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Allgorhythm
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Allgorhythm
Posted on 29 March 18 at 23:46, Edited on 29 March 18 at 23:48 by Allgorhythm
Ready Player One - (2018) 2D
[5/10]

I hope I am neither generous nor being harsh. I had high expectations for the movie and was greatly disappointed. I was going to rate the movie 4/10 but felt that was my disappointment speaking so I upped it to a 5/10.

I haven't read the book that was very well received as young adult fiction. Giving it the benefit of doubt that it was great young adult fiction, it doesn't work as a movie for grownups. The main reason is it is too predictable and too clichéd. I usually am disappointed if a work of fiction ends with a deus ex machina. In Ready Player One, every attempt at a plot twist is a deus ex machina often in the form of what passes for loot boxes in the movie.

Characters are one-dimensional. The protagonists never establish themselves as 'heroic' archetypes. The bad guy is a jerk rather than a villain of stature. This probably had much to do with the acting. With the exception of Mark Rylance who played James Halliday, the acting was quite poor. The setting of the movie is about as hackneyed as you can get. The bottom line is this has been done before and much better.

Another problem is that the movie fails to establish an identity in terms of artistic unity. On the one hand, it appears to reach out to an older audience with a plethora of references to pop culture especially that of the 80s. However, these pop culture references are not well integrated into the film. They are shown and talked about but one gets the impression that the 2015 movie Pixels did a much better job of recreating the 'feeling' of the 80s. When, for example, a DeLorean is shown, one gets the impression this is just another cliche rather than an homage to Back to the Future.

On the other hand, the movie appears to reach out to the youth movement rebelling against corporate greed that has reduced society to a dystopian wasteland. The problem is that the retro to modern generation gap is not well bridged. The key to success appears to be an understanding of retro pop culture with which the creator of the virtual world had been obsessed with. Yet, every predicament seems to be resolved with the movie's equivalent of a loot box--high tech gimmicks that substitute deus ex machinas for compelling story telling.

As a final note, you would expect a movie like this would excel at special effects. They were not bad but you expect more out of a movie with Steven Spielberg's name on it.

This was a movie I was looking for and thought I would like. Predictability, cliches, bad acting, and deus ex machinas turned it into a disappointment.
Shinnizle
715,021
Shinnizle
Posted on 03 May 18 at 17:52
Avengers: Infinity War - (2018) 2D
[10/10]
Forgot to post here. I saw it opening weekend and it blew my mind. Definitely the best Marvel to date. Tension all the way through, but still bouts of comedy throughout.
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dudecrazy108
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dudecrazy108
Posted on 06 May 18 at 21:24
Allgorhythm said:
Black Panther - (2018) 2D
[8.5/10]

This is how an entertaining movie should be made. Compelling story, great good guys, good bad guys, spectacular cinematography, thrilling action, dramatic pacing. etc.
Man I reviewed it for a film site and gave it a 6.

The fight scenes including the last one had some damn awful CGI in it.
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LuckyOne
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LuckyOne
Posted on 20 August 18 at 08:39
The Foreigner
Really good. Never seen Jackie Chan in something so gritty
DrMmmPie
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DrMmmPie
Posted on 02 December 18 at 10:57
Every Day in December up to the 24th. Me and the wife watch a Christmas movie/Christmas theme tv episode. This year is slightly different as I don't have access to my HD where all the stuff is still we are limited to what's on Netflix. Although one of my favorite movies of recent times is on there.

Arthur Christmas. 8/10

There is just something about this movie I love.
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JustSt0p321
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JustSt0p321
Posted on 04 December 18 at 03:26
9/10

A Bronx Tale

A really great crime/drama film that takes place in the 1950s.

Plus is has Robert De Niro, so it's automatically good.

So uh, If ya haven't seen it, I really suggest you give it a watch
DrMmmPie
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DrMmmPie
Posted on 14 December 18 at 12:19
The Christmas Chronicles 6/10

Good family flim. Child acting is a bit naf.
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SchizoPsycho74
Posted on 13 January 19 at 23:35
Before I Wake

7/10
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iMaginaryy
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iMaginaryy
Posted on 14 January 19 at 03:24, Edited on 14 January 19 at 03:29 by iMaginaryy
Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Critical: something like 5/10, personal: something like 6/10

Some very cool special effects, some not so great special effects (city scapes - compared to something like Blade Runner 2049). Some good cinematography moments, some good acting. Main detractor were some questionable lines/directorship/design/acting (combination thereof) - i.e. cringe moments.

Tomb Raider (2018)

Critical: something like 6/10, personal: also like 6/10, maybe a tad more

Similar to the above, overall enjoyable with some questionable cringe moments. I swear if someone more critical screened this a bit and just cut those moments they'd improve these scores by a point or two. Mostly cool that it followed the game's plotline quite closely, but sometimes excessively so where it could have been a bit forced. The star shines perhaps the most - Alicia Vikander.

Might as well throw in one from awhile ago:

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

9/10 or so.

Great directorship, great special effects, great soundtrack, great acting. Length didn't do it any favors in mass market, but I think it was necessary and didn't bother me. Not perfect, but very good. Will be in the collection.
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Jayz
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Jayz
Posted on 16 January 19 at 15:47
Ant-Man and the Wasp 9/10
Enjoyed this, not quite to the same level as the first which I found to be really quite refreshing for a Marvel movie.
SchizoPsycho74
Posted on 19 January 19 at 21:16
Venom

8/10

Definitely a sequel in the making.
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iMaginaryy
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iMaginaryy
Posted on 20 January 19 at 05:12
Marvel Dr Strange

9/10

Dr Strange was probably the best/my favorite of all the marvel cinema I've seen.

Avengers: Infinity War

7/10

Eh, very good, one of the better Marvel cinema, but just a tad messy, overrated, and overdone. Lacked a certain something, felt too standardized.

The Hunger Games

8/10

Very well done, but some weak spots. Some questionable detail cuts from the books, and lacks some flair from the books. Superb acting from Lawrence, Banks, and Harrelson.
Fear is the mindkiller.
SchizoPsycho74
Posted on 20 January 19 at 16:54
HellFest

8/10

A good slasher killer movie. I think a remake of The Funhouse would've been better.
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Posted on 30 January 19 at 06:55
7 from 10
Black Panther
Yazite
311,347
Yazite
Posted on 30 January 19 at 11:36
Alien (1979)

Enjoyed this. I played Alien Isolation a few months ago and felt like I then had to watch the movie. The movie was good, but not incredible. I loved the intense scenes and my heart was racing a few times. The dark cinematography was great and added to the atmosphere well. I just thought some of the story elements were weird at times.


7/10
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CRUM LEE
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CRUM LEE
Posted on 30 January 19 at 15:32
Bad Times at the El Royale

Was enjoyable but a bit long.

8/10
Shinnizle
715,021
Shinnizle
Posted on 04 February 19 at 04:21
Ant-Man and the Wasp
8.5/10

The actions sequences were well done and the comedy was pure gold. Loved it.
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Lord Midas
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Lord Midas
Posted on 07 February 19 at 08:26
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Cinema: 9/10

Really love these movies. The 3rd film's artwork and animation is utterly stunning. The story was good and is, of course, brilliantly acted.

The film could've done with being longer, to be fair. The amount of characters (good and bad) needed more fleshing out. The bad guys especially. And though the fairwell needed more attention, it was still emotional and good.

But other than that it was an excellent and hugely entertaining film
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CRUM LEE
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CRUM LEE
Posted on 07 February 19 at 16:03
Isle of Dogs

Loved every bit of this one... so unique. The stop motion is beautifully done.

9.5/10
CompleteKurisu
Posted on 22 February 19 at 03:47, Edited on 22 February 19 at 03:47 by CompleteKurisu
Caligula

Well, it certainly was entertaining in a very bad B movie kinda way. I easily could have done without the hardcore porn inserts, though. Malcolm McDowell does his best to elevate the lame screenplay.
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