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Recent Movie Review Thread

Discussion in 'Pop Culture Board' started by atcmh, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Crown Royal

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    I felt the Oceans movies tried to do nothing more than make their cast members look “cool”. I never cared for any of them but the new one is especially bad, and honestly nobody asked for it in the first place.

    As for Ghostbusters, it looked bad and was bad. It was annoying, unfunny and the special effects often sucked. It disgraced a classic film that didn’t need to be remade. The reason it failed? Misogyny. Toxic masculinity literally willed it into being a bad movie.
     
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    Did anyone see Ready Player One?

    Fuck, what a disappointment. Guess I'll go read the book; scootah gave it a glowing review in the book thread a while back.

    The character development was such shit.

    I would say these are spoilers but they're not. They're the kind of bullshit cheese that happens in all crappy Hollywood movies.

    Our hero meets the heroine in the game. You'll be disappointed, she says. I don't look like this in real life, she says. A core plot point: we all hide behind our avatars, and our real personalities have to shine through in a place where anyone can look like whatever they want. Hero meets heroine in real life. Heroine is ... beautiful and skinny. Oh! But totally fatally flawed because she, uh, has a light, somewhat-other-than-flesh-toned birthmark on her face? Hero awkwardly announces he is, "not disappointed."

    Ultra Evil Megacorp Boss literally bombs a fucking trailer park and murders a bunch of people. Climactic end of movie, the hero calls in a desperate plea for protection from the denizens of that trailer park. Success! A crowd shows up to protect our hero from UEMB, showing the resiliency of spirit and loyalty that being poor cannot extinguish! The crowd steels itself, we know what you've done, you bastard, we will not give in just because you're rich. Then the crowd... gives in and parts? And allows UEMB to just walk right up to the hero with a gun? And then UEMB has some weird softening of the heart he hasn't displayed any inclination towards the entire movie because the hero has a tear falling from his eye?

    And the message all along is, "winning isn't everything, playing the game is more important." Which is clearly demonstrated by a random easter egg in an old game which results in the person who finds it... winning everything.

    Jesus Christ.
     
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    Skip the book, IMO. Its more nostalgia fan service than anything, to the point where there are literal lists of 80s and 90s call-outs littered throughout. Its really overrated.
     
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    I actually really enjoyed the book, often because of said nostalgia but I also liked the story.

    But ya the movie didn't live up to it at all.
     
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    Movies have always had political bents it just seems more recently, on top of being completely against new movie ideas, theyve decided political overtones can carry a movie alone without any story or decent execution. To top it all off when an obviously shit movie bombs, the Hollywood assholes and media folks blame it squarely on white males. Give me a fucking break.
     
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    Ready Player One

    This movie is an 80's and 90's pop culture reference overdose. It seems like this has been a theme lately in movies and TV, but now they aren't even being subtle about it. Just making nod after nod to the childhood years of my generation and cramming them up our asses. Besides that, it's just the same, tired old plot of the corporate rich vs. the downtrodden yet resilient common people. The part at the beginning when he talks about the "Corn Syrup Droughts" made me want to shut my fucking TV off.

    2/10 because of the shiny visual effects.
     
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    So it's on TV then? Because that's the only way I'd ever watch it, if only to see what minor miracle Spielberg pulled off in translating the book to screen.
     
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    I rented it on Amazon.
     
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    Eighth Grade

    I saw this with my wife a few days ago. One of the few movies that accurately captures what its like being in middle school. And surprisingly, the lead actress actually looks like shes in 8th grade with zits and all. The movie was really good, especially so since its Bo Burnham who put it together as his first major film. I havent cringed this hard in a movie in quite a while. Not because it was bad, but because it was so punishingly accurate for anyone that remembers how awkward being 14 was. One thing I didnt quite relate to or really have a grasp on beforehand was how much social media shapes the landscape for middle school and high school life nowadays. Thankfully I missed all that, I cant imagine the kind of shit I would have said at that age.The movie was genuinely funny and heartfelt. Its worth seeing.

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    Mandy

    Gorgeous, nightmarish, super-surreal fever dream is a wonderful concoction of so much 70’s and 80’s b-movie glory you’ll feel like your senses are getting assaulted. Divided between beautiful dream-like romantic first half to its dark, drug and gore-drenched Revenge Film second half it is deliberately paced and should strictly be viewed as an art film. Cage’s more crazy-style acting is used in the best possible way here, he is fucking brilliant in this film. As is Johann Johansson’s final film score, a gorgeous synth that caps off his short life masterfully.

    That’s what this movie is. A haunting, dizzying masterpiece that is definetly not for all tastes. This movie has, amongst many many MANY things a terrifying scenery-chewing cameo from Richard Brake, a fucking balls-out 80’s-style chainsaw fight and a final kill in it that you won’t forget as long as you live— no matter how how you try. One of the year’s best films, it deserves a wide release.

    9.5/10
     
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    I invested in Legion M because of this film. I can't wait to see it in its entirety.
     
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    I am shocked at how well it lived up to the trailer. I had to watch it twice to take it all in.
     
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    A Star Is Born (2018)
    I thought that the original songs in this movie are fantastic, for how they were used in the film. And a couple are genuine hits. Lukas Nelson and his band are a terrific contribution, and I even thought Andrew Dice Clay was good. Good film. First hour is great, second hour rambles a bit, and could've benefited from some montage editing, but overall, good work. Solid performances by Cooper, Gaga and Elliott. I wasn't especially moved one way or the other by Cooper's directing from a visual standpoint. But, whatever responsibility he had for the overall tone and drawing out the cast's work, I thought he did that well.
     
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    Jason Isbell wrote the songs for that movie, which explains the quality of songwriting. He actually refused when Cooper first offered it to him because he didn't care for the original movie. He only agreed after he was able to read the entire script first.
     
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    Isbell only wrote one, but it's a great one: "Maybe It's Time" that they've used in one of the trailers


    The rest were written by various combinations of Cooper, Gaga and Nelson. The song that will be the biggest hit, "Shallow" was written by Gaga and Mark Ronson. Ronson has produced or written with Adele and Gaga before (and also wrote Uptown Funk, which is hilarious), and Wiki tells me he is currently producing a new album for Miley Cyrus. The music is just really great in the film - it's like it's own character.
     
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    Chappaquiddick

    Overall, its ok. Jason Clarke is excellent as Ted Kennedy, the rest of the acting is pretty forgettable. I just couldnt take Jim Gaffigan seriously. There could have been more build-up into what led to the accident and more elaboration on how things developed after. The first and third acts felt pretty rushed. Im not sure how much of the back-room dealing to keep him out of jail is true or if its artistic license, but that is in an insane of amount of injustice if it is true. I hated all of the characters by the end, but maybe that was the point? Kennedy was loathsome in real-life because of this event anyway. Its worth checking out on Netflix if theres nothing better to watch.

    5/10
     
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    No one's seen Venom?
     
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    I saw it tonight. It isn't great, certainly not up to the standards of some of the recent MCU films, but it was entertaining. Some weak writing, Riz Ahmed's character is terrible, and not really fleshed out properly. I think Michelle Williams was miscast or underused. But I laughed some, and Hardy was good. If you're going simply for entertainment you won't be disappointed, but if you think it's an Oscar contender, you'll leave sad. I saw it free with MoviePass, so I thought it was okay.
     
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    Halloween

    Good fun. Scary, gory, not enough titty.
    Same description as my high school prom night!
     
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    If anybody goes to see the new Halloween, tell me the name of the movie that has the trailer with the boy - opens with a psychiatrist and a metronome.