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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:47 pm

The movie stands on itself. I don't think that it tries to rip off any of them. The fact that is so unique from the others and still be Star Wars movie I think is probably what makes it so special. That being said it remains extremely loyal to all previous six. It doesn't ignore any of them. The Phantom Menace is as much a part of this story as A New Hope.

My point is that in order to stand itself apart from the others it does exactly what George Lucas did with the prequels, creating an entirely different world from the originals while retaining its familiarity. This story just happens to be directly tied to the original movies with Luke, Han Solo, and Leia, which is what fans had wanted all along and it was impossible for George Lucas to accomplish simply because he didn't have those original characters to work with.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:36 pm

I don't mind the older characters and the passing of the torch. I'd maybe have spread some of them out for other films especially the likes of C3PO who obviously aren't held back by the advancing age of an actor. Having everyone return just makes the world feel really small. But the bigger annoyance was the plot similarities to A New Hope. There's nothing (that I can recall) even remotely as on the nose as another knocking down of shields, rebels attacking a weak point on another death star. Really wish they had a different kind of set piece for the end.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:01 pm

That's a legitimate point. Although viewing through a wider scope this is a world where droids are considered to be the most effective spies and the best means of hiding information, so hiding the information inside BB8 just like R2-D2 in A New Hope in this case simply added consistency to the story. It's the standard mission of any android to hide information. In that sense it didn't felt like a rip off. It was more like BB8 just doing his job.

I'd say the same thing goes for the final battle. The bad guys will always try to build the most powerful weapon possible, and the good guys will always find a way to destroy it. I thought that the idea of a planet being used a weapon was amusing enough. It shows that the First Order is just as powerful or maybe even more powerful than the Empire, not just a ragtag group.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:41 pm

Sicario - Rapidly becoming one of my favourite filmmakers. Probably a major action set piece away from being one of my fav films of the year. He teases but never really unleashes, which is admirable but did leave me feeling a little unsatisfied. But still, this is tense, brutal and absorbing. Emily Blunt is at Sigourney Weaver/Linda Hamilton levels of believable female badassery. A refreshing change from female actors pretending that they're tough (Scarlett, I'm looking at you). Also great to see a scary good Benicio Del Toro tearing up the screen again.

8/10

Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation - God, aside from the last half an hour, I thought this was an absolute blast. Always been a fan of the series (the Woo film being the exception) but was still shocked at how much fun I was having. This is why I heap so much scorn on the Fast and Furious films. The balance between silly and serious is spot on.

8/10

Room - Really interesting little indie film that shouldn't be spoiled. Brie Larson and the kid are great. Quite moving.

7/10

Far From The Madding Crowd - Yikes, a bit of a shocker. It held some promise but the characters make maddening decisions (they should have tweaked the title), the passage of time is very poorly conveyed, there is among the worst characters that I've seen on the screen this year and he is paired with one of the most cringe inducing plot twists in recent memory.

5/10
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:14 pm

I watched Spectre the other day and I still have some mixed feelings about it. The movie was great and I enjoyed it. It grabs something from all the earlier James Bond movies, especially the ones related to the Spectre organization, like Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I thought all that stuff was amazing. But it's still hard to think that after ten years and four movies it all comes down to a guy with 15 minutes of screen time. I really didn't buy it. It doesn't do justice to an iconic character like Blofeld. The performance wasn't bad. The character just doesn't do much at all.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Extreme Allah » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:24 am

I just watched the Entourage movie. I had too much time invested not to. The series finale was so bad I thought it couldn't get worse, and I'm not really sure if it did or not. I don't remember. I think Entourage was just always this bad, and I just used to get erections really easily.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:47 am

Can't figure out why the show wouldn't even try to close all the major plot holes. If ArI ends up owning The Ramones script, why the hell didn't Vincent Chase ever make the movie? The guy's just a terrible actor. I mean the real actor. The guy who plays Vincent Chase deserves the Razzie. That would be funny as hell. The movie also deserves a Razzie for on screen duo. Vincent Chase with anybody else.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:34 am

Breathe/Respire - Melanie Laurent's second directorial effort is something of a knock out. The teen friendship at the centre of the film is so keenly observed and well acted. Both girls have the potential to be stars. It absolutely nails the dark side of teenage angst.

8/10


Phoenix - German film that's popping up on a lot of end of year lists. It's a post-war drama/thriller with a strong theme that really hits home in the final moments of the film.

7/10


Mistress America - I could watch these little indie Gerwig/Baumbach comedy-drama's all day. A bit sweet, a bit funny, a bit sad.

7/10


Pawn Sacrifice - Middling but some of the chess matches were engaging.

6/10


Dope - Fun but not as fun as it seems to think it is. Found it a very uneven experience that didn't match the buzz.

6/10


Tangerine - Props for making such a great looking film on an iPhone. There are some laughs and some heart but I didn't enjoy this world or these people, particularly the angry blonde girl - hated her.

6/10


The Assassin - Very pretty with 3 or 4 of the best moments I've seen on film recently. But I really struggled to follow the story and found it a bit of a snooze. Those expecting a lot of action will be sorely disappointed.

5/10


The Hateful Eight - The first QT film that I actively dislike. 80 minutes of material stretched to 3 hours. Some poor performances, really artificial staging, none of his usual crackling dialogue, cheap violence, meh.

5/10
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:40 pm

Meru - A documentary that follows a team of climbers trying to reach a summit that has never been conquered. Fantastic story, great characters and they document their journey with video so it feels like you're there. I really enjoyed Everest but it can't compare to the real deal.

8/10

Straight Outta Compton - The first hour really surprised me in a good way but the second half really fails to build on the promise and eventually regresses into sentimentality, bad-acting and scenes that feel like they come from another movie.

6/10
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:06 pm

The Look Of Silence - The companion documentary to the masterpiece, The Art Of Killing. Killing is so formally and psychologically daring that it would be hard for any film to match it but while Silence is more straightforward it is still brilliant and powerful insight into the Indonesian genocide. Imagine the Nazi's "won" and were still in power. Even worse, imagine they believed that the world saw them as heroes. That's basically where Indonesia finds itself and the way Silence looks at truth and reconciliation is absolutely vital.

8/10

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl - Wow. This debut film from Heller is so intimate and honest and fearless. I don't think there's been a character like this on film before.

8/10

Steve Jobs - The format is what makes and possibly breaks the film and I can't quite decide what camp I fall in. When the energy is up the film really flies and the use of flashbacks is so damn well done. Fassbender is, predictably, fantastic but the supporting players all add a lot. It doesn't reach the heights of A Social Network but it's a good film in its own right.

7/10

Our Brand Is Crisis - One of those late night cable type of movies. All surface. Not much fun. But not horrible either.

5/10

Truth - Oof, great cast, interesting real life story but it's the filmmaking that isn't up to snuff. There are some real ham-fisted scenes littered throughout that really undermine the film. I really liked Redford's Dan Rather and this is from someone who thinks Redford is usually the worst part of every film he's in. Elizabeth Moss is completely wasted. Quaid serves no purpose but to give cheesy wry grins every 20 minutes. Disappointing but the story was strong enough to keep me engaged.

6/10

Legend - Pretty good crime flick with a focus on character. Tom Hardy is really strong in two different roles, even though at times Ron Kray felt way over the top - it was certainly memorably so.

7/10

Black Mass - I felt this film had a real point of view problem. Depp and Edgerton are both so damn unlikeable but they are our window into the world. Early on it felt like Jesse Plemons would serve that purpose but he gets shunted to the margins after the opening. The rest of the film, it's just so damn average. Like a mid tier cable show. We've seen this a million times over.

5/10
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby JenR » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:04 pm

Im noting to see PPZ later today, I don't expect it to be good at all, but the girls sure do look sexy. As long as it's better than Sucker Punch, it should be at least a fun flick to watch
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby JenR » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:29 pm

I think you'd have to be in mood to watch it.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby JenR » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:01 am

I really liked PPZ!

But, I didn't like the color correcting in battle scenes. I'm not sure if it were my cinema's screen but there was this dark gradient the editor put in that would awkwardly overlap the actors foreheads. Maybe if any of you see it, you can tell me if you saw it or not. The director of photography created some beautiful shots, so I felt the color correction in those scenes took away the integrity of the shot. As for acting and story I don't have complaints. I like a horror romance with wit.

I dig it.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby Dazza » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:33 am

I'm going to see Revenant this week...I hope.

Next to no interest in PPZ but glad you enjoyed it Jen.
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Re: The Movie thread

Postby JenR » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:53 pm

I enjoyed Revenant a lot, but I probably wouldn't watch it more than twice a year. It was made very well, beautiful shots (almost to the point where the film was boarderline photo porn), it's a gross/honest(?) representation of how people survived living in those awful conditions, and I loved the theme of the story. Only thing that I didn't understand was why the director really wanted actors to walk in water every water puddle, unless it was symbolism in them cleaning themselves from being savages. Once someone sees it I have a question I want to ask.
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