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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:32 pm

Venom - So glad I didn't waste money to see this, it was god damn boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring. It didn't help that Eddie was utterly unlikable and everything that happened to him was his own fault and well deserved, but it didn't do anything intriguing to make the long slog until he acquired the symbiote worth it. The action scenes were quite generic, the soundtrack was forgettable, and Riot didn't even look a thing like his comic counterpart. Additionally, Hardy was more wooden than he was as Bane. Why does he keep getting these leading roles when he tends to be the least interesting character in his films? Now it could have been a lot worse as it felt like a very early 2000s comic book film, and we know how bad a lot of those were. Regardless, this movie did absolutely nothing we haven't seen before. Go back to the drawing board Sony. I give it a generous 6/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 pm

Glass - This movie got so SHREDDED in reviews that I almost just stayed away. But then a friend I really trust saw it and was like, "What is everyone's problem?" So I checked it out and....what the hell is everyone's PROBLEM? This is a sequel to Unbreakable and Split. It's not a Marvel movie. And I know that the movie has some other problems as well, but like...this is a good capper to a solid trilogy and fits thematically with the two previous movies. I liked it QUITE a bit. I've seen people calling it joyless...and I have to wonder if they watched it at all. McAvoy's character(s) provide PLENTY of humor. People lamenting the "SHYAMALAN TWIST" and while I agree that the twist here was a little bit clunky in its handling and presentation, the actual story reasons for the twist kinda make sense and button up a few of the plot holes I was wondering about. I don't wanna spoil it for anyone, but while it definitely was a tad clunky in the way it was done, and that knocked the movie down a peg or two, it wasn't like The Village, where the twist made almost no narrative sense. People claiming Bruce Willis' sleepwalking ruins the movie....and like, (a) Earth to...everyone, Bruce Willis sucks and doesn't care now and (b) Shyamalan was REALLY smart in his use of Willis' character and got the absolute MOST out of disinterested Bruce that he could. I'm also surprised critics, of all groups, aren't lauding the film more for its striking imagery and cinematography. Its use of camera angles and some really nice shot compositions was fairly striking, and I was taken aback a bit by how effectively Shyamalan maximized a minimal budget. And then there's the people lamenting that it's talky and not action-packed....HAVE THESE PEOPLE SEEN UNBREAKABLE AND SPLIT?!?!?!

I dunno, it's a VERY flawed movie in some ways, but I'm EASILY at a 3.5 outta 5 and I'd personally probably push it to a 4 because I was just really entertained the whole time and McAvoy's performance and the directing really pushed it to that next level for me.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:49 am

Godzilla (1998) - I haven’t watched this in at least 15 years. Since Netflix had it I decided to give it another shot. It’s just a terrible movie (shocker, right?). I actually might enjoy it as a corny 90’s action-disaster spectacle ala Twister, Volcano, Independance Day, etc. except somehow this is so bad it nearly feels like a big budget parody of the genre. A significant part of that has to be the casting. Jean Reno and Hank Azaria do a decent job, but everyone else is absolutely terrible. And the effects are just awful. I mean, yeah, the cgi is obvious; but it’s more than that. The physics are just all wrong in so many ways (especially with anything that flies) it was just constantly taking me out of the movie. Ah well, at least now I won’t be tempted to waste money on it when I see the BD in the bargain bin.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:18 pm

I think I'd get a twinge of nostalgic enjoyment out of it if it weren't ninety years long, because it definitely does harken back to a bygone day of sets and practical effects mixed with CGI and the possibilities we all thought that would bring rather than where we are of just, essentially, photo realistic cartoons. There's some camp and some charm, and the set up is actually solid, but the middle hour, or two hours or 15 years or however long the middle of the movie is, is just SOUL-CRUSHINGLY boring.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:48 am

Velvet Buzzsaw - Dan Gilroy, writer/director of Nightcrawler reunites with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for a horror(?) comedy(?) flick about the world of modern art... it's odd... not in that its weird, but the execution seems to to bounce back and forth from being high caliber to complete schlock. It almost feels like that the horror segments were added in by a different director. i wonder if there is an earlier cut of this film before all the special effects that is a better flick. The cynical satire feels a bit shallow (intentional?) and a far cry from Nightcrawler in such a way that I worry revisiting Nightcrawler after seeing this will diminish NC in someway.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:19 pm

Captain America 1 - This is one of those movies that I feel improves with every viewing as it gets more and more enjoyable each time I see it. Not to mention there are things that I never realized before like Dum Dum Duncan is played by the dude who does Damien Darhk in the CW DC shows. I can't believe I hadn't noticed that before. Nor that Jenna Coleman is the girl with Bucky at the World's Fair place. WOW! Hugo Weaving is great. Chris Evans is fantastic. Well, they're all great. A 9/10.

The Winter Soldier - Still my absolute favorite MCU film at this point. It's just perfection. 10/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:29 pm

The LEGO Movie 2: The 2nd Part
While not quite as fun as the first, it was still very touching.
I got kinda sad remembering the times I missed playing with my sister.
Though she was more into dolls than LEGO.

Gonna try to see Alita Battle Angel on Monday or Tuesday.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:56 am

Alita: Battle Angel

You've heard right, this one is the real deal: a true live action anime that nails the combination of soapy melodrama, crazy genre concepts, and outlandish action. It all makes for a movie that feels very different from your typical superhero movie or the like. The moment Christoph Waltz pulls out that ridiculous gigantic laser pickaxe weapon you know you're in a manga land!

The best part of Alita is Alita herself, which is an incredible testament to both the actress and the special effects artists.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:10 am

I'll rent Battle Angel when it comes to video.

Civil War - The end to the greatest super hero trilogy thus far. It gives an excellent conclusion to the Winter Soldier story that began in the previous film while also adding on a whole new set of layers that would go to shake up the MCU. My only complaints really dive down with Zemo's lack of a costume and the huge ass fonts used to tell us the locations the movie was at. Other than that, a near perfect spy thriller with a super hero film within it. Not to mention it gave us the greatest live action version of Spider-Man. A solid 9/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:44 pm

i was planning to skip A:BA, but the fan response has been really strong. I'll have to find a way to catch it
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:57 am

Resident Evil Degeneration - The lip synch and CGI are quite mediocre, but as a first attempt at a canonical CGI Resident Evil movie, it isn't bad. It has some cool moments on it and knows what Resident Evil is supposed to be about. Overall, I give it a nice 7/10. Not stunning, but not crap either.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:38 am

Just got back from seeing Gundam NT. I have to say that this is easily my least favorite of the more recent UC stories they've done. It's just way too convoluted for its own good and relies on too many flashbacks to moves its plot along. I didn't hate it, there was a lot of I loved and Zoltan is my favorite character of the film, but the pacing was just all over the place as if they crammed three 45 minute OVAs into one film, especially the final battle, which felt very rushed.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:09 am

Happy Death Day 2 U - I really liked the first one a LOT and this one has some of that charm (thanks to Jessica Rothe) and a good bit of creativity, but it also has a few twists that don't make sense or get properly paid off, and a comedy sequence that is so painfully unfunny and out of the movie's character it feels like it was done by a totally different team. Overall, I found it to be a decent little diversion for 100 minutes, but would have been better off waiting to catch it on NetfluluPrime. 3/5.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:00 pm

Dr Kain wrote:Just got back from seeing Gundam NT. I have to say that this is easily my least favorite of the more recent UC stories they've done. It's just way too convoluted for its own good and relies on too many flashbacks to moves its plot along. I didn't hate it, there was a lot of I loved and Zoltan is my favorite character of the film, but the pacing was just all over the place as if they crammed three 45 minute OVAs into one film, especially the final battle, which felt very rushed.


Saw it last night as well. I'm about the same, probably a 6/10. It wasn't horrible, but not great either. The animation was excellent, and I loved the new Gundams and other suits, but the characters were just meh...I actually found Zoltan to be quite annoying. Another *failed Char Clone...*...blah blah...I wish they could have come up with something new..

In the category of *Post Gundam Series* Movies, I'd put NT in the middle. Not nearly as satisfying as say Wing's-Endless Waltz, but much better than 00's Awakening of the Trailblazer, which was a huge disappointment. Also, I'm well aware of the focus on the new characters, but I was hoping somehow Banager and some of the other characters from Unicorn would play a bit more into the story, rather than just cameos, or a last second appearance. I know that's par for the course with Gundam, but still..It added to the dissatisfaction factor.

jellydonut25 wrote:Happy Death Day 2 U.
-I'm not really interested in this, but a few reviewers I've seen online are giving it good reviews. It was just kind of an amusing last night-, as I was at the ticket booth, there was this young couple on a date, and they were literally at the window of the cashier deciding on what movie to see (I guess that's a thing??)...When the girl suggested Happy Death Day 2 U, and asked what it was, the cashier's response was *uhh I dont know, some movie about a girl that dies over and over again..." and the couple looked at each other and said "*uh...we'll come back later...* :lol: . I was thinking that employee should have been fired, or at least reprimanded. While not an *inaccurate* description, I don't even care about the film, and I could have given it a better endorsement. It seems a lot of people aren't even aware of it's existence, seems like marketing for the sequel was a bit of a failure.


Finally, this is more of a request, than an actual view but...has anyone had a chance to see Wandering Earth? It is a Huge budget sci-fi film from China that's in limited release currently. There's one theater about 30 minuets away form me that's playing it, but I don't think I'm going to get out there to see it anytime soon. I've heard good things, but just wondering if anyone else had the chance?
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:41 pm

Saw Alita Battle Angel, and I thought it was really well done.
Must say that Jennifer Connelly is looking very nice for 48 years old (especially in a certain bedroom scene).
The girl that played Alita is cute (even with the large eyes, which weren't that distracting).
Only small problem is the kinda open-ended ending, and unless China helps a LOT, it probably won't get a sequel.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:13 am

Batman Subzero - Nowhere near as good as the best of the series, but still okay. 7/10

Shadow of a Doubt - Not only is this one of Hitchcock's best, but it's also one of the best Film Noirs out there. 10/10
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Postby Dr Kain » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:12 am

Captain America 1990 - Oh god was this painful to sit through, yet, it isn't the worst movie based on a Marvel property ever, so I guess it has that going for it. I don't know what the hell they were going for with Red Skull, but it didn't work. Be it the bullshit origin they gave him, the horrible looking red skull-like head thing, to him becoming Jigsaw from Punisher, he was a wreck from start to finish. What's even worse is how the film had no sense of pacing at all as it made Cap look like a blundering idiot during WWII. The man was defeated on his very first mission. Wow, some great super hero there. At least he was wearing a costume that was accurate to the comics minus the chain mail, so I have to give them credit for that. The rest of the film was a mess, especially its horrid acting and editing. Overall, like I said, there has been worse, but I have no idea what the "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" they were even thinking. They couldn't even get Steven being a New Yorker right. Ugh. 4/10 because I'm generous.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:47 am

Saw Alita again. Still dope.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:52 am

Been trying to clean up a couple of my cinematic blind spots, so this year my New Year's Resolution was to watch Miyazaki and Kurosawa.

So far -
Kurosawa:
Sanshiro Sugata - Meh. 2.5/5
The Most Beautiful - Yuck. 1/5
Sanshiro Sugata 2 - Eh. 2/5
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail - Decent enough, and obviously fast-paced. 3/5
No Regrets for Our Youth - This was okay, but I felt the censorship and the heavy Occupation influence. There was a good movie in here, I think but it got butchered. 2.5/5
One Wonderful Sunday - Really good. Bordering on great. I think a rewatch would help me pin this one down more. The first one I'd definitely seek out for a rewatch. 3.5/5
Drunken Angel - Another that was really good and bordering on great. I think it could have been a smidge better to push it into greatness, but I really liked it. I guess there's like 20 minutes of footage missing. I don't know what that footage is, but I assume it would have pushed it over the hump. 3.5/5

Miyazaki:
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Amazing. This blew me away. 4.5/5
Castle in the Sky - Also amazing. Loved it. 4.5/5
My Neighbor Totoro - I liked it. I didn't love it. I think I might be a smidge too old coming to it, but I'll be darned if this didn't feel like the Japanese Winning the Pooh and something I'd like to revisit. 3.5/5
Kiki's Delivery Service - Not a big fan. I appreciated it, and how innocent it was and how sweet and adorable and yet how it also managed to have an underlying adult themed subtext about coming of age and stuff, but it didn't have enough stakes to all click for me. It was okay. 3/5.

I also watched Grave of the Fireflies which is bananasandwich amazing (and almost unbearably depressing). 5/5.


Oh and t'other day my daughter wanted to watch The Little Mermaid and I was floored by the animation. I really loved the movie, maybe more than I ever had before. 4.5/5
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:06 am

Lady and the Tramp - I haven't watched this one in 25 years, but I really enjoyed it still. It may not be anywhere near the best of the best, but it is still a really solid piece of entertainment. 9/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:38 am

Avengers - Still a fantastic movie. 10/10
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby mirrorman147 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:19 am

Daimajin wrote:Some of the good stuff over the past couple of months..

Super Inframan


Super Inframan is a hoot .. very enjoyable.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby mirrorman147 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:28 am

jellydonut25 wrote:Been trying to clean up a couple of my cinematic blind spots, so this year my New Year's Resolution was to watch Miyazaki and Kurosawa.


An excellent resolution - I must watch more than Seven Samurai


Miyazaki:
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Amazing. This blew me away. 4.5/5
Castle in the Sky - Also amazing. Loved it. 4.5/5
My Neighbor Totoro - I liked it. I didn't love it. I think I might be a smidge too old coming to it, but I'll be darned if this didn't feel like the Japanese Winning the Pooh and something I'd like to revisit. 3.5/5
Kiki's Delivery Service - Not a big fan. I appreciated it, and how innocent it was and how sweet and adorable and yet how it also managed to have an underlying adult themed subtext about coming of age and stuff, but it didn't have enough stakes to all click for me. It was okay. 3/5.

Love all of these that you have mentioned, and so happy to read that you appreciated Nausicca - being one of the studios earlier works it tends to be forgotten.

I also watched Grave of the Fireflies which is bananasandwich amazing (and almost unbearably depressing). 5/5.

This is a MUST see movie for anyone, but it really wrung the life out of me .. I had to watch it a second time the next day to get some closure.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby mirrorman147 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:33 am

Re-watching some early Marvel on DVD recently:

Captain America - the first Avenger
The Avengers
Thor .. you know, the first one.
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At the movies : Alita - Battle Angel. I really enjoyed it, and found it quite sympathetic to the anime movie (haven't read the manga).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:11 pm

Dai Ma Jin Strikes Back (the one with the little kids climbing the mountain).
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