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 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   the_limited_edition_2   (Member)

Finally, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (the original) - 6/10

Gruesome, but most of it is cartoon violence. Plot-wise ... plot? Stylish popcorn movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Amelie (The Fabulous Adventures of) - 10/10

Every time I watch this I enjoy it more. So many brilliant little ideas and touches, so many well-drawn characters, and a score that hits the spot perfectly every time.

Perhaps next time I watch it I'll give it 11/10.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

San Andreas. Millions die for one family's catharsis. Also problematic: the opening rescue was more tense than any of the later shenanigans. One the earthquake hit, the characters rarely felt really injured or endangered.

But I like The Rock, and Lockington's score plays better in a theater than through my earbuds, and basically if you like disaster porn the production values here are high even if the tension isn't quite there.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Amelie (The Fabulous Adventures of) - 10/10

Every time I watch this I enjoy it more. So many brilliant little ideas and touches, so many well-drawn characters, and a score that hits the spot perfectly every time.

Perhaps next time I watch it I'll give it 11/10.


We're on the same page there, TG. Despite you being from the wrong side of the tracks (Pennines).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

LOST RIVER - 2/10

Ryan gosling's first film as writer/director. Some good actors and some nice imagery, but i felt nothing for the story and it felt very plodding. He seems to be very influenced by the Winding Refn chap, and maybe Terence Malick? Although this was at least short.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

San Andreas. Millions die for one family's catharsis. Also problematic: the opening rescue was more tense than any of the later shenanigans. One the earthquake hit, the characters rarely felt really injured or endangered.

But I like The Rock, and Lockington's score plays better in a theater than through my earbuds, and basically if you like disaster porn the production values here are high even if the tension isn't quite there.


How does it compare next to 2012?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Into the Furnace - 4/10 - good acting, but straight forward revenging.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2015 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Inside Out- 4-5

Already commented on this. Other than a few nit picks I thought this was a well crafted story with an interesting concept, complex narrative, involving characters, funny and very moving.

The only thing I didn't care for was the art design. (so I can't give it a 5 out of 5) The character designs are generic looking, and the backgrounds in the brain sequences were rather sparse and uninteresting as set pieces.

But it goes on my favorites list for sure!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2015 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

SLOW WEST 6.5/10 - Not bad. A short, quirky western, with a good cast, and a satisfying ending.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2015 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Black Sea - 7/10. Not bad.

Poltergeist (2015) 1/10 - for Sam Rockwell, who I like. This is just an awful nothing of a film. It makes scary clown dolls not scary. The music adds nothing. There's no sense of wonder or awe or fear. I felt nothing for the characters. The first shot of the film is just lousy. I hate my friend for making me watch it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2015 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Lost River 2/10 - some great imagery and good actors (Ben Mendehlson is great in everything) but didn't really do anything for me and drags like flip.

Videodrome - 8.5/10 Ace.

X-Men: The Last Stand - 3.5/10 Oh, dear. That was a lot of duff choices.

The Wolverine - 5.5/10 - Jackman is good, the setting is interesting, the story is too linear, with no twists and isn't particularly interesting . It's almost completely bloodless and would be a kids film but for one totally unnecessary eff-bomb. They always annoy me in that they're never needed and it's swearing for swearing's sake (just to get a higher rating?).






 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Tomorrowland 4.5-5

This was a total surprise and a delight. I think others have called it a flawed gem and that's how I feel about the film. I found it fun, adventurous, creative, thought provoking. I loved the interaction between the characters, and the situational humor sprinkled through out.

When I saw the previews I had no idea what to make of this film. First the teasers focused on a late teen girl as the protagonist. Then George Clooney, then the teen girl and a younger girl whom seem to have super human powers. Finally they featured a boy who was like a 12 year old "Rocketeer". What was this all about?

Now understanding the dynamics, the best way I can describe this is as an "American Doctor Who". George Cloony was like the grumpy old Doctor, the older teenage girl his sharp as nails opinionated companion (or sorts!) and the younger girl the mystery character in the center of the whole story. (Even Giacchino's score has a Murray Gold DW flare to it)

The story kept my attention as it kept unraveling and there were some outstanding effects sequences. One thing I did like about the film was that it was not non stop action. So when the effects shots kick in they have more impact than in a typical wall to wall CGI film. The pacing was more in tune with an 80's film.

But the film is flawed. The story is a mishmash of ideas that I am not sure all comes together. It gets unexpectedly "PG" violent in the middle, and the payoff at the end just wasn't strong enough and for some reason. The worse of the CGI reared it's ugly head in the final act as well.

Regardless of it's flaws I found it a highly entertaining film.

[On Soap Box]
It's criminal an inventive fun film like this gets panned by the critics and audiences, while GOTG and JW gets so much praise.
[/Off Soap Box]

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Get Hard - 1/10 - a will Ferrell film I hadn't heard of. And wish I'd never seen. Total garbage. Suffers the modern Hollywood comedy problems of a celebrity cameo, swearing passing itself off as dialogue, woeful protracted scenes of what I assume is ad-libbing, because if it was scripted they deserve a punch. Even Alison Brie can't save this and she's immense.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Glad to read your thoughts on those two movies Solium. Sounds like I might have to check out Tomorrowland after all.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2015 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Glad to read your thoughts on those two movies Solium. Sounds like I might have to check out Tomorrowland after all.

Thanks Sirusjr. For me anyway I like both films because they are more balanced than today's typical summer films which are non stop action and funny one liners. These films have a little more depth too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2015 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

SPY 2/10 - oh dear with this level of terrible dialogue Ghostbusters is doomed in the hands of this director. Melissa McCarthy is fine and also exactly the same in every film I've seen so far. Statham has never been worse. Product placemen, characters defined by swearing, and a celebrity guest star? check. No modern American comedy can live without them apparently. Woeful bilge.

 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2015 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Return to Oz

Small wonder this film bombed at the box office. Talk about a misfire. Dorothy's aunt sends her to a doctor for electric shock treatments. Oh, what joy. Even the good guys aren't any fun to be around. Not an enjoyable film to watch at all. There is some good Claymation animation but the film has little else to recommend it. I'm glad I didn't see it in a theater. Ugh. 3/10

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2015 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The Ghost Writer 2010 6/10

Great cast and performances but some of the writing and characters feels trite with the same "stalking" sequences that Polanski did better in so many of his previous movies. The Ewan McGregor character also makes so many faux pas with what information he decides to share with certain characters it's aggravating. This could have been a more meaningful political thriller, but instead it focuses too much on the mystery elements which just feel as if they were done better elsewhere, plus the outcome very predictable indeed. The score by Desplat is uneven for me, I don't like the playful passages at the start, the more dramatic material fits the movie better.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2015 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Black Sea - 7/10. Not bad.

Poltergeist (2015) 1/10 - for Sam Rockwell, who I like. This is just an awful nothing of a film. It makes scary clown dolls not scary. The music adds nothing. There's no sense of wonder or awe or fear. I felt nothing for the characters. The first shot of the film is just lousy. I hate my friend for making me watch it.


I agree about Black Sea, definitely one to revisit. And Poltergeist I actually thought was tolerable and I could get along with it just about till the girl disappears, then it derails and as you say lacks any awe or fear.

 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2015 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Return to Oz

Small wonder this film bombed at the box office. Talk about a misfire. Dorothy's aunt sends her to a doctor for electric shock treatments. Oh, what joy. Even the good guys aren't any fun to be around. Not an enjoyable film to watch at all. There is some good Claymation animation but the film has little else to recommend it. I'm glad I didn't see it in a theater. Ugh. 3/10


When the expanded score came out someone posted a link to the movie on YT. I watched a good portion of it and found it cringe worthy. Ugh, is right!

 
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