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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17985 on: April 08, 2018, 06:15:02 AM »
Thor Ranknrock (or whatever it was named)
After all the praise this got, I decided to watch this despite thinking the first 2 Thor movies were unwatchable un-riffed. My take-you put Micheal Bay in charge of a super hero movie and this is the crap you'd get. Give it a Queen soundtrack and it was Flash Gordon 1980 level camp and I despised campy 1980 Flash Gordon.
I do slightly envy you. I wish I had no concept of what a Michael Bay movie was like too.
Michael Bay movie = explosions and loud noises in place of character and plot develop = Thor 3

I'm starting to think you didn't actually see Thor: Ragnarok.  You realize if a movie has explosions it doesn't mean that it DOESN'T have character and plot development, right?  Because I think it has tremendous amount of character development and exploration, particularly for both the Hulk and Bruce Banner.  The other thing is that while there's no problem with disliking the movie (though it is an opinion that causes me no end of confusion), it's a pretty false equivalency.

Bay and Waititi are radically different storytellers.  Bay wants to portray a 13 year old boys idea of cool (or at least a 13 year old boy from the 90's) at the expense of good taste with a lack of empathy for collateral damage and an obsession with the bodies of young women (apparently, in one of the Transformers movies he goes into GREAT detail about laws regarding sex with minors, which is SUPER creepy).  Also, the guy loves jokes with racial stereotypes.

Waititi seems interested in stories about characters being pushed out of their comfort zones and becoming stronger for it (a common storytelling technique, but I feel based on the three films I've seen by him, he's really interested in watching characters adjust to their new situations and stumble through them comedically before gaining some new tools).  Though a lot of people die in Thor: Ragnarok, it plays one of two ways: that things have actually gotten serious or things have gotten blackly humourous.  I certainly have noticed very little leering from the camera in the movie.

I'll accept that you might dislike both or that you might even think that Bay is better (an opinion that's hard to wrap my head around, but fine).  But despite the fact that they are both directors who have made big Hollywood action movies, their approaches are radically different.

I really like Waititi’s other work, but I’m hesitant to see Thor because I hate almost all super hero movies. Perhaps I’ll give it a watch sometime.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17986 on: April 08, 2018, 06:17:32 AM »
If it helps, it is very, very silly.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17987 on: April 08, 2018, 09:24:04 AM »
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)



One of my favorite Showa era Godzilla movies to rewatch.  I thought the mythology and world building were interesting.  The demolition used during the fights scenes and the model city-scapes felt bigger and more impressive that the previous Toho kaiju films.  The aliens turning into monkey men was kind of hilarious and reminded me of John Chambers special effects make-ups in the original Planet of the Apes.  Not only do we get the title characters fighting but we also get the reappearance of Anguirus  plus a King Ceasar team up.  The final fight scene is pretty epic and there's a surprising amount of blood during the climax.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17988 on: April 08, 2018, 09:33:07 AM »
Probably one of my favorite Godzilla movies.  Haven’t been able to get it since it’s been out of print for awhile.  Wish Toho would use King Caesar more often.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17989 on: April 08, 2018, 05:23:36 PM »
Thor Ranknrock (or whatever it was named)
After all the praise this got, I decided to watch this despite thinking the first 2 Thor movies were unwatchable un-riffed. My take-you put Micheal Bay in charge of a super hero movie and this is the crap you'd get. Give it a Queen soundtrack and it was Flash Gordon 1980 level camp and I despised campy 1980 Flash Gordon.
I do slightly envy you. I wish I had no concept of what a Michael Bay movie was like too.
Michael Bay movie = explosions and loud noises in place of character and plot develop = Thor 3

I'm starting to think you didn't actually see Thor: Ragnarok.  You realize if a movie has explosions it doesn't mean that it DOESN'T have character and plot development, right?  Because I think it has tremendous amount of character development and exploration, particularly for both the Hulk and Bruce Banner.  The other thing is that while there's no problem with disliking the movie (though it is an opinion that causes me no end of confusion), it's a pretty false equivalency.

Bay and Waititi are radically different storytellers.  Bay wants to portray a 13 year old boys idea of cool (or at least a 13 year old boy from the 90's) at the expense of good taste with a lack of empathy for collateral damage and an obsession with the bodies of young women (apparently, in one of the Transformers movies he goes into GREAT detail about laws regarding sex with minors, which is SUPER creepy).  Also, the guy loves jokes with racial stereotypes.

Waititi seems interested in stories about characters being pushed out of their comfort zones and becoming stronger for it (a common storytelling technique, but I feel based on the three films I've seen by him, he's really interested in watching characters adjust to their new situations and stumble through them comedically before gaining some new tools).  Though a lot of people die in Thor: Ragnarok, it plays one of two ways: that things have actually gotten serious or things have gotten blackly humourous.  I certainly have noticed very little leering from the camera in the movie.

I'll accept that you might dislike both or that you might even think that Bay is better (an opinion that's hard to wrap my head around, but fine).  But despite the fact that they are both directors who have made big Hollywood action movies, their approaches are radically different.

I really like Waititi’s other work, but I’m hesitant to see Thor because I hate almost all super hero movies. Perhaps I’ll give it a watch sometime.

That would be almost like not seeing What We Do in the Shadows because you don't like horror movies.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17990 on: April 08, 2018, 05:30:39 PM »
Thor Ranknrock (or whatever it was named)
After all the praise this got, I decided to watch this despite thinking the first 2 Thor movies were unwatchable un-riffed. My take-you put Micheal Bay in charge of a super hero movie and this is the crap you'd get. Give it a Queen soundtrack and it was Flash Gordon 1980 level camp and I despised campy 1980 Flash Gordon.
I do slightly envy you. I wish I had no concept of what a Michael Bay movie was like too.
Michael Bay movie = explosions and loud noises in place of character and plot develop = Thor 3

I'm starting to think you didn't actually see Thor: Ragnarok.  You realize if a movie has explosions it doesn't mean that it DOESN'T have character and plot development, right?  Because I think it has tremendous amount of character development and exploration, particularly for both the Hulk and Bruce Banner.  The other thing is that while there's no problem with disliking the movie (though it is an opinion that causes me no end of confusion), it's a pretty false equivalency.

Bay and Waititi are radically different storytellers.  Bay wants to portray a 13 year old boys idea of cool (or at least a 13 year old boy from the 90's) at the expense of good taste with a lack of empathy for collateral damage and an obsession with the bodies of young women (apparently, in one of the Transformers movies he goes into GREAT detail about laws regarding sex with minors, which is SUPER creepy).  Also, the guy loves jokes with racial stereotypes.

Waititi seems interested in stories about characters being pushed out of their comfort zones and becoming stronger for it (a common storytelling technique, but I feel based on the three films I've seen by him, he's really interested in watching characters adjust to their new situations and stumble through them comedically before gaining some new tools).  Though a lot of people die in Thor: Ragnarok, it plays one of two ways: that things have actually gotten serious or things have gotten blackly humourous.  I certainly have noticed very little leering from the camera in the movie.

I'll accept that you might dislike both or that you might even think that Bay is better (an opinion that's hard to wrap my head around, but fine).  But despite the fact that they are both directors who have made big Hollywood action movies, their approaches are radically different.

Thor also has a lot to say about colonialism and refusing to acknowledging your bloody past.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17991 on: April 08, 2018, 05:40:22 PM »
Ready Player One - I enjoyed it a lot. Spielberg still has his touch, and makes an interesting story out of what could easily just become reference porn.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17992 on: April 08, 2018, 05:48:10 PM »
Identity (2003) - I didn't like this. I don't like murder mysteries, and that's what this was for most all of it. The one interesting twist in it I knew ahead of time because that's the only reason I was interested in seeing it. And even that was underwhelming and only came into play in the last 20 minutes of a 90 minute movie.
I will say the acting is good. Particularly by Pruitt Taylor Vince.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17993 on: April 08, 2018, 08:25:38 PM »
Just finished watching Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and I NEED to discuss it. The only other film by Park Chan-wook was Oldboy. I love Oldboy and I knew it was a part of a trilogy of revenge movies, so I assumed they had the same tone. Boy, was I off the mark in the best possible way.

I mean, there are some definite similarities: pitch-black humour, stylistic choices, operatic levels of tragedy. But what I wasn't expecting was such a relentlessly bleak film. While things go wrong in Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance tells a revenge story about how stupid, grotesque and awful revenge is. It's about a well-meaning but kind of dumb guy who gets taken advantage of and attempts to commit what he thinks will be a victimless crime that... well, it's a crime movie, so you know things aren't going to turn out well.

But what is interesting is that there's very little catharsis in the movie. Even when (vague spoilers) the characters who are ostensibly the characters we as the audience are pretty OK with meeting a nasty fate, there's little sense of "Yay!" Basically, revenge turns the world gross and bitter and ugly in Mr. Vengeance and no one looks cool (even in a "tortured but cool" way) for doing it. There is a reveal near the end that works as a dark joke but I'm still not sure about how I feel about that turn, even if it leaves us with a great last moment for the movie.

So I really like this one, but it got under my skin in an upsetting way. There's definitely lots of blood and people getting cut up, but it's the emotional and sadistic stuff that really messed me up in this one. I'll have to check out Lady Vengeance. I'm hoping it's as different from Mr. Vengeance as Mr. Vengeance is from Oldboy in tone.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17994 on: April 08, 2018, 10:24:15 PM »
City of Violence ( 2006 )
Like I said. Dragon Dynasty released a lot of Asian films I had never heard of before. They are well know to the avid Asian movie fan that seeks out every one of the latest films. I was once one of them. Somewhere around the late 90s almost all of the Hong Kong movie industries talent ( best actors, directors, fight choreographers, etc. ) Immigrated to Hollywood. The new wave of Hong Kong cinema had come to an end. So I lost interest and no longer kept up with the newest releases. For the most part Dragon Dynasty re released the new wave classics from John Woo, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and the old school martial arts classics from Shaw Brothers. But along with them were more recent films I never heard of before. City of Violence is one of them. Made in South Korea, it has a cast and director who are not known outside of their country. The only notable thing about it is that it raked up a lot of awards. That is, a lot of Korean awards.

written by, produced by,, directed by and starring Korean film maker Ryoo Seung-wan, this is basically a tribute ( or rip-off, take your pick ) to the film style of Quentin Tarantino, right down to the choice in musical score. A former gang boss is murdered, his childhood friends return home for the funeral, and while there discover who the real murderer was and take revenge This is basically Kill Bill  meets Reservoir Dogs. It is actually a very decent film. But the copying of Tatantino's style borders on ridiculous, especially since Tarantino's style is basically a hodgepodge of styles he stole from his favorite grindhouse directors. well, at least if Tarantino is serious about retiring after his Tenth film, then at least you have Ryoo Seung-wan to take his place.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( 1975 )
I had not intended to buy this film on Blu-ray, 40th Anniversary or not. But then a couple of months ago I found out it came in a special edition with a castle shaped box, four plastic barn animals, and a catapult to fling the animals over the wall and at Invaders. And for some reason the Blu-ray in the collectable box was cheaper than the noncollectable Blu-ray without the menagerie. And it turned out it had a few minutes of new extras. So I got it.

There are some films I own too many copies of, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of them. Somewhere in my stash of old VHS recordings is the copy I taped off of PBS. But then I bought the movie on video so I could own a slightly better copy that didn't have the channel logo pop up every 15 minutes. I bought it again when it was released on laserdisc, because it was letterboxed for the first time, and had the deleted scene restored, and had director commentary from the two Terrys. Actually, the reason I bought a laserdisc player and switched to buying movies on laserdisc was to get the Criterion release of ...Holy Grail. I didn't intend to get it on DVD, because I already had it on Laserdisc. But then came the DVD release with more extras, including brand new skits from the surviving Pythons. This Blu-ray marks the fifth copy I have of the film. The only other movie I have that many copies of is Manos: The Hands of Fate ( all riffed, of course. )

Okay, so maybe this is a review of a toy more than it is a review of a film. It is on Blu-ray, but was shot on cheap film stock to begin with, so basically no vast visual improvement over the past laserdisc and DVD releases. I am sure everyone here has seen this by now, so not much of a reason to summarize the plot. ( But just in case someone here has never seen the movie, it is a bunch of skits involving King Arthur and his knights searching for the Holy Grail. ) And it is just as funny as ever. Perhaps I could comment on the edit of the film for the Blu-ray. There now exists four edits of this film. The original theatrical release which was what was released on VHS ( but as a pan-and-scan full screen ). The second edit for Criterion had a deleted scene from the Castle Anthrax sequence that Terry Jones edited out,  edited back in by Jones because he decided editing it in the first place was a mistake. Otherwise the Criterion edit was the original film. The edit made for the Special Edition DVD  release kept the Anthrax scene, but made a few edits to  the footage removing a few seconds her and there where the characters were "not doing anything". Also, the soundtrack was remixed, removing some lines that the Pythons felt were not really funny ( such as Eric Idle yelling out "Lets build a bridge out of her!" after they prove  Connie Booth is a witch. ). It also reinstalled the Dentist on the Job gag. For it's premiere, and in many theaters that screened the film in it's first week of release in the U.K.,  the Pythons deliberately had the first reel of a different film called Dentist on the Job played before being stopped after the opening credits and a card going up apologizing for the wrong film being played. The Special Edition DVD recreated this faux mistake with the addition of a voice over from Gilliam saying "God damnit, we're playing the wrong film!" just before it is stopped. The 40th Anniversary release not only keeps the deleted Anthrax scene, but thanks to digital cleaning, there is no longer a slight color alteration where the edit occurs. The entire opening credits are reconstructed, so basically you are watching computer generated credits instead of the original shot on film credits. I guess Sony didn't want to pay for the licensing for Dentist on the Job, so that was gone. And the original fade outs and fade ins are replaced with cleaner digitized fade ins and outs. And the soundtrack was once again remixed, changing many of the original sound effects. These are all very minor edits that only someone who has seen Holy Grail multiple times and has completely memorized it would notice. It is nowhere near the scale of what Lucas did to the original Star Wars films. But it is still a bit jarring . But like I said, the comedy still holds up.

Since most of the extras were ported over from the previous releases,  I will just talk about the new extras for this release. Apparently there were a lot of extended and alternate scenes that for some reason were never part of the previous releases, including a slightly different ( and much bloodier ) attack by Sir Lancelot ( John Cleese ) on a wedding party when he mistakenly believes a damsel is being held prisoner in the castle. ( The original  Red Wedding ).  There was also a reel of raw unedited cartoons Gilliam had animated for the movie but were never included, which he finished as DVD extras. There are also a couple of other things I did not have time to get to, and will be watched, along with the older extras, sometime later this month. It also comes with an advertisement for The Holy Book of Days which is basically more extras including  unused footage, video shot on the set and audio which should have been included as part of the Blu-Ray extras, but instead is exclusive  to Apple for their i-Pad. You Bastards!

Which brings us to the review of the collectable packaging, a.k.a  the toy. The box doesn't fold out into a castle as advertised. Rather, there is a box in a box which when put together give you a castle wall. The catapult is something similar to a spoon and looks nothing like a catapult. It attaches to a notch in one of the boxes and is capable of flinging any of the barn animals up, up, up and smack into the ceiling, which sort of counts as over the castle wall. Those looking to keep their boxes in mint condition, or avoid losing any of the animals should do this sparingly. The toy is a decent enough extra, but those who originally paid $25 or more above the retail price for the standalone disc to get the collectable box should feel justifiably cheated.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17995 on: April 10, 2018, 05:53:41 PM »
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I'm starting to think you didn't actually see Thor: Ragnarok.  You realize if a movie has explosions it doesn't mean that it DOESN'T have character and plot development, right?  Because I think it has tremendous amount of character develoment.
Movie starts with Thor Deadpooling to a flaming deer, but unlike Deadpool his attempts at funny aren't. He rips the antlers off said flaming deer and than a bunch of bad cgi happens. A wizard does some wizard things and suddenly there is an evil sister that doesn't really come into play again until the final act. Low Key is dead but
he isn't, then he's evil, then he isn't, then he is, then he isn't  (with no explanation of the transitions) and then he somehow crosses 18 months distance in a ship with an allegedly comedic but unfunny rock creature in a space ship that couldn't go up the space anus like Thor's orgy ship could (I think space anus was supposed to be funny, but it wasn't). Yes, I saw the movie.
And "character develoment" by the Hulk was wearing Iron Man's clothes and complaining that the crotch was too tight? How is that any more development than farting Transformers?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17996 on: April 10, 2018, 07:12:40 PM »
I haven't seen someone take such pride in being wrong outside of the politics thread before.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17997 on: April 11, 2018, 09:36:58 AM »
The big problem I had with your argument is... most of it.  But a lot of it is just describing things that happened in the movie and assuming that it is a valid argument.  I remember having a discussion with a friend of a friend about the Matrix and Lord of the Rings.  He loved one and hated the other.  I couldn't tell you which film he felt which way about.  But basically his argument was either (for the Matrix) first they are in the Matrix, "then they are out of the Matrix, then they are in it again?" and (for Lord of the Rings) "First they go here, then here, then here."  Speaking of a plot in a dismissive way isn't much of an argument.

Of course, if you are merely describing the plot to prove you have seen it with commentary peppered in (which really doesn't work in the age of wikipedia), I was pretty sure you had seen it and I apologize for the lack of obviousness that my comment was meant to be facetious.


Not funny?  OK, that's a point of view I can understand.  Humour is subjective.  Logistical inconsistencies?  Most of it is nitpicky that doesn't really unravel the thread of the movie (also, it's been a while since I've seen it, but I thought the 18 months thing was if they traveled without using the portal, which they did).  One that isn't is Loki's motivations, but I completely disagree on that, as it is established in this film and the others that he has a clear love/hate relationship with his brother, is duplicitous by nature and his goal more than anything is survival, which means that he's all for switching sides based on convenience.  And that element of him is clearly clashing up against his conflicted feelings for his brother, I didn't feel that there wasn't a side switching that DIDN'T make sense for the character.

Movie starts with Thor Deadpooling to a flaming deer, but unlike Deadpool his attempts at funny aren't.

Putting aside that asides and monologues have existed long before Deadpool.



Deer?

Low Key

I legit can't tell if this is intentional or not and if so, to what end.

EDIT: Almost forgot.

Hulk's arc is that he goes from a man who demands to be left alone to a guy who gains praise for being a bully to a guy who realizes that, though he would never admit it to himself, that he desperately needs other people (which is basically why he is trying to bully Thor into sticking around).  Banner's development is about dealing with the horror that Hulk just stole two years of his life and will do so again if given the chance.

And I have no issue with a farting robot.  The question is "Is this an interesting farting robot"?  You could have a really well developed and interesting robot who gets character development.

Exhibit A:


Farting Robot + No character development + "I don't think the Hulk is well developed" doesn't really equal a good argument that Waititi and Bay are basically the same in their storytelling.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17998 on: April 13, 2018, 07:40:44 PM »
Train to Buscan (2016)
Korean zombie flick currently on Netflix (although Netflix version is only subtitled and I was lazy and found an English dubbed version).
I've seen so many crappy zombie movies over the last couple of years that I've mostly given up on them. But this one was recommended so I gave it a shot. This was really what World War Z should have been but wasn't. There were some minor flaws (started out a bit slow, zombies only interested in what the could see and that was utilized here and there but seemed to be forgotten at times). Recommend it and bet the Hollywood remake that is coming will suck.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17999 on: April 14, 2018, 04:10:11 AM »
I liked Train to Busan, too.  And I agree, it's a better crowd-pleasing main-stream style zombie film than World War Z (a movie I didn't care for apart from the kind of cool visual of zombies flowing over each other like water).  I'm not sure why Train to Busan works so well, since I don't think it does much to forward or subvert a genre that's gotten kind of stale for me.  It's just really well made and is a lot of fun.

I'll have to check out the director's next film, Psychokinesis, when I have the chance.