I’m not the biggest anime fan in the world, but it’s still surprising I hadn’t seen this until now. I can see why it was such a milestone for anime. The animation is fantastic, with lots of little details and beautiful backgrounds. The dystopian future setting is pretty cool, too. The narrative is a little hard to follow, and the characters aren’t terribly three-dimensional. I also thought there were some issues with the editing and music. But overall, it’s great. It creates a dark and atmospheric world, and contains some fascinating imagery. I definitely recommend it to any anime fan that hasn’t already seen it.
This was a strange little film. The direction was strange, the dialogue was strange, the performances were strange… It’s a good thing, though, mostly. The film has such an unnerving, bizarre quality to it, which is cool, because I think atmosphere is a really underrated aspect of film. Jodie Foster is pretty impressive at her young age. I’m not sure I’d call it a good film, but it’s an interesting one. I wasn’t too keen on the ending, however.
Well, it’s hard to be disappointed when your expectations aren’t very high. I thought Hatchet (2006) was a fun horror throwback, and Hatchet II (2010) was a serviceable sequel. I guess this latest one is the weakest, but not by a whole lot. It’s still disappointing to me that they changed the lead actress to Danielle Harris, because she’s a terrible actress. They tried to give development to the characters, but it felt contrived, and those scenes tended to be fairly boring. My favourite scene by far was the one featuring Sid Haig - he brought a welcome sense of humour to the film. On the horror side of things, there was some fun, gory stuff, but nothing much new. I didn’t hate it, and at only 80 minutes, it can’t really be called a waste of time. There’s just nothing in it that the two previous films in the series haven’t already covered.
I became a fan of director Richard Linklater and his films about 5 years ago, and it was about then I learned of this film, and I’ve been waiting for it ever since. It’s such an extraordinary and ambitious project - filmed over 12 years with the same cast. You get to watch someone grow up before your eyes. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke were very good, and the main children were pretty convincing. Apart from a couple of moments, not a whole lot actually happens. It’s all about the little moments. I liked that though - they didn’t try too hard to create artificial drama. And it really made me reflect on my childhood and my life in general. It’s a long film, but, first of all, it kind of has to be, with the scope it has. But also, I wouldn’t have minded if it was twice as long. I enjoyed every scene, and I craved more. I kind of hope they actually continue to do this every year. I didn’t love it as much as Before Sunrise (1995) and its sequels, but it was excellent, and I recommend it very much.
I’ve been a fan of James Rolfe and his Angry Video Game Nerd character for many years now. And a few years back, I donated a little to making this movie happen. I don’t regret doing that at all, but I do wish it had ended up being a better film. It has the right elements for a good movie, but frankly, Rolfe and co-writer/director, Kevin Finn don’t really have the talent to pull it off. The direction’s not great - you can tell that they had to hide this a few times in editing. I didn’t really care for any of the supporting actors. The visual effects aren’t very good - and I’m not talking about the intentionally bad ones; those are actually pretty fun. It’s the green screen effects and stuff like that that don’t look great. It wasn’t as funny as I was hoping for either, which was a real shame. And at almost 2 hours, it’s too long. They really could have used a good script doctor. Still, it had some fun moments, and the music was pretty good. Again, I’m happy to have helped Rolfe achieve his dream of making a film, because I really like the guy. And it’s still a fantastic example of independent filmmaking. The story and ideas were there for a good movie, but it doesn’t quite deliver.
I think the best way I can describe this film is, “very 1970s”. The direction, complete with superfluous zooms, the haphazard editing, the bad audio, the awkward performances, and the sex scene was… something else. It even managed to make Venice, Italy look unappealing. Yeah, I didn’t really care for it. I found it alternately boring and infuriating. Its one saving grace was the thrilling and scary climax. Otherwise, I don’t really see what the big deal is. I wouldn’t place this with other horror classics.