Lion of the Blogosphere

Skyline (2010)

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This movie sucks really bad and you should’t watch it.

Why did I watch it? Totally by accident. It came up on Netflix as a movie similar to other movies I was interested in it, and I started watching it, and the first 20 minutes weren’t horrible. But then it went downhill.

Aliens from outer space (presumably that’s what they are and where they are from) are killing people for no reason that we ever find out. There are lots of CGI special effects. All of the characters act stupid and none of them are remotely like-able except for the building’s Puerto-Rican superintendent. Except for the superintendent, I was rooting for everyone else to die.

Lesson: check RottenTomatoes before watching some random movie off of Netflix.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 25, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Movies

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  1. I remember watching that movie way back then. Yeah, it’s bland, but I enjoyed two aspects.

    1. The first 20 or so minutes as you did. Probably because I always enjoy that eerie horror and fear where Skyline opens competently.
    2. The ending portion. Which is the action parts of the military last onscreen counterattack. And the very last minute portion.

    That last portion is also the most frustrating. Because that last portion got to something actually a bit novel but of course that’s it. If that was part of the opening and then rest of the movie actually explores it, then Skyline wouldn’t be so generic

    Dreamer

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

  2. Presumably, by checking Rotten Tomatoes, you mean the audience rating, not the reviewers’ rating. Because as you yourself have noticed, the only thing critics care about these days is whether a movie promotes SJWism or not.

    Hermes

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

    • This movie doesn’t promote SJWism. It has a token black guy (with a white girlfriend and a white mistress), but that by itself isn’t enough to promote it into SJW territory, especially considering that the black guy was a moron who cheated on his girlfriend and you probably cheered when the aliens ate him (or whatever they do with the people).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 25, 2019 at EST pm

    • Sometimes I get to thinking this, but it’s not necessarily true. Critics are their own breed.

      Bright is a movie that the critics hated and “audiences” apparently like. A narrative spread among rightists that critics only disliked the movie for SJW reasons: even though the message is one of racial reconciliation and casting aside stereotypes, this somehow isn’t SJW enough for the Current Year.

      But the movie sucks. The critics are right and audiences are wrong. Interesting worldbuilding and premise, but poorly paced and poorly scripted. Maybe Lion should review Bright and see if thinks the critics or the “audiences” are right.

      Wency

      November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • Here are my posts reviewing Bright:

        https://lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/bright-2017/
        https://lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/why-did-critics-pan-bright-2017/

        “So what did Bright do wrong to violate the Narrative? I can only guess: (1) The movie showed blacks, Hispanics and Asians being racist against orcs. Only whites are allowed to be racist. (2) The Will Smith character mocks the slogan Black Lives Matter. (3) They did too good a job of showing why humans would have reason to dislike orcs. The only good orc seen in the entire movie was Will Smith’s partner, and other orcs hate him for acting human.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • Ah, I missed these reviews. I still don’t buy it. Critics disliked Bright largely because it sucks. If you look at their actual reviews, they generally don’t attack it for SJW reasons. They mostly either attack it for:

        A. Disliking the premise and not buying into it (I disagree with this — I like the premise)
        B. It wastes the potential of the premise and its actors with its boring, amateurish filmmaking (Bingo!)

        Yes, it’s somewhat deeper than many action films, but the “dumb” action films worth remembering all had decent scripts and good pacing, unlike Bright.

        Wency

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • Do critics ever ADMIT that are rating movies solely based on SJW reasons? No.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • “solely based on SJW reasons”

        “Solely” is too strong a statement, but you can find reviews where critics primarily lambast a film for political reasons. E.g. the recent remake of Death Wish, you can quickly find a leading review where someone calls it an NRA advertisement.

        But when it comes to Bright, the general critical view appears to be that its point about racial reconciliation is well-meaning but ineptly executed (like everything else about the film). I couldn’t find anyone who seemed to be too aggrieved about its politics, even reviewers whose main schtick seems to be “aggrieved minority critic”.

        Wency

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • I think they don’t even realize they’re rating movies based solely on SJW reasons. It’s subconscious. If a movie promotes SJWism, they just find themselves liking the plot, characters, dialogue, etc.

        Hermes

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • “Do critics ever ADMIT that are rating movies solely based on SJW reasons?”

        I saw De Palma’s Bonfire of the Vanities for the second time last week. Saw it the first time when it came out. It’s a fantastic movie. I recall being perplexed at the critic’s negative reaction when it came out. It’s still a great movie but I’m no longer perplexed by the critics reaction.

        BTW – De Palma’s a great director; Carrie, The Fury, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, Blow Out. So is Malik, Badlands, The New World, Days of Heaven.

        Curle

        November 25, 2019 at EST pm

      • Man, these examples. Once again, Bonfire was a terrible, terrible movie, much worse than Bright. Poorly acted, poorly directed, terrible casting — a great disservice to the book. It also has a very low audience score. I remember trying to watch it with my father about 15 years ago, and we both found it unwatchably bad, shut it off after about 30 minutes in order to watch something better.

        I’ll give an example where I think critics got it wrong: Passengers (Chris Pratt). I thought Passengers was a solid 7/10 movie but got bad reviews, and many critics were explicit about downvoting it for feminist reasons. But despite that, it still got somewhat better reviews than Bright, where again no one complained much about its politics.

        So I stand by my point that if critics hate a movie for its politics, many of them will say so out loud.

        Now, if they’re in love with a movie for its politics, they are likely NOT to say that, maybe not even recognize it internally as Hermes noted. But almost every movie has a left-wing bias, so it has to really execute a left-wing message well for it to garner particular praise from critics.

        Wency

        November 26, 2019 at EST am

      • Bonfire is a terrible movie. They should have cast William Hurt as Sherman McCoy. And whose brilliant idea was it to cast Bruce Willis as a cynical British journalist?

        There is an interesting book (The Devil’s Candy) about the making of the film. Hundreds of people spent months, even years, agonizing over such minutiae as a ten-second shot of the Concorde landing at JFK. Even the crappiest movie represents an enormous investment of time, money, and effort.

        Fun facts: The then-unknown Uma Thurman was seriously considered for the role of Maria. And Melanie Griffith got a boob job halfway through filming, creating a noticeable continuity error. (She didn’t tell anyone beforehand – just showed up on the set one day with a bigger rack.)

        Stan Adams

        November 26, 2019 at EST pm

  3. I do see that checking Rotten Tomatoes would have led one to avoid Skyline, as it is rated very low by both critics and audiences (16% vs. 18% respectively.)

    However, what I said is still true. In fact, I just learned from a Paul Kersey article on VDare that according to Rotten Tomatoes, movie critics rate the Marvel comic book movie Black Panther as the best movie off all time! See for yourself:

    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/

    Hermes

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

    • That’s crazy. St. Elmo’s Fire is the best movie of all time. Or maybe Wall Street.

      Star Wars (1977) where Han Solo shoots first is the best sci-fi action movie of all time.

      Also, Back to the Future deserves some sort of honorable mention (but only the first movie, not the awful sequels).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 25, 2019 at EST pm

    • It’s not true to say critics rate it the best movie ever. Tomatometer is binary: do I like it or dislike it? It’s possible, based on that system, for 0% of critics rate it as their top film, or to even put it in the top 100. By comparison, I suspect that a lot of foods that would have the highest “approval rating” are also few people’s favorites, at least among SWPLs. Everyone likes ice cream, but not many people besides children will call it their favorite.

      Now, the reason Black Panther has 100% approval is of course related to political/social reasons. No critic dares to speak against it even if he doesn’t personally like it.

      Wency

      November 25, 2019 at EST pm

  4. I was trying to remember the name of this movie the other day. As you said, it sucks, but it has an interesting back story. The guys who made it run a special effects company, so they were able to produce it cheap (10 million dollar budget), and shot it in a financial backer’s high-rise apartment. Plus they cast a hot chick who can’t act.

    Vince

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

  5. Are you watching the new Rick and Morty season?

    onetwothree

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

    • I am. I’m not usually a fan of what passes as adult animation, but I do like Rick & Morty (also Venture Brothers).

      Mike Street Station

      November 26, 2019 at EST pm

  6. I recommend a Brazilian film ‘O Pagador de Promessas’ from 1962. Very good.

    Yakov

    November 25, 2019 at EST pm

  7. I just watched the trailer on youtube and realized I had seen bits and pieces of this movie through the years. I didn’t think the part I saw was so bad, or so stupid, but then almost all alien invasion movies are stupid, so my expectations were set low.

    I was glad to see Eric Balfour getting some work because I liked him in “24”.
    From imdb:
    “His parents are both Ashkenazi Jews (their families were from Romania, Poland, Russia, and Belarus). His family’s original surname was ‘Begelfer’.”

    CamelCaseRob

    November 26, 2019 at EST am

    • “almost all alien invasion movies are stupid”

      Especially when friendly humanoids are actually carnivorous reptilians in disguise.

      If a bunch of outer space visitors look identical as humans, you know there’s something wrong with the creator and the earthlings whom he underrates as utterly gullible.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      November 26, 2019 at EST pm

  8. The sheer amount of creativity that comes with Alien infestation movies has no bounds when it comes to extraterrestrials murdering humans. Some killing themes are cornball, some killing themes are insidious, some killing themes on the other hand, are outright violent, but all of them are unnerving regardless.

    Do evil ETs distinguish proles from SWPLs when making their killer moves? Spaceships that hover around the Midwest and the South are prole, while those who hover over Los Angeles for the 100th time are SWPL.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    November 26, 2019 at EST pm

  9. Okay, I watched this the other night on Netflix and it was really okay. Not nearly as bad as the Lion indicates. The special effects were good and it had a nice ambiguous ending. I admit I got bored about 60-70% in but that was because it became soap opera-ish for a while, presumably for the female viewers to enjoy.

    CamelCaseRob

    November 28, 2019 at EST am


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