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Postby KManX89 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:49 am

I watched The Butterfly Effect last night. I can't believe I didn't see this film earlier, it hits on literally all cylinders. The acting, premise, story, pacing, characters, everything top-to-bottom is great. I never thought I'd fall in love with an Ashton Kutcher performance in a serious action film, but man, he hits it out of the park here. The overall concept is not only original (for its time), but it's executed spectacularly. Oh, and Amy Smart is always a nice bonus, especially since we don't see her in many movies nowadays. I haven't seen the sequels (and that might be a good thing because I heard they're terrible), but I quite enjoyed the first one.
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Postby MikeSTZillak » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:11 pm

Well, I just watched Pacific Rim: Uprising today, and it was.... mediocre.

Although, to its credit, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:56 pm

Saw Sion Sono's Love & Peace. I loved how Ryu and Pikadon worked off of each other. Seeing the latter affect the former's life was really good. You don't see that kind of dynamic executed anywhere near as well in other monster flicks. It's so funny and heart warming, some of the reveals and callbacks at the end are played out beautifully. Wonderful film, and definitely among the best in the monster genre. I hope we get more auteurs taking a stab at the genre, would be a shame if we only got Sono and Anno's efforts.
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Postby Grievous » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:55 am

Tomb Raider (2018)

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It was okay I guess...I mean I'd rather see an over sexualized Lara Croft in
a tight tank top & short shorts shooting mutants, dragons & a T-Rex...but
I guess everything has to be dark & serious these days.
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Postby eabaker » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:15 am

Jenn and I watched the new Watership Down adaptation a couple of days ago (well, we did the first three parts one day, and the fourth part the next).

It was... okay. The cast is a collection of really good actors, but most of them aren't particularly experienced as voice actors, and it shows, with the performances a little flat and at times indistinguishable. This isn't aided by the designs, which just don't do enough to distinguish most of the individual rabbits from one another.

Also, despite being four hours long, this version at times manages to feel more rushed than the 100 minute version from 1978. I think the 1978 version had an advantage there in that it didn't even pretend that it was telling the full story, and functioned instead as a kind of an impressionist portrait of the book. This version doesn't really have enough of its own voice, so it just starts to feel like Watership Down with all the details glossed over.

There's some reshuffling of events that I don't think serves much purpose, and makes the third episode in particular feel needlessly frenetic.

And there's an unfortunate tendency to condescendingly spell out points. The most galling example is with regards to perhaps my favorite moment of the book (and a very effective moment in the previous adaptation), when Bigwig tells Woundwort, "My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run," and Woundwort is stunned to realize that Bigwig is not the Chief Rabbit. The moment works in part because it is unexpected (at least on first reading/viewing), in part because it represents such a moment of sincere devotion on Bigwig's part, and in part because it is not spoon-fed to the reader/viewer. By having Hazel specifically tell Bigwig in advance that he should mention his Chief Rabbit in order to spook the Efrafans, the impact of the moment is spoiled in every regard.

Finally, there's this version's failure to replicate Adams's very careful balancing act when it comes to how much he should humanize the rabbits. While he obviously has to allow them a level of intellect and a form of verbal communication rabbits don't really posses, he basically keeps them thinking like rabbits. When there are particularly un-rabbit-like behaviors involving abstract thought - Blackberry figuring out how to cross the river, the "shapes" made of rocks in Cowslip's warren - he emphasizes that most of the rabbits cannot comprehend these things. But in the new adaptation, these elements are present, but they aren't treated as unusual, they aren't specifically beyond the comprehension of normal rabbits; they're just things from the novel, stuck into the movie without concern for tone or significance.

So, yeah, it was fine. Told the story, had some affecting moments and some solid performances, but I doubt it'll have anything like the lasting impact of the novel or the 1978 movie.
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Postby Jeff-Goldblum2 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:58 am

Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters and Yokai Monsters: Along With Ghosts

I last watched two of the Yokai Monsters movies. 100 Monsters and Along With Ghosts.

These two movies are ok but I enjoyed Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare the most, especially when Kappa calls the Babylonian Demon a filthy bastard. Hilarious.

The atmosphere in all three movies within set pieces like the Japanese swamps and forests are really well done. I liked that all the movies ended with the Yokai dancing away.

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Postby G-Matt » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:22 am

I went to see a Hammer prehistoric double feature yesterday. The first one was When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970). I'd seen it before on TV (uncut, no less) and I thought it's still an imperfect, but enjoyable movie, with very good stop-motion effects. The second movie was Creatures the World Forgot (1971). To me, this movie was the polar opposite of the former, and not just because it didn't have any dinosaurs or whatnot. After the volcano sequence at the beginning, the movie got boring really fast. It's a total snooze-fest.

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Postby KManX89 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:38 am

I just saw Escape Room. Man, that poop was immersive as hell, I couldn't imagine being in those rooms, I couldn't help but try and put myself in those poor souls' shoes while watching this, but man, that Zoey chick was annoying AF. Actually, a lot of the mains weren't likable. The ending left a lot to be desired as well. The traps, though, while they last, for the most part were cool.
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Postby GodzillaFan1990's » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:36 pm

KManX89 wrote:I just saw Escape Room. Man, that poop was immersive as hell, I couldn't imagine being in those rooms, I couldn't help but try and put myself in those poor souls' shoes while watching this, but man, that Zoey chick was annoying AF. Actually, a lot of the mains weren't likable. The ending left a lot to be desired as well. The traps, though, while they last, for the most part were cool.

Movie has kind of spark my interest but I'll probably wait until NetFlix to see it.
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Postby Grievous » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:58 pm

KManX89 wrote:I just saw Escape Room. Man, that poop was immersive as hell, I couldn't imagine being in those rooms, I couldn't help but try and put myself in those poor souls' shoes while watching this, but man, that Zoey chick was annoying AF. Actually, a lot of the mains weren't likable. The ending left a lot to be desired as well. The traps, though, while they last, for the most part were cool.

So...its a SAW/Jigsaw rip off film?
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Postby SoggyNoodles2016 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:14 pm

Rented a bunch of stuff from the library, mostly to rewatch some films I wanted to recheck my feelings on and one new film.

Land Of The Lost (2009): Eh. It's stupid schlock, but sometimes it's knowingly scholck. I enjoy it but it ain't no Oscar winner. 6/10.

Krampus (2015): DAMN. I went in expecting little and was blown away. This movie rocked. Intense tension, scary monsters, and the one thing all monster movies need: characters you care about. The stuff with the family worked very well. Not to mention, I loved that it wasn't too grim or too silly. It embraced some of the ridcoulusness and used it as part of it's charm.

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Postby KManX89 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:52 am

Grievous wrote:
KManX89 wrote:I just saw Escape Room. Man, that poop was immersive as hell, I couldn't imagine being in those rooms, I couldn't help but try and put myself in those poor souls' shoes while watching this, but man, that Zoey chick was annoying AF. Actually, a lot of the mains weren't likable. The ending left a lot to be desired as well. The traps, though, while they last, for the most part were cool.

So...its a SAW/Jigsaw rip off film?


Kinda, not really. The traps don't require you to badly torture/mutilate yourself to pass. They're more like death puzzles than Saw traps.
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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:10 pm

Saw Mishima. Beautiful film, everything about it was sublime. Just seeing the man's life and how it was reflected in some of his writing like goddamn. Kino, if you will.
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Postby Grievous » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:19 am

KManX89 wrote:They're more like death puzzles than Saw traps.

I...hang on...isn't that just the same thing?
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Postby Zarm » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:47 pm

ABC's Quest (one of several yearly rewatches). Such a great show.
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Postby Grievous » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:37 am

+ Saturday Night Triple Feature +

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

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My personal favorite of the Die Hard films.

Flash Gordon (1980)


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Stupid, campy & fun as hell.

Them! (1954)

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I love this one...and I always will.
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Postby G-Matt » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:02 am

Grievous wrote:+ Saturday Night Triple Feature +

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

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My personal favorite of the Die Hard films.

Flash Gordon (1980)


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Stupid, campy & fun as hell.

Them! (1954)

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I love this one...and I always will.

Great choices. All of them. :D
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Postby Grievous » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:11 am

G-Matt wrote:Great choices. All of them. :D

Thanks.

I generally have a movie night every Saturday with
a couple of friends & we each pick a film to watch
while also getting some take out food.

Its a good time...and some weeks we even watch
kaiju films.

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Postby eabaker » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:02 pm

Saw On the Basis of Sex yesterday. There were several good places that the narrative could have begun, but they chose to start the movie about 14 years before any of them. The first, I dunno, 40 or 45 minutes of the movie were typical biopic stuff full of needless time skips through unnecessary sequences. Once it got to 1970 and started actually telling its story, though, it was quite good.
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Postby Jeff-Goldblum2 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:29 am

Anaconda (1997)

Hey guys just finished watching the 90's classic Anaconda the best snake movie.

Hey girlies if you want to see a giant snake you don't have to travel to South America. You can just watch the DVD of Anaconda instead.

I'm a snake, i'm gonna eat you up Jennifer Lopez. I'm gonna eat you Jon Voight. Jon Voight does get eaten in this movie. This movie came out in 1997 and Jennifer Lopez's music career started around 1998. Had the snake eaten her as well it could have saved us a lot of grief. Watch Ice Cube take on snake.

Owen Wilson gets crushed by the snake, just like starring alongside Ben Stiller crushed his hopes of being considered a great actor.

Frank Welker is probably my favorite actor in this movie, he does the voice of the snake. It's mostly just horrific sounding screeching. Which is more talented than what the other Thespians in this movie are capable of.


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