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Bml93's Film Diary for 2013: January

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It seems like I managed to catch 16 films this month. 15 of them were films I hadn't seen before, while one of them were a rewatch. And I had three trips to the cinema.

I do wish that I could have managed to see more films, but seeing as I've had a huge project at school, there have been too few hours in the day for me to be able to do that.

Best film: Django Unchained
Worst film: Ils
People who added this item 1508 Average listal rating (839 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
@ Cinema

Beware, if your head can't tolerate nearly three hours of having pretty much every piece of dialogue sung, this ain't the film for you. I'm not the biggest fan of musicals myself, but despite it being definitely around 40 minutes to long, I got through it without too many problems. One of the main issues for me with this film is that there are several songs I don't like and that's a problem when many of them seems to go on forever. I do also think that nearly every character in this film is a bit boring. Certainly, they are capable to sing and throw some passion into their performances, but I don't really think that there's one strikingly memorable character here. People will remember the actors not the characters.

But there are several great things about, much of it which has to do with the production. Costumes, sets etc. I also think that the cinematography is magnificent. It manages to create to some truly sore, emotional moments, which is created by some terrific acting and, because of some beautiful songs. Most of them coming from Russell Crowe. He might not be a fantastic singer, but his voice and the way he sings strikes to me as one of the most enjoyable things in this film.
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I enjoy the TV episodes of MacGyver and used to watch it a lot when I was younger, as they aired immediately when I got home from school. This TV-film is basically just a longer episode. It has the same amount of cheesiness to it, that the TV series got and the story is a fairly typical MacGyver story.

But it's an entertaining film that passes along as solid fun and it's a reminder of why I used to love the show, and thought that Richard Dean Anderson were one of the coolest action heroes.
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Django Unchained may not be as perfect as Inglorious Basterds, but this is a bloody entertaining film. Quentin Tarantino is an entertainer. He makes films for the audience. He goes out in full gear and creates a film filled with so much energy. A true crowd pleaser. It's bloody, memorable, bold and stylish. It's a long film, but it manages to be perfectly paced without boring me for a second.

Tarantino is a master at creating memorable characters. His writing abilities combined with outstanding performances from the cast is one of the many ingredients in this delightful film. If it were up to me, I would have given an Oscar nomination to Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Christoph Waltz (who rightfully deserves his.) The thing that annoyed me about it was that Tarantino just had to show up in front of the screen. He can't act. Nevertheless, film is about entertainment and this was fucking entertaining.

Am I the only one who finds it a bit hard to write about some of Tarantino's films? Most of them are so bloody entertaining that it's hard to come up with suitable words. The best thing I have is "It's fucking entertaining."
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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.7
Choose (2011)
@ Netflix

A much weaker version of Saw. The similarities are all over the place, but unlike Saw, Choose doesn't have anything to say nor does it provide a particularly interesting villain. Still, this film could have been much worse. It oozes of low-budget (despite bringing in Kevin Pollak) and the script ain't that good. There are many traditional cliches to be found, zero characterization and a stupid ending.

But it could have been a pain to get through. It wasn't. Quite often I found several of the bad things about i to be quite enjoyable. Not to mention that Pollak was decent and Katheryn Winnick has a gorgeous face.
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People who added this item 501 Average listal rating (306 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.7
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The Ring meets George A. Romero in a really weak remake of a Japanese horror film. Out of all the remakes that I've seen, I got to say that this is probably on of the worst. It does have some neat visuals occasionally, but they're not scary. Nothing in this film is. It's silly, predictable and lazy.

It's also a result of someone doing way too much color correction. I can understand that by turning everything blue and reduced you'll get an effect, but this didn't work. It's a film that really tries to establish an atmospheric mood, but it's drowned in its own stupidity.
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People who added this item 1080 Average listal rating (711 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
@ DVD

This might sound a bit weird for some people, but I honestly don't think that Will Ferrell is particularly funny. He's able to make me chuckle sometimes, but I find myself cringing more than laughing at his gags. That's the case with this film. With the exception of some moments in the beginning of this film, I'm not amused. It's not funny.

Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson's over-the-top policemen are great as they are hilariously parodying themselves, but the rest of the film doesn't manage to create a funny parody of all its stereotypes and cliches. It also fails to combine the serious and "clever" aspect of it (the financial crisis etc.) with the rest of the film, making it awkward.
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People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Resident (2011)
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Thirty minutes into this film it takes a rather odd, but slightly unexpected turn. Changing from a very generic thriller build-up into something... else. The thing is, I don't know what it tries to do. It just gets weird. But whatever it tried to accomplish, it definitely failed. This is a terrible film that manages to do exactly what you aren't supposed to do in a film like this. It's odd, yes, but it still manages to bring in every cliche from these type of films. It's a clumsy, lazy soulless mess.

It's completely lacking in suspense, tension, energy, character development (particularly motivation) and an effort to create something worth watching. The worst thing about it is however that they included Christoper Lee in it, only to give him a role that had absolutely no purpose! It gets some points for a few steamy bath scenes with Hilary Swank, but loses some again for making her take on a top one second after coming out of the water. No one does that.
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People who added this item 624 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
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This was a film that I've been looking forward too for a long time, despite me not being too enthusiastic about this genre. It features a terrific cast and, my number one celebrity crush these last years, Kristen Stewart, were finally going topless. That alone makes this film worth watching. Other than that, it's not particularly much in this film that I would recommend. Keep in mind that I haven't read the book and probably would have gotten more out of this film if I had. But I shouldn't really have to rely on that in order to see a film.

It's a film that never manages to get above simply watchable. It's not a bad film, but it's not a good one either. It never becomes truly compelling. It's not engaging. Despite some terrific actors, few of the characters turns out to be interesting traveling companions during this overlong film.
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People who added this item 2309 Average listal rating (1407 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
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My opinion of this Spider-Man film is basically exactly the same thing as it was when I saw it at the cinema. It's a film that's entertaining and worth watching because of Andrew Garfield's brilliant portrayal of Peter Parker and because of Emma Stone. Who's charm and extreme cuteness gives me a deadly desire to cross the ocean and be her number one stalker. Their chemistry between each other is wonderful and gives me a reason to keep watching the upcoming sequels.

The thing about this film is that they nailed Peter Parker, but didn't exactly succeed with Spider-Man and the villain. The action scenes does also feel a bit underwhelming and doesn't necessarily evoke anything particular new on that front. Which is a huge thing against this film, it's too familiar to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. The plot points are the same.
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During the first 15 minutes of this film, I honestly thought this was another entry into the annoying found-footage genre. Then I found out that it wasn't and that the shaky, annoying camerawork was there for some other reasons, apparently. Now, why is it necessary to have that when you're only showing people watching empty spaces and walking along ruins? Which is what this film is all about during the first 40 minutes.

Then things start to happen and mutated monsters and crazy dog creatures appear. But it's impossible to care about any of that, because it's bloody hard to see what's going on. Not to mention that you couldn't care less about any of the characters, as they're all unbelievably annoying and stupid. So what we have here is a film that fails to be engaging, suspenseful, scary or even worth watching.
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The thing about films featuring time travel is that in order to enjoy the film properly, you'll have to accept the film's logic about how time travel works in that particular universe. For me, I didn't think it worked all the time. There were too many inconsistencies here in order to make it believable.

So it all does really fall upon how the romance between Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams is. And it's good enough to save this film from being completely terrible. They have a decent chemistry, but I'm not completely sold over their relationship. I've got a hard time believing that she would actually commit herself to a relationship of this kind.
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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
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Filled with incredibly many logic issues and the whole timeline, seeing as this is a sequel to the original, is one gigantic plothole. This is one stupid film and by many means a terrible film. The characters are stupid and it's at times full of cliches. Then again, many of these things were to be expected and besides some of the gigantic logical problems, I had no major issue with this film.

One thing is that some of the logical problems, gives this film a certain sense of unpredictability. Which is somewhat nice, so there are actually some narrative twists here. But for me, it was basically just fun to see this chainsaw-wielding maniac in in-your-face 3D at the cinema.
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People who added this item 735 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Mirror Mirror (2012)
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Tarsem Singh is one of the most unique visionary directors living today. Every film he makes looks completely magical, making whatever James Cameron dishes up look like a pile of turd. Sadly, after Singh's brilliant The Fall, he hasn't managed to combine his beautiful visuals with a solid story. Mirror Mirror is by no means a terrible film, but it could and should have been better.

My biggest issue is actually that I just don't like Julia Roberts. I can't stand her. She's so annoying and ugly. I didn't completely mind the very childish and corny take the film took on this tale, and were at times amused by the dwarfs, Arnie Hammer and Lily Collins. It was a slightly below average fantasy comedy/action-film that got saved by some breathtaking visuals.
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People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Them (2006)
@ DVD

Woah! What is happening here? How come this film is so highly rated by so many? I found it to be a completely dreadful film about absolutely nothing. First, the opening scene is pointless and full of cliches, and it doesn't fit in with the rest of the film, who's also pointless and full of cliches. It's completely lacking tension and suspense, and that's simply because there's nothing on the screen to care for. There's not plot, no character-development, no motivation and ultimately no scares. It stretches for legitimacy by claiming to be based on a true story, but that doesn't make a film more terrifying.

It's nothing more but an exercise in how to coordinate people running around aimlessly in the dark screaming at their own shadows. Thankfully, this is a short film, but just before it ends it tries to throw a twist at us. But unfortunately for the film, I stopped caring about it a long time ago.

One final thing. It might just be my DVD, but this film looked incredibly ugly.
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People who added this item 1645 Average listal rating (1077 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
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Films like this doesn't come very often. A rare, mesmerizing, warm, whimsical and beautiful film about dreams, friendship, young love and the need to sometimes get away from everything. It's a film that perfectly manages to hit the right spot in my heart, while still be capable to evoke awe and wonder.

The script is delightful and its turned even more delightful by the magical camerawork, editing and musical score, making Moonrise Kingdom feel like a child's dream. It's a wonderful feeling. The characters might lack some realism, but with two gorgeous young leads, they manages to charm me into oblivion. This is a magical film.
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People who added this item 2003 Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
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This is a tearjerker that's completely filled with every cliché in the book and it's normally a film I wouldn't hesitate to despise with all my heart. But I didn't and there's one simple reason for that. I watched it with my girlfriend.

It's rather odd, actually. How the company of someone I hold so close to my heart makes me enjoy this film. Normally I would go insane over the cliches, the failed comedic attempts, the miscasting of Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler's poor acting. But because I was sitting there, holding my girlfriend in my arms, I could feel the pain and suffering, as well as the fear of losing someone. And that was made more real by my girlfriend's tears.
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