Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by Hand Of Omega, Jun 19, 2009.
If sir wishes to clean the taste of these films from his mouth, might I recommend the original French 'Nikita'?
That's good to hear. Lawrence of Arabia is one of my all time favorite movies. I'd say top 5.
Fright Night (1985) - 8/10
Ngl the vampire seduction stuff is way more sensual and sexier than Twilight ever wished it could've been. lol
No Time To Die 4/10
I read somewhere that when they filmed the love scene Stallone had a raging hard on during it and it took him forever to lose it so they could get a good take.
I heard she initially refused to do the scene. Stallone brought out a bottle of alcohol and after they both got drunk they were able to shoot the scene.
Dune - 7/10. Love the original novel and its sequels, but I have some major problems with the 2021 movie involving pacing and character development. Every scene feels like it's cut short. Disappointing but still a gorgeous movie to look at.
I'm hearing some scenes from the novel aren't represented in the movie, and some characters' actions are shuffled to different characters. All of which sounds weird to me when they aren't even adapting the entire book. But oh well. I'm still looking forward to seeing it tomorrow.
What a big mess. Also the fact that there is going to be a 3rd film beforehand ruined the tension so this was like a filler installment until the real finale. Also the ending was dumb.
Ocean's Twelve, from 2004; the movie is just like Quantum of Solace and the Michael Bay transformers films, inasmuch that all of the movies are "we don't owe the audience anything" styles of stories.
The Shining ?/10
Holy fuck I don't know how to process this film
Halloween Kills my sense of smell for how bad it stunk.
The Scream Trilogy (Scream 1 to 3) - 9/10
honestly all pretty solid films from beginning to end, funny, scary, meta....it has it all. I think i liked one the first most, i'd probably give that one in particular a 10/10, mostly cause of Matthew Lillard.
Dune (2021) - 10/10
Loved every second of it. Literally the only thing I don’t like is that it’s cut in half. I truly hope part 2 gets made, because it will be a travesty if not. This was true cinematic immersion in IMAX, an experience on par with watching Blade Runner 2049 and Endgame in theaters.
EDIT: I appreciate that it’s cut in half to preserve the flow of the story and not be rushed; I meant I don’t like that I can’t watch the rest of it lol
To quote the black Widow movie “you need to sever the nerve”
The Green Knight 9/10
I watched this and Dune one after the other and they both felt like a cinematic renaissance in terms of ambitious and boundary pushing cinematography and sound design as the Green Knight is an unusual assault on the senses that is difficult to describe or conveniently fit into a cinematic genre or category.
It’s essentially a fantasy movie set in the King Arthur mythology and the premise is reasonably simple in that this clearly supernatural plant elemental Green Knight shows up at King Arthur’s courtroom round table at Christmas time offering anyone who dared to play a game with him where he would allow anyone to strike him with a blow but the game would following Christmas when the Green Knight gets return the blow. King Arthur’s eager to prove himself nephew jumps at this challenge with too much enthusiasm and the story starts from there.
If you find Game of Thrones too sadistic and Lord of the Rings too cheesy, full of CGI and epic this could the fantasy for you. The film is very weird, mysterious, slow and drenched in old English folklore and myth that feels authentic while allowing viewers into its unusual and magical world.
I clearly loved it and got a lot out of it but it’s certainly not for everyone as if you want instant accessibility and gratification probably best to the MCU movies but if you want a movie to gradually get in your subconscious and stay in your mind this is the kind of unusual genre movie for you.
Dune - 8/10. A little confusing but that's probably by design in some scenes. I think the biggest thing is that the film does an excellent job of feeling like its own sci-fi and isn't just an off-brand Star Wars (especially given how many desert planets are in Star Wars), especially since there's two bits during the movie that are similar to Jedi mind powers I.E. "these are not the droids you are looking for." Part 2 is definitely going to happen given the rave reception the movie is getting so this will be one to double-feature.
As somebody who read the book ages ago and remembers a gist of things, everything that could have been cut or altered was purely in service of pacing. You wouldn't really even know the differences or that anything was missing if you only saw the movie. Probably the biggest omission is they don't really explain who or what the Bene Geserit are, but as they barely even play a role in the beginning of the book as it is, I suspect Part 2 will fill in the blanks given what Jessica does, and Part 1 simply left them as 'mysterious' for the sake of having time to build up the world of Dune itself.
They play a huge role in the beginning of the novel. They're manipulating the entire political scene, which is barely mentioned, although the politics in general are barely explained at all, either. It's amazing to me that Villeneuve couldn't do a better job making this clear to a new audience when he had 3 hours to tell only half a story. Meanwhile Lynch managed to make their role and the politics completely clear in 2 hours while adapting the entire novel.
Villeneuve seemed to spend more time than on anything else doing lap after lap repetitively setting up Paul meeting Chani, as if the point of Dune was a teen love story. And he short-shrifted the ecological themes and politics that the book is actually about.
I feel like I watched a different movie than some of you. I was pretty badly let down by Villeneuve's Dune. I don't think I could give it more than a 6/10, with 4 of those points coming from visuals, maybe 1.5 points from the score, and .5 points for everything else, including actors' performances, which were mostly one note.
I don't know about The Specialist, but I do know The Specialists!
Specialist is a movie where Stallone is a assassin who uses controlled explosions. Years before he and James Woods were to assassinate a drug lord, but when Stallone finds the drug lord's kid is in the car he tries to abort, but fails. Now he works as a soldier of fortune. Now he is hired by Sharon Stone to kill the mob guys responsible for killing her parents when she was 8. Woods works for them and is using her to lure out Stallone and kill the mob guys. Stallone uses controlled explosives to keep offing the crew.
There is tons of stupidity in it. Stone plays an early twenty something but was mid thirties. Eric Roberts killed her parents and is actually only 2 years older in real life. Some of the explosion stuff is dumb. Woods chews all the scenery. Very dumb.
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