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You know what to do. [B]Sicario[/B] [B]Breakdown[/B] Denis Villeneuve's cartel crime thriller doesn't miss with tension that leaves you shaking throughout the film. His stunning direction on the city of Juarez is accompanied with one of the best cinematography and musical scores. This film is available free for Amazon Prime members (prob USA) in Amazon Videos. [B]Good[/B] - The casting and acting. - A lot of shots are really fantastic and shows the grit and beauty that lies around the Mexican border. - The musical score helps bring up the tension. - A ton of great scenes that cuts deep into your nerve like a tiny shock. Much like Blade Runner 2047, Arrival, and Dunkirk, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. [B]Bad[/B] - Ehh, can't find any yet.
[B]10 Cloverfield Lane - 7/10[/B] Oh dear God, I didn't know John Goodman could be this fucking creepy while also being understandably so. The difference between this and something like The Cloverfield Paradox is that while both quite obviously weren't written with a Cloverfield connection in mind, it's still a good film without them. The Cloverfield Paradox is a bad, poorly written, not that well acted space horror movie. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a good, creepy isolation horror movie with some really good performances. My only problem is that the pacing feels a bit fucked. Most of the movie is really slow until the last 20 minutes when EVERYTHING happens all of a sudden. This didn't need be 1h45 long, you probably could've shaved off 20 minutes or so without losing much.
[QUOTE=Sir Whoopsalot;53123790][B]10 Cloverfield Lane - 7/10[/B] Oh dear God, I didn't know John Goodman could be this fucking creepy while also being understandably so. The difference between this and something like The Cloverfield Paradox is that while both quite obviously weren't written with a Cloverfield connection in mind, it's still a good film without them. The Cloverfield Paradox is a bad, poorly written, not that well acted space horror movie. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a good, creepy isolation horror movie with some really good performances. My only problem is that the pacing feels a bit fucked. Most of the movie is really slow until the last 20 minutes when EVERYTHING happens all of a sudden. This didn't need be 1h45 long, you probably could've shaved off 20 minutes or so without losing much.[/QUOTE] The last 20 minutes are the recuts to try and connect it to the Cloverfield universe. It's a damned shame that it makes the movie feel like such a slap in the face after having so much wonderful build up.
Black dynamite A good hour and 10 minutes of fun, a good fun movie to watch when all you want to do is turn off your brain for a bit.
[QUOTE=MosIPos;53123796]The last 20 minutes are the recuts to try and connect it to the Cloverfield universe. It's a damned shame that it makes the movie feel like such a slap in the face after having so much wonderful build up.[/QUOTE] This is false. That was always the original ending to the movie. The only things added to the film were the slusho sign in the gas station window and the shot of the mailbox near the end. I find it funny that you always hear people complain when a film hypes something up but then doesn't follow through with it, but then 10CL does follow through with it and people still complain.
[QUOTE=Scot;53123859]This is false. That was always the original ending to the movie. The only things added to the film were the slusho sign in the gas station window and the shot of the mailbox near the end. I find it funny that you always hear people complain when a film hypes something up but then doesn't follow through with it, but then 10CL does follow through with it and people still complain.[/QUOTE] Truly? I was under the impression that it was a reshoot. It's what I've heard from many directions, because for the themes of the film it doesn't seem to make any sense and it just goes wildly off key with the tone. That's kind of even more upsetting, they never really knew what they were doing, or what a nugget of gold they had. [url]http://collider.com/10-cloverfield-lane-ending-original/[/url] Here we are, it was changed. Not because of the Cloverfield franchise though. I get the impression the original ending is more tonally fitting for the film.
[QUOTE=MosIPos;53123891]Truly? I was under the impression that it was a reshoot. It's what I've heard from many directions, because for the themes of the film it doesn't seem to make any sense and it just goes wildly off key with the tone. That's kind of even more upsetting, they never really knew what they were doing, or what a nugget of gold they had. [URL]http://collider.com/10-cloverfield-lane-ending-original/[/URL] Here we are, it was changed. Not because of the Cloverfield franchise though. I get the impression the original ending is more tonally fitting for the film.[/QUOTE] The original ending before it was rewritten involved a halloween esque chase between Michelle and Harold. We already have that in the bunker.
[QUOTE=Scot;53123986]The original ending before it was rewritten involved a halloween esque chase between Michelle and Harold. We already have that in the bunker.[/QUOTE] I imagine it would've been moved outside instead of being inside. With the inside bunker chase intact, you could've still kept the rest of the original ending without the ridiculous action sequence that demolishes the tone of the rest of the film. Just my opinion of it.
[b]A Stupid and Futile Gesture[/b] [url]http://whiteguywithnetflix.blogspot.com/2018/02/review-stupid-and-futile-gesture.html[/url] I fucking loved this movie. Reminded me a lot of American Splendor in terms of presentation. I see a lot of one-star Reviews from people who saw "National Lampoon" and assumed it would be a comedy like Animal House; it's [i]not[/I] a comedy. It's a drama [I]about[/I] comedy. Definitely one of those bittersweet movies that'll leave you feeling both uplifted and depressed at the same time, especially if you're a creative type who's ever wondered if their work truly even matters. Also all the behind-the-scenes stuff with the original cast of SNL and Animal House and all that is mad interesting, I never knew that [sp]everyone who made Caddyshack fucking hated it[/sp]. [B]The Cloverfield Paradox[/B] [url]http://whiteguywithnetflix.blogspot.com/2018/02/review-cloverfield-paradox.html[/url] I feel like such a fucking sucker. 10 Cloverfield Lane was my favorite movie of 2016, so I was naturally excited to see another entry in this anthology series. Only it's not an anthology series. It's a sequel/prequel/sidequel to the original Cloverfield. Except maybe it's not. They revealed that JJ Abrams decided it should be a Cloverfield midway through filming, so they shoehorned in extra scenes with [sp]the husband to tie it closer[/sp]. At least with 10 Cloverfield Lane they only changed the title and a few background details, it was still a standalone film. This is just a cheap gimmick of a movie, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Also the dude from The IT Crowd is HORRIBLY miscast and they completely waste Daniel Bruhl. The main lady is quite good though. This is the latest addition to the list of movies where [sp]I've said "oh FUCK youuuuuuu" out-loud to my TV at the final shot[/sp].
[QUOTE=MosIPos;53124014]I imagine it would've been moved outside instead of being inside. With the inside bunker chase intact, you could've still kept the rest of the original ending without the ridiculous action sequence that demolishes the tone of the rest of the film. Just my opinion of it.[/QUOTE] I'm not of the opinion that an ending can ruin a film. I think 10CL is great.
[QUOTE=Scot;53124024]I'm not of the opinion that an ending can ruin a film. I think 10CL is great.[/QUOTE] Nor am I, nor do I think I said it ever did. I do however think it is a serious weakpoint and it does affect my overall opinion of the film, as it is a part of it.
I was never really bothered by it that much, but I can totally sympathize with people who didn't like it to the point that it just ruined the film for them. In any other situation I'd call BS, but that was a JARRING change in tone and content.
[QUOTE=MosIPos;53124014]I imagine it would've been moved outside instead of being inside. With the inside bunker chase intact, you could've still kept the rest of the original ending without the ridiculous action sequence that demolishes the tone of the rest of the film. Just my opinion of it.[/QUOTE] This is basically a carbon copy of a post I made in another thread, but when I first saw that scene, I thought they were just [sp]having some dumb fun with some dumb tropes. Not that the self-awareness made it any less dumb, it's more like that difference between laughing AT the movie or WITH the movie (think Sam Raimi, kinda) Now it turns out the scene wasn't originally intended at all, but I still get vibes of self-awareness, like they made it ridiculous on purpose but that's probably just me lying to myself. Maybe I'm trying to make a movie I already think is out of this world seem even better, which I guess is probably not necessary[/sp] [QUOTE=MosIPos;53124030]Nor am I, nor do I think I said it ever did. I do however think it is a serious weakpoint and it does affect my overall opinion of the film, as it is a part of it.[/QUOTE] It depends on the ending, doesn't it? [sp]You can literally turn off 10 Cloverfield Lane as she spots the ships on the horizon, and the film you were just given is completely untouched by the ending.[/sp] It's only a part of the movie's running time, but completely inconsequential to the actual cinematic experience the authors intended. Enjoy it, or don't enjoy it, in whatever way you want, it's up to you lol. If it makes my experience worse and is something I can easily detach from the rest of the film, I don't have to consider it a part of the movie [I]at all[/I]
[QUOTE=Zukriuchen;53124082]It depends on the ending, doesn't it? [sp]You can literally turn off 10 Cloverfield Lane as she spots the ships on the horizon, and the film you were just given is completely untouched by the ending.[/sp] It's only a part of the movie's running time, but completely inconsequential to the actual cinematic experience the authors intended. Enjoy it, or don't enjoy it, in whatever way you want, it's up to you lol. If it makes my experience worse and is something I can easily detach from the rest of the film, I don't have to consider it a part of the movie [I]at all[/I][/QUOTE] We watch films differently, then. I judge a movie as a whole, all the bits and pieces included, when I make an overall opinion about it. There may be things I really like in a film that I overall dislike, because the bad stuff far outweighs the few good things. Or vice versa. But straight up disregarding an entire part of a film and saying it wasn't part of the movie, so that I can like it more, seems pretty strange to me.
[QUOTE=MosIPos;53124132]We watch films differently, then. I judge a movie as a whole, all the bits and pieces included, when I make an overall opinion about it. There may be things I really like in a film that I overall dislike, because the bad stuff far outweighs the few good things. Or vice versa. But straight up disregarding an entire part of a film and saying it wasn't part of the movie, so that I can like it more, seems pretty strange to me.[/QUOTE] i'm about to get pretentious as fuck now but please, bear with me Art is all about the viewer. A painting has no inherent worth, it only has value when someone is looking at it and giving it value. And if my enjoyment of 10 Cloverfield Lane is all that matters (to me), I can dictate some things about it. Not everything, though: even if I tell myself to do it, I can't see Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an Indian man named Godfrey. Just like I can't enjoy Transformers as a masterfully ironic work of art, even if I tell myself that's what it is, because every instinct I have is telling me that's not what I'm looking at. Maybe you can't consider 10 Cloverfield Lane without its ending either, even if you tell yourself to do it, because it's already imprinted itself in the back of your mind as a part of the full picture. But I can easily imagine a script that doesn't have those scenes. I can literally [I]make[/I] that script by tearing the last few pages off. The ending is nothing more than a contractual obligation, and the filmmakers had the foresight to separate it as much as possible from the story they wanted to tell. Maybe they could have tried harder to reconcile the art and business sides of cinema, and provided a scene that was both action-packed, like the producers probably demanded, and as smart as the rest of the movie. They didn't, but I can't be bothered to be upset by it when they already gave us such a pristine movie
[QUOTE=Zukriuchen;53124236]i'm about to get pretentious as fuck now but please, bear with me Art is all about the viewer. A painting has no inherent worth, it only has value when someone is looking at it and giving it value. And if my enjoyment of 10 Cloverfield Lane is all that matters (to me), I can dictate some things about it. Not everything, though: even if I tell myself to do it, I can't see Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an Indian man named Godfrey. Just like I can't enjoy Transformers as a masterfully ironic work of art, even if I tell myself that's what it is, because every instinct I have is telling me that's not what I'm looking at. Maybe you can't consider 10 Cloverfield Lane without its ending either, even if you tell yourself to do it, because it's already imprinted itself in the back of your mind as a part of the full picture. But I can easily imagine a script that doesn't have those scenes. I can literally [I]make[/I] that script by tearing the last few pages off. The ending is nothing more than a contractual obligation, and the filmmakers had the foresight to separate it as much as possible from the story they wanted to tell. Maybe they could have tried harder to reconcile the art and business sides of cinema, and provided a scene that was both action-packed, like the producers probably demanded, and as smart as the rest of the movie. They didn't, but I can't be bothered to be upset by it when they already gave us such a pristine movie[/QUOTE] That's a remarkably healthy way to look at it, I'd say. I can easily imagine a better ending for the film, but that is what leads me to say "It would have been better if" rather than just pretend it never happened and say the film was perfect. That is not quite what you're saying, of course, but I hope you understand my stance. I do understand yours. I'm very fond of critically examining movies, does it show?
Thor Ragnarok - 7/10 Was enjoyable but like every Marvel and Disney film just doesn't have any meat, just potatoes. And this was the second time after The Last Jedi where the Disney humor really pissed me off. The whole little gag at the beginning [sp]with him spinning around in the chains[/sp] like fuck off with that shit.
Paddington 2- 8.5/10 W O W. I really didn't expect it to be this good, even given the hype. Go support this fucking adorable and entertaining movie.
[B]Wind River[/B] (Taylor Sheridan, 2017) 6.5/10 It's true, Jeremy Renner is fantastic in this one. Great cinematography, pretty good soundtrack, but I wasn't bothered by the lackluster story as far as the investigation is concerned (they pretty much don't even really have to look for clues, they get to the bottom of it pretty effortlessly). Also I didn't like the FBI agent's character, I originally didn't sympathize with her at all. It's still a nice thriller, it pulls its thing off well enough. But it also severely lacks in surprises.
10CL's ending is fine in principle but it's just a little bit too over the top in execution (e.g. [sp]blowing up the alien spaceship with a Molotov cocktail[/sp]).
[b]Turbo Kid[/b] (François Simard - 2015) 9/10 Just finished watching this after randomly watching a review of it on Half in the Bag and remembering "oh yeah that kooky Mad Max looking film with BMX bikes". I had a smile on my face almost the whole time watching it. The over the top gory practical effects, synth soundtrack, cheesy acting and overall atmosphere, you can tell this was a passion project with a lot of heart put into it. The best way I can describe it is a Saturday morning Cartoon version of the Road Warrior. I loved all the characters, especially Micheal Ironside who hammed it up and I could tell was having a blast with his performance. Also I love the fact that in this Nuclear future of 1997, everyone is on Bicycles. It's not a movie for the average viewer and you have to have a certain level of appreciation for what it emulates and the kind of television, and media it harkens back to. But it's by no means the kind of movie that just throws a bunch of pop culture references in your face. it's a little bit smarter than that. Again, it's more along the lines of all those Z-grade films from the early 80s that tried to cash in on the Mad Max films, combined with some echoes of Cartoons like He-Man, Thundercats etc. Its easy to make the comparison to Kung Fury, but Turbo Kid has a more cohesive story whereas Kung Fury was just dumb fun.
Turbo Kid is like Kung Fury if Kung Fury wasn't utter trash.
[QUOTE=BanthaFodder;53125564]Turbo Kid is like Kung Fury if Kung Fury wasn't utter trash.[/QUOTE] Kung Fury isn't trash, it's just trying harder to go with the whole "Look, it's the 80's!" vibe, which can come off as a bit more annoying.
Everyone loved the fuck out of Kung Fury when it came out and a few weeks later, everyone was like "man, that shit is so try hard and unfunny". It almost sounds familiar.
[QUOTE=Loadingue;53125987]Everyone loved the fuck out of Kung Fury when it came out and a few weeks later, everyone was like "man, that shit is so try hard and unfunny". It almost sounds familiar.[/QUOTE] Welcome to facepunch opinions in a nutshell
Hear me out, but maybe it was some people saying they liked it and different people saying they didn't
I admire how the filmmakers made something that looked so stylish entirely off of a crowd-funded budget, like clearly the passion was there, but everything else about it was the most surface-level "DUDE LE 80'S LMAO" shit ever. Like, it didn't have to be high art or anything, but it was just totally braindead. It wasn't even good at being stupid funny, yunno? It was like it was TRYING to be "so bad it's good" but it wasn't even good enough to qualify as that. Also they stole a bunch of jokes from Danger 5.
[B]Brawl in Cell Block 99[/B] I don't really know what to rate this movie. This was a grim and brutal movie. I guess the one thing I can say to people who are curious about it, is this: If you've seen Bone Tomahawk and liked that movie- You'll like Brawl in Cell Block 99. Same director and same style. A definite cult movie. It was a slow burn but its around half way into the movie there's an escalation yet very unvarnished brutality to the movie. Vince Vaughns performance was great it definitely carried the film. I don't think I've ever seen a performance like this out of him. [editline]12th February 2018[/editline] I recommend this movie but its not one at all for the faint hearted.
[QUOTE=Loadingue;53125987]Everyone loved the fuck out of Kung Fury when it came out and a few weeks later, everyone was like "man, that shit is so try hard and unfunny". It almost sounds familiar.[/QUOTE] hello, consistent rusty here, ive been saying its garbage from day 1
Went out with the gf for an early Valentines Day movie date. So I saw Phantom Thread again. First time for her. [B] 10/10 [/B] Tied for the best movie of the year with Three Billboards except Phantom Thread pays a bit more attention to the details. Again, flawless acting from everyone. Not a single performance that was anything less than outstanding. It's not playing everywhere, but if you have the chance to see it, don't be a fool and skip out on it. It really is engaging from start to finish. Girlfriend loved it too and she thought it might not be her thing. Just pre-ordered it on blu-ray before typing this and I can't wait to see it again.
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