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Little Women (2017)

Much, much better than Greta Gerwig's Little Women (2019), and it's also directed by a woman, written by women, produced by a woman. So why didn't this get praise? Well maybe because it aired as a 3 part, 1 hour Masterpiece theater mini series. But on DVD it watches like a 3 hour movie. I've seen every film version of Little Women. I'm partial to the 1994 version, but even though this one didn't follow the book precisely, it still did a great job of bringing the characters to life and telling the time honored story with a fresh feeling that still respected the time frame the story was written in. The sets, the costumes, the country side all looks perfect and one would think this was a huge budget production.

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The Offence - 7.5/10
Probably the first time I can say I loved the editing. I'll say no more and let you watch this.. I wish I hadn't been interrupted in the middle of it.





The Snorkel (1958, Guy Green)

Wonderful little gem of a thriller from Hammer. Cool concept, great ending, Peter Van Eyck as the baddie - short, sweet and to the point. Yes, the plot is a little too straightforward and the girl really does get annoying after a while, but it didn't stop me from enjoying this little flick in the slightest.
Loved it!



Animal (2014)

Quite typical monster horror. Rips off Dog Soldiers quite a bit. Has pretty bad pacing issues (it's a common issue with horror, to be honest). At least the monsters weren't CGI. Just barely above bad still.

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Fear and Desire (1953)

My first time seeing this. Stanley Kubrick's first feature film. Made with a crew of 15 including himself and 5 actors, it's alleged that he was so displeased with it following its low key release that he destroyed the original negative and any prints that he was aware of.

A story of four soldiers trapped in a forest behind enemy lines in a fictitious, dystopian style conflict, and their efforts to return to friendly territory via the river, whilst confronting a seemingly inevitable onset of paranoia and madness. I can't help but see some similarity with Apocalypse Now.

Have to say the script was absolutely terrible as was the majority of the acting. A lot of the editing seemed rough or experimental. The photography on the other hand in many instances was brilliant. Plenty of classic Kubrick visual elements throughout. It's an extremely raw, unpolished, mistake-laden glimpse into the then 25 year old's developing style. Fascinating for anyone interested in the technical aspects of movie making and observing and evaluating what worked and what didn't. Great for film students and Kubrick enthusiasts.

4/10
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Braveheart (1995)

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Angel Face - 5/10
90% of noirs are all the same. I should have done more research, but I like going into a movie knowing as little as possible. I thought Robert Mitchum + Otto Preminger might = something good. Wrong.



Semi-Pro (2008)


One of the few Will Ferrell movies I enjoy. Maybe it's because of the supporting cast (the broadcasting duo of Andy Daly and Will Arnett is gold), or maybe because the subject matter is a sport that I love. Either way, the one-liners and gags all seem to work well for me.



Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.

Bubble (Steven Soderbergh, 2005)
5/10
Miracle at Midnight (Ken Cameron 1998)
6/10
Johnny Cash and the Ostrich (Al Campbell, 2018)
6.5/10
A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (Yûzô Kawashima, 1957)
- 7/10

The prostitutes aren't buting that this is a dead guy.
Zero Charisma (Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews, 2013)
5.5/10
The Frame (Jamin Winans, 2014)
5/10
Ben & Ara (Nnegest Likké, 2015)
6/10
Danger Close (Kriv Stenders, 2019)
+ 6.5/10

On a Long Tan plantation during the Vietnam War, a group of Australians and New Zealanders face a massive foe.
Daisy Winters (Beth LaMure, 2017)
6/10
Second Time Around (Dora García, 2018)
+.5/10
Dean (Demetri Martin,2016)
6/10
Admiral AKA Michiel de Ruyter (Roel Reiné, 2015)
- 6.5/10

In the 17th century, the Netherlands, under the command of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, takes on England, France, and Germany.
The Cool Kids (Jamall J Robinson, 2016)
5/10
Go Karts (Owen Trevor, 2020)
6/10
The Rainbow (Zak Knutson, 2019)
6.5/10
Drive Angry (Patrick Lussier, 2011)
6/10


... from hell, angry.
The Merry Maids of Madness (Phillip Hughes, 2016)
6.5/10
Search Party (Scot Armstrong, 2014)
.5.5/10
Homecoming (Mervyn LeRoy, 1948)
5/10
Venom and Eternity (Jean Isidore Isou, 1951)
6/10

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Admiral AKA Michiel de Ruyter (Roel Reiné, 2015)
- 6.5/10

In the 17th century, the Netherlands, under the command of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, takes on England, France, and Germany.
This looks potentially interesting. Watchlisted



Angel Face - 5/10
90% of noirs are all the same. I should have done more research, but I like going into a movie knowing as little as possible. I thought Robert Mitchum + Otto Preminger might = something good. Wrong.
I really liked the film and most of the story. But it had one of the worst endings I've ever seen in a noir...



The thing isolated becomes incomprehensible
Parasite (2019)

So, I finally watched this. I didn't know a thing about it, and even if I did it would still take me by surprise.

The first act plays like a typical european comedy, clever characters doing wrong things for morally debatable reasons. We can see every member of that family, particularly the kids, is immensily talented, they just can't put their intelligence for a good use. So, they go on this series of tricks that are apparently harmless but that grow gradually more serious, without the film ever losing the light hearted energy that had since the very beggining and, more important than that, its honesty. And that gives it charm and comfort, because you're pretty much sure how will everything turn out.

Well, Bong Joon Ho has a few surprises up his sleeve. The films suddenly turns into a thriller with moments of true horror gaining speed and unpredictability with every twist and turn until it reaches its climax.

Now, here the film had already bought me. If it had finished here, it would still be the best film of the year by a landslide (the poor quality of its competition also helps). But the final 5 minutes are one of the most touching and brilliant finales I've seen in a long time. The weight of all the decisions these characters made and the love they have for each other sink in all at once, leaving me teary eyed and with that feeling I just witnessed greatness.

Hats off to you Mr. Bong

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