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I watched the Ladies Ghostbusters film and liked it well enough, DiF talked on their commentary for the original film about how the guys were basically given a budget and a release date and left to it, this is totally the opposite in every way.

The plot could have done with some improvement, the jokes certainly could and whilst the cast was pretty flavour of the month Melissa McCarthy somehow avoided derailing the whole thing with her usual "I'm fat and vomiting" persona. which is quite the achievement.

Is it a touch on the original? not by miles, is it actually a bad movie? No. I had fun.

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That's interesting Faldor, I couldn't make it through half the movie myself. I found no stakes, no tension at all, nothing to keep me interested, no arc or sense of direction to the story. Plus the only laughs I got were from Chris Hemsworth, because he looked like he wasn't trying soooooo hard to be funny at every moment, like the rest of the cast (Kate Mckinnon especially).

I found no redeeming qualities at all from the first hour I watched. The editing in particular was almost comically inept. Some scenes were ended so abruptly I started laughing to myself.

Every scare was undercut with jokes, nothing was scary. They have a scene where a ghost shows up in a subway tunnel. Constricted, cramped dark space with a ghost, potential to be pretty scary right?

Nope.

1. They walk literally about 30 feet into the tunnel, and you can still see the lit, populated platform behind them. No sense of claustrophobia or isolation.
2. The tunnel is lit to hell and back, giving no sense of atmosphere or darkness.
3. Ghost looks like a guy in a suit color-corrected blue. Not scary.

The person who encountered the ghost gets scared and runs away from the camera, and I was expecting them to be chased, because that would imply the ghost atleast being a threat of some sort. Nope, the scene just ends with the person running from a stationary camera.

The whole movie is lit like a fucking sitcom. It looks like a childrens show, color everywhere, warm and bright.


I've enjoyed Paul Feig before, I really liked "Spy" and was laughing like hell throughout that one. Why he even bothered with this one I'll never know.

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I've enjoyed Paul Feig before, I really liked "Spy" and was laughing like hell throughout that one. Why he even bothered with this one I'll never know.

See, I turned Spy off about an hour in. wink

You are right, it does feel like a sitcom, which is not helped by the fact that all the cast are from one sitcom or SNL and usually turn up in the same handful of mainstream comedies.

I did think it odd that nothing in the first hour happened at night and the subway sequence did seem rather off.

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See, I turned Spy off about an hour in. wink

Haha, fair enough.

If Ghostbusters wasn't a cash-grab of an existing property I might have felt very differently.

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"Ooh, that's pretty."
"Man, this score is rather pleased with itself."
"God, this is pretty."
"...seriously, this score needs to knock it off."
"Is there a single human being in this movie?"
"Ooh, that's even more pretty."
"Am I sure this isn't a bad dub from the Italian?" *checks internet* "Oh, wow. Okay then, guess I'll just have to deal with the awful ADR."
"Still don't seem to be many humans walking around."
"PRETTY"
"This score thinks it's making the movie scarier and it's really not."
"Man, this acting sucks but I can't blame them with the lines they're bring given."
"Oh gross."
*sigh* "Well, it sure... is... pretty."
"OH WHO GIVES A SHIT?!"

So, yeah. Gorgeous images can't compensate for an utter lack of tension and human characters. A pity.

Without this movie we'd probably never have gotten stuff like Mulholland Dr., and that'd be a shame. But I'll choose to admire it from a distance (and occasionally borrow it from the library again if I just want to run really vivid images on my TV for 90 minutes).

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Blood Father:

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Mel Gibson plays a worn out ex-alcoholic whose missing daughter shows up one day after she kills a guy, and Mel's only goal in life is to prevent her from being killed by the bad guys chasing her and being caught by the good guys who have a manhunt going on for the two of them.

It's a nicely done little action flick. Gibson's great as this rugged old, no-bullshit ex-con and while there's not a whole lot of actual 'action' going on, the bits that are there are well-done and don't try to overstay their welcome. The movie is more about him and his daughter trying to reconnect and deal with their situation and deal with how badly their dealing with their relationship and situation.

On a 5 star scale I'd easily give it a 3.5. It's not up there with the best of the genre or anything, but it's a solid little flick that never feels dull and never feels like it's just going through the motions. There's a number of really good little bits of dark humor in there, and the third act of the film is pretty damned good. Definitely recommend checking it out if you're a fan of Gibson and/or gritty-ass action movies.

So glad that Gibson is making a comeback. Dude is a Class-A actor who, in my opinion, should still be at the top of the box office. Liam Neeson better be grateful, too. That mother fucker got all the good Mel Gibson roles after Mel Gibson got thrown out of hollywood.

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Yes, not a terrible movie... Taken-ish in a Breaking Bad setting. For more of the same (modern gunmen in the lawless border-badlands), check out Desierto by Alfonso Cuaron's son.

And just like that...

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Kubo & The Two Strings:

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It was OK?

So, like...  This movie got fucking amazing reviews and word-of-mouth. "OMG bro, the movie is like, really fucking amazing looking and has a really awesome, kinda bittersweet story about loss and life and shit... It's SO FUCKING GREAT!!! A++++ WOULD WATCH AGAIN!!"

But, like... It was OK?

I mean... I didn't really like it a whole lot. I liked it OK, tho. Lemme fuckin tunnel into this one a bit, cause I can sense that no one's on board with me, here...

So the pacing of this movie sucks. A lot. It opens well enough, but it's trying to cram a fairy-tale-type epic quest adventure sort of plot into a little 100 minute movie (and a number of those minutes are credits). It has this kinda break-neck pace that a lot - A LOT - of modern films suffer from. Bad movies, too. This movie is actually trying to not suck, tho, so it isn't really that bad, but it's doing itself no favors with the pacing.

Because the movie is trying to be this really emotional flick, but it gives itself absolutely no time at all for character-building and to nail its themes and shit. The monkey just shows up, and is just accepted immediately. There's a "WTF, A MONKEY" sort of scene later, but everything is so fucking rushed, and it comes AFTER the initial intro of this character, and it feels so fucking forced and wrong... And then they rush through that fucking scene.

The opening scenes have such promise, too. The first real scene of the film is where Kubo wakes up and goes through his morning routine, and it's gloriously mute and takes its time to breathe a bit. There are precious-few scenes like that in the film at all. They don't dwell an ANY moments for more than a second or two. We got plot shit to take care of, mother fuckers! We can't have our character sit there and mourn some shit for a while, or sit there and admire some pretty scenery, or sit there and be amazed at some really amazing magical shit that's going on. Fuck all that noise, bro, we only got like 40 minutes to have three fight scenes and two quest items and some back story and some important PLOT TWIST moments to cram in there! We gotta keep the pace marching right along!

I mean... the pacing genuinely kills this movie, and it's all in the characters and the kinda poor writing. Was anyone honestly surprised by the "plot twists" about the characters? I mean, they fucking telegraphed that shit for THE ENTIRE MOVIE up to that point. It was kinda pathetic.

But then they meet this dude, and the monkey doesn't like or trust him, and then ONE SCENE LATER all three of them are acting like they've known each other for fucking years and being all sarcastic and ... 'informal' with each other. Too comfortable and weird. They should have fleshed that relationship out with a lot more getting-to-know-each-other shit.

The "we have to find a bunch of shit" plot was also really cramped and smooshed together and some of the beats made no fucking sense at all. I think they were trying for comedy in a couple of beats, but it just came off as really weird and stupid. And there's a weird fascination with eyes that they put way more emphasis on than was necessary. The plot points came out of nowhere, and the 'trials' that the characters go through to get their hands on the magical doodads have no thematic relevance to the characters or their relationship or any other aspect of the story. Just things to have happen for some reason. They don't even spend much time looking for them. They just kinda stumble onto them by accident the whole time.

I was just really disappointed by the whole thing. I will give them the cinematography, which is pretty as all hell. Laika is obviously very good at the technical aspects of photography and staging and animation.

But, I mean...  It was OK?

It was OK.

EDIT: I take it back... It's not OK. The more I think about it, the less I like it.

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I'm with you. By the end of the movie, I was thinking:
"These would be some pretty badass action figures." and
"Wait, what?"

Witness me!

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Watched Assassin's Creed. Really enjoyed it. The biggest departure from the games - the armature Animus instead of just an immobile bed - was used VERY well. My favorite scene was probably the escape chase after the execution. My least favorite was the missing final act - I felt that London should have been a bigger, more action-oriented set piece.

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It would have been very nice to show how synchronized Kal is with his ancestors. Dude's been accepted into the brotherhood by manifestations of his genetic ancestors, let's watch him do more than slit a throat, eh?

As it was, it still wrapped up, but with a bit too much fat for just a scene - they were obviously setting up for another. The movie being as good as it was, Ubisoft being Ubisoft and this being Assassin's Creed, I have no doubt we'll see more.

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Finally saw Captain America Civil War and got a chance to write my thoughts done about it.

First of all, the opening is well done an interesting, showcasing the Avengers as a team, working to prevent (insert action set piece here). And I like it because it makes nods to "Age of Ultron" and consequences for a lot of different characters from across the films. Which, ok, if you're going to have a "cinematic universe" that's a good way to pay that off. It also introduced Black Panther which I thought was the most enjoyable of characters. He actually had an arc too, even. Also, Spider-Man was in it and he was fun.

But, the way the consequences play out actually start out very big and world impacting and go to incredibly small, for some weird reason.

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The Avengers are being manipulated by someone who has a grudge in to destroying each other. When Iron Man and Captain America get the "villain's monologue" (trademark pending) and realize they are being manipulated still end up fighting. Um, why? You're being manipulated by the bad guy and you let him continue. If Black Panther hadn't been there, the bad guy would be dead, leaving the Avengers to tear themselves apart.

So, starts out strong but the ending feels so poorly done that I'm left more confused by the result. Sorry if this has been talked about before, but this is one film that I not only left feeling extraordinarily confused but felt didn't even work as a film by the end.

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I agree that there was a lot of "they fight, because it's in the title". I enjoyed the fighting but as MCU grows it's one I may skip in marathons. Depends on how its own actions are paid off later down the line.

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Boter wrote:

I agree that there was a lot of "they fight, because it's in the title". I enjoyed the fighting but as MCU grows it's one I may skip in marathons. Depends on how its own actions are paid off later down the line.

OMG, imagine a MCU marathon. Hours (eventually days!) of PG13 WWE-esque consequence-less punching. Go to the can, to the fridge, have a nap, check social media, run some errands, return to the couch, and they're still punching (in between quips and sky lasers)

And just like that...

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

I guess I've just had this movie in my head wrong, because I thought this would be a War of the Worlds-type storyline, and boy is it cooler than that. I haven't seen a movie dive into the plot this quickly since Cronenberg's The Fly — "'what have I been working on?' Why don't I show you my lab!" — and it proceeds to stay interesting for the whole damn time after that. I liked it a lot. Klaatu barada nikto.

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Yeah, the original is pretty damned great. So weird that a flick from that era of pure cheese sci-fi schlock could feel more relevant today than most of the crap that gets made now.

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Boter wrote:

I agree that there was a lot of "they fight, because it's in the title". I enjoyed the fighting but as MCU grows it's one I may skip in marathons. Depends on how its own actions are paid off later down the line.

OMG, imagine a MCU marathon. Hours (eventually days!) of PG13 WWE-esque consequence-less punching. Go to the can, to the fridge, have a nap, check social media, run some errands, return to the couch, and they're still punching (in between quips and sky lasers)

This is probably one of the first Marvel films that left me with more questions than anything else. Yes, I'm sure that sounds odd, given this community. But, with  most Marvel films I'm either annoyed by the end or thoroughly entertained. Even with the ones that are "meh" I can at least have some fun at the film's expense.

But, with Civil War, it had some great moments and then a really fun scene and then spiraled downward until it became a spectacular wreck. Seriously, what are you doing, movie?

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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.

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The whole Riddick thing continues to be this fucking mystery to me. What a bizarre series of rungs to try to build a single ladder out of.

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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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Teague wrote:

The whole Riddick thing continues to be this fucking mystery to me. What a bizarre series of rungs to try to build a single ladder out of.

I personally still like Chronicles of Riddick more than any of the other films, but yeah, it is weird. I really wish Chronicles had been the start and laid the foundation a little bit differently, going full space opera from the beginning, while than having the sci-fi horror of "Pitch Black" and then space opera and then survival, with tie in properties. Well, the video game was fun.

Also, Teague, people like Prometheus and think it works perfectly as a prequel. Please figure that one out.

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I like Prometheus, myself, but I can't explain it either.

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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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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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The Day the Clown Cried

This is the Jerry-Lewis-is-a-clown-at-Auschwitz movie of legend, you might have heard the story: couldn't pass the laugh test, Lewis tried hard to bury it (succeeded for the most part) but recently someone's pieced together a thirty-minute or so version from random available clips. Stuff that was shown as promotional material in the '70s on various TV shows around the world, some re-enactments from the original actors, even a few places where the shot you're watching is actually taken from behind-the-scenes footage of an editor who's watching playback of that shot, etc.. It's assembled from scraps, it's entirely in German, the version I watched had sporadic subtitles, and it's at most a third of the actual movie... but it's enough to get a sense of the thing.

I dunno, maybe I was over-prepared to cringe, but this wasn't nearly as offensive as I was expecting. I mean, yes — Jerry Lewis plays a down-on-his-luck clown who crosses the wrong guy and gets sent to a camp for political prisoners, adjacent to a concentration area for jews, where he takes to doing impromptu juggling/tumbling shows for the kids next door until the guards come down hard on him for fraternizing with 'em. Spoiler alert, if you care: he eventually is given an ultimatum by which he can either A) help the guards lead the kids into the gas chamber and then leave, or B) not help the guards and join them in the gas chamber. He seems to submit to the ultimatum at first, but once he's led them to the gas chamber, a little girl gives him "aren't you coming with us?" eyes and he decides to go in with them. Door closes, roll credits.

(In this version, at least.)

Here's where the major distinction lies, and my whole read of the movie is centered on it, so if I'm mistaken with this then my whole read is wrong: I'm pretty sure this isn't a comedy and wasn't conceived of as one. If you say "and the whole thing is played for laughs!," then of course it sounds grotesque, but... to me, this simply reads like bad taste — like the proverbial "going full retard" — not grotesquery. It's not a holocaust exploitation comedy, in other words; it plays like Lewis just wanted play a tricky dramatic role that needed to be played by a comedian ('cuz clown) in what's actually a "serious" movie, meant to ask questions about moral quandary and whatnot, and it just fell flat.

I mean, they buried it for a reason, it is pretty fucking horrifying. But it's not evil or bewildering; it's mostly just a poorly-written misfire. The hype I've heard from the likes of Patton Oswalt and Harry Shearer seemed completely alien to what I saw; I'm not sure if they were drawing from a different sample, or were more just... you know, excited to tell a weird Hollywood story that most people wouldn't have an opportunity to investigate for themselves, and they got carried away with the superlatives.

In any case, let mine be another opinion you've heard: this isn't salacious enough to care about.

(Hat tip to Seth Brower.)

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Interesting. I could see that being done well but it'd have to be with a very delicate touch. Sounds like they had meant well but didn't quite have the finesse to pull it off?

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