Hell or High Water (2016)

It wasn’t hell to watch this and instead of high water, it had some high-larity all around! The writing was my favorite part of this movie Taylor Sheridan did a great job and gave the actors some really good dialogue that made you connect with all types of characters. I loved the setting of Texas with its wide open vistas and muted color palate. When there was action, it was really good and some shocking moments came out of those scenes. Jeff Bridges stole the show of course but I did also really like Ben Foster’s performance. I was unsure about Chris Pine as a Texan (he seems more Midwestern) but he did a fine job too. An excellent crime movie, that also sticks it to some bad people. A fun experience everyone should see.

88/100

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Das Boot (1981)

I’d like to stick my Das Boot up Wolfgang Petersen’s… um, nevermind. I know this is a classic film that a lot of people loved, but I have to say that I think it gets really boring and repetitive after two hours. The 3 and half hour director’s cut is super hard to get through in one sitting. I did it, but I never want to do it again. There is some good acting, except for that stupid ginger guy who had some really terrible hammy acting. The dubbed voice for him was also done as annoying as possible, so I think the dubbing crew also realized the guy was a gigantic tool of the sea. I also wish this movie had more submarine battles, instead we just get one while the rest of the movie is “Dive,dive, dive!” oh! Quick surface and look for ships… Oh no! Look out depth charges… let’s wait it out guys and listen to music and eat fruit!… rinse and repeat. It starts feeling like stock footage after the second hour, watch it again after reading this and you’ll notice. It’s too bad a good movie, gets ruined by getting too lengthy. I’m giving this film the boot.

62/100

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Starred Up (2014)

No, this is not about starting a new Tech company. It’s about a young man in prison that also happens to be the same prison his father is staying in. Starred up is British slang for a young offender being transferred from juvenile prison to the adult prison earlier than normal. Jack O’Connell did a fine job acting, so did Ben Mendelsohn but that’s where my love of this movie stopped. The DVD I watched this on had no option for subtitles and so with the accents of the actors, I found myself lost at what they were saying with no subtitle help. It was pretty much like watching a foreign film with no translation provided for you. This movie also didn’t have much of an ending either. It just wasn’t really very good, almost felt like a prison sentence. Maybe that’s what they were going for.

47/100

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Goodnight Mommy (2015)

Well I didn’t lose any sleep over this horror film. The filmmakers brought back creepy twins a la the Shining. Yes, twins are creepy and it works for the most part. I think the mother was actually more creepy than the kids throughout the film. I still don’t understand half of what happened in this movie. It also has a very non-ending ending. Some of the effects were cool and there was a good creep-factor in some of the scenes, but I thought the violence was a little too torturous. It felt like a Saw movie at times. I’m more of a thriller or Hitchcock kind of guy, violence can happen off screen, I don’t need to see eyelids being super glued shut and blood squirting out everywhere. If anyone can explain this movie to me, I’d appreciate it.

69/100

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Victoria (2015)

Cute name for a cute girl. Sadly this film wasn’t cute at all. A girl from Spain meets up with a group of Berlin lifers. She gets mixed up in a plot to rob a bank and is on the run for most of the movie. Once again, I’d like to smack the maker of Birdman. This movie tries to be edgy like Birdman and has the over the shoulder shot, following Victoria around the whole movie. I hate this new trend. I like to see a lot of different shots, and this closely following stalker-shot for a whole movie gets really boring, really fast. I found the plot to this film to be highly unbelievable… either that or European women are just really susceptible to coercion of men they meet at a disco for the first time. The only saving grace is that the title character is a pretty good actress and she is cute as a bunny on top of a kitten.

55/100

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The title alone is grating to me. It would be like “One-Eyed Willie’s Revenge: A Goonie’s Story”. Rogue One as a title would have sufficed. The cast of this movie was completely uninspiring and I’ll probably forget all of them. In fact, I just watched another movie with Ben Mendelsohn in it and it took forever to realize that I had just seen him in this movie. This felt more like the movie Valkyrie than it did Star Wars. It could be any war movie really, just felt very generic. I wanted more Vader, I loved his appearance towards the end and was finally getting excited, but it was short-lived. My biggest problem with this movie? The accents. Everyone seemed to be from a different country on Earth I was assuming. I heard Aussie accents, French, maybe German and a lot of British accents. It didn’t make any sense to me and it was distracting. Well, as I guessed, Disney is pumping out mediocre Star Wars films at a clip that would shame the Millennium Falcon’s Kessel run. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

65/100

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Mistress America (2015)

Finally Noah Baumbach a movie that is watchable! Yes, it’s still not perfect, but I did enjoy this movie. Greta Gerwig was adorable as ever and I really enjoyed Lola Kirke’s performance. The rest of the supporting cast was also good in its own way. Still, the Baumbach curse remains… he still can’t make a movie that isn’t just another “day in the life” kind of film. I really hate that genre of films. It’s like the reality TV form of movies. The writing is good though with a frenetic pace that will leave you breathless. I also laughed at several scenes, so good job on the comedy bits. Hopefully this is an upward trend for a writer/director I’ve come to love to hate.

77/100

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