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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:48 am 
 

Since this time I made it through a few more, I'll keep the comments shorter:

Dr Strange (1978): Love the spooky psychedelic rock score and the really tripping visual effects. Only reason the pilot didn't make it into a series is because CBS didn't want to be the "superhero network", it's definitely the second best of the projects after the Hulk.
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme (2007): The first Marvel Animated Feature I enjoyed, still had its flaws but unlike the first three it was fun to watch.
Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow (2008): The first Marvel Animated Feature that is GOOD, more focus on characters, more focus on story, well-written and very enjoyable. And actually could have made a great live action movie, the story is great.
Hulk Versus (2009): Kinda filler, and it kind of annoys me so far that the Animated Feature keep going with the "mindless murdering monster" interpretation of the Hulk which has always been my least favourite, probably same for everyone who grew up with Bixby/Ferrigno as the Hulk.
Planet Hulk (2010): And here the complaints were heard and we get a Hulk we can love, plus very good writing for characters and story and a very enjoyable watching experience, probably the best one of the MAF.
Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011): Sort of a Thor prequel with a young Thor having his first adventure with non-evil Loki by his side, not 100% as good as Planet Hulk but a close second place, had a lot of fun watching it and it's a good way to go out for the series that started so awfully and suddenly got really good halfway through.
Iron Man - Rise of Technovore (2013): The first of the two Marvel Animes and not quite as godawful as the other one, but the visuals still give me a fucking headache and half the story made no sense whatsoever. Only thing that saved it from being godawful was a lot of lines of dialogues that simply sounded really cool like something an industrial band could sample. Other than that it blows. Plus that cutesy anime version of Black Widow looking like Sailor Moon or something doesn't work for me at all.



What I have so far, sorted by American school grades but not further sorted within those. All entries are 100% subjective.

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F - Suck

Inhumans Pilot, Daredevil, Elektra, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers II, Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel, Avengers Confidential - Black Widow & Punisher, Generation X

D - Dodgy but watchable

Blade Trinity, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Punisher: War Zone, The Invincible Iron Man, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, Fantastic Four 1994, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man Pilot, Hulk 2003, Ant-Man & the Wasp, Iron Man - Rise of Technovore, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World

C - Okay, pretty enjoyable

Doctor Strange: The Sorceror Supreme, Dr Strange 1978, Fantastic Four 2005, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ant-Man, Hulk Versus, Howard the Duck, The Incredible Hulk, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Blade II, Spider-Man Homecoming, Spider-Man Far from Home, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor

B - Good stuff

Deadpool, Deadpool 2, X-Men: First Class, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk - Death in the Family, Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow, Planet Hulk, Thor: Tales of Asgard, Thor: Ragnarok, Venom, Big Hero 6, Ghost Rider, Blade, Man-Thing, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 2, Black Panther

A - Amazing movies

Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan, The Punisher, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Captain America: Civil War, The Incredible Hulk Pilot, Iron Man
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:47 pm 
 

droneriot wrote:
Since this time I made it through a few more, I'll keep the comments shorter:

Dr Strange (1978): Love the spooky psychedelic rock score and the really tripping visual effects. Only reason the pilot didn't make it into a series is because CBS didn't want to be the "superhero network", it's definitely the second best of the projects after the Hulk.
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme (2007): The first Marvel Animated Feature I enjoyed, still had its flaws but unlike the first three it was fun to watch.
Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow (2008): The first Marvel Animated Feature that is GOOD, more focus on characters, more focus on story, well-written and very enjoyable. And actually could have made a great live action movie, the story is great.
Hulk Versus (2009): Kinda filler, and it kind of annoys me so far that the Animated Feature keep going with the "mindless murdering monster" interpretation of the Hulk which has always been my least favourite, probably same for everyone who grew up with Bixby/Ferrigno as the Hulk.
Planet Hulk (2010): And here the complaints were heard and we get a Hulk we can love, plus very good writing for characters and story and a very enjoyable watching experience, probably the best one of the MAF.
Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011): Sort of a Thor prequel with a young Thor having his first adventure with non-evil Loki by his side, not 100% as good as Planet Hulk but a close second place, had a lot of fun watching it and it's a good way to go out for the series that started so awfully and suddenly got really good halfway through.
Iron Man - Rise of Technovore (2013): The first of the two Marvel Animes and not quite as godawful as the other one, but the visuals still give me a fucking headache and half the story made no sense whatsoever. Only thing that saved it from being godawful was a lot of lines of dialogues that simply sounded really cool like something an industrial band could sample. Other than that it blows. Plus that cutesy anime version of Black Widow looking like Sailor Moon or something doesn't work for me at all.



What I have so far, sorted by American school grades but not further sorted within those. All entries are 100% subjective.

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F - Suck

Inhumans Pilot, Daredevil, Elektra, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers II, Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel, Avengers Confidential - Black Widow & Punisher, Generation X

D - Dodgy but watchable

Blade Trinity, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Punisher: War Zone, The Invincible Iron Man, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, Fantastic Four 1994, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man Pilot, Hulk 2003, Ant-Man & the Wasp, Iron Man - Rise of Technovore, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World

C - Okay, pretty enjoyable

Doctor Strange: The Sorceror Supreme, Dr Strange 1978, Fantastic Four 2005, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ant-Man, Hulk Versus, Howard the Duck, The Incredible Hulk, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Blade II, Spider-Man Homecoming, Spider-Man Far from Home, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor

B - Good stuff

Deadpool, Deadpool 2, X-Men: First Class, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk - Death in the Family, Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow, Planet Hulk, Thor: Tales of Asgard, Thor: Ragnarok, Venom, Big Hero 6, Ghost Rider, Blade, Man-Thing, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 2, Black Panther

A - Amazing movies

Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan, The Punisher, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Captain America: Civil War, The Incredible Hulk Pilot, Iron Man

I still need to see that Thor animated film and a couple of the others. I definitely agree that Planet Hulk and Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme were stronger than the first three Marvel animated films. It's been a long time sine I saw it (I was just a kid), but I remember the Iron Man one being particularly bad.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:05 pm 
 

Only thing that puts Doctor Strange below the three I praised is how whiny Strange is portrayed for much of the film, he's a lot more self-confident in all other versions of his character.

Like I posted earlier I thought Invincible Iron Man was better than the Ultimate Avengers movies but that's not really saying much, those two were terrible, Iron Man was just bad.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:09 pm 
 

Wow, The Lighthouse was an experience. I felt it was too vague sometimes without any real reason or without really adding to the suspense but it was definitely something to find immersive in the theatre. I don't know if it'll be that good on rewatch on a smaller screen, though.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:49 pm 
 

droneriot wrote:
Only thing that puts Doctor Strange below the three I praised is how whiny Strange is portrayed for much of the film, he's a lot more self-confident in all other versions of his character.

Like I posted earlier I thought Invincible Iron Man was better than the Ultimate Avengers movies but that's not really saying much, those two were terrible, Iron Man was just bad.

Ah fair enough. I don't even remember the Iron Man film too well but it seemed like it was not at all what I was expecting out of an Iron Man movie or something.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:21 pm 
 

Three more on this bored Sunday:

Captain America - Sentinel of Liberty (1979): The lead actor lacks some serious charisma for the role and visually there are a couple of awkward parts, but overall it was actually a lot more fun than I expected. Pretty decent stuff.
Captain America II - Death Too Soon (1979): OMG it's Christopher Lee!! Other than that see above.
Captain America (1990): Imagine a bad fan film with a script written while drunk and absolutely zero fun. Cringe galore, a chore to watch, bottom of the barrel trash.

I'm TRYING to make it through Captain America (1944) but the quest for the "dynamic vibrator" is just killing me.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:15 pm 
 

Just got back from seeing Doctor Sleep. I liked it a *lot*. Excellent job on blending a good bit of originality with a good bit of the original story from The Shining. I highly recommend a watch if you're any kind of horror fan!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:56 am 
 

The last movie I saw (my viewing has slowed considerably):

Drive: Ryan Gosling as a part-time Hollywood stunt driver/part-time mechanic by day and get-away driver by night. Gosling befriends a neighbor woman and her son. When her husband gets out of prison early, Gosling discovers the husband owes "protection money" to some other people who want him to knock over a pawn shop for repayment. From there, things spiral wildly. Gosling is only known as "the driver," his character has no name.

This film is fucking intense. Gosling's performance is solid, the characters are great, the story evolves brilliantly, and the film is simply art to view. Gosling excellently portrays a character who is always carefully in control, which makes moments where that control drops that much more intense. Violent scenes are some of the most impactful out there. There are a lot of directors and filmmakers that can throw violence and gore and torture porn at the screen and have it impact precisely nothing. But Nicholas Winding Refn and S. Craig Zahler (of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99) know how to give you violence that hits. Whereas Zahler's is just unexpectedly realistic and in-camera, Refn's has an artistic flair to it, but with an equal impact. Tense moments are built with incredible care in Drive. Music is used brilliantly, and the soundtrack is fantastic.

I can't wait to see this one again.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:51 am 
 

Did anyone like the movie The House That Jack Built with Matt Dillon? Shit was fuckered. Felt bad enjoying it so much but it’s low key really hilarious.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:12 pm 
 

I watched Jeepers Creepers 2 last night. It was quite a lot of fun and I might've enjoyed it more than the first actually.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:14 pm 
 

Have not seen Blade Runner yet. Is it worth it?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:01 pm 
 

Yep. I don't think it's the best movie ever, but it has some really emotionally powerful moments. Some people I know are straight-up unaffected by its atmosphere, so if a slow-paced atmospheric movie isn't really your thing... you should still check it out, but don't get concerned if you don't like it. Personally I find the recent artistic trend of fetishising cyberpunk-noir A E S T H E T I C S really fucking annoying and pretentious, and it all started with Blade Runner.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:04 pm 
 

Watched Bicycle Thieves for the first time. I sometimes get suspicious of film canon, but this really is astounding. I can't describe how good this movie was, but I just found that it built up to a magnificent, emotional ending. What a tearjerker.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:46 pm 
 

Ridley Scott & Harrison Ford did a hell of a job with Blade Runner. Dick's story is bleak & hopeless, a dead world populated mainly just by the people who don't qualify for colonization. There is a lot of exposition, typical of Dick, that captures that future LA and Deckard's place in it. Now, all that exposition couldn't make it into the movie explicitly, so it was up to Scott & Ford and to some extent Rutger Hauer to make you feel it. Tremendous movie.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:34 am 
 

BloodRayne - Uwe Boll keeps disappointing me. By the time I got around to watching one of his movies (Alone in the Dark), he had such a bad reputation I expected the modern equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space. But I end up getting something clearly flawed, just not in an enjoyable or comedic way.

BloodRayne had stiff acting, annoying editing, lackluster fight scenes, and the dumbest jail cell escape in film history. On the other hand the sets looked better than I expected, and it never slowed down enough to get boring. So I can't agree with its #28 ranking on the IMDB Worst of All Time list. I've probably watched 5 worse movies just in the past month. 4.5 / 10
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Postal (director's cut only) and Renegade (US cut only) are genuinely good movies, though nothing amazing. Stoic is even better, maybe I'd even call it excellent. The problem with Boll is when the budget/license ratio to the actual quality of the film is compared. They're big-budget Hollywood films that look and feel like above-average straight-to-DVD sequels of US blockbusters.

Does anyone here watch or know much about Indian cinema? I've watched the three Shankar-Rajinikanth films and I think I'm in love. There's more ingenuity, effort and care put into one second of these big-budget Indian crowdpleasers than an entire year's worth of Hollywood tentpoles. The two sci-fi epics "Enthiran" and last year's "2.0" were great, but the movie "Sivaji The Boss" is honestly one of the most incredible pieces of entertainment I've seen in the past few years. There's so much to say about it, but I'll just post one of the six musical interludes:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:05 am 
 

Pixar's Brave: Watched it with my girlfriend and her kids. As a student of animation, I'm generally interested in films of this nature, but I have a weird relationship with Pixar. I'm never drawn to seek out the movies, but whenever I see one, I have a great time and tend to love it, Wall-E and The Incredibles being my favorites. Brave is also really great and it's nice to see a movie with a female protagonist in this regard. One day, we might even get a female protagonist where her being female and fighting against cultural limitations is not a major part of what defines the character, Wonder Woman not with standing. The animation was, of course, beautiful. The story was cleverly assembled and fun. It wasn't what I expected at all, and I had managed to completely avoid spoilers all this time. I particularly liked the message of understanding between parents and kids and the importance of actually listening to one another.

About Time: Girlfriend wanted me to see it, as it is one she loves and it has Rachel McAdams in it, who she loves. I also love time travel movies. Much better than the last similar movie we watched, which was The Time Traveler's Wife. This builds some better character development and features some intriguing and thought-provoking time travel rules. A stronger film, emotionally, than Time Traveler's Wife, with an emphasis on the importance of living in the moment. Which is a message I can get behind.


The Lighthouse: Last weekend to see this in a theater around here, and it was only in one location. LOVED IT. I think this is a movie I've always wanted to see. I remember as a kid watching old Gothic horror films with my mom on a projector in the library where she worked. She was head librarian and had a lot of freedom, and there was an old projector and she set it up a couple times maybe (I don't remember it all) and we watched the likes of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man and the like in a very olde tyme way. It was fun and seeing those films on film showed us a fantastic, moody atmosphere. It was something I've always wanted to experience again without ever really being able to fully explain it.

Then we saw The Lighthouse. I was with two friends and my 16-year-old son. This movie looks phenomenal. Every shot is a work of art. You could take any shot here, print it, frame it, and hang it up and it would look incredible. The play of light and shadow among the best of any movie. The mood, eerieness, and atmosphere were intriguing and haunting. I didn't want to miss a single moment of this movie. Watching Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson gradually descend into madness, one moment against one another, the next moment, friendly. The dialog is not always easy to follow, but the delivery and content there is endlessly entertaining. Dafoe's blistering rant about Pattinson not liking his cooking has to be one of the greatest speeches in film history.

More abstract, unsettling, and with fewer answers than The Witch. Definitely a movie that needs to be seen more than once. No notable CG in any place, just practical effects everywhere. Supposedly filmed with older cameras and very old camera lenses. It's also the 3:4 (full frame) aspect ratio, but it's great to see what this looks like when filmed very deliberately. I think most of us are, these days, used to seeing this aspect ratio on older TV shows, which are shot to be affordable, not to be artistic films, and the rest of it is chopped-up films where the extra film is lopped off the sides and pan-n-scan is likely there. And that stuff looks like fucking shit. Because it's this more square aspect ratio, content of the frame is frequently centered, which makes this movie simply look different than a typical modern film, which are filmed around the widescreen real estate. Definitely not for everyone, but fuck was it a great ride.
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Finally got around to Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Not my favorite Tarantino by any stretch of the imagination, but still pretty good. Maybe more than any other Tarantino movie, this one felt a lot like he was just putting shit in there he liked without really giving a shit if it was really in service of the tone or story, but he's a good enough filmmaker that I was fine with that stuff. Major spoilers for this and other Tarantino movies ahead:
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The ending, of course was weird. Basically it was another one of his more recent "well what if this thing happened differently and all the bad people got brutally murdered by the heroes who got the short end of the stick IRL?" We had that with the massacre of the Nazis and Hitler himself at the end of Basterds, we had that with Django slaughtering all of the slavers, and here we get...some made up characters who weren't even actual historical victims of the Manson Family brutally slaughtering those very same hippies instead of the Manson Family people killing Sharon Tate and the others at her house. In some ways it's like Tarantino just can't away from this brand of, for lack of a better term, social justice revenge porn, but here it's kind of weird because in real life Sharon Tate got brutally stabbed to death. There's a lot of controversy about how this film treated the historical events, but then I think it really is sort of like a fairy tale for the modern era. Kind of a neat concept, even if it is sort of feeling like a rehashed idea for Tarantino at this point.
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The Irishman is a masterpiece. I thought it was gonna be another tedious GoodFellas rehash only with more anemic acting due to the actors' old age but it wasn't. Very intimate movie, this is more like the quiet drama of Raging Bull or the present-day parts in The Godfather II than just another hyperactive gangster flick. This is just in terms of general tone, of course, Scorsese still manages to be unique even with the massive filmography behind him.
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Resident_Hazard wrote:
The Lighthouse: Last weekend to see this in a theater around here, and it was only in one location. LOVED IT.

iamntbatman wrote:
Finally got around to Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

Sepulchrave wrote:
The Irishman is a masterpiece.

Fuck! I MUST watch those.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:24 am 
 

Tl;Dr: The Irishman is a masterpiece of filmmaking and possibly the magnum opus of Martin Scorsese’s career.

Long version:

We watched The Irishman tonight. We finished it about 20 minutes ago as of the start of this writing, and I’m still trying to process the movie in full. Yes, it’s almost 4 hours long, but it doesn’t really feel like it’s that long at all for about 95% of the time. There were a couple moments that felt like padding, but they were isolated moments. I think when everybody heard about this movie for the first time and saw who was gonna be in it (De Niro and Pesci in a mob movie as directed by Scorsese), they all were thinking it’d be a Goodfellas or Casino kind of movie; Breakneck pacing with frenetic editing, a semi-comedic bedrock, and loads of violence. Not the case with The Irishman. This one’s a massive, tragic slow burn, very much like Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone, and while there is violence and people getting whacked, it’s nowhere near as prevalent as you would think for a movie about a mob hitman. Slow burns aren’t for everybody, but it absolutely was nailed by this movie.

Every bit of acting in this movie is flawless. Every bit of cinematography is flawless. Every choice made by Scorsese as a director in The Irishman is FLAWLESS. This was one of the most fundamentally perfect movies I’ve ever seen. Aside from some surface elements that ultimately don’t really detract anything from the story (the aforementioned brief padding at times, as well as some of the de-aging effects on Pesci and De Niro looking kinda wonky every so often), there really wasn’t anything I can think of that was wrong with this movie. The Irishman is a magnificent triumph in the careers of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino, and considering that this very much might be the last time all these people are involved in a film with each other, this was just about the most fitting conclusion to some of the greatest careers in movie history.

9.5/10.
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Subrick wrote:
Tl;Dr: The Irishman is a masterpiece of filmmaking and possibly the magnum opus of Martin Scorsese’s career.
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9.5/10.

Wow! Thanks. :beer:
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From a technical perspective, yes The Irishman is a masterpiece. Though you could easily cut 30 minutes of extended shots from the runtime and not suffer any plot-based negativities, not a single minute of it feels like wasted time.

I didn't really make any emotional connection with the first two and a half hours or so, but that entire final act brought it home. I have a feeling I'll love it even more on my inevitable rewatch.

A high 4/5 for me.

ALSO: be sure to watch The Irishman: In Conversation on Netflix. It's a wonderful 23 minutes of our 4 main gents discussing the creation of the film, and in many ways it enhances my love of the film itself. I have a feeling it'll do that for anyone who watches it.
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KrigareTjovane wrote:
From a technical perspective, yes The Irishman is a masterpiece.
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A high 4/5 for me.
ALSO: be sure to watch The Irishman: In Conversation on Netflix. It's a wonderful 23 minutes of our 4 main gents discussing the creation of the film, and in many ways it enhances my love of the film itself. I have a feeling it'll do that for anyone who watches it.

Nice. :beer:
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:09 pm 
 

21 Bridges: I was intrigued by this movie from the trailers, and finally saw it recently. It was good, with some well done scenes, but I do think that they didn't take some of the ideas far enough. With a bit more effort they might have had a really good US cop movie, as it is it's just a relatively decent one.

The Irishman was very good indeed but as mentioned it's not another Goodfellas at all, and unwinds much more slowly, which left me feeling a bit unfulfilled by the conclusion, although I guess that's the point of it. Great cast though and really well made.

OUATIH - I liked this a lot, and I'm not generally a Tarantino fan. Again, very well made with a real attention to detail.

Also see the Apollo 11 documentary if you can, the footage there is outstanding.

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Parasite - I think this is about as close to perfect a movie as I've seen in a while. Heavy social commentary, but woven into this lethal kind of comedy about a very poor family slowly integrating themselves into the lives of a rich family. It goes in all sorts of directions after that - talking about too much of it would ruin it. It's funny at first, but then turns into a dark and sad kind of thing. It's got a lot of various characters that are all presented in a neutral light - no one is disproportionately villainized. Like many great films, little motivations and visual moments build up to a climax as it goes on, and the story is driven by human desires and motives. It's a film about wealth inequality and the imbalance in the world. I'm glad movies like this are being made, about real issues - art is about speaking truth to power and this does it better than anything I've seen this year.

The Irishman - This isn't the best Scorsese movie - it's probably a little long in the middle, and he's treaded these roads before. But it was a good send-off to that style of gangster movies that he helped popularize. It was a somber, reflective thing and went further in ways his old movies didn't by showing the entire lives of these guys. It became a referendum on that lifestyle and how it eventually petered out quite pathetically. Parts of it were almost warm in a weird way - like they haven't been killing people the whole fucking time. Some of the best parts involve DeNiro's character's kids. I like that these kinds of movies don't have morality shoved in your face. There's no overt speeches like "hey, what you're doing is bad." It just shows shit as it is.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:28 pm 
 

Watching The Irishman again, and I might even go as far as to say it's better than GoodFellas. Fun and lively as that movie was, it never really slows down to fully explore the emotional fallout in getting involved in organised crime. Plus I think the violence was made to be too entertaining for the film to make any serious commentary on it. This was much more mature in many ways, toning down the violence and "fun" in favour of sober characterisation, and making crime's emotional consequences VERY apparent in the last half hour. Definitely the most "realist" of Scorsese's movies.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:59 pm 
 

Just rewatched The Day After Tomorrow the first time since I saw it in the cinema when it came out. I thought watching it now in the Greta Thunberg era might make it more relevant. It actually made it worse.
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Knives Out is marvelous - go see it. It's hilarious with great performances from so many of this ensemble cast. Fun and action packed, but also surprisingly poignant with some social commentary woven in. I feel like you can't avoid politics in art anymore. This movie just dives right in like a skinny dipper. Daniel Craig is great and I'd love to see his eccentric private detective character in a TV series even. Lead Ana de Armas is great and pulls off a very unconventional lead character with aplomb. I was just pulled into the offbeat, quick pace and spunky action style here. Rian Johnson is great.
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Mission Impossible: Fallout: I don't know what's going on here, but this is like the 6th movie in this franchise, and easily the best one. Usually by the time a franchise gets to six films, they're starting to trickle into straight-to-DVD/streaming status. I only had an issue with one part of this movie, but the rest of it was a total blast. Yes, you see Tom Cruise running for a long time in one scene, but damn, that man was like 55 when they filmed this. The action is fantastic, the pacing is great, the suspense is some of the best in the franchise, and the characters and twists are, holy shit there are just so many twists. Henry Cavill's character is fantastic, and an early fight scene in a restroom sets the tone for an entertaining and fun ride.

Planet of the Apes 1968: The original Planet of the Apes series is something my son and I watch around November most years. He wanted to watch them again this year, so we popped in the first film. I have a Blu-Ray set of the original movies. I'm expecting the current series to be five films eventually and then I'll get a massive set of that when they're all done. This is, of course, still a classic. A lot of great moments and scenes, and a fun story. Heston's character is aloof and over-confident in the beginning, but is quickly taken down by the events in the film. The narrative on the nature of "the beast man" is classic Rod Serling (who helmed the original screenplay when it was being adapted to film), along with a lot of dialog. As a huge Twilight Zone fan, I recognize Serling's mark here, easily.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes: Arguably my favorite of the original series. A fun film with a lot of crazy 70's science fiction lunacy. Underground mutants? Psychic attacks? A nuclear warhead worshipped as a god? A war between apes and man? The aftermath of nuclear holocaust? This is all great stuff and the movie is a fun time. It also hits that 70's science fiction downer ending (spoiler?), which to be fair, is pretty much the norm for this franchise.
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I FINALLY saw Sorry to Bother You...

Wow. It was so good. Like a modern day improvement on Idiocracy, mixed with some of the surrealism that makes The Big Lebowski feel like a live action cartoon. There was a twist that...well I can't possibly ruin it for anyone. Let's just say I was shocked, and never saw it coming. The movie is funny in a dry, witty way. I'm really proud of Boots Riley for this one. I've been a fan of his music with The Coup since high school (I'm 33 now) so it's really exciting to see him find success in other realms. And also, obviously, the soundtrack kills.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:58 pm 
 

I got a chance to re-watch Safety Not Guaranteed again recently. I love me some Aubrey Plaza, not so much in a Scott Pilgrim sort of thing, but in these eccentric indie roles. Mark Duplass as the unbalanced weirdo inventor guy is inspired too. Such a bizarre film.
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GTog wrote:
I got a chance to re-watch Safety Not Guaranteed again recently. I love me some Aubrey Plaza, not so much in a Scott Pilgrim sort of thing, but in these eccentric indie roles. Mark Duplass as the unbalanced weirdo inventor guy is inspired too. Such a bizarre film.

I refuse to see that movie, largely because it was not this infinitely superior film.
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Ingrid Goes West is also worth a look.
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Fantastic Four 2015: I'm kinda curious to see the rest of the movie since they seem to have randomly cut large chunks for various points in the story and just randomly jump around and you wonder how the hell you suddenly ended up in this scene. If properly edited I think it could be okay at least, I don't think there's any greatness hidden in it, but I think there's an okay movie hidden in it. Also the production quality is about the same as a modern TV/streaming show, meaning it's not bad, just really doesn't belong on the big screen. Couple that with the fact that half the plot seems to be missing it seems more like it's a pilot than a movie.
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Ready or Not (2019) is a very fun b-grade horror flick with a great ending and one more reason to love Samara Weaving. She gets the shit kicked out of her in just about everything I've seen, which is a weird gimmick to carry with her.
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droneriot wrote:
Just rewatched The Day After Tomorrow the first time since I saw it in the cinema when it came out. I thought watching it now in the Greta Thunberg era might make it more relevant. It actually made it worse.

A few days after this post there's the news that several bush fires in New South Wales are merging into one "mega blaze":
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50680083

Roland Emmerich should sue New South Wales for plagiarism. At least the movie has some level of realism then, even though it's still one of the tackiest disaster movies ever made checkmarking every cliché in the disaster movie book.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:58 am 
 

Finally watched one of the classics of cinema:

Chinatown: Jack Nicholson plays J.J. Gittes, a private investigator in 1937 Los Angeles. He's sent on a job to catch a wealthy and powerful man in an affair, which inadvertently sets in motion a complex intertwining of conspiracy, money, murder, and painful family secrets. Roman Polanski's final film in the US before he raped a child and went into hiding from US authorities. Polanski himself plays a low-level thug in one scene. A unique role for Jack Nicholson, who I am personally used to seeing as "Jack Nicholson" in movie. A lot of his more common mannerisms are less noticeable here, and his performance is fantastic. Faye Dunnaway plays easily the most complex character in the film and the secrets around her keep the story constantly fresh. A lot of scenes of violence feel like they almost come out of nowhere. There's no musical or other buildup that something is about to happen. A gunshot will just suddenly ring out, or a thug will just appear and this has an almost unsettling feel to it. Jarring it the way one would expect something like this to occur. A bleak noir story that carries the hallmarks of the genre, with the exception that the typical noir darkness is not quite as prevalent. An excellent film, and I only wish I had watched it sooner. And of course, one of cinema's most famous lines...

"Forget about it Jake. It's Chinatown."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:31 am 
 

I want to check this movie out. See what the hype is all about.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:29 pm 
 

I saw Chinatown years ago and I thought it was boring. Really overrated. I have to think of it at the time it was released but man I don't think it aged particularly well. The "twist" wasn't a big deal to me, and sort of predictable. I felt the same non-interest when I watched French Connection, too. Didn't get what was so special about it.
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