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Old 05-18-2017, 09:26 AM   #24551
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Those trigger warnings are all things that made the movie.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:08 PM   #24552
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Alien Covenant for me in IMAX in 7 hours. Excited!
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:50 PM   #24553
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Got my iMax for tomorrow... no spoilers like everyone dies except for the female lead and david.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:40 PM   #24554
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The Girl with all the Gifts:

They call the zombies "Hungaries" lol
They can run at full speed.
You turn in less than 60 seconds.

When they are "resting" or whatever and standing around asleep you can walk among them quietly undisturbed. Luckily if you make noise they only wake up 1 at a time even there is 100 of them in a tight area, so you can easily kill them. LMAO.

This movie is pretty silly IMO.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:06 AM   #24555
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IMAX Alien on Saturday....
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:44 AM   #24556
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Inland Empire (theater, 35mm) - Might be the best film of the 21st century, and the public tide will shift more and more towards it as time goes on. An incredible experience in the theater.

I know people who consider it unrelentingly dark and horrifying and sad, but I don't know that that's the case. It's also in parts a celebration of life, or at least a celebration of film.

If you have a take that's like "none of it makes sense" idk where you get that from; similar to Mulholland Dr., the first 90 minutes plus are largely a more traditional narrative. While I have not quite "figured it out" yet, I'm pretty sure Lynch is telling an actual logical story here. If he isn't, I don't care, and I don't quite know why people think anything that's a moving picture needs to tell a logical linear story, unlike any other art form.

I have no use whatsoever for the people who think that Lynch has gone off the deep end (holding up this film as an example) and can no longer make good work.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:44 PM   #24557
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Alien: Covenant

I'm a big Alien canon fan so I was going to enjoy this regardless.

Covenant is kind of a mashup of elements of Alien, Aliens and Prometheus. It was less theme-y and abstract than Prometheus. It was less horror than Alien. It was less action than Aliens. But it had some soul of each one of them in it.

There were elements of Covenant that definitely beat the viewers over the head with... I don't know if any of the backlash over Prometheus contributed to that but some of it was spoon fed. Things were explained (with a hefty suspense of disbelief, of course) and that's that. In that way I actually preferred Prometheus, it asked the bigger questions without really answering them. Covenant pretty much tells you the answers, but it carries the torch for the same themes Prometheus brought up.

All said though I had fun and it was gory and scary and like any Scott film it just looks good on a big screen. Fassbender and Waterston lead the way. And there's lots of room left for more in between Covenant and Alien.

3/5

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:40 PM   #24558
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I hate spoon fed... I really do. It leaves no room for conceptual interpretion
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:48 PM   #24559
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Watched a couple of documentaries

Brother's Keeper Follows the pre-trial and trial of a man accused of murdering one of his brothers. The brothers (4) live together on a farm in central NY. The brothers are all elderly, uneducated and have lived on the same farm their entire lives. Although they aren't completely isolated from civilization, they definitely live in a different world.

I thought this was somewhat interesting but not a top tier documentary. I enjoyed the exposition of the way of life of the brothers and the community. But, the defense lawyer and the coroner were the most interesting characters, imo. I think the actual story just wasn't compelling enough to make this top notch.

If you are squeamish, close your eyes when you see a pig.

Life Itself Moving documentary about the life of film critic, Roger Ebert.

He knew how to live, and he knew how to die. What an inspiration. His wife is/was an extraordinary person as well.

I loved every single minute of this film.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:17 PM   #24560
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Life Itself was fantastic. Some strange mix of uplifting and depressing for me, but I loved every moment. Especially liked the relationship with Siskel, which was also a lot of conflicting emotions: sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:19 PM   #24561
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I've watched Life Itself several times. Agreed, fantastic documentary.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:25 PM   #24562
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Please no one say anything about the new alien movie, please.

At least, not until next week.
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Old 05-20-2017, 03:25 AM   #24563
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Life is Beautiful (1997):

I hadn’t seen this in a long time and watched it again tonight. Very good movie, if not necessarily perfect. Roberto Benigni and his real life wife Nicoletta Braschi are a very loving and memorable on-screen couple. The first half of the movie is as romantic as films get. The comedy – at times full of wit, and at other times a mix of gags and even the bizarre – is the kind that provokes constant warm smiles, mixed in with chuckles and laughs. Above all, this is an uplifting and endearing film, carried by the presence of Benigni, its lead actor and director, who commands the screen in a unique way that few others have ever achieved.

The only problem with this movie, I’m afraid, is the lack of levity when it comes to Guido’s character, particularly in the concentration camp scenes during the last half of the film. Every time there is a down note, the camera is always on someone else…usually his wife. The film really needed a moment or two where Guido's character was tested to the limit, where he nearly breaks down and loses the facade, shows some doubt or psychological strain, something. Benigni’s idol, Charlie Chaplin, was capable of eliciting those heartbreaking tears at the same time he filled his movies with fun and joy, but here Benigni’s character Guido just doesn’t have that same dynamic range.

I really do like and enjoy this movie though, and I give it 3.5 / 4 stars.
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:03 PM   #24564
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Please no one say anything about the new alien movie, please.

At least, not until next week.
Good strategy to come into a movie thread.
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #24565
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Watched a couple of documentaries

Brother's Keeper Follows the pre-trial and trial of a man accused of murdering one of his brothers. The brothers (4) live together on a farm in central NY. The brothers are all elderly, uneducated and have lived on the same farm their entire lives. Although they aren't completely isolated from civilization, they definitely live in a different world.

I thought this was somewhat interesting but not a top tier documentary. I enjoyed the exposition of the way of life of the brothers and the community. But, the defense lawyer and the coroner were the most interesting characters, imo. I think the actual story just wasn't compelling enough to make this top notch.

If you are squeamish, close your eyes when you see a pig.

Life Itself Moving documentary about the life of film critic, Roger Ebert.

He knew how to live, and he knew how to die. What an inspiration. His wife is/was an extraordinary person as well.

I loved every single minute of this film.
Have seen both, and both are terrific.

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Old 05-20-2017, 04:24 PM   #24566
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was absolutely awful. The plot is too stupid for words, the sort of muddled, puerile nonsense a 10-year old would produce. The script thinks it's five times more hip and funny than it actually is. You know there are meant to be jokes in the movie because characters laugh uproariously at each other's wisecracks, just to draw your attention to the fact that humour was intended as you'd be unaware otherwise. There are a few chuckle-worthy moments here and there, but too many of the jokes are stale.

Even worse are the mind-numbingly tedious action scenes, which rehash a lot of the first movie. There's another large fleet of small ships which cluster together and a long sequence is devoted to the homing dart. People use jetpacks to fly, big guns are fired, lasers shot, glowing things do glowy stuff. It's like watching a video game, and totally lacking in originality or even a hint of excitement.

The film is a box-ticking CGI-fest, and I can't help suspecting that the actors knew how superfluous they truly are to the proceedings as they mostly sound like they're phoning it in, perhaps struggling to do any decent acting when there's such heavy use of bluescreen. Chris Pratt's performance consists largely of walking into a room, and looking up with his mouth hanging open, staring at something which isn't physically there. The one actor who truly stands out is Kurt Russell, but for the wrong reasons, grossly overacting his scenes. I've always liked Kurt Russell and know he can do better than this, so it's disappointing to see him turn in such a lousy performance.

IMO this has displaced Thor 2 as the worst of the Marvel movies, as that was partly redeemed by the always excellent Tom Hiddleston's Loki.
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:29 PM   #24567
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was absolutely awful.
Absolutely awful?

so your staying it was better than the first installment...
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:32 PM   #24568
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Alien Covenant for me in IMAX in 7 hours. Excited!
eh... it was aight. nothing special even though RS made it.
I was completely drunk off my arse, so maybe I need to see it again. I quite honestly did not feel affinity for any of the characters, except Walter and of course the Alien.

I do love seeing me some wondrous Alien action though.

I am beginning to think that the David/Walter character needs his own movie franchise.

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Old 05-20-2017, 07:33 PM   #24569
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was absolutely awful. The plot is too stupid for words, the sort of muddled, puerile nonsense a 10-year old would produce. The script thinks it's five times more hip and funny than it actually is. You know there are meant to be jokes in the movie because characters laugh uproariously at each other's wisecracks, just to draw your attention to the fact that humour was intended as you'd be unaware otherwise.
Hate this so much. It's even worse when it happens in books; Ready Player One does that type of thing a lot.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:04 AM   #24570
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Saw Alien Covenant, not nearly as big a disaster as Prometheus was but still didn't particularly impress me. The Alien franchise was better without all the pseudo-religious, pseudo-philosophical mumbo jumbo thrown in. Then again, without that stuff I guess it's just the same Alien franchise cliches every movie.

I mean, Alien Covenant is to Alien what Force Awakens is to a New Hope when you really look at the main plot

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Basically just watch Alien and Aliens whenever you want a good horror/scifi movie and pretend the franchise ended there.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:13 AM   #24571
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Watching Stargate again for the first time since the 90s. The acting is really bad, especially the soldiers.

Overall still worth a watch or rewatch
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Couple of Philip K. Dick adaptations I re-watched recently...everyone knows Blade Runner and several of his bigger titles, and most know Terminator was jacked from him. These two were based off of my favorite two short sci-fi stories I read as an early teen, in both cases they read a lot better (and faster) .

Screamers (1995) - Based on Second Variety. A war changes when one side develops automated killer robots, who start designing models of themselves, eventually to human form. Movie was lower budget, is slightly dated, and fresh adaptation would be nice, but it still works. Peter Weller (Robocop) carries it pretty well.

Imposter (2002) - based on story of same name. This came out about 6 months before Minority Report and nobody cared. It was originally a short 20-minute film the studio liked, and then they awkwardly decided to turn that into a feature-length thing by filming and hour of filler. The 20 minute version works like a good episode of The Outer Limits, the movie was a disaster and major bomb.

Both of which make me think that there's room for a sci-fi TV short story show like Science Fiction Theatre or Outer Limits. And Twilight Zone when they did sci-fi. I guess that format kind of died in favor of things like Stargate and BSG but wouldn't mind a good revival.
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:45 AM   #24573
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I loved the Blade Runner book (Do Androids Dream...) in college, literally just about my favorite read ever, but when I read a short story collection of his I was really disappointed. Nervous to re-read DADOES in case it's actually crap.

If you're putting together a film time capsule for the '80s with say 30 films, Weekend at Bernie's is definitely in there right? (The goal of the capsule is not just quality film.)
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was absolutely awful. The plot is too stupid for words, the sort of muddled, puerile nonsense a 10-year old would produce. The script thinks it's five times more hip and funny than it actually is. You know there are meant to be jokes in the movie because characters laugh uproariously at each other's wisecracks, just to draw your attention to the fact that humour was intended as you'd be unaware otherwise. There are a few chuckle-worthy moments here and there, but too many of the jokes are stale.

Even worse are the mind-numbingly tedious action scenes, which rehash a lot of the first movie. There's another large fleet of small ships which cluster together and a long sequence is devoted to the homing dart. People use jetpacks to fly, big guns are fired, lasers shot, glowing things do glowy stuff. It's like watching a video game, and totally lacking in originality or even a hint of excitement....
You realize that that was one of conceits, right? The whole space fight sequence with the Sovereign was that the Sovereign were attacking as if playing a video game. In fact, their pattern of attack directly mimicked the classic 80s arcade video game Galaga.

So I guess you could either call that "totally lacking in originality", or an incredibly awesome and inspired piece of originality.
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You realize that that was one of conceits, right? The whole space fight sequence with the Sovereign was that the Sovereign were attacking as if playing a video game. In fact, their pattern of attack directly mimicked the classic 80s arcade video game Galaga.

So I guess you could either call that "totally lacking in originality", or an incredibly awesome and inspired piece of originality.
The depiction of drone warfare in movies is hardly original. And I'm referring to every action scene in the movie. The more important point is that the scenes were so boring and lacking in excitement.

Incidentally I love video games, but watching someone play one isn't terribly interesting unless you're looking for tips on beating a boss.
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