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3:10 To Yuma (1957)

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

The old, original version of 3:10 To Yuma was just that: old. At least that's what I thought first, but the more it goes on... the more you start to live into it.

It doesn't matter that it's black and white. It's good. It's exiting. The characters may walk and talk strange, and act slowly because that was just the way to act back then if you wanted to act tough, but even if they seem a bit strange to me I miss those times. Everything was so simple. So personal. The characters confident and honest - or dishonest, but always true to their nature, and the hats were so classy. Their dialog had an air of refreshing naivety to them, too, before the world was cruel and crazy. Though still... kind of crazy. Cruel too, come to think of it - it's the wild west after all. Yet at the same time it feels right. Grounded. It's a time where life is hard work, but simple choices. Like it should be lived - whichever side of the law you choose.

I don't recall how the new version ended (which means it was probably worse), but I liked the ending in this one. I was really expecting a bit more gunfire and havoc, but it went well. The music lifts the mood. Sometimes the setting's almost like that of a horror story, and in one scene indoors - with the thunder crackling outside, it almost seems like... well, think Dracula or Frankenstein.

When they're outside, in the dusty wilds, those impressions fade away though and make way for a great and gritty Western, with a bit more philosophical approach than most. Feels like a classic.

 rated 3/5: not bad

All About The Money (2017)

All About The Money (2017)

Three buddies go to Colombia to take down a kingpin, and then crazy shit starts happening!

The whole concept of the movie is crazy though, so maybe that shouldn't surprise you too much. It's a good movie, with infrequent but bad-ass bouts of action, Danny Trejo (only a minor role), Eddie Griffin, Jon Gries, Casper Van Dien and... other guys. It's not always entertaining to the laughing point, but a fine balance between entertaining and exciting, and just plain crazy (the amount of times I'm saying this will probably make you expect more crazy than there is: it's moderately crazy).

The main trio are a suitably naive bunch of guys, and, well, it's a good movie! Crazy but not too crazy. Serious. Simple fun.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Rings (2017)

Rings (2017)

If you've seen the earlier Ring movies, you've seen this... is what I was planning to say, but it turns out the new one really was something new.

The basic premises is still the same (someone watches a videotape and dies within seven days), but it has a few surprises along the way, and though it's not directly scary (you know Hollywood - they exaggerate), it builds up a pretty eerie atmosphere. Out of all Ring movies so far, except for maybe the original Ringu (Japanese), this one hits closest to real horror.

The big twist here is how the video's found by a professor, who tries to decipher its secrets by having his students watch it, and pass on the curse to someone else before 7 days are up. Then a boyfriend to this one girl happens to get it, and it turns to a familiar chase after that girl in the video, Samara, and vanquishing an evil that may be just that: really evil. Not wanting peace, but wanting others to feel her pain. Not that it really matters if she's good or bad with this kind of franchise as long as there's a twist.

So what's the conclusion? What's the way out? Does this one succeed where the others failed; does the main character grow to understand the girl? It's not a flawless search, and as usual the focus on visual scares takes away a bit of the scariness, but watching this on a dark night, alone at home... it wasn't impossible to live into. The sceneries are atmospheric and full of symbolism and story, and the script is senseful, albeit jumpy, and I had a hard time liking Alex Roe's character, but Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz is alright. Not perfect, but not bad.

From what I recall: this one was better than before.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Monster Trucks (2016)

Monster Trucks (2016)

This was like a hybrid of Herbie (the Love Bug) and E.T. A fun twist on two old classics, and though it has a somewhat childish feel to it: explosive effects and car chases made it something else entirely.

Lucas Till and Jane Levy play the main characters Tripp and Meredith, who by chance get aquatinted with a strange sea-living creature who eats oil and takes refuge in the junkyard where Tripp works. An oil company is hot on its tail however, already having captured two of it's kin, and after Tripp manages to get the creature working as a motor in his truck (thereof the title!) they proceed to bust out the two other captives and attempt to return them to their home, in a hidden pipeline deep under our Earthen shell aforementioned company seeks to exploit.

It's a feelgood film, with well-done CGI and plenty of car chase. The characters are likable albeit a bit shallow. There's humor. Action. A little bit of love. Growing up. Bonding. Experiencing adventures together. You know the drill. It's a Disney-like movie with good stunts and plenty of moral on the side. A movie for all ages.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Fist Fight (2017)

Fist Fight (2017)

Ice Cube's starting to look a bit out of place playing both the tough and good guy, and Charlie Day's voice is hella annoying sometimes, but overall: it was a blast! A movie full of just plain fun, creatively entertaining in the ways of 21 Jump Street - without mercy, with plenty of shallow and crude humor but good pace, and though it might all begin with a sorry main character it's easy to feel sorry for, that feeling doesn't take over, and you grow with him as his confidence grows, and the one long crazy prank-filled day (which just so happens to also be the last day of school at this particular school) just runs on and on like this sentence until finally: it's time for a fight!

If you liked the Jump you're sure to like this. It's not the same kind of story, but it has a similar vibe, and the scenery feels familiar. Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks and Dean Norris - they're the teachers. This is their story, and there's probably a moral in there somewhere, too. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Thor (2011)

Thor (2011)

The first Thor movie really was the best one. It's always special when they introduce characters for the first time - and having Thor crash into the human world, transformed to a mere mortal, yet unaccustomed by their customs, and with all his characteristic character quirks: that was something worth seeing!

Of course there's action too, and a devious plot, and love, and war, and all things you need in a good Marvel movie! And I do like the ties, both visual and verbal, to Nordic lore and legend. Stellan SkarsgÄrd plays a role too, as the Swede he is, and as a humble professor. Perfect role. Chris Hemsworth plays the legend, Natalie Portman the human, Tom Hiddleston the brother, Anthony Hopkins the god, and... well there's a few others too. It's a great cast.

And the movie's great too! It's a bit more down-to-Earth than the sequels, if you could call anything involving Gods, Frost Giants and an epic power-struggle taking place in another realm down-to-Earth. It feels that way, though, and not just because Thor spends a lot of time being down, and/or on Earth. Compared to the sequels the fights are always, no matter how gargantuan, also somehow grounded, and realistic, unlike for example the fast-paced alien ship escape in the sequel.

I'm glad I watched this movie again and relived it's glory. Thor just might be my favorite character in the Marvel universe. He's not just a strange combination of charm, confidence and humility, but the one closest to home. And always entertaining - intentional or no. He's definitely worth his own series of movies, and looking back this was a grand debut.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle
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