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|70 T7||Get Out (2017) - Apr 28, 2017
"A seriously impressive debut from Peele. He really nails those scary, suspenseful scenes. It’s definitely not straight-up horror though. And sometimes I wished it was. There’s a sort of twist that comes in near the end that I didn’t really like. It didn’t make much sense to me, and felt ultimately unnecessary. The performances were all good, especially Kaluuya. My expectations were probably a little too high because of all the hype on it, but yeah, very solid, and I enjoyed it a lot."
|70 T7||The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) - Apr 20, 2017
"It was good. Not necessarily for me, but good. Definitely a more interesting and complex version of Jesus than is usually presented. Willem Dafoe is really good, doing well to take such a role with a lot of baggage and still make it his own. Peter Gabriel’s music was great, too. Oh, and David Bowie’s in it! Always a plus, even if it’s a very small role. It’s far from the best Scorsese film I’ve seen, but still a very respectable effort."
|65 T6||The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) - Apr 18, 2017
"If you like the Beatles, you’re going to like this film. Simple as that. And since I do, I did. They’re just endlessly fascinating as a phenomenon. I don’t know that it does anything any other Beatles documentary couldn’t do, but yeah. I kind of wish they’d just done the entire story of the band. Because, while it does focus on the years in which they toured, it’s not only about that, and yeah, I wouldn’t have minded it it was a multi-part mini-series or something."
|65 T6||A Bay of Blood (1971) - Apr 18, 2017
"This was kind of amazing. Not all of it was what I’d consider brilliant filmmaking, but it’s a great, fun slasher movie. You can really see its influence on the genre. It’s very ‘70s, with A LOT of zooms, but I enjoyed the direction. You could tell they were quite inventive with their small budget. The story is pretty nuts and often convoluted, but quite entertaining. My jaw dropped a few times, but particularly at the very end."
|55 T4||Beauty and the Beast (2017) - Apr 17, 2017
"Not very good. Bad casting, especially Emma Watson, who is lifeless and can't sing. Kevin Kline is great. The musical numbers were disappointing. Often poorly performed, and always poorly directed and edited. There were some new story elements I actually really appreciated and I thought enriched the story, but others were completely superfluous and slowed the movie down to a halt. Good production design and costumes and stuff. This version just had barely any of the magic of the animated one."
|65 T6||Tickled (2016) - Apr 17, 2017
"I was slightly disappointed with how cheap and unprofessional it felt at first, but the grassroots, low budget style is also what’s appealing about it. I’ve known of the journalist David Farrier for a number of years now, and I respect him even more now. Anyway, I won’t say anything about what happens in it, because it’s best to go in fresh, but it’s definitely a pretty nuts and fascinating tale that I recommend you see for yourself."
|60 T5||Passengers (2016) - Apr 14, 2017
"A promising first half, but falls apart in the second. There were some interesting moral quandaries, but they soon gave way to a more traditional action/space movie with a ticking clock and explosions and near deaths. And they got the ending all wrong. But it wasn’t terrible, I suppose. The cast is fine. And I quite liked a lot of the production design, even if it did borrow a lot from Stanley Kubrick, and 2001: A Space Odyssey in particular. But yeah, ultimately disappointing."
|55 T4||Jason Bourne (2016) - Apr 12, 2017
"The Bourne Identity (2002) and its sequels have never done much for me. They’re not bad movies, but they’re just not for me. And this latest one is no different. I just found it dead boring. I didn’t give a crap about the characters or their motivations or all the tired spy movie shit. The action scenes were probably fine, but again, I couldn’t care less. Hopefully they’ll just let the series die after 2 unnecessary sequels now."
|45 T2||Terror Train (1980) - Apr 11, 2017
"Huh. What a strange film. Very much part of the post-Halloween (1978) horror scene, especially with it also starring Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s quite conventional in a lot of ways, and often rather predictable. It’s a very uneven film. There are a handful of great moments, but a whole lot of drawn-out boring scenes, too. There’s this whole thing where the magician David Copperfield is in it, basically playing himself? It’s super weird."
|55 T4||The Lego Batman Movie (2017) - Apr 06, 2017
"Fairly disappointing. The Lego Batman character worked well in that first movie as a side character, but as the main focus, I grew tired of him very quickly. There were a few good jokes, but there were good 20-30 minute stretches where I didn’t laugh at all. The animation was good, but far too frenetic at times, for me. There were a lot of Batman-centred meta jokes and stuff, some of which were fun, and some of which got very tiring. There was somehow too much Batman, and not enough."