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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:37 pm 


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I actually thought War for the Planet of the Apes was... somewhat of a letdown compared to Dawn. There isn't any real action sequences, except for the beginning and the end.


sounds good..non straight to Action like Dawn..finally


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:16 pm 


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but the Marvel formula is starting to grate on me a bit because there's no sign of anything changing in it at all, it's basically settled on being just a bit too quippy for its own good
like, everyone's a smart-ass -- that was fine in Iron Man because that's established as part of the character, but everyone shouldn't be doing that shit all the time


I'm not sure what you are expecting. Spider-Man has always been quippy, though he's usually much less of the jerk than Deadpool (one thing, from what I have seen, that the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon got wrong). A Spider-Man movie wouldn't be Spider-Man without quips.


Spider-Man SHOULD be quippy, that's his character. If anything Raimi's Spider-Man wasn't quippy enough.

That said I know exactly what he's talking about. The Marvel formula is so trite that it partly relies on an abundance of bad quips coming all the time to relieve the tedium of the non-threats and non-plots. Downey Jr has officially become insufferable by this point.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:21 pm 


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Probably didn't make it clear, but Spiderman himself wasn't too bad about it, and I did mention the exception of where it's in character. Raimi's Spiderman definitely didn't talk enough shit. :lol:
but everyone with screen time shouldn't be making a smart-ass remark every single scene, like has become standard in Marvel movies
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Saw "Baby Driver" last night. It was functional for some entertainment. Driving sequences are the highlight for me, as are the supporting cast. Whoever the lead in the movie is, he either ain't much in the acting department or he's not given much of a chance in this role, quite frankly.

Now, the supporting cast? They seem to be having a fun time together. Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzales (she's...pretty) all seem to be having a good time in their respective roles, and even other, less famous supporting people join in the fun.

Very, very, *very* soundtrack-focused, but I wasn't bothered by it. It was actually cute in some ways.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:18 pm 


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I think Edgar Wright is one of the best in the business today. Baby Driver is my most anticipated release this year!
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I liked Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies better than the first Andrew Garfield one (haven't seen Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it sounds like a bit of a mess), but I found Andrew Garfield to be a better Spider-Man. I haven't seen Homecoming yet, but I liked the MCU Spider-Man in Civil War.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:19 pm 



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I think Edgar Wright is one of the best in the business today. Baby Driver is my most anticipated release this year!

I think you'll like it, perhaps more so at the beginning than the end, but I enjoyed it well enough. Plus, enough humor to keep things light enough for it to be pretty fun throughout.


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Wish Upon

An unusually weak and nondisturbing horror story about a music box that grants wishes to a rather inappropriate protagonist (Joey King as a mediocre and unattractive high school student).
Many characters die horribly, but not horribly enough, and the bad ending is traditional and highly conformist. The few sparks of smart behaviour exhibited by the characters are immediately, brutally, and gratuitously punished.
Modest shreds of artistic value can be found in the conventional but harsh portrayal of high school social pressures and teenager idiocy.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:00 pm 


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Courier X (2016) - Thomas Gulamerian

Not a bad effort at all, especially on a low budget. Hard to recommend unless you have a passing knowledge or interest in the subject matter. Although, it does star the velvet Udo Kier, so there's that :)
Kill the Messenger (2014) - Michael Cuesta, would give some background but I could not recommend that film as it is a very poor and does not do the broader subject matter much justice. Also, Jeremy Renner's melodramatic performance is particularly bad.


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Rear Window (1954) - Alfred Hitchcock

Lost count of the amount of times I have watched this. The plot device of James Stewart's lack of mobility throughout, always led to, in my view, a very relaxed watching experience.
We get to watch a fascinating, beautiful film (hopefully on the big screen) about a man watching a beautiful, fascinating "film" on the enormous , full-wall sized screen of his Greenwich Village courtyard.
Meticulous and masterfully crafted by Hitchcock. The sounds, the music, the Technicolor. Wonderful.

And then, there is Grace Kelly.
It has been said that web porn ruined interest in real life sex but Hitchcock had that beat. Being exposed to the "Hitchcock blondes", at age eight or nine, could fuck you up for life, man.
You either went full gay on the spot, or spent a portion of your maturity cursing "hitch."
I think the correct description of Kelly in this film is; "Devastating".


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been hearing a bit about baby driver since edgar has been a guest on a few of podcasts I like - doug loves movies and comedy bang bang to name two. my buddy who went and saw it said it was a fun watch but not worth seeing it in theaters.

kumail nanjiani has been on a handful of podcasts as well, promoting the big sick which I haven't heard anything about outside of watching a trailer... and I really want to see it but I'll probably wait for the home release for that one too.

and then of course the disaster artist teaser just dropped, and that clip might've been the best thing james franco has ever done (not surprising). it's not coming out until december but that'll be a day one for me. after showing the lady the trailer I was able to finally convince her to watch the room last night.

I'm also waiting for the trailer for bob byington's infinity baby since it's gotten some really positive feedback.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
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Saw Dunkirk yesterday on 70mm in Stockholm. It was a piece of shit. Characters become ants and Nolan just stack every story line on top of each other in a random order, all of which becomes boring, sentimental and predictable. All quiet on the Warner front.


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Kiss of the Damned

The daily (well, nightly) life of a bunch of vampires who would feel at home in Anne Rice novels.
Set in contemporary Connecticut and in a nearby city that might be New York.
Mimi, a rather wild girl who enjoys killing people for blood, antagonizes her more civilized sister (who limits herself to hunting animals) and the actress (no matinées...) who leads their apparently informal vampire organization and is even more pro-human.

An interesting combination of concrete details and action, vampire ethical and political issues, and sex. Almost no sense of humour.
More attention to covering up murders and corpse disposal would have been good, but on the other hand vampirism "rules" are straightforwardly explained, illustrated and hinted at; rigorously followed; and logically consistent and thematically well suited.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:09 am 


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Saw Dunkirk yesterday on 70mm in Stockholm. It was a piece of shit. Characters become ants and Nolan just stack every story line on top of each other in a random order, all of which becomes boring, sentimental and predictable. All quiet on the Warner front.


Christopher Nolan is the most overrated director of the last 20 years, but interested to see this anyway.
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Valerian felt like a sort of spiritual successor to The Fifth Element. Interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:02 am 


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xxx1993 wrote:
Valerian felt like a sort of spiritual successor to The Fifth Element. Interesting.


CNN's article title on the review is "'Valerian' makes early bid for worst movie of the year".

I'm going to see Dunkirk tomorrow, and unfortunately not in 70mm... As a pro-film photog I should, but the one theater that has it doesn't have the greatest seats. :(
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I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't wait to see Dawn (which I also have on Blu-ray) and War. I have also seen the original 60s movie recently, which I also liked quite a bit. I was perplexed at how it ended up with a G rating, though.

Today, I watched Race for Your Life Charlie Brown. Definitely as good as I remembered, though those bullies were annoying ("We're number 1, we're number 1"). Made it all the more enjoyable when Linus snapped his blanket at them.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:47 am 


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Boy Wonder (2010)

Great concept that happens to be poorly made crap. Badly handled at every turn, from directing, casting, acting and pace. It's a movie that gets sidetracked whenever possible from what makes it interesting, constantly meandering into moral procrastination that pulls the rug from the vigilantism that the movie is meant to be delivering instead.

It's junk, and I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on it unless you're interested in seeing a concept that it crying out for a rewrite and a remake from a credible director in 2017.

Unsurprisingly Roger Ebert thought it was very good and one was one of the only professional critics to praise it, which is par for the course for Ebert because he knew nothing at all about film and was a completely useless critic who got most of everything wrong. It's amazing a man so bad at his job can rank so highly in his profession for so long, but when I consider the general audience he's informing and it somehow makes sense.
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