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I've been diving back into the rabbit hole that is "Dust" while killing time at work. I watched CTRL-Z tonight. The channel is a mixed bag, but this one - clocking in at just 21 minutes - is one of the many good ones. Simple. Funny. Sweet. With some unintended consequences.

 

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The Battle at Lake Changjin

3/5


This one is interesting because it's a Hollywood style big budget blockbuster where the commies are the good guys and the Americans kick-the-dog evil.

It's refreshing for a change. It's also a stark reminder how easy it is to make engaging propaganda that effortlessly slides into the brain, in spite of being complete nonsense.

Mao talking about paper tigers is a paper thin portrayal.

Even though it is interesting I dislike Hollywood style films. So the rating is on par. The special effects are impressive.
 

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I've been diving back into the rabbit hole that is "Dust" while killing time at work. I watched CTRL-Z tonight. The channel is a mixed bag, but this one - clocking in at just 21 minutes - is one of the many good ones. Simple. Funny. Sweet. With some unintended consequences.
Pretty decent, 7/10.
 

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The Wanderers, 6/10; a cult classic from 1979 starring Ken Wahl as the leader of an Italian American street gang known as the Wanderers in 1960s Bronx. An adaptation of a book which I suspect is better than the movie but was reasonably entertaining as it covered some interesting themes and had a good soundtrack. Friendships and loyalties are put to the test as gang leader Richie tries to form a coalition of gangs to face down another neighborhood gang. Some odd scenes like the game of strip poker are a bit baffling but quite funny. Oh, and don’t fuck with the baldies!
 
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Avatar: The Way of Water trailer - sigh. Not exactly a day one watch. Felt like it could have been outtakes from the first movie.

Multiverse of Madness - Loved it! I don't go for spoilers so I didn't know who the villain was going to be. And it was great. Could partly feel for the villian even. Good fun for the price of a ticket.
 

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 8/10; Available on Kanopy. Stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrence Stamp. A really good movie, ahead of its time maybe as it deals with gay/trans themes. The story revolves around three very different characters who are drag queen cabaret performers making their way from Sydney to Alice Springs by road for a gig. Released in 1994 this movie was very successful and critically acclaimed and it's easy to see why. It's hard to say who the stand out actor was in this but Guy Pearce and Terrence Stamp were particularly good.
 

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9/10 Interesting take on a multiverse theme. I like films that make you think, laugh and cry in the same sitting. This has all the components.
 

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Top Gun: Maverick
Some huge plot holes, unrealistic military/operational sequences, but lots of fun anf worth seeing. Also, Jennifer Connelly is still the hottest woman on planet earth. 😊

Dr Strange: Not the best Marvel movie, a little disjointed storyline, but also fun and worth seeing.
 

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Top Gun: Maverick
Some huge plot holes, unrealistic military/operational sequences, but lots of fun anf worth seeing.
I understand TC did all his own flying. Kinda' surprised the movie's insurer allowed that.
 

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Some huge plot holes, unrealistic military/operational sequences, but lots of fun anf worth seeing.
I understand TC did all his own flying. Kinda' surprised the movie's insurer allowed that.
I think TC was in the plane with someone else flying. And all of the actors did it.
This is more accurate. TC does fly, the P-51 in the film is his personal aircraft, but scenes where they are pulling G's in the F-18 were all filmed with the actors in the back seat, and a Navy pilot flying.
 

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Scientologist crackpot or not, I've always appreciated Tom Cruise doing (some of) his own stunts.
 

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Top Gun: Maverick
Some huge plot holes, unrealistic military/operational sequences, but lots of fun anf worth seeing.
I understand TC did all his own flying. Kinda' surprised the movie's insurer allowed that.
I think TC was in the plane with someone else flying. And all of the actors did it.
This is more accurate. TC does fly, the P-51 in the film is his personal aircraft, but scenes where they are pulling G's in the F-18 were all filmed with the actors in the back seat, and a Navy pilot flying.
This makes more sense. Not only would a pilot have to concentrate on flying intricate maneuvers but also concentrate on acting.
 

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Top Gun: Maverick
Some huge plot holes, unrealistic military/operational sequences, but lots of fun anf worth seeing.
I understand TC did all his own flying. Kinda' surprised the movie's insurer allowed that.
I think TC was in the plane with someone else flying. And all of the actors did it.
This is more accurate. TC does fly, the P-51 in the film is his personal aircraft, but scenes where they are pulling G's in the F-18 were all filmed with the actors in the back seat, and a Navy pilot flying.
I presume Harrison Ford was involved too, maybe not actually flying for the movie, but encroaching on the fighter's airspace with his Cessna. :D
Scientologist crackpot or not, I've always appreciated Tom Cruise doing (some of) his own stunts.
Yeah, that scene in MI-5 when he is jumping on the TSV, and then the had the helicopter explode right next to it, while going 100 mph... very impressive. ;)
 

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Fantastic Beast and How to Milk a Franchise For Money - This is an odd one. At points in the film, I feel like it is telling a nice quaint story. But then at other points, I feel like I'm being milked like a cow for money... and not in the good sort of way. The title of the film, sarcasm aside, seems to tell of a different story, where as the main mission is actually about movie forward with another plot, and the establishment of another big bad. By the end of the movie, kind of left thinking... well, it is a trilogy.

2.5 of 4
 

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Scientologist crackpot or not, I've always appreciated Tom Cruise doing (some of) his own stunts.
Yeah, that scene in MI-5 when he is jumping on the TSV, and then the had the helicopter explode right next to it, while going 100 mph... very impressive. ;)
Maybe I should not have put "some of" in parenthesis. It's more like "one stunt per movie", usually hanging on a building wearing safety harness or something. But he's over 50, so it's worth a thumbs up. Imagine what MI franchise would be if they'd cast Bruce Willis...
 

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Fantastic Beasts and the Secret(s?) of Dumbledore - Ever have that feeling you wasted 2.5 hours just watching YouTube? Well, this is like that, just without the YouTube. I was expecting something to happen. And then nothing really happened. Movie 2 was like half a movie turned into a full movie. Movie 3 was a short story (a pretty short story) turned into a movie. I will say that the writers at least came up with a very creative way to justify the filler needed to pad out a short story into a full length motion picture. I have HBO Max as part of my Internet, otherwise, I'd been a bit more upset having wasted 2.5 hours for effectively a half hour of actual plot content.

And this is setting aside the really really REALLY cheap ending.

1.5 of 4
 

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9/10 Interesting take on a multiverse theme. I like films that make you think, laugh and cry in the same sitting. This has all the components.
i'm curious... have you heard of or seen the first film this writer/director duo made, swiss army man?
if so, what did you think of it?

EEAAO has been getting rave reviews from every direction and i... kinda fuckin' hated it, because it's such an enormous pile of shit compared to swiss army man and i was so hugely disappointed, so i've been trying to figure out if i disliked it on its own merits or just because of what a monumental let-down it was compared to their first movie.
 

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Jurassic World Dominion (7.5/10)

A rare "blockbuster" watch for me, but I actually had a lot of fun! I seem to have enjoyed this one rather more than the critics in fact. The human plotlines were silly of course, but you sort of expect that in the fifth sequel to a film that didn't need two (or in any Trevorrow film for that matter). The point is to see people running about chased by dinosaurs, and there was plenty of that. I was very pleased to see how many of said dinosaurs were allowed to grow their feathers this time around, and both surprised and pleased when they ran into a Dimetredon, not a dinosaur but one of my favorite extinct creatures when I was a kid. Maybe the least obscure Permian beast, but Permian beasts are all obscure, so I still count it as a win.
 

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Jurassic World Dominion (7.5/10)
Been thinking about taking the wife to see it. She loves the original Jurassic Park and she loves the Sam Neill character. We haven't seen a movie in a theater since Avatar.
 

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Been thinking about taking the wife to see it. She loves the original Jurassic Park and she loves the Sam Neill character. We haven't seen a movie in a theater since Avatar.
He's... well, he's in it.

We saw it at our local drive-in which was fun. Forget popcorn, we came packing curry takeout.
 

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Midway - What Band of Brothers would have been had they done a movie instead. This needed to be a 4 to 6 part miniseries. 2 of 4
 

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Domino:

I watched it all the way through, but I didn't like it.

People acted without motivation. For instance, the Feds machine gunned a room full of people for no apparent reason.

There's a cinematic trope where people cycle their guns to show they're serious. "Yeah, I looked angry, and I was pointing my gun at you like I was about to fire, but that wasn't dramatic enough; so now I've actually put a round into the chamber. Now I'm scary."

In Unforgiven, they did it twice. The first time to prove that there had been no rounds in the chambers up to that point, and the second time to prove that there was no ammo in the guns at all.

Domino topped that. They cycled their guns a third time. No shells were ejected; the guns were just empty. "Now you know I'm triple scary. And now you know that I think people who watch movies are morons."

Then Domino picked up two of the guns and started blasting away. She didn't have to load them. She didn't even have to cock them a forth time.
 

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
PG-13
2021 ‧ Action/Fantasy ‧ 2h 12m

I liked it. The martial arts choreography was good, CGI was good. Some family drama, a comedic foil, flying dragons, and Trevor Slattery.

7/10
 

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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2021 ‧ Action/Fantasy ‧ 2h 12m

I liked it. The martial arts choreography was good, CGI was good. Some family drama, a comedic foil, flying dragons, and Trevor Slattery.

7/10
Trevor was a great part, call back to Iron Man and the short they put out between movies.
 

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Batman (Spoilers) - Robert Pattinson plays James Dean playing Bruce Wayne. This movie gets bonus points off the top for not reminding us that Bruce's parents were killed with a scene showing them killed. The movie is more detective work than super action film, though that is likely because of the very long length of this film, clocking in near 3 hours! The movie does an interesting job at developing an unraveling story as Batman tries to piece together what is happening and why. It is dark and gritty, but not overly so. There are a couple brilliantly shot gun battles in the dark! However, the flying scene was its polar opposite and as visually uninspired as it possibly could have been.

The movie did leave me with a sense that Ra's al Ghul might have had a point. The other concern is that I started wondering, why what the Riddler was doing was a bad thing. The actions were targeted, lacked collateral damage and was effectively taking out the bad guys pretending to be good (sound familiar?). Which then leads to the flaw, the ultimate ultimate plan of his seemed completely unrelated and discontinuous to the previous actions. It is completely blind and without specific target. I was figuring the target would be the renewal projects. Instead of a fine incision plan, he uses a blowtorch or drops a large anvil on Gotham. They build him up to be cerebral, cunning, intelligent, but then in the end 'Anvil man'.

The good, this movie stands on its own. The acting is good. I am tiring of the same ole Batman villains, that is getting old, but Pattinson's portrayal of James Dean playing Batman, to me, was much better than Affleck's. It was also his own, so happy with that. The movie's action only include a few moments of these people should have died, but it's okay now. The movie felt a little overly long, I can take long movies, but it started to feel a bit too long. Honestly, a better finish would have been the Riddler doing what he aimed to do (gets away), and then communicates with Batman and has the conversation they had in the prison, and Batman struggles with the idea that two of them are much more alike than he wants, which leads to the epiphany. Skip the stupid flood.

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Batman (Spoilers) - Robert Pattinson plays James Dean playing Bruce Wayne. This movie gets bonus points off the top for not reminding us that Bruce's parents were killed with a scene showing them killed. The movie is more detective work than super action film, though that is likely because of the very long length of this film, clocking in near 3 hours! The movie does an interesting job at developing an unraveling story as Batman tries to piece together what is happening and why. It is dark and gritty, but not overly so. There are a couple brilliantly shot gun battles in the dark! However, the flying scene was its polar opposite and as visually uninspired as it possibly could have been.

The movie did leave me with a sense that Ra's al Ghul might have had a point. The other concern is that I started wondering, why what the Riddler was doing was a bad thing. The actions were targeted, lacked collateral damage and was effectively taking out the bad guys pretending to be good (sound familiar?). Which then leads to the flaw, the ultimate ultimate plan of his seemed completely unrelated and discontinuous to the previous actions. It is completely blind and without specific target. I was figuring the target would be the renewal projects. Instead of a fine incision plan, he uses a blowtorch or drops a large anvil on Gotham. They build him up to be cerebral, cunning, intelligent, but then in the end 'Anvil man'.

The good, this movie stands on its own. The acting is good. I am tiring of the same ole Batman villains, that is getting old, but Pattinson's portrayal of James Dean playing Batman, to me, was much better than Affleck's. It was also his own, so happy with that. The movie's action only include a few moments of these people should have died, but it's okay now. The movie felt a little overly long, I can take long movies, but it started to feel a bit too long. Honestly, a better finish would have been the Riddler doing what he aimed to do (gets away), and then communicates with Batman and has the conversation they had in the prison, and Batman struggles with the idea that two of them are much more alike than he wants, which leads to the epiphany. Skip the stupid flood.

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Personally, Sparkly Vampire Batman just put me and my husband off.

If they had done as you suggested with the ending, and had cast an actor that wasn't tainted with enough glitter to choke a stripper, then it might have been a good movie.
 

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The Talented Mr. Ripley, 7/10; Streaming on Netflix this movie was originally released in 1999 and stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and a host of other familiar faces including the recently deceased Philip Baker Hall. The plot revolves around Tom Ripley being recruited by Dickie Greenleaf's father to go on a mission to Italy to get his son to return to to the USA and the family business. Ripley takes on the task and befriends Dickie. Ripley rather enjoys the carefree lifestyle being paid for by the Greanleaf's. But things start to go south when Dickie tires of Ripley and initiates a parting of ways. A very good story with believable scenarios and great performances form a very strong cast. Jude Law is a much better actor than I had him pegged for.
 

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The Time Machine, 3/10.

The 2002 film with Guy Pearce. I don't even know where to start with this one. I loved the George Pal adaptation, I've got a collection of Wells' stories, and I am at a loss to describe just how terrible this movie was. How do you take such a classic story, cast an actor who had so much potential, and completely, utterly screw the pooch in the process? The H.G. Wells sub-plot in the Sci Fi show "Warehouse 13" was head and shoulders above this dreck. The late 70s film "Time After Time" - with Malcolm McDowell as a good guy - was better. What the hell went wrong with this?

The main character (again, Guy Pearce completely wasted in this role) is a professor about to propose to his girlfriend. They get robbed by the lamest criminal in history, she dies, and next thing you know our hero has a time machine? Whatever...so he goes back exactly ONE time to save his beloved by fixing history, but once that fails? He gives up and "four years later" decides to travel to the future because...that would fix the past...because...?

As often happens, he winds up a few years in the future. Apparently in 2002 it was accepted that 2030 would be an idyllic future where AI was commonplace and we were colonizing the Moon? Oh shit...we blew up the Moon? Fast forward to 800k years in the future and within a hot minute the modern day Weena knew English? CGI Morlocks, Jeremy Irons chewing scenery, and what was the point of this movie again?
 

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Thor - Love & Thunder - Two words, "perfectly ridiculous". It isn't perfect (okay, I said perfectly ridiculous not one sentence ago), there are some angles that I think are stealing genuine emotion and their is the occasional comic book plot hole, but overall, this is a perfect continuation of the the Ragnorak version of Thor.

3.5 of 4

Dr. Strange - Multiverse of Madness (spoils) -
The first time I watched this, it felt too muddled and chaotic. The second time, things made a bit more sense and less chaotic. Presumable resolutions were actually addressed and put aside within reason. My problem with the film, however, is that the Sorcerer Supreme put Dr. Strange on a high pedestal. Yet, in a bunch of universes, he ain't that. In fact, he is the antithesis of the high pedestal. I suppose this could be resolved by saying the Sorcerer Supreme was a drunk in those universes as well.

If you are a snowflake and can't handle things not straight and white, you could be dealing with some serious triggers.

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