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Abnormal Attraction (2018)
Did not expect to enjoy
Went into this knowing it'd be a B-movie and it is of course. This is one of the great ones tho. I expect it to become a cult classic soon and deserves to be. It's incredibly funny and actually well made/written for this type. Definitely give it a chance if you're into these types.
Ken Jeong: First Date (2019)
There will be a lot of haters on this cause it's not entirely funny. There are funny moments. More so, if you love Ken this should make you love him more. He's a great storyteller and That's what made it for me. I loved it all in all even if it didn't always make me laugh. Ken is a treasure.
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Not the best Insidious, but still a lot of fun with great characters.
I'll admit that, I was expecting a lot more from Leigh Whannell's directorial debut after various genius scripts he has written in this genre (Saw I, II & iii, Dead Silence, and the first 2 Insidious Chapters) That being said, he has a lot of work to do in the director's chair still, but this was still a decent effort in this now trilogy. I would be lying though if I said this movie didn't terrify me at times, and it did admirably and even had me laughing at those moments too at times which worked well in this story and helped lighten it's mood among the dread at hand here. There are likable characters in this tale and mostly new ones as well as ones who have been with us since the first instalment. All that being said there, this is one that was made for the fans of the first ones, I believe even if it doesn't hold a candle to the brilliance of the first chapter still. Newcomer, Stefanie Scott, plays the lead character "Quinn Brenner" quite well actually and surprisingly doesn't play an average dumb teen here, but one with book smarts and a backbone, I haven't seen in most characters this age in these genre films. Some of what happens to certain characters or character do come into question by the end titles but this doesn't take away from this fun time at the movies and this was a thrilling ride, I'd recommend strictly to the fans of the other Insidious chapters or just horror junkies alike.
Green Eyes (2013)
One of the best hidden gems from 2013! A must-see!
It's continually interesting and beautifully photographed.The writing here is top notch as well and the characters were perfectly casted. I know that, I could watch this movie over a couple more times and still gain something new from it. There is a lot to take in from this story and the emotional depth to these characters is something that is missing from a lot of films these days. There was some noticeable inspirations from David Fincher and even slightly some from Stanley Kubrick as well, but all in all remaining original and the directors own. Jack Gattanella has a bright future ahead of him in film and this instant classic is a fantastic debut.
David Fincher crafts yet another masterpiece
Right from the start of this films opening titles, I was taken back to when I had first watched 'Fight Club'. The opening title sequence for this film was even more exhilarating to watch than that of the one opening for Fight Club. The rest of the film was a journey into the greatness that has made Fincher films almost a household name by now.
It is easy to say that this was better than the Swedish version of this film, and partly thanks to the performance by Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. I can't say that I have ever been more attracted to a character on film than in this one. Even though, she is quite the bad-ass and about as tomboy as they come, I couldn't help but be engaged by every scene she was in.
On another note, this is not an easy film to watch. It does contain a scene of rape and a couple acts of sexual assault on top of that. With all these coming together to form something almost as disturbing as the scene from the lesser know film by Gaspar Noe 'Irreversible'.
Everything is perfectly shot here as well, and really does have the 'David Fincher' touch, although, this film felt about the least Hollywood-ised of all his pictures. Fans of the Swedish Trilogy will not be let down here. This is about as intense as crime thrillers get, and for those who call this a remake, for them, this is without a doubt the best remake I think I have seen on screen. Nothing falls into place like you think it will, and as the film ends, I felt a knot in my stomach, and wished I could know the character Lisbeth in real life.
The score here done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is again Oscar worthy after winning last year for their work on Finchers other film, 'The Social Network'. It does have similar tones here, but all in all comes out totally fresh in every scene.
Overall, this is easily one of the best films of the year. This could have also been easily predicted coming from me, considering my likeness for David Fincher films. Fincher was responsible for me partly coming to love for films back in 1999 with his film 'Fight Club', which took 1/3 of the reason why I came to love movies in the first place (also in there, Stanley Kubricks 'Eyes Wide Shut', and Sam Mendes', 'American Beauty' —all from 1999) and this film shows that Fincher is indeed one of the best filmmakers in the business today.
War Horse (2011)
One of the years best films.
This was a very well done film, and I can't say that it is flawed at all. Steven Spielberg meant for this film to be the way it was at the moments it was in the film. Any complaints for this picture that come out are from a form of not being a fan of certain ways this film is. It does have cheesy elements at the start and gets more serious and touching throughout. Some of the scenes here, I will never forget and stand alone as classic moments on their own. It is deserving of any award nomination it gets. The acting is not perfect here, but again, I believe this wasn't meant to be perfect. It is by far one of the best films of the year and not something to be missed.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
One 2011's best films
This feature about one of the worlds leading photographers is something not to be missed. It paints the portrait of a man who see's the world from a different view than most. It shows the beauty in the mind of one who's view on fashion is something that comes from a deeper place. We get to see snip-it's of Bill Cunningham's deepest emotions and also the vision of a true visionary. These moments captured are charming, slightly funny, and relevant. Of all the documentaries scoping the life of one person I've seen, they really don't get much better than this. This film, which does have much critical acclaim now, is one that is deserving of it's praise, and at the same time is not in any way pretentious. It is not only one of the most heartfelt films of the year, but also one of the very best.
The Artist (2011)
A bit over-rated, but overall the performances steal the show here
Going into this film , I did have high expectations. What I learned coming out of it is that, I do believe, I have grown a bit as a critic. This being of the highest praised films of the year, I had no doubts that I would come out of it liking it somewhat at least. This being said, I was mostly let down here. Another thing this film taught me is that trailers for films can be deceiving and that literally most of the great parts of a film are within it's trailers. This is mostly the case here. I found the most enjoyable moments were parts of snip-its from pieces in the trailer. If you have not yet seen the trailer for this film, I recommend against watching it. The story here, overall, is actually quite bland and nothing to really get excited for. This is a pretty easy film to swallow, and there is really only one scene in the film that really gives it anything worthy of a PG-13 rating. You could say this is almost a family film for the easy minded, and for some, it could be something anyone could enjoy if you are into the more independent films of course.
However, despite all this, the performances is what really saves the film here, and they are spot on, and in every way worthy of an Oscar nom. from at least the 2 leads or just the female lead overall. Also, the cinematography is quite gorgeous to look at for the most part. I can't really say that what IS here is really flawed at all, it just really didn't grab me and have all the magic most are claiming it to have. There is something here, but it is missing a lot of charm it could have had. What we get here is splices of charm with a downtrodden face.
Good Neighbours (2010)
A surprising little Canadian gem and future cult classic?
Although the film is not perfect by any means, and does contain so holes here that will have most scratching their heads, this is a brilliant piece of Canadian cinema considering it's track record with few to more hits recently. Parts of this film felt somewhat inspired by Kubrick's The Shining minus the hallucinatory elements as well as a Hitchockian noir element in the mix. This is a character piece that really gets into your head and keeps you guessing all the way through with the who-done-it element quite alive here. It is a bit slow paced, but that pacing works very well here, although, it may be the factor that loses most of it's audiences that happen to stumble upon it. The cast here is nearly flawless as well, and Canadian actor Jay Baruchel is great as always, but doesn't drown the rest of the cast. This makes for a nearly perfect drama thriller noir with some darkly comedic elements within.
A new timeless classic.
If any film maker in the history of films can get best picture of the year for a 3D film, this will be it. I can say that I don't feel the same way as other critics do about this film, though, where as they say it is a kids film. Sure this is something that can be enjoyed by anyone, and is appropriate for any age, but I can't see little kids being fully engaged throughout this film, especially if they would rather see a penguin dance on screen and just see something simple to the mind. There is plenty of scenes here where it is partly just visuals without dialogue, and then others with a lot of talking that is actually quite brilliant and rare in any family film. This movie is not something simple to take in. In a lot of ways, it is a piece of art that captures what has been lost in film throughout the years from it's climb from the start of when films became films. It captures everything that a great film from decades ago had and yet feels totally fresh. This is something to cherish, and can honestly be called one of the greatest achievements in film history. It makes every other 3D film (including Avatar) looks like amateur work. The performances here are also flawless, and well all in all this is one film I can say IS indeed entirely flawless. Anyone with any heart and a love for films in general will fall in love with this timeless masterpiece.
Take Shelter (2011)
One of the crowning achievements of the year
I felt my heart gripping tighter and tighter throughout this film. To call it one of the best films of the year is something of which, I would usually just categorize other films in a pile of other films worthy of awards, and although this is worthy in ever way of any award nomination it receives, it is not something that ever feels like a scripted film. Although, it is about the best realism script writing I have seen in recent memory. What director Jeff Nichols, does here is he crafts something that feels so genuine and smooth, that it doesn't feel like most films we watch. Everything here feels genuine and at best times, terrifying in the psychological sense. We are never forced into something pretentious, and there are no cheap thrills. When we get these thrilling moments they actually hold our attention and we feel something real for the characters and fear for their lives. Mostly what we get is the realism of a man who is...on the verge of something. We get transported to his world and we feel we are apart of it. To categorize this film would be to give too much away. In what will most likely be one of the few overlooked films of the year due to it's poor marketing, I must suggest that you go out and watch this film if it in your area. Michael Shannon also gives the best male performance of the year by far and I can say that this is one of my top 5 films of the year so far, and a pitch perfect one at that. Jessica Chastain is also something to be reckoned with here.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Struggles a bit, but comes out on top.
I almost gave this one a lower rating, but the more I thought about it later, the more I liked it. This is a pretty well made comedy here, and it does offer more than just laughs. I couldn't help but wonder through most of it, though, 'why should we care about this story'. Well it does have some slightly deeper elements within that come out in the later, and overall everything flowed really well throughout. I found it amusing how some of the characters here felt like they trying to be funny in parts and didn't feel like they we're just acting like every other character in the film. They did feel some what genuine. Overall, the cast really shines here, but what bothered me about the film was some of it's shameless-ness felt out of place at times, and also the changes our lead character goes through in it over such a short period of time. Otherwise, I can say this is one of the better comedies of the year by far. I would also like to see Isiah Whitlock Jr. in more films as well. He was perfect in every scene he's in.
One of the best remakes I've seen
This remake of the 70's Brian De Palma's classic (which I have yet to see) has got to be one of the best surprises I've seen in a while. I went into this film not really knowing what genre it fit into and assumed it was a drama mystery on the plot of a 'different' kind of twins. So if you go into this film knowing just this you may love this creepy and engaging experience. Everything works quite well here from the acting to the direction. Even the one character that plays 'twin' or character 'Angelique', (Lou Doillon) gives a haunting performance here that is likely to give anyone that watches it chills.
The tone and mood of the film feels somewhat inspired by a David Lynch film. If anyone isn't familiar with his work, he did the films Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr.
This is one of the better films from 2006. If you can seek out this film or catch it on one of the movie channels that's playing lately, do yourself a favour and sit down and enjoy this ride.
The Muppets (2011)
A bit overrated
I really thought that I would love this film given all it's critical acclaim. I had a lot of time to think about this one over the last 2 days and how honest I wanted to be about this film. I can't say that it really took my breath away as much as I had hoped, but overall, I did end up liking it more than I disliked it. I do think that over half the songs didn't really work and felt incredibly awkward. Some of the cameo's here are really what made the film for me. One fellow critic here states "A rapping Chris Cooper takes uncomfortable awkwardness to a whole new level" . This statement is about as true as it gets. Also, the small part with Alan Arkin really felt quite depressing as for a number of other scenes in the film with the Muppets themselves. It seemed the Muppets spent most of the time being quite mopey, while it was the new characters that brought life to the film and brought something joyful to it. There is also a new Muppet in here which I don't recall from the past who is basically a trans gender version of Miss Piggy. This I found to be a bit disturbing to say the least. Some may find it funny, but I found it to be really out of place in this film.
If you're a huge fan of the Muppets, this is a must-see, and in all honesty, I have been quite a huge fan of the Muppets in the past, and perhaps I need to do some re-watching of the old material to acquire more appreciation for this one. However, after seeing this, I can't say that my fandom has grown at all, and honestly, I can see this going down in history as one of the most overrated films of 2011. But thats me.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
A haunting experience
Karma is a bitch for the Olsen twins here, as they're younger sister Elizabeth Olsen, rises above their talent. In the past, she was just a shadow in the rise of her twin sisters career's. Here we have one of the great performances of the year, and possibly the best so far. Elizabeth Olsen is guaranteed a nomination here with this flawless performance.
This near perfect film, aside from it's 'indie art film cliché'd ending' was entirely captivating and will have anyone that watches it gripped to the screen to see what happens next. Throughout, you really don't know what is going to happen next, and we are constantly pulled back and forth from the past to present. We think we see where the film is headed and we have our suspicions of what all the characters intentions are.
The themes here, however, are a hard pill to take. It's not something that most audiences will be rushing to the theatre to go see, hence it's limited release. It is, however, something that will not be easily forgotten if viewed. This is one of those films that is darker in it's tone and is not so much about overcoming the past, but dealing with it if it had happened to one of us and the paranoia that follow's.
The Fly (1986)
A horrifying romance tale.
One of the most horrifying, and moving love stories ever made. It is a horror movie without a doubt, but in a lot of ways, it is a twisted romance as well. This movie shook me up to the core and left me in tears as well as a bit disturbed. In some ways, this is the "Beauty and the Beast" for adults. It combines elements from that and turns it into a very mature and dark tale. It is not for the faint of heart. What makes this film work so well is how it was made and all in all everything just worked perfectly. It effects us the way it should. It shows us how shallow the world is and that in some ways we are all fly's on a wall, or beasts in some ways. David Cronenberg has crafted a masterpiece here, and something that will remain timeless. It is one of the great horror films of our time and also one of the greatest love stories as well.
I got a good laugh out of this film. It is obvious that you should not take this to seriously but it sure has some good laughs whether it be something corny or outrageous. If you're going to rent this or bye it for $5 at most, do it, its worth it. Its a good sleep over movie or camp out movie. The acting clearly isn't great but thats obvious even entering this film or by just looking at the cover, but it still works for what it is. If you enjoyed the dialogue in 'Snakes on a Plane' then you'll enjoy this. Don't get it for the way the poster or cover, it shows the movie in an over exaggerated sleazy way (obviously to get more sales), cause it does actually have a story. It's not a sleazy movie by any means but it does take ridiculous to a funny level. See this movie if your brain has left the building on a good day.
best horror film so far this year
Let me start by saying that I have not seen the Decent yet so I couldn't say that it is better than Pulse obviously. But for someone who is a big fan of these Japanese horror turned into an American film, movies, this is another great one. If your a fan of The Ring, The Grudge, and (not a Japanese Film) Donnie Darko, then you should see this movie. I wasn't honestly expecting it to be as good as it was. It was completely UN-cliché to the endings of most teen horror flicks. The story was great and the acting wasn't that bad. If the acting had been better this would have got a 10. Note to all horror fans - GO SEE THIS!!
Whatever We Do (2003)
If you are a fan of the actors Robert Downey Jr. and Amanda Peet then watch this. The only problem with this short is that its too short and not enough dialogue to actually have feelings for these characters. If you are a person who is into indie films this one is for you. Oh yea and did I mention that Spiderman produced this. Yes I'm talking about Tobey Maguire. There are some good laughs from Downeys character and some serious stuff all rapped around the relationships of 4 characters. Personally I only watched this because Zooey Deschanel was in it and I'm a huge fan. But in this short she didn't have that much dialogue. So I wouldn't recommend it to Deschanel fans. But honestly who wouldn't want to watch a movie for free online anyways. Here is where to see it - http://www.foxsearchlight.com/lab/shorts/index_wwd.html copy and paste the link in your browser for those who don't know how these things work email me @
Bee Season (2005)
if you like deeper movies, watch this
This was one of the most overlooked movies of 2005 that has to be recognized as a masterpiece drama. If you aren't into dramas then obviously you wouldn't like it but then again people who don't like dramas don't like the best movies ever made(well thats a bit exaggerated) anyways i have yet to see Akeela and the Bee and have heard it is Oscar worthy. This film is also should have got Oscar recognition maybe not best film or the year but definitely screenplay. To be watched with older families with kids 13 and over obviously. But this definitely is a family movie, just not cheesy, and is completely real, 'for the most part'.
Monster House (2006)
The computer animation in this is amazing. Almost as good as the 'Final Fantasy' animation and a bit better than 'The Polar Express' animation. Even if you don't like the movies story, just listen to your iPod and watch this film play out.
I thought this movie was actually really good but not as hilarious as one may think going in. It's more of the 'realistic to life' kind of humour which does work well. I wouldn't recommend this to kids under 8 because it is a pretty dark film for the most part. There is a lot of similarities to 'Stand By Me' and 'The Goonies' in this as well as a Stephen King prop (look for it). I wish I would have seen this in the Imax because it is definitely something to be seen on a grand scale. I don't think this one will pick up the Oscar for best animated feature but it does deserve a nomination nonetheless. Overall, this is an entertaining film that will not disappoint.
One of the best pg-13 horrors of this decade
If you are a fan of 'The Ring', and maybe 'The Grudge'(I personally loved it) ,and they scarred you at all, you are going to possibly get scared in this one. In my life I have only recently started seeing horror movies my first was 'The Ring' which got me hooked on these kind's of horror films. Overall, this was way scarier than I thought it would be. It was very well done in my opinion. Don't pay attention to all the bad comments this movie has gotten on this site. It is somewhat of a work of art. It does have it's slight flaws, but nothing too serious. Don't pass it up, unless you are one of those people who have seen pretty well ever scary movie and don't get scared by mostly any horror film. If you are new to the horror genre, this is a nice scare fest and something to possibly leave it's mark on you when you go to bed at night.
The Incredibles (2004)
Best Animation(and best Pixar) Film
This is one of the best animation movie ever made. It has everything a good movie should have in almost every category. I would be surprised if this doesn't take best animation feature at this years Oscars. I think it should also get a nomination for best picture too because it is the best movie I've seen this year.
These Pixar movies seem to have become the new revolution for Disney films. It seems as though a lot of Disney films have lost there touch lately. The great Disney films seemed to stop after the great originals such as, 'Beauty and the Beast','Bambi', 'The Jungle Book', 'Lady and the Tramp', 'Cinderella', and the list goes on. Pixars only failure seemed to be 'A Bug's Life', and even that was a pretty good movie. 'The Incredibles' has the most potential for sequels of any Pixar movie and I cant wait to see more of these "incredible" movies by the genius minds at Pixar Studios.