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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Anyone who also gets a guilty pleasure kick out of Pirates of the Caribbean?

    I certainly do, swordfights on old boats in a gorgeously shot Caribbean landscape with nonsens humour spread throughout. Love it.

    Having said that, when they want to go serious and start using pirates as a metaphor for freedom, I do roll my eyes as well.

    My ranking:
    1. The Curse of the Back Pearl
    2. Dead Man's Chest
    3. At World's End
    4. Dead Man Tell No Tales (aka Salazar's Revenge)
    5. On Stranger Tides

    The first two are excellent I'd say, the third is fine if that's what you like, and I do, the fourth misses a bit too much of the sea and the fifth, although better than the fourth, could have done with more swashbuckling.

    I like -- not love -- the films. I find them slightly overrated. I especially find Cap. Sparrow overrated. I like Depp in the role, but I don't think he's as funny as people make him out to be. A little of him is good, but too much gives me a headache. Sparrow-centric scenes actually annoy me most of the time.

    My favorite film in the series is AWE. I really like the action, the fantasy and above all, the score. My ranking is

    3 > 2 > 1 >> 5 and 4.

    4 is the one I like the least. The filmmakers seem somewhat concerned that without Turner and Elisabeth, they don't have 'enough' of the old formula to carry an entire film, so they overdose on Sparrow. And Sparrow is all over the place, uncaged, too much. Even Zimmer is overselling it. The first 10 minutes of the film are stuffed with familiar themes, just to make us feel 'at home'. Even when nothing is going on, the famous action themes are going nuts, almost as if something went wrong with the soundmix. But the film never quite reaches the magic of the first three in my opinion. It's goofy and uninteresting. I find the film such a letdown, in fact, that 5 comes off as a slight improvement, though just slight. 4 and 5 feel redundant, like what the inferior Hobbit films are to LOTR. The entire series is weaker because of them, I'd say. But every once in an while, I can sit through them and, on average, have a good time with them.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    I was with it up until the wheels came off near the end. Though Anya Taylor-Joy continues to impress in what I have seen of her so far. And matt Smith is a real piece of work in this.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    I was with it up until the wheels came off near the end. Though Anya Taylor-Joy continues to impress in what I have seen of her so far. And matt Smith is a real piece of work in this.

    Now here's a film I cannot disagree with. The acting and aesthetics alone make this film worth your time.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    LucknFate wrote: »


    A few lessons: When Bonds heart stops, on a cinema screen you can see his neck veins still pulsing from the actor's heart beat.
    Hadn't noticed the veins, but I seem to remember there being a continuity error with either the defibrillator cable or pad reattaching between shots. I'll have to watch that scene again to confirm. Glad you saw CR on the big screen, I did back in 2021 and was grinning the whole time.
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    I was with it up until the wheels came off near the end. Though Anya Taylor-Joy continues to impress in what I have seen of her so far. And matt Smith is a real piece of work in this.
    Watched this for the first time about a month ago. Really enjoyed it, particularly the first half. Didn't know what to expect. First time I saw Anya in anything and naturally, fell in love with her. Matt Smith is great to watch as usual.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    QBranch wrote: »
    LucknFate wrote: »


    A few lessons: When Bonds heart stops, on a cinema screen you can see his neck veins still pulsing from the actor's heart beat.
    Hadn't noticed the veins, but I seem to remember there being a continuity error with either the defibrillator cable or pad reattaching between shots. I'll have to watch that scene again to confirm. Glad you saw CR on the big screen, I did back in 2021 and was grinning the whole time.
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    I was with it up until the wheels came off near the end. Though Anya Taylor-Joy continues to impress in what I have seen of her so far. And matt Smith is a real piece of work in this.
    Watched this for the first time about a month ago. Really enjoyed it, particularly the first half. Didn't know what to expect. First time I saw Anya in anything and naturally, fell in love with her. Matt Smith is great to watch as usual.

    @QBranch
    You should definitely check out The Witch ("The VVitch") if you can, and the miniseries The Queen's Gambit. Anya delivers.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Thanks Dimi, I'll check them out!
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    Watched High Heat with Olga Kurylenko. I wouldn't do it again. Best bit:
    Stock useless son of Mafia boss: 'Do you think I'm an idiot?'
    Don Johnson: 'Yes.'
    There you go...
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Anyone who also gets a guilty pleasure kick out of Pirates of the Caribbean?

    I certainly do, swordfights on old boats in a gorgeously shot Caribbean landscape with nonsens humour spread throughout. Love it.

    Having said that, when they want to go serious and start using pirates as a metaphor for freedom, I do roll my eyes as well.

    My ranking:
    1. The Curse of the Back Pearl
    2. Dead Man's Chest
    3. At World's End
    4. Dead Man Tell No Tales (aka Salazar's Revenge)
    5. On Stranger Tides

    The first two are excellent I'd say, the third is fine if that's what you like, and I do, the fourth misses a bit too much of the sea and the fifth, although better than the fourth, could have done with more swashbuckling.

    I like -- not love -- the films. I find them slightly overrated. I especially find Cap. Sparrow overrated. I like Depp in the role, but I don't think he's as funny as people make him out to be. A little of him is good, but too much gives me a headache. Sparrow-centric scenes actually annoy me most of the time.

    My favorite film in the series is AWE. I really like the action, the fantasy and above all, the score. My ranking is

    3 > 2 > 1 >> 5 and 4.

    4 is the one I like the least. The filmmakers seem somewhat concerned that without Turner and Elisabeth, they don't have 'enough' of the old formula to carry an entire film, so they overdose on Sparrow. And Sparrow is all over the place, uncaged, too much. Even Zimmer is overselling it. The first 10 minutes of the film are stuffed with familiar themes, just to make us feel 'at home'. Even when nothing is going on, the famous action themes are going nuts, almost as if something went wrong with the soundmix. But the film never quite reaches the magic of the first three in my opinion. It's goofy and uninteresting. I find the film such a letdown, in fact, that 5 comes off as a slight improvement, though just slight. 4 and 5 feel redundant, like what the inferior Hobbit films are to LOTR. The entire series is weaker because of them, I'd say. But every once in an while, I can sit through them and, on average, have a good time with them.

    I quite like Sparrow, though a bit less in 4 and 5. I'd agree that, even though I don't dislike the two last ones, they are lacking the sparkle that made the first three so enjoyable.
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    I don't get any pleasure from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies guilty or otherwise. Now Cutthroat Island that's a different story. Always been a real guilty pleasure of mine. Give me Gina Davis over Depp any day
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Watched this for the first time about a month ago. Really enjoyed it, particularly the first half. Didn't know what to expect. First time I saw Anya in anything and naturally, fell in love with her. Matt Smith is great to watch as usual.

    I'd also recommend The VVitch, Emma and Morgan (I feel like I am in the minority on this one though). Agreed on Matt Smith too. Though I have my fingers crossed for him to show up for the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, I would would understand if he turned it down. He's done well to move away from The Doctor over the last 10 years.
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    Curse of the Black Pearl is one of my all-time favorite films. I look at it as a brilliant standalone piece with endless entertainment value. Rush as Barbossa is one of my all-time favorite performances / characters. And at the time, Depp’s Jack Sparrow was one of the most original and fun protagonists to watch in anything!

    Then, the sequels happened. I’ll be clear, though: I very much like Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. They’re messy and flawed, but I find tons to enjoy in them and see those first three as a collectively good trilogy. But On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales? No thank you—everything had worn its welcome to me at that point. Depp especially in the last one really just felt off-putting. I would probably rank the movies as 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5, with 1 being the only truly exceptional one, 2 and 3 being decent sequels, and 4 and 5 being very subpar.

    Agreed on all accounts! Incredible trilogy of movies.
    QBranch wrote: »
    LucknFate wrote: »


    A few lessons: When Bonds heart stops, on a cinema screen you can see his neck veins still pulsing from the actor's heart beat.
    Hadn't noticed the veins, but I seem to remember there being a continuity error with either the defibrillator cable or pad reattaching between shots. I'll have to watch that scene again to confirm. Glad you saw CR on the big screen, I did back in 2021 and was grinning the whole time.

    I bet you were, as was I. I heard the people behind me comment on how much I was "grooving" to the soundtrack, as well. Had a blast.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Watched this for the first time about a month ago. Really enjoyed it, particularly the first half. Didn't know what to expect. First time I saw Anya in anything and naturally, fell in love with her. Matt Smith is great to watch as usual.

    I'd also recommend The VVitch, Emma and Morgan (I feel like I am in the minority on this one though). Agreed on Matt Smith too. Though I have my fingers crossed for him to show up for the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, I would would understand if he turned it down. He's done well to move away from The Doctor over the last 10 years.

    Yes, Emma and Morgan are interesting Anya films too. I'd only not recommend The New Mutants to be honest.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
    edited July 2023 Posts: 8,672
    Tonight we watched this one:

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    A priceless British farce about a paid assassin (bomb-maker) doubling as a clockmaker in normal life. Everything goes awry when he takes notes of his latest target's details in his girlfriend's (the target person's secretary's) office and fails to notice that under the sheet he's writing on is some carbon paper. Once she gets suspicious, he has to get rid of her... and still plant the time bomb designed to kill his target person.

    It's a totally black comedy/farce with brilliant performances by Alastair Sim, George Cole and Terry-Thomas (driving a beautiful Jaguar XK 120, by the way). Very funny, with quite a bit of suspense nonetheless, although nobody really expects a bad outcome in a movie like this. In the class of the original "Ladykillers" (with Alec Guinness, who admitted to have based his performance of the Professor on Alastair Sim's roles in movies like The Green Man). Strongly recommended.

    "The Green Man", by the way, is just the name of the hotel where the climax takes place. Don't worry about Alastair Sim propagating environmentalist messages. This movie is as old as myself.


  • Last_Rat_StandingLast_Rat_Standing Long Neck Ice Cold Beer Never Broke My Heart
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    Top Gun Maverick.

    One of the films I regret not seeing in cinemas. Man that was a great film from start to finish. I wasn't a huge fan of the original but this one surpasses it in every way.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
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    TENET 4K The first act is still like wading through mud with exposition dump after exposition dump, once the excellent Branagh appears and the action gets going TENET was more enjoyable. I tend to go back to this film for the IMAX shots, I still think the script needed a few rewrites it is way to convoluted than it needs to be.
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    Barbie (2023)

    To be honest, I think Lego Movie did this general idea much better. I dunno, maybe it just wasn't for me, but I feel this film either needed to take itself more seriously (more along the lines of The Truman Show) or drift a lot further into the realm of parody (sort of Airplane or Scary Movie territory).

    As it is, it feels like Warner Brothers and Mattel hired two ageing former Indie filmmakers (clearly from Liberal Arts University backgrounds) to create a film they saw as subversive, but at the same time ultimately comes off making the company's product seem fundamentally positive (even the Mattel CEO's in the film are not depicted as being malicious, controlling or outright evil necessarily, just a bit bumbling). It's a weird film in that sense.

    But hey, I know plenty of people enjoy it and get something out of it. I did expect to find this a lot funnier though.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One. Definitely enjoyable, could have shaved off a couple of minutes, though. There is a lot of setup for the next one. EON should be kicking themselves for not having Hayley Atwell in sooner. She would have been a great Bond Woman/Villain. She could make a good M down the line though. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is still the best MI villain though. My dad loved how he gets his in the end.
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    007HallY wrote: »
    Barbie (2023)

    To be honest, I think Lego Movie did this general idea much better. I dunno, maybe it just wasn't for me, but I feel this film either needed to take itself more seriously (more along the lines of The Truman Show) or drift a lot further into the realm of parody (sort of Airplane or Scary Movie territory).

    As it is, it feels like Warner Brothers and Mattel hired two ageing former Indie filmmakers (clearly from Liberal Arts University backgrounds) to create a film they saw as subversive, but at the same time ultimately comes off making the company's product seem fundamentally positive (even the Mattel CEO's in the film are not depicted as being malicious, controlling or outright evil necessarily, just a bit bumbling). It's a weird film in that sense.

    But hey, I know plenty of people enjoy it and get something out of it. I did expect to find this a lot funnier though.

    Don't worry, I'm aligned with you. Lego Movie did it much better and I didn't laugh as much as I expected. I expected "Elf" but "Barbie" and I'd still rather watch Elf...
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    Today, I put Dancing Lady in my DVD player. An attempt by MGM to do a Warner Bros./Busby Berkeley style musical. Great cast (Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire and the Three Stooges, among others), but the dance numbers were not that good. The people involved have done better since.
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    Barbie - dreadful
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    Hayworth & Ford reunite for this film, 6 years after Gilda.

    and...

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    I have never watched the Hellraiser films all that regularly, so I don't know when I saw one last. But rewatching this original, what struck me most, was how well the practical make-up effects hold up. Not so much the big blobby snarling thing that chases Kirsty down the corridor, that looked ropey. But the make-up effects on Frank, look damn good for a 36 year old film. I also want to praise whatever post production trickery was done to Doug Bradley's voice. Every line he says, is quotable.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Yes I ventured with my 12 year old to take in some mindless entertainment. A good summer flick with no need to think or ponder life's deep dark themes. I am a Jason Stratham fan so I guess that made the movie more watchable for me.

    Does it make sense, not really, but I don't think we go into watching this type of movie thinking it will make sense. The actors do a fine job of acting to what the script gives them to do. In most cases the roles are stereo types of characters.

    The CGI isn't bad, the underwater action is hard to follow. In one sequence it wasn't clear which character was in trouble, and the fighting was hard to follow. The above water CGI is much better executed.

    I am giving it a 3 out of 5. Not great but an entertaining summer yarn!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @MajorDSmythe, it's rich how you can see some crew members pushing the Cenobite along that chases her down that corridor. It's hilarious. I do love that movie though.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    From one bit of sadomasochism to another (I forgot that I had been doing this)...

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    It's what you'd expect from a late 2000's Seagal. In decline, and about to enter an even steeper decline.

    ---The Good
    1. Under Siege (1992)
    2. Nico (1988)
    3. Out For Justice (1991)
    4. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
    5. Exit Wounds (2001)
    6. Pistol Whipped (2008)
    7. Fire Down Below (1997)
    ---The Bad
    8. Out Of Reach (2004)
    9. The Keeper (2009)
    10. Mercenary For Justice (2006)
    ***11. A Dangerous Man (2009)***
    12. Into The Sun (2005)
    13. Against The Dark (2009)
    14. Flight Of Fury (2007)
    15. Submerged (2005)
    ---The Ugly
    16. Beyond The Law (2019)
    17. End Of A Gun (2016)
    18. Born To Raise Hell (2010)
    19. Sniper: Special Ops (2016)
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I nearly, finally checked out Sniper: Special Ops the other night, @MajorDSmythe, but didn't feel like causing my eyes to bleed uncontrollably so I held off. I will some time soon. I have to experience it in all its horrible glory.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
    edited August 2023 Posts: 13,894
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I nearly, finally checked out Sniper: Special Ops the other night, @MajorDSmythe, but didn't feel like causing my eyes to bleed uncontrollably so I held off. I will some time soon. I have to experience it in all its horrible glory.

    You should have watched it, it is.... something special. My favourite part, is when Seagal has to drag another character to safety, Seagal uses so little effort, he touches the other fella lightly, and he slides along as if Seagal has Jedi powers. =))

    I have a feeling that is is trying to trick viewers into thinking that it is part of the Sniper series. The difference is, the Sniper films, though dtv since the 2nd film, are much much better made films than Sniper: Special Ops.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I've actually seen that bit! There was some comedy group podcast or something on YouTube, they had a deep dive review of it I randomly stumbled upon one night that absolutely obliterated the film and Seagal's performance, such as how he snipes without using the scope while simultaneously keeping his shades on.

    And yes, I only ever saw the first Sniper installment many years back but I remember enjoying it (can't speak for its DTV predecessors). Hell, how Seagal's film got away with that title when I read the only sniping that takes place is contained in the first five minutes is beyond me, and this is before he spends the rest of the film sitting in chairs and waving his gun around like a moron.

    Yeah, I gotta see it. I'll try to find time for it this weekend. I've been on a roll with some great movies the past few days so might as well purposefully destroy that momentum and good vibes on my own.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    Seagal uses so little effort, he touches the other fella lightly, and he slides along as if Seagal has Jedi powers. =))
    What do you mean 'if'...? ;)
  • edited August 2023 Posts: 6,710
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I've been on a roll with some great movies the past few days so might as well purposefully destroy that momentum and good vibes on my own.

    Funny how that happens. Earlier this year, I suddenly had a craving for some cinematic "fast food", so I watched Albert Pyun's NEMESIS. It had been a while since my last excursion into pure B-movie land.

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    He ordered his food thirty minutes ago. It's still not ready. They'll pay with their lives.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    "He'll finish every last bite. Steven Seagal IS 'Fat.' Coming soon to your local VHS shop."
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