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Bml93's Film Experiences for 2018: First Half

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People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (301 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 (17 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 (223 ratings) 5.7 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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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 5
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 (1 ratings) 6 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 (251 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 (97 ratings) 7.7 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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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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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

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 (51 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 (697 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 (113 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 (559 ratings) 6.9 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 (97 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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People who added this item 2092 Average listal rating (1317 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1

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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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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.8

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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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People who added this item 1774 Average listal rating (1129 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7

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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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7

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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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1

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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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (328 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4

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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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People who added this item 2036 Average listal rating (1386 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)

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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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The tone of Alien: Resurrection is just completely wrong. The script has been written by Joss Whedon and I'm sorry, I don't think he's the right man for this franchise. The tongue-in-cheek approach to the material feels disjointed from the rest of the series and it doesn't work for me. I'm also not a fan of the resurrection of Ripley. The fact that, in this film, she's no longer a vulnerable human that defends herself, but instead some sort of hybrid completely defeats the character that the previous films has built up. She quite simply shouldn't have been brought back.

There are a couple of well-handled scenes here, but the end result is just an underwhelming film.
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People who added this item 2096 Average listal rating (1427 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4

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When you compare Alien3 to Alien and Aliens, it's pretty bad and very underwhelming. It makes the big mistake of killing most of the characters from Aliens, that you've grown to care for, during the opening credits. Leaving you with a bad taste from the very beginning. But if you look at it on its own though, it's pretty decent. There are a couple of great ideas in it and a lot of it is handled well. I like the idea of going back to one alien killing off people one by one, and I like the idea that aside from Ripley the rest of the characters are more or less a bunch of criminals that have turned to religion without any weapons to defend themselves with. The premise is certainly there, and as I said, some scenes are handled well. There's a lot of tension in it that works.

The film is notorious for its troublesome production, causing first-time director David Fincher to leave the film before it was finished. Thankfully, he went on to have a wonderful career. But as far as Alien3 go, the problems behind the scenes shines through the material with multiple rewrites directly causing a redundant finale, poor special effects, and underutilized characters. Despite this, Fincher has established an atmosphere that suits the film and the creature well, and it would be interesting to see how Fincher's final vision would have looked like.
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.4

Mute has been a passion project for Duncan Jones for several years and its even dedicated to his father, David Bowie, who passed away early in 2016. After watching the film, I really have to ask - what happened? What went wrong? Mute is a horrible film. Terribly misguided, overly plotted and unfocused. Jones script is awful with poorly written characters, unbearable dialogue and characters doing things that makes no sense. There's also absolutely no reason for this film to take place in the future. It adds absolutely nothing and it only serves as one of many distracting elements in a film that is ultimately a disaster and a horrible misfire for Duncan Jones.
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People who added this item 3254 Average listal rating (2262 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.4

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Alien gave us suspense, tension and horror. Aliens keeps a lot of that, but adds a lot of action to the mix. The result is a very entertaining follow-up that manages to be viscerally thrilling and emotionally satisfying.
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In many ways you could think of Alien as Jaws in space. It manages to keep and maintain suspense in the same way as Jaws do, and it releases tension just as successfully when we finally get to see the alien. "Less is more" works brilliantly here, letting us just suck in the atmosphere. The alien is, by the way, perhaps the most awesomely designed monster in film history.
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Mary and Max is a triumph when it comes to combing lighthearted humor with dark and depressing themes. Brought to life by quirky and charming stop-motion animation, this film is as emotionally involving as it is weird and cute. While the film is certainly sweet and full of heartwarming moments, it's also a film that deals with themes of isolation, loneliness, depression, suicide, obesity and mental illness. One of those themes alone is enough to make for a very heavy-handed film and all of those combined should actually make for an overly depressing time. It shouldn't really blend well, yet Mary and Max makes it work beautifully - leaving you inspired by the end of it. The childlike approach to the mature material breaks up the seriousness of it (while at the same time being thought-provoking and respectful) and it involves you to participate with your own emotions. You get to partake in and feel every up and down that the characters go through all the way up until its bittersweet ending.

You'll laugh, you'll smile, you'll cry. Mary and Max is an emotional roller coaster in its truest form and it truly is a beautiful film.
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It did redefine horror films again. It's a wonderful parody of not only Wes Craven's own horror films, but every horror film. It's packed with wit, humor and clever references. Every character in it is aware of the horror cliches, and it's funny to see that they fall for what they self do believe is pure idiocy.

Still, it never forgets that it is a horror film. It's a tremendous horror film, a nearly perfect slasher-flick. The tension and suspense is high all the way through, and there are certain scenes that makes the pulse go very high. Like the intense opening scene.
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Aside from a few nitpicks here and there, The Shape of Water has one major thing in it that I feel keeps it away from reaching true greatness. It's a very carefully and skilfully crafted love story (and who doesn't love a little bestiality every now and then, eh?), and Sally Hawkins, God bless her, is absolutely wonderful. So is the design of the monster. Yet, I feel that Sally Hawkins character embraces the monster far too quickly. Same with the monster towards her. There's a great scene in which Hawkins explains why she feels what she does towards the monster and it resonates emotionally well, but I feel that the film could have needed some additional scenes of the monster and Hawkins developing their bond from curiosity to affection and love. And I would have much rather have those scenes than some of the stuff with Michael Stuhlbarg's character, which I feel didn't add a lot.

That being said, the film was absolutely gorgeous to look at and listen to. It's visually gorgeous and the acting is superb. Sally Hawkins is, as I said, wonderful, but the rest of the cast is also terrific. I particularly enjoyed Richard Jenkins performance. And a big hooray to Guillermo del Toro. It's such a delight to see a filmmaker that competently manages to bring these weird R-rated fairy tales to the big screen. We need more of those.
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Life is a fun, thrilling and visually pleasing Alien clone. There's not a lot of originality here, but it was nice to just sit back and enjoy a bloody creature feature set in space. The dialogue is at times pretty bad and I don't think the film succeeds that well in conveying its sentimentality. But it does a good job with the thrills.
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Frankenstein's greatest asset lies in its characterization of The monster and Boris Karloff's portrayal of him. He embodies a monster that is truly horrifying in its simplicity. The scene that have him drown a little girl after harmlessly playing with her is truly terrifying. Yet he manages to evoke some sort of sympathy through his constant look of confusion and fear. It's truly an iconic performance.

Sadly I think the film itself has lost some of its magic. At least since the first time I saw it. Aside from a few scenes, most notably the famous creation-scene, I think the film drags too much and it's occasionally hampered by logical decisions from some of the human characters that makes very little sense. Even for that time and moment. The human characters are the weakest aspect and very little of their interactions with each other are as interesting as The monster himself. In many ways, I actually think Frankenstein would have benefited from being a silent film. Just so that the mood and atmosphere would be allowed even more space than what it currently has.
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Like the other The Mummy films, the special effects of Tomb of the Dragon Emperor looks rather outdated. This is a much severe issue here, seeing as there's a seven year gap between this one and The Mummy Returns. Though they have improved since that, if only slightly. That is however not the biggest problem with this film. A film that more than likely killed Brendan Fraser's career and hope of future stardom. The issue is that they had to replace Rachel Weisz with Maria Bello. A lot of the heart of the two predecessors comes from the chemistry and relationship between Fraser and Weisz. Bello does her best, but chemistry is something that you can't force. It has to come naturally, and the energy that Fraser and Weisz shared is something that can't be duplicated. This naturally affects Fraser's performance as well and he comes across as a very limited actor. Naturally, it doesn't help that the script is a lot worse than what they've usually been.
In other word - this film should have been shelved the moment they realized Rachel Weisz wouldn't return.
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I don't have any knowledge of the source material, so I don't know what this adaptation of The Dark Tower has omitted in its journey from the pages and on to the screen. It's a fast-paced action film with some interesting ideas in it and some cool action sequences, but more than anything else, The Dark Tower oozes of studio meddling. There are so many aspects in this film that seems unexplored and left out. The film is just the very bare bones of what I think it actually was. The story is crystal clear and it moves quickly from one beat to another, but it moves so quickly that there's no room to dwell on any of the ideas that are lurking beneath. There's also no room for any emotional connection whatsoever.

There is a talented cast here, who does the best they can with the material they're left with, but none of the characters have any depth to them. While being a film that should overthrow you with ideas, themes and emotion, The Dark Tower feels shamefully hollow.
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The special effects of this film are even more outdated than they were in its predecessor. The Rock as the Scorpion King looks like something taken straight from an early Playstation 2 title. That being said, The Mummy Returns is a lot of fun. It carries over the same pace, energy, humor and eye for exhilarating action that made The Mummy such a good time. It's also surprisingly emotional due to the characters being extremely likable. The film is dumber than a pile of rocks, but it works astonishingly well as some sort of guilty pleasure.
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This modern update of The Mummy is basically a display in special effects and ludicrously over-the-top action. It replaces the mood and atmosphere of the 1932 version with fast-paced action and an enjoyable sense of humor. There's not a lot of depth here and the special effects are rather outdated when compared to films of today, but that doesn't take anything away from how much fun this film is. It's a roller-coaster ride of thrills and fun.
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I don't give a crap about all the hysteria and politics surrounding this film. I think people on both sides of this are complete morons. That being said, this was yet another refreshing Marvel film. It's easily one of the more well-written and well-directed superhero films to date. All of the characters are properly fleshed out and their relationships are between each other are well-developed. Particularly Michael B. Jordan, who is the most complex and sympathetic villain we've gotten from the MCU.

The action sequences manages to stay entertaining all the way through. They never feel mundane, repetitive or soulless. The visuals are also a step up from some of the earlier MCU films. The soundtrack is also killer. Screw the politics surrounding it, and just enjoy a well-made superhero film with great characters, action and an emotionally resonating story.
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The Open House is everything wrong with horror films. It's also a result of what happens when incompetent and talentless people try to create atmospheric mysteries. It's dreadfully boring and lazily put together. Almost the entire film consists of aimlessly walking around in empty rooms, doors opening by themselves and shower scenes. It's so dull. There's no tension to any of it, nothing makes any sense, you're not invested in any of it so you're not really trying to figure it out either. Not that it really matters anyway, as the ending is so horrible that you'll have to see it to believe it.

It's almost laughable. The filmmakers have tried to compensate for their boring scenes by adding scary music and sound effects to almost everything - even if absolutely nothing is happening. Music is a great tool when it comes to creating a certain mood, particularly in horror (and particularly when its combined with silence), but The Open House use of music is either lazy or incompetent. I'll go with the latter, as everything else is just as awful. The acting is atrocious, the characters are beyond stupid (even for a horror film) and the script is rubbish. This is quite possibly one of the worst films I've ever seen.
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