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Death of a Nation (2018)
I would like to see some of the reviewers check their facts.
This is not really a 'movie' you can sit down with the family and enjoy.
It is more documentary.
But, I am from the UK and the specific party policy points have no bearing on my opinion.
And as a big fan of shows like 'Dark Matters' that uncover uncomfortable truths about world history it was very interesting.
After looking at some of the 1-star claims in the reviews I went to check on some of the points of contention. Seems that it was quite meticulously researched before being put together. Apparently the author has yet to be proven wrong by any of the MANY loud and angry reviewers.
Into the Dark: Treehouse (2019)
Watch Out! Long straight road ahead, with no twists or turns.
While this is fresh in my mind, I should warn others.
Read about alternate endings below!
Production is pretty good, the two leads are pretty good. If you are expecting a twist or some kind of moral lesson/story here, you will be very disappointed. The characters and plot are quickly established, in fact multiple unused dead-end plot points are also established. Before the mid way point we are told the unlikely group next door are witches, what follows is a long, slow crawl to a predictable end with a resounding empty 'doink' at the end.
Littered with #Meetoo, Smash the Patriarchy, MenBad propaganda throughout, while simultaneously including female characters so stereotypical it was borderline racist.
Ending 1: The 'coven' is shocked to learn about a double cross from the sister. After almost destroying the lives of a chef and his family with an online twitter campaign based on hearsay alone. The siblings plan and record the entire evil scenario with cctv and give it to the police.
Ending 2: After having his life changed forever over continual false claims by a diverse group of 'Justice Warriors'. The middle aged chef commits suicide and leaves his sister and daughter heartbroken. It then transpires the woman on the hill was a nutcase and her entire story was made up from the beginning. #BelieveWomen
No Safe Spaces (2019)
Funny, It appears some of reviewers decided to give an opinion before the could possibly have seen the film.
This may also explain why they have zero specific details about the content. SAD.
You're Not a Monster (2019)
Actively sought to find this as the concept sounded great.
Unfortunately, it's yet another half assed attempt at humor by largely unfunny people.
It's too slow, has predictable dialogue and uses the horrorconcept only as a means to deliver this.
It's a great shame because there is a lot you could use and explore with the horror character set.
Black Mirror: Striking Vipers (2019)
I love Black Mirror
This is not Black Mirror.
Found myself checking the time every 4 minutes felt like 30.
But persisted in the hope that the 'twist' would happen soon.
It never came.
Unlike other BM episodes, there was no dark tech future to explore, Just a poorly presented IRL Tekken wannabe. There is no foreshadowing during the character development. After 45 mins the characters are still hollow . There is no 'gotcha'moment. There is no bittersweet choice to be made. There is no harrowing realisation of the situation. There was no moral lesson and there were no consequences... What was the point?
Body Double (1984)
With a soundtrack that will stick around for days, and that's before you include Frankie goes to Hollywood, Griffith looks great as Holly in this almost comedic take on a familiar 'witness' setup.
Without spoiling the details, there is enough to enjoy here as either a Depalma study or some easy evening viewing. A little disjointed and a few odd filmic choices throw you out of the action here and there, this is why I would use the term 'comedic'... I can't be certain but some of the decisions seem to have either been intentionally tongue in cheek, or at least they were overtly dismissed as such. The movie would definitely have scored less had it not acknowledged these traits.
The Perfection (2018)
If you like feeling exploited, then pay to watch this.
Although the aesthetics and production should be given credit, they are the only thing to credit. Tired tropes mixed with tacked on popular claptrap and a half written, half sneezed story arc.
The motivations make no sense, the reactions and choices of the characters make no sense, the time frame and plot direction are all over the place. And the combined superficial moral messages are about as amateurish as it gets. What a shame.
You Might Be the Killer (2018)
Amateur Hour for 90 minutes!
I was pretty excited when I stumbled upon this title. The style looked like fun and there have been some great 'homage with a twist' slashers over the last few years.
There is a reason this one went by the wayside.. It isn't good. The brief synopsis I read was accurate. An unoriginal slasher story premise but with the promise of some nostalgic/retro retro vibes and perhaps a surprise or two.
Unfortunately there are no surprises, only empty promises. The tired paint by numbers approach to horror and the Buzzfeed 'Top Ten Great visual story telling tips' were all followed closely, but with zero imagination. The overused VHS preset filters got old very quickly and the characters were predictable in a less than flattering way.
It was great to see Alyson Hannigan playing such a familiar character and this alone is probably the only reason I couldn't score this lower.
The movie plays like a college movie media project if the students were inexplicably given a rather large budget and a short time to finish. You have to ask yourself, how do some of these amateurs get greenlit in the first place?
Could have been good.
The general feeling when thinking about Annihilation is that it was a shame, and a real missed opportunity for Sci-Fi fans.
Taking cues from 2001's Evolution, an other-worldly being is spreading visibly after a meteorite hits the earth but this time it's no joke. The alien life-form in question demonstrates a rather under-explored and contradictory 'reflective' reaction the the earths environment and inhabitants. Some of the elements of this concept could have been engaging and would have provided a more justifiable reasons for the stunning visual effects achievable today.
Unfortunately, that's not what we got. Far more time was spent exploring the feelings and emotions of the slow paced and inexplicably All-Female expedition into the alien territory. All the representation boxes were checked with gusto. Somehow, an expanding incident of global concern under investigation by the government and military was left in the hands of a terminal gender studies professor, an Hispanic lesbian,a dutch girl with a sob story, a black geek and Mary Sue (Expert at everything). They were non-military (Portmans's Character was Ex-military) but they were all issued weapons. They were scientists, but took zero notes, did no tests and the only time a camera appeared was when they found one...
The third act was a relief, after the pointless whining and screeching ended thanks to the team being mostly killed off, from here it felt more moody and thoughtful. Somewhat in line with the recent 'Interstellar' when combined with the slow pace.
You could almost be convinced by the 'art' ploy at this point, that the film was trying to convey hidden meanings and deeper more poignant points about the characters or even life, again, It's a shame. Because it didn't. Just a blatant ripoff of other well explored 'alien' tropes.
I can already hear the excuses and dismissal of this criticism, Yes, if it makes you feel better, we are all racist Nazi's. However... Poor old David Gyasi was shoehorned into the protagonists backstory as an afterthought, for no other reason than they needed some interracial action to complement the diversity quota. Twice! he had to endure Portman moodily bouncing on him via flashback accompanied with some loose reference about self destruction.
It was such a shame to see a great idea and clearly a large budget go to waste on a project clearly more concerned with pushing this awful agenda than telling the story. Again. It's getting old now.
The Circle (2017)
Interesting and relevant commentary
There was enough here to keep you entertained for the duration.
It seems a shame to have gone in the direction they did in the lasts scenes.
A few conclusions to some of the questions posed, and showing some more of the possible negative effects of the invasive 'circle' may have driven the message home.
Unfortunately even the most astute will be left asking what the message of the film actually was.
The Orville: Into the Fold (2017)
Slightly below par. but not a disaster.
Weakest episode in a great series so far.
Although many of the stories in the series up until now have been variations of familiar Sci-Fi scenarios, this one takes away more than it adds.
Story Problems: Carbon copy of so many already seen, except... The 'Doctor' kills a native without provocation. Neither of the 2 very annoying sons were vaporised. Unfortunately lacking in comedy element which was a departure from the successful formula established in previous episodes.
Context Problems: You would think 400 years in the future, today's single best proved indicator of a poor achieving adult (single mother upbringing) would have been eliminated, reduced or at the very least, held in contempt by any advanced culture. However, here the doctor normalises the situation describing it as a choice before yelling more obscenities at her unruly undisciplined children.
A common public spectacle in broken and poor families today, but how is this terrible morally bankrupt, failed parent and murderer somehow a 'Doctor' in the future. Awful message.
Not an overly bad story, just not quite at the level set by previous episodes.
Girls Trip (2017)
Check out the other reviews
After witnessing what can only be described as a 'car crash' of a movie, I was surprised to find so many glowing reviews?! However, clicking onto the majority of these profiles reveals they are new members whose accounts were coincidentally created around the time of the films release, or appear to be used to push specific movie titles with a political agenda. Why? This is a Movie Database not a platform for terrible politics.
One of them even goes so far as to mention her son by name (and highlights this) in every review, regardless of whether or not he saw the film.
Anyway, The movie is terrible, technically it is average looking and it would be hard to fault the quality of the medium, given that most people have HD built into their smartphone now.
Each scene was as desperate as it was cringe-worthy, using every common, overplayed cliché and trope from last year. People getting covered in urine is not comedy, And I think it's fair to say the ignorantly confident and 'sassy' girl power thing has been done to death. The story failed to convey any moral or real emotional weight. Uncomfortably, the cast was almost entirely and purposely 'Blackwashed' with the exception of some 90's Spike Lee style reverse tokens if you look hard enough. Just why? Shameful.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017)
Painful Gynocentrist Propaganda
Among the few Characters that took the focus for the first part of this 'Documentary' style program, you are introduced to aspiring and hard working women in the Porn industry.
This is presented as though the idea itself is 'out there' and modern. But the truth is, women have been inside the pornographic industry in all roles, both in front and behind the camera. Admittedly, the most lucrative was as the star. It has been like this from the start and women continue to sell more on an exponential scale than any male porn actor ever has or will. Though, without trying to detract. The reasoning set out was that these particular women want porn to be for other women or more inclusive (Read Politically Correct)
All the real questions were cleverly avoided, and some odd comparisons are made to try and justify the approach of one wannabe feminist director.
The fact that every study ever conducted shows men have significantly higher recorded reactions to visual stimuli than women. This is why men pay for porn and women buy erotic books. The Porn market and in turn the target demographic is dictated by what sells. Like any business.
The demand and some of the claims by one particular director coincidentally align exactly with the forced multicultural, equal outcome, anti'patriarchy' agenda which is currently so prevalant among uneducated women.
The example footage and behind the scenes we got to witness was truly embarrassing, even by 1980's porn standards and this seems like a desperate vehicle to generate sales through other feminists taking pity, or 'in solidarity' with other women. This is a failed business waiting to happen.
In reality Porn makes a LOT of money every year. A LOT. There are awards shows that put Hollywood to shame and Actresses that routinely get paid more than actors!
If you demand something erotic for women... write a book, Nothing as simple as porn could get female humans going because they operate on a different level.
After looking at Fifty Shades you should be a much more confident writer too.
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
'Reflective and uplifting' story, smells of hubris. And not much else.
I found Far too many of the scenes unoriginal and derivative. But this was only when they weren't cringe-worthy. That may be a little harsh... The performances may have been okay but what's the point if we have seen the exact same scenes in so many movies? It just makes you embarrassed for the actors. It's a mish-mash of half assed characters from other stories thrown in together in an attempt to make it interesting.
Circles some generic, Rebellious mid-life/Parent-child crisis where the Leads argue, then come together to overcome the evils of other characters who we (surprise surprise) are given little to go on, except they must be bad. They ultimately all realise what they have to do by the time the uplifting piano music comes in at the end. Yawn.
Additionally, some of the things I picked up on would not concern your average viewer but I think Meryl Streep does herself a huge discredit here. Having taken the time to learn some chords to flesh out the part of a veteran musician, you'd expect it to at least look semi-natural. It didn't. It looks like a science teacher doing 'Rap Music' to make the lesson interesting.
Four Rooms (1995)
I have just revisited the movie, after around 15 years, Hoping for a new perspective. I would like to say I won't be revisiting it again but sadly the memory of it being THIS bad (next to even the poorest efforts from Tarantino or Rodriguez) made me question my original opinion enough to watch it again tonight...
That was a mistake. Let this review be a reminder to my future self: The Casting is some of the worst I can recall. Tim Roth minces around like a prison wife, Clearly the direction intended was hammy but this is a pig. Just watching him on the phone to the children made me embarrassed for him as an actor.
The only segment that didn't directly insult the viewers intelligence was the last, Tarantino makes his trademark 'cameo' with far too many over-thought lines, and enough 'in-gags' to choke an 'in'.
The elements that were intended to be risky or provocative were tame even by 95' standards. It's a low ball offer as a movie and I can't recommend it. Which is a shame because I Am a big fan of many Tarantino/Rodriguez movies. Especially the collaborations. Oh well.