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Bml93's Film Diary for 2013: December

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People who added this item 603 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
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It might hit those sociopolitical commentaries it delivers in your head with a sledgehammer. But aside from that, Killing Them Softly is a tightly paced mob thriller that manages to create more tension from much if its well-crafted dialogue, than most other films do from meaningless action sequences.

It's a film that could be easily disposed for being so dialogue heavy, but once Andrew Dominik decides to show violence, he does it in a gloriously gritty and stylish matter that really manages to kick in.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
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Touching, cute and heart-warming Norwegian film. Seeing as we've been given a lot of films that has the cute girl falling for the bad guy for a premise, I found it to be refreshing to see a film embrace that cliché with some genuine emotion.

It does certainly help that this is a very well-acted film that manages to be very funny, as well. Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner delivers what could be arguably considered his best performance in many years. The ending feels a little bit rushed, but the emotionality in one of the final scenes makes up for that.
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Very interesting horror premise, that is mostly executed rather well. It's simple, sadistic and a very curious watch. The similarities to Saw are obviously there, but I like those films. And I did mostly enjoy this. It's probably the most feel-bad film I've seen in a while.

But there are some issues here. The most obvious one is all the small sub-plots that doesn't lead to anything interesting. Lawrence Gillard's character is completely useless. The part of the film that deals with Jeffrey Combs character's son is useless. There are scenes devoted to these unnecessary sub-plots that could have been used to further develop the main story, seeing as there are moments there where it just feels half finished.
5/10


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Best Norwegian film ever made. A must-see around Christmas every year.
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People who added this item 691 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
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The film is beautifully shot, and actual story is rather humorous and interesting in itself. The problem is that I don't believe that Sofia Coppola has managed to create the story that occurs in the film to be particularly interesting.

The film just goes along, showing the characters breaking in on various people. That's it. It doesn't delve into or explore anything. None of the characters seems to be really fleshed out, and I'm left feeling a bit cold and disconnected from the film.
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I think this is an extremely well-acted and well-crafted film. It does make the time pass. But I do have some issues with it. The first and foremost is that I quite early on managed to suspect what the ending was, and I turned out to be right. Which is a bit unfortunate in a film in this genre. Secondly, the film feels at least 30 minutes too long. The pacing is most certainly not fluent.

So for me it was a disappointing experience, but when giving it a second thought, I did mostly enjoy the interactions between the actors. Which is why you should see it, I guess.
6/10


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People who added this item 1207 Average listal rating (825 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)
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Check this list for my thoughts. The New Master of Horror - James Wan
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People who added this item 587 Average listal rating (388 ratings) 2.6 IMDB Rating 1.9
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And this one was even worse.
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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 3.6
Stan Helsing (2009)
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Absolute garbage.
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
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Watching Upside Down I saw myself getting the very same reacting when I see some sort of painting. I find it to be absolutely gorgeous, but besides that, there's nothing in that painting to interest me. Upside Down is a gorgeous looking painting that fails to take advantage of its clever premise and talented cast.

The problem is the story. It's just so ridiculously weak. It's lacking anything to engage too. There doesn't seem to be any real threat in the film. Everything solves itself way to easy and nicely. And the core element of the story, which is the romance, is poorly developed and very unbelievable.
3/10


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People who added this item 835 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
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This surprised me. I enjoyed the first film a lot. I did laugh sometimes during the sequel, but it was mostly a pale copy of the first film. The Hangover Part III moves away from that formula, and doesn't feel like a The Hanogver film at all. Instead it's more like its own, little film. And in many ways it's more of a crime thriller. But it's pretty damn funny one.

There are a lot of funny scenes in this film. Some of them are so dark, and really out of place, which makes them hilarious in my opinion. The film is basically just playing around Zach Galifianakis's character, but he's very funny.
7/10


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People who added this item 1366 Average listal rating (923 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Pacific Rim (2013)
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Pacific Rim would have been a wet dream for me if I was 13 years old. It's a visual spectacle, sure. But I do really wish that the script were a lot smarter, particularly seeing as this is a film by Guillermo del Toro.

I don't really think that the action scenes were impressive or engaging enough to keep me really glued to the screen. They were certainly fun, but they did fell kinda soulless anyway.
6/10


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People who added this item 3959 Average listal rating (2486 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
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It might be way too sweet for its own good, and it's certainly overstuffed with characters, in which some of them aren't developed as well as others. But frankly, fuck that. I like this film. I love to watch it around Christmas. It's the ultimate Christmas film. One of the few films who puts me right in the mood.

It's funny and charming with a very likeable cast. And it's just so cute that it makes me warm on a cold December evening.
8/10


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People who added this item 543 Average listal rating (378 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
Escape Plan (2013)
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I did basically get what I expected. The plot is very simple, with very few surprises, but that's okey. The real deal with this film is watching Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up properly. And they team up quite nicely. Some moments feel a bit clunky, seeing as the some of the dialogue feels a bit more to be played for laughs on the actors behalf. Which is all right in some dozes, if done correctly. It doesn't always work in this film.

But this is a solid action film with two actors who are just perfect in this genre. It's simple entertainment.
6/10


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Never seen much of the cartoon that continuously goes on TV, but I do seriously enjoy this film a lot. It just got a lot of wonderfully bizarre humour that surprises and amuses me.

It's delightfully childish film with a lot of material for both children and adults. It's funny.
7/10


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If you're familiar with Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola's previous films, Dead Snow and Kill Buljo, you should know what to expected. And Wirkola delivered exactly that. It's not great filmmaking, but it's entertaining filmmaking.

It's short, fast-paced and filled with a lot of R-rated action. The humour hits often and the actors seems to be having a blast, as well. I liked it enough.
6/10


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"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is that difficult second film in this trilogy. It's difficult in the sense that it has to improve on what, in many peoples eyes (not mine), was a quite disappointing first feature. But it's also difficult because we're going to go into this film knowing that it doesn't have a proper beginning nor a proper ending. It's that difficult middle chapter. Just like The Two Towers was in the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But fear not, where The Two Towers could arguably be considered the weakest instalment in its trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug is better than An Unexpected Journey. Even if it's only slightly better.

From what I can see, people seems to be disappointed by these films because they don't feel and look like what we got ten years ago. It's silly criticism. Like I stated with An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit is a completely different journey than The Lord of the Rings. The Desolation of Smaug continues that different journey in a very good, and mostly fluent way. It could definitely be argued that three films are unnecessary, as some of the detours in this film (as with An Unexpected Journey) feel slightly clunky. But seeing as I've grown so much in love with Middle-Earth and its characters, I would take those clunky detours before anything else."
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People who added this item 1309 Average listal rating (810 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Wolverine (2013)
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My opinion on it is still the same as the last time I saw it. Check here: Bml93's Film Diary for 2013: July


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It might have its heart in the right place, but it doesn't come across as having it. It just feels soulless and that might have something to do with the animation. It's just extremely weird and off-putting. This is several years before Robert Zemeckis almost perfected the animation with A Christmas Carol, but here it doesn't look good. It certainly looks very aged, at least.

But The Polar Express is mostly just dull. It's story is driven by unlikeable characters doing incredibly stupid things, without any real motivation other than show off visuals. This was boring beyond belief.
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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.
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