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Friday, November 3, 2017

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

An Australian American action directed by George Miller, starring Charlize Theron.
Max is captured by the thugs of a corrupt leader and forced into slavery. When a renegade driver goes off-route, he teams up with her.
Predictable, boring and stupid. It was all action and nothing else. The plot was threadbare and did not fit into the established story of the series. It seemed more like a stand-alone installment. The characters were so shallow that I could almost see through them. The video was done well, special effects, choreographed vehicle chases, explosions and all that crap. The audio wasn't bad. I could hear what people said and the music. Overall, an action-packed extravaganza full of violence with no plot and weak characters. Hey, if that's what you want, go for it. I want more out of a movie. I rate this poor for the reasons stated above. You should not watch it if you're looking for depth or thought.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Looper (2012)

An American science fiction directed by Rian Johnson, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordeon-Levitt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.
A man works as a "Looper". He kills men sent from the future and disposes of the bodies. In the future, a new boss called The Rainmaker takes over and starts having the Loopers killed. The main character ends up not killing the future him who goes on a quest to kill The Rainmaker as a child.
Not bad, but it sure had flaws. The plot was extremely complex to the point where different outcomes of the same event were shown. The characters were a little too shallow to be playing in this complex plot, though. They had back-story, but it was simplistic and they did not develop during the film. The video was not to my liking. It all looked fine and the special effects were amazing. My issue is that the editing made things very unclear about who was where and when. A prime example is the action scene at Sara's house. There was a shot in the middle that looked like it was taking place at a different location. The audio was decent with compression, but I would hate to imagine it without because I could hear the volume swells from the compressor compensating for drastically different audio levels. Overall, a decent film that was alright to watch, but had some major flaws. I rate this tolerable.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The One I Love (2014)

An American science fiction drama directed by Charlie McDowell.
A married couple who are having relationship problems vacation at an estate with a guest house. When either of them enters the guest house alone, a more compatible copy of the other is there.
This was interesting. The plot had a unique premise and held my attention through development, but the ending was too predictable. The characters had some vague back-story and having copies of both of them made that intriguing. The video effects were done marvelously. We even got copies of both people together in the same scene. The general camera-work was not so great. There were some underexposures and it seemed very stock and standard, straight forward. The audio had very clear dialogue, but the choices of music were not to my liking. Overall, an interesting plot holds the whole thing together. I rate this o.k.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Guard (2011)

An Irish crime comedy directed by John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham and Fionnula Flanagan.
An Irish cop gets a black, American partner and they try to catch a gang of drug dealers.
Amazing! I don't have anything bad to say about this. The plot was written very well and held my attention through two consecutive viewings before writing this. The characters were written and cast well. They were unique and colorful and made me feel like I had known them my whole life. Even the secondary characters were written and acted perfectly. The dialogue was on par with Quentin Tarantino material. Video looked more like Wes Anderson style. Everything was contrasty, over-saturated and extremely planned out. The audio was great. Everything was mixed right and I could hear the music and dialogue all very clearly. Overall, a fucking masterpiece. There is no other way to rate this than best. You must watch it!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Grey (2011)

A British American disaster adventure directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney.
A group of men are on an airplane that crashes in Alaska. They try to survive with a pack of wolves chasing them through the wilderness.
How disappointing. The plot held my attention because of the subject matter. The characters were not very developed and lacked back-story. They spent the whole time arguing and getting killed. The video all looked good. There were some very good shots of landscapes and action sequences. The audio was mixed well and I could hear everything. The soundtrack music stayed in the background and seemed appropriate. What irked me was that the rising action would almost instantaneously skip to resolutions. This was particularly true of the ending. Overall, a disappointment. I rate this poor, mostly because of the ending.

The World's End (2013)

A British American science fiction directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan.
A group of friends try to visit every pub in their town at the end of school and only make it through 9. Years later, they reunite and have another go at it. This time, the town is mostly populated by alien robots.
Entertainment value was very high in this. The plot held my attention very well. The characters had relatively deep back-stories and some even changed during the duration. The video was executed well and featured over the top special effects. The robots coming apart was done convincingly, there was a walking metal sculpture and a giant fireball. The audio was mixed well, but the music was not what I would have chosen. Overall, a fun flick. I rate this awesome. Watch it!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

A British horror directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Glenn Close.
A girl goes to class in a restraint wheelchair on a military base. It turns out that she has a lesser degree of a zombie virus and the scientist wants to make a cure from her brain and spine. The base is invaded by zombies and the girl escapes with a jerk soldier, the teacher and the scientist.
I actually liked this. The plot held my attention and differentiated itself from other zombie apocalypse films. The characters were a little deeper than standard survival horror folks. I liked the main character because she was very different from everyone else. The video was done very well. I really liked their use of selective focus. The audio was pretty good, but there was one really annoying song in the soundtrack. Overall, an entertaining and moderately unique zombie apocalypse survival horror with a good main character. I rate this adequate. You might as well watch it.