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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19530 on: January 13, 2021, 06:50:37 AM »
Finally got around to watching Kong: Skull Island.

Had a lot of fun with it, might be my favorite version of Kong to date. John C Reilly really put it over the top for me.

I’m not sure what it would be but I’d take a Planet of Apes/Kong crossover over a Godzilla/Kong crossover any day
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19531 on: January 17, 2021, 08:14:29 PM »
Monkey King 3 ( 2018 )
The Monkey King trilogy ends with this excellent film. My understanding is tat the stories picked for the three movies are the most popular chapters from the novel. But it makes no sense to end on a trilogy that does not cover the conclusion of the epic story it is telling. A couple of other complaints. The previous film ended on a sort of cliffhanger with the Buddhist monk the Monkey King was escorting to the West turned to stone in a sort of cliffhanger. This movie picks up several chapters later, so no explanation as to how the cliffhanger was resolved, or why the monk is once again flesh and blood. My other complaint is that in this film the Monk is the center of the story while the Monkey King is relegated to supporting character. Otherwise, a thrilling CGI adventure.


Licence To Kill ( 1989 )
Like I said, my all time favorite James Bond film. Eon had finally worked out a deal that allowed them to make Bond films that were not adaptions of the books. You can tell that it was heavily influenced by Die Hard ( 1988  )


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19532 on: January 17, 2021, 11:39:01 PM »
Licence To Kill ( 1989 )
Like I said, my all time favorite James Bond film. Eon had finally worked out a deal that allowed them to make Bond films that were not adaptions of the books. You can tell that it was heavily influenced by Die Hard ( 1988  )
At the time, it was easily the most violent James Bond movie. I would even dare say it was the most violent entry in the entire series until Casino Royale in 2006.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19533 on: January 18, 2021, 09:26:49 PM »
Soul

Well that was an emotional roller coaster, but a very good ride.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19534 on: January 19, 2021, 01:11:37 PM »
Death To 2020

It's got a lot of great stars in it, made by the same people that do Black Mirror so the humor is a bit on the dark side.
It's not hilarious, more like lots of small laughs.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19535 on: January 24, 2021, 11:08:10 PM »
Kung Fu League ( 2018 )
Here is the premise. What if history's greatest martial artists time traveled to 2018 and teamed up? Well, that all depends on what they team up for. To travel to the 21st century to help a nerd date a girl he likes? They do eventually fight a villain with bionic computerized armor that gives him advanced martial arts skills, but that comes at the end. Lets take a look at the martial arts masters who   time travel. Wong Fei Hung, of course. Ip Man. Huo Yuanjia,  and for those of you not familiar with him, he was the dead master Bruce Lee wanted to avenge in Fist of Fury and Jet Li wanted to avenge in Fist of Legend. Also, the master Jet Li played in Fearless. The fourth time traveling master? Bruce Lee..... sort of.  I am guessing since Bruce Lee has living relatives who would sue if Bruce Lee was used without their permission, So instead of Bruce Lee we have Chen Zhen, who is the character both Bruce Lee and Jet Li  were playing in the aforementioned revenge films. Specifically  Chen Zhen from Fist of Fury who looks and acts like Bruce Lee. One problem with that. Chen Zhen does not exist. He was made up for the Bruce Lee film. There was a bit of confusion in the beginning of the film because because when Chen Zhen first appears on the screen, people mention that he is Bruce Lee. This is followed by Chen saying he arrived through time with his teacher. And since I thought it was Bruce Lee, I thought his master was Ip Man, therefore confusing two of the characters for the first 30 minutes of the film until I realized the Bruce Lee character was Chen Zhen. Kung Fu League is basically a comedy in the style of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer with similar style action sequences. It has two gags I laughed at, the very first gag and the very last gag. The rest I didn't find funny at all. Still, the film is entertaining. Just a bit disappointing that they cld have done a far better film with this premise.

Goldeneye ( 1995 )
There were quite a few reasons given for the James Bond franchise ending in 1989. One was M.G.M. putting out a statement that it was time to end the James Bond films as they were underperforming at the box office. Another was that the produces were no longer interested in continuing now that they had completed bringing all of Ian Flemings original Bond stories to the screen.  The real reason soon became clear. Ion and M.G.M. were in a lawsuit over the sale of parent company Danjaq where after Broccoli had sold M.G.M. his shares was not given what he had been promised in the deal, or something like that. Anyway, the lawsuit held up Bond 17 which was to take place in Hong Kong and was to be Dalton's third film. It would not be until 1995  tat all lawsuits were settled and Eon was cleared to produce the next Bond movie. But by then Dalton's contract ad expired. Eon said they could only offer him a new contract if it was for another five films, and he turned them down, not wanting to be obligated to the same role for that long. Brosnan was available, and Broccoli's daughter Barbra wanted him, so Brosnan sighed the five film deal.  With six years between Bond films Eon had time to come up with better ideas than the usual formula. It would be the first Bond film to take place after the end of the cold war, not that the series dealt with the cold war that much. In fact, the film series was more  anti-capitalist than anything else, as most of the villains were either looking to make money with their crimes, or rich capitalists using their fortune to create doomsday machines. Another big change to the series was that Felix Leiter was gone, written out in Licence to Kill when he was fed to a shark. A new CIA contact is introduced, Jack Wade who is played by Joe Don Baker, and would play Wade again in the next Bond film. Much like the Dalton films, the first Brosnan film was far better than the final two Moore films. It plays heavily on the theme of Bond dealing with the repercussions of  the Cold War, having to deal with past enemies and coming to terms with how many innocent lives were lost during his past adventures ( those Bond girls that were killed after helping him. )  The result is one moody Bond film But with some exciting action scenes.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19536 on: January 25, 2021, 07:01:04 AM »
Goldeneye was probably my first Bond film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19537 on: January 25, 2021, 07:53:09 AM »
Goldeneye was probably my first Bond film.

I know it was for me. Had never seen a Bond film before and very few after. I was a teen in the 90s, so I missed all the 80s ones.. Saw all the Pierce Brosnan ones in theaters as a family then went off to college with no vested interest to see any more. I eventually saw Casino Royale because all my friends couldn't stop saying how great it was for years. Still thought it was meh.

However, I started working my way through them earlier last year though starting with Dr. No. stethacantus has gone lightyears beyond me at this point. Haha.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19538 on: January 26, 2021, 01:12:27 PM »
Westworld (1973)
Yul Brynner is a malfunctioning robot out to kill his subject while Majal Barrett is running a robotic brothel :-X
The Terminator movies/series was apparently drawn up from this movie :o


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19539 on: January 26, 2021, 02:06:47 PM »
Westworld (1973)
Yul Brynner is a malfunctioning robot out to kill his subject while Majal Barrett is running a robotic brothel :-X
The Terminator movies/series was apparently drawn up from this movie :o

I have read before that James Cameron literally sat Arnold down and told him to study the way Yul moved before filming.

If I were making that movie, I would have done the same thing.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19540 on: January 26, 2021, 06:54:49 PM »
Psycho Goreman (2021) - This was so much fun!



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19541 on: January 31, 2021, 10:57:26 PM »
Birth of the Dragon ( 2017 )
Just when you think Bruceploitatiin is finally over, another Bruceploitation film is made. This one an American production with a nearly all Asian cast.  Aside from a couple of bit parts there is only one white actor. Yet strangely enough he becomes the focal point of the film.  It is based on an actual fight Bruce Lee had with marital arts master Wong Jack Man. According to Lee, the martial arts community wanted him to stop teaching white students. Wong challenged Lee to the fight, and if Lee lost he would have to agree never to teach white students again. It was a private fight with only a small group of witnesses. Depending on who you ask, it was either a brief fight with Lee he victor, or a fight that lasted nearly a half hour and was called off without a decisive victor when Bruce became winded. The fight has been depicted in Hong Kong Bruce Lee biopics  before, and in Hollywood's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story where Wong Jack Man is replaced with the fictional Jonny Sun, along with a fictional outcome of the fight where Johnny admits defeat, then attacks Lee from behind and cripples him. ( In actuality, Lee's back injury that temporarily crippled him was due to a weight lifting accident. ) So how accurate is this film? Within a few minutes all accuracy is gone.  After establishing Bruce Lee's San Francisco school in 1964 ( "Nine years before Enter the Dragon" as a caption reminds us. ) it then cuts to Bruce Lee on a movie set making a martial arts film. Problem here is #1 Bruce Lee was not making movies in 1964. He would not start working for Hollywood until 1966 with the series The Green Hornet. #2 Prior to Enter the Dragon, his only appearance in an American film was two brief scenes in Marlow ( 1969 )and not the star of any movie.  #3. The style of fighting in the scene Bruce Lee was shooting did not yet exist on any film. The martial arts films that were being made in Hong Kong would not adapt that style until 1970 with The Chinese Boxer. And #4, the scene Bruce is shooting doesn't look like any scene from any film he ever made. So right off the bat even a casual Bruce Lee fan knows this film is complete fiction. The other big problem, the one white guy. He is Bruce's student named Steve. And for no reason other than, well, racism, the film revolves around his character, with both Lee and Wong being reduced to supporting characters. Steve is played by the film's lone white actor with a speaking part, Billy Magnussen.  And despite being billed sixth in the credits, is given most of the screen time and most of the story. Not only is he Lee's #1 student, but becomes a friend of and eventual student of Wong, so therefore is in just about every scene they are in, and inevitably is curtail to arranging the fight between Lee and Wong. He also is the main character of the B plot, which becomes the A plot, where he falls in love with a waitress in a Chinese restaurant. He learns she is basically a slave of the owner who had paid for her trip to America, then confiscated  her passport. The big fight takes place in the second act of the film, and by the third act Lee and Wong are friends and decide to help Steve rescue his girlfriend from the restaurant.  The film tries to make up for itself by having Steve beaten up and thrown to the gutter on his attempt at the rescue, and for Lee and Wong to show up and fight their way to the restaurant's boss. But this "too little too late" moment comes after Steve has lectured both Lee and Wong about how they cant just stand by and allow the girl to be held prisoner, and after they decide Steve was right and decide to help him after all. At least the film wasn't boring, and had decent fight choreography.


Tomorrow Never Dies( 1997 )
The interesting thing about the Bosnan era of Bond films. Goldeneye was considered by Bond fans and critics to be one of the best films in the franchise. At the time considered the second best just below Goldfinger, and even being considered the best Bond film by some. And then the next three Brosnan films would be ranked at the bottom, considered the worst Bond films. But are they? To be honest, I didn't remember much about these films, as unlike the other Bond films I had seen multiple times, on ABC at least once, gain when I got them on VHS, and again when I got them on DVD, and a couple I had also seen in theaters, the Brosnan Bonds I had only seen for the first time when I upgraded my Bond collection to DVD, all together as part of a binge marathon, and haven't seen them since. So I couldn't really remember if there was anything wrong with the films. Okay, so this film wasn't as good as Goldeneye, but it doesn't deserve to be ranked down with the worst. It's far more entertaining than Moore's last couple of Bond films, and nowhere as bad as You Only Live Twice and The Man With The Golden Gun. There is something to criticize here. It is basically a lightweight remake of The Spy Who Loved Me, which was a recycling of the plot of You Only Live Twice, and was recycled into the plot of Moonraker. The difference here is instead of the villain trying to trigger a nuclear war between Russia and America, the villain is trying to cause a war between the United Kingdom and China. The other problem, Michelle Yeoh is underused. Reportedly she was forbidden from doing her own stunts, and her fighting martial arts was kept to a minimum as  the director was worried she would injure herself. While the plot may be disposable, it moves along, doesn't drag anywhere, and has exciting action scenes. It is definitely not one of the worst James Bond films. Now lets see if I can say the same about next week's film.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19542 on: February 02, 2021, 10:35:31 AM »
Just finished watching The Vast of Night on Amazon.

This movie got good reviews. I have no idea why. It's basically people talking about "mysterious sounds" on the radio for 80 minutes. Well, 60 minutes, plus 20 minutes of filler. Then, oh look, aliens... and the movie ends. Are you telling me I sat through not one but two protracted interview scenes, loads of switchboard and audio recording equipment operation, and the incessant prattering of the two main characters, just to find out what was patently obvious from the start, and nothing else.

I will say this, the movie does have a distinct style to it that sets it apart from other "close encounter" type movies. However, it's not a style I much care for.   


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19543 on: February 02, 2021, 10:49:20 AM »
They Live - Not John Carpenter's best movie by a long shot... but still entertaining. There are some lulls here and there and it feels very much like they shot this on a relatively small budget(like maybe one-tenth the budget of Big trouble in little China). I think most of it went to the creature makeup/masks and prosthetics, guns, and of course Roddy Piper.

The movie is rated R but is relatively tame when it comes to adult themed content. There is some language, PG rated violence, pretty much no gore at all, but some exceptionally incredible boobs in the last 30 seconds of the movie(Note: Neither of the boobs is Roddy Piper).

They live is a fun little time capsule of the late 80's that has themes of George Orwell's 1984 juxtaposed against Roddy Piper walking into a bank with a shotgun and bad-ass sunglasses saying the classic line "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of gum."

I say rent it and decide after then whether or not you think you'll watch it over and over.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19544 on: February 02, 2021, 12:23:47 PM »
They Live - Not John Carpenter's best movie by a long shot... but still entertaining. There are some lulls here and there and it feels very much like they shot this on a relatively small budget(like maybe one-tenth the budget of Big trouble in little China). I think most of it went to the creature makeup/masks and prosthetics, guns, and of course Roddy Piper.

The movie is rated R but is relatively tame when it comes to adult themed content. There is some language, PG rated violence, pretty much no gore at all, but some exceptionally incredible boobs in the last 30 seconds of the movie(Note: Neither of the boobs is Roddy Piper).

They live is a fun little time capsule of the late 80's that has themes of George Orwell's 1984 juxtaposed against Roddy Piper walking into a bank with a shotgun and bad-ass sunglasses saying the classic line "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of gum."

I say rent it and decide after then whether or not you think you'll watch it over and over.

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