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03 Sep 2020 21:21 - 03 Sep 2020 21:22 #313756 by ChristopherMD

jason10mm wrote: I'm still a bit confused as to Mysterio's grand plan.

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03 Sep 2020 21:53 #313760 by Sagrilarus
Prometheus struck me as a ninth grader fan fiction story, maybe a Traveller adventure. Great directing, but just nothing interesting going on. It just felt like I’d been there before.

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04 Sep 2020 11:35 #313774 by RobertB
It was Great Recession Movie Week here. The first was Margin Call. An analyst at a fictional investment banking firm finds out that the collapse of the housing market is going to bury their firm. We get to see what happens in the next 24 hours. Sounds dull, but a top-notch cast and script makes it worth watching.

Next we watched The Big Short. It's based on Michael Lewis' nonfiction title, with some of the names changed for reasons. We follow three groups of investors as they foresee the upcoming housing bubble collapse, and prove themselves right when the bubble bursts. Like Margin Call, it has another top-notch cast.

In the middle of the finance fest, I started watching The Last Seduction. I saw it at the local independent cinema when it came out way back when. But I couldn't stand the honking jazz soundtrack at the very start of the movie, and had to bail out about 15 minutes into it. Guess that makes me a cultureless hick.

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08 Sep 2020 13:32 #313845 by Shellhead
Tried to watch Alphabet City, a 1984 movie about a drug dealer trying to get out of the business. But the movie was so ill-conceived that I just couldn't hang in there after the first 20 minutes or so. The movie supposedly takes place in New York City, but I suspect it was actually filmed in some squeaky clean Canadian city like Ottawa. Main character is driving a sports car all over the place and there is minimal traffic. He is supposed to be a major drug dealer, but he has just one guy working one corner, and that dude is lazy and laughing in his face until the dealer gets frustrated and drives off. Wtf? And then there is some hassle that the dealer needs his parents and his sister to move out of their apartment immediately because he has some kind of mastermind plan that requires him to burn their building down. Okay? But they won't move. Drama! His sister (early career performance by a lovely young Jami Gertz) still lives at home but is a fancy escort who gets picked up for work in a limo. The dealer is played by Vincent Spano. Even though I recognized his name, I couldn't place it, and IMDB shows a long history of mediocre tv and movies.

With trepidation, I watched Prometheus. I bounced off of it in the theater, because there were so many plot holes. This time, I watched Prometheus while taking a break from a solo play of Blackstone Fortress. And that made for a better viewing experience, leaving me in a more receptive mindset. Though there were obvious references to sci-fi/horror classic Alien, Prometheus is an above-average horror movie paired with a below-average science fiction movie. The movie is visually wonderful, the story is sloppy, and a great cast is somewhat wasted on this disappointing effort. Prometheus could have been a great movie with one or two more rounds of editing the script.

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08 Sep 2020 17:17 #313849 by RobertB

Shellhead wrote: With trepidation, I watched Prometheus. I bounced off of it in the theater, because there were so many plot holes. This time, I watched Prometheus while taking a break from a solo play of Blackstone Fortress. And that made for a better viewing experience, leaving me in a more receptive mindset. Though there were obvious references to sci-fi/horror classic Alien, Prometheus is an above-average horror movie paired with a below-average science fiction movie. The movie is visually wonderful, the story is sloppy, and a great cast is somewhat wasted on this disappointing effort. Prometheus could have been a great movie with one or two more rounds of editing the script.


I watched Alien: Covenant this weekend, and your description fits it too, except that IMO Prometheus has a better cast. A:C might be a smidge better than Prometheus, but not by much. Ridley Scott's too good at his job to make a bad movie, but there was a lot of stupid going on.

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08 Sep 2020 18:07 #313850 by Shellhead

RobertB wrote:

Shellhead wrote: With trepidation, I watched Prometheus. I bounced off of it in the theater, because there were so many plot holes. This time, I watched Prometheus while taking a break from a solo play of Blackstone Fortress. And that made for a better viewing experience, leaving me in a more receptive mindset. Though there were obvious references to sci-fi/horror classic Alien, Prometheus is an above-average horror movie paired with a below-average science fiction movie. The movie is visually wonderful, the story is sloppy, and a great cast is somewhat wasted on this disappointing effort. Prometheus could have been a great movie with one or two more rounds of editing the script.


I watched Alien: Covenant this weekend, and your description fits it too, except that IMO Prometheus has a better cast. A:C might be a smidge better than Prometheus, but not by much. Ridley Scott's too good at his job to make a bad movie, but there was a lot of stupid going on.


I am finally ready to watch Alien: Covenant, if and when t conveniently presents itself for my viewing.

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08 Sep 2020 23:21 #313856 by jason10mm
I watched Top Gun. You guys are wasting your time with the lesser Scott :p

Top Gun still totally holds up. Yeah it is a dodgy story and jingoistic as all get out, but it is saved by unabashed enthusiasm and a stellar cast. Plus NO CGI! Ahh, the days of chase planes following real F-14s and some sketchy model work :)
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14 Sep 2020 13:13 - 14 Sep 2020 13:14 #314058 by jason10mm
Watched a couple foreign flicks on netflix, Freaks and Unknown Origins.

Freaks is basically a tv pilot as a film. German I think, about a meek waitress who turns out to be a super, just doped up by a shadowy government org that tries to control supers. Nothing very original, we've seen it all in The boys, The Old Guard, and a dozen other stories. But the lead actress does a good job and it handles a transition from wannabe superhero to supervillain quite well. Still, it is limited in scope and ends with such an obvious series hook that I gotta think netflix will make more.

Unknown Origins (maybe Secret Origins, there were several translations from native spanish) is basically Se7en crossed with Unbreakable with a heavy dose of Marvel (at least as close as you can get without having Disney lawyers destroy you). It is NO WHERE near as funny as the trailer would suggest, so tonally it struggles a bit. But it is a decent flick that does a pretty good job of mashing up genres and it has a ton of pop culture easter eggs.

Both of these foreign films serve as an interesting spotlight into what others think of the uniquely american superhero genre. And as low budget films they do a lot with what they have compared to a lavish $200 million american film.
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14 Sep 2020 13:47 #314061 by Shellhead
Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) is an average vampire movie. It is sort of a sequel to Vampires (1998), set in the same world but not directed by John Carpenter. There are a couple of mildly interesting ideas, but the acting, action, and the everything is just so mediocre. Good-looking cast though, especially Jon Bon Jovi, who looks like a half-elf. I'm not saying that he played half-elf in the movie, just that Jon Bon Jovi looked vaguely elfin in 2002.

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15 Sep 2020 22:48 #314123 by hotseatgames
I watched Netflix's latest zombie film, #ALIVE. I was thinking it might be like Train to Busan, a great film.

It is not like Train to Busan.
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18 Sep 2020 01:33 #314220 by Ancient_of_MuMu
Very disappointed with The Devil All the Time. A beautiful atmosphere and stellar performances let down by a script that rushes through people's lives just showing the bad bits. I suspect the book was very long and they have condensed it down to the key bits, as the film comes across as just a series of horrors inflicted on a random interlocking set of characters, with little plot, and no motivation for the characters.
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18 Sep 2020 11:37 #314233 by jeb
THE DEATH OF STALIN is a funny satire of a horrible time, the end of Stalin's reign. They convey the perverse banality of his purges and lists and it's still affecting me. They were monsters, they murdered indiscriminately, and I could see it happening here. We're working on it, basically. Haha.

TRAIN TO BUSAN is pretty good. Fast zombies, claustrophobia. Gets really sentimental, which is almost jarring.
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18 Sep 2020 12:35 #314239 by ChristopherMD
Les Guardiennes - France 1915, the able-bodied men have gone off to war including the two sons and son-in-law of an old woman who works her family farm with the help of her daughter and a young woman they hire. Beautifully shot rural scenes and very slow moving pace while also covering several years of their lives. A good drama and interesting view on wartime, but I suspect most people would fall asleep halfway.
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18 Sep 2020 16:37 #314245 by Sagrilarus
Has anybody waded into Mulan yet? It's got a bit of an aroma to it and it's thirty buckazoids. There's a part of me that's going to feel like a creep if I watch it.
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18 Sep 2020 17:05 #314246 by jason10mm
Thanking a government running slave labor camps for their help is enough for me to not watch.

Plus I think it is going free on D+ in a few months anyway, so what is the rush?

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