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3 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Laser Mission                                  (1989)
I have a somewhat high tolerance towards racist stereotypes in dumb action movies due to watching Hong Kong movies. If you don't, don't expect to get as much out of Laser Mission as I did. Because boy oh boy, this movie stars Brandon Lee, Ernest Borgnine and a whole mess of Germans playing either Russians or Cubans (seemingly in brownface) wielding absolutely ludicrous accents. The best of this being the German-sounding Russians who put up German warning signs on their private property, the worst is absolutely a pair of Cuban soldiers who are clearly German and are real danger close to being part of a minstrel show with their look and vocabulary. Beyond that, the first 40 minutes of Laser Mission (a film with 0 lasers by the way) are perhaps perfect 80s film-making, featuring non-stop sax music, plenty of deadly encounters, very poorly edited dialogue scenes and the best music cues this side of CSI: Miami. After that it dies down a bit, but never reaches any particular doldrums as it picks up significant steam towards the end as the editing and action get more and more frenetic. A hidden gem, this one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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The Raid II: Berandal
You know, this movie is a lot more tolerable on a rewatch since you know you're walking into a 2½ hour wannabe Johnnie To gangster drama that happens to have an hour devoted to real good action scenes.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
3 months, 4 weeks ago
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My Life as a Courgette
There's not too many worse feelings than when you start a film and know exactly beat-for-beat what's going to happen in it within the first 15 minutes. This charmingly animated story about a kid who ends up in a home for abandoned children is exactly that. As a result, all those story beats feel very mild, fluffy. There's a clear attempt at creating a textured cavalcade of characters, but it doesn't pay out as an intriguing movie. My Life as a Zucchini is actually at it's best whenever no one is saying anything (though the voice acting is on-point!), but rather when it becomes a series of shots where abandoned children stare at children who are with their mothers. The animation style perfectly straddles the line between haunting and adorable during these sparse shots.
3 months, 4 weeks ago
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Watched & Played 2018 (22 movies items)
3 months, 4 weeks ago
The Defenders
 The Defenders 4/10
4 months ago
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The Defenders
Episodes: 8 Seasons: 1 This is what happens when you try to make a 2-hour movie into an 8-hour show. The structure is straight out of a movie and that super doesn't support a show like this.
4 months ago
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The Greatest Showman

3/10


4 months ago
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The Greatest Showman
Face/Off                                  (1997)

4 months ago
Annihilation
 Annihilation 6/10
4 months ago
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Annihilation
A fun, moody breeze through a pretty forest. I really appreciate how even and steady Annihilation is as an experience in terms of pacing, even if it often doesn't inspire much more within me than the enjoyment of pretty pictures. I wish it leaned into the cosmic horror in ways that were a bit more subtle than two people standing around saying "Whoa look at this molecular body horror" but eh, take what you can these days. PS. This features a very good use of the "future interrogation" as a narrative device since it manages to not actually sacrifice any intensity in the climax despite knowing who is in that interrogation.
4 months ago
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Creed
Raising my score from a three to a four on a rewatch. This is really, really good, because it nails two things that are pivotal in emotionally charged sports films: 1) The feeling of power within the athlete is greatly built up by surrounding him with people essentially fighting the same, self-destructive demons as he is. One will be engulfed by them to do what she has always loved, one must repel them to embrace a new kind of love. Coogler & Covington's wonderful script allows the athlete to grow in power through those close to him, and because it's written so well, you really feel that growth. As such the struggle, key to most sports films, within Creed, is not an external battle against the circumstances such as poverty, but a battle of the mind. And thus, infinitely more relatable. 2) It revolves around a relationship. Sports movies are the ideal way of portraying relationships because they provide a basis for a romantic relationship that makes both parties heavily involved while also remaining grounded to the point where you don't think it's unreal that these two are so involved with the facets of their significant others life.
4 months, 1 week ago
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Handmaid
Episodes: 23 Seasons: 2 I really wish I wouldn't have waited this long to watch this because now when S2 hits in April I might feel inclined to watch it but I know there is no way I will be emotionally OK with it this soon after this first one. A powerful show to say the very least. EDIT AFTER S2: Gee this show sure fell down a drain pipe huh
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
This movie doesn't do a lot with what it could play with but what it does it does very well so... it's good? Look, the video game angle is almost completely wasted – the characters have life counters, they respawn, and there are heavily scripted NPCs. That's literally it. What the video game narrative offers, though, is ye olde body switching gag, and they milk it real well. Jack Black is amazed at having a penis, Kevin Hart is short and doesn't like it, The Rock mostly stares at his own muscles and Karen Gillan is basically Cynthia Rothrock, so everyone sort of plays against type by playing exactly their type. It's weird, I know, but it works, and almost all of the jokes revolve around it, so it damn well better work.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Watched in 2018 (33 movies items)
4 months, 2 weeks ago
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Call Me by Your Name
I might have had the slightest doubts about that Suspiria-remake Luca Guadagnino is working on, but then he made Call Me by Your Name which is such a pitch-perfect Rohmer-tribute that all my hope is there for him to pull it off. Oh, and this movie is alright. It's still Rohmer-y and dude's easily my least favorite new wave director. Yeah, more than Chabrol. OK maybe not more than Chabrol. Still. On the bright side it's all-around quite charming.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Watched in 2018 (23 movies items)
4 months, 2 weeks ago
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Ferdinand                                  (2017)
Look, I know I give Disney shit for appropriating cultures using their own white dudes to do it, but here's a Fox-animation based on a book a white dude wrote about Spanish bulls in the bullfighting circle that, to start with, is such complete horseshit I could never get over the sheer concept to actually enjoy anything this movie has to offer. So this bull (voiced by John Cena, the voice of Spain) wants to sniff flowers and gallop on open fields with his human owner but gets thrown into a bullpen from which bullfighters grab their opponents. After like 80 minutes of movie we get to the bullfighting scene which naturally ends the only way it could in a kids movie: John Cena humiliates the matador and the audience begs to let the bull live. And he does! Now, this is an actual thing; The audience can, with the approval of the person preciding over the events, pardon the bull in a bullfight, skipping the part where they stab a big sword into it's heart. However, it happens when the audience is beyond impressed with the bull's ability to withstand the pain of having six spears shoved into it's neck and whatnot. If the bull does what Ferdinand does here, or what he does in the book, that audience is sending him to the nearest restaurant because a Spanish bullfighting audience is there to see blood, sweat and pain. It's a masculine sport in the most traditional of senses, something to revel in the toughness of. And ain't one of those people waving that white handkerchief for a bull that does fuck all. Because where the story goes is so stupid the Brazilian director (the only significant PoC in the entire crew/cast save for bit-parts in the voice actors) doesn't even bother trying to make a movie that would connect it to the real world, which makes the inclusion of real-life transportation like modern cars and trains all the more baffling. If it'd gone full-on fantasy it'd work better but it's a timely film. It's a weird call. I don't really know how you could ever pull this story off without significant changes. Though I will say, not having John Cena and Kate McKinnon, two people I really do love, as the poster names for your movie about a Spanish bull would be a pretty great start because those people are both whiter than an early 90s SNL sketch.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
The Granny
 The Granny 8/10
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Granny
Absolutely primo 90s horror schlock filmmaking. The editing and style is incredibly on-point. Whenever the 90s reach that same fever-pitch of nostalgia the 80s have, this'll be in high demand. Stock-full of offensive, great, terrible lines (and line-reads), The Granny runs super smoothly through the 85 minutes it takes to tell the decade-spanning tale of a granny whose greedy relatives kill her only to have her come back as an avenging demon. It often makes no sense but the characters are so fun and they spout such bullshit that it absolutely never matters.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Watched in 2012 (514 movies items)

"Öhm, olen nyt kyllä pettynyt! Sijalla 66 olevasta Lemorasta: "Alussa Dracula hiippailee hissukseen käytävillä ja menee paikallisen tyttökoulun tiloihin. Hän ei suinkaan lennä kuin lepakko tai "


4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Lemora: A Child
Lesley Gilb is a treasure as the proverbial lady Dracula in this movie, but uhh. What the hell is everything else here? So, the lead, a girl named Lila Lee, is almost sexually assaulted by every adult man she encounters during the first 20 minutes, then plague zombies attempt to eat her but she's saved by vampires lead by Gilb's Lemora, who instead of having vampire brides has vampire kids because she's a woman, then she spends an hour seducing Lila Lee leading up to a final confrontation. Everything during that one hour save for a plague zombie attack that ends with shattered glass and a face on fire is pretty boring, but the climax kicks it up a notch with a fun duel of wits between the two women. It's kind of a shame the movie is heavily colored by the full-on pedophilia of the opening 20 because the rest is kind of fun when it isn't boring, and the music throughout is very enjoyable. The story doesn't make sense since there is a lot of missing footage that has never been recovered but I guess that's what happens when you make a movie about seducing kids? Anyhow, when Lemora is crazy, it's great, but when it isn't, well, it isn't great either, and it's very clearly a vampire-rehash written by men that just kind of happens to have a lady lead vampire because that justifies some of the more gross seduction? Which in turn makes it more gross? Ehhhhh.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Disaster Artist                                  (2017)
A somewhat flabby comedy about the making of The Room that mostly hangs on how funny you find a pretty good Tommy Wiseau -impression, which is kind of a shame because there's an actual movie waiting to be made within that book that doesn't come out here in particular.
4 months, 2 weeks ago

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