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Average User Score: 7.4Jun 14, 2019Happy. Thank You. More. Please.
If you loved Toho's Showa era kaiju movies, I really don't see why you wouldn't at least enjoy thisHappy. Thank You. More. Please.
If you loved Toho's Showa era kaiju movies, I really don't see why you wouldn't at least enjoy this sequel/love letter. It's a genuine blast! The many beautiful nods to the franchise (the good kind of fan service) will surely warm your heart and the wonderful score might even cause a nuclear meltdown in there. While the pure sensory overload of the last 20 minutes could border on assault to some and be considered too much, I don't really get the haaarsh criticism. I might be as bold to call the critics out and ask:
Do you even like these kinds of movies? This franchise? What exactly were you expecting?
Edwards' 2014 Godzilla - a very well made disaster film - cracked open the rusty gates of Hollywood's monster madness. Then Vogt-Roberts got to put his foot in with his stylish take on Kong, and now Dougherty finally kicked them down with King of the Monsters. Hopefully Wingard will be pushing at open doors with Godzilla vs. Kong come next year.
Fingers crossed...… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Apr 9, 2019Kölsch and Widmyer trade in the zany charm of Lambert's original, for a much more restrained, logical and narratively satisfying take onKölsch and Widmyer trade in the zany charm of Lambert's original, for a much more restrained, logical and narratively satisfying take on Stephen King's classic tale. Thankfully all the tweaks and turns feel natural. I just wish they were even bolder, and would have gone even further into those mysterious Maine woods. Still, I really really want to watch Pet Sematary (2019) again come October/November, in the comforts of my own home preferrably (I feel like it's that kind of movie). As far as modern remakes go, I'd say it joins the ranks of The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009).
Btw, the taglines are sadly as uninspired as they get: "Sometimes dead is better" (IMDb), or simply just odd: "Wait why did they spell it wrong?" (Letterboxd). I would have been pleased as Punch with "Back AGAIN by popular(?) demand", or something more distinct to make it its own.
P.s.: speaking of Pet Sematary II (said no one...ever), there are a few references to Lambert's bonkers sequel. So that's fun!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Feb 20, 2019The Dawn Wall makes a nice double bill with Free Solo. Although the latter is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional madman, while this oneThe Dawn Wall makes a nice double bill with Free Solo. Although the latter is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional madman, while this one is a much more wholesome tale of two lovable trailblazers. The Dawn Wall's presentation falls on the more traditional side, but it's paced quite well and is overall rather informative, especially if you're completely new to rock climbing. Not that it needs to be compared to Free Solo even more (even though that one's basically a sequel to this), but even if you've shivered your timbers through Honnold's climb already, there's plenty of palm sweaty moments here with Caldwell and Jorgeson. Don't you worry, this story of perseverance and comradery is worth the watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Jan 10, 2019I'm genuinely glad so many people adore this film and that it had such a huge effect on them. Personally it didn't affect me much, but I'mI'm genuinely glad so many people adore this film and that it had such a huge effect on them. Personally it didn't affect me much, but I'm happy it exists and the 3rd chapter, I did like a lot. Nevertheless, If I had to sum up my honest thoughts on It's Such a Beautiful Day, it would be as follows:
A philosophy grad's "quirky" ponderings on life, death, deterioration, existential dread, memory, mental health, hereditary disorders and cancer* (brain tumor) etc etc, very neatly structured into a nice relatable "meaning-of-life" narrative with sort of annoying breathy narration and wonderful animation.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jan 7, 2019Lance Henriksen wasn't kidding, this one is "a real turkey", but I think I loved it. The first 40 minutes were a real headache to me. Then,Lance Henriksen wasn't kidding, this one is "a real turkey", but I think I loved it. The first 40 minutes were a real headache to me. Then, between Glenn Ford being viciously attacked by a hawk and a motorcyclist stunt guy basically dying on screen, my brain just done broke. I started to enjoy the film immensely and was laughing all the way to the loony bin. The Visitor isn't as nonsensical as I'm making it out to be, though. It has a pretty simple plot, but it is just too frustrating to make sense of it all when the presentation is so bloody bonkers. Even though initially it caused me migraines, once the acid (that is essentially The Visitor) kicked in, I was hooked and had a weird yet wonderful trip.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jan 1, 2019Mandy utilizes the power of cinema to its fullest extent. I felt transported into another world the moment I heard that King Crimson song.Mandy utilizes the power of cinema to its fullest extent. I felt transported into another world the moment I heard that King Crimson song. It's made with immense talent, style and passion and I can't ask anything more from a film. To me Mandy is flawless.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Dec 28, 2018If you were drawn in by the beautiful poster and/or read the promising premise and contemplated on watching this movie, I'd discourage youIf you were drawn in by the beautiful poster and/or read the promising premise and contemplated on watching this movie, I'd discourage you from doing so. What Keeps You Alive is yet another film this year with a pretty cool idea that fails to deliver. The cinematography is pretty nice and there are some neat tracking shots, so clearly there's talent behind the camera (though there were way too many Psycho callbacks). In front of it? Not so much. The acting ranges from sorta decent to straight up baaad. I can't say that it's a bad movie, but the whole thing has this "student film" vibe to it that I just can't stand. It's perfectly watchable, I'd just recommend spending your time on something else.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Dec 23, 2018Aquaman's promotional material would have you believe that it's a big dumb dudebro superhero flick from 2003, but that's not entirely true.
IAquaman's promotional material would have you believe that it's a big dumb dudebro superhero flick from 2003, but that's not entirely true.
I was ready to write it off 5 minutes in, but then a freaking Sigur Rós song started playing to beautiful imagery and something just clicked. From then on forward Aquaman got more and more enjoyable. It has a charming and playful spirit of adventure, packed with relentless action, set-pieces and locations (enough to fill an entire Tv season) and James Wan's inventive direction is wonderfully off the charts. All the visuals and Amber Heard in her white desert rose outfit are simply S T U N N I N G!
While the dialogue is atrocious and there's Pitbull's abominable Africa cover in the middle, I'm tempted to say that Aquaman has the potential to be this generation's The Mummy (1999).… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Dec 2, 2018Hosking's two for two so far in my book. No other film made me laugh harder this year than An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. Greasy StranglerHosking's two for two so far in my book. No other film made me laugh harder this year than An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. Greasy Strangler is a lot weirder and out-there, while this film is much more accessible. I was afraid that Hosking mixing his wonderfully oddball cast with bigger comedy people wouldn't work, but the two complemented each other quite satisfyingly. Well, except for Hirsch. He stood out like a sore thumb (which is weird, because I usually like him a lot in his movies). My other criticism would be that Luff Linn runs out of steam a little bit by the last act, but it makes up for it with its heartfelt finale.… Expand