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Post by Siege » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:25 pm

:)

The short story doesn't have any splosions and running in it though, and is I think better for it. But it's a great cast so I have hopes for the film!
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:41 pm

Haven't read yet, but then by UNIVERSAL COINCIDENCE Vic also then mentioned the movie. Gasp.
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Post by Siege » Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:36 pm

Kay Moby you really shoulda told me you were making a CSW movie Imma get my lawyers now...

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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:44 am

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I really enjoyed Shin Godzilla. I totally marked out for it, I thought the human bits actually really worked well considering the current and historic context, what their country has been through... and the grotesquestrosity of this version of Godzilla, was wonderful... and actually homages parts of the past lore (the Godzilla kaiju-biology reminiscent of Destroyah and 2000). The new stuff Anno added was great too. PHASED ARRAY!

The government professionalism, realpolitik ambiguities, the lack of ridiculous caricatures (except one character's Engrish), how even their shortcomings were shown to have understandable causes... I really appreciated that. Not to mention the very discomforting depictions of wrecked cityscapes - IMO not campy like other disaster/monster films, not with the ridiculous relish of those Emmerich "2012" movies, but actually kind of unsettling because of the frankness, so kudos to their combination of CGI and practical effects.

Because "of reasons" they've got this very multi-faceted and conflicted view of issues, about militarism, defense hardware, technology, ecology, calamity, etc. and these nuances are part of the Godzilla films' soul. Their meditations on these things require patience, so it's understandable how this can be off-putting... I am sure the dubbed version would totally fall short (unless they got Ghibli/Lasseter winsome dubbing).

I am sure this movie is a prequel to Nausicaa. And now I gotta actually watch Evangelion to see what happens in between the two films.
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Post by Booted Vulture » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:55 pm

Currently rewatching The Martian which is a great film as everyone knows.
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:12 am

Train to Busan was superb. Really well done modern zombie akshun with the... "thematic gravitas" of those old Romero films. The characterizations were great, the innovative, claustrophobic portrayal of the nightmarish scenario made for one hell of a ride (haha), I think this deserves to be in the canon - in terms of significance and quality, it's pretty much the 28 Days Later of South Korean cinema, in my opinion. Not that I'm familiar with South Korean cinema.

I had no idea what it was. It had barely any advertising when it showed here, it seemed like some cheap flick that would disappear from the fancy malls' cinemas after a week... but through sheer word of mouth it's been in theaters for three weeks now, when things like Revenant and Birdman disappear after a week, when Hateful Eight never showed, when Godzilla Resurgence - something of comparable genre - didn't even last a week. Then - all of a sudden - the lines for the movie were HUGE. So this is really something. Don't miss it!

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Post by Siege » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:31 pm

Westworld so far (two episodes are out now) is genuinely one of the more disturbing TV shows I recall seeing. Part of it because Ed Harris is a scary motherfucker when he wants to be, but mostly because how it interweaves the super callous way the visitors of the park treat its robit denizens with glimpses that show that those same robits may be quite a bit more feeling than the visitors are lead to believe. Looking forward to more!
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Post by Mobius 1 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:24 pm

Westworld is fantastic. It hits a lot of tropes and sci-fi subjects I really love - robots! Artificial intelligence! Creepy Anthony Hopkins! and the amount of work put into the details is really great. I love seeing Crichton's stuff being rebuilt through the lens of a partial commentary on video games (Nolan compared it to Red Dead Redemption recently) and I hope they manage to provide some answers down the line and this doesn't become another Lost.
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:13 am

SAVE THE REBELLION

SAVE THE DREAM!!!!


*sirens*

ROGUE ONE



It was wonderful. And it was really loyal to A New Hope. It doesn't supplant it. It was so brilliant precisely because, while it showed the Rebel fleet in action (as the ANH opening crawl said, the REBEL FLEET WON ITS FIRST VICTORY, etc.) and it showed the Rebel spies being badass and the Imperial forces being the juggernaut it is... the plot was made in such a way that it would complement A New Hope perfectly, not overshadow it despite the intense action and the super-awesome total war setpieces. It made it so that if you watched ANH after Rogue One, ANH would be enhanced because Rogue One further showed/elaborated what the stakes were and just how desperate the Rebels in Yavin were after the events of Rogue One.
And... what the Rebels in Rogue One had to do to survive in such a galaxy... the personal costs they had to pay, all that jazz. The characterizations were great.

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS]
It's a miracle. How Rogue One raised ANH, putting it over, despite the fact that it showed what was possibly the greatest combined arms battle scene in Star Wars film history - an all-aspect operation from orbital capital ship-grade slobberknockers to aerospace tactical fighter action to close air support to infantry vs. armor ground warfare - without overshadowing A New Hope, while making A New Hope's desperate struggle all the more meaningful!
I think these achievements override any flaws Rogue One had in terms of pacing and scene-transitioning due to whatever editorial interferences or reshootings they had to do (and I believe those were done out of genuine attempts to make the movie even better...). The cast and crew met and surpassed the challenges of making an actual awesome Star Wars "prequel" that would serve the Original Trilogy and A New Hope well.
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Post by Siege » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:26 pm

Agree completely. Rogue One was absolutely wonderful. I really enjoyed how the Rebellion was, for the most part, reduced to hiding in the shadows and incidental gun-and-run attacks on handfuls of stormtroopers - because the Empire was simply that much more powerful. It sold the desperation very well. So, yes, the only thing I'm really left wanting is to have seen
what happened to those two crashing Star Destroyers.
and I could've done with more Forest Whitaker, but that's honestly more of a permanent state of being.
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Post by Booted Vulture » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:36 pm

*grumps about reboot universe* Don't know if/when I'll see it. Does sound better than TFA though
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Post by Siege » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:23 pm

I like The Great Wall a great deal. The story is very straightforward but well executed, the action is good fun, the setting was fresh and the movie avoids a bunch of annoying tropes so well I don't really care if it's because the politbureau demanded it or if it's just good storytelling. It's not a particularly revolutionary movie but if it's a sign of things to come out of China in the future then, well, I'm all for it.
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Post by Booted Vulture » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:49 pm

Recently, I watched Birdman on Netflix.

It's as far as I can tell competently directed, shot, scripted and acted and it's got some fun things in it.

But ultimately meh. Because it's taking a massive crass swipe at superhero movies. And gosh darn it, I like superhero movies. It seems especially ironic we're both supposed to look down on superheroes and look down on the critic who wishes to denounce the main character solely because they used to be a superhero actor.

This won best picture? It probably got more attention for it's meta-casting and gimmick 'looks like all one shot' cinematography than anything else.
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:07 am

You didn't feel for the meta-critique of Keating's preposterous pretentious washed out has been actor AND Norton's preposterous self-important pretentious thespian? :(
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:57 pm

ARRIVAL is incredible. Brilliant plot, with delectable craziness and weirdness and a welcomed avoidance of utterly tired pew-pew 'splosions. The emphasis on linguistics, the entire puzzling setup and the great composition of the aliens with their vessels, language, mission, etc. is all in all just so refreshing. It's to sci-fi what the director's prior film, Sicario, was for the action genre and I guess this significantly alleviates worries for Blade Runner and the eventual Dune adaptation. It's just so much waw.

I'm very fine with the plot devices used in the narrative - it's a bold choice and, really, most other options, including pew-pew 'splosion-akshun, are totally been-there/done-that anyway. Subverting, avoiding, flipping over (and flipping off!) Great Action Hero cliches from the action-moviefication of sci-fi AND tired ass American military folklore-isms in sci-fi is <3

Though I don't think "aliens appear" = "automatic riots all over the world." Neill Blomkamp's documentary didn't show THAT degree of civil unrest... but then again, I am sure people around the world were calmer because they believed SOOTH EFFRICKA could handle giant alien spaceship appearances. :D

I'm also tickled at the Chinese belligerence over the alien vessel over Asian waters ;) and I guess my only complaint is the composition of their speculative/made-up Chinese hardware. J-20 or J-31-like fighters on a non-CATOBAR, not-even-ski jump... short-deck LHD-type carrier? Either the Chinese somehow magically got VTOL out of nowhere or... yeah, blargh blargh blargh :P

...and why place Iskanders (?) or whatever SRBMs within line of sight/visual range of the target anyway? What's the minimum range for those things, how far do they have to go to accelerate to attack speed?



Plus Saw Gerrera makes for a damn good Generadmiral Commanderalissimo of the You Ess Marangerine Force Smarmy Mavy. The less Corporatenant Blandy McBlanderson the 2nd or Shootgun McStabpunch Jr., the better.

AND it was hard to tell it was Forrest Whittaker because for once he wasn't batfuck nuts.
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Post by Booted Vulture » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:22 am

Power Rangers is really quite fun. I can't say the amount my nostalgia and liking for the original is colouring my judgement but I liked it. It's basically a superhero team origin movie. So there's a lot of character work. It's not ground breaking but it's there for Jason, Kimberly and Billy especially. Trini and Zack also get moments but less so.

Alpha 5 was not annoying, Quite an achievement for the character.

And it had a giant robot beating up a lump of gold. So there was some proper PR stuff in there.
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Re: Official Movie Review Thread

Post by Siege » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:02 pm

Ghost in the Shell is a neat movie and I don't understand what reviewers were fussing about. I loved all the visuals, I think Johansson really sold me on the Major as human mind in a shapely but very inhuman body and the story whilst not anything we haven't seen before is functional and decently executed. It certainly left me wanting to see more of that world. Also the Section 9 agents were all total badasses - Aramaki in particular - and man, did I say I loved the visuals and the design of everything? The city, the cars, cyberspace, all the cybernetics, the whole thing looks just like how people in the early nineties thought the world would look in thirty years. I totally dug the aesthetics.

I do feel that the pacing at times felt like a bunch of stuff was left on the cutting room floor, which is too bad because I certainly wouldn't have minded it being slightly longer. And whilst my recollection of the animated film is a bit rusty, but it did seem to be that the people in the live action film pretty much went through the motions of saying there was such a thing as a unique 'ghost' humans had without much backing it up. Certainly the Hanka researchers didn't give me much reason to believe such a thing really existed, what with their wholesale copying and deleting of memories, whereas in the anime the belief in a soul/ghost seemed more genuine.

All in all though, I went in without much in the way of expectations and was very pleasantly surprised.
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