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Having been to Iceland twice, and as recent as this past summer, it is not surprising I would be intrigued to watch this film. The cinematography was fantastic. I have been all over Iceland except the West Fjords, so this was of particular interest to me. Also, I have never been there in the winter.
The short time of 44 minutes is perfect as there really isn't much depth to this film other than some world-class surfer dudes chasing some very extreme waves at the end of the world. The director did a fine job in placing the surfing plot as a backdrop to the almighty landscape and spectacular Northern Lights. This snapshot of such beautiful and unspoilt geography may be enjoyed by all viewers, and there is no need to have an interest in surfing; which would be a bonus! If you are curious about Iceland or love the country as I do, this brief film is a must.
I have never understood how Nicholas Cage has had such a prolific Hollywood career despite his terrible acting and so many movie bombs - of yeah, he's Francis Ford Coppola's nephew!
The Wicker Man is what you would expect from a Nicholas Cage film. Poor acting, poor script, disjointed storyline, laughable scenes when meant to be serious, etc. Good soundtrack though. It carries the film mostly, covering up most of the film's shortcomings. This version is a far cry from the 1973 masterpiece of the same name, which in my opinion is one of the greatest films of all time.
The prologue scene of a car accident is repeated throughout the film as a flashback and the viewer never understands how it relates to the film's plot. The horrible acting of Kate Beahan as Willow, coupled with Nicholas Cage is unbearable.
The final crescendo ends up in a pile of dung, with a totally predictable "reveal" is generously stated by the ensemble cast. This is watchable for fans of the original.
Altered States starts off well and the intense early visions are very reminiscent of classic Ridley Scott. This film falls apart in the latter half and its decline accelerates towards the end. The special effects were ground-breaking in the pre-CGI world of the late 70s. These don't hold up today.
The viewer wants this film to be good, but the plot and story are too silly to hold up. The special effects get worse. If Scott would have stuck with the quality of the protagonist's early visions, this film may have become a classic. Worth watching. Check the VHS bin of Wal-Mart for this one.
Uncle Buck is a classic John Hughes film, with the late, great John Candy starring as its protagonist. The plot is well written, and scenes flow well from one to another. The only horrible support acting comes from Elaine Bromka as Cindy Russell, who seems "forced". The good-natured Buck Russell character shows that through finally making responsible decisions in life leads to fruitful consequences. Buck's maturing parallels that of niece Tia, as they learn to grow up together and bond in the process.
I love the "interview" scene between Buck and nephew Miles at the kitchen table.
This would be a great family film except for the incessant and unnecessary swearing and the repeated use of the word, "shit". I can't understand why this was so overdone. That being said, I thought the benefits of watching this with my 10 year old outweighed the negatives.
One of the best serials in the Star Wars franchise. Non-stop action, and never a dull moment. Every sequence meticulously timed and thought out. A typical blockbuster of typical Disney proportions. No surprises here. Unoriginal.
I personally did not like the "training" sequence between Rey and Luke. How could the latter be overpowered so easily? The expiration of Skywalker was touching as well. I wish they went deeper into the character, but respect the attention he was given.
The female empowerment theme is truly overplayed in this and the last film. Rey, as the untrained protagonist, that wins the day. Rose who saves Finn from kamikaze death. The head Stormtrooper is Captain Phasma, who is a female. Princess Leia replaced by another female, Vice Admiral Holdo...give me a break. What special interest agenda does Disney have?
Almost as bad is the forced (no pun intended) "globalization" is so apparent in Star Wars that it is nauseating. Token Asian (Rose), token black (Finn), token latino (Poe), token fat white guy (a pilot who gets blown up of course, like every other Star Wars film)...but wait...no token Middle Eastern?! Disney didn't cover all the base, did they? Was this intentional? Conflict in the Middle East perhaps have something to do with it?
Who are Rey's parents? We will find out in the next Han Solo prequel film, or the next instalment of Star Wars in 2019. Until then, my guess is that Rey's parents are Han Solo and/or Princess Leia and thus the sister/half-sister of Kylo Ren.
Audiences will be getting what they expect from this film.