180208: Enjoyed this film more upon second viewing. In the last two years, I think I'm finally coming to understand that I need to be a dedicated consumer of the visual arts or I'm wasting everyone's time. The concept behind this film, the idea of focusing on a dimwitted sick kick rather than his confident partner, is a great idea. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) grew on me as the film progressed. I'm not sure he created his own luck but he definitely had it in spades. Joining him is the two-gun rig sporting Jeremiah (Diego Josef) and a grief stricken alcoholic Marshall Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan). Blondie, the cool and competent killer for hire provides a challenging adversary but I found his departure from the film is a wee bit anticlimactic. Overall, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a good modern western and will keep genre loving fans, like myself, very content. Right on.
171126: Not as bad as I thought it might be. Some neat special effects. Could've done without Bebop and Rocksteady but the rest of the characters were ok. Have always had a place for a hockey themed hero. Good enough to make me want to see the 2014 film.
171007: First, I must say, that I have not seen the original of this film...yet. With this version, I'd only suggest that you do not anticipate a serious horror. I really enjoyed Pennywise from a character and special effects standpoint but, overall, this remake seems to have brought me more laughs than jumps. Was it supposed to do that?
17100: I am still trying to keep an unbiased view but it is very hard. You can't replicate perfection. Each time I have watched Blade Runner (1982), I have been impressed with how well it has stood the test of time. The story was perfect and the special effects, apparently, near timeless. Thirty-five years later, this sequel has actually done a fairly decent job of recreating the atmosphere and environment of the original film. Funny to say that, considering the passage of time, but really this film sets no new levels in those areas. And, the story came nowhere near as close. Of course, based upon the ratings others are giving, perhaps I just don't appreciate modern cinema, or am just jaded. If you've seen the original, you decide.
170903: Because of the western aura, I tried to read this book but couldn't. Then I waited all day for the film and, well, it was as weak as the book, if not weaker. I know magic played a big part, but please, no double action single actions and try to keep the reloading of the obvious cartridge conversions realistic. Seems out of place in the Stephen King realm, even the Gunslinger motto doesn't work. Sadly on par with the other three films I saw this date. Got nothing else.
170903: The most challenging film to review of the four I saw this date. I waited on a friend's opinion to see what he thought because often he picks up on aspects I don't quite understand. His reply "Redneck Oceans 11". I was expecting more from him but perhaps there is no more. I couldn't get into the characters or story. I had hoped the Nascar angle would appeal to me but it played only a small part on scene. Perhaps people familiar with Charlotte may appreciate the locale but it was generally lost on me. Perhaps people familiar with the southern lifestyle may appreciate this film more but it was generally lost on this big Canadian Nascar fan boy. Just couldn't find an appreciation.
170903: Many aspects of this film were enjoyable but I felt it slipped into gratuitous violence in order to appeal to modern audiences. There was no need. Further, I just didn't feel the explanation was legitimate, nor the outcome. Had so much potential.
170703: I don't get the 98/91 scores? This film is ok but I just don't feel anything is really standout here. Some decent songs and, I guess, the Baby character (Ansel Elgort) and his disability are a bit unique.