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Offline Bignutz

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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« 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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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« 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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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« 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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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #110 on: February 10, 2019, 09:35:03 AM »
Haven't been to a movie (at a theatre) in years.

I have little interest in feeding self-indulged B-B brained people.

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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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