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The Predator (2018)
A charmless lazy mess
I give 3 stars for: It ran at a smooth 24fps. It was in full colour. The audio never cut out. My seat was comfortable.
Beautifully shot. Poorly paced. Sectarian Religion 'Beat-em-Up'.
Beautifully shot: I was reminded of many Kurosawa films, Seven Samurai in particular. The performances are also strong and believable. Scorsese gets a far better performance from Garfield than Gibson could in the wreck 'Hackwsaw Ridge'.
Where the film falls down is in the dull and long-winded script. Paced in a "and then and then and then" fashion. Making the film a chore to sit through.
Sadly, the film resorts to incongruent narration in the 3rd act in order to wrap things up. It feels like a last minute editing decision to prevent the film from being four hours long.
It's a religious-zeal gore fest of unending brutality and suffering. Viewers with a larger world-view may find this film to be obtuse and childish.
*note* I am a dedicated fan of Scorsese's work, my favourite being King of Comedy. Therefore giving 'Silence' a 5***** rating was difficult for me. I wanted to enjoy this film, but couldn't. I feel that it is objectively a poor film.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Movies I've also rated a 2 are.....
There's nothing I can tell you about this "movies"s shortcomings that you don't already know. So perhaps a list of my other 2-star ratings will give you an idea what quality-ballpark this POS belongs in:
Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, Running with Scissors, Closer, Rust and Bone, Safe House, Waiting...
And here are some of my 3 star films, that I think are SH*T, but still better than Suicide Squad:
Rita Sue and Bob Too!, Redbelt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ghostbusters 2016, The Neon Demon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, John Wick, The Dark Knight Rises, The Equalizer 2014, Blue Valentine, A Million Ways to Die in the West, RoboCop 2014, The Happening, Mortal Kombat, Enlighten Up!
feels like a school-play (with an odd / resentful tone)
Feels like a fan-film / school-play made by a team that were too busy laughing at their own in-jokes to realise they're not funny. It has a slightly misandric tone to it too which feels really out of place. And the in-joke stabs at YouTube commenters make the filmmakers appear childish, small minded and petty. No professional film-making here.
On a positive note; the character animation was actually very well done, Slimer in particular. But it's really unfortunate that the (clearly very skilled) animators had to beautifully animate very dumb ideas. Oh well.
Kristen Wiig, imo, is the world's funniest living actress. I'm laughing before she even speaks, she owns my funny bone. But she cannot elevate this film. I feel it is beneath her.
De rouille et d'os (2012)
left me cold
*** Her: A cold and callous ball-cutter. She hits nightclubs on her own, brings home nightclub bouncers, disrespects and emasculates her boyfriend. Also, she works with whales yet never smiles and shows no love for these beautiful creatures... and we are supposed to care when she loses her legs? I found her utterly unrelatable.
*** Him: An emotionless thug who displays characteristics of borderline personality disorder (unprotected sex with strangers / bullying people / treating his son with cold tough-guy indifference). Also never smiles.
*** The world the movie suggests we live in: Having sex in your local gym with a fitness instructor you've never spoken to is plausible and commonplace. Life is dark. Life is paranoid. In life everyone has to be tough and cold. Give. Me. A. Break! Who the F are these people?!
If you wish to be deeply touched by a recent French movie watch 'The Untouchables' or 'Amour' instead.
'Rust and Bone' has a bleak heart... don't buy into its cynicism.
Enlighten Up! (2008)
The Yogi's Interviewed: 10 stars - Kate Churchill's script & Direction: 2 stars
This is a truly awful, trashy documentary. Filmed in a conceited, MTV, cynical manner. It is more like some junk "reality TV show" than a professional documentary.
Kate spends the first 45 mins of the film making each yoga practitioner look like a complete fraud / fool. She shows no respect for any Yoga that is not taught in India.... As though enlightenment is only available to those who travel to India and study with a particular guru.
Complete BS - Kate Churchill is a Yoga snob - Yoga is about opening your heart to yourself and all beings. Her snobbishness is irresponsible when covering such a beautiful subject.
There is magic here though, and it has NOTHING to do with the people BEHIND the camera. The magic is the interviews with the many and varied yogis, to be able to see these charismatic characters and feel humbled by there straight talking, no BS perspectives on life and happiness, was a true pleasure.
However, Kate spends too little time with these Yogis, and far too much time with the complete pratt she chose to be her guinea-pig. He too is ignorant and slots neatly into the MTV, pop-culture, self absorbed, smug category. He is absolutely, positively, the very last person on earth that I would wish to have drinks and conversation with. He gives these snide little looks to the camera as if to say "yea, I know all this Yoga stuff is bullshit really, I'm cool, I'm hip". When in fact he's just revealing his own school-yard / peer-approval seeking lameness. Grow. Some. Balls.
However, the film-maker's ignorance serves to frame the enlightenment of the Yogis beautifully... Their ignorance seems to provide the shadow while the Yogis provide the light... if you get my lingo :) A happy accident has happened unbeknown to Kate Churchill and I love it! Guerilla Yogis!!
You could edit this movie down to 30 minutes, giving the entire screen-time to the interviewed Yogis, and you would have a very rewarding experience.
The other 60 minutes are pure rot.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Dreadful. I wept at the end from losing 2 hours of my life.
For the first hour a voice in the back of my mind was saying "this is terrible, turn it off and save yourself." I didn't listen to it until the scene where Demi Moore (who was disappointingly terrible here) started a shoot out in the corridor and the lights in the ceiling began to flicker as dance music came on, as though she was in a gun-fight in a night-club... It was like stepping into a 15yr old boy's jerkoff fantasy.
Utterly tasteless trite.
Recommend this to people you despise.