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Watchmen (2009)
20.1.2018
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20.1.2018

Worse than the first part, because the plot was much more typical and bloated, and the bad guy thing was handled with less grace. There was a point at the beginning when it appears that Wyatt Russell isn't that bad of a guy, with the issues with the father and everything, but then as the film goes on, he's just turned more and more into a basic villain, even though it feels like he was a tragic character and they could have done something more with that. There was a scene where the character in question scores a basic trash goal, and by the reaction, that was a wrong thing to do. The fight scenes might have been even better and more over the top than in the first one, like when Wyatt Russell kept knocking down opponents racing towards him one by one. Jay Baruchel still wasn't funny.
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Goon (2011)
19.1.2018

Sean William Scott gets a job as a minor league hockey enforcer after beating up a player while attending a game and soon raises in ranks as he is hired to bigger league team, to be a protector of a skillful young player. Simple, straightforward, almost no extra beyond that described plot, besides a forced and planted on romance that takes a fairly small portion. I wouldn't call this subtle, but very contained when compared. Basically the movie is about how Sean William Scott plays hockey and has to fight Liev Schreiber at some point. The unrealistic Rocky-like fight scenes were fun at parts. I liked Schreiber and how they made it so that he wasn't a real bad guy, but just a man playing his role. The style of the movie was that of a silly comedy and I don't think I actually laughed more than like once, and the whole thing was really nothing special in any way, but this only seemed too stupid when the extremely unfunny and annoying Jay Baruchel was on. Being a hockey movie the skillfulness of certain players is always displayed by having that one player start from his own end and deke through every opponent before scoring a sweet backhand or something.
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Small Crimes (2017)
18.1.2018
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16.1.2018
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People who added this item 4357 Average listal rating (2898 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
14.1.2018
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Salt and Fire (2016)
13.1.2018

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Naked (2017)
12.1.2018

Marlon Wayans wakes up over and over again naked in the same elevator, on his wedding day. He has to get to his wedding and get everything right before the church bells ring. He has to learn something too I suppose, though I'm not sure what exactly, because he's a decent guy who is doing okay in his life and really, they were making some issues out of nothing. Like one of the things he has to do to show his growth as a character is to accept, as a substitute teacher, a full time position in a school. I think they were also trying say that he wasn't being serious enough with the wedding, but he was doing okay in that regard too. There were some moments that made me laugh out loud - the sequence where Wayans is fighting his rival while learning his movements, for example - and I don't think this was ever too dumb or annoying or anything like that. Watchable, and had its moments. Felt longer than its runtime, but overall just kind of harmless.
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Security (2017)
12.1.2018

Bearded and serious Antonio Banderas gets some action in his life after a year of unemployment, when he lands a job as a nighttime mall security guard, and on the first day of job some little girl runs there, with a large group of bad guys on her heels. Banderas' character has a daughter of the same age group, a one he doesn't see enough, so that buys in, although they don't make a big deal out of it. Basic premise with a basic execution. A lot of the good guys (who there were too many of if you ask me) got killed in unsentimental and quick ways, so that's a plus, but apart from that they were going a safe route, with the action and everything else. Ben Kingsley's bad guy (or any of his underlings) wasn't very intriguing either.
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Suicide Squad (2016)
11.1.2018

Pretty bad, but maybe not quite that bad. The way I had heard, I thought this was going to be like jump cuts and hit songs all the time with absolutely no breaks with people yelling and everything being super incomprehensible, and this was kind of like that, but not so big and loud and mess of a movie that I would have wanted to crawl my eyes out or go screaming out the door. Somewhat contained and comprehensible. And did this did feel different from some other superhero movies, which is a bit of a plus. This being a bad guy-movie they had characters say it a few times so that fact can't escape you, but even in this the characters have to combine their strengths to fight an even bigger villain, and it wasn't that different from the usual premise. Jared Leto's version of The Joker was different enough and not bad. His role was a bit planted-on and with only a few short scenes, but it didn't bother me, because I knew to except something like that, and I don't know how big of a problem that was, because his part came with his connection to Harlee Quin, and that just was his role. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was once again in a waste of a role. The character of Slipknot is introduced without a previous build-up as the guy who can climb everything and then he dies. While I didn't miss it, I kind of forgot about it, because after the movie ended, I just started laughing about that character and wondered where went, assuming he was just on the background the whole time, or just forgotten about. Didn't recognize Jay Hernandez.
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Bright (2017)
11.1.2018

Orcs and elves and humans are living side by side and Will Smith and Joel Edgerton get their hands on a powerful magic wand, that everyone wants to get their hands on. This may have started off a bit like End of Watch with some creatures - cop car interactions, street credibility, familiar minor roles from Cle Sloan and Matt Gerald etc. - but pretty quickly turns into a more straightforward chase action where the cop partners have to fend off evil elves and gangsters the best they can, and that may have gotten a little tedious after a point.

I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, maybe more so the later, but still just as an observation, it felt like they were trying to create something bigger with the supernaturalism and the prophecy (there has to be a prophecy of course) and all these different creatures, but didn't end up going very far with any of it. This is further established by the typical climax with a standard fight against the main villain, and with a twist so boring and typical, that at the very first instance when they mention the information concerning the magic wand, you're afraid it might come. Then again, the other possibility which I kept thinking about, giving Joel Edgerton the ability, would have been the safer and in a way, more boring solution. Though it would have been more fitting, as well.

Joel Edgerton's character was okay, with a somewhat serviceable, but not exactly original arc and storyline. Smith and Edgerton did a decent cop buddy-thing, they had some nice enough moments. It was nice to see Noomi Rapace, but she was in a completely cardboard cutout-villain role, with way too few lines and scenes. At least she got play the main villain, and she was more fun to watch towards the end. The character of the elf who is a magic federal agent appeared from the get go as a unseemly and mysterious guy who might be a villain or might have something to do with something, but that was either unintentional or a case of red herring.

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Juha (1999)
10.1.2018

Combination of the poster where the two lead stars are happily driving with a motorcycle and being a silent movie homage had always made this appear uninteresting, but this wasn't bad at all. I may have excepted like a boring country romance thing or something like that, but the plot was more entertaining than that, and the way the movie payed respects to the silent era with, for example, the camera angles and the simple and abrupt and melodramatic storytelling was accurate and especially provided some good fun. The black and white cinematography with the classic lighting was at times very stylish, like in the scene where Kati Outinen looks straight at the camera, while recalling the wedding. And she also works more than well in the silent movie form.
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Incendies (2010)
8.1.2018

Okay story, the circle of love and hatred and especially the tragedy of the missing brother's story were interesting, but all that only fully comes to fruition at the final reveal for obvious reasons, and that final reveal is also very convenient and requires some suspend of the disbelief. I have to admit, I didn't realize what the twist was when they first revealed it, but only until they literally said it out loud. So that might have had something to do with this, but still, it didn't feel quite shocking or powerful enough for me either, possibly because the movie was depending on it a little too much and just wasn't gripping enough before. Not enough anything. Felt a little overlong with that. The scene where the character of the mother saves herself from a certain death by revealing herself as a Christian and tries saving the stranger's daughter in the process, by saying she's her own child, was an effective and touching single moment that stood out.
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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (294 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
6.1.2018

The story inside a story was very thin and basic (and I mean, maybe it was leaving something big untold while just showing it, but really, not much of a book by Gyllenhaal's character if that was it), so when it took such a large portion, it was problematic. This also made Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in it appear fake and unconvincing, even though you could see he was trying and I've grown to like the actor. The drama that the character was suppose to feel didn't hit home at all, because it happened in an unconvincing story inside the actual story that felt more important, with the firstly mentioned getting more coverage. Well, basically the movie is about that story and Amy Adams reading it, while feeling a bit queasy or something because she feels bad about her past with Gyllenhaal's "real life"-character, and that just wasn't enough.

The approach with style and mystery, even something threating perhaps, which made it seem like the whole thing might be building to something was one of the biggest things that kept this easily watchable and Amy Adams portrayed well the anguish that went hand-to-hand with the overall style and played a big part of it, with those, like Gyllenhaal's character remarked in the movie, "sad eyes". Still, shallow and style over substance. It was a problem here because the movie made it appear like it was trying to say something, when it wasn't, or what it was saying felt anticlimactic. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's supporting part was kind of cool, because he got to play this slightly over the top white trash bad guy, a part you might not except to see him in, and he played it without a problem. I don't want to leave Michael Shannon without a mention, because he's one of my very favorite actors at the moment, but while his character wasn't without a personality and he was okay, he had to be a little restrained and didn't have anything that special to do.
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Elle (2016)
5.1.2018

A character study with a meandering structure and with elements from a thriller and a dark comedy. Definitely not heavy-handed with the approach. Isabelle Huppert trying to locate her attacker took even a smaller part that I thought it would. I had read about the movie before, and I knew who the rapist was, so that might have taken something away from the excitement. I feel like I should had stayed away from spoilers, because it would be interesting to know how I would have viewed this then.

About the unpleasantness of the characters, which often seems to get mentioned. It's true that there is only or two characters you could call a sort of straight person, but I do think that some characters get labeled as unlikable a little too easily (and not only in this movie). I don't think that, for example, the ex-husband or Huppert's son are even traditionally unlikeable characters or anything, the first one being more just a goof and the later a bit dumb, while having some issues with handling his emotions. I think that some character are labeled as hard to like a little too easily. But I mean almost all of the characters have some quirks one way or another, it's a part of the world the movie presents, and since those two mentioned were among the more likable or normal ones, they were probably trying to make the identity of the attacker a little harder to get (one of the reasons why it would have been better if I got to view this without knowing anything beforehand), or do a little statement about how everyone had more or less potential to do something like that. But I don't know if that worked extremely well, if that was the case.

Great role by Isabelle Huppert obviously, as excepted. She has this combination of beauty and coldness to her with a very expressive face, and while being possibly the most serious character, she was of the more humorous ones at the same time. I have only seen like six movies from her, but I found her already interesting in Dead Man Down (maybe even more so than in The Piano Teacher, even while it was a slightly better movie and a lot bigger performance) which is a somewhat predictable revenge thriller, and where she was just playing this mom character. But her scenes were still one of the best in it. That movie wasn't bad though, just to be clear, and better than excepted.
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Frank & Lola (2016)
5.1.2018

Michael Shannon, a chef with his own restaurant and Imogen Hoops who plays a college graduate aiming to work with fashion, fall in love, but as this is more of a thriller with a romance and as that's clear from the atmosphere, the relationship starts facing problems as lies becoming piling up and Shannon faces this clusterfuck of a situation, where it is unclear who is telling truth and who is not. Pre-viewing, I thought this seemed interesting but also seemed to have potential to become ridiculous, filled with twists, each more surprising than the last, but this was kept relatively simple and believable in that regard, which was probably a good thing, and finally everything is solved in a rather easy manner, which was a little disappointing (also slightly amusing, the confrontation between the two male characters). I guess I was expecting to see a bigger twist yet at the end, or something, after all.

Imogen Poots wasn't bad at all, but Michael Shannon is the guy here and this is his movie, first and foremost. He has a pretty intense and in a way, Shannon-like role, so that is what kept the thing entertaining and going, for the main part. Kind of like with 99 Homes, it's hard to say how well the movie would work without him. I mean it's not like the story, even with some entertaining elements and even while keeping itself somewhat contained, is something extremely well written or anything. Style and Shannon is what made the thing. It was sweet seeing Michael Shannon play a chef and those chef aesthetics, talking about cooking and showing chefs at work, stuff like that, even though that kind of thing was in a very minor role, was pretty sweet too. The final image aims for some ambiguity, but in such a simple and clichéd way, that there was nothing interesting about it. I would have preferred the movie end right before that very final image.
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Toni Erdmann (2016)
4.1.2018

When I think about it, it was a good thing that even though this was about how a father is making her daughter's life difficult by portraying a quirky personality with fake wig and fake teeth in front of her friends and co-workers, there weren't any of those clichéd moments, like ones were the father and daughter are arguing and the father starts feeling bad about it, for example - there was one kind of like that, but that was just before the father starts the Toni Erdmann-act. There was more of a continuity with it and while the daughter is unconformable with the situation, she even starts to work with it, and the father playing a different character, even though there's some awkward comedy moments with it, is shown to be doing it because that's the way he can express himself and because basically that's just the way he is, I mean he can't do anything at all without at least putting some fake teeth on, and as you can see a couple of times when he drops his guard, isn't even having that much fun with it, and is just trying to get closer to his daughter, or perhaps even just trying to bring some joy to her life.

The estranged relationship between the father and daughter was presented in a natural manner, which was another positive thing. The daughter doesn't hate the father because of whatever or anything like that, there's just a bit of a well between the two characters, because the daughter has a busy career and the father is someone else, living a different life. Films without a plot and with a realistic approach are often easy to like for me, even though some criticize the length, the story was presented in such a way that I never felt the film went on too long, even while I understand why people might feel that way. Sandra Hüller was especially good in her role, she was able to put portray emotion naturally and without an effort, kind of in a way that someone like Michael Fassbender does, and the scene where she is singing the song 'Greatest Love of All', with the father playing the piano, was emotional and one of my favorite moments, even if it was a little cheap and easy.
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2.1.2018



The Muppets sing some forgettable songs which all sound the same to me, while driving around with the owner of a frog restaurant chasing them because he wanted Kermit as a mascot and as Kermit refused, he wants to kill him? Something like that. Boring and monotonic. Can't say I cared or watched this very thoughtfully at all. The celebrity cameos were great because it was fun in a way to spot all those actors you knew, and all those people like Elliot Gould, Richard Pryor or Telly Savalas did was come in and show their faces and left immediately after. Steve Martin had something to do (only the second movie I've seen from him, first one being The Spanish Prisoner) and Mel Brooks got a little bit more than that, but that's wasn't a good thing obviously, I mean not unless Mel Brooks doing a weak and shitty German accent and playing some evil Nazi doctor sounds funny. He should have done a really over the top accent, then it might have been stupid enough to be funny, now he was being a basic Mel Brooks with some hint of German there.
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