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Combat Shock (1984)
aka American Nightmares

This one's pretty hard to rate. On one hand, I really like the concept and the utter hopelessness of the film. Then again, it's clumsy, awkwardly paced and badly acted (Frankie being the sole exception and he's just OK) on the level that clearly distracts the vision. Fortunately, I often prefer failure due to too high goals more than aiming low to be safe. It's definitely not for everybody, but it's one of the bleakest movies I know so it's got to count for something. The ending is so good that I have to round my rating up...

I've often wondered if movies should sometimes have two or more ratings. One if you take {A} into account. One if you take {B} into account. To me it sometimes seems a shame to average a movie to a single value.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

This is a delightful, humorous and touching film directed by Simon Curtis from a screenplay by Mark Bomback from the novel by Garth Stein.

The movie has no name stars, save Kevin Costner, who voices the thoughts of one of the star characters: a Labrador Retriever. The only other actor of note was Kathy Baker, who turns in a good portrayal as the mother-in-law.

Denny Swift is a race car driver who has a close relationship with his dog, Enzo. Enzo is proud to be owned by his master, and revels in their time together. He believes that when he dies he will be re-incarnated as a human being. Enzo watches a lot of TV and auto races. Eventually Denny meets and marries Eve, and Enzo finds himself competing for attention from Denny, until Eve and Enzo finally bond. A similar situation occurs when a daughter named Zoe is born.

Denny's career keeps improving and their family grows in closeness, until several dramatic events occur that change the dynamic, and put Denny at odds with his in-laws. The film builds to a climax after which we are treated to a very gratifying conclusion.

All the actors do fine work, both together and in ensemble, to the point where we forget that they're acting. Despite the unusual narrating of the dog's thoughts, it's a believable story. It's nice to see a well put together PG film, and to realize most movies used to be made this way-- a very pleasing 109 minutes.

Doc's rating: 8/10



The thing isolated becomes incomprehensible
The Amazing Spider Man (2012)

Annoying lead, a movie that can't decide if it copies the previous entries or if it creates something new and a weak villain. Emma Stone almost saved this but even those eyes didn't turn the film into something decent.

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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Not a bad action film. It drags at some points, as all the others before did, and I always get the sense that some of the action scenes are too overdone. Still, it's way better than the second and not much worse than the first. Seymour Hofman does a tremendous job as the villain.

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The Princess Bride (1987)

It's one of the most beloved films around here, judging by its placement on the lists, and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.
I kind of get it, especially to people who has seen this as a child for the first time. It has some funny moments but I couldn't really overcome how cheesy it really is. And the princess has to be the weakest leading lady ever. Inigo Montoya is a great character though!

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Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.

Báječná léta pod psa AKA Wonderful Years That Sucked (Petr Nikolaev, 1997)
6/10
Battle Circus (Richard Brooks, 1953)
+ 5/10
No Me Digas Solterona AKA Don't Tell Me I'm a Spinster (Ani Alva, 2018)
6/10
The Hunt (Craig Zobel, 2020)
- 6.5/10

Betty Gilpin seems to understand what's happening, as much as anyone can.
Full Count (Robert Eagars, 2019)
5.5/10
The Animal People (Denis Henry Hennelly & Casey Suchan, 2019)
6.5/10
Pups United (Guy Distad, 2015)
5/10
I Am Not a Serial Killer (Billy O'Brien, 2016)
- 6.5/10

Neither one of them (Christopher Lloyd & Max Records) is too happy how it turned out.
The Platform (Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia,,2019)
5.5/10
Les coquillettes (Sophie Letourneur, 2012)
+ 5/10
Little Boy (Alejandro Monteverde, 2015)
5.5/10
The Banker (George Nolfi, 2020)
- 6.5/10

Investors Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson are able to fake out racist Texans in the '60s to own a bank but then the state and Feds come calling.
Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me (Olivia Lichtenstein, 2019)
6.5/10
Purple Hearts (Sidney J. Furie 1984)
5.5/10
A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story (Francisco Macri, 2020)
6.5/10
Emma. (Autumn de Wilde, 2020)
6/10

It takes awhile for class-conscious Emma (Anya Taylor-Joy) to learn her lesson.
Workers (Jose Luis Valle, 2013)
.5.5/10
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (Andrew Rossi, 2020)
6.5/10
Blow the Man Down (Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole, 2019)
6/10
Onward (Dan Scanlon, 2020)
- 7/10

Just think of them as Pluto and Mickey.
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El Hoyo (The Platform) (2019) Thriller/Mystery/Drama






All the Bright Places (2020) Drama/Romance




I liked it a lot more. For me, it's in top-5 films for 2019.
I don't dislike it totally, I was going to rate it 2/5, which would put it in front of tarantino's, scorsese's and much more of that year. It's not my cup of tea, it was made for effect in a lot of ways, for style, edgy has a mother f%cker, you-known-what-I-mean? If someone told me: it's the greatest movie made in 2019, I'd not even argue, it's made for a specific box. I can see all the good, or new, things in it, was nothing that wasn't already being made more and more for some reason, super intensity in everything: color palette, filming angles, information/dialogue and background music. Some people said this was grindhouse & arthouse. Arthouse? F%cking arthouse? Are you crazy? Because she's a painter? One of the reasons i didn't like this film was because it lacked exactly something artistic being a movie about an artist. If this had 20% of scorsese new york stories short film, i'd like it. Have you said some words about it anywhere?



I don't dislike it totally, I was going to rate it 2/5, which would put it in front of tarantino's, scorsese's and much more of that year. It's not my cup of tea, it was made for effect in a lot of ways, for style, edgy has a mother f%cker, you-known-what-I-mean? If someone told me: it's the greatest movie made in 2019, I'd not even argue, it's made for a specific box. I can see all the good, or new, things in it, was nothing that wasn't already being made more and more for some reason, super intensity in everything: color palette, filming angles, information/dialogue and background music. Some people said this was grindhouse & arthouse. Arthouse? F%cking arthouse? Are you crazy? Because she's a painter? One of the reasons i didn't like this film was because it lacked exactly something artistic being a movie about an artist. If this had 20% of scorsese new york stories short film, i'd like it. Have you said some words about it anywhere?
I wrote a shortie to this thread after seeing it:

Bliss (2019)

I guess the best way to describe Bliss is a tribute to Abel Ferrara's The Addiction with drug-induced imagery of Mandy or Requiem for a Dream. Dezzy is a painter searching for a way out of her creative block. Booze, sex, and drugs soon escalate to blood and violence. A short and quite intensive film with a nice soundtrack. The lead actress is pretty good too.

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Sergeant Rutledge - 7/10
Every time I hear of John Ford, I remember Mark telling the younger fans something (paraphrasing) "You guys and your boners for John Ford"... This was an ok movie. I don't like the silliness (drunken judges, the constant two half-wits always arguing with each other, the judge' wife and her... whatever it is).



The Crossing Guard (1995)



Great performances that could have done with a much tighter script. Seems to want meaningfulness over content.

Did like this one. Penn done well holding it all together (and David Morse is excellent) but the dialogue burst at the seams.




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The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)
It's got a golden retriever in there.

It's a 10/10 by definition.



I've often wondered if movies should sometimes have two or more ratings. One if you take {A} into account. One if you take {B} into account. To me it sometimes seems a shame to average a movie to a single value.
You should check out some of the ratings of our very own mark f, who quite often used to include a separate rating (Trash rating, arthouse rating, etc) on a number of his reviews.
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The Hunt (2019) - 7/10. I absolutely enjoyed this one. The social/political satire blended with litres of blood and explosionse, was brilliant. Not sure what the objectionable things in the movie were to delay the movie's release. They might have been cut, I am not sure. Recommended!
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You should check out some of the ratings of our very own mark f, who quite often used to include a separate rating (Trash rating, arthouse rating, etc) on a number of his reviews.
I'll do that.

I often get stuck with this issue with Tarantino films. For instance, if you can live with crazy bouts of over-the-top violence, it's a 9.5/10; that kind of thing.

Also with nearly all Cohen movies I feel stuck when people say "Hey, is it any good?". I can't tell you how many times I've heard (and said), "You're going to love this one if you like cohen films".





The Invisible Man (2019) - 6.8/10. For a February release, this was pretty good. The suspense was tight. Barring a one or two plot holes, the movie made sense. Good stuff.



I'll do that.

I often get stuck with this issue with Tarantino films. For instance, if you can live with crazy bouts of over-the-top violence, it's a 9.5/10; that kind of thing.

Also with nearly all Cohen movies I feel stuck when people say "Hey, is it any good?". I can't tell you how many times I've heard (and said), "You're going to love this one if you like cohen films".
That's true with all 'auteur director' films. One could have a personal rating and an auteur rating.



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The Crossing Guard (1995)



Great performances that could have done with a much tighter script. Seems to want meaningfulness over content.

Did like this one. Penn done well holding it all together (and David Morse is excellent) but the dialogue burst at the seams.

Interesting. I didn't see the dialog being a problem with this one at all. I found it emotionally exhausting, so I wouldn't watch it again, but

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I do think back to that final scene at the grave often. What a perfect ending.



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That's true with all 'auteur director' films. One could have a personal rating and an auteur rating.
Probably how it works out in practice. Though there's really nothing stopping someone who employs the Auteur Theory from creating more conveyor belt films if he wanted to.



1917

Dont know how this came in for so much criticism ... also was trying to see how the main character was more like a modern boy than one from 1917.. whoever said that maybe watched another movie from the one that I watched... my advice watch it again and get a grip, he doesn't come across that way in the least, in fact the opposite (odd criticism is all I can say) loved the music, the attention to detail, thought the end was stunning in particular.



Klaus

Delightful and humourous animated movie retelling the story of santa unlike you've heard it before .. I enjoyed this way more than Missing Link this is definitely one the parents will enjoy as well as the kids

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I wanna be sedated



The Night Clerk (2020)

An effective thriller that does what it says on the tin. Great pacing (even the CCTV scenes). Tye Sheridan is fantastic but it lacks an "oomph".