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The monsters look original, that's a good point right? I'm having a hard time finding many good things to say about this one. Even as a fan of these kind of Japanese monster movies, this one was a slog. The plot was thin and endlessly restated. And the fact that Russ Tamblyn, yes of West Side Story fame, is n this is just that extra icing on the bizarre cake.
Perhaps trying to build a huge cinematic universe with massive implications isn't a good idea after just a couple of films. It takes time to grow and invest in characters and you either need an incredibly long run time, more movies to expand the ideas, or an amazing script that can just blow it out of the water in one hit. It seems like they went for the former, but it was edited to fit an approved time and lost a bunch of the progress it was going for.
Unlike most modern horror film, The Witch instead of jump scares and fake out dream sequences it decides to fill its run time with atmosphere and slow burning tension. It's something other horror films should really be taking notes on. Any movie that can make a rabbit and a goat un-ironically chilling is doing a masterful job at building fear. Well-acted, well made, and representing what I hope is a new trend in competent horror movies.
Everybody has those kind of movies where for one reason or another they are universally acclaimed, but personally you just don't understand the full appeal. This is one such movie for me. The scope of the production is impressive, but an over three hour run time is always a slog for me, unless I feel the movie truly earned it, this just doesn't earn it. It's one of those 'classics' that you shouldn't feel bad about not seeing.
By no means is this the first or only film to talk about divorce and the effect it has on a family and children outside of just the adult's relationships. However, this one feels much more grounded than most others. Most make the actual divorce a huge deal with a specific event or sudden plot point, but this movie shows a sobering fact about most of these type of situations, sometimes relationships just end. They fall apart for the most mundane reasons and we as humans must go on living afterwards.
Funny, and definitely nice to see these characters all these years later, but as with all 20 year sequels we have to ask, does this movie need to exist? Technically no, but it was still an enjoyable ride, and worth it if you happen to catch as a matinee.
Of all the Kong films to get a sequel it had to be the 1970's one. That movie on its own is awful, and so maybe trying to do an original story and not a re-telling of a beloved classic would give the film makers room to stretch their creative muscles right? Nope.
Watching this movie, you feel a lot like Henry in the film. Not necessarily that you're a serial killer, but that you are simply re-watching his own real life home movies of these brutal murders. The whole experience just feels sleazy and unsettling, it feels like you should be watching this in "that theater" down town no one goes to. So if a film can conjure up so much bile just from watching it in your own home, you know the film makers are doing something right.
The biggest sin a sequel can commit, asides just being bad, is being a complete retread of the first. Home Alone 2 occupies a strange place in sequel history. Objectively, it is beat for beat the same as the first but with a change in local. Yet strangely, it has a certain charm to it that prevents me from being too hard on it. I can't tell you if it is the performances, the flavor of change in location, or what but it still holds a very special place in my heart. Objectively it makes no sense, but film is art, and art is often of ever objective. Make what you will of that.
Sometimes films have such a tumultuous production, the productions themselves become legendary. 2001, The Exorcist, Jaws, and the first Star Wars movie all come to mind. Fitzcarraldo is in that same league and this is the attempt to document it as it happens. Herzog has such a way of having his films have a dream or quirky feel to them, and either by design or not, this documentary takes that on. Though now a days it is probably most famous online for the memes it has sparked. But maybe that is just another burden of a man's dreams.
Bizarre and colorful, it seems like a fever dream more than anything else. A dream where you're not sure what you see is real or fake, and that's probably how the main character in this film feels being in a totally weird place so against everything his strict Christian up bringing would prepare him for. Also, the idea of a group of people seemingly so happy about human sacrifice and murder to the point where they dance in celebration of it, just ticks the creepy button in a way we are not usually accustomed to. We're used to seeing evil, but truly blissful evil? Now that is freighting indeed.
Packing a movie with a million different characters can be fine fi they all have something about them that is interesting and makes them feel flushed out. It is very hard to do and it's why when a film does it, it garners so much admiration and love. This film packs in the characters, but nothing that makes them stand out. Add in a story so over bloated and sluggish it quickly becomes something that thinks it is clever, but is really not.
Loaded with stars, that seems to be its more than anything else, and honestly that is what it deserves. Filled with good performances, but nothing too stand out, it still remains a 'classic' and probably will be forever. I can see why it has appeal, however, I think for me it's going to have to fall into the category of something everyone else seems to love, but I believe is just okay.
A cultural icon of a film. Colorful for this time and genre, funny and a bit self-aware again for the time, and creative for the effects at any time, the movie is a perfect midnight watch fest and certainly worth the cult status and will bring a smile to most people's faces for one reason or another.
Having never read any of the books, yet knowing the premise of the franchise, I have to say one of the weirdest elements I found was that the main selling point, a bunch of kids forced to fight to the death, wasn't even featured until well over an hour into it. You could make the case that means it gives you more time to get to know the characters, but the characters just aren't that great. They're never bad per say, yet a big discerning point for me. Plus the whole point of a first movie in a franchise is to get you to see more, and I can say I'm really not motivated to see more.
I think I've figured out the formula to making a financially successful western, you must make your characters unique enough to the point that the audience doesn't realize that all Westerns are all essentially the same thing. Tombstone doesn't do that. Everything about this movie just screams, been there done that, and even in a fun way. Maybe this could be used as a case study for future screenwriters to know how to not due a Western.
A very simple premise, lets watch a bunch of birds on their annual migration routes and we'll play some charming yet slightly haunting "Eastern European" style music over it. I can see that many people might find it too boring, I did have a couple of moments like that myself, but it still has a very relaxing kind of feel to it. It's simple, yet strangely effective.
Political intrigue, legal lawsuits, greed, and dinosaur bones. You'd never really know that such a heated story would be behind the discovery of the largest tyrannosaurus skeleton ever found. It makes no attempt to be non-bias, but that was the point. It's the story of a community who lost something special to them. Instead of a piece of land or historical building it was a dinosaur skeleton. What rights or wrongs the people behind its discovery are irrelevant, what matters here is a town. A town that lost something, a sort of cultural identity, and that is what matters to them, so shouldn't it matter to us?
Man oh man. I thought I had seen some shit before, but I just I don't know. The film feels like a bad acid dream. I don't know what emotion or theme they where trying to go for, but man. Artistic experiments are just that experiments. Some times you win and sometimes you lose, you lose hard.
The first mega comedy, bringing in every major comic of the time, and some from the past. It has plenty of wacky and memorable moments, packed with colorful characters of every kind. This premise has been done before, and since, but never has such a small basic idea been executed like this. It may be a bit slow by today's standards, however it does have a place for fans of comedy of all ages. It's easy to see why these comedians where and are such a huge influence on the writers of The Simpsons.