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Monday, August 21, 2017

Hank and Mike (2008)

A Canadian comedy directed by Matthiew Klinck, starring Joe Mantegna.
A pair of male Easter bunnies who live together get fired because they skipped hiding eggs in a house.
This was rather odd. The plot held my attention because the premise was so strange. The characters were cast well, but didn't come with much back-story. Grown men in Easter bunny costumes definitely gets the viewer's attention. The video was done quite well. I could see everything that was happening very clearly and there were some creative camera angles used. The audio was a little low, but I won't really hold that against it. I think that the weird choices of soundtrack music worked well in this case. Overall, this is basically what I'm looking for in a movie to give a good rating. It's something that was made well and stands out in a crowd. I rate this good. Watch it!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cameraperson (2016)

An American documentary directed by Kirsten Johnson.
Clips from other documentaries of a filmmaker's career are shown.
This was alright and desultory. The individual pieces were fine, but they were strung together in a chaotic sequence that didn't make any sense. The camera-work was expertly done and there were some revealing interviews. The audio was very low for most of it and some was in foreign languages. The subtitles were not made very visible, but seemed to be correct. Overall, a pretty mess. I rate it o.k.

Citizenfour (2014)

A German American documentary directed by Laura Poitras.
The American government is spying on citizens and this information gets leaked out.
This was boring. The subject matter did not hold my interest because I already knew that the government is spying on everything everyone does. The whispered dialogue did not help this fact. There were inexpertly done interviews like when the fire alarm goes off in a hotel and they keep filming. These were intercut with news footage from TV. Overall, not worth watching. I turned it off at the hour mark, which is half way through the duration. I rate this shit. DO NOT WATCH!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

A British art documentary directed by Banksy.
A man who is obsessed with recording videos gets into street art.
This was interesting and fun. The subject matter was lively. These people were putting art on walls illegally, so there was a sense of danger and freedom vs. authority. The interviews were done very well and including the videos that the main character made was the best decision of the film. The video was varied, but the audio was mixed well in post-production. There was a lot of handheld camera, but it ended up working out well. Overall, a cool documentary about street art. I rate this good. Watch it!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

She Killed in Ecstasy A.K.A. Sie tötete in Ekstase, Mrs. Hyde (1971)

A West German Spanish slasher directed by Jesus Franco.
A scientist doctor is ostracized for his research and kills himself. His wife takes revenge on the co-workers who condemned him.
I feel like I've seen this before. The plot was pretty stale, even for Franco. What separates this from the other film with the same plot is that the wife stabs guys' dicks off with scissors. The characters completely lacked development. The video was artsy enough to hold my attention a little bit. Some female nudity helped there too. The audio was in German and I found good English subtitles. The music was even staler than the plot. I could swear it was recycled from another Franco flick. Overall, very tired, mediocre and lackluster. I rate this tolerable.

Weiner (2016)

An American documentary directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg.
A New York City politician is having trouble running for an election because he sent sexual messages to a woman online.
This was alright at best. The subject matter was mildly amusing, but not very engaging or thought provoking. The footage that the camera crew got of the politician and his wife was actually good. It seemed like they planned the shots well and didn't just go and shoot junk. There weren't really interviews because this was done in "fly on the wall" style, just documenting what happened. Morals and ethics come into question here. He only sent digital messages. He was never even in the same room as the woman/women he was talking with. I have a hard time seeing how that should be such a big issue. This goes along with my indiscriminate looking without touching rule. Overall, a pretty mediocre documentary. I rate it o.k.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stories We Tell (2012)

A Canadian documentary directed by Sarah Polley.
A young woman makes a documentary about her deceased mother's life and finds her real father.
This was alright. The subject matter was very personal to the filmmaker and the interviewees. The audio and video were expertly done and technically sound. There were some sections that should have been edited out like asking people to repeat a line. There were old home movies included in which the video was not so great, but they helped to tell the story. The story of the mother's life held more intrigue than one would initially expect. Overall, a very personal narrative to release for the general public. I rate this tolerable because I don't really care about their family, but the technical aspect was done quite well.