VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Final Destination 5 (2011)
4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us. NOT watched in 3-D. Same rating as Final Destination 2; possibly slightly better! Pretty much everybody agrees that #5 is better than #3 and #4.Native rating: IMDB: 6.0/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (guess for us=4.2/5).Did not realize the blonde girl was the girl from the movie Frozen (and Hatchet 2), who was also Amy from The Walking Dead.The disaster in this one was a bridge collapsing, which was quite welcome after Final Destination 4 (which we watched several years ago and rated lower than 1,2,3, and 5) re-used car crashes (rush hour cars in FD2 vs race cars in FD4). And the twist made this one “more canon” (if you accept such a thing) than FD3 or FD4, which almost feel like “Final Destination Presents” type movies. Really, this should be a trilogy: FD1, FD2, FD5. People who only want to watch 3 movies instead of 5 should watch 1, 2, and 5.
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Final Destination 3 (2006)
Native rating: 5.8/10 IMDB, 3.3/5 Netflix (guess for us=3.9).
Clint/Carolyn rating: 4/5 stars, 7/10.
This one went through the motions and was still quite enjoyable, but missed out on a lot of the aspects that made the other ones unique.
They didn’t get together to work with one another to prevent the deaths; instead everyone was more disconnected.
It’s explainable because it’s in a totally different region (California) than the first one, so they didn’t have the history of what was going on, but still. It just wasn’t as interconnected as FD2 or FD1………….And there was no interesting twist, either.
Still worth watching, though!
VIDEO: ANIMALS: Elephant Using a Smartphone
MOTHER OF GOD this is the coolest fucking elephant video i’ve seen in my goddamn fucking life, holy shit!!!
I mean… holy fuck. Is this CGI? No? What the….. I had no clue they were capable of this. I knew they were smart, but still. I thought they were kinda locked in their awkward bodies and prevented from doing anything as cool as this.
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Final Destination 2 (2003)
Better than we expected!
Clint/Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Native ratings: IMDB: 6.3/10, Netflix: 3.3/5 stars (but it correctly guessed 4.0/5 for us).
Very much directly tied into Final Destination 1, which made it a lot more interesting than we expected.
(And It didn’t hurt that changing to a female lead meant staring at hottie A.J. Cook the whole time, even if she is better looking as a blonde.)
(And I never realized the multi-personality blonde chick from Heroes – Ali Larter – was also in Final Desination 1 & 2.)
JOURNAL: PARTY: Local Experts Can’t Agree On Whether Styx Sucks Worse Than Rush
John The Canadien’s blogpost about our Saturday hangout/partying experience.
TACOS: Tacocopter Aims To Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters
MOTHER OF GOD
WE HAVE ARRIVED
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Totally Fucked Up (1993)
Clint: 2/5 stars, 4.6/10.
Carolyn: 2.2/5 stars, 4.6/10.
Native ratings: 5.9/10 IMDB, 2.9/5 Netflix (guess for us=3.3, way too high).
I watched this in my quest to watch everything Gregg Araki has ever done; this is the 1st movie in the Teen Apocalypse Trilogy. Unfortunately, I consided this Arak’s worst film ever. It seemed like he had not fully formed his style yet, and things were very loose and sloppy. How the hell can people like this better than The Doom Generation, the 2nd movie in the trilogy, with a lower rating? I don’t know.
The whole gay teen suicide thing is quite tragic, but this movie didn’t really make me feel it. It seemed to just explore the situation (in Araki’s typical apocalyptic fashion) rather than tell a story… and we like stories. This would probably improve upon a 2nd viewing, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself to do that.
Carolyn adds: “There wasn’t much of an ending.. not too much of a plot either… just flailing about with not much going on… a few things happened, but the characters didn’t really come to terms with them… and then it ended.. ”
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Judge Dredd (1995)
Clint/Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 6/10 (generic pass). Netflix also guessed 3.0 stars for us, which is also the national average. (But it only got 5.0/10 on imdb).
Interesting to see people from both Twin Peaks and The Walking Dead. Great cast, Max Von Sydow was good too.
Definitely kinda cheezy. Visuals are closer to Buck Rogers than something you’d watch today.
A few laugh moments (Rob Schneider–funny, but not that funny).
The girls didn’t really fight like the guys. They mostly just shot guns. Almost sexistly and annoyingly so. I know girls can punch!
A few plot holes – dude picks up gun and uses it, but I thought guns were DNA-coded? I guess that one wasn’t a Judge gun, but it was confusing after they talked about how Judge guns won’t work when a non-Judge holds it, but never talked about how to know when a gun is a Judge gun or not.
And that tube of fire – the fire is shown erupting from the inside out, and they have 30 seconds to get up it, so 30 seconds later, after going up it halfway, they are still in it, and the fire comes from *behind* them in the opposite direction as they continue to infiltrate inward? Huh?! So they have a fire vent pipe, but the fire starts in the middle and goes in both directions, one inside of the sity and the other out? It’s not even possible to explain it as anything other than really bad directing.
But the movie? Still fun entertainment. A rogue cop against bad cops, set in a sci-fi world is an easy sell for us.