Film Notes

Back to list of film reviews

The 6th Day (2000) ★★★★
Cloning – deep reflections on identity for a Schwarzenegger action movie.

21 (2008) ★★★★
The inside-out on how to count cards in blackjack.

28 Days Later (2003) ★★★★★
The best “zombie” movie after the Spanish REC. As I recall, this was one of the first movies to feature fast zombies.

2012 (2009) ★★★
CGI overload… but not much else. [2009]

AI (2001) ★★★
Origin of the “Can a robot…? Can a nigger?” meme… not much else besides that.

*alien* Alien: Covenant (2017) ★★★

*alien* Alien vs. Predator (2004) ★★★★
So sue me, I loved it.

Alien Girl (2010) ★★★★★
One of my favorite “gangster” movies… authentic, no romanticism, and everyone meets a grisly end. [2014]

American Pie (1999) ★★★★★
Probably my favorite slapstick comedy to this day.

Arrival (2016) ★★★
Lower-budget Interstellar. It pretentiously tries to make deep points about the nature of communications with aliens, but fails to do so. [2018]

Avatar (2009) ★★★★
So much money sunk into it, it couldn’t help but be good. [2009]

Barely Legal (2011) ★★★
Goofiest slapstick comedy.?

*BM* Batman: Dark Knight (2008) ★★★★
You either die, or live long enough to become the villain.

*BM* Dark Knight Rises (2012) ★★★★★
Bane became the symbol of the Alt Right. [2017]

*BM* Joker (2019) FULL REVIEW (2019)

Battle Royale (2000) ★★★★★
Highly original concept that preceded the Hunger Games series. (Though Lukyanenko was probably first to this with his Knights of the 40 Islands).

The Big Lebowski (1998) ★★★★★
White Russians are one of my favorite cocktails too.

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) ★★★
I was sympathizing with the assassins throughout. Good riddance to pro-Western traitors – the only sad thing was when they hoodwinked the mentally disabled giant into their loathsome schemes.

The Boondock Saints (1999) ★★★
Overrated. Ridiculous Russian accent, too.

Brother (1997) ★★★★★
Не брат ты мне, гнида черножопая!

The Brothers Bloom (2008) ★★★
Good enough, but overrated.

Cannibal Holocaust (1979) ★
WTF.

Children of Men (2006) ★★
Extremely crude multikulti propaganda (whites aren’t reproducing so let’s invite in Infinity Africans) that is predictably hailed as a classic of our times.

Cliffhanger (1993) ★★★★★
“Do you know what real love is, Kristel? Sacrifice.” Wise words.

Cube (1997) ★★★★★
One of the best sci-fi/horror concepts ever invented.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004) ★★★★★
The science is from Hollywood, but the character interactions, visuals, and suspenseful plot were all top notch.

The Diamond Arm (1969) ★★★
Classic Soviet comedy, though overrated.

The Dictator (2012) ★
Could Sasha-Baron Cohen kill himself already.

Django (2012) ★★
Mindless bloodfest masquerading as insightful social commentary. [2012]

Dr. Strangelove (1964) ★★★★★
This is quite simply the best comedy ever made.

Dracula (1973) ★★★★★
This is my favorite vampire movie of all time, though perhaps only because I watched it when I was a child.

Equilibrium (2002) ★★★★
Not brilliant, but… GUN KATA! How cool is that?

Ex Machina (2015) ★★★★★ PENDING REVIEW
This entire movie can be viewed as a metaphor for the AI control problem, and it handles it brilliantly… just imagine the billionaire brogrammer’s mansion as the “black box”, and the naked cyborg women as the AI. [2015]

The Fall of an Empire: Lessons from Byzantium (2009) ★★★ FULL REVIEW (2009)

Far Cry (2008) ★★★★
Uwe Boll is so bad… that he is good. I love Boll.

The Fifth Element (1997) ★★★★★
Have nice recollections of watching this ages ago. One of the best comedic scifis.

Fight Club (1999) ★★★★★
Unleash your primal instincts! The cult classic status of the movie is beyond dispute.

Forrest Gump (1994) ★★★
The funny moments are marred by the fact that Jenny obviously cucked the poor retard after hitting the wall and we are supposed to celebrate that. Shit values dressed up in can-do ‘Murica!nism. [2017]

Frozen (2010) ★★★★★
Very nice corny movie… ski club played it on bus on trip to skiing LOL. [2010]

*GoT*
Game of Thrones I-IV were all very good when D&D still had access to the source material. But then it all went downhill…

*GoT* Game of Thrones VI (2016) ★★ FULL REVIEW (2017)

*GoT* Game of Thrones VII (2017) ★★ FULL REVIEW (2019)

*GoT* Game of Thrones VIII (2019) ★ FULL REVIEW (2019)

Ghost in the Shell (2017) ★★★
From what I understand this is a perversion of the anime. [2017]

*hobbit* The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) ★★
SJW-influenced, CGI-powered dreck

The Hole (2001) ★★★★★
One of the best psychological thrillers.

The Human Centipede (2010) ★
One of the most fucked up films.

Idiocracy (2006) ★★★★★
This is a documentary.

Inception (2010) ★★★★★
One of the best “mind-bending” movies.

Interstellar (2014) ★★★★★
Nolan is great, as usual. [2017]

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) ★★★★★
The best Soviet/Russian comedy? At least, that’s my opinion.

*James Bond* Die Another Day (2002) ★★★★★
The best “modern” JB movie. I consider the North Korean “villain” to be the real antihero.

*James Bond* Skyfall (2012) ★★
Once upon a time JB saved young lasses, now he saves androgynous grannies.

Jurassic World (2015) ★★★
Either I overestimated the first firm due to an impressionable young memory, or this one was decidedly underwhelming. [2015]

Legend of Kolovrat (2017) ★★★★★ FULL REVIEW (2017)
Russia’s 300, Ironclad, and Valhalla Rising. Swords like in The Witcher.

*LotR* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ★★★★★
A solid, if not brilliant, adaptation of Tolkien’s masterpiece. It falters in the third film.

Lord of War (2005) ★★★★★
Loved the story, if not the vacuous moralism, which became too overt at the end.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ★★★★★
Doof Warrior was the best. [2015]

The Martian (2015) ★★★ FULL REVIEW (2015)
Inspiring portrayal of a survival story in space.

The Matrix (1999) ★★★★★
Mind-bender. One of the very best films ever made.

Mortal Engines (2018) ★★
They obviously banked on this being allowed in China, where tastes are even shallower than in the West. They failed. [2019]

The Name of the Rose (1986) ★★★★★
I recall this as one of the best films. [2005]

The Night Watch (2004) ★★★★
Solid Russian urban fantasy film with CGI comparable to films 10x as expensive.

Ocean’s Eleven (1960) ★★★★★
Perhaps the best “heist” film I ever watched. It’s nice to observe how casino operators in 1950s America cared about the financial health of their clients.

Office Space (1999) ★★★★★
Perhaps the best office comedy.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) ★★★
Is Tarantino developing a reactionary streak as he approaches old age?

The Pianist (2002) ★★★★★
My favorite Holocaust film, more so than Schindler’s List.

Pirates of the 20th Century (1979) ★★★★★
A classic Soviet comedy/action movie.

REC (2007) ★★★★★
This is, in my opinion, the best zombie movie ever made. Step aside Romero.

Reservoir Dogs (1992) ★★★
Kinda overrated. Tarantino will only get worse.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) ★★★★
Very corny and good. Nice music.

Saw III (2006) ★★★
The best film in this morbid series.

Schindler’s List (1993) ★★★★★
Classical pretensions that it more or less fulfills.

Snowden (2016) ★★★
Don’t know the extent to which it was factual, but it struck me as plausible. Some natsec honcho: “In 20 years, no one will care about Iraq”; China, Russia are the real threats.

Stalker (1979) ★★★★★
Though this is generally an inane genre, this is one of the best “existentialist” movies. It is amazing how much hidden (and not so much) ideological subversion the USSR let Tarkovsky get away with.

*star wars* Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015) ★★
Very boring, SJwish grrlpower that is going down the gutter because of Russian Nazis (who else?). [2017]

Starship Troopers (1997) ★★★★
While Heinlein’s original is ultimately a celebration of martial values, the movie is instead a satire on war and patriotism in the style of a Hollywood sci-fi B movie. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. [2018]

Threads (1984) ★★★★★
This BBC semi-documentary on the after effects of nuclear war is better than any nuclear apocalypse movie. Just watch it already.

To Live (1994) ★★
Look, I am obviously not a fan of Maoism, but this is just propaganda. Might be a good movie if made less overt.

Total Recall (1990) ★★★★★
Perhaps the best Schwarzenegger movie. “You haven’t been told enough to think.”

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) ★★★★★
“Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.”

The Wandering Earth (2019) ★★★ FULL REVIEW (2019)
Chinese sci-fi makes its big debut on the world cinematographic stage – but falls flat on characterization.

World War Z (2013) ★★
Brooks had deserved success with the Zombie Survival Guide, and milked it for all it was worth with the mediocre World War Z. The film is not significantly better. While the visuals are memorable, it is riddled with massive plot holes and colored by painfully obvious and belabored propaganda of progressivism and Zionism.