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There's Something In The Barn (2023)

There's Something In The Barn (2023)

Norwegian movie. About an American family who moves to Norway, to a house... with a barn.

The utopian winter landscapes are a nice contrast to the horror, the soundtrack's top-notch, the sfx too, they have real moose, they have a real American family too it seems - at least a real American male in the lead - which provides a real culture crash - and the family's a charming one from the start. Reminds me a bit of the new Ghostbusters movie but... better. Well no. Not really. Just closer. Scandinavia too. It's cool.

The filmography's so damn clean too. So bright. So sharp. It's unconventional horror, with comedy, one that parodies both America and Norway on an appreciatively equal basis - Norway maybe most of the two. Just hope more people don't start moving to Scandinavia after this...

The special effects are not great, not always, but... what a great movie after all.

It's close to home. Love the location; the people in it.

I'm especially impressed with Townes Bunner - the kid, though the whole family's so wholesome. Martin Starr, Amrita Acharia, Zoe Winther-Hansen. They're all so different, but somehow such an obvious family after all. Maybe the differences are really what make them a family after all...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Bloodthirst (2023)

Bloodthirst (2023)

In a post apocalyptic world run by vampires, only the strong survive. John Shepard, Vampire Hunter, is one of them. John has to track down and eliminate the master vampire before he himself gets turned.

Costas Mandylor - related to that other B-movie Louis Mandylor? (They're brothers!) And Tara Reid! I recognize a few of these guys...

The Devil always has been a symbol of the vampires. I haven't thought much about it before, but you have the crucifixes, you have the symbolism of evil and darkness and all... it's clear when you think about it. How have I never thought about it.

Costas is a great hero. The girls are greater. The biker's great. Johnny Huang's a good sidekick, and the Master's not bad either! The settings are good. The cars - though few - are legit too. The movie has a lot going for it, if only the choreography was better, if only...

It really is a B-movie, with all too just dialog, and all too much bickering between races, and not the most convincing actors always, or the most captivating fights, but once you start getting into it all... it really is pretty excited.

Good movie after all. And Bloodthirst 2 is coming... looking forward to seeing how that one turns out too.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Duke (2020)

The Duke (2020)

The end's a bit predictable, but overall this is one interchangeably bright, and chaotic movie of the working man.

Starring Jim Broadbent as that working man - and leading man - who you'll probably recognize from a great many other British films.

Also notably Helen Mirren - whom I do know but didn't recognize at all here! Great actress.

The sceneries are reminiscent of the time the movie's from. Of the Sixties, I suppose - I would've thought it was further back, in which Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.

True story.

Which makes it all the cooler.

But it still is a little mediocre...

Good watch, though. Creative transitions. A charming cast. Overall: it's a good one.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The One Piece

I cannot wait for this! Even though still watching the regular show, that's been going since the late nineties... wonder how having two of these run in parallel will work. Even if the old one may be nearing an end point it seems they'll run alongside each other for at least a while.

I presume plenty of folks will tune into the new show - both old and new viewers - but what about the ongoing one?

Seems it'd be a bit discouraging to keep animating that when you know you're working double; that there'll hopefully eventually be a better version of what you're currently working on out there for the world to see. That all may eventually remember the franchise by. Your work lost and forgotten.

Super curious. Will this show last? Will the other? Will it end abruptly like the reboot of Hunter X Hunter? Will it be good...?

Can't wait to find out.

Lentil Christmas

Even got some sunshine today! :D Never mind the chips. Better pictures.

Merry Christmas!

The Inspectors (1998)

The Inspectors (1998)

Stumbled upon the second one of these just recently, and it was GOOD! Had to see this one too.

It follows a similar formula - starts the same way - mysteriously but meticulously, and builds from there, you don't know which way it's going....

And this one was waaay more brutal than the last one was! With the initial scene. The bomb scene. After that not so much.

I recognize the little kid, though they overplayed the little kid-edness on that scene, for real... do little kids actually act that way? Would he have been so gullible? And if he had been would be really have waited with the package while everybody was gathered around?

Everything else is solid though, even if there's not much action to show for it. There's a lot of stake-out, take-out and dialog, but the relations are nice to watch. I do love action but it's not bad with something like this either. Something a bit more realistic. Like for example with any other average action movie you'd for sure have had a violent confrontation with the sheriff, or with the perpetrator, or with SOMEONE, at least! Here you don't. The investigation's key, and everything else is just extraneous circumstance. They catch the bad guys in passing. Hell some are even caught before the movie begins.

I like it. It really is an investigation; they do things differently here. Though too many like this and I think it'd tire too... I definitely lean more for action than not, but it's nice to get a more technical; more social; more counter-intelligence counterpart every once in a while.

These guys do that well.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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