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Really good watch, would watch again, and can recommend, especially for slasher fans.
As soon as I saw "trapped in a movie", I was sold. I'm a big fan of survivalist situations (realistic or not), and have been waiting to find a "trapped in a movie", as opposed to "trapped in a video game" for some time now.
While my expectations were a bit high, I think the cast helped even me out some. This has some highly recognizable cast for 2015:
Thomas Middleditch "Silicone Valley"
Malin Akerman "Watchmen"
Adam Devine "Pitch Perfect"
Alia Shawkat "Arrested Development"
Chloe Bridges "Pretty Little Liars"
Most of which I'm not actually a big fan, but Taissa Farmiga ended up carrying most of the movie anyways.
Given that they're trapped in a slasher movie, we have to deal with several cliches, and SO MUCH meta discussion that is literally takes over the movie at certain point, but that is part of the survival strategies. We also get some pretty interesting death scenes, along with some that are more comedic than interesting.
Surprisingly, the movie is actually both too formulaic and unique to discuss much without spoilers, so I'll just say any slasher fan that enjoys discussion about slasher movies is going to like this one.
Great watch, would watch again, and can recommend.
I've actually been to some of the Austin locations and seen that roller rink: it's a pretty cool place with a powerful vibe to the room.
I've really had enough of pagentry, it just feels very boring, so maybe it was the perfect way to start this movie. It's a very cliche "I don't want your life" beginning, but grounding the establishing act in that foundation really takes us on a journey of growth in this "finding of self" (possibly a "coming of age", but no really) story. When something grabs our interests, even on a weird flyer, or a pair of skates, we should pay attention, and the smaller the thing is that calls out to you, the more you should pay attention.
Roller derby is a bad ass little sport, and maybe "no one gets famous" or "successful" from it, but it looks fun and I'm sure the people that do it love it. While the roller derby aspect is great, and the romantic plot lines are good, and the best friend angle is really good (just realizing how multi-threaded this movie actually is), it is the self discovery, the character growth of Bliss (thanks to Ellen Page's powerful delivery) of being a person that we can barely hear, to being someone how is able to yell for what she wants, delivery a hit, and be a literal poster child.
The movie honestly makes me envious: while I'd like to be an attractive tough girl, sure, to find a passion while you still have time to enough to enjoy it, to find people to guide and support that passion, and then compete and find adversity from people twice your age is an amazing thing all to itself.
I'll never be a "roller derby girl", but I know I can always come live vicariously through this movie.
Decent watch, might watch again, and can recommend for dirt humor fans looking for something different.
There isn't a lot of comedy in fantasy movies, and there isn't a lot of fantasy in comedies, typically, so I'm sure they thought they were corning a rather unique market. Honestly though, it's like they had someone write a really great Dungeons and Dragon movie, and then tried to ruin it with humor page by page. There is a 9/10 star movie hidden in this, if they would do a (slightly) more serious story.
Danny McBride and James Franco basically do what they normally do, but in jerkins: I'm pretty sure they don't even really have accents compared to everyone else. Franco has a fluttery tone that Zoey Deschanel mirrors, but she is just a living macguffin with two solid jokes. There is a parody of this where they just replace her with a sex doll and pause when she's supposed to have lines.
Natalie Portman is about 10 times the actor than everyone else in this movie, and I don't know what got her to slum it in this other than it was a unique opportunity to be a bad ass D&D style woman character. I honestly would have liked to see a movie franchise based on her character. She makes a great straight man to the band of idiots, given to much more subtle humor, but she plays off of the others' dirt humor really well. And don't get me wrong, she is a legitimately funny actor.
The overall story is a bit formulaic for an RPG adventure, but it is filled with great characters and villains, and I legitimately think I'll turn this movie into a campaign adventure somehow. Lazar is actually a really well crafted villain with a decent support structure of henchmen and resources, despite having a rather basic end goal.
Ma-Tee-Tee, as over dramatic as he is, may be one of my favorite villains. He's a leader, he apparently crafted an entire society to his choosing, and either gained or created his power, and what's more he actually created a system (though unfair) that allows a chance for actual warriors to fight their way to freedom.
There is a lot to love about this movie, and then there is all the stuff they added for attention seeking comedy.
Good watch, could watch again, and can recommend, if you're okay with a date movie.
This movie holds up surprisingly well. It is dated quite a bit, just the dollar amounts they mention are off, and car phones and pay phones. I give full credit to the delivery of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito that keeps this movie enjoyable after all this time.
The premise is almost laughable in 1988, but since then we've come so far as it actually being possible that this moves from science fiction to realistic fiction.
Yeah DeVito's character is awful on the redeemable side, and Schwarzenegger is comically pure, but it's about using both extremes to find a middle ground in the solutions to our problems. It is also about families reuniting, and strengthening bonds: it's a touching story when you get past the comedy and gunfire.
Worth a watch if you can stand a trip in the way back machine to 1988.
Fantastic watch, will watch again, and do recommend.
I honestly wasn't excited about this one, so my expectations were low. I didn't realize it was Stephen King, let alone a sequel to "The Shining" until I watched it. I'm also not a big fan of "The Shining", but I haven't watched it since I learned to watch a movie critically.
After hearing about "shining" from everyone, I immediately got excited when I realize that was what this movie was all about. I've been waiting for this movie since "Push". This movie is honestly what "Star Wars: Episode I" should have been. This is how you give an explanation of how super powers work on a large scale: you tell a story that examples it, "do not say", it is how movies are supposed to work.
This was wonderfully casted: Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, and Rebecca Ferguson are amazing. There deliveries have weight to them, and it really makes the movie.
The production value is fantastic, they definitely didn't spare a cent to make this look as good or nostalgic as it needed to be.
There are aspects of the story I think we could have done without, mostly just for time purposes, and there are portions of the story that are just gratuitously graphic, and some of those two things overlap, but I'm not going to say that any of the movie would actually be better for it. The story, whether it be the movie or from the book, is exceedingly well paced, and powerful, every step of the way.
It has this wonderful theme of predators and prey, basically "There's always a bigger fish", but in a twisted, looping way.
If you can stand horror at all and like psychic powers, then definitely give this a watch.