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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
ALADDIN (1992). Never actually saw this before, I was a teenager when it came out and too cool for Disney. Had the Disney cultural depiction warning at the front and I can see the need — everyone except Our Hero and Heroine had a prominent accent and the villains were so, so swarthy. But boy, what a movie. The plot and songs were fine, but absolutely gorgeous animation, so fully realized and really a complete worldview expressed dynamically onscreen. RIP Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried. Both of them took the movie to the next level.
THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967). Another disclaimer movie, I guess because the monkeys spoke some variant of AAVE? Didn’t seem as necessary to me as the one in Aladdin, but no one’s hiring me as their cultural sensitivity reader, so don’t trust me on this. Has kind of a picaresque feel to it for large parts of the movie, which makes it come off as a bit random. But the two main songs are stone classics. Gorgeous animation, although you see some hints of the decline coming that would plague Disney for the next 20 years.
At least Bill and Ted Face the Music offered some nostalgic smiles, which is better than the meager offerings of Pineapple Express or 5 hours of Seth Rogen shouting at a camera.
Sam Raimi really Sam Raimied the hell out of this movie. It's filled with his signature touches.
Doctor StrangeStephen and the Multiverse of Madness - I'm not a big Doctor Strange fan but I like Sam Raimi's films so not too surprising I liked this.
The sound track is adventurous, with some very solid '80s punk selection alongside an eclectic mixture of other period music. The overall tone of the movie is wry humor mixed with some reflection of the role of punks in society, and Lillard sometimes directly address the viewer through the fourth wall. The end of the movie comes with a bit of an anti-punk message, but perhaps that is the ultimate punk gesture, or merely the appropriate end for this one punk's story.
I don't know if Goorjian is a good actor, because I don't remember seeing him in anything else, but he seemed extremely familiar like I knew him from somewhere in real life. I looked him up on IMDB and he has done a fair amount of tv and some movies over the years, including a sequel to SLC Punk a few years ago.
It also had a very strong Conan vibe to me. There's a lot of brutal violence, but it all felt of a piece with the setting. They tried to be as accurate as possible (aside from some mystical stuff) and it paid off. There's a great sword fight among lava fields that felt like what the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel should have been.
Maybe they will have Tiny Epic Avatar ready for December
Oh damn, now I kinda want that.....
I recently saw Everything Everywhere Hot Dog Fingers on a regular screen, and it felt pretty great and immersive, so I was thinking that maybe I am making too much of a deal about Imax, but no, Imax easily adds at least 1/2 a point to a movie, at least in the spectacle category. Unlike EEAAO, I don't think I would encourage anyone other than Raimi/Strange fans to see this.
Greg Aleknevicus wrote: The multiverse is a "great" way to hand-wave away all the inconvenient plot points the makers made earlier in the film and/or previous movies.
"Tony Stark! How are you still alive?"
"The multiverse! Ta-da!"
More like a producers best friend when it comes time for actor contract negotiations...
"I want $30 million per film, 50% of toy sales, and 5% of the gross profits!"
"Hmmm, how about we replace you with an Earth-56883745 version of your character?"
"I'll take $1 million a picture and can the toy at least make my butt look better?"