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(Anything I've rated a 6 or higher)
(Anything I've rated a 6 or higher)
(Anything I've rated a 6 or higher)
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(Anything I've rated a 6 or higher)
This is yet another propaganda piece from a mainstream movie that has an interesting enough premise to get a pass. I can be aware of the BS and still find redeeming qualities or enjoy a movie, the two are not mutually exclusive.
The dialogue is rather contrived and pretentious, the 'politics' are very on the nose and predictable in that they are over the top, cliché and essentially just propaganda scratching at the surface of issues (first 25 minutes are dreadful), with exaggerated accents, cringey dialogue and ridiculous background acting. At about the half-hour mark, the film is saved due to the delightful emergence of Michael Nyqvist who gives a great performance as usual.
The directing is sloppy at best, the editing is sloppy and every situation feels forced, contrived and/or unnecessary. I'll give one example in regards to a sloppy scenario to clarify my point, but know that these details are riddled and ignored through-out the entirety of the film...
Lena decides to be clever and sneak her way out and peep in on one of the late night sessions. She has taken initiative and carefully worked her way into this situation. Yet, when peeking into the window, instead of continuing to be clever and remaining hidden (consistency), she starts practically leaning into the clearly lit up and visible window, and of course is spotted. It is now AFTER the fact she has been spotted, that she now tries to be clever again and run and hide. That whole scenario could have been avoided by simply being a little cautious. It's blatant inconsistent behavior to move the plot along and is an insult to the viewer. It really is. These very common details are in my opinion what can make or break a decent idea/film.
All in all it is an unoriginal premise that IS interesting enough to keep you watching once you've started, has SOME redeeming qualities in that it gives some exposure into the cult-like religious world consisting of pedophilia and dominance and psychological torture etc. It is also shot well enough regardless of the poor editing and pacing. And Michael Nyqvist always manages to steal the show imo... But it is a typical propaganda piece in that there are a lot of fabrications in the movie (which is fiction), yet begins and ends on a "serious" political note with a clear angle leaving the viewer with a slanted impression of said nation. Hollywood loves to blur the lines because they underestimate the viewer...
One final note, just some food for thought. Isn't it odd or a 'coincidence' that no subject is taboo in film making, and no nationality or religion or topic is off limits when it comes to film making in Hollywood except for 'that one'. You and I know the one. The one tribe/cult that has limitless amounts of films depicting them as 'victims', yet not ONE SINGLE FILM exposing their corruption politically, religiously, socially etc. (Don't believe me? Google it. Find me ONE major film that exposes their tribe in any shape or form. You won't find one.) Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and every other religion, nation or culture or subject is fair game to be criticized, but don't you dare make a film exposing said tribe on ANY matter otherwise you immediately fall into a 'negative'. An "anti...." so to speak. Funny thing that is huh? But I digress ... this film is a pass. Wasted potential if anything.
Words cannot describe just how much I hate this piece of s*%t "sequel" to one of the greatest films of all time. This film breaks every single one of my personal cardinal rules for what makes a great film, so I'll begin my rant...
Right from the get-go it is evident that James Cameron's intent is on taking the subtleties and ATMOSPHERE of the first film (2 things that made the original so amazing) and turn it on it's head. Every single cliché you can possibly muster up is used in this filth...sorry, I meant 'film'. Melodramatic and extremely over the top dialogue, scenarios and acting all rolled in one.
So within the first 15 minutes (with zero build up or development) Ripley is back, & has a DEEP understanding of the Aliens miraculously (as if her situation in the original has turned her into an expert on these Aliens all of a sudden.) They also now have boat loads of crews on the planet with the ship & have colonized it. Of course the people on site consist of all kinds of jokers and utter morons and...um, children?! OK, I guess because "families"...or whatever. Moving along... There is absolutely no suspense or build up in any way shape or form, like the original brilliantly had. Now they are seemingly surrounded by HUNDREDS of Aliens and the stupidity begins to overlap one another. Over the top performances by EVERYONE, absolutely cringe worthy dialogue and 'humor' and wise-cracks...
In one scene a crowd is standing and staring at an object barrelling towards them with plenty of time to move yet they all stand and stare, until good old Ripley notified everyone to "RUUUUUN". Because apparently seeing the object coming towards them wasn't enough to garner a reaction, but our Alien expert hero telling them not to get hit by on-coming traffic seemed to do the trick. In another scene during a 'gun fight' with the Aliens, one super duper bad-ass commando doesn't just shoot an Alien in the face, he manages to have just enough time to stick the barrel in the Aliens face, have the Alien not react for a few seconds so the totally bad-ass commando looking dude could say "EAT THIS", before he pulled the trigger. Super duper gnarly. Rock on bro's...kick-ass..USA USA...
Then we have the old "innocent child" caught up in the midst of this Alien war trick. "Oh what-ever will they do? I hope this object...I mean child placed in this film to supposedly tug on my heart strings makes it out of all this alive. Oh that poor poor innocent child, she doesn't deserve this. Welp!!" I'm on the edge of my seat at this point. Oh James Cameron you genius you. SOMEONE PLEEEASE think of the CHILDREN. Someone MUST save the girl, first and foremost. That is the mission now for our hero...... *eyes roll a full 360 in my head at this point*. The little girls screaming got so irritating I wanted nothing more than her to die. There...I said it.
Why are the Aliens so stationary and dumb in this film? Why are there so many of them all of a sudden? They just keep bee-lining towards bullets and getting swatted around like flies. Just utter non-sense all around with this over-long piece of s*%t sequel. The music/score is atrocious with cliché symphonies that you hear in every sh*%ty Spielberg or Michael Bay film (to this very day unfortunately) where-as the original had a very unique, dark and mysterious overall score that only added to the amazing atmospheric scenes.
This sequel is everything I hate about Hollywood. Everything I hate about big Blockbuster films...as we are currently experiencing today with super-hero films for example. Just boring repetitive dumbed down utter trash being passed as 'great cinema'. There are too many negatives I can point out about this film, but I think I've made my point. The original Alien, Ridley Scott's Alien is one of the greatest films of all time, Aliens is in my opinion, one of the worst & most boring films I have ever seen. It absolutely blows.
'Hellraiser' 'Descent's into 'Eyes Wide Shut'!?
Holy mother of the cosmos what the f*** was that? I went into this not knowing anything other than it was a Turkish horror with a low score on IMDb and no expectations and I was put through the grinder in the most pleasant way possible. This is a truly terrifying ride. I was drawn in from the opening act, there was no warm up period at all. It sets the tone and is pretty creepy, couple tense scenes gave me goose-bumps. The acting is great and seems very organic. There was literally no scene from anyone where the acting felt unnatural or forced which is a rare treat especially in the horror genre.
In the pits of hell with the goblin looking fellow, it becomes uncomfortably dark and it is fantastic. I was watching it alone in the dark with a candle in the distance, when I got up to go pee I had to turn the bathroom light on, which normally I wouldn't do. I'm a grown ass man. When the goblin is dropping Darwinian science in the midst of sacrifices, everything he says oddly resonated and left a feeling of despair in my stomach. Had me questioning my own mortality and my inevitable fait. Man dying is gonna suck. I just want to curl up in bed with a bag of candies and watch some comedy for a couple hours. Very unexpected and amazing movie in my opinion. I found it to be multi-layered and oddly thought provoking in a very sinister way.
What the hell is a 5.7 rating about? If you watch a horror movie willingly and aren't expecting or HOPING for something disturbing, provoking and or traumatizing, then you might be confused. Stick to what works for you and quit messing up the scoring system. If you are seeking quality horror in it's purest form, then check this out.
I don't understand...
Season 12 alone in my opinion has been the strongest season dating back to Season 8 or 7. For the past 3 weeks I find myself saying THIS is the best episode of the season. I am going to have to disagree strongly with the reviewer from below. I'm not sure what show it was that you thought you were originally in love with, but I feel that barring Season 10 which felt a touch off this show has only been getting better. Even the slightly off season is leaps and bounds ahead of any other comedy on TV. Each episode has been quality for the past two seasons and Gang Tends Bar immediately fell into my favourite episode list( as did the prior 2 episodes), instant classics. As far as laughter is concerned, this episode (season) has brought it. I mean sure I have a bias, but for good reason. I genuinely don't think there has ever been a bad episode of Sunny. I cherish each and every episode and feel they serve their purpose. I genuinely enjoy the show, if I didn't I simply would not watch...
...I feel disgruntled fans have a tendency to be disgruntled at some point one way or another, and a sitcom still relevant on it's 12th season, there's bound to be varying opinions at some point. A lot (people included) can change in 12 years...perhaps this show is not the show for you any longer, and that's okay. But just let it go gracefully and be thankful for what it was that you appreciated about it in the first place. If this show was truly slipping in any way, I would openly criticize personally, but for me that just is not the case.
I'm certain in hindsight when people go through all the seasons of Sunny once the show has expired, opinions will change. These guys are light years ahead of anyone else comically and have been for 12 years as far as I'm concerned.. Nothing else makes me literally laugh out loud (by myself) like Sunny does.
Triangle goes full circle.. then the circle goes figure-8.
I absolutely love this film for a variety of reasons. But first I'll start off with the few critiques I can try and rally up just so I'm being objective.. This idea is not necessarily original by any means, it's been done before from a variety of angles and for the most part, I'm not tired of the concept as long as it's done well.. There's a film called Timecrimes that came out in 2007 that probably comes the closest, and I suppose Lost was playing with a similar concept at the time before it went off the rails... and plenty more.
Triangle in my opinion is the stuff nightmares are made of. There is a wide spectrum as to what most people consider 'horror'. For myself, I find often that films labelled as 'thrillers' can easily fall into the horror category as well. I am a HUGE horror buff as I watch almost anything with a decent enough rating, but more-so a film buff in general so it doesn't really matter, but it is interesting how films are perceived & worth mentioning.
This film is incredibly dark, grim and atmospheric and leaves a sense of anxiety and claustrophobia which is quite gripping. It has a mild 'dream like' filter to boot which really added a gloss of confusion and despair in this instance. As the story unfolds you find yourself feeling you've figured out the plot enough to know where it's headed before the halfway point of the movie, then having that only turn out to be about half correct. Although it is constantly revealing itself to you it still leaves you on the edge of your seat and keeps its mystery. All the while the setting becomes more and more grim as the possible reality of the situation begins to unfold.
**SPOILER** -- This film could have ended the minute she Threw herself off the ship and would have been fine, but the sequence of rapid twists and events that followed really went above and beyond to give this a dark, empty, yet incredibly satisfying ending. It leaves nothing hanging as it is all revealed before your eyes, yet somehow still wonderfully left to interpretation all the while bending and twisting our feeble little minds. For me personally, there were many elements of this movie (just in the last 15 minutes alone) that really hit home with me. This sense of doing circles, the helplessness and confusion, and the coming to grips & embracing the darkness rather than getting caught up in the chaos is a reoccurring theme in my dreams with eerily similar settings at times. This film brought that to life to some degree and I appreciate it for that.
This movie just goes to show, that even while rehashing an older idea with a smaller budget, one can make an amazing film if the effort and skill is there. I remember seeing this when it initially came out on DVD and I loved it. Got a hold of the blueray rip yesterday and I honestly did not remember how the film ended what-so-ever. I was caught off guard and I have to say I even liked the film more 8 years after first viewing it. This one is a mind-bender for sure...and very slept on.
10/10 'Would bang again'
The Ward (2010)
Mediocrity from Mr.Carpenter...
If I had not known this was a John Carpenter film going into it, there would be no way for me to have ever guessed that he had anything to do with it. I don't know what John is doing these days with these uninspired films he keeps pumping out. He is starting to resemble Kevin Smith in that sense. Admittedly I have not seen very many of Carpenters recent films and this effort didn't exactly sway me either. To this day his best films in my opinion are 'They Live' & 'The Thing'. I've always thought 'Halloween' to be way overrated, even though I am a huge horror film buff. This might be blasphemy to some but that is my opinion...
..the film is very average run of the mill horror. Nothing you haven't seen before...as a matter of fact, the so called 'twist' has been done to death...over and over again. It has become cliché as far as I'm concerned.
That being said, being the horror movie buff that I am, I still somewhat enjoyed it, it didn't bore me and the lead actress Amber Heard is incredibly sexy and not the worst actor I've seen. She has potential acting-wise as well..
It's hard for me to rate this film, it is rather uninspired for a Carpenter film, but it's entertaining enough and not the worst horror flick I've come across. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone in particular unless they are scraping the bottom of the barrel to find a horror film they haven't seen.
Honey Full Moon..
Honeymoon is a well made and well acted indie psychological horror flick. It's dark & full of tension and is shot with a subtle gritty warm filter which adds a beautiful yet gloomy overtone to the film. If jump scares are your thing then you won't find too much of that here. Although there are some scenes that will without a doubt give you the chills. This is a very dark and creepy movie and should make you feel a little uneasy at times.
Rose Leslie is a very solid actor from what I've seen of her so far and hope to see her in bigger roles. Love her in Game of Thrones and loved her in this. She comes off very natural to me in her roles.
Overall a very creepy horror flick and I don't quite understand the low rating what-so-ever. This is why I always read the IMDb boards and individual reviews prior to watching a movie as the rating system is without a doubt flawed at times. If you are a horror movie buff like me and need another one to add to your list, Honeymoon should fit right in...
A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Not perfect.. but a fun getaway
A Perfect Getaway is very entertaining. It is an extremely scenic movie and a delight to watch simply for the beautiful landscape and foliage alone. The film starts off having you believe it is going to be another shaky first person cam production but that is not the case. It has an extremely upbeat vibe to it regardless of the dark undertones of the plot unfolding...There are a couple of interesting twists which may or may not be predictable depending on if you're an avid film buff or not but it doesn't take anything away from the experience.
The acting is up to par for the most part. I would categorize the film as a thriller/horror/adventure (but my spectrum for what i categorize as horror is pretty wide), others I'm sure may disagree.
Fun film overall, kept me interested through-out. It is far from perfect of course as there are certain elements that are a little over the top and coincidental that may have you rolling your eyes, but in this instance it didn't harm the film experience too much for me. I went into it with zero expectations and was fully entertained. Decent flick.
Eden Lake (2008)
Dark, Bleak, Dreary... Good Horror
What a strange film.. I can't say there is anything revolutionary or new to add to the genre here (although there is a slight twist to that), but great none the less...
If horror is what you're after then horror is what you'll get. It's fairly straight forward in that regards. It starts off very up-beat and is very scenic. It soon takes a dark turn and it becomes a grind from there on. It is tough to sit through at times (which is what I want from a horror - I don't watch horror for upbeat vibes and happy endings). It gets very bleak and very disturbing as the film spirals toward it's end. It gave me a mild sense of claustrophobia for some reason at times which is nice considering they are in the woods most of the time. A sense of hopelessness lingers and you basically have no choice but to endure it.
Simple formula but done well enough in my opinion with enough new elements to keep the movie interesting the entire time..I was never bored, was extremely frustrated at times and even a little shocked at times (which is a rarity for me). It is dreary and bleak and seems senseless but such is the world we live in..
There are no supernatural elements & there are no jump scares if that is your thing.. it is horror grounded in reality. There are elements of horror, torture, suspense and leaves an overall sense of discomfort & frustration. It is very dark, dreary and hopeless..
That being said, it is not perfect of course. There are moments which will have you wondering why characters do what they do, but then again.. I can suspend disbelief because people all react different and irrational during extreme high stress situations. It's good to always keep that in mind with this genre. Making decisions from the comfort of your couch while snacking on Doritos is a lot different than being in a tense life and death situation. Remembering that makes specific movies more enjoyable and seen for what they are. The series of events might not make sense to YOU specifically, but nothing in life really does and people do all kinds of strange things to one another and behave in odd ways especially when that fight or flight kicks in...As far as motives, I didn't need any for the same reasons mentioned above.
So if you are looking for a quality horror movie to add to your list then Eden Lake should fit right in...
I watch a LOT of horror, from quality to sh*t and I generally try to look for the positive aspects in even the poor ones, but I have my standards (as I do with every other genre, horror doesn't just get a free pass although I am more lenient in suspending belief). I do have my limits as to what I'm willing to believe or take seriously ...
First of all, the first person thing has been done to death at this point and really doesn't add much to this specific movie. Nothing original there.... that being said, the cinematography is beautiful and the soundtrack is awesome. That's about all this movie has going for it.
The acting is pretty atrocious by most of the cast including Elijah Wood himself. The dialogue seems so forced and unnatural by him and the first few females he encounters. It all sounds incredibly scripted and forced....and corny.
The intro to the movie starts out by showing the night lights of the city, people mingling and walking around, city full of life...yet for some reason every time he decides to stalk a female in this very lit up city, not a single soul is anywhere within sight conveniently enough, regardless of desperate screams and plodding chase scenes. It feels incredibly silly. This is not a minor detail and cannot be brushed aside. The only people that seem to be conveniently around at JUST the right moments are the beautiful females he encounters, who regardless of how unsettling and creepy (Elijah) looks and behaves, somehow become attracted/infatuated with him and hand themselves over on a silver platter. There's one scene specifically where the girl is asking him to grab her breasts and he does...only thing is his hands have cuts, bruises, dirt, scabs and everything else you can think of, yet she doesn't bat an eye.
I found the entire film to be rather pretentious, and each scene more predictable than the previous. I was incredibly bored and rather irritated. I tried to like it, but it is just not a very good horror flick...