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Old 02-15-2018, 09:58 AM
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This is the only part of the movie I saw as a kid and it gave me nightmares for a month. Then I watched the whole thing and felt a little silly.
We could probably have a whole thread of movie things that scared us, or other children we knew. The one I specifically remember: in the '70s Willy Wonka movie*, where Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate lake, and there's a brief bit where you see him yelling for help as he gets stuck in a transparent pipe. I'm not sure if I was afraid of him drowning, or if Wonka said something about that pipe going to the manufacturing floor and Augustus being made into candy, but my parents had to retrieve me crying from my bedroom to show me that he had lived.

*probably also in the remake, which I haven't seen

Dahl's stuff is nightmare fodder just in general. In my admittedly biased opinion.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:02 AM
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Dahl's stuff is nightmare fodder just in general. In my admittedly biased opinion.
naw man I don't think you're gonna get a lot of argument on that point.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:50 AM
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Roald Dahl’s first book was based on his experiences fighting the RAF’s holding action at Haifa. Not a dude interested in sugarcoating the world.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:54 AM
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Little wonder he disliked the movie adaptation, then, eh
Personally I've always thought an erudite Satan-figure is the most interesting kind and may prefer the movie to the book
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:09 AM
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Watched Coco. Beautiful movie. Bawled through the last third.
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Old 02-17-2018, 04:00 PM
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Boy was I looking forward to Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets and boy oh boy was that anticipation not justified. It felt a lot like The Fifth Element, except I hated every single character and the plot took forever to go nowhere. Seriously, it still felt like it was gearing up near the end of it, and about half the movies run time were spent with the two leads trying to rescue one another from fairly mild troubles.

On the plus side, John Goodman as a Jabba the Hutt and Rihanna as Metroid Prime played their parts well, for the short time they had on screen.
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Old 02-17-2018, 05:19 PM
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The Shape of Water was pure Del Toro - down to the monster being a real monster, but also one of the most human characters in the film, and the antagonist being a monster in human skin with just the right ticks to make him completely unlikable without turning him into a mustache-twirling Gaston. Beautiful film, it left my heart tied in knots. And Doug Jones is a national treasure.

By the way, I find funny that the color palette and art direction make it look almost like a Cuaron film - the tracking shot at the beginning felt almost Cuaronesque.
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:05 PM
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Black Panther was excellent. The only real quibble I had was with the "Erik kills his girlfriend to show the audience how evil he is" moment, which struck me as the only lazy and cheap moment in the film.

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Old 02-17-2018, 10:33 PM
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Boy was I looking forward to Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets and boy oh boy was that anticipation not justified. It felt a lot like The Fifth Element, except I hated every single character and the plot took forever to go nowhere. Seriously, it still felt like it was gearing up near the end of it, and about half the movies run time were spent with the two leads trying to rescue one another from fairly mild troubles.

On the plus side, John Goodman as a Jabba the Hutt and Rihanna as Metroid Prime played their parts well, for the short time they had on screen.
Pretty much this, yep.

On the bright side, it made me retroactively love Jupiter Ascending even more, which I didn't think was possible!
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Old 02-18-2018, 02:28 AM
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Pretty much this, yep.

On the bright side, it made me retroactively love Jupiter Ascending even more, which I didn't think was possible!
Both movies made this happen to Fifth Element for me.
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:00 PM
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Boy was I looking forward to Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets and boy oh boy was that anticipation not justified. It felt a lot like The Fifth Element, except I hated every single character and the plot took forever to go nowhere. Seriously, it still felt like it was gearing up near the end of it, and about half the movies run time were spent with the two leads trying to rescue one another from fairly mild troubles.

On the plus side, John Goodman as a Jabba the Hutt and Rihanna as Metroid Prime played their parts well, for the short time they had on screen.
I did one of those things I used to do where I type out my thoughts on a movie in real time as I watch it (and I really need to get back to having a website to upload these to again instead of just letting them gather dust) and... honestly MOST of it is just me repeatedly bemoaning how much I just could not stand the protagonist, starting with the very first time he appears on screen. Just... absolutely the worst, draining all possible joy from what someone really should have told the director was clearly supposed to be a wacky comedy.
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:16 PM
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As per The Flophouse, it's like they cast the female lead first, and then went with the first guy who was the same height.
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Old 02-19-2018, 07:21 PM
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I've only read summaries of the French comics, but I get the impression that Valerian and Laureline is more of an Avengers (British, not Marvel) kind of thing, just with planet-hopping and French sexiness --and that the problem was that Luc Besson tried to force it to be a Fifth Element-style comedy.

It also feels like a huge waste when you name your movie "...and the City of a Thousand Planets" and then do absolutely nothing with that concept, instead bringing in external threats and then focusing on a sterile command office and the alien version of Wall Market.
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:01 PM
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My "favorite" action setpiece is the one with the whole extradimensional market chase thing with the high concept gimmick that basically only his hand is in the same dimension as anything else... which is clearly forgotten and contradicted like 20 times and properly used for something maybe once.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:23 AM
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Watched the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film on Netflix and.... it was exactly as expected, yer usual Japanese live-action manga adaptation fare:
gets the characterization/aesthetics on point (if cheap looking here and there), really cool looking transmutation fx, adapts some key scenes wonderfully, but other than that it's just bad.

They cram so much manga into 2h 15m that the scenes have no impact, by the time some climatic scene happens we're already moving onto the next plot point. This particularly hurts in here, where in the original manga each major wound or automail-wreck would throw the character out of fighting order for quite a while. This also comes at a cost for the secondary characters, who are just kinda there: Winry at least still does one thing, Riza Hawkeye is a complete non-entity who just stands there looking pretty, and shoots some bullets once, I guess - her accuracy never shown anywhere nor alluded to, not even a throwaway line (and there was room to show it, in the aforementioned shooting scene, but not even that).
And of course, the changes for the adaptation make some key scenes from the original turn out outright stupid here, major one being Hughes' phone booth scene, with which they dug themselves one unnecessary plot contrivance where there was none.

In short, business as usual.

EDIT: Oh, and forgot to mention. The acting. So bad. I do not have a good eye for acting, and usually most performances do the trick for me... and here they absolutely don't. Everyone's so woody and stiff, oh man. it's even kind of charming.

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