Feb 13, 2018

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Nothing particularly original in the first half of the film. The second serves as a grim reminder of how ugly, stupid, and pointless war is. Nice to see a person of faith respected in a film for a change, even if it’s at the hands of Mel Gibson.

Rating: C

Son Of Rambow (2007)

An original and fun indie British film in the same vein as Billy Elliott. We need films like these to cleanse our palette of all the Hollywood popcorn crap polluting our minds. Don't get me wrong. Pollution is fun, as long as you take breaks to breath in the fresh indie air.

Rating: B-

Home Movie (2001)

Very entertaining documentary by the guy who brought us American Movie. He has a knack for presenting quirky people on screen. This film is a big screen version of MTV Cribs for the slightly insane. It's a blast to check out these non-conventional homes and meet the people who live in them.

Rating: B-

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Doesn't follow your typical path, where the victimized husband goes on a vengeful killing spree while keeping the audience on his side. Certainly watchable, but never rises above cheap entertainment.

Rating: C

Under The Skin (2013)

Like watching meaningless paint dry. Pointless and irritating. 

Rating: F

Thumbsucker (2005)

A decent indie centered around a teenage thumbsucker and his attempts to find his way in life. Some witty parts and characters, but overall forgettable.

I see potential in the director. His next film will be much better. On a side note, the soundtrack is fantastic, especially the Elliott Smith songs. Not enough to up my rating, but worth noting nonetheless.

Rating: C

Jerome (1998)

I was hoping for something different, like a story the revolved around the city of Jerome AZ, rather than on a boring journey leading to the city.

Rating: D

Braven (2018)

A wilderness action flick where a logger faces off against drug dealers. It holds your attention, but the premise wasn’t all that believable. Drug dealers aren’t as dumb as the guys portrayed in the film. Felt a bit flat.

Rating: C-

Jan 31, 2018

Possession (2002)

What a great work of art. LaBute manages to blend two time periods and the world of poets into an interesting and moving story. Very different from his other films.

Rating: B-

We Love You, Sally Carmichael! (2017)

Cute idea. Terrible execution. The acting was abysmal. Dialogue was stupid. Characters were boring and trite. Avoid at all costs. 

Rating: F

Mutant Chronicles (2008)

I've since learned that this is a movie based on a role playing game, which I imagine doesn't really get the blood pumping. There was a limited theatrical release, but this baby is pretty much direct to video.

It's a shame, as the cast features quite a few stars, and the film itself isn't bad. It's a cross between Hell Boy and a zombie movie. Not exactly Shakespeare, but a lot more entertaining. Would have been better with a bit more character development.

Rating: C

David Brent: Life On The Road (2016)

A movie by Ricky Gervais continuing his famous character from The Office. 90 minutes of pure awkwardness, as you might imagine.

Rating: C

Brigsby Bear (2017)

Loved the premise. Brilliant idea. Mooney’s bizarre humor is so much better suited to the big screen than the handcuffs of SNL. Experiencing the world for the first time through his eyes was a blast. The fact that it was filmed in my home state of Utah made it even more fun. Trust me, this thing is a joy to watch.

Rating: B+

Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000)

Riveting documentary on the Badwater 135 mile ultramarathon, considered to be the toughest ultra in the world. It's painful just watching the film. I can't imagine the torture felt while running the actual race. I liked the real time chronology of the footage. The filmmakers highlighted many runners, rather than the usual 5-6, which was nice. The pacing was great too. As a novice ultrarunner myself, I found the film very inspiring.

Rating: C+

Pu-239 (The Half Life of Timofey Berezin) (2006)

I was drawn in by the trailer, which made this film look more exciting than it actually was. There was real potential here for a decent thriller. Instead, it leaned more towards a drama. A slightly depressing one at that.

Rating: D+

Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

After an initial story arc, things get pretty dark, violent, and depressing quickly. On the list of things I fear, going to prison rates high on that list. This movie didn’t help.

Rating: C

Snowpiercer (2013)

An ultra-violent actioner that takes place in a self-contained super-train in a post-apocalyptic world where people are segregated by class, both figuratively and literally? Sign me up!

The train turned out to be cooler than I thought. Themed cars such as a marine aquarium, steam saunas, hair salon, greenhouse, and nightclub. Unfortunately, the end of the train and the end of the movie both turned out to be a disappointment. Great ideas for movies rarely have great endings. Snowpiercer was not an exception.

Rating: C

The Missing (2003)

Started off rather dry, but came into its own as it progressed. Could have used more editing.

Rating: C-

IT (2017)

All the bullying in this movie brought back a lot of memories of elementary school. I wonder if kids are still huge dicks? Too unrealistic to be truly scary. Mostly consists of spook house gags and jump cuts. The kids had some funny lines. I bit presumptuous to end the movie with Chapter 1. I wouldn’t watch a sequel. 

Rating: C-