Last movie you watched



  • Watched Princess Mononoke. It's pretty good, I don't have much to complain about. The pacing is probably the best part about it, it never felt like it dragged on, or too rushed. I also like how it looks visually. The colors look nice, and the action parts are well animated. It never really pulled any emotional strings or made me drop my jaw in awe or anything like that, but it's a really fun watch. (7/10)

    This is also the first Ghibli movie I actually watched the whole way through, I never got to see the other movies in full before, only clips. I might go for Spirited Away next.



  • @bam541 Spirited Away is a good choice for beginners and usually the go-to.
    I'd also recommend Kiki's Delivery Service, my favorite movie of theirs and probably my favorite animated movie ever.



  • @scotty sorry if that spoiled something for you or anyone else. I removed that part of my review for you.

    I stand by what I said, and I don't really think it's a spoiler. It's part of such a well known story... This is like complaining about discussing the sinking of the boat in Titanic . Or that Bruce Wayne grows up to be Batman.



  • @bam541 Don't skip Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind! Or Howl's Moving Castle!



  • @tokyoslim

    I disagree.

    This is Joker's origin story, not Batman's. So I didn't have a clue about Thomas Wayne was going to be shot. Even when I saw the Bruce, I wouldn't think about it probably. Because they heavily stated that this is an independent story from the comics. I wouldn't think they would show a little bit from Batman's side.

    So no, it wasn't obvious at all. This is coming from a comic book reader btw.



  • Well, I disagree with your disagreement. :)
    Hope you enjoy the movie.

    As far as the spoiled part of your comment: You are inferring things I didn't say.



  • I watched 4 movies two weeks ago during film festival.
    Samurai Marathon
    A weird movie about samurai doing a marathon because the Lord deemed them grown weak and wants to make them stronger. 6/10
    Angel Has Fallen
    The 3rd movie. Not good but I had few laughs for stupid moments. 3/10
    Children Who Chase Lost Voices Down Below
    A Makoto Shinkai movie. It was surprisingly interesting lorewise. 7/10
    NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind
    Haven't seen it in like 20 years. Still an excellent movie. 9/10



  • Leviathan: The story of Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II:

    This is pretty much a behind the scenes look and retelling of the difficulties in making Hellraiser II for people who are fans of the movie. I think that people who haven't seen it before would be lost at best or uninterested at worst in the lengthy discussions of who came up with the ideas for scenes and such. There's some cool anecdotes though for people familiar with the films. 3/5



  • Watched Joker. I was looking forward to seeing this after watching the first trailer when it came out, which amazed me quite a bit, and I'm happy to say that this is a pretty great movie. Joaquin Phoenix nailed it, he put up a wonderful performance, especially during the parts where the character acts aggressively. I also love how this movie looks: the cinematography is great, the camera movements and shot framing in many scenes stood out to me; the colors look natural and gritty, and it makes the environments looks so nice. The story is predictable and not as impactful as I wanted it to be, but it never really bothered me since they executed the important scenes so well in terms of cinematography and acting. (8/10)



  • Wings of Desire

    Two angels in Berlin listen to the inner voices of the humans. One of them, tired of an eternity of watching, wants to know what it's like to be alive. Second viewing, first one being like nine years ago. Pretty good. 4/5.

    I've been listening to a ton of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds since I watched it yesterday night. Why did I not know about this band?

    Youtube Video



  • Takeshi Miike's new film First Love.
    Thought it was solid to good. Pretty standard evolved Miike fare, he still hasn't really surpassed 13 Assassins for me as his magnum opus, but this is in the top 20 of his movies for sure (he's got over 100 directorial credits to his name, if you're not familiar. He almost always puts out between 2-4 films a year, and has for almost 30 years) This one has a distinct Tarantino-esque quality to it. Which is funny if you think about it. Kill Bill is Tarantino's homage of (among other things) Yakuza movies, and there's a great sequence in which Lucy Liu's Yakuza backstory is told in anime flashback. This film, utilizes a similar anime cutaway scene, but in this case I think it was clearly for budgetary/stunt reasons. But a nod to Tarantino's nod to Yakuza films and Japanese culture is an inception nod.
    It's probably a more like a 3.75, but since I don't do quarter points, I'm rounding up to a because there's a one armed character that uses a pump action shotgun by tossing the shotgun up in the air, pumping it midair, and then catching it by the handle again to fire... Which seems like the dumbest possible weapon for a one armed man to have, but it's f*cking cool. lol
    4/5
    Youtube Video



  • I watched El Camino, Breaking Bad's epilogue movie. I enjoyed it, the time flew by. It's a straightforward story, it doesn't invent too much, which I appreciate.



  • Been thinking about 13 Assassins a lot. Watched it a week ago or so for the 5th time. Just went back and watched the final battle again tonight. A masterpiece.
    Shudder should have gotten the Japanese cut though, as the International Cut makes a certain character a bit more ambiguous.



  • Watched a new movie for once, A Quiet Place.

    That TrueHD Atmos track was amazing. I don't even have four elevated speakers. Just two above the TV. But still! I've never seen a horror movie with height channels. Perfect application for it.

    The movie itself I found pretty good. Just not great. Didn't have high expectations and was pleasantly surprised.



  • Parasite:
    It's real good. It deals with a lot of similar themes superficially as another fairly recent film, and I think it does them in a more cohesive and better way. I do not know that it was intentional, and I'm not even sure how that would be possible - so I don't think it's an official connection, but this movie worked for me in ways the other film (which I also obviously saw) didn't.

    This is probably a 4.5/5 for me. Think it's in my top 3 of the year so far.

    Seeing Jojo Rabbit tomorrow. I'm hearing a lot of buzz on that too, might be joining it.



  • Jojo Rabbit:

    in 2019, Taika Waititi makes me get a little choked up emotionally during a hitler satire. Some real good performances, Sam Rockwell is still one of the most charismatic and likable character actors of our generation. Good performance and believable writing of the emotions and reactions of the kids.
    I think this is also one of the top three or four films of the year.
    4.5/5



  • Quick hit reviews:

    Joker
    Solid performance from Phoenix can't quite overcome a tonally muddled script. Strange story inconsistencies seem to pop up in my head the more I think about it. Walked out a B, now I'm at a B-

    El Camino
    A well-made and well-acted epilogue that is feels largely inessential. Some great moments, but I haven't really thought about it since I finished watching. B+

    The Lighthouse
    Destined to be a cult classic for all the wrong reasons, this movie is the most stereotypical arthouse film I've seen in a while. Some beautifully demented performances from Dafoe and Pattinson don't change the fact that this movie largely lacks substance. There is nothing to keep you invested in this movie. It completely lacks any sense of escalation; the movie starts with them claustrophobic and crazy, and it ends with them slightly more claustrophobic and crazy. I'll probably be arguing with people about this one for a while, because I genuinely cannot understand why it's been so well-received. The movie is under two hours and still felt about 45 minutes too long. C-



  • Us
    I went into this one with high hopes considering how much I loved Get Out, but it was complete trash and I didn't really enjoy much past the opening scene.



  • @el-shmiablo

    It tries to tell too much for a movie. If it just focused on something and go from there, it would be so much better. For example,

    the twist at the end

    was enough for me but I couldn't care less about all the other ''references''.



  • @el-shmiablo I think there's too much technical mastery on display for Us to be considered complete trash, but I will say that I found it massively disappointing, with plot holes created within the last half of the movie for literally no reason.

    Trying to bring in a within-universe explanation for what was happening completely undermined both the literal and metaphorical aspects of the story for me.