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Wake up sheeple! The CDC is fooling us all! Set your pinkies to like!
Despite all the evidence of bull$hit, and absence of any credibility for this "expose", we are in the Facebook generation where all you have to say is "this is the movie they didn't want you to see" and type "autism" into Google and you have the qualifications for an informed IMDb review.
I admit it, I lied to you all. Me and all my cronies are in the pocket of the CDC, we are pro-vaccination, Wakefield haters and autism deniers with shares in big pharma. Also, I suspect I am part of the illuminati.
I suggest another idea for a documentary. It is based on dishonest science, conspiracy theories and after viewing it, you will support me in a public experiment that will cause death and disability to generations of innocent children. But I saw it on twitter and instant grams. Plus the CDC are incompetent, so the public must know the truth.
I give this 2 out of ten, because I was able to watch it all.
Finders Keepers (2015)
One foot in the grave
There seems to be a lot of documentaries made these days, and even some movies look like doccos. The premise of Finders Keepers is odd, but the tagline/blurb of this film tells little about what it is: a weird human interest/recovery story from NC/SC. Unlike a lot of documentaries based around simple folk, the makers really draw you into responding emotionally to the characters in this one, whether it be annoyance, revulsion or admiration.
Finders Keepers has the right mix of humour, TV/news footage and one on one face camera/narrative dialogue to tell an engaging story of the media, greed, missed opportunities and redemption. The documentary makers keep the necessary distance from the subjects to allow the story to unfold naturally.
It is worth watching and talking about afterwards, especially if you are interested in embalmed feet.
American Heist (2014)
Flawed action flick worth a look
American Heist isn't great but it will fill some cinema watching time without you feeling ripped off.
Set in New Orleans, Christensen plays the usual good-hearted boy in a relationship with a straight arrow gal but with a dark side, dealing with his ex-con brother (Brody). Think Affleck's character in The Town done a bit more superficially. Yep, the dynamic has been done to death and no surprises how it ends up, at least most way through the flick.
Brody has got himself mixed up with some hard crims with a cause (one of the odd twists in the film is the Robin Hoodesque demeanour of the head villain): revenge for the injustices perpetrated by banks, and make a lot of cash. The evil men at the centre of this are the impressive Akon (Sugar) and his friend in crime (Spoonie).
It becomes clear that Brody has got his bro' in too deep. At one point he justifies his following these dangerous gangsters, it seems, based on their helping him extract toothpaste from his keister (something only a true friend would do in the can, presumably).
For those that read the reviews with spoiler warnings, I won't give away the mildly clever twist at the end of a film that otherwise emplys the usual climax of automatic weapon gunplay.
Good dialogue, good use of a 10 million dollar budget and moderately satisfying overall. Don't expect too much and you'll have a good time with American Heist.
Final Girl (2015)
Poorly executed and pretentious
With stark sets, night shooting, hallucinations and ultra low key soundtrack, Final Girl looks an indie flick with aspirations. Unfortunately it is dull and a toss.
We find hot, high kicking Breslin and poker faced and creepily horny Wes Bentley (Hunger Games) carry most of this movie with the usual training master-student relationship until the inevitable and predictable denouement.
I was disappointed so much was wasted in the pay-off revenge scene: instead of Breslin using her creative mad ambush and killing skills, the climax is a series of silly hallucinatory vignettes courtesy of a DMT Mickey Finn she slips the bad guys.
No one is likable in this mishmash, no good reasons for motives demonstrated. The killing comes far too late in the film and nothing surprises.
What you are left with is a wannabe David Lynch joint, which left me saying why, oh why?