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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Psycho Soldier » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:47 pm

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation - It's possible I've been desensitized to its poor quality over the decades, but while it is quite bad in most respects, it's not outright unwatchable. (Then again, my opinion of the first film has dropped over time, so the sequel doesn't seem as terrible in comparison.) MKA is overstuffed and undercooked - at least half the characters serve no real purpose and the script should have been rewritten extensively. There's much more wrong with it, but its problems are well known anyway.

Dunkirk - Technically impressive, but I found it insubstantial overall. If the characters had been half as interesting as everything else in the film, it would've been really good. I found it just serviceable.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Despecialized Edition - I hadn't watched Episode IV in any capacity since the '90s, so it was nice to find it still holds up. Obviously the later films would look more polished and feel more epic, but it's easy to see in ANH the seed of modern Hollywood blockbusters. The editing on this version looked pretty much seamless.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:25 am

Princess Kaguya - Visually interesting, not sure about the ending, but i guess it's based on a traditional tale

The D-Train - I really didn't like this movie. characters were insufferable and disturbingly unlikable.

Grabbers - I got this on DVD for Christmas, still a lot of fun and an underrated monster flick
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:31 pm

Psycho Soldier wrote:Dunkirk - Technically impressive, but I found it insubstantial overall. If the characters had been half as interesting as everything else in the film, it would've been really good. I found it just serviceable.


Some people might say you just summed up Nolan's entire career.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:20 pm

eabaker wrote:
Psycho Soldier wrote:Dunkirk - Technically impressive, but I found it insubstantial overall. If the characters had been half as interesting as everything else in the film, it would've been really good. I found it just serviceable.


Some people might say you just summed up Nolan's entire career.


Bah, I’m not a Nolan apologist, but he’s made some great films with wonderfully interesting characters.

As for Dunkirk, I thought it was great. However, I felt it was less a traditional movie and far more a historical experience similar to a re-enactment. For me, it totally worked and I loved the film, but I can also see why not everyone would enjoy it as much. Also, I saw it in it’s full aspect ratio on IMAX Laser on the biggest screen in Texas, which I think helped sell the “historical experience”. I walked out of the theater feeling like I had BEEN there. It was an intense, visceral experience.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Psycho Soldier » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:07 pm

eabaker wrote:
Psycho Soldier wrote:Dunkirk - Technically impressive, but I found it insubstantial overall. If the characters had been half as interesting as everything else in the film, it would've been really good. I found it just serviceable.


Some people might say you just summed up Nolan's entire career.


Heh, that they might. I've only seen The Dark Knight and Inception besides Dunkirk, but I remember enjoying the former two quite a bit more than the latter, which didn't even try to have interesting characters:

“The empathy for the characters has nothing to do with their story,” added Nolan. “I did not want to go through the dialogue, tell the story of my characters… The problem is not who they are, who they pretend to be or where they come from. The only question I was interested in was: Will they get out of it? Will they be killed by the next bomb while trying to join the mole? Or will they be crushed by a boat while crossing?”
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:22 am

Psycho Soldier wrote:I've only seen The Dark Knight and Inception besides Dunkirk


Dude, you’re missing out. Batman Begins is probably the best Batman movie to date. Memento, The Prestige, and Interstellar are all great movies. Interstellar seems a bit more divisive, but I think it’s phenomenal (and it’s another one that really benefits from seeing it in full IMAX, but it’s still a great film even without that incredible presentation).

And they all have solid, interesting, engaging characters (especially Batman Begins and The Prestige). Outside of Dunkirk, I honestly don’t see where the “Nolan makes uninteresting character” complaint comes from.


And look, now y’all are making me sound like a Nolan apologist haha.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:04 am

I can agree with needing to see Batman Begins and The Prestige, but god no on INterstellar and Memento. Memento pretends to be some ingenius masterpiece by telling the movie backwards when it reality it's just a shoddy mess of a film if you were to actually put the scenes in their proper order. The characters suck ass. As for Interstellar, I liked it better when it was called 2001, which is already a borefest as it is. At least you can hear what the characters are saying and one of them isn't a deadbeat dad.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:16 am

Memento is Nolan’s best film.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:54 am

jellydonut25 wrote:Memento is Nolan’s best film.


See what I mean? People are blinded due to it being told backwards.

Anyway, his best movies are The Dark Knight and Inception.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Psycho Soldier » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:17 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:
Psycho Soldier wrote:I've only seen The Dark Knight and Inception besides Dunkirk


Dude, you’re missing out. Batman Begins is probably the best Batman movie to date. Memento, The Prestige, and Interstellar are all great movies.


I plan to see all of those at some point. After reading spoilers for Interstellar (which I couldn't avoid when the movie came out), I might put it last on my list, but the others are priorities for sure.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:56 pm

Alright, I'm in.

Batman Begins and Interstellar are Nolan's best films.

And Kain, you continue to amaze me with how we often either completely agree OR completely disagree about any given movie. 2001 is one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.

Psycho Soldier, if like Kain you somehow find one of the best cerebral space exploration movies ever made (I.e. 2001 A Space Oddyssey) to be a chore, then you probably won't enjoy Interstellar. However, if like me, you adore the genius that is 2001, then definitely seek out Interstellar as you'll probably thoroughly enjoy it and maybe (like me) even outright love the darn thing!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:27 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:Batman Begins is probably the best Batman movie to date.


To me, Begins feels too much like a feature length montage. We never have the time to get invested in a storyline, to watch a scene play out organically; the script always in too much of a hurry to get to the next plot point, because they've tried to squeeze two movies' worth of events into the runtime of one.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:08 am

Rumble in the Bronx is... okay. I mean, it's nothing when you compare it to his best HK flicks, but you understand why it was his breakout film in America. Made for a foreign audience, but set in America (and filmed mostly in Canada) and based almost entirely on the stereotypes of America from movies - the result: it feels like Jackie Chan is running around in an off-brand version of an American movie of the time. It ends up feeling like a transition from HK Jackie to Hollywood Jackie. I think the film needs one big fight scene where Jackie fights one other really skilled baddie for a bit, but hell: who am I to say this film doesn't fully show off his talents when this movie apparently did the trick?

Jackie's big fashion for this movie: 1) a tight onesie where you can see his balls, and 2) jeans and a sleeveless black t-shirt with a high neck.

Saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi with my family and it just further convinced me that it's really good, the best SW movie Disney has made, and quite possibly the best SW movie since Empire. I feel a lot better about this franchise's future after this one.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:14 am

If you haven’t seen BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (which I watched for a second time tonight with some people), you’re missing out on one of 2017’s BEST. From the director of Bone Tomahawk. He got a good performance outta Matthew Fox somehow and he does it again with Vince Vaughn in an overall tighter, tenser, more driven film (though still deliberate in its pacing).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:35 pm

^ oh snap! its available for Prime subscribers. I will probably watch it this week
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Postby lhb412 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:38 pm

^Oooh, I'll try to watch that and The Big Sick (Amazon co-prouduces a ton of great movies so that they'll get the streaming rights!) this week.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:01 pm

Despicable Me 3 What Can I say?....I guess it was worth $1.50 to rent at Red Box. It was not as awful as Minions, but still didn't recapture the wit and charm of the first film. It tried in a couple of parts, but ultimately failed. Several plot points were set up that had no payoff, or were poorly executed. Yeah I know its a kids film, but it seemed more a lazy cash grab than anything else. I've seen many franchises go that way, which is sad. There were a couple of laughs to be sure, and my kids seemed to enjoy it, but nothing spectacular. Also where did this new Minion "Mel" come from? I don't know why, but the Minions basically being pointless in this film made me have this visceral reaction every time he was on screen. I was like "who the heck are you?"..... He was the leader of a minion Rebellion, and I kept expecting him to be some villain in disguise, and the others would get rid of him or something, but none of that happened...
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:23 pm

I saw that one in the theater with my kid, and all i really remember about it was the Gru had a brother and the 80s dance fighting. I completely forgot about whatever subplot the minions had.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:56 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:Creep 2 - If you liked the first one (on Netflix, it's a 3 or 3.5/5), you might be like me and REALLY like this breezier, funnier, all-around more well-characterized sequel. It's pretty lacking in scare factor, but still enjoyable. 3.5/5

This is on Netflix now. I enjoyed the first one and this one as well (although to disagree with JD25, i found the first one funnier, and thought the characterization relied heavily on the first film) - I really liked the final scene in this one, there were some nice subtleties that said a lot about what had changed. Both films are interesting in that they are effective films done on a very small scale and budget. I feel like if they made a Creep 3, its in the right hands, but I don't know where they would go from here.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:44 pm

Logan Lucky - Even better than it was the first time. Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby The Shadow » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:35 am

I just recently saw Logan Lucky myself; it's an excellent caper movie. Nice to see West Virginians not portrayed as the usual "dumb hillbillies", the movie does a fantastic job of taking that expected portrayal and turning it on its head.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:09 am

Dunkirk - A resounding MEH. It’s obviously very technically well done but, it’s honestly just mostly boring. No characters to care about, no real tension, no story. It’s just a bunch of scenes. If this weren’t a Christopher Nolan movie, I’d swear off the director of this movie in the future.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:50 pm

Recently watch the BBC production To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters. It was damned well acted and directed. Unfortunately, for the amount of story it had to tell, 2 hours (I believe it was aired as a TV movie in the UK, while here in the States it was broadcast as two 1-hour episodes) simply wasn't nearly enough time. The second half, in particular, once they were actually publishing their novels, felt very rushed, and the ending came almost out of the blue.

Still, "left me wanting more" is hardly the harshest of criticisms, and I'd highly recommend it.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:45 pm

I've been sick as a dog the last few days. Any hope that I'd be able to catch up on some of the movies and books I'd have liked to scuttled by a lack of concentration caused by my fatigue. In and out of consciousness I've watched some Anthony Bourdain episodes on Netflix, a couple of PBS documentaries that aired in the middle of the night, and, uh, I watched Grizzly. Yeah, I saw this killer animal movie on Amazon Prime and figured it would be perfect for me in my condition. It is as transparent a Jaws ripoff as you can get. The entire structure of the movie is stolen. It's Jaws in the woods. The trained bear playing the grizzly is too cute, which is a bit of a problem (Neal Adams did the poster - painting a memorably vicious looking bear).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:16 pm

Kong Skull Island - Eh, still about as decent as it was the two times I saw it in theaters. The characters are so forgettable though as I just finished the movie 10 minutes ago and I've already forgotten everyone's name. THe visuals are superb though. Still sticking with my original 7/10.
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