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Sean has written 20 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2014.

  • The Karate Kid Part II

    The Karate Kid Part II

    ★★

    I used to love these movies, also, I probably haven't seen them in over 20 years so my views on them have drastically changed. I'm not a fan of Daniel Larusso, the character is so one dimensional, whiney and doesn't ever seem to learn the lessons that Mr. Miyagi teaches him. It's hard to feel for a kid who gets the shit beat out of him and doesn't understand why an old man teaches him unorthodox methods of karate discipline.…

  • I Am

    I Am

    ★★

    I couldn't really get into this even though I know what Tom Shadyac was going for. His attempts at being philosophical were sometimes hit but mostly miss and other times I felt that this doc was all over the place with whatever message he was trying to make. Just another talking head doc, people clarifying that the world is fucked with greedy rich people and that they really don't need the possessions they own. Afterwards Shadyac sells ONE of his homes and starts biking instead of limoing it in to prove that he's changed. Ok there bud, try a little harder.

  • Lucy

    Lucy

    ★★

    Lucy is a giant steaming mess of I don't know what, didn't make a lot of sense to me and I have no idea where it was trying to go. I just didn't care about what was happening at all and therefore lost all interest in what was happening. All I know is, she's a USB Drive?!??! da fuck.

  • Surfwise

    Surfwise

    ★★

    I thought this would be better for some reason, I remember wanting to see this when it came out in 2007 and then hearing nothing about it upon release. Learning about this family of Paskowitz's was interesting, 9 kids surfing and living off the grid with a father who only seemed to care about himself and a mother who went a long with it. The Brady Bunch this was not, more like The Surfing Bunch. These poor kids being home…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    ★★

    Normally I like David O Russell films but this one didn't do anything for me. Sure, it looked good, but it was just all flash and no dash. I didn't get invested in the characters except Jennifer Lawrence who was really fun to watch. Amy Adams is drop dead gorgeous in this, a good looking gal but again, her character didn't keep me interested in what was going on. It bored me, could have cut out at least half an…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    Such a shitty movie, but there was a time when I thought it was one of the best movies I've ever seen. That was before I had any inkling of what a good movie is. Paul Anderson is a hack director and here he showcases it with all his useless skills. The movie doesn't make fucking sense at all, it's pretty much one pointless scene after another. There are a couple of fight scenes worth watching for but most of it is pretty lazy choreography, Robin Shou being the exception. Also, Christopher Lambert as Raiden is pretty much the best thing about this.

  • The Zero Theorem

    The Zero Theorem

    ★★

    I loved the world Terry Gilliam creates here, it's very bright with colors and the way everything looks, it feels very otherworldly. This is the Gilliam we all know and love, the surreal and strange is all here but...it just didn't connect with me. I wasn't into the story that was being represented here. The cast does what they can with the material given, I did really like Christoph Waltz as he was probably one of the best things about…

  • Gandahar

    Gandahar

    ★★

    Rene Laloux's 3rd and final film is not as brilliant as his first two so It's a little bit of a let down. Cool animation and an interesting story doesn't save how straight up boring this is. I wasn't as engaged in this like I was with Fantastic Planet and Time Masters, felt like something was missing. Laloux's films are extremely philosophical intellectual driven, Fantastic Planet being the biggest of the 3. I did like the fantasy elements and the creatures in this, show's how original this man was.All in all this wasn't for me, maybe it's someone else's cup of tea but it ain't mine.

  • Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)

    Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)

    ★★

    I didn't really care for this at all, extremely underwhelming to say the least. Jan Svankmajer made the surreal Alice in 1988, which I kinda felt the same as I did with this one. Most of his films are stop motion mixed with live action sequences bordering on the surreal. While his techniques are pretty cool I just felt that the message in the story was lost on me a few times, it is pretty existential as it is dealing…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    I think I am quite done with superhero films, I always say this when I'm disappointed with watching one but I'm definitely saying this after watching TASM2. Maybe I should be saying that I'm done with Spidey as this wasn't even better than the first reboot. Sam Raimi's Spidey films (especially the first 2, fuck the 3rd one) are much more entertaining than these. Yeah, there may be tons of action but its pretty boring, I think Webb needs to…

  • Riddick

    Riddick

    ★★

    I'm a huge fan of Pitch Black, I even like The Chronicles of Riddick and when I heard that there was going to be a 3rd film I was excited. When it came out I heard mixed reviews on it, some saying it was terrible, others saying it was alright, nothing amazing. After watching it yesterday I wouldn't exactly say it was terrible, but it wasn't all together great either. You know when you're watching an action film and you…

  • Escape from Tomorrow

    Escape from Tomorrow

    ★★

    I pretty much hated everything about this film except for the unique concept that director Randy Moore came up with. Very interesting that he was able to get away with filming a movie inside Disneyland, some of his techniques and visual style were pretty cool. I just couldn't get into the family, especially the guy who played Jim and his wife Emily. I realize he was doing everything wrong but can you blame the guy? He's having hallucinations plus he got fired from his job, combining those two is a definitely bad. Again, cool concept but I jut wasn't a fan.