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joel-w-m

Film Freak - 707 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 7, 2015

Location: Canada

Bio: i watch movies and write mini-reviews:
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55 6% Geostorm (2017) - Sep 19, 2019
"Sloppy plotting (turns out hacking into the White House secret files is a breeze), mediocre CGI, awfully cheesy dialogue and narration, but so help me, I'm a sucker for these globe-hopping movies with intense place title cards (HONG KONG. 9:32AM) that pop up every two minutes at the bottom of the screen. A dose of political thrills adds some pointed suspense to the jumbo disaster action, and the tension released in the final act shows the film was decently effective even if poorly crafted."
50 3% Batman & Robin (1997) - Sep 17, 2019
"So, opening scene, Batman & Robin engage the ice skates built into their suits and start playing hockey with a diamond puck against a blue-faced Arnold and his robot army and I'm thinking, "This is almost ridiculous enough to be good." Alas, it was not to be: cheesiness aside, there's too much going on in the script (for the second time Schumacher, two villains is too many) and the action scenes are awkwardly staged (and as a result, the performances are poor-Thurman's overacting in particular)."
60 13% Batman Forever (1995) - Sep 07, 2019
"The dialogue is bad, and aside from Carrey's typically enjoyable schtick, everything about the baddies is really bad too: the two-villain dynamic is awkward AF (I read afterwards that TLJ hated Carrey on set and you can totally tell), the brain-sucking thing is dumb, and the "useless henchmen" syndrome here is the worst I've ever seen. Kilmer's brooding Batman is good though and the campy action-based plot is fun enough, featuring some cool cinematography (loved those zooms and skewed shots)."
65 26% Batman Returns (1992) - Sep 06, 2019
"The recurring secret vs. public identity dynamic for all four of the main players makes for some intriguing tension and drama (see Bruce and Salina's battles and flirts; Shreck and Oswald's campaign). Batman's fall from grace is another compelling, if brief, plot thread. Unfortunately there's still lots of cheesiness here too (see the penguin suicide bombers, penguin pallbearers, penguin duck boats?). The one-liners are hit ("life's a bitch and now so am I") or miss (anything by gross Penguin)."
65 26% Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Aug 29, 2019
"Keep it about Rick's friendship with Cliff and him battling insecurity while trying to recharge his career and this would've been great; the leading men are excellent and the movie set scenes are engaging. Unfortunately this compelling arc is smothered by endless drawn-out scenes that do nothing but unload historical references (the pointless narration near the end is painful) and show off impressive production design. And so even the wild climax felt empty because nothing built up to it."
65 26% AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) - Aug 26, 2019
"For a mid-2000s movie based on the idea of pitting villains from two different sci-fi franchises against each other, it's not actually that cheesy. The sets look cheap and bland and the dialogue is mostly unmemorable, but the simple main plot is quite suspenseful (humans exploring an ancient underground pyramid in Antarctica while being hunted by two different alien species) and with its refreshing woman-of-colour lead it comes to an almost inspiring team-up climax that you don't see coming. "
70 44% Triple Frontier (2019) - Aug 25, 2019
"The music is strong, the editing is sharp, and the cinematography is sleek (lots of gorgeous wide shots of natural scenery). Isaac stands out among a solid cast and the plot is consistently engaging in its twisty mix of heist thrills and survival adventure. It's the drama that doesn't quite hit home: the characters are inconsistent, the moments of tension aren't followed up on, and the thematic reflections on the morality of violence are uncomfortably weak (and ultimately undermined in the end)."
75 64% Logan Lucky (2017) - Aug 23, 2019
"Strangely slow-paced for a heist flick, and maybe a little meandering, but as it sinks in you realize that's part of its unique, down-to-earth charm. The pace provides time to invest in the cast of quirky, blue-collar characters (steady Clyde and hard-luck, hard-working Jimmy have a great dynamic) and the heist is still lots of fun (the jail stand-off was a highlight). It may not have the flash and pop of a Rihanna hit, but it's got the staying power and folksy warmth of a John Denver classic."
80 81% Ghost World (2001) - Aug 08, 2019
"The plot is loose and meandering but it's no matter as the performances are strong (Buscemi as sad sack Seymour really shines), the indie quirkiness on point (see convenience store guy, art teacher), and the thematic threads thoroughly thought-provoking, as nostalgia, niche-dom, and the search for identity do battle with the uncertain future, capitalist suburbia, and loneliness in the post-high school void ("Just think, we'll never see Dennis again... It's actually totally depressing")."
60 13% Ghostbusters (2016) - Jul 26, 2019
"It's mediocre, thanks to writing that's often awkward and contrived and a plot that doesn't make a whole lot of sense (especially in the final act-where did the villain get these powers all of a sudden?). That's probably half due to the campy concept though, and the film with its solid main quartet does well at matching it with a goofy-fun vibe throughout that's enjoyable even when the jokes don't land (Jillian's lip-syncing and Kevin's interview are bits that definitely do though-I lol'd)."