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WFC2: Random Roulette (aka zzzorf's Facebook Movie Challenge)

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Post by zzzorf » November 8th, 2019, 9:22 am

Movie: Zero Effect (1998)
Recommender: Jeff McCullough
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Starts with Z

Review: Another movie I went into not really knowing what to expect as I wasn't really aware of it but with Ben Stiller as one of the main actors I was a bit sceptical as his performances can be very hit or miss with me. As it being a comedy I expected an over the top performance from him but he was actually the more straight faced performer with Bill Pullman being the comic relief, and he did a great job of it.
I like a detective film/shows where the detective is a bit eccentric. Things like Sherlock, Mentalist, House do pretty well with me and Zero seems to fit well with those names. Yeah the movie wasn't without some flaws but overall it was a pretty entertaining film which seemed like a good blueprint for how to design a good detective.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: Lost to computer crash
1399/4020
Score: 65%
Round Ranking: 5/10

Recommendation Ranking:
86/233
Director Ranking: Jake Kasdan - Entered at 83

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Jake Kasdan - 2/2
Actors: Bill Pullman - 4/11
Ben Stiller - 4/12
Ryan O'Neal - 2/2
Hugh Ross - 1/1
Kim Dickens - 3/3
Genres: Comedy - 341/953
Comedy Thriller - 6/19
Mystery - 88/254
Romance - 148/371
Romantic Mystery - 5/35
Thriller - 324/861
Franchises: Warner Archive Collection - 11/32
Castle Rock Entertainment - 10/19
Year: 1998 - 36/82

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Post by zzzorf » November 9th, 2019, 1:02 am

Movie: Jawbreaker (1999)
Recommender: Mara Little
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Starts with J

Review: This movie is another case of I should have watched this when it came out when I was the target audience age instead of now when I'm about twice that age. I mean I can see the appeal and there are personal favourites of similar nature from that time that I love to watch again and again but I saw them back then so it is that nostalgia that makes them special.
I get this movie was a bit of a spoof of the whole teen movie genre and I appreciated that but of course the Black Comedy that runs through it really brought the movie down.
All I know is that I have to stop letting my daughter choose movies just because the poster looks good, lol.

Rating: 4/10
Flickchart entry: < Antichrist (2009)
< Club Dread (2004)
< A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
> Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
> The Railway Man (2013)
< Carry on Dick (1974)
< Carry on Henry (1971)
< Don't Look Now (1973)
< Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
> Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
> In Bruges (2008)
> Caddyshack II (1988)
3638/4022
Score: 10%
Round Ranking: 8/11

Recommendation Ranking: 213/234
Director Ranking: Darren Stein - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Darren Stein - 1/1
Actors: Flickcharts Actor list for this movie is way out of whack, the main actresses aren't even listed in the 5
Genres: Black Comedy - 70/90
Comedy - 902/954
Teen Movie - 161/166
Franchises: TriStar Pictures - 54/55
Year: 1999 - 82/90

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 9th, 2019, 5:00 am

That's funny you say all that - Jawbreaker is among my favorites of that genre, but I did see it when I was of the intended audience. I may just have to go watch it again...

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Post by zzzorf » November 10th, 2019, 12:40 am

Movie: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Recommender: Greg Dorr
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Dance

Review: When Greg gave me a sequel to something I had never seen before I could have denied him his request, instead I went ahead and watched both movies and to be honest I'm glad I did as I would have lost some of the story, not much but enough that some things wouldn't have made much sense.
As is the case with most sequels, this one was not as good as the first. There was't much difference (just check out the final match-up) between the two but it was noticeable.
Now since the theme was Dancing lets talk about that. The dancing was great but there is SO much of it, so much unnecessary dancing at that. I do like these movies, especially the street styles ones but I don't want it overtaking from the rest of the story.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Schindler's List (1993)
< Aftershock (2012)
> Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)
> R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (2016)
> Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013)
> Hogfather (2006)
> The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
< Mythica: The Necromancer (2015)
< Captain Blood (1935)
> Oakie's Outback Adventures (2011)
> Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008)
< Breakin' (1984)
3045/4026
Score: 24%
Round Ranking: 8/12

Recommendation Ranking: 213/235
Director Ranking: Sam Firstenberg - Entered at 390

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Sam Firstenberg - 2/2
Actors: Harry Caesar - 1/1
Frankie Crocker - 1/1
Richard Gross - 1/1
Jim W. Jones - 1/1
Lu Leonard - 1/1
again the Flickchart actor list is minus the main stars)
Genres: Dance Film - 18/24
Drama - 902/1122
Musical - 155/193
Teen Movie - 147/167
Franchises: Cannon Films - 8/12
TriStar Pictures - 43/56
TCM Underground - 37/47
Year: 1984 - 30/38

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Post by zzzorf » November 10th, 2019, 6:29 am

Movie: Re-Animator (1985)
Recommender: Mike Seaman
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Low Budget Film

Review: Re-Animator has been a long time a major blip on my Horror unseen list, well now I can at tick it off. I learnt early not to take this one seriously and thanks to that I wound up really enjoying it.
Not to be mistaken as a well made masterpiece mainly because of the low budget, but that doesn't really phase me as shown in my favourite Horror movie The Evil Dead. What the makers were able to do was make an entertaining film out of what limited resources they had, showing that you don't need to have millions of dollars to make a great film. Really looking forward to seeing the sequels soon.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > Schindler's List (1993)
< Inside Out (2015)
> Battle Royale (2000)
> Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)
> Silent Movie (1976)
< There's Something About Mary (1998)
< It Could Happen to You (1994)
< The Lunchbox (2013)
> Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992)
> The Kid Stakes (1927)
> Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
> The Parent Trap (1961)
1117/4028
Score: 72%
Round Ranking: 4/13

Recommendation Ranking: 72/236
Director Ranking: Stuart Gordon - Entered at 337

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Director:
Stuart Gordon - 2/3
Actors: Jeffrey Combs - 1/4
Bruce Abbott - 1/1
Barbara Crampton - 1/1
David Gale - 1/1
Robert Sampson - 1/1
Genres: Based-on-20th-Century-Literature - 98/298
Black Comedy - 16/91
Body Horror - 6/34
Horror Comedy - 23/90
Horror - 191/719
Monster Film - 78/245
Sci-Fi Horror - 35/115
Science Fiction - 193/577
Splatter Film - 14/45
Zombie Film - 22/60
Franchises: Empire International Pictures - 1/3
Anchor Bay Entertainment - 16/87
H.P. Lovecraft - 1/4
Year: 1985 - 7/35

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Post by zzzorf » November 17th, 2019, 11:43 am

Movie: One True Thing (1998)
Recommender: Sharon Brenton
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Monologue

Review: When I asked for a Monologue as a prompt I expected to get some long winded speech from a great male actor. That is why I was surprised when my mother gave me a monologue from one of her favourite actresses, Meryl Streep. Before I get into the movie I will take a look at the monologue itself. While it wasn't an overly long one it did definitely pack a lot of feeling into it, but that is a testament to the acting prowess of Streep.
In fact it was Streep that made the movie, but you would expect no less from her than that. Zellweger was good as the daughter and Hurt played the disinterested husband well but it was definitely Streep's movie.
While I did enjoy the movie it did seem to miss the really big impact to make it a movie that will sit with me for years to come. A nice watch but leaving me with nothing really to think about after the fact.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > Ali Baba Bunny (1957)
> Patient Zero (2018)
< King of the Coral Sea (1954)
< Species (1995)
< Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
< The Bourne Identity (2002)
> Armageddon (1998)
< Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
< Sons of Matthew (1949)
< Scarface (1983)
> Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
> Crimson Tide (1995)
975/4041
Score: 76%
Round Ranking: 4/14

Recommendation Ranking: 60/238
Director Ranking: Carl Franklin - Moved from 396 to 284

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Carl Franklin - 1/3
Actors: Meryl Streep - 2/9
William Hurt - 2/10
Tom Everett Scott - 1/2
Renée Zellweger - 3/8
Lauren Graham - 1/1
Genres: Drama - 300/1128
Family Drama - 23/88
Melodrama - 18/42
Franchises: N/A
Year: 1998 - 26/83

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Post by zzzorf » November 27th, 2019, 10:37 am

Movie: Premium Rush (2012)
Recommender: Rachel Gilbert
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Stunts

Review: When I asked for a movie with great stunts I expected to get an Action movie, what else would you expect. But I thought it would be something like a big blockbuster or maybe some sort of kung-fu fight fest. What I didn't expect was to get a movie based on a push bike, but sometimes what you didn't expect turns out to be the best thing.
This movie was a fun ride, no pun intended. the bike riding was phenomenal and the stunts were pretty cool. I also enjoyed while even though the whole action of the chase started early on it was broken up to extend the whole movie through the use of letting us know the story of how we got to this point. I believe if all the action was left till the end it would not have been as good of a movie as it turned out to be.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979)
< Coco (2017)
> Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017)
> Better Watch Out (2016)
< Revolting Rhymes Part One (2016)
> Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
> Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013)
> Hulk Vs. (2009)
< Diabolique (1955)
< Blazing Saddles (1974)
< Boogie Nights (1997)
> Next of Kin (1982)
1152/4047
Score: 72%
Round Ranking: 6/15

Recommendation Ranking: 78/239
Director Ranking: David Koepp - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
David Koepp - 1/2
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 4/10
Michael Shannon - 2/7
Jamie Chung - 2/2
Dania Ramirez - 1/1
Aaron Tveit - 2/2
Genres: Action - 278/869
Action Thriller - 120/359
Thriller - 267/867
Franchises: N/A
Year: 2012 - 36/145

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Post by zzzorf » December 1st, 2019, 1:54 am

Movie: The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Recommender: Internet (Flickchart)
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Starts with E

Review: Despite the fact that IMDb is minus the genre, this was a great Mystery movie, I was trying to work out what was happening the whole time. Even though it was never really answered I still found myself fulfilled as it was never about the why but more about the effects the incident caused.
I am well known for struggling with famous foreign directors from the earlier cinema but so far Luis Buñuel seems to be one that I seem to like, looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

Rating: 9/10
Flickchart entry: > Unfriended (2014)
> Coco (2017)
> King of the Coral Sea (1954)
< Phar Lap (1984)
< The Great Race (1965)
> Five Feet Apart (2019)
> The Unforgiven (1960)
> Lady Bird (2017)
> Carry On Abroad (1972)
< Predator (1987)
> Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
385/4057
Score: 91%
Round Ranking: 2/16

Recommendation Ranking: 23/240
Director Ranking: Luis Buñuel - Entered at 181

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Luis Buñuel - 1/2
Actors: Silvia Pinal - 1/1
Enrique Rambal - 1/1
Claudio Brook - 1/1
Genres: Comedy Drama - 17/172
Comedy of Manners - 6/35
Drama - 118/1132
Fantasy - 72/582
Foreign Language Film - 32/308
Mindbender - 3/46
Mystery - 30/256
Satire - 10/89
Franchises: The Criterion Collection - 11/139
Arrow Films - 3/44
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 38/314
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 53/378
Madman Films - 10/78
Year: 1962 - 4/12

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Post by zzzorf » December 1st, 2019, 9:58 am

Movie: Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
Recommender: Greg Dean Schmitz
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Cult Movie

Review: The Italian sequel to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead this failed to live up to the original but then again it was only really a sequel in the cashing-in sense and not really of the same vain. Where the original was a more serious look at society this one was there for shock value and for that the movie worked well.
The movie had some great moments including the shark scene and the gruesome eye gauging scene that in the end saw me enjoying this movie for what it is.

Rating: 6/10
Flickchart entry: < The Social Network (2010)
> Man on the Moon (1999)
> The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It (2007)
> Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
> Raise Your Voice (2004)
> Silent Hill (2006)
> Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
> The Haunted Mansion (2003)
< The Happytime Murders (2018)
> Hallowed Ground (2007)
< Devil's Bride (2016)
< Corn Island (2014)
2042/4059
Score: 50%
Round Ranking: 10/17

Recommendation Ranking: 125/241
Director Ranking: Lucio Fulci - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Lucio Fulci - 1/1
Actors: Richard Johnson - 1/2
Tisa Farrow - 1/1
Ian McCullough - 1/1
Al Cliver - 1/2
Arnette Gay - 1/1
Genres: Exploitation Film - 27/60
Foreign Language Film - 151/309
Horror - 342/725
Monster Film - 119/250
Shocksploitation - 11/25
Splatter Film - 22/47
Zombie Film - 28/62
Franchises: Living Dead - 3/9
Video Nasties - 4/8
Blue Underground - 3/10
Anchor Bay Entertainment - 48/89
Year: 1979 - 16/27

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Post by zzzorf » December 8th, 2019, 12:53 am

Movie: Knight Without Armour (1966)
Recommender: Nathan Treadway
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Eastern Europe

Review: Eastern Europe was one of those prompts I was a bit worried with as I felt like it may have been an awkward prompt for most, luckily it was drawn by someone well versed in foreign cinema so he had a wide selection of films to give me. The movie chosen, Ritzar bez bronya, comes by way of Bulgaria, my first movie from the country.
The story revolves around 9-year old Vanyo as he plays with his friends, casually learning about the world of adults as he witnesses various things by accident.
I had no problem with the acting or the production, all were done pretty well, my problem is that not much really progressed with the movie. The way it was set up was more like an anthology, a few different scenarios that Vanyo found himself but they barely connect together. Then their was so many questions unanswered at the end of each section and there seemed to be no real growth from what Vanyo learned. Maybe a rewatch is in order in the future to catch what I may have missed.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < The Social Network (2010)
> Man on the Moon (1999)
< Dark Shadows (2012)
> Blue Demon (2004)
> All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
> The Roommate (2011)
< Seed of Chucky (2004)
> Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (2014)
> Jurassic School (2017)
< Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
< Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
< Time (2013)
2581/4065
Score: 37%
Round Ranking: 12/18

Recommendation Ranking: 162/242
Director Ranking: Borislav Sharaliev - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Borislav Sharaliev - 1/1
Actors: Apostol Karamitev - 1/1
Oleg Kovachev - 1/1
Mariya Rusalieva - 1/1
Tzvyatko Nikolov - 1/1
Sonya Markova - 1/1
Genres: Childhood Drama - 24/33
Coming-of-Age - 115/157
Drama - 723/1137
Family - 391/626
Foreign Language Film - 195/313
Franchises: N/A
Year: 1966 - 4/9

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Post by zzzorf » December 20th, 2019, 9:45 am

I have been holding off writing reviews for the last week due to my computer refusing to turn on for the last week. Unfortunately it still isn't on so I have to bite the bullet and use my phone to write the reviews. This means all the bells and whistles won't be in my posts for the near future but at least the people will be aware that I have actually watched their movie.


Drawing the theme of Fashion David Conrad gave me Farewell, My Concubine (1993). Firstly I want to address the fact that this movie really stretched the prompt. I mean the costume design was great and everything but that prompt is coming down the line, this movie had nothing to do with fashion per se.

Anyway everything about this movie was beautiful and well acted. Yeah the story at times had me trying to piece things together more than I was following but for the main part I really enjoyed it.

7/10, charted at 1150/4071 (72%) and is placed at 7/18

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Post by zzzorf » December 20th, 2019, 10:38 am

For his prompt of "Medical", Ben Shoemaker gave me Awakenings (1990). Giving me a Robin William's movie is normally a smart move and one of my favourites of his is Patch Adams so that doubled this move as smart.

As we were watching it (in particular the ball catching scene) I looked at my wife and said I think we have seen this which she agreed but as the movie progressed we couldn't remember anything so I'm not overly sure in the long run.

While Williams was good it was of course De Niro who stole the show. His portrayal was great and made the movie.

7/10, charted at 1782/4072 (56%) and has him placed at 11/19

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Post by zzzorf » December 20th, 2019, 12:21 pm

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to meet people from all over the world. It is this way that I met Jacob West Good a few years back when I was writing wrestling articles for a site (and I'm really sorry to have heard we have lost a friend we both made that I have fallen out of touch with (like all the friends I made then)).

One of the beautiful things about movies is that you can get a taste of what it is like in other parts of the world.

That is why when JWG drew the "Slice of Life" prompt I made sure he was aware that foreign language movies held no issue with me and hinted that I would be fine with something from his corner of the world. He took me up on this and gave me Ilo Ilo (2013) from his home country of Singapore.

Set back in the Asian Financial Crisis of the 90's (which I didn't even know happened) we saw how a family who were all slightly distant from each other and their new Philippine housemaid jelled/failed to jell and dealt with life going on around them.

In the end this was a.really enjoyable movie that did exactly what it set out to do and I'm happy that I got a chance to see it.

7/10, charted at 1028/4077 (75%) and places him at 6/20

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Post by zzzorf » December 26th, 2019, 2:09 am

My eldest son was home on Christmas Eve and since he is a bigger Anime fan (though he is more for tv series than movies) than I am, it only seemed right we would watch the movie Bas van Stratum picked for his prompt of that genre The Anthem of the Heart (2015).

The story behind this movie reminded us both about Zac's favourite Anime movie "A Silent Voice" which he gave me in the first version of this challenge. The main characters were all well defined and their arcs were satisfying and while mostly predictable had enough of a twinge that it all worked well.

Both of us did have the same grievance with the movie however. At times the movie seemed to be missing the end of scenes. Where you may expect a couple more seconds of dialogue the movie jumped to the next scene. I thought we must have had an edited copy but our runtime matched so I assume that is the way the movie was made. I think those missing lines would have helped pad the movie and make it flow better. Also (but in no way affecting the movie since it wasn't its fault) but our subtitles didn't differentiate singing and dialogue so it was very hard to follow the performance when it was trying to tell us what was being said and sung.

6/10, charted at 1515/4084 (63%) and placing 12/21 for the round so far.

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 26th, 2019, 5:12 pm

I hear there's this excellent doc about a large man named Andre that would fit with a challenge this month... :whistling: :P

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Post by zzzorf » December 26th, 2019, 8:28 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
December 26th, 2019, 5:12 pm
I hear there's this excellent doc about a large man named Andre that would fit with a challenge this month... :whistling: :P
Such a pity I've been focusing on a different challenge this month isn't it. tehe

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Post by zzzorf » December 29th, 2019, 10:36 am

Well if there was anything people should know about me is that my real passion is Wrestling, movies are just a close second and where my priorities lay at the moment in terms of taking up the majority of my spare time. Even though I only know Maxwelldeux through these forums he wasn't aware of my love of wrestling until he checked out my Flickchart and worked it out himself (mainly from a doc I had high on my chart (which unfortunately if it is the one I am thinking of has been removed as their were duplicate entries and the other was the one kept by the site but appears a slight bit lower on my chart)).

The reason why I say all this is Max ended up with the prompt "stars with A" so he gave me the 2018 documentary Andre the Giant. Yeah pretty smart move. While this doccy didnt tell me anything new that I didn't already know something about, it was good to see it all in the one place. Also it did make me, for the first time in my life, think about how hard it was for him to get about in daily life.

9/10, charted at 575/4097 (86%) and places max at 3/22 for the round.

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 29th, 2019, 11:31 pm

Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it - for sure not enough that was "new" per se in the wrestling world, but it was really successful at making you look at him as a human.

And if you want something in a similar vein, GLOW - is available on Netflix (the actual doc about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, not the series).

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Post by zzzorf » January 4th, 2020, 12:11 am

With my further ventures into cinematic history I am finding out that the 1930's seem to be the decade that agrees with me the most. That's why when Bethany Megill drew the prompt "Starts with H" and gave me one from this decade, in particular Holiday (1938) I was reasonably excited.
The topic is a normal of the era, two different class of people coming together, but it was something they did well back then and this movie was no different. It helped that the cast/director was all greatly talented making for a well made movie.
It did get a bit to sophisticated for me at times but overall it was a good watch, even if it was the wrong Hepburn for me.
7/10, charted at 2064/4108 and places her at 15/24 for the round.

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Post by zzzorf » January 16th, 2020, 8:44 am

I'm a bit behind logging and commenting on my watches, in fact it was over a week ago that I watched Josh Haysom pick for his prompt "title contains a colour", The Hunt for Red October (1990). Well this was far from the little Aussie he he gave me in seeding but it would get a bit boring if that was all I got. Boring though is what comes to mind when someone tells me a movie is set inside of a submarine. Granted I haven't seen many but that is by choice as I do find them something of a struggle to get through.

This movie had a lot of the problems I have with these movies but what helped it win me over was a stellar cast who helped get through those parts and therefore enjoy what was an entertaining movie.

7/10, charted at 1284/4116 (69%) and places him at 12/25 for this round so far.

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Post by zzzorf » January 27th, 2020, 9:32 am

Gaining a "free choice" as your prompt might seem like a free pass but so far it has shown that having no restrictions put on the movie choice makes it a bit harder to nail down a great movie. Unfortunately for Riley Gaucher this has proven true once again as his choice of Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

There was nothing wrong with the acting or the way it was made or anything like that, i just didn't enjoy it much at all. I mean the movie had its moments, like when it all come to a head in the backyard putt-putt scene but overall the whole affair bored me and I was begging it to end for a fair while. Sorry I can't put it better than that.
4/10, charted at 3704/4139 (11%) and places him at 22/26 for the round (just enough to see him through to the next round)

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