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No Exit (2022)
Just read the book. My God... B.A.D.
Positives: it was color grated properly. Shot composure showed promise. Great source material. Great concept.
Mixed: Havana Liu is very emotive and sympathetic but she was ADR'ed so poorly. Little girl did her best with what she was given. I feel like only they read the source material.
Negatives: They added exterior driving CGI and a cop run in which cost unnecessary money that should have been used for another draft. A interior car shot of her chugging a generic energy drink, glancing at a phone with a text saying, "mom is in X hospital, thought you should know. Aneurysm. She's okay for now" would add tension, stakes and save you 20 minutes of film and paying extra actors in the beginning. Use those 20 minutes for better development.
I'm not a big reader. In fact, when I do, I often prefer the movie. This movie changed that. Don't watch the movie. It's awful. Smart people are made irrelevant and dumb. Back stories are added that actually take away from the characters.
Just read the book. It'll take 3-4 hours to read completely and it's more thrilling and will fly by faster than the 95 minutes this film was.
Now for spoilers.. Darby being an addict added nothing. It took away from her. Instead of believing she's a bad person for doing bad things as a kid, she's blatantly "damaged". She just needs the Jared Leto tattoo now.
Every idea that she comes up to get the upper hand in the book, she either stumbles like a Benny Hill character, or the VILLIAN offers it to her.
In the book, the Villian is a construction worker who brought a nail gun that has been modified. In the movie, he finds it next to a HOLE IN THE BUILDING and just apparently knows how to modify it. Later, the VILLIANS (who both have used the hole in the building by now) can't figure out how to get in the Building.
Book: a ceiling window is broken (okay, difficult to access) Movie: ground floor access point NEXT TO THE VILLAIN and he goes around to the windowed front and is surprised when they expect him.
Darby actress is the best one (Sorry Allstate/President Palmer) but her ADR is over done, everyone's is.
I honestly feel like the book plot would have a cheaper budget.
Cop shows up? How about the protagonist brandishes a weapon?! Dumb.
Oohh.. she went 11 days sober to 48 days.. with a brief hiatus doing a bump to remove a nail. Big character development moment here. It feels like a film student was checking boxes.
Good, or important scenes in the film were rushed. Character development was abandoned and replaced with blind luck.
Reading the book I could imagine a great movie. This feels like it whomever wrote and directed the movie disliked the material.
The material is better than this film. If they changed the film to be different, fine, but add. Don't subtract. Give me a new take on a scene, don't combine 45 minutes of tension development into 2 lines of dialog from a character who shouldn't be helping.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Should have let WB do it without you.
This is my fandom, I love this franchise. The games, movies, one offs, everything. I love it. I dont know who this movie is for.
This is a fan film. That may be a disservice to fan films, but it is bad.
Positives: Keanu doesn't miss a beat as Neo.
Mixed: CGI is good at time, but need a touch up in several shots Negatives: Plot is 90% exposition and one 10% of that is relevant. Meta is out of control. Action is awful. Little to no Martial arts and just force pushing. Editing is atrocious, pulling from past clips, choppy action, no continuity through theme, just bad at a technical level and a story level.
Game of Thrones: The Bells (2019)
A return to form
Not the best, but getting better.
Pros: Perspective on ground level was something new and refreshing.
Dany finally unhinged after a series of her buttons being pushed. Her brother, crucifying masters, refusing old policies for her own, losing her followers that loved, and admired her, and more importantly, kept her in check, she snaps.
John, honorable to a fault, kept close to "family" when presented on loving his aunt, something he has been brought us as abnormal, allows Dany to have power and remove an advisor he never got the chance to trust.
Tyrion, hedging his bets with Dany after so many faliures as of late, he needs to succeed and puts a process in place (bells and honesty over Varys) to save the city only to find he failed not in plan, but who he chose to support.
Jamie wants to save his love because that is all that matters. Although his arc in the season is one of redemption, just like Rob Stark betrayed an oath for love, he betrayed his redemption for love and died with the one he truly only ever loved.
Cersi's arrogance of power and entitlement came to head and when she finally found her with no hope, finally pleaded for help, something she was never comfortable asking for. Only it was two late and died with the man she loved. Her arc came to fruition when she realized that she can indeed become her father and die at the hands of someone she underestimated and didnt respect.
Greyworm, unfamiliar with feeling loss and anger, saw his breaker of chains dishing out cathardic justice and followed his impulses too.
The Hound knows he will not survive this kife of revenge and spite and takes out his brother through the fire he fears knowing his destiny. There is no safe in this world.
Arya finally understanding the Confucious adage of "he who seeks revenge should dig two graves" and with the help of The Hound, sees that despite her training, when not in control, the world can be horrific.
Euron wanting to be known and knowing what is dead may never die, will live on (as far as he knows) in the songs that will be written about him killing the once greatest swordsman and king slayer.
Cons: The CGI wasnt great and will likely look very aged sooner rather than later. The average accuracy of the scorpions fluctuates too much though, excluding the last episode, makes sense she can maneuver.