Tonight I saw “Bad Times at the El Royale” and I needed a few hours to think about this film before I wrote this review. There is no reason that I should not have liked this film: the direction was great, I liked all the characters, the music was awesome (probably the best part of the movie), the set design was beautiful, the cinematography was flawless and the plot was interesting enough but as I was watching it I was bored and almost fell asleep and just never got fully invested in it. There is no reason that I should not have loved this movie, all the elements for a great movie are there and I needed time to figure out what my problems with it were.
The conclusion I came to was: first, It’s too long. A half hour needed to be cut from this film. I think I would have liked it much more if it just moved faster. Second, if this was the first ensemble cast film with intersecting plot-lines I had seen then I might have been really intrigued by it but I have seen a lot of films done like this before, mainly any Tarantino movie ever. There was nothing in this film that made it unique. There wasn’t unique humor or witty dialogue. There wasn’t interesting violence. It honestly felt like a very tame, polished Tarantino film. There is a lot to like about this film and I didn’t mind watching it but I doubt I will ever watch it again. If I was younger and hadn’t seen a Tarantino film I would probably love this movie. The thing is this film didn’t push any boundaries, it didn’t challenge its audience, it felt very by the books. I see a lot of movies, maybe to many and this just isn’t one I’m going to remember even though I actually liked it.
I’m not going to tell anyone not to see this movie. It is fine. It’s actually better than fine, it is very well made. This is a well directed and well acted film but it didn’t push any boundaries or make itself memorable and for that reason I found it very hard to get into this film. .
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Blake Lively stars as a young woman in Mexico who finds an ideal surfing spot. Her dead mother’s favorite spot to surf. As Nancy Mrs. Lively is a sturdy person I was surprised she was so intelligent about the ocean. I’d assume most of us wouldn’t last but less than seconds against the Beast.
The Beast being a massive shark. I’d only come to The Shallows from Mrs. Lively’s work in Simple Favor, this film recommended to me to see. From 2016, in film that’s a lifetime.
As Nancy plays nice, nice to 2 dude surfers out upon the waters nothing of import happens much, I was less than thrilled with the film, as Nancy and the ‘boys’ catch the waves, you’ve seen one wave, you’ve seen them all.
Nancy even takes a nap before returning late to surf again, she even gets a call from home where we learn that her mother died, of cancer and her father is upset because she gave up a promising doctor’s career to meander, mostly because of her mother, that would be the excuse, I’d say.
When Nancy finally drops anchor again, I was like, what is this? Then the two men come to shore and leave, it’s getting late but Nancy says the ole ‘one more wave’. It’s at that time that the film finally gets going. Nancy has an encounter with some dolphins and discovers a dead whale! All I was thinking is go to shore, since such flesh would involve many sharks, but it turns out to be just one Big one.
I’d just reviewed THE MEG but this was a real shark at least as big as JAWS.
Nancy gets safety from a small reef 20 yards from shore, and I’ll stop there.
7.5 Out Of 10
Blake Lively is very good as this intelligent young woman against a massive shark. I loved the ending and am pleased to have found this film that I’d never known existed. A nice little thriller.
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Paddington: 8/10. I didn't grow to with Paddington Bear, so I felt no nostalgia towards this movie. I actually thought it looked lame, so I skipped it in theaters. I was wrong. This movie is delightful and charming. You will love Paddington by the end. If you want a family movie, watch this one first. #boydreviews #moviecritic #movienight #paddington
With terrific performances from Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, 'Beautiful Boy' is an earnest and harrowing portrayal of a crisis gripping so, so many. Check out my full ★★★1/2☆☆ review at the link in my bio!
Directed by - Bo Burnham
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton
IMDb - 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes - 99%
Eighth Grade is a film following Kayla, a shy eighth grader that finishes her last week of middle school. To start off I had big expectations for this film, it was even on my top 10 most anticipated film of 2017 but after watching it this week, it extremely disappointed me. I found the film to be pointless, dull, and boring with no good story to tell. The whole story focus on Kayla but there's no character development at all which makes the film end almost exactly how it started. The film is directed by Bo Burnham and stars Elsie Fisher in the leading role. Bo Burnham does an okay job but you can easily notice that this is his directorial debut. With most directorial debuts in the past few years (Gerwig, Cooper, Hill) they've more than exceeded my expectations and made films that look like they've been directors for years but Bo Burnham creates a film that feels too amateur. The cinematography is ok, the production and costume design is very good and the editing is very good. Easily the best part of this film is actually the screenplay. The screenplay is extremely well written and adds much needed humanity. The film stars Elsie Fisher in the leading role and she delivers a very good performance for her age. The rest of the cast is good but mostly only have minor parts. Therefore, Eighth Grade is a film that has some good technical elements but the plot sadly lacks.
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A STAR IS BORN (2018)
Being one of the most anticipated movies of the year, A Star is Born doesn’t fail to fulfill its audience including movie critics, Lady Gaga fans and general moviegoers. Every scene is masterfully crafted by Bradley Cooper, who directed, co-wrote the script and music, co-produced and acted in this modern-day remake. Despite few minor holes in the script and character development, the movie is a big success. Emotional and heartfelt performance by Lady Gaga, who is no stranger to being an outsider in music industry in her early days, embodies her character Ally with ease and authenticity, which might land her on an Academy Award nomination.
Bradley Cooper, on the other hand, delivers an Oscar-worthy performance by capturing all the nuances of his role, including impressive vocals and on-point accent. This man is the true star of the film
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Movie Name : Adrift
“Most of part of Adrift Shailene Woodley is alone which is a good thing since her chemistry with on-screen lead Claflin is cold. Adrift is marketed as a love story but it’s a survival story as well. Every element is so solid for Adrift.”
SharpRatings: 7 - #good
Based on true events where the newly engaged couple gets lost on the sea after hitting a hurricane. #Adrift
is well-made and to the point love story but basically, it's about survival. Tami (#ShaileneWoodley
) and Richard (#SamClaflin
) are our two lovebirds who are tested after their sailing goes wrong. While the film focuses on Shailene Woodley as female lead however it’s not as impactful performance as you would think a survival movie requires. Woodley mostly takes time explaining and continuing her poor chemistry with Sam Claflin. Who himself takes a very singular performance. While those things don’t matter because the movie is pretty interesting, it easily and smoothly entangles you and keeps you interested throughout the movie. You can use to the weak chemistry and deadpan performances. The screenplay entwining past and present keeps the interest in the film until the very end with an unexpected plot point. The direction and the special effects are magnificent, giving the sensation that the sailing ship is crossing a storm indeed. The camera work is also impressive shooting in small spaces with the perfect edition. Adrift is largely told with flashbacks as both event and relationship is developed over these scenes. Overall Adrift is a fun movie, there is nothing much to talk about since the dialogues are pretty tamed and I already talked about cold performances. However amid that Adrift comes out very interesting and entertaining, it goes by rather quickly which for me is a good sign on what a movie should do if it's decent and this go by quickly.
Poor lead chemistry. Not as impactful performances as you would expect.
The new #Halloweenmovie
is a tour-de-force, deftly balancing homage with fresh material. Everything that made the first great and more. Delves into issues of trauma and history, while also being fun as hell. Highly recommended.
This slasher cuts strokes of originality straight out of the 1978 film, with a classic style that feels as vintage as the villain itself.
'Halloween' (2018) is a slasher film by comedy director David Gordon Green – it continues the story of Michael Myers, a renowned serial murderer that continues his spree in the modern world, as he finally confronts Laurie, "the girl who got away” in the original 'Halloween' (1978), played by actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
Much like John Carpenters original 'Halloween' (1978), director David Gordon Green attempts to honour Carpenters genre defining slasher concept in its purest form. Slashers are designed to be classic popcorn fun, the jump scares and slow walking murderer are all part of the horror experience, and that is exactly what we're given. Director David Gordon Green shows a clear devotion to this genre and to what 'Halloween' is supposed to represent as a film and as a story. There is careful attention made toward building Michael Myers as a force to be reckoned with, as something soulless, evil, without remorse - his towering stature and almost robotic presence exudes a sense of strength and mercilessness. However, the film also attempts to build on the psychology of Michael Myers as if it was something fascinating, something to be studied, when it is anything but interesting, this attempt at exploring his psyche felt underdeveloped at best. And while this film satisfies horror fans with a taste for gore and axe-murderers, not all in this classic horror is popcorn fun, some of its flaws are reborn, specifically the poor character writing for all of its cast. The idiocy of its characters is hard to ignore, from the outrageously illogical decision-making, to the immersion breaking ineptitude of its lead protagonist. 'Halloween' simply fails to adapt in character building, keeping on its old mask and never trying on a new one, the narrow eyeholes of its mask impair its vision and prevent it going from fun to great. Characters aren’t required to be fools for the plot to be enjoyable or the villain to be menacing.
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Movie Review Time from today:
Bad Times at the El Royale-
This movie intrigued me from the start; I was looking forward to this....and it was a major letdown. The movie was too long and the beginning was very, very slow and boring. The dialogue was terrible and dragged. I didn’t like the character development until the very end of the movie.
This movie was confusing too...slingshot forward and slingshot backwards...”management” was never defined...and unclear...and the fact that this Motel was bordering California and Nevada was fairly unimportant until the very end...Jon Hamm’s character background was unclear; his sole mission that is was unclear...it was quite boring and honestly put Tara and I to sleep 😴...the ending was where and when ALL of the action, violence and good stuff occurred...but an awesome ending, doesn’t save a boring ass movie of over two hours long....Thriller/Mystery or not...I was not impressed and this movie is not #Buyable
and I’d #Redbox
it instead... #ChrisHemsworth
, his character was crazy....well played psycho. #JeffBridges
played a very interesting character...”Priest.” And of course, #DakotaJohnson
was good as well...I liked her character.
It was a very poor 4 and a half on my 10 scale.😳🙄🤭
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The movie that has defined what a slasher film is to this very day. And on Friday, October 19th, 2018. The true sequel will be released of this classic film. Halloween is a 1978 American slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film tells the story of serial killer Michael Myers as he stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night. The film predominately focuses on Michael who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist, Samuel Loomis. Michael stalks Laurie Strode and her friends as they babysit. Halloween is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest horror films of all time. Everything done in this movie still look good in 2018. The tension, plot, characters, performances, visuals, cinematography were all done right. Whenever you’re watching a scene, you can sense that Michael is there, just stalking his victims. Waiting for the opportunity to strike. Another factor that makes this film great is the fact that its directed by John Carpenter. John Carpenter is considered one of the most influential directors of all time. He’s made countless films such as They Live, The Thing, Escape from New York, and more. His style to have a continuous tracking shot instead of using different shots from different angles is very pleasing an d investing to the eyes. You will be able to see the film in a unique way. Some shots in the film may seem like they used different shots, but no. it’s just one tracking shot the whole way through. This film also gave us one of the best actresses of all time and the original scream queen. Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis was a rising star before Halloween. But this film sent her career to the next level. And, this film gave us one the greatest film scores of all time. No matter if you’ve seen this movie or not, you know the theme song. When Halloween released on October 25th, 1978, its budget was $300K-$325K. Below.
MOVIE NIGHT (16.10.18)
M. Night Shyamalan's Signs staring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
Now this being my forth film I've seen from Shyamalan, by previous films The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Split. This film has truly some hidden messages to its story and how these messages connect to this big and in depth story. With some decent performances, fantastic filmmaking and having its appropriate moments serious and kind of humour moments. This is one of those films where you would need to watch with no distraction, just don't expect an actual horror film, theirs a lot more to it then you would expect in the end. •
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I was so excited to see this one. I LOVED the first half. They way each character was introduced. The way you were being shown their individual secrets. The vibe of the run down motel and the dialog was so fun to watch and listen to. Every character had an interesting story. #jonhamm #jeffbridges #dakotajohnson #chrishemsworth
to name a few. I was captivated. Then after everyone had been introduced and about a third into the movie I started to wonder why I cared anymore. The plot just didn’t seem to be heading anywhere anymore and I a little bit checked out. See what I did there? Lol. But it was still worth a watch and there were some great scenes I will remember. Loved the colors and decor of the hotel itself and the way it and the characters were shot. Just dragged on a bit without much direction after all. Comment if u see it. #badtimesattheelroyale #drewgoddard #movie #moviebuff #moviecritic #moviereview #movierating #rating #review #critic #film #cinema #thumbsup
Grab your popcorn & let’s review the movie ‘To All The Boys I’ve loved Before . . What happens if your love letters to all the crush & secret admires you’ve ever had gets sent out to them by some one else, what will you do ? .
The movie is an adaption from the popular novel by New York Times best selling Author Jenny Han who writes in a lovely& unique way by the way . I enjoyed reading the book after watching the movie . .
It’s a teenage romance of a simple story between Lara Jean covey & Peter Kavinsky ( I like the sound of his last name )
It is not mushy just simple and relate able , story line has been played out in other movies so nothing surprising here but the characters & conversations makes it different & a must watch .
The chemistry between the lead character is well played, believable & enviable 😄
Setting, locations, costumes & styling on check. They look the part .
This movie has the ability to make you laugh, smile & Forget troubles .
After the deliver of the letters a new twist evolves which gets played out nicely . . One of the best scenes in it ? The kissing scene 😄 so everything 💕👄
I didn’t plan to see it the first time I did but since then I have since it more than twice ...
Genre ; Drama & romance . Have you seen it ? #netflixmovies #netflixandchill #toalltheboysivelovedbefore #moviereview #latenightgist #moviereview #moviecritic
Today, Steve saw Bad Times at the El Royal. "From frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Drew Goddard, of Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield and Daredevil fame, comes this little October treat. The script and tone really seem to embody Tarantino, with some serious Hateful 8 vibes throughout. Unlike Tarantino though, the script doesn't really pop with his brand of snappy dialogue. It tries but doesn't always succeed. It starts well, luring you in with intrigue but has a hard time keeping that intrigue going. There are a few twists and turns to keep things on there feet but it really starts to get going, amping up the tension towards the end. The cast are the real standouts here, even if Jon Hamm is a little wasted but Chris Hemsworth ups the creep factor big time. All in all, I'm sure I'll enjoy it more on repeat viewings but definitely check it out." #popculturechasers #popculture #2018 #2018moviess #movies #moviereview #moviereviewer #film #filmreview #filmreviewer #moviecritic #filmfan #lovemovies #moviebuff #filmgeek #cinephile #cinema #review #badtimesattheelroyale #drewgoddard #jeffbridges #chrishemsworth #jonhamm #tarintino #thriller #snappy
A STAR IS BORN
Basın özel gösterimi bugün Levent Kanyon Avm’de gerçekleştirilen; Venedik Film Festivali’nde büyük övgü alan, ülkemizde Film Ekimi’nin açılış filmi olan ‘A Star Is Born (Bir Yıldız Doğuyor)’un yönetmen koltuğunda oturan Bradley Cooper; aynı zamanda başrolde..
Bir yandan şarkı sözleri yazıp besteler yaparken, diğer yandan garsonluk yaparak hayatını kazanan genç kızın, karşılaştığı tesadüfler sayesinde başlayan, star olma yolundaki yolculuğunu beyaz perdeye aktaran film; izleyiciyi iliklere kadar işleyecek bir aşk hikayesine şahit ederken; bir yıldızın doğumunun, bir diğer yıldızın ise yok oluşunun tablosunu çiziyor..
İlk kez kamera arkasına geçmesine rağmen; duygusal atmosferi fevkalade kurgulamayı başaran, yakın planlarda ve kullandığı açılardaki profesyonelliği ile duyguyu kuvvetli bir şekilde hissettirmeyi başaran Cooper; renk ve ışık kullanımıyla, bizzat seslendirdiği şarkılardaki performansıyla, müzik kullanımıyla da son derece usta işi bir film ortaya koymayı başarıyor..
Oyunculuk performanslarıyla en iyi erkek ve en iyi kadın oyuncu oscarlarına aday olmalarına kesin gözüyle baktığımız Bradley Cooper ve Lady Gaga’nın başrolleri paylaştığı, aynı zamanda müzikal performanslarıyla da izleyenleri büyüledikleri A Star Is Born; hem göze hem kulağa hem de ruha hitap eden bir aşk hikayesi..
Draws the picture of the birth of a star and the disappearance of another star; a film that addresses both the eye and the ear and the soul..
Yönetmen: Bradley Cooper
Senaryo: Eric Roth
Oyuncular: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
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Rated PARR Recommendation 🍿👍🏻
There are many Bill Murray films, but this one is mine. Lost in Translation continues to blow me away every time I view it. The style, The cinematography, the music, the story, the acting, this is the definition of an indie darling. 🍿
Bill Murray gives the best performance of his career while also introducing one of the most powerful actresses in the biz Scarlett Jo. There have been many comedic actors who have transitioned to drama but this was a first for Murray and was done so effortlessly while still maintaining his personality and comedic timing. 🍿
This was a smash hit for director Sophia Coppola and although most of her films have ever risen to the quality of this project, this story of two lost souls finding common ground in this crazy world definitely deserves its anagram namesake...its L.I.T 🔥
I’ve never quite seen anything like Little Women (2018) before, and if you remember Mommy Dearest you may want to get together at midnight to see it because it is inadvertently funny.
All you can say is Sarah Davenport, who plays Jo, Mrs. Alcott’s main character. Every time the camera even gets remotely close to her features she demands with screeching, aggressive and often angry dullishness to be heard. She’s like a sledgehammer in the film.
There is the big scene where Beth is in Hospital waiting to die and Jo comes in, you’d think she would be all attention, but yet again it’s all about her, her emotions, herself, not Beth suffering or dying! She storms out the hospital and returns, and then you couldn’t guess what next but in my theater me and another man in the audience couldn’t help keep our giggles silent. We were laughing!
This is all based on Louisa May Alcott’s Classic but that was 1868 and this is really a bad movie. Jo seems literally to be from another movie. I doubt that the director, Clare Niederpruem was aware of her cast.
Every time the film returns to the girls when they are younger forward momentum is destroyed. Boring is a nice way to say here… then there are the teen parties in the film… I actually liked the soundtrack! The rap and rock one. The treacly elevator music of the music score the symphonic one was HORRENDOUS.
All our other players are fine, they have a sort of sheen to them and it’s no wonder that they all keep together since they don’t appear to be living in 2018 but 1950 or so.
But just follow Jo, and you’ll see an ill omened performance.
3.0 Out Of 10
Little Women begins my October reviews and it just may be the worst film of the month, if not year. This one could sink the Titanic Iceberg.
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Let’s go, Misfits, as we blast off into one of the year's Oscar front runners – First Man! Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, Claire Foy as Janet Shearon, and Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin. Directed by Damien Chazelle of La La Land and Whiplash. Head on over to YouTube and check it out! Link in Bio. Most importantly, if you like our content, then please don’t forget to support us by Liking the episode and Subscribing to the channel for more!
Movies 2018 - 275. The Brood (1979; written and directed by David Cronenberg)
🌮🌮🌮 1/2 (3 1/2 tacos)
A man attempts to crack a psychologist’s hold on his committed wife while those around him are falling victim to brutal murders. Despite going into David Cronenberg’s The Brood with the knowledge of what visuals to expect in the final scene, I was still shocked by just how bizarre and gruesome the images were. The Brood is the kind of story that really could only come from the mind of Cronenberg. It deals with the deep drama of a broken family and the longterm impacts of abuse, but puts a science-fiction/body horror spin on it. This is another film where the story outweighs the performances of those telling it. Every actor feels a bit over the top in what they are doing. Maybe that is to match just how far this story goes. The story unfolds in fascinating fashion, with all details remaining a bit unclear until the very end. With it having a shorter runtime, it surprisingly drags in places, but, to co-sign on something mentioned in a podcast I listened to earlier today, films of that era tended to do that. They took the time to let things unfold naturally and through a lot of dialogue-based sequences. For the things they didn’t have the technology to show, they let the actors tell. If you let the story unfold how they need to, you can still find plenty to enjoy in slower paced films.
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So I get why people like that movie so much. When you think about it it's really a family movie. Apart from the whole Hillbilly-Vampire setting it's a movie about addiction and family (with a lot of violence, fight scenes and blood dinking). With that said: I didn't like it. Why? Well first of all I really don't like road movies, I hate western films and I'm a little picky about my vampire-lores. And a movie about Hillbilly-Vampires driving around in Texas with no purpose but to kill aka have a good time in bars is just not what I enjoy. I need a plot, I need a climax, I need a purpose. Also that movie made me constantly uncomfortable because there was so much inappropriate and wrong behaviour towards women - urgh, I still feel itchy about that. Don't tell me it's the 80ies fault because it's not.
On the bright side: I liked the character design. Someone put a lot of love in there and it paid off. Also the bar-scene is somewhat iconic. Music is good too. But I still wouldn't recomand this movie to anyone bc I just didn't enjoy it. Go watch "Fright Night" if you want a 80ies Vampire movie. Go watch "Logan" if you want a road movie. Go watch "Salvation" if you want a western. Go watch "Chappie" if you want a Hillbilly-family movie. Go watch "Requiem for a dream" if you want an addiction movie. There are a lot of ways to get what you want without watching this movie.
How did all of you like "Near Dark"?
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Movies 2018 - 274. Eden Lake (2008; written and directed by James Watkins)
🌮🌮🌮 (3 tacos)
A couple on a romantic getaway find themselves under attack by a group of delinquent teenagers. Eden Lake is an absolutely effective horror movie much in the vein of Ils or The Strangers (to an extent), but it is completely frustrating and aggravating. This film seems to boil down to conflict between the social classes, as the richer, well to do couple find themselves under attack by the a group of teens from a middle to lower class neighborhood. If it were just the kids that exhibited such poor behavior towards our main couple, this notion of class battle could be dismissed. However, everyone in the town treats our main couple poorly. The townspeople are aggressively rude and dismissive in all of their interactions. As frustrating as that behavior is, that the main couple is too stubborn to rethink their vacation plans after everyone around them treats them in such an aggressive fashion is almost even more frustrating. I get that a sense of stubbornness is typically the launch of a horror movie, but here is just feels like a lack of common sense. If you’re clearly not wanted somewhere and treated with almost violent disdain, just go. You’d be happier somewhere else. This film features Kelly Reilly, Jack O’Connell, and the awesome Michael Fassbender in one of his pre-movie Star appearances. Fassbender does a fine job, as does Reilly, but it is the evil O’Connell who kind of steals the show. He is so venomous here that it was kind of off putting and made me want to avoid watching him anywhere else. That an actor can inspire such a reaction means they are really doing their job. Eden Lake is a violent attack film, and is incredibly effective in building its tension. It is frustrating and upsetting, but still a worthy watch.
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