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20 May 2024 13:57 #342326 by Sagrilarus

Shellhead wrote:

hotseatgames wrote: Every time someone says something like "it's a kid's show but there is stuff in there for adults!" I want to say "you know what else has stuff for adults? Adult movies."


Adult movies like Debbie Does Dallas?


Debbie was awfully young.
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20 May 2024 16:34 #342329 by DarthJoJo
Argylle was not nearly so bad as the abysmal critic and audience reception would suggest. It had its own sense of humor, and the third twist was fun when they got to it.

The runtime is indulgent, and the final two set pieces (though kind of thrilling in their stylization) needed the whimsy dropped a few notches to give them a little weight.

Definitely not the worst thing and an original film deserves recognition.
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24 May 2024 14:48 #342348 by Cranberries
According to Wikipedia, Debbie was 23 years old. My oldest daughter turned 23 last week.

The reviews for Furiosa are really good, so I retract my initial concerns and will go see it in Imax on five dollar Tuesday.

Trivia
Anya Taylor-Joy doesn't have a driving license, despite learning to do a J-turn on her first day of stunt school.
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25 May 2024 20:56 #342352 by jason10mm
This is about the only place that might appreciate the confluence of nerd dad hobbies for this, but after taking my kid to see IF and talking about the Cloak and Dagger character in it, we sat down and watched the 1984 Cloak and Dagger movie. My kid asked about the video game "Cloak and Dagger" in the film, so I head over to the mame cab I built last year and yup, it on there, so we fire it up and play a few rounds (and no, I'm no where near good enough to get 1,329,000 points or whatever unlocks the SR-71 "stealth bomber plans" from the film despite my kid asking me to do so. When else will a love of 80's film, mad MAME skillz, and fatherhood converge in such a way??? :P

He liked it, though my vague memories about it were not that accurate OTHER than the scene where Dabney Coleman's Agent X/Jack Flack becomes visible to a hitman as a distraction. That scene, indelibly imprinted on my 10 yo mind at the time, is more subtle in the actual film, it's possible the hitman doesn't see anything and he just reacted to Henry Thomas' look and shout in that direction. Childhood SHATTERED, I tells yah, Henry wasn't psychic/Jack was a ghost/ALIENS??? :P
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28 May 2024 11:14 #342367 by Shellhead
I've always been a fan of John Carpenter movies, but never got around to seeing certain ones, like his second full-length movie, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). I finally saw it, via Amazon Prime, and it was just okay. Okay buildup, weird scene with hard-working child star Kim Richards, then lots of action. Everything was realistic or at least plausible, but the whole proceedings seemed workmanlike and somewhat predictable.

Solomon Kane (2009) was also okay. I never got around to reading the stories by Robert E. Howard, but I had a general idea of what to expect: an exceptional and puritanical warrior battling evil men and monsters. The movie is dark and gritty, and the characters spend at least half the movie looking like they just got out of a heavy downpour. Lots of action, a bit of character development, and good production values. Pete Postlethwaite, one of the hardest working supporting actors of all time, looks rough here. Apparently, he was two years away from dying of pancreatic cancer, and also lived a hard life of heavy smoking and boozing. If anybody ever gets around to doing a movie based on the Grimjack comics, I hope that they reach out to James Purefoy, who was good as Solomon Kane but might be even better as Grimjack as he ages.
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28 May 2024 14:28 #342372 by Joebot
No mention of Mad Max: Furiosa in here yet? Okay, I'll kick it off. I fucking loved it. I went into it sort of expecting "Fury Road 2: More Furiouser," but it's not that. It's a very different thing, with a lot more story, and a surprisingly emotional relationship at the center. Not a romance exactly, but not far off from that. I was surprised at how impactful that relationship was in a movie series that has to date been: action first, story second.

And not that the movie skimps on the action! There's an absolutely bonkers sequence in the third chapter (the movie is split into 5 chapters, covering 15 years or so) that is some of the coolest, craziest shit George Miller has done yet.

Typically I hate prequels. I hate the connect-the-dots storytelling. I hate the "And that's the origin of THAT!" wink-wink nods at the audience. I hate the fact that you already know the ending so there's no tension. But Furiosa works because it is its own thing. It's a great movie unto itself. But it also adds interesting context and depth to Fury Road. And the only "And that's the origin of THAT" is really just how Furiosa loses her arm, and ... fine. You kinda gotta have that in there.

I splurged and saw it on the Imax screen, which was well worth the extra couple of bucks. Between this and Dune 2, it's been a hell of a year for desert-based sci-fi.

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28 May 2024 17:58 #342380 by ChristopherMD
I did hear that it's one of the biggest box office bombs. Too bad.

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28 May 2024 19:51 #342383 by Msample
I liked it, didn’t love it. Pacing wise, it was long; to boot adult Furiousa doesn’t appear til like the one hour mark . Towards the end, I swear they dubbed in Charlize Theron’s voice, which I found distracting. Not to mention it robbed Anya Taylor Joy of some of the very scant lines of dialogue she had. Chris Hemsworth had some good material to work with .
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28 May 2024 23:50 #342386 by jason10mm
I think Furiosa would have worked much better had it been called Dementus!! and let Chris Hemsworth really cut loose as a bad guy and you just see Furiosa pop in across his brief reign as a wasteland warlord.

Or if they cut most of kid Furiosa out and spent waaaaay more time with her as a gun runner or whatever actually larn'in survival stuff from Mad Max jr. As it is, she just kinda plods along.

Great vehicle work though. Series stays on point in that respect. The actual biology of how all these people survive in what are basically sand pits still doesn't make sense but who cares?

Maybe they can merge this with Fast and Furious (dammit, Fast and FURIOSA....IT WAS RIGHT THERE GEORGE, RIGHT THERE!!!!!) for an even more race-tastic superhero version.
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02 Jun 2024 14:53 #342406 by DarthJoJo
Disappointed that no one is talking about Fall Guy. It was really good. Lampshades itself hard when Director Emily Blunt discusses the use of split screen in her movie just in time to use it in the real movie, but Fall Guy feels like something someone actually wanted to make and not just because it was on a timeline at ComicCon five years ago. Things are set up and paid off. There are constant thrills from the technical achievement of the opening one shot to the constant stunts revealed in the ending credits. A fun time. Need more movies like this. Not mid-budget but not tied to an IP or looking to set up a franchise.

If the rumors that the Academy only loves movies about Hollywood are true, this is sweeping the Oscars. The Artist and The Fabelmans don’t love film as much as Fall Guy.
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02 Jun 2024 15:16 #342407 by Jackwraith
Well, I'll say flat out that the preview looked awful. I mean, horribad. I was really wondering how, with both of their current profiles, Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt ended up in something that looked this cheap and simplistic. RT has it at 81% but a lot of the reviews I've seen are using the "This is FUN, Hollywood!" perspective that usually speaks to me of so-called "mindless entertainment", i.e. the type of film where you're best served by turning your brain off when you enter the theater; something I am congenitally incapable of doing.

So, it's encouraging to hear someone else suggest that it's actually worthwhile. Still not sure it's my kind of film.
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02 Jun 2024 17:33 #342409 by charlest
Everyone around me loved it, but I was a little lukewarm. It is definitely a turn your brain off type of thing, which is not my type of thing. The plot was thin and I felt everything but the action was tepid. I like Blunt and Gosling, and they were fine, it was just a little inconsequential.

I watched this and Civil War the same day. I really would have preferred their runtimes were swapped.
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03 Jun 2024 00:29 #342412 by trif
Fall Guy had friends of mine in it and was shot in my home city so who cares about the rest?

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03 Jun 2024 08:49 #342414 by hotseatgames
I don't normally care about special effects, because they are now generally always a certain level of good. But Godzilla Minus One really blew me away. Godzilla looks so real and terrifying, and holy shit that breath weapon.

It's on Netflix now, and I'm not going to say the movie itself is amazing, but Godzilla itself is very amazing.
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03 Jun 2024 09:13 #342415 by jason10mm

hotseatgames wrote: I don't normally care about special effects, because they are now generally always a certain level of good. But Godzilla Minus One really blew me away. Godzilla looks so real and terrifying, and holy shit that breath weapon.

It's on Netflix now, and I'm not going to say the movie itself is amazing, but Godzilla itself is very amazing.


What I really love about G-1 is the total simplicity of all the sets. That guys burned out neighborhood was like 2 house fronts. The "hospital" is a bed, 2 rolls of white bandages, and I think an IV bag. EVERYTHING was sacrificed in favor of the Big G and the film is so much better for it. We don't need elaborate sets for everything, wide panoramic shots of a bunch of CG, or stuff like that if the story is decent and the characters working. Furiosa shoulda taken notes.
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