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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Here's the twist... The Sixth Sense was a fluke!
Very late reply in this, but I think this is unfair. There's the saying that everyone has one masterpiece in them. Shyamalan actually got to make his.

The Sixth Sense is an absolute masterpiece. It's a really personal heartfelt film, with clever cinematography, that tells two stories that work different ways in second viewing (and a different protagonist the second time) and with truly brilliant performances. It changes genre a number of times and still feels coherent. It's fundamentally impossible for somebody bad at directing to make something that does something that audacious and actually pull it off.

Unbreakable is also really, really good. Signs is excellently directed; if it weren't for the incredibly dumbass twist people would be seeing it for the masterpiece of tension it is.

I don't know what happened to the guy. His early films were marred by him having to add a twist and the compromises you have to do to set them up make the films worse. Even more silly because you go into an M Night Shyamalan film expecting one, so he has to go even more gonzo to surprise you. I wish he'd mentally settled on "a Shyamalan film is bloody excellent" rather than "an Shyamalan film is a magic trick"
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Signs has flaws, but yeah a lot of it is really well done. I first saw it when I was staying out in the country and it scared the hell out of me.
 

4-So

Spicy
I've never been a huge fan of the man's work but I'll go to bat for Signs and The Village. Loved those movies.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
Yeah, Signs is pretty excellent too despite the dumb twist. I mean, the actual plot twist isn't that the aliens are weak to water, it's that all the weird, tragic things, even very minor details, has been set up for them to fight back. That twist was well-executed. But still, oh boy was the water thing dumb.

I think Signs was a turning point. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were excellent, and Signs was excellent but then it had that weird twist. And after that his movies just kinda...kept getting worse for some reason. I saw The Village and thought it was fine, but nothing special, but from what I've heard beyond that a lot of his other movies are some real stinkers. I'd have to watch them to form a more informed opinion but I don't want to. OH WELL.
 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
(He/him)
I haven't seen most of them since The Village but I liked Split OK (not without reservation but it was a competent film).
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Considering how the whole point of Unbreakable and it’s sequels is that the villains plans are constructed around comic book plot lines because of his obsession with them, it’s really really obvious that M Night has absolutely no idea whatsoever how comics work.

Anyway

Watched two movies that it’s surprising I’d never seen before;

I liked Muppet Treasure Island a lot more than some Muppet movies and a lot less than others. Unlike Christmas Carol it felt like a Muppet showcase first and foremost and less of a genuinely excellent adaptation that coincidentally had Fozzie Bear in it sometimes. Both this and Treasure Planet had a duplicitous crab-guy in the cast so either that was a part of the original book, or else Hollywood had a real problem with crab bigotry in the 90s

Castle in the Sky Id often been told was the basis for, like, every JRPG. And at first I didn’t see it, sure, there’s airships magic pendants and a sweeping orchestral score, but, y’know, that’s kind of broad.

Then the movie kept going and, yeah dude, it’s every JRPG. All of ‘em.

Right down to the final dungeon being a shifting maze of floating boxes and suddenly growing spikes that shoot lightning bolts.

Was genuinely surprised that the main villain didn’t turn into an Angel made of trees or something.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Holy shit! I actually own Castle in the Sky! Is it worth watching? I've put it off for so long, but the DVD is right here...
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him)
Considering how the whole point of Unbreakable and it’s sequels is that the villains plans are constructed around comic book plot lines because of his obsession with them, it’s really really obvious that M Night has absolutely no idea whatsoever how comics work.
I do like Unbreakable a lot, but yeah, got lots of chuckles over this. Things like
"superheroes having powers a bit more understated than Superman's" being treated as a revelation, acting like "villains that want to eradicate superheroes/superpowers as a concept" is some unique brand of villain
, and even smaller things, like "every superhero has a Kryptonite equivalent" and a comic shop evenly divided between "Heroes" and "Villains" sections.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Finally watched Castle in the Sky, a film I swore I saw once but it must have been a haze as my memory was a weird remix of the last act alone. Great movie and I usually don't recognize Japanese voice actors with some exceptions (and sometimes when I think I do I'm wrong) but I definitely recognized Mayumi Tanaka as the lead and while she is best known as Luffy, I recognized her as Krillin in Dragonball.

Then the movie kept going and, yeah dude, it’s every JRPG. All of ‘em.
And 50% of shounen adventure series, conservatively.

Anyway, good movie and Dola is GOAT.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
In the end, I didn't care too much about the fate of those kids ona magical advnture to find a floating magi-tech city, I just wanted more of those goober pirates.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I will sort of agree but I do love fantasy series where the protagonists are younger and vulnerable finding awkward and somewhat dubious and good-hearted mentors and they win over with their own goodness and integrity (really enjoying The Owl House right now). But yeah, the pirates were definitely the best part. Especially...
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Givin' me some good Golden Kamuy flashbacks but not as knowingly gay.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
All these guys going Incredible Hulk and ripping off their shirts has piqued my interest.

"Can't open that soda bottle? Here, let me help!" (RRRIP)
"Did you really need to tear your shirt into confetti by flexing your muscles first?"
"No, but it's fun."
 

Lokii

Administrator
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
This is one of my favorite things about Castle in the Sky

The most tweeted moment in the history of Twitter was during one airing of Castle in the Sky on Japanese TV on August 2, 2013, when fans tweeted the word "balus" at the exact time that it was said in an important moment of the movie. There was a global peak of 143,199 tweets in one second.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I saw Jurassic World Dominion. What an astonishingly shoddy movie. Just seriously poorly constructed. I'm not one to usually notice bad editing, but JWD made me do so. Also, just some really bad puppets and really bad mix of puppets and CGI.

I think the moment of the movie most representative of the whole is a scene where Chris Pratt and New Girl stop a dilophosaurus from spitting on BD Howard, and afterward, New Girl throws away her glove and makes a comment about how those things are disgusting. Except she never touched it, so there is no reason to throw away the glove. She acts as though it is covered in venom, but nothing is shown in the scene to suggest that it was. Its just a little coda to scene of someone reacting to something that we did not see happen.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Oh, I also rewatched the Emperor's New Groove. I was afraid that this was going to be a "it seemed funny at the time" thing but mostly, it actually holds up really well. It doesn't hurt that as much as I LOVE John Goodman and Patrick Warburton, it's Eartha Kitt who is absolutely perfect in this role.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
As is Canada Day Tradition, I sat down to watch an awful Canadian film; in this case the animated sci-go rock opera Rock and Rule

It’s almost uniformly terrible (finale and sound track are good) and reading the IMDB trivia page for it is… gives you a brand new definition of production-hell.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
JWTS it’s great seeing people newly discovering the joy of Castle in the Sky. Just a fantastic films on all fronts. Back earlier in the pandemic when most things were still closed down my partner and I splurged on a “rent the whole theater” offer and that’s what we put on the big screen.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Oh, I also rewatched the Emperor's New Groove. I was afraid that this was going to be a "it seemed funny at the time" thing but mostly, it actually holds up really well. It doesn't hurt that as much as I LOVE John Goodman and Patrick Warburton, it's Eartha Kitt who is absolutely perfect in this role.

I posted it in the cool older ladies dome, but I'm still so damned sad her song never made it after the movie was redone, it's looks like it could have been absolutely badass.

 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
I watched 2021 Netflix original "Don't Look Up" with, and on the recommendation of, some relatives. It is an extremely timely satire of contemporary American politics, which would have been criticized as hyperbolic even in the age of Trump less than three years ago. I liked it! It adroitly expresses the complex anguish and despair of confronting a world that's gone mad and refuses to save itself. This is a movie that is about a problem, but not about its cause or its resolution, being rather about the experience of life with the problem, of being affected by the problem.

That focus, of course, ensures the film depicts the matter from a comfortable liberal perspective. It's baked into the premise of a massive impact event: the catastrophe is instantaneous and irrecoverable, freeing the film from having to imagine a future, and the catastrophe is random and acausal, freeing the film from having to interrogate a past. None of that is a problem with the quality of the movie, but especially for media about media, it's important not to take the framing at face value.

Gags are solid and it has heart, and I think that viewers who approach it generously will likely find it cathartic.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
RRR definitely lives up to the hype as ridiculous, sincere over the top madness. It's an action epic version of...

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Characters explain things that would be pretty obvious on a visual level. And re-explain things the audience knows. If there's metaphor, it will be likely told to you.

But man, it's a lot of fun, particularly the dance sequence. The movie is the most maximalist and is basically taking the idea of turning real people into folk heroes into proportions comparable to a biblical epic.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
The opening of the The Warriors is so absurdly powerful that it feels like it’s a parody of the genre it is in the process of creating. It’s akin to the Murder of Rue Morgue, the first modern detective story, ending with an orangutan as the murderer, rendering all subsequent detective stories obsolete.

Looking forward to watching the director‘s follow-up, Streets of Fire. Did Walter Hill single-handedly invent belt scroller beat-em-ups?
 
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