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NOT EVERY MOVIE IS A WINNER… A SERIES OF ONE STAR REVIEWS

DUMB AND DUMBER TO

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Not very funny or good. In 2014 the ignorance of these characters is offensive. Yelling “show us your tits” betrays their characters as well. They came off as willingly racist and sexist, not dumb.

NIGHTBREED

Catherine Chevalier, Nina Robertson, and Nicholas Vince in Nightbreed (1990)

With a 13-act structure, this R-rated version of Labyrinth falls apart before it even begins to build. I would love to see a better movie about Cronenberg’s serial killing psychologist.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2

Warrington Gillette in Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

I sincerely hope the subsequent sequels aren’t worse than this movie. It commits the cardinal sin of being bland, and if those movies have any hope of entertaining me it will be by being exceptionally great or exceptionally bad, which is likely more acheivable. No memorable characters, kills, or cinematography. I’m astounded that there’s still not a supernatural Jason running around in a hockey mask by the end of this movie, though. For one of the most iconic characters in horror movies, I can’t believe this series even warranted enough movies to get to that point, all things considered.

FOCUS

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus (2015)

WHAT IS THIS MOVIE ABOUT!?

JUPITER ASCENDING

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending (2015)I guess I’m glad this movie exists if for no other reason than to remind me that what George Lucas accomplished with the first Star Wars is incredible. Making people care about this kind of grand, operatic, non-sensical science-fiction seems almost impossible; as if it can’t be done if that’s what you’re trying to do, it has to be stumbled upon accidentally. Everyone involved is clearly investing in this and really trying to sell it. Redmayne is having a blast and in turn I had a blast watching him. Tatum continues to be so fucking charming and watchable that I actually started to give a shit about the most convoluted character in the story. Kunis brings a great sense of humor to this and genuinely made me laugh a few times. But the movie really misses what makes a movie like this work – the “margin world-building” let’s call it. What I mean is, investing as much screen time as possible in the characters and their journey, allowing what happens in the background, what happens as a consequence of their actions, what happens in the “margins” if you will, to build the world and the universe in which their story is set. This movie spends so much time trying to explain a Dune’s worth of mythology that I never actually get invested in the character’s themselves and therefore can’t care about any of it. As a side note, the action scenes were really confusing, which was disappointing considering the directors.

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