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Online Hydra009

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6435 on: November 19, 2021, 09:39:47 AM »
I'm one of the few people who didn't like Invincible. I watched the entire season in one sitting, which was probably a mistake. What kept me going wasn't the teen drama but wanting to learn the secret of Omni Man, because even though the entire show is made up of tropes and clichés I thought the secret would be surprising... but it was just another trope.
Yes, the entire show is filled to the brim with familiar comic book tropes, like the Justice League and Superman.  That's intentional.  Then you get the twist, and it's a hell of a doozy of a twist.  And the story from there veers away from standard comic book tropes and becomes its own thing.  Specifically, it's about unlearning violence and becoming a more caring, cooperative person rather than just someone who talks with his fists.



If you stop to think about it, that kind of message is pretty---

*smashcut to title screen*

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BTW, is it ever explained why Atom Eve can't use her power to manipulate matter on the atomic level to turn Omni Man into a potted plant? She is shown rearranging organic matter.
Yes.  She has a much easier time manipulating inorganic matter.  Organic matter takes a ludicrous amount of effort, only exacerbated by how fast and dense vilrimites are.  It's like trying to use scissors to cut steel.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6436 on: November 24, 2021, 08:56:05 AM »
Finally got to see "Dunkirk". The three stories within the story were compelling and the CGI was stunning. I read that in reality most of the dogfights happened way out over the channel and the soldiers on the beach were upset at the RAF as they were getting strafed. I would be as well. As film makers pick certain battles or campaigns for their 'historical' films, I think they contribute greatly to the general public's view of how things went down, true or not. And other events and battles not depicted just fade away over time. However, we do tend to forget how terrible war really is and I am thankful that young generations can get a sense of it. 

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6437 on: November 24, 2021, 09:29:46 AM »
Did you notice that the Spitfire that was burning on the beach didn't have an engine?
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Offline drunkenshoe

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6438 on: November 26, 2021, 12:50:22 AM »
That movie has a huge fandom here. I haven't seen it yet.
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Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6439 on: November 26, 2021, 05:42:31 AM »
That movie has a huge fandom here. I haven't seen it yet.
People get confused because the three time lines run concurrently. The pilot, the civilian skipper and the dogface on the beach are interlaced.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6440 on: November 26, 2021, 10:19:14 AM »
"Henry Poole Is Here". I give it minus 4 stars. I didn't stick till the end as I know where it's going.
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Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6441 on: November 26, 2021, 10:51:23 AM »
I'm going to have to be in a happy place before I can finish watching "Children of Dune."
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Offline SGOS

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6442 on: December 02, 2021, 10:01:12 PM »
Old didn't get good reviews.  Both audience and critics were around 50%.  I guess I fall in the half that enjoyed the movie, even though I was expecting not to.  Usually good science fiction sells it's fantasy by passing itself off as plausible, assuming you are willing to stretch reality a bit.  Old probably didn't do well because it stretches fantasy to the absurd and creates a movie experience of "Nah!  Can't happen!"  Yeah, it's definitely absurd, and I found myself intensely aware of that quality.  But maybe because I wasn't expecting much caused me to appreciate what WAS there.  The ending draws things together, although that too was absurd.  Don't demand too much reality, and you may enjoy this one.  Acting was mostly on the weak side, but there were a couple of characters at the end that were convincing.

Online Hydra009

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6443 on: December 02, 2021, 10:29:19 PM »
I didn't like that one precisely because a smart and/or mildly observant viewer will pick apart the premise to death and be incredibly disappointed by the big reveal.  And then a *clears throat*...average viewer will dislike the weak acting and extremely forgettable characters.  So who's happy?

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Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6444 on: December 02, 2021, 10:55:36 PM »
Ghostbusters Afterlife.

A decent passing-the-torch movie surprisingly similar to Star Wars The Force Awakens.  I know, I know, that seems absurd.  But it's true.  Takes place decades after the main movies in a remote area on the fringes of civilization, check.  New protagonist modeled after the old, check.  Same old antagonist, check.  Wandering about in desolation, check.  A character buys the farm...double check.  Tries to revive a flagging franchise through nostalgia alone, Stay Puff Marshmallow Man-sized check.

And like the Force Awakens, it's no masterpiece, but it's serviceable.

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Offline SGOS

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6445 on: December 03, 2021, 07:15:07 AM »
I didn't like that one precisely because a smart and/or mildly observant viewer will pick apart the premise to death. 
I never mentioned the premise, but that was weak too.  It's something an eighth grader would have picked to write about.  But most premises weak or strong, can be saved by the actual script and the directing.  This one wasn't saved, but I had the impression that's the way the director wanted it.  Many of the positive reviews, praised the director (I won't even attempt to write his name, let alone try to pronounce it), and I got the impression that he is an acquired taste, who cultivates that feel in all of his movies.  And most of those types of reviews also observed that his following was the devoted "in group" having achieved some sort of understanding.  I dunno.  I didn't have that sort of understanding.  It's like the way I give Andy Warhol credit for captivating others with a painting of a soup can, while I just scratch my head.

Online Hydra009

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6446 on: December 03, 2021, 11:33:40 AM »
Many of the positive reviews, praised the director (I won't even attempt to write his name, let alone try to pronounce it), and I got the impression that he is an acquired taste, who cultivates that feel in all of his movies.  And most of those types of reviews also observed that his following was the devoted "in group" having achieved some sort of understanding.
You just described a fanboy following.  It's one thing to admire someone or their work, it's quite another to see someone or their work as inherently high-quality.  Obviously, even skilled people can lose their touch and have stinkers every now and then.  And very few people do the twist ending thing well, let alone consistently well.

For this guy in particular, imo he made a splash with a couple really great movies and has been coasting on that wave of nostalgia ever since.  His new movies are colored by his old movies, which should be judged on their own merits.

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Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6447 on: December 04, 2021, 06:23:30 PM »
On the heels of Old comes Red11.  It has more convincing acting, a much more clever script, but a lot weirder.  I'm not going to say if I liked it.

Offline SGOS

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6448 on: December 13, 2021, 05:58:14 AM »
Shang Chi:  9 parts Disney and 1 Part Marvel.  There are elements of both in the feel of the film, but it's mostly the typical feel of "isn't that precious" Disney fantasy occasionally laced with Marvel's sense of humor, cleverness, and environments.  I think the meld of the two studios will help Disney, while I will miss the electrifying Marvel qualities that brought so much life to Hollywood for the last 15 years.  But I always assumed that Marvel's domination of the box office and big screen would not last forever.  Nothing lasts forever, and I don't think Disney can perpetuate it or recreate it.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6449 on: December 13, 2021, 08:10:17 PM »
Shang Chi feels to me like an old fashioned kung fu movie, but with a Disney budget. I love it. If you remember the way fans reacted to the character of The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 (I think), this movie rectifies that in an amusing way. Near the end, the movie does turn into a fight with a hig CGI monster, though, and it becomes a bit hard to follow the action, even on the big screen. It's also predictable as hell, but I didn't mind it. I thought it was fun.

The Black Widow movie, however? Not worth the wait. Its...fine. Just nothing special. It sets something up for Hawkeye's Disney+ series, I believe, but I haven't seen that yet.

Here's hoping Spider-Man: Home Alone is actually good. I have hopes. The first Spider-Man was...meh. The second one, I loved. This one seems like it could either be as awesome as Infinity War or as much of a mess as Spider-Man 3.
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Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
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