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Arphahat posted a review of Tomb Raider (2018)

“OK origin story type movie. I wanted Lara to be a stronger character, though, as it felt that she was relying on others way more than I'd expect. Exciting start, but a lot of pointless buildup before we finally get to the real meat of the movie. I found myself checking my watch several times, which ” read more

4 months, 1 week ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Tomb Raider                                  (2018)
2018/03/15 @Goodrich, theater 5, Row 4, seat 4 via MoviePass OK origin story type movie. I wanted Lara to be a stronger character, though, as it felt that she was relying on others way more than I'd expect. Exciting start, but a lot of pointless buildup before we finally get to the real meat of the movie. I found myself checking my watch several times, which is a sign that the movie could have been shorter. Not terrible, but I don't think I need to see this one again.
4 months, 1 week ago
4 months, 1 week ago
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A Wrinkle in Time                                  (2018)
2018/03/08 @Goodrich, theater 5, row 4 via MoviePass This was probably the best translation from the book that can be expected. The book was trippy, with a little bit of science and a whole lot of magic, and this movie followed suit. Impressive visuals helped counter the rushed pace and confusing story. If you haven't read the book, I would not recommend seeing this movie, since it felt like it was a companion to the book, relying on the audience to understand things that were unexplained. Parts were a bit cringey, but it was an overall enjoyable experience.
4 months, 2 weeks ago

“This was probably the best translation from the book that can be expected. The book was trippy, with a little bit of science and a whole lot of magic, and this movie followed suit. Impressive visuals helped counter the rushed pace and confusing story. If you haven't read the book, I would not recomm” read more

4 months, 2 weeks ago
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Red Sparrow
2018/03/03 @Celebration, theater 10 seat F13 - side note theater 10 was too quiet. via MoviePass Plot was a little sloppy and the pacing was too slow. However, it was an interesting story with a mystery I wasn't expecting, but was very clever. Enjoyed it enough, but wouldn't need to see it again.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Red Sparrow
 Red Sparrow 6/10
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Death Wish
2018/03/02 @Celebration, theatre 12, Seat F7 via MoviePass If you are in the mood for a bloody, vigilante-justice styled revenge movie, there is none better. The pacing is just right, spending time building up to the death wish part so that it doesn't seem to be happening suddenly. I appreciated that they included a scene of what would likely happen if someone were to copy-cat this in real life. Bloody, violent, but thoughtful. Dr. Kersey takes on his mission due to loss, but without beating us over the head with it, stops when he again finds something to live for. Great for what it is, but avoid if you cannot stand gore - it doesn't play a huge part, but it is there and hard to miss.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Death Wish
 Death Wish 8/10
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Arphahat posted a review of Annihilation

“A great sci-fi story that doesn't spell everything out. It has a gentle horror feeling throughout, where the antagonist isn't a villain, or even thinking being, perhaps. In fact, no malicious intent, just matter-of-fact is fresh. Weird and enjoyable, I will probably want to go see this one again. 8” read more

4 months, 3 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Annihilation
2018/02/22 @Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, Theater 3 via MoviePass A great sci-fi story that doesn't spell everything out. It has a gentle horror feeling throughout, where the antagonist isn't a villain, or even thinking being, perhaps. In fact, no malicious intent, just matter-of-fact is fresh. Weird and enjoyable, I will probably want to go see this one again. 2018/03/18 @Celebration, Theater 8, Seat B6 Since I started with some extra knowledge from already seeing it, I was thinking I could piece together more of what was going on. I was wrong. Still liked it, but still very strange.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Annihilation
 Annihilation 8/10
4 months, 3 weeks ago
5 months ago
Arphahat added 2 items to their collection
Tacoma

9/10

Subnautica

8/10


5 months 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

5 months ago
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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.
5 months ago
Winchester
 Winchester 7/10
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Black Panther
 Black Panther 6/10
5 months ago

“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

5 months, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
The Shape of Water (2017)
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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
5 months, 2 weeks ago
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure                                  (2018)
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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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

5 months, 2 weeks ago
Arphahat added 1 item to Movies Watched in 2018 list
Passengers (2016)
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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
5 months, 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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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.
6 months ago

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