he seems a bit out of place(he was 'on-point' though, kudos there). Im sure we'll get used to him as time goes on. I'm not upset about his casting at all, but it does feel kinda weird. Again, we'll give it a few more eps. But lets be honest, with how they started the first ep of S10.. they done bought me right out for the whole season.
Skinner's back, everyone is back! Im .. I just couldn't be happier to see them all again. Thank you show writers, creators, directors and actors. TY so very much for coming back.
The Revenant (2015)
This is one of those movies
Awesome in every way. From the breath taking scenes, to the wonderful and masterful use of music/bgm to the amazing story.
I'll keep it short and sweet. This movie shines in how much Glass had to struggle and fight for every second. I could really feel that wind/chill and I could really feel the serenity of those quiet moments. Like Gravity, this movie is absolutely an experience. The Story was ... well it was alright. The ending was satisfying. There were moments where I was sad but nothing jerked any tears out of me. It kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the duration, so hats off to that.
Its got drama, strife, survival and combat. It was a real trip. So the bottom line is that this movie imo didn't blow me away story-wise but it was one hell of an experience. Hardy and DiCaprio did an amazing job. The other actors played their parts very well too. It really did feel like DiCaprio had to give his all in order to pull it off and he did. I cant imagine anyone giving more.
All-in-all, I think its a must see. Or at the very least, it's an experience that you'll be pretty sorry you missed. Definitely worth every single minute.
This movie gave a great insight into human nature and so did the experiments. Yes it was a tad slow but it only felt like that to me after I had watched it. I was immediately drawn in by the whole setup of the experiment and with the progression of the rest of them. This won't get anyone's heart pumping or racing but nonetheless I was glued to the screen with what this movie was trying to show me. I was so fascinated by the whole idea of it, that putting up with any of the 'slow' parts seemed quite easy. If you're in any way interested in human nature and how or why people could bring themselves to do certain things, you'll definitely appreciate this film.
I didn't know anything about this man or his experiments but I always wondered about the very same things he did in regards to the tragedy's he spoke of and others. How can people slaughter others or commit heinous acts, bring themselves to do these things and then simply claim they were only the messenger? I believe it's definitely worth a watch to anyone.
Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
With Season 1 over. Was it a flop?
Yeah. Hmm. I didn't know this was a season finale. I agree with others who say they rushed into this. But with the money involved and them not knowing if it'd be liked or picked up, the show runners might have been put in a tight spot.
I thought it would be slightly more gradual, with news broadcasts and shots of the city getting worse. I think it would have been way better to have more action, unfolding of chaos, and more groups involved trying to survive the outbreak and show them all dying off until we're left with this group. (What happened to the scenes where family members were told to arm themselves and try to aim for the head?)
Then roll in the drama and focus some more in the next season. And I really dislike this Strand guy. Seems like not just a survivor or wolf but a vicious devil of a wolf who will say, do and manipulate anyone and anything to get his way. Comes off as a real bad guy. A king everyone dislikes who is looking for his flock of the poor and weak minded to rule over. You'll see.. mark my words.. he's the next villain.
I wish the junkie would have met his end in that hallway. That would have brought more impact to the show than killing off Liza. Which was like a cheap 'making-up-for' not killing off Nick. they had that moment, right there! And they let it go. (That was the first and only time in this show I felt like "Oh snap, here it comes!" The essence of The Walking Dead y'know?) Liza was their nurse, and an interesting thorn at the side of Madison who would have made the show an interesting love triangle and more 'family' drama. Now what are we left with? More ramblings and withdraw of a junkie? No thanks. Somebody drown him so that he can 'catch up' with the rest of the world.
Not once did Nick worry about getting back to his family.. he stuck to Strand like a magnet. He's weak. But here he stays and there Liza goes. Lets see what other bright ideas Fear The Walking Dead comes up with next season.
I would go as far as to say they should reboot it now before this gets worse.. its not a total flop.. but its not a total success either - as I noticed other comments throughout the season claiming that there was something wrong with the show they couldn't put their finger on and I think I just explained at least part of it.
Oh this conflict and love lost. What an amazing ep. The show only gets better as things get worse. Happily ever after is boring. This is winding up to be their best season yet. Kate is BA! And now Rick is getting even cooler. I liked the other light hearted side of the show but I love this side of it even more. The like 3Xk serial killer eps and stuff those, are the best. Though I miss the old fashion murder mystery cases, we did have plenty of seasons filled with those, some even wild and wacky. So I see this as a very welcome evolution leading up to the conclusion.
Don't let your anger of this being the last season cloud all the good stuff it has brought us through the years. Castle really is one of the best shows I've ever watched and it will be very sorely missed. Im just gonna grab on tight and enjoy the last big ride coming our way.
And who knows, maybe the fantastic writers will have a new show after this one. Of course the Castle cast will be missed - absolutely, but hopefully if there IS a new show by these guys, it will grow into one just as good as Castle. (Also I'm kind of sad bc Alexis is really just starting to bloom on this show, went from a supporting role to a more active one.) We need like at least 1 or 2 more seasons. But I fear that won't happen as everyone is saying their fate has been sealed. Fingers crossed for a 2hr movie? I do have to add in real quick, that the computer image enhancements were pretty cheesy and it would have only taken up an extra minute or two to show Alexis breaking open the Photoshop and getting what she needs in a more realistic way, heck all they had to do was cut the scene (saving more time) and then how her on an image editor picking up the phone, like "Yeah, I've got something." TV is still treating technology like it did in the 90's. Magical button pressing and tapping away on a KB doing magical ish. wtf. That hotel security cam must have been using military grade 40MP NASA Hubble technology :P Like there is simply no way to squeeze out a perfectly sharp image out of a low res camera with pixel information that simply doesn't exist. Slightly less blurry by maybe MAYBE 20-30% more clear/sharp, perhaps, but a perfectly sharp image out of a 20MP DSLR, you are NOT getting out of a maybe 5MP camera(if that).