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People who added this item 399 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
It's still very good.
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People who added this item 848 Average listal rating (592 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
I had completely forgotten how great this movie is. By abandoning the traditional pacing of a three act story it becomes dynamite. The first act lasts like 80 minutes, the second act is a hot fifteen consisting of nothing but action setpieces, then the last is like 30, again consisting of little but setpieces. By spending over half of the runtime on not-actiony stuff it not only build characters but also allows for an absolutely riveting latter half when crazy visuals are on-screen non-stop.
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People who added this item 218 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.2
I... I can't take this much of Vin Diesel masturbating to himself on camera. Never thought this point could come. It is incredible.
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Good Time (2017)
Those wacky criminals!
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Jungle (2017)
A white dude goes to the jungle to clamor in the fun of killing animals. In the end he realizes it's much more fun to feel a sense of kinship with the animals. Two stars.
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People who added this item 1058 Average listal rating (649 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Suspiria (1977)
The 4K restoration of this was dope on the big screen, but the bigger thing I got out of it was that I was able to hear the score crystal-clear for the first time. Even that ending worked and didn't feel like a jumble of previously heard sounds! Now I just wish they give this treatment to Inferno some day so I get to see that on the big screen too, seeing as how it's the better film of the two. Suspiria, while much more apt in creating an alien, hostile environment without using dialogue, far too often falls apart the second someone speaks audibly.
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People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
It has terrific music and a terrific Jeff Goldblum. It's also a very cohesive whole which can't be said of most Marvel-movies. Shave off 15 minutes from the whole and you've got it.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
She sure does!
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
McG has made the most McG-movie of all time and it is brilliant. It's Charlie's Angels -level silly removed from any attempts at being early 00s extreme and with a pretty good comedy script. I never expected to say this of McG of all people but I am truly, deeply happy that he has found a flamboyant, loud and distinct audiovisual voice in his storytelling.
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People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Well, this ain't no Conjuring, but for the first hour it gets fairly close and it also ain't no Annabelle or Lights Out so it's all good. The biggest detracting factor is that it's a prequel to one of the crappiest studio horrors of the decade, and it inherits some of it's problems, primarily having to bow down to the concept of this doll being possessed by a real 90s-ass horror comic -looking demon. I guess you have to show that thing, and David F. Sandberg, bless his soul, tries so hard to sell it as spooky, but it looks like the fucking Wishmaster dipped in black paint so I ain't buying. Lulu Wilson turns up the ham sandwich real good during the last half and redeems some of the aforementioned crap by doing it very well, in that way kid actors can be terrible in tense horror movies so long as their terribleness is child-like and here it sure is. That girl has eyes as big as platters when she's surprised and it's wonderfully vaudeville.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Wind River (2017)
Fucking great as this hyper-American pastoral about reservation life and the state of the modern native american and it realizes it and treats itself as such as opposed to focusing on the crime mystery which is solved in a way that's almost a joke. Like the cop in the movie says, "this case is solving itself."
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
This teeters frustratingly close to being great so many times it's a shame they went this route with the last third. The asshole killer getting away has to aid a theme or have some purpose, and when it doesn't, and the movie has made him an actual asshole, not one you can enjoy watching the antics of (because this kid's desire to rape a lady is the start of this movie), you just feel like you wasted 90 minutes on this garbage afterwards no matter how good some moments were. There is the hint of comeuppance at the end but it doesn't cut the mustard because the assholery is of such a magnitude where you'd basically need to see him get his ding dong ripped off by a Castle Freak to make up for it.
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
It's better than the first. Finnish critique: http://www.laajakuva.com/blade-runner-2049-2017/
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Girls Trip (2017)
It's a shame I stopped using half stars because this is an exceptionally well written, smart, raunchy AF, perfectly acted comedy that has a lot to say about psychologically abusive relationships that is just brought down by the overall experience being super studio-like in terms of music and editing that I can't give it four no matter how hard I want to. It's so good it makes me angry that it's pulled off from the audiovisual side like a boring Lifetime-drama. Guess I should be glad the director of fucking Scary Movie 5 didn't fuck this up any worse.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Gerald's Game (2017)
Flanagan continues to make optimistic, upbeat and harsh horror movies with his most refined one yet.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
The story in this movie is the most bag of dicks -level nonsense I've seen in ages and the way it's told is on like a two bags of dicks -level. It manages to involve you by the end but getting to that point is rough. The action feels super wobbly and the choppy editing is sometimes just used to hide cuts in "long shots" which is very obvious and breaks the flow, but both of those you kind of get used to since the movie uses them very consistently throughout. The actors in this movie are great which is real tough with some of the material!
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.1
Wish Upon (2017)
There's hardly anything mind-blowing here but a charming cast carries it well. Wish it went a bit more Final Destination than it ends up going. The end credits song is so on the nose it makes me want to give this *.
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (313 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
IT (2017)
My biggest gripe with "It" is that Muschietti showcases his fantastical monsters with the same methods as he does a .5 second New Kids on the Block -gag. If the movie had scared me once - and I mean that literally - I would be willing to forgive so much more. It's made like a movie intended to go at 110% in regards to the scares but struggles to reach 40 with the way they're shot. I can see why everyone loves the projector scene - it's the one scare with a visual twist and not entirely shot center-frame.

The lack of scares or intensity just kills it. The framework built to support the horror is wonderful from casting to the perfect nostalgia. But when they don't pull off the spooks it reveals how light the narrative content of the film is. It does little honor to King's themes by opting to go with the scary scenes instead. If it had succeeded this would be the finest studio horror since Conjuring 2. It doesn't so it's... well, it's more like an Insidious 2. But it has oodles of charm with the cast, gags. It's nostalgic towards childhood the overall concept of being a child, rather than a cultural era of time despite being set in one. Can't deny the stellar craftsmanship behind all effects, it's just a shame Muschietti can't either and obsessively shoves them in our face.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.9
A bunch of American indie comedy stars apparently wanted to make a horny adaptation of some Decameron-stories and turns out it's pretty good and earnest. The ending is heart-warming.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 5.2
So, here's an example of the emotional, romanticizing old-timey countryside -paranormal thriller. Unfortunately it's very stupid and predictable. It seems fine until like the hour mark when they introduce some psycho-sexual nonsense into the mix and it just becomes porridge in movie form. The one good thing is Marton Csokas because he's basically lewdness in flesh regardless of the movie or TV-show he's in.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
Security (2017)
I'm being very loose giving this two stars but it has the perfect fake mall with a food court restaurant called HAMBURGERS so I have to.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Though this is totally fine and looks great which is rare for underwater movies, I can't help but wonder how much better this would be as a horror movie if it actually used the concept of being at the bottom of the ocean for something other than, you know, sharks and weird diver diseases.
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People who added this item 921 Average listal rating (643 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
They Live (1988)
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.1
Bushwick (2017)
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Big Sick (2017)
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The Layover (2017)
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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 3.9 IMDB Rating 4.6
Death Note (2017)
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 5.2
Rough Night (2017)
Did not expect this random comedy that I'm only watching for Ilana Glazer to be the definition of a white people problems -movie but OK. Points to the one extra during the end credits who did an all-out "I can't believe this!" -face.
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People who added this item 195 Average listal rating (144 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
The Mummy (2017)
In this riveting new mummy action film, Tom Cruise runs away from:

- Terrorists
- Any sense of responsibility
- Sand
- Birds
- His own sense of shame
- Zombie cops
- Mr. Hyde (yes, that one)
- More sand
- Some glass that's mixed in with all that sand
- Zombie templar knights
- His humanity

In the end, he briefly runs towards a lady who was a mummy at some point.
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Baby Driver (2017)
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Ghost Train (1927)
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 4.3
Snatched (2017)
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Colossal (2016)
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The Shout (1978)
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Crossroads (1928)
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Underground (1928)
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Creepy (2016)
Watched first in January, comment below from there. Let's add to that by saying that watching this with headphones on at 4AM VS 3PM in a room with 12 people is a very different experience.

You know what would've also been a really good title for Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest? "Abject, Soul-filling Terror" or "Asphyxiating Existential Horror". So yeah, leave it to Kurosawa, one of the few actual masters of modern horror film to make a horror film about trust.

The title of a "master of genre" is too easy to give out nowadays, but this man solidifies his reputation with Creepy, as he seems to understand something so few people do when it comes to horror films explicitly built around a social theme; You don't just take a social phenomenon such as trust and break it to make your film terrifying. You take that idea and instead of breaking it, you twist it. You use it for nefarious purposes it was never intended to be used. Through this, you can achieve levels of terror horror films can only wistfully hope to aspire to.

Creepy absolutely nails that aspect. There are issues with it as a story – more on that later – but when it comes to making you feel like a corpse in a plastic bag that's slowly getting vacuum-sealed, it's on the money. The ever-present ambient hum that prevails over the film is key to it. It might be noises from a street, from a small park, from a university – or it might be high- or low-pitched beats, intensifying as scenes that begin as innocent grow more and more sinister. And when the film goes silent? You know everything has gone wrong.

The other key part is the ways in which Kurosawa manages to twist and turn his thematic focus up and around. This isn't a film that has plot twists in it. It's a very slow, steady progression over two hours. Trust is built over a length of time, and he does what he can to showcase this with the pacing of his film. But like I said, the true stroke of genius, mastery if you will, is hidden within what he does with trust. What his characters end up doing in the name of it, how they mistake absolute truths in their lives to still exist when trust – the typically most affluent and and loyal of human emotions – has eradicated them in their absence. It is absolutely insufferable to watch because it causes you mental anguish on terrifying levels.

This might be the new best Kiyoshi Kurosawa film and I don't say that lightly. The only detractor might be that in order for the trust concept to work, the screenplay has to take some leaps I wish were smoother. The protagonist, at one point, has all the power to stop the ongoings, and all he has to do is speak truthfully and in detail. Instead he rambles like a maniac even before the traumatic event that causes him to do so is revealed. I don't necessarily see it as a major detraction, since in terms of going this balls-deep in a theme some leaps are bound to be necessary. As such it feels as much of a leap as accepting that in the world of Ringu there are ghosts.

As a last note, let it be said that the psychopath in this film is probably the best performance I'll see this entire year and it's the 12th of January. He has the grin of a Brian Azzarello Joker brought to stark reality.
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Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Apr 11 11:01
Apua! Fast and Furious 8!
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Apr 11 13:36
Parempi kuin 7, yhtä hyvä kuin 6. The Rock kääntää torpedoita edukseen.
Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 25 23:54
Oletko nyt aivan varma näistä pisteytyksistä? Olen ymmälläni.
Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 26 20:01
Siis mistä? Olen aika satavarma. Ei tuossa kai muuta ihmeellistä ole kuin se että Tokyo Drift, 6 ja 7 nousivat kaikki jonkin verran. Kakkosen näin ekaa kertaa ja se oli hölmöimmästä päästä tuota sarjaa mikä on aika helvetinmoinen saavutus.
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Aug 11 13:22
Oli sen verran tyhjentävästi ilmaistu uudesta muumiosta ettei taida vaatia edes katselua.

Nauroin vähän liikaakin näin muutaman oluen jälkeen.
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Aug 11 16:30
Pidän Tom Cruisesta 99% ajasta mutta voi luoja että tuo oli laiska veto jokaiselta osallistujalta.

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