Post by burdette25159 on Feb 2, 2019 20:52:22 GMT -5
February 2019 movies I watched (Part one): (Note, I'm changing the ratings from letters to * (Up to 5)) 5: The Mummy (1932): ***** (This was the first of the Universal Mummy movies, Boris Karloff was excellent in his performance, alas we know the old saying: It's all downhill from here after the first film but the first sequel wouldn't come out for 8 years) 6: Studio 54 (2018 documentary): ****1/2 7: The Mummy's Hand (1940): *** (The world waited 8 years for another Mummy movie and compared to the first one, it was a dissapointment but we do get a new mummy in Kharis (played here by Tom Tyler) and the introduction of the Tana leaves which would give Kharis life, however, the film shamelessly uses clips from The Mummy to help tell the Backstory of Kharis (albeit with shots of Karloff replaced by those of Tyler) which cost this film some points.) 8: The Mummy's Tomb (1942): ***1/4 (Lon Chaney Jr took over as Kharis but MOST of the first 10 minutes or so are clips from the previous film) 9: Mummy's Ghost (1944) *** 10: The Pink Panther (1963) ***** 11: A shot in the Dark (1964) **** 12: Return of the Pink Panther (1975) ****1/4 13: Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) ***3/4 14: Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) *** 9/10 (the series should have died with Peter Sellers but ROTPP '78 could have made a good sendoff for Clouseau)
18. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). f***ing gritty shit. I liked it. It didn’t waste any time getting to the...meat...either. The violence was gratuitous. Almost as gratuitous as Jessica Biels boobs bouncing around the entire movie.
19. Leatherface. Pretty bad origins story with horrible acting. Imagine Natural Born Killers meets Michael Myers’ backstory. The main girl is really hot though and the ending was cool.
Post by LOS REDU TRIOS Mr Jenzie on Feb 3, 2019 18:21:27 GMT -5
ballerina - 7 (rough with smooth edges but with a heart) deep impact - 9 (a more intelligent and sentimental blockbuster about a big rock gonna flatten us, like it's brasher and more uncouth little brother) jason bourne - 6 (procedural) fantastic beasts and where to find them - 5 (an utter mess from start to finish)
funny story totally forgot i watched DEEP IMPACT all sodding day, until half an hour a go ..... stupid brain I WATCHED IT YESTERDAY!!!
copied from another forum where I'm doing the same thing
2012 total: 223 movies 2013 total: 274 movies 2014 total: 215 movies 2015 total: 189 movies 2016 total: 202 movies 2017 total: unknown - post was accidently deleted 2018 total: 175 movies
* First time watching a movie ever or first time viewing a movie on bluray
January 26 Glass 5/5 *
January 2 Thunderball (1965) 5/5 January 2 You Only Live Twice (1967) 5/5 January 3 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) .5/5 January 4 Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 1/5 January 5 Puppet Master (1989) 5/5 January 6 Puppet Master 2 (1990) 5/5 January 6 Live and Let Die (1973) 1/5 January 7 Puppet Master 3: Toulon's Revenge (1991) 5/5 January 8 Puppet Master 4 (1993) 5/5 January 9 The Virgin Spring (1960) Criterion Collection 5/5 * January 9 The Others (2001) bluray 5/5 * January 9 Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994) 5/5 January 10 ESPN 30 for 30: The Price of Gold (2014) 5/5 * January 10 Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) 0/5 January 11 Retro Puppet Master (1999) 3/5 January 11 Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) 0/5 January 13 Puppet Master 9: Axis of Evil (2010) 5/5 January 13 Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012) 5/5 * January 14 Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017) 0/5 January 15 Häxan (1922) Criterion Collection 5/5 * January 16 Live by Night (2016) bluray 5/5 * January 17 Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968) 5/5 * January 18 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Criterion Collection 5/5 January 19 Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Criterion Collection 5/5 * January 23 Jackie (2016) bluray 5/5 * January 25 Blood Fest (2018) 3/5 * January 25 Don't Come Back From the Moon (2019) 1/5 * January 27 ESPN 30 for 30: Youngstown Boys (2013) 5/5 *
The Plot: A girl grieving the loss of her father stumbles upon an Autobot and helps him attempt to defend Earth from the Decepticons.
Strengths: Dropping Michael Bay as the director meant this Transformers installment could focus more on the story and heart than the big action stuff. I think that worked for it. Putting the attention on the relationship between a human and the robot allowed it to be more grounded. It was much easier to care about this than a whole bunch of heroes against villains. Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie Watson) is delightful as the lead. She continues to shine in everything she does. There’s a likability that she brings to the role. John Cena (Jack Burns) is better as a villain than you’d expect and his character gets a solid arc. The movie benefits from the 80s setting. Not only is it something that is currently “in” right now, but it’s perfect for Transformers since that’s when the series was hot. The movie also had a great soundtrack that perfectly fir the era. Last up, I wanted to praise some of the visuals. This has a lesser budget than the other five films, yet still looks good. That is especially true for the awesome opening on Cybertron, which gave many fans just what they always wanted in a Transformers movie.
Weaknesses: Far too often, things in this film were way too convenient. There’s a scene where Charlie literally stumbles upon kids jumping off a cliff for fun just so we can get a moment where she struggles with her issues of doing that kind of jump after her dad’s death. That’s just one example. Pamela Adlon (Sally Watson) isn’t bad in her role, but the character is awful. She goes from one extreme to the next for no real reason. There’s a serious lack of consistency. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Guillermo “Memo” Gutierrez) serves no real purpose other than a cheap side romantic storyline. While I don’t take this franchise too seriously, it does hurt that this messes up some of the timeline.
Overall: Though the script fails times and some of the characters are rough, this is just a flat out good time. There’s heart, fun action, and strong acting that make it a movie I really enjoyed. [****]
Post by Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film on Feb 6, 2019 16:28:20 GMT -5
Not watching movies at quite the same pace as January but last movie I watched was Next Door, a 1994 movie starring James Woods, Randy Quaid and Kate Capshaw. A black comedy that was willing to go to some dark places, I ended up enjoying this more than I was expecting
Also Known As The Artist Formerly Known As August von Schumacher
Post by The Kevstaaa on Feb 6, 2019 21:57:34 GMT -5
Halloween 10/19/18 | Director: David Gordon Green | Rotten Tomatoes: 80% | Runtime: 106 minutes | Platform: Streaming
The Plot: A PTSD stricken Laurie Strode tries to protect her family against Michael Myers, who has escaped incarceration 40 years after his first killing spree.
Strengths: There has been a lot of bad with the Halloween franchise since the 1978 original. To make another good one, it made sense to go back to the roots. This movie captures a lot of what made that one work. The atmosphere is exactly what it needs to be. Dark, creepy, and helped by an updated take on John Carpenter’s iconic score. I really liked the camerawork at points. There’s a single shot sequence that was some of the best work in the history of the franchise. The kills are brutal, especially one during the aforementioned sequence. It was cool getting Nick Castle (Michael Myers) to reprise the role he made iconic in 1978. Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) gives what might be the best performance in the history of the character. Yes, even ahead of part one. Judy Greer (Karen Nelson) is solid, while Andi Matichak (Allyson Nelson) feels like she could be a breakout star.
Weaknesses: Haluk Bilginer (Dr. Ranbir Saratin) plays a character that is not only irritating, but ultimately pointless. He is intrigued by Myers’ mindset, which is fine. But when he murders a cop and dons the mask himself, it beyond jumps the shark. While I enjoyed the kills we got, I do feel the film needed more. It felt like they were trying to ensure they captured the atmosphere and forgot to deliver on some of the kills, which is a major aspect of slasher films. There’s one kill that looks awesome, but happens off screen. I also wanted a bit more creativity with them. While I don’t love most of the sequels, ignoring the continuity often is jarring. Also, the post-credits stuff kind of takes away from the ending and is implausible
Overall: Halloween captures the spirit of what people love about this genre. There are plenty of issues that keep it from being great, but it is a welcome return to form for the series. [***]
Post by The Kevstaaa on Feb 7, 2019 16:52:16 GMT -5
Nocturnal Animals 11/23/16 | Director: Tom Ford | Rotten Tomatoes: 73% | Runtime: 116 minutes | Platform: DVD
The Plot: An art gallery owner notices similarities between her old relationship and the plot of a novel written by her ex-husband.
Strengths: This is the first film I’ve ever seen directed by Tom Ford and I dug it. His style is notable and there’s just something about this movie that feels special. His script is also very strong, managing to intertwine two stories with ease. While the plot of the novel is the more interesting one, you never feel robbed when it cuts back to the real world. Amy Adams (Susan Morrow) does a very good job as the lead. She’s stricken with plenty of emotions throughout. Jake Gyllenhaal (Tony Hastings/Edward Sheffield) actually feels like more of the protagonist. He’s wonderful in this. He’s given a lot to work with and nails it. From fear to grief to rage. Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Ray Marcus) is excellent as the villain and Michael Shannon (Bobby Andes) played a great detective. Throw in solid supporting work from Isla Fisher (Laura Hastings) and Armie Hammer (Hulton Morrow) and you’ve got great acting to go along with stylish direction and a strong script.
Weaknesses: I would say that a big issue with this film is the ending. Throughout the entire movie, we’re given hints that Susan sees a lot of her old relationship and life in the story. However, by the time the credits roll, we never get much to confirm it. I don’t need it spelled out for me, but it was way too vague here and made it so everything didn’t tie together. I was left feeling unsatisfied. As good as Adams was in the role, the character ultimately doesn’t really do anything.
Overall: An interesting movie that looks great and is filled with top notch acting. It needed a stronger ending and more for the protagonist to do, though. [****]