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I remembered Poltergeist scared me a lot when I was a kid and was awkwardly gory on a couple of scenes too, that are forever burned in my mind. I also remember that there are stretches that dragged on for too long without adding much to the movie. After many years later, I rewatched it and not many things have changed from the original impact. Still great overall, but could use some trimming on the editing amongst other things. But it's still a very fun lil' horror movie for teens, with heart and a good Spielberg message about family unity.
Jaws could've easily been a one trick gimmick, where the shark slowly eats some people from time to time and some dudes try to kill it. That's actually the premise and what happens through most of the movie, but it's all so incredibly varied and engaging that this is actually a hard flick to categorize. It's an horror movie at times, a satyrical take on summer villages, an adventure movie later on with sort of Moby Dickian aspirations on some dialogues, amongst other delicious details. Not sure if Spielberg created the modern blockbuster here because of all the above reasons. All I know, is that Jaws is an excellent movie that does many many things right, both on a technical and storytelling levels.
Another modern animation flick that could've benefited a lot from a longer running time, Big Hero 6 feels like two different movies slapped together and both are so good you can't help but notice they felt short by the end. Same can be said about much of everything in it: the secondary characters are great, could almost lead their own movie but there's very little of them overall; the villain has an interesting storyline in this but the character connected to his past barely talks or does anything, so we end up feeling very 'meh' for him; the relationship between Hiro and Baymax could've been explored better; amongst many other things.
Decent effort to try to do something a bit different with familiar modules, but many aspects end up feeling rushed by the end.
Adam Wingard makes another 'the less you know, the better" kinda deal with decent outcomes, once again. A Drive-like narrative with a very tiny budget that shows far too often, with charismatic and mysterious lead that derails into awesomeness half-way through with comic effects.
If you're into those preposterous sunday afternoon 80s action flicks, you'll enjoy this. If you can't stand some over the topness after a relatively calm start, then this is definentely not for you.
The Salvation is just another western. That's it. It looks good, it's well acted, it has all the clichés in the book,, it doesn't risk anything and looses a lot of points because of that. Maybe in the 80s this could've had some impact but now? We're already used to this gritty take on the genre far too often. A good effort since everything is polished enough but needs that extra bonus beat.
Half the season is a drag to get through, mostly because there's no real sense of danger to these pricks. They're lovely pricks to spend some time with and things get morally interesting towards the end. But the most interesting stories and interactions came after with seasons 2, 3 and 4.
The first half of this season takes just way too much time with random cases that won't mean much in the end, making Justified another generic cop show. Better written than most, yes, but that first half just drags on forever and we don't get to know very well these characters. Fortunently, things pick up the pace on the second half, with a cohesive and interesting showdown that would only get better on the next seasons.
This season just didn't work for me. It wasn't the change of approach, I quite like it when TV shows are bold enough to change the story a bit but the humor on S05 just didn't work as well as before. As much as it is a delight to have more Pam around, there's just way too many fart/burp jokes around and the stupid "phrasing" joke is getting annoying, not funny. Plus, do you really need to pull so much the Pam addicted to coke approach? Every single minute she's chewing something coke related. Again, repetition is never good in comedy and S05 has too many of these moments floating around. I appreciate a more story scentric season but the way it was handled wasn't the best.
Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem.
Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.
It's slightly more polished than Season 1 but most of it's problems remain, like the poor dialogues, the overexposition and characters that lack any decent evolution or motivations. Take Siggy for example, exacly what makes her so hungry for power? Is there anything behind that desire? We're left clueless as she shifts alliances here and there and that doesn't help any TV show.
Lagertha still manages to be the most interesting thing going on the series thanks to the good work of Katheryn Winnick and to those who lust for some nice epic battles, you got plenty here.