Run (Aneesh Chaganty/USA/2020)

Story:

Chloe, a teenager, is forbidden from seeing the mail and is kept in isolation. She soon starts suspecting her mother of keeping dark secrets and decides to investigate.(google)

My Opinion:

The newest movie of Aneesh Chaganty, the director of the highly recommended „Searching“, is a really solid thriller.

Overall there probably isn’t much that we haven’t seen ,somwhere or somehow, before (except a few unique details) and the conclusion is rather simple. BUT same as in daily life, sometimes the journey is the goal and that really fits here. Iam sure a lot of people will foresee what happened but the strengths of the movie is really the tension that is on a pretty high level most the the time. On top of that we get some really good performances.

So yeah, if you find the story interesting enough and if you like thrillers, maybe give this one a try.

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The Outpost (Rod Lurie/USA/2020)

Story:

A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of Kamdesh became the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghanistan War in 2009, and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict.(google)

My Opinion:

The older and hopefully wiser I get the more problems I have with movies like „The Outpost“. If you like a movie about war heros with dramatic and excellent combat scenes, this is a movie to go for. While I find it questionable to make an action movie out of the peoples lifes that you want to honor, Iam happy that they at least kept it as dramatic as possible. I mean, the battle scenes are impressive and keep you on the edge of your seat but they luckily don’t turn into a super graphical splatterfest. The movie always manages to keep the dramatic and realistic tone without making this a simple just entertainment or action product.

The problems I have with movies like this is that they are just relatively simple minded hero movies without digging deeper. Some might even call it propaganda. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of soldiers believe in their mission, or believe they bring democracy or freedom. Still if am totally honest, the men in this movie and all other soldiers in similar situations are not heros but victims to me. I know that sounds harsh and I don’t mean it in any disrespectful way. I feel for the families and 100% agree that we should honor the lifes of soldiers as we should honor the life of many other people who live or sadly lost their lifes. Also for the record, I don’t say that we never needed and will never need soldiers. The thing is just, while many of them might believe in the cause most conflicts and wars are based on lies and are surly not about bringing freedom and democracy. Since I don’t wanna get too political here, I will leave it at that.

So if you are looking for the type of movie that I described above, be sure to watch it cause it is really good for what it is. In the end just don’t expect much more.

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The Little Things (John Lee Hancock/USA/2021)

Story:

Deputy Sheriff Joe „Deke“ Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case. (Google)

My Opinion:

This is actually another short review cause there isn’t really anything special to say about this one. The actors are good, I mean when has Denzel Washington ever been bad? The rest is pretty uninspired without much appeal. We have seen a lot of better movies about serial killers and so on. It is watchable, especially if you like one of the actors involved, but really nothing you should expect too much from. It really brings nothing overly exciting to the table. I mean, it is not even bad but totally forgettable.

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About Time (Richard Curtis/2013)

Story:

Like all the men in his family, Tim Lake possesses the power to travel in time. With the advice of his father, he uses his special ability to pursue his romantic interest, Mary. (Google)

My Opinion:

I really love movies that have anything to do with time traveling. As soon as I read time traveling I gotta check to movie.

About Time is drama/romantic comedy and I really enjoyed it. I guess this is, as often in this kind of genre, more an audience movie than a movie that critics will drool over. Although that doesn’t mean it is totally dull or something. I don’t wanna start my usual „a fine genre movie is sometimes just enough“ explanation again.😂

For me About Time had lovable characters, the funny moments worked and the time traveling was well implemented. I think sometimes the movie could have digged a little bit deeper but maybe it would have lost some of its lightheartedness. Let’s say it is just thought provoking enough and it surly made me think about some things.

So people who like this kind of entertainment should definitely give this one a try.

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Braveheart (Mel Gibson/1995)

Story:

Gibson is fighting for his dead wife and Scotland against the British bastards.😉 More or less.

My Opinion:

A surprising fact, as big big movie fan it still took me until yesterday to watch this famous movie. I guess we all have movies like that that we just didn’t get to watch even if they are super famous and in everyones fav movie list.

So what is there to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. Braveheart has a lot of great and epic scenes, looks good, ais catchy and has a lot of charismatic actors with Gibson on the forefront. Sometimes it is a bit uneven and probably overly simplistic. I wouldn’t give these problems too much credit though. Braveheart is a very good movie and never boring, just misses to land a few more punches for the championship.

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Us (Jordan Peele/2019)

Story:

Adelaide Wilson and her family are attacked by mysterious figures dressed in red. Upon closer inspection, the Wilsons realise that the intruders are exact lookalikes of them. (Google)

My Opinion:

I still didn’t get around to watch the highly praised „Get Out“ by the same director, Iam definitely going to change that as soon as I can.

„Us“ is first and foremost a horror or home invasion film or at least strongly connected to these genres. Then it also contains elements of comedy and satire. We also have a subtext dealing with society and other stuff.

To say it frankly, for me Us isn’t nearly as intelligent or special as some people describe it. Again, at least that is my feeling, in the end it feels like the director overtook himself and in the end didn’t really fully succeed with anything. That sounds a bit harsh but as I often said Iam not good with words and sometimes have trouble to describe what I mean.

Ok I get it, the movie has a subtext and there are some deeper things underneath. That part of the movie just isn’t strong enough for me to really take it to any higher grounds and it doesn’t succeed in working well enough together with the main plot. In the end the movie is still very much driven by the relatively simple main plot. The premise is actually interesting and the movie showed a lot of potential, then I feel at some point it just couldn’t keep its promises. Jordan Peele wasn’t able to keep the movie from drifting into well known and not very surprising waters. The little extras just weren’t enough for me to really lift the movie to something more special.

That probably sounds more bad than it really is, for me the movie simply couldn’t keep its promises and I wasn’t really satisfied with the result. Like I said before, maybe the director was a bit over ambitious in the end and wasn’t really able to bring it home.

That being said, Us is still far from a bad movie and I can only suggests to watch it, since a lot of people were really positive towards it. I also gotta say that the movie looks really nice and also Lupita Nyong’o is doing a great job once again. Then definitely the movie has its strengths and moments and one might find it much more appealing than I did. In all honesty, despite my love for movies I wouldn’t call anything connected with horror my fav genre. That’s why Iam also probably a bit harder to please here.

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Tenet (Christopher Nolan/2020)

Story:

A secret agent is given a single word as his weapon and sent to prevent the onset of World War III. He must travel through time and bend the laws of nature in order to be successful in his mission. (Google)

My Opinion:

First of all I have to say Iam a big fan of Nolan, he isn’t the one I would go to for a super emotional film (with a few exceptions) but his films always had something deeply fascinating and looked awesome. He is a master film maker and one of a kind in today’s movie landscape. Everyone, including me, is looking forward to his new projects. The only one I didn’t see yet is „Dunkirk“. It came out in a very busy time for me and I didn’t come around to look it and somehow even forgot it. I plan to change that this week.

So now about his newest one, „Tenet“. I say it straight away, it is probably my least favorite Nolan and I was disappointed. Usually Iam into time travelling stuff, no matter how it is involved in the story, and the action scenes here are great but the movie didn’t really catch me. That being said, I was a little bit tired at that day and towards the end it almost put me to sleep.

Don’t get me wrong, Iam sure there are some genius things going on here and some people probably already wrote whole novels about all kind of things here. I also admit that Iam not always the fastest in discovering every detail and every meaning things have or could have. Maybe I missed the point of the movie, but I felt Nolan didn’t really come to the point either. The question of what is really going on here takes too long to unravel. The journey simply was too complicated to keep me fascinated or even wanting to know what is going on here. I still don’t really wanna find out much more, ok that is my fault if I choose to be ignorant about that. Well at least I read an explanation about certain things afterwards. This also didn’t really made me feel any different about the movie.

I had a similar experience with „I’m Thinking of Ending Things“ by Charlie Kaufman. That one also lost me on some levels after the first half but I really wanted to know what was going on and I digged deeper into it. I gotta say looking back at that movie with more knowledge it seems like a genius movie.

Anyway, this is about Tenet. The problem with it is that it didn’t really manage to keep me that interested in finding its genius. Maybe I will get to that point later someday.

Positive things are the action, the effects and Robert Pattinson. For the rest, there is still a feeling of disappointment for me.

I don’t think I need to recommend it or not, cause everyone will watch or has watched it anyway.

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Monster Hunter (Paul W. S. Anderson/2020)

Story:

Behind our world, there is another — a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new one, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, terrifying attacks, Artemis teams up with a mysterious hunter who has found a way to fight back.(Google)

My Opinion:

First of all, I never played the video game. Although Iam a RPG fan I never got around to play any of the games of the series.

Well, If you read the story then you definitely already know what’s going on. Actually the story could well be described in only one sentence, the same goes for the dialogues. Actually that it is not a big problem, Iam no movie snob and can have fun with the most simple kind of movies. So my problem with the movie is not its simple nature, but it just isn’t that entertaining. Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa are ok and it is always cool to see Ron Perlman. Then some of the monster scenes are quite cool, especially the ones with Diablo the monster beneath the sand. Then again in the past years we got used to this kind of bombastic fights with monsters and so on and this kind of special effects. The movie just doesn’t bring anything exciting or special to the table.

Those who can’t get enough of this kind of stuff can probably give it a try. Still be warned, „Monster Hunter“ brings almost no depth to anything, is as simple as possible and the entertainment factor is just average. Overall I wouldn’t pay any money for it. If you maybe have a subscription for any streaming service and you come across it for free someday it is ok I guess.

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Searching For Bobby Fischer (Steven Zaillian/1993)

Story:

Inspired by the life of chess prodigy. Josh is a normal kid and loves to play football. But, his father notices signs of him being a genius at chess and encourages him.

My Opinion:

My wife always says that movies based on real events or storys are always good. Most of the time I have to agree with this statement.

While this is not a total masterpiece it is still a very good movie and far more subtle than I expected. That’s also due to the fine performances of stars like Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Joan Allen. The biggest star here though is Max Pomeranc who plays the kid here. He totally got the right feeling for his role. I just read that he was also a top chess player at that time.

Even if chess of course is a big factor in this movie, for me this isn’t mainly about it. To say it simple, the movie is more about the behavior and psychology of children and their parents. The movie does a good and pretty subtle job in portraying this. I don’t have much more to say.

Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser/1987)

Story:

In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.

I have to admit it and I still don’t feel any shame in doing so: Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Van Damme have been a few of my heros as a kid and teenager. Looking back now, it seems kinda silly to see them as heros but as a child you don’t think too much about their off screen persona. Anyway, I still kept my love for their movies and can watch most of them without being bored or anything. Sure, that also has something to do with nostalgia and memories. I do also share a lot of good memories with my late mom and dad when it comes to these movies. Also, these movies are some of the first that made my love for movies grow. Maybe that is the difference between me and many critics, I still can just have fun with a movie. Not everything has to be super intelligent or needs to have any special meaning. That being said, also not every movie of the actors I mentioned here are straight stupid. They have some real classics under their belt.

Anyway, when we come to „The Running Man“ Iam not sure how a younger generation sees this movie. Sure, Arnie is still known to everyone but he is not that much in the minds of this generation I guess. So it’s probably different to when you grew up during his golden era. Back then almost every man loved his movies, at least everyone I know.

Running Man was never a movie for critics it is a pure audience movie if you ask me. Sure, there isn’t much intelligent or complex stuff going on here. It’s still fun to see that the movie, in some ways, isn’t too far away from what happens or could happen in our days and times. In my darkest days and hours I can’t really shake this feeling that we all could very well slide in these kind of conditions. Well, even for the TV show, like the one presented in the movie, I wouldn’t totally say it is not possibly in some kind of way.

Anyway, I guess it is enough of my talk now hahaha. To make it short, I still like the movie ver y much and the action, the atmosphere and Arnie’s one liners still work for me. The entertainment factor still works! Also thanks to Capelight (the media company who did the new Blu Ray/DVD) for the nice mediabook and the awesome quality of the transfer. It is nice to see one of my fav childhood/teen movies in this kind of quality.