Hipster has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★½

    When a film's most sensible character commits suicide within the first 15 minutes it cannot be a good sign. There are a lot of good individual elements on display, yet they never quite gel into something that completely satisfies.

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★½

    ending of first movie: "it'll be easier next time."
    Ending of second movie: all the strangers are killed
    JINXED

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★½

    The most frightening thing I see here is that woman's appalling bowl cut.

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    ★★½

    If The Maze Runner series has taught me anything, it is that in a dystopian future, everyone will be gorgeous, except the hideous monsters.

    I know this is a common trope with Hollywood blockbusters, but when there is a gripping, tense scene with characters narrowly missing sniper fire and then immediately followed by those snipers revealing themselves to be two absolutely stunningly beautiful females, my bullshit meter explodes. I mean, at least dirty up the hair or something. It looks like they literally just walked away from the makeup chair.

  • X-Men: The Last Stand

    X-Men: The Last Stand

    ★★½

    Magneto's back must really hurt carrying this franchise.

  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World

    ★★½

    It's a much more straightforward superhero movie than the first one, so I can see why some people like it more. But it was just too bland for me, not terrible. I personally much prefer Branagh's Psychotropic-Shakespeare family tragedy and fish-out-of-water Thor.

    Good Moments

    - Watching Loki in his prison cell. It was really interesting to watch how he seemed content, yet annoyed. His cell was full of peace while the prison was being attacked. And I loved Loki's reaction…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    To sum it up in two words: boring and pointless.

    Let me first say, this is not a "bad" movie. It utilizes creative camera work and cinematography to add to the narrative. But I personally still didn't like it. Its main goal in my opinion is to disturb the viewer as much as possible through the use of sound, gory visuals and the feeling of isolation and insanity. While I can see how this can speak to a certain audience,…

  • San Andreas

    San Andreas

    ★★½

    Is it memorable? Not really.
    Does it make any sense? Not really.
    Is it cliched? Of course.
    But it does have The Rock, a destroyed city, and Rickon Stark before he gets shredded by arrows. What more could you want?

    Count on The Rock for big dumb fun. Popcorn movie in the disaster style. Works cause he works.

  • 2012

    2012

    ★★½

    2012 is what you expect. I still had fun.

    I had a morbid appreciation at the multi-layered disaster this was. The heart-killing CGI has run amuck on this. An exciting look at the end of the world. Unfortunately lacks the plot to back the visuals up. There were definitely some decent action scenes but overall this one had a real hard time holding my attention, especially with the overly lengthy runtime.

    Utterly preposterous but also pure entertainment.

  • Alps

    Alps

    ★★½

    So much effort to remain stagnant

    Alps was so close to becoming another brilliant Yorgos Lanthimos film but, unfortunately, it fell flat as nondescript, self-absorbed attempt at creating significance out of absurdity. Alps is a movie where tone was all there was to offer. Interesting premise with some funny moments, just felt that the film wasn't as disturbing as i think it was trying to be. Having seen it work so well in Dogtooth, Lanthimos seems to have neglected everything…

  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★½

    The Road is an excellent atmosphere film, and it delivers the feeling of bleakness and desperation incredibly well, and the cinematography and music compliment that atmosphere perfectly. Unfortunately, that runs out of gas halfway through the film when the viewer realizes that it's not going anywhere, and that the characters - though well-played - are just not interesting or sympathetic enough to really be cared for in any way. Ultimately the film lacks in both soul and story structure -…

  • The Unspeakable Act

    The Unspeakable Act

    ★★½

    This film will not appeal to most audiences first due to it's taboo topic and secondly it's slow pacing and lack of a driving plot. But the films overall message does slowly come through for a satisfactory conclusion.

    The Unspeakable Act is a movie that shows the struggles of a young girl made all the harder by the cultural taboo surrounding her feelings. She fights against the reality of adult life but inadvertently comes to accept the hard truths of…