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Post by topherH » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:25 pm

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If you dig STAS, then it's mandatory. Despite the loss of Daly as a voice actor (a tragic blow for sure), JL directly continues and builds on numerous plot lines and arcs from STAS. Then JL:U ties all the DCAU together.

Basically, BTAS,BB, STAS, JL and JL:U are all mandatory cartoon viewing. Static Shock and Zeta Project are skippable.
Finished STAS today, really great stuff. Would be open to revisit often. Don't know when I'll get around to JL/U, this kind of burnt me out for a minute. Have the Green Lantern series from 2012-13 that I blind bought with it.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:12 pm

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Finished STAS today, really great stuff. Would be open to revisit often. Don't know when I'll get around to JL/U, this kind of burnt me out for a minute. Have the Green Lantern series from 2012-13 that I blind bought with it.
The GL show is fine and has fairly strong writing. My biggest issue is that the simplistic CG animation lacks the charm of something like STAS.

Glad you dug STAS. I’m often shocked by how it isn’t treated with the same reverence as BTAS or even BB. The handling and build up to Darkseid and the climactic conflict between them is simply epic in a way that transcends the pejorative description of “a Saturday morning cartoon.” The Justice League film was described as a live action Saturday morning cartoon. If only if it had been on the level of THIS Saturday morning cartoon.
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Post by wichares » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:56 pm

Seven Up! (1964)

Feels like watching just the start of something that it is, but still engaging and often charming to watch kids articulate stuff. The perpetually serious-looking one Paul kinda reminds me of Patton Oswalt. 7.5/10

Casino (1995)

When I watched this for the first time five years ago, I hadn’t seen Goodfellas in over a decade. Now even if it's been six months from the latter's rewatch, the proximity still puts a slight damper on Casino here (previously gave it 8.5/10) from the more pronounced similarity, even if Scorsese's same virtuoso, and the perversely effective use of constant voice-over putting an almost documentary-like distance to the greed and violence, still keep it plenty engrossing. That similarity really makes me wish now that Stone's Ginger has her own voice-over as well though. It's a very good performance in need of a Lorraine Bracco-level characterization/fleshing-out to make us invest in the relationship, so as to not make it feels like such a distraction from the casino going-ons (Karen feels more fully a part of Henry's story/life in Goodfellas even if the character is more removed from her husband's lifestyle than Ginger). It also struck me on this viewing that this nicely cedes into, and would make a great double bill with, Scorsese's own The Wolf of Wall Street. 8/10
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Post by Wooley » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:14 am

wichares wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:56 pm
Seven Up! (1964)

Feels like watching just the start of something that it is, but still engaging and often charming to watch kids articulate stuff. The perpetually serious-looking one Paul kinda reminds me of Patton Oswalt. 7.5/10

Casino (1995)

When I watched this for the first time five years ago, I hadn’t seen Goodfellas in over a decade. Now even if it's been six months from the latter's rewatch, the proximity still puts a slight damper on Casino here (previously gave it 8.5/10) from the more pronounced similarity, even if Scorsese's same virtuoso, and the perversely effective use of constant voice-over putting an almost documentary-like distance to the greed and violence, still keep it plenty engrossing. That similarity really makes me wish now that Stone's Ginger has her own voice-over as well though. It's a very good performance in need of a Lorraine Bracco-level characterization/fleshing-out to make us invest in the relationship, so as to not make it feels like such a distraction from the casino going-ons (Karen feels more fully a part of Henry's story/life in Goodfellas even if the character is more removed from her husband's lifestyle than Ginger). It also struck me on this viewing that this nicely cedes into, and would make a great double bill with, Scorsese's own The Wolf of Wall Street. 8/10
I prefer Casino to Goodfellas. Saw both in the theater on their original runs, I just liked Casino better.
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Post by Stu » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:10 am

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Hey, it's true; I mean, while TDK obviously didn't have any Batman & Robin-style close-ups of dat Batass (that I can remember, that is), it still had The Joker saying this right to Batty's face during their interrogation:



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The problem with the campy nature of the Schumacher Batmans is that they are soooooo loud. I dig a lot of the 80s coke infused silly/over the top films because they don't assault your senses.
I actually just got done rewatching Batman Forever for the first time in forever tonight, hardy har har (still not a good movie, btw), and my take on it is that, in the wake of the franchise-derailing duds of the Schumacher era, it feels like some people have latched onto the narrative that Forever & Robin were the garish, over-the-top neon fests (which, to be honest, they were), while the Burton Batmans were the Gothic, all-serious all-the-time entries in the original Warner Bros. series, while in reality, while Batman & Returns were certainly darker than those later entries, the truth is that there's still an undeniable amount of camp in the Burton films, whether it be The Joker's completely out-of-the-blue commercial for "Smylex", or the moment in Returns where The Penguin hijacks The Batmobile by actually driving a plastic mini-Batmobile like it's one of those coin-operated rides for 5 year-olds outside of supermarkets. The thing is, that sense of camp still got balanced out by the darker, more serious styles and tones of those films, so when the studio took so much of that out to make the film more marketable so that McDonald's could sell more Happy Meal toys for it, you get the sort of acute imbalance that we had to endure during the Schumacher era, y'know? You need the yin to balance out that yang, yo.
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Post by DaMU » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:59 am

Star Trek: Beyond is on IMDBtv (free to watch w/ ads).

Enjoy falling asleep to a fun flick, smiling as I annihilate my consciousness for eight hours.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:05 am

Jumanji: The Next Level - 8/10 - This is just as good as the first one. The 2017 version not the Robin Williams original. The inclusion of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover works in the movies favor. That about all you can ask of any sequel. Try not to over complicate things and don't go overboard. Maybe it can be faulted for not pushing the envelope but this was a simple formula and there aren't too many extra bells and whistles that can be added. And there were enough new details thrown in to keep it from coming off as tired. There was a third installment hinted at that's a callback to Williams original with one of the characters showing up. So there's no reason why they can't close out a trilogy on a satisfying note.
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Post by replican » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:11 am

Patrick McGroin wrote:
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Jumanji: The Next Level - 8/10 - This is just as good as the first one. The 2017 version not the Robin Williams original. The inclusion of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover works in the movies favor. That about all you can ask of any sequel. Try not to over complicate things and don't go overboard. Maybe it can be faulted for not pushing the envelope but this was a simple formula and there aren't too many extra bells and whistles that can be added. And there were enough new details thrown in to keep it from coming off as tired. There was a third installment hinted at that's a callback to Williams original with one of the characters showing up. So there's no reason why they can't close out a trilogy on a satisfying note.
Out of curiosity, what did you give the RW one?
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:51 am

replican wrote:
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Out of curiosity, what did you give the RW one?
Hmm. It's a personal favorite so I'd give it an 8.5/10. In which case drop this and Welcome to the Jungle down to a 7.5/10. They're both decent but can't surpass the original. They also don't have Williams, Bonnie Hunt and David Allan Grier.
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Post by MadMan » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:02 am

I prefer both new Jumanji flicks over the original. I like em all though.
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Post by wichares » Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:09 pm

A double dose of Godard, both from 1964:

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A Married Woman - Nearly my new favorite Godard, and maybe a rewatch of both this and Breathless might have them switch places later. Right now I prefer the latter's infectious newness of style just a tad, but this is easily his most "heartfelt" work I've seen, an adjective that I never thought would apply to this director. Godard's technique of ideas through formal experimentation is still evident, but this time it feels mostly filtered through the characters rather than put on top of their screen frames, so it comes off integrated and involving rather than jarring (as much as the latter can be invigorating in certain films/context). This is just atypically introspective and intimate by Godard's standard, giving his formal playfulness some real melancholy this time, and leading to some of the most directly emotional and dreamily sensual passages in his works. 8.5/10

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Band of Outsiders - Wonder if Godard's relationship/life trouble in 1964 had him made a pair of films, this and A Married Woman, with atypical tenderness and/or direct emotions. This one's winning tonal amalgam of spontaneity and melancholy has already been much praised (I saw the Madison dance scene in stills and gifs over the years, but in context it hits such a concentrated supernova shot of pure giddy joy), so just the two thoughts that this film still has me linger on: the gorgeous Umbrellas of Cherbourg score by Legrand (who is also a composer here) as Karina walks through the cafe, and both Wong Kar-Wai's 'one minute' and "legless birds" in Days of Being Wild are homages to this film; the latter's quote of which even occurs in the same sad, wistful tenor. 8/10
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Post by Torgo » Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:19 pm

I really liked Slow West, which is on Netflix. While Jay and Silas's encounters are ones you would expect to see in the typical Western like the stop at the general store, the ugly run-in with Native Americans and the shootout, they're all written and filmed in ways that defied my expectations and that make them seem new, the latter of which would probably make my top five shootouts in a Western. The movie also has plenty of voice-over narration and flashbacks, both of which can mar the entire experience if done badly, but I was very pleased with how the flashbacks developed the two leads and how the narration made me wonder whose story the movie is prioritizing. It all amounts to a story that is beautifully told despite the barbarity it depicts that questions if bullets or the likes of hopeless romantics like Jay won the west. Oh, and if Westerns aren't precisely your cup of tea, don't let the title mislead you: it's as lean and elegant as a poem or short story.
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Post by DaMU » Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:48 am

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) - A

The more this movie went on, the more I couldn't believe it even existed. I kept getting distracted by "how the hell did they do that?" Words floated up in my mind: motion control, CGI, animatronics, rigorous training, split-screen. Every shot was a miracle of careful technical consideration. But the sum total is seamless: an incredible and bizarre and completely unique fantasy, full of heart and optimism and an unashamed love for the simpler things in life. How refreshing to see a movie where inspiration leads to technical innovation (instead of trusting the latter to incite the former). How nice to see a hero whose fundamental goodness stays steady and inspires others (in his own way, Babe is every bit the fulcrum of decency you get with Captain America and Superman). What a goddamn delight.
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Post by Stu » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:28 am

Anyway, regarding my rewatch of Batman Forever, in addition to agreeing with the established consensus about the movie's often obnoxiously garish overall style and tone, and the incredibly inconsistent acting (which ranges from absurdly over-the-top in the case of Jones, uncomfortable and awkward in the case of Kidman, or wooden-as-hell as with Kilmer), I'd like to add that its editing, dialogue, and characterizations often feel incredibly disjointed, unfocused, and ADD-prone, whether it comes to inexplicably editing in that pointless mini-scene of Robin doing "Kung Fu laundry" right in the middle of The Riddler & Two-Face's crime spree at complete random (as if the filmmakers didn't trust that we could keep our attention on one set of characters for 30 seconds straight), or the scene where Bruce straight-up says to Chase that he's "never been in love before" after he's not already had two girlfriends in the series to date, but also after Chase directly referenced his very last love interest to his face earlier, or the scene where, after Robin discovers the Batcave, he goes around joyriding with the Batmobile, but then decides to try fighting Batman when he shows up, as if the writers suddenly remembered, oh yeah, his family got killed earlier, and he's supposed to still be resentful of Bats for not being able to save them.

So again, yeah... still not a good movie.
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Post by DaMU » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:33 am

Good point on the "love" line. I mean, the most charitable read is that Bruce had strong feelings for the two prior "love interests" but it never actually graduated past that (which is a retcon, but maybe a plausible retcon).

But he literally says "We're the same" to Catwoman and removes his cowl in an effort to save her soul.

So... yeah, doesn't hold up, does it.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:08 am

DaMU wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:33 am
Good point on the "love" line. I mean, the most charitable read is that Bruce had strong feelings for the two prior "love interests" but it never actually graduated past that (which is a retcon, but maybe a plausible retcon).

But he literally says "We're the same" to Catwoman and removes his cowl in an effort to save her soul.

So... yeah, doesn't hold up, does it.
Unless... He's... Ya know... The implications...
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Post by Torgo » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:38 am

Bad Education (2019) is a superb white-collar crime drama. I like the subtle ways Roslyn High School’s ugly foundation manifests from the school's deteriorating ceiling tiles to the pitch-black charcoal smoothies that are a staple of superintendent Frank Tassone's (Hugh Jackman) diet. Also, while the term "sociopath" gets thrown around so much that it has become synonymous with "bad guy," this movie deserves credit for accurately showing what it means to be one. It seems needless to praise Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, who plays school business manager Pam, at this point, but they both do career-best work here. I was also impressed with how Geraldine Viswanathan portrays school newspaper journalist Rachel's steadfastness and incorruptibility as well as Ray Romano's small yet important role as board president Bob Spicer for how he depicts how it feels to be betrayed. Structurally, the movie does not distinguish itself that much from other strong white-collar crime dramas from this century like Shattered Glass and The Informant and it plays fast and loose with how this scandal really played out. Even so, the things it does well make it worth watching, and since it's so difficult to discern the good from the wicked lately, the way it distinguishes real and fake integrity make it a salve for these times.
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Post by replican » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:54 pm

Jackman is so good in it. Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Perfect pace and tone for the material.

The fact that you don't find Jackman's character absolutely revolting is ... revolting. Like he's corrupt to the core AND is in charge of instilling character in children. It's insidious really...speaks to why institutions face the problems they do.

Allison Janey is talented BUT I feel like she's too much of a persona in and of herself at this point for me to not get distracted by her presence in films. A lot like Christopher Walken. I would have liked to have seen her character portrayed by someone else. Janey doesn't really bring anything unique to the table here.
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Post by Torgo » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:28 pm

replican wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:54 pm
Allison Janey is talented BUT I feel like she's too much of a persona in and of herself at this point for me to not get distracted by her presence in films. A lot like Christopher Walken. I would have liked to have seen her character portrayed by someone else. Janey doesn't really bring anything unique to the table here.
It's true that praising Janney in this movie is like praising popcorn for being a great movie snack. Like Tommy Lee Jones' role in No Country For Old Men, she could have played the role in her sleep.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:37 pm

Scary Movie - 4/10 - This is an extremely low budget horror offering from 1991. It's main claim to fame being that it stars a really young John Hawkes. He's around 30 or so, maybe younger depending on how long it took for this to get a release date, but he's almost qualifies as baby faced. He plays Warren, an over the top nervous Nellie type, who becomes convinced that an escaped lunatic is hiding out inside the local Halloween house of horrors. There's not much to recommend from this, not even Hawkes' intermittently tolerable performance. It's telling that the only other recognizable name in the cast is Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from The Munsters TV show. He's only on for a few minutes but they manage to work an inside joke in on the little werewolf doll he used to carry on the show. The acting is terrible, the sets look like they put a little effort into them, but the pacing and editing is noticeably off. There's a twist at the end that some will see coming. For everyone else it'll probably inspire a shrug.
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Post by Stu » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:13 am

DaMU wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:33 am
Good point on the "love" line. I mean, the most charitable read is that Bruce had strong feelings for the two prior "love interests" but it never actually graduated past that (which is a retcon, but maybe a plausible retcon).

But he literally says "We're the same" to Catwoman and removes his cowl in an effort to save her soul.

So... yeah, doesn't hold up, does it.
Nope, and it's far from the only example of a rushed/inconsistent characterization in that movie, whether it be the way that the entirety of Nygma's obsessive infatuation with (and instant disllusionment with) Bruce is handled entirely within his very first scene in the film, or the way that Two Face's entire backstory is handled with 10 seconds of file footage so half-assed that it's borderline comical, or the way that the incredibly promising idea of having Bruce dating a psychiatrist in order to delve deeper into Batman's "scarred psyche" was completely undermined by Akiva Goldsman's desperate attempts to rewrite Chase as a "sexier" character in his rewritten drafts of the script, so that any and all credibility she has as a character is immediately ruined when her very first line in the film (after Batman's swooped in) is literally:

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C'mon, guys!
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:16 am

Yeah but Nicole Kidman is positives stunning in the film. That's among the few positives I have to say about Batman Forever. It tried to be both Burton and '66 and therefore it was neither. Batman & Robin all day.

On a separate note, I feel ashamed to have been unfamiliar with State of Grace till now. I'd picked it up at a Twilight Time sale and was pushed to finally watch it due to the Morricone score. The only explanation I can't think of for it not being a household name is that Goodfellas overshadowed it. Interestingly, it feels like it has another Scorsese connection as many scenes in it feels like direct influences on the Departed. In many ways, it feels more influential to the feel of the film than Infernal Affairs.

What I'm trying to say is that it's among the best gangster/undercover cop movies I've even seen but it's OOP on Blu-ray/DVD and isn't on any streaming/rental platform.

Anyone seen it?
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:10 pm

The Red Balloon - 8/10 - 1956 French short (35 minutes) about a little boy who finds a you-know-what on the streets of Paris. It ends up following him around like a stray puppy. He gets in trouble at school and church and is chased by a steadily growing group of boys who either want the balloon for themselves or want to use it for target practice. That's it. Not much else happens. But it's in the way that it's told I suppose that has garnered it so much praise over the years and cemented it's reputation as a timeless classic. It's also won a boatload of awards including the Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Let's see, what else? The ending might have inspired one particular Pixar film. It's short so it's not too daunting a task to sit through.
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Post by DaMU » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:37 pm

DaMU wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:59 am
Star Trek: Beyond is on IMDBtv (free to watch w/ ads).

Enjoy falling asleep to a fun flick, smiling as I annihilate my consciousness for eight hours.
Still leafing through the rewatch. Think this is my favorite Trek since First Contact. Just a fun and fast hangout with characters you like played by charismatic actors, and a solid story, if a bit thin. It isn't until the climax that the villain gains dimension. Writers, let us get to know the villains! Stop shrouding them in elliptical mysteries and plotblocking! (Unless it's really worth it-- Bill in Kill Bill, for example, only shows up at the end of the second one, but when he does, the entire approach shifts, it slows down, we learn about the new character, we get challenges to the heroine's motivation, that one is a good juke.)
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Post by Captain Terror » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:29 am

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn is Jim Hosking's follow-up to The Greasy Strangler. I'm a fan of the latter, and this one surely shares the same skewed vision (while not as raunchy) but I have to say it didn't quite live up to the previous film. One element that sort of bugged me: The Greasy Strangler felt like it existed in its own universe but here that's sort of undermined by the presence of famous faces like Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson et al. I like all of those people, but it just felt like actors pretending to be weird instead of the real thing.
Still, Hosking has a talent for finding people with unusual faces and/or speech patterns, and the hideous fashions of GS are on display here as well. I laughed often enough, it's just lacking that WTF-ery of TGS. That one stayed with me for at least a full week after I watched it; I don't predict this will have the same effect.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:22 am

I had no idea it was from the guy who did Greasy Strangler. Guess I know what I’m watching tonight.
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Post by topherH » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:37 pm

Guys I have seen Paint your Wagon. I felt the need to tell someone.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:57 am

The Vast of Night has incredible craft and ticked a lot of boxes that pleased me but it left me a bit cold. I can’t tell if I’m just in the wrong mood but it felt like a lot of effort put into the least ambitious narrative it could have done.

Given my preference for craft, I’d still recommend it and be willing to watch it again, but...

Anyone watch it? Similar response or is my mood impacting my viewing experience?

[edit] the more I think about it, the more I think it may be great and I just wasn’t in a good mood. I’m going to try and pick up the Blu-ray and rewatch it.
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Post by Rock » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:06 am

Kind of shocked to have found Hamilton a chore to get through. A big part of the reason is that much of the music is an overblown showtune style that I find really off putting, but a lot of the lyrics felt clunky and reeked of lame edutainment vibes, and the choreography was really generic and repetitive (a lot of striding, twirling and that same hand gesture in pretty much every song). Outside of Jonathan Groff's refreshingly campy performance and a handful of songs, this did very little for me.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:17 am

Rock wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:06 am
Kind of shocked to have found Hamilton a chore to get through. A big part of the reason is that much of the music is an overblown showtune style that I find really off putting, but a lot of the lyrics felt clunky and reeked of lame edutainment vibes, and the choreography was really generic and repetitive (a lot of striding, twirling and that same hand gesture in pretty much every song). Outside of Jonathan Groff's refreshingly campy performance and a handful of songs, this did very little for me.
It won me over after apprehension for the first quarter. I think it has the disadvantage of an overblown reputation but I think it’s ambition and Miranda’s writing/composing/directing/starring in it is very impressive.

My wife is obsessed with it and it improves with every listen or watch. Or it’s just a form of Stockholm syndrome.

Either way, I’m...

Satisfied.
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Post by Rock » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:52 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:17 am
It won me over after apprehension for the first quarter. I think it has the disadvantage of an overblown reputation but I think it’s ambition and Miranda’s writing/composing/directing/starring in it is very impressive.

My wife is obsessed with it and it improves with every listen or watch. Or it’s just a form of Stockholm syndrome.

Either way, I’m...

Satisfied.
I will admit that musical theatre is definitely not my wheelhouse (although I grew up watching Bollywood musicals, so it's not like I'm inherently against singing and dancing on film) and I can recognize that certain things are well executed (the singing, the staging). I also understand that the show is significant in other ways and I don't want to dismiss those or anything (I hope I'm not deserving of a Mike Pence style chastising). But the whole thing reeked of somebody nudging you in the ribs saying "isn't history cool, maaaaan" while trying to pander to you with the most weaksauce, milquetoast version of what they think kids these days like.
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Post by DaMU » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:32 am

Godzilla vs. Hedorah - B+

First off, I wish the Smog Monster Hedorah was born of human folly instead of an alien. Not born in space, but shit into existence in sallow waters by the short-sighted crafty ape called man. Sure, our noxious pollution facilitates Hedorah, feeds Hedorah (his eyes half-lid as he drags a nasty toke off smokestacks), but I think a purer, truer golem of its circumstance would emerge directly of pollution itself. Then again, Godzilla functions in the 1954 classic as a nuclear radiation metaphor despite being merely awakened by nuclear blasts like an annoyed parent, so I don't know. Who knows anything? Very few these days.

I do know that the Smog Monster's nasty habit of venting smog like car exhaust (and a lot of its smog is that thing) creates some shockingly effective visual moments. The title monsters fighting in those dark gray mists, growing more elemental, more shadow and silhouette with the slow loss of context, must've influenced Edwards' Americanized reboot. That film similarly rejiggered Godzilla as a green hero, emerging from the abyssal floor like a leviathan Captain Planet.

Along with the appropriately murky master-shot visions of aggressor versus defender, Hedorah mutates through several forms, all of them memorably sloughy and red-eyed, all of them toy-ready. If it can even find space on the market, what with all the Godzilla toys lying around. This is the first Godzilla I've seen where we see Godzilla's commercial impact. It's also a weirdly appropriate film for the present moment, where current crises encourage us to stay indoors, wear a mask, and for fuck's sake don't attend big hippie fests atop Mt. Fuji (that's always sound advice, but especially now).

Not that those idiots deserve their fates. In fact, while I do my best to approach these movies through the flip prism of child-toy-bashing logic and world wrestling promo melodramatics (Hedorah: "We'll settle this tonight! You! Me! Mount Fuji! This smog monster's gonna smoke you out!")), Godzilla vs. Hedorah takes its violence seriously. People choke, fall over, decay into skeletonized corpses laying in puddles of organic slop. A lead hero suffers permanent scarring. I feared for Godzilla as he lost an eye and writhed in a pit of Smog Monster ejecta. Get up, radiation lizard! You have to kill the pollution frog! These movies are weird. Weird is fun.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:47 am

Rock wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:52 am
I will admit that musical theatre is definitely not my wheelhouse (although I grew up watching Bollywood musicals, so it's not like I'm inherently against singing and dancing on film) and I can recognize that certain things are well executed (the singing, the staging). I also understand that the show is significant in other ways and I don't want to dismiss those or anything (I hope I'm not deserving of a Mike Pence style chastising). But the whole thing reeked of somebody nudging you in the ribs saying "isn't history cool, maaaaan" while trying to pander to you with the most weaksauce, milquetoast version of what they think kids these days like.
I’m at the odd nexus of loving musicals but having an aversion to Broadway and anticipated I would react much as you have, but I found so much of the production to be brilliant in conception and execution that I pulled away from my initial bias around the first time King George did his British Invasion style ballad. I think the concept of attaching a founding father narrative into an allegory for the importance of immigrants, while implying a universality of “Americanism” with the multiracial casting and various styles of music (Jefferson being “jazz,” the sisters and Burr using R&B ballads, and of course hip-hop, all distinctly Americans but all at once pastiches of styles from around the world) and one person being able to seamless weave those into a sung thru musical is a tad mind boggling.

Add to that the single stage turn-table design and the elaborate dances that are used to emphasize everything from bullets, to temporal placement and it is one of the most imaginative productions I’ve seen. I’ve never seen someone even attempt a flashback mid-dance number but the ways that Helpless and Satisfied alter and change each other is something I’ve thought a lot about.

My only real complaints lie with the performance of Eliza (no facial emotion, which probably isn’t a problem on stage) and Burr (odd Sylvester the Cat lisp that isn’t present in the audio recording so maybe he was mic’d wrong or had dental issues?). Oh, and the song “Throwing Away My Shot” is lame and sucks, no matter how much foreshadowing it contains.

On Godzilla news, DAMU, I think you should try and check down Godzilla vs. Biollante. It seems to be very much the version you wanted Vs. Hedorrah to be. Of course, it’s out of print and the ONLY GODZILLA FILM I DON’T OWN... But it’s like, exactly what you’re asking for.
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Noted. :up:
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Captain Terror » Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:37 am

DaMU wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:32 am
Godzilla vs. Hedorah - B+
Bought the Criterion set last year and this was by far the most pleasant surprise for me. My impression from childhood was that it was weird and boring and it wasn't on TV often, so I hadn't revisited it since. I loved it, and now that I've watched the entire set, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the first one that gets a re-watch.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Torgo » Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:22 am

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Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:57 am
The Vast of Night has incredible craft and ticked a lot of boxes that pleased me but it left me a bit cold. I can’t tell if I’m just in the wrong mood but it felt like a lot of effort put into the least ambitious narrative it could have done.

Given my preference for craft, I’d still recommend it and be willing to watch it again, but...

Anyone watch it? Similar response or is my mood impacting my viewing experience?

[edit] the more I think about it, the more I think it may be great and I just wasn’t in a good mood. I’m going to try and pick up the Blu-ray and rewatch it.
I like the same things you probably like about it, but I guess I found it more emotionally resonant. I haven't seen many movies from this year, but it's probably my favorite so far. From that drone shot to those black screens that make you feel like you're listening to a radio show, it does things I've never seen in a movie before. Plus, UFOs are one of my first passions, so it provides that feeling like the movie was made just for you. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I like the idea that
Everett and Fay's abduction is their reward for being intellectually curious, not following the herd and making the effort to hear what the ignored like women and minorities have to say. With everything going on in the world lately, that's just the kind of story I needed.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:26 pm

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I like the same things you probably like about it, but I guess I found it more emotionally resonant. I haven't seen many movies from this year, but it's probably my favorite so far. From that drone shot to those black screens that make you feel like you're listening to a radio show, it does things I've never seen in a movie before. Plus, UFOs are one of my first passions, so it provides that feeling like the movie was made just for you. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I like the idea that
Everett and Fay's abduction is their reward for being intellectually curious, not following the herd and making the effort to hear what the ignored like women and minorities have to say. With everything going on in the world lately, that's just the kind of story I needed.
I had a very different interpretation... Though it is kept ambiguous...
Much of what the old woman says did seem to hold true: the aliens were coming to this town, they did wait till most everyone was at a gathering and they did snatch up the loners.

She also states that the aliens were manipulators that caused things like war and alcoholism. It lends a nefarious nature to them that contrasts with the amazement of their initial appearance.

Given that it ends on the ominous note of them simply being gone, it seems like while we can’t know why they were taken, the implications have been fairly sinister.

Perhaps, once again, it was my mood and I projected negativity. The visuals and score did evoke Close Encounters most closely and maybe I’m to take it the same as that climax, but it just felt like too much of what the old woman said served as explanation for what was happening to discount the negativity.
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:32 pm

I enjoyed The House with a Clock in its Walls. As with most of Jack Black's films, it can get annoying occasionally (fuck that cringy fucking baby Jack Black scene right up its fucking ass). For the most part, however, I think it did a good job at blending horror and family film elements in a way that both young kids and teenage/adult horror fans can find plenty to enjoy. Not surprising considering it's from the director of Hostel. I thought it did a better job at accomplishing this than Hocus Pocus, another family horror film I've seen a couple times which is kind of fun, but feels empty in comparison.
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Post by Torgo » Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:22 pm

If you have Hulu and you need a good laugh, watch Palm Springs. You could dismiss it as Groundhog Day at a wedding, but why deprive yourself of a good time? Besides, while that movie is more interested in whether Phil Connors can redeem himself, this one focuses on how many days of our lives seem so pointless that we also feel like we're in time loops and if happiness and fulfillment are possible in such states. Groundhog Day touches upon this as well, but this movie's approach and style are different enough to not make it seem like a rip-off. Andy Samberg as hilarious as he is sympathetic as defeated wedding guest Nyles, and if Black Mirror episode "U.S.S. Callister" didn't sell you on the talent of Cristin Milioti, who plays equally-reluctant guest Sarah, this movie is bound to do that. J.K. Simmons also proves he is just as adept at comedy as he is at drama in the role of Roy, a guest with whom Nyles has a complex relationship. In short, if COVID-19 is making all your housebound days seem exactly the same, Palm Springs is sure to make you reconsider and laugh at your quarantine experience. Oh, and if watching people being injured makes you cringe, be warned: this movie has plenty of injuries that will do that, but they're just as likely to make you laugh.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:01 pm

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - 7.5/10 - This is based on a book series I'd never heard of. Maybe because I wasn't the target demographic when they were popular. But then I have heard of R.L. Stine. Anyway, it's okay and gets better once you get past the somewhat cursory setup. On Halloween night in the small town of Mill Valley three misfit teens, Stella, Auggie and Chuck, make plans to get revenge on their tormentor. They have to hide out in the car of a mysterious young stranger and end up at a local (supposedly) haunted house. They find a secret room and a book of stories written by Sarah Bellows who was supposed to have poisoned a bunch of local children. Stella steals the book and things proceed according to horror movie tropes. The book comes alive and Sarah starts writing new stories and dispatching whoever was in the house that night. The creatures do show the influence of producer Guillermo Del Toro and once it gets going the plot moves along methodically. I don't know if this earns a spot on your Halloween playlist but I guess it would make for an adequate alternative.
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Post by DaMU » Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:33 pm

Stagecoach (1939) - A-

Yeah, this rocked.
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Post by Charles » Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:43 pm

Patrick McGroin wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - 7.5/10 - This is based on a book series I'd never heard of. Maybe because I wasn't the target demographic when they were popular. But then I have heard of R.L. Stine. Anyway, it's okay and gets better once you get past the somewhat cursory setup. On Halloween night in the small town of Mill Valley three misfit teens, Stella, Auggie and Chuck, make plans to get revenge on their tormentor. They have to hide out in the car of a mysterious young stranger and end up at a local (supposedly) haunted house. They find a secret room and a book of stories written by Sarah Bellows who was supposed to have poisoned a bunch of local children. Stella steals the book and things proceed according to horror movie tropes. The book comes alive and Sarah starts writing new stories and dispatching whoever was in the house that night. The creatures do show the influence of producer Guillermo Del Toro and once it gets going the plot moves along methodically. I don't know if this earns a spot on your Halloween playlist but I guess it would make for an adequate alternative.
I don't know how well this would have done as an anthology, but I would have preferred if it was. I thought the framing device was weak and it tainted the whole movie.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:10 am

Charles wrote:
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I don't know how well this would have done as an anthology, but I would have preferred if it was. I thought the framing device was weak and it tainted the whole movie.
I had to wiki it and I guess they did write in all that Sarah Bellows stuff and the kids. Basically everything. You're right. It would have worked better within a more concise framework.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:12 am

Fright Night (2011) - 7/10 - The original is a classic. And deservedly so. This isn't all that bad and has numerous things going for it. Chiefly among them are the "adult" performances. Colin Farrell, Toni Collette and David Tennant all turn in satisfying performances with Farrell especially noteworthy as sleazeball vampire Jerry. Tennant updates Roddy McDowall's Peter Vincent as a Vegas lounge act that's Criss Angel crossed with a campy Broadway musical. The actors playing the teenagers do okay as well. It's a shame that Anton Yelchin died so young. The effects don't overwhelm and while the original still holds the crown this is definitely worth a watch.
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Post by DaMU » Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:54 am

Patrick McGroin wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:12 am
Fright Night (2011) - 7/10 - The original is a classic. And deservedly so. This isn't all that bad and has numerous things going for it. Chiefly among them are the "adult" performances. Colin Farrell, Toni Collette and David Tennant all turn in satisfying performances with Farrell especially noteworthy as sleazeball vampire Jerry. Tennant updates Roddy McDowall's Peter Vincent as a Vegas lounge act that's Criss Angel crossed with a campy Broadway musical. The actors playing the teenagers do okay as well. It's a shame that Anton Yelchin died so young. The effects don't overwhelm and while the original still holds the crown this is definitely worth a watch.
Nice! Yeah, agreed on the adults taking it seriously. I liked how quickly the story moves too.
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Post by MadMan » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:57 am

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Godzilla vs. Hedorah - B+

First off, I wish the Smog Monster Hedorah was born of human folly instead of an alien. Not born in space, but shit into existence in sallow waters by the short-sighted crafty ape called man. Sure, our noxious pollution facilitates Hedorah, feeds Hedorah (his eyes half-lid as he drags a nasty toke off smokestacks), but I think a purer, truer golem of its circumstance would emerge directly of pollution itself. Then again, Godzilla functions in the 1954 classic as a nuclear radiation metaphor despite being merely awakened by nuclear blasts like an annoyed parent, so I don't know. Who knows anything? Very few these days.

I do know that the Smog Monster's nasty habit of venting smog like car exhaust (and a lot of its smog is that thing) creates some shockingly effective visual moments. The title monsters fighting in those dark gray mists, growing more elemental, more shadow and silhouette with the slow loss of context, must've influenced Edwards' Americanized reboot. That film similarly rejiggered Godzilla as a green hero, emerging from the abyssal floor like a leviathan Captain Planet.

Along with the appropriately murky master-shot visions of aggressor versus defender, Hedorah mutates through several forms, all of them memorably sloughy and red-eyed, all of them toy-ready. If it can even find space on the market, what with all the Godzilla toys lying around. This is the first Godzilla I've seen where we see Godzilla's commercial impact. It's also a weirdly appropriate film for the present moment, where current crises encourage us to stay indoors, wear a mask, and for fuck's sake don't attend big hippie fests atop Mt. Fuji (that's always sound advice, but especially now).

Not that those idiots deserve their fates. In fact, while I do my best to approach these movies through the flip prism of child-toy-bashing logic and world wrestling promo melodramatics (Hedorah: "We'll settle this tonight! You! Me! Mount Fuji! This smog monster's gonna smoke you out!")), Godzilla vs. Hedorah takes its violence seriously. People choke, fall over, decay into skeletonized corpses laying in puddles of organic slop. A lead hero suffers permanent scarring. I feared for Godzilla as he lost an eye and writhed in a pit of Smog Monster ejecta. Get up, radiation lizard! You have to kill the pollution frog! These movies are weird. Weird is fun.
I love that movie. It's easily one of my favorite Godzilla flicks. Also Godzilla using his fire breath to fly through the air is pretty badass. I loved when he gave the humans a dirty look, too. Clean up your act people! Godzilla said so!
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Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:18 pm

DaMU wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:33 pm
Stagecoach (1939) - A-

Yeah, this rocked.
"I don't know what the government is coming to. Instead of protecting businessmen, it pokes its nose into business. Hmm. Why, they're even talking now about having bank examiners. As if we bankers don't know how to run our own banks. Why Boone, I actually have a letter from a popinjay official saying they were going to inspect my books. I have a slogan that should be emblazoned on every newspaper in the country. 'America for Americans.' The government must not interfere with business! Reduce taxes! Our national debt is something shocking! Over one billion dollars a year! What this country needs is a businessman for President."

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Re: Recently Seen

Post by DaMU » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:56 pm

Got a half an hour into Detective Pikachu last night. He's a pokemon, but he's also a detective. (chuckling) How whimsical.

[Justice Smith does a good job in this film and in Fallen Kingdom of acting against special effects. He's not at Bob Hoskins' level, but honestly who the fuck even is?]
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Torgo » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:02 pm

DaMU wrote:
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[Justice Smith does a good job in this film and in Fallen Kingdom of acting against special effects. He's not at Bob Hoskins' level, but honestly who the fuck even is?]
I guess you could say that Justice did the role...
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Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:12 pm

if I found anything noteworthy in Detective Pikachu it was seeing the beloved franchise from my late-90's-early-00's childhood paying lip service to today's anxieties (post-grad career angst, the unchecked power of media titans, environmental chaos).

not that it was good or interesting but maybe in a few years will be looked at as "very 2010's".

could have been a better movie if Pikachu was voiced by Eric Andre.
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