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I don’t love these modern films with very little dialogue and is just depressing in general. Other than that, the concept was okay, sort of another take on The Birds.
1 year 3 months ago
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As a huge fan of the Fantastic Four comics, especially the original run from Kirby and Lee, I avoided this movie for almost eight years because of its reputation. Well, I finally watched it and for the first half hour or so, I thought maybe I didn’t have anything to worry about since the setup was pretty decent. I was irritated that spoiler but I really disliked when spoiler
The creatives behind this film misunderstand the point of the entire concept of the comic book and what makes it good.
1 year 3 months ago
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Like many others have said here, it’s a derivative horror film centered around aliens and abduction or visitation. Like Signs, but without those really magnetic personalities involved like Mel Gibson or Joaquin Phoenix. I’ve been on an alien kick lately and this almost scratches that itch but not entirely.
1 year 3 months ago
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An interesting science fiction film, but I’m unsure if it is truly memorable. I hope I can rewatch the film in an HD version some day. I just caught it on YouTube.
1 year 3 months ago
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An extremely odd film, about a vampiric sportscar, with a lead that resembles Neil Hamburger. I didn’t really catch it on a first watch, but I read a review saying the absurd plot and the mania of the lead actor was a commentary on the absurdities of living under communism, which makes sense, but I wish I could see that while watching. It probably didn’t help that I watched a somewhat low-quality version on YouTube, with subtitles that might not have been great.
1 year 3 months ago
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I really love this movie for some reason. It may be because I am a big comic book person since I first learned to read and I was about 8 years old when this came out, but there’s more to it than that. It’s kind of a throwback to things like Flash Gordon so there is a nostalgia factor. It is beautifully shot, and I am familiar with the area it was filmed in, and Jennifer Connelly looks so gorgeous. The effects are mainly practical rather than digital, although there are some early CGI effects here. It ends up being one of the better superhero films of the 90s, especially compared to Judge Dredd, The Mask or Tank Girl, which all came out after this.
1 year 3 months ago
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This show was really great in the early years, when it was mostly adapting the short stories, but once it gets into the longer novels it begins to falter. Once the extended cast disappears, and only Poirot is left, it becomes a pale shadow of its former self. I just watched an episode from season 10 and it was like the cartoon version of Poirot. Everything seemed wrong. If an episode doesn’t include at least one of Japp, Hastings or Miss Lemon, my interest wanes.
1 year 4 months ago
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K. said it best: “Too many people are missing the point. The film is a critique of the mainstream world's descent into superficiality, conformity, materialism, and self-indulgence, showcasing this descent through the Hollywood/journalist lifestyles, and hereby also displaying the influence/effect these lifestyles have in our societies. The film brings to awareness the vanity of celebrity culture, and non-judgmentally observes the lives that are lost within the self-indulgence of it. Fellini exposed the lie that the so-called elite leads the perfect life, revealing in truth that the extravagance of their lives is nothing but a façade for their superficiality. Most of all this is a film about self-boredom, lack of satisfaction, and the vain search for satisfaction through conformity and superficial relationships.”
Mainstream society is so far removed from our past as small tight-knit communities working together to live peacefully and comfortably that it is impossible to be truly happy. We were wired to survive that way for thousands of years, and we were pretty successful at it and relatively happy as well. Then the next stage of evolution happened and most of us are still subconsciously grasping for our former ways of life. In the film, this is represented by the young girl working at the small restaurant that Marcelo is writing in at the beach. When she calls to him and he can’t understand, it is modernity that holds him back from understanding. Modernity is also represented by Marcelo’s ideal: Steiner. He looks up to him so much and doesn’t understand how warped Steiner is by his own modernity. It’s crushing him, so much so that he goes crazy and kills himself and his family.
1 year 4 months ago
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Some really cool set design and photography and the monster initially looks great, although he gets less cool-looking as it goes on. The soundtrack is pretty great as well. The plot has holes in it and things are underexplained, and the sound design makes dialogue hard to hear unfortunately. I feel like there is half of a good movie here.
1 year 4 months ago
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The baby-chucking scene is pretty insane.
1 year 5 months ago
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I was finally able to get ahold of a copy of the despecialized version and I love it so much more than the one that is widely available. I’m not really into the other trilogies as much. They are too perfect, in terms of special effects, like everything else nowadays. It makes the films have less character. I like how this film seems more low-tech than the newer ones. I often wish we could go back to doing all the effects in camera, rather than on a computer. I want to see weirdness. I want to see the human touch and not a program.
1 year 6 months ago
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Once the king of cult films, but now seems to be a little bit undercooked. A cute movie but maybe not the anti-war masterpiece it once was. Similar in parts to Bananas by Woody Allen.
1 year 7 months ago
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A film with a rich premise like this needs a bigger budget. Just listening to the news to give us some back story isn’t enough. It’s called “show, don’t tell” for a reason.
1 year 8 months ago
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Good but simple and short psychological thriller.
1 year 8 months ago
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Intriguing premise, but ultimately feels a little hollow. More intellectually than emotionally engaging.
1 year 8 months ago
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So much fun. I loved it. The creature design is silly but it’s meant to be.
1 year 8 months ago
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Loved it. The Irish humor is hilarious and the film was fun.
1 year 8 months ago
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Didn’t love it and the humor is painful.
1 year 8 months ago
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An odd film. Kind of reminds me the New Zealand film, Black Sheep, with a bit of humor mixed in with horror. It’s not a great film but there are some interesting aspects.
1 year 8 months ago
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Was lucky enough to see this in theaters with no spoilers so it was pleasantly surprising that the film becomes spoiler
1 year 8 months ago
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It’s odd, because so many are saying the scene in the film is so disturbing which it is, but I had heard about it beforehand, so I was expecting it. What shocked me was the end of the brutal fight in the gay club, which I thought was even more graphic. The film itself is something of a masterpiece, especially with the structure of the storyline, with the final half of the film completely different from the first half, which was sleazy and frankly a little disgusting. The second half is more playful, with themes of love and friendship.
1 year 8 months ago
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Pretty fascinating, but a bit odd, with a touch of xenophobia which could turn some off.
1 year 8 months ago
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I feel like there’s half a good movie here and actually think the trailer is so much better than the actual film is.
1 year 8 months ago
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A lot of fun. For a film with a lot of presumably cheap cgi, it’s effective.
1 year 8 months ago
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The main character is such a little creep.
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