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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
5 years ago via Movies on Facebook

I usually can appreciate utter crap.....but this just sucked.

Machete (2010)
6 years ago via Movies on Facebook

The trailer works.

The film don't.

The Fighter
The Fighter (2010)
6 years ago via Movies on Facebook

This film really didn't do anything wrong to earn such a low rating; I just feel it doesn't have enough legs in re-watchability to really earn a higher rating. Plus, Marky Mark got so caught up in making sure he's a great boxer that he forgot how to act. Christian Bale didn't obviously, and chemistry between Wahlberg and Bale never really developed. This is one of those projects that took TOO long to finish up and suffered from the lack of spontanaeity during production. Plus, with a crew of young hot shot directors and producers the film follows every plot formula available. Plus, with Mickey Ward and his brother on set every day, the film comes off as unrealistic and doesn't ever get enough room to play around with other themes.

It didn't do anything wrong, though...I guess. It just didn't satisfy me emotionally or give me any elements of filmmaking to praise. Also, the fact that the producer and director thought it necessary in the behind-the-scenes to name-drop Raging Bull and Rocky as the main inspirations going into this film really rubs me the wrong way, because it's NOTHING close to Raging Bull and not cheesy enough to be Rocky.

Repulsion (1965)
6 years ago via Movies on Facebook

Roman Polanski crafts a very unique psychological thriller in his first go-around with an English language film. The film explores the paranoia of the character of Carol Ledoux, a manicurist at a beauty parlor. Carol is fragile and innocent, carrying with her dark memories of her past that enable her to engage with males. This begins to eat her up from the inside out in the span of a week, in which she delves into a state of solitary that leads her into an exploration of her inner-most demons.

This film was perfect timing for me. After having recently watched Black Swan, the genre of films involving the psyche of females has a new found interest in me from a filmmaker and storytelling point of view. Roman Polanski really pulls out some amazing shots on such a cheap budget, many effects that still hold up better than many of the CG effects in today's Hollywood 'wanna-be film' movies. There's a real passion within Polanski's direction, including a peep-hole shot that required the prop man to build a gigantic door just to get what Polanski envisioned (sounds like something ole Hitch would pull, eh?)

this is another film where there is a vision and a point to every scene. There are metaphors, intentional or not, that spring out from the mise en scene and the acting. Catherine Deneuve does an amazing job of transforming from innocence into the madness she partakes in the final act of the film. I'm positive Roman Polanski hired her for her eyes, because the way she acts through her eye movement alone is enough to win her an Oscar in today's lower standards of acting.

Overall, the film is quite tense throughout and has some unbelievable spots that a filmmaker and a casual movie-goer can both appreciate. The film delves into themes of feminism, abjection, schizophrenia, depression and any other seedy theme you can shake a stick at. Enjoyable as a film and appreciative as a work of art.

Invincible (2002)
6 years ago via Movies on Facebook

Based on the fact alone that Herzog wrote the script for this in 10 days, and probably busted this film out in the span of less than 2 months gives this film an automatic