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Flawed but still very watchable
Yes, this has a number of flaws. The unsubtle political messages, the, convoluted story, the unnecessary subplots. The annoying direction with each scene starting with a view from above or from some random angle for 2 seconds or the scene transitioning from out-of-focus to in-focus. And yet for all that, I really enjoyed Collateral. And it could not have been better named. Special shout-out to Carey Mulligan who I had only seen a couple of time before but I will definitely look for again.
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Given the pretty decent reviews, my wife and I were looking forward to an easy-watching amusing rental movie. We were prepared for a certain level of PC, sermonizing and revisionism but this did not turn out the be an issue. What was, however, was the acting, direction and script. Not to mention the choice of music in some of the scenes. Steve Carell seemed to be playing .... Steve Carell. And a 1-dimensional version to boot. Emily Stone - a fine actress - was bland in the role of Billy Jean; and some of the other performances were worse. The dialog at times was banal but not bad enough to make this a truly awful and therefore high enjoyable move - cf. "The Room". My wife gave up halfway but I was determined to watch it to the end given that I had rented it from Redbox at a net cost of 27 cents after applying my coupon. However, I could not stomach anymore and had to quit just before the match. It is not often that I feel that I did not get value for money at 27 cents.
The Big Sick (2017)
Went to see this with my wife and we both had the same impression - underwhelming particularly given the rave reviews this movie has received. At best, it was "cute" but it felt lightweight and as others have pointed out it was not particularly funny or romantic. I was disappointed in Kumail Nanjiani given how good his character (and portrayal) is in Silicon Valley. Here he came over as somewhat flat and in addition I found Zoe Kazan as Emily irritating. Not a horrible movie but kinda blah
Get Out (2017)
I should have Got Out before the movie started..
I am shocked by the high ratings this got. Seems like a case of the Emperor's New Clothes to me. It wasn't as clever, certainly nowhere near as funny or even scary as reviews led us (wife, me) to believe. Very disappointing...
The Last Time (2006)
Not quite awful enough to be great
There are movies which break through the barrier of being really awful to become hugely watchable and enjoyable (see "The Room"). Unfortunately The Last Time does not quite get to that point –it remains just awful.
Ultimately an interesting plot premise *** SPOILER ALERT *** how to buy a company on the cheap to get its IP, *** this movie fails in the execution. Meaning the script writing, the direction and the acting. Add in the inconsistencies (Michael Keaton's character, turns from vicious high testosterone sales shark to soulful, poetic ex literature professor with sad eyes) and awful dialog (they could have trimmed 20 minutes off the movie by just editing out the word "c***su**er" from all of the salesmen's dialogs).
One to forget - can I have my time and neurons back please ?
Best worst movie ever
Now and again one is privileged enough to stumble across a movie which is so truly bad that it becomes spectacularly good. It goes off one end of the spectrum so far (and this may be a gravitational lens effect for all I know) that it reappears all the way over at the other end.
Take a movie about Football violence. Firms from West Ham and Millwall kicking the holy crap out of each other with spectacular slow motion fight scenes with blood spurting out of mouths. Add in dialogue that makes Eastenders look like Shakespeare. Add in many, many meaningful soulful close up photos of hooligans who clearly came straight out of RADA. Sprinkle on top a Bono/U2 soundalike soundtrack. And, in a truly inspired piece of casting, put Elijah Wood, yes, he of the Hobbit fame, in the middle as the Yank who joins one of the firms. And we have "Green Street Hooligans".
I laughed till I cried.
Thank you thank you. This one will be hard to beat (unlike the Hammers).
My only quandary was whether to give it 10 stars or 1