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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #120 on: March 24, 2019, 03:27:06 PM »
The Cloverfield Paradox

There's a particle accelerator in space, to do an experiment. The experiment is necessary 'cause earth's population is out of control and if we don't find a new source of energy everyone will die. Frankly, far before we run out of energy we're going to run out of fertilizer and fresh water and insects, but whatever. Of course, as usual, there's a bunch of people worried about the accelerator will make something so high energy that it will rip the universe in half. Every time we build a new accelerator this comes up. Here's the thing: black holes and colliding neutron stars spew out particles with more energy than you can imagine, and these are hitting the earth constantly - cosmic rays. We've been hit by individual particles that have the energy of a school bus, sometimes billions of times more energy than we can make on earth. So it these things ripped the universe up, it would already be ripped up.

Well, in this move things go wrong, a rip happens, and our heroes find themselves in a parallel universe where things are similar but different. Things get seriously weird. They "lose" the earth, but then they find it on the other side of the sun, which their escape pods can bring them there - never mind that it would be about the same to go to mars and slightly cheaper to go to venus, their little pod is the little pod that could.

The science is awful, the acting poor, the horror parts unconvincing. And there's a twist at the end that comes out of absolutely no where and doesn't fit in the movie at all.

Cloverfield II was pretty good, Colverfield III is just cheap netflix dreck.

sorry.
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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #121 on: March 25, 2019, 09:52:33 PM »
Krypton

This is a tv series.  I watched the first four episodes.

In the first five minutes of the series,  supermans great great grandfather is killed for, um, well I'm not sure what the crime was, but he said there are other intelligences in the universe so they made him walk the plank. Seriously, then he falls from the top of a huge building thousands of feet. This happens immediately in front of supermans grandfather, who's a bit pissed about it. Now we jump forwards about twenty years, supermans grandfather is living in a slum with no name cause the house of el was dissolved. He gets visited by a time and space traveler from earth who tells him they have to stop brainiac, who is wandering through the galaxies killing off civilized planets. If they don't stop him he will destroy krypton before superman is born and the universe will lose its greatest protector. .

Last week I mentioned that at one planet per second it takes ten thousand years to check out a galaxy. And that requires traveling at hundreds of millions times the speed of light. There's another problem I didn't mention last time. The sun's habitable zone, the area where water can be liquid, extends from about one hundred million kilometres out  to about two hundred fifty million kilometers. The earth is about twelve thousand kilometres across. If you  pop out of warp drive somewhere above the sun, finding the earth somewhere in the habitable zone is like finding an orange somewhere in an area 1.5 miles on a side. In Larry nivens books when they get to a new star it takes them a couple days to find the planets and decide which might harbor life. But all that has to happen in a fraction of a second if you want to work through a galaxy in ten thousand years. And brainiac is killing off planets in hundreds or thousands of galaxies. It just sucks liking sci fi tv and knowing a bit of science.

In thus show krypton is a seriously screwed up place where a few people are rich and live in huge towers, and most everyone is poor and hopeless and scrabble for an existence on the ground, unarmed, uneducated, and living In  a seriously obnoxious police state. Kinda like what France is quickly becoming. I thought krypton was supposed to be advanced and enlightened, but basically its a pretty sucko place.

The show has heavy Jewish overtones.  The good guys are the house of El. El, of course,  is the original name of the Hebrew God, and the Jews, his chosen people, are of the house of El. The bad guy is rao, the sun God, obviously a stand in for  Ra, the Egyptian Sun god. All we need is for Jor-El to hold a bris just before launching Kal-El. Is superman circumcised?

Since the show is on krypton no one has superpowers. Only the bad guys have guns. And, like any good drama, no one but the bartenders and the cops seem to work, everyone just wanders around and emotes about the latest crisis.

You could die missing this one and it would be less than tragic.
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« Reply #122 on: March 28, 2019, 07:53:26 PM »
Did a double header today in honor of the opening of the baseball season. "Spiderman into the Spiderverse" was well done, though the characters generally were woefully underdeveloped. Still worth seeing. Also saw "Aquaman". A very good superhero movie, with alternate rousing action and talking to set up the universe they live in. What struck me most though (SPOILER ALERT!) was when Aquaman was recognized as the true king of Atlantis, and emerged in a costume that was: Green and Gold! Then he defeated the rival king who was wearing: Purple! What a great touch- I truly wonder if the costume designer is secretly a Packers fan.
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« Reply #123 on: April 07, 2019, 10:33:46 PM »
The mule

Produced, directed and starting Clint. Loosely based on a true story, or at least as true as newspaper stories get.

Clint plays a 90 yo guy who's a failure at life. He's broke, divorced, his daughter hasn't spoken to him in twelve years, and his house gets foreclosed. But he's never had a traffic ticket. A drug gang pays him to drive drugs from la to Chicago - they pay him a lot. Pretty soon for the first time in his life he has money. The story slowly evolves top a crises where Clint has to choose between family and money.

It was a good rendition of a somewhat thin story, not Clint's best, but just fine for a mindless evening of movie while waiting for the belligerent progressives to come out with infinity war end game.

Btw, I'm stunned as captain marvel passes up almost all movies as it also passes a billion dollars. I stand by my review, its not that good of a movie. It's ok, but there's no way it should have passed up Thor 3 and wonder woman.
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« Reply #124 on: April 08, 2019, 04:27:04 PM »
Btw, I'm stunned as captain marvel passes up almost all movies as it also passes a billion dollars. I stand by my review, its not that good of a movie. It's ok, but there's no way it should have passed up Thor 3 and wonder woman.

"The Mule" was just another version of "Gran Torino". The gruff racist learns to be a better person.

Now, as to the success of "Captain Marvel", since when did a movie have to be good to get good box office? "Wonder Woman" was a movie with some excellent scenes, but overall, was pretty insipid. "Thor: Ragnarok" was fun, but also wandered all over the place, and while amusing, really was something you saw and quickly forgot about. So, indeed, most critics would agree with you- it's OK, but the lead character apparently lacks emotional range. Was this a decision by the director or actress, or a collaboration that decided that a female showing emotion was inherently "weak"? Who knows? Haven't seen it yet. As with almost all movies, when it comes to the budget cinema, sure, I'll give it a shot for $2.
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« Reply #125 on: April 12, 2019, 06:15:56 PM »
Shazam

A 14 y/o boy is granted superpowers by an aging wizard so that he can fight off a bad guy who controls seven demons.

I have to admit I slept through maybe a third of this.

It's a film for pre-teens who dream of being a teenager with superpowers. The jokes aren't funny, the situations contrived, the plot thin.

Wanna watch a movie for pre-teens? Pick Ferris Bueller or The Breakfast Club. Or The Princess Bride. Or Secondhand Lions.
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