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Lover of sci-fi and the unusual and weird stuff.
Crimebuster working underground against Hollywood's masterplan to make big cash with the help of Words auto search and replace function and the same 5 scripts over and over again.
P.c.-Antichrist and non-vegan Latte Macchiato drinker, and yes, I still got a special place in my heart for the original Evil Dead movies and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - sitting side by side with some of my new favorites like Ash vs. Evil Dead and Miller's finest dance on the Fury Road.
The aim of my Higher Self!? To write 666 reviews and after that, I will go on to meet the challenges and pleasures of my next incarnation.
Note: my reviews are my very personal opinion and not a validated truth.
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Irma la Douce (1963)
A fine feelgood comedy with elements of romance directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine: with every past decade, the list of directors and actors fading in the memory of the audience is growing. Irma la Douce is certainly one of those movies that should be remembered.
If you want some comedy with a fine nostalgia feel and patina, this may be a good movie for you. The story: a fresh and still naive cop in Paris declares war on prostitutes and pimps, just to fall in love with one of the girls, of course, complications arise.
Arnie the Great
This is the one and only Predator movie. All the other sequel, prequel and mixquel (Alien) and whatever cannot hold their ground against it. The "new" Predator (2018) is a joke compared.
Predator from 1987 is a great action movie with some sci-fi elements, got a top production, good acting and directing, and the great Arnie in his best "shape" (well maybe his muscles were more defined in the Conan movies).
No filler all killer, so to say - this is the piece you want to see: Predator beats easy still most of all action movies ever done.
The Predator (2018)
How Crap Killed the Cat
From time to time I did a little nap, at least I can't remember everything of that flick - not that there is much to remember, I assume pretty safely. In short: a
disappointment deluxe, a big fail, a downfall of the franchise below zero - if I compare this with the original with Arnie, we need to have the option to give a minus score.
Verdict: redundant, boring and badly executed affair. Not an upgrade but an huge downgrade this is.
Der Untergang (2004)
Downfall is, like Das Boot (1981), one of the best movies about WWII in Europe - a great production, a great cast and directing make the last days of the 3rd Reich tangible for the audience - without Kitsch or too much lecturing. And last but not least, the great performance by Bruno Ganz as the Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, refine the work.
Great and fantastic, and in comparison, one can see how mediocre and bad that last Oscar-awarded Kitsch by Mr. Nolan (Dunkirk) is.
Downfall: outstanding and almost perfect, like Schindler's List, Das Boot, and a very few other movies on WWII, which are not just action-driven war movies..
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Found Footage That Actually Works
The Blair Witch Project is a unique one for me - imho it is the only movie that relies on the found footage technique and actually works. All the other movies who tried or try to copy the immense success of this one (and I did watch) failed in my opinion mostly, and some of them would have been even good ones, if they just would have used "normal cam-work-perspectives".
Anyway, for this found footage coup, The Blair Witch Project made rightfully its mark in the history of (horror) movie-making.
The Descent (2005)
The Crave For Flesh and Blood
First time I watched The Descent I was really surprised by its quality and intense survival horror. Some years released before man beating up girls went wild on the screen, our heroines are fighting for survival into the deep of the earth against unknown hungry creatures.
Good production, good acting and directing and a plot/story without unnecessary distractions and fillers make this one a hell of a joyride of "survival of the fittest."
Boarding School (2018)
Just a Little Snack
Boarding School got its moments and here and there a nice twist. All in all well executed movie about a little horror boarding school. No masterpiece but entertaining - if you don't mind the theme kids against adults and if you don't expect a serious "high horror-level".
Summer of 84 (2018)
Kids on a Heroes Quest
I was well entertained but I wouldn't call Summer of 84 a horror movie, rather a mystery thriller with some (very few) elements of horror. Reminds me of movies like Stand by Me, Super 8 etc. Fine style, fine music, good production and direction make this a well crafted one.
Well, if you like kids as heroes playing detective, this one is like a fine summer's breeze for you.
Blood Fest (2018)
Heads Off, The Queens of Heart Said
Silly little comedy slasher with lots of chainsaws and blood: some teens on the run from a horde of madmen, the place: Blood Fest, a kind of horror carnival.
Good production and solid acting make this a nice little snack. My only wish left: someone should make this without the comedy elements - something like Chainsaws in the Chocolate Factory with lots of splatter, gore and some fine surreal moments, that would be nice ;)
Watchable, if you like movies like Scream, Final Destination and the like, but after a furious beginning at the fest the movie got some lengths here and there.
5.5 would be my precise rate.
The Hunter (2011)
The Hunted Hunter
Willem Dafoe is a skilled actor and in this movie he just proves that fact again. The Hunter is a well balanced mix of elements of thriller, drama and a little bit of romance. On top we get wonderful shots of Tasmanian wilderness and some action.
Not the biggest production, but this is the kind of movie where the actor playing the main character can show his brilliance, as there is a lot of focus on him.
All in all The Hunter is a entertaining piece with some depth and a fine tone of melancholy. A movie for a mature audience.
The Blue Max (1966)
Hunting the Blue Max
There are not many good to very good movies on the first World War. The Blue Max is one of them.
George Peppard plays superb Lieutenant Bruno Stachel, a formerly common soldier in the war of the trenches, who, in the last year of the great war, changed from ground troops to the aircraft and hunts now as a pilot in a biplane after the Pour le Mérite, The Blue Max, one of the highest orders of merit in German history (it was awarded between 1740-1918).
Dogfights with real machines, a great and massive production with some glimpses into the war on the ground, and also a deeper look into the psychogram of a somehow broken man (Stachel) fighting for recognition, who has to prove himself against the other pilots of the Luftwaffe, who are mostly aristocrats, and as the Lieutenant comes from a common origin, he is not accepted between their ranks easily.
Great movie. Must see - if you are interested in WWI, and this movie beats easy most of the mostly on special effects depending war movies of our days.
Monster Party (2018)
I Will Make The Dawson's Great Again
Fun little slasher movie with some nice gore and here and there a moment of comedy. No new cult movie but a delicious dish for the lover or the arts of horror.
The story is simply: three kids are out for getting some money out of the rich but some of their "payment" is certainly not of the kind they wanted. Some parallels to recent movies like Don't Breath, Get Out etc. but with more gore and an additional load of B-movie-style fun.
Also a good and known cast (Erin Moriarty, Julian McMahon, Virginia Gardner etc.) and a solid pro production make this an entertaining ride.
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
Yes, the first movie is the better one, but Silent Hill: Revelation beats still many of all those pre- and sequels of other horror franchises (Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday 13th and whatever). This one got good actors, nice visuals, and the story is good enough to enjoy.
How this deserves a rate of 1 or 2 is beyond my understanding, and who gives a damn about a bad or good rating on rotten tomatoes!? Those guys and gals voted for Get Out being the best "horror" movie of all time...
Silent Hill: Revelation - a solid horror freak show including some "revelations" regarding the story/history of Silent Hill.
Joan of Arc (1999)
The strong performances by Milla Jovovich and the others make this one a great movie about the legendary Joan of Arc. A well done piece to honor the memory of this exceptional woman (girl, as she died only 19 years old). Two years after Le Cinquième Élément, Luc Besson and Milla Jovovich did it again ;)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
A Superb Gothic Tale
Fine Gothic horror piece by maestro Tim Burton - a dark wonderland opens its gates for us to enter. Unique, like many movies by Mr. Burton.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Am I sane or am I crazy?
Great cast (Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Clea DuVall, Vanessa Redgrave and others) and an perceptive and intense story about mental illness and coming of age. I watched Girl, Interrupted a few times and every time I am still impressed by the performances and the story told. Good.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
One of Kubrick's Finest
I re-watched this piece of pure excellence lately and it is still an outstanding movie - the story alone is such an unique one, comparable maybe only with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a few others. Such movies are really a very rare thing.
I don't know if Mr. Kubrick was a genius, but only very few directors have made such impressive and outstanding movies. Sadly, for us the audience, he did not make any movies between 1988-1999 - for sure he would have made some more fine pieces.
One of the most unique movies ever.
Paths of Glory (1957)
Of the Madness of War
An outstanding movie about the terrors of war (WWI) - one of Kubrick's best moments (well, one could argue he just had "best moments", I admit). If you like to watch movies about war, this one should be on top of your list. Timeless classic.
Not only the absolute top production of Gladiator, but also Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix giving some of their best performances, make Gladiator to one of the few top movies that tell us stories of and in the times of the Roman Empire: Ben Hur (1959), The Robe (1953), Quo Vadis (1951) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) comes to mind.
This is certainly one of Ridley Scott's best and most ambitious work he has ever done. One of those movies that will never ever grow old.
The Nun (2018)
Who is Afraid of the Evil Nun?
Okay horror but not of the same "horror"-quality like both Conjuring movies, especially the first one (which is in my opinion some better than the second one) plays in another dimension. I missed the real shocking moments and the creepy atmosphere of both Conjuring movies. The Nun feels somehow too conventional.
Mile 22 (2018)
There will be Blood on the Streets
Nice little action flick with some really good fighting scenes and some very known actors (all solid in their roles: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich, Iko Uwais).
Yes, the story is pretty standard but the movie is fast and hits the nerve of the audience, if you like hard-style action. The Bourne, Equalizer, The Raid movies or the Liam Neeson stuff a la 96 Hours comes to mind.
For sure, no Oscar stuff and no milestone, but solid entertainment with some really good moments.
House of Usher (1960)
A fantastic piece by Roger Corman and Vincent Price and their first work together that is based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. A great dark tone of melancholy, despair and growing madness, plus beautiful pictures and great performances by the actors make this one a very fine, and yes, very nostalgic piece of horror.
Only very rarely nowadays directors try to make a horror movie with that kind of fine, exceptional and impressive visual powers like that. The few that comes to mind are e.g. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola) and Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro).
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Haute Cuisine a la Crazies
Another fine dish of horror. What we get are crazy Hillbilly cannibals and an ordinary family fighting for not ending up as a meal.
With the Scream movies and with The Hills Have Eyes part I (the 2nd part is a little confusing and fails to deliver compared) Wes Craven rightfully marked his place in the hall of fame of the horror genre, and with the crazy family of The Hills Have Eyes Mr. Craven taught and showed the many directors and writers yet to come a fine way how to open for the audience the gates of hell.
Mandatory program for every serious lover of the many horrors.
Note: the remake directed by Alexandre Aja in 2006 is good but can't beat the original.
Dark City (1998)
One year released before Matrix, Dark City is another dark highlight of the late 90s. Fantastic visuals and a mysterious story (somehow Lovecraft, Clive Barker and Kafka mixed in a sci-fi context) make Dark City one of those movies most of the audience will just like or dislike: you get it or you don't.
Last but not least: a fine cast with William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Connelly make the whole experience complete.
Sin City (2005)
Just paying my tribute here. Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez did really achieve a masterpiece with Sin City. A top A cast, top visuals with some iconic scenes and a nice interwoven story.
Sin City is like 300 a real masterpiece for all time, but the successors to both movies (300: Rise of an Empire or respectively Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For) were just okay for me. That's the sad news here.