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Average User Score: 7.3Nov 10, 2018Overlord is about a group of WWII soldiers who encounter evil Nazi zombie experiments in an occupied French town. I walked into this havingOverlord is about a group of WWII soldiers who encounter evil Nazi zombie experiments in an occupied French town. I walked into this having already heard positive reviews, but I was still surprised at how much I liked this. The thing is that the basic story is predictable. Everything happens like you'd think it would happen. However, the thing is so well done, the simplicity didn't matter.
The action is appropriately violent and nicely executed. There is one scene in particular that is wonderfully shot and may be near the top of my list. This is kind of a genre mix as this is much a war film as a horror one. You have to wait for the zombies, but there is enough violence and the basic fear of who could go next that it probably won't be an issue for you.
I liked that they the zombies aren't uniform. They're distinctive and freaky looking creatures.
There was a rumor that this was being considered for part of the Cloverfield series. I can see why. Overlord has a similar quality. Solid action horror is combined with tight dialogue and characterization. (There are even a few funny lines.) Also has a good cast all around.…
Average User Score: 5.4Nov 9, 2018After the American "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" did just okay at the box office, I'm guessing that the studio got worried about howAfter the American "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" did just okay at the box office, I'm guessing that the studio got worried about how they'd handle another one. This film is clearly made to be more American audience friendly and switched from a semi-down-to-Earth thriller to more traditional action film. This is far from a pure adaptation and the events and characters of the book have become simplified. I feel that this is a poor Millennium movie but as an action movie its not half-bad.
I gave "The Girl in the Spider's Web" this rating based on the intellectual side of me that wants to give others an honest appraisal and recognizes the fault in the script. The movie jumps from plot point to point too quickly without much substance, and Blomkvist, one of the two main characters in the books, is treated as an afterthought here. Though, I must admit I didn't mind at all the change to Lisbeth's past and her dynamic with her sister. I rather felt it worked here.
The fun side of me, would've bumped this up a point. The visual presentation is pretty darn good. Director Fede Alvarez, who did the Evil Dead remake and Don't Breathe has honed his skills in dark action visuals. I found there to be some pretty impressive and at times freaky imagery in this. The fight scenes, though often brief, are well executed. As a whole, the movie looks good in general with a couple really nice shots.
Though Claire Foy does an admirable job as a decent job as Lisbeth Salander, she doesn't compare to Noomi Rapace or Mara Rooney. (Same can be said for the guy who played Blomkvist.) In fairness to Foy, the film pulls more punches as Lisbeth's anti-social/on-the-spectrum traits are toned down and the character feels a bit more average. Props should be give to Sylvia Hoeks as the villain. She is effectively unsettling.
This movie will probably infuriate some fans. It's impure. I would actually recommend this more to casual viewers.…
Average User Score: 4.4Nov 4, 2018I liked this, but I don't know if I can recommend it to everyone. This is kind of a brain-off/past the time type film.
Although I thinkI liked this, but I don't know if I can recommend it to everyone. This is kind of a brain-off/past the time type film.
Although I think Unfriended is better, I thought this horror flick did a decent job of tackling today's obsession with social media. Basic plot works with both a relatable protagonist and antagonist and a an effective ending. The kills are freaky enough.
Like I said, the plot works, but there are moments where the dialogue can be better. The authorities are frustratingly dumb and illogical in reaction to the killings.
I was surprised by the visuals. There are some pretty effective images.
The acting isn't the best, which might be due to the director as there are cast members with experience on this.…
Average User Score: 7.7Nov 3, 2018Thor: Ragnarok decided to make a switch from the previous films to comedy after Thor 2 dropped the ball, and it pays off wonderfully.Thor: Ragnarok decided to make a switch from the previous films to comedy after Thor 2 dropped the ball, and it pays off wonderfully. Hemsworth has a natural comic touch and he really drives the whole thing.
Not to say that the film feels completely disconnected from the last two films. The dramatic and human moments really work here as the film is still about the characters. The relationship between Thor and Loki reaches a natural evolution as Thor has given up on trying to save his brother and Loki has run out of ways to manipulate and deflect from him. Only downside is that since this is a soft reboot, there are a few characters that are written out too quickly, jarringly and disrespectfully. (They could've had more scenes).
All the new characters work really well here. This may be Tessa Thomson's best performance as Valkyrie who's likable from the get-go. Cate Blanchett is a good villain here, both intimidating and dry-witted when need be, but it's actually Jeff Goldblum who steals the show as the supporting villain The Grandmaster, a wacky Caligula-esque character.
In costumes, sets, and special effects, this is one of the best looking films I've ever seen. I've heard this movie was inspired by seventies sci-fi and it really shows. The whole thing has this very colorful, flashy and retro style.
I highly recommend this.…
Average User Score: 4.2Nov 2, 2018Reviews seem really divided on this. Though I admit the film could've been stronger in parts, I was still entertained.
The whole thing looksReviews seem really divided on this. Though I admit the film could've been stronger in parts, I was still entertained.
The whole thing looks great with deeply detailed sets, costumes, and makeup that evoke a classic fantasy feel. There are some clever design ideas, especially in the Land of Amusements.
Acting's pretty good. Admittedly the fantasy characters are more interesting. Keira Knightly is fun in a quirky over-the-top performance. There are a couple of fairly funny guards and the Nutcracker himself is likable. Unfortunately, those three are not as well-utilized as they could be, especially considering that the Nutcracker is one of the main characters.
Admittedly, the film is a little weak in the plot department. The main character Clara experiences a by-the-numbers getting over the death of a parent and learning to believe in them-self story-line. The Four Realms and its current threat could've been a lot clearer. Also, we could've spent more time exploring and experiencing the Realms. A little too much time is spent on throwing Clara from plot point to plot point. Her struggles are solidly delivered, but they spend so much time on it at expense of the world-building.
The movie's not perfect, but it's all about the experience. The Nutcracker is fun and looks good. And though the story is flawed, it isn't bad. I think kids will like it and parents will like it or be indifferent.…
Average User Score: 4.4Oct 27, 2018Malevolent, which just premiered on Netflix, is about a phony ghost-hunting crew in the '80s who encounter a real haunted house. I'm seeing aMalevolent, which just premiered on Netflix, is about a phony ghost-hunting crew in the '80s who encounter a real haunted house. I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews for this. Thought it wasn't half bad myself. Sure, it doesn't really do anything new and the story and direction is average, emphasis on AVERAGE. This is a competent film, and I was entertained enough for the running time. The cast is game and sells this. Also, there are a couple of interesting song choices that did catch me by surprise and added to the creepiness.…
Average User Score: 7.1Oct 19, 2018Walked into this film a little hesitant, but darn did I find this to be the best Halloween film since the original.
Although the constantWalked into this film a little hesitant, but darn did I find this to be the best Halloween film since the original.
Although the constant Halloween continuity reboots have gotten a bit draining, having only the first film count and Michael no longer being Laurie's brother returns Michael back to this random, inexplicable force of death. None of the other films, including maybe even the original, have stressed so much the unease of not knowing what makes him tick.
The tight camerawork also may come closest to the original to Michael more of a menacing thing than man. The scares are kept pretty varied as the direction for Michael's appearances and kills shift seamlessly between subtle and in-your-face. In an age when slashers have become predictable, this movie manages to surprise at points in its ferocity.
The film looks good in general with the whole thing having this 70s look that manages to utilize darkness without sacrificing color. The opening sequence is a very effective and weird-little variation on the original into. The classic music theme is back. The script does a surprisingly good job of delving into the emotional and psychological aftermath of Michael's killings. There is a lot of setup and exposition before Michael escapes, but the dialogue is so smooth, it isn't an issue. There are actually a few funny lines spread throughout.
I really liked Jamie Lee Curtis' performance as Laurie Strode even more than her portrayal in H20, and she was already pretty good in that. Here she is a half-crazed, survivalist grandma suffering from PSTD. Curtis easily switches between tough and tormented. Credit should also be given to Andi Matichak as the granddaughter. She gives a good job of playing the new young heroine, and I kind of wished she had more screentime.
Only big knitpick is that the authorities use movie logic here, and there is some suspension of disbelief in how they handle things.…
Average User Score: 6.7Oct 17, 2018Goosebumps is basically a children's film about a group of monsters attacking a town. In theory, this could have gone very basic. However, IGoosebumps is basically a children's film about a group of monsters attacking a town. In theory, this could have gone very basic. However, I was surprised by how above and beyond this went.
The dialogue is fun and the cast is really good. Jack Black steals the show as the tightly-wound author R.L. Stine. There are a lot of different monsters in this, and they are all pretty fun.
Only downside is that as good as Black was at playing Stine, he is kinda weak as the voice of Slappy the ventriloquist dummy. There is just something off about the voice like Black was trying to deliver something but just couldn't properly realize it.…
Average User Score: 5.6Oct 14, 2018You don't get a lot of body horror movies nowadays, so this was a nice throwback. There are some really freaky Lovecraftian monsters, and theYou don't get a lot of body horror movies nowadays, so this was a nice throwback. There are some really freaky Lovecraftian monsters, and the whole thing is delightfully violent and demented.
The exhibition and dialogue do leave room for improvement but this isn't enough to detract from the scares.…
Average User Score: 4.5Oct 13, 2018Warning: This review doesn't contain any spoilers per se, but it does mention stuff you specifically won't find in the movie.
I know thisWarning: This review doesn't contain any spoilers per se, but it does mention stuff you specifically won't find in the movie.
I know this film is very controversial. There are choices I feel were misguided. But at the end of the day, I just came to be entertained and the film was very good at that.
It looks great with some visually arresting shots and sets. Snoke's throne room and the salt planet are especially eye-catching. Action is very impressive, including one of the best fight sequences in Star Wars.
The cast is all likable. Especially liked the new character of Rose whose determinism contrasts well with the reluctant Finn. Dialogue is good.
One of the strongest aspects of this film is that director Rian Johnson manages to defy expectations about what will happen. On the other hand, he seems so intent to go his own direction that he fumbles a little with carrying on the plot. He seems almost resistant to continue what JJ Abrahams set up in the last film. You still don't learn Supreme Leader Snoke's origins. Not even a single line of dialogue. (Though I'm not entirely hating the character even if he is a clone of Emperor Palpatine. He's got a bit of style and drive to him.) The Knights of Ren are barely mentioned. Supposedly the First Order has several force-using fighters, so where are they? Phasma was set up in the first film to be a big villain, but she is barely in this. Unlike some people, I don't mind the casino planet and the Resistance infighting. (Though I do agree that the reasoning of the rebel upper command could have been better reasoned.) Still, I think those subplots could have been easily shortened.
I get that a lot of fans may feel betrayed, but I found this to be a stylish sci-fi action film.…