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Pretty entertaining for a film with only three people in it.
1 year 8 months ago
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Completely bewildering. What is this dialogue?
1 year 8 months ago
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Man, these early Digital Video films are difficult to watch now. Everything is pixelated and looks horrible.
1 year 8 months ago
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The popularity of this film franchise bewilders me. The film seems quaint, with terrible acting from some actors that have done good stuff in the past like Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. It’s also just ugly and cheap looking, with no good-looking shots in the film. It also isn’t scary and the plot and motivations driving the plot were inane. I have watched this thing at least three times over the years, trying to figure out what I’m missing that other were seeing and it just isn’t there. The only points during the film that I wasn’t completely bored was when I was laughing at Elwes unnaturally yelling “You bastard!” into the phone, or when Danny Glover was talking to himself after he “went crazy” or whatever. It was just so badly interpreted.

There were other horror phenomenons from this era that really made sense to me and I could see why they were popular, like The Blair Witch Project, The Ring or The Sixth Sense. I’d watch any of those again. Hell, I would even watch the Dawn of the Dead remake again before this.
1 year 9 months ago
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Watched the MST3K version because this would be pretty boring otherwise, and even that version wasn’t that great.
1 year 9 months ago
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The script feels like it was written by an alien who had heard of the concept of conversation but had never actually heard one before. It’s probably the novelty of watching a 70s porn but somehow I have sat through this thing twice, and I didn’t mind too much.
1 year 9 months ago
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This film is brilliant. A perfect film, so utterly unafraid to be complicated and show us some of the unspoken truths of human existence. Some of the ideas here might offend you but that’s ok. You don’t mind.

Imagine a scene in a film of people making love on an idyllic tropical beach. It’s paradise. Sounds great and looks great, but if you think about it for a moment on what that would really be like, you might think of sand finding it’s way up into your privates and chafing you and whatever other harsher realities you might come up with. That’s kind of this film in a microcosm.
1 year 10 months ago
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Man, this was dull. It won some Oscars, but for art direction and color cinematography. It kind of shows how color film was more of a novelty at the time. Either that or there just weren’t many color films that stood the test of time made that year. I checked the competition in each category and haven’t seen any of them.
1 year 11 months ago
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The problem with comedy is that what is funny changes over time, so I feel like this film is shrinking in stature. Some comedies age less than others which is why Some Like it Hot still seems pretty fresh. Comedy is weird, and I can’t even think of one from the last 10 years or so that is considered to be great. Maybe What We Do in the Shadows, which is now 8 years old.

This one still makes me chuckle a little throughout the film, mostly involving Belushi, but a lot of the other characters don’t really make me laugh. I still like it but I’m not dying of laughter or anything.
1 year 11 months ago
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I like the idea behind this: an cartoon anthology for adults along the lines of Heavy Metal. I’ve only watched the first episode, Sonnie’s Edge, so far and I thought it was a cool concept, but they might have needed one more pass at the script to make it a little better. It needed some more memorable dialogue than one of the antagonist’s yelling “Motherfucker!” over and over. It also moved slightly too quickly for my taste, with the main character’s back story being a little too on the nose for me. They could have either shown something as a flashback or maybe implied it rather than spelled it out, because the revelation seems to come out too quickly in conversation. It could probably have used maybe two to three more minutes of runtime so story beats didn’t seem forced, like the seduction happens just a little too easy. Her top was off in no time at all. Also, the animation was a little bit too videogamish, like a PlayStation cut scene, although it was still pretty cool.
2 years ago
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A fun movie that really takes advantage of the comic concepts like team-ups and other dimensions. That’s all I can really say. I grew up reading Spider-Man comics and it felt like a cool extension of that. If I was a young kid, I’d probably be blown away. Since I am an adult, these big blockbuster films rarely ever do that anymore.
2 years 2 months ago
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Some episodes I kind of checked out of, but the finale was great.
2 years 3 months ago
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Kind of predicts David Lynch’s career. I’m seeing bits of Twin Peaks and Mulholland Dr. here… I loved it. Just don’t go into it looking for a concise story or memorable dialogue. It’s all about tone and feeling. Past, present and future blur together to form a semi-coherent story of dreading, guilt, grief and the ptsd that comes from surviving an intense tragedy.
2 years 3 months ago
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Stallone’s not the biggest problem. It’s Rob Schneider’s stupid sidekick character. Why would you do that to Dredd? There’s humor in the comics, but an American studio doesn’t know what to do with it because it’s British humor.
2 years 4 months ago
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There’s something wrong when this show is not on a single official list.
2 years 4 months ago
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I think I rank it around a mid-tier Marvel movie. The characters are hard to relate to, but I love seeing all these big cosmic concepts and it’s gorgeous. I’d say it’s the best looking Marvel film, but Zhao’s other films looked beautiful as well, so I should have expected that. I am a Marvel comics fan and a Jack Kirby fan in particular, so it was great to see something solely created by him on the screen. Was this the first (very short) sex scene in a Marvel movie? It gets extra points just for that since these movies are usually so sexless.

Compared to the other 2021 Marvel films, I enjoyed it about the same as Black Widow and Shang-Chi, and probably a little more than WandaVision and Loki, and way more than the Falcon & Winter Soldier. Like I said, I’m coming at this movie as a Kirby fan so I might be biased.
2 years 4 months ago
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Like 4 episodes in so far and it seems a lot duller than the previous seasons and movie… missing the group of friends to liven things up.
2 years 5 months ago
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I’ve got this film on DVD, and I can tell it’s a great film, but the DVD looks so bad, like a bad VHS. It really needs a blu-ray release because it’s painful to watch this way. I think it might be on the Criterion Channel streaming service so I have to believe it looks better there, but I don’t have a subscription there yet. Next time I watch this, I’ll try it there and see if it looks better.
2 years 5 months ago
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Not completely terrible for a film made straight-to-rest home.

Also: what’s the deal with the Italian couple that get checked into the hotel and then are never heard from again? It felt like the set-up to something that never got paid off.
2 years 6 months ago
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While watching, I was thinking about how great horror films like The Exorcist or Psycho keep your eyes riveted to the screen and I couldn’t stop looking away during this, despite the amount of female nudity on display, something I usually enjoy. There’s an ok line every once in a while, but it just isn’t enough to keep me interested.
2 years 6 months ago
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This was a tough watch. I was cringing through the entire movie.
2 years 6 months ago
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Silly fun, but could have done without the supernatural element. The evil German was more than enough villain for one film and the CGI villains felt too indebted to the Pirates films.
2 years 6 months ago
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Heist movies need a big cast of bonafide charming movie stars, which don’t seem to exist anymore. This movie is neither bad nor good. It simply exists. I can’t get worked up one way or the other. Perhaps if this was the first film I ever saw, I would be impressed but since I’ve seen a million movies like this, it simply fails to even garner any kind of reaction.

I should have been tipped off by the boring title.
2 years 7 months ago
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Ralf, you may be right but a lot of these Italian productions had no sound on set at all. A lot of the time all sound is dubbed in post-production including incidental sound like footsteps, doors opening and closing, etc. The Italians worked this way back then because their studios weren’t soundproofed like in Hollywood, and also because so much of their revenue was dependent on foreign markets that they needed multiple soundtracks. This is why there are many European films that are co-produced by multiple countries, to maximize their demographic target.
2 years 8 months ago
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Favorited the film simply because I’m impressed with a film that looked this good for $50,000.
2 years 8 months ago

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