Page 111 of 111 FirstFirst ... 1161101109110111
Results 2,201 to 2,210 of 2210

Thread: Rate the Last Movie You Saw

  1. #2201
    Senior Member Involuntarily Committed
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    180
    Rep Power
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    Us: Jordan Peele returns after the massive success of Get Out with another horror-thriller that has posted some big numbers opening weekend. A twist on the home invasion subgenre, Peele focuses this time on a family between attacked by a mysterious group of strangers (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here). First, the positive: Lupita Nyong'o is fantastic as Adelaide, the matriarch of the family battling the trauma from a childhood experience. In fact, the cast as a whole is solid and Peele continues to show his flair as a director. Unfortunately, the movie didn't quite hit the mark for me. An early information dump eliminates any tension and gags are set up in such a ham-fisted way that when they play out it never feels clever.

    And the final reveal...no spoilers from me, but it wasn't much of one.

    The movie is being hailed as a work of genius, but it seems to be a lot of hangover love from Get Out. Maybe it is brilliant and it just didn't work for me. I do plan on revisiting it in the future, so maybe my thoughts will change but for now: Grade is a C+
    I liked it, but the story doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny. I've been picking it apart in my head for the past week.
    I have more to say, but I can't remember how to do the spoiler thingy in my post.

  2. #2202
    Senior Member Involuntarily Committed
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    180
    Rep Power
    2
    Got it!'
    Spoiler!


    Overall, I liked it, but, as usual, folks like us have seen stories like this before.

  3. #2203
    Member Displaying Erratic Behaviour
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Phoenix AZ
    Posts
    53
    Rep Power
    1
    Just got around to watching season one of "Castle Rock". Overall, I did like it but feel it could have been better. For a show that was such a slow burn, I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt. I also feel like the main character of Henry should have been more likeable/relatable. Not sure if that was due to the actor or the way the character was written, but I constantly found myself caring about everyone else in scenes rather than him. When the last episode finally ended, it was hard for me to ultimately care about what happened to the main character Henry in any way. That being said, I did find the supporting cast rock solid and did enjoy the look and feel of the show. Also was fun getting to see all the Stephen King easter eggs & potential plot points. I will definitely check out season two, especially with the recent season 2 casting news of Tim Robbins as "Pop Merrill" and Lizzy Caplan as "Annie Wilkes". With the way season one ended, I though for sure that season 2 would be related to "The Shinning"; however, it looks like it's going to be Misery/The Body centric which should be pretty interesting as well.

  4. #2204
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session Brian861's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    Posts
    2,338
    Rep Power
    50
    Quote Originally Posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just got around to watching season one of "Castle Rock". Overall, I did like it but feel it could have been better. For a show that was such a slow burn, I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt. I also feel like the main character of Henry should have been more likeable/relatable. Not sure if that was due to the actor or the way the character was written, but I constantly found myself caring about everyone else in scenes rather than him. When the last episode finally ended, it was hard for me to ultimately care about what happened to the main character Henry in any way. That being said, I did find the supporting cast rock solid and did enjoy the look and feel of the show. Also was fun getting to see all the Stephen King easter eggs & potential plot points. I will definitely check out season two, especially with the recent season 2 casting news of Tim Robbins as "Pop Merrill" and Lizzy Caplan as "Annie Wilkes". With the way season one ended, I though for sure that season 2 would be related to "The Shinning"; however, it looks like it's going to be Misery/The Body centric which should be pretty interesting as well.
    I still haven't watched the last 3 episodes of season 1. Season two sounds like it'll a lot more interesting.

  5. #2205
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session bsaenz24's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Right Behind You
    Posts
    2,315
    Rep Power
    15
    Pet Sematary (2019). What a waste of a remake. The first half was ok, but the second half just went off the rails. I don't care that it was different from the first. That's fine. I don't like what they did with the story period. I thought the second half was pretty stupid.
    Last edited by bsaenz24; 04-08-2019 at 04:00 PM.

  6. #2206
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,085
    Rep Power
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    Pet Sematary (2019). What a waste of a remake. The first half was ok, but the second half just went off the rails. I don't care that it was different from the first. That's fine. I don't like what they did with the story period. I thought the second half was pretty stupid.
    I was rather torn on this one myself, but in the exact opposite that you were. I found myself just checking off the boxes during the first half, but was a little more amused with the second half. I can't say that I really liked it because I don't think that even with the rather bold deviations the movie made, it just kept missing the mark and, after a lot of thought, it boiled down to one thing: I never felt the grief. Since the movie didn't take me there emotionally, I couldn't rationalize the characters' decisions. The ending didn't work for me either, but at least it didn't cop out. Grade: C-

    I would still whole-heartedly recommend the directors' previous effort, Starry Eyes. It's a low budget indie, but where Pet Sematary missed the mark, Starry Eyes stuck the landing.

  7. #2207
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,085
    Rep Power
    13
    The Quake: Sequel to The Wave, this follows the aftermath of that movie's events and catches up with the Elkjord family as they try to cope in varying ways. Patriarch Kristian Elkjord seeks safety in isolation from both society and his family, but the death of an old coworker sends Kristian to Oslo to find out what the coworker was researching and, hopefully, piece his family back together. Then the titular quake hits and things fall to pieces, literally. There is a great first two acts of a movie here, but after a very suspenseful set piece involving a skyscraper, the movie just abruptly ends. Loose plot threads are left dangling and you have to wonder why they even bothered following the son and introducing his girlfriend if they played no part in the movie at all. A fun ride that ends before it truly gets started, though that sequence in the skyscraper is pretty amazing. Grade: C


    The Verdict: Sidney Lumet's classic legal thriller about a washed up alcoholic lawyer--played by Paul Newman--who takes on the wrongful death suit of a young mother. The performances by Newman and Jack Warden elevate this underdog story, though the direction by Lumet plays this more like a character drama. It's solid, but when the final verdict is read it doesn't quite feel earned. Grade: B-

  8. #2208
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,085
    Rep Power
    13
    M. Night Shyamalan’s EastRail 177 Trilogy:

    With Glass being released on Blu-Ray, I took the time to revisit M. Night’s trilogy in its entirety and while the “series” is all over the map in regards to mood and tone, I liked it quite a bit.

    Unbreakable has been a favorite of mine since it first came out. It’s hard to remember a time when superhero movies didn’t dominate the box office, but when M. Night followed up his massive hit The Sixth Sense with this grounded superhero drama it wasn’t posting Avengers numbers. If it was released today, I don’t think it would do much better.

    Essentially the first act of a traditional superhero movie stretched out to feature length, Unbreakable follows down-on-his-luck David Dunn (Bruce Willis) as the sole survivor of a massive train wreck. Not only does he survive, but Dunn is completely unharmed. This leads to the mysterious Elijah Price prodding Dunn into realizing his true purpose.
    While this all sounds like traditional superhero movie fodder, M. Night takes a decidedly different route. This isn’t an action movie. Even the “climactic battle” isn’t more than what you would have seen on network TV at the time. In fact, the movie is more of a character study about a man who has lost his way—lost his purpose—by denying to himself about who he really is, ultimately resulting in him isolating himself from his family.

    While very deliberately paced and the “twist” not being as ground-shaking as The Sixth Sense’s, I felt this is probably one of M. Night’s most mature movies and still really liked it for what it was. Grade: B+

    Split was M. Night’s stealth sequel to Unbreakable and it is by far the most rewatchable of the trilogy. This is a lean mean machine of a story about three girls kidnapped by a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the straight-man to James McAvoy’s decidedly insane cadre of characters, but it’s her performance that grounds the movie and keeps it from spinning into silliness. Taylor-Joy’s reaction to her first interaction with McAvoy’s character in the car completely sells the audience on the danger and fear.
    And the movie simply works, but it’s simple. Not only does the tension ratchet up scene after scene, but the movie doesn’t pull any punches. While not completely satisfying on its own due to its lack of closure, the reveal linking it to Unbreakable is pretty stinking awesome, especially if you don’t see it coming. Grade: B+

    I wasn’t expecting much going into Glass as reviews were pretty split (pardon the pun) and after watching the movie I can see why. This is much more a sequel to Unbreakable than it is to Split and relies heavily on the viewer’s knowledge of that movie to be emotionally resonant. M. Night does some mighty heavy lifting trying to get everyone up to speed, but the movie stumbles a bit once the central conceit of the movie kicks in: Dunn, Elijah Price and McAvoy’s Kevin Crumb are all beating treated in a mental institution for a disorder where they believe they are superheroes.

    The main fault with the movie lies in its structure and I could never buy into the emotional journey of self-doubt that we are supposed to go on with the characters. That being said, there are some fantastic ideas in the movie and the main trio’s relationships with their loved ones delivers some great moments, including a laugh-out-loud moment between Taylor-Joy’s and McAvoy’s characters. It’s too bad that there is so much plot to be worked out that these moments sometimes feel underdeveloped and don’t quite hit the way I’m sure the director wanted.

    A flawed conclusion to the trilogy, but one that admirably stays true to not just the recent hit, but to the first movie that started it all. I’d have a hard time recommending it to someone, but I liked it, warts and all. Grade: C+

    Overall Grade: B-
    Last edited by Sock Monkey; 05-09-2019 at 01:50 AM.

  9. #2209
    Member Part-timer
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    40
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    Pet Sematary (2019). What a waste of a remake. The first half was ok, but the second half just went off the rails. I don't care that it was different from the first. That's fine. I don't like what they did with the story period. I thought the second half was pretty stupid.
    I agree.

    The first half of the movie was pretty interesting, but by the last third it had just degenerated into a typical slasher movie.

    B

  10. #2210
    Senior Member 1st Electroshock Session Brian861's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    Posts
    2,338
    Rep Power
    50
    Saw John Wick 3 yesterday and enjoyed it. Managed to lose my debit card somewhere in the theater as well

Similar Threads

  1. Ghoul the Movie
    By bookworm 1 in forum Brian Keene
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 01-06-2013, 01:02 AM
  2. Eye of the Dragon movie
    By peteOcha in forum Movies / TV
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-27-2012, 08:30 PM
  3. Book vs. Movie
    By peteOcha in forum Movies / TV
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 04-01-2012, 09:45 PM
  4. Movie Suggestions?
    By the_last_gunslinger in forum Movies / TV
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-07-2011, 03:42 AM
  5. OK, so no a movie, but.....
    By miki74 in forum Movies / TV
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-16-2011, 03:42 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •