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Recent Movie Review Thread

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

  1. Juice

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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.
     
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    Joker

    Whew. This movie is a lot to unpack and I’ll probably need to see it again to take it all in. On the one hand I loved it, on the other hand it was one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve had watching a movie in quite a while. Phoenix was absolutely amazing and the story was decent, but I’m not sure some of the attempts at adding a greater depth to the character really worked. It felt more silly than convincing at times. Overall though, I liked it and it had some fun twists to turn the lore on its head. Phoenix was downright unsettling throughout and truly frightening toward the end, and frightening in a way that its hard to pinpoint something similar in another movie. Not even Ledger's Joker, which I think this is on par with, had the same effect. Where Ledger's Joker wanted anarchy, Phoenix's Joker is a nihilist.

    I’ll discuss it more when others have seen it because it’s hard to jump into the details without spoiling it.

    8.5/10
     
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    3 From Hell

    This is the sequel to The Devil's Rejects, which is one of my favorite horror movies. This one is not one of my favorite horror movies. It's watchable sure, and it's not terrible, but it's not great.

    The music, which was one of the best parts of The Devil's Rejects, is not even close to as good.

    Making Baby even more out of her mind crazy made her too over the top.

    Making Otis more of grumpy old man instead of a seething volcano of rage wasn't my favorite either.

    Now, both of these character progression do actually make sense, it just didn't make for as good of a movie.

    Also Sheriff Wydell was the most terrifying character of the whole first (second?) movie, and he's not in this.

    The brother replacement for Captain Spaulding wasn't even close to the same intensity and creepiness of the original. I get the actor was too sick to really reprise his role, but the replacement fell totally flat.

    Also, the warden was suppose to be the new badass Wydell character, but nope. He was OK, but didn't do it nearly as well.

    The posse of killers in the shitty Mexican wrestler masks felt cheesy and cartoonish to me.

    There were some things I liked about it, the characters of Carlos and Sebastian (the Inn owner and his little employee) I thought were good additions.

    Overall I give it a meh.

    6/10
     
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    If you know anything about Breaking Bad, you know what this is.

    I definitely want to re-watch because I'm sure I missed out on a few things, but overall upon first viewing, it's a good 2 hour long Epilogue for the Jesse Pinkman story. There are obviously a whole bunch of call-backs to the series as well as a few nice cameos along the way.

    7.5/10
     
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    I generally liked it, but Im not sure what the point was and it was a bit boring sometimes. The acting was good and it was fun to revisit the characters, even though Aaron Paul is pushing 40 and passing for a teenager/early 20s is a bit of a stretch. The Todd scenes were as creepy as they’ve ever been and I’m glad some other characters made a return. I wish they had a tie-in with BCS, but it probably wouldn’t have made sense with the timeline. For BB fans, it’s a decent ending, but as a stand-alone movie for anyone that didn’t watch the series, it can probably be skipped.

    6.5/10
     
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    I got a bit of a chuckle out of Todd gaining 30-40lbs between the recap and his first scene.