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7/10
Not for the Oscars but don't understand the hate
7 August 2019
I like it, particularly the lead. Not understanding the hate of the other reviews.

Perhaps its a bit predictable, but lets face it most things have been done under the sun its a little silly to think some of these movies that are 4-5 stars on IMDB will be AWESOME...

But this one I enjoyed it was pretty good.
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The Lesson (2015)
8/10
Thought provoking
8 July 2019
The strength of the movie is a thought exercise on the human condition, augmented by a walk through some classic literature.

This movie is for thinking, and I enjoyed it. I'd actually have scored it higher if it had managed an impactful ending. The failing was that, having established a somewhat unique story it almost seemed as the writer washed his hands and thought 'that's it', I just have to slap some ending together and I've got a pretty good film.

So in retrospect maybe 7 would have been better but the creativity of the lesson itself struck me enough to set this movie apart for me.
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3/10
ummmmmm.... NOT good
9 May 2019
I feel like there are so many movies out there that are close to being good... but then they are just too lazy or lack the imagination to pull it all together.

This is one of those movies. Also, I can't stand thandie newton, she's terrible. Just had to throw that in there. Hayden Christiansen not my favorite either, and I always hate kids in movies. They're just humans that don't know anything but think they do. Annoying.

So NO. not good. Production value, somewhat interesting premise.. but goes nowhere, not compelling really in any way.
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The Reunion (IV) (2017)
7/10
Actually not bad
30 March 2019
High production value, and solid acting from the lead (NOT Edward Furlong)

Its an interesting story, pretty well done.

Pleasantly surprised...
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Madness (2006)
2/10
A**holes stop leaving fake reviews!!!!!
28 March 2019
I dunno. Maybe its really hard to make a decent movie on a very small budget, and the people who made this ass crack lint are proud.

Doesn't mean I wanna see it. Not a bit.

Doesn't make it a 5, not even close.

The acting is age hardened oak and the plot moronic.

I'm getting better at this reading the reviews thing, certain types of reviews don't stand up to scrutiny... i.e. when they screened the flick or mention the director or the budget, or when a majority of the reviews are way over the top positive to the point of unbelievability and all done near the same time - like these - just about when the movie came out.
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3/10
well that was... bleak
27 March 2019
And not what I'd call entertaining, thought provoking, or anything else positive.

I mean, I get that its a true story, but I really wish I would not have watched this movie.

Not sure what the people who rated it 6.6 saw in it...

Also, I would openly question how this movie was shot, given the age of the children involved in it. My advice is AVOID
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2/10
Don't get the rave reviews...
17 February 2019
If you're into anime and special effects, I guess so.

I hated it. No story. 'Human side'? Please. Like so many other stories we're supposed to buy in on this 'great love'.. based on what exactly?? Why do they 'love' each other again? Geeesh.

Its dumb. If you just want lots of flashing lights and visuals then go for it, I'm definitely glad I saw it in the theater and not at home - at home this movie gets the 1 it probably deserves.
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5/10
Ok... but 'thought provoking?', hmmmmm....
13 February 2019
I more or less enjoyed the movie, but I did find myself fast forwarding through some of the brutality.

Make no mistake about it - this is a brutal movie - not generally my favorite kind but it was reasonably well done.

I particularly liked the acting of the main character, and its his attitude that makes this movie watchable.

Not for the weak of heart... but you could do worse.
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Naked Fear (2007)
7/10
Really pretty good for what it is
10 February 2019
This film has a sense of decency to it.... despite the gorgeous Danielle De Luca that spends half the movie running around in the buff.

Sometimes in movies its the little things that you appreciate, and there are lots of little things done well in this movie. Genuine reactions, some really stark footage that looks like it should...

Not flawless but well done and entertaining - for this type of movie.

And yes, she really is hot ... just sayin'.
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The Chair (I) (2016)
6/10
pretty good
30 January 2019
Hey whattya want from a low budget horror flick?

the plot moves along, a little slow for my taste at first but it picks up.

my big complaint was the production value, everything is so dark and its like they are trying to create a surreal atmosphere... to me it got in the way.

still i liked it... for what it is
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House Hunting (2013)
8/10
Great little flick
28 January 2019
Strong concept, strong acting, no real cinematic issues I did enjoy it, all the way down to the soundtrack. 8 might be strong but my real thought was 7.5 or so and the rating is low, so what the heck.

If done well, I always think that people together in a difficult situation is an interesting take on life, and really that's what this is.
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8/10
Actually really liked it
11 January 2019
This is why I often read the reviews before passing on a low rated flick... sometimes I just don't get the low ratings. I mean hey, MOST of the time I do - there is a ton of crap out there - but I mostly enjoy stories and I'm not in it for the polish and the effects.

And this was pretty good. A somewhat familiar theme/themes, and some fairly wooden acting.. but overall kept my attention and didn't make me feel like I wasn't entertained at all afterwards.

So probably more like a 6 or 7 but gave it an 8 because the 4.2 it was at when I saw it not even close to fair. Enjoy.
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Among Us (III) (2017)
7/10
NOT a studio/artist/whomever affiliated review...
13 November 2018
Sad that I have to note that but for these small films....

Gave it a shot despite the 4 rating and was pleasantly rewarded with a thoughtful and well done film.

The acting is really pretty good all the way around, and like any really good supernatural movie there are a lot of questions, all the way to the end which I liked very much.

Kudos! Not a ton of action here but if you'd rather think than watch 'action' or 'splatter' then you may well enjoy it!
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5/10
Ok...... just ok
18 October 2018
Fairly predictable but not totally so... Decent but not great acting...

Can't for the life of me understand how anyone not directly involved in some way with this film could rate it 10... Its pretty annoying how many trumped up reviews there are on this site.

Still, it was watchable, though I wouldn't really call it a horror movie I guess there were some elements in there...
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30 Miles (I) (2004)
3/10
Its a car crash
7 September 2018
Somehow couldn't take my eyes off this movie. Some person's strange idea of what characters they envision might actually act like.

An idea that bears no resemblance to reality. Its a sorta childish attempt at something deep and meaningful, but its so contrived that I just kept watching it in amazement, wondering what simpleton put it together.

It reminds me, actually, of this pathological liar I once worked with, that would concoct the most ridiculous transparent lies in order to avoid simple tasks, lies so absurd that I felt actually bad for him, to wonder what world he lived in that he could dream this stuff up and then actually try and execute it.

It was somehow mildly entertaining, I did actually watch the whole thing... Like I said, a car crash.
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The Lookout (2007)
5/10
Its well done.. for what it is
5 September 2018
Main reason to watch is the great cast, especially Jeff Daniels and Isla Fisher - my god is she hot... In fact no shortage of gorgeous woman in this movie.

Its stylish, its well acted, well shot, well done.

Problem, to me, is well not much of a story really, and that's what I really like in a movie. Still this was my 2nd time watching the movie so maybe I'd have ranked it higher if I didn't know what was gonna happen....
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Don't Blink (2014)
3/10
Biblical!
4 September 2018
I imagine the jist of making this movie was something like...

'Hey, what if we had this premise, where xxxxxx is happening?'

'Yeah, and its a group of good looking young friends who are taking a trip into the back woods'

'Yeah, and xxxxx keeps happening, but they can't figure out why!'

'Right! And they have this really offbeat hip way of talking'

'Biblical!'

Love the review that said 'One Huge Flaw'... Ummm, was that flaw 'an original idea'? Hard pass!
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3/10
Ok I guess if you like that sort of thing
28 August 2018
Which really, I don't, hence the low score. Usually I'd rate a movie like this even lower, but it was rather stylish and moody, I do give it points for a sort of stark realism to go with the stylish production...

But in the end it just is what it is, nothing thought provoking, nothing out of the ordinary. So see it, if you like that sort of thing. For me it was a waste of time.
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7/10
Good almost great...
17 August 2018
Loved the way this story is put together, little miniature caricature studies of people you live near/around/with....

Its kind of a mystery, and like any mystery it would be nice if the ending was a bit of an 'ah ha ' moment... wasn't for me hence 7 of 10.

Actually really impressed by Speedman, who knew he might be an actor?
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Lake Mungo (2008)
2/10
Just don't get it. NOT a horror movie.
16 August 2018
I guess its just impossible to wrap my head around what people think is good or not good.

I will often consult the IMDB rating of a movie before watching it, and I find that in the 5-7 range there is a lot of difference between what I like and what other people like. So in that range I often scan reviews.

Can't for the life of me see what would appeal to anyone about this movie, how enough people could have even an above average take on it for it to rate that high.

Its terrible. Its shot documentary style, its a bunch of interviews. I think you could realistically watch it and believe its not fiction - hence my rating of 2 and not 1. Other than that not even interesting. Avoid.
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High Tension (2003)
3/10
Whatever
15 August 2018
I just don't understand the appeal of these movies.

The movie is exactly what it looks to be, its yet another in like a million movies where people are being chased by a crazed killer. Yawn.

I gave it actually better than I usually would because its pretty well shot. But in the end its just another slasher flick - if you like them this may be for you but if you need, like, a plot or something interesting then pass.
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Session 9 (2001)
9/10
Need some imagination and a brain...
15 August 2018
This is one of my all time favorite horror movies, I love the atmosphere and the slow burn...

Problem is, its not for everyone. The movie does what I love - gives the viewer some credit. Everything isn't just spelled out in capital letters, but when you start to realize what is going on it becomes a truly creepy experience!

Must see, IMO!
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Intelligence (2005–2007)
9/10
Tremendous! Almost as good as Da Vinci's Inquest
22 July 2018
Only problem I had with this show is that there were a couple scenarios that were a little hard to swallow... but overall it is a very fine series with intricate plot twists and turns, great character development, great dialogue and acting.

It does remind me of Da Vinci's.. Haddock's masterpiece series. I'm an American but from Vermont and can appreciate the values of the characters and the Canadian flavor of the series is a large part of its genius. Fantastic - I highly recommentd it!
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Hostage (2012)
8/10
Really good!
29 June 2018
Its a bit of a cliffhanger, bit of social commentary, a bit of a mystery... With even a little bit of humor thrown in.

The production value was high, the acting was great.. and the story kept you guessing all the way to the very end.

Definitely recommend!
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Phantoms (1998)
2/10
Hmmmm... yeah.. its terrible
3 June 2018
Hey look, if slow-mo machine gun fire an unexplained random "supernatural stuff" is yer thing... then go for it.

I got sucked in by the cast - but O'Toole is laughable and Affleck shows why he has is a success - good looks and good one liners - otherwise no talent.

Shreiber is great, but after that this is a total big hollywood bit of nonsense. If you don't need a real plot and like 'explosions and stuff'.. its fer you.
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