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Postby cyharding » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:39 pm

Last night, I watched Star Trek: Nemesis, in order to prepare for the upcoming Picard series. It has been over ten years since I last seen the film. I remember watching it with my brother during that time, and he was just listing off the things wrong with the movie. I remember thinking at the time that it was the most terrible and beautiful thing I had ever witnessed. There were things he was saying that I haven't considered, but he did, based on his experience as a mechinical engineer. Watching the movie now, I can see certain points of stupidy that he has mentioned along with some things that doesn't make sense to me knowing what I know about Star Trek. The basic plot isn't bad and there are some good scenes with the starship battle at the end very exciting, barring some of the above mentioned stupidy. This raises a question for me, does Hollywood expect an audience for a movie to be swept up in the emotions they want you to feel, such as excitement or tension, despite flaws in other areas like story or characterization?
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:22 pm

i watched 984 - Prisoner of the Future. Here’s a video I did on it: https://youtu.be/MUll4doXWUQ

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Postby robersora » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:25 am

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This was very well made, I like the neon lighting! Consider to have gained a sub; really looking forward to going down this rabbit hole of obscure movies. :)
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:43 am

Thanks! :D The lighting will change colors from video to video, but the same neon aesthetic will remain. There’s some non-obscure stuff coming in the future that has been shockingly un-watched for someone who claims to be into film. (But that’s not for another view videos, so enjoy the obscure stuff while it happens.)

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Postby kuribo-04 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:57 pm

Gonna check it out when I have time. :)
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:20 am

Outside of dusting off my old movie shelf, I also saw Weathering With You this week. I don’t think it’s as good as Your Name, but it’s still really good. Actually, I think I can relate to this film more than I could Your Name. (And I found both films to be emotionally rewarding to watch.) I like more as a follow up to Your Name, in fact. Your Name was all about localized devastation, but looked at the flip side of “Hey, at least we still have Tokyo!” WWY, on the other hand, threatens that reliance on Tokyo, kinda like how Shin Godzilla did. It’s just that, instead of Hideaki Anno’s giant, mutating, radioactive monster causing a political, economic, and social crisis, it’s Makoto Shinkai’s etherial, spiritual, cosmic phenomenon threatening the main characters’ interpersonal, romantic, yet dysfunctional day-to-day lives.

As for the un-watched movies in my collection that I’m still going through, I saw Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe. Expect a video on that in the coming weeks.

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Postby kuribo-04 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:26 pm

While I enjoyed Your Name, I found it to be a film somewhere between OK and good, with an overdose of what I'd call melodrama. With so many people enjoying it so much, I feel like I'm missing out on something or there's something I just don't get.
It was really beautiful to look at though and a cute fillm overall. And I'll most likely end up watching all or most of Shinkai's films, including Weathering With You. (I have also seen Garden of Words, not a fan of the story, but beautiful visuals as well).
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:16 pm

^ I guess I’m more appreciative of that kind of stuff now. I definitely remember a time where I didn’t like melodrama or anything too whimsical. Maybe I was too strung up on the types of movies I wanted to make and how everything else should also be made that way, I dunno. Now I kinda unironically love the melodramatic stuff. I still can’t see my creative tendencies following suit, but I like it nonetheless.

In that sense, saying that Your Name overdosed on melodrama is like saying Mad Max: Fury Road overdosed on action; you’re not wrong in thinking that, but that’s also kinda the point of the movie.

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Postby kuribo-04 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:32 am

I definitely don't think it's wrong to enjoy melodrama, I do myself.
I just think melodrama is often manipulative and strays too far from reality to give the audience truly meaningful things to think about. And Mad Max Fury Road...well, I did think that movie was sort of empty, even if it is perfection as far as action goes.
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Ryuko: "I'm gonna knock ya on your asses!"
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Hayashida: "As game developers, our work is special. All of us here can put smiles on very many people's faces with our work."
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Postby movieartman » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:10 am

A Cold Night's Death / The Chill Factor (1973)

- Fantastic (but broken) snowy paranoia bottle film.

- Almost certainly influenced John Carpenter's The Thing. Sequences where a frozen body is found next to radio equipment is nearly identical minus the wrist cuts. Film's mood & tone is extremely similar.

- Mostly subdued electronic store is good.

- Main 2 actors do a damn good job and never go into hysteria or notable overacting.

- Highly recommended for people who like slow burn paranormal mysteries.

- Full film has multiple uploads on Youtube for those who are interested. Wikipedia claims it's been released on DVD under the 2nd title but I could not find it on Amazon.

THAT BEING SAID...

- The very last shot of the film pretty much breaks it and gives absolute zero explanation for the reveal of the film's culprits.

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- Zero explanation on how the Monkey's could have gained what we must presume are telekinetic powers in order to move things around the station while still confined in their cages.

- Zero explanation on how the Monkey's gained abnormally high intelligence (which would be required for them to understand how a recorder works and the fact that it needs to be erased to cover their tracks)

- Why didn't the monkey's try to talk (telepathy?) to Frank or Robert like Vogel claimed they did to him?

- Are the Monkey's suicidal? Why didn't they learn from being at death's door after killing Vogel and no one was left to run the heater.

- Why didn't Vogel & Frank either (a) Use some of the heavy equipment in the electronics room to smash the window of the door to said room in order to escape? (b) Why didn't they climb out the open window and run to the other end of the station and climb in through the window used for shoveling snow into the water maker? Yes it's hyper fucking cold but the station isn't that big.  Robert was able to drag himself from the snow port to the locked front door midway through the station's length and then back to the snow port while he was already hyper exhausted from shoveling snow.


Despite this I still think it's very much worth watching.

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Postby movieartman » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:43 am

Underwater (2020)

Saw last week.
Not quite great but damn good monster movie.
Sets & Props are magnificent.
Cast all does a good job.
Kristen Stewart does a good job as the lead, her physical acting and mannerisms in particular are note worthy. I have only seen her previously in Snow White & The Huntsman and she is notably better here. That being said 1 important line she had at the very end was weakly done, too deadpan/flat when it should have been more defiant, spiteful, smug and snarky.
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Vincent Cassel is great here, I want to see him in more major films.
Monsters are cool although not super unique or interesting, that being said most of the shots of the kajiu sized creature at the end was too murky.
Score was largely unremarkable but every once and a while it stood out nicely, mostly in the last 3rd.

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Postby fnikhall » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:12 pm

watched Bumblebee the other day and enjoyed it. I thought it was fun and heartfelt although it was dragged down by some very cliche and hammy performances from John Cena's character and Dr. Powell. But I thought the dynamic between Charlie and Bumblebee was well done and the emotional beats landed for me. Overall I enjoyed it a lot for what it was
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