Movies Posts Tagged as 'Music Murders'
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Venus In Furs (1969)
Hot stuff (James Darrin) obsesses over dead girl. Like the drugged out haze it was written and directed in, the film lingers on aspects that make it boring. It was bold to include an interracial couple and lesbians romping freely but the sex scenes consisted of a man's back against a woman's catlike nails on repetition. Giving Barbara McNair the insufferable title song hurt her vocal chords and our ears. By the end, you'll feel as misplaced as James Darrin. 20-Dec-2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
I had to quit. Just when I was getting accustomed to the hyper tension, they sang. 25-Sep-2019
A Star Is Born (2018)
Unkempt and unglam remake that barely absorbs its time to set it apart. The music doesn't fulfill a star's talent, the gays are accessorized, and though there is regard between the leads, there is no heat. Cooper steals Kristofferson's voice but incorporates no swag; Gaga is just practicing. It's a cold and reductive remake. 03-Sep-2019
Grinch, The (2018)
The cuteness is impossible, the voices don't fit and I couldn't make it pass the first song. 07-Jun-2019
I came close to forgiving the mounting horror cliches because the aspect of a troubled marriage being revived by isolation is worth exploration. Everything pertaining to the forest degrades it. 02-Mar-2019
Devoid of purpose, study and reverence. The psychology of Laurie Strode was as an empowered victim that elicited strength from catastrophic violence. She's not Sarah Connor and she wouldn't burden a child with her horrid mythology. The holiday wasn't nostalgic and the nods to Hitchcock (who's that?) were extinct. Hallmark movies concoct bigger frights. 08-Feb-2019
Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975)
It's a constant pile-up you can't stop watching. 25-Sep-2018
Dark Country (2009)
Jane seeps the film with throwback adoration but switching the personality of its genre manages to give it a simulated appearance. When the direction veers towards Hitchcockian horror and suspense it succeeds. When he yanks natural acting dexterity from all performers its enlivening. 12-Jun-2018
Psycho II (1983)
Everything has been dialed up a notch...the performances, the dedication, the modernization. Unfortunately all the movie needed was a tip, an expansion and a scare. Hitchcock's successor was necessary to rein that in. 08-Apr-2018
Magnificent Seven, The (2016)
There is no magnificence.
The actors playact while embodying minute swagger.
The writers fudge a story whose heft relied on outlaws braving to protect a Mexican village that couldn't help themselves from marauders. The victims are mostly white christians which wafts of self-service. Though the cast is inclusive we are not privy to anything more from them than a diversity stamp.
The director lends no distinction or heroism to the action, has no sense of panoramic beauty and no credibility in the western genre. If you let the music tell half the story, your task remains incomplete. 20-Dec-2017
Beauty & The Beast (2017)
It should have transcended animation instead it rescinds musicality. Audra McDonald aside, the singing is learnt by trial. Showstoppers are halted by unassured crooning. Singer dubbing was invented so as not to humiliate actors with limited range and to keep the magic preserved.
Belle is too tender-footed, Gaston is too predatory and the Beast lives in CGI space. Lea Michele would have added kill plus heft to a part she was trained to play and the soundtrack would've sounded melodious.
There are moments when the furniture (come to life) lifts us but only partially.
It's not an easy watch. You stay for Farrah and the enormous challenge she winningly undertakes but the script, the direction and the exploitation don't maximize her. The support glimmer but their battery is on back-up. The attacker needed to be a perplexing monster or a shattered human, James Russo settled on ethnic delinquent. They made Farrah suffer for naught. 07-Aug-2017
LaLa Land (2016)
I was ready to be whisked to where magic lives, birds sing and where luscious landscapes enliven. The movie is excited to vent the notion but it doesn't estimate the arduous discipline it takes to make it art. From the expectation that these performers can coast, by doing so little but bring their star charm, the makers have concluded that we can withstand apprehensive dancing, direction and singing. This is not a musical but a high school drama audition. 23-Jul-2017
Kid, The (Disney's) 2000
It teeters on borderline "fair" and and nips at the heels of "good." The bombast in the musical score attempts to goose the film to blockbuster status when its just a cushy fantasy. Recognition to Bruce Willis for concentrating his charisma and chemistry not only on the child version of his character but every featured player. Jean Smart has a particularly beautiful moment in the bar with him where we experience the act of adoration. The fantasy does not unfold acceptably but when the main stars tug, you're limp fish. The first thing I would do to my young self is give him a hug for surviving. 07-Jul-2017