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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.6
It's pretty damn good.
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People who added this item 1383 Average listal rating (972 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Watched the monochrome Black and Chrome Edition, director George Millers' preferred version of the film.

The film begins with a short introduction by Miller, where he talks about how much he wanted to do this film in black-and-white after seeing a monochrome version of The Road Warrior. The Road Warrior does look way better without color, actually, but I think it's more to do with the fact that the black-and-whiteness conceal the relative cheapness of that film's visuals. Monochromeness gives that movie an extra punch.

Fury Road on the other hand just feels drained without the rich color palette, especially the night scenes. There are some moments early in the film that do benefit from the hight contrast bleakness of the black-and-white image, but when the chase begins, it feels like the lack of colour is sucking a way the clarity and grandness of the action. Maybe it's just me but I actually found it more difficult to follow the quick-cut action in black and white.

Fury Road is still a great film, but I don't know if I'm ever gonna watch the Black and Chrome Edition again.
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Rewatched for the first time since the theatres and it doesn't look any better. It could have been awesome but The Force Awakens just plays it WAY TOO SAVE, even with the risks.

Everyones mentioned the blatant similarities to A New Hope and I concur for the most part, but what annoys even more is the band of characters, who range from bland to fucking irritating. I'm looking at you BB-8, go back to the saturday-morning cartoon you came from.

The only exception is Kylo Ren, who doesn't feel like he even belongs to his film. A character who battles againts the call of the LIGHT SIDE, someone who can go from a calm and controlling to a raging lunatic in a instant, and who is desperate to prove that he can be just as cool as Darth Vader and fails miserably in the end. That's amazing and I'm not surprised at all by the amount of shit he got from the fans who just want to see another cool dark lord. Kylo Ren is too good for this film. He needed a counter balance, a hero to stand up against him, and boy, that's where The Force Awakens drops the ball.

After watching the film twice, I still can't remember anything about Rey, other than the fact she carries a staff. That's it. Daisy Ridleys lackluster performance doesn't help any, but Rey's just so bland to begin with. And orphan with a great destiny, woopdy fucking doo.

You know who needed to be the main character? Finn. A kidnapped child forced into military service, cannon fodder for the First Order, a first time look into to a mind of a stormtrooper. And what's his role in the story? To be a red herring for the marketing and a comic relif.

After freezing in his first combat experience and witnessing the death of a fellow stormtrooper, you know what he does? He MOWS THEM DOWN BY THE DOZENS and laughs afterwards. After that his role is to hit on Rey. What a guy.

There are some good scenes and great visuals to be sure, but the heart is missing. It doesn't feel Star Wars, it feels more kin to a modern MCU film with its tonal shifts.
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People who added this item 1140 Average listal rating (773 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring is very okey, even though the evil doll made me burst into laughter.

Say what? It has its own spin-off?

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People who added this item 1498 Average listal rating (1047 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.3
Oh man, I had such fond memories of watching this when I was a kid but man, it doesn't hold up. The first act works quite well, but then the boring filler plot kicks in and the movie instantly goes down hill. The third act salvages what it can but it's mostly too late.

There's just so many things in this movie that don't make sense. Like why the hell is there a cartoon cat? Is the in-universe Jack Slater film series suppose to be a comedy? I know why it's there ofcourse, it's a cheap joke, but that's what I mean, the whole film is about cheap jokes and references.

When Charles Dance's character monologues how he could go inside any movie and bring a movie monster in the real world, I was thinking don't bother man, you can just go back where you came from and bring back T-1000 and Catherine Tramell cause they too seem to exist in the Jack Slater universe.

AND what kind of kid in the real world runs to the movie theater when he was robbed and threatened with a knife like an hour ago. That's one jaded kid...
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
Lake Mungo (2008)
Jay Bauman mentioned this film in a episode of Half in the Bag, so I knew I had to see it. It took five frikking weeks to get here, I watched it and to my suprise it was one of the tamest horror films I've seen in years.

And then it gave me nightmares.

Lake Mungo is a style over substance movie, but not in a bad way. The story is engaging enough on it's own, but it's the documentary film wrapping that makes the film work really well.

I guess you could call Lake Mungo a found footage film (the main characters literally find a missing footage in one point) but it's not that, not really. It's a horror mockumentary, and the stark contrast between the no-nonsense soberness of the documentary style and the slow-moving images and the subtle sounds of horror films somehow turns the most mundane images of ghosts into nightmare fuil.

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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 5.4
Rendel (2017)
So Finland has its first superhero film and it's laughably bad.

Super derivative of every superhero movie ever made, the tone is all over the place and the dialog makes my ears bleed. Oh, and some of the most obvious twists I've ever seen. I don't even remember what the hell the story was about.

A fun drinking game would be "spot the giant tungsten spotlight hidden in every factory/warehouse scene"

Don't. You'll die.

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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hidden (2015)
Hidden has an excellent premise and an intresting twist, but that's about it. It's stiff, over explaining, not scary and it has an annoying Hollywood movie kid in it.
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People who added this item 589 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Monsters (2010)
A man and a woman argue a lot and learn facts of life in the end. It's surprisingly sweet and tense film, hindered a bit by boring creature desing and low-quality CGI.
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People who added this item 704 Average listal rating (428 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Grizzly Man (2005)
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People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (286 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
Two thirds of this film works quite well with its likeable characters and genuinely disturbing and innovating uses of the found footage genre, but after that the movie starst to fall into every pitfall of the genre and the ending is just lame.

Btw when did Louis Herthum became the offical "Farmer Dad" in every American TV show and film?
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