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Not so Brightburn.
As stated in other reviews, the movie is a waste of a decent premise. It isn't terrible, but it is generic, predictable and therefore rather dull. Acting and cinematography are okay, but the overall plot and execution are lacklustre.
Horse Girl (2020)
Shame about the ending.
The film has potential with a strong lead, some good visuals and a nice soundtrack. The concept is interesting and to an extent, well represented.
Unfortunately all the supporting characters are... not great. Mostly by design, such as being almost deliberately stupid/negligent/ineffective in order to push the story in a certain direction.
What really ruins it however is the "make up your own mind ending" and the confessed motive behind it. Those two minutes completely nullify whatever was valuable about the portrait. Shame.
Very roor acting, idiotic writing and sloppy camera work. A ridiculous, empty and forgettable film.
Cold Skin (2017)
The film is visually appealing, the acting is good and when it touches on philosophical issues here and there, it avoids being too hammy. The plot however is rather thin and has some holes. All in all, it could have been fleshed out more, together with the characters.
Really fun take on the body snatchers theme. Unpretentious, yet well made. Acting is decent, characters are mostly believable and pacing is great.
The Witcher (2019)
I am a fan of the books and games, so I kept my expectations low. Which is why I managed to enjoy most episodes.
But let's be honest, the casting isn't great. And I do not just mean compared to the source material. The main actors are simply mediocre at best. Combined with the contrived plot and the slow pace, the entire first season sinks in a mire of underdeveloped characters, vague motivations and shots of Geralt walking around like a lumberjack.
What Keeps You Alive (2018)
Stupid. Contrived. Irritating.
Predictable and dumb with characters so bafflingly annoying, you will want to kill them yourself. The pseudoartistic scenes and completely superfluous scenes only make the entire film more laughable, by demonstrating how seriously it takes itself.
The music is too loud and wrong. The camerawork and lighting are good. The acting mediocre at best.
This is a different kind of "superhero" movie that has more in common with Scorcese drama and less with the faeces films of the MCU, but that doesn't mean it is actually that good.
It takes itself way too seriously in a way that doesn't add any depth. The tempo is unbalanced. Phoenix does a good job, but the character is simply an impression of a violently psychotic individual, rather than an accurate portrayal. Camera, lighting and music are alright, but tedious. All in all this is a decently made, rather boring film that will mostly appeal to people with little sense of relativity and it would have been better without the comic book element.
And by the way, when it comes to that comic book aspect, they completely missed the point of the character.
Man of Mehdan
Do not expect another "Until Dawn".
Camera angles are a mess, as are some controls. Story is mediocre and lacks any real depth. Replay value is low, because the extremely predictable "twist" completely ruins the entire atmosphere and therefore the game itself. Towards the end, technical issues are frequent and character building is revealed to be a big joke.
Still, the acting is okay and it is entertaining enough to pick up if it is ever on sale for under ten bucks.
In the Tall Grass (2019)
In the meh grass
First off, the movie is quite different than the book. This is unfortunate, because none of the changes made are for the better. I do not mind all the grass footage or even screaming, what I do mind is the lack of balance which means you never really "feel" the hellish repetitive nature of the their ordeal. Although to be honest, you never feel much of anything, as all the characters are flat and annoying. The last ten minutes, as so very often, ruin whatever goodwill was left.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
In the shadow of the mehn
Even though the plot was pretty much clear from the start, the first part of the movie was enjoyable. A certain tension, a certain nostalgia. But then it all starts going downhill until it end in the sewers. The vague ethical elements never rise above kindergarten level, the science is preposterous and the "USA is the world" assumption is tedious. The acting is decent, so is the music and lighting. Too bad, as with nearly every movie these days, the plot didn't get as much attention.
Siberia: Dumb diamond dude gets himself killed.
As always Keanu Reeves performance can barely be described as acting. The supporting cast is passable, but everything is so boring, bland and nonsensical that it is almost painful to watch. The lame, gratuitous sex scenes I just fast forwarded through. In the age of Internet, who needs all that failed 80s erotica in their action thrillers?
Acts of Vengeance (2017)
Mehcts of Vengeance
Cliché vengeance action thriller. The whole playing mute gag makes Banderas' already mediocre performance into a simply silly one. The plot twist is again, as with so many movies these days, blatantly obvious from the beginning. The entire endeavour seems contrived, with even the technical aspects being subpar.
Oh, and the Marcus Aurelius quotes only serve to make the film more pretentious, they do not add anything whatsoever.
The Limehouse Golem (2016)
A film with potential that, sadly, was never used. Cinematography is good with great atmospheric lighting and superb camerawork. The acting is decent enough, but the script is simply too thin to carry any real weight. The plot "twist" is painfully clear from the very beginning, even though it tries far too hard to be oblique, that it makes every single dialogue feel ridiculous. Add to that the uneven pacing and uneven character creation... and you have a solid "might have been".
Another Life (2019)
Bad acting, dreadful script, annoying characters, boring cinematography.
Annoying main characters with unbelievable responses to the completely obvious weird things going on. Typical case of a movie driven by unrealistic people and plot holes.
The Nun (2018)
Hard to believe some people actually thought this was a good horror movie. Unless plot holes, bad acting and cheap, predictable special effects scare you... prepare to be disappointed.
The Perfection (2018)
Do not understand why this film gets all the praise it does. It is a pretentious attempt at a psychosexual thriller. But if you have half a brain, you can clearly see through the entire plot in the first few minutes. The soundtrack is far too prominent, the acting is mediocre and the so-called suspense is merely irritating.
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
Combining subtle horror elements with a stereotypically extreme rendering of the art world could have worked wonderfully well, unfortunately the film suffers from its own intentions. Because it lacks any satiristic flair and focuses far too much on a rather dry, lacklustre presentation of the characters, it fails to find a balance between genres and rathers becomes an art version of "The Devil wears Prada" with some added deaths.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Meh quiet place
How anyone can honestly think this is a good movie is beyond me. It is possibly the dumbest most plothole-ridden piece of garbage I have seen in recent years. And that is saying something. Nothing in the film makes any sense at all when held up to even a split second of scrutiny. We're not talking minor suspension of disbelief issues either, all the characters and plot elements are so incredibly stupid, the movie nigh impossible to watch. The acting itself was passable. The visuals okay. The sound, ironically, was rubbish and undermined what little atmospheric charm this piece of junk could have had.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Prometheus was bad, this is no better. Plot is absolutely ridiculous. The writing is so bad it is hard to even imagine it on a lazy fan fiction website, let alone in a high budget franchise film. The acting is marginally better than in its predecessor, but remains utter tripe. Waste of time.
Visceral visuals and a solid soundtrack can not save this film from its extreme overacting, weak plot and ridiculously repetitive use of the same cinematic tricks - for example, the director is probably related to a guy who owns a red light store-.
Rogue One (2016)
Shallow and pointless.
Instead of picking a more interesting period in the Star Wars story universe, they stuffed another movie in the already overly saturated stretch of original trilogy timeline. Unsurprisingly, this is a pointless piece of contrived cinema with shallow characters portrayed through mediocre acting in a story of which we already know the outcome. This makes for an oddly paced, unbalanced movie that is simply rather bland and boring. Even the special effects were tame and the much discussed CGI revival of some characters looked quite ridiculous. The film is not terrible, but considering the resources at the disposal of the makers, it does not deserve a higher rating. The Darth Vader cameo is the only element that is extremely well done.