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Since I've been in a Cronenberg kick lately and my theater was showing it, I decided to watch some body horror in an auditorium. About six years ago, someone put this on at a party so I remembered some of the imagery but obviously wasn't able to pay much attention. What can I say, this movie is strange as hell, has some themes that feel even more relevant today, and has one of the best lines ever.
Long live the new flesh.
Daredevil Season 3:
DD is my favorite comic book hero, and Born Again is my favorite DD story. I knew when I first heard they were adapting it to fit into the framework of Season 3, that it would fail to live up to the story, and it does fail in the ways that I thought it would. Born Again allows Matt Murdock to completely devolve into madness and be utterly broken and then to find his way back. It's darker and more brutal than the show could ever be. It's characters that are central to much of the story no longer exist in the show's universe. The show isn't Born Again.
That being said, I enjoyed it. It uses some of the familiar setups, it uses parts of Born Again to add depth to characters that need depth. It's got new characters, and reimagines some old ones. It does a good job of forcing DD to the brink of despair and madness, though I don't think they were ok with going beyond. Some of the material in Born Again has already been mined by the show. But overall it worked, a good season. Might have been a touch long, but that's common for nearly every Netflix show. It didn't seem THAT bloated. Mostly because of the fantastic Vincent D'Onofrio performance, and newcomer Jay Ali as FBI Special Agent Ray Nadeem (who's hair is my favorite new thing in season 3). This season really comes down to "it's easier to fall into corruption than to climb out" and how hard it is to choose the lesser of two evils without compromising your morals.
Overall, it's a solid 4 out of 5 for me.
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@tokyoslim I really liked S3 as well, it was the most coherent of the three in my opinion. In addition what you said I feel that Charlie Cox deserves much praise as well. That's often forgotten. He's easily the best out of the four (five) Netflix heroes, damn good in that role. There's that calmness in him, but also the rage and desperation we saw a few times. There's the faith aspect too, I really liked his conversations with both Sister Maggie and Father Lantom. And the fact that he pulls off all this while playing blind so convincingly is really something. And let's not forget the physical aspects, meaning all the fights etc.
By the way, episode 4. I believe it was 11 minutes, I later read, that one scene that was shot using only one camera. Man, that was intense! They pulled it off incredibly well. All the fighting and beatdowns. Really something.
And about the other villain, not Fisk:
Holy shit, but did they make just throwing things look so damn dangerous and cool or what! Poindexter was super lethal as Bullseye, it almost felt wrong to feel so hyped seeing him throw shit with that accuracy and intention to kill. So many times I shouted out loud something as a reaction. Good thing too that he survived in the end. (It was a brutal slam into the fireplace wall.)
I feel that Charlie Cox deserves much praise as well. That's often forgotten. He's easily the best out of the four (five) Netflix heroes, damn good in that role. There's that calmness in him, but also the rage and desperation we saw a few times. There's the faith aspect too, I really liked his conversations with both Sister Maggie and Father Lantom. And the fact that he pulls off all this while playing blind so convincingly is really something. And let's not forget the physical aspects, meaning all the fights etc.
Yeah, I always forget he's British too. He does a great job!
Bullseye's throwing and fighting prowess was so great in the show! In the comics, they give him a adamantium skeletal reinforcement similar to Wolverine's which makes it even harder for DD to stop him in the future. They are using some other kind of metal in the show, but I assume that it's basically going to be impossible to break his bones in the future.
Green Book slides into the top 5 of my favorite movies of 2018. Mahershala Ali is outstanding and this should probably earn him another Oscar nod. (He won best supporting last year for Moonlight) Viggo Mortensen is brilliant as always. Directed with a lighter than expected touch by Peter Farrelly ( one half of "The Farrelly Brothers") This isn't a comedy, but it's funny. It's not a social statement, but it's socially aware. This is a road trip, buddy film, fish out of water, "spirit of Christmas", period piece that deftly weaves in and out of scenes that made me smile, made me clench my fists, and made my heart ache. This movie handled differently could have been preachy, or wooden, or exploitative. I think all these pitfalls were avoided or overcome. It's not the deepest film in the world - ultimately it's a film based on the true story of the friendship between two men from different worlds. You've all seen these films before. It's the journey and not the destination. 4.5/5 stars
I think this is supposed to open at Thanksgiving. Keep your eyes out.
@tokyoslim Love the trailer for it, glad to hear it's worth a watch!
Grabbed tickets for an Imax showing of First Man on saturday and Spirited Away on sunday.. woot!
You've seen Spirited Away before, right?
@tokyoslim Yes sir! Only once though.. I'm excited to see it again on a big screen
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Halloween... Spent an hour and a half setting up something epic and then failed to deliver. 2.5/5
Is that the new one? I'm dying to see it.
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I watched Circle (2015). It was atrocious to be honest. Not only was the acting and writing poor but the way in which they shoehorned just about every well known prejudice into its 90 minutes really hurt its integrity. Don't watch.
@sheria yep. Some things about the writing really bugged me, but many people didn't seem to mind it.
Watched this for probably the 20th time and it's still absolutely remarkable. It's just a perfect blend of cozy, unknown, ghost story, comedy, all mixed into something timeless and infinitely rewatchable. I paid more attention to the writing and set design this go around... and of course, Michael Keaton just knocking the performance out of the stratosphere.
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Galveston and Ant Man and the Wasp
Galveston I wanted to be where Drive (2013) left off. But it turned out to be kind of a biopic and less a film. Mediocre in some parts but original interpretation and the whole feel of the main character made it a pretty good crime film for a modern setting.
I really liked Ant Man. It was pretty genre savvy, even if I was a bit "eh" with how the characters were handled. Good actors, bad scenes (maybe the arcs (story) felt rinse and repeat - but I really liked the charm and how they made it their own.)
Phew: The reviews are the same for this a lot.
Yeah, the dialogue was pretty poor - they didn't really make it believable.
I still can't believe this is a Peter Jackson film. I feel mixed on this one though - the last 30 minutes is immensely gory, slapstick, and overall entertaining, but the first two acts had me so distracted with the main character's behavior. His choices and motivations don't make much sense, he treats his love interest like garbage, and yet... we're given a few scenes that are obviously trying to paint him as a good guy. I would have liked to see someone with more personality fill the role but other than that, it was a pretty fun watch. Honestly, if I ever feel like watching this one again, I may just skip to the last 30 minutes... and the scene with a priest kung-fu fighting some zombies.
I was kind of lukewarm on The Deuce last season but I'm enjoying this one quite a bit. Its settling into the characters a bit more and starting to tell more interesting stories.
Well, I dunno. Which, I guess is pretty much the same feeling I had when I saw the original. So maybe you'll like it?
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Solo was a decent film. I came into it expecting a horrible Star Wars movie, and got a fairly unexpected plot. It wasn't too predictable (with one or two exceptions), and they took a lot of free license.
Best part was the action and it was surprisingly violent (compared to Force Awakens), The cameos are silly.
If I took it seriously I'd dislike the portrayal of Han Solo but good action + surprising movie level violence (vs Force Awakans).
Finished Castlevania Season 2 last night. Slow burn first few episodes, as pointed out in the Spoiler Mode, more political intrigue than I was expecting in an animated show ostensibly about killing Dracula. The action sequences and gore are very satisfying when the season does get rolling. Lets go Season 3.
Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen maaaaay be my favorite band of all time. Generally that means I know too much history and rumor to have fully suspended my belief. I'd like to see the movie that Sasha Baron Cohen wanted to do. While Remi Malek is great in this, it takes a minute to get used to his face. While Freddie's teeth were prominent, they really put the focus on them a lot in this film, and occasionally it looks like the teeth may be causing Malek problems.
That being said, it's unfair to score this film based on what I wish it was.
I'm giving it another half a star for
dressing up Mike Meyers as a record exec that tells Queen that kids are never going to head bang to Bohemian Rhapsody in their cars.
3.5 / 5