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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:38 am 


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now that Marvel has pretty much used up all their top-tier material and has to start digging deeper into the back catalog for MCU material

Fingers crossed for a Squirrel Girl movie to materialize eventually. :)


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Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Quite possibly the best Ghostbusters movie since the original. It has officially earned the franchise’s exoneration.
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The Kurosawa classic is finally in North America on 4K UHD and it comes with the best packaging! Best Buy as usual does a horrible job showing off the artwork of their steelbook release, but man does it look amazing in person. I think its the same release the rest of the world got save for the new artwork and the digital copy included as well. Still an amazing movie, and still wows me to no end just how much the different colors representing the armies of the different brothers pop off the screen.
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One hell of a movie. Image "Do not curse the Gods! The Gods are weeping at our foolishness!" A classic home A/V benchmark, too.

(obligatory mention of Kagemusha, sometimes regarded as Ran's dress rehearsal, but a formidable Sengoku-jidai in its own right. Tatsuya Nakadai really gets to show off his range in the dual lead)
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Afterlife was the one movie I chose to watch this year. About three times better than Ghosts of Mars, less than 50% of its minutes entertained me, and Ghosts of Mars is more interesting being a kusoge, so I feel like it's another of my bad life choices. To be fair I always thought the "passing the torch" idea was the worst thing, back when they were pitching the idea of bringing in Ben Stiller or whatever. Rather see grandpas ordering employees around from the couch.

I'm more angry about Jay from RLM being more right than wrong, that cynical hack fraud. Every time they watched scenes from the old movie in the new movie, made me wish I was watching that movie instead.

Unless you're obligated to watch it by contract like I am, or more predisposed to what it has to offer (I'm glad there are others who really liked it, at least), here are things I recommend doing with your time instead:

* Play a Harvest Moon.

* Get into the new(ish) genre of analog horror.

* Watch some alternate takes from the first movie.

* Watch/play the video game which is the closest we'll get to a GB3.

And if you need to watch a movie for some reason, just go pick literally anything from 1984. It was a ridiculous spread that year, no wonder they don't need to make movies anymore. They already made them in all. In 1984.

.. it's even got the Last Starfighter, renowned for being 600% better than Star Wars and making 0.001% as much money. And can you believe Nightmare on Elm Street had such a moderate take? Like some kinda indie hit. The market was very different back then.

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I've been rooting for her too. The obvious reason they haven't is she'd cost a lot of money in CGI, and merging a real person with CGI, they're not so good at that. I think they could make it look decent with a GAN, it worked for Scorpion King...

... the even more obvious reason is the amount of $ to make a Squirrel Girl movie and a Spider Man movie is about the same, and even if it wasn't there's only so many weeks in a year, so many slots to fill. So fill'em with proven properties instead of interesting but unprofitable d-listers...


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Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: ***

Ever notice how even though all the heroes and villains in the Marvel universe have all these amazing superpowers or all sorts of incredible technology, in the end all the combat eventually devolves into straight-up fistfights? I figured they'd eventually just make a straight-up martial arts movie and call it good, and that's pretty much what you get here. But of course since it's Marvel there's all sorts of sci-fi and fantasy gobbledygook involved as Shang Chi finds himself having to save Wakanda-With-Harry-Potter-Beasts from his Daddy Issues. In the end it can't seem to decide if it's Crazy Rich Asians with Kung Fu (the inclusion of Awkwafina in a lead role certainly contributes to that) or Harry Potter with Kung Fu. I'm sure it all ties into Eternals and the second upcoming Doctor Strange movie (especially since Wong makes a couple of cameos) but now that Marvel has pretty much used up all their top-tier material and has to start digging deeper into the back catalog for MCU material it's going to start getting a lot harder to follow this stuff.


Each 3rd of this movie is a movie in its own right. It definitely moves from one extreme to the other.

I am now looking for scenes in Disney movies where the good guys get put in jail, and there just happens to be someone in there already that can get them out. Since I watched this and Star Wars EP8 back to back, both movies have scenes like this. Actually, 3 movies if you include Solo.
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So, Dune was really nice.
Excellent movie about a book that never moved me much (not big on "Science Fantasy", sorry), but it was fun to act as some kind of mentor to the young lads who invited me to the cinema.
My wife is suddenly reading the book (in English, as she read it many moons ago in Korean).
She was quite fascinated by the massive amounts of world building, indeed, and she seems tempted to find the old TV series.
Oh well, good experience overall.

Re: Marvel comics. I loved the Starlin stuff when I was a teen (and a certain Thanos and his "golden counterpart"); the rest, not for me, thankyouverymuch.

...My 2 cents is that they are going to milk the storylines linked to the aforementioned "golden counterpart", also because Marvel comics (and in particular Starlin) produced quite a bit of material on this theme.
I also watched Eternals, and the cameo seems to me a clear proof of this hunch.
OK, James Gunn also said that...2023. Am I avoiding spoilers well enough? You guys need to go out more often, really.



No, I mean, I bet that they'll aim to adapt one of the storylines involving the...lavender version of the golden counterpart guy.
And resurrect someone.

By 2029 or something.
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Ghostbusters Afterlife

Weak both as comedy (sickly teenagers with immature parents cannot compete with the likes of Dr Venkman and Ray) and as a ghost-busting adventure, a story poisoned by fanservice (often well thought out, but still a drag) and deliberate suppression of novelty and character agency. There are good moments and cool ideas, but in this world the present and the future belong to the old (and to the already dead).


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Ghostbusters Afterlife: ***

Definitely better than the 2016 remake, but that's a really low bar to clear (and there seem to be people out there trying to politicize this one too, calling it the result of a "sexist conspiracy" against the 2016 film.) That said, it starts out really slow, becomes way too predictable, and the end result probably could have been accomplished just as effectively by making some sort of a reunion special as it was by making this film. Still reasonably entertaining, but relies way too much on the past.

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The movie's biggest shortcoming seems to have been rehashing the whole Gozer storyline from the first movie. I know Hollywood is creatively bankrupt at this point and can't seem to do anything but rehashing the past, but the end result comes across as being about as original as Star Wars Episode 7. And the ending "twist" could be seen from a mile away. When the pre-release hype talks constantly about the involvement of the original actors, there's about fifteen minutes of run time left and you haven't seen most of them you've got a pretty good idea they're going to ex machina their way into the proceedings at the last minute, and it loses its impact pretty quickly. And where the heck did they manage to find proton packs anyway?

Finally, this movie falls into the usual "Couldn't they have just called?" trope. Sure everyone thinks Egon is crazy, but you'd think he would at least call every so often rather than ditching everyone with no explanation.
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Hey it's a great movie for people who like movies.

Like I always say, cinema is like arcades: it used to serve a purpose when you couldn't get the same thing or better at home. Entire essays and books have been written about how cheap and shite tv was back in the day. The Simpsons wasn't revolutionary just on its own merits, but in the context of the environment it showed up in.

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I hate movies Bryan (;`w´;)
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Dune (2021): ***

It's a very pretty movie, easily the best adaptation of Dune that's been done so far. It's also rather long at 2 hours and 40 minutes (although I did miss about the first 20 minutes and don't feel like I missed much) and clearly didn't even try to tell the entire story. I read the book way back when I rode dinosaurs to high school so I don't remember too much of it, but I do remember the book being a doorstopper with a big glossary at the end that I needed to refer to frequently just to have some idea what was going on, so trying to get all that into a film for an audience going in with no context is going to be a tough task for anyone. I'm sure by the time both parts of the movie (and possibly also Dune Messiah, which apparently Denis Villeneuve wants to do as a third movie) are out we'll probably end up with extended editions that end up being 12 hours long or something ridiculous like that (every couple of years my wife and I end up rewatching the LOTR extended editions, and it usually takes us at least a week to get through those.)

In short, it's pretty, but it's a bit of a slog to get through.
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Dune (2021): ***


Yeah, I saw this at the cinema the other week with 'our lass. Surprisingly she quite enjoyed it or that's what she said anyway, though she has since attempted to do the 'Desert Walk' several times in public :roll:

I did read all the books back in college and remember enjoying them, though I won't lie, most of them had tedious parts and were pretty hard to 100% follow a fair bit of the time; I expect a second reading would aid this, though I didn't like them that much.

I agree, very pretty movie but it was a bit of a slog - as with the books I expect things will pick up a bit in the next instalment.


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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. It’s a bit more faithful to the video games than the original film series with Milla Jovovich, but the action scenes are shot in the dark, with only gunfire lighting it up.
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It's tension of the highest order


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Are you sure about that?

It's pure cringe. There is no suspense because they spell out very blatantly what is going to happen, to the degree that the bodyguard actually says he's going to kill Sandler later in the movie. Sandler's actions never deviate from that which his character dictates, and you simply watch him fall into holes that are already laid out in front of him.

It's a more violent version of "curb your enthusiasm."

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Which is pretty difficult to compare here really. Yes, I absolutely loved possession. Killer fucking movie. Has it in all the right spots (although I stand by what said about Neill's performance).

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Sandler's character continually fucks himself, but his hope for himself, and his love for Fox's character are real.


I didn't read this as hope. I saw Sandler as a gambling addict who was always looking for the thrill and where it would lead him. And I never saw anything that suggested that he actually loved Fox; maybe he did, but it seemed like convenience to me. Only when his wife humiliated him and shot him down completely did he finally turn to the mistress. This kind of "any port in a storm" type of behavior is totally consistent with a gambling addict.

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I thought the script was on point and thoroughly unpredictable for similar reasons; the character is very unpredictable and you don't know where his impulsiveness will lead him.


Again, I didn't feel like it was unpredictable. I thought it was (quite purposefully) predictable, and Sandler remained true to his character at every turn. If anything, the greatest strength of the script is just how realistic the characters actually are. Though real life doesn't necessarily make for good entertainment.

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For sure. It stressed me out watching Sandler fall into holes. But mostly there wasn't anything else about the movie that I felt made that worth it. I wasn't compelled to care about anyone or invested in what happened. It was like a snuff film via gambling.

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I guess I wasn't as blown away by Fox. Sure I guess she's hot and everything that's true and I didn't mind watching her. The "real people in movies" felt gimmicky to me tbh.

Maybe I just was in the wrong mood for it. I'll try it again someday once I forget about it.


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Bruised. It was decent, but how many times must I keep seeing sports-themed stories riding the coattails of Rocky's "lost the game, but went the distance" ending?
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A mocumentary of sorts that takes a look at Japan's "family rental" industry by following a man that wears many hats for various clients. Watched this with my roommate last night who shares my titles as ex-Tokyo expat. An interesting choice for Werner Herzog. He very clearly leaned on the Japanese production, as he should have. The dialogue wasn't westernized in the least. I'm a bit numb the bizarro world known as Japan, but I could see western audiences being slightly disturbed by this. The performances were very subtle - no over the top bullshit. I did, however, feel like it was filmed on an iPhone.
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Holy fuck, I remember hearing about that business a while ago, but kinda chalked it up to Japanese eccentricity and moved on. A Herzog's eye-view sounds worth a look, Kraut/Nihongo collaborations produce some interesting stuff. Post-war collaborations, I mean. Image

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What's that from?

Second viewing for my roommate -- he has interesting taste in cinema: Loves Tarantino but is almost exclusively comedy. (He's been moaning about having to fork out for Paramount Plus to watch South Park, which is on the Thanksgiving menu, of course). Says this might be the best depiction of Japan in film, even beating Tokyo Ga. He's not watched San Soleil yet though.
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That's Herzog's Grizzly Man, a documentary on the late Timothy Treadwell. Dude loooved him some bears, a little too much (he dead). That famous clip of two adult male Grizzlies warring the fuck out, with one straining so hard he shits all over the place - that was Treadwell's footage. Guy had passion and brass balls, if precious little else (pretty sure he was unarmed to the end, even in the above clip). Shame his GF was with him when his luck finally ran out.

Great doc, funny and insightful - as much about chasing dragons in general, as it is about Treadwell himself. Spawned some pretty good Opie & Anthony (w/Patrice O'Neal and Bill Burr) bits, too. :mrgreen:

Now - bumbo! bloodclaat! TO RAAAHTID! It's No Time To Die (2021) Rollicking international Bond adventure! Except when it's a soul-crushing fatalistic dirge! Plus ça Craig. The woohoo/boohoo balance is fairly decent this time around. TBH, despite Casino Royale being my pick of the quintet, it's only its schmaltz that really bothers me. Although I like how Bond's bird assures him that even though his jaffers have been obliterated, she'll stay with him 4EVER. Bond must give good head! :shock: Craig has always brought a quietly good-humoured, gentlemanly side to his otherwise V.SCARY Bond, something that lightens the load when the usual existential doom comes-a-knockin'.

There was much gnashing and wailing of this being a woke, emasculated Bond. It's not. Where Roger was a shuffling disgrace by the end of his run, and Sean arrantly didn't give one good fuck once they'd paid him his whopping Diamonds cut, Craig retains his bruisingly dominant form. Bond hits a pursuing SUV with a grenade, then machineguns the screaming occupants, then uses its tow cable to decapitate a motorcycle cunt, before reprising Roger's all-time classic Bond Revenge from Your Eyes Only. He invades a secret island to systematically exterminate truckloads of lousy commies. Bond shoots, stabs, chokes and gouges foreign-looking cunts from start to end.

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My mans lookin' sharp! What Bond doesn't do is get his mad shag on, because his willy, already flagging from Casino Royale's climactic blue-baller, has been left downright flaccid by the ravages of Spectre, whose epilogue is this film's prologue. When Bond does eventually get down to it, it's very marital. Now, yes, this is not Bond's element, at all. Fittingly enough,
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he doesn't survive it for long.
But there's nothing "woke" or "emasculated" about a rampant Anglo cock ramming a fit French bird, you mongs! You'll get it when you're a bit older, I promise! Some of you will, anyway, hopefully!

Much was also made of Bond's sidekick, Not Grace Jones. Have cunts not seen A View To A Kill? Bond doesn't even fuck her this time - let alone while Christopher Walken creepily admires his big hard double-O dong! Quantum (good film!) had a similarly un-despoiled tough brown bird, Olga somethingorother. NGJ, too, obediently drives Bond around, shoots who he tells her to, and minds the women and children while he gets shit done. All this said: if they think punters are gonna line up for Not Grace Jones, they're avin a larf. She's a charisma vacuum seasoned with boilerplate snark, tolerable as scenery, torture device as feature lead. 3;

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That cute ditzy-yet-deadly Cuban bird from earlier, do one with her! Phwoaar, that bit when she spreads 'em wide only to shoot a cunt square in the face - I bet he was peepin' hard before the bullet shattered his skull, bone fragments shredding his brain into so much shite, destroying all neurological function, never mind his ability to achieve an erection! Or actually, don't make that movie. What you are proposing is Charlie's Angels, not Bond. Bond can't be a woman, unfortunately. He can knock one up, absolutely. But no cock = no Bond. Cock? Bond. Fanny? Not. Fuck off Barbara Broccoli, or whoever's behind all this dumb shit! *2x middle fingers + eat pussy sign*

(to get WOKEY WOKE myself, for a sec - I did chuckle at M's "Bond! You have gone so far off the grid, we think you are dead!" line. He was in fucking Jamaica. Image And not even up in the Cockpit or Blue Mountains or Rock Hole, or some other guerrilla Maroon shit! He was just down the road from my granny's church, bumpin' to Buju! I still don't know where the fuck he was supposed to be after Skyfall's prologue. I don't care! I just remember the cute brown bird whose ass he nailed to the sheets! But a former crown colony, one the UK is still deporting planeloads of Yardies to every week? [thanks, by the way]

Just have him say "Bond, you clever old COONT! You were hiding in plain sight, right under our noses!" No I get it though, the Dr. No nod is very cute, as was the OHMSS one, and the Casino Royale staircase suplex+rear naked choke, etc etc etc)

Overall, another decent Bond with the usual burnt bits expected of Craig. One thing I RLY like: a handful of supporting villains who were simply evil cunts. Nice break from Craig Bond's overwrought Blofeld and his prototype Silva. Reminded me of those homo assassin dudes from Diamonds!
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Dune 2021 -

Felt it reminded me of Game of Thrones, a bit of magic, a prophecy, battles etc. Except its done on a planetery level. I felt the movie should have been a TV show with a big budget rather than a movie as its all about character development and a rather convoluted plot of explaining things. I also like plots like Star Wars and GoT where you sort of know the endgame, or one of the endgames straight away by introducing the bad guy/enemy straight away, but with Dune apart from the prophecy I don't really know where its going. I watched it on IMAX and the presentation was absolutely brilliant so I enjoyed that aspect of it and I definitely a sucker for surround sound, ground shaking bass and a screen bigger than a 747.

I'm gonna give this one a 7.5/10 based on what I have seen so far. It definitely has potential, but the ending left me wanting more without really knowing where its going. Good show though, fingers crossed the next chapter brings more into it. As it stands its a just part of a bigger story.


The Eternals -

Some hate it, some love it. I can see both points. The negatives first. Its a bit of a flatline movie, at no point am I excited. The locales change like the direction of the wind and the timelines are constantly changing as well. The movie plays like a science documentary and history lesson rolled into one. Think Avatar in that respect. I felt like the Eternals have this "starship troopers" fire power, where the mutants are quite a bit more powerful than they really should be against the Eternals. A lot of fire power and weaponry is required to take these suckers down and it feels too dancey in the presentation of fighting like a super hit combo in a fighting videogame, think Marvel super heroes vs Street Fighter and you get fatigued watching battles play out. On the positives, it has some great cinematography and set pieces albeit with some long diaglogue sections inbetween. This is one of those movies that you're watching it but slowly going into a coma. It wraps up well though and the ending wasn't at all what I was expecting.

6.5/10.
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Finally, someone who agrees with me on No Time to Die not being a "woke" movie. YouTube and Twitter is filled with such idiots lately.
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As you know x93, when I see woke, I open fire! Image Honestly I was pleasantly surprised at how traditional it was.

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Bedding every woman in sight without the slightest regard for fatherly responsibility is one type of hyper-masculinity, to be sure. Sacrificing oneself to ensure the family's survival is another, and every bit as primal.

Some are going to scoff at Bond giving a rat's ass about any of this, and not merrily swimming off to risk Madeline and Mathilde (or his future grandchildren) being hunted down by the Heracles he's carrying. But if we're going to be that uncharitable, then the entire Craig series has been "woke." The whole thing was about Bond trying and failing to leave his dangerous life, and suffering for it, as lovers (Vesper), friends (Mathis) and family (M, Felix) died before his eyes.

I think of the Crag films as an extension of OHMSS, and finally, an inversion. In the end, Bond finally does free those nearest him from his world of death - at the cost of his own life. It'd take an incredibly narrow, immature and frankly boring view of masculinity, to call this Bond "woke" or a "simp."

"Woke" would be Not Grace Jones popping by on a jetpack (Thunderball reference!), delivering a micro-heli (Only Live Twice reference!) and a miracle cure from Q's husband Arnold Turing, saving Bond's incompetent CISheteronormative pale, male, stale ass. Instead, we got a situation where there was truly no way out, other than base self-preservation, and Bond transcended that. Heroism, of a particularly masculine sort going back to Beowulf.

Of course, if someone regards this entire concept as Bad Bond from the ground up, that's another matter entirely. I've enjoyed the detour, even if (as mentioned) it got a bit whiny/sappy at times. I get why it'd turn others off though. Escapism is a big part of Bond, something the Craig films offer only intermittently and never without thorns.

"You... complete... me" "Oh Jamez!" *NUTSACK TORTURE* "I still rove you Jamez, even though your ballbag is puffy and blue and four times its normal size" "Oh thank you my rove, most women would WAIT NO U BETRAY ME :O"


tbh though, I do hope they treat this as its own thing, ala Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. It's one conclusion, not the conclusion, naw mean? Give the Bond role to Johnny Sins, slapheads represent. The yanks deserve a shot, after Cuck Island stole away BLUISE WEINU Image
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Guy had passion and brass balls, if precious little else (pretty sure he was unarmed to the end, even in the above clip). Shame his GF was with him when his luck finally ran out.

He clearly never saw The Revenant.
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As you know x93, when I see woke, I open fire! Image Honestly I was pleasantly surprised at how traditional it was.

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Bedding every woman in sight without the slightest regard for fatherly responsibility is one type of hyper-masculinity, to be sure. Sacrificing oneself to ensure the family's survival is another, and every bit as primal.

Some are going to scoff at Bond giving a rat's ass about any of this, and not merrily swimming off to risk Madeline and Mathilde (or his future grandchildren) being hunted down by the Heracles he's carrying. But if we're going to be that uncharitable, then the entire Craig series has been "woke." The whole thing was about Bond trying and failing to leave his dangerous life, and suffering for it, as lovers (Vesper), friends (Mathis) and family (M, Felix) died before his eyes.

I think of the Crag films as an extension of OHMSS, and finally, an inversion. In the end, Bond finally does free those nearest him from his world of death - at the cost of his own life. It'd take an incredibly narrow, immature and frankly boring view of masculinity, to call this Bond "woke" or a "simp."

"Woke" would be Not Grace Jones popping by on a jetpack (Thunderball reference!), delivering a micro-heli (Only Live Twice reference!) and a miracle cure from Q's husband Arnold Turing, saving Bond's incompetent CISheteronormative pale, male, stale ass. Instead, we got a situation where there was truly no way out, other than base self-preservation, and Bond transcended that. Heroism, of a particularly masculine sort going back to Beowulf.

Of course, if someone regards this entire concept as Bad Bond from the ground up, that's another matter entirely. I've enjoyed the detour, even if (as mentioned) it got a bit whiny/sappy at times. I get why it'd turn others off though. Escapism is a big part of Bond, something the Craig films offer only intermittently and never without thorns.

"You... complete... me" "Oh Jamez!" *NUTSACK TORTURE* "I still rove you Jamez, even though your ballbag is puffy and blue and four times its normal size" "Oh thank you my rove, most women would WAIT NO U BETRAY ME :O"


tbh though, I do hope they treat this as its own thing, ala Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. It's one conclusion, not the conclusion, naw mean? Give the Bond role to Johnny Sins, slapheads represent. The yanks deserve a shot, after Cuck Island stole away BLUISE WEINU Image


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That may be true, but ultimately I think the ending of No Time To Die can be explained more simply as Daniel Craig wanting to make absolutely sure they can't try to drag him back to do any more James Bond films. With the rumors going around that Netflix is paying him as much as $100 million to do two more Benoit Blanc (Knives Out) films where he doesn't have do much more than stand around and talk in a bad Southern accent, I can't say I'd blame him for not wanting to deal with the rigors of making James Bond movies anymore.

Now if you really wanted "Woke" you'd make Not Grace Jones the new 007 and make her a raging Lesbian horndog. Sure you'd lose 75% of the audience and the movie would bomb hard, but think of all the GLAAD awards they'd win!
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He clearly never saw The Revenant.


Treadwell would've probably staged a dirty protest at the premier, had he survived to witness it. :mrgreen:

There's quite the cottage industry of beary JAWS w/ PAWS survival/horror, it seems! Two I enjoyed, after my most recent Grizzy Man watch:

Backcountry (2014) No it's not a porno you dirty devils! It's a Canadian-made wilderness survival flick, about an urban couple on a doomed romantic getaway. Unfortunately, the male lead is a total fucking dingus - the definition of a Stupid Horror Protagonist. Where Reynolds and Voight were tragically naive in Deliverance, this guy is just a fucknut! The revelation of just how badly he's screwed the romantic getaway pooch brings real horror to a previously lukewarm movie; the punishing trek home is a far stronger watch, and just about worth waiting on, if you like this sort of doomy ordeal. AKA: "Blackfoot Trail."

Into The Grizzly Maze (2015) Trashier and far superior to Back Country - ditching all pretense of naturalistic horror in favour of straight-up BEARSPLOITATION. This particular furry friend is one mean nasty fucker, sporting Freddy's ubiquity and Jason's unstoppable savagery. After a middling start with corny shit about bros 4 life, it settles into a predictable but perfectly entertaining rhythm of beary peril. Billy Bob Thornton customarily magnetic - Thomas Jane not bad, either! Fun schlock. AKA: RED MACHINE (fuuuck that's a badass title!)
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Ultimately, this O&A bit with Burr/O'Neal/Norton is Western society's crowning BEAR TERROR achievement. :cool: Even if it's 90% about the other kind of bear, the buff hairy sort!

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That may be true, but ultimately I think the ending of No Time To Die can be explained more simply as Daniel Craig wanting to make absolutely sure they can't try to drag him back to do any more James Bond films. With the rumors going around that Netflix is paying him as much as $100 million to do two more Benoit Blanc (Knives Out) films where he doesn't have do much more than stand around and talk in a bad Southern accent, I can't say I'd blame him for not wanting to deal with the rigors of making James Bond movies anymore.

Now if you really wanted "Woke" you'd make Not Grace Jones the new 007 and make her a raging Lesbian horndog. Sure you'd lose 75% of the audience and the movie would bomb hard, but think of all the GLAAD awards they'd win!


Oh yeah, there's that concern, too - bit like Diamonds Are Forever being so chintzy partially for taking place in Vegas, but also because they blew half their budget luring Connery back. :lol:
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I saw one w/ Anthony Hopkins. Plane crashes in the woods w/ the pilot and the dude that's banging his wife... all sorts of perils they must endure, including a bear. I believe there was only three of them and the pilot was black, so you can pretty much figure out about half of the movie from that.
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I still have to watch the latest Bond, but I do hope that for the next instalment(s), they take Garth Ennis' Jimmy's Bastards as a model.
If anything, I want Bond drinking Dom Peri before missions, making fun of political correctness while shooting dark-skinned baddies (...from Wales), and visiting Q's office with a Churchill poster and a "In Doubt - kill a Hun" advertisement on it. Oh, and doing the randy kinky bits related to the title, of course.
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