The Ritual.I was a bit hyped about this movie but at the end i was underwhelmed.Oh well.
Death Wish (2018) - Not nearly as bad as the reviewers said. Not overly good either, would have been better IMO with a different actor, Bruce Willis is just to old for this sort of movie anymore. 6/10
Death Wish (1974) - There's so.ethings I like better about this then the remake and some that are worse, overall though a I enjoyed it, not sure if I'll watch all 5 of them though. 6/10
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I watched Alien Warfare on Netflix.
I can highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys alien invasion type movies. Or watching navy seals in action. It really showcases how cunning humanity can be when faced with something unknown. It also does a good job emphasizing the difference between what we expect to see and how an alien may see things. Especially when it comes to sound and color. Is what you consider blue, what an alien would consider blue? The ending is one of the few I can appreciate in the genre. It ends at a tense moment, leaving just enough to the imagination. This is one of those scripts that... you can tell it practically wrote itself in one go.
There is one thing though: If you don't know about the Fibonacci sequence you may not understand some parts of the movie. So I would watch this first: https://youtu.be/Nu-lW-Ifyec
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I’m watching Shoah on Blu-ray, a French documentary film about the Holocaust. It’s disturbing how calculated the German’s mass murder was. Like, how the gas vans should be designed in order to kill the victims as efficiently as possible. Something as simple as putting a light in a van had to be calculated. If you don’t put a light inside the van, the victims tend to run towards the door on the back of the van, because being sealed in darkness scares them. But having them crowd in the back evens out the weight on the axle, which keeps the van steady. A drain in the bottom of the van so that waste can be easily disposed of after the bodies have been removed. Feed a steady supply of gas into the back of the van by driving at a steady pace so that the victims are dead by the time the van reaches the destination where the bodies are disposed of. One of the witnesses describes a van making a hard turn, which causes the door to swing open and bodies to fall out. Some of them are still alive, crawling weakly, so a gestapo steps out and shoots them with his revolver. It was filmed in the eighties, so there are interviews from witnesses, survivors and perpetrators while they were still middle-aged. It has a lot of captivating scenery of Poland in the (then) modern day. I don’t think I ever really appreciated just how evil this all was until now, or maybe I just became desensitized to it until I learned all this new information. I can only imagine how shocking it was in the ’80s, before the subject became so known. The documentary is mostly dispassionate about it, which makes it sadder and more real. The first half has been really good.
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Cocoon. I had never seen it before, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. The old woman dying made me super sad though. The more death I experience the harder it is for me to handle it in movies, particularly when they do it in a realistic sense. I watched Coco as well recently for the first time and it had me absolutely balling.
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@uninspiredcup: Its amazing how well Robocop and Terminator (1 and 2) have held up over the years. Still some of my all time favorites.
Bit of rant - Saw some people bitch about Edward Furlong and never understood it. In the context of the movie, his mother was deemed a nutcase who tried to blow people up (him being raised sometime with her) and eventually being dumped with a foster family who hates his guts.
Him being abit of a dick at the start, makes total sense.
What's nice about the extended version is they add this scene.
Instead of the Terminator suddenly becoming "good" in the theatrical version, it's explained logically with John using "him" instead of "it" saving it's life. With this scene and all scenes onward, you notice he start to mimic Edward Furlong, not just in phrases but in mannerisms. It makes the whole cheesy "why do you cry" scene make logical sense as well.
But anyway, Edward Furlong was great. Screw everyone.
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LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS
Love, Death and Robots is definitely the reason why Netflix exists and continues to win. No other studio would ever fund something like this yet it’s what we need and what will inspire. Your take on the subject matter may vary, but the animation techniques are incredible and the creativity unleashed here is something you would never see anywhere else.
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Blade Runner 2049, for the second time. I don't think I'm ever gonna watch this again. I just don't like Denis Villeneuve very much. Most of his movies feel cold. BR 2049 makes itself out to be too important. Not only the story, which made Deckard and Rachael bigger figures in this cyberpunk noir than they ever should have been. I feel like they tried to make those few love scenes in the original more important than they had a right to be. The movie wasn't trying to be an epic. Anyway, it wasn't just the story that made itself to be too important, but even the contemplative way scenes are shot and the bizarre way Jaret Leto's character acts. Even the first scene bothered me. K lets go of his gun just so a fight can ensue, with some dumb justification that he needs to scan the victim's eye. I mean, Deckard wasn't a good assassin in the original either, but his kills didn't annoy me like this one. He never lowered his defenses after he was ready to kill. The score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch is excessively loud, heavy and ugly, with the theme in which K and Joi leave greater Los Angeles and Vangelis' main theme at the end being among the only highlights. I do like a lot of the scenery, the way the city looks, but I still think Ridley Scott's team did it better almost forty years ago. I appreciate that they developed on themes of the original, like servitude, memory and environmentalism. K's story wasn't boring, but I don't like Ryan Gosling much. The movie is competent. It's not special.
More on Shoah, which I mentioned a few posts above: There are some stories in the second part that are just horrific. One account is of how the piled bodies looked after being gassed in the chambers. The stronger, more able-bodied victims on top of the others because they tried to climb above them for air. Bodies being trampled, children's skulls crushed. Another account is of a Jewish member of a death camp's "special detail," one of the barbers who cut the women's hair telling a woman he knew from back home that she is going to be gassed and incinerated, that in about three hours she will be ashes. He told her with good intentions. The woman starts running around screaming and trying to tell the other women, who don't believe her and think she's crazy. Then she tells the men, who don’t want to hear it either after being in train cars for days. Left alone, she starts clawing her face bloody. The women are then sent off to the gas chamber, except for her. The gestapo beat and torture her, until she points to the man who told her, who is then thrown alive into one of the ovens. The others in the special detail are warned that the same will happen to them if they ever tell the new arrivals why they are here. I got teary-eyed as a barber in Israel, back then a barber in the special detail, tried to describe what it was like to cut the hair of unsuspecting women he knew from around his home town. He almost couldn't continue. The director had to remind him how important it was that he share his experience. The speed at which they gassed so many thousands of people, train after train, is mind-boggling and sickening. They had to work very fast to remove any signs of what happened there before the next train arrived, because unsuspecting Jews were easier to exterminate. A production line of death. These last two and half hours were enough to keep me from sleeping for part of the night. I just couldn't stop thinking about the barber's story and how unfair and coldblooded it all was. Only one of four segments to go now (another two and half hours).
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