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Motherless Brooklyn

A little dull

(Edit) 02/06/2020

Expectations were high with the concept of a torrettes PI in a 50s noir. But despite a strong cast it just didn't have the emotional engagement, conflict, or stylisticc noir tropes one might expect. The torrettes with an OCD add-on wasn't really itilized or convincing compared to similar screen potrayal afflictions such as 'Rain Man'. The era and production design was well done given the limited budget but lighting was more flat realism than dynamic high contrast noir. Music and club scenes were more in line with this stylistic tone. Plot was a little muddled with an anti climax pay-off. Didn't really buy the relationship of Ed Norton's character and the girl or care. Not convinced that Norton was the right choice for the leading Man or to write the script. But credit due to pulling off his passion project. Helps to have good actor mates. Shame it was a bit dull.

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The Housemaid

WARNING wrong FILM

(Edit) 29/06/2018

Movie buffs out there do not confuse this film with THE HOUSEMAID 2010. Saw a BFI revue of this which was nominated for a Palm D'or.

So on Cinemama PAradiso selected it and didn't think there was another film of the same title and KOREAN and with a similar plot

made in 2016. Avoid this 2016 version like the plague. Looks like it was made by a teenager with a budget and some badly dubbed actors.

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The Ghoul

Avoid

(Edit) 12/01/2018

Not sure why I chose this. I think I confused it with another film or perhaps I was fooled to believe some good reviews from somewhere. I would check the background of any film especially British. And especially made by a bunch of Tv comedy mates who are all in the cast. Brit Comedians from my viewing experience might be ok for TV sketch shows but they haven't got a CINEMATIC bone in their body.

Unfortunately due to the comedy mafia, somehow funding is given to these films. And 90% are very bad. Even when trying to make a so called PSYCHOLIGICAL THRILLER. I don't like to judge and review anything I haven't seen from begining to end in real time. But for this film I'll make an exception to warn viewers especially if they have a limited amount of films to see on their subscription.

I will always give at least a half hour or more to judge if I'm going to like this. Basically having a manic depressive main character with mental/schizophrenic issues played by a poor actor with zero screen prescence is the first turn off and you can almost predict by the thread bare production design (a chair and a table) that the filmmakers low budget hasn't really challenged them creatively, so the best they can do is endless clichesd montage of psychadeilic shots of roads, ceilings , sky etc and talky talky scenes in a room by familiar faced actor comedy mates who are really their to give support to the writer director mate. Anyway saw all the twisty turny stuff coming in the first ten minutes and the way it was going to be shot. I was even bored on fast forward. Some good reviews compared it to Lynch. If you like Lynch you will like cinema. This is nothing like Lynch and nothing like cinema. Not even TV. All comedians really want is to be dramatic actors /writer direcrtors eventually so they're respected and treated seriously in the Film Industry. Some make it with good material but unfortunately this was not one of them. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.

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