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I literally screamed when I saw the "Vertigo effect" in action. Why was I told it was invented in the fifties for Vertigo?
3 years 2 months ago
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Have you ever finished a Hallmark movie and thought "that was great, but I wish it starred Rob Lowe instead of one of Hallmark's standard male leads"?

Has your family ever fought over whether they want to watch the Hallmark channel or Animal Planet?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, this is the film for you.
3 years 4 months ago
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Simply awful. Not even delightfully awful. Just so bad it's bad. The almost-silent carnival sequence almost reaches the heights of a C-grade giallo, and that's the highlight of this film. I can't believe that two different state film commissions contributed money towards this.
3 years 4 months ago
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It has a pool party. It has the supernatural. It has a shark. It has psychic powers. It has poignant political commentary. What more do you need?
3 years 7 months ago
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A lovely story well told (and filmed), but for a true story I knew nothing about going in I found it weirdly predictable.
3 years 10 months ago
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Actors $200

Writing $150

30 seconds of CGI $800

Practical effects $360,000

Editing $150

some executive producer who is good at the budgeting please help me with this. my movie is dying
4 years 5 months ago
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I had no idea this was part of a Hulu series. It's a decent horror movie in its own right, if derivative of both Mustang and The Witch.
4 years 7 months ago
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Much better than I expected. Maybe nothing special, but it has a great cast and it's a neat parody on the parlor/cozy murder mystery genre.
4 years 7 months ago
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If it isn't too late, don't watch a trailer or look up a synopsis for this. All you need to know is that it is a romantic comedy starring Rebel Wilson. Going in knowing no more than that definitely made me enjoy it more than I otherwise would have.
5 years 2 months ago
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Holidays starts strong, but with a couple of exceptions, the short films in this anthology only get worse the longer you watch - whether you're looking for a good movie or a movie that's so bad it's good, there's better stuff out there. Still worth a watch for the Valentines and Easter episodes, though.
5 years 4 months ago
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Pretty innovative really, I don't think I've ever seen another movie where the true horror is pending divorce.
5 years 6 months ago
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I quite happily sit through 4-5 hour movies sometimes, but this was excruciating at 97 minutes. Within half an hour I was ready for it to end, and by the time the credits started rolling I felt like I'd been watching for the duration of an LoTR extended edition.

The concept was promising and the cinematography was great, but almost everything else left a lot to be desired. The effects were cool, but I think the movie would have been better off if they'd let the cinematography do the heavy lifting and diverted some of the effects budget elsewhere. Maybe to a re-write. Fiston Barek did well with what he was given, Maika Monroe did just okay, Ed Skrein was wooden - and I get that his character was supposed to be, but he was wooden in a bad way (it's not like the writing and Alex's character development did him any favours though). I felt a little like Oldman was phoning it in - he was okay, but I feel like he could have done much better even with the clumsy writing.

The score was nothing special, but pretty cheesy in the parts set in the jail (the trailer-bass-drop-thing used to try to make us jump? Really?).
5 years 9 months ago
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About as bearable as most other found footage films.
5 years 11 months ago
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Much more deserving of a place in the Western top lists (or any top list) than some of the others that actually made the cut.
5 years 11 months ago
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This has its moments, but it's mostly interminable. Even gags that are only used once are beaten to death.
6 years ago
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I'd heard this was comparable to Bond, but didn't make the mental leap to the Bond of the Sixties, specifically, where things like spoiler wouldn't have been out of place. Good bit of relatively silly fun, though knowing nothing about the series, I almost thought the protagonist was a Q-style side character at first.
6 years 7 months ago
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Nothing on the original and I hated the ending (Major's choice, specifically). Not to mention the specific version of whitewashing chosen here - just straight-up making Major white would have been much more understandable.

Still, it looks pretty, the combat cinematography is nice, and live action + cinematography definitely does better justice to Batou's eyes and the weird nude stealth suit.
7 years ago
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The Cave is sort of The Descent meets Alien - as good as neither, but a very entertaining (if not frightening) horror nonetheless. Don't expect anything original (or particularly well-written), but if you're a fan of the genre (or of science fiction, or maybe of action) it's well worth the watch.
7 years 5 months ago
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Aside from a hammy climax, this is a fairly decent horror. It's neither actually-scary nor cerebral, but it's an entertaining watch.

Nonetheless, it's nothing on the 2001 original, Kairo. I imagine that Craven and Wright's original meeting went something like this:

"Hey, this movie was pretty successful. What's it about?"
"Modern isolation, and also Hiroshima and Nagasaki somehow, but I haven't exactly figured those references out yet."
"Excellent. Let's make an American version, about Internet demons."
"Perfect."

I know it sounds like I'm griping about changes, but I think being even /less/ true to the original would have made the film stronger. As it is, it comes across as a little confused. It sort of tries to be about isolation, but doesn't follow through, and is weaker for this.

Being less true to the original would have also avoided some cringeworthy stabs at guessing what the youth are doing these days, such as a scene in which it's made clear that the film's young adults, with expensive computers, in the periphery of a "hacker" circle, at an expensive college campus, in P2P's heyday (when even musicians in the industry were advocating torrents and Limewire), pirated music by visiting CD pirates in person and purchasing physical CDRWs.
7 years 7 months ago
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A stellar debut. Xiuying is ostensibly the only spirit in the film, but many of the characters seem to be in an afterlife of their own in this gracefully-framed but derelict limbo of a landscape, not to mention nods to Sisyphus. Its quiet, contemplative attitude is emphasised in minimalistic editing and camera movement (that is, more often the lack thereof) that lets the painterly, near-monochromatic shots speak for themselves.

I look forward to more projects to come from Hanyi Zhang and cinematographer Chang Mang (whether or not they continue to work together).
7 years 9 months ago
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This isn't just the best horror movie I've seen in at least the past twelve months - it's also the first to scare me properly in a very long time. A story very well told which I'd recommend to anyone.
7 years 9 months ago
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I thoroughly enjoyed this, particularly the gorgeous (even captivating) cinematography and costuming, and the horror around the edges.

The format was an interesting concept (and gives me some idea as to how the likes of House of Leaves could be adapted for the screen), but it fell a little flat. The "main" storyline (or the film-within-the-film, if you like) was very intriguing, but the suspense (and occasional horror) often isn't sustained throughout the mockumentary parts, which consequently spoil the mood, even though they're interesting enough. It's appropriate and realistic, and the film's definitely the better for the mockumentary part, but the plateaus in the atmosphere become a little frustrating.
7 years 9 months ago
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I never would have believed that a short film about a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog would genuinely turn out to be an incredibly sad, even moving film, but here we are. (Perhaps the affect is exaggerated because I was mostly expecting it to be a joke.)
7 years 10 months ago
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Taika sure has the knack. Loved the visual comedy in this especially (along with the show-offy scenery, of course).
8 years ago
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This was the most delightful, heartwarming film I've seen in a long time.
8 years ago

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