Here we go, I'll start.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010) - This movie is a joke. At first it's interesting, then it's boring and then it's just funny/pathetic. And they put it in a "horror" genre. Words are not sufficient. Nosferatu is turning in his grave. 3/10

6 years ago*

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Incredibles 2 and day after that Polar.

5 days ago
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Bumblebee - πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
FYRE (The netflix one) - 🀷
Alita: Battle Angel - πŸ‘πŸ½ (The last act where someone died was the highlight for me. I don't need that unnecessary romance.)
Dog's Way Home - πŸ‘ŽπŸ½ (Too much forced commentary to evoke emotion)
Pooka - πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
My kids love the series on Netflix, so naturally I've seen a lot of it as well, including the first 2 movies.
So we went to the theatre for this one. I actually enjoyed watching it. 3D. Nice end of the story. Beautifully made.

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Hunter Killer
I have a weakness for submarine films, so despite my better judgment I decided to give this one a watch. And boy did they ramp up the hammy dialogue and cliched plot in general in this one. You have the grizzled veteran spec ops soldier with his "I don't know much about politics, but... " line, who then goes off to do his shooty bang bang heroics, while our fearless Captain Joe Glass (King Leonidas from 300) will retort to his first officer who claims that the former's unorthodox actions will get him court-martialed, "then it's my job to keep you alive until the trial", which is supposed to come off as... self-sacrificial and heroic? Well yeah, this is the kind of forced pathos you can expect from this film which does everything in its power to ape the greats, but alas, Hunt for Red October or Crimson Tide this is not. A criminally under-ultilised and one dimensional Gary Oldman doesn't help matters, and a far too young Common who we're supposed to take for a Vice Admiral (like, seriously? The guy barely looks like a Commander, if that) remains far from convincing. Not even a spirited Linda Cardellini who usually elevates a movie by her mere presence is able to save matters here. Too bad this is one of Michael Nyqvist's final roles before his untimely passing, and he does make the most of the little he is given here as a charismatic Russian captain. Casting aside, the entire plot is so bonkers and full of enough holes that it's just best to throw any kind of critical thought process overboard while viewing, after which the whole affair even becomes surprisingly enjoyable in places despite everything that speaks against it. A very so-so experience in my book.

The Shape of Water
I respect Guillermo del Toro's chops as a storyteller and his sheer verve, and his worlds are always interesting, if sometimes flawed. But there was something about the whimsical nature of the story here that just didn't click with me at all, despite the stellar performances all around.
This is a film I don't regret seeing but it's also one that left me strangely cold despite (or perhaps because of?) the at times overbearing attempts to convey emotion and feeling. Maybe it's a bit harsh to file this one under the "overrated" bin but I don't really get all the praise and accolades it received. I would have never guessed it would snag Best Picture at last year's Academy Awards, for example, but I guess I just don't get it.

First Man
Damien Chazelle is quickly becoming one of my favourite directors - his three previous films, this one included, were excellent, I would dare say almost flawless. I found this one was envisioned and executed with the same attention to detail and cinematic finesse as everything else he has done to date. This is easily the best film I have seen recently, which makes the entire hullabaloo over the so-called "flag controversy" (the filmmakers chose to forgo showing the actual planting of the American flag on the moon's surface, although the flag remains plainly visible in many shots, causing a ruckus from self-professed patriots and various malcontents) all the more ridiculous. Although Buzz Aldrin comes off as a bit of a dick in this film, making me wonder if that was how he was in real life? Hmm, I haven't yet found out.

Cloud Atlas
This monstrosity of a film by the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer that clocks in at three hours with an all star cast led by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry (amongst others) and yet remains still too short to fully portray the intricacies and grandeur of its source material, David Mitchell's majestic 2004 Booker Prize nominated novel, was one uneven watch. On the one hand having recently finished the brilliant, labyrinthine novel, I was excited to see how the filmmakers would tackle the seemingly "unfilmable" nature of the multi-layered, nested plot. And predictably, they couldn't quite port over what worked so well in literature into the medium of cinema. Rather problematically, the same actors portray many different roles over the course of the different stories (of which there are six spread across hundreds of years), which was supposed to convey the connected nature of the seemingly separate stories. However, because their casting was done haphazardly and did not correspond to the actual characters that they should have been portraying based on the subtle connected nature of the stories themselves, one of the central themes of the book is diluted and made nonsensical in a vague and unconvincing manner. This is my main gripe with this interpretation, and although I did like seeing scenes from the book making the jump to the big screen, the flawed nature of its central conceit in this version prevented me from truly enjoying it. If you haven't read the novel, I wonder what, if anything you would even take away from the film as it stands. I suspect it would be pretty far from what the author intended with it in the first place.

4 days ago
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thanks a ton cause...

If you haven't read the novel, I wonder what, if anything you would even take away from the film as it stands

Cloud Atlas will be my very next one, then

4 days ago
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Excellent choice. You're in for one hell of a ride!

4 days ago
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aaalways been ready for that!

(you can also see some side effects, thou...)

4 days ago
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am at 34:00 of this ride. i keep repeating, like a mantra: "this is so much for me"

meanwhile, thanks. i'll come back.

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Oh, I thought you meant you were going to read the novel. The film is definitely interesting, though. Probably worth a watch, even if it can't live up to the book.

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watched 34 minutes in 3 days, engine. and when it comes to books, i'm even -a lot- slower than that. now, can't imagine the length of that novel if movie is 2 hours and a half long...

please have some mercy, engine...

(it won't surely live up to the book, but i usually enjoy it nevertheless. say, i don't like the make-ups in this one, but taking it slow it kinda gives me the time to imagine the story/novel behind it)

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Sure, take your time to take it all in and enjoy the sights! (The novel is like 600 dense pages, but so worth it :)

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Shape of Water was a fantastic movie. Good choice.

4 days ago
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The Girl in the Spider's Web 6/10

4 days ago
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Upgrade. 5/10, bad acting.

4 days ago
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Casablanca(1942), 9/10

A kiss is still a kiss in Casablanca
A kiss is not a kiss without your sigh
Please don’t leave me in Casablanca
I love you more and more each day as time goes by

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Anna and the Apocalypse.

Heard about this title last year, Finally got to see it. Not too bad. And not what I was expecting.

Think Shaun of the Dead meets High School Musical.

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