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2018 was a disappointing year for me. A lot of letdowns regarding my most anticipated movies, and not enough surprises throughout the year. 2019, on the other hand, has been quite interesting. Most blockbusters have resonated with me, and they’ve been my favorite films to watch so far (Avengers: Endgame, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Us, Glass). Additionally, original low-budget flicks have ...
Is ‘Late Night’ a perfect film? No. It could have used a few tweaks in the edit suite, and a couple more on the page. Yes, the “woman”, “women in comedy” and “woman of colour” angles are pushed and pushed hard - but then again, isn’t that what the movie is about? Nothing is too in-your-face or shoved down your throat, but you will notice it as these are things you don’t often come across in cinema (or ever). I just would have preferred if Kaling’s character had the personal ...
The Gallows Act II
It's a very low bar, but The Gallows Act II is better than its predecessor, a movie I hated. This "follow-up" gets the direct-to-video treatment and on the plus side, it drops the found footage style and goes more traditional, but otherwise the story is just as dumb. It also squandered the potential of having a consistent commentary on social media fame for some cheap scares with supernatural elements which I'm generally not a fan of. The twist ending was interesting but even thinking about it for a moment, it makes ...
When it comes to some of my more beloved action movies, a lot of detractors will say of them "Oh but it has such a bad plot", I respectfully disagree. I would argue they have **simple** plots, but that doesn't inherently mean **bad**. _Triple Threat's_ plot however, is bad. But there's not a crap fight in it from start to finish, and it's one of the better movies that I have absolutely **zero** intention of ever revisiting that I've seen recently.
Isn't It Romantic
I like the "trapped inside a movie/tv show" concept. I've seen it done better elsewhere, but it's still pretty good here. And I very much enjoyed the way it plays out at the end. Actually I think the last time I was this warm on a romcom, it was _When We First Met_. Another Netflix original that I liked for virtually identical reasons.. ...
So-so thriller, that could've been straight out of the 90s, features some decent performances, particularly Octavia Spencer and Diana Silvers. Nothing special and outside of the language and sexual content, kind of feels like something that would be on the Lifetime Movies network or something. Probably worth a rental, not much more. **2.5/5**
This movie shows the work of growing filmmakers who are clearly only getting started - ‘Freaks’ might not be a perfect film, but it’s one that plays with a couple of themes ahead of the curve while still subverting the norm in the process.
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Reign of the Supermen
The voice cast is solid, and _Reign of the Supermen_ works well as a sequel to last year's _The Death of Superman_, but it is not one of the various DC Animated universes' truly great entries. At least it wasn't another re-do of a story they've already done.
_Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
As the credits began to roll on ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, I was practically incapable of moving or speaking. Every time I didn’t think the film could possibly get any better, Céline Sciamma elevated it to even greater, more incomprehensible heights, culminating in one of the most extraordinary moments in 21st-century cinema. This is a rare and precious film, breathtaking in its craft and intensely honest in its passions. This is a film that aches, that longs, that dances in ecstasy and raises its hands to the sky, angelic ...
While ‘The Gentlemen’ is a big step forward from Ritchie’s latest films, it’s not the return to form fans may be hoping for. That said, there is still fun to be had here, and it may work better at home than a cinematic experience.
- Chris dos
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‘Official Secrets’ is an odd duck of a film. As much as it never quite finds its groove, it’s still an often thrilling and genuinely entertaining film, profiling an important figure in the movement against the Iraq War. Even after all this time, it’s still a shock to realise how thoroughly we were lied to, and a film like ‘Official Secrets’ - even with its flaws - at least makes sure that we’re reminded of those lies for the future. It’s just a pity the film itself never finds the energy ...
Angel Has Fallen
Some decent action, especially the one in the explosions in the forest, but the CGI was bad (I understand they wanted to keep the budget low, but they seem to overextend themselves) and the plot and in particular villains were predictable; I knew one of them and at least didn't string it out before the reveal, but the second one was too obvious and the motives had shades of Murder at 1600 which came out 22 years ago. But still like Gerard Butler, even though he seems to be getting... um ...
The Addams Family
This movie is yet another bland, boring animated kids film. It isn’t terribly insulting to the Addams legacy because it feels so far removed from it. Its plot is just a mess, and has very forced messages of being yourself that come out of left field in the film's climax - and of course, we can’t just have the Addams theme song, we have to have the urban gangster version of it by adding Snoop Dogg. Don’t waste your time; just show your kids the 90s films.
- Chris dos
The Wandering Earth
I just watched this on Netflix. I did not have any expectations going into it. It was not very good, unfortunately.
Main reasons were that 8t was over-the-top from start to finish. Epic scene after epic scene without much supporting context. I think it can work in some cases but I dknt think it did here. You barely get a feel for the main characters, let alone the 20 supporting cast members, in this 2 ...
Pain and Glory
If you were to tell me that ‘Pain and Glory’ was Pedro Almodóvar’s final film, I would be inclined to believe you. Rarely has the act of looking back on one's past been so vividly and honestly depicted, and so richly and emotionally satisfying. You can feel the need for this film to exist in every frame, a need to understand and reflect and celebrate and mourn. It is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads, entering the last act of their lives, looking back at what they have created ...
In the Tall Grass
“In the Tall Grass” is a Netflix film based on a short story/novella written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. A little disclosure that I have not read the original story, so I can’t attest as to how faithful this film is, so I’ll be looking at the movie on its own merits, as few as they may be ...
3 from Hell
Whether the ultimate failure of ‘3 From Hell’ lies in a troubled production or creative exhaustion on the part of Rob Zombie, this shambling revenant of a film is something that might only be appreciated by the most indiscriminate midnight-movie crowd and diehard fans of the series.
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This is a bit of a strange movie. Part of it feels like a pretty good, dark and gritty thriller, part of it feels like a wannabe Tarantino movie and part of it feels like a comedy. Overall I would classify it as a B-movie but a pretty good B-movie. As strange as the movie is I have to say that I liked it ...
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I'm not the biggest fan of straight-up romantic comedies (rom-coms). I don't think I absolutely love a film from this genre, and if I do, it probably doesn't solely belong to the rom-com's list (they could also be musicals, dramas, etc). Most of the times, I appreciate them enough to feel fulfilled. Very rarely, I feel totally disappointed or with a hate feeling ...
For the literary fans of JRR Tolkien, this film will serve as a very exciting chapter of your fandom; when you get to see a character called Sam you'll be sure to gasp with glee - and let me assure you they really emphasise his name, along with a myriad of other moments just like it. You can’t miss them. They know who this movie is for, because it sure as hell won't be appealing to anyone else.