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  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    I just finished watching Captain Marvel (2019). Very enjoyable. I'll wait for more MI6 users to watch it, especially those who are way bigger comic book fans than me, before discussing it in more fine details. All I'll say is - watch out for the Sean Connery cameo.
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    mattjoes wrote: »
    SaintMark wrote: »
    Firefox - Starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Clint Eastwood in a spectacular movie about the theft of MIG airfighter prototype from a Russian airfield. The movie is two hours long but before you know it half of the movie is over and the second half is certainly well done. A spectacular thriller. (If it needs a remake than make that a Tom Cruise project)

    I love the bathroom scene.

    Absolutely, I remember seeing this one in cinema upon release, the movie is still as exciting as when i saw it first. So many great moments in that movie.
  • RemingtonRemington I'll do anything for a woman with a knife.
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    Watched the original Hellraiser for the first time last night. The effects were great and it was pretty disturbing at times. Not really my cup of tea though.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Bright Side of the Road.
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    A Quiet Place this film is incredibly stupid.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Bright Side of the Road.
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    The Predator this was much worse than I was expecting, everyone clearly just turned up for a pay check.

    The AVP films are better than this pile of...
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns
    I had hopes for that film. You should have seen my face when I had just seen it.

    At this point, I'm willing to rate even P2 higher than TP. My favourite of the sequels remains, to this day, Predators. In my opinion, Predators deserves much more praise than it got in 2010.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns
    At this point, I'm willing to rate even P2 higher than TP. My favourite of the sequels remains, to this day, Predators. In my opinion, Predators deserves much more praise than it got in 2010.

    +1
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Bright Side of the Road.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns
    I had hopes for that film. You should have seen my face when I had just seen it.

    At this point, I'm willing to rate even P2 higher than TP. My favourite of the sequels remains, to this day, Predators. In my opinion, Predators deserves much more praise than it got in 2010.

    I agree Predators has grown on me over the years it's a good film, I am just shocked of all people Shane Black would make such an insulting Predator movie, the tone the editing easily some of the worse I have seen in recent years and that's just scratching the surface of how bad The Predator is. I have bought all the other films, no chance I'll buy this one.
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    Cheaper by the Dozen (1951) - starring my favorite actress Myrna Loy about a family with twelve kids living happily together with parents who love them and stimulate them. That said I love the sequel "Belles on their toes"somewhat better. A great classic movie.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Generally speaking, I like the predator creature, though I must admit that I like it/him so much better in comics and video games than in most of the films. The good ones are the original Predator and Predators for me, with a guilty pleasure sort of fascination for P2, most likely because of its epic score and urban setting. The AvPs... oh well, I guess they've become the Batman and Robin of the Alien / Predator / Prometheus universe at this point.

    But when The Predator was announced, made by Shane black, I immediately made a fist and yelled "yeah!". A competent filmmaker AND star of the original... How could he cock it up (if I can borrow a phrase from SF)?

    Well, we know how, don't we. Like you, @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I was shocked. If the one "good" thing I take away from the film is Casey Busey's presence, then you know things are bad. The action, comedy, editing, acting... are all on the level of, say, the 5th Wrong Turn sequel or something like that. I think the Predator universe deserves better, though.

    I'm overall shocked and amazed. Dark Horse Comics has absolutely no trouble whatsoever brewing out great after great storylines in the Alien / Predator / Prometheus universe. Successful crossovers with Batman, Superman, ... have already happened. It seems like any competent filmmaker can effortlessly produce highly entertaining films in this universe, either in the separate or the mixed worlds of Alien and Predator. And yet, one must travel back in time quite far to reach the last brilliant Alien flick and the last good Predator film. A great AvP has yet to be made. And where Scott is taking Prometheus has, since Covenant, become a mystery. They started in film, but I'm afraid other media like comic books and video games have taken over.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Having only ever seen Limelight, I've finally dove into the world of Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp this past week, absolutely loving everything I've seen. Now I'm doing a deep dive into his even earlier work,
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns
    I had hopes for that film. You should have seen my face when I had just seen it.

    At this point, I'm willing to rate even P2 higher than TP. My favourite of the sequels remains, to this day, Predators. In my opinion, Predators deserves much more praise than it got in 2010.

    I agree Predators has grown on me over the years it's a good film, I am just shocked of all people Shane Black would make such an insulting Predator movie, the tone the editing easily some of the worse I have seen in recent years and that's just scratching the surface of how bad The Predator is. I have bought all the other films, no chance I'll buy this one.

    I recall Black amping up the film as a monumental "event film" some years back, acting like he'd shake up what a blockbuster would be. I couldn't believe how generic and dull it looked in the footage I saw, I doubt I ever waste time watching it.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    “Apollo 11” (2019). This 93-minute documentary is stunning in every respect.

    Unlike many historical documentaries, “Apollo 11” tells the story of the mission without any voice over narration – letting the images (and voices) from those days in 1969 speak for themselves - and I for one was absolutely transported back in time.

    What was surprising to me is how emotional I got in viewing the film (and from reading the accounts of others that have seen it I’m not alone). Maybe it was the documentary sending me back to a time and place when I was all of eight years old and watching the mission with my late mother (on the old B&W TV), or the tremendous pride and admiration that I have always felt for the 400,000 people that worked to make the Apollo Program possible. Maybe it was both.

    There was one particular scene near the end (when the crew is heading back to Earth) and we hear John Stewarts’ song “Mother Country”, that especially got to me. To quote from the song:

    “And about these 'good old days' the old lady replied
    "Why they were just a lot of people doing the best they could"
    "Just a lot of people doing the best they could"
    And then the lady said that they did it, "pretty up and walking good"

    What ever happened to those faces in the old photographs
    I mean, the little boys…….
    Boys? . . . . . Hell they were men”

    Highly recommended, if you’re a “space nerd” or just interested in that period in American history.
  • edited March 2019 Posts: 3,333
    Last movie I watched was The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. It’s a Korean movie which borrows heavily from the X-Men more than it does an occult movie. Very good special effects and the big climax is well-worth staying for. I’m surprised that more hasn’t been mentioned about this movie as it’s pretty damn good.

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  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Bright Side of the Road.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Generally speaking, I like the predator creature, though I must admit that I like it/him so much better in comics and video games than in most of the films. The good ones are the original Predator and Predators for me, with a guilty pleasure sort of fascination for P2, most likely because of its epic score and urban setting. The AvPs... oh well, I guess they've become the Batman and Robin of the Alien / Predator / Prometheus universe at this point.

    But when The Predator was announced, made by Shane black, I immediately made a fist and yelled "yeah!". A competent filmmaker AND star of the original... How could he cock it up (if I can borrow a phrase from SF)?

    Well, we know how, don't we. Like you, @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I was shocked. If the one "good" thing I take away from the film is Casey Busey's presence, then you know things are bad. The action, comedy, editing, acting... are all on the level of, say, the 5th Wrong Turn sequel or something like that. I think the Predator universe deserves better, though.

    I'm overall shocked and amazed. Dark Horse Comics has absolutely no trouble whatsoever brewing out great after great storylines in the Alien / Predator / Prometheus universe. Successful crossovers with Batman, Superman, ... have already happened. It seems like any competent filmmaker can effortlessly produce highly entertaining films in this universe, either in the separate or the mixed worlds of Alien and Predator. And yet, one must travel back in time quite far to reach the last brilliant Alien flick and the last good Predator film. A great AvP has yet to be made. And where Scott is taking Prometheus has, since Covenant, become a mystery. They started in film, but I'm afraid other media like comic books and video games have taken over.

    It was good seeing Gary Busey's son, Black was attempting to pay homage to 80's and 90's action films it just fell flat. The script was pretty poorly constructed and the film seemed to be built around the jokes. The Predator did alot of none sensical things that are not consistent with what we know about the Predator, the humans should have had no chance at all.
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Having only ever seen Limelight, I've finally dove into the world of Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp this past week, absolutely loving everything I've seen. Now I'm doing a deep dive into his even earlier work,
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns
    I had hopes for that film. You should have seen my face when I had just seen it.

    At this point, I'm willing to rate even P2 higher than TP. My favourite of the sequels remains, to this day, Predators. In my opinion, Predators deserves much more praise than it got in 2010.

    I agree Predators has grown on me over the years it's a good film, I am just shocked of all people Shane Black would make such an insulting Predator movie, the tone the editing easily some of the worse I have seen in recent years and that's just scratching the surface of how bad The Predator is. I have bought all the other films, no chance I'll buy this one.

    I recall Black amping up the film as a monumental "event film" some years back, acting like he'd shake up what a blockbuster would be. I couldn't believe how generic and dull it looked in the footage I saw, I doubt I ever waste time watching it.

    The film is much much worse than the trailer, AVP is a Masterpiece in comparison.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    LIVE BY NIGHT

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    Ben Affleck has done great things this past decade. Quite frankly, when first seeing him in Kevin Smith's Mallrats, I thought he was abysmal. Michael Bay subsequently established him as just the pretty boy to bring in teenage girls. But Ben has slowly been building himself an ups-and-downs career with, in my opinion, more ups than downs.

    And then LIVE BY NIGHT was released in 2016, a great looking film with a stellar cast, attempting a strange fusion between Public Enemies and A Time To Kill. There's nothing wrong with the movie, really, except that it feels trite in almost all narrative regards. Like 2013's Gangster Squad, it struggles with bringing its enchanting settings to life, almost as if shying away from exploring its true potential. It isn't a bad film, let me be clear about that, but it's nothing we haven't seen before, and not in that good way of paying homage to something either.

    Running for a good two hours, Live By Night almost overstays its welcome as it constantly fails to be fresh, tense and just generally "alive". Technically, every second of the movie deserves our attention, but narratively, it lacks the boldness to go places worth remembering. And that's my major fear, that I might end up forgetting pretty much everything about this movie, no matter how good it looks.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    LIVE BY NIGHT

    livebynight01-640x293.jpg

    Ben Affleck has done great things this past decade. Quite frankly, when first seeing him in Kevin Smith's Mallrats, I thought he was abysmal. Michael Bay subsequently established him as just the pretty boy to bring in teenage girls. But Ben has slowly been building himself an ups-and-downs career with, in my opinion, more ups than downs.

    And then LIVE BY NIGHT was released in 2016, a great looking film with a stellar cast, attempting a strange fusion between Public Enemies and A Time To Kill. There's nothing wrong with the movie, really, except that it feels trite in almost all narrative regards. Like 2013's Gangster Squad, it struggles with bringing its enchanting settings to life, almost as if shying away from exploring its true potential. It isn't a bad film, let me be clear about that, but it's nothing we haven't seen before, and not in that good way of paying homage to something either.

    Running for a good two hours, Live By Night almost overstays its welcome as it constantly fails to be fresh, tense and just generally "alive". Technically, every second of the movie deserves our attention, but narratively, it lacks the boldness to go places worth remembering. And that's my major fear, that I might end up forgetting pretty much everything about this movie, no matter how good it looks.

    I loved, LOVED the book. Ben streamlined it as best he could, but I think he bit off a bit more than he could chew here. Not a bad film by any means, but he didn't cover any new ground compared to his other efforts.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @CraigMooreOHMSS
    Now that I've seen the film, would reading the book offer me something new?
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @CraigMooreOHMSS
    Now that I've seen the film, would reading the book offer me something new?

    The book offers the same core story but better developed, naturally. It's Lehane, so it's very well written and the characters are very colourful, especially the minorities and the KKK members. There are many segments of the book that wouldn't be feasible to adapt to the screen for budgetary reasons - mostly to do with Coughlin's relationship with the Cuban revolutionaries. Just too large to fit into a two hour film.

    It didn't help that Affleck insisted on playing the part himself, despite being almost two decades older than the character in the book. He seemed to fall in love with the romanticised "outlaw" persona when the Coughlin of the book quickly abandons that ideal and is far more morally questionable than the screen version.

    If you ever get a chance to pick it up, I'd recommend it. Though I fear you may end up disliking the film more, perhaps unfairly. Ben gave it a good go, but he was fighting a losing battle narratively with this one. There's also a second book surrounding the character set a decade or so after Live By Night, which was also quite good.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Thank you, @CraigMooreOHMSS. You have gotten me interested in the book(s).

    I agree about Affleck. He probably did the best he could, but perhaps his ambitions ran impossibly far with this one.
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    Just watched Green Book. Somewhat crowd-pleasing in style but lifted by charismatic performances - particularly from Mahershala Ali who is excellent. 7/10
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    El Mariachi (1992). A really solid film for such a low budget! Really enjoyed this one a lot.
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    Johnny English Strikes Again. About 8 or 9 good laughs in there.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    El Mariachi (1992). A really solid film for such a low budget! Really enjoyed this one a lot.

    Ever see Desperado or Once Upon A Time In Mexico?
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    El Mariachi (1992). A really solid film for such a low budget! Really enjoyed this one a lot.

    Ever see Desperado or Once Upon A Time In Mexico?

    No - the next step I suppose!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 38,268
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    El Mariachi (1992). A really solid film for such a low budget! Really enjoyed this one a lot.

    Ever see Desperado or Once Upon A Time In Mexico?

    No - the next step I suppose!

    They're recast sequels starring Antonio Banderas. I loved Desperado.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    Dark City: The Director's Cut (1998-2008) - Not bad. Not bad at all. It's basically The Matrix for people who don't like action films. Not too shabby. Not too shabby, at all!
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    Force 10 from Navarone - Robert Shaw plays the character Gregory Peck played in Guns of Navarone movie, and Edward Fox plays the David Niven part. It is a Alistair MacLean written sequel that is scripted by Robin Chapman, George MacDonald Fraser in a Guy Hamilton directed movie. Als starring Richard Kiel & Barbara Bach, so there is plenty of 007 universe going around. Thrown in a young Harrison Ford and Carl Weathers and you have an all-star cast.
    The movie is pretty good fun and does deliver enough twists to be worthy of an Alistair MacLean story.

    Sicario: day of the soldado ; while the first one was really impressive Mr. Brolin and Mr. Del Toro do deliver a decent movie this time. It is supposed to be the middle one of a trilogy (what is not these days a bloody trilogy) and that shows and feels like it. Nice but just not as brilliantly as the first one. I will however admit looking forward to the next installment.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    SaintMark wrote: »
    Sicario: day of the soldado ; while the first one was really impressive Mr. Brolin and Mr. Del Toro do deliver a decent movie this time. It is supposed to be the middle one of a trilogy (what is not these days a bloody trilogy) and that shows and feels like it. Nice but just not as brilliantly as the first one. I will however admit looking forward to the next installment.

    I think the director switch really, really hurt this one. It felt so painfully generic and middle of the road to me, as well.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    SaintMark wrote: »
    Sicario: day of the soldado ; while the first one was really impressive Mr. Brolin and Mr. Del Toro do deliver a decent movie this time. It is supposed to be the middle one of a trilogy (what is not these days a bloody trilogy) and that shows and feels like it. Nice but just not as brilliantly as the first one. I will however admit looking forward to the next installment.

    I think the director switch really, really hurt this one. It felt so painfully generic and middle of the road to me, as well.

    I found it mostly too efficiently directed to be generic. It didn't attempt to lazily remake the first and that was a good call, I think. Sollima's certainly got chops when it comes to letting things breathe and heightening tension and I thought he did a good job of it overall considering how daunting it must have been to take the project on. Tonally and atmospherically the film was very consistent with the first.

    I don't rate Villeneuve as highly as most others do (though I do like him a lot), so perhaps the change wasn't a big deal for me.

    The script, however, was too haphazard in its final third to allow me to put the film up with the first one.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 38,268
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    SaintMark wrote: »
    Sicario: day of the soldado ; while the first one was really impressive Mr. Brolin and Mr. Del Toro do deliver a decent movie this time. It is supposed to be the middle one of a trilogy (what is not these days a bloody trilogy) and that shows and feels like it. Nice but just not as brilliantly as the first one. I will however admit looking forward to the next installment.

    I think the director switch really, really hurt this one. It felt so painfully generic and middle of the road to me, as well.

    I found it mostly too efficiently directed to be generic. It didn't attempt to lazily remake the first and that was a good call, I think. Sollima's certainly got chops when it comes to letting things breathe and heightening tension and I thought he did a good job of it overall considering how daunting it must have been to take the project on. Tonally and atmospherically the film was very consistent with the first.

    I don't rate Villeneuve as highly as most others do (though I do like him a lot), so perhaps the change wasn't a big deal for me.

    The script, however, was too haphazard in its final third to allow me to put the film up with the first one.

    Funny you mention that, because that's my biggest issue with the film and it has absolutely nothing to do with Sheridan's script: you have the director to thank for that, hence my issues with Sollima here. It had the same artistic style to the first one, which I loved - brooding soundtrack, lots of lengthier, tense moments inside cars and big landscape shots of the desert - but the third act is where any semblance of enjoyment, for me, completely evaporated. I'm not sure what Sheridan's finale would've contained, but since I'm a big fan of his and the first film was so killer, I can only surmise it was leagues better than the tweaks Sollima made.
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