The good news is that Fantastic Four will flop at the box office! The bad news is that I saw it last night instead of The Gift because my local theater wasn't playing it. It's without a doubt the worst Marvel movie I've ever seen! I hope one day to see The Gift and it'll make up for some of the pain I got.
Its not a marvel film, i believe its warner brothers trying to keep the rights from marvel by using the ip, same with sony and spiderman
20th Century FOX not Warner Bros. But yeah they did the same think with "X-Men First Class" but for some reason while they seem to want to keep the rights for the FF they don't seem to give a damn about putting out a decent product.
I believe it is pronounced "Jift"
Ok Brad, I listened to you and stopped the review and will go see this movie. You sold me on it, but it had better be good.
Nice to here some love for Unlawful Liotta was always good at playing a psycho. I still think he's at his scariest in Something Wild because it invokes that sense that you.ve been introduced to someone that who will kill you. Entry. I'll check this one out.
Maybe it's because I was sitting behind this guy who was chomping on popcorn and spent a good 20 minutes sucking on his empty icee cup as loudly as possible or because I was trying to figure out what was going to happen and then basically figured it out before it did, but I was quite disappointed with the movie. The things you guys are talking about with the writing and acting aren't wrong but I wish I had seen this great movie that everyone's talking about. I think it is ultimately the ending that didn't work for me, the twist was underwhelming, and like you all said it could actually be rectified pretty easily. I went into the movie blind and I was so excited but I just wasn't into it.
Also I just can't unsee Conan O'Brien whenever I look at Joel Edgerton. That's not a dig at his acting ability, I just always see that.
Sorry dude, I can't take you seriously when it come to thrillers & horror after you highly recommended crap like I Saw the Devil, Cold in July, The Babadook, and probably some more I'm forgetting
Watched the trailer. It looks like another shitty indie thriller with a rehashed plot we've seen a million times
And yet here you are, still watching.
I didn't say the reviews were bad. You can watch a critic and still disagree with them about certain genres.
Then you must not take any horror reviewer seriously, as all of those movies are all extremely well liked by critics and fans.
Let me clarify - all those movies I mentioned are movies I didn't think I'd like (based on the trailers) but I saw them because they were highly recommended by Brad.
The Gift is a movie I think looks generic and awful so based on Brad's history with reviewing thrillers, I will not waste money on this
On the other hand, comedies and dramas that I didn't think I'd like but Brad recommended, I've ended up loving (Birdman, American Hustle). I just think he is way off when it comes to horror.
I'd understand your point if Brad was going around recommending crap like Ouija or The Gallows, but unfortunately the examples you're giving are ones that not only Brad recommended, but also the vast majority of horror fans and critics. That doesn't mean you also have to like them too, but saying that Brad is "way off" is a little bit of a stretch.
Again, my point is, If I think a horror movie looks bad I will no longer see it based on Brad's recommendation - no matter how highly he praises it.
"but also the vast majority of horror fans and critics."
Plenty of shit movies get high praise. See 'Oscar Bait'
Again, you're singling out Brad as if he's the only person on earth who likes these movies. If you single him out then you also have to single out the vast majority of horror critics; in which case, why would you even be watching this if you're already prepared to disagree with him no matter what he says. While I may not always agree with Brad, I'd rather him give praise to the movies you mentioned than to some throwaway shit like The Devil Inside or that Thing prequel.
Allow me to translate 777: "no one is ever allowed to disagree with me ever, and when they do I will question their taste, because if I don't like it that means it's universally a shit movie and no one can ever like it, for they are wrong wrong wrong, as mine is the only opinion that matters."
"Again, you're singling out Brad as if he's the only person on earth who likes these movies"
Um, it's Brad's site, so yes, I'm discussing Brad's reviews
"why would you even be watching this if you're already prepared to disagree with him no matter what he says"
Already addressed. 'I didn't say the reviews were bad. You can watch a critic and still disagree with them about certain genres' AND 'On the other hand, comedies and dramas that I didn't think I'd like but Brad recommended, I've ended up loving'
"as mine is the only opinion that matters."
Yes, because I'm spending money to see the movie and I've been burned too many times seeing movies I didn't think would be good solely because Brad highly praised them.
"no one is ever allowed to disagree with me ever, and when they do I will question their taste"
If we can't discuss the review, then whats the point of having a comment section at all? I'm not gonna worship Brad's cock like a idiot fanboy. Want me to translate you're comment?
666: "I ride on Brad's dick and attack anyone who disagrees with him rather than discussing the actual topic"
I like potatoes! :D
777, people are picking on you because you acted like a dickhead, and now you're acting like a dickhead who can dish it, but can't take it. I'm pretty sure we've all disagreed with Brad several times, but I'm not going to question his taste and say that his views are "way off" based on only three things that I disagree with him on. If I disagreed with him on every other thing he's reviewed, then I'd be ok with questioning his taste. And if he's "way off on thrillers" for liking The Babadook and Cold in July, does that mean then that you think movies like The Gallows, The Marked Ones, The Apparition, The Devil Inside, and that Thing prequel are good?
"acting like a dickhead"
Sure was. Welcome to the internet son
"who can dish it, but can't take it"
That makes zero sense. Sorry, try again.
"but I'm not going to question his taste"
Your not going to question his taste. I am. Big deal. Are you his white knight? Is it you're job to defend & protect him? I'm sure he gives zero shits about me or anyone else questioning his taste.
"The Gallows, The Marked Ones, The Apparition, The Devil Inside, and that Thing prequel are good?"
I don't know. I havent seen them
I give a shit when things like this are clogging up my comments. I think if you're allowed to come on here with an opinion, other people are allowed to have an opposing view from yours. You can't be insulting and then get upset when people are defending the thing that you're insulting. Just like people come on here to defend movies that I don't like all the time. Sure, it looks like you got picked on a little, but if you're gonna come in here with an attitude, then grow some thicker skin. You're never going to find a reviewer that you agree with 100% of the time, and if my opinion on thrillers or horror movies upsets you that much, then watch horror reviews from someone you do trust.
I Saw The Devil is great. Not a masterpiece(there are maybe 3 things I think don't work), but goddamn was it well made, refreshing, unique, and satisfying while leaving me morally conflicted about the main character's actions.
I questioned anyone's judgement who says it is a bad film. I have no problems with someone saying they didn't like it, but there is a difference between saying I disliked a film and saying a film is "crap".
I think I know what you are trying to say while not being eloquent about it. For instance, I couldn't stand Donnie Darko while I had friends who thought it was the greatest movie ever. Its hard to explain to someone that their favorite movie wasn't a bad film, but that I hated it.
Can somebody calmly & without going on a tirade explain to me why the "Babadook" is soooooooooo scary? I have seen it, hell I purchased it full price based on the legions who testify to it's greatness...... yet it bored the hell out me, except when the kid was onscreen then it annoyed me. I get it's intended to be yet another spooky psychological thriller but ugh. I suppose what pissed me off the most was they had, based on the silhouette alone, one of the creepiest creatures ever & we barely saw the thing. Then again I'm not much a proponent of "less is more" so maybe that's it.
I too need it explained to me when someone dares to have a different opinion than me. I mean, how is that even possible?!?
Unbelievable. I ask this as friendly as possible without any of the hidden agendas all these commenters insist I have, nor did I hate on the film or those who liked/loved it, I didn't say "the fools who liked it" I said legions. Sure I bash it a little calling it boring (the kid is irritating though) but that's what I thought of it. All I asked for was an explanation, possibly what I missed thus didn't get it. Who knows, maybe it would prompt me to go see it again? But nope, once again one Brad's overly protective fanboys (I assume) mock me with their oh so sophisticated brand of comedy. How do I get to be so lucky?!?!?! Lesson f*cking learned.
If you want to know why people liked it, just read any positive review for the movie. It's not that hard, just got to metacritic or rottentomatoes and click on a review and read it. It's just opinions dude, there's no reason to get all flabbergasted just because you disagree with someone, and there's certainly no reason to play the "victim card" just because someone snapped back at your rather condescending comment. If you can dish it, you should be able to take it.
Ah, progress at last. Thanks for the suggestion.
Simple: different tastes. Now you can rest easy.
I think once you get past a certain age or have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of horror movies then the idea of scary becomes more of an abstract critical evaluation than an actual thing. Personally. I'm virtually impossible to scare. and no longer view "scary" as the deciding factor of what makes a horror movie good. In the abstract sense the Babadook is "scary" to me as a parent because it's about grief, mental instability and anger directed at a child who is also suffering from grief. So on that level it's an example of horror closer to Poe or Henry James' Turn of The Screw than anything else. Critics tend to favour that sort of literary "adult" horror But for me the main thing The Babadook has going for it is style and a great lead and thus it works as a film irrespective of whether it works as horror.
Having said that, I tend to disagree with Brad on some modern horror because I still love the form despite it's cheesiness and I suspect I watch way more horror movies so finding ones I like or had fun watching is much less of a rarity.
I've grown up watching horror films nearly every day of my life, and it's literally my job to see all the new ones that come out, so I guarantee I've seen a lot, to put it lightly ;)
I'm even older than you. I'm primarily a horror fan and I''ve got kids so I don't sleep. . But point taken. I wasn't trying to aspersions on your horror credentials.
You weren't trying to asperations on his horror credentials, yet you bring it up that being older than him means you automatically know more? The dude's built an entire career out of being a horror/exploitation fan and makes some of the most obscure nods out of anyone in his field.
I'm not saying I know more. I said I suspect I watch more horror movies and I said I'm even older so as to not like some young whippersnapper trying to tell his grandma how to suck eggs. You know, not everyone who comments here is trying to be rude or impertinent.
Maybe not trying, but most people aren't trying to come off as rude or sounding like a giant know it all asshole. They just are.
You make a slightly ill judged comment and to some people it's cast out the unbeliever.
All I was trying to say is that I'm not so cynical about modern horror and never get "scared" because I'm an old bastard. Ever try tickling yourself. It doesn't work. That's how I am with horror for the most part. I love the genre for the patterns and sometimes the ideas and for the occasional flashes of interesting filmmaking. It's the dilemma of the long term horror fan. How do you interact with the genre when it no longer has the simple visceral impact it had when you were a kid if it ever really did have that effect.
I liked Babadook, but I can see why people don't. I agree the kid on the screen was irritating, but not so bad that it took me out of the movie. I was genuinely sympathetic to the main character. I thought the ending was pretty shit though. Instead of it being a creature feature with the thing being caught and kept in the basement, giving it a definitive shape and form took the punch away that could be interpreted as the woman having a homicidal breakdown. Not to say the bumping shadows and the silhouette wasn't unnerving. That would have been a better ending in my opinion. Scary, no. Thought provoking, yes, right up until the ending.
I might not be one of the ones you might be referring to Rex Dart, because my opinion is a bit more moderate, but I did like the film.
And you have every right to, as I have the freedom to say I don't care for it. Like you said, it's a thought provoking film & if I'm in the mood for that I'll watch the Twilight Zone. But hey, it's ok if different folks have different strokes, just as long they're not the fatal kind! =)
Mine only paralyzed half my face!
Ah, the old Harvey DENT!
*Apologies to people who actually have Bell's Palsy*
Guess I'll be adding The Gift to my list of movies to watch. And, for a brief moment, I was confusing this with Mark Duplass' Creep. Have you any plans to see it, Brad?
So your going to see shun the sheep?
Was someone asleep in your back seat during this review??
That's "off screen Leddie."
I almost didn't notice her until she moved her arm towards the end of the video.
This'll probably be too late, but please pass along a ***big internet hug*** and warm regards to Off-screen Leddie after her wrist operation (I hope I heard right about this). I know too well about the trials of health issues and hospital stays..... they righteously suck azz. :)
good to see that you are still afraid of the perfect man.
Brad, one of the commercials for the gift, some critic called it the new fatal attraction, do you think that's accurate?
The Brianmobile is back!
Damn. I really wish I had seen this today.
Loved how Brian said "there could always be someone hiding" and just then I noticed someone moving in the background. Nice dramatic effect to the review :D
Great review and all, but who's idea was it to bring aboard the homeless sea captain?
No review(s) for the Shaun The Sheep Movie?
Admiral Crackers, naturally.
Fail reply to PipFantastic. Gah.
Hey Brad, I have been meaning to ask you: What do you think of the Ghostbusters reboot? It has your favorite comedic actress, Kristen Wiig, in it! (Ha! Ha! I am a dick!) Why can't they just leave the classic 70s, 80s, and 90s movies alone?! Let me guess, some sexy hunky man is going to replace the Dana Barrett character just because the gners are switched? Shenanigans! God, wasn't it bad enough that the Vacation franchise is now damaged beyond repair?!
I don't think the Ghostbuster remake with female comedians is a bad idea, but I really don't like that Mcarthy is in it. I just really don't care much for her style of comedy. Everyone else in the project seems okay though, but I know they're just going to try to push each character as a girl version of the classic ghostbusters. They should write them as entirely different characters if they want the movie to be good, but they'll probably rely on nostalgia and references to float the movie.
This movie is clearly being racist against germans by having its german debut in over 3 months!
I am offended.
On a positive note, judging by SlaBra's beardy gorgeousness, the secret filming of the Grizzly Adams remake still commences and has not yet met the Shot-On-Shiteo-But-Not-Released.
Please add the word "fate" to the end of my last sentence.
You don't English well, do not thee?
Yeah, I know, I am an asshole for not having picked up english as my first language.
Release the lions.
I'll probably be in the minority here, but this wasn't a good movie. The directing, acting, and everything was well done but the script doesn't work for me and sunk the whole thing. Kind of like using mud for the foundation of a house, the whole thing just collapsed on itself fairly early on. I'll probably watch it again and see how I feel about it on a second viewing but I think this is one film where the trailer didn't excite me for it and seeing the film I felt the trailer nailed exactly what I expected this to be- very meh...
This movie seems to have no intention of coming to my country (South Africa) at all. We've got "Fant4stic" though. Well, maybe it will come later in the year; sometimes movies show up here a year after they're released overseas, so I won't give up hope!
On the plus side, we got "Shaun the Sheep Movie" in March for some reason. It was pretty good, even though it's definitely made for young children and there is no dialogue whatsoever. There was even a scene that brought me to the brink of tearing up a little.
Brad, Brad, Nick, you need to play a P.T. Find a PS4 someswheres or get someone to bring their's with PT preinstalled, but play the thing that is that game demo teaser. It's good stuff. You like, yes? You like.
Whos seeing straight outta compton and man from uncle this thursday?
Guh, ten minutes into the review and I turned it off. You guys sold me on seeing the film based on your reactions, so I don't want to be spoiled.
So... good job :)
I went to see it on your recommendation, and while I overall enjoyed the film and it's tense moments and good atmosphere...I guess it says something about my life where I've rarely had to encounter the kind of "off" person that the family in this one meets, but I didn't find myself nearly as creeped out by this.
The last horror film you recommended, Brad that literally terrified me was "Oculus" and a close second "The Babadook", and I think they both perfectly walked the line of blending of reality with the supernatural such that you couldn't tell which was what. While this film was extremely "real" in everything that was happening that made it less threatening to me.
Definitely worth the admission price, though. Bateman in a non-comedic role was awesome!
Cinema Brad, I don't know if you know about this (you probably do, but whatever), but...they're actually (in all seriousness) making a sequel to Skyline right now. What in the actual fuck...
Just got back from seeing this. I quite liked it, though not as much as Brad did. I just thought that it was maybe a little too dependent on the conversations that were going on to keep our attention. I liked the writing just fine, but it just felt like there were scenes that maybe should have ended half a minute sooner than they did. HOWEVER, I will say that the direction and acting is what kept my attention. I think it got the feeling of being alone in your house and feeling like something bad could happen at any moment across pretty well. There were scenes where I was expecting Gordo to pop up, even though in my head I knew it would make no sense for him to be there, but his presence was felt constantly throughout. And he was in it just long enough to where I felt like there was a point when he would have left them alone for good if the wife hadn't kept digging around. It was the perfect undoing of a nemesis, letting someone close to you inadvertently destroy you.
It certainly deserves the praise it's getting and I see nothing wrong with it as a whole. thanks for the review, Brad. :)
I'm not a horror fan, mostly from lack of interest, but this movie seemed interesting from the previews. I went to see it, and I enjoyed it, but...I don't think I appreciated it as much as Brad and Brian. I didn't feel super creeped out during the movie(one of the jumpscares did get me though), and wouldn't have called the movie "scary". I don't know if a rewatch or anything would help, but I just wish I had the same experience with it they did. Maybe it's just because I don't have any frame of reference with other horror films.
That other film Edgerton wrote is The Rover, from David Michod.
The better Michod film though has to be Animal Kingdom, which also stars Edgerton.
First off, saw the movie on your recommendation: loved it.
Second, I considered the DNA test aspect of Gordo's revenge, and I believe he thought of that. If Simon does get back together w/Robyn, he would have to explain why he wants one. Assuming he doesn't (or gets it w/o her knowledge), even getting the test presents a dilemma. Sure, it may prove it is Simon's son. But what if it unequivocally proves the child isn't Simon's? It's such a mind fuck.
Awww.... I was hoping it would be about a guy named Waldo who mails himself parcel post to his college girlfriend during the summer but gets stabbed in the head with sheet metal shears when she tries to open the package.
Actually sounds worth a few bucks to see so I'm going to give it a shot:-)