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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:25 am

Unsane was a pretty good movie, even if a bit flawed. They label it as horror on IMDb, but I think it's more of a psychological thriller though there are snippets of gore here and there. Nothing to get too worked up over, though. A young business woman gets tricked into admitting herself into a mental institution in an insurance scam, and little does she know that her stalker isn't far behind... or is he? The movie does a good job at riling you up and putting you in the lead character's shoes, but ultimately it does kind of lose you in its somewhat bizarre storytelling in its back half. I've seen some of Steven Soderbergh's other movies and while there are usually decent ideas to be found, the camera work always seems so amateurish (for lack of better word). Maybe that's just his style. Even the aspect ratio is bizarre... it was a crossbreed between widescreen and full screen. Apparently it was shot on a iPhone which is major WTF....??! Claire Foy carries the movie very well, and it was nice to see Amy Irving again even if we didn't get to see her near enough. Matt Damon shows up in a minor role, as well. I give the movie a 8/10.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:38 am

7 Days in Entebbe and A Quiet Place...GREAT
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:05 am

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What Lynch films are you watching? I am a big fan of his.

I've convinced some co-workers to watch Eraserhead (for the first time), so I will start with that. It is one of my favourite movies in terms of sheer morbid celebration of being visually disturbed. If you know of any other movies that compare on this level, please let me know.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:07 pm

A Quiet Place: it was good! I kinda feel like, given the situation they were in, having more kids was kind of a very stupid thing to do Laughing 9/10
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:28 pm

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A Quiet Place: it was good! I kinda feel like, given the situation they were in, having more kids was kind of a very stupid thing to do Laughing  9/10

Enjoyed it as well...they would have self aborted that kid in real life
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:03 am

The Meg (2/10)
Not sure where to begin with this. I'm still trying to decide which is worse: The story, the dialogue, Jason Statham's accent or the predictability of it all.

I know that this is never gonna be an award-winning movie. I didn't start watching it hoping, or even anticipating that it would infiltrate itself into my all-time top 50. But I did start watching with an open mind, wanting to be entertained for the best part of 2 hours. Is that too much to ask for? I don't think so.

What I got instead was 2 hours of my life I will never get back. A story-line so poor and full of cliches, I was actually irritable and twitching in my seat. I did laugh once though, as Mr Statham walked around the room wearing nothing but a towel and flexing his muscles for all his worth in order to impress the girl who had just walked in. His accent was so bad, that I struggled to figure out where his character was meant to be from. There are times when it sounded Australian, others like he was simply struggling to remember his lines, so the accent to second stage and became a convoluted mess.

The opening scene, which set the tone perfectly with regards to standards and what was to follow, was so amateurish that I began to wonder if I hadn't stumbled into a primary school's film-club project. Close-up shots, poor editing and a lack of structure made it difficult to really follow what was going on. Then came the icing on the cake. A tracking shot of a helicopter, which honestly looked like it had been filmed by a visually impaired 10 year-old, I couldn't believe what I was watching.

Now for the titular shark, which does eventually make an appearance after about an hour. The Meg, or to give it its full title, the megalodon, was ok. As I type this, I can already predict some kind of porn piss-take, The Megalowdong lmao, I should copyright that shit!! Anyway, back to the fish. I know it's unfair to make comparisons, but when it does finally appear, there's no ooohh factor, no real sense of shock, not like let's say, in Jaws. Even though this thing is a lot bigger. There's no real sense of dread, and I think because the character development is crap, I felt nothing for any of them who were in obvious danger.

Now onto the acting. Well, as previously stated, never gonna win any awards. However, some of the acting was so wooden, that the imperious redwoods in California are twig-like in comparison. True, the thespians are not helped with the dialogue they have to work with, but that's no excuse. It also doesn't help that all I could see was Dwight Schrute whenever the billionaire owner of the station was on screen, or the fact that his acting made Mr Statham look like an oscar-winner. While the choice to have Ruby Rose as the heavily-tattooed eye-candy scientist/expert was not the casting director's finest hour.

Something else which annoyed me somewhat, is the obvious restraints made by the film-makers to ensure a PG rating. The way I see it, if you're gonna make a movie about a 70ft shark, then go for it and make it as graphic as you possibly can. Otherwise it's a bit like making a porn film without any nudity....utterly pointless, a total waste of time.

I find that IDMB is usually quite reliable with regards to ratings etc, but how this rotting faecal mass of celluloid has managed to get an average of 6.2 from over 6,000 votes bewilders me.

I'd like to finish on a good note...silver lining etc etc Before the movie started, there was a trailer for the upcoming Christopher Robin, which looks really good, even though I was never what you would call an ardent fan of the Winnie The Pooh stories, so I'm looking forward to going to see it
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:24 pm

Just watched The Meg too and I’m ditto everything you just said. I didn’t like the happy ending with the
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:25 pm

Jason Statham walking around wearing only a towel you say? Ok well now I can't wait to watch this when it plays on basic cable in like, 2 years Laughing

lol "Shut up, the MEG"

AMG I forgot to report I watched JWFK and John Wick 2 lol


JWFK: Good silly popcorn fun but the ending was kind of stupid. 7/10

John Wick: I liked the first one a bit better but really liked learning more about the backstory of JW's assassins club thingy. 9/10

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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:48 pm

Henry is thirsty lol I've seen tv ads for The Meg but doesn't appeal. I've seen other movies with giant animals like Anaconda, Rogue/Black Water/Lake Placid (how many giant croc movies are there?) and probably some others but they're just meh. I mean I'd probably stop on it if it was on tv at some point but I won't seek it out to watch. I barely watch movies these days except ones I've already seen and like if I spot them on tv. I mainly watch a tonne of sports and a handful of tv shows (TWD, Survivor, Big Bang Theory and of course Emmerdale and Coronation Street, shit yeah) Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:31 am

Not much of a Jason Statham fan. He seems to play the same character in everything I've ever seen him in... the only thing that ever really changes is if he's the bad guy or good guy.




Some recent releases I've seen:

Breaking In (2018)



It doesn't really break any new ground in the home-invasion/action saga, but it's still a pretty good watch for the most part as a mom squares off with a few imbeciles to protect her children when her late father's isolated vacation home gets broken into. It shares several similarities with other movies in the subgenre that aren't as good, such as No Good Deed (killer soundtrack) and The Purge (family in peril), but it does manage to take some qualities from the better ones like You're Next (lead character is a badass from the start) to make for an entertaining time. I don't think people checking this movie are looking much for originality or groundbreaking material anyway. Gabrielle Union and Billy Burke were great to watch. 8/10

Winchester (2018)



Really, really odd. It's got the makings for what could've been a good supernatural horror movie, but I guess they went the biographical route as well since Sarah Winchester and her mansion were real. They were trying to sell it as both, but it excels at neither. Those who are watching it as a horror fan will be put off by its tameness, and those watching it for biographical value will be put off by the lame the jumpscares are. It's sad too because Helen Mirren does what she can, and Jason Clarke was actually likeable in this one. I won't highly recommend it, but it's hardly the worst thing I've ever seen. 6/10

Revenge (2017)



Awesome movie, very stylish and brutal. The lead character is gorgeous, and the vibrant colors even in the desert setting popped out and were pleasing. The rape-and-revenge plot has been done to death, but I haven't seen one that really emphasized on the brutality behind the revenge in quite some time. Gorehounds should be quite pleased with this one. The rape wasn't as graphic in this one as others, thankfully. This might be a bit too extreme for some, though... the gore even made me wince a bit at times and that's saying something. 8/10

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)



It started out great and was surprisingly adequate at balancing the comedy with the thrilling action scenes throughout most of the movie, but then it sort of fizzled out at the end to the point where it was sacrificing its story for needless twists and its self-aware feminist layer was laid on a bit too thick for my tastes at times. Anybody should enjoy this one well enough though. 7/10
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:49 am

Other movies I have seen recently:

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom. 6/10
Nothing original , whether it be ideas/dialogue/dinosaurs, but still watchable.

Incredibles 2 5/10
Far from Pixar's best....and far too long, and far too predictable.

Mission Impossible - Fallout 6.5/10
I've read plenty of reviews and ratings would suggest that this is the best from the franchise. For me the film was ok, but once again it feels like a re-hashed mishmash collection of set pieces where Tom Cruise tries to dazzle us with stunts, while the story takes second place. I found previous installments in the series to be superior in a lot of ways, but hey, it's just my opinion.

Hotel Artemis 7.5/10
I really enjoyed this movie. The funny thing is that as I was watching, the general idea for the movie is one that seemed familiar to me, but I just couldn't place it lol, then all of a sudden it came to me. It's basically a rip-off from the "hotel continental" in the John Wick movies. I don't mind that, cause they took an idea and developed it, made it interesting. Loved Jodie Foster in this, she really outshines everybody else by a country mile. Sofia Boutella makes her customary appearance as the "bad girl", she really is starting to get typecast. It's a shame that some of the other characters weren't used more within the story.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:19 pm

I watched The Package this morning on Netflix. Gross, Ridiculously stupid, medically inaccurate, but hilarious
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:03 am

Whose package?
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:32 am

I saw Black Klansman on Saturday night. It was excellent. It was topical, funny, sad and gut wrenching at times. I liked how Spike Lee showed the audience that as far as we think we progressed when it comes to how minorities, gays and the poor are treated, we really have a long way to go. Denzel's son stars in the movie and he was excellent. That kid has a long career ahead of him.


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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:18 am

Don't corrupt the boy Dan.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:49 pm

Teens go camping and one of them gets drunk and cuts off his own penis
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:04 pm

Christopher Robin (2018)



I recently saw this in theaters. I loved The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and would consider it in the half ten of best Disney movies ever. I went into this one with a bit of skepticism because the title itself implied that it would be a bit more about Christopher Robin and a bit less about Winnie the Pooh, and live-action adaptations seem to be a HUGE these days and I don't particularly care much for the trend. It's easy money to make on an established fanbase, and why work on new imaginative ideas when you can take someone else's from better movies? no The first half hour of the movie was when we saw what happened to Christopher Robin after he was forced to grow up, and there was a shocking lack of Pooh characters in this sequence.... so scarce that I could tell the little kids in the crowd were getting bored. Not to mention that Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore all looked like they've been sitting on the Savers shelf for too long. The story wasn't anything all too great and nowhere near as cute or charming as the Poohbear stories you remember from the original stories/movie, but it does pack a moving message at the end that could bring you to tears if you're like me and dealing with some hard stuff in life. Bottom line, it sucks to grow up and this movie almost embodies that notion to its core. 6/10
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:39 am

I have a review for The Meg typed up, but I'm waiting to post it for now. The 6.2/10 rating on IMDb sounds about right, though... especially if The Shallows can maintain a 6.3/10 in there as well and the shark looked so completely fake in that one and was pretty boring by comparison.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:43 am

How about The Reef? Lol or Deep Blue Sea? I've only seen the latter.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:48 pm

Deep Blue Sea is a good popcorn flick, like The Meg. You have to love those movies that get released in the late summer dump months... sometimes they turn out great, sometimes not so much. I remember Snakes on a Plane got kind of that treatment, as well. Not the smartest movies in the world, but hell if they aren't entertaining as fuck. Major popcorn flicks.

Avoid Deep Blue Sea 2, though. LIKE THE PLAGUE. There was no saving that mess. Laughing

The Reef is actually a pretty good movie, apparently based on a true story. It's one of the better ones. Open Water is pretty good, as well. There's an Open Water 2, but that's more of a "trapped" thriller and Open Water 3 which had more to do with a shark was a misfire despite being watchable... especially when a character does something so boneheaded that it takes all the evil in your heart and want see the characters all die to keep you from turning it off.

I feel like I am one of the only ones who actually liked 47 Meters Down?

I should do a ranking for all those summer beachy movies. It could be fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:41 pm

The Predator
I want to keep this short, as it seems that I only write lengthy reviews of bad experiences at the movies. I saw Mother earlier on this year, and last month I saw The Meg. I recently told myself, there's no way I'll see another movie as bad as those 2 in 2018. I guess I really tempted fate on that one!
This movie was so bad, I actually considered walking out before the 30 minute mark....The storyline,the continuity, the editing, the lighting (all action scenes bar the last one conveniently take place at night and more than half the time you can't make out whats going on) are so poor that I honestly think Dumb and Dumber were secretly behind all of it.
Only 2 redeeming features...Olivia Munn looking hot as usual, and one cool scene involving some kind of shield around the predator's spacecraft.
But they did leave the worst til last....one final scene where it is revealed why the Predator in this movie came to earth in the first place....to give us a weapon which transforms a human being into a Super-Predator.....I actually laughed at this point and started to walk out. Truly awful. (2/10)
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:21 pm

The Predator and Venom are the top things I wanna see right now. Night School could be some fun for later on in the month.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:03 pm

I watched A Simple Favor. 7/10.
Blake Lively <3 <3 <3 I wouldn't say it was mind-blowing or hard to figure out if you've seen a lot of movies but it was funny and sorta creepy and the 2 leads brought it above average for the most part.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:12 pm

I also saw Annihilation, and a couple others that were mentioned (Winchester, A Quiet Place) but I have to comment on Annihilation. Laughing I actually liked it a lot but it was very … I don't wanna say silly but IDK what else to say. I still give it a 6/10. The talking bear that kept mocking that lady's voice Laughing Laughing Laughing I made fun of that for days and the Lynchian-inspired scene of something exploding for 7 minutes with jarring music. The end was definitely cool as fuck. I think someone dropped the ball with it though. Story was fascinating so I'd say the directing/production is where it went south. Way more potential there than was capitalized on.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently Watched Thread   Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:59 am

I didn't dislike Annihilation as much as I was worried I would. It was a different kind of apocalyptic movie, on a much small scale of course, and it looked fantastic. Those human-shaped plants were like scarecrows. I thought that the talking bear scene was kinda creepy, tbh. It looked creepy as fuck, and the fact that it repeated its victim's last cries for help.... *shudders*. They developed the lady's character who was carried off by it fairly well so that helped make the scene effective for me. Developed enough that I was surprised that she was the first victim. I think this one would've been better if they had gone full-on horror with it, or maybe more action-adventure? The entire premise is horror, but the wonder surrounding the Shimmer and the danger of going in gave it action-adventure potential that wasn't capitalized on. As it stands though, this is one of those movies that tend to be annoying and tread the fence between genres, instead of picking one and going balls out with it. It also didn't use Oscar Isaac (the husband, who was also in Ex-Machina and Mojave) as much as I would've liked, probably because this was supposed to be a female-powered film. I gave it an 8/10.
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