Son of Saul (2015)

Son of a… Hungarian movies and I just don’t get along. At least this movie wasn’t a hundred hours long, but I’m getting a little tired of Holocaust movies. Schindler’s List is impossible to beat and this movie just copied the over-the-shoulder camera angle from Birdman. I was glad that you could tell horrible things were happening but you didn’t have to see them up close and personal like a Saw movie would do. The acting from Géza Röhrig was excellent, but that’s about all the glowing review I can give this film. It was cramped and depressing like a concentration camp… which maybe was the movie’s point. I just got done watching the movie Irrational Man before this and I must say, that title fits this movie a lot better. Saul is just incredibly irrational through the whole film, then again he was a Sondarkommando so that isn’t a very rational choice either. I’d pass on this one, unless you just love the movie Birdman, then maybe you’ll find this one interesting too.

33/100

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Krampus (2015)

A PG-13 horror film and it sort of Kramped its style. This movie had some highs and lows. I thought that some of the characters were really fun like the two mean twin girls. Then there was the main family that were a little boring. I love Adam Scott and Toni Collette, but they were kind of boring in this film. I liked the German Grandmother, she was pretty hardcore. The bad guys had some awesome looks to them, except for the Gingerbread Men. I thought those were dumb. The elves and the Jack in the Box enemies were amazing though. Krampus himself was pretty scary looking, except at times, his face looked like a fake mask. Like I said, some highs and lows. I only got a little scared once and it had very few laughs. If a horror movie isn’t scary, I like it to at least be funny. That’s why this movie was almost good, except it wasn’t.

69/100

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Platoon (1986)

Cartoons have more dimension than this film. Sorry Oliver Stone, this isn’t a war epic that deserves much praise. Please see Full Metal Jacket to see a better war movie. There really aren’t any likable characters to root for in this film. Willem Dafoe is probably the best character and he normally plays the villain in movies. The film’s true purpose is to set an agenda and show that soldiers are more evil than the people they are fighting in these dense jungles. The soldiers are lazy, drug-addicts, rapists and murderers. Even the final monologue by Sheen talks about not fighting an enemy but fighting themselves. I don’t approve of this message, I know the Vietnam War was not a popular one and it was before my time, but when you dedicate a movie to the Veterans of Vietnam at least try to make some of them look heroic instead of monsters. Some ugly scenes in this movie, and I know war is hell, but this film left me with no good feelings at all. I’d call this a political piece instead of entertainment, and I watch movies because they entertain me. In this aspect, the movie fails.

50/100

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