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The movie throws around a great deal of Spanish lingo such as 'tio', 'abuela', 'casita', and much more. It expects you to guess the meaning of the words, which is not hard because every time one of these words is used you are given a visual clue as to what they are talking about. The film is a very small Spanish lesson, mostly set to music. Even the title, 'Encanto', means spell or enchantment.
Ultimately the movie doesn't work because it feels like a mess without a clear point.
Rating: B-. It is barely passable as entertainment.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
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All Quiet on the Western Front makes no pretense of nobleness nor honor in people trying to kill each other. Soldiers aren't seen as brave men fighting for a worthy cause. These young men, teenagers who are practically boys, are sent charging into their likely destruction. And for what purpose? Mostly patriotism, but the boys on both sides aren't any different than their enemy. They are fighting not for a cause, but because they are told that they must do so.
The movie starts with German youth Paul Bäumer patriotically signing up for military service with some of his classmates. They are told that they will be victorious and march into Paris. However, any notion of glory quickly disappears as soon as they arrive at the front. One of the classmates is killed in the first few minutes.
The best battle scene involves the soldiers being attacked by multiple enemy tanks, which looks like Hell on Earth.
The movie is so realistic that it feels almost like watching a documentary. It doesn't shy away from the horrors of war. Many people likely will be put off by the film. As such, it is more of an experience than it is entertainment. After watching the movie it would be hard to watch other war movies in a positive light.
The film is based on a 1928 German anti-war novel, that would later be banned by the Nazis because it made war look less than glorious. There were previous movie adaptations in 1930 and 1979, both of which were critically acclaimed.
Friday, December 30, 2022
One of the standout elements of "Avatar" is its groundbreaking visuals and special effects, which were groundbreaking at the time of its release and hold up well even by today's standards. The use of motion capture technology and 3D animation allowed the filmmakers to create fully-realized, lifelike characters and breathtakingly realistic environments that are a joy to behold. The movie's action scenes are also well-choreographed and exciting, with impressive set pieces that showcase the unique creatures and landscapes of Pandora.
The story of "Avatar" is not particularly original, with elements of the "white savior" trope and a simplistic, good-versus-evil narrative that pits the human characters against the Na'vi. However, the movie's themes of environmentalism and cultural imperialism are timely and thought-provoking, and the performances of the cast, particularly Sam Worthington as Jake and Zoe Saldana as the Na'vi warrior Neytiri, are strong.
Overall, "Avatar" is a visually stunning and entertaining action adventure that is worth seeing for its groundbreaking special effects and strong performances. While its story may be somewhat simplistic and familiar, the movie's themes and visuals more than make up for it.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
At no point is it explained where this supernatural killer clown comes from. Reportedly there was a scene filmed that might have explained it, but it was cut because it was too disturbing. Given how disturbing the rest of the film is, that's saying something.
I thought that I liked Stephen King novels, like "The Dead Zone" and "The Stand". I may have to rethink this.