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Trite journeys some will know
Encompass my face with liquid so slow
I fall through a passage no one goes
No effective steps i choose to show
Taken-aback through shores makes us low
Monotonous blooms no knowing where to go
I take it upon my mind till it grows
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Men in Black: International (2019)
It's like watching the progression of a disease. It keeps getting worse and worse the more time passes. By the end of it there was a strong feeling of relief.
And a sense that I had wasted a part of my life.
2 stars for some okay aliens....
But spare yourself. It's by far the worst of the 4 MIB films. I thought the facepalming of the ballchinnians from MIB 2 was as bad as it could get with this franchise..... Oh how mistaken I was.
Just rewatch the first film. And pretend this one was never made.
As Someone who hasn't read the book, I enjoyed it.
Seems there's two camps within the reviewers on here. Those that are disappointed it's not more like the book. And those who have not read the book and enjoy it for what it is, as its own individual entity.
If you're wondering if you should watch this series. 100% yes if you have not read the book. If you've read the book, go in with expectation that this series is its own thing, and not entirely faithful to the source material. You may still enjoy it.
It's pretty bad
Just skip this one. It's just cringe. And lacks all the interesting social commentary many previous black mirror episodes defined so well.
Oh whoop de doo.. The music industry is a corrupt pile of crud... Really insightful. Throw in some bad scifi and that's what you get with this story.
In-fact this was by far the most mediocre season of black mirror by far, no big interesting questions veiled in twisted ideas, alternate similar realities to our own or just creative stories in general. All the episodes have totally lost the feel and creative writing ability previous season had. Ep 2 was pretty good, but you could watch that without the black mirror title and easily see it as a good thriller short with no connection to BM. Nothing about it made me think its from the same universe.
The pre netflix black mirror is still the most superior. I hope they can find that spark again...
Black Mirror: Smithereens (2019)
Good but not really black mirror
It was a thriller short film. Plain and simple. The people being preoccupied with their phones subplot didnt really add much to it except a device for the main characters motivation, and it just felt really forced and uninspired. Had nothing to do with the science fiction aspects associated with black mirror. This is just a story on how reality has been the last decade since Smart phones became normalized in society.
Still a great short in its own right tho. The acting by the main is what holds it all together.
But in retrospect, compared to the early seasons of BM. It doesn't hold up at all.. But its by far the best of the 3 from this season...
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019)
'Meh' Never summed up a film better
I gave the first Iron sky a 8/10. For a crazy plot it somehow all worked really well, good humor. Some likable characters. And it felt cohesive.
The sequel on the other hand feels like a bit of a mess. You can see the potential for a better film and it's pretty frustrating. The VFX for a 20 mil budget is pretty good. But the plot is just ridiculous and not in a good way like its predecessor. Most of characters were not funny and badly written. It doesn't make sense in really badly written ways that i feel could've been easily changed to make it a bit better than it was and not so by the numbers with plot holes that take you away from immersion in the wacky world they're trying to represent. Personally if i wrote this film, I would've taken it in a entirely different direction. All the pop culture references mostly didn't work as intended, instead of being funny it was just cringey. And the ending was just dumb and rushed.
But I didn't hate the film, I was mildly entertained, enjoyed the visuals/world they created and because i liked the first film quite a bit, perhaps im being a little forgiving when giving it a 5/10. I can understand why people would vote it lower tho.
A younger, high audience may get more enjoyment out of this. I'm getting older and don't smoke bud anymore. Perhaps that made a difference in my enjoyment, I dunno.
I'd say to give it a go if you liked the first film, make your own assessment. I can imagine there will be some people who will like it. Its definitely not totally terrible.
It's like dexter all over again
Will the end cut to a modern environment with Jon Snow living in a logging town, sitting at a table staring at the camera? Odds are 51/49 in favor with the rate this series writing is declining.
The other 49 points alludes to a recreation of the infamous ending of 'St. Elsewhere', where the whole show was revealed to be the day dream of a handicapped child staring at a snow globe, in this case it would be containing a ice wall with the word disappointment carved into it.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Not as good as infinity war..
But its a pretty good film. A bit of a mess in some parts, lacking the cohesive and effortless feel infinity war somehow managed to accomplish. Some silly plot holes and characters that could've been cut (Ahem, captain marvel and thanos). The use of Captain marvel in this film was just ridiculous. Shes there at the start, bails for some reason? And then pops up at the end to serve no purpose but deux ex machina a space ship...
The past thanos part wasn't necessary when you think about it, they could've done this film without a real 'villain' And it would've worked and been a original take on a super hero film without using the same formula we have seen in 10+ super hero films already. The entire final battle felt like a rehashed messy battle, with a bunch more characters against thanos - basically mixing the space battle from infinity war; iron man, spider man etc and the final battle of infinity war with captain america, thor etc.. mashing those two into one within this new film. The scenes of trying to pull the gauntlet off his hand.. it all felt like a rehash.
To me the best part of the film was the first act and half of the second, when everyone is lost and trying to figure out how to continue on. really interesting themes that followed the pay off from infinity wars ending. And then the time heist part. Tho the heist part should've been much more stretched out. With only small parts of thanos within that, and not having him be the big bad again. But just a side character that gets in the way a little bit.
And the setting up for 'new avengers' to replace the beloved actors and characters we have come to associate with these films.. they do not get me at all excited for the next phase in marvel films. Falcon, Valkyrie, blackpanther, cap marvel? I just dont care about them at all. And their actors lack any charisma or depth.
To me this feels like a closing of marvel films that I'll really enjoy for my pop corn fix. I've given infinity war a 10/10 and some of the stand alone films 8's and 9's. But I have a sinking feeling this will not be happening in the future except the guardians of the galaxy films.
It seems i maybe in the minority for my feelings towards this film, but im not sugar coating my opinion like it seems a few people are doing due to nostalgia. Its good, but not great. Had the opportunity to be better, maybe? And the setting up of new characters to come possible reflects on my score to... Because i just don't give two cents about any of them
Game of Thrones: The Long Night (2019)
Turn your brain off and it's 'Amazing'... Turn it back on and it makes no sense.
Simple as that.
So many hollywood plot devices used in this episode.
Besides being so dark, it started off really promising. Some beautiful long shots and great cinematography.. Holding the line at the start of the battle was great.
Then things went sour.
The editing was total rubbish after the whites broke through the line.
The fights with main characters were just silly.
The dragons and their fights were meaningless.
Don't get me started on the absolute waste of John in this episode...
Everyone is invincible except a couple of characters.
And that ending... I woudlve given this a 6-7 out of 10 for entertainment factor, with turning my brain off to some of the silly writing proceeding it... But that ending with Arya... Was so dumb and anticlimactic... They couldve gone 10 other directions with wrapping this up since they made that choice to do so in one episode (i personally wouldve preferred to see the battle be lost, a small band of main characters survive by getting flown out by dragon, and have winter come to westeros where the surviving main characters have to join forces with cersie in a bitter alliance)
A real shame and wasted opportunity. Makes me sad to say that. I've watched this show since its first episode aired live on HBO. before it became the global sensation it is now. To have been that devoted and see it lose its edge and writing ability is a true let down.
First ep is really good
Original take on a genre that's been done quite a bit.
The chinese gang perspective is something intriguing and not yet dealt with in any film medium with it being the main theme.
The dialogue is natural. The acting so far is upto par. The Scenery isn't over the moon great, but its good enough. And the main character has all the makings of a potential great, as long as they do a good job developing him over the season. He seems a bit surface at the moment, but the possibility for depth is definitely there. A few charismatic and compelling side characters would really help, so i hope that comes into shape more within the next few episodes.
It has a hell on wheels vibe in its tone and characterization (obviously similar time period)
I'd say give this one a shot, ill be checking out the next few episodes. And this is after a long period of trying a lot of new series lately, and finding nothing that felt worth continuing after the first ep.
What We Do in the Shadows (2019)
None of the jokes landed
I honestly only kind of chuckled maybe twice during the whole first ep.
I was raised in NZ, so when I say the style of humor is specific and nuanced, it's a opinion not coming from a outsider. This was just trying too hard and not pulling it off at all. And not even casting one new zealander was unfortunate.
Even the brilliant Matt berry didnt save me from the let down this episode felt like to me.
This was a major disappointment, since i know the original director of the film did this pilot. But missing him as a writer.... You cant direct yourself out of a bad script.
I'm seeing people comparing to the office in the reviews... which i don't see at all. Being a big office fan... Tho the style of comedy from the film and office series are totally different, so perhaps I went in with different expectations of the style of humor. And when it didnt live upto them, i didn't see the different style of humor being used. I dunno. I don't like to think im that oblivious.. But who knows....
Feels like people projecting their hopes for the show in replacement of the reality.
I'll check out another episode after this one. But I don't have my hopes up.
The money would've been best spent on a better topic
It was childish crud. Not terrible. Just something you more expect from a youtube animation video. It was except with a better budget.
Tip to the creator. Stick to Yogurt or Space spiders.
Love, Death & Robots: Ice Age (2019)
In comparison to the best of this series. It was kinda 'Meh'
The actors writing was bad... like really bad.
The non interaction with the civilization left a lot to be explored.
It was super corny and didnt explore any themes, except evolution... whoop de doo..
I guess from the writers stand point our ancestors in the distant future will become energy? And then it all starts again. Thats about what i gathered from his ideas...
Dunno why this one isn't being rated higher
It's for sure the funniest of the bunch. They don't all have to be serious and deep...
For those who grew up with the cartoon 'pinky and the brain' you'll instantly get a hit of nostalgia from this one.
All hail the yogurt protector.
By far the best of the bunch
Really Interesting World building done successfully in a less than 15 minuets. Check
Compelling characters. Check
Originality and emotional engagement. Check
Exploration of themes yet to be touched on in cinematic science fiction. Check
Philosophical questions asked without pretentious sentiment. Check
Leaves you wanting more from the universe and creator of the short. Check
Lacking sentient yogurt overlords. Minus. But nobodies perfects. (the yogurt short was probably a close second)
Now Apocalypse (2019)
Cancels 'Ash vs Evil dead'... Makes this...
Has Stars gone the way of the 'syfy' channel.. Looks like it.
Doubt ill be watching anything from their channel again.
Could've been great
Most of the movie was solid and tense. But the last 20 mins kinda fell apart in some ways And dont get me started on the final 5 mins.. It broke down into cheesy nonsense and didnt fit at all with the rest of the film. But i was still thoroughly entertained most of the time and would recommend it to any creature feature scifi fan hence the 7/10.
Go in with your critical brain turned off and suspending disbelief. While Its best consumed with a few drinks as well.
True Detective: Now Am Found (2019)
Hmmmm, It could've been much better
Whats frustrating with this season finale and the couple episodes proceeding it. Is you can see the potential - story wise, for something much more interesting and engaging.
I thought the slow pace in the middle of the season, would then eventually ramp up to a final climax. In the style of season one. I had convinced myself they were going with the same formula again yet making it their own by focusing more on character development. Instead it just stuck to the character focused story the entire way through.
I Cant fault the acting. It gets 3 of the 6 stars I've given. The other 3 come from cinematography and other production qualities - and the emotionally engaging themes on display - loss of self - kinship with those around you and rebirth (when considering the girl finding a new life).
But the story ultimately was left on the back burner unfortunately. And when you can clearly see 20 mins from the last 3 episodes and 40 mins from the finale could've been something entirely different to make a more compelling story, while keeping all of what i mentioned in the last paragraph still intact. Its just a shame to see the missing potential. This Season could've stood next to season one as equal. Even without linking the two together like many commenters wanted. It could've done its own thing, while still being very engaging and compelling.
Over all, the entire season is a 7 for me. And thats my generous rating. If i was being more critical in the lack of thought provoking story, it'd be a 6- 6 1/2.
The Orville: Identity: Part I (2019)
Braga brings the best episode of the season
The two truly great episodes of this season both written by Braga.
I hope he continues to write a lot more for season 3. I always suspected Issacs people had ulterior motives. This ep brings to the forefront that suspicion. It will be a shame to lose him as a main character after this two episode arch since he's presence has become a staple in the series. But wont be missing the robo-romance they introduced recently. One star deducted for the child actors who make Wesley look oscar worthy. But otherwise it's a very entertaining episode that made me look forward to the next one.
The Orville: Deflectors (2019)
So... Another relationship heavy episode... Yay...
With a heavy dose of virtue signaling.
A obvious commentary on gay people being shunned to the extreme. Is this still a contemporary issue that needs a 'trek' like addressing? I'm not certain. But either way it felt really forced and felt like a bad attempt at doing a trek ep. Not natural in the way it was written. And the moral at the end was, let intolerant cultures handle things the way they want?
The best episodes of the previous season dealt with interesting varied topics and themes, with a lot more alien planet/species interaction. There was some relationship plot threads, but they were subplots mostly. And when they weren't, it didnt come across as being a day time soap opera like half the episodes of this season feel like.
Why is Bortus the central character in half of this season so far...? Not that i don't enjoy him as a side character, but he does not carry episodes on his own in any way that's satisfying.
After watching this ep, I was left thinking to myself. "Wouldnt my time have been spent better, re-watching trek?"......... And so i did watch a couple right after it of DS9. Which reminded me how lacking this season has been for the most part.
Wow, this one came out of left field.
And hit a home run.
Originally planned to only watch one episode last night.. Then I found myself up until 6am finishing the entire series. I have not felt compelled to binge a show in one sitting in quite some time. Let alone a foreign series.
I'm not going to get into the beautiful production, convincing acting and superb multiple story arch's unfolding.
I'm just going to say, if you like horror and feel like the genres become redundant in recent years. Watch this. It's like one of those mishmash of genres you think in your mind would be great, and wonder why no one's ever done it. Well now someone has
A diamond in the rough. After a long wait for release, it lived upto expectations.
I am a science fiction fan whole heartedly, and saying that feels like a understatement.
But unfortunately the genre gets very few additions these days - that are truly science fiction. And not more fantasy being labeled as science fiction, or using 'syfy' as a sub-genre.
This is a purely science fiction story, set in its own unique world. Perhaps some plot aspects are a tad lacking, but that leaves you to fill the blanks with your own imagination, which you're provided enough information to do so. It's not totally void of plot. It just suggests a much bigger interesting world that the writers envision this story being apart of.
The acting is really brilliant by all involved. It fits the tone of the film very well. -- The cinematography is wondrous and beautiful, helping create the foreign but familiar world the story is set. Using full advantage of the very small amount of CGI on display, but making it all fluid and natural to look at. -- The themes on display grab your attention, A strained father/daughter relationship steeped in surreal science fiction, of a man dragging his kid with him across the stars, but still relatable to any deadbeat father trope. The compromise and trustless alliance that grows with the two leads. An Uneasy journey from beginning to the end. Both actors along with good writing, creating the reliance on each other in a way that didn't feel forced.
It's a film that these days is seen as risky, and won't get much funding. But it's these types of films that should show large studios, that creative - original ideas can be executed with very good quality. And that risks are worth taking still, so that the medium of film doesn't completely degenerate into by the numbers dramas, unfunny comedies and no substance action/superhero films.
I truly hope in my life time, I see the direction of film studios regress back to taking risks. They already lose so much money on these high budget dung heaps that fail at the box office with increasing frequency. Sticking 20 mil a piece into riskier projects, perhaps someday, will seem like a viable option again... One can only hope.
The Orville: A Happy Refrain (2019)
Why is this ep getting so much praise from reviewers?
So this marks the 3rd episode based completely on romantic relationships as its main plot point, half the the season so far... And all of them have been incredibly mediocre. All the lowest scored trek episodes are the romance ones by most fans excluding ones where its a subplot, they often can work well, especially in Original Trek.. But when the orville does it, super cheesy, lame jokes and super corny dialogue. Its one of the best science fiction episodes ever made according to some of these other imdb reviewers.. Wtf?
There was no interesting ideas behind this episode, it was as robotic as the Isaac is.
We are supposed to just feel a connection to their romance, that has gotten no mention or screen time before, and the Doctor feels it enough to be in love. Just throwing plots at you like this without any work put in setting it up, lazy writing like that only usually entertains those that don't care about continuity and quality.. Guess we got a few fans of the orville that are happy to lap up whatever it is, because they're so bitter treks current incarnation is not good.
Seems the orville is balancing between great and total lazy crud to me now. Really unfortunate if it continues to be this all over the place, from interseting ideas and trek like philosophy, to sci-fi romantic comedy with weak writing.. Its a bit bi-polar ------- The first season was about 80% great, and the episodes that i didnt enjoy that much, were still not boring and didnt feel lazy.. -------- This season 50% is lazy/bad so far in my opinion. I hope it improves in the upcoming episodes.
was genuinely surprised how much i enjoyed this film
Mads is my favorite actor working today, so i've seen most of his films.
And being a schlock fan of some comic films, and knowing this was bease on a graphic novel. I went in with similar expectations.
This is not a comic book films at all. Sure it takes some elements from shoot em' up and other films that segment their films by using large fonts to point out characters and scenes. But this one had way more heart than any other i had seen.
A few comical type characters couldve been toned down a tad, and that wouldve created a more indepth feel of immersion for me. But i understand why the director chose that style since this is a graphic novel and they wanted to remind the audience of such.
The villian is the weakest point, but still didnt take away from my enjoyment of the film.
The acting by mads is perfect as all ways. He doesnt bruce willis it at all, even in non high budget films. And that makes me respect the man even more. From his highest budget films, to films that many high profile actors would read the lines and do nothing else. He is always consistently a professionally great actor. A rare breed, truly.
If you go in, not expecting the next citizen kane, this will be truly entertaining. The type where some plot holes dont really matter, and that the stroy being told works, if you shut your over critical thoughts off a little bit.
Better late then never, outshines past 4 episodes
I was concerned the remaining episodes would be marginal or bad like the first 3 (4th was good but i was concerned it was going to be the exception among a sea of bad episodes) .
But in this weeks episode we are back again to the roots that made the show really likable in the first season.
The new cast member works, the story is reminiscent of trek but still its own thing, there was no unnecessary relationship drama and it was a true science fiction theme.
I can only hope the rest of the season sticks to this level of accomplishing filling the void that trek fans all over desire to be filled. Its a sad time to say this when a new trek series is currently airing, but as many agree with. That series is a entirely different series with thin trek shell, and i couldnt get past 4 episodes of it.
Final Space: Chapter Ten (2018)
After watching it twice now. It gets better even on the second viewing
Simply one of the greatest animated shows ever made, and i stumbled onto it by accident.
On the surface it seems to be something its not.
Only someone like Conan would greenlight something this creative. I hope he keeps searching for talent and becomes more of a producer. He has a serious knack for it that is so sorely lacking in hollywood.