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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.6

I've rarely been as little amused or entertained by a film as I was while watching Baywatch. If it weren't for the absolutely stunning Alexandra Daddario, I would have turned this off. Thankfully, she's a goddess.
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If somebody in the future were to ask me to think of the dumbest, laziest and most forgettable horror films I've seen in my life, I probably wouldn't even remember The Nun. The set-up for a great horror film is there. It had everything going for it, yet it is completely ruined by a dreadful script, weak acting, uninspired cinematography and pure unoriginality in its depiction of horror. The scares are spotted from miles away and there's quite simply nothing in this film that surprises you. The problem is that all of the scares are built up and unleashed in the same way. There are no moments that messes with the timing they've established and thus, you're never caught off guard. So very quickly The Nun gets trapped in a sense of repetition that it fails to escape.
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The Quake is surprisingly good. A Norwegian disaster movie and special effects extravaganza that actually understands that its characters are far more important than the spectacle of its action and effects. The Quake is by all means an intense nail-biter when it comes to the action - and it is frightening to see Oslo destroyed, but the real drama in The Quake comes from the main character and his struggles with the aftermath of the events that occurred in The Wave (yes, this is a sequel) and how that has affected his relationship to his family. It's just damn solid character development and it is at times emotionally devastating.

That The Quake so successfully manages to be an emotionally engaging character drama makes the whole film so much more interesting. There's been made a countless number of disaster movies already, but so many of them fails to properly invest enough time into their own characters. Reducing them to nothing more than pawns to place the visual effects around and to be sacrificed without much thought. The fact that we're so emotionally invested in the lead character and his family gives this film a lot of stakes. We genuinely fear for them. We care about them. We want them to get out safely. It makes The Quake so much more intense and entertaining to watch.

There are certain flaws present - such as minor plot points that slightly lacks some sort of resolution. This is however not a big deal, as The Quake is an intense, well-shot disaster movie that manages to be emotionally engaging and beautiful in its human drama.
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People who added this item 4884 Average listal rating (3331 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)

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You can clearly see that Marvel is still following, with a few exceptions, the formula they created (and even perfected) with Iron Man. With a career-defining performance from Robert Downey Jr. at its core, Iron Man is an entertaining, funny and emotionally engaging superhero film that tells its origin story in an effective way that prioritizes character development over spectacle. It loses a few points for a slightly underwhelming final act, but Iron Man is definitively one of Marvel's better films.
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People who added this item 350 Average listal rating (461 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

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Check out this list, for my thoughts on Dunkirk: www.listal.com/list/christopher-nolan-best-worst
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The Meg is a 150 million dollar piece of garbage. It's an incredibly dumb film and the plot is exactly like something you would see in one of the many shark films from studios like The Asylum. It does have its moments, and at times, it's hilariously funny. Much of this is due to its pure stupidity, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

If there is one thing that caught me by surprise, it is how full of emotion it is. Death is given proper weight and the characters are actually mourning whenever someone dies. It's a theme that carries through the entire film and it's shocking (but appreciated) to see a film like this deal with so much emotion through its use of characters.

The first half is rather boring. For some reason, the first half is treated as some sort of mystery in which we're kinda not supposed to know what creature is attacking them. This despite the film's title and all of its promotional material? It's rather dumb and it takes a long time for things to finally get going.

The most disappointing thing with The Meg is however it's lack of blood and gore. This is probably due to the studio wanting younger audience to see the film, but it severely reduces the enjoyment of the kills. I would have loved to see kills like we see in the first Jaws, but instead the megalodon comically just swallows people whole. To put it simply, it lacks bite.
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

I could probably just write "it's fine" and that would be all there is to tell about Ready Player One. It's a film by Steven Spielberg that's based on a book I'm unfamiliar with, one that apparently is slightly popular. I can see and understand why, and I imagine that book is more involving than what the film was. The problem with Spielberg's adaptation is that isn't particularly involving once you get over its nostalgia jerk-fest, which I tend to be rather quickly. The main character is dull. The visuals are nice looking, but it's the kind of spectacle that I quickly zone out off. The story is predictable and straight-forward, and it's themes are not as interesting as the film thinks it is.

Spielberg knows how to put together a film and it's all fine, but I would love to see this in the hands of a more "sinister" director.
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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.7

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Justice League does have enough cool and fun moments sprinkled out through its two hour long run time for it to be an entertaining film, but overall, Justice League is another disappointing entry in the DCEU.

It's strength lies in the characters. The chemistry between them works, and despite some of them not being as developed as they should have been, the characters work. Particularly Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have some great moments, while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa offers some comedic relief. Actors like Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and J.K. Simmons are more or less wasted though.

Justice League is however brought down by ugly visuals and awful CGI. It does actually look unfinished at times. There's also occasionally some sort of tonal crash, this most likely due to parts of the film being reshot following Zack Snyder's departure and Joss Whedon finishing the film. While Whedon's influence shines through in some of the better scenes, it also makes the film tonally inconsistent. It goes from somewhat dark to goofy in a finger snap.

The plot is ridiculously simple and forgettable, with Steppenwolf being a contender for one of the worst villains in superhero history. The action is something taken straight out of a video game and everything is quite simply a mess. Yet, it's enjoyable for what it is. But it should be better.
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People who added this item 572 Average listal rating (546 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Wonder Woman (2017)

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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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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (618 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.1
Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad is the perfect example of how studio meddling can ruin a film. Batman v Superman was a mess, but at least you could kinda see what they were going for. Suicide Squad is just an awful mess. The first 40 minutes are just poorly paced introduction montages awkwardly put to out-of-place pop songs. The editing and pacing is really bad, and you can see the touches of studio executives all over it. Then once everything is finally set up to go, the film delivers a poorly conceived story with a dull villain and poorly developed characters.

There are a couple of solid moments on their own. Will Smith and Margot Robbie delivers solid performances, and especially Margot Robbie is fun as Harley Quinn. But the film is muddled by murky visuals, a Joker subplot that shouldn't be there, an over-reliance on exposition and an emotional core that doesn't work. It's a wasted opportunity.
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A rewatch didn't do this film any favors. To put it simply, it's a mess. It doesn't flow well and it's at times extremely jarring. There are a couple of great ideas in it, but none of them are given the development that is required. Ben Affleck is cool as Batman and the fight against Superman is cool once it finally happens, but the film spends far too much time on setting up Justice League and other side-plots. What's supposed to be the main event is reduced to a side course. There are a couple of attempts at emotion here, that could have worked really well in a more focused film, but unfortunately it is drowned by all the mess.

Zack Snyder is a solid director when it comes to creating a visual spectacle, but with Batman v Superman he fails at crafting a complex and cohesive story that is emotionally engaging and consistently entertaining. Instead he creates a disjointed film that is entertaining at times, but is far too meddled with for it to be properly enjoyed and appreciated.
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Tom Cruise keeps on outdoing himself when it comes to his stunts. In the beginning of the film Tom Cruise leaps of a C-17 at 25000 feet, shot entirely in one-take by an aerial photographer with a massive IMAX camera. It's completely insane - and it makes for heart-pounding cinema. This is however just one of the many impressive action scenes that Mission: Impossible - Fallout has to offer. It's tense and brutal. Fun and involving.

Fallout doesn't add any fresh spin on the espionage genre and its plot is very traditional Mission: Impossible fare. Yet the action is amazing, the characters are well-established and the emotional core of the film so engaging, that it's easy to forgive the predictability of the plot. This is quite simply entertainment in its most spectacular form.

Then there's Rebecca Ferguson. I think I've gotten an illness that requires me to have as much of Rebecca Ferguson as it is humanly possible to have.
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You might not like Tom Cruise as a person, but as a movie star, there are not many actors like him. He's an undeniable action star with plenty of charisma and likeability in his roles, and particularly in Mission: Impossible. This shows again in Rogue Nation, and when he also gets to act against someone as fierce and mysterious as Rebecca Ferguson, you're bound for a good time. Their chemistry is magnificent, and I love how they always managed to keep her intentions unclear. Making us question whether she's good or bad.

The action set pieces in Rogue Nation are amongst the most impressive in the franchise so far. The plot of the film is fine, but it works mainly as a way to connect one action beat to another. It is however done with such skill that one never feel overburdened or exhausted, instead I felt constantly thrilled and entertained, while eagerly and curiously looking forward to the next scene.
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The plot of a disavowed agency trying to redeem themselves while simultaneously saving the world is nothing fresh, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol offers very little new when it comes to plot and structure. It can also be accused of prioritizing action and spectacle over character and emotion. Yet it does the action so wonderfully well that one can't help but to be amazed by it. Tom Cruise is one of few remaining "movie stars" and his dedication to push the limit when it comes to in-camera action stunts is something that should be celebrated. Him actually scaling Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is just extraordinary. It's probably one of the greatest action scenes ever filmed.

Huge props should also go to director Brad Bird, who manages to keep the film consistently entertaining all the way through, even if the plot points are familiar. The film is well-paced, intense, funny and perfectly captured. With a slightly better script, it would have been a fantastic film - instead of a merely good one.
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People who added this item 2396 Average listal rating (1544 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9

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After the disappointment that was Mission: Impossible II, director J.J. Abrams brought the franchise home to solid ground again with the third installment. Ditching a lot of the cheesy elements from MI: II, Abrams brings more of a gritty feeling to the table with added brutality and intensity. It also succeeds far more than its predecessor when it comes to the emotional core of the film. Tom Cruise, who is as brilliant as he always is, shares some great chemistry with the naturally gorgeous Michelle Monaghan. It feels a lot more natural and emotionally engaging than the forced romance of MI: II.

Other than that, there's a lot of what you would expect from a film like this present. Great action scenes, intense moments, twists and double-crossings. Philip Seymour Hoffman is wonderful as the villain, though I feel he's slightly under-utilized. Still, it's great a film.
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The writing in Batman and Harley Quinn is so awful that I was seriously considering turning it off at several places. The most obvious one being a scene that has Harley Quinn farting several times in the Batmobile. Then there's some really juvenile and cringe-worthy sexualisation of Harley Quinn. I'm not opposed to filmmakers playing on that or even bringing their own perverted fantasies to their films, but it should at least mean something or add to the character in one way or another. In Batman and Harley Quinn it just rubs me the wrong way.

The plot is a farce that ultimately leads up to an ending that is beyond terrible. The film just ends abruptly in what's supposed to be a cute moment - yet the film has done absolutely nothing to build up towards it, instead betraying who the characters are for that final gag. Then there's the introduction of Swamp Thing, which is the most pointless thing ever... And don't even get me started on the two musical numbers that appear in the middle of the film.

This is probably one of the worst things to come out of DC.
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Despite a couple of solid action scenes during the second half, John Woo's attempt at a Mission: Impossible film is kinda dull. Spending far too much time on a forced romance, the first half of the film is way too slow. Things eventually starts to pick up, but while the action scenes are serviceable by themselves - things quickly starts to feel a little repetitive. The beats are never quite where they should be, and it doesn't help that the film is incredibly cheesy either. Add to that an unfitting soundtrack and a couple of lame slow-mo shots, and you've got yourself a poor film.
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People who added this item 1637 Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 (124 ratings) 6 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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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 (110 ratings) 7.4 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 (121 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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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 (684 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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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 (162 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 (110 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 (312 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 (309 ratings) 7.1 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 (230 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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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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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 (425 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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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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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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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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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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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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