This holiday tale has all the elements of a classic heartwarmer--cuddly dogs, small town spirit, and even a full-fledged Christmas pageant. Set during the meager years of the Great Depression, 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS follows the story of Emma, a 12-year-old who is sent to live in Doverville, a rural town, with her aunt. The town has, like the rest of the nation, fallen on lean times and seem to have lost all interest in celebrating. However, Emma manages to enlist the town's dogs into a colorful holiday pageant that reminds the inhabitants that even the Great Depression cannot ruin the spirit of Christmas.
Sgt C (br) wrote: (16%)I wanted to like this I really did: a David Cronenberg crafted poke in the eye at big business capitalism with surreal twists and turns, satire, black humour, bite; but heavens above, this is an almost impossible film to enjoy, take anything from, or in most cases even make it until the end credits. I can't remember the last time a film that I wanted to see left me as cold as this one did. The over-riding focus here is on Robert Pattinson's character: a man who, like everyone else in the entire film, talks in pointless and annoying circles of pointless baggy gibberish that goes nowhere. Some, if not many of the lines are so terrible that it actually hurts, and I could dig deep into the depths of the hidden meanings and ideas, but quite honestly I'd rather remove my own finer nails with a pair of pilers because the film just isn't good enough for me to care. After not very long at all into this you can tell this is based off a novel deemed by most as totally unfilmable, as there's no real narrative anywhere, all the characters behave in a manner that make mental patients appear sane, while not one of them is interesting enough to make me care about what happens; of course, not that anything of any note does actually happen. Any die-hard Cronenberg fans out there I'm sorry to report that this is near unwatchable pretentious garbage of the highest order.
Rob T (jp) wrote: Well made but mostly unnecessary. Just fills in some of the blanks from the tv series which were almost entirely unimportant.
kody m (gb) wrote: Very stupid and time consuming! I am bummed that i can't get that time back
Al M (kr) wrote: I'm not entirely sure how to rate Murder-Set-Pieces, but I do think I enjoyed it, and there are some aspects of it that are almost well-done despite its overall cheap look. Listed as one of IGN's Top 10 Sickest films of all time, Murder-Set-Pieces is pure exploitation. At times, it seems to aspire towards some larger meaning aesthetic, but it never really pulls this off. Instead, it belongs alongside films like I Spit on Your Grave, Thriller: A Cruel Picture, etc. It is nothing more than a barrage of horrific acts: rape, murder, torture, dismemberment, various forms of sexual violence, Nazism, child murder, etc. Murder-Set-Pieces' special effects are extremely well-done--they are the most accomplished aspect of the film in many ways. Be sure to get the director's cut of the film instead of the heavily butchered release. Murder-Set-Pieces plot is simple: a German erotic photographer spends his public life photographing beautiful women and his nights torturing, raping, and murdering women and then lifting weights in the most narcissistically damaged manner possible. The film wants to give depth to give depth to this story by delving into the killer's childhood trauma, exploring his Nazi sympathies, and somehow tying the film into the events of 9/11 in a way that never quite makes sense. Still, I give Murder-Set-Pieces kudos for being an unrelenting spree of mayhem and disturbing imagery that only becomes sicker as the film progresses. Palumbo's film reminds me most of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho--indeed, if the film of Ellis's novel had been more ballsy it would have featuring scenes akin to Murder-Set-Pieces because they are very reminiscent of the torturous scenes from the novel. It also reminds me of William Lustig's Maniac because it is focalized around the killer instead of his victims, which makes the insanity and depravity even more unrelenting. Overall, Palumbo's film is not impressive in any aesthetic sense and is not ultimately that important in the history of slasher/serial killer film, but it is truly twisted piece of sicko cinema that might be enjoyed by those with strong cinematic constitutions.
Ralph R (us) wrote: Benji is for bums and eggnog drinkers.
Erin D (us) wrote: I used to have a crush on Ralph Fiennes, and watched this a few times in my teens/20s. However, I recently revisited it on Netflix and, wow, this film is so pandering to what filmmakers think women want to see in a romantic comedy, it fails on all accounts. The acting is still fine by Fiennes, but the rest is meh.
Brian K (kr) wrote: To some, American Movie is a foreboding cautionary tale. To most however it is a charming and accurate portrayal of the creative and cinematic process.
Margarita S (kr) wrote: There is nothing original about the premise of this movie, but it is charmingly and solidly executed. Enjoyable while being watched, but forgettable once over. Not longer than it needed to be.
Neal A (ru) wrote: The Australian Paths of Glory.
Rohan V (br) wrote: This Flixter shit is displaying the wrong Deewar, I like the older one and not this one!
Timothy J (ag) wrote: From 1939, really a propaganda piece concerning Nazi infiltration of the United States. Fortunately in real life they weren't this successful
James H (us) wrote: 5.5/10. Nifty old mystery, part of the Ellery Queen series from the 1930's and 1940's. The low budget is evident, but the film still looks good and moves at a brisk pace. Short and sweet. Eddie Quillan isn't the best actor for the main detective, but he tries his best. Nice touches of humor a plus. Light, enjoyable entertainment.
Jeremiah L (mx) wrote: Other than the singing, it's kind of bland until the earthquake kicks in. It ends on a really triumphant high.
Jay S (kr) wrote: I love this movie. It's a guilty pleasure....