Movie Review: Storm (2005)

Summer of the Swedes continues. Look at that face in the thumbnail… someone must’ve stolen his sandwich.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Storm”.

DD (Eric Ericson) is a bit of an aimless loner, just living his life and getting by. But that will soon get flipped turned upside down by the sudden entrances of an enigmatic woman (Eva Röse) and a shadowy organization led by a man in black (Jonas Karlsson). This story is a weird one. It wears a decent bit of its inspirations on its sleeves, and I can see how well the various elements could blend together. However, the story here is an absolute clusterfuck. It jumps between tones, it contradicts some of its own logic, nothing is explained, it’s all just a mess. There are some good moments throughout, but none of it jells in a coherent manner. I can see the ambition, I can see the glimpses of light, but it somehow never fully comes together.

The characters in this, kinda like the story, have decent enough ideas to them, but the execution is a bit iffy. Eric Ericson plays DD (short for Donny Davidsson, if you have to know). He’s a bit of a loner, not because he doesn’t know how to manage people, he does, but because it’s a movie thing, I guess. But as far as protagonists go, he’s not the worst. He’s not one of the best either, but he’s given enough little moments to keep him… fine. Ericson gives a really good performance though. Eva Röse plays Lova, an enigmatic woman who is kind of like Trinity from “The Matrix”, but not quite as interesting. They try, but they fail. Röse is pretty good in the role though. And then we have Jonas Karlsson as the man in black, no wait… man in suit. Anyhow, he’s meant to be a menacing villain who’s also like “Join the dark side”. However, Jonas Karlsson (who’s one of my favorite actors) isn’t menacing. When he’s just talking and tries to convince DD of things, he’s good. But when he’s trying to be a scary villain… no.

The score for the movie was composed by Carl-Michael Herlöfsson, and it was good. It’s not memorable, I don’t really remember much other than decent instrumentation involving some strings and piano… so yeah. Decent, but not memorable.

“Storm” was written by Måns Mårlind, and co-directed by him and Björn Stein. And I guess they did a pretty good job with it. Scenes have a decent flow, and they are not incomprehensible. Though their direction is of course a little bit let down by the mess that is the story… which is then carried by Linus Sandgren’s cinematography, which is quite good.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 54% user rating (no critic rating though). And on imdb.com it has a score of 5.7/10.

“Storm” is a highly ambitious film with some good aspects to it, but overall it is hard to recommend due to being quite a mess. It has a not good story, meh characters, really good performances, okay music, decent direction, and really good cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Storm” is a 4,55/10. So unfortunately I would have to recommend skipping it.

My review of “Storm” is now completed.

Hmm…

Movie Review: Them That Follow (2019)

I hate snakes. They’re the worst. I see a snake on tv or in a movie, I crawl into a ball on the couch. The worst. So let’s talk about a movie featuring them (I’m dumb).

Ladies and gents… “Them That Follow”.

Set within the deep woods of Appalachia, we follow Mara (Alice Englert), a young woman who is the daughter of the local snake-handling preacher (Walton Goggins). She carries a secret with her that, if released into the world, could potentially cause some trouble within her community. So now we have our backwoods story. And while I do have some little niggles with it, I generally thought it was pretty interesting. It’s like a window into this strange, archaic community, presenting them with a surprisingly nuanced view, rather than the typical “These cult-ish people are crazy monsters” angle that often get used within stories featuring similar characters/communities. Yes, we still get shown the angle that these people are ye olde backwoods christians… but it’s never as simple as them just being a cult, there is rarely pure judgment, but rather just observation, which I thought was interesting, especially as the movie went along and more revelations were unleashed. Now, despite this unusually intriguing execution, it’s unfortunately not perfect. It does feel flimsy at times, probably due to the short runtime (circa 95 minutes). Had they had more time, we probably could’ve had it even more fleshed out. But as it stands, it’s still an alright plot that kept me interested throughout.

The characters, while not the deepest in the world, are still pretty engaging. Alice Englert plays Mara, the young woman at the center of the story. She’s probably the deepest one in the story, as she’s highly conflicted about a lot of stuff going on in her life at the time, which makes her a really interesting character to follow. And Englert is really good in the role. Then we have Walton Goggins as her father, preacher Lemuel Childs. He’s a man of god… and nope ropes. He doesn’t get much development as a character, but he’s still quite engaging because Goggins is such an electrifying presence. Then we have Olivia Colman as Hope, a matriarch of sorts within this community. There is some conflict with her later on in the movie, which I won’t spoil in case you wanna watch the movie, but I’ll say that while it’s an okay idea, the overall execution of that is just fine. And while Colman’s southern drawl is somewhat hit-and-miss, her overall performance is great. We also get supporting work from people like Thomas Mann, Kaitlyn Dever, Lewis Pullman, and Jim Gaffigan, all giving good performances.

The score for the movie was composed by Garth Stevenson, and I felt that it was kind of a mixed bag. Sometimes it’s this nice, almost dreamlike thing that fits the southern, spiritual setting, really adding some nice atmosphere to the movie. Buuuut then there are some overbearing horror drones throughout too, and I felt like that took me out of it during those moments. I can tell that Stevenson has a lot of talent, but there are times when they aren’t applied correctly.

“Them That Follow” is the writing/directing debut of duo Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, and I think they did an okay job with it. They have a way of keeping scenes engaging thanks to a unique sense of energy that may have a slow flow, but still makes sure scenes never get boring. And when they need to get a bit suspenseful, they god damn nail it… except when the aforementioned horror score bits come on, then shit clashes a bit.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 60% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,2/10.

While far from one of the greatest movies ever, I still thought “Them That Follow” was a really good drama. It has a pretty good plot, okay characters, great performances, okay music, and good directing. As previously mentioned, it is brought down a bit by a sometimes shallow plot and poor musical score. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Them That Follow” is a 7,95/10. So while flawed, it’s absolutely worth renting.

My review of “Them That Follow” is now completed.

Damn snakes.

Movie Review: Falling Down (1993)

Sometimes life can be fucking weird… and horrible. Just look at the guy in this movie.

Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Douglas is… “Falling Down”.

William “D-Fens” Foster (Michael Douglas) is an unemployed defense worker. And during a really hot day he is trying to get to his daughter’s birthday party. And on the way he runs into several infuriating situations which causes him to irrationally lash out at the world. So now we have our plot. And is it any good? Sort of. There are some neat ideas at play, and the final act manages to create some pretty damn solid moments, but for the most part I didn’t feel fully invested. It was interesting enough to not be called bad, and there were scenes spread throughout that had some really interesting things happening in them, but for the most part I just felt like I was simply along for the ride, not getting fully invested in it.

Most of the characters are just there, not having too much to do, simply filling a role. But there are a couple that I thought were good. Let’s start with our main “hero”, played by Michael Douglas. You can tell that he is a very troubled man. He seems like a nice guy, but he can be prone to bursts of rage. There’s a lot of layers to this character, and Douglas is fantastic in the role. Robert Duvall plays a soon-to-be-retired cop who is investigating these seemingly related cases, as a sort of last hurrah before retirement. He has a lot of old man charm, and Duvall is great in the role. Then the supporting cast is rounded out by people like Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin, Tuesday Weld, Frederic Forrest, and Raymond J. Barry (among others), all doing a good job.

The score for the movie was composed by James Newton Howard and it was really good. Not among his best, but definitely a good one. It helps to create a lot of tension and drama throughout, thanks to a lot of intense beats and other sounds. It does really help elevate certain scenes in the movie.

This movie was directed by Joel Schumacher (oh boy…) and I think he did a really good job here (wait, what?). Yeah, go figure that the man who directed two of the worst superhero movies ever could direct a good thriller. His shots look great and manage to create a feel of unease whenever we follow Michael Douglas throughout. And there are also some really suspenseful moments throughout the movie that actually made me tense up a little bit. There’s also an essence of dark, mildly satirical humor to it, which I thought added to the movie.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 56/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“Falling Down” is not perfect, but it is a pretty damn good movie. It has a pretty good plot, pretty good characters, great performances, really good music, and really good directing. My flaws with it of course come from a plot that isn’t very investing, and a lack of interesting characters. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Falling Down” is an 8,72/10. While flawed, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “Falling Down” is now completed.

The summer sun, it blows my mind
Is falling down on all that I’ve ever known

Movie Review: The Voices (2015)

I’ve already talked about how important mental health is in the opening paragraph of my review of “The Accountant” (*cough* shameless plug *cough*), so I won’t go on about that for too long here. That said, MENTAL HEALTH IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Ladies and gentlemen, can you also hear… “The Voices”?

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a troubled young man who just wants to live a normal life, but that is hard when his pets talk to him (yes, you read that right). And after his crush (Gemma Arterton) stands him up after he asked her out, things take a dark and weird turn. So now we have our weird thriller that is also a dark comedy. And I gotta say that I really enjoyed the plot of this movie. Now, it’s a very weird one because it goes in a couple of directions that I didn’t really expect, which I really liked. It managed to catch me off guard quite a lot, managing to create not only odd and funny moments, but also suspenseful and dramatic ones too. Now, the tone of this movie is a little all over the place with this movie which will put some people off, but for me it actually kind of work within the context of the story and the main character. So yeah, I really enjoyed the plot of this movie.

The characters in this movie are all unique, interesting, and quite fun. Jerry can seem like your average, likable guy at first, but as the plot moves along we get to know him a bit more, and we find out just how troubled he is. And Ryan Reynolds is fucking fantastic in the role, perfectly balancing the funny and the tense/dramatic aspects of the character. Gemma Arterton plays his workplace crush who basically helps get the main plot going, and she’s good in the role. Anna Kendrick plays another one of Jerry’s colleagues and she’s really good in the role. Jacki Weaver plays Jerry’s psychiatrist, Dr. Warren, and she’s great in the role. And let’s just get through this quickly: Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Stanley Townsend, Adi Shankar, and Sam Spruell all do very well here. Now, I wanted to rush through those guys because I wanted to talk about two of the most interesting characters in the movie: Jerry’s pets (yes, you read that right). I did already mention that they talk to him, and what I like about that is they’re given interesting personalities too. The dog, Bosco, is Jerry’s moral compass and always tries to talk Jerry into being a good boy. And the cat, Mr. Whiskers… well, he’s just a huge asshole, always trying to make Jerry be a bad guy. Really, this movie is filled with interesting characters and solid performances.

The score for the movie was composed by Olivier Bernet and it’s really good. Sure, a lot of it sounds similar to a lot of other horror/thriller scores, but I think it still works for the movie. There are of course also less serious tracks in here too for certain moments in the film, and they all work very well too. There’s also one licensed track that they use in the movie. I’m not gonna say what song it is or how they use it, but let’s just say that it’s very unexpected and just awesome.

This movie was directed by Marjane Satrapi and I think she did a great job here. She manages to create a lot of suspense here, while also managing to create a fun mood for the lighter scenes. Also, I didn’t expect a lot in terms of cinematography with this movie, but holy shit am I glad to have been proven wrong… this movie looks great! And since I’ve mentioned a few times how this is a dark comedy, how is the actual humor in the movie? Well, I thought it was hilarious… but that’s mainly because of my love for dark and off-kilter humor. I laughed a lot… maybe I’m just a bad person, who the fuck knows?

This movie has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,4/10.

“The Voices” isn’t for everyone, but as someone that likes dark, weird, and off-kilter comedies, I thought it was great. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and great humor. Time for my final score. *Meow*. My final score for “The Voices” is a 9,56/10. This of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Voices” is now completed.

SEE… I TOLD YOU CATS ARE ASSHOLES!

Movie Review: High-Rise (2015)

Dystopias. Something explored in many books and movies. Some more accurate to current society than others. Well, today’s feature presentation is a dystopian story. So let’s go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “High-Rise”.

Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) is a physiologist who has just moved in to a huge, high-tech high-rise. And everyone there seems to have it pretty damn good. However everyone’s perfect lives soon spin out of control and everything starts going to absolute shit. And while it’s a really interesting series of events, I feel like there’s no actual reason for it all to be happening. I am all for odd and interesting plots that dare to go to unique places, but I also want there to be some reason bhind the events that transpire. Like I said, the stuff that happens in the movie is really interesting and can even be a little disturbing at times, but there’s no reason for stuff happening. I was seriously sitting there thinking, “Alright, this is some interesting stuff… but why is it even happening?”. And I am 100% sure that I didn’t miss anything that triggered the downfall of the high-rise society… shit just happened, with no real reason for it. So to summarize my rambling: The plot features an incredibly interesting series of events that has no real reason or focus behind it.

The characters are a bit like the plot, it was interesting seeing them go through all this shit, but I never really cared about any of them. Tom Hiddleston gives a great performance as Doctor Robert Laing, going from a pretty normal and sane individual to a more… odd man. Jeremy Irons plays the owner/architect of the high-rise and he’s great. Sienna Miller is also great. Luke Evans plays a filmmaker here and he is pretty great. Elizabeth Moss is also great in the movie. James Purefoy was also really good here. So the characters are not the most compelling, but they are interesting to follow and they are also very well acted.

The score was composed by Clint Mansell and it is fantastic! It’s weird, it’s eerie, it’s dramatic, and it just pleases my ears quite a bit. I am not surprised by this though, since Clint Mansell composed the scores for “Requiem for a Dream” and “Moon”, and I love the scores in those movies… he’s just fucking great at his job. What I also thought was pretty interesting about the music was that this movie has a weird fascination with ABBA’s song “S.O.S”. Just thought it was interesting how it popped at two times in the movie in two very different styles.

This movie was directed by Ben Wheatley and I think he did a really good job. The scenes always feel a bit off, but in a good way. I really felt like this wasn’t our world, it was something much weirder and much more unpredictable. And from a visual standpoint, this movie looks fucking great. There are plenty of great shots in this movie and even when the shot isn’t awesome (in lack of a better word) this movie still looks really good. Something fun to mention is that this movie is based on the book of the same written by J.G. Ballard, released in 1975. Now, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t say if this is a faithful adaptation or not… all I can say is that the book thing was a fun little bit of trivia to add. That said, if you’ve read the book then please tell me if it’s any good and/or if this is a good adaptation of it.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 61% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,7/10.

“High-Rise” is a pretty interesting dystopian drama. It has a pretty good plot, okay characters, great performances, fantastic music, and great directing. However it is very flawed since I felt like there was no real reason for the plot to happen and I didn’t find the characters especially compelling. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “High-Rise” is an 8,57/10. So even though it is quite flawed I’d say that it is worth buying.

My review of “High-Rise” is now completed.

So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me, S.O.S…

 

Series Review: Legion – Season 1 (2017)

The world of comic books is filled with all kinds of crazy characters. From grumpy billionaires dressing up like bats to angry Canadians with sharp knives in their hands, there are all kinds of weirdos in comics. Now, while it’s fun seeing some of the more “normal” and popular characters, I’d like to see some more obscure and odd characters. Now, I’m not talking about Arm-fall-off-boy, though that would be hilarious. But here we go, FOX taking a chance with one of their more… “crazy” characters.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Legion”!

David Haller (Dan Stevens) is a young man that’s been admitted to a mental hospital to get treated for schizophrenia. However he soon finds out that his crazy episodes might be because of more than simple schizophrenia, that he might have some kind of power. And that’s where I’m gonna leave it because this plot is fucking great! I mean, it’s really weird and most definitely a mindfuck… but it’s definitely great. I think that it could be a bit polarizing for some. The weirdness might seem like it has no purpose at times, but if you stick with the show then it will actually make sense. It’s weird, it’s trippy, but it’s also compelling, layered, and incredibly entertaining. So yeah, the plot here is great!

All of the characters here are troubled which makes them really interesting to watch. Dan Stevens plays David, our really troubled and fascinating main character. The character has a lot of layers to him and the fact that he might actually have serious mental problems just makes him so much more interesting. And Dan Stevens is fantastic in the role. Rachel Keller plays Syd Barrett, a woman that David falls for, and she’s great in the show. Her character has some problems of her own, and it makes her a really compelling character. Aubrey Plaza plays Lenny, a friend of David’s and she’s just a million flavors of fun. Her character is chaotic and unpredictable which makes the scenes with her so incredibly fun and investing. We also get some great performances in the show from people like Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Jean Smart, and Mackenzie Gray. Shit, every actor that pops up in this show is great… no weak performances here.

The score for the show was composed by Jeff Russo and it’s really great. Often it can be as weird as the plot, which just makes it a better fit for the show. But overall it is very well composed, containing all kinds of great stuff from big and brassy action tunes to weird electronic stuff to slower/more serious stuff. There are also a lot licensed tracks used htroughout to great effect from artists/bands like Nina Simone, T-Rex, Radiohead, and Sonny Simmons (and a whole bunch more).

The series was created by Noah Hawley (the man behind the awesomely awesome “Fargo” series). And while he didn’t write/direct every episode, it’s still clear that he had a hand in this. Speaking of directing, this is a very well directed show. Shto composition is really solid and scenes flow very well. What I also like about the show on the more technical side of everything is the use of different colors, lighting, and even different aspect ratios. It makes for a rather unique and interesting watch… and I love it. So yeah, there are loads of weird visuals in this show, but I’d argue that it all has a point. It’s style mixed with substance.

This show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 82/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #91 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Legion” season 1 is an incredibly weird but also incredibly awesome show. It has a great plot, great characters, terrific performances, great music, and great directing/editing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Legion” season 1 is a 9,90/10. So yeah, it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Legion” season 1 is now completed.

So it’s probably gonna be about a year until next season comes out… *sigh*. At least “Fargo” returns soon.

“Death Stranding” E3 Trailer

Hi guys, let’s talk some more E3 stuff. And let me tell you… this one’s a doozy.

So we now know what Kojima has been up to since he was let go from Konami to then start his own company. Before we move on to the trailer itself, let’s discuss Kojima. For those of you who don’t know, Hideo Kojima is a man who has been making games for many years. He is most known for the “Metal Gear” franchise, which is a franchise that I am a fan of, whether it is “Solid” or “Rising”, doesn’t matter… just get me my “Metal Gear”. Now, before he was more or less fired from Konami, he was working on the next game in the “Silent Hill” franchise… titled “Silent Hills”. Now this was every exciting for a few reasons. The first one was of course because he had made so many games that were beloved by millions of people. The second one was because of a demo of “Silent Hills” (titled “P.T.” which is short for “Playable Teaser”) that got released and received massive praise for being scary as shit. And the third reason is the most exciting, because he had teamed up with (Get this) Norman Reedus and Guillermo Del Toro to make this game. Del Toro and Kojima would be directing and Reedus would star. As a huge nerd of most mediums, this combination of people was amazing to know about. Then Kojima was let go, Del Toro and Reedus left the project and Konami scrapped it all together. But now Kojima is back on track with his very own company (no longer under the claws of Konami) to make his very own stuff. And finally we got a trailer for his company’s very first project… *Big exhale*. That was a lot of text to introduce this shit.

I don’t know how to summarize this trailer in a few words, so I will go through it and talk about what the fuck can be seen. So it starts on sand and there are dead things all around, nothing too odd there. We pan across the sand which starts getting handprints put in it, and in the prints a black liquid emerges (now we’re getting weird). This continues for a little bit while we pan over to then see a naked man (Have fun, ladies) laying down on the sand which turns out ot be a beach. As we continue panning we get to see the face of this naked man, who turns out to be *Drum roll, please*… Norman Reedus. No, I’m not kidding, it’s Norman fucking Reedus, naked on a beach filled with dead things. Anyway, we then pan a little more to reveal a very tiny baby with an uncut umbilical cord which Norman then proceeds to pick up and hold close to him. He cries a little, then the baby disappears and his hands are covered in black liquid. Then black (baby-sized) handprints start appearing on his leg. Then Norman stands up and looks out over the ocean, and as it cuts we get a wide shot of the beach which is filled with dead fish, whales and some weird things in the sky. Oh yeah, also naked, CG Norman Reedus. Then we get the credits “A Hideo Kojima Game”, now we know the director. “Norman Reedus”, now we know who stars. And then we finally get the title… “Death Stranding”. The title might help to explain some of the stuff we see, because it’s definitely a beach, like he has been stranded. And the “Death” part of it might explain the weird visuals. Hideo Kojima has never been a stranger to weird and cryptic stuff in his games before (just have a look at most things in “MGS”), but this damn thing takes the fucking cake. I don’t know what’s going on, but I am definitely intrigued and will definitely have my eye out for anything else relating to it.

What do you guys think? Are you intiruged by the trailer? Are you looking forward to this game? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy(?) the trailer.

Movie Review: Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the continuation of “The Month of Spooks”. Time to review another horror movie… something that is the basic plan of this little “month” of mine. Thinking about it, maybe I should start it a little earlier and plan it out a little better for next year. Anyhow, time for a horror movie… yeah.

Ladies and gents, be ready to climb… “Jacob’s Ladder”.

Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) has an okay life working as a postman and living with his girlfriend Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña). However he is not a perfect everyday man. First off, he is in grief over his young son (Macaulay Culkin) who died and he is also beginning to have terrible flashbacks about his time in Vietnam. Also, he bgins seeing terrible and terrifying creatures and other things. So Jacob has to try to figure out what the hell is going on, why this is happening and also find a way to get out of it. And not only was the plot very well told, but it was also pretty scary. To be honest, the movie isn’t a straight-up horror movie, but it is also a drama/psychological thriller. And I do think that those aspects helps improve upon the movie. I also love the deep symbolism in the movie, it’s all really cool. Also, if a movie can mentally mess me up, that is pretty great. I guess I would say that this movie left the same type of psychological impact on me as “Enemy” did, and you guys probably know I loved that movie.

The characters are all flawed in some manner of speaking and they are all very interesting. Sure, not many of them get a lot of screen time, but that is still compensated for by great writing and excellent acting. Tim Robbins is fantastic as our broken and haunted protagonist. This is definitely one of the best performances I have seen him give. Sure, I haven’t seen too many Tim Robbins performances, but it’s still fuckin’ great. And Elizabeth Peña was great as his girlfriend. Everybody was great. No weak performances.

The score for “Jacob’s Ladder” was provided by composer Maurice Jarre. And you guys should know by now that I love Maurice Jarre. Every score I have heard from that man is somewhere between great and amazing in my opinion. And the score for this movie was not different at all, it is another welcome addition into Jarre’s discography. It is thought-provoking, it is beautiful and it is quite eerie. It really did fit the a horror movie/psychological thriller so it’s great that this movie is such a movie. Again, it’s by Maurice Jarre and I love basically everything by him.

The shots in this movie look pretty damn great. It was directed by Adrian Lyne who also made “Flashdance”. And he did a fantastic job with it. Also, he achieved some pretty fucking creepy and even scary things in the movie. One example is how he managed to create that scary “Shaking head” effect. Seriously, the way he achieved that without resorting to computers is simply amazing because that effect is some of the scariest shit I have ever seen in a movie.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 69% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 62/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“Jacob’s Ladder” is a horror movie with a very deep and symbolic plot, fantastic acting, terrific music, great directing and it is actually really scary. Time for my final score. *Cough cough*. My final score for “Jacob’s Ladder” is a 9,85/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Jacob’s Ladder” is now reviewed.

I need more Tim Robbins in my life.

Movie Review: Headhunters (2011)

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Hello guys. I am sorry that it’s been a while. I wanted to give you a review earlier this weekend but I was away and couldn’t do anything about it. But now that I am home I have watched a movie and sat my butt down to review it. You know what the fun part of it is? It comes from Norway, the country my dad is from, it is also our neighboring country.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Headhunters”.

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a short man, but he still got a pretty great life. He is an accomplished headhunter and thief. He also got a beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) and a very expensive house. One day he tries to steal a very valuable painting from former mercenary Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). And then a game of cat and mouse starts where Brown has to go on the run. And I was intrigued the whole way through. This is an action-thriller with an incredibly suspenseful and really well-told plot. While most action-thrillers these days rely on big action set-pieces and bare-bones storytelling, but “Headhunters” manages to create a compelling plot that had me interested through all of it. It also has some pretty good twists to offer.

The characters (despite the strange situation they’re in) all fell like very real people. You feel like they have gone through life in very different ways and they never feel fake. And the acting in the movie is pretty fucking great as well. Aksel Hennie is great as Roger Brown, showing himself as a man terrified for his life yet still maintaining a sense of calm. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was also pretty great in the movie, playing a pretty intimidating man/villain. Really, all the acting was pretty great, but can you expect anything less from a movie that stars Max Manus and Jamie Lannister?

The music for the movie was composed by Trond Bjerknæs and Jeppe Kaas and it was really good. I wouldn’t call it anything unique or new, but I woiuld still say that it’s really good and fits the movie very well. It’s your typical action-thriller style of score, but it’s still good. It doesn’t bring the movie down simply because of it being similar to other scores that we have heard.

This is a great looking movie. The shots look fantastic and you know what? Whenever there is action in the movie, it is all practical, no CGI. Sure, there might have been some CG at some point, but I sure as shit didn’t notice any. That is especially impressive when it comes to one scene in particular that made me go “Is he seriously d- he is seriously doing that… shit”. A lot of praise to the people who made the movie for that. Thank you, Morten Tyldum for directing it as well as you did. Also, if you didn’t know, this movie is based on the book of the same name by Jo Nesbø who my parents have recommended a lot of times so I should probably read one or two or… all of his books. Because now I am very curious about them.

This movie has been well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“Headhunters” is a very odd thriller… and I love that. The story is intriguing and suspenseful, the acting is great, the music is good, the directing is great, the action is great and I just had an overall great time with it. Time for my final score. FAEN! My final score for “Headhunters” is a 9,88/10. I think it’s worthy of the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Headhunters” is now reviewed.

No heads are being hunted, what a disappointment…

Movie Review: Mad Max (1979)

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I know, I know, I am a bit alte in the game when it comes to the “Mad Max” franchise. But hey, better late than never, right? Anyway, time for another series of reviews based on a movie franchise. And this time it is for (if it wasn’t obvious already) “Mad Max”. So I will try to review all original movies before “Mad Max: Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. And yes I know, I am not done with my series of “Jaws” reviews, but I swear that I will get that done soon enough. But for now, let’s talk about the first of a series of Australian movies.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mad Max”.

The world has almost gone to shit (that’s a new one). There is still a little bit of order left in the world with police officers still existing to keep everything in control. In this movie we follow officer Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) who have to take up arms again to try to take out a motorcycle gang to avenge his wife and son. That is basically the plot in a nutshell, strange thing is that it doesn’t happen until fairly late in the movie (mild spoilers I guess). Not that the plot is slow, not at all. The plot moves at a really good pace, it’s jsut so weird that the main plot of the movie comes in at such a late point. Anyhow, the plot is really good.

The characters are prety good I guess, it just seems like no one is completely sane (SIdenote: I guess that is why they call it “MAD Max”). How is the acting then? It’s fine at best, no one gives really a noteworthy performance in that sense. I guess the best one comes from Gibson who actually is really good in the movie. However, everyone else is at best fine. The bad guys however (for the most part) are rather meh. I think the actors confused crazy for weird and awkward. Because the main bad guy (Sidenote: The one called “Toecutter” played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) doesn’t really give that great of a performance here. Like I said, I think he confused crazy and psychotic with weird and awkward. And that kind of drags it down a bit for me. Gibson’s really good though, so that’s something!

The score was composed by Brian May, no, not the guitarist from Queen, but an Australian man who did music for a bunch of Australian movies. Anyway, it was good, definitely a product of it’s era. You notice that this music was composed back in the 70’s, it has the sort of 70’s action-thriller style. I don’t know how to explain it better, that is the only way I can explain it. And it was pretty good, fit the movie well enough.

When you watch this movie, would you expect it to come from the same guy that directed “Happy Feet”? Because I sure as shit didn’t. Because this is a violent and weird movie that is as far from a movie about cute dancing penguins as possible. Anyway, this movie was directed by George Miller who did a great job with directing this movie that apparently was on a very thin budget. The shots look great and he did an overall great job. And the action in the movie is really cool too. They did a lot of crazy stunts with the vehicles and I love seeing these types of real stunts because we never get them these days. Fuckin’ CGI…

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Mad Max” is a mixed bag of stuff. The story is good, the acting is for the most part fine with Mel Gibson being really good and the main bad guy not being that great, the music is fine, the action/stunts are great and the direction/camera work being great. Time for my final score. *Australian Phrase*. My final score for “Mad Max” is an 8,77/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Mad Max” is done.

He’s a very, very Maaaaad Max…