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The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Tarantino delivers! And he's back on the topic of blacks and whites and America again - reminiscent of the recent Django Unchained, but with an entirely different setting, and with snow instead of fields of cotton.

The sceneries are truthful, the characters vengeful, and though it all plays out in a wagon, and in Minny's Haberdashery (I like that word!), it stays captivating. The pace is refreshingly slow - as it often is in Tarantino movies, with room for tension and intrigue, and there are plenty of twists along the way. You won't expect them. Not all of them. Though even if you do - don't try to, just enjoy the show!

Samuel Jackson's there (as usual), as is Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth and a few more that might spoil the surprise at their mention! The story-telling is top notch. The characters live into their roles, and speak as I imagine they did in a time of the past, and they puke blood. It's intense. It's well-written, well-paced, very Western, and well worth a watch if you like Tarantino films. That man makes each movie as masterful as the next, and as uncouth and controversial as ever - but it tells a story, it makes sense, it's filmed in style, and packed with emotion.

IMDB has a pretty good description on the plot of this one, I'll let them conclude: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. Great watch.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm Bodies (2013)

A zombie love story with a happy ending?! Who would've known!

Though the zombies don't always seem like zombies (maybe that's because they're not), the future dystopia looks real enough. The Bonies are a big enough threat. The relationship gets warmer and warmer, the occasional vinyl playing in the background is hopeful and jumpy, and when it's all done I'm in such a happy mood I just... feel happy! It's great to be alive again! :D

If you want a different kind of zombie movie, without the scares and grime and despairful dystopia - but still a bit of suspense, give this one a go. The actors (mainly Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer) do their thing. The city does look abandoned. The thing about zombies gaining the memories of those they eat is a nice touch too, but most importantly: it's just a really feelgood movie, without being all cheesy and chastised because of it. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Constantine (2005)

Constantine (2005)

Keanu Reeves is the man! In this movie the man Constantine. John Constantine. An exorcist and demon hunter professionale, who smokes thirty cigarettes a day and is teetering on the edge between this world and hell. He has a few tricks up his sleeve, though, and he has an apprentice he likes to leave waiting in the cab.

It's a movie full of religious references, but probably not like you've seen before. It doesn't feel angled. It's like religion with a good dose of science fiction; with the myth and 'legend' intact. It really brings you into the fight between Heaven and Hell in a new way, and I like it! It's grim, it's eerie, it's foul and fiery and full of demons. The plot's a real killer too, and as for genre... it's like an action thriller with a bit of horror mixed in.

Again (recent cases being Four Brothers and The Island), this was one of those movies I've seen before that I wasn't expecting that much from, but it surprised! The atmosphere builds up masterfully, and New York's turned into a different world. It's a bit like Underworld, but a bit less material, and a bit more serious, and a bit more cynical and dark. It's got Shia Lebouf too! And Peter Stormare as the one and only... among many others. I like it. I like Gabriel - the unconventional villian. I like how even at the end not all is revealed, and the special effects have stood their test of time well. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Four Brothers (2005)

Four Brothers (2005)

This is the story of four brothers: Bobby, Angel, Jeremiah and Jack Mercer (Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund), all previously troublesome teens adopted by the sweetest women on Earth - Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan); now full-grown citizens. Terrence Howard plays a part as cop, and Chiwetel Ejiofor the big cheese.

The plot? The brothers come back to Detroit to attend their mom's funeral - she's been killed in a heist gone wrong, yet when they start doing their investigations it turns out there's more to the robbery than meets the eye. It soon moves to inner conflicts, crooked cops, a shootout, and ultimately... vengeance.

It's crazy, charming and direct. A cold (more so because of the snow) down-to-Earth story of four brothers mashing their way through Detroit slime to get some of their own justice. The plot seems a bit cliche, maybe, but the movie is all but that, with authentic action sequences and a cast with plenty of character. It has some emotional moments too. Overall: a great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

White Chicks (2004)

White Chicks (2004)

This wasn't really my type of comedy, but it did have its moments. Plotwise it's a bit too predictable, but the script makes up for it with plenty of exaggeratedly imaginative comedy. There's one super-memorable scene with Terry Crews too; I mean the dance scene. Not sure why that one song's hyped up so much. It's good, but it's such a short moment. And that part with the dog. One of few moments that really had me burst out laughing.

The plot? Two blacks FBI agents go undercover as white chicks. Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans - both actors I recognize mostly from the Scary Movie franchise. They do a good job playing awkward, and very occasionally serious, and keep it entertaining all the way even if it's all but clean and professional humor (more in the action than the act, and at times a bit too much). The costumes are well-done, not so they'd be convincing in real life, but that the other characters don't see through their charade just make it all the more entertaining. It's not the type of movie I'd watch again, but it was fun.

 rated 3/5: not bad
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