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I'm a sucker for excellent set design and the examples in this movie are one for the books. It's an entertaining romp in the dystopian Mad Max style, but in a more cheesy action sense like a theme park's stunt show. It's one of those films that in an odd way I think Hollywood might resurrect for either a remake or a series.
1 week 2 days ago
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The aesthetic style is unlike any other kind of Sci-fi I've seen and Blomkamp gets full credit for that. There's also a wonderful, grounded sort of reality that permeates the film which makes it seem both visceral and realistic. The world building is also on par, you can tell they spent some serious time thinking about what would actually happen if an alien spaceship parked itself over Jo'burg for an inordinate amount of time.
2 weeks 4 days ago
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Put together with the same amount of subtle touch as a fever-induced nightmare. Laura San Giacomo reciting Shakespeare over and over is enough to make you want to end it all. If it hadn't been one of four movies on the same DVD disc I would have ejected it and snapped the sucker in half without hesitation.
2 weeks 6 days ago
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The B&W Noir template got old really fast for me. There are a few choice shots that are incredibly artistic due to the contrast but it's a lackluster film from start to finish. Not even the talents of a rather star-studded voice cast even buoy it into interesting territory.
2 weeks 6 days ago
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Long, long before Narnia got the Hollywood treatment, this was how so many of us were introduced to the famous series. It's a real classic example of the aesthetic that the BBC productions in the late eighties, early nineties were known for. A lot of great costumes abound (they spent some serious time and money on Aslan) and it fairly closely follows the source material. Acting is so-so but nostalgia does a great job glossing over that stuff.
3 weeks 2 days ago
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Can't say I ever expected "zombie bank heist" to be three words ever strung together so I guess the film gets credit for that. Oh, and zombie warlords, that's also a new one for me. Kind of fun to watch in a popcorn-y way if zombie films are your thing. Doesn't exactly play by the traditional undead archetypes and that steers it clear of generic zombie fare.
3 weeks 6 days ago
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@Goellnerd, I'm super glad I read your comment before watching because as long as I convinced myself that Keanu was actually Nic Cage in disguise it made the whole experience much more bearable. Hard to take any of it seriously, though. Even the first 30 minutes is chock full of sorely unintended laughs when you should be feeling sad. Agree with @Siskoid, this could have been one of the greatest tear-jerking and poignant films of all time with a better script and solid direction due to the themes it touches on. Instead it turned into the kind of film that you watch with friends and laugh at.
4 weeks 1 day ago
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It rips off enough Sci-fi that it feels somewhat authentic if you don't look super close. Visuals are stunning though, absolutely stunning, and probably worth watching for that aspect alone. Keeps you somewhat off balance with where the plot is going and yet builds toward an ending that leaves you wanting.

But still, those visuals...
4 weeks 1 day ago
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Really just a generic "make a monster" film from Netflix. A bit of a low point in Worthington's career. Don't feel bad if you missed this one.
4 weeks 1 day ago
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Respectable Sci-fi/thriller, even if you try to guess the twists and turns in advance there's a good chance it might surprise you. Sinise and D'onofrio make for interesting adversaries and the worldbuilding is decent.
1 month ago
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This one is always talked about as one of the classic examples of pre-80's Sci-fi but I expected a lot more than was given. It tries to be Western but doesn't have quite the charm of that genre going for it, but pretty much all of the Sci-fi works for what it's worth. It's fairly obvious that directing is not Crichton's forte and is more comfortable with a pen in his hand rather than a camera. The concept is great but not spectacularly executed, it's little wonder that he would recycle the idea a few decades later for the much superior Jurassic Park.
1 month ago
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Oh wow, Rocky with facial hair was something that should have stuck around from the time we see it till the end of the movie for certain, he looked fantastic with it. It's about as predictable as you can imagine, though the training sessions in Russia are a big highlight. Dolph Lundgren in his opening role is built like an absolute tank and genuinely looks terrifying. His workouts are enough to get any couch potato moving and thinking about joining a gym.
1 month ago
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Released in 2020, I would've bet anything that this somewhat generic zombie flick was based on the pandemic because it shares so many parallels like the isolationism and the overall theme of staying strong and surviving. After checking the timeline it doesn't fit though, as it was filming long before in 2019. Zombies as a genre have been mined in both big budget and low budget films and popular tv shows so there is not a whole lot of unexplored territory left. #Alive takes a few choice plotlines from other zombie fare and just strings them all together. The zombies themselves seem a direct homage to Train to Busan, another South Korean zombie horror film that is much better overall, yet they are still unbearably creepy.
1 month ago
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Anything that sheds more light on an Akira Kurosawa film gets a point in my book. Last Duel mirrors a lot of Rashomon's storytelling but is still well crafted by Ridley. Serious films in the medieval genre are not common, so it's nice to see one that earns its keep. We're so used to seeing a linear story on film that something like this comes along and really opens your eyes to how much exaggeration and diverging stories are present in the film, just like how reality is the same. The multiple storylines weren't too difficult to watch repeatedly if only to spot the nuances and switch in characters as they paint themselves in a more positive light. spoiler
1 month ago
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In a lot of ways Marvel managed to pull off the impossible with having spoiler share the screen with Tom Holland and some credit is definitely due for that. Biggest issue I had was the incredible amount of CGI and the final battle is mind-numbing at times. I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much back when I took the latest Marvel offering super seriously but as the years go by and interest starts to taper off I guess these have just become popcorn movies for me. That being said it was entertaining. Not as good as Far From Home as a whole, despite the rogues gallery cast.
1 month ago
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Franchises aren't born, they're made. The progenitor of the "Marvel formula" though in comparison to the rest of the movies it seems downright slow and tedious in comparison. I kind of miss the days when Iron man was just flying around or whatever and it was immediately cool and satisfactory. Now it has to be an all-out world-ending battle to get anybody's attention. A worthy start to a franchise.
1 month ago
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It's nuts how generic the plot is. Pretty much an 80 minute cliché that you've seen dozens of times in other films. A ton of gore, but more often than not it's just gore for its own sake which feels tacky after it goes on and on.
1 month ago
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"Taken, the Mexico version."

About a hundred percent accurate. I half expected Rambo to end up calling the cartel on the telephone and explain that he has a "special set of skills" and is coming for each and every one of them. Totally generic finale of a series that had a lot of promise starting off. In with a bang, out with a whimper.
1 month ago
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The most embarrassing thing about this movie is the fact that Sony believed they could get away with putting something like this on the big screen in a time when superhero movies are commonplace. It has nothing going for it, an uninteresting plot for an anti-hero that is unknown by the masses. If you're making a comic movie specifically for comic fans, you have to actually put some effort into it because they'll roast you every time.
1 month 1 week ago
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Pretty good for a B-movie, characters and script aren't bad and the set design is definitely on par.
1 month 1 week ago
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A fairly respectable horror-thriller to be honest. Borrows a bit from Carpenter's The Thing with a little bit of Resident Evil thrown in but still manages to be sufficiently creepy with a good amount of shiver-inducing visuals. Great B-movie horror.
1 month 1 week ago
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The start of a beautiful movie relationship between Flynn and De Havilland. A good action and adventure flick and fairly large in scope. Curtiz is very comfortable in the director's chair when crafting a good swashbuckler and it shows.
2 months 1 week ago
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They say every man has his breaking point, who'd have thought that a whole movie dedicated to it would be so entertaining? The orange filter on many scenes serves not only to convey the LA heat but also Douglas' emotion simmering beneath the surface. A slick movie that I think almost anyone can relate to on a deep emotional level. The opening scene really sets it all off.
2 months 1 week ago
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Pretty nostalgic and the really cool go-kart race at the end pretty much jumpstarted my love for car chases as an impressionable 4-year old. There might not be a whole lot there to love if you didn't grow up with it though.
2 months 1 week ago
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A true classic, seeing it as a young kid the Abominable Snow Monster gave me some serious nightmares. Definitely a wonderful introduction to stop-motion animation for children.
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