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A remarkable visual but slightly empty at the end - powerful and emotional, but somewhat empty.
Extremely funny and well made, but somewhat niche in the comedy department. You'll either love it or hate it
I have to give props where props are due: the visuals were fantastic and the plot was crap. You get what you're paying to see, but I wasn't impressed.
A flawless execution of a touchy subject involving the Red Scare and the cold war. This film is touching and heartbreaking along with being beautifully animated.
Finally an incredible film from Almodóvar. Everything up to this point has failed to impress me considering how revered he is. When he can make a film like this I understand why critics like him. This is the first truly great film from Almodóvar.
I give it a 60% because only about 60% of the film is any good. The second Lola is shown the film is ruined. And Almodóvar couldn't make a film without nudity, could he? Nope. Femininity starts to be explored, but Lola again shuts that down completely. Not his worst film, but I expected so much more after Live Flesh.
A brilliant parody-pastiche of the horror franchise that comments on too many things to list here. Meta commentary on voyeurism, archetypical slasher films, and monster films all at once is a serious undertaking that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard handle while having a ton of fun.
Despite all its technical failures, (continuity, visible crew/equipment) the film is decently scripted and incredibly acted. The main issue is that it's only 2/3 of a film. It emulates Hitchcock's style far too much to stand on its own and furthermore the plot simply doesn't resolve.
Is it factually accurate? Who knows. Is it an incredible film? Absolutely.
Troublesome at best, 300's sequel overuses every trope established in the first film, abuses every new trope it introduces, drags out far too long at only 103 minutes, and is stylistically the exact same as it's baby brother. This film offers nothing new, in fact it's only strong point is offering a look at ancient greek warships and naval tactics. How sad; I found that more interesting than the hour of slow motion violence littering the film.
It's beautiful, yes, but is it well written? Not really. Disney tries way too hard to provide a meta-criticism of just a handful of it's films while testing how gullible the audience is into actually believing them. Anna and Elsa are both idiots and the film subverts feminism under the guise of being a feminist film. Sorry, this ain't gonna cut it.
The movie by Almodóvar himself is classified as a "Neorealist film." History lesson: I've studied Italian Neorealism and I can assure you that in no way does a film that has a character that can move objects with her mind come even close to "Neorealist." Nice try. I'm beginning to understand that this man has no clue what he's doing.
So Almodóvar's Thesis is that if you're good in bed, the girl will fall for you even if... you know... you kidnap, enslave, rape, stalk, and beat her. Quality movie.
Feminist film? Are you kidding me? Two women try to commit suicide after breaking up with their lovers, which invariably signals that women's identity is defined by their relationships, right? Furthermore, every main female character minus two fawn over the same man and basically go insane over him. Can someone please explain to me how that's even remotely feminist? Besides that, we finally get a film that's not a pornography, so that's a nice change. The story is decent, but too many things happen without explanation that drive the plot in a very roundabout way to reach its conclusion. The editing is not only predictable but mundane and the lighting in nearly every scene is extremely flat. There's just no depth to the film whatsoever, which makes it boring.
Definitely interesting and compelling, it takes a sharp left turn halfway through the film and ends in a way that I'm not sure I like. But it's art and it's entertaining.
The acting is fantastic, but the narrative suffers from being so over the top that occasionally it doesn't make sense. The random intercuts that don't even pertain to the scene they're being intercut into completely severs the story and the lighting doesn't make sense. Artsy, yes. Does it work? Debatable.
Implied Child Pornography, sex and nudity just because it's shocking to put on screen, exploding typewriters, and other off-putting elements completely take the viewer out of the reality of the film which contradicts the intent of the film and makes for a poor viewing experience. Also, continuity errors abound. Not a pleasant film to watch.
Powerful and disturbing. Not for the feint of heart.