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On 6/13/2020 at 10:04 PM, Professor said:

Robocop (The Shit Remake) -  I don't think I've actively hated a movie this much in a long time.

I saw this in the theater in 2014.

I actually agreed with the film's political message against drone warfare and especially about the dangers of police militarization but I found the delivery to be overly heavy-handed. In fairness, there was a ton of political messaging in the original, so in hindsight I can't really fault this one for being political. The first one was just a LOT more fun in the way it presented that message.

They should have gone for a hard R, because the PG-13 rating hurt it.

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The Hangman: Karl Urban is great, but Al Pacino is very toned down compared to some of the crazy performances he has delivered in other movies. I get the killer's grudge against one character but I do not understand the grudge against the other one at all. If it was explained, I missed it. I don't think this next observation spoils anything, but I will use the tag anyway:

 

The solution to the Hangman puzzle was unnecessarily difficult and made trying to figure out the mystery a lot less fun. Use an English word, not a Latin word.

And a major gripe. I'm putting this in spoiler tags not just because it gives away the ending, but because I am going to go on a political mini-rant.

 

I hated the ending. Having the "hero" straight up murder the antagonist turns the hero into a villain. That's not justice. That is vengeance. The murdering police officer does not even face professional consequences, much less criminal prosecution.

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Come to Daddy: Elijah Wood isn't a bad actor. The film itself is alright, a little too much torture porn at times but still pretty alright.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Easily one of the best of The MCU, if not the best. Chris Evans is a great action star.

Midsommar: Speaking of torture porn... Mostly kidding. I kinda want to watch the original The Wicker Man because there are some real parallels here.

Aladdin and The King of Thieves: It's an okay straight to video Disney sequel. I'm glad that Robin Williams got a big payout for it.

Films: 93
Documentaries: 1

Rewatches: 1
Mst3k/Rifftrax/Other Assisted: 14

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I never actually said if I liked it or not I just realized.
 

It's a visually interesting movie. There's a scene transition early that really caught my attention. It is a smidge long but I really liked the dread they conveyed in a horror film where that are few to no dark scenes. It's a break-up film framed as a Folksy Cult Slasher Film.

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The Crow: Salvation - Missed this when I thought I watched the sequels.  I mean, why would you put 2 & 4 on a combo DVD and not 3?  I'll give it this: it tried something new.  It failed, but it tired.  Also felt oddly unsure if it wanted to be an R for violence (with many violent acts off-screen), but went full R with the random boobs for no reason. 

The Great Sasuke - A documentary about The Great Sasuke.  Shocking.  It is a weird one.  Felt like two mini docs slammed together.  First half is about the old man wrestler who cannot seem to give it up.  The generic wrestling doc sad tale.  Then, jump cut, time skip, Great Sasuke is running for political office again.  I could have done with better focus.  It is free on the YouTubes if you are so inclined. 

I will give the Great Sasuke this: his skill of taking off his mask while simultaneously putting on a new mask is fascinating.

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Candyman: The third Clive Barker related movie I've seen after the first two Hellraisers, this was a pretty damn dark and disturbing movie. It gets points for imbedding racism as part of the backstory, but it also is a bit white savior-y at the end. Tony Todd is legendary in the role however.

Da 5 Bloods: Spike Lee's latest, I found this more emotionally cathartic and satisfying than Black KKKlansman. Chadwick Boseman has a limited role in the film, but gives my favorite performance from him, embodying a true Black Panther spirit in early 1970s Vietnam. Delroy Lindo rocks the house as a PTSD suffering Trump voter, and Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock rejoin from The Wire to turn in very human performances. It's not a perfectly structured film, but I really enjoyed it.

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On 6/22/2020 at 10:55 PM, dc20willsave said:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Easily one of the best of The MCU, if not the best. Chris Evans is a great action star.

I didn’t like it when I saw it in the theater but when I re-watched it I liked it a lot more. I think a lot of that was the way it was filmed and edited literally gave me a headache. Too much shaky cam, especially in the theater. I had to stare at the floor during the fight in the helicarrier.

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Hagazussa/Revenge: reviews forthcoming

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga: this was not bad. Rachel Macadams is a delight and Dan Stevens is great. Some decent laughs. Not a bad date movie. Also, is there a sexier man alive than old, bearded Pierce Brosnan?

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I Am Not Your Negro: As someone who fell into James Baldwin in the past couple of years, this was more of the same which simply means it's great fodder but nothing new if you're familiar with him. Highly recommended anyway because it's Baldwin. SLJ does a terrific narration, embodying Baldwin's spirit through his reading. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher version): I've not made up my mind on this. What I liked about it is Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. An iconic performance. Just hypnotic in every scene, an awesome character. I also enjoy seeing Daniel Craig in anything other than Bond. The scene where he was loudly crying out in pain over his head-wound contrasted in my memories with a similar scene in Casino Royale where he's completely silent. Stellan Skaarsgard was great too, and this was the same year he appeared in Thor. 

The brutal rape scenes however just left me completely paralyzed. Having not read the books, IDK if they could've been cut out from the film or were left in just to show how intense and crazy Lisbeth can get, but they were far and away the most disturbing scenes of violence I've witnessed in mainstream film. True, a them - the theme of the story is misogyny, but was Fincher the right director for those kinds of scenes? I don't know...I need more time and other voices to speak on it.

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1 hour ago, Donomark said:

The brutal rape scenes however just left me completely paralyzed. Having not read the books, IDK if they could've been cut out from the film or were left in just to show how intense and crazy Lisbeth can get, but they were far and away the most disturbing scenes of violence I've witnessed in mainstream film. True, a them - the theme of the story is misogyny, but was Fincher the right director for those kinds of scenes? I don't know...I need more time and other voices to speak on it.

I have read the book (okay, listened to the audiobook) and yes, that scene is in the book and no, I don't think you could not have in the film without weakening Lisbeth's character (which is admittedly problematic to begin with) or downplaying the theme of misogyny (in fact, the book's original Swedish title is Män som hatar kvinnor -- "Men Who Hate Women").

I've not seen the movie for awhile (it's mostly good but paraphrases the plot of the book quite a bit; Michael is in jail for libel for a chunk of it) and I haven't seen many other Fincher films; however, one of those films was Se7en, so he does have precedent having horrific things happen to his films' leading female characters. That said, the scene in Girl is legitimately horrifying and if it had to be shown, it needed to be. The only thing that got me through it in the book and while re-watching the movie was the knowledge of what happened to him afterwards.

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The Invisible Man: Some of the scenes stretch the limits of being believable. And by that I mean how characters would react if this were real. If I got punched in the face and the only person in the room was too far away to have traversed the distance to hit me, I would be willing to believe her story about an invisible stalker - especially since strange things have been happening and she is convinced her ex-husband has made himself invisible.

And people being punched and thrown around in the mental hospital would have been captured on security camera and saved in the cloud. The minute he goes on a rampage in the sanitarium, the gig is up in terms of hiding the fact that he has the suit.

Also, does the suit give him super-strength too? Because he's a little too powerful.

Films Watched: 26

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The Return of Captain Invincible: review forthcoming

Monster Squad: finally was able to get this on Blu Ray after my DVD special edition went missing. Not features on the BR though. That's a bummer. Movie looks good.

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Chef: After watching The Chef Show on Netflix and hearing praise before, mainly from Binging with Babish, I decided to finally dive in. I love it. Tons of great food porn, great acting, some great cameos, it's a great movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy: There are so many actors who show up in this film for like five minutes and then disappear. But, in the long run, I bet Glenn Close's Living Room looks wonderful after her paycheck here.

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The World is Not Enough: This movie is 21 years old, but I will put this in spoiler tags anyway.

Spoiler

Electra King’s revenge motivation is pretty straightforward and understandable, but switching her motivation to greed at the end undermines that. 

The film suffers through the Scott Evil Was Right problem on several occasions, where simply shooting James Bond in the face at point blank range would be much smarter.

Films Watched: 27

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: Oh boy.... Ultron is an alright villain but, despite Spader's best attempts, never all that threatening. So much of the film is trying to set-up what's coming after while barely trying to focus on itself. Hawkeye and his family are the one nice part. I like the section on the farm. The rest is... pretty meh at the best of times. The moment of Widow declaring herself a monster for being unable to have children can go burn in a fire.

Best In Show: I needed something to wash that out. Christopher Guest's always hilarious mockumentary is where I went. I occasionally need to decide which of them are my favorites. They're all currently on Hulu so might have to watching them this weekend.

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Rewatches: 1
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Ant-Man: Better than a I remember but still lower-tier Marvel. Judy Greer should be in every movie!

Not Another Teen Movie: Of all the parody films of the 2000s, this is still probably the best one. The plot is heavily self-referential without being literally, "With this plot device from Superman Returns, I will rule Narnia." The cast is very charismatic, Chris Evans in particular. It's actually funny.

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