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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Unvoiced_Apollo » Sat Mar 18, 18:29 2017

Beauty & The Beast (2017) - The acting and singing are serviceable, but that's about it. The movie is an almost beat for beat remake of the original. Very few changes are made, and out of the ones that are, most of them aren't explored enough or they don't make sense. Also, the original did a much better job at developing the romance and in a shorter time. I didn't buy the budding romance in this one because it misses a key element from the original. The new songs are alright, but I did like the new song for Maurice. LeFou and Gaston were fun, but that has more chemistry than the two leads. So a prettily dressed remake with too many undeniable flaws. :2houses:

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Sonic# » Mon Mar 20, 9:52 2017

We saw Hidden Figures over the weekend. :5houses:

I really like the early history of NASA. Going to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington and the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL were like religious experiences for me; merely being in the presence of an Apollo capsule or a Saturn V rocket section makes me ecstatic. In my enthusiastic reading, as both a kid and an adult, I've perused the histories, schematics, math problems, and accounts of early rocketry and space flight. I really like the film Apollo 13.

Hidden Figures combines that interest and wonder with the figures often hidden in those histories and accounts: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. The aeronautical is also the personal - the film manages to focus simultaneously on the immediate effects of segregation on these women, the mission everyone had to put a man in space, and their personal lives. (For me, a scene where Dorothy Vaughan goes with her son to the library sticks out in particular. ) All this is to say I really like it. I came in for the NASA history and interest in learning more about segregation, and came away entertained, awed, and wanting to learn more. I want to teach this film as soon as possible, and I've already got plans to read the nonfiction book the film is based on.

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Tweek » Mon Mar 20, 10:52 2017

I watched the Thai film *. Not the deepest of plots but lots of great martial arts action :) :4houses:

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Storage and Disposal » Fri May 12, 21:03 2017

I finally got around to seeing Ghostbusters. I went in with fairly low expectations, but quickly became pleasantly surprised. All the leads had great chemistry, everyone was funny, I was thoroughly enjoying myself. None of the complaints I've heard about it are valid, in my opinion.

But then I noticed a weird cut that confused me. One scene ended abruptly and the next one started abruptly, like they forgot to come up with a transition. Then I noticed it happen again. Then again. Then one of the cameos occurred in the same sense. The awkward editing became just too distracting to me. At some point in the movie, I started noticing some jokes falling flat for me, too. It started out with so much promise, I was really disappointed when the finale hit and I just wasn't that invested anymore. It somehow went from great to all right by the end.

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And I didn't really care for the music. I was still fairly entertained throughout the movie, but I probably won't be buying this one.
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Sonic# » Mon May 15, 13:05 2017

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I enjoyed it a lot. 3.5/:5houses:

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby rowan » Mon May 15, 13:26 2017

I liked it, :4houses: / :5houses:

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Sonic# » Tue May 16, 21:36 2017

^ Agreed!

I saw King Arthur.

I liked it as this medievalist metal action flick, brooding and serious to the point of near-absurdity at points, willing to crack some humor at other points.

So, as an action flick it's rather light on the explanations, and at times a bit muddled. The action begins with a besieged castle and lots of action. Names fly; some of them stick. To the credit of the filmmakers, it felt legendary. As director, Guy Ritchie likes having characters describe what's going to happen over montages of it happening, something that keeps the film quick-paced but has led me later to wonder whether a couple of scenes actually happened. (And not in an awesome, subjective, postmodern way.) He, perhaps, could have done The Hobbit in 2.5 hours, making it similarly enjoyable but somewhat fuzzy in parts. The action is fun; good fights, yeah. The acting is pretty good too, both in the central and supporting cast.

The film is heavy on machismo. Arthur becomes a man who learns how to protect the brothel workers who helped raise him. He surrounds himself with men who know how to talk fast, crack a joke, and put on a stiff upper lip under tremendous pressure. Moms die and are absent; dads die and sons witness their deaths, perhaps repeatedly. Phallic symbols fly. Spoiler: Men do a variety of things, many of them centered on fighting, drinking, or acting politically. Women are subsumed into various supportive roles: they advise and encourage (Lady of the Lake); they support with magic (Mage); they die while fulfilling little other plot function (most of the other named women).

I've read some reviews that lament the lack of a focused Arthurian narrative here. In one way, they're right - this isn't the classic Arthur of Sword in the Stone or Le Morte Darthur, as seen in Excalibur. However, its subsuming of women, its focus on the phallic masculinity of men, and its interest in some scant political ethos being developed in Arthur seems Arthurian in a medievalist, anachronistic sense: it's some of the worst parts of the Arthurian mythos mixed with some of the most potent, readapted into a form that doesn't care it mixes four temporalities in vast, anachronistic fashion (~500 CE Londinium + 1400 CE arms and armor + 1100 CE allusions to Crusader narratives + some of the politics of today).

I really want to like it. Arthur is directly in my field of study. I read and appreciate Arthurian texts with substantial flaws that I don't overlook but I manage to deal with. Similarly, here, I enjoyed it (anachronisms and all) and could talk about it all day, and by that measure it succeeded. Still, I'm exasperated by its core conservatism, especially regarding gender. I feel like they used their own vision of what "medieval" is to justify putting men front and center and putting four women in (not literal) refrigerators. "THIS IS MEDIEVAL!" it screams with every set, every gesture, every retrograde gender assumption. "You can do better," I reply, and I'm not referring to the prop anachronisms.

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Tweek » Wed May 24, 4:50 2017

Last night I watched Moonraker; I bought the DVD yesterday afternoon shortly before I heard that Sir Roger Moore had died :(
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Unvoiced_Apollo » Thu Jun 1, 21:28 2017

Wonder Woman - For me, best DC movie since Dark Knight. Themyscira is beautiful. It's like they discovered there was more to a color palette than grey and it is just a gorgeous landscape. They really take advantage of the Greek mythos that inspired Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot is great and I don't see a model. I see Diana/Wonder Woman. She and Chris Pine have great chemistry. The humor takes advantage of the fish out of water scenario, but it never gets in the way of the drama and action. Speaking of the action, the action is great, even with the CGI. My only nitpick would be that they overused the slow motion a tiny bit and it does slow a bit in the second act. Still, it's a very good comic book movie. And I feel Patty Jenkins was successful in making a great superhero movie with a character that happens to be female. It does not feel at all like only women can appreciate it and I found myself smiling throughout. Oh, one last nitpick. The villain is a hidden one, making them not very compelling, and anyone who is familiar with the tendencies regarding Greek mythology will be able to immediately guess who it is. :4houses:

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Sonic# » Sat Jun 3, 16:13 2017

Wonder Woman. :4houses: Would see again.

3 small points:
1. The filmmakers did a good job of representing the diversity available in the British empire through crowd shots, as with short shots of Sikh soldiers in a train station. I saw this as both a historic nod to present-day anxieties (look! we've been multicultural for generations!) and a soft thematic admonishment of imperialism: (thematic spoiler)

2. Gal Gadot was compelling and Chris Pine was solid. Even so, I have to tip my hat to the supporting cast. Antiope (Robin Wright) was effective as a general and the more martial counterpart to Diane's mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). Those early scenes established the crux of Amazon society: be ready for war, but don't look forward to it. Then Charlie (Ewen Bremner) as a Scottish sharpshooter and Etta Candy (Lucy Davis) as a secretary were both favorites of mine.

3. I don't like DC that much, usually. I grew up with Marvel and Archie. As an adult my favorite Batman is from the 1960s and my favorite Superman is from the 1970s. But there are a handful of DC moment or characters that I really like, and now more than ever that includes Wonder Woman.

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Storage and Disposal » Tue Jun 6, 21:52 2017

Wonder Woman. I'm jumping on the :4houses: bandwagon. Some of the CGI was just plain unconvincing, but most of it was ok, a few too many slow motion shots for my taste, though they were handled better than the other DC movies I've seen, and the villains were a bit one note.

Aside from all this, I really enjoyed it. It's the first DC movie that was intentionally funny. I laughed through a good chunk of Batman v Superman, but for different reasons entirely. It was refreshing finding myself actually caring for the characters when shit went down towards the end.
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Aum » Thu Jun 8, 18:41 2017

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Saw Wonder Woman two nights ago. I was generally impressed. They did a better job than all the recent superhero movies IMO. The dialogue was not too cheesy.

The one egregious error that they made which I can't really forgive them for is that Diana was actually breathed to life, not by Zeus, but by APHRODITE and the other Goddesses. In her origin story the female Goddesses play a huge role... we almost never see them except when they are villains (Aries, Hades). But I know it's not the first time they've done that. In the cartoons she always refers to herself as Zeus' creation. They either didn't know this in their historical research or they chose to leave it out because it might be a bit too "girl power" for all those cocky Hollywood men.

The CGI stuff was a bit obvious and that disappointed me. It should be convincing right up front because in 5 years it won't be. Which means these movies are not made to be timeless but one-offs, so that they can recycle them again later.

I could've gone without the 3 references to the size of Steve's (Chris Pine's) penis. Like ok, we get it, you're sort of "side kicky" in this movie to a really powerful woman. I feel like male-dominated Hollywood just couldn't help themselves in their usual puerile way.

I hated, hated, hated that she had sex with Steve. The kiss was forgivable. The whole romantic segue really bothered me. She had such a one-track mind about her mission from beginning to end, as warriors tend to, and yet this guy swept her off her feet for a night. At least they didn't show it, that would've been worse.

Her innocence was endearing but also kind of annoying. They got a little too close to portraying her as ditzy. It's not like all of the social norms of Themyscira are so radically different from the outside world. I found their depiction of her ignorance not all that believable. So you can speak every language known to humanity yet you don't know that you can't just pick up some random woman's baby?

The action scenes pretty much made up for everything else. I loved how the female narrative was about transforming violence into acceptance, war into peace, hate into love, and without much male help.

I give it 4.5 / 5 and I'd love to see it again.
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Nech » Fri Jun 9, 7:41 2017

Where there's smoke, there's fire. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. So just shut up, and bring some water.

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Skeezy » Fri Jun 16, 11:27 2017

Went to see Alien Covenant last weekend.

As a long time watcher (fan is a bit of stretch) of Alien movies and sci fi in general I had to see this movie but tried not to have high expectations so I could enjoy it.
However I ruined this movie by watching the pre-qual Prometheus 1st.

Overal itss similar to the original alien movies which is a bit of a bad thing. Prometheus was visually stunning. The future tech from doors to corridors to spaships was well thought and animated. Covenant offers far less visually. Most of the movie takes place on a ship where you cant tell a difference from room to room.

The acting was done well.

The story and plot is predictable, the aliens while having a presence are not integrated that well. They are there and yes they kill but you outright see it coming which takes away from suspence and they are just there while the story pushes forward to a predictable ending. The story was ok at best. This movie was like a stepping stone filler. It solved a few mysteries about the 1st movie but thats about it.

I left the theater feeling literally nothing. Wasnt a bad movie but not a good one either

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Enigma » Sun Jun 18, 6:35 2017

"Human beings are amazing... we might be horrible, horrible, but we're wonderful too. Otherwise, why go on?"

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Nachos » Sun Jun 18, 17:59 2017

Watched Sisters last night with my sister. A fun light-hearted movie with a few deeper themes. Generally very enjoyable.
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Sonic# » Thu Jun 22, 4:28 2017

Saw Logan: :4houses: :( :crying:
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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby Storage and Disposal » Wed Jul 12, 13:43 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming: I'm feeling a 9 out of 10. I'm a big Spider-Man geek, so, to me, it's probably a :4houses: without the fanboyness. It's better than I thought it was going to be.

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Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Postby geldofc » Wed Jul 26, 4:40 2017

i saw Sparrow (2008), a Hong Kong crime movie with pickpockets. it was light and not very engaging imo but very clean and nicely shot. the director, Johnnie To, is considered very good though and now i am going to see more of his films. i'd give it a 3.8/5.
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