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Rekvijem za teskasa (1974)
A well made drama, based on Serling's screenplay. The lead roles are well played, and Zivojinovic plays the boxer in a delightfully laconic manner.
Tito i ja (1992)
The humour in this film is forced and low quality. It relies on exaggeration and a few gags that are repeated over and over again. Even the main character, a weird fat kid, doesn't come across as likable. This is in part because the film insists we have to find him likable. That's how the whole film feels: being forced to like it. Well, I don't like being told I must like a film or a character in it.
The film is a disappointment, especially considering it's based on a far superior theater play. While the play focuses on the eponymous 'professional', and makes us care about the character, the film blurs the distinction between him and the other character, making their relationship its focus, rather than the professional's life. The screenplay for the film comes across as amateurish and confused. It provides no emotional payoff, and on top of that, the casting is not particularly good. If you want to see this, watch the theater play.
Apollo 13 (1995)
Pointless and boring
The film doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Does it want to be factual? Does it want us to care about the characters? Well, it's a bit of both, and it fails in both ways. These characters are not one bit likable. I didn't care about them one bit, in any of the scenes. And as for the historical accuracy... I never had a clue what they were doing as they encountered technical problems. We have endless scenes of people looking worried about something, but I had no clue what was going on. And I didn't care, because I never liked the characters. And here is the final problem: we know they made it safely back, so there is no suspense. The only way they could have made it work was to make us really like the characters. But they never even tried. Zero for effort. Oh, and Bill Paxton was so wrong for this film. He belongs in B movie trash. As for Tom Hanks... Have you ever seen a more pathetic and emasculated figure trying to be a hero in every movie?
The best of the Bottom live shows
It was the best possible final show. It's an homage to everything these two have done not just in 'Bottom', but in their entire careers. This is the sublimation of these characters and the themes that underpin the 'Bottom' show. It operates on a meta level that true fans will no doubt find most enjoyable. The show virtually dispenses with a plot, and comes across as an indulgent orgy of excess, as well as beautiful, laconic summary of the protagonists' character traits and the very essence of what makes them so funny and tragic at the same time. Of course, this applies mostly to the character of Richie, who is at the core of the entire show, with Eddie just being around to animate Richie's personality. Thus, the show is a mix of this beautiful laying bare of the very essence of what 'Bottom' is about, and of gratuitous indulgence in violence and depravity on a level suitable for a grand finale. It's everything a fan of the show would want. My only complaint is that it ends on a sort of anticlimax. I expected a treat at the end that never came to pass. Hence nine stars instead of ten.
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981)
There is so much good humour in this series, and great dialogue. Many memorable characters. But there is one colossal problem: the relationship between the two brothers is sick. You see, Delboy is supposed to be a likable, loving person. But he is a narcissist who obsessively abuses his brother for personal gratification. His brother, in return, refuses to acknowledge a sick game is being played on him, and as a result falls into every demeaning trap Delboy sets for him. As we see Rodney's character develop, being a depressed loser with no ambition and zero self-esteem becomes the essence of his personality. And this is to a large degree consequence of narcissistic abuse. What strikes me is that David Jason, the actor who played Delboy, after all the years of playing that role, never seemed to understand what a monster he was playing. It was all supposed to be a bit of fun and healthy family bonding through innocent little scams. But that's not what it was. Behind the humour, the series told a tale of classical narcissist abuse - and never ever seemed to notice. In an interview with Gwyneth Strong, who played Rodney's girlfriend Cassandra, she explained that of course in real life nobody would actually want to date Rodney, because he was a loser. And that's the reality the series never wanted to acknowledge, because it refused to see what the main characters were doing and what they were becoming. Rodney was groomed for failure and ridicule with every interaction he ever had with Delboy, while his brother ostensibly always tried to help his hopeless brother and lift him up. But he didn't. He imposed on him the role of a clown whose job was to feed Delboy's merciless narcissism. If the series had any desire to be realistic, neither Cassandra nor any other woman would ever date Rodney. That is the sad truth. And the oblivious attitude to this fundamental flaw in the series by everyone involved is quite frightening, to be honest.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Disappoints in the end
This film promises a lot in the beginning, but in the end one almost feels cheated. It is stylistically a very interesting film, with great visuals and a great sense of mood that it creates. But in the end it delivers a message that 'god' is so alien and seemingly disinterested in us, that we might as well be alone in the universe. There is no way to communicate with that thing, even when we follow its own invitation. I don't like that kind of message, and what I like even less is the gratuitous ending that spent an eternity making that point. It felt more like abuse. It was also self-indulgent, and that's something I find alienating. The film also suffers from a lack of narration. For the most part, the film is an experience, not a story being told. In the second of four acts, we follow a scientist on his journey from Earth to an orbital station, then to the Moon, then to an excavation site on the Moon. Yet nothing happens. He has a few utterly meaningless conversations and holds the least informative speech in history. Why this was done is beyond me. If the goal was to underpin the general feeling of alienation in the endless and utterly incomprehensible universe, then it may have worked to some degree, but it still came across as poor screenwriting. In the end, the film both impresses and disappoints.
What a waste of time and money. This fiIm never needed to be made in the first place. It is so pointless. The style is crap, the script is crinegworthy, and Roy Scheider is apalling in the lead role. It's a disaster of cosmic proportions.
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
From the 'testimonies' about the camps I have seen on the internet, this fiIm is as cIose to a documentary as you couId get. Draw whatever concIusions you wiII from that statement.
The Office (2001)
Good, but fIawed
I wouId have given it a 10, were it not for certain things that bother me more and more every time I watch it:
1. I hate the 'documentary' styIe. The premise is comIeteIy pointIess. It adds nothing. If anything, it is unpersuasive that this crew couId fiIm the scenes the way they were fiImed, and it is unpersuasive that some of the things these characters say are said to the camera. FinaIIy, these characters are often exaggerated to such a degree that one knows it is nothing Iike 'reaIity'. Yet the format demands that we buy it as a kind of 'reaIity show'.
2. I never Iiked the Iove affair in the series, and I think it is poorIy written and unpersuasive. And Tim's fIirting with RacheI is even Iess persuasive. She wouId roII her eyes in reaI Iife if that geek even spoke to her.
3. I can't stand the schizophrenic humour revoIving around the 'equaIity' nonsense, whether it invoIves women, homosexuaIs, nonwhites, or peopIe in wheeIchairs. My stomach turns at that driveI, even if it is tongue-in-cheek. It IiteraIIy makes me sick.
Other than these three points, they did everything right. It is good comedy, with endIess beautifuI smaII touches. But I wiII deduct a star for each of the things I find probIematic.
It's as if somebody with no talent or brains decided to do a lame attempt at an Office spin-off. There is not a single moment, not a single line of dialogue that was funny. And to see a visibly aged and uninspired Ricky Gervais in the middle of it all... I haven't seen something this awkward in a very long time. Absolute zero. By the way, remove the atrocious racial humour, and you have literally nothing left.
Characters that suffer abuse can be a good element in a plot. But audience should never suffer abuse. The audience needs to experience catharsis in the end. And this never happens with 'Joker'. The film has a huge problem, which it never manages to solve: it wants to be realistic and tell the tale of an innocent, abused individual who snaps; but it also wants to exist within a fictional universe in which this man is as much of an abuser as he is a victim. And this creates problems for the screenwriters that they never manage to solve. Thus Joker comes across as a sympathetic character first, but turns to a vicious killer towards the end, at which point everyone becomes confused, and stops liking him. There is no redemption of any kind, no satisfying emotional resolution, only a brutal ending which serves the purposes of the wider franchise and doesn't deliver on its own terms. In the end, the character we were made to empathize with becomes nothing but a caricature in a silly superhero universe. And that is an insult to anyone who invested in the character from the beginning. The audience is cheated. Also, one should note the disturbing anarchist/communist vibe in the film - the idea that it's better to burn down the world than allow their particular understanding of 'injustice' to go on. I may pity Joker and hate the cynical Wayne, but I won't put degenerate, mentally ill clown in charge of an angry mob that wants to burn everything down.
The horror is the bad script
This is so awkward, illogical, and unbelievably boring, I stopped watching half-way through. This is the only film ever made that has vampires in it, but you wouldn't know, because they don't act like vampires. And the writers of his thing thought it would be clever... Why put vampires in a film, and then construct a story that has nothing to do with vampires? The film is otherwise as cliche as it gets. The plot is predictable and boring, the action scenes are abysmal, and one doesn't care about any of the characters. Unwatchable, BORING mess.
Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
The Iaziest attempt at expIoitation ever made. OffensiveIy bad. No story, no nothing. Just nothing.
It's a kind of virtual ride through a WWI battlefield. It has nothing to offer in terms of plot, dialogue, character development, or emotion. It's just entertainment, like everything else these days. I wouldn't watch it again. Zero for artistic value. The only possible value it might have would be to show young generations what trench warfare in WWI used to look like. Minus the murderous German pilots. That's just ridiculous. One final note: I know what you did with the Scofield reference. The 'Scofield Bible' from 1917 by any chance? Or has it more to do with the Balfour Declaration from 1917?
Weak and laughable screenplay, lots of feminist nonsense, and an empty experience.
The Eagle (2011)
Why was this made?
Disjointed and boring. Characters one does not care about, a quest that makes no sense, and more nonsense than one can endure. The idiocy is too much to bear in the end.
Michael Collins (1996)
Another one of those 'historical' dramas that gives you caricatures, obviously inaccurate, and a version of history that hardly creates any kind of real context. We have our hero, we have our villain, we have a love story, we have lots of action, but we also have a mockery of history and the very people this film portrays.
The film itself is like 'Alien' under water, only with crappy characters, crappy action, crappy dialogue, crappy direction... It feels like one of those found footage films, and at times it feels like 'Cloverfield' - under water. It has a diverse crew in which men are useless and the female lead, who looks and acts like a man has to save the day. It's standard reversal of gender roles designed to completely confuse and frustrate the viewer, providing nothing in terms of emotional payoff. It is beyond ridiculous. The film has absolutely no redeeming qualities, as it fails both in technical and artistic sense. A product of a sick age, the film is nothing but insulting drivel no one should waste time on.
C'era una volta il West (1968)
I hate spaghetti westerns. The only good thing about them is the music by Morricone. Too bad none of the screenplays live up to it. This film is no exception. The story is dull, the screenplay even worse, and the direction is mostly poor. Kudos to Bronson, the man never had a bad performance in his career. But the film is still rubbish. We just don't care, and prolonged scenes don't help either. Boring and pointless.
The Great Wall (2016)
No story, no characters worth caring for, just pointless and ludicrous CGI scenes that make zero sense and provide nothing in terms of viewer engagement.
Event Horizon (1997)
A dull, derivative screenplay that rips off elements from several other sci-fi films. The only original part has to do with all the nasty gore. But gore does not equate horror, suspense, or emotional enjoyment - at least for most people. With characters you don't care about, a confusing plot, and bombardment with nasty imagery, the film simply alienates the viewer. It truly is B movie trash.
Why was this made?
What is the purpose of this film? It has no story to tell. It does give us ridiculously racist stereotypes of nasty white people who hate indians for no reason, as well as ridiculously kind depictions of indians, who are depicted literally like innocent children. It's beyond laughable. Zero stars.
Independence Day (1996)
I can't see any redeeming features in this film. Pure trash. And boring trash.
Rain Man (1988)
A sick actor playing a sick person for the amusement of the audience. Of course they made him likable. And they threw in a dull, uninspired plot about a man who is in financial trouble, and tries to exploit the sick man. I wouldn't mind this film if it weren't so manipulative and if it didn't try to present itself as some sort of cinematic masterpiece worthy of praise. I just don't see anything in it other than exploitation.