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just finished season 1 of Stranger Things. All in all an impressive and really well done show with cool characters, my favourite being the one in the gif below (yes, Eleven was cool but come on). I do have to say that I felt the show kind of stumbled near the end though. I'm not sure exactly what it was but the more they actually delved into the monster and stuff in the last two episodes the less interesting it felt. The monster was just-OK when it was revealed and never really turned out to be anything special, and unfortunately (I'd put this on the budget more than anything) there were a couple cases in the 7th, and especially in the 8th and final episode where some of the monster effects looked pretty noticeable and it kind of took me out of it a bit. Still all in all for an original show it was surprising and effective, and while I can't say I'm clamoring at the bit for season 2 (I kind of wish they wrapped it up and treated this with isolated seasons ala True Detective), I'm definitely interested in the next season and will check it out! I'd give it a 7.5/10. Very strong stuff, highly recommended!
|Directed by:||Anthony Russo|
|Written by:||Anthony Russo|
|Cast:||Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Comic Book|
This was such a great surprise. Marvel movies are pretty hit and miss with me, and most of them just feel like a disappointment to be honest. I thought The Winter Soldier was a solid movie, but found it was pretty overrated and not all it was hyped up to be, even upon multiple viewings. So with that my expectations for Civil War, even with the cool concept/source material, were admittedly pretty low. So much so that I decided to just skip a theatrical viewing. Honestly the trailers didn't do much for me, and the last Marvel effort I saw in the theatre, Age of Ultron, was a big let down for me so it wasn't that hard of a choice. But I finally saw it and man, I just about loved it. I enjoyed nearly everything about it, from the balanced tone and balanced humour (which I find some Marvel movies have a problem with, becoming too jokey and ruining any potential drama) to the genuinely compelling storyline (largely because of the unexpected and well done twists and turns), to the action (aside from the generic feeling, kind of 'we feel like we had to put this in here' large scale CG clustermuck at the end). I look forward to seeing this one again sometime, and have a renewed interest and excitement for Infinity War 1 and 2 now. Highly recommended.
|Directed by:||David Robert Mitchell|
|Written by:||David Robert Mitchell|
An enjoyable and unique entry into the genre, but not without its flaws. The movie has multiple instances of being, let's just say 'too artsy for its own good' with pointless and drawn out shots and scenes that even upon further examination and considering the context, don't seem to amount to anything of any additional value, only really leaving them to represent perhaps a bit of a self-indulgent filmmaker. Still, the director and crew aside from those few instances do top notch work throughout. The acting is solid and the 'action' scenes are well done with some surprising but well done effects (though some of the 'demon' or whatever incarnations did look a bit corny rather than scary). Still, the movie suffers from a beginning stinger that doesn't make any sense (I'll refrain from spoilers but I'll just say 'the leg') and especially from a terrible ending. The problem with the movie isn't that the mythos isn't explained in great deal, it's that its never really resolved. Some other movies can do that and make it work, see Final Destination, but this is just not that type of movie, it doesn't feel like it's going for that style or vibe at all so it doesn't work, and ends up being one of the most 'you gotta be kidding me... really?' endings I've seen in a while. It leaves with a popcorn-horror Final Destination style goodbye, as...[more]...
|Directed by:||Roland Emmerich|
|Written by:||Carter Blanchard|
|Cast:||Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Vivica Fox|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction|
Wow. I'm a big fan of the original, and would probably give it a big 8 out of 10, possibly even a 9, so I was definitely looking forward to a sequel. The concept seemed cool enough, and even more so with the ballsy move they chose to make with humans having reverse engineered the alien tech from the first movie, pushing this into a really cool full on sci-fi angle. While initially cool, that angle in the actual film soon turns both unexciting and frankly irrelevant. Sure the good guys are fighting the bad guys in their semi-alien ships, but they don't really do anything unique and aren't that notable... it's like they had a cool idea, the reverse engineering thing, but couldn't figure out anything really interesting or vital to do with it. A shame, considering all the potential...[more]...