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I May Destroy You
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Irresponsible filmmaking. No guidance from experts, only the broken people left who can only speculate what was going on. The only moment of Grace is one guy who miraculously survived, but that's just for 10 mins. No real answers, no help, no moment of clarity in the chaos. Less of filmmakers, more like dipsh*ts with expensive cameras. I pity these two when karma comes through. smh
Predictable blah. They certainly spent time of money on it tho... eyeroll..
Perfectly captures the downside of high school angst and awkwardness, and the bullying, and the loneliness - a well crafted, thinly veiled picture of our current love-starved youth epidemic. A cautionary tale of the neglected - nothing is truly added to the story of Jeffrey Dahmer nor overtly explained, except that the subtle clues are silently screaming to be addressed here. Nothing too gruesome is shown here, and yet they are clearly yet subtly visible until they are completely undeniable. I can't help but draw a clear parallel to the short video made by the victims and survivors of Columbine with the same lesson given here: it's up to us to notice and thwart those who are seemingly invisible, and include and heal them before we start to ignore them and pay the consequences of our ignorance later. 4 deep sighs out of 5
Tongue-in-cheek Funny, sweetly nostalgic, a comedy western adventure you'll enjoy. Family friendly, of course with the effervescent Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in fine form here fully immersed in all the things they love doing. A nice hour or so with some effortlessly entertaining, good ol' fashioned cowboy kitsch. Always a joy to watch them in their element. 4 Giddy-ups out of 5
Light, family friendly toddler stuff, if they are willing to sit still for it. Pretty forgettable. Despite the steady hand of Douglas Barr, it's the equivalent of a tv movie on Nickelodeon.
Weird, but oddly satisfying. it's about exploring what sorrow feels like in a divorce, but thru a separate scenario. That's what I read into it, and what I think was the intention of the narrative. 20yrs after their divorce, a writer asks his ex to read his work that he dedicated to her. She reads it, and is drawn into the book's narrative, but we are given flashes of their past relationship. On a separate note, I loved the opening sequence, directed by a fashion designer, glorifying confident women who rarely are viewed as beautiful - a brilliant punch in the mouth to the industry that fiercely feeds us the opposite message. Again - Brilliant. The nudity is rather vulgar and R rated, but weirdly necessary for its statement, not for the squeamish, but worthy. 3.5 'contemporary pieces' out of 5
You get some background on Robbins interspersed with unimaginable traumas elicited from a deep Q like "how many here are thinking about suicide." Riveting. And not small stuff.
So, it is one big infomercial, but it turns out - that's not a bad thing.
A literal $5000 seminar for free.
And potentially it is life changing in its layered approach. But don't be fooled into thinking that's all you need.
The filmmakers love the guy, and full disclosure, I bought his cd course around 2001, but never got past the 1st disc. And like most, I remained intrigued yet still skeptical. So I'll attest - I had to see thru the slick packaging to see the honesty here.
A snapshot of his life principles, but even here, although he borders on techniques used by cults - a high price, remote location, demanding assumptions in breaking up a 'bad' relationship - he also maintains they have to work on themselves and that he is only starting something in them and they will have to continue for their future breakthroughs.
Like watching a movie instead of going to a trained counselor, this is simply the tip of the iceberg in changing your life - don't let this be the only piece of input that you get for help.
But ya gotta start somewhere.
This is like a ten minute talk w Dr Phil on your way to your therapist.
3 motivations to change out of 5
Quietly, yet shockingly compelling.
Your heart is torn to pieces, but at the same time, thanks to this incredible filmmaking, you are also shown the balance of understanding what's behind the madness.
There is no hero in this one.
From one prison to another.
This will trigger your emotions, and yet sober you up to be more aware of things around you.
This has somehow shaken even my view of hand holding.
5 out of 5
Fun, sly, suspenseful, and some nice twists - a great performance by the leads.
The right amount of laughs and thrills.
It could have used some grander exploits- ala Groundhog Day - but has an intelligent, easy flow, and just enough complication to keep you guessing, and yet still enjoy the ride.
Not as terrible as most are saying.
Not as great as the first. Think -
Poltergeist 8: the Valiant Re-tread.
It's half TV Movie , half decent suspense flick - it kicks into a nice stride for the last half with some solid effects, a drone, and some interesting ideas added. But for the most part its too little, too late.
The mom, the son, and little daughter are great - the rest are all over the place. Not even Sam Rockwell can find his footing here.
It felt like the writer and the director spent so much time trying to avoid too many similarities, that they could have really gotten away with making this an original interpretation by changing a few other key similarities, but sadly they attached themselves to the franchise and blew it. Not completely ruined, but it's a huge letdown that many couldnt get past.
Not bad for a time killer, but don't bother to seek it out unless you are in the mood.
The original watched for the hundredth time is still bigger, funnier, and adventurously nuanced, and far above this one. Tho they tried really, really hard.
Nothing significant is added -
Still just above OK in my book.
3 windy closets out of 5
Don't miss this.
Bastard cousin of The Shining - similar plot with no tone control, laughable dialogue and zero suspense. Even some great camera shots and great sets can't fix things.
Passionate over acting, obvious overcooked dialogue, disconnected script - who are the weird ppl who show up without explanation, I ask - and the overused romantic Glowy lighting fools no one.
Shake my head..
I imagine if you are watching with friends, you may just have a great time harpooning this unsubtle monstrosity.
Karen Black comes closest to acting naturally, but even she gets drawn into the Oliver Reed school of overdoing it.
Its campy fun if you let it be, otherwise,
what a mess.
Don't expect much and you may get a few grins out of it.
2 wild eyed glares out of 5
A tense techno ride with some uptight scientists into a claustrophobic, stark-dead small town that is soon to be incinerated, with or without the scientists - the tension is palpable at times, and this was my favorite tv suspense movies as a kid in the 70s, and still has plenty of grit to fascinate and carry any Sci-fi nerd into geek-heaven.
Michael Crichton and a young Steven Spielberg are all over this nonsense, and it shows.
The script lets you understand the starchy experts as strong yet frail and understanding humans, and unknowingly you slowly begin to care about them and their plight. A creeping anxiety rises as you try to figure out what is going on here, right along with the scientists.
Great nuanced characters, tight intelligent script, taut direction, this one is still a winner if you are willing to hop on the rollercoaster, follow its lead to the nail-biter finale, and forgive some kitschy 70s bits.
...In comparison, I was appalled by a cheesy, tension-free, careless mess that was supposedly a 2008 update.
That one SUCKS.
Out-of-Work actors phoning it in while on vacation. It aggravate s me just thinking about how stupid it was when the original was so well done...
Back To the original -its dated, yes, but Brilliant, all the way thru. In fact, I've just talked myself into watching it again - the adult one this time...
-its not THAT adult, btw..lol
4 pairs of moon boots out of 5
Proactive, interesting and intense, this is how percolating drama, consistent acting, ground breaking camber work, and the ultimate in B&W cinema can be played to the hilt.
As much as I could not look away from this film - like gawking at a highway accident - its intriguing, fascinating, even titillating at the same time as the rational side of your brain screams What are you looking for AND what do you expect to see-?!
There is a wild, yet consistent quality of acting - solid actors poured into risky, creepy, volatile, and twisted roles. Warped minds enjoying their specific fetish without concern for life or limb, frankly. And yet its completely empty and void of explaining why. That's the part that leaves the audience cold, and as empty and unsatisfied as their fetishes leave them.
Very unsettling to think about..
Altho I can appreciate the acting somewhat, the threat of violence pushes the creep factor off the charts. But then nothing really happens.
And no understanding, And it's nothing more than fake torture porn. It could have been so much more interesting, but no.
By the end, you kinda want the police to catch them to find out why, but also just to make them stop.
So for all the nonsense and threat, I'll say this.
Be careful here, you can't un-watch a car accident nor its creepy aftermath.
2.5 out of 5 broken psychological headlights