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Ringedwithtile last edited by
Watched Spectre, which is a James Bond thing I guess. About as good as the last couple, which is to say not very good. Like Quantum of Solace, it relies a lot on knowledge of the film before it, recycling locations and dredging up plot strands. Why is the bad guy bad? Because the bad guys were bad in previous films, you see?
Most Bond films, even the bad ones, seem to drum up some global or societal threat, but this one, literally an all-seeing, all-hearing threat never really feels like it. All it is, is an excuse for henchmen to show up on Bond's doorstep, poorly armed and easily dispatched as usual.
My hunches, and reluctance to see it earlier were well-placed.
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@Ringedwithtile Yeah, I just watched Spectre and found it kinda bleh.
I though did adore Casino Royale but have liked every one after more and more.
Spectre suffered from the same thing as Star Trek Into darkness. Don't pretend your villain isn't the obvious character he is. It put me off seeing this until now. The characters weren't great, and suddenly Bond is in love again? He knew the girl for two days, at most. The threat i thought was also trying too hard to be relevant, with the big brother thing. Even the song wasn't good, at least Skyfall had a great Adele song.
Mango last edited by Mango
It's not a movie but I just finished watching dirk gently's holistic detective agency on Netflix and boy did I love it!
It was super hard for me to get into because the first 3 episodes really didn't make sense as they were setting all the strings but then it was a nonstop ride to the finish where all the lose ends really came together nicely. I'd love to get into it in a spoilery way but I won't. I will say however that I think the writing was brilliant in the meta message it leaves with the viewer at the end and that it's definitely worth checking out
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I watched The Lobster tonight and it is one weird movie. I really liked how everything was delivered in a dry manner. It just helped the lay the foundations for how unusual the lore in the movie is.
Hesperus last edited by
@Mango I've been wanting to watch this for awhile because I saw the mini series (or was it a tv movie .. I can't remember).. But definitely want to give this a shot!
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@tokeeffe9 I loved this movie. It didn't really care too much to explain itself and just told its story.
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I recently watched Sing Street as it is currently on Netflix. It is a heart warming coming of age story with some great original music as well as nods to 80's classics. I found myself rooting for the characters from beggning to end. Highly recommended if you are a fan of music particularly from that era.
Elyra last edited by
Rogue One! Went with my sister to see it in the cinema, and had great fun ^^ I am really delighted with the amount of good Star Wars we're getting lately, and hopefully more to come.
Mango last edited by
@Hesperus I would highly recommend it and if you find it hard to watch at first I would encourage you to stick with it because I found the payout to be worthwhile in the end.
by the time it was done I needed a 2nd season asap
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Dr. Strange - I went and saw this because Marvel and heard great things about it but I did not like it at all. It's just a personal thing though, I enjoy the superhero movies that are more grounded and based in reality. It visually looked cool and their were fun scenes and funny parts but collectively its not my cup of tea.
Spectre - It was alright. I definitely liked it better than Quantum of Solace but not as much as Casino Royal.
Ratchet & Clank - Not a great movie but its one of my favorite game IPs so I wanted to see it. It was decently fun to see all of the throwbacks and jokes from the original 4 games.
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Saw La La Land in theaters a week ago and absolutely loved it. In a year where Civil War, Doctor Strange, the Little Prince, Rogue One, and more came out, I think this one was my favorite of 2016. The music's been stuck in my head indefinitely, and I have a feeling I'm gonna be a Damien Chazelle fan for the foreseeable future.
I've also just started the Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass, which has been very interesting, but it had me watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the first time. As someone who's never identified as a "western" fan, I actually really enjoyed it, and it's made me more interesting in checking out others in the genre.
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I just watched Les Misérables. Dear Lord, this was a magnificent movie! I would have never guessed that I'd enjoy a musical this much, but this grapped me from you-know-where right from the start and didn't let go until 2,5 hours later. So many great performances, so many beautiful and impressing songs. Just wow. And I loved the way they kept coming back time after time, like the very first song, that might have been my favourite. "Look down! Look down! You're standing in your grave." What an awesome piece of cinema, this one.
Doctor Professor last edited by Doctor Professor
I watched a documentary called Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. For anyone unaware, Cannon Films was a production company known for their rushed, low-budget, low-quality movies, many with a "funny bad" reputation. Notable titles include American Ninja, Superman IV: Quest for Peace, Delta Force, Captain America: The First Avenger, the Death Wish series (aside from the first one), and, of course, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. I watched it mainly for the laughs, but it was also very interesting. It features interviews from actors, directors, writers, editors, producers, etc, all of whom have crazy stories of working there. I highly recommend it, it's a very entertaining look at the kings of schlock.
I saw Jason Bourne finally. I really love the other films and were hopeful for this one. However it felt a little.. thin. Sure were some nice action and "typical" bourne makes weapons out of pens and chair legs, but I had hoped for more. It was like the bad person weren't bad, but then were bad anyway? It had some nice camera work though and one or two intense moments, but the rest were a little too bland. They said "we really wanted to make a good story" but in the end I can't shake the bad after flavour of money grabbing.
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I saw Swiss Army Man last night. Looking back at 2016, I remember seeing the trailer for this and thinking, "This is going to be my favorite movie of the year." The first hour was absolutely fantastic. It was strange, awkward, funny at bits, it felt like it had something to say but that last half hour? Almost unwatchable in its execution. I know it's more about the journey than the destination but one-third of the entire movie made me roll my eyes multiple times. It seems like all the themes and possibilities got abandoned in lieu of making a joke. Maybe there's some meta-narrative I didn't catch on to where sometimes things don't work out or life is confusing, but that ending left me feeling hollow. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe did an excellent job with their acting though, that part can't be taken away.
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I watched Sully the other night. It wasn't super memorable but I still thought it was a really good biopic with good performances all around.
I also watched They Live on HBO tonight. God what a fantastic film
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Watched The Revenant last night very breathtaking, seeing the struggles of the journey of surviving with the motivation of revengeance.
TokyoSlim last edited by TokyoSlim
Going to go see La La Land in about an hour.
Also I bought tickets for later on this month when the new 4k restoration of Tampopo comes to town. One of my favorite movies of all time!
The ultimate Noodles and Broth film.
Ringedwithtile last edited by
Saw La La Land, which I have mixed feelings about.
Its sense of whimsy, its naivety, is so overbearing I don't know precisely how sincere it is. It also borrows a lot from Jacques Demy's musicals, which are some of the best to use the pleasures of a genre in a critical or ironic way, so I don't know exactly if this film is trying to do the same.
Its characters are so vapid and short-sighted, and that's all the movie ever gives us. They don't have friends, or families, or collaborators (which is especially worrying given they work in collaborative art forms). They just have dreams, but with what seems like no passion to meaningfully improve their craft.
But even if this is me giving it too much credit, meaning that if it is meant to be taken earnestly I'd say it doesn't work at all, it doesn't pull this Brechtian dialogue as well as other, more deeply ironic American films of late or other post-musicals have.
TokyoSlim last edited by TokyoSlim
@Ringedwithtile I just thought it was interesting that for a so-called "love letter to LA" it ended up being a critique on the ultimate hollowness of chasing your dreams and succeeding.
That being said, the art direction was great. They see a set being built on the studio lot at the beginning of their relationship, and they dance through it at the end, and you realize that the set is a microcosm of the actual film you just watched from the freeway in the opening, to Griffith Observatory. There's some visual layers of inception in this film that may bear some repeat viewing.