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  • Apollo 11

    This is documentary film distilled down to a pure essence. Aside from some simple graphics to explain what is happening, there is pretty much no modern-day content - even the soundtrack is made with period synthesizers.

    While there is some lower-quality footage shot by NASA personnel and the astronauts, much of the movie is 65mm footage originally shot for the 1971 documentary Moonwalk One. But while that was shown cropped, this time we get to see it full frame, including unused shots.

    And that footage is truly like stepping back in time. Crystal clear, with great colour, we get to see the Saturn V being transported to the launch site, the astronauts dressing and travelling to the launch pad, the huge crowds gathering for the launch, the inside of Launch Control, and finally the launch, which is especially spectacular. Then later on, recovery and quarantine.

    All of the dialogue is either the actual mission audio (much of it synchronized to footage from Mission Control or from the spacecraft) or from the TV broadcasts. The highlights are the landing shown in real-time complete with fuel gauge and error display, a panorama shot of the moon's surface, and the first steps shown from an alternate, clearer angle than the famous TV broadcast.

    The closest thing I can compare it to is Koyaanisqatsi, though not as abstract. It's a completely new perspective on the mission. Unlike the grain and fuzz that's always made the mission seem like a vague ancient artifact, the clarity of this footage, the way it's edited with the mission audio, and the walkthrough-style continuity makes it something you can almost smell and touch.

    The only drawback is that it feels sped along at times - it could've used another half hour (the running time is 93 minutes).

    The upcoming large-format IMAX version (in contrast to the full-length "Liemax" version which is reviewed below) is only 45 minutes, and I shudder to think what THAT will be like...

    Do NOT wait for home video, this is a movie that should ONLY be seen on the big screen.

    4 1/2 out of 5.

    Youtube Video



  • Dragged Across Concrete (dir. S. Craig Zahler)

    After getting suspended from their police department for using excessive force, two police officers decide to rip off a couple of criminals to get some extra cash. Their plan does not go accordingly and they are thrown into a situation bigger than they expected.

    Starring Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Tory Kittles, and Michael Jai White

    My favorite film of the year so far, this one is going to be difficult to top. It's a very slow-burn thriller that winds up in a very intense finale. To compare it to something, it's like a Jean-Pierre Melville film but far less suave and far more rough and gritty; it contains a similar quality of technicality in regards to being a crime drama/thriller. Pacing, although slow, is largely what gives the film its unique flavor and makes the adventure feel more immediate. It's as if we as the audience are sitting alongside these characters, waiting, until things begin to heat up and get crazy. Also featuring a great soundtrack by the O'Jays and very effectively menacing villains.
    4/4

    Little Sister (dir. Zach Clark)

    In the process of becoming a nun, a girl returns home for a few days after her war veteran brother, who has become disfigured following an explosion in the war, is released from the hospital. During her visit, she attempts to bring her brother out of his depression, as he has isolated himself from his family.

    Starring Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, and Keith Poulson

    This was a very effective dramedy. Most of the comedic moments are fueled by the nun character being part of the goth subculture in her past. Although it does have some funny moments, the drama is the primary focus and the lead actress does an amazing job. This is an easy recommendation if you appreciate other dramedy movies like "Little Miss Sunshine" or films by the Duplass brothers.
    4/4



  • I watched Bumblebee. Heard it was a better Transformers Movie than previous ones but it was just a different kind of stupid. I hate it, not just disinterest but actual frustration on how terrible it is.



  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 4K, one of my childhood favorites, but now only good, like the original. At least it's not Jurassic World or JP3. The surround sound and 4K HDR picture were pretty nice. I didn't get Jurassic Park in 4K because the reception to that remaster is much less positive. I want a Dino Crisis remake. I also kind of wish they adapted the original JP book again, but followed it more closely and made it less a family movie this time. Make Hammond actually evil.



  • @tokyoslim my kids loved Dumbo. We happened to see a preview for Dora at the same time and Kelly and I were looking at each other going which teenager is going to want to watch this? then we glanced at my 6 year old and she was so into it... those marketing people know what they're doing



  • @mango yeah, I often see movies and am like, who is this targeted to? And then I remember that there are children. I think the new Dora movie actually looks like a fun Goonies-esque adventure movie though. So I'm down to see it. :)

    When I was a kid I really wanted to see Predator, but mostly because I knew I wasn't allowed to see Predator.

    Predator holds up.



  • Shazam: if they would have just gone ahead and made this a stand-alone DC hero movie I'd have given it a 3.5/ but I'm docking it a half point for constantly coyly referencing that it's in the same universe as Batman v Superman, but not having the budget to show the other heroes or wanting to write around the actual canon you've already established. Pick one or the other. Either drop the DCEU, or don't - but this half in and half out makes it feel like a TV series. (No offense to Agents of Shield, but this whole movie dances around the existence of other heroes with name drops just like S1 of Shield)

    3/5 , was fun. Still a little annoying.



  • Bandersnatch

    I loved choose your own adventure books as a kid so the theme of this really struck home with me and for the first (that I know of) "movie" to do something like this, I think it's handled fairly well. It's similar enough to a Telltale adventure that gamers would feel at home but luckily, it actually runs properly. I went ahead and got all of the endings - some of the more meta ones I enjoyed, while others were just pretty bland. Interesting concept, I really hope more people try out this form of media.



  • @sabotagethetruth There's a Bear Grylls survival adventure series that's much the same. I made Bear Grylls eat a disgusting looking grub that looked like it pooped in his mouth!

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    A Long Day's Journey Into Night:
    Do you like slow, dreamlike movies where overlapping and repeating motifs are presented but don't necessarily explain or illuminate anything? Beautifully shot, but shots linger on voyeuristically in some scenes, take strange angles with foreground obstructions, display mirrored viewpoints, or conversations between people that turn into silhouettes as they walk behind large opaque screens? Do you think you'd like a movie who's opening title card is 72 minutes into the film? Do you like a movie that the last 50 minutes or so of it are in 3D?

    Congratulations, you went to film school. 3/5
    Youtube Video



  • Avengers: Endgame

    I saw it, the film premiered here today. I can't talk about it, really, but I can thank the Russo Brothers, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios for this journey I've been able to witness and take part on for over the last decade. An astonishing phenomenon, I cannot love and appreciate it more.
    #DontSpoilTheEndgame



  • I've also seen Endgame now and while it's not going to be my favorite Marvel movie, I definitely think they did a good job wrapping up this saga. Curious to see what the next phase looks like now as well.



  • Watched Alien on UHD yesterday night, which was released the day before. I thought it looked great, color-wise and detail-wise. Light grain. Didn't look DNR'd to me. No color banding at all. The screenshot comparisons are kind of worthless. A couple of people on the Blu-ray.com forums complained that the giant pilot no longer looks tanned, but I could easily see the color difference between him and his surroundings. The movie isn't as warm, but it's not dull looking either. It has a more realistic range of color and is bright where brightness is due (not excessively so).

    The director's cut is upscaled and not properly mastered for HDR, which some people are pretty disappointed over, but I don't care for that cut. One time was enough for me. Scott cut about as much as he added. The humanoid alien's reveal (the scene where Brett is abducted) sucks in the DC because the creature is so clearly visible on the ceiling before the abduction. The cocoon scene is even more worthless and misplaced than I remember. Lambert asks in the theatrical cut if it's possible that Brett is still alive, if the creature wants him alive. Ripley says, "No. I mean, I don't think so." That line is too purposeful. This combined with Parker saying that they didn't find anything left of Dallas, not even blood, and the way we saw the facehugger reproducing with Kane earlier pretty much tells you the alien is doing something horrible with Brett and Dallas. Not knowing what is part of the horror, I guess. It didn't need to be shown. Everyone including Weaver assumed people understood that it was using them before the cocoon scene was ever made public. She said in a 1984 interview, "Because the Alien isn't evil. It's just following its natural instincts to reproduce through whatever living things are around it."

    https://alienseries.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/interview-with-sigourney-weaver/

    Also, that self-destruct countdown had so much tension and looked and sounded great. Why would I wanna see that broken up by this random scene?



  • Missing Link might be my favorite of Laika's films.
    4/5

    Sitting in the theater waiting for my first screening of Endgame right now.



  • Endgame. No spoilers:

    4.5/5

    Culmination



  • I, too, have seen the Endgame. It has my single favorite scene in any marvel movie, but oh boy do I have issues. Can't wait to discuss why I'm wrong!



  • Avengers Endgame
    4/5
    #Don'tSpoilTheEndgame



  • Also, I hadn't seen that Godzilla trailer that played before Endgame. Hyyypeee



  • I will be seeing Endgame next Tuesday, and in the mean time I watched another superhero movie: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. Holy shit, this is a fantastic movie. As a huge fan of My Hero, it hits beyond all my admittedly skeptical expectations. I wasn't impressed by how the main show connected the movie to itself in that one weird episode on Season 2, and thus I didn't have the most positive view on this movie. Boy, I'm so glad that I was wrong. It condensed all the things I love from the main show into one heck of a way to spend 95 minutes: well-timed and thought-out humor, epic action, emotionally impactful moments, wonderful character interactions and interesting world-building; it's all here and stronger than ever. It's like I have felt all the emotions again from watching all the 3 seasons of the show in a relatively short span of time. It gets more and more exciting as the movie goes on, they really nailed the sense of escalating stakes and danger. That last fight stands as one of the most visually bombastic battles in the My Hero animes.

    Although I still feel that the fact of the class A members showing up is a bit too convenient, I do like that they contextualized it in a entertaining way. Also, I do wish that this movie holds a more important part of the whole My Hero story, it seems that I can skip this movie and continue on the show without feeling left out of anything important. Still, these are very minor complains to me and at the end of the day it doesn't impact my enjoyment very much at all.

    I can't say anything too outrageous yet since I need to rewatch this again and again and also let time help judge of my future-self opinion, so I'll end this by saying that I think I'll be in a good mood for a while because of this movie. Endgame, you'll have a lot to live up to, lol.

    Now I'm secretly shipping Deku and Melissa, don't tell Uraraka or Tsuyu



  • GENERAL WARNING TO STAY OFF YOUTUBE: The last hour+ of Endgame was just on the front page of youtube for me with very clear spoilers in the thumbnails and titles for each clip. I've already seen the movie, so it didn't affect me, but I would've been supremely pissed if I had gotten literally the best parts of the movie spoiled for me because the algorithm fucked up.



  • Blade Runner

    What I tried to really take in this time is the hopeless living conditions of the future (next year, heh). The poverty, the crowded streets, the sickness — dwarfism, gas masks, Sebastian’s accelerated ageing. The polluted air: There’s smoke everywhere and you can barely see sunlight, and the movie opens with an overhead view of factory chimneys continuing to pollute. Constant rain, probably a weird side effect. Species going to near extinction and pets having to be made. Advertisements about the new off-world colonies, “the chance to begin again,” which makes Earth seem forsaken. The oppressive searchlights coming through citizen’s windows and the loud ads. The world outside of Tyrell’s opulent pyramid, while high tech, is so dirty, old and wretched. It’s cyberpunk. The punk fashion is there too, to a small degree (particularly Pris). The visual design and lighting are awesome.

    I don’t find Blade Runner slow, like a lot of people. This is gonna be hard to explain… The plot is simple, but the wealth of visual information and the restrained humanity of the scenes keeps it from being boring for me on most viewings. (I think I’ve seen it less than ten times.) The coldness of the movie makes the emotional payoff more significant. I’ve complained about the unicorn dream before, how Deckard being a replicant wouldn’t make sense, but I guess it doesn’t really have to mean he is a replicant, even if he had a memory implanted and his handler (I’ll call him this because I can’t find his name.) knew it. I prefer to think that it’s supposed to make you wonder again about the nature of reality and perception, which is reflected by the eye motif and obviously ties into Rachael’s story.

    So yeah, it’s not slow in my opinion. I find so many new movies impatient and ostentatious, which is one of the reasons I barely watch them anymore.

    The UHD disc looks and sounds great. I only wish it had the more neutral color timing of the Workprint version. The filtered colors do have more depth and better lights and darks, though.