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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I remember watching that in 2012 or so, when Blinkpen watched through all the Disney movies. Really didn't get much out of it. Were Pinocchio and Lady and the Tramp from the same era? I rewatched them at the same time, and realized that these are some of my favourite Disney movies, outside of the Renaissance, maybe.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
They were about 20 years apart, give or take, both made in Walts lifetime.

I was watching through all of them a while ago, but stalled out after 101 Dalmations
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
The annoying thing about Disney animated films is that after Walt died, the company was stuck in a time loop, making movies that felt like they were trapped in 1967-vintage amber. The Aristocats feels like a much older film than it actually is, and it's not just because of the unflattering Siamese cat stereotype. It's dated and tired, clinging to trends so past their expiration date that they may as well be relics. Disney didn't break out of that funk until 1985's Great Mouse Detective, and the company's work didn't get the freshening up it really needed until 1989's The Little Mermaid. I guess that period from 1967 to 1989 was referred to as "the Disney dork age," and it's easy to understand why... gems like Great Mouse Detective aside, it felt like Disney was lost in the woods and struggling to find relevance.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
It's not inherently bad for any one given movie to feel like it's from 1967; but it is usually bad for like a dozen movies in a row to all feel like they are from 1967.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I don't think Disney's output during that timeframe is particularly weak; its more they put out only 8 films in a close to 25 year period and even the ones people like feel somewhat compromised.

Cinderella one of the weakest of Disney's films in its era. Its painfully thin.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
We just watched Manchester by the Sea, which my partner needed to see for a class she's taking on Grief and Loss in her MSW program and, uh... yup, that movie sure contains a whole lot of Grief and Loss. It all feels like really honest depictions, though, moreso than you'd see in most movies.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Scanners is probably my least favourite of the David Cronenberg films I've seen. It's not bad. I think it ties into Videodrome in terms of a weird hybrid of body horror and espionage thriller but I feel like while it is a well-crafted thriller and it's definitely a Cronenberg film, it's missing a certain punch that made me love some of this other films. It's better made than Shivers and less toxicity than The Brood (a film made after an ugly divorce) but whatever it is, this one doesn't speak to me as much. Then again, I watched it when I was very tired, so I'll have to give it another chance in the future.
 
Latest obsessions

NOPE: what if you met God? Or the ultimate predator? What does this impossibility drive you to do? What do your traumas, goals and tragedies do to inform your decision. Fuck. Movie is maybe not fully excellent... But I've been chewing on it last few days. I love Jordan Peele!

THIS IS GWAR: currently on shudder. The effort and price of the punk rock art collective where the band part broke (kinda) and the rest didn't. What does this do it to the contributors, past and present? I love GWAR and this was a great telling, with some excellent and meat hook frank moments.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Finally crossed off a movie I’ve been meaning to watch for years, and saw Dark Star. It really does look and feel like a student film that was released theatrically. A lot of the jokes didn’t land as well as they could have (I had an appreciative smirk though most of it, but no actual laughs), but it had a real zippy pace and a good sense of humour. Movie really felt like Alien, if the crew never visited LV426, and also hated each other.
 

Tegan

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(She/Her)
Gonna go right ahead and say that Prey is the best Predator movie
It's so good! Speaking as someone who thinks the Predator is absolutely the worst, dumbest, stupidest-looking movie monster; I really liked Prey. There are some decisions made that make the Predator itself legitimately threatening and scary, the way they set up a bunch of ideas and then pay them off is fun and just clever enough (particularly this movie setting up an equivalent to the scene in the original movie of Dutch making himself invisible to infrared using mud and then going with a completely different, much more clever thing that was also set up earlier), and though the characters are pretty thin I legitimately liked the lead a lot. Really recommend it.

Also, I watched the Comanche version, which comes highly recommended, and I think I accidentally picked the wrong subtitle option so there was quite a bit of untranslated French that I had to translate myself. It ended up being the most engrossing movie-watching experience I've had since I watched the first twenty minutes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes without realizing I didn't have the subtitle track that was supposed to be there for the sign language.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I watched the English version but it also didn’t have subtitles for the French guys which really helped the scenes those guys were in; made them feel like even more of unwanted invaders than the murder alien.

Movie also did a lot of nice little tricks that made the Predator work as an antagonist that none of the other movies ever managed to match; like how it only used futuristic weaponry against the trappers because it didn’t consider them to be worth properly hunting and just wanted to be rid of them in a hurry, and the fact that it’s plainly struggling against just local wild-life which sells how dangerous and powerful it is a lot more than it just not reacting to Arnold shooting it a bunch.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I watched a bunch of movies this weekend.

13 Lives is a perfectly fine docu-drama about the rescue of the Thai soccer team that was trapped in the flooded cave. It's Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen as two of the lead divers. Ron Howard has much more engaging 'based on a true story' than this, but its not bad. Its definitely better than Hillbilly Elegy.

Lightyear is the sweatiest Pixar movie. I appreciate Pixar doing something different, and Lightyear is a pretty straightforward action movie. But it takes a while to get its various premises set up and establish what Buzz's whole deal is and you can just feel the effort of getting there. Otherwise, its fine. Mid to low tier Pixar.

Prey was very good. I don't know how it took them so long to make another Predator movie where the Predator just hunts some people.

Luck is bad, but at least it was also made by bad people.
 
I watched Alley Cat from 1984. A woman takes justice into her own hands when the police can't clean up violent crime in her Los Angeles neighborhood. Alley Cat is clearly influenced by Death Wish and women in prison exploitation movies.

I found Alley Cat to be a mostly entertaining low budget movie. The main bad guy has a nice look and feel about him. He reminded me of the antagonist from the the Warriors. Very distinct look and a sleazy vibe.

I also found it comical that the protagonist would go for a solo run at night in the park the night after she stopped an assault in the same park! She knows karate though, so no need to worry?
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Was in an X-Men mood, so I watched Dark Phoenix.

dont… don’t watch Dark Phoenix. Not because it’s bad, that would be something else entirely. I would encourage that behaviour.

this was just nothing.

I felt my soul turning beige as I watched it.

The most engaged I was with the film was trying to figure out who Magnetos henchmen were.

Just… Just…

To what end was this movie?
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Contractual obligation, maybe? "We haven't used Phoenix yet. Fly her around in a few circles and make her scream in front of a camera, and we'll send it to theaters in the summer."

So okay, I was thinking about that special subgenre of action film where a retired special ops officer gets his hamster kidnapped, and decides that it's time to make a straight, bloody line to the perpetrator, gruesomely dispatching anyone in his way with his special ops skills, because their allegiance to the villain justified their deaths. You know, John Wick, Taken, The Equalizer, Charles Bronson movies, etc. I don't know if there's a specific name for this subgenre, but I think "Justice Porn" fits as a description.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
The Giant Claw is basically the platonic ideal of a 50s B-Movie. The monster is goofy, the explanations are insane, there's scientists and a bird that emits an anti-matter field and EVERY person comparing it's size to a battleship and ONLY TO A BATTLESHIP. Without having met, EVERYONE agrees, this is the only metric.

 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
(He/him)
how big is the battleship in terms of football fields or small boulders the size of large boulders?

just wanna know how big of a battleship we're talkin' here
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Watched The Summit of the Gods. Absolutely stunning and riveting film.


But also I want to point out that while the trailers make it look like it's all about climbing, the vast majority of the film is really well written and paced investigative journalism. Yes, the mountains are beautiful, but almost every scene of Tokyo is just as gorgeous.

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