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The War with Grandpa (2020)
How on earth can this be a bad movie?
Yes it is predictable, yes the pranks are sometimes stupid etc. But do not tell me that you had high expectations for the plot? You knew this would be a simple and straightforward movie with an uncomplicated plot. You have a supercast, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken. It is the same as going to see a LA Lakers game to see LeBron James playing. And at the same time you can enjoy watching the other superstars from the Lakers like Anthony Davis and Danny Green.
This movie is very enjoyable to watch. Don´t have high expectations and you will be all right.
I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of zombie movies but there is something with these South-Korean movies that makes them always good to watch. A gamer vs zombies. You know as a gamer you have to reach the top floor to see Game Out. And I mean this in a positive way. Good plot, good acting, hungry zombies, a gamer, helicopter and the army. All these ingredients will ensure a nice viewing. No really, I am really wondering why the better movies lately are coming from South-Korea. But for now, enjoy this one!
One Night in Bangkok (2020)
one night too much
Good acting neutralized by a meager copy of Collateral. This is a collision of two lives all in the events of one night in Bangkok. Some people happen to people on purpose, in order to tell them something about their lives. And they sit somewhere and share two or three lines, and they leave, and you know, your life has changed. Beware, for some minor (and hopefully vague) spoilers follow. I need to give away some of the plot. I'm sure you already know that a rideshare driver (Vanida Golten, an instagram star in real life) who picks up a hit-man (Kai) played by Mark Dacascos. Vanida Golten (Fha) is placed in the unenviable position of ferrying Kai around the city. Think about this plot for just a second, and a host of potential problems will rear their ugly heads. Part of the licence plate of the rideshare says 2004, which is to my opinion a reference to Collateral, was released in 2004. Movie is like Collateral without steroids and with a plot twist that you will see coming.
Hard Kill (2020)
who is the man with the itchy gun
Yes, it is psycho dad, psycho dad. Just FYI. More fun watching Al Bundy singing Psycho dad. And yes again, it is a hard kill. Bruce just keeps on living. Hope he will feature in a watchable movie very soon. Yippee Ki Yay brother
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Two cabins in the woods
This is a movie you have to see at least two times before rating and judging. Is Horror movie, thriller and comedy, all of the above. The casting has been done sublime and the storyline is just amazing. Up to the last minute. It also shows fantastic acting by the whole cast. Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly are the ones making the movie.
I don´t think Curt even has a cousin! Giant evil Gods - That would have been a fun weekend! Honnestly, it´s time to give somebody else a chance.
This could be the Donald Trump story. Everything is so screwed up now so give somebody else a chance.. Writing this review end of June 2020, during the Corona crisis and pre-election times.
Why are people saying that this film was an abomination? Advising others not to see it? You have to see this movie and not once, but multiple times. This movie is full of twists and turns you don't know what way it's going to go. And this movie has everything, it's smart in a way, funny, sleazy and full with twists and turns to make it worthwile viewing several times. Overall, I rated this movie an 8.7/10 because it deserved it. Two cabins in the woods. Donald Trump in a glass box
Color Out of Space (2019)
Out of space or spaced out
The old crazy fool living living in the cabin in the woods is always right. Pretty good acting and storyline. Just feel something is missing. Some things are just too obvious.
The Jacket (2005)
Absolutely awesome with a fenomenal twist
Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody), recuperating from an almost fatal gunshot wound to the head, returns home. When he is accused of murdering a police officer and committed to a mental facility (amnesia), a physician, Dr. Becker (Kris Kristofferson), puts him on controversial drugs. Confined in a straight-jacket, and locked for extended periods in the body drawer of the basement morgue he starts to have flashbacks and flashforwards.
When he is drugged he can look in the past to understand the future and vice versa. On his first voyage in the future he meets Jackie (Keira Knightley) and soon realizes that this is the same Jackie he met before being committed to this mental facility. Partly thanks to faith he discovers that he is destined to die in 4 days. Together, Jack and Jacky search for a way to save Jack from his fate.
WHen Jackie asks at the end: "How you doing?" and Jack answers: "Better now." The twist is almost complete. And 5 seconds later when Jackie asks (off-screen!!!!): "How much time do we have?", the twist is complete.
Her response revealed that the link to the "previous" future of 2007 wasn't lost.
Inside Job (2010)
Greed explained and history will repeat itself
One of the best docs ever made and afterwards you will realize that this will happen again. Maybe 2018 already when the Bitcoins and other virtual money will implode. Story tells the link between the 5 former investment banks, 2 fin conglomerates, insurance cos, the rating agencies and how they all put together CDOs, with AAA rating packed as MBS and insured against by the same players by CDSwaps. And more collusion. Enjoy it.
Point Break (2015)
Bcc and CC
This movie adds insult to injury. You do not need to mention "spoiler alert" as this is an exact copy of the original "Point Brake", starring the late Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. Point break meets rock bottom would be a more appropriate title. I do have to admit that some scenes (and scenery) were very good but this movie lacks almost everything that you're looking for in a movie. Call it a CC if you want (in reference to anything that was duplicate of an original) or a Bcc. But do not call it "Point Brake" unless you are referring to the braking point. And that's exactly what it is. For the younger generation one piece of advice. Please watch the original movie (1991). Next take a look at this one. You will come to the same conclusion.
The Confirmation (2016)
Karma and more
This movie is more about karma and real live as opposed to religion. The spiritual principle of cause and effect is exemplified by a father (out of luck carpenter Walt, Clive Owen) and his son (Anthony, Jaeden Lieberher) who are doing almost all it takes to get the stolen toolbox back. For everything that goes wrong, something good happens. The connection with "faith" dissolves and reasoning becomes more and more important. You have to make up your own mind. If you think it is a good act, do it if you believe in it. Intent and actions of Walt (the cause) are influencing the future of Anthony (effect) and at the same time "healing" Walt. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness. The adventure to find the thieves responsible and ending up bonding in the process is a metaphor for the everybody's real live story. All of us are struggling with our own demons in our own way. And we all do what we have to do to get things right. Excellent movie and down to earth. Not fancy but doesn't need to be to bring the message across.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Masterpiece is an understatement
L.A. Confidential is three movies in one. Every time you watch it, you enjoy it more and more. And the third time you can only give it the maximum 10/10 quote on IMDb. The acting is phenomenal. Don't forget that Russell Crowe was not nominated for an Oscar but in 2001 got one for "Gladiator", Best Actor in a Leading Role and nominated for 2 more ("The insider" and "A beautiful mind"). One year earlier Kevin Spacey won his Oscar (Best Actor in a Supporting Role) in "The Usual Suspects", another favorite movie of mine and also Top Rated. In this movie he was also not nominated. But in 2000 took the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in "American Beauty". And the same applies to Guy Pearce who also outperformed in L.A. Confidential and also not nominated. But with "Memento", another Top Rated movie (again one of my all-time favorite movies) got 2 Oscars (or at least the Nolan Brothers). So we have a top cast with actors who already made it, or who made it a bit later and shined so bright here that you'd have to have wear sunglasses to watch the movie. Another example, Simon Baker, who plays Matt Reynolds. The scene where Vincennes meets with Sid Hudgens to arrange a sexual encounter with Matt Reynolds takes only 2 minutes. But you can see that Simon Baker has all it takes to become a great actor (and featured in "The mentalist" later – not to compare with this movie, but strictly seen from an acting point of view). These are just four great actors but it's the whole cast. To my humble opinion all of them outperformed, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Paul Guilfoyle and so on. Combine this with a plot that's unbeatable, perfect directing (Curtis Hanson – "Bad Influence", "Too big to fail" etc) and you have an explosive combination that can only lead to a true masterpiece.
Try to find something negative about this movie (apart from the fact that it missed out on the Oscars) and let me know. If you can, I'll buy you a bottle of Champagne, Dom Pérignon from 1952 – 1953, the year of L.A. Confidential and the year of the best Champagnes from DP.
L'instinct de mort (2008)
Notorious French bank robber might have inspired "Bende Haemers"
When I saw the movie, I noticed a lot of similarities with the gang Haemers (Bende van Haemers) in Belgium. Patrick Haemers was a Belgian criminal. He was head of the gang which kidnapped former Belgian prime minister Paul Vanden Boeynants from 14 January 1989 to 13 February 1989. Also planned to kidnap Mr Heineken. When you would make a blueprint of the story of Mesrine and Haemers, it really looks like the public enemy nr 1 of France and the public enemy number 1 of Belgium are a carbon copy in many aspects. Robberies, prison escapes and moving up the ladder to kidnapping. I did not know the story of Mesrine but the performance of Vincent Cassel adds flavor to the movie. The prelude tries to explain how the connections in his brain shifted to a ruthless and brutal killer. A must see.