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Bml93's Film Experiences for 2016: First Half

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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6

The Last Witch Hunter have rounded up a lot of bad reviews, which is to a certain degree both understandable and confusing. There's nothing truly great about this film (with the exception of how good Rose Leslie looks in that leather jacket), and as a genre film it doesn't come up with anything you haven't seen before.

Still I think it's a very competently made genre film that manages to be quite entertaining. I don't think we're getting enough films that centers around this type of fantasy, and this turned out to be a fun time.
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People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (186 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.3

I've never understood why so many people are so fond of the original Independence Day, and that it ended up with a sequel 20 years later is a bit strange, with a third film definitively coming. While I thought the original was fine at best, Resurgence is a train wreck of rehashing everything from the previous film. It's mess of a nightmare to behold.

The film features about 20 characters or so. Almost everyone from the original (even supposedly dead ones) and plenty of new ones. None of them are developed in any proper way, and few of them are justified for even being there. The film also takes forever to get going with one meaningless scene after the other extending the running time to an unbearable length.

The special effects themselves are fine, as you would expect from a Roland Emmerich film. The action is bigger and more bloated than the last time, but there's no reason to care. It's not engaging. It's not immersive. It's not fun. It's not entertaining. As film goers, we should reject these kind of films. This is a soulless cash grab in its most disposable form.
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People who added this item 8064 Average listal rating (5217 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Finding Nemo (2003)
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Finding Nemo is a wonderful film, and it's one that breaks your heart during its first minutes. Pixar is great at taking something that is very simple at its core and to turn it into a full emotional experience. They find something that is easily relatable and play on it for full effect. Pixar may rarely be about humans, and in Finding Nemo's case it's about fish, but Pixar nonetheless truly knows how humans work and this is one of the core reasons for why Finding Nemo is so wonderful. It's a film that thugs at every human emotion, and it does so with such ease and finesse.

I will say this though. It doesn't rank among my favorite films because on its journey there are a few bumps along the way. Not every scene is as necessary as the next one, and there are moments that drags a bit too much without really adding anything of importance on a story or an emotional level. But with that being said, Finding Nemo is another great film from Pixar and another example of how mature and profound animated films can be.
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People who added this item 483 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3

It had every momentum going for it. A visually slick director, a handsome cast, Alicia Vikander and a cool spy premise. While it occasionally manages to deliver upon its promise with a few fun moments and scenes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is mostly a disappointment.

The problem is that film suffers from a lack of an intriguing story and poor characterization. I wouldn't mind that too much if the film at least offered a consistent amount of fun and entertaining beats, but more often than not, I was just shrugging my shoulders. The chemistry between the actors is also not good enough to carry the film on its shoulders, and thus this Guy Ritchie film ends up being mediocre and forgettable.
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People who added this item 365 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4

This is the perfect horror film in absolutely every regard. James Wan have continuously grown as a horror filmmaker, and The Conjuring 2 might be his best outing. A suspenseful and atmospheric horror film that toys and plays with you and your expectations all the way through. Wan is at master at building atmosphere with the usage of his camera work, music and sound, along with some overall creepy imagery. He's exceptionally talented at slowly building dread and terror. Yet, Wan also knows that atmosphere isn't much if you don't release into full horror. Which he does. I very rarely jump in my seat, nor am I easily scared, but with The Conjuring 2 Wan scared the crap out of me.

You see, the one thing that Wan does that plenty of other horror director should take note off, is that Wan messes with the timing of his scares. In most horror films the scare usually comes at the exact moment when you're prepared for it, thus lessening the impact. In The Conjuring 2 the timing is constantly changing, meaning that you'll most likely end up being caught off guard, making the scare effective and frightening.

Wan also knows that scares and atmosphere is useless if you don't have proper characters to get emotionally invested in. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are amazing, and their chemistry is so wonderful that there where a few times were I teared up a bit. Wan knows that we wants to be scared, but he also makes sure that we care for the characters. Which is why he spends an equal amount of time to build up the characters. There is a scene in the film that has Patrick Wilson doing a rendition of Evis Can't Help Falling in Love. A very simple scene, yet so emotionally effective that it ups the film to a whole another level.

The Conjuring 2 is quite simply a collage of everything that Wan has done greatly previously, though this time he has managed to master everything to perfection. It's an atmospheric and scary horror film that also manages to be emotionally investing. That's something rare.
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People who added this item 400 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Warcraft (2016)

I've been waiting for a Warcraft film for about ten years, and now it's finally here. The film does follow some sort of video game adaptation curse. There hasn't been plenty of good films based on video games, and with great fantasy properties as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones already existing, Warcraft is going to be a though buy for a lot of people and in particular those who aren't already familiar with this universe.

Warcraft have always been a little silly. There's a lot of fantasy mumbo-jumbo in it, and it has never truly shied away from embracing some of the cliches that comes with the genre. Though despite it featuring big clunky green orcs, silly magic and oversized weapon and armor, Warcraft is also about ideas and themes that most genre films shies away from. There are no right or wrong in Warcraft. With perhaps one exception, there is no naturally good or evil character present here and Warcraft manages to play up all sides equally well. It's also fine to see that the story actually got proper stakes, and that it avoids being predictable by providing enough twists and turns

While Warcraft manages to offer an interesting story at its core, it's first and foremost a visual spectacle. It's a CGI heavy film with a few practical effects and sets mixed within it. All of it looks great, and particularly the orcs looks amazing. The action is well-made and despite its PG-13 rating, it doesn't shy away from the brutality that a war of this scale would end up as.

It's a bit difficult to talk about Warcraft without going into my own bias towards this world. I'm a huge fan, and to finally see the world of Azeroth on the big screen is incredible. There are so many details, easter eggs and just downright amazing moments for us fans in Warcraft that I can't help, but to love this film. It's certainly flawed. It does try to gape over too much and too many characters over a short time, and it would have benefited from either simplifying it further or extending its length. I'm not sure how average film goers, and those who aren't already fans are going to react to Warcraft, but let's at least hope that enough people go and see it, so that we can see more from this world.
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Mr. Holmes (2015)

If there was one iconic role that Ian McKellen just had to play, it certainly was Sherlock Holmes and quite naturally, he embraces that role with a sincerity that matches him and the film quite well. This is not your typical grand-scale Sherlock Holmes story. He doesn't have a major case to solve. Instead it's a much smaller film that gives it entire focus to him as a character in his later years. Which was quite refreshing.

It does move slowly and while it is a fascinating watch, in the end, it doesn't really do or say much, which is what's causing it to not be truly great.
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People who added this item 1014 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Arachnophobia (1990)

As far as creature features go, Arachnophobia is quite good. More or less achieving exactly what it sets out to do. It nicely manages to walk the line between being humorous and slightly frightening. The horror aspect of the film is well-handled and there are several tense moments that creepily gets under your skin because the spiders are convincingly portrayed in a scary way.

The humor in the film is funny, and luckily the humor comes from the characters being interesting and amusing, and not because the filmmakers decided to schlock it all up. Not every joke lands, but more often than not, I found myself amused.
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Irresistible (2006)

I had extremely low expectations when putting it on, but was quite pleasantly surprised by it. It does have some tendencies of turning into a silly soap opera, but there are so many plot turns and twists slowly creeping up on you that this film turned out to be rather enjoyable. Particularly the last act is completely bonkers.
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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Hush (2016)

A very nice and intriguing premise that occasionally delivers on said premise. Sadly Hush falls in the trap of blowing its load way too early. To begin with it is tense and exciting, but once the killer takes off his mask and reveals himself to be some goofy guy, all the tension is lost.From there on the film struggles to gain momentum again and it ends up feeling like nothing more than a wasted potential.
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People who added this item 750 Average listal rating (481 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7

After the exceptional First Class and Days of Future past the X-Men franchise takes a minor dip in quality. Where its predecessors managed to combine entertainment and the X-Men mythology with some nice themes and ideas of its own, Apocalypse falls in the trap of just being entertainment. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it causes it to be one of the lesser interesting superhero films of 2016.

That being said, there is a lot of spectacle and wonderful characters to witness here. Fassbender is amazing as Magneto yet again, and although he is slightly underutilized here. The rest of the cast is also great (except for Olivia Munn who sucked and Jennifer Lawrence, whom completely mailed in her performance), with Quicksilver being the stand-out. Apocalypse himself is a fine villain, even if he's not that memorable. The finale to the film is slightly disappointing in its lack of consequences and confusion, but I was overall satisfied with X-Men: Apocalypse.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.5
Huset (2016)

This Norwegian horror film that deals with two nazis and one Norwegian that seeks shelter in an abandoned house got some really interesting ideas in it, and there are a few moments of mindfucking here that causes the film to avoid being predictable.

The problem is that it relies itself too much on cheap and unnecessary jump scares and sudden loud noises. The sound design of the film is almost an entire chapter in itself. It's extremely annoying, uneven and headache-inducing.
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People who added this item 748 Average listal rating (449 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6
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So I ended up catching a double feature of The Green Inferno and Cannibal Holocaust at one of the cinemas in Oslo. I had already seen Cannibal Holocaust on blu-ray a few months back, but it's not often a chance to see a film like that at the big screen arrives, so I jumped at it. Surprisingly enough, I liked it a little bit more.

I do not think it's a great film by any means, but I do appreciate that for what it is, it's extremely effective.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.3

Eli Roth's homage to Cannibal Holocaust and the whole cannibal genre. It's pretty easy to see where his inspiration has come from, and there are scenes in The Green Inferno that are gloriously gruesome, particularly one about halfway through. The problem with that is that the film never manages to top that, leaving the rest of the film with a bit of an anticlimactic taste and a few shoulder shrugs.

The biggest offender is however the really odd change of tone the film goes through. From full on torture porn to shlocky comedy and toilet humor. The constant changes are jarring to watch. Another issue I have is that the film looks too clean. It's also nicely shot and well put together. So much that I think it lessens the effect the horror would have had on me otherwise. I think it would have benefited from a rougher and grittier look.
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People who added this item 566 Average listal rating (380 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9

After hearing so many great things about this film, I must say that I'm slightly disappointed. My main issue with the film is how it was structured, as the constant flashbacks kept pulling me out of the film with information that I didn't really feel I needed. It also hurts the film that the Phantasm is a mystery that's not that interesting to solve.

But oh my did I love the Joker here? You bet I did. Mark Hamill as the Joker is the best thing ever, and watching this incarnation of the greatest comic book villain ever was great.
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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

Batman vs. Robin has a lot of great thing going for it. The animation is good, the action sequences are great and the whole thing surrounding the Court of Owls is a lot of fun. The problem with this films is all about the characters and the motivation they have, particularly Robin. As well as few things that really doesn't make sense.

The one thing that really pulled me out of the film was how easily Robin managed to go hand-to-hand with both Batman and Nightwing. Robin, while being a skilled fighter, is still just a kid. Batman and Nightwing are grown men who are also extremely skilled fighters, even more so. Yet Robin beats them. I'm also struggling to buy Robin's motivation for the things he ends up doing, and it feels more like it's just there to drive the plot forward. It doesn't feel natural. It's also not necessary. The film didn't need Robin going up against Batman, and the film would be better by simply focusing on the Court of Owls.
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People who added this item 1298 Average listal rating (721 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Barry Lyndon (1975)

The first thing to note about Barry Lyndon is that it's an absolutely gorgeous experience. Everything in it is beautiful to look at. The cinematography and production design is at an extremely high level, while the sound and music perfectly matches it. Kubrick has created an audiovisual experience that few directors have managed to reach since.

Barry Lyndon feels more or less like a character study than a plot driven film. The narrative is all over the place and constantly changing focus. This might occasionally be frustrating, but once you start to explore the rich and fascinating character that Kubrick presents us, it's with no doubt that I can say that Barry Lyndon is a really good film.
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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (656 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9

Unless you're already a Marvel fan, and heavily invested into their cinematic universe, I don't think Civil War is going to gain much new fans. If you're already a huge fan, then you'll most likely drool all over it.

It does a lot of things right, and a few of those things can not be appreciated enough. It balances a really massive cast of both new and familiar superheroes, but manages to find the time to give them all character development and proper motivation. While you never truly feel that there's anything major at stake here, the fact that you get under the skin of the characters, causes the inevitable brawl to actually have some intensity and emotion to it. Setting it above being just a flashy spectacle.

The Marvel formula is still more or less the same, and Marvel is still struggling to find a really captivating villain whenever Loki is out of the picture. There are a few generic action sequences here and some plot points that doesn't make a lot of sense, but as someone who swallows superhero films without hesitating, Civil War is great fun.
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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (347 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5

Christopher Walken's rendition of "I wanna be like you" is worth the price of admission alone. It's glorious. Now. As far as heavily-CGI-made-live-action-remakes goes, The Jungle Book is very good and is most certainly destined to be a hit amongst kids. It's frisk, funny, colorful and with a plethora of memorable characters. It achieves exactly what it sets out to be.

It shies away from being truly great in my eyes due to a couple of scenes that doesn't serve any other purpose as to either being a distraction for a few minutes, or to simply nod to the animated version. Scenes that this version could have done well without. Like Scarlett Johansen's voiced snake. While being a fine scene alone, it doesn't progress the film in any significant way, and the film would probably me better served without it, and other scenes like it. Still, this is a mere nitpick from someone whose opinion is all over the place. The Jungle Book is nonetheless a truly enjoyable experience.
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People who added this item 195 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 4.9
Knock Knock (2015)

This Eli Roth film does have some moments of brilliance, all though I'm not quite sure if it's intentional or not. Keanu Reeves performance is particularly enjoyable and there are plenty of laughable moments in the film. Like one over-the-top sex scene for instance. You see, Kock Knock is on the edge of being so bad it's good.

It doesn't quite get there though. Because despite a few amusing moments, Knock Knock is mostly dull and irritating. The film just ramble on way to long, and a sense of things getting repetitive.
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7

A film that is built around its first-person video game gimmick. There is no story or proper characters here. Everything is as simple as a violent video game. The closet thing that can resemble a story here is that "you" will get sent around to various places to neutralize some guy or get something, and along the way there's a lot of bad guys to kill. I love this very simple approach. It suits the style of this film perfectly, and I would much rather have absolutely no plot and no characters, than some half-arsed attempt at creating a story and some character development. Which is something that most action film struggles with. Instead we get a stylistic, violent and fun thrill-ride that never lets go of you until the end credits.

The film is so full of energy and creativity that the gimmick of it never wears out its welcome. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and everything in it so well-put together that you can't imagine the film being different in any way. The brutal violence, the humor, the soundtrack and frenetic pace all fits so nicely together with its premise. Hardcore Henry is a brilliant accomplishment and easily one of the best action films in years. This is one film I'm going to revisit quite frequently.
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6
Circle (2015)

One location with a bunch of characters standing still for almost the entire film. That's how Circle is. Characters standing in a circle. Despite that, it manages to keep some sort of tension going on throughout the film, and it does keep you guessing how everything is going to play out.

The problem here is that there's not one single character to root for. The film tries to toss two characters you're supposed to care for at you, but neither of them are given any personality. The issue here is that every character that is starting to get some sort of personality gets immediately killed of because they have a personality.
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People who added this item 3372 Average listal rating (2272 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Watchmen (2009)
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Watchmen keeps growing on me, and if anything, this is Zack Snyder's swan song. A visually striking film that accurately represents its graphic novel. It's a refreshing film to have in the superhero genre, as most superhero films are rather black and white in their depiction of the world. Watchmen works more in the gray area of that, and is in terms of ideas and themes one of the most interesting films in this genre.

One of the coolest aspects of the film is the character Rorschach, boasted by a strong performance by Jackie Earle Haley. The whole film-noir element that surrounds his character is top-notch filmmaking, and something that is right my alley.
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People who added this item 1580 Average listal rating (1083 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6

This is full on glorious well-made shlock from the very beginning until the very end. The humour doesn't always strike me, but this was an amusing and entertaining watch.
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People who added this item 5246 Average listal rating (3470 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amélie (2001)
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One of my absolute favourite films. If I were to put together a top 10 now, it would definitively take its place there. It's such a lovely and warm film. One you just want to cuddle too.

Audrey Tautou is lovable in it. It's quite simply impossible to not fall in love with her in this film. Another thing it's impossible to not love is the music by Yann Tiersen, which is quite simply enchanting and outs you right into that warm mood together with the wonderful cinematography, delightful narration and the films overall imaginative film language.
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People who added this item 220 Average listal rating (152 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.6
Unfriended (2014)

This film follows in the same vein as another film I saw recently, called The Den, in which the entire film is displayed through the main character's computer desktop, and in this case mostly Skype conversations. It's a fun (and most welcome) twist on the found footage genre, all though I'm starting to fear that it might grow old really fast.

The film itself is more fun than frightening. It never gets scary because you don't feel any emotional connection to the characters, and therefore the dread and horror that they experience fails to resonate with me. Instead I found myself constantly giggling. Which is because every character in this film is a huge asshole, and watching the squirm in terror was a lot of fun.
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This film is a mess. If it's a good or bad mess is entirely up to you. It's going to be an extremely divisive film, but one can not change the fact that this film is a mess. It's a film that throws so much at you that it ends up being a slightly disjointed experience. There are ingredients and material here enough for almost four or five films alone. So it's very choppy and thus the main event of the film doesn't get as much attention as you would probably hope for and expect, despite it being the main plot of the film.

I did like this film. I did enjoy the various parts of it. I really loved all of the scenes with Batman/Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck really nailed that role and his interactions with Jeremy Irons as Alfred are wonderful. There's a scene in which Batman goes up against of armed hostiles that is arguably the best Batman action we've ever seen on the screen. Superman is also handled well, and there's a lot of emotional gravitas around him. Much of it doesn't necessarily get the attention it deserves, but it's still fascinating. Wonder Woman looks cool. She's not that much in it, but at least she looks cool. I even liked Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He worked well for what the film wanted him to do.

The one thing we really want from this film is to see Batman go up against Superman, and once that fight finally happen, it's indeed glorious. Even if you don't like the rest of the film, it's worth the ticket of admission simply for that fight. Zack Snyder continues to struggle a lot when it comes to crafting a fully complete narrative that perfectly mixes action with emotions and character development, but there's no point in denying that he's a master when it comes to creating a visual spectacle. For all of its faults, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very entertaining fireworks show. It's loud and overblown, but it is pretty damned spectacular and entertaining.

It's slightly disappointing that the film itself is not as good as I dared to hope for, but to say that I didn't have a really good time watching it would be to lie and deny myself of the pleasure it was watching these two go up against each other. The film spends some time setting up for the Justice League film. I'm excited for it, but maybe there's time to find a director or writer that can piece together the story a little better.
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People who added this item 573 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Sicario (2015)

Sicario is a competently made film that is worthy of praise and respect. It's a very well-put together film with a few intense moments involving realistic characters that are brought to the screen by good actors delivering solid performances.

The thing with Sicario though is that it is a film that is more to be admired than loved. It's an emotionally cold film that doesn't resonate with me in any particular film. It's not something I got invested in.
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People who added this item 587 Average listal rating (436 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Babadook (2014)
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Despite my rating for The Babadook remaining at a solid 7, I did like it more this second time. On my first watch I really hated the ending, but after now giving it a new go and some thought, I find myself appreciating it more.

See this list for my thoughts on it: Bml93's Film Diary for 2015: September & October
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People who added this item 344 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Brooklyn (2015)

This is a film that is suited for the Oscars and awards session. Nowadays people talk about films like that like it's a bad thing. That's not always the truth, and in Brooklyn's case, it's certainly not. This is a lovely, lovely film. A light, inoffensive film that nicely checks off every requirement for a film like this, and handles it all skillfully.

Saoirse Ronan is completely mesmerizing and you're emotionally invested in her whole journey. She's also extremely pretty. Her character is well-developed and you experience the film through her in a satisfying way. This is not very "special" or "totally amazing" film by any means, but it's nice to see that we can have sweet and cozy little films like this. Something I would definitely watch again, and even with my mom.
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People who added this item 461 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

It may not be as emotionally connecting as one would dare to hope for, but Steven Spielberg does know how to put together a proper film. It looks and sounds amazing. It got an old-fashioned feel to it that you doesn't see too often this day. The performances are naturally superb.

If you look at it very simply, it's mostly just a film with a lot of people talking together in different rooms, but due to Spielberg's high knowledge of filmmaking craftsmanship, he manages to create a tense and solid film that deserves a watch. Even if it fails to thug your heartstrings.
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People who added this item 547 Average listal rating (377 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Room (2015)

I went into this film knowing basically nothing about it, and you could safely say that it was full of pleasant surprises then, in the way how the story played out. But this is basically all about the relationship between the mother and the son, and it's just so wonderfully and beautifully portrayed, with some amazing performances.

It's quite simply an excellent exploration of an unknown world, and how something that seems to be so familiar for us, is a total foreign concept for someone else. That portrayal of adaptedness is emotionally uplifting. Room takes a lot of dark turns, and there's a lot of things in it that deserves an afterthought, but this is first and foremost an emotional triumph.
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People who added this item 3350 Average listal rating (2151 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9

There's not really a lot happening here when it comes to plot or story. It's beyond being paper thin in that regard. But The Breakfast Club is not about that, and it goes to show that in many ways, plot is not necessarily the most important thing in a film.

This is all about the characters, and they're all wonderful. The film is driven by seemingly stereotypical characters that slowly unfolds new layers as the film go by, and whom are all relateable in one way or another. It's an emotionally satisfying experience that's a lot of fun.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.8
Villmark 2 (2015)

The first Dark Woods is a rather well-known horror film in Norway, not that it has been made a lot of them here, but most people are familiar with it. So in a way, a sequel was kinda inevitable. It just took them 12 years, and seeing as so many years had passed, it might just have been wiser to let it go.

This is not a good film, which is a shame really, because it ends up wasting a very cool location and some fine atmosphere on a film that doesn't manage to anything with it. It lacks scares, the characters are basically non-existent and the plot doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Norway is a great place for a horror film, just do something about it.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Visit (2015)

After Shyamalan's two latest failures, it's nice to see him take a step back in terms of production scale and instead focus on a much simpler story. It's also interesting to see him play around with the found footage genre, which is in some ways the most tiresome genre out there now.

The Visit is a really dumb film with a lot of silly moments in it, it's almost on the edge of being a spoof film at times. Still it manages to be rather creepy thanks to some solid performances, a well-thought out use of the found footage style, and some really bizarre things happening. It features a lot of Shyamalan's trademarks, for better and worse, and after some bombs, it's nice to see Shyamalan getting slightly back on the horse again.
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Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool is pretty much exactly what you want from a character like this. A raunchy, vulgar, bloody and sexy R-rated experience that doesn't hold back on its humor and crudeness.

The story itself is pretty standard superhero origin stuff, and the whole framework surround this character is not that impressive, in some cases even very forgettable. But the pure entertainment value that comes seeing this character brought to life in this way is pure bliss.
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Horns (2013)

One can definitely not fault Daniel Radcliffe for taking safe choices in his post Potter career. For Horns is a pretty weird film in a rather fun way, and Radcliffe is certainly having a lot of fun in his role. His energy, the style of the film and some of the absurdity portrayed in it, makes Horns a very worthwhile watch.

It does have some tonal issues going on, and the whole mystery "who did it?" aspect of the film doesn't work entirely that well due to predictable nature of it. Horns is at its best when Radcliffe just fucks around with people. Not when it ventures into seriousness.
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Paper Towns (2015)

I adored this film. In my opinion it is far better than the other John Green adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars, that got a lot more praise than this. While I thought that there were something forced and slightly phony about that film, I found Paper Towns to be genuinely heartfelt, charming and engaging.

I have kind of been reflecting upon my own school experience now that I have finished up my complete education and started working properly. When I look back to all those years, I kinda regret not doing more out of it. I feel like I've wasted something. Now, I'm not exactly talking about the exact things that happen in Paper Towns, as that goes a bit beyond actual reality. But the overall sense of love, friendship and wonder that film brought, made me wish for a different life for myself. When a film manages to do that, while being extremely charming and emotional, you do know that you've seen something special.
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Space Cop (2016)

Space Cop is sci-fi comedy schlock made by the brilliant Red Letter Media. If you're a huge fan of Red Letter Media, there's no denying that the release of Space Cop have been hyped up as hell. Does it live up to that hype? No, not necessarily.

A film like this is only as good as the jokes and humor it manages to deliver, and while I do love Red Letter Media's humor, there were surprisingly many jokes that fell flat. But there's still so many "inside" moments in it and clever gags, that I did enjoy myself a lot with.
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Truth or Die (2012)

There are some nice humor, moments of gore and an intriguing premise at display here. Which makes this to be a very tolerable film to watch. But despite that, it's also a very frustrating film. It's frustrating because it feels like they squandered their potential by not introducing us to characters we can relate to.

A horror film doesn't necessarily need that, but when the whole films is so centered around the revenge and survival motif, you need to be able to correlate to someone at least. Everyone in this film are just hateful.
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Poltergeist (2015)

Poltergeist's remake is not really that bad. It's well-acted with a few nice character moments. The special effects are well-done and there are occasionally a few moments that ought to provide some tension. The issue is that all the positive things about it gets drowned in a very mediocre package.

It's just essentially like every other haunted house film that's been made. There's nothing in it that makes it stick out or distinguish itself from the rest of the bunch. Everything is just so downright in the middle, that I can't imagine everyone remembering this film one week after seeing it.
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While its predecessor certainly was following a well-established formula, it did at least feel like a cohesive film with a set beginning, middle and end. It also had character's with understandable motivations and subplots that actually went somewhere. Instead it just feels like a string of beats with nothing holding them together.

It still got plenty of energy and many of the musical numbers are fun. But where is everything else? Where's the rest of the meal? This is like ordering a burger and fries, and only getting the fries.
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The Revenant (2015)

A technical masterpiece first and foremost. An incredibly visually shot film that is bolstered by excellent sound design and an editing rhythm that even causes long shots to feel intense and immersive. The Revenant is brutal and unflinching in its depiction of violence and survival, and it's refreshing to see a film that is so unforgiving as The Revenant. DiCaprio is excellent. I won't say that this is the best performance of his career, but he is nonetheless outstanding. So is Tom Hardy.

My only real issue with the the film is that it did leave me a bit cold. It didn't appeal to me emotionally, and I don't really know what I was supposed to feel at the end of it.
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Pitch Perfect (2012)

By the core of it, Pitch Perfect plays it safe with very familiar tropes. If you've ever seen a film set in an American college, then you know how Pitch Perfect is essentially going to play out. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Very often it's not the story that you tell that is important, but rather how you tell it. Which is why I had a blast with this film.

It's full of energy. I'm a sucker for a capella, and found myself really enjoying the numbers that got performed. The character's were funny and the chemistry was spot-on. It's a crime that Anna Kendrick is not married to me.
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Rewatch | Second time.


After seeing it for the first time, I quickly put together some sort of review of it. Seeing as my opinion still stands after revisiting it, I'm just going to direct you to my review of it, which you can find on my profile.

But to just add something of value here. People are way too hard on this film and it's far better than what people are giving it credit for.
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Creed (2015)

I believe that Creed is the best film in this franchise, and I don't even think that's a very controversial statement. I also believe that this is Sylvester Stallone's finest performance in his career, which I also don't think is controversial to say. Sly is quite simply outstanding here. So is naturally Michael B. Jordan.

Creed achieves the difficult task of paying homage to its predecessor, working on its own as some sort of sequel/spin-off, and to set the course straight for a new series of films. It's an extremely heartfelt and touching film that had me chocking up on a few occasions. The film deals with proper characters given full development that you cheer and cry for.
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Sinister 2 (2015)

As far as horror sequels go, Sinister 2 is surprisingly effective and I'm surprised to see the amount of hate it has gotten. It doesn't match the original by any means, but there are enough of genuinely creepy and sinister moments to be found here. The grotesque tapes combined with a really unsettling score made for some chilling scenes. The jump scares are also far more effective than what you find in most horror films. Usually I don't even flinch when they occur, but there were a few here that caught me off guard.

The plot is of course thin and the film certainly lacks someone with Ethan Hawke's presence, but I ended up having a lot more fun with Sinister 2 than I initially thought I would.
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Remember Me (2010)

Guy takes on a bet to date a girl. Guy and girl falls in love. Girl find out the truth and is pissed. Sounds familiar? Because despite having a few minor subplots, Remember Me walks in very familiar tropes. I were however willing to forgive that for a while because the cast was likeable. Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin had some proper chemistry among them. Then the ending came. It's quite a bit of a shocker, and despite its best effort at trying to fit with some of the themes of the film, Remember Me would have worked a lot better without it.
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Letters to Juliet is cute and overstuffed with sugar. It's a great romantic tale for everyone who swallows these kind of films without any sort of critical thinking, or for those whom lack some sort of cynicism in them. While I can appreciate it for what it is, I was too bothered by essentially flawless characters and a plot that deviate from its predictable course one single time.
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Rashomon (1950)

Rashômon is quite genius in its complexity. While films that centers around the unreliable narrator motif isn't that rare today, one have to salute Akira Kurosawa for properly introducing us to that idea in the most thoughtful way.

With the same event being told in slightly, or almost completely different ways from those involved, Rashomon introduces us to great question of the perceptions of reality and how our own truths can be build on various lies. (It can be analyzed a lot deeper, but that is not what I do in these notes.)

It's gorgeously shot, the performances are excellent and the film is intriguing to the very end. Despite it getting close to being 70 years old, it also doesn't feel dated at all, and stands as a proper classic in the history of cinema.
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Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jan 21 23:19
Glad to see we equally appreciated The Hateful Eight. :)

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