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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17640 on: November 18, 2017, 09:38:56 PM »
Jesus, Bro!
Great film by Ryan Mitchelle and Brad Jones. The cast is all wonderful in this somewhat bizarre tale of Atheism vs Christianity. In the end, it has a good message and I recommend it cuz it's pretty funny, and has a lot of familiar faces in it if you're familiar with the people of Channel Awesome.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17641 on: November 19, 2017, 05:57:43 AM »
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A very well-done romantic fantasy film with gorgeous animation and a very good, clever plot.  Basically, a boy in the city and a girl in the country keep switching bodies whenever they fall asleep.  Going back and forth they get to experience each others lifestyles and both make trouble for each other and also help each other.  But then one day, the boy discovers that the body switching stops, leading a big reveal that kicks the film more into something of an adventure movie.  It really is a winning-crowd-pleasing kind of film with a powerful and exciting last act.

There have also been talks recently of an American live-action remake, but a lot of the film is steeped heavily in Japanese culture that I have no idea how they'd adapt it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17642 on: November 19, 2017, 08:10:41 AM »
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Meh.

Visually great animation, parts of the story are good, but by the end you feel kind of let down.

Not sure what it would need to be good, certainly more time with the characters instead of all the action sequences would have helped.  Or just more time, this might be one movie that could have been longer to make it better, there are so few characters in this world an extra few minutes spent on each of them might have made the film more satisfying.




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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17643 on: November 19, 2017, 08:55:12 AM »
Yeah, I remember this movie being disappointingly dull, despite a promising premise.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17644 on: November 19, 2017, 03:39:35 PM »
Yep, huge let down.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17645 on: November 19, 2017, 10:56:49 PM »
Fire in the Sky (1993)



I remember thinking this was pretty creepy the first time I watched it as a kid.  At times it feels and plays out like an episode of The X-Files.  The casting is good and there are some decent performances but the real highlight is the practical special effects.  I felt that they mostly hold up well particularly the alien abduction experience which is the most disturbing and terrifying part of the film.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17646 on: November 19, 2017, 10:58:11 PM »
Fargo (1996)

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17647 on: November 19, 2017, 11:01:56 PM »
Ghostbusters (2016)

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17648 on: November 19, 2017, 11:03:20 PM »
This Girl Is Badass ( 2011 )
The career of Yanin Vismitananda:
Discovered by producer/director Prachya Pinkaew, she was the star of her first film, Chocolate ( 2008 ), where she played a poor autistic girl who becomes a martial arts phenom. It would go on to become a modern martial arts classic. She followed it up with a second starring role in Raging Phoenix ( 2009 ). And then there was a two year hiatus before her next films, with no explanation on either IMDb or Wikipedia or any of her fan sites as to why. But beginning in 2011 she made three more films for Prachya Pinkaew, all as a co-star. The first was Jukkalan ( released as This Girl Is Badass outside of Thailand ) where she played the title character. But while she played the title character, Petchtai Wongkamlao got star billing. Petchtai was the screen comedian who has appeared in many of Prachya Pinkaew's films. Jukkalan was basically his film, which he also wrote and directed. It is basically an ansamble film where Yanin was only in about half of the scenes. The story wasn't even really about her character. Jukkalan was followed by another comedy, The Kick ( 2011 ) directed by Prachya Pinkaew. While both Yanin and Petchtai were in The Kick, they played basically extended guest star roles, while the movie itself centered around other characters. A family of martial arts experts who end up on the run from a criminal gang. About halfway through the film the parents send the kids to stay with their uncle ( Petchtai ) and his daughter ( Yanin ). About this time Yanin's professional name was changed to Jeeja Yanin. From there she got a costarring role in the Tony Jaa movie The Protector 2 ( 2013 ), billed behind Jaa, RZA and Petchtai Wongkamlao. During this time the film Chocolate 2 had been announced, and some sources even claim it was completed and had a release in India. However, IMDb does not list it as existing. During the filming of The Protector 2 Yanin announced that she was pregnant, and would be taking another two year break from acting. When she returned, it was in an 8 episode run of the Indonesian television series Halfworlds in 2015. From there it was off to Hollywood where to date she has only had two minor roles in two direct to video movies in 2016, Never Back Down: No Surrender and Hard Target 2 ( which we will get to next week ). She is listed in the cast of the still to be released Triple Threat, which appears to be a martial arts version of The Expendables,  and will be in a film called Red Cargo still listed as in pre-production. So far she is the most prominent star in the cast.

While watching This Girl Is Badass, I could not help but think of how much a shame it is that Yanin's career did not take off after her first two films, and how she only has so far two starring roles in her entire career. By no means does This Girl Is Badass count as a starring role, but she is definitely the best, and practically only good thing, about this movie. She has a dynamic onscreen presence even when not fighting, and you spend most of the film waiting for her character to return to the screen. Yanin plays Jukkalan, a tough bicycle messenger who lives with her uncle Sawang ( Petchtai ). Jukkalan and the rest of the bicycle messengers make most of their money delivering envelopes full of drugs for the local crime bosses. Following Jukkalan around is an ugly friend of hers who has been in love with her since they were both kids, but he can't bring himself to telling her he loves her. So he spends most of the day hanging out with her uncle Sawang, bugging him for advice as to how to get Jukkalan to fall in love with him. Sawang, a former cop, is in love with the widow of his former partner, but can't bring himself to tell her. Time is also spent with the two local crime bosses and their goons. After various stuff happens, all the characters, including both crime gangs,  end up in the same warehouse during a drug deal that goes bad, giving Jukkalan a chance to fight pretty much every bad guy in the film before the police show up.

Lets start with what is wrong with this film. It is a comedy, but much like most Asian comedies, is not funny. Not one gag or joke works. To give you an idea on what passes for funny, the owner of the messenger service rides a large children's horse toy instead of a bike. Too much of the humor is devoted to meanspirited insults to characters for being ugly ( which is aided by makeup, fake teeth and bad outfits. ) Another problem, there seems to be missing scenes. A flashback suggesting that Sawang had shot his former partner in his own home is never explained. Another character shows up announcing he will kill Sawang for something he did years earlier, but none of that is explained as well. Jukkalan is accused of stealing drugs she was suppose to deliver, but it is never made clear if she really did or if it was stolen by the rival crime gang. It is almost as if the film was either badly edited, or some of the scenes were cut during production. Also, some of the action scenes are awkward and unusually slow paced, as if Petchtai shot the actors practice session. Most directors would reshoot the action scenes until the actors did it flawlessly. Petchtai was satisfied with what he got. What is good about this film? Yanin, of course. And some of the scenes without her are sort of fun. If you are a fan of Yanin Vismitananda then this is worth seeing, although you may want to think of fast forwarding to here scenes and skipping the rest.


Jumper ( 2008 )
This is another one of the films Wikipedia insists falls withing the superhero category. It does have a script written by David S Goyer, and a cast that would go on to be in superhero films including Samuel L Jackson ( Nick Fury in the MCU ), Jamie Bell ( The Thing in the latest Fantastic Four film ), Michael Rooker ( Yondo in Guardians of the Galaxy ) and Diane Lane ( Who is Martha Kent in the DC Universe films, and was previously in the first Judge Dredd ). It also stars young Darth Vader himself Hayden Christensen, and Kristen Stewart in a bit role, just a few months before her career took off with the Twilight films.  But other than Hayden mentioning to Jamie that they should work together and cites Marvel Team-Up where two superheroes team up for a couple of issues, this is not really a superhero film. Hayden plays a character with the ability to teleport anywhere instantly. After many years of traveling the world where he uses his powers to steal money from bank vaults and items from stores, he is finally caught by Samuel L Jackson, who is part of a secret society known as Paladins who for centuries have been hunting down and killing anyone with the power of teleportation. Hayden manages to escape, and later discovers someone else ( Bell ) who has the same powers as he does. He learns that those with teleportation powers are called Jumpers, and have been at war with the Paladins for hundreds of years. At only 88 minutes long, this is an amazingly short film, which seems as if it's only purpose was to set up a Jumper film series ( which so far never happened. ) But since the plot moves along at a breakneck speed, the movie never has time to get boring. But if even David S. Goyer was unable to come up with more than 90 minutes of material on Jumping, then maybe this is a power that is not that interesting outside of an X-Men team film. Jumper is just barely entertaining, and is smart enough to end just before it's premise runs out of steam.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17649 on: November 20, 2017, 08:40:12 AM »

Jumper ( 2008 )
This is another one of the films Wikipedia insists falls withing the superhero category. It does have a script written by David S Goyer, and a cast that would go on to be in superhero films including Samuel L Jackson ( Nick Fury in the MCU ), Jamie Bell ( The Thing in the latest Fantastic Four film ), Michael Rooker ( Yondo in Guardians of the Galaxy ) and Diane Lane ( Who is Martha Kent in the DC Universe films, and was previously in the first Judge Dredd ). It also stars young Darth Vader himself Hayden Christensen, and Kristen Stewart in a bit role, just a few months before her career took off with the Twilight films.  But other than Hayden mentioning to Jamie that they should work together and cites Marvel Team-Up where two superheroes team up for a couple of issues, this is not really a superhero film. Hayden plays a character with the ability to teleport anywhere instantly. After many years of traveling the world where he uses his powers to steal money from bank vaults and items from stores, he is finally caught by Samuel L Jackson, who is part of a secret society known as Paladins who for centuries have been hunting down and killing anyone with the power of teleportation. Hayden manages to escape, and later discovers someone else ( Bell ) who has the same powers as he does. He learns that those with teleportation powers are called Jumpers, and have been at war with the Paladins for hundreds of years. At only 88 minutes long, this is an amazingly short film, which seems as if it's only purpose was to set up a Jumper film series ( which so far never happened. ) But since the plot moves along at a breakneck speed, the movie never has time to get boring. But if even David S. Goyer was unable to come up with more than 90 minutes of material on Jumping, then maybe this is a power that is not that interesting outside of an X-Men team film. Jumper is just barely entertaining, and is smart enough to end just before it's premise runs out of steam.
Check out the Quiptracks of Jumper. It's really good.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17650 on: November 20, 2017, 08:41:01 AM »
Ghostbusters (2016)


And what did you think of it?



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17651 on: November 20, 2017, 10:05:08 AM »
Ghostbusters (2016)


And what did you think of it?

Poster, apparently.

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Hoo, boy.  I knew going in I probably wasn't going to like it but I was curious.  It's one of those movies that is all the more frustrating because as generic as it is in terms of fantasy, it could have been a good movie.  There are some good idea for characters (if well-worn archetypes) and the potential for interesting dynamics between a would-be sorcerer (who is also a dad), a jerk-faced swordsman and the villain's daughter/soldier.  But all of the interesting stuff isn't explored and the actors aren't very good.  In fact, it might be a warning sign when Warwick Davis is the best actor in your movie.  Val Kilmer is abysmal and if Joanne Whalley is a good actress (she may well be), she isn't really given the opportunity in this one.  Characters don't really have arcs so much as a disjointed series of motive changes.  People changes because the script calls for it.  It's the same problem I've always had with the last act of Elf, an otherwise good movie where James Caan decides he loves Buddy because *shrug*.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17652 on: November 20, 2017, 10:48:40 AM »
Rupture (2016 )



Banal and uninteresting torture porn despite the casting of Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishe and Peter Stormare.  The twist is that these torture experiements are being carried out in order to evolve people to the point where it changes them on a genetic level.  Honestly I was expecting more from the director of Secretary (2002).
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17653 on: November 20, 2017, 11:41:37 AM »
Ghostbusters (2016)


And what did you think of it?

Poster, apparently.

Willow

Hoo, boy.  I knew going in I probably wasn't going to like it but I was curious.  It's one of those movies that is all the more frustrating because as generic as it is in terms of fantasy, it could have been a good movie.  There are some good idea for characters (if well-worn archetypes) and the potential for interesting dynamics between a would-be sorcerer (who is also a dad), a jerk-faced swordsman and the villain's daughter/soldier.  But all of the interesting stuff isn't explored and the actors aren't very good.  In fact, it might be a warning sign when Warwick Davis is the best actor in your movie.  Val Kilmer is abysmal and if Joanne Whalley is a good actress (she may well be), she isn't really given the opportunity in this one.  Characters don't really have arcs so much as a disjointed series of motive changes.  People changes because the script calls for it.  It's the same problem I've always had with the last act of Elf, an otherwise good movie where James Caan decides he loves Buddy because *shrug*.
I thought Warwick Davis' commentary was rather good.  Kinda wish the storm scene hadn't been cut.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17654 on: November 21, 2017, 03:39:59 PM »
Ghostbusters (2016)


And what did you think of it?

It was kind of fun despite it's numerous flaws bits of it were actually hilarious.
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