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Blood Father
Blood Father (2016)
4 months ago via Flixster

Whoever made this film got more bang for their buck hiring Mel Gibson and Michael Parks. Both men are better than this script deserves.

The only reason to watch this film is that Mel Gibson brings his A-game. Again, he plays a man fallen on hard times, a recovering addict, a casual racist, suffers anger issues, has driven his family away. Basically if you can't separate the man from the roles he plays, this should be an easy fit for you. But he's good. He sells it. He has a charisma and intensity that has been attracting audiences for years.

The trouble then falls that the script itself is not very impressive. There's a couple interesting elements (Michael Parks, Sicario Terminator character), but never fully utilizes either to make the film stand out.

Sadly, the actress playing Mel's daughter, and is the center of the film, is not the best actress. She's serviceable. But so many times during the film her delivery of lines took me out of the film. It's not that she was a bad fit for the role, it's that she's not a natural to it and could've used a bit more coaching to really sell it instead of selling a performance.

Overall, not a bad movie and definitely worth watching for any Gibson fan, but I can't really recommend it to anyone else.

Mechanic: Resurrection
4 months ago via Flixster

Apparently, long ago, I gave the first "Mechanic" a very favorable score. I saw it one time and by the time this sequel rolled around I had all but forgotten it.

This is pretty much a standalone Jason Statham movie and he's still awesome. But the film itself is extremely straight forward and basic. There's not really any twists. There's not much identity it has. It could've been a "Hitman" movie starring Jason Statham.

The script of course is horrible. There's numerous plotholes, trouble with time, geography, and logic... But I mean, this is a Statham Action Film, I'm not going to hold those things against it. What I will hold against it is that the film comes up at least one twist too short. One twist I can think of would actually have fixed a few plotholes and made use of its cast just a little more. Oh well.

The Witches
The Witches (1990)
6 months ago via Flixster

Still the epitome of a PG horror film. This film is terrifying to a child and even to adults. As an adaptation, it manages to be scarier than Dahl intended Except for the ending... The film does have a happy outcome whereas the book leaves off assuming Luke and his grandma will die around the same time soon after the events of the novel. Which I could see in his head was a happy ending...

The film is shot very realistically, it feels really grounded.... It isn't until the amazing work of Jim Henson's company does the dark magic of the film come alive. Let us also not forget this movie is about murdering children and it handles a child's kidnapping way too realistically for comfort.

Anyone who grew up with this film will always look for women with purple eyes.


==Earlier Post==
Perhaps the best Roald Dahl film ever. Scary for kids. This is exactly what PG horror films SHOULD be. And... MR. BEAN IS THE HOTEL OWNER!!!

R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls
6 months ago via Flixster

Strangely solid kids horror film. The FUN kind of horror. The young cast are pretty good and likeable, so following them on this misadventure wasn't too hard. Ted Cruz made an interesting villain. A couple of fun dance sequences at the beginning and during the end credits.

The premise was fun and offered the kind of creepy scenario I loved as a kid. Again, the real horror is in thinking about the ramifications of what's going on - not necessarily what you see on screen.

If there's a fault of the film, it's that the rules of the villain are never given. They just sort of play out at the end. I assume "we all know the rules" already, so they had nothing new to add to them... Which is disappointing. And by not explaining them... Well, things work out ok because... Well they just do. But- why did the- Oh never mind. The film stayed interesting to watch the whole time.

The Last King
The Last King (2016)
6 months ago via Flixster
½

Huge achievement for Norwegian filmmaking, this lives up to the look of epic. This is very much in the vein of Grimm fairy tales. I came for Kristofer Hivju and was not disappointed. I want to write up a longer write up eventually... Today is July 4th, I'm just checking email, but I'm making this placeholder to come back to.