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Sous La Seine (Under Paris)

There's a shark in the Seine, a scientist being ignored, an ignorant major and some tiktok kids making things worse

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
16-06-2024
5

Why so serious

The main problem is that it takes it's premise rather seriously, which makes all illogical, nonsensical and sometimes preposterous events stick out like a rusty nail. So now it's neither tense shark horror nor a fun spoof.
5

John Wick Chapter 4

To really break free from his curse of violence, John must challenge a higher up member of the table

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-06-2024
7

An even bigger dose of the same. I am slowly checking out.

With the familiar stylistics, even longer John Wick style fighting, and some memorable scenes, this should satisfy the fans. For me personally, I am not sure I was really excited by it because it is so excessive, and the way the bad guys wait with shooting, or miss, or both, is getting conspicuous.
7

Girl House

A woman decides to work in a house loaded with camera's for online viewers, but one viewer is evil and knows where the house is....

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-06-2024
6.5

Decent idea worthy of better execution.

After some snappy titles, a surprisingly strong backstory of the killer, the quality kind of plummets. The main character seems miscasted (I didn't buy her taking up this job), the tension is half baked and the slashing is all a bit so-so. Everything being broadcasted is a nice idea though.
6.5

Prospect

Two space people go to a planet to collect some precious goods, end up having to cooperate with enemies in order to leave the planet again

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
12-06-2024
6.5

Almost a gem showing budget is secundary. Almost.

While the movie clearly shows a limited budget, some cool space graphics, a well directed landing scene, the future retro space suits and the overall dreamy vibe all generate an interesting atmosphere indeed. A slightly more exciting and tight script could have made it a hidden gem indeed.
6.5

Constellation

An astronaut survives an accident in the ISS, but once back on earth things don't seem to be the same. Not exactly.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
10-06-2024
7.5

Great scifi puzzler

I quite liked these series, as they successfully mix time/dimensional trickery, science fiction, quantum oddities, a dash of horror and some interesting characters played by great actors. It's looking good and the weirdness is pleasing while never becoming convoluted.
7.5

Masters of the Air

About the '100th' bombardment group during the ww2

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
07-06-2024
6.5

Ultimately a disappointment

I found it hard to connect with the characters, who come across over-scripted, over-directed and over-concerned with being handsome. I got tired of the bar scenes where they are clever and witty, and it all comes across as a bit thin, uninspired and done better elsewhere. Even the flight scenes.
6.5

Atlas

A mech army goes to a distant planet to take down a rogue AI droid threatening the world

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
07-06-2024
6.5

Enjoyable brainless action

There are quiet a few problems with this over-the-top flick. Most notably the main character, who is either written weird, played weird, or both. But I have to say, as scifi action pulp I found it quite entertaining and good looking, and it features some of the best mech scenes I know.
6.5

April 9th

A Danish military squad on bicycles is facing impossible odds when Germany attacks Denmark during worldwar two.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
04-06-2024
7

A remarkable and effective war story

I found this movie quite effective. The way the soldiers, on their bicycles with a handful of bullets, confront armored tanks almost elicits pity, and the plain way is is shot makes it feel pure and non-sensationalist. Too bad the emotional connection with the guys remains limited.
7

Suitable Flesh

A psychiatrist comes into contact with a boy who seems to contain an evil spirit looking for more host bodies

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
29-05-2024
3.5

Embarrassing

A movie that feels so terribly out of date in terms of feel, screenplay and acting that it becomes embarrassing to look at. I read somewhere that it is meant as an ode to 80s mystery shows. Perhaps that would have won me over if the script was worthwhile, but it is not.
3.5

Slaughterhouse Slumber Party

A new girl joins the slumberparty of a group of friends, but she brings dark secrets with her

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-05-2024
6.5

There's fun at the bottom end

A preposterous and abysmal movie in every way imaginable, but they made it anyway and somehow that makes it work. I gradually started to dig the humor and puns, and actually had a decent time. Be warned though - after watching this you may conclude that there's something wrong me as well.
6.5

The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

When his clanmembers are taken hostage by other apes, a remaining member needs help of a human to get them back

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
26-05-2024
7.5

An impressive sidequest in the franchise

This time it's a more personal, intimate an detailed story that still fits well in the franchise. It's all very solid en striking, and my emotional involvement with CGI apes was quite remarkable... albeit still not way up there.
7.5

Immaculate

Girl becomes nun but finds a horrible secret about the monastry

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
26-05-2024
6.5

Not a rip-off, but not really impactful either

Aside from some lesser jump-scares, this movie manages to more or less set up it's own atmosphere and personality. It's quite sober and pure, and the lead actress does a good job. Unfortunately, it doesn't get really scary or through provoking, and it is unable to reap the creepiness of religion.
6.5

Sentinel

Three spacewarriors timetravel to earth to defeat a sentinel lurking there

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
20-05-2024
3.5

Boring and confusing spacepulp

There is some stuff in here that I thought was okay-ish, but this still is a C-class bottom shelve product. The boring and confusing screenplay (which made me doze of several times), the hopeless dialogues and the disjointed (stock?)music are just some of the problems.
3.5

Mandy

When his wife is violently murdered by hippie reli psychos, the man takes revenge

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
20-05-2024
6.5

A revenge trip low on script

It really is a rather straightforward revenge story, but it is presented with a trippy and artistic flair that gives it depth and some relevance. The usage of animation was really interesting but seemed underdeveloped. More story would have made this better.
6.5

Bodkin

A team of of 3 distinct personalities goes to an irish village to make a true crime podcast about dissappeared locals

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
19-05-2024
6

A bold and quirky detective, just not for me

These series should win a lot of fans, with a remarkable lighthearted vibe, quirky characters and plenty of small-town detective-work. For me personally, I just wasn't thrilled by it. Everything was too unlikely, convenient and too written out for that. I am not even sure I liked everyone.
6

Spaceman

An astronaut on a solo mission has a hard team dealing with a breakup with his wife, but then gets a very special friend to help him through

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
17-05-2024
7

A warm and unique spacemovie about relationships

This is probably the exact philosophical, dreamy, oddball, puzzling and emotional relationship movie it needs to be and wants to be. My slight desire for a bit more juice is probably misplaced.
7

Kandahar

When his secret mission is exposed, a CIA operative and his guide must make it out of Afghanistan when all extremists groups in existence come after him

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-05-2024
7

Decent, but outclassed by a slightly similar movie

The developing relationship between the man and his guide reminded my of the movie 'The Covenant', but I was less moved or convinced by this one. Likewise, the action and thrills are sufficient for an exciting watch, but also less slick and less nail-biting than said movie.
7

Even Horizon

A space rescue team heads out for a mysterious spaceship that suddenly reappears after having been lost, coming back from a dark and unknown place.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-05-2024
7.5

A horror scifi classic

After re-watching this classic, I found it was a bit goofy at times, and the story, despite the deep theme, was actually quite plain: they want to get on the ship, then they want to get off. However, this still is one of the best and most entertaining combinations of horror and scifi you can find.
7.5

Cosmic Sin

When extraterrestrial live is discovered, a team goes to another planet to neutralize the threat, bringing an old veteran with them

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
05-05-2024
3.5

crappy

I knew this was crappy ,but I was hoping it would turn into some amusing goofball entertainment. But is really was just crappy, with long tiresome dialogues ("They may very well be alive, but highly unlikely"), gutless combat and no real sense of being in the future.
3.5

Land of Bad

The succes of a dangerous rescue mission relies heavily on the supporting drone operators

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-04-2024
7.5

Flawed but effective war action

I thought the main hero was a bit of a dissonant cardboard pretty boy, and the uninterested, TV watching ground support team was just preposterous. Other that that, it still is a tense, heart pounding movie, in a way that only war movies seem to tickle me.
7.5

Paradise

In a future where people can sell years of their live for money, allowing the rich to get younger, a couple gets caught in a web

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-04-2024
6.5

A fair but plain future crime story

A fine futuristic crime story providing adequate friday-evening entertainment. I did find everything was a bit plain, lacking energy or a really tight script. It needs a better, less generic title too.
6.5

Taeter City

In a future where criminals are turned into burgers, people hunt for an individual who seems immune to the controlling radiowaves. Or something.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
24-04-2024
7

A bizarre gore anarchy

Initially I was wondering if there was going to be any point to this, but gradually the continuous very gory executions, set against this totalitarian society with continuous advertisement for human meat.... somehow began to work. Very rebellious and sickening. For some, that is a plus.
7

Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver

The assembled squad must now defend the farmers against the evil space people

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
21-04-2024
6.5

A failure with some nice looking stuff here and there

In the end there was some satisfying space warfare porn, and I like how this movie has it's own distinct look. But other than that this is such a strange failure. 100% flat characters, cringy lines, kitschy slowmotion scenes of grain harvesting, and an overall sluggishness woven throughout it all.
6.5

Cryo

People wake up - prematurely? - from their cryo tubes and need to find out who's who and what's happening

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
21-04-2024
4.5

Nice story. Now what we need is a good script.

The premise, including the twist at the end, is decent enough. It's just so dull, long and low budget that I was struggling to stay awake.
4.5

Stopmotion

A woman tries to complete the stopmotionfilm of her dying mother, leading her into a surreal trip where the movie becomes part of real life

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
17-04-2024
7

An original and pretty good horror

There can be something eerie about many stop motion films, so using it as the basis for a horror is an exciting move. It is well done with stylish and moody imaginary and a good doze of surrealism. Halfway through though, the curve flattens as it sort of goes to autopilot. Still, nice little find
7

Imaginary

Family is confonted with an evil imaginary friend of the youngest daughter

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-04-2024
4

A great idea planted in fruitless soil

What a fantastic idea to make horror about imaginary friends. Unfortunately, this movie had just one moment that impressed me. The rest is a formulaic affair with a badly acting daughter, some stupid lines an characters, missed opportunities and a generic trademark Blumhouse horrormovie feel to it.
4

Dune: Part Two

Paul joins the Fremen on Arakis. Some say he is the chosen one to lead their cause.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
10-04-2024
8

An epic epic

This part spends more time on the characters and the tribe rituals, but there is also epicness in large quantities, making this a massive joy to simply experience. But I have to say, there's still something preventing it from truly knocking your socks off.
8

Insidious: The Red Door

Father and son forgot their trauma through hypnosis, but when the son goes to college, the past comes back.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
09-04-2024
4

Uninspired and uncapable

An utterly uninspired attempt to do some more with this franchise. It looses any creepiness early on, only to continue with a tiresome, slow and predictable waste of time.
4

Pi

A man obsessed with numbers looses his mind where he tries to find patterns in both the stock exchange and the Tora

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
08-04-2024
7

A pleasant fix of gloomy weirdness

I wonder if it's just because of the black and white that it reminded me of Eraserhead? Or was it also the sweaty claustrophobic cinematography, the insanity and otherworldlyness of it all? Who knows. It's a cult niche thing, but a worthy one for sure.
7

3 Body Problem

When science appears to be broken, a group of scientists discover an amazing upcoming event causing it

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
04-04-2024
7.5

Not perfect, but loaded with plenty of scifi perks

There were quite a few elements that I found a bit of-putting - mainly that this world cataclysmic event only seemed to occupy a small group of befriended people - but this did not take away from the fact that it is a highly enjoyable scifi epic, loaded with strange stuff and enticing mystery.
7.5

Creepozoids

A group of deserted soldiers (?) in a post nucelar world hide in a lab, but there even bigger dangers await

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
03-04-2024
6.5

A bad movie the way I like 'em

Poor effects, attacking rat puppets that move only because the actors handles them, a nonsensical story, unnecessary nudity and people running through the same hallways over and over. And that's just for starters. But it's all quite quirky and amusing.
6.5

Galaxy of Terror

A rescue mission to a crashed spaceship makes the rescue crew face their deepest fears

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
03-04-2024
7

A poor but amusing alien clone

Even if it is nowhere near as good, it steals a lot of scenery and creepiness form Alien, which is okay with me. It really is a poor-mans version of said movie, but in a fun and sympathetic way, and it manages to bring in some memorable scenes of it's own.
7

Deep Fear

A sailor rescues two shiprecked people, which leads into an ordeal of crime and shark invested waters

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
24-03-2024
3.5

Another crap shark movie

When the lead is a pumped up bimbo with spot-on make-up even after two deepdives, shot in numerous preposterous shots to show her curves, a movie is pretty much lost. Add crappy acting and a poor script and it becomes hopeless. Two shark attack scenes were surprisingly ok compared to the rest of it.
3.5

Animalia

As a woman struggles to get back to her husband, strange things happen to the world around her

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
24-03-2024
7.5

A beautiful mystery

The things are in fact quite vague, and I am not even sure I understand what was happening. But somehow is doesn't really matter. It is a journey of believable, interesting people that grabs and enchants you, without knowing where it is going.
7.5

Kung Fu Panda 4

While in search for a succesor, the panda must face his most formidable foe(s) yet

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
23-03-2024
7

The secret ingredient was missing

One of those curious cases where everything seems to be in place, yet still something's not quite right, and you can't pinpoint what it is. It is made just fine, but I had trouble getting into it, getting exciting by it, and remembering much of it.
7

Alien Invasion

A group of partying kids accidentaly hatch an alien and now need to stay alive

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
23-03-2024
3

Amateur movie without an x factor

Looks like it was put together in a weekend with a bunch of friends who acquired an alien suite. I was looking for some quirks to make this worthwhile still, but was unable to find any. It's hardly an invasion, but perhaps at this level that doesn't even matter.
3

Lovely, Deep and Dark

A ranger wanders through a huge reserve, searching for the many people who went mssing there, and also for something personal

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
21-03-2024
6.5

Another good idea without a strong script to carry it

The was really promising, with something mystical about the woods as she slowly seemed to loose touch with reality. But the script was very minimalist, almost unsure about what the real story was, leaving a somewhat empty feeling and a finale that felt like an desperate attempt to leave a mark.
6.5

No One Will Save You

A girl versus aliens invading her home

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
20-03-2024
7

Mostly a decent home invasion movie

I liked the idea of a single, cute girl in a dress facing such dreadful odds, and it certainly has some strong scenes and moments. After a while though, I thought it became a bit directionless, and the surreal dreamy ending felt slapped on without really knowing what it was supposed to mean.
7

Das Signal

An astronaut dissappears mysteriously after returning to earth. Her husband slowly learns what she discovered in space.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-03-2024
7

A pleasant scif mystery

An amusing scifi thriller with a pleasant mellow atmosphere and enough question marks too keep you attached. Through it's fanatic attempts to deliver unexpected twist, it did become rather far fetched and illogical at times.
7

The Covenant

An American soldier's life in Afghanistan is saved by a local translator, a debt he gets to pay back.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-03-2024
8

Good and gripping

A good war movie with some tense moments, good performances and a gripping story of debt and friendship. I was quite moved by it. Only their perfect aim, especially compared to the Taliban's, was a bit dissapointing.
8

Gods of the Deep

A submarine crew ventures into deep, to enter a portal leading to a place where ancient gods may reside

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
12-03-2024
3.5

Pulp that almost wins sympathy, but the amateurism was just too much

When you have no budget, is it foolish or courageous to make an underwater movie? Either way, I was tempted to give this fun borderline amateur movie some credit in all it's cheesiness, but the silly story and Numark audio mixer serving as pilot controls were just too distracting.
3.5

Monolith

The host of a radioshow about the unexplained, picks up on a story about mysterious black bricks - a story that comes close to her as well.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
10-03-2024
7

A decent single location mystery

A risky movie, featuring mostly a single person in a single location, but I thought it succeeded pretty well in setting up an interesting mystery puzzler, with a dash of scifi. There was room for some more intricacies if you ask me, but all in all good job.
7

Eerie

A girl school is haunted. The school psychiatrist (?) tries to find out how this came to be so.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
08-03-2024
4.5

A tiresome, unscary horror with nothing new to offer

The low saturated colors give this movie a somewhat tight and professional look, but that's just superficial. The truth is that it has only a very loose script and tired cliche horror moments on offer. It really got quite boring and stopped being scary early on.
4.5

The Road

Father and son try to survive in a ravaged world, where all life has died and the last humans have resorted to cannabalism

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
25-02-2024
7.5

Moving but very comfortless

A very bleak and depressing affair, almost excessively so. You start to wonder if there ought to be some kind of payoff for enduring all of this, but I am not sure there was. But I have to say, I was moved by it.
7.5

Saw X

When fraudulent people take advantage of the SAW mastermind's cancer, he subjects them to his sinister traps

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
23-02-2024
4.5

Stupid movie that pushed the wrong buttons with me

Were the victims in the previous parts also bad humans, getting what they deserved? I can't remember, but I found it far fetched and dumb. I reached a state of irritation, meaning I also found all these traps ridiculous. I mean how much time would each cost to even set up correctly? I'm out.
4.5

A Ghost Story

After a deadly car accident, a man wakes up as a ghost and dwells in his former house, with his former girlfriend

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
21-02-2024
8

A unique point of view in a unique movie

The long, sometimes very long, static scenes mean this movie will not be for everyone. But for me, it neatly visualized the endless time ghost exist in, until their unresolved issue is dealt with. I also loved the ghost perspective, and it is quite haunting and even touching at times.
8

The Days

Series about the Fukushima disaster

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
20-02-2024
6.5

Surely this was more nerve wrecking?

We followed this series with interest, but it felt like it failed to capture the terrifying race against time this must have been. There's a lot of staring, sitting around, hesitation and discussion. An on-point observation about Japanese culture perhaps, but I wonder if it went this way.
6.5

Horsehead

A young woman is plagued with nightmares, and tries to master lucid dreaming to figure it out

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-02-2024
4

A failure

Somewhere in the distance there may be some good intentions, but ultimately this is a failure due to amateuristic direction. It results in loads of random pointless stuff happening for way too long, a lack of a clear story or focus, and not understanding of what makes movies scary.
4

Poor Things

A scientist revives a woman, who then explores the world and herself through the eyes of a child

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-02-2024
8.5

An irresistably bizarre and unqiue movie

A wildly bizarre but incredibly rich movie, that is beautiful to look at, features amazing characters, is surprisingly funny and is simply unlike anything else - without being arrogant about it.
8.5

Occhi Chiusi

A woman is living isolated in the mountains with her daughter, and things get weird. Or something.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
13-02-2024
6

Not only hard to see, also hard to grasp

With dark and often very closed-up imagery, and depressing and slow flow, it certainly has a ominous and unsettling vibe to it. But I found the story too unclear and vague to make much of it. I am not sure what it was about, and that's not always a good thing.
6

Casshern

In some future, a man brought back from the dead - now possessing superpowers - is the only hope against other humans risen from the dead

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
09-02-2024
6.5

A pretty and special movie, but it's hard to be moved by it

With every scene set against artificial backdrops of futuristic steampunk, this is certainly a special looking movie with an mysterious atmosphere to match. It's just that the characters are flat as a pancake, and the story and everything else is so boombastic and unrelatable.
6.5

Unwelcome

After a home invasion, a young couple moves to the countryside. But new dangers await there, too.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
04-02-2024
7

A unique but tasty cocktail

A remarkable mix of (hard-hitting) home invasion, fairytale folklore horror and perhaps even contemplations about manhood. Even the tone varies from scene to scene. But all in all, it sort of worked. Not a masterpiece, but highly amusing and quite intense at times.
7

No Hard Feelings

A girl gets a car - if she dates an undatable

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-01-2024
6.5

Another fine romcom with not much else

It's good for a few laughs and some well dosed emotional depth. But that, unfortunately, seems to be the review I end up writing every freaking 'romcom' out there. I wish it would have found away to rise above this.
6.5

Bird Box Barcelona

A man and his daughter are trying to survive in a half-blind world, where seeing creatures means instant suicide

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-01-2024
7

A fair addition to the tale

My compliments for staying true to the concept, yet finding a story from a new viewpoint, instead of just doing the same movie again (in Barcelona). Overall, it is a pretty tense and entertaining movie, even if it slightly dozes off during the bits between the action.
7

May December

An actress parts up closely with the woman she is going to portay in her next movie, and with her secrets

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
26-01-2024
6.5

Great acting and built-up leading to nothing

A movie filled with a solid cast that are a pleasure to watch, and a story that has the sensation of slowly building up to a climax of some sort. But I don't think it did. Instead it left me with a feeling of being cheated, and wondering what I had been watching.
6.5

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border 2: Ghost Whispers

I think this is before the section 9 team assembled - and the major combats a hack of the entire traffic system

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
25-01-2024
7

Like always, a really mixed experience

I have a strange relationship with Ghost in the Shell. Most of it I don't follow, and I might fall asleep numerous times during the tech and political babble. But it is also so irresistibly cool and tasty, often with splendid music, that I keep coming back to it. Like this episode.
7

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

Found footage from a Korean ghost hunting documentaryteam, who get what they are looking for

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
21-01-2024
5

Scares drowned in annoying team

There is a handful of chilling scenes near the end, but by that time I was too worn-down by the, once again, obnoxious team of selfcontent vloggers. I was getting really tired of the fullscreen close-ups of their sobbing faces, amidst a minimalistic and random story.
5

Unicorn Wars

Adult animation about colorful bears slaying their sworn enemy: unicorns

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
15-01-2024
6.5

Irresitable concept but hard to like

The bizarre story and bloody cartoon violence promised a unique experience, but I found the bears too unlikable and too annoying for this, so it was hard to live the moment with them. The finale partially makes up for it, offering something of a more profound experience.
6.5

The Free Fall

After a suicide attempt a woman recovers under the care of her husband. But the doens't remember him, or her attempt....

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-01-2024
6

Ideas were there, movie making skills were not

Near the end of this movie, it features some pretty interesting plot twists and scenery, suggesting that some creative minds were involved. But it contrasts starkly with the rest of the film, which feels very artificial and poorly made, like a cheap TV movie.
6

Babylon

The ups and downs of two actors in the days of the early Hollywood industry

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
14-01-2024
6

A loud movie about a world and people that only exist in movies

I probably should write something like "A daring expose of the decadence and ruthlessness of the inner workings of Hollywood", but frankly I found this a rather loud, unpleasantly over the top movie, with unlikable, unrelatable and exaggerated characters. Pretentious and Oscar hungry.
6

The Exorcist: believer

After a midnigth visit to the woods, two girls need exorcism

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
13-01-2024
4.5

Boring, messy, silly and not scary

I was already getting bored with exorcism movies, and this is one certainly isn't turning the tables. The only novelty is that there are two victims at once, and three people doing different kinds of exorcisms at once, which turns into a mess, looks ridiculous and none of it seems to do anything.
4.5

Leave the World Behind

A family on vacation find themselves cut off from the rest of the world, with an increasingly horryfying realization that something terrible is happening

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
09-01-2024
7.5

A thrillride

All in all a really satisfying movie that draws you in by feeding you small chunks of the puzzle without overdoing or spoiling it. Interesting characters, interesting and well paced story.
7.5

Battle in Space: The Armada Attacks

Several (unrelated?) scifi stories

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
07-01-2024
3

Perhaps if it had decent stories

The stories consist of computer graphics alternated with (amateur?) actors doing stuff, with no real sense of connection. It's all quite hopeless, even if if the clumsiness of it all almost makes it sympathetic. The truly unforgivable sins were the supervague stories and random sensationalist title.
3

Better Than Us

In the future, a precious humanoid robot escapes and finds shelter in a family with their own problems

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
07-01-2024
4

No drive

I probably shouldn't be reviewing this as I stopped after 3 episodes, but here i am. The core idea is decent enough, but there's absolutely no energy in the story or the way it was told. Cold and bland, the prospect of watching 13 more terrified me. Perhaps the absence of music was part of it.
4

The Corpse of Anna Fritz

Friends violate the corpse of a celebrity in the morgue, then something unexpected happens

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
03-01-2024
7

An uncomfortable subject cleverly twisted into a decent thriller

Although there is obviously necrophilia, the movie manages to keep it watchable without wanting to take a shower afterwards. In fact, it turns into an original and really decent thriller.
7

When Evil Lurks

Two farmers encounter a 'rotten' demonic curse, and must race to stop if from spreading

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
01-01-2024
8

The best possession movie I know

The macabre folklore, while slightly weird, gave this a unique atmosphere. The characters are interesting and well acted, and it has some brilliant gut-punch horrorscenes. And finally, it has a constant high tension drive, making it feeling almost like an action movie.
8

À l'intérieur (inside)

A woman has a baby inside her belly and a stalker inside her home

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
01-01-2024
7.5

A very trilling home invasion flick, but not for the fainthearted

It's a unpleasant, painful, violent and - especially towards the end - quite gory movie that is probably too much for the most of us. But I have to say, as a home invasion movie it was very tense en gripping, and the feeling of desolation and hopelessness was very well done.
7.5

The Black Demon

A family vacation winds up on a decommissioned oilrig with a huge shark patroling the waters

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
01-01-2024
4.5

Lacklustre, even for a a shark movie

For some reason big shark movies get a pass for not being of much quality, but even so this one is a bit problematic. There was a lack of inspiration to do actual sharks scenes, so there's a lot of chatty fillers about the environment and vague folklore. Some subplots even seemed abandoned.
4.5

The Outwaters

Found footage of 4 friends who went into the desert and encountered various hardships

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
30-12-2023
4

found random nonsense

First there's the usual get to know the annoying characters, then for a moment it's slightly interesting, only to then plummet into a mess of unclear, pointless, loud, endless and absolutely RANDOM events thrown at you because noone knew what this was about.
4

The Moon

An ill-fated Korean moon mission turns into a rescue mission

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
30-12-2023
4

Looks okay, afwul kitch movie

Space rescue can be quite exciting, and this one looks snappy for sure. Unfortunately, it's filled with plastic characters, overacting and turns into a sludge of melodramatic kitsch with tears over piano music.
4

Cure

Detective investigates murders that appear to have come through hypnosis

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
29-12-2023
7

Moody but a bit too emtpy

With it's moody, grainy colors and images, and continuous dread of the unexplained, this had the potential for being quite an intense, under-your-skin thriller/horror. But unfortunately, the slowish plot and an overall empty feeling ment some of the scares were lost.
7

The OA

A missing blind girl one day returns with sight, and an amazing story about the afterlife she entrusts to a small group of people

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
25-12-2023
5

Problematic, but the premise may pull you through

Another Netflix endeavor with a mysterious story that is only just able to make you watch the whole thing, but requires you to sit through excruciatingly slow passages and episodes, flat one-trick characters, many dubious plot-points and even some crinche here and there. The twist felt uninspired.
5

Marebito

A lonesome filmaker descents into the catacombs of the city and finds an alienated girl whom he tries to care for

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
25-12-2023
7

Strong beginning, medium remainders

I liked the beginning the best, as it is quite creepy and unnerving. After that, it looses this and switches to mystery/drama that I found less compelling but quite interesting nonetheless. I read about all sorts of double meanings you could attribute to this movie, but for me it is what it is.
7

Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire

Peaceful farmers start a rebellion against a spaceorder threatining their way of life, starting of with recruiting members from across the galaxy

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
23-12-2023
6.5

Pretty but lacking interesting characters or plot

On the face of it an impressive epic with neat designs and visuals, but most characters are very flat comicbook archetypes, the story was lacking and felt overfamiliar at places. I'll watch the sequels, but probably won't remember this at all when they arrive.
6.5

Based on a True Story

A writer with writers' block and pending depression meets a new friend that helps her get through, but how deep can she interfere?

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
23-12-2023
7

A fine psychological drama but nothing spectacular

This movie was quite a departure from my usual scifi and horror picks, but I have to say it kept my interest all the way. This is mainly because of the strong lead actresses, and a subtle anxiety woven through the story. But a little bit more spice would have been welcome for me.
7

The Nun II

It's the Nun II

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
22-12-2023
4

Good looking borefest with no story

Much like it's predecessor, there is no shortage of very moody and nicely lit scenes. Also like it's predecessor, there is a serious lack of a story to drive it along, instead it features just people moving extremely slowly from one jumpscare to the next. Remarkably boring.
4

Dogtooth

A tale of adult children that may not leave their house and loving parents until they loose their dogtooth

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
22-12-2023
7.5

nasty and cold, but quite interesting indeed

A cold and surreal affair, the kind that pulls of showing rather expliciet sex scenes without being arousing in the slightest, with peculiar acting and dialogues that alienate even further. I found it quite intriguing.
7.5

The Wickerman

A detective travels to an island inhabited by a cult, to find his daughter

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
13-12-2023
7

Creepy cult not really creepy

Sure enough, these secluded cults with weird rituals provide some creepiness and anxiety, but I felt that Cage seemed disjointed from it all (running around in a suite for some reason), and the cult almost leaned toward being goofy rather truly scary.
7

Hippopotamus

With no memory, a girl awakens in a room with a man telling her she can't leave until she loves him

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
10-12-2023
6

A fair puzzler missing class

Nothing wrong with these low budget movies in a single location, where you'll grow eager to find out how it all came to be. The story is also reasonably well thought out and offers some layers near the end. But I found both the actors and direction missing intensity and depth.
6

Matriarch

After an overdose, a woman retreats to her mother and hometown. But there are strange things going on, and noone seems to have aged.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
10-12-2023
7.5

Nice small-town cosmic horror

A nicely done movie with some cosmic horror and mystery, a lovely 'something is off' vibe, good 'rural town' atmosphere and a lead actress who manages to gain sympathy despite playing quite a nasty person. A nice treat indeed.
7.5

In the Earth

Two scientists go deep into the woods to find a lost colleague, where they face mystical natural phenomena

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
06-12-2023
6.5

Could have used some more focus and excitement

I like it when things get sciency, and it goes well with natural presentation and some slow burning. But in this case, it can be a little too dull, and the story lacked a focus. It felt like it invented itself as it went on.
6.5

Killers of the Flower Moon

A tribe of Indians, wealthy because of the oil on their land, is overcome by of a plague of murders

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
29-11-2023
7

Oscar material and it knows it

A slew of triple A actors are seemingly competing for who has the most acting prowess, almost up to the point of overacting. The story is one of those 'little known story that needs to be told' affairs. Undoubtedly a good movie - but there is something very self conscious and Oscar hungry about it.
7

The Taking of Deborah Logan

Students want to film a patient with Alzheimers, but end up documenting something much more sinister

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
29-11-2023
6.5

Some good scares and ideas in a mediocre mockumentary

This movie captures the potential creepiness of elderly people doing strange things in the dark quite well, and certainly has some striking scenes to offer. But some of the other characters, and most of the unconvincing in-between found footage stuff, bored me.
6.5

The Mist

A mist containing monstrous creatures traps a group of people inside a supermarket

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
28-11-2023
6.5

Too much cartoon people to be scary

I think it has that distinctive style of Stephen King, featuring a group of various very talkative and exaggerated characters arguing and contemplating as they face this ordeal. Almost like watching a play. Somehow it drains most of the tension, and left me slightly amused rather than scared.
6.5

The Farm

Couple on a roadtrip ends up at a farm where they are treated like animals

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
27-11-2023
7

Unpleasantly piercing you conscience, but as a horroflick a bit thin

Seeing humans being treated like animals is quite a clever move, because it is shocking and vile, yet you can't fully condemn it because we treat animals this way too. It gives an unpleasant feeling. Too bad the move has little more to offer. Still, I suggest part II - the abattoir could be huge.
7

Delete

A woman and her secret lover get hold of a device that makes people disappear

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
27-11-2023
7

ok mystery, but sluggish and slightly dull

Mostly a fine mystery and crime story, that adds some layers as we learn more about how the device works. But like many series, it can be very sluggish, almost as if it is struggling to fill up 8 episodes. Most actors are kind of flat, too.
7

The Girl on the Third Floor

Man is revamping a house before his wife moves in, but the house has a sinister past

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
12-11-2023
7

A remarkably framed horror

The main protagonist is a remarkably cartoonish and over-the-top character, which reminded me a bit of the Ash character from Evil Dead. While this horror has it's moment's, this mostly makes it akin towards comedy. Refreshing and quiet amusing perhaps, but not really terrifying.
7

Play Dead

A girl fakes death to get into a morgue, where she needs to retrieve evidence against her brother. But there is unsuspected danger inside.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
11-11-2023
6.5

Maybe too long and too unlikely, but still a thrilling ride

The premise and story are far-fetched, and I thought the acting lacked finesse. But this still manages to roll out quite an exciting, pretty tense thriller/horror for the most part. Unfortunately it drags on for too long, becomes tiring and even more implausible. Still, enjoyable stuff.
6.5

V/H/S/85

Another batch off vaul horror story's presented and grainy and buggy VHS quality

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
08-11-2023
7

restless but satisfying horror and mystery in a distinctive format

The stories are dark and nasty but all have some have a pleasing element of mystery in them, really making you curious. Later on, some smart connections between the stories unfold, which shows they put in some effort instead throwing in random gore. The nervous presentation is a lot, but it worked
7

After Yang

A man tries to get his broken droid and familymember fixed, and finds out a deeper level in it than he realized

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
08-11-2023
6.5

Atmospheric but ultimately too thin

Saturated with a mellow and melancholic atmosphere that almost gets you in a dreamy state as well. I appreciative how it's more of a wandering, soul-searching sort of poetry than a clear-cut story, but ultimately I found it too thin on substance to make a lasting impression.
6.5

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A surgeon befriends a boy who's father's life he could not save, which showly turns into a horrifying relationship

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
04-11-2023
7.5

A strangely presented and dark tale, that gets to you nonetheless

I needed some getting used to the stiff, strangely brought dialogues from some characters, but eventually this added to a uncomfortable, disconnected, but intriguing atmosphere. The boy's behavior really makes you anxious, as does the dark story as whole.
7.5

Blame!

In a world where strange entities keep building endless structures and annihilating humans, a mysterious man may be a saviour

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
30-10-2023
7.5

A cool anime deserving a better title

This oddly titled anime features some beautiful and moody drawings, exiting action, great music and snappy sound effects. On top of that, the story has some depth and interest, so this added up to a rather enjoyable package.
7.5

The Ruins

A group of beautiful people goes to a secluded mayan ruin, where doom awaits

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
27-10-2023
7

A pretty good and pretty original horror

This movie manages to overcome my allergy of horror movies with those witty, young, beautiful perfect people, and delivers a pretty solid and entertaining watch, with some gore, mystery and reasonably fresh ideas. I loved the mimicry concept in here.
7

Grave of Fireflies

A brother and his little sister try to make it through the bombardments of worldwar 2

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
22-10-2023
7.5

Honest and sad

A sad and sober story without much window dressing, instead focusing on these kids and their innocence, and heart shattering daily tasks of looking for shelter and food. I wasn't as destroyed by it as some viewers apparently were, but that's just because I have no emotions.
7.5

Gokseong aka The Wailing

A cop is facing myserious evil possessions of people in his village, not in the least of his daughter

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
18-10-2023
7.5

An eloborate and moody horror

All in all a pretty good horror with some interesting approaches and an effective gloomy and rainy atmosphere. I liked how the main protagonist is a bit dopy instead of an unrealistic superhero. The story is a bit allover the place though.
7.5

Older Gods

A man retreats into a house to study the mysterious legacy of his friend, involving something larger than us, even larger than God

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
12-10-2023
6.5

A decent cosmic horror, lacking some weight

These low budget movies have no choice but being a slow burner, but that need not be a problem if the story supports it. And well, I was quite interested to see where this was going and appreciated the ideas. Ultimately though, it was a little too thin and minimalistic to really leave a mark.
6.5

Suzume

Girl is on a mission to stop doors from releasing sky worms that cause earthquakes, together with her friend - who turned into a chair.

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
11-10-2023
7.5

Why minds should be set free

Go see it if you don't buy that description. I really appreciated this wildly imaginative story backed up with spectacular animation. It is a testimony for what may come from unrestricted, unbound filmmaking... even if the result may be difficult to connect with emotionally.
7.5

The Creator

A man is after a new weapon from AI powered robots, but when he finds it it turns things on it's head

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
09-10-2023
8

Familiar elements blended into something exciting and new

A lot of elements and concept are quite familiar. It reminded me of Elysium for example, both in style, looks and story. But it manages to combine it's sources of inspiration into a new, exciting story, with gorgeous visuals, great performances and it even touched me emotionally.
8

Ahsoka

Ahsoka and apprentice must stop evil warlord from returning from exhile

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
08-10-2023
4.5

Pretty bad

I liked some of the spaceships, and some characters I like too. But unfortunately, the main characters, Ahsoka (with her unbearable smirk) and Sabine (look at me I am a rebel), were unbearable. Also, poor combat, poor plotline, slow pacing, and even more useless stormtroopers abound.
4.5

Khanzab

A girl tries to solve the mystery of her father's violent death, and black magic curse surrounding her family

Wittenberg
Wittenberg
01-10-2023
6

Good scares for some scenes, but not an entire movie

I was looking forward to experiencing the Indonesian take on horror. There are some moods and scenes that are quite intense, but they repeated until they loose their effectiveness. The story gets quite messy and the spirits pop in like puppets a haunted house at the fair.
6

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