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Re: The Movie Discussion Thread!
« Reply #1410 on: January 05, 2024, 05:39:54 pm »

The Running Man. I've just rewatched it, having seen it as a kid previously. I did remember it as shallow entertainment, but not this much. The plot is the barest of bones, there's maybe two actors that don't butcher their lines, the one-liners are cringe and overabundant, and half the screen time is taken up by the camera lusting after every piece of flesh it can glue itself to.
It's like some studio exec saw Rollerball and said: 'Let's make a porn parody of this, only with more carnage and violence. But cut all the sex and gore so that it's pg-13.'
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« Reply #1411 on: January 06, 2024, 04:06:48 am »

The Running Man. I've just rewatched it, having seen it as a kid previously. I did remember it as shallow entertainment, but not this much. The plot is the barest of bones, there's maybe two actors that don't butcher their lines, the one-liners are cringe and overabundant, and half the screen time is taken up by the camera lusting after every piece of flesh it can glue itself to.
It's like some studio exec saw Rollerball and said: 'Let's make a porn parody of this, only with more carnage and violence. But cut all the sex and gore so that it's pg-13.'

Sounds like the 80s alright.

I was subjected to "Empire of the Dark" as part of a three movie Exorcism theme. It's an early 90s vanity project (so writer, directory, lead all one person) about trying to stop the rebirth of Satan more or less. Pretty comically bad, more robed cultists in rubber masks than you can shake a stick at, and some really chuckle worthy acting from the star. I can't say it was good but it had a visual style and some of it actually looks pretty good.

As an addendum, I've seen the Pope's Exorcist twice now and I honestly have to recommend. It's half adventure, half constantly escalating stakes, all vaguely cheesy. The 3rd act just goes up like a rocket ship, it's kind of incredible what someone was thinking with this. Strikingly high budget visuals for what ends up feeling like a SyFy movie. And Russel Crowe playing a fluffy Italian priest is just....pretty magical. Whatever else was going on in the movie, he was having fun with it.
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« Reply #1412 on: January 06, 2024, 06:22:05 pm »

The Mothman Prophecies

How on earth did that movie get made with that cast?

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Hahaha watching Elysium for the first time... I love that that they are using Intel x86 assembly language in the hacking scene... hahahaha... because that will be what we're using in 2154... hahahaha (PS this comment may be slightly ethanol-infused).
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« Reply #1413 on: January 14, 2024, 11:48:53 am »

Watched The Maltese Falcon this morning. A solid movie, and a classic for a reason, but Sam Spade veers from being a grade-A idiot to a Sherlock Holmes superdetective between scenes, which is distracting.
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« Reply #1414 on: January 14, 2024, 03:03:49 pm »

So the guy behind Dogtooth and Lobster made a, uh, comedy(?) called Poor Things. I've only seen the trailer, but I think I'm gonna dig it something fierce.
I can't really tell what it's all about other than it looks like some ungodly steampunk/frankensteinian/feminist fever dream.
Anyone gets to see it before I get the chance, do leave a review.
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« Reply #1415 on: March 13, 2024, 08:42:59 pm »

I went to see Dune: Part Two and it completely redeemed the David Lynch film in my eyes. Hopefully Lynch himself will get over himself and return to the project to give us a proper director's cut at some point before he dies.
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« Reply #1416 on: March 27, 2024, 06:55:55 am »

Is it no longer a spoiler to say that I always doubted that the 'door' could have saved even one person?

(And, it not being an actual door doesn't help, as it's even more unsuitable for the same purpose.)
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« Reply #1417 on: March 27, 2024, 10:03:46 am »

I went to see Dune: Part Two and it completely redeemed the David Lynch film in my eyes. Hopefully Lynch himself will get over himself and return to the project to give us a proper director's cut at some point before he dies.

He won't. To him, Dune is a time when he sacrificed his principles as a film maker to try and "make it big." He feels Dino DeLaurentis not exactly manipulated him, but kind of cornered him into finishing this huge movie where Lynch only got to do about 60% of what he wanted to do. Lynch wanted to walk multiple times but DeLaurentis convinced him to finish the movie, but Lynch felt so bad about it afterward he swore he'd never agree to put himself in that position again.

So I think Dune is tainted to him. Even with complete directorial control to make the movie he wants to make, I think the very idea of Dune is repulsive to him now.

When you tell a famous director that a movie of their's they hate is beloved by millions, and their reaction is "yeah, great but I don't really care", that pretty clearly telegraphs what's important to them.
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« Reply #1418 on: March 28, 2024, 02:40:40 pm »

I saw the dune

I liked it
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« Reply #1419 on: March 28, 2024, 02:49:36 pm »

My take on Dune is it's great eye and ear candy, but it wasn't actually that good of a movie. It also strayed quite a bit farther from the source material than I'd have preferred.

I do want me one of those ornithopters though.
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« Reply #1420 on: March 28, 2024, 04:21:47 pm »

Be gone thopt
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« Reply #1421 on: March 28, 2024, 07:53:03 pm »

I went to see Dune: Part Two and it completely redeemed the David Lynch film in my eyes. Hopefully Lynch himself will get over himself and return to the project to give us a proper director's cut at some point before he dies.

He won't. To him, Dune is a time when he sacrificed his principles as a film maker to try and "make it big." He feels Dino DeLaurentis not exactly manipulated him, but kind of cornered him into finishing this huge movie where Lynch only got to do about 60% of what he wanted to do. Lynch wanted to walk multiple times but DeLaurentis convinced him to finish the movie, but Lynch felt so bad about it afterward he swore he'd never agree to put himself in that position again.

So I think Dune is tainted to him. Even with complete directorial control to make the movie he wants to make, I think the very idea of Dune is repulsive to him now.

When you tell a famous director that a movie of their's they hate is beloved by millions, and their reaction is "yeah, great but I don't really care", that pretty clearly telegraphs what's important to them.
You're probably correct; even in his relatively recent comments where he floats the idea of looking over the project again he seems very uncommitted to it. At the end of the day it doesn't really matter that much even if he doesn't, as the theatrical cut of the movie is still the best Dune to be released in theaters and will probably remain so unless someone invents a time machine and goes back to finance Jodorowsky's vision (I have heard decent things about fan-made edits of the Lynch film and the TV mini-series, but I have yet to see them).
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« Reply #1422 on: March 29, 2024, 07:06:07 pm »

Come and See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjIiApN6cfg

This is a war film I enjoyed. I thought the surrealism the film incorporate was interesting. I think the film did well in showing how tragic and horrible war is (like any good war film should). WW2 partisans were very brave for fighting against the Nazis. Screenwriter Ales Adamovich fought in WW2 as a child, which is similar to the film's protagonist Flor.

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Is it no longer a spoiler to say that I always doubted that the 'door' could have saved even one person?

(And, it not being an actual door doesn't help, as it's even more unsuitable for the same purpose.)
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The auction, which ended on Sunday evening, raised $15.68m, making it the one of the most successful sales of a prop and costume collection, Heritage Auctions said.
I did not know that know there was an auction of movie props. It does seem like the Titanic 'door' did well.
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« Reply #1423 on: April 15, 2024, 04:27:41 pm »

Just saw Monkey Man

It's essentially John Wick, except Indian. Simple, straightforward, well shot and directed (there's this really cool vibe of sensory overload at times that conveys the chaos of the situation perfectly imo) and incredibly violent at times.

Overall a pretty good time.
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« Reply #1424 on: April 17, 2024, 12:39:48 pm »

The 2012 remake of Total Recall is a really... amateur?... movie, despite its A-list actors. I mean for an "action" movie it manages to be boring.

That said, it has some poignant commentary on the power of propaganda.
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