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13 Jun 2022 21:33 #333664 by Shellhead
The Protégé was an okay action movie. Instead of just being across the board okay, there were some very good and bad things about the movie, leaving me somewhat ambivalent but leaning towards favorable about it all.

This is a very good-looking movie. The sets all look just right, the cinematography is good, and the lighting is excellent in every scene. The cast is good, featuring Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Robert Patrick. Jackson and especially Patrick are showing their years, but Keaton has an unnatural vitality and Maggie looks outstanding for her age. Keaton is especially charming in this movie, and I never even liked him until Spider-man: Homecoming, where he was even better. The dialogue is often cliched in this movie, but comes to life in the scenes with both Maggie and Michael. There is a lot of action, and the fight choreography is good.

However, the overall story is a bit small and meaningless. Despite an international scope, this story boils down to some grudges between a relatively small number of key players. They are all bad people, to varying degrees, so it was difficult for me to care about any of them. While much of the action is plausible, there are occasional lapses, including one scene where a normal handgun enacts an absurd amount of knockback on a human target, who is lifted and flung several feet back into a wall from taking a few shots to the torso. That is the opposite of how bullets work (and I know that I am preaching to the choir here). The point of the bullet is not to spread out damage all over to move the target, it is to hit the target hard in a single spot in order to penetrate far enough into tissue to do some serious damage.

Taken all together, The Protégé is a reasonable way to pass some time, especially if you are able to suspend disbelief. But there are quite a few better action movies out there that are more worthy of your time if you haven't seen them yet.
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13 Jun 2022 21:34 #333665 by Gregarius
I had a rare opportunity to watch whatever struck my fancy this weekend. So here's a short eclectic list:

Army of Darkness - This thing is such goofy fun. It's so weird. It's like Looney Tunes meets Ray Harryhausen meets Dawn of the Dead. I don't love it as much as many, but I feel like I'm smiling the entire time.

Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers - A spiritual sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which I consider a masterpiece. This one doesn't approach that level, but it has its moments. John Mulhaney and Andy Samberg are great in the main roles, and there are sooo many sight gags that you almost need to watch it with your thumb on the pause button. Plus, Ugly Sonic! It drags a little in the second half, but it's much better than you would ever expect it to be.

Heavy Metal 2000 - Oof. So bad. A nearly incomprehensible plot, poor animation, and even worse music. It lacks any of the art or humor of the original. But hey, cartoon boobies, I guess.
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14 Jun 2022 00:47 #333674 by jason10mm
I feel like Bond SHOULDN'T change. He should retain all the male swagger and panache he is known for. Just have the surrounding characters be less accommodating. Attempts to modernize him just fall flat IMHO. But NTTD shows that a woman like Paloma can hold her own AND be feminine versus the "new 007" that ended up just being a chauffeur. Character matters.

Alas, Austin Powers kinda killed the classic Bond formula but I think that now the world is ready for a slightly less chauvinistic Bond with an aggressive take charge attitude who isn't a mopey reactive dope always ready to quit. Henry Cavill could totally revitalize the genre though I suspect Tom Cruise is gonna stomp any Bond aspirations into the dust with M:I 8 & 9 starting next year.
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14 Jun 2022 09:15 #333682 by Msample
I think the Craig era Bond is a lot more progressive than the Connery era one; esp with regards to its portrayal of female characters. Lets face it, the early Bond films if made today would get some pretty negative reactions in that regard.

As for Cavil, by the time they get the next script ready, he'll be too old - he's 39 now, so unless they are willing to hire him for only a couple movies, its a non starter. Same for Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and many others who fans throw out as options to replace Craig.

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14 Jun 2022 09:22 #333684 by Shellhead
Here is a fun graph comparing the age of the Bond actor vs the female lead in each movie:

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14 Jun 2022 10:40 #333691 by DarthJoJo
In fairness, it’s a lot more reasonable if you pull Roger Moore’s films. I’m also surprised Brosnan was that old.

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14 Jun 2022 14:15 #333696 by Msample

DarthJoJo wrote: In fairness, it’s a lot more reasonable if you pull Roger Moore’s films. I’m also surprised Brosnan was that old.


Actors age a lot more gracefully ( albeit often with artificial help ) than they used to. A lot of actors back in the early days smoked which didn't help the aging process.

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21 Jun 2022 14:14 #333830 by hotseatgames
Re-watched one of my top 10 films, Gattaca, and it is as good as it ever was. I think this film is a rare 10 out of 10, with every little piece being there for a reason and making sense in the overall plot. If you have not seen this science fiction drama, I can't recommend it enough. It's wild to think that it is 25 years old this year. Currently on Netflix.

I also caught a film that was new to me... Babylon A.D. This one is a Vin Diesel sci-fi action film, with some help from the much better ass-kicker, Michele Yeoh. It's decent enough, but the ending is atrocious. Currently on HBO.
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21 Jun 2022 16:09 #333832 by Shellhead
I have been re-watching the Bond movies in order, courtesy of Amazon. I haven't seen some of them in a long time, and there are probably a couple that I never saw before. So far, I am halfway through Thunderball. Wow, Connery Bond is worse than I remembered. I guess it isn't quite sexual harassment or sexual assault if the woman eventually gives in, at least according to Bond. In one particularly ridiculous scene, Bond settles an almost murderous rivalry between two Gypsy women by getting the camp elder to order them to have a threesome with Bond. This was in From Russia With Love. The next morning, both women are so happy that they are practically purring. But Connery pulls it off with confidence, charm, and good lucks. At one point in Thunderball, he makes an atrocious pun about a dead woman and a brief guilty look flashes across his face before he moves on to the next scene. I groaned, but I didn't hit Stop.
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21 Jun 2022 16:19 #333833 by Msample
Yeah Connery era Bond has not aged well in that regard. If those movies came out today there’d be pitchforks and torches out for Bond.

We won’t even mention his Asian “disguise” in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE or the double entendre names like Pussy Galore or Holly Goodhead.

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21 Jun 2022 16:54 #333834 by Shellhead
Double entendre seems like an understatement. I can picture a modern porn star blushing at the name Pussy Galore.

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21 Jun 2022 23:59 #333842 by jason10mm
Interceptor on netfli. It is one of the best late 80's/early 90's action homage flicks in recent memory. Well, an homage to those late night low budget ones anyway.

This stea...err borrows heavily from Under Siege. It stars Elsa Patak..something or other, a wisp of a lady that definitely hit the gym with her hubby, Chris Hemsworth. Much like Arnold or Van Damm, she gets the one obligatory line to explain her very thick accent and it is off to the races. This film could very easily have starred Wesley Snipes, Cynthia Rothrock, Jeff Speakman, or any number of these folks. Elsa holds her own with the fight choreography, hampered a little by the fact she is maybe 5 feet tall fighting some guys that look like Steve Austin. Still, the simple plot, a budget that understands it's own limitations, fun fights, and the classic bombastic villain really holds it together.

Definitely worth a watch if you groove on cheesy action films. It has some more modern sensibilities with a #metoo B-plot but nothing interrupts the flow much and it all works pretty well. Hemsworth as a cameo in the film and you can tell everyone is having a blast. Plus the end crisis is solved with...crossfit, something I've rarely seen in a film before :P
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25 Jun 2022 21:49 #333907 by Cranberries
I rewatched Breaking Away, the movie that taught me to mistrust anyone with more money than I had, which in high school was everyone. It feels a little dated but has such great dialogue. It deserved that Oscar. I find myself relating much more to the dad now that I am five years older than his character. I may have cried once.
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27 Jun 2022 08:13 #333918 by stormseeker75
IT'S MORBIN' TIME!

Peeps, I watched Morbius. I'm a huge fan of the character and I knew this was probably going to suck. I was not prepared for the level of suck that occurred. They took everything about Morbius that makes him unique and interesting and turned him into a crappy Hulk. It was an abomination. So bad. Watched over two nights with copious amounts of Devil's Lettuce and it still wasn't enough.
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27 Jun 2022 08:49 #333919 by ratpfink
I saw the new Top Gun. Wow, that wasn't good. That marketing machine with the "you have to see it in the theatre" sure worked good. You really don't, not any more than any other movie with an explosion.

First half hour is nostalgia for the first film, when it hit the flashback scene at the bar I was real worried.

Plot offers no surprises and why does it rip off Star Wars? Kept waiting for a voice to say "Use the force, Rooster"
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