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The Castle.  Funny and interesting movie about eminent domain.
 

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Just saw Paul, Apostle of Christ.  It is a slow film, but I thought it was interesting.  There was some violence in it, but the film makers did not overdo it.
 

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Finally saw Justice League and... I liked the Parademon design and that's about it lol.

I kid. The secondary characters were ok, though I didn't understand the whole "Barry Allen, omni-wiener who's afraid of everything" angle. Ezra Miller's performance was good, probably the only spot of joy in the movie next to Alfred- kind of disappointed that it wasn't Grant Gustin though. Cyborg was ok for a one-note broody guy (although kind of confusing that he just walks around in a hoodie that doesn't even conceal his giant chest LED). Jason Momoa gave a good performance, but his angsty man-child version of Aquaman felt pretty underwritten (and Geoff Johns's tired "Srsly guys, I'm so much cooler than just talking to fish!" joke needs to die already).

Gal Gadot was fine and deserved to be in a better movie. Battfleck was a loathsome charm black hole (the "something's bleeding" line got a chuckle out of me, admittedly, but every other scene he was in was just bleeeeh). Cavill's Superman was more human than he's ever been, but that's still not saying much. Overall, the "make it lighter" reshoots didn't seem to help too much, except for Flash's scenes. I guess the scenes between Superman and Martha Kent were ok, though. Silas Stone was pretty good, too.

Steppenwolf was... ok. I knew these movies were going to have to adapt Jack Kirby stuff eventually, but turning the Mother Boxes into rip-offs of Marvel's Cosmic Cubes doesn't make any sense and is honestly kind of infuriating (Mother Boxes are not "made of chaos" or whatever Steppenwolf said, they're helpful sapient computers of which there's far more than just three that communicate with the Source- Jack Kirby's kinda-sorta-maybe version of God- they're almost always portrayed in the comics as forces for good that imprint on their owners to such an extent that they self-destruct if he or she dies), especially when Kirby's Fourth World already has an easy MacGuffin in the form of the Anti-Life Equation. In fact, they could easily have tied Anti-Life into any number of themes relating to Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman being cut-off from one another or from humanity, etc. Just goes to show how little creativity actually went into this. I just can't wait to see Snyder and co's profoundly souless takes on the Female Furies and Mr. Miracle.

Despite my dislike of the Arkham Knight-style tank Batmobile, Batman's little crawling mech was kind of cool. It felt like a Kingdom Come reference, even though I don't think it actually was.

I also always dig techno-organic veiny looking things so I thought that the Apokolips terraforming devices were pretty cool.

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Saw Ready Player One last week with a friend. This time, I had actually read the book a while ago- too long to really keep track of where the movie diverges. I felt like the book was pretty badly written but enjoyable enough. I wonder how much lasting power the dystopia/ 80's nostalgia combination will have. Also SPOILER ALERT I found that the dystopian angle was severely undermined by the sudden appearance of righteous police at the end to bring the evil CEO to justice. Everything that happened prior would suggest that government and law enforcement was firmly in the pockets of people like the villain. I can't remember if this was in the book or if this is a Spielbergism.
 

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Iconodule said:
Saw Ready Player One last week with a friend. This time, I had actually read the book a while ago- too long to really keep track of where the movie diverges. I felt like the book was pretty badly written but enjoyable enough. I wonder how much lasting power the dystopia/ 80's nostalgia combination will have. Also SPOILER ALERT I found that the dystopian angle was severely undermined by the sudden appearance of righteous police at the end to bring the evil CEO to justice. Everything that happened prior would suggest that government and law enforcement was firmly in the pockets of people like the villain. I can't remember if this was in the book or if this is a Spielbergism.
As I recall, the Sixers are not really punished in the book. Wade just gains control of Oasis and bans them all with the implication that he'll keep them at bay in the real world from now on (I always kind of wondered if Halliday's prize was really legal lol, though I guess it doesn't really matter in dystopia land).

My main issue with the book is that Wade is kind of a creepy little "nice guy" drip (much like his creator *cough*) who won't take a break up for an answer. Was that any better in the movie?
 

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Beats Per Minute

One of the most tragic movies I've seen for a while. Really liked it. No idea on how historic it was but the story was beautiful in a sense. Also, it was refreshing to see a movie without a single underclad female (but with lots of underclad men though).
 

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Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good. Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.

Theeb

A coming of age story about a Bedouin boy caught in the Arab revolt against the Ottomans. It's the same period covered in Lawrence of Arabia, but at much more local, intimate level.  Lovely photography of the Jordanian desert and mountains. One scene where Theeb falls into a well, and the sun rises over the opening, illuminating the underground sandstone cavern, is particularly striking. I liked it from beginning to end.
 

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Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good.
My favorite part is that the dragon is called the "Ebersisk" in the script because George Lucas had some beef with Siskel and Ebert at the time. I forget what it was since they liked Star Wars (unlike Pauline Kael who got a bad guy named after her for panning it). Just reminds me that George has always been a bit of a manchild, not just in the Phantom Menace era.

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Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.
+1
 

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+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling. I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.
 

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Asteriktos said:
+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling.
Yeah, same. Though I'm not sure what exactly did it for me (nowadays An American Werewolf in London is probably my favorite example, though I'm not nearly messed up enough to have seen that movie as a kid lol).

As I recall, movieguide once had a line cautioning parents against letting their kids watch the Tim Story Fantastic Four movie because fictional transformations will supposedly ruin their minds. I don't know what the reasoning for that was, if any.

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I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.
I'm sorry.
 

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Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.

I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???

I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.
 

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John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
 

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Asteriktos said:
Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.
Never played it myself, heh. Probably just giving too much credence to a bad review or LP I watched once.

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I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???
They definitely are, yeah. So that might be it. I recall it was only justified with a vague "psychologists say" it might be harmful. This was in 2005 when the movie came out, but I wonder if anti-trans concerns were also already on their minds.

Of course, this is also the group that openly gives movies extra praise or censure for how pro-capitalist they are or aren't, so their recommendations don't mean a lot to me in general.

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I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.
Now that one I did see parts of as a kid (not the mysteriously PG topless scene, though). I remember being fascinated by the "Leech Man" in particular. Thanks for reminding me!
 

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John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).


Oh, on a different note, I wanted to ask you something else about Ready Player One. Does it include the book's little side comment about how Kevin Smith is one of the greatest directors ever lol?
 

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No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.
 

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No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.
Well, it was only like three words in the middle of Wade's holy litany of the homework that Halliday's vlogs gave him.
 

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Iconodule said:
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).
I feel like the effects are integral to the atmosphere. I read Who Goes There? a few years back and was struck by how fairly faithful Carpenter was in the essentials. As far as the gore goes I felt like Campbell was being a bit restrained but a certain gruesomeness seems inherent to the alien's activity.
 

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Saw "Isle of Dogs" yesterday. It was very good.

Also saw "The Limehouse Golem" yesterday. It was good too.
 

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The Assassin AKA 刺客聶隱娘 (2015). For a wuxia film featuring imperial intrigue, black magic, and a killer Daoist nun, this is very, very understated. The dialogue is sparse and most of the soundtrack consists of bird cries. It's set in the Tang dynasty, with one slow, beautiful scene after another, ranging from sumptuous silk-curtained courts to pastel forests and rustic villages. The plot is almost besides the point. The politics in the background seem almost deliberately obscure and a lot of the action has fairly ambiguous motive. I loved it; others might be bored to tears.
 

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My dad and I have been going back through the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 that I own. Something I never really noticed about 1948's Last of the Wild Horses (not a good movie at all- far longer than it needs to be, badly plotted, so boring that the riffs barely even save it) is that one of the characters remarks that the deputies are basically using "resisting arrest" as "legalized murder."

Maybe I'm myopic or something, but it was really interesting to me that someone in the 40s would make an argument like that anticipating a lot of conversations we have today.
 

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Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.
I remember liking it a lot, yeah.
 

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This sums up much of why Princess Mononoke is one of my favorite movies.
 

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The Others was good, but I hated it anyway.  :D  I feel like I should remember watching Princess Mononoke, but I don't.

Currently watching Funny Face with a gin and tonic.  :angel:
 

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Sick of staring at Nicole Kidman's face? :p

Anyway, Mononoke's worth a second watch if only for the beautiful scenery (Claire Danes's voice performance is probably the movie's biggest flaw, but I've never felt like it was a deal breaker, to be honest).
 

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Nah; I'm not sure there was that much I saw her in.  Apart from Eyes Wide Shut, I can't think of another move I've seen her in.  But I never tried all that hard to keep up with the latest movies or the latest Hollywood drama.  It's hard to get tired of people I intentionally ignore.  ;D  It was done well, I just dislike horror.  Less so than when I saw it, but it's still probably my least favorite genre.

I'd have to watch Princess Mononoke for real and see what I thought.  I'm having a hard time imagining her voice in an anime, though.
 

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RaphaCam said:
Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.
I started it twice, but it was way too slow for me. And I usually like slow paced films. Maybe I need to try it again.

Selam
 

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Nah; I'm not sure there was that much I saw her in.  Apart from Eyes Wide Shut, I can't think of another move I've seen her in.  But I never tried all that hard to keep up with the latest movies or the latest Hollywood drama.  It's hard to get tired of people I intentionally ignore.  ;D  It was done well, I just dislike horror.  Less so than when I saw it, but it's still probably my least favorite genre.

I'd have to watch Princess Mononoke for real and see what I thought.  I'm having a hard time imagining her voice in an anime, though.
The answer is monotone. It's monotone. I really hate it when animated movies (dubbed or not) slight actual working voice actors in favor of celebrities with little experience in the subtleties of that kind of acting (Mark Hamill of course, being one of the great exceptions that proves the rule- and he does actually voice the bad guy in Castle in the Sky). Doesn't help that Billy Bob Thornton is another rule in Mononoke.

But I'm not a sub-snob just because I have a hard time focusing on the animation, spoken dialog, and reading at the same time. It almost gives me vertigo.
 

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The wife and I have been watching a lot of Harrison Ford movies for some reason (Regarding Henry, Last Crusade, Clear and Present Danger) and decided to try K-19: The Widowmaker as neither of us had seen it before.

I was able to stomach and overlook the fake Russian accent thing but at a certain point my wife said, "This is too stupid" and put something else on. She was of course correct. If the story is going to have characters of X nationality but with native English-speaking actors, speaking in English for the benefit of the audience, don't make them use X accent. Enemy at the Gates did the right thing here by not making Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, etc. speak in fake accents.
 

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Yeah, the accent was by far the worst part of that movie. I saw it theaters and remember just being bored by most of the rest of it, of course for some reason taut military thrillers are hard for me to pay attention to at the best of times. Not sure why.
 

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https://m.imdb.com/title/tt4698684/
Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Its a good movie about a foster kid who ends up on the run in the new zealand outback wuth gis uncle. Family friendly and has a good plot and i believe its on prime or netflix.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDDGl79x4Pc
Know your enemy video series about the coming new world order from a biblical viewpoint. Im 7 episodes in (maybe 10 to 20 mins each) and very informative.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_Box_(TV_series)
Pandoras box bbc documentary, its on YouTube and has some good info on communism, nuclear weapons, americas game plan, and the insights into the Rand corp/deepstate in charge of our country. It has several episodes.
 

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Maybe I'm a sucker, but A.X.L. actually looks pretty good to me.

Who's a good little hellbeast off a heavy metal album cover? Who's a good little hellbeast off a heavy metal album cover? That's right, YOU ARE! YES!!
 

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I've started watching Operation Mekong on Netflix. If you ever wonder what happened to good old jingoistic, dumb, but oh-so-fun 80's American action movies, the answer is that they moved to China.
 

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I've started watching Operation Mekong on Netflix. If you ever wonder what happened to good old jingoistic, dumb, but oh-so-fun 80's American action movies, the answer is that they moved to China.
See also Amerigeddon, the movie so great that Alex Jones just had to cameo.
 

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After watching this review, I want to get my hands on the Ugandan action movie Who Killed Captain Alex

I've honestly got a lot of respect for the guy who directed it, Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey, he seems like a real sincere dude. It must take a lot of guts to sell everything you own to buy a video camera, especially in a third world country.

It even comes with a panpipes cover of Seal's Kiss From a Rose and its own built in rifftrack (which is apparently a common thing there called a Video Joker)!
 

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Saw Black Panther yesterday. I liked it a lot (the actresses especially stole the show). I can see the Postcolonial criticisms of it, though, especially the implied lionization of the CIA and the weird playing of "good" black Africans against "bad" African-Americans (though I think parts of this case are also a tad overstated).
 
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