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Escape Room, Great
Great Great, Mojin: The Worm Valley, The Nun, Spider Man: Into The
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shake 6, storyline 7, cinematica 3, emotionality 5,
heartstrings 2, music 5, fear 9, proper use of computer
Six people are lured into a "game" where 1 million
dollars is the prize if they can escape from a room. One
of the six is told by their professor to do something
she's afraid of by the next class so this eggs her on.
We see others receive small packages that intrigue
offering them ambiguous invitations. This review is
based only on the trailer. One thing I noticed is the
use of blue filters too much like when they are all in
the waiting room, and find out it "is the escape room"
as is stated in excitement. It's so not necessary to use
these filters and I think it takes away from rather
enhance. What they try to do with filters is create more
fear, intrigue, drama but often it just makes the scene
or entire film look bad, like a child said "Daddy make
it more blue". This film does look fun though. It has
some unique features of the plot I don't recall in any
other film being done. They have clues to deal with, CGI
in their faces they have to figure out like what's real
and what's not although snow in the room seems kinda
obvious. The use of CGI in this is just how it should
be, used where it helps add to the experience of viewing
it, adds to the excitement and fear, does not leave you
looking at it like it's an old Chinese monster film from
1950. What I really like about this film is that it's
captures some of the very best concepts of creative
writing made into motion imagery with a fantastic blend
of what we are not even sure is fantasy and reality but
done is such a way that is so incredibly balanced for
creating and maintaining intrigue. I stopped watching
the trailer at 2:00 as it felt like already I have seen
too much. DO NOT watch the trailer, I say just GO SEE
Puppies Crash Christmas
now playing on
- I am not sure the date this was made - this appears to be a HULU
exclusive for this season filmed in "puppyvision" - there is
no IMDB rating -
storyline 9, cinematica 6, emotionality 5, heartstrings 9, music 7
A fun film which starts off with a lovely home decorated with Christmas
decorations, the tree, the presents under it, a bag of something under
the tree, the refreshments and table settings, and a fireplace.
SPOILER: Out of the bag comes puppies.
FULL SPOILER: Try to watch first without reading further.
Other puppies show up. They look around they start eating the presents,
there is chaos. More dogs join in, it reaches a crescendo! The next act
a dog is lapping up milk in the punch bowl. They tug at ribbons, more
presents are destroyed, they are wearing ugly sweaters, THEY
DISCOVER CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!! More milk! Lap lap lap. I guess they are
lap dogs. Grr, ruff ruff! Now they found the gingerbread house! OMG.
Crash goes the punch bowl with milk. All over the nice couch and floor.
No plastic on the sofa. Mess but OMG/LOL. Now the gingerbread crashes
down, dogs on milky sofa pouring all over the place.
There are some times the music is monotonous. There is NO CAMERA SHAKE.
All movies should be made like that.
As you can guess it just keeps getting worse I mean better. They found
books and the stockings hung with care! Seat cushions, pillows, and
tables. Table cloth edges. Pull pull pull. Something's in that sofa
cushion, scratch scratch. Table cloth we see the place settings in the
distance, with it moving ever so slightly. Ohoh. As you can guess, crash
go the place settings. Something's in that stocking. Grrrr. Hmm, that
big stuffed elf. There goes the entire table and settings, crash!
The holiday ham and turkey are on the floor. Gobble gobble.
Puppy in a box so cute. He's tired.
Coffee table is knocked over. Fighting over presents. There go the
drapes. Somehow they put the garland on the mantle back up though (goof)
as the one dog was pulling it down. Oh no, dogs behind the
Ornaments are BALLS! Fetch buddy. My string my string.
Dogs are gone all we see is the mess left behind. ROFL.
A Bad Moms Christmas
storyline 9, cinematica 6, emotionality 8, music 5
The "bad mom" played by the voice
of Family Guy's character Meg (Mila Kunis) has her problems
at Christmas time with her mom every year who is dominating
and insistent on making the holiday spectacular, pulling out
all the moves, so that the children feel good about it and
have their memories. Younger mom though wants this year to
be quiet just with family no big parties nothing elaborate.
We see a battle between the two develop that starts of
casual and small where young mom caves but then finally
loses it and in a rage destroys older mom's elaborate set up
where she takes over young mom's home. This film is fun with
added fun and more fun added to fun that is adding more fun
SPOILER: The problem though with
this film though is that near the end after the young mom
gets back and banishes her mom and then apologizes, the plot
becomes so thick with love and what Christmas is all about
and so predictable and so incredibly boring, I just shut off
the last chunk, maybe 10 minutes or so as it was annoying.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
storyline 5, cinematica 7, emotionality 8, music 9
in Palos Verdes California this film revolves around a family that
moved to this prime location steps away from the surf, in the
hills, and how they deal with the shifts in the climate, both of
the beautiful weather and the beautiful people in it's high society
lifestyle that's like a merge of Beverly Hills & Malibu. One of the
aspects is where the twin brother and sister encounter "bay boys"
who are tribal in their "ownership" of the beach. It's a real
premise as local reports and lawsuits have evolved regarding
individuals not allowing others on "their beach". If you want to
sit back, relax, and enjoy going to a wonderful place for a while
this movie is for you. There are some fantastic images of the surf,
sand, hills, bodies, waves, palm trees blowing in the breeze, and
Spoilers: As the film evolves we see the mom becoming frustrated
with the perfect people there and we see evidence of her possibly
becoming addicted to prescription drugs. She wants to move.
The beach tribe gets the sister and brother into doing
some drugs and drinking on the beach by the rocks as the sun sets.
It's typical of many a beach scene.
The film did not really provide a great story detail of how that
exactly started to happen. The son argues with dad, gets slapped,
hits him back, and says "Why don't you go f888 another nurse". Was
this a disasterous slip where the mom finds this out suddenly or
not, we don't get a clue. It fails in that respect. One scene
starts looking down to sis and some other guy I guess the dad
saying that mom would be better with someone else. The view is so
far away looks like they are ants, it's too far away. The dad
talking to her the camera should be perfectly still but is not,
like too much film making today and for years now, they just refuse
to use tripods. Dad's explanation and her response are not
believable, too forced, bad acting. Next the family is together,
camera is all over the place, like does the director think that
because mom is freaking out of the news that it makes it better to
throw the camera up in the air and spin it in circles to show the
chaos? I'm exaggerating but the shake actually takes away from the
drama, not enhance it.
The editing of sis and scene of her working with her photo board on
the wall between the scene where mom is crying with dad standing
his ground on ending it shows sis putting tape which subliminally
references the possibility of marriage mending, and the music and
surf scenes that it progresses to are great.
Next mom drives in a frenzy to the country club, we see her running
down a hallway, OMG the camera is all over the place. She's at the
tennis court making a scene. It's written well and played out very
well but oh if they only used tripods, it would be SO MUCH MORE
SOLID. Shake takes away. It's so odd as some of the surfing scenes
are more stable!
Suddenly the son is the man of the house, we have to assume dad
Sis is in her room looking at old photos and things reflecting on
better days. Then at the beach parking lot, she gets into the
camper with some guy, starts making out, stops before it goes too
far, next she's in the shower obviously felt dirty.
And why are so many films filled with a vomit scene. In this one
the guy eats it in the bathroom. Does not fit this film really as
it's going over the edge but maybe that's what they wanted to do
with this story.
There are some nice reflection scenes where the son misses his dad
and thinks he should not have hit him and talks about how he fells
like when ever he talks it's not really sounding right like he does
not fit in, something a lot of teens struggle with.
Sis and her friend are at the water's edge and see a seal pup being
released back into the water, it's a touching scene but again a
tripod should have been used.
Son ends up in hospital having used drugs. Shake shake shake, makes
it feel like a internet home movie ready to click off. Dad shows
up. Not that interesting of a scene but it does continue the plot.
Bedroom scene in dad's new house. Sis and her new boyfriend.
Argument with mom on the hill over looking the vast expanse of
ocean she's frustrated runs down and goes swimming. Starting to get
boring. The film doesn't really present exactly what is wrong with
where they are living.
Sis and brother decide to get out of there. Where? It's not clear.
Goes to her dad's house, gets money from a cantaloupe.
Something happened, emotional scene becomes moving. I won't say
what, it's just done fantastically well. Nearing the end. It's a