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MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



WW84 is very mediocre and unfocused. Felt a tad like they didn't know what story they wanted to tell so they just mish-mashed a bunch of ideas together. The last third especially is just kinda "oh I guess it's time for a climax".

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MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Desperado Bones posted:


Nic Cage is another story, and yes, he can act much better. I'm loving that it seems he is trying to sneak in to the weird indy horror genre.

Nic Cages best movie is the one where he builds a pool table and then destroys that same pool table. 100% unironic btw, Mom and Dad owns.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Boco_T posted:

If you have Hoopla from your library, you should watch The Swordsman. If you don't, you should rent The Swordsman. Bad guy is Joe Taslim from Warrior/The Night Comes for Us. It rules.
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13922923
https://twitter.com/TimesSqKungFu/status/1357522946886152193

Gonna make an amazing VFX guys react episode at some point.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Aglet56 posted:

That's the power of dredd: when he realizes that the only way forward is to kill cops, he does so without hesitation

Dredd (2012) as copagenda is fascinating precisely because of moments like this. We need good murder-cops to protect us from the bad murder-cops, it's a mini-repeat of Magnum Force. Oh sure Dirty Harry is a hyperviolent person who violates the law and leaves nothing but dead bodies in his wake, but look at these worse cops who don't share his virtues *waves hands*

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Boco_T posted:

Boss Level rules but the people in this thread hate my action movie opinions already

Boss Level is fantastic! It really gets what makes the groundhog framework tick.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



mcmagic posted:

Boss Level is fun! Also, it's kinda depressing how loving yoaked Frank Grillo is at 55.

Haha, he's 55??

But yes. Boss Level is a very fun take on Groundhog Day.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



veni veni veni posted:

I turned boss level off after 20 minutes because it was dumb, but later returned and finished it and was glad I did, because it's a lot of fun. it is very dumb though.

I think that just adds to its charm. It knows what it is and it isn't afraid of it.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Just watched The Art of Self Defense (2019) with Jesse Eisenberg on Netflix and it, beyond being one of my new favorite dark comedies, has one of the best uses of Chekhovs gun I've ever seen in a film. It's about a man joining a karate-class to get past a trauma and it just gets so weird so quickly.

I'm going to suggest anyone even remotely curious about watching it to skip the trailer linked below and go in blind. It is an incredible film and I'm surprised I've never heard of it before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bms6Hba-3A

It's fantastic. Very weird though, extremely so.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Punkin Spunkin posted:

I quite enjoyed it too, caught it when it was on Hulu. It's so hard for me to find comedies that hit the sweetspot of my sense of humor or make me laugh out loud and this had plenty of great absurd moments.

Good build-up is so underrated.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



LifeLynx posted:

Thanks for recommending, this was incredible. Everything from the office scene forward is absolutely insane.

Just an unbelievable hidden gem. Can't believe I only watched it on a whim.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Watched Concrete Cowboy and it's very ok. I mean it's endearing but it also plays it aggressively safe. Kind of a enjoy and forget deal.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Two Distant Strangers is weird, really weird. I mean I get that it's allegory, just feels off to have the premise be something as goofy and tonally dissonant as groundhog day.

On the flip-side it definitely is no Crash.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Stevie Lee posted:

i watched Bug on hulu last night after the discussion about it a few pages back

lmao, well worth the watch, what a ride. glad i went in somewhat blind.

Wait, there are at least three movies named Bug. Which one?


EDIT: lol just found a fourth one

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Stevie Lee posted:

haha oh. I mean the one with Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon directed by Friedkin

2006 right? Got it.




EDIT: Honorable mention of 2002 which looks weird in different ways. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277615/

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



I liked how the outro hinted at how loving difficult it is to pull off something like Bad Trip. Just take after take that wasn't good enough to make it into the movie, each with their own un-aware unwilling participant. Would love to see more of that because the production process genuinely fascinates me.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



It's okay to stop, no one would judge you.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Don't watch season 4. You will regret it.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



albedoa posted:

The director has another movie "Faults", which is really good. I like his style.

Super-sold on the trailer.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Got bored by the third episode tbh.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Glottis posted:

Also finished Made for Love.. There are likable elements but the story never got good enough to me to overcome the annoyance of everything being told out of order.

Great actors and great premise; story went absolutely nowhere. Hated it!

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Perestroika posted:

Yeah, season 1 AC already had the issue that Kovacs is just not a particularly fun or interesting character. It was largely carried by good secondary characters, intriguing plot, and unique setting. Then season 2 came along and it was basically all Kovacs all the time, whose writing had gotten even worse in that he was constantly being an rear end in a top hat one of the few remaining good secondary characters.

Whose idea was it to televise a show where the central conceit is that everyone, including the main protagonist, gets recast all the time. I can't think of a concept more unsuited for visual storytelling. It's a maybe concept for a movie. With the right writer and set of actors it's almost doable. But absolutely not for a TV-show.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



david_a posted:

That... wasnít what the show did. There were reoccurring characters that were not recast. I donít see a problem with it. It turns it into a pseudo-anthology show where each season is kind of itís own thing.

A fictional character in a tv-show or movie is more than just a name. It is mannerisms, it is development, it is tone, it is a living human being that resides in your head. Showrunners are terrified of re-casting actors because they know doing so puts the audience at the risk of being disassociated from the character. The last thing you want when you've spent precious screentime helping the audience form an emotional bond. To my mind, the only show to survive it was Spartacus.

When you have an already kinda mediocre and un-engaging character like Kovac, having re-casting as a central gimmick is a death sentence. Was Anthony Mackie boring in his portayal, maybe? Did the writing of the season suck, definitely. Did it help to throw these things together, absolutely not. I think it's extremely telling that everyone finds the character who's gimmick was being able to die without being re-cast compelling. It was idiotic to adapt such a high concept premise from text to visual without adjusting for how fundamentally different these mediums are.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Yup also got suckered in. Faults is a movie with a great ending and great performances.

Would absolutely not recommend however. It is way too long for what it's trying to do.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



MrXmas posted:

I am also curious about Faults, especially the complaint that it's too long - the running time is listed at 89 minutes which by modern standards is downright brief.

Yeah but this is not your traditional film. I think it should have been the length of TV-episode max.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Mortal Kombat owns. Very goofy.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Game of Thrones did get cancelled in the middle.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Retrowave Joe posted:

Anybody else catch Cruel Summer on Hulu? Only four episodes out so far but Iím really digging the approach theyíre taking telling the story and how it focuses on different charactersí perspectives on what happened.

Canít stop seeing the dad as Jimmy Olsen tho.

Man I'll be so upset if they don't deliver on this super-goofy premise.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



snoot posted:

Love how the young characters are more emo each subsequent year, though the middle year has the grittiest filter for some reason.

You think? I feel the third filter is straight out of an anti-depressant commercial.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



SirSamVimes posted:

Is Shadow and Bone any good?

Very silly and predictable but quite enjoyable.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Army of the Dead is way too long and the ending is some year-00 poo poo.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Aphex- posted:

Alright in Army of the Dead what the hell was that random robot zombie all about? It was never addressed at all?

This was secretly a crossover with Resident Evil.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



teagone posted:

Netflix recommended this show for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49_44FFKZ1M

2 episodes in and it's pretty great, despite how dumb the leads are. Not sure how many of you are familiar with Gantz, but it reminds of that mixed with Battle Royale vibes mixed with the Purge mixed with Saw...lmao.

It's fine, but as you said it rapidly loses its steam towards the end of the season. It establishes such an insane status quo and immediately has to backpedal unto it.

Premise is fine though. I'm surprised this particular format isn't more popular for adaption (as the human interaction is squarely in focus rather than action).

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Was the OA the show with the interpretive dancing...?

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



AccountSupervisor posted:

A Huey, I think thats what the heli in the movie was, can carry an external load of 5,000lbs, and $200mil weighs around 4,500lbs. I am assuming the thought was with more time they would have been able to extract pretty much the whole load in a few hours. Give or take some movie logic with carrying an extra half ton of people its not far from impossible.

Not saying it was the best plan, though.

I mean that part made sense since they were supposed to have tons of time.

But the zombie head thing aaaaaah. The CEO henchman didn't even need the chopper. He could could have just walked his rear end back out on foot.

Also did I fall asleep or something. Why would you be allowed to fly out of a no-fly zone but not into? That part made no sense to me.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



AccountSupervisor posted:

He did try to walk out and got mauled by the tiger.

Wasn't he on his way to the chopper as that happened though?

EDIT: Like he literally could have just walked off after he got the head. Why return to the casino at all.

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MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Perestroika posted:

Actually, I lied. Stay for the hats.

Oh my god the loving hats.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



https://twitter.com/jawrote/status/1398465158910038020?s=20

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Google Butt posted:

is it a bad or good movie. cgis dogs sound like an auto fail

It's a soulless husk of a movie with some occasional good performances and a costume design department the size of the GDP of a minor nation.

Personal frustration. This movie thoroughly suffered from the aqua-man thing where outside wide shots were CGI even when they didn't need to and look garbage. The ending confrontation especially looks awkward and flat as gently caress. It's incredible that this is the Disney that made the Mandalarion two years ago.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



I mean Disney totally could have actually gone for humanizing the dog killer and then pull the rug out from under the audience, but that would have required an actual artistic ambition.

I mean they try to establish some sort of moral conflict but even that falls flat because at worst Cruella is a dick to her friends and the duchess by comparison is a complete monster wearing a skin-suit.

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MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



Desperado Bones posted:

So...Jupiter's Legacy is not getting a second season, and got the cancelled hammer.

Not surprised!

I'm surprised they had the guts to do that. Show was a complete disaster.

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