Last movie you watched
It's a well made movie, but I'm already spoiled on the "real" story and have to view it through the lens of propaganda. It's WELL MADE propaganda, but it's using fictional events to prop up Stallworth as a hero.
I think this was done exceptionally well for the most part. Only in the most meta moments (such as seeing the word "Netflix" show up as one of the choices you can make did it take me out of it. I've actually gone through it twice now, and gotten two seperate endings. I noticed that it messes with you a bit in the real world too. Changing the runtime of the movie in the listing based on your interactions within the movie. It's kind of like the first Netflix interactive adventure game in a way.
bam541 last edited by
It's less than an hour away from 2019 here and i've been watching all the recent Star Wars movies to celebrate. It's crazy how much i love all these movies when i barely can keep myself engaged for the original trilogy.
SabotageTheTruth last edited by
I've been in a bit of a western mood lately (I wonder why) so I decided to pop this one in, since I haven't seen it. Pretty good overall, one hell of a cast, and Val Kilmer kills it as Doc Holiday, easily the best part of the movie. Wyatt's growing love interest felt so tacked on though. Such a strange way to end the film - him dancing in the snow with her as the narrator explains his wife died from an opium overdose. Happy ending I guess?
Hopefully I didn't spoil the ending of a 25 year old movie for anyone.
bard91 last edited by
The Boy and the Beast
Hosoda is just a freaking master of animated cinema, not my favorite of his but it was still fantastic.
naltmank last edited by naltmank
Saw a fair bit of movies in my time off:
Mission Impossible: Fallout
I know people don't like Tom Cruise as a person, but he's easily the most bankable American action star and he kills it in this movie. The action in this movie is so well-shot, and I think that's largely due to the fact that Cruise is actually doing it himself; they're showboating how stupid and dangerous he's being, and they want you to fully appreciate how absurd it is. Top tier blockbuster cinema. A
Isle of Dogs
I like Wes Anderson. I like his writing. I like his vibe. This movie is too much Wes Anderson. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but I found the Wes Anderson style to be more distracting than it's ever been. A couple good scenes here and there save this from being a complete failure for me. B-
Three Identical Strangers
I already knew a lot of what was going to happen going in, but it's still an incredible story. My main issue is that the filmmakers had a clear thesis going into this, and I think they unfairly judge a few of their subjects. I always prefer it when documentaries present me with the information and the story in a meaningful way, but allow me to draw my own conclusions. Still worth a watch, though, especially if you don't know what happens. B
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
I went into this movie expecting to love it, and I was still caught off guard at how incredible this movie is. Much has already been said about the artistry on display here, but the story, characters, and themes are what makes this movie shine for me. Spoilers below so I can dig into this:
We're introduced to Miles as he's being sent off to a new, prestigious school on a scholarship he doesn't feel he deserves, and are briefly introduced to the public school friends he's leaving behind. What follows is a sequence in which Miles, a bright kid, is overwhelmed by students he feels are better than him, that truly belong at this school for the gifted, and it's breaking him. His parents believe in him too much to see just how hard this is for him, because they know he can do it. He just doesn't know it. This sets up the most important theme of the movie: you might be different, special, or talented, but when you're surrounded by people that you see as so exceptional, your inadequacies only become that much more apparent. This is compounded when Miles receives his spider powers, and is suddenly thrust into the world of the spider-verse. . I read a critique from someone who was frustrated that Miles feels frustrated for much of the second act, but to me that's entirely the point: He's surrounded by multiple versions of his heroes, and somehow he's supposed to live up to them. It's terrifying, but the only way he can begin to live up to his potential is to have faith in himself. Which brings us to one of my favorite scenes in movie history. When Miles jumps off the building, the glass shatters because he was too tense. It's a visual representation of an often overwrought theme: believing in yourself is scary. But when you do make that leap, and you realize the potential you have within you, you ascend. And it's liberating.
Ultimately, my love of Spider-Man comes down to this: no other movie, show, book, or game has truly captured the feeling of imposter syndrome the way this movie does, how terrible it can feel when you have all these great expectations thrust upon you, and how you just know you can never live up to them. But you can live up to them, and when you realize that, you can be Spider-Man. A
Inustar last edited by
@sabotagethetruth For me, Tombstone is my favourite Western. Not because it's the best, but because it's a lot of fun. And that movie is just packed with great actors.
SabotageTheTruth last edited by
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
So I haven't talked much about this here, but I've recently been suffering through pretty severe panic attacks and I'm currently in therapy/seeking medication to figure out what is wrong with my broken brain. One of the times those panic attacks hit hardest? In a dark movie theater with loud sound. This is a major bummer because I love watching movies in their natural habitat AND I get them for free. Luckily, we have certain screenings with people with special needs where the sound is less intense and the lights aren't completely dim, so I was finally able to enjoy a movie in a theater again without freaking out! Has nothing to do with this film, but hey, it did make it a little more enjoyable.
I think @naltmank summed this up pretty well - it's an excellent film and I'm surprised I ended up enjoying nearly every iteration of Spidey. 2018 had to have been the year of the spider, since we were blessed with a great game and an even better movie.
@SabotageTheTruth Hope you feel better! Have you tried winning at fantasy sports? I hear that 9/10 doctors recommend it.
Sheria last edited by Sheria
The Lovely Bones
Must be my 6th or so watching and it still tears me up. It remains in my top 10 films of all time, such a shame it didn't get the critical reception it deserved.
Saw Glass while in Paris.
Kind of an interesting movie when you consider it's the 3rd film in a trilogy. Not exactly sure what they're setting up for the future, but kind of a bummer ending.
Mango last edited by
I'm just realizing that I've been coming here to check out whether a movie is worth watching or not. I really appreciate you guys posting your thoughts on the movies you've watched and also for bringing my attention to some I wouldn't have other wised heard about!
Ezekiel Banned last edited by Ezekiel
It had the dumbest cameo I’ve probably ever seen in a movie like this. Completely random and unbelievable. Felt like such a bad way to bait fans, a cheap, undeserved shock moment. The reveal was made even worse by this character force grabbing their lightsaber, like the fans have to see a lightsaber in every single movie and like they had to make him appear more threatening somehow. Just embarrassing. The cameo hurt the ending.
Also, that spot at the front of the YT-1300 (Millennium Falcon) was never used for an escape pod.
It would be stupid engineering, placing missiles behind an escape pod. Why would you place the escape pod at the FRONT of a ship anyway? I would think it would make more sense on the sides, top or closer to the rear, since the front of the ship would probably be most in danger in the event of a crash or decompression. That’s where the contact would be. If that spot was used for an escape pod, why would Solo not have replaced it in forty years? Seems really important.
The rest of the movie was alright. Not that entertaining and not bad. I still wouldn’t have made a movie about Han Solo. I wasn’t curious about his past. If it did need to happen, I would have had it drawn and painted, to at least keep Harrison Ford and Billie Dee Williams’ (Lando) likenesses. But Disney doesn’t do traditional animations anymore, so…
Sometimes love doesn't work out that well. Paris is overrated. Don't go to Polish prison in the 1950s. Black and White cinematography done right. A pretty good use of 88 minutes of your time.
Faaip last edited by
Nice, I'm going to try and see that this weekend
bam541 last edited by
Watched 30 mins of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while on the plane. I gave it a chance but i ended up feeling bored and underwhelmed. It didn't do anything interesting and also felt lifeless. I just had a straight face the whole time, it's like watching nothing.
I immediately switched to The Grand Budapest Hotel, which already made me smile in the first minute. This movie has been in my backlog since forever, i need to continue watching it soon. Only watched like 8 minutes of it and I'm so ready to watch more. Gonna be the first Wes Anderson movie i watch.
GBH is, in my opinion, the best Wes Anderson movie to date, and has both an appealing superficial story and execution, and also so much technical complexity and cinematic nerd depth I could probably do an entire college course on it.
Faaip last edited by Faaip
I was finally able to see They Shall Not Grow Old. Its an absolutely incredible documentary and I think may end up being Peter Jackson's most important work due to the lack of good mainstream WWI documentaries compared to other subjects, WWII especially. Its a must see for those with interest in WWI but I think everyone should try to see it if they can. What they achieved through the restoration, colorization, foley work, etc is really incredible and successfully closes the time gap between the old footage and today..
The 30 minute making-of documentary after the credits was fascinating as well. I love how Peter Jackson casually states that he pulled dozens of authentic uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces, and magazines from his own personal collection for the colorizers to reference. My new life goal is to become his friend hehe
Tearju Engi last edited by Tearju Engi
How to Train Your Dragon 3.
I have enjoyed the series more than most recent Disney/Pixar movies and this was an ok flick to end the trilogy.
bard91 last edited by
@tearju-engi yeah it was just an ok movie, after seen it I figure that I expect to much out of the movies, because I feel the first one was pretty good and I like the concept so much that I think it could be much more, but I guess it is just not meant to be.
Free Solo in IMAX:
I'm a little afraid of heights, and this doc made me grip the arm rests. 4/5
The Boy Who Would Be King:
From the director of Attack The Block. Pretty much just aimed at 10 year old kids. Was ok. Selection of previews before the movie really weirded me out.