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On a lighter note..."Room 237". Kubrick, The Shining, and Movies About Movies nut that I am, of course I loved this flick. Personally I think it's a bunch of bullshit, but it was loads of fun.
 

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Mr. Six, as part of my 2 movies a day boot camp which lasted for 2 days. I had to watch 2 movies a day for 2 days straight in order to cleanse myself after watching The Human Centipede. It was a fucking nightmare to me, I nearly committed. But it also means that the director did a good job. Anyway, Mr. Six was fucking boring.

Edit: Actually, my last movie was actually My Sassy Girl. It was okay, but not my style. Meh.
 

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"My Girl" (1991). I can't recall any movie pissing me off as much as this one did. Despite unusually shitty performances from Aykroid and J. Lee Curtis, and despite the fucking castrated role given to Culkin, who was talented enough in his time to make this film fly if he'd been put on equal footing with the girl (who was admittedly good!), I actually enjoyed the first hour or so (thanks mostly to said girl), until they threw down some shit that I Was Not Expecting. Ok...I give props to the film for catching me unaware (I honestly didn't see that shit coming), but from there this fucker just nosedived into the most awful melodramatic fucking boo hoo fest I've ever had the displeasure of being dragged through. I endured as long as I could, but finally had to jet 7 minutes before ending credits.

Funny...I remember when this film came out way back in 1991. It never caught my eye, till Netflix decided to billboard it this morning.
About all that movie did for me was highlight Anna Chlumsky, who I thought would make a name for herself quickly -- decent talent, distinctive look. But then she left acting for a while to pursue her education, etc., and finally came back five years ago or something. I guess she has been in "Veep" among other things, and she had had a small recurring part on "Hannibal."

On a lighter note..."Room 237". Kubrick, The Shining, and Movies About Movies nut that I am, of course I loved this flick. Personally I think it's a bunch of bullshit, but it was loads of fun.
Yeah, I liked that documentary too. Like you, I thought a healthy chunk of it was likely to be BS, but... still really interesting. And Kubrick really did exert a lot of control over the details of his films.

Mr. Six, as part of my 2 movies a day boot camp which lasted for 2 days. I had to watch 2 movies a day for 2 days straight in order to cleanse myself after watching The Human Centipede. It was a fucking nightmare to me, I nearly committed. But it also means that the director did a good job. Anyway, Mr. Six was fucking boring.
I saw the first two Centipede movies. Just didn't know if I had the grit to make it through the third. The second one had some nice stark b&w camera work but was obviously trying to be far worse than the first and ended up being a total snub directed at the audience. I can't really say my life was improved or made more enjoyable for watching either, although the images stick...
 
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Rounders (1998)

First time seeing this movie after being told to watch it by a fellow poker fanatic... I'm off to continue my gambling career soon and was looking for inspiration, this film confirmed I didn't need any.

it portrayed the debt problem gamblers can get themselves into quite well but oversimplified all the actual gambling, which is fine for most who don't know a whole lot about it although it's in a niche that will attract lots who do. This isn't really an issue though, they gave in insight to its complexities in a very accessible way, so in that light it's a success.

My main issue is: (spoiler contains spoilers)

The law student come pro's friend only skips town and then no other mention after (sorry I'm terrible at remembering names...) presumably to go hustle somewhere else. But nothing more dramatic? It's like it's almost underplayed by the reaction to huge losses/debts; no depression, drugs abuse, suicidal tenancies. The guy had three days to make 15k, if he was only going to fuck off somewhere else on the first day to evade paying, why try in the first place. Go hustle with a clean slate someplace else.
 

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The Walk 3D (2015).

Some of the story was embellished / refocused -- apparently Petit had also walked the Sydney bridge towers and had done a number of performances in NYC by the time he walked the WTC towers, so it wasn't like he just snuck into the US a few months ahead of schedule to plan his "coup." But I understand the need for focus in the narrative.

The walk was one half of his accomplishment; the logistics of scoping out the towers, their security, and getting all the equipment to the top floors of each at a time before cell phones exist was rather impressive. (There was a lot of ID forging and "covert" passes to the roof, helicopter rides, interviews of engineers and tower folks as fake media reporters, etc.) And it wasn't as simple as just the main line (which weighed 450lbs), they had to secure some side lines to keep the main as stable as possible.

But despite setbacks, he stepped out at 7am and made a number of passes on the line, spending a total of 45 minutes out suspended in the air even after cops gathered on either end to yell at him and helicopters flew overhead threatening to somehow grab him. (Like... uh, he's gotta come back in, you know? Why do something stupid to distract him and make him fall? He'll be back in eventually.)

Zemeckis has sometimes overdone his visual effects so they become a spectacle in themselves, but here he has things in balance -- it's amazing to see two buildings that no longer exist and have it appear like it's real. The 3D, as in "Gravity," is used to create the perception of great depth rather than emergence from the screen (aside from maybe the arrow shot) and it's pretty compelling viewing even knowing the outcome. The feeling of height is just incredible.

Tricks shown on camera are tricks that Petit actually did, including kneeling and even lying down on the wire at one point while keeping the pole balanced on the wire as well. In the end, due to the positive press for the city and the towers, Petit was merely "sentenced" to offering the children of NYC a free performance in Central Park, and he had a lifetime pass to the observation decks until the towers fell in 2001.

Zemeckis' story can at times feel compelling, although the narrative can also be flat at times. It's really the money shots -- the walk itself -- that captures attention and provides the drive to the early part of the story. That was perhaps the saddest part of the movie, and it all acts as a homage to the towers themselves -- they look radiant and gorgeous in some sunset landscape shots of the city, majestic in their height -- so the triumph of Petit's feat is tempered by the sadness of knowing the structures are now gone, and even what is in the movie are just fleeting recollections that will fade with photographs and memory.
 
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Saw the Jungle Book this weekend; it was done well. Very enjoyable :D the way they animated all the animals was amazing..
 

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Annabelle (2014).

Retread of any other B-rate horror flick, with okay production values. Seen it all before and done better. Bland characters, boring movie.

It's sad when the most interesting part of the movie is that the name of the actress playing the wife (who is trying to conquer the doll called Annabelle) is actually Annabelle IRL. Oh the irony.

Director: "Okay, Annabelle, now throw her out the window."
*doll throws actress out the window
Director: "Dammit, I meant the other way around."

Oops.


Bonus pic: The "real" Annabelle vs the ugly stupid movie version:
 
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I just rewatched The Martian and have been jumping around my house chanting "space" while figuring that if I keep up to date with all my work and do my very best in school, then yeah, I could totally get into NASA. I'm capable of that. I could be an astronaut if I wanted to. It's completely plausible. It'll totally happen. I can do this! Yeah!! Woo I feel so AMBITIOUS!!! I'M GONNA WALK ON MARRRSSSS!!!!


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The Martian is really good. If you haven't read the book yet, I highly recommend doing so! It's fantastic; one of my favorite books for sure. It's science-y and funny and inspiring. The characters are very likable and you'll be rooting for Mark Watney the whole time.
I read the book before watching the movie, and because of this I was able to appreciate the movie more on the second watch. They did a really good job with it.
 

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Point Break (1991).

Keanu Reeves sucks as an actor... unless he is cast as someone who can't deliver lines seriously. Even Gary Busey was better in this movie.

But I guess it was worth it to see the footrace (did he really throw a bulldog at him? ROFL), plus Reeves jump out of a plane without a parachute.



Seeking a Friend at the End of the World (2012).

Actually had some really funny moments mixed in with the expected winsome bits. Carrell's just really good at navigating those waters. The really funny stuff was all situation -- how tenuous everything we think of as "proper and good" in human society is, when people are faced with the prospect of it ending and thus following the rules no longer benefits them. There was a ton of outrageous, "yeah, fuck it" violations of business, family, and public society in general once everyone realizes the meteor can't be stopped.

The movie doesn't really go differently than expected. But it's a reminder that in the end, we put up a lot of our own obstacles and roadblocks when it comes to being with the people we enjoy being with. The hindrances can be so contrived.
 
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Just rewatched the Disney film Brave.
It's really good and y'all should watch it if you haven't already.
I love the setting.. Old Scottish magic, legends and witches and will'o wisps. It's enchanting and fascinating. I'd love to find some books on these sorts of things or read up on ancient Scotish myths.
Also Merida, the main character, is a perfect mixture of relatable and cooler than me. She's a great character.
 

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Besides, she had cool hair. :D
Merida was decent. I just wish the secondary stuff had been up to par with the rest of the Pixar flicks.

To be honest, I really liked the bear Mordu. He was pretty wicked. Bears are so powerful.
 

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Just watched Captain America: Civil War. It's a bit more serious than the other franchise but it's still enjoyable and action-filled enough for young kids IMO. I find the characters' growth rather interesting although I can't say how though to avoid spoilers.
 

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Just watched Captain America: Civil War. It's a bit more serious than the other franchise but it's still enjoyable and action-filled enough for young kids IMO. I find the characters' growth rather interesting although I can't say how though to avoid spoilers.
I got tickets for Saturday... the reviews seem to be pretty stellar.
 

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I got tickets for Saturday... the reviews seem to be pretty stellar.
I'm seeing this weekend; I'm ecstatic :D can't wait!!!


Gun to head I'd probably say I'm team Cap... But I'm not a big fan of choosing sides, especially amongst people I love. ;-;
 

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AAAAA I SAW IT LAST NIGHT

Captain America: Civil War

So good

Actual spoilers:
They didn't all kiss and make up at the end, though... Dammit.

I'm kinda mad at Steve. His decisions toward the end of the movie were really crappy and not cool. Tony's your bro too.. And he's having a really rough time with a bunch of stuff.. Ugh. UGH.

~
The Black Panther was fantastic. Really cool character.
Also Spidey!!! Yay!! He finally got to fight with the Avengers :D
The Vsion is creepy af yikes he should leave I don't like him

Definitely better than The Winter Soilder and Age of Ultron.

Tons of badass fight scenes, but not tons of unnecessary violence. Me gusta.

(Also there were two end credit scenes.)

Also they played Left Hand Free by Alt-J in the movie! ;u;
But now the band is going to become EVEN MORE mainstream which majorly sucks but like ugh
Ugh
Ughhh


Also I am so torn between shipping Stucky or Stony
Ugh
I used to be a hardcore Stony shipper but idk anymore I'm so confused
 

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I saw Civil War this morning and just got home.

The oddest thing about is that it feels more like an Avengers movie, not a Captain America movie (as lessee, it has, uh, somewhere around 13-14 heroes in it? Good lord!) As a testament to the writing, however, each of the characters gets some face time, and overall it seems to still focus on Cap and the Winter Soldier the most, so it still seems to track the "Captain America" path through the narrative. Unlike DC's contributions, where having too many characters means everything feels diluted, this movie still manages to make the most of the reduced time for each and firmly establishes who they are and what their motives are... which is actually an understated achievement and deserves more credit.

I don't think it's better than Winter Soldier, I think they're about on par with each other (and this movie has a bigger scope to it but a weaker "villain" in some ways); however, I think it's more solid than Avengers: Age of Ultron, which isn't a terrible movie but earned more of a "B"in a category where some Marvel movies keep hitting A- and A's.

Black Panther and Spiderman are both pretty decent here, as new additions... although Tom Holland comes off as being a ninth grader and I'm a little unsure of what kind of tone a new Spiderman movie will try to strike. I like him -- and he actually feels like a young high-school student -- but he seems the least adult of the three Spidermans that will have hit the big screen and I'm not sure if they are slanting it more as a teen fiction movie versus a film that can also appeal easily to adults with adult concerns.

To a large degree, the movie didn't try to whitewash much, and the most villainous entities are more the government (although you can understand the concerns) + the movie villain himself; but with these movies, the villain has usually been somewhat of a let-down. I think the tone struck here (that initially splits the Avengers) is more between idealism/mobility vs. pragmatism/responsible oversight. It's just really unclear whether any form of oversight will make the Avengers ineffectual. I like how they try their best to stay in the "gray" area in terms of right or wrong, and you can generally see everyone's side of things and what is driving them. Even Cap isn't pure. They've all got some good intentions mixed with a bit of self-interest.

Also, while there were some incidents from past movies that obviously raised world concerns, the attack on NYC (at the very least) isn't a great example because it was basically being taken over by aliens, and if the Avengers had done nothing, humanity would have been enslaved... so it's rather difficult to blame the Avengers for stepping in when they did. This isn't a rare thing; what should be considered are the alternatives to what went down, and THEN the Avengers can be held to task if their solution was more damaging than the disease.

The irony is that in the end, I think the attempt to rein in the Avengers creates even more collateral damage.

The character arcs seemed to make sense, once you see them in context and watch through the end. Some of the trailer stuff was taken out of context, but it makes more sense in the movie. And many of the characters have the crap beaten out of them (bloody and bruised) by the end, if not worse; it's pretty bad.

The Russo's really have done a good job with the Captain America run -- creating some pretty decent action narratives that are strongly supported by solid characterizations. People seem driven by their own personal convictions and stories, and the plots unfold from that. So there is substance to the energy and energy to the substance. They can add this movie as another feather to their estimable cap.


Also watched The Pineapple Express last night. Pretty funny movie (even if a bit trite in scope), unless you really hate Rogan, Franco, and McBride. There's so much crazy interplay between the characters throughout the movie, and especially the conversation in the diner at the movie's end. Gary Cole does his thing again (such a great character actor), although he doesn't get to do as much as normal in this movie. Ed Begley and Nora Dunn don't get as much time as hoped either. I did laugh at a lot of it, though. Franco's done some great serious drama (127 Days, etc.), but here he just hits his character (pot dealer and just not quite all there) so perfectly... Rogan's pretty much just playing himself.
 

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AAAAA I SAW IT LAST NIGHT

Captain America: Civil War

So good

Actual spoilers:
They didn't all kiss and make up at the end, though... Dammit.

I'm kinda mad at Steve. His decisions toward the end of the movie were really crappy and not cool. Tony's your bro too.. And he's having a really rough time with a bunch of stuff.. Ugh. UGH.

~
The Black Panther was fantastic. Really cool character.
Also Spidey!!! Yay!! He finally got to fight with the Avengers :D
The Vsion is creepy af yikes he should leave I don't like him
Definitely better than The Winter Soilder and Age of Ultron.
Tons of badass fight scenes, but not tons of unnecessary violence. Me gusta.
I should watch the Winter Soldier again.. I don't remember that much except everything getting blown up. And that scene where Cap knocks out a bunch of people in an elevator. That was cool.

Captain America: the First Avenger was on TV last night so I watched it
Definitely one of my favorite Marvel movies. (My other faves are X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Furture Past. And anything with Loki in it, because Loki.)

I'm no longer angry at Steve
I get it
Bucky is his No. 1 Bro™
He thought Bucky had died, but then he saved him, and then Buck fell to his 'death', and then Steve 'died', but then Steve woke up in the modern time period and thought everyone he knew and loved was dead or really old, but then! Bucky is alive! But Bucky's all like "who the hell is Bucky" and Steve is sad. But then Bucky remembers that Steve was his like brofriend and idk they just need to hug each other

Yeah


Also I am so torn between shipping Stucky or Stony. Ugh.
I used to be a hardcore Stony shipper but idk anymore I'm so confused
*chants* stucky stucky stucky stucky stucky
 
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Really one of the best movies I have ever seen.

Inspiring and touching.

Getting old India aye..
 

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Just watched X-Men Apocalypse (NO SPOILERS). Apocalypse was a rather complex villain but I think he could have gotten better development. Magneto's personal journey and those related to him was probably one of the more touching parts of the film. Quicksilver is an awesome troll.

Special effects wise, I think it's average. Also, dat Psylocke. :P
 

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Pan: The prequel we didn't ask for and didn't need, and that contributes nothing to the Pan narrative. How can a movie be so boring? Seriously, this film is shit and has no reason to exist; it was merely a cash grab that also flopped.

The Signal: Confusing narrative, not clear what the filmmakers were trying to say. Some interesting steps along the way, but... incoherent. But when I immerse myself in the moment, some scenes resonate despite not being able to quite grasp what the scenes mean.

Near Dark: (1987) Hick vampires terrorize the west/south. Early Bigelow flick using Cameron's actors, I think it's also Adrian Pasdar's first film (another claim to fame). The ending is kind of stupid, and it takes some time to get going, but the middle section where the vampire gang knocks off a bar and then gets into a firefight with local cops is pretty damn good -- I wish the rest of the movie had focused on that kind of thing. Bill Paxton is hilarious and occupies center stage when he's around.

There will be Blood: Damn. Great movie, great acting. You'll never look at a milkshake the same way again. But seriously, Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, The Master, Magnolia, Inherent Vice, etc.) just makes great movies, even if sometimes the narrative feels a little diffuse/unclear; he has a lot of confidence in his vision, and that comes out very clearly here. Daniel-Day Lewis and Paul Dano both shine.
 
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Just watched X-Men Apocalypse (NO SPOILERS). Apocalypse was a rather complex villain but I think he could have gotten better development. Magneto's personal journey and those related to him was probably one of the more touching parts of the film. Quicksilver is an awesome troll.

Special effects wise, I think it's average. Also, dat Psylocke. :P
OMGGG you saw it already??
It comes out on the 27 in the US :/

Oh my god I'm so scared

I'm so scared

Like really

*screams silently into the void*

(Pffffft..... I have my fingers crossed that Cherik will be canon. Very unlikely bc the world's so frikin homophobic. What you said, in bold, instantly brought that to mind and I almost started crying ;x; haaaaahhhhh they were my first real OTP so they mean a lot to me.)

Don't spoil anything though.

..
The reviews don't look that good. 51% from Rotten Tomatoes, compared to Days of Future Past which they gave a 91%. :////
First Class was an 87%.
 

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I'm not bothering to see it in the theater. And I was even a comic reader when apocalypse first appeared.

I knew Betsy Braddock when Alan Davis was drawing her, before she got merged with a ninja.
 
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OMGGG you saw it already??
It comes out on the 27 in the US :/

Oh my god I'm so scared

I'm so scared

Like really

*screams silently into the void*

(Pffffft..... I have my fingers crossed that Cherik will be canon. Very unlikely bc the world's so frikin homophobic. What you said, in bold, instantly brought that to mind and I almost started crying ;x; haaaaahhhhh they were my first real OTP so they mean a lot to me.)

Don't spoil anything though.
^^^ they gay
 

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Cinderella (2015): Yes, I know... it's beneath most of the people here. But this live-acting remake of the old Animated Disney movie, even while choosing to play the story straight (no more and no less) still works wonderfully. There is actual chemistry between James and Madden, and even aside from their idealism I wanted for them to make it work. Blanchett also has a few great moments here, and how effortless she makes acting look is a reminder of her established talent.

What's really wild is the set and costume design, with all of its overweaving textures and color palettes. You'd think Cinderella would have somehow gotten lost in the epic scale of the ballroom with so many other visually ornate things going on... but no... she pops out and really is the center of attention here.

The story manages to be understandable and appreciated by a ten-year-old, while still having something of interest for adults who can appreciate the genre.


The Jungle Book (2016): Actually a pretty close retelling in many ways of the original Jungle Book animated Disney pic. Didn't really enjoy ScarJo as Kaa that much (some casting seems to be for name/marketing recognition), but what's really amazing here is that you won't believe the animals are CGI. Here's a case where tech is used to support story, versus just show off, and where this level of tech was needed before this story could be told in this way.

The young actor playing Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is excellent (especially if you consider he was reacting to green screens and guys in motion-capture suits if anything). I really kept forgetting none of this was actually happening. Idris Elba is excellent and frightening as Shere Khan. Murray is aimless as the sloth bear Baloo, Kingsley's Bagheera is comforting and yet also annoyingly fussy, and Walken's King Louie is just a little bit crazy as we'd expect.

I also like the way they play up how vulnerable Mowgli is (as humans are pretty frail in the wild, physically) and yet his "tricks" (as the other animals call them) enable him, with a little planning and forethought, to have an advantage over the species that might be more powerful than him in the moment. Even sometimes in the moment, his ability to think immediately outside the box and capitalize on what's happening around him enables him to survive otherwise certain death.

...And of course, then there is the "Red Flower."

The movie keeps a few of the famous songs as backdrop, but avoids categorization as a musical here.


Creed (2015): The Rocky movie that we should have gotten a long time ago. But it's really the passing of the torch. Jordan and Stallone nail this, it might be the most at-ease I have seen either men on the screen... it's like Jordan and Coogler (the writer/director) have coaxed the best out of Stallone, with a character he knows very well.

Yes, it's a boxing movie, and the movie reflects on some level a formula, but aside from the boxing, there's some real character work especially in terms of the bond that forms between both men. Rocky offers a sense of stability and wisdom to the young Adonis, and Adonis stokes Rocky's fire back up for a personal battle of his own. Apollo Creed has been long dead, but his shadow (and his grace) falls over both men as they forge their own surrogate bond of family.
 
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Rewatched Zootopia
It's really great, I teared up like four times and I've already seen it
10/10 would recommend
 

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Rewatched Zootopia
It's really great, I teared up like four times and I've already seen it
10/10 would recommend
Bought it the day it came out (in 3D), just haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet. I picked up a few bluerays in the last weeks I'm behind on -- that, The Witch (which I've seen), Labyrinth, and now the director's cut of Wrath of Khan. I'm falling behind, sigh.

But yeah I was willing to gamble buying the 3D bluray unseen -- pretty rare to see a 98% on RT for a movie.


I have watched a shitload of movies since my last post. Too tired to provide synopses. But:

Recommended
Midnight Special - GREAT character work, the ending is a bit vague/disappointing unfortunately, but the movie is still definitely worth it.
Easy A - One of my favorite comedies. Never gets old. Decent soundtrack too, cover-wise.
American Beauty - Another of my old favorites, with again great character work and dialogue.
The Martian - Emotionally this is rather flat, but it's kind of fun in its own way.

Average
Independence Day - A B movie, but knows it & owns it, which is its saving grace. Too bad Jupiter Ascending didn't follow suit.
The Family Fang - Decent actor work (especially Walken), but really flaky ending
The Intern - Kind of feel-good (not my fave), but DeNiro is a good guy, and the actor rapport is great

Shit
The Forest - Dormer has nothing with which to save this shit movie. Ending sucks ass.
The Boy (2016, B horror flick) - A few decent actors, but squanders what build-up it had for a weird shit-ass ending. Go suck a fuck.

....Apparently "shit," "suck," and "ass" -- along with a periodic f-bomb -- are my review words for today, children. Please enjoy.
 

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Warcraft.

Some decent CGI at times. But it was fucking horrible. Given a hint of character by the impressive charisma of Travis Fimmel, but even then it seems like he's just an extension of Ragnar Lothbrok from Vikings. His script was terrible too...

Really just an awkward fan service IMO. *spits at wownerds*
 

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Oh god you actually went and saw that piece of shit Hado?!

When I heard of it I was excited but when I saw the trailer I just gave up. You can't combine obvious CGI with real actors. It's all or nothing, or you blend both. But at least Blizzard made Overwatch....right?
 

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Yeah, the Wow trailer looked awful. It was almost cringe-worthy. It looked like they took the cheesiest aspects of Wow and incorporated it into a movie for the $$. heh, but maybe that's just Wow to begin with.
 

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two movies i liked recently were

the boy (2015)
"An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death" says imdb.

touched with fire (2015) about bipolar disorder. not a super good movie but i resonated with the conflict between spirited intuitives and unspirited neurotics who borderline on fascism in their appeals to order and authority. its like a satire. bipolar is kinda like an exaggeration of how the introverted mind would have to react to a suppressive neurosis introjected through extroversion, if it came to a final shoot out. in one of two ways.

also saw way too many movies i didn't like so much :/
 

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I rewatched The Witch the other night.
I love the atmosphere of that movie plus subtext.

I also watched 10 Cloverfield Lane last night. Enjoyable, but not as good as I hoped -- it was well-done and decently acted, just a little inexplicable especially in the last 15 minutes.
 

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I just watched a 30 minute movie called "Kung Fury". I appreciate that the makers understood their effective limit and didn't try to make it longer. As it was, it had a few funny moments.
Specifically, the slap-fight between the T-Rex and Hitler's gold hawk statue.
Don't want to spoil it for anyone, but

"I need some sort of...time machine"
"Wait a minute...with the right computer algorithms, I can hack you back in time"
*pulls out power glove and starts typing on old keyboard*

And this sort of thing goes on for the whole movie.
Reminds me of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, but on steroids. :D

12/10, 6 out of 4 stars, best movie ever.
 
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I saw Race the other day
It's about Jesse Owens, and it was done really well IMO.

I want to see Unbroken, I've read the book but haven't seen the movie..

Fun fact: Louie Zamperini and Jesse Owens were roommates at the Olympics and that's so cool
 
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i tried to watch the conjuring 2, man... i got bored as fuck... maybe because of the bad quality it wasn't so emmersive but hell. admit i got a bit scared with that nun and the painting.
the main actress is so beautiful. it's truly the perfect woman. her face is so nurturing and calm and deep
 

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Zootopia -- Probably one of the best animated pics Disney has put out, in terms of depth and relevant social issues.

The Conjuring 2 -- Basically The Conjuring Redux, different situation, and of course an overblown and epic fight against the forces of darkness at movie's climax. Um, whee? No real surprises, but fun if you accept what you're getting up front. Also covers The Amityville Horror a bit.... I was actually tired and almost fell asleep a few times, although there were some jump scares.

@TMB: that's Vera Fermiga, she's pretty awesome. She's been in a bunch of things, including Source Code, Up in the Air, and as mommy psycho in the TV show "Bates Motel" or whatever it's called. Her younger sister is Taissa Fermiga, who made her breakout in the TV series, "AMerican Horror Story."
 
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@TMB: that's Vera Fermiga, she's pretty awesome. She's been in a bunch of things, including Source Code, Up in the Air, and as mommy psycho in the TV show "Bates Motel" or whatever it's called. Her younger sister is Taissa Fermiga, who made her breakout in the TV series, "AMerican Horror Story."
yeah i looked her up, she's amazing, her sister is also really pretty but lacks that milf factor
 

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Recently saw Whiplash. Quite an amazing work.

The level of sacrifice needed for mastery was well portrayed as was the destructive-constructive relationship of two powerful personas. The entire struggle to leave the comfort zone and keep fighting was excellently patched together with the support scenes.

I liked how frankly Neiman ditched his potential gf after explaining to her that he aims much higher and he won't have the time for her. Better that than have them both suffer later. There were many other well connected moments like that one.

The final scene was a great coming of age turn.
 

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^Totally agree on that. Great movie. That entire last scene, I think my jaw just kept dropping further and further, it was just remarkable the kind of battle they were having and how it resolved. JK Simmons got the attention, but Miles Teller also was just really good. Tour de force for both of them.

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Anomalisa: Typical Kaufman fare (so it's always heady and eccentric in some way, while tapping into something deeper) -- the part that really connected was the whole wooing sequence where Lisa and Michael fall for each other, it was very organic and very real, and then what happens the next morning. The rest was more of a statement about how you can fall into an existential blurring of the world into noise, so not quite as personal, but... that sequence was so very real and kind of endearing in both the physical and emotional intimacy. It surpasses many live-action films in that regard.

I should also say the production quality and intensity of effort is pretty amazing.
 

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Watched Finding Dory yesterday It's the Finding Nemo for mental issues and overcoming them. It's more drama oriented compared to the first film but is simple enough to entertain the kids.

Amusing incident while waiting in line for our popcorn. Two Americans that were in front of us were singing "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" much to their Filipina companions' chagrin. One of them said "What? We're Americans" when there companions slightly chided them a bit.

I'm not sure if Aerosmith or singing in line is a part of your culture but it was amusing.
 

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I'm not sure if Aerosmith or singing in line is a part of your culture but it was amusing.
Well, Aerosmith is kind of legendary here (although a bit in the past.. kind of like the Rolling Stones).

There's a huge variety of people in the USA. Sure, some people sing and screw around in public like that. It's more about personality than the culture, though.
 

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Well, Aerosmith is kind of legendary here (although a bit in the past.. kind of like the Rolling Stones).

There's a huge variety of people in the USA. Sure, some people sing and screw around in public like that. It's more about personality than the culture, though.
Oh I see.

I just found the whole affair interesting. Most of my encounters with Americans are in the context of my profession or through the church where they act a bit reserved. I guess seeing a relaxed and animated one was something out of the ordinary for me anyways.
 

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2001: A Space Odyssey: Both mesmerizing and tedious -- so much that I wasn't sure whether I loved or hated it. (In the end, I've decided it's an impressive movie, esp for the time.) It's also hard to summarize in words, although my impression is that the impenetrable advanced culture is meant to boost the evolution and aspirations of our species time and again, resulting in rebirth. There's also some kind of tie-in with aggression as part of that advancement. What really stood out to me is the impeccable craftsmanship especially for that period of cinema -- and damn, the use of color in the screen palette plus the impeccable framing. It was pretty obvious that Kubrick storyboarded the whole damn thing including the angles, everything in every shot was placed exactly right to offer this clean clear view.

Around the 1:06-1:07 mark there's a four-bar music cue that was also used in Alien/Aliens. Now I have to discover whether they both cribbed it from a classical piece or whether the Aliens franchise cribbed it from 2001. Thematically, it's a beautiful tie-in... and both scenes involve people in cryosleep, I think. (I'd have to check Aliens.)


To Kill a Mockingbird: Never read the book or saw this before. Some beautiful black and white work. I like how the kids are not dumbed-down like the kids in many current movies. I wasn't totally impressed by the courtroom scene, but what I am impressed with is the handling and exploration of cultural racism esp considering the USA is still dealing with this today (and not just with the white/black communities). I've heard Ebert criticized the movie for its "white savior" complex, although as far as the trial goes I think cultural change comes in getting people in the majority culture to fight for the minority, as the minority has little footing. That being said, there is little focus on the black community; it's anchored firmly on the white side of the tracks.

Robert Duvall (Boo) with hair. (And blonde?) Go figure. he must have been what, 22-23? Wow. As long as I've seen him, that guy has always been old.



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Yeah, I have decided to start shoring up my movie knowledge with classics. Next I'll probably watch "Laura" and "Roman Holiday."
 

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Around the 1:06-1:07 mark there's a four-bar music cue that was also used in Alien/Aliens. Now I have to discover whether they both cribbed it from a classical piece or whether the Aliens franchise cribbed it from 2001. Thematically, it's a beautiful tie-in... and both scenes involve people in cryosleep, I think. (I'd have to check Aliens.)
I found it, it's from Aram Khachaturian's "Gavayne (Adagio)".

So 2001 cribbed it from there, and then Aliens cribbed the crib as possibly an homage to 2001. (Around the 3:30 mark here.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB3IokHelRk
 
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