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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I liked how the sisters heartwarming make-up speech at the end didn’t even pause when they were being actively stabbed to death by ghouls
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Yeah I never for a second thought it wasn't Ziggy, for the same reasons. Like even if I had remembered that Ziggy wasn't the name they were using for her in the framing device, it's still obviously a nickname.

Hey wait when did Cindy have the time to tell Ziggy about all the stuff that happened down in the tunnels? They're not reunited for long before Cindy dies and Ziggy would have no way of knowing otherwise.
 

Pajaro Pete

(He/Himbo)
i literally hate that i am now burdened with the knowledge that the main characters of 1994 are named Sam and Deena and that means the prominent usage of Carry On My Wayward Son was probably intentional
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
So this week I watched TWO time travel movies!

The Tomorrow War was fucking terrible.

Primer remains fucking amazing.
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Late to the party on Toy Story 4. It was...fine? I always have to not ask too many questions in this universe before it starts getting weird and existential.

And whyyyy in the heck is Disney still queer coding it’s antagonists? Stop that.
 

karzac

(he/him)
Judas and the Black Messiah was fantastic. Great performances from Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback. The whole time I was watching it, all I could keep thinking was "Fred Hampton was 21". Incredible.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
Logan Lucky remains one of the most watchable movies of the last decade. It might not be the best movie, but I can think of few others that it is more pleasant to just throw on. Great cast, fun plot, generally breezy. Its just a good time.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
Speaking of Soderbergh crime capers, I watched No Sudden Move, which rules, if you can get past the constant use of wide lenses that makes a fisheye effect on most shots. Great cast and twisty screenplay.
 

zonetrope

(he/him)
Not a caper, but Soderbergh's Let Them All Talk from last year (with Meryl Streep) was one of his best movies overall, I thought.

I watched Shall We Dance? last night. All Astaire/Rogers movies are the same, but this one just slightly edges out the others because a lot of the script in between the dancing is genuinely funny. I love '30s Hollywood flicks because Edward Everett Horton is in like 75% of them.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I watched Cruella in the cinema, the first time there for...no idea, before the pandemic, I guess.

It was great. Like someone looked into my brain, and made a movie exactly for me. Great costume design, fun over-the-top...everything, great music. Took some time, to realize who her two partners would be, later on.

Damn, that was really fun.
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
I'm curious if you had experience with the cartoon before the movie (I know I did and it took me a while to shake it).

Like, you're not supposed to like Beetlejuice. He's the villain. He has this weird plan to double-kill the protagonists and force a 15 year old to marry him. But then we've got this wacky little cartoon, where he's the protagonist and that young girl is his best friend and they have wacky adventures together and the actual main freaking characters from the movie just do not even exist, and for nerds of a certain age, you're gonna see that well before anyone is going to let you watch this weird movie where ghosts are pulling their faces off and beheading themselves and such. So then you do see it and hey what the hell, who are these two and why is Lydia's wacky BFF this creepy murderous pervert? And that's just not at all pleasant.
Yeah, a lot of films in the 80s and 90s had cartoon spinoffs that took liberties with the source material. Both Beetlejuices were jerks, but Cartoon Beetlejuice is more of a looney trickster god who enjoys pranks and wacky literal cartoon wordplay while Movie Beetlejuice is more of an asshole.

Well okay they're both assholes, but Toon BJ never tried to force an underaged teen to marry him.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
He was in a long term committed relationship with a teen, however. Don’t think that’s necessarily better.

Though I also read Beetlejuice as being a lot younger in the cartoon, too.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
America: The Motion Picture

This is one that could have been really good or really bad but is in some safe middle ground. Lord and Miller are producers and the director did 91 episodes of Archer and tonally it feels like a hybrid of their styles. But somehow it also feels like a retread of their voices? Like, it never dips below "quite competent". And it is a movie that is swinging for the fences. The best way to describe it, if you are unaware, is imagine the lovechild of Dom Torreto and Bill and Ted wrote an American history report before getting a time machine. Basically its American history where all time has collapsed in on itself (JFK, George Washington and Lincoln are all contemporaries) with a bunch of founding fathers joining together to kill werewolf Benedict Arnold (wearing a half-red/half-blue coat, which is a nice touch).

The film has a few moments of "wacky ironic" racism that I don't think works. Sam Adams is unaware of other countries and is therefore "confused" about why Thomas Edison, portrayed as an Asian American woman, has skin like that. And I know the point is that Sam is a douchey fratboy asshole but this is so not the way and isn't the time. Other than that, it is clear that the movie, despite its missteps, it specifically makes time to point out how some of the heroes have been fucked over even the ending of the movie implies good intention aren't going to make up for human weakness and that the founding of America solves very little in terms of the awful side. Geronimo and John Henry join the heroes but its clear they don't entirely trust that they are going to do right by them and by the film's end, Washington seems too overwhelmed to fix shit. But I think while it wants to use the opportunity of its ridiculous premise to broach a few ideas, its more interested in mocking ridiculous film cliches.

So it sounds like I have complaints but in the end, I personally found the film... just OK. The joke quality was roundly solid but rarely raised beyond some chuckles and amused smiles. But that's not nothing. And its got a crackerjack cast of talent: Channing Tatum, Will Forte (quasi-reprising his role as Lincoln), Andy Samberg, Jason Mantzoukas, Judy Greer, Simon Pegg, and Bobby Moynihan. Its a movie that I enjoyed watching but felt that it never quite hit the sweet spot that absurdist comedy should. If anything, I feel like despite the unique premise that I've felt this tonal approach to a weird premise in things like Danger 5 and Kung Fury (albeit with less Hitler than either) so that this didn't have the impact that it should have.

That said, despite my so-so reveal... Octo might want to try it. Feels like it certainly WANTS to be his jam.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Fast 9: The Furious Saga: The Book of Vroom: Family And Cars Translation has been watched.

Whatever thin veneer of plausibility remained in this series is gone now. The land is fallow of reality.

In my foolish youth, three hours ago, I thought Vin Diesel bungee jumping his car was going to be the height of lunacy and was disappointed that it was wasted so early in the film.

I was wrong to doubt Vin, and am glad I avoided every trailer for this movie.

One Hundred Thousand out of Ten
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I’d say that Fear Street 1666 is the best of the lot, which isn’t saying that much since they were only batting 500, but I did wind up enjoying it unreservedly; and the twists were well set up and fun to see play out. Felt a bit long, but it was basically two movies smooshed together.

Biggest complaint was when they explained what the Konami Code was, by using games that didn’t use the Konami Code as examples, and also in a context that didn’t work; it only gave you extra lives in Contra
 

Pajaro Pete

(He/Himbo)
Are the fear street movies scary? I am asking for a cowardly friend of mine, Bascally Radger

they're supposed to be horror movies, but they're not particularly scary imo. there's this weird lack of tension to them that makes them feel like perhaps they were originally written and filmed to have a PG-13/TV-14 rating, but then someone said "yo since some of this stuff involves, like, actual children dying there is no way this will get anything but an R rating" and so they went back and shot a handful of graphically violent scenes that feel really out of place from the rest of the movies
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
they're supposed to be horror movies, but they're not particularly scary imo. there's this weird lack of tension to them that makes them feel like perhaps they were originally written and filmed to have a PG-13/TV-14 rating, but then someone said "yo since some of this stuff involves, like, actual children dying there is no way this will get anything but an R rating" and so they went back and shot a handful of graphically violent scenes that feel really out of place from the rest of the movies
I mean, that sort of thing is done. Snakes on a Plane added a sex scene with pot smoking to guarantee their R-rating, so they could also add in Sam Jackson saying the movie's most famous line.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Depends on your threshold for scary; in terms of creepiness, pretty minimal, but there are scenes that get there, especially in part 3.

In terms of violence… yeah, you’re going to watch a whole bunch of teens get absolutely chopped to pieces
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
I mean seriously you guys can all see it right?



The very idea that Mr. Vinnie Bennet exists and is a professional actor, but somehow HASN'T made exactly that movie already is mind-blowing to me.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Considering how ridiculously troubled the development was, and how many times it was rewritten and reshot… The New Mutants was… pretty good? Certainly better than I was lead to believe. Not perfect, but a good 7/10. In the upper tier of the X-Men movies. Sam’s Kentucky accent is cartoonish enough that even Chris Claremont would blush.

I think it’s also got the only explicitly gay relationship in the franchise, too. And they included Lockheed!

But on the other hand, they decided to cast a white guy as Roberto (IIRC, the actor is actually Brazilian at least) and Lockheed was a sock-puppet
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
Inspired by my current playthrough of SRW V, in which the series factors heavily into the setting, I decided to check out the live-action Space Battleship Yamato movie from a few years agELEVEN YEARS AGO?! Oh well. Anyway, it was pretty good! I know very little about the original series and thus have no idea how faithful this adaptation is, other than I recognized a lot of scenes and ideas as having been reflected in SRW. But the premise has a bit of a Battlestar Galactica vibe to it, and this movie almost certainly took some stylistic cues from the 2003 BSG reboot, in particular one battle sequence late in the film. The characters aren't particularly well developed but they're all pretty likable, and the action's more impressive than I would have expected. There's also a very good cat who doesn't get enough screentime.
 
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that BSG was heavily influenced by the original Yamato/Star Blazers. I'd honestly put money on it, actually.

Yamato 2199 is a really good adaptation, if you're looking to dig more into Yamato.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
15 years late to the party, but I finally watched Paranormal Activity. Which is definitely not the sort of movie that benefits from my usual “Half pay attention while playing video games” method of movie watching.

Half the movie is Terrible Boyfriend trying to catch the ghost that’s haunting his girlfriend on camera for #content (and toxic masculinity), then does The exact opposite of everything everyone tells him to do.

And the ghost spends every night burping and closing doors and hogging the blankets and just being an all around freaky creepster.

I don’t think I’ll be watching the sequels, if only because I’m sure theyd suffer from diminishing returns real quick, and to a lesser extent because yikes, that inconsiderate house ghost managed to spook up the joint
 
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