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The Movies Thread
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:58:44 AM »
Super 8
So I tuned in to this on TV (to my surprise), and I watched what was probably 30-60 minutes into the movie.  That's fine, typically the first half of a movie like this is just filler to get you introduced to characters that you don't care about anyway.  So as I come into the movie, there's a defiant kid with a chip on his shoulder because his mom died, and his fat douchebag of a friend who bullies and yells at him over insignificant things.  And part of the reason why is because of a love triangle (that only exists in fatty's head) with a girl that the protagonist likes (and she likes him).

The name of the movie comes from the camera used to film their home movie, a Super 8 film camera, which the bullying friend used as a means to try and get to know (and get her to like him, as if that would somehow work) the female tritagonist.  On the final day of shooting their movie, however, a violent eruption occurs and strange events unfold.  In the aftermath, they try to figure out just why it is that the military has shown up, but of course just like every movie, we get to hear the most cliched crap, "classified," "need to know basis, and you don't need to know," blah blah blah.  Makes me feel irritable when I see movies that always fall back on crap lines like that.

So the boys can't figure out what the problem is, until later that night they're watching the film reel that they've been shooting with.  During the events that took place, they video taped something that they never would have expected to (and never noticed the night it happened), and now they're aware of why the military has shown up.  During this time, the deuteragonist is introduced in the form of some kind of alien life form.  In a small town of 12,000 caught between an enraged alien and a military strike force hell bent on capturing it, our protagonist is further hampered when both his father and his would-be girlfriend are abducted.

So describing the jist of the rising narrative, I'll get to my own falling point thoughts.  What a waste of a good movie.  This movie had a lot of potential, it was really kind of exciting and intriguing to watch.  But I don't know if it was a budget constraint, or just bad writing, the final 20 minutes of the movie rendered the entire thing not only stupid, but a waste of time.  In the movie, the tired as hell plot device that it's a misunderstood gentle giant, and we're simply the monsters that made it into the unstoppable killer that it has become is present.  I'd really like to see some movies that don't use this.  Why does mankind always paint itself as this ignominious tyrant race that is the root cause of every problem?  Also present is the fat loudmouth character who shouts, it's like I'm watching The Goonies, but without the enjoyability that the Chunk character brought to The Goonies.  And just like the goonies cast, there's an inventor in this movie too, too bad he only knows how to make firecrackers.

The ending of the movie is the actual problem, but I don't want to spoil it.  That having been said, I still don't advise anyone to watch this movie.  I give this movie a 2 out of 5.  It was really great, and then it was just so, so bad.  If it weren't for the ending, it would have been a good movie.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2014, 03:11:16 PM »
i agree the ending could have been better. To me it was a modern day goonies. Just rehashed



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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 03:52:18 PM »
I reviewed this on the other site and my sentiment stands; this film was stinko

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2014, 09:11:46 PM »
I had no idea that Mad Max was being rebooted by the guy that did them all in the first place...anyway, here's the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road.

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2014, 04:00:32 PM »
yea, looking forward to this.  they were to film this and a sequel at the same time

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 08:26:23 PM »
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bautista

It seems like Marvel Studios simply can't miss these days, with the likes of Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and X-Men all turning into major hits at the theatres. Most of them have even been enjoyable (ignores Iron Man 2). But I'll be honest, when I heard this got the green light I thought: what the f*ck? As with most Marvel releases though, I'll give it a shot...and I'm glad I did. The director does a good job of explaining the characters and their back stories, and I thought everyone was well cast (even the voices: Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Josh Brolin). Chris Pratt really does steal the show, though.

4 out of 5
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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2014, 12:23:26 AM »
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bautista

It seems like Marvel Studios simply can't miss these days, with the likes of Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and X-Men all turning into major hits at the theatres. Most of them have even been enjoyable (ignores Iron Man 2). But I'll be honest, when I heard this got the green light I thought: what the f*ck? As with most Marvel releases though, I'll give it a shot...and I'm glad I did. The director does a good job of explaining the characters and their back stories, and I thought everyone was well cast (even the voices: Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Josh Brolin). Chris Pratt really does steal the show, though.

4 out of 5

+1 to what norm said, I will add, that this movie seemed closer to a star wars type of movie than a super hero movie. Awesome movie, I would give a 4.5 out of 5.



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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2014, 10:01:40 PM »
http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/actors-play-incredible-versions-joker/

Never thought about Matt but I think he would make a great one. The others....maybe..



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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 06:01:44 AM »
http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/actors-play-incredible-versions-joker/

Never thought about Matt but I think he would make a great one. The others....maybe..

I dunno, we've had two perfect Jokers already, one of them is still alive, I think we should make use of him.  And what I mean is...  Mark Hamill.  The guy's been portraying the Joker for like 30 or more years now, and when people think of the Joker, they typically think of Mark's voice first, and then Heath's face second.  That's how I see it myself, really.  Simply put, Hamill has been doing a great job of the gig for so long now, even if you don't have him dress up as the Joker, I think having his voice be part of the role would be the best way to go about doing the Joker.

Not only has Hamill done the voice of the Joker in the animated series and the movies, he also does the voice of the joker in the Arkham series of video games.  The guy obviously loves the role, all he needs is a chance to do it.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2014, 04:09:43 PM »
Interstellar

This was a cool ass movie. Saw it last night on IMAX 70mm. If you have a real IMAX theater near you, do what you can to make sure you check it out there. Amazing visuals and Matthew McConaughey was incredible.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2014, 08:47:21 PM »
Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhall, Rene Russo

This movie was alright, and Jake really had that creeper vibe nailed down (even I got creeped out in a couple of spots). Dragged in a couple of spots but overall not bad. Not the greatest date movie in the world though.  :P
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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2014, 06:12:05 PM »
I simply cannot buy into Jake, no matter what he does.
And while Im here, Edge of Tomorrow; above average, see it

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2014, 03:16:22 PM »
I simply cannot buy into Jake, no matter what he does.
And while Im here, Edge of Tomorrow; above average, see it

Agree with the exception of bubble boy :)

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2014, 04:57:45 PM »
X-Men: Days of Future Past
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan

Pretty ambitious getting the casts from the original X-Men to team up with the new group, but the story works for it here (of course it does, it's a comic book movie). Besides, X-Men: First Class was pretty good and this one doesn't disappoint as a sequel.

3.5 out of 5
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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2015, 02:07:45 AM »
A script by Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino) about mobster Gregory Scarpa, is set to be produced by Irwin Winkler and directed by Brad Furman.
As a lover of all things mafia, I'm hoping this one turns out well, even with Stallone as the lead

 

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