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Movie Reviews: The Bye Bye Man + Pompeii + 3 others

The Bye Bye Man (2017)
This clunky ‘horror’ wasn’t even serviceable. It was pointless waste of time that has no value. A mean useless fella and his two friends move into a creepy old house and are driven to madness and death by a supernatural force. There is train imagery that makes no sense and that is never explained. This was populated by BAD actors, obvious CGI and about 3 effective jump scares. Don’t bother with this incessantly dumb and ill-judged mess. It deserves a derisory snort.

Pompeii (2014)
This bomb was about the events of 79AD. Kit Harrington is a gladiator who romances Jared Harris’ daughter. Carrie-Anne Moss is her mommy. Kiefer Sutherland is the baddie. Everyone ignores the erupting volcano to have dull drama. This was silly. Sutherland is not a threatening presence. Harrington has no desolating grief and demands an exclusivity of suffering. Sutherland triggers ugly emotions and is an astonishingly negative tool. One feels a diminution of interest as this goes on. There is no moral deterrence here. The volcano finally erupts, cue bad CGI and death. Nobody cares.

Best Lines:
“Dalliances in the countryside.”

“A spirited refusal.”

“Content yourself with that.”

Jaws 2 (1978)

The Ring (2002)

Spies Like Us (1985)
This is a consistently terrible Chevy Chase movie. One detests Chase on sight which is a fairly reasonable reaction. This has no understated intensity or calculated calm.
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