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Bml93's Film Diary for 2013: February

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February turned out to provide with more films than January than did. Which was pleasant, indeed. Not so many quality films, but there were some good films here.

I saw 36 films this month, while attempting (but dozed off during it) to watch one.

Best film: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Worst film: 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (387 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.9
Dracula 2000 (2000)
@ Netflix

Casting Gerard Butler as Dracula has to be one of the biggest miscasts ever. Yes, he wasn't that known at the time, but still. Who seriously thought he looked like a menacing vampire? And I'm also no fan of the twist on who Dracula really is.

Basically, this is just lesser filmmaking in every department. It's terribly cheesy, stupid and occasionally dreadful to watch. I did enjoy the fact that Christopher Plummer was playing Van Helsing, though. If only the film were better.
2/10


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@ DVD

I really wanted to like this film. I even anticipated that I were going to love it. After all, I'm a huge fan of 'different' animated films. Heck, I'm even a huge fan of French films. But, strangely enough, despite having all the right marks checked for it, The Illusionist didn't work for me. I never got engaged into it.

Despite its beautiful animation and few touches of magical filmmaking, I constantly found myself thinking about other things than the film. It might be because it were no real dialogue in it, but I don't honestly think that. I never got into the story or characters and was left unaffected by the end of it.
4/10


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Sherrybaby (2006)
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Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers a strong, fearless performance in a film that doesn't deserve her talent. This is a film that didn't lead anywhere, told me something or did anything. It's basically just Gyllenhaal walking around, acting childish and such (she's very good at it, though.)

It's just a film I didn't feel anything for. It didn't work for me, as I never could get a grip of what it wanted to tell. It would appear to be some sort of character portrait of recovering drug-addict and struggling mother, but when it suddenly hints that she might have been sexually abused in the past, it becomes too unfocused for its own good.

One got to enjoy the fact that Gyllenhaal seems to appear naked in nearly every film she does, though. That's great, if only she could have done that in The Dark Knight too.
4/10


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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
ATTEMPTED TRY

This is something I haven't included in one of diaries before. I've seen a film that I don't feel I can rate. We saw this one at school, but since I had hosted an Oscar Party in the classroom with fellow schoolmates, and therefore not gotten any sleep. Which means that I kept dozing off, losing huge parts of the film, meaning that I didn't get the plot of it.

Oh well.
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Lincoln (2012)
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Daniel Day-Lewis does completely vanish into the role of Abraham Lincoln. That's a reason enough to see Steven Spielberg's latest. A film that shouldn't be called Lincoln, but The 13th Amendment or something instead. That's not to say that Lincoln ain't a fascinating picture. Because it is. Carried by several strong performances, Lincoln offers itself as a solid history lesson and a film that's generally well-made all over.

But Lincoln can't help but feel a bit overlong and the ending is completely dreadful. It did not have to end with Lincoln getting shot. It does also at times feel like it's a film that's more of a chore to get trough than an actual film. The other 2012 film featuring Abraham Lincoln, that just happened to include vampires, were definitely more fun. But one can't avoid how much greatness that's been put into this film.
7/10


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Zero Dark Thirty is not only a very strict, tense, suspenseful and gripping thriller. It's also a history lesson that gazes over the hunt for what was the worlds most wanted man with pure intelligence. As well as being devilishly entertaining and extremely interesting, Kathryn Bigelow has created a film that, not only portrays one of the most important historical events in recent years, but also raises several difficult questions. This is a thought-provoking film, and if you're able to follow the complexity of the details that led to Osama bin Laden's demise, I can't see why you won't be thrilled, fascinated or intrigued by this film.

Bigelow could easily have taken the easy way out and simply created a standard Hollywood military-thriller, but instead she's delivered us a film that goes beyond simple entertainment. Zero Dark Thirty is a film that, as I said, poses several important moral and political questions. Thankfully, Bigelow has decided to not let the film have its own opinion of those matters. Leaving the discussion entirely up to the viewer and the audience. Zero Dark Thirty does show what a huge power quality filmmaking can have on people. This film should provide for some interesting discussions. If one is able to survive the nerve-wrecking finale, that is.
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Skyfall (2012)
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Skyfall is not the best Bond-film so far, but it is easily one of the best. Gone is much of the nonsense from Quantum of Solace and we are instead back to a more traditional Bond. Sam Mendes have done an extremely good job in combining the old, traditional Bond with new innovations, without disrespecting the many elements that's required to make a successful Bond-film. The combination of the familiar and unexpected is the mixture that makes Skyfall work. We have the usual gorgeous female, the wonderful psychotic villain, brilliantly played by Javier Bardem, Bond's car and gun, and the iconic Bond theme. Even Q is back, but that doesn't mean we are getting loads of gadgets. "We don’t really go in for that anymore."

Daniel Craig proves again that he is the best Bond, capable to pull of every character trait that Bond has with ease. The action is terrific with awesome set-pieces. Another thing that is worth mentioning is Roger Deakins cinematography, which is completely dazzling.

My only problem with Skyfall is that I think it could have been tightened a bit, particularly towards the ending, but that's just a small complaint in what's truly one of the best Bond-films. It's delightfully fun and entertaining.
8/10


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It might be the weakest of the original trilogy, but I love it nevertheless, even if I no longer think the Ewoks are as amusing as I thought they were when I was younger. But the film itself is just as fun, emotional and entertaining as always.

Princess Leia's gold bikini, Yoda, the scenes with Luke, Vader and the Emperor. So many great scenes and moments in it. Got to love Star Wars.
10/10


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The Quiet (2005)
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The Quiet is a very weird film, a film I never quite got the grasp of. It's a film that really deals with how to cope with death and the loss of loved ones, but it does most noticeably try to tackle incest and sexual abuse as well. And just to make things weirder, there's some lesbian undertones here too. Each of these subjects could very well make their own film alone, but here they've decided to throw everything into one mix. The result is confusing. I don't understand what this film want and I'm not sure if it actually said anything at all. What was the point? It felt like it didn't achieve anything it set out to do.

That's not to say that it didn't achieve anything at all. Because it did. It managed to drag me into it with its mysterious and weird atmosphere. And I was constantly curious with it. I wanted to know what was happening and what was going to happen. So, despite it not offering any pay-off, I wan intrigued with it. The performances are also quite solid.
4/10


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Life Of Pi (2012)
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You'll have to forgive me a bit when it comes to this film. I did occasionally almost fell asleep after the film had passed approximately one hour or something. That's possibly not the film's fault as I just saw it after an exhausting day at school, but it may also confirm what my first thought of this film was. That I think it's a little slow. I know this is a film that's supposed to be like that, but I've enjoyed several slow films before, so that's not the problem here. My problem here is that I don't find too much to enjoy in the slowness this time around.

Yes, it's a visual experience more than anything else, and Life of Pi does very often look like a beautiful postcard, but my fascination for the visuals does eventually settle down a bit. I've been used to it and then it's not that breathtaking any more (even if it is).

When it comes to the basic screenplay of the film, I'm not familiar with the source material, but I think the structure of the film is a bit messy and doesn't work that well when it comes to building up the film (the book might be the cause of this). The thing is, there is no doubt that Pi is going to survive, there's not even a slight possibility that he might die. By that, despite all the danger he's around, I never gets to engaged in his adventure. This is also a possible reason for why I think the film is a bit too slow.

Thematically and spiritually speaking I think the film handles its topic quite well. I do, unlike most people, like the ending. That's despite the spoon-feeding. I'm really not sure when it comes to my rating, but I settled on this. Man, this got messy.
6/10


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I do really think that I don't like most Norwegian films. Even the ones who are judged to be supposedly good by other people who are lukewarm towards Norwegian films. This film boasts some decent performances, particularly from Ida Elise Broch, who is perhaps the cutest actress in Norway. And there are some (very few) comedic and emotional moments in it.

I do basically think that it's just too flat and awkward for it to work properly for me. It doesn't particularly help with them placing several punk/rock songs in it (that I don't like). But I do really think that it's just a film that doesn't dare to go anywhere.
4/10


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Amour (2012)
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Amour could have been a tremendous masterpiece if Michael Haneke's style had been more varied during the film. It does get slightly monotonous and a bit too sterile eventually for me to like this film more than I already did. For me, this is a film that wins me over by its screenplay and acting, more than Haneke's directing.

It's a beautiful film. A courageous, powerful piece of cinema. A real, emotional and devastating portrayal of love and responsibility. I think this is a film many people can relate to in some way, at least it made me think of my great-grandparents. It's a sad film, a film that's though to watch.
8/10


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One of those rare films that does the near impossible feat of surpassing its predecessor. It's a quite close call, but The Empire Strikes Back has always been my favourite Star Wars film. It manages to take the same great characters from the previous film, and expand on the emotional core on them.

It's also filled to core with iconic scenes, some of them which are even more memorable. Darth Vader's scenes with Luke for instance. Totally thrilling and engaging, same goes for Han Solo getting frozen into carbonate. One of my all time favourite films.
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The Hole (2009)
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This film were overall actually quite good. It was particularly great up until it started to solve the mysteries it had created. It ended in a disappointing, predictable CGI fest that probably only were there to provide some imagery for the 3D. Not that I saw it in 3D, though. But until that, it was really great.

Working as a throwback to teen thrillers from the 80's The Hole is at times genuinely creepy, but it's mostly just a really enjoyable film to watch. It got good, likeable characters that's backed up with fine acting and the script is good. It got many nice ideas in it and it manages to stay clear from most of the clichés in this genre. It's good fun.
7/10


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While the majority of people seem to love it, I've never managed to understand those who don't like the first, original Star Wars. A majestic space opera that changed the Science Fiction genre and blockbusters forever. It's a visual, emotional and engaging experience filled with solid performances and memorable characters. The action scenes and visual effects doesn't feel outdated one bit and is just as exciting now as it was when I was a young infant.

To be quite honest, I don't think there are any significant flaws in it. Not anyone I care about, at least. It's just so much fun, and I know for sure that when/if I ever get a kid myself, I'm going to introduce this film to that little fellow at an early age. It's not only Science Fiction at its best, but it's cinema at its finest as well.
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The last of the prequels is a major improvement over the last two outings, but it's still massively flawed and share many of the same similar flaws Attacks of the Clones and The Phantom Menace suffered from. Which has a lot to do with script issues. Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side is a bit clumsily written at times, and this film is held back a bit because it has to make sure that everything fits in with the original trilogy. That makes some of the answers this film provides seem a bit stupid and unsatisfying.

But! Like I've said on The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, this is Star Wars. It's huge, massive and epic. The film might be filled with CGI, but the CGI is so impressive that I don't really have to much of a problem with that. The final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan is pure brilliance.
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Grey Gardens (1975)
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A documentary about an eccentric mother and daughter who lives together in a broken, old house. This was a weird film and one that eventually got really exhausting. This is a film about two people, who are clearly living the past and on old glories, that keeps talking constantly in each others mouth during the entire film. They talk about how things used to be, how great things were and so on. Then they sing and complain on each other and so forth. This film is exhausting in the way that there is never one moment of breath here. They talk the entire time. I got a headache from it.

But there is something sore, sad and depressing to be found here. This is two tragic people living under bad circumstances. They got nothing but their own, old memories. But despite that, I couldn't bring myself to care too much about it. I just wanted a break.
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Was this film supposed to be funny? I don't think so. It's supposed to be burnt, buried and forgotten. This is a film that is in many ways similar to the many American Pie direct-to-video sequels. That's not a quality sign. This is, at least during the first hour, just an incredibly unfunny and gross film, that's relying one fart jokes and toilet humour more than anything else. Those jokes goes away eventually, but it doesn't get funnier anyway.

One thing you need to have in order for a comedy to work is a certain sense of unpredictability to it. If you have that and combine it with perfect timing from the actors, you have comedy gold. This film doesn't have that. It's terribly predictable, and once you have figured out what kind of jokes you can expect from this film, you can see every joke coming from a miles distance. The timing from the actors is also incredibly off. Not to mention that they're completely lacking screen presence. Everything is just so off.
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Attack of the Clones got a completely different weak spot than The Phantom Menace, while still sharing many of the same flaws. The romantic subplot between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé is cringe-worthy. It's awfully written, poorly directed and badly acted. Hayden Christensen is a terrible actor, and to think that the powerful Darth Vader used to be this whiny, intolerable cunt is pain-inducing.

However, while the same script issues from The Phantom Menace remains, as well as the same boring characters, this is still a Star Wars film. It's just fun to watch anyway and it's slightly more entertaining than The Phantom Menace.
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A film that doesn't feel like a sequel to American Psycho at all. The only real thing about it that links it to the Christian Bale film is that this film completely screws it over in the beginning. An unforgivable thing that ensured that I most definitely were not going to like this film a lot. It's safe to say that I didn't.

Playing out as more of a dark comedy, American Psycho 2 fails to be remotely interesting. Mila Kunis turns very often out to be a feast for the eyes, but her character is boring and lazily written. Which is a huge thing about this script. It's lazy. Kunis character just happens to kill anyone that could get in her way in a matter of second, and that's that. The script lazily moves from one to kill to another without doing anything interesting about them. Toss in a bored William Shatner and a stupid psychologist and you got the recipe for a boring film.
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Creep (2004)
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There's not many good things to write home about Creep, but at least it manages to stay away from unnecessary dialogue and bullshit that would just end up being awkward. But besides that, I didn't find too much to like about this film.

The most obvious thing for me to pick on is the lead character. I hated her. Yes, I get the point that she's supposed to be unlikeable and by that Franka Potente's performance is spot on. But I'm really under the impression that a horror film like this needs at least one likeable character in order to somewhat work decently (or an awesome villain. This killer ain't that though). There's no character in this film to root for. All of the supporting characters are stupid and does stupid things (and doesn't even get killed properly), and the lead character is so annoying that I really wanted her to suffer the most painful death ever. That didn't happen.
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Sure, you can choose to rip this film apart, as so many people have done on those hours long Youtube videos etc., but what's the point? It might not be as good as the three original Star Wars films, but it's still Star Wars. An epic, majestic space opera that delivers in the form of amazing special effects and thrilling battle scenes.

Yes, Jar Jar Binks is still dreadfully annoying and Jake Lloyd's acting remains poor. An certainly there are way too much political nonsense here, but I can forgive that as long as I get to see Liam Neeson running around as a Jedi, fighting Darth Maul (one of the coolest characters in the franchise) in what's certainly one of the best lightsaber fights out of all six films. It's deeply flawed, but I'm not going to bother to hate on it. It's Star Wars and I'll enjoy it nevertheless.
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The Dark (2005)
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It's not a terrible film to sit through. It moves along nicely without ever being completely awful and there are actually some decent scenes here. There are moments were there actually was some suspense. But this is in no way a memorable film. It's full of clichés and typical plot devices, and Maria Bello's acting tends to get to hysterical for my taste occasionally.

The Dark is a bit lacking in surprises. Despite for bringing in a final twist that is possibly a bit surprising, it's a bit of a downer because its lacking in logic. Which is a little problem for this film. There's not too much in it that makes too much sense.
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Yeah, a film with a title like Lesbian Vampire Killers should really be some kind o guilty pleasure, shouldn't it? That's what I was hoping for when I decided to see this film. No such luck, I'm afraid. Attempting to be the Shaun of the Dead of vampire films this is basically a failure.

It's a film that's very goofy and dumb, which it knows it is, but it should still be able to provide more laughs than it did. There were not many times I found myself laughing. I do also think that the lesbian vampires weren't as exciting as I thought beforehand. All they were doing was to wave their hands in the air. It's not seductive or anything, it's just weird.
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Those Friedberg and Seltzer spoof films are nearly masterpieces compared to this frighteningly unfunny piece of garbage. This is the prime example of everything that's wrong with today's spoof films. It's just a bunch of celebrity look-a-likes and pop culture references thrown together in various sketches, being so obvious that even the most oblivious person would get it. Everything is just so rapidly mixed together, in order to try and squeeze in so many references as possible, so that the audience can go "Oh, I know that film/person etc!" But whilst the film is busy attempting to spoof films like Paranormal Activity, The Devil Inside, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and heck, even The Dark Knight Rises as well Adele, Storage Wars and The Bachelor it forgets the most important thing of all. To be funny.

It's just painfully unfunny. There was only one part i chuckled slightly at. Which was the Ghost Brothers, who ran aimlessly around with a camera on their heads claiming there were ghosts everywhere, but even that wore out its welcome eventually. So what we have here is an 80 minutes long film with one slightly amusing gag. This film is naturally incredibly stupid. I expected that. After all, films like Meet the Spartans etc. are incredibly stupid as well. The thing I didn't expect though was that it would be so stupid that I'm going to book an appointment at my local doctor to see if my brain is still working. Stupid humor is one thing, that can occasionally be funny. Brain-killing humor is a whole different thing. I'm lucky to be alive.
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Cry Wolf (2005)
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Cry Wolf starts off with an interesting premise, that plays along nicely for a little while. The only problem with that said premise is that, for everyone who is familiar with April's Fools Day, it's bound to be rather predictable. Luckily, there are some small twists around here and the absolute final twist is satisfying.

But it doesn't work too well as a horror film though. There's not really much action in it on that front, and by that, it's quite low on suspense and thrills. It's more of a guessing game than an actual horror film.
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I like films with the premise of stacking a group of people in one room, without them specifically knowing what's happening or what's going to happen, and twists and turns happen etc. This is somewhat that kind of film, only this time there are some Government conspiracy things in it that didn't make too much sense for me. I guess you'll have to be familiar with the sort of things beforehand, if you're going to get the max out of this film.

Besides that, I'm basically sitting here with the feeling that this has been done better before, the brilliant Exam featured a somewhat similar premise and managed to deal with it much better. The tension and suspense doesn't get high enough this time and it feels like it's over before it even got started.
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Slash (2002)
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If you go into this film expecting a pure horror slasher film, you've done a huge mistake. This film may be labeled as a horror film, but if you ask me, this is more of a comedy/parody. If it's that on purpose or not is a whole other thing. The thing is, I found myself laughing a lot during this film. There are several things in it that are absolutely hilarious. Steve Railsback is for instance very funny and the rest of the cast is amusing as well, even if they ain't particularly good actors.

It's not really too much of a horror film. There are certainly horror things in it. We get an awesomely looking villain (I mean it. He's looking very cool) who lurks around in the shadows killing people, and we get introduced to a pretty generic horror background story. Unfortunately, few of these things works particularly well, though. The kills are few and far between, and surprisingly lackluster. The final climax is also rather weak. But fuck that. It's the non horror things in this film that makes it worth the time. It also got some good music in it. (That killer outfit deserves a better horror film though.)
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The biggest issue with The Moth Diaries is that it's so boring it could be considered a cure for insomnia. It runs for only approximately 82 minutes, but it manages to feel twice as long. It's a teen-emo horror film that deals with vampires, sexuality, anorexia and anxiety. Yet it's never able to handle those subjects, resulting in this dull film.

It does attempt to create a mysterious, icy and chilling atmosphere, loaded with lesbian eroticism and suspense, but it falls short on achieving that. Shooting your film through drab blue filters, while having your actresses wander around looking strange and freaking out don't necessarily create that required atmosphere. What we're left with here is rote, tired stuff that feels just as unimaginative as it's dreadfully boring.
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Secretary (2002)
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I got to admit that I think Maggie Gyllenhaal is kinda sexy. So this film was a dream come true for my more perverted side. And while all the eroticism, masochism, nudity, Gyllenhaal masturbating are hugely enjoyable things, I actually found this to be an incredibly cute, quirky, weird and warm love story.

It manages to be exactly that because of some very strong performances, of course, but also because they actually feel like real characters behind their strange activities. It's a wonderful film of love, self-acceptance and innocence.

It's a bit flawed, though. Which is keeping it from achieving masterpiece status. There are some side plots that just feels distracting, and the scene where Gyllenhaal ruins a certain dress didn't work for me. Nevertheless, great film. And one can't help but dig that poster. Damn.
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Mask Maker (2011)
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Feels a lot like a rip-off of films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th Part 2 and other slasher films. It's not a film that offers anything particularly new and it treads in familiar water the whole way. The kills are not exciting and it feels a bit amateurish.

But it passes along without being a complete piece of garbage, much thanks to decent performances from Nikki Deloach and Stephen Colletti. They have some good on-screen chemistry and they turns out to be some rather likeable characters.
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No Reason (2010)
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This is a repulsive, ugly, disturbing, vomit-inducing film. I've seen a lot of torture porn films, and this German film is one of the few films that features some scenes that are so disgusting that I nearly had to puke. Naturally, those scenes featured some really graphic close ups of penises getting sliced and diced. The practical effects that's been used for this film is extremely good, making everything look shockingly real. Therefore, people who are into nothing but extreme torture and gore, are surely going to enjoy this film.

I'm looking for more when I'm watching films, on the other hand. Even from a film like this. Very often I find myself wanting a plot. While there certainly seems to be a plot here somewhere, the film is way too confusing for its own good. And when a confusing plot is thrown together with this type of gore, it's easy to forget the plot. So what we're left with is nothing but one gut wrenching set piece after the other. I'm struggling to see a reason for this film, but I'm positive that there are No Reason for you to see it. (See what I did there? Hehe)
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Fear Dot Com (2002)
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This was honestly not as bad as I expected it to be. It's not a good film, but it's not as terrible as the various ratings and reviews would lead you to believe. Certainly, the script is a complete mess. It's incoherent and very often unbelievably stupid. The characters are thin, the dialogue is more than often dreadful and the acting is dire. Just by that, I can understand the hatred for this film. But I do really believe that there are some moments of pure brilliance in this film.

It's brilliance lies in most of the visuals. There are some pretty neat visuals here, that combined with a premise that I like (I think that premises like this are kinda spooky) makes for some slightly disturbing scenes. The last 20 minutes are also extremely well done when it comes to the visuals, reminding me slightly of something made from Germany during the 1920's. Now, if only the great things in this film would have been placed in a better film, we would surely have an excellent horror film here.
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Frankenweenie (2012)
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Tim Burton is a genius when it comes to animation (or films in general, if you ask me). I'm a huge fan of stop motion and this is quite possibly one of the best stop motion films I've ever laid my eyes on. A beautifully crafted, magnificent 3D horror adventure in elegant black & white.

Frankenweenie is a cute, heart-warming, macabre and extremely weird horror film for children, while remaining a wonderful homage to older horror classics for adults. But that's not to mean that we can't take part in this emotional journey or get affected by the massive amount of warmth that Frankenweenie offers. I love Tim Burton.
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P2 (2007)
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There are moments, particularly around the middle of this film, that are somewhat good. Tense, interesting scenes of dialogue, quickly followed by some good gore scenes. It's a film with a very simple premise, that probably would have worked better as a short film. Because, with the exception of those scenes, this is a cat-and-mouse film that's unnecessary long.

Despite having some good scenes, P2 quickly develops into a film we've seen several times before, usually handled with much more skill as well. This is a film that's for the most part, very low on suspense or shock factor. It's never completely dreadful, but it's overlong and a bit dull. The most interesting thing about it was actually how big Rachel Nichols's breasts looked like. Really.
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Killer Joe (2011)
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My idea about this film is that it will split audiences into two different sections. The first one will find this film repulsive, while the other half will enjoy it for it's sexual perversion, dark humor and violence. You'll easily find me among the second half. This is exactly the kind of sick, twisted, vile and unpredictable film I'm constantly looking for.

And, who could ever have guessed that Matthew McConaughey could be this brilliant? He's a perfect example of to create a sinister, intense and incredibly cool villain. This is a film that knows how to create memorable characters by putting them in scenes that are so exceptionally well-made from dialogue, acting, music to everything.

There is unfortunately one thing about it that's keeping my rating down. The abrupt and fast ending. It didn't work particularly well with me.
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Escape (2012)
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A Norwegian post-apocalyptic action thriller that never manages to be anything more than a been-there-done-that genre film. The director, who has previously made the horror film Fritt Vilt, shows that he's capable of creating well-made chase scenes, but he struggles a lot more when it comes down to to handle the characters in the film. None of them are particularly interesting and we're left emotionally cold, despite them throwing bombastic and sentimental music at us in what's supposed to be seemingly emotional scenes.

There are however plenty of beautiful landscapes to be shown in this film, and the cinematography is good. I do however wish that they could have created more of a apocalyptic mood to it. The film does make a huge point out of being a post-apocalyptic film after the Black Plague, but I never feel that.
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 4 14:35
I'm looking forward to seeing Killer Joe myself. If McConaughey surprised you here (and I can see that with all the rom/coms he does where he plays, basically, the same guy), have you seen U-571, Frailty, Amistad or A Time to Kill? I found his roles in those films, and the films themselves, much better.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 4 17:52
@ Fortunato

I've seen A Time to Kill, but Matthew McConaughey's performance in that film didn't really strike out to me. Not that I thought it was a particularly memorable film anyway. It does seem like 2012 was a pretty good year for him, though. Seeing as he was brilliant in Killer Joe and has harvested a lot of positive feedback for his roles in Bernie and Magic Mike, which are two films I should see.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 4 19:57
I just can't bring myself to watch Magic Mike. There's something about watching a film about male strippers that just...nah, I'll pass. ;D

I'm very jealous though, of you watching Frankenweenie. I love Tim Burton and haven't had a chance to see it yet!
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 11 1:16
Totally agree with American Psycho 2, the first was too good to have an appalling sequel like that :(
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 11 15:25
@ FG93

Aye. The worst thing is how it fucked over the ending of the original American Psycho during the first minutes of it.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 10:01
Glad you're in the "dug Killer Joe" camp! Also happy to see so much enthusiasm for Frankenweenie, a movie that I don't think got a fair shake from people, either because there's a lot of Burton cynicism in the air (which I'll readily admit to dabbling in) or the fact that it's a remake of his own short film.

In truth, it is a pretty accomplished work, and even splendid in many ways. You like it more than I did, I think, but my main issue was a vague feeling that I can quite pin down... I liked it a lot, but it kind of stressed me out too.

Secretary is pretty high up on the list of movies I need to rewatch sometime.

As you've already read... we stand pretty far apart on Amour, but I'm okay with being of the minority on that one. The important thing is that you correctly perceive Empire to be the best of the Star Wars lot ;)

Great read as always.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 10:03
Oh, and don't forget The Paperboy! Another 2012 McCounaghey movie that I think (though many others don't) is well worth a look.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 11:27
@ Xanadon't

When it comes to Burton the latest Burton films, I think they've suffered a lot from, what I would say is unjustified, cynicism. But, that might just be love for him speaking. :P

I did indeed read your opinion on Amour and I do see your points on it and I think I actually addressed some of them. But it worked on an emotional level for me.

I've heard very mixed thing about The Paperboy, but I'll be sure to check it out and make my own opinion about it.

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