- Nov 10, 2015
Flatliners (2017) - 3.7/10. I don't think anyone expected this to be any good, and despite the studio's insistence that this is a sequel to the 1990 cult classic, it is for all intents and purposes a flaccid reboot/remake.
Let's get the good out of the way first; the performances are decent, especially Ellen Page, and it does introduce a few new ideas to the mythology rather than literally straight-remaking the original. It did also surprise me with one third-act event that I didn't see coming at all.Ellen Page randomly gets killed by one of her hallucinations at the end of act 2
That's pretty much it for the good. The characters don't behave realistically at all, the CGI-infused hallucinations are fucking atrocious, there are countless unintentionally comical moments, some really ill-placed intentional humour, and simply little reason for it to exist.
Kiefer Sutherland's cameowas more distractingly amusing than anything, but at least it did break up the monotony.as a grey-haired doctor
The series lost so much of its core ensemble that all the claims of "family" just feels hollow now. Now it's just a vehicle to get as many action stars and big names into the mix. Like it makes no sense that Shaw would be treated like that by the group, but hey, now we get to have Jason Statham fighting alongside the Rock in the next movie. Yay?And that's the problem. How can this franchise do Han so fucking dirty like that? The ending of the movie left me baffled and even a little offended. Like, fuck no. This is a movie about family and THIS is what happens in Part 8? I dunno. I don't even know if I want to watch a ninth one at this point. It all just feels so tired and lost now, despite its insane budget and penchant for globetrotting superhero car antics to still provide plenty of superficial entertainment. It's not the worst Hollywood blockbuster I've seen this year, but watching it was like having to admit to myself that I no longer cared about a franchise I was literally just starting to fall in love with only months earlier.
It was one hell of a ride, though. We'll always have Tokyo Drift and Fast Five.
I remember Time Crimes coming up a lot when Triangle came out, but (although i enjoyed both) i didn't find Time Crimes to be that much better.Timecrimes
Of all the time travel, time paradox, time loop movies I've seen, I think Timecrimes might be my favorite. It's grounded, and the way it presents its story makes the paradoxes and looping of its narrative easier to follow and grasp than other films that revolve around the concept.
In some ways, it's actually kind of terrifying in how we see just how disorienting being in a loop would be and how easily a loop could fall apart. There's nothing cool or romanticized about time travel in Timecrimes.
Primer may be more complicated as a time travel movie, but Timecrimes feels unique in how it doesn't sacrifice the complexity of the concept, while using the concept to create a taut twisty thriller
How is that a problem? If anything, I felt that part of what made Time Crimes seem so grounded and realistic; I imagine any person, realizing the situation they were in, would be desperate and terrified and want to do whatever they could to keep the loop in intact.The one thing that never make sense about these movies, is that they can't handle agency well.
Of course a time loop movie is playing on the paradox disrupting cause and effect, but character agency remains intact, yet for some reason, these actors all play their part blindly, even knowing the eventual output.
Now if I was stuck in a time loop, i'd try to be as disruptive as possible, see where it goes.
Both Triangle and Time Crimes share this problem.
Primer is the only one that doesn't, just because the loop lines up with the characters' motivations (and also because i can't tell what the fuck is going on).
How is that a problem? If anything, I felt that part of what made Time Crimes seem so grounded and realistic; I imagine any person, realizing the situation they were in, would be desperate and terrified and want to do whatever they could to keep the loop in intact.
No one would be thinking about wanting to experiment and see what happens; maybe if it was a time loop like Edge of Tomorrow or Replay, but in Timecrimes? That doesn't make sense
I, Daniel Blake is a well-made film whose political message I wholeheartedly endorse and often times was tough to watch. It does a good job showing the crushing bureaucracy of means-testing and the humiliation that comes with stigmatized welfare, as well as the cruelty of poverty.
But I guess I went in curious about how a 100 minute film would be a story about "the current welfare system is humiliating and cruel" and the answer is that it just sort of is "the current welfare system is humiliating and cruel" for 100 minutes. I'm glad I saw it, but it wasn't all that satisfying as a narrative for me. Disappointing coming off The Wind That Shakes the Barley for me, but I'll have to check out some other Loach films.
Blade Runner (Final Cut)
For all the talk of it being a slow burn film and being "boring", Blade Runner moved faster than I was expected, and the slower parts and dialogue were never dull. It helps that the plot is so small and intimate, practically a Deckard slice-of-life. Just dropping you into the story of Deckard and the replicants keeps the pacing moving at a solid pace right from the opening.
Yes because it's amazing.Society Is it right to love this? I mean its out there, like fucking out there man. There isn't any ambiguity to this at all. From the start it tells you your getting into the deep end and then proceeds to go deeper until the final crescendo that is disgusting and hilarious at the same time. If you go, go in blind.
Society Is it right to love this? I mean its out there, like fucking out there man. There isn't any ambiguity to this at all. From the start it tells you your getting into the deep end and then proceeds to go deeper until the final crescendo that is disgusting and hilarious at the same time. If you go, go in blind.
Need a recommendation.
Horror/sci-fi or any of the two would be nice.
Less overly famous actors the better.(looking at you Life and Passengers)