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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:26 am 


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^That's either high praise or universally panned. When you put it like that, it's just one more bullet to dodge.

As for me, I'm filling bleeding gaps. Had a watch of Scanners for the first time. Blew my mind, pardon the bad pun. So minimal in terms, so dense in atmosphere. The score keeps it all together. Smooth camera movement. I know peeps a primed for the first ultra-violence as part of "have-you-seen-that?" when they remember it, yet all extremes are high caliber. You know what's up when folks exit a car carrying shotguns, it's not gonna stop there. The showdown is one intense screaming. The ending is Really? Awesome! variety. I even dug the credit-roll, with the stern, coldly computed names.

Going for The Dead Zone and Videodrome next!
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:35 am 


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Doctor Sleep (2019) Acceptably lightweight Shining sequel. Alcoholic older Danny and young friend with TEH SHINE run afoul of child-torturing psychic vampires. Stronger at drama than horror. Compellingly performed all-around, even as its early macabre descends into fanservicey quasi-capeshit.

The film's problem, in a frame (actual spoiler):
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I always thought of the original movie's ghosts as amorphous, malleable snatches of torment caught in the vortex of the Overlook itself. Here they're practically Danny's surrogate Ghost Family. Dunno, I'd have preferred something a bit less literal than GHOST SQUAD. Poor bathtub hag, she must've been dog-tired after being trotted out five or six times in this film.


Not terrible for what it is, though definitely a bit over-long.

EDIT: Watched the DIRECTOR'S CUT. Concurring with hack frauds - this is the better watch. As a supernatural drama of recovery, adolescence and mortality, it's a pretty strong movie. The DC's runtime largely focuses on the better stuff. Decent vampiric b-horror with some excellent performances.

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Prior to the film's release, Warner Bros. had enough confidence in the film that they hired Flanagan to script a prequel with the working title Hallorann, focusing on the character of Dick Hallorann. Following the disappointing box-office performance of Doctor Sleep, the future of the project is unclear.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
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Sonic the Hedgehog was really fun! It's what Sonic X should have been!
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:39 am 


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Parasite
Have had it on the radar after the accolades it got here. Really glad to see it sweep at the Oscars.

Tokyo!
Another one that had been in the queue for ages, and with Parasite winning I figured I'd give it a go. 3 short stories set in Tokyo (none directed by Japanese directors). Worth a watch but I found the one in the middle not very enjoyable.

The Report
Pretty good modern-day thriller. Not sure I learned a lot that was new, but it was still interesting to see how it all tied together. What a shit show.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:06 am 


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Sonic the Hedgehog was really fun! It's what Sonic X should have been!


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It's what the modern Sonic games should have been also either.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
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Sonic the Hedgehog: ***

Not a bad movie overall (certainly could have been a lot worse, judging from the reaction to the first trailer) but it's pretty clear that the writers' experience with Sonic the Hedgehog as a character consisted entirely of playing through about half of Green Hill Zone Act 1 on a Genesis demo unit at the local Sears in 1991. You probably could have plugged in just about any generic superhero in place of Sonic and any generic villain in place of Robotnik (which probably would have improved the movie by getting rid of Jim Carrey's nails-on-chalkboard level performance) and gotten basically the same movie out of this. Will probably do well enough to warrant a disappointing sequel a couple of years down the road.

Soapdish: ***

Comedy from 1991 about a daytime soap opera that turns out to have more drama on the set than on the show. Sally Field plays Celeste Talbert, an aging star on a daytime soap opera, while a younger actress conspires with one of the writers (Robert Downey Jr.) to get her written off the show so she can be the star. All of the attempts to do so backfire, Over time, the on-set drama overshadows the actual soap opera when Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline) is brought back to the show after being fired many years ago, and it turns out that Celeste's "niece" (Elizabeth Shue) who happened to show up on the set one day, is their daughter out of the affair that resulted in Anderson's ousting from the show. Overall a decent little mindless flick with lots of scenery chewing melodrama to go around, although the ending may be problematic for modern audiences. Even so, I'd recommend John Candy's Delirious as a better example of this type of thing.
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Alice and the Mayor

A remarkably original quasi-comedy about modern politics and ecological collapse.

Alice, a young philosopher, returns from abroad for a peculiar job in her native Lyon: "idea advisor" for the severely burned-out mayor, a big shot of the Socialist party (Fabrice Luchini, very impressive).

A bit of satire, a lot of realistic representation of modern political activity, some love interests, but above all troubled people talking about how we are all doomed and traditional concerns for economic growth etc. are futile.
Typical comedy techniques like characters who talk too much and too well are repurposed from being funny to serious political reflection and heartfelt portrayal of sad and emotionally wounded people and groups.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:11 am 


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The Dead Zone

Man, it just connected the dotdotdots that this film is probably the only one I've seen to date where Chris Walken is the undisputable lead. I couldn't take my eyes off his performance. Yeah, I know The Deer Hunter, but this is the Chris Walken Show. He's vulnerable. Next he's nostalgic. Oh, look he is wearing a collar like a tacky Dracula cape. That's adorable! He's tormented, no wait, he's discovered some optimism. He's having a horrendous vision. He's in sweat and the bed he's lying in is actually on fire! He's covering his tear-stained face. If he had a vision where he is becoming the pope blessing a heathen nation, I wouldn't have objected! When the film started I was about to scoff: THE NAME OF THE PRODUCER FIRST, followed by the title in plain and meek font I felt a rise to exclaim immediately. But then it breathes and builds a mosaic of the title while introducing a mood with the first paces of the musical theme. I was duped, which was well played.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
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Bad Boys for Life

Bad films are rarely completely bad. This one has mostly reasonable and/or spectacular (albeit seriously over the top) action scenes, which cannot help against bad characters, bad story and bad plot holes.

Summary: our heroes approach middle age, with Mike (Will Smith) intending to remain a bachelor hero cop forever and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) intending to retire because he has a grandson. Meanwhile, a young and competent Mexican gangster invades Miami, and action grinds to a halt because Marcus wants to stay retired and refrain from violence while Mike SPOILER.
The exceptional amount of ambivalence that has been built up is then dismantled and ridiculed as Mike progressively drags Marcus back to action, with the help of some picturesque colleagues. After Mike discovers a carefully non-anticipated bad plot twist
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the whole team goes to Mexico City (unofficially, of course) for a long old school showdown with the whole drug cartel. Conforming to recent bad film tradition, a bad sequel hook adds insult to injury just when the bad ending seems to have run its course.

Bad acting (Martin Lawrence looks like he doesn't want to be there) and bad direction, with major errors (e.g. cops instantly changing clothes during a chase and bulletproof people ignoring chest wounds) complement bad writing. Bad boys indeed, all of them!


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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
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Ford v. Ferrari: ***1/2

Dramatic retelling of the story behind the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, where Ford threw gobs of money at a race team mostly to show up Enzo Ferrari after he insulted the Ford executives (to be honest he had a point on that one. ) Definitely one of the best auto racing movies ever made, but for the most part that's a pretty low bar. Ultimately, it seems like the type of movie best watched in small chunks and YouTube clips, lest you realize that it's basically asking you to root for the bad guys.
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Sonic The Hedgehog is everything a family-oriented movie based on a video game property should be. It's funny, charming, and faithful to its source material. I'm usually not too keen on Jim Carrey's non-dramatic roles, but I loved every scene he was in. I loved all the characters, actually. I forgot how much I liked James Marsden as an actor. Not all of the jokes were funny, but none of them made me groan or roll my eyes. The references to the video games were clever and never felt forced. This is easily one of the better video game movies that exist and it made me smile from start to finish.
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jojo rabbit: a coming of age comedy movie about a wimpy hitler youth sounds rife for relevant political satire and some good laughs, but it ends up telling a completely toothless nothing story with fuck all to say about anything. hitler's bad, i guess. got 'em! brave thing to do in 2020. scarlet johansson collects another paycheck for being in another marvel movie.

love and pop: hideaki anno proves an incredible understanding of how voyeurism in modern society operates and demonstrates an empathy for the women subjects of this film in a way that dispels a lot of faint & lingering discomforts i had about the guy. a little uncomfortable, but so fun in its shooting that it's quite the watch.

joker: guy who did the hangover movies thinks he's grown a huge dick and has something to say and rips off a couple scorsese films (sometimes brazenly) while the talented joaquin phoenix does his best to make you pretend he's being directed by someone competent. stupidly obsessed with adding in batman canon elements rather either to try and legitimize itself or leave a mark, i don't know which is more sad. remarkably useless and uninteresting.
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:42 am 


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Ad Astra
Had heard some bad things about this one. It definitely has some redeeming qualities but almost all of them are in the first half. I'm all for thinking big, but a lot of it was too far fetched. Some nice cinematography though.

Booksmart
This was towards the end of the flight and my brain needed something very easy. This delivered. I knew it would have some dumb shit in it, but it didn't take the whole "girl power" thing to cringe worthy heights, and I think it even handled it pretty well. Soundtrack was great. Even the "new" songs that are definitely not my bag fit.
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Bought some DVDs and a Blu-ray from a local K-Mart that had a closing sale. Two of them were surprisingly snapper case DVDs, meaning they were likely old stocks from the late 90s back when DVDs was a new media

The Proposition (2005) - A cowboy movie set and filmed in Australia that centers around the middle sibling of three outlaw brothers who is forced to hunt down the elder of the trio by an authority figure in order to save the mentally-handicapped younger one from execution. Most of the focus on the movie is actually on the Captain who is holding the younger brother prisoner, as he tries to shield his wife from all the horrors happening around them in a vain attempt to give her some semblance of a normal civilized life. Not a bad movie, even if it's not particularly original.

Hurlyburly (1998) - The official plot synopsis summarizes the movie as "the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes, whose dysfunctional personal lives are more interesting than anything they’re peddling to the studios". If their lives as depicted in this movie are more interesting than the movies they're pitching, I don't want to imagine what kind of boring shit the characters in the movie are actually peddling. Basically the movie is just Sean Penn as a cokehead bitching and whining about shit to his friends until the end and becoming way too needy with the people he's involved with.

The Player (1992) - Another movie involving movie people, but this one is not too bad. A movie executive starts receiving threatening letters from a former screenplay writer he somehow wronged in the past and tries to get into the bottom of things, only to get into a series of mishaps. Not going to say the plot beyond that, but the ending had a pretty clever twist.


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