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0 - Don't waste your time.
1 - Awful.
2 to 4 - Boring, with increasing degrees of "worth it's weight in creativity" because of a scene or two.
5 - Just fine. It did it's job to pass the time.
6 - Acceptable for what it is. Entertaining.
7 - Better than expected. With one or two things that are memorable.
8 - Memorable as a whole, would watch again.
9 - I had fun watching it (felt something), would watch again, and loved something in it.
10 - No movie is a 10.
It's okay for a start.. I'm hopeful.
NOTE: I've seen 2 episodes.
Noticeable ADR (counted at least 4 on these 2 episodes), visible editing cuts and patchwork on scene transitions and action (Hailee grunts way too much). A bit slow paced and with bits that feel like.. filler. The dialogue is lacking and the action scenes are predictable. Convenient situations and a weird tone. The character of Kate is a tad annoying and childish.. which I would have expected someone a bit more serious and mature for the role, specially seeing how she became motivated.
On the other hand, the animated intro and outro are really well done! And a proper reminder of the comic this is based on. Has good production values (although it still "feels" TV), and a few moments here and there. Interesting characters being used for villains. "Jack Duquesne", really? I remember him from the 1966 animated series! Echo on the other hand is a nice surprise. Being set on Xmas is a plus for me, and the character of Hawkeye being visibly tired (and going deaf? Nice added detail) is the only acceptable detail of this series so far.. which completely makes sense at this point.
So far, sadly, the first 2 episodes lowered my expectations by quite a margin. But I really hope it ends up being as fun as the trailer made it to be.. like a super-hero-world Home-Alone. This introduction should be setting the bar high..
Last Night in Soho (2021)
Not all well made movies are good
A young girl (at a point called country mouse), manages to enter a Fashion Design school in London, to which she moves to the city where everything "can feel like a lot". From there, she finds herself living someone else's life in her dreams (of sorts).
A nice little "whodunnit" kind of mystery to pass the time. I wouldn't consider this "Horror" but more of a Thriller.
It's not made to be a crowd pleaser, as I am sure now that more people won't like it, over those that really will. It's not meant to scare, but to be a bit stressing yet intriguing enough. Even from the start, there's kind of a time displacement where it comes to the time it is set in (not knowing anything about 'til I sat down).
Production-wise, it's immaculate. The sound, editing and camera work goes beyond your standard production, and the added visual elements certainly help transmit the "nightmare" Eloise finds herself in.. it all makes for a release worth watching in theaters.
Script-wise, it's a little weak when it comes to developments (nothing particularly weird or memorable), but execution is as great as it could be for what it is. And while I trust Edgar with every decision he makes on his own projects, I feel like Michael Ajao was a miscast.. at times, his presence and delivery felt straight out of a cartoon. Thomasin McKenzie, on the other hand, does a wonderful job.
If this was made for you, then you'd have a blast! Otherwise.. it could be a tad predictable at times, and not fast paced enough, with a conclusion not worth the build up.
Cowboy Bebop (2021)
"Brainless Fleck of Mediocrity"
I watched the Anime many moons ago, and re-watched some to compare, but I completely understand it's charm. My favorite part of the franchise will continue to be the animated movie! This adaptation is heavily modified scripts, and it's not a faithful adaptation. For example, dogs in this universe are a commodity instead of being common "mongrels". And more importantly, many character changes are considerably worse. A focus on a certain character instead of a more "family" theme hurts it. This is, subjectively, a big downgrade.
Choreographies are good for the most part. It is a bit awkward, with some very nice stunts here and there, and the occasional use of interesting camera work. At time, "hits" have no weight to them (partially a physical thing as well as a lack of proper sound editing) and not as dynamic, as what you can achieve on paper. The dialogue is at times bland and predictable. The colorful music (obviously the best part of it) doesn't work as well over the gray and brown filter the whole show has.
Regarding the casting, John Cho is a tad too old for the role of a ruminating yet cool guy. And that's a big detriment to the youthful and charming character that is Spike. Still his portrayal is acceptable for adaptation standards. Certainly not memorable. Mustafa, on the other hand, is easily the best of the bunch.. but makes me wonder if it is the case because of comparison. As partners, they work well together and makes the show watchable. Then comes the worst part.. instead of Faye Valentine, we get the annoying character Daniela Pineda portrayed in Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom. Sadly, very unlikable. Funny how the cowboy Judy from "Big Shot" is practically the same eye-candy character, but they were worried about Faye's looks. And finally, both Vicious and Julia feel like a downgrade. Giving them more spotlight is not always a good thing. Sometimes, the enigma and mystery of their personalities is a positive.. not here.
It's an overall cheap-looking show (almost fan-made) with a great score.. From sets to costume design, to visual effects. And as a "space opera", is a bit lacking. Feels like it was made for the masses, much like with Death Note before it.
"If you are going to change something, do it better, not worse."
Red Notice (2021)
Botched the ending
Go watch it. It's kind of fun! Globetrotting rival thieves chasing "Cleopatra's eggs" is a fun premise.
Has great production, enticing camera work, average action, and reference-filled scenes for those that feel rewarded for knowing things.
And once you've seen it, you'd probably thing this movie only works because of Ryan, which is a good thing for those that tolerate that kind of persona or find him charming and funny. His talent for being himself in every movie he is in (as if he couldn't act), is astounding!
Personally, I find his delivery of lines agreeable and the primary reason why I enjoyed the movie. He has a way of making fun of things people normally take seriously that makes him a nice change of pace. Put literally anyone else around him, and it would probably have a similar effect!! But the Rock being the Rock (kind of a boring straight man) works with Ryan as a partner.
Considering how the ending is a flat-line, and a second viewing is not worth it.. the convenience and pandering of most plot lines, it's amazing it isn't terrible.
No Time to Die (2021)
"It'll be just a moment"
All in all, it's a very well made film that is adequate in every sense of the word. Except when Ana de Armas is on screen, as it feels like an entirely different film! More fun and energetic. I really liked her scene.
Sadly, the rest is just fine. Locations are good, action against faceless enemies is okay, dialogue is forgettable, and a villain that is lacking in presence and a defined objective. Certainly not the movie I had in mind for the closure of an era, and much less for Daniel's last entry. It's similar to Quantum of Solace.. as to how a lot of things happen, but not much weight is felt.
That dude-bro jordan vogt-roberts will probably have a hard time adapting the Metal Gear Solid plot to a movie, now that James Bond has basically taken the plot of the PlayStation release with FOXDIE and a Shadow Moses-like island infiltration.
"Bad news on the doorstep"
While a very simple and objective-less story, it is not all bad. It's one of those plots where the journey is more important than the destination.
Ponders a lot on topics such as to what we do with the time we are given, the legacy of a dying man and the things that were important to him (in this case : a dog), and others. But by no means deep in any department. The setting and context of a dying world is very present (but not enough), but is not the focus. Whoever wrote the story wanted to talk about dogs, and dying.
Sadly, much like with the world these characters inhabit, there's not much else to look forward to. The robot is the main focus of the movie, and by all means, it is very well written (although 100% unbelievable by today's standards). With plenty of wonderment for a "newborn" and lots of human-like personality. But it's nothing we haven't seen before.
I would like to see this expanded into a story worth remembering, though. Otherwise, it was just a fun and well-acted watch, that might leave you thinking about things and stuff for a few minutes. Maybe, make you feel like you need to pet a dog.
A strange script
A decent "mood mystery", with charming leads and a well casted crew. Once you are in the know, some things might not make much sense or feel unnecessary afterwards, and therefore hollow as a whole. But it's development is intriguing enough to be somewhat mesmerizing.
The ending might make it all fall apart for some, or leave you with a rather pleasant feeling. It i's a bit heavy, but I feel like it was well worth my time, even though it isn't particularly memorable.
I watched it..
A very dry and straightforward story of a plane disaster due to unbelievable circumstances, but chaotic and weird enough to be someone's nightmare. It is physically visible how things are shoved to the side at times in favor of what they wanted to show, clashing a bit with your perceived reality of the world the characters inhabit. At least, Ray Liotta was having so much fun when he made it!
I at least enjoyed the technical scenes about airplane functionality.
Can't say I loved it, but I didn't hate it.
The production of this movie is off the roof, and there isn't anything to nitpick when it comes to execution. But the script itself isn't entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation, much less a second watch.
Lots of gaslighting!
It's certainly no Air Force One! While I quite enjoyed it, and believe that it is a very well produced movie.... at parts it feels hollow.
A lack of personality, setup and a lackluster and rushed ending. I quite enjoyed the camera work of the transition and the editing more than anything. The cast does well, but there are no stand outs aside from Jody. It does have some very good ideas and execution of said concepts, but the context could have been more developed.
It's a fine watch, but nothing particularly memorable.
I would recommend Non-Stop over this.
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
Liked it, but it's a vanilla ice-cream
While I think the movie delivers on it's promise just fine, I couldn't help but think it was missing something throughout. The editing and direction is lacking for it to be a memorable piece. Specially considering the amount of claustrophobic shots to fill in the space. It does reach a high point an hour into the movie of storytelling, but knowing how it's going to end does take away from the ride. That is not to say the ending was bad! On the contrary, it ties it all nicely and gives a pleasant conclusion.
As a story, it is rather silent, and not very accommodating for anyone not-in-the-know of how these races and the context around them work.
Where is she? What is she supposed to be doing? Why isn't she "ready"? What is getting "pulled off"? I had many questions that make me believe this is for those wanting to celebrate Michelle's story, rather than those wanting to watch a movie.
The cast really works for it! Realizing Stevie played himself was a nice surprise. The lead, while a bit emotional and reckless at times, is smart. But it's hard to underwrite an achiever this way, and still fail while the viewer knows it's weight in reality.
As a whole, it is not very "colorful" and didn't take any risks.
Nou fo (2021)
A very serious-in-tone and slick/modern in look "Cop Drama" with lots of action, themes of revenge, innocence and justice.
It's a very enjoyable movie that impresses with the choreography and set pieces. The production is beyond impressive, just like the stunts that are filled with realistic aggression and raw violence. With wonderful and dynamic camerawork, as well as decent locations and great lighting.
And while it entertains throughout without question, it doesn't leave you with much to talk about or discuss. No memorable lines (at least from the dialogue shown in the subtitles), or revelations. Pretty standard, at least from what you can expect from a competent movie.. One you consume once, and move on.
The bad guys are really well written, but there is no way for it to end but what you can anticipate from the beginning.
And again, the action is just too good to miss (which is the majority of the movie).. exactly what you can expect from Donnie and actors at his level.
Krrish 3 (2013)
"I like it!"
Enjoyable and fun enough to warrant a watch. Even as a stand alone film (since it recaps the story very well at the beginning).
It quickly gained my favor due to the charming leads, and the sincerity and heart of the characters they are portraying.
Hrithik Roshan has a great physic, acts rather well and can handle himself on the dancefloor. And I was attracted to this movie by the look of the Hero Krrish, which is simple but striking. The ladies of the film, both the beautiful Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut (whom I saw here for the first time, and was easily my favorite) do a wonderful job as well. The villain is a bit weak (in mindset and look), but is a good bad guy nonetheless.
And although the story itself is nothing that hasn't been seen before, it works very well!
The whole thing is elevated by some great camera work, exaggerated action, interesting premises to put a hero into, good lines of dialogue, and more importantly.. plenty of showing not telling.
Very reminiscent of a few Superman comics, as well as the X-Men movie from the year 2000 (take that as you will).
There are a couple of Bollywood songs (as was expected), and even an Intermission (the movie is almost 2 and a half hours long). Would watch again. It's "dumb" at times, but there are days when I'm just in the mood for a product that was seemingly made with lots of energy and love.
Mission to Mars (2000)
To Mars and beyond.
A very very simple and straightforward movie.
That is to say, you can probably summarize the plot in a paragraph. Still, the audio design is good, as well as the visual aspects of the movie (for a 2000 release). The cast is good, and so is their acting. Realistic, with some emotional threads and character backgrounds being hinted at, but nothing that contributes much in the development of the story. If you like space movies, with a hint of something "more" out of the ordinary, it might be worth a watch. Not much else to say that is worth discussing.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
"It's quite restful. Almost Peaceful."
"A reading man, well educated, and versed in many scenarios that could help in a situation of emergency.. like the one he finds himself in. He is being hunted for something, but he doesn't know what. And he will do anything possible to find out."
Conceptually, it is incredible.. I might even consider the book. It's a very interesting story that tugs you along without giving you much information. Thankfully, the development itself is fast paced and intriguing enough. There's a lack of explanations and dialogue, but enough hints to tie it together.. they certainly don't make them like this anymore. It's very smart! The lack of depth certainly hurts it for me, and you can't really "play along". A particular occurrence (involving miss Faye) that was a little "too much" for me (as in I don't believe something like that would just happen). The ending was both good and a bit of a letdown.
I wouldn't recommend it highly, or at all. But it was a fine watch.
Robert is always a treat.
"That's what I said"
It's just a good action movie with decent enough storytelling to keep one interested, and colorful characters. What I was expecting "Wrath of Man" to be. Alexis Louder stands out along Gerald, which is impressive. Really charismatic and charming! The look of "military" cop sold me on her right away. Wouldn't mind seeing more of her.
Good editing/camera work here and there, and a chaotic enough scenario to make it memorable.
I'd watch again, though not straight away. Easy recommendation.
Well.. I was expecting something generic, but what I got was decently memorable!
"Scientists advance the technology enough to be able to connect to the past (via alternate timelines). A competing company wants their advancements and will do anything to get them."
From an interesting concept, to the great execution and intricacies in the story that make it stand out. An uncommon development, deeper implications than expected, and a resolution with meaningful change of the lead character / adaption to the situation. It's not particularly tense, and a tad predictable, but still has some surprises. Although, the involved technology and everything tied to it is extremely over simplified. Doubts are raised over details, but ultimately doesn't matter. It's a film to pass the time! I was reminded of the caliber and content of a Liam Neeson release, where they are quality movies with good delivery and action.. but still a little "questionable" at it's core.
Overall, good production! Very appealing visually. Be it every physical location, style, design, interfaces, etc. It's when CGI is used that it looks a tad cheap.
The cast is good as well.. with Mi Yang starting a little weak in her performance, but surprising me in the end. Wallace Huo (a Chinese Joel Kinnaman lookalike), as a good villain. And the child does a good job too.
No complaints here and an easy recommendation! Enjoyed it enough and it felt smart at times, and my time didn't feel wasted.
The Intern (2015)
"Never wrong to do the right thing"
So, it's not a comedy. It's also NOT annoying. It's smart, but very subtle. Definitely crafted with a lot of care. Fast paced and straight to the point out of the gate. Doesn't let down, and it's interesting throughout.
It's one of those cozy movies that you'd like to be a part of. A comfortable ride devoid of real stress and drama. It's the little things and great attention to details, interactions and characters you'd find in real life with a thin layer of "sunshine" that makes them likeable. Both leads are great for their roles, and they sell it. With plenty of sentimental value, that is never overbearing.
I personally didn't like the ending.. particularly because I liked the movie so much.
Get Smart (2008)
From decent action, terrible lines of dialogue, decent humor that doesn't become annoying, to good enough plot that suffices as a vehicle to entertain. A great ode at the original material! With Anne being very charming and competent, and Steve doing Carell things. His delivery is stiff but with a lot of personality, which I don't believe it's something anyone can do.
I remember it being dumber than it was on a second watch.. it was actually a delight, specially that memorable dance scene that had no reason to exist. Overall, it is a bit simplistic and too much of slapstick-take on James Bond, but appeals with a bit of heart and the cast is great.
Had fun, would probably watch a third time in 5 years or so.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
"Bet even a Chimpanzee won't fight for it's mate"
I think I prefer this one over the remake.
It's simpler and more fun, considering the time it was made in. It's also has, in my opinion, a little more depth in some parts (a more developed father-son relationship, "villains", and so on), and less of the bad parts.. In general, a very different structure / content to the William's one.
The absent minded professor is not a cartoon character, which I liked.. he is more obsessed with finally achieving his project, and anything else that gets in the way is naught but a second thought to him. Once Flying-Rubber gets introduced, he is much more capable, and his persona and problems change drastically. The Effects are really good for a 60s movie. Stunts, driving and most of the Basketball game is fun and exciting (until it reaches that repetitiveness point). Very fast paced at times!
I would highly recommend anyone to give it a go, if they liked Flubber. Because it's dissimilar enough, and adds quite a bit to it.
Not sure about the America and Military "message", haha.
Free Guy (2021)
A decent one-time watch
Not much of a "Video Game" movie.
It's more of a hastily-written Romance with a "tech guys vs Corporate Giant" plot tying it together, as well as an added Virtual World backdrop for generic-flavorless action scenes. It's still kind of fun!
The concept and execution are interestingly weird. Certainly light.. It's not demanding or has deep concepts of any kind. Feels fresh and "hip" (mostly not in a good way). It mostly works for me because of the huge charm of Ryan and Jodie. The humor on the other hand.. was always terrible, and never landed for me. If it made sense, I would say this is pure frosting and no "meat". Has at least one good references, and a LOT of uneeded "popular" streamers showing for no reason.
Would recommend solely for the amusement to anyone interested.
Star Wars: Visions (2021)
There are 9 disconnected stories that don't fix or add much to the existing lore of the franchise. Which was to be expected when separate studios tackled this project.
And while "Star Wars" in name only, most episodes are nevertheless impressive.. if not in style alone, for the quality of the animations (and in general). There's one particularly over the top chapter (made by studio TRIGGER) that put a smile on my face with it's nonsense, because it was exciting and energetic and did something so dumb that I didn't expect it.
They are very much worth a watch, and would recommend any animation fan to check them.
As Star Wars content, it isn't particularly anything.
While the poster makes it seem like an Artemis Fowl type of release.. it isn't.
At first glance, and judging by the content and dialogue at the start, it seems like this is a release for kids. But this Netflix release is a bit more scary than that. In fact, it's a bit confusing on who this is meant for.. still watchable! Very reminiscent of the Goosebumps TV show.
Every time Krysten Ritter was on screen, I couldn't stop thinking how Eva Green would tackle the role, and how much better it would be. Still, I quite liked her (specially the costume design). The kids are good too! Though they feel weirdly written for their age. As if too smart and fearless, straight out of a fairy tale. But considering..
With good pacing, interesting cinematography and intriguing premise.. and understanding what it is, it would be hard to be disappointed. Even it it is very formulaic, there are enough twists to make an evening out of it.
"Sometimes the simple things work best"
"New kid in town with love for "donuts" gets into Go Karting.. and just in time for the tournament."
A very neat and tight "little" script with a simple story to tell, a known structure and predictable outcome. But nonetheless works purely because of execution (good, dry-but-funny interactions)! Would be more surprised if this was someone's first movie.... wait, it is! Director and most of the young cast's first film (apparently). Has good lighting, overlays and general composition. And personally, I get into a good mood when the way the movie starts is smooth. Quick and simple, yet charming and with lots of "show don't tell" that expeditiously let you in on the context.
The lead kid is "crazy", but very understandable. He's got quite a well written character, one that's willing but driven. Mature yet childish, cheeky, energetic, optimistic, upbeat and makes friends easily. The best kind of lead. And while he is a bit pushy, he goes far enough where you can't really hate him. It's got a nice balance. Good family dynamic. Richard Roxburgh is always a treat, and while his role as a coach was just there, he was still good. It certainly has a Karate Kid "reference" here and there.
I still think this would have probably done better with more meat and depth as a whole (specially with more rivals), as a TV series.
But as a short-ish story, if you've got the time, it's a good way to pass the time.
"Feeling sorry for yourself isn't gonna make you a better driver, it's just gonna to make you annoying to be around.
Sort of disappointed..
I got to admit I wasn't particularly blown away by anything in the movie.. I might even say "I was bored" by it.
Don't get me wrong.. it IS a spectacle! The action is great. The locations are nice, costume design, sound design, etc. But it is overall a soft release not worth seeing in theaters.. specially as a follow-up to what Endgame was.
The biggest problem for me, is how the underwritten lead has muddled personality (for reasons covered in the story) devoid of charm, personality or good dialogue.
The next issue is the humor, which didn't land for me.. Not once. The supporting lead Awkwafina isn't her normal "loud" self that's supposed to be funny every time she opens her mouth. Her role is very supportive and a little dramatic. And while I questioned myself why was she even there for, it doesn't ultimately matter. She is another forgettable character that is given more importance than the role deserves.
Finally, the third act is weak. There's a balancing problem with stakes. You can't feel tension or weight to any action. And there's a lot of superficial "I can't do it" until they can.
In the end, this feels like a very safe plot, written in a way to appeal to china (considering how the Mandarin is portrayed), that ends up appealing to no one specific. Certainly doesn't feel like a Marvel movie.. but it was bound to happen if we are to be introduced to different aspects of the narrative. But it also doesn't feel like a comic book. It's more generic than that.
"Oh no! He got out again"
"A woman with no memory of her past from before she was adopted, ends up marrying a jerk that beats her around. But before she could muster the courage to leave him, she gets pregnant. One night, on a particularly rough interaction, a coincidental visitor comes by."
I (unironically) quite liked it! Not as a horror movie.. but as a Suspense/Mystery/Action/Thriller or sorts? I find it hard to categorize, because it's quite different from what I'm used to. Like a more violent "Ghostbusters" movie. Or an origin story in the vein of Shyamalan's "Split". And with a poster that screams "B movie".
For one, I wasn't expecting some very interesting camera work from this movie.
The top-down view of the house's rooms? Impressive. The editing (except for the falling lady), locations, visual effects (room transformations), transitions (a reverberating zoom-out) and scene compositions. It's a very well directed movie. And some very good acting from both Annabelle Wallis and Maddie Hasson, as they are great in their roles! And so is their adopted-mom. The rest of the case feels as if taken from one of those cheap Hallmark movies.
The premise is also rather interesting. With a "backwards killer" with visually appealing and inventive movement, and a "mental connection" plot that doesn't really get there, but is an additional layer (instead of not having anything to offer). And a very interesting "revelation" at the end that works very well as motivation for the lead.
Yet, the development of said conjecture is just.. bad in parts, confusing in others (until it kind of does) and gives the impression of being hurriedly stitched-together. Like a mash of different genres.
And while it has very tense moments, decent music (pieces straight out of the "Clock Tower" game, and some that would have been better used somewhere else), it ultimately feels weird. Watch for the craft alone, and for being an overall fun (probably unintentionally) release!