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The Heat (2013)
Is this movie an e##in' joke in itself?
And I'm asking seriously. Sandra Bullock is a superb actor, you can see it in Gravity. However, this movie here... is a trainwreck.. in a trainwreck...
Seriously, where is the humour? I know there were jokes in there somewhere, but I in my sane mind cannot find out where. It's one of the most worst comedies I've ever seen in my life. The directing is bad, the writing is worse and the acting just puts a s##tty, creamy strawberry on top of it, especially McCarthy, whenever her character opened her mouth I wanted to punch myself in the face, her character's humour is SOOO old and gone it has become unfunny by this industry.
Seems that they tried though as I did too, but there was no salvaging this Titanic from it's impending iceberg.
Good beginning, bad follow-up
I've seen the 2 episodes that have been now broad casted, the 1st episode was good, nothing really special, but a Columbo-like premise will get you hooked far enough, well, the second episode ruined it completely. The whole story with the Killer and Victim was redonculously stupid, no teenager would be dumb enough to steal a computer from a running senator. There is 0 gain from it. Even my couch has a higher IQ than that. Plus the episode has such a high leap in logic that not even Sherlock Holmes would follow up on it. The actors in the series have been OK so far, not House M.D. or Dexter. All in all a worse than a mediocre show, so-so acting, terrible writing.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
All the boys Love Mandy Lane.. And I couldn't care less
I saw this movie yesterday with my friend. Closed the lights and were ready for some goofy "killer chasing beautiful girl" -splatter flick. For our uttermost disappointment this doesn't come EVEN close.
So from where to start the review, hmm... Let's start from the characters. They are dull, exactly like all the other characters in horror flicks nowadays. Do the dumbest things possible and are just begging to be offed. How can it be so hard nowadays to write a story where you actually care about the characters that are going to be brutally murdered? Back in the goldies of horror, I rooted for the good guys. Now I usually am on the other side, cheering the killer to off the aMMazingly stupid and ignorant characters. Go killah, go killah! The setting of the movie is also very basic for a "horror" movie, a godforsaken ranch...
Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) guides this movie.. nowhere, seriously, her character is like a blank slate. All we learn from her character are: Her parents are dead, everybody wants to get on with her... and... yeah, that's basically it. The writer must've written a sentence or two about the character and bing! Here's our main heroine.
The killer of the film is also a joke. You can guess from the first 5-10 minutes who the main killer is and be right. He's even wearing a negative shirt during the sport lesson at school, you should just stamp a neon light on his head with "KILLER" while your at it. His motive for killing was, uhm, how to put it, die with Mandy Lane. Why? No idea, nothing about his character was told during the movie. He used to be Mandy's best friend and again, that's basically it. There was nothing scary about him either and I even LOL'd few times when he was prancing around the ranch in broad daylight.
The ending climax was very underwhelming since it made no sense. Why would Mandy want to kill those people? Was not told. Why would the other person want to kill them? Was not told. Why would they want to kill themselves? Was not told. Why did Mandy save the guard of the ranch? No clue, maybe he had decent enough muscles. Why was the killer madly in love with Mandy? You get the picture.
This movie had a lot of potential, too bad the writer did everyhing within his power to ruin it. Amber Heard sure is gorgeous, but you can't direct a film solely on that.
Part 1 ain't partly much
Steve Kloves seems to always drag his Harry Potter screenplays to as far as he can, getting worse and worse towards the end of the saga. This movie makes few of the basic mistakes of screen writing, over-explaining stuff that don't need explaining and vice versa. It was all alright for the 1 hour mark of the movie, but then the slow dragging started. Poorly written lines, scenes that didn't quite make sense unless you've already read the book, some conflicts that in the end didn't matter, at all. Next time, show, don't tell.
Honestly, I saw no purpose to split the book into two movies, being that the first movie has almost nothing to offer. The CGI effects are excellent as always though, too bad the movie had very few scenes to actually make use of it. I felt like most of the movie, the protagonists were just in the woods sitting with nothing to do, then they suddenly realize something, warp in to a place where the action happens, do stuff, and then warp back to the forest to sulk.
I could summarize the movie like this: Harry Potter fights with Ron, Doppy dies (who wasn't an important character anyway) and Voldemort steals some überwand from Dumbledore's grave.
Desu nôto (2006)
Note of Death. Struggle of mankind.
This wasn't nearly my first manga/anime series, and yet it seems like a fresh wind against my skin. The setting is pretty unique and easy to follow for the first half of the show, introducing many characters but mostly revolving around 3, the main character who is the antagonist AND the protagonist of the show, Light Yagami, who one day finds an odd notebook, which in detail explains a method to murder a person solely on knowing his/hers name and face. After testing it Light decides to rid the world from all evil with the help of this newly found weapon. Soon turmoil against Light rises as the Japan police department with the help of young and yet genius detective "L" try to discover the identity of the notebook killer "Kira" for capture. Light also quickly gains followers, mainly a blue-eyed girl Misa Amane and in the second half of the show, Teru Mikami, who resembles Light quite a lot with his sense of justice.
The show is written, well, brilliantly. Introducing new ideas and turn points every episode, yet still keeping it loyal to the theme. Every character has a purpose and it's own feeling. The main character being the antagonist is nothing new to Japanese manga, but it's not a thing that has been explored enough either. Unlike many fans, I actually preferred the second half of the show, introducing two new detectives, Near and Mello, one being the genius half, staying in the shadows and the other mostly making bold moves with aggression. These characters combined resemble L, to almost perfection.
The atmosphere and landscapes look fantastic, with dark, rainy nights and dry, sunny days of the urban areas that look fantastic in every frame throughout the whole series. They are even more highlighted with the addition of sun rays and shadows, that are present in almost every frame, especially episode "Silence" looks fantastic.
The characters are also very well drawn, and nothing looks half-assed in any point. Thanks to the always wonderful MADHOUSE studio.
The basic concept of the story is based on Friedrich Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil" (1886) where Nietzcshe gives an idea of a world controlled by a superhuman, who can condemn and praise people without any punishment. Light sees himself as a superhuman throughout the story, willing to sacrifice even his own family for the sake of good. Moving towards radical decisions towards the end.
It is left for the viewer in the end, to decide was Light good or not, the hardest comparison being Mello and Light, who both are aggressive, calculative and will do anything to prove their point. Unlike the manga, anime also follows more of the opinions of the general public, which deepens more the question of good, evil and justice.
I give the series 9/10, 9 coming from the ending, which rushes towards the viewer. They should have added 2 more episodes to fully explore the concept to the end. Death Note will certainly stay as a cult classic for a long time and I highly recommend this series to everyone.
The Descent (2005)
The Descent..........Good horror movie with good/bad/confusing ending
Well.... Commenting The Descent starts with a little story: I was partying with my friends one weekend, it was dark night and we decided to go rent a movie, all the stores that we visited were already closed so we went to my cousins house CZ i knew he had the film in his home, we trampled in like maniacs in a we-want-to-see-that-movie rage: So, we putted the DVD in to the machine and started watching....
First i was really excited at the beginning of the movie, the plot was good and nothing looked cheap... Then the plot went kinda =)/(/%¤¤# confusing, maybe because i went to the bathroom. 20 Mins before the ending the electricity cable near to the house broke so i didn't see the ending.... =( Now i have to watch it again