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Nun of That (2008)
Nun so silly
No pun intended (or is it nun pun intended?) - but the movie is quite silly to say the least. The movie has a lot of violence and some sexual situation (also nudity but maybe not as much as some may expect/hope for). But it is the humor that will make or break the movie for you.
If you can't dig what it tries to do - well you won't be having any fun while watching the movie. Be aware of that - and if you are not easily offended (or too religious I reckon), this very low budget movie with depictions that are very likely from an atheist mind (or at least someone who has no issue to make fun of religion) can be quite the hoot (read fun ride)
The mother of a mother is ... twice a mother? No pun intended and this is not just a horror movie, but a movie about motherhood and being a daughter ... and how to evolve, how to raise your kid (well not a blueprint to follow, but maybe some notes on what not to do) and a few other things.
The acting is top notch, the scares are really good too. It is more about getting people/viewers into the mood ... the mood for getting scared. There is no blood or any major violence commited (of course there are physical stuff happening) - so do not come looking for this. Come looking for a story, for social messages and things hidden ... in horror that are telling us other things too (no pun intended).
The slow pace may not be everyones cup of tea, but I like(d) it personally.
The other vampire(s)
I reckon I have been used to "normal" looking vampires, so I was taken aback when I first saw this vampire/alien thing (no pun intended). My blood did not freeze though (I do wonder what that would do to a vampire while we're on that subject) - generally speaking there are a few things that you should not expect to see here. Foremost nudity and blood - this is more of a horror comedy with the emphasis on the characters that are in the movie.
What you can and should expect is a low budget movie with a decent monster suit and some neat effects containing violence. So having a heart and some love for b-movies (or c?) is almost something that should be there as a given.
Chelsey Falbo is playing one of the main characters and you are excused if you are enamoured by her beauty. I actually thought I had seen her in something before that, but I was mistaken. The movie having her is a big plus for me - and again talking about her face more than anything, since there is virtually no nudity in this. You may disagree of course. But hopefully the other characters and the weird comedy help for you to enjoy watching this ... just do not expect too much and anything this will not deliver ... maybe the title is one of the best things this has (besides Chelsey that is)
Locked Down (2021)
Maybe not the best movie out there ... but the insanity in the performances and the main characters ... is somewhat sweet. Maybe the lockdowns were not helpful after all? And I don't mean the movie, but how we perceive things ... maybe it is only me of course too.
Or it is just you - no pun intended. Locked down ... a the horror. There are things we have experienced, if we lived through this time ... and maybe still live through it ... let's hope there won't be much more of this (no pun intended). And by this I mean lock downs in general - not everyone has a rough diamond to shape (or you know do other things to) ... love the energy, but I understand that some may not feel the same. Maybe Edgar Allen Poe would have some issues himself (for obvious reasons) - great cast ... and I reckon the movie did its best with the whole zoom thing .. not sure if the actors felt good about it ... but they made it work.
Memories of .. Spy(?)
Yes pun intended I guess - I mean it is the director of Memories of Murder. An amazing movie to say the least. That being said, you may not feel the same about the movie at hand here. At least when it comes to the story. And that is a fair point to make. But when it comes to the technological impact .. the way it was shot? I mean if you don't see this as quite the tall order ... see this as something amazing they accomplished ... I don't know what to say to you.
It has some nudity, but it has even more blood and violence. It is like that Old Boy scene (or Ong Bak or whatever else you may think of) ... but taken to a hundred or more. And all done in one shot? Of course - or rather I can only assume, but I think the movie does have some "secret" cuts. But so well edited ... so well done, that you can't really tell where.
Korean cinema is really good - you have come to that conclusion by yourself I hope and assume since you are here. And this movie is not that different ... I imagine the rating will go up ... it is way too low at the moment (this deserves at least a 7 technically speaking). But it also is quite exhausting to watch ... there is so much action ... and while it does take a breather or two ... it also is quite non stop when it starts going for it. Also the one shot thing can wear thin at times ... but again it always works.
What may not work is how convenient things can be - from locations to how our main character is being treated and how the people out to get him, seem to not coordinate as well to do just that ... it is almost and bear with me, as if it all was choreographed ... I know, shocker! Kidding and pun aside, just suspend your disbelief and go with the flow.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
Queen of the Cameo
I am not sure if the fact that Aaliyah died before the movie was finished played a role in her ... well role in the movie (no pun intended). And by that I mean how big her part was going to be - or in this case how small ... if that is the case, you may feel inclined to add a star or more to what or how I rated it. But as it is, it feels a bit of a cheat to have a title like that and not really have her in it that much.
The movie concentrates on two other characters - and does not even convince us of their relationship. Don't get me wrong, we as viewers understand what we are supposed to feel, what the characters are supposed to feel for each other ... but we cannot really feel it. There is not much in the sense of chemistry. You could argue that it has to do with the fact that vampires do not really feel anything ... but it is a movie and that argument should not even be made at all.
Also as much as I love(d) Aaliyah, it is not like she adds that much. She does add sexuality, she does add sensuality ... but she also adds a bit of a weirdness ... and she or rather her character remains ... well "hidden" in a sense .... not just for the first half of the movie (and no pun intended) ... anyway, there may have been way more here, but I can only judge for what I got to see ... and what I saw was quite dissapointing.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Wrestling with it
Based on ... well maybe not a true story per se, but enough true happenings to count as something "real" (no pun intended). And you can tell that the movie has the heart in the right place. That it knows and treats the main character (with down syndrome) the right way - with dignity and respect and quite some truth to it all. Because it is not easy to depict things that most of the viewers will be not familiar with ... and still make it engaging and tension filled.
LaBeauf is really good in this. He may not have done a lot of movies recently (at least I haven't seen him in much lately), but he seems to concentrate on things that have good stories to back them. A quality that is not bad at all ... and his performace is as good as anyone else in the movie. Great cast, fantastic story (pun somewhat intended) ... with some over the top stuff ... and a road trip no one minds to take ... well almost no one, but you'll understand ... and they will too.
Dangereuses retrouvailles (2013)
To love is to ..
... share? No pun intended, but let's say that some define love quite differently and definitely would not share anything. We have one of those (nut) cases right here (again no pun or offense intended).
The thriller at hand (and a tv movie at that, not shaming it, just stating a fact) is quite predictable. It can still be fun, if you don't mind the flaws and are ok with being able to see where it is going five steps ahead (or is it even more?) ... you be the judge and it is your time to "waste" with this. You have to dig thrillers for sure ... otherwise do not even think about it. Drama baby ... when the past comes to haunt your present (wife)
The Golden Child (1986)
Oddball by nature
It had been a while since I last saw it. A friend of mine suggested that it isn't as good as I remembered it. I think he views it worse than I do, but I still have to admit, that he wasn't wrong either. I had it way better in memory (no pun intended).
Quite a lot of jokes do not work - it seems almost impossible, but Eddie Murphy not being able to deliver a joke? Must be the jokes fault, yes? Or more to the point, the script and/or direction I reckon. That all being said, it still has a few things going for it. Like Charles Dance as evil entity (no pun intended). He always works - well I should stop counting the puns, right? Anyway, the effects have aged and not very well. But that should not make too much of a difference.
Not one of the better Murphy outputs and works - especially considering all the other work he had done. I also had seen this in a german dub as a kid, so maybe they elevated the movie ... can't tell now. Anyway a decent movie and effort but not close to the really good movies Eddie has done.
El buen patrón (2021)
What does it mean to be a good boss? How can you be one? And could anyone be one? There are certain questions you may have - don't think the movie will answer them. Also you have to suspend your disbelief. One of the major issues of the movie could have been avoided with way better timing.
Also an issue with a "worker" could have been handled way differently. But again if you go down that road you can find a lot to (nit)pick. Try not to do that - though I would understand if you couldn't help yourself (no pun intended).
Not being able to help yourself - helping others. The good boss seems intent on helping others. But that also means he is expecting others to help him, when push comes to shove. Javier Bardem is quite the charismatic - well character (sorry for that). And even though he is not always doing the morally right thing ... we kind of root for him.
And boy does he ... well I don't know if there is a politically correct way to put it. But he is messing things up ... big time, when he doesn't recognize someone from his past. So well played, so well done if you think about looks and glances. And while we are on the subject of glances .. let me tell you, that ending ... the movie has one of the best endings one can imagine. One might even say it is a perfect one. Maybe not a perfect boss (with all the talk about family values he can't really keep), but a perfect send off ... pun somewhat intended I reckon.
Black Beach (2020)
I reckon there is a literal black beach (so obviously no pun intended with the title), but there is more to the movie than a landscape ... a location if you will. I reckon the beach can stand for something - the title can give you a clue of the darkness of fate and the struggle to do the right thing.
On the other hand you can also argue that that would be reading too much into it. And you probably would be right with that. The acting is good, the script is or rather seems tight. Still I can't help but feel that there could have been more ... I can't put my finger on it (and I rather wouldn't want to do that anyway, no pun intended) ... but there seems to be some untapped source here ... again no pun intended.
Still the movie has tension and it holds up from start to finish. Even if you feel that certain decisions may not be the wisest ... life is live as they say (they do say that, right?)
DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
You know like Multiverse but with pets .. as in Multi-Paws? Does that pun actually work? You'll be the judge of that. You also be the judge of this changing the (back)story of all the DC characters ... well maybe not all. But since it does change how Superman came to Earth ... or rather with whom ... well let's call it one more timeline "to follow". If you can dig it that is.
Still the movie is super fun. Whether you are a fan of the comics or not (I actually am not even sure if there is a comic book universe where they explored the pets idea, but I imagine there is at least one). That being said, the fact that Black Adam himself (the Rock also known as Dwayne Johnson) is doing the voice of one of the dogs ... might be quite mind blowing to some ... gets even better if you watch it through the end. And by the way when I say to through the end, I mean there are scenes after the movie is over. That is mid credit scene and after credit scene. And they both are worth the wait - even if everyone else has left the building (the theatre in my case).
Good fun with a lot of great voice acting/actors. Animated movies have stepped their game up.
Dime Cuándo Tú (2020)
Cliche is ... good (?)
Sometimes a cliche can be used and as a viewer you might not mind that much. Or a movie can be built upon a few of them. Again, depending on your thresshold and what you are able to be forgiving of .. it can work in your and the movies favor.
Something you have to consider when it comes to the movie right here. Dancing around them (no pun intended) may be one way you can look at them. You have to have a soft spot for some romance, drama and light comedy of course ... can you see that in you? And obviously in a movie you are about to watch? Well go ahead and do it then.
¿Qué culpa tiene el Karma? (2022)
The bad and the good .. and the not ugly
Often times the concept of Karma is being ... at least misused, but very clearly missunderstood. Karma is not an entity or a thing an object that is going around doing things. You can google it for yourself and check the definition - but you shouldn't be nitpicking when it comes to this movie anyway. Just enjoy this for what it is.
Some fun you can have along the way - no pun intended. It is a light comedy and it works if you let it. Nothing more, nothing special, but also nothing less and really not as bad as vote under 5 would suggest (at this moment in time that is). Actors do their best and the whole thing makes more or less sense (again, if you are not too small minded about terms and their meaning) ...
Bullet Train (2022)
Don't stop me now
Actually I am almost surprised the song is not in the movie - there are some other iconic songs in this. Well versions of them (sometimes with other lyrics too) - like the "hero" song to name but one. Very well placed to say the least.
But apart from the songs it is the genius casting and the wonderful directing that elevates this. Also while you may have issues with CGI (blood), it really helps the movie too (especially considering everything apparently was shot on sets).
Cinematography is off the rails (no pun intended) and really beautiful. I don't think it was necessary to watch it on an Imax screen, but it did pack a pun(ch) or two ... so not dissapointed either. Brad Pitt may be the most zen, but also the most action packed on screen you have seen ... well at least for the length he is doing it (no pun again).
As I already said, the movie has a fantastic cast. Some of the names are not revealed in the (end) credits. And I only really knew of one of the cameos - it is the lady you hear in Pitts ear (you may even recognize her, even if you don't know who she and the fact that she is returning a favor - or is it the other way around?).
There is a fair amount of violence and a lot of cool dialog along the way. In the beginning the it seemed like it wasn't mixed right though and the accents may have thrown me off a bit too. Needed some time to adjust - also the fire rapid dialog does not give you much room to breathe.
Cool actors playing cool characters. I even felt rooting for the bad guys. Although technically all of them were bad guys if we are being truthful. But this is an action movie with a lot of fun stuff in it. Be it visually or in the spoken text. It even has quirks such as having two masked goons argue over a trivial thing they have to do ... but the circumstances of the briefcase they have to check and the resolution that we do expect ... well all of that elevates that scene and that odd bit quite a lot ... even if you actually could have cut it out of the movie without "hurting" the story of the movie. But it enriches the movie and it makes it better for it.
I really loved the movie as you can tell and the director already had proven he can make good movies. But he has taken it to a whole new level here. You can nitpick of course and find flaws and mistakes ... but the way it is shot and the gusto with which it is made ... the passion behind it ... there is so much that works that it overshadows anything that would shine a negative light on it - no pun intended. Now strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride (you know I had to do it, right?)
The Black Nun (2021)
Movies can be considered a learning experience. Not just for the viewers (as in getting to know certain things, historical or fictional), but also the filmmakers. The people who made this movie for example. I kind of believe they had a learning experience - and they took things from making the movie.
The actors seem to be cast for what they are, playing themselves (no pun or innuendo intended) - which they are more than capable of doing of course. There are technical things that ... well the movie did sound like it either wasn't recorded well or mixed well. Again, learning experience and all that.
Horror movies can be a stepping stone - and this attaches itself to the nun business of things. If you you are like "I don't want nun of that" (no pun intended), I totallty dig it. But if you like low budget movies and are able to overlook the flaws ... I reckon you could do worse. This year the director is about to release more movies - let's see what he managed to do with those. This is a stepping stone as I said ...
Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 (2022)
Cluster .. what?
No pun intended - I reckon Trainwreck is the safer way to title the movie rather than the cluster ... that I saw on a poster/pic here on imdb. That aside, the documentary is quite something. Woodstock is an institution - it is something that you know as a Festival ... that you know even if you've never attended. I reckon I have to watch what was going on in 1969 ... it surely was quite different than what happened 30 years later ... you can bet on that.
This 3 part documentary (coming after an HBO documentary, that I did not watch, so I can't compare those two) is well researched and has every single day taken apart as they happen(ed). Many interviews of people who attended but also of those who were there. You could argue that some of them, may have had a chance to help control or restrain the mayhem ... but by the end of it, I think the commen sense will be, that it almost was impossible for any one person to really control what happened. Anyone who was not at the head of the organizing party of the event.
One of the major things mentioned is the price gauging. And while I understand that the prices were over the top to say the least, I also understand those who went there to make money. We are living in capitalism - so you got to take the bad with the good. Or the other way around. That the way the crowd was controlled at the entrance was way too aggressive - at least the way it was described ... that's also true. At least water should have been something people were allowed to take in with them. Especially considering that they had (theoretically) the chance to get free water inside the ... event too. Wait til you see what happens there ... not for the faint of hearted for sure.
Which is true for most of the documentary anyway. There is also a fair amount of nudity shown - and scenes of violence and mayhem. It never gets too graphic when it comes to the video material - but we do get to here stories of quite the insane stuff that went on. Sexism is rampant and you can see that on day one already ... you may dismiss the (cat) calls Sheryl Crowe is getting ... and say it is just a few drunks screaming ... but them calling her out to show ... well to undress to put it nicely ... not cool.
There is so much to unpack here and I won't go into details of all the things. Very well researched, very well done. I would have loved if they would have gotten some newer sound bites of the artists who were involved in the festival over 20 years ago.
Still riveting and really insane ... this slowly got to the point of eruption .. no pun intended. After Fyre ... well literally after Fyre, but also the documentary being released after it. I guess they would do a good double bill ... if you have the stamina to go through ... both of those! And another pun to round things up ...
De Oost (2020)
War is ...
Not east or west or any of the other directions. It can be damaging - physically of course but also mentally. And if you have the right (or rather wrong) people to at the helm of things ... it can accelerate things even further.
And it is something you have here too. Being moral and having a compass, trying to do the right thing, when those in your party and company are going in a different direction. Even more so if that all happens in a foreign country (no pun intended, this being a dutch movie and dutch army, all may be foreign to you, but you get the point).
This reminds me of US movies with similar themes - I think one of them was Casualties of War with Michael J Fox ... it had at least similar themes to say the least. Have to do a rewatch of that sometime soon. I remember it fondly - this wasn't bad either.
Close enough to the ACAB (no pun intended and I will not go into the meaning of that), just changed the last letter, so it now reads: All cops are human. And before you lash out or go crazy - we are all humans of course. And what some people in uniforms are doing ... well apart from being despicable and wrong, has also roots and reasons.
And it also can mean that it does trigger a response from them. Not everyone understands the consequences of their own actions. Especially if there are no consequences - if there is no responsibility and no accountability. Things you see in this movie and that are very well played by the actors. It could shine a light more on the outside, but the movie is called Cops after all ... so it does make sense.
Interestingly enough this is an Austrian movie - it did have a European look and feel to it for sure. And I mean that in the most positive way possible. If you like drama, if you like uncomfortable questions and answers that are not easy ... this is a movie you should check out.
A is for Arkansas
Do you know your alphabet? No this has nothing to do with the movie - well not directly that is. I was wondering if there was a letter for every actor in this. That is a bit of an exaggeration of course - but still what a cast this was able to assemble. Wow - just wow and it works overall speaking.
Of course some roles are bigger than others - still it is nice to see actors butting heads with each other (in a good way and no pun intended). It was not able to get the bigger Hemsworth (no pun intended here either), but that is not really something that should bother you. This has enough stars - and reminds you why certain people have such a charisma. Michael K. Williams being one of them ... amongst many. Story is decent enough I reckon ... especially considering that you have so many characters to keep track of. I liked it, but don't expect too much from it.
The Cave (2005)
Into the light
A breath of fresh air - or just a pun that I came up with. Which I could have used as a summary line too now that I think of it. The one I used is good too ... yes? I hope so. On the other hand, what do I know? I am a bit of a sucker for a creature feature like this one. Not sure if an R-rating would have elevated it - I have to admit, it was good as it is.
One of the causes for that is the creature artist! But also the casting of the movie. And while some people seem to just be there ... to be there (no pun intended), even someone like Piper Perabo gets her moment to shine. And what a fine one that is. Cole Hauser seems to be the go to Dude for liking to hate ... maybe not as much as in Pitch Black in this one though ... maybe if there was a RIddick character in this. But that seems to be within the Hauser role/character.
Anyway, cool effects, some interesting twists and an ending that may be a bit of a letdown (the way it was made), but still it doesn't taint the overall experience in my mind ... I dug it.
Murder in Miami (2014)
Murder they .. modelled(?)
No pun and no connection to Murder she wrote. Like none whatsoever apart from my wordplay ... and some murders happening here. And concerning those: well it is important how and where your morals lie ... and how you will perceive certain things. What you will think of main characters and their motivation ... and their characters (no pun intended).
I've seen worse movies and there are some decent twists here. But even those may not work as well as the makers think they will ... all comes down to the characters and actors and how connected you will feel with and by them ... I can't make up your mind for those things ... they will determine if you like this or actually hate it.
Been there, seen that
No pun intended - actually some people may say that Corey Feldman is not acting in this. But that would be quite mean - as in a mean thing to say. Still you won't find him too likeable in this. Just saying ... on the other hand the story or movie overall are quite predictable.
Maybe a twist or two will surprise you. Or offend you - or both - who knows? Well you will, but do you want to find out? B-movie stuff with certain things that work, but a lot of overacting mixed into it. I don't think there are too many saving graces (maybe from a technical point of view as in cinematography at least at places), but I also have seen way worse movies ... so there is that.
The Sex Trip (2016)
Karma is a ... witch
No pun intended and I don't know why they didn't use that instead of the .. one line they actually used. If a pun is that easy to obtain ... you have to go for it ... talking about going for it ... well no I don't mean to offend you. But if you are easily offended - some of the jokes here surely will achieve that! The movie does cross a line from time to time - but in its silly nature, making fun of everything and everyone (yes also the men in it), it can be forgiven - it will be up to those watching though (no pun intended) and their sensibilities.
That said, the silly nature of the movie matches the way the actors go about it. Yes we have seen body swap movies before. And you may even argue that you have seen better ones (surely when it comes to quality and even social statements and so forth) ... but this is so much insane fun ... with crazy ideas. And while it touches upon some taboo subjects (would you do it? Oh you know what I mean ... and no I can't answer that entirely and truthfully myself either) ... it never goes off the rails.
Still maybe it is too much for you. And certain resolutions seem to come too easily ... but again, don't overthink it ... don't be too harsh and just enjoy the funny moments this has in store for you ...
Bail Enforcers (2011)
Trish always rocks ... and rolls
And kicks and punches and does all kinds of stuff (no pun intended). If you consider the action element to be the most important thing of the movie, you will find this to your liking. Don't expect this to be on the same level as some eastern action movies (martial arts and all that), but it does a more than decent job on the stunts and action scenes. Even if some maybe do not make too much sense, if you actually thought about them.
So as someone would say, do not think about them. If it always was that easy, right? Anyway, Trish Stratus is only one of many people in this and I am almost sad to say she didn't do too many movies in her career. Yes she was bound to the WWE brand (or WWF as it was called back then), but I'd have loved to see her in more stuff like this. But at least we have this ... something we can cherish and love for what it is: a b-movie action thingy!