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  1. ainsleyb

    Halloween (2018)

    A disappointingly standard slasher. It takes way too long to get going and have Michael put on the mask. All of the nods to the original are just role reversals of the first film and the new characters are uninteresting and purely there to be killed off. The cheating boyfriend not being killed seems a baffling choice as they spend time showing what a scumbag he is. The comedy is forced and feels out of place in a brutal slasher and lauries house just doesn’t make sense. It’s designed to be a fortress but it’s actually really damn easy to get in and she must have known that because it’s designed to include traps within the house. its good to hear the score up on the big screen but I would personally rank quite a few of the sequels above this. It’s nowhere near as bad as Zombies awful remakes but it lacks creativity in the kills and much like the franchise, it feels tired and overdone. 6/10
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    First Man (2018)

    It's good, a solid biopic that benefits from good acting and some pretty great direction. The score as expected is also very good. Despite it using Neil's family life to drive the story forward it lacked a bit of heart for me. Neil is such an understated and quiet individual that hes actually quite hard to connect with. He comes off as having an admirable perseverance to his work that leaves his family neglected. Acting wise i don't see any wins at the oscars, I would not be surprised at all if Gosling isn't nominated because his performance doesn't have any big flashy scene. Foy has more to do dramatically and probably gets in Supporting, even though she has enough screen time to be lead. Picture and Director noms should be locked. It's my least favourite of Chazelle's films and I'd rank it under biopics like Captain Phillips but it is still an interesting, if not wildly entertaining, look at an amazing advancement for our species. 7/10
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    A Star is Born (2018)

    Really overhyped. Cooper both behind and in front of the camera is the best thing the film has going for it but a lot of the rest is generic. There is one truly standout song which is played 4-5 times. The rest of the film jarringly goes between concert scenes to jack drinking to Gaga becoming world famous after a couple of shows. The story is so generic and obvious (ageing drunk musician) and a (self conscious girl with talent) that it’s hard to connect with the story or care too much about what happens to either of them. The Brit record producer is another bland character who’s every action is predictable. overall it’s got one good song and a few well acted scenes but the story and characters are dull. 6/10
  4. Vue is one of the biggest chains in the U.K so it's definitely going to have some sort of impact. I can't see ASIB until vue show it or I can pay 3x the price at the local arthouse.
  5. The reviews aren’t that baffling it’s an extremely poorly made film. Generic story, acting is awful and the action is for the most part an uninspired cgi mess. Some really cringe attempts at comedy and there’s one scene that will likely go straight on some ‘what were they thinking’ lists.
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    An Upset is Born : A Star is Born over Venom DOM

    IN for total DOM
  7. What part aren’t you getting about movies primarily aimed at African-American audiences not having much play in countries that don’t have African Americans? sorry to bother you making more than other indies in the u.s means nothing overseas. If they thought it would be worth releasing and make them money then they would. Seeing as you brought it up, Larry the Cable Guy movies didn’t really get released overseas either. He’s an unknown outside the U.S so the films wouldn’t have made any money.
  8. I don't think it has anything to do with that, most 'black' movies are targeted primarily at the African-American demographic. As other countries worldwide don't have African-American populations then they don't resonate with worldwide audience as much and tend to get a smaller or no release at all. Big exceptions are films with wide ranging appeal like 'Black panther' and 'Get out'. Sorry to bother you is a small platform release with stars that aren't known outside the U.S so its not a surprise overseas distributors don't think it has much potential. Tyler Perry movies do great business in America but don't get released much overseas because they wouldn't make any money.
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    The First Purge (2018)

    Come on, they literally have the white people in this as either evil rich politicians or klansmen. There is no inbetween. The only white woman in this gets to have her ‘I’m changing my ways’ moment before she gets killed by white men. I thought the main klansmen in the final scene was wearing a Reagan mask at first he had such a striking resemblance. Theyve gone sledgehammer first at the ‘whitey is keeping us down’ crowd and it might work for them but not for me. Bring back grillo.
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    The First Purge (2018)

    Almost on par with the first film as being the worst in the series. It’s political message is so heavy handed that it’s pretty much pandering to its target audience. One of the characters shouts “don’t grab my pussy”, the ‘hero’ is a black murdering drug dealer and pretty much every white character is a stock evil racist. The story itself starts off slowly and doesnt follow up with any of its ideas. Some of the masks used are creepy and there’s a handful of inventive death and chase scenes but it’s overall a poor effort.
  11. Hot weather or not that’s a very average opening over a full week for Oceans 8.
  12. Way out, its still a slasher movie and I don't think IT should be a barometer of expectation for big horrors going forward. $40M+ is still extremely good for an R rated horror movie and I think this one will come in around $48M and probably finish around the $105M mark.
  13. Nothing really but it seems to have found a way to anger most sections of the Internet. Schumer has a lot of people who downright just don't like her or her brand of comedy which means they were going to trash the film, there are the hardcore social justice warriors that are trashing the film for being about a straight white able bodied woman trying to be body confident. There are the fatties who aren't happy that Schumer is classed as being overweight in this film when she is marginally chubby at best. Basically everyone everywhere tends to find something to complain about nowadays, some people just like being offended or being offended on the behalf of others.
  14. The average moviegoer doesn't want to constantly see an actor/actress talking about political issues or feminism, I don't think its got anything to do with people having a problem with women, it's more the fact that they are actors not politicians or activists no matter how hard they try to be. If you shove your agenda down everyones throats its eventually going to come back on you.
  15. Overly political/feminist celebrities tend to annoy people. The fact that she steals jokes and isn’t particularly funny doesn’t help her win over anyone. A different actress in this, maybe one who was genuinely overweight rather than just a bit chubby would have probably worked better.

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