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    The Snowman (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758810/



    This is based on a best selling thriller novel by a Norwegian author.

    I have never read the book but from researching it online, it's a well reviewed top notch thriller and it's also an entry in a series of crime novels starring the same character that's in this movie: Harry Hole, an alcoholic police inspector.

    Well if everything that's written about the book it's based on is true, this movie doesn't even come close to its original source.

    There are 3 persons listed in the screenwriting credit and it seems that each one wrote a screenplay pertaining to a different aspect of the movie: 1 part is the ongoing investigation going back years of missing women, another part is Inspector Harry Hole's relationship with his enstranged son, another part is anything that screenwriter who had a hand in it decided to add to the story and seemingly he didn't check with the other 2 screenwriters to make sure his part flowed with the rest and had continuity.

    Then it also seems 3 different unit directors shot the different scenes from the 3 different screenplays.

    There are characters that show up one minute never to be seen again.

    There are scenes of someone going into a building and you never seen that someone before and after and nothing was ever followed up on it: Who was that person? Why did they go into that building? Who was the person in the building that opened the door to let them in? How does that fits into the story and does it have any relation to the missing women?

    Then there seems to be parts missing. One minute you see one of the main character standing somewhere looking at something in the snow (which was not shown) and then in the next scene that same character is in a car driving off.

    Okay, I don't need to see everything that happens like they walking from where they were standing to the car to seeing them opening the car door with a key and then getting into it and then starting the car, etc, etc but where were they where they standing at, what were they doing there, and what happened between the time they stood there and they drove off.

    Furthermore, for a thriller about a serial killer leaving clues, with a snowman after each killing, this movie has no tension, no suspense, no grab you by the chin to keep you interested and when we finally get to the final act, it's just felt thrown in at random because someone in the production crew said: hey, let's wrap it up.

    This is a Norway-UK-USA production and you can tell, produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by acclaimed Norwegian director famous for 2008's "Let the Right One In", starring a talented cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, James D'Arcy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Swedish actor Jonas Karlsson.

    But they are not given much to do or work with onscreen.

    Digital Spy website just named this one of the 10 worse films of 2017.

    Rotten Tomatoes has many negative reviews including these that pretty much express the same sentiments I have about it:

    Choppy, incoherent and dull, The Snowman is one of the worst films of the year.

    Not a single scene works as anything more than a total waste of good film.

    Even Fassbender's typically intense and well-schooled performance can't elevate this muddled mess from the mundane.

    [The Snowman] is two hours of uninterrupted, snow-caked boredom.
    How can a movie with such a great trailer go so wrong?



    Doesn't anyone take any pride in their work anymore?

    0/5
    Happy Holidays!!


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    My umpteenth viewing of the Best Christmas movie ever made and also quite possibly the most perfect flawless action movie ever made!!

    Die Hard (1988)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/



    NYPD officer John McLane only wanted to spend Christmas with his wife and beloved children but a bunch of terrorists want to ruin his plans.

    That is the problem with terrorists. They're really inconsiderate when it comes to people's schedules.

    5/5

    Next on my Best Christmas movies viewing list:


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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/




    Because there are folks who hasn't seen it, I am not posting a detailed review saying what I think everything that's wrong with this movie.

    In due time, in a couple of weeks or so, when the hoopla has died down and most everyone had a chance to watch it in theaters, then I will post a detailed review.

    For now, all I can say is I give it 1/5 and a NO, I can't recommend it even to the Star Wars Fanboys and Fangirls who just want to see anything new with a Star Wars label on it.

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    Justice League (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015/

    A messy incoherent confusing cacophony of noise and over use of CGI and SFX featuring a villain that never once in the film's nearly 2 hours running time made me fear the world was at risk.

    Another celluloid failure by director Zack Snyder, who hasn't directed anything worthwhile and watchable since "300" and "Sucker Punch"

    The only reason I would recommend this movie is to watch the beautiful and awesome Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.



    1/5

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    Watching my 2nd favorite Christmas movie:

    Lethal Weapon (1987)

    The girl that jumped to her death at the beginning is played by the same actress who went on to play Kelly Gaines, Woody Harrelson's girlfriend in Cheers.



    She did her own jump stunt. That's actually a large airbag with the cars and curb and pavement painted on it.



    That's Joan Severance in the black playsuit.

    This was her first theatrical movie appearance (uncredited).

    Her next theatrical movie appearance and first credited role would be 2 years later in See No Evil, Hear No Evil.




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    Lethal Weapon (1987)



    2nd Best Christmas movie ever made next to Die Hard.

    How is this a Christmas movie, you ask?

    Look how many times they said Merry Christmas!







    Can you believe this movie is 30 years old already?



    5/5

    I still have one more "Best Christmas movie ever made" [next to Die Hard and Lethal Weapon] I will be watching this week and will report back.

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    I, Tonya (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/





    The story of Olympics figure skater Tonya Harding and her fall from grace.

    She was the first US woman to do a triple Axle in a competition and also in the Olympics and the first woman to do a double triple Axle in the same skating routine.

    Margot Robbie and Allison Janney both deserve an Academy Awards nomination for their roles respectively as Tonya Harding and as her mother LaVona Golden.

    Featuring a rousing soundtrack:

    1. Gone Daddy Gone
    2. The Passenger
    3. Devil Woman
    4. Romeo And Juliet
    5. Fair to Love Me
    6. A Fair Shot
    7. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
    8. The Incident
    9. Tonya Suite
    10. Goodbye Stranger
    11. Gloria
    12. Shooting Star
    13. Free Your Mind
    14. Barracuda
    15. Dream a Little Dream of Me (with Paul Weston & His Music from Hollywood)
    16. The Chain

    This may be the movie that will take everyone by surprise at the Academy Awards nominations announcement on January 23rd, 2018.

    4.75/5

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    Gremlins (1984)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087363

    My 3rd and final choice for the best Christmas movie ever made, next to Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

    Small town boy Billy Peltzer only wanted to have a quiet Christmas with his family and his girlfriend, Kate.

    Instead he and Kate are fighting for their very lives in an effort to save Christmas from the town's Lady Scrooge and a horde of rude creatures, both hell bent on destroying everything that's pure and wonderful about Christmas.

    After all, who doesn't enjoy spending the Holidays with Gizmo and Woof Woof?









    5/5

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/



    There are 3 old decrepit abandoned billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.





    No one has used them since 1986 until Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) comes along and rents them to display a series of messages against the town's police and its police chief (Woody Harrelson) for failing to find the killer or killers of her teenage daughter, 7 months prior.

    A deep moving sad and beautiful dark comedy. Frances McDormand should get her second Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress since she won it in 1997 for Fargo.

    Woody Harrelson also deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Sam Rockwell shines in his role as the town's idiot cop and his acting deserves an Oscar too.

    The rest of the cast is equally stellar: Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones, Zeljko Ivanek, Lucas Hedges, Peter Dinklage.

    5/5

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    Jigsaw (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3348730/





    I won't give the plot and its twists away:

    once you've watch this yourself, you will agree with me that not only is this latest entry, 7 years since the last movie, unnecessary because it doesn't bring anything new to the franchise but also because the trailer was misleading and deceitful.

    1/5

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    Acts of Violence (2018)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6684714/



    1/5

    Another entry in a recent long strings of low budget movies that Bruce Willis has been starring in:

    they all will get a theatrical release in a couple of cities and then they goes to DVD and VOD.

    I checked my local listings and there is only one theater in this city of millions and 600 square miles showing it.

    If you look at Bruce Willis' IMDB info,

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000246

    All these are low budget junk:

    First Kill (2017) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5884234

    Once Upon A Time In Venice (2017) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4694544

    Marauders (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3963816

    Precious Cargo (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4651410

    Extraction (2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4382872

    Vice (2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3480796

    The Prince (2014) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1085492

    Fire with Fire (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1925431

    If you go deeper and look at the long list of the many producers listed under each movie, they are mostly all the same ones and they also involved in this Acts Of Violence movie.

    Bruce Willis couldn't be that hard up for money to make these low budget direct to video crap?

    How much does he get for starring in each one of these movies?

    $200,000? $500,000? I doubt he even gets that much considering $500,000 will be a large chunk of the entire budget for each one of these movies.

    Looks like if Bruce Willis is not making a Die Hard movie and getting a multi-million dollars paycheck, he doesn't have much else to do.

    Outside of the last 2 Die Hard films in 2007 and 2013, he made two RED movies which were good and then he had a few starring roles, major and minor in films such as The Expendables series, Planet Terror, G.I. Joe and the rest were nothing to write home about.

    Must sucks to be forever typecast in the same role.

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    Winter War (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6353716/



    French film about the events surrounding the battle for the French Alsace region during World War 2, where the First French Paratroopers regiment along with American infantry units were assigned the task to hold the town of Jebsheim and take the neighboring forest.

    Failure to do so will result in German units using the forest to bypass the region and encircling advancing French and Allied units and cutting them in half.

    https://standwheretheyfought.jimdo.c...-then-and-now/

    This battle was part of a larger 4 months long campaign referred by the French as the "Alsatian Stalingrad".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar...e_for_Jebsheim

    It also involved French young men who were conscripted into the German Wermacht and SS units against their will and forced to fight against French and American units.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malgré-nous

    Historically accurate, bloody, violent and realistic without the chest thumping glorification and the constant in your face lecturing of Allied are good and here to save the world and German forces are all evil madmen that are too often found in many of today's Hollywood World War II films.



    4/5

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    Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/







    If you read the book or have seen the 1974 excellent movie adaptation, you already know how this movie ends.

    But like most things in life, it's not the destination, it's the journey and in both the book and the 1974 movie, the journey is filled with suspense and tension accompanying a great build up prior to the big reveal.

    In this 2017 remake, nothing like that.

    This could had been a made for TV/Cable TV/NetFlix movie.

    All the characters [or suspects] if you will, are not given much to do, and seeing that the movie is produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh, with him starring in the main role of Hercule Poirot,

    I think this was a case where the producer/director/main star was given too much Carte Blanche to do everything he wanted:

    the opportunity to show himself off and make the entire movie about him while forgetting the source material and neglecting the rest of the cast.

    It's a damn shame too because the cast is composed of some great actresses and actors including Dame Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi and many others.

    I had high hopes for this movie when I saw the first trailer for it months ago.

    Now I can't find words to describe how disappointed I am by this final product without venturing into 4 and 8 and 13 letters profane words.

    I will leave it to my friend to put my disappointment into words for me:



    Agatha Christie has got to be rolling in her grave!!

    2/5

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    The Final Girls (2015)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2118624/





    Well made PG-13 horror movie paying great homage to the 80's slasher films, featuring a nostalgic 80's soundtrack, and several cute girls: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Chloe Bridges, and the cutest one of them all whom strangely I have never seen or heard of prior to watching this film,

    Angela Trimbur http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1640326

    They left the ending open for a sequel and I hope there will be one.

    4/5

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    Chasing The Dragon (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6015328/



    Fact based crime epic about the rise and fall of a ruthless drug lord in the Kowloon Walled City of Hong Kong from the 60's to the 70's.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City (can't believe people lived in there )

    It was alright!

    Despite being one of the top 5 Hong Kong films of 2017, this was not one of Donnie Yen's and Andy Lau's best films.

    3.5/5

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