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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:49 pm

lhb412 wrote:Hmmm... I hear that movie is really good.


Well structured, strong cast, inventive storytelling. Definitely worth a watch.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:57 am

Hereditary

I wrote a long review...and then my computer crashed.

The gist: Hereditary is great. Scary without just being startling. It knows how to properly ratchet and release tension.

It also works as a story about coping with loss and grief (all the best horror stories work as other stories as well).

There are also some layers and a lot of smart writing and clues. This will require a rewatch and possibly even some research. It's a great movie that leaves you with a lot to chew on.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:30 pm

KK vs Godzilla. This is such a fun film, of course there was something new I had never noticed before because of the increased quality of the Blu Ray, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was right now :oops: . Of course watching this with my kids was a treat as well. There is a wide/evening shot when Kong first enters Tokyo. A barely visible Kong miniature can be seen in the background, and the movement of it is...dubious at best, my daughter said it looked like Kong was on Roller Skates. :lol: .
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:00 am

The Killer

I don't want to overstate this, but this may be the greatest movie of all time. The Eternal truths have been revealed to me, and Chow Yun-Fat is our Lord and savior. May a cascade of bullets and white doves carry you into heaven.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:06 pm

lhb412 wrote:The Killer

I don't want to overstate this, but this may be the greatest movie of all time. The Eternal truths have been revealed to me, and Chow Yun-Fat is our Lord and savior. May a cascade of bullets and white doves carry you into heaven.


God damn I love this movie. I think the only John Woo movie I prefer is Bullet in the Head, although I have a soft spot for the sheer insanity of A Better Tomorrow Part 2.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Gwangi » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:15 pm

"Alpha". To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it! In my book, we haven't had a really good live-action prehistoric saga since "Quest for Fire". Emmerich's "10,000 B.C" from 2008, I thought could have been achievable, but that turned into silly comic-book fare. I don't think "Alpha" was as great as "Quest", but for the most part, I found myself really liking it.

With the exception of a buffalo hunting scene in the beginning (which really looked too digital), the CGI was kept at a minimum. Most of the prehistoric critters such as woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos were mostly seen in the background. It was the predators, like wolves, hyenas and a cave lion that took the forefront. The movie really belonged to both the young hunter and the wolf, who are forced to befriend each other under very harsh conditions. Amazing cinematography. It is a good bet, the filmmakers were trying to convey a sense of pureness, as we kept seeing many night scenes with a billion stars the naked eye could easily spot (no smog, no light pollution).

Using my Leonard Maltin rating systems, I gave this movie a good *** stars.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:02 pm

Not sure if I mentioned seeing The Meg recently.
It was a kinda fun movie, wasn't really expecting much.
Only problem was the theater I went to had to restart the movie 3 times cause nobody could hear what the characters were saying.

If there was something else to do (my parents are putting in a pool so there was a lot of noise) I would have got my $ back.

For the next movie (most likely either Wreck it Ralph 2, or Fantastic Beasts 2) might have to go back to Cinemark.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:23 pm

The Predator - "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" awful! Worse than Requiem because at least I couldn't see half of the stupid ass "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" that happened into that film. This one does not grant that sort of mercy to its audience at all.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:49 pm

Dr Kain wrote:The Predator - "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" awful! Worse than Requiem because at least I couldn't see half of the stupid ass "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" that happened into that film. This one does not grant that sort of mercy to its audience at all.


And here I am with the total opposite opinion. I had a blast with the movie. I thought it was fun and had decent action (for the most part, there was a shot or two that I wan't sure what happened). I could see that some of the wilder and weirder aspects of the movie might turn some people off, but being Predator 4, I revel in it's wildness and weirdness.

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The fact that they now have subtitles for the Predators and that the big one used the translator to speak to the group was crazy.


Better weird and wild than stale and repetitive.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:54 pm

Fun? Fun means it is funny. It was not funny. Also, if the one Predator was there to
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help humanity, why the hell is it killing people left and right? That makes no sense?
The movie may not be worse than Red Sparrow, but it is one of the biggest pieces of crap to come out this year. Shane Black just keeps on proving that he is a garbage director when he isn't making an original story. How this stink hole was done by the same dude who gave us the masterpiece that was The Nice Guys two year's ago vexes me. I'm really worried for Doc Savage.

Hell, this was the first time I wished I had to pee during a movie, I hated it THAT much. None of the characters were remotely likable. The humor was forced and mean spirited, which is shocking considering Key is in this film. IN addition, the dumbest decision ever was making a child be one of the lead stars in a Predator movie. CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG IN A FILM LIKE THIS UNLESS THEY ARE THERE TO DIE!!!! Lastly, don't get me started on that lackluster femme bot Olivia Munn. Her character made about as much sense as her acting.

The best part of the movie was having the old Predator soundtrack, but all it did was make me wish I had been watching the original instead.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:30 am

Fun means fun. Roller coasters are fun. They do not need to be funny (as it is hard to be going that fast) to be fun. I had fun with this movie and I did think it was funny.

Dr Kain wrote:CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG IN A FILM LIKE THIS UNLESS THEY ARE THERE TO DIE!!!!


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Newt disagrees.

I wouldn't say that he's a lead either. He's important to the plot, but not a lead. Important, like Newt, maybe even McGuffin-esque but not a lead.

And you do not get to complain that the movie is too mean spirited and then say that children should die in these movies. Those two complaints, in my eyes, are counter to each other. Like saying a dish is too sour but needs more lemons. And I can't think of an example of what I'd consider mean-spirited humor. There's a joke about the R-word later in the film but that's kind of immediately defused. You mention Key but he's just does some "your momma" jokes to Thomas Jane's character, but, aside from the fact that's how those two friends are, those jokes are no worse than (and probably intentionally reminiscent of) the juvenile jokes Hawkins (Shane Black) tells in the original movie.

Munn is Munn. I didn't think she was Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough bad, but she's hasn't really impressed me in any of her roles. I'd describe her as serviceable at best. I think she could be good but, as it is, I have yet to see her be a character and not just Olivia Munn in a scientist/superhero/news correspondent costume.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:52 am

While I disagree with a lot of the good Doctor's reasons, i do think it's a mess of film that reduces the franchise to a CG schlock fest. The early scene in the lab is great but the last half of the film feels like it would be at home in Syfy film. They also explained away a lot of the coolness of the Predator suddenly we have a reason why Predator removes spines, we know what the Predators are saying. Once we get into spoiler territory it really nose dives
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:12 am

XvGojira wrote:Fun means fun. Roller coasters are fun. They do not need to be funny (as it is hard to be going that fast) to be fun. I had fun with this movie and I did think it was funny.

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Newt disagrees.


Newt's entire family had been killed though, including her brother. She wasn't some invincible character who is apparently the next stage of human evolution and can spawn a walkie talkie whenever she wants.

And you do not get to complain that the movie is too mean spirited and then say that children should die in these movies.


They're constantly making fun of the dude with torrets while praising the boy with asbergers as some god. It's totally mean spirited and forced. Not to mention the bully aspect was poorly executed. Who the hell throws a rock a child for ringing their door bell too? There is so much wrong with this movie from its pacing, its one dimensional characters that are as deep as a sheet of paper, the over acting, Olivia Munn going from college professor to game hunter expert to Predator expert, and then the ending. WTF was up with that? That was the dumbest thing ever.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:07 pm

Cat People - For a movie that is titled Cat People, it was sure as hell missing a lot of cat people in it. It should have been called "An Affair to Remember," oh... wait... Seriously though, after finally having the chance to watch this since buying it back in Dec, it was kind of a let down. I get what they were going for, and there were really good moments in it, such as when the one woman is walking down the dark street that is only lit by the street lights, but for the most part, I found myself bored. It is easily one of the weakest horror films I have seen from that era of Hollywood. I'll give it another chance next Halloween, but for right now, my score is a 6/10 stars.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:04 pm

Dr Kain wrote:Newt's entire family had been killed though, including her brother.


And? I thought we were talking about kids in violent action/horror movies, not characters we either never see or only have one line of dialogue in a special extended cut edition of the film. Should Ariana Richards have been eaten up by a graboid in Tremors? What about her and Tim in JP, would it have been better if they were Rex chow? Would the Shining have been better if Danny Torrence was used as batting practice by his father?

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Dr Kain wrote:some invincible character who is apparently the next stage of human evolution

On the surface that is laughable, I turned to my friend and said "So the next Predator is going to be autistic?" but I see what the movie was going for. People on the spectrum have show some almost innate mental talents, so I can kind of see what the movie means. They just tried to give the audience a short handed explanation and that didn't come off. The issue I see with it, is that the kid deciphering the predator's language doesn't equate to hunting/fighting tactics which seems to be what has been favored in the past. But the predators hunt during heat and conflict but apparently earn their shoulder blaster in the arctic, so whatever.



Dr Kain wrote:They're constantly making fun of the dude with torrets


Turrets. I felt like its treatment/depiction in the film is on par with how it's depicted/treated in most films where it's not a central dramatic focus. It's only "big" moment was in the hotel room with Munn' character, even then most everyone was trying to cover for him for comedic affect.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:23 pm

The Last Man on Earth - A solid Vincent Price film that may be the best iteration of I Am Legend at this point in time. A shame to considering how long the book has been out at this point and how many attempts there have been. 9/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:56 am

XvGojira wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:torrets
Turrets.

Tourette's
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:21 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:
XvGojira wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:torrets
Turrets.

Tourette's


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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:46 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:
XvGojira wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:torrets
Turrets.

Tourette's

Whoops! Haha.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:32 pm

Jurassic World Fallen Ki... oh wait. No, I didn’t get to watch it. After a long day, the kids are finally in bed. We sit down to relax on our comfy couch, put in the brand new BD my sweet wife picked up while running errands and get ready to escape to Funtime Dinotown. But no. The disc loads and begins playing the Universal Pictures intro logo. Just as the letters begin to sweep in front of the globe... STOP. The screen goes black and the swelling music quits. No buttons on the remote will do anything. Except the “pop up menu” button. That will call up the pop up menu on the black screen. But the pop up menu won’t actually do anything either. Ok... clean disc. Same error. Try our other BD player. Same error. Crap. Defective disc.

My kind wife then goes above and beyond the call of duty and runs to the nearest store to grab a new disc (we’ll return the defective one tomorrow). She’s out and back in 16 minutes flat. Awesome. Happy Dinotime for me!

NOPE

SAME EXACT FRIGGIN PROBLEM WITH THE NEW DISC!!

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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:49 am

Sounds like your disc is trying to load the live trailers Universal does with their discs. Is your player disconnected from the internet? That could be causing the issue.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:42 am

Both players are connected to the internet.

But why would it do the same thing in two different players? And no other universal disc I’ve ever had has exhibited any sort of problem like this. And they load the “fresh preview” from the internet all the time without any problems.

These discs don’t even get to that point. They can’t even get halfway through the introductory universal logo before freezing up.

I don’t get it. But thanks for trying to help. It’s been intensely frustrating. I’m taking both discs back after I drop the kids off at school. I dunno if I’ll bother with a third disc.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:16 am

Try DISCONNECTING the players from the internet...?


Been watching some TV lately:

Glow - This show is wonderful. The first season was really good, but the second season was even better. The characters (in general) are more likable and it feels a little more streamlined. This might be my favorite currently ongoing show...?

Bates Motel - I really enjoyed this. It seems like a terrible idea...the prequel to Psycho (and then a loose Psycho remake in season 5), but the acting is consistently good and other than a weird rough patch in the second season that shifts the focus off Norman and his mother too much and focuses on a drug war, the show zeroes in on Norman's psyche and relationship with his mother and really hits that perfect balance of likable (since they ARE the protagonists we have to follow for 50 episodes) and...icky. Season 1 is really good. S2 is a little dull. S3 is good. S4 is AMAZING and S5 is very good. Overall, really enjoyed this.

Hannibal - Coming off Bates Motel, and having heard a lot of good things about this show, I was super excited...and then it was a let down. At first, I was mostly okay with that..."It just wasn't what I thought it would be, I can't hold that against it." and "I just need to re-adjust my expectations." Also, I'd been told that Season 2 is one of the best seasons of television ever or something...
...ultimately I wound up hating the show. It's weird when something has so many elements that you should like but the way it comes together is extremely dissatisfying, but that was Hannibal for me. The dialogue, the characters, the killer-of-the-week storytelling...it didn't do it for me. Mads Mikkelson is a great Hannibal, but he's stuck in something I really didn't like.


I also watched SOLO: An Unnecessary Story.
And that's my review of it.
I watched it.
Then it was over.
That's the full extent of discussion, excitement and seething hatred it deserves. Had it not had the Star Wars name on it, even fewer people would have seen it and nobody would ever talk about it. Utterly forgettable.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:58 am

I thought about that, but seeing as the players also function as our primary streaming devices (which is our primary media source by a large margin), if I have to disconnect from the internet every time I want to watch this disc? Forget it. It's going back to the store. That's a defect I'm not willing to waste my time working around.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:06 am

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - Surprisingly I had never seen the original before. Of course I've seen the 80's musical remake, even with all it's comedic talent, the film just never resonated with me for some reason. I remember my mom being all excited about it, renting it on VHS once, and never having a desire to see it ever again. But this original film, is a quirky little thing that I think I am more fascinated by it's components more than the film itself. Of course watching it on Amazon Prime via Rifftrax made it a little more palatable. I had no idea this was a Corman film. Also it was colorized for some odd reason, and seeing Jack Nicholson in a very early role was pretty amazing if nothing else. The ending is...odd to say the least, but no surprise considering the source. I will say Rifftrax has allowed me to experience a wide range of schlocky films I otherwise would never have simply on their own.
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