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    Eden Lake
    https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Eden_Lake

    A British take on the "cabin in the woods" genre, but replace the cabin with a tent, and have the uncivilised children from dodgy welfare cheat parents as the antagonists. The basic premise is that a couple is camping for a weekend in the English countryside, expecting to have some quiet secluded time to themselves. Unfortunately a gang of uneducated youths from a nearby rural town cross paths with the couple, and their interactions soon turn ugly. Once figuring out the antagonists in this, I thought this was going to be quite campy in execution, but surprisingly the movie takes a rather extreme and gory turn at the midway point, turning this into a true horror film. However part of me just couldn't take these scumbag kids seriously as something people would be scared of. Afterwards I found that people criticised this movie for portraying uneducated youths from poor families in this manner, but I think it's pretty spot on with certain parts of society. If you haven't seen a decent horror movie in the while, this is definitely worth the watch.




    The Conjuring
    https://en.wikipedia...i/The_Conjuring

    Keeping the horror theme going, I saw James Wan's next film after the disappointing Insidious. Hearing this was better, I gave it go, knowing the sequel is currently out in cinemas if I liked it. This is almost a carbon copy of Insidious, where a family moves into a haunted house and psychics must remove the demons. The lead actor is even the same in both movies. So is this a better movie? I'd say yes as this is partially based off a true story with real world history to base the story off. James Wan seems like he's learnt from the previous movie and the methods used here to scare the audience are more subtle. In a way this is a retelling of The Exorcist, so if you're over that trope, maybe give this a miss. I'd rate it as average in the horror genre. There's nothing offensively bad, but nothing memorable either.




    Now You See Me 2
    https://en.wikipedia...ow_You_See_Me_2

    A movie about a group of selected magicians being tested to join a mysterious club. I hadn't seen the first movie, which I think was a mistake, as I was often asking who people were and why they are in the middle of an unexplained scenario. This is still a watchable movie on its own, but I think knowing the history of the first would have added to the story. This is a classic example of style over substance. The movie seemed like a sequence of set ups to show crazy camera angles of magic tricks/heists in real time, much like a poor man's Ocean 11. I know this is a movie about magic, but I just couldn't see the point of it to drive the story. I spent most of the movie wishing I was watching The Prestige instead. Clearly this movie wasn't meant for someone like me, but if you're impressed by magic, lots of CGI and cookie cutter characters, go see it.






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    American History X
    https://en.wikipedia...rican_History_X

    A movie most people have heard of, depicting neo-Nazis in modern day America. This tells the story of a white family with low level racial views that become strengthened as the father is murdered by African American gang bangers. The eldest son, Derek, becomes a leader of a local Nazi group, becoming too extreme and alienating him from the rest of his family. He ultimately goes to jail for a hate crime, and is slowly deradicalised, unbeknownst to his Nazi community on the outside. Derek now faces an internal struggle of being a role model for a movement he no longer supports. This has very good ratings; no doubt for tackling a sensitive subject and doing it justice. My only criticism is that this didn't go longer or had a sequel. There was still so much back story and "what ifs" that could've been explored. But for what for this movie set out to do, it nailed it and is definitely worth watching.




    Welcome to Leith
    https://en.wikipedia...elcome_to_Leith

    Continuing the Nazi theme, this is a documentary about a small remote town with a population of 16 hard working, friendly residents. Due to the location and cheap land, a well known white supremacist moves into town and starts buying up the land, planning to turn the town into a KKK haven. The locals don't really know how to approach this, and try to discourage him from living in Leith before more racists move in and hold more power at the community meetings. Luckily what's going on makes headlines and more people come to help the townspeople. Although an interesting topic, the documentary felt a little under-cooked as there were some loose ends and pending court cases in the end. I had to do my own research to find out what actually happened. Like I said, an interesting topic, but not a must-watch.




    We Are Legion
    https://en.wikipedia...i/We_Are_Legion

    A documentary about the infamous group Anonymous. I thought this was going to be a "cleaned up for TV" talking heads doc only about the newsworthy incidents, and that is partly true. But there were glimpses of the true origin of this group; socially awkward perverted misfits with a collective superpower of internet hacking. This did touch on the roots of Anonymous, beginning in the cesspool of 4chan, but was mostly stepping through the chronological order of notable attacks, protests, trolling and defending themselves against counter attacks against the likes of Scientology, the US government and Sony. I think most of what Anonymous stands for is justice and the greater good that all of us can agree with, but personally I find their trolling and mischief the most entertaining; such as spamming gaming dating apps with MIB lookalike agents or pranking racist journalists. If you're someone who will like this, you'll already know who Anonymous is and have probably already seen it.



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    Romper Stomper
    https://en.wikipedia.../Romper_Stomper

    An early 90s Australian movie starring Russell Crowe as a Nazi skinhead in a breakout role. A neo-Nazi group are violently attacking Asians who are gentrifying a heavily industrial area of Melbourne. The Asian groups band together and drive out the skinheads, leaving them to retreat and plot revenge. However the skinhead group eventually devolve as they question their lifestyle. This definitely has that raw crisp feel of an early Australian movie, but the pace of the plot wasn't thought out. The first act builds up a rivalry between the skinheads and Asians, then it abruptly comes to a head half way through the movie, leaving the second half to the skinheads licking their wounds and not much else. I think this is a case of being exposed to many great Nazi/racially motivated movies such as American History X, and this not holding up that well. I wouldn't recommend this if you need a strong story to pull you through a movie.




    Murder Party
    https://en.wikipedia...ki/Murder_Party

    I finally got around to tracking down the directorial debut of Jeremy Saulnier, the director of one of my favourite movies, Blue Ruin. The story is about a socially awkward guy, Chris, with no plans on Halloween. He randomly finds an invitation to a "murder party", dresses up in a poorly constructed cardboard outfit and attends the party. Things firstly do not go as planned when the address directs Chris to an abandoned part of town. The party consists of others dressed in a costume, surprised that someone actually turned up. I don't want to say much else as it would ruin the plot, but things definitely don't go as expected for Chris. Many odd and memorable characters show up and the movie turns partly into a black comedy. This is a great cult film that flew under the radar if there ever was one. The story is well written and acted for what looks to be no budget at all. I was entertained throughout and would recommend to all horror or suspense film fans.




    Green Room
    https://en.wikipedia...reen_Room_(film)

    To continue with the work of Jeremy Saulnier, this is his latest film that sadly got no realise here in Australia. Also relating to the first movie I posted, this is set around a Nazi community where a band desperate for work, plays a gig at a remote Nazi stronghold. After a nervous but successful set, the band plans to get paid and leave, but inadvertently witnesses a crime by some unsavoury people. Things go from bad to worse rather rapidly in the worst possible situation for the band. Again, this is all I can say without giving away too much of the movie. If there's one thing that this director does great, it's create suspense. Countless times I was biting my nails or holding my face, not knowing what was coming, which is incredibly rare for me. Surprisingly I found a bit of hate for this movie from people calling it boring. I guess this director and his story telling is either love or hate. I thought this was great one of the best movies I've seen all year.



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    Zootopia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zootopia

    Marketed as a kids' holiday movie, but it had gotten rave reviews from critics, so I thought I'd check it out. The premise is very childlike in certain respects, as this is a world where animals live like people in cities, however they're all happily segregated to their own areas/climates. Think the Lego Movie but with animals. All seems well in Zootopia until random animals start to turn savage. An unlikely pairing of a rookie cop and a street hustler must team up to solve the case. I didn't think this was as good as the reviews, and personally I was a little under whelmed, but this is a notch above most generic kids' movies of this type. The writing is clever in places and there are some genuinely funny jokes. If you're looking for a movie to watch with a younger audience or just want to be lost in a Disney movie, I'd recommend it.




    Star Trek Beyond
    https://en.wikipedia...tar_Trek_Beyond

    The latest Star Trek instalment, recently in cinemas. I have seen some of the previous movies, but I still had no idea what was going half the time and I'm sure most of the story arcs went over my head. It still works as a standalone movie, and that's how I went into this. The usual crew go on an adventure or "trek" I guess they call it to help a "space refugee" who claims her people are in danger. Being the pinnacle of white knights, the Star Trek people volunteer their lives to help a species they've known about for 5 minutes. As you'd expect, things don't go to plan and the crew must recollect and work together to get home. The story isn't offensively bad and these Star Trek movies seem to be a step up from the usual super hero garbage. My main problem was all the "shaky cam" used in a movie that was already confusing and hard to follow. I'm sure fans will love this, however I feel this will be just as forgettable as past movies though.




    Meek's Cutoff
    https://en.wikipedia...Meek%27s_Cutoff

    Randomly browsing Netflix, I came across a recently made western, which are rare these days. Seeing the hit-to-miss rate of westerns has been quite good, I gave it a shot. I'm sad to say that this totally skewed the hit-to-miss ratio. I'd go so far as to call this the worst western I've ever seen. I get what they tried to do here, but they totally missed the mark, in the most bland and tedious way. 90% of the dialogue is inaudible, which wouldn't be so bad if there was actually something interesting to focus on. Based on a true story, you follow 3 families crossing the American deserts. They get lost, hire an apparent guide, they are still lost, they hold a Native American hostage to show them the way, he's no use, then there is no ending. The story is meant to be viewed from the females' perspective, where they aren't privy to many of the conversations, but it's just a concept that doesn't work, which is why you don't see it in other movies. It really isn't worth discussing more than I just did.



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    Dune
    https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Dune_(film)

    A David Lynch film I've had on my list for a long time, but wasn't that keen on as I'm not a fan of the genre and never hear it spoken of favourably. This reminded me of the early James Bond films where you're thrown into the deep end of the plot with no character development. The story is about three warring groups/planets, fighting over a scarce resource. Then some type of supernatural offspring/prophet must rise up and lead the good guys to victory. Where the Bond films eventually pull it together, this just goes deeper and deeper as less and less sinks in. This is obviously because it's based off a book where the whole premise is just too much to fit into a single movie. The movie was then taken out of the hands of Lynch and cut to fit a running time, resulting in a disjointed mess. I can't recommend this to anyone, even sci-fi or David Lynch fans.




    Argo
    https://en.wikipedia...Argo_(2012_film)

    A political caper movie based off the Iranian Hostage Crisis where the US embassy was overrun and six employees went into hiding at other embassies. As the Iranians were on the lookout for the missing Americans, the US government had to plan an elaborate scheme to get them out under the guise that they were a Canadian film making crew. This movie has rave reviews, won 3 Academy Awards, and I agree that it's a great and compelling movie, except for the last 10 minutes. There are just too many close calls and forced scenes for suspense that it took me out of the movie and somewhat spoiled an excellent story. Reading about this afterwards, there was a lot more wrong with the historical accuracy than I noticed. Nevertheless, these are minor gripes and this is a must-see movie.




    30 Days of Night
    https://en.wikipedia..._of_Night_(film)

    It had been a while since I gave a horror movie a chance, and I vaguely remembered this as being ok. This is a vampire movie set in northern Alaska where the premise is that based on the Earth's axis, there are 30 days of no sunlight during winter, allowing vampires to run havoc. Much effort went into creating scary and realistic (as possible) vampires, and it worked, as these are not things you want to mess with. But they were almost too powerful, slaughtering nearly the entire town in a night. This started out ok, but then just devolved into senseless violence where I no longer cared who died or survived. The story was cut poorly as I had no idea what "day" they were meant to be in, where I just assumed the story took place in a single night. They had something decent here to start with, but the plot was just undercooked and didn't go anywhere. There are much better vampire movies out there if you like this genre.



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    The Bad News Bears
    https://en.wikipedia..._Bad_News_Bears

    A movie that I'd heard was a great classic, but damn, the remake dominates free-to-air screen time. After watching it, I can sort of understand why. This has got to be one of the most politically incorrect movies I've seen in a long time. An alcoholic driving around at least 8 primary school aged children in an open top convertible with no seat belts and possibly drunk, blatant racism towards children who don't speak English as a first language, emotionally blackmailing an 11 year old girl and then engaging in banter towards her sex life, and many more. The general premise is that an out of work baseball coach, who still can't let go of his professional past is hired to lead a team of misfits. Everybody, including the children are under no illusions that they suck, and they're only there for the experience. However they start to work together and climb the ranks. Including the examples listed, this movie certainly has charm, in terms of the actual story and nostalgia, back when things were simpler (people not held accountable). I wouldn't rush out to see it, but it's an enjoyable watch if you like these classic sporting/coming-of-age movies.




    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
    https://en.wikipedia..._Never_Stopping

    I was really looking forward to seeing this in the cinemas, as comedies are a genre enhanced by watching it with a crowd. But like many other movies this year, Australia was screwed and it didn't get a release here. This is a parody of the Justin Bieber movie, written and staring the Lonely Island crew. Generally a fan of mockumentaries, I really enjoyed this. I'm sure a lot of jokes went over my head as I never saw the Justin Bieber movie, and I got the feeling a lot of the jokes were mocking certain scenes, but the jokes and gags are pretty rapid fire. They don't all land, but you can forgive it, as the ones that do are great. There are endless cameos in this and the surprisingly the production value is very high, probably higher than most deal docs. It's really a shame that this didn't get much of a release, even inside the US, as critics loved this as well. If you hadn't heard of this, definitely put it on your list.




    Fright Night
    https://en.wikipedia...ki/Fright_Night

    A cult horror film that I was aware of, but never actually knew what it was about. Disappointingly, it's a high school vampire film, meaning it's not completely 80s' camp, nor or a true horror film. Basically it's the old premise of a stranger/vampire moves in next door, but being a pimply-faced high school kid, no one believes you; so it's up to the unlikely hero to save the town. For the age of the movie, there were a few cool special effects, but I think most people have seen it all before and the story was very predictable. Not really a movie worth seeing.



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    Not mad, just disappointed lol. It's not cringe-worthy bad, but it's ungood.


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    Finally back into watching movies. For one reason or another, been super busy the last few months. Got a big list to get through.


    Fatso
    https://en.wikipedia...atso_(2008_film)

    A Norwegian film following a socially awkward, porn-addicted virgin, Rino. He's secluded, yet in his comfort zone, living rent free in his parent's second house, with no responsibilities or job. He basically stays at home all day, watching porn, only to catch up with a friend; another social outcast with inflated self confidence, pretending to be god's gift to women. A spanner is thrown into the works when Rino's parents decide to rent out the house to pay the bills. A somewhat innocent, free-spirited girl moves in, seemingly looking past Rino's shortfalls and genuinely becomes his friend. Like most socially awkward people, they are their own worst enemy, over complicating situations in their head, and self sabotaging relationships. Overall, the story moves along at quite a good pace, getting to interesting confrontations without much filler. However the ending was quite odd, where you don't know what's real, but not in a good way. Possibly worth the watch if you see it playing, but I wouldn't go out looking for it.




    Generation Iron
    https://en.wikipedia...Generation_Iron

    A documentary you'd think I would've seen when it came out, but I'm so saturated with gym and fitness stuff, that I let it slip. It was probably more interesting watching it a few years on, seeing some of the politics play out. This follows the 2013 Olympia, where reigning champ Phil Heath will defend his title against others pros hungry for the title, including the most promising prospect Kai Greene. They actually build up the rivalry quite a lot in this, but I suspect it's all manufactured to sell tickets. I was surprised this documentary didn't really go in depth with the bodybuilders' training or diet. I guess this only appeals to the hardcore followers, and focusing more on the drama and grandeur of the event potentially got more people to watch this. As a fan of these guys, a lot of what you see is not new and is pretty much what you'd expect. A follow up doc would be interesting as there has been a lot more drama and politics in the bodybuilding scene since this was filmed. Worth the watch if you're someone into fitness or bodybuilding.




    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    https://en.wikipedia..._Children_(film)

    The latest Tim Burton movie, this time about children with super powers who can time travel. Yes, a premise so outlandish that I went in expecting very little. In think because of this, I found the movie average instead of terrible. There is nothing wrong with this movie, I'm just not a fan of fantasy with no remote basis in reality. The story is about Jake, who has heard crazy stories from his grandfather as a child, about a remote English island with fantasy creatures. After the grandfather's death, Jake's parents feel it's best to take him to this island to help him find closure. However he soon finds that these stories were actually real. If you're a fan of Harry Potter and similar "young adult" films, this will be for you.



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    Currently in love with doctor stranger. Marvel serves the best in town.


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