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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3240 on: January 29, 2018, 02:48:02 PM »
The last Nolan movie I saw was Interstellar and it sucked.

I'll probably just pick up WW

It's been a while since I've seen Interstellar. I remember liking it ok, not spectacular but still serviceable (and I liked the fact that it was the only piece of media to show a wormhole as something other than a black hole with an accretion disk).

What made you dislike it? The attempt at a mind screw ending? I vaguely remember not being a huge fan of how that was handled, either.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3241 on: January 31, 2018, 05:39:22 PM »
Phantom Thread was a movie with thread thin acting and a phantom plot. I tried my best to hang in for the duration, but I walked out a little more than halfway through. And I’m partial to a slow paced, character driven drama. But this movie had absolutely no pace, no character, no drive, and no drama whatsoever. Disappointing, because this is the first time I’ve been able to afford going to a movie in over a year. It got very good reviews, so that’s why I decided to give it a try. Sure wish I had that 8 bucks back.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3242 on: February 05, 2018, 02:42:33 AM »
The Cloverfield Paradox

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3243 on: February 06, 2018, 09:46:12 AM »
10 Cloverfield Lane

I'm guessing I'll skip the original movie.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3244 on: February 07, 2018, 06:56:34 PM »
10 Cloverfield Lane

I love that movie. I still need to see Paradox.

I'm guessing I'll skip the original movie.

Some of the effects are good and I like the creature designs (and Lizzy Caplan), but most of is just kind of boring.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3245 on: February 09, 2018, 02:45:50 PM »
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3246 on: February 10, 2018, 11:39:52 PM »
Just came back from seeing "Peter Rabbit." It was pretty good.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3247 on: February 11, 2018, 04:34:46 PM »
The Ritual (netflix)

A mostly fine horror movie.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3249 on: February 14, 2018, 03:08:00 PM »
Romeo + Juliet last night, Moulin Rouge! tonight. Fighting V-day schmaltz with an overdose of Baz Luhrmann.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3250 on: February 14, 2018, 03:53:12 PM »
Romeo + Juliet last night, Moulin Rouge! tonight. Fighting V-day schmaltz with an overdose of Baz Luhrmann.

There seems to be a growing number of couples who watch a lot of horror movies on VD for, I'm guessing, the same reason.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3251 on: February 26, 2018, 12:42:48 PM »
Saw "Black Panther" the other day. It was good.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3252 on: February 28, 2018, 10:07:12 PM »
Saw "Early Man" yesterday. It was very good!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3253 on: March 01, 2018, 01:33:04 AM »
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is on Netflix so I finally got to watch it.  Daniel Day Lewis again turns in a very good performance worthy of another Oscar but as far as the rest of the movie, the plot and the star-studded cast:  meh.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3254 on: March 01, 2018, 01:59:23 AM »
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is on Netflix so I finally got to watch it.  Daniel Day Lewis again turns in a very good performance worthy of another Oscar but as far as the rest of the movie, the plot and the star-studded cast:  meh.

I thought that Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field both turned in good performances as well.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3255 on: March 01, 2018, 02:07:37 AM »
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is on Netflix so I finally got to watch it.  Daniel Day Lewis again turns in a very good performance worthy of another Oscar but as far as the rest of the movie, the plot and the star-studded cast:  meh.

Yeah, it just didn't seem worth watching to me. And I like Daniel Day Lewis most of the time, but I had no interest in seeing this one. As far as Lincoln movies go, Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda and Abe Lincoln in Illinois starring Raymond Massey are both excellent films.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3256 on: March 02, 2018, 12:47:44 AM »
My elderly neighbor upstairs is apparently working her way through the Star Wars movies tonight, and every now and then I hear the symphonic music or the wooshing of lightsabers  :laugh:

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3257 on: March 04, 2018, 06:23:22 PM »
Went to see "Red Sparrow" last night. Pretty bad.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3258 on: March 04, 2018, 07:21:46 PM »
Lust for Life

Saw it again for about the 5th time. Love it.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3259 on: March 05, 2018, 05:58:11 AM »
Morning-after-Oscars mood:

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3260 on: March 08, 2018, 02:12:02 AM »
Watched Princess Mononoke again with my folks. Still one of my favorite movies ever :)
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3261 on: March 10, 2018, 10:29:00 PM »
Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3262 on: March 10, 2018, 10:48:08 PM »
Saw "A Wrinkle in Time" tonight. It was okay.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3263 on: March 11, 2018, 12:56:26 AM »
Saw "A Wrinkle in Time" tonight. It was okay.

I've heard that it was terrible, and that it leaves out all the important Christian themes and references in the novel.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3264 on: March 11, 2018, 12:57:24 AM »
Paths to Glory

Powerful anti-war movie starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3265 on: March 11, 2018, 01:59:43 AM »
Saw "A Wrinkle in Time" tonight. It was okay.

I've heard that it was terrible, and that it leaves out all the important Christian themes and references in the novel.

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I haven't read the book, I couldn't say. :)
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3266 on: March 11, 2018, 03:29:00 AM »
Saw "A Wrinkle in Time" tonight. It was okay.

I've heard that it was terrible, and that it leaves out all the important Christian themes and references in the novel.

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I haven't read the book, I couldn't say. :)

Me either. Just going by what I've heard. I probably need to read the book one day.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3267 on: March 12, 2018, 06:00:51 PM »
Saw "A Wrinkle in Time" tonight. It was okay.

I've heard that it was terrible, and that it leaves out all the important Christian themes and references in the novel.

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I haven't read the book, I couldn't say. :)

Me either. Just going by what I've heard. I probably need to read the book one day.

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John Scalzi's review has me intrigued: https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/03/11/thoughts-on-a-wrinkle-in-time/
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3268 on: March 20, 2018, 03:09:45 AM »
I saw Thor Ragnarok with a friend yesterday. Like all these superhero movies it's profoundly empty, but tries to cover up the emptiness with funny dialogue and gags, some of which are actually pretty good... just not good enough to paper over the black hole at the movie's heart. Dear Cate Blanchett is pretty much wasted, given nothing to do but walk around looking sexy and delivering the most banal, cookie-cutter movie villain lines. All in all, I won't pretend I didn't enjoy myself but I also enjoy the occasional bag of Doritos.

Finally saw it just now. I didn't think it was that empty. Yeah, Hela's character was not great, but she did have a couple of moments of dry sarcasm ("were you not paying attention just now?") and the implied sense of betrayal she gets from Odin is definitely there. She was a better main villain than Surtur would have been (I like that the movie used him as Chekhov's Gun instead of trying to make him and Hela co-villains the whole way through, the whole technicality prophecy thing was kind of fun and clever). It was also kind of interesting to see one villain take a "last stand" against another and get curb stomped. I almost felt sorry for her in that last moment.

What I saw as the movie's central theme- learning to come back from your failures and not see yourself as doomed to play the villain just because you've had a misstep- was nothing ground breaking, especially for an action movie, sure. But it was there. Thor, Hulk/Bruce, Valkyrie (who was probably the best character overall), Odin, and even Loki and Korg all had moments with one another as well as alone that expanded on their characters pretty well. I got a definite sense of where each of these people were standing emotionally (especially Bruce).

I think the worst written character was actually Skurge the Executioner, but only because we didn't get as much background on him in order to contrast with his fall and redemption. If you don't know, here's how it went in the comics.

Now, obviously they aren't going to be able to stack all of that onto an incidental character in a two hour movie, but I feel like they could have done a little more with him.







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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3269 on: March 20, 2018, 09:37:10 AM »
Went to see "Annihilation" the other day. That was really weird.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3270 on: March 20, 2018, 09:55:41 AM »
I saw Thor Ragnarok with a friend yesterday. Like all these superhero movies it's profoundly empty, but tries to cover up the emptiness with funny dialogue and gags, some of which are actually pretty good... just not good enough to paper over the black hole at the movie's heart. Dear Cate Blanchett is pretty much wasted, given nothing to do but walk around looking sexy and delivering the most banal, cookie-cutter movie villain lines. All in all, I won't pretend I didn't enjoy myself but I also enjoy the occasional bag of Doritos.

Finally saw it just now. I didn't think it was that empty. Yeah, Hela's character was not great, but she did have a couple of moments of dry sarcasm ("were you not paying attention just now?") and the implied sense of betrayal she gets from Odin is definitely there. She was a better main villain than Surtur would have been (I like that the movie used him as Chekhov's Gun instead of trying to make him and Hela co-villains the whole way through, the whole technicality prophecy thing was kind of fun and clever). It was also kind of interesting to see one villain take a "last stand" against another and get curb stomped. I almost felt sorry for her in that last moment.

What I saw as the movie's central theme- learning to come back from your failures and not see yourself as doomed to play the villain just because you've had a misstep- was nothing ground breaking, especially for an action movie, sure. But it was there. Thor, Hulk/Bruce, Valkyrie (who was probably the best character overall), Odin, and even Loki and Korg all had moments with one another as well as alone that expanded on their characters pretty well. I got a definite sense of where each of these people were standing emotionally (especially Bruce).

I think the worst written character was actually Skurge the Executioner, but only because we didn't get as much background on him in order to contrast with his fall and redemption. If you don't know, here's how it went in the comics.

Now, obviously they aren't going to be able to stack all of that onto an incidental character in a two hour movie, but I feel like they could have done a little more with him.







Also, sorry if this makes you think less of me, but I thought that the score was transcendent and Mothersbaugh should have won an Oscar.

It's quite possible that not having read the source material seriously hampers my appreciation of these films.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3271 on: March 20, 2018, 10:13:30 AM »
Eh, 9 times out of 10 neither have I just because of money and time factors. I'm more DC than Marvel when it comes to the comics, anyhow.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3272 on: March 21, 2018, 02:08:26 PM »
What little I've heard of Annihilation sounds interesting... anyone see it yet?

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3273 on: March 23, 2018, 12:26:29 AM »
I saw Thor Ragnarok with a friend yesterday. Like all these superhero movies it's profoundly empty, but tries to cover up the emptiness with funny dialogue and gags, some of which are actually pretty good... just not good enough to paper over the black hole at the movie's heart. Dear Cate Blanchett is pretty much wasted, given nothing to do but walk around looking sexy and delivering the most banal, cookie-cutter movie villain lines. All in all, I won't pretend I didn't enjoy myself but I also enjoy the occasional bag of Doritos.

Finally saw it just now. I didn't think it was that empty. Yeah, Hela's character was not great, but she did have a couple of moments of dry sarcasm ("were you not paying attention just now?") and the implied sense of betrayal she gets from Odin is definitely there. She was a better main villain than Surtur would have been (I like that the movie used him as Chekhov's Gun instead of trying to make him and Hela co-villains the whole way through, the whole technicality prophecy thing was kind of fun and clever). It was also kind of interesting to see one villain take a "last stand" against another and get curb stomped. I almost felt sorry for her in that last moment.

What I saw as the movie's central theme- learning to come back from your failures and not see yourself as doomed to play the villain just because you've had a misstep- was nothing ground breaking, especially for an action movie, sure. But it was there. Thor, Hulk/Bruce, Valkyrie (who was probably the best character overall), Odin, and even Loki and Korg all had moments with one another as well as alone that expanded on their characters pretty well. I got a definite sense of where each of these people were standing emotionally (especially Bruce).

I think the worst written character was actually Skurge the Executioner, but only because we didn't get as much background on him in order to contrast with his fall and redemption. If you don't know, here's how it went in the comics.

Now, obviously they aren't going to be able to stack all of that onto an incidental character in a two hour movie, but I feel like they could have done a little more with him.



I agree with this.  I finally got to see it this weekend and it was well worth waiting for as opposed to shelling out $10+ in a movie theater. Yeah, Hela wasn't well written and not even a veteran actress like Cate Blanchett could have saved her though I think Cate Blanchett should do more roles as a brunette than a blonde (I thought she looked great).  Skurge was funny but more back story was needed though I am a big fan of Karl Urban.  I think Karl Urban was in some ways channeling a more sinister version of Dr. McCoy for his rendition of Skurge.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3274 on: March 23, 2018, 08:47:12 PM »
I think Karl Urban was in some ways channeling a more sinister version of Dr. McCoy for his rendition of Skurge.

Yeah, I can see that heh.
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« Reply #3275 on: March 23, 2018, 08:53:27 PM »
What little I've heard of Annihilation sounds interesting... anyone see it yet?

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3276 on: March 23, 2018, 09:58:09 PM »
What little I've heard of Annihilation sounds interesting... anyone see it yet?

It's bizarre. The ending makes no sense.

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« Reply #3277 on: March 24, 2018, 01:55:47 AM »
Hey now! Isn't there a canon against spoilers?
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« Reply #3278 on: March 24, 2018, 06:31:03 PM »
Hey now! Isn't there a canon against spoilers?

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« Reply #3279 on: March 24, 2018, 06:54:40 PM »
Just saw 'Sherlock Gnomes.' It was okay.
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« Reply #3280 on: March 25, 2018, 11:26:22 PM »
The Castle.  Funny and interesting movie about eminent domain.

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« Reply #3281 on: March 27, 2018, 06:12:17 PM »
Just saw Paul, Apostle of Christ.  It is a slow film, but I thought it was interesting.  There was some violence in it, but the film makers did not overdo it.

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« Reply #3282 on: April 04, 2018, 12:20:15 AM »
Finally saw Justice League and... I liked the Parademon design and that's about it lol.

I kid. The secondary characters were ok, though I didn't understand the whole "Barry Allen, omni-wiener who's afraid of everything" angle. Ezra Miller's performance was good, probably the only spot of joy in the movie next to Alfred- kind of disappointed that it wasn't Grant Gustin though. Cyborg was ok for a one-note broody guy (although kind of confusing that he just walks around in a hoodie that doesn't even conceal his giant chest LED). Jason Momoa gave a good performance, but his angsty man-child version of Aquaman felt pretty underwritten (and Geoff Johns's tired "Srsly guys, I'm so much cooler than just talking to fish!" joke needs to die already).

Gal Gadot was fine and deserved to be in a better movie. Battfleck was a loathsome charm black hole (the "something's bleeding" line got a chuckle out of me, admittedly, but every other scene he was in was just bleeeeh). Cavill's Superman was more human than he's ever been, but that's still not saying much. Overall, the "make it lighter" reshoots didn't seem to help too much, except for Flash's scenes. I guess the scenes between Superman and Martha Kent were ok, though. Silas Stone was pretty good, too.

Steppenwolf was... ok. I knew these movies were going to have to adapt Jack Kirby stuff eventually, but turning the Mother Boxes into rip-offs of Marvel's Cosmic Cubes doesn't make any sense and is honestly kind of infuriating (Mother Boxes are not "made of chaos" or whatever Steppenwolf said, they're helpful sapient computers of which there's far more than just three that communicate with the Source- Jack Kirby's kinda-sorta-maybe version of God- they're almost always portrayed in the comics as forces for good that imprint on their owners to such an extent that they self-destruct if he or she dies), especially when Kirby's Fourth World already has an easy MacGuffin in the form of the Anti-Life Equation. In fact, they could easily have tied Anti-Life into any number of themes relating to Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman being cut-off from one another or from humanity, etc. Just goes to show how little creativity actually went into this. I just can't wait to see Snyder and co's profoundly souless takes on the Female Furies and Mr. Miracle.

Despite my dislike of the Arkham Knight-style tank Batmobile, Batman's little crawling mech was kind of cool. It felt like a Kingdom Come reference, even though I don't think it actually was.

I also always dig techno-organic veiny looking things so I thought that the Apokolips terraforming devices were pretty cool.

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« Reply #3283 on: April 05, 2018, 12:35:24 PM »
Saw Ready Player One last week with a friend. This time, I had actually read the book a while ago- too long to really keep track of where the movie diverges. I felt like the book was pretty badly written but enjoyable enough. I wonder how much lasting power the dystopia/ 80's nostalgia combination will have. Also SPOILER ALERT I found that the dystopian angle was severely undermined by the sudden appearance of righteous police at the end to bring the evil CEO to justice. Everything that happened prior would suggest that government and law enforcement was firmly in the pockets of people like the villain. I can't remember if this was in the book or if this is a Spielbergism.
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« Reply #3284 on: April 05, 2018, 01:11:17 PM »
Saw Ready Player One last week with a friend. This time, I had actually read the book a while ago- too long to really keep track of where the movie diverges. I felt like the book was pretty badly written but enjoyable enough. I wonder how much lasting power the dystopia/ 80's nostalgia combination will have. Also SPOILER ALERT I found that the dystopian angle was severely undermined by the sudden appearance of righteous police at the end to bring the evil CEO to justice. Everything that happened prior would suggest that government and law enforcement was firmly in the pockets of people like the villain. I can't remember if this was in the book or if this is a Spielbergism.

As I recall, the Sixers are not really punished in the book. Wade just gains control of Oasis and bans them all with the implication that he'll keep them at bay in the real world from now on (I always kind of wondered if Halliday's prize was really legal lol, though I guess it doesn't really matter in dystopia land).

My main issue with the book is that Wade is kind of a creepy little "nice guy" drip (much like his creator *cough*) who won't take a break up for an answer. Was that any better in the movie?
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