Celluloid Junkie - 3319 Film Ratings
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|50 25%||Incredibles 2 (2018) - Nov 16, 2018
"I just don’t get it. What is appealing about these movies? Sure, the animation’s good, but it always is with Pixar. And yeah, there’s some pretty awesome action sequences that are really well-directed, but that’s not enough. A very formulaic, predictable story. I don’t like any of the characters. Not funny, apart from some parts with the baby. No emotion. Maybe there’s something I’m missing, but yeah, I don’t like the Incredibles movies."
|45 17%||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) - Nov 14, 2018
"It’s basically the same thing, except they already used up most of the popular songs in the first movie. The scenes in between the musical sequences were hard to get through. Everything’s so frivolous and without weight that I just can’t make myself care about the characters or what they’re doing. Also, and this was a problem with the first movie too, there are a lot of average or non-singers in the cast, which makes it hard to enjoy. "
|30 7%||The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) - Oct 28, 2018
"Maybe it was low expectations, but I didn’t think this was terribly worse than the first one. It’s definitely less original and you can tell Craven didn’t really care about what he was doing, but I found it fairly harmless overall. Lots of bad acting and goofy characters again. There were actually a few interesting ideas in there, but they weren’t explored, so it didn’t matter. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I didn’t hate it."
|60 43%||Halloween (2018) - Oct 18, 2018
"It’s not a bad movie by any stretch, but it’s only an okay one. It plays things fairly safe, and although it seemed to have a lot of good ideas, they just weren’t executed all that well. Many, many references and allusions that fans will pick up on. Curtis was great, but I didn’t think they really did enough with her character. Not scary, just 2 or 3 decent moments of suspense. It takes a while to get going, and then just didn’t thrill me enough when it did."
|65 54%||Eighth Grade (2018) - Oct 13, 2018
"I liked it. I didn’t quite love it. The story didn’t always flow that nicely. While I didn’t hate the music itself, I found it quite obtrusive. Otherwise, yeah, it was really nice. Despite not being a teenager girl in 2018, I think it captured that pretty damn well. I thought the lead actress was really good and felt pretty naturalistic. And where it really succeeds is in the emotion of the character. I got emotional several times, and I certainly call that a win for the film."
|55 35%||Ocean's 8 (2018) - Sep 30, 2018
"As far as gender-swapped reboots go, this isn’t a terrible idea. It really is a remake pretending to be a sequel though - the connections to the other trilogy felt forced. The cast is mostly good - Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway especially. The characters aren’t terribly developed though. The heist plot was fine - enough cleverness to get by, but nothing elevating. I’d see a sequel to this, but I would hope they try harder next time."
|55 35%||Blockers (2018) - Aug 24, 2018
"I don’t have a lot to say about this one. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. It had a couple of funny moments, but nothing hilarious. It also had some emotional moments, but yeah, nothing special. I liked some of the ideas in there, but it’s not elevated by the characters. The adults didn’t do much for me, but some of the younger characters were kinda fun and entertaining. A nice enough movie, but not something I’d recommend especially."
|65 54%||Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) - Aug 05, 2018
"I couldn’t have cared less about the storyline in this one. The characters don’t feel 3-dimensional, and I certainly don’t have any emotional attachment to them. There were a few direction choices I didn’t care for, and the story and dialogue were so bland. The jokes fell spectacularly flat, too. Speaking of flat, Cavill is no good in this. The action scenes are very well done and had plenty of tension. I just think they need to go with a more interesting, quirky director next time. "
|60 43%||The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) - Jul 15, 2018
"I thought it was decent. Just a straightforward survival horror movie. There was probably only one moment that scared me, but it had several creepy and tense ones. I thought the cinematography was really nice - I enjoyed looking at a lot of the shots. Some of the acting let things down, and I was annoyed at some of the characters’ actions. Mostly though, I found it to be a fun ride."
|65 54%||Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) - Jul 08, 2018
"I thought the first one was better, but this worked well enough as a follow-up. I loved all the size-changing gags - they were really the highlight for me. The plot itself is a bit messy and conventional though. It had some funny bits, but most of the jokes fell flat for me. Rudd’s the same. I still don’t get what people see in Lilly - she has almost zero charisma. Peña’s still funny. I had fun with it for the most part, but it didn’t feel like the breath of fresh air the first one was."