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D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora (1979)
Russian film adaptation of the Dumas' classic Three Musketeers is not the best of Soviet cinema. It definitely shows why it falls short while building up the story in the first half an hour. Characters are cartoonish. Story is of typical and acting is stagey -typical to the Soviet comedies of the time-. There is no interesting camera work or editing. Not all the musical scores are topping the charts, some of them are off key and offering mismatching tones for the song.
Of course its important to analyze the film in the right context, namely neutralization of the cultures and censorship in Soviet era. Film takes Dumas' worldwide known story and easily adapts it to a Russian speaking apolitical(!) France. Unsurprisingly, this simple story and plain adaptation wins the hearts of the ex-Soviet nations. Hence its high rating.
Unfortunately there are not many good things to tell about Russian D'Artanyan. I'm not sure if i would recommend this film to people who are not interested in Dumas' works or Soviet cinema. So don't get hyped by the high rating, in the end its an overrated TV film.
Little Ghost (1997)
Just wow! I was tricked to watch this movie because of its high IMDb rating, nothing more. I reckon one-sentence positive reviews of the movie doesn't help anyone, so i decided to write a review to balance things out and give a fair warning to the possible viewers (assuming you can find this somewhere on the internet or cable).
Simply this is a TV movie with low budget, bad acting, cheap effects, poor scriptwriting and childish dialogue (plus the narrative). There is nothing interesting, original or crafty in it. It falls short in many levels, even considering the target group is 4-6 age group.
The reason behind the higher rating is presumably the accumulated voting from people who watched this piece of crap when they were kids. I can see why someone would like certain types of movies when they are young, but this doesn't justify a 10 voting.
I understand IMDb is more of a popularity contest rather than a film critic website, but it sometimes misleads people into watching low quality movies such as this one. I would suggest you watch this film (in youtube maybe?) and give it a fair vote to set things straight.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
I do not write reviews often, but this time i strongly felt the need to say something since this movie is ranked as the second worst movie of all times. And its a pretty big compliment for a mediocre project like this. I had to call Birdemic a project, not a film, not on the merits of production quality but for the ambiguous intentions of the filmmaker.
Its not fun, funny, cult or interestingly bad, its just rubbish. Big mistake someone decided to produce and distribute this piece of work. Filmmaker could be an attention seeking muppet or over-confident prick, but distributing, watching and helping others to watch this movie does not justify any of this.
Also people should be warned that this movie is not what it seems to be: a mockery of Hitchcocks' Birds, a criticism to polished film making or a tribute to B-movies (such as often mentioned Manos: Hands of Fate, rightfully labelled as one of the worst movies of all times).
Lets be clear, it is not one of the 'too good because its too bad' movies. Its downright boring. Amateur acting, constant panning of dull locations in establishing shots, lazy SFX and mediocre script. If it were to be extremely bad (or obviously tried to be bad), we could have a laugh. But not even that happens. I wont argue individuals right to disagree, and there is a bunch of people who find this movie entertaining. Educational, cultural, social and economic backgrounds create great depths between IMDb users.
However, the only thing that Birdemic got right is 'the shock and terror'.. which came from the boredom and idiocy it creates. Its a total waste of time, and does not stand to the buzz it creates. Im giving a 3*, because it doesn't deserve the lowest rating.
Final words: you have been awarned! Do NOT watch this movie (unless you are forced to), at least not pay for it. And also, do not watch any movie from anyone associated with Birdemic.
Üç süpermen olimpiyatlarda (1984)
three supermen in the olympics
i don't know how to put it but there are certain things in life which we all would agree is to be unnecessarily absurd and almost surrealistically idiotic.
well, this movie is one of them. no significant plot, disruptive editing, awful sense of humor, snitched soundtrack, dreadful dubbing over Italian actors gives you a total Z-grade movie. dialogue doesn't make sense and low budget costumes/fx are disturbingly bad. in total its a shame that they were allowed to shoot this bulk at all.
as for those who took 80s cinema seriously, this film is the second installment in 'Supermen' series by Italian director italo martinegli. 3 guys in costume, with the time machine they stole in the first movie, goes back in time to ancient ephesus, olympics. to do what? no one knows. meanwhile, there is additional treachery, jumping over people, horses and columns going over. from ancient anatolia to unearthly creatures, it just loses it in a few minutes.
there is a big problem with the film, unlike its predecessor, it tries too hard to be funny. wordplay is lost in translation; mimics and gestures are out of sync. i believe lsd was still publicly available in turkey in 80s.
i give it 1 out of 10. just because there is no 0 or - in the system.
splendid Turkish art-house film with twisted end. believable characters with weaknesses and beyond-normal acting. although there is poor dialog and visuals, its fun to see the first part. and much more thrill to watch the second.
plot follows as mentioned in the storyline on this page (written by a fellow IMDb user). BUT well, ''Sadiye's life will turn into a nightmare'' i cannot agree with the statement. as ahu tugba says in the end of the movie 'there is nothing to worry. if you forget something, you can buy there.'
one comment on nuri alço and coskun gögen (the rapist) who are famous to be the meanest 'bad guys' in Turkish cinema history. they don't use their typical methods to be ugly. don't worry, no harassment in ways you would expect.
in short : very underrated or at least not well understood!
A Link To'day
Firstly, the movie is not in comedy genre at all, and not pretending to be. Director continue his vivid style in costume, place, speech and casting in his second big hit. He offers more than expected and screening a tale that the world of 'Hacivat ve Karagöz' simulate an alive one referencing today with its own details.
Some traditions lasting till 'day is a heritage from old tribes lived before Ottoman Empire and Islam. These proved but not accepted truths has wounded a wide group of people in Turkey because of the position of Islam in Turkey; old shaman belief, former folks, lost traditions, secretly surviving believes and suppressed nations in Anatolia..
The movie points out bribe, position of women in society, naiveness of religious belief, statesman's tricks, cultural mixture, habits transferred by nations and humor as a criticism.
Lastly, this tale, a milestone for Turkish cinema with it's unique technique, is a political review with a historical base which stars two famous shadow players.