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The compositions on Fingers Crossed see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter.
Their mind-altering drive remains present, but retooled and sharpened in focus. September 16, Format: LP with download UPC: The guitarist Jack Rose died at 38, inand listening back to his catalog one has a similar notion. I believe Jack Rose felt the duty of preservation but was by no means bound by it.
Ragtime and His Pals. It contains a combination of studio and live recordings. Jack Rose is marked by a sense of forward momentum, the result of several years of constant playing, with fresh versions of a number of previously attempted songs.
Jack Rose was a larger than life man with a hearty spirit--a no-bullshit gentleman--and his death continues to reverberate among the community of musicians and music people he called friends. This spirit, as evidenced within his recorded output, has proven to be indomitable and continually vital.
The version heard here is more expansive and open-hearted, a waxing-and-waning piece of introspection. It is territory Rose seldom traveled but completely and fully invigorating. The film has already wasted all its time and instead just taunts us with some genuinely intriguing and compelling imagery, like the fractured remnants of a far superior film that ran out of money 30 minutes in and had to be filled in with cheap, hastily written nothingness.
This film promises alternate universe escapades from the very start. While this is happening, the film is also focused on the "main" universe people the protagonists have left behind during a house party, dealing with the fact that two of their friends just disappeared in a secret closet, and now the cops have arrived, one of them having made the mistake of not bothering to check if there was drugs or underaged drinking occurring and now unable to get a warrant to enter the house and so is now squatting outside waiting to arrest any teen that tries to escape.
A lot of aspects of the "travelling" are unanswered, and it works best when it remains unanswered. Everything about it feels functional and meaningful in some way unexplained to us in such a way that it just works, and the mystery makes it more compelling. At some point, however, the movie starts caving in to the pressures of storytelling, and starts to set things up in a more surreal and less sci-fi fashion. The "alternate" universe somehow ceases to be an alternate universe and becomes something more fitting for a morality fable, while some of the precise mechanisms of the "travel" are given some flimsy explanation with incoherent nonsense involving a playing card as a "passport".
None of that manages to completely derail the rest of the film, but it certainly fumbles a great shot at an alternate universe type film with the limitations of budget and location. In fact, a whole lot of the film turns out to be funny, in part due to some of the events in the short film, in other parts due to the absolutely deadpan serious delivery of some truly awful lines, such as a doctor in one story declaring that a victim looked like they were literally frightened to death.
Namely; are these supernatural films somehow covered under some manner of copyright law or can they edit them all together and sell it as their own anthology of films. I was mislead, apparently, as i didn't see the genre of the film and based on the synopsis from netflick "She heard her neighbor die.
Now danger follows her everywhere Somehow I thought this was a horror movie in which ghosties or something haunt a blind pianist. I don't rate the film poorly from my own misjudgment of the genre, but because it was so flat of affect and terribly uncompelling. Then there was the ending which for some reason went completely over my head, so much so that I had to look up the Spoiler-filled reviews here just to figure it out.
Normally I absolutely love TV and movies that are heavy on mystery and extremely stingy with details and explanations, the ultimate example of this probably being "Primer". But there's simply no real mystery here; things happen and tend to be revealed at a steady pace, all the while people use incoherent code names and make incoherent warnings to one another that seem to make sense to them, based on their backstory, but aren't revealed and thus are just stuff that goes over our head, while giving us no motivation to want to know more.
It also has the extremely rare distinction of featuring actors whose acting ability seems to somehow degrade and get substantially worse as the film goes on. Rather than plod along tediously with her antics in trying to get to him, they put the pieces in play almost painfully obviously; the teacher is immediately dating Kyla's mother, and Kyla is befriending Mr Sumner's daughter, Riley. Another girl at school, Tricia, is also obsessed with him, so Kyla goes about sabotaging her life in order to get her out of the picture.
In barely any time, Kyla goes from shifty and plotting, to outright dry humping the teacher and openly flirting with him everywhere, and he puts up the absolute meekest, most low-key resistance ever, to a point where he throws himself at her in a scene that for the life of me looked and felt like a dream sequence of Kyla's, as it was way too sudden and on the nose to be real.
Yet it was real. To make it even more dramatic and exciting, in that very same scene Riley walks in on them and discovers it all. This somehow leads to Kyla distracting Mr Sumner by telling him his daughter has a drinking problem that was never before mentioned, and never brought up again.
The editing of this film makes it feel like they just flat-out removed more than half of the plot, which was probably for the best, because the remaining result is so bad it's good. It's hilarious how they just completely give up being serious half-way through, and start throwing in laugh out loud one-liners and incoherent dramatic twists. I was led to believe this was to be something of a sci-fi horror, in the vein of War of the Worlds, with a greater emphasis on the mystery of an lunar expedition that had gone wrong, leading to it being scrubbed by British authorities, and leaving the one survivor stranded on the moon until Instead, the film is far more upbeat, practically a comedy based on how the main characters behave.
The whole modern at the time moon expedition reaching the moon to discover the remnants of the expedition amounts to barely 10 minutes total screentime, and the surviving astronaut from that expedition is not somehow barely surviving on the moon, but in a nursing home on Earth, where he tells the whole story in flashback. The Professor, Cavor, is very comically upbeat and loony, a nutty professor type, but this isn't particularly much more than just a comic relief type.
The story, once we get to it, is rather straight-forward and intriguing, but ends right as it starts to get truly fascinating. It's a very broad, generic run-through of a fascinating idea, ultimately dull as a result. I've grown up past the point of getting angry at movies for having Romans speaking with an American accent. I've even grown past being angry at them for having some romans speak with American accents, and some with british accents, since this could conceivably be waved away as the regional language differences between Italian Romans, Latin Romans, various provincial Romans, etcetera.
What I can't get past is just how boring this movie is. It was almost engaging near the beginning but the vast majority of it is basically endless wandering through highlands, nonstop mumblings about honor and duty and honor and cowardice and service and honor, and an almost instantaneous resolution to their quest which somehow doesn't stop the movie from dragging on even longer. I gave this show that chance, after being left by the first episode with a sensation I can describe not so much as confusion as merely a sense of incompletion.
Virtually nothing happened in the first episode, except for some seemingly random events with some random characters in a needlessly, aggressively dark London setting in which an explosion at a nightclub somehow leads to a tiny section of the city being cordoned off and quarantined due to an unspecified "contamination" The protagonists are a photographer Jennifer and a member of the Home Department Jonas, as well as a miscellaneous cop whose daughter died in the bombing.
Jennifer is seeing spooky ghosties with her camera randomly appearing around people ever since the bombing. Jonas wants to go into the quarantine zone.
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The miscellaneous cop wants answers and demands this repeatedly. By episode three, the story actually begins in earnest. And then once it ends, on a cliffhanger, the series abruptly ends. I feel it is a disservice to review a series in such a way that merely lays out the synopsis, spoilers and all, while casting judgment on the story rather than to go further in terms of intent, atmosphere, theme, and whether the experience of going through it is even fun to begin with.
Even when watching a bad series, I can look through those elements that went into the making of the series, and often find some measure of purpose or intent in them.
This is one of those rare fragments of a series where absolutely none of those elements are going for it. There is a perpetual doom and gloom, pseudo-cyberpunky noir vibe to this whole series, which comes in bits and pieces given how absurdly short it is, and entire unresolved subplots that come and go right before our eyes that would make absolutely no sense even if the series lasted longer than 3 episodes.
This is one of the only series that I can genuinely say I felt I wasted my time watching. It's almost insulting to insinuate this as sci-fi or horror given that it abruptly ends after the third episode, coming out inand it is currently September with no further news on it.TRY NOT TO LAUGH
IF they filmed more than 3 episodes and Netflix is inexplicably sitting on the episodes which feels uncharacteristic to me given that Netflix by its very nature doesn't have to abide by a weekly rating schedule and just dumps entire new seasons of new shows all at oncethen this might be worth salvaging if only these episodes would be released.
If they just filmed the 3, with the expectation of making more after gauging public interest, then it was a complete waste of time. I have little else to say in that regard, and whether or not that is a good or bad mark on the movie I can't say because I enjoyed it. For one, this is largely a "found footage" type thing, yet there are also general out-of-camera theatrical shots which feels unnecessary since the entirety of the story can be contained within the handheld cameras the protagonists are carrying and using.
Second, it takes entirely too long to tease us with the suspenseful bits. A bit too much is spent building to it and taking its time in setting up the aura and that time could've been better spent with just a bit more in the way of odd, inexplicable events. Third, and the most important bit, the music. They shouldn't have used music.
It does not go well at all with the style, and has the effect of diminishing tense moments, sometimes even getting ahead of the viewer's eyes and spoiling a big shock moment about a half-second before it actually appears on screen.
A bunch of characters, including even Zeus and Athena and Artemis, are portrayed by black actors. I actually hated the first half an hour of the first episode, but by the 2nd episode I began to enjoy it, and I thoroughly enjoy how they include major characters from the Iliad traditionally ignored by big movies like "Troy", such as Diomedes, the psychopathic mass murderer whose brutality in battle eclipses Achilles's, and he even cuts Aphrodite at one point, as well as including the scene of Odysseus pretending to be mad, plowing his field in circles until Diomedes puts his baby in his way, forcing him to drop his madman act.
Apparently everyone else got to this one before I did. I figured if it showed up on Netflix and has John Cusack phoning it in, it must at least be worth a bit of dumb fun.
I actually marginally enjoyed a similar kind of movie that appeared on Netflix starring Lee Pace as an American mercenary in an African country when an alien invasion happens. But this one is just stupid. Even by the lowest of low-budget standards, this is stupid. This is 4th grade sci-fi stupid. This is too stupid even for that. It was so stupid I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into it. Firstly, the movie sets us up in where there are helpful robots everywhere from a corporation run by John Cusack's character, while he one night ominously decides to run Kronos, the first ever AI.
Why even tell any of the humans? Not even badly acted to a degree that it is fun to mock, but just boringly badly acted. But this is helpfully explained by John Cusack and his sidekick that this guy is secretly a robot like them, completely indistinguishable from human, who ALSO is unaware he's a robot! On top of this stupidity, he gets attacked by a random robot and escapes, and the sidekick pointlessly asks John Cusack why he sent the robot to attack him, and John Cusack says so Katniss can trust him, implying that him being a human wandering around on his own post-apocalypse where robots kill all humans on sight isn't enough to get her interest.
MAYBE she has experienced androids in human disguise at some point and so now can't trust all humans, but this was not mentioned in the minutes leading up to or coming after this, and at that point around 20 minutes in I just flat-out gave up on this stupid pile of stupid and ended it.
Like i'd mentioned in another review of mine you don't have to go back trying to find for any context or anything, it is difficult to review certain kinds of movies like this, wherein the ending not just comes as a shock or twist, but completely and utterly upends the entire movie you spent the past minutes watching. To a certain degree, it can make a review easy. Just say "It was fun, nothing extraordinary until the ending which completely upended the entire movie" the film opens with a description of a british experiment which may or may not be real in which researchers told a group of people that they would hire random people for a period of time to subtle interact with them or interfere with their lives in very minor ways.
After the end of the experiment, all the volunteers mention how the experiment changed their lives, and it's revealed the experimenters did not actually hire anyone; the mere insinuation was the experiment.
But the court scenes are deliberately evasive, light on details, not showing us who specifically is on trial, or who is present at the trial until it becomes necessary to reveal it. These court scenes are a great way at giving us exposition as well as setting up the next act without coming across as contrived or overly expositional. As the experiment progresses, it goes through the typical ebbs and flows of a usual movie, with escalating tension and drama, things that go wrong, personal conflicts and drama.
The way Caan plays his character and the seemingly random oddities he exhibits, such as sitting up in bed and staring into space for a full hour, or his behavior in his basement, are utterly compelling, and keep you drawn in even as the story seems to be headed towards an inevitable "rocks fall everyone gets arrested" But then comes the ending. Even hinting at what happens feels like a cheat to this movie.
The ending completely and irrevocably changes the whole tone and mood not just of the court scenes and the story, but the character of Harold Grainey and every little action and oddity that he does. It completely messed me up and I was nearly in tears. It does no justice to spoil anything more than that. To be as fair as possible, this is not even close to the worst horror movie I have ever seen.
The ghost hunting stuff is tepidly skimmed upon; we're just supposed to expect and take for granted that they have all this supposed ghost hunting equipment and that it means "spooky ghosts" whenever it makes noise. They are a one-dimensional character straight out of Power Rangers, but with no comic relief to justify their existence here. This film has a bit of a goofy start, very plainly obviously low budget and some of the acting drops to some questionable quality.
This is not the major problem, but the style of the film doesn't do much to try to overcome this low-budget feel, and so a lot depends on the viewer being able to latch on to the characters, Eric and Beth, to navigate them through the early parts of the film which play coy with the concept Eric is studying "modern mythology" and leans heavily towards being a skeptic with regards to alien abductions, and has to be dragged into that realm of possibility in more and more convenient ways.
The film has something of a twist ending, but the best part about it is that the twist ending isn't something that comes out of seemingly nowhere or requires you to have been taking notes all throughout the film; the inevitability of it is very slowly and gradually brought up all throughout the last minutes of it. Even the most casual of viewer can start to pick upon the idea that a whole lot of the conflict and conversation, even down to mundane events like Eric's former professor paying him a visit the day after a call in which he expressed interest in returning to school to work on his doctorate, starts to become more and more easily ascribed to paranoia rather than aliens.
There's a brief text plate bringing up that fetal theft is a real thing, but nothing in the film indicates this was a genuine case of that, which would typically involve violence, but it's rather clear that the woman here, Liz, was not attacked by anyone. The fetus just disappeared. The main core of the film itself covers Liz and her husband Rick going out on a vacation with her brother Evan, with Evan recording everything in part to document their attempts to work through their grief, and in part to defend themselves as people in the town they live in start to think that the group did something, or had an incredibly late term abortion and are lying about it.
The majority of the film is straightforward and conventional, with the added benefit that each of the actors does a spectacular job with their characters, making them compelling on their own, with a genuine sense of chemistry in their interactions with each other. The implications of what happened to Liz are just that, implications. Throughout the whole of the filmed events, we get a tiny few instances of weird, psychotic events, which the trio have no memory of afterwards.
It is played with an immense subtlety that is just perfect for grounding this story and making it less about sci-fi horror and more about the reality of going on living life, through the eyes of Evan, with a sister whose unborn baby just disappeared out of her womb.
The added instances of weirdness only help add a layer of mystery and horror behind an already traumatizing story. The end comes about somewhat abruptly, and indulges itself after restraining itself for so long. It didn't quite have the same impact as the rest of the film to me, but it was at least was minimalist, and did not end up detracting from the rest of the film at all.
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But when a series gets it so painfully, horribly wrong as this, I just can't get over it and start anemically yelling at the TV again. The first season was about Commodus. I know very little about the Roman Empire at this point so I couldn't vouch for many of the historical accuracy, except to say that the series is fixated on the old style myth that all gladiatorial bouts were fights to the death. Gladiatorial bouts were very rarely fights to the death, although I would give some leeway to this period in time, in particular because Commodus is the one fighting the gladiators in the arena and needs to seem invincible.
A whole lot of other minor details are gotten wrong, few of them would be enough to deter from the information or entertainment value, but when it's a constant stream of little things that are either partly or completely wrong or anachronistic, it starts to become pitiful considering this is not an actual TV show, but a highly stylized documentary. There are fictional re-enactments and depictions, but it's still a documentary, and it's somehow worse than an average TV show.
The second season is where it reaches into a time period I know and can whine about properly. From the very start, the selection of the actors to portray the triumvirs, Caesar, Pompeius, and Crassus, look absolutely nothing like the people they're supposed to depict.
That's hardly a big deal in terms of fictional depictions, but it goes beyond that, to a point where Pompey is bald and has a beard, and Crassus has a mop of curly hair.
Every single depiction of Pompey has him with a diamond shaped head and hair, and almost no high ranking Roman in this period had facial hair at all. Crassus as well was old and balding, yet is depicted as being basically the same age as Caesar and Pompey. From there on, it starts off with a "history" of Caesar which is not even remotely close to being accurate.
It depicts him as being a "lowly soldier" at age 16, of which is not only not true he had been forcibly appointed Flamen Dialis by Gaius Marius, a position which forbade him from even touching a knife, much less be a soldierbut the fact that he was from a rich, land-owning patrician family meant he absolutely would NOT have been a "lowly soldier", no matter if he was poor or not.
Next, it begins to show him engaged in a completely non-existent decade-long military career, culminating in him inexplicably taking part in the war against Spartacus, not only a small part, but apparently a LEADING ROLE in commanding at least a legion. In reality Caesar by this time had only just gotten out of his position as Flamen Dialis and had a brief stint fighting in Asia Minor, which is where he negotiated with King Nicomedes to secure a fleet, sparking rumors that he seduced Nicomedes and allowed the king to have sex with him, something his political opponents would exploit the hell out of later on.