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Silent Hill Revelation (2012)

Silent Hill Revelation (2012)

Did they make this sequel just to give the movie a good ending? Cause that's what it feels like.

There's really nothing new here. It's like the sequel to House on Haunted Hill, it's a mess, it just fucks up the logic of the original movie. In trying to explain things, it gets rid of the mystery, and to make it worse they stuff a bunch of stereotypical fear factors in the mix. Clowns, human beings being butchered like pigs, fuzzy rabbit heads with blood on them, random people turning into monsters (as through a vision). Yeah, it's a mess.

It is a sequel to the previous movie though. Many years have passed, they've grown up, and guess what... still aint nothing changed. I'm disappointed. There's just nothing new. Still the same old battle with Alessa, and to top it off they throw in a little magic, and a talisman, and the 'order' is back again. Yeah yeah yeah, you might want to watch this anyway, just don't expect greatness. I won't be as hyped up for the end of this trilogy as I was about this before watching... if they do make one.

 rated 3/5: not bad

TPB AFK (2013)

TPB AFK (2013)

I just watched TPB AFK, the first movie both screened and available for free download and the same time.

It's a documentary about The Pirate Bay, the three people behind it, and the bogus case which fined and confined them. It was an interesting watch, mostly because I've never watched any footage from the courtroom hearings earlier, even though I've been following the case, and because this is one of the more important cases of the decade. Maybe century. It's one that could govern our freedom of speech, our Internet, our way of life. I'm not speaking of illegal downloads in particular, but of a cultural gap between the new and the old, the stagnant and the innovative.

Both sides of the copyright industry (IOW the industry... and the others) are taken up in this movie. It not only paints a picture of the people behind The Pirate Bay as a sympathetic, troubled and disorganized trio but also as concerned about the future. They are three people with big differences but one common interest in computers, and a common interest in the world, and the problems of today. How is the Internet supposed to be governed?

In this particular case, Hollywood backed the trial. One of the police officers involved in the raid against TPB servers was shortly after the trial transfered to Hollywood where he now works a well-paid job. The judges and lawyers on the opposing side were members of the APB, an organization fighting against piracy. They kept getting their facts wrong and they didn't seem to understand much of what TPB was or how it worked, but still they won.

This is one of the reasons I'm ashamed to be Swedish right now. The US government saluted Sweden, and the prime minister is riding on waves of praise. How gullible are we?! I don't hate my country, I just hate the politicians that run it right now. For them, election is a game, and governing is a business. They walk home with fat paychecks and give a shit less about the people. They should be proud of TPB, the biggest torrent tracker in the world, a cultural oasis; one that is run with such dedication and pride that no matter the odds they never remain down. It's a legacy. It's time for the new wave of knowledge and creativity to replace the old!

This movie doesn't really inspire much, apart from ending with a hopeful quote, but it's an interesting insight in the lives of the people that used to be behind this site. I admire them, because they don't kneel down at the feet of Hollywood, because they persevere, and because of the visions that their non-profit project has sparked. Sealand never happened, but something will happen. It's a war for the Internet, and you know I stand on their side, I want this world to be a better place. When I see people create great things, and give it out for free, I want to pay for it. I support websites I like. I'm a loyal fan of those that treat me well and whom I appreciate. If there were less large corporations, and more small companies who used a personal business model were the bond between creators and buyers gets stronger, I believe we'd all feel more at home.

Great film, for anyone interested in the freedom of speech and file-sharing debate, or for anyone interested in the future.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Stand Up Guys (2012)

Stand Up Guys (2012)

Al Pacino is getting old, and so is that other guy that plays 1/2 of the main character duo. They call this a comedy, but I've never really understood how you can call a movie you never really laugh at a comedy. Are the main characters trying to be funny? Because they're not succeeding. The whole movie is a mixture of sad, depressing and attempted jokes.

Al Paccino is entertaining, sure. And when he plays against that-other-character-that-always-seems-to-have-a-spark-in-his-eye, even though he looks like he's by far grumpy enough for an old man, I can smile at what he says too. They're a good duo, and it's a good story, but it's no comedy. It's three old guys getting together, and shit happens. It never really hits the fan, not really, but there is the start of one pretty intense gunfight and the occasional action, combined with a situation overdose on boner pills that... really isn't as funny as it could've been. Maybe Al Paccino just isn't suited for this kind of film, maybe he's lost his act! It feels like he's not playing a character. He's just old and this is who he is.

The other guy might be acting, he's stiff like he usually is on the movies, and the rest of them, that young girl Alex at the cafe... sure, they act well. There's surprisingly few main characters in the movie, but they all do a good job. When the movie was done, and I'd watched without skimming or getting bored, I was genuinely surprised. So I guess it was a good movie, even though I feel both relieved and disappointed at the end of it. But it's not like the glory of Scarface will ever be relived. Somehow, I've always imagined Al Paccino was a great actor, but have I really seen any good acts of his? Apart from Scarface? Overall, I'd say he's a strong person, a personality, but act? I don't know.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Invisible Target (2007)

Invisible Target (2007)

This movie reminds me a bit of Hard Boiled in that the final showdown takes place in a police station. There's really not much of a similarity there, but it's a big area; the layout of the building is similar. No... that's not it. Maybe it's that the thugs are dressed up as police officers, just like they are in hard Boiled? I'm not sure what it is, but there are definitely similarities. Hard Boiled wasn't much of a martial arts movie though, it had much more firearms and regular warfare. In this, it's the other way around.

Apart from kickass hand to hand action, there's also plenty of shooting, but the weapons always come second to close combat. The real fights are fast-paced, creative, raw, martial arts. There are plenty of stunts. Sure there are wires and mats (as you see if you watch the credits after the movie) but there's probably plenty of getting hurt as well.

In a way, the movie reminds me of the character trio in... some other John Woo movie I watched. Can't recall the title, but is it just my imagination or is this really inspired by those old classics? Whatever it is, it works great, this movie is just amazing. The explosions are something else (though they're clearly not real explosions, but rather a combination of fireworks and timed detonations, probably often combined with pressurized gas canisters rather than any material bombs), they are coordinated beautifully. All the action is stylish, from people getting punched through windows, to falling through windows, to falling into a sea of flames, to... well just watch the movies.

It's HK action at its prime, in modern time, with a plot of crime and grime and bad guys who are both good and bad, and relatable too like they're not living the lives that they should have had. Also, one of my new favorites within martial arts (who seems to get all the bad roles, unfortunately) is in it: Jacky Wu. I'm always surprised when I look up his list of movies at IMDB and realize how different he looks in real life and in the movies. In real life he looks so... happy! Energetic! Like a good person! Maybe the movies are his outlet of anger? Whatever it is, you gotta watch this (if you like action that is), great stuff.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Last Stand (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Damn, Arnold really is getting old! He manages to keep it together in this movie though, but some times... his age really shines through. It's not in the way he moves, cause that's part of the character, it's in the way his accent seems to go from good to worse with age. It's the same thing with Jackie Chan. It's gotta be age-related, right?

There are some pretty creative scenes in the movie otherwise, like a car ride through the cornrows. The action is both intense and varied, and the character set are all decisive... but I just can't grow to like Johnny Knoxville's character. He has the same type of act he had in MIB2, or that other movie he was in that I don't recall the name of, where he's just acting stupid. It's just too much. I'd think he'd do a better job if he was more like he is in real life, a bit more genuinely crazy instead of stupid-crazy. So that brings down the movie quality a bit IMO.

Otherwise? I have no complaints, this was straight-out goodness, an action feast that wasn't really as much a feast of action as I expected... but still had a large enough dose that I'd be satisfied. And I hope this isn't his last one with Arnold (not even going to try spelling that last name)! Even though he isn't what he used to be, each movie he plays a role in is like a kick of nostalgia. Hoping and looking forward to more!

 rated 3/5: not bad

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is a movie I watched a long time ago, and now, I watched it again!

The first time I watched this movie I wasn't really that impressed with it. Well sure it was a good movie and all, but compared to the predecessor in the director duo whom I don't remember the names of (their previous movie was Shaun of the Dead), it didn't have that much action. Okay, forget that, there's a lot of action, but it's all very laid back. Wait wait, forget I said that, the action can be pretty intense at times, but it's still not very... bloody? Nah, it's blood enough, it's just... I don't know what it is. Maybe it's just the fact that everybody is shooting everywhere and not hitting anything that makes it seem somehow... mild. And nobody gets killed, either, they just get hurt. Mostly. But I shouldn't be complaining. Apart from the not-so-life-threatening fire-blasting this movie is a masterpiece.

The filmography is just awesome. All the transitions are awesome. The fact that they actually record the scenes from so many different angles, and film from many different locations even when the result will just be clipped into a short flashback, makes the movie a real pleasure to watch. Combine that with the sound effects, or maybe the enhanced sound of everyday effects (like the train, keys, a refrigerator opened, all in quick sequence!) and it's just... well I don't know. Words are running out. As with Shaun of the Dead, this is one of those movies that just seems perfect. Every aspect of the characters is perfect. In every scene everything is filmed from just the bright place, to convey just the right thing. Small details add to the mix and the directors bag of tricks is quite large.

It's an action comedy with a... twist? Nah, it's just a friggin great action comedy. Not as much action as I hoped, but it's not like it ever gets dull either. Script: perfect. Filmography: perfect. Great actors, too, and not your typical assortment, though a few from the Shaun of the Dead do make a re-appearance. I take it they're all buddies? Hope they'll appear in a ton of more films! And this year, third third movie is being made. Whoohah. :)

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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