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Postby soul.assassin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:53 am

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:Darkest Hour. It was a good film, but a rather poor depiction of history.


Inaccuracy, just like The Patriot, leads to one to get and read a history book.

I do recall that many movies produced in the 40s are mostly to bring out the patriotic character, to rouse people into supporting the war effort, and so some facts have been glossed out in favor of propaganda. Hence I approached the film as if it's one of such films.
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Postby AdamMalkovitch » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:06 pm

Saw both Thor Ragnarok and Coco in theatres Saturday, and one of them was abysmal and stupid with pointless and forced crossovers and references (maybe I would've enjoyed it more if I had forced myself to sit through the previous films), and the other was damn incredible, and yet another masterpiece by one of my favorite studios, even though it was really predictable.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:20 am

I saw Annihilation on Friday. It’s a really smart and impressive movie. Everyone should see it. It has a few flaws to it, sure, but I really like it. There’s some good body horror and existentially terrifying things in that film, and the visuals and sound design is gorgeous.

Also, Thor Ragnorok is the best Marvel movie ever. It doesn’t excuse any of the complaints that anyone has had about it, but that doesn’t keep it from being the best either. I love how the typical “save the world” but was treated as the boring “B” plot while the rest of the movie focused on Jeff Goldblum in blue eyeliner playing a space pimp. I also like how that boring “B” plot was inverted at the end to something slightly more meaningful than it usually is. Either way, it’s far better than giving undue accolades to Joss Whedon for the obnoxious dialogue in his Avengers movies.

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Postby barnett » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:01 pm

I watched Annihilation too yesterday, really enjoyed it. I think Garland did a good work in adapting what was the first part of Vandermeer's trilogy in one coherent movie, with its own ending.
The movie got progressively better - the final act is amazing - and Barrow's (Portishead) work for the soundtrack was awesome. The only complaint I have is about the acting, it often felt flat.

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Postby AngelNo13Bardiel » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:22 pm

Since I wasn't around for (most of) last year, here's some quick recaps of the 2017 stuff I saw.

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Alien: Covenant
...at least you tried, Ridley Scott. At least you tried. Liked the ending, though.

American Assassin
Kinda straightforward popcorn action flick, nothing more or less.

Atomic Blonde
Damn stylish and entertaining action scenes aplenty, one of the better surprises of the year for me.

Blade Runner 2049
Easily one my favorite movies of the year, I still can't believe this one actually managed to be nearly as good as the original...and, of course, just like the original film, it tanked in sales. Go figure.

Dunkirk
Damn good war movie, very tense and well-made. Honestly, I was just surprised as hell that it wasn't over three hours long (given the trend of Nolan's previous movies getting longer and longer).

Ghost in the Shell
Whitewashing issue aside, this was better than it had any right to be. Not that it was particularly good, mind you (except the visuals), but keep in mind how low the bar for live-action Hollywood-made anime adaptions.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Did you see the first one? Did you like it? Yeah, pretty much just that, more of the same (but that's not a bad thing). Plus, y'know, Kurt Russell.

IT
Wasn't intending to see it originally, but the strong word-of-mouth got me interested. And it ended up being pretty good. AAA horror movies tend to miss their mark with me, but I thought it was genuinely good all-around.

John Wick Chapter 2
See what I said about GotG2 above. More just like the first, but that's okay by me.

Justice League
I feel like the only person who had actual fun watching this, I had a big dumb grin on my face the whole time. Not the best comic movie by a good margin, but way more entertaining than the popular opinion of it would seem to suggest.

Logan
Now that's how you do a Wolverine solo movie. Kind of a western-in-disguise, but a good one...not to mention one of the more emotionally-heavy comic films.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Okay, confession time: I kinda liked this series. They're not great (and they're not particularly good adaptions of the games), but they do have a kind of "guilty pleasure" appeal for me. This one's pretty much par for the course compared to the rest of 'em.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
No-question best Spider-Man movie since 2004, definitely a good start to (hopefully) more MCU Spidey.

Split
Best thing Shyamalan's done since Unbreakable, and the first once since then that I bothered to sit all the way through.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Not as good as The Empire Strikes Back (what is?), but better than any of the prequels by a pretty wide margin. Like JL, I can't see what's been causing so many polarizing opinions about this one.

Thor: Ragnarok
Yeah, no contest it's the best of the three Thor movies. The others were...okay, I suppose. But this has something they really lacked: fun.

Transformers: The Last Knight
...alright, these things are really starting to test my patience. Yes, even for brainless CGI popcorn sci-fi/action.

Underworld: Blood Wars
Not bad, but none of the follow-ups have been as good as the original. It's at least worth a watch.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Another one of the movies I wasn't originally intending to see but ended up being nicely surprised by. Also, another pseudo-western. And Woody Harrelson made for a really good sympathetic/psychotic antagonist.

Wonder Woman
I thought it was pretty good. Not as world-moving as a lot of opinions I've heard/read, but I think it's about as good as the DCEU's gonna do with how it's going right now.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:20 pm

Deep Blue Sea 2

While it obviously doesn't measure up to it's much beloved predecessor, being a direct-to-DVD title and all, the concept of baby sharks attacking as a school i don't think had been tackled before so props to them for going this direction on the majority of the kills. Also of note, the submerged facility hallways have a vast array of neon lighting depending which one the potential victim is wandering. I also like that the main reason the research is even brought back is because the mad billionaire thinks the machines are gonna take over the world Terminator-style. :tongue: :D
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Postby Blue Monday » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:42 am

View Original PostAngelNo13Bardiel wrote:Alien: Covenant

I actually really, really liked this film (and it's responsible for reigniting my passion for the franchise in general). To me, it's the first Alien movie in the anthology that is beautiful, or at lest prone to moments of beauty, which is odd, given the sheer amount of gore and body-horror; Jed Kurzel's beautiful piece that played during the chestburster sequence is a great example of this. All up I thought they did a good job of merging the mythical, almost biblical elements, of Prometheus alongside the components of a monster flick.

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Also, the bombing sequence, and seeing the Engineer city reduced to a veritable Pompeii was magnificent, eerie and chilling.


The protomorph is probably my favourite look/design ever for the beast too, alongside the drone from Alien: Isolation and The Dragon from Alien³.

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Postby AngelNo13Bardiel » Wed May 02, 2018 1:21 pm

^ Well, that's not to say I hated it (you're correct in saying that it's a beautifully-shot-and-constructed film and, as I said previously, I found the ending great), I was just...I dunno, a bit disappointed? Yeah, that feels right. But by the looks of its critical and fan reception, I was much less disappointed than others.

The Alien series in general has been a pretty mixed bag for me: the first one is my second-favorite horror movie (just behind the 1982 version of The Thing), Aliens is permanently in my top five favorite action movies, Alien 3 is one of those movies I like that a lot of people don't (I kinda like its oppressive, bleak tone), Alien Resurrection has its moments (like the Newborn) but is fairly weak overall (although I can't say I hate it either; one simply can't hate any movie with Ron Perlman), AvP was more dumb fun, AvP: Requiem is the worst of the series (like all of the Transformers movies, there was too much focus on the humans) and Prometheus was one of the more surprising movies I saw back in 2012 (even though it tried its damnedest to avoid being shackled to the franchise).

Back to topic: saw Avengers: Infinity War two days ago. Wow, just...wow. Just go see it, that's all I can really say. It's epic in every way that matters, and it's the new benchmark for MCU films (the ensemble ones, anyway).
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Postby TBsq » Wed May 02, 2018 5:49 pm

I recently watched L' année dernière à Marienbad by Alain Resnais (I'm french so it's part of my culture). This is one of most surrealist films I've ever seen. The pacing and the atmosphere are very ahead for its time. I can clearly see how it influenced David Lynch or even Inception. I think it breaks as many codes as many of Robert Bresson's films, another french director from the same period.

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Postby Ambiant23 » Thu May 03, 2018 1:47 pm

Isle of Dogs

What else can I say it was good

Also TBsq I love your profile picture, one of my favorite movies.

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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed May 09, 2018 2:14 pm

The Killer (1989)

My first foray into foreign John Woo territory, it delivered a barrage of gun battles all the while establishing well versed codes of honor and friendship between gangsters and cops. I would've given it a perfect score were it not for the tragic ending which Chinese movies seem to be stacking a reputation for. :irked:
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Postby Ambiant23 » Wed May 09, 2018 3:49 pm

*cough *cough Hero (2002)

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Postby Gus Hanson » Tue May 15, 2018 3:08 pm

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Hadn't seen it since that first time in theaters. Still a magnificent superhero team origin story. The friendship between Hiro and Baymax is multiple levels of positive emotion. Fred stole the show at every turn being the comic relief and it also helps that TJ Miller voiced him. Given Miller's present circumstances with the law, it kind of was a given that for the show they wouldn't have him reprise the role but why replace Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi also? I mean, Khary Payton is not so bad, he IS Cyborg from Teen Titans but I still don't get it. On the more romantic couple side of things, I would say realistically that Fred and Gogo need to be an item since Hiro is too young for both females in the team :uhh: and Fred/Gogo is a classic case of opposites attract! ^_^
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Postby chazthesilencer » Tue May 22, 2018 4:39 am

In cinemas: Deadpool 2. Ehh, it was alright. Entertaining enough. The first Deadpool felt like a breath of fresh air, and while the air here was far from stagnant- it wasn’t nearly as refreshing.
Lots of gags; but as is often the case for comedies- the majority of the best ones were spoiled by the trailers, unfortunately.
There were a couple of groaners, like “You stole that line from Robocop”, because pausing to acknowledge the existence of other movies is funny, right?
A couple of nice, quickie sight gags too though, like: the cure for blindness, and the “more popular” X-men not getting involved.
Domino stole the show. The mid-credits sequence may have been the highlight.

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DVD: Moonlight. 1 hour 45 minutes of good acting, but not much else. I was expecting some sort of big twist or incident to happen after the diner scene, but then the credits rolled. I had to laugh. "That's it?"
No lessons taught, and no consequences. Not sure what I was supposed to take home from this.
Best picture 2017? Besides this cynical rundown, I don’t get it.

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No items. Fox only. Final Destination Marathon:

Final Destination. Neat horror concept: no monster, no slasher, just death itself out to get you.
The presence of Death is occasionally represented by an ominous shadowy effect creeping up on the victims, but more often it is signified through a gentle breeze- which might have been an effective sort of “calm before the storm” visual metaphor if it wasn’t kind of silly.
Good idea, but hampered by the film’s slow pacing.

FD 2. Accessible to newcomers, but it rewards fans with the little connections to the first. Deaths are more whacky and inventive this time; the fire escape sequence being my personal favourite of the series. Perfect sequel.

FD 3. Standalone sequel. The story bullet points are already feeling repetitive: premonition, police interview, elaborate first death, the “deaths are in order” realisation etc.
The hilariously creepy coroner doesn’t show up on screen this time. Bummer. The tanning salon deaths were probably the nastiest of the series.
OK, but skippable.

The Final Destination. Lots of embarrassing CG up in your face because 3D cinema fad. No interesting twists. Actors sound bored.
The characters are convinced they’ve won around the 50 minute mark, it was disappointing the film didn’t just stop there and then.
Skip.

FD 5. A tiny tweak to the regular formula in the third act elevates this one high above the previous two films. And the coroner makes a return, yay.
Don't skip.
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