What have you been watching? (Cinema)

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TheBaxter wrote:if i can spare one person the need to watch this film, then i have done my duty.

First Blood was such a great film. Rambo II was jingoistic nonsense, but at least it was entertaining from an action perspective back when i was going through puberty. everything else in this franchise has been pretty pointless and dumb.
if they want to send this character out the way he deserves, they should have made him an overweight, drunk, MAGA-hat-wearing trumptard who gets fired from his crappy job as a Walmart greeter, can't afford his meds anymore, blames all his problems on the deep state, and decides to stage some kind of inept takeover of the local DMV because the internet tells him it's a front for a child pr0n ring, only to get himself shot and killed in the process. it would have been a fitting and more believable send-off for this character.

he needs to be killed off by Tarantino the way he killed off Bud in Kill Bill II
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I watched most of Snowpiercer over the last few days, and The Pope of Greenwich Village last night.

Showpiecer... holy crap is this a sucky movie. I'm about 2/3rd thru, I'm not sure I can make it to the end.

Pope of Greenwich Village... I've heard about this movie for decades, never had the opportunity (desire?) to watch, but it was on last night so I gave it a whirl. Mickey Rourke doing his best (worst?) goomba impersonation, and Eric Roberts was full on batshit crazy. And I'm not sure that was how the script was written, or that's just Eric Roberts. I'm glad I watched it., but the ending was a bit of a head scratcher. Bonus: young Darryl Hannah, whose role was to stand around in bra and panties.
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"Snowpiercer" is a movie that started as an all-night coke session with a few dudes who thought they had the best idea ever for a movie and just couldn't let go of it no matter how much they failed to come up with a clear narrative or meaning. it is a concept movie, and they have their place, but most times they are just pieces of brightness and imagination within a jigsaw mess that fails to tie it all together. "Elysium" is a lot like that, too.
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Peven wrote:"Snowpiercer" is a movie that started as an all-night coke session with a few dudes who thought they had the best idea ever for a movie...
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So I watched Dr Strangelove yesterday, been a while since I caught up with this movie.

How is it possible to laugh so hard and yet come out of it feeling so damned depressed?????
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Sometimes you have to laugh through the pain
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I guess with the passing of Anne Rice last week, HBO decided to bump up Inteview With a Vampire.

I took the bait, watched it for the first time in I don't know how many years. I fucking love this movie. Holds up real well. Really top notch.
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I blame Interview with a Vampire for The Vampire Diaries.
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Ribbons wrote: Tue Jan 25, 2022 5:05 pm I blame Interview with a Vampire for The Vampire Diaries.
I blame Interview with THE Vampire for Twilight, and i blame Twilight for every other crappy attempt at a vampire romance book/movie/tv show since... even though Interview didn't actually have a vampire romance (unless you count the Louis-Lestat Dumbledore subtext).

that said, Interview with THE Vampire was way better than any of the copycats that followed, it was an original take on the vampire story that has since been beaten to death, resurrected and beaten to death all over again ad nauseaum.
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I watched The Last Duel this week. Ridley Scott directed, Affleck and Damon penned (and acted) period piece about a "true story" of rape and subsequent justice in late 1300 France.

I thought it was a good flick, although "enjoying" a movie about a sexual assault does feel a little weird, especially since its shown twice (from different perspectives), so that was uncomfortable.

Well acted for the most part*, I'd recommend a viewing.


*the big ass caveat to this is of course Affleck, who is SO out of place trying to act like a medieval french aristocrat, but just comes across as a Boston douche cosplaying.
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so sorry wrote: Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:43 am I thought it was a good flick, although "enjoying" a movie about a sexual assault does feel a little weird, especially since its shown twice (from different perspectives), so that was uncomfortable.
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so sorry wrote: Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:43 am Boston douche cosplaying
i believe that is the title listed on Affleck's SAG card
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TheBaxter wrote: Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:19 am
so sorry wrote: Thu Jan 27, 2022 9:43 am I thought it was a good flick, although "enjoying" a movie about a sexual assault does feel a little weird, especially since its shown twice (from different perspectives), so that was uncomfortable.
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Oh that's a good one!
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aka John Wick Sr.

If you're interested in watching something that you can have on in the background and not have to pay attention to, but still get a kick out of it, look no further than this guy.
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so sorry wrote: Tue Feb 01, 2022 10:33 am

aka John Wick Sr.

If you're interested in watching something that you can have on in the background and not have to pay attention to, but still get a kick out of it, look no further than this guy.
saw it on HBO Max this weekend too, enjoyed it. yes, no thought required, but it's not a dumb movie either. really just an excuse to see Odenkirk and Doc Brown kick some ass. i like to think Odenkirk is playing the grown-up version of Kevin McCallister from Home Alone, the way the ending battle is handled.
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i finally watched M. Night Shyamalan's OLD on HBO Max.
this movie would more aptly be called M. Night Shyamalan's BAD. or maybe M. Night Shyamalan's DUM.

we all know M Night Hopalong's movies are basically really long twilight zone episodes. some are good. some are bad. some are REALLY bad. this is like one of the really bad ones. think The Happening crossed with the ending of The Village. it's that bad. well, almost, the Village ending was worse. it also has a really amateurish feel to it. some of the shots (like the ones in the canyon when people try to escape the beach and go dizzy) are like something you'd see in a low-budget film student short. maybe that was the intention, but it doesn't work.

it's also really dumb. the whole premise is these people are on a beach that makes you age prematurely. but there's no logical consistency to how this premise is applied. as they age, their medical conditions worsen and sometimes kill them. one woman has a tumor that goes from golfball to softball to canteloupe-sized in seconds. yet, nobody's hair grows? or their fingernails, or their toenails?

and then there's the food issue: when dropping them off at the beach, the driver (played by Hopalong himself) gives them a giant trunk of food, and says something about how kids eat a lot when they ask him why they would need so much food. but it's not nearly enough food to sustain even one person for the amount of time they age while at the beach, let alone the whole group. later on, a baby dies almost immediately after birth because it can't nurse fast enough to survive yet nobody else on the beach starves to death? it's not just babies or kids who need food to survive.

the ending (which isn't really a twist, just a reveal of the motivations of the people who took them to the beach) would probably be fine, but their timing's not so great. making a lab full of greedy medical scientists the bad guys in a sci-fi/horror movie is hardly new or original, but given this movie was released during the height of anti-medicine, anti-vax conspiracy theories during a pandemic, it feels a little gross. i wouldn't be surprised to hear the next QAnon vax conspiracy involves big pharma killing people on a beach to test their vaccines.

in summary, i'd say skip this for a really scary movie set on the beach, like DiCaprio's The Beach, or Bette Midler's Beaches, or Beach Blanket Bingo. M Night Shamalan's OLD is just M Night Shamalan's MEH.
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You must continue to watch and review M Night movies until the day you die. I get more enjoyment from YOUR reviews of his work then the actual films.

This sounded more like a body-horror gross-out movie then a thriller, so I was never going to watch this anyway.
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i guess i get more enjoyment reviewing his films than actually watching them at this point. but still not enough enjoyment to make watching them worthwhile.

it wasn't a particularly gory film. other than maybe the tumor removal scene, and even that could've been much worse. one of the frustrating things about this movie is how some of the aging-related stuff is clever (when they try to operate to remove the tumor, her incision closes up and heals before they can finish the surgery) but then other stuff is just not thought through at all. there's also a character who goes crazy and starts attacking people with a knife, but again, their wounds heal almost immediately, so the way they finally killed him off was clever. time-lapse tetanus doesn't look very pleasant, but still, not as gross as it could've been.
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Watched a movie called Under the Skin starring ScarJo as an alien who's job is to lure single men to their doom, as part of an alien meat farm or something like that.

Even seeing naked ScarJo wasn't enough to stop me from fast forwarding thru this ridiculously slow paced weirdo flick. Art critics probably called it "moody" and "atmospheric". I call it "slow" and "slower".

I did google what the hell this was all about afterwards, its seems the novel its based on actually had a plot and a reason to be, vs the movie which was just mostly ScarJo driving a van and looking a Scottish dudes.

If you're into seeing ScarJo in the buff, check it out.
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