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This was not what I expected. It's got a lot of good stuff going for it but you should know what you're in for. The back of the DVD box pitched this as a light-hearted family film full of hijinx, and it's...not that. It has some pretty grim depictions of a family living in poverty and all of the hardship that comes with that. The adults in the film are flawed, in a realistic way, which is a good thing, but also a hard thing. The film was very well shot and well edited, and like other commenters have stated, the child actors gave generally outstanding performances. I thought the tension was kind of flat until the last act, but the last act was pretty dang good! Tonally, though, this movie was pretty bleak most of the time. Life is hard when you're impoverished and this movie does not shy away from that.
1 year 11 months ago
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Update: Mewtwo Returns has been added, along with the 2016 and 2017 features (Volcanion and I Choose You!)
2 years 2 months ago
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Thanks for the comment, @drostandfound! My ability to edit the list seems to be broken right now but I'll add it as soon as I am able!
2 years 5 months ago
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I don't know what the other commenters here are thinking. I found this movie to be EXCELLENT. It's not about some "new form [of] racism]" as one comment states. It's not about the anxiety a black person "might" feel around "white liberals" and I certainly don't think that there are many, if any, "innocuous moments" at all! This movie tackles RACISM, which is more than just plain-stated bigotry. This is about implicit bias. This movie tackles the subject matter of being a minority in a society that isn't made for you.

This is an incredibly deliberate, intentional film by a talented director with strong command of the medium. From Frame 1 it sets up a tension that only builds, excepting a few comic relief moments (which actually work!), all the way to the climax.

I absolutely feel this film is worthy of all the praise it's receiving, and I think this one is going to be studied for years to come, partly because of its excellent execution, but also partly because it's a movie about the black experience told from the perspective of a black person, by a black person. That should be a no-brainer but I can't think of another movie that does it, let alone like this.

Oh, also: this is one hell of a directorial debut. The cinematography and sound design work, the acting is excellent, and it was scary as FUCK!
2 years 10 months ago
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After giving this one a rewatch recently, I was a disappointed. The visuals are stunning of course (as you'd expect) but the narrative was weak and the characters were near-nonexistent. The world was great but underexplored. I love 80s synth but found it ill-fitting to what was on screen. But most egregiously, our main character had no arc. It's unfortunate...they really could have given Nausicaa an interesting path of character development. In Act 1, in the scene in her father's bedroom, she is shocked by what she is capable of when she is blind with rage. The story could have been about her coming to terms with this aspect of herself, and finding a better way to respond to her anger. This journey would have paralleled the nature of the Ohm, and provided a solution to the problem posed by the attitudes and decisions that led to the Seven Days of Fire. But the movie just drops it. She never again confronts her own anger. She is the same, perfect person at the start of the film that she is at the end. That's unsatisfying, as a viewer. Characters gain strength through adversity, and our heroine was a static Christ allegory from the start to the finish. Swing and a miss, on this one.
4 years ago
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Ugh! Was not a fan of this version. Baffling writing and directorial choices.
4 years 5 months ago
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This film was awesome! I loved it!
4 years 5 months ago
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This was well made and cool as hell! If you are at all interested in real life mysteries, WATCH IT!
4 years 6 months ago
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This movie was laughable. But a prime example of the cheese that was the 90s slasher film. So I enjoyed it.
4 years 8 months ago
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It's free on Hulu right now:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/559545
4 years 8 months ago
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Does anyone have a link? I can't seem to turn this one up online.
4 years 8 months ago
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I was curious. I like bad movies, I like animation...but noooooo. Steer clear of this one! TERRIBLE film! Worse then its contemporaries in every conceivable way!
4 years 9 months ago
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Surprisingly fun. It's a satire of the "Reefer Madness" style of film, while sometimes unwittingly crossing the line between parody and source material. Some parts really drag, but all in all it's super campy and its jokes work. Recommend!
4 years 9 months ago
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This is SO UNDERRATED! Watch it if you enjoy found footage!
4 years 9 months ago
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Just looked up Cecil Hepworth as a result of watching this short.

"the company went into receivership the next year. All of the original film negatives in Hepworth's possession were melted down by the receiver in order to sell the silver, and his feature films have been considered lost for many decades."

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Noooooooooo!!!
4 years 10 months ago
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Good god, these are INCREDIBLE! A series of 13 shorts that vary from fictional documentary to found footage. The film, effects, acting, props, or actual found footage used look AMAZING. But what makes these special is their weirdness, their sense of other, that peeks through the mundanity of what's on the screen and is muddled by the double narrations before it worms its way under your skin. WATCH THESE SHORTS!
4 years 11 months ago
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I disagree with the com commenters below. I thought Spencer Tracy gave one of the most nuanced Hyde performances there has ever been. This film is indeed a remake of the 1931 version, but the main area where it diverges is in the portrayal of Hyde. The 1931 film establishes the brutish, animalistic Hyde that we see in most protrayals. The 1941 version makes Hyde a subtle, manipulative character, less outwardly monstrous, but nonetheless abusive and fear-inducing.

The script was weaker in this one than in 1931, and Ingrid Bergman's accent was atrocious, but it really wasn't a bad film.
4 years 12 months ago
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Not as Christmas-y as Gremlins, but here's a potential addition:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/willard/
5 years 1 month ago
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A lovely piece of animation! I'm glad kids today have this to watch. Strongly recommend.
5 years 1 month ago
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Very competent film. Underrated.
5 years 2 months ago
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Found it flat, pretentious, and full of cliche. It was awful trying to see the strife of the millennial generation represented by a Hollywood cast and director. The only enjoyable part for me was Harrison Ford's performance. Not recommended.
5 years 3 months ago
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Armoreska, I am so, so sorry.
5 years 5 months ago
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quote:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shuttered_Room Haven't seen it, but I think it should qualify.


Thanks for the heads up! I have added it to the list.
5 years 9 months ago
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Note: as of right now (2014-03-15) the cover of this film is wrong on the iCM thumbnail. It is displaying the cover of a more recent feature adaptation of Cool Air.
5 years 10 months ago
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quote:

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http://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/cool+air-2006/


Thanks gandalf! I'll add it to the list. I'm a bit confused because that page and IMDB say it's from 2006 but everywhere else, including Rotten Tomatoes and Wikipedia, say it's from 2013.

As I said in my list description: "Short films (30 minutes or less) are not included." I'll check out those two shorts you listed and see if they qualify.
5 years 10 months ago

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