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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

Tarantino can make movies! Holy shit he can make movies.

The build up's the big thing. That and the moments. How they all add up and coincide - all to the backdrop of glimpses from a time I was never a part of - with hippies and cigarettes and shimmering music you just can't replicate with our modern day crispness.

The screenplay's not all that advanced, but the acting most definitely is. The young Asian girl and Mike Moh (who placed Bruce Lee) are two major favorites.

Not that I feel Bruce Lee was handled justly - childhood hero of mine as he is - but he was depicted beautifully, and the way Tarantino surrounds himself with controversy and themes most people wouldn't dare put in their blockbuster movie - like snoring ladies, cigarette commercials and hippie killing - is one of the reasons you enjoy him. You never know what to expect. Well, you know THAT is what you should expect. That's the great thing about him. Predictable unpredictability and lack of self-censorship..

Having Brad Pitt (wonder if he had a stunt double for any of his scenes here) and Di Caprio as the two lead roles is of course the most awesome part. Huge fan of both. But there's not a bad actor around them either. Everyone's amazing.

I miss a bit of Al Pacino's old tough guy crudeness, but he does have just the right movie biz charisma otherwise too...

It's nothing amazing, all in all, like most of Tarantino's movies. But it has amazing moments. Some grotesque. Some crazy. Some so impeccably coordinated or slice-of-life-like that you can't help smile simply at how well it all goes together, even if sometimes there doesn't seem to be anything special to it. Maybe it's similar to how life is all about those individual moments? They bring it all together. They're the reason for all.

And that's the mastery, isn't it? That's what sets Tarantino movies apart from others. He makes mundane scenes stand out. He makes the moments memorable. He makes making movies seem like the easiest thing in the world - though in this particular case some of the behind the scene scenes (making movies within the movie) were pretty brutal. You feel for the actors too. In the movie. As the people they act. It's not all sunshine and roses.

And I do wonder who that little girl prodigy really was...

Bravo, Tarantino. I really enjoyed this. Would've hoped you'd never stop.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Parasyte: Part 2 (2015)

Parasyte: Part 2 (2015)

The bridge between the first and second was the darkest part really.

It picks up again with the raid, and the moment with the baby, and the rooftop... yet somehow I'm not as overwhelmed as I was with the first part.

Maybe it's the increase of special effects. Maybe it's how certain elements seem skipped - like how the girl suddenly seems to know all about Migi as well - no need for explanations. It goes too fast, but in the end... it's another segment definitely worth seeing.

And I believe I leave a bit more hopeful than I did the anime. Or maybe that's just because I know how it'll end already. The fate of humankind... that's what it all comes down to here.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)

Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)

Watching a movie about a strange blade-wielding parasite taking over people's bodies with the intent of killing all humankind, while the corona pandemic sweeps over the globe? Why not.

I can't say if the similarities to the anime (and before that manga) on which it was based are all there, but I did recognize most of it, and the emotional moments still strike you hard. Maybe not as much as in the anime though.

At first Migi (the friendly mutant right hand - as seen above) almost seems like a comical sidekick - but maybe he did there too.

It's an epic and bizarre journey, though, where the regular high school student Shin'ichi is faced against foe after foe - each more dangerous than the last - and along the way he loses his mother and almost his girl.

There's just one thing that bothers me. Scene after they jump out the building. Way too much shaky came.

I don't know why I'm speaking like a machine. It comes with the territory maybe. Unintentional movie inspirations. But Parasyte certainly puts humanity at its edge, and really asks the question: Who are we, and what are we doing with our lives?

I wonder if those questions at all get answered in part 2... the anime was bleak and despairing. Maybe this will be the same.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Steel (1997)

Steel (1997)

Throw together Eraser, Shaq and Batman and what do you get? Something like Steel.

I never knew Shaq could act and... he can't. Really. His set of expressions is so limited, but if you've watched (and enjoyed) Arnold's movies you'll know that's not always a bad thing! He does have charisma, though his relations with other characters falter. Their bonds... there's always something missing.

The movie: a farce of a military weapon development project gone wrong, feels neither like a real action movie or a real action comedy, it's something in between, and as the criminals run rampant and the Man of Steel jumps in like RoboCop to save the day - only he's a vigilante too - it all comes across a bit more ridiculous than I think is intended.

I wonder if the directors just didn't have the balls to tell Shaq to change up his expressions, or demeanor, or anything else.

It's entertaining. The costume designs are fun - in a B-movie nineties kind of way, but it's really not one of the best movies of the era.

It's feelgood though. Watch it if you ever need a bit of that.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Bloodshot (2020)

Bloodshot (2020)

Vin Diesel sure knows how to make some kick-ass action! No exceptions.

This is the story about a soldier, who's killed by his wife's killer, only to be given a second chance - awakened with superpowers - nanites in his blood - that make him pretty much immune to all projectile-based damage (read: bullets). At least just enough to let him nail those killers...

It's Memento mixed with a little Inception, especially at the end. Spoiler? Maybe a little...

I really enjoyed the boat scene. I really enjoyed the action amidst a barrage of flour. I really enjoy the girl. I really enjoy Wiggins, and the little bits of brightness he brings into the otherwise so dark and serious film, but why is it they just can't seem to make humans fighting amidst a fall seem realistic?! The end scene when the building collapsed was epic no doubt, but the special effects before it: somewhat forced.

They don't respect gravity anymore. They don't respect the art. Transformer sound effects too. All that shizzle...

Major props on being one of the most pompous blockbusters I've seen in a while, like Riddick times a hundred, just wish they'd get those special effects right. Or skip them entirely.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Iron Sky 2 - The Coming Race (2019)

Iron Sky 2 - The Coming Race (2019)

I almost missed this one! Since I watched the premiere of Iron Sky with buddy bear almost a decade back now, I've been waiting on the sequel. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting so long I almost forgot it was coming, like it was hiding on the dark side of the moon until one day it popped up on my radar again.

And it's another great movie, but more so fun to watch than like the first one. More like Kung Fury than Iron Sky. It's got dinosaurs, y'know? It's just... a little bit much. And though I loved seeing it I just can't feel the same way about it. It's a bit like Serious Sam 2 after the first and second encounters. Like they warped up the comedy and forgot about everything else that made the original great in the first place. The breadth? The balance? The focus? A little bit of a lot of different things probably.

It was creative and surprising, just like the first, yet a little much up and down and inconclusive. And neither the Nazis, nor the other race, nor the secultists, felt like that big a threat. They all get introduced too fast and wiped out too fast, and the parodying of various world leaders just loses impact.

They could've done so much more with this. Could've kept it real(er).

 rated 3/5: not bad

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