Movie Reviews: The Good, The Bad & The Really Bad – Part 4

Movie Reviews: The Good, The Bad & The Really Bad – Part 4

Time for another roundup of some mediocre and downright awful films that you should steer clear of.

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The Good

These are movies that are good but not great. They didn’t deserve their own post but they are worth a watch. The best way to describe them is that you’re glad you watched them because they had some good moments but you wouldn’t want to watch them again.

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Spring

Eric over at The IPC recommended this one and I must say that it was pretty darn good. He did mention that there was a lot of talking throughout and I definitely agree on that point. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t trust that the audience is smart enough so it over explains everything or it tries to get you to the point of understanding what is going on through long winded conversations. The writers should know that there are other ways to build character than strictly through dialogue. However, that aside, I actually enjoyed it.

Spring is about a young man that travels to Italy and meets up with a mysterious woman who is harbouring a secret about who and what she is. The premise here is pretty straight forward. There aren’t a lot of different things going on, which I like. Sometimes movies get too caught up in their own plot and become an absolute mess (read Lost Time below). I also thought the graphics were pretty great considering the budget. There is a scene near the  end that’s really well done.

Overall, you shouldn’t be disappointed by this one but it isn’t great either. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve scene it.

The Bad

These are movies that were pretty much a waste of time. You wish so-and-so hadn’t recommended it or that you hadn’t stumbled across it on Netflix. They may have some redeeming qualities but overall they’re pretty bad.

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Life After Beth

This one comes from Zoë over at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. You can check out her review here. Now, I know this is in “The Bad” section but I didn’t actually hate it. I don’t wish I had never watched it, I just feel that it’s a weak addition to the zombie romance genre and there are other movies out there that did it better (am I the only person in the whole world who actually liked Warm Bodies?) I see the allure here, and I can definitely see why some people would like it, so I won’t say don’t watch it; I just didn’t like it personally.

Life After Beth is about a young woman (Aubrey Plaza) that dies, leaving her grieving boyfriend, Zach (Dane DeHaan), behind. When she rises from the dead, Zach vows to make up for all of his past shortcomings and be the best boyfriend to her that he can. This becomes increasingly difficult as he realizes that she has a new hunger for human flesh.

There are a couple good laughs here, but I thought the script was slightly underdeveloped and they stretched out some of the same jokes for too long. I really couldn’t relate to any of the characters as I found all of their choices to be unbelievable, especially Beth’s parents who are surprisingly played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon. The cast is great, but it played so close to a satire that it couldn’t be taken seriously and so close to a drama that it couldn’t be completely laughed at.

Ultimately, this one is forgettable but worth the watch for zombie enthusiasts or if you come across it on Netflix and you’ve seen everything else.

The Really Bad

These ones are the real bottom-of-the-barrel garbage. The, “I can’t believe I wasted 90 minutes of my life watching this…” movies. The movies that end and you sit there for a minute or two trying to understand what happened and how these movies get made in the first place.

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Lost Time

I just watched this one the other night and I’m still reeling with how much of a disappointment this was. My husband picked it, which usually means it’s going to be great (he picked Honeymoon and The Babadook) so I was pretty excited to watch it. Also, we turned it on late one night, and the first five minutes were so captivating! We decided to turn it off because it looked really good and we wanted to give it our full attention but it was so late and we both had to get up early the next morning. The whole next day, I was looking forward to watching it. I even texted my husband, “I can’t wait to watch Lost Time tonight! *insert crazily excited emoticon face”. I get really worked up about movies sometimes. I had pretty much decided that it would be my Friday Night Movie Recommendation for this week and then I watched it… It was terrible. The effects weren’t bad considering the budget and there is one moment at the end when our heroine is being chased by a shadow alien that is pretty creepy but aside from that, it’s really crummy.

Lost Time is about a woman that has terminal cancer, named Valerie (Rochelle Vallese) whose sister, Melissa (Jenni Blong), has been taking care of her. One day, after leaving the hospital where a doctor told them that Valerie didn’t have much time left, the two are abducted by aliens who cure Valerie’s cancer and return her to Earth but keep Melissa. Valerie then goes on a mission to find her sister.

The premise is good, the execution is so poor. The film relies so heavily on flashbacks that I must have watched the same abduction scene seven or eight times with SLIGHT variances. The storyline becomes really convoluted towards the end, to the point where I had to ask, “What the heck is going on here?”.  The acting really isn’t that great either, even though it’s obvious that everyone involved is trying really hard.

Overall, skip this one. It’s terrible.

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33 thoughts on “Movie Reviews: The Good, The Bad & The Really Bad – Part 4

  1. Totally with you on Life After Beth. There just wasn’t enough there for a whole movie. It was more like a great idea for a Buffy episode. And I LOVED Warm Bodies!

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  2. Great article, Mel. I’m digging this review format too.

    Spring looks worth it then. Your review is great, but that poster tagline “Linklater meets Lovecraft” is super compelling. Do we follow a child Cthulu growing into adulthood filmed over 12 years 😉

    Too bad Beth wasn’t that great. I was looking forward to it. Good cast. And I liked Warm Bodies, although it could have been even better.

    I’ll take your word on the Ugly selection. I told ya (in comment before), Bmovies can be painful, eh. Thanks for taking the punch on that one 😉 saving us movie nerds some ouches.

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    1. Haha! Anytime. It was terrible. Sometimes the B movies are the best… Mostly though, they’re crap. You’re the third person to say they liked Warm Bodies! I’m shocked, I’ve only heard other people say how bad they thought it was.

      Haha! I didn’t even look at that tag line, but it is really compelling. Unfortunately (or fortunately) your guess is wrong, haha! I don’t know how much fun that movie would be. Probably better than Boyhood.

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      1. Warm Bodies might get more fans as time goes by. For me, I’d prefer if the movie stayed focused on our Romeo (R.. or Arggh) and Juliet, instead of armies of the undead. You know, make it more John Hughes. It had a chance to be even better.

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  3. Awesome post! 🙂 I actually just bought Spring…haha! It had a deal at HMV… I have hopes it’ll be good, at least. And I had added Life After Beth into my Halloween marathon. It still intrigues me though. Have you seen Suburban Gothic? Its at the same time at Life After Beth, also with Matthew Gray Gubler. I’m really wanting to see that but it hasn’t landed on Netflix yet.

    Lost Time isn’t Asylum, right? You seem to be naming everything there. Haha! I promise I will stay away. Never even heard of it.

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  4. I like this idea. I’ve been tossing up whether to watch Spring but i don’t mind films with a lot of talking so i reckon I’ll check it out. It sounds really interesting.

    The other two though sound like I’d hate them though haha!! Thanks for the warning 😛 I’ll steer clear of those two

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  5. Nice reviews! I like this sort of format. My 3-in-1 reviews seem to do well – I like the 3 reviews at once thing. 🙂 I’ve only seen the bad one here & totally agree – I also didn’t HATE it but I thought it was pretty weak, especially compared to other comedy horror.

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      1. Don’t worry about that! Real life always comes first. I struggle to keep up on reading blogs then get stressed about it then try to remind myself that it’s not important compared to the things we all have to deal with IRL. 🙂

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  6. The visuals in Spring were fantastic but OMG couldn’t they shut up for just one second??? I’ve never been willing to pull the trigger on Life After Beth and Lost Time doesn’t sound so good,….

    #satanicbestiesforever
    #existentialpigs
    #thebestdeadbody
    #zucchinivendetta

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  7. Thanks for the link Mel!

    Hey, Warm Bodies was awesome. I didn’t expect to like it (I was thinking Twilight with Zombies) but it turned out to be ridiculously entertaining!

    Great selection and write ups here!

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