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« Reply #3510 on: January 28, 2014, 08:47:42 PM »

Beasts of the Southern Wild -

I put this in my queue purely based on it garnering good reviews, and winning some awards. Heck, I never even read what it was about, or saw a trailer beforehand. This is not what I was expecting. It's not a bad movie, but I can't say I liked it much. It's a simple story about some crazy holdouts who live in a flood prone area waaaaay down South. They seem to enjoy themselves from time to time, but mostly it looks like a miserable living. The story mainly centers on a young girl, with a nutty Father(Mom MIA), and an overactive imagination. When the inevitable flooding happens, I couldn't help but shake my head at the hardheaded stupidity of these people. The movie wants us to see them as courageous rebels in defiance of the government(and the world!), but I just saw morons. I don't think there is anyone I would recommend this to unless you are like me, and can't help but be curious about ALL well-reviewed films, regardless of subject or genre.

Sightseers -

The very definition of DARK comedy. It's going along fine, being all funny and stuff, then takes a left turn into Darkandtwistedville. I felt awful for laughing at what was going on, and even got to the point of not finding things all that funny anymore. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm keeping it vague. The basic gist is that a couple goes on a camper tour through the country to visit numerous sites of interest. Funny and disturbing things ensue. Watch at your own risk.
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« Reply #3511 on: January 30, 2014, 03:11:32 AM »

We got Robocop over here in Asia earlier than you folk, so I saw it opening night.

It had its flaws but I thought it was pretty good.
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« Reply #3512 on: January 30, 2014, 07:29:20 AM »

We got Robocop over here in Asia earlier than you folk, so I saw it opening night.

It had its flaws but I thought it was pretty good.
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« Reply #3513 on: January 30, 2014, 03:34:30 PM »

We got Robocop over here in Asia earlier than you folk, so I saw it opening night.

It had its flaws but I thought it was pretty good.

So I have to ask, was this Robocop more or less agile than Keaton's Batman?
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« Reply #3514 on: January 31, 2014, 12:58:32 AM »

pretty hard to be slower than keaton batman
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« Reply #3515 on: January 31, 2014, 02:33:49 AM »

Given that Robocop III's climatic duel was against the two (or was it three) 'Made in Japan' Ninjroids who's only advantages were their swords, their numbers, and having the agility of somebody not constantly dancing to Stix's Domo Origato Mister Roboto, you can see why I would ask.
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« Reply #3516 on: February 01, 2014, 06:09:46 PM »

Did a double dose of horror movies.

The Conjuring:

It's nice to see a well made traditional horror movie these days and that is exactly what The Conjuring is. It's nothing revelatory, but it is an effectively creepy spooky house film with good acting and a story that doesn't insult the intelligence of its audience like most horror films do. The characters act logically and are even well developed so that the audience is invested in the outcome of the plot. That doesn't usually happen in horror films anymore. It's entertaining and keeps your attention the whole time, even if it takes a little while to get going. One of the better horror movies of the past couple years.

You're Next:

You're Next starts out as a fairly routine home invasion thriller, but when the action kicks in it turns into something new altogether. It's funny, gory, and suspenseful... sometimes all at once. The plot has a few twists up its sleeve and remains eventful. The acting is a little sketchy, but that comes with hiring so many unknowns or no names actors. There's a couple of scenes that might make a few people cringe. You're Next is very similar to movies like Cabin in the Woods, trying to re-invent and subvert the genre that has grown stale in recent years. It does a pretty good job even if none of its ideas are truly original. Recommendable to anyone who wants to try something different in the horror genre.
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« Reply #3517 on: February 02, 2014, 12:04:18 PM »

Make that a triple dose of horror flicks!

Carrie (2013):

Not really a "reimagining" because there's only a handful of new scenes. This is almost too slick of a remake. The special effects are sometimes too obvious and in your face. The acting is only so so, but Chloe was a solid Carrie. Julianne Moore was decent too, but everyone else is instantly forgettable. Everyone knows the plot to this so I'll just say the infamous prom scene is not as awesome as I had hoped it would be with new technology. I expected more, but this was entertaining for what it is. It's just unnecessary. Go watch the original
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« Reply #3518 on: February 02, 2014, 12:25:40 PM »

THEY'RE-ALL-GONNA-LAUGH-AT-YOU. THEY'RE-ALL-GONNA-LAUGH-AT-YOU. THEY'RE-ALL-GONNA-LAUGH-AT-YOU.

Sad it didn't live up, or worse, the effects weren't as good as you'd hope in this day n' age
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Ender's Game
I really loved the book when I read it.  It was full of nuanced characters, complicated themes, and overall does a great job chronicling the growth of its lead character.  Despite the complicated sci-fi world, the book was easy to read as well.  So how's the movie?
  • Asa Butterfield has a great future ahead of him I think.  What an actor!  He really kills it as Ender, and he was a perfect choice (albeit a bit old; but I actually hated that the book had Ender as young as he was instead...I get the kid's a super-genius, but c'mon, ten years old??).  He is also mid-puberty!  Look forward to lots of voice cracking.  Otherwise he was calm, he was smart, he was sad, he hit the full ranges and emotional fluxes and he hit them beautifully.  Well done!
  • Harrison Ford was bland.  He only comes to life in one scene near the end.  The weight of his slowly wrinkling face seems to cover whatever emotional range he might have otherwise had; he just seemed bored here.  The rest of the supporting job did well enough. I also love that Steinfeld girl from True Grit.
  • When you have Ender giving orders to similarly young cadets, it's just "so cute".  It was like a Muppet Babies version of Star Trek
  • The effects were truly something.  I'm glad they waited as long as they did on this film, any time before the 2010's would have been hard to pull off or simply unimpressive looking.  The fighting scenes were beautifully done especially for a book that never made such scenes simple in the first place.  A shot during the "end film victory" was particularly well done and haunting almost.
  • Too short.  I get a movie is, by virtue of medium and budget, shorter than a book.  But I feel what was cut out was kind of important.  For one, Ender's got "cojones"; not that much, but more in the book where he actually got beat up quite a bit.  This kind of works in tandem to my next point: Ender's "rise to fame" was just really rushed:
    Welcome to military school! 
    [Train Once]
    Oh congrats you're promoted!
    [Train Once]
    Congrats you're promoted again!
    [Battle Once]
    Good for you, son!  Go to Army HQ!  You're in the big leagues now!
    [Final Battle]
    The movie could have actually used a montage, otherwise Ender's friendships and skills develop out of thin air.
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« Reply #3519 on: February 02, 2014, 02:17:48 PM »

I'm looking forward to seeing that once it hits DVD in a week.

And holy cow - Philip Seymour Hoffman died...
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« Reply #3520 on: February 02, 2014, 02:35:01 PM »

Hoffman is such a fantastic actor. Such a shame. Will be missed greatly. I am interested to see what they are going to do with Mockingjay because he was in the middle of filming Part 1 & 2.
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« Reply #3521 on: February 02, 2014, 02:42:33 PM »

IMDB says that they were done filming part 1, which is good.  They were definitely still filming part 2, though.  The saddest thing is that he had 3 kids, the oldest of which will turn 11 in March.
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« Reply #3522 on: February 02, 2014, 02:57:45 PM »

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While I think Heavensbee is a good character to have there, he isn't critical to the plot. He mostly is just either easing Katniss into District 13's way of life, and being a mediator between her and President Coin. Apart from that he is mostly sitting in the sidelines during "propos" meetings. They could shift his role to either his assistant Fulvia or Haymitch. If they need to that is, he could have shot enough footage before he died that we won't notice any change.
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« Reply #3523 on: February 02, 2014, 04:39:05 PM »

Yeah, way bummed about Hoffman. So sad.

James Bond: Quantum of Solace -

Eh. Totally forgotten 10 minutes after it ended. I don't even know what the hell the title means. Casino Royale was MUCH better than this follow-up. CR had it's own issues, but it was smarter, better paced, and had an overall tension that is sorely lacking here. It's somewhat entertaining while it's running, but I found no fun in some of the bizarre action scenes. I grow bored of even talking about this movie. Complete mediocrity. I can't wait to see the much better(by reviews and word of mouth) Skyfall.

Monsters University -

An incredibly mediocre, and unnecessary, follow up to the amazing Monsters Inc. The story was by the numbers cliche from start to finish. I did like what we learned about Mike, and what he went through to be a Scarer(assistant). There was some decent interaction there with the two of them coming to understand each other. The humor was pretty generic. Sure, I laughed here and there, but most of it was very kid-centric. There really was no "second layer for adults" like most Pixar movies have. This was very much a kid movie, even though kids wouldn't understand the college references. A strange thing. I also thought the short "The Blue Umbrella" was just ok. Cute, with amazing CG, but that's about it. Bummer.
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« Reply #3524 on: February 02, 2014, 06:43:26 PM »

The thing I appreciated about Monsters U was that it had a sort of message of "Hey, not everybody is going to be the star player on the football team, and that's OK.  Find your strengths and be the best you can be at those things."  For example, there's no glory to be found in being an excellent accountant, construction guy, teacher, gaffer, etc.  But those are important jobs, and there's no shame in doing them.  If that's what you're good at, find the joy in it!

I see that as the more grown-up level of the movie, as well.  Just my two cents.
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