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Recent Movie Review Thread

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

  1. dieformetal

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    Am I the only one who thinks it would have been HILARIOUS if the reason Jane broke up with Thor(which never gets explained in Ragnarok) was because she sees him fat and drunk and thinks “so THIS is what I have to look forward to???”
     
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    I was actually a little disappointed that we didn't get a mid-credits scene of alternate reality Thor trying to find his hammer.
     
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    Avengers: Endgame

    “Ohhhh! So THAT’S how to invent time travel!”

    ...push that aside, and the fact you have a three hour superhero movie with almost no action scenes until the everything-including-the-kitchen-sink climax. Instead, it’s mostly a comedy-drama as the main characters (many of them, and balanced well) fight inner demons. Surprisingly, it’s all handled with terrific deftness. It’s kept unpredictable with plenty of fun cameos and nudge-nudge moments spread out over the entire MCU film franchise. It ends strong. With plenty of laughs along the way and strange character directions you don’t see coming. It doesn’t feel three hours long and that means it’s effective.

    Fans of both Marvel comics and the MCU film franchise should be pleased. My guess is Galactus is the best bet to be the next super-duper villain for the “phase four” of the franchise.

    9/10
     
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    The only people who got "fixed" were the ones who disappeared in the snap. Gamora (and, for that matter, Vision) die in Thanos' effort to obtain the stones, so there's no fixing them

    I don't think Thanos is as weak as you're suggesting.

    Thanos doesn't use the power stone with the Hulk, he literally just fought him; the stone doesn't glow, there's no indication he's using its power, he one-on-one beats the shit out of the strongest Avenger with no help. The team that almost beat him resorted to essentially trickery, not overpowering him; in fact, a pretty compelling point was made that it required an entire team of people and all of Iron Man's tech to give him a scratch on his face. Thanos is obviously aided greatly by the stones through fights, but the fact remains that there have been no compelling limits set on his physical power. Everyone who goes toe-to-toe with him gets physically overpowered - it's pretty clear (to me) that slipping past the stones defenses and engaging with Thanos directly has yet to show any inkling of success.

    Where is this shown otherwise?

    In any event, I think the "we might lose" comes from the overall situation. It's not All The Avengers vs. Thanos. It's All The Avengers vs. Thanos + Minions + ship + an entire army, with the actual stones precariously being dragged around the battlefield, where any of the enemy laying their hands on them would spell a sudden end to the conflict.

    Overall, I really enjoyed it.

    I struggled with Captain Marvel's character. This movie really requires the backstories of the other characters for them to be compelling; there isn't enough space here to make each one compelling in their own right. All of those characters have multiple movies, long released, to establish them.

    Captain Marvel has one movie, and it's still in theaters. There's no backstory here if you haven't already seen it in the theater. So this character shows up and we're supposed to feel... what, exactly? Yet she has a disproportionate impact on the outcome of the movie. I think Marvel screwed up there; you can't expect everyone who wants to watch one of the most anticipated finale movies in the last decade to have also already seen yet another spinoff character movie, which hasn't even gotten out of the theaters yet. If she had been a character in a previous Avengers movie, okay. But here? Meh.

    But that quibble aside, and some question marks around the power of certain characters or items, I thought it was great. Genuinely funny, good character arcs, and some surprises. The initial scene(s) of the movie were, for me, wholly unexpected.
     
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    I think that an adaptation of the Secret Wars storyline would work as a way to let them build up the next wave of characters and then bring them together, especially the ones they just got back from FOX, but judging from Captain Marvel, it looks like they're planning to go down the Kree/Skrull path, which is a shame because I never really cared for those storylines.
     
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    I really hope not, the Kree-Skrull saga was boring. The only saving grace is you really need to establish the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer in the MCU to make that work. The last FF movie was absolute trash and you cant use the cast before it because it would be odd if the Human Torch looked identical to Captain America. So they would have to start the FF all over again.
     
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    NOBODY fucking wants that. Don’t be surprised if they simply full-stop the Captain Marvel direction. It is just not a big hit with people. The movie wasn’t that good and she performs like she took acting lessons from Christopher Lambert.
     
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    And they should start all over again. Spider Man’s introduction into the MCU shows that you don’t need to get bogged down with an origin story script for superheroes that are on their third film reboot.
     
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    The last F4 movie was actually so bad that you completely forgot about it, because its Human Torch looked exactly like Erik Killmonger and had a white sister for some reason.
     
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    Can we all come together and admit every movie Fantastic Four movie sucked? They fucking SUCKED.

    Start them from scratch. Doom is one of the top Marvel villains, with the right casting it could be a big winner. And it was FF that famously had to deal with Galactus. Who came in the form of a swirling nothingness in past films.
     
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    John Wick 3: I didn't feel it was as good as the first 2, but still a good movie, 7/10. Basically, the movie just felt like it was on cruise control setting up the series to come, which is ultimately fine with me.

    That said, Dacascos played a pretty good antagonist. Halle Berry did a great job and the Belgian Malinois were awesome. The gun play was generally outstanding as usual.

    As an act of contrition for the High Table, Wick cuts one of his fingers off. Biggest pet peeve was the scenes they forgot to photoshop out the finger.
     
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    Booksmart

    The idea of a movie like Superbad or American Pie with the genders of the leads swapped was intriguing, but I found it to be a huge disappointment.

    On the positive side I thought that Beanie Feldstein was terrific in the lead role. In teen films it always seems like the female ugly duckling character is played by an actress that is still cute. But Feldstein was perfect for the role, and she and her lesbian best friend had great rapport together. The problem was though that they had to carry too much of the film on their own. Feldstein's character's family life was never mentioned at all, and most of the other characters were underdeveloped. My favorite scene was the bathroom scene at the beginning of the movie, so I would have loved to have seen more from those three characters who Feldstein had the exchanges with. It was also extremely predictable that the two best friends would end up getting into an argument and separating during their night of fun before their high school graduation.

    It earned an R-rating, but for what the film was supposed to be it was surprisingly tame. I think that I laughed out loud once, but that was it. I also was not a fan of the political innuendos that were inserted throughout the film.

    I did like the message about how the overachiever finds out that the supposed slackers have actually done well for themselves academically and professionally. True, it was unrealistic that so many kids from one high school would be going to prestigious schools, but since the film took place over the course of 1-2 days as opposed to several years it had limited options as to how to send that message.

    At 105 minutes long it was an appropriate length, but it honestly felt 30 minutes longer than that while watching it. I say skip it.

    4.5/10
     
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    The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Big Foot

    A truly weird, but generally fun movie. Sam Elliott stars as Sam Elliott (basically) who assassinated Hitler and a few decades later is tasked with killing Bigfoot, because of a virus or something, but he happens to be immune. Larry Miller is his brother, and he’s always fun to watch, even after his brain injury. The movie takes itself very seriously which is what made it so absurd but enjoyable. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but not a bad way to kill 90 minutes.

    6/10
     
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    Once Upon a Time In Hollywood:

    Honestly, just a meh film. You really can't compare his Tarantino movies to other movies, just to other Tarantino movies. Stacked up against his other movies Im not sure it's bottom half or top. I had hoped with a more modern set movie that was somewhat based on reality it would be more like his first handful of films that relied on all time great dialogue, stand out performances, classic characters you'd find in no other movie, and slick storytelling. Ive grown weary of his odes to exploitation camp in his past few, save Inglorious Bastards. In this film it's more of an ode to 50-60's television camp. It's basically 2 hours 40 minutes of an ode to Hollywood's golden years of television, long shots of vintage LA, and the underlying dread of the Manson murders that is resolved in the last 5 minutes of the movie in terribly predictable Tarantino fashion.

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio take of 98 percent of the film but neither of their characters get any real development and there is a supreme lack of stand out or memorable dialogue that usually can carry his films. Nothing comes close to the opening diner scene of Reservoir Dogs, the bible quoting hit scene in Pulp Fiction, or the opening scene of Inglorious Bastards. Margo Robbie is window dressing and given zero to work with. Al Pacino must have just been a straight favor to Tarantino and the marketers (first time Pacino has been directed by Tarantino!!!!), he's in 1.25 scenes and add less than nothing. Damian Lewis had a single scene as Steve McQueen and nailed it so well I was disappointed that's all he got.

    Just like the past two Tarantino films it's hard to give them low score when it means comparing them to the terrible dreck it's normally reserved for.

    1-10 on the Tarantino scale it's probably a 5. It's not bad but left a helluva lot of wanting. More watchable than Django, Hateful 8, or Death Proof. Not the same tier as Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Bastards.
     
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    Caught it last night and this about sums up what I thought of it also. I knew what it was going to be about going it, so I may have liked it a little more than you did, but its no where near the pantheon of top Tarantino films. And Ill agree, his last few movies havent been great. I didnt even really enjoy Django Unchained or Hateful 8 either. It feels like hes making movies he expects Tarantino to make rather than something interesting and different. It was fine, but not something worth re-watching or thinking too much about. Some are calling the ending "controversial", what were they expecting?

    5.5 / 10
     
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    I mean given given the title and the fact that the families' haven't been in the news objecting to the film I figured the ending was going to play out the way it did. Had it played out more historically there would have been a much bigger uproar. Honestly a handful of tenser dialogue scenes and it would have went much further to being a much better Tarantino movie.
     
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    I saw it tonight and thought it was great. The finale scene was uproariously good, it makes the slow build worth it. It could have been 15 minutes shorter, but that's my only major complaint. I loved that all the cult kids were kids of Hollywood heavy families. A bunch of Brad Pitt's one-liners, Leo's scene against Luke Perry was legit. I had not read much leading into it, so the "twist" ending was a delight for me.
    The fairy tale was sold with the end title reveal "Once Upon a Time . . .
    I thought that was a nice touch.

    There won't be a film like that the rest of the year. The blend of writing / acting / fact & fiction mix-up and tension was unique. Terrific.
     
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    Hobbs and Shaw

    Like 80s action movies that don't take them selves seriously? You will love this movie. it was great.
     
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    I love how this place rates a Tarantino movie based on not how good of a movie it was, but how good of a Tarantino movie it was. Same goes for Scorsese. It just shows how they’re so much more above other directors in talent.
     
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    I saw this last week. I'd say it's his second worst movie, right above Django Unchained (yeah, I thought that one sucked.).

    Not a lot happened in OUATIH, and the characteristic snappy dialog wasn't there.

    I was also disappointed in Kurt Russell's role; when I heard he was going to be in it, 1) I thought he was going to have a bigger role, and 2) I thought he was going to be playing Stuntman Bob, the older brother of Stuntman Mike in Death Proof.

    In fact I'm still not sure how this movie ties in with the rest of the films in his cinematic universe.

    As per usual, he had some closeups of women's feet.

    At least he kept his ass behind the camera this time, and didn't do one of his idiotic cameos.