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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18075 on: June 05, 2018, 01:46:02 PM »
Deadpool 2
Ehhh...It was OK, but no Deadpool 1. Thought the plot was too current standard generic Marvel super hero-ish and about 75% of the jokes were miss. Didn't hate it, just thought it was OK.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18076 on: June 05, 2018, 02:46:37 PM »
Really? I thought it was way better than Deadpool 1. Mostly because of Cable/Josh Brolin.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18077 on: June 05, 2018, 02:52:42 PM »
I, Tonya

Since it's on Hulu now thought I'd give it a shot, it's OK, not sure it adds anything to the well known story but it is fairly entertaining so it doesn't feel like a waste of time even if you know the story already.

One thing that kind of stood out to me was that where most of the violence was shocking, some of it had breaks where the 4th wall was broken with a somewhat comical remark, playing domestic violence as comic relief in a couple spots was a bit off putting.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18078 on: June 05, 2018, 04:04:18 PM »
Really? I thought it was way better than Deadpool 1. Mostly because of Cable/Josh Brolin.
I'd agree that Cable/Josh Brolin was great and the highlight of the movie. I'm just burned out on the Marvel movie formula (and yes, Deadpool 1 followed that same plot formula, but it's humor was new at that time- now that's it's been copied in virtually every Marvel movie since, it doesn't feel any where near as original now and I thought a lot of the humor in 2 just wasn't very funny).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18079 on: June 05, 2018, 05:57:12 PM »
Don't see a thread for it and I'm not really sure what it's called, but at Deadpool 2 we saw a preview for that adult Muppet Movie. Wow...wasn't funny when Peter Jackson tried it and this one looks even worse.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18080 on: June 05, 2018, 06:20:51 PM »
Don't see a thread for it and I'm not really sure what it's called, but at Deadpool 2 we saw a preview for that adult Muppet Movie. Wow...wasn't funny when Peter Jackson tried it and this one looks even worse.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18081 on: June 05, 2018, 06:38:54 PM »
It's directed by Brian Henson and was a sort of project he was trying to get done for a long time.  It has some other Henson Company alum in it and is co-produced by Henson Alternative, the R-rated Henson Group.  Frankly, I find Henson Alternative stuff pretty weak (and just about any time the Henson company tries to court an adult audience) so I don't have high hopes for this one, but I would love to be proven wrong.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18082 on: June 05, 2018, 06:43:49 PM »
It's directed by Brian Henson and was a sort of project he was trying to get done for a long time.  It has some other Henson Company alum in it and is co-produced by Henson Alternative, the R-rated Henson Group.  Frankly, I find Henson Alternative stuff pretty weak (and just about any time the Henson company tries to court an adult audience) so I don't have high hopes for this one, but I would love to be proven wrong.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18083 on: June 06, 2018, 07:08:22 AM »
Gallowwalkers

Really awful zombie western.  Now on Netflix if you want to know were to avoid watching it...

Fails on all levels, a guy out for revenge maybe should show some emotion, some anger maybe?  Nope, monotone narration is what we get.  Fails as a western, sure it has gunfights and guys riding horses but the setting could be on mars for all we know.  As a zombie movie it has a few moments were it kind of works, 2 maybe 3 short scenes that are maybe kinda scary.

It does work on one level, getting you to keep watching just to find out what the hell is going on.  The first half of the movie is a confusing mix of scenes where you don't know if what you are seeing is a flashback or something happening somewhere else, you basically have no idea what is going on or who anyone is until about half way into the movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18084 on: June 10, 2018, 11:01:41 PM »
IP Man: The Final Fight ( 2013 )
Herman Yau directed two IP Man movies, neither one connected to the Donnie Yen series. Yau is best remembered for his 1993 slasher film Untold Story.  Anthony Wong starred in that film as the killer who murders an entire family, takes over their restaurant, then when the police begin to investigate the family's disappearance, gets rid of their bodies by cooking them into pork buns, some which the investigating police unwittingly eat.  Playing Hong Kong's most notorious serial killer  ( this was all based on actual events  )  earned Wong his first Best Actor win at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It also typecasted him for a while playing psychopaths.  Twenty years later Yau gave Wong the opportunity to play one of Hong Kong's most beloved real life heroes. Of course that meant that Wong needed to spend a year learning Wing Chun in preporation for the role.

Ip Man's greatest claim to fame was that one of his students was Bruce Lee.  And yet every Ip Man movie avoids the years Ip Man trained Lee. The second film in the Donnie Yen Ip Man series ends with a 10 year old Bruce lee asking if he could be a student, and Ip Man telling him he is too young but to come back later when he is old enough.  Ip Man 3 begins years later with a teenaged Bruce Lee asking to be a student, and Ip Man letting him know he will think about it. Lee returns  later in the film as Ip Man's dancing instructor, and after teaching him how to dance offers to bring Le on as a full student. ( Actually, it was master Shu Han San who originally claimed to have taught Bruce Lee in trade of dancing lessons.  ) The third film ends just before Lee joins the school.   The Grandmaster also ends prior to Bruce Lee becoming his student.  Although I haven't seen it yet, The Legend Is Born: Ip Man ( 2010, also directed by Yau ) reportedly takes place before Bruce Lee was even born. Since Ip Man: The Final Fight takes place during Ip Man's final years, you would expect to finally see Ip Man teaching his greatest student.  It does begin in 1949 when Ip Man moved to Hong Kong, overlapping the years chronicled in Ip Man 3, but then skips right past the late 50s to an elderly Ip Man in the early 70s.  Bruce Lee is portrayed twice, but never mentioned by full name. The first time Ip Man's son mentioned that one of his students is on television, where you see someone on a distant television screen giving a martial arts demonstration. The second time near the end of the film Ip Man is invited to a dinner by one of his students, who arrives at the restaurant in a limo. The actor playing Lee is only seen from the back, and ushers Ip Man into a section of the restaurant with a sign saying "Reserved for Mr. Lee".

There are two possibilities here. One is that the film makers don't want to overshadow Ip Man with his own student. Basically they were attempting to raise Ip Man to the folk hero status of Wong Fei Hung, which required depicting him as an unbeatable badass, which would not be as effective if the film also depicted the ultimate unbeatable badass. The other possibility, that Lee's family refused to give permission. Which seems unbelievable considering how many Biographical Bruce Lee films were released in the 70s without the Lee family's consent, including  a couple that claimed that he was having an affair with actress Betty Ting Pei, and one that depicted his wife poisoning him. Supposedly Donnie Yen is going to do a fourth Ip Man film this year. And unless the film takes place i an earlier era as a prequel, they are going to have to show Ip man teaching Lee.

As with the past Ip Man films, the film follows the Wong Fei Hung formula depicting him as a virtuous martial arts teacher. Sticking to the formula, Ip Man is pressured into a fight with a teacher from a rival school, and later ends up fighting a gang leader to bring him to justice.  In between are actual events from Ip Man's life, and there is an effective balance of both. he fight choreography may not be up o the level of the Donnie Yen Ip Man films, but is very good. And they give Ip Man a great line when he confronts the gang leader he intends to bring to justice. The gang leader accuses Ip Man of being after his territory and Ip Man responds "I am not after your territory. I am after you!" Another great Ip Man film.

Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV ( 2000 )
This is actually the best of the Toxic Avengers films. No, none  of the so called humor works. But it has an interesting enough plot to keep the film from getting boring.  This time around, diaper wearing  terrorists take over a school for the mentally disabled, planting a bomb with a trigger connected to the terrorist leader's heart monitor. Should the Toxic Avenger kill him, the bomb will go off. Of course the Toxic Avenger can't help himself, and kills the terrorist leader anyway. The bomb goes off while the Toxic Avenger is helping two of the students escape from the school, and once outside the police uncharacteristically begin shooting at him. Fellow superhero Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD shows up in a getaway car and they drive off with the police in persuit, which confuses the Toxic Avenger as he thought he was on the side of the police. Also confusing him, why Sgt Kabukiman deliberately runs down a pedestrian. Meanwhile The Toxic Avenger emerges from the blown up school to the cheers of the crowd. the police chief thanks him personally, and he immediately murders him along with everyone else there. We then lern the bomb has somehow warped The Toxic Avenger to an evil parallel universe and warped his evil counterpart into our world.

To call this film offensive is an understatement. There is a hell of a lot here that would never be allowed in a film today, and probably not even back in 2000. For example, they poke fun of a real news even where back in the late 90s drunk racist tied an African American man up and dragged him by a rope from the back of their truck until his body got ripped apart. In this movie the victim somehow survives as a talking head. And that is not the worse of the politically incorrect offenses. This movie is politicall incorrectness porn.  A few of the guest stars surprised me. One being the late Hank the Drunken Dwarf from the Howard Stern Show who plays God.  And even more shocking, the movie is narrated by Stan Lee.  Why would he ever agree to do a film like this? Did he even know the film would be filled with X-rated sex, gratuitous violence, and a guy in a diaper who literally shits his pants to the point that globs of shit com pouring out the sides?

This is the last of the Toxic Avenger films. But unfortunately I still have one more Troma film to go. Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD which I had planned to watch this week knowing it was released in between the third and fourth Toxic Avenger films, and that the character teams up with Toxic avenger in Part IV. ( Making Troma the first studio to have a superhero cinematic universe. Perhaps this is where Stan Lee got the idea? ) I had ordered that film the same time I ordered the Toxic Avenger set, but only this week did the seller I bought it from admit he didn't really have it in stock, was unable to get it on backorder,  and issued me a refund.  So I reordered it from another seller, and maybe, just maybe I will have it by this Saturday.

A Day At The Races ( 1937 )
The second Marx Brothers film made for M.G.M. with Allen Jones once again subbing in for the departed Zeppo.  A Night at the Opera may be considered their best film, but this one is no less ( and no more ) funny. I mean, I could do away with the Allen Jones sub plot on both. But a lot of great MarxBrothers set pieces here, and that memorable Groucho line: "If I was any closer I would be behind you."


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18085 on: June 11, 2018, 03:19:17 PM »
Hereditary

While there are things I enjoyed about the film: the atmosphere, the performances, and the directing, it didn't come together for me.  It was creepy, but the occult explanations weren't interesting enough for me to ignore how the exploration of the family dynamic didn't go very deep, and vice versa. 

At one point the film gives you time to make your own guesses as to what the hell is going on, and I enjoyed what I had come up with in my head.  But then it proceeds to immediately explain exactly what just happened in a voice over, which seemed unnecessary and also much less interesting. 

It's worth a watch, but it's not as satisfying as I was lead to believe.  I personally can't speak to whether it was 'scary' or not, because I don't find movies scary.  It didn't stick with me after watching though, if that says anything.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18086 on: June 15, 2018, 06:20:11 PM »
For a Few Dollars More (1965)

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18087 on: June 16, 2018, 04:12:40 AM »
X-Men

I hadn't watched this one in years, so I was curious to see how well it held up.  Better than I feared, actually.  It's flawed in a lot of ways but many of the leads give good performances.  Not so much James Marston who, at times, has a facial expression that makes it looks like he's going to say "schyeah" in Wayne's World fashion.  Femke Jannsen is also kind of forgettable, sadly.  But still, while it is a bit weak in spots (the action adventure stuff is far less interesting than the Logan-Rogue bonding stuff) it's held up better than I expected.  Which is nice.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18088 on: June 16, 2018, 06:34:38 AM »
I went to a screening of The Princess Bride last night in Philly with a few friends. Still a very good movie. It's been a few years since I had seen it last, so I didn't remember everything. Watching it with such a big crowd of enthusiastic people was sometimes good and sometimes annoying when they would be cheering for a line so I couldn't hear what was said after it. And repeating certain lines, so they had less impact. But I always forget how well done the bits with Peter Faulk and Fed Savage are. Just enough to keep the beginning part from being too schmaltzy and losing me. Because I was totally that kid at that age where "a kissing book" would immediately lose my interest.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18089 on: June 16, 2018, 07:38:30 AM »
Watching it with such a big crowd of enthusiastic people was sometimes good and sometimes annoying when they would be cheering for a line so I couldn't hear what was said after it. And repeating certain lines, so they had less impact.

Ugh, I swear, I really want my home town to have a repertory theatre, but this kind of shit makes me think twice.  I had to deal with this shit during the trailers before Deadpool 2.  Luckily, the guys behind me shut their mouths when the movie started.