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Man of Steel (2013)

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So here's the thing with Man of Steel. It's probably a bit too ambitious for its own good. Zack Snyder tries to chew over more than he is capable of. Following the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and with Nolan himself producing, Snyder attempts to make his superhero film in the same vein as Nolan. Unfortunately, Snyder doesn't have the same touch of grace and understanding of the human mind as Nolan. More so, it feels like Snyder doesn't fully understand the hero of the film either, making him far too brooding and almost depressed. So despite his best efforts, whatever he attempted to do, doesn't fully translate to the screen.

Yet, Man of Steel is not a bad film. It's a competent one. It got solid performances, great visuals effects, an outstanding score from Hans Zimmer and its poetic feel is actually very soothing (even if its slightly misguided). The final act is a bit of a mess in all of its destruction, but it is nonetheless somewhat entertaining.
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People who added this item 173 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6

You would be surprised to find out that Gaspar Noé's film, ironically called Love, is more or less just as shallow as actual pornography. Posing as some sort of story that aims to explore the sexual-driven love that some young people may go through, the film is brought down by stale dialogue and subpar acting. The dialogue is so uninspired that the film just feels infantile in its ideas about sexuality and relationships. Despite the sex scenes being real, the characters performing them feel anything but real. It's all superficial. It's empty. The characters scream and whisper at each other, and very directly lays out what they feel - but it just feels juvenile. This might of course be intentional, due to the young age of the actors involved, yet it doesn't translate to very profound viewing experience.

All props to the actors for physically committing to their roles, but besides how naturally great they perform during their sex scenes, it definitively shows during the rest of the film that they ain't professional actors. It's therefore painful to see them act out the normal scenes, and it doesn't help them either, that their lines of dialogue are as poor as they are.

I will give the film some credit for its cinematography, and for its musical score and soundtrack. The film is well-shot and you can surely tell that they spent a lot of time to get the lightening right for all of the sex scenes. There's particularly an early threesome sex scene that is pretty great. Not only in how its shot, but it's probably the only scene that I felt truly understood what this film was supposed to be - and elevated it above its childish message of love.

In the end, Love is not worthy of a watch. It's too poorly acted, thought out and even edited for that. It's monotonous and shallow. If you want to watch this purely for the sex scenes, then go ahead - but you could easily find less frustrating material elsewhere on the Internet.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.7

For being an espionage thriller with a great cast, violence, sex and a lot of Jennifer Lawrence nudity, Red Sparrow is surprisingly boring. There's just not a lot to the script and you can see where it's going from the very beginning, yet it's still told in such a muddled way that it's easy to just completely zone out. Worse is how flat the structure is. Despite there being a couple of action/suspense beats, the film sorely lacks some sort of dynamic to make my pulse raise a little. This is all proven during the ending, when I just gave the biggest sigh ever.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4

Hereditary is pretty great. A wonderfully acted and cleverly shot horror film that manages to evoke feelings of dread and terror, while simultaneously being a heavy and heartbreaking family drama that deals with grief and mental illness. There are scenes in this film that are legitimately tough to watch as they're so emotionally devastating and exhausting in their portrayal of loss and grief.

The core foundation is human drama with psychological horror elements in it that just keeps on escalating up until the last 20 minutes, in which things just turns batshit crazy. It's atmospherically told with a refreshing lack of jump-scares and it is at times genuinely frightening. There's been a lot of hype surrounding Hereditary. I think it is well-deserved, but I would caution general audiences of it. It's very much a slow-burn of a horror film, and not some popcorn-horror ala The Conjuring. But for those of us who appreciates atmospheric horror with genuine dread and heavy themes underlying the terror on screen, Hereditary is a must-see.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a beautifully shot and directed film, but it is unfortunately in service for one of the dumbest scripts to come out of Hollywood in 2018. The film opens up with a dumb generic plot, only for it to completely shift gear about halfway through - going completely off the rails. It turns in to a film that's just pure absurdity.

Very little of it makes any sense. The plot doesn't evolve naturally, instead characters and even dinosaurs behave in unnatural ways because the plot demands them to. The film sets up quite a few things that really needs a payoff, only for it to never happen. There's one twist towards the end that is probably going to be explored in further sequels, but to just drop that information in this film without delving further into it is bizarre.

Then there's the whole theme of if we should let the dinosaurs die or live, and just because we can create them, it doesn't mean we should. A theme that every Jurassic Park sequel have tried to bake in somewhere. It's sufficient to say that the original nailed it and in Fallen Kingdom it's just dumb.
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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0

Marvel did kinda set themselves in a difficult position with releasing the second stand-alone Ant-Man film so close after the juggernaut that was Infinity War. For after the massive events that occurred in that film, why should we care about this simple story? Well, it turned out that this simple story was a refreshing watch amidst all the chaos and spectacle that grace our superhero worlds today. It is by all means a very traditional Marvel film, with competent action scenes, witty dialogue, fun jokes and a slightly lacklustre villain - but Ant-Man and the Wasp wins me over by its pure simplicity when it comes to the plot and by the end of it - I was left very much satisfied.
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I don't really mind the alien part of it. These films have always sort of had that "B-movie plot" aspect to them and there are few things that fits that more than mysterious saucer men. The problem is however that the film lacks compelling villains, lacklustre and poorly rendered action sequences, as well as way too much of Shia LaBeouf trying to act as a movie star.
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The best film in the Indiana Jones franchise and easily one of the best adventure films out there. The Last Crusade is fully realized and perfect from the very first moment and throughout until the very end. There's not a sour note to be found here. The action sequences are wonderfully captured and thrilling, the humor is spot-on, the plot is exciting and Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are wonderful together. Their chemistry together lifts an already excellent film up to the perfection it is.
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People who added this item 3760 Average listal rating (2524 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1

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If it weren't for that overly silly and slightly out-of-place action set-piece at the end, Mission: Impossible would be a masterfully told low-key suspense thriller. It's so carefully constructed and cleverly structured by Brian De Palma up until that point that it's slightly shocking to see how loud and obnoxious the climax turns out to be. Now - that's the direction the franchise decided to go, and it has turned out very well over the years. But for this film, I would have loved an ending that felt more in style with the heists that we see earlier in the film. You know, something clever instead of a helicopter in a tunnel.
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It's at its best when it keeps the tone dark and displays horrific and gruesome images. It's at its absolute worst when it turns into a campy adventure. The mix is naturally jarring and occasionally it feels like there are two entirely different films that are both simultaneously fighting for the spotlight. Safe to say that it doesn't work that well for me personally. Harrison Ford is naturally at his best here and he has a charming little sidekick with him. Such a shame that Kate Capshaw is unbearably annoying though.

I was never totally bored with it - and the parts that I liked, the darker and more sinister parts of it, I really liked. But then it had to be so silly at the same time and kinda ruin it. Oh well.
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People who added this item 1114 Average listal rating (679 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2

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Scream 4 does a great job in poking fun at the staleness of the traditional horror film tropes and it uses its meta-style to great effect. It doesn't necessarily always succeed at staying away from the cliches it parodies, but it's still bloody entertaining nonetheless. The final act is glorious in its carnage and social commentary.
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People who added this item 461 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9

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After the failure that was Halloween III: Season of the Witch it was only natural that the studio would attempt to bring Michael Myers back. It brings the franchise back into safe and familiar territories. It's slightly fun for what it is. The cast is disposable of course, but none of them are excruciatingly annoying. The film is dumb as fuck and there are a couple of laugh-out-loud moments due to the silliness of it. It's sloppy filmmaking, but it makes for a somewhat amusing watch.
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The opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the more thrilling and engaging opening acts in any film whatsoever. It's also perfectly establishes Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and it perfectly sets up the tone for the rest of the film. The rest of the adventure ain't necessarily as strong as this first scene, but what follows is still an extremely well-made and entertaining film that is elevated by Harrison Ford's charismatic performance.
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People who added this item 207 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1

This is what you get when Todd Phillips, the man behind The Hangover and its sequels, attempts to make his own The Wolf of Wall Street. Inspired by actual events, War Dogs leaves frighteningly little impression once it ends. The source material is there for it to be an insightful film. Even with the comedic angle they went with. Sadly, aside from a strong Jonah Hill performance, that's all the film has to offer.

Being occasionally funny with its witty banter and the outrageous situations the characters appear in, War Dogs is simple enough to get through. The problem is that everything of depth is quickly glossed over for another joke. Edited with a frenetic pace, the film doesn't let anything of what it is presenting sink in - which is also directly affecting the development of the characters. Miles Teller for instance feels like a blank slate and his relationship to his girlfriend is severely underwritten.

War Dogs had the potential to be a new Lord of War, The Wolf of Wall Street or even a new Scarface (which is the film the characters in War Dogs are relating themselves to) - but it is unfortunately undercut by sacrificing depth and details to attempting to be mildly amusing all the time.
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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is something of an oddity. Being the only film in the Halloween franchise not to revolve around Michael Myers, the producers attempted to take the series in a new direction. Obviously, that's not what people wanted and directly because of the lack of Michael Myers, this film has been massively hated and overlooked. Which is slightly undeserved, in my opinion.

It's not a particularly good film, by any means. For that it's too slow, irritating and slightly monotonous in its rhythm. But it got a lot of clever ideas in it for a horror film. There's a death scene towards the end that is genuinely thrilling and creative. The film does have a lot of unfulfilled potential and I would have loved to see this premise in the hands of a director with a proper grasp on the horror genre.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0

While being a perfectly adequate action film, Solo can't shake off the feeling that it is redundant. The story offers no surprises and it goes more or less everywhere you expect it to go. Here's how Han got the name Solo, how Han and Chewbacca met, the Kessel run and so forth. It connects all of the dots that the original trilogy left open and it leaves nothing to the imagination. It's essentially just jumping from one event it's obliged to tell to the next one. At the center you have a very traditional and generic heist story that only feels like a Star Wars film in name and references, and not much else.

Alden Ehrenreich does his best in trying to capture the spirit of Han Solo, but he is ultimately brought down by the fact that he doesn't posses the natural charisma of Harrison Ford. Donald Glover does a fine job in copying Billy Dee Williams as Lando. The rest of the cast is just fine. Which is what you can say about the majority of the film. It's fine. The action is competently shot. The music, while feeling a little less inspired this time, is still fine. It's certainly a film that's been put together by people who know their craft. The problem lies entirely in that the story they decided to tell was a story that would have been best left untold.
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People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Wild Tales consists of six short stories that deals with revenge or people in distress in one way or another. The problem with these type of anthology films is that the quality of the shorts are usually all over the place. This is the case with Wild Tales as well. Some of the stories are great. Particularly the opening sequence on plane, which is morbidly funny and and a story involving two drivers that just keeps on escalating.

Then there are a couple of weak ones. One involving a hit-and-run that goes nowhere and a man raging against a towing company that makes no sense, even in its exaggeration. The film runs at a long length of two hours - and these less than entertaining parts should have been cut out just to bring the length down to a more tolerable level, and to keep the quality consistently high.

That being said, Wild Tales is an amusing film in its outrageous nature and at times it is thoroughly entertaining.
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Victor Frankenstein opens up with an interesting premise and a promising first act, only for it to be squandered in a poorly plotted CGI-mess that completely lacks the nuance and subtlety it gave the promise of delivering.
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.3

I really enjoyed Deadpool when it arrived back in 2016. It was a fresh take on the superhero genre and it won me over with its violence and raunchy humor. Deadpool 2, on the other hand, is still a lot of fun, but I also feel like some of the novelty is starting to wear off. That I've had my fair share of this character already. There are only so many times you can solely rely your humor on fourth-wall breaking and pop-culture references before it starts to get tiresome. With Deadpool 2 that feeling started to slightly kick in. It doesn't help either that the framework surrounding the film (its own story) ain't as strong as it should be. That the characters, besides Deadpool, feels uninspired and that the visuals are rather ugly.

I still liked it though. It's just that everything was slightly less fun this time.
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It's a western alright. It's not anywhere close to being on the same level as Seven Samurai, but it's perfectly serviceable for what it is. The action beats works well and most of the characters are developed enough to sustain some emotion. The villain could have been a lot more developed though, as you don't really get to hate him as much as you should.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2

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The Visit is at times hilarious. I'm not sure if that's intentional or not, but that's not really important. For despite that, The Visit is occasionally very creepy. With a couple of solid performances, a well-thought out use of the found-footage genre and a bonkers script, Shyamalan manged to slightly redeem himself after some of his earlier misfires. It's a film that's full of his usual trademarks, for better and worse, but this is a production that suited his abilities more so than his attempts at creating mega blockbusters.
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I think that a lot of the horror/slasher elements in this film works surprisingly well. It's definitively not as horrifying or gruesome as it is in its predecessor, but it does the job well enough for what it is. Where it completely fails and pales in comparison to the 2006 version is the characters. Alexandre Aja's remake shows how much good characters can elevate a film. In The Hills Have Eyes II all of the characters are horrible and annoying in the worst possible way. Actively making the film a chore to get through at times.
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Haunted (2017)

This Norwegian horror film is mostly shot very stylistically in a way that tries to establish an unsettling atmosphere. The problem is that it doesn't work and that it's all an attempted cover-up for a genuine lack of scares and a lack of a cohesive story. The film is dreadfully boring - consisting mostly of the lead actress aimlessly walking around in an empty house, occasionally hearing loud noises and interacting with an obvious ghost child (oops spoilers...(not really though as it's obvious from the very first moment)) The scares are naturally all jump scares, but they're so poorly timed that they don't even manage to serve their purpose.

The story is in many ways your typical "haunted house" story in the sense that you've pretty much seen it all before. It doesn't make a lot of sense, it's predictable and whatever attempts at depth the film has going for it is drowned in lazy screenwriting and incompetent filmmaking.

Synnøve Macody Lund is doing the best she can, but the material she's given to work with gives her no help to shine. Introduced with a sleazy sex-scene at the toilet of a restaurant in Oslo and then her planning to do an abortion behind her boyfriends back, she doesn't come of as being particularly likeable from the get go. There are clear hints of an abusive relationship present, but that's as far as the film goes when it comes to developing characters. Resulting in a film in which characters you don't particularly care for do predictable things in the framework of a lesser horror film. Stay the fuck away, is my recommendation.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 5.7
Pitbullterje (2005)

This is a Norwegian film that deals with a fair share of important topics, yet it fails to fully realize the potential of what it's trying to say. It juggles far too many topics for its own good, resulting in a film that feels overstuffed and underdeveloped. It doesn't help that the characters ain't particularly likeable either.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

As far as Norwegian films that is centered around WWII goes, The 12th Man is probably as shoulder-shruggingly decent as you can get it. It looks and sound fine. The acting is fine. The tension in the story is fine, if slightly over-dramatized. It's all very fine. There's nothing in it that is exceptional or really good (or bad) in any way.
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People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.9

After ten years of mostly good MCU films, we've finally reached what they've all been building up towards. The end result is a long, big, bloated and ambitious film that, despite some big flaws, is bloody entertaining. They've done a good job with how they were going to put together all the different superheroes in the film. They're not all together simultaneously. Instead, they're split together in various teams doing different things at the same time. This works mostly well and some of the combinations of heroes is a lot of fun. Watching the two ego's of Tony Stark and Doctor Strange go up against each other is very entertaining.

The big star is however Thanos. Working very much like the main character of the film, Thanos is properly introduced and established as a major threat. He's a properly fleshed out villain and Josh Brolin is definitively having a blast playing him.

The action is grand, the special effects are great. The film does an excellent job of blending the trademark Marvel humor in with the seriousness of the story without it ever feeling jarring. It does occasionally takes big risks when it comes to where it decides to go with certain characters and if you're well invested in the MCU it will definitively emotionally resonate with you.

One big risk you run when making a film with such a huge amount of characters is that a lot of them will not be given the amount og screen time that they probably deserve. This is the case with Infinity War. Certainly, you are already well-familiar with these characters as you've seen them in a couple of other films already, but that can't shake off the fact that some of them feels underused. Two quick examples are Black Panther and even Captain America. Great characters. Doesn't really get a lot to play with here. Another risk is that when you decide to jump back and forth between different characters at different locations, occasionally the transitions won't work. Awkwardly pausing the action to cut to something that isn't nearly as thrilling. There are some subplots in Infinity War that could have been cut or at least given another thought.

Then you have the whole thing about characters facing consequences for their actions and the story having consequences for the characters. This is really difficult to talk about without going into spoilers. But I will say this - there's a lot of emotion in Infinity War, but a lot of it is undermined due to a suspected lack of consequences later on.

Anyways, It's a lot of fun.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8

A Quiet Place is a masterful directorial debut in the horror genre for John Krasinski. Establishing him as a director to keep an eye on. He has crafted a film that successfully plays on fear throughout its entire duration in a way that doesn't feel artificial or gimmicky. There's a lot of quietness and moments of silence, but all of this adds to the tension and horror of the film. There are some scenes in this film that genuinely had me on the edge of my seat.

The characters are all well-established. You do really feel for them throughout and it's an emotional connection that feels earned and sincere without being too manipulative. This also adds to the suspense of the film, as its far more terrifying to watch characters you care for in a situation as scary as this.

A Quiet Place is a triumph when it comes to horror and creature-features. It's inventive, skillfully put together, well-acted, emotionally satisfying and suspenseful as fuck.
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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Nokas (2010)

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Based upon the 2004 robbery of a cash depot in Stavanger that resulted in the death of one policeman and 57.4 million kroner being stolen, Nokas is a very respectful recreation of how the robbery and the events during it might have unfolded. It's a film that manages to be tense without the need for any superficial Hollywood flair, solely relying on the tension of the real life situation itself.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

Wind River is a bleak, but riveting crime mystery that excels with its grounded realism and well-developed characters. Focusing entirely on the grief and sadness that the loved ones of a heinous crime is left with, Wind River becomes much more emotionally engaging than several other films in its genre. This despite a somewhat underwhelming last act.
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This is a very funny premise and the underlying the message that the film puts forward is as horrifying as it is relevant in today's political climate. Yet the film is a bit clumsy when it comes to delivering the message. Occasionally shot in the style of a documentary with real reactions from people, some of them being blurred, it feels awkward and weird.
It does run a bit long and there are a couple of side plots that's more distracting than what they're attempting to bring with it. It's at times extremely over-the-top and it lacks the subtlety that film like this ought to have.

It is however a fascinating curiosity that's at times really funny and definitively worth a watch, just as a "what if?" experience.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2

I had a few beers before I went and saw this film. It was probably a bad idea, for aside from the opening and some parts of the ending, I don't remember anything from this film.
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It's probably more of an afterthought than anything else, but allowing Guy Ritchie and his super-stylized visuals and frenetic editing to handle the tale of King Arthus might have been a mismatch. I'm all for doing a slightly modern take on classic stories, but his style and the source material doesn't exactly go hand-in-hand. The end result is therefore a boring mess.

Despite Ritchie's best attempts at bringing life into a script that is essentially just filled with exposition, the film feels dry and repetitive. Exposition is constantly delivered through fast-paced editing. Jumping back and forth with characters explaining what they're going to do and them doing it. Safe to say, it grows old quickly. The video game aesthetics are more often than not ugly and whatever attempts at humor the film tries to throw at you falls flat. It also doesn't help that Charlie Hunnam is a boring lead.
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People who added this item 1218 Average listal rating (699 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9

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Once is one of my all time favorite films. An Irish low-budgeted musical that arguably is more about promoting Glen Hansard's music than anything else. Yet there's something naturally wonderful about Once. The simplicity of it is rather beautiful. There's nothing fancy or grand about it. It's a very simple story of a street musician who meets a girl, and that's about it. Which is totally fine, as it gives these two characters room to breathe and grow naturally without anything getting in the way of it. It's as if someone just turned on a camera and filmed two friends interacting with each other, whom both actually love the other one, yet for various reasons they can't be with each other. Their charisma and chemistry is off the charts. It's simple, yet so emotionally effective.

It does of course help that I absolutely love all of the songs in it. I'm a sucker these kind of emotional songs, and Once hits all the right chords with me. I think that this film is an overlooked masterpiece. One of the best romances ever put to film and one of my biggest tearjerkers. There are a lot of films with memorable moments in them. Few of them holds as many as Once.
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Maggie (2015)

Maggie does have its heart in the right place, and at its core it presents an emotional and sorrowful story. One that is both tender and somber. I salute the effort to make a zombie/virus film that is more about the grief and emotional outbreak rather than to turn it into an action oriented film. The problem is however that the film fails to reach me emotionally, rendering it boring and pointless for me personally.

I think that Abigail Breslin gives a strong performance, but she is unfortunately left helplessly alone as Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't have the dramatic acting chops for his role and he is unable to carry the emotion that this film would have needed. Making it hard too relate to him and difficult to find much reason to sit through the film.
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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (578 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5

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Doctor Strange is first and foremost a visually impressive film. One that successfully translates its source material over to the big screen. There's a lot of fun visuals to behold and it's all used in very clever ways. This is a film that opens up a new door in the Marvel cinematic universe and it brings in a lot of fresh air at a moment in which the franchise is starting to need it. Doctor Strange's play with time and dimensions not only gives us some neat looking action sequences, but it also makes sure that film avoids falling into some of the traps and flaws that seems to haunt the Marvel superhero films. The biggest one being a weak villain and an underwhelming third act. The villain is not too memorable, but he's dealt with in such a clever way that it makes up for him being slightly subpar.

Benedict Cumberbatch is great in the lead role. Bringing some of that "asshole" persona that we've seen do so well in Sherlock with him, Cumberbatch manages to carry this film on his shoulders and offers himself up as a much welcome addition to future Avengers films.
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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 4.8

You could make an effective horror film with mature themes in it with the premise of The Forest. Sadly, The Forest is not that film. Taking place in a forest that i well-known for being a place that people go into to commit suicide, this film only occasionally hints at being willing to delve into much deeper and darker themes. Instead it goes for option of creating a traditionally clichéd spooky horror film with poorly edited jump scares and an ending that's as bad as it is predictable.
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Imagine someone doing a remake, but instead of carrying over and improve on what essentially made the original interesting, you strip down on that and instead focus on your own silly stories and themes. I'm not the biggest fan of the original Martyrs, but there's no denying that it was a film that was successfully legitimately hard to watch and that carried well over to its themes, even if it wasn't necessarily as clever as it would like to think.

This remake is however just bad on every front. The story is clumsily put together. The torture is so much stripped down that there's not much horror to it. The relationship between the two leads doesn't work as it's too clichéd and ham-fisted into the story and the "monster" just seems to be there as it was part of the original. It's boring, poorly put together and ill-conceived from the very beginning.
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As far as horror remakes goes The Hills Have Eyes is tremendous. It doesn't shy away from the violence and gruesomeness, and instead of it only feeling gratuitous it adds to the tension and emotion of the film. For what's perhaps the greatest asset of The Hill Have Eyes is the emotional core that runs throughout the film. You deeply care for and sympathize with the characters in the film - in particular the character portrayed by Aaron Stanford. You want them to survive and once a horror film achieves that feat, it ought to be celebrated.
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For the majority of the time it's a fine film with some amusing humor and jokes that sits well with me. Though there's nothing in it that strikes me as being anything particularly special, but it's all fine. Then they get out of water, and it's all just ugly and annoying.
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A spiritual prequel to The Prince of Egypt that does't work as entirely well. The character dynamics doesn't work. The animation really suffers from the limited budget. The songs are poor and the narrative doesn't flow. Out of all the Biblical stories that have been presented on film, you'd be wise to skip this one.
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It's a natural continuation from John Carpenter's Halloween in that it takes place immediately after the ending of Halloween, yet it feels so far away from what Carpenter's Halloween was. It lacks the atmosphere and suspense that made the original so terrifying. It also fails to properly characterize the disposable characters that Michael Myers will kill. In its predecessor the characters felt legitimately annoying and real, this time they just feel like blank slates. The kills themselves are mostly uninspired, Jaime Lee Curtis spend most of the film in bed in a suprisingly empty hospital and Donald Pleasence is insane. It's a big drop in quality for sure.
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Scream 2 is serviceable in many ways, but following its brilliant predecessor, it can't shake off the feeling of it being slightly disappointing as well. The original was a brilliant deconstruction of the horror genre while simultaneously being a well-made horror film on its own. The sequel tries to follow the same formula and it does try to cleverly poke fun at horror sequels with upping the ante of characters, kills and gore. But unlike last time, Scream 2 feels forced and inauthentic.

What we're left with is essentially just an average horror film with some mild self-referential humor. The kills themselves are mostly fine and there are a few suspenseful moments every now and then, but there's hardly anything in it that sticks out. A lot of the fun with these films are who the killer is and their motives for doing so, but this time the ending doesn't work as well as the surprise is kinda obvious and it's far too much drawn out.
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Jigsaw is a curios experience. It's very much a Saw film, but at the same time, there's a very strange disconnect running through it. This is kind of to be expected. After all, the first seven Saw films can be watched as a seven episode long TV-series, in which returning characters are all over the place throughout most of the films. Jigsaw only brings back Tobin Bell from the earlier films. This means that it has to introduce us to a completely new set of characters and a completely new plot. There's barely anything that carries over. The only thing being the character of Jigsaw and his role in this film. Now, this is not really a bad thing. But for me, as a long time Saw-fan, it was just slightly odd. That being said, I did like Jigsaw quite a lot and I found it to be an entertaining entry in the Saw franchise.

It does incorporate a lot of elements from the previous Saw films in to it. In particular stuff from like Saw II and Saw V. There are traps to be found in Jigsaw, though none of them are really as grizzly as they've been in previous films. The traps have been slightly toned town, and instead it's a larger focus on mystery and investigation. The plot surrounding the investigation around these new Jigsaw killings are interesting, though I do think that the characters jump a bit too fast to conclusions and there are several things that doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense. None of the new characters stand out a lot, but they're serviceable enough for this film.

It's slightly hard for me to talk about Jigsaw without going in to spoiler territory. It does, in the end, mess up the timeline a bit and it doesn't make a lot of sense once you start thinking too much about it (not that many of the Saw film do). But I did have a good time, and once the puzzle started coming together, I left with a feeling of satisfaction. If you've never cared for the Saw films, and in particular the sequels, there's nothing in Jigsaw that will make you change your mind, but for a long time fan, it did the job. Just in a slightly odd way.
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The best thing about this Tomb Raider reboot is undoubtedly Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. She fully embodies the role and gives us a fully fleshed out character that's both vulnerable and tough at the same time, making her exciting to follow.

The problem with the film lies in its story. It's a very generic video game type of story that really could have used a couple of rewrites. The action sequences themselves are mostly fine and exciting, but the story that connects everything is not as inspiring.
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Featuring a terrific voice cast, stellar 2D-animation and a couple of great songs, The Prince of Egypt is a wonderfully mature film that manages to be emotionally resonating through how it develops the brotherly relationship. There are some humor in it that feels out of place when compared to the seriousness to the rest of the film, but other than that, it's pretty great.
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What I adore the most about Annihilation is its ambiguity and how it is ambiguous in a clever way that doesn't feel cheap or tacked on. It's well-made, visually pretty and intelligent piece of filmmaking that delivers satisfyingly few answers. It does a have its fair share of flaws, but Annihilation is the kind of sci-fi I want to see more of.
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There's not a lot of originality in how this biographical story is presented, but it's nonetheless presented in such a way that makes it emotionally effective and insightful for what it is.
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U - July 22 is an extremely difficult film to judge. Based on the horrific events that occurred on Utøya island in Norway, were one man shot and murdered 69 people, most of them youngsters (in addition to being responsible for a bomb attack in Oslo earlier that day). Norway is quite a safe place to live, so that something as gruesome as that happened here is confusing, shocking and something that I'll never truly be able to understand. It's therefore a difficult film to judge because the events are still close to heart. It's, as I'm writing this, been close to seven years since the attacks, which kinda feels like no time has passed at all. So from the moment the film start, you've already brought in your feeling of sadness to the film.

But I do think this is a good film. I think its made with dignity and respect, and I think its importance come across very well. It's a film that we need in order for us to, if not fully, at least be able to understand a little bit about how it was like for the people who were trapped on Utøya during the shooting. How brutal, unforgiving, isolated and meaningless it all was. The film doesn't shy away from the brutality of it, and I'm glad that it didn't. It had to be brutal in order to convey the feeling of how it was like. It had to be violent in order for us to understand it. The film does a good job of translating the feeling to the viewers.

Shot entirely in one-take on the island itself with unknown actors and lasting exactly as long as the shooting actually did, the film feels as real as it possibly could have. There's not much focus on the perpetrator, yet his presence is felt throughout the entirety of the film. The loud and uncomfortable sound of shots being fired is constant and the shrieking of scared teens is uncomfortably present. The panic, confusion and anxiety is all over the place. There are no moments to rest, and the film is exhaustingly intense and difficult to watch. Once the film ended the cinema was filled with silence. No one made any noise and it was quite simply put a powerful experience.

There are certain moments in it that feels slightly artificial, though it's hard for me to know that for sure, as I wasn't there during the attack. Yet, some parts didn't fully convince me. This might be because some of the acting isn't the strongest. Which is a bit of the risque you run when shooting a film in one-take. Andrea Berntzen is however a star. Her performance is outstanding. The camera follows her throughout the entire film, and she perfectly manages to capture and convey every emotion you would imagine someone going through in a situation like that.

This is not a film for everyone, but for me, as a Norwegian, it's essential viewing due to how close it is. In a world where violence happens every day and we've somehow gotten used to reading about, a film like this is important. If only to make us understand a little bit more. If only to make us feel a lot more.
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Alien: Covenant is both a step up and a step down from what Prometheus was. In the end it feels like two entirely different films fighting for the same spot. That being Ridley Scott wanting to tell a philosophical story of creation and the horrors of it, one he started with in Prometheus and the studio wanting to toss more alien action at us. Resulting in a lot of familiarity that doesn't mix as well with Ridley Scott's new ideas. The action sequences are certainly satisfying on a very simple enjoyment level, though I do personally wish that we had seen less of the creatures.

So the film is essentially just not quite there. It's viscerally great for sure. The cinematography and production design is top-notch while the visual effects are as great as one would expect from a major Hollywood release. Michael Fassbender is also delightful. So it's entertaining and all that. It's just that in the story department the film is limping. I would like the studio to either let Ridley Scott go all in for his philosophical mumbo-jumbo, or just hire someone to do a full-blown Alien film without any of that.
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Prometheus is a difficult film to judge. On one hand it's a brilliantly crafted visceral sci-fi experience that carries a great amount of intensity and body horror though its gorgeous visuals and flawless sound design. On the other hand it's a film that's plagued by dumb characters doing really stupid things that makes no sense in any way whatsoever. It's also a film that is so ambitious on a thematic level that it doesn't entirely succeed in reaching its own grasp. Thus making Prometheus enjoyable and frustrating at the same time.
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