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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:36 pm

I very much enjoyed Netflix' The Forgotten Battle last night, detailing events in the short weeks between the Allies taking Antwerp and the shipping lanes approaching the port facilities being freed from the Nazis. A bit too many subtitles when I'm trying to customize but it was worth the effort to pay attention.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:53 pm

Halloween Kills - Did not like. Maybe the weirdest part is that this movie REALLY thinks it has an important message, and I truly, without trying to be snarky, have no idea what that message is. I thought we would develop our trilogy of heroines, Lori, daughter, and granddaughter, but no. Judy Greer is the closest to being a protagonist, but is still wasted. There is a mean, cynical, extra gory element to the kills that makes this feel more like a sequel to the Rob Zombie films than the original. I liked the 2018 film, but it lost me as we got to the crazy cackling Russian doctor. This leans into the stuff I didn't like there. Suspense barely exists in this movie. John Carpenter's score is good though.

Definitely smacks of an arbitrary decision to make a trilogy, and then needing to work very hard to pad out a middle chapter.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:01 pm

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Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:16 pm
Watched It: Chapter Two.
I finally followed through on wanting to watch these after our discussions. We watched the first one in two nights then started the second last night. I didn't realize Eddie's mom and wife are played by the same woman until now.

I'm enjoying the second one more than I did the first time. The kid's faces (especially Ben) and their voice particularly are jarring at times. Man I wish they had LOTR these movies and shot all the kid stuff at once.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:49 pm

Mortal Kombat. Turd alert! As other's have said, Kano makes the film less torturous and the Scorpion opening is pretty good, but so many, so so many terrible decisions were made in this film pretty much across the board. I'm shocked the film was released as is.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Thu Oct 21, 2021 5:13 pm

I saw "No time to Die" and found it pretty enjoyable. I think it is my second favorite Craig film after Casino Royale.

I did not like Spector, but rewatched it prior to viewing the new film, and enjoyed it more. Still flawed, but I'm over the mistakes, and find value in it being the most straight forward classic Bond film of Craig's run. I'm still miffed at things like the torture scene- We're told what the consequences will be, but evidently James is immune to having his brain drilled into? If anything it seems to have improved his marksmanship to superhuman levels.

As for No Time To Die
Spoiler! :
The rivalry between Bond on Blofeld in this film is fantastic. The missing menace of Blofeld is finally here. An unseen force with a voice just screwing with Bond on a massive scale. I loved the Gala scene. I loved the Bionic eye.
The weakest part of the film for me- is Safin.
Rami does a great job, but I am unconvinced the film benefited from 2 villains. They're pretty much the same character anyway. And after Blofelds unceremonious death, there's little reason for the film to keep going. Not to mention the confusing opening scene- when Rami Malek is only 5 years older than Léa Seydoux.

Safin is interesting, but needs more backstory and motivation. He's barely in the first 2/3rds and then he takes over as the villain, and almost works. I just think it would have benefited from just have one big bad evil mastermind.
Good end for Bond though, and a good way to end the Franchise.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:01 am

Watched Dune. Some pretty shots and great casting but overall found it fairly slow and the the lead character (Paul atreides) just felt like kind of a cypher, i dunno i just found it hard to care what happens to him. Anyhow i'm glad i watched it at home on hbo max because i found myself pausing a few times when i got bored and/or needing to rewind here and there to catch some dialogue i missed (often seemingly important). But certainly the visuals would be better in an IMAX theater, sure.

Also, even though i was somewhat following the film's covid delays etc somehow i missed out on the fact that this only covers the first half of the first novel. It didn't feel like a lot of the promotional material emphasized the "Part 1!!" very much, i was surprised to see it pop up in the title card. I wonder if there are others who bought a ticket without realizing it.

Feels like this would've been better off being done as an HBO miniseries ,although of course the casting would not be as star-studded. The intrigue between the various houses would play out better in a serial format imo. I know they did a syfy mini back around 2000 but i never watched it, i heard the costumes were really something though.

I know WB has made some noise about how part 2 is almost certainly going to be made. i'll likely watch it but its not something i'll be waiting for with anticipation.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:01 am

Yeah, I'm one of those who tells everyone I know that shows any interest in the movie "You know it's only part one, right?"

I neglected to do that when Fellowship of the Ring came out and will never make that mistake again. SO many people pointed at me like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and blamed me for a cliffhanger.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:43 pm

Saw Dune last night, too. I loved it! Such an immersive experience. Fantastic world building. Beautiful on the big screen with excellent unique music. I never read the books or watched anything about this before, so it was all brand new to me.


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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:32 pm

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Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:01 am
Watched Dune. Some pretty shots and great casting but overall found it fairly slow and the the lead character (Paul atreides) just felt like kind of a cypher, i dunno i just found it hard to care what happens to him. Anyhow i'm glad i watched it at home on hbo max because i found myself pausing a few times when i got bored and/or needing to rewind here and there to catch some dialogue i missed (often seemingly important). But certainly the visuals would be better in an IMAX theater, sure.

Feels like this would've been better off being done as an HBO miniseries ,although of course the casting would not be as star-studded. The intrigue between the various houses would play out better in a serial format imo. I know they did a syfy mini back around 2000 but i never watched it, i heard the costumes were really something though.

I know WB has made some noise about how part 2 is almost certainly going to be made. i'll likely watch it but its not something i'll be waiting for with anticipation.
I saw it as well, and I'm mostly in agreement.
I, however, was less impressed with the costumes. It was difficult in some of the shots to make out who was fighting who.
I'm not a fan of the lead, either. He's not 'Anakin bad', but so far I've had a hard time caring what happens to him.
The cinematography and sets are beautiful, but there are choices I question. The 'dream' sequences aren't set apart from the rest of the narrative enough. They tend to bleed together (especially in the desert). I think it's a bit intentional from a storytelling perspective, but as a viewer, it's distracting.

It was certainly well done, and I'll gladly watch the second film if it gets made, but it did drag in parts. I'll probably want to watch the second from home as well.
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Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:36 pm

Akatsuki wrote:
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I never read the books or watched anything about this before, so it was all brand new to me.
Great you enjoyed it! I hope to watch it tonight.

The novel Dune is a must read in the world of sci-fi/fantasy - like The Lord of the Rings it is so immersive and engaging that I think that many non-sci-fi fans appreciate it. The immediate sequels, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune are also very good, but I think the original Dune works fine as a standalone and is well worth reading.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Sun Oct 24, 2021 3:07 pm

I liked but didn't love Dune. I think the palace intrigue/political machinations aspect was not as strong as it could have been, and somehow despite the extra time for the story to be told, I didn't grow too attached to the characters, nor felt a sense of paranoia about taking over the spice operation, nor how Jessica really went of script from the Bene Gesserit in having Paul and those implications.

Visually it was great and I hope they get to part 2 (and 3 if they wander into the sequel books). I think both film versions have suffered from having too much focus on the Harkonnen side too early on, they should be more of an off-screen menace while focused on whether and how they might come back into the picture than when.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:57 pm

Watched it last night and dug it a lot. I might need to see it iMax. It's a fight between this and Eternals which one I might splurge to see on the extra big-ass screen.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:10 pm

Watched the most recent Paranormal Activity movie on Paramount Plus. I thought it was decent although admittedly i am sucker for "found footage" type horror movies, like [REC] and the other Paranormal Activity movies. It got better as it went along imo.

My two minor gripes:

1) seemed like it took a looong time for anything to happen. However that sort of worked given the inital premise of a documentary. But still, i think perhaps an introductory scene with some scares would've helped, maybe set sometime previous to our main characters' arrival.

2)didn't really tie-in to the prior PA movies from what i can tell, other than dealing with 'possession'. Maybe there are some connections or easter eggs i missed though. But again, just a minor nitpick as its not like they have developed the PA mythology all that much over the course of the series.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Mon Nov 01, 2021 6:46 pm

Finished our Halloween last night (ended up watching 32 horror films over the course of the month). We finished up with Night House.

We loved it, but it seems like it's pretty polarizing with audiences. A lot of the discussion focuses on the finale, and people feeling like the movie isn't clear enough about what happens, but, weirdly, that was one of the things I liked about it. I enjoyed that the film trusts the audience to connect the dots, and that you can reasonably argue (at least) two different interpretations to what happened. It's definitely got some real creepy moments, and the film is really anchored by Rebecca Hall's outstanding performance. If you don't mind a little bit of ambiguity (or, like me, enjoy it), then I'd highly recommend this one.
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Re: Official "Last movie you watched" thread

Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:30 am

Dune (2021)

this was a snooze fest, very slow burn. i will give it credit and it did look artsy and visually kool but the story line is horrible. it didnt even have aliens or something otherworldly. its like a mild star wars with a gothic style. not my cup of tea. even the villian was lame and dull. maybe part 2 will be better, well see.

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