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Postby Gus Hanson » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:20 pm

10 Cloverfield Lane

Because over three thirds of the story is the trio in the bunker, the sci-fi alien elements feel a little out of place but since it's a franchise movie, make do with it. It could've ended with the moment Mary Elizabeth Winstead took off the makeshift air mask with relief that the air is clean and go from there to her finding a working car without the aliens showing up and I still would've said this movie was great. That's just a tiny nitpick though.

John Goodman performs his unhinged role of the conspiracy survivalist nut perfectly and I did wonder whether previous female victims of his were given the pedo treatment considering he changed his hair style, clothing, shaved his stubble and offered ice cream like a creeper to Mary as soon as he took care of melting the remains of poor John Gallagher, Jr.
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Postby Dr. Nick » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:06 am

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Postby Chuckman » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:45 pm

View Original PostGus Hanson wrote:10 Cloverfield Lane

Because over three thirds of the story is the trio in the bunker, the sci-fi alien elements feel a little out of place but since it's a franchise movie, make do with it. It could've ended with the moment Mary Elizabeth Winstead took off the makeshift air mask with relief that the air is clean and go from there to her finding a working car without the aliens showing up and I still would've said this movie was great. That's just a tiny nitpick though.

John Goodman performs his unhinged role of the conspiracy survivalist nut perfectly and I did wonder whether previous female victims of his were given the pedo treatment considering he changed his hair style, clothing, shaved his stubble and offered ice cream like a creeper to Mary as soon as he took care of melting the remains of poor John Gallagher, Jr.


I thought they pulled off the alien "twist". The finale turn in the plot -it turns out that John Goodman's character is both right and a psycho- is just so delicious I can't not love it.
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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:34 am

A Field in England. It's been awhile since a film wowed me to the extent that I dropped $45 to order the blu-ray the moment the credits started rolling but this is a film I'm going to have to watch a few times to fully appreciate everything about it.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:13 am

View Original PostKazuki_Fuse wrote:A Field in England.
Yes, that was an interesting film. My reaction at the time was that it was rather like a spaghetti Western but set in the English Civil War.
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Postby SawItAtAge10 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:51 am

I went to go see Us.

Given that I wasn't particular scared or frightened by Get Out, I wasn't disappointed with this one. Granted, they are both smart films and have good ideas, but Get Out was badly mis-marketed as horror when really it's more a psychological drama with a sci-fi twist.

Us, on the other hand, was more like a buzzard surrealist slasher film. It had the right of suspense thriller elements that I tend to crave in horror (not that genre is exclusively that or has to be that to be good, but it works all here). I guess what I mean to say as is that this one had that "oomph!" that I felt was missing in Get Out.

So, where Get oUt deals more with racism, Us delves into classism as its story thematic in "a literal those above and below" sort of way. On the classism thing, I couldn't help but think of The Time Machine or Metropolis as being a possible inspiration for Peele here.

One other note, Ms. N'yongo is as fantastic in this is as she is beautiful...In other words, the character(s) she plays and how she acts is just..perfection :)
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Postby pwhodges » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:28 am

In 1973, Eiichi Yamamoto, director of the first Astro Boy movie and Kimba the White Lion, released one of the most psychedelic movies ever made, which was recently rescued from being lost by a new 4k restoration, including censored scenes of which only one print survived. Trippier than Mind Game, drawing on influences like Beardsley, Klimt, Kandinsky, pop art and many more, the animation varies from slowly panned watercolour images to full movement. People are ugly, and the story is uglier. The main female character is raped near the start, which is represented wildly abstractly and yet very graphically, and later there are full-on orgies. The devil appears as a penis with a face, growing larger as his influence on the MC increases. The character ends up being burned as a witch, and the story is hinted to be related to that of Joan of Arc. The story is fairly thin for the length of the film (and is sometimes hard to follow because of the whackiness of the graphics through which it is told), and past the middle some people feel that it drags - but it continues to fascinate. Is it an expression of feminism, or is it overblown soft porn? - the critics sure can't agree. You just have to watch it for yourself.

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Postby robersora » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:15 pm

^^
Uh, I now wanna see Us really bad. I might go tomorrow.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:21 am

Who wants to see the actress of that marine biologist character from Shin Godzilla spend a whole movie with cats?

Rent-a-Cat is a fun little movie that's made up of an anthology of short narrative segments about a lonely Japanese woman named Sayoko (played by the brazenly nuanced Mikako Ichikawa) who, for some reason, can only attract cats. She sets out to fulfill certain life goals, and hangs up signs displaying these life goals around her house as a way to reminder her of these life goals throughout her day. Each segment acts like its own little short film, introducing its own zaniness and character eccentricities from short to short, all while maintaining the overall scope and perspective of the main character's story as a whole. Throughout the movie Sayoko meets different lonely people who want to rent cats from her. Some of them even seem to be her ticket to achieving some of her own goals as she tries to progress forward in her own life.

This is a slice-of-life movie that’s almost as pure and wholesome in its presentation as Kiki's Delivery Service, and I can totally see this as a type of Studio Ghibli animated film one day. The highlight of this film is definitely watching Mikako Ichikawa interacting will all sorts of lonely people throughout her day, with the movie punctuating certain aspects of Ichikawa's performance with her interactions with all manner of cats and kittens who help her on her various other jobs. (The movie is rather elusive as to what these other jobs could be, but the cats are shown helping her out with all sorts of weird, non-sequitur, work-from-home kind of jobs.)

The Blu-rays from Japan are coded to work in American-built Blu-ray players as well as Japanese Blu-ray players. (For a DVD, you would need a Japanese Region 2 DVD player to play the Japanese DVD.) And the Japanese disc release of Rent-a-Cat includes English subtitles using a translation by Kevin Glentz, which is easily the most impressively natural-feeling English translation of Japanese dialogue I've experienced in a while.
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Particularly, the Japanese phrase "itadakimasu" is typically a point of contention with English translators trying to sound natural in their English dialogue. It's more literal English translation is "I gratefully receive this food," but no English-speaking person ever says that. Some English translators try to merely shorten that translation to "Let's eat," but it excises all of the intended politeness out of the phrase, something that's difficult to naturally capture in many polite English-speaking circles without the character saying grace before the meal. “Thanks for the food” is another fine attempt that actually keeps the polite sentiment, but still feels forced in English speaking communities coming before the meal rather than after. Kevin Glentz masterfully side-steps the whole dilemma by borrowing the French phrase "bon appétit," which is also recognized by English speakers as a polite phrase said before eating without needing any sort of explanation.


My only nitpick is that there are what seem to be TV spots of this movie on the disc where Mikako Ichikawa is engaging in even more interactions with cats. While these moments are charming to watch, the special features are absent of any English translation, which is a shame because who doesn't to experience as much of Mikako Ichikawa's interactions with cats as possible? Also, the prices of Japanese home video releases are rather high compared to those in America, so expect prices as high as $60 when trying to hunt this down for your own collection.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Sun May 12, 2019 7:56 pm

Pokemon Detective Pikachu was an enjoyable 90 or so minutes down memory lane. It fully realizes a real-life world with Pokemon much the same way that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? integrated 20s and 30s-era cartoon characters into daily life, albeit Letterman isn't nearly as deft as Zemeckis was back in '88. It's light and charming and doesn't take itself too seriously.

The CG is pretty great all-around, and Justice Smith is an okay lead, but then after the opening act, the plot just kinda stumbles along and the climax feels not all that strong, or creative. Reynolds deserves much of the credit for ultimately getting the film across the finish line with his performance and humor. I don't think there's any other living actor who could have done as much to sell a film the way RR did here,
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which is going to make the already-announced sequel a trickier endeavor to pull off, given what transpires at the end of the film. I don't know whether Reynolds would be game for acting in one of these films physically, whereas he only had to do voiceover work for about 98% of his role and then just basically wear normal real life street clothes and his own Tom Ford eyeglasses for his cameo appearance at the very end.


In any case, the sequel should be a completely different kind of story involving Pokemon. They've kinda done all they can do here with the Detective Pikachu premise, it seems and they should develop something that would be an interesting story to tell in that world.

There were a couple homages that I thought were pretty cool, but the most interesting reveal/homage was:

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The events of Pokemon: The First Movie happened in this movie's universe.

They directly state that the Mewtwo in this film is the same Mewtwo from the 1999 film. They reference how it broke out from the Kanto region of Japan (although I cant remember if they said if that happened 20 years ago, which would mean that Detective Pikachu picks up in real time from those events.)

All of this effectively implies that Ash, Misty, Brock, Jesse, James, etc. exist in the universe of Detective Pikachu, although, if Detective Pikachu is supposed to pick up in real time from the events of the '99 film, that would mean that most of those characters would be in their early-to-late 30s if they were to make any appearances in future films (which almost certainly will happen).


It's a solid 3 out of 4 star film, and is the best movie based on a video game to be released up to this point in time.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Tue May 14, 2019 7:51 pm

^ That's a damn good spoiler free review Guy. I will definitely check out the movie, hopefully this weekend or maybe next weekend.
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Postby El Squibbonator » Sun May 19, 2019 4:00 pm

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:There were a couple homages that I thought were pretty cool, but the most interesting reveal/homage was:

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The events of Pokemon: The First Movie happened in this movie's universe.

They directly state that the Mewtwo in this film is the same Mewtwo from the 1999 film. They reference how it broke out from the Kanto region of Japan (although I cant remember if they said if that happened 20 years ago, which would mean that Detective Pikachu picks up in real time from those events.)

All of this effectively implies that Ash, Misty, Brock, Jesse, James, etc. exist in the universe of Detective Pikachu, although, if Detective Pikachu is supposed to pick up in real time from the events of the '99 film, that would mean that most of those characters would be in their early-to-late 30s if they were to make any appearances in future films (which almost certainly will happen).


It's a solid 3 out of 4 star film, and is the best movie based on a video game to be released up to this point in time.


You know, despite having seen the movie, I never picked up on that part.
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Postby robersora » Sun May 19, 2019 7:12 pm

I really enjoyed Detective Pikachu, I loved all the scenes in which Pokemon were interacting; 10/10, if they just had left out all the human characters / sob story it would be my favorite movie of all time.
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