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Old 11-07-2019, 01:20 AM   #7561
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Saw VVitch the other day. I liked it, really more of a family drama set in Puritan times with some supernatural elements thrown in that eventually devolves into madness. which is great. In that respect its like Hereditary lite.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:37 AM   #7562
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Venom.
Expected nothing, but pleasantly surprised. A solid anti-hero movie, which was a breath of fresh air after MCU goodie-two-shoes.
The only negative things I can say about it - lack of development of the Venom himself and mediocre final villain. On the other hand it is obvious that making Venom fighting of the normal human would be boring.

Deadpool 2.
It managed to do something inconceivable - it is a good X-Men movie.
And also it is a family movie with side dish of guts and blood and black humor.
I think, those elements were not necessary, sometimes it felt like movie was trying to hard to be gross. Special effects were amazing and Colossus once again was amazing.

Ready Player One.
A good sequel to the Tron, which Tron never had.
Very 80-s fun action-adventure romp.
Though aesop about living in real world is completely broken, if it was supposed to be an aesop in the first place.

Avengers: End Game.
Amazing ending to the 10 years of MCU and tribute to the amazing work of the Marvel Studios.
Interestingly, as opposed to majority o the MCU movies, this one doesn't end on a happy note, but on a bittersweet one.
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:36 AM   #7563
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Doberman gang 4/6 , cute heist movie

I want a doberman , i would call him Batman or Rascal
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:02 PM   #7564
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Frozen II in IMAX.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:30 AM   #7565
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Frozen II in IMAX.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:47 AM   #7566
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"I was frozen to-day !"
Nobody else is gonna get it but I popped for that.
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Old 12-07-2019, 01:19 PM   #7567
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Spider Man: Far from Home.
So far the most uneven movie from last MCUs, I've seen.
Plot doesn't make much sense and sometimes outright stupid, Peter's class mates are annoying and make me think as if SMFFH is some sort of parody. Misterio's power are underutilized. MJ doesn't really feel like she is the same character from the first movie.
The are some good parts, but all in all I feel like its probably my least favorite movie from the MCU, next to Hulk.

With that I've finished all MCU movies and might say, regardless of quality of some separate pictures, it is an amazing project. And I hope future will net even more good movies from this series.
Of course, they are not some sort of groundbreaking "Citizen Kane" stuff, but they are serviceable fun, not worse than any other generic summer blockbusters from the last few years.

Jurassic World 2.
If JW1 felt like a retread of JP1, this movie feels like a retread of JP: Lost World. Just instead of 90% on the island, 10% in the city, this movie is like 40% on the island, 60% in the city.
All in all it is fun movie, which feels more like an adaption of some countless comic books based on Jurassic Park. In particular the one where some drug kingpin steals several Raptors to use them as personal army or something. On one hand, this movie thematically feels close to the idea of the first movie, on the other - it is so on the nose with its message it makes me feel a bit odd. Dinosaurs a bit less humanized, than in JW1, so that's a plus.
All in all, its a good movie, but nothing incredible.
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Old 12-11-2019, 01:05 PM   #7568
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Netflix's animated movie "Klaus" was quite good.

My only criticism of it is literally what the character says right at the end of it because there is zero basis or explanation for how or why that (what is said) is.
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Did Klaus become immortal after he disappeared and presumably had died? Are we just left to assume that happened to a mortal man for some reason?

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Old 12-11-2019, 03:48 PM   #7569
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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. I've seen and enjoyed it a few times before but I always wanted to watch it immediately after finishing the game, and I finally had the chance.

It's very divisive but I like it a whole lot.
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:41 PM   #7570
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I love the Polar Express (and playing on AMC several times lately), but isn't it a little messed up?

Poor Billy, the kid from the poor side of the tracks has, presumably, never actually had a Christmas. And he's reluctant to even participate with the rest of the kids on the train because "Christmas just doesn't work out for" him and doesn't believe it could ever be any different.

Santa has apparently forgotten about this kid and has overlooked him all those years of his young life. Santa even later rubs it in by checking with the kid and getting confirmation that yes, his name is Billy

But. The train showed up for Billy. As it did for all of those kids on the cusp of no longer believing. Which suggests that Santa DID know of Billy after all. So wtf Santa... Way to just brush a kid off and ignore him in a world where you actually do exist. So wrong.

As a bonus point, lets throw in that Santa also tells Billy that "There's no greater gift than friendship," with a couple of the kids from the train. Kids who he will probably never see again. So much for the gift of friendship.



Though personally I'd love to see a Polar Express 2 that revisits the three kids (Hero Boy, Hero Girl, and Billy) as adults, who have recently cross paths and reconnected. Hero Boy of course still being able to hear the bell from Santa's sleigh, while the other two, like most adults, no longer can, and this leads to a story of rediscovering the magic.



12/14 -- While on the subject of Christmas movies, Netflix's "Elliot the Littlest Reindeer" (who is actually a miniature horse) is pretty cute and watchable.

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Old 12-27-2019, 07:24 PM   #7571
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I went to see Greta Grewig's new version of Little Women today. I think it is one of the best films of the year. The acting in it was absolutely superb.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:52 AM   #7572
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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Fallout.
I can't say I am big fan of MI series, I like it, but not too much. Even than I must admit, that throughout the years MI movies were always ranging from good to very good and two new sequels I've watched recently were not an exception.

Rogue Nation reminded me about very first MI movie, with its focus on espionage and conflict with the traitors. I felt like it had some problems with pacing, but nothing too bad.

Fallout, however, was a pleasant surprise. It was a direct continuation of the Rogue Nation, it had amazing action scenes and, surprisingly, it was a nice exploration of Ethan Hunt as a character. It is weird that this comes up only in a sixth movie in the franchise, but it was done very nicely. Also, soundtrack is amazing. And I felt, that Fallout was a good contender for being called a "serious Bond movie done right". Also, I loved how many sides were involved in the conflict, it is not something you see everyday in modern movies.

What I liked the most about those movies is a new character Ilsa Faust. Usually it is hard to take female super agents in movies seriously - they are either look like top models, who never lifted anything heavier than a lipstick in their lives or they are just trying so hard to channel "tough attitude", it becomes really cringe to look at. Surprisingly, Ilsa Faust somehow managed to avoid all those pitfalls - on the screen she looks very confident and competent without annoying "tough attitude / grrrrl power". She is naturally organically cool in the movie and this looks refreshing, compared to many other modern blockbusters.

Star Trek Beyond.
I am not big fan of a Star Trek, so I don't have a lot of attachment to its universe and characters and I must say, I genuinely liked STB. I've recently rewatched ST'09 and found out it being not very good and I barely remember ST Into Darkness. But STB was good in my opinion. It was fun, had a lot of charm, characters were entertaining and charismatic. And the action scenes were cool, SABOTAGE scene in particular.

What was not particularly good is that the story was ridden with cliches and extremely generic and predictable. It felt, like a generic episode adapted to the big screen.
But still I had fun watching this movie, so this what matters the most for me.
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:24 PM   #7573
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Spectre.
Latest James Bond movie and probably one of the my least favorite ones in the series. James Bond movies run on the cliches and tropes, but Spectre is so aggrisively cliche and so blandly tropey that it is really hard to enjoy it. Everything is painfully predictable.

Another problem is that it constantly creates tension with a little payoff. The movie constantly pretends that there is something BIG and COOL about to happen and then it fizzles out.

The big revelation was not bad as I thought it would be, and it is very par for the course for the Bond movies.

Pacific Rim.
One of the very few movies, which made regret that I haven't seen it on the big screen. Simple (and rather nonsensical story, to be honest), encrusted by one of the best mother****ing action between big mother****ing robots and big mother****ing monsters I've ever seen.

Characters are not bad either and fairly lively, but monsters and robots are the real meat of this movie and it's a shame it was not a big hit.

Ghost in the Shell.
As rare as it may be I've watched original anime and Stand Alone Complex series before this movie, so I was familiar with the source material.

Movie itself was somewhat slow. There was not enough action to consider it a good action movie, and there were too little drama to consider it a drama. But as a big fan of cyberpunk genre I found visuals are breathtaking and for that alone I can completely overlook slowpacedness of the movie.

Pacific Rim 2.
Couldn't watch it for more than 30 minutes.
It has no even a tiny shade of style of the original movie and looks like a cheap Transformers knock-off. Also I can't stomach teenage and kids actors, especially when they play some super wunderkind kind of children.
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:56 PM   #7574
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Horse Girl (on Netflix). Bleh.

I liked it fine enough until it ended and became one of those movies that just leaves it far too open ended and resolves nothing. I get, and often like, some films leaving things open to speculation and interpretation and make you think, but I like it better when you can kind of figure out what they probably meant while not having been told. This one though... After wondering the whole time what's going on with this woman and what her real diagnosis is, and expecting to find out, it's annoying for it to never actually answer any of it and then end with a "wtf" moment.
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Old 03-03-2020, 07:51 PM   #7575
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I took my 9 year old son to watch Sonic and we both had a blast watching it. I was honestly surprised by how much I liked it but figured he would really like it.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:49 PM   #7576
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Freaks (on Netflix). Not bad, but I feel like there is a lot of aspects about this that needed more attention and background and the concept would have benefited from being a short series, not a movie.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:11 PM   #7577
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Finally saw Ford vs Ferrari. What a terrific movie... seriously great flick.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:55 PM   #7578
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I saw that pierce brosnan / jackie chan film, super convoluted, wish it had more action from both, especially brosnan. Wish it wasn't so dramatic either but overall could've been a boring mess like many 2010s jackie chan movies.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:58 PM   #7579
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Just finished watching Bloodshot - the launch of the Valiant U on film and I think this can be kept pretty short.

It's not a bad movie at all. But there was no way this flick, even in a good movie-going economy, was going to launch a Universe on film. It lacks iconic archetypes completely. It's a decent Vin Diesel flick, but it wasn't much more than Vin Diesel in a nike jump suit or a tank top as a guy that occasionally reassembles himself amidst cybernetically enhanced "bad guys", none of which are iconic or superbly visual on screen.

If you didn't tell someone this was a comic book flick, they probably would just think it's your typical sci-fi movie in Diesel's catalog, no different than something like Babylon A.D.

Vin Diesel wears a workout jump suit and fights cyborg-guy and "eyeball suit guy" with obligatory Michael Bay-style hot chick who probably soaks up instagram followers on the side. I'm glad I saw it. I won't need to watch it again, which is unfortunate. It was fine.
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:09 AM   #7580
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. This was just- I just, I dunno. WTF did I even watch here??!! Plot made NO sense, dialog was all over the place and cheesy/dumb/at times nonsensical, the acting was deadpan serious yet still awful, and the movie took turns trying to be serious and trying to be idiotic on purpose, but never seemed to figure out a balance, and the effects were just- um, extremely amateurish. The movie never even makes any attempt to explain how they got that way, it just runs with the idea that it had already started and starts right in what would be the middle of most such "horror" movies.

And yet- despite all this, I found myself laughing at this one, often for the wrong reason, or scratching my head in disbelief that anyone even MADE this tripe, but I kind of had fun doing it. I think my brain may have melted a little from it, but it was at least entertaining for the gaffes and "WTF" moments if nothing else!
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