Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 6: Swear

5 second plot: After two weeks of searching for food, Tara and Heath run into a whole lot of trouble and get separated. Tara ends up in a women-only hidden community. They're not too fond of strangers.

5 second review: Although the hidden community and their terrible history is a good addition to the ever expanding Walking Dead universe, it feels a bit like a drag to watch an entire episode centered around a (not so very interesting) side character. And I can already predict Rick's going to get his hands on this new community's guns to get back at Negan.

IMDb score: 6,7/10
Our score: 7/10

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Allied is actually pretty good

5 second plot: Max and Marianne are secret operatives who meet in Casablanca during WWII. They have to assassinate a German official. It's love at first sight. If they make it out alive, there might be a future for them. Or will the war decide otherwise?

5 second review: After a boring first half hour with two leads who feel out of time and out of place (Brat Pitt from Paris? Please.) the action unexpectedly kicks in a high(er) gear and we're off for a great movie filled with intrigues.

IMDb score: 7,1/10
Our score: 8,5/10

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5: Go Getters

5 second plot: Maggie is still alive. Together with Sasha she tries to convince the asshole leader of the Hilltop, Gregory, to let them stay. The Hilltop gets a visit from the Saviors, who want to remind everyone who's the boss. Carl is up to something. He's going to try to kick Negan's butt, is my guess.

5 second review: This is an interesting episode. There's a lot going on and a lot to see. Their world is getting bigger and bigger. I think Carl is going to pull an awesome stunt. And I'm guessing Negan is going to love it.

IMDb score: 7,6/10
Our score: 9/10

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is not that interesting

5 second plot: Newt arrives in New York with a suitcase filled with magical creatures. When some of them escape he tries to get them back as quickly as possible. But there is another beast on the loose and now everyone is blaming him for the havoc it causes.

5 second review: The magic is cool and the beasts are fantastic but the story is rather slim (and not very interesting). The focus is mainly on computer graphics. The first half feels like a slow playful children's film and the second half like a rushed dark Gothic thriller.

IMDb score: 8,2/10
Our score: 6,5/10

Friday, November 18, 2016

Moonlight is mesmerizing

5 second plot: Chiron is a skinny boy growing up in a tough neighborhood. This is his coming of age story.

5 second review: This is normally not my type of movie: slow, dramatic, tough, real,... but these actors blew me away. Their performances are enchanting.

IMDb score: 8,1/10
Metascore: 99/100
Our score: 8/10

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 4: Service

5 second plot: This episode is all about Negan paying a visit to Alexandria to come and get half of their shit. And all of their guns. Carl tries to make a stand but it's no use.

5 second review: An entire episode of dancing around (Negan in Rick's face the entire time, threatening everything with a heartbeat) is a little bit too much of the same.

IMDb score: 8,8/10
Our score: 6,5/10

Friday, November 11, 2016

Come and Find Me is fairly intriguing

5 second plot: When David starts digging in the past of his missing girlfriend he finds out that she's not who she said she was.

5 second review: It's a fairly intriguing thriller up to a point but it's all a little bit far fetched and - massive spoiler warning - the entire movie is working towards an ending that doesn't come. I guess I will have to make up that happy ending myself.

IMDb score: 5,9/10
Our score: 6/10

Arrival is mind-blowing

5 second plot: When 12 big alien spacecraft arrive it's up to the world's scientists and linguistic experts to figure out what the aliens want. Are they just visiting or are they here to kick us out?

5 second review: This movie is something else. It's mind-blowingly complex and mysterious but also dramatic and an emotional roller-coaster. It's certainly something you don't see every day. In the wrong hands, this would have been a disaster. Lucky for us, it is quite the opposite.

IMDb score: 8,3/10
Our score: 9/10

Dog Eat Dog is flipped out crazy

5 second plot: Three thugs get together and start doing what thugs do best: make lots of money on the wrong side of the law. But of course, it doesn't all work out the way they had planned. It doesn't help that one of them, Mad Dog, is crazy as fuck.

5 second review: This is some seriously flipped out Tarantino-style gangsta shit. But from time to time it's a bit much and sometimes it's just a whole lot of talking about nothing (in other words: too little). I enjoyed the flipped out stuff very much. Especially the way these guys lose their shit when they step into the normal world.

IMDb score: 5/10
Our score: 8,5/10

True Memoirs of an International Assassin is boring

5 second plot: Sam writes a fiction book about an international assassin, but his publisher markets it as a non-fiction book. He gets kidnapped by freedom fighters who think he's the real deal. They force him to assassinate the president (of Venezuela, I think).

5 second review: After 20 minutes I got so bored that I don't even have the strength left in me to look up if it is really Venezuela or not (it is). I can only recommend this if you're looking for a very lightweight comedy and really really don't have anything else to do.

IMDb score: 6/10
Our score: 1/10

Nocturnal Animals is not a conventional story

5 second plot: Susan receives a draft version of a novel written by her ex-husband in the mail. It's a story about a man who goes through a terrible ordeal. As she starts reading it she gets sucked into the story and starts thinking about the life she used to have.

5 second review: It's two movies for the price of one (a story in a story) plus some free bonus flash-backs. The story in the story is good. The story around it feels very artificial. The contrast is big. But I guess that was the whole idea. The performances are very good, the picture is beautifully shot and the score is perfect. It's a little bit too dark and weird for my personal taste though.

IMDb score: 7,8/10
Our score: 7/10

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 3: The Cell

5 second plot: We get an introduction to The Sanctuary, where the Saviors live. This is a place where the strong have it good, and the weak do not. Daryl is a prisoner here. And Dwight and Negan are trying to break him. Because they know Daryl could be an asset.

5 second review: I like this new place. Not that I agree with the way Negan runs things, but it's refreshing to take a peek inside this rather big expansion of TWD universe.

IMDb score: 8,8/10
Our score: 9,5/10