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> All details of Oscar wins and nominations: Pox Voldius
> All reviews with star-ratings: Eric Vandenberg (see Eric's explanation of his star ratings)
> Pox and Eric will be specifically credited where there would be any ambiguity without doing so.
> All other contributors will be credited at the end of their review.
> If others wish to mention Oscar awards or give a star rating, please feel free to do so. You will be clearly credited for your review.
We Are the Best! (2013)
Well acted, fairly well paced, Swedish teen relationship / musical drama. 2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, October 16, 2017
Enjoyable drama about two Swedish teen girls who form a punk band, and eventually recruit a talented third member. A bit slow in places, but its punk sensibilities won me over. — Brian Clarkson, October 17, 2017
Jack Strong (2014) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Polish cold-war spy drama.
[Editor's note: Review was written when film had just arrived.] NF just added Minions. Banana! Fun for the whole family. (And you don't need to have seen the Despicable Me films to be able to follow the story.)
— Pox Voldius, April 24, 2016
Well voiced and paced, animated adventure prequel. Choice of background music was disconcerting.
3.5 stars — Eric Vandenberg, October 11, 2017
We find out what happens to the Minions in the 1960s, as they decide to aid villain Scarlet Overkill [voice of Sandra Bullock] in a plot to steal the British crown jewels. Funny in places, decent voice acting, particularly from Bullock, amusing cameos, and nice period music. But it can't hide the fact that some sidekicks are best used supporting other characters, as the film runs out of juice about two-thirds of the way in.
— Brian Clarkson, October 17, 2017
Adventure Planet (2014) 2.5 stars
Well voiced and paced, animated ecological action adventure.
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) 3.5 stars
Well acted and paced, feel-good relationship dramedy. Strong supporting cast.
Paraíso (Paradise) (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, Mexican relationship dramedy.
August: Osage County (2014)
2 Oscar noms
Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep)
Actress in a Supporting Role (Julia Roberts)
— Pox Voldius, October 14, 2017
Well acted, fairly well paced, dysfunctional-family relationship melodrama. Strong supporting cast. 2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, October 16, 2017
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) 4.0 stars
Well voiced and paced, highly amusing, animated children's relationship adventure comedy. Strong supporting cast.
The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence (2015) 1.5 stars
Poorly acted, fairly well paced, low budget horror.
Radio Free Albemuth (2014) 2.0 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, sci-fi drama.
1001 Grams (2014) 2.5 stars
Well acted, slow paced, Norwegian drama.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, creative, teen slasher horror.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
1 Oscar nom: Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Stanley Kubrick).
Harbinger Down (2015) 2.5 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, creature horror. Decent sfx.
5 Oscar wins
6 Oscar noms
Directing (Martin Scorsese)
Music (Original Score - Howard Shore)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
— Pox Voldius, October 21, 2017
Well acted and paced, children's fantasy adventure. 3.0 stars — Eric Vandenberg, October 21, 2017
Laid - 12 Episodes, ~25 min. each (2011-12) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced, Australian dark comedy. I didn't understand the odd word, due to the heavy Australian accents, but I found it quite amusing. Quality was maintained throughout all 12 episodes.
The Matrix (1999)
4 Oscar wins
Sound Effects Editing
Mockingbird (2014) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced horror.
Not Safe For Work (2014) 3.0 stars
Well acted and paced thriller.
Off the Map (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, Argentinian high-school adventure / relationship dramedy.
Qué pena tu vida (2010) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, Chilean romantic dramedy.
Redeemer (2014) 2.5 stars
Well acted, variably paced, Chilean action revenge drama. Plodding exposition scenes interspersed with fast paced, very violent, exciting fight scenes. Final fight scene was quite disappointing.
Shark Lake (2015) 2.0 stars
Fairly well acted and paced, creature horror.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
1 Oscar win
2 Oscar noms
Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)
Well acted, moderately paced, relationship drama. Somewhat jarring change of focus to porn. 2.5 stars
— Eric Vandenberg, October 21, 2017
At first glance, I didn't think Starlet was something I wanted to bother with, but it turned out to have a lot more depth and heart than I expected. I watched it a couple years ago, and the reason I did bother was a review written by David Speranza on his blog, What's On NETFLIX Now? (from which this blog sprang). Although David's blog is now ended, it is still online, and includes all of his reviews. The Starlet review is at: http://whatsonnetflixnow.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-face-old-name-starlet.html.
— Carol, October 22, 2017
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand Up Ever (2008) 3.0 stars
Well paced, amusing, 79 min. stand-up comedy.
Stretch (2014) 3.5 stars
Well acted and paced, adventure dramedy.
Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012) 2.5 stars
Well voiced, fairly well paced, children's 57 min. dramedy.
Waiting For Forever (2010) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, romantic drama.
Woody Allen: A Documentary - 2 Parts (2011) 2.5 stars
Well paced biography; good mix of interviews and film footage.
Decoding Annie Parker (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, biographical cancer drama. Strong supporting cast.
The Midnight Swim (2014) 2.0 stars
Well acted, slow paced, boring, mildly supernatural, relationship drama.
The Shrine (2010) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, supernatural horror.
Stung (2015) 2.5 stars
Well acted, fairly well paced, creature horror dramedy.
No Ordinary Hero (2013) 2.5 stars
Well acted and paced, relationship dramedy.
Eric's star system and review process"I use the Videohound rating system out of 4 stars.
> Essentially, 1.5 or less, I do not consider to be worth watching for anyone.
> 2 stars may be greater enjoyment for others than what I derived from it.
> 2.5 is competent.
> 3.0 or more is very enjoyable.
The most important factors for me are acting and pacing."
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