Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by Hand Of Omega, Jun 19, 2009.
Men at Work - 7.5/10
Good classic comedy.
It: Chapter Two 7.5/10
Bad Times at the El Royale - 9/10
Really enjoyed the movie which felt slightly "Tarantinoesque" which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. There are a couple of loose end's which were left open but I think that adds to my enjoyment of it and let's me fill in the blanks.
Those first two Hellraiser movies are SOOOO good. I know part of why I like them so much is that I practically wore out my VHS copies of them back when I was a kid, so nostalgia is strong, but they are just such quality anyway. I mean, a really fleshed out universe, truly spectacular set pieces, wonderful darkness and big personalities all coming together in a pain for pleasure, pleasure for pain soup of enchanted devilish happenings? What's not to love?
"Ah, Kirstie. So eager to play. So reluctant to admit it."
That line and, "It is not hands that calls us, it is desire. . . " are just delivered so fantastically. The cenobite creation scene in #2 with the doctor is all kinds of creepy cool.
"And to think. . . I hesitated." Gets me every time.
Part three and after got a little eesh here or there, but very few horror franchises ever started out so strong so it had to be tough to keep up the momentum.
Shazam 7/10 it was pretty silly. I thought it was good.
Hail, Caesar! - 8/10
Farcical look at a Hollywood "fixer" and the people surrounding him back in the fifties. Some absolute hilarity, including a twin gag using Tilda Swinton as her own sister that seemed to confuse literally everyone, including her, throughout the film. George Clooney actually being funny. Friendly communists. Pregnant mermaid dancing routines. Butter Churns as a euphemism for a porn shoot. Religious leaders debating the portrayal of Jesus in a film not about Jesus. And Channing Tatum getting to be Channing Tatum. . .in a sailor suit. . . in a song and dance number. . . in a fake bar. . . with a bunch of other fake sailors. What more could you ask for? For a modern comedy, it was pretty damn fun. Highly recommended if you want a good laugher with an actual plot. The ending didn't land just right for me, but I don't think it was supposed to have a happy wrap up, so I can't hold that against it. Good fun all around.
It 2- 8/10
Aladdin 2019 6/10
Worth a watch but it not even half as good as the original, to me it seam shorter then the cartoon and they seam to have added more songs just to take up time instead of focusing on what was good about the original.
Avengers Endgame - 6.5/10 I really tried to like this movie but it was far to long and was really boring in places.
It: Chapter 2:
Came back from seeing it unplanned. In fact it was so unplanned I almost missed the first scene by this much.
Anyway, for the adult part I always had the impression it was weaker than the kid part, and to be honest after watching the movie I still think it is. For some reason the story of children going against the monster on their own works naturally. But when it's the adults doing it, it felt a bit off. Maybe because as children you feel the honesty in their view of life and embracing the childhood fears and overcoming them, but when you're an adult you feel more jaded and apathetic and you don't feel like wanting to do this again after experiencing the adult life leaving your childhood fantasies behind.
This movie was fantastic, everyone acted greatly and were close to their children counterparts, but I have some issues with it. The first is Mike being the one who's into the history of Derry instead of Ben as established in the first movie, some flashbacks felt contradictory to what happened in Chapter 1, but you don't really know if they were flashbacks or Pennywise's illusions, Henry's part felt tacked on and not even a side note in the movie, the flashing lights in the fun house and final battle were very annoying they ruined great moments, also I think Pennywise felt a little off here. I don't know what it was, but did he sound different than how he was in Ch. 1? Also noted his eyes were different, like more demonic than usual. But was he terrifying? Oh yes he was.
Godzilla: King of Monsters: 8/10 A a long time Kaiju fan and growing up on Godzilla films this was pretty damned awesome to me. Granted it's no cinematic masterpiece, but it's a fantastic Godzilla movie. The fights were great and I think Ghidorah steals the film in a lot of the scenes he was in. Also, Burning Godzilla!
Shazam!: Fun, goofy superhero film and pretty much what I expected going in. I must admit that the DCEU seems to be getting better of late.
MiB: International: Okay so it's not the greatest film ever made, but I definitely thought it was better than MiB II and III. Plus can I say that I just love Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson's on-screen chemistry? I'd porbably watch any film they're in together.
This is a lovely little dose of cosmic horror combined with mind screw and body horror. What they do with the premise is pretty cool, dare I say. It's like Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space without something stupid like a malignant color. The movie has some very pretty scenes and ones that are horrifying, playing with the fact that the environment has all seemingly became a creature beyond humanity who alters everything in its path (morphing them to the point of annihilation.)
The characters are pretty much universally unlikeable except for a couple members of the expedition who don't make it particularly far. So that's a downside. Also, the ending might seem a little contrived.
I have no idea what's compelled me to watch all this spooky stuff but I am enjoying it for the most part since my bad movie streak got broken. 7/10
I caught the rerelease of The Little Mermaid this week. Growing up I kinda had a hateboner for it since it was my little sister’s favorite Disney movie, much like how The Lion King is my movie, so I didn’t even watch it all the way through until I was older.
I won’t say that this is my favorite by any means, but it’s still really, really freaking good. The music is absolutely amazing. This is why the Disney Renaissance got started and it SHOWS. The orchestral Part of Your World is so powerful and transcends film. Part of Your World is a delightfully beautiful, touching ballad from Jodi Benson. Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl are absolutely phenomenal bops from Samuel E. Wright that still have me mesmerized. And of course, you POOOOOR UNFORTUNATE SOOOOOULS!! Jesus what a tremendous villain song, Pat Carroll is fucking amazing.
The characters are masterful. Ariel is a wonderful protagonist who doesn’t throw everything away for a man, Eric wasn’t even the tipping point to get her to go to Ursula, it was her father destroying her collection. Speaking of which, Triton is such an underrated character. He’s not an abusive parent, he’s a legitimately loving, flawed character with a prejudice that we can understand. Kenneth Mars was one of my favorites growing up and he’s wonderful as the almighty ruler who still worries about being too hard on his daughter with every breath. I adore him, he’s probably my second favorite Disney parent behind Mufasa.
Sebastian is a grumpy but fun and loving sidekick. I still don’t care much for Scuttle, but he wasn’t as grating as I remembered. Flounder is cute and loyal. Eric is nice, and I like that he’s not really willing to just marry whoever, he says he wants to wait for the right girl. Ursula, like I said, is an amazing, intimidating villain and even though they only meet in the climax I DUG the beef between her and Triton. The absolute show-stealer, however, was Chef Louis because good fucking lord he’s hilarious. He had me guffawing and I hope they get someone good for the remake because Jesus he was amazing.
The animation is gorgeous. The set pieces are wonderful. The climax is epic and intimidating. It’s a wonderful, wonderful film and it was so great to see it on the big screen for the very first time. 9/10.
Though I still wonder how fat Ursula was originally if she considers herself wasted away to practically nothing by the time of the film and after spending years in exile.
It 2: 8/10
HATE it when kids are killed in movies.
James Bond double feature
Man with the Golden Gun - 7/10
Most of that score is for Christopher Lee just being the scariest man alive. This movie should have been the easiest six runs a Bond movie could bat but alas there are some serious missteps.
Octopussy - 8/10
This is a good movie, despite Bond dressing as a literal clown, because all the prices fall better into place.
Octopussy is waaaaaaay underrated. Solid plot and would have been a good ending for Moore's Bond. Not my favorite Bond girl (not even my favorite Moore Bond girl), but one a 60-something year old Bond could convincingly retire from service to live his final years with. Drawbacks to the film being Moore was too old for about the third movie in a row, it got a little too silly a couple times in the second act (textbook John Glen), and that final battle at the end where they're rescuing Octopussy is the most obvious sound stage in all of cinematic history. The clown thing was hard for some people, but you get used to it after multiple rewatchings. Not as good as Spy Who Loved Me or For Your Eyes Only, but better than any of Moore's other outings.
Iron Man - 10/10.
Detective Pikachu - 7/10
By far the best video game adaptation film yet, totally kept faithful to the source material in every way even through it's rather insane plot (the cubone bit in the beginning involves a line that makes no sense whatsoever UNLESS you know what Cubone's pokedex entry states from the games proper). The plot itself is not entirely clear regarding the actions of one character but the film simply doesnt have a plot otherwise so its permissible.
Just re-watched The Batman (1989) this was my favorite moment of the movie when Bruce Wayne and Joker met in person while he was not in the Batsuit.
Kubo and the Two Strings-7/10 Damn. I thought my family was dysfunctional. This was beautifully animated and has most of the makings of a true traditional fairytale.
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