JFF: What Was the Last Film You Saw, and How Would You Rate It? (Pt. 19)

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Simply a follow up to Jen's great post; there were getting to be so many pages in that one I thought it could use a refresh.  Happy to carry on the tradition!  
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Den 12. mann (5/10)

The story itself is interesting, but the film could have been shorter and more focused on the manhunt, there are too many moments where nothing essential to the result is going on. I get that the movie was trying to show proofs of hope in times of war, but not only is this message very "cliché" to movies in general, it is also poorly exploited in The 12th Man.

Overall, this film severely lacks tension and dramatic moments, I don't recommend watching it.

A Wednesday (7/10) 

This a very thrilling movie, but according to me, the plot's potential for complexity is overshadowed by the final message. Talking about that final message on society, I feel that it was approached, discussed, and answered many times.

Personally, the fact that movies understand the use of torture and violence against violence doesn't usually turn me down, but there is quite a difference between understanding and empathizing, and this film is not giving us enough nuances to make us decide.

To conclude on a more positive aspect, I have to say that the acting of the two main actors is top-notch. Just for that, A Wednesday is worthy of a watch.
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I'm planning on doing a great big "Childhood Nostalgia" post, where I've re-watched my favorite kiddie shows... hope that sounds like something ya'll would read, xD
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I've been planning on doing a Millennial nostalgia thing, for films from the '95 - '05 period. I will just be posting here though.
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Same, lol.
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You Should Have Left, 2020, 6/10.
Better than I thought.  Very imaginative and Stephen King-like; felt like a throwback movie.  What horror should be.
And the end credits song is genius.  ;)
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Do you think I'd like this?

How's the pacing?

Any gore? Plot twists?
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Pacing is great, in my opinion... 
zero gore; it's not too twisty but there's some surprises, albeit one of them is kinda predictable.
I'm not saying it's the greatest movie ever, but it was kinda neat and rather genuinely creepy.  
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It looks like Sir of Echoes 2, with Kevin Bacon and his granddaughter new wife.
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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

You truly have to go to this movie open-minded, because this is far from what you expect.

From the quirky ambiance and acting to the overstated 1930s production design, if you expected something in the vibes of the TV series, you will be pretty disappointed, and I can state my own experience on that, the performance of Albert Finney is so far from the cult performance of David Suchet that at first I was outraged by it.

Fortunately, for me, it succeeded to put in perspective, a vision of Poirot that I took for granted. In other words, I highly recommend this movie especially if you are a fan of Agatha Christie. Your perception of this book will surely be changed forever!

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BTW, The Oscar of Ingrid Bergman was not deserved. one of the silliest wins of all time, I barely noticed her in this movie.
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I'm doing a Federico Fellini binge-watching, I'm gonna review all of them at the same time. I have already watched 81⁄2, rated it 9/10, but I have heard that it is even better if you have watch La Strada and La Dolce Vita before.
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Berserk: Ougon Jidai-hen I - Haou no Tamago (6/10)

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Not bad, but disappointing.

Berserk has a pretty confusing plot,

One of the subplots/plots, introduces us with a conflict between 2 kingdoms, at first, it got medieval vies and look pretty realistic, and then without a warning, they make demons pop out of nowhere, and begin to explain weird things about the power of necklace.

The other subplot is even more confusing, I didn't understand even a bit. Griffith is drawn like a girl, some people say that he is supposed to look like an angel.  I think whoever drew it probably should wear glasses, and stop finding lazy excuses because it took me 1 hour to realize that he wasn't a girl.

The almost constant reflection of the sun in Griffith's eyes hinted at the begin of the movie that Gutts was attracted, but then nothing in Gutts' facial expression shows more than rivalry, and when I looked at Griffith's face I couldn't figure out if he was seeing Gutts as a brother or as a friend. I had the same problem with Casca, I couldn't decide if she hated Gutts or loved him, and I couldn't see if she was seeing Griffith as a mentor, a father, a brother or a lover. There is also the very weird relation between Griffith and the princess, I don't know why he is interested in a girl with the mentality of a 5 years old.

Anyway,  I believe that I overrated the movie a little. However,  I love to see plot-driven violence and nudity in animated films, it is refreshing.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (TV Series) Lords of the Deep (2018): 2/10 for the movie; 10/10 for the Jonah Ray episode. One of the best episodes of the brief Netflix era.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series)The Mole People (1997): 1/10 for the movie; 1/10 for Ward Cleaver, protoIndiana Jones; 10/10 for the MST3k episode.








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Finder's Fee (2001)

Comfortably above average

6/10
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Berserk: Ougon jidai-hen II - Dorudorei koryaku (7/10)

Better than Part - 1

In this opus, we are getting a lot more character development and answers than in the first one. Another good point is that this movie isn't sacrificing any aspect that I liked from Part - 1. The pacing is also much better. 

The animation is pretty fluid, making it easy to enjoy and follow the amazing battle sequences. If you have seen the film you probably know that I'm referring to one particular battle, but anyway. This movie is as violent, as ambitious and as shocking as the first one.

In conclusion, if you liked Part - 1 more than me then you will surely love this movie, and if you were disappointed, I still suggest that you give Berserk - Part 2 a try before you abandon this franchise.
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Hannibal (2013–2015), season 1, 2 - rated 10/10; season 3 - 9/10.

Bryan Fuller and much of the cast are floating rumors of a belated season 4.

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You finished the series before me, I'm at Season 3 Episode 9.

Currently, my ratings are
 Season 1 (8/10)
Season 2 (10/10)
Season 3 (9/10)

I'm probably gonna re-rate the series 9/10 when I finish it.
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Hulk Vs. (2/10)
Both of those relatively short stories are disappointing. The first one, Hulk Vs. Thor has little storytelling, poor dialogue, and clunky animation. It is all focused on the combat, the resolution of the rivalry is quite poor and predictable.

The second film, Hulk Vs. Wolverine, is indeed more bloody, and the story is more engaging to viewers, it brings well voice acted character like Deadpool. The problem is that the battle in this movie is more of a premise than a promise.

In conclusion, be smart, don't get tricked lie me by Marvel fans into seeing this cheap double-feature animated film, you are surely gonna be disappointed.

Lolita (8/10)
An amazing movie, and a beautifully transcribed screenplay. The implication of Vladimir Nabokov who is also the author of the original novel surely is responsible for a good part. Nevertheless, Kubrick has a gift to translate books on the silver screen.

Its perfectly handled camera movement, pacing, and subtlety. Lolita this movie is truly great. However, Peter Sellers' character is poorly introduced, his appearances tend to unbalance the tone.

One of the excellent aspects of this film that I didn't raise in the preceding paragraph is the performance of Sue Lyon who stole the show. It is quite tragic how her character's situation can be associated with her own family, Sue Lyon's dad died when she was 10 months, and her mom took care of Sue alone. Anyway, her performance deserved an Oscars nomination. In fact, she would have deserved to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

A little different from Kubrick's usual style, but still a must-watch for movie fans.
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Track of the Moon Beast (1999): 1/10 for the movie. 9/10 for the episode.

Comes with a great PowerPoint presentation, illustrated clearly by a fifth-grader.




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RiffTrax: The Bermuda Triangle, 9/10.  Hilarious (as usual)!  The guys are on a roll practically the whole movie.

I've had a little cold so I've been down watching musicals.  I usually try to avoid them, so I took this opportunity of me (since I'm stuck in bed so I can't run) and forced myself to try a few.

Rock of Ages, 1/10.  (And I LOVE 80's rock.)
Hairspray, 4/10.  Not awful but not my cup of tea.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004), 7/10.  Wonderful.  Would watch again.
La La Land, 1/10.  BOR.  ING.
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La La Land, 1/10.  BOR.  ING.
 If you hate musicals and La Land Land is 1/10, I wonder what you would think of Les parapluies de Cherbourg. It is the same movie, except that they are singing all the dialogues, and there is no harmony.

There is an extract (with English subtitles)


PS: I love Les parapluies de Cherbourg, but It would be malicious to recommend it to a hater of musical films, especially if to someone who doesn't understand french. 
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I don't mind when the whole movie is singing, actually - I was more unimpressed with the plot and acting of La La Land.
I actually may check out Les parapluies de Cherbourg.  :)
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Berserk: Ougon jidai-hen III - Kourin (8/10)

This is the peak of what the Berserk trilogy has to offer in terms of drama, gore, nudity. 

It is an extraordinary conclusion for this rather disturbing saga. The battles are as abundant in this film then it is predecessor, but they surpass everything, speaking of bloodshed. The motivations of those battles are more than ever relevant to the theme and the plot of the saga so we are enormously concerned about their outcome for our 3 protagonists.

However, be warned this anime is probably not for everyone. it deals with bizarre imagery, many torture sequences, rape, depression, shattered friendship, etc.
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The Umbrella Academy (Season 2)

8/10
(Cumulative - 8/10)
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Trying to watch Extracted (2012) now.

Not impressed.
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Picked up a bit in the 2nd half. Overall an average watch.

5/10
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Cloverfield (2008) (Rewatch)

Another case where I was definitely under the influence when I originally saw it.

3/10 ( -4 )
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Frequencies (2013)

Quaint and original.

6+/10
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I got those movies today (someone was getting rid of his whole DVD collection). He had over 200 films in his collection, I only took 22 films and 1 documentary.

1) The Gentleman's Agreement (Best Picture Collection)

2) The French Connection (Best Picture Collection)

3) Sound of Music (Best Picture Collection)

4) How Green Was My Valley (Best Picture Collection)

5) Woman of the Year (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

6) Keeper of the Flames (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

7) Without Love (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

8) The Sea of Grass (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

9) State of the Union (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

10) Adam's Rib (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

11) Pat and Mike (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

12) Desk Set (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

13) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection)

14) The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (documentary) 

15) Nort by Northwest (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

16) The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

17) Stage Fright (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

18) I confess (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

19) Suspicion (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

20) Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

21) Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

22) Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)

23) Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Alfred Hitchock the Signature Collection)
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There are only 75 spots left for regular DVDs, and I acquired more than 60 movies this year. At this rhythm, space is gonna be a problem in the next year, I don't know what I'm gonna do.
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Cinephile, I had a collection of over 1,000 films on DVD & Blu-Ray.

I would suggest you get an external hard drive and get a program called Videoproc. Convert your DVDs to mp4 or mkv format and store them there.

You can plug the drive into your TVs USB port whenever you wish to watch a film.
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Valerian and the Avatars of the Jedi of the Galaxy Into Darkness (2017)

So bad, it makes "Attack Of The Clones" look like a masterpiece by comparison.

2/10
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Children of Men (2006)

Ugly, boring film.

Some 1 1⁄2 dimensional socio-political "stuff" + cathartic melodrama = pseudointellectual's wet dream; until the town drunk comes along and points out that the Emperor has no clothes.

3/10
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Manchester by the Sea (7/10) 
Manchester by the Sea is a moving of a depressed and helpless uncle.

It is amazing to see that Kenneth Lonergan and Casey Affleck worked together to take grief and depression seriously.

This movie is subtle and sad. Manchester by the Sea is even better since you can relate with it, there is no cheesy and supportive dialogue nor feel-good moments.

 Some moments seemed slow but were later justified by the screenplay. In other words, there is neither apparent "cliché" of filling in this movie. Everything is constructed as a "dialogue" between the main protagonists.

The Iron Lady  (4/10)
I don't think that I have said this often enough. Biopics are the lowest form of actual cinema, these movies are reusing the same formula, at the risk of missing/corrupting some key moments of the actual story.

The premise itself of an old woman who still can't accept the death of her husband has potential, but it is poorly filmed and mixed with lazy "Best Of..." nostalgia.
Meryl Streep isn't convincing as Margaret Thatcher. She is not a bad actress, but the character is excessively bland a politically correct. Especially for such a controversial and interesting political figure. Deifying a character (even a god) is never a good writing choice in my book. 
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I was more generous, I gave it a 5

https://m.imdb.com/review/rw3679960/
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Knives Out (6/10)
Recently, I think that cinema has done a decent job to bring back the “whodunit” films. For many years, Arthur Conan Doyle has ruled over that type of film and was constantly praised as an influence.

Knives Out as Murder on the Orient Express (2017) decided to bring back Agatha Christie's style which was sadly forgotten in the 2010s.

Overall, the cast is great, Rian Johnson uses dark humor to make a dark, but PG movie. The weakness of Knives Out is the ending, as an Agatha Christie fan, I was insulted by the revelation of the murderer. I'm not going to spoil for those of you who haven't seen it but in my book, the revelation must simply be shocking and clever, it is an important trademark of the genre. It wasn't a good moment to mock the viewer and the genre itself.

Still Alice (6/10)
Julian Moore is without any doubt a great actress, but it is impressive to witness how Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland managed to write roles that fit Kristen Stewart and Alec Balwin.

Unfortunately, except for its touching performance, and the suiting cinematography, Still Alice, according to me, missed great opportunities to construct drama and suspense. The suspenseful scene of that movie was defused by some Deus ex machina, and the film failed to introduce the last stages of Alzheimer's disease, as far as I'm concerned, bringing a relation to death would have enhanced the message of the film.

As I said, apart from amazing roles, it is nothing more than a "feel-good" movie reducing Alzheimer's to a simple memory loss. 
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I wanted to criticize the AFI, this is what they wrote about Knives Out:
KNIVES OUT simply slays - a modern "whodunit" pulsing with Hitchcockian thrills in this stylish staging of murder most foul.

1) I just wanted to say that I despise idiots using "Hitchcockian" as soon as they admire a mystery movie. Knives Out don't directly represent the style of Hitchcock. As I said earlier the movie is mainly based on Agatha Christie's style, she began writing books before 5 years before the first movie of Hitchock, and the first movie of Hitchock was a Romance Drama.

According to me, Knives Out in terms of directing is also closer to the TV adaption of Agatha Christie's books, of course, those were also influenced by Hitchock movies such as Rope, To Catch a Thief and Vertigo, etc. But at this point, those film scholars and critics are going to far in the genealogy of Knives Out to sell their purpose.
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Interpreters: c & Earth's cure for insomnia (2019)

3/10
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Some really short anime series built on episodic vignettes (2 to 3-minute episodes).


Honobono Log (2016-2016), 8/10. The animation is a bit choppy. (Above is the entire series of 10 episodes).

Wakako-zake (TV Series 2015– )
, 9/10. A great source for food porn. (Below is just an amuse buse being only the first episode). Needed this one due to some bad news. My company ran out of its PPP loan and I'm unemployed again.



Space Patrol Luluco (2016– ), 7/10. Frenetic and cartoonishly silly. Episodes were a bit longer at 7 minutes per....


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