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The Witch
The Witch (2016)
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Gorgeously filmed, very well thought out, and meticulously researched. I found this film to be, not so much "scary" per se, but more disturbing. There are no jumps or sudden noises that cause one to become startled. There is very little blood or gore. Very little in the way of violence, even, although there is some. I believe many general audiences may have trouble with the language barrier (as this film is set in 1630s America, and thus, the film makers chose to keep the language pretty accurate for the time frame) Many moviegoers will also, no doubt, be confused by the subject matter, by the religious proclivities of the Puritans portrayed, and also by the fact that writer in many places has left questions unanswered, allowing the audience to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks. Personally, I had no problem with any of these things, but I understand that many would, and so I would caution people when they go to keep such things in mind. All in all, a fanatic film, and one that I plan to own when it's released for home viewing. One of my favourite horror films I've seen.

Oscar (1991)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm not quite sure why this has gotten such terrible reviews, because I can remember going to see this as a kid at the movies with my family and I loved it. I did get a bit confused by all the bag exchanges, but hey, I was a kid! I remember sitting there from the moment the little stop-motion animated opera singer did "Largo al factotum" during the opening credits until the final wedding scene at the end and just loving every minute of it. This is a film that anyone can watch, really, because it's just good, clean fun. Perhaps all the negative reviews are because so many people seem to want to take things so seriously these days, and this is definitely not a film to be taken seriously, its meant to be enjoyed, not analysed. Also, there isn't really much vulgarity which seems to be a prerequisite for any sort of comedy made recently. This film doesn't have any of that edginess, and it's certainly not PC so if you need those things, then perhaps this film isn't for you. But, to be honest, I can't think of anyone who I wouldn't personally recommend Oscar to, it's just a good, solid film.

Godzilla (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I went and saw this last night with my husband, as a compromise, since I didn't want to see X-Men and I wouldn't dream of making him sit through something as insipid as The Other Woman...and I'm glad I did see this film. Not having ever seen a Godzilla film before, I was still well aware of it's history, as my dad used to love the old films from the 50s and would regularly watch them on TV, but I was concerned that this film, while it would have updated CGI, may still be a bit too campy for my taste. I'm happy to report, though, that it wasn't. The acting wasn't all that great, but then again, the actors themselves didn't have much dialogue to work with. Some people have complained that Godzilla himself wasn't on screen enough, and while I can understand some people's frustrations with that, I thought, personally, the director did a good job in drawing out the suspense of seeing the creature, and making the moments we did get to see him special, rather than have a sensory overload a la Transformers or Man of Steel. There were some beautiful moments captured on film, as well, which often get overlooked in modern films relying on special effects, and often the viewer is assaulted with the dreaded shaky-cam! Thankfully, there were not too many moments of that in this film, and the viewer wasn't left with motion sickness due to bad camera use. All in all, a surprisingly good film that I wouldn't mind seeing again.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While I liked MOS initially, I had only ever seen one Superman film, and this was it. After I watched MOS, I went directly home and ordered Superman 78, Superman II from 1980 and Superman Returns from 2006. Now that I have seen them all, I have to say MOS is not a very good Superman film. The film itself is impressive, but the only way I can describe it is to compare it to Mario II. Everyone who loves Mario will remember when Mario II came out it was nothing like the original Super Mario Bros. game. Then when Mario III came out, it was clear that this awkward middle child (Mario II) was just strange and nothing like the other games. Don't get me wrong, Mario II is a great game, it just doesn't have the feel of a Mario game, and that is how Man of Steel is. My recommendation would be this, if you want to see a brilliant Superman film, watch the one from 78 with Christopher Reeve, and if you want to see a great Superman film with modern special effects, then watch Superman Returns from 2006.

Wuthering Heights
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Excellent film adaptation of this classic novel. In fact, it's my favourite, and far superior to the travesty that was the 2012 "adaptation". This film is heavy, it weighs the viewer's soul down, and makes the viewer, quite honestly, slightly depressed. But of course, anyone who has bothered to read the novel will understand that this is entirely appropriate and expected. The sweeping views of the moors viewers are treated to are breathtaking and so iconic and tied to this material, and for a very good reason, too, I might add. The feeling one gets when looking at the gloomy skies, foreboding rocks, and large expanses of wilderness are precisely how one feels when reading, or indeed, watching the story of these characters and their quite miserable lives, unfold. Juliette Binoche was an okay Cathy, in my opinion, but is really upstaged by Ralph Fiennes, who just IS Heathcliff. He portrays Heathcliff ruthlessly, in an unconstrained and wild manner, with passion and haunting sorrow and malice. Each and every look in his eyes, as the camera closes in on him is fraught with such emotion and seething fire that the audience is left scorched by his very glance. Janet McTeer as Ellen Deen does a fabulous job with her part, being both rough (as a serving woman should be, both in speech and appearance) and strong. Sophie Ward as Isabella Linton is great as the spoiled and rather dull-witted girl who was much to spoiled as a child, which is a perfect description for a lady born to her station in life at that time, as is Simon Shepherd who plays Edgar Linton perfectly. You can see his sorrow as he realises that, in marrying Cathy he has made a hasty, and ultimately, a wrong decision, and then see him suffer as his sister and daughter are finally all claimed by Heathcliff's madness. On top of that, playing a small, yet important role, we see a very young Jeremy Northam as Hindley Earnshaw, and puts in a very fine performance. I can wholly recommend this to anyone, it's just a very well done film.