agamboi has written 25 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2019.

  • Two Night Stand

    Two Night Stand

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It should have been obvious from his apartment aesthetic that he has a girlfriend. No straight, single man's apartment looks that cute.

    Decor aside, this cheap romcom plays everything safe. It is a deeply unremarkable movie. The dialogue, the premise, the plot, the big twists. Even the one sex scene was... expository? An infomercial? 100% tell-dont-show? Weird also that Miles Teller can be such a phenomenal young-20's-boyish-hokey-loner character in Whiplash but such an awful one here. There were some badly overacted scenes in Two Night Stand, from both the leads.

    Oh well.

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★½

    Repulsive to the core, overdrawn, and shallow in place of shallow already given. For what purpose did Kubrick unnerve me like this? Was there any endgame beyond the film itself? And these deviations come at the expense of everything that made the novel work. I am left annoyed, having watched what is clearly Kubrick's worst movie.

  • Don't Look Away

    Don't Look Away

    ★★½

    Cool concept bad acting spooky vibes

  • Do I Sound Gay?

    Do I Sound Gay?

    ★★½

    My high school speech & debate coach put me in broadcast radio, so for four years I got to condition myself to sound exactly like David’s training excercises. Couple that with an absurdly low pitch and 21 years of listening to sermons at churches with only male pastors, and voila I do not sound gay whatsoever. (One person even said there was no way I was gay, given my voice. Hmmm. Okay.). So this doc was amusing. Shallow and contrived and self-defeating and uninspiring and repetitive, but amusing.

  • Turbo

    Turbo

    ★★½

    We put this on for my friend’s kids (5 and 3) and they didn’t like it either. A creative concept for the premise but the plot was highly derivative and predictable. I get it, it’s written for kids, but there are better ones that don’t make me almost fall asleep halfway through.

  • Moss

    Moss

    ★★½

    This light, little film is like a dream floating by...

    Writer-director Daniel Peddle captures his intended lyrical mood, I'll give him that. The aesthetics, airy pace, clever camerawork and some sequences were all in his control and they all worked. Bicycling through the seedy trailer parks, holding orangebacked snakes while shroom'd, and drifting the floating shack downriver — I really appreciated these three scenes. What was slightly out of the director's control was the quality of acting. Doesn't matter how…

  • A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    ★★½

    Snooze. Must have been exciting filmmaking in 1932 (it won Best Cinematography at the 6th Oscars). But I can’t really criticize the camera work, it was the 30’s, this is the oldest movie I have ever seen, of course it stinks by today’s standards.  I did find the plot boring and the romance unromantic. Pretty mediocre storytelling.

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★½

    Neutered horror, spayed comedy. Happy Death Day doesn’t do either genre well, even if it’s plot is well crafted and characters are well acted. Nor does it have the artistic vision to create a third space between horror and comedy, nor even does it simply follow the typical horror-comedy third space that’s already been done before, tried before, tired before. With weak dialogue — “what, don’t look at me like I took a dump on your mom!” and “no that’s…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★½

    Energy. Speed. Thrust. Bohemian Rhapsody was all of these, but one thing it was not is courageous. I cannot imagine a movie with a gayer protagonist that somehow, at the same time, straightens him out like a board. Over 30 minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody was dedicated to Mary, and none (besides some nice staring during the Live Aid concert) to his relationship with Jim. I almost laughed at the red velvet gay night club that was so outrageous it could only…

  • Animal Behaviour

    Animal Behaviour

    ★★½

    Caustic, unfunny attempt at a comedy. Some of the troupes are accurate, at least to my own therapy support group. But I got the feeling I was watching Adult Swim at 3:30 in the morning with someone in the room who I do not like, both of us half drunk but already slightly hungover. Animation style was okay. Not to be too harsh; the plot carried me a little, towards the end.

  • Curpigeon

    Curpigeon

    ★★½

    Nice little story. 

    Dragged a bit despite only being 8 minutes long.
    I assume this was home animation? If so, good work, but if not, good grief.

    Quality message, I could see this little film being helpful for showing in children’s therapy or emotional support counseling or something.


    Why were all of their noses crazy

  • Day of the Fight

    Day of the Fight

    ★★½

    This was boring, I kept wanting it to end. The only interesting part was the strong homoerotic subplot. Did Kubrick intend this?