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Bml93's Film Diary for 2014: November & December

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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
@ Blu-ray

3 Days To Kill is quite simply an extremely entertaining film. It's incredibly flawed and occasionally stupid, but watching Kevin Costner kick ass and struggle with his daughter is unbelievably amusing. There are several cool action moments here, and many scenes that are rather funny. It's a well-mixed bag that worked fine.

It's certainly flawed. There are moments here that feels very forced, particularly the ending, which is very weak and predictable. Amber Heard's character is constantly inconsistent, and not really needed for the film, as there are huge gaps between whenever she shows up.
6/10


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People who added this item 1776 Average listal rating (1144 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

I liked First Class more, but Days of Future Pat ranks among the best X-Men films we've gotten to this day. Bryan Singer has taken the extremely ambitious task of bringing the new X-Men together with the older ones, connecting every dot that has been laid out so far, while serving a plot that manages to stand on its own feet at the same time. And he did succeed with that, creating a very entertaining blockbuster.

If there's one thing I really miss, it has to be some of the music from First Class, and while fun, it's also a bit sad to see many of the older X-Men, not getting to do that much. But that's mainly just personal preference. Days of Future Past is rock solid.
8/10


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People who added this item 1283 Average listal rating (849 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
@ Cinema

Despite the filmmakers taking creative liberties and not being 100% factually accurate all the time, The Imitation Game is a brilliantly constructed portrait of a man who deserved much more than what he ended up with. Norwegian director Morten Tyldum's film is in many ways your typical old-fashioned biography, but it's elevated above that by its incredible story, how well-made it is and by Benedict Cumberbatch's outstanding performance as the wrongly dishonored Alan Turing.

It's a film that gives us an incredibly powerful, nuanced and emotional look at Alan Turing. The film takes place during the cracking of the Enigma code, and gives us occasionally glimpses of his younger days and his later days, when he is facing prosecution for being gay. It's a film that manages to go trough every kind of emotion, and when the final devastating minutes unfold, I was left speechless. An outstanding film.
9/10


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People who added this item 1450 Average listal rating (513 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
@ Blu-ray

It's definitely style over substance. But that is obviously the point of it, so it's not really much of an issue. The issue I have with the film however, is that it's basically only the middle section of this film that is good. It is composed of several stories, who are all mildly connected to each other. Unfortunately, not all of them are satisfying.

The good section of the film is naturally the one with Eva Green. Who is completely naked in 50% of her scenes. So, by having said that, you can really just go ahead and see the film now.
6/10


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People who added this item 555 Average listal rating (406 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.8
@ Blu-ray

I can imagine that kids are going to enjoy this film a lot, the rest, maybe not so much. I guess. I don't know. Anyways. I don't have a lot of familiarity with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've not seen any of the other films or shows. Never read or played anything. I know nothing about it. And I mostly enjoyed this film. I enjoyed the most important part, at least. I thought the turtles were great. They looked fine, and the interaction they had with each other were funny. Just a shame that the whole film wasn't about them.

The human elements, mostly Megan Fox part of the story, doesn't work that great. It's bad and predictable. Will Arnett is awful. And instead of focusing on the dynamics between the turtles, much of the screen time is dedicated to Megan Fox trying to be an investigating journalist. It's not as entertaining to put it mildly.

The action is itself is mostly fun. There are some cool action sequences, and some that are rather boring. The ending is a disappointment, but mostly because it's a rip-off of the ending of The Amazing Spider-Man.
5/10


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Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

Based on the same characters and universe as the beloved Norwegian classic, Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, this film had a lot to live up too. And it's certainly a difficult task making a new adaptation with slightly different looking puppets and some new voices to some characters that has touched so many Norwegians. But while it never manages to reach the same height as the old, classic. This new film is certainly very enjoyable, and a great Christmas film with a lot of heart and emotion.

It's constantly funny film that manages to walk the line between creating something new and paying homage and respect to the previous film. It's a delightful little gem. Funny, warm and nostalgic.
8/10


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People who added this item 767 Average listal rating (537 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

It's in many ways the exact same film. It knows it's the same thing, and it knows that we know that it's the same film all over again. It also knows that that's exactly what we want, and while we might crave as much original content as we'd like, we know that we want the same thing again. 22 Jump Street is just as hilarious as 21 Jump Street. It's awesome.

Some of the sentimentality in this film might be a bit too much for me, but luckily 22 Jump Street manages to keep enough jokes constantly floating for that to only be a minor issue. Be sure to sit through the first credits segment. It's just as hilarious as the film.
8/10


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People who added this item 2000 Average listal rating (1445 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

One of the more quirkier and weirder Marvel films to date, but also, arguably one of the consistently funniest so far. It's a great film because it manages to create some great main characters, who are the key ingredients in the film's great humour. Guardians of the Galaxy's greatest strength lies in the characters interacting with each other, hanging out and such, and the humour they bring.

But Guardians of the Galaxy falls a bit short of the absolute greatest Marvel films because of a rather weak main story. The villain is also not particularly strong, despite Lee Pace doing a formidable job. However, Guardians of the Galaxy is a very good and entertaining film because of the leading heroes.
8/10


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People who added this item 3966 Average listal rating (2589 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Love Actually (2003)
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

One of my few Christmas traditions. It's not Christmas for me until I've heard Bill Nighy sing his horrible cover of "Love Is All Around". It's not Christmas until I've seen Hugh Grant embarrassingly dance down the stairs. Until I've seen Andrew Lincoln stand outside Keira Knightley's door with his cardboards. An overstuffed, overly sugary film. But so loveable nonetheless.

Because there are no doubts that this is a very flawed film, and if decided to, one you could very easily dissect it. But I'm not going to do that. It's a rare "chick-flick" that puts me in the mood for Christmas. I'm won over by the romantic improbabilities. I think it's hysterically funny, and I'm charmed by the cast.
8/10


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People who added this item 447 Average listal rating (301 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6
Hercules (2014)
@ Blu-ray

This is not about the Hercules you've come to know, and if you expect a film surrounding that, you're likely to be disappointed. This is however not a great film. It's an enjoyable film. It's that kind of film you get when you get Brett Ratner to make an action film with "The Rock" as the main star. It's dumb fun.

It's also a film that wouldn't be as enjoyable if it weren't for Dwayne Johnson's charisma. He's not exactly a great actor per se, but he's a terrific movie star. Which is what this film needed. It's also fun for me, as a Norwegian, to see three Norwegian actors doing well in this.
6/10


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People who added this item 1230 Average listal rating (823 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

Yeah, I liked it slightly less now.
The most obvious issue with this film is the unfocused plot. Too many cooks etc.

There's a lot of visual spectacle and dazzling special effects in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's most definitively a fun film. The action is entertaining and there's a lot of humour that works surprisingly well.

Jamie Foxx serves as a pretty interesting Electro. While he does have that clichรฉd "scientist-in-accident" origin, there's another layer to him that you don't see very often in super-villains these days. Dane DeHaan also works very well as a villain. The problem here is that film struggles a bit when handling those two at the same time, causing both of them to feel underused. Stick with one villain is often a very good idea. And when you combine that with Peter Parker's parents sub-plot, you get a feeling that the film has tried to do more than what it's capable of. Pacing is a big issue, and it's definitely too long for its own good.

The greatest asset of this film is Andre Garfield and Emma Stone. They have a real chemistry, and every scene between those two are great. They're sweet, charming, funny and they leave me with a big smile on my face. I would be willing to watch a film with only those two interacting with each other for 90 minutes. It's that great.

Unfortunately, we won't see Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy for the third film, as she's killed off. Which is a huge mistake, in my opinion. It removes the greatest strength this new franchise has had, and it did completely break my heart. I'm booing.
5/10


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@ Cinema

There are several moments in Mockingjay - Part 1 that I like, but overall, I was left feeling kinda disappointed by this one. i really love Jennifer Lawrence in these films. She's brilliant. Donald Sutherland is also amazing. And there are several single scenes that I feel powerful. But I think it struggles as a complete film. Not so much because it's all set up to Part 2. I even feel that as a set up, it got a lot of issues.

I think it's dramatically and structurally flat. It's a film that plays on the same kind of note throughout the entire running time, causing the film to fall into an endless circle of repetition. I honestly see that this film could have been trimmed by almost one hour without losing anything important or emotional.
5/10


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People who added this item 1637 Average listal rating (1105 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Her (2013)
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

Once in a while you encounter a film that just really hits every personal and emotional note in you, a film that in many ways manages to visually portray many of your own emotions and feelings. For me, Her turned out to be a film like that. I felt personally connected to this film. Having gone through my very first break-up a couple of months ago, and in many ways suffering from loneliness myself, I ended up seeing a lot of myself in this film. And when it was over, I felt inspired to change my own life and to actually do something with my own emotional struggle. Needless to say, this film managed to bring out a few tears in me.

While that certainly is the main reason for why I absolutely love Her, I do also adore it for it's very simple sci-fi premise, it's charm and humour, and touching love story. It's beautifully acted, cleverly written, gorgeously shot and the music is instantly memorable. Best film of 2013.
10/10


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@ Cinema

With the final The Hobbit film being over, and the Middle-Earth saga concluded, I think it's safe to say that The Battle of the Five Armies is the weakest film in the franchise. It's not quite the farewell (for now) to Tolkien's world that I dared to hope for. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a damned good film, but with the standards being set by The Lord of the Rings films, and even the previous Hobbit films, this was a slight disappointment.

While I did like that The Desolation of Smaug ended on a cliffhanger, opening this film with Smaug's death left an odd taste in my mouth. After all, it's Smaug who is the proper villain this time, and here he's done in about 15 minutes. The rest of the film is, as the title suggest, devoted to one big battle. (And a very brief, but satisfying trip to the Necromancer.)

The battle itself is fine. Which is the problem. It's just fine. It's certainly entertaining and all, but it fails to reach the majestic and epic level that Peter Jackson achieved with The Return of the King. And while I haven't been to annoyed with the overuse of CGI in the previous Hobbit films, there were several moments that irked me this time. There's one scene where Legolas runs on falling debris that completely puzzles me. How did it escape a quality check? Another thing that bugs me is how easily and cleanly they kill of orcs. There are beheadings here, but seeing as the orcs are mostly just CGI this time, it doesn't feel as brutal and "cool" as when it's a guy in a costume, and practical effects. And I've been fine with this in small dozes, but seeing as almost the entire film is dedicated to this, it started to annoy me.

I like Thorin. I like the complexity and flaws of his character, and his final confrontation with Azog was built up very well, and it was a fight that worked a lot better than Legolas vs. that other orc, who just seemed to be there to give Legolas something to do. I liked the love story between Tauriel and Kili, unlike many others apparently. Bilbo is, of course, great. One character that is not great, on the other hand, is Alfrid. A character that is obviously there to provide laughs, but oh my God. Oh my God.

There are much more I could write here, but it would mostly just be very minor things, details, that I liked or disliked, so I'll just end with this. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a good film. But it should have been better.
7/10


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People who added this item 893 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.7
Noah (2014)
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

Seeing as I already see much of the Bible as some sort of fairy tale, I don't mind that Darren Aronofsky's film occasionally strays away from what's known and written. And quite honestly, I don't think anyone should either. The controversy surrounding this film is ridiculous.

Aronofsky has taken a rather dull and uninteresting story, and turned it into a fascinating film. A visually stunning experiment, with some brilliant music by Clint Mansell. I like that Aronofsky constantly changes the tone for the film, ranging from being emotional and hopeful, to unsettling and intense. It's a weird film that one never truly manages to get a grasp on. A very interesting watch.

Upon seeing it again, I did have some issues with final 15 minutes or so, and there were aspects of the third act that annoyed me slightly. Mostly Ray Winestone's character.
7/10


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People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 3.9
@ Netflix

Horror films can easily go very wrong, and oh my, The Haunting of Molly Hartley goes very wrong. The nonsensical plot, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, is one thing, but it is its complete lack of creativity in the form of establishing atmosphere and scares that causes it to be intolerable.

I got nothing major against films that follows a specific formula or copies other films in order to create a working atmosphere, but when you do so, you better be damned sure that it works. Nothing works here. It's laughable. But Haley Bennett looked cute in it, so it got that going for it, which is nice. (All though, she's not as cute now when I see that she's blonde. Stay brunette, girl!)
1/10


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People who added this item 958 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Divergent (2014)
@ Blu-ray

I like the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Theo James. It works well, and causes the love subplot of the film to feel natural. And I like aspects of this dystopian world.

What I don't like is the generic feel of it. How it so desperately tries to be a new franchise starter that it completely forgets that it has to be its own film, as well. I get the need to build up the universe and characters, but this film is flooded by unnecessary scenes, causing it to be definitely 30 minutes to long, at least. This slow pace also causes the final act of the film to feel forced and rushed.
4/10


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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Son of Batman (2014)
@ Netflix

The problem with Son of Batman is that the story is not particularly interesting. Who really cares about Batman's son? I certainly don't. It doesn't help that he's quite annoying either. The film is also bugged down by being far too predictable.

The animation is decent, if only slightly above average. The voice acting is fine, and I liked how Batman and Talia was represented here. There are solid moments here, but not nearly enough.
5/10


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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 5.5
@ Blu-ray

It feels like this film is actually two completely separate films, aimed for two different audiences, only to be then mashed together into one mess. Which is the best word to describe this French horror film. It's a mess.

It opens up very intense and violent. It sets the scene for something that's definitely going to be a bloody and grizzly ride. Except it's not. Or, well, sometimes it is. It takes an odd turn for something that's like more children-friendly horror. Turning things more comedic and awkwardly cutting away from violence. Only for it to turn really dark and graphic during the last 25 minutes. The tone is all over the place, and there's no consistency here. I liked some of the ideas here, but I was just too confused.
3/10


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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Fierce People (2006)
@ Netflix

I don't really know what to say about Fierce People, because I'm not really sure about what I thought of it. Kristen Stewart is a lot in it, so I certainly enjoyed that. She's good. Anton Yelchin is unbearably smug and unlikeable, while Donald Sutherland is just strange.

I guess the film is just one of those you enjoy in some scenes, but then dislike the very next scene. I had no problem getting through it, and it did have some solid scenes. But I guess it's mostly let down by some other bad scenes, and very weak ending. As well as a general theme that I couldn't care about.
5/10


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People who added this item 494 Average listal rating (331 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
@ Netflix

There's a small and simple, yet perfect story to be found somewhere in Safety Not Guaranteed. But I'm having trouble locating it, due to the film occasionally shifting focus over to characters and subplots that are completely unnecessary. The plot is pretty thin, so in one sense it's understandable that the film got a lot of "filler" stuff in order to stretch the length, but I still found it to be rather annoying.

The whole heart and emotion of this film lies in the chemistry between Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass,and it's their unfolding relationship that keeps me watching this film. It's sweet and charmingly awkward. But it's only about 65% of the film. That's not enough.
6/10


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@ Some website

I do love the AVGN Youtube videos. I think they're hilarious and creative. They manage to entertain and be insightful as well. It's obvious that James Rolfe knows a lot when it comes to talking about games and films. Which is why it's rather fascinating to see how much he has failed with his Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. It's truly awful.

There's a very big and clear difference between making a short video aimed for Youtube as opposed to creating a full-length feature film. James seems to be vaguely aware of that. His acting does very often resemble what he does in his videos, which works fine for that format, but comes across as cringe-worthy in a full film. Particularly when he's surrounded by people who are not specially talented either.

His videos are also of very low-budget, which is why they're very often filled with poor effects. His film is low-budgeted when compared to other major films, but it's still considerably higher than what he usually deals with, due to helpful fans. Unfortunately, it's hard to see where the money has been spent. It's obvious that James has gone for the "b-movie" effect with poor CGI, green screen and practical effects in order to have his film be "so bad it's good". This causes everything in the film to look extremely cheap, of course. But he has forgotten the very basic of "so bad it's good" films, which is that they don't work if it's done on purpose. Then they just becomes bad. The pure essence of a "so bad it's good" film is that the filmmakers actually tried to make something good, but instead failed miserably. I don't doubt that they had a lot of fun when making this film, but due to what it is, it doesn't transcends to me as well.

Another thing that causes me to really dislike this film is how self-indulgent and inconsistent it is. James, who plays the Nerd, describes himself very in the film as a guy who has to make social sacrifices in order to be a true nerd, but the moment he steps a foot out on the street he's stormed by fans who love him. Everyone in this film blindly loves him, and it's actually rather awkward.

Besides that, the film is way too long, the characters are annoying and the jokes never hits. If you planned on watching this just in order to hear him review the Atari E.T game, I would just search it up on Youtube instead.
2/10


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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.1
@ Cinema

There are some fresh ideas in The Quiet Ones, and possibly one or two effective scares here. But this supernatural horror film is mostly just a bucket of previously used ideas, who have all been handled better previously.

The Quiet Ones is also let down by a very weak ending, one that seems to come out of absolutely nowhere. This causes me to feel more puzzled than satisfied.
3/10


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People who added this item 1969 Average listal rating (1395 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
@ Cinema

I wrote a review for this film. Check it out here: Ambitious and Emotionally Powerful
10/10


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People who added this item 1207 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

After seeing the average Oblivion, my hopes weren't that high for Edge of Tomorrow, but this has to be one of the most pleasant surprises for me in a long time. I dug this film. I really enjoyed it.

It features a premise that we haven't seen that often, written in a very clever way that makes it an enjoyable sci-fi/action/comedy summer film. The special effects are tremendous, the action is competently shot, and it's never dull.

It's very cleverly structured and edited in such a way that, despite its premise, it never gets repetitive. Instead it causes the film to give us a very solid character development of Tom Cruise's character, sprinkled with some excellent humour. His performance is terrific, as is his chemistry with Emily Blunt.

This is an extremely clever and well-made film, and arguably one of the best sci-fi films in recent years. I loved it.
9/10


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People who added this item 6141 Average listal rating (4305 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Inception (2010)
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

Well, what can be said about the mighty Inception? Christopher Nolan's complex masterpiece ain't only my favorite of him, but it is also my favorite film of all time. I've watched it several times, and I constantly see something new in it. The originality, the acting, the score, the photography, the visuals and the multi-layered action. What's not to love here? Nolan creates a new world, and I lose myself into it. Every time.

It is one of the most beautiful, emotionally effective, and thoughtful films ever to be created. It's an example of how you can create a grand blockbuster, but yet create something that requires a brain to fully understand. Inception restored hope for summer blockbusters, and this is a film that deserves a deeper treatment than what I'm giving it at the moment. But it's just one of those films that leaves you speechless. It's spectacular.
10/10


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People who added this item 770 Average listal rating (510 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
Re-watched

@ Blu-ray

It's nice to see that it ties up everything nicely, but Saw 3D (or Saw: The Final Chapter, Saw VII or whatever...) doesn't quite focus as much on the main plot as I would have liked it to. There's another game going on with a "fake" Jigsaw survivor that's not really relevant to the main plot that steals a bit too much time.

However. At the time this was made, this was supposed to be the final Saw. So they wanted to go out with a bang. And how do you do that? You increase the number of traps by a lot, and give in to basically every fan demand. This is strictly for the fans of the franchise, and specially for those who enjoys the gore and creativity of the traps the most.
7/10


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