Rate the Last Movie: Oscar Miscarriage Party Bongo Edition
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Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018)
I know 2018 wasn't such a great year for movies, but this one is deffo far from deserving Best Movie. It's the same movie that's been done for decades, to my disappointment. Clean directing and acting, sure, but full of movie clichés about racism as always. Still enjoyable, but just forget about the "Best Movie" label.
Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, 2018)
So much style! Holy shit, this is even way beyond Dr. Strange. Absolutely worth seeing just for the visuals. But I'm also glad the writing doesn't drag it down with the usual tropes.
Went and saw Jordan Peele's new horror film, Us. When I first watched the trailer I didn't know it was Jordan Peele - regretting having watched the Get Out trailer, I closed the video as soon as I saw his name. I totally forgot about this movie until I heard it mentioned on the radio earlier this week. I went in totally blind.
It's a lot of fun. I enjoyed Get Out more, but this film is of equal quality in its technical and storytelling aspects, no doubt. Very fun watch. Great job of keeping you tense, but it goes for a more of a slasher vibe than Get Out did. There's quite a bit more humor too, to match, and it fits perfectly. Nailed a great balance, just like Get Out.
Really like it. Go see it.
I feel like i'm the only person who thought Get Out was technically very poorly made. a poorly constructed horror that felt super cheap and straight to dvd.
i've always treated get out like a high-budget episode of the twilight zone which is not a bad thing per se considering that the original series was a pretty relevant part of my childhood
That makes it sound like you watch very few (read: none) straight to dvd horror films.
why do you feel that way? I had a blast. I will admit I'm definitely no horror connoisseur so it's possible some things flew right past me.
Saw Us this morning and I'm still processing parts of it. I loved the fairytale-esque segments. The score was exceptional. The cinematography was excellent, there were some truly gorgeous shots that had me mystified. The script was very clever though some of it was maybe too clever for itself. My main gripe comes from the ending, the twist undoes everything that the rest of the film had built.
oh i've seen heaps. get out makes me feel like jordan peele hasn't seen any horror films
but he's been talking about tremors lately which rules so now i don't know why get out got all the beats wrong
I watched Free Solo, the documentary about Alex Honnold climbing a famous 3,000 foot tall rock wall without any safety ropes.
I'd recommend it for sure to anybody who has an appreciation for mountain climbing, but the climb itself in the last act is a pretty unique and ridiculous thing to watch for anybody. There isn't a whole lot to critique here, the topic is pretty narrow and it does what it's supposed to well, and the area they're filming is beautiful. Warning if you're deathly afraid of heights.
Us was great, as long as you don't spend too much time trying to think about the logic behind the movie's premise.
I predicted the ending as well before it came and thought the same thing. I was certain there was no way Peele would go that direction but he did. You did bring up some valid points, some of which actually explain things I questioned as they happened but forgot about immediately after.
(US SPOILERS) I think there's only one problem with the premise, and it's a minor one at that.
Why didn't above-Adelaide just... leave the underground before she became the leader of the tethered? I don't recall whether she was conscious when Red dragged her down there, but I thought she was. She could've feasibly left. Granted, she makes vague references to people being kept down there, but it doesn't appear to be by any significant force, considering that they were abandoned.
The question of why she acted like she was born in the underground is pretty simple. Adelaide (as a shadow/tether) grew up in the "real world" and became a typical member of society. I think that nothing fundamentally separates "real" people from their shadows/tethers underground beyond the experiences they have. So Adelaide coming above-ground was enough to "raise" her as a normal person, and Red going below ground and staying there was enough to "raise" her as a shadow.
Nothing further indicates any reason why Adelaide would've known the details behind her strange youth, only that she escaped it. It may very well be that Red discovered that information on her own, and the rest of the tethers don't actually know it.
Which parts did you feel were cheap? Because for me only the ending sequence felt like that. And it really was pretty bad.
Just got back from seeing Us.
It's weird that a lot of what I said about Get Out can be almost directly applied to Us as well. Looks great, well acted (Lupita Nyong'O fucking crushes) and it's a pretty interesting concept that is well executed.
That said, I do think Get Out was better, even though both films' biggest flaws lay in the same aspect: the message. Whereas Get Out felt like it was just hammering you over the head with its message, I can't get a handle on Us. It's obviously trying to say something but anything I can come up with also feels undercut or muddled by its fantastical parts.
Peele is getting a lot of names thrown at him like the next Hitchcock and such. I'd sooner compare him to Shyamalan, except with twists replaced with social commentary. If Get Out is his Sixth Sense, Us definitely feels like Signs; enjoyable but there's some serious holes showing.
The pacing felt really off, a lot of the 'horror stings' were really poorly timed and ineffective, overall the effect was just really weak. For me the mishandling of most of the cues zapped all the horror out of them, it felt like a director's first movie. When the 'boo' moments are off, they're kind of just funny, and hard to take seriously.
I get that. I was never really scared or even unnerved by any of the horror related stuff. It was really just the subject matter that carried it.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
For the first half, the title feels pretty accurate. The various characters Ogami meets on the road (rapists, ninjas, an honor seeking ronin, a woman sold into prostitution) kind of makes it feel like a
descent from purgatory into hell, especially later on when Ogami suffers the water and spinning torture. This is all well and good. The second half is more of the same from the previous films- Ogami
takes on an assassination contract and has to take on a lot of dudes. That said, the climactic battle is different from the previous films and has a little more emotional weight to it than before.
I didn't like this one as much as the last two, if only because most of it we've seen before. That said, it's still good; the swordplay and the violence are entertaining as ever, and I did like how the
characters are starting to have a little more depth to them. They're not just revenge seekers trying to kill Ogami and his son (though there's still quite a bit of that), they have their own motives for getting
in his way, which I feel is a deliberate move on the filmmakers. They realize that they can't just make the series a bunch of cool swordfights- there's got to be another layer to them. Hopefully this carries
over to the next three films, though, judging how the quality keeps improving from film to film (except for the wigs though, they were super obvious in this one for whatever reason), I'm curious to see them anyway.
I actually left the theater smiling, saying to myself "what a nice movie". It's seriously just an unironically nice time, aside from the awesome shit on Cybertron (that apparently hoovered up the majority of the budget).
same here. Liked Bumblebee too
Last night watched Wind River (9/10) - gripping, murder mystery with a couple of great WTF moments. Worth a watch if you like thrillers
Aquaman - Maras tits / 10
So.... a 2?
Jason Momoa has better tits than her
nah fuck Amber Heard she's a bitch
Since we are on the subject, I vastly preferred Mera in her Justice League outfit
Far better than a ridicolous spandex, that's for sure
Watched Mirage on Netflix the other day. 8/10
Decent film if you can get around the fact its dubbed in English as its a Spanish made film.
You can change language options on Netflix.
Toy Story 3 (2010) - Between a 9 and a 10/10
I decided to recover this movie after nine years mainly because I was told that the main villain, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, was surprisingly dark for a children movie.
Massive understatement there.
I've watched the original (I was born in the 90s, so that's a given) and its sequel, but this film really dialed up the amount of content geared towards a teenager/adult audience, to the point you could criticize this movie to be perhaps too much dark and, at times, downright depressing for the target audience. Aside from the villain being, well, a monster without a soul, the protagonists spend the majority of the plot dealing with abbandonment issues and being routinely and gruesomely tortured (from a toy's perspective, at any rate ) and oppressed in what basically amounts to a totalitarian regime, plus, towards the end, they resign to their fate as they seemingly fall towards a fiery and hellish death.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed myself. On top of that, the animation quality is simply superb and really shows the technical evolution of Pixar's craft from the very first movie.
If anything, since Toy Story 3 wraps up the story arc begun with the original so many years ago, thanks to a finale which is both incredibly touching and incredibly, well, final, I really can't fathom why we really need a fourth movie at all
Tim Burton's Dumbo
total garbage. if i was 6 and saw this i would regret my life.
I heard it's called Dumbo but Dumbo is barely even a side character is this true
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