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Prax has offered an interesting perspective on Infinity War here.

The movie turned out to be what I expected it to be - a fun, villain-oriented action/adventure romp in the form of a comic book "crisis crossover". It couldn't be anything else simply because of its huge budget (AFAIK the official figure hasn't been published yet, but it's between 300 and 400 million dollars according to Wikipedia; that might include the sequel, though). It HAS TO break box office records to be considered a success (data says it's doing just that) and that means aiming for mass appeal. A truly smart, thought-provoking sci-fi film was out of the question, especially after Blade Runner 2049 bombed badly despite its moderate budget.

Like the first Avengers movie, Infinity War is very fun to watch, but it may not have much staying power. We'll get more MCU installments which will overshadow the previous ones. In 2038 Arrival, Annihilation and Blade Runner 2049 might be beloved sci-fi cult classics; Infinity War will probably be remembered only as one of many products of the "comic book movie era".

For now, those superhero tentpoles are making a lot of money, so Hollywood is not gonna change anytime soon; I guess the only thing we can do is to try to enjoy them for what they are (and some of them, like this one, are actually enjoyable) and wait for the bubble to burst wink

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Last week I saw AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. It was pretty good and used Spider-Man for the third time in an MCU film. I don’t want to say much more for those who haven’t seen it, but I thought it was good.

So nice to see your posting again Michael. We're looking forward to hearing what you've been up to. All the very best wishes to you.

And just like that...

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So they made another one of those.
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The CGI dinosaur porn is satisfying, but the other aspects are pretty unremarkable. Don't expect anything groundbreaking.

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There's one interesting reveal - the little girl is a clone. It's a logical extension of the main Jurassic Park premise, but it's not used particularly well. A smarter movie would have explored the issue more deeply.

Sadly, Jeff Goldblum's role was reduced to cameos in the hearing scenes.

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Doesn't quite reach the heights of The Babadook or The Witch for contemporary horror, but there are several images from this thing that are gonna stay permanently burned into my retinas. Excruciating slow-burn dread punctuated by absolute bonkers nightmares.

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I decided to revisit this semi-forgotten gem after many years. It still holds up quite well. It's mostly just a fairytale variation on the Hero's Journey (with a love story), but it doesn't feel terribly derivative.

Despite good reviews, it seems to have fallen into relative obscurity pretty quickly. I can only speculate why. In 2007 the fantasy market was already saturated with the two film franchises that made it popular again - LOTR and Harry Potter; perhaps the audience simply didn't want a spiritual successor to Princess Bride at that point. Iron Man and The Dark Knight gave more fuel to the rising superhero movies trend a year later; they became the next nerdy thing that went mainstream. A one-off movie not based on a well-known property could get lost in this torrent.

So anyway... If you haven't seen it by now, give it a go. You might like it, especially if you liked The Princess Bride.

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Brilliant film ruined only by the poor choice of end credit song.

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Yeah, they should have used Shine by Take That instead, far superior song.


What?

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I have passed through the refining fire that is Tom Cruise's elemental insanity and come forth a new being.

Every single movie in the series has been a test run for this one. Absolutely unfathomably bonkers, and without a doubt the classiest-looking of the lot. Joins with Fury Road and John Wick Chapter 2 to complete the holy action trinity of the decade.

See it in IMAX while you can. Go in blind as possible. Jesus.

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No shit, huh?

Hm.

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This seems consistent with what I've been hearing so far.

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It comes out today in merry old England and I've been psyched to see it, but, I think I'll stave off the opening night and see it over the weekend. Tom, you, crazy man. i love you.

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Teague wrote:

No shit, huh?

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...well played.

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Yep. It's good.

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I suffered so much secondhand embarrassment during this (very good) movie that I quite literally chewed through the lacquer on my glasses. Middle school has always been bad but in the age of social media it's basically a straight-up dystopia.

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I'm fascinated by this trend of onscreen secondhand-embarassment in popular culture. It seems like society's overall capacity for enjoying cringe-entertainment is both increasing and decreasing. (More people becoming very aware that they can not handle it; more works of media becoming interested in going there anyway.)

EDIT: As someone with a lot of affection for Bo, who hasn't seen this movie — in other words, as someone speaking from within my own little made-up context right now — I wonder if this type of inclusion might represent the dumbest possible way of making a comment on this particular social phenomenon. (Making you "deal with it," rather than using the tools of semiotic storytelling to comment on it; somewhat akin to putting a rape scene in a movie to make the audience "deal with it," rather than having the movie... y'know, deal with it.)

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Last night I got around to Bringing out the Dead (1999). I've been on a bit of a Scorsese kick lately with the approach of The Irishman and I've been trying to fill my gaps with his lesser known titles that I haven't seen. Honestly wasn't too crazy about this one. It had an interesting premise and it had its moments, but I found it a bit too dour. Nic Cage was solid in it but he didn't have much of an arc, and the Scorsese-isms were turned to 11 here (mainly wax poetic voiceover monologues that work better in small doses). King of Comedy was the last one I checked out before this which was pretty solid, and I think a rewatch of Raging Bull will be next.

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Teague wrote:

I'm fascinated by this trend of onscreen secondhand-embarassment in popular culture. It seems like society's overall capacity for enjoying cringe-entertainment is both increasing and decreasing. (More people becoming very aware that they can not handle it; more works of media becoming interested in going there anyway.)

EDIT: As someone with a lot of affection for Bo, who hasn't seen this movie — in other words, as someone speaking from within my own little made-up context right now — I wonder if this type of inclusion might represent the dumbest possible way of making a comment on this particular social phenomenon. (Making you "deal with it," rather than using the tools of semiotic storytelling to comment on it; somewhat akin to putting a rape scene in a movie to make the audience "deal with it," rather than having the movie... y'know, deal with it.)

Hmmm...movies as exposure therapy?

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@couture, Bringing Out the Dead is probably my favorite Scorsese. It's weird to me that you say it's too dour—the unhinged mania laced throughout it generates a massive adrenaline rush in me (and Cage is perfect for that), and it's ultimately incredibly uplifting IMO.

EDIT: Changed "funny" to "weird," still sounds kinda accusatory. Not meant that way!

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Speaking of rewatching Scorcese, Casino disappears from Netflix come September, so I carved some time out for that one. I had already seen it once and felt this way then; now I've seen it twice and still do: this is a very underrated movie. (Or at least it used to be; seems critics are finally coming around on it.) My two major complaints are just 1) these are some stupid motherfuckers; slightly-implausibly stupid, and 2) the Sharon Stone stuff draaaaags and draaaaags. This is a trap that a lot of 'watch-this-character-interact-with-their-environment' plots end up falling into: the environment's the entree, the relationship's the veggie tray. She gives a great performance, though; there are good performances all around; plus, I love Don Rickles as a quiet tough-guy.

I just did a quick runthrough of the Scorcese movies I remember my opinion about, and the rank goes like this:

1) Gangs of New York
2) The Aviator
3) The Wolf of Wall Street
4) Casino
5) The Departed
6) Taxi Driver

(#1 snuck up on me; I didn't used to like it at all, then I learned some history and suddenly it become electric.)

Teague Chrystie

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I'm trying to carve through some more Scorsese this year, Casino is definitely near the top of the list of things to get to. Right now my ranking of what I've seen is

1) Bringing Out the Dead
2) Goodfellas
3) Silence
4) Taxi Driver
5) The Wolf of Wall Street
6) Hugo

The Age of Innocence and The Last Temptation of Christ are the ones I'm most looking forward to getting to.

So far, Bringing Out the Dead is the only one I've genuinely loved. I have the same weird thing with most Scorsese that I do with Del Toro—I appreciate the hell out of the guy and recognize that his movies are good–great from a filmmaking perspective, but so often I just feel . . . nothing. Even with Silence, which is a really good adaptation of a book that I love. Not sure where the disconnect is, but so far Bringing is the only one of his movies to break through it.

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*adds Bringing Out the Dead to must-watch list*

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God that's a great gif.

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