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Needing More Heart in this Sea

Posted : 2 years ago on 31 January 2016 04:55 (A review of In the Heart of the Sea)

Fiction inspired by fiction inspired by non-fiction. While the film is certainly gorgeous in its production design and full of genuine action scenes involving a huge whale it also doesn't boast any strong themes or create any true emotion. It's basically a soft retelling of a hard story.

There also didn't seem to be a climax, which is kind of crucial to a story. And how did Chase come back from being starved and burnt to looking like he did at the beginning after being rescued for a few days?

Still, it's difficult to call this a failure, as Ron Howard has put together an impressive production and this is a good seafaring adventure

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More Life Needed

Posted : 2 years ago on 29 January 2016 03:21 (A review of Life)

A method film about being method, a film about a photographer for Life, a film about life.

It's difficult to like this film. I am a huge fan of Corbijn's work; yet I must face the fact that this is his least successful picture.

Pattinson is awkward, uninteresting and at no point do I care about his struggles. DeHaan emulates Dean very well but this is also a character that doesn't create much emotional interest.

Some of the highlights are the story itself, the production design and the cinematography.

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Chappie No Home

Posted : 2 years ago on 29 January 2016 04:14 (A review of Chappie)

Blomkamp proves he still has a lot to prove since his impressive 'District 9' debut. This movie is a bit misunderstood and under appreciated yet I completely understand the underwhelming positive reactions to it. What I've said makes as much sense as anything in this movie

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A True Grind

Posted : 2 years ago on 26 January 2016 02:46 (A review of Mississippi Grind)

Mendelson and Reynolds make a decent duo in this formulaic movie that has the usual frustrations that come with gamblers.  

It's a true grind, so at least the title is accurate.

Ryan Fleck does a fine job at the helm, but he had a lot of promise as a young filmmaker with 'Half Nelson' and 'Sugar'. He seems to be taking a step back here.

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Not Trash

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 19 January 2016 03:07 (A review of Trash)

Stephen Daldry is a pretty consistent director and this movie is no exception. However I couldn't help but desire more from a director that has directed such emotional films as 'The Reader' and 'The Hours'

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7 Days in Hellarious Gags

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 9 January 2016 03:11 (A review of 7 Days in Hell)

A silly mockumentary that had me laughing quite a bit. It has a great pace to it but I found the finale to be a bit of a letdown. There are two casting choices that prevented this from being even better: Kit Harrington and Lena Dunham

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Strong Man, Weak Cut

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 6 January 2016 04:29 (A review of Strongman)

An entertaining yet poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most. This could have been handled more creatively, been shorter and had more of a purpose by the end. But hell, I can't deny the entertaining subject and his passion.

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White House Down to Kill

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 6 January 2016 03:35 (A review of White House Down)

A generic action film with laughable moments (both intentionally and not) and likable leads. It's better than "Olympus Has Fallen" in that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Perhaps with time some of these scenes can be iconic for kids my age when I saw 'Independence Day', perhaps...

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Side by Side by Keanu

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 6 January 2016 03:12 (A review of Side by Side)

I find the topic very interesting and it's great to see interviews with so many directors/cinematographers whom I admire; but in the end it felt like something I could unintentionally come across on Youtube and/or pass it off as a direct-to-video feature.

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Youth Without Youth or Heart

Posted : 2 years, 1 month ago on 27 December 2015 11:33 (A review of Youth Without Youth)

Tim Roth pulls off one of his best performances in this beautifully shot and strange story written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. But ultimately it falls short on emotional impact and resonance.

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