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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:17 pm 
 

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I'll watch Gor if you watch Peter Strauss and Molly Ringwald and MICHAEL FUCKING IRONSIDE innnnnnnnnnnn: "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone"

Which is unfortunately not on Netflix... but I strongly doubt it's particularly difficult to find. It's so terribly wonderful, with more awkward pederastic moments than a Roman Polanski film.

Wow, that just looks awesome. You're on! Michael Ironside was in some real shitheap movies, like Highlander 2.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:16 pm 
 

I've been on a fucking movie watching binge recently, so here I go with quick reviews:

Children of Men
A really good movie about a (kinda) post-apocalyptic world where every women in the world suddenly lose the ability to give birth, and the world goes to chaos. However, after 18 years of this, a girl finally gets pregnant, and Clive Owen's character ends up having to keep her safe enough so she can deliver the baby. Great intense moments, great acting, the cinematography is unbelievable, all around great movie. Watch it.

Adaptation
If you don't like Nicolas Cage, stay away from this one, because he not only plays the main character, but the main character's twin brother as well. The movie's a semi-autobiographical story about a screenwriter trying to adapt a plot-less novel about orchids into a screenplay. He gets so stressed out over it that he eventually types himself into the screenplay and loses his mind. But he finds out that there is more to the book, and its author (played by Meryl Streep) than he realizes. Recommended.

Faces
This movie is an oddity of sorts, directed by independent film-maker John Cassavetes, Faces is about a marriage that's falling apart. John Marley's character starts hanging out with a hooker to get away from his wife, while she goes to a party and brings home a couple of drunk friends. In the end, both realize that even though they have all the materials they could ever need or want, they still feel incomplete and hollow. Definitely a moving film, it's certainly not the most accessible, but it's worth a viewing or two, even if you don't end up liking it, that's not the point. It's not an escapist or "entertaining" film, it's a realistic portrayal of human nature. Highly, highly recommended.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Francis Ford Coppola claimed to have taken a lot of visual cues from this movie for Apocalypse Now, I think that should be a good enough reason to watch it, personally. Klaus Kinski plays Lopo de Aguirre, a conquistador who's on a quest to discover El Dorado. The movie gradually shows the process of Aguirre losing his sanity, and it's an otherworldly experience. Check it out.

Badlands
I know some people who loathe Terrence Malick, but this movie was pretty good. Only flaw is that I found Sissy Spacek's narrations to be a little annoying, and the chemistry between her and Martin Sheen's character was a little bit hard for me to believe, but it's still an interesting tale of two young dumb kids "falling in love" and killing people. It may sound like "Bonnie and Clyde" but it's not quite that. Badlands is more or less about kids who just wants to rebel for no other reason than to rebel. They don't want fame, glory, or money, they just want to get high on life. I especially like the ending where Sheen's character is giving away his belongings to the police men, because I feel like he's acknowledging that he did bad things and now he has to pay the price.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:37 pm 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
Is it really worth bumping this thread after a week to tell you all I saw Warm Bodies?

Oh well, I just did.

"It's like Twilight, but she falls in love with a zombie instead of a vampire!" Blah. I've actually seen two or three of the Twilight movies (I'm a guy BTW) and Warm Bodies was worse. I'm surprised it currently has a solid 7.0 user rating at imdb.com; maybe the movie made people feel good about themselves if they understood why the young lovers were named R and Julie? Well I tried to pay attention during high school English too, but I have a tough time believing a relationship in which one party is lucky if he can put together a 3-word sentence.

I'd also complain that John Malkovich was underused, but considering the movie was barely an hour and a half and his role was 'Kristen Stewart look-alike's father' I didn't expect to see much of him.


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Silver Linings Playbook - Ugh, this movie did my head in. Basically everything I dislike about modern movies in a two-hour package. I felt completely disconnected from this movie from the moment it started, and by the time I was 40 minutes in, I couldn't believe that it wasn't even halfway over. By around the hour-and-a-half mark I really wanted to turn it off, but I pressed on till the end. I couldn't stand how fucking contrived the whole thing was. Everybody seemed to go out of their way to be as annoying as possible, the plot was inane, and I just hated it. Jennifer Lawrence is certainly attractive, but why everyone thinks she's such a good actress is beyond me. (She was terrible in The Hunger Games too, but of course everyone in that movie was terrible.) But I don't know, maybe I'm just crazy. Everyone else on the planet seemed to think this movie was the greatest thing, so if you're curious, then watch it, I guess. But don't be too surprised to find that it's not all it was cracked up to be.


You guys are nuts. Warm Bodies was a ton of fun and very tongue in cheek - I really don't think you "got it" if you tried to look at it as a serious romance. And Silver Linings Playbook was a delight. I guess I could see how you don't like it though. Oh well.

Slingblade - 4.5/5

Very well made sort of biopic featuring Billy Bob Thornton as Karl, a mentally slow man who has been in a hospital for most of his life after killing his mother. Upon getting out, he makes friends with a little kid and his mother, and becomes entangled in a family drama involving an abusive boyfriend. I really like the stripped down feel of this, as it is always engaging despite having little going on that isn't totally ordinary. Thornton does a great job as Karl and the kid in it is really, really good too. Hell, all the actors do outstanding jobs. The film doesn't have any flashy hooks and instead relies on a slow, involving pace and the strength of its characters and story. It's a very stripped down film and I enjoyed it a lot for all that. Powerful.

The Paperboy - 4.5/5

I didn't know whether to rate this a 4 or a 4.5, but in the end I found myself quite entranced by this film's characterization and story. Pretty much this is an 'only in Florida' tale, and I think a big part of my liking it so much is because I lived there and I know how insane the state and its people can be. This film's dark comedy - pitch black as night, really - and engrossing pace are wrapped around unforgettable characters, who are given to us in a very literary, Flannery O'Connor sort of way, with a lot of subtext and wry wit. It's a pretty fast paced flick and I had fun with it. This is just a killer, nasty roller coaster ride through the Florida swamps. Endearing...in a perverse way.

Star Trek Into Darkness - 3/5

I'm not a Trekkie and I don't really know or care much about the long-winded history of this franchise. While I liked the first installment of this series for its goofy fun, this one I just found a bit tolling to watch. It's smartly made, written and acted, but too often falls into film cliche, with a very rote pace of an action scene and then a talking scene and then an action scene, etc. Some really bland, over-used storytelling cliches make their way into the ending and render the film extra forgettable - how about actually taking a risk once in a while, hmm? It was just too long and while it had some good bits here and there, I just couldn't get into it. Maybe if you really love this series you'd like it better.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:19 pm 
 

Slingblade is so good. My favourite Billy Bob Thornton, only The Man Who Wasn't There comes close. Dude is underrated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:16 am 
 

Purge- Would of had a lot of potential if it didnt go completely downhill 10 minutes into it. Big horror fans will see everything coming a mile away.

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It goes downhill when Ethan Hawks son(is say like a 12 year old) sees a homeless guy running down the street at the front of the house that was beaten...he lets him in the house. Thats one of the stupid things they do in it.

The end twist to it, if you call it that, is the neighbors come in and kill the people with the masks....but, they try to kill the family. The homeless guy and the mom and kids could have killed them, but they end up sitting at the table with the neighbors to wait the purge time out.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:27 pm 
 

This will be the last time I mention Warm Bodies, because I honestly don't have the energy for a back-and-forth debate about it. But somewhat coincidentally, the next movie I watched was Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, which in my opinion did a much better job of taking a horror movie premise (in this case, "college kids vs. murderous hillbillies") and playing it for laughs.

And to the poster who didn't like Silver Linings Playbook - I probably enjoyed it a little more than you did, but I agree it's overrated, and I also was not exactly blown away by Jennifer Lawrence's performance, especially knowing she won Best Actress.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:46 pm 
 

Into the wild
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:51 pm 
 

aaronmb666 wrote:
Purge- Would of had a lot of potential if it didnt go completely downhill 10 minutes into it. Big horror fans will see everything coming a mile away.

What I gathered from the trailer is it's basically your standard home invasion thriller with a gimmick. It never explores the world past one singular home, which is so cliche and such a cop-out. Also I think this was originally a sequel to the The Strangers but because they couldn't get the rights they merged another idea to save their asses from getting sued. I'll wait a couple of years until I find it for free or in a dollar bin, because that's what forgettable trash deserves.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:34 pm 
 

Yeah, The Purge was crap. I was hoping for something outside the mansion. Wish they would've just ripped off Taxi Driver.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:32 pm 
 

Irreversible - 3.75/5

This is a masterfully directed and very well acted film, and as a purely expressive piece about violence in normal life, it's pretty damn good. It's very disturbing at times, but never gets too gratuitous and doesn't solely rely on gore to move its plot forward. The violence is depicted very starkly and naturally, and serves the story, rather than the other way around. The reason I don't rate it higher is because, honestly, I'm just not sure there's THAT much here from a storytelling point of view, in the way of substance and things to say. Yeah, it's showing us a soul-crushing display of violence, and the gimmicky - it is gimmicky - way it's shown to us makes it a bit more interesting, but really, beyond the fantastic cinematography and the ominous score, I was left feeling like there was a lot of untapped potential here. I'm all for subtle portrayals of characters and events as a way to serve a larger commentary on society, but with this, I just felt more time was spent on drawn-out scenes that wore out their welcome and relied on the 'backwards' gimmick to stay interesting. It didn't totally fail, but I felt like there was way more that could have been done with the story, and that there was so much left unsaid that I was mentally supplying on my own simply to satisfy my literary mind and the need for meaning and purpose. Irreversible did leave an impact on me though solely through its cold, clinical violence, and for that I can say I didn't dislike it.

Now You See Me - 2/5

Most of this is a very entertaining, stylized action/mystery romp. I love magicians and I love the settings this movie has, and the fast paced story was a lot of fun. The all-star cast really had a lot of energy too. Most of this won't bother you, and if you're like me you'll think a lot of it is really great at times. But a movie's build up is only as good as its payoff, and this had one of the worst, most nonsensical ending twists I've seen in a long fucking time. Unfortunate.
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volutetheswarth wrote:
aaronmb666 wrote:
Purge- Would of had a lot of potential if it didnt go completely downhill 10 minutes into it. Big horror fans will see everything coming a mile away.

What I gathered from the trailer is it's basically your standard home invasion thriller with a gimmick. It never explores the world past one singular home, which is so cliche and such a cop-out. Also I think this was originally a sequel to the The Strangers but because they couldn't get the rights they merged another idea to save their asses from getting sued. I'll wait a couple of years until I find it for free or in a dollar bin, because that's what forgettable trash deserves.


I think it'll easily be a new franchise, since this made a lot of money, but itll drop heavily next weekend.
I also read that they making a sequel to Hansel and Gretel...but theyre going to force a pg-13 rating. The R rating is what really made it.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:47 am 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
This will be the last time I mention Warm Bodies, because I honestly don't have the energy for a back-and-forth debate about it. But somewhat coincidentally, the next movie I watched was Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, which in my opinion did a much better job of taking a horror movie premise (in this case, "college kids vs. murderous hillbillies") and playing it for laughs.


I LOVE that movie. I keep going back to that one from time to time and it's never gotten old for me.

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I just finished V/H/S 2 about 10 minutes ago. Holy CRAP, that was better than the first one. The first one had a few interesting segments in it, but for the most part it was just a giant bowl of "meh". This one is genuinely entertaining, gripping, and, while not really scary all that much, has a tense atmosphere in most of its segments. Only one of them was something of a flop (and even then it wasn't nearly as awful as the Ti West segment from the first movie), that one being Slumber Party Alien Abduction (AWESOME name, by the way). The other three shorts and the wraparound segment were all very good in their own ways. Of those four, my two favorites are "A Ride in the Park" due to it both being just a B-movie in short form and having the absolutely hilarious ending of
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zombies invading a child's birthday party and eating everyone
, and "Safe Haven" because it's got the best characters, the best acting, the best direction, and the best concept of the four shorts. The directors I think all decided on keeping the camera out of the actors' hands as often as possible, because most of the video in this movie is shot from handless sources like a GoPro tied to a dog's collar, spy-cams attached to a person's shirt, helmet-cams, and, most inventively and building off of the glasses camera from the first film's "Amateur Night", a surgically implanted camera inside of a man's brain that shoots video out of a false eye.

Overall the movie was just a whole hell of a lot better than the first one. It's on On Demand, so I highly recommend watching it. If you liked the first one, you will love this one. If you didn't like the first one, still watch it, as it's quite simply a better movie.
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Totally forgot that came out. Super down.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:22 am 
 

Interesting. I thought V/H/S was mostly a failure, albeit with some potential. I wouldn't mind seeing the sequel if they were able to learn from their mistakes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:54 am 
 

Based on encouragement from a friend on another forum, gave Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights re-watches to see which was the better second-tier Mel Brooks effort. Spaceballs aged a lot better than I remember, mostly because several of the gags are still extremely funny despite being played out far too often, and probably would've benefitted a little more had it been released closer in time to the original trilogy as some of the material falls flat due to the lay-off between this one and when they were released. That said, Robin Hood has very few really laugh-out-loud moments but contains a lot more of a steady stream of jokes that don't feel as blatantly one-dimension as Spaceballs did and has a more traditional element to them that's really funny. Because they're not as reliant on making jokes that poke fun at one individual target and more on getting laughs in general from the familiar material, this is highly enjoyable and definitely worthwhile.

It's close, but I got to say Robin Hood by a quiver wins it.
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V/H/S 2 is definitely not as good as the first one. Pretty decent though...funny and had a lot of energy to it. That one about the zombies was easily the only one that really came close to being as clever or good as the first movie, really. They did a good job making something completely hilarious get pretty dramatic at the end - nice. The others were enjoyable, but seemed to go more for the big laugh than the big scare. That shit with the robotic eye was just ludicrous and the wrap-around segment made me feel like I was high. The "Safe Haven" thing had some cool parts but mostly just felt overly long and I wish they had cut it down to half the size and put in another story instead. That one also had some really trite "drama" between the characters that just felt half assed. The last story with the aliens was kind of weird and I couldn't tell what was going on half the time, but it felt like a genuinely good horror story, if a bit stunted and hyperactive.

I did enjoy it...was a pretty fun flick. But I thought the first one went for the throat a lot more and got way more creative, not to mention was a fuckload scarier. Maybe a 3.5 or a 4 star flick.
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I dunno, I thought V/H/S wasn't really scary at all. Most of its segments were lame, and the only two I'd call at all good were the one with the guy and his girlfriend talking via webcam, which was actually quite inventively told and had a hugely creepy twist, but was somewhat hampered by the lame, unexplained ghost children and an overshort running time. I would really enjoy seeing that expanded to maybe 45 minutes with a real budget, it easily had the most potential out of all of them. Then there was the one with the guys trying to find the Halloween party, which I thought had a great setup but ended up falling a bit flat with the "creepy girl" bullshit at the end. The others were uniformly awful. I'd give it like a 2/5.
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I just thought it was a ton of fun. It had its problems in almost all the segments but I enjoyed the raw energy of it all and just how old school all the stories felt. It was like I was just starting to watch the genre again. Just a joyously evil, hellish experience. This second one I doubt you'll like much if you didn't like the first one though. It's pretty much the same shit except they go more over the top and get more self-aware about how silly the genre can be. It isn't too bad, but it's much less raw and feels a lot more goofy and "in on the joke." I mean they play a skate punk song over the end credits.
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The even numbered segments in the first one were not all that great, particularly the Ti West one about the couple on vacation being stalked or something. That was just a massive bore of a segment that did absolutely nothing interesting. Amateur Night and the one about the killer that exists within DV camera tracking errors were the best ones.

As for the sequel being somewhat more tongue in cheek, the only one that gave me that vibe was A Ride in the Park. I applaud the inventiveness of the first segment for being shot entirely through a person's fake eye, as well as the last one, in spite of the overall segment not being something I found entertaining, for having an absolutely excellent final shot. The closest one to straight found footage horror in the movie is Safe Haven, what with all the creepy corner turns and a couple jump scares thrown in for good measure, although I will admit that the immediately forgotten subplot of "We two fucked and YOU'RE the daddy" was fantasmically fucking pointless.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:42 pm 
 

Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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I was already sold on the movie half way, but even if I wasn't, Smaug at the end had my ticket sold.

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Star Trek Into Darkness - 3/5

I'm not a Trekkie and I don't really know or care much about the long-winded history of this franchise. While I liked the first installment of this series for its goofy fun, this one I just found a bit tolling to watch. It's smartly made, written and acted, but too often falls into film cliche, with a very rote pace of an action scene and then a talking scene and then an action scene, etc. Some really bland, over-used storytelling cliches make their way into the ending and render the film extra forgettable - how about actually taking a risk once in a while, hmm? It was just too long and while it had some good bits here and there, I just couldn't get into it. Maybe if you really love this series you'd like it better.

Generally speaking, the more you like Star Trek, the less you like JJTrek. I haven't seen Into Darkness yet, but as a Trek fan the first was, like, a 0.5/5 and even through a pop film critic lens it wasn't much better. Terrible dialog ("BUCKLE UP!"; "Sulu, did you forget to disengage the parking break before departing space dock?"), even dumber-than-usual action scenes for this brand of dumb action movie (Scotty floating through a Willy Wonka pipe?), and just general "bad movie" cliches (a fucking BAR FIGHT, without even a hint of irony or self-awareness? what is this, 1950?) made it a chore to sit through for even the first viewing. Only Pine's and Quinto's honest reverence to their precursors kept it from the junkheap, if only just.
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Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are literally 90% of the reason I didn't just outright dislike the new one. I don't really remember the first one too well honestly since I only saw it once when it came out. But yeah, those two guys are pretty damn good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:16 pm 
 

Cumberbatch only gets 10%? :P

He's probably the main reason I'll at least rent it, though Quinto and Pine aren't far behind; their chemistry was a joy in XI, and honestly a lot tighter and more interesting than The Shat and Nimoy ever were.


On the other side of things, Damon Lindelof's attachment to the screenplay is why I'm probably not going to watch it first run.
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The Loved Ones: I was bored at 2 am, browsing through Netflix's shite selection, and apparently critics liked this. I only clicked play because the chick on the cover kind of looked like the chick in Hatchet 2 (Danielle Harris I think? Anyways, I was way off mark).
So this is basically Australian torture porn. The story is atrociously bad, there's a subplot that takes a good half hour of the film that sort if goes nowhere, then is forgotten without being resolved. The torture chick was waayyyy over the top. It's silly, really. Maybe they were parodying something and I'm just not Australian enough to get it?
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Necroticism174 wrote:
The Loved Ones: I was bored at 2 am, browsing through Netflix's shite selection, and apparently critics liked this. I only clicked play because the chick on the cover kind of looked like the chick in Hatchet 2 (Danielle Harris I think? Anyways, I was way off mark).
So this is basically Australian torture porn. The story is atrociously bad, there's a subplot that takes a good half hour of the film that sort if goes nowhere, then is forgotten without being resolved. The torture chick was waayyyy over the top. It's silly, really. Maybe they were parodying something and I'm just not Australian enough to get it?

Nah that movie sucks, being Australian has nothing to do with it. I thought the introduction was alright but then it becomes an obvious torture 'horror' and tries to be unpredictable to get a reaction. A case of 'how long can we shit on the audience' mentality, best described as self absorbed, badly edited, shock driven bollocks. Brent's scream really irritated me after awhile, I know how and why he sounded like that, but it drove me up the wall. Yeah, Lola was trying to do her best Jack Nicholson impersonation and the father couldn't act. Mia and Jamie's side-story was completely unnecessary and served no importance apart from a brief minute of comic relief, and to cap it off the random bits of black comedy failed miserably. The movie overall comes across as a poorly executed attempt to imitate 80's slashers with a modern shine and angst suitable for tween hards.

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Oh man, his scream. That shit was annoying. I love how the only development his character got was "accidently killed his father at some point. Feels guilty, hurts self" He barely spoke during the entire thing. Ugh. What a shitty movie.
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It was shit. Only good thing about it was Nimoy. He's always charismatic. Hated the two mains, hated the plot, hated the fact that it's a retcon. I'm not the biggest fan of Trek out there. It's a good universe, I think, but the writing tends to be... iffy. Off too often and too focused on themes and things that mirror today instead of themes and matters that would seem more real for the Star Trek universe, but retcons in general are just shit. A cheap way to move things forward. I think a proper reboot is a much more... 'honorable' way to do it. Or at least I like those better. Go at it with your own ammo.

As for films... Uhh.. Compulsion: About the Leopold-Loeb case. Strong performances by both characters and a pretty tight atmosphere of will they-or-won't they? All stolen by Orson Welles's passionate speech near the finish.

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It's not a retcon, it's an alternate universe.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:22 pm 
 

What do you think of JJTrek, FSM, since I know you're pretty well versed in Trek?
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I haven't seen the new one, but the first one was meh. Entertaining while it was on-screen if you shut your brain off, but ultimately forgettable. I liked a lot of stuff about the movie, like the sets, and the action was fairly decent, but the plot was just kind of nonsensical and the villain was lame. There were some funny bits but the comedy in general was too lowbrow for Trek, like that sequence where Kirk is running around with the swollen hands. Anyway the first film was a moderate success at being mindless but entertaining sci-fi action (though not nearly as good as, say, Dredd), which puts it leagues and leagues above the last few Star Trek movies. I think the people dumping super hard on JJTrek and saying it ruined Star Trek and whatever need to go back and watch Insurrection and Nemesis, because they've clearly forgotten how absolutely godawful those movies were.
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I saw Trek 2 a couple weeks ago and for an action film I thought it was good. Then again, my Trek fandom is non-existent, so I don't mind whether or not it's faithful to the original series. The movie felt like action sequence after action sequence and it follows the formula of "villain intended everything to occur at the exact times he wanted because he planned out everything ahead of time down to the smallest improbable detail".
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failsafeman wrote:
It's not a retcon, it's an alternate universe.


It's only an alternate universe if it doesn't take precedence over the main one.

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Well that's something we'll only be able to determine once the next Trek starts; if JJTrek becomes the definitive Trek that all future Treks build off of, then yes, I'll be just as pissed as you. Until then, it doesn't bother me.
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Hitman-Struggling to understand his connection to a government cover-up, a hit man tries to protect himself from the agents on his trail and solve the reason why he was framed with a woman with ties to the affair. Far more enjoyable than it should've been considering the myriad twists and turns present that don't make any sense whatsoever because it focused on the action more often than not. This is blessed with several outstanding shootouts that are brilliantly choreographed and deliver nicely with an insane amount of flying bullets, destroyed sets and shot-up henchmen, and when it goes into hand-to-hand combat there's some fun to be had there as well as none of it is really all that accomplished and sticks more to a grounded form of fighting. Gets too cliche-happy at times but overall not so bad.
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Man of Steel 8.5 out of 10.

I know this is getting a lot of mixed reactions, but I truly find this to be possibly one of the best, maybe the best Superman movie (I'm not claiming that because in it's own way, Superman: the Movie still is awesome). It had the guts to try new stuff, including the looks of Superman and the Kryptonians, it changed up relationships more, and if anything truly captured what Superman is.

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I know a lot of ranting that has been going on is the shocker of Superman killing Zod. No shit, their was literal gasps in the theatre. I will say this, I think if they do intend on making a film series out of this, it would have been better to save him actually killing someone for a later film. That said, they couldn't have done this more perfect. He had no choice, it was Zod or innocents and he made a choice that he didn't want to do. And he paid for it, he truly was hurt over his decision.


So yeah, I highly recommend this movie. I truly hope this is the jump charge DC needs because lets be honest, Batman has only been life support.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:22 pm 
 

Yeah, it was awesome, Michael Shannon was great as Zod and Henry Cavill is the prettiest man in the universe and a much better Superman than Brandon Routh. The movie is long but it didn't feel like it and the opening sequence on Krypton was well done. It could be accused of a lack of depth but hey, when it's so visually intriguing, it's worth it and it's a superhero movie after all. I thought it was better than TDKR but I thought the last Batman was a disappointment after The Dark Knight. Bale and Cavill would had been a cool team and bit ironic that the two American heroes are played by British actors! We'll see what they'll do for The Justice League if it happens.

Go see it for the special effects alone!

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Also, Cavill should be the next Bond! He has the chest hair, the looks and the right nationality!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:24 pm 
 

Just came back from seeing Man of Steel, and yeah, it was great. Cavill is a good fit for the character, and Shannon was awesome as Zod; militaristic, cold, and ruthless. I think they did a very decent job adapting the Superman mythos, and I was highly entertained (which is quite a bit coming from me, since I never cared much for the character). Also, I agree with Aurone:

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Superman had to kill Zod. He had no other choice. It was either that, or innocent people getting fried. He did not want to do it, and the decision was clearly a painful one for him. As such, I don't think it was too out of character.

All in all, a cool superhero flick, with good acting, terrific special effects, and nice character development.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:40 pm 
 

I didn't care for it. For more detail, I'll let these guys explain:

http://thecinemasnob.com/2013/06/14/mid ... steel.aspx
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:41 pm 
 

"My opinion is so worthwhile that I'll let someone else explain it"

I got 3 animated Superman movies when I came back home, I watched Superman/Batman Apocalypse and I'm watching Superman Unbound. The first one is cool, it's a story with Supergirl and Darkseid and the 2nd one is with Brainiac. Unbound is pretty damn awesome and the animation style is beatiful. The voice acting is very good too (with Stana Katic and John Noble). I'll watch Justice League: The New Frontier soon as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:20 pm 
 

Metantoine wrote:
Superman Unbound

I've seen that on the shelves at Walmart, and it does look interesting.
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