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https://letterboxd.com/totenkindly/film/ant-man-and-the-wasp/

Basic gist -- light fun, enjoyable, not a ton of substance or long-term impact on the MCU. Enjoyable but not resonant or thought-provoking.

Watched Netflix's Bright and Tomb Raider (2018).

Bright hits the feels since I did emphatize with how Jakoby was treated. I liked its message though. Even if you're socially handicapped by birth, you can still earn your "bloodied" status with the skills and abilities you are born with.
Some of the critics really hated Bright. I thought it was pretty nice. I mean, yeah, it's not a high-brow film. it was more a street-level, gritty buddy movie that used Tolkienesque races to talk about race, and the need to understand the community you are dealing with. (The orcs were pretty interesting... and they didn't pull any punches here.) I thought the high elves were fucking awesome -- we always joke about this in our RPGs, how snooty the elves are, and this was totes stuck-up biatchness. Noomi Rapace was so great, I hated her so much, lol. And Joel Edgerton is typically good in anything as a serious solid actor, and then you get Will Smith to do the "audience connection" role.

It was something to see him beat a fairy to death with a broom in the first few minutes. This isn't just your grandmother's fantasy movie. I hated how Suicide Squad turned out (with Ayer), I liked this much better... and he knows how to make cop buddy films (e.g., Training Day, End of Watch).

Tomb Raider has gritty fight scenes and stunts which were nicely executed. The arrows were a bit stupid (or probably poisoned) but I guess I just need more suspension of disbelief. However, the Jolie films might have spoiled me a bit so Vikander seems to be a little off. The Lara I know is confident in her skin and can best any enemy. This one just gets her butt kicked, a lot. Then again I played the more mature Lara Croft in my younger years rather than the more naive reboot so there's that.
Yeah, I have not seen it yet (I'd like to). I've played most of the video games over the last twenty years, including about two hours into the reboot Lara which I think this movie is trying to capture / parallel. So yes, this is her first adventure, and she's like what, a teenager / early 20's? So she has no confidence or experience yet, this was her introduction. Hopefully she shows a lot of moxie in the film, even if her skills aren't yet up to par with what we know of her.
 

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Blood of Heroes. Not too much of the shit that triggers me. I enjoyed it
 

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Rewatched Fury Road over the weekend. (That movie makes me happy.)

Rewatching "Big" Extended Ed to celebrate the life of Penny Marshall who just died.

Saw "The Miseducation of Cameron Post". Not as deep as it could have been, but it was more thoughtful than satire. I was pleasantly surprised.

Also in the middle of two other movies:
- The Kindergarten Teacher (with Maggie Gyllenhaal)
- Madeline's Madeline

I plan to see either Aquaman or Mary Poppins Returns within the next week.
 

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Some films that stand out in my memory in recent years include:

'the invitation' which was pretty unsettling
'The square' which i read as being a social commentary on how cucked some parts of europe have become but maybe others will read something different into it
'Inherent vice' film noir set in the 70's
'hell or high water' which is the best modern western (although the 'deadwood' film is coming out soon, i just hope its not shit!)
'The trip' which is now three different films of steve coogan and rob brydon kinda playing themselves as they are paid by a paper to travel around different places , eat nice food and muse about life
'the dinner' which is another steve coogan one


 

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John Wick 3 Parabellum -- pretty much right along the lines of the first two, if you're into it.

Glad they barely give Keanu any dialogue (because he can't deliver a line to save his life) and instead populate the films with decent supporting cast so he can just focus on a kinetic performance.

I was kind of surprised that it was as funny as it was.
 

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'the invitation' which was pretty unsettling
It was enjoyable -- Karen Kitsuma directed, look up "jennifer's body" and last year's "Destroyer" with a decent performance by nicole Kidman for her other directorial works.

'hell or high water' which is the best modern western (although the 'deadwood' film is coming out soon, i just hope its not shit!)
Liked this movie a lot. The writer's written some other notable work as well (Taylor Sheridan) -- for example, both Sicario's and Wind River (the latter of which he also directed). I like that his stuff is open-ended.
 

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Lawrence of Arabia!
Fantastic. I want to watch it again.
It was four hours long but I still felt like there was so much story left to tell and would have gladly watched hours more of it. The acting, the writing, the visuals, the music, everything five stars, fantastic
Definitely one of my favorites now.

Also saw Officespace recently and it’s very very funny. I love the type of humor in it. Very INTP movie I think.

And not really a movie but a police training video from the 80s called Surviving Edged Weapons which is on YouTube and is pretty funny
 

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john wick 3.

sorry Neo, but this stuff is garbage. Three fuckin hours of just boom boom, pow pow, ouch etc? Come on..

And the crazy part was that the theater was filled with grown-ups, many of them well above 30 and laughing hysterically whenever a dude got kicked in the balls.

Definitely get drunk beforehand if you're going to see this movie.

As a side note, throughout the movie, I was sensing a smell which I wasn't able to identify: it smelled like someone hadn't wiped their ass for 2 weeks, but I couldn't figure out whether it was my friend's movie snacks or the dude sitting next to me.
 

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As a side note, throughout the movie, I was sensing a smell which I wasn't able to identify: it smelled like someone hadn't wiped their ass for 2 weeks, but I couldn't figure out whether it was my friend's movie snacks or the dude sitting next to me.

...that would have been enough to ruin even the best movie for me - I would probably have left the theatre :ahh:
 

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john wick 3.

sorry Neo, but this stuff is garbage. Three fuckin hours of just boom boom, pow pow, ouch etc? Come on..

And the crazy part was that the theater was filled with grown-ups, many of them well above 30 and laughing hysterically whenever a dude got kicked in the balls.

Definitely get drunk beforehand if you're going to see this movie.
What were your thoughts on the first two?

I haven't seen the third, but I enjoyed the other two. Not because they were super deep or thought provoking, but because they knew what they were and concentrated on being exactly that. I can't remember either of them trying to be funny?
 

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john wick 3.

sorry Neo, but this stuff is garbage. Three fuckin hours of just boom boom, pow pow, ouch etc? Come on..

And the crazy part was that the theater was filled with grown-ups, many of them well above 30 and laughing hysterically whenever a dude got kicked in the balls.

Definitely get drunk beforehand if you're going to see this movie.
What were your thoughts on the first two?

I haven't seen the third, but I enjoyed the other two. Not because they were super deep or thought provoking, but because they knew what they were and concentrated on being exactly that. I can't remember either of them trying to be funny?
Haven't seen the first two. To be fair though, I would have probably enjoyed it more if it weren't in a theater. To me there's too much annoying shit going on there. Weird smells, confrontations with people kicking your seat, people making noise with their movie snacks, making stupid-ass comments etc.
 

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Contagion. It was okay. Bonus points for Gwyneth paltrow dying almost immediately. Jude Law is quite bad in it, I think he's doing a failed australian accent ? It was quite well put together in many ways though.

Before that, Rubber by Quentin Dupieux which now goes on my list of favorite films.
 

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Contagion. It was okay. Bonus points for Gwyneth paltrow dying almost immediately. Jude Law is quite bad in it, I think he's doing a failed australian accent ? It was quite well put together in many ways though.

Before that, Rubber by Quentin Dupieux which now goes on my list of favorite films.
That's one good movie indeed ;D

I haven't been to the cinema in like 3 years. But one time I remember I went with a girl I was dating, she was wearing a super big cleavage and there were 3 young kids in the row above us looking like.

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I haven't seen the third, but I enjoyed the other two. Not because they were super deep or thought provoking, but because they knew what they were and concentrated on being exactly that. I can't remember either of them trying to be funny?
I think the films are exactly what they market themselves to be.

That being said, I think the first was the best in terms of being delivered cleanly and to the point. They also wisely didn't give Keanu much to say in any of them and relied on the talents of the supporting cast to carry any dramatic elements.

The second film fleshes out more about the system John is part of. The third I think is mainly just action, it's got a few great set pieces. I still probably enjoyed the first the most because it really didn't seem to try to be something bigger than it deserved.

I thought there was a lot of funny stuff in the films but it was more tongue-in-cheek. Like the knife-fight in the third movie, the whole idea was ludicrous so it was kind of funny to watch. Or like when Jon takes out about 15 guys who try to wipe him in his home, then he calls the "cleaners" and they show up and spic-and-span the place nonchalantly. (or the cop who totally knows who Jon is and shows up to ask if everything's okay; but Jon's like everything's fine despite all the dead bodies the cop can see behind him, and he's like shrugging, like, okay). And it's really funny how everyone in the first film is mortified at Theon (aka Alfie Allen) for not knowing who Jon Wick was: "You just had to go and shoot the guy's DOG, are you really that stupid?" kind of thing. It wouldn't matter for anyone else, but you had to cross Jon Wick.
 

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From what I could see, john Wick is supposed to be inspired by the action parts of the Matrix movies. I recall the Wachowski brothers talking about how the action in the Matrix was supposed to be emerging from the actual action and not the editing process – e.g. in contrast to most action movies, Matrix uses very long takes and the cinematography is supposed to expose as much of the action as possible as opposed to obscuring it. I.e. you're supposed to actually see what is happening, as opposed to just having an impression that something is happening. They had some of that in John Wick, I noticed they used quite long takes, but overall the cinematography seemed kinda bland and a lot of it was filmed in the dark so you were mostly just watching flashes from the guns. It didn't seem like anyone on that set had any real vision for what they were making, so they ended up with what we got – a regular action movie (with extremely shitty acting (with the exception of Morpheus)).
 

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I watched... Shazam? I'm not sure why... I blame external forces, since I have long since lost any hope for DC. It's tone was wildly inconsistent. Every successive scene felt more and more random and disjointed. It almost seemed like half the movie was missing. Zackary Levi's competence as a comedic actor is it's only selling point imo.

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It's Wachowski sisters

In accordance with pc law you will now be black bagged and summarily executed by the sjw secret police.
 

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Keanu Reeves is reaching max popularity not only because movies, but because people relate to his emo personality. Kinda like the linkin park's singer before he killed himself.

Watching him talking about cyberpunk was painful.
 

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That seems a little unfair to me. Dudes had a rough life and is a well known for philanthropy. Hardly just an emo advertising icon.


Just watched captain marvel yestetday. It was a lot like Top Gun. A gay Air Force advertisement. I liked it more than Wonder Woman and a lot more than Shazam.
 

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^yeah, he had a rough life, a perfect opportunity to make money. I'm not saying there's something wrong with him or it being his fault, just saying people are profiting on his popularity. He's very popular in memes and media. Memes and loving dogs, it's like 99% approval. What better way to promote your game?

(Look at his e3 performance, not particulary genuine)
 

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I tend to just see him a generally benevolent person who seems to be well-liked and who can sometimes generate enthusiasm for things he is enthusiastic about. I don't seem him as particularly talented (not meant as a slight, but he does better playing himself than a character, in terms of acting ability -- kind of like the Michael J Fox thing, etc.) and while he likes to get into things he thinks are profound or cool I don't know if he actually grasps them. Again, not meant as slight, it's just not him even when he tries. He seems to have become successfully primarily due to likability and for just being an accessible down to earth person, plus being involved with the right projects at the right time. If all the potential leads for The Matrix hadn't bailed / avoided the project, and he hadn't run across it when he did and gelled with the Wachowskis, I'm not sure if we'd even remember much of him nowadays -- it was what boosted his star into orbit.
 

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I watched... Shazam? I'm not sure why... I blame external forces, since I have long since lost any hope for DC. It's tone was wildly inconsistent. Every successive scene felt more and more random and disjointed. It almost seemed like half the movie was missing. Zackary Levi's competence as a comedic actor is it's only selling point imo.

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It's Wachowski sisters

In accordance with pc law you will now be black bagged and summarily executed by the sjw secret police.
I’d like to use this opportunity to be classically pedantic and a grammar Nazi, pointing out that it’s is “it is” whereas “its” is the possessive form and so used in contexts such as “that’s its only value”.
 

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The entertainment industry, along with Keanu Reeves and all the rest, is what it is. No point in holding it to any standard - just take from it what you want and waste no time judging and analyzing it, for example whether Keanu Reeves is a worthy character or not etc etc. In the end, who gives a shit
 

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The entertainment industry, along with Keanu Reeves and all the rest, is what it is. No point in holding it to any standard - just take from it what you want and waste no time judging and analyzing it, for example whether Keanu Reeves is a worthy character or not etc etc. In the end, who gives a shit
Arguing for apathy? Is that mentally ideal or mentally healthy? Is it a good emotional response to what you dislike or think is bad?

I have a tendency for apathy myself, but idk if I'd recommend it to others or whether it's good for my mental health longterm

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Saw I am mother. It's the typical movie that's more interesting to teenagers who haven't seen much sci fi etc than some old, apathetic person who's seen it all before. So I'd recommend it to younger people, but it's a no-go for older people
 

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Isn't that apathy? When do you use focus and energy? How often do you think to yourself this person with vastly different beliefs/ opinions should be argued with?
 

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I Am Mother was better than I had expected, but I don't think I'd watch it again, especially in terms of how long it took to get up to speed. It's kind of cobbled together of ideas from better films. In its favor, Clara Rugaard (the girl) was solid and I think we will see more of her; It also does have some mystery about it, leaving things for the viewer to figure out in the last half hour. I appreciate that it seemed to work on one level but in the end with more knowledge it's clear there's something more going on.

Then again, it's the kind of thing I've seen done before in better films.
 
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