Stalingrad (2013)

Congrats Stalingrad! This movie was a lot better than I was expecting, for a 3D film based on World War II. The 3D part confused me, but I went with it. I thought the visuals were pretty nice, and I liked a lot of the characters. The film was dubbed for English over the Russian speaking parts, it was a little corny, so watch it with all subtitles to skip the silly voices. It kept my attention pretty well, for being over two hours long. I thought the framing device of the narrator was strange, he was a search and rescue agent during the Japanese tsunami disaster… and to calm down a hurt woman, he tells her the story of his mother and the five soldiers that saved her. The movie steals a lot from 300, so be prepared for that. Otherwise, not horrible, just fine, I guess.

69/100

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Perfect Sisters (2014)

This movie is far from perfect. It’s also quite depressing. Watch in awe as young girls get hit, or molested, screamed at and living in terrible situations. Then sit back and relax while the girls plot the murder of their own mother. Watch more of them falling apart and getting drunk and high. The entertainment value is very low, as will be your spirits. I did think for the most part, the two sisters worked well together. Breslin had some really bad moments of acting that made me cringe worse than when she was binging on booze. Also, some of the technical elements of the film were quite interesting like when they imagine different mothers or are seeing the many deaths of their mom in their heads. This is hardly worth anyone’s time. I’d skip it.

56/100

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Wild Things (1998)

To call this movie wild would be an understatement. Wild things is a very provocative thriller that has more twists than an M. Night Shyamalan film collection. It has a very good cast consisting of Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Bill Murray, Robert Wagner, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon. I thought that the plot was very intriguing and kept me interested throughout. There were some steamy scenes too hot for TV and it just kept you guessing who was scamming whom. It’s a wild ride, can you handle it?

77/100

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Under the Skin (2013)

This movie really got under my skin, in a very bad way. I’m sorry to all the people who liked this, but I thought it was stupid. I like films that are abstract and a little kooky. I loved Tree of Life and I love just about anything David Lynch does. This movie, not only was in full abstract art mode, but also decided to not give any sort of meaningful plot or dialogue to the audience. I’m fine if directors want to release art out into the world, but if you are going to call it a movie, at least have some sort of coherent story or dialogue. A shamefully bad film, that will literally waste your life. Add this to my deathbed list of time I wish I could have back.

10/100

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A very strange science fiction film and drama with some really sharp ideas. Tim Burton cuts you to the core with his Frankenstein’s Monster idea of Edward. The man with scissors for hands. Like the movie The Blindside, a caring mother takes a troubled youth into their home and takes care of him. The townspeople fear him until they realize he has talents that can benefit them. I thought Burton’s over-use of bright colors was great for this film, taking Edward out of the drab “Burtonesqe” mansion and into the colorful houses around the area with perfectly green lawns. I think the story was both hilarious and heart-wrenching. It’s a must-see for any movie lover.

90/100

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The Raid 2 (2014)

Raiding my refrigerator is more exciting than this sequel. Yes, the fights were intense and graphically violent. Yes, some of the sets were cool and the amount of extras worked into the fight choreography was impressive… but what the heck was up with that plot? It was terrible, a very over used idea of going under cover to bring down a group of thugs. The plot was really murky at times, I struggled to figure out who was who. The movie is two and a half hours long for an action film, that’s just torturous. By the end of the film I wanted Iku Uwais to jump through the TV and put an ax through my head, I was getting so bored. Watch the first film, and toss this one into the river wearing cement shoes.

34/100

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Endless Love (2014)

This movie felt like it was endless because it was boring and had a long run time. It started off a little like Romeo and Juliet. A boy that wasn’t welcome dating a rich daughter from an important family. Then it just spirals into being really lame. The main character David, played by Alex Pettyfer, acted more feminine than Gabriella Wilde. They made the father of Gabriella incredible unlikable, to the point where he crushes the boy’s college dreams. The script is cliche ridden and I found it hard to believe that a girl as beautiful as Wilde was an unpopular recluse in high school. All the romance cliches are there, they betrayals and making up later. It’s hard to watch because it adds nothing new and will annoy you to no end. I wouldn’t recommend seeing this at all.

52/100

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