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Gods of Egypt (2016)
31/12
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The American (2010)
25/12

I loved watching Thekla Reuten, a very captivating actress and a great presence, and I think her and Clooney's moments together had some real electricity, the scene where they are trying out the gun is definitely the high point of the movie for me - that one moment when Clooney is shooting and Reuten is staring over at him is full of sparks - and it was a real shame that there weren't that many scenes with her or between those two. The romance between Clooney and Violante Placido on the other hand just felt a little half-handedly written in and was just there to serve as that pretty unoriginal motive-final push for the main character, and it didn't really help that the two actors didn't share much chemistry or anything. And honestly, I just think that when compared to Reuten, Placido was kind of dull.

The movie itself is just a nice little thing with not much happening and some style and some very nice scenes and with a great score by Herbert Grönemeyer, though, while being low key was part of the reason why this was pleasant watching, this was perhaps a little too small and a little too "obvious" as well - Clooney is tired and wants out of his profession, so he connects and has meaningful discussions with a priest and finds a reason to escape in form of a woman etc. Those scenes with the priest, while watchable, weren't the most original part either. I'd say along with those scenes featuring Reuten, this was at best with Clooney alone, like at those scenes when he is building the weapon, for example. There was none of that Clooney is actually a good guy, even though he is a killer-type stuff either, as they never addressed it like that and he is shown as killing an innocent person in the beginning, so that along with slow pace and everything also made this a little bit more original than some other movies with a similar storyline. So even with some issues, this still stayed as a good movie throughout. Somewhat original even.

There was one thing that didn't bother me while watching, but I started thinking about afterwards. While the climax worked okay in the context of this movie, it was a little rushed in and working on some thin logic when you think about it. Spoilers: It doesn't make that much sense on what a rush Clooney's boss is to kill him just because Clooney tells him he wants to quit, and even if she is directly working under that same guy, I don't see why Thekla Reuten's character, who is obviously a skilled and professional assassin and already on a different job, would still need to or why she would agree to do a rushed in-job like that. I kept thinking of the possibility that Clooney might be her original target, but that didn't make any sense the more I thought about it, and even if that was the case, there was still no need do to the job so quickly. The fact that the boss/contact-character himself takes part in trying to finish off Clooney personally didn't make great sense either. It was okay like I said, but slightly suspend your disbelief that whole thing.
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Commando (1985)
23/12
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Zoolander (2001)
22/12
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Boiling Point (1990)
16/12
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Assassination (1964)
15/12

My second viewing for this. I watched this a few years ago and back then I couldn't get into this at all and after rewatching Sword of Doom I got the idea to give this another try. Well, even though I had already watched this once before, I still went on to watch with a way too easy mind and with all the name dropping, jumping between time, different characters that come in and out and above all lots of talky scenes where something different and important is always being explained to you, it totally backlashed me hard. This is one of those movies which I would like to like, because this too is so different, as well as more experimental than a lot of other such films, this all about political schemings and the idea to build the main character's story with multiple flashbacks, told by various characters, is interesting, but it's just not very enjoyable when instead of watching something, the more important thing is just trying to keep track. I just actually read about how this is a movie where knowing the story before watching would be a good thing, and that's not hard to understand at all. And I'm not complete sure, but I might have read the same thing when I last watched this. Next time.
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14/12

About my third or fourth viewing for this. Still awesome, pure entertainment. Dark, stylized, tightly centered, Tatsuya Nakadai full of charisma, main character who is merciless, moody and out of it, and a lot of things to like. Great single scenes, like the silent duel at the beginning or Nakadai's visit to Mifune's fencing school. Everything is build on the strong atmosphere and Nakadai being lost and amoral and there isn't anything extra on the way. I mean this isn't a deep movie. More like a simple, straightforward action movie when you think about it, except with a bad guy starring, which in turn is a great thing and just makes the whole thing more fun to watch. Apart from that main thing, I did also dig the subplot featuring the samurai assassin group and their looming inner conflicts however. That kind of went along with the main plot though, and wasn't a distraction. I've always enjoyed watching Kei Sato too. Still to this day haven't seen anything like this, especially when talking about older samurai pictures, so this is still one of a kind and hard to surpass. Also, I have seen too many boring roles from Nakadai over these few years, and this reminded me again why I once really liked that guy.
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Arrival (2016)
5/12

I found something else to enjoy in Prisoners and Sicario, but this worked best as just a pure audiovisual experience. The use of Jóhann Jóhannsson's music was once again spot on and was constantly creating atmosphere, probably working the best on the more threatening scenes at the beginning and on the tensely paced reveal moment with Tzi Ma's character in the end. The writing of the characters was nothing to write home about. Like of course the main character has trouble seeing eye to eye with the CIA-agent and of course the main characters have to act on impulses and against the protocol to get results. The dialogue between the scientist and military personnel and the others went by those pretty regular routes as well, I gotta say. It could have been worse, since Michael Stuhlbarg and Forest Whitaker are not shown as unlikable and the firstly mentioned is shown as being able to make legit arguments, but then again they were barely established as characters at all and Amy Adams is still clearly the most competent person in the room and there was still that little conflict there, because I don't know, there needs be something like that in movies such as these. Mostly is just that, like with the development of Adams' and Renner's partner/friendship, it was all just too lazy and uninteresting.

I liked it when the atmosphere was more ominous, but at some point the plot became more clear and grounded, and that's when the film lost some effect. Starting point for that might have been when Adams and Renner started cracking the communication and when they named the Aliens after Abbott and Costello. That reminded me, although only slightly, of the horrible friendly Alien-moments of James Cameron's The Abyss. They didn't go to that level of cute-bullshit obviously, but enough for me to notice. That was followed directly by a way too light montage-scene, where Jeremy Renner, I think, is narrating about the process of understanding the language. That was also when Jóhannsson's music didn't work so well.

Well, around then it becomes clear that the movie is basically just about guessing what the Aliens are about and then it's revealed. They don't really do much, the humans don't really do much. All that was watchable, but apart from an okay twist towards the end, I didn't see much reason why I would watch this again and I didn't think the guessing about the Aliens was enough to carry the story, because everything else, with the character interactions and all that, was half-dull. The main twist still worked okay. The moment with the phone call especially was done very intensely and I enjoyed it. The final montage piece at the end with Adams and her daughter and all that went on for a little too long however and gave a meh-feeling.

Jeremy Renner was thrown to waste once again and Amy Adams got more to work with, but the role just kind of required for her to do be okay. And she was that, but nothing that special. Kind of one-sided. I kind of said earlier about the dialogue being predictable, but I just have to point out a little exchange between Renner and Adams at the end, and the line Renner says in it, which went something like this (shortened and paraphrasing): "the best thing was not meeting those Aliens, the best thing was meeting you".
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Southpaw (2015)
3/12
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The Hitman (1991)
2/12
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Starcrash (1978)
28/11
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Performance (1970)
26/11
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Lionheart (1990)
15/11
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14/11

Jennifer Lawrence played a mentally unstable person by being CRAZY and yelling a lot and being pissed off all the time, and her acting itself in a way was good, but the performance was still kind of caricature and especially one-note. It became very apparent in that scene where she and everyone else is yelling about those bets. That is when all that yelling and improvising went straight to irritating. She was doing that same thing in American Hustle and it worked better in that one, because it was all about the actors overdoing it and improvising and yelling on top of each other, with a more fun atmosphere and a thin crime plot where nothing really even happened, with that whole overacting-thing used more to its potential. In this they kind of tried to tell a story and the plot had more importance, but it was a typical one with less actors and a lazy romance-angle and so on, so David O. Russel's way of letting the actors lead the way and go all out made this mostly just watchable and a little bit more original than what the storyline offered, but in the end, nothing bigger than that and nothing rewatch-worthy. But a decent picture, definitely. Bradley Cooper played a less one-note performance than Lawrence and was better of the two, and De Niro was even letting himself out of that retirement role-comfort zone a couple of times. It didn't seem like he was going back to his old ways, but there was some effort there definitely.
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Deadpool (2016)
13/11
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9/11

Had to do an essential rewatch for this, since the last viewing was in 2010 and back then I didn't like movies where nothing happens nearly as much, if at all. I presumed that watching Vincent Gallo driving around with his van would offer more entertainment today, and I wasn't wrong. For the first hour Vincent Gallo drives around then, while a couple times stopping shortly to interact with some women, before abruptly brushing them aside. All that was pretty good watching and went by surprisingly fast, but the final act is what really made this in my mind. There was a lot of affection between the scenes with Chloë Sevigny and Gallo, I think that really came off, and when followed by that and told alongside with Gallo's almost uncinematic whiny tearfulness, the final reveal-scene was powerful. Loved how lost and under the weather and pitiful Gallo was, a good example of these traits being that scene where he basically begs the cashier-girl to come with him to his road trip, with that quiet way of talking and everything. He shared some clear similarities with his character in Buffalo '66, though he was much less outward in this. The two movies also share similarities in how they deal with the main character's relationship with women, though in this the theme was guilt, while in Buffalo resentfulness was the thing.
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Gremlins (1984)
7/11

Those evil gremlins maybe looked half-monstrous and they sure liked to cause wreckage, but the only person that got killed was conveniently the one unlikable character and the most horrifying thing those gremlins seemed to actually do was being a bunch of assholes, having fun at a bar and watching Snow White at a movie theater. But for some reason this warranted killing every single one of them, and really, they didn't need to do anything other after their metamorphosis than brake some things, when one of the characters is already blowing up one of them with a microwave and killing one other with a grinder. I mean that was really hard to go along with and even while I probably would have rooted for them if things were different, at that point I definitely did and it wouldn't have amazed me if that species wanted to hit right back. They didn't even have any chance against the humans really, so it goes without saying that the threat was exaggerated and the human behavior annoying and uncalled for. Those scenes where the gremlins are going to town and turning everything upside down seemed okay, so watching a movie with that being the main thing might have been funnier than watching a one where they're being killed for having fun and acting like idiots. The gremlins looked pretty decent, so that's the one obvious plus. The Gizmo-gremlin was sympathetic, but probably overly cute and that dumb scene where he drives around in a small car was really selling it.
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Submerged (2005)
7/11
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Hancock (2008)
6/11
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Dead Man Down (2013)
5/11

Somebody is killing people and sending weird letters featuring pictures with missing eyes etc. to a gangster boss played by Terence Howard. One of his own men, Colin Farrell that is, is actually behind it. Colin Farrell also gets tangled up to another thing, when his neighbor with a scarred face, Noomi Rapace, has seen him kill a person in his apartment, and now blackmails him into having a part in her own revenge-plot. Wife and daughter killed, a cheap reasoning/backstory to make the main character more justified and likable, watching those home videos, basically this wasn't original, but I thought the slow-tempt approach and focus on the relationship between Rapace and Farrell gave this some leverage.

There wasn't many action scenes and that storyline featuring Howard and other gangsters and a revenge was relying heavily on the so-called mystery, instead of some other kind of eventfulness, and the romance-plot was even more grounded, which I think might have been an even bigger strong point. Farrell was whatever, but there was something sympathetic about how Rapace forgets all about her own revenge as the movie goes on - even though it was one of the more original-aspects of this movie and perhaps could have worked if they went some other direction with it, especially since the whole thing didn't have anything to do with Terence Howard and all that - and seems to be more interested at making connection with Farrell. Actually in that scene towards the end where Colin Farrell reminds her of that thing and she is visibly disappointed because she thought they were just going on some fun dates or something, I was even sad for her and kind of sited with that disappointment. I think it was mainly due to Rapace's performance and her character, and the fact that the so-called romance-angle didn't have any big romantic moments and took it slow so to speak, helped a lot. Isabelle Huppert played Rapace's mother and even though a small role, she did a fair job and those scenes with her around did its job at giving the whole thing personality, and those scenes where kind of nice to watch.

It wasn't anything all that deep, but I suppose the movie did try a little bit to make some message about the uselessness of a revenge, F. Murray Abraham thinks that the only reason Farrel takes so long with his plan is because he might think that his heart ain't gonna heal after it, or something like that, and at the end Rapace wants him to forget the whole thing and run away with her, and I guess in a way this did follow that though, but still went by that usual and unimaginative revenge-story formula at the same time. The climax and the lead to it especially is something that I could have seen coming from a mile away. But I though it was okay and sort of worked for the benefit that nothing special happened in the end, other than just your ordinary shootout.
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Knock Knock (2015)
4/11
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2/11

The best thing was that this wasn't a movie where Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer have a forbidden romance with everyone gossiping behind their backs and casting them out of their rich people-circles and the lovers fighting against all this, something very preachy, but instead this was way more reserved than that and the secret romance-angle is reserved to almost nothing more than feelings. As the film goes on, Day-Lewis has to suffice in seeing Pfeiffer's character once a year at some fancy dinner party. So that was a pleasant surprise.

Even then I didn't see much of a reason to care. It's basically about Daniel Day-Lewis living a rich guy-life while being torn apart because he's married to a one person and loves another, but what do I care, really. Pfeiffer's character is underdeveloped, you don't know who she is, and I can't say I got anything out of the actress either. Got a little more out of Winona Ryder, she was sweet and likable, but still, she was barely even in the whole thing and didn't get to really do anything special when she was. With Daniel Day-Lewis, well, it wasn't that much better with him, but it helped some that he was in almost every scene and that he was played by one great actor. He went slightly theatrical with his emotional mannerisms at times, but even then he was far from bad and still managed to own the role.

But I didn't see one hint of reason to think very highly of the story, didn't see why I should want Day-Lewis to run off with Pfeiffer or why I should find his love for her intriguing. Basically while the premise was more grounded, like I had wanted it to be, it was still way too thin and cinematic. And that case wasn't actually helped in any way when Day-Lewis even played just the kind of highly emotional character who is the only one who sees beyond things and doesn't judge people based on backgrounds and things like that. At least the ending was pretty decent and the movie was solid making in a lot ways. Some choices, like with the editing, were interesting. The narrator was awful, but at least it died down to a degree after the first something minutes, because during that time, I was annoyed as hell.
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Lone Survivor (2013)
1/11
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For a movie about a bunch of Somali-pirates hitting a boat captained by a good old, stand up American guy Tom Hanks they managed to keep this from going into that United 93-type category well enough, excluding few moments near the end when Tom Hanks started yelling like an idiot - apart from those moments Hanks was okay - and when he started writing a letter in panic, and for the most part this was really just a very simple and straightforward real life-based hostage thriller without that much sentimentality or unbelievable events. Could have been way worse. A somewhat large part of the movie is set inside a lifeboat, where Tom Hanks is held hostage by four pirates, with a large navy unit surrounding them and trying to figure out how to best secure Tom Hanks, and I thought it was interesting to see in what a no-escape, dead-end situation the pirates had driven themselves into. I mean it was obvious that they didn't have many options left and even while this was mainly a thriller for Hank's character, it might have been interesting see some kind of take on that fact, because those guys were in just as shitty of a situation as Tom Hanks was. Barkhad Abdi was quite good, especially for a guy with no acting experience. I don't know if it would have been a good thing necessary, but I thought him and Tom Hanks would have more dialogue with each other. Showing Hanks in shock at the end was a nice touch.
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Locke (2013)
31/10

Tom Hardy gets a phone call and starts to drive, while at the same time obsessively trying to handle all the possible things going in his life through a phone, from calming down a frantic pregnant woman to confessing a one-night stand to his wife and where that has now lead, to trying to finish out a large construction project in a respective manner. This was somehow a bigger film instead of a case driven almost solely by its gimmick like I had excepted, because Tom Hardy has all kinds of things going on and they even did some explaining on why he is so obsessed with handling out all those things from eye to eye and to the bitter end in that one single drive. A neglectful father who wasn't around is basically the backstory to that. He's obsessed with doing the "right thing" and kind of funnily enough while he's trying to do what he thinks is the right thing to do, he loses a lot of things in the process as well. The main character is sort of out to prove things, but mainly for himself and at the end while having lost some things in the process, he looks to be even happy with himself.

In this Tom Hardy puts a lot of emphasis on not looking back and taking the responsibilities as they come, and I'm not really intrigued by those somewhat simple views, I'm more interested at sympathizing with weaknesses than judging them, but it was okay when the movie was just pure and self-explanatory action with Hardy making phone calls and driving down, because they weren't really even making any point out of those things then and watching the character just plain perform was entertaining, but those scenes where Hardy kind of speaks to his dead father, those were problematic, because then they started spelling it out way too much and took a clear turn to preaching. Maybe preaching is the wrong word, when it was still just the character speaking, but they could have made the motives clear with less, I'm sure.

Of course Hardy doing all those things he did with a relative ease and being altogether portrayed as that perfect everyman-type who doesn't run away from problems, well that made him little hard to identify with, but considering the one man-one place-thing, that little simpleness was understandable, when you think about keeping the flow and dialogue going, and making him out be like that was okay. Easy choice yes, but really didn't even become a problem apart from those scenes were Hardy started talking to his rear way mirror. Tom Hardy was good obviously, as he should be in a movie with nothing but him and a car and a few others actors only providing their voices. Not masterful or anything that great, but a little better than excepted.
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The Drop (2014)
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Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini work at a bar which is actually owned by Chechen-gangsters and which is used as a drop off-point for dirty money in some given days. Two rookies rob the place and even though they only take what's in the register, the gangsters are still very keen on getting to the bottom of things, and Gandolfini isn't some completely innocent party either. Tom Hardy in the mean while finds a dog in the trash can and starts getting acquainted both with a young woman and a mentally troubled ex-owner of the dog, who also has a history with that same woman. What's half-interesting was that the later part of that said plot actually works as the main story and that part featuring gangsters, Gandolfini and an armed robbery is more just looming in the background, and the so-called main antagonist of the story isn't connected in any way to any bigger circles, but - even though there is an underlying storyline about a man who has been killed sometime ago before the events of the movie, which connects to both Hardy and the other man somehow, which also gives way to a decent final twist - even while threatening, is still just a lonely wanderer who is angry that Tom Hardy has taken his dog and is dating his former girlfriend, basically. So that was slightly interesting, but the things featuring Gandolfini's character might have still played a bigger part and this movie probably wouldn't have felt any less original, because Tom Hardy's portraying of the central character is one-sided and even dull (the writing is part to blame obviously, but I felt he could have done way more with his performance still), and even though the very end of the story is fine, I wasn't exactly jumping in my seat to find out what the guy is really about or what kind of special backstory he might have. So in a lot of ways this still felt underdevelopment and - while I've seen worse and this was entertaining and so on - just nothing all that special really.
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Vincent Gallo plays a Near Eastern-POW (it wasn't said from where he is from actually, and there isn't any clear information on it) who is tortured after being caught in his homelands (after blowing up three soldiers with a rocket launcher) and then goes on to an exhausting, aimless run through the woods after escaping while being transported from one place to the next. I didn't need much more than to hear how there is a movie with that plot and Gallo playing the main role to become very interested, and this was pretty much what I excepted, Gallo running through snow and hard land while suffering from thirst and hunger and fear. Gallo is the guy to play that character who doesn't say anything and who pushes through obstacles, but is visibly vulnerable and scared at the same time and really just comes off desperate instead of anything else, and the whole thing that he plays an eastern-man, instead of a soldier from U.S. for example, brings something extra, but still, somehow when I was watching this I wasn't as excited as I had wanted to be, the plot was still just a little too obvious and underdone to really blow my mind. But whatever, it's not that big of a deal. Gallo was great to watch and he even pulled a pretty heavy role in this, and him having to do everything from killing some people, falling down the hill and to the river with a dog in his heels, stealing raw fish to eat or drinking milk straight from a woman's tit was all good stuff. The hallucinations and desert-flashbacks weren't something I personally would have included and I just didn't see anything in them except some cheap artificiality, but luckily that kind of stuff came few in between and was never used as a very long stoppage. The flow wasn't ruined or anything. Like I said, this was pretty much what I excepted and mostly enjoyable, probably one of those movies that gets even better in my mind in a little while (I see that sinking in already actually), and I'm sure I'll end up rewatching this too at some point.
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Buffalo '66 (1998)
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Sicario (2015)
22/10

A straightforward and dark crime-action-film with a bunch of nicely moody atmosphere and style and as such this was quite alright. The storyline was underdeveloped and while I'm not quite sure how much I should tax this from it, because the taste in my mouth was more good than bad when the credits started rolling, but Emily Blunt's character and her doings were a bunch of lazily written basic drivel just to create some kind of a weak red line for the movie. The actress isn't bad at all, but as for the character, she's that stubborn for no reason-agent who is over her head and doesn't understand why some people are doing things the way they are doing them and blah blah... Very been there-done that, in terms of writing. That scene where she starts complaining to Josh Brolin after the fire fight during traffic at a broad daylight was one of the most irritatingly clichéd scenes I have seen in a while, like created straight for the trailer of the movie or something.

All that was weak and bothered me to a degree, but (at least for the most part) was more unoriginal than annoying, so it didn't manage to ruin the movie for me, especially since things were kept properly unrelenting to the very end and she didn't end up having much say in things and didn't end up having a bigger role than necessary. Like instead of being forced into the final climax somehow, she was kept completely out of it, and that was a very positive thing. I figured this might very well keep things "real", but I'm always afraid that some dumb solution might come along.

Altogether, that climax was strong and tight in such a way that I don't know if this would have left as good of a final feeling without it, really helped in giving a more lasting impression. Obviously the score by Jóhann Jóhannsson - the same guy also did the score to another Denis Villeneuve-movie, Prisoners, which I just watched and which was good entertainment as well and somewhat similarly atmospheric and stylized - was right on the money and brought heavily with it. The cinematography by Deakins was fine too. Nothing extra special, but did what it needed, and there was at least one nice silhouette-shot right before the raid-sequence at the tunnels. I saw someone claiming that Benicio Del Toro played a somewhat clichéd mysterious bad-ass character, not in those exact words but something like that, and that may very well be true, but he wasn't something like that to a bothersome degree because the character wasn't a good guy at all, and I thought his quietness and seriousness fit well enough with the overall tone, and his unoriginal back story-motive was okay because it was only revealed right before the climax and also because the straightforward form didn't warrant anything that special for it, and the tone didn't change into anything less with it - quite the opposite. I was happy to see the actor pull a memorable role like that, since I haven't seen too many of those from him.
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Maggie (2015)
20/10

Okay. Somewhat amateurish maybe. Some of the supporting actors were a little wooden and this tried a little too much to look and feel like a drama movie, with some cheap and pseudo-artistic scenes such as one where Abigail Preslin is swinging on a swing (with a kind of foggy, burned out picture and shot from a slightly crooked angle, something like that) or one where Arnold is walking on a field with some soft piano-sounds playing on the background. But overall, this was watchable. Typical, uninspiring, a little shallow, but decent. Abigail Breslin was good and Arnold too was one of the better actors, but I don't know why people are going on about it so much. This was his first real drama role, but it's not like he did something different than in the drama scenes of something like End of Days, for example, and he was pretty reservedly used anyway. But he was solid in the role and it wasn't surprising for me, because I don't consider him a bad actor in the first place. And admitted, it's just kind of funny because it's Arnold in a serious drama role.
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Rewatches:

The Hurt Locker (30/12 - *** - **½) (during the same year, first watched and first viewing in July

The Prisoners (1/12) (during the same year, first watched and first viewing in September)

The Rover (12/10) (4/10 - **** - ****½) (during the same year, first watched and first viewing in July)

End of Watch (11/9) (**½-***) (during the same year, first watched and first viewing in January)

The Big Heat (9/9) (during the same year, first watched and first viewing in January)

The American (25/12)
Demolition Man (24/12) *** - **½
Commando (23/12)
Boiling Point (16/12) ****½ - ****
Assassination (15/12)
The Sword of Doom (14/12)
The Hitman (2/12) *** - **½
Mulholland Drive (29/11)
The Brown Bunny (9/11) * - ****
Buffalo '66 (29/10)
Marked for Death (21/10)
Total Recall (21/10)
Perfect Blue (10/9) ****½ - ****
Night on Earth (19/8)
Entrapment 16/7 - No previous rating
Pahat pojat (6/7) - No previous rating
Kolme viisasta miestä (5/7)
Romanovin kivet (24/6)
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (13/5)
The Octagon (13/5)
Conan the Destroyer (30/4) - No previous rating
Excalibur (22/4)
Blade Runner (13/4) **** - ****½
Frances Ha (12/4)
Django Unchained (31/3)
The Big Lebowski (11/3)
The Royal Tenenbaums (6/3)
Demons (16/1)

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