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Iron Fury

In one eye and out of the other.

(Edit) 10/11/2020

This is a film like so many others that I have seen: both enjoyable and forgettable. 

Did I like it? Yes. Did I waste my time by watching it? No. Do I remember much about it? No. Will I rent it again? No.

I don't speak Russian, so the English dub didn't bother me: I like to watch films, not read them. 

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Time Lapse

Good low-budget sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi.

(Edit) 24/10/2020

The time-travelling camera gives the film an SF plot, but it's really about the relationship between the three friends, the strains that the secret puts on that relationship, and how they turn out not to be quite as good friends as they thought. 

If you don't like effects-heavy SF films then rest assured that this is not one of those films: it's about people, not effects. 

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Arrival

Turn the lights on, Mister Director!

(Edit) 10/10/2020

A recently developed pet peeve of mine is when films and TV are deliberately under lit. I have been in houses and offices and factories and lecture theatres and classrooms and shops, and they they were all brightly lit so that people can see what they are doing. In this film, everything is miserably grey and dark, and it drove me mad. Instead of thinking about the characters and the plot and the mystery of the aliens, I was thinking "Why is it so damn dark in here?" in every single scene. I eventually gave up after 50 minutes. 

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Pagan Warrior

It isn't terrible, but ...

(Edit) 04/08/2020

This isn't an inherently bad film, but it was obviously made on a tiny budget, and nearly every scene would have benefited from having more money spent on it. Money for costumes and props. Money for extras. Money for effects. Money for sets and locations. Money for stuntmen. Money for teaching the actors sword fighting. Money for historical research. Money for proofreading. Watching it was more embarrassing than anything else. 

Also, I can't see why it was rated 18. There's no sex or nudity, and while there's some violence and blood, it isn't explicit (probably because the producers couldn't afford  the required FX work). Not very scary either. 

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First Man

Hope you like shaky cam!

(Edit) 17/09/2019

This film cost tens of millions of dollars to make, but the makers couldn't seem to find the money for a decent tripod for the camera. The framing drifts around a bit in every scene, and once I had noticed this, I couldn't stop noticing it. 

What did I think about the writing and directing and acting and effects? Dunno, it was hard to form an opinion on any of that when I kept on thinking "For God's sake man, nail the camera down!" 

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White Space

Moby Dick IN SPACE and in darkness.

(Edit) 18/08/2019

This film is a sci-fi version of "Moby Dick," and when you know that, then you can probably see the ending coming. The description doesn't make it obvious, but we have a space captain obsessively hunting a giant animal, and there is a small plaque of a white whale above his desk. Yep, "Moby Dick." 

Why only two stars? It isn't inherently terrible, but:

It's always dark inside the ship. This quickly became annoying: industrial workspaces should be well lit so the workers can see what they're doing, and so the audience can see them do it. 

The crew show some needless stupidity, especially towards the end of the film. One of them has gone mad and is roaming the ship with a knife, and the lack of urgency about finding him leads to two deaths.

The film is only 89 minutes. Some films could do with being shorter, but this one could have done with an extra five or ten minutes of people talking about what was happening and why.  

 On the plus side:  

The effects work is good for a straight-to-video film featuring no one I have ever heard of.

The characters are mostly likeable, and believable as the sort of people who would end up at the end of the line.  

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