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Offline Marid King

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #375 on: August 29, 2015, 08:50:32 PM »
I have no clue why so many people loved Big Hero 6. One of the things I dislike most about Hollywood is the tendency to take difficult but interesting professions, like math, science, and in this case robotics, and basically turn it into magic. In that regard, BH6 is supremely guilty. It would have been great to see the entire group work on Baymax together, dealing with internal conflicts in the team and outside interference, like time and budget constraints. Watching the software and individual pieces, each needing a different specialist, being developed and combined would have been amazing. The writers dream up this insanely powerful technology, but don't appreciate what they have in their hands. Therefore, neither does the audience.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #376 on: August 30, 2015, 01:41:49 AM »
Big Hero 6 is a goddamned abomination.  Predictable and lacking in innovation everywhere.  Mostly what Marid said, though.  Hollywood scientists are facepalm inducing embarrassments.  Or Gods Amongst Men like Tony Stark.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #377 on: August 30, 2015, 07:44:06 AM »
Big Hero 6 is just Disney being as creatively bankrupt as always. Hits every single stereotype across the board without any real imagination whatsoever. It was kind of cool watching the visuals on the big screen, but so was Avatar and, well, f*** Avatar!

It would have been great to see the entire group work on Baymax together, dealing with internal conflicts in the team and outside interference, like time and budget constraints. Watching the software and individual pieces, each needing a different specialist, being developed and combined would have been amazing.

The former would have made the movie more unique. I'm not so big on the latter though. Too much of that and you just get edutainment, and god knows how I much hate edutainment.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #378 on: September 01, 2015, 09:02:12 PM »
Didn't bother with Big Hero 6,since it looked like it's main purpose was to sell toys to kids.

The Protector(US Cut):

 Should've called the film "GIMME BACK MY ELEPHANTS!!!". But yeah I thought the movie sucked elephant's cock. Tony Jaa has no zero charisma(his baby elephant had more!). Most of the fights were excessive and extremely stupid,with my favorite being the "badass" gang of fluorescent tube wielding thugs fight(which has one of the worst setups ever). The only fights I enjoyed were the long take in the restaurant and the capoeira fight. Not going bother with the plot since it's apparently butchered in this version,and it would still be extremely stupid(Tony's gotta save his elephants!).
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #379 on: September 02, 2015, 05:05:43 AM »
I personally really love The Protector (though I watched the original cut). It's fun martial arts camp with awesome choreography and very little wire work. Tony Jaa ain't exactly a charisma-machine and the plot is pretty simplistic, but I always forgive that stuff if the movie is hilarious (ex. the new Godzilla movie). And nothing puts a smile on my face quite like some short Thai dude beating up body builders whilst using elephant bones as a weapon.

Sequel was terrible though. My god, what happened there?
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #380 on: September 02, 2015, 08:30:54 AM »
I personally really love The Protector (though I watched the original cut). It's fun martial arts camp with awesome choreography and very little wire work. Tony Jaa ain't exactly a charisma-machine and the plot is pretty simplistic, but I always forgive that stuff if the movie is hilarious (ex. the new Godzilla movie). And nothing puts a smile on my face quite like some short Thai dude beating up body builders whilst using elephant bones as a weapon.

Sequel was terrible though. My god, what happened there?

I would've liked the camp aspect if any of the actors were actually into it,instead of looking bored(this shit ain't no Big Trouble in Little China). The only person who was into was wrestler Nathan Jones,who gave the best performance by far.Should've made him the main villain,instead of the bored transsexual who wasn't menacing at all. Did get some laughs from that "amazing" CGI sequence.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #381 on: September 03, 2015, 08:14:52 AM »
I would've liked the camp aspect if any of the actors were actually into it,instead of looking bored(this shit ain't no Big Trouble in Little China).

We obviously have different definitions of camp.

Anyways, rewatched a few of my favorite anime films that I haven't seen in a while. And boy was I glad I did so (especially considering this current anime season has been putting me to sleep). Here they are in order of year they came out.

Akira (1988) - This movie is so cool. It just gets cooler and cooler every time I watch it. It has great animation. It has complex themes. It's hilarious. I love the new English dub with JYB as Kaneda. But if I'm being honest, the main reason I like this movie is because it's just so freaking cool. Now if only I could shut up the manga fans who keep pestering me that the movie didn't tell the whole story.

Mind Game (2004) - My personal favorite Yuasa thing is now on Netflix and I could not be happier that it still holds up. It's similar to Tatami Galaxy in that it's a great story about learning to love life despite all it throws at you, except Mind Game focuses more on the positives you can draw from negative circumstances and said positives are shown through Yuasa being his nutty self. He overdoes it a bit here more than he does in his other stuff (and Kemonozume is really whack), but that waterfall scene drowns out any complaints I hear regarding that.

Paprika (2005) - Satoshi Kon's movies always seem to have a problem with being great on a conceptual level, but the execution is kind of off. He was learning though, because his final film before he left us handles that problem better than Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. The whole dream story is nothing new and I honestly prefer The Cell and Inception to this, but Paprika is not just the only animated thing I know to do this concept, it fully embraces the fact that it's animation in the process. Everything up until when dreams and reality collide is amazing in terms of tension, pacing, characterization, and visuals, and I liked the callbacks to his previous stuff mixed into the dream stuff. Still, this movie could have stood to be two hours long. That final act was rushed and lets me down every time I see it.

Redline (2009) - The only movie out of the four that did not hold up on rewatch. Whilst it's one of the best animated things in the world (I mean Maruyama did sink 7 years worth of money into it), I'd rather watch the Wachowski's live-action Speed Racer movie because the story is both too popcorn and too crammed to function as effective camp. Those aliens who opposed racing on their planet because they were constructing secret weapons (amongst other things) were boring and barely relevant to the main story of JP just wanting to win a race and get the girl, which might have been a substantial story for 100-minute run time if it wasn't for everything else bogging it down and preventing JP from ever being a really engaging main character. The final ten minutes get to that level, but by then, it's too little too late for Redline to be a movie I could rewatch in the future bar maybe a friend wants to check it out.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #382 on: September 08, 2015, 02:57:51 PM »
Maximum Overdrive:

Somewhat entertaining "so bad it's good film". It blows it's load with the opening bridge scene;which was a perfect mix of wanton destruction and shitty acting. The whole premise of trucks trying to kill people doesn't work for 90 mins(your brain starts to ask a lot questions as it goes on),along with all the characters being absolute morons.

Killer Joe:

Pretty ****ed up film. Matthew Mcconaughey,does such an excellent job in playing a chilling character. A great example on how to write stupid characters right.

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man:

You know your in for a great film when it's written by Don Michael Paul; writer and director of such hits as "Half Past Dead" and "Who's your Caddy?". This was actually a decent piece of cheese. It's attempts at being 'cool' were pretty funny,especially with the Matrix looking henchman(led by Daniel Baldwin). The action scenes aren't particularly good and come off pretty cartoonist in the amount of bullets fired,along with Mickey Rourke looking confused as hell during these scenes(he also awkwardly fires a shotgun one-handed). What makes it all entertaining is the film's B-movie charm,with the plot being the standard 80's "save the rec center" trope(a bar here). I did wish it had a better script,since it had the potential to be so much more.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #383 on: September 13, 2015, 11:53:15 AM »
Saw The Visit yesterday. Would have been a decent film if it didn't take over half the movie for the Shyamalan twist to occur and actually make things interesting. Yes, I get it. These old people are mentally unstable and quite possibly want to kill these kids. Why did you make me sit through 50 minutes of saccharine family life just to contrast when they do go insane?
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #384 on: September 20, 2015, 07:51:24 AM »
The Conqueror:

 John Wayne plays Genghis Khan. He plays the character as a gunfighter; mixed in with the purple prose,and you end up getting a pretty funny comedy. Other than him the film is a piece of shit. Most of the scenes are just filler and mostly boring. Even the battle scenes are boring(the amount of extras used are impressive though). It's a film that no one wanted to make other than,John Wayne.


Dracula(1931 film):

 It's a classic. I do think it loses a little bit of the horror after the boat scene,since everything before hand was just perfect. Bela Lugosi,just embodies the role; he has such presence whenever he's on the screen. Also love the simplicity of the ending, which today would have to be a 10 minute fight scene just to please the general ADHD audience of today's movie-goers.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #385 on: September 20, 2015, 08:51:45 AM »
No Escape: Owen Wilson and his family really did a great job at expressing the danger they're in and throughout the movie there were very real indications that one of them was going to die, so I got scared many times while watching it. Owen Wilson's character really is a very reckless one and his desperation to protect his family's well-being can be somewhat seen even before the family got to Thailand.

TED 2: utterly disappointing and the profits compared to the first movie really shows that the director lost his touch with this one, wasn't very funny either. After the epilogue of the first movie, his human rights should be the least of his problems since he's practically an international celebrity already. I'd go to vouch that if a real talking sentient teddy bear exists, his/her biggest problem would be infamy.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #386 on: September 20, 2015, 09:25:12 AM »
Black Mass:

As well as the movie is directed; as well as the actors do; as frightening as some of the sequences are... There's one fundamental problem this movie has: I'm utterly repulsed by just about every single character. As Johnny Depp plays a reprehensible bag of human filth, I'm left wondering what the ultimate point of the movie was. Whitey Bulger was a horrible, hypocritical murderer? Don't associate with any form of gang activity? The movie comes off more as a PSA, due to a lack of a real emotional center. Still, since the movie has its tone nailed, it's a shame the same team couldn't have worked with a more tactful story.

6/10.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials:

As someone who does not hate most YA adaptations (except the Divergent series, which can burn for all I care), and almost liked the first movie, I was pretty conflicted about this new chapter. While the movie has some nice action sequences (when you can actually see what's going on), and tries to go for a morally grey setting that other YA novels seem to shy away from, it doesn't seem as if the novelist or scriptwriter were up to the task. I still don't care about what happens to any of the cast or their world, and I can tell when a major plot twist is coming on. Before you try to complicate your world with tough moral dilemmas and an overwhelming bleakness, at least try to: a) Give us reason to care for the main characters, b) Make the villains less blatantly shady, c) Write characters so that their archetypes don't make their actions obvious. Ultimately, this is a good example of how thinning the line between good and evil isn't necessarily going to lead to a more compelling, emotionally driven product. Also, I still don't understand the point of the entire first movie; if all you need is their DNA, why put them through a physical trial to see if they're "worthy" or not?

3/10.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #387 on: September 23, 2015, 09:34:07 AM »
Westworld:

Michael Crichton,was so ahead of his time with this film. It is Jurassic Park meets the Terminator.Other than a few aspects it has aged extremely well. Yul Brynner as the Gunslinger is so damn chilling,and such an obvious inspiration for the Terminator;especially with this shot.



Really looking forward to the upcoming HBO series now.


 

 

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #388 on: September 26, 2015, 08:42:00 PM »
An Animator's Ego Trip(AKA:Tekkonkinkreet):

Visual nice,but it's all in service of lifeless direction and a shitty script. Scenes begin and end with no rhyme or reason. It's overwritten with way too much dialogue(most importantly it being cliched and shitty dialogue). Never a scene for me to soak it in,instead I get a barrage of dialogue. Hell even scenes that should've been good like that Minotaur sequence are ruined by the director focusing on his visuals and dragging the scene for as long as he can(could've had that scene done in like 2-3 mins). Didn't care for the characters at all;wasn't a fan of the design's of them either,on top of them looking like a blob of colors in any shot that wasn't a closeup.A chore to watch overall(overly long too).
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #389 on: October 04, 2015, 04:31:06 PM »
Black Mass (2015) - Generic gangster story that does nothing different from any other gangster story ever. Execution is nice, if cartoonish, but that's about it.

The Martian (2015) - Fun film. Probably Ridley Scott's best in a while. Decent tension and quite a few laughs. Nothing I'd watch again though.

Sicario (2015) - Well-presented, but the story and twists are very been there, done that. Same old corruption themes. Same old "you can't change the system". I get why this director is critically acclaimed, but his stories bore me.
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