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Movies You've Watched Lately |OT| - 2021

NahaNago

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haha dude killed Han and now he's part of the family

Vin Diesal must be more than a bit worried that The Rock is starting to overshadow his own character. He's the glue, but the way the movies have gotten (slapstick and crazy) he's kind of the odd one out as he's a bit too stiff.
Vin Diesal in Furious 7 was one of the weakest characters if not for that last fight in the movie. This could have been why they made him a bad guy for part of the last movie. He doesn't really have any special skills outside of being the leader since half the team are street racers as well. Hopefully this next movie upgrades him a bit more.
 
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Endangered08

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I watched “I care a lot”. And I couldn’t figure out what it was going for. Which is actually quite nice, maybe it wasn’t going for anything. And I was entertained and interested throughout the movie.

it has zero likable characters. And I’m fine with that. Or maybe I’m not fine with that, I don’t even know.

I watched the whole movie. So it has that going for it.
 

FreedomOfSpeech

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Scarface, from 1932.

Black and white movie, about a gangster in a city where the top dog has recently been killed. All bootleggers are going to fight for control and the movie follows one of them.

You gotta pay attention, the dialogues are quick, and quite complex, at least for modern standards.
I enjoyed it a great deal, has some good laughs and characters that are very outspoken.
 

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Just watched Boss Level. Really fun movie. Premise is a bit like Groundhog day just the main hero - Frank Grillo is chased by a group of hired killers. A lot of dark humour, some nice action scenes and ok story. 8,5/10
 
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tsumake

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Scarface, from 1932.

Black and white movie, about a gangster in a city where the top dog has recently been killed. All bootleggers are going to fight for control and the movie follows one of them.

You gotta pay attention, the dialogues are quick, and quite complex, at least for modern standards.
I enjoyed it a great deal, has some good laughs and characters that are very outspoken.

The level of violence is intense even by today’s standards. It took Oliver Stone’s cocaine detox and DePalma’s macabre flair to one up it. Paul Muni was an underrated actor - he gave a frightening believable performance as a Brooklyn thug.

I found it funny that the story had to take a moment to denounce machine gun violence in order to justify the sheer amount of tommy gun carnage.
 

Insane Metal

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Blade Runner Final Cut

Sometimes I feel I'm the only one who hasn't seen this movie. I don't know why it has slipped under my radar for so long, but I guess I've never really wanted to see it. But last week I bought the Final Cut edition and finally watched it. And my God was it a good movie.

I love the esthetic of the film, the rundown society and the mesh of future and past, all blending together in a stylistic way. It's not hard to understand why this movie is seen as a landmark title in the Cyberpunk genre.

Harrison Ford delivers a great performance as Deckard. He really sets the tone for his character and I very much enjoyed his journey connecting the dots of the quest given to him. In fact, everyone involved turned in a very good performance. Both Sean Young and Rutger Hauer are outstanding in their roles, and Ridley Scott really shines in the directors chair. One of his finest works.

I understand now why Blade Runner is still regarded as one of the best sci fi movies of all time. It has a well written plot with interesting characters, presenting dark and thoughtful themes what's it like being human. The cinematography is moody and atmospheric and it doesn't resort to cheap action thrills, but rather go for a thrilling detective story with occasional bursts of action. It's very well paced and holds your attention all the way to the end.

Now I'm ready for the sequel. And it's directed by Denis Villenevue, one of the most interesting and unique directors working within the film industry today. What could go wrong?
One of my favourites. And the sequel is awesome too. I guess I'd like it better if I liked Ryan Gosling.
 
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CloudNull

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Went in with minimal expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Was thoroughly entertained. A solid 7/10. Russel Crowe sure loves to put in weight for his roles.
 
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DragoonKain

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Trying to figure out my April movie watch list. I watch my movies based on the seasons or temperature the movies are filmed in. For example No Country For Old Men is a summer film for me. It takes place in Texas, it's hot. Movies like In Bruges, Fargo, Eyes Wide Shut are winter films for me. All take place around Christmas in cold climates.

Some exceptions are comedies: they can be any season. Blockbuster type AAA movies. I typically like watching them in the summer. I always do my Marvel rewatches in the summer.

If this sounds weird, maybe it is, but nostalgia is a big part of movie watching for me.

Trying to figure out some good April movies. April can be sunny and blooming, but it can also be chilly and rainy. Can just kinda have a chilly, damp or not quite summer kinda vibe. Thinking maybe Se7en feels like a good spring movie.

Thinking Children of Men maybe.
 
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NahaNago

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Trying to figure out my April movie watch list. I watch my movies based on the seasons or temperature the movies are filmed in. For example No Country For Old Men is a summer film for me. It takes place in Texas, it's hot. Movies like In Bruges, Fargo, Eyes Wide Shut are winter films for me. All take place around Christmas in cold climates.

Some exceptions are comedies: they can be any season. Blockbuster type AAA movies. I typically like watching them in the summer. I always do my Marvel rewatches in the summer.

If this sounds weird, maybe it is, but nostalgia is a big part of movie watching for me.

Trying to figure out some good April movies. April can be sunny and blooming, but it can also be chilly and rainy. Can just kinda have a chilly, damp or not quite summer kinda vibe. Thinking maybe Se7en feels like a good spring movie.

Thinking Children of Men maybe.
This is no different than watching christmas movies in December or Halloween movies in October.

Currently craving a bollywood movie since someone mentioned it ff9 movie and bollywood and I've just got through watching a few fast and the furious movies so bollywood it is.
 

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The Rental: Low budget, weak thriller overall. Alison Brie is wasted in the movie and is the secondary female character. The female lead was so annoying, the characters were stupid. 5/10

Thunder Force: I had a couple of chuckles. It is a harmless Melissa Mcarthy movie that you can let play in the background while doing some other stuff. Jason Bateman is funny in the movie. 5/10

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane: 1977 movie with a young Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. It is a thriller and it had me interested the whole time. It is based on a play which explains why most of it happened in one location. 7/10

Andhadhun: An indian thriller about a blind guy who witnesses a murder. Lots of twists and turn, with some dark humour. I really liked this movie. 7.5/10
 

bitbydeath

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Love and Monsters (Netflix) - 7/10

Story about a boy looking for his long lost love despite the Earth now being covered in monsters.

Fun, simple movie with some laughs, would recommend if looking for something lighthearted.


 

GeekyDad

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Watching now. Had to take a break. I'm about 42 minutes in. A documentary about the Jewish occupation of Palestine. I won't get into anything related to my personal connection to what's said or shown in the doc, other than to say it's something I think should be covered in all history studies in school.

Whew...
 

INCUBASE

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Trying to figure out my April movie watch list. I watch my movies based on the seasons or temperature the movies are filmed in. For example No Country For Old Men is a summer film for me. It takes place in Texas, it's hot. Movies like In Bruges, Fargo, Eyes Wide Shut are winter films for me. All take place around Christmas in cold climates.

Some exceptions are comedies: they can be any season. Blockbuster type AAA movies. I typically like watching them in the summer. I always do my Marvel rewatches in the summer.

If this sounds weird, maybe it is, but nostalgia is a big part of movie watching for me.

Trying to figure out some good April movies. April can be sunny and blooming, but it can also be chilly and rainy. Can just kinda have a chilly, damp or not quite summer kinda vibe. Thinking maybe Se7en feels like a good spring movie.

Thinking Children of Men maybe.

Se7en is autumn, since its always raining and dark
 
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KielCasto

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Love And Monsters is fun and got better as it went on. I actually thought it would be more dramatic, but I dig the comedy and main character. Obviously, the dog is the best boy.

I rewatched Who Framed Roger Rabbit the other day, and I still find it to be good. Even the teen I was with enjoyed it.
 
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INCUBASE

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Sleepers, its just short of being a classic, John Williams score is pretty muted. Great cast, story is obviously pretty darling its subject matter. But yeh still a decent film. 7/10
 

Harry Tung

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Cannibal Holocaust

Touted as the most controversial movie ever, and I can certainly see why. It's a disgusting piece of work, no matter how you slice it. As a movie going experience it's garbage. Sub par acting, paper thin story and bad cinematography. The effects are decent and pretty gory, so that's that. Regarding the controversy, the most upsetting thing is the actual killing of real animals. The turtle scene is a hard watch. The shooting of the pig too. Hopefully director Ruggero Deodato burns in hell for that fucking shit.

I also question the script, and the poor presentation of the characters. The documentary team that goes out in search of the cannibals are supposed to be the best and most professional film makers in the business. So how come they decide to just rape a native girl all of a sudden? Real fucking professional. It's like Ruggero decided on the spot to include scenes that were deemed controversial or upsetting for the sake of being controversial, without giving it too much thought when put in context. He even changed the title of the movie and went with Holocaust because it would be more triggering, despite it making no sense. In my opinion, he just comes off as shallow and a fucking hack, while at the same time demonstrating what a piece of shit human being he is.

The only good thing coming out of this movie is the found footage genre, which inspired classics such as Blair Witch Project and Rec. Otherwise it's pure shit. Only movie in my collection I regret buying.
 
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BigLee74

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Do not, under any circumstance, watch Anti-Life on Netflix.

“Bruce Willis? SciFi Alien clone? This could be interesting” I thought.

It was almost immediately obvious this was a low budget affair, but I just couldn’t believe how low budget! With dreadful acting to boot.

I was shocked that the same Bruce Willis from personal favourites such as Die Hard, and 12 Monkeys, and Looper, could be roped into this nonsense.

I almost dropped my whiskey.
 
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Cannibal Holocaust

Touted as the most controversial movie ever, and I can certainly see why. It's a disgusting piece of work, no matter how you slice it. As a movie going experience it's garbage. Sub par acting, paper thin story and bad cinematography. The effects are decent and pretty gory, so that's that. Regarding the controversy, the most upsetting thing is the actual killing of real animals. The turtle scene is a hard watch. The shooting of the pig too. Hopefully director Ruggero Deodato burns in hell for that fucking shit.

I also question the script, and the poor presentation of the characters. The documentary team that goes out in search of the cannibals are supposed to be the best and most professional film makers in the business. So how come they decide to just rape a native girl all of a sudden? Real fucking professional. It's like Ruggero decided on the spot to include scenes that were deemed controversial or upsetting for the sake of being controversial, without giving it too much thought when put in context. He even changed the title of the movie and went with Holocaust because it would be more triggering, despite it making no sense. In my opinion, he just comes off as shallow and a fucking hack, while at the same time demonstrating what a piece of shit human being he is.

The only good thing coming out of this movie is the found footage genre, which inspired classics such as Blair Witch Project and Rec. Otherwise it's pure shit. Only movie in my collection I regret buying.
 
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Blade Runner Final Cut

Sometimes I feel I'm the only one who hasn't seen this movie. I don't know why it has slipped under my radar for so long, but I guess I've never really wanted to see it. But last week I bought the Final Cut edition and finally watched it. And my God was it a good movie.

I love the esthetic of the film, the rundown society and the mesh of future and past, all blending together in a stylistic way. It's not hard to understand why this movie is seen as a landmark title in the Cyberpunk genre.

Harrison Ford delivers a great performance as Deckard. He really sets the tone for his character and I very much enjoyed his journey connecting the dots of the quest given to him. In fact, everyone involved turned in a very good performance. Both Sean Young and Rutger Hauer are outstanding in their roles, and Ridley Scott really shines in the directors chair. One of his finest works.

I understand now why Blade Runner is still regarded as one of the best sci fi movies of all time. It has a well written plot with interesting characters, presenting dark and thoughtful themes what's it like being human. The cinematography is moody and atmospheric and it doesn't resort to cheap action thrills, but rather go for a thrilling detective story with occasional bursts of action. It's very well paced and holds your attention all the way to the end.

Now I'm ready for the sequel. And it's directed by Denis Villenevue, one of the most interesting and unique directors working within the film industry today. What could go wrong?
Blade Runner, Alien and the Duellists are his best films imo. The sequel is great, Villeneuve really does it justice. If you like those, watch Ghost in the Shell if you haven't seen it.
 
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Insane Metal

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The Courier

Awesome movie, loved everything about it. Also it was the first time I actually enjoyed Cumberbatch's acting. He did a great job.
 

BigBooper

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I watched A Passage to India this past weekend. It was a wonderful movie, with beautiful imagery and a little bit of mystery paired with history. I really liked it.
 

kittoo

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Andhadhun: An indian thriller about a blind guy who witnesses a murder. Lots of twists and turn, with some dark humour. I really liked this movie. 7.5/10

Andhadhun is decent, but I like another movie from the same director, called 'Badlapur' far better. That one is also a thriller of someone's descent into madness. Amazing movie. Do watch.
 

BadBurger

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Do not, under any circumstance, watch Anti-Life on Netflix.

“Bruce Willis? SciFi Alien clone? This could be interesting” I thought.

It was almost immediately obvious this was a low budget affair, but I just couldn’t believe how low budget! With dreadful acting to boot.

I was shocked that the same Bruce Willis from personal favourites such as Die Hard, and 12 Monkeys, and Looper, could be roped into this nonsense.

I almost dropped my whiskey.

Any Bruce Willis movie from the past five or so years has been a gamble. He was in a lot of turds, just phoning in many performances.
 

Harry Tung

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Watched it now. It was a very good analysis on the movie. Way more sensible than my impressions of it. It was interesting in how he explained that the main characters were actually the real villains, and I agree with the general theme of the movie depicting the hypocrisy of western culture, being "superior", when in reality we ourselves are pretty fucking disgusting.

But even if Cannibal Holocaust has a clever narrative going for it, I cannot condone it, or stomach it. It's just utterly disgusting in every conceivable way. I rarely, if ever, get upset with movies or art, I've seen countless of controversial and questionable movies during my lifetime, but Cannibal Holocaust gets under my skin and just pisses me off to no end. So in a way, I can congratulate Ruggero Deodato for his ability to still piss off movie goers 40 years from its release. That's impressive, I'll give him that much. But he's still a cunt and the movie is still garbage.
 
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22:22

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Watched it now. It was a very good analysis on the movie. Way more sensible than my impressions of it. It was interesting in how he explained that the main characters were actually the real villains, and I agree with the general theme of the movie depicting the hypocrisy of western culture, being "superior", when in reality we ourselves are pretty fucking disgusting.

But even if Cannibal Holocaust has a clever narrative going for it, I cannot condone it, or stomach it. It's just utterly disgusting in every conceivable way. I rarely, if ever, get upset with movies or art, I've seen countless of controversial and questionable movies during my lifetime, but Cannibal Holocaust gets under my skin and just pisses me off to no end. So in a way, I can congratulate Ruggero Deodato for his ability to still piss off movie goers 40 years from its release. That's impressive, I'll give him that much. But he's still a cunt and the movie is still garbage.

Cool analysis right? Stumbled across it some time back and having watched CH a decade or two ago I decided to watch it. Pretty interesting. But l echo your thoughts on it. Can't stand to watch it anymore.. Anyways thanks for taking your time to watch that video on it, seems you enjoyed it as much as I did!
 
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MastaKiiLA

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Shadow in the Cloud was a good popcorn flick. Came out of nowhere for me.

Space Sweepers was also a good popcorn flick. If you just hate all things Netflix, then don't waste your time, but space crime syndicates and a sassy robot are always fun movie components.

Chocolate is a film I watched last year, and it should still be available on Netflix. Basically teenage girl Jaa Phanom (Tony Jaa). Jeeja (who plays the main character Zen) was actually 24 when the movie came out, but I'm pretty sure the character Zen is supposed to be a teen. This movie is fucking dope, in the same vein of other classic Thai martial arts movies, like Ong Bak.
 
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Shadow in the Cloud was a good popcorn flick. Came out of nowhere for me.

Space Sweepers was also a good popcorn flick. If you just hate all things Netflix, then don't waste your time, but space crime syndicates and a sassy robot are always fun movie components.

Chocolate is a film I watched last year, and it should still be available on Netflix. Basically teenage girl Jaa Phanom (Tony Jaa). Jeeja (who plays the main character Zen) was actually 24 when the movie came out, but I'm pretty sure the character Zen is supposed to be a teen. This movie is fucking dope, in the same vein of other classic Thai martial arts movies, like Ong Bak.
i liked Space Sweepers.

edit: i want to watch Shadow in the Cloud.
 
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BadBurger

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Shadow in the Cloud was a good popcorn flick. Came out of nowhere for me.

Space Sweepers was also a good popcorn flick. If you just hate all things Netflix, then don't waste your time, but space crime syndicates and a sassy robot are always fun movie components.

Chocolate is a film I watched last year, and it should still be available on Netflix. Basically teenage girl Jaa Phanom (Tony Jaa). Jeeja (who plays the main character Zen) was actually 24 when the movie came out, but I'm pretty sure the character Zen is supposed to be a teen. This movie is fucking dope, in the same vein of other classic Thai martial arts movies, like Ong Bak.

I am definitely watching these.
 

BadBurger

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Macbeth (2015) - Amazon Prime (USA) - ★★★★☆

My second favorite of Shakespeare's plays to watch. This was a fine adaptation. Visually impressive, packed full of great actors and performances - the two strongest being the most important, Fassbender in the lead and Marion Cottillard as Lady Macbeth. I thought they handled the soliloquies quite well in particular.

I was a bit let down by their imagining of the witches, but they were trying to keep things grounded so I can live with it.
 
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Reality Czar

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Last night I watched the first Hellboy. I'd caught bits and pieces of it on TV over the years but never sat down and saw the whole thing through.

Damn, that was incredible occult fantasy action. Absolutely my favorite Del Toro movie out of all I have seen. Supremely excellent casting, Ron Perlman just IS this character, and the rest of the cast is perfect in their roles. The whole Nazi occult stuff was really cool I am a huge geek about that kind of stuff if you name drop the Spear of Longinus I will squee. I appreciated how the movie almost started almost where Raiders of the Lost Ark sort of ended with the cool supernatural setpiece. Great way to open a movie like this! Yet it wasn't just dumb action, there was character stuff and a love plot and yet not too much time was wasted, but the pacing was just right. It felt like an extremely efficient script. Some of the action was a little stiff but almost in the way that the Tim Burton Batman movies are, it looks a little off for a movie but feels like comic book images brought to life. Del Toro has an eye for fantasy.

Scene of the movie was when the Nazi clockwork experiment gets up from the operating table and moves to put on his gear. Just insanely creepy and great use of framing and blocking. You don't really get a good look at the guy, and that makes it all the creepier. This is the kind of old school filmmaking technique you rarely see these days. I read that he tried to hire Harryhausen to advise on special effects, but he turned it down because of the violence. Honestly, I found even that pretty tasteful, and I am a super whim when it comes to gore. But you can see that Del Toro is really influenced by that old pulpy b-movie style, much like George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg used to do.

Shame they never made a third. I still need to watch the sequel to this. Great stuff!
 
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Prisoners.

Really liked it. I need more thrillers like this. Huge jackman is great in everything.

You were never really here - weird film almost felt pretentious. Doesn’t spell anything out for you and tbh Im still left worrying.
 

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Watched zach snyder justice league

Somehow in 4 hours I feel like nothing happened, and all the fights are in slow mo where everything is in cgi and nothing has any meaning or impact
 

Reality Czar

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Super Mario Bros.

Not seen it since I was a kid. My opinion hasn't changed. WTF was that?!?
What was your opinion? WTF can be bad and good. I love a good WTF.

As a kid, I thought it was lame. As an adult, on weed, holy shit. The greatest video game movie ever made. Maybe in 20 years we will understand it's greatness.

I mean, Bob Hoskins as Mario. Dennis Hopper as King Koopa. These performances will never not be iconic. There are some really wild CGI sequences that are cheesy and so so fun.



The cyberpunk grunge Blade Runner world they go to is something else. Totally not from the games but just batshit insanely early 90s sci fi in the vein of Demolition Man. Mario has to seduce some lady on the dance floor. There is a almost disturbingly realistically rendered Yoshi puppet. The goal of the movie is Princess Peach gets the Mario Bros. to help her save her father. Together they save the king of Mushroom Kingdom. How cool is that?

There is all this Surveillance State stuff and futuristic satire that makes it valid as sci fi. The police hunting them down is pretty silly. The Mushroom Kingdom has been taken over by the dictator-CEO totalitarian that Bowser would be were he a human played by Dennis "Easy Rider" Hopper. Koopa as a Trump-style evil ceo inter dimensional Alex Jones style Lizard People literally descended from dinosuars. How do you top that? He shoots a gun that de-evolves people into monkeys. Wild.

The movie is batshit insane but there is a lot of cool stuff in there. The more time passes the more glad I am that this got made.
 
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Don’t bother, the movie ends long before they even come close to completing their journey so you have to make your own ending...

Found myself fast forwarding huge chunks. The director, writer and editor should have all been fired mid project for this. It had real potential but literally got worse the longer it went on. The potential was never fulfilled past the costumes, set pieces, acting, sound and lighting. All the other parts of movie making were as if made out of text book ikea instructions that was missing the last few pages.

Shit movie, I concur with don't bother.
 
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This was really fun. Kinda took away the sour taste left by Mortal Kombat by delivering exactly what I wanted from that movie. A fun action flick with likeable characters, enjoyable action scenes and that doesn't take itself too seriously.

I also have to hand it to Bob Odenkirk. Didn't think he fit the role at all while reading a preview, but he definitely pulls it off.

The only things I didn't like is that it sticks a bit too close to the concept of John Wick (could have at least made the bad guys something other than Russians) and that, also as John Wick, the final showdown could have been a bit more exciting.
 
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jigglet

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Phantom Thread.

I put it off for a while cause truth to be told I found his last movie (The Master) boring despite the critical acclaim.

But man oh man did I love Phantom Thread!
 

jigglet

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Super Mario Bros.

Not seen it since I was a kid. My opinion hasn't changed. WTF was that?!?

Despite what people thought about the movie, I always loved the plot and always wished it was revisited without the Mario baggage (and not as a comedy / kids movie).

Split dimensions...parallel evolution of primates and dinosaurs...I think in the right hands that would make for a really damn good movie.
 
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Last night I watched the first Hellboy. I'd caught bits and pieces of it on TV over the years but never sat down and saw the whole thing through.

Damn, that was incredible occult fantasy action. Absolutely my favorite Del Toro movie out of all I have seen. Supremely excellent casting, Ron Perlman just IS this character, and the rest of the cast is perfect in their roles. The whole Nazi occult stuff was really cool I am a huge geek about that kind of stuff if you name drop the Spear of Longinus I will squee. I appreciated how the movie almost started almost where Raiders of the Lost Ark sort of ended with the cool supernatural setpiece. Great way to open a movie like this! Yet it wasn't just dumb action, there was character stuff and a love plot and yet not too much time was wasted, but the pacing was just right. It felt like an extremely efficient script. Some of the action was a little stiff but almost in the way that the Tim Burton Batman movies are, it looks a little off for a movie but feels like comic book images brought to life. Del Toro has an eye for fantasy.

Scene of the movie was when the Nazi clockwork experiment gets up from the operating table and moves to put on his gear. Just insanely creepy and great use of framing and blocking. You don't really get a good look at the guy, and that makes it all the creepier. This is the kind of old school filmmaking technique you rarely see these days. I read that he tried to hire Harryhausen to advise on special effects, but he turned it down because of the violence. Honestly, I found even that pretty tasteful, and I am a super whim when it comes to gore. But you can see that Del Toro is really influenced by that old pulpy b-movie style, much like George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg used to do.

Shame they never made a third. I still need to watch the sequel to this. Great stuff!

While I'm not a huge fan of this movie, I have to admit they really nailed the casting for Hellboy, Liz, and Abe. If you liked this movie I really suggest reading the first Hellboy and BPRD arcs, which is basically one half of this story called A Plague of Frogs.
 

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Watched American Beauty again yesterday.

It has been so long since I've seen it. Bloody masterpiece. Such a great movie and Spacey is absolutely brilliant in it.

10/10
 
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