Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:41 am Post subject:
How about a MOVIE review thread of sorts?
Subject description: (I watch a lot of movies instead of tv)
I'm going to do recent movies, there's no sense arguing about classics... or things we've seen 17 times as reruns.
DO NOT WATCH LIST:
Parts Per Billion
King of Theives
Bad Times At The El Royale
A Private War
WATCH IF BORED OR MASOCHISTIC:
The Last Jedi
How It Ends
A Quiet Place
Pacific Rim 2
Get the Girl
WORTH WATCHING LIST:
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Solo: A Star Wars Story
A Simple Favour
Once Upon A Deadpool
Ant-man And The Wasp
The Equalizer 2
A Leaf Of Faith
Ready Player One
How To Talk To Girls At Parties
The Cloverfield Paradox
Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse
Avengers: Infinity War
Ashes in the Snow
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I don't see the Bumblebee or Dark Knight movies (that last one only for the Joker) on that list.
Do you even do movies?
Then there're the War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron movies.
And lastly, if you love good music and atmpsphere and/or proper fan contribution, there're the Bionicle movies: Mask of Light, Legends of Metru Nui, Web of Shadows, Island of Doom (aka Ignition 1), and Ignition 2. QUICK_EDIT
There's the Bumblebee movie (which I haven't watched yet) and the War for Cybertron movie and Fall of Cyberton movie.
No, i meant a remaster on transformers prime as a movie, it's my favorite series, sadly it ended in 2015. _________________ If you are a MetalHead (Heavy Metal Fan) and don't want to be a metalhead, Just remove your metal ball from your head. ï¿½:p .
Haven't seen most of those, but would say I thought:
Tau was very good
Black Panther was excellent
The Cloverfield Paradox was only so-so
Solo was absolute garbage, The Last Jedi was a much more watchable movie
And a few others:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Excellent, and very thought-provoking
The Circle - Mostly good, but disappointing end
High-Rise - Pretty good, but got lost in some bad reviews that seemed to miss the point
Passengers - Just awful _________________
I think movies like Passengers and High-rise are very polarizing, they are decent, but kind of a slow-roll and not everyone likes that kind of thng.
My list was mainly my average impression of entertainment value, that's why I have the "watch if bored" category, good enough to sit through, but not good enough to get excited about.
I actually thought Venom was better than Black Panther, purely because it was far less predictable, had more humour in it, and didn't try to pretend it was an epic. The dialogue in BP was torture, the plot was nonsensical, and it more or less destroyed all the narratives about diversity and equality, since they were effectively a selfish isolationist ethno-state that engaged in global espionage. Besides which the characters all were assholes except the mountain gorilla guy, he was actually honorable. Several times in the movie it felt like I was watching a sci-fi version of Juice. _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
I don't get why people enjoy the recent DC/Marvel superhero movies. They're obviously done on pure milking purposes.
While true to some extent, the same can be said about most sequels/prequels in any genre including action.
They're all the same, shallow and full of clichés and political correctness.
Most "blockbusters" are formulaic, because people are still moved by the same humanistic challenges, even if acted out by aliens or robots. As for PC, they really didn't used to be, it used to be like a joke inserted into a movie, only in the past 4-5yrs (outside of rom-coms) has it infected the actual storyline.
A recent good movie that comes to mind is Blade Runner 2049. It had a good cast, great visuals, and most importantly, the plot kept me interested all the way.
Indeed that was a good flim, but like the latest Predators movies, it had many copied elements from earlier ones, pulling off such distinctiveness achieved mainly with side plots and a different point of view, was a big feat. It also leaves the door open to another sequel...
Star Wars Ep7 was better than it would have been purely because it hit all the nostalgic notes, like Bladerunner taking elements almost directly from older movies. Without those elements it would not nearly have been as interesting or entertaining to the fanbase, and maybe not even to new audiences.
I think there's another factor at play too, movies without supernatural or alien characters have to rely on predictable or known human dramas, like power struggle, sexual desire, betrayal etc. It's just as easy to make such dramas formulaic and mundane, failing to make a story about a fairly oridinary life seem enthralling. The non-human characters create believable discontinuity and genuine unpredictability, which means you don't need complicated twisting plots to keep people wanting to see more, yet it doesn't feel less complex either by doing so. _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
A couple more good movie surprises: Glass, and The Head Hunter.
Glass wasn't so much a great movie, which I guess is inline with Unbreakable and Split, but it had several interesting twists, including the very end where the somewhat altruistic plan of the villain is revealed.
The Head Hunter reminded me a lot of the 13th Warrior and the Evil Dead films, it isn't a comedy, but it isn't too serious either. It really works because of how simplistic it is, with many scenes of stillness or suspense, seeing virtually none of the violence implied. _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
Just watched The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Terry Gilliams latest work. I definitely recommend it.
For those who don't know, Gilliam first tried to make a movie based on the Don Quixote story back in the early 90s but the movie was devastated during production, never making it to completion, and a documentary based on the disaster was released called Lost in La Mancha, which too is worth a watch. Now, he's finally done it, however it's not exactly the same film - instead it's developed into something that incorporates his film making struggles.
It follows a cocky young director making a feature film of Don Quixote based on a short film he'd made prior, but the production isn't meeting his expectations. Trying to rediscover the creative magic, he goes back to the local village where he shot the short and ends up meeting people who were in it, and sees how the village has changed. He finds the actor who played Don Quixote is still playing the character now, seemingly insane, and who then drags the director into a surreal journey that ultmately becomes a celebration of imagination in cinema.
As a fan of Gilliam's I'm so glad he made it, but it also feels quite sad as it seems almost like a parting gift to the art form. His entire career has been defined by struggling to get his imagination through the hollywood machine, and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is almost like a summation of that, and by the end he passes on the torch to the next generation of film makers. _________________
Screw AttachEffect. Can't think of any use for it.
So I've seen Avengers: Endgame. It was a bit slow in the beginning but it eventually caught on. This is a must see movie in the MCU.
I saw monday, I concur. It wasn't a great plot, but nothing terribly objectionable except perhaps Capt Amrika wielding Mjolnir, and fat Thor being almost useless at the final showdown, at least compared to his performance in Ragnarok. All in all, entertaining, not deep, not terribly complex, but well put together. I'm glad they minimized Capt Marvel, the way she sliced through Thanos' ship, she would have negated half of the fighting.
I also saw Cold Pursuit yesterday, a recent Liam Neeson movie, which was surprisingly good. It has a windy plot like something you'd get in a Guy Richie or Tarantino film, but slow and subtle. Only one scene bothered me, in the beginning of the adventure, Liam finds out his son died, and initially he shows no reaction, then suddenly he's drunk and suicidal. The combination of those back to back just seemed wrong. I had no complaints about the rest of the movie, it had a lot of interesting characters, entirely believable acting, short over-acting bits, and some unexpected humour.
Oh and I watched Escape Room over the weekend sometime, which I would say missed the mark for me. It was designed to be like a cross between The Cube and Saw, but PG. Some of the rooms were clever and there were some interesting scenes, but the more it dragged out, the more unbelievable stuff happened, until it turned into jumpscare/gotcha plot. It started out good enough to watch, but turned into a giant mehhhh... _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
I watched so many forgettable movies lately I don't even feel like listing them, uuuuggghhhh!
So why don't I mention this instead: I watched Zack Snyder's Justice League cut, and I can say it was at least 6.43 times better than the original release... for the simple fact that it actually made sense!
Watching the original was brutal, it was disjointed like it was made with jump cuts, entire scenes that would have explained following scenes were missing, so a viewer had to imagine what leads to that moment without so much as a clue. This new version gave the characters depth, you got a sense of the seriousness of things and you weren't left scratching your head wondering why a bunch of brooding men (and woman) were suddenly motivated to do anything. One prime example is cyborg's daddy is shown redeeming himself in his own way, giving that story arc of bad parenting meaning rather than being a plot device...
There were many subtle changes like making the film even more gray and less vivid than it already was, but all the action was about the same, though with the additional runtime there was a lot more of it. A lot of the really stupid scenes weren't so bad with a proper lead-in, and the inclution of Darkseid gave the movie a greater sense of scope, rather than some ornery horned dude throwing a tantrum.
If I were to give the original a scorecard I would have said 6/10 production quality as you'd expect, but 3.5/10 for execution, 2/10 for story, and 1/10 for directing. For the new one, I'd give it a solid 6.5/10 overall. _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
OmegaBolt: I have not watched Moonlight, but I liked Mandy perhaps because I understood the whole Luciferian/Dante's Inferno ascention theme...
On to the reviews of sorts!
- Cosmic Sin
- Assault on VA 33
- Battle in Space: Armada Attacks
... more I can't remember
- The Devil Below
- The Vault (aka Way Down)
- Rising Hawk
- Honest Thief
- Boss Level
- Space Sweepers (KR)
- Synchronic (despite the subversive anti-white themes)
Also special mention to a movie slightly older than I want to keep this thread (2018+): Blame! from 2017. Japanese 3D anime, there doesn't seem to be an english dubbed version yet, but I understand it is just gaining popularity here in the west, just recently started playing on Netflix. It's quite good, gives off a lot of Matrix vibes. _________________ http://www.moddb.com/mods/scorched-earth-ra2-mod-with-smart-ai QUICK_EDIT
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