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Bml93's Film Reviews

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I don't usually write long reviews for the films I see. I tend to just write a small comment in my film diaries. This has a lot to do with that I'm not fully comfortable with writing full-length reviews in English, as it's not my first language. That, and the fact that I'm not a professional film critic or anything like that. But when I do end up writing a full review, it's usually because I got a lot on my heart and want to share that with the everyone. Even those who doesn't look into my film diary now and then.

It might be useless with an own list for my reviews, seeing as you just have to click on another button to find them. But I'm hoping that by putting them in a list, I will be inspired too write even more.
People who added this item 710 Average listal rating (477 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

"Dunkirk is a visual masterpiece of storytelling, unlike anything you've ever seen in recent years. We've gotten countless of films centered around World War II throughout the years, but what Christopher Nolan have achieved with Dunkirk is outstanding. He's taken a genre that have become rather formulaic over the years and shattered it completely. He breaks the formula and creates a film that should aspire other directors to follow his example."

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Masterful visual storytelling
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.8

"Even with the track record of poor video game adaptations in mind, the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed is one of my most disappointing film experiences ever. It is also one that frustrated me a lot. Because the film gets a lot of things right and there is much to admire here. Mostly the action scenes in the past. They are just damned cool. Wonderfully choreographed and beautifully shot. The performances themselves are fine and a lot of the themes the film brings up during the present time of the film is interesting enough. There are elements here to make good film, but shamefully the filmmakers have made some poor choices in where to put the focus of the film."

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Frustrating
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (406 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.5

"I never imagined that I would end up liking it as much as I did. I thought it was a blast. An entertaining, well-paced, funny and surprisingly emotional action film that cleverly worked its way into the rest of the franchise. This is also the best, coolest and funniest Arnold performance since his comeback."

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Entertaining and Emotionally Effective
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"If you have not heard of Fifty Shades of Grey and the hype (negative or positive) surrounding that cultural phenomenon, you must have been living on the moon for quite some time. Based on the best-selling novels by author E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey have been described as being simple mommy-porn, with a target audience of almost strictly women. This is a film that's clearly attempting to sweep over the Twilight crowd, which is unsurprising as the books actually started out as being Twilight fan-fiction. And it looks like they're succeeding with that. It's destroying the box office at the moment. But not without its cost. The film is currently getting a lot of criticism and even hatred. Standing at the moment with a very harsh 3.9/10 rating at IMDb, with almost 50% of the votes being a 1, it's safe to say that people are not reacting positively towards this adaptation. Add that some people are attacking it, claiming that it glorifies domestic abuse and you've got a film with a huge amount of backlash. And what is my statement towards this? What is my reaction on Fifty Shades of Grey? Well. Let's put it this way. The IMDb rating is a joke. That it glorifies abuse towards women is bullshit. And Fifty Shades of Grey is actually a fine film that completely outshines its ludicrous source material. I liked it.

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Worst Thing Ever? Absolutely Not
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People who added this item 1852 Average listal rating (1230 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Interstellar (2014)

"The visuals are astonishing. Unlike anything you've ever imagined. This is a film that you have to see at the biggest screen possible. Nolan's perfect use and combination of in-camera effects and CGI makes Interstellar to be a very immersive film. Because you feel that visuals are much more than just pretty pictures. You feel the soul and craftsmanship behind them, which causes them to become more real, which again engages you more into them. But holy shit, Interstellar is a beautiful film too look at. The scenes on Earth are spectacular, but the visuals in space are just damned impressive. Those grand, majestic, sweeping images of planets, wormholes, black holes and the infinity of space are breathtaking. Add to this an outstanding sound-mix (there's no sound in space, works brilliantly!) and excellent production design, and you've got yourself a truly immersive experience in Interstellar."

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Ambitious and Emotionally Powerful
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People who added this item 1251 Average listal rating (734 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Maleficent (2014)

"Disney's 1958 animated film by the name of Sleeping Beauty is one of cinema's greatest classics when it comes to animation and entertainment for children. It told a sweet and charming story, while introducing us to someone who ended up being one of the most iconic villains ever, and arguably one of Disney's greatest accomplishments. So when the people at Disney decided that they wanted to create a film that focuses on one of their villains, who would be more suiting than the evil, sinister and devil-horned Maleficent? Expectations were high after seeing the excellent atmospheric and moody trailer with Lana Del Rey's haunting cover of "Once Upon a Dream". The possibility of a darker, but family friendly look into Maleficent's rise to evil are definitely intriguing. Unfortunately, that's not what Maleficent brings us, and it might just end up being one of the biggest disappointments of the year."

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Let it sleep
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People who added this item 562 Average listal rating (374 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7

"Upon checking out various reviews or some people's opinion on Jaume Collet-Serra's latest Liam Neeson driven action thriller, Non-Stop, it appears that many people consider the lack of plausibility a major flaw. After now seeing Non-Stop, I feel inclined to ask; why is that? Why do some people crave realism from a film like this? Non-Stop is an action thriller that's only intention is to keep you glued to your seat for 100 minutes. It's a film. It's not supposed to be realistic. It's not supposed to be United 93 or anything like that. So when I see people complaining about the final act of Non-Stop not being entirely believable, I think that that's more of a flaw at those people rather than a flaw at the film. There's a very big difference between what you want, and what the filmmakers intended. And seeing as they never intended Non-Stop to be a realistic portrayal of an air marshal's response to an unknown threat, I think it's wrong to fault it for not being that. If that, on the other hand, was their intention, you would be right to complain about that. But Non-Stop is supposed to be a simple action thriller. And it does that job bloody well."

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Very entertaining!
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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."

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Stupendous
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People who added this item 1758 Average listal rating (1070 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

"I liked 2012's The Hunger Games. It was an entertaining and well-made film, but it also managed to be thought-provoking with some spot-on social commentary. The sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is everything the last film was, but improved even more. Which is a significant achievement, considering how good The Hunger Games was and seeing as Catching Fire is an improvement, it makes this film one of the best films from 2013 so far. It's an extremely entertaining, thrilling and thought-provoking blockbuster!"

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Superior sequel
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 3.6 IMDB Rating 3.1

"Well, what can you actually expect from a title with the name of Bikini Girls on Ice? It's not really a film you put on if you want to see top-notch quality. But is it a crime to put on a film like this, in hope for it to be entertaining? No, it's not. Bikini Girls on Ice is exactly what it sounds like in one way, and it's far from what one would expect in another, more crucial way. It's what you would expect in that the title delivers exactly what it says. Girls walking around in bikinis, only to be put on ice later. Unfortunately, the film doesn't deliver where it should deliver. It fails to fulfil the number one rule of slasher films. It's not entertaining."

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Fails to deliver
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People who added this item 2817 Average listal rating (1659 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9

"At last. Finally are we back in Middle-Earth. After several years in development hell, Peter Jackson takes us back to one of the most beloved and magical worlds in cinematic and literature history. Jackson did justice to J.R.R Tokien's The Lord of the Rings roughly ten years ago and the expectations for The Hobbit couldn't be any higher. Jackson decided to split The Hobbit into three separate films, including some other stuff Tolkien wrote, as well as Jackson's own artistic choices. And what we have here is the first film, An Unexpected Journey. The first step on this magical journey. For fear not, this is not the Lord of the Rings fans The Phantom Menace. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a magical film. It's not necessarily as good as The Lord of the Rings, but it's exactly what I hoped it would be. It's a whole different journey and it's a good one."

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A Magical Journey
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People who added this item 3522 Average listal rating (2174 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4

"Christopher Nolan does the impossible. When no one thought it would ever be possible to create a superhero film that's better than The Dark Knight, Nolan dishes up The Dark Knight Rises. Which is actually better, and therefore the best film in what's definitively the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema. It's a more than worthy conclusion to Nolan's Batman films and it is exactly the conclusion that we dared to hope for. I pity the fool who attempt to reboot or continue these films. Because there is hardly anything that can compare to what Nolan managed to do over these three films. After Joel Schumacher's terrible films, Nolan did indeed resurrect this hero and have now raised the bar for superhero films. The Avengers tried to set a new standard earlier this year. In my opinion, it didn't come anywhere close, but if it did, then surely The Dark Knight Rises have exploded those again. This is the ultimate superhero film."

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A masterful conclusion
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"You should approach these films with caution. You do never know what you're going to get. Low budget horror films doesn't really shout quality. Still, there are occasions where on might be positively surprised. That's not exactly what happened with Bundy: a Legacy of Evil. A low budget film about the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The charming monster who went on a killing spree during the 1970s and ended up killing around 30-40 (possibly more) people. Director Michael Feifer have previously done films about other serial killers like Ed Gein and the Boston Strangler. I've not seen those films and after witnessing his take on Ted Bundy, I'm not particularly interested in doing so either. This was just shameful."

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No insight into Bundy
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People who added this item 2099 Average listal rating (1397 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)

"You can spend ages debating whether it is a prequel or not. The references to Alien is most certainly there. But it should still be able to stand alone as one film. Which it does, even if it does raise several unanswered questions. Questions that might be addressed in possible sequel. That is unfortunately one of Prometheus flaws. There are some things that doesn't make sense, and while it is sometimes fine keep some things in the dark, I feel a bit cheated eventually. Particularly the opening raises a lot of questions."

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Flawed, but intense
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People who added this item 1735 Average listal rating (931 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8

"Well. What can you say? After I saw this film I needed some time to let it sink in. You can't deny that this is a very ambitious film from Terrence Malick. He's gone crazy, and by doing so he has created a film about life, creation, destruction, mercy and by how you can keep faith even though everything is taken from you. He's gone mad. Malick gives everything from the beginning, and has created a film that is possibly a bit pretentious, but yet so magnificent and grand, that you really don't know what to say. This is not a film for everyone. Those who are into art films are probably going to fell in love with it right away, while your average filmgoer is more likely to suffer through the film. I'm a bit stuck in the middle. I don't suffer myself through it, but I can't embrace it either. My main problem with it is that Malick doesn't know how to stop. It's just too much."

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It's just too much...
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"After seven books and eight films, the story of 'the boy who lived' is finally over. It took ten years to bring the writing of J.K Rowling out to the screens, resulting in eight wonderful films. While there certainly have been some of them that haven't been as good as others, they all carry the magical feeling they were supposed to deliver. But it is the last two installments that really managed to capture the books in a way that goes beyond magical. And "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ends up being the absolute best Harry Potter-film, and it could not have ended better."

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Beyond magical
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