amazedemon

amazedemon
Celluloid Junkie - 3547 Film Ratings
Member Since: 18 Aug 2014
Location: UK
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Bio: "It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it." - Roger Ebert Feel free to message me if you want to start a discussion. I'm also posting my mini-reviews on letterboxd now: https://letterboxd.com/amazedemon/

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68 79% Planet of the Apes (1968) - Rated 24 May 2024
"Planet of the Apes is a sci-fi classic, solidified by its final act. (Specifically Dr. Zaius' speech rather than just the final revelation). Watching it in 2024, the cinematography especially during action sequences looks severely dated, however the ape prosthetics still look great. The plot can be a little hokey at times. Heston overacts throughout and his Taylor constantly makes questionable decisions. Nova is only there to look pretty. Dr. Zaius is immoral but right. Zira is great."
52 6% Spaceman (2024) - Rated 18 May 2024
"Spaceman is a tedious film that loses any sense of meaning as it meanders through mopey characters eventually confronting their emotional problems via the aid of a judgy alien spider. Renck & Day don't do any favours adapting Kalfař's novel, especially with the casting that seems to lessen the impact of the character's ethnic origins. Not Sandler's worst role, but it's a pretty lifeless performance. Mulligan's character is intolerable. The best aspect of the film is the score."
65 62% The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2024) - Rated 13 May 2024
"I wanted to like The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare more than I actually did. The premise is quite intriguing, but Ritchie's screenplay feels like it reduces the events into a simplistic action flick. The writing is noticeably weaker than his earlier films, and I occasionally felt a disconnect between the dialogue conveying character traits and the performance Ritchie gets out of his actors. Cavill, Ritchson and Sapani did well and seemed to be having fun. Golding and Pettyfer felt underused."
66 70% Godzilla Minus One (2023) - Rated 07 May 2024
"Yamazaki leans heavily into the melodrama for Godzilla Minus One, giving the film a live-action anime feel at times. Aesthetically, the film looks good (and I'm ordinarily not a fan of period pieces) especially considering the budget. The more serious tonal approach is a refreshing contrast from the American films, though I mostly like those as they are. The PTSD & post-war Japan were handled alright, but the nationalistic private industry push felt lame. Yoshioka was great. Kamiki less so."
62 31% Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two (2024) - Rated 03 May 2024
"Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two is on par with Part One, feeling a little less sluggish but still lacks narrative focus. They're are plenty of characters but no real protagonist nor character arcs. The closest we come in this film is with Kara and Psycho-Pirate, which provide some interesting moments before jumping back to one of the numerous groups fighting the same battle for the entire film. Not sure if teasing Ryan's Constantine is fun or just lazy at this point."
66 70% Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) - Rated 01 May 2024
"I enjoyed Frozen Empire simply because I liked all the characters; the original Ghostbusters, the new cast from Afterlife & the plethora of new ones introduced here. My main issue is with villain who is barely present & mainly presented through exposition. Barring his entrance & the final fight, he gets a single scene that is played for a joke. An extra 20 minutes to give him more personality would have gone a long way. Nevertheless, I was entertained. It's not a classic, just a solid sequel."
68 79% The Gentlemen (2024) - Rated 29 Apr 2024
"James & Scodelario do a good job to keep The Gentlemen entertaining, though Ritchie is just treading old ground here (even if he's channelling Tarantino a bit). The show is at its strongest when it's doing witty repartee, and at its weakest when its trying to set up a twist as the plot is too straightforward for any of them to work. Getting a little tired of our cultural obsession with aristocrats and wealth though."
48 3% Rebel Moon Part Two: The Scargiver (2024) - Rated 20 Apr 2024
"Part One was a schlocky mess, but at least it was tolerable. Rebel Moon Part Two is just an aggressively bad film. The first act is slog during which nothing of note happens. This is followed by our band of heroes sitting around a table having a exposition-off that would rival Jackson's Hobbit films. The action, effects & stylisation are all subpar. There's also not a lot of acting going on yet Huisman (the Dutch answer to Bradley Cooper) still manages to be particularly annoying. Utter rubbish!"
61 25% Northern Comfort (2023) - Rated 15 Apr 2024
"Northern Comfort is a dark comedy that too frequently forgets the comedy & often omits logic. Leonard does a decent job as someone trying to get over her aviophobia so she can go on a vacation...the next day. Spall is either a Falklands vet or a nutjob (or both) but his character isn't much deeper. The weak characters, exaggerated situations, odd pacing & questionable sound editing all make for a lacklustre watch. The final shot goes for a dark joke, but film's not strong enough for it to work."
61 25% Pain Hustlers (2023) - Rated 13 Apr 2024
"Despite the combined talent of Blunt, Evans and Garcia, Pain Hustlers is a dull affair that affirms Netflix as producers of content rather than cinema. The messy editing is noticeable, but the least of the film's problems. The screenplay follows a lacklustre formula; Act 1: establish protagonist's plight and drop in a new opportunity. Act 2: show glamourous new lifestyle. Act 3: show regret, conflict and comeuppance. The 2 hour runtime isn't justified as the film fails to achieve anything."