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The Fate of the Furious
10 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Positives:  Charlize Theron is a good villain, the pace never boggs down, it serves its purpose to the fullest in terms of no-brainer-popcorn fun, and it's visually good.  Negatives: it's uber repetitive in terms of comic relief, over-the-top action, soundtrack, and family themes.  Also, it's way too damn long, exhauatingly so to be honest.  This did not under any circumstances need to be 2+ hours.  I was marginally less annoyed with this entry compared to its predecessor, but then again, I felt pretty indifferent for the vast majority of this ones runtime.  Verdict?  Fate of the Furious is disposable "entertainment."

One Hour Photo
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Subjectively, I found this incredibly engrossing. Robin Williams was fantastic here, and his performance alone is worthy of a high recommendation to see this. The movie kind of messes with your head, in that, Sy, the protagonist, is kind of a big creep, yet you simultaneously feel bad for his chronic loneliness. I loved the cinematography, the foreboding bits in the soundtrack, the natural performances all around, and the sharp script with its twists and turns in the final act. Much of the film has bright white colors in scenes, yet the atmosphere is of an eerie calmness. The hotel sequence in the final act was a bit far-fetched and disgusting, but that's really the only gripe I have for this. It's expertly acted, paced, shot and written. One Hour Photo is one of few examples in the late Williams' filmography that allows his true acting range, outside of comedy, to shine.

Plan 9 from Outer Space
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Oh boy, Plan 9 from Outer Space: Ed Woods guilty-pleasure "masterpiece".  Honestly I couldn't finish it.  The story and plot is so retarded, for lack of a better term.  I guess it's about aliens raising up zombies, flying saucers that look like aluminum plates and...yeah.  For a measly 78 minute long film, this was a boring, obvious, dry, unintentionally funny slog among other things.  The set designs were cheap, the dialogue was amateur, the performances were unremarkable, and I could go on, but long story short, this is awful.  And no, it's not so bad it's good, it's just bad.  Really bad.  Ed Wood was the Uwe Boll of his time.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

+ Gal Gadot's performance.
+ Humor that doesn't rely on the usual blockbuster one-liners.
+ Not overly preachy concerning gender relations.
+ Paced well for the most part unlike its fellow DC predecessors (*cough* MoS).
+ Aries character translated very well to screen and posed a formidable threat.
+ The first act in Themyscira is visually gorgeous.
+ Fish-out-of-water aspect was handled well and quite the hoot at times.

- Run time could've been trimmed down.
- Like many DC films, there's a lot of scenes with bleak, gloomy blue cinematography.
- Climactic battle, once again, suffered from explosive, CG-I obsessed Snyder-ism.
- Some of the special effects aren't that impressive (e.g. Wonder Woman's whip)
- No Man's land scene is overhyped. It's bullet deflecting, slow-mo ass-kicking and a sniper-inhabited clock tower gets demolished. Nothing really innovative here.
- Some of its themes about peace and the darker side of mankind seem to conflict with each other and cause the film to feel contradictory at times.