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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

What a twist! And then what a twist. And what a twist at the end too.

I was sure I'd seen this one before, but now that I've seen it again I only remember fragments... didn't I watch it till the end last time around? What put me off about it then?

The topic of virtual reality is as relevant as ever, and the world layered on top of the other one reminds me of Inception. Maybe this is the movie that pioneered the rest of them. Maybe this was where it all started - and both this and The Matrix on the same year to boot.

Seems the other one might've cast it's shadow on this masterpiece, even if it does get a little cheesy sometimes, the special effects aren't flawless (though they do all adhere to their time) and once you've figured things out: you've figured it out. You pretty much know how it'll go after that. All the little details seem almost too obvious when they start appearing.

It reminds of Dark City that way, too, and I think this one kept the veil a bit longer.

There must've been something special with that one year bridging the millennial gap, huh? Making way for such mind-scrawing movies as this one. Tech on the rise. Parallel worlds and dimensions, simulations, figments of imagination... they keep making them, but this decade might've been the very pinnacle of not post-apocalyptic (like we have now) but more post-psychological sci-fi. Thrillers bordering on other worlds.

It's filmed well. The actors do their acts well. Each world feels authentic and typical of its time - and the thirties in particular were refreshing to waltz through, until you realize... that's just a tiny part of the bigger picture.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

Wonder if this was the first movie to use the guy-wakes-up-one-day-to-realize-he's-living-the-same-day-over-and-over-again movie that was ever made! I've seen a few others, all newer, and only heard this title without really knowing what it was about until it was mentioned within Happy Death Day (2017). How does it compare? Better. Way better. Both more normal, and more better.

It's nothing fancy though. It's the story of a jerk who realizes there's more to live for, but with the little but well-presented plot twist that it takes a considerable amount of days for him to do so. Or more correctly: just the one. Over and over. And it slowly turns from a sad story to a happy one, and to a love story, but with plenty of comedy along the way.

Bill Murray's got a way with words too! He fits the role as weather reporter - and seeing him in front of the blue screen in the beginning was an interesting glimpse in the profession. A particularly good intro. And then the way they portray winter... I'm feeling like it might actually not be so bad this year! Good watch.

Andie MacDowell does a great job too, and you might recognize a few other faces from these times, like the camera man Chris Elliott. It's a feelgood movie with a well-tread script. And Bill Murray from this time looks a lot like Tom Hanks, doesn't he?

Fun fact: Swedish translation of this title is Monday All Week. Which makes me wonder... did it really take place on a Monday?

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

I Am Paul Walker (2018)

I Am Paul Walker (2018)

Here's an intimate, yet not all that personal, portrait of the one and only, with clips from movies, and bits on interview from his nearest and dearest - Tyrese (I'm really starting to respect this dude) and Cody in particular, though I'm also missing his wife, and most of the Fast and Furious cast. I wonder why they didn't join in.

It feels a bit incomplete that way, and unlike his life's work it also feels commercial. Like they wanted to get this documentary out quick to ride on his wave of fame and unfortunate demise, and though I appreciate the gesture of giving this glimpse at his name, I feel that is a shame. Is this what he would've wanted?

It feels a bit quick, and it doesn't tell the full story. The title, too. I Am Paul Walker. It's as if it was made by hum. And it wasn't. Who's directing? Adrian Buitenhuis. A stranger. Not involved with any of his prior movies. Not family. I question his intentions, and especially so consider he's made a couple of similar documentaries with similar names, starring the also unfortunately deceased Heath Ledger and Sam Kinison. The latter doesn't ring a bell. I might just have to watch that one...

Can't say this was a bad documentary, because it did give a pretty good picture of who he was, and a good picture, mixing happy childhood photos with newer footage, both of him when he was alive, and those who knew him later on, but it's not all it could've been. Too possibly purposed on profit. Too short. Too intent. Too soon. The ending in Fast & Furious 7 seemed like a more honorable tribute, even if this did give a good picture.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Bright (2017)

Bright (2017)

Set in a world where fantasy creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.

They could've done so much more with this one! It could've been so awesome. It could've been iconic. Unfortunate.

It's almost like a new line of Men In Black, but in a whole new world. Unfortunately we never get properly introduced. We just get a glimpse, and like the movie, the title seems to take a little figment of this new world and places that one thing first and foremost. The acting's not bad (Will Smith is great as always, Joel Edgerton plays a somewhat shallow sidekick, and there's Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramírez in there too), the action's rough, the idea was new - and relevant in how it plays on our real race relations, the special effects are cool, but it's messy, it's rushed; it's missing bits and pieces. It's not complete.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Tucker & Dale VS Evil (2010)

Tucker & Dale VS Evil (2010)

If ever a movie truly managed to combine the so very clashing genres comedy and horror in a flawless way (Human Centipede 3 definitely didn't), then this is might be it! There is blood and yet... it's so harmless, naive, with plot and comedy heavily leaning upon stereotypes, yet a main character with no prejudice leading it just the right way.

And it's not your typical movie from either one of those two genres either. It's like a successful mutation. Evolution. A true horror comedy hybrid... though mostly comedy.

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. That's what it's all about, but it doesn't really give you the full picture! You'll have to see it to really see it.

This is the second time I watch the movie, and the first time I would've given it a high five. I watched it with a buddy, and we were laughing non-stop throughout the film. Just couldn't stop. It was the funniest movie I'd ever seen, hands out. Second time around I don't get the same impression, even if I did still enjoy it, so maybe it's a film watched best with others, maybe it's one best watched just one, or maybe I was just in an appreciatively easily-entertained state of being the first time.

I can't go with a top score this time, but I'll leave you with a hearty recommendation to see this - unless you're queesy about a little blood, and leave out further spoilers in case it is a movie best enjoyed without further elaboration. It's still great.

Props Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden and Jesse Moss on memorable performances! Though I don't recognize any of you by name I hope I will in the future.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Weekend Warriors (1986)

Weekend Warriors (1986)

In the same vein as Naked Gun, or Police School, here's a quick uplifting eighties action comedy starring a team of totally unfit military outcasts straight out of Hollywood - actors, journalists and studio personnel, all joining the military to earn a quick buck since the acting biz is on an unfortunate low... but suddenly they're about to go into active duty, and an inspection with the Romanian Ambassador awaits!

It's not as serious as it sounds though. There's some cocky humor. There's music. There's show biz. Compared to the the titles I just compared it to it's somewhat simple and ordinary, with comedy that's fun to watch but rarely makes you laugh, but the camera angles are occasionally creative and lively, and the slapstick and sex humor does lift you up. There are some stunts. There's some song. It's not that elaborate but it's not bad after all.

Oh and it does have Lloyd Bridges, albeit in a not very major role, so you know it can't be all bad. I read a review on the IMDB page by a guy who had a small role in the film, and this little insight seems to explain my impressions pretty well: The story wasn't fantastic but Burt Convey kept to a simple premise. "Just have fun with it!" In the end, we did and I think the vibe came across in the final product.

That it does! Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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