Well-shot and the performances are good but I was expecting that (okay, maybe not from Pattinson- I concede that he was better than anticipated). And given how much I enjoyed "The Witch", I was also expecting quite a bit more than what we wind up with here, which is a rather shallow and anticlimactic style exercise. Look, I didn't exactly need cthulhu himself to emerge from the depths to sodomize both men through the lighthouse walls or something like that, but it would have been preferable to the half assed and ineffective attempts at unsettling the audience (cheesy fantasies involving merfolk and oooh watch out for those sinister seagulls). Not awful but a pretty major disappointment and definitely a missed opportunity for Eggers.
Alternately dull, stupid and cheesy. De Palma at his most generic- usually, if he fails, he fails spectacularly, so it's horrible but at least sort of interesting. This is just an obvious, desperate attempt to cash in on the success from "Carrie". I mean, did he think no one would notice another story about a telekinetic high school girl, especially when it was released just 2 years later? He even had the audacity to cast "Carrie" costar Amy Irving! Give your audience a *little* credit, Brian.
The Sum Of All Fears
Watched this recently with a ladyfriend as part of our proposed covid-themed movie marathon. Was somewhat entertaining in a "so bad it's good" kinda way, but not quite. The whole film hinges on Affleck being convincing as a genius and he clearly doesn't have the acting chops for this or simply couldn't be bothered to even try- shit, most of the time he just seems like he's channeling his lunkheaded "Good Will Hunting" character. And the story itself is ludicrous on multiple levels and doesn't even work as a numbskulled action film- the climactic scene involves Ben saving the world with a mother####ing *email*! There's also a palpable bromance between Affleck and Freeman which begs the question- where is the gay porn parody entitled "The Cum of All Queers"?
The shock wears off quickly and the music is thoroughly unremarkable, even for punk. GG's fans are a buncha suckers. Sure, his gimmickry took balls (and a tiny shriveled penis) but it was still gimmickry.
The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
Establishes the classic VDGG sound but the material ain't there yet, especially on the album's second side. MORE LIKE "THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS WRITE BETTER SONGS" AMIRIGHT?!?!?!?!?!
File this alongside "Love You" under "Beach Boys albums that fanatics love but I just can't get into". Never loved "Sail On Sailor" like most fans do (yeah it's soulful and got nice vocals but it's an utterly generic tune) and though I guess the dorky funk of "Trader" and "Funky Pretty" is kind of endearing but as a whole, this just bores me. Appreciate the attempt to do something conceptual but they sure as hell didn't bring the songs to be able to pull it off.
The final classic Kinks album. "Lola" is of course an enduring slice of naughtiness but there are several other great but less lauded tracks here like "Strangers", "Powerman", "Apeman", "This Time Tomorrow" and "Get Back In Line". It was all downhill from here.