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Old 01-04-2018, 04:23 PM
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Watched the film Dunkirk and was underwhelmed. Beautiful cinematography for sure, with sweeping views of the beaches and ocean, but mostly boring. (for me)
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:32 AM
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Dunkirk re-edited as a Silent Film €“ The Power of Visual Storytelling - YouTube

It's almost as though filmmakers forgot how to tell a story in film.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:47 PM
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Terminator Salvation.

Probably best known as the movie where Christian Bale rants at some guy on set. It's an OK movie.

The year is 2018, and the war between the humans and the machines are at a turning point. The humans have discovered an embedded control signal in Skynet's communication, and they think they can turn off its defenses long enough to destroy it.

This is complicated by a teenage Kyle Reese getting taken by Skynet into the facility the humans are about to destroy, and a resurrected criminal (he sold his body to Cyberdine system on his execution) with unknown motivations coming to help John Connor rescue Reese.

It's nothing special. It's got decent action and an OK plot. It's better than the reviews would have you think, but not by much.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:29 AM
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Ferdinand. Corny kid's movie, generally follows the classic. But I like those.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:14 AM
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Ingrid Goes West has an interesting premise, I suppose, and tries to do some different things.

There were some fairly funny moments, but it's a bit too heavy on the cringe-y side of things for it to be very enjoyable.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:51 AM
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I watched Anon, which is a middle-budget, mediocre, high-concept science fiction film on Netflix. Apparently, Netflix is the new dumping ground for these types of movies - and I'm a sucker for them.

Clive Owen is a detective in a world where everyone's eyesight is recorded and the government has access to your records. Amanda Seyfried is a sexy hacker who can edit your experience, both live and recorded, and her clients are getting killed. Is she the murderer? Will you care?

Pretty slow overall with bits of interesting moments and concepts. It doesn't live up to its promise, Owen is mostly sleepwalking, and Seyfried isn't given a lot to do, but she's working with what little she's given. The effects are well done, IMO. It's a realistic depiction of something like this, which was a plus.
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And just like that you have renewed my interest in Netflix.
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Apparently, Netflix is the new dumping ground for these types of movies
And just like that you have renewed my interest in Netflix.
Yeah, Mute, The Cloverfield Paradox, and this one are all things I watched when I wanted some cheap science fiction.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:41 AM
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Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome

First time seeing it, and it was weird.

I actually liked it well enough. The action is pretty good, the story is OK. Mel Gibson and Tina Turner are watchable in it. Honestly, I was expecting it to be much worse, which is why I never saw it before.

My biggest problem with the movie is that it tried to be jokey, rather than just weird. The Road Warrior is a relentlessly weird movie and it doesn't try to be funny, even though it sometimes is. This movie didn't find that balance.

I had avoided this for so long because I was afraid it was just too cheesy. It is, but at least I don't regret watching it, which is better than I was hoping for.
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Mystery Team

Boys who became locally famous for being "kid detectives" need to grow up quickly when they decide to take on a double-murder case.

Starring Donald Glover and a few other people who are also still working comics, but not as famous. Aubrey Plaza is the survivor/love interest.

This was cute and sometimes funny, but not much of anything. I think my main problem with this movie is that men stuck in childhood aren't really all that funny anymore.
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Ant Man and the Wasp. Like any other Marvel movie, a fun and watchable popcorn flick.
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Saw the new version of It. It's still not scary at all, but at least it's better in p. much every way than the TV miniseries (or the edited movie-length version, was that a thing? Don't remember). Damning with faint praise, I know.

There are enough laughs and decent performances to keep it from being a total waste of time, but that's about ... It.
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I just watched Inception and was underwhelmed. I guess my expectations were too high after Interstellar.

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Old 11-07-2018, 07:21 PM
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I just watched Inception and was underwhelmed. I guess my expectations were too high after Interstellar.

So much of Inception doesn't make sense if you over think things,


Also part of people's love for Inception was the visuals of the cities moving and being built being the first time seeing something like that, whereas in the future we have plenty of angle shifting block building houses and castles.

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Three Amigos is pretty middle, for sure.

I watched this all the time as a kid and loved it, but it was on recently, and while it is classic 80s-90 comedy and has its moment, it really let me down on almost every front past those.

Not horrible or even bad, but very eh in every level.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: Meh. Since a new one is coming out I thought I would finally see the first. It really should be up my alley, a fun story of a goofy bumbling scientist that cares about crazy creatures but it doesn't really work, for two big reasons. But! It's not a bad film, just meh. First is that it feels like two different movies. It feels like a story of loose beasts that need to be captured because of the bumbling scientist, and a political story about the witching world, glued onto it because some didn't think the hunting creatures aspect was enough. This means we don't really get much development on the political characters and I don't know why I should care or not about them. So it seems like a movie that might be more enjoyed by those that've read all the material and understand some of the background better.

The second issue is the scale of the monsters that are being chased down. Some of these things are utter destruction and chaos, and some are just goofy little critters and that they are all kept under the same half locked case. If they were all found in the time period of the movie then there's no way they could have stayed secret and not known by the muggle world. Where as in a book it's much easier to play up the nerding about each creature so medium and lesser destructive creatures could be described with aww. In a movie, either it's cute, goofy and puppy like, or it's big and massive, because anything inbetween doesn't phase post 'throw all the shit at the screen' transformers era movies.

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Fantastic Breasts Crimes of Grindlewald.

I would have expected more beasts.

Great sets and effects and costumes. Every character is a backpfeifengesicht. The most eyerollworthy reveal I've seen lately. Fascist overtones fitting the 1920s.

Popcorn mandatory. Brain optional.
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Fantastic Breasts Crimes of Grindlewald.

I would have expected more beasts.
Why did you expect any beasts?
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Fantastic Breasts Crimes of Grindlewald.

I would have expected more beasts.
Why did you expect any beasts?
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"Stop this meeting of the witches council at once I have something everyone should see!" *Case hits the table with a thump latches pop open* "Come forth!"
*Pair after pair of bouncing boobs comes popping out of the case, over flowing the table hopping towards the high council*
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