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4 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
I, Tonya                                  (2017)
There's something in the domestic abuse angle here but I find it kind of at odds with the rest of the film, being mostly about of bumbling criminals, ice skating, and making sure everyone gets their voices heard. Sure, they're all abuse in one form or another, but what could be a strong narrative gets tarnished by the supposed objectivity of the script despite the fact that it's far from objective to begin with. Since they lean very heavily on a certain interpretation of all this (which you kind of have to), I don't know why they wouldn't just, you know, lean heavier, give it a 110% instead of 90%. That 10% really nags away at me. PS. Paul Walter Hauser should've been nominated. Such nuance.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Verónica                                  (2017)
Functional isn't the word I'd like to use when speaking of horror films. This is exactly that. There are a scarce few creepy moments but nothing worth sitting through 105-minutes of mostly not-particularly-exciting exposition. The music in particular is a weird mishmash that fails any mood the rest of this movie tries to build up. And it goes a few ways! You've got your paranoia thriller, your average haunting horror and an early 90s nostalgia trip to Spain. It kinda pulls off the last part but doesn't focus enough on the rough drunkards littering the streets for it to be enjoyable for, again, 105 minutes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
La La Land                                  (2016)
Enjoyed this more on second viewing as I had kind of accepted that yeah, the writing is mostly poor and such a cynical riff on Cherbourgh, but just watching it for cute people, great HDR, good music and good choreography? That's quite alright.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Coco
 Coco 6/10
4 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Coco
As someone who gets misty-eyed for Moana's way of discussing remembering those who came before you the heavy-handed handling of the subject in Coco was a bit much. It's still good. Dunno how much I enjoy this concept of Disney making movies about other cultures without much participation of members of them but hey, they're doing it regardless.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
The Shape of Water (2017)
There's a very nice, even distribution of things in The Shape of Water which makes it a very, very enjoyable fairy tale. It isn't GDT's best and kind of lacks a clear emotional journey but hey, I'll watch Sally Hawkins act this well any day of the week. Bestiality is also certainly a message I can get b... uhm
5 months ago
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5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Lady Bird (2017)
Lady Bird is a movie through which you re-experience all the classic hijinks you experienced when you were a teenager. I never had these experiences so I mostly come to these to appreciate the good acting and occasionally funny situations. It's OK for that.
5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Murder on the Orient Express
It's one of these adaptations. Branagh acts circles around everyone which carries it. The execution could do with a bit more punch, wit or both.
5 months, 1 week ago
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Black Panther

8/10


5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Black Panther
Black Panther is why my self-imposed no-half-stars rule is problematic. I give four stars to a blockbuster that is really, really good. I can't call Black Panther a masterpiece which would be five stars. But it is an exceptional movie. It is the definition of my four-and-a-half. But I can't go to five. This is why I've decided to coin a new phrase: "Watch the tips, not the pips." Eg. read my comments, don't look at the scores. Here's my detailed comment: This is fucking great and Coogler's best movie and features Marvel's best-written single character. Finnish review here: http://www.laajakuva.com/black-panther-2018/
5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
The Ritual                                  (2017)
Stick with the Anno-movie.
5 months, 1 week ago
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The Ritual                                  (2017)

have watched

4/10

Ginseng King

5 months, 1 week ago
5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Little Bitches
Come for dirty jokes, get disappointed at the relative lack of them (replaced with general biology chatter among young ladies which I guess is funny for some people?), then stay for Jennette McCurdy being a fucking star with no good material. I do like a healthy relationship portrayal with teens and that scene where the two cops argue about what color car they're chasing is good but beyond that, eh. Leave it.
5 months, 1 week ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
A totally fine sci-fi action romp with grand adventure in mind. Takes minor beatings from not having a particularly clear throughline since the McGuffins change ever fifteen minutes, and from Dane DeHaan not being what this character should sometimes be. The first doesn't annoy me much since you know what is going on and why on a moment-to-moment basis which is what actually matters in a nonsense sci-fi actioner, and DeHaan is basically Bruce Willis without the ability to go to emotional extremes which means he works very well when he's supposed to be sincere and the movie should grant him the right more often. The action and visuals are a highlight and are real fun, as is the fact that this movie doesn't tease you with a will they/won't they chemistry as much as it does just plain lean on the former part of the equation. Also, Cara Delevingne is an incredibly charismatic screen presence and makes up for DeHaan's shortcomings.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer                                  (2017)
I kind of dislike how Kill List made familial murdering the ultimate litmus test for morality and similar directors to Wheatley just love milking it, often churning out something that just makes me hum that old System of a Down -song in my head where they go "It's a violent pornography." This movie has plenty of good moments, Colin Farrell crying is always the best crying in a movie, but man, it's total sociological porn achieved through violence, isn't it? I can sort of appreciate the construct but I don't think I actually like it.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
The Outing
 The Outing 6/10
5 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Outing
The Lamp (or The Outing if you're a fancy-pants dude with a blu-ray of it) starts off real strong with three hillbilly assholes murdering a granny and stealing her magic lamp. The genie in the lamp then murders them (one of them by having the granny, with a double-sided axe in her skull, pull the guy into her skull-axe!) and it's a lot of goofy fun. Then we have car chases, slapstick humor and a scene in a high school intersexual locker room where a bully threatens the school principal, using the N-word, followed by the principal asking him if he wants to feel some black power. The retort? A slavery line. It's one of those movies. Eventually all the teens get locked into a museum with the genie killing them off. It's a lot of fun, especially in the end, when the bumbling dad has to hack a wireframe model of a lamp on a 1980s-ass computer to reveal how to kill the genie (pro-tip: break the lamp!) while the genie rips a big hole into the steel shutters separating the two. Oh, and the genie looks like a big-ass street shark, save for the shark part. That's a real good part.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
The Florida Project                                  (2017)
I love a 110 minutes of The Florida Project and I hate that 1 minute in the end so much I dropped this down to three out of four. It is such a stylistic misfire. I get the point. It's hard not to. But for a movie filled with such wonderful magical realism without ever being magical at all, it's a pain for it to end the way it does.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
5 months, 3 weeks ago
VierasTalo added 1 item to Film Journal 2018 list
A Silent Voice (2016)
There is so much to unpack in A Silent Voice I can't do it here. I don't know if I could, period. Some of the stuff to unpack doesn't give you much despite it being real hard to get done – the dichotomy of bullying most of all – but there's something very rewarding about a lot of it, especially as a portrayal of disability and anxiety. I wish it was simpler. I like how hefty it is but every issue is given a whole textbook worth of content and plotlines.
5 months, 3 weeks ago

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