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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Kill Bill: Volume. 2 (2004) (8/10)

Note: I will post a short review soon.




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Review:

Unlike his predecessor, this movie is more axed toward the drama than the action. The identity of Bill has revealed very quickly in the movie and on a certain aspect, the movie lost a part of his glamorous spirit.

While I appreciate this touch of drama, I have some criticizes to do regarding the flashbacks, this flashback scenes like in many movies of Quentin Tarantino are what I call "Facilitated screenwriting" in other words they explain quickly a concept with the only purpose of making the rest seemingly coherent to the view, except that these sequences are mainly based on an over explanatory storytelling that Tarantino attempted to attenuate by using humor.

Some scenes are however are simply masterpieces, I can take to illustrate my point, the final confrontation between The Bride and Bill. In this scene, Bill asks Beatrix if she felt satisfaction after killing her victims, to that she answers "yes", but in her eyes, you can see remorse. Maybe I'm over-interpreting it, but as I see it, it was a self-criticism at the violence in Tarantino's movies. He wants to highlight that all those outrageously violent scenes are for him a "guilty pleasure". The movie has a lot of self-references or homage which adds to the films if you have seen other Tarantino movies.

Other than that this is basically a movie cut in two parts, so It wouldn't be reasonable to give a different rating to one or another. This mainly why I gave it an 8.

To conclude, I recommend the Kill Bill Saga, and it might be one of
Tarantino's most complex and entertaining artwork.






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Notice that I don't dislike every Tarantino movie:

Jackie Brown: 8
Django Unchained: 8
Kill Bill: Vol.1: 8
Kill Bill: Vol.2: 8
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: 7
The Hateful Eight: 7
Inglorious Basterd: 7
Pulp Fiction: 7
Reservoir Dogs: 6

Average: 7,33

But he is still nothing against Nolan:

Dunkirk: 9
The Dark Knight: 9
Memento: 9
The Prestige: 9
Inception: 9
Batman Begins: 9
The Dark Knight Rises: 9
Interstellar: 9
The Following: 8
Insomnia: 8

Average: 8,8
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TARANTINO:

Kill Bill Vol 1: 7
Kill Bill Vol 2: 5
Sin City: 2
Inglourious Basterds: 2
Pulp Fiction: -walked out of the cinema-

Average: 4.0

NOLAN

Memento: 7
Insomnia: 6
Batman Begins: 7
The Prestige: 10 
The Dark Knight: 10
Inception: 10
The Dark Knight Rises: 7
Interstellar: 7

Average: 8.0

SHYAMALAN

The Sixth Sense: 8
Unbreakable: 4
Signs: 7
The Village: 7
The Happening: 5
The Visit: 5
Split: 6
Glass: 7

Average: 6.1


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On the fourth episode of Locke & Key... I will keep you waiting for my opinion (and hopefully review!) until I've finished it.  ;)
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Tonight:
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (2019- ), season one: 10/10. Perfect timing. Season two is premiering in Japan on the 11th. I was hoping Crunchyroll will simulcast the series on or the next day. Nope. Funimation got the rights to the second season according to the season 2 trailer. #blerg

So much failed manipulation. So much self-sabotage. Could this be Machiavelli during his high school days?




Yesterday:
K-On! (2009–2010), season 1: 8/10.
The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (2020– ), 6/10. Being pretty generous here. The fake ads between the sketches were on point. The sketches? Some good and many pretty bad. And I adore her stand-up comedy. She's one of the best working comedians today. 
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Going on my confined trip back to the 90s:

Dumb and Dumber 7/10 : https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5619527/
School Ties 8/10: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5619704/ 
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With all this going on, the best thing to do is time-travel in your living room.  :)
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No Game, No Life (2014), 7/10.
Kakegurui (TV Series 2017– )
, season 1: 8/10.
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Eyes Wide Shut - 7/10

The movie started with a low pace, setting up characters and then picked up the pace. I wasn't satisfied with ending, that can be argued though. The technical aspects and Kubrick's direction was upto the level. But, lead characters couldn't live upto the mark.

Brave (2012)- 8/10

The animation was great. It was fun, emotional and everything you ask from a Disney movie. No wonders it got the Oscars.

Hamlet (1996) - 7/10

Sir Kenneth Branagh show all the way. While everything worked except the length and language. Who makes a 4 hour movie and that too with Shakespeare language in it. I wasn't able to understand half of the monologues and dialogues.
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eXistenZ (1999)

Someone tried to make a Matrix-esque film on a shoestring budget and failed dismally.

2/10 (Awful)
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Ivy, I just got butthurt from this review, because in my humbe opinion even though eXistenZ (1999) is far from being Cronenberg's best, it's still a far cry more interesting The Matrix (1999) when you try to analyze both in-depth.That and they were literally made and released simultaneously, so you can't accuse Cronenberg of ripping off Matrix: it's just that both movies were toe-to-toe with the same idea and Matrix had more mainstream appeal. 

Source: The Matrix was used in our English courses. Dialogue manages to sounds normal until you try to dissect it. It's pseudo-scientific technobubble at it's best/worst. And I'm saying that as someone who more or less likes The Matrix, if I'm less than impressed by the sequels, safe for some of the scenes. 
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Cool as Ice, 1991, 1/10.
RiffTrax version: 8/10. 
Yup-yup.
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Vanilla Ice is a wanted war criminal because of this alleged movie. Justice needs to be served with a side order of 10 consecutive life sentences.
#crimesagainstcinemanity
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"I'll have vanilla ice cream and imprisonment, please."
:D  I'm sure he's an okay guy, but this movie is just... evil?
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MST3K (and Narnia) is Awesome, Cool as Ice (1991) is on my "to watch" list for this year... Largely thanks to this little gem of a fan edit, which actually makes the movie look cool enough (if not as ice...) to try and sit through it: 


Although, to be honest, movie was shot by a double Academy Award winner Janusz Kaminski and Inspector Gadget (1998) by the same director David Kellog (often said to be in the same frenetic what-the-heck was that style) is a big guilty pleasure for me, so I might actually be one of the fewer people to sincerely enjoy it. :)
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Redline (2009), cult classic anime that seems could have been easily been ripped out of the pages of Heavy Metal. 8/10.

Pretty campy fun hyperkinetic racing anime film with a bit of well-deserved heart than I would have expected. Glad to find it free on Tubi (never heard of this free streaming service).
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Madagascar 2: A little better than the first part, but nothing spectacular, the old lady was too silly for Me. 6/10
John Wick 2: A little worst than the first part, he seems to be so invulnerable it becomes tiresome and you never believe he is at risk. 6/10
In Darkness (2018): In general, boring 5/10
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Tiger King (2020) (TV Mini-Series)  8/10
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Altered Carbon (Season 2) - 9/10

Cumulative Series Average - 9.5/10
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What Lies Beneath (2000)

Overall a good film. Nineties-style predictable. Could have been shorter and faster paced.

6/10
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So many pornstaches and political intrigue, so little time.

The Dark Side of Midnight (1984), 1/10. And no. There was no Rifftrax or MST3k vaccine to help me survive this 80s slasher flick unscathed and unbruised.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNDk-NV4Q44





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2:22 (2017)

6/10

(Good.)
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Red Violin 1998 - 8/10


A fascinating journey of a violin and good music to back it.


West Side Story 1961 - 8/10


Unprecedented. Great dancing, choreography and music.


The Haunting 1963 - 7/10


Good story, but not much of horror.


Blue Jasmine 2013 - 7/10


Cate Blanchett stole the show. The lacking thing was some sequences seemed too convincing for driving the story.


Heavenly Creatures 1994 - 8/10


Dark and Enthralling. I cannot believe Peter Jackson made this. Kate Winslet was just too awesome for a debutante.
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Mob Psycho 100 (TV Series 2016– ), season 2: 9/10. 
Still, the best shonen shows around are the two existing parodies of that subgenre of anime. That's this... Mob Psycho and One-Punch Man.

And for parodies? They have a ton of heart. And they avoid the really annoying and whiny protagonist trope that makes the most popular examples of shonen unwatchable.
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Doctor Zhivago (1965) (8/10)

Short Review

This movie is too long and too complex to make a short review, it is almost a miniseries. I will make the review directly on IMDb

The Night of the Hunter (1955) (7/10)

Real Short Review: The movie is good overall, the beginning is dark and very worthy to be called "Film-Noir", but it ends on a boring and unimpressive way. I was expecting a more depressing ending like in Touch of Evil and Sunset Boulevard

The Untouchables (1987) (8/10)

Real Short Review: Cool Actions Movies, I very like movies with that kind of vibes.


PS: I decided to make shorter short reviews because my precedent short reviews are slightly too long.

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I agree "The Night of the Hunter" has a disappointing ending, it was anticlimactic and we never get to see Harry a last time before he's taken to the mob, another flaw was the kids' acting. But I don't understand what you mean by "depressing ending", the two films you mentioned end in a dark way but they weren't very depressing, "Sunset Blvd." had an ironic and quite twisted ending, which fit the character of Norma. But what did you expect for "The Night of the Hunter", surely you didn't want Harry to get away? 
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I just used a bad vocabulary, I wanted to illustrate that

"Touch of Evil" and "Sunset Blvd" both have a very memorable and dark ending.

In "Touch of Evil",  I feel that even in Charlton Heston's character "won", he is broken by the tragic events, especially by his wife's rape. 

In "Sunset Blvd", The ending's just tragic and ironic.

But, In "The Night of the Hunter", the ending is so lighthearted that for me, it became a disappointment. not often why you get in "Film-Noir" or even in "Neo-Noir" like Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, Nightcrawler

In Film-Noir, I'm used to see those dark, tragic, ironic, or ending in which the protagonist is broken



Throughout the movie, those children seem invincible and never affected by anything including their mother's death. If I could have written the movie this is what I would change.
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Aha!  I finally finished Locke and Key!!  And wrote a review (I hadn't done that in a while; it felt nice). https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5639899/?ref_=ur_urv
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Fantasy Island (2020)

Very Good. Ignore the shitty ratings.

7/10
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Rewatched "Natural Born Killers" (8/10)
https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5642613/
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Close Encounter of the Third Kind (6/10)

Short Review: Just very basic like very very basic. 
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LOL!  :D  
I need to start using that reaction for stuff now.  
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Started Ragnarok on NetFlix... better than Locke and Key, but let's see how long it can keep me.  :)
Anyway, kudos to David Alexander Sjoholt for being the first actually attractive Netflix guy...
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Looks androgynous like the Nordic version of Justin Bieber.

Your generation needs to learn that real men have 3 days' stubble and smell of whiskey and stale cigarette smoke.
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Okay, he does NOT look like Justin Bieber!  :D
I like him because he looks less dorky and more like a real man than most twerpy teens.  My taste has always been for Arnold Schwarzenegger-Dolph Lundgren type guys.  
Apparently I like Vikings.  XD 
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Fun fact: Dolph Lundgren has an MS in Engineering (Chemical, I think), and the highest known verified I.Q. among popular celebrities in the entertainment industry. (I think its 160 SD 15.)
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Oh, I know... I know just about everything about them... shh!  :D
Also, add a younger Bill Fagerbakke to that list... I think that's why I kinda like Sjoholt; he looks like a young cross between Lundgren and Fagerbakke.
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Môsô dairinin (TV Mini-Series 2004– )
 AKA Paranoia Agent.
I haven't seen this show in years.

What I assume makes this version so much more confusing is that I think my copy of the complete series was basically a shorter, abridged version of the original Japanese uncut version. So many scenes and plot points in several of the past few episodes seem so unfamiliar and more cartoonish than I remember. The version I remember was far more taut and concise. The uncut version isn't bad. Just a little weirder and undisciplined. It's all good though.

More David Lynch than I remember.

9/10, down from a 10/10.