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A beautifully shot and fascinating film about repressed desire figurated into destructive avatar. Recommended.
9 years 11 months ago
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Very unoriginal, standard scares and sci-fi you've probably seen a lot of times before. It does them reasonably competently but contains far too much melodrama and the script is nowhere near as tight as it needs to be: most of the first hour is very slow and when things get resolved at the end there are still occurrences that don't make sense.
9 years 11 months ago
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So they found room for a long sequence of one of the filmmakers filtering and drinking his own urine, but not for any mention of any Italian zombie films (or any not made by an English-speaking country)?
The film has some good interviews with key figures in the zombie movement but it's all over the place and most of the second half is padding.
10 years ago
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I would have expected qualified physicians to be able to talk normally about their specialities (or at least memorise a handful of lines) rather than stiltedly read off cue cards.
10 years 1 month ago
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Amazing gore. If you're a gore hound it's worth watching just for that. Otherwise it's an uninteresting take on familiar material, with a far too overpowered final girl and themes of fascism and racism that are poorly and unsatisfactorily explored.
10 years 1 month ago
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90s TV level production values and undeniably bad, yet still more entertaining than the two Jessica Alba films which literally had one hundred times the budget.
10 years 1 month ago
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10 years 3 months ago
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It sets out to critique the concept of male writers constructing female characters who are essentially wish-fulfillment fantasies but fails badly because her whole purpose in the plot is subordinate to his: first she is there to reflect his self-absorption and later to enable his character growth. The ending in particular leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and seems to undermine a lot of the message of the film. spoiler
10 years 3 months ago
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An interesting and important film, that provides an window into a world of censorship and oppression and shows the efforts of the people trapped within it to attain some measure of freedom. The appearance of an ad hoc video diary is misleading, and I think significant thought and planning has gone into this.
For instance, the only visible DVD in his collection is "Buried" which just happens to reflect his state of mind, indicating a deliberate placement to enhance the film. I could be wrong: maybe Panahi is just a big Ryan Reynolds fan ;)
10 years 3 months ago
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The political thriller elements work well and feel refreshing in the context of a superhero film, but as the story progresses the level of goofiness increases along with the level of CGI, with the finale being an uninspired CGI filled "race against time to complete an arbitrary task." In fact the two best action scenes are the one on a ship and a car chase that both occur early on in the film and are mainly achieved with practical effects.
The political commentary is rather muddled and paranoid but its presence is interesting.
Overall, slightly above average for a blockbuster superhero movie and decent though unimpressive in filmmaking terms.
10 years 3 months ago
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Failed Oscar bait that is just as much a passionless piece of Hollywood product as the latest braindead action blockbuster. I did think the book was decent but this crude adaptation strips out all the metaphor which was the main strength of the book, replacing it with clunky dialogue and sentiment.
10 years 4 months ago
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Disturbing to hear the priest talking about how he didn't believe rumours of deadly rays making people sick (at times he's clearly reading from the pages in front of him so this might be what he'd been told to say). There was a deliberate attempt at this point to cover up the nuclear fallout rather than issue warnings to the survivors.
10 years 4 months ago
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Starts off badly on a military base that looks like it's been made from sci-fi film leftovers, but it keeps improving throughout its running time and ends surprisingly strongly, largely thanks to a good script that explores concepts of grief and attachment.
10 years 4 months ago
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After a slow start this succeeds in becoming a stylish, intriguing and witty story with a commentary on the public consumption of violent imagery that is subtly done and never becomes patronising.
10 years 4 months ago
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I was hoping this was going to be amusing but it was actually just really boring with bargain basement production values.
10 years 4 months ago
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Peaks early on with a performance of Concierto de Aranjuez intercut with boardroom politics but quickly falls into regurgitating a lot of kitchen-sink drama cliches and sentimentality. Characters are situations are all drawn in black-and-white without any nuance. I know the villains are Tories but it does both sides a disservice to have them gloating as they reveal that they're closing down the mine for no reason.
10 years 4 months ago
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Despite boasting an impressive cast and lavish production values this was fundamentally misconceived. The primary culprit seems to be a disastrous script that lacks just about any funny jokes and fails to generate sympathy for the titular duo, who remain absolutely loathsome throughout. Filled with endless cameos in the desperate hope that just seeing the face of Stephen Merchant or somebody will be enough to raise a laugh.
10 years 5 months ago
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Compulsive and fascinating viewing that is also very funny and has De Niro on top form, displaying his range by playing against type. My problems with the film stem from the way that Pupkin seems like two different characters: the first half of the movie he comes across as delusional and lacking any self-awareness, but in the second half when he's putting his plan into action he's cynical, manipulative and very aware of how others are perceiving his actions.
10 years 5 months ago
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Pretty funny, albeit a bit inconsistent and with a weak ending. A rare example of a TV show making a successful transition to film though it still feels like an extended episode.
10 years 5 months ago
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Patronising and pretentious message-piece grafted onto an awful action film. There is a hallucinatory ceremony with topless women and Seagal wrestling a bear, and a bar scene where a man hilariously screams "My Nuts!" in a high-pitched voice when Seagal crushes his balls, but overall this was a trial to get through.
10 years 5 months ago
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Everything the 12-year-old me could have wanted in a film. An astounding achievement in absurd immaturity.
10 years 5 months ago
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Starts off very stylishly and confidently, but as the film progresses, the sci-fi concepts feel increasingly forced (which shows in the way that they necessitate a lot of exposition and explanation by the characters) and by the time it ends it feels very unsatisying. A large part of this may be due to the difficulty in relating to the characters: they're all greedy and callous and the lead spoiler
10 years 5 months ago
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Beautifully acted and written, involving the audience in the relationship. I think the "Before..." films are a unique trilogy in that they just keep getting better.
10 years 6 months ago
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Crude and militaristic propaganda that seems to be aimed at survivalist gun-nuts. Unlike something like Rambo II, which still manages to entertain, this takes itself deadly seriously, is leadenly paced, has a terrible illogical script, and has tension-free action scenes where annoying college kids massacre hordes of trained soldiers.
10 years 6 months ago

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