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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #615 on: April 21, 2018, 10:45:56 PM »
HBO's 3 hour special Elvis Presley : The Searcher

A documentary built of only old videos & footage with additional footage of Graceland that paints a picture of Elvis' character from the beginning and end of his life. Different people are interviewed to piece together the story, and it tries to present the importance and impact Elvis had, along with how his career decisions affected him, and what motivated and inspired him throughout. For this the movie does, and it's easy to paint an image of Elvis with what is presented. Sort of a tragedy of a good natured kid with a pure love of music who is exploited and milked to death. Unlike other documentaries of the kind, there is no narrator nor video footage of the people like Bruce, Tom Petty etc. who are interviewed. 

It's really only a film for people who like Elvis, it starts kind of boring with a lot of "it was so brilliant" type endless praising. But by the army period things get interesting. There is not a ton of new things to see here, but it's a worthwhile documentary in it's presentation. More dramatic then I thought, and it all anchors around the 68' Comeback Special, climaxing with the incredible performance of "If I Can Dream", one of the most raw and honest things he ever did. Elvis is worth remembering fondly, and I hope he is not written off in the future. The documentary does glance over a few things though to keep with it's narrative of Elvis as a tragic character, but it shows the brilliance of his music when it was brilliant quite well.

I also watched Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked The World

A documentary that goes over native peoples impact on Rock/contemporary music. Focuses on key artists like Redbone, Buffy, Link Wray, Randy Castillo, even Jimi Hendrix. It's an interesting tale that is virtually unknown, there are a couple neat tidbits here and the ways it suggests some traditional native sounds carried over to Rock and Pop. It was a little clumsy I feel, and missed some bands like Blackfoot but you can't have everyone (nothing from Northern Ontario either, although that is nearly as obscure as Canadian music gets). Regardless, it's a good topic to make a documentary on, and trace some roots of Rock n' Roll further then what we commonly know while going over the artist's struggles with their own identity. It makes you think of an element in Rock music that you would have never considered before anyway. Not bad, you may learn a thing or two from watching it.
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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #616 on: April 29, 2018, 04:59:42 PM »
Watched Infinity War last night.

The most impressive thing this movie is make you realize the feat which was pulled off for the last decade. I haven't seen the majority of Marvel movies, not counting Deadpool, nothing since the last Avengers for me (a movie I enjoyed then completely forget about entirely). But what a project, and what a great spectacle it all is. Me and my friend watched Iron Man at the show in 2008, and there we where yesterday watching this movie, it's like man. Makes you think of the time that has passed and the times in your life when the other movies came out, like the first Avengers in 2012 and so on. These are just big super movies, spectacles as I said. This film is just an event, something you would only want to see in a theater. and it's an event that has never been pulled off before.     

It's a good film, enjoyable and with the right tone. You know what you're getting with these movies by now. It's the right time to end things, and for part 1 this is a great way to go out. However the overall quality depends on part 2, and where they decide to go. In short it's a theater movie you watch for the spectacle and cool factor, and because man, they did it. 10 years and they pulled it off.

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Now I can imagine some cheap out end where everyone is brought back to life with the gauntlet, even people in the audience where saying "they're just going to come back in the next movie". Still this film does well making you feel the heroes are hopeless. Thanos was done so well, since he appeared so much we had time to understand his character as he laid out his very clear motives. There was impact in his scenes and he was more then some purple raisin man. The Guardians really helped this movie, every scene with them was very enjoyable especially when they met the rest of the cast.   

The scenes on Wakanda where cool as was that wicked Phantom Menace done better fight. Where they're all just running and stuff, I wish it was a little longer. The lack of Hulk was disappointing but I suppose they are saving that for the next part. The Thor axe scene was great, and I like all the planets and setting it presented. Spider-Man was quite good, I still cannot see anyone in the role besides Tobey, not saying he should be playing a high school kid at his age, but you know. 

I think screen time was well split, it felt like a lot of movies at once but it all kind of worked in it's own way. It was good, I just hope part 2 continues much the same. It will really pay off then.
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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #617 on: May 07, 2018, 05:19:04 PM »
I watched The Ritual (2018). Pretty run of the mill horror movie I guess although it didn't really feel like one ever. It felt more like a thriller. The acting is okay, not great. The story is a bit weak. The creature design is really cool though. I felt like the movie set up a lot of things it didn't really deliver on but I'd watch it for the creature design alone. Not a great movie by any means but not terrible.

By horror movie standards I'd say it's above average.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #618 on: December 07, 2018, 10:55:18 AM »
Watched Bohemian Rhapsody.   

I didn't intend to but it just kinda happened. It's an enjoyable big Rock 'n Roll biopic, it's a fairly sanitized look at Freddie that gets into some things but never goes too deep or too dramatic. The focus is more on the fabulous character of Freddie, while it does have his struggles it feels like a lot of issues are just kind of simple. Which actually is kind of nice in a movie like this, it doesn't amp up the melodrama or focus too long on some things. It's not going to give you the down and dirty on Freddie and Queen but it does give a fairly enjoyable and by the end inspiration look into his story.

The movie ends on a high note and it's something that focuses more on Freddie's time in Queen then his whole history. Rami Malek does a good job as Freddie, putting on the big show. All the actors looks the part, probably the most amazing part was the Brian May guy's hair, it didn't even look like a wig. In general the performances where good and the movie has a decent tone. It's not super heavy on drama, which is nice in this kind of movie. You have the big character of Freddie and the rocking anthems of Queen over it all. It was pretty cool to hear how great the songs sounded in the theater, it's strange. Out of every rock band Queen likely has the most known and well carried over songs. I don't think even the Beatles have as many songs the generations and average person knows so well. 

The movie is good for a sort of uplifting biopic that focuses on the character and energy of Freddie. It's not a big drama or anything, just a fun movie to watch and enjoy. I kind of dread the tread of biopics this will set, like who the hell asked for an Elton John biopic? Who cares? I know there have always been lots of biopics, and most aren't this enjoyable, but not just any artist warrants one.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #619 on: December 27, 2018, 11:08:10 PM »
Watched Springsteen On Broadway.

Bruce performs and tells stories for 2 and a half hours by himself. He switches from guitar to piano and tells stories in-between and during key songs that highlight his life. Based around his book, he loosely tells old stories in some kind of order and connects songs from across his career with them. Bruce is good at telling stories and keeping a fun vibe, it's kind of surprising how he takes down himself as someone removed from his music. He cuts himself personally out of his songs with some of his rants and has a kind of silly attitude at times. 

It's old Bruce so he's more reflective then anything, it's like the songs he made where always motivated and moved by something, and his best music taps into those intense burning feelings we all have and he himself once had. Now he is just kind of, looking back on that and how it connects to his own story. The best moments are the songs he plays straight. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" with his speech about Clarence was great. "The Rising" reveals itself as a gospel song which isn't as obvious as the lyrics suggest. "The Promised Land" was fantastic, I love that song very much, and though his acoustic performances will always lack something, "Thunder Road", "Born To Run" and "Dancing In The Dark" sounded good.

Now it falters here and there. The bit with Patti was not good. He hypes her up as a great singer but all she does is back-ups on two songs from Tunnel Of Love. and she doesn't sound all that good either. "Born In The USA" is done as a just vocals raw blues track...it was not great. A few other meh choices as well. But the highlights are pretty good and though it runs on it's worth a watch, but only if you care about Bruce. It won't sell you otherwise. 

He should've played "Walk Like A Man" but whatever   
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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #620 on: February 14, 2019, 03:35:56 AM »
I watched Alita: Battle Angel.
My score: 7.5/10

I hate first acts in these types of movies. They always do it where it just seems too fast. Which is the problem with this movie, too much to shove in without elaborating on key scenes or beats.

I don’t know if I was in the minority where her eyes were never a problem. But, character designs all around were cool.

Action was cool. Some very cool fights.

But the ending, come on. Not good for mainstream audiences. It’s two movies in one, or they needed another twenty minutes to add more emotional tolls so we can actually feel for some characters.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #621 on: March 20, 2019, 11:03:36 AM »
Watched Loving You (1957), Elvis' first full on movie.

Elvis plays Deke, some delivery boy in small town Texas who randomly goes onstage with some band one day and finds his way to stardom with a manipulative manager who creates scandals to get him famous. It's vaguely a tale of Elvis' career, in some ways, that kind of says, there's nothing dangerous about Rock 'n Roll music, it's just what the kids like. "Deke" convinces the old people he's okay in the end after his big city concert is shut down and, honestly the plot was just not done very well. Bad pacing and story telling, not to mention the lack of chemistry between actors. Elvis has some vague love interest who's this country girl, and there's this theme of small town versus big city mindset and the rise to fame of this good ol' country boy, but none of it is told well.   

The movie was only good for some old fashion slang phrases and seeing Elvis in his prime. There's a big ol' fight scene in a restaurant and a couple song sequences which range from good, Teddy Bear, Got A Lot O' Living To Do, to mediocre, Lonesome Cowboy, Hot Dog.  Elvis gets explosive in some scenes, it's funny whenever he suddenly gets angry. There is some weird story element of how his whole family died in a house fire so he ran to a graveyard and found a tombstone for "Deke Rivers" and took on that name. Honestly this movie was boring and the story was not told very well. It's not even worth watching for the cheese value. I like to watch these movies for the dialogue and the sets. The only good looking scene was the brief part in the country. This one isn't worth watching aside from the phrase "dinglehopper". 

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #622 on: April 12, 2019, 10:26:02 AM »
EDIT So I posted in the wrong thread, how'd I do it, so you can ignore this post...oops. Delete plz. 
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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #623 on: April 27, 2019, 02:31:19 PM »
Rewatched Superman II

Oof. The first movie, while dated by today's standards, still holds up as a great film with a lot of heart and in my opinion Christoper Reeves did the best superhero performance of all time. He truly seemed like a...super man in that movie, and was also a perfect Clark. The original Superman is the definitive superhero movie. Superman 2 I remembered as the best one, I watched it maybe a decade ago. But upon rewatching it...the movie is even more dated than the first. 

It scales up, with 3 villains who can truly challenge Superman and there are some action scenes that must've been cool at the time. The movie is almost a comedy, intentionally, Lex is ridiculous in this film. There are a lot of flat scenes and things you can't question too much. The most iconic Superhero theme ever made is still here, though John Williams is no longer the composer for the movie. Overall Superman II shows us how far we've gone in the genre. It's still a fun campy movie, but it doesn't quite hold up the same as the first movie since it's a lot sillier. Christoper Reeves and Gene Hackman are both still really good in this movie however.

I rewatched The Dark Knight trilogy also to find, Batman Begins is boring. I've always though this, somehow I thought I'd like it more when I got older but now I find it dull and...stupid. The main plan is dumb, the pacing is off, and overall I don't think too highly of the film. The Dark Knight Rises didn't hold up as well for me either. I loved it when it came out, but now I find it too stupid and lacking logic in an otherwise super serious movie. But The Dark Knight will always be the best "superhero" movie ever, it's just a one of a kind magic film that is still amazing and will continue to be. I don't have too much to say that hasn't been said, the movie is always amazing.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #624 on: April 28, 2019, 09:59:03 PM »
Watched Avengers : Endgame   

In short it was kind of a letdown compared to Infinity War. It was not nearly as good, but given the massive feat of wrapping up 11 years of a movie universe in 3 hours I would say it did fine. The last movie was signifigantly better, but this one serves well enough as the big end. 3 hours went by like that. 

The juice...

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Time travel killed the entire movie.

It was stupid. Killing Thanos so early ruined his character arc and bringing his past self back was merely a cheap ploy to have a big final fight that, while cool, was just a bunch of characters running around punching each other. Thanos was ruined, and the movie started on the wrong foot right away. They threw away any chance of living up to Infinity War by using the cheap time travel gimmick.

Hulk was horrible. He was done terribly in all these movies, and this was the killing blow. Captain Marvel is cardboard, she is void of any life or personality. But Thor is done so well in this movie. It's really quite a funny arc! and anything with the Guardians is gold. Iron Man's finale was excellent, as with Captain America, and Ant Man turned out to be the most important character.

Overall it was enjoyable and the ending was really good. But the time travel element took me out of it. I can look past it but it's so unsatifiying given how great Infinity War was. That was a real epic. This one is just tying it all together. It was a big task to do, and it was done well enough in a short time. I am just let down by what they did to Thanos. They had something great in the last movie that they destroyed in the first 30 minutes here.


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Manimal prove your claims for Endgame
« Reply #625 on: April 29, 2019, 05:13:43 AM »
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Why time travel is cheap.

Why killing Thanos ruined his character

Why hulked was ruined.

I’m curious how you can back up these claims.
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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #626 on: April 29, 2019, 06:20:37 AM »
Note: Cool it. It's unescessary to make a topic to call out someone, 'proving' opinions isn't a thing. Opinions are opinions. 


Also I found EG a masterpiece. That's my opinion.

Any discussion on this please mark with spoilers. Too important a film to spoil.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #627 on: April 29, 2019, 09:02:19 AM »
Wow, that is, somehow a horrible thing to say.

Backing up an opinion is necessary.

When does an opinion mean you are free to say something without backing it up? There has to be some internal mechanism that got you there.

Ex.
Opinion: People suck.
Me: why?
Opinion: because they do.
Me. Okay, why?
Opinion: oh, it’s easy, because they do.

I’m not even defending endgame. I just want to hear/read a coherent argument.

My opinion. I’m tired of living in a world where people make baseless claims.

Why?

Because information, either false or misunderstood, gets pushed to others without actual critical thought.

Now, imagine a world where ideas were actually founded by some sort of reasoning. It doesn’t have to be fact, it’s Art!!! But you can’t make claims without a coherent argument.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #628 on: April 29, 2019, 11:33:32 AM »
Lol, I'm casually stating my opinion on a big ticket blockbuster movie. I made a post to myself, I wasn't aiming it at anyone, nor seeking to make any sort of argument or great statement beyond saying what I felt about the movie in short form. I'm not trying to convince anyone this way or that way. This isn't a review, this isn't an article. It's a casual opinion. You come at this in an entirely unnecessary fashion given the nature of my post. Instead of just asking me to explain things further in a normal way you gotta make some big stand about it just for the sake of it. I don't need to prove anything to you. If this was an article or formal review, that would be a different story. I don't need to explain further anything I think, but I will if asked.   

If people read my opinions and think it to be true without critical thought that's not my problem, that's an issue with the person themselves. I make my own opinions and I share them the way I do. It doesn't need to be an essay. I'm not Roger Ebert, I'm just some guy posting on a forum with a Mio avatar going on about a movie he saw yesterday.

I'll humor you only once more in this context. 

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I find time travel to be a cheap gimmick to use to fix things in a story. At the end of Infinity War there is a big twist and a real shock. To fix this they use time travel to, bring all the characters back for a big final fight. The worst part is what they do to Thanos. He is brought back as the 2014 version of himself, who has merely seen the events of Infinity War without experiencing them.

Therefore Thanos' character arc does not continue from the last movie. He is seen in the beginning and instantly killed. When he comes back he is just his old self, it doesn't continue his story. Time travel was used as an easy way to bring back all the characters and Thanos for a final fight, which was already done perfectly fine in the last movie. They made a less epic version of the last fight in Infinity War and used time travel, with a more "indepth" explanation, to fix all of this so the movie didn't end in 30 minutes. 

If Thanos didn't destroy the infinite stones in the beginning of the movie the Avengers could've simply found him, killed him and snapped everybody back. So to make the movie longer they had him destroy them and then used time travel so the characters could go back to the past, collect everything again, and have a giant fanservice ending with all the characters from 11 years of the franchise can fight alongside each other against a PAST version of Thanos.

This is how I feel they killed Thanos' character arc. He does not move along in this movie, he is instantly killed and his old self is brought back to the end. It didn't carry on from the last movie in that regard. I don't know how they could've had this movie without killing Thanos, since again it would end in the first act, but I didn't like how they reversed the big shock of Infinity War using time travel, which to me feels cheap. Like an easy fix. 

As for Hulk I've just never liked this version of his character. I get it, he is a man afraid of his alter ego, and he ends up conquering this by Endgame. But to me Hulk is a cool green guy who smashes stuff up and is kind of dumb. The best part with Hulk in Endgame was the flashback to Avengers where he goes down the stairs. That is the Hulk I like, the real Hulk! This wimpy reigned in Hulk doesn't do it for me, it's not what I think of when I think of the character. I didn't like the movie we got out of him and I've not connected with the character in this version of things. I'm no Hulk historian, I watched the 2003 movie once in theaters and watched the old show a bit. I just wanted to see a cool Hulk smash it up, instead we saw boring Bruce in an Iron Man suit kind of punch things. There was no awesome Hulk moments in these movies.

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Re: The last movie you have watched
« Reply #629 on: May 20, 2019, 03:29:18 PM »
Finally watched The Godfather I & II

Took me long enough, my Mom has been trying to get me to watch these movies for a very long time. I can say it simply, the first movie is amazing, wow. It really did blow me away. I love in movies of old when there is not a lot of flash and the pace is slower, allowing the characters and scenes to breath. The dialogue is top notch here and the acting is in a tier of it's own. These are not actors, they are simply the characters in the movie. Al Pacino is insane in both of these movies. Micahel's character arc is so strong, watching him transform into the man his father was by the end of Part II. Every scene with Pacino in Part II is amazing, his presence and expressions are killer. and Marlon Brando in the first, what needs to be said. It's all so natural and the movie with it's slow pace allows us to get to know these characters. The scene in the garden stood out, since Brando doesn't even seem like he's acting, he simply became a Nonno.

There is such great tension in the first movie, the horse head scene was the first part where it gets real. The restaurant scene was a masterwork of cinema. Maybe one of the best movie scenes I've ever seen! The extreme tension in the interaction and Pacino's face before he makes his first kills, the contemplation with the roaring train in the background, it was such a crazy scene! This movie feels so real. The part in Sicily was a little bit weird compared to the rest though, but by the end I was left with little to say, the movie was simply the masterpiece it was made out to be. Loved it.

Part II I am more divided on. Both movies I need to rewatch as some of the characters where hard to tell who was who, and it got a bit confusing, especially in #2, and I didn't understand why there where flashbacks but then you realize it's to show how Vito became the Don and how Michael becomes just like him by the end. Wow, Pacino was so good in this movie. The scene where Kay tells him she got an abortion, and the IN MY HOUSE bit, he sold every minute with just the smallest of expressions. and man, he just looked insanely badass. Lee Strasberg was really good as Roth, the scene where he talks to Michael while the games on, and that natural relaxed feeling he brings. Of course there is the conflict with Michael and Fredo made for a memorable ending to the movie. I didn't think Part II was as solid as the first, I didn't understand a few things, but by the end I was left feeling both movies where a strong character story on Michael, and it's been a while since I watched a movie and had this feeling.

The first movie is so good it's insane. I love these old 70's movies and the sensibility they where filmed on. A New Hope, Rocky, Superman, it's a different pace and it breathes. I was so engaged in every single scene of the first movie. I loved the tone and the world it built. Part II was a little boring but it had some amazing scenes. It turns out The Godfather is as essential a movie as it's been made out to me, especially if you're of Italian ancestry and you feel like you're a super wop after watching it even though you're basically a mangiacake, but in general. Floored by the first movie, still felt the second was good, just a bit harder to follow. 

Also Scarface

This movie was pretty great also. It had a perfect tone of being actually funny and then really tense. Of course it does the classic 80's thing with the synths to make tension, which is kind of dated, but it doesn't really effect things. There is even an 80's song montage in here. Pacino is remarkable in this movie, once again becoming a character who feels natural. There are so many great dialogue scenes. Of course the ending is classic and a fitting conclusion, even if the Bolivian Terminator was corny with his slow walk and sunglasses. This movie was perfectly over the top where it's not too silly. The say goodnight to the bad guy and bath scenes where the best besides the ending for me. I thought it was a really enjoyable movie, which balanced it's tone very well. It seems like all the over the top shoot 'em up movies continued from here.
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