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The actual lord of the rings movies proper are well done in most regards. From well shot, well acted, and well paced.
While there are a few things here and there to nit-pic they are legitimately good movies by most objective standards.
The Hobbit movies, not so much.
The original star wars moves were great, the prequiles had ok, they had their good moments and bad but overall very enjoyable, and the disny ones for the most part suck when it comes to anything involving writing. The visuals are nice and the sound is on point, but god damn does it fuck up nearly everything else. It is like really shitty bottom of the barrel fan-fiction with that some how managed to get all the funding in the fucking world.
The problem I had with it is that it lacks the realism of the older trilogy. Like for example the orcs, in this they are huge, cartoony CGI things that ruin any kind of feeling that they are real beings, whereas in the Lord of the Rings they are just guys wearing a metric ton of make up and stuff, so they look realer and in proportion to the world they are in, not like they from a cartoon.
I'll give them this:
It's not every day you see a case of whitewashing AND cgi at the same time.
How do you feel about the The Hobbit (1977)?
you know the full animated one.
I actually like that one much better then the ill-advised hobbit trilogy.
I agree. The original animated feature met the tone of the book closer in my opinion. I see the story as one of innocent observation of the big world through the eyes of small but brave characters. The live action films however try to add this overly serious atmosphere on to every scene and overplay the drama, even going as far as to tack on a bunch of romance. It takes itself way too seriously.
I saw the first film.
What seems to persist in my mind is how this felt less like a sequel and more like a lot of things seem to feel like nowadays after more than a decade of inactivity: a reunion special.
For one I didn’t even see the first one in theaters. Two, I felt more taken aback by how far the four protagonist actors have come, with Harrelson and Stone having come a long way while Eisenberg and Breslin seem to have more in common with the director in terms of *ahem* film choices. But I think that’s why the film works: it knows a decade doesn’t just go by without drastic changes. Even with the continuity from Eisenberg’s fear of clowns to an oddball tribute to Bill Murray, by returning to his roots, Fleischer is not only able to work with his strengths but modify them if not fix them entirely. Hell, thanks to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Middleditch, there’s even a scene which I think pokes fun at the now archaic nature of Harrelson and Eisenberg’s characters from the first film without self-deprecating to the point it nullifies its own existence.
But without sidetracking, I think this film reminds me of a trope I used to be TOO obsessed with since the first Zombieland: deconstruction. In fact, the film almost even acknowledges how that trope has evolved since then given what all the characters go through in terms of their relationships and the way the apocalypse has changed since the first film. What was deconstruction became that same self deprecation until it finally became what actually was the definition of its undoing: self destruction (at least with the significance of this Babylon allusion). But thanks to a coincidental Terminator reference (given the Dark Fate trailer) it lead to the obvious cure: reconstruction. Like I said, I was too obsessed with the trope to give as proper an explanation as I obviously would’ve since seeing the first film.
Overall it was passable. It’s not a perfect movie, at least not compared to the first, but I don’t see how I could’ve made it perfect without bringing painfully subjective ideas to the table.
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Like every other Roman Polanski film I didn't really like it and don't really get why it got so much praise.
Every few years I give one of his films a chance and every few years I feel like I wasted my time in doing so. I just don't get it. The man is a hack both as a film maker and actor. Yet there are people to this day that act like he was some sort of genius.
If you didn't like Breaking Bad than you almost certainly wouldn't like this either, but given that this is a film made expressly for fans of the show, like myself, that whole prior statement kinda goes without saying. All in all, for me, it was really nice to see Vince bring back the magic, tension, atmosphere and exquisite pacing of BB in a way that's both satisfying and respectful to the story/characters, along with the audience in general. A brief, yet compelling epilogue that ties up what few loose ends remained, providing one last hurrah for just about everything people liked about this series to begin with.
To put it another way, El Camino is as good as something like Better Call Saul is bad. And BSC is about as bad, boring and crammed with unnecessary storytelling & filler as it gets. That's why I'm so thankful we got something like El Camino at all, given the cynical milking of the franchise through that complete garbage ass prequel. Worse yet that BCS will, and is, being dragged out for as long as possible, even in spite of the fact that it's so painfully unnecessary and is a story that didn't even need to be told in the first place. The fact that it's a prequel just adds insult to injury. Nothing could be further from BB in tone & actual artistic quality than BCS and it's honestly a turd that needs flushing down the toilet already.
Anyway, outside of harping on about BCS's abject awfulness any further, El Camino had some clever little twists & turns that genuinely caught me off guard, great pacing & drama, along with a few carefully & tastefully implemented callbacks which helped to further add to the story. I was never the biggest Jessie fan, but Aaron Paul really gives it his all here and his performance is quite impressive. Again, I'm really glad to see that this show got the extra send off & encore it deserved. Better yet to just cancel BCS and leave the damn thing alone now. The story's been fully told, so stop trying to squeeze blood from a stone and tarnish what's there for extra cash. Fucking lazy hacks all across the entertainment industry looking for a safe & easy buck. Sort of shit that will always make me sick.
The choice of song at the very end was also excellent. Sort of song I wished I'd managed to find & listen to on my own, but, either way, it fits the scene perfectly.
I thought i was going to read a great comfy review, and I enjoyed it until you started shitting on better call saul (which could be argued to be a better show than breaking bad).
Sorry you lost all credibility and I stopped reading right then and there.
Can't say I expected someone to come along to defend BCS of all things, especially here. Not that I really want to get into a senseless internet argument about this sort of crap, but outside of the brother character and his quirks, along with the relationship & ensuing drama that Jimmy has with him, I honestly didn't find anything compelling about that show whatsoever. Almost everything in it either just felt unnecessary, forced, or the worst kind of fan service level pandering. And at the end of the day, who fucking cares how Jimmy became Saul? Who himself was a rather minor supporting character, all things told (similar on the level of Skylar, Mike, or Hank, etc.), whom shined only because he was there to help spice up a much larger & more interesting story. And it's a story in which we know how it ends already, so, like many other prequels, it's a literally pointless narrative endeavor and any sense of tension is pretty much impossible to build, since, among other things, nothing can happen to Saul, or Mike, or Gus, or whomever else who appears in BB. Not to mention, that it's also highly restricted & limited in what it can do story wise since, again, it has to fit in & maintain canon with BB. The show should've honestly been its own thing, in its own universe, instead of hitching itself to the BB wagon, which in my estimation was done for no other reason than to cynically facilitate its further milking for profit. I only watched the first season a couple years ago and that was enough for me.
As an aside, just because I made a point of mentioning my distaste for BCS doesn't take away from how good El Camino is, nor does it invalidate the rest of what I said in regards to it. Disagree with me all you want about BCS, but, if you're a fan of BB at all, you'd be doing yourself a huge disservice by not checking out El Camino at some point.
didn't even know it was a thing, guess I'll try easing myself into watching movies again with this.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Maybe it's just me though, but Todd seemed way more likable/relatable in El Camino than I remember him being in BB. It's been a while since I've watched the show, but I seem to recall his character being more meanspirited or just plain annoying in certain ways, but maybe I'm misremembering. Either way, he almost has a bit of an autistic quality about him that makes him hard not to relate to on some level, at least for me. The fact that he's such a wholesome, cheery and almost obliviously child-like individual, while also being an oddly remorseful & sociopathic killer, makes for a rather interesting & likable combination. Him being such a hapless nincompoop on top of all this is also something that hits home for me, since I'm just as useless, if not moreso.I found it interesting how we see that he has a pet tarantula when the film takes us to his apartment. Is that supposed to be a reminder of how he shot that kid on the dirt bike? Perhaps inferring that his character is haunted by it in some way and keeps a tarantula as a reminder of what he did? Being Todd though, it could just as easily mean that he developed some quaint fascination with tarantulas afterwards and is totally aloof about any guilt one might expect him to feel about it.
that tarantua is literally the kids tarantula, he picked it up.
This is why you dont like bcs, you probably miss all the subtleties of it.
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Smdh wizzie, git gud at watching movies/series.
just watched maniac cop 1
it wasn't scary but turned out to be legitimately well acted and directed for a budget 80s horror flick, remarkably not at all cringy, it also stars bruce campbell fwiw
I flicked through bits of the sequel and it looks pretty crazy, can't wait
I like this movie a lot , watched it in 2011 i think and rememered it when you wrote about
It could be better though but , i like it
I think the main things that I didn't like about it was the mediocre acting, boring cinematography, and the writing has some problems that could have been fixed with either another draft or fixed with editing to fix some minor continuity issues and plot threads that don't go anywhere.
The concept is pretty good and the characters are interesting. It's the execution of many of the ideas that I had a problem with.
Not a big film buff, but I enjoyed watching three plus two. A soviet romantic comedy about… eh, I'll just copypaste the youtube video's description: "Three men vacation on a deserted beach near The Black Sea, trying to get away from succubi and society. However, two succubi arrive and try to claim the vacation spot as their own. The groups scheme to run each other off the beach." I'm sure you can already see why I decided to watch it in the first place. Didn't care much for the "romantic" part of the movie, but I liked the "comedy" part.
Well, to be honest, the only reason why I liked the movie is because of the Sundukov's character. Since the movie is a romcom, you can easily deduce that the 2 succubi get the 2 men. But the movie is three plus two, not two plus two. The "5th wheel", Sundukov, is the reason why I kept watching till the end. He is one of the few instances in movies of a truly wizardly character, not a crab-wiz amalgamation or something like that, but pure wizardry. Well, at least I think so. If you actually decide to watch the movie and don't agree with what I've said, feel free to prove me wrong.
I didn't find the movie anywhere else, I think the only version of this movie with english subtitles is the embedded link.
i didnt even notice the russian title or russian names in your description. i just thought huh.. weird font, and weird name sundukov. but playing the video i was like wait what are they saying?
the youtube automatic captioning works incredibly well though, holy shit i'm impressed
watching it now anyway your description makes it seem neat
Anyone got any favourite films about someone obsessively seeking greatness? Maybe with how their norman lives suffered for their obsession and everything falling apart around them. Looking at something to inspire me time to time.
Kuro-obi (black belt)
It is about karate and it is awesome.
This reminded me of warrior (2011) . A lot of the IMDb reviews are complaining it's cheesy MMA trash and I see that but one of the main characters actually could be seen as a relatable hero. He's a lonesome dude who returns home to his dysfunctional father to train him back up to fight in an mma championship. His brother is a norman and fighting for his family, but as far as unrealistic badass goes it's compatible with dysfunctional wizards.
Why did you not name the film?
I don't feel like doing a reverse image search to know what the fuck you are talking about.
All the time watching it i was stuggling to not have a panic attack, because i came to a theater first time in years, sounds were loud and fucked my heartbeat, and mostly because i was afraid people gonna see me smiling like and idiot all the way.
I know anxiety isn't rational but…
It is dark and everyone is focused on the screen. No one is looking at or gives a shit what facial expressions you make while watching the film.
it's called love exposure
it has its moments but yeah it's kind of shit
I watched that zatoichi meets yojimbo thing that some anon on lounge mentioned and it hooked me in, but now I see there's twenty (20) zatoichi films. Whoa. I know what I'm gonna be doing the rest of this year.
>>50970>what's the appeal of this film?
basically that it's a wacky ecchi anime but live action, it stands out
I had no clue it was already out.
It had no buzz or hype around it, probably due to sub par advertising.
Also you really made a fool of yourself with that ignorant comment. Really hope you aren't a representative of what kind of IQ it takes to enjoy the movie.
his comment looks pretty well educated tbh
It looks like a shitty cash grab like all the other shitty cash grabs that are based on digging up the long dead IP of something that has been totally done.
That's exactly how I felt about it when the trailer came out. The fact I find Ewan McGregor an awful, shitty actor didn't help, either. Plus I don't think The Shinning is that good of a movie in the first place, it's fairly unimaginative and if wasn't for Jack Nicholson's performance it would be a completely forgettable movie.
I think >>51049
has the right idea, too. I found about that movie by accident.
I mean I won't pay to watch it because movie theaters are filled with idiots talking and chewing but wth, I'll check a torrent for it eventually. Hopefully I find it to be as enjoyable as >>51048
Its not as good as The Shining of course but I would call the movie "serviceable" and what I mean by that is its at least worth one or two watches if you're particularly bored on any given day.
I also wasn't exactly thrilled about Ewan Mcgregor being cast as Danny Torrance as I was kind of hoping they'd get the original actor to return for the role but Ewan was surprisingly ok but I couldn't help of thinking of him as Obi Wan Kenobi all throughout the film.
Also Stephen King or the new director are clearly fans of George RR Martin and his "Song of Ice and Fire" a.k.a "Game of Thrones" because now apparently Danny and the new young black succubus character with the Shining can "Warg" just like Bran Stark or at least now their eyes turn white when they're engaging their "Shining" powers.
Oh yeah and the original actor ie "Dan Lloyd" did at least have a cameo as a spectator during a children's baseball game constantly commenting on a good child baseball player on the field who was ultimately to end up as food for "The True Knot" psychic/energy vampire type of group that travel the country and feed on people with the Shining by absorbing their "steam".
Yeah, the story of "Doctor Sleep" is definitely solid and I could see a superior remake of the movie in the far future should another genius level director on Stanley Kubrick's level or greater ever arise.
That MSpaint comic would be much more compelling if it brought up the fact that those opinions are state enforced, rather than just saying if something did or did not appen makes you some authoritarian.
Reccomend me some Noir movies. No Pulp Fiction, The Third Man, Citizen Kane.
I wouldn't really call any of those noir.
Anyway, did you try looking up a list of some of the best movies?
Chinatown and some of the Coen Brothers films, although that would probably be neo noir or something like that but the archetypes and genre tropes are all there.
No matter how hard you could try to find an evidence about so-called Armenian genocide, you will not reach any evidence.