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Movies You've Seen Recently |OT| July 2017

kevin1025

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Trilogy of Terror 2 Had this one suggested to me and it was a so so made for tv thing with three stories told which really feels like the Crypt Keeper should have narrated these.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Can someone explain the point of this? I mean it was a boring slog to get through and was pretty needless if you ask me.

The Alchemist Cookbook I had hoped that this would be some tale about alchemy but it really didn't go where I'd have liked it to. Not a terrible movie but one and done for me. Not worth revisiting.

Kuso Its rare I stop a movie but this is just some sick fucks wet dream. You get boils, semen smears, goop soup...just nothing I care to see. Saw some other reviews that basically said it didn't get any better. I almost didn't review it but in case I ever forget what this was...

Following I enjoyed this!

For I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, likely it exists as a checkbox for Netflix and another film festival sale they stole away.

And that's disappointing to hear about Kuso, some of the word out of Sundance was positive (outside of the walkouts), but then since it hit Shudder the word has been way less positive.
 

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"Maybe I could help!"

Comprised of one decent, loud 90 minute buildup to an emotionally due finale, this is disparate, hardy, flawed filmmaking. Bravo to Nolan for showing us the glory of grain, and swallowing IMAX screens. Props to the actors for being there, and then there. Now it's time to breathe; nod.

Dunkirk
 

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I've been sitting with my thoughts on Dunkirk for a day trying to come up with some elegant way to dissect the movie and I just can't. I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other. It's Nolan's least flawed since The Prestige, but also the least engaged I've been with the 5 movies since, certainly less than The Dark Knight- but also Inception and Interstellar as well, both of which I don't particularly love. As an exercise in typical Nolan crosscutting between plotlines to lengthen suspense, as an exercise in scale (visually and logistically), as an exercise in immersive sound work; it's fantastic. Despite all that I felt disconnected from the movie, and only a few moments shine through with either the pipe bursting climactic energy, or overwhelming beauty that he's been able to capture before. I've seen comparisons to Gravity and that's a movie I came out of similarly impressed but disengaged. I'm sure if I was a hardcore Nolan fan Dunkirk would be a beautiful thing, but I'm not as enamored with what he brings to the table as some others are, so for me it kind of just exists. Maybe this is one of those rare times where revisiting one of his movies would make it better.

I do think the final sequences are great though. So there's that.
 
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Miss Sloane

A movie I'd never watch in the cinema on my own, but my friend had free tickets so I was in.

Surprisingly good movie about lobbying and a strong Jessica Chastain. Even though it's pretty long it was never boring.






The Happy Film

It was ok, not interesting enough to write something about here.






Spider-Man: Homecoming

I thought it was pretty cool, a fresh take on Spider-Man (yet again).

I think it's my favorite Spider-Man, but I was never a fan of the Tobey Maguire movies to begin with.






Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie without knowing that Luc Besson makes another Sci-Fi movie I freaked out! The 5th Element is one of my favorite movies.

I've read the complaints about this movie but to me it was just pure fun. The crazy characters, story, action and especially the visuals are pretty awesome and the plot-holes and sometimes bad acting didn't bother me.

And Cara Delevingne, damn. ^^
 

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And that's disappointing to hear about Kuso, some of the word out of Sundance was positive (outside of the walkouts), but then since it hit Shudder the word has been way less positive.

I've watched some nasty movies too and maybe I'm getting too old but Kuso didn't feel worth fighting through vs like a Bad Taste or Brain dead. It plays it's hand early and often and the style was jarring in its transitions. Think I gave it ten minutes and read some Letterboxd reviews to see if it got better before giving up. I would say that with a group of unsuspecting friends and some beer this might actually be a good time!
 

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The Unknown Soldier (1985)

Is it even possible to fumble a screen adaptation out of our very own national treasure, that is of course this Väinö Linna's beloved and hard-hitting novel. If you stick to the text and bring some capable actors to the mix, like in this Rauni Mollberg's gritty and realistic version, you can't really go wrong. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming 3rd adaptation (by Aku Louhimies - Trailer.) succeeds in this task. Production will be more lavish and eye-catching in scope, but once again if it lands the text like in those previous movies, it will be a worthy and welcome addition to the legend that is known as The Unknown Soldier.
 
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I wanted to enjoy War For The Planet Of The Apes much more than I did, which is similar to how I felt about the last one too. It's not a bad film at all, and it has some impressive moving parts I like, the apes looks amazing and the technology used is incredible, Andy Serkis gives a great performance as Casear. The little girl who the apes carry with them does well too, and the bad ape tragedy comic character worked for me better than it did for others I think.

The problem is that the plots of these films, while well told, always feel pretty basic and non compelling, and non more so than here. There's also a bunch of plotholes that don't make sense, and part of the end is a 'Poochy returned to his home planet' sort of deal. Blergh. The human characters were criminally under compelling, I suppose. Even Woody Harrelson as a mad human military colonel ended up being a big yawn as a character, and his end did nothing for me.

So in the end, WFTPOTP was less than the sum of its parts. Oh well.
 

kevin1025

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I've watched some nasty movies too and maybe I'm getting too old but Kuso didn't feel worth fighting through vs like a Bad Taste or Brain dead. It plays it's hand early and often and the style was jarring in its transitions. Think I gave it ten minutes and read some Letterboxd reviews to see if it got better before giving up. I would say that with a group of unsuspecting friends and some beer this might actually be a good time!

Haha, thanks for the impressions. I might give it a try one day in the distant future, but it definitely fell off the list for now.
 

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Wonder Woman: Congrats, DC cinematic whatever, you have finally achieved parity with the average Marvel movie; just polished and charming enough to be passable entertainment, but too artless to be anything more.

Pretty much everything good about this movie comes down to Gal Godot and Chris Pine's chemistry and the foresight to give them at least a few scenes of breathing room. But then the rest of the movie is filled up with clunky and terribly boring exposition, dull action filled with really bad CG body doubles, obnoxious speed-up/slow down effects that directors still think is cool to do even though 300 is at least 10 years removed from being cool, and ohmygod what happened to the editing in the climax.

But yeah, now at least one of these mediocre superhero franchises is by and for the ladies so it's a start I guess.
 
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Wonder Woman: Congrats, DC cinematic whatever, you have finally achieved parity with the average Marvel movie; just polished and charming enough to be passable entertainment, but too artless to be anything more.

Pretty much everything good about this movie comes down to Gal Godot and Chris Pine's chemistry and the foresight to give them at least a few scenes of breathing room. But then the rest of the movie is filled up with clunky and terribly boring exposition, dull action filled with really bad CG body doubles, obnoxious speed-up/slow down effects that directors still think is cool to do even though 300 is at least 10 years removed from being cool, and ohmygod what happened to the editing in the climax.

But yeah, now at least one of these mediocre superhero franchises is by and for the ladies so it's a start I guess.

Damn dat hottake truth bomb doe
 

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How the hell could you not like this movie!

I honestly don't know, I usually like cheesy 'horror' movies (Night of the Comet is one of my absolute favorites) I'm sorry D:

I actually just watched this cause you mentioned it. I really liked it. Nice atmosphere.

It was also a kickstarter movie which i found interesting.

Thanks for letting me know, always nice to hear someone liking your recommendations. And yeah, that is interesting, thanks to everyone who backed this..
 

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Flags of our Fathers

It's an above-average war story, with some pretty impressive set-pieces and a story that deserves to be told. I just feel like the film doesn't quite live up to the potential of the real story because of how heavy-handed it can get.

The battle sequences are well done, except for the poorly done shaky-cam and a few CGI stuff that hasn't aged too well. I don't recall the CGI in Letters from Iwo Jima being this noticeable and distracting. The structure of the story actually enhances the bond tour scenes, because it keeps it from getting too repetitive, but there are parts where the switching timelines make no sense, emotionally.

Seeing Buck Compton from BoB is super distracting, even though all the other actors blend in pretty well into their roles.
 

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A pair of rewatches, with the family!

Tremors: Whenever someone asks you for a good B-movie, point them straight to this one. It has all the things people love about that kind of filmmaking, with the addition of a well-rounded cast of likable characters, a lean and efficient story that's packed with great lines and some fun situations to put our heroes in, and top-notch practical effects work. And despite the PG-13 rating, it does a good job of keeping things surprisingly gory, making the Graboids a formidable threat throughout. In the end, this is the kind of film that you wish Syfy would invest more in: really good genre films that aren't ashamed of being genre films.

Kiki's Delivery Service: It's weird to hear Jiji after all these years not sound anything like Phil Hartman, but hey, the film is still great! I've always loved how uplifting its message is, pun intended, and as a more experienced human being in general, I adored the way that Miyazaki doesn't come outright with the reasons for Kiki's melancholy and allows for the environment of the town to do all the talking. Not much more to say, really: it's as vibrant and potent as the days when Disney Channel ran it non-stop, and all the fussy details that Miyazaki is so well-known for (the credits image of Jiji and his newfound family always cracks me up) really bring this wonderful world to life, to say nothing of the great characters that occupy it. And goddamn, is that theme song catchy or what?
 

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Thanks for letting me know, always nice to hear someone liking your recommendations. And yeah, that is interesting, thanks to everyone who backed this..

And i JUST watched The Neighbor, i liked that even more. You are 2 for 2 man. Already saw Get Out, good stuff. Neighbor was great though. I really need to figure out a better mechanism for deciding to watch movies, cause i have access to most of them but they arent necessarily super high scorers.
 

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Arrival
Questionable choice of muted color palette. Original take on a tired subject. Build up was pretty amazing, conclusion not so much. Very enjoyable. 4/5

Wonder woman
Too much hype turned this into a small disappointment. It was good, but not that good. Gal Gadot sure is hot but can't really act. And what the hell happened to the final fight? Still, way better than most superhero movies I guess? 3/5

War for the planet of the apes
Serviceable but definitely the weakest entry of the trilogy. The second half, aka the ape great escape in shadow moses featuring colonel Kurtz was pretty telegraphed and boring. Woody Harrelson trying to channel his inner Marlon Brando was embarassing. Orangutan confirmed mvp 2/5

Baby Driver
This would have hit all the beats with a slightly better choice of songs (imho) and a better paced second half. Slightly frustrating that nothing tops the amazing opening sequence(s) (although I could have done without the pompous graffitis). Is that girl from Downton Abbey really supposed to be from Atlanta?

Shaun = Fuzz = Driver > World's end >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Piregrim

Dunkirk
Tense and beautifully shot. Too loud. Too much ticking. Nolan should get rid of Zimmer and hire a decent writer. FFS a beautiful setup with tons of gear and extras and amazing effects is wasted if the audience can't tell wtf is going on and which way the characters are moving in time and space.

Also, if your characters are mostly mute (and when they speak you can't hear them) at least don't have them be clones (seriously I spent way too much time trying to tell them apart).

Historically, I can't be satisified with the treatment of the French army (no they didn't only shot their allies in the back they were also holding up the germans and protecting the evacuation, in some instances fighting 1 against 10) and, more importantly the complete absence of any reference whatsoever to Belgians who were utterly forsaken and sacrificed on broken English promises.

I was expecting more but it still did a good job at keeping you on the edge of your seat. 3,5/5
 

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Straw Dogs is a tough film to crack, more so than I think people give it credit for. On the one hand I think it's impossible to deny that at the very least Dustin Hoffman's David--a nebbish (and dickish) American mathematician who moves to the U.K. with his wife to get some peace and quiet--only attains a sense of completeness in his life after he embraces a twisted conception of manhood as some sort of fascist ideal. And while I can see why the ensuing carnage, encoded in Peckinpah's deliriously tight mode of thriller filmmaking, could be easily read as condoning of the same fascist ideals that David himself has embraced in the savage town he has escaped to. But watching those darkly comic final ten seconds of the film I can't help but feel Peckinpah is pulling one over on us. I can almost see Peckinpah smiling through David: "yeah, this guy's basically a Nazi...but you rooted for him, didn't you? And you liked it." Regardless if the film was made as a legitimate embrace of toxic masculinity and fascism galore (the great Pauline Kael wrote that this film was perhaps the first American work of fascist art), or some sort of black comedy pointed at our desire to see, and embrace, such horror on the silver screen, it's a pretty damn bleak worldview either way. And while I'm still wrestling with my own interpretation of this Rorschach's test for fascism, as Peckinpah included so many contradictory elements and the performances are so natural so as to deny any sort of easy reading one way or another, I can't deny the powerful feeling I'm left with after watching the film. 

This is a tough film to recommend, and an even tougher one to stomach, due to both the troubling ideological assertions it may be making, and the very difficult to watch treatment of women in the film (this was probably not the movie to see immediately after Wonder Woman), but if you want to see perhaps one of the most harrowing, and chilling, thrillers ever made and don't mind spending a couple hours watching humanity filtered through the ugliest light imaginable, then buddy do I have the movie for you.
 

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Dunkirk
Tense, beautifully shot, huge scale, great aerial scenes, all round satisfying experience film. Really puts you in the moment and lets things happen. The only thing holding the film back is Nolan's awkward handling of characters who are totally on the nose and speaking to the audience all the time. It's way less annoying here than in any of his other films, but it still takes you out of the moment from time to time. Still think Nolan should stick to scifi films, but I'm glad he got to make a project that's more personal and down to Earth before he moves on to the next twist-fest. Should probably win an Oscar for sound design.


Spider-man Homecoming
Surprisingly pleasant new entry to a movie brand which has mostly run itself into the ground. Don't really care for high-school Parker one way or the other, but the film was very energetic and fun. Vulture steals the show and is the best MCU villain since Loki by a long mile. Good action sequences, funny jokes, and an intense private moment between Holland and Keaton near the end of the film. Jon Watts delivered big time here. The Doctor Strange crew should take notes on how to make a good movie.
 

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Ares

A french Sci-fi movie that came out last year, I've saw some review on the internet when it got release and i don't know why but i really the premise. France goes bankrupt, and the pharmaceutical industry bought the dept. So they now control law in the city and the population can now sell themselves to test ''drug''. We follow the role of a arena fighter who are the main tester for new drug.

The acting was ok(there one exception who was really good), the fight scene were not that great, the story was pretty basic but well done overall with some good idea. BUT, the mood of the movie is top notch. A mix of cyberpunk with a post apocalyptic France location. It was really surprising because the movie don't have a lot of budget , but way he present environment feel great and credible. It was not over the top like blade runner too, just enough to feel futuristic. Also it's pretty short 80 mins, and this was perfect, don't overdeveloped useless secondary character, very short fight scene, everything is going very smoothly.

I really recommended if you like sci-fi movie with a competent plot
 

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Two horror movies with non-white protagonists in the same year (It Comes At Night, Get Out), progress is slow I guess? 😂 At least they were the best or at least the most interesting ones from a weak horror year. Don't much care for the known properties like Insidious 4(!), It, Jigsaw, Leatherface, or Jeepers Creepers 3. Any indie horror I should anticipate? Apparently the new Aronofsky film is horror?
 

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Dunkirk was quite the visceral experience. Very intense. Very loud. Really well shot and good looking. Not very fleshed out otherwise. I feel like this movie has to be seen in theaters, I doubt it will impress on the small screen.
 

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Two horror movies with non-white protagonists in the same year (It Comes At Night, Get Out), progress is slow I guess? �� At least they were the best or at least the most interesting ones from a weak horror year. Don't much care for the known properties like Insidious 4(!), It, Jigsaw, Leatherface, or Jeepers Creepers 3. Any indie horror I should anticipate? Apparently the new Aronofsky film is horror?

It's more of a thriller; think Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell and produced by A24, is a horror film I'm looking forward to. Not much else to look forward to other than that and the usual big studio horror rubbish.
 
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These Logan Lucky reviews got me hyped.

Also Spike Jonze is doing something with Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt. That will be cool, whatever it is.
 

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Gotta get caught up here:


War for the Planet of the Apes - A bit on the nose and certainly melodramatic, but Reeves was inspired by biblical epics so I can see how that happens. I felt Caesar playes a lesser role this go-round, and sometimes the script lost focus, but overall I think it was tense, full of action and humanity at the same time. I don't think I liked it more than the previous movie, however, because the villain in the last was incredible.

Valerian - Cheesy as all hell, the dialogue took me out of it at every step so I had a huge problem getting through it. The set pieces and ideas are fantastic, and visually it's amazing, but the script and characters hold it back. Dehan just doesn't work for that quippy/witty leading man like a Chris Pratt does, Delevingne was pretty good, though.

Dunkirk - Yeah, what's with the sound in Nolan's movies? That aside, I kind of wish he focused more on character than situations because I had a hard time really caring for anyone. That being said, it's a sweeping beautiful film that only lacks the humanity behind it for me to really care about everyone, but he put some things to screen that are utterly astonishing from a production level.

Oldie but goodie

The Abyss - I had the luxury of seeing the one and only known copy of this movie in 70mm last night in a small screening and damn, it still looks and feels so new. Cameron's style, use of light and ability to understand how to shoot action/tension is absolutely timeless. It's still one of my favorites of his (though my girlfriend didn't like it at all, ah well, it was a good run...)
 

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: No idea why this has such a low score on RT. I mean offcourse its not perfect but its enjoyable overall. Nice little take on King Arthur with some great action and a some Guy Ritchie flavor. Fine by me.

7.5/10
 

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These Logan Lucky reviews got me hyped.

Also Spike Jonze is doing something with Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt. That will be cool, whatever it is.
I'm kinda hoping it's a frank concert film that Pitt has some weird cameo in. Cause frank hates touring and what I read about the fyf show sounded super cool and unique, so I'd almost rather have the movie than ever go to one of his (almost nonexistent) shows
 

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The Misfits is such a tragic movie to watch. Last movie for Marilyn Monroe before she died. Last movie for Clark Gable befor he died. With that in mind; the meta about people being on or over their peak and the relations they have in this, ugh. It's about broken people, lost in life. Man. I feel depressed now.
 

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It's more of a thriller; think Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell and produced by A24, is a horror film I'm looking forward to. Not much else to look forward to other than that and the usual big studio horror rubbish.

That's gonna be more on the line of extremely dark comedy like the directors other stuff tho I imagine. with Yorgos and Colin da gawds I'm definitely looking forward to that

These Logan Lucky reviews got me hyped.

Also Spike Jonze is doing something with Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt. That will be cool, whatever it is.

Aside from that little performance art thing they did at FYF? I'm down. Would love to see a concert movie of Frank Ocean.
 

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Logorama: This is why most Robot Chicken sketches rarely run over 2 minutes in length. While the film prides itself on packing in as many corporate logos as humanly possible to create its world, the effect rarely serves any point other than to flaunt their fair use rights. Beyond that, the short is a rather crude would-be chase thriller that hinges on whether or not you think that the Michelin Man and the Esso girl swearing up a storm or seeing Big Boy moon the MGM lion are inherently hilarious. As it turns out, it's not, but the short keeps throwing out similar bombs for its entire duration as it operates under the mistaken assumption that the repetition will eventually make those tired jokes funny. At 5 minutes, this would have been too long, but the filmmakers decide to go for an insufferable 15 minutes that will surely seem much, much longer. It's actually rather shocking to me that this managed to win an Academy Award, especially over the likes of a Wallace & Gromit short (and a good one, at that!), which suggests that the novelty factor was apparently more important than artistic merit or being funny. Nothing kills the soul quite like watching something intending to be comedic fail for even a minute, and with how long this one goes on for, you'll be begging to have Ronald McDonald shoot you in the head, too.
 

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The Abyss - I had the luxury of seeing the one and only known copy of this movie in 70mm last night in a small screening and damn, it still looks and feels so new. Cameron's style, use of light and ability to understand how to shoot action/tension is absolutely timeless. It's still one of my favorites of his (though my girlfriend didn't like it at all, ah well, it was a good run...)

Was it... the theatrical cut?
 

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Logorama is like the foodfight of short films. Dont know how the academy was dumb giving it the oscar, and a year after they were not dumb to give it to the house of small cubes...
 

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I wrapped up watching Logan and conclude that if you're not invested in the X-Men universe / have not seen any of the previous Wolvering/X-Men movies, there really isn't much here for you. News at eleven I guess, but hey I gave it a shot :)
 

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I wrapped up watching Logan and conclude that if you're not invested in the X-Men universe / have not seen any of the previous Wolvering/X-Men movies, there really isn't much here for you. News at eleven I guess, but hey I gave it a shot :)

Really? I thought it was great because it basically disregards all the other movies in terms of continuity and tone to deliver a standalone movie that has clear emotional and dramatic stakes.
 

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Logan's basically a western with the old legend who doesn't want to be the legend anymore pulled back into action. You don't need to see any of those mediocre X-Men movies to be invested.
 

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they're right. BUT x2 and dofp are still worth a watch tho if you like the character. moreso x2 since its one of the better cape movies.

Logan requires nothing prior to it though, its like going into Unforgiven without having seen a Clint western before.

anyways I saw a bunch of shit, still haven't written up impressions for them. will get on that soon.

for now:
Power Rangers (2017)
 
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It's probably wrong to think Cars 3 is bad right? It's a film thats meant for kids, not 24 year old blokes, and thus my expectations should be suitably modified.

Except that its Pixar, who have such a legacy of making incredible films for kids and adults that the Cars films being so terrible really does grate. Cars 3 wasn't just bad, it was the kind of bad I was sitting in the cinema spending the whole time thinking about the netflix film I just watched instead, To The Bone.

It doesn't have its own distinct look for one. The musical score isn't great, the voice acting is rubbish. The animation is good, but thats what we expect from Pixar at this point. The story is dull, trite, terrible unengaging, and predictable if you have a single brain cell in your head.

Bleh, what a waste, Come on Pixar.
 

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Really? I thought it was great because it basically disregards all the other movies in terms of continuity and tone to deliver a standalone movie that has clear emotional and dramatic stakes.

Logan's basically a western with the old legend who doesn't want to be the legend anymore pulled back into action. You don't need to see any of those mediocre X-Men movies to be invested.

I don't think I agree with this... Logan may be standalone from other X-Men movies in terms of not being a steeped-in-continuity sequel, but I don't see anyone who's never seen an X-Men movie before and has no attachment to Jackman as Wolverine, Stewart as Xavier, etc. getting nearly the same effect as someone who is at least familiar with those characters/performances.

I've only ever seen the "you don't need to see the other movies to feel invested" argument from people who've already seen the other movies, lol
 

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I don't think I agree with this... Logan may be standalone from other X-Men movies in terms of not being a steeped-in-continuity sequel, but I don't see anyone who's never seen an X-Men movie before and has no attachment to Jackman as Wolverine, Stewart as Xavier, etc. getting nearly the same effect as someone who is at least familiar with those characters/performances.

I've only ever seen the "you don't need to see the other movies to feel invested" argument from people who've already seen the other movies, lol

The movie can be enhanced if you're invested in the history of the characters and the actors portraying them, of course, but trust me, as someone who can't remember a frame of any X-Men movie 2 minutes after I've seen them, I absolutely do not agree that unless you're invested in the franchise "there really isn't much here for you." I do not care about the X-Men movies and Logan still works.

Like disco says, it's as if you're going into Unforgiven having not seen Eastwood's lead up to it. Will you miss out on a particular thread that seems to live beyond just the movie in front of you? Yes. But does it still succeed as a raw story of a beat down legend whose lived through too much, and given up on himself and the world around him? Yes.
 

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Logan is great until the little girl starts having more screen presence. Then it becomes nearly unwatchable. Kids can really fuck up a movie.

Should I watch Dunkirk or Apes?

Dunkirk is beautiful filmmaking. Has this very unique colossal imagery that Nolan loves to put in front of us. Should be seen on a theater. Haven't seen Apes.
 
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Should I watch Dunkirk or Apes?

Dunkirk will be better at the cinema than it will be at home. See it in IMAX, regardless of how loud it will. You will be immersed.

But if you want to care about characters and a storyline with emotional impact, then go see Apes.

Two very different experiences, but if you're worried about which one has more impact at the cinema, then Dunkirk for sure.
 

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It's probably wrong to think Cars 3 is bad right? It's a film thats meant for kids, not 24 year old blokes, and thus my expectations should be suitably modified.

Except that its Pixar, who have such a legacy of making incredible films for kids and adults that the Cars films being so terrible really does grate. Cars 3 wasn't just bad, it was the kind of bad I was sitting in the cinema spending the whole time thinking about the netflix film I just watched instead, To The Bone.

It doesn't have its own distinct look for one. The musical score isn't great, the voice acting is rubbish. The animation is good, but thats what we expect from Pixar at this point. The story is dull, trite, terrible unengaging, and predictable if you have a single brain cell in your head.

Bleh, what a waste, Come on Pixar.
I'm sure there are people here who defend the Cars movies to their dying breath because they have kids who loved them or something.
 

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Netflix's The Circlehttps://www.themoviedb.org/movie/339988-the-circle started off nice, but it quickly turned into a poorly written Black Mirror episode. I can't believe how quickly Mae
became a brainwashed frontperson of the company and then again how quickly she fucked her bosses
. Or, I don't know, maybe it was so bad because of Emma Watson's acting, either way the movie was a pretty big disappointment.
The Mummyhttps://www.themoviedb.org/movie/282035-the-mummy was seriously bad. First of all they tried to combine too many genres instead of sticking with one, two maximum. Second of all a lot of the story was ruined by the studio rushing to start a new Dark Universe and introducing Jeckyll's character straight away. That's not the way to go imo. Even Iron Man 1 was focused on Stark's character and they didn't start to introduce other (recurring) superheroes and supervillains in the first MCU film.
 

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Logorama is like the foodfight of short films. Dont know how the academy was dumb giving it the oscar, and a year after they were not dumb to give it to the house of small cubes...

Really baffling. Did they just want to seem hip in a category usually dominated by the likes of Pixar and Aardman at that point in time? My review likened it to Robot Chicken, but honestly, that's an insult to Robot Chicken.

Real talk: I will never not laugh like it's the last time I'm ever going to laugh whenever I see World's Most One-sided Fist Fights. The Tarzan knock-off swinging for the fences on that chimp has me on the floor every single time.