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Old 11-18-2017, 01:56 AM
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And that's my favorite pieces of world-building in those books, but it's never been a part of the movies before.
And they're usually brought up in a very different context and tone.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:55 AM
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I watched Message from the King on Netflix. Chadwick Boseman is great; the movie is not. Just a bleak and dark revenge movie that doesn't even have interesting fights.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:36 AM
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I just finished watching Jupiter Ascending. What a weird movie! They spent like half of it flying around over stock footage of Chicago, then when they finally get to interesting looking areas they rush through everything as fast as they can. They spend way too much time with her family, and, I’m sure that this gets mentioned every time the movie comes up, but the love interest is a rollerblading werewolf who eventually gets a pair of wings. It’s pretty bad, but at least the back half is interesting. I actually think it would have worked better as a TV show.
No see, the rollerblading flying werewolf is good, actually, because he's the embodiment of what a teenage girl's id wants to fly away with, and that's really the theme of the entire movie. (I'm not being sarcastic here at all.)

I'll give you, however, that the interminable mostly-pointless action scenes around Chicago are not good. I tried re-watching and yeah, a lot of that first third is really a slog before more interesting stuff kicks in. And a lot of the early stuff with random bounty hunters and invisible grey aliens is pretty incoherent but not in the *fun* way that the back half of the movie is incoherent.
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:37 PM
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Citing Die Hard as your favorite Christmas Movie is the cinematic equivalent of a Rickroll; if it was ever actually funny as a joke, its time is long past but it is a flimsy justification for rewatching one of the best action movies ever made, so I am totally okay with it.

I also don't think there's an 80s action movie that hates the 1980s more than this. Except maybe Robocop.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:15 PM
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Come on, Octo. Everyone knows Batman Returns is the best Christmas movie.
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:08 PM
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Excuse me, I think you mean Gremlins is the best Christmas movie.
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:14 PM
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Last year I watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:55 PM
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Thor Ragnarok was a blast. Loved it.

Slightly baffled as to why Asgard appears to have had an RPG town-style population compared to its size. Like they were trying to evacuate everyone, right,
but there's only a few hundred in all though?
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:03 AM
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Thor Ragnarok was a blast. Loved it.

Slightly baffled as to why Asgard appears to have had an RPG town-style population compared to its size. Like they were trying to evacuate everyone, right,
but there's only a few hundred in all though?
Those may have been the only survivors. Hela cut down quite a lot of Asgardians in a very short time, it seemed like.
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:38 AM
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Yeah, she did, but it didn't seem like she was attacking civilians much, just soldiers (and that one random woman she singled out for execution). Heimdall was helping the civilians get away but it didn't look to me like they were getting massacred.

I mean, I wouldn't necessarily expect a civilization of (presumably) post-scarcity technomagic people who live a really long time to have a huge population, but more than would fit on one ship, you know?
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:53 AM
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They seem like a pretty militaristic society. Maybe the massacred army accounted for a large percentage of the population?
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:44 AM
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Cool World is a really bad film, but I would watch a movie that's just a slide show of Barry E. Jackson's background work.


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Old 11-22-2017, 10:58 AM
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Krampus wants to be Gremlins, and it never quite manages to land anywhere close to it, but I admire it for trying. Still not quite sure on what happened in the end either, plenty of possible interpretations.

Also, full credit for the monster designs. The FX team obviously had a lot of fun there. Entirely practical effects too, except on the Gingerbread Goblins.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:14 AM
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Lady Bird, tho.

(It’s v. good)
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:38 PM
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Moana was alright. Try as I might, nothing gripped me. I think I'm officially Too Old for this stuff now.

Dwayne Johnson has a pretty decent singing voice!
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:40 PM
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Moana was alright. Try as I might, nothing gripped me. I think I'm officially Too Old for this stuff now.

Dwayne Johnson has a pretty decent singing voice!
Not even Shiny?!
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:46 PM
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Coco was touching. It pulls on a heart string or two.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:47 PM
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Coco was touching. It pulls on a heart string or two.
Im looking to see this soon!
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:29 PM
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I hope you enjoy it, False! I forgot to mention that there was an absolutely DIRE Frozen Christmas short before it. Like, unbearably bad.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:35 PM
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I really want to see Coco too. Might have to wait until the home release, but I bet it looks gorgeous on the big screen.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:44 PM
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Oh yeah, gorgeous, bright colours abound!
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:11 PM
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Backlash in Mexico caused by the Frozen short was so horrible they stopped showing it altogether.

At any rate, it's great extra time for getting popcorn and stuff.
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:23 PM
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I hope you enjoy it, False! I forgot to mention that there was an absolutely DIRE Frozen Christmas short before it. Like, unbearably bad.
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Backlash in Mexico caused by the Frozen short was so horrible they stopped showing it altogether.

At any rate, it's great extra time for getting popcorn and stuff.
Now I'm full of morbid curiosity...
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:27 PM
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It's not actually horrible, it's just unreasonably long. Usually, shorts before Pixar films run for 5-10 minutes, but this thing lasts over 20 minutes (possibly closer to 25).
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:35 PM
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If I saw the Book of Life, do I need to see Coco?
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:04 PM
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Constantine is a movie I enjoy. But I'm not sure if it's actually good.

It looks fantastic. I think the cast's performances are very good (and the movie gives me the great pleasure of killing off Shia LaBeouf). And the idea of Keanu Reeves as an anti-hero exorcist in a world full of angels and demons is one I enjoy. But the film indulges in every early 00's trope you can name: cg monsters, club scenes with electronic music, slow mo fight scenes, breaking glass floating in the air, a general vibe of trying a little too hard to be dark and edgy (even though that particular trope kinda makes sense for a movie with this setting).

On the balance I think it's a good movie with flaws. I enjoy the moment to moment views of the film and all the bizarre and evocative places and characters it showcases. I think Rachel Weisz's performance as detective troubled by her sister's death is captivating. And even though it tries a little too hard to be The Matrix it's still a well constructed story.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:51 PM
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If I saw the Book of Life, do I need to see Coco?
Entirely different vibe. Coco is a legit Mexican folklore experience.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:58 PM
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Entirely different vibe. Coco is a legit Mexican folklore experience.
OK, cool.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:53 AM
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I don't get the sentiment, though, and I've seen it everywhere the last few months. Even if they weren't fundamentally different experiences, why would one movie [ostensibly] about the Day of the Dead preclude any others from being made? There's millions of movies about football, or about baseball, or about WWII, or about families getting together for Christmas, or about NASA, or...

The Day of the Dead is a colorful tradition, easier to understand than many other Mexican customs, and has a good, positive message. There can be more than one, or two, or a dozen animated movies that use it as a backdrop to deliver their own, unique narrative.
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:31 AM
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Yeah, you’re right Zef.

As for the Frozen short, it certainly isn’t just that it’s longer than usual that makes it bad! Very few of the jokes land, the songs are bad enough that you’ll forget them while they’re still being sung, and the entire premise is dumb. It’s definitely not trainwrecky enough to be interesting though, it’s just the same quality straight to VHS sequels always have been.
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