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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?

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16 Aug 2015 16:06 #208646 by Erik Twice

Black Barney wrote: Yeah, bing bong is weird. He's the jar jar of this movie yet he has the most emotionally impactful scene.

It's a very well-made scene and the reality of it really hits you hard. I mean, geez, complete oblivion? That's pretty hardcore. Even if he was a Jar Jar equivalent it's hard not to feel bad about him.

Not Sure wrote: I'll just leave this for you: "BING-BONG, BING-BONG!"

Joy yelling the song and clutching the "rocket" in a combination of determination and fear is one of my favourite parts of the movie. But I don't think that's the "BING-BONG, BING-BONG!" you were referring to =P

Still, I never found him annoying I just...didn't care about him. I mean, when you think about it, he doesn't do anything, does he?. He talks a lot and things happen to him but he as a character doesn't impact the movie.

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16 Aug 2015 18:59 #208656 by Black Barney
Took Emily to see Inside Out a second time. It's still excellent. I fell asleep, I laughed and I cried, in that order. I will say this, the entire time I wished I was sitting thru Shaun the Sheep a second time instead.

Emily much preferred Inside Out the second time tho. She was much more alert. Is it because its familiar?

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17 Aug 2015 10:14 - 17 Aug 2015 10:15 #208676 by Black Barney
man is there ever NOTHING playing right now. I really would like to see the new Mission Impossible but I might end up seeing Shaun the Sheep a 2nd time instead

Has anyone seen THE GIFT? That one has me curious. Funny the timing of that movie coming out, I just rewatched season five of AGOT and one of the episodes was called The Gift. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES!?! omgwtfbbq
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18 Aug 2015 11:25 #208734 by charlest
What We Do In The Shadows was great and now I desperately want more Flight of the Conchords.
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18 Aug 2015 13:51 #208756 by Black Barney
Saw Interstellar again, this time with the ending. I liked it.

Will see Mission I'mpossible V tonite methinks

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20 Aug 2015 00:53 - 20 Aug 2015 01:33 #208859 by Grudunza
Watched Ex Machina again on DVD. Loved it even more the second time. Such a wonderfully written and directed and acted film. There's a Kubrickian slow burn to get things where they're going, and I really appreciate the dialogue and depth of the premise and how it all plays out. Very cerebral, and a really cool visual style. Should be a career catapult for Alicia Vikander.
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21 Aug 2015 07:51 #208928 by Black Barney
Watched JOHN WICK last night. That was fantastic. Super entertaining action flick full of surprises, I loved it. I hope they make another one.

That was right after mostly watching DEATH SENTENCE which I think I had already seen. There was a trio of vigilante revenge flicks that came out at the same time as this Kevin Bacon one, which was awful btw. There was a Gerald Butler one which was mostly gory and stupid, and the Jodie Foster one which was clumsy and preachy. All three are awful.

Also got through the first half of SINISTER before I got too scared and watched that tourists Brazil torture porn flick for the third time which was also terrible.

Anyway yay for John Wick. Awesome

Did I mention I finally finished Interstellar? I liked it.

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21 Aug 2015 11:43 - 21 Aug 2015 12:15 #208951 by Grudunza
Watched Book of Life with my girls last night. Wow! Really fantastic. Such a visual treat, which was expected being a Guillermo del Toro production, but the story was also great and there were some really fun moments (Ice Cube was hilarious as the cloudbeard guy). Visually speaking, there were points where it almost felt like overkill... too busy and too many different colors and styles and such. But mostly it meshed well and was very creative, and there were some parts that were just spectacular to view. Very highly recommended as a fun family flick.

Also rewatched some films recently...

Blair Witch Project: I remember thinking it was okay and a clever gimmick back when I saw it in the theater, but watching it again I really appreciated the way it worked just as a suspenseful and nicely building terror film. Heck, take out the actual horror stuff entirely, and it would still work pretty well as a portrait of three people becoming increasingly lost in the woods and getting more and more on each other's nerves. They captured that very well.

The Prestige: I'd already seen this a few times, but had to watch again after reading the book (I didn't realize it was an adaptation). Terrific still, but this time I watched more as a comparison to the book (which was great, but different in some respects). I really like the way they recontextualized some of the story, and added some nice details that had some real impact, like Borden losing his fingers.
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21 Aug 2015 15:15 #208973 by Legomancer

Grudunza wrote: Blair Witch Project: I remember thinking it was okay and a clever gimmick back when I saw it in the theater, but watching it again I really appreciated the way it worked just as a suspenseful and nicely building terror film. Heck, take out the actual horror stuff entirely, and it would still work pretty well as a portrait of three people becoming increasingly lost in the woods and getting more and more on each other's nerves. They captured that very well.


Haven't seen this since it came out, but my impression was that I wouldn't trust these three dipshits to find their way out of a lit closet, even without supernatural interference.

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21 Aug 2015 15:32 #208976 by Michael Barnes
Book of Life is great. It's really too bad that anything with tubby animals wiggling their butt to disco music, some borderline racist "sassy black lady" character and a half-assed "message" that no one in the world needs to be taught make the big bucks...garbage like those Rio movies...but films like Book of LIfe go practically unseen by everyone. I actually bought it before seeing it because it looked promising. Kids loved it, I loved it. Ice Cube is a bit much, but the art direction and the surprisingly sophisticated and uplifting themes regarding death were handled so well. It does go WAY over the top, especially in that one bit, but I liked how extravagant it was.

Not quite as good as Rango though...but that's not a kid's film at all, really.

Speaking of bad kid flicks, I took the kids to see Minions. God, it was fucking terrible. Without Gru and the little girls, that whole schtick just dissipates into banality and irritating slapstick. I actually dozed off, which is something I _never_ do in the theater.

Blair Witch Project...heh...I am glad I saw it in the theater back when it first came out, that was the only time I've seen people physically react to a horror movie. Grown men were shaking...I saw a girl run out of the theater...that's the kind of thing you hear about in regard to stuff like The Exorcist or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. What a different time we live in now, I don't think you'd get that reaction showing ISIS beheading videos in a packed theater.

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21 Aug 2015 15:55 #208979 by Sagrilarus
Minions is in my bottom ten movies of all time.

Despicable Me 2 was pretty bad, but Minions wouldn't cut it on Saturday morning cable channel TV.

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21 Aug 2015 16:01 - 21 Aug 2015 16:16 #208980 by Mr. White
I know it doesn't matter to anyone here, nor will most care, but I don't think I'm ever going to pay money to see another CGI based family film again.

Ever. *

Beyond most being garbage (as Barnes correctly points out), I'm just not sold on the look of them. They all _feel_ so disposable to me. Even highly regarded ones such as The Incredibles. Just not into them.

If I'm going to sit and rot for an hour and a half I'd rather at least see some stop motion, traditional animation or maybe something live action.

I don't feel 'old man' about it either. I've seen plenty and so have the kids. Sure they may watch some more, but there is so much out there to see we could watch plenty of quality films without having to pay for this junk.

* - until my daughter wants to see the next Disney Princess film...
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21 Aug 2015 16:27 #208984 by Michael Barnes
You need to revise your opinion and watch both How to Train Your Dragon films. I think you'd really like those. The second one in particular is outstanding.

The problem is that no one- including the folks that make these movies- seems to understand that there is a vast gulf between something like Toy Story 3, which is a masterpiece, and Madagascar 3.

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21 Aug 2015 16:33 - 21 Aug 2015 16:34 #208985 by Mr. White
I hear ya. I've seen How to Train your Dragon. It's ok.

Reluctant boy hero with their innocent, yet powerful creature and their sidekick cast of friends including a strong goof, a tough female, etc

Wait...did I just describe How to Train Your Dragon...or Big Hero 6?
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21 Aug 2015 18:00 - 21 Aug 2015 18:00 #208991 by Michael Barnes
Well, that's practically an archetypical story...but Dragons is fantasy, and BH6 is sci-fi. NOT THE SAME. :-)

Dragon 2 is actually MUCH better than the first one, not that it's bad...but the second one is kind of that series'(?) Empire Strikes Back moment. You know, the "Crap, this is a much bigger and interesting world than we thought" thing.

CGI is here to stay. It is, at this point, kind of pointless to rail against it. The good news is that as a viable medium, there is plenty of room for artistry, beauty and sophistication. You just have to distinguish what the crap is from the good stuff, like anything. Pixar mostly does great work in this field, but then they crank out total garbage like the Cars/Planes movies. And there's TONS of junk from DreamWorks and other studios. It's really the same situation as with Disney and then all other animation studios.
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