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« Reply #105 on: January 01, 2019, 11:46:36 AM »
Who would ever have predicted that the best earning and best DC movies would be about Wonder Woman and Aquaman? Probably the same people who thought the Bears would run away with the North title, and that the Packers and Vikings would be big disappointments. Life is weird.

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« Reply #106 on: January 27, 2019, 11:22:59 PM »
Glass

This is the third movie in Shyamalan's hero trilogy. First was unbreakable, which I liked. The second movie was split, which I also liked. Now we have the conclusion to the trilogy, Glass.

There's as lot of reference to the first two movies, but little explanation. I think it would be a mistake to watch Glass before the other two.

Mr Glass is determined to convince the world of his theory, that comics are loosely based on real history and superheros exist. He arranges for David Dunn (Willis) and the beast (McAvoy) to get arrested and sent to his hospital. Here he's determined to get them fighting, at peak performance, in public and on camera to prove to the world that superpowers are real. But there's a shrink who is equally determined to get Willis and McAvoy to doubt their powers. And now the challenge is set.

As you would expect from a Shyamalan film (eg. The 6th Sense) there's a couple twists. There's also room for a few sequels, but Glass is not selling all that well and Shyamalan denies he'll make them.

If you like this sort of thing - superhero psycho drama thriller - is a good movie. It's not Thor or Incredibles 2, but it's ok. No worse than Batman v Superman, and that was made for like 14 times a much money. In fact, Shymalan's three movies cost less than half of Batman v. Superman, and appear to be on track to take in about 90% as much money.

If you're gonna see it, see the other two first or you'll be lost.

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« Reply #107 on: January 28, 2019, 02:04:09 PM »
Finally saw "Widows" at the budget cinema. It was highly praised, making or getting close to many critics top ten best movies of the year. Which to me was nonsense. The film was too long, left a lot unexplained, and threw in some gratuitous social justice commentary. Examples of this would be a woman who had been in an abusive relationship with her husband, who dies, and then decides she'll be her own woman. By becoming a paid escort. With extra money for sex. Then, there was a totally unnecessary subplot that involved a young black man being shot by police after a traffic stop. Now, I think women being abused is a very serious problem. But the handling of the issue was haphazard and her becoming an escort was only there so she could get some information needed to pull off a robbery. The killing of unarmed  (mainly) black males is definitely a problem, But it didn't advance the plot one iota. It just added running time. And two characters were simply dropped in, one to be killed, the other to replace the murdered character as a getaway driver. There were other run time padding plots, but enough is enough. Not a good movie, IMO. But the director, Steve McQueen, made "Seven Years a Slave", so any movie he makes must be "important and relevant."  Well directed, well acted, but overall, bloated and simply too "neat" when the females commit their crime. Think about it this way" pick four other guys on PC to help you commit a crime. And with no criminal background, or experience with crime, commit a complicated robbery. Sure.
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« Reply #108 on: February 07, 2019, 06:23:03 PM »
Who would ever have predicted that the best earning and best DC movies would be about Wonder Woman and Aquaman? Probably the same people who thought the Bears would run away with the North title, and that the Packers and Vikings would be big disappointments. Life is weird.

I think a lot of it has to do with the popularity of the Marvel movies, which for the most part have been really good.

I thought Man Of Steel was really good. Wonderwoman was definitely good. Aquaman was okay.

Anything with Batman, however, sucks because Ben Affleck is a PoS. Again the success of the Dark Knight saga really hurts DC's ability to deliver on a theme park style superhero movie. Coupled with the atrocity of Ben Affleck as Batman the Justice League movies leave a lot to be desired.

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« Reply #109 on: February 10, 2019, 06:17:34 AM »
Who would ever have predicted that the best earning and best DC movies would be about Wonder Woman and Aquaman? Probably the same people who thought the Bears would run away with the North title, and that the Packers and Vikings would be big disappointments. Life is weird.

I think a lot of it has to do with the popularity of the Marvel movies, which for the most part have been really good.

I thought Man Of Steel was really good. Wonderwoman was definitely good. Aquaman was okay.

Anything with Batman, however, sucks because Ben Affleck is a PoS. Again the success of the Dark Knight saga really hurts DC's ability to deliver on a theme park style superhero movie. Coupled with the atrocity of Ben Affleck as Batman the Justice League movies leave a lot to be desired.

Agree on Affleck. I always thought C Bale was the best Batman. Campiest was Adam West.
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« Reply #110 on: February 10, 2019, 09:35:03 AM »
Haven't been to a movie (at a theatre) in years.

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« Reply #111 on: February 15, 2019, 09:01:46 PM »
Mortal Engines

It's the year 3150 or something like that. It's Mad Max in the UK. Everyone in Europe and the UK is out of food, out of clean water, out of energy. So they put massive treadmills under the city of London and burn God alone knows what to drive the entire city around looking for, again, God knows what. They also have plenty of energy for lots of airplanes, which, btw, use a *lot* of energy.

Elrond Smith is trying to put together a new old weapon, a quantum something or other, with which he will blast through a wall which leads seemingly to China and Shangra-La. Of course northern europe is one huge plain, you can just walk to Russia (Napoleon did), then you can just walk to Mongolia (Ghengis Khan did this but in reverse). But we have to go through mountains, find a pass, and blow up a dam. Which, if you go to China by the southern route, it's desert all the way for 1000 miles, not shangra-la. (It sucks knowing geography and science).

There's a whole bunch of people running around and flying around, drinking pond scum and eating, um, you don't wanna know, but who have plenty of gas to fly around. They're fighting each other but it's very unclear why, then there's a big scene at the end where huge things blow up, China is saved from invasion, but having won they let all the londoners in anyway 'cause, you know, diversity and immigration are good.

Oh, and there's a land bridge from the UK to Europe, so I guess global warming is off and there's an ice age 'cause apparently oceans are very low. Aren't there people who censor hollywood when they commit heresies like this?

The biggest surprise about this movie is it's not the worst I've seen in the last year. Maybe 3rd or 4th worst.
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« Reply #112 on: February 24, 2019, 05:10:11 PM »
alita battle angel

It's the year 2363, or something like that. It's 300 years after the war, things are pretty bad. The beautiful people live in a sky city - we never see them - and the rest live in a gruddy ghetto on the ground.

A guy who's a "doctor" finds the head and shoulders of an android in a dump under the sky city. So he brings it home and gives it a body, which he just happens to have a robot body laying around, lucky for her. She comes to, no memories, he names her "alita." Pretty quickly we find out she's a *very* skilled fighter; then we find out she's a martian android, left over from the mars invasion by the URM - the united republic of Mars (Thanks Elon, your people invaded and caused the fall instead of being a stronghold for technology after the fall). She gets hold of a new "berserker" body with nano-tech, which conveniently rebuilds itself to transform her into her "internal self-image," a fighting sex goddess.

The movie is entertaining, the fight scenes are pretty good. There's a plot but I never quite got it in total. The movie is going along pretty well, building up her history and character and those of a few around her, then all the sudden it just ends. Over. Black screen. Credits. Weird. Obviously there's to be a sequel, but given that this movie is not making money, don't hold your breathe. Someone forgot to tell these guys that the first movies of Harry Potter and Star Wars and Star Trek and the Marvel Universe and Bourne and James Bond all stood alone - if no more movies were ever made we would still like them.

Should you see it? It's Japanese anime, meaning over-sexed girl fighters trashing a bunch of bad guys who have lotsa weapons and armor. If you like that sort of thing and don't demand that your movies run to resolution, then, yah, sure, it's ok.

Maybe wait to rent it for a buck or two.

btw, the actress, Rosa Salazar, is quite hot in her professional makeup, but quite ordinary without. You have no trouble seeing her, in a different life, overweight with bags under her eyes and five kids, cooking up beans and tortillas for dinner. Ask a pro and they'll tell you they want girls with good cheek bones and not much in the way of facial features - they can paint on anything, it's covering things up that's hard.
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« Reply #113 on: February 24, 2019, 08:44:56 PM »
Mary Poppins Returns

First let's get clear on who Mary Poppins is. According to a reddit post, "The first thing you notice is that, despite her reputation as a paragon of patience, understanding, and love, Mary Poppins simply isn’t very pleasant. It’s not clear that we’re even meant to like her. For one thing, she’s highly and relentlessly critical of the children, Michael (Matthew Garber) and Jane (Karen Dotrice) — you slouch, she tells them, you’re slobs, your manners are deplorable, and when you let your mouths hang open you look like fish. She’s also largely humorless, never satisfied with anyone but herself, and terribly vain (she describes herself, quite sincerely, as “practically perfect in every way”). Furthermore, she’s a bully: When a line of nannies congregate outside the Banks’s front door to apply for the job, she conjures a violent windstorm to sweep them away."

Emily Blunt certainly continues in this vein. Michael is grown up, his wife is dead (it's a disney movie, mom always dies), the kids are suffering, and Micheal has managed to get a notice of repossession on his house. Mary shows up to be practically perfect in every way and take control of this household. Bert is long retired, of course, but his young helper Jack is grown up and around to play the same part. There's lots of magical adventures, lots of singing and dancing, time is "reversed," and the house is magically saved. Then Mary flies away, her job here done. Her attachment to the kids vanishes when she can no longer claim to be the big hero. (I don't like Mary very much, can you tell?)

Emily is surprisingly good - the dirt-faced death-defying warrior from Edge of Tomorrow, the pregnant mom from A Quiet Place, the mind-boggled ballerina girlfriend from The Adjustment Bureau manages to channel narcissist control freak Mary surprisingly well. The kids were also well cast. Michael, the dad - I dunno, I just wanted to slap him, "Wake up, your life is falling apart and you've got kids, no wife and no plan!"

The movie never grabbed me. Maybe kids would like it, a bit, but I don't see them watching it 50 times like the Princess Bride or Sleeping Beauty.

Rent it if you must.
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« Reply #114 on: March 01, 2019, 10:30:24 PM »
The green book

Winner, best movie Oscar, 2019

The is the more or less true story of a black piano player Don Shirley, of whom Igor Stravinsky once said: “His virtuosity is worthy of Gods.”

In 1961 Shirley decides to go on a tour of the deep South, and he hires an Italian thug from the Bronx to drive him around and protect him. Their adventures are numerous and striking.

The thug is played by Aragon, the lost King - Vigo mortenson - who apparently put on a fair bit of weight to play this part. Vigo does a great job of playing an uncouth bit of muscle. Shirley is played by Mahershala Ali who got an academy award for his performance, and, imho, earned it.

The movie was written by Tony lip's son (Tony was the real life thug) and there's a fair bit of talk that the tone of the movie is rather slanted. This is Hollywood, they wouldn't know the truth if it lined up three blocks long outside a court room and sued them for harassment.

The movie is quite good. Best of the year? Yeah, I dunno about that, but quite good.

Recommended.
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« Reply #115 on: March 04, 2019, 01:09:39 PM »
Cold Pursuit

A couple years ago Liam Neesom said, "I wish they would stop casting me as an action guy, I'm 63." Well, ere he is yet again as an action guy.

This is a black comedy, but in as much as it was not made by the Coen bros it's not all that funny. Liam lives up in the hills near Denver. His son gets ambushed at the local tiny airport by some drug thugs who shoot him u with a bunch of heroin and then dump him in the snow to die. Liam decides the drug guys must die. So he sets off for revenge. This is where it gets weird - he works his way up the ladder heading for the big guy at the top. Somewhere in there some local indians also get pissed off at the big drug lord and a drug war starts. I was never close to clear on how Liam get his intel, he just seems to bump into people, know who they are, and off them.

Liam drives a snow plow, a big industrial one, and what few laughs there are come from snow plow scenes.

Thin on plot, so-so on acting and dialog, barely funny. Given that there's about 3 "angry white guy shoots up a bunch of bad guys" movies every month, I can't say that for this month this is your beautiful movie. Maybe rent it for a buck in a few months. Maybe not.
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« Reply #116 on: March 09, 2019, 07:52:01 PM »
Captain Marvel

This movie is taking a lot of heat for being too feminist, and too hateful of white males. I gotta tell you, I think I'm a bit sensitive to this and I didn't see it. There is a fair bit of stuff about women overcoming their self-doubt, but in my experience this is an issue for a lot of women and it doesn't threaten me.

The movie starts with the captain waking up after a big crash. She has no memory of anything, and she has blue blood. The movie progresses from there as we all learn she's apparently a Kree - that's the people who were the bad guys in Guardians of the Galaxy, and were a big part of the invasion of Earth in the first Avengers movie. She's being trained to fight the Skrull, another race that is shape shifters and are claimed to be infiltrating and taking over planets, one by one.

So, what's the movie like? Ok, as I've admitted many times, I'm a real sucker for this stuff. That said, the acting and dialog and plot were a bit thin - no better than the first Hulk movie, and no where near the standards of most of the Marvel movies. How can you tell the acting was sub-par? The best acted character in the movie is the cat (the cat actually has a major role in the third act.) A whole bunch of people appear which are supposed to excite us, 'cause they're in later movies - one of the major bad guys is the bad guy from Guardians 1. I saw this as gratuitous, trying to tie a bunch of stuff together that we never felt was loose ends, and a lack of creativity. I'm never impressed with recycling bad guys.

At the end Captain leaves Earth on a mission, to find a good planet. She'll be searching several galaxies, we're to understand. This really annoys me: between our Milky Way and our nearest neighbor, Andromeda, there are between one and two trillion stars, which collectively probably have a few hundred billion planets that are good candidates for life - more or less Earth size, orbiting in the habitable zone where water is liquid, around a star with a decent lifetime. There are about 31 million seconds in a year, so if Captain Marvel could somehow fly by these planets one per second, and in one second make a snap judgement if this is her beautiful planet, just covering our two local galaxies would take her 10,000 years. At one planet per second. And of course to do this she needs to fly infinitely fast, light speed simply won't cut it nor will a few multiples of light speed. At 31 million times the speed of light it takes her 4 seconds just to get to the nearest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri, and she's only got 1 second to get there, look around, and leave. So apparently she has to fly considerably faster than 100 million times the speed of light. (this calculation does not allow her any time to eat, pee, sleep, or tell me my review is garbage.) In Star Trek nomenclature she has to fly at warp 28 or so, when something like warp 10 is the best we've ever heard of and that's the speed used by the aliens to get the Enterprise to Andromeda. But she's going to search apparently dozens or hundreds of galaxies. Really, is it that hard to find someone who knows freshman physics and astronomy in Los Angeles?

ok, sorry, I get out of control on this stuff.

There have been 19 Marvel movies made to date. Just off the top of my head, perhaps one could argue that Captain Marvel is better than the two Hulk movies and the first Thor. So maybe this is 16th best out of 19. Maybe. And I'm not saying that because, as many others have said, it's SJW propaganda. I'm saying it because the plot and acting are thin. Remember, the cat stole all her scenes. Seriously, on a scale of 1 to Wonder Woman, this movie rates no better than 3, helped along in the ratings by, for example, Barbarella and Earth Girls are Easy.

Don't feel like you have to rush out and see it with your wife and kids and grandkids and turn it into a $200 night.
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« Reply #117 on: March 10, 2019, 09:35:36 AM »
Caught up on some "older" much hyped (Best Picture nominees). "A Star Is Born" was terrible. Awful. Stupid. Contrived. Ridiculous. No, I didn't like it. "Bohemian Rhapsody" had a great performance by "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek, a fair amount of humor, and great music. Definitely worth seeing. "Green Book"? Stopped watching after 20 minutes. I saw the whole thing unfolding before it happened, and wasn't interested. Rewatched "Black Panther" and was surprised by the intensity and humor. But this also raised a ton of questions about the Wakandan society. How did people make money? What about schohols, trash collectors, firefighters, police? Where id the infrastructure come from to create all those wonderful inventions? Where were the manufaturing plants/workers? This just scratches the surface. A nice fantasy, but the polical structure left me cold- a monarchy where the heir apparent has to fight for the right to rule if challlenged? And the topper was having an African tribe who identified with gorillas. Seriously? This has been a racist trope for centuries, and it's now embraced? 
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« Reply #118 on: March 11, 2019, 05:30:04 AM »
To me Captain Marvel will always be a little kid who utters the word SHAZAM, and becomes a Superman like character. Didn’t realize Marvel had a character with the same name until this movie came out. If one says anything negative about this movie on social media the SJW’s will bite your head off.
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« Reply #119 on: March 11, 2019, 05:33:20 AM »
Caught up on some "older" much hyped (Best Picture nominees). "A Star Is Born" was terrible. Awful. Stupid. Contrived. Ridiculous. No, I didn't like it. "Bohemian Rhapsody" had a great performance by "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek, a fair amount of humor, and great music. Definitely worth seeing. "Green Book"? Stopped watching after 20 minutes. I saw the whole thing unfolding before it happened, and wasn't interested. Rewatched "Black Panther" and was surprised by the intensity and humor. But this also raised a ton of questions about the Wakandan society. How did people make money? What about schohols, trash collectors, firefighters, police? Where id the infrastructure come from to create all those wonderful inventions? Where were the manufaturing plants/workers? This just scratches the surface. A nice fantasy, but the polical structure left me cold- a monarchy where the heir apparent has to fight for the right to rule if challlenged? And the topper was having an African tribe who identified with gorillas. Seriously? This has been a racist trope for centuries, and it's now embraced?


Sorry to hear that about Green Book. I think Marashala Ali is a great actor. Loved him in True Detective.
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