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Allied
Allied (2016)
1 day ago via Movies on Android phone

I had hoped this film would recapture the storytelling of the classic Casablanca, but it doesn't have the story strength to deliver. Pitt is quite good in a well created role but he isn't enough to save what is a well intentioned film that misses the mark. The chemistry from the actors is great but the filmmakers seem intent to not focus on the tension of the paranoia that the situation would cause. The film needed to lose either the romantic angle and focus on who could be the mole. I just felt the filmmakers weren't focusing on delivering a modern classic, films like these don't get made anymore and this film doesn't prove otherwise. There was a great film here but sadly it just never delivers. 23-07-2017.

Mistaken for Strangers
1 day ago via Movies on Android phone
½

I'm not a huge supporter of music documentaries but this was very interesting. The brother lost in the limelight and struggling to find his own place may sound tiresome but this film has a lot of heart. The behind the scenes portrait of one of the greatest and critically acclaimed bands of the last ten years. The film is overly long and never over stays its welcome, the interaction between the brothers are very hilarious and uncomfortable at times. The scene where the older brother is questioning why the younger brother has left a bowl of cereal in the bathroom is priceless. By the end you are swept up in the brothers search for meaning and are provided insight into a band who has managed to avoid mainstream popularity for their duration. 21-07-2017.

The Sea of Trees
4 days ago via Movies on Android phone
½

I had heard the film was poorly reviewed but being a Van Sant fan I knew I had to watch this film at some stage. I had watched Gerry a week ago and must admit I found this to be a companion piece to that film, I couldn't find the distaste everybody else did. The film score is slightly odd and the dark subject matter might put others off but I feel like everybody was jumping on the hate train for this film. The performances are raw and true, I was glued to the screen watching these three great actors fill the time. The slow pace isn't anywhere near the pace of Gerry and that story was nowhere as talkative as this film. I really hope people rediscover this film, it's an artistic film and further proof of the talent Sant brings to every film. Not nearly as grim or muddled as the reviews would have you believe, this is a well acted story about discovery and forgiveness. 20-07-2017.

Ouija: Origin of Evil
4 days ago via Movies on Android phone

I found the first film a utter bore but knew that because of the successful box office a sequel would follow. The good news was the original director was replaced with a Blumhouse regular and my interest peaked. Flanagan has created some unique films and Hush was a very strong film that twisted the genre enough to standout. This doesn't reinvent the genre but it doesn't mirror all the other films in this subgenre, the horror comes from the atmosphere created by a carefully eyed director. The film never ramps up until the final 30 minutes but they keep the story unfolding until the bitter end. The film raises more questions than answers but it sets the future of the franchise up nicely. I hope this director moves on to bigger things and knowing he saved what was could of been an early franchise killing film. The film is much better than deserved, I hope the next entry can maintain the stakes. 20-07-2017.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
6 days ago via Movies on Android phone
½

I had nothing but poor words upon first watching this film, the plot line is paper thin and fitting with the lore of the franchise. I could buy a rogue agent going dark after losing family members during Chicago, but the filmmakers lost every fan with this film. Michael Bay came close to saving the franchise with the previous film but this basically killed the series. They attempt to reboot the franchise but it wasn't the right move keeping Bay as director or even producer, just look at the two TMNT reboot films, poorly developed. You can understand why Bay is the first choice to direct, each film since the first film, has hit the billion dollar mark. This film had some great bests until the 1.5 hour mark, after that it becomes a mess of toy selling and too much over thinking plot points. The film is just another Megatron and Optimus Prime face off, this storyline had been played to death and that final 40 minutes is embarrassing to watch. The sad truth is that the Transformers are the only thing worth watching and the human sections are the weak link. Bay can shoot the hell out of a scene and the camera work is amazing, don't look for any direction provided to the actors, it looks as though he ignored the script and let everyone make up their performance. The franchise looks to be toppling over with the latest film but the groundwork was already laid in this film. Boring and overlong, a script with just the bounty hunter. 18-07-2017.