Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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Eyes Without a Face Movie Review

Eyes Without a Face is a 1960 French horror film directed by Georges Franju and starring Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli. It is a very strong, truly memorable horror movie.

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My face frightens me.

My mask frightens me even more

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It is about a doctor who goes out of his length to help his daughter get a new face after she got disfigured in an accident. This is pretty much something that could come up from the mind of Rod Serling and surely the film reminded of a lengthy Twilight Zone episode. And naturally, being a huge fan of the show myself, I ate it up and I loved this film.

Yes, I agree with the critics in that the film is very contemporary today given all the fuss around cosmetic surgery and it was executed in a way that it can be creepy and disturbing even today. A very admirable, timeless horror film this is. I loved the story, its poetic elements are strong and the film’s ending is simply beautiful and emotionally rewarding.

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The acting is very strong and both Pierre Brasseur and Edith Scob did a very good job, but it is Alida Valli who stole the show here and proved how great of an international actress she was. She killed it in such a great, villainous role and her acting is a great mix of theatrical and subtle. Her character and the doctor are both great and I loved how Louise eventually rebelled and her story is so strong.

Eyes Without a Face isn’t a perfect film as its flaws are pretty obvious. The surgery sequence is a bit too gross and overly sensational in approach and in my opinion the third act was filmed in an awkward manner and some scenes were either unnecessary or not at all well paced. But other than that, the film is great and it is a shame that the French rarely made horror movies as this was a proof that they could be great at them.

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So I loved the atmosphere and of course the film is so well acted, directed, filmed and particularly scored as its score is gorgeous and very memorable. The entire film is poetic and artistic, but still containing strong horror elements. The dog attack scene at the end was brutal and the surgery scene is highly unapologetic as well leading to one of the most brutal horror films of its time. Those two scenes and the ending are my favorites. Of course I loved the make-up effects and that mask and especially the new face looked very real. The only scene that rang false was the stabbing moment which was silly and laughable how stupidly it was filmed, but the effects are stellar and the film is otherwise very much ahead of its time. It is again a proof of how great a year 1960 was when it comes to horror and it’s one of the best French films of the period, much better than those infinitely overrated dramas of the time.

Eyes Without a Face is a bit too gross in its surgery sequence and the third act was badly paced, but the film is otherwise such a stellar, ahead of its time horror film that is both artistic and emotional in approach, but also horrific and filled with great genre thrills. The acting and direction are great, the effects are excellent, the score is gorgeous and the film is very memorable owing to a bunch of unforgettable sequences such as the aforementioned surgery one, the dog attack scene and the ending which is beautiful.

My Rating – 4.5

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Old King Cole (1933)

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Old King Cole is a 1933 Disney Silly Symphony film. It is a weak entry that is one of the worst in the series’ run.

I was really disappointed with this film and it currently ranks in the five worst for the series in my opinion. It isn’t bad as the technical aspects are as great as always with good score and very good color animation. But everything else is just so mediocre and dull.

Of the characters, King Cole is somewhat okay, but all of the others are forgettable and are just cameos of nursery rhyme characters and not one got anything substantial to work with. I found the ending to be memorable, but the rest of the film is all pretty much forgettable and uninspired and frankly even boring, at least it was to me. I do not understand why the critics think differently, but to me ‘Mother Goose Melodies’ is a much better film than this one.

Old King Cole is an inferior remake with good animation, but weak characters and many dull scenes.

My Rating – 3.2

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Buddy’s Garage (1934)

Buddy's Garage Review

Buddy’s Garage Review

Buddy’s Garage is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is definitely one of the weakest Buddy shorts so far.

There is honestly nothing truly original or interesting to be had here as everything is either rehashed or entirely dull. This film is one of the most boring in the series so far, it really is. I was bored, I thought its characters weren’t particularly well utilized and the overall plot and especially action felt incredibly subpar.

It certainly has its moments with the first half being miles better from the second one where the villain just stumbled across stupidly. I liked the dog a lot here and he was very amusing and that bee provided a couple of interesting, memorable gags. The setting is pretty solidly utilized at first and unfortunately not as greatly in its second half. If it remained solid as it was in its first half, it would have been a much better film.

Buddy’s Garage has its good moments near the beginning, but it afterwards delves into typical plotting and action.

My Rating – 3.3

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Buddy’s Trolley Troubles (1934)

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Buddy’s Trolley Troubles is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak Buddy offering.

The railway setting is overused by now within Looney Tunes and here we do not get to see anything new. Even the characters are forgettable as the villain is typical and Buddy and Cookie aren’t memorable at all. The entire first half is so uneventful, dull and familiar.

But the second half is definitely much better as it features pretty solid action. I liked the trolley chase quite a bit and I especially loved how Buddy defeated the villain and saved Cookie. Those action scenes were surprisingly well thought out and executed and I wish the whole entry was like that. The ending itself is also solid, though I do not see the point of the arriving pigs at all.

Buddy’s Trolley Troubles is familiar in setting and weak in first half, but pretty solid in second half with a couple of memorable action sequences.

My Rating – 3.3

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Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule (1934)

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Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a film that had huge potential, but was executed weakly.

The execution is all wrong here. The film features interesting characters and setting. The ending is just so great and I loved its imagery, it was very interesting to witness and unique. However, the movie should have used that premise much more. In my opinion, the man should have gone to Hades and we should have seen that a bit before he woke up.

This way he woke up at the worst moment possible. Now I know that this is how dreams work, but I do not expect realism in a cartoon. Another thing that I disliked is the character design. The protagonist is very likable, but the design is just so stereotypical and offence that it hurts the movie in the long run.

Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule definitely has an interesting premise and a great ending, but the execution is weak with a wrong emphasis and offensive character design.

My Rating – 3.3

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender. It is the sixth installment in the Alien series.

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One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony

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I really liked this movie. The storyline is excellent and it hooked me in from the beginning. It should have gotten much better audience reaction and reviews as, although flawed, it is a very good, competent entry in the Alien series that further explores its themes and answers some of the questions in an intriguing manner.

The film serves as the sequel to ‘Prometheus’, but it becomes an Alien film almost entirely in the second half. I myself liked that approach, but I do know that it may turn some people off. The entire first half is a science fiction and the second half is pure horror and both are so well executed. The arrival on that odd planet where plants grow but animals don’t, the discovery of the ship and what happened to Elizabeth Shaw and that great engineers sequence were all very fascinating to watch. The film has a well realized mystery and atmosphere to it.

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As for the second half, it has its flaws. The ending’s twist with Walter turning out to be David was well executed, but it was so obvious from the moment he got on the ship that it frustrated me. That ending was excellent and a great way to end this movie and tease the next one, but it was still so expected. And another flaw I’ve had with it is that the film was too bloody and gory at times and it again falls into clichéd horror traps such as only a handful of people surviving and of course people just being plain stupid. Not only do they touch everything on the planet which is beyond ridiculous once again, but they also go to pee or freshen up and leave the group. Why do horror characters continue to be this stupid is beyond me and it really annoys me.

But turning to the positive side, Alien: Covenant is a very interesting and different horror film for introducing couples in its storyline. That introduced a different working dynamic to this team and I do not know why it took for the horror filmmakers so long to do this as in my opinion it is a very obvious and more productive step. By having everyone with their partners in space, they are bound to work better and in happier conditions. Even though this idea should have been better exploited and the film is very low at romance frustratingly, it still has some very heartwarming and of course heartbreaking moments where people lose their loved ones.

Daniels is a Ripley rip-off to a degree, though much more emotional. I have to say that I really liked her character because she was more realistic. She is super confident and the toughest person here, but also the most emotionally fragile which made her more relatable. Tenneessee was very forgettable and the most forgettable person on the team actually. I liked the interracial couple and the gay couple was also interesting and Lope has his moments, but they were so briefly seen as a couple that I did not get the point in introducing that aspect to this plot.

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Katherine Waterston is excellent here as she was in ‘Fantastic Beasts’, but Billy Crudup is even better and very natural in the role of Oram who is such a great character. He is for once a different kind of captain who at first is shy and not at all confident in the captain’s role and that was very interesting to see. Such a lovable character. And of course David is excellent per usual. Walter is good and the two fighting and kissing were two very memorable scenes, but it is David becoming this pure evil, calculating and God-like villain that was so amusing to watch and quite creepy at times. Michael Fassbender is awesome in a dual role and proves again that he is one of the best actors working today.

Alien: Covenant is visually arresting as it has stupendous production design and very good special effects. I loved the aliens’ designs and their different attributes and forms were well explored. They truly are physically perfect killing machines. The fact that they maybe are smart is hinted upon and I would love to see the answer to that in the next installment.

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The gore is overwhelming, but at least the horror/action scenes were so well executed and the film is consistently entertaining. To me the film works much better with the two prologues seen before it as they introduce you to the plot and characters so well and I wish studios would do more of these prologues than regular trailers. The film is pleasantly dark and creepy in atmosphere and some of its themes and very tragic scenes so it was quite uncomfortable at times, thus succeeding as a horror flick. I prefer ‘Prometheus’ in the end, but this was still a very good, satisfactory Alien entry.

Alien: Covenant again features all of those horror trappings that annoy me so much with the group getting separated being stupid and everyone touching everything on the planet being ridiculous by now, but it is still a solid ‘Prometheus’ sequel and a very competent Alien film that is pretty creepy and atmospheric at times while also being dangerous and mysterious from start to finish. Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and particularly Michael Fassbender were great in their very good, interesting roles, the storyline is very intriguing and the idea of couples in space is very interesting.

My Rating – 4

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Silent Running (1972)

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Silent Running Movie Review

Silent Running is a 1972 science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Bruce Dern. It is a solid, respectable film, but very flawed too.

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There is no more beauty, and there’s no more imagination.

And there are no frontiers left to conquer

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The genre films in the early seventies reflected on the current climate with hippies and environmentalism and thus we get Silent Running which is similar in themes to ‘Soylent Green’ from the same period. But the two films are still rather different in storyline and both are quite solid, but far from great.

It is a respectable film that can be very heartwarming and sweet at times. Its environmental and solitude themes are well explored and in the protagonist’s actions you can see just how much he cares for the plants and animals. It is a beautiful message, but unfortunately sometimes it was executed weakly with very preachy and on-the-nose dialogue typical of its time. The flick is very much a product of its time which is both a good and a bad thing.

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Bruce Dern is very good in this role. It is very interesting seeing him here when he was decades younger than he was in ‘Nebraska’ and he still had the same mannerisms and the manner of speech. I liked his performance quite a bit and he was very likable in a role which easily could have turned out bad and cheesy.

Douglas Trumbull directed the movie really well and the special effects here definitely are very good. His effects work on ‘2001’ and ‘The Andromeda Strain‘ is admirable and I am glad that he could also direct. The effects here are very good and some of the imagery is quite memorable and intriguing. I loved the look of the dome and freighter and the robots also looked really good and were quite cute (definitely reminding me of ‘WALL-E’). Visually, the film did not age at all in my opinion as it still looks very solid.

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Where Silent Running failed is in its pacing which was overly sluggish and the execution of the entire plot wasn’t the greatest. Some parts are rushed, others drag too much. The third act is emotional for sure, but still too slow and the second act is uneventful and certainly the weakest of the three. To me the film tried to be thoughtful and cerebral, serious sci-fi, but it only half-succeeded in that as the dialogue never managed to support such an approach. Most of the lines were too preachy and some were even silly. Had they worked more on the dialogue, the film would have been both smarter and more emotional but this way it ended up being just solid and certainly a bit dated at times.

Silent Running is a solid science fiction film with very good special effects, a respectable message, a fine performance from Bruce Dern and a couple of moving scenes, but the film is overly contemporary filled with at times quite preachy and silly dialogue and the pacing is rather sluggish resulting in a solid film which should have been much smarter and much better overall.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Pink Phink (1964)

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The Pink Phink is a 1964 Oscar-winning animated short film which was the first every Pink Panther short.

I love this film, it is great. Yes, its first half didn’t contain nearly enough gags as the second one did, but this is mostly a stellar, truly terrific short that does everything right. Pink Panther himself is excellent and so funny while The Little Man is memorable and quite amusing near the end in particular.

A couple of gags and facial expressions were very funny, but the entire scenario was beautifully executed and the action is always memorable here. Of course its iconic score is just amazing, so fitting in style to the animation and tone of the series and very atmospheric. The animation is absolutely phenomenal and I loved its usage of pink and blue. The comic-strip sensibilities are perfectly brought to film here. It truly is a classic film that deserved its Oscar for sure.

The Pink Phink is funny and memorable while featuring excellent character moments and gags and it is fueled with superb animation and score.

My Rating – 4.5

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 (2011)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Review

The seventh season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is far from the best seasons. However, it still features plenty of memorable, highly entertaining and diverse episodes.

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I’m going to wait right here and wait for my minions to swarm me

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Frank’s Pretty Woman is such a perfect, clever and brutally honest parody of the titular movie with Dennis being great, but Frank being the funniest and most memorable with a couple of hilarious one-liners. The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore definitely crossed my tolerance zone in that one gruesome sequence, but this was still a pretty interesting experiment. Charlie having a romantic evening with Waitress was great and of course Dennis and Dee got the best and most brutal scenes here.

Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties is such a hilarious episode that deals with an overdone premise, but does it so well that it lifted the material entirely. The girls were funny and Dee got some superb, amusing scenes, but it is Frank who is the highlight once again and I loved DeVito’s performance here. Sweet Dee Gets Audited is a good episode with a great Dee subplot, but the other subplot with the guys got a bit repetitive near the end and that final scene definitely was too much for me. It is interesting how in this season alone you got two of the most brutal and to me unnecessary scenes of the entire show.

Frank’s Brother isn’t the most entertaining episode, but it again features Frank at some of his best and watching his hilarious backstory was fun at times with some scenes being true to the character and very funny, but I expected more from his brother to be honest. The Storm of the Century again isn’t perfect, but it showcases a good use of Cricket and especially Dennis who is so funny as an obsessed creep over a busty news reporter.

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Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games was very relatable to me personally as I loved inventing games as a child too, but this game of theirs is especially twisted and I loved its various details and how little sense it made. It is one of the most perfectly constructed and consistently entertaining and inventive episodes. The ANTI-Social Network definitely needed a better third act, but it is a nice commentary on the fakeness of internet profiles with both of its subplots working so well. Dennis is so funny here.

The Gang Gets Trapped is a high-concept idea done right. I loved all of the character interactions here as everyone was superb, but the execution of this great premise was mostly excellent and I liked how it ended as well. How Mac Got Fat is probably the worst episode of the season as it does give us a proper, but still somewhat repetitive and not as entertaining explanation for hot Mac got fat in the first place.

Thunder Gun Express isn’t great in all its parts, but it works pretty well as a whole with again all of the five members of the gang getting their hilarious moments and although the ending was abrupt, it was still satisfying.

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The High School Reunion finally shows us their high school and that was great. Finally we see how all of the guys were so lowly positioned in school. Charlie is so sad here, Mac is funny, Dennis is the best and this reveals a lot about his twisted behavior and of course Dee was pretty active this time around.

The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge is a satisfactory conclusion to this great two-parter and although brutal, they needed to be humiliated like this as it was only fitting to the story. And of course that dance ending was just hysterical and so well executed.

The seventh season in the end definitely does have its weaker episodes, but most are great and highly memorable with some even giving us excellent character explanations and backstories. Dennis and Frank were particularly strong here and the season definitely ended on such a high note.

 

Worst Episodes: Sweet Dee Gets Audited, Frank’s Brother and How Mac Got Fat.

Best Episodes: The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore, Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties, Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games and The High School Reunion.

My Rating – 4.4

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 (2010)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Review

The sixth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is another great one at the time when the series was at the height of its powers.

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What do you say we slip into a room…. and you two split me open like a coconut?

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Mac Fights Gay Marriage is such a blast to watch. It features one of the best uses of Mac ever and it is such a great character study and a further proof of his closeted homosexuality. His argument with the tranny is hilarious, but Frank and Charlie getting married was also such an amusing subplot in its silliness.

Dennis Gets Divorced is the continuation of this story and here we do not see much of Mac, but to me Dee got such a great conclusion and one of the most brutal ones for her. But of course the highlight is Dennis and watching his infatuation with Maureen Ponderosa was an entertaining and quite interesting experience as we had never seen him like this before.

The Gang Buys a Boat is a classic. Dennis is so funny and creepy here, but of course Dee, Charlie and Frank making a mess at the boat was very fun to watch and I thought that all of the five got their good moments here. Mac’s Big Break is one of the weaker episodes of this season which has its memorable moments with Mac and the Waitress in particular, but the overall two storylines were admittedly not up to part with the rest of the stories here.

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Mac and Charlie: White Trash is an absolute classic. Of course these two rednecks were so good here, but Dennis and Dee trying to get into the fancy pool was hilarious. Everyone here shines and all of the subplots lead really well into a coherent and quite endearing in a way finale. Mac’s Mom Burns Her House Down has a pretty good dynamic between Frank and Dee, but the highlights are Mac and Charlie and especially their mothers who share such a great dynamic. The racist joke was the best one here.

Who Got Dee Pregnant? is too ridiculous for its own sake, but still watching Dee being a bird in the gang’s recollections was hysterical and I thought the conclusion was satisfactory and quite funny. The Gang Gets a New Member is such a great episode and the introduction of Shmity was great. I liked that it led to Charlie leaving the gang and this is one of the best episodes regarding his relationship with the rest of the guys.

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Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth is a great continuation of the last episode and Dee is greatly used in both episodes, but finally getting to see their Lethal Weapon movie was a rewarding experience. The movie is ridiculous and offensive in the best Sunny fashion.

Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats is a classic! It is one of the rare Sunny episodes that is actually different, authentic and yes, even emotional. Here the gang, besides Frank, act nice and for once give gifts to Charlie for his supposed birthday. The whole episode was perfectly built up, the twist with Frank is terrific and of course the finale was so heartwarming and I just loved Charlie here.

The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods is one of the most adventurous Philly episodes. Of course the truck driver was absolutely hysterical, but Frank’s moments with the rabbit were quite unforgettable in their own right. I thought both subplots perfectly ended and coalesced into each other and I wish we got more episodes with the gang outside the city as this one is so good.

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Dee Gives Birth isn’t the best episode here, but it has its great scenes and it was quite entertaining watching all of the guys that Dee banged in one room together. A Very Sunny Christmas is just amazing. It is an episode split into two parts, but both are great and should be watched together. Again an atypical Sunny episode where the gang is nicer than usual. I thought its backstories for Mac and Charlie explained their characters perfectly and this episode features amazing storytelling, truly something special. And the ending is quite sweet. This two-parter is somehow simultaneously brutal and heartfelt.

All in all, the sixth season of Sunny had its weaker parts, but most of the episodes here are great and even classics with for once present backstories and atypical and unique storylines that gave fresh depth to the series. This was certainly such a great time for the show when they were firing on all cylinders.

 

Worst Episodes: Mac’s Big Break and Dee Gives Birth.

Best Episodes: Mac Fights Gay Marriage, Mac and Charlie: White Trash, Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth, Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats and A Very Sunny Christmas.

My Rating – 4.7

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