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Discussion in 'Anything Goes' started by Mark, May 15, 2005.

  1. ThomVD

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    Not sure why, but Kubo didn't really do it for me. It looked beautiful and was very creative, but I thought it was poorly paced, dialogue was a bit clunky and it generally just didn't really click with me. Still liked it, but not as much as the ones I listed.
     
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    The Founder

    A really enjoyable film, pacing was a bit odd, sometimes it felt like it was going to fast/skipping stuff and other times it just lulled about. I'm always fascinated by these types of stories but boy do the peeps in the story annoy me.


    Logan

    Was really looking forward to seeing this and it totally exceeded my expectations. I've enjoyed the stand alone Wolverine films despite clearly being a bit awful, however this film is on another level. Going full-gore in the action scenes really makes it stand out. I found it quite emotional at times and some scenes totally took me by surprise, the acting is just fantastic . It's not perfect but I think it's my second favourite X-Men film (after Deadpool).
     
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    Logan
    One bad-ass film, this. Very, very different to all the other entries in the saga - more grown up, more personal, more down-to-earth, a lot more savage... and all the better for it. Plays more like 'Man On Fire' than a regular Marvel movie. Which is a good thing.
    Bit talky in places perhaps, could have done with 10 or 15 mins shaved off the running time, but those talky bits pay off in the end, making the finalé a really rather emotional affair. Pack some tissues.
    Kudos to Patrick Stewart as 'Chuck' Xavier. Brilliant work, old man, brilliant work.
    First film I've seen in ages where the audience clapped & cheered at the end.
    8/10.
     
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    Some stuff since last time. I'm sure there must be more, but I can't think of them now.

    Logan

    I basically agree with what others have said: it's excellent. It's completely unlike any other of the films in the franchise. It's almost like a standalone film really, and probably could have been, but it might not have had the same impact if you're not at least passingly familiar with the characters. Patrick Stewart's performance is award-worthy, but that's obviously not happening since it was released at the wrong time and "superhero" films - though this really isn't one - are basically never looked at (Deadpool was nominated for stuff under a "comedy" category).

    Jackie

    I liked it up to a point, but found myself mentally switching off about halfway through. Natalie Portman is very good in that she does quite a bit more than impersonate Jackie Kennedy, but she was never really convincing enough to make you forget you were watching Natalie Portman.

    La La Land

    I thought I'd put this in earlier, but clearly not. I really enjoyed it at the time, which is obviously a good thing, but in hindsight it doesn't hold any water. If I was watching it at home, instead of being "trapped" in the cinema, I'd have probably spent most of it checking my Facebook. My issues with it:

    • Incredibly repetitive music. It's mostly just variations on the exact same theme, and it's not even that good.
    • Considering it's a musical with dance numbers, the lead actors are crap at singing and dancing. Their acting was very good, admittedly, but the poor musical sections were a distraction.
    • Very unlikable characters when you think about it. Not that you have to like the characters, obviously, but we're kind of rooting for this "lovely" couple when they're actually just a pair of c**ts who look pretty.
    • Actually a crap premise for a story: couple break up due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Award fodder - Hollywood voters vote for films about Hollywood since it makes them think that their jobs are important and they like to think they recognise the "struggles" of the characters.
    Honestly, I think this will be the Oscar version of Avatar. A massive film at the time which nobody will watch a second time and will disappear from public consciousness very quickly, only to be remembered because of the f**k up at the Oscars. When you compare to the joint record holders, Titanic and All About Eve, I don't imagine for a second that this will have anywhere near the longevity and be a cultural reference point for years/decades to come.

    For a film I enjoyed watching at the time, as I did with Avatar, I'm surprised that the more I think about it, the more I actually detest it.

    Hidden Figures

    Very good film. I watched it partly because I f**king love Taraji P. Henson, and mostly because I was very curious to see what Janelle Monae was like as an actress since I absolutely adore that woman. She was excellent. Definitely one to watch and no doubt will be getting flooded with offers after being in two films that were nominated for Best Picture, one of which won. I hope she doesn't move away from music though. Anyway, yeah, very good film all around with an excellent cast, right down to the smaller roles.

    Moonlight

    I didn't enjoy it - it's a slog to get through - but it's very clearly an excellently made film and very original in terms of the themes. Award bait? Possibly, since it ticks a lot of boxes in that area, but not an undeserving Oscar winner by any stretch. So yeah, an "excellent" film that is actually quite bloody boring to sit through if that makes sense.

    Lego Batman

    Loved it. Just a lot of fun and very funny for a "kids" film.

    Split

    Another one I thought I'd mentioned since it was ages ago now. Meh. Watchable rubbish I suppose. Hated the ending and found the whole premise of split personalities tired and trite. People raving about James McAvoy's performance - no. A series of over-affected mannerisms and a couple of passable accents isn't an indication of solid acting.



     
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    Went to see La La Land at the weekend, because the wife wanted to.
    Didn't like the opening scene, just didn't fit with the rest of the film, also not a fan of the floating in the Planetarium bit. Rest of it was OK, but really lacked drive in the first 1/2, once it started moving the story it was quite enjoyable. I thought Emma's acting was cracking though, no surprise she won the award.
    Not my kind of film, I'd rather re-watch Die Hard.
     
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    Kong: Skull Island

    I loved the director's first film (Kings of Summer) so was really looking forward to this, especially with such an epic cast. I have a few minor gripes with this film in that it does feel like it is jumping from one set piece to another (which was apparently the intention) and while it kinda irked me I think it also helped the time just disappear and also sell how ridiculous the scale of the island is etc. Some of the dialogue is also a bit ropey and a lot of the characters aren't really developed. However the issues end there, it looks absolutely amazing, the visual effects are phenomenal, the scale of everything just feels impressive. It's also just a lot of fun, the set pieces are really exciting and unique. The end credits scene was interesting, more intrigued to see if the studio actually pushes that to be a thing or not.

    Apparently the director really wants to make a Metal Gear Solid film and I really hope he does, he certainly makes interesting and enjoyable films.
     
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    Beauty and the Beast

    I was equal parts excited and worried to see it since it's my favourite Disney film. I actually really liked it. It looks gorgeous, which is a given really, and had some really strong performances.

    Emma Watson, though. No. Awful. The singing was passable actually, better than I was expecting, but the girl just can't act for s**t.
     
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    John Wick: Chapter 2
    Keanu Reeves dressed in a suit shoots people in the head for 2 hours.
    Best. Film. Ever!
    Oh, except this one guy who he kills by shoving a pencil in his ear.

    I'm a simple man of simple pleasures.
     
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    Done some binging the past few weeks.

    Arrival
    Loved it. Found it to be fantastic. With that though, I find Amy Adams extremely boring and dry, especially at the beginning. As it got into the meat of the movie, I was hooked. Great twist.

    Hacksaw Ridge
    Another fantastic movie, wish I would have seen it in theaters, but meh.

    Keeping up with the Jones
    Mindless stupidity, but enjoyable for what it was.

    Logan
    Was really looking forward to it, and it didn't disappoint. I feel this is how all Wolverine movies should have been.

    Neighbors 2
    I loved the first one, and heard this was :emoji_poop:, so I waited until it hit HBO. Good idea. It was trash. It lacked everything from the first one. Chloe Moritz is very meh. Did nothing for me.

    Kong: Skull Island
    Visually it was amazing, story wise it was lacking in parts, but I'm excited for the next chapters.

    I think that's it for now.
     
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    Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    Meh. I love the original animated film by Disney, this felt like a really poor re-creation. Some of the visual effects are fantastic and the new song Evermore was a great addition. The cast were great apart from Emma Watson and Luke Evans. Gaston is meant to be this large imposing beefcake that is just annoying and arrogant and Luke Evans doesn't pull it off in any way. I thought it was amusing that they kept making a big deal out of the "exclusive" gay moments, barely exists. I do think the Beast was done really well though. Overall it just felt... pointless. Just re-watch the animated feature.


    Power Rangers

    Went in expecting a big cheesy nostalgia kick and totally got that. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the cast weren't amazing and the script was rubbish in places but I would be lying if I said I didn't have the biggest smile on my face once that theme tune kicked in and was notched up to 11. I laughed and smiled throughout and I'm tempted to go see it again.
     
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    Free Fire

    Having not really enjoyed Ben Wheatley's previous films I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this. The dialogue is very amusing and although it drags a little in places it is fun. It's also my first feature film credit so yay.


    Lost city of Z

    This was an interesting film, pacing was a bit messy and the cast were ok. I thought Robert Pattinson was actually pretty good and although I like Charlie Hunnam his accent was all over the place in the first half of the film. Overall I thought it was just ok, quite intrigued by the real people and events it's based on though.
     
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    Beauty and the Beast
    It was decent I guess. Visually it had some gorgeous moments but it lacks the charm of the original film, which has never really been one of my fave Disney films in the first place. Belle is probably the most boring Disney character with no personality whatsoever, but Emma Watson somehow manages to make her even LESS interesting.

    Logan
    I thought it was great. I marathonned the entire X-Men franchise in advance which I really enjoyed, and this was definitely one of my favourites in the series. I find it one of the most mature Marvel films ever made.

    Kong: Skull Island
    Simple good fun. Saw it in IMAX which really gave the film an overwhelming scale.

    John Wick: Chapter 2
    This is exactly how these kind of action films should be like. Really well done and stylish action scenes with cool locations and cheesy but fun dialogue. Much better than the first one imo.

    Lego Batman
    It's really fab for what it is. Plenty of laughs and quirky animation.
     
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    Saw a few more at the weekend.

    Table 19

    I liked the look of this from the trailer but apart from the odd chuckle here and there it wasn't really the film I was hoping it'd be? The casting of Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow as a couple was also really odd and didn't really work? It's ok if you just want something easy to watch on a lazy day at home but it's nothing special.


    Get out

    Was really excited about seeing this film and it was totally worth it. Really loved this film, when it was funny it was hilarious and when it wanted to be scary it made the whole audience jump. Highly recommend.


    Life

    I'm surprised I haven't heard much about this film (aside from the countless poster ads everwhere), I thought it was excellent. It was shot incredibly well, the creature was terrifying and the cast were excellent. What I loved was the amount of logical decisions the characters make (aside from one or two stupid ones), it's something that usually annoys me in sci-fi/horror but this felt like the peeps were actually qualified to do their jobs? Yet another film I highly recommend.
     
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    Another weekend, another batch of films at the cinema...

    Fast and Furious 8
    I love these films, they're stupid and they know it. The visuals are insane, the entire New York scene was just ludicrous. Great fun was had.

    Their Finest
    This was much better than I expected. It's about a group of peeps making a film during WWII to help boost morale by basing the story on something that really happened after D-Day. It's funny and sad and the cast are fantastic. Bill Nighy <3

    Rules don't apply
    This was ok, I like the cast and I'm interested by the weirdness of Howard Hughes. However it does slump a little and takes a bit too long to portray what is quite a simple story. Does have some amusing moments though, Steve Coogan's face in the plane scene was priceless.
     
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    Can't believe no one else has posted this yet but... Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    I thought this was a crazy fun film which looks stunning. I think the original is better but that could change on repeat viewings. The cast are awesome and after watching the 5 end-credit scenes I'm very excited for vol 3.
     
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    I thought it was great entrainment, but massively shallow. It was essentially a simple comedy. The characters have become clichéd, simplified almost parodies of themselves.

    It was just a hollow film, but fast and punchy with verbal and visual one liners almost constant.

    Actually. It was like Lego Batman only without the charm.

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    I really agree with this. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it just lacked all of the charm the original had. The music was still from the 70s and 80s, but the songs didn't fit well into their scenes. I can't recall a moment where a certain song elevated the scene like they often did in the original GotG. The story was decent, but the characters just fell flat here. In the original, they felt like people. Here, they each have one amplified problem or issue that is focused on. It felt like they were meant to sell toys. Baby Groot was "oh so cuuuuttteeee." Quill was just another Chris Pratt type without the heart he once had. Gamora was just kinda there and yelled a lot. Drax went from an interesting character who had a family he wanted to avenge to just the joke guy. He became the comic relief for the whole film for some reason when he used to have comedic moments that were fully in character. However, my biggest issue is a spoiler.
    It is yet another Marvel movie where the world will end if they don't destroy the villain. Kurt Russell as the bad guy was interesting, but the film just started to fall downhill after that. I'm tired of these Marvel movies since there is really no tension. I'm well aware none of the main characters will die. That is because I already know there will be 39 more movies after this starring these same characters. I'm just starting to get bored at the end of these movies. The characters always almost die, and you always know they didn't and aren't going to.

    Overall though, I did have a really good time in the theater. I laughed a lot and thought it was good fun. However, it was very shallow laughter, and the jokes weren't particularly memorable. Even after having seen it just a few hours ago, I can remember more about the original. I guess after the good reviews poured in I was wanting something as fresh and memorable as the original. Instead, it seemed like they were trying to make a Guardians of the Galaxy movie without really knowing what made the first so great.
     
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    I don't disagree with the two above. Is it the worst Marvel film? Not by a long shot (hello Iron Man 3 and Thor movies) but, it didn't work. It was too long, and there was no story for the first 2/3, it was basically Grown Ups with a bunch of actors chummimg it up and then they were like oh :emoji_poop:. We have to have a story. So there.

    Also, baby groot is annoying. I was afraid it was gonna be minionesque, but thankfully it didn't.

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    ^I found GotG Vol 2 slightly more enjoyable than the first one... but then I didn't exactly love the first one to begin with. They're ok I guess - lively, entertaining, visually quite cool but, I dunno... somehow just instantly forgettable. I only saw it 2 days ago and I can't actually remember much about it. Mrs Howie loved it though!

    Alien Covenant. Ridley Scott movies can be so frustrating sometimes. There are moments of greatness here, some sequences that demonstrate one of cinema's finest craftsmen at their very best, but sadly it's interspersed with the cheesiest work of any old B-movie hack. The first alieny scary bit - the bit where crew members start getting picked off - is a masterclass in suspense and squirmy nastiness, but it never really gets any better from there. In fact, occasionally it gets downright silly, even resorting to some Michael Bay-esque stunts and explosions towards the end, and a plot 'twist' that you can see coming a mile off.
    Never boring but, like Prometheus, not quite as satisfying as it should have been.
     
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    I thought that there was a lot of stuff going on in Alien Covenant that kinda got drowned out by all the big flashy stuff - like the whole theme of the film (and Prometheus too) which presumably Ridley is most interested in, was kinda swamped by the scary Alien stuff - which presumably the studio/marketeers are more interested in. Anyway I did still like it though - lot of good bits (and Aliens of course), but (like in Prometheus) the characters do make some astoundingly bad decisions (come on, does no one ever go on a intergalactic risk-awareness training course these days).
     

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