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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14115 on: August 04, 2014, 12:48:03 PM »
It is much more Star Wars than a typical superhero movie.

One of the reviews I read for it said something like "It's Star Wars if everyone was Han Solo".


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14116 on: August 04, 2014, 01:58:00 PM »
It is much more Star Wars than a typical superhero movie.

One of the reviews I read for it said something like "It's Star Wars if everyone was Han Solo".

The Star Wars vibe went totally over my head. All I could think of was Ratchet & Clank.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14117 on: August 04, 2014, 03:31:40 PM »
I think,three of them have a certain Solo quality to them, thre facets of Solo possibly, but Drax and Groot don't really.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14118 on: August 04, 2014, 09:20:27 PM »
I'm not sure what I last watched, but I'm pretty sure it was shit. :gouge:
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14119 on: August 08, 2014, 07:04:45 PM »
Battle for the Planet of the Apes.  Meh.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14120 on: August 10, 2014, 04:19:03 PM »
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A fun little documentary and what I like is that aside from some poster briefly seen, this isn't used as a promotional piece for the new Ninja Turtles movie.  There's not much conflict in their rise to fame, but it is interesting to see how big it gets for them and in a surprising non-twist, the fame doesn't seem to go to their heads (at least with what we are presented, but they don't seem to be indulging in Image Comics excess).  So not exactly a critical or insightful look at the phenomenon but it is interesting to see how it got to where it was and how people aiming for modest success got big.  Plus we got to see Uncle Phil one last time.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14121 on: August 10, 2014, 05:34:10 PM »
Pursued - The first noir-western hybrid. Robert Mitchum is fantastic in it. Really tense film, right from the opening. I loved it.

All That Heaven Allows - Another film I loved. Not that big of a Rock Hudson fan (he's not much more that an intelligible Sylvester Stalone) but he's adequate. The movie really looks incredible - Almost every scene looks like a painting. I've never seen a film that looks quite like it, and the Criterion blu ray is spectacular. Great stuff!

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Revisited it for the first time in a quite a while. Still really like it. Until Moonrise Kingdom, this was my favourite Wes Anderson film. Now it's number 2.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14122 on: August 10, 2014, 07:16:37 PM »
Yeah, I kind of get that vibe. I have a distaste for Zoe Saldana because of her association with the movies that shall not be named, but still.

Either way, I won't see it in theaters. So maybe 3-4 years from now when the boy is old enough to watch TV we'll see it on Netflix or something.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14123 on: August 10, 2014, 10:07:21 PM »
Jurassic Plot III.  'Nuff said.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14124 on: August 11, 2014, 07:02:58 AM »
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend. I'm going to take the fringe opinion and say I absolutely loved it. :^)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14125 on: August 11, 2014, 07:12:32 AM »
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Revisited it for the first time in a quite a while. Still really like it. Until Moonrise Kingdom, this was my favourite Wes Anderson film. Now it's number 2.

Have you seen Grand Budapest Hotel yet? My husband and I loved it. Just a charming movie with wonderful performances. (Moonrise Kingdom is still my favorite Wes Anderson joint, though.)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14126 on: August 11, 2014, 11:46:10 AM »
I don't know why I'm not in love with Moonrise Kingdom like everyone else.  I really like the movies on either side of it (Mr Fox, and Grand Budapest).  If I were to rank them, I would say:

Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, Life Aquatic, Bottle Rocket, Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited.

Moonrise and Darjeeling are the only ones that I don't watch over and over.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14127 on: August 11, 2014, 03:09:52 PM »
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Revisited it for the first time in a quite a while. Still really like it. Until Moonrise Kingdom, this was my favourite Wes Anderson film. Now it's number 2.

Have you seen Grand Budapest Hotel yet? My husband and I loved it. Just a charming movie with wonderful performances. (Moonrise Kingdom is still my favorite Wes Anderson joint, though.)

Grand Budapest Hotel is a pretty fantastic movie. It's missing the heart that Moonrise Kingdom had, I find, but it makes up for it with the excellent humor and Ralph Fienes absolutely killing it. All that said, though, I'm still the sort who has Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox tied for my Favorite Anderson slot.

Meanwhile, a brief summing up of other movies I've watched lately:

Guardians of the Galaxy: What more can I say about this one? I've ended up seeing it three times at this point, and it's probably my favorite movie of the summer. Sure, it's got the traditional Marvel issues with a familiar plot coupled with a forgettable bad guy (he’s after the shiny McGuffin, it’s going to destroy someplace-or-other if our heroes don’t stop them in time), but it so perfectly nails the characters, the humor, the tone, and all the details, that it comes out ahead as a genuinely fun and exciting sci-fi action movie. Plus, it’s about time talking raccoons got their due in movies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pretty much the exact opposite of the above movie. This was just generic garbage. Crummy characters, incoherent plot, dull action scenes, so on and so forth. Perhaps the only noteworthy thing about it is its commitment to squeezing every single cliched, overused, and generally hackneyed line of action dialogue/beat possible into a single movie (it's even got a record scratch!).

Lucy: Pretty disappointing, frankly. I'm not one of the ones to decry the film solely for its factually-incorrect thesis about brain usage (far be it from me to slam a film for stepping outside the bounds of proper science, since if I did, I'd probably hate most great sci-fi films), but this movie just gets increasingly goofy with the idea to the point where I can't even try to take it seriously. Which is too bad, since the film seems to treat the whole concept as some great mystical stage of human development that deserves to be revered. That I was reminded of Transcendence as things went along is definitely a bad thing, as is anything that reminds me of that movie. This movie's real sin, though, is that it's just too dull to really get into. Scarlett Johansson does the best that she can, but she's given very little to work with, and the switch between "scared foreign student" and "emotionless hyper celestial being in human form" is too abrupt to really work. Plus, there's actually not a lot of action in this movie, beyond a choppy, overly-CGI car chase and a few dull hallway shootouts. Essentially this movie was both too crazy and not crazy enough the same time, and just comes across as forgettably dumb.

A Most Wanted Man: There's something of a dividing line when it comes to John Le Carre adaptations, since for many, the glacial pacing and low (if any) amount of action involved is just too much of a turn-off. Not me, though. How he treats the world of spycraft -with its long, tedious investigations, its best-laid plans that look out into the big picture, and its being totally filled with jaded older spies who no longer seem to have any real idea as to why they do what they do- is like the finest of sugar to me. Here is no different, with the whole movie essentially being a meticulous procedural into how one goes about figuring out whether someone's really a terrorist or not. It doesn't reach the same levels as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy did a few years ago (but that movie's something of a masterpiece, so that's a high bar indeed), but it still works itself out quite well. This is chiefly thanks to Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the starring role, where he once again delivers one of those performances that is equal parts nuanced, vulnerable, jaded, and professional. It's not his best work, but then, most things never quite were, but were instead just him being great and making everything around him even better because he was there. The depressing places the movie goes only adds to what he has to offer, and makes me all the more bitter that he's gone (something I still cant quite wrap my head around, to be frank).

Into the Storm: Disaster porn, nothing more. Which is what I expected, and the movie seems pretty aware of this, since, to its credit, things to get pretty nuts when it finally starts ignoring the paper-thin characters and just lets the massive weather displays do their stuff. Still, the movie suffers from not going far enough in this (hardly any deaths doesn't help either; this sort of movie needs a busfull of nuns getting sucked into the sky to really come together), and at the end of the day, it's just pretty bland. And also an example of the latest form of found-footage, which seems to go long stretches in forgetting it's supposed to be found-footage at all (although that means considerably less shaky cam, which is always a good thing).

Party Monster: This is, and I mean this on every level, a queer little movie. I'd never heard of the incident behind the film until watching it, or had any idea of the whole Club Kids scene in New York in the late 80s/early 90s. This is a super low-budget affair, and shows it more often than not, but I thought it managed to sustain itself rather well. You get the sense that Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin (yup) are actually putting in far more of an effort than one might expect, and it goes a long way. As do the rather incredible costumes that pop up, most of which (apparently) were donated or recreated from the real Club Kids. Now, a side story: this was shown to my by a buddy of mine who went to college in Jersey around this time period. He was surrounded by many people who were at least tangentially involved in this culture, including going to the main club in NY where it all happened (though everyone was still too on the fringe to have any dealing with the murder case at hand for the film), and he was equally baffled by it all. It wasn't until this movie that he realized just what was going on. Heck of a thing to live though, I imagine.

Mood Indigo: How whimsical can a movie get? At least this whimsical, apparently, since Michel Gondry's latest swings for the fences with its use of crazy effects (practical and CGI) to create a world that seems to exist only in some fantastical dream within a dream at all times. It's such a hodgepodge of design ideas hurled at the screen from every angle that one can almost forget there's a movie buried under there. A simple film, even, about two people in love and how it starts happy and goes on to be... not. The trouble is, the movie seems more concerned with being as absurdest as possible than actually giving any weight to the emotional proceedings at hand. So, while I liked the movie (because really, from a visual standpoint, it truly is something special), it definitely is no Eternal Sunshine, where Gondry at least gave the real world points room to breath between all the fantasy.

Begin Again: This one struck a chord with me (...heh), moreso than the director's previous effort, Once. It's one of those almost-but-not-quite-a-musical sort of films, which is fine, mostly because the idea of why and how the singing happens is so ingrained with the plot. That I really enjoyed all the songs is a big help, and a good chunk of them are now on a solid rotation on my iPod (particularly the tracks by Keira Knightley, because she's got a mighty fine singing voice). What really pushes this one for me, though, is how well it handles being what is, in essence, a romantic comedy. In this day and age that is the most cliched of genres, and it would've been rather easy for this movie to slip into the usual trappings and get by on the music alone (which, again, is quite nice). But this movie took the time to actually properly frame growing relationships, and was smart enough to realize that "I love you more than anything" *cue final kiss in the rain* isn't nearly as effective as "My life is better with you around" *cue not actual romance and just good friendship*. Much respect for that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14128 on: August 11, 2014, 05:53:35 PM »
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Revisited it for the first time in a quite a while. Still really like it. Until Moonrise Kingdom, this was my favourite Wes Anderson film. Now it's number 2.

Have you seen Grand Budapest Hotel yet? My husband and I loved it. Just a charming movie with wonderful performances. (Moonrise Kingdom is still my favorite Wes Anderson joint, though.)

I did and I enjoyed it a lot, but it didn't climb to the top of my list. My wife liked it more than me.

I don't know why I'm not in love with Moonrise Kingdom like everyone else.  I really like the movies on either side of it (Mr Fox, and Grand Budapest).  If I were to rank them, I would say:

Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, Life Aquatic, Bottle Rocket, Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited.

Moonrise and Darjeeling are the only ones that I don't watch over and over.

Rushmore and Bottle Rocket I don't like, though I want to revisit Rushmore one of these days.

Darjeeling is underrated, in my opinion. I know my wife had a low opinion of it after our first watch, but has come to enjoy it a lot.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14129 on: August 11, 2014, 06:03:43 PM »
Ninja Turtles

Okay, in all fairness I wasn't expecting much, so it's entirely possible that influenced my opinion. On the other hand, there have been a few movies lately I thought I was going to hate and wound up really really enjoying, so, I'm capable of having my preconceptions changed.

Not that I can say that was the case here. I hated it.

Megan Fox was horribly miscast, every other April O'Neil has done a better job of Apriling than she did. Will Arnett's comedic talent was completely wasted. The Foot Clan were more terrorists than ninjas, the Shredder looked like he'd be more at home in the OTHER beloved childhood franchise that Michael Bay ruined. And the grand evil scheme the villains hatched was contrived as hell and lacking even a drop of originality.
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Even the turtles weren't particularly ninja-like, they were more like gigantic bruisers instead of the swift, agile, acrobatic fighters that both the current TV series and even the 2007 movie managed to portray them as. Frankly, I have to wonder why they even bothered making them CGI when they didn't use that to their benefit AT ALL

But OTHER THAN THAT, the movie was terrible.
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