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    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw:


    Enjoyable summer fare, and very good Bro-Com action movie. Don't look too close as the plot is paper thin, and full of holes. The action scenes-in particular the London Streets car chase are shot very well and generate excitement. At 2 hours, 15 minutes the film lags a bit at the start of the 3rd reel. 15 minutes could have easily been cute. The banter between Hobbs (Dwane Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) is usually funny. Shaw's movie sister Vanessa Kirby steal every scene she's in, and Idris Elba is believable as a human "black superman". Two uncredited cameos overtly point towards at a sequel.


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    The Devil's Backbone (2001)

    Spanish gothic-style ghost story directed by Guillermo del Toro. Setting is a war-torn boarding school/orphanage set during the Spanish civil war.

    I'm not sure why this movie got so many positive reviews. It's at 7.4 on IMDb and 92% at RT. But it did nothing for me at all. Ghost stories don't have to be scary, and "horror" films (which this really is not) don't have to be full of graphic scares or "kills" or whatever. But they should at least be interesting.

    We see the ghost before the opening credits are over, so there's no mystery element whatsoever. Everyone knows there's a ghost and the main kid who sees him isn't really scared. The ghost just stands around. There's no great revelation about WHY there is a ghost kid. It's fairly obvious and is explained in due time--one of the orphan boys died (was killed) and now he's a ghost. He won't go away until his killer is punished appropriately.

    So, nothing mysterious. And I didn't care about any of the characters. That's a fatal flaw. Well, I liked the old doctor dude, but the "kindly grandpa" fellow isn't going to carry the movie. The only interesting scene was the "boys with pointy sticks" scene. I didn't buy the motivation of the baddie to do what he did. And there's not even any real interesting context for the war, other than some vaguely leftist propaganda by the director.

    Finally, so much is made over the "visual style" of the movie. Well, I hope you like sepia because most of the movie is various shades of brown. At least del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (another movie I didn't like much, but at least more than this one), had vivid colors.

    1.5 stars (out of 5).

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    Strange Circus (2005)

    I had no idea what the movie was about, or even who the director was when I popped the DVD into the player. I like to go into these things cold, with no preconceived ideas.

    So imagine my surprise.

    What a disturbing movie. I figured pretty quickly it must have been a Sion Sono film, based on my limited exposure to his works. What sets up the plot is truly disturbing. After I got over the initial shocking elements, I figured my review score at about a "2." The parts that made sense were disturbing, and the parts that were not making sense, while well-shot, seemed pretentious. Like "let's make it more fantasy/dream-state to get some nods from the art-house crowd." I wasn't actively disliking it--just not really responding to either the "normal plot" or the "weird" stuff either. But it was growing on me a bit, and I was thinking, ehhh, maybe bump up to a "3" just for the gall of the subject matter.

    Then, about an hour in, when the movie starts focusing on the lady author in the wheelchair and the group of editors. I kept wondering what the point was. A lot of things were not making sense and I was mentally picking apart the plot. Uh-oh, back down to 2 stars...and dropping.

    But then...well...the last 30 minutes or so. Holy cow. Didn't see THAT coming! Or that. Or that! I was completely blindsided. I love it when a movie can do that to me. And unlike Audition (which I detested), I feel that the director earned every bit of the hoops I was falling through. Bravo! New interpretations of previous scenes--so delicious. I'm still not clear on a few things (and don't really care), and I do think Sono overplayed and overstayed his welcome a bit with what (to me) seemed to be forced ambiguities and fantasy sequences. But that aside, all in all I really enjoyed the ride. 4 stars. And if I were to ever watch it again, I'm guessing I'd add another half star since I could settle in and focus on some of the ephemeral parts a little more.

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    Finally got around to watching Us on the flight to LA this past Sunday. Loved it. Peele is a real master of the genre. He has a new voice and is not afraid to use it. The social undertones are superb for those willing to delve deeper, and for those who donít want to, itís just a great horror tale. 9/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorZaius View Post
    Finally got around to watching Us on the flight to LA this past Sunday. Loved it. Peele is a real master of the genre. He has a new voice and is not afraid to use it. The social undertones are superb for those willing to delve deeper, and for those who donít want to, itís just a great horror tale. 9/10
    I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm seeing a lot of people that have been saying negative things about the film recently.

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    Just got it from Netflix so it'll be next on-deck. I've stayed away from reviews (though it seemed like lots liked it), so I'm hoping to be surprised.
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    The Kitchen - Bleh/10

    It's not a bad film, it's just so generic. The most annoying part of the film, outside of the fact that Tiffany Haddish is a thing, was how the girl power is virtually slathered on in heaps. I have no problem with female empowering films, but it was really ham-fisted here.

    Melissa McCarthy proved last year that she can act in a drama with her fine performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, but here she's playing it so straight that her character just comes off as boring.

    Widows did it way better and nobody watched it, so go watch that one instead.

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    Good Boys. This is funny all. Like laugh out loud funny. And from start to finish. The young black guy is so funny.... he is gonna be a comedy star. Stole the show for us. This is funny..... BIG funny.


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    Quote Originally Posted by webstar1000 View Post
    Good Boys. This is funny all. Like laugh out loud funny. And from start to finish. The young black guy is so funny.... he is gonna be a comedy star. Stole the show for us. This is funny..... BIG funny.


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    Agreed. I had a lot of fun with this one.

    Young black guy? You do know that was a little kid, right?

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