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TOPIC: What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?

What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 19 Jul 2017 16:40 #251395

Stoked, just got tickets to see DUNKIRK tomorrow night.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 19 Jul 2017 17:57 #251397

Watched John Wick...and it made me feel OLD.

If I had seen that film in 1992, 1992, 1994...I probably would have been blown away. Because at that time, the whole John Woo thing wasn't completely assimilated into Western cinema, and the "really awesome assassin" genre wasn't really happening in the US. At that point, the movies that this one is constantly referencing (like Le Cercle Rogue) would have been fresher to me. But now, I'm 41 and it's 2017, and I've been watching movies JUST LIKE THIS for decades. More importantly, BETTER movies like this. Oldboy blows it out of the water. Leon is still the solid gold standard for the really awesome assassin film. I've seen cinematic gunplay and bloodshed over and over again that makes John Wick look paltry (witness the end of A Better Tomorrow 2, for example, or the Lone Wolf and Cub films).

So I came out of the movie with a big shrug. I think the whole thing with the dog and the car endeared a lot of folks to it, and all of that business with The Continental. But the thing is, Wanted did that whole cartoonish/comic bookish secret hitman society thing WAY better.

I did like how the film alluded to past events/histories but never explained them quite a lot, that was pretty neat. That could explain the appeal to some degree too.

Music was APPALLINGLY bad. It felt like watching Mortal Kombat but with that Marilyn Manson "Killing Strangers" song instead of "MORTALLLL KOMBAT!"

Big ol' MEH from me on that.

Watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes again...even though there are some hilarious implausibilities in it (like James Franco's character ever being able to work in biotech again after the incident at the beginning), its a pretty solid and surprisingly thoughtful science fiction picture. It was really a pretty bold move, to spend so much of the movie concerned with relationship building and character development and less on, well, the Planet of the Apes. Going to rewatch Dawn too, I liked it but I only watched it one time so we'll see how it holds up.

The Netflix Castlevania thing is pretty bad. Warren Ellis wrote it, but you can't tell.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 19 Jul 2017 18:34 #251398

Msample wrote:
Stoked, just got tickets to see DUNKIRK tomorrow night.

Dying to hear about this

Between Nolan and the cast, this could easily be the best movie of the year maybe

I'm really really curious what kind of emotions he'll manage to evoke with this
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 19 Jul 2017 19:34 #251399

Rise, Dawn, and now War make for a great modern Apes trilogy. I have a few quibbles with War (and the others), but I mostly loved it. Amazing cinematography and score. Feels like both a war film (especially something like The Great Escape) and a racial (in this case, species) drama. I like how each of these films have their own feel, building to this one, and yet feel like a pretty unified whole.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 19 Jul 2017 22:22 #251405

Black Barney wrote:
Msample wrote:
Stoked, just got tickets to see DUNKIRK tomorrow night.

Dying to hear about this

Between Nolan and the cast, this could easily be the best movie of the year maybe

I'm really really curious what kind of emotions he'll manage to evoke with this

For some reason I am really hoping that half way through the film the retreat from Dunkirk is interrupted by an invasion of alien lizardmen.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 20 Jul 2017 00:20 #251412

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Watched John Wick...and it made me feel OLD.

I had the same feeling with it. It is the same "cool dude kills lotta henchmen" movie I've seen about hundred times. The only scene I kinda remember is the fight in the nightclub, and I am not sure whether the images I remember are from this one or Collateral. But then I realized that the people I know who loved it are at least 10 years younger. They associate "Leon" with their parents.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 20 Jul 2017 21:05 #251439

Dunkirk was fantastic. Very little dialogue, and what was there was pretty hard to understand in some places, but that didn't matter much in the end. The entire movie just felt... relentless. You really feel the sense of impending doom that those men must have felt waiting on the beaches. Hans Zimmer's score really knocked it out of the park, and the general battle sounds were incredible, especially the Stuka sirens. The interwoven narrative worked well and built to a very satisfying conclusion. Overall highly recommended, although extremely stressful, movie.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 20 Jul 2017 21:10 #251440

My mommy loved it and she doesn't like action movies , and it's non stop action so I don't know what that means. And from the sounds of the storytelling, it's very Nolan

Can't wait

She said the IMAX was well worth it to feel the expanse of the beaches

Hopefully I'll go Tuesday

I'm going to make an effort to see more movies the next five weeks
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 20 Jul 2017 22:20 #251445

Watched rogue one on Netflix.
Damn fine star wars movie.
I'd rank it right behind the original, maybe even higher.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 20 Jul 2017 23:32 #251448

Watched Kong: Skull Island or whatever the name of the movie may be. While the script was not that great, holy shit did the creature FX look amazing. I'm not normally one to comment on special effects. My feeling is, at this point, your effects are only noteworthy if they DON'T look good. But man.... this movie looks incredible. See it for that reason alone.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 21 Jul 2017 00:01 #251452

Saw Dunkirk. Not a bad film, especially since I'm a Chris Nolan fan. The attention to technical detail was well done and Mark Rylance was excellent in his role. But I wasn't blown away by anything. A good film. Not a great one.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 21 Jul 2017 07:46 #251455

scrumpyjack wrote:
Dunkirk was fantastic. Very little dialogue, and what was there was pretty hard to understand in some places, but that didn't matter much in the end. The entire movie just felt... relentless. You really feel the sense of impending doom that those men must have felt waiting on the beaches. Hans Zimmer's score really knocked it out of the park, and the general battle sounds were incredible, especially the Stuka sirens. The interwoven narrative worked well and built to a very satisfying conclusion. Overall highly recommended, although extremely stressful, movie.

Saw it last night and would concur. The aerial scenes were exceptionally well done.
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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching? 21 Jul 2017 08:44 #251457

Msample wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
Dunkirk was fantastic. Very little dialogue, and what was there was pretty hard to understand in some places, but that didn't matter much in the end. The entire movie just felt... relentless. You really feel the sense of impending doom that those men must have felt waiting on the beaches. Hans Zimmer's score really knocked it out of the park, and the general battle sounds were incredible, especially the Stuka sirens. The interwoven narrative worked well and built to a very satisfying conclusion. Overall highly recommended, although extremely stressful, movie.

Saw it last night and would concur. The aerial scenes were exceptionally well done.

I saw it as well and agree with everything here. Fantastic, tense atmosphere. Probably the best war film since Saving Private Ryan.

Those Tom Hardy aerial scenes were the best part of the movie IMO. I could have watched him flying that Spitfire for hours.

My only disappointment was in Cillian Murphy's role. Not the character, as I think he was important, but in the fact that he's one of my favorite actors and I would have liked to see him featured more prominently.
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