July Blind Spot Review: Before Sunrise (1995)

“Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?”
– Celine

SYNOPSIS: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. – via IMDB

I know I am in the extreme minority with this one (apparently), but I found it really hard to get excited about this one while watching it, and after. In fact, I have no real excitement to write this review, either. I watched this weeks ago and haven’t even been able to muster the oomph to write about it. I really don’t want to write a half-assed review, so let’s see how it goes.

I totally don’t mind a dialogue based movie at all. I really don’t, if I feel that the dialogue is worth following. For me, that wasn’t the case here. It came off as pretentious and meh, like it was trying too hard. Truly. For two, I do like Ethan Hawke, a lot, I think he gets a lot of flak and he really isn’t the terrible actor that people say he is. I just thought that there was like no chemistry between him and Delpy. The runtime, too, felt like the movie was forever and two days long and it was actually (technically) a really short movie.

Okay, you know what, I am just going to leave it there. I didn’t like this, and I really wanted to. There was this romantic angle that could have been more than it was. Not because I wanted some Disney-style something, but because I really thought that this could have been more genuine. For some it probably is, for me it fell flat. I know there are two more movies in this trilogy that is so well loved, but I don’t know if I will be taking the time to check them out.

Rapid Review: Predestination (2014)

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“We all trip up along the way. But you and I, perhaps over the same things.”
– The Unmarried Mother

SYNOPSIS: The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8.5I have been meaning to get around to it pretty much since it came out. However, I never did, and it never really climbed up in my watch list. I decided to check it out the other day, and I am so glad I saved it for a rainy day. I was in the mood for a good film, and this one ticked more boxes than I thought. Man, what a twisty flick! Also, I don’t get why people give Ethan Hawke so much flak. Granted, he is no DiCaprio or Matt Damon or anything like that, but I have always found him to be consistently entertaining and good at what he does. Anyway, let’s move from this point on to the movie itself. I liked Hawke here, his barkeep character was good, and the setup for the movie is something that engages you from the off. Then there is Sarah Snook, and dear goodness, she steals the damn show. She was brilliant. I don’t really want to say too much, but wow, she was phenomenal here, and did a fantastic job. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for her in future. I really liked how the movie took time to get set up, introduce us to the characters, and then went on this insane whirlwind journey and dragged you along, whether you could keep up or not. I am sure if you really, really want, you can pick this movie apart. Me? I know nothing about this field of science and theory or anything like that, so for me it was exceptionally entertaining and mind bending. There was also a lot of heart to be found here, and it truly contributed to the overall product. I thought Predestination was smart, featured some stellar performances, was engaging and shot really well. I did not have a single moment where I got bored, and I think I want to look into reading this book, it was one hell of a story. I understand from reviewers that have read the book and watched this that this is an exceptionally loyal adaptation, which is awesome. I don’t want to say too much, because this is one of those movies you want to go into about as blind as possible. One of the better films I have seen in a while, and definitely worth checking out.

Review: The Purge (2013)

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“Tonight allows people a release for all the hatred and violence that they keep up inside them.”
– James Sandin

SYNOPSIS: In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. – via IMDB

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I didn’t really expect huge things from this film seeing as just about anyone and everyone slammed it for being a disappointment, but seriously I didn’t realise it was so much so. The concept itself was perfectly fine and it had the potential to be great but screwed up any chances of that rapidly.

Ethan Hawke is doing more horrors? When did this happen? I have no issue with this, it’s just… weird. Max Burkholder was very unconvincing, everything about his character contradicted other parts of his character and he just… annoyed me, but whatever. I didn’t actually want to stab Lena Headey for a change, though she certainly is magnetic. The only person that had even just a teeny tiny bit of something to bring forth was Rhys Wakefield as the Polite Leader who successfully terrorised the family from outside. He was certainly odd and strange and a little cooked in the head and a serious believer in The Annual Purge.

I don’t know, for something that could have been interesting and fun and all that, it was awfully bland and boring, silly and all the rest of it. I couldn’t even identify with the family at all. There was so much nonsensical nonsense going on at any given moment, too, which was highly annoying. The concept is weird, but has potential. A lot. Instead, we get a relatively run of the mill home invasion movie with a little twist on that concept, but not enough to blow me away. So much more could have been done. The movie just felt flat, badly paced, and illogical. I believe there is a sequel coming to this, and it makes no sense to continue with this at all. Oh well.

Rapid Review: Sinister (2012)

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“Do you understand what you’ve done this time? The kind of jeopardy you’ve put your children in? Your marriage?”
– Tracy Oswalt

SYNOPSIS: Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5Now I must point out that it was not revolutionary or anything like that, but it was fun. It had gigantic plot holes in it that only a supernatural horror movie can sort of manage to make work for it, though it serves the purpose of irritating you at times. Sinister relied heavily on jump scares and sudden starts to get a rise from you, though at the same time found a way to make it work. The score was successful at getting under your skin though. Sinister managed to keep me engaged no matter what its shortcomings were, though nearing the end, just before the last act comes together, the show really just lost the plot (just think the running – that scene went on far too long). It sort of redeemed itself by the end, but the last section was just a little cooked (not too bad though). Ethan Hawke was pretty good. Horror is obviously not what he is renowned for, but he was good here, what a total prat his character was, too! The effects were at times questionable, though overall they were quite good and were not in the least bit distracting. The story makes leaps and bounds that could just not possibly happen, and that his wife knew nothing of the home that they had moved into and didn’t hear someone remark about it in town is beyond me. Also, the way that everything started happening was crazy. There was no real suggestion to say that this was coming, but that was also not too bad. Initially you have a different idea of the kind of film you are going in for, and it pulls together in a whole different way, but this is not a bad thing. I really like Mr Boogie – the fact that we don’t actually learn a lot about him counts heavily in the film’s favour because, yes, people, less is more. First legitimately creepy horror character in a while. Fun film to watch with friends (or alone – this was the one film that had successfully given me a jump scare, haven’t had that happen in years, and the worst is I expected it, but it was incredibly well executed), though I recommend you don’t go into it hoping to come out with something to think about in depth or a more solid horror than it actually is.