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Level 16 (2018)
Not even Lifetime worthy
Very weak movie that wants to be Hand Maidens worthy except that it's very dull,, offers no real suspense and ends on a whimper.
Even Made for Lifetime movies offer more than this did.. very disappointing...
St. Agatha (2018)
Horrible script and direction
Giving it 3 stars only because the acting was okay.... But the script and directing of it was absolutely horrendous.
It's one thing to give your screen characters the IQ's of a potato, but it's unforgivable to treat your audience as morons. Add to that a slow pacing only made even slower by numerous flashbacks.
It might have been saved by at least a good finale confrontation between the main protagonist and antagonist, but even that was omitted. Instead we were given a ridiculous ,unrealistic and almost laughable act at the end.
I Think We're Alone Now (2018)
Okay acting,, Ridiculous script...
The "last man on earth" scenario has been done before. This version was void of any attempt to explain the "why" and "how" of the "End of Life" as we knew it even came to happen. Then after a long slow burn storyline the ending seemed so rushed.
So you need an apocalypse for a normal height human to be attracted to a small person ?? Is that it ?? Really ?? So ridiculously shallow...
The actors did okay with the little they had to work with.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
The first Sicario was a great drama as well as an action film. This film presented nothing that was thought provoking. It was soulless . Just more stereotypical government operations that is cloak and dagger rather than operational.
As usual Hollywood will bleed dry anything that is even remotely successful, so expect another one next year.. I won't be holding my breath though.
Same old story...
I loved the original Jurassic Park. It remains one of my top ten favorites of any year or genre.
The sequels however have become stale, repetitive and worst of all, boring. How many more times can you do the "no one ever learns from previous mistakes" routine. And then throw in the dumb and obnoxious military and then always have a kid or two around just to scare. Great CGI does overcome a monotonous script.
As long as it remains a studio cash cow, they will be rolling out another next year, but for me, I won't be looking forward to it..
Unlike many, I did not think the original was some kind of masterpiece. It was dumb, unrealistic and was just an excuse to show blood and carnage..
This remake while less bloody still makes the same moronic decisions the first film did. It makes everyone dumb just to advance it's frustrating cat and mouse approach to it's storyline..
And as frustrating as it it was, it could of been saved by a gran finale that had more balls and actual non stop fighting. Both ladies seemed up to it but the writer and director totally decided on a ridiculous cop out ending.. Shame on you..
Poorly scripted and directed..
Whatever good intentions the movie may of had about injustices was lost with a fumbled script and rushed direction..
To think a man so full of murderous hatred toward a race would just flip like he did was never really fleshed out.. It was only just to fill a two hour movie plot..
I always enjoy Mr Bale's acting, but it was not enough here to save this movie in my opinion.
We Are Marshall (2006)
The emphasis was wrong...
Based on a true story of a very tragic event, I felt the emphasis was poorly placed on the new coach hiring and not enough on the school,coach,players and family of those who died. For me the best way to have ended this film was shown like 20 minutes into it, when the school was chanting outside that school president and board of directors meeting. After that it lost focus and emotion.
Thoughts and prayers are still there though for those who were effected by that day..
Remember My Name (1978)
It's no fatal attraction...!!
I've seen some people refer to this movie as a Fatal Attraction, even saw the old "Hell hath no Fury" quote. This movie is NOT even a thriller let alone any of those comparisons. It's just a slow moving drama about a woman released from prison with no sense of direction. It crawls along at a snail's pace and in the end just fizzles out. I give it a 3 only because I'm a fan of miss Chapman's other works.
In the end it was just a wasted opportunity.
Wind River (2017)
Beautifully captured to film and a great slow burn story with good acting and great directing.
It was some of the best acting I've seen Jeremy and Elizabeth do so far...all the actors nailed their roles. And I'm glad it was not another unrealistic Hollywood film where the leads just have to fall in love just because it thinks it has to. They avoided that cliché by giving them realistic dialog.
I look forward to seeing more from the director.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
The movie felt so uninspired. Compared to other Kong films, he had zero personality in this film. Other than being huge, Kong actually seemed bored. The 2005 film, of which I was not that crazy about, at least it made Kong feel alive and interesting...
This storyline was very minimal. Other than the old WW II pilot, everyone seemed rigid or stereotyped . And none of them actually showed much awe with what they have encountered. Like one pilot almost joked, " is that a big monkey ?" Really ?
They seemed so hung up on CGI that they overlook creating a good story. King Kong vs Godzilla won't have one either, I'm sure of that now. Shame..
Self Indulgent disappointment ..
It's just a pretentious main stream approach to putting a female thru torture and horror for no reason and with no happy ending, like so many B movies accomplish on a regular basis these days.. Jennifer's character really has no chance, no choices and only has a personality of just another on screen screaming damsel in distress.
Regardless of what anyone says, it's just a Rosemary's Baby clone, just with a different finale that suppose to make the audience believe otherwise. All the secrecy leading up to it's debut was just to hide the fact it was always just that.
I'm sure it'll get high marks from those who enjoy films with supposedly no boundaries etc,, but just because it can, doesn't make it good.. It just becomes "Oh look at what we can do", with little meaning other that to give a quick silly shock effect..
A rushed ending and poor plot explanation ruins what could of been a good thriller...
Writer tries to present several directions the film could of went into but it just takes the lazy "made for lifetime" route with the lowest common denominator conclusion. Just throws in your face, I'm mean spirited, evil wins, so too bad !!! bye...
Shame because the lead actress does give a nice performance.. It's wasted though.
Mean Streets (1973)
Very over rated film..
I'm stretching it just giving it a 6.. I loved Goodfellas,,Casino, Departed etc.. but this early film by Marty was at best just an average slice of life film for me.. It never pulled me in like other of his films did.. It just came off as too amateurish. The storyline was all over the place and none of the characters on screen ever stood out..Having to yell their lines somehow makes it more dramatic ?? Yes, there was a lot of new talent there that would achieve so much more later in much better films, Mean Streets to me was nothing more than just a stepping stone to their careers...
American Graffiti (1973)
Average movie but great music.
The film itself was pretty bland. While it was suppose to be just a slice of life about teenagers getting ready to go off into their college days, the actors all seemed more like people who were in their mid 20's.. And when I check the birth days of many of the stars in it, I was right,, many in their mid 20's ,, hell, Harrison Ford was 30 when this was made. Just seemed weird.
Best thing about it was the cars and of course the music. A potpourri of great late 50's and early 60's hits. Maybe it was novel at the time it came out, today it just looks cheesy, miscast and worst of all, boring..
Good acting, terrible script..
As others have mentioned, we all deal with grief in our own way. But I thought Jake's character was intelligent enough that he should at least admitted to himself and others he was not being normal in his reaction to the sudden death of someone he was supposedly sharing the rest of his life with. The writer portrayed him as this incredibly self centered human being and then his suddenly becoming this very caring person to a troubled teen. It felt like it was just thrown in to make us feel he wasn't a total low life. Somehow To make us all forget everything we sensed prior .. Made little sense. Then his final suggestion is suppose to make us feel all fuzzy inside for him ??. That bordered on the ridiculous. Actors were all great, just an very immature script.
One ridiculous film
I give it a 2 just for the CGI of Okja. The rest of this film is so ridiculous and over the top that it garnered zero emotion from me or the audience I was with. Obviously with F bombs thrown in it was not intended for children, but the level of goofiness could only be rivaled by some Saturday morning cartoon show. Everyone's character with the exception of the girl had an IQ of a potato. For this dribble to be getting some of it's high ratings is way beyond my understanding of what makes a actual good film...
Horror vs Science Fiction
If you just want to approach the film as pure horror then you can stop trying to analyze it so much and just go with the suspense and scares. It's well acted and has a good build up and can be a fun ride. The problems start to occur if you view it as sci-fi and take on a more realistic approach as to what would be the protocol if an event like it really did happen. The sheer fact that they wanted to even initially create an environment that would allow it to grow does seem both implausible and reckless. Also why is it that Hollywood always has the approach that any living orgasm from space is always indestructible. That scenario has been so overdone. Anyway, I enjoyed it but it's not in my top list. :)
Summer of Sam (1999)
Makes you root for Sam
This film was engulfed with some of the most unlikable characters in movie history.. Everyone was either a moronic thug wannabe or a self absorbed drugged out sex freak. I rooted for no one. The Son of Sam killer was not the focus of the film, it was only a backdrop for us to view the lives of a bunch of losers.
Most of the acting was either sub par or over the top with maybe the exception of Mira Sorvino. I gave it a 3 just for the music and Mira, otherwise it was a zero. There has never been a good film about the events of Son of Sam, only documentaries.
Wolves at the Door (2016)
Gutless Film Makers
You could have 2 different directions if you were going to make a film about the Manson murders of 1969, documentary style or a straight drama. In either of those cases though, you should at the very least have the integrity to acknowledge and address the actual subject matter that you are filming. This was NOT a movie inspired by, it was a melodrama about the ACTUAL people who died in that horrible event. The makers of this film though refused to even acknowledge this fact while only inserting hints or references about it. But then they named all the characters the same as those killed that night. Even right down to a pregnant "Sharon"
I'm not sure all the reasons behind such a ridiculous decision, my guess it was fear of repercussions, whether legal or financially from actual family members and decedents of those who lost their lives. I gave it a 2 because I will not reward gutless film making with anything higher..
It may have got some good reviews from some film festivals but this dark comedy slasher is both slow and boring in 95% of it's duration... While giving credit for being novel, the running gag of the baby supposedly directing mommy's homicidal tendencies got old very early. The movie wants to be a comedy thriller but in no way is it actually funny.and as for being a thriller, when virtually every person she encounters is just an incompetent imbecile for her to toy with, there is zero tension ( a date not seeing she was even pregnant or someone putting on boxing gloves to fight someone with a butcher knife ?) oh please...
Alice's dead pan, emotional free approach to Ruth was handled professionally but actually did nothing to elevate either the film's subject matter or actually caring about her character
While the movie is not a total bust, it's just a exercise in silliness that may entertain some but for me was totally a forgettable viewing...
Plagued by a poor script and bad direction
Okay so yes it's a low budget, pure amateur attempt at a supernatural thriller and I'm evaluating it with that in mind. But after one dream sequence after another, after another, after another, after another all in just the first half, you give up on maintaining any suspense in any scene to follow. The old saying fool me once, shame on you,,Fool me twice, shame on ME, comes into play VERY early...
It also runs way too long and has only about 30 seconds of real suspenseful action for a two hour film... The females in the film though all did a good job with their parts, the one male lead's character however was just not very believable and just too stiff and dull to watch.
Hopefully the writer and director will get better in any attempt to create such a movie in the future..
Good acting but with cliché writing.
Do we need to have Alien spaceships land around the globe to know that we have major problems to contend with here on earth ? The fact that so many countries do not trust one another is not science fiction, it's a reality of which we're already painfully aware. And if the answers to overcoming this dilemma is dependent on some giant ET coming to earth and reading out thoughts, then I say we're in big trouble.
The film was more about the internal struggles inside Amy Adams character than it was about our first encounter with alien lifeforms. As usual Hollywood ran with the same old formula that 99% of these type of films always do. Politicians play their games, Scientists want to investigate but the Military wants to blow things up. Not to mention the same treatment that somehow an alien life form, with all their incredible technology and capable of traveling light years, doesn't even know the concept of communication. Really ??
Acting was good though but it was still an underwhelming view.
Killer Party (2014)
Taking no chances.
Okay, I'll admit trying to balance any movie with both horror and comedy is no easy task. Everyone wants to make the new Shaun of the Dead it seems.
Killer Party had a nice premise, baby shower with Hollywood guests who mostly seem self absorbed and not in touch in the real world, suddenly throw into a zombie attack. Problem one was that there was entirely too many people to try and get a grasp on. Should of stayed more focused on Mary ( the mom to be ), her hubby and another couple. Problem two was the decision NOT to show any violence. Every attack scene was either never shown, quickly cut away from, or when Mary gets attacked to show it all from behind a window curtain.. Very strange decisions. In fact, Its a film that could very easily be seen on Lifetime. It's not a terrible film, just one quickly forgotten. Rachael Drummond who played Mary is a very talented actress with a good comedic sense. I do hope to see more of her down the road.
Going back in time is just pure nonsense.
I do enjoy intelligent Sci-fi movies. And I do believe that some type of suspended animation so that someone could exist into a future time that a normal lifespan would not allow could someday be feasible. But in doing so you would no longer exist from the time you left until the time you appear in the future. You would simply be a "missing person"
But somehow to be able to go "back" in time is just pure gibberish nonsense and whimsical silliness, not good science fiction. And then somehow to be able to interact with a flesh and blood version of yourself at an earlier age when you do go back, only adds to ridiculousness of the scenario. You would NEVER EVER be able to interact with yourself in the same world, it would have to be in some alternate universe in which basically you never even existed in to begin with.
The acting was very good in Looper. The script however was all over the place. One minute trying to be intelligent and in the next moment just a pure action film. I fully expected the Bruce Willis character to start quoting Die Hard lines as he blasted everyone in sight. The movie is totally over rated to me. I actually found it more laughable than suspenseful.