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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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That's How You Do It
After watching that terrible mess called The Meg I re-watched Jaws and after watching I just wondered - why the hell those script writers, directors and producers don't watch such a movie and analyse it before starting a similar project!? Maybe this effort takes too much brains and patience!?
Jaws is in almost every aspect (well, of course they got no cgi) superior to The Meg, and whereas the idea of a mega shark got potential the implementation of that idea does not.
Anyway, Jaws is one of those iconic movies of the horror genre like Shining, the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Exorcist, and a few others, and rightly it is so.
Léon Still Rules the Mob
I re-watched the movie yesterday and just can state - this movie does not age. A fine and well forged piece of a thriller with some unusual ideas and wonderful actors. The only sad fact - i can't remember one movie of the crime/drama genre with so much quality in the past years (well, maybe with the exception of Sicario and No Country For Old Men).
Anyway, Léon belongs like Pulp Fiction, American History X and The Godfather to the absolute highlights of the crime/drama/thriller genre, and Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and the young Portman delivered some of their finest performances ever.
If you never watched this one, maybe because of your age, watch.
The First Purge (2018)
This One Hits a New Low Level
The First Purge is exemplary how low the intellectual capacity in Hollywood is nowadays - the "white" and "black" characters are drawn in such a high level of stereotypes that it almost hurts watching them. The gang-members are the copy of the copy of the copy of some gangsta movie, no better the politicians and other guys and gals around.
The First Purge tries (I at least guess so) to add some more political/social comment/agenda to the story but fails totally: if the people depicted are real life people I would not vote for a Purge but for a pure nuclear distinction of the whole human race ;)
The first Purge was a fine thriller with some sci-fi elements but with every addition to the franchise the level of the movies dropped and dropped. On top the plot is very slowly and all in all boring and tastes like some overdue cheese: till the first real action got the stage you got a lot to struggle with boredom or sleep or with both.
Asked, I could honestly not answer the question if The First Purge or the new show is more bad.
A rate of 3 but only because the production and cam work is okay.
Adult Babies (2017)
Grotesque Horror Comedy
A fine grotesque movie - for certain not for the mainstream audience. Lot's of dark and bad taste humor, some splatter and gore and on top a well done production and well working cast.
What else!? If you like the horror unusual, this one may be made for you - if sexy nurses, rich men in diapers and slashing people (including a heist gone wild) sound attractive to you. Remembers me somewhat a little of Eat the Rich from 1987.
Ghost Rider on Acid
This is Nicolas Cage's most daring and bloody movie (as far as I know) and for certain the best of his latest flicks.
Mandy is Ghost Rider on acid. A B-trash-movie. A grindhouse movie. A horror experimental with some fine scenes of gore. A trip gone bad. Everyone in this movie is a freak, a mad hatter, and not one of the kind kind. Call Mandy how you it pleases you - it is a movie most people will just love or just hate.
In this p.c.-burden times, where Hollywood delivers one lame attempt after another, Mandy is an exquisite one for the lovers of the unusual horror. But only for them, I guess - not a single piece of p.c.-infiltration and certainly not the kind of usual bulls*it labelled as horror nowadays.
Anyway, with this one Nicolas Cage finally is back and he will get his rightful deserved place in my personal all-time freaky horror show collection. Good.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Tarantino Is Back
I am no fanboy of Mr. Quentin Tarantino and imo with Pulp Fiction he reached the height of his creative powers and I was rather disappointed by his Kill Bill, Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds endeavors, but with The Hateful Eight he made another fine movie that just got and hit me straight - fine story, fine cinematography and finest acting, imho in one line with Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.
With The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino is back and returned rightfully to the masterclass of the director's club.
Great Tale of Gunmen & the West
One of those few movies like the remake of True Grit, or Open Range, 3:10 to Yuma, Unforgiven, The Hateful Eight, that really do add something good and substantial to the Western genre. And with Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger and Jeremy Irons Appaloosa good an A-cast that just show some of their finest performances.
If you like the West and gunmen this one is certainly one to put on your watch-list.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Not Dead But Undead
The production is good, that's the best thing about Solo: A Star Wars Story. The story is very lazy writing (expressed benevolently) and the acting all in all pretty standard without real charisma or substance etc. Some scenes and ideas almost feel like a parody a la Spaceballs.
Anyway, imo all hope is gone: if I think about all those animation series and those "blockbusters" done by Disney, I really don't see how this franchise will (miraculously) improve.
Maybe after Lucas produced The Battle for Endor, and made Ep I to III the whole franchise already steered to be a cash cow for selling merchandise of all kinds to kids. Also, all those added animation series just added heavily to that direction.
Disney obviously tries to make their Star Wars movies to fit for adults and a younger audience at the same time, but they do mostly not succeed. The real dark moments of the first three original movies are all gone, only Rouge One is imo a good one.
Star Wars may be not dead but for certain is undead...
Let the Chaingun Speak
The Doom-franchise is maybe the most famous and best horror-shooter game-series of all time (thanks id!). The movie featuring Dwayne Johnson and Rosamunde Pike and some other good actors is good (for a game adaption) but it lacks a little bit of the splatter and gore level of the games (and what I call the satanic, demonic "feel" of the games) and, last but not least, the production value is only of good DVD/TV-scale.
All in all an watchable movie for the fans of the games and with a bonus of +1 (I'm a Doom-fanboy) this gets a rate of 7.
A True Musketeer
Viggo Mortensen plays (very well) Diego Alatriste, a soldier in the Spain of the 17th century, with his blade and his wits he must not only survive battles but also political intrigues in the Spanish Court.
A fine historical movie with very good production and acting and an exquisite atmosphere. Far better than most "hollywoodized" movies playing in European historical times. Worth your attention - if you like to watch such kind of movies.
Mini-Me Strikes Again
If a movie starts with introducing our hero sulking in a school hall you know or have seen already enough. Redundant sci-fi flick for a teen audience.
Big Upgrade Needed for Upgrade
After I read so many positive reviews I dared to watch and wondered - if this is the new ueber-good is it now the time to shoot myself and escape a future of total braindead boredom?
As a heavy lover of movies for some decades I just can tell - this is not bad made for the small money spent but in no way it is innovative, creative, or top-notch in any field be it directing, acting or cam-work. Even the story is everything but daring or interesting.
All in all I watched with high expectations and after the bored time I spent just can conclude - all Australian teens must have rated Upgrade and done the reviews.
This movie is no Win 10 but at best Win 97. Upgrade needs a LOT of upgrading ;)
My rate 1 takes in account all the overrating and overpraising (bots or maybe braindeaded teens!?), my real rate would be sth like a 4, maybe a 5.
Jack Ryan (2018)
Again just a marketing hyped product - out of 10 reviews with a rating of 10 nine accounts got one review only...
Show is all in all boring and redundant. I watched a few eps and won't waste my time to watch more or the next season. A deserved rate of 1 for all the propaganda work of the production companies and affiliates on Imdb. Real rate a bored 4 but no more.
Note: Imdb should really do something about this fake review inflation or it will lose the rest of its credibility very fast.
Sad it is - the acting is really good and I don't mind the phone-cam stuff but instead of exploring mental illness/psychosis (as long it didn't take the wrong turn I really liked the movie and it got me) the whole story went, and that's the point, into a total unbelievable and cheap thriller-plot with plot-holes way too big to ignore.
All in all a wasted opportunity.
This one hit me by surprise out of nowhere - survival of the fittest in a staged deadly game by powers who are disclosed in the end: a nice mix of mystery, thriller and sci-fi. The Circle got some flaws but all in all it is a refreshing movie. Good.
The Grey (2011)
A Painting in Black
To me The Grey is not so much a movie on survival or something like a survival-actioner but a psychogram of a broken man, who, challenged once again by bad luck finds and gathers his strength for one last and great fight. A parable of the eternal struggle between the human being and a sometimes cruel and unforgiving fate.
Great performance by Liam Neeson - all in all a good movie.
I Got the Grey Zone Blues
Hereditary sails somewhere in the grey zone - it is not a masterpiece as so many reviews scream in our faces and it is not a total fail like many other reviews indicate.
Well, a good horror movie gives you here and there some goosebumps or at least your pulse should go a notch faster. None such thing happened to me while watching Hereditary.
Acting is okay (sometimes the drama is a little overdone), story nanana the jump-scares did not make me jump: all in all watching won't hurt you - not in a good and not in a bad way.
But for sure this is no movie for the extreme hardcore horror aficionados. Mystery-horror-drama-mix for the mainstream.
One of a Few
I re-watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus lately on my notebook (better watch on a wide big one - the bigger the better) and was again fascinated by this little movie full of poetry, fine imagination and visuals and a great cast (Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Heath Ledger - his last movie as far as I know).
Well, this movie is maybe not made for the mainstream taste - if someone complains that this movie makes no sense he should just shut down logic and embrace the experience.
Anyway, imo this one belongs to Terry Gilliam's finest moments like The Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Brazil: a fairy tale told in fantastic pictures.
Tales from the Crypt (1989)
Horror Deluxe: Addictive, Good, Nostalgic, Classic
Funny good old horror show with some really good ideas, dark humor and a good production and almost every episode got a fine cast.
The short playtime per episode of 25 minutes make this one a quick fine snack for the connoisseur of creep 'n' horror. Binge-watching highly recommended too.
Patient Zero (2018)
Some good and well known actors in the cast of a infested/zombie apocalypse - I guess nothing could go wrong!? Wrong...
Well, the production value is of good tv-scale and the actors are doing a solid job but the thing that drags the movie really down is the boring plot/story and some of the stuff put in to let things look "cool" (the music and some cool cat dialogues etc.) are just silly and out of place or destroy most of the suspense and atmosphere.
Sad it is - with the same crew but a good constructed script this could have been easy a good movie.
Patient Zero: in my view not such a disaster as many reviews indicate but masterpieces of the genre like 28 Weeks Later are miles (many) ahead.
Edible for the zombie-fanatico if nothing else is on the menu.
Another Its Gonna Be Okay
Sometimes it seems to me it is a burden if you know tons of very good to outstanding movies - I remember a superb one called All Is Lost from 2013 with the titan Robert Redford playing.
Adrift is a fine play about a man fighting for survival against all odds on the ocean and got almost no spoken word, only the great Redford fighting against the currents and winds.
Adrift is clearly no real survival movie nor plays in the same league as Adrift - too much time gets lost around the mumbo jumbo of love/romance and with the cheap technique called "flashback", the director/writers drown any suspense that may dare to lurk around the corner (one of the dangers of hopping around in the timeline if not well done and that's how it felt to me regarding Adrift). Many times "time-hopping" is just an easy way to fill screen-time if you got not really much to tell about the main theme and you have to cover screen-time.
In All Is Lost we did not know much about the man fighting for his life but we learned a lot about him while he was fighting for his life, compared the characters of Adrift are simple card boards (typical millennials somehow lost in the sea).
To sum it up: all in all Adrift is a movie for a young audience who like those actors (who did an okay job) and want the romance thing and some nice pics, and yes, some survival drama on a boat.
Note: even alone on the boat the girl had nonstop to talk and scream and jumping around instead of sparing her energy for the real work - Redford did all his work with sparse mimic and gestures - Woodley behaved sometimes like a bunny on speed. Well, maybe she got some "stuff" with her and used it ;)
Verdict: okay. But don't get confused by those inflationary 10 rate reviews made by bots, hired guns, fanboys or whatever...
The Duellists (1977)
One of Ridley's Finest Moments
An early masterpiece by Ridley Scott with two superb actors playing the two main characters (two officers of the French Grande Army): Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. This is not your usual swashbuckler or costume movie but a fine look into a past time and into a very different code of honor and bravery.
I watched it a couple of times and I dare to say: timeless and a must-watch.
Dance of the Vampires (1967)
Maiden Beware of the Count!
Dance of the Vampires gets well mixed reviews but for me it worked and works still well - I watched and re-watched it numerous times and still like it a lot.
A real fun (sometimes) slapstick classic with a nice cinematography. Whereas I find Repulsion boring and outdated of this one I will never get tired.
For certain not Polanski's best or most ambitious one, but a well done comedy it is. Like Pirates (1986) fun to watch and on top we get hot Sharon Tate. Good.
Død snø (2009)
Never Mess With Oberst Herzog
I watched this one on a festival first and was very positively surprised - a well made zombie comedy with a "serious" amount of gore. After its release it got its well deserved place in my horror collection.
If some youngsters in the snowy mountains getting in trouble with some blood- and flesh-craving Nazi zombie soldiers sounds appealing to you, you should know this one.
p.s. Død snø 2 got (after the success of part 1) a bigger production and is also a good one, but part 1 is imo the one you should watch.
Castle Rock (2018)
Just check all the rating 10's reviews - almost all of them are accounts with one review - well, for Castle Rock of course ;) I checked more than 10 accounts and only one was a legit one.
Anyway, the show is imo not super bad like I rated (well deserved rating by the production company for all the fake reviews and ratings). My real rate would be a 4.
One question left - Mr. King earned so much money, why he gives his name and rights to all those mediocre productions (just remember that en vogue teen-p.c.-drama schrott called The Mist from last year).
Castle Rock: Not that bad, but a real good horror-show it ain't and in no way that good like the ratings indicate.
Imdb should certainly do something about all those fake ratings and reviews - it is an attack on its credibility: maybe 20 reviews must be contributed by an account before they get published, or something like that.