The Movie Preview, Review, & Recommendation Thread pt. II

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yes he's settled into middle aged gut quite nicely

you didn't miss anything. the special effects were pretty bad.

Not only that: Given how many missiles and bombs were used in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan I'm quite disappointed that not more hidden caves with mystical tombs have been found.
What really makes any Tom Cruise movie awful is his obsession to have as many close-ups of himself as possible in it.
I'm sure it has potential for marketing skin care products for men, though.
 

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watched The Godfather II last night. i preferred part 1. it was a little hectic and all the shit with Hyman Roth just seemed to be fairly anti-climactic. the end scene with michael showing how he was all alone and had basically been that way his entire life, was poignant, but really made the rest of the movie seem kind of pointless in comparison.
 

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Don't you think a lot of this is due to the rise of must-watch television? If you have a really good, character-driven story, you can tell it just as effectively on television/streaming than you can on a 30' screen, for a much smaller cost. The movie theater experience is really only advantageous for telling highly visual stories.

There's nothing about the Godfather that would be taken away if you watched it on a 60" screen at home instead of in a movie theater. You can't say the same for Fury Road or Guardians of the Galaxy. So more and more of the "good" movies - character-driven, great stories - are going to move to streaming services, while the movies will be starving for visual movies that may or not have great stories or character.
The filmic world, as with cameras has come to an end. The silky super saturated and wide screen quality is gone. Without it, going to the cinema can be repeated at home equally of not better, from a comfort position.

Funnily enough I watched the new Star Wars Rogue One last night at home. Whilst it was quite good, the grandiose cinematic widescreen experience was lacking. And it wasn't that I didn't watch in the cinema.
 

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The filmic world, as with cameras has come to an end. The silky super saturated and wide screen quality is gone. Without it, going to the cinema can be repeated at home equally of not better, from a comfort position.

Funnily enough I watched the new Star Wars Rogue One last night at home. Whilst it was quite good, the grandiose cinematic widescreen experience was lacking. And it wasn't that I didn't watch in the cinema.
I saw Rogue One at the BFI IMAX in London. Biggest screen in Britain. Fantastic experience.
 

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I saw Rogue One at the BFI IMAX in London. Biggest screen in Britain. Fantastic experience.
I found it a bit odd in parts, like how they managed to resurrect Peter Cushing to play Governor Tarkin and made Carrie Fisher look young again in the last moments. Darth Vader's physical movements where a bit iffy. But I was several drinks ahead of everyone, so I didn't really keep up with the plot. It was fast paced alright.
 

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watched The Godfather II last night. i preferred part 1. it was a little hectic and all the shit with Hyman Roth just seemed to be fairly anti-climactic. the end scene with michael showing how he was all alone and had basically been that way his entire life, was poignant, but really made the rest of the movie seem kind of pointless in comparison.
It took me a viewing or two to notice when Fredo had the misstep (with alcohol, no surprise given his character flaw) and he blurts out only Johnny Ola would know about the Cuban place where they tie up the woman for show. When Fredo met Johnny Ola in front of Michael, he sheepishly shook his hand and avoided eye contact pretending not to know him. That was subtle.

One thing I didn't understand was why Michael pushed Tom Hagen at the end. He literally turned over the family to Tom before going on his fact finding mission to Cuba. Tom already got called out sitting with Sollozzo in the first film and I thought he managed to vindicate himself when Michael turned to him after the attempted Nevada assassination.

Michael closed the door on Kay. Literally slammed it shut by sending his brother into the bottom of the lake. Yeah that was quite literal. I guess Connie was trying to be smart to get on the right side before she ends up in his war path? There's an oriental saying when you're invincible you're the loneliest.

Apparently James Caan demanded a king's ransom to reappear for that bit at the end. It was also when I realized that Robert Duvall wore a hair piece in the first film.
 

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Of course, it's entirely possible to like or admire something, and yet want not want to be controlled by it.
Is that why you lads got married?

It's just baffling to me. If I walk like a duck, quack like a duck and waddle like one I'd accept I was a duck. Anything else would be a futile struggle to be mediocre at best and ignore the innate strengths I was born with. At least that is my nature. I wouldn't proscribe to being a penguin because it's in vogue. At some point one has to deal with the gifts or curses that one was blessed or cursed with. However one wants to see it.
 

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Is that why you lads got married?

It's just baffling to me. If I walk like a duck, quack like a duck and waddle like one I'd accept I was a duck. Anything else would be a futile struggle to be mediocre at best and ignore the innate strengths I was born with. At least that is my nature. I wouldn't proscribe to being a penguin because it's in vogue. At some point one has to deal with the gifts or curses that one was blessed or cursed with. However one wants to see it.
you keep being you. don't let those bums out there tell you otherwise.
 

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you keep being you. don't let those bums out there tell you otherwise.
Especially Gandhi, Nehru or Jinnah!

That said I watched Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2. Why is Kurt Russell's hair better than mine and he's 66? I thought it was repetitive and sappy.
 

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Against Rambo's advice, I watched The Mummy. What was the point of that movie - other than to show London blowing up to bits? The final battle scenes were so dark I barely saw anything. The secret society and Jekyll/Hyde stuff seemed to make it even more unfocused.
 

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watched Shawshank Redemption tonight for the first time in a LONG time. man, what a great movie that is. they just don't make them like this any longer.
 

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Against Rambo's advice, I watched The Mummy. What was the point of that movie - other than to show London blowing up to bits? The final battle scenes were so dark I barely saw anything. The secret society and Jekyll/Hyde stuff seemed to make it even more unfocused.
Sounds like a rework of Young Sherlock.
 

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watched Shawshank Redemption tonight for the first time in a LONG time. man, what a great movie that is. they just don't make them like this any longer.
Very popular film in Britain.

Its just a good old fashioned yarn, and shows the enduring appreciation of these types of film.

Interestingly, it didn't do to well on its original release, some put it down to the 'uninspiring' title. I watched it at the flicks, liked it, but it isn't my fav film from the 90s. A great decade for film.
 

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Yesterday evening my wife and I saw "Woodshock" starring Kirsten Dunst (most of it anyway). We started dating 24 years ago and will have been married 23 years as of next Sunday. During that time we have gone to a great many movies. For the first time that I can remember, we walked out on a movie. 'Nuff said! What a tedious, pretentious snoozer of a movie!
 

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Last week We watched the original BladeRUNNER DIRECTORS CUT. Getting ready to watch the new one on big screen.
 

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I did as well. Did you think it held up?
The directors cut? - It was so long ago I watched the first one a few times - I didn't remember all the details to really compare. I think the lack of voice over wasn't a good thing.

Formby - I didn't think Blade Runner was over rated at all.
 

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The directors cut? - It was so long ago I watched the first one a few times - I didn't remember all the details to really compare. I think the lack of voice over wasn't a good thing.

Formby - I didn't think Blade Runner was over rated at all.
Can't warm to Scott, his movies are typically all fur coat and no knickers (which in most cases I approve of) but not film. His films are often visually stunning, but plodding...The exception is Alien, which is brilliant and the only film that genuinely scared me.

Philip K. Dick is an interesting writer though, or was...
 

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Anyone seen Blade Runner 2049 yet? I liked it, but there just seemed to be something missing.... Beautiful film though, and made me want to see Dave Bautista act more, which is odd.
 

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The Florida Project is an interesting new movie well worth seeing. The protagonist is a little girl, played by a remarkably talented child actress. I was very disappointed her mother didn't get strangled or meet a similar bad end.
 

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Why does a movie featuring cartoon characters who never age need a remake? Will they draw the characters better the next time around?

Also why are all lions considered black? Because they're from Africa? Aren't there other people who could voice lions? Why are the white people all put in sidekick / comic relief roles? Isn't this some form of discrimination?
 
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I think they can develop an entire series out of blade runner, especially after I have watched the latest one. Now I want to rewatch the 1st part. I think Ryan is a neatpick for the role after seeing him in "Lars and the real girl". Simply love it!

I've also gone back from watching the Foreigner and Thor. Recommend both. The latter is super entertaining. Foreigner kinda touched my heart since it mentions about the boat refugee people after the Vietnam war.
 

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Why does a movie featuring cartoon characters who never age need a remake? Will they draw the characters better the next time around?

Also why are all lions considered black? Because they're from Africa? Aren't there other people who could voice lions? Why are the white people all put in sidekick / comic relief roles? Isn't this some form of discrimination?
We need to just follow this course to where it naturally leads and bring back segregation. That way there's no cultural appropriation and no people whining about how their race is supposedly poorly represented in some movie they aren't going to see anyway.
 
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I think they can develop an entire series out of blade runner, especially after I have watched the latest one. Now I want to rewatch the 1st part. I think Ryan is a neatpick for the role after seeing him in "Lars and the real girl". Simply love it!

I've also gone back from watching the Foreigner and Thor. Recommend both. The latter is super entertaining. Foreigner kinda touched my heart since it mentions about the boat refugee people after the Vietnam war.
I really like the Blade Runner universe. Hope they do another one, but am pretty doubtful.
 

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We need to just follow this course to where it naturally leads and bring back segregation. That way there's cultural appropriation and no people whining about how their race is supposedly poorly represented in some movie they aren't going to see anyway.
Orientals don't want to watch Lion King?
 

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Anyone seen Blade Runner 2049 yet? I liked it, but there just seemed to be something missing.... Beautiful film though, and made me want to see Dave Bautista act more, which is odd.
I liked it -but then I'm a sucker for loooong movies that are slow paced and have good visuals. I saw it on a HUGE screen - even better. One of few movies I could watch again soon after. Naturally it didn't and couldn't have the impact the original did. I had fun comparing/contrasting to the other side of future dystopia - the Mad Max series.
 

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Just watched the latest version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

A stellar cast but not used as well as they should have been. The film felt a bit flat. Beautifully costumed however.

Michelle Pfeiffer shows her age, which left ol' formby a little heartbroken. Why [can't] she stay as Madame de Tourvel for evah...?

Boo.

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"Kingsman- The golden circle" is utter rubbish.
While the gore in part one's church scene was so over the top that it was enjoyable, the gore in this movie feels a bit odd.
Plus it has one of the stupidest plots ever, not to mention poor use of CGI in the action sequences.
Even Family Guy did it better:


Fun fact: The reason why the studio did blow up the Huntsman/ Kingsman tailor shop in the movie is because Huntsman owner Pierre LaGrange interfered too much.
 

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I finished watching Victoria and Abdul. Interesting there are still things being discovered about one of the most prominent monarchs in modern history. I'm sure most of it was sensationalized but if Charles the Prince of Wales is anything like Edward VII was - we're going to be in trouble.
 

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Finally got round to watch Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards, his outclassed himself this time by rewriting the end of WWII.

Violent pornography signifying very little. You can mess with history, but having Hitler and his entire entourage killed in a Paris cinema in 1944 is pushing the envelope of suspended belief somewhat. Still, quite fancied the German actress.
 
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