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Master of the Flying Guillotine

Master of the Flying Guillotine

(1975)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]Well, I've seen a number of movies over the past 6 months. I kept a list of them so far and today I almost decided to just delete the list and stop tracking my movie watching, but then I changed my mind. No one reads this thing anymore anyway; I figured I would put what little I can remember about these movies in here.[/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b][i]Casablanca[/i] (Curtiz, 1942)
Entertainment Value: 6/10 :fresh:
Film Quality: 9/10 :fresh: [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]The low level of personal entertainment I find in 'classics' like this sometimes gets me ostracized. I'm not denying that the film is impressive but I don't find it as engrossing as many do. It contains several great scenes in it and the ending is probably the best but I didn't feel like there was enough to take me between these moments. Even though it wasn't engaging enough for me I could see how someone could get swept up into its romance and intrigue. Number 37 on AFI's Top 100 Trills doesn't seem appropriate for the film at all, though.[/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b][i]The Crow[/i] (Proyas, 1994)
Entertainment Value: 4/10 :rotten:
Film Quality: 4/10 :rotten: [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]Dark, stylish, and action-packed are all far too polite of things to say about this movie. It's superficial story and skin-deep characters make the whole experience empty in spite of having the fore-mentioned attributes. Honestly, I can't even remember much about it, so I guess it isn't very impressionable either.[/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b][i]Carrie[/i] (De Palma, 1976)
Entertainment Value: 7/10 :fresh:
Film Quality: 7/10 :fresh: [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]Good. Very good, actually. Having read the book I didn't know quite what to expect since there is no way of adapting the book as it's written. In case you haven't read the book... it regularly switches back and forth between telling the story of the events leading up to prom night and talking to survivors and witnesses afterwards. Because of all the talk of the aftermath it does an incredible job of getting you excited to see what actually happens on that night. Although the film couldn't really imitate this, it still did a great job of keeping me on the edge of me seat for the big moment. It's a solid adaptation and a great thriller.[/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b][i]Master of the Flying Guillotine[/i] (Wang Yu, 1975)
Entertainment Value: 5/10 :rotten:
Film Quality: 5/10 :rotten: [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]A generally unimpressive Kung Fu film. There are some things to enjoy about it if you're craving some old school Kung Fu without the compelling stories and artistic touches of some films. I definitely had my moments of joy with some cheesy super abilities with bad effects (like the stretched arms) and crazy weaponry plus I was squirming in my seat during the 'hot feet' battle. But their just isn't enough wackiness or impressive fight scenes to make the movie fresh. [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b][i]Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan[/i] (Meyer, 1982)
Entertainment Value: 3/10 :rotten:
Film Quality: 4/10 :rotten: [/b][/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]I do not in any way see what people like so much about this movie. I'm not a fan of the show either, so maybe that's my problem, but it felt to me like an extended version of a bad episode that thinks it?s more dramatic, touching, humorous, and clever then it really is... which made me despise it even more. There were some good things about it... thinking back now I can't remember them (it was a long time ago), but I know I didn't completely hate everything about it. I won't be running out to rent all the other Star Trek films anytime soon, though.[/b][/size][/font]

Vampire Hunter D (Banpaia hantâ D)

Vampire Hunter D (Banpaia hantâ D)

(1985)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[b][font=Times New Roman][size=3][i]Vampire Hunter D[/i] (Ashida, 1985)
Personal Rating: 4/10 :rotten:
I meant to get [i]Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust[/i] but got this by mistake. It appears Netflix doesn't carry [i]Bloodlust[/i] (yet). That kinda sucks.

[i]D[/i] goes well for about the first half hour with the introduction of the characters and the overall setup but then the main story splits into a number of tangents that gives the whole thing a pretty screwy narrative. It's a bunch of poorly motivated characters with uninspired goals. They end up being as unimportant as they appeared to be to the overall story and just stretch the runtime of the film until it reaches the inevitable climax that was setup in the first 15 minutes. Sadly, you could cut almost an hour of this 80 minutes film and lose very little.

There is some cool stuff about the film. D's hand (comments and abilities) were kinda amusing, the mutant's power was cool and under-used, some cartoon nudity is fun (but pointless), and vampires are pretty much always cool with the main one here being no exception. But those were easily overweighed by the variety of pointless creatures and the weak battles. *SPOILER* That village asshole (the name escapes me) that stole the candle but we don't know (well... we aren't 100% sure) until later is the most impressive part of the film in terms of story telling... the film definitely needed a bit more narrative style.
Objective Rating: 4/10
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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

(1951)
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]I got nothing on [i]Wallace & Gromit[/i]. I just didn't find it very funny. It wasn't bad, and it had moments, but I don't have any desire to revisit it.

The sound system in the threate where I saw [i]Corpse Bride[/i] was horrible. It really hurt the whole experience for me. The film was mostly good, though. The musical numbers were hit-or-miss, but there was some humor and most of the major characters were developed enough (for an 80 minute movie) for the tale to enchant the viewer. It'll need to revisit it so I can catch all the dialogue, but it's basically what you'd expect from a Burton animated feature.

I read [i]Cat on a Hot Tin Roof[/i] and enjoyed it, so I consider myself a Tennessee Williams fan of some sort. But, watching [i]A Streetcar Named Desire[/i], I realized how little tolerance I have for some of his female characters. In [i]Cat[/i], I was able to tone down Margaret by making her less dramatic in my head. However, in [i]Streetcar[/i], I couldn?t handle Blanche. Her excessive emotional reaction to EVERYTHING was just annoying. All else was good in the film, though. Good, not great.

[i]Chicken Little[/i] just took plot 26a and tossed in some extra garbage to beef it up a bit. The extra garbage not being very good, of course. The movie was never really stale, though, so I found some entertainment in there.

[i]Sin City[/i] was a unique, entertaining experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Was it flawed? Perhaps. But I don't know if its shortcomings could be considered flaws. [i]Sin City[/i] was exactly what it wanted to be; it hit its mark perfectly. It's not really the kind of movie were there are a few things about it that you liked/didn't like that make or break it for you; either you enjoyed what it was, or you didn't.[/b][/size][/font]

Chicken Little

Chicken Little

(2005)
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][b]I got nothing on [i]Wallace & Gromit[/i]. I just didn't find it very funny. It wasn't bad, and it had moments, but I don't have any desire to revisit it.

The sound system in the threate where I saw [i]Corpse Bride[/i] was horrible. It really hurt the whole experience for me. The film was mostly good, though. The musical numbers were hit-or-miss, but there was some humor and most of the major characters were developed enough (for an 80 minute movie) for the tale to enchant the viewer. It'll need to revisit it so I can catch all the dialogue, but it's basically what you'd expect from a Burton animated feature.

I read [i]Cat on a Hot Tin Roof[/i] and enjoyed it, so I consider myself a Tennessee Williams fan of some sort. But, watching [i]A Streetcar Named Desire[/i], I realized how little tolerance I have for some of his female characters. In [i]Cat[/i], I was able to tone down Margaret by making her less dramatic in my head. However, in [i]Streetcar[/i], I couldn?t handle Blanche. Her excessive emotional reaction to EVERYTHING was just annoying. All else was good in the film, though. Good, not great.

[i]Chicken Little[/i] just took plot 26a and tossed in some extra garbage to beef it up a bit. The extra garbage not being very good, of course. The movie was never really stale, though, so I found some entertainment in there.

[i]Sin City[/i] was a unique, entertaining experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Was it flawed? Perhaps. But I don't know if its shortcomings could be considered flaws. [i]Sin City[/i] was exactly what it wanted to be; it hit its mark perfectly. It's not really the kind of movie were there are a few things about it that you liked/didn't like that make or break it for you; either you enjoyed what it was, or you didn't.[/b][/size][/font]

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