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The Whittler (2020)
its not a lone star movie...
But its not far away. not texas dummy, its 2 stars worthy, and that is for stamina, and conequent use of specialeffects of breathing fog when a ghost is present.
otherwise it comes under the genrecathegory called ''homemade'', and then i mean real redneck deep southern appalachian wrangler overalls and zz-topbearded breadheads doing a robbery at a local inn that have just held a x-mas donation party for the incorporated city they all live in.the group of thugs are tough and rough but when it comes to ghosts they have no experience and no stamina to conquer the cowboyclad that got shot at that spot several decades ago and hangs about still due to a restless legs syndrome that wont give peace in his sole.
so now you know what your in for as a superfiscial spoiler, its good on the dialect and there are one child doing well on the act the rest is just hommies.
production are low standard, bad lightsetting, bad sound, shaky camera, and a hopeless choice of music, its an inch from ya'll be looking at the grumpy old man doing a shaky shaky linedance, so be thankful i spare you for that.
its a film that everyone can do a film,and it also gives some clues to why stay away from making a film. feature lenghth it aint, and thank god for that. so its a recommend if youre a homevideo lover
Toys of Terror (2020)
This is a film thats hard to define allover. it is for sure a horror flick where the end section should have been the intro, and where the christmas carol(''helga nat'',a beautiful song though) in the end is sung in swedish in an all american movie, a weird choice if you ask me.
its a film made by a small brand, and it shows some signs of poverty, but it has also flare ups of great filmaking, which to choose though are difficult.
its a film with a lot of christmas feel, and glory good looking old toys that hides cruel forces within, a x-mas holiday spent at an old mansion that where built as an orpanage a long time ago, where the lost souls of deceased and lonely children lingers in the corners, and where havoc is made the more merry the story becomes. the gift opening seanse has some creepiness that might scare, but not the grumpy old man...
...because the story are interrupted by inconsistencies, the special effects and animated toys are of pre-gremlins quality, where the acting are so bland and stiff, and the editing are clumsy so even a housemaid would have done it better...
... and who the main target audience is for this film is a mouse in a maze maze that cant find the way out, because its to scary for the small one, too scary and cruel for a primetime watch for a good cristian x-mas get together round the tv-set, its far too clumsy and cheap for the seasoned horror lover, and quite frankly i think this will become an all time iconic x-mas turkey that will atain cult status in about 25 years when the new normal have struck us back centuries, but thats the opinion of a grumpy old man, its no more that a 5, and its given for a well done decorative and well done location design production.
Bad Hair (2020)
one among the best african american produced horror
This is a riddle about how you should look and not look. do your best to follow the mainstream to make success. its also a film about hair, so if split endz doesnt scare you, it will after this. and if you ever consider to extend your hair length then you might reconsider, and if your bawldy like the grumpy old man wishing a sew-in might increase attraction then watch this curly hair-straighten out evil little novel.
it'll also change your perception on some things that youll never thought about at daily basis when considering hair, like a hairy chest may put you to rest, and that a hairy mons pubis might be a slithering lick, and as every hairdresser can account for a tip of a hair might feel as stingy as a killing dagger.
its a well acted, produced and fun film to watch, some slow moments, but you do feel sympathy for the main caracter in the kind of environment she is in.
so have a look ,its decent horror that will snap your split entz away at a blink of an eye, and if you find a hair in your soup, kebab or chicken salad, by all means dont swallow, it might belong to some witch. its a recommend from the grumpy old man
The Witches (2020)
a nice film...
For the rest of us that thankfully hasnt seen ''the original'', and that havent read that roald dahl novel. and by most of all, its a childrens movie, with , at times highflyin cruelty and devilishness that might scare the smallest ones, its well balanced and made me the grumpy old man laugh out loud several times.
with anne hathaway and octavia spencer head to head as the good and evil vice versa, does a magnificent job at these sets. how the producers has been able to sneak in all that witch-symbology are just ravishingly well done
productionwise its a gallore of flashing lights and colour, the plot speed are extremely high, and the special effects duely done. so if i should pick a movie for my grandchildren of the future, this one will surtainly one that i could wrap miself up in the couch with them kids in ,cuddling the sofa pillows to protect us from the evil, and devour the fun.
so its a recommend from the grumpy old man
a human and a natural disaster movie...
Out of proporstions, where , if your on the hunt for tsunamiaction, you may spin fast forward to 75 minutes into the movie, which are pretty neat, but damaged by to much mediocre screams of sorrow as one after the other the cast drowns and sucumb to the frothing waters. without exhagerration i might say that this film covers all film genres except porn...
its a solid film productionwise and very korean at its nervy edge, though the cast isnt at its best, the score are as usual very nice and much of its filmography are great. its a disaster cathegory that is hard to make look real and some cheesy scenes do show greenscreen and cgi at low level, but also some funny scenes that made me laugh out loud, where a man is bombarded with shipping containers at a bridge, superb shoots.
but there are far too much romance and mediocre and boring human connections, that makes this film feel draged out of porportions and slow, so therefore just a little recommend from the grumpy old man
Malasaña 32 (2020)
if you like...
Slow horror movies with lots of mindfull content, lingering around the predigital era of the 20th century spain, with a production design and well equiped and well maked up locations with very good darkfilming and well acted scary moments then its a recommend from the grumpy old man.
its well over american average horror flicks made lately so see this its creepy.
Haunting of the Mary Celeste (2020)
loads of filming...
In a confined space, the outdoors smokefilled and in daylight inside a safe haven of a harbour of tirnanoir somewhere out there where the celestial duties goes like a merryweather. its a film that has great ambitions, credibel acting, but none whatsoever story nor budget to hoal in the line of great success
its a little ghoststory with some physicalelements like warp hole and magnetic fields, and parapsychological features as removiung objects through thoughtpower, and voodooshamanistic feature as talking heads and whispering seagulls calling from the abyss...
its a flick where you get tired of close up shoots, and silly descicionmaking and where you , at the end thinks they got what they came for and that they deserved their cruel destiny.so in other words curiosity killed the cat, and the grumpy old man draws a heavy sigh of relief, its barely a recommend
important topics to shade light on
Because it not entirely an american issue, when talking about use and abuse of class 1 and class 2 prescripted medicine, its the same part of the game here in norway, but at another scale though, and the rest of the world strives like h..l to counteract these issues.
back to the film, it points at two issues, abuse and expectations on youth, it has a permissive side, and it has a lawbreaking aspect. the actors a doing their best on a tv-movie budget and falls through due to bad and incoherent script and direction. there are loads of surprises, which we welcome in a plot, but they swim very fast around them, and never scubadives into the real issues.
but i dare to give this socio-humanethic drama an 8 , it has some harshness of real life to it, all except from poverty, this is a film on behalf of the upperclasses. a recommend from the grumpy old man
roadrage at its best??
Thank god there are tons of films where russel crowe is a nice,humane person to comfort myself from the horrors expelled in this pure sosio/-psychopatic thriller in a race on life and death under the influence of hydrocodone.
its an intense thriller with extreme and relentless terror as a result of a minor morning traffic incident that honked into something big. there are some moments that really shocks, but also a few moments in the plot where the mediocreness of stupid actions made by the victim irritates , even a grumpy old man, that have had some stings of road rage himself, where the sudden psychotic /angry feelings comes over you before you snap a finger, and youre honking, breaking , shouting and throwing fingersignals in all directions possible wishing by all might that i was a policeman in a civil car.
so its a tale well worth seeing, its a natural reaction to most of us, and im sure it can develop this far in real life... therefore a recommend
a tragic little ol lady
We have all heard about little old ladies hoarding animals until last breath is taken, well this is the kind of story it is, not dead, but well on its way.. its a film made on low sound and film quality, with bad light setting. but that doesnt nescesarily make it a bad film, but it wont comprehend it either. its made on a homemade budget, its a sitting by the kitchentable one lazy sunday afternoon knitting coffee and drinking socks idea.
its a one woman show, as its about a woman who does a civil service sentence after a dui, at a small animals clinic.she is lonely, not particularly healthy, has a daughter that wont take her calls. so a dog is taken home and its love all the time. as time goes by its spins totally out of control...
its the typical news reel narrative hanging on this story, its acted as expected, no hippei hay hey on the corner, its just a plain story at plain speed, and its best to watch if you have strange thoughts about aging and death, or do have a great affection for animales minores. i saw it, im grumpy and old and have 2 chinese powder puffs, the hottest animal on earth, and have not a wish to expand my herd, so its a small recommend.
ITS A BEAUTY
Put away your childhood story about pinocchio as a cartoon caracter, and climb inside the whales belly and do a asses kick and tell the story afterwards having a bunch of woodpeckers shorten your nose, to pain away the slithering lies youve told. its fun , its calm, its scary, and its brutal, but its the best story made by man at this side of the century, about the wooden string puppet without a string attached.
the filmography and production design, along with a beautiful score makes this a pleasant one and a half hour of reminiscence about how nice it was when young. its not the pop-story that disney screwed together, no, this is the real narrative, made and spoken in italian. the actors are well reknown faces in italian film, which make this even more viewable. you might expect some visual effect to be made to create a wooden caracter, and yes there are, and you wont be disapointed.
so hunk yourself , with you kids and grandkids but not the smallest ones due to some short but violent and pg-worthy sequences, in the sofa with your cheesedoodles and crisps, because this is time well worth spent. a recommend from the grumpy old man
Totally Under Control (2020)
second edition on a sincere review ,will it be spoiled again?
You wont find a nother summarizing feature documentary at this level till the besserwissers cocludes in a couple of years why this happened and where we failed etc etc when all the numbers and data are processed and the rebuild of the new normal can/have start.
i think alex gibney and his team of filmakers presents the best of the best on the science and the humanistic basis, where death is death and not money and politics, and revealing political systems that spreads fear among beaurocrats that being afraid to get sacked and merely keeps sweettalking to their bosses just to keep their jobs leaving the rest of the population at risk for all its/your worth...absolutely nothing
so put the politics aside when viewing this film, its a stunning moment of truthlearning. with high recommendations from the still grumpy old nurse with the neck gaither ready at all times
El robo del siglo (2020)
Its a good heist movie with strains of truth, the pace is impeccable, and the actors do a good job. a recommend from the ever so facinated grumpy old man...
The Perfect Weapon (2020)
this is scary stuff...
Especially for a grumpy old ultra conservative anti digitalisation socialdemocrat man like me. its about the ominous word called cyberwarfare, and the premisses for this are far too complicated for me to phatom but i sense that it is highly destructive if used correctly. i hope that these kind of docu's may put the breaks on some of the ''all shall be digitized'' culture were living in, no wonder the most fragile among us chose to end a life or becoming cavemen trying to avoid all digital conformativemeasures that is thread over your head because there are no alternative. you cant lend a book in a library without being digitized into a system....
well if there are a minus in the making of this documentary it must be the use of media sources, cnn and nyt doesnt cover it all as we now it, and its not for sure that trump knows so much either, considering how he delegates and ''sells out'' important positions in the us sosciety for a handfull of dollkars.
but else its good, full of suspence and very nice psychologic build up of tension, and leaves us with the pandoras boxed secret, what'll happen next, can they switch of my pacemaker???????? its a recommend
this film displays ...
All the lacks of life, from start to end,allas birth to death, covered up in a covered up story so that you could cover up your opinion, full stop...
its an engaging film for 40 first minutes, youll get a sort of overview in a quirky family life, wher a neighbour bubble factory leaks pink bubbles into the appartment, why??? youll get the answer if you continue watching after 40 minutes, and these are longdrawn, filled with lame and boring moments of twists than end in a cul-de-sac.
so its a nay from the grumpy old man. its a film for the real critiques, not for the thrill seeking ,tearsearching grumpy old man, its a no recommend.
Its a harsh world of poverty and unfairness, that leads my thoughts bakc to potato famined ireland where english landowners hungered and hunkered out millions into famine and death and emigration. its a study of how revenge can in fact overturn even today, and where the feelgood feelin rules.
its a story with a breath of pre emancipation act feeling about a black woman somewhere broken of redneck appalachian forested mountaintop where the queenrules, and the pawns heads and hand rolls due to unpaid taxes. when eviction is coming up, the main turns the world upside down to save her farm ,child and dignity.
its made on a low budget, casted by local theater groups and filmed very well with not to high technical ambitions. therefore a chance to get some splendid natural views of the rollin hill of the misty blue smoky mountains.
if your in for a blockbuster the let it be, this is far more spacialized than that, and where the crowd will divide 50/50 on everything. the grumpy old man though leaves a small recommend, for good acting and twisted revenge and a splendid feelin of nothing to loose.
Survival Guide (2020)
this is no horror film...
More an adventure / parapsychic/mystery film for kids with some very basic touches of vfx alla star wars 1976 level. its a kids film made for adolescents on somebodys wallets and wills, but it is an adventure. so if you are a parent, fosterparent adoptive parent or work within the childprotection and orphans, then you might feel the hitch in your right leg, yeah lets try that.
i cant say its a bad film, the filmographic elements are good, so are the editing and some of the sound work too, but most of all i will praise the childactors that are able to carry most of the story on their own shoulders, without shaking heads wrinkling forheads and anxious looks for mum, ''are you there''?...bravo and 7 out of 10 to them. also the elected sites of filming locations and natural scenes hold high standards.
so if your into the science of orphanology or extremely fond of sosciodynamical institusionalized children research, or simply just love kids on the block, give this film a chance, the rest can let it pass, and find scare and horror somewhere else. i give 3 for efforts, 7 for the kids, and zero for the choice of genre, that gives a median of 3.3 stars from the grumpy old man
this is a film
That makes people look like theyve been binging emotions inside a bunker , sniffing and snorting teargas, just to be able to still feel alive after viewing a film like this, because its a sad true story with extreme high and lows, and extremely disney guttsey, and remember toothpaste wont releve the pain so dont smear that into your eyes.
its a cancer in youth film plus music talent on the plot, with swirling talents of the acts, and a cosy musical content that that lures you into the abyss of deathg and despair. its clever but genericly made, even though based on a true cloud(story)
so if youre babysitting tonight with your love one, balm yourself in handkerchiefs, youll need them, i will for sure evade and evacuate miself from the premises when my better half through an awful lot of years will be introduced to this sadeyed megamonster deathromcom flick, the mourning usually lasts 3 days and three nights after an event like this( and i will never forget the titanic days)
so im grumpy and old and not easy to frail, but it took me over the edge , so have a look at my recommends
The Devil Has a Name (2019)
another no country for old guys
Its a drama and action infested dark mysterious, version of many things, also the 10 great plauges of egypt has some equivallence, to what i felt like a slowplottet multifasceted choice of the golden age of actors, that doesnt have that much punch left, and a devil youll learn the name of if you hang on to the bitter end. there are quite a lot mediocre story development and telling, so if your an somniacic humanyou might feel the silent urge to take a nap there in the dark
its a film that if youre binging films one night, do start with this one so you spare the best till the end,no suggestions from me though what that should be, the grumpy old man didnt find it outstanding at all, so a 6 and a small recommend
its sad to say...
That ww2 happened a long time a go, and a clear sign it is that when making movies about these terrible years of striving and dirtdigging to feed family and friends, at least in europe, have the lack of one great resource namely war time survivorers, they are nearly all dead, and may they rest in peace, and they leave the warfilmakers of today produce movies thats made in an ambisious directors mind, and they leave the rest to the cast and crew to deliver. so when the plot is bad, youll get films like these, merely a bunch of boyscouts armed with weapons, doing pushups in the foothills of the montecassino.
so skip this one, go back to the past and praised ones for viewing this genre. its barely a weak three from the grumpy old man
Monster Problems (2020)
its a jolly good...
Kind of almost familyfriendly scifi action, postapocalyptic story about the superbugs overtaking planet earth, dividing two lifes appart, leaving them seperated for 7 years, till the hamradio starts queking and our main hears that beloved voice of hers, and then the journey towards love and sunsets by the beach start, having to conquer super maggots, crabs and leaches from fairfield to point reyes, though vaccaville wouldve been easier..
its an adventure, its not badly made technically but the story and some of acting are cringeworthy, and the plotspeed slow, but if you can endure one presidents 2 hours massmeetings, than you may be able to stand this out too.
its full of colour, visual and sound effects, it has some superman riddles over it but its an okay enough watch to start your weekend with. a 7 from the grumpy old man.
The Mortuary Collection (2019)
this is just...
An extraordinary feature horror movie made by and on a small brand with rather limited resources, so how theyve managed to put together an environment of actors, visual art design and hoards of horror moment , will become a milestone to many within this moviegenre.i cant imagine having 1 bill $ would have made this better so this is a unique film .
So crazy fun, so betahorrid, and so well staged frights for a perfect halloween without the smallest kids in front of the screen, because it has some gory fields that should be shaded away from preschool age
just a little comparision and digresion in the end. in norway we have a king and the mortuary master in this flick is his spittin image or vice versa....
i laughed and i shivered,said the grumpy old man. a major recommend
Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2020)
thanks for spreading light...
On fraudulent business in other parts of the world than the usual american and european fraud markets.
highly interesting docu series, not much negative to critizise here productionwise, all except its a fact the every perpetrator is a crook
a recommend from the grumpy old man
The Special (2020)
its the season to be horrid
With halloween coming up soon, the release of films connected to death and the devil cums like a tsunami every year at the same time as the leaves rots and the world gets darker for what seems like an eternity.
so why not lighten up with a good film to celebrate the jolly season. ''the special '' is a scifi horror erotic thriller that for sure will surprise you for sure. its made on a modest budget and the cast are merely of b-standards, but it has an idea that will be met with great disgust from the female audience, and wonder, laughter and surprise by the male part.
its a film about sex and release, or lets call it the females reliever when sex becomes anevrotic thing and the needs from the male part cant be satisfied good enough. so we are into the fields of alternative ways to reach into the realms of the sex parlour,what we call a pandoras box to get sexual satisfaction, and its for sure not like having sex with imelda bosch or frieda miele, or Electro Vierne' in LUXembourg.
no , because its far beyond that... the actors are periodically doing an A-job at the sets, espesially entering the hights of pleasure dome seems realisticly well done according to the soundwork. some blood and gore youll get too.
what distracts negatively though filmographically are the zoom-use, or cronic panning the actors from chestheight and up, a bit more distant filming would have given the viewer a lot more opportunities.
so to be a weird and twisted young mans tale of frustrated sexuality, the grumpy old man gives a hunky recommend
El practicante (2020)
well, its prima vera...
All over the baseline. acting,filmo,edit and score are without comparision. exciting and volatile avenge and revenge thriller.a good watch thinks the grumpy old man