Some reviews

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I plan to be reviewing books, series, albums, games, bands and movies. I'm no expert in any of these, It's just that I want to put my impressions on ink (or pixels I should say). These reviews are a subset of what I had consumed over time. The order in which these reviews appear is not necessarily the order in which I consumed those things.

DISCLAIMER: Expect spoilers, all ye who enter here.

It Follows

It follows

The idea of a sexually-transmitted curse is very original, plus the soundtrack and the 80'ish atmosphere makes it not the the average horror movie that Hollywood has us used to.

Nonetheless, there are many mistakes in the plot. Some basic unanswered questions that are: Why didn't they go to school? where are their parents? how did the ex-boyfriend know so much about the curse? why did the ex-boyfriend do that stupid "kidnapping"?

It would have been better if this group of friends discovered more and more about the curse by accident, like relating the moment when Jay started seen the thing (her sexual encounter with her boyfriend) with an infidelity of her boyfriend. That way they would have learned how the curse operates and is passed around. The plan to get rid of it could have consisted on passing the curse to someone undesirable, like one of the bullies from school. Score: 3.3/5.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Despite being a childish fantasy book, the weird characters have thoughts are susceptible of a more mature interpretation. I found it somehow entertaining and relevant, I would say that this book can be enjoyed no matter the age or time. That's what makes it a classic I think. Score: 4/5.

Eyes wide shut

Eyes wide shut

The scenes with the russian guy and his daughter are bizarre and stupid, I would have skipped that entirely. Also, the part where Mr Bill is being followed on the street, wasn't very convincing either. A threatening letter sent by the mysterious guys to Mr Bill's house, would've been more appropriate. But aside from that, the movie is incredibly well done (and realistic in it's own way). It all about the idea of having an adventure, the constant struggle of a normal couple to keep the marriage vows, which seem so unnatural in this modern era, and how that adventure ended up becoming a nightmare. I bought it. Score: 4.6/5.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

I'm ok with the idea of doing a pure action, dialog-free movie. But even that extreme action has to make sense. The movie has three parts: the escape, the return and the ending. The first 30 minutes are great, the atmosphere, the cars, the costumes, the sand storm, the pursuit, the action. Then comes the return, and the movie faints till the end showing more of the same, only this time the cars, costumes, pursuit and action don't make any sense. And finally comes the end, which to put it short, it simply a crap. Score should be less, but since the flame guitarist was so awesome, it gets a 3. Score: 3/5.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Nice movie. I'm not sure about how realistic is the eccentricity of the CEO. I would have ended the movie with the helicopter arriving, and let you imagine what could have happened. Score: 4/5.

Chappie

Chappie

In no way this movie tries to be realistic/serious, and that is why I forgive it all the mistakes I would not forgive to any other movie. If you wanted to watch a movie about the philosophical implications of introducing AI in our lives, go watch "I'm robot" or "Ex-machina". This movie narrates a tale throw different events and dialogs that converge to an epic ending. An that's it. Well chosen characters. Excellent idea of including Die Artwoord on the movie. I would have ended the movie, when they were buryng Yolandi. Score: 4.6/5.

Getting things done

Getting things done

Very bad book. I couldn't read pass the second chapter. This is one of those books that tells you the obvious, like "you need to organize yourself", and all in a very verbose way to fill lots of pages instead of being concise. You won't get too much out of this book other than the obvious. Score: 2/5.

A storm of swords

A storm of swords

I really enjoyed the whole book. There are one main concern I had when I finished it was that Daenerys got too much power too easy. I would have made her rise to power a combination of: her beauty, Sir Jorah's wisdom, her dragons (with their meaning to common folks) and her populism. I'm still unsure what to think about Tyron's luck, Lysa's death and Catelyn's resurrection. Score: 4.3/5.

Team America: World Police

Team America

Very funny movie that demonstrates that (the real) America might want to free the world, but freedom is not free. Score: 4.6/5.

Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust

Gore/horror movie from the 80's. The quid of the plot is that despite the progress of our modern society, mankind still behaves in inhuman and primitive ways. At first you feel despise for the cannibals but then you end up hating the white guys.

It's real intention wasn't to be scary, but to be shocking, and while watching it, I felt like it's gotten old, and as if it's lost that effect. This is why it doesn't get a higher score, but still, it might be worth watching it if you enjoy strange movies from the 80's. It's interesting to see that The Bleir Witch Project was not original at all. Score: 2.4/5.