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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3285 on: April 05, 2018, 02:18:09 PM »
Beats Per Minute

One of the most tragic movies I've seen for a while. Really liked it. No idea on how historic it was but the story was beautiful in a sense. Also, it was refreshing to see a movie without a single underclad female (but with lots of underclad men though).
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3286 on: April 09, 2018, 02:03:25 PM »
Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good. Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3287 on: April 09, 2018, 02:28:37 PM »
Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good.

My favorite part is that the dragon is called the "Ebersisk" in the script because George Lucas had some beef with Siskel and Ebert at the time. I forget what it was since they liked Star Wars (unlike Pauline Kael who got a bad guy named after her for panning it). Just reminds me that George has always been a bit of a manchild, not just in the Phantom Menace era.

Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3288 on: April 09, 2018, 02:37:44 PM »
+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling. I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3289 on: April 09, 2018, 02:56:39 PM »
+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling.

Yeah, same. Though I'm not sure what exactly did it for me (nowadays An American Werewolf in London is probably my favorite example, though I'm not nearly messed up enough to have seen that movie as a kid lol).

As I recall, movieguide once had a line cautioning parents against letting their kids watch the Tim Story Fantastic Four movie because fictional transformations will supposedly ruin their minds. I don't know what the reasoning for that was, if any.

I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3290 on: April 09, 2018, 03:25:58 PM »
Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.

I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???

I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3291 on: April 09, 2018, 03:28:15 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3292 on: April 09, 2018, 03:44:21 PM »
Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.

Never played it myself, heh. Probably just giving too much credence to a bad review or LP I watched once.

I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???

They definitely are, yeah. So that might be it. I recall it was only justified with a vague "psychologists say" it might be harmful. This was in 2005 when the movie came out, but I wonder if anti-trans concerns were also already on their minds.

Of course, this is also the group that openly gives movies extra praise or censure for how pro-capitalist they are or aren't, so their recommendations don't mean a lot to me in general.

I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.

Now that one I did see parts of as a kid (not the mysteriously PG topless scene, though). I remember being fascinated by the "Leech Man" in particular. Thanks for reminding me!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3293 on: April 09, 2018, 03:58:37 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.

Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).


Oh, on a different note, I wanted to ask you something else about Ready Player One. Does it include the book's little side comment about how Kevin Smith is one of the greatest directors ever lol?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3294 on: April 09, 2018, 04:03:52 PM »
No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3295 on: April 09, 2018, 04:06:19 PM »
No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.

Well, it was only like three words in the middle of Wade's holy litany of the homework that Halliday's vlogs gave him.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3296 on: April 09, 2018, 04:17:50 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.

Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).

I feel like the effects are integral to the atmosphere. I read Who Goes There? a few years back and was struck by how fairly faithful Carpenter was in the essentials. As far as the gore goes I felt like Campbell was being a bit restrained but a certain gruesomeness seems inherent to the alien's activity.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3297 on: April 09, 2018, 04:21:57 PM »
Ah, ok. That makes sense.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3298 on: April 09, 2018, 04:47:18 PM »
Saw "Isle of Dogs" yesterday. It was very good.

Also saw "The Limehouse Golem" yesterday. It was good too.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3299 on: April 14, 2018, 07:27:48 PM »
The Princess Bride

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« Reply #3300 on: April 16, 2018, 02:53:57 PM »
The Assassin AKA 刺客聶隱娘 (2015). For a wuxia film featuring imperial intrigue, black magic, and a killer Daoist nun, this is very, very understated. The dialogue is sparse and most of the soundtrack consists of bird cries. It's set in the Tang dynasty, with one slow, beautiful scene after another, ranging from sumptuous silk-curtained courts to pastel forests and rustic villages. The plot is almost besides the point. The politics in the background seem almost deliberately obscure and a lot of the action has fairly ambiguous motive. I loved it; others might be bored to tears.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3301 on: April 24, 2018, 03:15:41 AM »
My dad and I have been going back through the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 that I own. Something I never really noticed about 1948's Last of the Wild Horses (not a good movie at all- far longer than it needs to be, badly plotted, so boring that the riffs barely even save it) is that one of the characters remarks that the deputies are basically using "resisting arrest" as "legalized murder."

Maybe I'm myopic or something, but it was really interesting to me that someone in the 40s would make an argument like that anticipating a lot of conversations we have today.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3302 on: April 28, 2018, 12:42:41 PM »
Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3303 on: April 28, 2018, 01:19:24 PM »
Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.

I remember liking it a lot, yeah.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3304 on: April 28, 2018, 09:15:38 PM »
This sums up much of why Princess Mononoke is one of my favorite movies.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3305 on: April 28, 2018, 10:16:19 PM »
The Others was good, but I hated it anyway.  :D  I feel like I should remember watching Princess Mononoke, but I don't.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3306 on: April 28, 2018, 10:20:59 PM »
Sick of staring at Nicole Kidman's face? :P

Anyway, Mononoke's worth a second watch if only for the beautiful scenery (Claire Danes's voice performance is probably the movie's biggest flaw, but I've never felt like it was a deal breaker, to be honest).
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3307 on: April 29, 2018, 12:20:02 AM »
Nah; I'm not sure there was that much I saw her in.  Apart from Eyes Wide Shut, I can't think of another move I've seen her in.  But I never tried all that hard to keep up with the latest movies or the latest Hollywood drama.  It's hard to get tired of people I intentionally ignore.   ;D  It was done well, I just dislike horror.  Less so than when I saw it, but it's still probably my least favorite genre.

I'd have to watch Princess Mononoke for real and see what I thought.  I'm having a hard time imagining her voice in an anime, though.
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« Reply #3308 on: April 29, 2018, 12:55:57 AM »
Just saw Infinity War. It was good.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3309 on: April 29, 2018, 02:09:12 AM »
Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.

I started it twice, but it was way too slow for me. And I usually like slow paced films. Maybe I need to try it again.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3310 on: April 29, 2018, 02:23:38 AM »
Nah; I'm not sure there was that much I saw her in.  Apart from Eyes Wide Shut, I can't think of another move I've seen her in.  But I never tried all that hard to keep up with the latest movies or the latest Hollywood drama.  It's hard to get tired of people I intentionally ignore.   ;D  It was done well, I just dislike horror.  Less so than when I saw it, but it's still probably my least favorite genre.

I'd have to watch Princess Mononoke for real and see what I thought.  I'm having a hard time imagining her voice in an anime, though.

The answer is monotone. It's monotone. I really hate it when animated movies (dubbed or not) slight actual working voice actors in favor of celebrities with little experience in the subtleties of that kind of acting (Mark Hamill of course, being one of the great exceptions that proves the rule- and he does actually voice the bad guy in Castle in the Sky). Doesn't help that Billy Bob Thornton is another rule in Mononoke.

But I'm not a sub-snob just because I have a hard time focusing on the animation, spoken dialog, and reading at the same time. It almost gives me vertigo.
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« Reply #3311 on: May 18, 2018, 10:43:38 AM »
The wife and I have been watching a lot of Harrison Ford movies for some reason (Regarding Henry, Last Crusade, Clear and Present Danger) and decided to try K-19: The Widowmaker as neither of us had seen it before.

I was able to stomach and overlook the fake Russian accent thing but at a certain point my wife said, "This is too stupid" and put something else on. She was of course correct. If the story is going to have characters of X nationality but with native English-speaking actors, speaking in English for the benefit of the audience, don't make them use X accent. Enemy at the Gates did the right thing here by not making Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, etc. speak in fake accents.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3312 on: May 18, 2018, 10:58:54 AM »
Yeah, the accent was by far the worst part of that movie. I saw it theaters and remember just being bored by most of the rest of it, of course for some reason taut military thrillers are hard for me to pay attention to at the best of times. Not sure why.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3314 on: May 18, 2018, 11:49:50 PM »
Maybe I'm a sucker, but A.X.L. actually looks pretty good to me.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3315 on: May 21, 2018, 10:11:26 AM »
I've started watching Operation Mekong on Netflix. If you ever wonder what happened to good old jingoistic, dumb, but oh-so-fun 80's American action movies, the answer is that they moved to China.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3316 on: May 21, 2018, 03:29:42 PM »
I've started watching Operation Mekong on Netflix. If you ever wonder what happened to good old jingoistic, dumb, but oh-so-fun 80's American action movies, the answer is that they moved to China.

See also Amerigeddon, the movie so great that Alex Jones just had to cameo.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3317 on: May 23, 2018, 12:00:42 AM »
After watching this review, I want to get my hands on the Ugandan action movie Who Killed Captain Alex

I've honestly got a lot of respect for the guy who directed it, Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey, he seems like a real sincere dude. It must take a lot of guts to sell everything you own to buy a video camera, especially in a third world country.

It even comes with a panpipes cover of Seal's Kiss From a Rose and its own built in rifftrack (which is apparently a common thing there called a Video Joker)!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3318 on: May 30, 2018, 07:42:04 PM »
Saw Black Panther yesterday. I liked it a lot (the actresses especially stole the show). I can see the Postcolonial criticisms of it, though, especially the implied lionization of the CIA and the weird playing of "good" black Africans against "bad" African-Americans (though I think parts of this case are also a tad overstated).
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3319 on: May 30, 2018, 07:47:26 PM »
I saw "Solo: A Star Wars Story" the other day. I enjoyed it.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3320 on: June 04, 2018, 04:11:25 PM »
Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell- I love this series for the campy silliness, but this was by far the worst installment even by those standards. It felt like every character was just trying way too hard to one-up each other's cheesy quips. It was like the screenwriter was desperate to spawn some new memes. Michael Gross was charming as always, but he can't squeeze blood from a stone.

The idea of Graboids in the Arctic was kind of fun (even though the script doubled down on the stupid "Graboids are Precambrian" thing) and the new design of the A.B. is pretty cool looking. But the dialog really detracted from it for me. Some of the new actors were alright and I'd like to see them in other things, though.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3321 on: June 05, 2018, 11:11:37 AM »
I saw "Solo: A Star Wars Story" the other day. I enjoyed it.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3322 on: June 05, 2018, 06:14:16 PM »
Today, my Mom and I went to see "RBG," about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was informative and very funny. I liked learning about her early career, her marriage, her surprising friendship with Justice Scalia, and the important cases for which she wrote opinions.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3323 on: June 05, 2018, 06:31:08 PM »
Today, my Mom and I went to see "RBG," about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was informative and very funny. I liked learning about her early career, her marriage, her surprising friendship with Justice Scalia, and the important cases for which she wrote opinions.

Why is that surprising?

Was this a hagiography or did it take a critical look at her role in shaping American jurisprudence for the past 20+ years?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3324 on: June 06, 2018, 09:58:45 PM »
Watching Batman Ninja (the new anime movie) with my parents was... not the sphincter-tightenly awkward experience that I thought it would be, at least lol. Good thing it was only PG-13.

The movie's alright. The dialog and character movements are pretty awkward in places, but I'm guessing that was at least partially intentional (the Joker in particular is pretty much a Kabuki villain in this) and also a product of the heavy script rewrites. They really lean into the superhero-Tokusatsu parallels, though, and that got very cringey in moments (though the thing with the bats and the monkeys was awesomely creative, you'll know it when you see it). The plot moves a little too fast in places and often feels way overstuffed.

The art style was probably the best thing about it- a lot of choices that gorgeously echo traditional Japanese art.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3325 on: June 09, 2018, 02:18:47 PM »
Maleficent. Cheering for her the whole while.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3326 on: June 15, 2018, 03:23:58 AM »
The trailer for Unfriended: Dark Web is out. I remember when the sequel was supposed to be a movie about XBox Live bros. Now it seems like Blumhouse wants to cash in on the lurid "'True' Dark Web stories" that every other horror channel on YouTube was narrating about four years ago.

The first Unfriended was about a vengeful ghost crashing the Skype room of her killers. This seems to be a Saw ripoff that doesn't even feel like it takes place in the same universe lol.
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« Reply #3327 on: June 15, 2018, 04:21:42 AM »
About to settle down and watch Shirin.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3328 on: June 16, 2018, 10:14:56 AM »
only the the finist christian films






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« Reply #3329 on: June 16, 2018, 03:52:41 PM »
My son has really taken a liking to Thor: Ragnarok and has watched it about three times over the past week which means I have watched it three times, too.  I enjoyed it a lot, but not to the point that I needed to see it three times.
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