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Mad City (1997)

Mad City (1997)

Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta play a reporter and a security guard, who both wind up at the same museum, during a regular day at work, when things go sour and the security guard ends up unintentionally threatening his boss, taking the kids hostage and shooting his good friend.

The reporter sees a story, and so the news crews arrive, and we follow the media frenzy that follows, and how they change not only how the world perceives the security guard, who now only wants to go home and to have all of this undone, but ultimately how the story ends. Initially becoming a relatable working class hero with the people on his side, the media skews his story and turns it into something different entirely.

Sad but true. The absurdity of it all is reflected in the title, and in the characters when they all go full circle, turning one way or the other not just in benefit of their professions but: for greed. For fame. For power. It's the way of the world, and in addition to a pretty suspenseful venture into the reporting world this movie brings forth that message remarkably well.

Sad but true...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

I found an old classic I'd yet to see! So me and good buddy Bear decided to watch it... and it was alright.

Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall play the main characters, and when their names popped up during the movie intro we both recognized... not a single name! All icons before our time, they were.

They weren't bad though. They showed emotion when the situation called for it, and personality when it didn't. The movie takes a comical approach to a serious topic: those misunderstood kids, but it takes a long time for the pace to really pick up, and though all dialog serves a purpose it just doesn't always feel compelling enough.

There are some good scenes, especially towards the end, but I imagine a modern take on this movie would have a lot more going on. It's that kind of movie where you start wondering if it was worth watching... but when it's over you're still happy you did. The little moments and build-up of emotion make it worth it after all. I guess it is a classic after all.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave (2016)

If only we'd actually listen to movies like this. Their morals. To not take things for granted. To not rely on technology so much. To not be slaves to technology. To not forget how to live.

The special effects aren't perfect. but refreshingly new in the first scenes. The water in particular. It was a bit like The Day After Tomorrow, but smaller in scale.

After that it all goes downhill. The special effect grandeur makes way for regularity, and it's only at the very end that we're taken back there again.

It seems like it's the start of another series... not quite like Divergent, or The Maze Runner, but in a similar vein. It's teenagers against the world, though with this one: against the aliens. All fighting towards a greater cause.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson play the main characters, and they do a decent job, but in the end... it doesn't reach the levels of greatness I hoped for. It has some They Live references, a little fighting, a lot of running, and a final showdown that just fades away... and make way for better credits. Good vibes and artful visuals. Not bad.

I hope they do make a sequel though. I'm not overwhelmed by the filming so far, but I'm interesting to see where the story goes. It is exciting.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Headshot (2016)

Headshot (2016)

Iko Uwais is on a roll lately! And I'm getting addicted to the masterful, macabre art of modern Indonesian almost grind-house like martial arts movies that seem to sweeping over the world these latest years, that it seems other studios (think Hollywood) are fetching inspiration from too. Judge Dread, Deadpool... what else? It's all in the same vein; just a shame the originals don't get enough credit, as grimy as they are.

As far as I'm concerned Hollywood has yet to reach their level as far as fighting goes, and the ferocity. Watching these I wonder how far they can really take it.

Speaking if taking it further: this is definitely a movie in the same vein as The Night Comes For Us, which I watched just recently, but it feels like the latter perfected what they started here. It takes a similar approach, also playing on a main character seeking to escape a certain authority, in a similar way, but does so in such a merciless way in comparison. Watch this first and you'll wonder what I'm talking about. Watch that one after and you'll understand. ;) The chronological way is the right way after all.

The story with this one? It's about a young man who washes ashore with a bullet in his head, is taken in by a nurse, yet one day the dark comrades of his past come again to confront him... Bullet in the Head vibes again huh?

The inspirations do feel familiar, and the action does as well, though sceneries and situations are all new. And the choreography is ferocious. The only thing that keeps it from being flawless in my book are the pauses, certain repetition, and a trail of events that doesn't always follow the red thread enough.

That end though! Damn. It wasn't the most violent; most well-choreographed and/or crazy but it's definitely more of all the former than 90% of the action movies out there. Great watch yet again.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Purple Rain (1984)

Purple Rain (1984)

You know Prince? The musician? The one who died a few years back? This is his movie, and considering he's a legend - and unfortunately dead - I thought it was time I see it, genre of preference or no.

Turns out it was well worth the time! It's an inexplicable tale of love, and music, that somehow both explains the man behind the mask perfectly... and doesn't explain anything at all.

I don't know how much of it (if anything) is based on true story, but it feels like the most conclusive inconclusive musical story I've seen so far, though the music scenes had me thinking that - no matter how talented this guy was - maybe his music really wasn't my thing after all. Maybe I didn't miss anything special not listening in until now.

Cue the last show, and those final solos... damn! Maybe I did after all.

At least I'm glad I didn't miss the swim scene here, and the emotions. They're so heavy you can almost reach out and grab them. The title sets the tone, and Prince does the rest.

Closest movie I can compare this to is maybe American Honey (2016).

Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Flying Monkeys (2013)

Flying Monkeys (2013)

Teenager, Joan gets more than she bargained for when her workaholic dad buys her a cute pet monkey who grows wings, fangs, and an insatiable thirst for blood come nightfall.

Gargoyles? Nope, it's a different breed entirely. One from the deep, dark parts of the jungle... from which a couple of pretty modern-looking Asian assassins who've been hunting down this special species for centuries appear and it turns out they speak pretty good English.

Maika Monroe is the lead star though, the girl who receives the monkey; up-and-coming actress who's about to star in a movie with Shia Lebouff. Honey Boy. I was just skimming through his filmography looking for American Honey, which this movie reminded me of. I was sure I recognized her too, and apparently it was from It Follows! Favorites all together now. She'll be playing lead role in Stockholm as well, a movie that, of course, a Swede like me is looking forward to seeing. Coincidences huh?

This movie isn't one of those but: she does her part alright. The other girl, btw? Machete! Grindhouse! The cast in this movie, if but a small part of it: off the charts! Or more like: on the charts? Movies considered? They're great.

So they have the cast bit covered, and the rest of the movie could've been good too with it's simple but appreciative plot, small bouts of action, relations and good filming, but unfortunately: the CGI. It was crap.

Take it for what it is though, which is an entertaining B-movie. No more no less. It just could have maybe been more because Maika Monroe! HELL YEAH! I think I might be a fan. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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