The debut flick for Alejandro Amenábar had a budget of 600 and… MoreThe debut flick for Alejandro Amenábar had a budget of 600 and unfortunently it shows a bit too often which hurts the flick to some extent: the soundtrack is pretty lame, visually it's pretty boring to look at and the settings are a bit too clean and unmemorable.
However, he manages to capture our attention surprisingly well with this snuff investigation story, keeping us guessing until the end, featuring a handful of memorable scenes and performances, tying everything up with some nice commentary on our obsession with violence and of what draws us to it.
A very confident debut to a director that would sign some upcoming very interesting movies.
A smart take on the vampire lore genre, Captain Kronos doesn't give… MoreA smart take on the vampire lore genre, Captain Kronos doesn't give the attention to the said vampires but onto the bigger than life protagonist with a nicely engaging story and a fair share amount of memorable moments.
It also features a lot of disposable scenes, the setting is pretty boring and uninspired but it still manages to complete the b-sleaze aesthetic it carries nicely enough.
Yet another cannibalistic flick from Italy, Mountain Of The Cannibal… MoreYet another cannibalistic flick from Italy, Mountain Of The Cannibal God assembles a rather impressive cast with awful results. It's a movie that doesn't say anything at all and doesn't have a point at all. You can see that by the gratuitous shots of animal violence that add nothing to the flick and are only there for shock value. The rest is just an incoherent mess that drags on forever and not even by having a female protagonist in it, changes anything (cause it certainly had that potential with Ursula Andress aboard). Avoidable shock flick.
This movie became infamous for exploitative scenes of violence and… MoreThis movie became infamous for exploitative scenes of violence and gore... that don't happen at all, they're mostly suggestive but whatever.
The gritty tone of Exterminator sets it apart from most vigilante based 80s flicks, which is an immediate turn off for the majority of audiences but it's not on this approach that the movie fails. It's on an unbalanced script that's more concerned on punishing detestable characters and not having a more evolving story in the process. Hell, the motive that sets the Exterminator on a rampage is not that shocking and the post-war Vietname stress the main character is suffering from seems to get lost on his motives too.
A failed opportunity.
To say that Galaxina fails at everything, is actually an… MoreTo say that Galaxina fails at everything, is actually an understatement.
This sci-fi spoof actually looks pretty good but it fails miserably at humor, references, acting, dialogues and dear lord what the fuck were they thinking with the pacing of this. NOTHING happens for literally 30 minutes. NOTHING. And when it does, you just want it to finnish and end your misery in the process.
Hell, the titular character is not even the main characters and only utter two or three sentences on the whole movie. She's kinda hot though, as a playmate, she's actually fine and I can't say that for 90% of other Playboy bunnies.
Yes, I ended up a review praising a Playmate for being of my liking, I really can't find many positive things in this, sorry.
An unworthy sequel to Westworld, Futureworld is bland as hell.
There… MoreAn unworthy sequel to Westworld, Futureworld is bland as hell.
There are no memorable scenes whatsoever, action sequences are something out of the 20s, actors all seem bored and don't deliver an gist of emotion, overlong, the plot despite having great ideas, doesn't go anywhere and so on and so on.
A complete miss and a bit of an insult to the original's extravaganza.
I was actually enjoying this one at first but it just grows tedious… MoreI was actually enjoying this one at first but it just grows tedious beyond belief. The dialogues become a snore fest, the plot moves nowhere and it just doesn't go over the top like it could've. It also has a way too serious tone for a movie that is, essentially, about bugs that set shit on fire with their asses.
It's still more of the same but this time, it features some rather… MoreIt's still more of the same but this time, it features some rather smart commentary on the obsession that the media have on a certain terrorist figure and the obsession that is created through it. All this doesn't become intrusive at all in the narrative because it's still played with an easy going tone and tight action sequences.
Still, it's a movie that tries to pack way too many elements into it's story and by consequence, many secondary characters come and fly-by too quickly and some plot threads are only approached with too much lightness. A longer running time could've helped this one a lot, since Tony Stark's vulnerability was becoming interesting and the interaction with the many characters too.
In essence, Iron Man 3's story isn't new. It uses tons of tricks used before in the super-hero genres without bringing much novelty to the mix. Don't go too far, check The Dark Knight Rises' plot and cross reference it with this one, it's very very similiar but all it does, it does so with a light a fun tone that sets it apart from many other peers.
Following up Blue Valentine wasn't going to be an easy task, so Derek… MoreFollowing up Blue Valentine wasn't going to be an easy task, so Derek Cianfrance did the smart choice and shifted gears with pretty good results.
The Place Beyond The Pines is a crime drama, tackling family issues, cause and consequence and the passing of our sins to the next generation. The generational approach is great and the impact of the first switch is dazzling but as it goes, it starts to loose interest, since we had such a great climax beforehand. I think that if the approach was handled on the two later storylines similiarly to Blue Valentine or 21 Grams, would've worked better, since both stories are undeniably well handled but missed having a climax as powerful as the first iteration.
Still, this moody flick is a very interesting follow-up from a director that should be watched closely for it's qualities at handling a cast and being humane without being overbearing, with his very characteristic realistic approach.
Eli Roth knows it's horror. It's knowledge on the genre is undeniable… MoreEli Roth knows it's horror. It's knowledge on the genre is undeniable but as craftsman he still leaves a lot to be desirable. That knowledge helped a lot on the inception of Hostel: the premise is original, having a bunch of pricks as protagonists was spot-on, treating Europe as a shady place is somewhat questionable but the beating on american culture and consumerism pays of later on.
It's just a shame that the script and dialogues are so poor and drag on for too long. Come on, this is a typical old school video nasty flick, brought to modern audiences with all the best tool availables (Greg Nicotero anyone?), then why the hell have you backed of on the gore so much? Horror fans have flocked to see this one given the awesome promotion it had, sick and twisted posters and frightening premise but all that has kinda been thrown out of the window. The torture scenes work for some extent, because they are tense and leave some to your imagination. The ambiance is well handled and the desperation palpable but we can't really connect too well with these characters all that much. Fortunently, it drops some very dark and twisted humor after the nastiness is introduced that saves the movie to some extent.
The material is there, but it's not handled well. Hostel could've easily been a subversive take on the genre, criticizing it by showing too much nastiness, even by horror fans standards but also, with a polished plot, make it's good ideas work much better and making it's message come across. Like so, it doesn't stand above the rest of the lot.