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Logan is very unusual for an X-Men movie, maybe even more so than Deadpool. It manages to weave elements of a western, a road movie and a character drama quite skillfully (to use a cliché, it transcends the comic book movie genre). Some even call it Marvel's Dark Knight.

Easily the most mature film of the series, a huge improvement over the fairly formulaic X-Men: Apocalypse. Definitely worth seeing.


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A new trailer for Alien: Covenant is out.


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One lousy technical Oscar for Arrival. Star Trek Beyond lost to Suicide Squad.

On the bright side, Zootopia won and the Best Picture announcement almost turned into The Naked Gun 33 1/3  lol


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Obvious Oscar baits?

You can't get more obvious than La La Land (as I mentioned in my rant a month ago).

8 nominations for Arrival is a chance for the sci-fi genre to get its foot in the door again. Unfortunately, it's probably the melodrama aspect of this movie that got the Academy's attention (more typical sci-fi/fantasy stuff pretty rarely gets out of the genre ghetto). It still doesn't stand much chance of winning for Best Picture or Best Director IMHO sad


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Seems like most of those good Pixar writers work at Disney Animation Studios now. Zootopia is vastly superior to the Pixar movie that came out just a few months earlier (The Good Dinosaur).

fireproof78 wrote:

likable Judy Hops

And very pretty. I don't wanna sound like a furry or nothin', but she's one hot bunny big_smile


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Arrival - so if you learn to read circular alien logograms, you can suddenly see into the future? It's touted as "hard-SF" (and it exudes that vibe), but that makes as much sense as a genetic mutation giving you psychokinesis.

I don't think the marketing department had much choice. It's a magic bean movie where the most important part of the magic bean defines the ending. Revealing the prophetic aspect in the trailers would've spoiled too much.

The very presence of aliens already excludes the movie from the "hardest sci-fi" (e.g. The Martian) category. If you show how they look like, it opens a whole new can of worms and the movie becomes even softer (2001 didn't show them to avoid just that). Arrival went a step further, and, IMHO, pulled that off very nicely.


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Faldor wrote:

There's a newspaper article doing the rounds interviewing fans who are skeptical about the new series. It's about TNG

And they were partially right, 'cause the first two seasons of TNG turned out to be pretty bad tongue

I'll give Discovery a chance, but I've been getting less optimistic about it lately.


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A photo from the set of Star Trek: Discovery leaked:

If those are really supposed to be Klingons, then I'm starting to worry. That look would be a radical departure from everything that was established before. Even the guy from STID looked much more Klingon than these weirdos. We're they inspired by Sarris from Galaxy Quest?

I miss the days of Mike Westmore's make-up designs.

I wish this wasn't real.

Whatever they come up with will probably make Trey appreciate Spaceballs a little more smile


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DarthPraxus wrote:

However, I still need to tackle They Live, Escape from New York, and In the Mouth of Madness, which are generally considered his other career highlights.

I wasn't impressed by Escape From New York, but the other two have some cool stuff. They're not masterpieces by any stretch, but they work OK as B-movies (if you don't mind that kind of mentality).

ShadowDuelist wrote:

All I know about La La Land

Well played  big_smile

(I guess this short rant isn't worth an entirely new thread.)

Nobody here has commented on this year's Oscar nominations yet, so I'll be the first one to acknowledge the elephant in the room: FOURTEEN fucking nominations for La La Land.

I don't hate La La Land. I enjoyed for what it is: a nice little musical with pleasant, but not very memorable, songs. But FOURTEEN nominations? Seems like the Academy fell for the same Jedi Mind Trick once again. The central theme of this movie ("a love letter to Hollywood" AKA "look how awesome we are") simply screams award bait. Will anyone remember La La Land ten years from now? I suspect it will become the new Shakespeare In Love, Benjamin Button or English Patient - a half-forgotten footnote. Also, just a few years ago, a movie as impressive as Cloud Atlas got nothing. The Academy needs fresh blood, 'cause those old white men are stuck in the fucking past, like a cat chasing the same old laser pointer all his life.

The question I'd like to ask our resident industry professionals is: do you think that this is going to change anytime soon? I wouldn't know, I'm just a random idiot on the Internet. What do you think?


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Better than most 1950s sci-fi movies, but still one of them. My biggest complaint is that there's no real sense of danger (the threat is undermined by the "gee whiz" '50s attitude and the fact that the monster is compared to a freakin' carrot).

The John Carpenter remake remains one of the greatest body horror movies (next to Alien and Cronenberg's The Fly) and a timeless classic. The original can only exist in the era it was made.


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Prometheus had me totally fooled on my first viewing (its beautiful imagery is quite seductive; the only stupid thing I noticed was the "that system has a sun" line), but subsequent viewings and the DiF commentary have revealed many problems.

Alien: Covenant can still salvage this franchise, but the script must be really solid. Ridley Scott can take care of the visuals (he was always great in that department), just don't let him screw up the story.


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Yup. Pitch Black is the only installment that works. The whole attempt to make a franchise was a huge misfire.

I imagine that David Twohy was thinking of the Alien and Aliens dynamic when writing Chronicles. But instead of opening the universe up (like Jim Cameron did), he went overboard and changed it completely.


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An animated short that was supposed to bridge the gap between Pitch Black and The Chronicles Of Riddick... and failed at it.

There's no story to speak of. No attempt was made to soften the transition between the lived-in Alien-esque world of Pitch Black and the space opera universe of Chronicles. Riddick delivers some (supposedly) badass lines and does some (supposedly) badass things, but they're not nearly interesting enough to successfully fill the 35-minute running time.

Some character designs were apparently recycled from Peter Chung's Animatrix segment. Do all his characters look like that (I've never seen Aeon Flux)?

An utterly forgettable and unnecessary piece.

I went to see again.

The first half felt a little flawed (sort of disjointed) - it could use a rewrite. I was worried that R1 is gonna turn out to be another Godzilla 2014 (a totally dry, humorless movie with uninteresting characters that didn't work for me at all), but Krennic, K-2SO and the final battle redeemed it for me.

Star Wars isn't special anymore; it's become just another franchise owned by a big corporation and we have to live with that. Just like the MCU, the SW movies are gonna be a mixed bag; it would be extremely hard to avoid it. The spin-off movie series was created to try different tones and sensibilities and that's what we've got with R1. I'm moderately satisfied with the movie, though it's definitely not flawless. Anyone who hates it can wait a year for the next one - there's always gonna be a next one wink

A final note: The most ridiculous piece of criticism I've heard somewhere is "R1 sucks because it canonizes the prequels by using Jimmy Smits". Dude, the prequels were always canon. I agree that they're awful, but they're canon and there's nothing we can do about it tongue

Plinkett has made a short video...

...and a follow-up.

Trey wrote:

Now I really regret that DiF the podcast is over, because it'd be fun to autopsy this one.

Any chance for another reunion (like the Extended Edition commentary for TFA)?

The LEGO Batman Movie and Blade Runner 2049 sound interesting.

I'm worried about Alien: Covenant. If The Martian is any indication, Ridley should be capable of salvaging the Alien franchise and I'm willing to forgive John Logan his bad Star Trek movie.

The DC universe movies (Wonder Woman and Justice League) are another cause for concern after this year's two stinkers. Oh well... We'll just have to wait and see.

I'll watch Transformers: The Last Knight on home video just for the VFX porn  tongue


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The only 2016 installment finally aired.

The rumors got me worried that Who tries to stay "relevant" by exploiting the superhero movie craze, but the actual episode felt more like an affectionate homage to the genre.

What I liked most about the special is the lack of Christmas nostalgia that was a little overplayed in some of the previous ones.

Overall, "The Return Of Doctor Mysterio" was OK, but not mindblowing.

Any thoughts?

While CGI Tarkin didn't bother me much, I found Leia's face a little unsettling. Not as disturbing as the Yoda puppet from The Phantom Menace, but still creepy.


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It's awesome to have you back, man.