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Winchester review

Posted : 2 days, 15 hours ago on 18 February 2018 04:03 (A review of Winchester)

A problem I have with a lot of horror movies is inconsistency of their idea, or explanations that don't really make sense with the rest of the story. Winchester, however, did a great job at remaining consistent with their story.

It relied on a number of jump scares, which were well done. The story was interesting and bizarre and was at least partially based on real people. Not terribly scary, but a good deal of suspenseful horror. 7/10


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The Shape of Water review

Posted : 2 weeks, 1 day ago on 4 February 2018 11:48 (A review of The Shape of Water)

A fun fairy tale. Only big issue I had with it was her quickness to embrace the monster for apparently no reason when first learning of it after it attacked someone. Also, this could have been a PG or PG-13 film with some editing and it might have fit better with younger kids who might not care that she'd have no motivation to become friends with the monster. Anyhow, worth it. 7/10


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Maze Runner: The Death Cure review

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 3 February 2018 10:48 (A review of Maze Runner: The Death Cure)

A mediocre end to a mediocre series. There was such a long pause between this movie and the second that I didn't recall all of the characters, but it seemed that most were extra, anyways. Nonsensical decisions by the characters and a confusing disease I didn't remember much about, other than it kinda made zombies. Everyone got burnt out on apocalypse movies when this series put out the second, so I understand the delay, but it hurt the story as the previous movie wasn't really good enough to bother watching a second time.

On another note, this series missed out on an opportunity to make the two sides of this both be good guys, but with different views of what that means. Instead, the antagonists are clearly bad, but the movie only tries to pretend otherwise at a couple of points. So, Teresa being lured to them wasn't convincing.

That said, it had a strong start and the action was decent. However, I ended up being bored at different points. If you've seen the first two, you might as well, but if you've not, I wouldn't bother getting caught up on them to see this. 6/10


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Darkest Hour review

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 10 January 2018 05:04 (A review of Darkest Hour)

An interesting tale of Churchill becoming Prime Minister and his securing of his position within the first month. It was difficult to understand Churchill at a number of points, which I get that he talked like that, but it makes it difficult to understand what is going on. Also, the movie wanders at points, focusing on characters that don't really have a role in the movie, like his assistant. Also, too much focus is put on times when nothing is happening, and not enough on significant things, like when people are changing their mind about things for unknown reasons.

Still, it was worth a watch for the history. The tone was great, and the speeches powerful and well done. 6/10


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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle review

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 3 January 2018 09:32 (A review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)

Surprising hilarious sequel to the original Jumanji. This time, Jumanji takes the form of a video game and is explained (well enough) in the movie. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, more than the original. The characters in the game being out of sync with the players controlling them may be cliche, but it was done well by all the actors and was just plain out funny. 8/10


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The Greatest Showman review

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 1 January 2018 11:32 (A review of The Greatest Showman)

A surprise musical, as I don't recall any of the previews indicating as such. Music was OK, but not memorable. Story was predictable and likely glossed over many details. Entertaining, but I found myself bored at parts. 6/10


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Roman J. Israel, Esq. review

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 November 2017 11:10 (A review of Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Boring. That is the one-word answer to summarize this movie. The protagonist was a weirdo and unrelatable and the pacing between scenes of interest dragged. Intentions of the main character were also questionable. Well, whatever, I enjoyed the popcorn bucket, so there's that, I guess. 6/10


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Blade Runner 2049 review

Posted : 4 months, 1 week ago on 10 October 2017 12:37 (A review of Blade Runner 2049)

This was a fun, interesting story revisiting the world of Bladerunner full of impressive imagery and special effects, marred by a number of scenarios that didn't have a satisfactory reason behind them and an unsatisfying conclusion. 7/10



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The Fifth Element review

Posted : 4 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 October 2017 01:52 (A review of The Fifth Element)

When I first saw this one in theaters, back in 1997, I thought it was great, except for the annoying DJ played by Chris Tucker. I hated that character. So, imagine my surprise when, this time, I found the movie to be pretty meh, but the DJ character was OK.

Generic, poorly thought out action flick, with weak action and rubber-masked aliens. The reasons why things are happening and the motivations of the villains are confusing. Just a bunch of poorly thought out events happening one after another. 6/10


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Rio Bravo review

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 1 October 2017 11:49 (A review of Rio Bravo)

A classic western from 1959 about a murderer being held in a small town until the marshal could come collect him and the gang that wants to free him.

It is clearly a movie from a different era, where even a western needed to have a musical number shoved into it. Regardless, it was enjoyable, if somewhat long.

The characters were clever and the interactions between them were engaging and interesting. It had sufficient action via shoot-em-ups as well as comedy that didn't feel forced. The love interest felt a bit tacked on, but not terribly so.

I also enjoyed that the protagonists weren't untouchable; they made mistakes and sometimes the bad guys got the jump on them or outsmarted them.

Why it was called Rio Bravo, "Brave River," is beyond me. Maybe it just sounded sufficiently "western" at the time. Always nice to see some of these old ones on the big screen. 7/10


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12 hours, 21 minutes ago
Arphahat posted a review of Winchester

“A problem I have with a lot of horror movies is inconsistency of their idea, or explanations that don't really make sense with the rest of the story. Winchester, however, did a great job at remaining consistent with their story.

It relied on a number of jump scares, which were well done. ” read more

2 days, 15 hours ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Winchester
2018/02/17 @Celebration, theater 13, seat F5 via MoviePass A problem I have with a lot of horror movies is inconsistency of their idea, or explanations that don't really make sense with the rest of the story. Winchester, however, did a great job at remaining consistent with their story. It relied on a number of jump scares, which were well done. The story was interesting and bizarre and was at least partially based on real people. Not terribly scary, but a good deal of suspenseful horror.
2 days, 15 hours ago
Winchester
 Winchester 7/10
2 days, 15 hours ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Black Panther
2018/02/15 @Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, theater 5, row 4 /w Dave Stein via MoviePass Very slow start. Combat was weak and poorly cut. CGI was great in parts, but bad in others (rhinos and them in battle, for instance, were terrible.) Story was paced both too slowly in some parts, and too quickly in others. Introducing big characters only to dispose of them in the same movie seemed a waste. Found myself bored at points, waiting for the end. Parts of the story didn't make a bunch of sense. That said, it was funny in parts, and the tech was interesting, as was the backstory. Just wished it had a better feel to it.
3 days, 19 hours ago
Black Panther
 Black Panther 6/10
3 days, 19 hours ago
Arphahat posted a review of The Shape of Water

“A fun fairy tale. Only big issue I had with it was her quickness to embrace the monster for apparently no reason when first learning of it after it attacked someone. Also, this could have been a PG or PG-13 film with some editing and it might have fit better with younger kids who might not care that” read more

2 weeks, 1 day ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
The Shape of Water
2018/02/04 @Celebration, theater 12, seat E9 via MoviePass A fun fairy tale. Only big issue I had with it was her quickness to embrace the monster for apparently no reason when first learning of it after it attacked someone. Also, this could have been a PG or PG-13 film with some editing and it might have fit better with younger kids who might not care that she'd have no motivation to become friends with the monster. Anyhow, worth it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
2018/02/03 @Celebration, theater 4, seat E8 via MoviePass A mediocre end to a mediocre series. There was such a long pause between this movie and the second that I didn't recall all of the characters, but it seemed that most were extra, anyways. Nonsensical decisions by the characters and a confusing disease I didn't remember much about, other than it kinda made zombies. Everyone got burnt out on apocalypse movies when this series put out the second, so I understand the delay, but it hurt the story as the previous movie wasn't really good enough to bother watching a second time. On another note, this series missed out on an opportunity to make the two sides of this both be good guys, but with different views of what that means. Instead, the antagonists are clearly bad, but the movie only tries to pretend otherwise at a couple of points. So, Teresa being lured to them wasn't convincing. That said, it had a strong start and the action was decent. However, I ended up being bored at different points. If you've seen the first two, you might as well, but if you've not, I wouldn't bother getting caught up on them to see this.
2 weeks, 2 days ago

“A mediocre end to a mediocre series. There was such a long pause between this movie and the second that I didn't recall all of the characters, but it seemed that most were extra, anyways. Nonsensical decisions by the characters and a confusing disease I didn't remember much about, other than it kind” read more

2 weeks, 2 days ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Passengers
2018/01/29 @home on DVD from library /w Kendra Clever concept and an interesting story. Questions about how things are setup on the ship detract from the story.
3 weeks ago
Passengers
 Passengers 6/10
3 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
2018/01/27 @Celebration Cinema Crossroads - theater 2, seat G8 /w Kendra via MoviePass Still a fun one.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Alien
2018/01/21 @Goodrich, Theater 4, row 4 via MoviePass and Flashback Cinema Retro future is always a fun thing to see in movies and books. This movie was made in 1979 and the future it portrays has computers that are the same terminal based ones of the time, but more powerful. It was also interesting to see how prevalent smoking was. And, everything is run with physical switches and buttons. Aside from that, the rest of the movie holds up pretty well. Special effects of outer space were great, and the alien creatures were believable. Though, the explosions were kinda ridiculous. The movie has a slow buildup of terror, done in a way that I appreciate, mostly off-screen. Knowing what the alien looks like stole some of that terror, but it was still well done. Most likely, it was hard to make the alien suit move in a believable way, limiting what they could film, but I feel that makes it scarier. The unknown is terror.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Alien
 Alien 8/10
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
What We Do in the Shadows
2018/01/15 @home on DVD from library Funny mockumentary about old vampires coping with unlife today. Amusing throughout, with several very funny parts.
1 month ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Darkest Hour
2018/01/09 @Celebration, theater 2, seat F5 via MoviePass An interesting tale of Churchill becoming Prime Minister and his securing of his position within the first month. It was difficult to understand Churchill at a number of points, which I get that he talked like that, but it makes it difficult to understand what is going on. Also, the movie wanders at points, focusing on characters that don't really have a role in the movie, like his assistant. Also, too much focus is put on times when nothing is happening, and not enough on significant things, like when people are changing their mind about things for unknown reasons. Still, it was worth a watch for the history. The tone was great, and the speeches powerful and well done.
1 month, 1 week ago
Arphahat posted a review of Darkest Hour

“An interesting tale of Churchill becoming Prime Minister and his securing of his position within the first month. It was difficult to understand Churchill at a number of points, which I get that he talked like that, but it makes it difficult to understand what is going on. Also, the movie wanders a” read more

1 month, 1 week ago
Darkest Hour
 Darkest Hour 6/10
1 month, 1 week ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Arrival
2018/01/06 @home on DVD from library with Kendra Clever story about the arrival of aliens and the first steps taken to actually communicating with them.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Arrival
 Arrival 8/10
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2018/01/05 @home on DVD from library with Kendra and Katy Still really funny. Family enjoyed as well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
War for the Planet of the Apes
2018/01/03 @home on DVD with Kendra The conclusion of the new ape trilogy. Entertaining enough, but not as good as the previous two.
1 month, 2 weeks ago

“Surprising hilarious sequel to the original Jumanji. This time, Jumanji takes the form of a video game and is explained (well enough) in the movie. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, more than the original. The characters in the game being out of sync with the players controlling them may be clich” read more

1 month, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 3 items to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Vegas Vacation

1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

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5/10

Vegas Vacation

7/10


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