Alisa has written 43 reviews for films rated β˜…β˜…β˜… .

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

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    A big cheer for young Hugh Grant and a big cheer for the supporting cast and the overall lovely English Curtis-y feel. But if I really couldn’t stand Andie MacDowell as Carrie, that means that I couldn’t stand their entire relationship and really the whole point of the movie.

    It should have been Fiona, or nothing at all.

  • Howards End

    Howards End

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    Dreadfully dull story but the incredible performances by these powerhouse British actors, the gorgeous production design and costuming does make it an enjoyable watch.

  • All Things Fair

    All Things Fair

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    Not really worth your time but also not in any way a bad film.Β 

    The power dynamic is explored in an interesting way, especially with the backdrop of World War II. Competent acting, good writing and not boring. Yet instantly left my mind as soon as I finished watching it.

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

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    Great visual effects, an incredible performance by a dog and some real fun to be had, this is a great instalment in the YA-dystopian genre. Β 

    Nothing special here, still fairly formulaic but it had some nice twists and a consistent comedic tone.Β Pretty hard to dislike this in any way, very safe and competently made!

  • Split

    Split

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    Genuinely better than I expected, James Mcavoy and Anya Taylor Joy are both brilliant and really elevate the entire movie. I was scared and enthralled at points and found it to be fairly unique.

    But god was the ending horrendous, and it felt insanely weird that Casey’s entire traumatic backstory felt written in as just an excuse for her to survive in the end. Almost glossed over in a way? And Kevin’s abusing childhood too. They just didn’t sit right…

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

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    Watch this for a young, hilarious Jack Black and a bunch of other recognisable faces (John Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta Jones).Β 

    Watch this for the genuinely effective and engaging fourth-wall breaks, as well as the effortlessly interesting atmosphere of a record store.

    Everything else? The main character is extremely annoying, especially when he whines about women (which is all the time). Yet that would have been bearable, if there was something else to the plot. But, perhaps…

  • Kill Your Darlings

    Kill Your Darlings

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    Kill Your Darlings,

    More like kill any high expectations of any real depth, delicateness, or nuance, and you will find yourself enjoying your movie experience.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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    I really appreciate how much fun it looks like everyone had making this. Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, everyone just seems to have the time of their lives. And this, along with a really fun, comic book style (especially in the final act) really makes this stands out against the other sad DCU movies.

    Does that make this a great movie? No, absolutely not. It's cheesy, rushed, nonsensical, shallow and a bunch of other negative adjectives. But it's definitely a fun ride.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Let me preface this by saying that I actually usually like courtroom dramas, and my issue with this movie isn't that it was a tedious watch. Sure, it wasn't particularly exhilarating, but the subject matter was interesting enough to keep me somewhat engaged.

    My issue is how much Aaron Sorkin tries to send out a powerful, in-your-face message about liberty, democracy, equality, etc. but actually manages to come away saying absolutely nothing. He introduces important, impactful themes and storylines (such…

  • Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

    Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

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    If I was to watch a documentary about a member of the Hammer family this year, I really thought it would be about Armie Hammer and his anthropophagous tendencies.

    But no, instead it concerns 80 million dollars worth of art fraud and a bunch of angry, rich New Yorkers. Shallow but very entertaining,

  • The Dig

    The Dig

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    Watching this did feel similar to what the excavators must have felt. Overly long, monotonous, occasionally messy and dry, but with moments of joy and investment in the outcome too.

    Terrific cast, surprisingly nice cinematography but not much else.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

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    The two F:s in Coppola’s name stand for Freaky and Fetish.

    Because my god was this an extremely batshit, campy, gothic, horny, beautiful and horrifying experience. Some of the worst things I’ve ever seen mixed in with some of the best. I am left a bit speechless at the end, just an insanely strange (but enjoyable?) experience.