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2 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Justice League
I don't like Zack Snyder movies. Even I can see this movie needs him. I don't know and certainly don't care about how it came to this. Whether it was this before Whedon took the reigns after an unfortunate tragedy or not. I care about what we have. And what we have, people, is a hot mess. But it isn't too hot. No, this isn't a mess you fry an egg on top off in the desert. This is the warmth of milk you forgot to put to the fridge and has now been sitting on a table for eight hours, six of it in the sun. It's an uncomfortable, somewhat gross warmth. Touching it just feels wrong. Yet, it's still milk. The most boring sustenance one could have. It's the "image most people have of Superman" of nutrients. And mostly it's because this is just such a ridiculously by-the-numbers boring action movie. The plot is basically just a western on a larger scale. A bad guy comes to town to mess it up, the good guys team up and fight the bad guy. Little attention is given to said bad guy, but the team has all sorts of problems! One dude doesn't want to lead (because he's angsty which is always a fun trait for the character we spend most of a supposedly-fun superhero movie with), one lady doesn't want to be there (even though after her film being the only good movie in this entire franchise she's the single person we would absolutely want to be there), two dudes are there to make jokes (which are not funny because they're all old jokes or obvious first drafts), and one dude knows everything (which is ironic since even after this film we know basically nothing about him). Then they have to go to another village to recruit the most reclusive of the ronin, a dead one, and then they can go save the day with his reluctant leadership (because a deus ex machina totally isn't that if you introduce it in a prior scene, right). Nowhere is the uninspired, utterly devoid-of-original-thought nature of Justice League more visible than when you look at it. It's a Joss Whedon movie so it's all image-counterimage (with one or the other often being a shot featuring Gal Gadot's buttocks because Whedon is a creep) except when action occurs when everything is shot so we see the very tip of the characters heads and just below their knees at all times. Stefan Sonnenfeld, the man who colored most Zack Snyder films, is credited as the colorist here, but you would never believe it. Every scene in Justice League looks as flat as most scenes in The Avengers, shot in a pale sunlight that casts everyone in an unflattering light. The Gotham-scenes are the only parts where it looks somewhat textured and that's only because they're the only parts in the entire movie where it's dark. With a film this boring to look at, this boring to listen to, and this boring to experience, even I, a person who could literally not give less of a shit about the fate of any mass-conglomerates hit franchise making money or being succesful, craves for what could have been under better circumstance.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 2 items to their collection
Winchester

have watched

4/10

Dear Dictator                                  (2017)

4/10


2 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 2 items to Film Journal 2018 list
Dear Dictator                                  (2017)
Winchester

2 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Vampire
Still the best.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Peter Rabbit                                  (2018)
They did a good job at turning a beloved children's character into an edgelord ranting against PC culture. One star for everything that happened in this movie that didn't feature CGI animals because Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne being a cute couple is great.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
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2 months, 4 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 23 items to their collection
Peter Rabbit                                  (2018)

have watched

4/10

Invasión

have watched

8/10

The Jungle Book (1942)

have watched

6/10

Wet Woman in the Wind

have watched

4/10

Broken Down Film                                  (1985)

have watched

6/10


2 months, 4 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 24 items to Film Journal 2018 list
Invasión
The Jungle Book (1942)
Wet Woman in the Wind
Broken Down Film                                  (1985)
Mickey Mouse in Vietnam

2 months, 4 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri                                  (2017)
There is some deal to enjoy in Three Billboards, but whenever you find yourself enjoying it, it's almost bound to shoot itself in the foot afterwards. It's a film equally bullheaded as it is lax. Hard as it is soft. It's a centrist view of the world in a world that currently really, really doesn't appreciate the stance. I don't know if I appreciate the stance either, really. But there is value within it. Three Billboards often feels less like a movie than a catalyst for it's audience to showcase how they feel. And boy howdy does it do that real well as the gazillion think pieces about it show.
3 months ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Roxanne Roxanne                                  (2017)
It's fascinating to see this mid-2000s Eastern European drama -motif used to tell the story of a teen rapper in the 1980s and because of that being the style it manages to hop over some uncomfortable biography tropes (while still indulging in several). It showcases a tact you don't expect with hip hop culture showcased in American films. The film doesn't necessarily do anything much to excite but hey, that's kind of cool here.
3 months ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
You Were Never Really Here                                  (2017)
A beautiful, human film filled with empathy that shows what happens when cool action heroes, villains and goons realize that they're all inhuman monsters and how they cope with the pressure born from that realization and whether they can or can't forgive themselves for all that they've done. It is amazing how warm You Were Never Really Here is.
3 months, 1 week ago
Paddington 2
 Paddington 2 8/10
3 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Paddington 2
When Paddington 2 is a Wes Anderson but actually great prison movie it's the best film of 2017. Everything else is very good as well.
3 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
The Rock                                  (1996)
The best possible cast and crew for a 90s action movie make one and it features a car chase full of perilous situations featuring old ladies crossing the road, an antique street car, sports cars, humvees, sick flips, paralympic athletes crossing the road, a truck full of water and a sick jump through a glass window.
3 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Insidious: Chapter 3                                  (2015)
This is the best of the first three Insidious-movies which isn't really saying much because they're all very messy and scattershot. When they hit, they hit big, but they miss so often it doesn't really feel like it counts for much. Everything they do in this movie, much like the prior two, that pertains to their netherrealm nonsense is poor, but the spooks leading up to all that during the first 50 minutes or so are very good, even best in the series so far. If you can live with the not-very-well explained mystical superpower battles in the ghost-a-verse this is totally a pretty good movie! I can't.
3 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added Deluge to wanted list
Deluge
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3 months, 1 week ago
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo voted for list
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Paddington
Paddington is wonderful and I re-watched it just so the missus could see it before I force-feed the second one to her instead of watching it alone. Of note: I've previously only seen the Finnish dub of this movie and I could swear it has about 80% more lewd, bawdy jokes aimed at adults than this original does. Which is bad, it sort of detracts from the fairly ethereal feeling the actual movie has.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Con Air                                  (1997)
This movie is terrible. I love it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
I Kill Giants                                  (2017)
Here's a cool tween fantasy movie with a good message. It tugs at your heartstring a bit too aggressively towards the end when it starts spoon-feeding you said message, but before that it actually treats the viewer like a human being instead of whatever the hell the similar-ish, absolutely dreadful A Monster Calls did.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 2 items to Film Journal 2018 list
The Happening
Lady in the Water

3 months, 2 weeks ago
3 months, 3 weeks ago

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