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Which movie did you watch today and how would you rate it?

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A decent space survival movie. The premise is that there are three astronauts going to Mars (not for the first time; it's implied there is already a colony there and this is becoming a routine), but it turns out there is a fourth person on board and they don't have enough oxygen for everyone.

Reminds me of the classic short story by Tom Godwin, “The Cold Equations”, which has been the basis for several films and TV episodes.
 

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A decent space survival movie. The premise is that there are three astronauts going to Mars (not for the first time; it's implied there is already a colony there and this is becoming a routine), but it turns out there is a fourth person on board and they don't have enough oxygen for everyone.

Seems unlikely that Oxygen would be the constraint. Carbon Dioxide scrubbing would be a more plausible issue in such a scenario - they're going to die from high CO2 waaaaaay before low O2 becomes problematic.
I think they made the exact point in the movie. And it was about CO2 scrubber being broken. But if I recall correctly, the characters said something about CO2 not being a problem because they can just vent it to space... but how would they do that if they can't scrub it from the air? Hmm. Maybe I need to check that scene again.

Also the solution is not exactly scientifically plausible. Spoilers:


They get a single O2 canister from another part of the ship, which is supposed to keep one person alive for almost a year.

 

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Also the solution is not exactly scientifically plausible. Spoilers:


They get a single O2 canister from another part of the ship, which is supposed to keep one person alive for almost a year.



My interpretation of their solution:


I thought it was *liquid* oxygen they were collecting from the rocket stage that was unused in the burn. If it were in the liquid state then it would be far compressed compared to its gaseous state and thus when expanded into a gas could provide oxygen for a long time. I probably won't rewatch it to confirm, but that was my impression of what the suggested solution was.

 

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Before The Fire, 2/10; The movie is described as a thriller but it has no thrills. In the grip of a world pandemic a rising Hollywood actress is tricked into fleeing Los Angeles to her rural hometown. And what follows is an utterly tedious meander through vague storylines about previous relationships and conflicts. There isn't much dialogue and a lot more of the soap opera style staring into the distance looking sincere. Dreadful movie.
 

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Wonder Woman '84 (spoilers) - An interesting tale about a couple lost to circumstances, reforming their bond 70 or so years later. At least, that seemed to be the movie I was watching. Because other than the opening intro of Wonder Woman cheating to try and win, there was almost no sense of action at all for 90 minutes! And sometimes, this can be a slow burn, this wasn't. Perhaps the best part was the stealing of a fighter jet of some sort, and flying it to Egypt, which is pretty far away, and not getting straight to it, as there were fireworks that needed to be seen. Oh, and the whole super satellite, goodness it was dumb. The characters suck. They just suck because they are flat, with almost no dimension except when the writer wanted to shove it into the plot after having forgetting to deal with it. The Bad Guy's son, was directed and written so poorly, he could have easily been mistaken for Bella, due to the lack of dialogue. For being an Amazonian, Diana is really a puff ball. And seriously, 70 years to figure out you have other powers?

The final fight scene had all the satisfaction of the battle scene in Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part Two. And that itself is made even less compelling due to the ridiculous plot of Genie Man. There is allegedly a naughty god behind this and I thought maybe this would turn to that, but nope, Genie Man is it. Oh and Catwoman... I mean Cheetah, who's origin story seemed umm... similar to that of the feline persuasion in Batman. But unlike Catwoman (played in Returns or Dark Knights Rises), this character was just uncompelling. They set up a bit of groundwork, but then her transition becomes a bit like Skywalker, who goes from confused to child murderer with a second thought.

The only redeeming quality of this movie is the Rifftrax by Pehl and Nelson. They killed it. I wasn't expecting much, but at the 90 minute mark, I was having a hard time wanting to finish this, even with a great riff.

1.5 of 4 (DC sucks)

3,5 of 4 (Rifftrax Riff, DC owes them a cut)
 

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Wonder Woman '84 (spoilers) - An interesting tale about a couple lost to circumstances, reforming their bond 70 or so years later. At least, that seemed to be the movie I was watching. Because other than the opening intro of Wonder Woman cheating to try and win, there was almost no sense of action at all for 90 minutes! And sometimes, this can be a slow burn, this wasn't. Perhaps the best part was the stealing of a fighter jet of some sort, and flying it to Egypt, which is pretty far away, and not getting straight to it, as there were fireworks that needed to be seen. Oh, and the whole super satellite, goodness it was dumb. The characters suck. They just suck because they are flat, with almost no dimension except when the writer wanted to shove it into the plot after having forgetting to deal with it. The Bad Guy's son, was directed and written so poorly, he could have easily been mistaken for Bella, due to the lack of dialogue. For being an Amazonian, Diana is really a puff ball. And seriously, 70 years to figure out you have other powers?

The final fight scene had all the satisfaction of the battle scene in Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part Two. And that itself is made even less compelling due to the ridiculous plot of Genie Man. There is allegedly a naughty god behind this and I thought maybe this would turn to that, but nope, Genie Man is it. Oh and Catwoman... I mean Cheetah, who's origin story seemed umm... similar to that of the feline persuasion in Batman. But unlike Catwoman (played in Returns or Dark Knights Rises), this character was just uncompelling. They set up a bit of groundwork, but then her transition becomes a bit like Skywalker, who goes from confused to child murderer with a second thought.

The only redeeming quality of this movie is the Rifftrax by Pehl and Nelson. They killed it. I wasn't expecting much, but at the 90 minute mark, I was having a hard time wanting to finish this, even with a great riff.

1.5 of 4 (DC sucks)

3,5 of 4 (Rifftrax Riff, DC owes them a cut)

Heh, I warned you months ago it wasn't good.
 

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One of the best lines in the Riff was when Diana was talking about Asteria, and the battle where she sacrifices herself, I think Nelson remarked, "That sounds like a better movie." Indeed, this film fails in providing a comic book movie. The opening sequence is about 'oh look, the deity is doing well until she encounters a cliche'. They could have introduced the naughty god instead and given context there to help explain the character who creates the wishing crystal. (Can we also get to the point where he wanted to wish after originally already making the wish to become one with the crystal?) These gods always seem to be an after thought, and really require some screen time to provide context.

The final nail in the coffin was the short cut scene post part of the credits, then needing to pop up on the next credit to explain what in the heck you just saw.

To make things clear, I love the Pehl and Nelson's chemistry in their Rifftrax efforts, which is why I watched this film. I was just surprised at how not good this movie was. It was almost like another origin story film. I thought it funny, the world tearing apart and wondering where in the heck Superman was. The DC universe needs better writers.

Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe - Fantastical story about people and animals (actually mostly animals) held captive by a witch, continually praying that their worthless god will come to help them after not doing so for over a century, and then when the god decides to help, he does so by providing the cause four children who aren't even teenagers to fight his war for him, with absolutely no training or guidance at all. His one great act is avoiding death by using a loophole in the code. He eventually finally steps up, after countless people suffer and or die, when he could have done so a bit earlier. Regardless, they still worship this god because there is nothing better to worship, and when he walks off to go lick his balls, one notes, don't worry he'll be back when we need him, yeah a century or two after you need him. Kind of why Bree says "Aslan is mighty and great, but he does seem to suffer from a short attention span."

The movie follows the book and then inserts a major battle that CS Lewis alludes to happening but didn't actually get into because, not that great of a writer? It is well done overall.

3 of 4
 

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The movie follows the book and then inserts a major battle that CS Lewis alludes to happening but didn't actually get into because, not that great of a writer? It is well done overall.

3 of 4
Tolkien did this a lot, too. I suspect the concept of battle was too close to the bone for them to consider it acceptable children's book material.
 
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Watched a couple of double features this week. :)

Wednesday night. Watched at a Community Centre.

Dark City Director Cut. Been a few years since i watched this. A touch heavy handed, but still a good watch, mostly for the atmosphere if not the plot. Paused an hour into the movie to allow a late scraggler a chance to settle down in the bean bags we were watching from. :D

The Matrix: I forgot how much fun this was. It had a humour and charm that the po-faced sequals lacked.

Friday night. Regular cinema so no pause for a toilet break in the movie - had to wait for the interval. :p

A Quiet Place.
Great fun all rising from the tension. Everything felt on point. And the best part was the family interaction...
A Quiet Place part II
... Which due to events in the first film was lacking here. A flashback to before the first movie was possibly the warmest and most chamring part. Though Reagan (the deaf daughter) holds her own in this. Still worth a look.
 

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I started Breach. I doubt that I'll finish it.

But I did enjoy that the spaceship had suspended animation for the passengers and also had warp speed.

Plus I enjoyed when the crew thrust themselves back in their chairs to show how much g-force they had to endure to go all the way from stopped to many-times-the-speed-of-light in just a few seconds. They even shook the camera a little bit, because, you know, that would be a lot of g-force.
 

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I started Breach. I doubt that I'll finish it.

But I did enjoy that the spaceship had suspended animation for the passengers and also had warp speed.

Plus I enjoyed when the crew thrust themselves back in their chairs to show how much g-force they had to endure to go all the way from stopped to many-times-the-speed-of-light in just a few seconds. They even shook the camera a little bit, because, you know, that would be a lot of g-force.

The flight from Brisbane to London only takes around thirty hours (including one stop); I would gladly take a suspended animation option if it were available.

And the inertial dampener McGuffin is a black box. Why should it be perfectly effective, when a bleed through of a couple of gs would be tolerable?
 

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Army of the Dead.

Well, this movie now replaces Suckerpunch as Snyder's worst movie.

A zombie outbreak occurs in Las Vegas because a newly married couple perform oral sex (not joking). To contain the outbreak, the US Government surrounds Vegas with a wall of container stacks and sets up a refugee camp right next to the zombie infected city (not joking). This seems to isolate the outbreak so a few years afterwards, congress decides it's now super important to nuke Vegas (nope, still not joking). Because of this, a multi-billionaire hires a burger flipper to break into a casino in Vegas just days before it gets nuked so that the casino the multi-billionaire owns to steal a couple of hundred million dollars that was already insured and the billionaire has already been reimbursed by the US Government (there was a conversation between the billionaire and burger flipper about this so the viewers realise how redundant this caper is).

I deliberately made that last sentence as confusing as possible to follow so you can appreciate how I felt watching all this exposition at the time.

Burger flipper promises to give three quarters of the money to the billionaire despite facing all the risk and immediately organises a squad to perform this heist. An obligatory recruitment montage occurs (you don't really need to pay attention) and this group of misfits hired by a burger flipper who the billionaire has no time to vet are off to Vegas to perform the heist.

Then the movie stops making sense.

Honestly, this movie ticks all the boxes one would expect from a Snyder movie that Zack Snyder by now should really know better than to do. Unnecessary slow motions scenes? Fuck yeah. An incredibly superfluous intro? Of course! Shitty cover versions of popular songs? You betcha. Cringe worthy dialogue that feels as though it was written by Aaron Sorkin after he was force fed lead based paint for several years? This movie goes for two and a half fucking hours, it hits all the classic Snyder-esque shitty techniques! It's unbelievable how much effort was put in this masticated cum stain of a dumpster fire movie so let's give it recognition for what it did accomplish:

- I now no longer believe Garret Dillahunt is a good actor.
- It was a survival horror movie and I stopped giving a fuck who was going to live through to the end within the first 30 minutes.
- One of Siegfried & Roy's tigers becomes a zombie and nobody cares
- Zombies cure global warming. This is shown as they discover zombies prefer warm flesh, an yet aren't motivated in the Nevada sun. The only possible explanation is that Las Vegas becomes quite temperate in a zombie apocalypse.
- This movie has all the types of zombies. Fast, 28 Days Later zombies, slow George A Romero zombies, zombies that use basic tools like in Ghosts of Mars, that tiger zombie, a horse zombie, a zombie fetus, zombies that may or may not have glowing blue eyes (that could have just been because of shitty cinematography) and even zombies that only move about if it is raining. This movie does what I thought was impossible; it portrays all these types of zombies in such an uninspiring manner you end up not giving a fuck about any of them.
- That scene in Indiana Jones and the Redundant Sequel where Indiana Jones survives a nuclear explosion by hiding in a fridge? Zack Snyder brings back that idiotic meme, except with a bank vault.

This movie isn't "so bad it's good". It's more, "you had everything going for you and you still fucked it up". The most plausible part of this movie is that in a zombie apocalypse, Sean Spicer and Donna Brazile become relevant media personalities again. And no, I'm not joking - Spicer and Brazile have cameo appearances as talking head pundits in this because why fucking not? This could have been really fun to watch, except they removed all the fun and left in the painfully fucking stupid.

Watch this only if you feel you need to be punished for some unspeakable atrocity you've committed in a previous life.
 

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Watch this only if you feel you need to be punished for some unspeakable atrocity you've committed in a previous life.

So, in the very small continuum space between Highlander 2 and Dark Phoenix, where would it lie?
 

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Watch this only if you feel you need to be punished for some unspeakable atrocity you've committed in a previous life.

So, in the very small continuum space between Highlander 2 and Dark Phoenix, where would it lie?

I'd lean towards Dark Phoenix. Mainly because zombie movies are instant cash cows just like comic book movies and both Phoenix and Army fucked it. At least with Highlander 2 you can have the debate between friends over beers whether that or Zardoz was Connery's worst movie.
 

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Watch this only if you feel you need to be punished for some unspeakable atrocity you've committed in a previous life.

So, in the very small continuum space between Highlander 2 and Dark Phoenix, where would it lie?

I'd lean towards Dark Phoenix. Mainly because zombie movies are instant cash cows just like comic book movies and both Phoenix and Army fucked it. At least with Highlander 2 you can have the debate between friends over beers whether that or Zardoz was Connery's worst movie.
I am saddened by the fact that you’d be able to assess its placement, which means you’ve had the misfortune of seeing those two other travesties.
 

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Thanks for the warning! I was considering watching that film. Didn't realize it was a Snyder film. I still feel bitter about Suckerpunch.
 

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Thanks for the warning! I was considering watching that film. Didn't realize it was a Snyder film. I still feel bitter about Suckerpunch.

I just looked through Zack Snyder's filmography. It's not impressive. That guy seems able to fuck up anything. He didn't fuck up Watchmen too bad. Because he stuck to the original story and didn't get creative. But it's still a pretty flat movie.

But I need to see how Snyder manages to fuck up a zombie movie. I didn't think that was possible.
 

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Thanks for the warning! I was considering watching that film. Didn't realize it was a Snyder film. I still feel bitter about Suckerpunch.

I just looked through Zack Snyder's filmography. It's not impressive. That guy seems able to fuck up anything. He didn't fuck up Watchmen too bad. Because he stuck to the original story and didn't get creative. But it's still a pretty flat movie.

But I need to see how Snyder manages to fuck up a zombie movie. I didn't think that was possible.

I thought 300 and Dawn Of The Dead were pretty good. :shrug:
 

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The Croupier, 6/10; Stars Clive Owen as a struggling writer who is manipulated into taking a job as a croupier in a Casino. It's a rather convoluted and lengthy story with some interesting plot lines. The twist at the end was a bit of a surprise and there are a couple of loose ends that could have been cleared up.

Summer of '84, 7/10; A mystery/horror movie set in a smallish town back in 1984. The plot revolves around a young kid that has a lively imagination and a number of kids in the area that have disappeared. He convinces his friends that his neighbor, a highly respected cop, is somehow involved in these disappearances. The kids try to gather evidence to support the theory and things start to get weird.
 

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Star Wars, A New Hope. 9/10

just watched this with my 9 year old. I hadn’t watched it in years and it was her first viewing. It really holds up well after all these years. Only a few additions by Lucas seemed a little out of place, but some actually helped with the story telling. The relatively tight story telling just points out how far the recent movies have strayed. It’s hard to point to any major flaws and the minor ones don’t take away from the experience. My kid is eager to watch Empire now. It’ll be interesting to see how she views that one, considering the substantial change in tone.
 

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The 7 Year Itch with Marylin Monroe. Ran on a regular TV channel.

Whatever 'it' was, she had it.
 

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Thanks for the warning! I was considering watching that film. Didn't realize it was a Snyder film. I still feel bitter about Suckerpunch.

I just looked through Zack Snyder's filmography. It's not impressive. That guy seems able to fuck up anything. He didn't fuck up Watchmen too bad. Because he stuck to the original story and didn't get creative. But it's still a pretty flat movie.

But I need to see how Snyder manages to fuck up a zombie movie. I didn't think that was possible.

I thought 300 and Dawn Of The Dead were pretty good. :shrug:

Yes, I agree 300 is great. I will amend my earlier appraisal of him. He does have talent. But is hit'n'miss. Mostly miss.

I hadn't heard of the 2004 Dawn of the Dead before. I want to see this! I cannot get enough of zombies.
 

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now seeing the Honest Trailer, yup, not sorry to skip this one.



[YOUTUBE]https://youtu.be/OxcrNPqaZuI[/YOUTUBE]
 

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Summer of '42, 6/10; Released in 1971 this movie is a "coming of age' story set in 1942 on the island of Nantucket. Stars Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes and Jerry Houser. Three teenage boys are vacationing on Nantucket and are determined to "get laid". One of the boys becomes smitten by an older woman and awkwardly tries to befriend her. The woman's husband is in the military and is sent to fight abroad so he does start to make some headway in striking up a friendship with her. There are some good parts to the movie but I think it is overrated. Although the scene where the main character "Hermie" is in the drugstore trying to buy condoms is very good.
 

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Summer of '42, 6/10; Released in 1971 this movie is a "coming of age' story set in 1942 on the island of Nantucket. Stars Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes and Jerry Houser. Three teenage boys are vacationing on Nantucket and are determined to "get laid". One of the boys becomes smitten by an older woman and awkwardly tries to befriend her. The woman's husband is in the military and is sent to fight abroad so he does start to make some headway in striking up a friendship with her. There are some good parts to the movie but I think it is overrated. Although the scene where the main character "Hermie" is in the drugstore trying to buy condoms is very good.

I feel the same. It was considered a heart-catching coming of age story when it was released. To me, now, it seems less substantial, and it plays off the plot of Tea and Sympathy too much for comfort. Drugstore scene is good, and in the same way, the evocation of the war years.
 

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Summer of '42, 6/10; Released in 1971 this movie is a "coming of age' story set in 1942 on the island of Nantucket. Stars Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes and Jerry Houser. Three teenage boys are vacationing on Nantucket and are determined to "get laid". One of the boys becomes smitten by an older woman and awkwardly tries to befriend her. The woman's husband is in the military and is sent to fight abroad so he does start to make some headway in striking up a friendship with her. There are some good parts to the movie but I think it is overrated. Although the scene where the main character "Hermie" is in the drugstore trying to buy condoms is very good.

I feel the same. It was considered a heart-catching coming of age story when it was released. To me, now, it seems less substantial, and it plays off the plot of Tea and Sympathy too much for comfort. Drugstore scene is good, and in the same way, the evocation of the war years.

I saw this movie years ago and I seem to remember really enjoying it so I thought I would watch it again. Alas, my memory must have been playing tricks as I didn't think it was particularly good. The drugstore scene stands out and there are a couple of other scenes that are memorable but overall the movie is pretty bland. I don't think I have seen the sequel, Summer of '44.
 

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Summer of '42, 6/10; Released in 1971 this movie is a "coming of age' story set in 1942 on the island of Nantucket. Stars Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes and Jerry Houser. Three teenage boys are vacationing on Nantucket and are determined to "get laid". One of the boys becomes smitten by an older woman and awkwardly tries to befriend her. The woman's husband is in the military and is sent to fight abroad so he does start to make some headway in striking up a friendship with her. There are some good parts to the movie but I think it is overrated. Although the scene where the main character "Hermie" is in the drugstore trying to buy condoms is very good.

This movie came out when I was 10 years old, so I was too young to watch it in the theater. However, Mad Magazine (my older brother subscribed) had its satirical take on it that I remember pretty well, especially the drugstore scene. Hermie is in the drugstore saying to the clerk, "I'd like to buy some whisper, whisper, whisper. From then on out, Hermie and the clerk described his request as a whisper, whisper, whisper. I remember thinking that was kind of funny and interesting, but I had know idea what the whisper, whisper, whisper meant. It was not until I was in my 30's that I rented the video and did the old forehead slap and realized it was about condoms. Duh. I guess I never figured it out at age 10, because I didn't even know what a condom was back then. I probably didn't even knew what sex was.
 

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Coming of age story of a boy abandoned by his mother to the care of two aging great-uncles.

I've never actually seen this movie until today. Most everyone has seen the beer and ribs fight scene, but the whole movie is definitely worth a watching. The three main actors all turn in excellent performances, especially Robert Duvall as Hub.
 

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The Mitchells verses The Machines - An enjoyable family romp about a dysfunctional family dealing with an impending robot apocalypse. Plenty of cliches, but the animation has some fresh style to it. The loaf of bread does steal the show. The movie, while not very authentic, doesn't overstay its welcome (nor does it lag) and competently manages the billion time told stories of a teen becoming an adult and family road trips. 3 of 4
 

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This movie won 5 Oscars including Best Picture. Some of the plot elements are over the top, but Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine both did a good job. I enjoyed it.
 

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Coming of age story of a boy abandoned by his mother to the care of two aging great-uncles.

I've never actually seen this movie until today. Most everyone has seen the beer and ribs fight scene, but the whole movie is definitely worth a watching. The three main actors all turn in excellent performances, especially Robert Duvall as Hub.

One of my favorites! Never understood why it didn't draw more attention.
 

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I think Sascha Baron Cohen is one of the most overrated comedians. I just don't find him that funny. This movie is a case in point: most of its jokes are based on either racist stereotypes, misogyny, and gratuitous display of both male and female genitals. Only part I found funny was the helicopter scene where Cohen and Jason Mantzoukas are pretending to be American tourists, but even that was a throw-away sketch that didn't really advance the plot at all.
 

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now seeing the Honest Trailer, yup, not sorry to skip this one.

[YOUTUBE]https://youtu.be/OxcrNPqaZuI[/YOUTUBE]

I saw this yesterday. I love zombie movies. I thought I'd love this one as well. Nope, I literally fell asleep. I couldn't keep focus. The story is the weakest shit in history. The film would have been better if they'd just skipped any of the dialogue. The story added absolutely nothing. Yet, there was a lot of talking. Talk talk talk talk. None relevant to anything.

I should say that I only saw the first half. I gave up 45 minutes in. What a load of absolute crap.

None of the zombie deaths were entertaining. None of any of the deaths were interesting. I didn't care enough about any character to be sad to see them go. The zombie spread montage following the opening scene... what a snoozefest. It was all just "cool" shots without any connection to the story. The idiotic derivative story. A child could have written that script. I hope a child did write it. It would explain a lot.

It's astonishing how in the opening scene, how the escaping first zombie from the armoured truck, the filmmakers completely failed to create any tension. Before the zombie appears, we haven't seen it yet. We don't know what it is. We know it's probably a zombie. Because it's in the title of the movie. But we don't really know. After it appears it kills every soldier in seconds. Except the two that run away. What? Where's the tension and horror in that? The two soldiers who run away then have a nonsensical conversation about that it's probably safe now and they both stop. Why? Then the zombie suddenly appear out of nowhere and murders both of them in the space of one second. So now all the soldiers are dead. If there's none of the soldiers left, where's the tension? What should I as a viewer care about?

The Dave Bautista character has a sad background and is traumatised. At the point it was introduced I'd been overwhelmed by so much irrelevant information I couldn't care any less. I was burned out already.

What a stinking heap of shit.

I'm baffled it's possible to fail this hard with a zombie movie.
 

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It was all just "cool" shots without any connection to the story. The idiotic derivative story.

That was my impression of Snyder’s other abomination of a movie Sucker Punch. The guy can do good when given a comic book to work from (300, Watchmen) then someone else is supplying the story and what the visuals should be. If anything is left to his discretion then it quickly goes to crap
 

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit - A film noir... with cartoon characters. The tech in this film is under-rated even when rating it highly, mostly hidden in minute details that can be overlooked. The story is good ole fashion cliché intermixed with cartoon cliché, but the ride is wonderful. The HD transfer is incredible and shows few signs of weaknesses. 3.5 of 4
The Dictator
5/10


I think Sascha Baron Cohen is one of the most overrated comedians. I just don't find him that funny. This movie is a case in point: most of its jokes are based on either racist stereotypes, misogyny, and gratuitous display of both male and female genitals. Only part I found funny was the helicopter scene where Cohen and Jason Mantzoukas are pretending to be American tourists, but even that was a throw-away sketch that didn't really advance the plot at all.
He is like Andy Kaufman. He has his moments, and I get what he is trying, but some of his comedy is overshooting the target or has the nuance of firing a rocket propelled grenade at an archery target.
 

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Get The Gringo
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Decent thriller with Mel Gibson playing a suave criminal who gets locked up in a Mexican jail and has to use his wits to get out and get back at the people who put him there. Only thing that bothers me is that I couldn't figure out what he had against the shipping magnate at the end, and who was that guy anyway? Was it foreshadowed at all or did I miss something?
 

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Get The Gringo
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Decent thriller with Mel Gibson playing a suave criminal who gets locked up in a Mexican jail and has to use his wits to get out and get back at the people who put him there. Only thing that bothers me is that I couldn't figure out what he had against the shipping magnate at the end, and who was that guy anyway? Was it foreshadowed at all or did I miss something?

Sounds similar to Payback, another MG movie, which I very much liked.
 

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I think Sascha Baron Cohen is one of the most overrated comedians. I just don't find him that funny. This movie is a case in point: most of its jokes are based on either racist stereotypes, misogyny, and gratuitous display of both male and female genitals. Only part I found funny was the helicopter scene where Cohen and Jason Mantzoukas are pretending to be American tourists, but even that was a throw-away sketch that didn't really advance the plot at all.

I think he can be funny when he's pranking people with one of his outlandish characters, but this was not that.

If you want a movie where a rich, entitled, and out of touch asshole turns his life around and becomes a good guy because he falls in love with a woman far beneath his status, then you need to watch "Arthur" starring Dudley Moore.

Arthur is a spoiled brat who has had everything handed to him on a sliver platter. He's a raging drunk. He's terrible to his fiancee. The man who shepherded him through life is subjected to endless abuse, but Dudley Moore somehow manages to make Arthur a sympathetic character. He's funny. He's lovable despite his many, many flaws. Pretty early on in the film, you're rooting for him.

Cohen's character in The Dictator misses that mark by a country mile.
 

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Good On Paper, 6/10; A Netflix original about female stand up comic Andrea who befriends a man Dennis after a chance encounter at an airport terminal. The two go on to become good pals, hanging out together etc. After a while Dennis announces he wants Andrea to be his girlfriend as they seem to be very compatible. A hesitant Andrea eventually comes round to the idea and starts to fall for Dennis. As things progress, Dennis is not the person Andrea is lead to believe he is. The movie is a light hearted comedy and has some amusing moments but no belly laughs.
 

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Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland get lost at sea and eat their friends.
 

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Not a horror movie fan, but the fat kid with his weird inverted nipples shall haunt my nightmares forever.
 

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Becky, 7/10; Stars Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale in a horror/thriller. The movie starts off pretty well as Kevin James playing the part of a violent neo nazi Dominick escapes prison with three buddies. They head to a remote lake house to retrieve a key (it's not explained what the key is for) where Becky and her father and fiancé and fiancé's son are vacationing. The goons take the family prisoner but Becky, a thirteen year old girl escapes and she has the key. What follows next is a battle of attrition. It has some good tension and a lot of gore. Pretty decent movie for the genre.
 

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Pig: ummmmm.5/hm?

this is one of those movies that is abstract in a way that makes it hard to describe or explain or even review.
the extremely base bones concept is: nicolas cage is a mountain dwelling hobo with a truffle pig. the pig gets pignapped. he goes on a quest to get it back.

what follows is the fucking weidest mash of things i've seen in a long time.
none of it is particularly original or even well done, it's just so damn weird to see it smooshed together the way it is.
if you ever wanted to see what would happen if you put john wick, fight club, ratatouille, chocolat, a mob boss drama, and every slow-burn northwest pacific thriller ever made into a blender, this is it.

i think it was good? ish? sort of?
like i said nothing about it is particularly remarkable or memorable, it's just bits of other movies frankensteined together, but the direction and cinematography are pure arthouse snobbery, and it's just so damn *bizarre* i don't know if i liked it on its own merits or just for having the balls to even exist.
 

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The Proposition, 6/10; Stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emma Thomson and John Hurt in a western type movie set in 1880s Australia. Charlie (Pearce) and Mikey Burns are wanted criminals captured by police chief Miller (Winstone). Mikey (Charlie's younger brother) is going to hang in nine days. Miller makes a proposition to Charlie to capture his older brother Arthur and he will save Mikey from the gallows. Charlie sets off to find his older brother. who is hiding in caves. The cinematography and scenery is wonderful and the action is violent.
 
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