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Soapbox section: I realize that the quality and delight of a film is a highly subjective, individual experience. That said, there are many reviewers with no taste or sensibility. "The best film / worst film ever!" is a huge hint to reviewer incompetence.
There is no question that excessive TV, movies and computer games have created a generation of mindless zombies jaded beyond all hope. Excessive violence in films is damaging our society, repeatedly teaching people (especially the young) that violence is the "go-to" solution and that our greatest "heroes" solve things with their fists, guns or super powers. There are and will be consequences for that trend in entertainment. Children are becoming desensitized to violence. It is not surprising therefore than an increasing frequency of people view extreme violence as a solution to problems.
Gamed ratings: If a film can't stand on its own merit without the company and associates gaming IMDB ratings, it shouldn't have been made in the first place.
Disappointing on almost every count
This is a somwhat-interesting but pointless movie, without final resolution. So many questions are left unanswered one has to wonder who cobbled this story together and who actually paid them to write such a lame script.
The sets and CGI are decent, as are some very basic concepts. But the acting is without chemistry, the voice-overs are very obvious, and concepts stilted throughout. The "ending" was anti-climactic and ridiculous.
Things to not do in a movie: * Avoid dubbing over English-spoken lines rather than using original accents in an English-voice movie (no, this was not dub-over of Russian words; they were visually speaking English) * Do not lay a person on his/her back when there's a crossbow bolt sticking out of it * Don't put huge straight-fin, rotating, non-slanted windmill vanes on the back of your flying machines. They serve no physical purpose.
* Don't leave out half the plot and expect your audience to fill in all the gaps.
* Avoid leaving your child clues but no direct actual answers (this will become glaringly obvious at the end of the film).
* Avoid huge gaping plot holes that will leave your audience scratching their heads at the end of the movie.
* And as always, start with a good story, fully-fleshed out (including the characters), or don't make the movie in the first place. (Did no one, at any time, read the script or view the movie in the editing room and say, "Wait a second... this really doesn't work")
This is another case of a story that had promise, but the poor writing, poor directing and poor production make this a disappointing flop.
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Decent action flick kinda
A number of viewers won't like this, a number will. But the current rating is pretty much on the dot. This is a "better than mediocre" flick with good CGI, pretty lousy directing, and a half-baked story that has some interesting concepts but is poorly executed.
Downside on the CGI: It's like a Transformers flick, with the action so intense at times the viewer can't even tell what's going on. The CGI is flawless; the management of it is not.
The basic story is interesting but so full of plot holes and hard-to-swallow elements that it fails to achieve its potential. Really, with the basic story plot this could have been a classic if directed properly. It fails on that scope. But it does hold attention all the way through and has a few good dramatic elements. The last-minute saves are pretty much through the roof and highly predictable.
It does suffer greatly from "professional assassins and soldiers can't hit the side of a barn" syndrome. After this movie maybe they can get jobs as Storm Troopers.
But if one is looking for an action movie and isn't expecting cerebral fiction, it serves as a popcorn flick. Those who rated it 1 or 2 stars are too full of themselves, as usual. Those who rate it 10 stars... well, some people just love adrenaline. It's basically just a hard action sci fi flick heavy on the special effects.
Perhaps not the book, but...
This is perhaps not the book... but as I have not read the book I have nothing by which to compare. I do understand that some make movie comparisons to the book they dearly love. That is an almost guaranteed method of ruining enjoyment of a movie.
A movie should be rated of its own merit, and leave the book out of it. If one enjoyed the book, so much better, for then you have both book and movie to remember. But if the movie is no more than an exact visual representation of a book, not only is it likely to be overly-long and tedious... how can a movie possibly equal or excel the power of imagination which books engage?
No, movies are meant to be different, and to tell a tale of their own right. So while one may be disappointed a movie did not meet their expectations because of having prior read the book, to give it 1 or 2 stars because of that surely does injustice to a film that is by every other concept well-done. Had the book not already existed it is likely the very same people would give it high ratings for writing, directing, acting and production.
When rating a movie, lay your memory of a book you have read to the side and rate the movie for a movie's sake. Does it tell a good story? Is it will-filmed and acted? Is it a *good movie*? We are not rating a book, we are rating a movie. So please, let it be rated as such, and enjoy the movie for what it has to offer. I have seen very few movies that lived up to the expectations of the book which preceded it. To expect it to do so is perhaps expecting too much from the very outset.
Now, if it is a bad movie by rights of a movie, by all means neg-rate away. Otherwise, rate it for what it is, not for what one wishes it would be. Or did we have five hours to watch this movie rather than two? ; )
The Starving Games (2013)
Consider the source material
I enjoy good parody. This is not good parody. However, consider the source material: The Hunger Games. That movie in itself wasn't exactly Oscar material.
This flick starts with a poor source to parody (although if you're going to parody... certainly parody a bad movie). It's like parodying people dying of cancer; it's just not likely to be all that funny.
In this case though, the jokes were crude, lame, gross and predictable. If your idea of funny is poo jokes and open running sores, boy are you gonna love this.
Seriously, this is an entire film that resembles 3rd graders telling bad jokes. The sex referenced are simply crude, and the violence "jokes" aren't funny. It's just one really dumb skit after another with an ending as stupid as a... a... well as the writers who wrote this slop. One has to wonder how much weed they smoked to think this stuff was humorous.
This is a swing and a miss and dropping the bat in a pile of guano. (See what I did there? Bat? Guano?) Yes, this movie was just that funny. What we need is a spoof of this spoof. Or "How The Starving Games Should Have Ended".
Doesn't get much better
This is an animated film that's off the wall, quirky, insane... yet has a great story line, terrific characters, heart, soul and a terrific lesson for everyone. Sure it's over the top and jumps the shark about a zillion times... but that's its charisma. Total fun and heart-warming to boot. Excellent work.
Those who have rated this 1 or 2 stars... and then for some obsessive reason find it necessary to come here and down-thumb those who liked it... really, you need to go find something better to do with your time. If you don't like animated family films... stay away from them. Your reviews show no special genius or wit, your excessively low ratings reveal extreme self-indulgence rather than competence in rating a film. This certainly doesn't warrant ratings of "one of the worst movies ever made". Such ranting and excessive negativity is of value to no one.
This film was unusual and fun, from beginning to end.
Magmel of the Sea Blue (2019)
Good premise, poor storytelling
The premise of this is good: a new continent that suddenly rises out of the ocean. Characters that can create whatever they can imagine. And... that's it.
The costuming of the main character is semi-militaristic goofy-looking. Zero's outfit is cute enough, if cliche. The individual stories are hit and miss, some of them decent, the majority kinda cow flops. The last three episodes are (spoiler excluded) yawners. They seriously could have done so much more with this series, but didn't.
Then we have the unanswered questions. Where did the continent come from? Where did all the weird life forms suddenly come from? A prominent character gets stabbed in the leg and severely sliced clear across the back... and walks around like nothing happened? And the "boss fight(s)" were a real snore.
The number of 10-star ratings on this are questionable. People involved with the production... or people with no discerning taste in anime? The low-star ratings may be too low, but they properly counteract the ludicrous praise posts. Best anime of the year? Not even close. This is a mediocre offering without a consistent story line, and too many disjointed, no-ending meaningless episodes. By the 12th episode I was way past ready for it to be done and over... but there was one more lame episode to go.
If you haven't seen it yet, you've been warned. It has an interesting premise and two or three decent mini-stories... and that's about all.
Thunder Force (2021)
A fun movie with a lot of bigoted reviews
This movie deserves far more than the lame reviews that pervade here. What's the deal? Use two main actresses who aren't supermodels, add some fun instead of sex and gore, and the movie's no good?
This flick has a reasonable plot and it has Melissa McCarthy, who was as funny as could be. This is a COMEDY, not another Avengers sequel. The story is sensible and straight-forward, the comedy spot-on, the special effects and fight sequences believable. It tells a story and tells it well, with quite a bit of humor thrown in.
What were people looking for, drop-dead gorgeous lead characters? People can't handle the idea of mid-40s non-petite women playing the part of super-heroes? I don't believe I've read more bigoted, narrow-minded reviews in any film I've seen reviewed on IMDB. This movie was well-directed, presented fun characters and was interesting from beginning to end.
For those who are looking for a humorous super-hero movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, those who are tired of the dark Batman, Superman, X-Men and other schlock... this might prove a refreshing change. Just don't look for Scarlett Johansson to play the main lead... because she's not in this one-- nor should she be. The actors did just fine.
Sijipeuseu: The Myth (2021)
Over the top violent
I know a lot of adrenaline junkies will really enjoy this show. The main actress is one of my favs and talented. However viewers should be cautioned the violence is over-the-top, with constant shootings (often with blood sprurts), stabbings, and hand-to-hand combat that is some of the most brutally realistic shown on the screen.
If one is into mayhem and violence and a body count that just keeps climbing, this should suffice. But after a while this actually started to bother me, to the point I actually shut it down at episode 12. Just couldn't take any more of the constant shooting deaths.
The story and drama was mediocre. Yet another time travel movie, using a vehicle similar to Terminator with a twist. Nothing new here. Time paradoxes. Danger of two bodies occupying the same space. Time travelers knowing the future, the future can't be changed, etc etc blah blah blah. (That's not even spoilers, it's so cliche.) One does get tired of the time travel shtick after a while. I keep watching such hoping that someone will come up with something new and unique... but that's very rare. Pretty much missing here.
I will give creds to the two main "bad guys", who are played rather well. Kudos to the actors.
Beyond the violence this show doesn't have much going for it. Despite the heavy, almost constant action and mayhem, at 16 episodes it feels pretty long, drawn out and repetitious. Battle after battle, gunfight after gunfight, combat fighting over and over. This feels very much like Memories of the Alhambra (which suffered much of the same problems), but without the mystery that series offered.
Like I said, I shut it off early. I just decided to stop feeding my brain such drivel. I'm sure many will see it through to the end and just love every death-dealing moment. Others, not so much.
Tall Girl (2019)
Almost a good movie
The redeeming part of this movie is the often-witty and enjoyable script. That kept me entertained most of the way through. And overall I enjoyed the film.
However, a rather weak ending along with questionable plot elements pretty much knocked it off its perch. First: 6'1" is indeed a tall girl, and school kids can be very cruel and mean. But every high school basketball team in the nation would be after her... as would any music academy (she was presented as an excellent pianist). So that fact kept sticking out all through the film. (On the other hand, ask anyone who has ever been teased about being short or tall or not the body-idol norm... and they'll verify the experience.) High school can be horrid for those who aren't "part of the crowd".
Then there are the cliche characters... such as the older sister who pretty much had no purpose in the film at all. One might consider that between the two she was the actual "freak"... but it was a point poorly made and the part badly designed. The incompetent parent shtick, the all-knowing too-wise-for-their-age friends, the somewhat goofy principal... it's been done before. Lots.
But the biggest letdown (without spoilers) is the last 10 minutes of the movie, where it devolves into rather awful. The "microphone" scene was a complete wince moment that made me wonder what the writers were thinking (and what caused them to suddenly plunge to an after-school special mentality). The final few minutes while endearing were not enough to save the movie from what had gone just before. Ouch.
So all I can give this is a barely-above-mediocre 6 stars. I did find most of the movie entertaining, despite its flaws, but I do wish they'd have landed the ending better. It's like a plane that almost reaches its destination (with a lot of turbulence)... and then crash! Short of the runway.
I am a fan of RomCom and realize that sometimes a series is a little slow taking off. But even with a slow-burner I do expect at least a cohesive development in both plot and characters. By 30 minutes in I gave up on this one... which is a first.
The characters are shallow. The back-stories are poorly developed. Character relationships are sudden, with important background information either missing, or just dumped in the viewer's lap in a "This is what's happened in the past..." method.
I put this on my yawner list. Perhaps if I'd have stuck with it I might have discovered more-- but not according to other reviews I've read on this series. And life is too short to spend it on half-baked fare. (See what I did there? "Half baked"? HAR!) Well, it was funnier than the show. ;D
Pointless Netflix short
I give this 2 stars because I reserve 1 star for "worst ever made". This doesn't quite get there, but it's close.
This 11 minute short starts out interesting and looks like it's going somewhere. But then it hits the ground like cow poo. Plop. "Story" over... except there's no story. It's one of those "Let the audience figure it out" flicks... but there's nothing to figure out. Zero. Nada. No clues or hints or even the faintest whiff of anything. The only thing it has going for it is the appearance of an attractive woman. Those dames come a dime a dozen and you'll get a nickel in change. (Sorry, couldn't resist slipping in the 40's reference).
Videos like this don't belong on Netflix. This is something we'd see on a low-rating YouTube short, not a paid-subsription video presentation. Don't waste your time. It's not even worth the 11 minutes (or 9 minutes, because about 2 of those are end credits).
The Spy Next Door (2010)
One of his best
I really can't believe the low reviews on this film. Don't people understand camp? Or are they so hooked on violence that they can't handle an enjoyable comedy?
This isn't intended to be one of Chan's "serious" films. (Does he ever make a serious film?) This was intended for family viewing, intended to be goofy, intended for parents to watch with kids. The typical Jackie Chan humor is here, the ridiculous stunts and use of "everyday weaponry" is here, and it's a good story line. Sure, it's cut back a little for younger audiences. You're not going to see his edgier stunts or heavy violence in this. That's not the audience he was targeting. Lord save us from "adults" rating kid's films.
The kids do a great job of acting. The mother is properly clueless and motherish. The bad guys are simply stupid... which was intentional. There wasn't a serious moment in this whole movie-- which is what made it so much fun.
On the other hand... I noticed (with some pleasure) that the the low reviews here themselves got very low reviews from other viewers, which tells the true story: there are still plenty of people out there who recognize and enjoy a good film.
A really good film
We find here some really incompetent 1-3 star reviews. I understand why some rated it low; it's a slow burner that didn't meet sci fi expectations or fill anyone's adrenaline addiction. But this film deserves far greater recognition. If this had been a dramatization of a real event, it might have been regarded as an exceptional film. They could have dropped the science fiction wrapping and made this simply a film about humanity and relationships; it would have served far better and perhaps been more highly regarded.
But in this case the sci fi is merely a sub-plot within a greater story. The trappings were about plant growth, but in truth the overall film is about personal growth.
If anything, the science fiction element detracts a bit from this, which is why I give it 8 stars instead of 10. But that 8 stars is for directing, cinematography, music and some of the best acting we've seen in quite some time. Clayne Crawford does an exceptional job in the main role. The supporting actors do very well. That's the real winner in this: the characters are believable. The sci fi is just sort of thrown in.
Overall the story being told is good-- a far distance from "one of the worst movies ever made". Those who rated this 7 to 10 stars have good reason for doing so.
If one is into spaceships, aliens, huge planetary explosions, laser battles, space babes or disaster flicks... this isn't the film for you. But if one goes into this looking for good acting, sensible story telling and unique characters, while the plot is a little unexpected... this is a gem of a film.
12 kokuki (2002)
This is an interesting series that holds attention (on and off), but does have some issues:
Initially the primary character is such a whiny, helpless wimp she makes one want to watch something else instead . However if the viewer hangs in there, this trait turns out to be intentional, a foundation for further character development.
Too many characters in this have minimal development and are largely irrelevant to the overall developing story. This presents a strange paradox in complexity through diversity, but so much diversity that little of it is fully developed.
The worst flaw (in my opinion) is the excessive and extreme use of names and terms and deviations of names and terms. Take every fantasy book with super-odd names, pull all the names therefrom and throw it in a pot... and the result is this series. It only gets worse as the story goes along... to the point that the English-speaking audience tends to lose track of who is what and what position they hold and what is going on and who has what responsibility, because it's all just a bunch of jibber-jabber references and titles. After a while my mind simply tuned out the terms and simply focused on the plot itself. Unless one is really into this sort of thing, it's easy to get to the point of not caring what a designation means or how it applies.
Major disappointment: the 12th or 13th episode takes the buildup of all the preceding episodes, and pours them together in a quickly-narrated climax significantly different from what has gone before. It's like reading a detailed book and then getting to the last chapter, only to find out that chapter is 4 pages long and the author says, "This is what happened then..." yada yada yada. After that the plot becomes fairly sparse and iffy and somewhat repetitious.
There is a LOT of talking. Dialog is fine, and in most cases the dialog here is fine; it helps tell the story. But there's a LOT of it. Like... a LOT...
All put together this had some potential. The story was very creative and imaginative, original and interesting. But at numerous times throughout the series I found myself focusing more on the delivery than the story... and that is never good. A well-crafted story should make you forget you're being told a story. Instead, this series regularly becomes a "spoken script" and almost yells "This is a plot point!"... which distracts from the immersive experience.
So I can only rate less than "mediocre" as anime goes. The animation itself isn't that spectacular, many of the characters are underdeveloped and even useless, and the viewer never really connects emotionally with the primary characters or their stories. The ending is an anti-climatic dud. Despite the surprisingly high rating for a large number of viewers, this is an anime that many will find depressing, excessively drawn-out, and containing several weak plot elements that glorify murderers and excuse gross misdeeds in the name of "good intentions".
The poor, stilted animation doesn't help. The main thing this series has going for it is a creative world, but the character presentation and story doesn't live up to its potential. In the last 4 or 5 episodes it declines into a senseless mini-story, with a final episode that is no more than a yawner summary that fizzles to a disappointing end.
A fine film-- especially these days
In these days of R-rated "super hereo" movies and F-bomb filled fantasy films, it is refreshing to find a family film that has heart and soul and so much that has been lost in the film industry over the decades.
As some have pointed out, it would be good for parents to watch this with children as some parts can be a little scary for very little ones. But any child 6+ should do okay with it. This is a film about judgement and acceptance, kindness and relationships, and seeing the best in people.
I enjoyed this greatly. I can't understand anyone rating this 1-star; that just tells me there are people on IMDB who have no business rating movies. For a family film, this is excellent. It will keep children and adults alike entertained, and delivers an excellent morality story in the process.
Surprisingly entertaining-- shame on the Grinches
When I read some of the negative reviews on this I have to wonder what they were expecting. This movie was surprisingly good. The positive reviews are spot-on.
The first several minutes were admittedly a bit slow. Some writers need to learn: you have to catch the audience attention within the first two minutes.
But I'm glad I hung in there, because they started pulling some slapstick that was humorous. Then they brought in intentional tropes, then references to sci fi films through the years ("Someone hand me a clip board!"). Then they pulled one liners and more tropes and Easter Eggs and I found myself laughing repeatedly at the humor throughout this film.
For those who are looking for a fun romp you can watch with your children while you and the wife are entertained by the cleverness of the one-liners and subtle references, this is a really good film. Despite the weak start they pulled through and wound up making a very decent movie overall, one that the kids will likely watch repeatedly.
View changed over time
I saw the first TRON when it was released in 1982. For its day it was a phenomenal film that made history not only in the world of science fiction, but in film making. The vision and presentation was simply different than Star Wars or 2001 or Star Trek. It was and continues to be a classic that holds its own even to this day.
When I first saw TRON: Legacy in 2010, I wasn't that impressed. Looking back I understand why, and understand why it has an under-appreciated rating on IMDB. It simply wasn't the original TRON. It was too different, too dark, not as humorous or ground-breaking, the characters not as charismatic.
Today however it's 2021 and I pulled out my BluRay copy and watched it again. No longer expecting a repeat of the original TRON, I was able to watch, enjoy and rate this on its own merits. And what I found was a film that was superb of its own rights. The story was sensible, the core theme solid, and the directing, design and CGI nearly flawless. I found myself stirred as I had not been before. Older now, having experienced more of life, and no longer glued to the concept of the original TRON... I found Legacy to be excellent in its own way.
Perhaps the story line wasn't as thrilling, but it was solid. 2010 was a different year than 1982 so the graphics, while technically superior to the original, simply did not impress as much in the wake of all the special effects we'd seen since Star Wars changed the face of cinema in 1977. Nevertheless, TRON: Legacy is a solid film. As is sometimes the case I found myself enjoying the second viewing a great deal more than the first, and became fully immersed in this revised vision of TRON.
If a third TRON were to be produced today, what would it be? Would it push so much CGI in our faces that it would ruin the concept, or would they realize it's the story and characters that make the film? I would hope the later. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters in Legacy. The actors did a great job. By the end of the film I found myself a fan-reborn in 2021, viewing the TRON concept with new appreciation. It's only been 11 years since this film was made-- not long enough to say it's withstood the test of time. But it's certainly an enjoyable watch with terrific choreography and presentation.
It kept me entertained and made a point about perfectionism and accepting our own limitations and mistakes. So this time I give it a good, solid 9 stars, (just short of "great"). I believe it's an effort that deserves that much.
Cowgirls vs. Pterodactyls (2021)
Just be in the right mood
One doesn't go into a film titled "Cowgirls vs Pterodactyls" and expect cerebral fiction. If you're in the right mood., this is one of those "so bad it's fun" films. In places it moves slower than a constipated snail, but other than that it's a romp.
First thing to realize: this is intentional schlock. It's not an "Asylum bad" film... this is intentional camp and absurdity. To mention just a few points that happen within in the first 5 minutes of the movie:
* Pre-credit rubber pterodactyl props * Cracking whip and horse whinys in the theme soundtrack * Narrarator: "They were indeed pterodactyls... creatures, that no MAN could stop..." * Nice opening credit landscapes with ridiculously large lettering. * Narrarator: "Our story begins on a dark, and stormy night." * A cowboy is smoking a FILTERED cigarette * Many of the guns are obvious toys. This had to be intentional, because real black powder pistols aren't expensive. * They actually used stop-animation along with paper mache puppet heads rather than CGI
Best line in the movie: "Yaaay horsies!"
I didn't go in taking this movie seriously, and as a result somewhat enjoyed the terrible directing, hammy acting and ludicrous script. I actually chuckled at a few of the lines and comic bits-- which says something of itself.
This isn't a "bad" movie. It's a goofy movie; there's a major difference. If not for the current pandemic I would actually put this on my "watch with friends and have a good laugh" list. They'll either enjoy it with you or question your sanity. : )
One of the most Inspiring movies I've seen
This is a documentary of a man who had an episode of insight and moved wherever that vision took him. While watching the documentary it's difficult to believe one man and his immediate family achieved so very much.
I feel sure that a great deal of the journey was left out of the story-- such as sourcing and donations for survival needs that must have helped fund his work. The super-engineered greenhouses weren't built from sketched designs and animal skins. The tractors and trucks and equipment and seed and millions of seedling trees didn't just appear out of nowhere. One can't help but feel that this documentary falls far short of telling the whole story.
Regardless of how it was achieved, this is a man who gave everything he had to accomplish something most of us would think is impossible: turning a desert into a self-sustaining farm and hopeless street children into PHDs and Doctors and business people and responsible husbands and wives. I am not easily taken in by such documentaries, often seeing the sham behind the hype. But in this case, everything I've managed to read about Mulli (Mully) seems correct. This is a man who remembered his humble beginnings and turned his love of people to action. I simply cannot imagine.
The documentary while somewhat scanty on details, focuses on the overall trials and final results of Mully-and-family's efforts. I would have liked to have seen it extended a half an hour and include a few more how-it-happened details. It covered his religious affiliation and dedication, but didn't dwell on such. It showed his achievements, but didn't tell much about he achieved them. The overall effect-- and apparent purpose of the film-- was to show what one person can do to change the world. But at the same time, one has difficulty believing all of this came about through the efforts of one family. Much is obviously omitted.
At first it was Mully himself with the sole vision. But as it states in the documentary, his wife supported him every step of the way. His own family went through some tough times (primarily due to Mully himself), but eventually as they grew his children joined him and were of great help in achieving his vision-- and themselves benefited from the personal growth gained from their experience.
I did have problems with his obvious obsessions. On the one hand one can understand his deep compassion for homeless children. On the other hand I could only grimace at his lack of compassion for his own wife and children, putting their welfare at risk and even sending his children to boarding school to make room for others rather than showing more wise moderation and supporting his own children's emotional needs. These were questionable decisions. Where does one draw the line between empathy and obsessive madness? That's a question that lingers in my mind long after viewing this documentary.
Regardless, this film is inspiring, and proves that even a small group of people can accomplish amazing things. While rescuing thousands of children over several years hardly puts a dent in the devastating circumstances of millions of street children-- at least Mully and his family have done their best. They've set the example and proved what can be done. If all humankind focused less on themselves and more on helping others, perhaps similar results could have been achieved on a global basis rather than the ecological and social disasters we are currently experiencing.
I give it no more than 7 stars because as a documentary-- it obviously leaves a great deal out of the story.
Ne Zha zhi mo tong jiang shi (2019)
Suffers from anti-climatic ending
The story, animation, characters and English-language voice-dubbing are all good. The English subtitles are terrible and do not at all match the voice-dubbing.
There are a lot of 10-star ratings on here. I don't know if they're legit or "part of the production team" reviews... but I can see why people would rate this highly. The animation was top-notch. For me though, the ending was sudden and anti-climatic, which was a disappointment. A stronger ending would have made this a much better film. Evidently it was designed to introduce a follow-up film... which is a really bad idea if that film has not yet been produced.
Overall it was an interesting and enjoyable watch, but had a let-down final scene. These production companies need to learn how to do a proper job at subtitle translation. We see too many of these films that look like they used Google Translate to do the job for them.
60 Il, Jijeongsaengjonja (2019)
Well worth watching-- unlike the American version
I binge watched the entire series on Netflix, and repeat what is often stated in these reviews: the Korean version blows the American version away. For one thing they keep this clean and wholesome. A couple of bloody scenes, but at least it doesn't throw all decency out the window like the 3rd season of the American version.
This series is all about a non-politician with a sense of morality and ethics being put in the nation's most powerful position. That is better done if the series itself has a sense of morality and ethics (both of which is lacking in the American version). The more I watch Korean drama, the more I realize how good they are at building characters, portraying stories, and getting to the heart of a drama.
This series reminds me of West Wing (though thankfully, much slower paced. West Wing made my brain bleed.) The story here is excellent, the plot twists regular and unexpected. I did have it "figured out" early in the series (which is unusual for me. I'm no Sherlock Holmes.) But other than that this had a great plot, good story line, and terrific acting, directing, music and sets.
And just so it's said... it is so refreshing to see a series about a person who is honest, has integrity, morality and insists on doing what is right. How rare is that these days? All through this series I couldn't help but look at the main character and think, "This guy could play the Korean 'Superman'." Seriously, he has Clark Kent written all over him. ;D
That aside, this is just plain good television. Doesn't get much better.
Alien from L.A. (1988)
It's bad, but...
Okay yes, this movie is bad. Terribly bad. Not-even-camp bad... which is why I give it 3 stars. If this were made today, it would be an Asylum film. That observation should give people sufficient warning before watching.
However, it's not 1-star "worst movie ever made" bad (though I would understand people giving it that rating). Nor would any honest and sane individual give this anywhere near 10 stars. That such reviews exist provide testament to both diversity and lunacy within the human species.
The sound is horrid, the music just as bad, the script, directing and choreography miserable. The actors tried to do a good job, but there's only so much one can do with such material. But like a train wreck, one cannot help but watch through to the end.
The sets are a mish-mash of junkyard salvage and claustrophobic twisting hallways that made me wonder where they filmed this. Did they build the sets or did they locate some of the strangest abandoned factories on Earth? That in itself I found to be interesting and skin-crawl bad at the same time.
Kathy's fake-annoying voice was carried consistently throughout the film (although I have no idea why they found that necessary, she at least pulled it off). Her "wide-eyed bimbo" was intentional and charming... to an extent. She and the over-the-top-strange sets were the only saving graces of this movie and why I gave it 3 stars instead of 2.
I found myself (like many viewers) glued to this, watching to see where this mess would end up. The further the movie went along, the more I found myself wondering when it would stop. Somebody, please make it stop. But there was Kathy Ireland and those absurdly weird sets and the hope-against-hope that they might make an actual movie out of this. Alas, that didn't happen. Still, there are considerably worse movies out there... and considerably better ones.
Anyone who would rate this 9 or 10 stars is either part of the production team or is in need of some reality therapy and meds. A bunch of short stories stuck together, poor directing, equally poor acting. The occasional almost-good CGI doesn't pull this one out of the sub-mediocre dumpster. It's neither the worst movie ever made, nor anywhere near the best. And it doesn't warrant any longer review than this. ; )
33 Postcards (2011)
Good portrait relationship film
If you enjoy movies about people, relationships, overcoming adversity, and can appreciate movies without CGI, this is a good film about two people reaching across a world to form an unselfish relationship. The story, directing and acting are all excellent. Characters are well-developed and- contrary to some ratings- well fleshed out. Some people will rate this at the top of their favorites. Others my only find it so-so. But it's a good film without gratuitous language, gore or over-the-top CGI. There are few of such these days. For those who rated this 1-3 stars... I pity such jaded opinions who have lost their ability to appreciate basic good film making. Such negative reviews are unrealistic and unwarranted.
This is a well-done movie.
We Can Be Heroes (2020)
This Can Be Fun
This movie can be fun... if a person will let it. We have to realize this is a KID's film. If one is an ADULT and giving this 1-star... that person may need to question their motives and choice of entertainment. If you hate this kind of fare so much you would label it as "the worst movie ever"... why watch it in the first place? Just so you can post a scathing review? Seriously.
In response to some of these 1-star reviews: there is a difference between a Kid's film and a FAMILY film. Shrek was not a "Kid's film". The Incrediles was not a "Kid's film". "Toy Story" and "Cars" were not "Kid's films". They were FAMILY films, intended to delight adults and children alike. Kid's films (which this is) is aimed directly at children. Adults should not expect this to be cerebral drama... and certainly not expect scientific reality. "Over the top" is somewhat normal for this genre.
This film was aimed mainly at kids, though many adults enjoyed the absurdity, comedy and camp just as much as the kids. Were some plot elements ridiculous? Yes. Was the acting over the top? Yes. Was the story line a little goofy? Yes. BY INTENT. It was meant to be absurd, silly, campy, and goofy. They were aiming at a CHILD AUDIENCE.
This film contains some pretty decent CGI and set effects. The characters were interesting (if a bit lame... but then, that was a major plot point). The film got a few morals across to the kids: teamwork instead of egos, cooperation instead of arguing. Believe in yourself and work with what you've got. Never give up. Those are all valuable life lessons.
I didn't much care for the cliche "children are smarter than adults and should be ruling the world instead". Seriously Hollywood, we've been fed that junk food long enough. But then again, look at the mess adults have made of this planet. First time in history we've threatened the planet itself. But the reality is, this internet-addicted, self-focused, "entertain me!" generation is unlikely to do any better, and will probably do much worse (if "civilization" manages to survive that long).
For those who rated this 1 & 2 stars and posted lines such as "Worst movie ever!"... I have to just shake my head. Do those "reviewers" have any idea what the worst movies really are? This doesn't even come close to that puddle of goo. This was better than Batman and Robin. Electra. The X-Men franchise. Superman vs Batman. Catwoman. Wonder Woman 1984. THOSE are the rotten tomatoes ... and even they aren't 1 & 2 star level. Seriously people, save your 1-star ratings for movies that *really* deserve it. If you really can't tell the difference, maybe you should be doing something other than writing lame reviews.
For a KID'S MOVIE this was pretty good. It held interest all the way through and it even had some laugh-out-loud moments. Not the best movie ever made (thus my 6-star rating), but it by no means the worst. This movie had a lot going for it. Kids will love it and was goofball enough to give kids-at-heart a chuckle.