As I sat in the cinema watching Poltergeist, I suddenly felt very despairing, and not just about the current state of modern cinema. This occurred to me as the opening cutesy scenes establish the modern American family. In the original film there's a scene where the husband and wife, having put the children to bed, are sharing a joint and have a laughing fit when they're interrupted by one of their children who's afraid of the storm. They quickly butt…
Starts out well, bearing a little black Aussie humour and employing the kind of abrupt cuts between scenes that push the narrative along briskly while also conveying that something’s a little off-kilter. Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are perfect as sparring widow and son. But as the tension builds and the central premise is revealed, there isn’t enough in the mechanics of the story to justify where it ventures thematically, and the ending feels hackneyed and expected.
Plus, not actually very scary.
I watched the Dark Horse in my local arthouse cinema with my wife. They also serve some amazing food there. We had fish soup followed by a huge redfish fillet on a bed of spicy paella, finishing it off with fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream and strawberry/vodka whipped cream. After dinner we strolled to screen three, taking our wine and beer with us.
And after the film was over we looked at each other and shared a thought. That…
This wasn't the simple documentary I was expecting. It's pretty light on details about the history of the band, and there's really not much emphasis on the music either. It's got more of a "plot" than other documentaries in the genre, and although the approach was surprising, I think it was pretty successful.
I didn't know much about Journey, and I didn't even know they were still making music. I was expecting a history lesson.
Instead I got a story…
It's a kid friendly comedy, so although I wasn't expecting much, I was hoping that Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, and even Chevy Chase might give it a bit of personality. It could have been slightly good.
Zoom is the worst superhero movie I've ever seen and I include the Batman movie with Adam West, because at least that was sometimes "so bad it's good". Even the outtakes at the end are tired and unamusing.
I recommend that you never watch this. I also recommend that you never watch anything with Chevy Chase in it ever again. I certainly won't.
A shabby cousin of Shallow Hal, which is also inexcusably misogynistic.
The premise is that 10 year old goth girls can cast voodoo spells on you if you refuse to show them your penis. Also, "fat" is the same as "ugly", and "ugly" is not just a visual value judgement - if you're ugly, you're ugly to the bone.
This film should not be watched by anyone with a moral compass.
A game I play when watching awful crap like…
I'm going to admit, first up, that I don't like Tom Cruise much. Some of his earlier work was engaging (Top Gun era) but as he's aged I have lost interest. I was surprised to find him eminently watchable in Edge of Tomorrow. Maybe I was won over by the fact he got his come-uppence fairly early in the piece and then just turned into an alien killing badass.
Emily Blunt was fantastic too; not the first actress I would…
I was always told that this was a great film, but I never managed to get around to watching it until now.
I feel like I've checked off a bucket list goal, but to be honest I'm a bit disappointed that it was only "quite good".
My favourite part was when Harrison Ford was planing some wood. The sound he makes as the blade runs through the wood was perfect. I think he's done that before. I've always wanted, but…
It’s become something of a snarky joke about emotionally manipulative entertainment, but when you can honestly say “I laughed, I cried,” somebody’s doing something right. From a great opening caption about how loosely it’s based on a true story, Dan Fogelman’s drama follows Danny Collins (Al Pacino), a beloved 1970s singer-songwriter living as a wealthy but self-destructive nostalgia act when his manager (Christopher Plummer) discovers a never-delivered letter written to Danny in 1971 by John Lennon about avoiding the perils…
I had to stop asking plot questions. This is not a movie to think about. It's a movie to admire crazy arse stunt driving and hot cars. I was happy to do that for half-a-star of the time. The other two stars get divided up evenly between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson's biceps. Half a star each one. Seems fair.
It's curious when you catch up on a classic. I saw this for the first time tonight, with a small group of friends, on a projection screen by an open fire.
It feels like a lot has changed in filmmaking. The Lost Boys doesn't show things. It doesn't show vampires flying around outside. It doesn't show them ripping the rooves off cars. It couldn't and it's better for it.
At least one of the Corey's hams it up. Everyone is…
I tossed up between giving this 3.5 or 4 stars but I'm going for the four as it still stacks up surprisingly well almost 30 years on.
A good fun horror romp with a decade defining soundtrack - I'm sure I had it on cassette.
Kiefer Sutherland has a pretty spectacular mullet. Corey Haim is sweet & charming. But why didn't I remember that sax soloist all oiled up, wearing Lycra tights & a g-string?