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Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Still can't mess with the classics!

Considering the age of this movie I'm surprised it's aged so well. The characters, the weathered boater, the beach, the props, the blood and all... the soundtrack may sometimes seem almost uplifting even in the most somber moments, but in the end it still builds the atmosphere so well.

And there's something so ominous about the vastness of the sea, of being stranded in those waters - even if they do seem warm, summery and salty. Like a vacation with an unwanted guest. Sort of. Nah not really. Bad simile

I like the atmosphere though, and that build. I like the chemistry. I like the moments, like the chase at the beginning, or the dead man popping through the hole in the wreck - even if he did look a little rubbery.

Not sure they captured the shark eyes with as much devoid-of-life blackness as they could have, but in the end it's a wholesome adventure. Survival horror - like Resident Evil but with prehistoric beasts instead of zombies, and a warm summer breeze always holding wind in your sail.

I'm not sure I ever saw this one before now either, at least not in its entirety. I remember glimpses, like the beginning, and the tank, but the bit I remember most clearly is the one with the underwater lab... and there's no underwater lab here. Might've been one of the sequels.

I'll definitely remember this one now though.

It may be simpler but still: so good.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Dead Sound (2018)

Dead Sound (2018)

Here's a movie about a few teenagers and a party. Only they never get to the party. Instead they get on a boat supposed to go to the party, but it goes straight into their nightmares instead...

It's not bad! They keep the tension with both limited location and cast, and the actors all do their job, I'm just a bit annoyed by the crappy CGI ending. That's all. Believable psycho. Beautiful girl. Sexual terror.

All that's missing is that authenticity all the way, and maybe a heavier red thread. A conclusive ending. Some glimpses as to the party they're missing, since we do see some eventually. It starts well and ends decently.

Solid watch. Solid potential.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Tumbling Sunday Rambling

*tumbleweed no longer*

I've been posting movie reviews this week. And revising movie reviews. And actually watching a few movies! And some other stuff.

It feels like those reviews took up pretty much all of my time outside of work though, save for a few longer walks than usual - a couple long long ones yesterday, when the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the wind was icy. Beautiful weather. Sun. I feel alive again.

I think I just might've gotten a burn too. In February?! We don't usually have as much snow to amplify things down here though. And I usually don't walk this much in a day. And I do burn easy! Seems legit.

Managed to capture some winter views while I was at it, like:

A Winter View 2021

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Capitalism

Capitalism

Here's a little thing I've been meaning to post for years now, yet the ideal time for it just never came! It may never though.

Or maybe every moment's an ideal moment for this?

Since this is the world we live in. This is how we shit on bliss.

Capitalism. Or whatever this here is.

Cyberdevil Prototype Logo

Cyberdevil Prototype Logo

Thanks @soulard for this one. :) Might come in handy...

Dead Kids (2019)

Dead Kids (2019)

A socially awkward teen bonds with a group of misfits who plot to abduct the schools arrogant rich kid until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly.

Now this one... wasn't perfect.

The acting's not perfect. They try too hard sometimes. I don't know if it's supposed to be funny or serious, and I suppose there may be cultural influences and references I don't really relate to, like how often they keep saying 'What the fuck?' under their breath, or that food fight, or... well, a lot of small bits and pieces here and there.

It comes across looking like they're trying to look cooler than they are, but then I think maybe this is just normal behavior in the Philipines, but then again considering the description maybe it's not, and the bits that I find to be possible cultural indicators of sorts are more so just teenage awkwardness?

In the end though... it really took a turn. The kind of turn that could up the score. But it took so long to get there.

Good story, good directing, good filming with certain parts, like the masks, like the grand finale, like the more emotional moments... but also a lot of waiting, and a lot of talking, and a lot of it unnecessary, like when they're sitting on the curb with a bag packed full of money between them and going bananas, talking loudly about their heist.

Is there really nobody around? No thought as to how their place for pausing and panicking is maybe not the most suitable one? Like it'd be better if they just run home first and panic in closed quarters?

The end redeems it a bit, but it really didn't end the way I hoped it would either... don't watch this if you need to get in a better mood now...

 rated 3/5: not bad

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