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VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
Annabelle: Creation
Well, this ain't no Conjuring, but for the first hour it gets fairly close and it also ain't no Annabelle or Lights Out so it's all good. The biggest detracting factor is that it's a prequel to one of the crappiest studio horrors of the decade, and it inherits some of it's problems, primarily having to bow down to the concept of this doll being possessed by a real 90s-ass horror comic -looking demon. I guess you have to show that thing, and David F. Sandberg, bless his soul, tries so hard to sell it as spooky, but it looks like the fucking Wishmaster dipped in black paint so I ain't buying. Lulu Wilson turns up the ham sandwich real good during the last half and redeems some of the aforementioned crap by doing it very well, in that way kid actors can be terrible in tense horror movies so long as their terribleness is child-like and here it sure is. That girl has eyes as big as platters when she's surprised and it's wonderfully vaudeville.
3 months, 1 week ago
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Movies seen in 2017 (198 movies items)
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Wind River
 Wind River 8/10
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
Wind River
Fucking great as this hyper-American pastoral about reservation life and the state of the modern native american and it realizes it and treats itself as such as opposed to focusing on the crime mystery which is solved in a way that's almost a joke. Like the cop in the movie says, "this case is solving itself."
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Watched 2017 (34 movies items)
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Better Watch Out
This teeters frustratingly close to being great so many times it's a shame they went this route with the last third. The asshole killer getting away has to aid a theme or have some purpose, and when it doesn't, and the movie has made him an actual asshole, not one you can enjoy watching the antics of (because this kid's desire to rape a lady is the start of this movie), you just feel like you wasted 90 minutes on this garbage afterwards no matter how good some moments were. There is the hint of comeuppance at the end but it doesn't cut the mustard because the assholery is of such a magnitude where you'd basically need to see him get his ding dong ripped off by a Castle Freak to make up for it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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October 2017 Horrorfest (45 movies items)

"I honestly don't know how one could watch the opening to TCM2 and be left wondering whether it's a straight-up comedy or not. I would advise not going further into the sequels though, the first two ha"


3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Better Watch Out

have watched

2/10

American Made

3 months, 2 weeks ago
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October 2017 Horrorfest (45 movies items)
3 months, 2 weeks ago
The Sinner
 The Sinner 8/10
3 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to VT's episodemeter list
The Sinner
Complete Episodes: 8 Seasons: 1 A very fascinating story with terrific acting (including from Bill Pullman of all people!) that doesn't quite pull off the Fincher/Lonergan -feel of the first few episodes for the entire series as the mystery takes precedence over the very, very bizarre relationships these people have.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
3 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
Blade Runner 2049
It's better than the first. Finnish critique: http://www.laajakuva.com/blade-runner-2049-2017/
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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The Good Place
Episodes: 13 Seasons: 1
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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The Good Place

have watched

8/10

Girls Trip

6/10


3 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
Girls Trip
It's a shame I stopped using half stars because this is an exceptionally well written, smart, raunchy AF, perfectly acted comedy that has a lot to say about psychologically abusive relationships that is just brought down by the overall experience being super studio-like in terms of music and editing that I can't give it four no matter how hard I want to. It's so good it makes me angry that it's pulled off from the audiovisual side like a boring Lifetime-drama. Guess I should be glad the director of fucking Scary Movie 5 didn't fuck this up any worse.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Gerald
 Gerald's Game 8/10
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Gerald
Flanagan continues to make optimistic, upbeat and harsh horror movies with his most refined one yet.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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The Villainess
The story in this movie is the most bag of dicks -level nonsense I've seen in ages and the way it's told is on like a two bags of dicks -level. It manages to involve you by the end but getting to that point is rough. The action feels super wobbly and the choppy editing is sometimes just used to hide cuts in "long shots" which is very obvious and breaks the flow, but both of those you kind of get used to since the movie uses them very consistently throughout. The actors in this movie are great which is real tough with some of the material!
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Wish Upon
 Wish Upon 4/10
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Wish Upon
There's hardly anything mind-blowing here but a charming cast carries it well. Wish it went a bit more Final Destination than it ends up going. The end credits song is so on the nose it makes me want to give this *.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Spider-Man: Homecoming

6/10


3 months, 4 weeks ago
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Spider-Man: Homecoming
OK
3 months, 4 weeks ago
IT
 IT 6/10
4 months ago
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IT
My biggest gripe with "It" is that Muschietti showcases his fantastical monsters with the same methods as he does a .5 second New Kids on the Block -gag. If the movie had scared me once - and I mean that literally - I would be willing to forgive so much more. It's made like a movie intended to go at 110% in regards to the scares but struggles to reach 40 with the way they're shot. I can see why everyone loves the projector scene - it's the one scare with a visual twist and not entirely shot center-frame. The lack of scares or intensity just kills it. The framework built to support the horror is wonderful from casting to the perfect nostalgia. But when they don't pull off the spooks it reveals how light the narrative content of the film is. It does little honor to King's themes by opting to go with the scary scenes instead. If it had succeeded this would be the finest studio horror since Conjuring 2. It doesn't so it's... well, it's more like an Insidious 2. But it has oodles of charm with the cast, gags. It's nostalgic towards childhood the overall concept of being a child, rather than a cultural era of time despite being set in one. Can't deny the stellar craftsmanship behind all effects, it's just a shame Muschietti can't either and obsessively shoves them in our face.
4 months ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
The Little Hours
A bunch of American indie comedy stars apparently wanted to make a horny adaptation of some Decameron-stories and turns out it's pretty good and earnest. The ending is heart-warming.
4 months ago
4 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2017 list
Voice from the Stone
So, here's an example of the emotional, romanticizing old-timey countryside -paranormal thriller. Unfortunately it's very stupid and predictable. It seems fine until like the hour mark when they introduce some psycho-sexual nonsense into the mix and it just becomes porridge in movie form. The one good thing is Marton Csokas because he's basically lewdness in flesh regardless of the movie or TV-show he's in.
4 months, 1 week ago

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