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Dodes

have watched

6/10

Inherent Vice

3/10


11 months, 2 weeks ago
Dodes
Inherent Vice

11 months, 2 weeks ago
Ben-Hur
 Ben-Hur 6/10
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Ben-Hur
In 1959 the world was introduced to Ben-Hur, a movie that today remains on many top movie lists. So of course Hollywood, would be ready for a remake in this golden age of well… remakes. With remakes sometimes comes a major plot overhaul, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. In Timur Bekmambetov's production the story is pretty consistent with its 55 year-old predecessor. The backbone is essentially the same, but they have made a few tweaks such a making Messala, Judah's brother and using assassination as the means of starting war instead of a tile falling from the ceiling. Some of these additions I think make the drama more gripping, and others were a little more long-winded and overdramatic. At least most of these additions added to the plot and allowed us to get closer and more involved with Ben-Hur's tale. The centerpiece of the movie which is the chariot race is exciting and heart pounding. Jack Huston makes an extraordinary Ben-Hur of the modern age. He captures the noble side of the character well but I can't say he tops Charlton Heston's portrayal. He did a good job though. Overall, it's a good remake of an old classic. It's entertaining but if you're hoping for something that matches or even betters the 1959 version this doesn't even come close to it.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
11 months, 2 weeks ago
The Neon Demon
Experimental film director Nicolas Winding Refn gives us his newest movie The Neon Demon. It's about a young girl trying to make it big in the fashion world of Los Angeles but other models grow jealous of her and she soon starts to develop enemies. Never have I seen a movie so hypnotising, so psychologically disturbing and so jaw-dropping. Elle Fanning gives the performance of her career. The cinematography is gorgeous, the shots are just effortless and the visuals used throughout the movie are so entrancing. The soundtrack is straight up my kind of soundtrack, electronic/trance tracks that match the psychedelic modelling world the movie conveys. Overall, an experimental movie that I can only imagine some viewers will love and some will hate but with fantastic performances. I highly recommend you watch this one as it deserves to be watched (even just for the sheer bravery of Refn's work).
11 months, 2 weeks ago
War Dogs
 War Dogs 8/10
11 months, 2 weeks ago
War Dogs
The story is eye opening, relevant and very clearly told with a humorous tone through the serious subject matter. This is based on a true story with some fictionalised elements to make it entertaining. A massage therapist links up with a childhood friend who is a small time arms dealer. Very interesting to get a look at the legal but morally questionable world of arms dealing. Jonah Hill has some funny lines and he does a great job with the over the top character but he can be subtly sinister when he needs to be. Miles Teller plays his character sympathetically and I liked him here. Quite different from the rather annoying characters he usually plays. Bradley Cooper who produced the movie and has a small but pivotal role and he is effective as an arms dealer. The action takes the viewer from Miami to Jordan and Iraq with some funny situations there and Albania. Watch this movie. It deserves to do better than it has so far.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Dream Demon
 Dream Demon 5/10
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Dream Demon
A British stab at the popular dream subgenre in the 80's that ends up coming off like A Nightmare On Elm Street mixed with Repulsion. Virginal Diana (Jemma Redgrave) is preparing to get married when she begins having a number of vivid dreams that end up having effects on the real world. Directed by Harley Cokeliss, Dream Demon does have one thing going for it in that it perfectly captures the surreal nature of dreams. The movie attempts to have a mystery involving the house where Diana lives but it is put together so haphazardly that little of it makes sense. Is the house evil? If so, how is the house evil? Is Diana possessed? We never really know. Regardless, it is worth checking out once if you are starved for some of the bizarre dreams and visuals.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
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11 months, 3 weeks ago
Make Mine Mink
Charming comedy about a group of people who are lodging with a distinguished woman in an apartment. She supports many charities but has now run out of money. Through a series of events, they hit upon the idea of stealing fur coats and selling them to a fence so that she can continue to support her charities. The others are all bored so they go along ...since it's for charity. Implausible plot makes little difference as this disparate group of oddballs start their series of robberies. The cast is uniformly excellent in this bit of craziness. Terry Thomas and Athene Seyler turn in star performances, matched by Hattie Jacques as Nan and Elspeth Duxbury as the hapless Pinkie. Kenneth Williams in an early appearance shines as a character that he never really succeeded in developing for the screen but which points to a keen comic enjoying himself in very good company. Recommended to any fan of the wonderful Terry Thomas and British comedies of this era.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
AKB48Fan added 2 items to their collection
Make Mine Mink

have watched

6/10

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

4/10


11 months, 3 weeks ago
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Loosely inspired by various comedies we have seen before but without any redeeming quality or grace, this movie is about 2 brothers who have to find 2 dates to their sisters wedding. For the most part, the movie has a strong opening where we see how these two brothers party, but we also witness the aftermath of their wild antics. Things move well enough till we get to the point where they actually end up on Hawaii. At this point, things take a tumble off a cliff and it never recovers. The 4 main actors are awful especially Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. I'm not saying the movie is completely unfunny, but the most you get are a few chuckles here and there. Overall it's an absolute waste of time, money, and talent.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Range 15
Made by US military veterans for US military veterans, this lame comedy is one of the worst I've ever seen. I was expecting a cool zombie apocalypse laugh fest and although there are a couple of good gags, most of it is in military speak that will be lost on the majority of people. I was really disappointed since it was given an initial high rating on IMDB but obviously it was all false. Don't bother with this one unless you're in the military.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
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11 months, 3 weeks ago
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Range 15

have watched

3/10

The Take

7/10


11 months, 3 weeks ago
The Take
Bastille Day is a "by the numbers" action thriller. That's not to say this is a poor movie. What it does, it does well. There's a good cast including the talented Idris Elba in the role of a CIA operative. Great Parisian sets, locations and lots of predictable but still enjoyable, action sequences. Where it falls down somewhat is in the storytelling and character development department. The storyline is a bit thin, stretching credulity to its limit whilst not doing anything that, in one form or other, has not been done before. Equally, its a shame the character development was not better. Actors like Elba and the cast are not really given the opportunity to really "show off" their craft, with rather flat, action caricatures being the order of business instead. Putting these considerations aside, there's still more to like here than not. This movie packs a punch that all good movies in this genre should, its has loads of mostly exciting action such as a chase across rooftops, that keep the movie rolling along. Worth checking out.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Dope
This is a very good coming-of-age movie. The main character is Malcolm, a high-school senior who's obsessed with 90's hip-hop culture, and who constantly shows this affection by emulating the fashion and language of the time. He's a straight-A student with perfect SAT scores and seems to have everything under control - despite a few bullies - until he finds himself taking a chance invitation to a drug dealer's birthday party along with his two best friends. From there, he's taken on a crazy adventure littered with bad choice after bad choice, all the while juggling college applications and interviews that will surely determine his future. Writer/Director Rick Famuyiwa strips the movie of any tired clichés or stereotypes for African-American characters, and surprisingly manages to infuse details that question the issues of racism and class discrimination. But above all, he makes a really fun movie. The writing is sharp and humorous, with the acting from the main trio - Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons - complimenting it excellently. And though it's undoubtedly rough around the edges, its wit and ceaseless energy make it irresistible. Definitely recommended.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
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Dope

have watched

7/10

The Loft

6/10


11 months, 3 weeks ago
The Loft
"The Loft" is a remake of a Belgian movie, and focuses on five married men who go in on a ritzy high rise loft for the purposes of pursuing their affairs and sexual escapades. When a girl winds up dead in a pool of blood in the loft, the five men panic as they attempt to unravel who she is and where she came from. Taking some cues from Hitchcock, "The Loft" is an overall entertaining movie, but the script at times is the equivalent of a cheap Rubik's cube — it looks fine, it's a fun puzzle, I guess, but it's really just not that impressive overall. The movie shifts between past and present, unraveling the narrative through flashbacks which are sandwiched between the current dilemma of the four men arguing in the loft over the corpse of the dead blonde. The pacing is a bit choppy, and the transitions rather abrupt. James Marsden and Wentworth Miller are among the movie's greatest star power here. The finale cements my feelings of the movie as an underwhelming thriller that seems more suited for television than the silver screen, but I still can't say it was totally not worth the time. Despite some problems, it is still by and large an entertaining flick.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
11 months, 3 weeks ago
The Skeleton Key
Director Iain Softley should be given credit for piecing a fairly suspenseful movie about a young woman that takes over as a caregiver for a man that has been paralysed in the rural Spanish moss covered yesteryear of old Louisiana plantation life. What does she find there? Well, the mystery of the movie, most of which is exposed in the last 30 minutes, is explained just like that at the very end. This movie has much going for it. Softley uses every cliché and stereotype imaginable of old Southern life and in particular Louisiana Southern life. But these are used effectively for the most part. We have voodoo/Hoodoo(?)elements, racial tensions, oppressive settings bogged down by decay and heat, and some thick accents. The acting is overall quite good. Gena Rowlands gives a standout performance. John Hurt plays her paralysed husband and even though he has so little to say, he is very effective in his role. Kate Hudson has the lead and is affable in it - and beautiful as well. That leaves Peter Sarsgaard as the last major player. He is adequate at best(and has a very heavy accent). But it's not the actors really that command attention, it's the director's sense of mood and style and a script that is very obvious in certain places yet surprisingly effective for the most part. The movie does drag for a bit in the middle and Softley throws some things in there really not needed. By and large; however, the movie is a success at scaring up a few chills and creating a unique ending that few will guess.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Sausage Party
 Sausage Party 7/10
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Sausage Party
Sausage Party is an adult CGI animated comedy movie. I like most Disney Pixar animated movies and this movie is a fun and enjoyable parody of them. Even though the humour sometimes felt forced, the movie's message of self-discovery is what I believe holds it up. At "Shopwell's" supermarket, all the food on sale dream of one day being picked by customers to be taken to their new homes. However, some of them soon learn the terrible truth of what happens to them once they have been purchased by humans. A sausage named Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) attempts to warn his fellow Shopwell's food items of their inevitable fate before it is too late. Filled to the brim with crude jokes and political incorrectness, Sausage Party is an enjoyable send up of Disney Pixar movies. The animation was nice to look at and definitely on par with most of today's CGI animated features. The jokes didn't always work, but the ones that did had me laughing out loud. This movie is not for the easily offended and definitely not for children, but if you enjoy the comedy of Seth Rogen then I recommend seeing it.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
1 year ago
Heart of Glass
I enjoy most movies by Werner Herzog but there's a couple of his early works which I do have a problem with. This movie was by far the most boring thing I have ever seen. It is massively pretentious, and so people who watch movies for "depth" and "art" may pretend to see something in it, but it is garbage. The sound and video quality are poor. The acting is purposefully drab (actually, the entire cast was supposedly under hypnosis, which really worked out beautifully, really.) If movies should a form of entertainment, then this is about as far as you can get from a good movie. If movies are supposed to be artful in some way, then maybe there's something to this that I'm missing, but it is so hard to watch that there is no message worth the chore of sitting through this thing. Extremely dull.
1 year ago
Heisei Rider vs. Shôwa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen featuring Super Sentai
Made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Heisei Rider series, this special crossover movie pits the Heisei Riders (1999 - present) up against the classic Showa Riders (1971 - 1994) which has been orchestrated by the evil Kamen Rider Fifteen of the Underground Empire Baldan. What's great about this movie is that all of the Riders since 1971 are featured and even some of the original actors come back to reprise their roles. Even the ToQgers Super Sentai team pop up to aid the heroes against the villains. The ending for the movie was chosen by fans who had to vote which generation they liked best. The fight scenes in this movie were pretty good. One thing that I liked in this movie is the way they upgraded the transformations to the returning Showa Rider actors. The story I thought was okay, but the characters and character development was pretty interesting. Another great KR crossover movie.
1 year ago

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