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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
mother! (2017)

This is probably going to be one of the more divisive films in this decade. It's a film that's slightly difficult to talk about without going in to slight spoiler territory, but I do honestly believe that having some idea of what you're getting yourself in to might help. It's most definitively not the home invasion horror film that some the marketing have made it out to be. It's a completely bonkers film for sure, but this is absolutely not for everyone.

The whole film is really, in my interpretation at least (though I fail to see how it can be read any other way), a very obvious biblical allegory for how we treat Earth. One that is filled with symbolism and metaphors. The whole film is exactly that. This is very interesting filmmaking in itself and I salute Aronofsky for his ambitions. I admire filmmakers that dares to take risks with their films. I also admire the cinematography, performances and especially the sound design in this film.

Where the film slightly tips on the wrong edge for me is that once you realize what the film is about, it becomes slightly pointless. The film lacks a final point. Some sort of statement. Knowing what it is also remove me emotionally from the film. The exact moment that I realized that none of the characters in the film was real and that the events that unfolded wasn't real, I honestly stopped caring. There's a scene in which Jennifer Lawrence is brutally beaten up, one that should be hard to watch, yet it failed to get an emotional response from me as I knew that what I was watching was just a metaphor. Nothing real.

mother! is a fascinating watch, even if it doesn't entirely succeed at what it aims to do. For that it's a bit too obvious and emotionally distant.
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People who added this item 1503 Average listal rating (1012 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
Mortal Kombat (1995)

Yeah, I don't get it. It's an awful film. Aside from the theme song, there's nothing redeemable here. Adapting a video game like Mortal Kombat doesn't really require much. It's more or less just to toss in a few awesome fights, but this was beyond boring. The fights was lackluster as fuck, while everything surrounding it was just bad. I see that many people are claiming it as some sort guilty pleasure, but I fail to see the entertainment value here. It's just bad.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 5.2
Incarnate (2016)

You know, I thought the premise of Incarnate sounded rather promising. Mixing exorcism/possession with Inception. Unfortunately that premise is squandered by an awful script and overall lazy filmmaking. This is a cheaply crafted film that I think no one even barely cared about during developing it. I'm positive that Aaron Eckhart demanded to sit in a wheelchair for the most of the film, as he couldn't even bother with standing up for this film. There's no tension or suspense here. It's a complete flat line for the entire running time. The characters are a waste and every attempt at creating emotion fails. There's quite simply nothing to see here.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
IT (2017)

The best thing about this new rendition of Stephen King's famous novel is the characters. They are, for the most part, well fleshed out and we're given proper reason to care for them. This makes the horror feel slightly more involving, even though we know that none of the kids are going to die.

So I think that It did a well job when it comes to most of the characters. I do however think that it struggles in the horror department. First and foremost, it's never scary. It looks scary. There is scary imagery in it. But aside from one or two moments, the film never feels scary. The problem is that I feel that the filmmakers have overdone it. They've gone out of their way to make sure that everything looks and sound really scary, but in their effort to do so, it turned the opposite way. The slightly poor CGI overtakes the film so much that the film loses its impact. The most glaring example however is Pennywise himself. He's quite simply not frightening. They should have gone with the "less is more" approach here. When he looks so overly scary, he loses the creepiness that made him so frightening to begin with, and is then reduced to an average horror film monster. One that we've seen a countless number of times.

The 1990's version of It had a real sense of atmosphere and dread. It was never properly scary either, but there was a sense of terror surrounding it that made it so great. This version doesn't capture that. It does a wonderful job with the characters, and it did never get boring because of that. But I never felt the horror. In the end, it's just fine.
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People who added this item 5608 Average listal rating (3621 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Donnie Darko (2001)

I can't state enough how much I love Donnie Darko. It's pretty close to being a perfect film. It's a film that truly understands how to put together a complex mind bender without it feeling too pretentious or without it being complicated for the sake of being so. It's a thoughtful film in which the pieces comes together naturally once you've seen it a couple of times, given it some thought and patience. It's a rewarding film. One that gets better every time.

Yet, Donnie Darko is not all about its mysterious time travel and various universes. It's a film that one can enjoy simply for its atmosphere. Its dark and somber mood balanced with an interesting take on the traditional coming of age story provides for a very reflecting and relaxing film experience, aided by fascinating visuals and a brilliant soundtrack. Donnie Darko is a cult classic for a reason, and it's one of the more treasured films I have in my collection.
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People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Silence (2016)

Silence is a film that I really admire, yet it is also a film that I didn't particularly like or care for. It's a film that I admire for its technical craftsmanship and for its ambitions. Martin Scorsese does know how to put together a film and the premise for the story he chose to tell is interesting in its own right. It's a long and slow film that deeply explores the questions it raises. It gives you time to reflect on it and it gives you the opportunity to soak it all in. The performances are good, even though I believe that Andrew Garfield is slightly miscast. The cinematography is beautiful. This is a fantastic looking film.

It's a film that raises a lot of question, but it's also a film that doesn't really succeed in making me invest in to answering those questions. In the end, Silence doesn't provide many answers of its own, which is fine, but it leaves me so cold and emotionally distant that I fail to see a reason as to why I should care about it. When the film ended, my initial thought was "well, that's it, I guess." I offered it no extra thought, because it didn't engage me. It was just some thing that I saw and admired, but not something that got me emotionally or thoughtfully engaged in to it.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (115 ratings) 3.9 IMDB Rating 4.6
Death Note (2017)

I have no connection to the source material whatsoever. Never seen any of it. It's an interesting premise for sure and I'm positive that it's treated well in the anime. This film did however fail to live up to its intriguing premise.

The main issue I have with this film is that it feels like a ten episode long TV series that have been crammed into one single film. There are major plot points that are rushed too fast, ideas and themes that are introduced, but not properly explored and characters that are never developed. It's at times jarring to watch.

Then there's the problem with the actors. None of them, with the exception of Willem Dafoe, are able to do anything with the material they're given. It's of course a bit difficult, seeing as they're given horrible dialogue from a bad script, but the acting is quite simply bad. I'm not going to talk about the controversial whitewashing (as that's just stupid), but I do believe that there are actors out there that could have done a much better job at conveying the emotions the film needs. There's a romantic plot in this film that is quite essential to the main plot, but it fails totally due to the lack of chemistry between the actors and because the film doesn't give it time enough to breathe.

It's a film with an interesting premise that is ultimately squandered by a rushed pace, awful script and bad acting. As well as a terrible ending. An ending so bad that I can't quite believe it.
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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Paterson (2016)

I saw this with my girlfriend on her birthday, and you know what, it was the perfect for that. This is the kind of film that you want to snuggle up next to your better half and watch with. It's a very quiet and relaxing film that celebrates routine and the mundane in an artistic and poetic way.

One thing that really surprised me about it was how funny it was. How so many of the conversations during the film turned out to be rather amusing, while every scene with the dog was hilarious. The performances are all excellent and I really loved the music, as well as they way they portrayed the poetry in the film.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2

You know, I was kinda skeptical about it, which is the reason that I've had watching it on hold for a little while. My concern was due to lack of Burton. Upon watching it, I'm sad to say that my concerns turned out to be right, for me at least. It just doesn't hold the same flair as Big Adventure.

It does certainly have its heart in the right place though. It's, at times, a very sweet film. This sweetens forced some smirks from me. Unfortunately, too much of the humor fell flat to me. While the lack of Burton's touch is one thing, another thing is that Paul Reubens might just be a bit too old to play his eccentric character.
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People who added this item 1066 Average listal rating (614 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7

Second time I'm seeing it. It's a very charming and humorous film that is elevated to greatness by Tim Burton's visual style and direction, as well due to it's rich cast og supporting characters.
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I'm not that into this property. I don't have any sort of memory of it or any nostalgia towards it. I saw the previous film, and thought it was a bit meh. I find this sequel to be even less interesting. I think the turtles are a bit dull. Their personalities rarely get a moment to shine and I'm surprised by how little they embrace the "ninja aspect". Worse is the human characters. They're essentially useless. In the end, this is just a big, loud and dumb film that bores surprisingly much.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3

It's being marketed as a comedy by all of its trailers and so forth, and upon viewing this film, even I was expecting it to be a comedy due to what it said on the DVD cover, as well as the initial premise of the film. This is however not a comedy. There are comedic elements too it, of course. The idea of a man sitting in a tall chair in someones kitchen to observe their kitchen habits, without being allowed to communicate with them, is funny in its own right. But the film is so much more than a simple comedy. Instead it's a lighthearted and warm film about friendship that is beautifully told through its simplicity. It's such a cozy film that I just wanted a blanket, a cup of chocolate and to snuggle up next to my girlfriend.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 4.2
Cave (2016)

I'll grant Cave one thing, there's some decent cinematography here. Aside from that, Cave feels like a poor student film. The dialogue is atrocious, the characters are poorly developed and just unlikeable. The worst thing is however the story and how it unfolds. It's a film that is solely here to set up for a Cave 2, as the film sets up quite a few potential "threats" or ideas. During its very short running time, the film sets up quite a lot of questions. The problem is that it refuses to answer any of them. Thus making the film feel nonsensical. As it is now, there's nothing in it that makes remotely sense. It's all certainly going to be explained in the sequel, but the filmmakers have given me no incentive to continue watching further installments. This was just subpar storytelling on every level and one of the least rewarding film experiences in recent times.
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An improvement over the second film. The jokes land far more often, and the plot is genuinely funnier. It doesn't reach the heights of the original, but it's pretty good.
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The second film in this franchise is essentially more of the same, the only difference is that the jokes doesn't land as often as it does in its predecessor. It's overall amusing, but not quite hilarious.
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Before spoof films turned out to be completely abysmal, we got things like The Naked Gun, which is a terrific spoof film. Hitting us with clever dialogue and amusing set pieces, this is a film that shows us what the spoof genre can be, if the filmmakers pay attention to story, characters and dialogue. The jokes are properly set up and the pay off is ultimately satisfying.
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Baby Driver (2017)

This is a very standard heist-thriller that is very much elevated by its gimmick. It's at times a perfect example of visual storytelling done right, while it also occasionally drags a bit and falls a little bit short on heart and emotion. The film does a stellar job of implementing music as a part of the story and it's quite amusing to watch how the scenes and action is edited to the rhythm of the music. While being slightly standard storywise, the film gains a lot due to its impressive cast and the characters they portray. Jamie Foxx is a lot of fun and I really loved Jon Hamm, and the progression of his character. The way the film deals with its characters, almost makes me believe this is a Quentin Tarantino film, which is not a bad comparison. Edgar Wright does certainly enough to make this his own unique film though.

I had a blast watching this film and I find it to be thoroughly entertaining, but I do not think its without a few flaws. The romance in this film does not feel natural or properly developed, which is a shame as huge chunks of the film relies on it. I'm not completely buying Ansel Elgort and Lily James together and the overall subplot feels underwritten. That being said, this is well worth a watch.
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People who added this item 3051 Average listal rating (1893 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2

Howl's Moving Castle is such an imaginative, clever and emotionally rich piece of animation. It's also a film that rewards multipile viewings, as every time I've watched it, I've come to appreciate new things about it, as well as to pick up things I hadn't noticed before. The animation is, as to be expected from Studio Ghibli, absolutely gorgeous. The film is filled with so much imagination, that despite a slightly long running time, the film never runs out of steam and is one that I adore.
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People who added this item 3643 Average listal rating (2344 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story 3 (2010)

Toy Story 3 manages to hit a lot of the right notes, particularly when it comes to emotion and honoring nostalgia. There are quite a few moments in this film that are certainly going to evoke tears at some people, this due to how solid Pixar have been at building up these characters throughout three films, but also because the scenes themselves are skilfully handled. But despite Toy Story 3 being excellent at one of the key elements when it comes to making a great film, I find it to only be fine for one simple reason - that it's essentially Toy Story 2 all over again.

This is why I consider Toy Story 3 to be one of the most overrated films ever. So much of the screenplay is just a lazy rehash of the far superior Toy Story 2. There are so many similar plot points, from the opening scene of the film and all way to a saturated flashback scene. While this doesn't necessarily detract from the film as an in-the-moment experience, but it does negate the lasting appeal of it. At least for me personally.
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People who added this item 4982 Average listal rating (3240 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 is by far the best Toy Story film. Where the first film now leaves me slightly cold, Toy Story 2 succeeds very much on an emotional level. There's a scene and song in the middle of the film that is absolutely devastating. Besides that, Toy Story 2 is just a lot more fun and playful in both tone and setting.
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People who added this item 375 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Sausage Party (2016)

I adore the premise of this film. I find it to be hilariously funny. I thought some of the trailers were great and I was really anticipating seeing it, despite me being generally lukewarm towards some of the cast previous work. The film did disappoint me though. There are a lot of fun scenes in it and some of the gags are hysterical. The problem is that huge portions of the film are just reduced to swearing, foul language and sex jokes. This grows stale pretty quickly and when the film eventually tosses a really long, massive and outrageous orgy at you, you've stopped caring.
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People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7

There's a lot of spectacle and mindless action to enjoy in Kong: Skull Island. The sort-of Apocalypse Now visuals also serves the film and setting well, so it's at times very visually pleasant to look at. My biggest issue with the film is that it, quite surprisingly, didn't interest me. I didn't particularly care, to the point that I occasionally found my thoughts drifting away.

The biggest cause for that is that I found much of the action to be slightly repetitive. Another problem is that the film boasts a huge cast of stellar actors, sadly almost none of them are given anything to work with. Particularly Brie Larson feels completely wasted, even though she's hot as hell. The film also lacks an emotional core and something to make care for Kong himself. They try to set something up with a scene halfway through, but it feels forced and unearned.

There are things to enjoy here, and there is an audience for more films with Kong action, but I do hope that future films will change up the action some more and have a little bit of a heart.
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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Burning (1981)

Been wanting to see this film for a long time and it did finally get a Blu-ray release in Norway. It was, for the most part, an enjoyable watch. There are some really great kills in the film, helped by some brilliant gore effects. This is a film that gets the slasher elements of the genre right.

I do however think that the film goes on too long between each murder. There are several fake scares and scenes of nothing important happening. The film does some character building here and then, but it feels unnecessary as none of the characters are likable anyway. It would have served the film to cut some of that out and keep a consistent pace of violent killings instead. It was overall enjoyable, but nothing I would watch again immediately.
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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (272 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7
Passengers (2016)

I did have high hopes for this. It¨s directed by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, and as a fellow Norwegian, I really wanted him to succeed with this. Particularly after his success with The Imitation Game. Unfortunately, Passengers is wasted potential and I'm left to wonder if this film would have been better off if it were in the hands of a director like Paul Verhoeven or David Cronenberg instead. This is a film that opens up rather interesting and starts to go slightly, without giving anything away, in to some really fucked up way with the potential of a fascinating dive into ethical and moral topics. Unfortunately, what we get is the safe and watered down studio version.

The film never seeks to explore its topic or themes, but it does instead turn in to every other standard sci-fi action film. The last act is just horribly boring action spectacle without anything interesting happen, with a plot that ties itself together in such a neat way that it leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk is a visual masterpiece of storytelling, unlike anything you've ever seen in recent years. We've gotten countless of films centered around World War II throughout the years, but what Christopher Nolan have achieved with Dunkirk is outstanding. He's taken a genre that have become rather formulaic over the years and shattered it completely. He breaks the formula and creates a film that should aspire other directors to follow his example.

I see the word "immersive" being tossed around in regards to several other films every now and then, but Dunkirk is one of the few film that I truly believes deserves to be called immersive. It's fully tense experience that doesn't let hold of you until it explodes in an emotionally satisfying climax. This is all achieved with stunning visuals, perfect use of practical effects and a ticking score by Hans Zimmer that seamlessly blends in with the sound design. Dunkirk is so intense that you feel exhausted when it's over. It's a film that truly captures just how horrible and pointless war is, particularly for the people involved and that feeling translates well to the audience.

Dunkirk have opened to critical acclaim from critics, which is well-deserved. Though the film has received some criticism for its lack of character development. This is true. The film doesn't have any character development, nor does it have any stand-out characters. Usually I would agree that this is a flaw, but due to nature of how Dunkirk is and what it essentially is about, I attribute this as one of the film's strengths instead. It's a film that doesn't require characters to sit down and talk about their back stories, motivations and goals for us to be emotionally invested in them. This time around, we get emotionally invested in them because of the situation their in. We care about them simply as humans stuck in a horrible war with death all around them. The tense nature of the film wouldn't have worked if the film were to take its time and properly introduce us to each character. We do follow some characters throughout the film, but they're more like framework in this case, to base the film around them. As of such, there's very little dialogue in this film. There's very little exposition. It's a film about the event itself and the way that Nolan deconstructed the traditional formula to tell this story in a clean and visual way is something that ought to be celebrated.

One important thing to mention is the gorgeous cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema. The film is beautiful to look at and it deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible in order to fully get the scale and spectacle of it, but also the intimacy and claustrophobic feel the film has. Dunkirk is a masterpiece. It's a cleverly structured film that with the help of the highest level of technical craftsmanship goes beyond what you would normally expect from a war film. It's not a film for those who want character driven pieces, but for those of us who want the filmmaking itself to lure us in to an intense and emotionally rich film.
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People who added this item 136 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.8

Did Underworld really need a fifth film? I thought the fourth one was pushing it, but this one felt really unnecessary. It doesn't really add or explore anything new in the Underworld lore, while the action and characters felt uninspired. Lara Pulver does chew some scenes, but beyond that, it's mostly boring.

Kate Beckinsale's leather outfit is a piece of art in of itself, and it's enjoyable to see her move around in it. It's just a shame that the rest of the film is not enjoyable.
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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 3.4 IMDB Rating 4.6

It's not a good film, but it's not as awful as people say it is either. There's a lot of trash here, and the film itself is fully aware of it, resulting in a film that's rather amusing at times. I do think that film does an okey job in exploring and furthering the relationship between the two lead characters and the sex scenes are solid enough. Even if they're not as kinky as they possibly should be. Dakota Johnson is yet again great in her role. She really deserves more credit for her performance in these films, as it can't be an easy job doing what she's doing.

There's not a lot happening though. Well, there are things happening, some of them should really be major plot points, but they're all quickly done with and feels more like a plot device to further the relationship. It's kinda strange and disjointed, but it doesn't really matter in the end. I enjoyed this film, as I did with its predecessor, on some sort of guilty pleasure level. This was trashier than the original, but it was an overall weaker film. Still enjoyable though.
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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 4.1

I saw this back in the theaters in 2015, and with the new film out on blu-ray, I decided to revisit this film. I don't really get the hate for it, while I simultaneously can understand it to a certain degree. I do think it's a bit overblown though, and that people hate on it, because it's the "cool" thing to do. I wrote a review for it after my first viewing. My opinion of this film haven't changed much, so you may read that if you want to. Here's the link: Worst Thing Ever? Absolutely Not
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I knew what I was getting in to when I watched this. I knew that it were going to be complete trash. The people who made this film knew that they were making trash. The thing with trash is that it can occasionally be really enjoyable, but it can also turn out to be a bloody nightmare. So films like this is a huge risk to put on. This time it turned out to be an awful experience. It was not funny. It was only loud and annoying. The gore effects didn't impress, shock or amuse me. The banter between the characters was way too dumb for my enjoyment and it was just ludicrous all around. It's trash for sure, but not the fun kind.
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A Norwegian film that my girlfriend wanted to watch. It was clear that it held a special place to her heart, as she teared up at the end. I do acknowledge that this film has a lot of emotion and that it does have its heart in the right place. The problem I have with it is that I never bought or understood the motivation of the characters. This directly caused me to distance myself from the emotion the film raked up towards the end.
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People who added this item 3861 Average listal rating (2603 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Signs (2002)

Signs is Shyamalan at his absolute best and worst. It represent much of the accurate and well thought-out filmmaking that have made Shyamalan a name worthy of remembering. The scenes in Signs are well-crafted. The mystery and tension is always high, and the film does a good job stringing up the emotions for a powerful ending.

It is however a film that is bothered by logical issues. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far in a film and in Signs case, it's not enough. The film's logic doesn't work in its own universe. Another thing is the weird attempts at humor that runs through the film. It rarely works. Signs is a fine film, though I do think that the script would have needed another rewrite.
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9

It's a fun film. It's perhaps the most accurate depiction of Peter Parker / Spider-Man yet. Tom Holland is great in the role. He runs around as a goofy kid and it's brilliant. That being said, the film doesn't break any new ground and it fails to distinguish itself from the familiarity of many of these Marvel superhero films. The film is at its best when it's all about Peter Parker and his interactions with his classmates, particularly with Jacob Batalon, whom delivers a scene-stealing performance. It's on its best when the huge action set-pieces are miles away and the film explores Peter struggling between being Spider-Man, him wanting to do more, and his personal life. It's when the film has to give us huge action scenes it gets the least interesting. They're all fine, but there's nothing new, fresh og exciting about them.

Michael Keaton as The Vulture is one of the more interesting villains that Marvel have come up with today. I really like that he doesn't have any gigantic plans for world domination or that he ain't gonna destroy the world with a huge laser. He's given proper motivation and development, and his reason for wanting to fight Spider-Man feels natural.

The film is a lot of fun, though for people to say that this is one of the best superhero films out there, or even one of the best Marvel films, feels a little premature.
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People who added this item 1236 Average listal rating (825 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dr. No (1962)

Second time I'm seeing this film.
It does a fine job of introducing us to the character of James Bond. Sean Connery is solid and it's easy to see why many consider him to be their favorite Bond. He's also the one who drives the film forward and keeps it from getting to boring. You see, the film does feel a bit lackluster. The action, even for the time, doesn't excite as much as it ought to do and the plot is not particularly engaging either.

In many ways, I think that Bond films are only as good as their villain and in that regard, Dr. No is a disappointment. He's quite simply not menacing or interesting enough. He's one of many villains to have some sort of handicap or special trait to him, but that alone is not enough. His long conversation with 007 during the last act is not as gripping as it should have been. In the end, I think that this film does a mostly ok job and it's a fine entry point for the series, but it's kinda lackluster.
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It's a Norwegian classic. There are so many parts of this film that have been referenced in one way or another, and most people seem to be familiar with it. It's not a good film though, which I assume is a part of its legacy. There are some really bizarre dialogue in this film. The acting is dreadful, but it's the dialogue that really sinks this film. It does a good job of showing certain parts of Oslo, particularly the drug and prostitution environment of that time (even though it's slightly over-dramatized). I'm happy that I finally saw it, but it's not a film I would recommend people outside of Norway to see. Because it's not good.
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People who added this item 471 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Split (2016)

Second time I'm seeing Split. It's great. It's Shyamalan's best film since The Sixth Sense and is a very much welcome return to form after some of his weaker films. With a stellar performance from James McAvoy, Shyamalan has created a film that is as fascinating as it is tense. It's a film that kept on surprising me and one that continuously kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a well-put together film that blends the very best of Shyamalan into a film, that's certainly not for everyone, but one that really entertained me. The ending is also wonderful, and is a complete redefining of the typical twist ending.
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A Bug's Life (1998)

It's fine. There are a few funny moments in it and some of the characters are amusing. The story is quite familiar, even for an early Pixar outing, and the film turns out to be exactly what you expect it to be. There's not really that much to say about it. It's an okay watch, but not something I would really see again.
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Haven't seen this film since it originally came out, so when I was looking through my horror films in order to find something kinda clever for me and my girlfriend to watch, I decided on this one. I do think it's a very clever spin on the horror genre. Though it's the kind of film that really fails to make any sense when you start to think too much about it. It does work brilliantly in the moment though. The humor and satire is great. The way that it pokes fun at the horror genre as a whole. Still, the horror aspect works perfectly on its own. A redneck zombie family hunting and killing these teenagers is quite entertaining in its own right. It's a film that manages to combine quite a lot of ideas and somehow manages to make them work together. It's exceptionally entertaining.
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The last entry in the High School Musical is the worst. The production quality is a lot higher and it doesn't feel as cheap as the previous films, due to this one being released in cinema instead of going straight to Disney Chanel. Still that doesn't fix the script which is the absolute worst. It's even worse than the previous outings, which is saying something. This was not for me. Obviously.
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People who added this item 512 Average listal rating (332 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.8

The sequel to High School Musical is even worse than its predecessor. It's slightly bigger in terms of production values, but the script is even worse and lazier. It's at times completely awful. The songs are also dreadful and not something I would ever want to hear again.
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People who added this item 2597 Average listal rating (1548 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

It's a lovely film. It does run a bit slow a few times, but the attention to detail and imagination in this film is quite spectacular and something to admire. Another thing is how efficiently it treats the playfulness of being a child and how the world looks through the eyes of children. The story loses its track every now and then, but it makes up for that by creating quite a few memorable sequences.
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People who added this item 941 Average listal rating (631 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.3

So I saw this... Yeah. It's all choreographed well enough, but the rest of the film just comes across as being lazy. I get that it was made for Disney Chanel with a limited budget and with a very specific demographic in mind. But it is all just bad. The songs are horrible and they do, for the most part, sound exactly the same. There are slow songs and some that are more upbeat, but they still sound alike. The script is lazy. The characters motivation doesn't make any sense throughout the film and it is constantly changing without any logical reason. I can understand that very young viewers may appreciate this film, but I found it to be subpar.
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You know, John Wick is just cool. There's really no better words to describe it. It's cool. Everything about it is cool. Keanu Reeves, the supporting characters, the world, the action, the cinematography and the sound. It's all cool. It's more or less everything you want from an action film. Let's leave it at that.
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Moana (2016)

I thought it was okay. It got better as it went on, but the first act of the film was so mundane and boring. It really felt like a step back to Disney princess films from way back, but without the charm and heart that made those films successful in their days. Thankfully the film does improve a lot on the way, but it does never manage to capture the Disney magic we've come to love.

A huge issue for me is that the songs, for the most part, fails to engage me and when such a huge part of the characters journey is told through the songs, I'm struggling to emotionally connect with the characters. The film is visually pleasant to look at and it does a few fun things with its mythology and giant sea creatures, but this is all on spectacle level and not on an emotional. So I will say that this is a film that probably someone else, and certainly young girls, will get more out of, but I just found it to be okay.
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People who added this item 279 Average listal rating (193 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4

The Accountant is not a particularly clever film. It's definitively not as clever as it think it is. It's a very entertaining film though. Ben Affleck does a good job with the material he's given and his performance drives the film forward in a satisfying manner. There are a few supporting characters here. Most of them feel slightly unnecessary, but I'll accept every film that features Anna Kendrick.

It's essentially just a very solid thriller that doesn't rely on any sort of flash or gimmick. The film does a thing with autism of course, but it never felt like that was the whole focus of the film. It might over-explain the plot a bit too much towards the end, but ultimately I was quite entertained by this film.
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Wonder Woman (2017)

One of the most appreciated things with Wonder Woman is that it truly understands the importance of emotion and character development. This is a film that takes its time in letting us in on the characters. Letting us know and care for them. This gives the film an emotional core that causes the action spectacle and CGI nonsense to have some weight and soul. It's exciting to see Gal Gadot fully transform into Wonder Woman, because we have spent a huge portion of the film getting to know her character.

I do in fact think that the action scenes are the worst part of this film. They are bit too relying on that Zack Snyder-type of slow-motion and it does eventually get a bit too much. The final confrontation is also slightly disappointing as it turns into just one big mess.
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I've not really had that much of interest in seeing this film over the years. I'm not really a huge fan of Jack Black, as I think he's a bit too obnoxious for my taste. So when my girlfriend expressed interest in watching it, I was slightly reluctant. I was however pleasantly surprised.

The film was not as funny, as I might have guessed it would be. But it was nonetheless a lot of fun. It was very charming and quite touching. The performances were good, and I was shocked to see that they managed to get so many great child performances. I didn't even think one of them were bad, which is unusual. The music is greatly mixed in the film, and it moves at an energetic pace. The story doesn't offer any surprises along the way, but this is a feel-good film that was well worth watching.
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People who added this item 2296 Average listal rating (1495 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9

It's not for everyone. The humor is definitively only for certain people. The pointlessness, quirks and silliness of the film is certainly going to alienate a lot of people. It is however something that goes straight up my veins. I think it's hilarious, charming, heartfelt and extremely clever in its dumbness.
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People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (683 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

I decided to give this film a rewatch quite recently as I was up for some fun. I do absolutely dig this film, but I found that there were some elements this time around that bothered me enough to lower my rating. I didn't really enjoy that much of the training scenes in this film, and found them to be slowing the pace too much.

That being said, this film is top-notch entertainment. The action and humor is great. The characters are memorable. The amount of violence is appreciated and it's brilliant deconstruction of the spy genre. Top-notch entertainment.
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The third installment is an improvement over the last film, if only a minor one. The change of villain turned out to be a positive change, and it gave us some interesting family dynamics. Though that sub plot did turn a bit weird towards the end.

The film shares many of the same flaws that Darkman II suffered from. Arnold Vosloo reprises his role, but he's still unable to bring the gravitas this role need. In the end, it turns out to be too cheesy for its own good. Which is saying something, as the original is quite cheesy in its own right. There is some B-movie fun in here, but it's disappointing to see that this is what Darkman ended up as.
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It goes the route of every bad straight-to-video sequel out there. Bad dialogue, sub plots that leads nowhere and that only works as filler to lengthen this out to 90 minutes, and overall subpar action.

The film also really lacks someone as Liam Neeson in the lead role. Arnold Vosloo pales in comparison and fails to make something out of the role. It's also disappointing to see the film recycle the same villain from its predecessor.
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