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  • I am surprised at the lack of Spider-Man discussion going on in this thread, or any other.

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    • Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
      I am surprised at the lack of Spider-Man discussion going on in this thread, or any other.
      My plans to see it the other day ended up being a wash, but I just got out of the theater, just now…

      It's a seriously great movie. The cast was great, the dynamic visual style of the movie evoked the feel of comic books in all the right ways (compare Ang Lee's Hulk for a more jarring, less enjoyable attempt to evoke the same; I really feel that the choice to make it a cartoon instead of live-action makes a world of difference in terms of effectiveness), I really liked this take on Kingpin, and I am positively drooling at the prospects of some of the sequels/spinoffs suggested.


      • Saw a few movies today and the past few days. Descent into Darkness: My European Nightmare was bad, and awful. Badly made film but awful in its grim depiction of a man taken advantage of, abused, and generally driven over the edge in a disappointingly bleak manner. Was a real bummer, but after that saw another movie, the Occupants. Not quite horror (my main interest) more of a supernatural thriller, the premise was more interesting than the plot, with a married couple documenting (via cameras set up all over the house) how they are during this fast they're trying. Then the videos start picking up different people. A couple, still, there are some vague physical similarities, they go by similar names and have jobs the main couple had thought about getting into. It's an alternate universe. Of course one can't just be a voyeur, especially when they feel they've seen one of their alternates wronged. Wasn't a great movie but I did like the premise. Think it musta been a SyFy movie, Robert Picardo was in it.

        Today I saw the new Halloween, which was surprisingly good. I was disappointed they erased all the movies in between but overall a nice movie, good actors, actresses. Then I watched some of this show called Deadwax, on Shudder. Blessedly brief, some of the episodes are like 15 minutes, and if horror serials can throw off the trend of having hour long slog-fests then I'm even more into them. Mysterious thief-woman with a penchant for finding rare records may have stumbled upon one of the rarest, but so far everyone who's heard it has died or gone insane. Haven't finished it up but I'm really enjoying it. Technically not a movie.

        Then I watched Terrified. Killer movie, very wild stuff, distorted timeline and such interesting things with horror. They're apparently already remaking it (it's an Argentinian movie so likely they'll redo it in America).


        • Bumblebee was really, REALLY fun.

          PENTEX SUCKS.

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          • Into The Spider-Verse was my Christmas present (it's the day 1 around here). Loved it SO much. I find it's the only movie that truly gets what makes comic Spidey special and pays it justice. The animation, the anti-Chosen One narrative, the heart...all stuff I love. I could go on. I was moved by it to the very end.

            And while an old Spidey fan like me was entertained and more teary-eyed that virility standards would allow me to admit, the kids in the theather were absolutely thrilled, which is all I could hope for.

            The MCU being triumphant, it's easy to forget that Iron Man, Cap, Starlord and all might be cool, but most of those like us were, are and will be Spider-Man more than any of them. Thanks to this movie for reminding me, really.

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            • Warning, the following post contains allegory.

              So, I've had a couple of bad experiences with this upscale restaurant; while some of their turnout has been good, or even great, the manager was a real turd-burger. Guy's pretentious, with this absolutely twisted sense of what his customers want, and a serious penchant for leering at his female employees. The grill guy for the first few visits clearly didn't care about job security; the last time I saw him there, he was sporting a moustache and no netting to stop his facial hair from ruining the diners' experience.

              But this time around, it's a bunch of new faces, everyone seems pleasant, and the slab of beef they're advertising looks positively mouth-watering. So I go in and order their $8 burger special and sit down to experience it.

              It's visually-interesting, one of the few things I've encountered where the actual thing looks exactly like it's been advertised. It's overstuffed and complex, but not to the extent that I couldn't handle it. I would even go so far as to say it's a fine burger.

              Right up until the last bite, where I realize I've encountered a hair under the cheese.


              • Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
                Warning, the following post contains allegory.
                The fact I have two equally valid main suspects probably says a lot about the current state of the industry

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                • The Predator was quite possibly the worst movie I've seen in the last decade. And I watch a lot of movies.

                  PENTEX SUCKS.

                  I'm a gamer. I'm conservative. We exist.


                  • Oh, hey, they just added/re-added the Indiana Jones movies to Netflix!

                    *gives them a watch, having not seen them in a while*

                    What do y'all think of that fan theory about the spy in Cairo from Raiders being an alternate-universe Aladdin, one who never got his big break? Y'know, instead of a magic lamp, he got Nazis.

                    Makes it really sad that he inadvertently poisoned his monkey.


                    • So I saw Mary Poppins Returns, and can finally say...

                      In my eyes, people have officially lost the right to complain about Star Wars: The Force Awakens being a carbon-copy of A New Hope. Because THIS movie, THIS does it WAAAAY worse then TFA. Beat for beat it's the first movie all over again:

                      1. We open in our main family, which features and estranged relationship between the paternal figure and the children.
                      2. Mary Poppins swoops in at the family's time of need.
                      3. The cynical kids get introduced through a world of wonder via twisting a simple maintenance activity.
                      4. An encounter with the scrappy, blue character side character that leads to a musical excursion into an animated world.
                      5. Broken up by a much more melancholy song.
                      6. Visiting a quirky family member that reside in a bizarre home with questionable physics.
                      7. A visit to the bank on the behalf of the parental figure where things go from bad to worse, causing the kids to get lost in London.
                      8. The blue collar side character returns, to lead the kids back home and to cheer them up with the help of his coworkers.
                      9. The paternal has to face the music with the bank people...but things manage to work out in the end.
                      10. Movie closes out with the family enjoying a day at the park, and Mary takes her leave.

                      All of it rolls by, beat for beat, as if someone really did copy and pasted the original's script and changed the details to seem not exactly the same.

                      And any additions made unique to Returns...makes things even worse.

                      There's of course the much mentioned villain in the that the first movie didn't need. It adds an unnecessary conflict the movie didn't need. What is there to gain from making the Banks home getting deliberately taken away through malicious intent for the sake of it, when it could have easily been turned around to be an uncaring act of business bureaucracy?

                      The romance between Jack and Jane...adds nothing to the plot at all and is just there for inexplicable reasons.

                      And the climax of trying to "turn back time" for the sake of making things exciting and nothing else.

                      Songs are also completely forgettable and go out the ears as quickly as they go in.

                      Only things of note in this movie are the visuals; the film is super pretty to look at. The bright and colorful animated worlds of animation are a delight, and even the darker and grimier world of London is still lavishly detailed. And all the performances are top notch; Emily Blunt in particular as Mary Poppins. I never got a sense that she was just copying what Julie Andrews did. That she really did embody the magical nanny; haughty, witty, confident, but still with a kind heart underneath all of it.

                      The other exception being Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack. His Cockney accent is somehow WORSE then Dick van Dyke's. Which is saying something since even as a kid I never minded his take as Bert. With Miranda, every time his character opens his mouth I'm trying to stifle laughter at how ridiculous he sounds.

                      As for Angela Lansberry's mystery role...

                      Yeah I get the sense her character was the one that was originally meant for Julie Andrews had accepted making a cameo appearance...and it does feel a little off that she's not here to be in it. Starting to wonder that they had already finalized the script when they asked Andrews...and I GUESS they were too far in to make any changes to accommodate the change. As amusing as it is to interpret this as a tie-in to Bedknobs and's not enough.

                      Overall...just watch the original movie. Don't waste your time with this one.

                      (And as a reminder, THIS was the movie Disney felt deserved the Holiday 2018 slot more then Solo did. And, amusingly enough, this movie is ALSO not doing so hot at the box office right now.)


                      • Just saw into the Spiderverse. The plot was nothing unexpected, but everything else, the acting, visual style, music, jokes and the way the plot beats were handled were all amazing

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                        • So a few week ago I had finally seen Ralph Breaks the Internet.

                          (not going to bother with spoiler tags since it's been over a month since the movie came out)

                          Needless to say I feel very...conflicted about this movie.

                          One the one hand, the core story at the center (aka what was NOT shown in the trailers) about relationships is an excellent one. About how while you can make close relationships with your best friends, that you still need to respect their space as a person. That they will want to do Things outside of your interests, and that they will have friends that aren't you, that sometimes they'll want to hang out with instead of you. Not respecting that space will lead to toxic behavior, as seen in this movie. It's a beautiful message that should definitely be taught to more kids (and certain adults for that matter). The only issue with this story is the climax where they make the conflict a bit more...literal then it should be. A giant Ralph who tries to break the Internet, acting out his desire to not being able to let go forcing a confrontation.

                          The problem with the movie is everything else and its setting.

                          There's also knowing that, being constrained with a PG rating and being a Disney movie, that they can't get into any really deep commentary and critique on the internet.

                          For instance, passing by the Twitter building, any adult using Twitter in 2018-19 knows full well that the thing the site is being most widely used for is NOT for sharing cat videos and pictures. Or the shocking lack of anything pornographic. Or the visit to eBay and not once was the idea of fake knock-off items were brought up. It all feels like a sanitized version of the actual Internet.

                          The only thing that we get is Ralph looking at the comments for his BuzzzTube videos and a couple of mean comments...comments that never really go above and beyond "Ralph SUCKS!" Once again, if this is IRL Internet, the comments would be a lot more provocative then what was shown.

                          So...what was the point of the Internet even being a thing in this movie?

                          Considering the true core of Wreck-it-Ralph's story, I'll go as far as saying that you didn't need the Internet setting to begin with. The story could have easily been about new arcade machines coming to Litwack's, one of them being Slaughter Race, and the story going from there. I can understand not wanting to do this since it would have felt like repeating the premise of the first movie...but between that alternative and what we ended up getting, it only brings me back to the other answer of:

                          "Why was this movie made?"

                          If they really wanted to make a story revolving around toxic relationships, why not just make it a brand new, standalone movie instead of hijacking Wreck-it-Ralph?

                          Overall I'd say it's a mixed bag. It's a wonderful story about relationships, but is surrounded by a lot of schlocky jokes and with a setting that can't be taken full advantage of because it's a PG-rated Disney movie.


                          • Just watched Glass. I skipped Split, even after hearing it takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable, but I'm a sucker for Samuel L. Jackson.


                            • Wow. Split's awesome, great acting in it, McAvoy is stellar.


                              • Aquaman
                                It's as epic as they say.
                                The level of detail, and just everything was fairly solid.
                                They even touched on the actual culture of Atlanteans.
                                A Transformers' movie with heart and soul. But then Bumblebee has always been portrayed as closest to human. And even more so, proof of the saying that it isn't about the size of the dog in a fight, but the fight in the dog. Bee is like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan when it comes to taking on bigger 'bots. He's unstoppable, unrelenting and typically hits first.
                                That said he loses his memory for a lot of the movie...and gets his ass kicked as a result.
                                He's matched up well with human "Charley Watson" (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager who is kinda broken...and knows herself well enough to realize that she doesn't want to be the person she knows she's becoming. (likely a self-hating a-hole) Their bonding moments heal each other. (Lot of 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' moments here, and Bee is quite the hugger. Speilberg revealing his own personal touch I should think)
                                This movie is a prequel of a sort. I guess they're redoing the franchise. It's a good solid start. It opens up with the war on Cybertron going to hell. And I'm pretty sure that the "watery gooey splash" when the Decepticons kill humans...was a deliberate way to avoid the movie gaining an "R" rating.
                                Some of the scenes of 'bot vs. 'bot are pretty vicious. So I won't be surprised if an R-rating is forthcoming. It's war and we should see it.

                                Damn...I guess I liked this movie a lot more than I thought.

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