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Nothing is worse than clicking on a review, only to see a plot summary. A film review should emphasize the positive and negative attributes of a film.
What I aim to critique are the key factors that make a film - directing, writing, cinematography, editing, casting, S/VFX, length/pace, sound/score, entertainment value, etc.
I also take into account the production budget and experience of the filmmakers. You cannot equally compare a Hollywood blockbuster with A-list actors to a low-budget indie production with B-list actors.
Furthermore, none of my 1000+ ratings and 600+ reviews will ever by biased or paid for. Every rating and review will be based on my personal opinion using factors that professional critics use - instead of a film summary.
The complexity and messages took away from the fun
When I go on a roller coaster, I want to sit back and enjoy the ride, not have to listen to how/why/where it was made, specs, and other 'who cares' details.
This film was just that. I'm a huge fan of Peele, and his directing and cinematography were perfect, but the story for this and his first film are so unnecessarily over-complicated, they take away from the drama/horror to the point of ridiculousness. The conflicted territory of class, race and privilege is convoluted with too many ideas and not enough answers e.g. why the rabbits?
Nevertheless, an interesting film, not as enjoyable as it should've been. I wouldn't see it again. Only a 6/10 from me.
Please bring back Key & Peele - the best writing, directing and comedy series that puts SNL to shame
The female Filipino John Wick!
Why is everyone hating on this film? All you wannabe critics need to learn how to review a film based on its own merits. Yes it's been done before, and much better, but let's compare apples to apples here. This is an international Filipino non-Hollywood small production B-grade film with unknown actors and film-makers.
For starters, this is writer, producer and director Pedring Lopez's 5th ever film. The directing and camera work was outstanding, even by seasoned Hollywood directors standards. The cinematography was perfect. Sure the writing needed some fine tuning, but for his 4th screenplay, the story was good, flashbacks scenes placed properly, the pacing excellent, and the 90 min length perfect. I was glued to my chair in suspense the entire time!
The acting by all (unknown) actors was very convincing, and Cristine Reyes as Maria killed it! The fight scenes were expertly choreographed and realistic to the point of John Wick standards. I'd love to see Cristine Reyes next to Keanu Reeves in a John Wick 4! Additionally, the camera work by Pedring Lopez captured the fight scenes perfectly! I've seen Hollywood produced fight scenes with big name actors that don't even come close to these fight scenes - by choreography, realism and especially directing and filming it right. Yet a novice Filipino director I've never heard of, nailed it.
I was really surprised as to how much I really enjoyed this film. The only flaw in my opinion was the writing needed to be a little tighter, and the score better.
A well deserved 9/10 from me, and if anyone questions my review as fake, click on my user name to read my profile (and learn how to review a film), and see my 1000+ ratings and 600+ reviews. Mad props to Netflix for picking this one up!
Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne (2019)
A 5th grader could've written a better ending! HBO I want my money back!!!!!
I invested 7 happy and entertaining seasons, to a sub-par season 8, only to be let down by the worst season/series finale in FINALE HISTORY! A 5th grader could've written a better season 8 and finale! HBO I want my money back!!!!!
The Professor (2018)
An excellent and emotional comedy drama dealing with terminal illness
This is writer and director Wayne Roberts second ever film on his resume, and as such, impressed me. The directing was excellent - in par with a seasoned director. The story in itself was very good and captivating, with excellent comedy popping up unexpectedly, but there were some obvious plot issues in the screenplay. The casting was decent and performances great, but although a fan of Depp, I didn't like him in this role. He was too monotonic, and the drunken pirate slurring was overbearing and took away from the films emotions, not to mention having difficulty understanding some of his dialogue. Had he shown more emotion and spoke clearly, I would have been ok with him being cast. Sadly, I think it took away from the film. Nevertheless, Wayne Roberts should be proud of this film, as it really leaves an impact on the audience with his twisted account on how a person deals with terminal illness. A well deserved 8/10 from me.
Wanted to be something it wasn't
This Indonesian film was their attempt at a superhero film, and although it had some good qualities, it wasn't even close to achieving its goal.
It felt like a teeny-bopper film with over-the top acting on the 'fashion' dude, and stale performances that struggled to convince. Add ridiculous long fight scenes poorly choreographed and a silly story to match. The directing and cinematography were decent - for a B grade film, but the writing/screenplay was terrible with cliches, plot issues and dragged out scenes.
By the quarter way mark, I had to fast forward scenes as I was getting bored, then midpoint into the movie I just gave up.
It's a very generous 5/10 from me, only taking into account it's a no-name actors Indo B-grade film that had some decent qualities.
Now THIS is how you kill off a character... without actually killing them!
WOW what an amazing season finale that brought an end to multiple conflicts! A little more oomph could've been added for a finale, but still a nice finish. Titus Welliver as Rob Miller was outstanding in his role, and man did his evil looks send chills up my spine. I actually hope Philip Winchester's character Peter Stone is not entirely written off, as I like him in his role. Also hope to see more of Titus Welliver next season. Nevertheless, outstanding episode and season finale. I hope they finally change the 1980's Corel Draw show logo for next season ;)
Lucifer: Everything's Okay (2019)
So glad this show is back!!!
I'm a TV and movie buff, and really picky and analytical in what I watch. This show from the start had cliche's, stereotypes and plot issues. BUT... oddly enough, they were just the right amount mixed in with sass, sexiness, adventure, comedy and thrills. This show is an addiction, and there's no pill or therapy to fix that, and I'm totally fine with that! Now to binge-watch this season and hope for a 5th!! Welcome back Luci!
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Excellent production, but the writing needed to be tighter
Amazing visuals and effects, but this film either was cut too short or the writing was sloppy. Major plot issues and missing back-stories failed this film in getting that perfect 10/10. What was the point of motor ball? If there was one, it certainly wasn't explained. Who is Nova, and what's his story? etc... The score was also way too overbearing and non-stop obvious to the point of annoying. Nevertheless, an excellent production. If there's a part 2, I hope the writing is tighter. A well deserved 8/10.
Great directing, but the writing was a little too bland. Perhaps some flashbacks to the individual murders (even actual scene photos) during the accusations may have added the needed oomph this film lacked. Nevertheless, the suspense was constant, mainly due to Zac Efron's stellar acting, as well from the rest of the perfectly cast actors. A nice and refreshing twist on a backstory no one really knows. Would I see it again? No. Would I recommend it? Yes. It's a well deserved mainly performance-based 7/10 from me.
Liu lang di qiu (2019)
Stellar visuals but the screenplay and some acting needed work
Although some CGI looked 1990's quality (explosions, flames etc), the rest of the visuals were stunning. The story itself was amazing, but the screenplay needed some work. Some scenes felt too rushed and jumped into the next with missing info, while others dragged out to the point I was thinking "ok, we get it". Maybe better editing/cutting down some scenes was needed. Some of the dialogue was cheesy as were the attempts at humor. Some of the acting was typical Chinese over-done/exaggerated/cheesy, and would have been better with more serious overtones or straight-up normal acting. The score was good for the most part, but out of place and overbearing in some scenes. Nevertheless, the visuals made up for most of the flaws, as did the films concept. Definitely a must-see for all sci-fi fans. A well deserved 8/10 from me.
Fighting with My Family (2019)
Great untraditional biopic.
I'm not a huge fan of the WWE, but this film was produced really well. Mad props to director, writer and cast member Stephen Merchant. His directing was spot on and the writing decent - there wasn't much 'funny' comedy as I would've liked. Casting was awesome and all performed well. The 108 length felt a little longer, maybe improved pacing and trimming some scenes would have helped. Other than that, a surprisingly really fun biopic. 8/10
Game of Thrones: The Long Night (2019)
You negative reviewers missed something VERY important...
OOOO MMMM FFFFFF GGGGG!!! the most EPIC everrrrrr episode of everything everrrrrr!
I can't believe how idiotic some of these negative reviews are! Why would it be anyone else BUT the last person you'd expect to save the world?? Genius! And what's worse, is that y'all missed the entire point - "how did Arya sneak up and kill the WK?" Duhhhhh, her entire training in 'faces' was for her to be able to disguise herself with "even blue eyes", and thus she was one of the WK's henchmen - the one that looked over in that split second before the jump to attack the WK! EPIC!!! If anyone turned off the show at the credits, go back and see past the credits, past the scenes for next weeks episode, and listen to the writers 10 min story on the making of this episode. Oh, and regarding the battle being too dark... I just upped my gamma and brightness settings and it was perfect! 10/10!!!!!!
OOOO MMMM FFFFFF GGGGG!!! the most EPIC everrrrrr episode of everything everrrrrr!
Welcome to Acapulco (2019)
Lost potential with cheese-ball narrating and amateur acting by Kingsbaker
Decent directing by Guillermo Ivan (who also played Rafael), although the shaky-cam scenes were annoying. Good action (but very repetitive), and pacing that fit the 98 min runtime, but the writing was terrible and cliched. Four writers and you'd think at least one could write better than a 5th grader. The worst part was the infantile narrating that really failed this film, as did casting novice Michael Kingsbaker who's acting was amateurish and annoying. The rest of the cast was great, but not enough to get past the annoying Kingsbaker and his narrating. Any review above a 5 for this film (including out of the current 8) are all fake/paid. This film is no better than my 4/10. Avoid, even if you're bored.
Cold Pursuit (2019)
Amateur-hour Tarantino-wannabe writing failed this otherwise great production
Excusing the horrible screenplay by amateur Frank Baldwin as 'dark comedy' is an insult to dark comedy.
I am shocked that such a great production went and hired an amateur (this is his first ever screenplay) writer. It should have at lease been proofread by a seasoned writer before final draft. The wannabe Tarantino vibe is a huge fail. They should have stuck with the formula that works every time with Liam Neeson - keep it fast paced and action packed - and ok with some comedy thrown in. But having an overboard character that Tom Bateman played, is just annoying. Then there was the ridiculous plot issues - e.g. why did they even go to the resort? The entire parasailing scene just for the lame ending? Oh there's much more. The (dark?) humor was so cheesy, a 5th grader could have written this better.
The 2 hour length felt like 3 hours with the long dragged out (and a lot unnecessary) scenes and slow pacing. It's too bad as this film had huge potential. The directing and cinematography were excellent. The casting was ok with Neeson being great (but a little bland in this one) as usual. The score was decent, but the out of place native music stuck out like a sore thumb. It should have been the same genre throughout the film. Editing also needed some work.
The stunning landscape visuals were the best part of the film. Ignore the fake/paid reviews... this film is an honest 6/10 from me. Would I see it again? Nope. Would I recommend it? Only if you have nothing better to watch and are a fan of Neeson. Otherwise, this was disappointing for a Neeson film.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The almost 3 hours flew by with great writing and effects, and the change of the characters lives made it that much more entertaining - especially Thor! Better than I expected, and a wee bit better than the last film imo. 9/10
Whiskey Cavalier (2019)
Comedy and action/drama is a special kind of formula that takes major talent in acting and writing to pull off. This series doesn't have either. Overly cliched (verbatim in stereotypical characters) with cheesy writing, dialogue and comedy. Major plot holes/issues and very predictable. Even the directing is terrible with lame shaky and choppy action scenes that are borderline dizzying. This series seems to be targeted towards teenagers to get away from their video games. That wont happen with this show. 5/10
Miss Bala (2019)
An honest review for a change... 🚫 trolls & 🚫 fake reviews
Wow the trolls are out in full force on this film, as are some of the fake 10/10 reviews, but the trolls take this one, and that's a shame. Who cares if this was a remake and maybe not as good? I didn't see the original, nor do I care too. A reviewer needs to rate a film on its own merits, and not from other films. And to the trolls who gave a film of this production value and talent 1, 2 and 3's, need to give their heads a shake and give up reviewing anything.
This film deserves a much higher score than the current 5.2. I didn't expect much going into this, but I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
For starters, director Catherine Hardwicke nailed this department. Outstanding camera work and she knew how to direct her cast effectively. The cinematography was great. The writing had some holes and pacing issues, but considering this is novice writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer's first full length feature film (wrote 6 short films prior), he wrote better than some seasoned writers. The story itself was decent and suspenseful. The casting was perfect and all actors were very convincing, especially Gina Rodriguez who was outstanding in her role. I felt she could've played a little more emotion in her character, but other than that, she played the naive innocent friend caught up in a gang situation brilliantly. The sound and score were great, and the V/SFX were well done.
This film is an honest and well deserving 8/10, and I hope they come out with a part 2. And if anyone questions my review as being fake, click on my username to see my 1000+ ratings and 600+ reviews, plus to read my profile and learn how to review a film properly. Mad props to all involved in the production... now get working on Part 2!
Drunk Parents (2019)
Great cast with a script written by a 5th grader
Was Fred Wolf drunk when he wrote this screenplay? The story's concept was good, but the writing was horrible. The written comedy was so stale and stupid, it flopped any potential this film had. A 5th grader could've written a better script - and made it funnier. And I'm sorry... I am a fan of Salma Hayek, but she was utterly annoying in this film. The rest of the all-star comedic cast were great, but clearly their potential was underwhelming from the lousy script. The directing was ok, although certain scenes jumped all over the place, were convoluted, or cut to soon before needed information was given. It's a shame, as this film had potential. It certainly isn't deserving of any 1 or 2's, but is nothing above a 7 either. It's an honest 5/10 from me.
Someone Great (2019)
Not that funny and kinda drags out. Ignore all the clearly fake 10/10 reviews, this is an honest 5/10
I can't decide what's worse, the film or trailer?
View the exciting and very informative trailer *sarcasm*. This film is less exciting and as interesting. And never mind the two fake 10/10 reviews that have only reviewed this poor excuse of a film
The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Outstanding film with Oscar-worthy performance by Penn
I wasn't thrilled about a biographical film story regarding a dictionary, but this one impressed me! Who would've though to know the history behind a dictionary?
Farhad Safinia makes his first full length feature film debut as writer and director, and nailed it. Produced by and also starring Mel Gibson - who was also great in his role, this film was directed exceptionally well, and the writing was good. I felt the screenplay was all over the place in a few areas, and the 124 min length a little too long for the story being told. I'm not a fan of slow paced films, but this one was just right. Casting was great, including Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer, but wow did Sean Penn give an Oscar-worthy performance in his role as Dr. Minor. Glad to see him back on the big screen. The score was perfect and the sets/costumes on point for the era.
This is by no means an action packed Hollywood blockbuster, but instead a historical biopic produced extremely well, and a must-see.
A well deserved 9/10 from me.
High Life (2018)
High Life: when you've taken acid all your life and write a screenplay about your delusional fantasies
WOW, one of the worst films I have ever seen. As I invested my time from the start of this film, I concluded this will either be a brilliant film, or a massive flop, and sadly, it was the latter. All these positive critic reviews calling this an artistic film? This was a severely failed attempt of a pretentious experiment in shock and horror cinema for the wannabe artsy-fartsy crowd. And calling this a sci-fi? Please. Putting people in a padded box and surrounding them with imagery of space and a black hole does not make this film a sci-fi. Some reviewers saying this film is a metaphor... yes, for a terrible writing.
The screenplay was clearly written by someone who took too many drugs at a young age, is sexually frustrated (sperm troughs and a masturbation room lol?), and is clearly still on a wild hallucinating trip.
The plot had more issues than National Geographic. How does the first shuttle quickly go into the back hole, then fast forward to a teenager's age, and they do it again, all whilst the long mission from the beginning is to reach the black hole. And what genius launches another space ship filled with only dogs - and the smallest and cutest one survives? Let's also throw in some dumb sex scenes that would make Law and Order SVU cringe. Artistic? No, pathetic. A kindergartener could have written a better script. 95% of this film has mind-baffling plot issues of this scale.
The props, sets and costumes (e.g space suit) seemed to have cost the budget a mere $5k, and were all circa 1970 art department quality. Let's throw some old fish tank filters in a few rooms with padded walls and we'll call it a space ship set. Oh, and an air vent that needs a good punch to run, apparently with technology that can take a crew to a black hole. LOL.
The casting was a waste of talent, and I'd avoid this film on their resume, as their bland and pointless characters were far from artistic - or even necessary. As a parent, I ended up cringing every time the baby cried. Artistic? No, annoying - and unnecessary.
The almost 2 hour length felt like I lost an entire day. The pacing was ridiculously slow and anyone with A.D.D. will be looking for something shiny on the floor.
The only redeeming qualities were the amazing score throughout the entire film, the cinematography, and the stunning visuals - the rare times when shown.
This will be a forgettable film that I hate myself for watching until the end. A very generous 2/10 from me.
The Rookie: Free Fall (2019)
Writing in this episode on point - again! Season 2 please 🙏
Loving the writing creativity of conflict in this season finale. Excellent suspense and humor at the right times, with a sweet little cliff-hanger. Well done and executed... all acting and directing spot on! The cast are all growing on me and are perfect in their respective roles. Keep it up guys. Another perfect 10/10 on this episode. Now to up my overall TV series score from an 8 to a 9! Can't wait for another season. 🙏
Stellar film-making with an outstanding performance by Mads Mikkelsen
It's rare to find a film where the cast is only the one actor, and another that simply goes along for the ride - and pull it off.
YouTuber Joe Penna makes his full length feature film debut as producer, writer and director - an nailed it.
This is a simple film with a simple story, that effectively presents the battle of survival between man vs. nature.
The directing was perfection, the cinematography on point, the visuals absolutely stunning, and the score just right. Mads Mikkelsen gave an Oscar worthy performance - and that's with pretty much zero dialogue.
My only critique was the films 98 min length. Although the editing was good, and the pacing decent, the 'meat and bones' of the story didn't fit the length. This film should have been a little shorter, or more conflict added to the story.
Nevertheless, Arctic is the perfect example of old-school, straight-up stellar film-making. Don't go into this expecting any Hollywood action or dramatics.. this is simple and natural adventure and suspense.
A well deserved 8/10 from me.
IMDb record for most fake reviews + done many times before = pass
Decent directing, great soundtrack, but poor acting in a story done many times before. The long 106 min run time felt longer with the slow dragged out pacing. Then there's the IMDb record for the most 8-10/10 clearly fake reviews I've ever seen - wow. All have only reviewed this film. So obvious and sad. A big pass and very generous 4/10 from me.