Part of my ongoing Interpreting the Scares 2023
"Sadako" (2019) tries to rekindle the "Ring" franchise's eerie magic with the return of its original director and familiar faces. While it has its moments of suspense and chilling appearances by Sadako, the film falls short due to lackluster plotlines and a tired theme of reincarnation. The attempt to delve into Sadako's backstory adds little to the narrative. Ultimately, "Sadako" feels like a pale imitation of the original series, making it one of the less memorable entries. (Rating: ★★☆☆☆)
"SAW X" reintroduces John Kramer as the central character, and Tobin Bell delivers a standout performance. Departing from the usual Saw formula, the film initially moves at a slow pace, which may test viewers' patience, but it eventually finds its footing, evolving into one of the franchise's stronger entries. The traps are gruesome and intricately designed around a central theme, delivering the expected thrill and engagement, particularly when viewed in a packed theater where audience reactions amplify the experience.
Captain America: Civil War is technically the third Captain America film, but equals as possibly Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2.5 - but narratively, because the story once centers on the Winter Soldier - and everyone's differing opinions on his guilt or innocence - it's more a Captain America film than anything. But you won't be able to tell so much because the REAL reason people are watching this movie is to see Avengers fighting Avengers - primarily Iron Man…
The year has only just begun and as far as visually-appealing films go, this is up there. We have some very nice visual symmetry going on here that reminded me of THE BABYSITTER on Netflix - and there's a consistent strength in visuals, cinematography, editing, dialogue and music/sound. Stylistically, it’s kind of impressive at times - but being someone that doesn’t care about noir films, classic or neo, I was bored here. It felt slow, emotionless, and uninteresting as far as the story itself goes.