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Today, at the cinema, I watched both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman. One was delightful, funny, moving and exciting, the other was Aquaman.

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Abbie wrote:

A—a contemporary blockbuster reference? From Teague Chrystie, on this forum, from that movie, localized entirely within this subthread?!


Right? I'm almost proud of myself.

(Somebody on YouTube kept playing that clip over and over in their analysis of something else, and it eventually buried deeply into my psyche as a platonic ideal of terrible writing. I get distracted by it appropos of nothing.)

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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See, I wouldn't even know that as a reference to anything, I recognize it because one of the streamers I watch mindlessly started riffing a "Dust in the wind" parody as a "Turd in the wind" as he was killing grunts in Halo.

Modern life is weird y'all.



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The 70s really were just the goddamn best, weren't they?

Also, me when this movie has better, more empathetic representation of

a trans woman
than any Hollywood production some four decades later:


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No matter how sloppy a Tarantino script gets, I'm apt to largely enjoy it (Django the one exception). And indeed, there is fun to be had here--the comic beats largely work, and the famed standoff between Walken and Hopper is, in terms of construction, flawless.

That said, Jeeeeesus Christ, this is like Tarantino's id just vomited all over the page. At first I was willing to believe Oldman's character (nasty white pimp who's convinced he's black) was QT parodying himself, but then the aforementioned Sicilian scene came along and bulldozed that idea. It's always been obvious that the man gets his rocks off at using the n-word wherever possible, but it's never been so gleefully gratuitous as it has here. And while all manner of people get violence wrought upon them here, it's telling and more than a little disturbing how lovingly

the extended torture of Alabama
is laid out compared to the relatively quick and dirty gore visited upon the male characters.

Also, it's annoying rather than ethically problematic, but the male protagonist is such a masturbatory self-insert that I rolled my eyes on multiple occasions. Of COURSE the guy who spends his day working in a comics shop, watching kung fu movies, and monologuing about Elvis is also a sexy mastermind.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have fun along the way, but yeesh.


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Just saw Joe Cornish's latest flick, after eight years of silence!


As a followup to Attack the Block, it's kind of meh. As an adventure film intended for kids it's quite a bit of harmless fun, and definitely deserves better than the terrible marketing it was given and the box office wasteland it's currently experiencing. The visual effects are quite impressive for a budget of only $50 million as well—I assumed it was closer to $100 million. The years have done nothing to diminish Cornish's ability to wring every penny out of his budget.

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The trailers make it look like a lot of fun in the it's wasted on kids variety. It's disappointing it's not doing well, but I can't actually think of the last time a live action film aimed at kids was popular. The Goonies?

I've been a fan of Joe Cornish since New Years Day 1999, so I hope this doesn't stop him doing more.

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Watched this one a couple of months ago but I'm posting about it now because I just realized I forgot to do so.

This would make a great double feature with Short Term 12—it's sort of the twisted mirror-universe version of that film. The halfway house it takes place in is a gay reeducation camp, and the adults, rather than the paragons of kindness present in ST12, are either absolute monsters or well-meaning shells (John Gallagher, who's in ST12, plays one of the latter). It's heartbreaking, but the monumental sense of empathy the film has for the kids forced to live through this is incredibly uplifting. Moretz is really damn good—she seems to be successfully transitioning from "really good child performer" to a serious actress and I couldn't be happier for her.


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TKWWBK is a sequel to something?  Oh Fuck.  Yeah, the marketing failed pretty hard  for me.  I thought it was a Kid in King Arthurs Court reboot causewhynotrebooteverything.

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It's not a sequel, I think by followup he meant it in the same sense that Hot Fuzz was a followup to Shaun of the Dead - the director's next movie with maybe some similar themes.

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Oh no, not a sequel—just a follow-up in the sense that it's Cornish's next project. It is a modern-day King Arthur riff, but one that's entirely out of Cornish's head.

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It's watchable. The story itself is nothing to write home about, but the chemistry between the characters (especially Carol and Fury) pleasantly reminds me of silly '90s action/adventure movies (Twister, Demolition Man etc.). Sam Jackson has finally had the opportunity to show Nick Fury's fun side.

We all float down here...

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"Anyway . . . we delivered the bomb."

Ever since Trey shared the poster years ago I've been wanting to watch this; finally picked up the Blu-Ray (stunning transfer, much recommended) and did so.

Coming out the month after Star Wars was definitely the nail in this particular project's coffin, but it was never gonna be a box office smash. To borrow from the Dragon Tattoo tagline, feel-bad movie of the summer right here; a relentlessly ugly slog in the best possible way. Absolutely fucking bonkers that all the truck stuff was shot on location.

Of the three Friedkin movies I've seen so far, I'll take The French Connection for its lean kineticism, but this is most definitely close behind. Looking forward to checking out its inspiration, The Wages of Fear. (Also, Roy Scheider was killing it in the late 70s. This, Jaws, Marathon Man, AND All That Jazz is better than most actors get their whole career.)

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And another joins the club.  Welcome!

I didn't get around to Wages of Fear until very recently myself - it has that typical older-movie first act that seems to go on forever before the story really "starts", but that's just how they used to make 'em.  Once they get on the road, it's just about as good as Sorcerer - and just about as cynical, which feels really unusual in a movie that age.

"Americans?  Here?"
"Wherever there's oil, there's Americans."

And yes to Scheider's 70s body of work - which I would contend lasted into the mid-80s with Blue Thunder and 2010.  Most people seem at least aware that 2001 had a sequel (and I think a quite good one, just much more conventional), but Blue Thunder seems oddly forgotten these days.   

But it was huge at the time, and if you think Sorceror was nuts with the truck stunts in the jungle, check out Blue Thunder for some really nutty helicopter stunts over (and in) Los Angeles.


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Ooh, written by Dan O'Bannon, no less. I'll bite.


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There ya go. Not all of it holds up, but there's good stuff in there.   

Anyone who was in LA in 1982 might remember the several months when squadrons of helicopters were in the air all day and night, randomly orbiting the city.  I certainly do.  That was the Blue Thunder shoot, back in the days when you just had to shoot that stuff for real.


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was that the movie where they put the experimental high-tech helicopter to good use by spying on a girl doing naked exercises in her apartment?

not long to go now...

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That does happen, but they use a regular helicopter for that. smile


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A very different beast than Get Out—where that film is wound up tight, this one swings for the fences. I don't think it's better than its predecessor, but it's undoubtedly scarier and the visuals/performances are A+ work.

Not since Queen of Earth has a movie put to such good use the fact that Elisabeth Moss's smile is a fucking nightmare.
And like Get Out, this is the kind of horror movie it's good to see with a crowd—if you're thinking of going, this is the weekend to do it.

Peele's Twilight Zone reboot is gonna whip ass.


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I'm sorry to everyone.

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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They Shall Not Grow Old

Since I'm hoping to start work soon on a documentary of my own that will involve a lot of period footage (I believe I have mentioned this previously) I figured I'd check out how Peter Jackson handled it.

Anyone who's done restoration VFX such as re-timing frame rates and removing grain will recognize the blendy ghost-y motion artifacts that show up in Pete's modernized footage.  But I quickly got used to it - and it made some footage even more startling because those artifacts suddenly weren't there and the images were incredibly sharp and detailed. 

The attempts to add sync'd voices to the footage were less successful to me, but not to the point it was intrusive.  Fortunately, the filmmakers had access to a vast library of WWI veteran audio recordings, and most of the soundtrack is actual veterans telling their stories. 

Short version: if you're a history buff, or a VFX artist curious to see the current state of the art in film restoration, this is for you.  I'm both and so this doc was pure uncut awesome for me.


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Some friends were discussing this at a birthday party a few weeks ago and I jotted it down. I don't know nearly enough about WWI as opposed to WWII and they had a lot of great things to say about it, so I'm definitely down to check it out.

Boter, formerly of TF.N as Boter and DarthArjuna. I like making movies and playing games, in one order or another.


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Beyond the Aquila Rift

Part of Netflix's "Love Death + Robots" anthology.

I haven't watched the rest of the anthology, but I recognized this title from a short story I read years ago, which indeed this is adapted from.

In short: I enjoyed it, though would have preferred something more faithful (which is doable) but also see how they were going for a different goal, difference pace, slightly different angle to the same story, so I can see why they changed what they did.

In long: I did a way-too-involved deep dive to come out with basically the same conclusions. Click the pic below for a link.


Watch the episode (NSFW), read the short story if you can, they complement each other really well.

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Rewatch with my dad in anticipation of Chapter 3 hitting next month.

Third act is still a bit of a whiff—the choice to cold-open with most of the emotional catharsis rather than, y'know, leaving it as the emotional catharsis, is crippling. And while the visuals carry hints of the neon-drenched ballet of carnage that would fully bloom in Chapter 2, for the most part they're a drab, mundane affair. Still, can't argue with those action sequences, and if you can't be a masterpiece then being a prelude to one is a good consolation prize.

Funnily enough, the friend who introduced me to JW in the first place hates Chapter 2. Probably because this first movie is still pretty enamored with how badass its protagonist is while the sequel fully embraces how much it would absolutely suck to be him. Not to say this first movie doesn't recognize that John is a tragic figure—it's full of portentous statements about this life reaching out and grabbing him—but

it wants to have it both ways with that ending, letting him stagger off into the sunset with all foes vanquished.


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Rewatch round two.

Buster Keaton had a threesome with Orson Welles and Michael Mann and birthed this absolute masterpiece. Mythic, operatic, chilling, gorgeous. We are not worthy.

(Somehow underrated the Reflections of the Soul setpiece my first two watches? The catacombs shootout is probz still my favorite sequence here—the shotgun action is porn—but everything that goes on in that hall of mirrors is a triumph of filmmaking.)

(Heart was pounding in the leadup to that final gunshot, never mind that I'd seen it before. STAKES, everyone.)

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