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Soy tóxico (2018)
Waking up ...
Everyone probably had this feeling. You just woke up and have no idea where you are or what went on or what you are supposed to do next. Add to that scenario an end of the world Mad Max style enviroment and you not remembering not just a fluke but an ongoing issue! I don't think you'd feel to good about yourself, just as the main character here does.
But it's more than just doom and death, there is social commentary here too. It may not be too thick (which is ok) and it may be overshadowed by some mean cliches getting thrown your way. Still this has its merits and even though some motivations remain unclear, suspense works in favor of the movie. Even when you almost lose interest in it ...
It is easy to dismiss horror and even easier to do so with scares (jump or otherwise, but the former are the ones most "target"). But to dimish what the movie accomplishes would be unfair to everyone involved. The director and editor really know their stuff. The movie has quite some really good scares! Even when you know something is coming, it really hits home. Or in this case the viewer who might have quite the reaction to it (that's what shocks are going to you and your jerking body).
Having said all that, I do understand if some feel this is simple and not to mention way over the top. There's things happening that no human being would do and/or survive and Alligators are probably not as hungry as they are shown here. But suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride, with some fantastic horror performances! Not to mention amazing sets and suspense!
Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
Who's a good cop/human(?)
Things happen in life that may trigger something in a persons life. And when a cop decides to take a different direction, there may be a reason for that. Than again there might have been a core there, that was already on the bad side. I wouldn't go as far as to say rotten. It is also quite something to see Mel Gibson in a role that might work cathartic for him (if you heard about some of his personal escecpades, you'll understand).
Generally the casting is fantastic. Even the smaller roles are quite nicely casted. See Don Johnson as just one example. The movie is generally quiet and slow burning - yet when violence emerges, it is relentless. Now that makes it prone to be disliked by those who either don't like violence in their movies or those who'd like this to be fast paced and entertaining quickly ... but if you can and want to handle something different, the movie does reward you. And people who've seen previous films of the director know this already ...
If you are too young to remember or rather been alive during what happened in Chernobyl - you may still have heard about it overall. We're talking about devastating results, lost lives and something that no one wishes will happen again ever! No matter what country that is.
Now right from the start, you should be aware that this is a production that has english speaking actors in the main roles. So while this is probably as close to what happened, I understand that some people may take issue with that (for not being completely accurate) - a friend of mine said clearly "I won't watch it, because it doesn't have Russian speaking actors in the main roles".
All valid and all something you have to accept yourself, if you want to watch. But if that isn't an issue, you'll see a show that really is rich in detail and quite elaborate in what happened. Pointing out the wrongdoings and what some unknown heroes did to contain one of the worst situations we have seen ... I won't go into detail, but there are things in here that will shock you. And I'm not talking about occasional graphic depiction of illness on people!
On the run
Sometimes a trip is quite something different than you would imagine. As another reviewer said, this starts off pretty good. I also agree that it sort of drifts off towards the end. I don't think it's that bad, that I would go for 4 out of 10 like he/she did.
But you should be aware that this tries to juggle a lot of things, with the characters, with the female vs male things and the violence itself. If you have a querry it would not be surprising (pun not intended). Try to watch with an open mind if you like horror thrillers and you may be entertained quite nicely overall.
First of all it is really nice to see a genre movie from Germany. Still not enough out there imho. Apart from that though, I have to keep it real. The acting is bad (on purpose?) and the stories are not too original overall. The effects are good though, which may help you overlook the mentioned flaws and others along the way.
Obviously there is a connection, but I don't think many are watching trying to figure out what that might be. Don't waste your time trying to either, it's not really worth it. Just watch the movie if you have to or want to support independent German horror cinema.
The Evil in Us (2016)
Another evil cabin
It's actually not the cabin, so I hope you didn't just go "I saw the movie, it's not the cabin, not useful, not reading this". Although if that is the case, I hope you at least had fun and entertainment with the movie. Because overall I would just call this another run of the mill horror production.
So nothing special here, well the special effects are good for the budget, but story wise or even acting wise, you probably will not be too satisfied. The characters are dreadful and horrible, so no real connection with the viewer unfortunately. Still there are worse movies out there, so this at least get the basics overall right
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Don't sweat it
Every so often a movie comes around, then really gets you to go "woah". And this is one of those movies. I have no idea how the filmmaker came up with all the things he shows us here. And it is tough to describe overall, because this is a movie that takes on the establishment and society and our view on class system and also has something to say about those calls you get, where a stranger tries to sell you something.
It's also about race (the "rap" is almost too cringe-worthy and should make you equal parts uncomfortable while kind of make you smile too) and other things. And it does have a fantastic cast to support all the strange thngs that are depicted in the movie. I can't praise the movie enough for being different. This really delivers on its premise and what else could you ask for? It may not touch any of your senses, it may not be to your liking, but it is masterfully crafted (flaws included)
Diamond Skulls (1989)
Even before I saw another review that was just titled Gabriel Byrne, I was also thinking "great actor" and he sort of elevates the movie overall. You may not think he does make a difference, but he really shows his quality even at times when it can't really help.
There's also one flashback that is shown quite often (including nudity and violence), which is way too much - or hammering it too hard (home). There's a theme about rich people and the way they feel society owes them and they are a bit above the law. Consciousness and some sense of morality sometimes give them a pause though ... but for how long? And also: effective enough?
The Love Witch (2016)
Throwback in the now
If you were to judge the costumes, the make up, the over-acting and other things you might find yourself believing this is a movie set in the 70s. But it is not. While the characters do act and give out a 70s vibe, this is in the current time (technology is one of the give aways).
Unfortunately that also brings logical errors. Which may have been included to stay in line with the movies of that period. Because if you like the style you will obviously love this way more than my 6/10 is telling you it is worth. Staying as objective as possible is tough. Because I also do like what they do, but the flaws in character especially and decisions (ending) is failing in a way. Strands are being left unanswered, which may leave you dissatisfied. Nudity will not be able to change that to the better I reckon
Péril en la demeure (1985)
Testament (of its time)
This worked way better in the 80s and has not aged that well. And I'm talking about the movie, so no pun inteneded. When it comes to story it's quite out there, mixing thriller and erotic elements to quite a "joyful bundle" (also a very disturbing and crazy one).
Now people in here may not really act or react exactly like one would imagine they do. The german dub would add negative points imho, so just keep that in the back of your mind in case you are thinking about watching it that way (unfortunately for many DVD releases in Germany while having the original audio included, do not have subtitles). Nudity and minor violence included - does that sound appealing?
Not so Dark(o)
It might be a bit difficult to live up to the hype if you compare your movie to a cult classic like Donnie Darko. Then again since Project X is mentioned too - maybe that is a hint what is to be expected. And yes there is nudity and drinking and "romance" and quite a lot of teenage stuff going on. But there is also a lot violence too (quite explicit contrary to Donnie to be fair).
So while the comparison probably did not help, this is a wicked little movie that deserves better than to be just shrugged off. The acting is more than decent too and the twists are quite nice. I watched it under a different title, which may have been the one they used in Germany, which I reckon works better for the movie anyway: Shadow Walkers
The Shadow Effect (2017)
You Cam do it
It's not easy for an actor to get out of a certain pigeon hole. And while it's mostly women that are reduced to their looks, it also can happen to male actors. In this case it's Cam Gigandet, who many might remember or know as a regular in the show OC.
He gets a vehicle here, a movie that has a really good premise. And he also has a veteran by his side with Michael Biehn. Still the story has flaws and the character is not fully developed. But if you like Science Fiction action movies that are a bit off and low budget, this is one you can check out. High concept idea, decently produced and acted. You could do worse
Las edades de Lulú (1990)
Push it (real good)
Boundaries are there to be broken ... or at least stretched. This movie right here does not take prisoners (pun intended). And it does not care about being sensitive. In some ways it might feel like cliche, but that does not mean it's an easy watch.
Contrary this is quite hard to watch and if you are squeamish almost near impossible. And while some may find certain things titilating (there's a lot of nudity here), others may take "offense" that there is also a lot of male nudity and themes they don't approve of (homosexuality, transsexuality, bisexuality and so forth). So whereever you come from, this movie does not care if you will be offended, it just does its thing.
And the losing of innocense (literally and metaphorically speaking) is quite a sight to behold. Like other things, sex can become an addiction and there's more here than just shock value. Creepy, violent and not compromising ...
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
It's quite interesting to see how colored/African Americans were depicted in movies. It mirrors the standing in the society at times. Not always the best picture (no pun intended). If you are able to sit back and take a different perspective and try to see things from another angle, it is quite eye opening.
And it always helps to have Samuel L. Jackson as narrator. That man can talk and if he does, you better listen. But it is rich in history, in context in showing many things that were wrong and are still wrong in America. Still this is a general look and may not include an in depth look into an issue you may want to explore. I would say the ending is hopeful, but it is not just everything is good now ... no, it actively tells us that we have to do better. And we can! I believe in that
Tall Girl (2019)
Not a small feet
Pun aside, this is a very straightforward teen comedy. Ugly or in that case tall duckling included. It's still pretty neat and it may surprise you once or twice even if it is quite predictable overall. It is well played by the actors who have to fight through the obvious and try to maintain a mystery and suspense, even if we as viewers know better.
So overall decent, but more aimed at a certain audience who will leap this up and take it all in with gusto.
Einmal bitte alles (2017)
Everything once please
My summary being a more accurate translation from the German title. But pretty far from ok describes the movie very apt indeed. Also be very aware that since this is a German movie, the German rating is lower because they don't stigmatize nudity and or sex. Which you can find plenty of in the film (mostly audio and therefor offscreen but some quite vivid even for just a few seconds).
The movie is about a crisis, to find oneself, to know ones place in society and to realize ones personal goals. Career and otherwise that is. The drama works and there are quite a few relationships to be explored. It may be slow moving but still enticing if you are into it.
True Crimes (2016)
I did that
Who is I? And what did "I" do? Well something to find out in the movie I reckon. I am or rather was susprised to see Jim Carrey in this. Especially considering how he allegedly had issues with Kick Ass 2 being too violent. Either that was false or he changed his mind? Whichever it is, this is quite a stretch for him (the themes of the movie that is): Sex and violence.
Well I guess it had to happen someday. Still weird to see him in something as dirty and rotten like this. Not sure if it helps or works against it (not expecting him in a movie like this that is), but whatever the case is, this has a few flaws. Relying too much on the shock and twist effects, it kinda loses control over other things ... still overall decent if you can stomach the nastiness
Knock Down the House (2019)
Win or lose
Bring down the house ... well sort of. We get to see quite a number of political candidates for the house and not every individual won their race. But what we get are genuinely human beings. Who show emotion and empathy rather than despair, cynicism and bad mouthing "opponents".
Now you can take that (or actually anything that is being said in the documentary) and make it a political statement/stance you are for or against. Obviously if you are on the other side of the spectrum you will highly disagree. One of the major problems with this 2 party system is that even when most Americans would agree on some issues almost unanimously, they can't or won't admit to it, if their own party is against it ... it's weird and it's almost a shame ... but there goes nothing .. and there goes a good documentary about decent humans, who also happen to be politicians
Lo spietato (2019)
How to rise in the Mafia ... still being moral and all about it. As with many tales this begins later and goes back to show us how our main character became the person he ... became eventually. There is violence, there is nudity, there is obviously also crime.
Very well played and confident in it's structure and timeline this is an entertaining enough watch, even though you could not compare it to the greats in the genre. But that doesn't mean you should knock it down.
It's always good when someone who's involved in a documentary knows what he or she is talking about. In this case Russell is a former drug addict and he never made a secret of it. Even during this documentary he tells it to people. Like when he sees the stuff he used to take and admits he still feels a draw to it. But his will is stronger.
Question is, does an end to the war on drugs help the addicts? There are a lot of points and a lot of factors. One thing is for sure, the current system does not work entirely. And I do agree that it doesn't help to put addicts in prison - rehab or other solutions are necessary. One hour short this can't cover everything, but it does take the effort to give you many sides. Even Russell questioning his own beliefs at times ...
So even "famous" people can have secrets or rather a past they themselves haven't figured out yet ... in case this is news for you. And I don't mean to be disparaging with my famous comment. I just think that some people may not know one of the two women in question, even if she has been in Hollywood movies.
But this is not about stardom or celebrity status, this is about family. A missing piece in someones life. Even if they didn't know. And the adventures those two individuals take upon them. Always in company of others, but still in sync with each other. Funny, engaging and sentimental to a point ... and life affirming!
On and offline
Gaming is quite a "hobby". Depending on how much you are invested in it, you get some sort of satisfaction. Shaming others for doing what they love should not be an issue and it isn't here. You actually get a movie about people in love ... and a passion for gaming.
What I just realized though: I only watched this movie and had no idea there is a TV show too. So I have no idea how this is connected, if there was anything added or prior to the events of what happens here either. Therefor I may have a redacted experience of it all - ah the lingo. Enjoyable and decent enough for the right minded people
The Hustle (2019)
Year of the (female) Hustlers
Well with this and the one that Jennifer Lopez is starring in one might have a point to make. All kidding aside though, having two charismatic leads like Hatheway and Wilson helps and elevates this movie a lot. Not everything is predictable I reckon, but most of it at least.
The jokes are nice and the flow of the movie works out great with the leads. So go with that flow and just enjoy this easily digestible comedy
A Star Is Born (2018)
Stars - even before that
Both leads can and should be considered stars, even before that movie. But the performances, both in the music and acting department are extraordinary. Unfortunately I already knew the ending - and still it was engaging as it can be. I wouldn't call myself a big Lady Gaga fan - but watching her here!? Wow, she is amazing and what a voice.
Again it's not just her singing, but also her acting and it's here that Cooper comes to play to (no pun intended) ... and also direct. Having watched this now, I do understand the struggle some had to decide which movie was better: this or Bohemian Rhapsody ... I couldn't really pick one either. This is original, the other one has Queen.
But why choose if you can watch both? And even if you prefer one over the other, they are both really good (even with the other movie apparently takes some liberties when it comes to facts and truth). Gripping, rock soild and just chllingly well played ...