I wasn't sure what to expect going into this but I'm pleasantly surprised. It is similar to Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down but this one is darker and portraying delusion in a creepy and realistic way. There are generally formulas in the tie me to the bed movies where it's either a form of torture or completely implausible that a relationship would form from it. This one somehow manages to do that, flip the roles, and throw in a dash of Very Bad Things. Liz is extremely good at lying on the fly to get away with her bad deeds and then you somehow become sympathetic for her when she's using it to protect Aiden and using his delusion as an excuse of why he didn't remember so he really has no idea that she's lying. Then just as the movie wraps up and lets you know that they lived "happily ever after" there's a sly punch in the last few frames that you just never saw coming
I watched it because of all of the many emphatically bad reviews- somehow, reading what they said had the opposite effect it should have had on me. I agree, it's bad...although with the bar set extremely low it ended up being marginally better than I expected..
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. At first it's pretty much Blair Witch reincarnate with the film team and female lead making stubborn and stupid decisions however that didn't last. While pretty average for the most part there were moments of brilliance that impressed me- like discovering what the "orange lights" actually were. You would absolutely NEVER guess the ending unless you read a spoiler- which also impressed me. Even though the end bombards you with all of these crazy elements, reveals and conspiracies from all directions at a pace where you can't absorb one idea before you are smacked with another and I would have liked to see some of it explored a little further I can't fault it because the ideas were pretty darn original with a clever WTF wrap up.. Definitely worth watching at least once.
When you have your supernatural superheroes usually it's from some sort of mutation. Batman is one that never had that, he's a regular man with a dark past and superhero abilities. Batman Begins takes us to where those supernatural abilities came from and how he mastered his own darkness while keeping compassion for others to separate him from the League of Shadows. Really brilliant interpretation that takes away all of the cartoon and puts in some intelligence and even portrays an almost believability to the caped crusader (including a freaking awesome first bat signal). The Dark Knight series is too heavy for many but for those like me who love the intelligence and exploring the gray area between good and evil in human nature this is a trilogy you'll own.
It's decent in the sense where it reminds us of where processed food comes from but for anyone who's mildly educated in the matter none of it is surprising. The part at the end with the slaughter was supposed to be a disturbing gross out, which yes it is but regardless of whether an animal is slaughtered on a ranch or slaughterhouse it's basically the same process so it really lacked the punch it was going for. Slaughterhouse, car factory, etc all run risk of hurting yourself when you're operating heavy machinery designed to cut things. The little "free the cows" escapade showing the cows not wanting to leave and be complacent connecting with the society's own complacency wasn't a stretch to grasp and kind of insulting really that it was supposed to have more of an impact.. Bringing in the illegal workers was pretty unnecessary considering the poor citizens in our own country working in factories aren't immune to the same situations with working in a dangerous factory at odd hours although it did add some melodrama. Nobody was forced to do anything that they didn't agree to in the first place. And why is this targeting only America like it's the only country in the world applicable to these things? I appreciate the heart behind it but really the whole yarn is pretty pointless.
I love this movie's concept about knowing who the "one" will be so that you have a "guarantee" about relationships and know that all relationships before you zero out are temporary. Therefore as they bring up love they talk about never experiencing it before or having a first or second love in their life, they just wait to zero out so they had no point in falling in love knowing that the relationship will end. A lot of people hated the ending, but the thing is that we already do have "timers", however we go through the process of elimination and experience love and heartbreak. Ooma experienced what everyone in our real life experiences and that's having a first love. Odds are always stacked against that person being the "one" so your timers 90% of the time wouldn't match in real life. It's a bittersweet ending but one that is the most thought provoking in light of looking at relationships.
The relationship between Donna and Stanny is really the central relationship and the relationship between Joe and Christi-Ann is the polar opposite and second. Donna and Stanny are argumentative, kinky, dysfunctional and gritty which is offset by Joe and Christi-Ann's sweetness between each other. The parts of the movie that are pretty implausible I could overlook because it hits on things that you don't see in most rom-com movies and uninhibitedly addresses topics that you don't see discussed in such a raw and vulnerable way You may see the topics brought up in other movies however usually it's in some sort of sight gag or awkward situation meant to make you laugh instead of pensive like this one does. You get to watch a train wreck relationship unfold alongside a sweeter (albeit raunchy) relationship which is a nice contrast. The ending is bittersweet but stays true to itself. I get in the mood for it sometimes, not a four star but worth a watch if you're cool with raunchy language and content. (Even though it's called Strictly Sexual if you're watching it for nudity or want an exploitation flick this one isn't it)
Bad. It's not even one of those bad movies that is so bad that it's laughable in a Mystery Science Theater sort of way, it's just....bad. They tried to throw in some plot twists but even the "twists" were completely predictable. Horrible acting. Horrible typecast characters. Horrible soundtrack and background music. There's "lets hit the dude on the head and not expect him to get up" thrown in there with each male dude at different times in the movie for good measure. I'm trying to at least throw in something positive...the chick had nice boobs? (That's all you see so if you want to watch it hoping to get a "rise" out of it, you won't)
I enjoyed this because of the clever playfulness despite the nature of its content- this movie is about the cat playing with its mice. It has its twists but the real twist is not what you expect. You see one coming from the very beginning of the movie and they are not subtle with the clues at ALL, which leaves movie watchers like me annoyed because I've watched movies where they expect it to be a subtle twist but it isn't. You are SUPPOSED to guess that one and when it's revealed to one neighbor that it wasn't a secret at all it's hilarious because he realizes that HE was the one toyed with and has no clue how to react. This movie doesn't play out till the very end and it is very coy once you realize that the cat plays it so that it wins either way and the cat doesn't always play nice.
For someone who's usually a fan of camp and the offbeat this one didn't do it for me. It's like the Rankin-Bass empire decided that after all of the syrupy holiday kitsch they just had to scratch some sort of self indulgent itch to rebel and create this possibly drug induced creation in need of some serious time editing. It would be painful to watch except that it's too uninteresting to pay attention to for any significant length of time. I wasn't one of those who grew up with it, maybe that's the problem? My daughter doesn't like it either after about 10 minutes so to each his own.
Camp Anarchist Armageddon. Did I like it? Yes I did. Will I become a cult member? No- but I'll probably watch it again. People will either like it or hate it but I warn you, if you watch it a third time you'll likely start using quotes from it.
This is a purely voyeuristic movie that is somehow completely unsexy despite its content. You basically just follow this girl around while she works at her various odd jobs (and I do mean odd) and somehow still can't make rent which makes absolutely no sense. The only thing that held my attention was morbid fascination at what odd job she'd take, some suspense of what would happen to her while she "slept" next to these men old enough to be her grandfather and pure curiosity- like "ok, now she's closing down a diner? Where did that job come from??" She seemed to play house in a with an alcoholic friend she had for a sense of normalcy and comfort in her life but she never truly seeks out anything normal, only things that are self destructive drawing negative attention- which of course alludes to deeper troubles but it's just so vague. It doesn't really have a plot- it's a character study about her however it never really explains what made her choose her lifestyle and if she finally got scared enough to quit. It just stops and rolls credits. If you need resolution in a movie, then don't watch this- you will be left frustrated. I gave it an extra star and a half simply because despite it's faults I still watched it to the end because it was so bizarre. This is an art house movie, and I'm hit or miss with that genre.
I definitely didn't find it more disturbing than other movies I've seen but I get that at it's time the general slasher flick was pretty far fetched with graphics you couldn't take seriously. (And your formulaic "rules" where Scream's satire pulled from). This is just your basic I'm going to kill you for no reason and not even you're usual build up of a chase scene. Twisted characters who have no moral compass in regards to life and no real sense of values toward anything except their own self preservation. Those things are more common in movies now than when this was made almost 30 years ago and if you saw it back then and it freaked you out then it's one of those things that it probably always will. To me...its was alright. The performance from Rooker is solid but the rest of the cast weren't anything to write home about. I'm glad I watched it if only to be able to know what the hype was about although it doesn't hold enough interest for me to want to watch it again.
This movie is hard to rate but worth a watch. The relationship between Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane's characters were the central story and a good one. The anthropology association about the "fierce" tribe for coming of age is really great (and strange that it's original if you think about it) The downside are the side plots, which I understand had to happen to reinforce the movie's message "From bad things come the good" however I knew immediately who the attacker was. Other parts were just kind of thrown in there and not really necessary. I can't decide if the movie at the end chickens out or if it was meant to mean Yelchin's character wouldn't succumb to evil so therefore he would ultimately end up with good (I strongly suspect the latter) ***Spoiler: I do not understand why some people didn't understand the picture at the end. If they'd watched it they'd know that was the original picture that was used for blackmail and how Sutherland gained all of his money. That was not a difficult connection to make and a very good ending in my opinion.