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People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Krampus (2015)
Combining comedy and horror elements is one the trickiest balancing acts of cinema, and Krampus does a commendable job for the first half but after that it starts to get muddled and the tension evaporates quickly.
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People who added this item 1759 Average listal rating (1096 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Jesus Christ...

What a piece of shit this movie is.

The heroes are nuts, the lawyer villain is right, horror elements are hammy and full of cliches and worst of all, it coldly exploits the story of a real life person, Anneliese Michel, to preach it's anti science message.


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People who added this item 1309 Average listal rating (864 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Abyss (1989)
Goddamn you. You were on a fast track to become one of the best films I've seen in awhile but then you blew with the stupid, sappy ending.
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People who added this item 1078 Average listal rating (765 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
It's good. Almost everything about is good. Not fantastic, not extraordinary, just... good.

Good.

(I guess this what most people feel when they watch MCU films)
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People who added this item 1981 Average listal rating (1303 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Mist (2007)
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
Liar (2017)
At first, Liar reminded me of Breaking Bad with it's tight plot and heavy, meaty themes but after watching several episodes Liar just didn't engage me like I thought it would.

It took me all six episodes of the first season to figure it out: It's so repetitive, so many dialog scenes consists of
- I'm gonna get him
- you shouldn't
- I will
- okey then
and it circles around every episode. There's simply not enough going on even for six episodes. The characters are pretty one-note, expect for one who dials up the villany to 11 at one point, and with that the plot points go from good to questionable and then to outright silly.

The ending felt really confusing, almost like the makers had some production issues and were forced to wrap it up quickly, but then I found out about the next season. No wonder the episode feels like a prologue instead of ending.

It's not all bad though. The acting is good and like I said, the series has a strong openning and the initial mystery kept my attention. It's just too bad the initial complexity starts to get flatten the further the series goes on.
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Watched this a while ago, but didn't remember to write anything about it. So it's fairly unremarkable, but its main character sure isn't. For more information, watch this excellent analysis:

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People who added this item 674 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Apart from obvious CGI blood, some groaner lines, and the final overindulgent fight scene, it's one of my favorite action movies. It keeps the tension high throughout and, despite the shoestring budget, it's a really good-looking film.
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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (288 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
You know what's the secret for liking shot-for-shot remakes? Not caring about the original.

Okey, that's a bit harsh, I've seen the original only once many years ago, but I remember not being terribly impressive. If anything ever revolutionized the horror film genre for me, it was the remake when I was 15. And it still holds up.

The acting is great, characters are flawed and nobody's really right in the end. It's simple, direct and to the point, with little filler. The overt sosial commentary in the end feels pretty ham-fisted, but beyond that, the film's great.
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People who added this item 702 Average listal rating (522 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
When I first heard about Rogue One, my immediate thought was no story could possibly be less interesting than this. And then the Han Solo movie was announced.

Anyway,

This movie should be taught at film schools to demonstrate what happens when none of your characters in your three-act story have an arc, and are generally as disposable as toilet paper: Your movie becomes fucking boring. Even if it does looks way better then The Force Awakens.
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People who added this item 430 Average listal rating (257 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.7
Archer (2009)
The early seasons are collectively the best James Bond spoof ever made. After that it gets kinda repetitive but it's still funny as hell.
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Not a movie but whatever...

This game pretty much encapsulates the entire series after Call of Duty 2: Crazy fast speed action, super melodramatic moments, nonsensical plot and hilariously over the top voice-acting wrapped in a "this is a serious depiction of war y'all" packaging.

At least this one doesn't feature those embarrassingly tone deaf death screen quotes like "In war, truth is the first casualty". I guess the game developers took that one to heart when they read it.

World at War feels borderline satirical of war games, actually, given that beyond of it's flashy exterior, it's quite boring. Fun to play in small bursts, sure, but mostly dull 'cause there's no tactics involved, you're just shooting away anything that moves over and over and over again and move on only to hear Gary Oldman give another crazyass speech during a cutscene.

World at War just might be a real statement of the banality of war.

Or maybe it's just bad.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
I wasn't originally planning to see this in the cinemas but then I was offered a free ticket. So why not?

But what to do since I just re-read the book and watched a rather thought-provoking adaptation? I knew I wasn't gonna be horrible engaged in the story, nor dazzled by the contemporary war-film esthetics, but could it be that the film would provide some new interesting angle to a well-known story?

Pfff, yeah right. This movie is as provocative as a McDonald's meal.

Well okey, it's not a bad movie, thought it certainly has its fair share of eye-rolling moments, such as wholly-original-totally-not-contrived family and love subplots. But beyond those, the film's adequate. I would actually say the opening acts of the film work surprisingly well. It establishes the main characters out the group and for a while it follows their stories and knows what to cut from the source material. But at some point, that focus is lost and it becomes a collection of scenes I know all too well, and two of the three established main characters get lost in the shuffle.

And in the end, it can't resistes the call of the Finland 100 Years patriot spirit.

P.S. Pirkka-Pekka Petelius can't catch a break.

P.P.S. Staring is ACTING!!!!
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People who added this item 1322 Average listal rating (869 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Hellraiser (1987)
So Hellraiser has some really neat effects, concepts and music, and the story is quite interesting. Unfortunately, Hellraiser is not scary in the slightest and is all around pretty clumsy.
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
I feel torn.

On the one hand, it's quite refreshing to see a war film that's this unsentimental and undramatic. The film has no score and next to a modern bleak looking war film, it looks almost over saturated with color. There's simply no glamour in this depiction of war, not even in that "look how horrible (yet exciting) war is" kinda way.

On the other hand, it might go too much into that direction. The film feels like a series of unconnected events. This character comes, this character dies, next scene. I dont feel much of anything, no connection to anyone.

In the book, you feel the characters but this adaptation feels like an imitation, actors voicing lines without context.

And yet, the film lingers in my mind. Am I trying to find excuses to like a film that's not very good? Or is this film, to quote John Green, "so intentionally unadorned and unsentimental that it's aiming to shock us out of our passive perspective?"

I dunno.
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
It's pretty damn good.
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People who added this item 1383 Average listal rating (981 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. Just goes to show you not all dreams are worth chasing.

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 marvelous 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. An orphan with a grand 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 (781 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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What
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People who added this item 1498 Average listal rating (1045 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 and violate the film's internal logic. 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 (95 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 (5 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 5.3
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 (283 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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