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Wonder Woman is definitely the best DCU movie but also still not quite a great superhero movie.  Good though, big step forward for them.

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Just saw Pirates. It was okay. I was having second thoughts about seeing it before I went but decided to just go through with it. I'm not much of a fan of the franchise. The first and fourth movies were okay but I hated the second and third ones. This one started off pretty good. The villains were cool, the story was easier to follow than previous installments, the action was fun, new characters were likable and it was funny. Things started to go off the rails a little near the end as the story started to remind me of the older movies that I hated. I felt like the movie went about 30 minutes too long as well. Somewhat decent movie I guess. I think I'm done with Pirates of the Caribbean movies now.

I will give this movie credit for introducing me to the ravishing Kaya Scodelario.

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Baby Driver: totally awesome, but I will break up the deserved universal glowing praise by saying that I felt kind of let down by the final act. When I realized we were in the endgame, I was kind of like "wait, this is it?". What came before was so batshit intense that I think it deserved more of a climax than what we got, which is enough for Get Out to still be my number one for the year. 

Still, really great movie though. Edgar Wright power rankings:

1. Hot Fuzz

2a. Baby Driver

2b. Shaun of the Drad

4. The World's End

5. Scott Pilgrim vs the World

 

What a resume. 

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I loved Get Out, but Baby Driver definitely took the cake for me.  Also, I find it to be in a completely different league than any of Wright's other films.

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I'm one of the unique few who has Shaun at the bottom of the Wright pile, but I think that's the only film I have Baby Driver over right now.  That could definitely change though, as you haven't really watched a Wright movie until you've seen it at least twice.

Either way every movie he's ever made is a nine at the worst so I don't mean to sleight it at all by saying it's not among my favorites by him.

Hot Fuzz > Scott Pilgrim > The World's End > Baby Driver > Shaun of the Dead - For the record

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I might be underrating The World's End, which I only saw a couple times. Really the only one I'd have BD head and shoulders over is Scott Pilgrim at the moment. The more I sit on it, the more I appreciate how strong Pegg and Frost's characters were in their movies and the emotional core they provided. Baby was certainly interesting, but I don't think his arc had close to the same weight that Simon Pegg's did in any of the movies he starred in. 

All in with Andrew on Hot Fuzz being his masterpiece, though. 

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This little fella might help you if you wanna appreciate The World's End a bit more.  It's certainly the dark horse of the trilogy and I think the most nuanced in terms of what actually makes it so outstanding, but it's damn impressive the more you think about it, like all of his movies.

 

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This isn't a movie as such, but I just got done watching the first four episode season of Castlevania on Netflix and holy shit it is much better than I ever expected it to be. Sucks that it only lasts four episodes though and ends just when things start to come together, but on the other hand, Season 2 has already been greenlit and it will be 8 episodes this time. Unfortunately, it won't be out until next year. Waiting is so hard...

Also a minor quibble but since they're following the plot of Castlevania III, I'm a little annoyed they didn't introduce Grant this season since they introduced Sypha and Alucard. I hope Grant still shows up just to keep true to the mythos.

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I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night.  One of my favorite films in the MCU.  It has the same light, humorous style like Ant Man did (which is another of my favorites).  Definitely one to see in theaters.  Vulture was were badass!
 

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Captain America trolls the hell outta us in a post credit scene.

 

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Just saw War for the Planet of the Apes. This was unlike any summer blockbuster I can ever remember seeing. There is action but this is by no means an action movie. There are character and story developments that evolve in ways that you don't see coming. Andy Serkis was brilliant yet again and it's a damn shame these joke award shows don't recognize his skills. The Marvel Cinematic Universe can release another 50 movies and other blockbusters can come and go as well and you won't find a character even close to as memorable as Caesar. Go see this movie!

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My sister, who I would like to move to another continent and I'd like to never see again, had a bunch of people over the house today. My parents refused to let me shut the basement door so instead of these people using the upstairs bathroom, they'd all be coming in my basement to go to the bathroom. Instead of having to greet and introduce myself to all of these people like I'm the fucking door person at Costco still, I just went out to kill time after work until they were gone. Even though I've worked six straight days this week and simply wanted to come home and relax privately in my mancave, that wasn't fucking possible so I went to the movies. The three movies I was considering seeing were Valerian, Dunkirk and Atomic Blonde. Valerian was the one I wanted to see the most (although I wasn't planning on seeing it in theaters and might have never seen it), Atomic Blonde looked the best and Dunkirk was probably the best movie of the three. Valerian started 30 minutes earlier than the other two so I saw that.

What an awful, awful movie. Dane DeHaan was horribly miscast in this. The main character is some Han Solo-type and they cast a guy who plays a bullied, social outcast in movies to play this ladies man badass who is dating a supermodel. Cara Delevingne is very hot but she's not much of an actress. They shamelessly shoved Rihanna down our throats for a few minutes just because she's Rihanna and needed her screen time to dance. She was eventually revealed to be this bubbly weird-looking alien but she still talked exactly like human Rihanna. The story didn't interest me much. The dialogue was quite awful at times. For example..."You're late." Followed by... "Times flies when you're having fun." There was one point near the beginning where some soldiers are helping the good guys on a flying bus thing and some monster comes and the heroes escape. The soldiers with them apparently got eaten alive but that didn't stop the heroes from cracking jokes seconds later when they escaped the bus. The visuals were very impressive and that was the only good thing about this unnecessarily long and sucky movie.

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17 minutes ago, Mike said:

My sister, who I would like to move to another continent and I'd like to never see again, had a bunch of people over the house today. My parents refused to let me shut the basement door so instead of these people using the upstairs bathroom, they'd all be coming in my basement to go to the bathroom. Instead of having to greet and introduce myself to all of these people like I'm the fucking door person at Costco still, I just went out to kill time after work until they were gone. Even though I've worked six straight days this week and simply wanted to come home and relax privately in my mancave, that wasn't fucking possible so I went to the movies. The three movies I was considering seeing were Valerian, Dunkirk and Atomic Blonde. Valerian was the one I wanted to see the most (although I wasn't planning on seeing it in theaters and might have never seen it), Atomic Blonde looked the best and Dunkirk was probably the best movie of the three. Valerian started 30 minutes earlier than the other two so I saw that.

What an awful, awful movie. Dane DeHaan was horribly miscast in this. The main character is some Han Solo-type and they cast a guy who plays a bullied, social outcast in movies to play this ladies man badass who is dating a supermodel. Cara Delevingne is very hot but she's not much of an actress. They shamelessly shoved Rihanna down our throats for a few minutes just because she's Rihanna and needed her screen time to dance. She was eventually revealed to be this bubbly weird-looking alien but she still talked exactly like human Rihanna. The story didn't interest me much. The dialogue was quite awful at times. For example..."You're late." Followed by... "Times flies when you're having fun." There was one point near the beginning where some soldiers are helping the good guys on a flying bus thing and some monster comes and the heroes escape. The soldiers with them apparently got eaten alive but that didn't stop the heroes from cracking jokes seconds later when they escaped the bus. The visuals were very impressive and that was the only good thing about this unnecessarily long and sucky movie.

Yeah definitely went the wrong way on that call.

But for one specific talking point, that thing about Dane Dehaan, I've noticed a lot of movies trying to make gifted guys with some momentum happen as Hollywood leading men types and it just isn't happening. Miles Teller is another example. Great example of producers being tone deaf trying to find the next big thing instead of just making the movie work.

(and that's nothing against Dane Dehaan and Miles Teller, who are fine actors)

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14 hours ago, Ruiner said:

Yeah definitely went the wrong way on that call.

Well like I said, it started 30 minutes earlier and I was already waiting a little while anyways so I didn't want to wait any longer. If all three movies started at the same time I probably would've seen Dunkirk.

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14 hours ago, Ruiner said:

(and that's nothing against Dane Dehaan and Miles Teller, who are fine actors)

Yes I do want to add that my complaints were with the casting of DeHaan, not his acting or him personally.

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I saw The Dark Tower today and sadly it sucked. My anticipation for this movie was very high about a year ago and dropped more and more as time went on and bad reviews and bad trailers started popping up. There was some good about it. Matthew McConaughey was mostly solid (although not as good as I was expecting), Idris Elba was great, the action wasn't anything revolutionary but it was enjoyable to see and the movie was probably in NYC about 60% of the time which is good considering I thought the vast majority of this would be in New York and I liked how they spend time in the place where the two leads were from. The movie was also only about 90 minutes which was good. I was afraid with all of the books this was based on they'd make this some 3-hour universe building marathon of a movie.

So even though Elba and McConaughey got top billing, the dumb kid character that I didn't give two shits about was essentially the star of the movie and got the most screen-time. That was my biggest complaint. They also didn't spend any time explaining McConaughey's character's backstory and they spent very little time with Elba's past. And seeing as how the movie was so short, they could've added a little more. I'm assuming they purposely left out backstory because it will be explained in the TV show...assuming that ever gets made.

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15 hours ago, RainbowDragon said:

How many easter eggs did you spot ?

Without looking at that article, the only reference I noticed was the number 1408 on something. I haven't seen/read many Stephen King things so I wouldn't get most of the references.

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2 hours ago, RainbowDragon said:

You didnt see the woman walking "Cujo" in the street or the kid playing with the "Christine" car ?

I don't think him seeing them is the problem so much as recognizing.

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Death Note: I enjoyed it. The biggest backlash to it seems to be that it's more or less a stylized high-budget B movie, but without much knowledge of the anime, I think that's misguided. The premise of this movie is absurd and there is no scenario where it translates to a serious American crime thriller. 

The script is pretty mediocre and I'm not a huge fan of the directions they went with some characters and the morality question at the heart of the movie, but at its best as an elaborate cat-and-mouse game, it's delightful. The direction, acting, and music are all very good too and keep the movie engaging even when the story is speeding through a bunch of beats. Given where things are when it ends, I think it lays the foundation for a better sequel down pretty well and works more as an origin story for Light and L than anything else. 

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Sadly I was very disappointed with Blade Runner 2049. My main complaint was that the movie was waaaaay too long which helped make it very boring. Now the first Blade Runner was kinda boring at parts but it was only two hours so it wasn't a big deal. When a boring movie is pushing three hours, it feels like six hours. The movie looked nice but not as good as the first one. And there was some spoilery stuff I had issues with. Basically the first Blade Runner was Alien and then in 2049 they turn it into Prometheus. I won't go into detail on this until someone else sees it. I didn't like the first Blade Runner the first time I saw it either and now it's one of my favorites so hopefully the new one grows on me over time. 

A sequel seems unlikely because the movie was a huge flop at the box office. The public must've caught wind that it wasn't a superhero movie so they decided not to show up.

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I just got back from seeing Blade Runner and I thought it was a beautiful movie. It's one of the most human movies I've ever seen, if that makes any sense. Philosophical conflicts aside, just the questions and choices that these characters are forced to face moved me, and the world is gorgeous.

I can see why some people would detract from it. It is a long movie, although honestly, I wouldn't excise anything. It's long because it starts as one movie and slowly shifts over time into another movie, and I can't say any more than that. I feel like everything was necessary to pay off where we ended up though, so I don't see where anything can be omitted.

It is a slow burner. It's not high-octane action although anyone who saw the first Blade Runner shouldn't expect that anyway, but I would say there's even less action than the trailers make it seem. What it has instead is a lot of tension. Tension over the conflicts the characters face, what it all means, and where things will end. There are some small action bits here and there, but nothing to compete with Terminator, for example.

I was pretty satisfied with the film as a whole. One thing that strikes me odd even now though is the ending... I feel like I've seen it before. Or heard it before or read it before, something. It just gave me a huge sense of deja vu. It was great and well done, I'm not saying it was predictable or lacking, but I had this heavy sense that I remembered the ending from somewhere else... very strange.

Anyway, go see it. It's 2.5 hours worth investing in.

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Spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the movie but there is one small part of the film I'd like to mentally unpack for a moment.

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Putting aside the replicants and their struggle to be equal with mankind, but what about Joi, eh?

I found the relationship between K and Joi to be one of the most fascinating aspects of the movie and almost holding a mirror up to the whole replicants vs. humans struggle, in a way. At first I found it to be a little uncomfortable and worrying that K was having this relationship with a holographic projection, and then I thought, well, why not, we're talking about a universe with synthetic humans, so why not shoot for the moon and really question what it means to not just be human, but to be a living being.

But then I found myself in doubt because Joi is ultimately not a person. She is a product. This was made abundantly clear late in the film after K's Joi died and he saw the big giant holographic Joi advertisement flirting with him to buy her because that's what she's made for. She is made to tell K what he wants to hear, and that's what throws everything into disarray.

It's confusing because we see her joy at K's gift early in the movie, we see her excitement at feeling rain outside, we see her treat the prostitute with disdain like a throwaway tool just after Joi used her to have "sex" with K, or at least as close as a hologram could get. We see her concern for K when their ship crashed. And not all of this seems like it's solely for K's benefit, but it's impossible to know how much is real and how much is an illusion that K wants to believe, so Joi provides. It makes things twisted, and all the more sad because it's clear K really does care for Joi, in as much as he can.

It's sad because the scene where Joi died, while inevitable, still felt like a loss and a blow to K, but then when he sees the ad Joi it makes the loss sadder because of how hollow it could be in the end. Did K lose someone who cared for him? Or did he just lose an illusion, a facsimile of a real relationship that just magnifies how sad of an existence that K, and by extension replicants in general, have in society?

And if even replicants that are made specifically to serve mankind eventually think for themselves and break away, then maybe it's possible that a hologram made to please others can learn what it means to find pleasure for themselves.

 

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Blade Runner spoilers...

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The thing that I kept coming back to that bothered me the most about this movie (despite the excruciating length) was that the replicants can now have babies. I call nonsense on that. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for science fiction but this was just so far out there in left field and doesn't make any sense even in the most over-the-top sci-fi story (which Blade Runner isn't). It was just a weird way to make it seem like replicants are as important as humans. Everybody wants to survive. The replicant struggle is relatable. Roy Batty was the best character in the first movie. One of my favorite quotes..."What seems to be the problem?" "Death." You can root for an artificial being. Coming up with some goofy reason to make replicants seem important like humans was unnecessary.

I also didn't like how they put such a huge emphasis on Rachel, mainly because it was clear that Harrison Ford and Sean Young didn't like each other. That comes through clearly when you watch the first movie. They didn't have an ounce of chemistry and having the new movie focus so much on their relationship seemed odd. Although I thought the CGI of Rachel was amazing. Better than Tarkin. If someone didn't see the first movie, they'd have no idea they were watching a CGI person.

 

 

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