Tilos's comments

Death in Paradise (2011)
Tilos 0 points 7 days ago.

Guilty pleasure. Sort of “Midsomer Murders” in the Caribbean, lighter on the whodunnit and much funnier.

I usually prefer my detectives in a darker mood. I’m a True Detective / Sherlock / Breaking Bad fan. But this is unbelievably well made. And addictive.

Works for the whole family. No sex, no mangled bodies, no misplaced morals - other than “wearing a suit and tie on the beach may not be your greatest life choice”, perhaps.
Oh, and really cool soundtrack.

True, the writing and direction feel a bit easy or dated at times. But it never takes itself seriously, and it’s surprisingly endearing. So, on balance, I’ll take my lockdown with one of those paper umbrellas, thank you.

The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021)
Tilos 1 points 1 month ago.

Good job. Lean police procedural. Lots of tension, good acting, gorgeous landscapes, beautiful photography. No gratuitous cruelty. Decently fast-paced. Very close to the actual case details. And, yes, Luke Evans.

Uncut Gems (2019)
Tilos 4 points 1 month ago.

More talent than you can enjoy in one go. Everyone here has mentioned how fantastic Sandler is, and the rest of the cast is on par. Darius Khondji (Se7en, among other photographic masterpieces) visibly has a lot of fun directing the cinematography of this frantic roller coaster. A gentleman by the name of Warren Shaw supervises the sound editing and if he didn’t die of exhaustion in the editing room, he deserves all the awards the business can throw at him.

I can understand how some disliked the film. I had a great time. This is modern but classic (Scorsese, who produces, and Altman, are not very far, nor are Tarantino and Guy Richie), this is fun but clever, glitzy and gritty. An adult and more polished (sorry) version of Good Time. Looking very much forward to the directors’ next work.

The Invisible Man (2020)
Tilos 1 points 1 month ago.

Not a horror movie as much as a psycho thriller, revisiting the “gaslight” plot with a few action sequences.
Brilliant cast throughout. Great female protagonist. Beautiful photography. Script is a bit heavy-handed but has nice touches. Soundtrack is very (very) inspired by the work of Reznor & Ross on Gone Girl.
Even though I’m not a horror fan (scaredy cat, that’s me), I enjoyed it.

The Dead Wives Club (2019)
Tilos 0 points 2 months ago.

Pity. There was much to like here. Good stories, albeit familiar. Faster-paced storytelling than usual with very little stammering. Good witnesses. The whole thing is, for me, ruined by the worst host ever.

I used to like Lorraine Bracco in Scorsese movies. But her voice has turned into this horrible cheesegrater croak, evocative of a much older person who didn’t take it easy on the booze and cigarettes. Sound mixing doesn’t help, either. Literally painful. Whoever thought this was a good idea and didn’t kill it after a 2-mn test shouldn’t be working in a storytelling media.

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Tilos 1 points 3 months ago.

Incredible story. Up to the last few minutes, I was expecting someone to spring out of a hat and say “of course it’s a hoax, are you kiddin’me, how could such a phenomenal story be true?”
But it’s true.

This is a feelgood quest. Moving and exhilarating, staying with you long after you’ve seen it. Some strong characters there - including a ‘bad guy’ who all but confesses on camera, imho. The best thing is that the main character is an actual great guy.

‘Sugar Man’ has consistently been showing up on ‘best documentaries ever’ lists everywhere. Including Werner Herzog’s top 4, which is no small achievement. Well, there is a reason for that. It’s not a documentary as much as it is a story, with characters, ups and downs and failures and successes, regrets and achievements, and lingering beauty.
Just, you know, watch it.

Tunnelen (2019)
phiKZ 0 points 3 months ago*.

The english subtitles are the worst I have ever seen in any movie.
Almost like an early youtube auto-translating bot.
If you don’t speak norwegian, you will have a hard time understanding what they are actually saying + what the onscreen text actually says.

One example from the first minute is a text on a tombstone are translated to: highly injured, deeply missing.
When the actual text is: Highly loved, deeply missed.

Tilos 1 points 3 months ago.

Reminds me of the fansubs for The Killing S2. So bad they were magnificent. I quit after 2 eps, just in time to see a character indicate: “The toilets are this way. Down at the end of time.” Got the screenshot to prove it, too.

Crimes Gone Viral (2020)
Tilos -1 points 3 months ago.

Unbearably vapid. The same 2-min clip is shown ad nauseam, somewhere between 15 and 823 times in stretched-out segments, with the voice over telling you in painstaking detail and hilarious mock suspense the exact thing you can see on the screen.
Also, those “viral crimes” are more along the lines of “he stole my bike, but I ran and got it back”.
For film & TV students, a good class on how to make full TV episodes with free home footage and a couple of poorly-lit interviews. For the rest of us, this is the bottom of the true crime barrel.

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