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Really disappointing, and IMO worse than the "Great Pumpkin" episode. The animation is cheap and repetitive and shows a lack of care, the jokes fall flat and none of the characters are particularly likeable. Charlie Brown's decision to buy a mangy branch instead of a tree comes off as less the honest mistake of a loser, and more as the deranged decision of an obstinate moron. The branch ludicrously turns into a proper thickly-needled tree once decorated. The message about the commercialisation of Xmas being the problem makes little sense in context of the plot: Charlie Brown's problems are not due to commercialism, but rather him ignoring what people tell him and his refusal to make any sort of effort. Also Linus' retelling of Jesus' origin story is horribly saccharine.
12 years 6 months ago
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Didn't find this funny or endearing in the slightest. Maybe it has something to do with seeing it for the first time at the age of 28 rather than annually through childhood as many Americans seem to.
12 years 6 months ago
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Interesting combination of werewolf horror and police procedural. More slow-paced and idea-driven than I was expecting, but it does have some memorable scenes. Strange that this film, The Howling, and American Werewolf in London all came out within 4 months of each other in 1981. It must have seemed like there was a sudden glut of werewolf films.
12 years 6 months ago
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The last few scenes are stunning. Great mix of the horrific and the beautiful throughout the film, reflecting the plight of the girl at the heart of this story. The only thing that lets this film down are the two cops at the end who act in a bafflingly incompetent way.
12 years 6 months ago
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Quite creepy, well directed and well acted, but the movie had to become very convoluted to make the plot work, so the ending fell flat for me. Definitely worth watching once.
12 years 6 months ago
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The youtube video below has music by Moby added over the top, so if you want to experience the short as Brakhage intended, turn the sound off when you watch. Or you can leave the sound on, and have something to alleviate the boredom of the 2 minutes of frames of crushed flowers.
12 years 6 months ago
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Another of Stan Brakhage's experimental shorts. Just random jagged blobs of colour appearing on a black background for 2 minutes. Personally I thought those 2 minutes were a waste of my time.
12 years 6 months ago
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Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi fight snake vampires! OTT and great fun.
12 years 7 months ago
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Pretty bad movie, though there are some effective sequences. Why did they think that the relationship between the stunningly beautiful Caroline Munro and the fat, ugly, sweaty, mumbling, mother-fixated maniac would be in any way believable?
12 years 7 months ago
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Quite a fun short, but let down by the decision to overdub the janitor with the most offensive accent possible.
12 years 7 months ago
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Ultra-generic "quest" plot, but script and acting allow the movie to remain moderately entertaining. The main reason to watch this movie is its look and design, which capture the 80s videogame aesthetic well.
12 years 7 months ago
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Great and haunting documentary.
12 years 7 months ago
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Far too long and boring. Holding a shot while nothing happens is the equivalent of silence in music - it can add huge emphasis and tension to a scene, but keep using it and it becomes unbearably dull. Other commenters go on about the beauty of the cinematography but I honestly wasn't impressed - a lot of the scenes are rather uninspired shots of Janos wandering through the village, and as he only has 39 shots to set up in the whole movie, Tarr can afford to take his time over some of them. The action scene in the hospital and the slow scene after where everybody walks away are probably the only two out of the 39 shots that genuinely deserved the length they were drawn out to.

Also I found Janos incredibly irritating with his constant blank stare and mouth hanging open.
12 years 7 months ago
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Quite entertaining but blatantly staged.
12 years 7 months ago
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Very powerful horror film with a huge amount of tension, especially in the first half. There is a bit of a sag in the final third when some horror film cliches make their appearance, but the finale is genuinely shocking and unexpected. As seen from comments below, a lot of people hate it and I can see why. This film WILL have a very strong effect on you, even if you're used to horror, but it's definitely something I'm glad I experienced.
12 years 7 months ago
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Despite being a good film it's still a disappointment given it's ranked in the top 250 at the time I watched it. The choreography in the fight scenes is some of the best I've seen, but they're too few and the story inbetween is hackneyed and unoriginal.
12 years 8 months ago
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Terrible screenplay, filled with cliches, annoying characters, uninteresting direction, no tension, and entirely predictable. No idea what this is doing in even being in the top 500 horror. At least it's short.
12 years 8 months ago
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As the other commenters have said, not as good as the first. Main weakness is the story starts getting silly with the introduction of Lisbeth's bizarre family. Has some good moments of Lisbeth kicking ass and is fun to watch if you've seen the first film.
12 years 8 months ago
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A real disappointment from people whose work together I usually admire. Dave McKean's inexperience with directing really shows, and the fantasy world comes across as uninteresting and flat. Meanwhile Neil Gaiman phones in the most boring iteration yet of his "child discovers a magical world" story. Watch Coraline instead.
12 years 8 months ago
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Bat-shark-repellent!
12 years 8 months ago
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Wonderful movie with one of the best scripts ever. It gets a lot of stick for winning the Academy Award over Saving Private Ryan from geeks who believe war movies always trump romantic comedies, but IMO Shakespeare in Love is easily the better film.
12 years 9 months ago
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We Ro-Mans obtain our strength from the planet Ro-Man, relayed from individual energizers.
12 years 9 months ago
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Incredibly boring
12 years 9 months ago
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Fiddle-dee-dee, where's me gold?
12 years 9 months ago
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One of the best serial killer biopics ever made. It's astonishing that this doesn't at the moment feature on any lists on this site, especially as there's a list made up of 500 horror films filled with all sorts of rubbish.
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