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I don't know how many times I watched the original trilogy but everytime they felt the same: Awesome. Spider-Man 3 is very underrated unfortunately. While I do agree some complains about the Venom and Peter's change(even though I'm okay with it) I strongly disagree that these make the whole film bad. It's the least successful movie of the series but still much better than most of comic book movies that come after for years. Another point is people tell we do like these movies and exaggerate them because of the nostalgia but whenever I think about it and watch the films time to time, I just don't think it's true at all. Original trilogy still is miles better than other 2 Spidey series.
My wildest dream for years was to watch Spider-Man 4 some day(Until Endgame surpass that a bit) and I thought it was impossible but maybe Sony will change their mind in the upcoming years if the rumours are true so I can say these words from the bottom of my heart:
and years later they’ll tell how they stood in the rain for hours, just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them to “hold on a second longer”.
I really liked the series as a kid. I might've shared my thoughts about it somewhere else on these forums but I was really excited for a 4th movie that was definitely announced but later canceled (I think).
Even as a kid, that 3rd movie didn't click with me very much. It's just too corny. But I'd like to watch it again, it had its moments. And looking back as an adult, I don't like the melodrama in any of them, but I think the first Spider-Man has the best tone. That perfect blend of comic cartoonery, a healthy dose of melodrama, and a pretty vengeful and intense villain.
Other than The Watchman and Batman Begins I don't even like superhero movies since this OG Spidey trilogy. They all dabble in a world with such absolute extremes and hyper elevated stakes. Just isn't for me. I like how the first Spidey just feels so muted compared to superhero movies of today.
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I watched the Vanished on Netflix I really hope this was a jet black comedy. Otherwise I just don't know. Bizarre.
PotC: On Stranger Tides
Not the first time I've watched it. Yet again, I like this movie and the series. Most people think this one is below average or downright bad but I couldn't more opposite to them. This one was still nice even though it's a little bit worse than the trilogy. I'd have like to see its continuation with Penelope Cruz's Angelica with Jack again instead of the borefest that we got called Salazar's Revenge.
Another thing I like to share is how they implemented the mermaids into this world. Music, atmosphere, their true nature etc were really mysterious yet fascinating.
A sci-fi masterpiece. The best in the trilogy. Unfortunately everything comes after this just became worse and worse. But I might watch the whole trilogy again just for the sake of upcoming movie and memory refreshing.
Btw, lobby scene is still cool as fck!
The Matrix Reloaded
Story is not as strong as the first one but action is really improved. That's saying something when even first movie's action scenes were really good and had awesome choreographies. I especially love
NeovsAgentSmiths and whole action from the start of NeovsHenchmans to NeosavesMorpheusandKeyGuy.
Now, we are coming to the lowest point of the trilogy. I sure hope that third one isn't as bas as I remember.
I had the chance to watch Justice League again just in time for the famous(!) Snyder Cut release. Movie is not bad as I remember but its still so bland and light in terms of content. Its just so simple and unoriginal. Also making Batman a joke is its worst sin. Still can't believe the opening scene with him and the thief. Ugh!
Anyway, I have forgotten the movie mostly until watching it again and it will be nice to keeping it fresh while watching Snyder Cut just to compare both.
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Judas and the Black Messiah
The (often untold) story of the assassination of Fred Hamption, leader of the Illinois Black Panther party. This movie is essential viewing. At the most basic level, it's an acting powerhouse - Stanfeild and Kaluuya knock every scene they're in out of the park - but it stands apart from other biopics through some really smart and unique stylistic choices. There's the grounded grit you'd expect from a true story like this one, but I really loved the way King had some scenes play like they were straight out of a Blaxploitation film. Really, though, the reason everyone needs to see this is because of how relevant the story is, and how easily you can see the past reverberate throughout the present here. I'm a fairly young millenial, but I can still see echoes of the themes discussed here in how I was taught about the Black Panthers, racial injustice, and the fight for civil rights, and how this shaped much of my worldview until the past 5 years or so. The fact that it does this while presenting itself as a taut and complex drama is an achievement in and of itself. If I have one critique it's that some of the secondary performances get overshadowed by the two leads, and the scenes involving the FBI feel a bit extraneous and heavy-handed - we already know they're the villains here, so there's really no point in hammering it in any further. Still, like I said above, this is a must watch. A-
The story(s) of two cops in the underbelly of Hong Kong, and the women that come in and out of their lives. This movies is essentially two movies thrust together by their setting and themes, and that's not necessarily a bad thing - the first half is almost a noire thriller rom com, whereas the second is almost a surrealist and ethereal affair. The transition between the two is both abrupt and completely natural, fitting in line with what I considered to be the themes of the movie (i.e. how do chance encounters set our lives on separate trajectories? how do are lives affect those around us? how much love are we blind to in the world around us through sheer happenstance? Is there a man with more raw sex appeal than Tony Leung? You know, a Wong Kar Wai movie). Typical of 90s cinema, there are some stylistic elements that have aged poorly (why did so many people love low framerate action back then?) and I don't think it's as visually luscious as some of Wong Kar Wai's other work, but I can't deny how much fun I had watching this whole film. The god-tier soundtrack certainly helps in that regard, too. A-
Oscar nominees are out. I really feel some type of way about Another Round not getting nominated for Best Picture. I was hoping it could pull another Parasite and just swoop in.
I really truly think Another Round was a fantastic uplifting and funny movie that plays out in an entirely original way. I like other films that are nominated here. I think it's a pretty solid list, but damn, I really thought Another Round was the best movie I saw from 2020.
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I watched 2 collections of short films, the first one is Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre. The three short films here are quite distinct with each other, since they're made by different directors.
The first film is "Kanini & Kanino", which takes place in mostly underwater scenery, and features the two titular characters, who are a part of a miniature sized human species. This one is not very memorable for me, I thought the way the story unfolded was not very interesting and I didn't get attached to the characters.
The second film is "Life Ain't Gonna Lose", and this one's my favorite of the bunch. It's a slice of life story about a mother and his son who has a sever allergy to eggs. I absolutely love the art style and animation here, it makes the whole thing feel wholesome and warm. The film also presents the characters' struggles and personalities in a very relatable and clear manner. No complaints about this one.
The third film is "Invisible", and it's about a person who is invisible in more ways than one. I really like the grungy art style that it has for the most part, and I also like that the film gets crazier as it goes. I thought the ending wasn't quite satisfying, but it's not horrible by any means.
The second collection is Flavors of Youth: International Edition. I had a much better time with this one overall. It might had something to do with me eating delicious dumplings while watching...
The first film here is "The Rice Noodles", and it's a narration heavy story about a man's love for a particular style of noodles, and various memories that are intertwined with it. While the note that it ended on didn't quite sit right with me, and the narration can be a bit too much, it presented its story very well during its run, and I can't help but feel nostalgic about the whole thing. There's also a few food porn scenes here, and I think they're very neat.
The second film is "A Little Fashion Show." It features a photoshoot model dealing with a particularly bad spot in her career. It can feel quite intense and uncomfortable, seeing her getting more loose as it goes. It's my least favorite of the bunch, but it's nowhere near bad by any means.
The third one is "Love in Shanghai", which is a heartbreaking love story between two longtime friends. A fun aspect of this story is that the two uses cassette tapes to communicate with each other, and a strong story moment near the end used it to twist my heart to great degrees. This one is my favorite, but it would be even better if the film ended things on a more ambiguous note.
P.S. I forgot to mention that the films from Flavors of Youth also had really good soundtracks.
I've been watching so many movies since I last posted so I can't even remember what I've seen anymore but here are some based on 'Recently Played' from my Plex server:
- Pusher (A) (never seen this series before, it's amazing. A crime series without shootouts, car chases, or explosions)
- Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands (A+)
- Martin Eden (B+)
- Mulholland Drive (C)
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (C-)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (A+) (also jumped up into one of my favourite movies)
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (A+)
- Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (A-)
- Little Dieter Needs to Fly (A+)
- Punch Drunk Love (C+) (not as good as I remembered it)
- Chasing Amy (A-) (better than I remembered it, hold up well despite a character being homophobic)
- A Thousand Cuts (A-)
I think A Thousand Cuts is a must watch. People in the West think what happens in the East isn't pertinent to them, but Durtede's rule in the Philippines is a ground zero testing ground for how governments can get away with misinformation and using bots to sway the public one way or another. His ascension is terrifying and I know people in the Philippines though my family who had to flee the country because they are scared to be murdered by the police due to their former addiction issues.
- mother (2009, Bong Joon Ho) (B-)
- Nomadland (A+)
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The Talented Mr. Ripley (A+) (also jumped up into one of my favourite movies)
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The Dry: a taut and suspenseful mystery/thriller. A big-city police officer goes back his hometown to solve the murder of his childhood friend, with whom he may or may not have been embroiled in the death of a girl as a teen. Basically, two mysteries in one that unfold nicely. B+
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Also recently watched My Octopus Teacher, which I enjoyed.
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Riders of Justice:
From the writer/director of Men and Chicken. Starring Mads Mikkelsen.
Wow. Not what I was expecting!
Parenting, unlearning toxic behaviors, the value of therapy, overcoming trauma, the perils of oversharing on social media (the irony of this post is not lost on me!)... and Mads going full on John Wick on a biker gang! Highly recommended! A- to an A
I've been on a Mads Mikkelsen binge since watching Another Round and I think he might be one of my favourite all time actors.
The Pusher series I mentioned earlier is co-starring Mads where he is a minor character in the first film, then the focus is on his character in the second film. Pusher 1 is one of those plots where one character is way in over their head and continues to make terrible decisions pretty much like a Danish version of Bad Lieutenant Port of Call or Uncut Gems, but the main character is a little less unhinged and more along the lines of being really stupid. I highly recommend the series.
Bad Trip - B+
This has no business being as funny as it is, but I really really enjoyed it. Jeff Tremaine is basically the defacto big budget hidden camera public prank storyteller so it's no surprise his production company made this.
What separates Bad Trip from Jackass public pranks or Bad Grandpa is that the story writers (Eric Andre, Kitao Sakurai, Andrew Barchilon) made the really great decision to tell the plot throughout the pranks. Whereas Bad Grandpa has pranks but then has a scene or two of plot before getting back into the funny moments. Essentially, every scene in this movie except for maybe one or two short driving scenes are not only storytelling, but also public pranks and stunts. There aren't any lulls.
This movie actually has a really good pace, a solid and simple plot, and the pranks are just funny and outrageous. The gorilla is my favourite by far, Jesus fucking Christ. It's also nice to see how different people react to different scenarios whereas sometimes Jackass in its early years on MTV just went to Japan because filming in public is legal there so you only get Japanese people's reactions. Everyone here is American but you get a good group of people reacting to these pranks which kinda adds something extra.
Collateral - B
I finally saw this for the first time. The Insider and Heat are two of my favourite films so I figured I'd watch what many consider to be Michael Mann's best but I think it was just alright. It has its thrilling moments but it suffers from some disorienting scenes. One scene takes place at a club and you can barely tell what is happening, who is shooting at whom.
I also don't buy Tom Cruise as an imposing presence. He just comes off as too chill and unintimidating and by that same token, Jamie Fox just seems too meek when he is actually a relatively brave character. I don't know, I love the premise and set up for all of the scenes, but the execution is off. I definitely don't think it's Michael Mann's best film.
Been replacing movies with sports lately. Upon the recommendation from comedian Brent Butt, I watched some Billy Wilder movies in order of release.
Double Indemnity - (A-)
A good thriller plot with pretty good twists and turns. The main premise is a cat and mouse between an insurance salesman who is scamming the system to elope with his married lover and his cunning supervisor who smells something fishy.
My key takeaway was the line: "She lived in one of those Spanish houses. Must've cost $30,000. That is, if he ever finished paying for it." Wow must be nice to buy a house in 1944. Looks like a mansion too!
Sunset Boulevard - (A)
This is a classic for a reason. I was surprised how damning it depicts Hollywood all the way back in 1950. This has aged quite wonderfully in the #MeToo era.
The Apartment - (A+)
The best of the bunch. This jumped up to one of my favourite all time comedies. The entire joke is so ridiculous to the point I have no idea how somebody came up with this shit.
A desk jockey tries to climb the corporate ladder by letting his superiors bang their mistresses in his apartment after hours. He slowly becomes a shell of a human and, again, this is just a damning depiction of capitalism and how it strips you of humanity and self care.
It's also just so absurd that most scenes keep topping itself. Really funny, really well acted, and one of the greats in my eyes.
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Black Widow (2021)
After two years MCU is back in theaters! It opened today in Finland, naturally went and saw it right away.
The movie is pretty standard Marvel. Firmly in the middle ground. I loved the characters the most, they were the clear winners here. The whole central four, the family. Yelena and Alexei got all the best lines (rightfully so). There's a cool and surprising James Bond tribute in there as well.
The film works well independently outside the bigger MCU and tells a nice, personal story as Natasha's farewell. Better late than never, in my opinion.
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It was nice. I have only two negatives about it: Hand to hand fights were not very satisfying comparing to John Wick, Kingsman, Atomic Blonde even Winter Soldier and family drama aspect felt repetitive sometimes, especially at
Florence Pugh stole the show, can't wait to see more of her in the MCU. Taskmaster was menacing but character could be used more effectively, still not wasted as much as Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Story was good for a solo movie too, it was bittersweet to say one goodbye to Natasha. Btw Red Guardian was not funny at all and his scenes didn't affect me in anyway except the one from the 1st act, movie could be even better without him. Finally: Intro was the best in the MCU and post credits scene was intriguing. From the soundtrack I really loved the one that plays in this clip:
Run Lola Run
I finally watched it. Don't want to spoil it but
type of scenarios are one of my favourite kind in media. I was expecting 1-2 outcomes but for what it was I enjoyed it. Also, I really respect to the movies which has a style of its own.
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Sincerity through the absurd.
Pig, a film where Nic Cage takes on the chef underworld to find his stolen truffle pig, is one of the most beautifully sincere films I've ever seen. It relishes in its own ridiculousness, and yet completely subverts it by creating a meditation on the meaning of life, made with love and honesty. Pig is absurd. It's also one of the most genuine films ever made, covering themes of hope, grief and love with skill that defies its premise. Nic Cage also delivers one of the best performances of his career here, vanishing into the role to create a character that is undoubtedly the emotional core of the film.
Pig is a film that achieves a beauty that would not be possible without a little bit of craziness. It has a premise that is so wild that it's a marvel it exists, yet is so perfect that it somehow feels inevitable. I fear this is a film that will pass a lot of people by. Don't let it.