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Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back
« Reply #5040 on: January 21, 2018, 12:19:42 PM »
Also I watched Contact. It's one of those films I'd think I would've watched sooner given that I gravitate towards fantasy/scifi so much. Anyway I think I might have a new favorite as far as this kind of scifi movie goes. I certainly enjoyed it more than the more recent Interstellar or Arrival at least, and a large part is because the ending doesn't fall too far into the realm of ridiculous movie science. I suppose some might find the dialogue a bit too on the nose towards the end, but I prefer this sort of ending for a scifi movie over the more emotionally satisfying ones the other two aforementioned movies go for.

I remember liking Contact as well. Been a while since I've seen it, though. Might have to keep an eye out in case it comes to Netflix.

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« Reply #5041 on: February 17, 2018, 01:16:18 PM »
Expanded my list of slow, "pretend I'm smart" scifi movies with The Martian and Ex Machina. Funny I watch these two so close together because they came out in the same year and the two have something of opposite attitudes about technology- one has a general "science is teh awesome" message, and the other one has sort of a "science will screw us over" attitude.

They were both great, but I will say I'm a bigger sucker for space exploration than AI, so points to The Martian for me. I like that for once, there's a movie of this kind which focuses on the problem-solving abilities that the scientific method can bring and envisions a future of global cooperation as in the ideal of space exploration, rather than using space exploration as a vehicle to explore pseudophilosophical/spiritual gobbledygook which happens so often in these kinds of movies. Also I learned a lot about potatoes and human poop via tangential learning, so there was that too.

Also saw Gerald's Game, Stephen King adaptation number 5 or so in 2017 alone. This was a pretty good one though, after being underwhelmed by the It remake and The Dark Tower being...what it was. Interesting to see where these movies on direct-to-Netflix or other such streaming services will go- if I had the space I imagine a good long-term investment would be to just get a hugh jazz TV and watch movies like this at home instead of needing to drive/walk to a theater like a healthy functioning adult.

On the other end of the spectrum, I watched the Evil Dead trilogy. Funny seeing a series realize how ridiculous it is and becoming more and more self-parody over time, yet somehow still working as good movies.

But I guess more topically, I got back from seeing the latest installment of Disney’s plot to dictate global pop culture. I’d say Black Panther is one of the best MCU movies so far though. For reference, my favorite so far is probably The Winter Soldier, and I think I’d put this one just below that one.

I was already pretty interested in seeing the movie before it came out simply because of the unique visuals it promised, so I would’ve enjoyed the movie purely on that alone, but thankfully the plot/characters were pretty good too. Most notably, the villain Killmonger (yes, really) is probably the most well-developed and sympathetic villain in the MCU thus far. I was surprised that the movie decided to take the unfortunate implications that its premise had and decided to basically make the movie about that, something that could just as easily blow up in their faces if not handled correctly.

I will say that if you don’t like superhero movies, this one probably won’t change your mind. It still very predictably follows a three-act structure, and there’s really not any surprises along the way even within that framework. It has quite a few “that was clearly inserted later” type jokes the Disney movies are known for now, and while the side characters are a bit more well-developed than typical Marvel fare, they’re still pretty thin.

oh right i also saw justice league at some point and it was terrible

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Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back
« Reply #5042 on: February 26, 2018, 05:13:25 PM »
Saw Black Panther. Excellent, perhaps my favorite Marvel movie. Really enjoyed the fact they just didn't make a tired old origin story for the 1st movie.

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« Reply #5043 on: February 26, 2018, 08:54:54 PM »
Saw Black Panther. Excellent, perhaps my favorite Marvel movie. Really enjoyed the fact they just didn't make a tired old origin story for the 1st movie.

Well it is an origin story. Its just that the hero in question already inherited the mantle and had spent a lifetime preparing for it instead of going "How do I shot web?". We're just seeing the worldbuilding that cements this (which is far more what the movie's actually about).

And speaking of, I find that the movie's strength really comes from the fact that it has a solid cast, working with fairly well written characters, and that the aforementioned worldbuilding avoids the classic tropes that plague non-modern, first world settings (stuff like stapling on a bunch of technomagic to explain the powers these dirt hut dwelling folk are hiding in their respective ancient ruins (even if the ruins themselves were basically some ancient rich asshole's summer pad or something), using old standbys like surviving Mayan, Greek or Egyptian lore which always feels like scraps or stuff stapled onto modern lifestyles except with fewer articles of clothing and surviving temple architecture/pottery decor as the theme, or just using the incredibly old standby of Atlantis or aliens; it was all stuff that's heavily based upon what the cultures used in the worldbuilding are doing today, with solid lore and proper plot macguffinry applied to flesh it out into its own thing; and most importantly, it didn't exile the movie to just the fantasy land's setting nor shove everything into a New York or LA fieldtrip as is common with visiting the outside world tropes).
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Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back
« Reply #5044 on: March 31, 2018, 09:03:40 AM »
One of the teachers I work with showed the class Hidden Figures as part of a Women's History Month unit.  I thought the movie was well acted, told a very important story that needed to be told, and had some righteously poignant moments, but something about it felt overly glossy to me; like this was just by-the-numbers, play-it-safe Hollywood filmmaking.  The move was about something quite extraordinary but the movie itself was anything but.  When I view something whose aim is to blow the doors open and tell the truth that nobody wants to tell, I want it to "go there" and Hidden Figures never quite did.  Admittedly, this is the punk/thrash guy in me talking, and the film as it stands is perfectly fine for mainstream middle America and goes as far as it needs to go to rope in that mass audience.   

I feel as if I would get more out of the book than the film; that the book will likely give me the greater depth and detail I'm looking for.  Reader's dilemma strikes again- the number of books I want to read overwhelmingly outnumbers the time I have to read them.     

EDIT:  So, I guess at the end of the day it's mission accomplished for Hidden Figures, because it piqued my curiosity about something I had scant knowledge/awareness about and is making me want to learn more. 

EDIT 2: The other day, they were showing The History of the World: Part I on television.  What a classic.  Probably Mel Brooks' finest.  So totally irreverent, bawdy, and hilarious beyond belief.  Given today's cultural climate, there's no way they'd get away with making a movie like that any more, without getting downright skewered. 
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« Reply #5045 on: April 16, 2018, 05:51:37 PM »
Because my living skills students don't take the PARCC standardized tests but still have to come to school to make up snow days, we showed them the movie Coco today.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  Sure the plot was predictable and the twist could be seen a mile away, but I liked the characters, pacing, and the colorful visual design.  I've always been fascinated by Mexico's Day of the Dead where you celebrate the lives of those departed, and the whole juxtaposition of a morbid skull festooned with flowers and vivid colors is one of those striking visual images that once seen, never leaves you. 
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