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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #460 on: July 31, 2018, 11:47:13 PM »
Extinction (2018)

Just another sub-par sci-fi film brought to you by Netflix. Generic at best. It regularly fails to get the basics right (like character reactions that make sense). The problems compound as you go on. I gave up after 30 minutes appox.

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #461 on: August 20, 2018, 10:46:33 PM »
Like Father (2018)

On the face of it pairing Kristen Bell & Kelsey Grammer seemed interesting. It was off the rails pretty quickly for me though. All the jokes are dead on arrival. This is a big problem because you're left with a light rom-com tone, but no humour to justify it. It's a problem at the very foundation of the film, and everything built on it subsequently collapses. The premise is that an alcoholic, workaholic, mid 30's corporate superstar who is exceedingly beautiful in spite of her unhealthy lifestyle, struggles to find fulfillment while outwardly appearing to be a big success. The depiction of her flaws and underlying issues is far too cutesy. For instance, she is so absorbed with work she is negotiating deals on her cell phone moments before she has to walk down the isle. She stashes her phone in the bouquet since she lacks pockets.

CLASSIC RACHEL amiright?

CINECAST!ing shoot me.

Grammer's character is a complete bore when he shows up and it's clear you're going to have to hang in for another 45 minutes of stupid antics before there's going to be any kind of reckoning.

Netflix has mastered the production of bland mush.



Good Time (2017)

Runs out of momentum and sputters to a halt about halfway through. It's a shame because I was definitely into it for those first 20 or so minutes that it was building up. But an hour in I no longer cared what came next.



Awakenings (1990)

I could have stuck it out for that third act and come away with a solid 6/10 experience, but what would be the point. If the film was going to win me over it would've already done it when De Niro got out of his chair. I know what comes after that. It's a good story, told competently (for it's time), but where's the wow? Everything is so mild. The ugliness of different peoples' afflictions are mild. The hurdles that Robin Williams character has to overcome are mild. The performances are mild. For me the film needed another gear.

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #462 on: August 20, 2018, 11:05:07 PM »
Netflix has mastered the production of bland mush.


Beautiful statement.  I shared it with others.

Sounds like you had an evening of bland mush.  Certainly that's my opinion of Awakenings.  I wish I could get a hold of Von Trier's The Idiots.  Von Trier sometimes is extreme and upsetting, but is never bland.
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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #463 on: August 21, 2018, 01:38:33 AM »
Yeah, I think maybe I'm ready to watch mother now. I need something strange.

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #464 on: September 17, 2018, 10:39:17 PM »
Friends with Money - Good cast, annoying film. There's probably too many characters, and it feels a bit mechanical the way the film jumps from one person to the next and they're all synchronized in their story arcs. Blah. A throwaway rom-com imo... I only had about 20 minutes left to learn how it ended but I didn't see the point.

Terrifier - Some silly Killer Clown movie on Netflix. Pretty amatuerish... but the clown at least is well done. I bailed after about 30 minutes.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline - This was so bad.

Black Panther - This was DC bad! Suicide Squad bad. I stuck with it a little longer because of it's better reputation. But after 45 minutes it really hadn't done anything I enjoyed so I moved on.

Next Gen - Got about halfway through and something came up... I thought about finishing it later but meh. It's not bad, but it didn't feel very inventive and I never got sucked in to the story.

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #465 on: September 17, 2018, 10:52:04 PM »
Terrifier - Some silly Killer Clown movie on Netflix. Pretty amatuerish... but the clown at least is well done. I bailed after about 30 minutes.
My wife hates clowns. They do nothing for me, so I find the sub-genre interesting. This clown does look like one of the best in terms of look. The filmmaker actually introduced Art the Clown in a short film The 9th Circle (2008) before putting him the feature All Hallow's Eve (2013), then made a short film version of Terrifier in 2011 before this 2017 feature.


Black Panther - This was DC bad! Suicide Squad bad. I stuck with it a little longer because of it's better reputation. But after 45 minutes it really hadn't done anything I enjoyed so I moved on.
Did that take you to the Korean casino? I'm very curious how this film kept stepping wrong for you.

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #466 on: September 17, 2018, 11:26:36 PM »
Black Panther - This was DC bad! Suicide Squad bad. I stuck with it a little longer because of it's better reputation. But after 45 minutes it really hadn't done anything I enjoyed so I moved on.
Did that take you to the Korean casino?

Yea I made it that far and a little past the car chase.

My problems started with the lore... it seemed kind of generic. Then the story it sets up was kind of uninteresting to me... Royal families and successions and rituals. I was like "lets get on with whatever the story is going to be". I didn't find much in the way of humour or wonder or exceptional elements in that first act. It was all, what I would call, stardard stuff.

Terrifier - Some silly Killer Clown movie on Netflix. Pretty amatuerish... but the clown at least is well done. I bailed after about 30 minutes.
My wife hates clowns. They do nothing for me, so I find the sub-genre interesting. This clown does look like one of the best in terms of look. The filmmaker actually introduced Art the Clown in a short film The 9th Circle (2008) before putting him the feature All Hallow's Eve (2013), then made a short film version of Terrifier in 2011 before this 2017 feature.

Hate as in scared-of or hate as in "this is so stupid"?

It would be great to see the clown here in a film of higher quality. Maybe as part of a troupe though, and not a singular villain... I dunno though. Mostly it made me want to watch IT (remake) again. :)

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Re: Caught 10 minutes of....
« Reply #467 on: September 18, 2018, 12:01:41 AM »
Hate as in terrified beyond all reason. She even finds it interesting how clowns have become such a popular horror staple. For her it's the mixed signal of the painted on happy smile with intent to commit evil. The one exception is Nicholson's Joker, who she finds hilarious. Even images of Zach Galifianakis in Baskets or Rob Corddry in Children's Hospital freak her out.