Destiny

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A 1921 film by Fritz Lang. It was a very good silent film. The reconstruction and restoration of the film seems to have been very well done. This is one of the better films from the era that I’ve seen. The effects were very ambitious and surprisingly well done. I also appreciated the use of the color tints to indicate different locations, times of day, and effects like red for fire. The title cards were very well done too, different scenes take place in East Asia and the Middle East and they edited the German script to resemble the languages of those regions which was a nice touch. For a silent film I thought the acting was pretty good too. This is definitely one of the better edited films of the time; there are relatively few jump cuts and they are matched pretty well. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the score… I’m not sure if it would have been the original music or if it was just used for this production but it didn’t always match the mood of the scenes. I think it would also have been better if the music matched the exotic locations like East Asia and the Middle East. Many of the sets and costumes were very well done as well, for which I was a bit surprised. I thought the story was also pretty good with the setup and then the three vignettes.

The effects and editing make this a stand out for me.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Skins

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A film by by Eduardo Casanova on Netflix. It’s a masterpiece of production design and cinematography. An excellent first feature, for sure. The film is evocative of work from Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, and Luc Besson. Definitely check it out.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Haunted Trailer

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It was weird, to say the least. I gave it a 2 out of 5 but if the whole movie had been like the 3rd act then it would have been a 3 out of 5, easy. It really picks up at the end and gets really weird. Like, REALLY REALLY weird, but mostly in a good way. The first 2/3 of the movie is a little hard to watch; it’s weird but not in such a good way.

I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

Hunted

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A Canadian horror film, alternately titled “Rufus” in some markets and on IMDb. The acting was a little amateurish, but not terrible, but the production quality was very good. I point out that it’s a Canadian film because to me it has a very Canadian feel as far as the characters and setting. It feels very culturally distinct from US films. It’s not your typical vampire movie and is more like “Let The Right One In” and “Byzantium”. I liked the somber tone and slow-ish pace. The mythology was interesting while not completely unique, definitely a rare take on vampires. There were some interesting themes at play with some of the characters.

I think the average movie watcher, especially of the horror genre would probably give it a 2.5 to 3.0 out of 5. But I really liked it. I love the character piece horror films where the horror element is just a piece of the puzzle and the movie is about the character, not the affliction.

The ending is a little cheesy; it would have been better as a tragedy, in my opinion. The movie poster on Amazon Prime is a little over the top and doesn’t reflect the feel of the movie. The poster for the film on IMDb which shows the main characters is much more reflective of the film. The title the Hunted is only vaguely related to the film and it would be better to just be named Rufus. I’m guessing that the Amazon poster and name change are some marketing execs big idea to get people to watch the film.

I think most people wouldn’t agree with me on this but I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Assassin’s Creed

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┬áIt was “okay”. I only played the first game a really long time ago when it first came out but it seems pretty loyal to the source material, as I remember it. For an action movie it was watchable but some of the story is silly in a Dan Brown sort of way but I guess the video game was too.

I give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Welcome back, Potter

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Yet another Cracked Studios series. This one is similar in feel and quality as the other two I watched (Starship Icarus and The Stumbling Dead) but the humor is slightly better. The portrayal of adult Harry Potter as Hunter S. Thompson (by Michael Swaim) is actually amusing and quite watchable. The actress portraying Hermione (by Katy Stoll) was in the other cracked videos and she’s actually good in all the stuff I’ve seen her in and does a passable English accent. Again the concept is pretty cool and the production quality is actually quite good… but it falls flat; short of being actually good. So much potential but something in the execution just falls short of the bar of acceptable. This short series is a step up from Cracked Studios’ other stuff. Watch at least the first episode just for the Hunter S. Thompson portrayal.

I give this a 2.5 out of 5 stars

Nobility

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A three-episode pilot series on Amazon Prime. It was pretty awful. I understand that it’s basically a spec series but the production value was really uneven; some sets were more fleshed out-ish and physical, some sets were poorly and fully digital. The storyline, characters, dialogue. Nothing was good. The few celebrity cameos were wasted. I just can’t say enough bad things. Sorry, I can’t be more descriptive but I was just really disappointed.

I give it a 1 out of 5.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Pretty good for an action movie. The fight scenes were not the best, though I don’t have any specific complaints, they seemed a little “paint-by-numbers” and simplistic to me. I liked the dramatic conceit between Jack and the girl but the overall plot of the story was predictable and not very original. But the movie was still enjoyable to watch.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.