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The Butterfly Effect
8 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Butterfly Effect stars Ashton Kutcher as a man, Evan, who has had a very troubled past and some of the memories he can't even remember because he blacks out and then forgets what happened while he was blacked out. He writes everything he does in journals and he's found out that reading the journal entries can take him back to the moment of his blackout and he can change what he did to alter the future. The concept of this movie is really great! I find it to be a very intriguing and exciting idea, but the execution wasn't the best. Where this movie suffers the most is its beginning and ending. The first 20 to 30 minutes of the movie are very jarring. We see him experience every single blackout he had and it gets very annoying after the 2nd one. All the characters, when they're kids, are also annoying. Some of the scenes concerning Tommy were just hilarious because he was such a sadistic bastard that it's hard to imagine any kid doing what he did. The acting also isn't the best. The kid actors are very unbelievable in their roles. Thankfuly, the movie does improve once Evan gets older and starts to figure things out. That's when the "time travel" plot kicks in and things get going. I really enjoyed the middle part of the movie. Seeing various realities and versions of these characters was very fun and interesting. It made me think of the decisions I made and how different things could've been if I'd have done something else. I was always impressed with the thought of changing your future; how even the smallest choice can affect your life. When the movie deals with those problems, it's fantastic! Also have to give my praise to Amy Smart who plays a lot of different versions of her character; she was great in the movie. What I also found interesting is that in every reality there was something Evan wanted to change to make life better for his friends, but when he finds a reality that has all his friends in good state and he's the one who's messed up, he still wants to change it. I also found that to be very relatable. I often found myself thinking what I could've done, or not done, to help someone, but then I got rid of that thought because of what could've happened to me. Kind of hard to explain, but I'm sure you get the point. Ashton Kutcher is okay in this role. I would've prefered a more serious actor in the role, but he didn't ruin the movie or anything like it, I'm just so used to seeing him in comedic roles that this was a really weird turn. He does a solid job. Now, the ending(s). I watched the Director's Cut first and I predicted the ending quite early, so I was quite disappointed when the ending hit. It just wasn't very impactful for me. I watched the other three endings after finishing the movie and, in my opinion, the best ending is the "Open ending". It's a lot different from the DC one, but I found it a lot more satisfying. I know the DC ending makes a bit more sense considering the things said in the movie, but you can just see it coming from the beginning. All in all, The Butterfly Effect is a good movie which suffers from some very nonsensical plot points, mediocre child actors, but is very interesting to watch nevertheless. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I recommend watching the Theatrical Cut of this movie if you plan on watching the movie.

Fallen
Fallen (2016)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Fallen is another YA-novel adaptation that shouldn't have seen the light of day. I have not read the book, but there was a time (2013 and 2014 mostly) when I was in love with this kind of "literature". I read and watched a lot of stuff like this and I loved it all. Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, Hush, Hush, Vampire Academy etc. I was obssessed with these things and now, a couple of years later, I despise it. I can't believe there was a time I actually loved this kind of themes. So, what is this movie about? It's about a girl who transfers to a school and in that school there are two guys, who are also fallen angels, who she likes. One of them is good, one of them is not-so-good. She doesn't know who to choose, but then she finds out she has a past with the good guy and that she's actually some sort of a reincarnation of someone from his past. It's all very confusing and makes no sense whatsoever. It's a laughably bad movie. The romance is non-existent because the characters are so poor and uninteresting that you just don't care about what happens. Why The Hunger Games worked is because the main character, Katniss, was actually a very strong one. She fought for herself, people looked up to her and she had personality. What Luce, the main character of Fallen, lacks is all of that. She is a very weak character that is basically just an object in the movie. She keeps being thrown from the good guy to the bad guy and she doesn't do anything in the movie. These two guys are just in love with her because they are. It's hard to explain, but the romance is just not at all believable. The direction is alright. It has some cool looking shots, but besides that, it's a very bland movie. It looks like a darker version of Vampire Academy, another horrible movie. The CGI is laughable. The green screen is beyond noticeable and the entire movie has a fake feel to it. The ending fight scene is okay. Probably the best part of the movie, but even that has its flaws. I laughed out loud when Penn, some girl that Luce connects with on her first day of school because there's always that one character like that, got her neck sliced. It happened so fast and it was very unpredictable that I couldn't help myself. It was an abomination. I love it. The worst thing about adapting a YA-novel series is that there's never just one part. It's always 3 or more parts and a full story is never told in just one part. It continues throughout the series and ends on cliffhangers and shocking moments, kind of like a TV show each part can be looked at like one season of a show. This movie is no exception. It ends very abruptly, nothing is explained and you have no idea what just happened. Fallen is horrible. I cannot recommend this movie at all. It's yet another bad adaptation of a, probably, bad book that is popular among teens of ages 12 through 15. Should I even say anything more?

Ghost in the Shell
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ghost in the Shell is a live-action adaptation of the manga which also had an anime adaptation which was stellar. Of course, this being a Japanese manga, people were very "triggered" by the casting decisions, complaining that there's too many white actors and whatnot. The movie gained a lot of hate because of this and I haven't seen many people really excited about this movie, but I have to admit, this is a pretty good movie! GitS follows Major, a robot with a human mind, who is hunting, along with her team, a serial killer/hacker who goes by the name of Kuze. Kuze has been hacking into "people" who work for this huge robot company, Hanka Robotics, and killing them. He believes that they took memories of his past from him and wants to get everything they took from him, back. This is basically the story, although there is also this great sideplot concerning Major and her past. The first thing that caught my eye in this movie were the visuals. This movie looks spectacular! I adore the atmosphere, the architecture and the lighting of this world. Even though it is very heavily CGI-oriented, it looked great. Some scenes with Major took me out of the movie, though. There are some action scenes where she's wearing this skin-tight suit which makes her invisible at moments, and it constantly looked like Scarlett Johansson's head was added in post-production to an animated body. It looked very off at moments, but thankfuly, those moments lasts only a few seconds. The music is fantastic! It mostly has an original score, but it also has a few songs that were in the original animated movie from 1995. The opening shelling sequence is perfect. The score and the visuals go hand in hand and it's easily the most visually impressive manga/anime adaptation I've ever seen. Also being the one which sticks the closest to the source material. The acting is good all around. Scarlett Johansson was perfect as Major and I loved how "robotic" she felt throughout. You could really tell her character wasn't human, she gave a very comitted performance and she never felt too human. The characters I didn't care for the most part, but after a certain plot point is introduced one hour in, it really makes up for the rest of the movie not being too compelling character-wise. All in all, Ghost in the Shell is a good movie that I don't think is better or as good as the anime adaptation, but is a gorgeous looking movie with a fantastic soundtrack and great acting. It's easily the most impressive live-action adaptation of a manga/anime and I would recommend it.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
28 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of Wes Craven's definitive movies and probably his best one. It spawned a huge franchise! I've never seen the original until now and I was highly impressed! The movie follows a couple of students who have trouble sleeping. They all seem to have nightmares featuring the same villain, Freddy Krueger, who hunts them and tries to kill them. The students realise that he can only kill them in their sleep so they try not sleeping for days, when that proves impossible, they try to bring him to the real world to kill him once and for all. What separates this movie from a lot of other slasher movies that have come out in the 80s/90s is that this movie is actually very imaginative! Movies like Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are good movies, but they're not very imaginative. In those movies, and other similar ones, there's a killer and there's a bunch of high-school kids; enter madness. Here, it's much more than just that. Because this movie is set mostly in the dream world, Wes Craven did some amazing effects regarding the violence and atmosphere. Every single death scene here is terrifying and unrelentingly brutal, and is done in a jawdropping way. Still, to this day, I haven't seen such creativity in a slasher movie. It's a very distinctive movie. Freddy Krueger is a horrifying villain, too. Unlike Jason or Leatherface, Freddy actually talks. He's got this very deep and growly voice that really fits him. Whatever he says, punchline or not, it made me get goosebumps. Speaking of goosebumps, his knife glove produces such a spine-chilling noise when he scratches walls. It really got to me. The other characters aren't really as interesting as Freddy is, but I'm glad they're not as stupid as in some other slasher movies. The main character, Nancy, is a badass. I absolutely loved the ending where she tries to defeat Freddy by bringing him to the real world and booby trapping the entire house. I always appreciate when there's a character who doesn't just scream and run from the villain. Johnny Depp is in this movie, as well! This was actually his very first role in a movie and he is great! His character isn't very intriguing or anything special, but he's a very entertaining presence and when he meets his fate, I actually felt sorry for the character, which can be a very hard thing to do in slashers. The soundtrack is great, I adore the 80s horror movie soundtracks. They're always so catchy and memorable. The practical effects of the movie are brilliant. One more reason why older horror movies are so much better than the new ones, at least regarding this genre. All in all, A Nightmare on Elm Street is a perfect slasher movie. It does everything right and doesn't fail on delivering scares. I would highly recommend seeing this movie and I think it deserves every little bit of praise it got since it came out. It's easily one of the best slasher movies ever released.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
29 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Leatherface is the third movie in the Texas Chainsaw franchise and it's nothing special. The story follows a couple that are unfortunate enough to be driving on a road where a serial killer cannibalistic family hunts people. Long story short, they capture them and madness ensues. Immediately you can tell that this isn't a very original movie. It's basically the first movie, just without the scares. Now, I'd be lying if I said I expected an original movie from a third movie in a franchise, but I did expect it to be, if nothing else, fun. Unfortunately, it doesn't manage to be even that up until the last 20 or so minutes. The movie does feature quite a bit of action and killing, but the main reason those scenes aren't effective is because you never get to see any gore. This movie was made back in the time when horror movies were being extremely cut because the MPAA was even more strict than today. This movie was rated X back when it came out and if this movie came out today, it would barely be rated R. Whenever something violent is happening, we rarely see it on-screen. Usually, the camera cuts quickly away from the gore and we just hear the sounds of what is happening and sometimes even see blood spray. When the movie ended, I went to YouTube to see the deleted scenes and they actually did shoot all the gory scenes and wanted to put them in the movie, but they were told not to if they wanted the movie to be even released. I watched all of the deleted scenes and I can safely say that the movie would've been a much better experience if they hadn't cut so much of it out. At least then I'd have something to look forward to. Greg Nicotero did the special effects for the movie and I feel bad for him; he did his very best to make the gore as shocking as possible and then they just censor it. It's really unfair. Moving on to the characters. Everyone acted their parts pretty good, although the characters were quite plain. Again, you'll hardly care for any of the characters. My favourite character was Viggo Mortensen's because of his performance and he was, overall, quite a creepy presence. I'm very disappointed with Leatherface's look in this movie. The mask is a disaster and he didn't seem as menacing as he did in the first movie nor did he seem as enthusiastic as he did in the second movie. He was very bland and uninteresting. I do like one particular scene with him where he's playing a game which shows you pictures and you have to type in what you see. The game shows him a picture of a man and he keeps typing in 'food'. That scene kind of got to me because Leatherface is basically just a child. Yes, he is old and he does kill people, but that's only because he doesn't know of any other kind of life. He's a pretty tragic character and I always appreciate little moments like that when they try to humanise him. They also did the same in Texas Chainsaw 3D. The direction of the movie was alright. It was fairly generic, although there is one great shot of a driving car and the screen is split into two parts. The bottom part is the ground, which is fully black, and the top part is purple, night. And the car just goes from the right side to the left. It lasts for about 5 seconds, but it looked fantastic. The soundtrack isn't very noticeable up until the end when the heavy metal songs kick in and then the movie gets really badass! The credits are also blessed with a metal song written specially for the movie, which is pretty great. All in all, Leatherface doesn't add anything new to the franchise but is well acted, has some really badass moments and you can always watch the deleted scenes online to make the movie a better experience. I'd recommend it only to Texas Chainsaw fans, I don't think anyone else would care for this movie at all.