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3/10
Good Idea, But The Execution Is Somewhat Flawed
14 April 2018
Well, such luminaries as Tim Robbins and Jeff Bredges can probably save any movie from being bore or a drag and make it shining perfect gem. Maybe. This one, Arlington Road, a thriller about terrorism, mistaken identity, unexpected discoveries and shocking truths revealed, is not saved by their performances. Whta is wrong, we may ask. First, and this is a huge, way too huge drawback of many films, is its length - almost 2 never-ending hours. The tempo drags miserably at the beginning, then almost totally dies in the midstm then gets some acceleration, then sinks heavily again, then suddenly gets very frantic. There are numerous plot holes which I ain't going to reveal for fear of spoilers, and several moments are very questionable and scepticism-arising. Several plot lines are very pale and bealk, and thinly-worked out. So, the whole thing seemes like a very promising affair which is very much raw and undercooked and then generously over-peppered at the end.
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6 Days (I) (2017)
10/10
Minimalistic, Deep, Serious, Excellent Drama
7 April 2018
Hollywood has got us used to huge, sky-high budget blockbusters with awesome stars, explosions, stunning stunts (pun intended), fine CGI, gruesome villains and ultimate triumph of the Good over any foreseeable Evil. Meh, but ain't we a bit too tired and fed up with those? British and New Zealand team made something much, much deeper, much better and captivating - 6 Days, a 1980 Iranian Embassy hostage crisis-based movie with not-so-seemingly-stellar cast, but still, with such awesome actors as Jamie Bell as Rusty Firmin, Abbie Cornish as Kate Adie, Mark Strong as Max Vernon, Martin Shaw as Dellow, as well as some others. THey managed to deliver a much quieter, deeper psychological thriller shot as a real docudrama, excellent and impeccable in its precise execution. I do recommend this strong film and say - don't buy some hateful reviews, 6 Days made a very good job.
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1/10
Cringeworthy Rubbish
30 March 2018
I like Harry Potter series, the last film of 2 parts was really spellbinding, and the serious tone of later books / films was oretty cool. OK, I said, this film is a part of Potter universe, and also, there are several excellent actors there - this one should be great effort. No, very loud and very clear No. Eddie Redmayne is te first and the main cringeworthy factor here - his drunken, sloppy, shaky delivery smacks of such obvious amateur aura that it makes it not even funny - it makes it sick and shallow. Evrything is a flop here - it is not a kid fairy tale, being too violent and vile. It is not a serious later Potter film, being too silly and sleazy. It is not even a parody, being too serious to its demerit. Another awful mess is Colin Farrel's part, leaving only smork and sickness My verdict - shallow and silly brainless porridge
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J. Edgar (2011)
4/10
Tedious Bore With Great But Unreleased Potential
27 March 2018
What happened? The whole movie could have been a winning formula - directed by Clnit Eastwood, starring powerhouses like Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench among others, depicting life and work of such awesome man as J. Edgar Hoover was, this film should have been excellent. It didn't happen this way. There are several resaons for this flop: 1. Sheer length - 2 hours killed all the potential. 2. Dark light scheme made the film look rather sickly sepia 3.Weaker parts played by several actors, Armie Hammer particularly, made this film a very uneven unbalanced flick 4. Jumps, plot omissions, certain falsified guesses, obvious manipulations with facts added to a very blurred aray of disapponted meh In general, good idea badly spoilt
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I, Tonya (2017)
10/10
Very Strong And Eeerie Serious Drama
25 March 2018
Labeled as a mockumentary, I Tonya is in my opnion a very deep, very serious, very touchy biopic, with very clever plot twists, fourth wall breakage, excellent cast, amazing soundtrack and terrific Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding. She alone makes this anyway awesome movie even more awesome, and she deserves all th accolades and awards she has already won or was nominated for. Margot proves she can execute a very serious, sensible, psychological role and can do with certain gusto, valor, passion and thrust. The plot sheds light on to her quite dramatic and often traumatized life story, her strained family relations, her gaines and losses. I need not say more - I do recommend this movie very urgently to be watched as a prime example of excellent biopic.
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1/10
Of All Three, The Worst
13 March 2018
Clearly so - Pitch Perfect 3 is the worst of all three parts of the series. Why? Lazy writing, no new ideas at all, lazy script, endless repeating of the same tired cliches and beaten paths. Anna Kendrick is extremely sweet and nice, Rebel Wilson is funny and loud, John Lithgow is a funny little trifle, too. Apart from that, all the virtually same scenes are rotated nonstop for ever. Vocals, competition, evil rivals, love lost and found, and surely, the final singing scene is a sickly sweet honey toffee sugary treacle idiocy, but for good music, it'd been a total mess. It is. Even good music saves it not
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Under the Skin (I) (2013)
1/10
Snooze Fest
12 March 2018
Gee, how awful this one is. Well, look at this - this is one of those so-called art movies where you are supposed to be a clever viewer to grasp the deeeeeeeeeep meaning. Aha, yeah. What we're treated here to is a total snooze fest with unbearably slow tempo, dark scenes, no speaking for the most part, endlessly boring driving scenes. Hey, isn't that that very film where Scarlett is naked? Is that it? Not much. I say this - snooze fest at its worst, slow, dripping, sroopy, bland, blunt, insipid, vain, languid, lazy and very very shallow.
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1/10
Horrid Flick
12 March 2018
What is a recipe for a truly horrid movie? Make it on the beach of California. Add a singer, this time Susanna Hoffs, who is awesome, but she can't act. Add some muscular jocks, who are total dumb on set. Add Joan Cusack and Deedee Pfeiffer who are sweet but nothing more above. Add some soft nudity, some. Add some insipid humor. Add some awful 80's glitz. Wow, voila, you get a truly silly brainless movie which is so awful that it is down to the point of cringe. Really that bad
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3/10
Did Not Stand The Test Of Time
12 March 2018
Can you tell me why this awful smudge of juvenile idiocy was chosen as one of the greatest? Now, it cannot be even sat through without smirking, so awfully goofy, cheesy and silly this is in fact. One redeeminng quality is Molly Ringwald, hence 3 scores, the rest is a true abomination of awfully cheesy 80's silliness. Forget it
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5/10
Good Potential, Interesting Cast And Story, Rather Mediocre Execution
10 March 2018
Well, what wiill I say here? Jeremy Renner is a very decent and strong actor, he can deliver depth and seriousness with a very gentle and exact touch. He sees to be a very tough and deep actor, yet when the film is of secondary rank and of dubious merit, the great cast (like in this movie, there is an outstanding array of talents, including Garcia, Patrick, Winstead among others). The story of Gary Webb's Dark Alliance seems like another swell sweet to crack, yet it ain't fly. All the potential of the plot was broken against wrong pacing, awkward dialog, too hasty jumps, and on top of that, too blatant a message which was not only shoved and placed into our mouths but also chewed and swallowed - Webb is The man, the official guys are evil. Too obvious a propaganda step. Abother drawback which spoiled it all was a very open and obvious mimicking Oliver Stone's Nixon style of narrative. Come on, guys we have seen it before, only he did it better than you.
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10/10
Extremely Powerful Movie
10 March 2018
If we take Nixon of 1995, last years's The Post and 1976's All the President's Men, we will get a powerful trio of totally different but still mightily similar powerful movies which all describe the same time, the same era much to the same great effect. Here, in All the President's Men we see very similar pacing and setting as in The Post, which in fact is a wonderful prequel, but the focus is on two great real living journalists, Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein and Robert Redford as Bob Woodward - and this duo possesses an admirably strong and amicably cute chemistry with a smashing effect. This film is already a classic of serious, slow-pacing, menacingly slow, dark brooding matter and utter grandeur. Highly recommended
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1/10
Mediore Piece Of Nothing
1 March 2018
Oh my God. How can it really be possible? A great cast, with such stars as Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp or Daisy Ridley among those, pretty good director and the lead character who is Kenneth Branagh, seemingly lossless plot, a classic Agatha Christie train murder story... and what we have is a horrible, grotesque, crooked, over-played, over-done, over-cooked, over-made up, over-made, over-performed, over-everything piece of truly fetid garbage. What is even more insulting, the movie is a tedious endless ebb boredom fest. Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars, and stated that he felt it focused too much on Poirot to the detriment of the other characters, adding, "Never let it be said the director misses an opportunity to place his star front and center, unfortunately relegating just about everyone else in the obligatory International All-Star Cast to a paper-thin character with one or at most two defining personality traits. Truly so. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club rated the film a C+ and complained that Branagh's "erratic direction-more interested in cut glass and overhead shots than in suspicions and uncertainties-bungles both the perfect puzzle logic of the crime and its devious solution." Very truly so. Empty, shallow, void and null nothing. Avoid this
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Heathers (1988)
1/10
Awful To A Point Of Cringe
25 February 2018
I really like Winona Ryder, as she can deliver a tremendous role. Shanned Dogherty is also a great talent, as well as some other actors who took part in this...er...abomination of a movie. If you want a real cringeworthy, useless, worthless, hateful, stupid, empty, shallow, vapid, lazy, silly, foolish film, you got that. Heathers is a real epitome of a Bad, bad, awfully bad, tasteless, horrid tepid fetid rotten junk you can ever imagine, if you dare to try. Everything is lost, wasted and talentless here. I was deeply disturbed, shocked, outraged. Yes, I do have sense of humor and do enjoy dark sarcasm. None of that is here. Here, we are treated to some smudge of lack of sense and not even a tiniest speck of any hope of talent. I pity my wasted time, I pity Winona's awful part, I pity the whole production, which is a gobsmacking mess. Ingore this, avoid, delete, postpone and stay away as far as you can. This is the real example of really terrible movie.
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The Post (2017)
10/10
An Outstanding Political Drama
24 February 2018
Steven Spielberg has once proved how great and how decent he is as a filmmaker. In this very difficult and very compelling drama he managed to depict seemingly mundane and boring events and turn them inti solid gold. Of course, a marvelous actors' cast, with Streep, Hanks, Palson and Greenwood just to name the few, shines brightly and shows how excellently they can dliver very difficult topic and make it an exciting piece of thriller plus draa plus very precise and accurate depiction of tough political times of 1971. I will not retell any of the events, as you have to see it yourself, I only say this is an incredible piece of serious movie, deep and smart work, very sensible creation, which entertains and delivers much food for thought. Must see
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Moon (2009)
1/10
Unbearable Drag
24 February 2018
I love Sam Rockwell's talent and his impeccable ability to make a great, outstanding performance in almost every movie he is in. So, I was even more thrilled when learned that Duncan Jones, the son of great late David Bowie, is a film director. Oh, and here is the voice talents of Kevin Spacey in use, too. Wow, I said, that's gonna be a marvelous movie. Instead, what I was treated to, was a flabbergasting drag of laughable scope, with a plot twist so trite and predictable that I nearly ate my giggle. Smirk. Come on, guys, are you serious? Are you really trying to sell me this outdated, banal stuff, seen so many times? Duane Byrge wrote: "Nonetheless, 'Moon' is darkened by its own excellencies: The white, claustrophobic look is apt and moody, but a lack of physical action enervates the story thrust." The critic felt mixed about the star's performance, describing him as "adept at limning his character's dissolution" but finding that he did not have "the audacious, dominant edge" for the major confrontation at the end of the film. Just how very true, indeed!
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Primer (2004)
1/10
Empty Boring Waste
24 February 2018
.Esquire's Mike D'Angelo claimed that "anybody who claims he fully understands what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar"/ I am neither, and yes, I did NOT get this awful, amareur, painfully boring, slow and yawning piece of unwanted junk. The worst? In the genre of time travel, I guess, yes, it is. "Primer is hopelessly confusing and grows more and more byzantine as it unravels," Chuck Klosterman writes and man, is he not right. I could not master this short but hopelessly lost and endless languid piece of inertia. One moment it dawned on me this is a good thing for one and only issue - it will heal your bout of insomnis for ever.
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1/10
A Huge And Total Flop
21 February 2018
Caillou Pettis of Daily Film Fix gave the film a negative review and stated it was "a colossal disappointment as its script is incredibly lazy, has next to no suspense, and its characters are unlikable due to thin character development." Not more can be said on that miserable flop which is the third part of Cloverfield saga. The first is a masterpiece that stood the test of time admirably well. The second was a tedious mish mash of sorts with some glimpse of hope and satisfying ending. The third is just a huge wide-opened question What on Earth was that piece of trash. The film is so bland, empty, pointless, clueless, barren and sordid that only one word can used trying to depict it - Worst. John DeFire of The Hollywood Reporter called the film a "trainwreck of a sci-fi flick bent on extending a franchise that should have died a peaceful death almost exactly one decade ago." How very true. This was to stop after the first clever movie. They wanted to make the direct sequel to that old one. Instead, we have as Dino-Ray Ramos said, "The Super Bowl trailer for Paradox gave the impression the movie would reveal the origin of the monster that appeared in the 2008 movie and was later on hinted at in the critically acclaimed 2016 follow-up - but it barely did that. Instead, it stalls the franchise as a pastiche of sci-fi cinema veiled in clever marketing." To sum it up - Jordan Raup wrote very well - Yet everything here feels so haphazardly slapped together that the frustration at what could have been never subsides. Truuly so Lazy, haphazard, chaotic mash of a film
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Come and See (1985)
10/10
Honest Depiction Of The Brutality Of War
11 February 2018
Filmed by Elem KLimov in 1985, Come And See remains of The most brutally honest, chilling, deeply disturbing, awfully realistic war epics depicting the massacre of Belarus village by Nazi soldiers, along with all the civilians in a barn. What makes it even more brutal and shocking is that fact that the whole film is shown as if throught the eyes of a young boy Flyora, a partisan, who witnesses unbearable wanton brutality, survives and becomes deeply traumatized by this. This is a very timeless film which sends one message - War is all evil, it is never fun or funride. It is woe, weeping, wildness and blood.
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1/10
Empty Trifle
15 January 2018
I love both Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley , and I consider Mary Elizabeth Winstead to be awesome, but hey, come on, what a piece of empty trifle, mere baloney I have just watched? I mean, I am serious, this is a total waste of time, film amd effort. Nothing deep, or sincere, or touching, or decent here. What we see is...er...drinking. Much alcohol abuse, drinking, some making out, drunken talks, empty drama, shallow development, insincere dialog, useless twists, worthless effort, and voila, what we see is a very weak, very naive, very silly childish attampt at something deep but falling miserably behind, and lagging at each step. I was rubbing my eyes in utter disbelief, trying to catch any sign of anything solid or sensational. Instead, I saw a sleepy slow boerd Woodley, and wooden boring Teller. Why was this film made? No idea. What message did it deiver? No message. What worth did it bring? Nothing. Just a dull thud, boring yawn and useless effort.
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Lady Bird (2017)
1/10
Shallow Slider On The Surface
13 January 2018
There are things which will always remain a mystery to me - for example, why so many people love that awful abomination that is Once Upon A Time In America, or that boring thud, Godfather II? The same conundrum is this 2017's teen drama, Lady Bird. I was waiting eagerly to watch this, I watched this - so, what can be said? Not much. This is a very shallow, sliding on the surface, empty misfire of a film, and what is more incredible - we have seen this all many times before. We sure have. I am sorry, people, what merit is in showing a highly mundane, repeated trite cliche of a teen's life - what didn't we see before? Catholic school? Teenage love? Firstsex? Troubles at Math? Depression? Conflicts with Mom, as well as with siblings? Come on, guys, we saw this time and again. Saoirse Ronan is nice, but nothing more than that - she never managed to break out of ordinary, highly predictable lines and verses. Laurie Metcalf is nice, too, but again, never above average. OK, consider this is just an average bland movie, I can buy this. What I cannot buy, is this screaming approval of happiness. Ok, maybe, I am old and am not touched by this teenage angst anymore, but come on, even this stort could have more depth and color. Here, we see a cold, shallow, gray depiction of life of people we do not feel compassion to or like. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film as "unique and original and fresh and wonderful" and "appealing" - well, I must disagree - there is nothing unique, or original, or fresh here - in Russia amd all around the Globe we saw better efforts. I know I will be not understood, but here I stay - this is a very poor movie, even in comparison with worse movies of 2017.
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Chekist (1992)
1/10
I Guess, This Is The Worst Of The Possble Worst
12 January 2018
Oh, what can I say here? Do you want to watch sikly green-yellow-gray movie with tons of gore, unnecessary nudity, with a total lack of any decent plot, with awful actors' performance, with terrible message, with inbearable thiving on brutality, with all the possible Russian 1990's cliches and twists? You got it - Chekist is probably one of The Worst and Unnecessary Movies ever made. Shallow, sick, awfully executed mess. I cannot even say more - serious filmmakers maybe have to watch this as an example of how Not to make films.
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Everest (2015)
9/10
Excellent Movie About How Fragile (And Futile) Life Can Be
10 January 2018
This is an awesome film, so severe, so dooming, so palpable, so menacing. And it sends one and a very clear message - the Nature is too tough to trifle with, it is too violent, too wild, too unpredictable, too huge for us to fathem. This enormity of the Everest Mount, this unbelievably awesome scale, this tremendous size, this humongous altitude diminishes all people and makes them look like tiny tots. This is a very deep, a bit slow one, but deeply tragic, deeply serious, grave and solemn. It sends chills, it sends vibes, it sends a clear warning - don't mess with Mount. It sawllows people easily. I was very freightened after watching this movie, as it is so brutally honest, so horribly shocking, The very sheer volume of the Everest just opnes eyes and shows how unnecessary it is to climb there and die there.
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6/10
Sometimes Scary, Sometimes Very Slow
6 January 2018
I love the original 2008's Cloverfield as it is a strikingly powerful shaky camera horror-packed thriller with astounding tempo and impending doom looming over. This is a kind of sequel albeit a very distant and sometimes not at all, as much of the time this is a dense psychological thriller and not a monster attacj flick. What was right, was the casting of menacing John Goodman and awesome Mary Elizabeth Winstead as main parts. They do their job well, keeping this often achingly slow-pacing film somewaht feasible. What was wrong, was the pacing, the finalle and the whole lenghth - it could've done a way better were it shorter and faster. Thus, a good isea is somewhat marred and spoilt by a jarring slow tempo and some very wrong plot turns. I hope the third part of Cloverfield saga would turn up better and ore consistent as this second suffers a lot from what was mentioned above.
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2/10
A Huge Disillusionment
6 January 2018
I love old British WWII movies, as well as joint efforts like The Longest Day, or Battle For Britain, or the like. There were, however, hugely gross and awful movies like Patton or Bridge Over River Kwan, which, in fact, are shallow and misleading efforts. This one, made in 1976, seemed to be awesome, with a stellar cast, Michael Cain, Robert Duval or very young Donals Sutherland amonf those, so what could go wrong? Everything went wrong. Absolutely hilarious and totally unnecessary accents, very wrong character development, almost caricature-like portrayals of such figures as Himmler or Canaris, as well as totally wrong female casting choice - there are but the few errors of the film. Then, the plot seems to be just a total joke, and the delivery borders on the brink of fairy tale. And of course, the battle scenes - oh my, could we imagine anything less terrible? I was goggling in utter disbelief and in laughing mode - how could a war drama be shaped into a crass third-class comedic sketch of no merit? What is mostly awful is the fact that we feel no mercy or compassion to anyone, and then how can we do this to carboard cutout schematic cartoons?
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8/10
Fine Film
5 January 2018
This is a very fine film, with excellent Otto Hasse as Admiral Canaris, the very German Abwehr Head who was, as we know, one of the anti-Hitler Resistance leaders, as well as impeccable and surgically neat and excellent Wolfgang Preiss as his aid, Colonel Hollem. There are other great German actors taking part in this period drama, with Martin Held as a chilling cold-blooded Nazi General Heydrich. The film is far from being flawless, as two hours aren't enough to cover life of this highly tragic man, who happened to live in Hitler's times, and who chose to fight, not run. There are weaker parts when the movie slides into a typical 50's schmaltzy detective flick, or when very important events are mentioned just as a faint glimpse. Still, in general, this is a very decent anti-war film with slightly skint but still powerful message that often it takes much courage to say No when all scream Yes. The film proves to show this, and manages to depict great decisions and sturdy assureness. Recommended.
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