This movie is
rated #1 by
an IMDb user for the ten best B-movies ever. There are some
humorous elements of this film. It was created about 2 years before
"Blair Camera All Over The Place" so it's a good film to study regarding
some basics in steady watchable film making, angles, dialog, plot, sound
effects. In the film Wally's dog is abducted by "gangsters" that believe
that Wally robbed them. Wally does what it takes to track down and find
his dog. There are some quirky twists and elements of surprise. There's
no computer graphics so the plot relies on good story telling and
imagery. It's a pretty rough quality and certainly dated and amaeturish
by today's standards but it's worth a look.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
The best part is learning how to train a dog to not get the bait
in a trap. It should be compared to how people train their kids,
or don't train them. The documentary looks at a remote area of
inhabitants that mostly live off the land in Northern Russia
Siberia along the River Yenisel. Dogs are a huge part of this film
presented in a most natural habitat.
Slums of Beverly Hills
This film has some
interesting things going for it but it's also rather boring and
frustrating especially in that it brings us a little too close to
yucky sexual exploration. I had to shut it off about mid way when
we are taken into the bathroom with the teen girl with her
vibrator and her "first time". In film making the way this was
done effectively brings us in there with her so there are those
who in watching this will find it facinating. It doesn't of course
show anything too risque, so to speak, but it does show her face
up close and her expressions. The camera doesn't Blair Witch us
thankfully as this was made one year before that, in 1998, and
because of that we intensely focus on her face. In contrast one
might want to use the BW effect a little to take away some of that
intensity so keep this in mind when creating a film project. The
film is set in 1974. The very fact that in those days there was no
such thing as a cell phone and was a time that many of us can
relate to makes this film worth a try as it takes you to both
those days of fabulous Beverly Hills and those days of typical
substandard American living. What I mean is that as you watch the
interactions of all the players, we see how no one is distracted,
people all in a room pay attention to each other, look at each
other, talk to each other, and fully interact with each other
UNLIKE TODAY where ever you go people have their faced imbedded in
a piece of glass thanks to Steve Jobs.
Rather boring but
interesting if that makes any sense. There were so many parts of
this movie where I was wondering "Ok is that guy going to jump to
make it exciting, dramatic?" and "Ok now are they going to find
out that the building is on fire" or SOMETHING that would make
watching this film more exciting than watching tea steep. It was just
interesting though. The plot was nice and clean as far as it having a
nice mellow smooth flow. There was one thing about the dog that
made it good. The ending had a unique technique of rolling credits
while the sound was still playing in the film, I liked the use of
this in particular with the subject matter at the end. This is a
technique that should catch on, unlike SHAKY CAMERA WORK that is
nauseating that caught on after Blair Witch like a bad rash. That movie should be
destroyed for that even though it was the most profitable film
ever made and is a study in moviemaking. There is also one more really great
and notable scene in "Margin Call" where one of the characters
talks about bridge building and is not to be missed. The ending
technique was superb and should be referenced in all film making
classes. Those two elements alone make this film one worth
watching as long as you can handle NO EXCITEMENT.
I got a few minutes into it and had to shut it off. It's
so stupid. The beginning shows a boy and his teddy bear, and then
at some point the teddy bear comes to life. What the F+? The
sudden transition to a living thing was not done right. The sound
coming from the bear's mouth is one of Seth McFarland's worst
character voices, I didn't like it when it was used for that
replacement dog when "Brian was killed" in "Family Guy" either.The
computer image of the bear added to the real life seen looks
awful, doesn't even begin to appear real by any means. Have to be
on drugs to think he's real. It's like watching "the funnies"
section of a newspaper that has been thrown out in the trash
trying to convince you that it's not a printed page and like a
hedge fund manager in 2008 it, thinking it's a living thing,
continues to keep pitching you on how watching him could be more
entertaining for you than playing with your kids or going to
church. I had seen enough of the raunch element in the previews of
both Ted and Ted 2 that this movie had never appealed to me though
it did seem cute in a way, but one day a friend put it on and I
thought maybe I could watch it and like OK, it might be fun but
OMG I found it to be simply unwatchable. How on earth could there
be a "Ted 2" that made over $81 million. I feel sorry for all
those $$ losing their home.
John Wick 2
This is a great action film. It takes you
along for a wild ride. It takes the
best feelings of an action packed shooting gallery video game and brings it to
life but first leads you into a labrynth of adventure and makes you feel like
you are playing the best pinball game you ever have played. This is "Chapter 2" of what is surely to become a "book". It builds on
John Wick the first chapter excellent. Just go see or rent it. Just be
forewarned, lots of CGI fake blood and gore everywhere. Thing is
with this series it's so fun to watch you don't take it seriously.
It's even funny, like when Wick get's hit by a car a couple of
times and like never dies or anything, just keeps getting up like
he's a video game character. I love this style. This style of film
making should have a name.
Not to be confused with
Pi is just awful, just awful. It's done in black and white, but
it's like a solid black, solid white, not the pleasing flow of
grays, it's not the black & white you enjoy like watching
"Leave It To Beaver" or "Bewitched". It's very hard to watch just for that
reason as it's too harsh on the eye and mind. It gets into some scenes
early on and these repeat
where the guy (brainiac mathematician) has epileptic episodes or
something, and ends up in the bathroom on the floor, having to
inject some drug, and take some pills, and the way it is done
makes it out like a horror film, I mean worse! I couldn't watch
any more of it and I like a number of horror films because you can
enjoy the thrill while still feeling safe/detached. In this film
it somehow brings you right there into something you want no part
of. I guess that may have been the intention of the
film maker, but I think this could have been done much
differently for my taste anyway. Have to be in the mood to watch a brain bender type
movie to see this one. It gets very analytical and math intensive. It's
kinda like being in the room with "Sheldon" while playing Monopoly on your 12th
hour with him and friends while also watching your friend work on the Rubix cube while
he explains every detail of the moves and why the cube means in
the scheme of life and hearing "Sheldon" add his 3.14 cents. It's
all wayyyyy toooooo much. IMDB describes the film as "A
paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock
the universal patterns found in nature" and viewers (surprisingly
to me) gave it this rating
10 Cloverfield Lane
Highly recommend. Avoid all spoilers and just go watch this
film. Movie making excellence.
Set in the Austrailian outback after
10 years of financial collapse a man loses his one prize
posession, his car, to gang members and does what it takes to get
it back. This movie is cinematic excellence and is way underrated.
If you find it hard to watch, push on through, you must watch it
to the end. That's all I will say other than be sure not to read
any spoilers. It's a movie that leaves an impression bringing the
entire experience to a climax. Enjoy.
LA Fifty Shades Darker
Save your time, money, and intrigue for something else. This movie
is the sequal to 50 Shades of Gray which was an intriguing film.
The sequal starts right into (spoiler alerts) Christian making
every attempt to get back together with Anastasia who finds that
spot within of submission once again. The prior movie ended with
her taking control and not accepting abuse. That ending was awful
but this sequal plays on that making the entire story even worse.
Is this a soap opera one has to wonder when it starts off. Then
there's not really anything that dark. Oh there's another
submission scene or two, short and sweet (note sweet really
shouldn't be a part of a "darker" movie) and really more on the
"this is too much blatant sex" side of things as if we never saw
that before in a movie.....so it's just so bad, don't bother.
Watch a Disney film for more darker shades of movies. This one is
Our Brand Is Crisis
I couldn't even finish watching it, got so boring and
unbelievable, and it's a script that should be believable.
(spoiler alert) In the film one of the final scenes that killed it
for me was when Bullock becomes crazed and forces a bus driver to
pass another bus (political rival was in that bus) on a South
American windy mountain road with cliff, very dangerous, and it's
all about getting close enough for her to "moon" him. That is
where it finally lost me. I really don't want to see anyone's ass
out a bus window and especially Sandra Bullock's ass. Then there
was the scene where the lama supposedly couldn't take being there
with the film crew (play on how filming can be such a pain) that
it wandered off set, out the big garage door, and immediately
getting hit/killed by a vehicle. This was not funny but it was
supposed to be. It was just stupid. Couldn't finish the film,
shipped it back. What a waste of time.
This is a must see. During the "housing crisis" of 2008 and beyond
a young guy with a family becomes unemployed, his house is being
foreclosed on and of all people he ends up getting work with, (SA)
it's the shark who represents the bank taking back the homes. The
plot thickens with some very interesting perspectives of "well
what would I do" and who places what values on what and why. Very
gut wrenching. The theme of the housing crisis hits home so to
speak in a new way. I don't think any film has ever presented such
Watch it soon, before the next
housing crisis hits!
This is a feel good movie. It has many moments of intrigue in the
concept of this retired guy who becomes an intern (SA) and then
becomes the boss of the girl who was his boss. Problem is though
there became so many slow family at the kitchen island scenes that
were boring, I couldn't finish the movie. Many would like it
don't always know what others will like. Anne Hathaway as usual
gives a stunning performance and the character played by Robert
DeNiro is pretty cool.
LA LA Land
It started with a scene on the freeway overpass where people are
stuck in traffic and get out of their cars and start dancing.
Seemed odd and like "Where is this going..." and "I am supposed
to believe this??".
think this was a missed opportunity to use a lens filter to
change the way it looked. It was too real yet the scene was
total fantasy. The entire movie was a fantasy and with so many
fantasy scenes in it, why have this part in traffic where
everyone gets out of their car and dances and no filters? It looked like a flash mob on drugs. This scene is so
impossible that in real life such an event would happen that
what happens is it makes it look like the film was made by
amateurs made in the street even though it had millions in it's
budget. You don't want your movies to look that way.
myself through parts of it, especially the beginning, but as it
intrigued. It had a good ending, no, absolutely stellar
ending, and afterwards
really couldn't say whether or not
it. It was that good. To me that is a sign of a very good
film as it suspended my ability to judge it.
had to sleep on it and the next day realized
this film a 98% rating only because it didn't use filters
in the odd and totally unbelievable freeway overpass dance
routine at the onset.
to give CinemaSins a 45% rating for rating/trying but doing so
snapshot from TheDailyBeast.com article
it took away from the film. Of course you wouldn't know that
by watching a review by CinemaSins with it's "sin counter" which
gives a review talking too fast to even understand and the parts
you do understand are horrible critiques, like the part where he
is making fun of the main character having a parka in Los
Angeles, not realizing that there are mountains with snow 1 hour
drive away, like duh, yes people in Los Angeles have parkas and
it does get cold at night in winter especially in the mountains
right above Los Angeles and yes people have them in their cars.
That was a great part of the film, not a mistake at all. It's
even a subliminal statement on how COLD people can be in those
auditions and how COLD the entire process is. These kinds of
subliminal "clues" are what helps a film be great.
the movie was an interesting journey and collage of movie making
techniques. At times we are in the real world with the characters
and at other times we are in places we have no clue where we are,
it's like being in Snow White & Alice In Wonderland meeting Yellow
Brick Roads and at the same time feeling like we are spinning
around on the cover of a 45 record playing "Lucy In The Sky With
Diamonds" while driving to work.
the DVD for La La Land is
Florence Foster Jenkins
was a good film.
rate that at a 67 + 23.
laughed at the horror scenes they were so unbelievable. It was like watching the Road Runner and The Coyote
cartoons that were trying to be real. This movie actually got an award for best film by the
New York City Horror Film Festival.
don't see how, it was horrible. One review stated it was
I gave it a rating of 1 out of 100 for the fact that they actually produced a film,
other than that it's a waste of time.