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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:52 pm

Uuugghhh... hearing that Underwater is a pretty solid base-under-siege type of monster movie. Still need to see Uncut Gems and Little Women. Kind of want to see Parasite and Knives Out again before home video... the films they are a'piling up! So many good movies lately.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:17 am

lhb412 wrote:Uuugghhh... hearing that Underwater is a pretty solid base-under-siege type of monster movie. Still need to see Uncut Gems and Little Women. Kind of want to see Parasite and Knives Out again before home video... the films they are a'piling up! So many good movies lately.


I'm definitely planning to check out both Parasite and Uncut Gem when they come to video, but I will never touch Little Women. I'm sure it's good, but it isn't my type of movie.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:37 am

^ It's and iconic, beloved story and I know absolutely nothing about it - so I'm looking forward to finding out about it.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby superhedorahsaiyan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:48 am

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superhedorahsaiyan wrote:Underwater- 9 out of 10- fun aquatic sci-fi horror with some neat monsters and decent acting.


Is that the movie with Kirsten Stewart? Because if so, I will not touch anything with her sourful ass in it.

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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:36 pm

lhb412 wrote:^ It's and iconic, beloved story and I know absolutely nothing about it - so I'm looking forward to finding out about it.

My wife and her mother saw this and were a bit let down, they've seen most of the adaptations of Little Women. This was a middling entry for them, their biggest complaints other than Timothee Chalamet feeling miscast as Laurie (Christian Bale filled those shoes in the 90s adaptation) was that Gerwig decided to tell the story in a non-linear fashion, which kind of runs contrary to the overall very linear theme of growing up. The Mrs even mentioned that she felt it was a made for people that had seen or read the story multiple times, because otherwise you're trying to piece together a relatively straight narrative.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Rody » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:57 pm

lhb412 wrote:The Thin Man

Favorite of mine. Frequently shown on Turner Classic Movies and whenever it's on I can't help but leave it on no matter where we are in the movie. I've practically memorized it by now.

Blu-ray transfer is terrific. I hope the Warner Archive does the same for the further five installments in the series!

Wait, The Thin Man made it to Blu-ray and I missed it?!? *dashes off to Amazon*


Seen a few movies lately, when I find the time. I feel very disorganized recently with life, so my TV/movie time has gotten a little scattered.

I finally got to the next Criterion Godzilla disc and watched Ebirah and Son of Godzilla. Both are still favorites of mine - they're just honest, sci-fi adventures with cool setpieces and well-designed monsters, plus some swingin' good musical scores!

Netflix's series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has had me on a Dark Crystal kick for weeks now, so I revisited the original film of course. There's still really nothing like it out there (that I know of): an epic fantasy story, 100% devoted to its medium of choice. The storytelling is a little simplistic, but the sheer design and lavish world-building are utterly entrancing. I dare say The Dark Crystal was for Jim Henson what Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was for Walt Disney; if only Henson's vision had nearly the same influence on cinema!

I finally made the effort to watch Solo before I saw the newest Star Wars. It was... Fine. Just, fine, nothing else. I found it enjoyable, but I'd say it's the most AVERAGE Star Wars film produced yet*. Sure, we get a lot of background details on fan-favorite characters, plus a variety of other callbacks, tacky or not; but I just didn't feel all that invested in it, and it was so LONG. I'm not surprised if this film ends up being the forgotten one of the bunch.

I can also say, as of tonight, that I have seen Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker; and you know what? I had fun. It was fun to watch. I'll probably like it less on reivisits, but at least for now, it wasn't as terrible as I was afraid it might be.


*...Well, actually, the animated Clone Wars film might have it beat... Actually, nah, THAT one strayed into mediocre/bad territory.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:47 pm

lhb412 wrote:^ Well, you're wrong.


So interstingly enough, my Alamo is showing Ringu in theaters on Tuesday so I figured what the hell. We're going to see it and maybe I'll enjoy it more there than when I watched it on DVD back in like 2002.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:57 pm

^ Second chances!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:42 pm

Uncut Gems

Absolutely dynamite crime/thriller/dark comedy starring Adam Sandler as a jeweler and gambling addict who, despite being in deep trouble, can't resist the compulsion to make bigger and bigger wagers. Terrific film. Great performances, and nice use of non-professional actors in small roles essentially playing themselves as well as a few celebrities who pop-up playing themselves (one brief cameo is especially funny).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:52 pm

Underwater at the local City Lights Theater. It was pretty decent.
The effects were good, the story was decent, and man did it feel like you were underwater.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby sentaison » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:12 am

Thunderbolt Fantasy-The Bewitching Melody of the West - Another great entry in the fantastic wuxia series. It focuses mainly on the origins of Lang Wu Yao and how he met and eventually joined Shang Bu Huan. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed with this entry. :D
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:49 am

Ringu - All right, this movie is actually really good. I could have sworn it was more in your face with its scares, but they actually slowly build up Sadako for the entire movie before fully showing her off and the characters are really well written and acted. Consider me impressed.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:17 am

^ Glad you enjoyed it!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The story is a massive dud. It fails as a finale for this trilogy of films in a desperate bid to try to be a finale to all nine films... of which it also fails is a finale. The plot is the worst kind of ramshackle, hastily constructed Hollywood Blockbuster tripe. Nevertheless, it's fairly light on its feet and entertaining as you're watching it. There are some cool puppets and Anthony Daniels really gets to shine as C-3PO in what I understand is his final performance of the character.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Whoa, Nelly! Now this is a fun action adventure film. It attempts to essentially do what the Mission Impossible movies did in adapting an old spy show into a modern James Bond alternative, this time with a bit more humor and an absurd amount of style - and I must say it's a smashing success! Too bad it failed in the box office and the planned series never continued. This would have made a great franchise.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:59 am

Parasite - We originally planned to see Color out of Space tonight but every showing through Monday is sold out, so we decided to see Parasite instead. I have to admit, I was disappointed in some regard as the trailers made this seem like it was a horror movie and it most definitely was NOT a horror movie. Moving past that, holy christ this movie was "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" phenomenal! This is actually the first Korean movie I have ever watched and now I have a whole new area of movies to check out. Is this how poor people are treated in Korea for real? Because if so, that's "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" disgusting and every rich person there should die a painful death!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:07 am

lhb412 wrote:^ Glad you enjoyed it!


I enjoyed it so much I just purchased the Blu-Ray box set I just learned Arrow had put out. Mostly I bought the full set for the book it comes with, but I'll hope the sequels are at least half as good.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:48 pm

Jumanji: The Next Level

Huh, who would have thought that Sony Pictures would have turned Jumanji into a wildly successful and, more importantly, good franchise!? This film carries over the same fun character stuff from the first reboot but adds a few new characters and interesting twists along the way to keep things fresh. It's like the textbook example of what most people want when they want a sequel.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:23 am

lhb412 wrote:Huh, who would have thought that Sony Pictures would have turned Jumanji into a wildly successful and, more importantly, good franchise!?


Because if they toss enough movies that franchiseible against the wall (MIB4, Ghostbusters reboot/Afterlife, Venom/Spider-Verse, Jumanji, etc etc) eventually one of them will stick, or so they hope.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:55 am

Color Out of Space - 7/10. Not the worst Lovecraft adaptation ever, but certainly not even close to the best.

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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:08 am

Ring - Just as good as it was in theaters two weeks ago. 9/10

Spiral - Wow, just wow. I would ask if the director even bothered to watch the previous movie, but apparently it was released as a double feature with Ring, so he clearly did not. You would think they would have had the directors actually communicate with each other so that they could actually be on the same page. Instead, Sadako is now a friggin virus that kills people and no one has their faces twisted up. Wow, that's friggin dumb, really dumb. Oh, and Reiko's son dies despite them establishing at the end of the first movie that copying the tape and showing it to someone removes the curse. Way to do your freaking research people. Not to mention that Ryuji didn't even feel like he was the same character and the whole movie made no sense whatsoever. Also, Sadako did all that to get reborn? What the hell? It doesn't help that the movie had absolutely no sense of suspense or atmosphere at all. I guess the only positive I can say is that I've seen worse Japanese films. 3/10
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:23 am

Ring 2 - A much much better sequel compared to Spiral, though I have to feel back for Reiko since things do not go well for her in either sequel. Regardless, unlike Spira, this one actually has suspense and tension in it, especially the scene in the Inn with Sadako and her mother infront of the mirror, which was awesome. As was the scene when the phoographer was taking a picture of reconstructed Sadako skull. Sure, it isn't as good as the first one, but it didn't have to be, it just need to be good and that is exactly what it was.

Two things I do want to note for the discs themselves:

1. I'm not sure I'm a fan of Arrow not having the US release have the subs for American English. It just looks so odd seeing "Mummy" in the text instead of "Mommy." If she were a mummy, she'd be wrapped up in bandages and having everyone around her chant, "Imhotep." :P

2. Why didn't they make it a FULL collection and include the Sadako 3D and VS films? It sounds weird being the Ring Collection, but only including four of the 9 movies. Ring Trilogy would have made better sense, especially since they count Spiral as a bonus feature.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:35 am

Being a Liam Neeson fan, my wife rented a recent flick of his called COLD PURSUIT. OMG... one of the stupidest films I have ever had the displeasure to watch. I'm guessing Liam took the job for a few months worth of free skiing at the resort in the film ... and of course the paycheck. But UGH! what a flippin' mess of a movie. Avoid at all costs. :evil:
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:51 am

^^ Eh, I don't mind Arrow's subs being British English. I understand they're primarily a UK distributor and their US releases are a side business.

I think the other movies are claimed by different distributors. Arrow's set, however, contains the original run of films from the series' heyday (with overlapping cast and staff between them, unlike the more loosely connected reboots and distant sequels) so it's complete in that regard.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:00 pm

lhb412 wrote:^^ Eh, I don't mind Arrow's subs being British English. I understand they're primarily a UK distributor and their US releases are a side business.


It's fine, I just find it weird since my brain is instantly like, "That's spelled wrong." :P

Though, I hate that they changed the packaging to say "Ringu" instead of "Ring" like the UK release has. It's time we move past this incorrect pronounciation spelling.

so it's complete in that regard.


I get that, but now that I've started, I need to see the whole franchise from start to finish. Have the other 5 Sadako movies been released legally in the US? Or do I need to hunt down fansubs?

I do hope they release the Ju-On movies soon since they have One Missed Call coming out this month and it looks like they've tackled every other J Horror series that got remade in the US.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:02 pm

^ Apparently the US licensor insists on "Ringu"
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:39 am

Ring 0 - While it started out quite a bit slow for its first half, it ended up being really good. Perhaps even better than second film in the series as it had a lot more suspense and tension built up before it went all out crazy. I thoroughly enjoyed it immensely. Despite being a prequel, it doesn't contradict everything that came beforehand and while it does get a tad convoluted, it still manages to tie everything together nicely. The color being sucked out of the film when Sadako goes into rage mode was pretty clever. Overall, despite being a prequel, it is a nice conclusion to the trilogy.

I'm actually quite glad I bought this box set. Not just because I ended up enjoying the movies more than I ever thought I would, but the bonus features were outstanding. This is the first Arrow release I have ever bought and I would say they are on par with Criterion. In fact, when it comes to cover art, I will say they one up Criterion in that regard for also having the cover art be reversible with the original posters. The only bonus feature I did not care for was the one on the first movie's disc that had this lady talking about the series as she was very monotonous and repeated herself quite a bit. The best feature was the one on the Ring 0 disc that showcased many of the horror films Japan has released.

I think I'm going to try and set some money aside to get the One Missed Call trilogy box set at the end of the month. And hopefully they do the Ju-On series next with both the two theatrical films and the two TV films.
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