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Postby silvermoonlight » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:34 pm

Gremlins 1984

Because you can't beat an anti Christmas classic and years on I still feel this film is a work of art, with a perfect balance of seriousness, violence, humour and black comedy and Stripe is still one of the most brilliant monster villain's put to film. Though if your looking for similar but more modern I would also recommend Krampus 2015 as I get Gremlins is not for everyone.

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:46 pm

Well, I've bought a bunch of movies for Christmas and decided to crack one of the new ones I haven't seen - Atomic Blonde. Movie was great, lots of action, which doesn't hold back on the realistic gore, a very compelling plot set against the backdrop of West and East Berlin immediately preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Charlize Theron did a great job playing a very convincing female spy capable of kicking ass without a man's help. The soundtrack is wonderfully done, pulling popular songs from around the time, including 99 Luftballons, which personally, I was really hoping to hear given where & when the movie is taking place. James McAvoy also plays quite the compelling character as well, can't go into too much detail for I don't want to spoil the plot.

I never read the graphic novel, The Coldest City, the film is based on, but I'm sure its a fairly accurate adaptation. There's also a sequel in the works (which I'm excited for), and a potential crossover between Atomic Blonde and John Wick because the director was uncredited in directing the first John Wick film. However they won't do the crossover until there's a good enough story to actually film.

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Though fair warning, don't watch with parents unless you want to see their reaction to a lot of topless Charlize Theron and some lesbian sex. That's not a complaint, btw, just a friendly PSA.
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Postby Chuckman » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:20 pm

Alternately, watch The Devil's Advocate with them first, then it won't be so bad.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:41 pm

^ Oh, I love that movie too.

And that would certainly lessen the blow, and you'll still get plenty of Charlize.
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Postby robersora » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:28 am

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:Koyaanisqatsi. I like it. It's good.

Oh, I remember watching that in High School. Interesting, indeed.

I've watched Bohemian Rhapsody, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I've seen people complaining that the movie distorts a lot of facts for the sake of a compelling narrative. If I was a huge Queen fan, I might have been bothered, but as it stands... I really enjoyed the movie.
I've also watched the Spider's Web. While I quite enjoyed Foy's performance in the movie, overall the movie was weaker in every regard, especially in terms of atmosphere. One just can't be on par with Fincher, I guess. Ultimately the script felt weak - I could tell it was the fourth novel in a series of a dead author only kept alive by monetary concerns. (wuhu). If they'd just expanded on the role of Camille, this could have been much stronger. I wish her character would be handled like a phantom, Fight Club style.
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:20 am

Schindler’s List is playing at AMC theaters across the country to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the films original release. I’ve seen the film before but had the chance to see it on the biggest screen possible with the best audio and picture quality imagineable. It’s a masterpiece that is unequaled in most regards. A film about one of the darkest moments in modern human history that while unflinching in presenting an accurate depicition of what the Holocaust was does not wallow in pain and suffering but finds a way to tell a story about hope and human ingenuinity in the worst of times.
It’s a must see and if you’ve never seen it, or even if you have, try to catch this Steven Spielberg masterpiece at the theaters while you can. It’s playing in 1,000 locations across the US so a screening should be within relative driving distance of everyone in the country. I’m unsure how long the 25th anniversary run is but I’d be surprised if it lasts more than a week or two.
If you can find the time catch a showing this week or next. It’s a monumental masterpiece and an important piece of film history that is also illustrative of real history.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:41 pm

I saw Warner Brothers' Mowgli on Netflix. It was a pretty solid flick. I haven't seen Disney's live-action Jungle Book, mostly because I wanted to see Andy Serkis direct a version with a clean palette. The CGI wasn't as photorealistic as I've seen other attempts at CGI animals, but I actually liked how stylized the animals were better than what little footage I saw from the Disney version's trailers. The more they roughed up the faces of the animals, the better I think the CGI played out, whereas the cleaner looking animals never looked as good. Benedict Cumberbatch killed it as Shere Khan, and Cate Blanchett was mesmerizing as Kaa. I loved Andy Serkis' performance as Baloo. My only real complaint is that the scenes in the Man Village were all boring to look at. The cinematography was never able to visually compensate for not having fantastical-looking animals on screen, and it didn't seem like a creative decision either. It was more like they shot the village scenes in the same way they shot the jungle scenes, but they simply weren't as interesting to look at because the cool animals were replaced with boring people. But other than that, the rest of the movie is pretty good, and the musical score was great too.

Now I feel I can watch the Disney version, but I have to say, I don't know if I'll be as entertained with a completely photorealistic, authentic looking bear as I was with Andy Serkis' more definable visual character aesthetic. It's just a shame that this movie was "dumped" onto Netflix rather than given a proper theatrical release. It also doesn't help that Warner Brothers seems to look like it's constantly crapping the bed with their Disney competitors. DC sucked (it's sucked since MoS), and now Mowgli has a hard time performing as well as it should what with Disney making live-action version of their entire old library, which are rarely ever creative looking at all. (I've only seen their LA Beauty and the Beast, and it was an unimaginative and tedious chore to sit through.)

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Postby fnikhall » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:30 am

Watched "Drag Me to Hell" the other night and it was pretty good imo. Sam Raimi really excels at character building and the editing in all of his films are great. The best edited scene in this film is probably the last scene of the film and I won't spoil the ending for those that haven't seen it (even though its been out for near ten years now) but the combination of shots and cuts in the scene are fantastic in so many ways. I could go on about this film in particular but the positives in this film really show up in all of Raimi's work, so I don't feel like I need to be too specific in discussing them in regards to this film unless prompted.
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Postby Ambiant23 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:14 pm

I saw Children of Men, all I can say was WOW that was a incredible film

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Postby TBsq » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:43 am

My last 10/10 movies were "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles", "Possession", "Sans soleil", "El espíritu de la colmena" and "Edvard Munch".

I think the first movie is what hell actualy looks like. A perfect study of the alienation caused by the repetition of daily tasks and boredom.

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Postby IronEvangelion » Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:35 pm

The Harry Potter series:

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So, after years of largely ignoring this series, I decided to buy the blu-ray set a couple weeks ago. Today I finished watching the last film. Overall, I have to say these films were better than I expected. I was kind of expecting them to be aimed solely at a very young audience, but they thankfully turned out to be an "all ages" sort of experience. Even Sorcerer's Stone, the first and most whimsical film in the series, didn't really have anything overtly cringeworthy in it. The characters and the writing throughout the series were mostly pretty good. The characters seemed relatable, with only one or two being completely unlikable (although Ron was a dickbag at times and Hermione's personality was occasionally grating in the early films). I really enjoyed the interactions between the main trio, and their coming-of-age story that sadly got sidelined for a less interesting save-the-world plot.

I think my favorite characters, though, were Sirius Black, the werewolf guy whose name I forget, and the Weasleys (all of the Weasleys, they need their own sitcom). The two I hated were Pettigrew for being an irredeemable scumbag, and Dobby for being a smeagolike who manages to be uglier and more annoying than the character he's based on (also because fuck those nightmare fuel house-elves). Also the Dursleys, I almost forgot about those fucks. Had I been Harry, I would have... eliminated them in an extremely painful manner shortly after returning from Hogwarts. The Ministry doesn't need to know. :devil:

The writing did have some issues, however, mostly concerning he-who-must-not-have-a-nose (Voldemort). I appreciate them trying to make him deeper than just another "I want to destroy the earth!" villain, but it backfired when they turned him into a literal wizard-Hitler, complete with jackbooted armband-wearing goons and a "final solution to the muggle/mudblood problem". Come on, really? That was the absolute laziest direction they could have gone in with his characterization.

I also didn't like how Harry was turned into more and more of a Gary Stu as the series went on, easily mastering advanced spells that were beyond his grade and driving off fully-trained death eaters with high school-equivalent magic. They really removed a lot of depth from an otherwise good character by making him borderline overpowered. The whole "chosen one" archetype really needs to die. Another gripe I had is the lack of plot relevance for the Deathly Hallows. You'd think a set of objects that had two films named after them would be somewhat important to the story, but nope, the films are like, "Hey! Look at these extremely powerful wizardry artifacts! Cool, right? Well, they're completely irrelevant because these films are about horcruxes!".


Despite the flaws, I really did enjoy this series. I think it could have been better, though. Eliminating the entire "Voldemort is a-comin' back!" plot and making the series solely a coming-of-age story about three wizard friends would have improved it. The social interactions were the best parts of the films. There really didn't need to be a villain greater than Draco Malfoy as the school bully, bringing the ultimate evil wizard back from the dead was just overkill.
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Postby robersora » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:36 pm

^
This breakdown was super interesting to me, as I am pretty unable to put off my nostalgia glasses as I was a huge fan of Harry Potter as a kid, lol. I really like movie no.3 and 6 the best, the visual direction in those I remember being super cool.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:19 pm

I saw Mortal Engines yesterday. You know, the movie where cities are on wheels and they drive around consuming smaller towns that are also on wheels? Yeah, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The film centers around a young woman who is attempting to kill a high ranking civilian played by Hugo Weaving. When her assassination attempt is thwarted by a helpful historian, both she and the historian are caught up in a mess that causes them both to be thrown down the exhaust tail pipe of London and left for dead. But they're not dead and the woman is trying to find her way back into London while the historian is forced to rely on her for survival. Things get crazy on their journey, and as soon as Hugo Weaving hears that his assailant may not be dead, he gets the help of a resurrected super soldier to finish the job for him. This premise sounds really cool as amazing, and gives a lot opportunities for multiple stunning set pieces and visual moments throughout the film, but that's just about where all the nice things stop. The visuals were amazing and the world was super creative, and I liked the appearance of actual colors in the film's palette. (I know "monotone grayish sci-fi colors" is a really tired complaint of mine, but I will still praise any film that gives me actual colors in my sci-fi just to show my appreciation.) But film seemed like it should have been split into two movies, and as a result of feeling like two separate movies crammed into one film there were parts that seemed too fast and other parts that sagged in its pacing, all while only skimming the surface of the characters. So while I always found myself really enjoying what I was watching (Hugo Weaving being a high-raking civilian in a London on wheels is never not visually arresting), I never found myself really getting into it like I felt like I should. The film seems to begrudge the idea of expositional dialogue and even makes a few coy remarks about this trope, but ultimately can't escape from it and succumbs to its apparent necessities in some of the more clunky ways possible. This clunky expositional dialogue is weird because, given how stunning the visuals are one would think that they could also visually exposits these things with equal efficiency, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Storyboarding for this movie doesn't seem to go beyond the most basic "point the camera at the talking person" as its main mode of storytelling, all while getting really distracted at the chance to glamorize the absolutely stunning driving cities and flying air ships that surround the talking people. (Make no mistake, this movie is really cool to watch.) And when the "talking people" are all hesitant to approach the trope of dumping their sad backstory on the people around them, it's really easy to start to see the cracks form around this movie as a whole.

This isn't to say that I hated the movie either. Like I said, I was always enjoying what I was watching, even if I wasn't able to really get into it as much as I would have liked. All in all, though, I don't think that this movie should be doing as poorly as it is on the box office, especially with 90-minutes-too-long Aquaman out in theaters at the moment.

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Postby IronEvangelion » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:20 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:^
This breakdown was super interesting to me, as I am pretty unable to put off my nostalgia glasses as I was a huge fan of Harry Potter as a kid, lol. I really like movie no.3 and 6 the best, the visual direction in those I remember being super cool.


My favorites were Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Part 2. PoA introduced two of my favorite characters (Siruis and the wolfman), and had a great plot twist towards the end. It was also great seeing Harry finally find the balls to ditch his abusive foster family at the beginning. GoF was my most favorite HP film, largely due to the fact that we finally got to see student wizards from other schools. The pegasus carriage that the all-girls school owned was awesome. It was also the last film before the descent arc truly began, so it was the last time that life was relatively normal at Hogwarts and everyone was just going about their lives. Oh, and it introduced Luna. Almost forgot about her, she's my favorite female in the series. HBP was great because Hermione basically got trolled in her own field of expertise by Harry and his cheat-book, and it was hilarious to watch. That and the final scenes with Harry and Dumbledore, those were some of the most memorable moments in the series. In DH2, we finally got to see Voldemort fucking die for good, which was great. Also there was a full-scale wizard war complete with an artillery barrage, which was awesome to watch. They vastly improved Snape's character by showing the contents of his memories and made him a much more sympathetic character. Too bad that happened right at the end of the series and not sooner.

My least favorites were Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows Part 1. CoS was... well... it had Dobby. I absolutely cannot stand smeagolikes, especially the super-deformed variety. The story was also pretty weak. Really the best part of the film was the Weasley boys rescuing Harry from his foster parents by yanking his bedroom window off with a flying car, but that's about it. The whole diary thing was also pretty stupid. DH1 was the only film I really didn't like watching, though. It's like that film took it upon itself to singlehandedly destroy everything that made the HP universe great. It was just so depressing that it was painful to watch. It was also somewhat dull, thanks to roughly 50%-75% of the film consisting of Harry and Hermione (and sometimes Ron) camping out in the wilderness by themselves.
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:59 am

Compare Deathly Hallows pt 1 and Evangelion Q...
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:12 am

DH1 was better if not a bit drawn out.
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Postby Zeta_One » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:09 pm

James Wan's Aquaman. Visually, it's one of the more interesting live-action comic book films as its bright and varied color palette was a nice treat. Highlights include the fight in Italy and the dive into the trench. A nice change of pace from the dull or dark color schemes of the average MCU or DCEU installment. Next, Willem Dafoe is a treat as always and compensates for his younger costars whenever he's onscreen. But the movie is too busy for its own good, Patrick Wilson is a mundane villain, and Wan abuses the slow-motion and explosions during his action scenes. It felt like Black Panther meets Lord of the Rings under the sea.

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Postby Chuckman » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:36 am

Willem Dafoe is a great actor.

I think that they should use digital magic to have Willem Defoe reprise all his roles but as the Green Goblin and composite him into the movies over himself. He’s the socially awkward detective in American Psycho, but it’s the Green Goblin. He’s Sgt. Elias dying in a hail of gunfire and betrayal, but it’s the Green Goblin. He has Madonna bound and tied and he’s raping her but she’s enjoying it, and he’s the Green Goblin. He’s in Antichrist smashing his own testicles with a hammer, but it’s the Green Goblin.

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Postby cyharding » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:13 am

Jodorowsky's Dune. I'll admit that if I was a producer, I wouldn't give him the money either.

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Postby Chuckman » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:05 pm

Is the documentary itself worth a watch, in your eyes?
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