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April 10th, 2021, 02:36
Well, tastes matter.
I can't use numbers as are basically meaningless and say nothing. Instead I'll share my opinion differently:
- BTiLC is a mustwatch movie, pure art, make sure you don't die before seeing it!
- The Prestige is made only to entertain you and you won't be disappointed (unless disturbed by fake animal cruelty).
- Thor Ragnarok is an irrelevant bs, a few funny scenes can't redeem it's overall dullness and I have no idea why is Hollywood pushing Tessa Thompson everywhere lately, she's either always miscasted or almost as talentless as Jessica Alba.

JDR didn't tell you, so I will. GotG had no right to be as fun as it is, if you think about the banal movie script after watching it. It was pretty much saved by top notch cast performances, especially the diarrhea performer from Movie 43.
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April 10th, 2021, 23:50
My Friend Dahmer

A drama based on the true story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It's not terribly exciting, but I did find it interesting. Rather than focusing on his killing spree like most films about a serial killer do, it was about his teenage years growing up in Ohio. It gave some insight on what he was like before he became one of the most disturbed killers in American history.
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April 11th, 2021, 03:23
I watched that film a few years ago, JDR, and found it very insightful into some aspects of his earlier life that I was completely unaware of. A sobering and chilling movie, to be sure, yet worth watching.
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April 11th, 2021, 09:29
Chaos Walking

A sci-fi flick with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. I posted the trailer a few pages back. In short, it's not very good. It's based on the first novel of a trilogy, but I haven't read it so I can't say how faithful the film is to the source material.

It has a decent setup, and good performances from Holland and Ridley, but it ends with more questions than answers. Maybe it's the result of being based on a first book, but I doubt we'll see the rest of the story in movie form since it seems to be a huge flop financially.
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April 11th, 2021, 21:41
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It has a decent setup, and good performances from Holland and Ridley, but it ends with more questions than answers. Maybe it's the result of being based on a first book, but I doubt we'll see the rest of the story in movie form since it seems to be a huge flop financially.
Ah, that's a pity. I've read the Chaos Walking trilogy and was looking forward to the movie, with the hope that the full story would be told eventually.
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April 11th, 2021, 22:13
We like to have movie nights on Friday, and usually there's a long-running theme (e.g. earlier this year the theme was "catch up on Marvel movies").
At the moment it's disaster movies. We haven't exactly been watching them with a critical eye, more like seeking brainless thrills. Junkfood for the brain while we stuff our faces with junkfood.

So far we've watched:
Greenland - featuring Gerard Butler being Gerard Butler. We enjoyed this one quite a bit, and it ended up being less OTT than some. Walked the line of OTT action set-pieces and grim reality quite nicely.
San Andreas - featuring The Rock being The Rock. Way freakin OTT, very silly, but also lots of fun.
Geostorm - more Gerard Butler, but trying to sound American and failing. Very silly movie, and not enough disaster stuff. Had its moments, just needed way more of them.
The Day After Tomorrow - I saw this when it first came out and remember thinking it was a bit stupid, but in this company it's the picture of restraint. We enjoyed this one quite a bit. Cold, lots of cold. Brrr.
Poseidon - this is essentially a remake of The Poseidon Adventure, a movie that freaked me out when I was very very young. There's something about deep water, sinking in deep oceans… drowning in tight spaces… Anyway, we liked this one quite a bit, and it kept us guessing about who would die and who wouldn't (it's not the same as the original in that regard).
Into the Storm - a much lower budget movie about tornado chasers, featuring Rick Grimes' wife. Some creaky SFX, but it entertained nevertheless.
Titanic - when I saw this I though it was one of the most overrated movies of all time, but I was a much more cynical chap back then. I enjoyed it a lot more this time, and the kids got to see the source of some memes they know. We're moving into more realistic fare here, I'm not sure you'd call it "fun".
The Impossible - continuing our move into more realistic stuff, starring a very young Tom Holland, as well as Obi Wan and Naomi Watts. The kids bailed out part way into this one - a bit grim for them. The wife and I stayed through to the end. It was powerful stuff, all the more due to us knowing several groups who were in the area at the time. Definitely not popcorn stuff (despite the happyish ending).

That's it so far. Need to find some more "fun" ones to keep the kids interested…
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April 11th, 2021, 22:29
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Titanic - when I saw this I though it was one of the most overrated movies of all time, but I was a much more cynical chap back then. I enjoyed it a lot more this time, and the kids got to see the source of some memes they know.

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April 11th, 2021, 22:49
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Titanic - when I saw this I though it was one of the most overrated movies of all time, but I was a much more cynical chap back then. I enjoyed it a lot more this time, and the kids got to see the source of some memes they know. We're moving into more realistic fare here, I'm not sure you'd call it "fun".
Yeah, I'm not as anti-Titanic a lot of folks. I always get something out of Cameron's movies, even if his later ones weren't up to his best work. It's a very clunky, cheesy movie in many ways, but I still found it quite engaging, and enjoyed the sinking spectacle.

Talking about clunky movies, and movies for the kids, I actually liked The Kid Who Would Be King - a contemporary take on King Arthur. It reminded me a bit of low-budget Sunday afternoon kids' dramas when I was small, and it has a very goofy British tone that is very unHollywood. I kind of liked it more for its obvious flaws.
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April 12th, 2021, 00:21
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Greenland
San Andreas
Geostorm
The Day After Tomorrow
Poseidon
Into the Storm
Titanic
The Impossible
The only movie from that list I want to see is San Andreas, but only because The Rock is in it.
As it happens there is always a movie with similar topic so I go for that other one and postpone SA.
The recent one I watched and IMO it's fun (recommended) is chinese The Rescue.

The rest of the bunch I've refused to watch, ever.
Even if it means me dying a miserable death.
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movies for the kids
Many times it occured to me while watching a movie - I wish I watched it while I was a kid.
Not even once such movie had a dull and stupid script.

In this century it seems so called movies for kids have the most stupid scripts I've seen in my life. This plague is not only happening in Hollywood, it spread worldwide. B action movies from the past are masterpieces compared to those.

Recent example of such soft lobotomy is ukrainian Foxter and Max.
Enormous potential, nice CGI, but a script so boring I barely managed to watch the whole of it.
Here' hope they learnt something and won't disappoint with Mavka:
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April 12th, 2021, 05:59
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king about clunky movies, and movies for the kids, I actually liked The Kid Who Would Be King - a contemporary take on King Arthur. It reminded me a bit of low-budget Sunday afternoon kids' dramas when I was small, and it has a very goofy British tone that is very unHollywood. I kind of liked it more for its obvious flaws.
Totally agree on this one. We watched it as a family and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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April 12th, 2021, 16:29
Still on kids' stuff?

Okay, Nezha Reborn is finally available on Netflix.
I had to stop watching and go away after half an hour (don't ask, RL stuff), but if the whole movie is like it's first 30 minutes, I'm gonna adore it.
Visually is impressive combining steampunk and cyberpunk, bikes, monsters and videogame aesthetics.

The story so far is about reincarnation of mythological creatures enveloped in a sort of dystopia where water is scarce and lives are ruined by an evil (monopolistic) company. Sadly I didn't watch it whole (yet) to see if the company ment here is EA, only disguised as water and not videogames distiributor.
In any case IMO this is as different from Disney as humanely possible. In a positive way.

Different ratings I found on internet:
Netherlands 6, PEGI 13, TV-14, 13+, Australia M (wtf?).

Of course I watch with subs!

Trailer, so you know what to check next on Netflix:
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April 16th, 2021, 19:11
A few new suggestions from me… For some you'll probably need VPN or wait a week or a month till streams or theaters with those unlock in your area. Sad reality, here is hope again that geoblocking will one day stop being a thing and we'll all be laughing how idiotic it was.

A Writer's Odyssey (2021) - unique festival of someone's wild imagination, feels like playing a tripleA RPG designed by someone who cherishes good storytelling, a mustwatch.

Seobok (2021) - a mix of almost all possible genres, sadly not awsome as the result is a watchable action thriller with brilliant scifi. Those juicy scifi parts will bomb you with phylosophical questions about purpose of existing and it's such a shame the movie runtime was equally concentrated on what I may call - an actiony filler. Still, worth a watch.

Nobody (2021) - a grinding reality where every week feels the same, similar to your own life, suddenly shifts into a sheer madness for the protagonist here. Of course there is a twist on how and why, there will be action and blood while bodies will pile up. A mustwatch pic proof there is still hope for Hollywood.

Errementari (2017) - imdb bullshits again, this is not horror but a folktale for kids that covers naivity, ignorance, greeed and evilness. It is also a story about empathy and redemption. With great main characters and masks, sadly also with a few untalented support roles. Last time you saw a Basque (Euskera) movie was when? Well, time to watch your first, and trust me it is a good one!
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April 16th, 2021, 20:58
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Nobody (2021) - a grinding reality where every week feels the same, similar to your own life, suddenly shifts into a sheer madness for the protagonist here. Of course there is a twist on how and why, there will be action and blood while bodies will pile up. A mustwatch pic proof there is still hope for Hollywood.
I might watch that this weekend. I really like Bob Odenkirk, although I have a hard time imagining him as an action hero.
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April 16th, 2021, 21:17
Like him or not doesn't matter really.
Picking him for this role was the perfect choice, it's one of those performances where after the movie ends you cannot imagine anyone else instead of him doing it.

Unless you're dartagnan who sees every role as Mads Mikkelsen material.
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April 16th, 2021, 21:52
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Nobody (2021) - a grinding reality where every week feels the same, similar to your own life, suddenly shifts into a sheer madness for the protagonist here. Of course there is a twist on how and why, there will be action and blood while bodies will pile up. A mustwatch pic proof there is still hope for Hollywood.
Yeah, this is on my must-watch list. I'm a fan of Bob Odenkirk, and the trailer for this movie is excellent. Glad to hear it's as good as I hoped.

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A Writer's Odyssey (2021)
Errementari (2017)
These two I haven't heard of, but look pretty awesome. I'll have a look for them. I imagine they aren't on Netflix or Disney+, so… arrhh aaaarhh

Edit: just checked, and Errementari is on Netflix for my region Now I don't have to suffer the soul-killing guilt of you know what
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I know I'll watch Nobody at some point, simply because I really like Odenkirk. He's an excellent writer and almost just as perfect an actor.
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April 16th, 2021, 22:06
Looks like fun. I quite like the John Wick tone - over the top action that doesn't take itself too seriously, but not painfully cheesy.
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April 16th, 2021, 22:30
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Yeah, this is on my must-watch list. I'm a fan of Bob Odenkirk, and the trailer for this movie is excellent. Glad to hear it's as good as I hoped.
Don't get too excited yet. This came from joxer after all.
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April 21st, 2021, 18:06
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The English public school system (named "public", but actually meaning "private") has always been a madhouse. I got kicked out of it, and went energetically off the rails, which I don't think I would have done if I'd gone to some nice, sane school.

One of my favourite movies is If… (1968)
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This movie is wicked, what a madness! School seems almost worst than what The Wall makes of it.

The last part surprised me a little bit.
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Anyway, thanks, it was interesting
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This movie is wicked, what a madness! School seems almost worst than what The Wall makes of it.

The last part surprised me a little bit.
Spoiler

Anyway, thanks, it was interesting
Yes, people like Pink Floyd and Monty Python have all discussed the influence of the film. I think there's a through-line one can draw across British artists of the post-war generation that emerged from that system. A shared desire to throw a hand grenade at the absurdity, the cruelty, and the sort of people it elevated.

I think the element of the surreal, and not having a straightforward narrative, is all part of the subversive intent, and was often used in that era. The surrealist movement itself was explicitly subversive. The idea being that realism contained a perspective and a dogma that had to be challenged; that the establishment had captured the conscious mind, and that we had to access the subconscious mind in order to resist it. For whatever reason, the anti-establishment style of that era really speaks to me, even though it was from my parents' generation - perhaps an irony!
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