Last movie you watched



  • During the Holidays I want to watch one movie each day. Have a lot piled up on my (…) backlog. So far I watched: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Conjuring 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Everest, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Imitation Game (Keira OD, not really intentional).
    I actually didn`t like Kubo that much and for different reasons. But in short and without spoiling anything I often think that some themes shouldn´t be in a movie aimed for kids and if they are they should be done better and not be overused. But love HtTYD2.
    Not including the Tim Burton one, but the Planet of the Apes Movies are always better than they have any right to be considering the premise.



  • @Ikataishou HtTYD2 might be my favorite animated film of all time. Sucks the third one got push back again but when it does come... How to Train Your Dragon could become the best trilogy of all time if the quality sticks. 1: Boy discovers himself, 2: Boy becomes man and leader, Hopefully 3: Man becomes legend.

    @TokyoSlim Is Magnificent 7 worth a watch? Gonna give Rare Exports a try one of these days.

    Lo and Behold Reveries of The Connected World 7/10 - Good Werner Herzog documentary about the internet. From it's birth to it's future it goes all over the place from cyber bullying to Mars colonization. Thankfully it's removed the fear of the singularity and birth of killer A.I in my lifetime but it's given me the fear of solar flares and how it would put us all back to the dark ages. Tickled 9/10 is still my doc of the year with it's weird and ultimately dark premise.



  • seen rogue one really enjoyed it the last 5 mins of that movie are worth admission themself



  • Like many people I saw Rogue One which I thought was great. It was just a fun movie. I don't have much else to comment past what everyone else has already said.
    Before that I saw Arrival which I thoroughly enjoyed. There's a whole thread on that elsewhere so I won't get into it.



  • Last one I saw a few months ago was Bladerunner on Bluray, was alright, I guess, kinda weird, I understand its significance at its time but I don't think I will ever want to watch it ever again.

    If we are talking about the most recently released movie I've seen, it was Jurassic World on Bluray, it was pretty good I enjoyed most of it, hope they don't fuck up the sequel, as I know how Hoellydud loves to fuck up sequels.



  • The movie that I most recently watched for the first time was Videodrome, the 1983 David Cronenberg classic. Some of the effects show their age, but most of it holds up well. I love Cronenberg because he has elements of the horror genre, but instead of letting the narrative become a means of guiding from one jumpscare to the next or showing off effects, the narrative takes the central focus and the effects just help tell the story. And even when I don't always agree with his thesis, the way he examines the relationship between violence and sexuality is interesting. Videodrome is a movie that seems to hate the people who would want to watch it based on the original advertising content (lots of sex and violence, as opposed to its contemporary cult classic status as a highly critical movie). If you like Black Mirror, I would strongly recommend this one. 4/5.



  • Just watched Ex Machina. Brilliant movie, would recommend! Interesting and I'd go so far as say somewhat thought provoking.



  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    I'm not really sure why I saw this. Maybe it was seeing that the latest entry in the series hit home video not long ago, maybe it was that I saw it on They Shoot Pictures very strange and impressive list of the best films of the 21st century. I can't be entirely sure, but my reaction to it is almost exactly what I was expecting.

    It ain't so good. The cast actually isn't too bad, but the characters and script they're given to work with are all really questionable. It's tough to tell a story about someone's self-esteem/self-improvement, and then let those things hinge on factors outside of the 'self' in question without commenting on how unhealthy it is. It tries very hard to seem pleasant and celebratory when the character work runs contrary; it's a self-pitying woman and two pretty rude guys---something that might be better presented as a cruel drama.

    I feel this way about a lot of romantic comedies, but many romantic comedies are able to get away with character flaws by better selling the frothier, lighter moments---by making the magic look like something that overwhelms the dysfunction, which is something Bridget Jones's Diary never accomplishes.

    4/10 or so.



  • Rouge One - 3.5/5 (would be a 3/5, but star wars helps it), lot of potential, script needed some tightening up

    Been watching the show Catastrophe on Amazon, very funny, about an American guy who hooks up with a girl in England and accidentally gets her pregnant, he decides to stay and try and raise the babe.



  • @Fridge-man That's been on my Amazon Watchlist for a while now because its on Prime but I haven't got around to it yet for whatever reason. It's nice to hear a good review for it so I'll definitely have to make some time this weekend.



  • I watched Two O'Clock Courage, a pretty brief film noir from genre legend Anthony Mann. This surprised me, because I thought it would suck just from the setup: dude with amnesia tries to clear his name/solve a murder he's involved in with the help of a female taxi driver.

    While it isn't as beautifully shot or as rigorous as some of Mann's later noir efforts, it has a real leanness and a surprisingly humorous tone. It's pretty well aware of how silly it all is, and the enthusiasm with which the two leads uncover the case is pretty infectious.

    Not a great film, but a pretty enjoyable one.



  • Watched Kubo and the Two Strings last night. Was good.



  • @pinecone The old Magnificent 7 is the better of the two Seven Samurai remakes, but the new one isn't bad.


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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Easily one of my favourite movies of this year. I've mostly watched intense horror type movies but this is just a pure jolly fair and it's so good. Absolutely worth a watch.



  • @tokeeffe9 Yep, another movie I saw during the festival circuit this year. Was quite jolly.



  • Top 5 films for this year for me have gotta be:

    5.Don't Think Twice - A movie about improv. I'm sure it'll just be funny and that's it, right? Actually, this movie touches on some real emotions while following the troupe around. It also deals with themes like success and friendship in a great way - while still making you laugh. I saw this in a theater where no one else bought tickets, so it may have added to the experience.

    4.The Nice Guys - I went into this movie with zero expectations. I've never actually seen a Shane Black movie before but from the outside, I thought things like Lethal Weapon looked kinda cheesy. This movie was outright hilarious and had a great noir feel to it, something we don't get too much of these days. I may have made a mistake in my previous judgements and I'll spend the next year watching some Shane Black classics.

    3.Doctor Strange - My favorite super-hero turned into a movie... how is Marvel going to mess this up? Well... they didn't. I thought they handled the character well and there's a lot of trip-out visuals and philosophy thrown in to appease fans, while still being a Marvel spectacle to make money. The villain wasn't fantastic but I sure hope they make a few more Strange movies.

    2.Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. I saw What We Do in the Shadows earlier in the year and it quickly become a classic comedy in my eyes, so I was foaming at the mouth to see this. While not quite as funny, it does have more heart and tells a great story.

    1.The Lobster - I already loved this movie before going into it. It has so much to say about all the weird things we attach to relationships and just humanity in general. The second half of the movie is arguably weaker but the ambiguous ending was more than enough to make me happy.

    Honorable mentions : Rogue One, Green Room.



  • Hmm. that's always hard for me to do given the volume of movies I see every year. I've seen probably 80-100 new films this year, and I'm still not caught up. :)

    Honorable Mentions: The Witch, Midnight Special, Eddie The Eagle, Everybody Wants Some!, The Nice Guys, Star Trek Beyond, Pete's Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ouija: Origin of Evil (most improved category),The Jungle Book, Frank and Lola, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Microbe and Gasoline, Kedi, Train to Busan, The Wailing, Doctor Strange, Arrival, Edge of Seventeen, Zootopia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Deadpool, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Keanu, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

    5: Rogue One
    4: Tower
    3: 10 Cloverfield Lane
    2:The Patriarch
    1: Green Room

    Still to go: Don't Breathe, The Handmaiden, The Birth of a Nation, Moana, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, La La Land, A Monster Calls, Silence, 20th Century Women, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea

    any one of those may replace any of my top five. Not sure yet.



  • @TokyoSlim I forgot The Witch came out this year, that was also great. The Handmaiden, Swiss Army Man, and La La Land are high on the list of things to watch.


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    Oh ya, I watched The Witch about a week ago too. Excellent movie. It just goes for it in terms of being very creepy and nails it.



  • Spent a lot of this week at the theatre.

    Watched:

    • Passengers -- Interesting story and I really enjoyed the whole sci-fi aspect of it.
    • Assassin's Creed -- Being a huge fan of the series, I really enjoyed most of the film and I kinda even understood the overall story much better than the disjointed storytelling of the main plot in the games. Hoping they make a sequel but who knows.
    • La La Land -- This is the movie that hit me the most as being my top favourite film after Rogue one. I am a HUGE fan of musicals and every time the genre is resurrected the films fall flat. But this one had that old hollywood feel. The numbers blended in with the story and didn't feel out of place. It didn't break the flow of the story. True, the talent wasn't on par with the greats, but it's good. And it made me cry. Strong story. I highly recommend it.