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« Reply #3435 on: December 13, 2013, 03:46:35 AM »

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

In some ways I felt this was better than the first, in some ways I felt it was worse.

Ways it was better:
- Tauriel
- Action sequences were about half as silly as they were in AUJ and twice as badass. The action sequence as they were heading down the river is a particular delight with just the right balance of absurdity and spectacle.
- The soundtrack was leagues better than it was in the first. In the first it was moody Lonely Mountain theme, somber Lonely Mountain theme, ominous Lonely Mountain theme, action-y Lonely Mountain theme and a couple of tracks you might remember from the Lord of the Rings. Desolation of Smaug on the other hand has a slew of brand new tracks, my absolute favorite being the theme of Laketown.
- Tauriel~ <3
- Really nifty effects, it was nice to see Gandalf finally doing wizardy things other than the occasional weaksauce spell. One effect in particular in Don Guldur (you'll know the one) was absolutely fantastic despite just being thrown-in foreshadowing/fanservice.
- All in all, just a better flow with less moments that felt dragged out (though there still are quite a few)
- Did I mention Tauriel? She's pretty awesome. And quite lovely.

Ways it was worse:
- A lot more pointless *nudge, wink* cameos and references to Lord of the Rings.
- There was one thing in particularI wanted to point out and that was the way it ended, it left me feeling like nothing significant really happened and highlights the silliness of making The Hobbit into a trilogy.
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Even though a trilogy is telling one long story, each entry in the trilogy should be telling it's own story. Anyone can tell you this, and all the good trilogies do it really well. Calling this 'the desolation of Smaug' and ending it before Smaug is properly dealt with just makes the whole movie feel like 3 hours of filler.
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« Reply #3436 on: December 13, 2013, 04:12:08 AM »

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

In some ways I felt this was better than the first, in some ways I felt it was worse.

Ways it was better:
- Tauriel
- Action sequences were about half as silly as they were in AUJ and twice as badass. The action sequence as they were heading down the river is a particular delight with just the right balance of absurdity and spectacle.
- The soundtrack was leagues better than it was in the first. In the first it was moody Lonely Mountain theme, somber Lonely Mountain theme, ominous Lonely Mountain theme, action-y Lonely Mountain theme and a couple of tracks you might remember from the Lord of the Rings. Desolation of Smaug on the other hand has a slew of brand new tracks, my absolute favorite being the theme of Laketown.
- Tauriel~ <3
- Really nifty effects, it was nice to see Gandalf finally doing wizardy things other than the occasional weaksauce spell. One effect in particular in Don Guldur (you'll know the one) was absolutely fantastic despite just being thrown-in foreshadowing/fanservice.
- All in all, just a better flow with less moments that felt dragged out (though there still are quite a few)
- Did I mention Tauriel? She's pretty awesome. And quite lovely.

Ways it was worse:
- Actually, considering it's almost 4am there was really only one thing I wanted to point out and that was the way it ended, it left me feeling like nothing significant really happened and highlights the silliness of making The Hobbit into a trilogy.
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Even though a trilogy is telling one long story, each entry in the trilogy should be telling it's own story. Anyone can tell you this, and all the good trilogies do it really well. Calling this 'the desolation of Smaug' and ending it before Smaug is properly dealt with just makes the whole movie feel like 3 hours of filler.

Forgive me if you read this before I have time to edit it when I'm not half asleep.

Goddamn. I was worried that they were going to do that (granted I was also wondering how they were going to make an entire movie out of just the Battle of the Five Armies and the epilogue). Basically, they really had no reason or business in making this into a trilogy.
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« Reply #3437 on: December 13, 2013, 11:06:55 AM »

Dances With Wolves -

I finally sat down and watched this. I've been meaning to forever. I'm glad I did, as it was a great movie!
The thing that wowed me the most was the cinematography. This whole movie was stunning. It makes you want to go there. Definitely my kind of land.
I loved all the scenes with the Indian tribe, and seeing how they live. I wonder how accurate it is. I also wonder about the dark side of living like this, but I understand why they wouldn't want to show that.
The romance between John and Stands was way too easy to predict, and totally cliche. Plus, they got married too fast!
I really liked Kicking Bird, and figured he was doomed. I'm glads they didn't go that route.
But why did they feel the need to kill the wolf! That pissed me off.
On that point, the movie sure makes "white man" out to be nothing but villainous. Well, except for a few. The reality is really the opposite, as we know. Most people, of all colors and creeds, are good people, with a few exceptions.
This movies makes me sad for the Indians, which is exactly what it intended to do. To think such beautiful, and noble, people were slaughtered to the point of near "extinction" is just embarrassing for our nation.
Another classic movie I can cross off the list. Movies like this are why I love movies so much.
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« Reply #3438 on: December 13, 2013, 05:55:46 PM »

Re-watched two favorites this past week:

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil:

Still funny, still oddly charming, and Tyler Labine is still hot as Dale.

The Cabin in the Woods:

Still fucking amazing. Best movie I saw in 2012, and it's still going to be one of my favorites. The last 20 minutes bears re-watching alone due to all the shit going on in the backgrounds.
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« Reply #3439 on: December 13, 2013, 08:35:41 PM »

I love both of those movies. :)
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« Reply #3440 on: December 13, 2013, 10:55:15 PM »

Yeah, I really need to watch Cabin again. Loved that movie.
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« Reply #3441 on: December 13, 2013, 11:31:46 PM »

I guess I should watch Cabin in the Woods, huh?

Watched Scrooged tonight with the boyfriend because he said he had never seen it!
Love this flick!
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« Reply #3442 on: December 16, 2013, 12:32:41 PM »

Casino Royale -

Finally catching up with the Daniel Craig Bond films.
This was fun, but with a lot of reservations. For one, it was too darn long. Especially since just when you think it's about to end, it starts right back up again.
I also get tired of ordinary people being able to take endless beatings and keep on going. Or being able to jump from 20' high and not break their legs. Tell me these guys have titanium exo-skeletons and I'm totally on board. Otherwise, please try, just a little, to maintain some sense of realism.
I also get so sick of everyone double-crossing everyone else. I expect it in a movie like this, but come ON. I just gave up and rolled my eyes 360 degrees at the last one.
Ok, that was my negative stuff. On the positive side, I thought the movie was well written, acted, directed, etc.
I like that they took some efforts to make Bond, as a character, more human. There was some gritty stuff here, and it works.
Daniel Craig made for a great Bond, and I look forward to seeing the next two. Eva Green was great, too, and beautiful to boot.
I understand Quantam isn't quite as good, but I'll watch it so I can get to Skyfall.
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« Reply #3443 on: December 16, 2013, 04:03:57 PM »

Just went and saw the Desolation of Smaug

Basically this...

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

In some ways I felt this was better than the first, in some ways I felt it was worse.

Ways it was better:
- Tauriel
- Action sequences were about half as silly as they were in AUJ and twice as badass. The action sequence as they were heading down the river is a particular delight with just the right balance of absurdity and spectacle.
- The soundtrack was leagues better than it was in the first. In the first it was moody Lonely Mountain theme, somber Lonely Mountain theme, ominous Lonely Mountain theme, action-y Lonely Mountain theme and a couple of tracks you might remember from the Lord of the Rings. Desolation of Smaug on the other hand has a slew of brand new tracks, my absolute favorite being the theme of Laketown.
- Tauriel~ <3
- Really nifty effects, it was nice to see Gandalf finally doing wizardy things other than the occasional weaksauce spell. One effect in particular in Don Guldur (you'll know the one) was absolutely fantastic despite just being thrown-in foreshadowing/fanservice.
- All in all, just a better flow with less moments that felt dragged out (though there still are quite a few)
- Did I mention Tauriel? She's pretty awesome. And quite lovely.

Ways it was worse:
- A lot more pointless *nudge, wink* cameos and references to Lord of the Rings.
- There was one thing in particularI wanted to point out and that was the way it ended, it left me feeling like nothing significant really happened and highlights the silliness of making The Hobbit into a trilogy.
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Even though a trilogy is telling one long story, each entry in the trilogy should be telling it's own story. Anyone can tell you this, and all the good trilogies do it really well. Calling this 'the desolation of Smaug' and ending it before Smaug is properly dealt with just makes the whole movie feel like 3 hours of filler.

I do however want to echo the well orchestrated action sequences were done REALLY well IMO.

The only point I disagree with is the fact that I actually like how they are padding it out, including crap and stretching it into a somewhat unorthodox trilogy. While I certainly find most peoples complaints about the move justifiable, I have yet to really feel like anything that has contributed to the length of the trilogy to be irrelevant. That is, while they clearly are stretching things, they are doing so with quality material that adds to the films narrative.

Ok.... so MAYBE the dwarves introduction at the beginning of the first film felt longwinded.... but everything there-after felt like it fit JUST RIGHT for my taste.
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« Reply #3444 on: December 16, 2013, 08:56:47 PM »

Special screening of Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Really really good
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« Reply #3445 on: December 16, 2013, 10:23:32 PM »

The Great Gatsby

....so... this is what they mean when they say "over-directing" is a bad thing.

Some of the shots and effects are really strong, but the film leaves so little room to for the viewer to take a break; it feels like dialogue is always second or third to every other sight and sound -- and it never stops (and the curious choice to use Jay Z's "greatest shits" in the back is just distracting even if I don't think he's a bad artist, other musical choices did work though).  The cast is well put together, so there is some enjoyment.  But in the end, I felt little about it and it really drags on by the end (and with its, eugh, over 2hr screen time).  It's good, just "over-cooked" a bit.
The party is awesome and looks like good fun.

I do want to give a kudos to the actress playing Jordan.  She did her part well and she's a fine miss to look at!
On a weird side note too: I loved seeing DiCaprio freaking smile again!  He looked like he did back in the 90s!  I remember watching The Departed, Shutter Island, Inception, and Revolutionary Road he was just about any adjective for "sad" and "mad" for most of those films! 
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« Reply #3446 on: December 16, 2013, 10:29:40 PM »

Just saw the original Terminator for the first time.
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« Reply #3447 on: December 16, 2013, 11:00:22 PM »

Special screening of Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Really really good

How did you manage that? Doesn't open until Christmas.
The early reviews aren't all that positive:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_secret_life_of_walter_mitty_2013/

To me, the trailers have made it look at tad too whimsical. Like they're trying too hard. Plus, I'm not that much a fan of Stiller nowadays. Probably won't see it until video, regardless.
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« Reply #3448 on: December 16, 2013, 11:02:47 PM »

Special screening of Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Really really good

How did you manage that? Doesn't open until Christmas.
The early reviews aren't all that positive:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_secret_life_of_walter_mitty_2013/

To me, the trailers have made it look at tad too whimsical. Like they're trying too hard. Plus, I'm not that much a fan of Stiller nowadays. Probably won't see it until video, regardless.

I'd probably hate it just because I hate Ben Stiller, but there's plenty of films that I love that "top reviewers" simply 'love to hate'.
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« Reply #3449 on: December 16, 2013, 11:08:37 PM »

Special screening of Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Really really good

How did you manage that? Doesn't open until Christmas.
The early reviews aren't all that positive:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_secret_life_of_walter_mitty_2013/

To me, the trailers have made it look at tad too whimsical. Like they're trying too hard. Plus, I'm not that much a fan of Stiller nowadays. Probably won't see it until video, regardless.


I gotta guy. I actually saw it almost a week ago. I actually enjoyed it. It is a bit whimsical, but I found it entertaining. I don't really like Stiller, but he was pretty good in it. Also..fuck reviews. I hate movie review sites in general. Too many douche canoes
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