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#2851 Kellth

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:24 PM

Noah - 6.5/10

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:44 PM

Byzantium(2013)
+ Mother is running best old business in the World... and there are certainly beautiful women in this movie.
+ The Brotherhood ancient order of Vampires hunting them is putting pressure on the situation.
+ It has some beauty in it and it is deeper I mean art old style etc.
Neutral: During the movie it felt more as Drama then Horror.
- to much art for my taste.
- much Piano music well that is subjective if you like it. Everything is old in this movie if you expect to find any modern music forget it.
- boring long movie.
My vote: 5.75/10 ok movie

Well yeah woke up did see this movie and again tired. This movie is an odd Vampire artful story. I am not so much into art and slow long movies ,but if that is your thing you might like it. However when rarely there is combat it can be brutal and lethal. This is not so good movie for me and no I do not consider it Horror movie.

Edited by Stargate, 12 May 2014 - 11:50 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:44 PM

Oh taking break from TV series so have been watching movies. I am also watching them since I am member
of kind of "movie club" with friends but only the best horro movies that I rank 7/10 or more I will see again with my friends. Highly ranked Action movies I usually see first time with them.

Contracted(2013)
+ Mystery you keep wondering what is it about.
+ Some sex and beautiful women though it is softcore so do not expect to see really nudity though it is clear
they have sex they don't film it that way.
+ You keep wondering is it natural or supernatural?
+ Fairly interesting I did not get very bored and it is amazing since this is fairly realistic and not an Action movie.
+ Little bit cool not much but slightly.
- Never gets really good.
- The end while it gave result felt like cut and was shortly cut and you keep wondering why....
My vote: 6.25/10 ok movie!

I will NOT spoil what Contract is about that is the best part when you wonder what is happening.

The Battery(2012)
+ From early start it becomes immediately apparent that this is yet another Zombie movie.
+ Some fun scenes and the scene inside the car with the Zombie woman outside was interesting.
+ Fairly interesting.
Neutral: Mediocre actors.
- Fails to become epic.
- Ending well you can keep wondering how it will end.
- How scary can a slow drooling Zombie get? In this movie all Zombies seems very slow. FFS even Contracted is more horror then this movie!
My vote: 5.75/10 ok movie.

NOTE! If you like Zombie movies then you might like The Battery(2012) more then me... Lets simply say that Zombie is not my favorite horror type though I still can watch it.


Well there it seems that most movies recently has not been very good... and don't even start try to convince me to try see a Iron Man 3 since I really do NOT like Robert Downey Jr. as an actor! Do not get me wrong I don't hate him for all I care he can have good life, but I don't want to see any more movies with him as main actor.

Edited by Stargate, 14 May 2014 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

Warm Blood(2013)
+ Finally a Zombie movie that is at least slightly scary. The bonies look scary those who look like skeletons
and in this movie the Zombies can move temporary fast when they attack.
+ Beautiful females at least the main female actor and her female friend(actually I think her best female friend is more beautiful) are very beautiful.
+ Interesting.
+ Some Action fighting.
Neutral: If you ever can get sympathy for a Zombie then it would be in this movie.
- Somewhat to much into old music tunes etc.
- to much Romance for my liking.
My vote: 7.5/10 good/very good movie!

The two best Zombie movies of the year 2013 is in my taste Warm Blood and World War Z. World War Z was disappointly more catastrophe movie(and not horror) and I rank Warm Blood roughly as good as World War Z.

Warm Blood vs World War Z are still very different movies. What is scary with a Zombie that remembers much of human feelings? True really not scary, but the skeletons in this movie are true monsters devoid of any human like feelings and they are fast killing machines like small Terminators.

Edited by Stargate, 15 May 2014 - 08:31 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 12:12 AM

Godzilla (2014) - 9/10

*very minor spoilers ahead*

Oh how long I waited for this, a good western version of my favorite fictional character of all time. When I first saw the trailers, I was worried. Are they going for a realistic tone? Why? It's a movie about giant atomic monsters beating the crap out of each other, not the Dark Knight! In fact the trailers focused on Bryan Cranston. Now don't get me wrong, I love the guy (even if Breaking Bad is not my thing, real world settings are mostly boring for me), but this is a freaking Godzilla movie, so don't push aside for human drama.
To make it short they did, but it still worked. Well it wasn't as bad as I thought to beginn with, however they still went for the "rather" realistic tone with a lot of human drama, yet it did not hurt the film as much as I feared. The acting was very good (aside from Aaron Tayler-Johnson, he underperformed a bit) and the story was genuinely suspenful enough to almost make me forget about why I was here to beginn with. Then they started showing the monsters, sadly still not the king of them all. Big G was missing out on the first half of the picture (except for the opening credits).
I grew impatient. Then it happened! He appeared and what a mighty entrance he had. As the green behemoth let out his fearsome roar I squealed in exitement. Finally I would see what I payed for... and then they cut away. Now they did this before, but usually just from monster vs. human battles. Now they cut out a monster battle.
"Please stop with the build-up Mr. Edwards! I can't take it anymore. Give me what my body craves for!" I thought. But the director was cruel, no monster battle until the climax. And while I winced in agony at the time, I have to say it was worth it. The final battle is truly deserving.
Besides that, unless most Toho Godzilla films, the human storyline is very well done and interesting enough to keep you entertained while it builds up the monsters. I personaly would have prefered more Gojira screen time, but I understand why Edwards didn't. Sometimes less is more. Besides knowing his earlier film Monsters (reviewed here) I expected it to be this way.

Overall I can only recommend this film. Well partly because I want it to go big at the box-office; fund me a sequel you tools. :P

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:33 PM

Ninja Shadow of a Tear(2013)
+ The few Japanese women you see are beautiful. All Asian women in this movie are not beautiful though in my taste.
+ Japanese influence. All best Ninja movies have Japanese influence. NinJitsu is from Japan.
+ Main actor and the best fighters are really good at martial arts.
+ The plot warning SPOILER!
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+ Action both hand to hand combat and many different weapons.
Neutral: Over the top fighting, but that is typical for many martial arts movies. I mean make it look good.
- Japan, Thailand and then a third Asian country. It gets a bit repetitive with scene of Asian thugs.
- You will not see any western women. Besides the main person himself I did see only 1 other male Caucasian male in this whole movie.
My vote: 8/10 very good!

Keep in mind that I like martial art movies and even more so if it is cool ninja movies or Mortal Kombat(1995). There are really not many good Ninja movies though. The best ones in my taste are Ninja III Domination and the above movie. Ninja movies that are even decent are rare.

Edited by Stargate, 22 May 2014 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:39 PM

Ok some of you may wonder why can I like an OLD low rated(on IMDB) movie as Ninja III Domination?

Ok here is my review  of Ninja III Domination that I mentioned in my previous review above.
Ninja III Domination(1984)
+ Main female is beautiful and works part time also as gym instructor.
+ Sho Kosugi Japanese Ninja is cool.
+ The main Japanese villain Ninja is cool.
+ Some techniques are realistic.
+ Brutal violence! This is for adults!
+ This movie has sorcery and fantasy. Take it as is it was never meant to be a realistic martial arts movie. I have trained years martial arts. I have never trained Ninjitsu but I do have a book of Ninjitsu. Ninjas even train REALLY what you would call a 6th sense. 6th sense is knowing without seeing, hearing, tasting etc. i.e you know an attack before it comes and block it. You can train it with blindfold so you can not see though I guess real sixth sense is also not using hearing.

You can believe all you will if 6th sense exist or not I am not saying if it exist but they do try to teach that.  Anyway it is the intuition what makes some detectives and cops really good and not always the physical proof finding. Whatever but I am saying that extreme stealth and feats have created a Ninja myth of supernatural powers. Of course Hollywood choose to exaggerated Ninja myths/powers very much in this movie.

Neutral: The old music sound fairly ok to me though subjective taste.

- Unrealistic jumping and yes there are other unrealistic scenes. If you want totally realistic then avoid this movie at all costs.
- The movie is so old that quality is not the best part though they have released a blueray version later of that movie.
- The whole plot concept is flawed in that way that what reason in the beginning did the Villain Ninja have to go on killing spree openly during middle of the day? Well my best theory maybe because he wanted to get the attention of Ninja Sho Kosugi to settle an old score.
My vote: 8/10 Very good!

In the first Terminator 1 movie the Terminator slaughtered the cops in a whole police station. Japanese have great affection for revenge and in this movie as much cops are slaughtered as in the old Terminator movie.

Finally I am not a cop hater and I did feel sympathy for the cops in the movie End of Watch(2012). I only meant that it is realistic that if there is a super villain that cops are sent after that villain and these villains are super tough.

Edited by Stargate, 22 May 2014 - 12:58 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:22 PM

View PostBuddhaKeks, on 18 May 2014 - 12:12 AM, said:

Godzilla (2014) - 9/10

*very minor spoilers ahead*

Oh how long I waited for this, a good western version of my favorite fictional character of all time. When I first saw the trailers, I was worried. Are they going for a realistic tone? Why? It's a movie about giant atomic monsters beating the crap out of each other, not the Dark Knight! In fact the trailers focused on Bryan Cranston. Now don't get me wrong, I love the guy (even if Breaking Bad is not my thing, real world settings are mostly boring for me), but this is a freaking Godzilla movie, so don't push aside for human drama.
To make it short they did, but it still worked. Well it wasn't as bad as I thought to beginn with, however they still went for the "rather" realistic tone with a lot of human drama, yet it did not hurt the film as much as I feared. The acting was very good (aside from Aaron Tayler-Johnson, he underperformed a bit) and the story was genuinely suspenful enough to almost make me forget about why I was here to beginn with. Then they started showing the monsters, sadly still not the king of them all. Big G was missing out on the first half of the picture (except for the opening credits).
I grew impatient. Then it happened! He appeared and what a mighty entrance he had. As the green behemoth let out his fearsome roar I squealed in exitement. Finally I would see what I payed for... and then they cut away. Now they did this before, but usually just from monster vs. human battles. Now they cut out a monster battle.
"Please stop with the build-up Mr. Edwards! I can't take it anymore. Give me what my body craves for!" I thought. But the director was cruel, no monster battle until the climax. And while I winced in agony at the time, I have to say it was worth it. The final battle is truly deserving.
Besides that, unless most Toho Godzilla films, the human storyline is very well done and interesting enough to keep you entertained while it builds up the monsters. I personaly would have prefered more Gojira screen time, but I understand why Edwards didn't. Sometimes less is more. Besides knowing his earlier film Monsters (reviewed here) I expected it to be this way.

Overall I can only recommend this film. Well partly because I want it to go big at the box-office; fund me a sequel you tools. :P
It is nice that you enjoyed the movie so much. Now I have watched it and writed my review. While I did not like it as much as you my vote is still above the average IMDB vote.

Godzilla 3D(2014)
+ Action lots of it.
+ Female main actor the wife to the adult son is very beautiful and I liked her.
+ Good special effects and big budget.
+ Simple, but interesting story/plot.
Neutral: For being so soft movie it is odd that the main person recovered so quickly from the tragic death of...
Negative:
- Overly soft this movie will be liked by many parents. I don't care or feel more sympathy for a family father.
- Long scenes with family that could have been reduced to at least shorter scenes.
- Big does not mean necessary scary. Old Jurassic Park movie from 90ies the original is more scary then this movie.
My vote: 8/10 very good!

This movie depends heavily on cinema 3D movie effects and cinema experience and I do not think it will be so good at least on a smaller home TV.

Edited by Stargate, 03 June 2014 - 05:33 PM.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 08:25 PM

The Edge of Tomorrow(2014) 3D movie:
+ Excellent effects the sound and the views.
+ Brutal war and battle!
+ Tom Cruise main actor and fairly charming female blonde Elite solier.
+ Unless I am mistaken one older officer was in the Aliens(1986)movie also and I like him as actor.
+ Brilliant enemy and interesting plot.
+ Remind me of both chess(smart enemy) and 3D shooter games!
WARNING SPOILER:
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+ Brutal war and people die.
- There is a bit blood, but not so much as I would like though yes humans gets slaughtered.
My vote: 9/10 a classic movie!

Edited by Stargate, 28 June 2014 - 11:21 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:53 PM

As I'm still somewhat struck with the football feaver, I watched two football films.

United Passions - 4.5/10

So yeah this is a movie about the FIFA. It's kinda weird having a sports film about the executives and not the teams but I have to admit I was intrigued by the idea. After all nowadays we take the FIFA for granted, so it should be interesting to see where they come from. Too bad the movie fails to show it. I mean it does show the history of FIFA from foundation to 2005, so about a 100 years. This is however the problem, they have to show too much in the film, they have no time to establish or explain anything. The characters remain mostly shallow, important events are just cut away.
An example: In 1930 the FIFA hosts it's first World Cup a year later the movie shows that they went bankrupt. The characters talk about how their dream is over. Cut to 1937, the FIFA still exists and they talk about the last WC in Italy and how it was influenced by politics. But how did they get out of bankruptcy? Never explained. And that happens all the time.
And how Sepp Blatter is portrayed. I have not much love for that man, but I do believe that he sincerely tries to delevop football in Africa. But that doesn't mean you have to show only his good sides movie! Don't get me wrong they show corruption within the FIFA, but they never really say who is corrupt. What they do make clear though is that Blatter isn't. He is the white knight trying to safe the whole thing. In the end he succeeds and they again didn't even bother to show how.
I still give this movie credit for what it tried to do and it is interesting enough to watch if you like history or football (or both as I do). It just has obvious shortcomings and I can't forgive how they portray Blatter as the unambiguous good guy.


The Miracle of Bern - 9/10

Another sports movie with the main focus on what happens beside the field, but done right this time. I just realize that is the first german movie I review here. The setting is the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Though I'd say only about half of the film shows this, the other half is about a german family. The father just came back after being a russian POW for 12 years. He barely fits into the society that has changed so much since WW2. His eldest son is a communist, his daughter dates british soldiers, his wife learned to survive on her own and his youngest son idolizes Helmut Rahn a local footballer and sees him as a father figure.
Much of the movie is the father trying to reconnect with his family and in the end he bonds with his youngest son over football.
Of course it wouldn't be the miracle of Bern if they didn't show it. The campaign is told from the german side, with most matches glimpsed over only the finale is shown in all it's glorious detail. What surprised me is that except Helmut Rahn, none of the the actors that played footballers are actually actors, they were all footballers themself. But their acting was really good! Well I guess Helmut Rahn was the only one who had to be an actor as he has the most screentime and dialog. Still the guy who portrays german captain and Kaiserlauten legend Fritz Walter does a damn good job for layman actor, even if his accent isn't flawless.
Speaking of accents, I have no idea how good this movie is in english (if there is even a dubbed version) as some of it's humorous charm comes from the fact that all the players have their local accents. At one scene it's even somewhat a plotpoint, when Germany defeats Austria in the semi final you hear a radio voice explaining what happens in the match, without seeing it. He just talks about how "our boys are getting over run" but by his accent you can clearly hear that he is austrian, even if it's never mentioned in the monolog. No idea how this is done in a dubbed version.
Anyway a great movie that really captures the spirit of the time and more importantly what this World Cup ment to the german society. This tournament is sometimes even called the real birthdate of the German republic, so yes it was indeed a major historic event for us and the film manages to portray that with great accuracy.

Edit: Something just came to my mind, that I thought would be an interesting bit of trivia: United Passions depicts Horst Dassler, the head of a german sports article producer Adidas, making an exclusive deal with FIFA. The Miracle of Bern has the appearance of Adi Dassler, Horst's father and founder of Adidas, as the equipment supplier of the german team.

Edited by BuddhaKeks, 28 July 2014 - 10:59 PM.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:13 PM

Some of these movies I saw even before football or during football or after, but during that time I was busy posting about FIFA World Cup.

Her(2013)
+ Slightly female nudity not much though.
+ Scifi future technology.
- Romance, romance and romance. I can bear with slightly romantic say Divergent movie and even TV series Vampire Diaries, but this is to much focused on romance.
- No Drama and no nothing there is NO plot whatsoever worth to see.
My vote: 3/10 bad movie!

100 Degrees Below Zero
+ Beautiful female actors... really the 3 main female actors are all beautiful.
+ Fairly interesting.
+ Basic idea of new Ice Age is possible.
Neutral: Sometimes acting and scenery is so bad executed that it made me laugh. However I still felt sympathy for the actors after all maybe Director told them to act like that.
- Unrealistic movie in so many ways.
- Teasing big boobs female actor in T-shirt, but never ever will this movie go into nudity.
My vote: 5/10 average movie!

Noah(2014)
+ Fairly interesting.
- Angels as what? I don't think it is so according to the Bible though I am not super expert. Generally this movie is not according to the Bible in all things.
- Sigh I get tired of the actors, but still fairly interesting.
My vote: 6/10 ok movie!

Transformers(2014)
+ Good effects.
+ Action.
+ Interesting first half.
+ Good looking females.
- Chaos chaos.
- Chaotic Action.
- Looking cartony and not cool.
My vote: 6/10 ok movie!

I have noted about Transformers that the first 2 movies were really good and after that it has gradually got worse and this is the newest and worst Transformers movie for me so far.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident(2013)
+ Horror at least a bit.
+ Made like based on true story at least in the beginning.
+ Mystery you don't know what it is about in the beginning and lots of wild theories.
+ Fairly ok actors though no super actors.
- Maybe a bit strange which is not my kind of movie, but anyway certainly a different movie.
- While ok budget did not feel like super budget.
My vote: 7/10 good movie!

Divergent(2014)
+ Very good actors. I liked very much both the male main actor and the main female actor.
+ Dystopia opposite of Utopia.
+ Action.
+ Interesting training and selection process.
+ SCIFI.
+ Romance should not know to tight age boundaries at least if both parties are 18+. Male was older clearly.
+ Fairly ok end battle.
- While there was end battle it did not feel so super or Epic.
My vote: 8.4/10 very good movie!

Edited by Stargate, 24 July 2014 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:37 PM

divergent

it seems like the media-entertainment industry these days follow this trend, where the subject of the content seem to be giving me a hint of interest but upon consuming it, i feel betrayed...
this shit isn't written for me, it's written for and targeted at adolescent girls who never left their teenage years and who these days spend a lot of their money and time on this type of junk.
i should have known before watching it, like i knew what type of game gw2 would be before getting myself into it, at least gw2 has wvw as i didn't play gw2 for the story. (i do categorize gw2 to be targeting the same demographic at least the story/lore)

i question; are most females and their tendency for feminism able to write something for the opposite demographic?
i'm not bashing female heroins, i do like lara croft in tomb raider before the countless virtual boob jobs.
it must be a guy who invented lara and it's only in virtual reality where a chick can be this badass; i don't think i know any actress who match that level of badass yet, not even angelina jolie as lara.
either way, there is still room to grow for these writers or just let the guys just create another lara heroin.

i needed to rant about this because this trend is kind of insulting and this is why...
and also to get back to divergent; i just cannot relate to the story and motives at all, even though it managed to bait me into watching it with this scifi outer layer, but upon peeling the layer i discover i'm just watching a mind-killing episode of "as the world turns".

edit: got to correct myself on this, i know one actress who portrait a badass character; sigourney weaver in alien.

Edited by Symbiont, 29 July 2014 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:37 AM

View PostStargate, on 23 July 2014 - 06:13 PM, said:

Noah(2014)
+ Fairly interesting.
- Angels as what? I don't think it is so according to the Bible though I am not super expert. Generally this movie is not according to the Bible in all things.
- Sigh I get tired of the actors, but still fairly interesting.
My vote: 6/10 ok movie!

Actually, Noah took most of those passages in the bible and made them very litterally with a little dramatization. It isn't the sanitized and white washed Sunday School version most people know.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:03 PM

View PostSymbiont, on 28 July 2014 - 10:37 PM, said:

divergent

it seems like the media-entertainment industry these days follow this trend, where the subject of the content seem to be giving me a hint of interest but upon consuming it, i feel betrayed...
this shit isn't written for me, it's written for and targeted at adolescent girls who never left their teenage years and who these days spend a lot of their money and time on this type of junk.
i should have known before watching it, like i knew what type of game gw2 would be before getting myself into it, at least gw2 has wvw as i didn't play gw2 for the story. (i do categorize gw2 to be targeting the same demographic at least the story/lore)

i question; are most females and their tendency for feminism able to write something for the opposite demographic?
i'm not bashing female heroins, i do like lara croft in tomb raider before the countless virtual boob jobs.
it must be a guy who invented lara and it's only in virtual reality where a chick can be this badass; i don't think i know any actress who match that level of badass yet, not even angelina jolie as lara.
either way, there is still room to grow for these writers or just let the guys just create another lara heroin.

i needed to rant about this because this trend is kind of insulting and this is why...
and also to get back to divergent; i just cannot relate to the story and motives at all, even though it managed to bait me into watching it with this scifi outer layer, but upon peeling the layer i discover i'm just watching a mind-killing episode of "as the world turns".

edit: got to correct myself on this, i know one actress who portrait a badass character; sigourney weaver in alien.
Eh what? I did not understand everything that you did write or why you think it is insulting? Whatever if you do did not like it then you did not like it that simple.

Yes I did see cute young teen females watching the movie....whatever let them watch I also liked the movie.

Anyway I like Dystopia opposite of Utopia. I do NOTE believe in shit Utopia SCIFI that will never happen I think at list not for whole World.

Whatever rate the last movie you saw...
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn(2012)
+ Halo story and I like how you get drawn to the interesting Halo universe.
+ Made me want to play Halo 4!
+ Action...
Neutral: Ok actors, but not very good actors. I still felt sympathy for the actors.
Negative: Well while ok effects not all attackers looked good I think.
My vote: 8/10 very good movie!

Edited by Stargate, 29 July 2014 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:40 PM

Divergent isn't actually a depiction of dystopia. It is dystopian fiction yes, but the universe is not a dystopia but an anti-utopia. A failed utopia in other words. Anti-utopia is generally what happens right before a true dystopia in fiction. A dystopia was explicitly designed to control the masses to benefit the few while an anti-utopia was designed to control the masses to the benefit of the masses but ended up tripping usually due to hubris. The biggest sign of this in Divergent is the personality placement test being an actual test instead of being a fake test. Dystopian fiction's purpose is usually to show how utopia is a pipe dream. The Running Man/Logan's Run/1984 are examples of dystopias. Minority Report/Brave New World are anti-utopian.

My personal opinion of Divergent was that it was pretty meh. It isn't really an original story (hell, I actually have a short story I wrote in High School that is almost the same story here somewhere) and it is executed in a way that has so many holes as to leave you confused. Ok, so the smart people thought they would be better controlling the world and figured out how… and why exactly did the leaders in Dauntless decide to go along with it? If the personality test was actually correct, then it just doesn't make sense and the personality test being an actual test is a central crux to the story.

There was no actual character conflict. You knew she was going to pick dauntless. You knew that whatshisface was divergent. You knew that the trainer dude was going to turn out to be a bad guy. Nothing was a surprise and noone went through any sort of character development. That and the lead was a complete Mary Sue. She was the perfect human, had all of the strengths of the different groups but her only apparent weakness was indecision. Bleh.

As far as dystopian stories go Divergent is in the bottom half. The best dystopian stories don't usually have "the one chosen hero" characters.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:25 PM

Edge of Tomorrow - 9/10

I think I've mentioned it before in a review, but I say it again. I don't like Tom Cruise, he's a total sleazeball and not ment to be an action star in my opinion, no matter how hard he tries to make it happen. And that's kinda the strong point of this film, since the main character starts as a total sleazeball and gradually becomes more badass (and by gradually it probably takes him the equivalent of months).
By the way, this movie is basically Groundhog Day as a sci-fi action flick. And that's not ment to sound deprecatory, no it's super awesome. Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Noah Taylor are all great. The humor is dark, yet fitting, the twists are not too unexpected but still good and the story overall is probably as creative as it can be (I guess story credit goes mostly to the manga it is based on. Never read it though).
My only complaint would be that it was a bit too "america saves the day-ey", despite having some international soldiers during the last battle. Would it have hurt so much to let the hero be japanese like in the source material? Well what do I expect from an amercian film...



Hot Tub Time Machine - 7.5/10

Uhh another film about accidental time travel! This time not due to aliens, but a hot tub... which is also a time machine. A hot tub time machine! Despite the pretty simple name, this film is actually realy funny. Sure some gross humor here and there and not much highbrow material, but it did it's job and made me laugh... a lot. Hey and it has John Cusack in it. Craig Robinson stole the show though, he was hysterical.
I can't say much more about it, there is a part two coming later this year, the trailer looked promising.



Pineapple Express - 8/10

Aaaaaand another comedy. I don't know why I love stoner comedies so much, heck I never even came close to touching weed my whole life, but there is something about this crazy, facepalm-inducing, stoner humor I can't get enough of. The story is pretty simple, Seth Rogen is a stoner, he wittnesses a murder and flees to his dealer/best friend James Franco, who is also stoned 100% of the screen time. The murderer and his corrupt police officer accomplice now try to kill the two before they can tell anyone. And since those two are stoned all the time the plot takes longer than it has to, yet it's also so much more fun to watch.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 02:58 PM

View PostCorsair, on 29 July 2014 - 06:37 AM, said:

Actually, Noah took most of those passages in the bible and made them very litterally with a little dramatization. It isn't the sanitized and white washed Sunday School version most people know.
White washed Sunday School version? The rain fell from the sky, the ark wasn't attacked by some sort of gangster hobos, most of the people had the time of their life just enjoying the show and trolling the heck out of Noah, then they all drowned. The movie takes out one of the important lessons of the flood : they had a choice to come for the ride, nobody kept them out with special effects, nor did they had the unstoppable urge to storm that thing and kick out the animals, in an epic attack . Heck, everywhere you look these days, everything must end in a lotr like clash between whatever cuddly creatures the storyteller casted. Jeese, even Stargate felt weird about it.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 05:34 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy: Eleventy Billion out of five.

It has been a while since I went to see a movie in theaters and the entire audience was laughing a good deal of the time. And not polite chuckles either, full on belly laughs. It is even more rare for an action-scifi to successfully pull off comedy of that level. Extreme literalism, earth pop culture references being the brunt of jokes, and Kevin Bacon being touted as a legendary hero. And some of the most ridiculous witty banter. And gems of characters.

"His people are completely literal, metaphors will fly right over his head."
"Nothing will fly over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it."

A review said that if you took Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Mad Magazine and threw them into a blender you would get GotG. Pretty accurate. It happens 100 times faster than the original Star Wars movies, and takes itself 1000 times less serious than the prequels. (stolen from the same review.


TMNT: 4/10

I could seriously replace the turtles with any generic hero and the movie wouldn't have changed. April was a shadow of the original character, the turtles were muscle-bound super heroes, The Foot are apparently criminal masterminds and not a group of street thugs, Splinter learned martial arts by reading a book, and Shredder is basically half robot in his armor.

TMNT isn't a super hero story and seeing the happy go lucky group reduced to run of the mill action characters was depressing. TMNT was my favorite growing up. The old movies were better than this one, and they were pretty bad. Even if you treat the movie as a generic action flick, it was still the low end of the bucket. Crappy dialogue, 0 downtime so abysmal pacing, and totally misses opportunities for amusing throwbacks.

Basically, Michael Bay is destroying my childhood and I hate him with a fiery passion. And can you say product placement? Holy hell.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:34 AM

View PostRhododendron, on 14 August 2014 - 02:58 PM, said:

White washed Sunday School version? The rain fell from the sky, the ark wasn't attacked by some sort of gangster hobos, most of the people had the time of their life just enjoying the show and trolling the heck out of Noah, then they all drowned. The movie takes out one of the important lessons of the flood : they had a choice to come for the ride, nobody kept them out with special effects, nor did they had the unstoppable urge to storm that thing and kick out the animals, in an epic attack . Heck, everywhere you look these days, everything must end in a lotr like clash between whatever cuddly creatures the storyteller casted. Jeese, even Stargate felt weird about it.
Well said though I must point out I am born in Western society and my skin is about as white as my Avatar picture. That said I did recognize well that Noah did not follow the bible. About  LOTR/Hobbit movies I know second Hobbit movie did not follow the book so much, but I got delighted to see the Forest Elf female that played a significant role. Anyway on to topic.

Hercules(2014)
+ Ok actors.
+ Beautiful females and one cool Amazon warrior.
+ Interesting rumors... rumors build up for example Demons was said. True of False rumors and can the Heroes survive? Watch it and you will know.
+ Action fight.
Neutral: Hercules is exceptional strong, but do not expect some super hero like in Marvel stories and Hercules is not an immortal super god.
- Plot was not so predictable yet I got disappointed.
- Never felt Epic or super good.
My vote: 7/10 good movie!

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:58 AM

malificient

this is the kind of fairytale i like to see being retold in a way that is both creative and with the right contrast of fairy and dark at least enough for a disney film. and it does it without offending the male by being all too mushy.
if it wasn't for disney i would rather have my fairytales in the style of pan's labyrinth; which in any way is superior.
but disney has a way to make it dark enough while still maintaining it family friendly, which is a skill on itself.
some others have tried, but they really don't got the balance right; snow white and the huntsman for example failed to create something more out of the original story. they missed their chance of character development on especially the evil queen in this one, which i don't even have to mention on malificient, because its all there.

i would recommend watching this one and worth rewatching it, great fam. flick!

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:25 AM

Woke up early. Yesterday evening night I had board game session and movie night with friends.

Hans and Gretel(2013)
+ Horror? Well not scary really for me, but absolutely not a children's story!
+ It did have some elements at least loosely from the original story but mainly not for some hardcore book fans,
+ Witches and witchcraft.
+ This is brutal! It is NOT for children! It has even a scene with R*PE!
+ Female nudity with a very beautiful female, not much but how many times do I have to repeat that this is NOT a movie meant that small children should watch!
+ Action yes.
+ As it should be! There are unrealistically not people of other races then original Germans in this movie. I mean the actors try to play Germans though yes they do speak English in this movie.
Neutral: Do not expect realistic Action.
- Sometimes a bit silly. I suppose it is meant to be fun somehow.
- Chaotic action and trying to appeal to many different tastes can be difficult.
My vote: 7.25/10 good movie!

Old fairy tales were like that dark. This is not a happy movie where everything goes perfect. Do not underestimate the power of old evil witches in this movie! Someone will say this is simple Hollywood production chaotic Action but yes it is Action movie and it has also darker elements. Who will survive and who will die?

As for a movie with Witches that I like that is not Chaotic Action movie... well old Blair Witch Project the original movie was good for me despite it has low budget.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 03:35 PM

So I'm not usually into these things but this one is worth it since the movie has gotten so little attention:

Boyhood: 8/10

Very realistic, very relatable. Lots of situations that most of us have been through before. Naturally this comes with a huge dose of nostalgia, but it's refreshing after all of the sci-fi/superhero/hobbit movies that we've been blasted with lately.

It's a quiet, artsy film that does its best to depict real life despite itself, by staying as low-key as possible. Sure there are dramatic situations, but the reactions are natural and not too overt like we always see on screens. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawk both do a very good job of coming across as totally normal people, very un-celebrity-like, and the kids are pretty good considering the magnitude and duration of the project they are participating in.

And it's crazy to see all of them age before your eyes as 12 years of filming are crammed into 3 hours.

Check it out.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 11:49 PM

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 9/10

The title is silly but the movie is great. Once again Andy Serkis just nails the motion capture and the CGI in general is not too shabby looking (and better than in the first one). The story picks up 10 years after the end of the prequel. By now most of humanity is gone and the apes are living fairly peacefully in the woods, having started their own civilization.
But then a group of humans show up, seeking for a way to power their home. One of the humans get's scared and shoots an ape, of course it only get's worse from there. Not that Caesar and his human counterpart Malcolm aren't trying everything they can to not escalate the situation into a war. But there are still warmongers on both sides (minor spoiler: surprisingly it's not so much the humans who are pushing for the conflict, but some of the apes).
The acting is good, with veterans like Oldman and Serkis, but the fresh faces also hold their own. The story is good, the pacing is fine for the most part (it drags a bit in the middle) and as mentioned before the special effects are a treat for the eye.



80's action movie clichés 3 Expendables 3 - 7/10

It's exactly what you think it is. Action stars from the 80's and 90's go on a mission to stop Mel Gibson from being racist selling weapons. And I loved it. Yes it's not original, the acting is just okay for the most part, there are too many characters to flesh them out correctly and the plot is just an excuse to show us more explosions/brawls/shoot-outs. But I enjoy this mindless genre and this movie shows exactly what it's promises.
The action is cool, the one-liners are fun, the stunts look neck breaking and in the end the bad guy looses in one of the most bloody massacres ever put into film. Well except that they don't show the blood this time. But honestly that's an improvement for me as the CGI blood in the first one looked like crap.



Carnage - 8/10

Now to round it all up from the escapist nature of action and sci-fi films let's look at an intimate play. It's just four characters (excluding the children shown from the distance in the beginning and end credits) sitting in a room, arguing over an incidents between their sons. The Longstreet's youngest verbally abused the Cowan child (he called him a snitch) to which the the latter responded by hitting him in the face with a stick. Two teeth were knocked out.
The meeting between the parents starts with high tension, manages to build up from there until... well ain't gonna spoil it.
Don't expect drama, mystery or anything else but a heated argument. That's all this movie is, but since the actors (Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christop Waltz) are all legends of their profession and the dialog is incredibly well written it never get's boring. My only complaint would be that it just ends. No real conclusion besides what you see from the distance in the closing credits.

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View PostFeathermoore, on 29 July 2014 - 06:40 PM, said:

Divergent isn't actually a depiction of dystopia. It is dystopian fiction yes, but the universe is not a dystopia but an anti-utopia. A failed utopia in other words. Anti-utopia is generally what happens right before a true dystopia in fiction. A dystopia was explicitly designed to control the masses to benefit the few while an anti-utopia was designed to control the masses to the benefit of the masses but ended up tripping usually due to hubris. The biggest sign of this in Divergent is the personality placement test being an actual test instead of being a fake test. Dystopian fiction's purpose is usually to show how utopia is a pipe dream. The Running Man/Logan's Run/1984 are examples of dystopias. Minority Report/Brave New World are anti-utopian.

My personal opinion of Divergent was that it was pretty meh. It isn't really an original story (hell, I actually have a short story I wrote in High School that is almost the same story here somewhere) and it is executed in a way that has so many holes as to leave you confused. Ok, so the smart people thought they would be better controlling the world and figured out how… and why exactly did the leaders in Dauntless decide to go along with it? If the personality test was actually correct, then it just doesn't make sense and the personality test being an actual test is a central crux to the story.

There was no actual character conflict. You knew she was going to pick dauntless. You knew that whatshisface was divergent. You knew that the trainer dude was going to turn out to be a bad guy. Nothing was a surprise and noone went through any sort of character development. That and the lead was a complete Mary Sue. She was the perfect human, had all of the strengths of the different groups but her only apparent weakness was indecision. Bleh.

As far as dystopian stories go Divergent is in the bottom half. The best dystopian stories don't usually have "the one chosen hero" characters.
Taste is subjective and I liked Divergent very much. Despite having romance it is not a PURE romance movie like for example Vicky Cristy Barcelona(argh I watched this in the movie theaters during a date) or Her(I though this would be interesting SCIFI but I was proved wrong). In addition I am not totally unromantic and little bit romance in Divergent and the movie Avatar actually makes them more interesting to me and I liked the actors.

As for Hunger Games they make yet another Hunger Games movie this year. Good I was wondering if there is anything worth for me to still see this year in the movie theaters.

Finally I really dislike the UTOPIA message that crap movies like District 9 try to spread. Elysium was better movie from same director, but of course it had yet again have to unrealistic utopia.

I get the right to post review again of movies that I have seen again. You can be sure that Divergent is very wanted on my friends wishlist and now it has finally come as DVD release even in my country.

Edited by Stargate, 08 September 2014 - 03:55 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2014 - 06:03 AM



Boxtrolls from Lakia!

This is another strong showing from this stop motion company, though ParaNorman and Coraline were better than Boxtrolls. The movie was a lot of fun and everything was built with the usual care and love these stop motions are made with, making the world feel very real and surreal at the same time. The titular trolls themselves were mildly creepy at first but the human characters, outside of Eggs and Winnie, are far more grotesque and exagerated. I loved that touch because it reflected Eggs' view of the world since he grew up with the trolls. The movie deals lightly with themes such as xenophobia, genocide, social classes, and self determination with varying degrees of effectiveness and subtlety. But when you literally have the elite be 'white hats' it kind of removes all ambiguity. Still, it was a very cute and enjoyable movie that had me thoroughly entertained thoughout.

My only real complaint is that the main character, Eggs, isn't terribly interesting in and of himself. I wanted to see more of him interacting with the Boxtrolls and their eccentric cavern. But that is a small quibble in an otherwise good film.

Go see it if you want a lightly dark childrens film that doesn't look down on its audience.

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:50 AM

View PostSymbiont, on 28 July 2014 - 10:37 PM, said:

divergent

it seems like the media-entertainment industry these days follow this trend, where the subject of the content seem to be giving me a hint of interest but upon consuming it, i feel betrayed...
this shit isn't written for me, it's written for and targeted at adolescent girls who never left their teenage years and who these days spend a lot of their money and time on this type of junk.
i should have known before watching it, like i knew what type of game gw2 would be before getting myself into it, at least gw2 has wvw as i didn't play gw2 for the story. (i do categorize gw2 to be targeting the same demographic at least the story/lore)

i question; are most females and their tendency for feminism able to write something for the opposite demographic?
i'm not bashing female heroins, i do like lara croft in tomb raider before the countless virtual boob jobs.
it must be a guy who invented lara and it's only in virtual reality where a chick can be this badass; i don't think i know any actress who match that level of badass yet, not even angelina jolie as lara.
either way, there is still room to grow for these writers or just let the guys just create another lara heroin.

i needed to rant about this because this trend is kind of insulting and this is why...
and also to get back to divergent; i just cannot relate to the story and motives at all, even though it managed to bait me into watching it with this scifi outer layer, but upon peeling the layer i discover i'm just watching a mind-killing episode of "as the world turns".

edit: got to correct myself on this, i know one actress who portrait a badass character; sigourney weaver in alien.

Gina Carano in Haywire, by Steve Soderberg.   A great action/spy thriller, that should have received more publicity than it did.  Hanna is another one with a female protagonist, a 16 year old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin.  It touches on her emotional fragility at that age, yet lets her kick some major ass.  Plus, you can't beat the Chemical Bros sound track.

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Posted Yesterday, 03:37 PM

Deliver us from Evil.
+ Main male has great hair and very nice cheekbones.
+ Supportive white male actor is really sexy I prefer white men and I must make this a point(it's very important).
+ The priest is very attractive I like his hair and body, very nice, very manly.
- No male nudity????? UGH my life is over this is what I live for.
1/10 i don't like these kind of movies but I'm gonna review them anyway even tho it's exactly what the movie claim to be but hello this is not what i wanna see?????

Sorry not sorry.

Seriously thought, it was a great movie. I thought it was great because it was different. I was expecting to see some kind of woman flashing her genitals and screaming "do the jiggy with me", you know? I was pleasantly surprised, it was different, a bit spooky but not too over the top.
8/10

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